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Jeffrey Sachs: 2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs, UN Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, explains why 2015 is a critical year for global sustainable development.2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals...

Posted May 15, 2015    

Renewable Sources Provide 75 Percent of New Generating Capacity in 1st Quarter

Wind energy leads the way in new generating capacity –The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects confirms the continuing trend for the dominance of renewable energy sources...

Posted May 3, 2015    

Is Energy Efficiency Disrupting the Electric Utilities' Business Model?

We live in an age of disruption. The word denotes an undesired consequence, as in climate disruption, but it often is a powerful, if still painful, force for positive change, growth and transformation.Research by Shakeb Afsah and ...

Posted April 13, 2015    

Warmest Winter on Record

December 2014-February 2015: Warmest Winter on RecordDespite the headline-grabbing record cold and snowfall in the eastern U.S., spring comes to the northern hemisphere on the heels of the warmest winter on record. According to the latest report...

Posted March 28, 2015    

Progress on the Road to Paris: Negotiating Text for COP 21 Agreement Published

A first step on the road to ParisLast week the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced that important progress had been won on the road to Paris, where, at the COP 21 climate conference later this year...

Posted March 9, 2015    

Why (Some) People Don't Believe in Climate Science

Why is it so hard to wrap our brains around global warming? -It’s a hoax, it’s the sun, it’s scientists after grant money, it’s a play for world domination. Then there’s Al Gore, the favorite straw man for many climate change deniers. One thing...

Posted February 14, 2015    

Renewable Energy Beats Natural Gas for New Capacity in 2014

It was a close race throughout the year, but in the end new generating capacity from renewable sources beat out new natural gas capacity by 1.16 percent in 2014.Of the 49.81 percent of new capacity from renewable energy, more than one-quarter, or 26...

Posted February 5, 2015    

Why Build Green? [INFOGRAPHIC]

The advantages of building green:Humanity is now predominantly an urban species. Our impact on the natural world through the built environment is a key driver of sustainability. Between 35 and 40 percent of manmade greenhouse gas emissions,...

Posted January 31, 2015    

2014 is the Hottest Year on Record: Some Thoughts

Was 2014 the hottest year or wasn’t it? And does it matter?Widely reported this past week was confirmation from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), concurring with the Japanese Meteorological Agency, that ...

Posted January 23, 2015    

Could the World Be 100 Percent Solar? [INFOGRAPHIC]

What is the global potential of solar energy? -Perhaps the only thing more unrealistic than the idea of a modern world powered 100 percent on solar energy is the idea that extracting every last bit of fossil energy is sustainable, good for the long-...

Posted January 4, 2015    

Baked Alaska: Climate Change in the Arctic

Arctic Report CardIf there’s been any “pause” in global warming, the Arctic  hasn’t seen it. The latest Arctic Report Card issued from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows a continued acceleration of climate change...

Posted January 2, 2015    

Lima Call For Climate Action: The Long Road to Paris Begins

The long road to Paris begins -It seems little has changed in the negotiating process at the latest Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. Negotiations spilled into a marathon extended session at the COP 20 climate talks, finally ending...

Posted December 17, 2014