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Is it Time to Broaden the Scope of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard?

March 23, 2015 by Daniel Posen
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Changing the Renewable Fuel Standard

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 requires refiners, blenders and importers of transport fuels to meet targets that increase progressively through 2022. Seven years later, and the standard is facing two seemingly opposite stumbling blocks: weak supply (of cellulosic biofuel), and weak demand.[read more]

What A Down Under Drought Can Teach California About Water

February 10, 2015 by Christine Hertzog

Two highly important drought-related events happened in California late in the last year. The state received much-needed rainfall in December, and it convened a daylong conference in Sacramento to compare Australian and Californian water policies.[read more]

EU Needs "ILUC Factors for Biofuels" Argues European Parliament Rapporteur Nils Torvalds [VIDEO]

February 10, 2015 by Kasper Peters

Europe and Biofuels

Nils Torvalds MEP (ALDE) - the European Parliament’s rapporteur on Indirect Land-Use Change (ILUC) – joins leading environmental journalist Sonja van Renssen on viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster to discuss the future of biofuels in Europe.[read more]

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10 Solar Energy Proposals in Virginia to Watch During its Short 2015 General Assembly

January 31, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Virginia Solar Energy Legislation

It would take a hermit not to recognize the pent-up demand for solar throughout much of Virginia. While states such as North Carolina and Georgia are seeing significant growth, Virginia lags far behind and is all but ignoring the opportunity to diversify its economy with cleaner energy sources.[read more]

Where Does Bioenergy Fit into a Low-Carbon Future?

January 20, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Biofuels like ethanol and other forms of bioenergy are often seen as a key part of a low-carbon future. But large-scale production of these fuels would represent a major shift in how the world makes its energy and uses its land — with implications for global food prices and natural resources like forests.[read more]

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Wind Energy in Iowa: Once Upon a Prairie

September 24, 2014 by Susan Beckman

Renewables and Wind in Iowa

Wind energy in Iowa means jobs, but not just in manufacturing. According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, Iowa employs 6,000 to 7,000 in all-wind related employment. This ranks Iowa third in the nation in employment related to the wind energy industry.[read more]

New Groundwater Policy Brings California Into the 21st Century

September 20, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

California Water Policy

California's voluntary Groundwater Management Plans have effectively failed to protect the people and ecosystems that depend on this water. Too many people are siphoning off water from extremely limited resources, resulting in declining groundwater levels, sinking of land, and drying of streams.[read more]

To Fight Climate Change we Have to Save the Rainforest

August 21, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy
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Rainforests and Climate Change

Most of us are concerned about how climate change will affect our corners of the world, but we need to be thinking about our most vital natural resources: tropical forests. Tropical and subtropical forests are the most biodiverse areas on the planet, and they even give us most of the oxygen we breathe.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: '... Then we Just go Away as a Business'

August 9, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Environmental Risk and Business Damage

In a story as much about politics as oyster farming in Washington State, the democratic governor is using struggling oyster farms as an example of the effects of climate change to convince conservative voters that global warming is a real problem impacting local businesses.[read more]

Water, Water Everywhere, Nor Any Drop To Drink

August 7, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Water Crisis

The title of this article is, of course, a line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's piece, Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The familiar phrase is also part of the title of Ken MidKiff’s 2007 book, Not a Drop to Drink: America's Water Crisis (and What You Can Do).[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 2: The Dire Consequences of Inaction

June 9, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Climate Action and Inaction

What are the future impacts of a changing climate system? Extreme weather? Higher sea level? More drought and heat waves? Where will these impacts be felt the most? Answering these questions depends on a simple factor: the quantity of carbon emissions emitted in the coming decades.[read more]

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Winds of Change for Cleaner Energy and More Efficiency in Virginia, How Steep is the Uphill Struggle?

May 13, 2014 by Jim Pierobon
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Clean Energy and Efficiency Support in Virginia

“What’s amazing is the stranglehold the coal industry and Dominion Power have over Virginia’s political system,” said political commentator Lowell Feld. “It’s frustrating because there is huge potential for renewable energy in this state. These industries can hang for on a long time. It’s difficult to uproot them.”[read more]

Climate Change Drying Out Southwest Now, With Worse To Come For A Third Of The Planet

April 17, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Southwest Drying Out

Two new studies confirm that warming-driven climate change is already drying the U.S. Southwest and other parts of the globe. More worrisome, nearly a third of the world’s land faces drying from rising greenhouse gases — including two of the world’s greatest agricultural centers.[read more]

Fed Up with Our Dysfunctional Food System

April 13, 2014 by Peter Lehner

Dysfunctional Food System

Americans consume more processed and packaged food than just about anyone else in the world. Processed foods, many of which contain added sugar, preservatives, and chemical additives, are hard-wired into our food system, and make up the majority of the American diet.[read more]

Powering to Climate Mitigation

April 3, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Climate Mitigation

Without swift and decisive action to limit greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels and other sources, the world will almost surely face centuries of climbing temperatures, rising seas, species loss and dwindling agricultural yields. The smart approach to these threats is power our way past them.[read more]