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Financial Pressure Grows on Fossil Fuel Industry

Financial Pressure Grows on Fossil Fuel Industry

The financial and economic muscle of the global fossil fuel industry’s corporate behemoths will not protect them from the costly effects of negative stigmatization if they ignore climate change pressures, according to a new academic study. The influence wielded on world stock markets by such corporations is enormous, with oil and gas companies alo… Read More

South’s New Power Push: Natural Gas and Tiny Nukes

South’s New Power Push: Natural Gas and Tiny Nukes

Natural gas, nuclear and renewables — all of these energy sources are part of how utilities in the South are attempting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a region long dependent on coal for power generation.… Read More

Sun ‘Must Supply 10 Percent of Energy by 2025′

Sun ‘Must Supply 10 Percent of Energy by 2025′

Hard on the heels of the latest UN report on climate change, two UK scientists have proposed an ambitious plan to tackle the problem it graphically describes. Their solution? A massive and urgent international program to increase the world’s production of solar energy – to 10 perecent of total global energy supply by 2025, and to 25 percent by 203… Read More

Western Wind Power May Soon Compete With Natural Gas

Western Wind Power May Soon Compete With Natural Gas

Except for Colorado renewable power, wind and solar generated in most Western states will be cost-competitive with natural gas-generated electricity by 2025 as renewable portfolio standards are met. … Read More

Microgrids: Sandy Forced Cities to Rethink Power Supply

Microgrids: Sandy Forced Cities to Rethink Power Supply

Hurricane Sandy and the havoc it wreaked on New York City and the rest of the Northeast in 2012 could prove to be a turning point in how people think about the way electricity is produced and distributed in storm-prone areas.… Read More

Filling in Some Blanks to ‘All of the Above’ Energy Policy

Filling in Some Blanks to ‘All of the Above’ Energy Policy

When President Obama released his Climate Action Plan in late June, it started to provide clarity on what’s been deemed an “all of the above” energy production strategy for the U.S. However, the plan was short on some specifics. At a talk at Columbia University on Monday, Energy Department Secretary Ernest Moniz provided some of those specifics … Read More

Waste CO2 Could be Source of Renewable Power

Waste CO2 Could be Source of Renewable Power

They could, they argue, pump the carbon dioxide through water or other liquids and produce a flow of electrons and therefore more electricity. Power-generating stations release 12 billion tons of carbon dioxide every year as they burn coal, oil or natural gas; home and commercial heating plants release another 11 billion tons. This would be enough… Read More

More Frequent Heat Waves by 2020 ‘Almost Certain’

More Frequent Heat Waves by 2020 ‘Almost Certain’

Stand by for extreme weather. Prepare for heat waves on a scale that was once unprecedented. For once, there are no “ifs” in the forecast, no caveats about modeling business-as-usual-scenarios rather than dramatic reductions of emissions for near-term warming Even if governments abandon fossil fuels everywhere, immediately, and invest only in gree… Read More