September 19, 2017

Why Buffett Bet A Billion on Solar

(Photo by Alan Trotter, Creative Commons License)

By 2030, millions of people will have transport fuel that is ‘on the house.’ During the midday hours, many grids will experience negative pricing as solar PV floods the market to the extent that the power cannot be stored. As millions of electric vehicles hit the road, they will likely become the default destination for stored electricity. Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell cannot stop this. They had better think seriously about financing solar and wind arrays. Read More »

The Game-Changing Water Revolution

(Photo by Eren Eriş, Creative Commons License)

In the middle of North American shale boom, the lack of water is suffocating. Amid this doom and gloom, a water revolution emerges, led by energy industry figures who realized the endless potential of tapping into new water sources and processing them with advanced desalination technology that, for the first time ever, is economically feasible. Read More »

Extreme Weather on the Rise

A parched farm in drought-hit California. (Photo by  John Weiss, Creative Common License)

The most severe weather events of 2014 took 65 lives and cost more than $19 billion, showing that the need for increased resilience investment is greater than ever. Read More »

Tracking Seafood From Bait to Plate

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By asking for U.S.-caught or raised fish, Americans can support sustainable fishing practices; avoid the possibility of inadvertently supporting slavery; eliminate the risk of illegal additives; and help fishermen recoup some of the revenue they would otherwise lose to illegal and unsustainable competitors abroad. Read More »

Efforts to Weaken Renewable Energy Schedules in the States

Wind turbines from the Smoky Hills Wind Farm. (Photo by Stephen Johnson, CC License)

On the heels of coordinated campaigns across the country to roll back state-level renewable energy standards, many states are already facing similar efforts in the early months of 2015. Read More »

Climate Change: A Spark in Igniting Syria’s Civil War

The drought caused massive disruption in rural areas and led to a mass migration to cities.. (Photo by Charles Roffey, Creative Commons License)

A drought in Syria that was exacerbated by climate change helped fuel the unrest that led to the country's civil war. Read More »

Keystone Pipeline Veto: Politics or Real Policy?

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A roundtable of energy experts weigh in on the significance of Obama’s veto — the economics, the politics and the environment — as well as what’s next. Read More »

Europe Losing Influence in Climate Negotiations

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The Paris climate conference kicks off in 308 days, and should it fail, it could be the last of its kind. For France, this is simply not an option. Read More »

Large-Scale Hydropower Will Fail in Tibet

The frozen Yarlung Tsangpo river just before it enters India – freezing temperatures pose a risk to hydropower infrastructure (Image by Yang Yong via thethirdpole.net)

Hydropower dams on the Tibetan plateau will be inefficient or inoperable because of freezing temperatures and power lines will wreck the region’s natural beauty and exacerbate climate changes, warns one geologist. Read More »

Great Gamble on the Mekong

Mekong River provides protein and food security to 65 million people in the form of fish for food and trade, and water and nutrients for home gardens and commercial farms. (Photo by Simon Cast, Creative Commons License)

A proposed dam on the Mekong River would provide energy for the region, but at a significant environmental cost. Read More »