Todd Woody

Todd Woody is an environmental and technology journalist based in California who writes for The New York Times, Quartz, and other publications.

Climate & Energy

Forget saving the planet, driving an electric car will save your life

If you want to sell the climate change fight, make it about personal health.

Business & Technology

The grinch that stole the coal industry’s Christmas

The pace of coal-fired power-plant closure is accelerating, thanks to cheap natural gas and environmental regulations.

Climate & Energy

The carbon time bomb in your retirement account

A new financial tool lets Wall Street calculate the climate-change risk of investments.

Business & Technology

The world’s greenest oil company?

France's Total is hedging against a low-carbon future by investing in solar and biofuels.

Climate & Energy

How scientists are using drones to fight the next big oil spill

Drones and sensors deployed off the Florida coast will help predict the impact of the next Deepwater Horizon, if there has to be a next one.

Climate & Energy

Five charts that explain the great energy shift

Or, the rise of fracking and the decline of coal.

Solar Power

Report: Homebuyers willing to pay premium for solar

Okay, I’m a little slow on the uptake on this but I’ve been pursing a recent report from Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory on the effect of installing a rooftop solar array on the sale price of homes in California. (It makes for dense reading and unless you’re really into “hedonic pricing models” and “difference-in-difference model,” you might want to stick with the two-page summary.) The upshot: California homes that sport solar panels sell for a $17,000 premium for an average newish 3.1-kilowatt photovoltaic array. “This is a sizable effect,” Ryan Wiser, a staff scientist at the Lab and a coauthor of …

Solar Power

On Coachella’s solar stage

It was a sunny year at the 2011 Coachella Music Festival, and the stage is set for the town’s new concentrating photovoltaic farm.Photo: Paige K. ParsonsAn interesting solar development got buried by Thursday’s big news that French fossil fuel conglomerate Total had agreed to acquire a majority stake in SunPower, the Silicon Valley photovoltaic panel maker and power plant development. That $1.37 billion Total is spending on SunPower naturally overshadowed the Southern California desert community of Coachella’s announcement that it had flipped the switch on a 420-kilowatt concentrating photovoltaic farm at its water reclamation plant. Don’t yawn. Here’s why the …

Cleantech

What’s next for the enviro-business coalition that defeated California’s Prop 23?

Now that we’ve put together some green muscle, what will we do with it?Photo: Denis GilesMuch of the green movement has been mounting a rearguard fight in Washington to fend off attempts to gut the U.S. EPA in the wake of the Republican sweep of the 2010 elections. California, as usual, is heading down a different road. The enviro-business coalition that defeated Prop 23, Texas oil companies’ attempt to derail the state’s global-warming law, is stepping up effort to push lawmakers to expand California’s climate-change efforts. First, the No on 23 campaign led by billionaire hedge-fund manager Tom Steyer resurfaced …

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