Climate & Energy

Report: Big solar thermal power's days are numbered

Competition from ever-cheaper photovoltaic panels could cool demand for solar thermal.

The regular person's guide to who's to blame for the BP oil spill

You've heard there's a gigantic plume of toxic muck at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico; you've seen the fouled beaches and even bought the commemorative tar ball tchotchke. But unless you're a policy wonk, you might not have …

Does pollution lock people into a cycle of poverty?

The EPA is funding grants to study environmental injustice and the effects of poverty and environment on health.

A failure to communicate: Urbanists should accentuate the positive

Urbanists prattle on about sustainability as if the economic meltdown of the last few years didn't even happen. No wonder it's not working.

Dirty Air Deeds: The People's House is filthy

Today I begin a regular series to highlight recent attempts and harmful actions to weaken protections against air pollution.

Big Oil pushes expanded offshore drilling without new safeguards

Big Oil continues to lust after huge profits at the expense of the health and welfare of the American people. The leader of the American Petroleum Institute rashly advocated a speedy return to expanded offshore oil drilling last week even …

Why don’t larger solar power markets have lower prices?

This is part of a series on distributed renewable energy posted to Grist. It originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States, a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance’s New Rules Project. Before the holidays we posted a chart illustrating the average …

Global investment in green energy hit record in 2010

Venture capitalists, corporations, and governments worldwide pouring $243 billion into wind farms, solar power, electric cars, and other technologies.

Are Australia's floods the revenge of Gaia?

Australia's experiencing record sea surface temperatures, which are associated with heavy rains. But is it climate change? Also: CROCODILES!