Climate & Energy

Mountaintop revival

Bank of America to stop financing mountaintop removal

The energy and climate news is coming way too fast and furious for me to comment at length on every story. So here is everyone’s favorite W.Va. reporter, Ken Ward Jr. on the story: CHARLESTON, …

This gift guide saves energy — and it’s recession-proof!

  Don’t get wrapped up in holiday stress. Giving green is easy!   OK, so gas prices have eased up a bit — but the economy’s still tanking. Wouldn’t it be oh-so-thoughtful to give your …

Coal hard cash

Amid climate talks, World Bank considers $5 billion loan for most carbon-intensive project ever

The race for Most Hypocritical Actor at the climate talks in Poznan, Poland is a crowded one, to be sure, but the World Bank, in one swift move, has taken a commanding lead. Late last …

Right brain alert

Can teaching art to future scientists help save the planet?

A special report from Gainesville, Florida. Robert Ponzio, art instructor and chair of the Fine Arts Department at Oak Hall School took to the skies Sunday above Florida’s Kennedy Space Center in a specially modified, …

Yes, there are green stimuli we can implement quickly

Weather-sealing and funding for existing transit offer quick ramp-ups, fast paybacks

David Roberts asks: Another key question is how much money could be pumped into building sector energy efficiency, and how quickly. The feds and states do some weatherization of low-income homes through LIHEAP, but those …

The good borg

The World Community Grid sets its sights — and processing power — on clean energy

IBM’s World Community Grid is a global network of computers linked up to become a single super-computer. The processing power of idling computers is put to use number crunching solutions to AIDS, Dengue Fever, um, …

Biochar

Biofuels Digest rounds up the evidence of increasing interest in biochar — a potentially carbon-negative source of power.

Over 1,000 gallons of oil spilled off California coast

Over 1,100 gallons of oil spilled off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., Sunday when a pump line on an offshore oil rig sprung a leak, causing a mile-and-a-half-long oil slick that state regulators said …

Canadian oil sands projects polluting aquifers, report says

The massive, energy-intensive oil sands projects in Alberta, Canada, are leaking some 2.9 million gallons of contaminated water each day into the region’s aquifers, according to a new report by Environmental Defense and Pembina Consulting …