Climate & Energy

IKEA invests in cleantech, may soon stock solar panels

Heading to IKEA for some meatballs and easy-to-assemble furniture? You may soon be able to pick up solar panels as well. The Swedish manufacturer plans …

Rockin' out

Shipments of geothermal heat pumps grew 33 percent in 2006

Baseload geothermal power gets all the attention because it has such enormous potential for delivering low-carbon 24/7 power. But geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are every …

Who's getting the oil money?

Obama favored by Exxon employees, but McCain has gotten more oil money overall

Barack Obama put out an ad earlier this week accusing rival John McCain of being “in the pocket of Big Oil,” and the Democratic National …

Waste spending

Nuclear storage spending at Yucca jumps 38 percent to $96 billion

New nuclear power plants aren’t cheap. Neither is storing their waste. E&E News ($ub. req’d) reports on at Yucca Mountain: DOE has spent $13.5 billion …

Climate change will increase extreme rainfall, says study

Photo: Ali Nishan Climate change will likely lead to more powerful rainstorms, says a new study published in Science. Computer models may “substantially” underestimate the …

First as tragedy, then as farce?

Coal electricity prices: the new gas prices

In the next few years, Americans who have grown accustomed to some of the cheapest power in the world will start to see their rates …

Aussies should fight climate change by eating kangaroo, says study

Australians who want to make a dent in climate change just need to eat more kangaroo, says a new study in the journal Conservation Letters. …

The (renewable) electron economy, part 2

The five transport energy solutions and one imperative

This is the second in a series on how we can build an energy future based on our best science and no longer critically dependent …

Crow Tribe strikes $7 billion deal for coal-to-liquids plant on reservation

The Crow Tribe on Thursday agreed to host a massive new $7 billion coal-to-liquids plant on its reservation land in Montana. The plant would produce …