Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Robert F. Kennedy first challenged our Ponzi scheme pursuit of growth for growth’s sake

Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated 41 years ago last week. He challenged our monomaniacal pursuit of GDP in “one of the most beautiful of his speeches,” as Obama described it an August 2008 NYT profile of his economic thinking. Obama …

Climate & Energy

Labor teams up with enviros to pass climate bill and promote green jobs

After working for the United Steelworkers International Union for 30 years, Lauren Horne left in January to take on a new role within the labor movement — rallying union members to help fight climate change. Union members call for a …

Climate & Energy

House GOP unveils energy bill heavy on fossil fuels and nuclear power

Reps. Darrell Issa (left), John Boehner, and Mike Pence introduce the American Energy Act.Photo: Republican ConferenceHouse Republicans have rolled out their own energy plan, the American Energy Act, intended to compete with the American Clean Energy and Security Act put …

Climate & Energy

How to get involved in the fight against climate change

Wondering what you can do? These groups have climate campaigns and info galore — check out their sites, connect with them on social networks, and get involved!   Climate-focused groups   350.org A grassroots group led by author Bill McKibben …

Climate & Energy

Population: Off the radar, not off the map

“The main driving forces of future greenhouse gas trajectories will continue to be demographic change, social and economic development, and the rate and direction of technological change,” according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Emissions Scenarios. …

Business & Technology

Hot new clean-tech startups are plug-and-play

You gotta be crazy to start a green-tech company these days, right? Venture funding has fallen off the proverbial cliff since the economy imploded last September, and even established renewable energy companies are struggling to stay afloat until the Obama …

Cities

A tour through Indian energy projects suggests small is beautiful

A local irrigation project in southern India.Courtesy Michael Foley Photography via FlickrGeorge Black has a fascinating story about how India might lift its people out of poverty without torching the environment in the current issue of OnEarth, the magazine run …

Climate & Energy

Climate-news poem: mustache edition

iwona_kellie via flickrThis time around we start off with a great big phony pactThat came from several green groups who just felt they had to act.A powerful indictment and a plan for moving on, The “Copenhagen treaty” met with no …

Climate & Energy

This White House science adviser thinks America should embrace nuclear power

There are 104 commercial nuclear power stations in the United States today, supplying about 20 percent of the nation’s electricity. No new commercial reactors have been licensed here since 1973. And the last commercial plant to come online, Watts Bar …