Climate & Energy

The British love Obama too, and hope he’ll inspire climate action

First things first: We love Barack Obama here in Britain, maybe almost as much as you do. Possibly there are disappointed Republican sympathizers in the U.K., but I haven’t met any, and relief at the retreat of Sarah Palin as …

Utilities ponder big buy of electric cars

In a move to support flailing automakers — and potentially boost their own bottom line — several big U.S. utilities are considering putting in orders for thousands of electric cars.

Droughts and desalination in Australia — another amplifying feedback

Our never-ending quest to identify all the amplifying climate feedbacks takes us back to Australia: The worst drought in a century, especially in Australia’s most populated and fastest growing regions, has forced state governments to make expensive, and in some …

Obama to Poland

Killing the myth of the 1970s global cooling scientific consensus

There was no scientific consensus in the 1970s that the Earth was headed into an imminent ice age. Indeed, the possibility of anthropogenic warming dominated the peer-reviewed literature even then. So begins an excellent review article [PDF] in the Bulletin …

Times Square billboard will be powered by renewables

A billboard powered entirely by the wind and sun is coming to New York City’s Times Square. And when the wind don’t blow and the sun don’t shine? The billboard, advertising office-equipment giant Ricoh, will just go dark.

Acidifying oceans need to be addressed, says litigous green group

The U.S. EPA should use the Clean Water Act to address the growing problem of ocean acidification, says the Center for Biological Diversity — and if the agency doesn’t act, it’s gonna get sued.

More on the battle with Henry Waxman over the House Energy and Commerce committee

With a secret-ballot vote by Democrats in the House of Representatives likely next week, Washington, D.C. continues to buzz over the effort by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) to unseat Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) as chairman of the powerful House Energy …

It’s time for the G20 to focus on a global green deal

This is a guest post by Gary Gardner and Michael Renner, senior researchers with the Worldwatch Institute, an environmental research organization based in Washington, D.C. —– When leaders of the 20 largest economies gather in Washington, D.C., this week, a …