Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

The moral argument for curbing climate change

Robert Farley has a point I would like all environmentalists to have seared to the insides of our eyelids: Simply because something must happen does not mean that it will happen … It’s not that people are stupid (although many …

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Umbra on driveways

Dear Umbra, What is the most eco-friendly driveway material? Jean K.Newington, Conn. Dearest Jean, Other than “no driveway because no car,” dunno. I can tell you all the characteristics possessed by a good eco-friendly driveway material, but no single material …

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Missourians to vote on renewable energy ballot initiative in November

Renewable things are happening in the heartland. Ohio passed a renewable portfolio standard in the spring, and Michigan did the same a few weeks ago. Renewable activists in Missouri recently qualified a renewable energy standard — Proposition C — for …

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Bailout no reason to delay needed public investment

I have been making the point (here, here, here) that we should resist the emerging Very Serious D.C. conventional wisdom that the financial bailout will constrain our ability to make other much-needed public investments. It’s wrong, wrong, wrong. Obama was …

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Who’s the ultimate climate-denying, Anti-Gore superstar?

The excerpt below originally appeared on The Center for Public Integrity blog Paper Trail under the title, “Auditioning to be the Anti-Gore,” by Nikola Horejs. —– Climate change deniers in search of their own, Al Gore-like figurehead have an unlikely …

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An excellent report on energy efficiency

The American Physical Society has released a major study on the crucial role that energy efficiency must play to achieving energy security and reducing global warming. According to the APS, Energy Future: Think Efficiency “differs from other energy efficiency reports …

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Farmland birds don’t seem to mind wind turbines, says study

The sights and sounds of wind turbines don’t seem to bother farmland birds, according to research published in the Journal of Applied Ecology. Scientists studied the effects of two wind farms in eastern England on 3,000 birds of 23 species, …

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Solar PV + waste heat

Cool. The pursuit of usable waste heat is one of the great unheralded stories of the green shift.

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Cutting meat and milk consumption cuts CO2 emissions, study says

Happy World Vegetarian Day! Just in time for the festivities, a new study from the Food Climate Research Network finds that cutting down on meat and milk consumption can help cut greenhouse-gas emissions. The four-year study focused mainly on the …