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Resilience for Free: Protecting Vulnerable Communities

October 19, 2015 by Lewis Milford

Resilience and Communities

Clean Energy Group, through its Resilient Power Project, has released a new report analyzing the economics of resilient solar PV and battery storage (solar+storage) systems for multifamily affordable housing. The report, Resilience for Free, models project expenses and savings/revenue over a 20-year period.[read more]

Reducing Climate Injustice to the Poor Is Within Our Reach

September 22, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

Pope Francis and Climate Justice

In his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis describes the immorality of a society based on over-consumption, which takes from the earth more than can be sustained, and chokes our land and our oceans and our atmosphere with waste. The Pope describes the injustice of the "economy of exclusion."[read more]

Solar Pumps Help Indian Women Salt Workers Escape from Poverty

February 3, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Solar Pumps and Poverty in India

Solar-powered water pumps provided under the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative are helping women working in the desert salt pans of western India to escape from poverty, replacing expensive and dirty diesel pumps with clean, cheap energy.[read more]

Slum Dwellers Face Climatic Disasters

April 6, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Poverty and Climate Risk


Millions of people living in the shantytowns of the developing world’s mega-cities will be among the most-vulnerable groups feeling the brunt of climate change in the coming decades, according to a just-released report from UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.[read more]

The Tragic Toll of Extreme Weather on Vulnerable Nations

November 16, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

In the large world beyond our borders, the impacts of climate change are being felt. In most cases, these impacts are being felt with even greater strength and causing even greater damage and sorrow. Some living through these disasters are calling for action.[read more]

The Problem with a Carbon Tax

July 30, 2011 by Michael Tobis

Fuel is a luxury, sometimes. And sometimes it is a necessity.If we rely entirely on a "price" on carbon, and carbon remains fungible, what happens?Well, in a sense we already know. We in the US have encouraged the use of farmland to produce corn to produce ethanol. This notoriously contributes to the rise in prices of the coarsest,...[read more]

Distributed Power Is The Best Way To Relieve Energy Poverty

July 29, 2011 by Alex Trembath

I just attended a presentation by Marlene Grundstrom, who works with the Stockholm Environment Institute on energy access and energy poverty.Often left out of both discussions of climate change and global development, energy poverty turns out to be a key driver of both, and a considerable source of suffering and mortality in less-...[read more]

Myopiaburger, With A Side Of Stupidfries

May 31, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

Hunger crisis worsens, food system broken: Oxfam (emphasis added): “The food system is pretty well bust in the world,” Oxfam Chief Executive Barbara Stocking told reporters, announcing the launch of the Grow campaign as 925 million people go hungry every day. “All the signs are that the number of people going hungry is going up,”...[read more]

Solving the Energy Poverty Problem

February 28, 2011 by Breakthrough Institute

In this guest post, Americans for Energy Leadership Contributor Natalie Relich writes that energy poverty is one of the least discussed facets of energy and climate policy, yet is one of the greatest challenges confronting the world today. In this enlightening article, she discusses how American energy innovation can help solve the...[read more]

An “iPod” for the global poor

October 10, 2010 by Marc Gunther

While we Americans  plug an ever-increasing number of gadgets into the wall, about 1.5 billion people in the world, most in sub Saharan Africa and south Asia, live without access to electricity, according to the International Energy Agency. It will take years, perhaps decades, to get electricity to all of them, so in the meantime a...[read more]