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Solar Photovoltaic Panels: The Other Side of the Story

November 23, 2015 by Charles Arthur

Solar PV and Rural Energy

Rural electrification through PV technology is proving to be a success in developing countries. As part of its work in support of inclusive and sustainable industrial development, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) promotes energy access for productive uses.[read more]

Brussels Briefing on Environment: All You Need to Know for November 2015 [VIDEO]

November 10, 2015 by David Thual

European Environmental News

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Environment for viEUws, Sonja van Renssen provides an overview of EU environment policy developments, including the EU ETS reform, the latest news on car emissions standards in the wake of the Volkswagen Scandal, and the the long-awaited Circular Economy Package.[read more]

Increased Recycling May Reduce Metals Sector Energy Use in China

November 6, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

China and Metals Recycling

China produces more steel and aluminum than any other country. Secondary production, or producing metal from recycled scrap metal, is the primary opportunity to reduce the country's energy intensity for both of these industries, because secondary production uses significantly less energy.[read more]

EU Environment and Climate Policy Briefing: All You Need to Know for October [VIDEO]

October 19, 2015 by David Thual

October Energy News

In this Brussels Briefing on Environment for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Sonja van Renssen provides an overview of the latest EU environment and climate policy developments, including information on the upcoming COP 21 conference in Paris.[read more]


Nuclear Innovation: Necessity of Test Beds

August 26, 2015 by Todd Allen

Nuclear Innovation and Necessity

This is the first of four planned articles that will outline the recommendations from the Idaho National Laboratory led Nuclear Innovation Workshops, which cover the pressing need for designated test beds in order to advance nuclear innovation.[read more]


Methane's Impact: An Under-Estimation of Global Significance

August 21, 2015 by Matt de la Houssaye

Global Methane Risk

According to IPCC estimates, by the end of this century the global temperature will increase between 1.5°C and 4.5°C relative to the average of the 1880’s. Outcomes from this can be a higher chance of extreme weather events, crop shortages, and an elevated sea level due to the melting Antarctic ice sheet.[read more]

EU Environment and Climate Policy Briefing: All You Need to Know for April [VIDEO]

April 15, 2015 by David Thual

EU Energy News for April

In this Brussels Briefing on Environment for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Sonja van Renssen provides an overview and analysis of the latest European Union environment and climate policy developments on the continent.[read more]

Continuing to Lead by Example on Federal Sustainability

April 2, 2015 by Jason Ye

The Obama Administration recently issued a new executive order that builds on energy-saving advances and ups the targets for federal agencies to do even more. Joining in the commitment to cleaner energy and energy efficiency were 14 companies that are major federal suppliers.[read more]


The 100% Renewable Energy Nuclear Option, Part 1

March 23, 2015 by David Hess

Renewables and Future Energy Options


It is time for the world to get serious about renewables, by formally recognizing that nuclear energy is one in all ways that matter. Usually the term renewables is taken to mean wind and solar, but this makes the idea of a life and death contest with nuclear all the more ridiculous.[read more]

Governor Cuomo Empowers New York's Cities through Investment in Clean Energy

February 2, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

As detailed in the recent announcement by Governor Cuomo, New York State is about to embark on an ambitious program to expand the Five Cities Energy Plan initiative, while also establishing the "New York State Community Partnership" program that will help additional municipalities.[read more]

Capturing Methane to Fuel Drilling Operations

January 29, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Methane and Drilling Fuel

Methane emissions from fuel production have become an issue for regulators concerned about greenhouse gasses, as well as for oil and gas producers who see money going up in flames as gas flares. innovators are finding ways to capture the wasted natural gas and profitably use it to fuel their operations.[read more]

Banning Styrofoam, Managing Our Waste, and Promoting Sustainability

January 16, 2015 by Steven Cohen

New York City, following the lead of San Francisco and Portland, has banned styrofoam containers in an effort to change the nature of its waste stream, as the type of styrofoam being banned cannot be recycled. The ban will result in the use of substitute forms of packaging--probably more expensive plastics.[read more]

National Geographic Explorer Culhane Shows Garbage-Energy Isn't Science Fiction

January 4, 2015 by Marianne Lavelle

Garbage and Energy Generation

When I recently set out to write a story about the energy possibilities of garbage, which was portrayed as nothing but a sci-fi gag in the movie Back to the Future Part II, I knew I had to check in with National Geographic Emerging Explorer T.H. Culhane.[read more]

Next Step in Sustainability: Requiring Homes to Recycle Water

November 30, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Lancaster, California was one of the first municipalities to push the envelope on sustainability by requiring homes to be solar-ready, as part of Mayor Rex Parris’ goal of becoming a net-zero city. Parris has now taken his sustainability goals one step further by addressing water consumption in new homes.[read more]

Eight Pitfalls in Evaluating Green Energy Solutions

November 21, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Green Energy Risks

Some citizens who are concerned about the long-term viability of the electric grid will no doubt want to purchase their own solar systems with inverters and back-up batteries. I won't discourage those who want to do this–the systems may prove to be of assistance. But I see no reason to subsidize these purchases.[read more]

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