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COP21: Last Stops on the Road to Paris

One of the final rounds of climate talks are now underway in Bonn, Germany as the international community makes final preparations for the upcoming COP21 climate conference in Paris where nations hope to hammer out a binding international treaty on...

Posted September 3, 2015    

Earth Overshoot: Running on Empty

According to data from the Global Footprint Network, August 13, 2015 was officially “Earth Overshoot Day.” We have now used nature’s entire budget for the year. Global Footprint Monitor tracks humanity’s demand on natural resources against nature’s...

Posted August 18, 2015    

Renewable Energy Delivers 70% of New Generating Capacity in First Half of 2015

According to the recently released Energy Infrastructure Update from the Office of Energy Projects at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), renewable energy sources accounted for 69.75 percent of new electrical generation...

Posted July 27, 2015    

June 2015 Hottest on Record: Super El Niño, Heatwaves, Record Precipitation and Drought

According to data released this week by the Japan Meteorological Agency,  June 2015 was the hottest June in the global record. On Wednesday NASA reported similar findings, with 2015 tied with 1998 as the warmest on record. What is...

Posted July 20, 2015    

The Politics of a Warming Arctic

The front line of climate change and the politics of a warming Arctic.It was just a little over 100 years ago that Robert Peary’s expedition first reached the north pole – or at least very close. In 1991 eight “arctic nations” signed the Arctic...

Posted July 17, 2015    

Our Common Future Under Climate Change: The Challenge and Opportunity

Living in a post-carbon worldThe largest international scientific meeting on climate change concluded this week in Paris, reinforcing the idea that 2015 is a crossroads for action on global warming. The international conference Our Common...

Posted July 14, 2015    

Jeffrey Sachs: 2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs, UN Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, explains why 2015 is a critical year for global sustainable development.2015 marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals...

Posted May 15, 2015    

Renewable Sources Provide 75 Percent of New Generating Capacity in 1st Quarter

Wind energy leads the way in new generating capacity –The latest Energy Infrastructure Update report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Office of Energy Projects confirms the continuing trend for the dominance of renewable energy sources...

Posted May 3, 2015    

Is Energy Efficiency Disrupting the Electric Utilities' Business Model?

We live in an age of disruption. The word denotes an undesired consequence, as in climate disruption, but it often is a powerful, if still painful, force for positive change, growth and transformation.Research by Shakeb Afsah and ...

Posted April 13, 2015    

Warmest Winter on Record

December 2014-February 2015: Warmest Winter on RecordDespite the headline-grabbing record cold and snowfall in the eastern U.S., spring comes to the northern hemisphere on the heels of the warmest winter on record. According to the latest report...

Posted March 28, 2015    

Progress on the Road to Paris: Negotiating Text for COP 21 Agreement Published

A first step on the road to ParisLast week the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced that important progress had been won on the road to Paris, where, at the COP 21 climate conference later this year...

Posted March 9, 2015    

Why (Some) People Don't Believe in Climate Science

Why is it so hard to wrap our brains around global warming? -It’s a hoax, it’s the sun, it’s scientists after grant money, it’s a play for world domination. Then there’s Al Gore, the favorite straw man for many climate change deniers. One thing...

Posted February 14, 2015