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By Lewis Milford, Rob Sanders / On February 27th, 2017

New forms of solar and battery-powered energy could soon be accessible to all—with some strategic assistance from the philanthropic sector.

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By Richard Heinberg / On December 8th, 2016

During the second presidential debate on October 9, Republican presidential nominee (now President-Elect) Donald Trump claimed that “clean coal” could meet the energy needs of the United States for the next 1,000 years. Now that Mr. Trump will be in the...

By Laurie Mazur / On November 21st, 2016

With cap-and-trade, as with all well-intentioned fixes, “the devil is in the details.”

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By Katharine Sucher / On November 18th, 2016

Around the country, interest in Zero Net Energy (ZNE) buildings is growing—this fall Santa Monica passed the world’s first ZNE building requirement for new single family homes and Boise unveiled Idaho’s first commercial ZNE building.

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By Peter Newman / On August 10th, 2016

The agenda for cities of the future is to have more sustainable transport options available so that a city can indeed reduce its traffic whilst reducing its greenhouse gases 50 percent by 2050 (the global agenda set through the International Panel on...

By Linda Rudolph, Keanan McGonigle / On August 9th, 2016

Two weeks ago, the Oakland City Council unanimously voted to ban the handling and storage of coal in the city, quashing a proposal to build what could have been the largest coal export facility in California.

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By CC Huang, Hallie Kennan / On August 4th, 2016

As Donald Trump likes to say, “China is beating us on everything.” While that’s a debatable proposition, there is one area where China is far ahead of the United States, and that’s in resilient transportation systems.

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By Yoram Bauman, Peter Fox-Penner, Richard Heinberg / On July 26th, 2016

Around the world, renewable energy is making headlines: last May, clean energy supplied almost all of Germany’s...

By Pavan Sukhdev / On July 20th, 2016

On its way to bankruptcy, Peabody, along with four other major U.S. coal producers spent nearly $100 million over the last ten years on political lobbying to help protect federal tax-funded fossil fuel subsidies.

By Jennifer Miller, PhD / On July 14th, 2016

Heat or eat: that’s the stark choice faced by many low-income families during cold New York winters, according to Scott Oliver of PathStone, a non-profit group in upstate New York. But that could change. In...

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