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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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By Richard Heinberg / On July 6th, 2016

In early May of this year, Portugal ran on renewable electricity alone for four consecutive days. And later that same month, on May 15, Germany filled almost all its electricity needs with solar, wind, and hydro power.  This is good news: it...

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By Richard Heinberg, David Fridley / On June 29th, 2016

Two of the country’s leading energy experts spoke at the SPUR Urban Center in San Francisco, California on June 2, 2016 to discuss renewable energy.

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By Richard Heinberg / On June 21st, 2016

As just about everyone knows, there are gaping chasms separating the worldviews of fossil fuel promoters, nuclear power advocates, and renewable energy supporters. But crucially, even among those who disdain fossils and nukes, there is a seemingly...

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