Obama clean power plan welcomed – but won’t avoid dangerous warming

By |August 4th, 2015|

President Barack Obama’s plan to slash electricity-generated CO2 emissions was welcomed on Tuesday as a courageous step towards a lower-carbon future, but not yet enough to brake dangerous global warming.

Politicians and analysts said Obama’s clean power plan, which faces fierce opposition in Republican quarters back home, should foster global goodwill […]

Let sun shine on solar energy’s Shared Renewable plan – Albany Times Union

By |August 4th, 2015|

With the solstice firmly behind us, summer is officially in full swing. Here in New York, that means our air conditioners, and the electricity grids they rely upon, are stretched to their limits.

In response, we’ve seen utilities urge customers to turn up their thermostats a notch or two to ease […]

Offshore wind farms, hurricanes, and sustainability – Phys.Org

By |August 4th, 2015|

Some people object to offshore wind turbines, citing noise, the blight on pristine views, and the above-market costs to consumers, while others focus on their potential to harness the energy of strong ocean winds. Credit: iStock

Block Island, which is located 13 miles off the Rhode Island coast, will soon be […]

Obama’s flexible fix to climate change.

By |August 4th, 2015|

Op-Ed Columnist August 4, 2015 Joe Nocera

For many years, I used to spend at least part of the summer in the gorgeous Laurentides region of Quebec, an hour northwest of Montreal. By the mid-1980s, with each return trip, I could see a growing environmental threat to the area’s beauty: More and […]

Despite shortcomings, Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan sets an important example.

By |August 4th, 2015|

By Editorial Board,

PRESIDENT OBAMA unveiled the final version of his signature climate change policy Monday, to aggressive attack and enthusiastic cheering. The cheering is on target: Mr. Obama’s Clean Power Plan will be the single largest action the country has taken to combat global warming. It sets an important example for […]

A climate plan businesses can like.

By |August 4th, 2015|

Op-Ed Contributors By JODY FREEMAN and KATE KONSCHNIK August 3, 2015

WITH the release of President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, a flood of legal challenges will begin. Already, opponents have denounced the new rule limiting carbon pollution as unconstitutional. Behind the rattling sabers, however, there’s a quieter story worth noticing. Many big players in the electric […]

GOP candidates range from hopeless to hapless on climate change.

By |August 4th, 2015|

By Eugene Robinson,

The vast majority of scientists who have devoted their professional lives to studying the Earth’s climate believe human-induced warming is an urgent problem requiring bold action. Republican candidates for president insist they know better.

With one possible exception — Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who barely registers in […]

Obama’s climate change plan is actually about public health.

By |August 4th, 2015|

This week, President Obama announced the Clean Power Plan—an ambitious set of regulations intended to combat climate change. If they go into effect, the Environmental Protection Agency will direct power plants to reduce carbon emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. Exactly how to do so will be […]

Beijing Olympics: How China will clean up its air for the global sporting event

By |August 4th, 2015|

Remember the name Zhangjiakou.

Not only will the hard-to-spell city in China’s Hebei province co-host the 2022 Winter Olympics with Beijing, it will do so running mostly on renewable energy.

The day before the International Olympic Committee announced its decision, the Chinese government said Zhangjiakou would become the country’s first renewable energy pilot zone — […]

CU-Boulder researchers use wastewater treatment to capture CO2, produce energy – EurekAlert (press release)

By |August 4th, 2015|

Cleaning up municipal and industrial wastewater can be dirty business, but engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed an innovative wastewater treatment process that not only mitigates carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, but actively captures greenhouse gases as well.

The treatment method, known as Microbial Electrolytic Carbon Capture (MECC), purifies […]