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Investors Tip Balance Toward Renewables

With investment in renewable electricity sources now outstripping polluting fossil fuels, a new study sees signs of change in global attitudes toward climate risks.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 READ MORE



Night of the Living Dead, Climate Change-Style

Even as the global warming crisis makes it clear that coal, natural gas and oil are yesterday’s energy, the momentum of two centuries of fossil fuel development means new projects keep emerging in a zombie-like fashion.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



Carbon Capture Schemes Need Financial Aid

Governments urgently need financial backing for technology that could help save the world from overheating by preventing CO2 from escaping into the atmosphere.

Posted on Jan 21, 2016 READ MORE



Political Turmoil in a Time of Low Energy Prices

The current rout in oil prices threatens a profound shift in the geopolitical fortunes of major energy-producing countries. Many are already experiencing economic and political turmoil, and the longer low prices persist, the more devastating the consequences are likely to be.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



Humans’ Mark on Planet Prompts Scientists to Consider Renaming the Epoch

The postindustrial impacts that humans have had on the earth and its atmosphere may pinpoint the mid-20th century as the start of a new geological epoch.

Posted on Jan 13, 2016 READ MORE



The Question Isn’t Whether We Can Save the World With Renewables, but How Much Can Be Saved?

Humanity is not abandoning fossil fuels fast enough to avoid some massive changes to our world’s climate, with implications for sea level, coastal erosion, extreme weather, and desertification and drought.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE



Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (Video)

My own feeling is that U.S. engagement with the Middle East is likely to remain intense only for another two decades or so. But in 2016, the Middle East is likely to be the hot-button issue in U.S foreign policy.

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 READ MORE



More Than Exxon: Big Oil Companies for Years Shared Damning Climate Research

New investigative reporting exposes that a task force headed by the American Petroleum Institute also knew about global warming since the 1970s.

Posted on Dec 22, 2015 READ MORE



A New World of Renewable Energy Beckons

2015 can be viewed as the year in which the epochal transition from one set of fuels to another took off, with renewables making such significant strides that, for the first time in centuries, the beginning of the end of the fossil fuel era has come into sight.

Posted on Dec 14, 2015 READ MORE



Capitalism’s Cult of Human Sacrifice

Manchester, a poor Mexican-American neighborhood in Houston, is just one example of how industrial capitalism is killing us on an altar of profit.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris Reaches Landmark Deal

After two weeks of negotiations, nearly 200 countries agreed to a carbon emissions-slashing deal that may signal an end to the fossil fuel era.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 READ MORE



Greenpeace Sting Exposes Academics Hired as Climate-Change Deniers

Professors from major U.S. institutions agreed to write reports promoting the benefits of CO2—and said they did not need to disclose fossil fuel funding.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE



Renewables Are Raising Stop Signs

With carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere the highest for 800,000 years, news of a possible halt this year in the rise of greenhouse gas emissions provides a boost for climate talks.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: James Hansen: United Nations’ Plans to Limit Emissions Are ‘Half-Arsed’

One of the world’s leading atmospheric scientists has warned U.N. negotiators that their current attempt to prevent global temperatures from rising is “half-arsed and half-baked” and risks giving future generations a climate system that is uncontrollably destructive.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE



Energy Game-Changers Look to the Future

Innovative new research into clean energy technology shows there are viable alternatives to fossil fuels—provided there is enough political will and investment.

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 READ MORE



A Perfect Storm Is Headed for Fossil Fuel Assets

Coal, oil and gas sectors warned that trillions of dollars of assets could be stranded if a global agreement on limiting climate change is reached at the U.N. summit in Paris.

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE



Who Can Follow This Climate Leader?

President Obama rejected the Keystone XL pipeline while backing increased production of oil, gas and coal.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE



Biggest Economies Still Backing Fossil Fuels

Analysts say the world’s 20 leading economies give nearly four times as much in subsidies to fossil-fuel production as total global subsidies to renewable energy.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



A Sea Change in Market Forces Governing Renewable Energy

New and cheaper ways to exploit free energy from wind and tidal power are being floated for countries with deep seas off their coasts.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE


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Royal Call for Switch to Low Carbon Investment

Prince Charles urges investors to play a key role as future-makers by pressuring governments to take decisive action on climate change.

Posted on Oct 30, 2015 READ MORE



Bonn Climate Talks Fail to Narrow Rich-Poor Divide

Negotiations to smooth the way toward a new global agreement on tackling climate change ended without closing deep rifts between developed and developing countries.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Big CO2 Emitters Shift Reduction Burden to Poorer Nations

Researchers say emissions reduction targets set by China, the U.S. and Europe place harsh demands on the rest of the world, and could cast a pall over the Paris climate summit.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



Death by Fracking

We are committing suicide by failing to rise up in large numbers to oppose a practice that poisons our air and water, causes epidemics of cancers and other diseases, and lays a hellish hand on the ecosystem. The longer we wait for the political process to work, the more assured is our mutual destruction.

Posted on Oct 18, 2015 READ MORE



Antarctic Ice Shelf Melting Could Double by 2050

Scientists find that global warming combined with powerful winds sweeping snow off the ice of Antarctica threaten to speed up sea level rise.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Cash Flow to Poorer Nations Is Still Too Slow

Rich countries are failing to fulfill pledges to make billions of dollars available to help the developing world face climate change.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE



Scientists Push Boundaries to Find Alternative Energy

From algae to alloys, ingenuity in the world’s laboratories is fueling experiments to find new ways of providing viable sources of clean energy.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Raises Danger of Urban Heat Islands

Scientists warn that densely packed cities face greater health hazards as greenhouse gases push up temperatures.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



U.K. Accused of Rigging Market Against Renewables

As electricity from renewable sources tops 25 percent in the U.K., the government is challenged to create a level playing field by scrapping nuclear and fossil-fuel subsidies.

Posted on Oct 7, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Naomi Klein: We Can Have Climate Salvation and Economic Justice

Activist Naomi Klein talks with “Democracy Now!” about the Leap Manifesto, a plan to transition away from fossil fuels to a 100 percent clean economy by the middle of the century.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE



Top Banker: Climate Change Threatens Global Financial Crash

The chairman of the G-20 nations’ Financial Stability Board says an orderly shift from fossil fuels to renewables is needed to avoid turmoil on world stock markets.

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE



Safer Battery Could Spark Investment in Renewables

Researchers have developed a battery that uses a common food additive to enable abundant solar and wind power to be stored cheaply and safely in homes and offices.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE



Elephant Grass Could Offer Viable Alternative to Coal

By adapting a tropical grass to grow in the British climate, scientists hope to be able to replace coal in power stations with biofuel.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE



Climate Change Threatens the Pacific With Seesaw Sea Levels

Coasts and communities in the Pacific region will face more extreme weather hazards as a changing climate magnifies the El Niño effect, scientists say.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE



All Nations Must Share the Blame, and Burden, or Lose the Climate Battle

A Brazilian expert says that developing countries must play their part in cutting emissions if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE



Investors Opt Out of Fossil Fuels as Climate Summit Nears

As momentum builds for a new deal on climate change, investors are becoming increasingly nervous about having their cash in fossil fuels.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



Will the U.S. Catholic Church Divest From Fossil Fuels and Buy Solar Panels Instead? (Video)

In his White House address on Wednesday, Pope Francis again brought up the urgent issue of global warming, linking climate change not only to the general welfare of people on earth but especially to the fate of the “excluded”—i.e., the poor.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



Unlimited Emissions Would Result in Ice-Free Antarctica

Scientists warn that burning up the planet’s remaining fossil fuel would cause all Antarctic ice to melt and produce devastating sea level rise.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



Exxon’s Own Research Confirmed the Role of Fossil Fuels in Global Warming Decades Ago

A groundbreaking investigation reveals how the company’s top executives were warned of possible catastrophe from global warming in the 1970s, then led efforts to block solutions.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



Receding Snowpack Highlights Impact of California Drought

Evidence preserved in tree rings shows that Sierra Nevada snow cover is the lowest in five centuries—and rising temperatures will only make things worse.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE



Efficiency Drive Can Cut a Quarter Off Energy Demand

New research shows that saving the planet from global warming by combining renewables and energy efficiency will also save money and create jobs.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE



In Alternative Energy Tussle, Obama Takes On Kochs, Fossil Fuel Companies

President Obama is letting it be known that he isn’t on the same side as David and Charles Koch and Big Oil when it comes to their approach to keeping consumers hooked on fossil fuels and discouraging them from exploring other options.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



Chaos in the Market: How Might It Affect the 2016 Presidential Race?

If the global swoon in stock prices were to turn into something more serious, which candidates would benefit?

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE



Eulogy for a Friend

The Rev. Terry Burke stood with the suffering, ministering to them over three decades and going to jail for his protests on behalf of fired workers and against the corporations that are destroying the ecosystem.

Posted on Aug 23, 2015 READ MORE



China’s Carbon Count Is Not as High as Feared

The use of poor-quality coal in Chinese power plants means that the carbon dioxide emissions of the world’s biggest polluter are 10 percent less than previously thought.

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 READ MORE



Why an Oil Glut May Lead to a New World of Energy

While most oil-company executives continue to insist that a turnaround is sure to occur in the near future, some analysts are beginning to wonder if oil’s diminished profitability doesn’t actually signal a fundamental transformation of the industry.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s State Department Emails, Mexico’s Energy Privatization and the Revolving Door

Recently released emails confirm that Clinton’s State Department helped break state-owned company Pemex’s oil and gas industry monopoly in Mexico and open the resource to international businesses. And two of the people responsible now work in the private sector and stand to gain financially from the reforms they helped create.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



Canadian Province Pulls the Plug on Renewable Energy Program

The Canadian province of Nova Scotia has canceled a successful project that rewarded people for generating renewable energy.

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 READ MORE



‘Good Practice’ Makes Perfect Sense for Greenhouse Gas Cuts

Reducing climate-warming gases enough to prevent global temperatures from exceeding a 2°C rise is simple—if all countries do as well as the best.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE



The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Still Winning the Investment War

The campaign to convince investors not to pour their money into the extraction and use of fossil fuels is failing to gain enough converts to be effective, experts say.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE


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