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What Will The World Look Like In Five Decades? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Scientists have been sounding alarm bells about climate change for decades, and while some improvements have been made in areas such as fuel efficiency, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. This infographic outlines the possibility of what the Earth will look like in 50 years if drastic changes aren't made.

How Better Printing Practices can Improve Your Business’s Impact on the Environment

When businesses operate, their first priority is to make as much profits as possible. And even though these businesses and the people that own them get richer, it shouldn’t be at the expense of the environment, which will negatively impact future generations.

Move Over PEMEX

Gasoline stations in Mexico have all been exactly the same for decades. PEMEX, the state-owned behemoth has been the only show in town. Pull up to any of 11,400 stations nationwide and the experience is very similar: PEMEX stations selling PEMEX gasoline. This is all changing.

European Bioenergy Policy: Telling the Wood from the Trees

Bioenergy is the workhorse of EU renewable energy contributing over 60% to the current level of renewables in the EU[1]. This week the European Commission launched a consultation on sustainable bioenergy policy so let’s have a quick look at the current bioenergy landscape.

Oil Companies and Climate Change: Their Assets are Not at Risk, Their Long-Term Business Model Is

Global warming has fundamentally changed the business environment for oil companies, writes geophysicist Jilles van den Beukel (ex-Shell). But they will not sink under “stranded assets” or a “carbon bubble”, as some environmentalists claim. Such notions, argues Van den Beukel, are based on a lack of understanding of the value of different types of reserves.

3 Sure Signs of Texas’ Emerging Solar Market

Austin, my home for the past 35 years, is typically a pretty sunny place year-round. But summer is when I am reminded of the sun’s unwavering presence and strength. Fortunately, Texas is beginning to put those rays to work, as evidenced by GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) newest U.S. Solar Market Insight.

Parksmart and the Transformation of Mobility

“Human mobility has always been an intrinsic part of human development,” emphasizes a United Nations report on human development. “Human mobility plays a central role in global and local processes of social, economic and political change: it is both molded by and helps to mold these global transformations.”

Hot Showers and Cool Rides: Wind, Sun, and the Duck Curve

As we look out over the power sector transformation that is unmistakably upon us, there are those who warn of the sacrifices, the risks, and the costs that could come with more and more intermittent electricity generation—wind and solar energy, for example—on the grid. Show More Summary

Retail Price of Regular Gasoline Forecast to Average $2.25 Per Gallon This Summer

In the July edition of the Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO), EIA forecasts that the U.S. retail price for regular gasoline will average $2.25 per gallon (gal) this summer (April through September). The forecast price for this summer is lower than the 2015 summer average of $2.63/gal, but higher than the forecast from the April 2016 Short-Term Energy and Summer Fuels Outlook.

DNV GL Sees Solar Power Revolution, Acquires Spanish Solar Monitoring Company

DNV GL, one the world largest independent energy consultancies, has strengthened its position in the solar power sector with the acquisition of GreenPowerMonitor, a leading provider of solar monitoring, control and asset management systems. Show More Summary

How Did Southern California Keep the Lights on During an Historic Heatwave? We Need to Know

On June 20 and 21, temperatures across the Southwest hit record triple digits. It was a scorching way to start the summer. For Southern Californians, early arrival of extreme heat tested the region’s already compromised electricity system:...Show More Summary

LNG: The Answer to Europe’s Reliance on Russian Gas?

The Danish owned ‘JS Ineos Intrepid’ has the rather unusual slogan ‘Shale gas for chemicals’ painted across the 180-metre-long tanker. Last week the tanker left the US port of Philadelphia and sailed to Norway to offload its cargo of Ethane. Ethane is derived from natural gas production and the shale boom in the US has made it plentiful.

Six Reasons Texas is a Wind Energy Leader

In our recent blog post, we told you how climate change is impacting the Lone Star State – with drier air, more intense droughts, longer heatwaves, and heavier downpours. But Texas hasn’t just been on the receiving end of climate change – it’s also become a national leader in clean energy solutions, thanks to an abundance of wind energy.

Politicians Strive to Reassure Infrastructure Investors Following Brexit Vote

The outlook for investment in housing, infrastructure and green energy projects in the UK remains uncertain following the referendum decision to leave the European Union, but politicians are now seeking to reassure industry and investors.

Connecticut’s First Wind Farm and the Growth of Wind Energy

Wind generation capacity has grown dramatically, but erratically, in the U. S. in response to the cyclical operation or expiration of a series of production tax credits. The current credit, in place for five years until the end of 2019, will provide a more stable investment and business environment for wind development.

Critically Assessing Energy Modeling in the United States: Reflections on the E.I.A. and Renewable Energy Forecasts

The following is a guest post co-authored by one of our cofounders and Benjamin Sovacool. It is a response to a criticism of an article whose results we have cited and discussed numerous times. Although different than our normal analyses, this post addresses a lot of important issues in energy, energy modelling, and analysis methodologies.

Interview with Adnan Amin, Head of IRENA: “Everything We See is Pointing to Transformational Change”

“Everything we are seeing is pointing to transformational change in the energy sector”, says Adnan Z. Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). “We don’t need a miracle, it’s already happening.” Amin,...Show More Summary

Clean Energy Incentive Program Marches Along Despite Clean Power Plan Stay

Despite the “stay” halting implementation of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) earlier this year, rulemaking regarding the national Environmental Protect Agency’s (EPA) Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) continues. The purpose of the CEIP is to encourage early investment in renewable energy (i.e. Show More Summary

UK Energy and Environment Sectors Face Post-Brexit Uncertainty

The UK energy market and the prospects for environmental safeguards face an uncertain future following the country’s referendum vote to leave the European Union. One-fifth of British business leaders said they were considering moving operations abroad after the vote, according to a survey by the Institute of Directors. Show More Summary

A Green Future for Captured Carbon

In the prior post, evidence was presented for the necessity of carbon capture deployment in order to avoid triggering irreversible climate changes within the next two decades. As noted there, attempts to develop commercial scale capture facilities have thus far languished. Show More Summary

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