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High-Intensity Fusion

Pablo Rodriguez Fernandez is hunched over a computer in the control room of MIT’s fusion reactor, gathering data that will inform the design of a new one — a device that could solve the world’s energy problems. He is surrounded by other scientists running simulations and analyzing data.

Crowdsourcing to Determine Climate Change Effects

As nations debate and collaborate on how to address the impact of climate change, communities that directly feel the impact have a more pressing concern. Indeed, an extended drought or dramatic temperature change could impact a village’s very survival unless those villagers take some immediate action.

Promoting Sustainability and Equity through Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda

UN-Habitat, the formal United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, looks to establish a common vision for sustainable and equitable urban developments. UN Habitat conferences take place every 20 years, with the first two taking place in 1976 and 1996, in Vancouver and Istanbul, respectively.

If Germany Bans Internal Combustion Engines, It'll Change the Game

A recent vote by German heads of state sparks political debate on banning internal combustion engines

ORIGINAL REPORTING: 'The future grid' and aggregated distributed energy resources

'The future grid': How one DOE program is pushing the boundaries of aggregated DERs; ARPA-E is funding research aimed at fuller coordination of distributed resources on the grid Herman K. Trabish, February 4, 2016 (Utility Dive) Since...Show More Summary

ORIGINAL REPORTING: Renewable Portfolio Standards offer billions in benefits

Renewable Portfolio Standards offer billions in benefits, LBNL study finds; Renewables are bringing down power prices in markets across the nation, according to a new report. Herman K. Trabish, January 29, 2016 (Utility Dive) Renewable...Show More Summary

ORIGINAL REPORTING: Powered by PTC, wind energy expected to keep booming

Powered by PTC, wind energy expected to keep booming despite Clean Power Plan stay; Demand for cheap wind may be so great that utilities build out enough to meet CPP targets regardless of the stay. Herman K. Trabish, February 17, 2016...Show More Summary

EHS, Sustainability Functions Combined at 32% of Companies

Environment, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability functions are combined at more than a third of companies that responded to the National Association for Environmental Management’s most recent survey.

What You Need to Know About the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards

Corporate reporters rejoice: in a move aimed at making it easier for companies to report on their sustainability initiatives and progress, the Global Reporting Initiative today launched the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards. The...Show More Summary

Coal Industry Scores a Major Legal Victory. Can it Hold?

A federal district has ruled that environmental regulators must consider the cost of its decisions on jobs, specifically the coal sector.

Beneficial Uses for Recycled Waste-to-Energy Ash

Benefits to recycling waste-to-energy ash include metals recovery and reuse in road construction projects, according to a report by the Solid Waste Association of North America.

Looking for a pop from premium gasoline? Look again

It may not change human behavior, but if it did, a recent AAA report on the benefits of premium gasoline might cut into what on paper looks like a pretty profitable business. In the study, released in the middle of last month, AAA —Show More Summary

Britain’s Civilian Nuclear Program Is Not a Stealth Military Program

Last week, the New York Times published an Op-Ed by Peter Wynn Kirby, a social anthropologist at Oxford, alleging that the United Kingdom promoted the Hinkley Point C project as “a stealth initiative to bolster Britain’s nuclear deterrent.”...Show More Summary

Moving Vans More Powerful Than Ballot Boxes

Ilya Somin Americans will soon get a chance to vote at the ballot box. But too little attention has been paid to their declining opportunities to vote with their feet. If we want to expand freedom and opportunity for the poorest among us, we must get moving on making it easier for them to move. Show More Summary

TODAY’S STUDY: On The Way To 100% New Energy In Hawaii

Hawai‘i 2016 Energy Report Card October 2016 (Blue Planet Foundation) Introduction Blue Planet Foundation’s fourth annual energy report card presents a big-picture assessment of Hawai‘i’s progress toward energy independence with 100 percent clean energy. Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, October 18: The Lack Of Climate Change In The Election; Trump And Clinton On Climate Change And New Energy; New Energy Keeps Booming

The Lack Of Climate Change In The Election For Clinton and Trump, There’s Little Debating a Climate Change Divide John Schwartz and Tatiana Schlossberg, October 18, 2016 (NY Times) “…[Climate change is missing from the list topics chosen...Show More Summary

And the Green Power Leadership Award Goes To…

Intel, SC Johnson, Cisco Systems and Apple are among the leading renewable energy users in the US, according to the EPA, which recognized these and a dozen other companies with Green Power Leadership Awards.

Top 10 Steps for a Successful EMIS Project: New Report

Leaders at large enterprises know that gathering and disseminating information about EHS performance can lead directly to improved financial performance, says Dorney Douglass, a senior director at Sphera. In a new report from Environmental...Show More Summary

Proposals to Eliminate Natural Gas from the Fuel Mix Are Premature

Natural gas is commonly called a “bridge” to a low carbon future. Why this metaphor? A bridge crosses over an obstacle, like a river or canyon. The metaphor suggests that transitioning from coal to natural gas for electric generation is one of the most cost-effective and scalable opportunities for cutting greenhouse gases on our way to the promised shore of even lower emissions.

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