California Leads a Quiet Revolution

Read the full story in the New York Times. California is cruising toward its 2020 goal for increasing renewable energy and is setting far more ambitious targets for the future. Its large-scale solar arrays produced more energy in 2014 than those in all other states combined. Half the nation’s solar home rooftops are in the …

Obama just announced the first new marine sanctuaries in 15 years

Read the full story in the Washington Post. At the second annual Our Ocean conference, which opened Monday in Chile, world leaders will address the challenges to marine ecosystems around the globe and announce the extra steps they are taking to protect the world’s oceans. And during today’s open statements, both the U.S. and Chilean governments …

Can NASA’s far-out travel plans bring sustainability to Spaceship Earth?

Read the full story at GreenBiz. America’s space agency is going long. Its next generation of explorations will send travelers on journeys beyond the moon, to Mars and maybe beyond. What on Earth does this have to do with sustainability? In a word: Everything. In its quest to explore the great unknown, NASA is encountering …

Volkswagen Is Not Alone in Emissions, Performance Problems

Read the full story at Triple Pundit. Volkswagen isn’t the only company that is under the microscope for allegedly deceiving consumers about vehicle emission results, says the Europe-based organization Transportation and Environment. According to road tests conducted by the organization, a number of Mercedes, BMW and Peugeot vehicles guzzled, in some cases, as much as …

Internal Carbon Accounting at a Small Liberal Arts College

Download the document. As colleges and universities pursue greenhouse gas reductions, it has become clear that some approach is necessary for putting a price on carbon emissions and communicating that cost to energy users on campus. A carbon charge or carbon tax is one approach to establishing a price signal to which the community could …

Power plants challenged by carbon capture and storage

Read the full story from Tribune Live. The Obama administration's push to cut greenhouse gas pollution from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years has the energy industry taking another look at carbon capture and storage techniques. Known as CCS, the process of taking carbon dioxide from plant emissions and injecting …

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Scitable, created by Nature Publishing Group, brings together a library of scientific overviews with a worldwide community of scientists, researchers, teachers, and students. Although the focus is on life sciences, the site has Spotlights on Alternative Energy, Solar Energy, and GMOs, as well as a blog called Eyes on Environment, and a Topic Room dedicated …