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April 17, 2015 Business Viewpoint: The fracking truth may be a different truth

Source: Tulsa World

Whether scorned by those who view it as an environmental threat, or touted as the savior of the domestic energy industry, fracking is in the news. But, can you believe all you read? Is it true that fracking has resulted in...

April 17, 2015 Why We Need to Change How We Talk About Climate Change

Source: Huff Post

The scientific community has reached a resounding consensus on climate change -- 97 percent of scientists worldwide agree that the climate is warming, and that these warming trends have been caused by human activities. Yet,...

April 14, 2015 Keep it in the ground: why this is a matter of basic ethics

Source: The Guardian

If the purpose of your existence is to make the world a better place, why would you invest billions of dollars in companies that make the greatest contribution to global climate change? That’s the simple question behind the...

April 14, 2015 The Real Reason Californians Can't Water Their Lawns - text/video

Source: Bloomberg

In response to the ongoing drought, California Governor Jerry Brown has set limits on urban water use—ordering cuts of as much as 25 percent. Cities across the state will stop watering highway median strips and rip up grass in...

April 13, 2015 Saudi Arabia’s Plan to Extend the Age of Oil

Source: Bloomberg

Last fall, as oil prices crashed, Ali al-Naimi, Saudi Arabia’s petroleum minister and the world’s de facto energy czar, went mum. He still popped up, as is his habit, at industry conferences on three continents. Yet from...

April 13, 2015 The Dirty Secret of Obama’s Carbon Plan

Source: Wall Street Journal

Americans don’t give much thought to whether their electricity will be there when they need it. You flip a switch, the lights go on. Your phone charges up. The medical equipment in the emergency room does its job. Yet electric...

April 10, 2015 How Bad Policies And Bad Ideas Caused The California Water Shortage

Source: Forbes

The real failure of government policy is on water. For decades, policy officials have been predicting that California’s population would explode. (2) Now they are saying California’s population is expected to grow by as much as...

April 10, 2015 We can still end deforestation

Minnesota Daily - Indonesiaâs deforestation rates have also slowed down significantly. The îWorld Resources Instituteî indicated that the past decadeâs surge in deforestation might be losing momentum....

April 9, 2015 Has Environmental Journalism Failed?

Source: Slate

As an environmental journalist, I start off each morning plowing through a half-dozen or so roundups of the day’s biggest environmental news. Invariably, it’s depressing and overwhelming; before I’ve even finished my first cup of...

April 9, 2015 Clean Energy Revolution Is Ahead of Schedule

Source: Bloomberg

The most important piece of news on the energy front isn't the plunge in oil prices, but the progress that is being made in battery technology. A new study in Nature Climate Change, by Bjorn Nykvist and Mans Nilsson of the...

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