Germany's Effort at Clean Energy Proves Complex

The early stages of switching an entire nation's energy system from nuclear and fossil fuels to renewables are incredibly complex, as Germany is finding out. With a goal of switching to almost entirely solar and wind power by 2050, the nation's energy changes are for now leading to high prices, unexpected road bumps and some nervous stomachs. [New York Times]

Clean Energy Revolution Is Ahead of Schedule

Stony Brook University professor Noah Smith says, "The takeoff of solar-plus-batteries has only begun to ramp up the exponential curve, and market shares are still small. But it has begun, and it doesn't look like we're going back." It's the biggest renewable news in the energy sector and couldn't come ata better time. [Bloomberg]

Wind Power or Hot Air? Foes Question Christie's Shift on Clean Energy

Wind power has stalled in New Jersey and the state will almost certainly miss its goal of 1,100 megawatts of wind-generated electricity before 2021. Some blame the governor, whose enthusiasm for wind energy appeared to flag around the time he began exploring a run for the Republican presidential nomination. [Washington Post]

5 Sneaky Ways to Harness Clean Energy

Researchers have started to tinker with more subtle ways to harvest energy. Though these out-of-box approaches don't receive nearly as much attention as some of the more elaborate industrial-scale projects, they may well turn out to be game-changers in their own right. [Washington Post]

We Can Power Ahead to a Clean Energy Future

Here's a pep talk as another Congressional term begins. We can accelerate the growth of clean energy, prepare for the consequences of global warming and create unstoppable momentum for climate solutions - even in the face of Congressional inaction. Smart solutions - and real leadership - are now at hand in states across America. [Union of Concerned Scientists]

10 Ways Clean Water Can Change the World

You already know that water is a valuable resource. As it becomes more valuable and scarce, conflict, death and disease tend to increase. In less fortunate countries, the battle for clean water is truly a matter of life and death. As the world's population grows and access to clean water becomes increasingly more difficult, it's important to look at just how vital clean water is to the world. [Ohio University]

Energy and Water Team Up at This Year's World Water Week

It's World Water Week and we're happy to report that this year's theme is "Water and Energy." Have a look at our curated list of recent posts that help to illustrate just a few examples of how water and energy are connected, and what that means for all of us.

Editorial: The possibility of a clean energy future

The editorial board at the Daily Iowan shows how Iowa is playing its part in transitioning to a cleaner energy economy with 27 percent of its electricity coming from wind power. The board notes that we have the capability, but now it's a "matter of building the social and political willpower to get the job done." [The Daily Iowan]

World's Energy Systems Vulnerable to Climate Impacts, Report Warns

The energy industry isn't just part of the climate change problem; it's also going to feel a lot of the ill effects. Rising sea levels, weather extremes and increasing floods and droughts will all play havoc with the world's energy systems, according to a new report. [The Guardian]

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