Tag Archives: Energy

Jared Kosters

This is not the first time I’ve brought up President Obama’s Climate Action Plan in a blog post, and it won’t be the last. To quickly refresh: the Climate Action Plan is a set of strategies to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions through policy, technology, and leadership. Many of the

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Beth Slaninka

I recently wrote about how partisan fights on Capitol Hill are distracting lawmakers from taking meaningful action to address climate change.  Even if the policymakers in the United  States drag their feet, the world is moving forward, spurred by the latest assessment of the status of global climate change. Last

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Jared Kosters

The transportation sector contributes more than one-quarter of total GHG emissions in the U.S.—so you can bet the sector got its due in the President’s recently announced Climate Action Plan. The plan intends to make good on Obama’s first-term promise to significantly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the year 2020.

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Sarah Lichtner
Can New Legislation Slow Glacial Melt?
Sarah LichtnerAugust 8, 2013

As I stopped along the side of the road, looking out at the expansive greenery of Glacier National Park’s valley and mountains beyond the ledge, I read a plaque that noted that the park’s glaciers are expected to disappear by 2030. Over the next two days of my trip, I

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Beth Slaninka

Maryland is on its way to becoming a zero waste state. Tucked into its Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan released last week at the Maryland Climate Change Summit is the long-term goal of eliminating the need for landfills—a goal that could prevent between 2.8 million and 4.8 million metric tons of

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Lindsay Kishter
The Price of Inaction is the Cost that Matters
Lindsay KishterJuly 25, 2013

Energy utilities in the United States have been warned: the nation’s ability to produce and deliver electricity and oil and gas supplies is being threatened by a trifecta of climate trends. These include: Rising air and water temperatures Decreasing water availability A growing intensity and frequency of storm events and

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Lindsay Kishter

Right now, the smart grid has a lot of pent-up promise. This intelligent future grid is going to give us ultimate control over how much power we use, when, and even where it comes from. It’s going to give us shorter outages, even as storms get worse, by enabling resilient

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Sarah Lichtner

In a matter of seconds, a timelapse of NASA’s Landsat satellite images show large-scale environmental changes, including the diminishing Columbia Glacier and rainforest loss in the Amazon, from just 30 years of human impact. Looking at what we have managed to do in just the past 30 years creates quite

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Jack Eisenhauer

In my last post, I discussed the need to build more resilient urban infrastructure. But why are U.S. cities so important and why should we make them smarter? In 2010, 82% of the U.S. population resided in cities, and it is increasing 1.2% per year. What’s more, 85% of GDP

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Jack Eisenhauer

Hurricane Sandy reminded us of our vulnerability to widespread power outages caused by massive damage and disruption to the electric power grid. At its peak, 8.6 million customers were without power and another 150,000 lost power from the Nor’easter that hit a week later. Many were without power for more

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