A good first step toward nontoxic solar cells

Solar panel installations are on the rise in the U.S., with more than 2 million new installations in early 2019, the most ever recorded in a first quarter, according to a recent report by Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. To meet the ever-increasing demands, low-cost and more efficient alternatives to

2019-07-28T05:54:52-05:00Tags: |

Fastest climate warming than in the last 2,000 years’

Many people have a clear picture of the "Little Ice Age" (from approx. 1300 to 1850). It's characterized by paintings showing people skating on Dutch canals and glaciers advancing far into the alpine valleys. That it was extraordinarily cool in Europe for several centuries is proven by a large number of temperature reconstructions using tree

2019-07-25T06:05:07-05:00Tags: |

Go green and stay sustainable – the green marketing trend

Sustainably-sourced. Eco-friendly. Biodegradable. In 2019, it’s hard to avoid these terms as consumers are urging businesses to take responsibility for their actions. Unilever reports that a third of consumers are now buying from brands based on their social and environmental impact, and more than one in five will actively choose brands that are transparent about

2019-07-25T05:50:06-05:00Tags: |

Microgrid provides resiliency hub with sustainable power

When an ice storm hit Ontario, Canada, in 2013, transmission lines were knocked down, leaving hundreds of thousands of residents without power for days. Without electricity, the communities within the province are at risk of being exposed to perilous temperatures. With climate change increasing the future prevalence of severe winter weather, North Bay Hydro Services

2019-07-24T07:37:30-05:00Tags: |

Which countries are leading the way in sustainable energy?

As the threat of global warming continues, countries around the world are working hard to build a more sustainable way of living. One way they are doing this is focusing on delivering more sustainable energy solutions. So, which countries are leading the way in sustainable energy and why are they doing better than some other

2019-07-23T06:55:27-05:00Tags: |

E-commerce’s sustainability problem isn’t just the packaging

With the click of a button, our groceries, clothes, personal care products, household items — just about anything — could arrive on our doorsteps in a neatly packaged cardboard box. It’s convenience, delivered. But at what cost? What happens behind-the-scenes to get a package delivered to your door is taking a toll on our planet

2019-07-23T06:51:01-05:00Tags: |

“Why Won’t Utility Companies Give Us ..

At this year’s Data Center Dynamics conference in San Francisco, speaker after speaker took to the stage to lament how utility companies refuse to provide even the largest corporations with the renewable energy they want. Utility companies are accustomed to having things pretty much their own way. Their attitude is “It’s our electricity, damn it.

2019-07-22T07:01:08-05:00Tags: |

A Progress Report on the Sustainable Development Goals

Four years ago, in 2015, the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goals. These are 17 goals around improving health, welfare and the environment that members of the United Nations agreed to achieve by 2030. The SDGs, as they are known, built upon a previous set of global goals, called the Millennium Development Goals, which expired

2019-07-20T12:16:53-05:00Tags: |

How Businesses Can Further the Development of Renewable Energy

In the past, certain technologies like wind and solar posed problems for industry leaders due to intermittent outages. However improvements in equipment and storage have made wind and solar power equivalent to the traditional grid in terms of performance and reliability. Here are the reasons to convert your organization to renewable energy and reap the

2019-07-20T12:11:41-05:00Tags: |

20 overlooked benefits of distributed solar energy

A study released today provides the most complete list yet of the advantages of solar energy -- from carbon sequestration to improvements for pollinator habitat. The paper offers a new framework for analyzing solar projects to better understand the full suite of benefits. The study, published in Nature Sustainability, was conducted by researchers from the

2019-07-19T09:38:48-05:00Tags: |

The Key to Achieving Environmental Sustainability Goals

Companies increasingly believe that addressing environmental sustainability is a strategic and integral business imperative. This is evidenced most recently by the volume of companies with Earth Day announcements including going carbon net neutral or eliminating plastic packaging. Yet, only four percent of companies are successful in achieving their environmental sustainability goals, according to Bain &

2019-07-19T09:28:54-05:00Tags: |

La Crosse commits to 100 percent clean, renewable energy

La Crosse is the fifth city in Wisconsin to adopt the goal to move away from fossil fuels. Today, Mayor Tim Kabat joined local leaders in announcing the City of La Crosse’s goal to transition to 100% clean, renewable energy. On July 11, the La Crosse City Council unanimously passed a resolution establishing a goal

2019-07-17T05:39:35-05:00Tags: |

G20 Meetings Urge Energy Transitions for Sustainable Growth

30 June 2019: The G20 Leaders’ Summit and associated meetings, including a global event on financing energy efficiency and a meeting of energy and environment ministers on energy transitions and the global environment, highlighted energy-related and environmental issues such as energy performance of asset investments and energy transitions to affordable, reliable, sustainable and low-emissions systems.

2019-07-05T12:23:39-05:00Tags: |

Providing the necessary energy to end poverty

Providing access to energy—vital for a decent standard of living and ending poverty—can be done in a way that is sustainable for people surviving on low incomes and for the planet, researchers have found. As people's living standards rise, their energy use usually does too. But a growing demand for better homes, transport and electricity

2019-07-03T05:44:35-05:00Tags: |

Could climate change make Siberia more habitable?

Large parts of Asian Russia could become habitable by the late 21st century due to climate change, new research has found. A study team from the Krasnoyarsk Federal Research Center, Russia, and the National Institute of Aerospace, USA, used current and predicted climate scenarios to examine the climate comfort of Asian Russia and work out

2019-07-02T09:50:57-05:00Tags: |

‘Planting green’ cover-crop strategy may help farmers

Allowing cover crops to grow two weeks longer in the spring and planting corn and soybean crops into them before termination is a strategy that may help no-till farmers deal with wet springs, according to Penn State researchers. The approach -- known as planting green -- could help no-till farmers counter a range of problems

2019-07-02T09:45:56-05:00Tags: |

Terawatt-scale solar ‘will reshape the global energy market’

Having achieved 500 GW globally in solar power by the end of 2018, we can double that number by 2023, entering a era of “terawatt-scale solar” with exponential growth to follow, argues a team of experts from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology, MIT and 24 other leading institutions. Whereas just

2019-07-01T06:28:20-05:00Tags: |