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March 9, 2018 Climate & Energy
A solar array in Chile. (Photo: Antonio Garcia / Unsplash)

Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Smaller-Scale Systems

By: W. Douglas Smith

Mark Twain said, “It is easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled.” Policy, politics and popular opinion sometimes have little relationship to scientific knowledge. Modern...

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February 18, 2018 Climate & Energy
Grand Prismatic Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park is an example of geothermal energy puncturing the Earth's surface and showing itself. (Photo: Tupulak / Flickr)

Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Geothermal Power

By: W. Douglas Smith

I recently visited the small town in Oregon where I was born. December in Klamath Falls had left snow drifts up to the window sills. Strangely, the sidewalks were completely...

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January 24, 2018 Climate & Energy

Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Wind Power

By: W. Douglas Smith

Wind and solar renewables do present a problem when the sun don’t shine and the wind don’t blow. So what? America still has existing sources to maintain the power flow...

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January 8, 2018 Climate & Energy
Solar Panels harnessing the power of the sun in Nebraska. (Photo: American Public Power Association / Unsplash)

Transitioning to Renewables: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Solar Energy

By: W. Douglas Smith

The global energy economy is rapidly transitioning to sustainable energy and those that stand still will soon be left behind. Too much information about the cost of transitioning to a renewable...

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November 2, 2017 Climate & Energy
Photo: Alejandro Melendez Gonzalez

Using Solar Energy to Bring Power, Clean Water to Puerto Rico

By: Empowered by Light

Three weeks after Hurricane Maria pummeled Puerto Rico and the surrounding region, the media reported that 90 percent of people on the island were still without power and over half...

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September 1, 2017 Climate & Energy
Diesel was rescued from Hurricane Harvey floodwaters after he became trapped in rising water due to a shoulder injury. (Photo: IFAW)

Injured Dog Rescued from Hurricane Harvey Flood Waters

By: International Fund for Animal Welfare

Written by Shannon Walajtys, Manager of Animal Rescue-Disasters Our rescue team arrived on Tuesday, alongside Best Friends, Safe Haven Equine Rescue and Code 3 Associates to assist the Houston SPCA with animal...

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August 31, 2017 Climate & Energy
Texas National Guard soldiers conduct rescue operations in flooded areas around Houston. (Photo: 1Lt. Zachary West, 100th MPAD)

It's Not Just Harvey -- Floods Are Ravaging the Globe

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall again on Wednesday, this time battering the Louisiana coast, while south Asia and western Africa also experience major flooding as well. The extreme weather...

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August 28, 2017 Climate & Energy
Demonstrators protest the Dakota Access Pipeline in Minnesota. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue / Flickr)

DAPL Owner Sues Protesters... for Protesting

By: Common Dreams

By Jessica Corbett In what environmental justice groups are characterizing as legal harassment by "corporate mercenaries," the company that owns the contested Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) has filed a lawsuit...

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August 22, 2017 Climate & Energy
An aerial view of a fracking field. The Normally Pressured Lance project in Wyoming calls for 3,500 wells to be drilled over the course of a decade. (Photo: Bruce Gordon / EcoFlight)

Fracking Project Near Yellowstone Would Be 'Disaster' for Wildlife, Planet, Public Health

By: Center for Biological Diversity

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club lodged formal comments with the federal government opposing a massive gas fracking project that spans 220 square miles of public land in Wyoming...

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August 14, 2017 Climate & Energy
There are fears the Trump administration may try to alter a government report about climate change. (Illustration: DonkeyHotey / Flickr)

The Blame Game, Testosterone and 2℃

By: W. Douglas Smith

The best tool for investigating a problem is asking the right questions to the best sources of factual information. Today the U.S. government is seeking neither. The federal and scientific...

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July 28, 2017 Climate & Energy
Photo: Jason Blackeye / Unsplash

'Shit Is Hitting the Fan,' Climate Scientist Warns

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germano The "shit is hitting is the fan," said noted climate scientist James Hansen, countering "this narrative out there…that we have turned the corner on dealing with the climate problem." Hansen is...

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July 5, 2017 Climate & Energy
A protester in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo: Julian Meehan / Flickr)

G20 Nations Bankrolling Big Fossil-Fuel Projects

By: Common Dreams

By Andrea Germanos Extreme weather trends continue. CO2 emissions remain above the safe threshold. And President Donald Trump's decision to ditch the Paris climate pact underscores the need for other world leaders to live up to their promises to...

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