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  • Rocky Mountain Institute and Carbon War Room Join Forces

    Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Carbon War Room (right). Image courtesy of RMI.

    Today Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), brain-child of famed energy thinker Amory Lovins, and Carbon War Room (CWR), the five-year old climate change outfit of Sir Richard Branson, merged to create a new alliance dedicated to the acceleration of a low carbon energy future. RMI was founded in 1982 and has established itself as a preeminent [...]

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    Battle Rages Over Forecasts for U.S. Gas Production


    Earlier this month, the prestigious academic journal Nature published a news feature titled “Natural gas: the fracking fallacy,” casting doubt on the long-term prospects of the U.S. natural gas supply*. The article cited recent findings from an interdisciplinary University of Texas (UT) study showing future gas production from the four major U.S. shale formations could [...]

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    “Climate Change” Or “Global Warming?” Two New Polls Suggest Language Matters.


    On Friday, a new Yale-Associated Press-NORC poll on environmental attitudes reported that just 56 percent of Americans believe global warming is happening. This seems a bit low to me given our UT Energy Poll data on climate change over the past three years looks like this: [Click for larger] But then I thought about language. [...]

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    #MapMonday: Biodiversity Map Shows Hemorrhaging of Species

    The vulnerable white-winged cuckoo shrike, found in the Philippines. Image credit: Lance,

    For this #MapMonday we return to Yale’s Environmental Performance group, featured previously here on #MapMonday. The newly released biodiversity map brings together a whopping amount of data to detail the state (quality not just quantity) of species around the world, and while the staggering diversity of life on our planet is breathtaking (and sometimes pretty [...]

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    Competition Between OPEC, U.S. Drives Oil Prices to Four-Year Low


    On Thursday, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), an economic cartel responsible for approximately one third of global oil production, announced it would not decrease its rate of oil production. The announcement comes despite steadily decreasing global oil prices over the past several weeks, indicating that OPEC and its chief member Saudi Arabia are [...]

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    Race and the Politics of Climate Change in Two Charts


    At WashPo’s Wonk Blog, Chris Mooney and Peyton Craighill are wondering why black and Latino Americans support climate action more than whites. They cite a Spring 2014 Washington Post/ABC News poll reporting that Hispanics and African Americans were more likely than U.S. whites to say climate change is a very serious problem confronting the country. [...]

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    The British Poo Bus – Turning Excrement into Fuel

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    Humans produce around 360 pounds of poo over the course of a year – and the United Kingdom’s “Bio Bus” is taking this poo on the road. This 40-seater, single-decker bus now runs the 20-mile stretch between Bath and Bristol Airport in southwest England. Dubbed the “Poo Bus” or “The Number Two” by many in [...]

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    German company wants to turn cloud computing into distributed heating

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    A German company wants to turn server farms into “distributed cloud heaters.” By spreading computing power across a number of buildings, the company believes that it can provide reliable computing services while increasing the energy efficiency of these notoriously wasteful centers. Server farms currently use the equivalent of about 30 nuclear power plants worth of [...]

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    The impacts of a changing climate on future Thanksgivings


    Agriculture is highly dependent on the climate. Global food supplies are already feeling the impacts of changing global rainfall and temperature patterns resulting from climate change. As Americans move from the Thanksgiving table to Black Friday sales, one wonders – how will these changes impact future Thanksgiving feasts? Will the country be full of tastier [...]

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    Does Uber Make Cities More Energy Efficient?

    Morning traffic in Paris. Photo by Tali Trigg.

    It seems you can’t read an article about new mobility or the sharing economy without stumbling across Uber; the mobility service that sprung up in 2009 to only five years later become valued at more than Avis, Hertz, or Sony. Yes, Sony. Two weeks ago, I found myself using the service for the first time, [...]

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