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Happy World Oceans Day from North Carolina!

It’s World Oceans Day today (in North Carolina it’s “No It’s Not!” Day), so the moment seemed opportune for a very brief followup on the Plugged-In post of a week or so ago about the NC state legislature considering a law that would make it all kinds of illegal for you to try to figure out what the ocean was likely to do in the next century...

June 8, 2012 — Scott Huler

Designing Our Own Neighborhoods

After a half-century of brutal urban renewal, sidewalkless cul de sacs, and unwalkable sprawl, planners all over the world have turned towards what was left out of planning for decades: community...

June 5, 2012 — Scott Huler

What's In The Price At The Pump?

In April 2012, the average price at the pump for a gallon of gasoline in the United States was $3.90. Where does this price come from?According to the Energy Information Administration, this $3.90/gal can be roughly broken down into four buckets:1...

June 1, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

2nd Round of Chinese Solar Tariffs Hits Hard

This month, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that new tariffs being levied on Chinese solar panel imports will be almost 10 times higher than previously announced – putting these new tariffs to around 35%...

May 31, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

NC Considers Making Sea Level Rise Illegal

According to North Carolina law, I am a billionaire. I have a full-time nanny for my children, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and I get to spend the entire year taking guitar lessons from Mark Knopfler...

May 30, 2012 — Scott Huler

CalCharge Building a Battery Innovation Ecosystem

A new public-private partnership was announced today between CalCEF and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The goal of this new partnership – dubbed CalCharge - is to create a regional ecosystem to spur innovation in energy storage (battery) technologies...

May 29, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

An Ailing Planet's Path to Rio+20

Our planet's health is ailing. That's the message in short from the 2012 Living Planet Report. Its content is sobering. We are devouring 50 percent more resources than the Earth produces annually...

May 25, 2012 — Robynne Boyd

It s Not About Tar Sands It s About Us

By Melissa C. Lott and Scott McNally According to Dr. James Hansen, developing Canada’s tar sands would mean “game over for the climate.” And, the current Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies is disappointed with President Obama for not taking action to stop Canada from causing a climate change-induced apocalypse...

May 23, 2012 — Melissa C. Lott

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