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Under the Desert Sun: Journey through the California Desert

This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Text and photos by Krista Schlyer, Fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers. I wake this morning to the smell of…

Energy, Climate Programs Affected by Federal Government Shutdown

Washington braced for a prolonged shutdown, the first in 17 years, this week after members of Congress failed to pass a budget. The closure has affected the workforce of many climate and energy programs. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for one, lost more than 90 percent of its employees, disrupting monitoring of air and water quality as well as potentially setting back efforts to…

Getting Charged up About Blue Power

Earlier this summer while the U.S. was celebrating its independence from Britain the Prime Minister of Britain inaugurated the world’s largest offshore wind farm that can power half a million homes. The small nation of Denmark now gets a quarter of its power from mostly offshore wind and wants to double that by 2020.  When…

Wind Power and the Thrum of Lawsuits

The legal and cultural battle over wind turbines on a small island off the coast of Maine has its implications for communities across the United States.

A Wind Tax Credit, Indefinitely?

In last week’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called for doubling research and development funding for renewable energy. A policy document released by the White House following the State of the Union proposes making the wind production tax credit—which was renewed in January for one year as part of the deal to avert the fiscal cliff—permanent. “To once…

Climate Change Back on Political Radar after Sandy, Election

In his re-election victory speech, President Barack Obama finally touched on a seldom-mentioned issue of the campaign—climate change: “We want our children to live in an America … that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet.” Whether or not Hurricane Sandy can be  attributed to climate change, the storm’s devastating flooding brought…

Crop Damage Sparks Fuel Versus Food Debate

Dry conditions that continue to grip Midwestern states, damaging crops and threatening to push up food prices, stirred new debate this week after the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released crop yield projections capturing the severity of the drought. Though the U.S. is the largest producer of corn and soybeans, the report puts corn production at 10.8 billion bushels, down 13…

Beleaguered EPA Must Take Charge of Greenhouse Gases, Supreme Court Rules

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court shot down a global warming lawsuit several states and environmental groups had brought against five of America’s biggest utilities, responsible for about one-tenth of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. The case was aimed at getting the court to rule greenhouse gas emissions a public nuisance and order the defendants…

OPEC Discord May Be “the Beginning of the End” of the Oil Cartel

With oil prices high, the International Energy Agency (IEA) last month made a rare plea for the world to produce more oil. So the latest meeting of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), where they set their production quotas, was closely watched. After a rancorous meeting, most member countries refused to raise quotas. Before the…

Green Pork

By Wendy Gordon If you want to bike to work but have met resistance from your employer, this may help your cause – the massive bailout bill passed by both houses of Congress a couple weeks ago includes a Bicycle Commuter provision. No, not a nickel of the $700 billion the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act…