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Clean Energy

How to tap the sun, wind, tide, and other planet-friendly sources of power.

Will Trains Bring 48M Tons of Coal a Year Through Seattle? Not If the Locals Can Stop It Will Trains Bring 48M Tons of Coal a Year Through Seattle? Not If the Locals Can Stop It
by Floyd McKay
A plan to bring coal from Wyoming to the Pacific Northwest coast and ship it to Asia will test the mettle of the region's environmentalists.
Illinois’ Flawed Fracking Law Is Everyone’s Problem, Ecologist Says Illinois’ Flawed Fracking Law Is Everyone’s Problem, Ecologist Says
by Jeff Biggers, Ben Evans
The backroom negotiations behind the midwestern state’s new fracking regulations may be a taste of what’s to come in other places.
“World’s Greenest Office Building” Makes Net-Zero Look Easy “World’s Greenest Office Building” Makes Net-Zero Look Easy
by Samantha Thomas
It’s a commercial office space equipped with composting toilets, rainwater showers, and a stairway designed to be so beautiful that no one ever takes the elevator.
Building a Solar Economy: 4 Lessons from Hawaii Building a Solar Economy: 4 Lessons from Hawaii
by Erin L. McCoy
Hawaii generates more of its power from the sun than any other state. Here’s what the rest of us can learn from the obstacles that came up along the way and and what’s being done to overcome them.
Empowered by the Past: Red State Co-ops Go Green Empowered by the Past: Red State Co-ops Go Green
by Brooke Jarvis
A century ago, cooperatives electrified the poorest counties in the nation. Today, can they lead the way to a smarter, cleaner grid?
Gas Industry Report Calls Anti-Fracking Movement a “Highly Effective Campaign” Gas Industry Report Calls Anti-Fracking Movement a “Highly Effective Campaign”
by Katrina Rabeler
A report intended to help the oil and gas industry squash the anti-fracking movement turns out to be full of useful information—and admits that much of what activists are saying is true.
Why You Don’t Frack With John Lennon’s Farm Why You Don’t Frack With John Lennon’s Farm
by Lisa Mullenneaux
When fracking hits close to home, Mark Ruffalo, Debra Winger, Yoko Ono, and other big names find common ground with small towns.
Farmer-Philosopher Fred Kirschenmann on Food and the Warming Future Farmer-Philosopher Fred Kirschenmann on Food and the Warming Future
by Peter Pearsall
In this wide-ranging interview, Kirschenmann gives YES! the dirt on the future of farming.
Can Carbon-Mopping “Artificial Trees” Slow Climate Crisis? Can Carbon-Mopping “Artificial Trees” Slow Climate Crisis?
by Richard Schiffman
Two scientists at Columbia University believe that carbon-mopping machines modeled after trees could sequester enough carbon from the atmosphere to slow global warming. But can we produce them quickly (and cheaply) enough for the plan to work?
What’s Cheaper than Solar, Slashes Carbon Emissions, and Creates Jobs in Kentucky? What’s Cheaper than Solar, Slashes Carbon Emissions, and Creates Jobs in Kentucky?
by Erin L. McCoy
Having an energy-efficient home saves the owners money, but they often procrastinate on improvements. When energy companies in Kansas and Kentucky figured out a way to sweeten the deal, the results brought good news for homeowners, contractors, and for the planet.
What’s Stephen Colbert’s Solution to Climate Change? What’s Stephen Colbert’s Solution to Climate Change?
by YES! Online Staff
Video: Stephen Colbert gets a lot of laughs out of climate change—at the expense of pundits who seem to have decided that solving the problem is just too much work.
How President Obama Can Turn Climate Speech Into Action How President Obama Can Turn Climate Speech Into Action
by Sarah van Gelder
Many were surprised to hear President Barack Obama take up climate change at today’s inaugural address. Here are a few ways the president can seize the moment and transform our approach to climate action.
5 Ways the Space Program Helps Us Fight Climate Change 5 Ways the Space Program Helps Us Fight Climate Change
by Erin L. McCoy
From tracking glaciers to predicting crop failure to figuring out how to store solar energy in molten salt, NASA has produced some of our best tools in the fight against climate change.
To Save Our Ecosystems, Stop Overloading Them To Save Our Ecosystems, Stop Overloading Them
by Doug Pibel, Madeline Ostrander
Left alone, natural systems keep nitrogen, carbon, and other key ingredients of life balanced.
Net Zero’s Net Worth: How Renewable Energy Is Rescuing Schools from Budget Cuts Net Zero’s Net Worth: How Renewable Energy Is Rescuing Schools from Budget Cuts
by Erin L. McCoy
Educators across the country are finding millions of dollars in savings through cheap and simple forms of renewable energy.
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