Beyond Keystone XL: 8 Reasons for Optimism on Climate Change
by Michael NorthropFeb 06, 2014
- Recent signs that Barack Obama may approve the Keystone XL pipeline have some environmentalists feeling down about the future of the climate. But huge and positive changes are quietly taking place.
A "Pay-It-Forward" Approach to Funding Solar Power
by Corey HillFeb 05, 2014
- Donations to a California nonprofit don't just fund one solar installation, but circulate from one project to the next.
Measuring Fukushima's Impact: How Geeks and Hackers Got Geiger Counters to the Masses
by Erika LundahlDec 06, 2013
- Thousands of ordinary people have contributed to a crowd-sourced effort to measure Fukushima's impact.
Facing Ourselves: The Climate Challenge Needs a New Kind of Bravery
by YES! online staffNov 28, 2013
- Before fighting climate change, we must first confront our emotions about it.
Pro-Coal Kids' Pages Pulled from Government Site as Public Pressure Increases
by Jeff BiggersOct 14, 2013
- Two sections that essentially told kids that coal was safe and good for the environment disappeared today from the website of a state agency in Illinois.
Will Trains Bring 48M Tons of Coal a Year Through Seattle? Not If the Locals Can Stop It
by Floyd McKayAug 20, 2013
- 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
by Jeff Biggers, Ben EvansJun 04, 2013
- 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
by Samantha ThomasApr 22, 2013
- 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
by Erin L. McCoyApr 11, 2013
- 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
by Brooke JarvisApr 03, 2013
- 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”
by Katrina RabelerMar 26, 2013
- 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
by Lisa MullenneauxMar 04, 2013
- 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
by Peter PearsallFeb 22, 2013
- In this wide-ranging interview, Kirschenmann gives YES! the dirt on the future of farming.
Can Carbon-Mopping “Artificial Trees” Slow Climate Crisis?
by Richard SchiffmanFeb 08, 2013
- 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?
by Erin L. McCoyFeb 04, 2013
- 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.