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Clean Energy

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

Six Things To Do About the BP Gulf Disaster Six Things To Do About the BP Gulf Disaster
by Sarah van Gelder
Instead of sitting helplessly on the sidelines, here are six things every American can do.
UNC Chapel Hill Coal Free by 2020 UNC Chapel Hill Coal Free by 2020
by Kaitlin Bailey
Under pressure from students to meet climate targets, a university turns to clean power.
John Francis: Walking Away From Oil John Francis: Walking Away From Oil
by Madeline Ostrander
When an oil spill coated birds in San Francisco Bay 40 years ago, he quit driving. Then he quit speaking. Madeline Ostrander asked him what he learned in that process that can help us deal with the BP oil spill.
Of Wind Farms and Oil Spills Of Wind Farms and Oil Spills
by Scott Gast
On Wednesday, the news headlines offered a stark comparison between two possible futures for energy production in America.
The High Cost of Cheap Coal The High Cost of Cheap Coal
by Brooke Jarvis
More and more people are recalculating the true price of coal and deciding it’s simply too high to pay.
A Global Push for Renewable Energy A Global Push for Renewable Energy
by Alice Slater
With 142 member nations already signed on, the new International Renewable Energy Agency is promoting a fast, global transition to clean, safe, and renewable energy.
No Need to Wait (or Pay) for Climate Technology No Need to Wait (or Pay) for Climate Technology
by David Bollier
Did you think most clean energy technology is locked up by patent holders? The Global Innovation Commons lists thousands of energy-saving technologies already in the public domain.
A Fast Track from Coal to Clean Energy A Fast Track from Coal to Clean Energy
by Alisa Gravitz
New coal plants halted; new renewables coming on line. But what about the old, dirty coal plants?
Climate Solutions from South Africa, Kenya, and Bangladesh Climate Solutions from South Africa, Kenya, and Bangladesh
In Copenhagen, the question of climate equity will be contentious. But communities in the Global South aren’t waiting for an international agreement. They are turning to sustainable, climate-friendly solutions to address a problem they did little to create, but must nonetheless help to solve.
Climate Hero Lorelei Scarbro Climate Hero Lorelei Scarbro
An Appalachian grandmother says no to coal, yes to wind power.
What's Your Connection to Mountaintop Removal? What's Your Connection to Mountaintop Removal?
Power plants across the country use coal from destroyed mountains. Search your zip code to meet the communities and landscapes to which you're connected.
Social Change not Climate Change Social Change not Climate Change
by Juliette Beck
Activists and communities in the United Kingdom—where over two hundred years ago, the first lumps of coal were burnt to power the industrial revolution—are igniting a historic revolution of their own. Last week, over 1500 people from all walks of life converged in the Kent countryside, just one-hour southeast of London by train, to rally against climate change in a demonstration of collective, sustainable living and creative direct action.
The First Rural Women Heroes of Tombouctou The First Rural Women Heroes of Tombouctou
If a village in Tombouctou can be solar electrified against such tremendous odds adopting a Barefoot approach, then it is possible to replicate this process anywhere.
The First Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of the Gambia The First Women Barefoot Solar Engineers of the Gambia
See the solar installation in process, start to finish: follow two rural illiterate women from The Gambia who learn how to become Barefoot Solar Engineers.
Let the Sun Shine In (and some wind, too) Let the Sun Shine In (and some wind, too)
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