For more than 5 years, Vote Solar and our partners have tirelessly advocated for big, bold solar policy in New York State. Today, we’re thrilled to see that vision becoming reality! Just last week, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) petitioned state regulators to extend the state’s landmark NY-Sun Initiative (more…)
Solar energy is powering so much of our daily lives, so why can’t it help power your car too? Before you get your hopes up, this is not a solar powered car similar to what engineers the world over compete each year in the World Solar Challenge with vehicles powered exclusively by the sun. This is a breakthrough nonetheless. Ford, SunPower, and (more…)
We have recently seen that the European Union is already close to its climate goals, to cut its greenhouse gases emissions by 20 percent by 2020 (compared to 1990 levels). In 2012, emissions were already 18 percent lower than in 1990.
The short answer is that the vehicle gets recycled. With the passage of regulations governing vehicle disposal all over the globe in recent decades, (more…)
A shortage of “rare earth” metals, used in everything from electric car batteries to solar panels to wind turbines, is hampering the growth of renewable energy technologies. Researchers are now working to find alternatives to these critical elements or better ways to recycle them. (more…)
After more than 36 hours of continuous negotiations, delegates at the U.N. climate talks in Warsaw agreed to two last-minute deals that kept alive hopes for staving off climate change. At talks that ended Saturday, delegates agreed to a proposed system for pledging cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. (more…)
Biodiesel offers a significantly improved environmental impact compared to both ethanol and (more…)
The 1987 Montreal Protocol, an international treaty designed to protect the ozone layer by banning chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), has also slowed global warming since the mid-1990s, a new analysis has found.
The ban has lowered global temperatures by about 0.2 degrees F since it was enacted, scientists report (more…)
C5.6 Technologies of Middleton (WI) and the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology (WIST) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point recently won the grant to continue work on developing bacteria that will ferment sugar into isoprene, a high-energy molecule that can be used to make jet and other alternative energy fuels. The financial (more…)
The governors of California, Oregon, and Washington, together with the premier of British Columbia, have signed a pact to coordinate efforts to combat global warming. With a combined GDP of $2.8 trillion and a population of 53 million people, the three states and the Canadian province represent the world’s fifth largest economy. (more…)