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Solar energy just makes sense, going mainstream in the Midwest

Solar Goes Mainstream in the Midwest

Indiana is going solar. That may seem an odd thing to declare say about a state that gets 85 percent of its electricity generation from coal. Indeed, coal may be king, but the king is approaching the end of its reign. While there are a smattering of solar incentives in Indiana, it’s the market and red-blooded American common sense that…

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Intersolar 2016

Intersolar 2016 Wrap (Part 1)

TDS Environmental Media was at Intersolar 2016 North America last week, held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Spending time at Intersolar and speaking with leaders in the industry provides us with an up close and personal view of the solar power industry, from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies that have been in the business since the beginning. Advances in…

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The impact of climate on forests and wildfire

Wildfire, Forests and Climate Change

In the southwest of North America, record heat has spawned an early an aggressive start to the 2016 fire season. One consequence of a warming world is the increased frequency and intensity of wildfires. With increasing heat, fires burn more intensely over a steadily increasing wildfire season signaling a regime shift in global forests . A 2015 study published in…

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Renewable energy generation smashes through records for the first quarter of 2016

Waiting in the Wings: U.S. Generation from Renewable Energy Sets First Quarter Record

Renewable energy sources provide almost 17 percent of total electricity generation Non-hydro renewable generation up 23 percent over 1st quarter 2015 Wind and solar energy generation increase 32 percent Wind surpasses six percent of total; solar tops one percent Coal-fired power generation plunges 24.2 percent The latest Electric Power Monthly report released late last month by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reveals…

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Donald Trump hangs in the night air like a menace. Can he really renege on the Paris Agreement?

EarthTalk: Can Trump Renege on the Paris Agreement?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Why does Donald Trump think we should renegotiate the Paris climate agreement? And will he be able to pull it off if he does get elected President – Betsy Edgewater, Dayton, OH In a May 2016 interview with Reuters, presumptive Republican…

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Bonn climate talks open this week, starting on the road to Marrakech

The Road to Marrakesh: Bonn Climate Talks Begin, After Paris a “New Era of Collaboration”

At the start of climate change talks this week in Bonn at UN headquarters for the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), outgoing secretary general Christiana Figueres called the historic Paris Agreement the beginning of a “new era of collaboration” for climate negotiations. The 10-day conference in Bonn is the first UN climate meeting since COP 21 in Paris last December. After the formal…

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New generating capacity in the US continues to outpace gas and other fossil fuels

New U.S. Capacity from Renewable Sources Far Outpace Natural Gas

The first quarter of 2016 is one of lopsided records. First there are the monthly temperature records, with February the most unusually warm on record followed by March, with yet a new record deviation. In the midst of these increasingly worrisome records is another, offering hope that the response to these changing climate patterns is underway. The latest “Energy Infrastructure Update” report…

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