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A Solar Trash Can?. Solar-powered waste bins are compacting trash, saving money, and reducing carbon pollution. (3/11/15)

From Trash to Energy Treasure. Oberlin, Ohio, uses landfill gas to provide more than half of its base energy. (3/10/15)

Nuisance Flooding … In More Cities. Coastal cities will have more frequent nuisance flooding, even under blue skies. (3/9/15)

A New Supergrid Linchpin. Cleaner and more reliable electricity likely benefits from a planned energy hub in New Mexico. (3/6/15)

Earth’s Greenhouse Effect. Human activities are intensifying the Earth’s natural greenhouse effect. (3/5/15)

A College Course on Citizen Climate Action. Students learn to ‘solve the impossible’ in their local town. (3/4/15)

Climate Variability: Like a Hike to Mountain Top. Even though climate change is causing global temperatures to rise, there will still be cold spells for some. (3/3/15)

Climate Change at Sunday School. A church teaches about climate change between Sunday sermons. (3/2/15)

Minnesota Sets Ambitious Carbon Reduction Goals. Renewable energy, better insulation, and more efficient lighting are at the heart of Minnesota’s clean energy program. (2/27/15)

Offshore Wind Development in the Southeast. Southeastern states are looking to Europe for insights on potential offshore wind farm development. (2/26/15)

Hunters, Anglers & Climate Change. ‘Out in the woods, on the water, and walking the fields…’ Outdoorsmen and women are experiencing the changing climate first-hand. (2/25/15)

How to Make Aspen Climate Resilient. A famous skiing mecca asks its residents for ideas on how to prepare for a warmer future. (2/24/15)

Is Outdoor Hockey History?. Richter, legendary goalie of the New York Rangers, fears a time when frozen ponds and outdoor hockey games are just a fading memory. (2/23/15)

Upper Michigan’s Energy Future. As an old coal-fired power plant is phased out, Michigan’s famous ‘U.P.’ must decide how to meet its energy needs. (2/20/15)

Teens Learn About Climate Change. New research finds adolescents learn climate change science relatively free of pre-existing values and beliefs. (2/19/15)

Much Smaller Home … Much Lower Energy Bills. For an Oregon homeowner, ‘down-sizing’ took on a whole new meaning, and provided many benefits. (2/18/15)

Why This Scientist Stopped Denying Climate Change. Kasra Hassani used to think climate change might be a hoax, until a friend challenged him to learn more … and that’s just what he did. (2/17/15)

Bullish Outlook for On-Site Renewable Energy. Picture this: A big concrete parking lot — “An asset that wasn’t particularly attractive” — converted into a small power plant powering the building next door. (2/16/15)

Sandhill Cranes Losing Habitat. The historic California drought is preventing rice farmers from flooding their fields — and reducing the roosting grounds of Sandhill cranes. (2/13/15)

The Beetle and the White Bark Pine. As temperatures rise, beetles are destroying white bark pine forests across the western United States. (2/12/15)

Religious Leaders Confronting Climate Change. Many of the world’s religions are leading on climate change. (2/11/15)

Philadelphia Eagles Flying High. Eagles football team tries to trash their opponents, but also reduce their own trash going to the landfill. (2/10/15)

Drought Draining California Groundwater Reserves. Unregulated consumption of groundwater could literally make the well run dry. (2/9/15)

Affordable Housing and Sustainability. A new eco-village in Wisconsin built by Habitat for Humanity helps people and the environment. (2/6/15)

Ranking States on Energy Efficiency. Mirror mirror on the wall, which states are the most energy efficient of all? (2/5/15)

A Climate-Friendly Restaurant. A new restaurant in San Francisco is on a mission to reduce its climate impact. (2/4/15)

Climate Change & National Security. Concerns about energy and national security are inspiring a ‘freedom fleet’ in Indianapolis. (2/3/15)

Pro Sports & The Environment: A Winning Combination. Pro sports are teaming up to defeat climate change. (2/2/15)

Green Means ‘Go’ for Traffic … and Red Means More Pollution. Utah planners are moving to open the roads to fewer traffic jams and less red-light idling time. (1/30/15)

Understanding California’s Persistent Drought. ‘Triple R’ stands for ‘ridiculously resilient ridge,’ and it’s seen as a key to understanding the persistence and resilience of the drought plaguing the nation’s most populated state. (1/29/15)

‘Tiny Houses’ Taking Root in Portland Community. Small is the new big when it comes to providing low-cost housing — ‘microhousing’ — for a community’s working poor. (1/28/15)

Combined Heat and Power Seen Boosting Fuel Efficiency. Why waste the energy billowing from smoke stacks when it can be recycled to make electricity? ‘CHP’ efforts seen a plus for the environment, the economy, the bottom line, and the climate. (1/27/15)

Where YOUR State Ranks on Energy Efficiency. An annual analysis shows many states increasing budgets and efforts on energy efficiency and energy use. (1/26/15)

With Climate Awareness Came Science Education Concerns. A veteran science communicator and educator sees steps needed for improving climate change classroom teaching for nation’s students. (1/23/15)

A Nature Photographer Finding Fewer Back-Yard Birds. ‘They used to come down here by the hundreds,’ an inveterate birder says of flocks now increasingly missing-in-action. (1/22/15)

More Electricity from Biomass a Goal in Lake Tahoe. Improved air quality, reducing risks of forest fires, and more job creation are seen as products of Lake Tahoe’s push on biomass. (1/21/15)

Avoiding a ‘Second Dust Bowl’ across the U.S.. The 1934 Dust Bowl was caused by severe widespread drought — and the odds of a severe drought happening again are increasing. (1/20/15)

Virginia Beach Public Schools Taking Lead on Energy. ‘Leading by example’ a key to major Virginia city’s public schools role in energy efficiency. (1/19/15)

Pendleton, Oregon, Blazing New Paths on Energy Use. Zero-interest loans to home owners and businesses showing way to ‘solarize’ and ‘weatherize’ a well-known rodeo town. (1/16/15)

Pros and Cons of Ethanol in Motor Vehicle Gas Explored. There’s no ‘silver bullet’ for addressing the nation’s energy needs, and early rave hopes about ethanol in gas are getting a questioning second look. (1/15/15)

More People and Workers…but Reduced Carbon Emissions. Compact urban development efforts characterize Bridgeport, Connecticut’s downtown-revitalization efforts. (1/14/15)

Home of the ‘Indy 500’ Also a Home of Energy Innovations. Indianapolis’s clean-energy efforts are motivated by concerns going well beyond those narrowly seen as ‘environmental,’ Mayor Greg Ballard says. (1/13/15)

Military Experts Weighing Impacts on ‘Mighty Miss’ River. A crucial shipping route for commodities, the Mississippi River faces climate-related risks that also raise important national security issues. (1/12/15)

What’s a Glacier Visitor Center with No Glacier?. It took a 2008 family vacation to Seward, Alaska, for a Missouri businessman to begin focusing on the changing climate and its impacts. (1/9/15)

A Major Canadian Province Provides Carbon Tax Leadership. Some in British Columbia are pointing to its 2008 enactment of a carbon tax as a boom for the province’s environment and for its economy. (1/8/15)

‘Cli-Fi’ Joining ‘Sci-Fi’ in Movie Theaters. An expert researcher takes an in-depth look at emerging theater interest in ‘cli-fi’…from ‘The Day After Tomorrow’ through ‘Interstellar’ and more to come. (1/7/15)

Prospects Appearing Bullish for Geothermal Energy. Geothermal energy makes up a tiny percentage of the nation’s energy mix, but some experts see that share increasing in years ahead. (1/6/15)

Pro Sports Teams Increasingly Going ‘Green’. Climate change and a number of other sustainability issues are propelling new actions and commitments on parts of a number of professional sports leagues and teams. (1/5/15)

Renewable Energy Vehicles Climb Mount Washington. From scrap heap to mountain top, electric vehicles climb iconic mountain road. (1/2/15)

A Short Trip from Ag Field to Dinner Table. Fewer miles traveled lead to fewer emissions for perishables farmed closer to grocery stories and customers. (1/1/15)

More Protein for A Growing Global Population. Farm-raised fish fed as vegetarians to feed growing global population on a warmer planet. (12/31/14)

Better Ranching and Better Stewardship. A California rancher finds soil tests leading to a surprise composting discovery…and increasing carbon take-up holds promise for others. (12/30/14)

Chesapeake Bay Algae vs. Carbon Dioxide?. A Maryland scientist is studying how a strain of algae in the Chesapeake Bay can help combat higher carbon dioxide concentrations. (12/29/14)

Arctic’s Disappearing Ice Means Changing Ecology. Long-time Arctic Oceans researcher after 30 years now finds ‘a hard time finding sea ice.’ (12/26/14)

Surfers: Changes Ahead as Temperatures Increase. Armoring, beach replenishment efforts, and acidification raise surfers’ concerns in a warmer world. (12/25/14)

Global Warming Means Warming Oceans. Oceans’ higher than expected heat storage is key to helping manage excessive warming over land. (12/24/14)

Innovations in Post-Superstorm Sandy Rebuilding Efforts. Enabling waterfront life and activities while protecting against future floods. (12/23/14)

Native Plants Absorbing Carbon along New Mexico Highways. State’s roadways seen as potential model for other states to study. (12/22/14)

Albedo: Lighter Colors Reflect, Darker Ones Absorb, Heat. Just like light colored clothing can keep us cooler on sultry days, white snow and ice help in cooling the planet, while dark surfaces do the opposite. (12/19/14)

One Person’s Waste…Another’s Energy. A Wisconsin firm converts cow manure and methane to provide electricity for a nearby chicken processor. (12/18/14)

Understanding Important Energy Wording. Using less energy vs. using energy better are keys in appreciating energy conservation and energy efficiency. (12/17/14)

‘Pushing the Edge’ to Improve Weather Forecasts. Forecasting weather disasters with more advance notice is getting a boost, but improvements still needed in flood forecasting. (12/16/14)

Citizen Scientists Tracking Trees’ Adaptations. Quantity, color, size, and other factors are among characteristics volunteers look for in tracking how some trees adapt to climate change. (12/15/14)

Youth Group Taking Action on Climate Change. Feeling ‘Old’ at Age 26? seeks to combine climate relevancy, simple actions, and fun. (12/12/14)

Cheerios Company Moving to Reduce CO2 Footprint. ‘Cheerioats’ to ‘Cheerios’ evolution at General Mills now includes actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (12/11/14)

A Quieter…and Cleaner…Trash Truck. Chicago is exploring long-term economics of electricity-powered trash trucks. (12/10/14)

Depressed Denver Neighborhood an ‘Ecodistrict’?. Sun Valley to incorporate sustainability to help combat economic challenges. (12/9/14)

Researchers Seeking Better Car Batteries. Coming Soon? Improvements to lithium ion batteries for tomorrow’s electric vehicles. (12/8/14)

Volunteers’ Findings Point to Birds’ Shifting Patterns. Citizen scientists are recording the ‘where and when’ of various bird species, showing changes in breeding and migration patterns in a warming world. (12/5/14)

Ski Company, Coal Company Partner on Methane Emissions. Aspen Ski Company and Elk Creek Coal Mine join to capture and use waste methane. (12/4/14)

‘Golden State’ Passes Threshold with Sale of 100,000th Plug-in Electrics. State sets goal of having one-million electric vehicles sold by 2020…100,000-plus down, so the count is on. (12/3/14)

From Passive to Interactive to Save Energy on the Grid. If our homes ‘talk’ to the electricity grid — what’s called ‘transactive energy’ — electricity customers should find savings…and reduced CO2 emissions, too. (12/2/14)

Common Loons’ Haunting Call Facing Silence Ahead?. The iconic loon, Minnesota’s state bird, isn’t alone in migrating northward in a warming climate. (12/1/14)

Battening the Hatches to Address Midwest’s Climate Challenges. More frequent and more intense extreme weather events foreseen for U.S. Midwest. (11/28/14)

Emerging Roles for NOLA Rain Gardens. Native tree and shrub rain gardens offer hope for managing New Orleans stormwaters. (11/27/14)

Trees: A Means of Cooling Without ‘Chilling’?. A Tualatin River, Oregon, project seeks to use trees and shade to cool water naturally…saving electricity and costs associated with ‘chillers.’ (11/26/14)

A Breakthrough in Making Plastic from Methane?. Efforts to convert methane to plastic offer one glimpse into using market-driven approaches to managing climate change. (11/25/14)

Smart Grids: One Key to Saving Energy. Utilities are modernizing their electricity distribution approaches to improve energy efficiency. (11/24/14)

Engaged, Proactive Community Seen Critical to Resiliency Efforts. A buzzword among city planners, the concept of ‘resiliency’ calls for preparing for new day-to-day realities. (11/21/14)

Battery Storage Progress Seen Key to Clean Energy Future. Promising energy storage technologies could speed transition to clean-energy future. (11/20/14)

Basic Goal of ‘Boulder Strong’ … Resiliency. Clean energy, affordable housing, and local ag products seen critical in city ravaged by wildfires, drought, and massive flooding. (11/19/14)

Multiple Benefits Seen from Portland, Oregon’s ‘Ecoroof’ Initiative. Portland Green Roof Project is leading to energy savings, less runoff into storm drains and into local rivers and streams, and increased habitat for some species. (11/18/14)

Biochar: When Their Waste Stream Becomes Our Energy. ‘For us it’s gold,’ says a North Carolina entrepreneur on how his company can dry saw mill wood scraps, leading to energy that helps reduce carbon emissions. (11/17/14)

Loss of Land Ice (Not Sea Ice) = More Sea Level Rise. Although the melting of both types of ice affects climate change, only one is related to sea level rise. (11/14/14)

Feeding A Growing Population In A Warmer World. Careful planning will be needed to feed a growing world population in a sustainable way. (11/13/14)

Boston Residents Learning Ways to Reduce GHG Emissions. The City of Boston offers simple, earth-friendly changes anyone can make to reduce carbon emissions. (11/12/14)

Gardeners Adapting to Changing Weather, Rain Patterns. Early warm spring weather and more extreme rains are just two examples of how climate change is impacting one New York gardener. (11/11/14)

Costly and Devastating Fires Plaguing Far West. A recent report blames climate change and people’s actions for making wildfires worse. (11/10/14)

Boston Bike Sharing. In Boston and many other cities, more urban residents are pedaling around town. (11/7/14)

Booming Business of Global Warming. Some may see profits gain from a changing climate…at least initially. (11/6/14)

Planners Moving Beyond Historical Experiences Alone. Planning for the future may mean looking beyond historical experiences​. (11/5/14)

Food Waste to Fuel: Less Waste = Less Excess Warming?. ​A new Massachusetts law aims to reduce the volume of food waste going to landfills. (11/4/14)

Annapolis Landmarks at Risk in Warming World. ​Annapolis, Md., is taking steps to protect its historic buildings from rising floodwaters and storm surge. (11/3/14)

For Climate Photos, Global Equals Local. Respected climate photojournalist suggests focus on local climate change impacts​. (10/31/14)

Evacuteers: New Orleans’ Evacuation Access Spots. ‘Evacuteers’ hope efforts can help in any future storm-induced evacuation of New Orleans. (10/30/14)

Safely Feeding More People…in a Warming World. How to go about feeding a growing global population without commensurate increase in greenhouse gas emissions. (10/29/14)

Rising Storm Tides in NY Harbor. A researcher explores whether Superstorm Sandy was biggest storm ever to hit New York City​. (10/28/14)

LA Cool Roofs. Light-colored roofs are helping keep Los Angeles cool. (10/27/14)

Tule Fog and California Agriculture. ​Tule fogs are​ important for agriculture, but ​they struggle in a warmer and drier climate​. (10/24/14)

Food Service. Your fork and diet are powerful weapons in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (10/23/14)

Virginia Sea Level Rise. Experts point to Virginia’s long coastline as especially vulnerable to sea level rise​. (10/22/14)

Southwest Impacts. The American southwest is likely to be among the country’s hardest-hit areas. (10/21/14)

Seals in Antarctic. Seals in the harsh Atlantic are collecting data in places that humans can’t get to. (10/20/14)

Straight From the Earth. Making a difference ‘one meal at a time’ is how Earthbound Farm co-founder Myra Goodman strives for her goal of seeing people eat more plant-based foods … and more often. (10/17/14)

Hoboken. ‘Long-term solutions’ is what Hoboken, New Jersey, Mayor Dawn Zimmer is looking for after Superstorm Sandy filled the city ‘like a bathtub’ … and convinced her the town now is on the climate change ‘front line.’ (10/16/14)

San Diego’s Desalination Plant. San Diego’s plans to open the world’s largest desalination plant over the next few years is a critical step — one of many — in the efforts of southern California to support a growing population in a warmer and drier climate. (10/15/14)

Purchasing Power. Large institutional purchasers — those buying for government agencies, universities, and large enterprises — hold a vital key in shaping the economy’s selections driving trends in greenhouse gas emissions and concentrations. (10/14/14)

Great Plains Impacts. Additional heat-related stresses on the region’s agricultural interests are in the cards for the country’s Great Plains states, where new approaches to farming and adaptation will be key in a warmer climate. (10/13/14)

Climate Change and Winter Sports. Many of today’s available venues for hosting Winter Olympic sports competitions may not be able to do so much longer. (10/10/14)

Improv. Improvisational jazz and theater exercises are proving useful tools in disaster aid training. (10/9/14)

Charleston. Historic Charleston civic leaders are investing millions of dollars to protect their proud city from mounting rising tides and flooding problems. (10/8/14)

Crop Nutrition. Lower nutritional values of many plants seen as one concerning impact of rising CO2 atmospheric concentrations. (10/7/14)

Greenovate Boston. ‘A real issue here and now’ is how some Boston-area civic leaders view the climate and weather challenges facing their region. (10/6/14)

Village In Retreat. Some of the ‘world’s first climate refugees’ appear to have no option other than to evacuate their Newtok, Alaska, homes. (10/3/14)

Facing Climate Change. Personalized stories, rather than over-reliance on science alone, are the focus of some Pacific Northwest storytellers. (10/2/14)

Florida Climate Compact. Officials from four south Florida counties are united in pursuing ‘practical solutions’ to climate and weather challenges they see across their region now. (10/1/14)

Comedy and Climate. If you can get them laughing, you have a good chance of getting them learning, a stand-up climate comedian advises. (09/30/14)

Liberty Island. The National Park Service is taking steps in New York to help reduce future storm surge inundations of some of the nation’s most well-known national landmarks. (09/29/14)

Urban Heat Islands. More and more urban areas are undertaking ‘cool strategies’ to deal with large cities’ ‘urban heat island’ challenges. (09/26/14)

Tourism. An ‘uncertain future’ lies ahead for those involved with — and enjoying — tourism, one of the world’s largest industries. (09/24/14)

OCO-2. A decade in the making, a new NASA satellite may soon provide much-needed data on just where the world’s carbon dioxide is emitted and absorbed. (09/24/14)

Drought and California Agriculture. Drought-suffering California agricultural interests are having to drill for and pump finite groundwater supplies to support their crops. (09/23/14)

Climate Change As Catalyst of Conflict. High-ranking retired top military officials advise that climate change poses national security risks as a ‘catalyst,’ and no longer solely as a ‘force multiplier.’ (09/22/14)

Boston Monuments Face Risk. Boston’s historic national monuments and treasures face serious threats from gathering storms and rising seas, but help is on the way. (09/19/14)

Risky Business. A powerful group of bipartisan and nonpartisan experts unite to provide a look at climate challenges confronting U.S. business interests. (09/18/14)

Volcanic vs. Human Emissions. Erupting volcanoes prove graphic and memorable mental images, but their total CO2 emissions pale compared with those of human beings. (09/17/14)

Classroom Energy Buddies. Eighth-grade ‘energy buddies’ in a North Carolina community illustrate that teaching and learning go hand-in-hand. (09/16/14)

Louisiana’s Vulnerable Highway One. Louisiana’s vital two-lane ‘oil supply highway’ faces risks of being closed off by a combination of rising sea levels and land subsidence. (09/15/14)

Gainesville Solar Program. Nearly one-quarter of Gainesville’s electricity now comes from renewable energy despite the city’s no longer adding more solar power. (09/12/14)

Cows And Climate. Improved grass management and more efficient grazing practices can combine with less beef consumption as tools for feeding a growing global population. (09/11/14)

Climate Variability. Think Climate: Many ups and downs along a mountain trail hike, but in the end you’re higher up than when you started the march. (09/10/14)

Climate Change Ethics. Benefiting friends, family, children, and grand children makes addressing climate change challenges a ‘positive thing,’ and not a burden or a sacrifice. (09/09/14)

Water’s Flexible Future. ‘Practical and tangible’ are seen as hallmarks in securing water supplies and sanitation and in meeting agricultural needs in a changing climate. (09/08/14)

The Arts and Science. Engaging both the mind and the heart is seen as key in efforts to communicate climate science through the arts. (09/05/14)

Peak Change. Mountain climbers can offer their unique perspectives as first-hand witnesses to a rapidly changing world. (09/04/14)

Mock UN Summit. Role-playing in a mock-United Nations climate summit fills some summer weeks for a handful of youths exploring grand issues they’ll face down the road as adults. (09/03/14)

Scientist Turns Solar. A resident helps neighbors in a North Carolina community find economical approaches to installing solar panels on their homes. (09/02/14)

Science Museum Energy Retrofit. Capturing heat that otherwise would escape to the atmosphere leads to cost savings for a leading science museum sure to have experienced its share of brisk wintry days. (09/01/14)

Alpine of the Americas Project. Side-by-side then/now photos of a particular landscape are offering visual proof of often dramatic changes occurring over the course of years. (08/29/14)

Climate or Weather. Understanding similarities and differences between weather and climate is key to understanding both, but often not widely understood. (08/28/14)

Alligator River. Tree plantings and reefs made from oyster shells are among tools being used in a North Carolina wildlife refuge to help fend-off one of the highest rates of sea-level rise in the country. (08/27/14)

Lyme Disease. The number of incidences of Lyme disease, brought on by some tick bites, stems in part from warmer winters and wetter summers, and Lyme now is the country’s fastest-growing vector-borne disease. (08/26/14)

Allergies Alert. Millions of Americans experience seasonal allergies, some pointing to earlier onsets and longer-lived effects, and researchers point to more pollen in our future. (08/25/14)

Climate and Steroids. We see more home runs when a baseball player gets “juiced” by improperly using steroids, and scientists warn that the climate can get “juiced” too. (08/22/14)

El Niño. Scientists are concerned that the next strong El Niño — when it occurs and not if it occurs — may pack a greater wallop and more widespread and costly damages across North America. (08/21/14)

Crazy About Coffee. “Peace of mind in a cup” — it’s what some of us want in our much-needed morning cup of coffee, but in a warmer climate it’s likely to come with an increased price tag. (08/20/14)

Climate As Local Narrative. Iowa City has long been a writer’s haven in America’s heartland. But now it’s also a city of climate action, as writers plant seeds of change. (08/19/14)

Green Tea Coalition. Environmentalists and Tea Partiers are frequently at odds with each other, but in Georgia, they sometimes dance to the same tune. (08/18/14)

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