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[1THING] Blog: Archive for January, 2015

[ Dot Earth Blog: A Scientist’s View of ‘Planetary Boundaries’ from the Ground Up – in Rural India ]

A scientist studying rural communities in India pushes back on the value of scientists measuring planetary limits.


[ Latest US Offshore Wind Auction Draws Few Bidders ]

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management held its fourth offshore wind lease auction yesterday, but unlike the action seen in auctions past, the event was much more subdued. The auction consisted of a massive parcel of land — 742,000 acres, divided into four parcels — off the coast of Massachusetts near the island of Martha’s Vineyard.


[ Chevron to Abandon Shale Natural Gas Venture in Poland ]

The decision was perhaps the biggest setback yet to fledgling efforts to start a European shale oil and gas industry.


[ Senate Approves Keystone XL Pipeline Bill, Testing Obama ]

As expected, the Senate passed the bill forcing approval of the oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast — a measure President Obama has promised to veto.


[ Solar Partnership Generates Cash, Credibility for Community Groups ]

Community groups and businesses that value environmental stewardship are building their reputation and earning cash through a unique partner program. Clean Energy Collective (CEC), a community solar developer with projects in eight states, is building a nationwide network of partners that aspire to make the world a cleaner, more sustainable place f


[ Seven Reasons Cheap Oil Can’t Stop Renewables Now ]

Oil prices have fallen by more than half since July. Just five years ago, such a plunge in fossil fuels would have put the renewable-energy industry on bankruptcy watch. Today: Meh.


[ US Solar Manufacturing Rising on the Horizon ]

By the end of 2014, solar deployment is slated to be up nearly 40 percent over 2013. Today, the booming demand for solar energy supports more than 173,000 jobs and the U.S. has become the third largest solar market in the world. You can find solar energy atop your neighborhood big box store, powering a Las Vegas casino, in the middle of the desert, or on your own roof.


[ Most Republicans Say They Back Climate Action, Poll Finds ]

A poll found that about half of Republicans would favor a presidential candidate who supports fighting climate change.


[ Dot Earth Blog: A Climate Hawk Separates Energy Thought Experiments from Road Maps ]

A progressive “climate hawk” says simplified road maps for solving the climate challenge are counterproductive.


[ Drones Spotted, but Not Halted, Raise Concerns ]

Thwarting drones is increasingly becoming a challenge for law enforcement and security officials who are charged with protecting large-scale events like the Super Bowl.