Environment Forum

Making REDD work for illegal loggers

November 26, 2010
Hendri, 27, an illegal logger cuts down a tree in a peat swamp forest in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on Borneo island. Illegal logging remains a project for forest conservation projects because timber represents quick income for villagers needing work or to feed families. Credit: Yusuf Ahmad

Hendri, 27, an illegal logger cuts down a tree in a peat swamp forest in Indonesia's Central Kalimantan province on Borneo island. Illegal logging remains a problem for forest conservation projects because timber represents quick income for villagers needing work or to feed families. Credit: Yusuf Ahmad

Cleantech Open winners take prize for water tech

By Todd Woody
November 24, 2010

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The Cleantech Open announced the winners of its annual startup competition on Tuesday, and as usual the victors offer some insight into what the investors, entrepreneurs and tech executives who serve as judges think may be the next big thing. This year the word was water.

How the recession reshaped U.S. electricity production

By Todd Woody
November 24, 2010

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Electricity generation in the United States fell 4.1 percent in 2009, the biggest drop in 60 years, according to a new report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Environmentalists, defense advocates call for “oil security fee”

By Todd Woody
November 23, 2010

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A coalition of environmentalists, national security advocates and budget hawks on Tuesday called for an “oil security fee” and deployment of new transportation technology  to lessen dependence on imported oil and to promote “mobility choice.”

China ramps up solar manufacturing

By Todd Woody
November 23, 2010

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China’s increasing domination of a rapidly expanding solar module industry is revealed in a report that shows that Chinese companies are expected to account for nearly 72 percent of new photovoltaic manufacturing capacity this year.

Utility makes big bets on solar technology

By Todd Woody
November 22, 2010

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As solar panel prices have plummeted over the past year, photovoltaic power plants have become a more attractive option for utilities under pressure to meet renewable energy targets.

Greenbuild 2010 round-up: less water, more light

By Eric Johnson
November 19, 2010

Here’s a round-up of some of the participants at  Greenbuild 2010, which is filling eight football fields’ worth of  exhibition space in Chicago:

Powell blooms in retirement at green building expo

By Eric Johnson
November 18, 2010

powell“Colin Powell is … an interesting choice for a convention on green building,”  said George Baños, a project manager attending the industry’s largest annual gathering.

from Reuters Investigates:

Oil under ice

November 11, 2010

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BP's Macondo Gulf spill would be nothing compared to the effect of a drilling accident in the Arctic, Jessica Bachman reports from "the foulest place in all of Russia."  Scientists and Russian officials are just starting to wake up to the fact that "if something happens on the Arctic Barents Sea in November it would be, 'OK, we'll come back for you in March,'" Jessica says.

Passage of little-known initiative may disrupt California climate plan

By Rory Carroll
November 8, 2010

While California’s election results offered plenty for state environmentalists to cheer, the passage of a so-called “stealth” ballot initiative could undermine its proposed carbon market.