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SolarCity's Sales Drop Is Darkening Solar's Prospects Around the Country SolarCity's Sales Drop Is Darkening Solar's Prospects Around the Country

Elon Musk’s SolarCity acquisition played a large part in breaking the solar industry’s five-year winning streak, according to a report released Wednesday from the Solar Energy Industries Association and Greentech Media. Overall, residential solar sales are down 13 percent in the US this year, following five straight…

Dyson, the Vacuum Cleaner Company, Wants to Make a Freaking Electric Car Dyson, the Vacuum Cleaner Company, Wants to Make a Freaking Electric Car

Dyson has made a name for itself by inventing all sorts of new approaches to vacuuming your house, and it seems that the company is now looking to innovate in a whole new “clean” industry. On Tuesday, founder James Dyson announced that his company is making a major play in the electric car business.

Pittsburgh Is Going Green, But Who Is Getting Left Behind? Pittsburgh Is Going Green, But Who Is Getting Left Behind?

PITTSBURGH — America’s storied “Steel City” is on the forefront of an energy revolution, transitioning from its long reliance on fossil fuels to renewables and energy efficient homes. In June, Mayor Bill Peduto joined an alliance of over 100 cities committing to solar and wind power. The announcement came only hours…

Can We Put Coal Miners Back to Work in Clean Energy? Can We Put Coal Miners Back to Work in Clean Energy?

In August 2016, fewer coal miners were employed in the US than anytime in modern history: just 48,600. A year later, little more than 50,000 miners are working, but the industry is still in dire straits—layoffs and mine shutdowns have led to rampant unemployment in West Virginia, Kentucky and Montana. President Trump…

Trump's Drastic Move to Dismantle the Clean Power Plan Won't Bring Coal Back Trump's Drastic Move to Dismantle the Clean Power Plan Won't Bring Coal Back

On Tuesday, President Trump is expected to begin the process of dismantling Obama’s environmental legacy, including his signature climate action policy, the Clean Power Plan. According to Reuters, Trump will sign an executive order compelling the Environmental Protection Agency to review and rewrite the plan, which…

America's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Just Got Approved America's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Just Got Approved

It’s been a rough week for environmentalists in America, but buried amidst a torrent of reports detailing the Trump administration’s war on climate science, one uplifting energy story has garnered comparably little attention: the United States may be getting a second offshore wind farm.

The Climate and Energy Stories We'll Be Following in 2017 The Climate and Energy Stories We'll Be Following in 2017

On the climate and energy front, 2016 was a year of contradictions. Again and again, our planet smashed global temperature records. The fingerprints of climate change were visible in extreme weather from the North Pole to Louisiana. But the clean energy sector also hit some major milestones. Wind and solar power…

Satellite Captures a Surprising Impact of Offshore Wind Farms Satellite Captures a Surprising Impact of Offshore Wind Farms

Offshore wind power is taking off in Europe, but we’re still coming to grips with the environmental impacts of sticking gigantic steel towers in the oceans. One effect of these clean energy behemoths, however, seems indisputable: sediment plumes.

The Battle to Bring Offshore Wind Power to America The Battle to Bring Offshore Wind Power to America

The steel towers loom in the distance, like shiny toy soldiers arranged in formation. As our boat approaches, the dizzying size of the machines becomes clear. A few minutes later, I’m standing right next to one, holding the guardrails and craning my head to take it all in. The boat bucks like a rollercoaster as giant…

Iceland's Latest Renewable Energy Project Is So Badass Iceland's Latest Renewable Energy Project Is So Badass

Iceland, land of elves and shark meat delicacies, is proving to be far more inventive than the rest of us when it comes to new energy technologies. Having already tamed its shallow geothermal resources, the chilly island nation is now trying to tap into the power of magma.

How the World Could Actually Cure Its Fossil Fuel Addiction How the World Could Actually Cure Its Fossil Fuel Addiction

Last week, the Paris climate agreement cleared its final hurdle, when the European Union formally signed on. With the support of 73 nations accounting for 57 percent of global carbon emissions, the deal enters legal force on November 4th. So what does that mean, and how soon do we kick our addiction to fossil fuels?

New Clean Energy Report: America May Not Be Screwed After All New Clean Energy Report: America May Not Be Screwed After All

For the past sixteen months or so, it’s felt as though our planet has been shaking us by the shoulders, trying to wake us up to the fact that we’ve kicked the thermostat into overdrive. The good news is, America finally seems to be listening. According to a new report by the Department of Energy, wind and solar…

North America Is Set to Announce Its Most Ambitious Clean Energy Target Yet North America Is Set to Announce Its Most Ambitious Clean Energy Target Yet

The United States, Canada, and Mexico are poised to announce an ambitious new energy pledge that would see 50 percent of North American electricity drawn from clean sources by 2025.

The New NASA X-Plane Will Be Fully Electric The New NASA X-Plane Will Be Fully Electric

Last year, NASA casually announced its intention to disrupt the aviation industry by sticking fully electric commercial passenger planes in the sky in 20 years. In a small step toward that goal, space agency director Charles Bolden has just announced plans for the X-57, the first all-electric addition to the famous…

The Real Problem With Fusion Energy The Real Problem With Fusion Energy

The longstanding joke about fusion—that it’s the energy source of the future, and always will be—may be the field’s biggest problem.

Solar Impulse Pilot Feels Awesome After a Full Day of Nonstop Flying Solar Impulse Pilot Feels Awesome After a Full Day of Nonstop Flying

Most human beings would be in a black mood after spending 24 hours awake, strapped to a chair, and concentrating hard so as not to die. Not Bertrand Piccard. Gizmodo caught up the man currently flying the Solar Impulse 2 plane from Hawaii to San Francisco, and he sounded downright chipper.

China's Wind and Solar Energy Capacity Is Soaring China's Wind and Solar Energy Capacity Is Soaring

Smog-filled days may be a part of life in Beijing for now, but China is cutting coal and growing its wind and solar energy capacity fast, according to figures released yesterday by the country’s National Bureau of Statistics.

This Energy Goal Could Save the US Over a Trillion Dollars This Energy Goal Could Save the US Over a Trillion Dollars

Last December, world leaders made an unprecedented pact to wean their countries off fossil fuels this century. The oil lobby says such a transition would be an economic death sentence. But a new study paints a sharply different picture: Working toward the Paris goal of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius…

Scalia's Death May Have Saved the Planet Scalia's Death May Have Saved the Planet

The United States’ commitment to combatting climate change will affect the entire world. Last week, the Supreme Court froze Obama’s plan to uphold that commitment, sparking fears that the Paris climate agreement would fall apart. But the death of justice Antonin Scalia over the weekend changes everything.

Obama Wants to End Coal Mining on Federal Land Obama Wants to End Coal Mining on Federal Land

In a symbolic kick in the pants to the coal industry, the Obama administration will announce today that it’s freezing new coal mining leases on public lands, the New York Times reports. It’s the latest in a series of strategic moves by the president to wean America off fossil fuels, something that leaders of 195…

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