China's urbanization is creating new cities at a mind-boggling rate. Gleaming office towers are rising all over the country and massive amounts of land are being converted to residential and commercial use. Is China growing in an energy and carbon smart fashion? How will that country shape 21st century trends in architecture, land use and urban living?
King Coal’s crown is slipping. Cheap natural gas—along with increasingly stringent environmental oversight—has reduced the US appetite for coal, causing the industry to look to markets in China and India. What are the issues for both local and global communities and what are the strategies for closing coal down?
Traditional office and residential buildings are energy hogs. Today, however, we’re seeing a new generation of cleantech entrepreneurs rethinking building design and manufacturing. While they’ve seen growing success, these entrepreneurs face many challenges in bringing their innovative companies to market.
Clean energy has boomed in recent years, but to guarantee its continued growth investors need stable, long-term policy support, three of the Bay Area’s leading energy journalists told a Climate One audience on February 3. The panel also warned consumers to brace themselves for higher energy prices, predicting that California drivers could be paying $5 per gallon for gas as early as this summer.
Can large solar farms and the California desert co-exist? Yes, says this expert panel, which includes state and federal policymakers, an environmental advocate, and a project developer. All agreed that the Obama administration is on the right track with its commitment to bring relevant stakeholders together early in the process and in its preference for reviewing projects on a landscape scale.