Top Climate Change Stories of the Week


News2Like most weeks, we have encouraging news on the climate and environment front. And, as usual, it’s almost always balanced by darker events, such as spectacular ice melts at the poles and record temperatures in some corner of the world.  On the most encouraging front, the two solar panel stories make a good read: who knew solar would become a global phenomenon and as common as adding granite counter-tops to a home? Enjoy.


How The Solar PV Industry Became A Global Phenomenon

How The Solar PV Industry Became A Global Phenomenon

The recent slew of quarterly reports from the world’s major solar PV manufacturers have delivered some encouraging news: surplus capacity is being removed, manufacturing costs continue to fall, selling prices have stabilised and margins are improving. Some solar manufacturers may even post a profit later this year or in 2014.


California Passes 600MW Shared Renewables Program

California Passes 600MW Shared Renewables Program

California’s new 600MW shared renewables system creates clean energy access to millions of residents with no state subsidies or extra ratepayer costs.


 5 ways to hack the planet

5 ways to hack the planet

Philip Hoare: The astronomer royal believes that geoengineering may now be the only way to tackle global warming. What are the options?


Global warming may ‘flatten’ rainforests

Climate change may push canopy-dwelling plants and animals out of the tree-tops due to rising temperatures and drier conditions, argues a new study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The development may be akin to ‘flattening’ the tiered vegetation structure that characterizes the rainforest ecosystem.


Counting the Cost of Fixing the Future

Counting the Cost of Fixing the Future

Deciding how much should be invested in fighting climate change depends on your investment outlook.


Solar Panel Is Next Granite Countertop for Homebuilders

Solar Panel Is Next Granite Countertop for Homebuilders

Solar panels are the next granite countertops: an amenity for new homes that’s becoming a standard option for buyers in U.S. markets.


Glacier National Park Prepares for Ice-Free Future – News Watch

Glacier National Park Prepares for Ice-Free Future – News Watch

Our hike up to Grinnell Glacier in Glacier National Park winds through alpine meadows, along the edge of ice-cut cliffs, up a waterfall staircase, and around a stubborn ram. The views are breathtaking in the most literal sense of that word.


James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss

James Balog: Time-lapse proof of extreme ice loss

Photographer James Balog shares new image sequences from the Extreme Ice Survey, a network of time-lapse cameras recording glaciers receding at an alarming rate, some of the most vivid evidence yet of climate change.


NY Times: Did Denier 'Intimidation Tactics' Move IPCC To 'Lowball' Sea Level Rise And Climate Sensitivity?

NY Times: Did Denier ‘Intimidation Tactics’ Move IPCC To ‘Lowball’ Sea Level Rise And Climate Sensitivity?

The New York Times has a must-read article on how and why the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change “seems to be bending over backward to be scientifically conservative” in its forthcoming assessment.


Elon Musk To Drive Tesla Model S Across America In Six Days

Elon Musk To Drive Tesla Model S Across America In Six Days

Elon Musk claims that during his six-day road trip from Los Angeles to New York City, the Tesla Model S will spend just 9 hours charging.

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