Nick Engelfried

Nick Engelfried

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8 years 5 months ago

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, fifty million people are likely to be fleeing the effects of climate change by the year 2020. Droughts, rising sea levels, more intense tropical storms, and other climate change effects are set to displace millions of individuals and families, especially in the developing world. The majority of these people will likely head for developed countries, which are perceived as having more resources to deal...


8 years 5 months ago

As countries around the world work to fight climate change, policymakers could buy time by reducing emissions of soot and compounds which contribute to ground-level ozone. That’s the message of a UN study released on Friday, which says curbing soot and ozone pollution could reduce future global warming by 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit. The news is particularly important because while a long-term phase-out of the sources of carbon dioxide emissions could take years to implement, reductions in soot and ground-level ozone could be achieved relatively quickly.

For many...


8 years 5 months ago

By 2015 the Chinese government plans to be producing at least a million electric vehicles per year.  This is a move that could transform China, hardly a newcomer on the electric car scene, into the undisputed leader of green vehicle technology. Hopefully a flood of efficient electric vehicles will help clear the smog in China’s traffic jammed cities and reduce the country’s hefty carbon footprint. However the newly-announced goal could also have implications for the auto market in other countries, as worldwide demand for clean vehicles swells and China...


8 years 5 months ago

From health care policy to what to do about the deficit, US voters may not agree on much these days. However there’s one thing voters of both political parties as well as independents are in overwhelming agreement on: the Clean Air Act and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are doing a much-needed job and should not be weakened or eliminated. This is good news for the fight against climate change, as EPA enforcement of the Clean Air Act is probably the best tool we have for curbing US greenhouse emissions and reliance on dirty fossil fuels. Conservative lawmakers now trying to strip the Clean Air Act of its power may be playing a dangerous game.

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One of the world’s biggest suppliers of palm oil, which is a common food ingredient and biofuel, has announced a new policy to stem deforestation in Indonesia. Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), the palm oil producing branch of the Sinar Mas conglomerate, says it will commit to ending deforestation on the most valuable forestlands in Indonesia. This is a big step forward for both the fight against climate change and conservation of global biodiversity.

In the past I’ve written about a growing trend in which more and...


8 years 5 months ago

As part of a plan to create tens of thousands of new jobs, President Barack Obama called Tuesday for substantial new investments in high-speed rail projects across the country. Obama has proposed spending $53 billion over the next six years on a high-speed rail network that would help bring the US transportation network in line with Europe, Japan, and other parts of the world where rail has become a clean and efficient way of getting around. To get the first part of this long-term project moving, Obama is expected to propose a budget to Congress on Monday that includes $8 billion for high-speed rail.

Under the Obama administration’s leadership the federal...


8 years 5 months ago

While global wind energy capacity continues to increase around the world and demand for wind power grows, the price of generating electricity from the wind is falling—making this renewable energy option even more attractive. On Monday Bloomberg New Energy Finance reported the price of wind energy has fallen to its lowest levels since 2005. It now costs one million euros or $1.4 million...


8 years 5 months ago

When a major corporation lays out new policies on social and environmental responsibility, it is truly time to celebrate. Corporate social responsibility policies have the potential to change market dynamics and speed up the shift to a socially responsible, low-carbon economy. Yet with every unveiling of a company’s new CSR policies comes a question: how well will the corporation involved actually stick to its own lofty goals? Inevitably there are companies that trot out great-looking policies only to backslide months or years later by...


8 years 5 months ago

As part of an effort to reduce US dependence on fossil fuels and power 80% of the economy with lower-carbon energy by 2035, President Barack Obama has proposed a “Better Buildings Initiative” to help businesses, schools, and hospitals save money and energy by designing their buildings...


8 years 5 months ago

As President Barack Obama prepares to release his proposal for the next year’s budget this month, he is expected to call for eliminating $4 billion per year in subsidies to the oil industry. This is money that could be re-channeled into spurring clean energy development, reducing the deficit, and paying for basic government services during hard economic times. This common sense proposal should logically attract support from both sides of the political aisle, as it seems in line with Republicans’ calls for reduced spending.

However in practice...


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