The Stimson Center's Russell Sticklor argues in a recent op-ed for the Monitor that more attention must be paid to a looming water crisis in the Middle East and North Africa. Here, Sticklor offers four ways that individuals can learn about and help combat water scarcity.
The Obama administration issued new support for offshore wind power projects this week as part of the president's Climate Action Plan. While land-based wind power has expanded in recent years, the renewable energy source has struggled to gain hold off the coasts.
America's development of new natural gas supplies has helped reduce per capita emissions to their lowest level since 1961. But to take full advantage of abundant supplies, the US needs to expand gas-delivery infrastructure for the Northeast and elsewhere and set market rules that encourage the expanded use of natural gas.
Small-scale nuclear plants can be strung together and might save utilities on capital costs. But critics question the efficiency and operating costs of small-scale nuclear plants.
Ukraine's dependence on Russia for natural gas has long created friction between the two countries. The US could offer Ukraine and Europe an alternative supply, but exporting oil and gas has proved technically and politically difficult in a country scarred by energy shortages of its own.
New research suggests offshore wind turbines can absorb significant energy from hurricanes, reducing winds, waves, and storm surge. A bank of wind turbines strategically placed off the coast could have reduced hurricane Sandy flooding by up to a third and the winds of Katrina by up to 92 miles per hour.
After three years of decline, greenhouse-gas emissions are rising again, largely because of increased coal use. The best chance for the industry to erase its 'dirty coal' image is through carbon capture, which is making progress.
It pays to be eco-friendly--literally. These seven home improvement ideas will help you save energy as well as money on your next electric bill.