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Raise the Roof: Solar Adds Thousands to Home Resale Values

Warm up this wintry week with some good news about solar power! A common myth holds that mounting solar panels to the roof of your home can lower its resale value. But a new federal energy agency report may put that myth to rest once and for all.

Years of Living Dangerously Recap: Episode 5, True Colors

In Episode 5, longtime New York Times journalist Mark Bittman plays a losing game of phone tag with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's office, while actress/comedian Olivia Munn visits Washington State Governor Jay Inslee to see how the climate change campaigner fared in his challenging first year of office.

Our Heroes: Gordian Raacke of Renewable Energy Long Island

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more enthusiastic, persuasive advocate for clean energy than Gordian Raacke, founder and executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island (reLI) - and solar homeowner. He's long been a nationally-known leader in clean energy and climate change issues.

California Gets New Fracking Regulations

Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law last Friday which will regulate fracking in California as of January 1, 2014. Any way you slice it, this bill means - for now - no moratorium (as environmental groups had hoped) nor unrestricted easy, breezy access to drilling in the Monterey Shale (no doubt on the oil industry's wish list).

Just Say No to the Renewable Naysayers

You're having dinner with your family or friends when the topic of renewable energy comes up. You start to wax emphatic about the many benefits of clean energy when some Gloomy Gus blurts out "But what do we do when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing?"

Fracking Operations Can Cause Earthquakes?

It’s official (or as close as it can get): Oil and gas operations, like those involved in hydraulic fracturing (fracking), can cause earthquakes, according to upcoming study from the highly esteemed U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Greening the Grid: Utility-scale Energy Storage

When electric utilities declare that they will need new power capacity, most people think of new power plants and transmission lines. But some companies are proposing something novel: grid energy storage systems.

Me, My Wife and Irene

Maybe it was the fact that I tied the knot with my beautiful wife, Laura. Or maybe it was the blustery entrance of Hurricane Irene the following day. Let's just say it was an unforgettable weekend.

Life at the Water’s Edge

Sea level rise is a concept that most people, including New Yorkers, can’t yet personalize. More public education is vital to ensure that New York City’s residents are able and willing to make informed decisions about specific actions and their associated budgetary requirements. Then we won’t be forced to react to natural disasters, instead we will proactively avoid or minimize the damage from the changes we inevitably face.

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