Tag: Energy

From Theory to Reality: Closing the Carbon Loop

by | 4.8.2014 at 3:20pm
artificial trees, carbon capture

Carbon capture, storage and reuse has the potential to help us reduce CO2 emissions and combat global warming. The Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy is bringing together experts from an array of fields to assess the state of the technology April 14-16.

Diminishing Ice Intensifies Spotlight on Arctic

by | 3.10.2014 at 1:54pm
Alpine Oil Field, Alaska

As the arctic region loses ice in a changing climate, the economic and social tradeoffs are unclear. How will we balance economic, social and environmental functions? The Center on Global Energy Policy and the Consulate General of Canada in New York will examine these questions in a discussion on March 26: “Understanding the Arctic Resource Challenge: Canada and U.S. Perspectives.”

Con Ed Agrees to Climate Change Plan

by | 2.24.2014 at 2:13pm
Manhattan, Hurricane Sandy

In a groundbreaking agreement, Consolidated Edison, one of New York’s major utility companies, will incorporate plans to protect the power system from the effects of climate change as part of a new multi-year rate plan.

Science and Solutions for Sustainable Development: 2013 Annual Report

by | 2.17.2014 at 1:51pm
donor-report2

The Earth Institute is grateful to its many partners for their important role in the effort to develop the science and solutions necessary for sustainable development. Please visit the interactive digital 2013 Annual Report to read more about how we are forging partnerships across disciplines and sectors to advance the global effort to guide our planet onto a path toward sustainability.

Map: Where Are the Trashiest New Yorkers?

by | 2.6.2014 at 1:35pm
NYC Trash Map

No, not that kind of trashy – we’re talking here about what New York City neighborhoods produce the most municipal solid waste per person.

Resource Consumption — the Ultimate Bubble?

by | 10.4.2013 at 10:09am
Oil pump. By rocor, via Flickr.

“Basically, the instinct of civilizations in the past has been to run off a cliff. This time it’s different. We have one global civilization, so we have to be very careful not to run off a cliff.”

Charting the Course to a Renewable Energy Future

by | 7.30.2013 at 10:18am
The largest photovoltaic power plant in the United States at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The plant occupies 170 acres and has a 15 megawatt capacity.

As environmentalists have pushed for greater investment in wind and solar energy, critics have insisted that renewable sources of power could never provide more than a fraction of world energy demand. Evidence is mounting, however, that the critics are wrong.

What’s the Real Story With Clean Coal?

by | 7.1.2013 at 9:51pm
Coal plant in West Virginia. Photo credit: euze

The Obama administration will propose new rules to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. But is “clean coal” technology up to the job?

The Boom of Hydraulic Fracturing

by | 5.22.2013 at 10:51am
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Experts discuss the rise and boom of unconventional hydrocarbon extraction in the final Sustainable Development Seminar Series of the 2012-2013 academic year.

National Grid Joins the Corporate Circle

by | 5.17.2013 at 11:15am
Lenfest National Grid Blog

The Earth Institute is pleased to welcome National Grid into the Corporate Circle, a collective partnership of leading corporations from across the globe committed to pursuing sustainable development objectives. Through a generous gift, National Grid will support sustainable energy research at the Earth Institute.