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What the U.S. Military is Doing About Climate Change

The White House may deny that climate change is happening, but the Department of Defense has been taking action for years to avoid and adapt to climate-related disasters.

by |September 20, 2017
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6 Climate Change Solutions We Can All Agree On

These ideas hold merit no matter where you fall on the political spectrum

by |September 11, 2017
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Why Climate Change Matters

Climate change is a test of our ability to identify, understand and act on critical global environmental issues. It tests our ability to work across national borders and across academic and professional fields of knowledge.

by |August 28, 2017
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Tesla’s Model 3 and the Transition to Sustainability

In the United States we need to build more and better mass transit options, but due to our land use development pattern in most of the country, personal transportation will always be part of our mix. The growth of the electric vehicle market provides an example of how the transition to a renewable resource based economy will probably take place.

by |July 31, 2017
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Staying Hopeful in A Troubling Time

The recent birth of my first grandchild reinforces my desire to believe that the world that she will inherit will be at least as good as my world, if not better. I am trusting her future to the sustainability leaders and professionals that have emerged during the first part of the 21st century.

by |July 24, 2017
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Why Renewable Energy Will Replace Fossil Fuels

Renewable energy will displace fossil fuels when (not if) it becomes as reliable, cheaper, and more convenient. The polls indicate that the latent market for renewables in already in place, with young Americans strongly supporting a transition away from fossil fuels.

by |July 17, 2017
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Trump’s Attack on Renewable Energy

The companies that develop cheaper and more reliable renewable energy and energy storage technologies will drive fossil fuel companies from the marketplace. Since Trump’s team won’t help, let’s convince them to end their attack on renewable energy and stay out of the way of the change that is on the way.

by |June 19, 2017
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We’ll Always Have Paris: Trump’s Impact on the Climate Agreement

While we still do not know the long-term impact of President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, the short-term impact has been to mobilize a broad segment of the U.S. and global public in support of the agreement.

by |June 5, 2017
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The Paris Climate Agreement: What Trump’s Decision to Leave Means

In the wake of the decision by the Trump administration to withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate agreement, several questions have emerged about what withdrawal means for environmental policy, research and innovation.

by |June 1, 2017
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Microgrids: Taking Steps Toward the 21st Century Smart Grid

Microgrids, networks of linked energy sources that are connected to the main grid, but are able to operate independently if power is lost, are the building blocks of the 21st century smart grid. Why aren’t there more of them?

by |April 18, 2017