Vermont Law School: The Ethical Dimensions of Energy Policy

The human use of energy has profound moral and ethical implications, raising issues that can only be answered by considering notions of justice. Earthzine science writer Osha Gray Davidson blogs about these crucial issues while on a fellowship at the Vermont Law School.

Osha Gray Davidson, posted on July 8th, 2014
Climate, Economy, Energy, Health, Politics

Scientists discover how plastic solar panels work

Originally Published by Eureka Alert - (University of Montreal) Scientists don't fully understand how 'plastic' solar panels work, which complicates the improvement of their cost efficiency, thereby blocking the wider use of the technology. However, researchers at the University of Montreal, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, Imperial College London and the University of Cyprus have determined how light beams excite the chemicals in solar panels, enabling them to produce charge.

Posted on July 1st, 2014

The UK is making it a legal duty to maximise greenhouse gas emissions

Originally Published by The Gaurdian - Maximising the production of crude oil will, if the bill is passed, become a legal requirement.

Posted on June 26th, 2014

Energy trilemma: Can power be cheap, clean and secure?

Originally Published by New Scientist - When it comes to electricity supply, we're caught in a vicious triangle. A bold scheme that pays big business to switch off could be part of the solution.

Posted on June 18th, 2014

How A Small College Launched Divestment from Fossil Fuels

Originally Published by Yale 360 -Unity College in Maine was the first in the U.S. to divest all fossil fuel holdings from its endowment. In an interview with Yale Environment 360, Unity president Stephen Mulkey talks about why he sees this groundbreaking move as an ethical decision and an extension of the college’s mission.

Posted on June 9th, 2014

Eight U.S. States Unveil Ambitious ZEV Action Plan

Originally Published by ENS- An alliance of eight U.S. states Thursday announced a plan to put 3.3 million zero emission vehicles on the road by the year 2025 and establish a fueling infrastructure to support this number of vehicles.

Posted on May 30th, 2014

U.S. Department of Energy Wants to Get Into the Self-Driving Car Business

Originally Published by IEEE - Last Thursday, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz told the Detroit Newsthat in response to inquiries from companies doing autonomous vehicle research, the qualifications for getting a loan via the Department of Energy’sAdvanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program have been amended to include makers of driverless cars.

Posted on May 29th, 2014
Energy, Technology

China’s Global Search for Energy

Originally Published by NYT - China has an insatiable appetite for energy and it has made deals with nations like Russia, Iraq, Nigeria, Ecuador and Venezuela to keep its people warm and the lights on.

Posted on May 22nd, 2014

Earth Day 2014: Celebrating the Built Environment

Can cities really be “green?” They have to, if we are to build a sustainable society. The role of the “built environment” is the theme of Earth Day 2014.

Osha Gray Davidson, posted on April 14th, 2014
Articles, Energy, Environmental Awareness Theme, Politics

Almost half of new electricity is now clean and green

Originally Published by New Scientist - That's a lot of clean power. Almost half of new electricity generation is now renewable, and the costs of wind and solar power are falling sharply. It "should give governments confidence to forge a robust climate agreement" next year, says Achim Steiner, director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Posted on April 7th, 2014