In a new Wired profile, Energy Secretary Steven Chu emerges as one of the most important players in the global push for renewable energy. Daniel Roth describes how Chu's collaboration with the private sector has transformed the Department of Energy from a forgotten nuke depository to an innovative source of climate change policy.
Greentechmedia's "Top Ten Green Giants" list has some of the usual suspects -- General Electric, Dow Chemical, Siemens -- but at the top is an organization less well known for its corporate acumen: China's Communist Party.
We're collaborating on The Climate Desk with Slate, Mother Jones, Grist, Wired, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and PBS' new public affairs show "Need to Know." Here's what they've been up to in the past week.
Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano has been erupting for nearly a month. The last time it blew, in 1821, the eruption lasted for two years, so climatologists are questioning whether the volcano will have a cooling effect on the earth's climate.
Just a year ago, California was heralded as a leader on green energy and one of the most forward-thinking states on environmental issues. But now a new ballot initiative threatens to stall the state's cap-and-trade plan until its economy improves.
Paul Krugman has a virtuoso piece about the economics of climate change in the New York Times Magazine. He methodically dissembles climate skeptic arguments and builds a case for a cap-and-trade approach to cutting emissions.