Category Archives: Climate & Energy

What You Should Know About Latin America and the Caribbean’s Clean Energy Markets

In October, the Latin America and Caribbean Council on Renewable Energy (LAC-CORE) held its fifth finance summit, a gathering of industry professionals focusing on market opportunities, successes, challenges, and innovative solutions to complex energy challenges. The pressing specter of climate change was not lost on the Latin America and Caribbean Council on Renewable … Continue Reading ››

Residents Push Back on Wind Turbines in Lake Erie: Lessons from Denmark

The Icebreaker project, a proposed project to install six offshore wind turbines in the U.S. waters of Lake Erie, has faced heavy public pushback. Local residents and environmental groups worry about the impacts of a wind farm on local wildlife and property values. In Denmark, by contrast, communities have broadly welcomed wind energy projects. … Continue Reading ››

Interview: CARICOM Energy Chief Devon Gardner on the Caribbean Energy Future

Worldwatch’s Alexander Ochs met with Dr. Devon Gardner during the Renewable Energy and Efficiency Week 2016 in Berlin, Germany. Devon is Programme Manager for Energy and Head of the Energy Unit at the Secretariat of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). He is also a member of the preparatory team of the Caribbean Centre … Continue Reading ››

Voting With Your Electrons: Can the Grid Democratize As It Goes Green?

Back in August, Worldwatch researcher Philip Killeen wrote about how transforming electrical grids could be the key to achieving the greenhouse gas reduction goals agreed upon at the 2015 Paris climate conference. By coincidence, at about the same time, Bloomsbury Publishing released The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future, … Continue Reading ››

Can Coal Miners Become Solar Technicians?

Nothing on Earth moves without energy, and most of the energy that people use is of the fossil variety: coal, oil, and natural gas. Although renewable energy is beginning to make inroads, fossil fuels still account for 78 percent of global final energy consumption as of 2014, according to REN21’s Global Status Report 2016. … Continue Reading ››

The Future of Sustainable Energy in the Caribbean

This Saturday marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) Baseline Report and Assessment. In the coming weeks, Worldwatch will publish a series of blogs and interviews commemorating its Sustainable Energy Roadmaps for the Caribbean region, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Continue Reading ››

Rebuilding Healthy Soil for a Changing Climate

To celebrate the recent World Food Day (October 16), learn how food production can be transformed from a greenhouse gas emitter to a carbon sink by improving soil biology. Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” This year’s message from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization for World Food Day is timely … Continue Reading ››

One Man’s Basura Is Another Man’s Energía: How Waste-to-Energy Can Drive Puerto Rico Toward Sustainable Development

While blessed with tremendous natural beauty, Puerto Rico has attracted attention recently due to its $70 billion debt and the rapid spread of the Zika virus. But the small island’s problems do not end there. For years, trash has been piling up in Puerto Rico.
Ironically dubbed “the land of enchantment,” Puerto Rico has … Continue Reading ››

Four Ways Cities Are Greening Our Buildings

Can a city be sustainable? That’s what our 2016 edition of State of the World investigates. In his chapter, “Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Buildings,” author and project co-director Michael Renner explains what actions cities can take to make their buildings greener. Buildings are some of the biggest users of materials and water, … Continue Reading ››

It’s Time to Go Back to School—Is It Also Time to Go Electric?

Opportunities to Advance Electric School Bus Technology
Some 50 million children in communities across the United States are heading back to school over the next couple of weeks. About half of these students will get to school on one of 480,000 yellow school buses, more than 90 percent of which are … Continue Reading ››