Category Archives: Climate & Energy

Could Rising Seas Yield Common Ground? Exploring Opportunities for Climate Collaboration with the Trump Administration

Try it yourself. A quick Twitter search demonstrates the depth of U.S. President Donald Trump's skepticism of the science behind human-induced climate change. Unsurprisingly, this belief formed the foundation for much of Trump’s campaign platform for energy policy. Combined with the prospect of full Republican control in Congress for at least the next two … Continue Reading ››

How Off-grid Renewable Energy Can Power Tanzania

The East African country of Tanzania faces a serious electrification challenge. Only 2 percent of rural households have access to electricity, and most of the rural population relies on expensive, hazardous, and low-quality fuels such as kerosene for lighting and charcoal for cooking. Access to electricity and other modern energy services is fundamentalContinue Reading ››

The Dominican Republic Committed to Cutting Carbon Emissions 50 Percent: Why is it Building Coal Plants?

Worldwatch created a roadmap for a clean energy future in the Dominican Republic. One year later, we look at how far the country has come—and where work remains. Just over one year ago, the Worldwatch Institute launched its Sustainable Energy Roadmap for the Dominican Republic, the third and final such report in a multi-year … Continue Reading ››

Uruguay’s Energy Transition Will Make You a Believer in a Clean Energy Future

Is a renewable energy future possible? A look at Uruguay’s renewable energy story may make you a believer that clean energy is only a few well-placed policies away. Beyond Uruguay’s impressive performance in economy, democracy, human development, and equity, the country has another remarkable area: the recent structural transformation of its energy sector. Rather than … Continue Reading ››

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 ››