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After Record Growth, Renewable Energy to Face “Very Difficult” Year

A report from the United Nations Environment Programme and Bloomberg New Energy Finance sums up the rapid growth of renewable energy in 2011, and looks at some of the clouds on the horizon

The View from Inside Chesapeake’s Board of Directors

Oil industry veteran Charles Maxwell tells the inside story of how Chesapeake Energy helped ignite the the shale gas rush

Air Pollution from Fracked Natural Gas Wells Will Be Regulated Under New U.S. Rules

The new rule, the first specifically targeting pollution from fracked wells, should indirectly cut greenhouse gas emissions

U.S. Oil Fields Stage “Great Revival,” But No Easing Gas Prices

The shale boom centered in North Dakota lifts U.S. oil production, but the unexpected resurgence won’t lessen petroleum’s cost.

Maldives President and Climate Advocate Forced at Gunpoint to Step Down

Also, global warming could be behind Europe’s frigid winter, fracking for natural gas could be a major greenhouse gas culprit, and grass clippings could make a new kind of solar panel

The Climate Post: Ailing Economies Push Richer Countries to Tap Emergency Oil Reserves

Natural gas fracking may be a “Ponzi scheme,” and U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq spend $20 billion a year on air conditioning

The Climate Post: Natural Gas Fracking Under Increasing Pressure

In other news, residents along the Mississippi struggled with historic floods, and research shows it’s not easy being green—especially when it comes to biofuels


books I've read on failure & grace

The World Without Us
The Last Oil Shock: A Survival Guide to the Imminent Extinction of Petroleum Man
A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster
Hell and High Water: Global Warming--the Solution and the Politics--and What We Should Do
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
The Tipping Point
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace... One School at a Time
The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity and the Renewal of Civilization
Out of Poverty: What Works When Traditional Approaches Fail
The Little Ice Age: How Climate Made History, 1300-1850
Confessions of an Eco-Sinner: Tracking Down the Sources of My Stuff
Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future
The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World

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