Energy
Improved Building Efficiency Could Save Thousands of Lives Each Year

Improved Building Efficiency Could Save Thousands of Lives Each Year

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer The Biden administration has pledged to achieve 100% clean energy by 2035, and in May, announced it would be developing new Energy Star standards to increase the adoption of efficient technology. A recent Yale study has found that increased building and appliance efficiency could save thousands of lives each year as a result of […]

Continue Reading 450 words
(More) Spills Along Line 3 Construction Route

(More) Spills Along Line 3 Construction Route

by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer The Line 3 oil pipeline isn’t operational yet, but it’s already spilling. This summer, there were 28 drilling fluid spills along the construction route, according to Minnesota regulators, more than initially reported in July. Drilling fluid, a combination of clay, water, and chemicals, should be captured and disposed of. […]

Continue Reading 410 words
California Agency Requires Solar Power in New Buildings

California Agency Requires Solar Power in New Buildings

By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer On Wednesday, the California Energy Commission voted to require new buildings to include solar power and battery storage, particularly residential high-rises and commercial structures like hotels, offices, grocery stores, restaurants, theaters, schools, and convention centers.  This new plan would add to stipulations enacted last year that required new single-family […]

Continue Reading 398 words
Flipping the Script on Nuclear Waste: Why We Need Nuclear Energy Innovation

Flipping the Script on Nuclear Waste: Why We Need Nuclear Energy Innovation

by Alan Ahn  Spent nuclear fuel, although commonly considered “waste,” contains untapped energy that can be accessed through advanced technologies that are rapidly coming to the fore. These innovations can thus revolutionize how we view nuclear waste, thereby addressing the political issues that have hindered how we manage it. THE WASTE “ISSUE” Even as innovators […]

Continue Reading 847 words
One Cool Thing: European Utility Replaces Coal With Renewable Energy Hubs

One Cool Thing: European Utility Replaces Coal With Renewable Energy Hubs

Europe’s largest utility company is making big moves: it’s shutting down all of its coal-fired power plants and replacing them with renewable energy hubs. From Teruel, Spain, to Venice, Italy, these new solar and wind-powered hubs will more than replace the power provided by the previous power plants. Enel plans to add these to its current resume of more than 1,200 renewable […]

Continue Reading 161 words
UK Banks Develop Plan to Shut Down Asian Coal-Fueled Power Plants

UK Banks Develop Plan to Shut Down Asian Coal-Fueled Power Plants

by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer According to the BBC, a handful of the world’s biggest financial institutions are devising a plan to speed up the closure of coal-fired power plants in Asia. The initiative was developed by UK insurer Prudential, is being driven by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and includes major banks HSBC […]

Continue Reading 407 words

Want the planet in your inbox?

Subscribe to the email that top lawmakers, renowned scientists, and thousands of concerned citizens turn to each morning for the latest environmental news and analysis.