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2019-11-03. Wear Clothes? Then You’re Part of the Problem. By Elizabeth L. Cline, The New York Times.

2019-10-22. The World Can Make More Water From the Sea, but at What Cost? By Henry Fountain, The New York Times.

2019-10-01. This kite could harness more of the world's wind energy. By Ahiza Garcia, CNN Business.

2019-09-23. Alan Bigelow's Solar-cooking Revolution. By Ian Frazier, The New Yorker.

2019-09-19. Can the world make the chemicals it needs without oil? By Robert F. Service, Science Magazine.

2019-08-08. Bioenergy plantations could fight climate change—but threaten food crops, U.N. panel warns. By Erik Stokstad. Science Magazine.

2019-07-18. Bitcoin’s Not-So-Carbon-Friendly Footprint. By Sarah Derouin, Eos/AGU.

2019-07-11. Giant batteries and cheap solar power are shoving fossil fuels off the grid. By Robert F. Service, Science Magazine.

2019-06-28. New solar technology could produce clean drinking water for millions in need. By Robert F. Service, Science Magazine.

2019-05-01. Your Gas Stove Is Bad for You and the Planet. By Justin Gillis and Bruce Nilles, The New York Times.

2019-04-18. To amp up solar cells, scientists ditch silicon. By Robert F. Service, Science Magazine.

2019-04-10. Marrying two types of solar cells draws more power from the sun. By Robert F. Service, Science Magazine.

2019-03-22. Judge Blocks Oil and Gas Leases on Public Land, Citing Climate Change. By Jenessa Duncombe, Eos/AGU. 

2019-03-22. Judge Blocks Oil and Gas Leases on Public Land, Citing Climate Change. By Jenessa Duncombe, Eos/AGU. 

2019-03-12. New fuel cell could help fix the renewable energy storage problem. By Robert F. Service, Science Magazine.

2018-12-02. Betting on a new way to make concrete that doesn’t pollute. By Stanley Reed, The New York Times.

2018-10-31. New generation of ‘flow batteries’ could eventually sustain a grid powered by the sun and wind. By Robert F. Service, Science Magazine.

2018-10-19. Something New May Be Rising Off California Coast: Wind Farms. By Ivan Penn and Stanley Reed, The New York Times.

2018-10-15. Solar power could electrify sub-Saharan Africa. By Public Affairs, UC Berkeley.

2018-08-30. From Rooftops to Algae Pools: Orlando’s Vision for Carbon-Free Energy. By Ivan Penn, The New York Times.

2018-08-23. Powerful new battery could help usher in a green power grid. By Robert F. Service, Science Magazine.

2018-08-19. Green-minded Greek isle about to go fully off the grid. By Iliana Mier, San Francisco Chronicle.

2018-07-31. This ‘flow battery’ could power green homes when the sun goes down and the wind stops blowing. By Robert F. Service, Science Magazine.

2018-07-24. The $3 Billion Plan to Turn Hoover Dam Into a Giant Battery. By Ivan Penn. Graphic by Mika Gröndahl. Photo and video by David Walter Banks, aerial video by Josh Haner and Josh Williams, The New York Times.

2018-07-12. Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon. By Robert F. Service, Science Magazine.

2018-06-28. Skyscrapers could soon generate their own power, thanks to see-through solar cells. By Robert F. Service, Science Magazine.

2018-05-23. Massachusetts Gains Foothold in Offshore Wind Power, Long Ignored in U.S. By Stanley Reed and Ivan Penn, The New York Times.

2018-05-18. Chemical storage of renewable energy. By Joel W Ager, Alexei A. Lapkin, Science.

2018-05-09. California Will Require Solar Power for New Homes. By Ivan Penn, The New York Times.

2018-04-27. How windmills as wide as jumbo jets are making clean energy mainstream. By Stanley Reed, San Francisco Chronicle.

2018-04-16. Thin film converts heat from electronics into energy. By Brett Israel, UC Berkeley News.

2018-04-11. New technology could wean the battery world off cobalt. By Brett Israel, UC Berkeley News.

2018-03-31. Batteries included: Even huge Saudi solar farm will use them. By Brian Eckhouse and Mark Chediak, San Francisco Chronicle-SF Gate.

2018-02-05. From Oil to Solar: Saudi Arabia Plots a Shift to Renewables. By Stanley Reed, The New York Times.

2018-01-22. Chemists create tinted windows that also generate electricity. By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley News.

2017-01-01. Fighting Climate Change, One Laundry Load at a Time. By Stanley Reed, The New York Times.

2017-12-28. The Power of Water, Wind, and Solar (and Nothing Else). By Sarah Witman, Eos/AGU.

2017-11-30. Australia Powers Up the World’s Biggest Battery — Courtesy of Elon Musk. By Adam Baidawi, The New York Times.

2017-08-23. Cyborg bacteria turn sunlight into useful chemicals. By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley News. 

2017-08-12. Chile’s Energy Transformation Is Powered by Wind, Sun and Volcanoes. By Ernesto Londoño, The New York Times.

2017-07-05. Floating Solar Farms Catch on in California. By Corey Binns, NRDC OnEarth.

2017-06-26. World’s Largest Wind Turbine Would Be Taller Than the Empire State Building. By Annie Sneed, Scientific American. 

2017-05-26. Batteries could be latest clean technology to get California boost. By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle. 

2017-05-18. State hits renewable record. By Dominic Fracassa, San Francisco Chronicle. 

2017-05-02. The Solutions Project.

2017-05-02. Drawdown.

2017-04-14. Germany Strikes Offshore Wind Deals, Subsidy Not Included. By Stanley Reed, The New York Times.

2017-03-06. New Materials Could Turn Water into the Fuel of the Future. By Dan Krotz, Berkeley Lab News Center.

2017-03-02. Cities Smarten Up and Go Green. By Isabel Seifert-Dähnn, Marianne Millstein, and Per Gunnar Røe, EoS Earth & Space News (AGU).

2017-02-09. Almost 90% of New Power in Europe from Renewable Sources in 2016. By Adam Vaughn, The Guardian.

2016-12-16. Beijing, Bracing for 5 Days of Heavy Pollution, Issues Red Alert. By Jane Perez, The New York Times.

2016-12-15. Are We Entering the Photovoltaic Energy Era? By John Fialka, ClimateWire, reprinted by Scientific American.

2016-12-15. California to Regulate Energy Use of Desktop Computers and Monitors. By Tatiana Schlossberg, The New York Times.

2016-12-06. 100% renewable is just the beginning. By Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President of Technical Infrastructure, Google.

2016-11-07. Major advance in solar cells made from cheap, easy-to-use perovskite. By By Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley Media relations.

2016-11-03. Batteries That Make Use of Solar Power, Even in the Dark. By Stanley Reed, The New York Times.

2016-10-31. No One Saw Tesla’s Solar Roof Coming. By Tom Randall, Bloomberg.

2016-10-03. In a dramatic move, Trudeau says Canada will put a price on carbon. By Wayne Kondro, Science Insider (AAAS).

2016-08-18. A Danish Wind Turbine Maker Harnesses Data in a Push to Stay Ahead. By Stanley Reed, The New York Times.

2016-07-27. Solar plane's arrival highlights UAE's clean-energy push. By Adam Schreck, Associated Press.

2016-07-19. How Renewable Energy Is Blowing Climate Change Efforts Off Course. By Eduardo Porter, The New York Times. See also 2016-07-19. A note from the GSS Director.

2016-07-15. Grid can’t yet handle the heat as state hits solar power record. By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle.

2016-07-02. Diablo Canyon closure shows California’s power grid is changing fast. By David R. Baker, San Francisco Chronicle.

2016-06-20. As Wind Power Lifts Wyoming’s Fortunes, Coal Miners Are Left in the Dust. By Coral Davenport, The New York Times.

2016-06-13. Solar Power Plants are the Future of Texas Power. By Mike Jacobs, Union of Concerned Scientists.

2016-06-03. A Suburban Experiment Aims for Free Energy. By Diane Cardwell, The New York Times.

2016-05-20. New Solar Plants Generate Floating Green Power. By Erica Goode, The New York Times.

2016-02-10. Burlington, Vermont Becomes First U.S. City to Run On 100% Renewable Electricity. By Anastasia Pantsios, EcoWatch.

2016-02-03. Articles on sustainable energy projects. ...from Bloomberg Business and The Guardian.

2016-01-02. Electrifying India, With the Sun and Small Loans. By Max Bearak, The New York Times.

2015-12-21. American wind power breezes past 70-gigawatt milestone. By AWEA, national trade association of the U.S. wind energy industry.

2015-12-05. Community Choice Energy: Power to the People!  ...video from UNFCCC COP21 side event.

2015-11-06. Fact Sheet: Jobs in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (2015). Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI).

2015-11-02. World's largest floating windfarm gets green light in Scotland. By Matt Mace, Guardian Environment Network.

2015-10-25. Energy Storage Industry Gaining Momentum. By Diane Cardwell, The New York Times.

2015-10-09. A Bright Future. ...a book review written by Amory B. Lovins about Philip Warburg's book "Harness the Sun -- America's Quest for a Solar-Powered Future.

2015-09-30. Price of Solar Energy in the United States Has Fallen to 5¢/kWh on Average. By Jon Weiner, News Center, Lawrence Berkeley Lab.

2015-09-09. Solar energy is poised for yet another record year. By Chris Mooney, The Washington Post.

2015-08-20. Project Sunroof. Google.

2015-07-27. Offshore wind power gets foothold in U.S. with Rhode Island project. By Richard Valdmanis, Reuters.

2015-07-04. Solar Impulse 2 touches down in Hawaii after record-breaking flight. Katharine Lackey, Associated Press, The Sydney Morning Herald.

2015-06-05. American Geoscience Institute’s (AGI) Critical Issues Program. American Geoscience Institute.

2015-Spring. Reverse Cycle: Inspired by Leaves, a New Invention Turns Sunlight and Water into Fuel. By Chelsea Leu, California Magazine.

2015-02-10. Apple Building Solar Farm to Power California Operations. By Brian X. Chen, The New York Times.


Articles from 2009–present

See also
Articles from 2003–2008

Non-chronological links:

100.org - also The Solutions Project - http://thesolutionsproject.org ...specific plans, by locale, for energy mixes that are 100% renewable energy.

The Energy Challenge (NY Times) - a series of articles examining the ways in which the world is, and is not, moving toward a more energy efficient, environmentally benign future.
Green Hotels

National Energy Education and Development Project (NEED)

Rock the Bike - generate electricity with a bike.

Solar Estimator - allows you to make calculations of a solar energy photovoltaic system's expected performance.

Renewable energy potential regional maps from the U.S. DOE Energy Information Administration

Solar Cookers International (SCI) - Establishes programs in countries around the world to teach people to make and use solar ovens and cookers. Reduces deforestation and saves time for cultures that normally would gather wood for cooking fires. Reduces carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas) emission in cultures that normally use natural gas or electricity for cooking. See SCI Newsletters

Wind Powering America Programs that help put up wind turbines at school