Georgia Buoys Offshore Wind Power

The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) just recently released a “finding of no significant impact” for Southern Company’s proposed offshore wind energy study equipment. The draft environmental assessment found that a meteorological tower or buoys offshore Georgia would have negligible environmental impacts.

New Round of IPCC Reports Keep the Climate Drum Beating

The latest reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) came out this month on the impacts of climate change, how to adapt to those impacts, and how we must reduce greenhouse gas pollution. These two reports compliment the IPCC’s report last fall on the latest physical science of climate change. All three reports, respectively [...]

Burying the evidence and our heads: North Carolina deletes climate docs

I don’t know about you, but I’ve really found the breaking news on climate change assaulting and terrifying lately. Headlines like “Climate Change: ‘Abrupt,’ Unpredictable,’ ‘Irreversible’ and ‘Highly Damaging‘” have frequented my news feed illustrating how catastrophic the effects of climate change will be and actually already are. Just last week I saw the first [...]

Miami Tackles Sea Level Rise in Absence of State Leadership

In recent blogs, I expressed my surprise and disappointment in our lack of state-wide clean energy policy solutions in Florida to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. Since then I have been fortunate to attend some amazing meetings hosted by the Sea Level Rise Task Force of Miami Dade County. The seven-member panel, made up [...]

Join Hands to Protect Our Treasured Places!

For the past four years, there has been one annual worldwide grassroots event that has championed the cause of clean energy as a replacement to risky fossil fuels: Hands Across the Sand. Since 2010, Hands events have brought thousands of communities together to stand up for their most treasured places in all 50 states and [...]

New Southeast EPA Administrator Faces Challenges Ahead

In the first month of 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency appointed Heather McTeer Toney as the new Region 4 Administrator. The former Regional Administrator, Gwendolyn Keyes Fleming, left to become chief of staff for EPA’s new chief administrator Gina McCarthy. Mrs. Toney, a private-sector attorney by trade, served as the first woman and first African-American mayor [...]

Puerto Rico Leaves Florida in its Wake on Clean Energy Policy

In a recent blog Florida Could Learn About Clean Energy Solutions from Puerto Rico, I shared my journey in searching for Florida’s clean energy policy. As a young political scientist, I began this journey determined to discover clean energy solutions in Florida that could secure the energy future for both Florida and my birthplace of Puerto Rico. [...]

Solar Spirit

This blog complements “40 Religious Groups Practicing Creation Care with Wind Turbines,” posted February 23. Solar energy represents an opportunity to reduce one’s impact on the environment, while also potentially saving money. It makes sense then, that faith-based organizations, which are often strapped for cash and devoted to environmental stewardship, would see the benefit of [...]

Soggy in Sochi: The End of the Winter Olympics As We Know It?

Before the 2014 Winter Olympic Games began, Russia pledged that Sochi would be the greenest Olympic Games in history, promising green building standards for Olympic facilities and a “zero waste” policy, and even going so far as to suggest that Sochi would be the first carbon neutral Games in history. The Russian Olympic Committee did [...]

Hold Candidates Accountable on Climate

The Tampa Bay Times ran some excellent coverage last week on the issue of climate change in the special election for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.   While climate change and sea level rise are ever-present issues in coastal Florida, the recent reporting was in response to a newly released study published in the journal Geophysical Research [...]