How the private sector is stepping up on climate change

Author Michael Vandenbergh sees business transcending partisan politics.

Episode 120: Google’s power play, Uber’s bike bet, underground gardens

In this episode, we unpack the evolution of corporate renewable energy procurement and ponder how ride-sharing services will disrupt the future of urban design.

Amazon’s experimental recipe for food retail

Food is turning into an information business, and the online retailer-turned-grocer has an unassailable competitive advantage.

The Promise and Challenge of Scaling Lithium Metal Batteries

While lithium-ion batteries are undergoing an historic scale-up, researchers are also hard at work looking for what battery technology might come next. A big battery breakthrough could lead to electric cars that could drive longer on a single charge and are safer to operate. Better batteries for the grid could store more energy, enabling the deployment of more wind and solar. “There’s a worldwide race for these kinds of concepts,” said Paul Albertus, program director for ARPA-E, the Department of Energy program that focuses on early

Mexico Is One of the Most Attractive Regions on the Planet for Solar

Mexico has emerged as a top market for solar in Latin America. In the wake of the country's energy market reform, solar projects are more competitive than ever. Developers are scrambling to get in on the action. In advance of Solar Summit Mexico next month, we're giving you a sneak peek at GTM Research's latest Latin America PV Playbook, the industry's most in-depth analysis of the budding

Entrepreneur Danny Kennedy sees a power transformation on many fronts

GreenBiz events. This episode: The managing director of CalCEF envisions a more equitable, inclusive future rising along with renewables.

Nissan-Renault Insists It’s ‘Not Going to Relinquish’ Leadership on Electric Mobility

Nissan Motors did not unveil a new electric vehicle at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show. The Japanese automaker had a sizable expo display, but opted not to hold a high-production-values press event. Instead, Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of France-based Renault, chairman and former CEO of Japan-based Nissan, as well as chairman of Mitsubishi

2018 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #2

A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook page during the past week. Editor’s Pick Climate change is triggering a migrant crisis in Vietnam Harvesting rice. Phuong D. Nguyen / Shutterstock.com The Vietnamese Mekong Delta is one of Earth’s most agriculturally productive regions and is of global importance for its exports of rice, shrimp, and fruit. The 18m inhabitants of this low-lying river delta are also some of the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. Over the last ten years around 1.7m people have migrated out of its vast expanse of fields, rivers and canals while only 700,000 have arrived. On a global level migration to urban areas remains as high as ever: one

New research, January 1-7, 2018

A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. The figure is from paper #20. Climate change 1. Climate Change on Newfoundland and Labrador Shelves: Results From a Regional Downscaled Ocean and Sea-Ice Model Under an A1B Forcing Scenario 2011–2069 “Over the Newfoundland and Labrador Shelves during

Episode 107: State of Green Business hits and misses; mainstreaming climate risk

In this week’s episode, the bell curve for connected cars, corporate energy buyers face tax changes and climate disclosure gets serious.

This reversible glue puts a screw in manufacturing

It works like a screw and “unclicks” when exposed to a signal after use.

Nature’s year ahead: 3 must-read environmental books for 2018

Here are three books about the environment that you should add to your reading list.

The Next 5 Years in Energy Storage, According to 500 Energy Professionals

Last month at Greentech Media's Energy Storage Summit, I had the pleasure of moderating a panel, Crowdsourced Market Insights: Role of Energy Storage in Creating the Grid of the Future. This panel employed a unique structure where our experts on stage were asked to interpret and weigh in as 500 attendees answered live polling questions on the top themes in the market. The results, with additional context from our research, are presented in a

Battery storage opportunities offer consistency for customers

It’s becoming increasingly clear in high-renewable electric grids that flexible resources are more valuable than flat, unchanging generation and load.

The 4 benefits of building a green home

Americans do want greener homes. They just don’t call them that.

Beyond SolarCity, Vivint Solar and Sunrun: Who Is Actually Growing in the Residential Solar Market?

A chill has hit home solar. According to GTM Research’s latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report, Q3 2017 was the third consecutive quarter that the residential solar market fell by installation volume. It's easy to blame the “big three” for this downturn — collectively, SolarCity, Vivint Solar and Sunrun are down 32 percent in installation volume over the first three quarters of 2016, according to the latest U.S. PV Leaderboard. At the same time, we talk about the rest of the market — the long tail — as though it were an aggregate force tempering the downfalls of

The Key To Slowing Global Warming

We all know that global warming is causing climate change characterised by increasingly severe weather events which damage property, destroy food crops and is likely to have catastrophic effects with multi metre sea level rise later this century. Strong winds and floods, forest fires and droughts are more common and cause damage which, each year, is more expensive to repair and may eventually be

The ‘imminent mini ice age’ myth is back, and it’s still wrong

This post has been incorporated into the rebuttal to the myth A grand solar minimum could trigger another ice age Roughly every two years we’re treated to headlines repeating the myth that Earth is headed for an imminent “mini ice age.” It happened in 2013, 2015, and again just recently at the tail end of 2017. This time around, the myth appears to have been sparked by a Sky News interview with Northumbria University mathematics professor Valentina Zharkova. The story was quickly echoed by the Daily Mail, International Business

Counterpoint: Net positive is a move in the right direction

It isn’t a perfect term, but we need to know whether our sustainability actions are taking us where we need to go.

Evidence links ESG performance to better investments

A new report looks at the impact of ESG on cash flow and profitability and exposure to risk factors. “The results are unequivocal,” says an MSCI expert.

Reefs are losing recovery time between bleaching events, experts say

A recent study finds that warmer waters are causing an increase in coral bleaching events.

12 Charts That Shook the Earth in 2017

You're reading a free preview of the latest GTM Squared insight. Want to receive more vital intelligence like this each and every week? Join Squared today! Last year was intense. It felt like news broke every minute of every day. We're starting 2018 the same way. That intensity certainly held true in the world of data. Our GTM Research analysts were knee-deep in record-breaking numbers, working

Non-Residential Solar Is Booming in Massachusetts. How Will New Incentives Impact Growth?

When the numbers are finally tallied, Massachusetts is likely to have had a banner year for non-residential PV installations in 2017. According to the recently released Q4 2017 U.S. Solar Market Insight report, the Bay State is forecast to grow nearly 20 percent over a record-breaking 2016. But the fanfare may be short-lived. Last year may prove to be the peak for non-residential solar installations in Massachusetts in this decade. Pending regulatory outcomes related to the incentive successor program could make or break the second-largest non-residential market in the U.S. — and define the tenor of solar deployments through the rest of the decade. Massachusetts helps lead a