A United Nations group set out to clean up a Port-au-Prince neighborhood by converting trash to cooking fuel. It was a project with many goals, that ultimately wasn't sustainable financially. It seems many programs in Haiti suffer under their own weight.
As coal demand around the globe increases, at the same time it moderates in the United States, coal companies are looking abroad to sell their commodity. But that means new facilities need to be built to get them abroad -- and they're looking to the Pacific Northwest.
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, which shutdown several hospitals in New York City, attention is being focused on a national movement among hospitals to make themselves more sustainable, to save money, but also more self-sufficient, in these changing environmental times.
Students at Harvard University, joined by others at some of the country's top universities, are taking a new tact. Rather than change lightbulbs and conserve more, they want their universities to empty fossil fuel company investments from their endowment.
For the first time in years, U.S. energy companies are moving to ship a sizable amount of U.S. crude oil abroad, in this case to Canada. It's just the latest step on the road to what economist Joe Stanislaw calls American "energy sufficiency."
With U.S. demand for coal at decades-low levels, mining companies are turning elsewhere for places to sell their products. In most cases, that means the booming economies of Asia — and long trips on container ships.
Politicians of all stripes are clamoring to lay out how they'd support continued growth in green energy jobs. But when it comes to talking about green jobs, politicians are focused mostly on the jobs part and less on the green.
A project in Oregon seeks to turn a long-dormant volcano into a source of power for as many as a million people. It would involve pumping water deep into the water, where the geothermal activity would turn that water into steam to spin turbines — without producing CO2.
The people who live in the communities that produces America's coal are mobilized to get President Barack Obama out of office. They see his policies and his EPA as implementing new regulations that are directly costing their communities jobs.
Iceland is in a unique position as far as the changing global environment. The northern country not only sees the melting ice, but also has a front-row seat for the effort to convert to a clean-energy economy. Iceland uses clean energy for virtually all of its electricity and heating.