Morocco is building one of the world's largest solar power plants in the desert east of Marrakesh, using a technology that will allow it to generate electricity well past sundown. It's part of an aggressive strategy to become energy independent.
The presidential race is heating up across America, but north of the border a new face from a fabled political dynasty just romped into power with a landslide win that signals considerable change. Gone is the oil-friendly Stephen Harper and taking over as prime minister is Justin Trudeau, son of popular leader Pierre Trudeau, of the left-leaning Liberal Party. What does this mean for controversial energy projects in Canada and the US?
On Thursday, word came that ExxonMobil is being investigated for possibly misleading shareholders on the risks climate change poses to its business. On Friday, President Obama killed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to the US from Canada, citing the threat of climate change from burning fossil fuels. The oil business has seen worse weeks, but perhaps not many.
Public lands in the United States hold up to 450 billion tons of potential carbon emissions, in places like the Powder River Basin, home to massive coal deposits, or in offshore petroleum. If, over time, all of these emissions are released, it would be catastrophic for the climate. A new campaign is pressing President Obama to keep them in the ground forever.
Big changes came at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany. G7 leaders, including those from historically reluctant Japan and Canada, have agreed to call for a full decarbonization of the world's economy by 2100.
President Obama has given Shell the green light to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, but activists and politicians in Seattle are throwing up as many stop signs as they can as the drilling rig preps there for its journey north. It's the latest flashpoint in the growing international anti-fossil fuel movement.
Fossil fuels generate profits in modern economies in part because the costs of their environmental and health damage are not included in their price. As a move rises to divest from fossil fuels, a new report shows we're significantly underestimating the true cost of fossil fuel use worldwide.
The Harvard University president, who skipped midterms to march in Selma 50 years ago, is facing activists who see her as representative of university's refusal to get rid of investments in fossil fuels. Says one Harvard student: "The leaders I’m supposed to look up to have 100 percent failed me.''