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Nevada Solar Jobs Threatened, Highlighted in Political Contest

After recent utility rate changes, hundreds of people are out of work in Nevada while residential customers are left wondering if they made the right choice to go solar. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called the new utility rules “incomprehensible.”

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Ford the Latest Company to Dump ALEC

Last fall, Ford Motor Co. revealed it was a financial contributor to ALEC. Following backlash, this week it became the latest company to cut ties with the lobbying group.

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Nuclear Gets a New Champion

Clean-energy philanthropist Jay Faison implored clean-energy advocates on Thursday to think about how to communicate more effectively about the economic and carbon-cutting potential of nuclear energy.

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Doctors: Microcephaly in Brazil Caused by Larvicide, Not Zika?

Brazil is facing an epidemic of the birth defect microcephaly. The government says it’s due to the Zika virus. So does the World Health Organization. But physicians in Brazil and Argentina are insisting that the answer is in the water — and due to Brazil’s controversial use of larvicide.

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What Do the SDGs Mean for Your Employees?

We might have heard a lot about the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals since their launch late last year. But Marianne Hughes and GivingForce still find themselves discussing how to best apply them to business. Could the answer be through your people?

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Scalia’s Death and Senate Politics: What’s Next for Clean Power?

With the recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, things just got complicated for the Supreme Court — and for Senate majority members, who see the likelihood of a progressive Obama nomination heading their way. But in an ironic twist of fate, President Barack Obama’s signature Clean Power Plan, which was dealt a legal blow last week, may actually gain some traction from an evenly-split Supreme Court — even if Senate Republicans don’t confirm Obama’s nomination.

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Wind Energy is Top-Dog in the EU … But Will It Last?

The EU added more new wind-energy capacity than any other form of power last year. But, as Oliver Joy of the European Wind Energy Association put it, “The world is hot on Europe’s heels, and now is no time to rest on laurels.”

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (center) and Christiana Figueres (third from left), executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, celebrate the adoption of the Paris Agreement on Dec. 12.

COP21 — Two Months On: Time to Separate News from Trends

Is the energy transition stalling? Two months after COP21, it is time to separate news from trends. The oil price is down; the U.S. Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration’s carbon-emissions plan; and Germany is (understandably) focused on the Syrian refugee crisis, diverting attention away from its energy transition. Notwithstanding, the train has left the station. It would be a mistake to underestimate the power of technology and innovation to keep driving nonlinear change toward a low-carbon economy.

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Forest Protection Groups Ask EU to Exclude Biofuels

Last week, a group of 125 organizations from 45 countries signed a declaration asking that the European Union exclude large-scale biofuels from its next Renewable Energy Directive.