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Wanted: a ‘clean trillion’ dollar investment to limit climate change

The UN is calling on investors and business to pump up their financing of low-carbon technologies By Lisa Palmer Major investors and big business met with government leaders at the United Nations recently  to address the urgency of clean energy investments. Their mission? To close a huge…

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Facing Tough Market at Home, U.S. Coal Giant Pushes Overseas

With prospects in the U.S. increasingly uncertain, Peabody Energy, the world’s largest private coal company, is expanding its operations abroad. But that strategy could carry significant risks, as coal-consuming powerhouses like China are working to reduce their dependence on the fossil fuel. By Lisa Palmer…

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What can Madagascar teach us about rice and water?

Great stories sometimes start out with the simplest inspiration. A phrase, a conversation overheard, an observation in nature, or a bag of rice purchased from a grocery store can motivate me to report on it. The inspiration works or it doesn’t. Recently, I was about…

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Will Power

I recently talked with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas at Brainstorm Green in Laguna Niguel, California. The hip-hop band founder and innovator launched a brand initiative with Coca-Cola called EKOCYCLE, which inspires brands to not only design but innovate by using recycled materials in their products. The potential for…

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Covering sustainable solutions

This week I’m in California at Fortune’s Brainstorm Green Conference. If you are attending, please contact me via the press room (#1002) or e mail me  [my first name] (a t) lisa-palmer.com.

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Artificial wetlands to capture and process the fertilizer runoff that is polluting the Mississippi

In my recent story for The New York Times I write about ways Iowa farmers are seeking to prevent nutrients from getting into streams and rivers. My article focuses on using artificial wetlands to capture and process the fertilizer that flows unabated into the Mississippi.…

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Climate change and how to fix it

My latest story for The New York Times features Oxford University professor Dieter Helm. We met on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., to discuss Europe’s flawed energy policies and what he considers America’s lucky break with natural gas. The best part of the interview? He’s refreshingly honest and…

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What’s up with Arctic shipping, climate change, and invasive species?

In Scientific American you’ll find “Melting Arctic Ice Will Make Way for More Ships–and More Species Invasions,” a story I wrote about the immense increases in shipping that are likely over the North Pole and Arctic Ocean in the coming years. This has alerted scientists…

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Coal is Dead. Gas is the New Frontier: Fossil Fuel Hogs Conversation at ARPA-E

I don’t have much faith that the world will use less coal any time in the near future. Certainly energy innovation and natural gas hold promise in the U.S., but the reality of widespread coal use worldwide made its way into many of the main…

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What’s The Big Idea?

Last week, The New York Times published a story I wrote about a new social enterprise to finance climate change solutions, among other social justice and humanitarian issues, by strengthening individual buying power. This is an issue worth keeping a close eye on over the coming…

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