Our Climate Crisis

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Taking Stock of Solar Power During this Summer’s Heat Wave

Sometimes it’s hard to make sense of it all. Despite daily reminders of how our climate-energy balance is growing increasingly …
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With Gas Above $4 per Gallon, IEA Offers 10 Tips to Cut Your Fuel Bill Now

Call it energy economics 101:  When President Biden announced plans to address record gasoline prices, now topping $4 a gallon, …
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Coronavirus, and now Ukraine, Add a One-Two Punch in the Fight on Climate Change

Spring has returned to New England, but somehow it feels different this year. On the plus side, our two-year ordeal …
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Climate Checkup for 2021:  What Six Charts Tell Us

Now that 2021 is in the rear-view mirror, here’s a look back at six important climate trends, as told in …
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Solaflect Solar Trackers Stand Up to Growing Weather Extremes

Coming on the heels of the warmest October on record, New England has already seen its first big Nor’Easter of …
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Are We Veering Off Course in Meeting Our Climate Goals?

What’s going on with the world’s energy supply? Higher oil prices are pushing gasoline prices up to their highest levels …
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Our New Weather ‘Normal’ Is Bordering on the Extreme

Photo by Mike Dougherty/VTDigger For many in Jamaica, Vermont, flood damage in August 2021 brought back memories of Tropical Storm …
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Heat Waves and Heat Pumps

With More Heat Waves, Home Air Conditioning Is Becoming a Must-Have Appliance The dog days of summer have arrived – …
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Are ‘Climate Refugees’ Coming to New England? 2020 Data Sure Seems to Say So

It’s official. In Vermont, out-of-staters piled into the state to snap up homes at near-record rates in 2020, and no …
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Oil Majors Pressed on Three Fronts to Get Serious about Climate Change – and Renewables

The oil and gas industry was dealt three heavy blows in recent days – from the courts, government agencies and …
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NOAA Online Tools Help You Chart Global Warming in Your Area

Each decade, the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) updates its analysis of U.S. weather patterns by comparing temperature, …
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Colonial Pipeline Hack Is Latest Example of Fossil Fuel Frailties

The vulnerability of the nation’s fossil energy supply system was on full display again last week. Hackers penetrated the computer …
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What Are the Benefits of Charging Your EV at Home vs. Public Charging Stations?

One of the biggest questions owners of electric vehicles face is how to keep their EV batteries charged. As a …
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A Year Later: Pandemic lessons revisited, and security in a climate calamity

One year into the coronavirus, what have we learned? It’s been a year since COVID-19 turned our lives upside down …
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Renewables Are Coming to Utilities’ Rescue, But the Grid Needs a Serious Upgrade

This week’s Barron’s, the Dow Jones investment weekly, features a bullish cover story on “The Coming Green Boom for Utilities.” …
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Pop Quiz: 10 Things You Should Know About the Recent Power Outage in Texas

The record-smashing, cold-weather outbreak that plunged Texas into darkness last week presents an ongoing human tragedy. While dozens of Texans …
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Is Norway Really ‘Out-EVing’ America, Like GM’s Super Bowl Ad Says?

That’s what comedian Will Ferrell, an unlikely GM spokesman, told 100 million Super Bowl viewers last Sunday. And he’s right …
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2020 Was a Bad Year for the Climate

But Will It Mark a Turning Point? 2020 was a challenging year by lots of measures – and climate change …
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Save Solar – Make your voice heard!

“Let the sun shine!” That’s the refrain some of us have been singing for 50 years now.” Will 2021 Finally …
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What’s Next for Clean Energy and Solar/Battery Tax Credits?

Now that the dust appears to have settled on the 2020 presidential election, what does the future hold for clean …
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What If We Electrified Everything?

Imagine a world where everything needing a power source runs on electricity. Lots of things in our daily lives already …
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Covid-19 Is Speeding Rise of Solar as ‘New King’ of Electricity Markets, IEA Says

The world’s response to Covid-19 may “reshape the future of energy,” the International Energy Agency predicts in its 2020 World …
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Northern New England Tops List of Best Places to Weather Climate Change

In a changing climate, northern New England is the best place to be. That’s the finding of a 50-state analysis …
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Biden’s Climate Plan Is Red, White and Blue

On July 14th, Joe Biden unveiled a new climate plan that’s winning praise from backers of the Green New Deal …
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Weather Forecast: Even More of the Same

You know the saying: “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” That’s becoming a more common expression in Vermont and …
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Happy Summer Solstice!

Some encouraging milestones on this Summer Solstice The summer solstice, traditionally called “midsummer”, but now more commonly thought of as …
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Solar tracker in Norwich, VT

Life Beyond Coronavirus: Four Reasons for Hope. One Call to Action.

Coronavirus will be with us for a while, complete with social distancing and masks on our faces – somber reminders …
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On Earth Day: A Lot Of Progress, a Lot Of Work Still To Do

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we need look no further than our own Connecticut River to …
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The Power Is In Our Hands

Reflections on the time of Coronavirus from Solaflect Energy The coronavirus is fast emerging as the defining moment of our …
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Brook Trout Discovered in Once Sterile Adirondack Lake

We’ve had plenty of distressing environmental news lately, so it is exciting to see an environmental success. As a result …
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The Winters we Love are in the Crosshairs

Many of us live in Northern New England because we love the winter recreation that the region offers, and many …
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Inspirations from our Big City Neighbor to the South

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood…” said Daniel Burnham back in 1907. Well, Boston …
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The Solar Tracker Became Family

Five years ago, Beth and Sandy decided to install a Solaflect Tracker on their property in Norwich. They were pioneers, …
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Time is Running Out

On the heels of the United Nations global warming report issued earlier this week, Solaflect founder Bill Bender submitted a …
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Go Solar, Stop Bugs

While scientists may argue over the degree to which the rise in bugs is directly related to the heating planet, …
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