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Ensia is a magazine showcasing environmental solutions in action. Our mission is to share stories and spark conversations that motivate, empower and inspire people to create a more sustainable future.

The challenge — and opportunity — of powering Sub-Saharan Africa nbsp; InfographicThe challenge — and opportunity — of powering Sub-Saharan Africa  
If we quit oil, then what? nbsp; VoicesIf we quit oil, then what?  
How do you bring electricity to 620 million people? nbsp; FeatureHow do you bring electricity to 620 million people?  
POLITICO takes a hard look at the future of energy  POLITICO takes a hard look at the future of energy In 2007, the investigative news site POLITICO launched and quickly became a go-to source for news about policy decisions coming from the… Notable
Look what’s cooking in the world of renewable energy nbsp; FeatureLook what’s cooking in the world of renewable energy  
Will natural gas dim solar’s shine? nbsp; FeatureWill natural gas dim solar’s shine?  
This small Central American country is a renewable energy powerhouse nbsp; VideoThis small Central American country is a renewable energy powerhouse  
Last tango for nuclear? nbsp; FeatureLast tango for nuclear?  
Debbie Dooley: Making the Tea Party — and America — a little greener nbsp; InterviewDebbie Dooley: Making the Tea Party — and America — a little greener  
Another source of methane release  Another source of methane release Mary Kang wasn’t even originally looking at methane emissions. The Princeton doctoral candidate was trying to get to the bottom of another… Notable
New life for the artificial leaf? nbsp; FeatureNew life for the artificial leaf?  
This infographic shows why renewable energy is here to stay nbsp; InfographicThis infographic shows why renewable energy is here to stay  
How some climate “wins” can lead to other uphill battles in the clean energy fight nbsp; VoicesHow some climate “wins” can lead to other uphill battles in the clean energy fight  
Boosting Bicycling’s Benefits  Boosting Bicycling’s Benefits For many, sitting alone in a vehicle in a traffic jam on the way to work is a fact of life. But are there policies cities could consider to… Notable
Playing It Cool  Playing It Cool On a hot, sunny day, dark roofs and pavements in Houston reach a smoldering 160 degrees. Startling facts like this spurred action at the… Notable
We Need Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids nbsp; VoicesWe Need Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids  
The Emerging Power of Microgrids nbsp; FeatureThe Emerging Power of Microgrids  
Visualizing Energy nbsp; PhotoVisualizing Energy  
Getting Wind Energy off the Ground  Getting Wind Energy off the Ground When it comes to wind power, the sky isn’t the limit — it’s the opportunity. Researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research… Notable
Solar’s Time to Rise and Shine nbsp; FeatureSolar’s Time to Rise and Shine  
Start Your Electric Engines!  Start Your Electric Engines! What has a top speed of 270 kilometers per hour (167 mph) and doesn’t use a single drop of gasoline or diesel? The new Spark-Renault… Notable
When Spending Less on Green Energy Is Good  When Spending Less on Green Energy Is Good Can spending less on renewable energy be a good thing? It can if the reason is that renewables are becoming more affordable. Notable
Food + Energy = Crisis? nbsp; VoicesFood + Energy = Crisis?  
Fixing Palm Oil’s Other Climate Threat nbsp; VoicesFixing Palm Oil’s Other Climate Threat  
Oceans of Energy nbsp; FeatureOceans of Energy  
The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar nbsp; PhotoThe Evolution of Ivanpah Solar  
From Grid Waste to Good Taste nbsp; ArticleFrom Grid Waste to Good Taste  
Rays of Hope  Rays of Hope It’s hard to imagine a place where solar power makes more sense than in communities in sun-drenched countries that are not yet connected to… Notable
Instant Oil  Instant Oil For years algae-to-oil biofuels have been too expensive to compete with fossil fuels, but a new breakthrough may be a game-changer… Notable
Backyard Nuclear?  Backyard Nuclear? Except for those pesky safety issues, nuclear energy has a lot going for it — a small carbon footprint, minimal air pollution, a plentiful… Notable
Energy in Motion  Energy in Motion The same source of electricity that makes a spark jump from your finger to the doorknob on a dry day is gearing up to power smartphones… Notable
U.S. Solar Shines Bright In 2013 nbsp; InfographicU.S. Solar Shines Bright In 2013  
Could Power Plants Help Solve the Climate Problem? nbsp; VoicesCould Power Plants Help Solve the Climate Problem?  
Cool Roofs Rising nbsp; ArticleCool Roofs Rising  
Not About Money  Not About Money You might think putting a price tag on energy would help motivate people to trim their use. Not so, says a UCLA study that looked at the… Notable
Taming Aviation’s Impact nbsp; FeatureTaming Aviation’s Impact  
Making Bigger Better  Making Bigger Better Larger animals are more energy efficient than smaller ones — a phenomenon known as Kleiber’s Law — and it’s long been assumed that cities… Notable
The Solution Will Be Televised nbsp; VideoThe Solution Will Be Televised  
Air Conditioning Is Not the Enemy nbsp; VoicesAir Conditioning Is Not the Enemy  
The Bridge to Zero Carbon nbsp; VoicesThe Bridge to Zero Carbon  
Why Not Burn Waste? nbsp; VoicesWhy Not Burn Waste?  
Energy Efficiency: Beware of Overpromises nbsp; VoicesEnergy Efficiency: Beware of Overpromises  
Top Models  Top Models Is your city taking steps to prepare for a changing climate and related extreme weather events? The International Council for Local… Notable
A Market-friendly Approach to Energy nbsp; VoicesA Market-friendly Approach to Energy  
Breaking the Solar Logjam nbsp; FeatureBreaking the Solar Logjam  
Elusive Efficiency nbsp; FeatureElusive Efficiency  
New Spin on Hydropower nbsp; FeatureNew Spin on Hydropower  
Solar Power Is Inevitable nbsp; VoicesSolar Power Is Inevitable  
May Boeve: Changing Climate Change nbsp; InterviewMay Boeve: Changing Climate Change  
Peggy Liu: Supplying global energy needs with renewables nbsp; InterviewPeggy Liu: Supplying global energy needs with renewables  
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