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Ensia is a magazine showcasing environmental solutions in action. Powered by the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, we connect people with ideas, information and inspiration they can use to change the world.

How some climate “wins” can lead to other uphill battles in the clean energy fight nbsp; Voices How 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; Voices We Need Stronger, Smarter Electrical Grids  
The Emerging Power of Microgrids nbsp; Feature The Emerging Power of Microgrids  
Visualizing Energy nbsp; Photo Visualizing 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; Feature Solar’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; Voices Food + Energy = Crisis?  
Fixing Palm Oil’s Other Climate Threat nbsp; Voices Fixing Palm Oil’s Other Climate Threat  
Oceans of Energy nbsp; Feature Oceans of Energy  
The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar nbsp; Photo The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar  
From Grid Waste to Good Taste nbsp; Article From 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; Infographic U.S. Solar Shines Bright In 2013  
Could Power Plants Help Solve the Climate Problem? nbsp; Voices Could Power Plants Help Solve the Climate Problem?  
Cool Roofs Rising nbsp; Article Cool 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; Feature Taming 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; Video The Solution Will Be Televised  
Air Conditioning Is Not the Enemy nbsp; Voices Air Conditioning Is Not the Enemy  
The Bridge to Zero Carbon nbsp; Voices The Bridge to Zero Carbon  
Why Not Burn Waste? nbsp; Voices Why Not Burn Waste?  
Energy Efficiency: Beware of Overpromises nbsp; Voices Energy 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; Voices A Market-friendly Approach to Energy  
Breaking the Solar Logjam nbsp; Feature Breaking the Solar Logjam  
Elusive Efficiency nbsp; Feature Elusive Efficiency  
New Spin on Hydropower nbsp; Feature New Spin on Hydropower  
Solar Power Is Inevitable nbsp; Voices Solar Power Is Inevitable  
May Boeve: Changing Climate Change nbsp; Interview May Boeve: Changing Climate Change  
Peggy Liu: Supplying global energy needs with renewables nbsp; Interview Peggy Liu: Supplying global energy needs with renewables  
Coal Free   Coal Free The Canadian province of Ontario recently announced that it will be shuttering six more coal plants by the end of 2013. The announcement… Notable
Fatih Birol: Our Global Energy Future nbsp; Interview Fatih Birol: Our Global Energy Future  
Can Smarter Storage Solve Our Energy Woes? nbsp; Feature Can Smarter Storage Solve Our Energy Woes?  
Solar Energy Solutions for the Developing World nbsp; Feature Solar Energy Solutions for the Developing World  
Vibe Inspiration   Vibe Inspiration Most wind generators go around and around. This one just waves. Inspired by the rustling of leaves in the breeze, Cornell University… Notable
Iceland’s ‘Steam Team’ Shares the Joy of Geothermal nbsp; Article Iceland’s ‘Steam Team’ Shares the Joy of Geothermal  
Imagine a World Without Oil nbsp; Infographic Imagine a World Without Oil  
Decentralizing Power Production nbsp; Article Decentralizing Power Production  
Walk on Watts   Walk on Watts Power to change our planet may soon be as close as your own two feet. PaveGen produces pavers that use the energy of footsteps to generate… Notable
Spreadable Solar   Spreadable Solar As the components of solar collectors get smaller, ideas about how to apply them grow. Notre Dame scientist Matthew Genovese and colleagues… Notable
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