Concentration of CO2 in the Atmosphere

Getting to Net-Zero Everything: Part 2

Flooding caused by climate change causes water run-off which is contaminating our water. (Adobe Stock Images/Daniel Chetroni)

Sara Gutterman

This three-part blog series outlines the urgent need to transition to achieve net-zero energy, water, and carbon. This second installment focuses on the threats to global water availability and quality that pose […]

Solar Hot Water in the Age of Solar Electricity

The Tin Mountain Renewable Energy Initiative (TIMREI) solar raiser team prepares to install a flat plate solar hot water collector. These plates are heavy and require lots of muscle power. (Photo TIMREI).

Russ Lanoie

For many years, the best way to capture the energy of the sun, other than by inviting […]

Electric Thermal Storage Heating

Electric thermal storage room units provide a clean, consistent source of heat. Ceramic bricks within the units store vast amounts of heat for long periods of time allowing you to get on-peak performance at off-peak electric rates. (Photos courtesy of Steffes).

Richard de Grasse, PE

Electric Thermal Storage (ETS) heating refers […]

How Much Does Geothermal Heating Cost?

Geothermal heat pumps can save up to 70% on your annual energy bill. (ClimateMaster, Inc.)

Joe Parsons

If you’re wondering what geothermal heating costs, then you may already know that switching to an eco-friendly option requires some investment. According to, reducing heating costs by as much as 50% […]

Climate Change and Local Action

In February 2021, Texas experienced some of the coldest temperatures in parts of the state in more than 100 years. (

Dr. Alan Betts

In December 2021, I reviewed how little progress was made at the Glasgow COP26 talks on reducing carbon emissions that are driving extreme climate change. The fossil […]

USDA Highlights Accomplishments to Combat Climate Change In Rural America

USDA Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture

On January 18, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, under Secretary Xochitl Torres Small, recently highlighted a-year of accomplishments to combat climate change and increase resiliency throughout rural America.

“At USDA, we know people in rural communities are on the frontlines of climate change […]

Book Review: Freeing Energy

Freeing Energy, How Innovators are Using Local-Scale Solar and Batteries to Disrupt the Global Energy Industry from the Outside In by Bill Nussey, Mountain Ambler Publishing, 2021.

Review by Janis Petzel, M.D.

Freeing Energy by Bill Nussey couldn’t have come out at a better time. As our elected representatives […]

Humans and Oil

How Did We Create This Mess?

Natural tar seep at the McKittrick Oil Field, CA, north of Hwy 58. (Wikimedia Commons/Lldenke)

Janis Petzel, M.D.

In medicine, homeostasis or the stable balance between interdependent elements, is the sign of a healthy body. Imbalance causes illness and disease. The global equivalent to homeostasis is sustainability. […]

International Becomes Local

at Global Climate Conference

Youth protesting against the pollution of the world. (

Rob Werner

The city of Glasgow, Scotland, became the center of global climate change action negotiations during the first two weeks of November. The agreement that emerged from many rounds of intense discussions among nearly 200 nations has been met […]

Green Energy Times Solar Installers

We at Green Energy Times sent out a 2021 solar survey asking every solar installer or developer what they accomplished in the past year. These are businesses we know and would suggest you look into to see how they might be helpful for you and your particular circumstances. There have been other lists of […]