The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!
Economic and Job Growth Starts with Policy
In lieu of federal action, states are adopting energy policies that create jobs and attract private investment. These activities are as varied as the states themselves, but they all have common goals—spurring economic and job growth while improving energy security and the environment. Businesses that operate within the clean energy economy are speaking out for America’s need for national clean energy policy, underscoring Pew’s research, which demonstrates that policy does matter. On this interactive map you can click on states to see which of four common policies each state has already implemented and learn what businesses in that state are saying.
Globally, the clean energy economy is growing rapidly but the growth has not been even across nations. Pew’s research shows that nations with clear, consistent and ambitious clean energy policies attract greater private investment. As the U.S. persists without a domestic energy plan, we continue to see declines in clean energy investment and our ranking in the clean energy race.
Still, there is immense opportunity. With the global clean power market having the potential to reach $2.3 trillion by 2020, a strong competitive position is vital for the U.S. to capture a significant portion of that revenue. However, without national energy policy providing market certainty, the U.S. risks missing out on a significant economic opportunity.
Learn more with our interactive map by clicking here.
EcoWatch Daily Newsletter
mevans / E+ / Getty Images
Calls for Radical Climate Action Grow Louder as NOAA Reports Last Month Was Hottest June Ever Recorded
By Jessica Corbett
As meteorologists warned Thursday that temperatures above 100°F are expected to impact two-thirds of the country this weekend, U.S. government scientists revealed that last month was the hottest June ever recorded — bolstering calls for radical global action on the climate emergency.
By John R. Platt
For years now conservationists have warned that many of Madagascar's iconic lemur species face the risk of extinction due to rampant deforestation, the illegal pet trade and the emerging market for the primates' meat.
Yes, people eat lemurs, and the reasons they do aren't exactly what we might expect.
Genetics are significantly more responsible for driving autism spectrum disorders than maternal factors or environmental factors such as vaccines and chemicals, according to a massive new study involving more than 2 million people from five different countries.