Will 'slow living' movement pick up speed in U.S.?
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -- An odd mix of environmental leaders, academics and farmers met here this month to exchange ideas about a little-known philosophy called "slow living." Its followers believe that investing in local communities and food systems helps people lead slower, more fulfilling lives -- and it may also be an important tool in combating climate change.
Soaring renewable energy growth raises the question: How much support is enough?
Renewable energy attracted a historic level of investment in 2011, with solar surging past wind to become the green energy technology of choice in 2011. At the same time, rapid growth and fierce competition within the renewable sector have compressed prices and led to overcapacity, driving down producers' margins. Those trends were among the findings of two key energy market reports released today.