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November (2017)
  • • Energy Storage Can Help Africa Catch Up What Is the Business Case
    for Energy Storage in Africa?

    Nov. 7, 2017 - A common element of the energy storage discussion is that the growth of storage projects appears unstoppable, while their cost will continue dropping. So, has the time arrived to start developing African energy storage projects and what are the current opportunities and barriers to overcome?.

    Click now to learn what was discussed at the Africa Energy Forum (AEF), which recently took place in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • • Caribbean Hurricane Disasters - A Possible Solution Portable Solar Can
    Help in the Long Term

    Nov. 6, 2017 - In the wake of the disasters in the Caribbean brought on by the recent hurricane season, there has been plenty of discussion about how solar generators can be a persuasive solution for cutting costs and increasing security. But when discussing portable solar in this context, it’s always relegated to the extreme peaks of disaster relief to provide short-term solutions for small problems.

    Click now for the Renewable Energy World story.

  • • Iowa Also Wants to Do It Wth Solar They're Already One of the
    Leaders in Wind Energy

    Nov. 3, 2017 - Iowa is a wind energy superpower, second only to Texas in total wind generation. The Hawkeye State generates enough wind energy to power nearly two million homes and employ more than 9,000 up and down the wind energy supply chain.

    Click now for the good news
    story fromRenewable Energy World.

  • • Promising a Major Solar Performance Boost This Is How One Firm Is Proposing to Do It

    Nov. 2, 2017 - Solar entrepreneur Bill Gross, the CEO of Edisun Microgrids, has successfully penetrated the commercial and industrial solar market segment with dual-axis trackers, promising a 30 percent performance boost for a cost increase of only 10 percent compared with a standard fixed-tilt PV installation, at optimal U.S. locations, he says.

    Click now for the story from
    Renewable Energy World.

  • October (2017)
  • • A Solar Inverter Roadmap A Roadmap for California's
    Certified “Smart Inverters”

    October 17, 2017 - Unlike government officials who are supposed to be protecting our envirobnent, Solar Inverters are becoming more intelligent this year. California’s Rule 21, which is now partially in effect, governs the safety of PV arrays and their interconnection communications with the local investor-owned utility.

    The rule has three basic phases, of which the first came into effect Sept. 8 under a draft resolution of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The effective date for the other two phases has not yet been set, however a CPUC vote on the draft resolution is set for October 12, and a California Smart Inverter Working Group (SWIG) workshop on Phases 2 and 3 is scheduled for Nov. 17.

    Click now for the Renewable Energy World story.

  • • A Smarter Energy Grid Though Blockchain How Blockchain Could Give
    Us a Smarter Energy Grid

    October 16, 2017 - On an electricity grid, electrons generated from the sun, wind, or other renewable sources are indistinguishable from those generated by fossil fuels. To keep track of how much clean energy is produced, governments around the world have created systems based on tradable certificates

    Click for Technology Review's research.

  • • Et Tu, Shell Oil? Shell Buys Slice of the Electric
    Vehicle Market With Purchase of NewMotion

    Oct. 13, 2017 - As the uptake of electric vehicles accelerates, oil and gas majors have continued to grapple with how much to invest in a technology that could put them out of business. On Friday, Royal Dutch Shell made arguably the most striking vote of confidence in electric cars from a major yet: buying electric charging company NewMotion.

    Click to read the
    "shocking" electric car news.

  • • Electrics: It's Only a Matter of Time The Rise of Electric Vehicles and the Fall of Gas
    Engines Is a Matter of When, Not If

    Oct. 13, 2017 - PLUG-IN HYBRID (PHEV) and ELECTRIC VEHICLES (BEV): The electrification of powertrains continues as automakers roll out everything from subcompact compliance cars to electrified supercars to improve efficiency and optimize power. Tesla Model 3 is just the prong on the charge cord of available plug-in vehicles. BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Volskwagen, Volvo, Hyundai have announced electrification plans for dozens of vehicles by 2020. Plug-in sales have grown 32 percent annually since 2013 (41 percent globally), and most autonomous vehicle plans are based on electric cars.

    Click to read the story
    from the Chicago Trib.

  • • Solar Did Well During Storms - Did Your Power Source? Solar’s Remarkable Survival in
    the Most Extreme Weather

    October 12, 2017 - As the Atlantic continues to churn out some of the deadliest storms on record, the repercussions continue to rock the South and southeastern U.S. Whether it is the physical impact of the recent storms on solar projects or the economic impact throughout energy markets, how do these events affect the solar industry, and to what extent?

    Read the Renewable Energy World story.

  • • Solar: The Race is On - Literally! Stanford Team Takes Ambitious
    Car to the World Solar Challenge

    October 11, 2017 - The 20 students and their car, Sundae, entered the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, which has occurred every two years for three decades, is the oldest solar-powered car race, spanning more than 1,800 miles across the entire Outback from Darwin to Adelaide. A rule change limiting a car’s solar array size could make this year’s race the most challenging yet.

    “This change required us to aggressively optimize Sundae’s aerodynamics,” said the team’s engineering lead, Max Drach ’17. “Sundae’s aerobody has 20 percent less drag at race speeds than our 2015 car, Arctan.”

  • • World's Largest Solar Park - Dubai - Where Else? Dubai: The Solar Tipping Point

    Oct. 5, 2017 - Take a video trip to Dubai to witness a sustainability marvel.

    Click now to watch.

  • • Tidal Energy Will Come to Cape Cod Canal U.S. Tidal Test Site Developer Receives
    Final Approval From Corps

    Oct 4, 2017 - he U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued its final approval for the Bourne Tidal Test Site, paving the way for the Marine Renewable Energy Collaborative to proceed with the installation of a test platform in the Cape Cod Canal.

    Click now for a flood of information.

  • • $2B Cost Estimated for VA Pumped Storage Study for Pumped Storage Hydropower
    in Virginia Indicates Est. Cost at US$2 Billion

    Oct 2, 2017 - Dominion Energy, which currently manages the largest pumped storage hydroelectric project in the U.S., announced results from a study it commissioned on building a proposed pumped storage hydropower facility in the coalfield region of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Click to read the economic
    benefits of this move.

  • • World's Fastest Growing Enery Source in 2016 Did You Guess That it Was Not Coal?

    October 4, 2017 -The International Energy Agency (IEA) today said that China, India and the U.S. will account for two-thirds of global renewable energy expansion over the next five years.

    India is expected to more than double its current renewable electricity capacity, according to the IEA’s latest renewables market analysis and forecast. Solar PV and wind together represent 90 percent of India’s capacity growth as auctions yielded some of the world’s lowest prices for both technologies.

    By 2022, IEA said, total global solar PV capacity will exceed the current combined total power capacities of India and Japan. New solar PV capacity grew by 50 percent in 2016, with China accounting for about half of the global expansion, IEA said.

    Click now for the encouraging news.

  • • Battery Entrepreneur's Challenging Venture Battery Entrepreneurs Tackle
    Clean Energy’s Biggest Problem

    October 3, 2017 - MIT’s Yet-Ming Chiang has launched a flow battery startup aimed at making renewable energy competitive with fossil fuels.

    Click for the M.I.T. Energy Review story.

  • September (2017)
  • • Tidal /Wind Energy to Produce Hydrogen Tidal and Wind Used to
    Produce Hydrogen in Orkney, Scotland

    Sept. 29, 2017 - Tidal and wind energy are being used to generate hydrogen in a pilot project installed in Orkney, Scotland, called Surf ‘n’ Turf.

    The project was launched earlier this week by Paul Wheelhouse, the Scottish Government’s Business, Innovation and Energy Minister. He officially unveiled the newly installed hydrogen fuel cell at Kirkwall Pier. Other elements of the system, including an electrolyser, have already been installed. The facility produced the “world’s first tidal-powered hydrogen” in August, the European Marine Energy Centre says.

    This project seeks to “circumvent local grid constraints by generating hydrogen from tidal and wind energy.”

  • • The Corporate Rush Towards Clean Energy Morgan Stanley and Citi Say They
    Will Run on 100% Clean Energy

    September 21, 2017 - Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Inc. announced they will get all of their energy from renewables in a few years, another show of corporate support for climate action running counter to U.S. President Donald Trump’s view on the issue.

    The New York-based banks are aiming for their operations to be carbon-neutral, Morgan Stanley by 2022 and Citi by the end of the decade, according to separate statements from the companies. Both plan to buy power from clean energy projects.

    Click for the news you can (hopefully) bank on.

  • • Political Change Blowing in the N.J. Wind Change in Leadership Could Help N.J.
    Fulfill Its Offshore Wind Potential

    September 21, 2017 - New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has an environmental plan for the state that includes setting an offshore wind target of 3,500 MW by 2030.

    Click to see why you should
    not stay home on Election Day.

  • • UAE Solar Park Scores Big! Massive UAE Solar Park Secures 700-MW
    Concentrated Solar Power Expansion

    September 18, 2017 - The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) over the weekend awarded the 700-MW fourth phase of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, located south of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    The concentrated solar power (CSP) project was awarded to a consortium comprising Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power and China’s Shanghai Electric, DEWA said, adding that the consortium bid the lowest levelized cost of electricity at US$0.073/kWh.

  • • Solar Helped After Irma Hit After Irma, Solar Kept Some
    Homes & City's Traffic Lights Running

    Sept. 15, 2017 - By using energy storage with solar panels, some homeowners were able to go off-grid, showing how distributed power could speed future storm recovery.

    Click to read on.

  • • Companies Threatened by Solar Trade Case Solar Manufacturing Profiles:
    Companies Under Threat

    September 11, 2017 - If a case currently before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) results in petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld winning the relief they seek for solar panel pricing, Schletter President and CEO Rusty Schmit says his solar mounting systems manufacturing business could be cut in half.

    That would be a loss of about 100 jobs, according to a new Profiles in American Solar Manufacturing report released by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in advance of Solar Power International in Las Vegas this week.

  • • Spread Sunshine All Over the Place How India Can Export
    Sunshine Around the World

    September 8, 2017 - Solar energy is a free source of non-polluting renewable energy that is sustainable and totally inexhaustible. Most people are aware of photovoltaics (PV), and that solar panels can be used to generate electricity and produce hot water.

    Now experts have developed techniques to convert sunlight into “solar fuels.” The process involves exposing water molecules to sunlight to separate the hydrogen and oxygen atoms, and then combining the hydrogen with carbon dioxide to create liquid fuels.

    The generated hydrogen can also be condensed (under pressure at very low temperatures) into liquid hydrocarbon fuels (LH2), simple hydrogen gas, and metal hydride, or converted to methanol.t

    For the story and
    graphs. click now.

  • • More Durable, Less Expensive Fuel Cells Researchers Have a New Technology:
    Could Speed Up Fuel Cell Vehicles Production

    September 5, 2017 - A new technology has been created that could make fuel cells cheaper and more durable. Hydrogen-powered fuel cells are a green alternative to internal combustion engines because they produce power through electrochemical reactions, leaving no pollution behind. Platinum is the most common catalyst in the type of fuel cells used in vehicles, but it's expensive. The UD team used a novel method to come up with a less expensive catalyst.

  • • Renewables in the European Union Special Report: Prioritizing
    Access in Member States

    Sept 5, 2017 - With a revision to the European Union's Renewable Energy Directive looming, EU Member States are facing a potential renewable energy target of 35 percent for 2030, up from 27 percent.

    What programs are helping advance renewable energy in the EU, and what are EU Member States doing now that will ensure they can deliver on new long-term clean energy goals? Our guide highlights the work in the region that is prioritizing access for renewable technologies now and into the future.

  • • Leaders in Renewables, Incentives and Regulations 6 Countries Lead, But Could Improve
    on Incentives, Regulatory Support

    September 1, 2017

    Top 5 Planning for R.E. Expansion
    U.S., Brazil, Spain, U.K., Italy

    Top 5 in Incentives and Reg. Support
    Canada, Iran, Italy, U.K., Mexico

    Top 3 for Carbon Pricing and Monitoring
    France, Japan, Republic of Korea

    Click now for the story.
  • August (2017)
  • • NREL and Swiss Scientists for Solar Efficiency They Power Past
    Solar Efficiency Records

    August 30, 2017 - Collaboration between researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology (CSEM), and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) shows the high potential of silicon-based multijunction solar cells.

    Read the whole story by clicking now.

  • • Utah Solar Customers Grandfathered In Rate Standoff Reaches Settlement

    August 31, 2017 - After months of negotiations with Rocky Mountain Power, a settlement agreement with the utility will ensure rooftop solar continues in Utah — for now.

    Click now to read the whole article.

  • • "Customer Grid” of the Future Solar, Batteries, Smart Inverters
    and EVs Could do the Trick

    August 25, 2017 - As homeowners and businesses continue to install energy generating equipment like batteries and solar PV behind their meters, forward-looking utilities such as San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) are piloting projects that will help them figure out not just how to use them to strengthen the grid but also how to compensate those DER owners for the use of their equipment.

    New regulation will take effect in September in California that will require all inverters connected to the utility grid be “smart inverters,” with technology installed that will give utilities the ability to communicate with them, should they wish. With communications protocols embedded in four-quadrant inverters, solar + battery systems could theoretically provide volt/var support and serve as both energy sinks and energy generators depending on what the grid needs moment by moment.

  • • The Cost Benefits of Energy Storage Five Million Commercial
    Customers Could Cut Costs

    August 25, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Clean Energy Group (CEG) have released the first comprehensive public analysis detailing the potential size of the commercial behind-the-meter battery storage market in the United States

    NREL analyzed over 10,000 utility tariffs in 48 states, finding that more than five million of the 18 million commercial customers across the country may be able to cost-effectively reduce their utility bills with battery storage technologies.

  • • Should Power Companies Go Carbon-Free? Thinking Beyond Trump

    August 23, 2017 - When utility executives make decisions about building new power plants, a lot rides on their choices. Depending on their size and type, new generating facilities cost hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars. They typically will run for 40 or more years — 10 U.S. presidential terms. Much can change during that time.

    Click now to read up.

  • • Solar at the National Museum of Bermuda Achieving Sustainability with Solar

    August 23, 2017 - The National Museum of Bermuda has capitalized on the advantageous conditions with the recent launch of the largest ground-mounted solar project in the country. So far, so ordinary for a country with the climate of Bermuda. But the background to the project, and the long-term impact it’ll have on the community, is what truly sets it apart.

  • • Home Depot Goes Solar Rooftop Route The Chain to Lease 50
    Store Rooftops for Solar Power

    August 21, 2017 - The Home Depot last week said that it will use power purchase agreements to lease rooftop space for 50 of its stores.

    The company is working with Tesla and GE subsidiary Current on the project. Store locations are in California, Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.

    The project is said to reduce grid electricity demand by about 35% annually at each Home Depot store.

  • • Microgrid Gets a Kick from Champlain 100% Renewable Powered Microgrid
    in Illinois Islands for 24 Hours

    August 18, 2017 - On Thursday, Ameren Corporation and S&C Electric Company announced that they had successfully conducted a 24-hour islanding test at the recently deployed Ameren microgrid in Champaign, Illinois.

    The test focused specifically on the 50-kW microgrid at the site, which powers an Ameren research facility. The complete microgrid includes 225 kW of renewable generation (PV solar and wind) and 250 kW / 500 kWh of battery energy storage.

  • • Aiming to Make London City the Greenest on Earth London Solar Auctions Could do the Trick

    August 16, 2017 - London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he wanted to try city-wide auctions as part of an environment strategy proposed to more than double the capital’s solar energy generation capacity by 2030.

    The reverse auctions would be similar to the Solarize NYC model already used in New York, where multiple buyers pool together and panel sellers compete for one single contract, according to a draft solar action plan.

    Click to read the article.

  • • Solar and Methane - the New Partnership Australia Opens Combined Solar
    and Methane Power Plant

    August 14, 2017- A combined solar and methane power plant in South Australia is set to begin operating within days.

    In what’s believed to be an Australian first, the plant will channel thermal energy from solar panels and methane gas from decomposed garbage through a shared turbine inter-connector. A generator will then convert the two sources of energy into electricity to be fed into the South Australian grid.

  • • Clean Energy Good For Grid Operators Clean Energy: Part of the Solution

    August 14, 2017 - The growing reliance by U.S. energy markets on low-cost wind and other clean power sources is a key part of the solution, not a problem, for ensuring the reliability, resilience and security of America's electric grid, the seven top U.S. grid operators told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on "Powering America" July 26.

    Click for the whole story.

  • • Transforming Chile's Energy Powered by Wind, Sun and Volcanoes

    August 12, 2017 - It looks and functions much like an oil drilling rig. As it happens, several of the men in thick blue overalls and white helmets who operate the hulking machine once made a living pumping crude.

    But now they are surrounded by snowcapped volcanoes, laboring to breathe up here at 14,760 feet above sea level as they draw steam from the earth at South America’s first geothermal energy plant.

    Click to read this facinating story.

  • • About the Solar Decathlon There Are No Glass Ceilings
    In This Solar Village

    August 11, 2017 - Engineer, entrepreneur, builder, leader: who are you picturing right now? Actually, these titles are held by several incredible collegiate women who have leadership roles on the Solar Decathlon 2017 teams.

    The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is the world’s premier design-build competition, challenging students to create an energy efficient, solar-powered house that must perform in 10 contests during a nine-day public event. It’s also a real-world platform where women are proving that they are some of the brightest rising stars in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, before they even graduate.

  • • Sahara Could Provide Solar Energy to Europe 4.5-GW Solar Project Cheaper than European

    August 10, 2017 - TuNur Ltd. recently said that it has filed for authorization to build a solar power export project in the Sahara Desert that would supply the European market with electricity.

    TuNur said that the 4.5-GW project would be located in Southwest Tunisia near Rejim Maatoug.

    To support the project, three HVDC cable systems are under development to link Tunisia to Malta; Tunisia to central Italy; and Tunisia to the South of France.t

  • • Why Perovskite Solar Cells Are More Efficient Atomic Movies May Help Explain Why

    August 10, 2017 - In recent years, perovskites have taken the solar cell industry by storm. They are cheap, easy to produce and very flexible in their applications. Their efficiency at converting light into electricity has grown faster than that of any other material — from under four percent in 2009 to over 20 percent in 2017 — and some experts believe that perovskites could eventually outperform the most common solar cell material, silicon. But despite their popularity, researchers don’t know why perovskites are so efficient.

    Read the story and learn more.

  • • Face West - Arrays of Hope ‘Duck Curve’ Solved!
    A Good Reason for City-Owned Utilities

    August 9, 2017 - In an effort to better align solar-energy production with peak demand, the electric utility in Columbia, Missouri, has begun to pay higher rebates for new west-facing arrays than it will for those facing south.

    The city-owned utility adjusted its rebates as of Aug. 1 in order to encourage more solar production in late afternoon, when electricity use tends to peak, especially during the high-demand summer months.

  • • Cell Phones and Solar - the New Partnership Bringing Solar Power to 1 Million
    Africans Living Off the Grid

    August 7, 2017 - Fenix International, a San Francisco startup making solar power systems for people with no access to electricity grids, is expanding in Africa through a partnership with the continent’s largest wireless carrier.

    The company is extending its partnership with MTN Group Ltd. to Zambia, targeting close to 1 million new users in the country over the next three years. Customers will use MTN’s mobile-money app to pay as little as $0.20 a day until they own the solar panel and battery system, which is about the size of a personal computer and helps people charge mobile phones and light up homes.

  • • Just Add Solar (sounds simple enough) Building Africa’s Largest Thermal-Solar
    PV Hybrid Power Plant

    August 4, 2017 - Finnish technology group Wärtsilä is set to deliver a 15-MW solar PV plant in Burkina Faso — creating Africa’s largest thermal-solar PV hybrid power plant.

    The solar PV development will be integrated with an existing 55-MW Wärtsilä thermal plant (running on heavy fuel oil), to power IAMGOLD’s Essakane Mine, 330km northeast of the Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou. The plant is scheduled to be operational early in 2018.

  • • Tesla Solar Roofs Tesla Finishes First Solar
    Roofs—Including Elon’s House

    August 4, 2017 - First the Model 3 electric car. Now the solar roof. In just one week, Tesla has challenged two distinct industries with radically new products

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    Tesla has completed its first solar roof installations, the company reported Wednesday as part of a second-quarter earnings report. Just like the first Model 3 customers, who took their keys last week, the first solar roof customers are Tesla employees. By selling to them first, Tesla says it hopes to work out any kinks in the sales and installation process before taking it to a wider public audience.

    Click for more on this story.

  • • 3@3 on Solar PV Trade Case, GMP, Smart Inverters

    August 3, 2017 - Jenn Runyon, Chief Editor of Renewable Energy World and Paula Mints, Chief Market Research Analyst with SPV Market Research discuss three hot topics in the global solar industry for three minutes each. Today’s topics an update on 201, aka the fast-tracked trade case against China, Green Mountain Power's innovative off-grid program and how smart inverters could change the game for residential and commercial solar + battery owners.

    Click to check it out!

  • July (2017)
  • • Greenlash is Triggering Next Advanced Energy Wave Gov. Jerry Brown Cheered by Crowd
    at the Global Citizens Festival

    July 31, 2017 - “I know President Trump is trying to get out of the Paris agreement,” Brown said. “But he doesn’t speak for the rest of America... it’s up to you and it’s up to me and tens of millions of other people to get it together to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change...we in California and in states all across America believe it’s time to act.”

    Click now for much more.

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  • • Renewable Energy’s Storage Problem: Just Add Salt Alphabet Wants to Fix Renewable
    Energy’s Storage Problem — With Salt

    July 31, 2017 - Alphabet Inc.'s secretive X skunk works has another idea that could save the world. This one, code named Malta, involves vats of salt and antifreeze.

    The research lab, which hatched Google's driverless car almost a decade ago, is developing a system for storing renewable energy that would otherwise be wasted. It can be located almost anywhere, has the potential to last longer than lithium-ion batteries and compete on price with new hydroelectric plants and other existing clean energy storage methods, according to X executives and researchers.

  • • Not a Volvo, But an Evovelo Evovelo Unveils Cute Little Solar
    Car You Can Pedal Like a Bicycle

    July 27, 207 -Evovelo unveiled a tiny solar-powered vehicle that combines the advantages of a car — such as safety, weather protection and stability — with the ease of a bicycle and the low energy consumption and space utilization of a light electric vehicle.

    The cute little trike is called Mö, and its practicality, customization, and sustainability make it a great fit for commuters looking to lower their environmental impact.

    Click for the story and a slideshow.

  • • Net Metering in Trouble in Corth Carolina Energy Bill Could See N.C. Join
    National Fight Over Net Metering

    July 26, 2017 - Highlighting a set of rules that promote rooftop solar, last week the activist group NC WARN became one of the few in North Carolina to urge a veto of a controversial energy bill that cleared the state legislature minutes before a month-long adjournment.

  • • Energy Storage Advance for EV Charging in Canada Energy Storage for EV Charging
    in Canada to Combat Range Anxiety

    July 26, 2017 - Installation of a new network of 34 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations along the Trans-Canada Highway will take advantage of energy storage to charge cars faster and help overcome “range anxiety.”

    The public-private project is the result of an agreement between eCAMION, Leclanché North America, and SGEM, and funding in part from Natural Resources Canada under the Canadian Energy Innovation Program. eCAMION and Leclanché formed a Toronto-based joint venture, named FAST Charge Inc., to manage the project.

  • • Electric Cars Could Get a Boost From New Batteries Scientists Design Promising New
    Cathode for Sodium-based Batteries

    July 25, 2017 - Scientists have designed a new type of cathode that could make the mass production of sodium batteries more feasible. Batteries based on plentiful and low-cost sodium are of great interest to both scientists and industry as they could facilitate a more cost-efficient production process for grid-scale energy storage systems, consumer electronics and electric vehicles.

  • • University of Virginia Continues on Green Path UVA, Dominion Energy and Coronal
    Energy Announce Solar Energy Project

    July 24, 2017 - The University of Virginia continues to expand its portfolio of carbon-free generation and achieve sustainability targets with another partnership announced today with Dominion Energy.

    Under a 25-year agreement, the University will purchase the entire output of a proposed 15-MW solar facility in Middlesex County. The solar facility, developed by Coronal Energy, will be constructed and owned by Dominion Energy and will meet approximately 9 percent of the University’s electric demand.

  • • Chilean Solar Thermal Project Likana Solar Thermal Project in Chile
    Receives Environmental Approval

    July 20, 2017 - SolarReserve yesterday said its 390-MW Likana concentrating solar power plant received environmental approval from the Chilean government. The project will have 5.1-GWh of energy storage.

    “The Chilean transmission system will have difficulty accommodating large amounts of intermittent power,” Tom Georgis, SolarReserve’s senior vice president of development, said in a statement. “The distribution companies and mining sector require a firm, secure, and stable supply of electricity 24 hours a day. The Likana project will help lower electricity costs for Chilean families and businesses, while safeguarding grid stability.”

  • • The Solar Decathlon Energy Jobs Inspired by the Solar Decathlon

    July 19, 2017 - From planning to construction, it requires many roles to take a house from blueprint to reality. One of the key features of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon is the realistic experience it provides to participating students.

    Click now for the story and infographic

  • • South Miami Will Require Solar on New Homes Idea Was Inspired by a Teenager

    July 18, 2017 - South Miami just became Florida's first city to require new homes to include rooftop solar installations, thanks to a teenage girl who helped write the ordinance. Now, despite facing opposition from a Washington, D.C.-based organization, she's set on spreading the measure across the state.

  • • Solar Thermal for the Middle East Solar Thermal Plants Aim to Keep
    Lights on at Night in Middle East

    July 18, 2017 - Solar plants that supply electricity at competitive prices after the sun goes down are about to become a reality in the Middle East, according to one of the region’s biggest developers of power plants.

    ACWA Power International CEO Paddy Padmanathan confirmed his company is the low bidder on a $1 billion project that will feed electricity to the grid for the Dubai Water & Electricity Authority between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. More such plants are likely to follow because Chinese companies will start driving down the cost of equipment, he said.

  • • Concentrate that Solar Roof Rooftop Concentrating Photovoltaics Win
    Big Over Silicon in Outdoor Testing

    July 17, 20167 - A concentrating photovoltaic system with embedded microtracking can produce over 50 percent more energy per day than standard silicon solar cells in a head-to-head competition, according to a team of engineers who field tested a prototype unit over two sunny days last fall.

    Read the rest by clicking now.

  • • More Green for Your Car? Solarize the Car's Roof Panasonic Joins Push to Put
    Photovoltaics on More Car Roofs

    July 17, 2017 - Panasonic Corp. sees the future of solar on car rooftops.

    The Osaka-based electronics maker has started producing a 180-watt array of solar cells that can be fixed to the roof of an automobile. In February, Panasonic announced that its photovoltaic module would be used on the roof of Toyota Motor Corp.’s latest Prius plug-in hybrid.

  • • Grid Batteries Could Replace Natural-Gas in Minnesota Grid Batteries Are Poised to Become Cheaper
    Than Natural-Gas Plants in Minnesota

    July 12, 2017 - A new report suggests the economics of large-scale batteries are reaching an important inflection point.

    Click now to read
    about this important acheivment.

  • • U.S. Mayors Embrace Clean Energy U.S. Mayors Embrace Clean
    Energy at Miami Beach Conference

    July 12, 2017 - The U.S. Conference of Mayors approved a historic resolution that establishes support from the nation’s mayors for the goal of moving to 100% clean and renewable energy in cities nationwide. Meeting June 23-26 in Miami Beach, the Conference hosted leaders from more than 250 cities.

  • • Ranchers Fighting Keystone XL with Solar Panels Ranchers Fight Keystone XL Pipeline
    by Building Solar Panels in Its Path

    July 11, 2017 - No, they're not going to hit the pipeline crews with photovotaic panels.

    After years of battling Canadian pipeline giant TransCanada over the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, Nebraska rancher Bob Allpress is taking an unusual step to protect land that has been in his family since 1886.

    In the coming weeks, Allpress plans to install solar panels in the middle of a 1.5-mile long strip of land, a proposed pipeline route that bisects his 900-acre ranch—and that TransCanada has threatened to take by force through a legal process known as eminent domain.

  • • Nations That Are Eliminating Int. Combustion Vehicles These Countries Want to Ban All
    Vehicles That Run on Gas or Diesel

    July 10, 2017 - If France’s Environment Minister has his way, the country could join a small but growing list of countries that plan to ban vehicles running on gasoline, diesel or other fossil fuels.

    The proposal was announced late last week by Minister Nicolas Hulot and appeared timed to coincide with the G20 meeting in Germany where many European leaders, including new French President Emmanuel Macron, challenged U.S. President Donald Trump over his decision to walk away from the Paris Climate Accord.

  • • Rooftop Solar Under Pressure From Utlity Lobby Rooftop Solar Dims Under
    Pressure From Utility Lobbyists

    July 8, 2017 - Over the past six years, rooftop solar panel installations have seen explosive growth — as much as 900& by one estimate.

    That growth has come to a shuddering stop this year, with a projected decline in new installations of 2 percent, according to projections from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

  • • S. Australia Energy Storage Project Goes to Tesla Tesla Wins Contract for South
    Australia Energy Storage Project

    July 7, 2017 - Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. has won a tender to supply what the billionaire says is the world’s largest lithium-ion battery to back up the state of South Australia’s blackout-plagued power grid, making good on a promise first made over Twitter four months ago to help solve the state’s energy woes.

  • • Germany Gets 35% of Its Energy From Renewables Germany Breaks Record: Produces 35% of
    Electricity From Renewables so Far This Year

    July 3, 2017 - Germany has broken another renewable energy record but officials say there's still room for improvement. The German Renewable Energy Federation (BEE) reported Sunday that the combined share of renewable energy in the electricity, transport and heating sectors was 15.2 percent in the first half of 2017, up from 14.8 percent during the same period last year.

  • June (2017)
  • • U.S. Mayors Pass 100% Clean Energy Resolution U.S. Conference of Mayors Passes Landmark
    Resolution For 100% Clean, Renewable Energy

    June 26, 2017 - Today, the U.S. Conference of Mayors approved a historic resolution that establishes support from the nation’s mayors for the goal of moving to 100 percent clean and renewable energy in cities nationwide.

    Introduced by the Co-Chairs of Mayors for 100% Clean Energy, the “100% Renewable Energy in American Cities” resolution could pave the way for cities across the country to adopt 100 percent renewable energy targets within their communities.

  • • How Smart Are 'Smart' Solar Modules? Smart Solar Modules: Enhanced Durability, Easier
    Installation and Lower LCOE, Says Jinko Solar

    June 22, 2017 - Solar modules: Andrea Viaro, EU Technical Service Manager at Jinko Solar Europe is talking about technical specifications and advantages of the company`s smart MX solar modules.

    To learn more, click now.

  • • New Heights Reached in Energy Storage Does the World Want Clean Storage?
    Please Take a Pole

    June 21, 2017 - Toronto Hydro is testing pole-mounted energy storage devices that can supplement electricity during peak hours in homes. In a pilot project, a compact white box, a little bigger than a suitcase, has been mounted about six metres up a hydro pole in the Keele St.

  • • The Potential for Renewable Energy in the Caribbean The Global Transition to Renewables
    — Can the Caribbean Lead the Way?

    June 20, 2017 - Although the world currently is benefitting from a relatively low cost of oil, the production of electricity from either diesel or heavy fuel oil is still expensive in the region. The electricity prices in the Caribbean are extremely high, with an average of US$0.34 per kWh and as high as US$0.50 per kWh, which is nearly four times the price paid in the U.S. And if the pendulum swings back to higher priced oil in the years to come, this will make the cost of electricity in the Caribbean still higher.

  • • Nevada RPS - the Good and the Bad Nevada RPS, Community Solar Bills
    Vetoed; Net Metering Reinstated

    June 19, 2017- Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed two bills that would have increased the state’s renewable energy standard and promoted community solar programs.

    Clean energy advocates expressed their disappointment in the vetoes, but applauded Sandoval’s decision to sign a bill that will reinstate Nevada’s net metering standard and bring major solar developers, such as Tesla and Sunrun, back to the state. Sandoval signed eight other clean energy and energy efficiency bills.

  • • Solar Power Can Save U.S. Lives and Money Solar Power Can Do Much
    More For Americans’ Health and Wealth
    Than Coal Can Deliver

    June 19, 2017- Sunshine can save lives and American dollars too. US scientists have just worked out how many lives, and at what price, solar power can deliver.

    They know how to save lives, make money and make America great again. The answer? Switch from coal to solar power. This would save up to 52,000 lives, and deliver electricity at the same time.

  • • Roof Envy: Keeping Up With Your Neighbor Thinking About Going Solar? Google
    Adds Peer Pressure Into the Mix

    June 19, 2017- Keeping up with Joneses is now easier thanks to Project Sunroof. Seeing a neighboring home with visible-from-the-street solar panels can prompt on-the-fence homeowners to follow suit. A new Google mapping tool lets the solar-curious view less conspicuous rooftop PV arrays in their ZIP code.

  • • DUKE Energy Battles PURPA Duke Energy Behind N.C’s
    Proposed Solar Policy Change

    June 14, 2017- Solar companies created thousands of jobs on the back of a decades-old law. Now, the the state’s utility wants to rewrite it.

    Alongside Highway 401 in northern North Carolina is a 21st-century twist on a classic rural scene. A few miles outside of Roxboro, sheep graze among 5,000 panels at the Person County Solar Park, keeping the grass tidy on the rural installation.

    Fields like these aren’t just scenic settings for roadtripping tourists to snap photos. Solar has “been some of the only economic development to happen in rural North Carolina in the last 30 years,” explained Richard Harkrader, CEO of a local solar company.

  • June (2017 - continued)
  • • Solar Tower Power Is on the Rise Solar Tower Power Can Prouduce Electricity Without Batteries.

    June 11, 2017- The massive expansion of solar panels on rooftops and solar farms across the world has captured the headlines, but the other established way of generating electricity from sunlight – concentrated solar power (CSP), or solar tower power – is also making great strides.

    For a long time, using mirrors to concentrate the sun’s rays to heat molten salt and produce superheated steam to drive a generator’s turbines was thought to be a more promising technology than photovoltaic panels (PV), because it was originally cheaper.

  • • Solar Power in Nepal: Protecting Wildlife and More Solar Power in Nepal:
    Protecting Wildlife, Empowering Women

    June 7, 2017 - Projects bring energy to ranger stations in Chitwan National Park, plus economic opportunities for nearby women.

    Click for the story and a video.

  • • The Floating Solar Farm China Just Switched
    On the World's Largest
    Floating Solar Power Plant

    June 2, 2017 - t wasn’t too long ago that China had a reputation as a coal-guzzling, smog-blanketed polluter. But that is changing - and fast.

    Today, China invests more each year in wind, hydro and solar power than any other country on earth. This week it further underlined its role as the global leader in renewable energy by switching on the world’s largest floating solar power plant.

  • May (2017)
  • • Electric Cars Cheaper than Intennal Combusition? Electric Cars Could Be Cheaper
    Than Internal Combustion by 2030

    May 23, 2017 - According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, global battery production is forecast to more than double between now and 2021. The expansion is in turn driving prices down, good news both for the budding electric-car industry and for energy companies looking to build out grid-scale storage to back up renewable forms of energy.

  • • Europe is Building Its Own Battery GigafactoriesMove Over Tesla. Europe's Building
    Its Own Battery Gigafactories

    May 24, 2017 - Battery-making gigafactories are about to arrive in Europe, challenging a lead Tesla Inc. is building at a plant in Nevada and opening the way for a quicker shift toward green power for both cars and utilities.

  • • Big Fuel-Cell Push in JapanAutomakers and Other Companies Get
    Behind Fuel-Cell Push in Japan

    May 18, 2017 - Japan is backing a push for pollution-free vehicles that run on hydrogen and planning to build more hydrogen fueling stations so that fuel-cell vehicles on roads will grow to 40,000 by 2020, from the current handful.

    The collaboration on fuel cells, announced Friday, brings together 11 companies, including automakers Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co., as well as energy and gas companies and a bank.

  • • Solar Power for Syrian Refugee CampA Syrian Refugee Camp Got
    Solar Power For the First Time

    May 18, 2017 - In a desert in northern Jordan, thousands of families can now light their shelters, plug in fridges, and charge cellphones, thanks to a solar plant that began operating on Wednesday.

    Azraq — the second largest camp in Jordan — is the world’s first refugee camp to be powered by clean energy, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency. Before this year, refugees lived in Azraq for two years with no electricity aside from solar lanterns; now 20,000 of the camp’s 35,000 are hooked up to solar.

  • • In-Road Charging For Electric Cars Israeli Wireless Tech is Working on It

    May 16, 2017 - An electric bus demonstration project in Israel may show the feasibility of adopting wireless charging technology in other countries and vehicle types, including cars consumers may one day buy.

    The Israeli government is working with ElectRoad, a local wireless charging technology company, to develop technology that can charge buses while in motion.

    Click to read the shocking article.

  • • Solar Power Can Protect GridInstalling Solar to
    Combat National Security
    Risks in the Power Grid

    May 15, 2017 - Vulnerabilities in the power grid are one of the most prevalent national security threats. The technical community has called for building up the resiliency of the grid using distributed energy and microgrids for stabilization.

    Power production from multiple sources increases the difficulty of triggering cascading blackouts, and following an attack or natural disaster, microgrids can provide localized energy security.

  • • Tesla Taking Solar Roof OrdersYou Can't Tell Them
    Apart from Conventional Ones

    May 11, 2017 -Tesla is now accepting deposits for its new solar roof system, offering an “infinity” warranty for tiles that integrate solar power into roof coverings. Installations will begin in June, the company says.

  • • What a Tesla Solar Roof Will Really Cost YouTesla's Solar Roof Will Be Expensive
    But Is it Worth the Price?

    May 10, 2017 - Just what makes this product superior to both old-school solar panels and traditional roofing? Two things: Design and a lifetime warranty.

    But upfront costs might scare some poential buyers away. The article explains the details.

  • • Clean Energy's Fastest Growing Jobs5 of the Fastest
    Growing Jobs in Clean Energy

    May 10, 2017 -A recent U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) report on jobs and the economy found that 6.4 million Americans work in the energy sector, with 300,000 jobs added last year. A huge percentage of these new jobs are in renewable energy and efficiency.

    This article takes a look at just a few of the fastest growing jobs in the sector.

  • • Virginia Expands Solar Development Through StorageNew Virginia Law Expands
    Solar Energy Development Authority
    to Include Energy Storage

    May 9, 2017 - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe yesterday signed a bill authorizing the expansion of the state’s Solar Energy Development Authority to include energy storage.

  • • Turning Strip Mines into Solar Fields Has Its ChallengesSolar on Former Strip Mines?
    It’s Not as Simple as It Sounds

    May 8, 2017 - Developers of a solar farm atop a former Kentucky coal mining site hope their work will inspire similar projects — putting abandoned land to use and helping revive the Appalachian economy.

    However, for reasons both logistical and cultural, the process is much more complicated and time consuming than it may seem.

  • • Can Florida Really Be the Sunshine State?Pro-Solar Bill Heads to Florida
    Governor’s Desk for Signature

    May 8, 2017 - The Florida Senate last week passed SB 90, a bill to implement the pro-solar ballot initiative Amendment 4 approved by voters on the state’s August 2016 primary ballot, according to the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SAVE).

  • • Russia Want to Produce More Renewable Energy Russia Tells the UN
    It Wants to Produce
    More Renewable Energy

    May 8, 2017 - Don’t look now, but Russia could get greener—and it has nothing to do with climate change melting the Siberian permafrost.

  • • Alt. Energy Critic In Charge of Renewable Energy OfficeTrump Puts Renewable
    Energy Critic in Charge of
    Renewable Energy Office

    May 2, 2017 - President Trump has appointed Daniel Simmons, a conservative scholar who sharply questioned the value of promoting renewable energy sources and curbs on greenhouse gas emissions, to oversee the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), according to an email distributed to department employees.

  • April (2017)
  • • Ohio’s Renewable Energy Portfolio StandardCheck Out Ohio’s Latest Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard

    Apr. 27, 2017 -Ohio law contains a renewable energy (R.E.) portfolio standard that requires that 12.5% of electricity sold by Ohio utilities must be generated from R.E. sources by 2027.

  • • Top Ten States for Clean Energy JobsWhich States Have
    the Most Clean Energy Jobs?
    - the Answers May Surprise You

    Apr. 13, 2017 - The solar, wind and energy efficiency industries already employ millions of people in the U.S., and they’re poised to grow.

    According to the U.S. Department of Energy, there are 374,000 American jobs in solar energy, 102,000 in wind energy and more than 2.2 million related to energy efficiency. For comparison, 160,000 Americans work in coal, 360,000 in natural gas and 515,000 in oil.

  • • Sterling, Massachusetts Micrgrid Can Save Big $$ Changing the Business of
    Electricity in New England — Forever

    April 17, 2017 - The little town of Sterling, Mass., is getting a lot of attention these days. Not only has the Sterling Municipal Light Department (SMLD) won awards for its new solar+storage microgrid, the town is getting visitors from Germany, Japan, Norway and many other countries.

  • • Do the Saudis Know Something Trump Doesn’t? The Biggest Oil Exporter Sets
    Sets Ambitious Renewable Energy Goal

    Apr. 17, 2017 - Saudi Arabia is launching an ambitious renewable energy program to transform its power sector.

    The kingdom is pledging between $30-$50 billion to develop 30 solar and wind projects over the next 10 years to boost electricity generation and curb oil consumption.

    Saudi Arabia wants 10 percent of its electricity to come from renewables in the next six years, energy minister Khalid Al-Falih said Monday at a conference in Riyadh

  • • The Challenge For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Hydrogen FuelCell Cars Face
    Obstacle - Few Fueling Stations

    Apr. 13, 2017 - Hydrogen fuel cell cars could one day challenge electric cars in the race for pollution-free roads — but only if more stations are built to fuel them.

    Honda, Toyota and Hyundai have leased a few hundred fuel cell vehicles over the past three years, and expect to lease well over 1,000 this year. But for now, those leases are limited to California, which is home to most of the 34 public hydrogen fueling stations in the U.S.

  • • Are Electric Airplanes Ready toTake Off? Better Batteries
    Remain a Stumbling Block

    April 5, 2017 - Fasten your seat belts, ensure tables are stowed—and check the batteries for charge. At least, that’s what the preflight checklist might be for a pair of plucky new startups promising to build passenger electric airplanes inside a decade.

    Zunum Aero, backed by both Boeing and JetBlue, today announced plans to build a fleet of electric planes that could each ferry 10 to 50 people as far as 700 miles. Zunum plans to make use of underutilized airports in the U.S. in order to provide more efficient regional travel, a kind of bus service in the air. It's aiming to start operating flights by the early 2020s.

  • • Tech Giants To Finance MicrogridsFacebook, Microsoft Helping
    to Finance Green Power Microgrids

    Apr. 5, 2017 -Those and venture capitalists at Allotrope PartnersThe Microgrid Investment Accelerator, or MIA, will seek to mobilize $50 million from 2018 to 2020, according to an emailed statement. It will tap grants and loans from foundations and development banks to attract private capital into projects that help to transmit renewable energy over small electricity networks.

  • • Renewable Benefits for Low-Income Communities The Benefits of Solar+Storage to Low-Income Communities

    Apr. 3, 2017 -In recent years, some states and environmental NGOs have begun to focus on low-income community access to clean energy technologies such as solar PV.

    Low-income households account for about 20% of the nation’s residential energy use, and the energy cost burden weighs more heavily on these households than on others. But until recently, the low- and moderate-income (LMI) market was largely overlooked. Several barriers, including low rates of home ownership and a perception of higher investment risk, have meant that these communities are the last to benefit from new energy technologies.

  • • A Better Energy Storage Approach? Power-to-Gas
    Storage Out-Performs
    Lithium-Ion Batteries

    Apr. 3, 2017 - At UC Irvine’s International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Generation (ICEPAG 2017) last week, researchers demonstrated that the campus solar microgrid could increase the portion of renewable energy it uses by tenfold – from 3.5% to 35% – by implementing a power-to-gas strategy.

  • • The Waternest 100: An Eco-Friendly Floating HouseThe Waternest is Eco-Friendly and it Floats

    Apr 2, 2017 -Produced by EcoFloLife, the WaterNest 100 is an eco-friendly floating housing unit. The 100 square meter residential units are made of up to 98% recycled materials.

    Skylights, balconies and large windows encircle the dwelling, allowing for efficient lighting and beautiful waterfront views. 60 sqm of photovoltaic panels embedded in the rooftop provide up to 4 kWp of internal electricity. A sophisticated system of natural micro-ventilation and air conditioning classifies it as a low-consumption residential habitat. Click for the story and photos.

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    March (2017)
  • • British Columbia: Mines Into Solar Farms An Old Mine Is Now British
    Columbia’s Largest Solar Farm

    Mar. 31, 2017 -For over a century, the landscape north of Kimberley, British Columbia, was used for intensive industrial hard-rock mining — but now it’s home to the largest solar farm in all of British Columbia.

  • • What’s on Tap for Clean Energy?New Twist on Green
    Beer as Anheuser Busch
    Commits to 100% Renewables

    Mar. 28, 2017 - Leading the way among major producers of consumer goods, Anheuser-Busch (ABInBev) announced its commitment to become 100% powered by renewable energy by 2025. According to the company it will then become the largest corporate direct purchaser of renewable electricity in the consumer goods sector.

  • • Molten Metals Battery Storage Future A Low-Tech Approach to Energy
    Storage:Molten Metals

    Mar. 27, 2017 - A company in Marlborough, Mass believes it literally has the next hot technology in energy storage: molten metals.

    About 10 years ago, MIT materials chemistry professor Donald Sadoway began wondering what it would take to make a better battery. One that could store huge amounts of energy, charge and discharge rapidly and operate reliably for decades. Of course it would have to be safe: non-toxic and not explode. And, oh yeah, inexpensive to make.

  • • Solar/Biomass Partnership Harnessing Solar to Produce
    Clean Hydrogen From Biomass

    Mar. 14, 2017 -Scientists at the University of Cambridge has developed a way of using solar power to generate a fuel that is sustainable and relatively cheap to produce, using natural light to generate hydrogen from biomass.

    Biomass has always been a source of heat and energy. The planet’s oil reserves are derived from ancient biomass which has been subjected to high pressures and temperatures over millions of years. Lignocellulose is the main component of plant biomass and up to now its conversion into hydrogen has only been achieved through a gasification process which uses high temperatures to decompose it fully.

  • • Massive Solar Battery Plant to Power KauaiTesla Unveils Massive Solar Battery Plant to Power The Island of Kauai

    Mar. 10, 2017 - Remember when Tesla was just a small-time electric car company making Roadsters? Now CEO Elon Musk is in the business of generating and storing solar electricity for entire islands as he continues on his mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

    The clean energy company unveiled its first big solar-plus-storage project since last year’s $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity — a 13 megawatt solar farm that will power the Hawaiian island of Kauai around the clock from 54,978 panels and 272 Powerpacks providing 52 megawatt-hours of energy storage.

  • • Solar Power Without the PanelsChemists Create Molecular 'Leaf'
    That Collects and Stores Solar
    Power Without Solar Panels

    Mar. 8, 2017 - An international research team has engineered a molecule that uses light or electricity to convert the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide -- a carbon-neutral fuel source -- more efficiently than any other method of “carbon reduction.”

    The discovery is a new milestone in the quest to recycle carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere into carbon-neutral fuels and others materials..

  • • New York Schools Expand Solar Power Program New York Expands Programs for
    Public School District Solar Installations

    Mar. 7, 2017 - The New York Power Authority (NYPA) announced yesterday that they will be expanding the K-Solar Initiative, which assists New York school districts in installing solar systems.

    The program will add two new solar developers and already has 25 districts with signed power purchase agreements and 380 districts interested in participating. The increased support from NYPA highlights the opportunity and growth for solar within the education sector, as seen in other large solar markets..

  • • Apple's New Campus to Set Renewable Records New Apple Headquarters Sets
    Records in Solar and Green Building

    Mar. 3, 2017 - Apple announced that it will open its new 175-acre campus to employees beginning in April. The campus is powered 100% by renewable energy and will include 17 MW of rooftop solar. Apple Park will be one of the largest on-site solar installations in the world.

  • Febrary (2017)
  • • Printable Solar Cells? - Copy That!• Printable Solar Cells
    Just Got a Llittle Closer

    Feb. 16, 2017 - A Univeristy of Toronto Engineering innovation could make building printing cells as easy and inexpensive as printing a newspaper.

    This alternative solar technology could lead to low-cost, printable solar panels capable of turning nearly any surface into a power generator.

  • • Solar Installations Soared in the U.S. in 2016U.S.Solar Installations
    Soared in 2016

    Feb. 15, 2017 - Figures published by the Solar Energy Industries Association show that 14,626 mw worth of photovoltaic installations went online in 2016. That’s up from 7,493 megawatts of capacity that were added in 2015—a 95% increase year-on-year.

  • • Three Solar Innovations Worth Watching Three Solar Innovations Worth Watching in 2017

    Feb. 11, 2017 - Last year, Bloomberg reported on a remarkable turning point: Solar is becoming the cheapest form of new energy in many parts of the world. This headline would be significant regardless of external events. But at a time when commitment to renewables in the United States is in question, the prospect of subsidy-free solar that can outcompete fossil fuels is a big deal.

    Learn about Perovskite solar cells:,
    Rayton Solar, and Tesla solar shingles.

  • • Low-Cost Battery for Renewable StorageStanford Engineers Create a Low-cost Battery for Storing Renewable Energy

    Feb. 10, 2017 - A battery made with urea, commonly found in fertilizers and mammal urine, could provide a low-cost way of storing energy produced through solar power or other forms of renewable energy for consumption during off hours..

  • • Cuban Power Shift to Renewables Seven Reasons to Watch
    the Renewable Energy Sector in
    the Post-Fidel and Trump Era

    Feb. 10, 2017 - In 2014, the Cuban government announced plans to generate 24 percent of the country\’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030, with an installed capacity of up to 2GW. It was an ambitious goal — and in order to achieve it, Cuba would need capital investments of approximately US$3.5 billion.

  • • European Trains Take the Renewable RouteEuropean Trains Are On
    the Right Track (Renewable, that is)

    Feb. 9, 2017 - Renewable energy is helping to power increasing numbers of the world’s road vehicles. Now several European countries are exploring the potential for using renewables to fuel their trains.

    In the Netherlands, every electric train running on the Dutch railway network has relied entirely on wind energy since 1 January. The network, NS Dutch Railways, is using an energy company’s turbines to generate the energy needed to power its entire electric fleet.

  • • Solar Power Could Soon Be Out the WindowSolarWindow Wins 2017 BIG Innovation Award

    Feb. 7, 2017 -SolarWindow Technologies, the leading developer of transparent electricity-generating coatings for windows on tall towers and skyscrapers, today announced it has been named a winner in the 2017 BIG Innovation Awards presented by the Business Intelligence Group.

  • • Fishing and Solar -the New Partnership Chinese Fishery Installs
    Immense Floating Solar
    Farm For Extra Income

    Feb. 6, 2017 -A fishery in eastern China now doubles as a solar power station. An immense array of photovoltaic panels has been installed across 300 hectares to generate not only clean electricity, but additional money for the fishery.

  • • China Takes the Lead in Solar Energy ProductionChina Is Now the Biggest
    Producer Of Solar Power

    Feb. 5, 2017 -You might not think of China as a clean energy champion, given its frequent problems with smog and continued dependence on coal power, but you may have to rethink your views. China's solar power production more than doubled in 2016, hitting 77.42 gigawatts by the end of the year.

  • • U.S. Military Clean Environmental Policy in Trouble Will Trump Disrupt
    the US Military's
    Clean Energy Mission?

    Feb. 3, 2017- Clean energy isn't just environmentally friendly, as many military leaders see a shift to renewable energy as a way to make the U.S. soldier more effective.

    President George W. Bush’s administration directed the military to start procuring renewable energy and implement efficiency programs as early as 2003.

  • • Geothermal (Energy from Below) Is Trending Upwards 2017 Outlook: Geothermal
    Is Trending Upwards

    Feb. 3, 2017 -Geothermal is posed to grow by leaps and bounds internationally in the coming years, with rapid growth in countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Kenya, all rich in geothermal resources.

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    January (2017)
  • • Renewable Jobs Growing at Very Fast PaceJobs in Solar and
    Wind Growing 12x
    Faster Than U.S. Economy

    Jan. 28, 2017 -The shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy is inevitable, since coal, oil and gas are far more finite than wind or sunlight. And because fossil fuels also emit greenhouse gases that cause high-speed climate change, there's good reason not to dawdle.

  • • Rethinking Energy on an International Scale IRENA Director Urges
    Faster Pace on De-carbonization

    Jan. 21, 2017 - After the launch of an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) report called “Rethinking Energy,” Amin said that policies and regulations continue to remain crucial to this end and to develop the renewable energy market.

  • • Sorry Renewables - Wyoming Says ‘No’Wyoming Utilities May
    Soon Be Banned from
    Buying Large-scale Renewables

    Jan. 18, 2017,-Wyoming legislators introduced a new law that would keep the state\’s utilities from purchasing utility-scale wind and solar power produced inside or outside of Wyoming.

  • • Solar Insights from 2016 Summit Solar Insights from
    the 2016 RPS Summit

    Jan. 4, 2017, - Over the past decade, state Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPSs) have been one of the most effective ways to advance solar and other clean energy technologies at the state level.

    Twenty-nine states plus the District of Columbia have RPS policies, which require utilities and other electricity suppliers to procure a specified portion of their electricity supply from renewable energy.

  • • Renewables Are Now Cheaper Than Fossil FuelsSolar and Wind Power Now
    Cheaper Than Fossil Fuels

    Jan. 5, 2017-Ten years ago, generating electricity through solar cost about $600 per MWh, and it cost only $100 to generate the same amount of power through coal and natural gas. But the price of renewable sources of power plunged quickly – today it only costs around $100 the generate the same amount of electricity through solar and $50 through wind.

    Even despite that cheap price, the investment isn’t enough to counteract the catastrophic effects of global warming.

  • • Grid-Free in Vermont New Utility Program
    Helps Customers Go Off-Grid

    Jan. 5, 2017,- It seems counterintuitive, and if utilities are in the business of selling kilowatt-hours, then why would it make sense for them to help customers produce enough of their own kilowatt-hours that they don’t need to buy them from the utility anymore?

  • • Can’t We Be 100% Renewable? Six Things Stopping Our Energy
    Sources From Being 100% Renewable

    Jan. 3, 2017 - Fossil fuels burn inefficiently. They are non-renewable energy sources, which means we only have a finite amount to work with on the planet. They produce pollutants and toxins that harm our environment. Yet, despite these major disadvantages, they continue to be used throughout the U.S. (and around the world).

  • November - December (2016)
  • • 2016’s Biggest Clean Energy Gains Biggest Clean Energy Advances in 2016

    Dec. 29, 2016,- Clean energy made critical strides in 2016. The Paris Climate accords went into effect, the price of solar installations continued to drop, investments in renewable energy soared, offshore wind finally got under way in the United States, and scientists made a series of technical advances that promise to make sustainable energy increasingly efficient and affordable.

  • • A GOP Governor Does Something Environmentally Good Ohio Governor
    Vetoes Bill to Extend
    Freeze on Renewable Energy

    Dec. 30, 2016 -Governor John Kasich rejected a bill to extend a freeze on a law that requires utilities in the state to buy more electricity from renewable sources including wind and solar power.

    Environmental groups applauded Kasich’s move, which restores the state’s path to getting additional sources of renewable energy starting Jan. 1. Ted Ford, president of Ohio Advanced Energy Economy, said their analysis showed resuming energy efficiency and renewable energy investment could save the state $3.3 billion by 2027.

  • • China’s Prices on Renewable Energy Products Drop China to Cut Solar,
    Wind Power Prices
    as Project Costs Fall

    Dec. 29, 2016 -China is reducing the amount of money it pays to newly completed solar and wind power generators for their electricity, in order to reflect declines in construction costs, the country’s price regulator and economic planner announced.

  • • Tesla & Panasonic Join Forces to Produce SolarTesla & Panasonic to Produce
    Solar Panels in Buffalo, N.Y.

    Dec. 26, 2016 - In a statement released on Tuesday by Tesla Motors and Panasonic Corp, the two companies announced that they will begin the production of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules this summer at a plant in Buffalo, New York.

    Note: This link features a video.

  • • Bids Are Blowing in the Wind and SunAEP Ohio Seeks Bids
    on 250 MW of Wind,
    100 MW of Solar

    Dec. 22, 2016 -AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), on Dec. 16 issued two separate Requests for Proposal (RFPs) for wind and solar resources in Ohio..

  • • Inexhaustible Energy From Water?Greek Invention Promises
    Inexhaustible Energy From H20

    Dec. 7, 2016 - A miniaturized model of a generator is adjusted onto a motorbike, without modifying the existing engine, and HHO is fed into the internal carburetor from a plastic tube..

  • • 100% Renewable - Google It Google Will Run Entirely
    on Renewable Energy in 2017

    Dec. 6, 2016 Google announced today that it has reached 2.6 GW of renewable energy purchased, putting the company on pace to reach 100 percent renewable energy in 2017. In its announcement, the company noted that renewable energy has both managed its carbon footprint and been good for business as the lowest cost option.

  • • The E.U. Renewable Energy Directive The European Commission's Proposed
    Renewable Energy Directive (2021- 2030)

    Nov. 30, 2017 - European Commission has today published its proposal on the revised Renewable Energy Directive for the years 2021 through 2030. Neste welcomes EU's continuing commitment to long-term policies and ambitious climate targets. The goal of the Directive is to increase the proportion of renewable energy in Europe to 27 percent by 2030.

    The proposal will next be considered by the European Council and the European Parliament.

  • • Solar Power & Food Security How Solar Power Brings
    Food Security To Africa

    Nov.25 2016 - Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. 96% of Malawians live in rural areas; agriculture makes up 80% of the labor force and 80% of its exports. With so many people reliant on growing things from the ground, disruptions to the climate threatens the wellbeing of an entire nation.

  • • Reaching California’s Clean Energy GoalsReaching California’s
    Clean Energy Goals
    Requires Inclusive Solutions

    Nov. 23, 2016 - Just over a year ago, California’s SB 350 became law and was rightly celebrated for its boldness and impact, increasing its renewable energy mix to 50% and doubling energy efficiency buildings. Today, a less heralded provision of SB 350 – charging the California Energy Commission with studying barriers to clean energy – pushes us toward exceeding our renewables and efficiency aspirations.

  • • Tesla Solar Roofs: Cheaper than Conventional Ones Tesla Solar Roofing
    Will Be Cheaper than

    Nov. 23, 2016 - When Tesla, the Silicon Valley automaker and energy storage firm, unveiled its gorgeous solar roofing system back in October, it was assumed that said shingles would be significantly more expensive than conventional roofing.

  • • Inside South Africa’s Energy ClashWindmills or Reactor Cores?
    Inside South Africa’s Energy Clash

    Nov. 13, 2016 - South Africa is experiencing a boom in renewable energy, nonexistent here just a few years ago. Now, dozens of solar plants clustered in the country’s northern reaches and wind farms operating along the southern coast are generating 2.2 gigawatts — more than what most African nations can produce.

  • • A Boost for Electric Car Charging Campuses Obama Administration Gave
    Electric Car Charging Grid A Boost

    Nov. 5, 2016 - When electric cars began to take hold in the U.S. market, a small hold, the big fear was range anxiety: the fear that your vehicle doesn’t have the fuel to get to your destination.

    It’s easy to forget how vast and complex the existing infrastructure for gas vehicles is. Not having that convenience is a problem the sellers and proponents of electric vehicles been working to change..

  • • Renewable Energy in the Mid East - Who'd a Thunk It? Renewable Energy Grows in an
    Unlikely Place: the Sunny Mideast

    Nov. 3, 2016,- When it comes to energy, the Middle East and Persian Gulf are best known for their oil and gas. But across the region, governments, power companies and investors are beginning to exploit another abundant resource: the sun.

    Brighten your day with this story.

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    • • China Wants to Lead on Climate, but... But Clings to Coal (for Now)

      Nov. 14, 2017 - Last October, in a landmark speech to the Communist Party congress, President Xi Jinping of China promised that his country would take a “driving seat in international cooperation to respond to climate change.”

      But can China really be in the “driving seat” when it is burning so much coal that its carbon emissions are forecast to rise this year?

      Click for the NY Times story.

    • • U.S. is Now Alone on Climate Accord America is Now the Only
      Country That Hasn't Signed On

      Nov. 7, 2017 - Syria has become a signatory of the Paris climate agreement, leaving the US as the only country in the world not to support the framework deal to combat greenhouse gas emissions.

      Click now to read the
      article from the Indpendent

    • • U.S. Report and Trump Officials Disagree U.S. Report Says Humans Cause Climate
      Change, Contradicting Top Trump Officials

      Nov. 3, 2017 - Directly contradicting much of the Trump administration’s position on climate change, 13 federal agencies unveiled an exhaustive scientific report on Friday that says humans are the dominant cause of the global temperature rise that has created the warmest period in the history of civilization.

      Click for the NY Times
      article and the report.

    • • Moving the Paris Climate Deal Forward The U.S. Steps Back and...

      Nov. 3, 2017 - Delegates from more than 190 nations begin meeting in Bonn, Germany November 6th to work on implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement during the 23rd annual meeting of the UN Climate Convention.

      The nation of Fiji is president of this meeting called COP23, which also includes a major civil society and business gathering focused on fighting global warming. Delegates from more than 190 nations begin meeting in Bonn, Germany November 6th to work on implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement during the 23rd annual meeting of the UN Climate Convention.

      Click to read the LOE article.

    • • Look Out Pine Island and Thwaites Antarctic Glacier Problem

      Oct. 20, 2017 - Two of the frozen continent’s fastest-moving glaciers are shedding an increasing amount of ice into the Amundsen Sea each year.

      The Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers are among the most critical in the world. They are currently holding back ice that, if melted, would raise the world’s oceans by nearly four feet over centuries, an amount that would put many coastal cities underwater.

      Click for the NY Times
      story with vivid graphics.

    • • Iceland Tries to Recover Its Forests Vikings Razed the Forests.
      Can Iceland Regrow Them?

      OCT. 20, 2017 - The country lost most of its trees more than a thousand years ago, when Viking settlers took their axes to the forests that covered one-quarter of the countryside. Now Icelanders would like to get some of those forests back, to improve and stabilize the country’s harsh soils, help agriculture and fight climate change.

      Click now for the NY Times story.

    • • Climate Change and the California Fire Did Climate Change Fuel California’s
      Devastating Fires? Probably

      October 12, 2017 - The cause of the fires remains under investigation, but some local media reports raised the possibility that downed power lines may have played a role. Regardless of what produced the initial sparks, however, there’s a good chance that human-induced climate change made it easier for those fires to spread.

      Click to read Technology Review's
      take on the subject.

    • • Greenland Melt Could Cause Unextpected Problens Suprprising and Worrisome
      Sea-Level Rise Could Ensure

      Oct. 9, 2017 - Thanks to rapid climate change, scientists are beginning to take the full measure of all the earth, rock and ice in a place that’s now raising seas by nearly a millimeter every single year.

      Two new studies of Greenland, using sophisticated technologies and large scientific teams to pull together and process the data, have now gone further in taking the full measure of the island through that ever-so-basic scientific act: mapping.

      Click to read on.

    • • Degrading Forests Add ot Climate Change Threat Alarm As Study Reveals World’s Tropical
      Forests Are Huge Carbon Emission Source

      Sept. 28, 2017 - The world’s tropical forests are so degraded they have become a source rather than a sink of carbon emissions, according to a new study that highlights the urgent need to protect and restore the Amazon and similar regions.

      Click to learn more.

    • • Squelch the Belch to Fight Climate Change Gassy Cows Warm The Planet.
      Scientists May Have a Solution

      September 22, 2017 - Cattle pass a lot of gas, and the methane from their flatulence and especially, their belches, is an expanding burden on the planet. The greenhouse gas has a warming potential 25 times that of CO2.

      Livestock account for 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions, with over half of that coming from cattle, according to a 2013 report from the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization. Given that, some environmentalists might choose to eschew milk and beef, but scientists think they've figured out a way for us to one day have our cattle and eat them, too — gas-free.

    • • Could Climate Change Cause a Societal Collapse? New study Shows a 1-in-20
      Chance It Could Happen

      Sept. 18, 2017 - Most of the world’s human population, and the health of ecosystems across the planet, could face an existential threat by the end of the century if rapid, forceful action is not taken to combat climate change.

      According to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, there is now a 1-in-20 chance that climate change will cause an “existential/unknown” warming effect, defined in the study as a global temperature rise of 5 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels, that would have a devastating impact on humanity while wiping out 20 percent of life on Earth.

      Click for the InHabitat Story.

    • • Why is It Getting Cloudier in the Arctic? Clouds Trap Warm Air
      -The Last Thing the Arctic Needs

      Sept. 15, 2017 - Clouds are an important part of the Arctic climate because they trap warm air at the surface like a blanket. There has been a continuous increase in cloud cover over the Arctic for the past two decades and this is driving big changes on land and in the ocean. The increasing cloud cover has exacerbated the Arctic amplification and is a major reason why the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet.

      Click to learn more.

    • • Big Companies Step Up to Fight Climate Change Gen. Motors, Disney, Shell
      and 1,200 Others Are Taking Steps

      Sept. 12, 2017 - More than 1,200 global businesses, are moving to embrace a carbon price — even if President Trump isn’t, according to a new report by a Washington climate think tank.

      Click to read the WashPo story.

    • • Soil Health and the Climate Crisis It's Right Under Our Feet

      Sept.11, 2017 - When it comes to the consequences of climate change, some have a way of seizing the headlines.

      Global temperatures increasing steadily at their fastest rates in millions of years?

      Very scary. Glaciers calving and collapsing into the sea? Hard to miss. The Atlantic Ocean lapping down the streets of Miami? Front page news almost everywhere.

      Click now for more
      and to download the eBook.

    • • When Rising Seas Hit Home Hard Choices Ahead for Hundreds
      of US Coastal Communities (2017)

      August 30, 2017 - There comes a threshold of chronic flooding that makes normal routines impossible and forces communities to make difficult, often costly choices.

      For much more information,
      including maps, click now.

    • • Harvey Shows How We Underestimate Flooding Risks Hurricane Harvey Shows How We
      Underestimate Flooding Risks In Coastal Cities

      August 29, 2017 - In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, an event deemed “unprecedented” by the National Weather Service, catastrophic floodwater has swept the Houston metropolitan area.

      The flooding can be attributed to a combination of long-lasting rains, which pumped extra water into the coastal waterways, and storm surge, which prevented the excess water from draining back into the ocean — a devastating set of simultaneous effects.

    • • China Now Leads on Climate Change Action Trump Veers U.S. Off-Course

      August 23, 2017 - As the Trump administration actively dismantles and passively lets atrophy the U.S. government’s painstakingly constructed systems for addressing climate change at home and encouraging sustainable development worldwide, it is reassuring to observe China confidently moving ahead with its ambitious plans to restructure its economy, revolutionize its energy sector and live up to its commitment to aggressively address climate change.

    • • Exxon Misled Public on Climate Science This According to Harvard Researchers

      Aug. 23, 2017 - Two Harvard University researchers said in a study published on Wednesday they had collected data proving that Exxon Mobil Corp made "explicit factual misrepresentations" in newspaper ads it purchased to convey its views on the oil industry and climate science.

      In an article in the journal Environmental Research Letters, researchers Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes said they examined 187 documents, including internal memos, peer-reviewed papers by Exxon scientists and "advertorials" that ran in The New York Times - paid advertisements in the style of opinion pieces. The researchers said they used a social science analysis method to turn statements in the documents into data points that could be counted and compared to each other.

    • • Pittsburgh Handles Climate Change And That City Did Not Vote for Trump

      Aug. 23, 2017 -Until earlier this summer, the city of Pittsburgh may not have come immediately to mind when you thought of major cities leading the climate fight. Indeed, anyone outside of western Pennsylvania could be forgiven for having a dated idea about Steel City. Its very name calls to mind blast furnaces bellowing clouds of smoke into the air. Then there’s the “Pittsburgh coal bed,” the thickest and most extensive coal bed in the Appalachian Basin.

      Click to read much more.

    • • When PermaFrost is No Longer Permanent Alaska’s Permafrost is Thawing

      Aug. 23, 2017 - The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as other parts of the planet, and even here in sub-Arctic Alaska the rate of warming is high. Sea ice and wildlife habitat are disappearing; higher sea levels threaten coastal native villages.

      For the rest of the NY Times
      article, click now.

    • Earlier Climate Change News (2017)
    • • Climate Change is Coming for Your Pizza Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You

      Aug. 16, 2017 - There’s no question that climate change will have a major impact on our ability to grow and produce food. Farms depend on reliable seasons and predictable, consistent temperatures and precipitation to grow specific crops in specific regions. And the increasing risk and severity of extreme weather globally means farms everywhere are in greater and greater danger from drought or devastating floods, which can wipe out their yields entirely in the blink of an eye

      Which got us thinking: Won’t someone think of the pizza!

      Click to see what is and
      what is not in the oven.

    • • The Day We Passed the Climate Tipping Point Climate Change Isn't a Temporary
      Fad, and It Isn't Going Away

      August 14, 2017 - May 9, 2013 was the day the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere exceeded 400 PPM for the first time in recorded history. It may even be that 5/9 will be seen as the long-anticipated tipping point at which human impacts caused irrevocable harm to our planet.

      Or perhaps not. There’s still time to take the concrete, immediate actions experts suggest — along the minimum efforts laid out in the 2015 Paris accord that amplified suggestions made by President Barack Obama in his June 25, 2013 speech at Georgetown University — that would ensure a sustainable, high-quality future.

    • • Climate Change is Triple Risk to Europe The Heat is On, Lives At Risk
      and Floods are Arriving Earlier

      August 13, 2017 - Researchers have just issued three separate climate warnings to the citizens of Europe on the same day, in three different journals – a triple risk salvo.

      One group warns that, if humans go on burning fossil fuels at an ever increasing rate, heatwave temperatures could reach an intolerable 55°C (131° F) in many parts of the globe, including some parts of continental Europe.

    • • C.Change Already Happening Despite "Hoax" Label U.S. Already Feeling Consequences of
      Global Warming, Draft Report Finds

      Aug. 10, 2017 - A draft government report on climate says the U.S. is already experiencing the consequences of global warming. The findings sharply contrast with statements by President Trump and some members of his Cabinet, who have sought to downplay the changing climate.t

      Click to learn more including
      the National Climate Assessment.

    • • China: Trying Geoengineering to Fight Climate Change China Builds One of the World’s Largest
      Geoengineering Research Programs

      August 2, 2017 - During the last three years, China has assembled one of the largest federally funded geoengineering research programs in the world, marking another area where it's forging ahead of other nations on climate matters.

      Click now for the article.

    • • Challenge: Avoiding ‘Dangerous’ Global Warming We Have Only a 5% Chance
      to Stop Dangerous Global Warming

      July 31, 2017 - In recent years, it has become increasingly common to frame the climate change problem as a kind of countdown — each year we emit more carbon dioxide, narrowing the window for fixing the problem, but not quite closing it yet. After all, something could still change. Emissions could still start to plunge precipitously. Maybe next year.

      Click for the complete WashPo story.

    • • Tampa Bay's Coming Storm Buckle Up, Tampa Bay

      July 28, 2017 - Tampa Bay is mesmerizing, with 700 miles of shoreline and some of the finest white sand beaches in the nation. But analysts say the metropolitan area is the most vulnerable in the United States to flooding and damage if a major hurricane ever scores a direct hit.

      Click for the article and pictures
      that can show what might happen.

    • • U.S. Exiting Paris Accords Might Have Little Effect The Impact of the US Withdrawal
      from the Paris Agreement

      July 27, 2017 - While the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement has environmentalists concerned and fossil fuel supporters cheering, its true impact is yet to be determined. However, based on industry trends and market shifts, there are a few key predictions that can be made for the coming months and years.

      Click to see those predictions.

    • • Climate Change - Time May Be Runing Out We Have Less Time to Address
      Climate Change Than Scientists Thought

      July 25, 2017 - The temperature baseline used in the Paris climate agreement may have discounted an entire century's worth of human-caused global warming, a new study has found.

      Countries in the Paris climate agreement set a target of keeping warming below 2 degrees Celsius by curbing carbon emissions compared to their preindustrial levels. But a new study shows that the preindustrial level used in the agreement, based on temperature records from the late 19th century, doesn't account for a potential century of rising temperatures caused by carbon dioxide emissions. Accounting for those gases, released from about 1750 to 1875, would add another one-fifth of a degree to the baseline temperature, the study found.

    • • Permafrost & Swiss Cheese - Not a Good Combo Methane Seeps Out as Arctic Permafrost
      Starts to Resemble Swiss Cheese

      July 19, 2017 -Global warming may be unleashing new sources of heat-trapping methane from layers of oil and gas that have been buried deep beneath Arctic permafrost for millennia. As the Earth's frozen crust thaws, some of that gas appears to be finding new paths to the surface through permafrost that's starting to resemble Swiss cheese in some areas, scientists said.

      Click for the story and a
      photo from NASA's Earth Observatory.

    • • California to Host Major Global Climate Summit in 2018 On the Eve of the G20 Summit
      in Germany, California Once Again Makes
      International Waves On Climate Change

      July 06, 2017 - Set in California, which enacted the toughest greenhouse gas emissions targets in North America last year, the summit will provide a major opportunity for a diverse set of subnational leaders to pledge concrete climate actions in the wake of President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement.

      Additionally, the summit will be critical to ensuring that national governments—emboldened by their own mayors, governors, and business leaders—come back to the table in 2020 as scheduled with stronger climate commitments as part of the Paris Agreement’s system to continually ratchet up efforts over time.

    • • Kids to Take Trump to Court Over Climate Policy Our Children’s Trust Takes Trump
      to Court Over Climate Change

      July 4, 2017 - Surely you’ve heard of it: there’s a bunch of kids bringing some sort of lawsuit against the government about climate change.

      But that might be all you’ve heard. Details like, “Wait, who are they actually bringing the lawsuit against?” and “How can we tackle something as big as climate change in court?” might escape you.

      Click now to learn more.

    • • New Data Shows How Fast the Climate is Warming Corrected Satellite Data Shows
      140% Faster Warming Since 1998

      July 1, 2017 - A new paper published in the Journal of Climate reveals that the lower part of the earth's atmosphere has warmed much faster since 1979 than scientists relying on satellite data had previously thought.

      Researchers from Remote Sensing Systems (RSS), based in California, have released a substantially revised version of their lower tropospheric temperature record.

    • • Satellite Data Corrects Warming Stats Major Correction to Satellite Data
      Shows 140% Faster Warming Since 1998

      June 26, 2017 -A new paper published in the Journal of Climate reveals that the lower part of the earth's atmosphere has warmed much faster since 1979 than scientists relying on satellite data had previously thought.

      Researchers from Remote Sensing Systems (RSS), based in California, have released a substantially revised version of their lower tropospheric temperature record.

    • • Where Have All the Islands Gone? No Man's an Island—but
      Our Species Is Sinking Lots of Them

      June 19, 2017 - “Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more,” President Trump recently told the mayor of Virginia’s Tangier Island in response to reports that the Island is losing fifteen feet of land each year to rising sea levels.

      Trump’s “don’t worry, be happy” assurance to Mayor James Eskridge contradicts the messages of scientists in the US Army Corps of Engineers, whose research shows that all 700 residents will need to abandon the island within the next fifty years. “Climate change is upon us,” the report warns, “and that adaption to climate change is ‘not optional.’”

    • • 1/3 of the World Facing Deadly Heat Waves by 2100 It Could Be Nearly 3/4 Facing
      Dealy Heat Waves By 2100

      June 19, 2017 - Nearly one-third of the global population suffers deadly levels of heat for at least 20 days during the year, new research suggests. And by the end of the century, thanks to climate change, this number could climb above 70%.

    • • Our Sinking Islands No Man Is an Island—but
      Our Species Is Sinking Lots of Them

      June 19, 2017 -“Your island has been there for hundreds of years, and I believe your island will be there for hundreds more,” President Trump recently told the mayor of Virginia’s Tangier Island in response to reports that the Island is losing fifteen feet of land each year to rising sea levels.

      Trump’s “don’t worry, be happy” assurance to Mayor James Eskridge contradicts the messages of scientists in the US Army Corps of Engineers, whose research shows that all 700 residents will need to abandon the island within the next fifty years. “Climate change is upon us,” the report warns, “and that adaption to climate change is ‘not optional.’”

    • • Challenge for Canadian Arctic Scientists Icebergs Freeze Climate Research Plans

      June 17, 2017 - Off the coast of Canada climate change has forced scientists into a drastic change of course as icebergs freeze climate research they had planned.

      Scientists have abandoned their plans to explore the impact of climate change on the Hudson Bay because global warming in the Arctic has brought iceberg hazard to shipping off the coasts of Newfoundland.

    • • Norway: Climate Leader, Oil Giant, or Both? Both Climate Leader and
      Oil Giant? A Norwegian Paradox

      June 17, 2017 -Norway hopes that only electric cars will be sold in the country by 2025 — a surprising goal, given that it means kicking the nation’s powerful oil industry in the shins.

      But Norway’s big electric push on cars does not mean the nation is abandoning fossil fuels, revealing what critics call a notable contradiction in its climate policy.

    • • Climate Change and the World's Coasts Climate Change Effects: Louisiana's
      Coast Is Sinking Faster than Anyone Thought

      June 15, 2017 -From Antarctica, where a research expedition was canceled due to rising temperatures, to the Arctic Sea, where ice continues to melt, the effects of climate change are being felt around the globe. In the United States, temperatures are rising and coastlines are disappearing. One of the areas that has been affected the most is Louisiana, the coastline of which has been in danger for years.

      According to a new study reported on by the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the danger is greater than anyone realized.

    • • Exxon Fights Back (at us) With Bare Knuckles and Big $$, Exxon
      Fights Climate Probe to a Legal Stalemate

      June 5, 2017 - Ted Wells, one of the nation's most prominent litigators for big corporations, was about to win again as he sat with his team in a Dallas courtroom last fall, representing ExxonMobil. U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade looked their way and joked, "Y'all have 300 lawyers on your side."

      Read the story and take your own action. Exxon Mobil is not the only gas station in town.

    • • Bloomberg Steps Up to Make Up for Trump's Withdrawal Bloomberg Promises $15 Million
      to Help Make Up For
      Withdrawal From Climate Deal

      June 2, 2017 -Michael Bloomberg is pledging to fill a funding gap created by President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, offering up to $15 million to support the U.N. agency that helps countries implement the accord.

    • • W.Coast Ocean Acidification Rates Presents Real Threat West Coast Ocean Acidification
      Rates Among Highest In World

      June 2, 2017- The United States is stepping away from the Paris Climate Agreement, but the consequences of climate change will be more difficult to leave behind. Take ocean acidification, a major emerging threat to West Coast fisheries.

    • • Most Important Climate Solution You’ve Never Heard Of On Trump's Chopping Block:
      The Most Important Climate
      Solution You’ve Never Heard Of

      May 25, 2017- Supercritical CO2 promises a quantum leap in greenhouse gas reduction, with benefits for coal power, nuclear and solar. Trump’s budget threatens to choke it off.

    • • Antarctic Warming Threatens 2nd Largest Ice Shelf Antarctic Warming Threatens World's
      Second Largest Ice Shelf

      May. 22, 2017 - German scientists have worked out the process that could destroy an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Iraq.

      They predict that, in a few decades, the oceanographic machinery that keeps the Ronne-Filchner ice shelf in the Weddell Sea will fail. A warm ocean will begin to eat away at the 450,000 square kilometer sheet of floating ice.

    • • And We Thought Eating Beans Gave Us Gas Research Suggests Eating Beans
      Instead of Beef Would
      Sharply Reduce Greenhouse Gasses

      May 22, 2017 - A team of researchers from four American universities says the key to reducing harmful greenhouse gases (GHG) in the short term is more likely to be found on the dinner plate than at the gas pump.

    • • U.N. Food Security Guidelines Amidst Climate Change U.N. Agricultural Agency Links
      Food Security and Climate
      Change in New Guidelines

      May 12, 2017 - The United Nations agricultural agency today unveiled guidelines to help Governments balance the needs of farming and climate change when making decisions, such as whether to refill a dried up lake or focus instead on sustainably using the forest on its shore.

    • • We Could Surpass Major Climate Threshold Very SoonEarth Could Surpass Major Climate
      Threshold In Next Decade

      May 10, 2017 - Global temperatures could increase by 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels within just nine years, according to a new study.

      The report, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, indicates the new temperature would cross the first threshold under the Paris climate agreement.

    • • A Warning from China to Trump on Paris SummitChinese President Xi Jinping
      Warns Trump Not to Abandon
      The Paris Climate Agreement

      May 10, 2017 - Flexing new muscles as the undisputed leader in global climate action, China is making it clear that, if the Trump administration follows through on its threat to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, there will be an angry international backlash and a tangible geopolitical price to pay.

    • • Radical Idea Could Restore Ice in the Arctic OceanRadical Idea Are
      Needed for Melting Artic Ice

      May 2, 2017 - The answer to making thicker ice more quickly? Suck up near-freezing water from under the ice and pump it directly onto the ice’s surface during the long polar winter. There, the water would freeze more quickly than underneath the ice, where it usually forms.

    • • The 'Climate-Proofing' of RotterdamRotterdam Needs 'Climate-Proofing'

      May 2, 2017 - Facing increased flood risks as the world’s climate changes, Rotterdam is implementing a comprehensive flood-protection strategy.

      Although accessibility to the sea and navigable inland waterways are largely responsible for Rotterdam’s prosperity, the city’s location makes it especially vulnerable to rising seas and extreme weather.

    • • Climate Change and Human MigrationHow a Warming Planet
      Drives Human Migration

      April 19, 2017 - Climate change is not equally felt across the globe, and neither are its longer term consequences. This map overlays human turmoil — represented here by United Nations data on nearly 64 million “persons of concern,” whose numbers have tripled since 2005 — with climate turmoil, represented by data from NASA’s Common Sense Climate Index.

    • • Rising Seas Threaten the American East Coast U.S. East Coast
      Threatened by Rising Seas

      April 18, 2017 - In 1909, a group of Virginia developers placed an ad in The Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch announcing the creation of a subdivision that — because it was built on a pair of peninsulas where the Lafayette and Elizabeth Rivers poured into Chesapeake Bay — came to be known as Larchmont-Edgewater.

      The developers set up private jitney service to downtown and advertised the area as “Norfolk’s only high-class suburb.” People flocked to live by the water’s edge.

    • • Two Unlikely Climate Icons India and China Are
      Emerging as Climate Icons

      Apr.17, 2017 - Trump is trying his best to ensure that America burns coal, whatever the implications to the planet. While that’s unpalatable for many U.S. citizens, the good news for the rest of the world is that money will continue to be spent on developing renewable energy, and carbon dioxide emissions will still fall—but it will be largely thanks to two unlikely climate saviors: India and China.

    • • What Now for Paris Agreement Paris Climate Agreement Negotiator Speaks in Cleveland: ‘What now?’

      Apr.17, 2017 - “As it stands now, the agreement gives the United States basically what it wanted,” said former U.S. State Department Deputy Legal Adviser and Lead Climate Lawyer Susan Biniaz, who addressed the Cleveland Council on World Affairs on Thursday, April 13.

    • • Troubling Greenland Glacier News Scientists Just Uncovered Some
      Troubling News About Greenland’s
      Most Enormous Glacier

      Apr. 11, 2017 - The largest glacier in Greenland is even more vulnerable to sustained ice losses than previously thought, scientists have reported.

      Jakobshavn glacier, responsible for feeding flotillas of icebergs into the Ilulissat icefjord — and possibly for unleashing the iceberg that sank the Titanic — is an enormous outlet for the larger Greenland ice sheet, which itself contains enough ice to raise seas by more than 20 feet.

    • • Climate Change Flood Prep in PeruPeru’s President Stresses
      Urgency of Climate Change

      Apr. 5, 2017 -As Peru clears up the mess left by the worst flooding in almost 20 years, the country’s leader says preparing for the next big one is more urgent than ever.

      Severe El Ninos “will come around more frequently because of climate change” and Peru needs to plan to prevent major flooding in future, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski told Bloomberg News in an interview at the presidential palace in Lima.

    • • Some Nations See a Carbon Law as a Reality Carbon Law Could
      Make Paris Promise a Reality

      Apr. 1, 2017 -Leading scientists say a carbon law requiring CO2 emissions to be halved every decade could drastically cut global warming – and is feasible.

      By 2020, fossil fuels will no longer be subsidised by the taxpayer, anywhere in the world. And by then, carbon dioxide emissions worldwide will have started to fall.

    • • Administration Anti-Climate Backlash Environmental Groups Vow to
      Fight Trump’s Climate Actions

      Mar. 26, 2017 - Environmental groups that have hired extra lawyers in recent months are prepared to go to court to fight a sweeping executive order from President Trump that eliminates many restrictions on fossil fuel production and would roll back his predecessor’s plans to curb global warming. But they said they’ll take their first battle to the court of public opinion.

    • • CO2 Rise is the Highest Ever Recorded Carbon Dioxide in the
      Atmosphere Is Rising at the
      Fastest Rate Ever Recorded

      Mar. 13, 2017 - For the second year in a row, atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have climbed at a record pace. According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, carbon dioxide levels jumped by three parts per million in both 2015 and 2016 and now rest at about 405 ppm.

      It’s the biggest jump ever observed at the agency’s Mauna Loa Baseline Atmospheric Observatory in Hawaii, where the measurements were recorded.

    • • White House Labels Climate Research a Waste The White House Calls Climate
      Change Research a ‘Waste.’

      Mar. 21, 2017 - Actually, It’s Required by Law. The day that President Trump’s climate science-slashing budget landed last week, his government held a public meeting here to prepare the nation’s Southeast region for rising seas, wildfires, extreme downpours and other impacts of climate change.

      Despite White House budget director Mick Mulvaney’s assertion Friday that studying climate change is a “waste of your money,” federal scientists are required, by a 1990 law, to do just that — and are carrying on for now, even under the cloud of budgetary uncertainty created by the Trump administration.

    • • Shed a Tear for the Reefs Barrier Reefs Are in Big Trouble

      Mar. 18, 2017 - Reports that the Great Barrier Reef is dying come ever more frequently, ever more urgently. There is no mystery about the reason — it’s global warming, caused by the fossil fuels we burn. If we stopped heating the oceans, parts of the great reef off Australia’s north coast and other spectacular coral reefs around the world could still recover.

      The alternative is to weep at the loss of one of the most spectacular sights on earth, as the author of the latest report and his students did on examining charts of the damage.

    • • Mankind Not the Only Cause of Ice Melt - Just 50 - 70% Natural Environmental Swings
      Cause Up To Half Of
      Arctic Sea Ice Loss

      Mar. 14, 2017,- Sea ice in the Arctic has been melting at a record-breaking pace. Scientists blame a warming climate for most of that, but researchers have now teased out a natural cycle for how Arctic sea ice melts year-to-year.

      Based on that cycle, they conclude that 30 percent to 50% of the melting is due to natural causes, while human-caused warming is responsible for the rest.

    • • Earth's Oceans Warming Much Faster than We ThoughtEarth's Oceans are Warming 13%
      Faster than Thought, & Accelerating

      Mar. 10, 2017,- New research has convincingly quantified how much the Earth has warmed over the past 56 years. Human activities utilize fossil fuels for many beneficial purposes but have an undesirable side effect of adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere at ever-increasing rates.

      That increase - of over 40%, with most since 1980 - traps heat in the Earth’s system, warming the entire planet.

    • • What Scott Pruitt Thinks About CO2 - Pruitt Thinks? CO2: Not a Major Cause of
      Warming Says EPA Chief

      Mar. 9, 2017,- The new chief of the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus and his own agency.

      EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said measuring the effect of human activity on the climate is “very challenging” and that “there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact” of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases.

    • • Permafrost Melt Signals Danger Dramatic Disintegration
      of Canada Permafrost Threatens
      Huge Carbon Release

      Mar. 3, 2017- Permafrost, or frozen soil, is rapidly collapsing across a 52,000 square mile area in northwest Canada – about the size of the entire state of Alabama. New research from the Northwest Territories Geological Survey (NTGS) finds the permafrost thaw is intensifying, a dramatic disintegration that could speed up climate change.

      The story includes a slideshow.

    • • 1/2 the Oceans in Trouble by 2030 By 2030, Half The World’s
      Oceans Could Be Reeling From
      Climate Change, Scientists Say

      Mar. 7, 2017- More than half the world’s oceans could suffer multiple symptoms of climate change over the next 15 years, including rising temperatures, acidification, lower oxygen levels and decreasing food supplies, new research suggests.

      By midcentury, without significant efforts to reduce warming, more than 80% could be ailing — and the fragile Arctic, already among the most rapidly warming parts of the planet, may be one of the regions most severely hit.

    • • When Did Big Oil Know It? ‘Shell Knew’: Oil Giant's 1991 Film
      Warned of Climate Change Danger

      Feb. 28, 2017- Shell Oil issued a stark warning of the catastrophic risks of climate change more than a quarter of century ago in a prescient 1991 film that has been rediscovered.

      However, since then the company has invested heavily in highly polluting oil reserves and helped lobby against climate action, leading to accusations that Shell knew the grave risks of global warming but did not act accordingly.

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    • • Penguins Cry Out for Help Antarctic Sea Ice
      Extent Lowest On Record

      Feb. 16, 2017- This year the extent of summer sea ice in the Antarctic is the lowest on record. The Antarctic sea ice minimum marks the day – typically towards end of February – when sea ice reaches its smallest extent at the end of the summer melt season, before expanding again as the winter sets in.

    • • Trump Named as Party in Kid's Climate Lawsuit Children’s Climate Lawsuit to Donald Trump:
      See You In Court

      Feb. 10, 2017 -President Donald Trump can add one more lawsuit to his growing list as president: Juliana v. United States, a federal lawsuit brought against the U.S. government by a group of kids and young adults concerned about climate change.

    • • Antarctic Ice Shelf Crack Widens at Alarming RateA Crack in an Antarctic
      Ice Shelf Grew 1
      Mile in the Last Two Months

      Feb. 7, 2017 - A rapidly advancing crack in Antarctica’s fourth-largest ice shelf has scientists concerned that it is getting close to a full break. The rift has accelerated this year in an area already vulnerable to warming temperatures. Since December, the crack has grown by the length of about five football fields each day.

    • • World's Mountains Threatened by Climate Change Many of the World's Mountains
      Threatened by Climate Change

      Feb. 7, 2017,- The rising temperatures caused by climate change are having a marked effect on mountains worldwide.

      Science has already established that increased warming is affecting distinct mountain features such as glaciers and high-altitude species, and there is now evidence that the entire ecosystem is undergoing change.

    • • Rising Seawater Affects Delta Rice Production Asian Seawater Rising
      Level Hurting Rice Production

      Feb. 4, 2017,- Urgent action is being called for to prevent salt intrusion causing severe damage to rice production and loss of drinking water in Bangladesh and Vietnam.

      Sea level rise, combined with the floods and waterlogging caused by cyclones and typhoons, is threatening large areas of land that is currently highly productive.

    • • 2016 Became Earth’s Hottest Year on Record How Did That Happen?

      Jan. 18, 2017 - Global temperatures have continued to rise, making 2016 the hottest year on the historical record and the third consecutive record-breaking year, scientists say. Of the 17 hottest years ever recorded, 16 have now occurred since 2000.

      Click to read the article
      and view the graphs.

    • • The True Cost of Climate Change A New Way to Calculate
      the True Costs of Global Warming

      Jan. 12, 2017, - How we view the costs of future climate change, and more importantly how we quantify them, may soon be changing. A much-anticipated new report, just released by the National Academy of Sciences, recommends major updates to a federal metric known as the “social cost of carbon” — and its suggestions could help address a growing scientific concern that we’re underestimating the damages global warming will cause.

    • News From 2016
    • • Warmer Waters Leave Fishnets Empty Fish Seek Cooler Waters
      Leaving Some Fish Nets Empty

      Dec. 30, 2016,- POINT JUDITH, R.I. — There was a time when whiting were plentiful in the waters of Rhode Island Sound, and Christopher Brown pulled the fish into his long stern trawler by the bucketful.

    • • Entrepreneurs Give Big Bucks Backing Clean Energy Bill Gates’s $1 Billion to
      Back Clean Energy Ideas

      Dec. 12, 2016,- It hopes to find audacious startups that can provide electricity, food, transportation, and more—without contributing to climate change.

      Last year, Gates established the Breakthrough Energy Coalition with more than 20 billionaires, among them Amazon\'s Jeff Bezos, Alibaba\'s Jack Ma, and Virgin\'s Richard Branson. At the time, they promised to invest at least $2 billion into new technologies.

    • • Shrinking Mountain Glaciers: Canary in the Coal Mine?Scientists Say Shrinking
      Mountain Glaciers Are ‘Categorical
      Evidence’ Of Climate Change

      Dec. 12, 2016- From the rapidly melting Greenland ice sheet to increasing instability of West Antarctica, the world’s glaciers have become the dramatic face of climate change. But while ice loss at the poles often garners the most attention (thanks to its hefty potential contributions to global sea-level rise), other smaller glaciers all over the world are also steadily shrinking — and scientists say they constitute some of the clearest signals of climate change on the planet.

    • • Mayors for Climate Change Fight Mayors Unite to Fight Climate Change From City to City

      Dec. 3, 2016  - Climate change has started to rear its ugly head in small ways—sea water flooding in city streets, native plants dying and discouraging ecotourism, persistent droughts—and city mayors are fighting back.

    • • Alaska Climate Change - Hear That Sarah?A Wrenching Choice
      for Alaska Towns in the
      Path of Climate Change

      Nov. 29, 2016- The Inupiat people have for centuries hunted and fished on Alaska’s western coast believe that some dreams are portents of things to come.

    • • Morocco Vows: 100% of Electricity from Renewables After COP22,
      Morocco To Implement
      100% Renewable Electricity

      Nov 27, 2016  - At COP22, 48 countries committed to “strive to meet 100% domestic renewable electricity production as rapidly as possible while working to end energy poverty, protect water and food security, taking into consideration national circumstances.”

    • • 102 Million California Trees Die from Drought 102 Million Trees Have
      Died in California's Drought

      Nov. 25, 2016,- California’s six years of drought has left 102 million dead trees across 7.7 million acres of forest in its wake, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced following an aerial survey. If that is not horrendous enough, 62 million trees died in the year 2016 alone—an increase of more than 100% compared to 2015.

    • • Climate Imperils Coastal Real Estate Perils of Climate Change
      Could Swamp Coastal Real Estate

      Nov. 24, 2016 - Homeowners are slowly growing wary of buying property in the areas most at risk, setting up a potential economic time bomb in an industry that is struggling to adapt.

    • • The North Pole Is 36 Degrees Warmer Than Normal As Winter Descends,
      North Pole Is An Insane
      36 Degrees Warmer Than Normal

      Nov. 17, 2016- In the fall of 2016 – which has been a zany year for the region, with multiple records set for low levels of monthly sea ice – something is totally off. The Arctic is superhot, even as a vast area of cold polar air has been displaced over Siberia.

    • • Many Countries Unhappy About Trump's Climate PlansFrom France to Canada,
      Countries Are Reeling
      From Trump’s Climate Plans

      Nov. 16, 2016 - As Trump prepares to take office in January, climate scientists and activists have begun to speculate about how his presidency could affect the success of the Paris climate agreement. And in fact, just one week in, Trump’s election has already begun to make waves in the dialogue surrounding the international community’s climate efforts..

    • • How Rising Seas Are Killing Southern U.S. Woodlands Ghosts Forests:
      How Rising Seas Are Killing
      Southern U.S. Woodlands

      Nov. 1, 2016 - A steady increase in sea levels is pushing saltwater into U.S. wetlands, killing trees from Florida to as far north as New Jersey. But with sea level projected to rise by as much as six feet this century, the destruction of coastal forests is expected to become a worsening problem worldwide.

    • • China’s Expanding Deserts Living in the
      Expanding Deserts of China

      Oct. 24, 2016 - The Tengger Desert lies on the southern edge of the massive Gobi Desert, not far from major cities like Beijing. The Tengger is growing.

    • • Glacier National Park Without the Glacier On The Trail:
      Disappearing Glaciers

      Oct. 23, 2016 - Glacier National Park in Montana has a name to live up to. But it’s a name that seems to be living on borrowed time, as Conor Knighton discovered On the Trail

    • • Aviation Industry Agrees on Climate Aviation Climate
      Agreement Reached at ICAO

      Oct. 10, 2016- In Canada, the worldwide aviation industry has applauded a crucial climate agreement reached by governments meeting at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). The negotiations, to put in place the world’s first carbon offsetting scheme for any global sector, have had the backing of the aviation industry, which first proposed the measure in 2009.

    • • Sucking Out the CarbonNew Study Says Removing
      CO2 From the Air Only Hope
      for Fixing Climate Change

      Oct. 6, 2016  -The Paris Agreement was opened for signature on 22 April 2016 at a high-level signature ceremony convened by the Secretary General Without 'negative emissions' to help return atmospheric CO2 to 350 ppm, future generations could face costs that 'may become too heavy to bear,' paper says.

    • • Denial is not Just a River in Fantasyland The Psychology Behind
      Climate Change Denial

      Oct. 5, 2016  -Climate change is a serious threat to humans, animals, and the earth’s ecosystems. Nevertheless, effective climate action has been delayed, partly because some still deny that there is a problem.

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    Coal Industry News

    (More on the Coal's Not Clean Page)
    • • Despite Trump's Promises Coal's Future Remains Bleak The Sector’s Long-Term Prospects For
      Growth and Hiring Remain as Bleak as Ever.

      Nov. 13, 2017 - U.S. utilities are shutting coal-fired power plants at a rapid pace and shifting to cheap natural gas, along with wind and solar power. And domestic demand makes up about 90 percent of the market for U.S. coal.

      Click to read the Reuters article.

    • • Coal Leasing Ruling Applauded by Environmentalists Federal Appeals Court Hands
      Major Victory to Environmentalists

      Sept. 15, 2017 - Environmentalists have been trying for years to block federal coal leases on climate-change grounds with limited success. The ruling by the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will require the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to provide more data to support its argument that coal makes no net contribution to climate change after it’s burned in power plants. The BLM oversees leasing of vast Western tracts that supply much of the nation’s coal.

    • • Trump Has No Idea What Clean Coal Is Hep Makes a Confusing Reference to It.'

      Aug. 23, 2017 - "We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal,” he said. "It's just been announced that a second, brand-new coal mine, where they're going to take out clean coal — meaning, they're taking out coal. They're going to clean it— is opening in the state of Pennsylvania, the second one."

      Those words—which seemed to describe physically cleaning chunks of coal—was met with confusion and ridicule online. The term "clean coal" is typically used to refer to the practice of sequestering carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants and either storing the carbon underground or putting it to use in other industrial processes.

    • • Major ‘Clean Coal’ Project Put On Hold Why Was Major So-Called
      'Clean Coal' Project Put on Hold?

      July 1, 2017 - After running billions of dollars over budget and falling years behind schedule, an effort to generate power from gasified coal – part of the push for so-called ‘clean coal’ – was indefinitely suspended this week. The Kemper County plant, owned by Southern Company and its subsidiary Mississippi Power, will continue to operate using natural gas.

    • • Coal Falls Hard Because of Renewables Coal Falls Hard As Renewables
      Continue to Surge, BP Reports

      June 15, 2017 - Coal continues to fall hard as renewables surge worldwide (including in China), all despite the Trump administration wanting to go back to the “good old days.”

      If Trump does not believe the persistent reports that our world’s energy system is moving towards cleaner alternatives, here is yet more proof the world is going towards renewables. This time from one of the world’s top fossil energy companies.

    • • Presidential Coal Fact-Check FACT CHECK: Is President Trump
      Correct That Coal Mines Are Opening?

      June 2, 2017 -The Claim: “The mines are starting to open up, having a big opening in two weeks. Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, so many places. A big opening of a brand, new mine. It’s unheard of. For many, many years that hasn’t happened. They asked me if I’d go. I’m going to try.”

      Short Answer: Yes, mines are beginning to open up, including a new one in Pennsylvania. But that doesn’t reverse the overall decline of the coal mining industry from its glory days.

      Long Answer: The coal mines that are opening up produce a special kind of coal used in steelmaking, and are opening largely because of events unrelated to federal policy, experts say. The market for the kind of coal used in electricity — the biggest use for coal — remains down relative to where it was several years ago.

    • • PSE Negotiating Coal Contract Extension Despite Growing Customer
      Demand For Clean Energy

      June 1, 2017 - Puget Sound Energy, the largest utility in Western Washington, is negotiating an extension to its coal supply contract that could extend the life of the Colstrip Power Plant in Eastern Montana, despite persistent calls from its customers to move away from fossil fuels.

      Click to read this non-breath of fresh air.

    • • New Jersey Closes Coal Plants PSEG Closing Its 2 Final
      New Jersey Coal-Fired Power Plants

      May 30, 2017 - The largest energy provider in New Jersey is set to close its final coal-fired power plants.

      Public Service Enterprise Group will close the Mercer and Hudson generation stations on Thursday as inexpensive natural gas has made it no longer profitable to run the coal plants.

      Click to brinmg a sigh of relief.

    • • India Rethinks Coal as Solar Prices Plummet India Cancels Plans for Coal Power
      Stations as Solar Prices Hit Record Low

      May 26, 2017 -India has canceled plans to construct nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations in the country as prices for solar electricity “free fall” to levels once considered impossible, The Independent reports. Experts expect a profound shift in global energy markets as the cost of solar has dropped by 25 percent in some regions.

    • • According to Oxfam: More Coal = More PovertyMore Coal Will Only Result
      In More Poverty, Reports Oxfam

      May 23, 2017 - Increasing the number of coal mines will only increase the level of global poverty stemming from the consequences of increased climate change and the direct impact coal mining and burning has on local communities.

      These are the primary conclusions from a new report published this week by the international poverty organization Oxfam. The new report, More Coal Equals More Poverty, focuses primarily on Australia’s coal-related policies and plans as one of the world’s leading exporters of coal. Much has been said recently about Australia’s energy policies — too much to get into here — specifically regarding the plans to build a massive new coal mine in Carmichael, in the country’s northeast, by Indian conglomerate Adani (which has recently been deferred indefinitely).

    • • As Coal Jobs Decline, Solar Sector ShinesHow Solar is Replacing Coal

      May 6, 2017 - That’s a reality more miners face, as coal jobs have shrunk by 40% since 2011. What is growing is the number of jobs in renewables. Solar power accounts for just under 1.5% of electricity in the U.S., and yet, according to the Department of Energy, there are more than twice as many jobs in solar as in coal.

    • • Why the Merry Old Soul Can't Save CoalHere’s Why Trump’s Plan
      to Save Coal Industry Is Doomed

      Apr 27, 2017 - Donald Trump’s policy efforts to rejuvenate the coal industry are unlikely to succeed.

      We’ve argued that for some time, of course. But a new report from Columbia University, which shows that regulations have played only a small part in the decline of the coal industry to date, lends extra weight to the thesis.

    • • What the Coal Museum Knows that Trump Doesn’t The Coal Museum
      Switches To Solar

      Apr. 7, 2017 - The Kentucky Coal Mining Museum is switching to solar energy. It's in Harlan County, Ky., and depicts, quote, "the lives that revolve around the coal industry." And WYMT reports the museum gets its power from solar panels. Solar is just cheaper, saving thousands. Communications director Brandon Robinson admits it's ironic but adds coal is still king.

    • • Britain Goes a Day Without Burning Coal for ElectricityBritain Goes a Day Without
      Burning Coal for Electricity

      pr. 21, 2017 - It was the first full day since the height of the Industrial Revolution that Britain did not burn coal to generate electricity, a development that officials and climate change activists celebrated as a watershed moment.

    • • Another EPA Disaster About to Happen?EPA Seeks to Scuttle Cleanup
      of Coal Power Plant Pollution

      Apr. 19, 2017 - The Trump administration is once again seeking to scuttle cuts to pollution from coal-fired power plants.

      The EPA on Tuesday asked a federal appeals court in Washington to postpone consideration of 2012 rules requiring energy companies to cut emissions of toxic chemicals. .

    • • Europe Says “No” to Coal -Trump Says “Yes” EU Utilities Vow End
      to Coal After 2020,
      as Trump Promises Revival

      Apr. 6, 2017 -Citing climate change and the Paris climate agreement, EU energy companies in 26 of 28 countries make momentous pledge to stop building coal plants.

    • • Clean Coal is Doable - But at What Price?Climate-Friendly Coal
      Technology Works But Is
      Proving Difficult to Scale Up

      Mar. 29, 2017 - Mississippi Power's Kemper County Energy Facility is the most ambitious carbon capture project in the U.S. right now. It's a new coal power plant, built from the ground up. But there have been a few problems during construction.

      Originally the plant was estimated to cost $2.4 billion. Now the price tag is nearly three times that at about $7.1 billion. It's also nearly three years behind schedule.

    • •  It’s Doubtful that Will Coal Jobs Return Trump’s Promise to Bring
      Back Coal Jobs - Doubtful

      Mar. 29, 2017 - Industry experts say coal mining jobs will continue to be lost, not because of blocked access to coal, but because power plant owners are turning to natural gas. At least six plants that relied on coal have closed or announced they will close since Trump’s victory in November, including the main plant at the Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, the largest in the West. Another 40 are projected to close during the president’s four-year term. -Sad!

    • • Europe: Switch Off that Coal Power Europe Warned to
      Switch Off Coal Power

      Feb. 13, 2017 - A new report on the coal sector in the European Union (EU) says there is no hope of greenhouse gas emission reduction targets being met unless at least a quarter of the coal-fired power plants now operating in the region are phased out within the next three years.

    • • Congress' First Rollback on Coal+ Congress passes
      First Rollback of
      Obama Environmental Rule

      Feb. 2, 2017, - The Senate sent the first of what is likely to be many rollbacks of environmental regulations to President Trump's desk.

    • • Major Changes Needed to Modernize Coal Program Obama’s Interior Dept. Called
      for Major Changes for Modernization
      of Federal Coal Program

      Jan. 11, 2017, - With just days until President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Department of the Interior finalized a report calling for major changes to the federal coal program by which the U.S. manages the leasing of land to companies for exploration and production across 570 million publicly owned acres.

    • • Another Coal Ash Dump for Duke PowerDuke Gets Permit
      to Build Another Coal
      Ash Dump on Dan River

      Dec. 27, 2016, - Duke Energy has also been untruthful and irresponsible. Company directors have been spreading misinformation in the communities that coal ash is safe and is “much like ash from your charcoal grill or your wood fireplace” Richard Baker, Duke Energy’s Director of Water and Natural Resources. According to Dennis Lemly, a researcher of coal ash for more than 30 years at both Wake Forest University and for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    • • Lifting Restrictions On So-Called ‘Clean Coal.'Trump to Lift Restrictions
      on ‘Clean Coal.’
      Whatever That Is ?

      Nov. 22, 2016 - To offset lost mining jobs, officials, business leaders and environmentalists are setting aside political feuds to try to create an entrepreneurial economy.

    • • Coal: Appalachia’s Future Beyond Coal:
      Imagining Appalachia’s Future

      August 17, 2016 - To offset lost mining jobs, officials, business leaders and environmentalists are setting aside political feuds to try to create an entrepreneurial economy.

    • • Old King Coal Replaced by Biomass UK’s Biggest Coal Station Now Runs Mainly on Biomass

      July 29, 2016 - What was once Britain’s biggest coal station is now powered mainly by wood pellets and its owner, Drax Group Plc, will learn in the next few months if can complete the conversion of another unit to run on renewable fuel.

    • • Japan Moves Backwards on Coal Japan's Coal-fired Plants
      To Cause Thousands of Early Deaths

      May 17, 2016 - Plans by Japan to build dozens of coal-fired power stations will cause at least 10,000 premature deaths, according to a study, as the country struggles to fulfil its climate change obligations five years after the Fukushima disaster closed down almost all of its nuclear plants.

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    Endangered Species

    Tiger Cub & Friend
    (More on the Endangered Species Page)
  • • Sea Turtles Appear to Be Bouncing Back Sea Turtles Making a
    Comeback Throughout the World

    Sept. 20, 2017 - On this planet, so many plants and animals are disappearing that scientists worry we’re experiencing a sixth mass extinction. Many of these organisms are taking hits from a variety of angles — habitat loss, climate change and more — that it’s hard to get a grasp on how to stop their declines. Conservation success stories are rare.

    But sea turtles may be an exception, according to an comprehensive analysis of global sea turtle abundance published Wednesday in Science Advances.

    Click to read the
    NY Times Science article.

  • • Snot Otters Get A Second Chance In Ohio AKA: Eastern Hellbender Salamander

    Sept 16, 2017 - They’re the color of mud, and they can grow up to two feet long. People call them snot otters because they’re covered in a layer of slippery mucus. Or lasagna lizards because they have a crinkly flap of skin on their sides that helps them absorb oxygen (and resembles a lasagna noodle).

    Eastern hellbenders live throughout the Appalachian region in the United States. Their ancestors have been on earth for around 160 million years, but in the last several decades their numbers have dropped dangerously in several states, primarily due to habitat destruction. Eastern hellbenders are endangered in Maryland, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and Indiana.

    Click for the entire NPR story.

  • • Whale Sharks Are in Trouble Want to Adopt One?

    August 23, 2017 - The whale shark is the biggest fish and shark in the world. These gentle marine giants roam the oceans around the globe, generally alone. However, large numbers of whale sharks often gather in areas with abundant plankton food—making them prime tourist attractions. Its enormous mouth (nearly five feet wide) engulfs large quantities of tiny plankton that it filters through its gills as it swims.

    Click now to learn more.

  • • Inside Kenya's Must-visit Elephant Nursery In Nairobi, Orphaned Elephants Get
    a Second Chance At Life and Family

    August 17, 2017 - At a facility located on the edges of Nairobi National Park, a small crowd of smiling people stands quietly. Adults and children from countries around the world line up along a rope that surrounds a large area of red dirt. Within the paddock are puddles of water, hills of soft russet soil, newly cut branches thick with green leaves, and a large wheelbarrow filled with oversized milk bottles. The play area at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust baby elephant nursery is ready for the youngsters that brought so many people here.

    Click for the story and a great photo.

  • • "Unbearable" News for Grizzlies Yellowstone Grizzlies:
    How Many Could Hunters Kill?

    August 17, 2017 - Up to 20 grizzly bears could be hunted in 2017 based on 2016 population estimates and acceptable federally set mortality limits. Trophy hunting is highly unlikely in 2017 because the three states bordering Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks intend to hold public hearings before hunting rules are finalized.

    Click now, if you can "bear" it.

  • • Florida Anglers Target Endangered Sharks And Giving Each Other Tips
    on How to Get Away With It

    Aug. 15, 2017 - Some Florida fishermen are purposefully flouting laws and reeling in endangered sharks, an important new paper reveals.

    The illegal activities were uncovered by shark researcher David Shiffman, who studied postings on the online message boards of the South Florida Shark Club, the largest club in the state for fishermen who practice from piers or beaches. Shiffman examined more than 1,250 posts by these land-based anglers and found evidence of people knowingly catching protected species such as lemon sharks (Negaprion breivirostris), sandbar sharks (Carcharhinus plumbeus), tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier), and three hammerhead shark species (Sphyrna lewini, S. mokarran, and S. zygaea). At least 389 sharks were illegally caught, according to his analysis.

    Read on by clicking right now.

  • • Lemur: One of World's Most Endangered Primates The Challenge is to Preserve Them

    Aug. 15, 2017 - For five straight months, Sheila Holmes slipped through the Madagascar rainforest, 16,000 kilometres away from her Calgary university classes, eyes and feet following black-and-white ruffed lemurs as they flew through the trees.

    She's now working on her anthropology doctorate, became a crucial part of what is the longest continuous monitoring program of one of the most endangered primate species in the world.

    Read more by clicking now.

  • • The Bison Returns to Wind River Reservation After 131 Years, Bison Return to
    Wind River Wyoming, Helping Restore an
    Ecosystem—And Heal The Past

    July 31, 2017- On MAY 3, 2017, a newborn male bison entered the world on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming, a historic event signaling the rebirth of an iconic species on these tribal lands—and of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho people who share them.

    Click for the story and some images.

  • • Aardvarks & Climate Change - Bad Match Aardvarks' Tragic Fate
    is a Result Of Climate Change

    July 31, 2017 - The aardvark, a highlight for anyone on a game-viewing African safari, will become increasingly rare as the world warms and dries, and the consequences go well beyond a decline in aardvark safari encounters.

    Click now for the rest of the story.

  • • A Full Service Crime Lab to Protect Animals Wildlife's Only Full Service
    Crime Lab In the World

    Added July 29, 2017 - Wildlife, including endangered species, are killed illegally, smuggled and sold for billions of dollars each year.

    Founded by a crime scene investigator, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Ashland, Oregon, uses state-of-the-art technology (as well as flesh-eating beetles). Meet some of the forensics experts at "the only full service crime lab for wildlife in the world."

    Click for the story and a video.

  • • Changing Our Diet to Save Species What Changes Can We
    Make to Save Animal Species?

    July 27, 2017 - How can we eat well without harming wildlife? One simple step we can all take right now that would have a far greater impact than any other (aside from having fewer children): Cut out the grain-fed beef.

    The inefficiency of feeding livestock grain to turn them into meals for humans makes a diet heavy in animals particularly harsh on the Earth’s resources. For example, in the United States, it takes 25 kilograms of grain to produce one kilogram of beef. Pigs have a grain-to-meat-ratio of 9:1, and chickens are 3:1.

    Click to learn much more.

  • • National Wildlife Property Repository National Wildlife Property Repository
    Conserving America's Future

    Previous Next The National Wildlife Property Repository (NWPR) is a 22,000 square foot office and warehouse located northeast of Denver, Colorado at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The facility is responsible for receiving wildlife items that have been forfeited or abandoned to the U.S.Fish and Wildlife Service.

    In accordance with the law, these items are stored in a secure environment, and many of the items are donated to educational facilities, nonprofit organizations, and conservation agencies to aid in teaching about endangered species and other wildlife. Others items are sent to scientific institutions to be used in research to develop better identification methods to protect wildlife.

  • • Trying to Save the Last of the Vaquitas Trying to Save This Species From Extinction
    Also Means Being Witness to Their Destruction

    July 21, 2017 - Captain Oona Layolle is the campaign leader for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s Milagro III mission, which just returned from the Gulf of California after a six-month effort to save the critically endangered vaquita porpoise (Phocoena sinus) from extinction.

    The most important part of their mission — a partnership with the Mexican government — involved finding and removing illegal gillnets set by fishermen to capture another local species, the totoaba (Totoaba macdonaldi), whose swim bladders that sell for thousands of dollars a pound to Chinese investors. The indiscriminate gillnets, set and anchored into place, capture and kill totoaba, vaquita and everything else that crosses their paths.

  • • A Win for Wildlife in Louisiana Win for Wildlife: Louisiana
    Approves Master Restoration Plan

    July 12, 2017 - The Mississippi River Delta in Louisiana is home to some of North America’s highest concentrations of wildlife. From the beloved Louisiana black bear to Louisiana’s answer to the flamingo, the roseate spoonbill, the state is home to an exciting array of wildlife. But the important wetland habitat for these and other creatures is in trouble.

    Sadly, the coastline is disappearing at a rate of one football field every hour. But all is not lost.

    Click now to see why there
    is reason for encouragement.

  • • U.S. Fish & Wildlife Re-evaluates Panther Preservation Florida Panther Endangered
    Status Review Could Spell
    Trouble Under Trump

    July 12, 2017 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that it will review whether Florida panthers are still an endangered species.

    The review, which is required every 5 years under the Endangered Species Act, comes amid growing calls from hunters and ranchers to take the big cats off the endangered species list in response to population growth.

    Though the population has increased from perilously low numbers due to the protections provided by the Endangered Species Act, its numbers and distribution are still far too limited to secure the Florida panther from extinction.

  • • Trump Chooses Big Oil Over Flipper Will Trump’s Lust
    or Oil Kill Flipper?

    July 12, 2017 - The shattering blasts come every 10 seconds, 24 hours a day, for weeks on end. The Trump Administration wants to allow the use of seismic airgun blasting to map the ocean floor from Florida to Delaware in the search for oil and gas.

    Recent testimony by Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke at House Natural Resources Committee has made it clear that seismic testing in the eastern Gulf of Mexico will follow next.

  • • Yes - Elephants Have Ambassadors Elephant Ambassador in Chad:
    A Conversation with Stephanie Vergniault

    June 12, 2017 - On her first visit to the Republic of Chad in 1995, Stephanie Vergniault fell in love with the country’s elephants. Plentiful and easy to see at the time, they gave her a sense of freedom and peace.

    That was before the elephant poaching crisis began. By 2007, the elephant numbers had plummeted — from 20,000 in the mid-1990s to roughly 4,000 that year. Today only about 1,200 remain in Chad.

  • • New Extinctions Wave Predicted For Vital Food Species New Wave Of Extinctions
    Predicted For Vital Food Species

    May 31, 2017 - oaching, illegal fishing and deforestation are threatening more than quarter of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, according to a report by the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) — and the consequences are not just environmental.

  • • The Pacific Fisher Threatened in California Forgotten But Not Gone:
    The Pacific Fisher

    May 31, 2017 - Despite the Pacific fisher’s high vulnerability to extinction, this little-known mammal has yet to receive federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. In the absence of this type of government regulation, an uneasy collaboration among scientists, conservation organizations, and the timber industry has filled in to take its place.

    For now, these efforts offer hope for the Pacific fisher — but without endangered species status, there are no assurances that current protections will continue into the future.

  • • Poetic Justice for a Big-Game HunterBig Game Hunter Crushed
    by Dying Elephant

    May 22, 2017 - After decades of leading high-paying clients into the African wild to hunt elephants, leopards and other large game, professional hunter Theunis Botha encountered a situation last week that he could not shoot his way out of.

    The 51-year-old was leading a trophy hunt safari in Gwai, Zimbabwe, when the group unexpectedly came across a breeding herd of elephants. According to an anonymous source with the party, chaos swiftly ensued.

  • • Racing Extinction - the FilmThe Team Details the
    Dangers Facing Endangered Species

    May, 2017 - Utilizing state-of-the-art equipment, Oscar®-winner Louie Psihoyos (The Cove) assembles a team of artists and activists intent on showing the world never-before-seen images that expose issues of endangered species and mass extinction.

  • • Whooping Cranes Threatened by Climate Change Whooping Cranes Could Be
    Wiped Out by Climate Change

    May 17, 2017 - Whooping cranes (Grus americana) famously barely escaped extinction during the 20th century. After decades of habitat loss and unrestricted hunting, their population had crashed to just 15 birds in 1941.

    Today, thanks to intense captive-breeding programs and the protection of the Endangered Species Act, that number has soared to approximately 500 wild birds. Their seven-foot wingspans are once again visible in the sky as they migrate between their summer breeding grounds at Wood Buffalo National Park in Canada and their wintering grounds in the southern United States.

    • • Endagering the Dingo, Endangers the SoilFence Study Shows Dingo
      Extermination Leads to Poorer Soil

      May 12, 2017 - A comparison of conditions in the outback on either side of Australia’s dingo fence has revealed that extermination of these apex predators affects not only the abundance of other animals and plants, but also reduces the quality of the soil.

    • • Restoring Habitat For Monarchs In Southern OregonMonarch Butterflies -
      A Victim of Development

      May 1, 2017 - You recognize monarch butterflies — with their large, distinctively patterned orange, black and white wings, monarchs are iconic across North America for their far-ranging multi-generational migration. But the population of these colorful creatures has plummeted by 75 percent or more since the 1990s.

      Now, government agencies and local nonprofits are teaming up to restore feeding and breeding habitat for the monarchs as they make their way through southern Oregon each year.

    • • W. Coast Salmon Population Hit by Drought and El Nino Fishery Managers Close
      200 Miles Of West Coast
      To Salmon Fishing

      Apr. 11, 2017 - Fishery managers with the Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Tuesday for a total closure of ocean salmon seasons from southern Oregon to northern California.

      Commercial troll fishing seasons will be closed from Florence, Oregon, to Horse Mountain, which is south of Eureka, California. Sport fishing seasons will be closed from Humbug Mountain south of Port Orford, Oregon, to Horse Mountain in northern California. The rest of the coast will have limited fishing seasons.

    • • Limited Mountain Lion Population Causes Inbreeding Newborn Mountain Lion
      is the Poster Kitten
      for Wildlife Corridors

      Apr. 6, 2017 -The National Parks Service is celebrating the birth of a new mountain lion kitten born in the Santa Monica Mountains. But while the tiny, blue-eyed cougar is good news, she's also a sign of trouble. P-53, as the kitten has been dubbed, is the daughter of the female P-23, and the father is most likely the female's half-brother, P-30.

    • • With Friends Like Congress, Bears Need No Enemies Senate Overturns Obama
      -Era Hunting Limits of Alaskan
      Wildlife on Federal Land

      Mar. 22, 2017 - A bill is headed to President Donald Trump’s desk that would overturn Obama-era hunting restrictions protecting grizzly bears, wolves and other animals on national wildlife refuges in Alaska from hunting tactics such as aerial shooting, baiting and killing animals at their dens or with their cubs.

    • • Oregon Wolves - Good News or Bad? Eastern Oregon Wolf
      Recovery Enters Next Phase

      Mar. 7, 2017, - There’s good news and bad news for wolves in eastern Oregon. The good news: they just hit another population milestone, showing the recovery effort is working.

      The bad news for the predators? It’s getting a little bit easier for humans to kill them.

      Oregon wildlife officials have counted at least seven breeding pairs of wolves for three straight years in the eastern part of the state. This indicates a degree of stability in that wolf population. It also triggers a change to how wolves are managed in the region..

    • • Not Exactly a Refuge, Is It? NRA Has Persuaded Congress
      to Legalize The Killing Of Bear
      Cubs In Wildlife Refuges

      Feb. 16, 2017 - The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to legalize the killing of black bear cubs and their mothers at their dens in Alaska’s national wildlife refuges.

      The controversial measure, backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), overturns a ‘Fair Chase’ rule, promulgated by the Obama administration, that also limited baiting, trapping, and the use of airplanes to track and shoot bears and wolves on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands in Alaska.

    • • Monarch Butterflies Might Not Have Long to Reign Monarch Butterflies
      Just Lost Another
      Third of Their Population

      Feb. 16, 2017 - While international efforts are underway to protect iconic monarch butterflies from disappearing, the latest population count has found their numbers have dropped by nearly one-third since last year.

    • • Endangered Ecuador Spider MonkeySave The Monkeys, Save
      The Trees, Sell The Chocolate

      Jan. 30, 2017,- Mika Peck, a conservation ecologist at U.K's University of Sussex, has been researching and publishing papers for years on the near-extinction of the Ecuadoran brown-headed spider monkey, and not much was happening to change the primate’s extremely threatened status.

    • • Mexico Wall Threatens SpeciesEndangered Animals Are Already
      Cut Off by a Border Wall.
      Trump Wants it to be Much Bigger

      Jan. 27, 2017- The "big, beautiful wall" that President Trump vowed again this week to build along the Mexican border won’t block just humans. Dozens of animal species that migrate freely across the international line in search of water, food and mates would be walled off.

      By the way, these animals are not stealing American jobs or eaping American ocelots.

    • • Alaskan Polar Bears Path to Decline Polar Bears’ Path
      to Decline Runs
      Through Alaskan Village

      Dec. 18, 2016 - KAKTOVIK, Alaska — Come fall, polar bears are everywhere around this Arctic village, dozing on sand spits, roughhousing in the shallows, padding down the beach with cubs in tow and attracting hundreds of tourists who travel long distances to see them.

    • • Stopping the Sixth Mass ExtinctionHow to Stop the
      Sixth Mass Extinction

      Dec. 12, 2016 - To understand how big of a deal that is you don't have to look much further than the definition “mass extinction” It means that three-quarters of all species vanish forever.

      In all of history, that's happened only five times. The sixth extinction would be the first caused by humans...

    • • Giraffes: Next Creature Vulnerable To Extinction Giraffe Now Listed
      As Vulnerable To Extinction
      As Population Plummets

      Dec. 8, 2016 -Giraffes are dying at an alarming rate and could face extinction if the trend doesn’t reverse, according to a new conservation report on animal populations worldwide.

    • • Little Time Left for the Red Wolf With Just 45 Red Wolves
      Left in the Wild, Confinement
      Plan Won't Save Species

      Sept. 13, 2016 -The Center for Biological Diversity today threatened legal action against the Fish and Wildlife Service to jump-start the stalled Endangered Species Act status reviews of 417 imperiled species — a move that could set the stage for another major legal settlement between the conservation group and the agency.

    • • Environment-Deadly House Bill House Passes Most Environ-
      mentally Destructive Defense
      Authorization Act in History

      May 19, 2016 -The U.S. House just passed the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

      If enacted it would gut protections for several endangered species, and remove the Clean Water Act’s ability to control destructive invasive species.

    • • Good News for Antarctic Marine LifeNations Agree to
      Establish World's Largest
      Marine Reserve In Antarctica

      Oct. 28, 2016 -Twenty-four countries and the European Union reached the unanimous deal at an international meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources in Hobart, Australia on Friday.

    • • New Hope for Columbian White-Tailed DeerEndangered Columbian
      White-Tailed Deer
      Move Toward Recovery

      Oct. 13, 2016 -After nearly 50 years on the endangered species list, Columbian White-Tailed deer are moving up in the world.

      Their numbers along the Columbia River have more than doubled since the species was listed in 1967. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is upgrading their status from “endangered” to “threatened.”

    • • Can Cheetahs Cheat Extinction?Cheetahs in Danger of
      Extinction, Researchers Say

      Sep. 30, 2016- The cheetah, as swift as it is in the hunt, will not be able to outrun the threats to its survival without new conservation efforts, according to an international team of researchers who reported their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    • • California Has a Whale of a Problem Whales, Sea Turtles, Seals:
      The Unintended Catch
      of Abandoned Fishing Gear

      Sept. 28, 2016 -There are less than 500 North Atlantic right whales left in the world. And now, one less: This weekend, one of the 45-ton creatures was found dead off the coast of Maine, completely entangled in fishing line — head, flippers and all.

    • • More Bad News For the African ElephantMore Bad News for Africa’s Elephants:
      A Super-Slow Reproduction Rate

      Sept. 2, 2016 -Africa’s elephants are widely loved — and widely endangered. Poachers killed off nearly 30 percent of the continent’s savanna elephants from 2007 to 2014, according to a survey published this week. Their populations are now declining at a rate of nearly 8% a year.

    • • Sue the Fish & Wildlife Service? Greens' Massive Lawsuit Aims
      To Force FWS Deadline Deal

      Aug 23, 2016 -The Center for Biological Diversity today threatened legal action against the Fish and Wildlife Service to jump-start the stalled Endangered Species Act status reviews of 417 imperiled species — a move that could set the stage for another major legal settlement between the conservation group and the agency.

    • • Endangered Antelope Faces Extinction Here are the Addax Facts:

      July 2, 2016 - The addax is a species of antelope. Addaxes are also known as white antelopes and the screwhorn antelopes. They are critically endangered; there may be only three remaining in the wild. Extinction may not be imminent, however; about 2,000 are kept in zoos and on ranches around the world.

      Click now forthe complete
      Live Science article.

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  • • Microsoft's Ccarbon Emissions Pledge They Pledge to Cut Carbon
    Emissions 75% by 2030

    Nov 14, 2017 - Microsoft, has expressed that climate change is an urgent problem that demands a global response from all industries. They are committed to doing their part and have been taking steps to address and reduce their carbon footprint for nearly a decade. In 2009, Microsoft set its first carbon emissions target.

    In 2012, they became one of the first companies to put an internal global carbon fee in place, which enables us to operate 100 percent carbon neutral. Last year, they put in place targets to get more energy from renewable sources.

  • • Rebuild Puerto Rico with Microgrids How Would That Work?

    Oct. 4, 2017 - Puerto Rico presents a near perfect opportunity to rebuild the electricity infrastructure from scratch in accord with technologies of the present — solar panels, batteries, wind turbines, and perhaps small generators — optimally combined in steps of 250 kW and up to 5 MW.

    Such a microgrid solution can be deployed community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood, shopping mall by shopping mall, office complex by office complex…and then replicated across the island. Later, the individual microgrids can be linked to each other for backup, redundancy, resilience, and superior economics for the overall system. The resulting topology of a federation of microgrids will be more resilient to future storms, more reliable, and will be consistent with the trends in Electricity 2.0.

    Click now for the rest of the article.

  • • Preparing for More Major Storms By Adaption or by Mitigation?

    Sept. 26, 2017 - Staff Writers Zach Murdock and Elizabeth Djinis did a nice job in the Sarasota Herald Tribune (Preparing for More Irmas, 9/17/2017) explaining that hurricane Irma represents the new normal: the strongest storms should get stronger in the coming decades as the ocean temperatures warm; creeping sea level rise will make storm surges and inundation worse, particularly for low-lying areas; and storms that do form are likely to bring more precipitation with them.

    Read te article by This Spaceship Earth

  • • Want to Keep Fertility Rates Down? Let 'Em Drink Flint River Water

    Sept. 23, 2017 - A recent study found that lead-poisoned water in Flint, Michigan, possibly led to a substantial drop in the number of babies born there.

    A group of researchers found that after Flint leaders decided to save money by switching the town’s water supply source in 2014, the city saw an unprecedented rise in miscarriages and stillbirths.

    Click now to have a sip of this story.

  • • Environmental Impact and Injustice People of Color Are Living
    With More Polluted Air Than Whites

    Sept. 14, 2017 - Air pollution can contribute to asthma and heart disease. And it puts children at greater risk of developmental and behavioral problems.

    But not everyone is equally likely to be exposed to air pollution.

    While regulations and cleaner energy have meant the air’s getting a little cleaner for everyone, a new study by University of Washington researchers shows that, at every income level, people of color are still exposed to more air pollution than white people.

    Click to read the aritcle from OPB.

  • • Allegheny Front in Statewide Energy Collaboration Enabled by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

    Sept 13, 2017 - The Allegheny Front joins WITF (Harrisburg), WESA (Pittsburgh), and WHYY (Philadelphia) to form a regional news collaboration funded with a $652,902 grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).

    The collaboration, led by WITF, expands the StateImpact Pennsylvania reporting project to produce multimedia reports on the energy industry, the economic and environmental impacts of energy choices and the effects of energy production on the health of communities. The CPB grant will support journalists at the partner media outlets for two years, with station support continuing in outlying years.

  • • Greenhouse Gasses Directly Linked to Fossil Fuel Ind. New Study Links Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    Directly to Fossil Fuel Companies

    Sept 12, 2017 - Less than two years ago, documents surfaced showing that in the 1970s ExxonMobil knew about the damage that fossil fuel emissions were causing to the environment and how they were contributing to global warming. Just a few weeks ago, these reports surfaced again when a recent study led by Harvard researcher Naomi Oreskes showed how the global oil giant had engaged in a decades-long misinformation campaign to cover up the damage that it and other fossil fuel companies were inflicting on the planet.

  • • Wind & Floods Not the Only Prroblem With Harvey Hurricane Floods & Toxic Chemicals

    Sept. 8, 2017 - Southeast Texas has thousands of oil and chemical industrial sites, and hurricane flooding is suspected of releasing toxic chemicals. Broken sewage systems and poorly protected superfund sites also pose health risks. Living on Earth host Steve Curwood spoke with the Sierra Club’s Cyrus Reed about the limited data so far.

    Click to read the transcript.

  • • Nothing Like a Little Plastic in Your Tap Water Plastic Found in 94 %
    of US Tap Water Samples

    September 7, 2017 - Plastic is one of, if not the most useful and convenient materials we use today. You can spot it everywhere, and it's an integral part of modern life. But now the world is full of it, and the latest study reveals it's even in our drinking water.

    Click to read the
    article from PC Magazine.

  • • The Emerging Demand for “Greener” Aluminum Encouraged by Rise in
    Worldwide Sales of Aluminum

    Aug. 31, 2017 - In 2015, Ford kicked off a battle in the U.S. auto industry. The body of its iconic F-150 truck went from being made of steel to being made of aluminum. Ford touted the benefits of aluminum in its advertising. Its lighter weight shaved 700 pounds off the F-150, improving fuel efficiency, and reducing tailpipe emissions.

  • • Carbon Capture Game Changer? Potential Carbon Capture Game
    Changer Nears Completion

    August 30, 2017 - On a small lot between Houston and the Gulf Coast, in an industrial zone packed with petrochemical factories and gas pipelines, a little-known company is finalizing construction of a demonstration power plant that could represent a genuine energy breakthrough.

    Read more by clicking now.

  • • Harvey and Houston’s Polluted Superfund Sites How They Threaten
    to Contaminate Floodwaters

    August 29, 2017 - As rain poured and floodwaters inched toward his house in south Houston, Wes Highfield set out on a risky mission in his Jeep Cherokee. He drove in several directions to reach a nearby creek to collect water samples, but each time he was turned back when water washed against his floorboard.

    Click for more,
    including a very troubling 'sign.'

  • • Blackstone New Pipeline Wreaks Environmental Havoc Federal Filings Show More
    ViolationsThan Other Big Pipelines

    August 17, 2017 - In the energy business, it’s one of the biggest projects going today: construction of a 710-mile pipeline to transport natural gas from America’s most prolific shale deposit in the eastern U.S. to consumers in the Midwest and Canada. Even Blackstone Group LP has agreed to take a sizable stake.

    But it holds another, more dubious, distinction. The Energy Transfer Partners LP pipeline has racked up more environmental violations than other major interstate natural gas pipelines built in the last two years, according to a Bloomberg analysis of regulatory filings during that period. And that’s all since U.S. regulators approved the $4.2 billion project in February.

  • • Natural Gas is Not the Cleanest Fuel Energy Giants Censured for Claiming
    Natural Gas Is ‘Cleanest’ Fossil Fuel

    August 17, 2017 - A standard talking point from the fossil fuel industry and its lobbyests has been that natural gas is a cleaner alternative to conventional energy sources like coal and oil. This is at least partially responsible for many people — including former President Barack Obama and his Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz — believing that natural gas can act as a “bridge fuel” in the eventual shift from coal and oil to renewable sources of energy.

    But the truth is a lot more complicated than a talking point, something which a Dutch advertising watchdog has recognized as it takes two fossil fuel companies to task over misleading ads about natural gas being the “cleanest of all fossil fuels.”

  • • Carcinogen in Water Supply for 250 Million Americans New Report Finds 'Erin Brockovich'
    Carcinogen in Water Supply

    Aug. 15, 2017 - In 2016, an EWG report found that chromium-6—a cancer-causing compound made notorious by the film "Erin Brockovich"—contaminated the tap water supplies of 218 million Americans in all 50 states. But our just-released Tap Water Database shows the problem is even worse than that.

    Click now for the scary story.

  • • Those Dangerous Drifting Particles From PRI's Environmental News Magazine

    Aug. 11, 2017 - Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are toxic air pollutants produced by combustion linked to lung cancer and other serious health problems. They’re mostly seen as a local bad air issue, but recent findings suggest that these tiny particles travel long distances and significantly increase overall health risks.

    Click to read on,
    and listen to the L.O.E. segment.

  • • Hilcorp: Good to Work For But Big Violator As Hilcorp Plans to Drill in the Arctic,
    a Troubling Trail of Violations Surfaces

    AUG 10, 2017 - ANCHORAGE, Alaska—In the energy industry, Hilcorp has built a reputation for fast growth, big profits and making people rich. This 28-year-old Houston-based company has kept a low public profile while becoming one of the top five privately held oil and gas producers in the United States. Founder Jeffery Hildebrand has become a billionaire, rising up the ranks of the hundred richest Americans. Employees, who got six-figure bonuses for meeting output goals, rave online about their employer, which Fortune magazine has lauded as one of the 100 best companies to work for five years in a row.

    In regulatory circles, however, and among environmentalists, Hilcorp has become known for different reasons. As the company has bought up older oil and gas fields from bigger companies, a business strategy known as "acquire and exploit," it has amassed a troubling safety and environmental track record in Alaska and several other states.

  • • Budget Cuts Could Threaten Our Drinking Water Funding to Forecast Toxic Algae
    Blooms Could Be at Risk

    August 7, 2017 - Algae has become a major focus of scientific research on Lake Erie. Since 2002 toxic algal blooms — more accurately known as cyanobacteria, an ancient life form that produces chlorophyll, but can also release deadly toxins — have been plaguing the lake’s shallow western basin.

    In 2014 a massive harmful algal bloom overwhelmed the drinking water intake for the city of Toledo and sparked a nearly three-day shutdown of the city’s water system, when nearly half a million residents were warned not drink the water or even bathe in it.

    Click to see what is or
    what is not being done about
    this threatening problem.

  • • Landowners Upset Over NG Pipeline Boom Natural Gas Boom Fuels Climate
    Worries, Enrages Landowners

    Aug. 4, 2017 - New and expanded pipelines — comprising 2,500 miles of steel in all — would double the amount of gas that could flow out of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The cheap fuel will benefit consumers and manufacturers, the developers promise.

    But some scientists warn that the rush to more fully tap the rich Marcellus and Utica shales is bad for a dangerously warming planet, extending the country’s fossil-fuel habit by half a century. Industry consultants say there isn’t even enough demand in the United States for all the gas that would come from this boost in production.

  • • Wall Street Journal - The Real Fake News About Carbon WSJ Coverage of the Carbon Bubble
    — Slim, Lame, & Misleading

    Aug. 1, 2017 - Overall, the picture the WSJ provides is that the carbon bubble may have been an issue back in 2013, but it’s probably nothing to worry about and most likely just a mirage or propaganda from the “climate-change lobby.” Ah, yes, those lobbyists working on behalf of … climate change? Or maybe they are lobbyists working to maximize 350.org and Greenpeace revenue?

    In any case, the WSJ editorial board doesn’t seem particularly interested in what may be the biggest investment risk of the century.

    Click for the entire story.

  • • Largest-ever 'Dead Zone' in Gulf of Mexico Blame the Meat Industry

    Aug 1, 2017 - The global meat industry, already implicated in driving global warming and deforestation, has now been blamed for fueling what is expected to be the worst “dead zone” on record in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Toxins from manure and fertiliser pouring into waterways are exacerbating huge, harmful algal blooms that create oxygen-deprived stretches of the gulf, the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, according to a new report by Mighty, an environmental group chaired by former congressman Henry Waxman.

  • • Fast Food is Not Your Friend Fast-food Wrappers are Full of Chemicals

    July 31, 2017- When you make the conscious decision to eat fast food, you know you're choosing to eat food with ingredients you normally wouldn't want to consume. You may not realize, though, that the packaging may be adding unwanted things to your food, too.

    In order to keep the water, oil and other liquids that can soak through food packaging at bay, synthetic chemicals that resist heat and grease are added to the wrappers and boxes. But these chemicals, known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), can leak into food, a new study shows. And they have been found in almost every American who has been tested for them, as well as in animals like polar bears, which should never get near fast food or its packaging, a previous study showed.

  • • The Blue Greenway - A Better Way to Fix Toxic Sites Cleaning Up Toxic Sites
    Shouldn’t Clear Out the Neighbors

    July 28, 2017 - San Francisco has embarked on a project to transform its industrial southeast waterfront into a bike-friendly destination called the Blue Greenway. When completed, the Blue Greenway will be a 13-mile network of parks, bike lanes and trails along the southeastern edge of the city.

    Read all about it by clicking here.

  • • Clean Up the Mining Industry Why We Need to Clean Up Mining if
    We Want a Renewable Energy Economy

    July 27, 2017 - A massive open-pit copper mine might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about solar power.

    But the construction of photovoltaic panels actually requires a wide range of metals and minerals to build. Nineteen, to be exact, including silica, indium, silver, selenium and lead. Most can be found or produced in Canada.

    And as demand for solar panels continues to rapidly increase in coming years — up to a 17-fold global increase between 2015 and 2050, according to the International Energy Agency — significant quantities of these metals and minerals will be required.

  • • Like a little Glyphosate With That Ice Cream? Traces of Controversial Herbicide
    Found in Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream

    July 25, 2017 - A growing number of foods commonly found in kitchens across America have tested positive for glyphosate, the herbicide that is the main ingredient in the popular consumer pesticide Roundup, which is widely used in agriculture. But few brands on that list are as startling as the latest: Ben & Jerry’s, the Vermont ice cream company known for its family-friendly image and environmental advocacy.

    Click to see why you should think twice
    before ordering a Ben & Jerry's.

  • • Cleaning Up the Ohio River A Bold New Vision For Restoring
    America’s Most Polluted River

    July 21, 2017 - In many ways, the Ohio River is an unsung resource for the region it serves. The Ohio’s near-thousand-mile course flows through Pennsylvania and five other states before emptying into the Mississippi.

    It’s a source of drinking water for more than five million people. But its long legacy as a “working river” has also made it the most polluted in the country. Today, many cities and towns along the Ohio are rethinking their relationship to the river—and weighing how a large-scale restoration effort could be critical to the region’s future. But just how do we get there?

    Click now and see
    some possible solutions.

  • • Organic Labeling Needs Better Enforcement Ferreting Out the Fraudulent Few,While
    Demanding Higher Standards & Enforcement

    July 18, 2017 - A recent series of articles by a Washington Post reporter could have some consumers questioning the value of the USDA organic seal. But are a few bad eggs representative of an entire industry?

    Consumers are all for cracking down on the fraudulent few who, with the help of Big Food, big retail chains and questionable certifiers give organics a bad name. But they also want stronger standards, and better enforcement—not a plan to weaken standards to accommodate "Factory Farm Organic."

  • • Chester PA, Pipeline Damages Drinking Water Sunoco Halts Drilling Where Pipeline
    Construction Damaged Drinking Water

    July 14, 2017 - Sunoco has agreed to halt drilling operations related to the Mariner East 2 pipeline construction in Chester County where several dozen residents have been without water for the past week. Aquifer intrusion by horizontal directional drilling is to blame.

    The West Whiteland Township residents who rely on private drinking water wells have experienced cloudy water or loss of water completely. More than 100 community members gathered at the West Whiteland Township building on Thursday night to discuss the situation with both township and Sunoco officials.

  • • Can the EPA Make a Case to Repeal Clean Water Rule? Do His Arguments Hold Water?

    July 10, 2017 - As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt unsuccessfully sued to kill the rule, which he has called “the greatest blow to private property rights the modern era has seen.”

    Now he is seeking to accomplish by administrative fiat what he failed to achieve in court. However, he faces a stiff challenge from supporters of the rule, and the courts may not buy his arguments for wiping a rule off the books.

  • • Steelmaker, Employer and Polluter Not All Things Go Better With Clairton Coke

    July 14, 20167 People who live in and around Clairton, about 15 miles south of Pittsburgh, are suing US Steel, claiming air pollution from its Clairton Coke Works has lowered property values. The Allegheny Front’s Julie Grant visited Clairton to understand how this source of good jobs could also be the cause of health and environmental problems.

  • • Warning About Antimicrobial Triclosan Warning About Antimicrobial Triclosan
    It's a Mouthful, But Not the One You Want

    July 14, 2017 - Two hundred scientists and health professionals signed a statement calling for more caution in using triclosan and triclocarbon. These common antibacterials are in thousands of products from building materials to toothpaste, and impact hormonal systems in animals.

  • • What's Wrong Wth Deep Injection Wells? Deep Injection Wells Would
    Waste Water And Money

    July 12, 2017 - “Don’t waste water.” That message has been hammered into our heads since we were children. Yet, to our dismay, a few weeks ago, without public notice, Governor Scott’s hand-picked board members at the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) decided to go it alone on a plan to dispose of billions of gallons of untreated freshwater permanently by pumping it deep into the earth - water needed for the Everglades, Florida Bay and our drinking water supply.

  • • Microsoft's A.I. For Earrh Microsoft Will Offer Its A.I. Smarts
    to Benefit the Environment

    July 12, 2017 - Microsoft just announced a new initiative called AI for Earth. Headed by Microsoft's chief environmental scientist Lucas Joppa, the program will help researchers and organizations use AI to solve the major environmental issues we face today. Leaders of projects focusing on water, agriculture, biodiversity and climate change can apply for access to Microsoft's cloud and AI computing resources and it's putting down $2 million towards the initiative this year.

  • • Particle Pollution and Premature Death Tiny Particles of Pollution Increase the Risk
    of Premature Death In Older Americans

    July 7, 2017 - LLong-term exposure to certain kinds of air pollution increases the risk of premature death in Americans over 65 years old. That finding holds true even at levels of air pollution below national standards. That’s according to a study in The New England Journal of Medicine from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Francesca Dominici is the study’s principal investigator, and a professor of biostatistics at Harvard.

  • • Ask Not What Your Septic System is Doing to You Septic Systems Are a Major Source of Emerging
    Contaminants In Drinking Water

    June 27, 2017 - A new analysis shows that septic systems in the United States routinely discharge pharmaceuticals, consumer product chemicals, and other potentially hazardous chemicals into the environment.

    The study, published June 15 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, is the most comprehensive assessment to date of septic systems as important sources of emerging contaminants, raising health concerns since many of these chemicals, once discharged, end up in groundwater and drinking water supplies.

  • • Looks Like California's Heading for the Last Roundup™ California to Officially List
    Key Ingredient in Monsanto's
    Roundup as Cancer-Causing

    June 26, 2017 - Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's widely used herbicide Roundup, will be added July 7 to California's list of chemicals known to the state to cause cancer, according to a Reuters report Tuesday. This news comes after the company's unsuccessful attempt to block the listing in trial court and requests for stay were denied by a state appellate court and California's Supreme Court.

  • • Suprise! Exxon Mobil Supports a Carbon Tax Proposal Exxon Mobil Lends Its Support
    to a Carbon Tax Proposal

    June 20, 2017 - Exxon Mobil, other oil companies and a number of other corporate giants will announce on Tuesday that they are supporting a plan to tax carbon emissions that was put forth this year by a group of Republican elder statesmen.

  • • Cesella Waste Systems Sued by Environmental Group Casella Waste Systems Sued Over
    Contaminated Drinking Wells and Toxic
    Pollution from a Leaking Landfill

    June 9, 2017 - Toxics Action Center and Environment Massachusetts announced today that they have filed a lawsuit in the federal court in Worcester against Casella Waste Systems, Southbridge Recycling & Disposal Park, and the Town of Southbridge over the release of toxic pollutants from the Southbridge Landfill that have contaminated drinking water wells and a nearby stream and wetlands.

    Click now foe the whole story.

  • • Annual CO2 Levels Jumps - Again 2nd Biggest Jump in Annual
    CO2 Levels Reported as Trump
    Leaves Paris Climate Agreement

    June 1, 2017 - As President Donald Trump prepared to pull the United States out of the global Paris climate agreement this week, scientists at NOAA reported that 2016 had recorded the second-biggest jump in atmospheric carbon dioxide on record.

  • • Virus Infection May be Linked to Toledo Water Crisis UT Study Shows Virus Infection May
    be Linked to Toledo Water Crisis

    May 31, 2017- In August 2014, toxins from algal blooms in Lake Erie shut down the city of Toledo, Ohio’s water supply, leaving half a million residents without potable water for more than two days. A new study co-authored by UT researchers shows that a virus may have been involved in the crisis and suggests methods for more stringent monitoring of water supplies.

  • • What is the Real Price of Fossil Fuels? An Economist Wants the Truth on
    Fossil Fuel’s Real Costs

    May 30, 2017 - A leading economist says the world should reject lies about carbon emissions, pricing them to show the real cost of fossil fuel.

    In forthright language seldom heard in international climate policy negotiations, a renowned German economist says it is time for the world to accept the truth about the real cost of fossil fuel, and to reject the lie that coal, oil and gas cost society nothing.

  • • Shark Die-Off in San Francisco BayMysterious Shark Killer
    (Partially) Identified

    May 16, 2017 - Mark Okihiro is a California Department of Fish and Wildlife senior fish pathologist whose day job is to assess disease in white seabass hatcheries. But lately he has become, in his spare time, a leading expert on what causes sharks to die where people can find them.

    In the last few years Okihiro has examined the corpses of stranded mako, thresher, great white, leopard, and salmon sharks, and he led a state investigation into a mass die-off in San Francisco Bay in 2011 that he thinks may have involved thousands of leopard sharks and bat rays.

    • • Major Pipeline Blocked After Environmental Damage U.S. Blocks Major Pipeline After
      18 Leaks And a 2 Million
      Gallon Spill Of Drilling Mud

      May 10, 2017 - The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has curtailed work on a natural-gas pipeline in Ohio after the owner, Energy Transfer Partnersb>, reported 18 leaks and spilled more than 2 million gallons of drilling materials. .

    • • Senate Makes a Surpising Good Move on MethaneSenate Unexpectedly Rejects
      Bid to Repeal A Key
      Obama-Era Environmental Regulation

      May 10, 2017 - The Senate narrowly blocked a resolution to repeal an Obama-era rule restricting methane emissions from drilling operations on public lands — with three Republicans joining every Democrat to preserve the rule. .

    • • Flint Residents Recent Attacks Outrage After Flint
      Sends Foreclosure Warnings
      Over Tainted-Water Bills

      May 4, 2017 - Thousands of Flint, Mich., residents have been warned that they could lose their homes if they don’t pay outstanding water bills — even as the city has just begun replacing lead-tainted pipes after a contamination crisis linked to a dozen deaths. .

    • • New California Cap'n Trade Program California Proposes Ambitious
      New Cap-and-Trade Program

      May 1, 2017 -A California state senator will introduce legislation that would replace the state’s troubled cap-and-trade program, and eventually establish one of the highest prices for carbon dioxide in the world.

      Around 90% of the revenue from the program, which would raise several $billion annually and climb steadily over time, would go back to California citizens in the form of a "climate dividend rebate."

    • • Lead Safety Budget Cuts - Are you Kidding, EPA?Trump’s EPA Moves to
      Dismantle Programs That
      Protect Kids from Lead Paint

      Apr. 21, 2017 -Childhood lead poisoning remains a great threat to young children, and even low levels can stunt development and increase the risk of delinquency and crime later in life. State, local, and federal programs aim to reduce lead exposure, but the Trump Administration proposes to cut funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead programs and leave the task to the states. Living on Earth’s Jenni Doering reports.

    • • Why Coral Reefs Mean So Much to Life Forms As Coral Reefs Die, Huge
      Swaths of The Seafloor are
      Deteriorating Along with Them

      Apr. 20, 2017 - U.S. government scientists have found a dramatic impact from the continuing decline of coral reefs: The seafloor around them is eroding and sinking, deepening coastal waters and exposing nearby communities to damaging waves that reefs used to weaken.

      The new study, conducted by researchers with the U.S. Geological Survey, examined reefs in Hawaii, the Florida Keys and the U.S. Virgin Islands, finding seafloor drops in all three locations. Near Maui, where the largest changes were observed, the researchers found that the sea floor had lost so much sand that, by volume, it would be the equivalent of 81 Empire State Buildings.

    • • A Sound Idea for a Clothes DryerDryer Blasts Water Out
      of Fabric with Sound Waves

      Apr 19, 2017 - Forget heat—drying laundry is about cranking up the volume. At least, that\’s how it goes in a lab at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where researchers have built an ultrasonic clothes dryer that uses far less energy than conventional devices.

    • • Tinker With the Environment to Fight Climate Change? Is It Ok to Tinker With the
      Environment to Fight Climate Change?

      April 18, 2017 - For the past few years, the Harvard professor David Keith has been sketching this vision: Ten Gulfstream jets, outfitted with special engines that allow them to fly safely around the stratosphere at an altitude of 70,000 feet, take off from a runway near the Equator.

      Their cargo includes thousands of pounds of a chemical compound — liquid sulfur, let’s suppose — that can be sprayed as a gas from the aircraft. It is not a one-time event; the flights take place throughout the year, dispersing a load that amounts to 25,000 tons.

      If things go right, the gas converts to an aerosol of particles that remain aloft and scatter sunlight for two years. The payoff? A slowing of the earth’s warming — for as long as the Gulfstream flights continue.

    • • New Drilling Threats to Alaska Eco Systems Alaska Senators Introduce Bill
      to Expand Offshore Oil Drilling
      in Arctic Ocean and Cook Inlet

      Apr. 18, 2017 - Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, both Republicans from Alaska, have introduced legislation to expand oil and gas drilling in the Arctic Ocean and Cook Inlet, putting fragile ecosystems and endangered wildlife at risk.

      In December, President Obama permanently protected large areas of U.S. waters in the Arctic from oil and gas drilling. The new bill—Senate Bill 883—would effectively cancel these protections and force the Department of the Interior to quickly approve new oil and gas leasing.

    • • Hybrid-Gas Battery System California Utility Launches
      First Hybrid Power Systems

      Apr. 17, 2017 - A California utility has launched unique systems combining a hybrid battery and gas turbine to produce and store electricity for use during hot summer months and other times when power demand soars.

    • • EPA Decides Not to Ban a Risky PesticideEPA Decides Not To
      Ban A Pesticide, Despite
      Its Own Evidence Of Risk

      Mar. 29, 2017 - The EPA says it's reversing course and keeping chlorpyrifos on the market.

      That's despite the agency's earlier conclusion, reached during the Obama administration, that this pesticide could pose risks to consumers. It's a signal that toxic chemicals will face less restrictive regulation by the Trump administration.

    • • Important New Role For the Google Street View Car Google Street View Cars
      Just Got a New Job — Spotting
      Harmful Methane Leaks in Big Cities

      Mar. 22, 2017 - A new partnership among scientists, environmentalists and technology experts is helping to reveal leaks in urban natural gas pipelines. And they’re hoping their efforts could help cities cut down on accidental emissions of methane, one of the world’s most potent greenhouse gases.

    • • Produce Hydrogen While Capturing CO2Four-stroke Engine
      Cycle Produces Hydrogen
      From Methane, Captures CO2

      Feb. 16, 2017 - Georgia Institute of Technology
      When is an internal combustion engine not an internal combustion engine? When it's been transformed into a modular reforming reactor that could make hydrogen available to power fuel cells wherever there's a natural gas supply available.

    • • Cap & Trade Could Reduce CO2 At Lower Costs Oregon DEQ Says
      Cap and Trade Could Reduce Carbon
      Emissions At Lower Costs

      Feb. 15, 2017 -Reducing carbon emissions in Oregon could be achieved through an approach known as “Cap and Trade” with little impact on the state’s overall economy, according to a study by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality.

      The story shows how C&T could be right for you.

    • • Willamette Waters Unsafe - Thank you, Salem Salem Dumped 57
      Million Gallons Of Sewage
      Into Area Waterway

      Feb. 9, 2017-Nearly 57 million gallons of diluted raw sewage flowed into the Willamette River and area streams after heavy rains overwhelmed Salem’s sewage treatment system Sunday.

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    • • Unhealthy Fast food: It's Not Just the Food Dangers Behind Fast Food Packaging

      Feb. 8, 2017 - Most of us know that eating fast food is bad for you. It’s greasy, fatty, high in sodium and the calorie count is obscene. Now comes news that even the packaging that food comes in might be dangerous to your health.

      Read the story to see why your next meal should not be coming from most of the fast-food chains.

    • • Diesel Trains May Expose Passengers To Exhaust FumesUniversity of Toronto Scientist:
      Diesel Trains May Expose
      Passengers To Exhaust

      Feb. 8, 2017-A new U of T study finds that diesel trains may expose passengers to elevated levels of certain pollutants, especially if they are sitting directly behind the locomotive.

    • • House GOP Making Methane Pollution Great Again House Republicans Move to
      Make Methane Pollution Great Again

      Feb. 6, 2017 -Congressional Republicans are attempting to quickly dismantle former President Barack Obama’s environmental regulations to combat climate change.

      On Friday, the House voted 221-191 to overturn an Interior Department rule that aims to limit “fugitive” methane emissions from oil and gas drilling operations on public lands. The natural gas is wasted through leaks, intentional venting, or burning off the gas — a process known as flaring.

    • • Oil Drilling in National Parks? This Lawmaker Wants
      to Ease Rules on
      Drilling in National Parks

      Feb. 1, 2017 -It’s safe to say that Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) is no friend of environmentalists. He boycotted Pope Francis’s speech to Congress in 2015 because the pontiff addressed climate change. He received a score of 3 percent that year from the League of Conservation Voters, significantly below the House average of 41%.

    • • Dupont Pays the Price for Mercury Pollution DuPont to Pay Largest
      Settlement in Virginia
      History for Mercury Pollution

      Jan. 17, 2017,-Dupont Co. will pay Virginia $50 million to clean up decades of mercury pollution. It would be the largest natural resource settlement in the state’s history and the eighth largest in the nation.

      The settlement, the largest of its kind in Virginia history, is the culmination of a coordinated effort by countless partners at both the state and federal level.

    • • What is the Real Footprint of Methane Effect of Methane On Climate Change Could
      Be 25% Greater than We Thought

      Jan. 10, 2017 - Methane emissions caused by human activity may have a bigger impact on global warming than previously thought, scientists have found.

      Read the not-so-surprising news by clicking now.

    • • Big Toilet Tech AdvanceA Cheap, Waterless
      Toilet that Turns Waste
      into Clean Water and Power

      Jan. 1, 2016 -A cheap, easy to maintain, ”green” toilet that uses no water and turns human waste into electricity and clean water will possibly be tested in Ghana.

    • • Drill, Baby, Drill - Burn, Baby, Burn Gas Flaring Saves
      Money for Big Oil,
      but Hurts the Environment

      Dec. 29, 2016 -Gas flaring figures are an indictment of the global oil and gas industry. In 2015, 147 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas was flared at oil production sites around the world – up from 145bcm in 2014 and 141bcm in 2013.

      You’re entitled to flare up after reading this article.

    • • More Officials Charged in Flint Water ScandalFour More Officials Charged
      with Felonies in Flint Water Crisis

      Dec. 22, 2016 - Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed another round of criminal charges Tuesday in the ongoing water crisis in Flint, the latest action in a nearly year-long investigation to hold accountable those responsible for a disaster that exposed thousands of children to dangerously high lead levels.

    • • Bad Air - Bear Market?Bad Air & the Market

      Dec. 26, 2016 -High levels of fine particulate air pollution can lower the stock market, a team at Columbia University has found. Team leader Matthew Niedell, an associate professor at Columbia University, discusses the findings with Living on Earth's Host Steve Curwood.

    • • Much Oil Drilling Banned In Atlantic and Arctic Oceans Obama Bans Oil
      Drilling In Areas of Atlantic
      and Arctic Oceans

      Dec. 20, 2016, - President Obama moved to solidify his environmental legacy by withdrawing hundreds of millions of acres of federally owned land in the Arctic and Atlantic Ocean from new offshore oil and gas drilling.

      He used a little-known law called the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to protect large portions of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas in the Arctic and a string of canyons in the Atlantic stretching from Massachusetts to Virginia.

    • • Mosaic’s Mining Threatens Water Quality Mosaic's Mining Threatens Manatee
      County, Florida Water Quality

      Dec. 13, 2016 - The Bradenton Herald’s editorial on the recent “Florida 1070” study emphasized the risks of water shortages on the horizon when our population is expected to increase by 15 million residents.

      Avoiding sprawl and conserving land are essential to water conservation. Pollution of our lakes and coasts kills aquatic life and discourages tourism. Weakened state environmental policies fail to protect our waterways.

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    • • You Killed Geese, You Dirty Copper Hordes of Geese Die
      on a Toxic Lake in Montana

      Dec. 12, 2016 - The recent death of thousands of snow geese on a toxic artificial lake here high in the Rocky Mountains once again underscored the devastating environmental legacy of more than a century’s worth of copper mining.

    • • Flame Retardant Pollution Harming Great Lakes Flame Retardant Pollution
      Harming the Great Lakes

      Dec. 12, 2016,- The International Joint Commission (IJC) has urged the Canadian and American governments to take action on toxic flame retardants accumulating in the Great Lakes basin.

      In a report published in November, the IJC stated that levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) have reached a point that could be harmful to human health. Levels are highest in Lakes Erie and Huron, but are found everywhere.

    • • The Northwest Forest PlanUnpacking The Science Behind
      The Northwest Forest Plan

      Dec. 6, 2016 - The plan covers 24 million acres of public land run by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management. It went into effect in 1994.

    • • Portland Water Authorities: Get the Lead Out Portland Water Bureau
      Takes Immediate Steps To
      Reduce Lead In Drinking Water

      Dec. 3, 2016- The Portland Water Bureau is taking immediate steps to reduce the amount of lead in the water at taps across the Portland metro area. The move comes after a routine check of at-risk homes found too much lead in the water this fall, and state regulators ordered the Water Bureau to take immediate action.

    • • Microsoft Zero-Waste Campus Microsoft Touts
      'Zero Waste' Campus

      Nov. 28, 2016 - Microsoft's Redmond, Wash. campus has 33 cafes, 32 espresso cafes, and more than 500 kitchenettes. With all those dining food and drink options and 44,000 employees on campus, one might assume that Microsoft is sending huge amounts of waste to landfills. Not so.

    • • Obama Halted Arctic Oil Leases -Sorry, Donald Obama Halts Arctic
      Oil Leases and Undoing It
      Won't Be Simple for Trump

      Nov. 18, 2016- By writing a five-year plan with no leases for oil drilling in the Alaskan Arctic, President Obama—and market forces—provide roadblocks for Trump to change.

      The story includes a map.

    • • GOP Victory Reverses Energy / Environmental PrioritiesRepublican Victory Reverses Energy
      and Environmental Priorities

      Nov. 9, 2016- Donald Trump will enter the White House with an environmental policy agenda opposed to that of the Obama administration and many other nations that have pledged support to the Paris climate agreement. The Washington Post breaks down what a Trump presidency will mean when it comes to climate change.

    • • Tasty Insects Can Benefit the Planet - ummm! Tasty Insects Benefit the
      Poor and the Climate

      Oct. 13, 2016 - New research shows how nutrient-rich insects can make a big contribution to diet in poor countries – and help in the fight against climate change.

      Don't knock it if you haven't tried it, and read the story from a bird’s eye view.

    • • Less Grass = Less Gas Scientists Creating Super
      Grass to Cut Methane
      Emissions From Cows

      Oct. 13, 2016 - Danish scientists are developing a grass that will cut down how often cows burp and pass gas — reducing the amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, they release into the atmosphere.

    • • Blame it on the Cows While Global Methane Emissions Are Up,
      Study Says Fossil Fuels
      Are Not The Culprit

      Oct. 12, 2016, -Washington State University researchers say the world\'s reservoirs are an underappreciated source of greenhouse gases, producing the equivalent of roughly 1 gigaton of carbon dioxide a year, or 1.3 percent of all greenhouse gases produced by humanst

    • • Reservoirs: Not the Environment's Friend Reservoirs Play Substantial
      Role in Global Warming

      Sept. 30, 2016, -Washington State University researchers say the world\'s reservoirs are an underappreciated source of greenhouse gases, producing the equivalent of roughly 1 gigaton of carbon dioxide a year, or 1.3 percent of all greenhouse gases produced by humans.

    • • Wildlife Refuges Hampered by a Lack of Staff Report: Staff Shortages
      Hamper US Wildlife Refuges

      Sept. 21, 2016, -Hundreds of national wildlife refuges that provide critical habitat for migratory birds and other species are crippled by a staffing shortage that has curtailed educational programs, hampered the fight against invasive species and weakened security at facilities that attract nearly 50 million visitors annually, said a group of public employees and law enforcement.

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  • • Flights Suspended Due to Bad Air The Air is So Bad Over New Delhi
    that U.A. is Suspending Flights

    Nov. 11, 2017 - Citing New Delhi's lingering problem with severe air pollution, United Airlines said this week it would suspend flights to the Indian city for two days.

    The airline announced its decision on Friday, days after the air quality in New Delhi was rated hazardous, saying it would cancel flights from Newark, N.J., set to arrive on Saturday and Sunday, the Business Standard reported.

    For more of this story, click to
    read what else New Delhi has to worry about.

  • • EU Says 'NO' to MON-SAN-TO EU Fails to Agree on
    Glyphosate License Renewal

    Nov. 9, 2017 - The proposal to renew the EU license for glyphosate for another five years failed to a reach a qualified majority, meaning a decision has again been postponed, according to lawmakers. The current license is due to expire on December 15, but there is an 18 month grace period.

    Click to read more from
    the Organic Consumers Assoc.

  • • Tackling Carbon Emissions - the Icelandic Way A “Negative Emissions” Plant That
    Sucks In CO2 and Turns It Into Stone

    Oct. 13, 2017 - In a world first, a plant has managed to truly reduce our CO2 emissions by sucking it out of the air and injecting it into the ground.

    It helps if you have geothermal energy in abundance.

    Befre you jump for joy,
    click to read the whole story.

  • • China Looks at Plans to Ban Petrol and Diesel Cars Maybe They Didn't Create the
    Climate Change Hoax After All

    September 10, 2017 - The country's vice minister of industry said it had started "relevant research" but that it had not yet decided when the ban would come into force.

    "Those measures will certainly bring profound changes for our car industry's development," Xin Guobin told Xinhua, China's official news agency.

    China made 28 million cars last year, almost a third of the global total.

    Click to read the
    article from the BBC.

  • • Bolivan Hydro Can Produce Power and Clean Water 120-MW Misicuni Hydro Reduces
    Thermoelectric Output - and More

    Sept. 8, 2017 - Ende (the National Electricity Company S.A.) developed the hydro project, now the “largest hydroelectric power plant in the country,” at a cost of US$142 million. The powerhouse contains three 40-MW Pelton turbine-generator units and will be operated by Corani, a subsidiary of Ende.The project is in the Misicuni River basin in El Paso, Quillacollo municipality, Cochabamba province.

    The Inter-American Development Bank contributed funding for this project, along with the General Treasure of the Nation and Ende. Ende says it took about half a century to complete the development of Misicuni.

  • • Nothing Like a Little Plastic in Your Tap Water Plastic Found in 94 %
    of US Tap Water Samples

    September 7, 2017 - Plastic is one of, if not the most useful and convenient materials we use today. You can spot it everywhere, and it's an integral part of modern life. But now the world is full of it, and the latest study reveals it's even in our drinking water.

    Click to read the
    article from PC Magazine.

  • • Renewables Threatened in South Africa Nuclear and Coal Lobbies Are the Cause

    August 17, 2017 - South Arica’s state utility Eskom is undermining the development of renewable energy in South Africa, writes Professor Hartmut Winkler of the University of Johannesburg. According to Winkler, the country’s coal and nuclear lobbies are behind the opposition to renewables. The struggle is part of a wider political confrontation over control of key parts of the South African economy.

    Click to read the
    article from The Converation.

  • • The "Gifts" Bestowed by Air Pollution Air Pollution Linked to
    Stress, Heart Disease

    Aug. 15, 2017 - A new study reveals new details about the effects of air pollution on the human body. The study, out of China, finds that air pollution from industrial sources increases levels of five different stress hormones: cortisol, cortisone, epinephrine and norepinephrine.

    It also caused negative metabolic changes, including increases in blood sugar, amino acids, fatty acids and lipids. All of these effects were lessened by air purification systems. The study used conditions of 53 micrograms of particulate matter per cubic meter of air, well above levels in the U.S. but typical of pollution levels in some other parts of the world.

  • • Monsanto Confesses Untested Roundup Herbicide
    Could Cause Cancer

    August 9, 2017 - In secret internal Monsanto documents released last week by legal firms in the U.S. it was revealed how Monsanto scientists admitted that they were aware of the possible carcinogenic and genotoxic risk posed by their number one product, the glyphosate-based herbicide – Roundup.

  • • The Ecomomic Payoffs of Carbon Neutrality Copenhagen, Striving To Be Carbon
    Neutral: The Economic Payoffs

    July 31, 2017 - Copenhagen, Denmark—By focusing on reducing carbon emissions and becoming more sustainable, can cities enhance their citizens’ health, well-being, and comfort, while improving their economies? City officials in Copenhagen have no doubts.

    The city is rapidly moving toward meeting the goal of its 2025 Climate Plan to become the world’s first carbon-neutral city by 2025, reducing or offsetting all carbon emissions. As it does so, officials are confirming the same policies that protect the climate also improve the capital city’s economy and global competitiveness.

  • • Liquid Natural Gas Dead in British Columbia Pacific NorthWest LNG is Dead:
    5 Things You Need to Know

    July 27, 2017 - Malaysia’s Petronas has cancelled plans to build the Pacific NorthWest LNG plant on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, B.C., in a move seen as a major setback for B.C.’s LNG dreams and as a major win for those concerned about climate change and salmon habitat.

    The project would have involved increased natural gas production in B.C.’s Montney Basin, a new 900-kilometre pipeline and the export terminal itself.

  • • The Indestructable Legacy of Plastics Plastics Leave Permanent Indestructible Legacy

    July 24, 2017 - Timber rots, cement crumbles, metal corrodes: plastics are there for ever. By 2050 there could be 12 billion tonnes in the world’s landfills.

    US scientists have calculated yet another item on the human shopping list that makes up the modern world: plastics. They have estimated the mass of all the plastic bottles, bags, cups, toys, instruments and fabrics ever produced and tracked its whereabouts, as yet another index of the phenomenal change to the face of the planet made by recent human advance.

  • • CO2 -Cut it Now or Pay Later Sucking Up CO2 Will
    Cost Hundreds of Trillions

    July 19, 2017 - Unless we start cutting carbon dioxide emissions soon, it’s going to cost today’s young people as much as $535 trillion to clean up the atmosphere by 2100, according to a study published on Tuesday evening. By way of context, that’s around seven times the size of the entire global economy.

    In contrast, if the world starts reducing emissions 6 percent a year by 2021, it will only cost $8 to $18.5 trillion to extract enough carbon dioxide to avoid the worst dangers of climate change, or $100 billion per year on the low end.

  • • Plastic Pollution in the Antarctic Worse Than Expected Plastic Pollution in the
    Antarctic Worse Than Expected

    June 19, 2017 - The continent is considered to be a pristine wilderness compared to other regions and was thought to be relatively free from plastic pollution.

    However new findings by scientists from University of Hull and British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have revealed that recorded levels of microplastics are five times higher than you would expect to find from local sources such as research stations and ships.

  • • Tropical Roads - a Double-Edge Sword Roads Are a Double-Edged Sword
    That Can Both Help and Harm.

    June 13, 2017 - New roads can be treacherous — even fatal — for wildlife, native forests, and the global environment.

    That’s why my team at the Centre for Tropical Environmental Sustainability and Science, where we’re studying the impact of roads on wildlife and ecosystems, put together these two short videos.

    For the story and
    the two videos, click now.

  • • Killing the Diesel Engine Europe Is Serious About
    Killing Off Diesel Cars

    Apr. 4, 2017 -While diesel cars aren’t particularly prevalent in the U.S., they’re prized for their fuel efficiency in Europe, where pump prices are far higher.

    But even though they sip fuel, they also produce far large quantities of soot and nitrogen oxides compared to gasoline-powered engines.

    In fact, they’re a major contributor to the declining air quality around the globe that kills over three million people each year (Thanks, Volkswagen).

  • • Now There's Programmable CementProgrammable Cement
    for Greener Concrete

    Dec.15 2016 - The process, described in a paper in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, turns particles from disordered clumps into regimented cubes, spheres and other forms that combine to make the material less porous and more durable.

    Understand that cement now contributes to 10% of the world's CO2 emissions.

  • • Nitrous Oxide Found From Northern Peatands Thaw High Release of Strong Greenhouse
    Gas Nitrous Oxide Found From Finish
    Peatlands at Permafrost Thaw

    May 31, 2017 -Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland revealed that permafrost thaw may greatly increase emissions of nitrous oxide (N2O) from northern permafrost peatlands. Nitrous oxide is a strong greenhouse gas: 300 times more powerful per unit mass in warming the climate than CO2.

    It is known that thawing of permafrost may enhance climate warming by releasing the vast carbon stocks locked in Arctic soils as the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4).

  • • The World's Most Toxic Town The World's Most Toxic Town: the Terrible
    Legacy Of Zambia's Lead Mines

    May 28, 2017 -

  • • Palm Oil is Making Borneo VanishVanishing Borneo: Saving One
    of the World’s Last Great Places

    May 28, 2017 - Almost a century of lead mining and smelting has poisoned generations of children in the Copperbelt town of Kabwe in Zambia

    Click for the article and some distrubing photos.

    • • The Face Of Famine & Hunger The Face Of Famine and Hunger
      Brought on by War and Drought

      May 23, 2017- Across Africa and in parts of the southern Arabian Peninsula a massive hunger crisis is threatening the lives of 30 million people. Some of them in an area of South Sudan have already endured famine conditions.

      The scale of this disaster is shocking. But numbers have a way of numbing us. They can be too massive to personalize—until you listen to the stark words of a father unable to earn enough to feed his family or hear the anguish of a mother too hungry herself to produce milk for her newborn. With stories, statistics hit home.

      Click to watch what might be
      a painful photo essay.

    • • Aluminum Batteries Get the Lead OutAluminum Set to Make a
      Charge on Battery Technology

      May 16, 2017 - Rapid charge, long life batteries made from low-cost and abundant aluminum are set to emerge from research led by Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI).

      Unveiled at the recent All Energy event in Glasgow, aluminum ion batteries could displace the lead-acid batteries commonly found in automotive applications in just two years.

    • • Another Coral Reef in TroubleChagos Archipelago Reef
      Found to Have Been Devasted

      May 16, 2017 - As concerns grow over the condition of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, which has endured widespread coral bleaching in the past several years, scientists are finding similar damage on reefs all over the world, including in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

      Now, a recent expedition to the Chagos Archipelago, a collection of at least 60 small islands in the Indian Ocean, has revealed devastating coral bleaching and coral death there, too.

    • • Glacier Retreat Caused by River “Piracy”River Piracy & Drainage
      Basin Reorganization Led By
      Climate-Driven Glacier Retreat

      Apr. 17, 2017 - River piracy—the diversion of the headwaters of one stream into another one—can dramatically change the routing of water and sediment, with a profound effect on landscape evolution. Stream piracy has been investigated in glacial environments, but so far it has mainly been studied over Quaternary or longer timescales.

      Here we document how retreat of Kaskawulsh Glacier—one of Canada’s largest glaciers—abruptly and radically altered the regional drainage pattern in spring 2016.

    • • Pulling Water Out of Thin Air How to Pull Water Out
      of Thin Air, Even in the
      Driest Parts of the Globe

      Apr 13, 2017 - Scientists have developed a device that can suck water out of desert skies, powered by sunlight alone. They hope that a version of the technology could eventually supply clean drinking water in some of the driest and poorest parts of the globe.

      The device is based on a novel material that can pull large amounts of water into its many pores. According to a study published in the journal Science on Thursday, a kilogram of the material can capture several liters of water each day in humidity levels as low as 20 percent, typical of arid regions.

    • • Methane Gas Leaks into Canadian Arctic Methane Seeps in
      the Canadian High Arctic

      Apr. 13, 2017 - Cretaceous climate warming led to a significant methane release from the seafloor, indicating potential for similar destabilization of gas hydrates under modern global warming. A field campaign on the remote Ellef Ringnes Island, Canadian High Arctic, discovered an astounding number of methane seep mounds in Cretaceous age sediments.

    • • Canada’s Clean Energy Race Canada Firm Uses Salt,
      Tesla and Flywheels
      in Clean Energy Race

      Mar. 23, 2017 - Canadian firm is hoping to cash in on the burgeoning market for electricity storage — no matter which technology breaks out first.

      NRStor Inc is positioning itself to be the go-to distributor, developer and operator of lithium-ion batteries, magnetically-levitated flywheels and other technologies seeking to solve the age-old question of how to save electricity for later use. The Toronto-based company is the only distributor of Tesla’s Powerwall residential battery in Canada and is working to turn a giant salt cavern into a compressed air energy storage system.

    • • Can the Great Barrier Reef be Saved? Only Swift Climate Action Can
      Save The Great Barrier Reef

      Mar. 15, 2017 - Last year the Great Barrier Reef — the largest coral structure on Earth — saw unprecedented bleaching due to extremely warm ocean temperatures. In major parts of the remote northern sector of the reef, two-thirds of the corals ultimately died.

      This was the reef’s third and worst severe bleaching event — prior events occurred in 1998 and 2002. But now, scientists say, yet another event is unfolding that is also quite severe, meaning that the reef is experiencing its first back-to-back bleaching in two successive years.

    • • High Levels Of Toxic Pollution In Mariana Trench Mariana Trench Contains
      'Extraordinary' Levels
      Of Toxic Pollution

      Feb. 15, 2017 -We might assume that the ocean's deepest points have remained largely untouched by humanity, especially given that such depths range from 26,000 to 36,000 feet under the surface. But a new study published in Nature Ecology & Evolution finds that these alien environments are shockingly rich in toxic chemicals.

    • • Tiny Drones That Polllinate Like Bees Japanese Scientists Build Tiny
      Drone that Pollinates Like a Bee

      Feb. 10, 2017- As concern over dwindling bee populations mounts, a team of chemists at a Japanese institution came up with a robotic solution. They designed pollinating drones: tiny machines that grab and deposit pollen in flowers.

      The scientists hope their drones won’t utterly replace bees, but would instead take some of the pressure off the remaining pollinators should more perish.

      The article includes a slideshow

    • • North India Has a Serious Pollution Problem Unraveling the Myriad
      Causes Of North
      India's Pollution Pall

      Feb. 9, 2017- A brown cloud of air pollution now frequently shrouds much of northern India. It’s a growing regional health and environmental problem, and scientists are working to understand its many causes, which range from the burning of agricultural waste to auto emissions.

    • • Methane Effects from Oil Drillings Methane Emissions from Oil
      Drilling Worse than Feared

      Feb. 6, 2017 -Global methane emissions from oil production between 1980 and 2012 were far higher than previously thought – in some cases, as much as double the amount previously estimated, according to a new scientific study.

    • • Degrading World Heritage Sites Human Activity Degrades
      Natural World Heritage Sites

      Feb. 3, 2017 -A report published in the journal Biological Conservation finds that recent increases in human pressure and forest loss are causing the degradation of over 100 Natural World Heritage Sites (NWHS) globally.

    • • China Will Carbon Trade China Set For Top
      Spot In Carbon Trading

      Dec.4 2016 - Chinese officials say they will have the world’s biggest carbon trading scheme up and running throughout the country by the middle of next year.

    • • Polluted Rivers Are Far From a New Thing World's First Polluted
      River Flowed Through
      Jordan 7,000 Years Ago

      Dec. 3, 2016 - Modern pollution exists on a global-industrial scale, but a site in Jordan might be where it all began about 7,000 years ago, before the dawn of the Bronze Age.

    • • Four Big Cities Ban Diesel Cars by 2025To Fight Air Pollution,
      Four Cities Announce
      Ban on Diesel Cars By 2025

      Dec.2, 2016 - Four of the world’s largest cities announced that they will ban diesel cars by 2025 in an effort to cut air pollution. Leaders from Paris, Madrid, Athens, and Mexico City made the declaration at the C40 Mayors Summit, a biennial meeting of civic leaders concerned about climate change.

    • • One Bad Fog Leads to Another Research On Chinese Haze Helps Crack
      Mystery of London's Deadly 1952 Fog

      Nov. 23, 2016,- A team of atmospheric scientists researching pollution in China say they’ve cracked a 60-year-old mystery — with research that explains not only the haze over Beijing, but also the remarkably toxic Great Smog of London from 1952.

    • • Pollution Threatens More Than 1/2 the World's Rivers Pollution Raises Rivers’ Deadly Threat

      Sept. 22, 2016 -More than half the rivers of Asia, Africa and Latin America have become more dangerous in the last 20 years, with steep rises in organic and pathogen pollution.

    • • Siberian City of Norilsks - a Nickel's Worth Russia's Red River
      Another Sad Chapter for One of
      the Most Polluted Cities on Earth

      Sept. 13, 2016, -Despite initially denying that there was anything wrong when the Daldykan River in Russia turned bright red virtually overnight, Norilsk Nickel, the world's largest nickel manufacturer, has admitted responsibility. But for the Siberian city of Norilsk, it's just another sad chapter in its history.

    • • Future Fisheries Can Expect Big Trouble Future Fisheries Can Expect $10b
      Revenue Loss Due To Climate Change

      Sept. 7, 2016 -Global fisheries stand to lose approximately $10 billion of their annual revenue by 2050 if climate change continues unchecked, and countries that are most dependent on fisheries for food will be the hardest hit, finds new UBC research.

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    • • NJ Election Could Be Positive for Wind New Democratic Governor in New Jersey Could
      Ignite State’s Offshore Wind Sector

      Nov.8, 2017 - Control of the governor’s seat in New Jersey is moving to a Democrat — a shift that could be a big win for wind power in the state’s waters. Phil Murphy won the New Jersey gubernatorial election yesterday over Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

      Despite having legislation in place since 2010 calling for mechanisms to support offshore wind development, including authorization of offshore wind energy credits, New Jersey never achieved any progress on that front.

      Click to read more from Renewable Energy World.

    • • GOP Congressman Defends Wind Power 'Wind Champion' Jodey Arrington
      Will Defend Wind on Capitol Hill

      Nov.8, 2017 - Congressman Jodey Arrington, a republican member of congress from Texas, recently received the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA's) “U.S. Wind Champion Award” at Southern Power’s Bethel Wind Farm. AWEA hasn’t given out the award in more than five years.

      AWEA said that recipients of the U.S. Wind Champion Award are leaders who support adding more affordable and reliable renewable energy to the grid; and, oppose any effort to inhibit the reasonable growth of wind energy.

      Click to see why you
      shouldn't judge a politician by its cover.

    • • Geoengineers and the Republicans Do Not Agree GOP Embraces Geoengineering ...
      Terrifying Geoengineering Researchers

      Nov. 9, 2017 - Congressman Lamar Smith, who has relentlessly disputed the science behind climate change, now argues there may be ways to avoid the dangers of rising temperatures without overhauling America’s energy system.

      “As the climate continues to change, geoengineering could become a tool to curb resulting impacts,” the Texas Republican said in his prepared opening remarks for a Wednesday subcommittee hearing on geoengineering, a blanket term for various technological means of deliberately altering the climate to offset the risks of global warming..

      Click to read why this is such a bad idea.

    • • House Tries to Tax Clean Energy Out of Existence The House Tax Bill: An All-Out Attack on Clean Energy

      Nov.5, 2017 - Congress is threatening the progress we’ve made on electric vehicles (EVs) and renewable energy. The House tax reform bill is a dangerous blow to growing industries that reduce global warming emissions, clean our air, create jobs, and save consumers money.

      In addition to cutting taxes for the wealthy at the expense of middle class and low-income families, the bill includes energy provisions that are nothing but a blatant handout to the fossil fuel industry.

      Click to read the article by
      The Union of Concerned Scientists.

    • • Maybe Repealing Clean Power Plan Not a Smart Idea? The Flawed Analysis Behind the
      Proposed Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

      October 23 - The Trump Administration’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan (CPP) is based on flawed analysis that understates its benefits. This action is part of this administration’s unfortunate pattern of dismantling sensible policies and rejecting the underlying science of climate change. Repealing the CPP would remove another federal protection meant to help Americans avoid damages from a changing climate.

      Click to read the Renewable Energy World article.

    • • Another Administration Enviornmental Slap in the Face The E.P.A.'s Shift on Toxic Chemicals?
      An Industry Insider Helps Call the Shots

      Oct. 21, 2017 - For years, the E.P. has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water.

      The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been linked to kidney cancer, birth defects, immune system disorders and other serious health problems.

      Click to see how this appointment kills
      that process, and who knows what else?

    • • We Don't Need No Stink'n Wildlife Preserve Democrats Fail to Block
      Arctic Reserve Oil Drilling

      Oct. 19, 2017 - U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday failed to pass a measure to block oil and gas drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, losing to Republicans who believe production there would provide jobs and wealth.

      Click to read the Reuters article

    • • What's Next For Trump? The Dirty Power Plan? What Is the Clean Power Plan,
      and How Can Trump Repeal It?

      Oct. 10, 2017 - The Clean Power Plan was President Obama’s signature policy on climate change, and it represented one of the strongest actions ever taken by the U.S. to combat global warming. But it has never taken effect, and the Trump administration hopes to repeal it before it does.

      Click for the NY Times story.

    • • Court Prevents Trump From Geting His Way Courts Thwart Administration’s Effort
      to Rescind Obama-Era Environmental Regulations

      Oct. 6, 2017 - The rapid-fire push by the Trump administration to wipe out significant chunks of the Obama environmental legacy is running into a not-so-minor complication: Judges keep ruling that the Trump team is violating federal law.

      Click to read the NY Times article.

    • • U.S. & Syria - Only Non-Paris Accord Nations Nicaragua Will Join Paris Accord

      Sept 21, 2017 - Nicaragua has decided to join the Paris climate accord, and President Daniel Ortega has told state media that his government will “soon” sign on to the landmark agreement. Ortega initially refused to join the deal in 2015, claiming it did not mandate enough sacrifices from wealthier countries. It isn’t yet clear what changed Ortega’s mind. In any case, that leaves the U.S. and Syria as the only two nations that have refused to support the agreement to combat global warming. President Donald Trump has said it creates too many restrictions on U.S. companies.

      Even North Korea is on board.

    • • GOP Senator Endorses 'Price on Carbon' Lindsey Graham Endorses 'Price on
      Carbon' to Fight Climate Change

      Sept. 20, 2017 - Speaking at a climate change conference held by former Secretary of State John Kerry at Yale University, the South Carolina Republican called for a "price on carbon," saying he would take the idea to the White House for consideration.

      "I'm a Republican. I believe that the greenhouse effect is real, that CO2 emissions generated by man is creating our greenhouse gas effect that traps heat, and the planet is warming," said Graham. "A price on carbon—that's the way to go in my view."

    • • Climate-change Skeptic Lined Up to Run NASA Nominee Wants to Study Climate
      Change on Mars—But Not on Earth

      Sept. 20, 2017 - President Donald Trump this month nominated US House Rep James Bridenstine (R-OK) to be the next NASA administrator.

      America's space agency has been without a top boss since Charles Bolden resigned on January 20, and the organization has had to deal with proposed major cuts to its funding since then. While Bridenstine is a strong proponent of space technology, he does have a problem with one part of NASA's remit – keeping an eye on climate change.

    • • Clean Energy Careers for Fossil Fuel Workers New Legislation Could Support the Idea

      August 30, 2017 - Support for workers seeking to transition from jobs in the fossil-fuel industry to the clean energy sector could be coming in the form of new federal legislation.

      U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) yesterday said he will develop legislation to help displaced fossil-fuel industry workers.

      “For too long, American workers have been subject to the ebbs and flows of production in the fossil fuel sector,” Pallone said in an Aug. 29 statement. “When production is down, jobs go away, and economic uncertainty follows. Clean energy jobs have grown at a rate of 6 percent annually in recent years, while fossil fuel jobs have shrunk. There ought to be a pathway to consistent employment in the renewable energy sector, and I look forward to introducing a plan to do just that, in consultation with a wide array of experts.”

    • • Trump Admin: Don't Make Efficiency Standard Worse Four Big Things to
      Know About Fuel Economy

      Aug. 29, 2017 - Before 2007, US fuel economy standards for passenger vehicles hadn’t changed all that much for more than two decades.

      Because these standards play a big part in pushing automakers to innovate and make their vehicles more efficient, the net effect was that even as technology was improving by leaps and bounds, the average car rolling off the lot in 2005 still got pretty much the same miles per gallon (mpg) as the average car in 1975.

      Click to get educated.

    • • EPA Budget Cuts Impact Waste Cleanup Proposed EPA Budget Cuts
      Will Impact Waste Cleanup in PA

      Aug. 26, 2017 - Pennsylvania could lose millions of dollars in federal funds to clean up hazardous waste. That’s if budget cuts favored by the Trump administration get through Congress.

      The Environmental Defense Fund released a report this week detailing how proposed budget cuts at the Environmental Protection Agency could be particularly hard on Pennsylvania because of its manufacturing and industrial past.

    • • Pruitt and Monsanto Partnership - How Convenient Records Show EPA Slowing Herbicide Review
      Came in Coordination With Monsanto

      Aug. 17, 2017 - Newly released government email communications show a persistent effort by multiple officials within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to slow a separate federal agency’s safety review of Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide. Notably, the records demonstrate that the EPA efforts came at the behest of Monsanto, and that EPA officials were helpful enough to keep the chemical giant updated on their progress.

      Click to see who the EPA really works for.

    • • Democrats: Tax Overhaul Includes Taxing Carbon Some Democrats See Tax Overhaul
      as a Path to Taxing Carbon

      Aug. 17, 2017 - With a sweeping overhaul of the tax code on the horizon, two Senate Democrats believe this is the moment to broach the third rail of climate change policy: a carbon tax.

      Click to read the NY Times story.

    • • Pruitt Says "Screw It" to Fuel Standards Administration Takes Key Step to
      Rolling Back Auto Fuel Standards

      August 14, 2017 - The Trump administration has begun the process of rolling back tough fuel standards for America’s car and light truck fleet.What else is new?

      Click to read the complete article.

    • • Some Republicans Do Believe in Climate Change South Carolina Republican Former
      Congressman Bob Inglis for Example

      Aug. 11, 2017 - A recent Pew study found that these lawmakers reflect the attitude of many of the constituents they represent. Only 11 percent of conservative Republicans say climate scientists understand the causes of climate change very well.

      Trust in climate scientists is low among Republicans; considerably higher among liberal Democrats. Can anything change their minds? One conservative says ‘yes’. Bob Inglis is a former South Carolina Republican congressman who now heads a group called republicEN.org which aims to promote ‘free market’ solutions to climate change.

    • • Cap & Trade Extended in California (Where Else?) California Legislature Passes 10-Year
      Extension to Cap and Trade

      August 4, 2017 - After weeks of negotiations in the California legislature, the Senate and Assembly passed an extension to cap and trade on July 17.

      This is a win for California’s climate leadership and for green building. USGBC actively supported the cap-and-trade extension, as one of the state’s key strategies to reach its SB 32 goal to reduce emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030.

    • • States Sue E.P.A. Over Ozone EPA Caves the Day After Pennsylvania
      and Other States Sue Over Ozone

      August 4, 2017 - The day after Pennsylvania and 14 other states sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its plan to delay implementation of new clean air standards, the EPA reversed course and cancelled the delay.

      The EPA has issued a statement which it says “replaces” its earlier decision to delay the designation of areas that don’t meet new tougher standards for ozone pollution.

      That means those areas will be identified this fall as planned, and state and local authorities will have to come up with plans to make their air cleaner.

    • • Biodiversity Threated in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Would Also Harm the Cultural
      and Religious Core of Natives

      August 2, 2017 - Buried in the recently proposed congressional budget for 2018 is a partially cleared path for oil and gas drilling in one of North America’s last truly wild environments: the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

      If passed, the budget would allow the House Natural Resources Committee to permit fossil fuel development in an untamed, 20-million-acre wildlife sanctuary that’s historically been off limits to human activity. The budget says drilling in the refuge is projected to raise $1.8 billion.

    • • Gov. Brown: Trump is Fueling California’s Climate Push As Trump Doubles Down on His
      Anti-Climate Views, Brown, Vows to
      Aggressively Battle Climate Change

      Aug 2, 2017 - When President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, it stunned the world. But it also had a less predictable effect: turning California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) into Trump’s antithesis and furthering his own climate-crusading agenda.

    • • Monsanto and the EPA - the New Partnership Just Released Docs Show Monsanto
      'Executives Colluding With Corrupted EPA
      Officials to Manipulate Scientific Data'

      Aug 1, 2017 - Four months after the publication of a batch of internal Monsanto Co. documents stirred international controversy, a new trove of company records was released early Tuesday, providing fresh fuel for a heated global debate over whether or not the agricultural chemical giant suppressed information about the potential dangers of its Roundup herbicide and relied on U.S. regulators for help.

      Click to learn more.

    • • Pruitt Repealing Clean Water Rule? Pruitt's Case for Repealing Clean Water Rule
      Does it Hold Water?

      July 10, 2017 - On June 27, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposed rule rescinding the Obama administration’s “Clean Water Rule.” This regulation is designed to clarify which streams, lakes, wetlands and other water bodies fall under the protection of the Clean Water Act.

    • • States Unite to Fight Pact Withdrawal California, New York, Washington
      Unite To Back Climate Pact

      6/1/17 - Three Democratic governors said Thursday they won’t let the United States back away from a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, despite President Donald Trump decision to withdraw from an international pact.

    • • Trump's Richest Advisor Tries to Get Richer Carl Icahn's Call to the E.P.A.

      Aug. 20, 2017 - Icahn is one of the richest men on Wall Street, and he has thrived, in no small measure, because of a capacity to intimidate. A Texas-based oil refiner in which he had a major stake was losing money because of an obscure environmental rule that Icahn regarded as unduly onerous. Icahn is a voluble critic of any government regulation that constrains his companies. So he wanted to speak with the person in charge of enforcing the policy: a senior official at the E.P.A. named Janet McCabe.t

      Click to read the New Yorker story.

    • • "Climate Science" Gone from EPA WebsiteTrump Administration
      Scrubs climate science pages
      from EPA website

      Apr. 29, 2017 - The EPA announced Friday evening, only hours before climate marchers would be filling the streets of Washington, D.C., that it plans to make changes to its website to reflect the views of the Trump administration and agency Administrator Scott Pruitt.

    • • Will Maryland’s Energy-Storage Tax Credit Catch On?Maryland’s Energy Storage
      Tax Credit: Gaining
      Momentum Across America?

      Apr 19, 2017 - The General Assembly of Maryland just passed a bill that would provide a 30% tax credit to those who chose to utilize energy storage technology, making it the first state in the country to pass such legislation. The funds provided by the bill would last from 2018 to 2022.

    • • Iowa: They Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Science Research Iowa Legislature Plays
      Politics With Critical
      Scientific Research Center

      Apr. 18, 2017 - There has been unsettling news from Iowa over the last week, as the legislature plays politics with critical scientific research in the state.

      In the closing days of the legislative session, two budget bills moved swiftly that could force the closing of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, a nationally recognized center for sustainable agriculture research. There were also threats to a research center dedicated to mitigating flood impacts (which was written about last year for its excellent forecasting that literally helped saved lives), but that appears now to be safe.

    • • Cities and States Will Trump the Trump Assault Thanks To States and
      Cities, Clean Energy Will
      Weather the Trump Assault

      Apr. 11, 2017 - American innovation and enhanced competitiveness in the world economy: Quality, skilled, well-paying jobs, Cleaner air and water and the reduction of carbon emissions in the challenging fight against global climate change.

    • • Young Republicans Have More Thinking Power Generational Shift: College Republi-
      cans Poised To Reform
      Party On Climate Change

      Apr. 12, 2017 - Davidson College in North Carolina has fewer than 2,000 students – small enough that the presidents of the College Republican and College Democrats clubs count each other as friends.

      They disagree on some political issues, but an unusual one unites them: they both believe climate change is a serious problem.

      “Climate change is really real and really alarming to me personally,” said Grace Woodward, the College Republicans’ president. University students – and Republicans in particular – “need to do a better job of talking about climate change,” she said.

    • • Not All Republicans Hate the Environment Buchanan Blasts Decision to
      Weaken Protections for Florida Manatee

      Mar. 30, 2017 -Calling it a “huge disappointment,” Congressman Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., blasted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s announcement today that it has downgraded protections for the Florida manatee.

      “The decision to weaken protections under the Endangered Species Act threatens the survival of the manatee, one of Florida\’s most beloved animals,” Buchanan said. “It needs to be reversed”.

    • • Whoops - There Go the Paris Climate Change TalksTrump to Cancel
      Obama’s Policies Aimed
      at Paris Climate Pledge

      Mar. 28, 2017 - President Trump is moving aggressively to undo policies designed to keep the carbon-cutting promises the U.S. made alongside nearly 200 other countries in Paris, while stopping short of a decision to formally withdraw from that landmark climate accord.

    • • Keystone XL to Go Through, After AllU.S., in Reversal,
      Issues Permit for
      Keystone Oil Pipeline

      Mar. 24, 2017 -During his presidential campaign, Trump repeatedly hailed the Keystone XL pipeline as a vital jobs program and one that sharply contrasted his vision for the economy with that of Hillary Clinton.

      “Today we begin to make things right,” he said Friday morning shortly after the State Department granted the pipeline giant TransCanada a permit for Keystone construction, a reversal of Obama administration policy.

      When President Barack Obama rejected the project in late 2015, he said it would undermine American leadership in curbing reliance on carbon fuels.

    • • Trump's EPA Reverses Ban on Pesticides How this is Linked to
      Nervous System Damage in Kids

      March 30, 2017 - EPA administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order that would allow farmers to continue using chlorpyrifos, which is sprayed on more than a dozen crops, including tree nuts, soybeans, corn, wheat, apples and citrus.

      The Obama administration had announced in 2015 that the agency would adopt a “zero tolerance” policy for residue of the chemical on food, a move that effectively would have ended its use.

      Click to see another
      reason why the Trump
      Administration makes us nervous.

    • • Say ‘Goodbye’ to Fuel Efficiency StandardsTrump Set to Roll Back
      Fed. Fuel-Economy Requirements

      Mar. 6, 2017 -The Trump administration is moving to roll back federal fuel-economy requirements that would have forced automakers to increase significantly the efficiency of new cars and trucks, a key part of former President Barack Obama’s strategy to combat global warming.

      The EPA is close to an announcement reversing a decision made in the waning days of the Obama administration to lock in strict gas mileage requirements for cars and light trucks through 2025.

      Automakers asked EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to discard a Jan. 13 decision that requires the fleet of new cars to average a real-world figure of 36 miles per gallon.

    • • New EPA Head's Conflicts of InterestScott Pruitt, Conflict of
      Interest-laden Nominee,
      Approved by Senate

      Feb. 17, 2017- Scott Pruitt, former Oklahoma attorney general and now Environmental Protection Agency Administrator has brought multiple lawsuits against the agency, some of which are still pending. Lawyer Paul Nolette, a Marquette University political science professor, talks about how Pruitt’s actions and previous business entanglements offer insight into his vision as head of the EPA.

    • • Trump Sued for Climate Injustice President Named As Defendant
      In Youths’ Climate Lawsuit

      Feb. 10, 2017 - President Trump is being sued by a group of youths who say the federal government has put their generation and future generations in danger by promoting the use of fossil fuels that contribute to climate change.

    • • Cuomo Picks up Geothermal Ball After Wash.Drops It New York Geothermal Jobs Rescued
      After Washington Failure

      Feb. 8, 2017 - Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced an emergency program to rescue geothermal jobs in New York State, setting aside $15 million over two years in geothermal heating and cooling rebates for New Yorkers.

    • • Congress' First Environmental Rollback Congress Passes First Rollback
      of Obama Environmental Rule

      Feb. 2, 2017 - The Senate sent the first of what is likely to be many rollbacks of environmental regulations to President Trump's desk Thursday.

      McConnel claims it's a chance to stop Obama's war on coal, failing to appreciate his own war on the environment.

    • • Rex Tillerson Doesn’t Deny Climate Change – but…Tillerson Doesn’t Deny
      Climate Change, but Dodges
      Questions About Exxon’s
      Role in Sowing Doubt

      Jan. 11, 2017 - Secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson said he believes “the risk of climate change does exist, and the consequences could be serious enough that action should be taken.”

      But while the Obama administration and other world leaders have aggressively pursued efforts to slash carbon dioxide emissions and stave off global warming, the former ExxonMobil chief executive expressed little such urgency when testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill.

    • • Rolling Back Obama Environmental RulesCongress Rolling
      Back Environmental Rules

      Jan. 30, 2017- This week, Republicans in Congress may finally have the opportunity to begin dismantling a series of environmental rules finalized by the Obama administration. And they’re likely to initially target two controversial environmental regulations released in the closing months of 2016, which place greater restrictions on both the coal and the oil and gas industries.

    • • Future NW Environment Work in Doubt Trump's EPA Moves Create
      Uncertainty For Future of
      Northwest Environmental Work

      Jan. 27, 2017- A temporary freeze on grants and a halt on communications at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have left Northwest tribes, state agencies and nonprofits uncertain about the future of their environmental programs, which rely on hundreds of millions of federal dollars.

      Click now for another example
      of America Not Being Great Again.

    • • Wisconsin: Climate Change Not Man's Fault Wisconsin Changes Climate
      Change Wording On Website

      Dec. 29, 2016- The state Department of Natural Resources has quietly removed language from its website that said humans and greenhouse gases are the main cause of climate change.

      Hmm...Could fossil-fuel based contributions to Gov. Walker’s campaigns have anything to do with this decision?

    • • Trump Backlash Helps the Environment A Trump Backlash Turns the
      Environmental Movement Even Greener

      Dec. 17, 2016,- Even before President-elect Donald Trump named Rex Tillerson, Rick Perry and Scott Pruitt for coveted Cabinet posts, the men topped the environmental movemeent’s 10 most wanted list.

      Now some of the nation’s biggest green groups are turning the Exxon Mobil CEO, former Texas Governor and Oklahoma attorney general into poster children for one of the most successful environmental fundraising campaigns in modern history.

    • • Trump Team Member: Climate Change = Flat Earrth Trump Team Member Compares Climate
      Science with The Flat-Earth Theory

      Dec. 14, 2016,- An adviser on the Trump transition team turned heads Wednesday when he likened modern climate science to the ancient belief that the Earth was flat.

      “I know that President Obama believes that human beings are affecting the climate,” Anthony Scaramucci, a member of the president-elect’s presidential transition team executive committee said.

    • • A Fox to Guard Environmental Chicken Coop Exxon's Chief as Secretary
      of State Puts Climate Diplomacy
      in Oil Magnate's Hands

      Dec. 12, 2016- Trump's impending nomination of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State would put the chief executive of ExxonMobil in charge of United States climate diplomacy.

      That's despite his leadership of one of the world's biggest greenhouse gas polluters, a global corporation that has staved off urgent action against the climate crisis for decades.

    • • No Phony Solar Amendment for Florida. State-Wide Florida Vote
      Rejects Anti-Solar Energy Proposal

      Nov. 14, 2016  - Solar power advocates defeated a major amendment cleverly crafted to thwart the expansion of solar energy within the Sunshine State.

      Amendment 1, known as Solar Energy Subsidies and Personal Solar Use, was rejected it failed to accumulate the 60% of voter support required to pass.

      Click now to see that Florida voters
      are smarter than you thought.

    • • Washington State Rejects Carbon Tax Washington State Voters Reject
      Nation's First Carbon Tax

      Nov. 9, 2016  - The measure was unpopular with social justice groups and divided environmental activists, many arguing it did not go far enough in promoting clean energy. Is the the perfect the enemy of the good?

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    Fracking

    (More on the Environmental Impact Page)
  • • Man-made Earthquakes? Man-made Earthquakes Could
    Cripple the U.S. Economy

    Spet. 14, 2017 - Massive tanks in Oklahoma brim with unrefined oil, but they weren’t designed to handle the rash of seismic activity caused by fracking-related activity.

    Click to read the Politico article.

  • • Trump Tells America to Go Frack ItselfInterior Department to With-
    draw Obama-era Fracking Rule

    Mar. 15, 2017 - The Trump administration plans to withdraw and rewrite a 2015 rule aimed at limiting hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” on public lands, the Interior Department indicated in court filings Wednesday.

    Just another in the latest assaults on our planet.

  • • Family Devastated in Texas Fracking ExplosionScientists Link Fracking
    to Explosion That Severely
    Injured Texas Family

    Mar 9, 2017 -Scientists have determined that methane from a fracked well contaminated a Texas family's water supply and triggered an explosion that nearly killed four members of the family.

    The family's ranch in Palo Pinto County is located only a few thousand feet away from a natural gas well.

  • • Methane Rises in Pennsylvania Gas Country Study Finds Rise in Methane
    in Pennsylvania Gas Country

    Feb 12, 2017 -Readings showed a rise in the potent greenhouse gas from 2012 to 2015, and the region’s boom in natural gas production is likely to blame.

  • • EPA: Fracking Can Harm Drinking Water EPA On Fracking:
    It Can Harm Drinking
    Water In ‘Some Circumstances’

    Dec 13, 2016 -A new report from the Environmental Protection Agency suggests that hydraulic fracturing does have the potential to affect drinking water resources in the U.S. The report represents a shift in the agency’s previous conclusions, published in a draft report in 2015, which suggested low impacts from fracking.

  • • Fracking Can Be Dangerous to Your Health Fracking Health Dangers
    Revealed in Johns Hopkins Study

    Aug 25, 2016 -Johns Hopkins Environmental Health Perspectives revealed associations between fracking and various health symptoms including nasal and sinus problems, migraines and fatigue in Pennsylvanians living near areas of natural gas development. The study suggests that residents with the highest exposure to active fracking wells are nearly twice as likely to suffer from the symptoms.

  • • Protect Colorado from Protect ColoradoFracking Fight
    Continues in Colorado

    July 15, 2016 -In the escalating ballot battle between the drilling industry and Colorado communities, new records show that energy companies are spending millions of dollars to stop anti- fracking measures in the state.

    The story reveals why ‘Protect Colorado’ will not protect Colorado.

  • • Fracking Explosion Sets 36 Oil Tanks on Fire Massive Fracking Explosion in
    New Mexico, 36 Oil Tanks Catch Fire

    July 13, 2016 -This week—as thousands of Americans urge awareness to the destruction caused by oil bomb trains—an oil field in San Juan County, New Mexico erupted in flames Monday night, highlighting the continued and increasing dangers of the fossil fuel industry.

  • • Fracking Gets Radioactive 4 States Struggling to Manage
    Radioactive Fracking Waste

    June 26, 2016 -The rise of hydraulic fracturing over the past decade has created another boom: tons of radioactive materials experts call an “orphan” waste stream. No federal agency fully regulates oil and gas drilling byproducts—which include brine, sludge, rock and soiled equipment—leaving tracking and handling to states that may be reluctant to alienate energy interests.

  • • Dimock, Pa Water Unsafe to Drink Dimock, Pa Water Was
    Unsafe to Drink After All

    June 3, 2016 -In 2012, the U.S. EPA made a startling announcement, shaking up the battle over fracking in one of the nation’s highest-profile cases where drillers were suspected to have caused water contamination.

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    Geothermal

    (More on the Alternative Energy Page)
    • • Geothermal in the Caribbean Caribbean Geothermal Assessment Gets
      Backing from Development Bank

      October 25, 2017 - The Board of Directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved the use of USD325,500 by CDB for the benefit of the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis to identify environmental and social impacts in the design of a geothermal energy (GE) exploratory test-drilling project.

      The resources, made available through the Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean (CSES-C) Fund, will also assist with the development of a framework to manage project implementation sustainably.

      Click to read the encouraging article.

    • • Promising Geothermal Resources How to Unlock Some of the
      World’s Most Promising Ones

      August 30, 2017 - Central America holds some of the world’s most promising geothermal resources, that if utilized can help the region secure and deliver, inexpensive electricity while stimulating low-carbon economic growth.

      Click for this story
      and links to similar articles.

    • • The Lithium-Geothermal Teamup Companies Team Up on Exploration Data
      for Lithium, Geothermal Projects

      August 28, 2017 - Vancouver, B.C.-based Dajin Resources Corp. last week signed a memorandum of understanding with Reno, Nev.-based Geothermal Development Associates (GDA) to share geothermal data to support their separate operational goals in Nevada.

      The exploration data will help Dajin in the development of a Lithium brine extraction facility, while GDA will work on the development of a geothermal plant for electrical generation and the production of direct-use thermal water.

    • • Why Can't British Columbia Build a Georthrmal Plant?If Saskatchewan Can Build a Geothermal
      PowerPlant, Why Can’t B.C.?

      June 22, 2017 -While news of Saskatchewan’s plan for a small geothermal power plant was met with excitement by renewable energy advocates, experts say British Columbia is far better situated to capitalize on the technology yet has failed to do so..

    • • 2017: Geothermal Is Trending Upwards Overall, the 2017 Geothermal
      Outlook is Positive

      February 3, 2017 - Geothermal is posed to grow by leaps and bounds internationally in the coming years, with rapid growth in countries like Indonesia, the Philippines, and Kenya, all rich in geothermal resources. Major players involve investment banks like JICA and the IADB, who are teaming up with countries with untapped geothermal energy like Chile to diversify their national energy portfolios and meet the Paris Climate Agreement goals of significantly lowering the global output of CO2 in coming decades.

      Countries like Kenya and Indonesia have set frameworks in place and target goals of geothermal development to be achieved in the coming years, providing a significant portion of electricity as these countries go green.

    • • A Georthermal/PV Partnership Novel Hybrid Solar
      PV-Geothermal Energy
      System Piloted in Sweden

      Sept. 7, 2016 -The new concept is based around a system integrating hybrid solar PV, ground-source heat pump (GSHP) and borehole thermal energy storage (BTES) technologies.

      The result is a system in which outputs of each technology are highly complementary to one another, and carry the potential to increase energy efficiency and cost effectiveness of individual components.

    • • New York's Geothermal Tax CreditGeothermal Tax Credit
      Would Help Protect
      Jobs Across New York

      Aug 24, 2016 -More than 1,000 New York jobs are at risk in the clean energy sector, and a solution overwhelmingly supported by the State Legislature is at hand. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s signature is all that’s needed to avert this disaster.

    • • Geothermal Design ChallengeBoise State University
      Students Selected as Finalists in
      Geothermal Design Challenge

      July 7, 2016 - A team of three Boise State University students has been selected as one of 12 finalists in the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office’s Geothermal Design Challenge.

    • • Aloha, Geothermal!Hawaii Explores Collaboration
      with Energy Development
      Corp on Geothermal Power

      May 25, 2016 - Energy Development Corporation (EDC) said in a May 20 statement that it met this month with a representative of the State of Hawaii to discuss geothermal in the context of the state’s 100 percent renewable energy goal.

    • • Iceland - Land of Free Energy How Iceland’s Energy
      Start-ups and Innovations Make
      it a Developer’s Dream Location

      May 20, 2016 - Iceland has a uniquely stable power grid, an abundance of 100 percent renewable power and a booming start-up culture. Altogether, Iceland is the dream location for an energy developer eager to step outside of the box.

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    Governmental

    Capitol Building
    (More on the Governmental Policy Page)
    • • How Tax 'Reform' Plan Could Hurt ITC Trump's Tax Reform Proposal
      'Leaves Door Open' to Repeal ITC/PTC

      October 5, 2017 - The tax reform package released at the end of September by White House and Republican leadership “left the door open” to repeal critical existing renewable energy tax credits prior to their scheduled either expiration or phase down, Gregory Jenner, partner at Stoel Rives, told Renewable Energy World.

      Click now to read on.

    • • Trump's Plan to Save Coal and Hobble Clean Energy You Can't Say Trump Doesn't Plan

      October 2, 2017 -President Donald Trump may soon have a chance to prove wrong the notion that economics will kill the U.S. coal industry and keep clean energy thriving.

      Two initiatives pending in Washington -- one to prop up large traditional power plants and a second to impose tariffs on solar panels -- could let Trump upend wholesale electricity markets and tip the advantage away from renewables.

      Click now for more.

    • • A NOPR That Makes No Environmental Sense How Catastrophic is
      Perry’s NOPR for Renewables?

      Oct 3, 2017- Last week, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry released a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that directed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to come up with a new way to pay coal and nuclear power plants more than other power generators (renewables and natural gas) for the energy they generate.

      The additional revenue would be in recognition of the coal and nuclear power plants’ ability to be “resilient” power sources, which the NOPR defines as having a 90-day stockpile of fuel onsite.

      Click now (if you can stand the pain).

    • • Trump's Policies Put Northwest's Nat. Parks at Risk Policy Reversal Raises Concerns
      For Northwest's National Parks

      Sept. 4, 2017 - Advocates are worried that Trump administration policy changes will damage the ability of national parks to deal with climate change.

      Studies show climate change could have serious impacts on national parks in the Northwest.

      Over time, it could melt glaciers and snowpack in Olympic National Park and the North Cascades, reduce alpine habitat and increase landslides at Mount Rainier and degrade water quality in Crater Lake.

    • • EPA May Be Weakening Chemical Safety Law The Agency Has Released Controversial
      New Rules For Evaluating a Chemical’s Risk

      Aug. 16, 2017 Asbestos, trichloroethylene, pigment violet 29—these are just three of thousands of chemicals the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is assessing for risks to human health and ecosystems under the revamped Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

      Congress overhauled the chemical safety law last summer, with wide bipartisan and industry support. Many viewed the legislation as a much-needed update to old, feeble regulations. Now, though, the Trump administration may be undermining the reformed law.

      Click now to see what your
      country is not doing for you.

    • • Non-Scientist Picked to Head USDA Science Dept Got a Prolem With That?

      August 10, 2017 - President Trump has chosen a new nominee to serve as chief scientist at the Department of Agriculture (USDA). Were that the whole story, it would be but a mere droplet in the firehose of politics news that has come to define life in 2017.

      Instead, it turns out that Trump’s pick, Dr. Sam Clovis, is no ordinary nominee—assuming that, you know, “ordinary” is even a thing anymore.

      Click for some facts you may want to know about Clovis as he goes before the Senate for his confirmation hearing.

    • • Trump Admnistration: Bad Environmental Enforcement Environmental Penalties Down
      Under President Trump

      August 10, 2017 - Since President Trump took office in January, enforcement of environmental laws has dropped dramatically, compared with past administrations. A study released by the Environmental Integrity Project finds that $12 million in civil penalties have been collected from violators in 26 cases between January and the end of July.

      Click to see how this is not making America great.

    • • Good News (for a change) from the D.O.E. Federal Funding to Support 48
      Projects Advancing Solar Technologies

      July 13, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Energy yesterday said it will allocate $46.2 million for 48 projects as part of its SunShot Initiative. These projects are intended to develop innovative, early-stage solar power technologies, which are aimed at lowering costs and improving reliability and efficiency.

      “The SunShot Initiative is a proven driver of solar energy innovation,” SunShot Initiative Director Charlie Gay said in a statement. “These projects ensure there’s a pipeline of knowledge, human resources, transformative technology solutions, and research to support the industry.”

    • • Take That, Exxon and SECLamar Smith Extended Exxon
      Subpoena Campaign to Include SEC

      Sept. 20, 2016 -A vigorously non-partisan commission, the SEC finds itself on Texas Republican's list of Exxon investigators he says are 'chilling' climate research.

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    Green Investing

    Green Investment Logo
    (More on the Green lnvesting Page)
    • • Bully for You, SunPower A New Bull Market Lights Up SunPower Stock

      August 1, 2017 - Research analyst, Patrick Birk is focusing on SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ:SPWR) stock because the alternative energy space—specifically the solar power stocks—is staging an advance. This advance is sector-wide and it carries a number of bullish implications for SunPower stock. A sector-wide move is like a rising tide that raises all boats, reaffirming and fueling any bullish indications that are presently being painted on the SPWR stock chart.

    • • Prediction: Fossil Fuels Is Not Where the Money Is More Investors Will Spurn Fossil Fuels

      July 30, 2017 - Shares in major oil and gas companies are expected to plunge in value in the next three to five years because of climate change-related financial risks, meaning more investors will spurn fossil fuels. This is the verdict of British asset managers who control billions of pounds of investments in stock markets.

      It could have serious consequences for many thousands of people whose pension funds have invested in these companies, as well as many institutions and charities which rely on dividends for their income, according to a report by the Climate Change Collaboration (CCC), a group of four UK charitable trusts.

    • • Infrastructure Investment Bidding I Squared Joins Bidding for $4
      Billion Equis Renewable Portfolio

      July 28, 2017 - I Squared Capital, the infrastructure investment firm, is among suitors preparing bids for Equis Energy’s renewable power business, people with knowledge of the matter said.

      Orix Corp. is also planning to make an indicative offer by this week’s deadline for the portfolio of Asia Pacific assets, according to the people, who asked not to be identified as the information is private. The Japanese firm is bidding together with Dutch asset manager APG Groep NV, the people said. Singapore-based Equis, which has appointed banks for a strategic review, is seeking to value the portfolio at more than $4 billion including debt, the people said.

    • • Exxon and Tillerson Accused of Misleading Investors New York Attorney General Accuses
      Exxon, Rex Tillerson Of Misleading Investors

      June 5, 2017 - In a filing with a state court in New York on Friday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that former Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, now US Secretary of State, misled investors about the likely costs of climate change. The document says that the company used one number called a proxy cost of carbon when making statements to investors but used a lower number internally.

    • • Climate Bonds Bonds and Climate Change –
      State of the Market 2017 India Update

      Apr. 30, 2017-

      The April 2017 Update

      Since the June 2016 publication of the Bonds and Climate Change 2016: India Edition, the nation remains at the top 10 of labelled green bonds issuance, with a total of USD 3.2bn issued as of 5th April 2017.

      Best Practice

      Indian issuers continue to be a world example of best practice, with an increasing number of bonds being Certified under the Climate Bonds Standard.

      Use of Proceeds

      In total 68% of green bonds proceeds are allocated for renewable energy projects, bringing India closer together to its 175GW clean energy target (link is external) by 2022.

    • • Elon Musk and Clean Enegy Investing What Elon Musk Can Teach Us About
      Investing in Clean Energy Stocks

      May 12, 2017 - While much of Elon Musk’s myth has to do with far-off futures, investing in clean energy of the future and the technology of tomorrow, one way he’s promising to deliver in the present is with alternative energy. In fact, the argument could be made that Elon Musk is leading the renewable energy stocks charge. You might even call them Elon Musk stocks.

    • • Time to Get Out of Fossil Fuel Investments? Divestitures From 5
      Canadian Oil Producers
      Over Stranded Asset Risks

      Apr. 18, 2017 - The fourth largest pension fund in Denmark has apparently divested itself of investments in five Canadian oil producers, and is assessing another 44 oil and gas companies, amidst concerns that fossil fuel companies are at risk of becoming stranded assets and facing long-term heavy financial losses.

    • • Australian Microgrid InvestmentsAustralian Green Bank
      Supports Financing for
      Grid-Scale Energy Storage

      Apr. 5, 2017 -Australian green bank Clean Energy Finance Corp. (CEFC) in March said it is working with the South Australian government to develop a financing package to support development of Australia’s largest grid-scale energy storage project.

    • • Investors for a Clean Energy Future Business Won’t Back Down
      on Clean Energy Future

      Jan. 18, 2017,-More than 530 companies and 100 investors signed the Low Carbon USA letter to President-elect Trump and other U.S. and global leaders to support policies to curb climate change, invest in the low carbon economy, and continue U.S. participation in the Paris Agreement. It’s a powerful message from business leaders connecting the dots between prosperity and a low-carbon economy and confirming their commitment to continue to lead the way.

    • • Solar Investing in the Sub-Sahara Sub-Saharan Africa Looking
      for New Mechanisms to
      Boost Solar Investments

      Sept. 1, 2016 “ -It is very hard to put all the Sub-Saharan Africa countries into the same basket and define a regular, simple and straightforward mechanism to boost solar investments. However, the author believes that the Zambia solar case could be applied to many other countries in the region — which would be a win-win deal for all the stakeholders.

    • • Troubling News For Solar Investing SunPower Expects to
      Lose $175 Million in 2016

      Aug. 11, 2016 “ -The second-largest U.S. panel producer told analysts that it expects to lose as much as $175 million this year, a shift from May when it expected to earn as much as $50 million. The shares plunged the most in more than seven years.

    • • British Universities Divest in FF British Universities Divest in Fossil Fuels

      May 25, 2016 -As the world’\s leading oil and gas majors this week face a series of questions about their ability to respond to escalating climate risks, two of the UK\’s leading universities have become the latest institutions to announce new investment strategies designed to curb their exposure to fossil fuel assets.

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    Green Transportation

    (More on the Alternative Energy Page)
    • • VW Minibus is Back - And It's Electric! Return Of The Minibus As
      an Electric Vehicle For 2022

      Sept. 12,2017 - The VW Minibus is an iconic vehicle that just oozes beach vibes. Here in California, it is synonymous with surfing and the ’60s and has a cult following even to this day. For that reason, it was impactful that VW CEO Dr. Herbert Diess chose California as the place to announce the return of the VW Minibus. He related as much to the crowd in Pebble Beach, California:

    • • BYD Announces 1st Commercial SkyRail Line 1st Commercial SkyRail Line In Yinchuan, China

      Sept. 12,2017 - BYDM announced that the first commercial application of its SkyRail monorail mass transit solution opened for operation in Yinchuan, China, on September 1, 2017. The SkyRail system in Yinchuan is the first monorail solution installed in China that uses a straddle design where the vehicle sits on top of the monorail, hanging over both sides.

      Click for the aritcle and photo.

    • • What's the Best E.V. for the Money It's the Chevy Bolt

      August 11, 2017 - In spite of the fact that it’s neither fast nor furious, the Chevy Bolt is currently the most practical and economical Electric Vehicle. Hybrids (like the Volt and Prius) and pure EVs (like the Bolt and Teslas) have seen phenomenal growth over the past decade. Their popularity will continue to grow as battery costs decline and EV charging infrastructure improves.

    • • Parked Electric Cars Earn Money in Europe Parked Electric Cars Earn $1,530
      From Europe's Power Grids

      August 14, 2017 -Electric car owners are earning as much as $1,530 a year just by parking their vehicle and feeding excess power back into the grid.

      Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpA showed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide a new revenue stream for those who own the vehicles.

      Technology linking vehicles to the grid marks another challenge for utilities already struggling to integrate wind and solar power into their distribution system. As the use of plug-in cars spreads, grid managers will have to pay closer attention to when motorists draw from the system and when they can smooth variable flows.

    • • India's First Solar-Powered Train Makes Its Debut Asia's Largest Rail Network Hopes To Save Over
      $6 B On Energy in The Next Decade

      July 18, 2017 - India's diesel-powered train network has a new kid on the block. The gas-guzzling Indian Railway system has just debuted its first solar-powered train, called the Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU). It will operate in the city of New Delhi.

      Click now for this must-read story.

    • • Volvo to Phase Out Conventional Engine Volvo to Go Electric Abandoning
      Conventional Car Engine by 2019

      July 5, 2017- or Volvo, the internal combustion engine has run its course.

      The Chinese-owned automotive group has unveiled plans to begin phasing out the conventional car engine, the first major automaker to abandon the technology that has powered the industry for more than a century.

    • • Engineering Tricks For Cleaner CarsEngineering Tricks: Help
      Automakers Build Greener Cars

      Aug. 12, 2016 -Americans love big cars, but they chug gas at an alarming rate. And while hybrid and all-electric cars are making inroads in the market, they’re very expensive to produce. Meanwhile, automakers are using cheaper engineering techniques to bump up the efficiency of popular models.

    • • A Solar-Powered Cars? Hanergy Unveils Solar-Powered
      Cars to Expand Use of Technology

      July 7, 2016 - Hanergy Holding Group Ltd. introduced four cars powered by solar panels as it seeks to expand the use of photovoltaic technology.

    • • Solar Wings Around the World IMPULSE: Solar Wings Around the World

      June 21, 2016 - Solar Impulse 2, a solar powered plane that started its historic round-the-world journey in Abu Dabhi, Arab Emirates, in March 2015, landed at New York's JFK Airport on June 11, after a triumphant circle over the Statue of Liberty. Solar Impulse is making the round-the-world trip without a drop of fuel.

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    Nuclear Power (or Nuclear Danger)

    (More on the Nuclear Power Page)
    • • The First Fourth-generation Reactor in North America? Will Advanced Nuclear Find
      a More Welcome Home in Canada?

      Nov. 8, 2017 - Canadian regulators announced that Terrestrial Energy has completed the initial phase of a design review for its molten-salt nuclear power plant, giving the Ontario-based company a small early lead in the race to commission the first commercial fourth-generation reactor in North America.

      Click to read the Technology Review article.

    • • Nuclear Power for the Nuclear Powerful Nuclear Power, Weapons, and National Security

      Sept. 13, 2017 - The nuclear power industry has long maintained that it has no connection whatsoever to nuclear weapons proliferation. This argument was always based on lies and half-truths, as I make clear in this article in Nuclear Monitor #840.

      Ironically, the nuclear industry is now admitting they were not telling the whole truth. Its proponents are arguing it deserves public support precisely because it is essential for national security reasons! Some of them are adding a peculiar twist to their argument: they are saying that a strong nuclear power sector needs to be maintained in western countries so that they can maintain a capability to constrain the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

      Click to read the Energy Collective article.

    • • Move Over, Nuclear - You've Got Competition Power from Renewables & Nuclear
      in Statistical Dead Heat

      September 1, 2017 - The latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information's (EIA) "Electric Power Monthly," with data through June 30, reveals that renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar — including small-scale PV — and wind) remain in a statistical dead heat with nuclear power vis-à-vis their respective shares of US electrical generation, with each providing roughly 20 percent of the total.

    • • Thorium Salt: Good Nuclar News? A Thorium-Salt Reactor
      Has Finally Fired Up

      Aug. 22, 2017 - The road to cleaner, meltdown-proof nuclear power has taken a big step forward. Researchers at NRG, a Dutch nuclear materials firm, have begun the first tests of nuclear fission using thorium salts since experiments ended at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the early 1970s.

    • • Does the U.S. Nuclear Industry Have a Future? Maybe Not, Given the Recent
      Cancellations and Westinghouse Bankruptcy

      August 14, 2017 - There is a strong likelihood that future plans by U.S. electric utilities to build full size nuclear reactors are now being put on indefinite hold.

      Even though the NRC has issued licenses, investors may not see a reason to proceed with projects like DTE’s Fermi III in Michigan, Dominion’s North Anna III in Virginia, and Duke’s William States Lee in South Carolina.

    • • Hanford Dire Predictions Coming True Plutonium Detected In Air
      At Hanford Nuclear Site

      Aug. 8, 2017 - Radioactive plutonium and americium have been found in air samples collected where workers enter the secure area of the Hanford nuclear reservation in southeastern Washington, state health officials said Tuesday.

      The air samples were collected by the state Department of Health on June 8 at the Rattlesnake Barricade just off of public Highway 240, The Tri-City Herald reported.

    • • Thinking Small for Nuclear Small Reactors Could Kick-Start
      the Stalled Nuclear Sector

      July 17, 2017 - The nuclear energy industry sees big promise in going small.

      Earlier this year, NuScale Energy took a crucial step forward in its prolonged effort to build 12 scaled-down nuclear reactors on an empty parcel at the Idaho National Laboratory, a sprawling research campus on the outskirts of Idaho Falls (see “Shrinking Nuclear”).

      The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission agreed to begin the formal process of reviewing the company’s designs for the 600-megawatt plant, which could power a city the size of Boise twice over.

    • • Swiss Ban Nucs - Favor Renewables Swiss Voters Support Renewable
      Energy and Ban Nuclear

      May 22, 2017 The Swiss have spoken, and nuclear power has been voted out in favor of renewable energy.

      On the May 21 ballot was the Swiss government's Energy Strategy 2050, a referendum that called for the ban of new nuclear power plants and investment in renewable energy. Under this energy plan, the country's five existing nuclear power plants will remain operational for as long as safety standards are met, The Local, an English-language news network in Europe, explains. Energy production would instead focus on hydropower, according to The Local, along with other renewable energy sources like solar and wind.

    • • Studying Our Food for Radioactive SubstancesStudy Analyses Foods
      For Radioactive Substances

      May 12, 2017 - "Humans cannot perceive or feel radiation with their senses," says Wolfram König, President of the Federal Office for Radiation Protection, "so people must have valid and reliable data, which we provide. This joint study should help us gain a better understanding of possible or negligible risks and enable us to compare and classify them".

    • • Westinghouse Nuc Energy Killed by Gas, Solar & WindGas, Solar & Wind Kills
      Westinghouse Nuclear Energy

      May 1, 2017 - Video killed the radio star — just as natural gas, wind and solar are slowly but surely killing the nuclear power industry (we’re already saying good bye to coal).

      Unfortunately, the venerable Westinghouse Electric Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 29, 2017, dragged down by huge losses in their nuclear power plant construction business. But the story about the demise of Westinghouse is more nuanced, Click to find out how and why solar killed nuclear.

    • • NRC “Scolds” Columbia Generating Northwest Nuclear Plant
      Penalized For Improperly
      Shipping Radioactive Waste

      Apr. 11, 2017 - Last November workers at the Columbia Generating Station shipped a package of low-level nuclear waste to a disposal facility about 10 miles away. But when the used filters arrived, workers measured seven times the radioactive dose coming off the package than there was supposed to be. ...tic-tic-tic

    • • French Nuclear Plant Explosion - no harm done? Blast at Flamanville Station
      'does not cause radioactive leak'

      Feb. 9, 2017 - Several people were treated for smoke inhalation after an explosion and fire at a nuclear power plant in France.

      Authorities said there was "no nuclear risk" following the blast in Flamanville.

      Click for the story from the Independent.

    • • Fukishima Cleanup Remains a Huge Challenge6 Years On, Fukushima’s Clean-
      up Looks Harder Than Ever

      Jan 10, 2017 - The cleanup operations at the abandoned plant are beginning to look as dire as the prospects of the nuclear industry as a whole.

    • • Taxpayers Paying For Nuclear FailuresTaxpayers Foot Bill
      For Nuclear Failures

      Dec. 2, 2016 -Nuclear giant EDF could be heading towards bankruptcy, yet the French and UK governments are turning a blind eye to the looming financial crisis.

    • • Nuclear Weapons Waste HazzardThe Waste That Remains
      From Arming Nuclear Weapons

      Dec. 1, 2016 -Hanford is the nation’s largest nuclear cleanup site, with 56 million gallons of radioactive waste sitting in old, leaky underground tanks just a few hours upriver from Portland. After more than 20 years and $19 billion dollars, not a drop of waste has been treated.

    • • Only One Fusion Lab RemainsThe US Is Down To Just
      One Major Nuclear Fusion Lab

      Oct. 1, 2016 -We know nuclear fusion works. It's what keeps the sun going. But trying to do the same thing on Earth is tricky and expensive.

    • • Fukushima Rivers Radiation Much Higher Radiation Along Fukushima
      Rivers Up to 200x Higher Than
      Pacific Ocean Seabed

      July 22, 2016 -Radioactive contamination in the seabed off the Fukushima coast is hundreds of times above pre-2011 levels, while contamination in local rivers is up to 200 times higher than ocean sediment, according to results from Greenpeace Japan survey work released Thursday.

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    Recycling

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    (More on the Recycling Page)
    • • Smugglers of Recycling Materials Caught in California International Recycling Smugglers

      Apr. 13, 2017 -According to CalRecycle, police have arrested and charged two drivers after a sting operation found tractor trailers carrying (literally) tons of recyclable containers allegedly being smuggled into the state to take advantage to the California Redemption Value.

      Law enforcement says officers pulled the trucks over after they attempted to evade a Department of Food and Agriculture checkpoint on Interstate 10, and found bags containing 14,695 pounds of cans and bottles.

    • • Plastic Bottles Can Become Shoes Timberland Transforms Recycled
      Plastic Bottles Into Shoes

      Mar. 3, 2017- For its latest collection, Timberland is turning to the bottle—the plastic bottle, that is. The outdoor-wear maker has teamed up with Thread, a Pittsburgh, Penn.-based manufacturer of sustainable fabrics, to transform plastic bottles from the streets and canals of Haiti into a dapper collection of footwear, bags, and T-shirts.

    • • Pallets To Pavilions Award-Winning Grass-covered
      Pavilion in India Constructed With
      Over 1,000 Recycled Pallets

      Feb. 13, 2017- Over a thousand discarded shipping pallets went into the making of this partly planted, undulating pavilion in New Delhi. Local architecture firm M:OFA Studios drew inspiration from India’s ruins and their love of upcycling to create Pensieve, an award-winning experimental pavilion with a name inspired by the “memory basin” in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The temporary installation served as an urban playground and public gathering space that inspired people to contemplate their surroundings.

    • • Beer Waste Into Clean WaterMicrobes Turn Beer Waste
      Into Clean Water, Energy

      November 1, 2015 -Cambrian Innovation is extracting clean water and energy from waste streams at two California breweries with a secret set of microbes.

    • • Using Bugs to Clean Up Waste Dong Energy Funds
      First Power Plant Using
      Bugs to Clean Up Waste

      July 1, 2016- Dong Energy A/S’s REnescience plant in northern England will use enzyme technology to “wash”; organic matter from unsorted waste, creating a slurry that can be turned into a gas for use in power generation or motor fuels, said their VP of commercial bioenergy at Novozymes.

    • • Getting Beyond Bags The Latest Plastic Bag Approach

      August 24, 2015, The Columbian -All 12 Safeway stores in Clark County, Washington will begin accepting clean, dry plastic polyethylene wrappers (AKA “film”) and bags as part of a pilot program called “Beyond Bags — Recycling Plastic Wrap and Film.” In addition to packaging film, polyethylene plastic is used to make disposable grocery bags, bread bags, dry cleaning bags, plastic envelopes and newspaper bags.

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    • • Florida Co-ops Make Rooftop Solar Possible for Many Co-ops In Florida Make Rooftop
      Solar Possible For More People

      Sept. 12, 2017 - How does a co-op make rooftop solar systems more affordable? Ten people who band together to buy something usually get a better price than ten people acting individually.

      That’s the idea behind the St. Pete Solar Co-op, which began in 2016 when the local League of Women Voters partnered with Florida Solar United Neighborhoods, whose mission statement says it seeks to expand “access to solar by educating Floridians about the benefits of distributed solar energy, helping them organize group solar installations, and strengthening Florida’s solar policies and its community of solar supporters.”

    • • FERC Says "Yes" - Circuit Ct. Says "No" to Pipeline Sabal Trail Pipeline Rejected

      Aug. 29, 2017 - Last week, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) attempts to downplay the massive climate impacts of the Southeast Market Pipelines Project, a $3.5 billion project that includes the 515-mile Sabal Trail pipeline. FERC and the pipeline companies argued that even though the project’s purpose is to transport fracked gas through Alabama and Georgia to Florida power plants, FERC nonetheless could ignore the greenhouse gas emissions from burning the gas at those plants.

    • • Protesting Phosphate Mining in Manatee County Santa Fe River, Tributary
      and Springs Threatened

      Aug. 22, 2017 - Close to 130 Florida residents descended on the rural county, coming as far as Manatee, Polk and Hamilton counties to share their first-hand experiences with phosphate mining. More than 50 people spoke against the project, many telling personal testimonies including damage to the water supply, health impacts and habitat destruction.

      Last year a giant sinkhole opened at a Mosaic phosphate mine in Polk county that polluted water with radioactive waste.

    • • Orlando Commits to 100% Clean Energy Orlando Now Largest Fl. City
      To Commit To 100% Clean Energy

      Aug. 9, 2017 - The Orlando City Commission today unanimously approved a resolution establishing a goal to move Orlando to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2050. Orlando is now the largest city in Florida to make such a commitment and joins a growing movement of more than three dozen cities nationwide that have committed to a 100 percent clean energy future.

    • • The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone New Jersey-Size 'Dead Zone' Is
      Largest Ever in Gulf of Mexico

      August 2, 2017 - A record-breaking, New Jersey-sized dead zone was measured by scientists in the Gulf of Mexico this week—a sign that water quality in U.S. waterways is worse than expected.

      Click for the National Geographic story.

    • • Should Customers Pay For Fracked Gas Infrastructure? Sierra Club Appeals State’s
      Decision To Make FPL Customers Pay For More
      Unnecessary Fracked Gas Infrastructure

      June 28, 2017 - TALLAHASSEE, FLA—Today, in the Florida Supreme Court, the Sierra Club appealed the Public Service Commission’s decision to force FPL customers to pay for the utility’s aggressive expansion of fracked gas infrastructure, despite failing to prove it’s necessary.

    • • Good News for the Florida Manatee Florida Manatees Likely
      to Persist For At Least
      100 Years—US Geological Survey

      Apr. 13, 2017 - Florida\’s iconic manatee population is highly likely to endure for the next 100 years, so long as wildlife managers continue to protect the marine mammals and their habitat, a new study by the US Geological Survey and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute has found.

    • • FPL's Ambitious Solar Expansion FPL Announces Sites for
      8 New Solar Plants

      Mar. 2, 2017 - Florida Power & Light announced the locations of its 2017 and 2018 universal solar projects, consisting of eight new 74.5-megawatt solar power plants that will be built over the next 12 months.

    • • Bipartisan Fracking Resistance Florida Fracking Ban Bill
      Draws Bipartisan Support

      Jan. 30, 2017 - Good news for a change. Florida lawmakers have debated fracking regulations for years, but a new bill would end the debate and has Republican and Democratic support.

    • • Meeting Sea-Level Rise Puts Everglades Water at Risk Everglades' Water At Risk From
      Sea-Level Rise, Scientists Say

      Dec. 15, 2016 - Climate change and other hurdles mean it will take more water — and potentially more taxpayer money — to save the Everglades, according to new scientific findings released Thursday.

      The report to Congress warns that rising seas and warming temperatures are threatening to worsen damage already done by decades of drainage and pollution, caused by development and farming overtaking the Everglades.

    • • Mercury Found in Everglades Dolphins Mercury Contamination Found in Everglades Dolphins

      Nov. 29, 2016 -Bottlenose dolphins in the Florida Coastal Everglades have higher concentrations of mercury than any other populations in the world. The finding raises concerns about potential impacts on the health of local populations.

    • • Meeting Florida's Demand for More Water Editorial: Meeting Florida’s
      Demand for More Water

      Nov. 25, 2016 - Turn on the tap — it's there. But unless Florida makes smarter use of its water, communities may face serious shortages, the loss of farmland and a slowdown in growth that could upend the state's economy. That outlook, from a new report on Florida's long-term water needs, should be a wake-up call for leaders and residents alike to plan for a more sustainable future.

    • • Mosaic Sued Over Radioactive Sinkhole Florida Residents Sue Mosaic
      Over Massive, Radioactive Sinkhole

      Sept. 24, 2016 - Mosaic Fertilizer has been slammed with a federal lawsuit over the massive, radioactive sinkhole that opened under its New Wales plant in Mulberry, Florida, 30 miles east of Tampa.

    • • Climate Denying Governor "Soothes" Floridians Assume You Are Going to Lose
      Power and Hope That You Don’t —
      Solar Industry Insights

      Sept. 12, 2016 -In the face of Hermine’s landfall, Florida Gov. Rick Scott warned Floridians: “You should assume you are going to lose power and hope that you don’t.”

      Three days later, Scott expressed frustration at the rate of power restoration: “I am incredibly disappointed about where the city is on restoring power. It has been almost four days since the storm, and there are still over 21,000 families and businesses in Tallahassee without power.”

    • • Saving the Everglades From Big Sugar Save the Everglades
      - Go South, Young Man

      Sept. 3, 2016 -Joe Negron is the right person at the right time with the right idea to help deal with Florida's water crisis.

      Negron is the incoming state Senate president, whose district includes Martin County, where discharges from Lake Okeechobee have created toxic algae, fouling waterways and the Atlantic Ocean.

    • • H2O Regulators Hit Audobon Instead of Regulating H2O Water Regulators Attack Audubon
      of Florida Over Tax Talk

      Aug. 15, 2016 -In a press release proclaiming that South Florida residents should “Get the Facts,” the South Florida Water Management District moved from neutral regulator to attack dog Monday using a press release to criticize Audubon of Florida for disagreeing with the district's decision to rollback property taxes instead of paying for invasive species control in the Arthur Marshall National Wildlife Refuge.

    • • Lawsuits to Protect National Parks?Lawsuit Filed to Stop Oil, Gas
      Exploration in Florida's Big
      Cypress National Preserve

      July 27, 2016 - A lawsuit filed today by a coalition of local and national environmental groups would prevent extensive seismic exploration for oil and gas in the Big Cypress National Preserve, which is home to endangered species like the iconic Florida panther and recharges an important source of drinking water for many South Floridians.The preserve also serves as a major watershed for Everglades National Park to the south.

    • • Allowing Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Water Supply 20,000 People Ask Florida
      to Rethink Plan Allowing More
      Cancer-Causing Chemicals in Water

      Aug. 15, 2016 -Last month, Florida's Environmental Regulation Commission (ERC) took the alarming step of changing state rules to allow more cancer-causing chemicals in Florida's water. That change is now on hold thanks to the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which sued the state over the change — and the Tribe is far from alone at being alarmed at the prospect of more carcinogens in the water.

    • • Manatee Deaths - Algae Suspected8 Manatees Found Dead,
      Toxic Algae Suspected as Culprit

      August 2, 2016 - An illness that might be linked to toxic algae blooms combined with a record number of boat collisions has taken a toll on Florida's manatee population in the summer of 2016.

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    • • Can a Seed Bank Help Feed a Warming Planet? How a Seed Bank, Almost Lost in Syria’s
      War, Could Help Feed a Warming Planet

      Oct. 13, 2017 - Ali Shehadeh, a seed hunter, opened the folders with the greatest of care. Inside each was a carefully dried and pressed seed pod: a sweet clover from Egypt, a wild wheat found only in northern Syria, an ancient variety of bread wheat. He had thousands of these folders stacked neatly in a windowless office, a precious herbarium, containing seeds foraged from across the hot, arid and increasingly inhospitable region known as the Fertile Crescent, the birthplace of farming.

      Click for the complete NY Times story.

    • • The Smart City Revolution Who is Leading the Smart City Revolution?

      September 18, 2017 - In July, Xcel Energy and Panasonic announced a collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and others to study a potential carbon-neutral energy district master plan for Peña Station NEXT smart city development in Denver, Colorado; a trio of companies announced the formation of the “Energy IoT and Smart City Technology Alliance,” which consists of Envision, Microsoft, Accenture and others; and Black and Veatch and CPS Energy hosted a webcast called “The Smart City Puzzle: The Role of Utilities in Next-Gen Communities.”

    • • Damaged Coral Reef Makes Florida More Vulnerable Scientists: Damage to Coral Reef Has Made
      Florida More Vulnerable to Storm Surges

      Sept. 12, 2017 - As we begin to piece together the damage from Hurricane Irma in Florida, scientists are pointing to an environmental factor that may have made the storm’s impact worse: the ongoing loss of coral on the state’s increasingly threatened barrier reef.

      Click to read the WashPo story.

    • • A Tiny Country That Feeds the World The Netherlands Became an Agricultural
      Giant By Showing Farming's Future

      Sept.1 2017 - In a potato field near the Netherlands’ border with Belgium, Dutch farmer Jacob van den Borne is seated in the cabin of an immense harvester before an instrument panel worthy of the starship Enterprise.

      From his perch 10 feet above the ground, he’s monitoring two drones—a driverless tractor roaming the fields and a quadcopter in the air—that provide detailed readings on soil chemistry, water content, nutrients, and growth, measuring the progress of every plant down to the individual potato. Van den Borne’s production numbers testify to the power of this “precision farming,” as it’s known. The global average yield of potatoes per acre is about nine tons. Van den Borne’s fields reliably produce more than 20.

      Click to read the Nat Geo story.

    • • Sustainable Sturgeon To Help Keep Sturgeon Sustainable,
      Farm And Fishery Work Together

      July 31, 2017 - It’s the end of only the first week of the official Atlantic sturgeon fishing season on the St. John River in New Brunswick, Canada. But the two fishermen who supply Cornel Ceapa’s Acadian Sturgeon and Caviar company have already landed close to half of the season’s catch.

      This seems impressive, until you learn that the total quota for the river — the last legal wild caviar sturgeon fishery in the world — is only 350 fish per year: 175 males and 175 females. By comparison, on this same river, between 1880, when the fishery opened, and 1886, about 712 metric tons of sturgeon were harvested before it was closed for 10 years because of overfishing.

      Read more by clicking now.

    • • Leave it to the Fins to Solve World Hunger Finnish Scientists Make Food From Electricity
      Slideshow Available

      July 28, 2017 - A team of researchers from Finland might have solved world hunger. The scientists just produced a single-cell protein from electricity and carbon dioxide, and it can be further developed for use as food or animal feed. Renewable energy sources such as solar can be used to produce the protein. The final product is a nutritious mix of more than 50 percent protein and 25 percent carbohydrates with the rest consisting of fats and nucleic acids.

    • • Dealing With a Little Used Highway One City is Transforming a
      Highway Into a “Pop-Up Forest”

      July 28, 2017 - Many rust belt cities, including Pittsburgh, are “shrinking.” Some have lost so many people, that highways are unneeded, and cities are finding new uses for them.

      In Akron, Ohio, traffic from State Route 59, known as the Innerbelt, has been rerouted to side streets, and the highway itself is empty. It’s been shut down.

      Click to learn how
      the problem was handled.

    • • Act Now on CO2 - or the Planet Gets It! Sucking Up CO2 Will
      Cost Hundreds of Trillions

      July 19, 2017 - Unless we start cutting carbon dioxide emissions soon, it’s going to cost today’s young people as much as $535 trillion to clean up the atmosphere by 2100, according to a study published on Tuesday evening. By way of context, that’s around seven times the size of the entire global economy.

    • • The Magic of Kelp Farming Seaweed For Food and Fuel

      June 29, 2017 - As the world grows and the climate changes, there’s been fresh interest in seaweed – and a new breed of farmers are exploring how best to harness the humble plant’s benefits.

      Click to read the article
      from The Atlantic

    • • Boom Time for Urban Farming Yes, We Said "Urban Farming"

      May 27, 1017 - Last month, the USDA published an urban agriculture tool kit, which is a guide to programs at the department that can be useful to urban farmers. It’s things like funding for hoop houses (low-tech greenhouses) and micro-loans with streamlined applications.

      “People think of USDA—and they don’t think of urban agriculture,” says Elanor Starmer, administrator of the department’s Agricultural Marketing Service division. The guide was prompted by conversations with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and other groups asking the USDA for help in addressing requests from urban farmers. “As urban agriculture has grown, we’ve come to understand that [we have] tools that are relevant and we want people to know what they are,” Starmer says.

    • • Sustainable Future for Rotterdam - Despite Challenges? Awash in Carbon Emissions,
      Port of Rotterdam Aspires
      to Sustainable Future

      May 8, 2017, -As part of the European Union (EU), the Netherlands must shoulder its share of the EU’s commitment to cut emissions and thus pledged to reduce its emissions 30 percent by 2020 and 50 percent by 2025.

      To achieve these goals, Rotterdam, the Netherland’s second largest city, implemented a climate plan in 2007 known as the Rotterdam Climate Initiative (RCI).

    • • Reinventing Rice for a Climate Transformed World Reinventing Rice for a World
      Transformed by Climate Change

      May 4, 2017, -UC Davis plant geneticist Pamela Ronald wants to create rice varieties that can survive in harsher conditions, including more frequent droughts. -Learn how.

    • • Solar Device Can Pull Water out of Desert AirNew Solar-Powered Device
      Can Pull Water Straight
      from the Desert Air

      Apr. 13, 2017, -You can’t squeeze blood from a stone, but wringing water from the desert sky is now possible, thanks to a new spongelike device that uses sunlight to suck water vapor from air, even in low humidity.

      The device can produce nearly 3 liters of water per day for every kilogram of spongelike absorber it contains, and researchers say future versions will be even better. That means homes in the driest parts of the world could soon have a solar-powered appliance capable of delivering all the water they need, offering relief to billions of people.

    • • Dubai: The Improbable Green City The World's Most Improbable Green City

      April 4, 2017 - To plunge headlong into the audacity of Dubai—the sprawling efflorescence of concrete, glass, and steel that has sprung up over the past three decades on the scorched sands of Arabia—you could start by going skiing.

      Smack in the middle of the flat city, the slope looks like a silver spaceship impaled in the ground floor of the Mall of the Emirates. Inside, you can window-shop at Prada, Dior, and Alexander McQueen before pushing through the glass doors of Ski Dubai. Passing a mural of the Alps, you zip up your parka, pull on your gloves. You begin to marvel then at what air-conditioning can do, when pushed to its limits.

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      won't want to miss.

    • • Look, Up In The Sky - It's a Farm!Hong Kong’s Skyline Farmers

      Mar. 13, 2017, -Andrew Tsui, examining a bumper crop of bok choy, butter lettuce, and mustard leaf, all grown here, at one of the most prestigious business addresses in the city. Spade in hand, Tsui scraped at the electric-green moss that had begun to sprout on the sides of the black plastic grow boxes—a result, he said, of the damp sea air off the harbor.

    • • Don't Discard Those Shrimp ShellsEgyptian Scientists Turn Dried Shrimp
      Shells Into Eco-Friendly Plastic

      Mar. 3, 2017 -Plastic is a plague on this planet, but it doesn’t have to be. A group of Egyptian researchers is developing a kind of plastic won’t languish in landfills for hundreds of years – made with dried shrimp shells. Just six months into a two-year project, the team is already seeing some success

    • • Bacteria-Fed Synthetic Iron as a Source of Energy Bacteria Fed Synthetic
      Iron-Containing Molecules

      Feb. 7, 2017, -The bacterial world is rife with unusual talents, among them a knack for producing electricity. In the wild, 'electrogenic' bacteria generate current as part of their metabolism, and now researchers have found a way to confer that ability upon non-electrogenic bacteria. This technique could have applications for sustainable electricity generation and wastewater treatment.

    • • Vertical Forests to Fight Pollution Pollution-fighting Vertical Forest
      Buildings Coming to China

      Feb. 5, 2017 -China has pollution problems, and one Italian architect could have some answers.

      The Chinese city of Nanjing is getting a Vertical Forest, a set of two buildings stylised with around 1,100 trees and a combination of over 2,500 shrubs and plants. BioIntegrity connects potential donors to environmental stewardship and restoration opportunities of global proportions.

    • • Measuring Sustainable Growth Getting the Measure of
      Sustainable Economic Growth

      Jan. 30, 2017, -The new Index of Sustainable Economic Growth shows there is a shift to strike a healthier balance between support for the economy, and care for essential social and environmental systems. But can it ever replace GDP as a measure of progress?

    • • London Makes it Easier for Cyclists London's Mayor Will Spend $1
      Billion On Cycling Improvements

      Dec. 7, 2016, -London's mayor is serious about cycling. Sadiq Khan, who took office in 2016, has secured almost a billion dollars to spend on cycling over the next five years. That works out to almost $22 per person per year. Remarkably, this is double what bike-enthusiast Boris Johnson, the previous mayor, managed to spend.

    • • What a Tomata! State-of-the-Art Tomato
      Farm Opens in Australia

      Oct. 6, 2016, -A high-tech sustainable tomato farm with its own desalination plant and 23,000 mirrors to harness the sun’s energy, has opened in South Australia.

    • • Vertical Farming in KyotoVertical Farming in Kyoto:
      The Only Way is Up

      Sep. 19, 2016, -Inside the doors of the eerily high-tech facility it's business as usual, as masked workers glide around quietly but purposefully. They'll see 21,000 heads of lettuce shipped out across the length and breadth of Japan today, all delivered to supermarkets and restaurants within 24 hours of leaving the doors of this vertical farm.

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    • • The Urban Farming Revolution Urban Farming Is
      Revolutionizing Our Cities

      Aug. 27, 2016, -Incorporating food production into ever-expanding urban areas makes cities more livable and enhances the natural systems that keep us alive and healthy.

    • • Adopting a Circular Economy: The Biorefinery Adopting a Circular Economy:
      The Biorefinery Concept

      Jan. 25, 2016, -As economic and political landscapes around the world drive industry to more sustainable and economically viable sources of fuel, producers are rapidly turning to alternative production processes and sources of energy. For many governments, part of this shift involves adopting a circular economy approach, utilising all aspects of ‘waste’ throughout the production chain.

    • • Lab-Grown Meat Can Save the Planet Lab-Grown Meat Is the Future of Food:
      Are You Ready to Take a Bite?

      Oct. 21, 2016 -Soon, your burger may come out of a test tube. Cultured meat—meat developed in a scientific lab rather than from slaughtered animals—is rapidly becoming the future of food, or protein, at least.

      Click now for more (plus a video).

    • • Sustainable Brewing A Small, Solar-Powered Company
      in the Business of Beer

      Aug. 2, 2016 -Throwback Brewery: where great beer, solar and sustainable business practices collide. In 2010, co-Founders Annette Lee and Nicole Carrier opened their brewery in North Hampton, New Hampshire with the vision to create 100 percent locally-sourced beers, as well as to promote other aspects of sustainable business.

      Read this article by clicking now.
      (part of the Sustainabile Women Series)

    • • Aiding the Environment in the Vinyard Eco-Initiatives on Martha's Vinyard

      Aug. 1, 2016 -Green business practices or Eco-Initiatives, are simply choices Cronigs Market makes in support of their customer oriented business model. Some examples are obvious, while others are a bit more behind the scenes.

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    • • NJ Election Could Be Positive for Wind New Democratic Governor in New Jersey Could
      Ignite State’s Offshore Wind Sector

      Nov.8, 2017 - Control of the governor’s seat in New Jersey is moving to a Democrat — a shift that could be a big win for wind power in the state’s waters. Phil Murphy won the New Jersey gubernatorial election yesterday over Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno.

      Despite having legislation in place since 2010 calling for mechanisms to support offshore wind development, including authorization of offshore wind energy credits, New Jersey never achieved any progress on that front.

      Click to read more from Renewable Energy World.

    • • High Growth Predicted for U.S. Offshore Wind 4 Job Sectors You Need to Watch

      Nov. 6, 2017 - Which job sectors have the highest potential for growth under the foreseeable development path for wind projects in waters off the U.S. East Coast? A new report prepared for the Roadmap Project for Multi-State Cooperation on Offshore Wind has the answers.

      Click to read the report
      from Renewable Energy World.

    • • U.S. and Denmark Agree to Share Information Positive News, But Will It
      Lead to Positive Results?

      Oct. 31, 2017 - W Despite a huge potential, only a vanishingly small part of the United States power supply comes from offshore wind. A new collaboration, which the Minister of energy, supply and climate Lars Chr. Lilleholt has agreed with US Interior Minister Ryan Zinke, might help change.

      Click to read the Renewable Energy World story.

    • • China Makes a Big Bet on Offshore Wind China’s Newly Added Installed Wind Power
      Capacity Accounted for 42.7% of the 2016 Global Total

      Oct. 24, 2017 - In China, the year witnessed newly added wind power capacity of about 23 GW, decreasing 24 percent from a year earlier, according to data released by the Chinese Wind Energy Association.

      The country’s total installed wind power capacity reached 169 GW. Remarkably, the installed capacity of the onshore wind power sector decreased, while offshore saw an increase of more than 60 percent. The country installed 154 wind turbines last year, with a total capacity of 590 MW, an increase of 64 percent year on year.

      Click now for the Renewable Energy World article.

    • • Testing Offshore Wind Turbine Near Charleston, S.C. MHI Vestas Selects US Facility to Test
      9.5-MW Offshore Wind Turbine Nacelle

      October 24, 2017 - wind turbine manufacturer MHI Vestas announced that it is making a $35 million investment with Clemson University to test its newest 9.5-MW gearbox at Clemson’s facility in Charleston, SC. The investment comes with a five-year contract and is an important first step for the manufacturer as it eyes the U.S. market.

      The company said it intends to set up a U.S. office in a soon-to-be-decided location in early 2018 to officially enter the U.S. market.

      Click to read the article
      from Renewable Energy World

    • • Wind: We've Got the Power! Open Ocean Wind Turbines Could Provide
      Enough Electricity to Power the Entire World

      Oct. 10, 2017 - There is so much magnificence in the ocean, including, apparently, untapped kinetic energy. It turns out that wind turbines over open ocean could generate three times as much power—that's right: three times as much—as placing them on land. This was the major finding of a new study Monday in PNAS authored by Anna Possner and Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institute and Stanford.

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    • • Let's See: Which is Cheaper, Wind or Nuclear? Offshore Wind Prices:
      Will This Info Help US Projects?

      September 27, 2017 - Wind energy observers worldwide took notice when Bloomberg News reported the contract price (September 11) for a U.K. energy auction: £57.50 ($77.76) per MWh — a 50 percent decline in recent offshore energy costs. In contrast, Bloomberg noted the U.K. will pay £92.50 ($125.09) per MWh for electricity from the Hinkley Point atomic plant.

      Don't let this story blow past you.
      Click now to read it.

    • • Can Offshore Wind Benefit Sealife? First Evidence That Offshore
      Wind Farms Are Changing the Oceans

      Sept. 22, 2017 - Offshore wind turbines are huge—much bigger than their land-based counterparts. They can be over 200 meters tall—twice the height of the Big Ben clock tower in London—and generate up to nine megawatts of power. But most of their mass is in the concrete and steel bases that sit underwater.

      Naturally, these bases become home to complex ecosystems. In the North Sea, where most of the European farms are being built, these ecosystems are dominated by blue mussels. These feed by filtering phytoplankton from the water. Mussels are also a food source for other marine animals, such as fish and crabs, and this has the potential to significantly alter the food web.

      Click now for the whole story.

    • • Political Change Blowing in the N.J. Wind Change in Leadership Could Help N.J.
      Fulfill Its Offshore Wind Potential

      September 21, 2017 - New Jersey Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy has an environmental plan for the state that includes setting an offshore wind target of 3,500 MW by 2030.

      Click to see why you should
      not stay home on Election Day.

    • • World's Largest Offshore Windfiarm Slated for China DONG Energy To Build World’s Largest
      Offshore Wind Farm At 1,386 MW

      Sept. 12, 2017 - The Danish wind energy giant is making news once again after being awarded the contract to build what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, the 1,386 MW Hornsea Project Two, at a record UK-low strike price of £57.50 per MWh.

      On Monday the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced the results of its latest Contracts for Difference (CfD) competitive auction, which has garnered much attention for new record low offshore wind prices that subsequently made offshore wind cheaper than gas and nuclear energy.

    • • Offshore Wind Working Group Ordered for Delaware Delaware Governor Orders Creation
      of Offshore Wind Working Group

      August 28, 2017 - Delaware Gov. John Carney today authorized the creation of an Offshore Wind Working Group (OWWG) to advance offshore wind for the state.

      An executive order establishing the OWWG says the group will study how Delaware can participate in developing offshore wind; identify ways to leverage the related economic opportunities; and make specific recommendations for engaging in the development of offshore wind for Delaware.

      The OWWG, which will have 17 members, including at least three from the energy industry, will meet before the end of September.

      Click to learn what
      they will be considering.

    • • Emerging Trends in U.S. Offshore Wind Not Just a Lot of Hot Air

      August 11, 2017 - Is offshore wind the next big thing? It could be for the United States.

      As global project costs continue to drop, America is building on the momentum of its first commercial offshore wind farm. The Block Island Wind Farm, off the coast of Rhode Island, is expected to produce enough electricity to power about 17,000 homes—and that’s just the beginning. According to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) more projects are underway as four significant trends are emerging in this growing energy market.

    • • American Wind Week Teaches Us About Wind Power 'American Wind Week' Launches to
      Teach America About the Power of Wind

      July 31, 2017 - Invenergy and announced the renewable “Giga-project” Wind Catcher Energy Connection, which will link more than 1.1 million residents in the south central portion of the country with wind energy harvested from what will be the second-largest wind farm in the world, located in Oklahoma.

      Almost simultaneously, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) released Q2 2017 figures that showed a 40% increase in wind project development over the previous year.

    • • Jiminy Peak (Mass) Now Reducing Carbon Footprint 10 Years After Launch of its Wind Turbine,
      Jiminy Peak Now Reducing Carbon Footprint

      July 25, 2017 - In 2007, when Jiminy Peak installed a $4 million, 1.5-MW wind turbine on the western flank of its mountain, many thought the 70-year-old resort was taking a huge financial risk.

      This month, 10 years after the switch was thrown, Brian Fairbank, chairman of The Fairbank Group, which runs the resort, looks back at a risk worth taking. The 253-ft. high turbine paid for itself in seven years, and today, combined with a 12-acre, 2.3-MW solar field and 75-kWh cogeneration unit, the slopeside Country Inn at Jiminy Peak can claim to be one of the few resorts in the U.S. powered 100 percent by renewable energy.

    • • Economics Push Utilities into the Wind Major Utilities Buying
      More Wind as Economics
      Drive US Energy Transformation

      July 19, 2017 - Across the nation, smart business leaders are doubling down on wind power because new business realities are driving an energy marketplace that is more diversified and flexible.

      Clean power sources, such as wind, solar and natural gas, are now customers' preferred energy choices. And this new energy mix is actually improving America's grid, adding resilience and reliability, along with more than half a million U.S. jobs, while saving U.S. energy customers and ratepayers billions of dollars in electricity costs.

    • • The U.K. Wins Offshore Wind Contest Contract Wins and Acquisitions Further
      Growth of Global Offshore Wind Industry

      July 17, 2017 - The UK generates more electricity from offshore wind than any other country, meeting 5 percent of total national demand. That figure is likely to grow, with the sector predicted to be worth just under £3B [US $3.9B] to the UK economy by 2030.

    • • Hey, Cleveland. Welcome Back to the Future Thank Offshore Wind

      July 13, 2017 - Today, Cleveland is becoming one of the most livable cities in America as well as developing sustainable practices that attract young and old residents alike.

      In fact, in 2016, Forbes magazine named Cleveland the “Hottest City in America.” However, Cleveland is now 51st in population among U.S. cities, and many of the industries from the glory days are shadows of themselves, have closed, or moved away.

      So, how does the Hottest City in America attract the best and brightest millennials as well as leverage its legacy of industrialization, entrepreneurship, and innovation to generate jobs of the future?

    • • Like Ivory Soap, Windpower that Floats Floating Wind Plan Could
      Crack California’s Offshore Market

      June 30, 2017 - Until recently, offshore wind simply didn’t make economic sense along the West Coast, because the steep continental shelf makes it prohibitively expensive to build the normal underwater foundations. But the ability to erect increasingly large wind turbines on floating platforms has presented new possibilities, particularly in California, where state renewable-energy mandates must be met even if the electricity prices aren’t as cheap as fossil-fuel options.

      Click to be blown away.

    • • Even a Big Oil Company Gets in on Windpower Shell Sees Ability to Manage Risk
      as Benefit in Offshore Wind Development

      June 14, 2017 - Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s most valuable oil company, expects its expertise in managing risk will make it a market leader in developing the clean energy industry.

      Offshore wind projects are attracting billions of dollars of investment and will become “the energy backbone” for European countries from Germany to the U.K., said Mark Gainsborough, Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s head of new energies.

    • • Advancing Storage for Windpower Integration UK Energy Companies to Advance
      Storage for Wind Power Integration

      June 13, 2017 - A collaborative initiative from London-based Carbon Trust will bring together a group of energy companies to investigate use cases for energy storage that will help cut costs associated with integrating wind energy into the UK power grid.

    • • What Lessons Can Be Learned from the Dutch The 600-MW Gemini Offshore
      Wind Farm is Up & running

      May 26, 2017 -Earlier this month, the Netherlands completed one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world, as an accelerating wind boom finally helps the country make real progress on its renewable energy goals.

      The 600-megawatt Gemini wind park, operating 150 turbines in the North Sea, will serve some 1.5 million citizens. Several other major offshore wind farms are under development as well, which will collectively push total wind capacity to nearly 4.5 gigawatts by 2023.

    • • A New Technology is Blowing in the WindTwo Irish Companies Teaming
      to Develop Hydrokinetic Turbines

      Mar. 21, 2017 - DesignPro Ltd. and GKinetic Energy Ltd. in Ireland are collaborating to develop a new range of run-of-river hydrokinetic turbines.

      GKinetic previously engaged DesignProDesignPro secured the opportunity to develop 25-kW and 60-kW devices. DesignPro applied for EU’s Horizon 2020 SME instrument and has now secured Horizon 2020 Phase 2 funding to commercialize river turbines up to 100 kW using GKinetic’s technology.

    • • Close to 1/4 Million Wind Jobs Possible by 2020Wind Energy Rise Makes 248,000
      Jobs Possible By 2020

      Mar. 10, 2017 - As the largest renewable resource in the U.S. grows, so will wind-related job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Americans.

      That was the news released yesterday as AWEA joined Navigant Consulting to release new analysis showing the U.S. wind industry will drive over $85 billion in economic activity over the next four years while wind-related employment will grow to reach 248,000 jobs in all 50 states.

    • • Wind Turbines Head Home Wind Turbines Head for Homes Again

      Feb. 1, 2017 - A new type of small wind turbine for home electricity generation, intended to match the popularity and potential of solar power, is being developed in Europe.

    • • Wind: Canada's Largest Source of New Electricity Wind Has Been Canada’s Largest
      Source of New Electricity Generation
      For More Than a Decade

      Jan. 31, 2017 - Canada’s wind energy industry had another year of strong growth in 2016, adding 702 MW of new capacity through the commissioning of 21 projects in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

    • • China to Make Huge Wind Power Investment by 2020China to Invest $100 billion
      in Wind Power Projects by 2020

      Jan. 24, 2017 - China will invest more than 700 billion yuan (approx. US$100 billion) in wind power facilities by 2020, according to the National Energy Administration of China\’s latest wind power development plan.

    • • Investor Buys $2 B Stake in UK Offshore Wind Farm Macquarie Buys $2
      Billion Stake in UK
      Offshore Wind Farm

      Dec. 30, 2016 - Macquarie Group Ltd bought a 50% stake in the Race Bank offshore wind farm being developed in the U.K. North Sea from Dong Energy A/S for 1.6 billion pounds ($2 billion).

    • • First U.S. Commercial Offshore Wind Farm Goes LiveAmerica’s First Commercial
      Offshore Wind Farm Goes Live

      Dec. 5, 2016 - In a few days, the water-bound wind turbines off of Rhode Island’s Block Island are expected to generate electricity commercially for the first time, and New Englanders are set to become the first in U.S. history to use electric power generated from an offshore wind turbine.

    • • 20-MW Skipjack Offshore Project Seeks Approval Deepwater Wind Seeks
      Maryland Approval for 120-MW
      Skipjack Offshore Project

      Dec. 5, 2016 -Skipjack Offshore Energy LLC applied Nov. 30 with the Maryland Public Service Commission for approval of a 120-MW wind project that would qualify for a Maryland set-aside program for offshore wind energy.

    • • Windmills or Reactor Cores?Windmills or Reactor Cores?
      Inside S. Africa’s Energy Clash

      Nov. 13, 2016- In one of the most sun-drenched corners of the planet, a 670-foot tower rises above a desert dotted with 4,160 mirrors. Tracking the sun throughout the day, the mirrors, called heliostats, redirect the sun’s rays into the tower, where water is heated to generate steam — and electricity.

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