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  • The Battery of the Future: Potassium & Proton
    Behold The Potassium &
    Proton Batteries of the Future!

    Apr. 7, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -With hundreds of labs around the world working to find cheaper, safer batteries, reports of breakthroughs are common. Here are two that were announced recently.

    Potassium is plentiful and cheap. Lithium is fairly plentiful, but it is not evenly distributed around the world and fairly difficult to refine, which makes it rather costly. Scientists have been exploring the possibility of using potassium instead of lithium in batteries as a way to reduce costs.

    “The uneven distribution and scarcity of lithium in the Earth’s crust make relying on lithium-ion batteries as the sole source of energy storage highly impractical and uneconomical,” Nikhil Koratkar, a professor of mechanical engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, tells OneZero. He and his team have published an article with details of their research in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

  • Gigastack Can Deliver Bulk, Low-Cost and Zero-Carbon Hydrogen
    Gigastack: Gigawatt Scale Polymer
    Electrolyte Membrane Electrolysers

    Apr. 4, 2020 (nature) -Gigastack will demonstrate the delivery of bulk, low-cost and zero-carbon hydrogen through a gigawatt scale polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysers, manufactured in the UK.

    The project aims to dramatically reduce the cost of electrolytic [aka renewable] hydrogen...to work towards developing a system that uses electricity from Orsted’s Hornsea Two offshore wind farm to generate renewable hydrogen for the Phillips 66 Humber Refinery.

    Dutch giant Phillips indicates adopting renewable hydrogen is part of its energy transition plan.

  • Tesla Could Make Giant Batteries for Hawaiian Electric
    Hawaiian Electric Proposes Tesla Batteries for Oahu Power

    Apr. 1, 2020 (Hawaii News Now) -Hawaiian Electric Company Inc. has proposed using giant batteries manufactured by auto maker Tesla Inc. to provide energy to Oahu’s power grid.

    The proposal estimates costs of $200 million to $300 million and would accommodate more renewable energy production across the island, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday.

    Banks of liquid-cooled, lithium­-ion batteries could become the first and biggest stand-alone, utility-scale energy battery system tied to the grid of Hawaii’s largest utility.

  • China’s GCL Systems Plans World's Largest Solar Factory
    GCL Plans To Invest $2.5b In World’s
    Largest Solar Panel Factory

    Mar. 30, 2020 (Energy Central) - A report by Power Technology claims China’s GCL Systems Integration Technology plans to invest more than $2.5 billion to construct the world’s largest solar panel factory. Citing a report by Bloomberg, it says the new facility will be built in eastern Hefei province. According to a regulatory filing with the Shanzen stock exchange, the company says the new factory will be able to produce 60 gigawatts (GW) of solar panels each year, enough to meet half of global demand.

    The first phase of the new factory will be able to manufacture 15 GW of solar panels a year, with the production totals ramping up as additional factory phases are completed. The factory will produce silicon wafers, photocells, modules, and other components such as junction boxes, back sheets, glass, EVA layers, and aluminum frames — everything needed to manufacture a completed solar panel.

  • Getting Closer To Artificial Photosynthesis For Renewable Energy
    Coming: Artificial Photosynthesis
    for Renewable Energy

    Mar. 26, 2020 (inhabitat) -Scientists at Berkeley Lab are getting close to a long-held goal of using artificial photosynthesis to generate renewable energy from the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. If produced in large enough quantities, the energy created from artificial photosynthesis could be a huge step to slowing climate change.

    Photosynthesis is the chemical reaction by which algae and green plants turn carbon dioxide into cellular fuel. Scientists at Berkeley have designed square solar fuel tiles containing billions of nanoscale tubes between two pieces of thin, flexible silicate. These squares will comprise the new artificial photosynthesis system.

    The Berkeley scientists recently published a paper in Advanced Functional Materials explaining how their design “allows for the rapid flow of protons from the interior space of the tube, where they are generated from splitting water molecules, to the outside, where they combine with CO2 and electrons to form the fuel.”

  • Even the Solar Industry is Affected by the Coronavirus
    The Coronavirus Creating
    Solar Industry 'Crisis'

    Mar. 17, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -The spreading coronavirus is threatening project schedules in the booming U.S. solar industry following a year in which the sector topped natural gas as the nation’s top new power source, according to a report published on Tuesday.

    Fallout from the pandemic has impacted both supply chains and demand in the fast-growing industry, and the president of the top U.S. solar trade group said its annual market report’s projection of 47% growth in 2020 will be ratcheted down in the coming weeks and months.

    It was still too soon to incorporate the pandemic’s impact into the sector’s outlook with certainty, the Solar Energy Industries Association said.

  • The Total Picture of Storage in Dunkirk, France
    France’s Total Building 25Mw
    Energy Storage Facility At Dunkirk Port

    Mar. 12, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) - French energy firm Total will build what it calls France’s largest battery storage project along the nation’s northern coast.

    The company announced the project in Mardyck, at the Flandres Center in Dunkirk’s port district. The facility will have a storage capacity of 25MW/25 MWh.

    Saft will deliver its Intensium Max 20 High Energy battery solution including 11 integrated 2.3 MWh containers. The Mardyck storage project is scheduled for commissioning later this year.

  • Moving Ahead With Green Ammonia
    H2U Moves Forward
    With 3 GW Green
    Ammonia Export Plant

    Mar. 12, 2020 (Ammonia Energy Assoc) -According to a statement released by the Queensland government last week, the clean infrastructure development firm Hydrogen Utility (H2U) has purchased a 171-hectare site in Gladstone, Queensland, where it intends to build a green ammonia export plant with initial operations beginning in 2025.

    This “H2-Hub” will be built in stages, scaling up over time to reach up to 3 GW electrolyzer capacity for green hydrogen production, and up to 5,000 tons per day of green ammonia. This is at least twice the size of a conventional natural gas-based world-scale ammonia plant.

    Now that the site has been purchased, the project moves into feasibility and permitting stages: “With the land in Gladstone secured under contract the project will now move into master planning and detailed feasibility, targeting approvals by 2023 and first operation in 2025.”

  • Virginia Targets 100% Clean Power
    Virginia: The First
    State In the South to
    Target 100% Clean Power

    Mar. 12, 2020 (Vox) - Over the last decade or so, Virginia has gradually transitioned from a purple to blue state. Now it will embark on another transition, from fossil fuels to clean, carbon-free electricity.

    After voting for Republican presidents going back to Richard Nixon in 1972, Virginians began consistently voting for Democrats for president in 2008. And they have a long tradition of Democratic governors, the latest being pediatric neurologist and Army veteran Ralph Northam, elected in 2017.

    In September of 2019, Northam tried to do what Democrats generally do when elected: support clean energy. He issued Executive Order 43, which laid out a plan for the state to reach 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050 (in keeping with the consensus goal of national Democrats) and to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI, a nine-state carbon trading network).

  • Green Jobs in UK Could Increase 85% by 2020
    Green Jobs in UK
    Could Increase 85% In 10
    Years With Government Support

    Mar. 10, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) -Employment in the renewable and clean energy could grow from 128,954 in 2017 to 238,000 by 2030 in the UK according to a new report by the Renewable Energy Association (REA). Around 46,000 of these new jobs are expected to be in North England, the home to many carbon intensive job clusters. This news is revealed after a disappointing year for industry growth, which has only increased 1.5% from 2017 due to cuts in the solar PV industry.

    Although legislation around net zero goals and the offshore wind sector deal advanced the industry, support of the government is crucial to enforce policy proposals and implement a more effective taxation system that promotes renewable energy and clean technologies as well as protect natural capital, said REA.

  • Renewables Rise Above Coal, Gas, Oil and Nuclear Combined
    New FERC Report Confirms
    Rise of R.E. Above Coal, Gas,
    Oil And Nuclear Combined

    Mar. 9, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) - Renewables estimated to add nearly 50,000 MW, being more than a quarter of the total capacity

    According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data quietly issued last week by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the mix of renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) provided 57.26% of new U.S. electrical generating capacity added in 2019 – swamping that provided by coal, natural gas, oil, and nuclear power combined.

    FERC’s latest monthly “Energy Infrastructure Update” report (with data through December 31, 2019) reveals renewable sources (i.e. biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for 11,857 megawatts (MW) of new generating capacity by the end of the year. That is a third more (33.97%) more than that of natural gas (8,557 MW), nuclear (155 MW), oil (77 MW), and coal (62 MW) combined.

  • Why Women Should Consider Careers In Renewable Energy
    Why Women Should
    Consider a Career In Renewables

    Mar. 6, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) - International Women’s Day is a global event designed to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating female equality across the world. This message has undoubtedly become more prominent over recent years, as international communities have become increasingly aware of their own shortcomings. In an effort to support women and consistently instill the message of International Women’s Day, many of us are working passionately to create a more prosperous space for women across professional sectors.

    One industry working to celebrate female empowerment and gender equality is the world of renewables. Built upon the premise of creating a healthier and more positive environment, the renewable energy sector is now extending this goal, using its platform to maintain a supportive workplace culture for women. After all, our world needs to be enhanced both environmentally and socially if we hope to create a more inspiring ideal for future generations.

  • Floating Wind, CO2 Capture and H: Way to Go, Norway
    Floating Wind, Carbon
    Capture and Hydrogen to Lead
    Norwegian Oil's Energy Transition

    Feb. 29, 2020 (RECHARGE) -Floating wind power, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and hydrogen will be looked to to spearhead the Norwegian oil & gas industry’s transition as it targets cutting its emissions by 40% by the end of the decade and to “near zero” by 2050, according to a new climate strategy report from cross-sector body KonKraft.

    The plan, developed by industry bodies Norwegian Oil & Gas, the Norwegian Shipowners Association (NSA), the Federation of Norwegian Industries (FNI) and a number of the country’s unions, will major on greenhouse gas reductions — from offshore platforms and coastal refineries but also from the fleet of service vessels supporting offshore operations on the Norwegian continental shelf — while shaping a “forward-looking energy industry” increasingly focused on renewable energy projects.

  • Major FPL Solar Plan Gets State Approval
    Major FPL Solar Plan Gets State Approval

    Mar. 4, 2020 (Energy Central) — TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Pointing to issues such as expanding renewable energy, state regulators Tuesday approved a $1.8 billion plan by Florida Power & Light to add 20 solar-power plants by the middle of next year.

    The Florida Public Service Commission’s decision came after its staff recommended rejecting the utility’s “SolarTogether” program because of the way it is structured. The plan also drew opposition from the state Office of Public Counsel, which represents consumers in utility issues.

    But commissioners said the program, which involves adding a total of 1,490 mw of solar capacity, will expand renewable energy and reduce the state’s reliance on fossil fuels to generate electricity. FPL had backing from Walmart, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy and Vote Solar, after reaching an agreement with the retailer and the solar-advocacy groups last year.

  • Quebec Hydro Reservoirs Provide Valuable U.S. Energy Storage
    Quebec Hydro Reservoirs
    Provide Valuable Energy Storage
    for U.S. Northeast

    Feb. 18, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) —States in the northeastern U.S. can transition to low-carbon electricity at a lower cost by using hydropower reservoirs in Quebec, Canada, for energy storage, says a new MIT study. The study argues that Quebec’s hydropower reservoirs are best seen by northeastern states as a virtual energy storage resource rather than a continuous energy source.

    In a low-carbon future, the value of Quebec hydropower is maximized when used to balance and store renewable electricity generated from variable U.S. wind and solar resources. Adding cross-border transmission lines can facilitate the two-way power flows needed to leverage these benefits further, MIT says.

    As more U.S. states commit to 100% clean electricity or net-zero emissions, power generation will increasingly rely on renewable technologies such as wind and solar photovoltaic. Because these technologies are intermittent and cannot be dispatched as needed, they require a backup source to ensure stability of the electricity system across hours, days and seasons.

  • Morocco: Arab World's Renewable Energy Leader
    Morocco Aims To Have Renewable
    Energy Constitute 42% of Its
    Production This Year's End

    Feb. 13, 2020 (Energy Central)— Morocco remains a leader in the Arab world in terms of electricity from renewable energy, a study from the King Abdullah Center for Petroleum Studies and Research has found.

    The study reveals Morocco is the leader in generating electricity from renewable energy ahead of Egypt and Jordan.

    The production of coal in Morocco represents a lever in the electricity sector. Coal dominates the country’s electricity generation capacity with 58% of power production in 2016. Coal is followed by natural gas with 20% and oil by 10%. Morocco styles itself as a continental leader in renewable energy with several world-renowned projects in the field, including the Noor Ouarzazate solar complex.

  • Renewable Energy and Hydrogen (The New Partnership)
    How Renewables Will Make All
    the Cheap Hydrogen We Need

    Feb. 6, 2020 (Forbes)—If the hydrogen economy is to advance, it must receive investment support of $70 billion by 2030. That’s according to the Hydrogen Council, which says that the cost to produce and distribute hydrogen from clean energy sources will fall by as much as 50% over the next decade.

    Today most hydrogen is produced in reactions involving coal and natural gas, and is considered “grey hydrogen” that does nothing to limit CO2 emissions. The goal, though, is to produce hydrogen from low-carbon energy sources and to expand its use into the transportation and power generation sectors.

  • Duke Energy Is Denying Solar Rebates
    Denied your Solar Rebate
    from Duke Energy?
    You’re Not alone

    Feb. 1, 2020 (Energy Central)— Scores of North Carolinians seeking solar rebates from Duke Energy have complained that their applications were unfairly denied or waitlisted after technical problems left applicants' forms "jumbled."

    One resident had signed a contract to install solar panels on her home in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte, N.C. — enticed in part by a potential Duke rebate.

    She knew the money wasn’t a sure thing: Every year, more people apply for the first-come, first-serve program than the utility can accept. But Duke started taking applications at 9 a.m., and Scott was going to do her best to get that $4,560 rebate. “That’s a good chunk of change,” she said.

    Click now for the complete story.

  • The Smart Cell That Turns Solar Energy Into Hydrogen
    The Smart Cell:
    Turning Solar Energy Into Hydrogen

    Jan. 26, 2020 (OILPRICE.com)— What could be better than a solar cell that captures most of the visible light spectrum to generate energy? A cell that can capture the whole visible light spectrum and turn the energy into hydrogen. The cell is actually a molecule, and it is a busy molecule: it not only harnesses 50% more solar energy than existing solar cells, but it also turns this energy into hydrogen.

    “The whole idea is that we can use photons from the sun and transform it into hydrogen. To put it simply, we are saving the energy from sunlight and storing it into chemical bonds so it can be used at a later time,” explains the lead researcher in the team that developed the molecule, chemistry professor Claudia Turro from Ohio State University.

  • Renewables Led New Energy Capacity in 2019
    New FERC Report Shows
    Renewables Were Leading Source
    of New Capacity In 2019

    Jan. 16, 2020 (Renewable Energy World)- According to a review by the SUN DAY Campaign of data released yesterday by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the first eleven months of 2019, the mix of renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) is now in first place in the race for new U.S. generating capacity added in 2019.

    Renewable sources (i.e. biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for 8,784 MW of new generating capacity through the end of November. That is 8% more than that of natural gas (7,819 MW), nuclear (155 MW), oil (77 MW), and coal (62 MW) combined. Combined, renewables provided 52% of new generating capacity through the first eleven months of 2019 and seem poised to increase their share once the final December numbers are released.

    Renewables have now also surpassed 22% (i.e., 22.03%) of the nation’s total available installed generating capacity – further expanding their lead over coal capacity (20.92%).

  • Bonava Is Making Its New Parking Bays EV Ready
    Swedish Housing Developer
    Bonava To Make All Of Its
    New Parking Bays EV Ready

    Jan. 10, 2020 (CleanTecnica)- The Swedish housing developer Bonava announced it will make parking bays in its new Finnish development projects EV ready. The company is the first developer in Finland to do so, and is partnering with Parking Energy Ltd. to prepare the parking bays. The bays will have electricity, cables, and a Parking Energy Quick Connector. Jiri Räsänen, Parking Energy’s CEO, answered some questions about the work for CleanTechnica.

    Click now for the Q&A session.

  • Maine to Get a $1b Hydropower Transmission Line
    Maine OKs $1 Billion
    Hydropower Transmission Line

    Jan. 8, 2020 (Power-Grid.com)-The state agency that handles zoning in Maine’s unregulated territories gave its approval Wednesday to a proposed $1 billion transmission line aimed at bringing Canadian hydropower to the New England power grid.

    The Land Use Planning Commission determined that the project, dubbed the New England Clean Energy Connect, met zoning and land use standards. But the project faces additional regulatory hurdles.

    Central Maine Power’s project would allow up to 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydropower to reach the regional power grid to meet Massachusetts’ green energy goals.

    Under the proposal, most of the 145-mile transmission line would follow established utility corridors, but a new swath would be cut through 53 miles of wilderness that CMP owns.

  • Largest US Solar Power Plant
    Building On Nevada Public Land
    Largest US Solar
    Power Plant Will Be
    Built On Public Land

    Jan. 7, 2020 (CleanTecnica)-The LA Times reports that the Bureau of Land Management, which is in charge of all federal lands, has signed off on a plan to build the largest solar power plant in the US — 690 megawatts covering 7,100 acres along Interstate 15, about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. There are two other large solar farms already operating in the area. All that remains before the project moves ahead is a final 90-day public comment period. It is expected that the Gemini solar farm will be fully operational in December of 2023.

    The $1 billion Gemini project is being developed by Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners and Arevia Power, and will include large scale storage batteries, although few specs about the storage component of the project have been released at this point. It will supply power to NV Energy, Nevada’s largest public utility. NV has signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with the developers and has agreed to pay $38.44 per megawatt-hour for electricity during that period.

  • U.S. Navy Is Testing Microgrids
    US Navy Testing Battery
    Energy Storage Systems In Two
    New Transportable Microgrids

    Dec. 17, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- Last week, Northern Reliability, Inc. (NRI) of Waterbury, VT announced its selection by the Electric Power Research Institute(EPRI) to design and build two transportable microgrid Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) for the U.S. Navy.

    The two systems will go through testing at the Port Hueneme Naval Base in Ventura County, CA. They will then go through testing and operational use at a Naval Surface Warfare Center- Port Hueneme division data center in Southern California.

    The microgrid will use solar energy and the BESS, along with Navy site generation, to provide emergency backup electricity to critical Navy electrical loads.

  • Spray on That Solar Panel!
    AI May Help Scientists
    Make Spray-On Solar Cells

    Dec. 16, 2019  (ScienceDaily)- Artificial Intelligence may be just the thing to accelerate spray-on solar cell technology, which could revolutionize how consumers use energy.

    It's a stunning example of how 3D printing is not only a viable and affordable construction method of the future but also a revolutionary system that can help reduce plastic waste.

    A research team at the University of Central Florida used Machine Learning, aka Artificial Intelligence to optimize the materials used to make perovskite solar cells (PSC). The Organic-Inorganic halide perovskites material used in PSC converts photovoltaic power into consumable energy.

  • Maine Does Something Positive for Solar Energy
    Maine's Solar Industry PossibilitiesM
    Shine After 2019 Law Changes

    Dec. 12, 2019  (MaineBiz)-The landscape for solar development for everyone from land owners to businesses to investors has changed dramatically after a slew of laws were passed this year making it more accessible, industry experts said this morning.

    The Maine Real Estate and Development Association breakfast today coincided with Wednesday's move by the Public Utilities Commission to adopt rules for procuring blocks of energy from solar producers, which is expected to spur larger solar arrays.

  • A Hydrogen Power Plant Coming to Los Angeles
    >LA Wants to Build a Hydrogen
    Fueled Power Plant

    Dec. 10, 2019  (Los Angeles Times)-

    As Los Angeles weans itself off the last of its coal-generated electricity, the city needs to replace that fuel with a climate-polluting natural gas plant in Utah, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power staff insisted Tuesday.

    But they also pledged the facility would eventually burn renewable hydrogen instead of natural gas — something that has never been done before.

    Following pressure from climate change activists, DWP laid out its most detailed timeline yet for transitioning from planet-warming gas to clean-burning hydrogen at a new facility that would replace the coal-fired Intermountain Power Plant. If the utility succeeds, the Intermountain plant could become a model for governments and power companies around the world

  • Let's BEE Friendly on this Solar Farm
    12-MW “bee friendly” Solar Farm Coming Soon to University Of Illinois

    Dec. 10, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- This week, Sol Systems announced that it has executed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Prairieland Energy, Inc. (PEI), a University of Illinois-related organization. The 20-year PPA supports the development, construction, and operation of a 12.1 MW solar farm at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The project will be designed to provide a habitat for wildlife, according to developer Sol Customer Solutions (SCS), a joint venture between Capital Dynamics and Sol Systems. SCS will design, build, operate, finance, and maintain the solar farm for the life of the PPA.

    SCS engineers will design the project to integrate nature in a way that creates a robust, multifunctional landscape that is supportive of the Bee Campus USA designation earned by the Urbana campus.

  • NYC Getting the Largest Battery Storage System
    Con Ed Will Reduce
    Peak Demand With NYC’s
    Largest Battery Storage System

    Dec. 10, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- Con Edison will reduce peak demand with NYC’s largest battery storage system.

    Enel X and Related Companies, a global real estate firm, today announced the launch of the largest battery storage system in New York City. The 4.8 MW/16.4 MWh in-front-of-the-meter battery system is located at Related’s Gateway Center in East New York, Brooklyn community and will support the local grid of New York energy company, Con Edison, in periods of high peak demand, helping to keep service reliable.

    Enel X installed, owns and operates the system, which was in part paid for by Con Edison through its Brooklyn Queens Demand Management Program. The program provides support for the deployment of non-wire solutions to improve reliability in congested/constrained areas. Enel X receives payments when the battery system delivers energy to the grid.

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  • Nepal’s Climate Migrants Are Struggling to Survive
    As Himalayas Warm,
    Nepal’s Climate Migrants
    Struggle to Survive

    Apr. 5, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) - High in the Himalayas, on a rugged plateau dotted with empty mud huts, an exodus has begun

    In the village of Dhye, crops are stubby, dead stalks. Water is scarce. The only school closed a few years ago. With dwindling food, most families have packed their belongings and left, driven out by a faceless, man-made enemy.

    They are Nepal’s climate-change migrants, and there will be more.

  • California (and World) Wildfires - More to Come
    California, and the World At
    Large, Will Contend With Longer,
    Hotter, Drier Wildfire Seasons

    Apr. 3, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - Climate change is going to put California at risk of longer, more dangerous, and more destructive wildfire seasons reports a new study from the Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences

    The authors hope their work will guide authorities to implement more effective strategies for wildfire risk mitigation and land management, as well as to spur better resource allocation for the fighting of wildfires.

    “Many factors influence wildfire risk, but this study shows that long-term warming, coupled with decreasing autumn precipitation, is already increasing the odds of the kinds of extreme fire weather conditions that have proved so destructive in both northern and southern California in recent years,” said study senior author Noah Diffenbaugh, the Kara J Foundation professor at the Stanford School.

  • U.K. Researches Walk the Plankton
    UK Researchers Map “Profound
    Long-Term Changes” In Plankton
    Populations Around Their Island

    Apr. 2, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -Plankton living in the waters around the UK have been undergoing dramatic changes in the past six decades, a new study reports.

    The findings showcase the effect of climate change on the microscopic algae, which underpin the entire ocean food web. The results are particularly worrying as changes in plankton populations can have drastic ramifications for the health of all ocean life and the services they provide to humanity around the globe.

    Click now for the story and some graphs.

  • Tornado Wrecks Buildings, Tosses Cars in Arkansas
    Severe Arkansas Tornado Damage:
    Is Global Warming to Blame?

    Mar. 28, 2020 (REUTERS) -A large tornado struck the city of Jonesboro in Arkansas on Saturday, wrecking buildings and flipping cars, according to local media and images posted online.

    It was not immediately clear whether anyone was killed or injured by the tornado, which hit the city of about 75,000 people in the northeast of the state at around 5:20 p.m.

    Arkansas Governor Tom Cotton said on Twitter that he was closely monitoring the situation and he and his staff “stand ready to assist the people of Craighead County as they face both the coronavirus and these deadly storms.”

  • Scientists Agree: Climate Change is Anthropomorphic
    How Scientists Know That Humans
    Are Responsible For Climate Change

    Mar. 27, 2020 (Yale Climate Connections) -You likely have heard about global warming in the news, at school or from a friend. And so you probably have questions such as, “What is causing this warming?” and “What role do humans play in that warming?” and “What’s the science behind the warming?”

    According to widely cited research, more than 97% of climate scientists agree that the planet has been warming during the past several decades and that the warming is overwhelmingly the result of human activities.

    That conclusion is also shared by the U.S.’s most respected scientific organization, the National Academies of Sciences, and by its counterpart organizations worldwide. That organization, in a 2020 update to its “Climate Change Evidence and Causes” report, concluded that “Natural causes alone are inadequate to explain the recent observed changes in climate.”

  • Equinor - An Oil Company With a Conscience
    Equinor to Quit U.S. Lobby
    Group Over Climate Policy

    Mar. 27, 2020 (REUTERS) - Equinorb> (EQNR.OL) will leave industry the Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) lobby group over a disagreement on climate policy, the energy producer said on Friday.

    The Washington-headquartered IPAA represents thousands of independent oil and natural gas producers and service companies across the United States.

    “We believe that IPAA’s lack of position on climate leaves the association materially misaligned with Equinor’s climate policy and advocacy position,” the company said in its review of industry associations.

  • How Greta Thunberg Ignited a Crusade and Became a Movement Leader
    Greta Thunberg's Success Story

    Mar. 26, 2020 (RowlingStone) -There is persona and there is reality in Greta Thunberg. It is Valentine’s Day in her hometown of Stockholm, but there’s only wind, no hearts and flowers. A few hundred kids mill about, with a smattering of adults. If there were not signs reading “Our Earth, We Only Have One,” it could be mistaken for a field trip to the ABBA museum.

    But where is Greta? I find a scrum of reporters interviewing a child in a purple puffer jacket, pink mittens, and a homemade-looking knit hat. It takes me a minute to realize that it’s Greta. She is 17, but could pass for 12. I can’t quite square the fiery speaker with the micro teen in front of me. She seems in need of protection.

    Of course, this is emphatically wrong. Greta Thunberg has Asperger’s, which, she says, gives her pinpoint focus on climate minutiae while parrying and discarding even the smallest attempt at flattery. We stand near the Swedish Parliament house, where less than two years ago Thunberg started her Skolstrejk för klimatet, School Strike for Climate.

  • Climate Education Empowers Students to Action
    Students In Action on Climate Change

    Mar. 17, 2020 (Allegheny Front) -One way that schools can provide climate change education to their students is with some outside help. That’s how Woodland Hills School District in Allegheny County became the first in Pennsylvania to pass a climate change resolution.

    The school district’s climate change efforts first started when Communitopia, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit that aims to slow climate change and build resilient communities through education, did a presentation for 8th graders at Woodland Hills last school year.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.

  • Climate and the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package
    How the $2 Trillion Stimulus
    Package Could Effect Climate

    Mar. 25, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) -The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday afternoon on a $2 trillion stimulus package in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the provisions are a mixed bag for climate change.

    The measure does not include $3 billion for the government to buy oil and fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a provision sought by Republicans and President Trump. But it also does not have an extension of federal tax credits for wind and solar energy that Democrats had tried to attach.

    The package also has been stripped of language that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to include to require airlines receiving more than $50 billion in aid to cut greenhouse gas emissions, multiple lawmakers confirmed.

  • Changing Body Size to Fight Climate Change
    - An Idea That's For the Birds
    Birds Adapt to Climate
    Change By Changing Their Body Size

    Mar. 18, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - One in every four species currently faces extinction and much of their vulnerability is linked to climate change, which brings higher temperatures, sea-level rise, more variable conditions, and more extreme weather, among many other impacts.

    Animals react to climate change in three ways: they can move, adapt, or die. Many are moving to higher elevations and latitudes to escape warming temperatures, but climate change may be happening too quickly for most species to outrun it.

    This means the survival of many species will depend on their capacity to adapt – and that’s what many are already doing. A study by the Australian National University (ANU) looked at how birds and mammals are responding to a warming world.

  • Hurricane Maria’s Heavy Rains Devastated Puerto Rico’s Forests
    How Hurricane Maria’s Heavy
    Rains Devastated PR’s Forests

    Mar. 17, 2020 (Science News) -Mar. 17, 2020 (Science News)-Wind may be the usual suspect for knocking down trees during hurricanes, but a new survey of forest damage in Puerto Rico after back-to-back hurricanes in 2017 highlights the power of a strong downpour.

    When Hurricane Irma passed off the coast of Puerto Rico on September 6, 2017, the storm brought heavy rains but minimal forest damage. Hurricane Maria, which struck two weeks later, was a different story. The strongest hurricane to make direct landfall in Puerto Rico in almost a century, Maria brought wind speeds over 200 kilometers per hour and dropped nearly 1.5 meters of rain in two days on some areas.

  • Freak Egyptian Weather Kills 20
    Egypt Says Nearly 20 Killed
    In Freak Bad Weather

    Mar. 13, 2020 (REUTERS) -Nearly 20 people have been killed in some of the worst storms to hit Egypt in decades, the country’s prime minister said in a statement on Friday.

    The North African country has been battered by heavy rain and strong winds that began in the earlier hours of Thursday and continued on Friday.

    “Egypt has not experienced such weather conditions for nearly 35 or 40 years,” Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said. “These weather conditions resulted in about 20 deaths across the country.”

    Traffic, trains, ports and flights were affected.

  • Ice Retreating Faster in Greenland and Antartica
    Greenland and Antarctica
    are Losing Ice Six Times
    Faster than in the 1990s

    Mar. 13, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - Global warming is kicking in across the globe and Greenland and Antarctica are among the worst affected regions.

    Both are losing ice six times quicker than in the 1990s, and if that continues sea level rise will increase an extra 17 centimeters by 2100 — in line with the worst-case scenario set by UN experts.

    Those are the main conclusion of an analysis by experts from 50 international organizations, who have used data from 26 studies to calculate changes in the mass of the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica between 1992 and 2018.

  • Meat Industry Must Recognize Shifts to Plant-Based Versions
    Dead Meat: Industry Faces 'Ruin'
    If Slow On Adapting to Climate Change

    Mar. 11, 2020 (REUTERS) -The world’s meat industry must adapt to the challenges posed by climate change and growing demand for plant-based alternatives or face ruin, according to a group of investors managing $20 trillion in assets.

    Policymakers and investors are turning up the heat on companies across sectors in the run up to global climate talks in Glasgow in November, demanding they assess the risks and put plans in place to mitigate them.

    Incoming United Nations climate envoy Mark Carney is pushing all companies to use a risk-assessment framework devised by the G20-backed Financial Stability Board’s Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

  • U.N. Warning: Climate Crisis Accelerates, With Growing Impacts
    Climate Crisis Is Accelerating,
    Showing Growing Impacts

    Mar. 11, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - Global warming and its impact on ecosystems and people grew in 2019, according to a study by the United Nations, which warned more ambitious action is needed by all countries as fast as possible.

    The Statement on the State of the Global Climate, prepared each year by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), a UN body, confirmed that the last year was the second warmest in history at a global level since record keeping began, with a temperature increase of 1.1 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.

    According to the analysis, the five-year period 2015-2019 includes was the warmest recorded and the decade that ended in 2019 was the one with the highest temperatures known so far. Last year was the second warmest year there is a record of, surpassed only by 2016, when a very intense episode of El Niño shot temperatures up.

  • Greta's Climate Rally Moved On Line Due to Coronavirus
    Coronavirus Prompts Thunberg
    to Move Friday Climate Rallies Online

    Mar. 11, 2020 (REUTERS) - Swedish teen Greta Thunberg, the founder of the Fridays for Future youth movement, on Wednesday called on fellow climate activists to move their weekly rallies online due to the spreading coronavirus outbreak.

    A growing number of countries are banning large public gatherings as part of efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

    Thunberg attracts large crowds to protest against climate change. Thousands turned out to hear her in the English city of Bristol last month and thousands more joined her at a rally in Brussels last week.

  • Honolulu Will Not Sit Back and Take it From Big Oil
    Honolulu Sues Petro-Companies
    For Climate Change Damages to City

    Mar. 10, 2020 (Inside Climate News) - Honolulu city officials, lashing out at the fossil fuel industry in a climate change lawsuit filed Monday, accused oil producers of concealing the dangers that greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum products would create, while reaping billions in profits.

    The lawsuit, against eight oil companies, says climate change already is having damaging effects on the city's coastline, and lays out a litany of catastrophic public nuisances—including sea level rise, heat waves, flooding and drought caused by the burning of fossil fuels—that are costing the city billions, and putting its residents and property at risk.

    "We are seeing in real time coastal erosion and the consequences," Josh Stanbro, chief resilience officer and executive director for the City and County of Honolulu Office of Climate Change, Sustainability and Resiliency, told InsideClimate News.

  • Glaciers: The Climate Change Canary in the Coal Mine
    Glaciers: The Fascinating
    Harbingers of Climate Change

    Mar. 10, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -Think of glaciers as rivers of ice that form and flow in the coldest and most mountainous regions of our planet including the Antarctic (south pole), Greenland, and Alaska. They move very slowly compared to liquid rivers but are much larger and thus contain and influence a tremendous amount of the water on Earth.

    Not too long ago, Sarah Burroughs visited Alaska and got up close to a number of glaciers. They are truly awe inspiring in their beauty and scale, but they also held some concerning signs about the changing climate.

    During her travel she was a bit surprised to see two distinct types of glaciers; those that are ‘landlocked’ and those that flow into the sea.

  • Arctic Marine Life Under Threat From Light Pollution
    As the Arctic warms, Light
    Pollution May Pose a
    New Threat to Marine Life

    Mar. 5, 2020 (National Geographic) -THE ARCTIC CIRCLE in the middle of winter is so dark it's hard to see. Because of the way the top of the Earth tilts away from the sun, the star never appears to rise above the horizon, and dark skies drench the Arctic in what’s known as polar night.

    “It kind of feels like you’re working the night shift all the time,” says Finlo Cottier, an oceanographer at the Scottish Association for Marine Science.

    Two years ago, Cottier and a team of scientist traveled to the Arctic in the middle of winter to study how light affects the marine critters living in far northern waters. Like us, marine organisms rely on light to guide their daily functions.

  • Melting Glaciers Are Releasing Methane
    New Study Confirms that
    Glaciers are Releasing Methane

    Mar. 5, 2020 (earth.com) - An investigation led by Lancaster University has revealed that glaciers are a potential source of large methane emissions. The Sólheimajökull glacier, which flows from the active volcano Katla in Iceland, was found to release up to 41 tons of methane through meltwaters every day during the summer months.

    Study co-author Dr. Peter Wynn is a glacial biogeochemist from the Lancaster Environment Centre.

    “This is a huge amount of methane lost from the glacial meltwater stream into the atmosphere,” said Dr. Wynn. “It greatly exceeds average methane loss from non-glacial rivers to the atmosphere reported in the scientific literature. It rivals some of the world’s most methane-producing wetlands; and represents more than twenty times the known methane emissions of all Europe’s other volcanoes put together.”

  • Cashmere and Climate Change - Who Knew?
    Cashmere and Climate Change
    Threaten Nomadic Life

    Mar. 5, 2020 (BBC NEWS) -Mongolia's vast grasslands cover about three-quarters of the country, where nomadic herdsmen have maintained traditions stretching back centuries. But this world is changing - fast.

    About 70% of this once verdant land has now been damaged, mostly due to overgrazing. The main culprit is the country's estimated 27 million cashmere goats, which are farmed for their highly-prized wool.

    Unlike the country's 31 million sheep, the goats dig out and eat the roots of the grass, making re-growth much harder.

  • Seven of the Best New Global Warming Documentaries
    7 of the Best New Docu-
    mentaries About Global Warming

    Mar. 5, 2020 (Yale Climate Connections) -NEVADA CITY, CALIF. “It’s not easy to watch.”

    That was a recurring introductory remark at screenings during the recent 2020 Wild & Scenic Film Festival. Held each year in the bucolic foothills of the Sierra, the five-day festival screens more than 140 environmental films, from artful meditations on the beauty of nature, to distressing stories of people on the frontlines of climate change.

    The latter category held enough short and feature documentaries to fill up an entire weekend – and more. Throughout these diverse pieces was a common probing of the disproportionate impacts of climate change on the health and wellbeing of indigenous communities, people of color, and economically disadvantaged individuals.

  • What Original Long-Islanders Are Doing About Climate Change
    Original Long Islanders
    Fight to Save Their Land
    From a Rising Sea

    Mar. 5, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) SHINNECOCK NATION, Southampton, N.Y. — A maritime people who once spanned a large swath of the eastern Long Island shore, the Shinnecock Indians have been hemmed into a 1.5-square-mile patch of land on the edge of a brackish bay. Now, because of climate change, they’re battling to hold on to what they have left.

    Rising seas are threatening to eat away at the Shinnecock lands. But the tribe is using everything at its disposal to calm the waves and restore a long, slim beach at the edge of Shinnecock Bay: dredged sand, sea grasses, beach grasses, boulders, oyster shells.

    It’s a forever battle. Climate change is swelling and heating the world’s oceans at an accelerating pace. Inevitably, the Shinnecock will have to bring more sand to replenish what the rising tide keeps washing away. More grass will have to be planted. This spring, Shavonne Smith, director of the tribe’s environmental department, wants to expand the oyster reef designed to dissipate the energy of the waves.

  • Tropical Forests May Soon No Longer Be Carbon Sinks
    Study Finds Tropical
    Forests Are Losing Their
    Ability to Absorb Carbon

    Mar. 4, 2020 (The Guardian) -Tropical forests are taking up less carbon dioxide from the air, reducing their ability to act as “carbon sinks” and bringing closer the prospect of accelerating climate breakdown.

    The Amazon could turn into a source of carbon in the atmosphere, instead of one of the biggest absorbers of the gas, as soon as the next decade, owing to the damage caused by loggers and farming interests and the impacts of the climate crisis, new research has found.

    If that happens, climate breakdown is likely to become much more severe in its impacts, and the world will have to cut down much faster on carbon-producing activities to counteract the loss of the carbon sinks.

  • Climate Nightmares: Reassuring Children Anxious About the Planet
    How to Reassure a Child Who
    Is Anxious About the Planet

    Mar. 3, 2020 (The Guardian) —What’s going to happen? Is everyone going to die? Questions that come up a bit in Sam Wollaston's house, from a concerned eight-year-old. In the past weeks, the focus of the anxiety might have been on you-know-what-19, but before then it was all about the future of the planet.

    It is no massive surprise then that a survey for BBC Newsround has found that one in five kids have nightmares about the climate crisis. Or that 2/5ths of the 2,000 children polled (aged eight to 16) don’t trust adults to sort it out.

    David Spellman, a clinical psychologist who works with children, thinks there might be a bit more out there in the ether of digital media to trigger kids’ fear; that the coverage can be a bit hysterical (a common question put to experts is: how worried should we be?); and in Greta Thunberg there is someone kids can relate and listen to.

  • The 76 Must-Have Climate Solutions
    76 Climate Solutions
    Needing Scaling Up

    Mar. 3, 2020 (Fast Company) —An important thing to realize for anyone thinking about the climate crisis is that things are not hopeless. In fact, the solutions the world needs to tackle climate change already exist. A new report from the nonprofit Project Drawdown analyzed the potential of dozens of solutions and found that we could reach what the organization calls “drawdown”—the point where greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere peak and begin to drop—as early as 2040 if all of the solutions are scaled up together.

    “We look at individual solutions to climate change that actually exist in the real world,” says Jonathan Foley, executive director of Project Drawdown. “They’re not just in the lab, they’re not a startup somewhere that’s talking about it, but they actually exist in practice today. And we ask fundamental questions like, how big could it be? How effective at removing or avoiding greenhouse gas emissions would it be? What does it cost to build it and what does it cost to operate it?” It’s an updated version of an analysis that the organization did in 2017, leading to a best-selling book called "Drawdown."

  • Climate Change Threatens World’s Sandy Beaches
    World’s Sandy Beaches Under
    Threat From Climate Change

    Mar. 3, 2020 (ENN Network) —Half of the world's beaches could disappear by the end of the century due to coastal erosion, according to a new study led by the JRC.

    Erosion is a major problem facing sandy beaches that will worsen with the rising sea levels brought about by climate change.

    Sandy beaches cover more than 30% of the world’s coastlines.

  • Global Water Conflicts Are Intensifying
    Water Conflicts Intensifying.
    Can We Predict the Worst Problems
    Before Conditions Boil Over?

    Feb. 28, 2020 (The Revelator) — In 2015 an est. 1.8 million migrants crossed into the European Union, fleeing countries gripped by violence, political upheaval and resource scarcity like Syria, Afghanistan, Kosovo, Eritrea and Nigeria. Many made their trips in flimsy, overcrowded boats. Thousands drowned along the way. E.U. governments struggled to deal with the influx of new arrivals, and the confluence of humanitarian and political crises that resulted — including a surge in right-wing anti-immigrant rhetoric.

    Advance warning, experts say, could have helped world governments and aid workers anticipate and adapt for these problems, and probably save lives in the process. But how do we predict future conflicts on a rapidly warming planet?

    he Netherlands, which has experienced sharp rises in both immigration and far-right populism, decided to try to answer that question by funding a project to model which areas of the world were likely to face upcoming conflicts.

  • Thunberg Tells UK Climate Rally That The World is on Fire
    'The World is on Fire,' Greta
    Thunberg Tells UK Climate Rally

    Feb. 27, 2020 (REUTERS) —BRISTOL, England - Greta Thunberg denounced politicians and the media on Friday for ignoring a looming climate cataclysm, saying that they were failing her generation with their inaction in the face of a world on fire.

    Several thousand people attended a rally in the southwestern English city of Bristol to see Thunberg, the teenage activist who has reprimanded governments across the world over climate change.

    Known simply as Greta, 17-year-old Thunberg has captured the imagination of many young people with impassioned demands for world leaders to take urgent action.

  • Canary in a Coal Mine Has a Whole New Meaning
    Climate Protesters Dress as Canaries
    Outside North England Coal Mine

    Feb. 27, 2020 (REUTERS) — LONDON (Reuters) - Members of climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion dressed as canaries in cages outside a coal mine in the north of England, during a three-day campaign against the site’s expansion that its owner called ill-conceived.

    The mine in Bradley, Durham, is owned by Banks Group and is open-cast, meaning its coal is extracted near the surface. Around 500,000 tonnes of coal are due to be mined there before the project’s completion in 2021.

    Taken into underground coal mines in cages during the early industrial era, canaries were used as a warning system for dangerous gases, dying before their concentrations became fatal for humans.

  • Myanmar's Villages Threatened Sea Level Rise
    Rising Sea Levels
    Put Myanmar's Villages on
    Frontline of Climate Change

    Feb. 26, 2020 (REUTERS) — Three years ago, the villagers watched as the Sittaung River on Myanmar’s southeast coast crept closer to them, swollen by powerful tidal surges from the Gulf of Mottama that eroded its banks.

    Eventually, the 1,500 residents of Ta Dar U had to accept the inevitable: move or be washed away.

    Dismantling their wooden homes, they relocated several kilometers inland, away from the fertile fields they had cultivated for decades.

    “Where we now see water, our farming land used to be,” said farmer Tint Khaing. “It was very big, nearly three hours’ walking distance. We all lost our farmland to the sea.”

    Click now for the story and a video.
  • Climate Change Could be a Catastrophic Security Threat
    Another Reason to Fight
    Climate Change? It’s a
    “Catastrophic” Security Threat

    Feb. 25, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - The climate emergency is already showing its first effects in many parts of the world, from food shortages to sea-level rise. But another, less considered threat, comes from security.

    If the trend continues, there will be even deeper changes that could threaten global security in the coming decades, according to a new report by the National Security, Military and Intelligence Panel (NSMIP).

    The Center for Climate and Security, a nonpartisan security policy institute that groups security, military, and intelligence experts, concluded there are high-to-catastrophic threats to security from climate change, which could only be avoided by reducing fast and strong the level of emissions.

  • High Flooding Risk Faces 11,000 English Homes
    More than 11,000 homes in England Face High Flooding Risk

    Feb. 23, 2020 (The Guardian) -More than 11,000 new homes are planned to be built on land at the highest risk of flooding in the regions battered by the worst winter storms in a generation, the Guardian has learned.

    An analysis of planning documents reveals that 11,410 new homes have been planned for land the government considers high-risk in the seven English counties where thousands of properties have been devastated by flooding since November.

    In Shropshire, where a major incident was declared and residents were evacuated during Storm Dennis, 764 homes are set to be built in areas with a high flood risk. In Doncaster, where the Fishlake area was flooded in November, nearly 4,000 homes are intended for such flood zones.

  • Climate Change Threatens 10 Species With Extinction
    10 Species Climate Change
    Could Push to Extinction

    Feb. 21, 2020 (The Revelator) —Polar bears are often seen as the poster child for climate change — and for good reason. The charismatic Arctic dwellers depend on dwindling sea ice to survive, and their plight has caught the world’s attention.

    Sadly they’re far from the only species at risk from a warming planet.

    “There is growing evidence that climate change will become one of the major drivers of species extinctions in the 21st century,” reported the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which manages the global Red List of threatened species.

    Click now for the story and a video.

  • Do We Really Need the Colorado River?
    Climate change is Slowly
    Drying Up the Colorado River

    Feb. 20, 2020 (Science News) —Climate change is threatening to dry up the Colorado River — jeopardizing a water supply that serves some 40 million people from Denver to Phoenix to Las Vegas and irrigates farmlands across the U.S. Southwest.

    Computer simulations of the Colorado River Basin indicate that, on average, a regional temperature increase of 1.4 degrees Celsius over the last century reduced the annual amount of water flowing through the river by more than 11 percent. Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey in Princeton, N.J., report these results online February 20 in Science.

    These findings “should be a cause for serious concern,” says climate scientist Brad Udall of Colorado State University in Fort Collins. As the world continues to warm, significant changes to the Colorado River’s flow — like other snow-fed waterways around the globe — could leave many communities with severe water shortages

  • What the Military Has Learned About Climate Change
    Addressing Climate Change:
    The Military Could Help

    Feb. 20, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) —As experts warn that the world is running out of time to head off severe climate change, discussions of what the U.S. should do about it are split into opposing camps. The scientific-environmental perspective says global warming will cause the planet severe harm without action to slow fossil fuel burning. Those who reject mainstream climate science insist either that warming is not occurring or that it’s not clear human actions are driving it.

    With these two extremes polarizing the American political arena, climate policy has come to a near standstill. But as I argue in my new book,“All Hell Breaking Loose: The Pentagon’s Perspective on Climate Change,” the U.S. armed forces offer a third perspective that could help bridge the gap.

    This article's author has studied military and security issues for decades. Although President Trump has called climate change a hoax and worked to reverse the Obama administration’s climate initiatives, senior U.S. military officers have long been aware of warming’s detrimental effects.

  • The Antarctic Peninsula is Setting Heat Records
    The Antarctic Peninsula is setting
    heat records. They won’t stand long

    Feb. 18, 2020 (National Geographic) —Five hundred miles south of South America’s Cape Horn, a narrow strip of land and a smattering of islands form the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, a forbidding realm of ice and permafrost best known as a popular penguin breeding ground. Recently, however, the southern continent’s northernmost reaches, currently basking in summer, have been in the news for something far more exotic than armies of large, flightless birds: 70-degree weather.

    The Antarctic Peninsula is recovering from a heat wave that has redefined t-shirt weather on the world’s largest frozen landmass and raised alarm bells about its future. Weather stations near the northern tip of the peninsula and on neighboring islands recently logged temperatures in the mid-60s and even one near 70-degree reading. If confirmed, they will stand as new high temperature records for the continent.

  • Jeff Bezos Will Spend $10b to Fight Climate Change
    Jeff Bezos Commits $10 B
    to Address Climate Change

    Feb. 17, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) —Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive and the world’s richest man, said on Monday that he was committing $10 billion to address the climate crisis in a new initiative he called the Bezos Earth.

    The effort will fund scientists, activists and nongovernmental organizations, he said in a post on Instagram. Mr. Bezos, who has been pushed by Amazon employees on climate issues, said he expected to start issuing grants this summer.

    “Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet,” he wrote. “I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share.”

  • Dennis the Menace:Massive Bomb Cyclone Hits U.K.
    Storm Dennis, Massive Bomb
    Cyclone, Hits United Kingdom

    Feb. 15, 2020 (npr News) —Across the United Kingdom, people are experiencing another weekend of strong winds, heavy rain and potential flooding as Storm Dennis hits the region.

    Two people have died off the coast of southeast England, The Associated Press reports. Their bodies were recovered from the storm's rough seas.

    The U.K. national meteorological service, known as the Met Office, issued several heavy rain warnings for areas of England and Wales.

    "Storm Dennis will bring another very unsettled spell of weather this weekend with a risk of flooding, particularly in parts of England and Wales and also southern Scotland, where snowmelt will add to the flood risk," Steve Willington, chief meteorologist for the Met Office, said in a statement.

  • Climate Change Puts Groundwater At Risk
    We Could Lose a Large
    Amount of Groundwater
    Because Of Climate Change

    Feb. 14, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) —Human life is directly linked to water. We can last only three days without drinking it, but we pretty much take it for granted. Maybe we shouldn’t.

    According to a new study, access to water will soon get much harder because of climate change, and arid areas in the US will expand.

    A large part of the people living on the planet relies on groundwater, which is basically water stored in underground deposits called aquifers. Some of these aquifers, however, are close to the surface — making them vulnerable drought and other climate-change-related phenomena.

  • Look Out For Rising Seas, San Francisco and Manilla
    A Crisis Right Now: San Francisco
    and Manila Face Rising Seas

    Feb. 13, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) —What do you do when the sea comes for your home, your school, your church?.

    You could try to hold back the water. Or you could raise your house. Or you could just leave.

    An estimated 600 million people live directly on the world’s coastlines, among the most hazardous places to be in the era of climate change. According to scientific projections, the oceans stand to rise by one to four feet by the end of the century, with projections of more ferocious storms and higher tides that could upend the lives of entire communities.

  • The U.S. Power Grid is Unprepared for Climate Change
    The U.S. Power Grid
    Desperately Needs Upgrades
    to Handle Climate Change

    Feb. 12, 2020 (Science News) —Derek Krause likes to be prepared. The 59-year-old retired fire chief used to teach courses on how to be self-sufficient in the wake of a natural disaster. So last October, when he and his wife arrived home to find their Oakland, Calif., neighborhood blacked out, Krause was ready with solar panels and battery backup.

    Most people weren’t so fortunate. While solar power kept Krause’s lights on and refrigerator and Wi-Fi running over the three-day outage, the neighbors drove around in search of ice and lined up to buy generators. “My wife said, ‘It’s sort of like the movie The Purge,’ ” Krause recalls. “Your security system doesn’t work, your garage doesn’t work, your phone doesn’t work, and streetlights and the traffic signals don’t work. Good luck; you’re on your own.”

  • Making Climate Refugee Protections a Reality
    How to Make Climate Refugee Protections a Reality

    Feb. 7, 2020 (The Revelator) —Imagine if you couldn’t feed your children and had to leave your home because of fossil fuels burned in a far-off country. That’s what people on the front lines of climate change face today.

    The climate crisis is now creating more refugees than war. In recent years tens of millions of people around the world have been driven from their homes by drought, storms, flooding and fires. Over the next 50 years, climate change could cause a refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale.

    Where will people go when their countries become inhospitable? Will the governments of the world accept them?

  • The Amazon: a Full Carbon Source - But?
    The Amazon Could Become
    a Full Carbon Source

    Jan. 6, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE)— The Amazon in South America is one of the most biodiverse areas of the world and one of the few remaining rainforests in the world. It plays a key role in maintaining Earth’s climate because of its capacity to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas causing global warming.

    But the Amazon’s capacity to absorb CO2 is now being impaired because of illegal logging, especially in Brazil. A study carried out during the last 10 years (not yet published), shows that 20% of the Amazon is now a net source of CO2 in the atmosphere.

    The results mean the Amazon could be on its way to become a carbon source faster than originally estimated. This is bad news for the world’s climate, as countries seek to fulfill the Paris Agreement, with the goal of limiting temperature increase to 2ºC (or ideally 1.5ºC).

  • More Ways Than One to Fight Climate Change
    Malian Architect Fights Climate
    Change With Digital Greenhouse

    Feb. 12, 2020 (REUTERS)— Climate change has made growing vegetables in Mali today much tougher than it was 40 years ago when Amadou Sidibe used to visit his father’s lush farm outside the capital Bamako.

    Hotter temperatures and drought are adding to an already volatile situation in Mali where jihadist groups roam the northern desert reaches. Water reserves are precariously low and arable land is shrinking, causing tensions between communities seeking their share of dwindling resources.

    “If nothing is done against climate change, Africa won’t be able to feed her children and that means war,” said Sidibe, an architect turned agricultural developer in southern Mali.

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  • Japan Hasn't Suffered Enough
    From Bad Climate Policies - Now This?
    Japan Races to Build
    New Coal-Burning Power Plants,
    Despite the Climate Risks

    Feb. 1, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) - Just beyond the windows of Satsuki Kanno’s apartment overlooking Tokyo Bay, a behemoth from a bygone era will soon rise: a coal-burning power plant, part of a buildup of coal power that is unheard-of for an advanced economy.

    It is one unintended consequence of the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost a decade ago, which forced Japan to all but close its nuclear power program. Japan now plans to build as many as 22 new coal-burning power plants — one of the dirtiest sources of electricity — at 17 different sites in the next five years, just at a time when the world needs to slash carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming.

  • A New Clean Use for Former Coal Plants
    Coal-fired Power Plants
    Finding New Uses As Data
    Centers, Clean Energy Hubs

    Mar. 24, 2020 (POWERGRID) - As coal-fired power plants become uneconomic and are shut down for good, a new sort of recycling industry is taking shape: the repurposing of those plants.

    Utilities across the country are finding ways to redevelop abandoned fossil-fueled sites. In January, Beloit College in Wisconsin began operating a student union and recreation center in a structure where Alliant Energy formerly burned coal to produce power.

    On the southern coast of Massachusetts, a former 1,600-megawatt coal plant is being demolished to make way for a logistical port and support center for wind turbines expected to be erected about 35 miles off shore.

  • Nevada Saying "Goodbye" to Coal
    Nevada to Eliminate Coal by 2025

    Feb. 26, 2020 (Energy Central) — Nevada Gold Mines (NGM) says it has approved the conversion of its TS Coal Power Plant to a dual fuel process, allowing the facility to generate power from natural gas.

    As part of its overall energy management strategy, NGM is also reviewing the potential for a 200 MW solar facility with battery storage. The intention is to phase construction, initially installing 100 MW that could produce power as early as 2022. A study is currently underway and, once the project is approved, NGM will work with the State of Nevada and the Office of Energy on permitting, it said.

  • Japan Is Not Getting the Message on Coal
    Japan Races to Build
    New Coal-Burning Power
    Plants, Despite the Climate Risks

    Feb. 3, 2020 (New York Times Climate Forward)— Just beyond the windows of Satsuki Kanno’s apartment overlooking Tokyo Bay, a behemoth from a bygone era will soon rise: a coal-burning power plant, part of a buildup of coal power that is unheard-of for an advanced economy.

    It is one unintended consequence of the Fukushima nuclear disaster almost a decade ago, which forced Japan to all but close its nuclear power program. Japan now plans to build as many as 22 new coal-burning power plants — one of the dirtiest sources of electricity — at 17 different sites in the next five years, just at a time when the world needs to slash carbon dioxide emissions to fight global warming.

  • Indonesia Jumps on the 'Ban Ol King Coal' Bandwagon
    Indonesia Plans to Replace
    Old Coal Power Plants
    With Renewable Plants

    Jan. 30, 2020 (REUTERS)—Indonesian government plans to remove old coal-fired power plants with plants using renewable energy, the country’s Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif said on Thursday.

    He said the country will replace coal power plants aged 20 years and older.

    “Perusahaan Listrik Negara is taking inventory of those plants that will be replaced by renewable energy plants,” Tasrif said, referring to state electricity utility company.

  • Germany's Uniper to Quit Coal by 2025
    Uniper to Shut Down German
    Hard-Coal Power Plants by 2025

    Jan. 30, 2020 (REUTERS)—Uniper aims to close most of its German hard coal-fired power plants over the next five years, accounting for half its European coal capacity, the utility said on Thursday.

    The German cabinet on Wednesday backed plans to exit coal as an energy source by 2038 as part of efforts by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling coalition to protect the climate and restore its green credentials.

    For a start, Uniper, formed in 2016 after being spun off from E.ON, has drawn up plans to shut down about 1.5 gigawatts of capacity involving three blocks at its Scholven plant plus the Wilhelmshaven power station by the end of 2022, it said.

  • New Mexico Coal Plants: Hate to See You Go
    Tri-State to Close NM,
    CO Coal Plants

    Jan. 10, 2020 (Energy Central)-A new plan from Tri-State, approved by their board yesterday and released today, will close the Escalante coal plant this year. The plant is located in Prewitt, New Mexico, between Grants and Gallup. The Craig station in northern Colorado will close by 2030.

    The plan will eliminate Tri-State’s New Mexico and Colorado coal generation and bring significant emissions reductions in both states. It will also mean immediate economic changes for the workers and communities of western New Mexico that will require quick, creative and collaborative action to support new economic opportunities.

    The closures represent a continuation of the clear economic trend away from coal generation and towards renewable energy.

  • Coal Power Generation on the
    ERCOT Grid Continues to Drop
    ERCOT Coal Generation
    Drops 17% in 2019

    Jan. 7, 2020 (Energy Central)-Just a few years ago(2013/14) coal generated almost 125 TWh on ERCOT. In 2019, generation from coal was down to 78 TWh. This was a drop of 17% vs 2018.

    The 470 MW Gibbons Creek coal plant was shut down in 2019 and the 670MW Oklaunion coal plant will close in 2020. With large amounts of wind still being added to the grid and solar finaly starting to take hold in Texas - I would expect these coal retirements to continue and coal generation in TX to drop much further this decade. Close to zero.

  • Renewables Did Better Than Coal in 2019
    2019: Bad for Coal,
    Good for Wind and Solar

    Dec.20, 2019 (Energy Central- Despite a relaxation in environmental regulations and heavy government promotion, 2019 saw coal continue its multi-year power production decline in the US. Renewables now produce on the same order of MWh as coal, which is quite a change from just a few years ago when coal accounted for 50%+ US electricity production. Coal's demise can be attributed to the low cost of natural gas and the rise of low cost renewables. The economics are compelling. Looking to the new year and beyond, the US Department of Energy projects that coal plant retirements will continue unabated.

    On the upside, 2019 saw wind and solar installation and investment at extraordinarily high levels. One of the more encouraging developments was East Coast states award of conventional offshore programs, including New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and others. This

  • Converting Coal Plants to Biomass Is No Solution
    Converting Coal Plants to
    Biomass Could Fuel Climate
    Crisis, Scientists Warn

    Dec. 16, 2019  (The Guardian)- Plans to shift Europe’s coal plants to burning wood pellets instead could accelerate rather than combat the climate crisis and lay waste to woodland equal to half the size of Germany’s Black Forest a year, according to campaigners.

    The climate thinktank Sandbag said the heavily subsidized plans to cut carbon emissions would result in a “staggering” amount of tree cutting, potentially destroying forests faster than they can regrow.

  • Luring Coal Countries Off a B-a-d Habit
    E.U. Climate Plan Would
    Sweeten Deal for Coal Countries

    Dec. 11, 2019  (New York Times Climate Forward)- The European Commission introduced on Wednesday its centerpiece climate strategy that, if approved, would pivot the world’s third-biggest polluter to climate-friendly economic policies and nudge coal-reliant nations with payouts worth billions of euros.

    Known as the Green Deal, the plan would require many European Union member states to radically change how they operate their economies and find new livelihoods for millions of citizens, risking a continent-wide backlash akin to the “Yellow Vest” protest movement that has riled France.

  • South Korea Retiring Coal Plants Left and Right
    S.Korea to Close 6 Older
    Coal-Fired Power Plants by 2021

    Nov 1, 2019  (Reuters)—South Korea’s six older coal-fired power plants will be retired by 2021, a year earlier than previously planned, as part of the country’s ongoing efforts to curb air pollution, the prime minister’s office said on Friday.

    South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy, runs some 60 coal-fired power plants, generating around 40% of the country’s electricity, but coal has been blamed for worsening air quality in the country.

    The six older coal-fired power plants account for 7% of the total installed coal power capacity, or 2.6 gigawatts, according to Reuters calculations based on data from Korea Electric Power Corp.

  • Another One Bites the Dust - Coal Dust, That Is
    Murray Energy Is 8th Coal
    Company in a Year to Seek Bankruptcy

    Oct. 29, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)-Murray Energy, once a symbol of American mining prowess, has become the eighth coal company in a year to file for bankruptcy protection. The move on Tuesday is the latest sign that market forces are throttling the Trump administration’s bid to save the industry.

    The collapse of the Ohio-based company had long been expected as coal-fired power plants close across the country.

    Its chief executive, Robert E. Murray, has been an outspoken supporter and adviser of President Trump. He had lobbied extensively for Washington to support coal-fired power plants.

  • South Africa Is Saying 'Bye Bye' to Coal
    Renewables In, Coal Out:
    South Africa’s Energy Forecast

    Oct. 18, 2019  (Bloomberg News)-In South Africa, solar and wind are in, and coal is gradually on the way out.

    That’s the key takeaway from the latest Integrated Resource Plan, which maps out the energy mix for the next decade. It envisions the nation’s total electricity-production capacity rising to 77,834 megawatts by 2030 — with the bulk of the increase coming from renewable sources — from about 52,104 megawatts.

    A switch to more green energy comes as South Africa faces pressure to meet emissions-reduction targets. State power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. produces about 95% of the nation’s power, the bulk of it from coal-fired power plants — many of which are approaching retirement and don’t comply with environmental standards.

  • Ol' King Coal - No Longer a Merry Old Soul
    Coal Has Always Been
    King In the South.
    Now That’s Changing

    Oct. 3, 2019 (Energy News Network)-Duke Energy Corp. is one of the largest coal burners in America. But the North Carolina-based utility’s coal fleet is running less and less, an E&E News review of federal data shows.

    In a sign of mounting economic distress, nine of the company’s 13 coal plants ran less than half the year in 2018. Eight of those facilities averaged annual run times of less than 50% between 2014 and 2018. Only two of the company’s coal facilities produced more electricity in 2018 than they did five years earlier.

  • Coal Champions Speak Up at the U.N.
    Who’s Speaking at the U.N. Climate
    Summit? Several Champions of Coal

    Sept. 22, 2019 (NY Times Climate Forward) - In May of this year, on a trip to low-lying endangered Pacific islands, the United Nations secretary general, Antonio Guterres, made one of his boldest calls yet to the world’s presidents and prime ministers.

    Don’t build new coal plants after 2020, he said, and certainly don’t pay for them with taxpayer money.

    On Monday, when he hosts the Climate Action Summit, designed to highlight countries that are stepping up their commitments to avert climate change, some of the world’s biggest champions of coal will be allowed to take the podium.

  • Is China Serious About Green Initiative Pledges?
    Chinese Firms to Build More
    Coal Power Plants In Asia
    Despite Beijing’s Pledge For
    Greener Initiative Projects

    Sept. 18, 2019 (South China Morning Post) - China, which has pledged that projects built under its Belt and Road Initiative will be green and sustainable, will fund more fossil fuel power projects in Southeast Asia even as western, Japanese and South Korean financiers increasingly walk away from them over sustainability concerns.

    This will be the case until the host nations – such as Indonesia – have come up with good enough financial incentives and expanded power transmission and distribution infrastructure to make mass renewable energy projects viable, according to Martin David, Asia-Pacific head of projects practice group at international law firm Baker McKenzie.

  • Coal Ash: Not Just Deadly For Sealife
    Coal Ash Cleanup Allegedly
    Deadly for Tennessee Workers

    Sept. 13, 2019 (LOE.org)-In 2008, the wall of a pond holding a billion gallons of toxic coal ash slurry from a huge coal power plant owned by the TVA in Kingston, Tennessee suddenly collapsed. The spill contaminated 300 acres of land and required a massive cleanup project. Dozens of cleanup workers involved in have died, and hundreds more have fallen ill. Men’s Journal Senior Editor J.R. Sullivan discusses the fight for justice in the courts by the workers and their families.

    Click now to read or listen to the transcript.

  • G.E.: What Are You Really For?
    GE’s Climate Hypocrisy:
    Building Coal Plants While
    Touting Clean Energy

    Sept. 9, 2019 (National Resources Defense Council(NRDC))-General Electric, which boasts of being a clean energy leader, is quietly doubling down on the dirty energy of the past with plans to equip more than a dozen new coal-fired power plants in countries like Cambodia, Kenya, Poland, Pakistan and Vietnam, a report released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows.

    These coal power plants would sharply increase carbon pollution, harming public health and leading to hundreds of premature deaths annually from the projects—if completed. The plants also could destabilize economies and would add billions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere, worsening the global climate crisis.

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    say “GEE Whiz” about G.E.

  • Coal Billionaires Have No Conscience
    How One Billionaire
    Could Keep Three Countries
    Hooked on Coal for Decades

    Aug. 15, 2018 (NY Times Climate Forward)-SYDNEY, Australia — The vast, untapped coal reserve in northeastern Australia had for years been the object of desire for the Indian industrial giant Adani.

    In June, when the Australian authorities granted the company approval to extract coal from the reserve, they weren’t just rewarding its lobbying and politicking, they were also opening the door for Adani to realize its grand plan for a coal supply chain that stretches across three countries.

  • PA’s Largest Coal Plant to Close Down Earlier
    Bruce Mansfield Power
    Plant to Shutter Early

    Aug. 13, 2019 (Allegheny Front) -Bruce Mansfield Power Plant, for years the largest coal plant in Pennsylvania, will be closing even sooner than planned.

    FirstEnergy Solutions announced the plant will close in November, almost two years before its previously-announced retirement date of June, 2021. About 200 people work at the plant. In making the announcement, the company said the plant was closing because of “a lack of economic viability in current market conditions.”

    In 2018, Akron-based FirstEnergy announced that FirstEnergy Solutions, its power-generating subsidiary, would de-activate the plant, in Shippingport, Beaver County.

  • WildEarth Guardians Sue to Stop Coal Mine Expansion
    Another Lawsuit Filed
    To Stop Mine Expansion

    July 5, 2019 The Daily Sentinel -Environmentalists have filed another lawsuit in a last-ditch attempt to stop a coal mine's expansion beneath some 1,700 acres of roadless national forest in the upper North Fork Valley.

    The legal action filed this week includes a motion for a preliminary injunction to stop Arch Coal from bulldozing roads in the Sunset Roadless Area in the Gunnison National Forest, building well pads there and drilling methane vent wells to accommodate underground operations by the West Elk Mine. The motion says legal counsel for Arch Coal recently indicated that work could start this week.

  • Public Service of New Mexico Plans to Retire Coal
    PNM Plans Early Retirement of
    Coal Plant With Massive
    Addition of Solar + Storage

    July 1, 2019 Electric Light & Power -On July 1, Public Service of New Mexico filed a plan with regulators in the state for how it plans to get to a 100 percent emission-free power by 2040. The utility reviewed four scenarios, all of which involved the early retirement of the San Juan Coal Plant, to arrive at its recommended path forward.

    Each scenario was modeled for both reliability and cost. They are outlined in the infographic you can see in the article.

  • The Fall of World Coal Prices
    Worldwide Coal Prices Are Down

    June 25, 2019 Energy Central -Slowing economic growth in China is weighing on demand expectations for thermal coal in the world's biggest market for the fuel, while global moves toward cleaner energy are compounding problems arising from a glut in supply.

    This supply-demand tandem is likely to keep prices for coal used in power plants and the manufacture of cement under pressure in coming months and perhaps longer, industry sources said as Asia's biggest coal conference got underway.

    Prices for benchmark premium Australian coal out of Newcastle hit their weakest since September 2016 last week at $70.78 per ton and are likely to fall further given a slowing global economy.

  • Coal is Declining, But It's Still Popular
    Coal Remains Popular
    Worldwide, But Is In Decline

    Science Friday, May 17, 2019  -The latest investment report from the International Energy Agency was released this week, and shows that in 2018, final investment decisions were made to support bringing an additional 22GW of coal-fired electric generation online—but in the same year, around 30 GW of coal-burning generating capacity were closed.

    Coal plants are still under construction, and there are thousands of terawatts of coal-generating capacity worldwide, so the end of coal is nowhere in sight yet—but the investment report may indicate a tipping point in the global energy budget.

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  • Despite Protests, Australia’s
    New Coal Mine Goes Ahead
    Australia Gives Approval For Work
    to Begin On Controversial New Coal Mine

    June 13, 2019 CNN Business -Environmentalists have been campaigning against it for the better part of a decade. For a time, it seemed they had won. But in mid-June the government of the state of Queensland cleared the way for construction to start on the Carmichael coal mine, owned by Adani, an Indian company. The project will open up the Galilee Basin, one of the world’s largest untapped reserves of thermal coal, the type used in power plants. Adani has already started work. It claims it could export its first coal to India within two years.

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    (If You Can Stand It).

  • Coal Plant Closures and Why?
    How Much Credit Can Beyond
    Coal Claim For Plant Closures?

    June 10, 2019 (E&E News-In 2011, when the Sierra Club and then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched the Beyond Coal campaign, coal accounted for 42% of America's power generation. Today, that figure is closer to 25%.

    Now, the pair is aiming to finish the job. On Friday, Bloomberg announced he will spend $500 million to retire America's remaining coal plants by 2030, halt construction of new natural gas plants and elect climate champions to public office as part of a new Beyond Carbon initiative. A press release touted it as the largest philanthropic climate donation ever.

    "Our goal is to move the U.S. toward a 100% clean energy economy as expeditiously as possible, and begin that process right now," Bloomberg told graduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he announced the initiative as part of a commencement address.

  • China Keeps Upping the Ante on Coal
    Why Is China Placing A Global Bet On Coal?

    NPR News, Apr. 29, 2019  - China, known as the world's biggest polluter, has been taking dramatic steps to clean up and fight climate change.

    So why is it also building hundreds of coal-fired power plants in other countries?

    President Xi Jinping hosted the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing over the weekend, promoting his signature foreign policy of building massive infrastructure and trade links across several continents.

  • Coal Energy Is Being Surpased by R.E. in the U.S.
    April is Shaping Up to Be Momentous
    In Transition From Coal To Renewables

    Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, Apr. 25, 2019  - The future of the U.S. electricity generation industry may have arrived, and it is not good news for struggling coal-fired generating plants.

    This month, for the first time ever, the renewable energy sector (hydro, biomass, wind, solar and geothermal) is projected to generate more electricity than coal-fired plants, which totals about 240 gigawatts (GW) of still-operating capacity. According to data published this month in the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Short-Term Energy Outlook, renewables may even trump coal through the month of May as well.

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  • Save Salmon, Save Ourselves
    New Book:
    Save Salmon, Save Ourselves

    Mar. 30, 2020 ( The Revelator) -If you want to know how well the environment is faring these days, look to the fish. Especially salmon.

    “Our greatest assaults on the environment are visible in salmon,” writes author Mark Kurlansky in his new book, Salmon: A Fish, the Earth and the History of Their Common Fate.

    Following decades of environment abuses, salmon populations in many places, especially the Atlantic, are in dire shape. Some Pacific runs have disappeared, too, and most populations are greatly reduced. Farmed salmon now outnumber wild ones.

  • The Decline in Monarch Butterfly Populations
    What’s Causing the Decline?

    Mar. 27, 2020 (inhabitat) -Monarch butterflies are amongst North America’s majestic wildlife. They fascinate with their vibrant allure and migratory prowess. Yet these beauties are under serious threat, as evidenced by drastic population reduction throughout North America. What factors are causing monarch butterfly numbers to dwindle?

    For monarchs, habitat entails food, water and shelter, says the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Specific to monarchs is their habitat corridor, a trek of thousands of miles from Central America’s warm regions, where they overwinter, to areas across the United States and southern Canada, where they stay for spring and summer.

    In recent decades, population surveys reveal monarchs declining because of deforestation in Mexico, loss of grasslands in the Great Plains’ Corn Belt — which the Center for Biological Diversity calls “the heart of the monarch’s range” — and loss of native milkweed plants in the U.S. Such habitat losses negatively impact monarch populations as they breed, migrate and overwinter.

  • Freshwater Species Are Disappearing Fast
    The Disappearance of Freshwater
    Species and How to Save Them

    Mar. 26, 2020 (The Revelator) -We’ve all seen photos of clear-cut forests with swathes of razed trees or deep scars in the ground from an open-pit mine. The damage to the species that live in these habitats isn’t hard to imagine.

    But the damage we’ve done to freshwater ecosystems isn’t so visible. In rivers or lakes, trouble often lurks out of view beneath the surface of the water — as with dams that block migratory fish or choke off needed nutrients and sediment.

    Some experts believe we’re losing freshwater species faster than any others for one main reason: out of sight, out of mind.

    A new study by more than two dozen expert scientists and policymakers aims to change that.

  • Transforming This California Watershed
    Boom: Removing 81 Dams Is
    Transforming This California Watershed

    Mar. 19, 2020 (The Revelator) -Removing one gigantic dam can have a massive effect on restoring a river ecosystem.

    But bringing down more than 80 smaller dams? That can also cause a transformation.

    This spring the Forest Service, aided by U.S. Marine Corps members, will blast apart 13 more dams in the Trabuco ranger district in Southern California’s Cleveland National Forest.

  • Biodiversity Bargain-Hunting, Pinpointing Conservation Targets
    New Tool Pinpoints Conservation Targets

    Mar. 18, 2020 (ENN Network) - The best bargains for conserving some of the world's most vulnerable salamanders and other vertebrate species can be found in Central Texas and the Appalachians, according to new conservation tools developed at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

    The study involves a suite of computer algorithms that surf across many different kinds of data to create maps of top priorities and projections of what species would benefit the most from increases in conservation dollars.

    An interdisciplinary team of computer programmers, biodiversity data scientists, conservation decision makers, economists, and others from around the globe convened at NIMBioS to develop the optimization tool, which was published in the journal Ecological Applications.

  • A Fat Parrot Comes Bank From the Brink
    How the World's Fattest
    Parrot Came Back From the Brink

    Mar. 18, 2020 (The Guardian) - Growing up in the north of England, Dr James Chatterton was enthralled by the books of the pioneering zookeeper and conservationist Gerald Durrell and dreamed of saving endangered species. Now, on the other side of the world, Chatterton has done just that, helping to bring the world’s fattest parrot back from the brink.

    Chatterton and his team spent the best part of a year bringing in quarantine conditions and trialling new treatments on the frontline of a killer disease afflicting New Zealand’s kakapo.

    “I think most people think our job is to go and stroke the red panda, and cuddle the kakapo,” says Chatterton, manager of veterinary services at Auckland Zoo’s New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine. Even in a normal year, the vet team’s work caring for the zoo’s animals and treating some of the country’s wild creatures is more serious than that, but 2019 was “monumental”, he says.

  • New Hope for the Flying Squirrel
    Creating a New Spruce
    Forest for One Small Inhabitant

    Mar. 17, 2020 (Allegheny Front) - U.S. Forest Service district biologist Shane Jones stands on an overlook high up on West Virginia’s Cheat Mountain. Behind him lush, red spruce trees stand like sentinels on this frozen landscape. As he looks out, small patches of green dot what is largely a view of the barren, brown trunks of leafless hardwoods.

    More than a century ago, this high-elevation ecosystem, now located inside the Monongahela National Forest, would have been dominated by the evergreen spruce. After being logged and suffering from fires in the 1880s through early 1900s, today an estimated 90 percent of this ice age-relic of an ecosystem has been removed from West Virginia.

    And that has been a challenge for another iconic species: the West Virginia northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus).

  • Is Poison Killing of Critically Endangered Vulture?
    Hundreds of Critically Endangered
    Vultures Killed in Possible Poisoning

    Mar. 6, 2020 (GIZMODO) - Nearly 1,000 vultures died in Guinea-Bissau from a possible poisoning, according to a Vulture Conservation Foundation release. The critically endangered hooded vulture was hit especially hard, the group said.

    Many vulture species in Africa are already on the brink of extinction due to intentional kills by poachers or from eating poisoned carrion. Though the exact cause of the latest deaths is still under investigation, authorities in the country found the vultures “bubbling from their beaks” and seeming to “search for water,” the VCF reports. The group is calling the event a “conservation disaster.

    “This is, without any doubt, the worst case of vulture mortality in recent history that we know of,” José Tavares, director of the VCF, told Gizmodo.

  • Study Shows Pesticides Are Affecting Baby Bees
    Pesticides Are Affecting Baby Bees, Study Shows

    Mar. 4, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) —Up to 40% of invertebrate pollinators, particularly bees and butterflies, are facing extinction, according to UN estimates. The list of threats is large but mainly includes climate change, habitat decline and the use of pesticides in agriculture.

    Now, researchers have found a new way through which pesticides are affecting bees: by hurting the brains of baby bees.

    In the new study, researchers at the Imperial College of London explain that pesticides can also disturb the brain of baby bees, which suffer the effects of food contaminated with pesticides brought by worker bees in the colony.

  • The 'Call of the Wild' Has a New Meaning
    Using Sound to Help Imperiled Species and Ecosystems

    Mar. 2, 2020 (The Revelator) -Noise pollution has harmed species across the planet. Could social recordings help bring them back to their habitats?

    It’s a quiet May morning on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. We’re high on a cliff inside the fences of the Nihoku Ecosystem Restoration Project, with only the sound of the wind rushing past our ears and the crash of waves breaking on the shoreline far beneath. Only the slightest hints of animal cries reach our ears — until ecologist Lindsay Young turns on a loudspeaker. Then the air fills with the breathy squawks and raucous chirps of seabirds.

    As the executive director of Pacific Rim Conservation, Young has made it her mission to protect endangered seabirds. On this site that means Newell’s shearwaters and Hawaiian petrels, known as ?a?o and ?ua?u on the islands.

  • Trump Gas Wells Would Block Pronghorn Migration Route
    Survival at Stake:
    Trump Gas Wells Would Block
    Pronghorn Migration Route

    Feb. 24, 2020 (The Guardian) -Conservation groups are fighting the creation of 3,500 gas wells in Wyoming that threaten a 170-mile path.

    The Path of the Pronghorn is a 170-mile migration route that the antelope-like creatures have traveled annually for 6,000 years. It is one of North America’s last remaining long-distance terrestrial migration corridors.

    And it is at risk. This week conservation groups filed a legal petition challenging the Trump administration’s plan to allow 3,500 new gas wells in south-western Wyoming that would block the route.

  • Climate Change Threatens 10 Species With Extinction
    10 Species Climate Change Could Push to Extinction

    Feb. 21, 2020 (The Revelator) —Polar bears are often seen as the poster child for climate change — and for good reason. The charismatic Arctic dwellers depend on dwindling sea ice to survive, and their plight has caught the world’s attention.

    Sadly they’re far from the only species at risk from a warming planet.

    “There is growing evidence that climate change will become one of the major drivers of species extinctions in the 21st century,” reported the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which manages the global Red List of threatened species.

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  • This Bear Faces a Grizzly Future
    Grizzly Bear Death
    Rates Are Climbing

    Feb. 10, 2020 (NY Times) —The long freight trains climb slowly over Marias Pass, through snow-draped mountains south of Glacier National Park and north of the Great Bear Wilderness, snaking through some of the wildest country in the Lower 48.

    Some 25 trains a day, each a chain of 90 to 120 cars, make the journey over the Rocky Mountains in northern Montana at speeds up to 25 miles per hour. They have long been a threat to grizzly bears, and last year was the worst with eight of the bears — a federally protected species — run over by trains. On one day in June, a mother and her two cubs were killed by trains in two separate incidents. The long-term average for grizzly deaths by train is two a year.

  • What We Stand to Lose From a Million Gone Species
    One Million Species Gone:
    What Humanity Stands to Lose

    Feb. 8, 2020 (earth.com)—Planet Earth faces an extinction crisis and, depending on the scientist you ask, may be in the midst of a “sixth mass extinction.” Last month, a U.N. report banged the alarm bells with a forecast of up to 1 million species lost due to human activity. Those disappearances, in turn, would bring tremendous losses for human civilization.

    From billions of dollars in unpollinated crops to a spiritually devastating planet devoid of our natural companions, extinctions could rob humanity of much of what it needs to survive and thrive.

    “The diversity of species are responsible for the benefits that humans get from the environment, and the benefits are immense,” said Nick Haddad, a Michigan State University biologist who studies insect conservation. “If we lose the biodiversity that’s projected, a million species, then, it’s unclear how human civilization can function

  • Extinction Countdown:
    Pesticides Deaths of the Andean Condor
    Pesticides Are Killing Off
    the Andean Condor

    Feb. 3, 2020 (he Revelator)— It starts with the whiff of death.

    High above the Argentinian plains, an Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) — one of the world’s largest flying bird species — catches the distinctive aroma of decaying flesh on the wind. It’s quickly joined by other condors, perhaps a dozen or more, who start circling in the familiar pattern of all carrion-loving vultures.

    Soon the massive condors spy the source of the delicious smell: a dead sheep or goat lying in a field. The hungry birds quickly angle in for descent, land around the body and begin to feed, tearing into the skin and meat with their sharp beaks.

    Then the condors also begin to die.

  • Iceland Could be Losing its Taste for Whaling
    Is Iceland Losing
    its Taste for Whaling?

    Jan. 30, 2020 (The Revelator)—One of the most important global conservation events of the past year was something that didn’t happen. For the first time since 2002, Iceland — one of just three countries that still allow commercial whaling — didn’t hunt any whales, even though its government had approved whaling permits in early 2019.

    Many people may think of whaling as a 19th-century industry in which men threw harpoons at their quarry by hand. But humans are still killing whales today in other ways. Thousands of whales are struck by ships, entangled in fishing lines and harmed by ocean noise every year.

    However, most nations support a commercial whaling ban that the International Whaling Commission, a global body charged with whale management, imposed in 1986 to prevent these creatures from being hunted to extinction. Iceland, Norway and Japan have long been exceptions to this international consensus.

  • Extinction Countdown - Read All About It
    Extinction Countdown - The Latest News

    Jan. 6, 2020 (The Revelator)-Read the news about these issues:
    1.Wildlife Treaty Meeting (Aug. 16)
    2.New Zealand’s Extinct Lizard (Aug. 8)
    3.India’s Tiger Population (July 30)
    4.Endangered Primates (July 23)
    5.Who Eats Lemurs - and Why? (July 19)
    6.Elephants and Frogs -Who Knew? (June 21)

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  • "Bee" Prepared for this Species Die-Off
    Collectors Find Plenty
    of Bees But Far Fewer
    Species Than In the 1950S

    Jan. 22, 2020 (Science News)- Far fewer bee species are buzzing across Earth today, following a steep decline in bee diversity during the last three decades, according to an analysis of bee collections and observations going back a century.

    About half as many bee species are turning up in current collecting efforts for museums and other collections compared with in the 1950s, when surveys counted around 1,900 species a year, scientists report December 10 at bioRxiv.org. That high diversity in collections endured for several decades, but then began to plummet around the 1990s, likely reflecting a real drop in global bee diversity, according to the study, which is under peer review.

    “This is the first study suggesting that bee decline is a global process, and that the most significant changes have occurred in recent years,” says Margarita López-Uribe, a bee evolutionary ecologist at Penn State who was not part of the new research.

  • Protecting Endangered Sea Turtles in the Solomons
    Solomon Islands Women are Protecting
    Critically Endangered Sea Turtles

    Jan. 22, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) —On the Solomon Islands, rats and poachers are the two major threats to critically endangered sea turtles. A group of local women have joined forces to help save the animals from extinction.

    Project Goal: Conserving the most important nesting ground for hawksbill sea turtles in the South Pacific by bringing together women from the diverse communities Kahtupika, Wagina, and Kia

    Project implementation: KAWAKI women running awareness campaigns in local villages to promote practices such as proper rubbish disposal and not eating turtles. Educating visitors to the Arnavons while creating jobs and building capacity among the women

  • The Australian Wildfires Effect on Threatened Species
    Australian Fires Have
    Incinerated the Habitats of Up
    to 100 Threatened Species

    Jan. 13, 2020 (Science News)- Until last week, the Kangaroo Island glossy black cockatoo was one of Australia’s conservation success stories. Thanks to a recovery program that began in 1995, its wild population increased from 150 to 400, and its status was downgraded from critically endangered to endangered.

    Now it’s part of an unfolding horror story.

    Fires have raged across nearly 50% of Kangaroo Island, a 4,400-square-kilometer isle off the coast of the state of South Australia, destroying the habitat of the great majority of the birds. It’s unclear how many glossy black cockatoos (Calyptorhynchus lathami halmaturinus) survived. For those that escaped the flames, food may be scarce; it eats the seeds of single tree species in its habitat, the drooping she oak.

  • Ohio River's Watershed’s Mussels Are in Trouble
    Fighting for the Ohio
    River Watershed’s Mussels

    Jan. 9, 2020 (Allegheny Front)-The Ohio River watershed includes the 981-mile main stem, from Pittsburgh to Cairo, Illinois, and also dozens of tributaries. Up and down each of these waterways, the mussel fauna changes; more of one species here, more of another there, different assortments determined by their immediate environments.

    About 130 mussels species have been recorded in the Ohio River system — the most of any other river system on Earth except the Mississippi, because it includes the Ohio.

    Mussels are good monitors of stream quality; they purify water, provide a structural habitat and food for other organisms and ease something known as nutrient overload, often caused by farm fertilizer run-off and water treatment practices. Mussels can naturally recycle and store some of these nutrients.

  • The Species We Lost in 2019
    The Faces of Extinction:
    The Species We Lost in 2019

    Jan. 6, 2020 (The Revelator)-We lost a lot of species in 2019.

    The year started with the extinction of a tiny Hawaiian snail and ended with the loss of one of the world’s largest freshwater fishes.

    Along the way we also said goodbye to three bird species, a shark, two frogs, several plants, and a whole lot more.

    About two dozen species were declared extinct (or nearly so) in 2019, although the total number of species lost this year probably numbers in the thousands. Scientists typically wait years or even decades before declaring a species well and truly extinct, and even then only after conducting extensive searches.

  • Madagascar Poachers and Loggers
    Threaten a Biodiversity Hotspot
    Poachers and Loggers Threaten
    Biodiversity Hot Spot In Madagascar

    Dec. 30, 2019 (earth.com)-Vohibola is a biodiversity hotspot and one of the last remaining major forests in the country of Madagascar.

    Home to lemurs and over 100 species of trees, Vohibola is not only a precious and vital resource, but it’s also under nearly constant threat from poachers who are chopping down trees and capturing wild lemurs from their nests.

    The lemurs are caught for food or sold as an exotic pet.

  • Animals Gone Extinct in This Decade - Alphabeticaly
    All the Species Declared
    Extinct in This Decade
    No, that's not Mitch McConnel

    Dec. 16, 2019  (GIZMODO)- Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island tortoises, died in 2012. George’s story is the perfect extinction story. It features a charismatic character with a recognizable face, an obvious villain, and the tireless efforts of naturalists.

    The population of the Pinta Island tortoise species was decimated by whalers hunting and eating them during the 19th century. Zoologist József Vágvölgyi discovered George in 1971 and brought him into captivity. No other Pinta Island Tortoises have since been found. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) declared the species extinct in the wild in 1996, while researchers attempted to breed George with other tortoises to at least preserve his genetic material. But George died—of natural causes—sparking news stories about his life and legacy, which media outlets continue to cover to this day.

  • Tiger Population Gone in Laos
    Tigers Extinct in Laos

    Dec. 19, 2019 (The Revelator)-That’s the conclusion of a detailed new study that found no evidence wild tigers still exist in the country.

    What researchers did find during a five-year camera survey of the biodiversity-rich Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area was evidence of snares — lots and lots of deadly snares, which are designed to trap and kill any animals that stumble across them.

    It appears that tigers have now paid the ultimate price for the snaring crisis that plagues Laos and the rest of Southeast Asia.

  • It's Not Okay For Trump's
    Son to Kill Endangered Animals
    Donald Trump Jr
    Killed Rare Endangered Sheep In
    Mongolia With Special Permit

    Dec. 11, 2019 (The Guardian)- On a hunting trip to Mongolia earlier this summer the US president’s son Donald Trump Jr killed a rare species of endangered sheep. A permit for the killing was retroactively issued after Trump Jr met with the country’s president, according to new reporting from ProPublica.

    He was accompanied by security from both the US and Mongolia on the trip, the outlet reported. The argali sheep, with its large horns, is considered a national treasure there, and permission to kill one is “controlled by an opaque permitting system that experts say is mostly based on money, connections and politics”.

  • Is California the Only State With Sane Animal Practices?
    California Becomes First State to Ban Fur Products

    Dec. 3, 2019  (BioBrief)- California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, making the state the first to ban the sale of new fur products.

    Los Angeles and San Francisco have already put fur bans in place and last month the governor signed a law banning commercial fur trapping.

    Newsom also signed another bill, banning most animals in circuses. Hawaii and New Jersey have similar bans.

    The new fur law, which takes effect in 2023, was lauded by animal rights activists despite fervent opposition from the billion-dollar U.S. fur industry and threats of a lawsuit from the Fur Information Council of America.

    Couture designers like Versace, Gucci and Giorgio Armani have either stopped using fur or pledged to in their collections and designers like Stella McCartney use no animal products.

    The ban excludes “used” fur, fur for religious or tribal purposes, as well as leather, dog and cat fur, cowhides, deer, sheep and goatskin and taxidermy.

  • Fractured Forests Are Endangering Wildlife
    Fractured Forests Endanger
    Wildlife, Scientists Find

    Dec. 5, 2019  ( New York Times)-Around the world, humans are fracturing vast forests. Highways snake through the Amazon’s rain forests, and Indonesia plans an ambitious transportation grid in Borneo, through some of the largest untouched expanses of tropical forests.

    If you were to parachute at random into any of the planet’s forests, you’d probably land a mile or less from its edge, according to a recent study.

    Conservation biologists have intensely debated the dangers that the fracturing of woodlands poses to animals. While many studies have shown that extinctions are more common in fragmented environments, others haven’t documented much effect.

  • 100 Lawsuits Against the Trump
    Administration and Still Counting
    NRDC Files 100th Lawsuit
    Against the Trump Administration

    Dec. 2, 2019 (National Resources Defense Council (NRDC))- Marking NRDC’s 100th lawsuit against the Trump administration in just over 1,000 days, NRDC and a coalition of fishing and conservation groups today challenged the U.S. Department of the Interior’s moves to weaken protections for endangered fish species in California’s Bay-Delta watershed and allow massive water projects to increase diversions from the imperiled estuary.

    In the past three years, NRDC and our litigators have gone toe-to-toe with half of the president’s Cabinet. Of the 61 cases that have been resolved—either by court decision or by the defendants’ yielding—we’ve scored wins in 92 percent of them. These victories represent stronger protections from harmful chemicals, conservation of our oceans, fewer greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, less energy waste in our homes, and renewed chances for survival for endangered species.

  • How The U.S. Aids in the illegal Shark Fin Trade
    The Surprise Middleman
    in the Illegal Shark Fin Trade:
    The United States

    Nov. 20, 2019 (National Resources Defense Council (NRDC))- Authorities in Hong Kong intercepted some questionable cargo three years ago—a rather large shipment of shark fins that had originated in Panama. Shark fins are a hot commodity among some Asian communities for their use in soup, and most species are legally consumed in Hong Kong, but certain species are banned from international trade due to their extinction risk. And wouldn’t you know it: this confiscated shipment contained nearly a ton of illegal hammerhead fins.

    But all that hammerhead contraband should never have made it to China in the first place. Because after the cargo left Panama, it made a stop in Houston, where trade in shark fins of any species, endangered or not, is forbidden. And while the ship’s bill of lading didn’t specify any illegal species onboard, it did note the presence of dried seafood, including fish maws, shark fins, and shark tails. U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials in Houston could have inspected such cargo to ensure it complied with state, federal, and international regulations—but nobody did. (We’ll get to why in a moment.)

  • Humpbacks Making a Comeback - Whale of a Story
    Humpback Whales In the
    South Atlantic Recovering
    From Near-Extinction

    Nov. 18, 2019  (ScienceNews) —Once hunted almost to extinction, the population of humpback whales that swims the seas between South America and Antarctica has bounced back.

    An estimated 25,000 Megaptera novaeangliae now live in the western South Atlantic. That’s about 93 percent of the population’s pre-hunt levels, which also were updated by a new counting method, researchers report October 16 in Royal Society Open Science.

    “It is good news,” says María Vázquez, a biologist at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City who was not involved in the assessment. She’s been studying a threatened population of humpbacks off the west coast of Mexico and has observed its progress, too. “We see it year after year, there are more animals, younger, more offspring,” she says.

  • The Endangered Fish of Silicon Valley
    A Silicon Valley
    Disruption for Birds
    That Gorge on Endangered Fish

    Nov. 12, 2019  (New York Times) —If you took a short kayak trip a few years ago to tiny islands nested in former salt ponds near Silicon Valley, you would have found plastic bird decoys all over. With their snowy white bodies, black crowns and sharp red bills, the decoys looked like real Caspian terns, a graceful migratory bird the size of a large crow.

    The goal of those doppelgängers was to lure terns to breed on the islands, and, in doing so, prevent endangered salmon and trout living hundreds of miles to the north from vanishing.

    The Columbia River Basin on Oregon’s northern border was once one of the most productive salmon habitats in the world. But commercial fishing and the construction of dams over the last two centuries have contributed to the decline of wild salmonids by 95%. The fish are protected under the Endangered Species Act. But that doesn’t stop traveling terns, which are themselves protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, from eating the salmon and undermining their recovery.

  • Emperor Penguins and Climate Caused Extinction
    Climate Change Could Cause Emperor
    Penguin Extinction by 2100

    Nov. 7, 2019  (New Scientist) —Unchecked climate change could drive emperor penguins to extinction by the end of the century as sea ice vanishes. But if the world delivers on the toughest target of the Paris climate agreement, of limiting global temperature rises to 1.5°C, then numbers of the iconic species will decline by less than a third.

    Stephanie Jenouvrier at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts found that the future of emperor penguins hinges on international climate efforts rather than their ability to adapt and move to new homes.

    “Penguins are this indicator species, this canary in the coal mine, they are warning us of the future effect of climate. The big message is we need to listen to the penguins, and implement policies to meet the Paris agreement’s objective, and we need to do that now,” she says.

  • Rosewood: Another Endangered Species
    Can Forensics Help
    Keep Endangered Rosewood
    Off the Black Market?

    Nov. 3, 2019  (ScienceNews)—Jian Zhong Wang’s home in the southern Chinese city of Nanning is an inviting place. Light spills in through large bay windows, which offer a stunning view of the garden of thick-stemmed banana plants and chest-high cacti. The room is packed with intricately carved furniture: a dining table flanked by eight straight-backed chairs, a coffee table and a settee, plus four armchairs, a desk, a divan and a TV stand. Each piece is made of rosewood.

    “Rosewood furniture is part of our great national culture with over 5,000 years of history,” says Wang, a 60-year-old retired government official who began collecting rosewood more than two decades ago. He’s not alone.

    The furniture is a major status symbol in China, by far the largest importer of rosewood. A canopy bed can fetch as much as $1 million, and an estimated 30,000 companies in China are involved in the rosewood industry, which generated a domestic revenue of over $22 billion in 2014.

  • The Flea May Be Fleeing Great Britain
    Could a British Flea
    Be the Next Casualty
    of the Great Insect Dying?

    Oct. 21, 2019  (TheRevelator)-If a species of bee or butterfly were to vanish from the world, some of us might shed a tear. It’s not an unlikely prospect, as the great insect dying that’s currently underway escalates the chance of losing some of these small but beloved species grows every year.

    But what about a flea? Would the loss of one of nature’s most unloved creations give you reason to mourn?

    That could happen in our lifetimes. Our new study has just added the Manx shearwater flea (Ceratophyllus fionnus) to the tragic procession of threatened insects marching toward extinction.

    Click now to see why we should care.

  • California Wants to Protect the Yellow-legged Frog
    California Agency Recommends
    Protecting Yellow-legged Frog
    Under State’s Endangered Species Act

    Oct. 9, 2019 (Center for Biological Diversity)- The California Department of Fish and Wildlife today recommended California Endangered Species Act protections for five populations of the foothill yellow-legged frog. The frog has disappeared from more than half of its former California range.

    The recommendation responds to a 2016 legal petition from the Center for Biological Diversity. The California Fish and Game Commission will vote on whether to follow the listing recommendations at its December 11 meeting in Sacramento.

    A status report on the species released today recommends an endangered listing for the Southern Sierra, Central Coast and South Coast frog populations. The report recommends a threatened listing for the Northern Sierra and Feather River populations. The agency determined the North Coast frogs do not currently warrant protection.

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Energy Conservation News (In the past year)

  • New York City Working to Become Carbon Free
    NYC Plugs into Carbon-Free Era

    Mar. 30, 2020 (Energy Central) -In this episode of Grid Talk, Marty Rosenberg talks with Matthew Ketschke, Vice President at Con Edison in New York. Con Edison operates one of the world's largest energy delivery systems.

    Mr. Ketschke explains how the utility is working toward a cleaner, more efficient future, and he details the impacts of reducing carbon emissions on the delivery of electricity. You'll hear why delivering power is like managing traffic in midtown Manhattan.

  • Getting Closer To Artificial Photosynthesis For Renewable Energy
    Coming: Artificial Photosynthesis
    For Renewable Energy

    Mar. 26, 2020 (inhabitat) -Scientists at Berkeley Lab are getting close to a long-held goal of using artificial photosynthesis to generate renewable energy from the carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. If produced in large enough quantities, the energy created from artificial photosynthesis could be a huge step to slowing climate change.

    Photosynthesis is the chemical reaction by which algae and green plants turn carbon dioxide into cellular fuel. Scientists at Berkeley have designed square solar fuel tiles containing billions of nanoscale tubes between two pieces of thin, flexible silicate. These squares will comprise the new artificial photosynthesis system.

    The Berkeley scientists recently published a paper in Advanced Functional Materials explaining how their design “allows for the rapid flow of protons from the interior space of the tube, where they are generated from splitting water molecules, to the outside, where they combine with CO2 and electrons to form the fuel.”

  • City of Utecht, Netherlands to Impose Car-Free Zone
    Utrecht Expanding Its
    Car-Free Zone To Become
    Bicycle Capitol Of Europe

    Mar. 15, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -You may not have heard much about the city of Utrecht in the Netherlands since a series of treaties signed there in the spring of 1713 brought an end to the War of Spanish Succession. The city is famous for the number of its residents who rely on bicycles to get around. It built the first bike lane in in the Netherlands in 1885. Last year it built the world’s largest multi-story bicycle parking garage with room for 12,500 bikes.

    Now a new development of 6,000 homes in the city’s Merwede district is being planned with bicycles as the preferred mode of transportation. It is expected to be serviced by 20,000 bicycles but no cars, with construction scheduled to begin in 2022. The new 24-hectare community will be home to about 12,000 people and will include 2 new primary schools, a high school, and several health centers, together with an assortment of shops and businesses.

  • Stockhlom Has a Very Bright Idea
    Intelligent Streetlight Solution Deployed in Stockholm

    Mar. 5, 2020 (POWERGRID INTERNATIONAL) - This week, Itron said that the City of Stockholm will be implementing Itron’s smart city software, Streetlight Vision (SLV), in order to help Stockholm progress toward its goal of becoming the world’s smartest city by 2040. Stockholm’s traffic department will use SLV to manage streetlights, improve energy efficiency and optimize system performance.

    SLV is a smart city central management software application that has advanced asset management, analytics and control capabilities, according to Itron. The company said that SLV has been used by more than 500 communities, controlling more than 3 million intelligent devices worldwide.

    “Through innovation, openness and connectivity we are making Stockholm more economically, ecologically and socially sustainable. Smart street lighting is a vital component of this strategy because it provides immediate energy savings, helps us achieve our sustainability goals, and lays the groundwork for our future smart city vision,” said Maria Holm, project manager of the Stockholm smart and connected lighting project.

  • Climate-friendly Heating:
    Staying Warm Without Fossil Fuels
    How to Stay Warm Without Fossil Fuels

    Jan. 22, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) —Many countries have heating systems that still run on coal, oil and gas. But relying on these fossil fuels to keep us warm through winter adds to CO2 emissions. So what are some of the climate-friendly alternatives?

    Heating with coal, oil and natural gas accounts for around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. But that's something we can change, says Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House Institute in the western German city of Darmstadt.

    "Buildings can be powered in a climate-neutral way, and that's possible worldwide with renewable energies," he told DW, adding that a crucial factor is to make buildings more efficient so no energy is wasted.

  • Environmentally Smart Holiday Lights
    One Thing You Can Do:
    Be Smart About Holiday Lights

    Dec. 4, 2019  (New York Times Climate Forward)-The nights get longer this time of year, but not necessarily darker. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, American suburbs are up to 50 percent brighter than usual, even after midnight. Our holiday lights are so impressive that they can be observed from space.

    The Department of Energyestimates that Americans burn 6.6 billion kw-hours annually using holiday lights. That’s enough electricity to power more than 800,000 homes for a year. But with a few simple adjustments, you can make your lights a bit greener.

    The biggest thing you can do is to switch to LED lights. If you do, you’ll use up to 70% less energy than you would with traditional incandescent bulbs. Plus, you won’t need to replace lights as often. LEDs last about 10 times longer.

  • Choosing the Best Home Fuel Option
    Gas or Electric?
    Which Is the More Eco-Friendly
    Home Fuel Option?

    Nov. 25, 2019  (Earth.com) —Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have compared the environmental impact and energy demand of gas versus electric heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. For an energy-efficient residential home, the study suggests that gas is the most eco-friendly option.

    “Fuel type is an important factor because heating and cooling accounts for a significant amount of home energy consumption,” said study co-author and NIST civil engineer David Webb. “However, little research has been conducted looking at the impact of which fuel source is used, gas or electric, on achieving low-energy and low-impact goals.”

    “We used a unique NIST tool set of databases and software known as BIRDS (Building Industry Reporting and Design for Sustainability) to assess and measure that impact scientifically, and then provide a research method for others to do the same for any climate region in the United States.”

  • We Can (and Should) Balance Our Energy Demand
    One Thing We Can Do:
    Balance Our Energy Demand

    Nov. 13, 2019  (New York Times Climate Forward)— Want to encourage renewable energy? Timing is everything.

    Renewables, by their nature, can be sporadic. The wind isn’t always blowing when you need those turbines spinning. Water levels in hydroelectric dams rise and fall.

    But energy demand isn’t sporadic: It tends to run in a predictable curve that peaks during the daylight hours.

    That means renewables, so far, can’t always fulfill demand reliably at peak times. Sure, we’ve got solar power, but that, too, is subject to factors we can’t control, like cloudy days. That’s why on-demand energy sources like fossil fuels, which generate plenty of greenhouse gas emissions, are still very important in our energy mix.

  • Look for the Energy Star Label
    One Thing We Can Do:
    Look for the Energy Star Label

    Oct. 23, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)- You probably recognize it. A sticker on a fridge or a dishwasher: the Energy Star symbol. But what, exactly, does it mean?

    Energy Star is an energy efficiency certification program run by the Environmental Protection Agency. To get that sticker, a product must pass independent testing by an E.P.A.-recognized lab.

    Energy Star refrigerators today use approximately 50% less energy than average ones sold 15 years ago. Energy Star LED light bulbs use up to 90% less energy and may last 15 times longer than uncertified ones. The washing machines approved under the program use about 25% less energy and 33% less water than uncertified ones, on average.

  • How Unwinding Can Cool Us Down
    A New Cooling Technique Relies on
    Untwisting Coiled Fibers

    Oct. 10, 2019  (ScienceNews)-A new way to chill out is simple: Just unwind.

    Called twistocaloric cooling, the method involves unwinding tightly twisted strands of various materials. The technique was used to chill water by several degrees Celsius, scientists report in the Oct. 11 Science.

    Cooling techniques like those used in traditional refrigerators rely on cycles of compressing and expanding gases. But those gases can contribute to global warming (SN: 10/25/16). So researchers have been looking for alternative cooling methods based on manipulating solid materials. Consider a rubber band: When stretched, it heats up, becoming warm to the touch. When released, it cools down. The same goes for twisting and untwisting.

  • View the 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard
    2019 State Energy Efficiency
    Scorecard Reveals Leading States
    In Clean Energy Adoption

    Oct. 3, 2019 (inhabitat)- Just in time for the annual celebration of Energy Efficiency Day, the nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released its 2019 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard.

    For this year’s report, the states leading on clean energy adoption are Massachusetts and California, while North Dakota and Wyoming still have more than a few strides to go before fully catching up. In step with Energy Efficiency Day’s message of “Save Money, Cut Carbon, Breathe Easier,” ACEEE’s goal is to share tips and tools that promote a clean energy future. No surprise then that ACEEE firmly advocates for effective energy usage to reduce consumer bills and limit pollution.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • The World's Smallest Engine Created in Dublin
    Physicists Create the
    World's Smallest Engine

    Aug. 21, 2018 (ScienceDaily)-Theoretical physicists at Trinity College Dublin are among an international collaboration that has built the world's smallest engine -- which, as a single calcium ion, is approximately ten billion times smaller than a car engine.

    The engine itself -- a single calcium ion -- is electrically charged, which makes it easy to trap using electric fields. The working substance of the engine is the ion's "intrinsic spin" (its angular momentum). This spin is used to convert heat absorbed from laser beams into oscillations, or vibrations, of the trapped ion.

    Click now for the story.

  • Increasing HVAC Heat Exchanger Efficiency 5 Fold
    Making HVAC Heat Ex-
    changers Five Times Better
    From Water Using Magnetic Liquid

    Aug. 1, 2019 (Science Daily)) -Researchers from Tsinghua University and Brown University have discovered a simple way to give a major boost to turbulent heat exchange, a method of heat transport widely used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems.

    In a paper published in Nature Communications, the researchers show that adding a readily available organic solvent to common water-based turbulent heat exchange systems can boost their capacity to move heat by 500%. That's far better than other methods aimed at increasing heat transfer, the researchers say.

    Click now to read this welcome news story.

  • Getting Rusty on Renewable Energy?
    Could Rust Be a New
    Source of Renewable Energy?

    July 30, 2019 (Popular Mechanics)) -Rust is often associated with decay and disrepair, but scientists at Caltech and Northwestern University are looking at rust differently: as a means of generating electricity.

    Rust, after all, is nothing more than iron oxide. Thin films of it, as the scientists show in a new study, could be used to generate electricity when interacting with salt water. Combining metal compounds and salt water is a well-known way of conducting electricity, since chlorine and sodium ions can carry electrical currents. The process can even be replicated in your kitchen.

    Click now to read the complete story.

  • Air Conditioning - Both a Blessing and a Curse   One Thing You Can Do:  
      Beat the Heat Efficiently  

    July 3, 2019 NY Times Climate Forward - A heat wave scorched Europe through the weekend and Americans are facing what’s predicted to be a very hot couple of months. Last summer ranked as the fourth-hottest on record for the lower 48 states, and this year’s temperatures are expected to be above average in most of the country.

    So, how do you win the battle against summer heat in a sustainable way?

    When it comes to cooling your home, you basically have three options: open your windows, use fans or turn on the air conditioning.

    Click now to learn what you can do.

  • N.M. Public Service Goal: Emission-Free by 2040 PNM Plans Early Retirement
    of Coal Plant With Massive
    Addition of Solar + Storage

    July 1, 2019 Renewable Energy World - On July 1, Public Service of New Mexico filed a plan with regulators in the state for how it plans to get to a 100 percent emission-free power by 2040. The utility reviewed four scenarios, all of which involved the early retirement of the San Juan Coal Plant, to arrive at its recommended path forward.

    The utility considered four possible scenarios for how it could most effectively meet the directive of the Energy Transition Act, which was announced on March 25. The act requires the state to get 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2045.

    Click now for the story
    and to see an infographic.

  • NY Will Pass Aggressive Clean Energy Mandate New York to Pass 'One
    of the Most Aggressive Clean
    Energy Mandates In the Country'

    June 19, 2019 Renewable Energy World - New York is poised to pass its own version of the Green New Deal with a climate bill that would more than triple the state’s solar capacity and aggressively promote development of wind farms off the state’s coast.

    The legislation calls for boosting the amount of solar power in New York to 6 gigawatts by 2025, from about 1.7 gigawatts currently. It would also have 9 gigawatts of offshore wind generation installed by 2035. None of the state’s power currently comes from offshore wind.

    The bill codifies New York’s goal of getting all of its electricity from emission-free sources by 2040. Achieving that would put the state ahead of even progressive California, which has set of target of 100% clean power by 2045, and other states that have set clean-energy standards. New York is also looking to cut economy-wide emissions 85% by 2050. Governor Andrew Cuomo called the bill “the most aggressive in the country” during remarks on the radio program The Capitol Pressroom on WNYC.

    Click now for the optimistic story.

  • Canada Will Add 36,000 Workers for Energy Efficiency Canada’s Energy Efficiency Sector to Add 36,000 Workers In 2019

    Electric Light & Power, Apr. 30, 2019  - Canada’s energy efficiency goods and services sector directly employed an estimated 436,000 permanent workers in 2018 and is poised to grow by 8.3% this year, creating over 36,000 jobs, according to a new report.

    These workers were employed across about 51,000 business establishments across six industries. Together, these establishments generated $82.6 billion in revenue in 2018 and were generally optimistic about growth prospects in 2019.

    Interested? Click now for whole story.

  • Big Buildings and Energy Inefficiency Big Buildings Hurt the Climate
    New York City Hopes to Change That.

    NY Times Climate Forward, Apr. 17, 2019  -New York City is about to embark on an ambitious plan to fight climate change that would force thousands of large buildings, like the Empire State Building and Trump Tower, to sharply reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

    The legislation, expected to be passed by the City Council on Thursday, would set emission caps for many different types of buildings, with the goal of achieving a 40 percent overall reduction of emissions by 2030. Buildings that do not meet the caps could face steep fines.

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Environmental Impact News (for the past 60 days)

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  • The Great Barrier Reef is Being Bleached Out
    The Great Barrier Reef
    is Suffering Its Most Widespread
    Bleaching Ever Recorded

    Apr. 7, 2020 (Science News) -Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is currently experiencing its third mass bleaching in just five years — and it is the most widespread bleaching event ever recorded.

    Results from aerial surveys conducted along the 2,000-kilometer-long reef over nine days in late March, and released April 7, show that 25% of 1,036 individuals reefs surveyed were severely affected, with more than 60 percent of corals bleached. Another 35 percent of the reefs had less extensive bleaching.

    “This is the second most severe event we have seen, but it is by far the most widespread,” says marine biologist Terry Hughes, director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Townsville, Australia, who led the aerial surveys along with scientists from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

  • It's the Largest Arctic Ozone Hole Ever Measured
    Largest Arctic Ozone
    Hole Ever Measured Hovers
    Over The North Pole

    Apr. 7, 2020 (Science News) -A curious confluence of atmospheric events has produced the largest ozone hole ever measured over the Arctic.

    A powerful polar vortex has trapped especially frigid air in the atmosphere above the North Pole, allowing high-altitude clouds to form in the stratosphere, where the ozone layer also sits. Within those clouds, chlorofluorocarbons and hydrochlorofluorocarbons already high in the atmosphere — gases used as refrigerants — react with ultraviolet rays from the sun to release chlorine and bromine atoms, which in turn react with and deplete the ozone.

    Such conditions are more often seen over Antarctica, leading to a more frequent and much larger ozone hole in the Southern Hemisphere.

  • The Heartland Institute Really Has No Heart
    Heartland Institute Warns Renewables
    Will Damage The Environment

    Apr. 4, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -The sky is falling! We must run and tell the king! That is the message put out recently by the Heartland Institute in a story entitled, “Policy Brief: How The Green New Deal’s Renewable Energy Mining Would Harm Humans And The Environment.” The message they have for their readers is this: electric car batteries use minerals like lithium, cobalt, manganese, aluminum, and others. Mining is a dirty business that tortures the Earth and can cause health problems for workers. Therefore, any mining for minerals used in renewable energy production is inherently bad and should be stopped!

    Sharp-eyed readers will note that any extraction techniques used to wrest fossil fuels from the Earth are perfectly OK. No miner has ever suffered black lung disease and no one involved in fracking has ever suffered any health related issues. The Heartland Institute is one of many organizations supported by Koch Industries and other fossil fuel companies.

  • Is that a Worm in My Sushi, or Are You Just Glad to See Me?
    Parasitic Worm Populations
    are Skyrocketing In Some
    Fish Species Used In Sushi

    Mar. 31, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -Diners may be more likely to utter those words today than in decades past, as the abundance of parasitic Anisakis worms infecting fishes around the globe is now 283 times what it was in the 1970s, researchers report March 19 in Global Change Biology.

    Worms of the genus Anisakis, also called whale worms, can cause vomiting and diarrhea in people who ingest them. Fortunately, freezing fillets kills the parasites, and farmed fish are rarely infected with them. Sushi chefs and other fish suppliers can spot and remove the worms, which can reach up to 2 centimeters in length. But the rise in worm numbers might spell bad news for some marine animals.

  • Good News From the Ozone Layer
    The Ozone Layer is Recovering
    and Restoring Wind Circulation

    Mar. 31, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - After decades of disruption by human activity, the ozone layer is recovering and regenerating the circulation of winds throughout the planet – a development associated with concrete measures set in place thanks to international cooperation.

    The ozone layer above the Earth’s surface acts as a “sunscreen” for the planet. It keeps out harmful ultraviolet radiation incoming from the sun that has been linked to skin cancer, cataracts, immune system suppression, and can also cause damage to plants.

  • Air Pollution Doesn't Stop With Just the Lungs
    Air Pollution Linked to Dementia
    and Cardiovascular Disease

    Mar. 30, 2020 (ENN Network) -People continuously exposed to air pollution are at increased risk of dementia, especially if they also suffer from cardiovascular diseases, according to a study at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden published in the journal JAMA Neurology.

    The number of people living with dementia is projected to triple in the next 30 years. No curative treatment has been identified and the search for modifiable risk and protective factors remains a public health priority. Recent studies have linked both cardiovascular disease and air pollution to the development of dementia, but findings on the air pollution-link have been scarce and inconsistent.

  • A New Way to Fight Microplastic Pollution
    A Newly Discovered Microbe Feasts
    on a Problematic Plastic

    Mar. 27, 2020 (GIZMODO) -Like other forms of discarded plastic, polyurethane waste threatens the environment and human health. In an encouraging new development, European scientists have stumbled upon a hardy strain of bacteria that appears to thrive off the stuff.

    New research published in Frontiers in Microbiology describes a newly identified strain of soil bacterium that’s capable of breaking down the chemical bonds found in polyurethane. The new strain, called Pseudomonas sp. TDA1, was discovered by scientists visiting a garbage dump littered with brittle plastics.

  • Coronavirus: Not the Best Way to Curb Air Pollution
    Air Pollution Plunges
    in European Cities
    Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

    Mar. 27, 2020 (REUTERS) -Air pollution from nitrogen dioxide has fallen by an estimated 40% in three European cities, according to new satellite data released by the European Space Agency (ESA), coinciding with a widespread lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

    The space agency’s Copernicus Sentinel-5P satellite mission on Friday released three composite images showing nitrogen dioxide concentrations in the period March 14-25 over France, Spain and Italy, compared to the monthly average of concentrations from 2019.

  • World's Worst Air Adds To Belgrade's Coronavirus Woes
    Serbian Capital's Coronavirus Woes Made Worse by Air Pollution

    Mar. 27, 2020 (REUTERS) -Belgrade’s residents on Friday isolated themselves not only from coronavirus but also from acrid smoke, which defied strong winds to transform the Serbian capital into the city with the world’s most polluted air.

    The Air Visual API website, which compiles data from ground sensors worldwide, ranked the Serbian capital temporarily at the top of its global index of cities with the worst air pollution.

    Belgrade’s pollution level later fell to fourth, behind Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia, Zagreb in Croatia, and Chiang Mai in Thailand.

  • Australia's Great Barrier Reef Suffers Another Blow
    Australia’s Record Heat Means
    Another Blow to Great Barrier Reef

    Mar. 26, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) -Record-breaking warm waters have bleached large parts of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef this year, as they did in 2016 and 2017, scientists reported on Thursday — the latest sign that global warming threatens the health of one of the world’s most important marine ecosystems.

    “We can confirm that the Great Barrier Reef is experiencing its third mass bleaching event in five years,” David Wachenfeld, chief scientist of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, said in a video posted on its website.

  • Australians Looking to Decarbonize the Gas Grid
    AUSTRALIA: Decarbonizing the Gas Grid

    Mar. 27, 2020 (AuManufacturing) -Mar. 17, 2020 (Science News)-An international expression of interest has been issued by Australia’s leading energy providers to help deliver the nation’s low carbon vision through hydrogen.

    Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) Chief Executive Officer Ben Wilson said AGIG, Jemena Gas Networks, AusNet and Evoenerg had released a joint expression of interest for information from the international hydrogen supply chain on the cost of deploying renewable hydrogen at scale.

    “Through this expression of interest process, suppliers of key inputs to the international hydrogen supply chain are invited to comment on the feasibility, approach and cost of achieving 10 per cent renewable hydrogen by volume across gas networks in the eastern and southern states of Australia,” Wilson said.

  • Fossil-Fuel Giant Russia Aims for a Low-Carbon Future
    Fossil-Fuel Giant Russia and a Low-Carbon Future

    Mar. 26, 2020 (REUTERS) -Fossil fuel-rich Russia has for the first time set out a greener economic path for the coming three decades, in a long-term, low-carbon development plan released this week.

    It pledges to cut planet-warming emissions by a third by 2030 from 1990 levels when the heavily industrial Soviet Union collapsed, although that represents an increase in Russia’s greenhouse gas pollution from today.

    Climate experts said the strategy and 2030 target were not ambitious enough but did signal growing political and business interest in tackling climate change in an economy that is one of the world’s biggest suppliers of oil, gas and coal.

  • Chopstick Alert! About That Sushi
    The Fish Used For
    Sushi Has 283x More
    Parasites Than In the 1970s

    Mar. 20, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - Nigiri, sashimi, maki, and many other types of sushi have grown popular over the years, now easy to find in restaurant menus and delivery apps. But the sushi boom came alongside growing concerns over the Anisakis, a parasitic worm that can be transmitted to humans who eat raw or undercooked seafood.

    A group of researchers at the University of Washington report on a 238-fold increase in parasite abundance since the 1970s. This could have consequences for the health of both humans and marine mammals.Other studies have looked at the abundance of the worm, but this is the first-time researchers look closer at its expansion over time.

    Anasakis starts its life cycle in the intestines of marine mammals, is excreted into their feces and then infects fish, crustaceans, or krill. Eating the worms can lead to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, which ends when the worm dies a few days later. It’s not usually diagnosed, as people mistake it with food poisoning.

  • Natural Fibers Vs Microplastics - No Contest
    How Natural Fibers
    Can Protect the Oceans
    From Microplastic Pollution

    Mar. 19, 2020 (SOURCING JOURNAL) - Imagine a large cruise ship, as tall as a 16-story building and longer than a city block. Next, imagine it’s made of tiny microplastic particles that suddenly collapse into the water, the teeny bits swirling, spreading, and sinking. The non-biodegradable particles land on the ocean bottom, are eaten by aquatic animals, and enter our food chain, or find their way into our drinking water.

    If this scenario happened once, the world would likely be aghast. But picture it occurring every year, with no end in sight. That’s basically what’s happening with clothes made from synthetic fabrics like polar fleece, acrylic and polyester.

  • Legos: A Great Toy, But a Danger to the Oceans
    Legos May Take
    Hundreds of Years To Break
    Down In the Ocean

    Mar. 19, 2020 (Science News) - If you’ve ever had the misfortune of stepping on a Lego, you know the plastic building blocks have absolutely no give. Now, scientists have discovered another unpleasant consequence of the toys’ indestructibility: A single Lego could take hundreds of years to break down in the ocean.

    Earth’s oceans are littered with plastic of all kinds (SN: 11/13/19). But estimating how long that trash takes to disintegrate in seawater is often a challenge, because it’s difficult to date fragments of debris with unknown origin. But it’s fairly easy to identify a piece of Lego by its distinct shape, says Andrew Turner, an environmental scientist at the University of Plymouth in England. And because the chemical additives used to make Legos have changed over time, the composition of each brick contains clues about when it was made.

  • California Crops and Human Health Affected By Air Pollution
    Polluted Air Has Both
    Health And Crop Impacts

    Mar. 19, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - More than 90% of the planet breathes unhealthy air, leading to seven million premature deaths per year and billions of dollars in extra costs for health services. But that’s not the single problem, as pollutants are also affecting the yield of food crops and their nutritional quality.

    Food contributes to air pollution, releasing nitrogen compounds into the air. In turn, air pollution can impact food production. Ozone emissions react to form ground-level ozone, penetrating into the structure of the plant and affecting its ability to develop — a phenomenon seen across the globe.

  • Dams Can Damn Ancient Settlements
    Slowly Flooding History

    Mar. 18, 2020 (ENN Network) - One of the oldest continuously inhabited settlements in the world, Hasankeyf, has been home to more than 20 cultures over the past 12,000 years. Early settlers carved caves into the surrounding limestone cliffs. Romans built a fortress to monitor crop and livestock transportation. Travelers on the Silk Road often stopped in the area to trade during the Middle Ages.

    Remnants of past cultures have been preserved for thousands of years in Hasankeyf, which was absorbed by the Ottoman Empire in the 1500s and has remained part of Turkey ever since. But those artifacts—thousands of human-made caves and hundreds of well-preserved medieval monuments—may soon be underwater. A new dam and reservoir threatens to drown the city.

    Located about 56 kilometers (35 miles) downstream of Hasankeyf, the approximately 135-meter (440-foot) tall Ilisu Dam is expected to provide 1,200 megawatts of electricity (around 1.5 percent of Turkey’s total power-generating capacity). The dam is part of Turkey’s Southeastern Anatolia Project, which consists of 19 hydroelectric plants and 22 dams on the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The effort is designed to help promote economic growth and energy independence for the country. But there will also be a cost.

  • More Coronavirus Vulnerability in Air-polluted Cities
    Cities Affected by Air
    Pollution Could Be More
    Vulnerable to Coronavirus

    Mar. 17, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -Air pollution is the most urgent environmental health risk in the world. More than 90% of the planet breathes unhealthy air, leading to seven million premature deaths per year and billions of dollars in costs for health services.

    The cities and regions most affected by air pollution, mainly located in China and India, are also exposed to a larger risk from coronavirus, a group of experts grouped under the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) warned.

    The polluted air that leads to diseases such as diabetes may also cause a higher overall number of coronavirus cases, EPHA said, claiming that the level of emissions from diesel cars in many cities was still “dangerous” despite the pandemic.

  • Face Mask Disposal Is an Environmental Problem
    It’s Not Just a
    Health Problem. Coronavirus
    Shows Environmental Effects

    Mar. 16, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -Face masks, a tool for protection against coronavirus now in high-demand across the globe, have become an environmental problem in Hong Kong, where 131 people have been infected with the virus and three people have been reported dead.

    Environmental groups claim a large number of face masks are not being properly disposed of in Hong Kong. Instead, they are thrown onto the shoreline, beaches or even into the sea, where marine life can mistake them for food.

    Already dealing with the growing flow of marine litter from mainland China and elsewhere, local environmentalists said these discarded masks have exacerbated the problem and have also raised concerns about the spread of germs.

  • The Environmental Impact of Fishing for Fun
    Fishing for Fun
    Has a Bigger Environmental
    Impact Than Originally Thought

    Mar. 16, 2020 (The Revelator) -Let’s go fishin’! After all, a lone angler fishing from a dock or a few friends going out to sea can’t have all that much of an effect on fish populations … right?

    Think again.

    “When you’re floating in the open ocean, it can be hard to imagine that your hobby will have an impact on the overall health of a fishery,” says Sepp Haukebo, who works on recreational fisheries conservation issues for the Environmental Defense Fund. “But multiply the number of fish a single angler catches and discards in a day by millions of anglers and you have a significant harvest on your hands.”

  • Amazon Drilling Blocked by Court Order
    Court Blocks Drilling in the Amazon

    Mar. 13, 2020 (Living On Earth) -A proposed oil drilling project in the Peruvian Amazon threatened to damage the ecosystem that isolated indigenous peoples there depend on. So an indigenous coalition went to court to try to block the project, and they recently won their lawsuit.

    Beatriz Huertas, an anthropologist for Rainforest Foundation Norway, spoke with Living on Earth’s Bobby Bascomb about the dangers faced by isolated indigenous communities in the Amazon and what this case means for indigenous communities in the future.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.

  • Bayer Settles Up For Environmental Damage
    Bayer inches Toward
    Glyphosate Settlement

    Mar. 13, 2020 (REUTERS) -Bayer AG has agreed on draft settlement terms with half a dozen law firms representing tens of thousands of plaintiffs alleging that its Roundup® weedkiller causes cancer, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter.

    Shares of the German drugs and pesticides company have come under immense pressure since it lost the first U.S. lawsuit claiming that glyphosate-based Roundup, acquired via its takeover of Monsanto in 2018, causes cancer.

    Last month, the company said it was in no rush to reach terms with plaintiffs’ lawyers and was less inclined to set aside funds for any deal following recent U.S. decisions in its favor.

  • Protecting the Economy and the Wetlands At the Same Time
    Study Finds Staggering Economic
    Benefit From Protecting Wetlands

    Mar. 12, 2020 (The Guardian) -Mangrove forests, marshes, and seagrass beds protect inland areas from storm surges and strong winds. Over long periods, coastal wetlands like these build up sediment that mitigates sea level rise and local land subsidence.

    A new analysis of property damage from Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal storms has shown that counties with larger wetlands suffered lower property damage costs than did counties with smaller wetlands.

    “Starting in 1996, the U.S. government started to produce damage estimates for each tropical cyclone in a consistent manner,” explained coauthor Richard Carson, an economist at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in La Jolla. Before that, the data were collected only for hurricanes, which hindered past attempts to put a price on the marginal value, or price per unit, of wetlands, he said.

  • Environmental Journalism in Troubled Times
    Environmental Journalism in Trouble
    Our Lifetime - Our Planet

    Mar. 5, 2020 ( The Revelator) -Journalist Meera Subramanian wants to tell you a story about the environment….

    That’s getting harder and harder, though. The media landscape has become a version of “The Walking Dead,” with newspapers around the country closing, being acquired by hedge funds, or cutting their editorial staffs to the bone.

    And then there’s the constant barrage of claims of “fake news” from the Oval Office, corporate spokespeople and pundits. There’s a reason why “post-truth” became Oxford Dictionaries’ International Word of the Year in 2016.

  • Coffee Saving Measures Are Moving at a Snails's Pace
    How an Invasive Snail Could
    Save Your Coffee From Destruction

    Mar. 5, 2020 (National Geographic) -IF YOU THINK Daylight Saving Time is the biggest drag on your morning alertness, you may want to consider coffee leaf rust.

    Coffee leaf rust is the most economically significant coffee pest in the world. Since the 1980s, occasional outbreaks of this fungus have crippled coffee production in the Americas, at times doubling or tripling its price. And the problem has escalated since 2008, as have the massive resources invested in fighting it.

    A new discovery raises an intriguing possibility for controlling coffee’s costliest pest, and it comes packed inside a small shell. According to recent research from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Asian tramp snails, Bradybaena similaris, can consume large amounts of coffee rust before the disease can damage the plant. Leave one snail on a rust-covered leaf, and it can hoover up 30 percent of the fungus in 24 hours.

  • Deep Trouble for the World's Largest Eco-Systems
    World's Largest Eco-Systems In More Trouble than Previously Thought

    Mar. 10, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -The Amazon rainforest ecosystem could collapse in as little as 49 years and the Caribbean coral reefs in only 15 years, a new study warns which found large ecosystems are more vulnerable than previously thought.

    By now, it should come as no surprise that human activity is applying intense pressure on the planet’s natural systems, threatening thousands of species with extinction.

    At sea, a third of marine mammals, reef-forming corals, sharks, and shark relatives are on the brink of extinction. Life on land isn’t faring any better. Humans have significantly altered three-quarters of the earth’s land surface area, leaving more than half a million species without enough habitat to survive.

  • Some Sea Turtles Think Ocean Plastic is Food - Ummm!
    Sea turtles May
    Confuse the Smell of
    Ocean Plastic With Food

    Mar. 9, 2020 (Science News) -To a sea turtle, plastic debris might smell like dinner.

    As the plastic detritus of modern human life washes into oceans, marine creatures of all kinds interact with and sometimes eat it. Recent research suggests that this is no accident. Plastic that’s been stewing in the ocean emits a chemical that, to some seabirds and fish, smells a lot like food. That chemical gas, dimethyl sulfide, is also produced by phytoplankton, a key food source for many marine animals.

    Now, scientists have determined that loggerhead sea turtles may also confuse the smell of plastic with food, according to a study published March 9 in Current Biology.

  • It's Time to Get on the Road to Zero-carbon Transportation
    The Road to Zero-
    carbon Transportation Runs
    Through the Northeast

    Mar. 6, 2020 (The Revelator) - Transportation is climate enemy number one in the United States, producing more carbon pollution than any other part of the American economy.

    In fact the U.S. transportation system is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than the entire economies of France and the United Kingdom combined. The average American drives roughly 10,000 miles a year, and too many of our vehicles are inefficient, burning gas like there’s no tomorrow. And because of the way we’ve built our communities and our lack of investment in public transit, most of us have few alternatives but to drive.

    Despite the urgent need to act on global warming — and the fact that transportation is a leading source of air pollution that makes us sick — the federal government continues on its plan to roll back clean-car pollution standards.

  • The Plastics Crisis' New Face
    The New Face of the Plastics Crisis

    Mar. 6, 2020 (ENN Network) - Newcastle University research has uncovered the presence of plastic in a new species of deep-sea amphipods which has been discovered in one of the deepest places on earth.

    The amphipod - known in informal speech as a “hopper” - was discovered by researchers from Newcastle University in the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench between Japan and the Philippines.

    The researchers officially named the species Eurythenes plasticus in reference to the plastic it has ingested. In its body was polyethylene terephthalate (PET), a substance found in a variety of commonly used household items such as water bottles and workout clothes. The research was supported by WWF and published in the renowned scientific journal Zootaxa today.

  • Our Lifetime and Our Planet’ —
    Environmental Journalism in Troubled Times
    Environmental Journalism
    in Troubled Times

    Mar. 5, 2020 (The Revelator) -Journalist Meera Subramanian wants to tell you a story about the environment….

    That’s getting harder and harder, though. The media landscape has become a version of “The Walking Dead,” with newspapers around the country losing, being acquired by hedge funds, or cutting their editorial staffs to the bone.

    And then there’s the constant barrage of claims of “fake news” from the Oval Office, corporate spokespeople and pundits. There’s a reason why “post-truth” became the Oxford Dictionary’s International Word of the Year in 2016.

  • Tap Water Can Contain Contaminants Not Monitored in Tests
    Tap Water Contaminants That
    Aren’t Monitored in Tests

    Mar. 5, 2020 (earth.com) -A new study published by the American Chemical Society has revealed that some consumers are exposed to contaminants in their tap water that are not monitored. While the public tap water supply in the United States was found to generally meet all of the enforceable standards, routine testing for most contaminants is conducted before the water is distributed and not where it is used.

    It is important for water to be tested at the tap due to the potential for various factors to diminish water quality and harm public health, such as leaks, cross-connections, back-siphonage, and corrosion in the distribution system.

    Although more than 40 million U.S. consumers depend on private wells, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not authorized to monitor them. This means that the responsibility to test private well water falls on the owners, yet many fail to do so.

  • The World's First Offshore Carbon Capture Network
    Well Completed On World's 1st
    Offshore Carbon Capture Network

    Mar. 5, 2020 (RECHARGE) —The first well has been completed on a giant carbon capture and storage (CCS) project off Norway that could help unlock development of a Europe-wide network of ships and pipelines transporting and locking away vast volumes of liquefied CO2 beneath the North Sea floor.

    The Northern Light project’s so-called 31/5-7 Eos south well, spudded at the Troll oil & gas field by developers Equinor, Shell and Total, has been drilled to determine the “suitability” of a reservoir in the Johansen formation for industrial-scale CO2 storage.

    “This is an important milestone in realising the possibility of a CO2 storage on the Norwegian continental shelf,” said Geir Tungesvik, Equinor’s senior vice president for project development.

  • Activist Naomi Klein Tells Us How to Save the World
    How to Save the World

    Mar. 5, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) -Eco-India meets Canadian author, globalization critic and environmental activist Naomi Klein. She is convinced that only a radical Green New Deal can save the climate and humanity.

    Click now to watch a
    4 min. video on YouTube.

  • How can Utilities Meet Net-Zero Emissions?
    Plan for Utilities to
    Meet Net-Zero Emissions

    Mar. 4, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) - Across the United States, major utility companies are setting ambitious goals and deadlines to be net-zero emitters. Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) in Wisconsin pledged to fully de-carbonize by 2050. Xcel, a Minneapolis-based utility, also pledged to go carbon-free. North Carolina-based Duke Energy announced similar plans to reach net-zero by 2050. And American Electric Power

    As municipalities and investor-owned utilities come under pressure from all sides, including lawmakers, regulators, consumers, and investors (including increasingly activist shareholders), the need to address carbon emissions has become almost a business imperative.

  • Nestle's Makes the Very Best Tree Planting Promise
    Nestle Vows to Plant 3
    Million Trees In Mexico and
    Brazil to Help Offset Emissions

    Mar. 4, 2020 (REUTERS) — Nestle SA is launching a reforestation project to plant at least 3 million trees in Mexico and Brazil in the next year and a half as the Swiss food group strives for carbon neutrality by 2050, executives told Reuters.

    Nestle is one of a number of major corporations including Microsoft and Amazon that have taken on ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions, often in response to growing demands from customers and investors to step up efforts to combat climate change.

    In September, Nestle - whose products range from KitKat chocolates to Nescafe coffee, Cheerios cereal and Poland Spring bottled water - signed a United Nations-backed pledge aimed at limiting global temperature rise and said it would adjust its business to prioritize renewable energy, alternative packaging materials and carbon absorption.

  • Facing the Planet: An Air Pollution ‘Pandemic’
    The World Faces an
    Air Pollution ‘Pandemic’

    Mar. 3, 2020 (European Society of Cardiology) — Air pollution is responsible for shortening people’s lives worldwide on a scale far greater than wars and other forms of violence, parasitic and vector-born diseases such as malaria, HIV/AIDS and smoking, according to a study published in Cardiovascular Research today.

    Professors Jos Lelieveld and Thomas Münzel, of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry and the Department of Cardiology of the University Medical Centre Mainz in Mainz, Germany, who led the research, say the findings suggest the world is facing an air pollution “pandemic”.

    Using a new method of modeling the effects of various sources of air pollution on death rates, the researchers estimated that globally air pollution caused an extra 8.8 million premature deaths a year in 2015. This represents an average shortening of life expectancy of nearly three years for all persons worldwide.

  • Exxon Mobil Wants Tighter Methane Regs
    Exxon Mobil Calls for
    Tighter Methane Regulations

    Mar. 3, 2020 (REUTERS) —Exxon Mobil on Tuesday called for tighter regulation of the greenhouse gas methane and offered up its own in-house rules as a model for companies and lawmakers worldwide.

    The largest U.S. oil company laid out the guidelines it follows - some of which have been rolled back by the Trump administration - at a time when the industry faces growing pressure from investors to reduce its environmental footprint.

    The world’s top oil and gas companies are under heavy pressure from investors and climate activists to meet the 2015 Paris climate goal of limiting global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.

    Exxon and U.S. rival Chevron Corp have been far less ambitious with their greenhouse gas reduction targets than their European rivals.

  • Think Smoking is Bad? - Try Fossil Fuel Pollution
    Air Pollution Kills More
    People a Year Than Cigarettes,
    And Fossil Fuels Are Why

    Mar. 2, 2020 (GIZMODO) —All eyes are on the current coronavirus outbreak becoming the next pandemic, but scientists are ringing the alarm on an ongoing pandemic that already exists: Air pollution.

    In a paper published Monday night in the journal Cardiovascular Research, the team of European researchers highlights the number of deaths air pollution causes each year. Almost 8.8 million people die a year due to this diminished air quality, which can cause heart disease, lung cancer, and lower respiratory infections.

    To put things in perspective, the scientists authoring the paper compared these deaths to health crises that receive more attention.

  • Big Names Like Coke & Pepsi Would
    Play a Price for Plastic Pollution
    Coke, Pepsi, and Others
    Getting Sued for Contributing
    to the Plastic Crisis

    Feb. 29, 2020 (GIZMODO) —Some of the world’s biggest food, beverage, and consumer goods companies are getting their asses sued for their contributions to plastic pollution.

    The Bay Area environmental organization Earth Island Institute filed the first-of-its-kind lawsuit against ten companies—including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Nestle, and Procter and Gamble —on Wednesday, alleging that the companies pollute waterways, coasts, and oceans with the millions of tons of plastic packaging they produce. A 2018 report found that globally, Coke, Pepsi, and Nestle account for 14% of plastic pollution.

  • Want a Beautiful Lamp that Also Cleans the Air?
    This Lamp Is a Work of
    Art That Cleans the Air

    Feb. 29, 2020 (inhabitat) —The Guilin Lamp-scape by SUGO uses photocatalysis technology to clean and circulate the air you breathe, eliminating 99.9% of all bacteria, such as salmonella and E. Coli, as well as impurities including carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, formaldehyde, mold and odor particles.

    This lamp-meets-air purifier also gives off an artsy, ambient glow that can be altered to the user’s preferences. To top it all off, the Guilin Lamp-scape is made from recyclable materials.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • Draining Congo Peat Bog for Oil - Not the Best Idea
    Plan to Drain Congo
    Peat Bog for Oil Could
    Release Vast Amount of Carbon

    Feb. 28, 2020 (The Guardian) — The world’s largest tropical peatlands could be destroyed if plans go ahead to drill for oil under the Congo basin, according to an investigation that suggests draining the area would release the same amount of carbon dioxide as Japan emits annually.

    Preserving the Congo’s Cuvette Centrale peatlands, which are the size of England and store 30bn tonnes of carbon, is “absolutely essential” if there is any hope of meeting Paris climate agreement goals, scientists warn.

  • Coping With New York City's Biggest Source Of Carbon Emissions
    A Climate Change ‘Hackathon’
    Takes Aim at New York’s Buildings

    Feb. 28, 2020 (Inside Climate News) — Dozens of engineers, architects, city planners and software engineers gathered last week in an airy Hudson Yards conference space to ponder a critical urban issue related to climate change: How can New York City reduce rising carbon emissions from its buildings?

    That was the driving question behind New York's first ever Climathon, a one-day "hackathon" event sponsored by Climate-KIC, the European Union's largest public-private innovations collaborative, to fight climate change with ideas, large and small.

  • Atmospheric CO2 Has Now Broken All Records
    Atmospheric CO2 Reached the
    Highest Level in 3 Million Years

    Feb. 27, 2020 (inhabitat) — Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are now at the highest level they’ve been since the Pilocene Era, 3 million years ago, when giant camels roamed arid land above the Arctic Circle. According to a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report, in 2018, the global average carbon dioxide amount reached a record high of 407.4 parts per million (ppm).

    NOAA points a finger directly at humans, noting that the atmospheric carbon dioxide has increased about 100 times faster annually over the past 60 years than from previous natural increases. “Carbon dioxide concentrations are rising mostly because of the fossil fuels that people are burning for energy,” the report said. “Fossil fuels like coal and oil contain carbon that plants pulled out of the atmosphere through photosynthesis over the span of many millions of years; we are returning that carbon to the atmosphere in just a few hundred years.”

    Globally, atmospheric carbon dioxide increased about 0.6 ppm per year in the 1960s. In the last 10 years, this figure has been about 2.3 ppm per year, the study said.

  • EU to Put Pressure On Less Environmentally Stringent Nations
    EU Planning Carbon Border
    Measures ‘As Soon As Possible’

    Feb. 27, 2020 (REUTERS) — The European Union will propose carbon border measures as soon as possible to protect its industries from competitors in countries with less stringent climate policies, the bloc’s industry chief said on Thursday.

    The European Commission, the bloc’s executive, is planning to propose a carbon border mechanism in 2021, but on Thursday fielded a call from Spain to bring forward the proposal to the second half of this year.

    “We at the Commission will push for one to be installed as soon as possible,” EU industry commissioner Thierry Breton told reporters after a meeting of EU industry ministers, adding that the policy is a “fair and appropriate measure” to support companies as they decarbonize.

  • The Coronavirus: Not the Best Way to Reduce Coal Consumption
    The Coronavirus and Carbon Emissions

    Feb. 26, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) —In the past month, the world has seen a remarkably large drop in emissions of CO2, the main driver of global warming. The reason isn’t something to celebrate, though.

    The coronavirus outbreak in China, which has sickened at least 77,000 people, has shut down factories, refineries and flights across the country as officials order people to stay home. As a result, China’s CO2 emissions over the past three weeks have been about 25% lower than during the same period last year, according to calculations by Lauri Myllyvirta, an analyst at the Center for Research on Energy and Clean Air.

    China is such a huge industrial polluter that even a temporary dip like this is significant: The three-week decline is roughly equal to the amount of carbon dioxide that the state of New York puts out in a full year (about 150 million metric tons) Mr. Myllyvirta estimated.

  • Indians or Chinese are Probably Not Breathing Clean Air
    World’s Most Polluted Cities:
    Most Are in India and China

    Feb. 26, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) —The “World Air Quality Report” found that of the 30 cities with the highest air pollution in the world, 21 are in India. Bangladesh was found to be the country with the most air pollution on the planet, South Korea within the OECD and Bosnia-Herzegovina in Europe.

    The report was prepared by IQAir, a Swiss-US platform that specializes in technology solutions to protect people from airborne pollutants. The work, while not published in a peer-reviewed journal, is quite comprehensive. It includes a world ranking of 4,680 cities and another of 98 countries based on fine particle data (PM2.5) and collected last year by ground stations for air quality control.

    The city with more air pollution in the world is Ghaziabad (India), with an average of 110.2 micrograms per cubic meter during 2019, which is 11 times more than the 10 micrograms per cubic meter per year recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for citizens to breathe healthy air.

  • A $265 Million Win for Missouri Farmer Against Monsanto
    Missouri Farmer Wins $265 Million Verdict Against Monsanto

    Feb. 25, 2020 (Sierra Club) -A Missouri peach farmer notched a rare courtroom victory this month, defeating the former Monsanto Co. and chemical giant BASF in the first of what is expected to be a series of court fights over claims that the companies are responsible for pesticide damage that has wiped out orchards, gardens, and organic farm fields in multiple states.

    On February 14, a unanimous jury awarded Bill Bader and his family-owned Bader Farms $15 million in compensatory damages. The following day, they added on another $250 million in punitive damages to be paid by Bayer AG (Monsanto’s German owner) and BASF. The jury found that Monsanto and BASF conspired in actions that created what Bader’s attorney called an “ecological disaster” designed to increase profits at the expense of farmers such as Bader.

    The verdict followed three weeks of documentary evidence and testimony introduced in US District Court in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The evidence proved that Bader Farms suffered extensive damage to its peach business from dicamba, a herbicide sprayed by neighboring farmers that drifted into the Bader orchard...

  • Canadian Public Backlash Forces Teck Resources to Scrap Plan
    Teck Resources Scraps Oil-sands
    Plan After Public Backlash

    Feb. 25, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - Who says you can’t make a difference?

    As the climate crisis looms, governments and companies should be held responsible for fossil fuel development, and this can lead to important changes. In the case of Canada, the criticism from environmental groups was such that a massive project ended up being canceled.

    The oil company Teck Resources Limited announced yesterday its decision to cancel its Frontier Project, after nine years of planning. The company planned to build and operate an open-pit mine of oil sands in northern Alberta, extracting an estimated 260,000 barrels of bitumen oil per day.

  • Our Oceans Need Conservation Regulation to Prevent Marine Collapse
    Avoiding a Marine Collapse

    Feb. 25, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - A new study reports that the oceans need “urgent conservation” in order to avoid massive biodiversity loss. According to the team’s estimates, between 26% and 41% of the ocean’s total surface needs to be designated as conservation areas and safeguarded to act as habitats for wildlife.

    The team determined which areas of the global ocean would need to be turned into conservation sites in order to maintain adequate (or at least, the bare minimum of) marine biodiversity. Oceans cover around 70% of the Earth’s surface and harbor between 50% and 80% of life on Earth. Marine ecosystems underpin all life on Earth at large by providing food, oxygen, by scrubbing atmospheric CO2 and through the recycling of other essential nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen.

  • EPA Will Finally Regulate PFOS and PFOS in Drinking Water
    EPA Moves Forward With New
    Standards for US Drinking Water

    Feb. 21, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) —After sustained pressure from scientists and environmental groups, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has announced it will start regulating the presence of two compounds in the drinking water — compounds linked to cancer and several other health problems.

    The government agency will start controlling a group of chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (or PFAS), known for their persistence in the environment and the human body. EPA will specifically regulate two compounds, PFOA and PFOS, which are banned in the US.

  • A Bio-Plastic Solution For Developing Countries
    Towards the Regulation of Bio-
    Based Materials in Developing Countries

    Feb. 20, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) —Our society’s massive dependence on disposable plastic has led to an environmental crisis. Plastic pollution has become one of the most pressing environmental issues threatening ecosystems worldwide — with dangerous implications for human health.

    That needs to change.

    Due to their high resistance to degradation, plastic residues can remain largely intact in the environment for hundreds or even thousands of years. In practice, this longevity means that many species will interact with the material, potentially severely harming themselves. In addition, plastic has been traditionally derived from non-renewable fossil sources and, given that recycling alone is not sufficient to mitigate the problem, there are many ongoing attempts to tackle the issue of plastic waste, including the creation of plastic from mixed sources.

  • Fossil Fuels Emit Far More Methane than We Thought
    Fossil Fuel Use May Emit
    40% More Methane Than We Thought

    Feb. 19, 2020 (Science News) —Using fossil fuels releases much more of the potent greenhouse gas methane than previously thought — possibly 25 to 40% more, new research suggests. The finding could help scientists and policy makers target how and where to reduce these climate-warming emissions, researchers report February 19 in Nature.

    The amount of methane released from geologic (rather than biological) sources is from 172 to 195 teragrams (trillions of grams) per year. Those geologic methane sources include not only the oil and gas industry, but also natural vents such as onshore and offshore gas seeps. Researchers previously had estimated that the natural portion of those geologic emissions released between 40 to 60 teragrams of methane each year, with the remainder coming from fossil fuels.

  • The Prospects for the Coral Reefs by 2100
    Oceans Could Be Unviable for
    Coral Reefs By 2100 Due
    to Warmer, More Acidic Waters

    Feb. 19, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) —Warmer and more acidic oceans could destroy nearly all of today’s coral reefs by the end of the century.

    New research presented Monday at the Ocean Sciences Meeting 2020 paints a dire picture for the Earth’s reefs. According to the team, between 70% and 90% of coral reefs will disappear in the next 20 years due to a combination of climate change and pollution. By 2100, they add, very few habitats suitable for corals will remain on Earth — if any.

  • Delta Is Ready When You Are to Lessen Climate Impact
    Delta to Invest $1B to Curb Global
    Air Travel's Climate Impact

    Feb. 14, 2020 ( REUTERS ) —Delta Air Lines said on Friday it will invest $1 billion over the next decade in initiatives that would limit the impact of global air travel on the environment, the first airline to make a commitment of that scale.

    The aviation industry accounts for roughly 2% of global CO2 emissions and has set out a plan to achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020, even as air travel is forecast to accelerate.

    Facing increasing demands from customers, individual airlines like Delta have taken additional steps to mitigate their carbon impact with measures ranging from eliminating single-use plastics to investing in biofuels and purchasing more fuel-efficient aircraft.

  • Oil & Gas Industries Lied About Their Toxic Waste
    Big Oil and Gas Spread the ‘Big Lie’ About Toxic Waste

    Feb. 14, 2020 (Workers World) - Hydraulic fracturing, known as “fracking,” is the process of forcing chemical-laden water into underground shale formations in order to extract natural gas and oil. This practice escalated in the early 2000s.

    When communities negatively impacted by fracking protested, the energy industry launched massive advertising campaigns promoting natural gas obtained by this process as the “cleaner energy” and touted its safety. Industry executives ridiculously labeled it “green” technology.

    The energy companies based their arguments on comparisons with coal and nuclear power. They dismissed scientists’ concerns that the methane gas released by fracking was a more harmful greenhouse gas than CO2 linked to global warming. The drillers claimed well water contamination was “naturally occurring.”

  • LNG Terminals Unpopular Among German Environmentalists
    German LNG Terminal Plans
    Fuel Anger Among Environmentalists

    Feb. 14, 2020 (Deutsche Welle)— As Germany advances its plans for liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals, critics slam the proposed infrastructure on grounds of climate pollution and fracking hypocrisy.

    When the European Parliament voted to back a slate of fossil gas infrastructure projects earlier this week, it sent a clear signal to countries across the bloc that liquefied natural gas (LNG) is, for the time being at least, regarded as a welcome component in a changing global energy mix.

    Feeding neatly into the narrative that increasingly grants gas an almost savior-like role in the hunt for alternatives to oil and coal, the ballot also reads as an endorsement of other European LNG ventures not put to the EU vote — including three brand new import terminals in Germany.

  • Can Copper- Nickel Mining and Minnesota Wilderness Co-exist?
    Northern Minnestota Neighbors
    Navigate the Bitter Fight Over
    Copper-Nickel Mining

    Feb. 13, 2020 (MPR News) -Northeast Minnesota is canoe country. It's the gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where motors are limited and the land is federally protected.

    It's also mining country. Fourth-generation miners here still work in huge, open-pit iron ore mines.

    Now, two companies — Twin Metals Minnesota and PolyMet — are hoping to establish what would become a new mining industry for the region, tapping into vast deposits of copper, nickel and precious metals underneath the forests and lakes of the northern reaches of the state.

  • Ohio River: Regulators Are Looking Into It
    Ohio River Regulators
    Planning Riverwide PFAS Study

    Feb. 13, 2020 (Allegheny Front)— Scientists are designing a new study to test for PFAS, so-called “forever chemicals”, along the entire length of the Ohio River. Concerns are mounting about PFAS contamination in drinking water systems along the Ohio Valley. Studies have shown the contaminants in the drinking water of dozens of cities.

    The scientists work with a multi-state commission charged with overseeing water quality on the Ohio River known as Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO).

    The commission’s work has always included monitoring pollution in the river and it makes sense to examine these emerging contaminants, executive director Richard Harrison said.

  • Good News on 2019 Global Emissions
    Global CO2 Emissions
    Did Not Increase in 2019

    Feb. 13, 2020 (Energy Central)— Global emissions were unchanged at 33 gigatonnes in 2019 even as the world GDP grew by 2.9%. Increased wind, solar power, natural gas power and higher nuclear power output in developed countries offset increased emissions in emerging countries.

    * coal CO2 emission declined by about 200 million tonnes (Mt). This was -1.3%.
    * advanced economies emissions declined by 370 Mt (or 3.2%) and the power sector was the reason for 85% of the drop
    * Milder weather reduced emissions by around 150 Mt and weak global economic growth also played a role
    * The average CO2 emissions intensity of electricity generation declined by nearly 6.5% in 2019, a rate three times faster than the average over the past decade.

  • Guess What? Air Pollution Ignores Borders
    Calculating Air Pollution’s
    Death Toll, Across State Lines

    Feb. 12, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) —Here’s further proof that air pollution ignores borders: In most states, about half of the premature deaths caused by poor air quality are linked to pollutants that blow in from other states, a new study found.

    The study investigated the sources and effects of two major pollutants that harm humans, ozone and fine airborne particles, in the lower 48 states from 2005 to 2018. It found that in New York, nearly two-thirds of premature deaths are attributable to pollution from sources in other states. That makes the state the largest “net importer” of early deaths, to use the researchers’ term.

    Ozone and fine particles are a result of fuel burning, so the analysis, published Wednesday in Nature, could have implications for policymakers looking for ways to reduce air pollution, and premature mortality...

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Environmental (or Anti-Environmental)
Politics News Stories in the Past 90 Days

Anti-Environment Votes
  • Glasgow Climate Summit on Hold Until 2021
    Coronavirus Pandemic Postpones
    Glasgow Climate Summit to 2021

    Apr. 1, 2020 (REUTERS) -A climate summit that had been due to take place in Glasgow in November has been postponed to 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said on Wednesday, throwing new uncertainty into talks to tackle global warming.

    With the world currently on track for catastrophic temperature increases, the two-week summit had been meant to galvanise a renewed international commitment to an accord brokered in Paris in 2015 aimed at stabilising the Earth’s climate.

    But with the British hosts and other countries struggling to contain the coronavirus pandemic, which has brought large sections of the global economy to a standstill, officials decided to push the summit back to give governments more time to prepare.

  • Trump Calls New Fuel Economy Rule a Boon. What is He Smoking?
    Trump Calls New Fuel
    Economy Rule a Boon.
    Some Experts See Steep Costs.

    Mar. 31, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) - The Trump administration on Tuesday announced a new rule on automobile fuel efficiency, completing the president’s rollback of Obama-era standards and gutting the federal government’s most important climate change policy.

    Trump lauded the measure, which his administration called the single largest deregulatory initiative of his tenure. He said on Twitter that the move would save lives, lift the economy and help the auto industry.

    Some of the data in the administration’s own analysis of the rule, however, does not support those claims. -Big surprise!

  • Has Biden Taken a Strong Enough Position on Climate?
    Climate Voters Still
    Want More From Biden

    Mar. 19, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) -Ardent climate change voters thought Campaign 2020 was going to be their election.

    Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington centered his entire presidential campaign on the issue. When he dropped out, Tom Steyer, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Bernie Sanders each clamored for the mantle of ‘climate candidate’ with a series of increasingly ambitious calls for action.

    Now, some climate-focused voters said they are struggling with their feelings as former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. appears certain to become the Democratic nominee. In interviews with two dozen activists and voters who consider the planet’s warming their top issue, almost all said they worried that Mr. Biden has not made the issue a sufficient priority or been specific enough about his plans.

  • Donald Trump: Making the Oceans Not-So-Great Again
    Donald Trump Aims to
    Weaken Ocean Protections

    Mar. 16, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -We are approaching the 10th anniversary of the British Petroleum (BP) disaster, which killed 11 men, injured 17 others, and spilled more than 130 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The disaster polluted more than 1,300 miles of coastline, devastated marine life, and cost the Gulf Coast billions in lost revenue.

    The Trump Administration’s aggressive deregulatory agenda threatens to undo many of the safeguards for ocean and coastal ecosystems, including those that regulate the offshore oil industry. We cannot have a repeat of the BP disaster and we need common sense protections for the ocean now more than ever.

  • Joe and Bernie Don't Completely Agree on Climate Change
    Where Biden and Sanders
    Diverge on Climate Change

    Mar. 9, 2020 (REUTERS) -Democratic White House hopefuls Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders believe climate change is an existential threat, that the United States should immediately rejoin global climate talks, and that fossil fuel workers need help adjusting to a cleaner energy economy.

    The similarities end there.

    Sanders wants to end fossil fuel use completely in power and transport in less than 10 years. Biden, meanwhile, sees traditional power sources like natural gas still having a role to play, with the help of technology to deal with emissions.

    Click see the specifics.

  • Super-Tuesday Survivors and Climate
    The Super-Tuesday Survivors

    Mar. 4, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) —Super Tuesday has narrowed the Democratic presidential contest to a two-man race between Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden. Here are the key differences between those candidates’ plans to tackle global warming.

    They both discussed the targets and how to acheive them.

    Click now for the full story.

  • Trump Administration: Champions of Climate Denial
    A Trump Insider Embeds
    Climate Denial in Scientific Research

    Mar. 2, 2020 (NY Times) —An official at the Interior Department embarked on a campaign that has inserted misleading language about climate change — including debunked claims that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is beneficial — into the agency’s scientific reports, according to documents reviewed by The New York Times.

    The misleading language appears in at least nine reports, including environmental studies and impact statements on major watersheds in the American West that could be used to justify allocating increasingly scarce water to farmers at the expense of wildlife conservation and fisheries.

  • White House Asks Polluters to Help Identify
    New Opportunities for Deregulation
    EPA Enforcement in Distress

    Feb. 24, 2020 (The Revelator) — In recent months the Trump administration has intensified its assault on federal environmental safeguards on several fronts. It has proposed drastic reductions in the scope of protections against water and air pollution, lagged in the cleanup of hazardous waste contamination, allowed the continued marketing of toxic herbicides, narrowed the scope of needed environmental impact reviews, ignored and undermined legitimate scientific studies and findings, and dismantled government attempts to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.

    Every bit as disturbing, but much less discussed, is a discouraging deterioration in the rigor of EPA’s once-effective enforcement program, which identifies and punishes polluters that skirt federal regulations.

  • Utah Has a Conscience On the Climate After All
    In Surprising Shift,
    Red-State Utah Embraces Plan
    to Tackle Climate Crisis

    Feb. 19, 2020 (The Guardian) — Utah aims to reduce emissions over air quality concerns as other red states are also starting to tackle global heating

    In a move to protect its ski slopes and growing economy, Utah – one of the reddest states in the nation – has just created a long-term plan to address the climate crisis.

    And in a surprising turnaround, some of the state’s conservative leaders are welcoming it.

  • Do the Republicans Have a Climate Agenda?
    The Republican Climate Agenda

    Feb. 15, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) —Scientists say solving climate change means significantly reducing the use of fossil fuels. That’s not how many Republicans in Congress see things, though.

    A new House Republican climate agenda, the first part of which was announced last week, includes an ambitious tree-planting program. It also calls for tax breaks to help encourage the development of technology to capture emissions from coal and gas plants. Measures to bolster energy storage and advanced nuclear technology are planned, too.

    One thing the Republican climate plans won’t do, though, is cut the use of fossil fuels most responsible for heating up the planet. Party leaders openly acknowledge that they hope to solve global warming without sacrificing coal, gas or oil.

  • A Bi-Partisan Plan in the Congress to Price Carbon
    U.S. Carbon Price Group Releases
    Bi-Partisan Plan to Boost Lobbying

    Feb. 13, 2020 (REUTERS)— A group aiming to spur climate change legislation that would tax carbon emissions stepped up efforts by issuing a blueprint on Thursday and previewing it with a group of bipartisan U.S. senators earlier this week.

    The Climate Leadership Council’s plan aims to halve carbon emissions by 2035 from 2005 levels with a tax starting at $40 per ton. While that would make products like gasoline more expensive, the plan would return dividends to families of about $2,000 in the first year.

    Council Chairman and Chief Executive Ted Halstead said the group hopes that bipartisan climate price legislation based on the blueprint will be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate this year. “The objective is to tee it up as a bipartisan alternative going into the (November) 2020 elections,” Halstead said.

  • Senate Bipartisan Climate Caucus Welcomes 4 New Members
    Senate Climate Caucus
    Welcomes 4 New Members

    Feb. 12, 2020 (Citizen’s Climate Lobby) —The bipartisan Senate Climate Solutions Caucus founded by Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) and Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) has added four new members, an indication of the growing desire for cross-party collaboration to address climate change.

    The new members (shown above) are Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

    Caucus co-chair Coons said in a press release, “We look forward to continuing the discussion on bipartisan solutions and engaging with leaders from the business community, state and local governments, workers, and advocates across the country who are identifying meaningful ways to address climate change and strengthen American competitiveness.”

  • Trump: A Climate Change Denier, But Loves Trees
    How a Trillion Trees Triumphed
    Over Trump’s Climate Denialism

    Feb. 12, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward)— People warned Marc Benioff, the billionaire chief executive of Salesforce, not to bother talking to the White House about global warming. But Mr. Benioff, a tech mogul and environmental philanthropist, felt sure he had found a climate change solution that even President Trump could love: Planting trees.

    Never mind that the idea came from former Vice President Al Gore, who has demanded Mr. Trump’s resignation over his energy policies. Never mind that Mr. Trump has begun the yearlong process of withdrawing America from the Paris Agreement on climate change, mocked Greta Thunberg, the teenage climate activist, and worked to eliminate every regulation aimed at reducing planet-warming emissions.

    The idea of planting one trillion trees had one enormous political advantage: It was practically sacrifice-free, no war on coal, no transition from fossil fuels, no energy conservation or investment in renewable sources of power that Mr. Trump loves to mock, like the windmills that cause cancer or the solar panels that are not “strong enough.”

  • EV Charging Stations - Courtesy of House Dems
    House Democrats Have a Plan
    to Build High-Speed EV Charging
    Stations Across the U.S.

    Feb. 7, 2020 (GIZMODO)— Cars are bad, especially the ones that run on gas, which are most of them. The average car emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year (that equals roughly one shitload), and the transportation sector is responsible for 29% of the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions. All those emissions not only contribute to the climate crisis, they also pollute the air and create all sorts of health problems.

    Electric vehicles aren’t a silver bullet because they still run on our fossil fuel-powered grid and on batteries made of rare Earth minerals, which are extracted through a carbon-intensive process. But they still produce far fewer greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants than their petrol or diesel counterparts, and all told are far better for the planet.

  • Climate Can Have a Political Impact
    How the Cold Climate
    Shaped Scotland’s Political Climate

    Feb. 3, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE)— A period of extreme cold may have set the course for Scotland’s eventual union with England, which strengthened Scotland’s ability to withstand future climate adversities, reports an interdisciplinary team of climate scientists and historians.

    Measurements from tree rings identified the 1690s as Scotland’s coldest decade in the past 750 years. Historical records from the same period provide vivid testimonies to the suffering endured by the Scots: crop failures, famines, deaths.

    Although the unusual cold permeated much of the Northern Hemisphere, Scotland suffered disproportionately and lost 10%–15% of its entire population. “Scotland was a miserable place at that time,” said Robert Wilson, an Earth and environmental sciences professor at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and senior author on the study.

  • Trump Water Rule ‘Ignores Science’
    Trump Water Rule ‘Ignores Science’

    Jan. 31, 2020 (Living On Earth)—The Trump Administration’s new water rule defines “waters of the United States” in a way that will result in far less protection for our rivers and wetlands. Critics of the new rule, including EPA’s own Science Advisory Board, say it has no grounding in basic watershed science. Kyla Bennett, the Science Policy Advisor for PEER (Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility), talks with Host Bobby Bascomb about why she believes this rule is devastating for watershed health.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.

  • Is a Fracking Ban in PA Dangerous for Democrats?
    In Crucial Pennsylvania,
    Democrats Worry a Fracking
    Ban Could Sink Them

    Jan. 27, 2020 (New York Times Climate Forward)PITTSBURGH —Though they are both Democrats, John Fetterman, Pennsylvania’s lieutenant governor, and Bill Peduto, this city’s mayor, have their differences on the environment.

    Mr. Fetterman, who toppled an incumbent Democrat in 2018 from the left, nevertheless calls Pennsylvania “the Saudi Arabia of natural gas” and sees extracting and taxing gas as critical to the state’s economy and the “union way of life.” Mr. Peduto lobbied unsuccessfully against a local petrochemical plant and is steering his once-struggling steel town to be independent of fossil fuels within 15 years.

  • S.E. Communities Wrestle with )Politics
    ( Funding Brought on By Climate Change
    As Climate Change Hits
    Southeast, Communities Wrestle
    with Politics, Funding

    Jan. 27, 2020 (Inside Climate News)-Like hundreds of other cities, Louisville, Kentucky, is searching for a path to address climate change.

    Mayor Greg Fischer has declared a climate emergency, proposed a climate action plan and set a goal of reducing citywide carbon emissions 80% by 2050.

    To get there, however, Fischer needs the cooperation of the region's electric utility, Louisville Gas and Electric Co., which depends on coal and, with its related companies, has committed only to cutting carbon emissions 70% from 2010 levels by 2050.

  • Protecting Rivers:The E.P.A. Fails Badly
    E.P.A. Is Letting Cities
    Dump More Raw Sewage Into
    Rivers for Years to Come

    Jan. 24, 2020 (New York Times Climate Forward)— The Environmental Protection Agency has made it easier for cities to keep dumping raw sewage into rivers by letting them delay or otherwise change federally imposed fixes to their sewer systems, according to interviews with local officials, water utilities and their lobbyists.

    Cities have long complained about the cost of meeting federal requirements to upgrade aging sewer systems, many of which release untreated waste directly into waterways during heavy rains — a problem that climate change worsens as rainstorms intensify. These complaints have gained new traction with the Trump administration, which has been more willing to renegotiate the agreements that dictate how, and how quickly, cities must overhaul their sewers.

  • Who Really Controls Trump’s Environmental Policy?
    No Surprise: Who Controls
    Trump’s Environmental Policy?

    Jan. 13, 2020 (New York Times Climate Forward)- Among 20 of the most powerful people in government environment jobs, most have ties to the fossil fuel industry or have fought against the regulations they now are supposed to enforce.

    A small number of people at a few federal agencies have vast power over the protection of American air and water.

    Under the Trump administration, the people appointed to those positions overwhelmingly used to work in the fossil fuel, chemical and agriculture industries. During their time in government they have been responsible for loosening or undoing nearly 100 environmental protections from pollution and pesticides, as well as weakening preservations of natural resources and efforts to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Orange Is the New Green
    Trump Administration
    Wants to Roll Back
    More Environmental Regs

    Jan. 14, 2020 (The Humanist)- The beginning of 2020 saw the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

    NEPA was created to ensure that federal agencies assess the long-term environmental impact of major infrastructure projects such as building roads or bridges, laying interstate pipelines, constructing transmission lines and broadband deployment, as well as extracting fossil fuels on public lands and managing forests. For example, the law was used under the Obama administration to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and halt some coal mining efforts.

    The Trump administration celebrated this important anniversary last week by announcing that it plans to roll back some important environmental regulations covered by the NEPA.

  • Landmark Environmental Rules Rolled Back by Trump
    Trump Announces Overhaul
    of Landmark Environmental
    and Climate Rules

    Jan. 9, 2020 (CNN)-The Trump administration plans to rewrite decades-old regulations to make it easier to build major infrastructure such as pipelines, which would have the effect of relaxing government efforts to fight the climate crisis.

    Trump announced Thursday morning the changes to National Environmental Policy Act rules, which requires federal agencies to assess the environmental impact of projects such as the construction of mines, highways, water infrastructure and gas pipelines.

    He and administration officials said the changes are necessary to speed up approval for needed infrastructure projects.

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Geothermal (GTh) Older & Newer News Stories

  • Geothermal Possibilities for the United Kingdom
    Bubbling Under - Can the UK Tap Into Geothermal Energy?

    Dec. 13, 2019  (InvestorIdeas)- The UK's geothermal potential has been known for decades. While high cost and fears over its connection to seismic activity have historically made investors wary, a new push for the resource is on the horizon.

    GlobalData's power technology writer Scarlett Evans says: "BGS researchers joined geologists from across the country in a report published in Petroleum Geoscience, which urges energy providers to turn their focus to this untapped resource, labelling geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage as ‘critical' to moving the UK towards its target.

    "Previous geothermal projects have failed to get off the ground due to financial issues, yet reasons to pursue the resource remain as strong as ever. Dependent on a more consistent source than that of solar or wind, geothermal plants operate more than 90% of the time and use far less land per MW than other renewables. As the BGS report says, with 99.9% of the planet at a temperature greater than 100°C, geothermal is a renewable resource with great potential."

  • GTh Gets onto the Bus
    Geothermal-powered Bus
    Station Will Use Anti-Smog
    Blocks to Fight Pollution

    Aug. 13, 2019 (inhabitat)) -The Polish city of Lublin will soon be home to an environmentally friendly bus station that not only offers a new and attractive public space, but also combats urban air pollution. Designed by Polish architectural firm Tremend, the Integrated Intermodal Metropolitan Station in Lublin will be built near the train station and aims to revitalize the area around the railway station. The contemporary design, combined with its environmental focus and green features, earned the project a spot on World Architecture Festival’s World Building of the Year shortlist.

    Click for the story and a Slideshow.

  • GTh Energy Storage is Good for What Ails You
    Australian Brewer Eyes
    Thermal Energy Storage System

    Aug. 9, 2019 (Renewable Energy World) -South Australian energy storage company 1414 Degrees and Stone & Wood Brewing Company have agreed to undertake a feasibility study for the integration of 1414 Degrees’ electrically charged Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS-IND).

    If it goes ahead, the 10MWh system will be installed at the brewer’s Murwillumbah brewery in northern New South Wales.

    Stone & Wood is actively scoping innovative and more sustainable energy solutions and 1414 Degrees’ says its TESS-IND can provide reliable heat sourced from renewables on the grid.

    Click for the full story.

  • Military Families Benefit From GTh
    Louisiana’s Military Families Benefit
    Geothermal and Modern
    Energy-Saving Devices

    July 29, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)) -Last week, Corvias announced that it had entered the final phase of its geothermal installation and energy upgrades effort at the U.S. Army’s Fort Polk in West-Central Louisiana, a milestone that once complete will not only modernize the aging infrastructure but save the Army significant money and benefit military families.

    Part of the U.S. Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), a program through which the Department of Defense works with the private sector to revitalize military family housing, the work includes the installation of geothermal heat pumps and ENERGY STAR electric and water saving devices. All upgrades associated with this project, which began in 2018, are slated to be completed in early 2020 and will significantly reduce the community’s carbon footprint, said Corvias.

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  • New Zealand GTh: It's The Gift That Keeps on Giving
    New Zealand: Te Ahi O Maui
    Geothermal Power Could Reduce Power
    Bills by More than $300 a Year

    Geothermal Social Council, Jan. 18, 2019 -Some Gisborne power bills could be about to fall by more than $300 a year, following the commissioning of a new $136m geothermal power plant.

    First initiated in 2011, Eastland Group’s 25 MW geothermal power plant, Te Ahi O Maui, became operational in October last year after building started in earnest in 2017.

    Now, Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said the Kawerau-based power plant\’s performance, combined with the group’s ongoing investment in innovative electricity retailer Flick Electric Co, meant Eastland Group and Flick Electric had been able to announce a new electricity product for Tairawhiti: FIXIE by Flick.

  • Excellence Award for 1st Place Goes To Turkey's Zorlu Energy
    USA, Idaho: Power Engineers
    Wins Engineering Excellence
    Award for Kizildere-3 Geothermal Power Plant

    Geothermal Social Council, Jan. 15, 2019 -The power plant is owned and operated by Zorlu Energy, a major Turkish contractor, investor and industrial holding company. Kizildere-3, Turkey’s largest geothermal power plant, is one of the world’s only triple-flash plus combined-cycle configuration geothermal plants — an arrangement that combines two well-known types of technology to increase efficiency. With the addition of this 165 MW geothermal plant to Turkey’s generation fleet, the country can further reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels.

  • In Africa, Kenya Sets an Example With GTh
    Kenya's Green Geothermal Power
    an Example to the World

    Aljzeera, Dec. 8, 2018 -Geothermal power comprises about 43% of Kenya’s electricity supply, even as millions of Kenyans still depend on trees to make charcoal.

    As climate talks proceed in Poland at the ongoing COP24 summit, the East African nation’s efforts are an example to the world’s big emitters.

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  • A New Excuse For the EPA to Stop Protecting the Environment
    EPA Suspends Rules for
    Polluters Citing Coronavirus

    Mar. 27, 2020 (GreenAmerica) - On Thursday, the agency issued a memo essentially giving companies a pass on polluting, stating that it will not “seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations.”

    This announcement creates a loophole for companies to pollute if they can cite the coronavirus as a reason for violating environmental laws.

    This uses COVID-19 as an excuse to allow polluters to stop following environmental rules set in place to protect human and environmental health. This new policy is “temporary,” but there is no end date set.

  • Climate and the $2 Trillion Stimulus Package
    How the $2 Trillion Stimulus
    Package Could Effect Climate

    Mar. 25, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) -The Senate is expected to vote Wednesday afternoon on a $2 trillion stimulus package in response to the coronavirus pandemic, and the provisions are a mixed bag for climate change.

    The measure does not include $3 billion for the government to buy oil and fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, a provision sought by Republicans and President Trump. But it also does not have an extension of federal tax credits for wind and solar energy that Democrats had tried to attach.

    The package also has been stripped of language that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tried to include to require airlines receiving more than $50 billion in aid to cut greenhouse gas emissions, multiple lawmakers confirmed.

  • A New Rule Would End Penalties for Bird Deaths
    Ending Penalties for Bird Deaths

    Mar. 4, 2020 (Allegheny Front) -At more than 100 years old, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act is considered the first conservation law in the United States. It protects over 1,000 species of birds from a host of threats, including disruption of nesting sites and illegal trade. Until recently, power companies and other industries could be prosecuted by the federal government for causing egregious bird deaths, even accidentally. Not anymore.

    In 2018, the Interior Department issued internal guidelines weakening the Act. And in January, the Department proposed a rule clarifying that only the intentional killing of birds would be prohibited under the act.

    This despite recent research that finds a nearly 30% decline in birds from North America – that’s a loss of nearly 3 billion birds – over the past 50 years.

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    or listen to the story.

  • PA to Join 10 States in Regional Cap-and-Trade Agreement
    Gov. Wolf’s Cap-and-Trade
    Proposal Takes a Step Forward

    Feb. 13, 2020 (Allegheny Front) — Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to have Pennsylvania join 10 other states in a regional cap-and-trade agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions ?is moving slowly through the vetting process.

    Wolf cast the agreement as a way to get the state on a clear path to cleaner air — and one he could launch unilaterally, thanks to the Clean Air Act.

    Many Republicans ?are challenging his authority to do that, and ?a number of energy companies oppose the plan.

    On Thursday, the Department of Environmental Protection released a draft of its proposed rules for the program, known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Broadly, ?those rules would require polluters — coal-fired power plants in particular — to pay for their ?carbon emissions over a certain level.

  • Emitting Cancer-Causing Chemicals -Exceeding EPA Guidelines
    Ten U.S. Refineries
    Emit Cancer-Causing
    Chemical Above EPA Limits

    Feb. 6, 2020 (YaleEnvironment360)—Ten oil refineries in the United States are emitting levels of the pollutant benzene well above the federal government’s “action level” limit, according to a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project, an environmental watchdog group. Long-term exposure to benzene can cause blood disorders and leukemia, Reuters reported.

    Oil refineries with high levels of benzene are not technically breaking the law. But these facilities are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to monitor the pollutant and take action if levels exceed EPA’s limit of 9 micrograms per cubic meter of air averaged over a year. Benzene is a colorless or light yellow chemical that evaporates from gasoline and oil. Exposure to it can cause vomiting, headaches, anemia, and an increased risk of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

  • What's the Real Reason Michigan DNR is Killing Wolves?
    Michigan DNR Said It Killed
    Wolves To Protect Humans. Its
    Emails Reveal a Different Story.

    Nov. 22, 2019  (Bridgemi.com) —Bouncing along a sodden farm pasture, Brad Johnson stopped his state vehicle when he came upon the newborn calf, or what remained of it.

    The veteran wildlife handler had been to this patch of farmland in the western Upper Peninsula several times the previous fall, when a dozen calves from the Dykstra beef ranch were reported missing.

    Gray wolves were suspected in those disappearances. But Johnson had little reason to fear for his own safety on this wet spring day; the local wolf pack was not considered a threat to people.

    Which is what made what happened next startling: A single wolf burst into view and Johnson could only watch, frozen, as another calf was attacked, shredded before his eyes.

  • Congress Examines Oil Industry on Hidden Facts
    Examining the Oil
    Industry’s Efforts to Suppress
    the Truth about Climate Change

    Oct. 23, 2019  (Committee on Oversight and Reform)- The Subcommittee will examine how the oil industry’s climate denial campaign has negatively and disproportionately affected people of color and vulnerable populations in our country and around the world, as well as drowned out the voices of everyday Americans.
    • Decades of climate denialism by the oil industry forestalled meaningful government action to avert the current crisis.
    • The lack of government action on climate change has a disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities who are often harmed “first and worst” by climate change.
    • Climate denial not only led to these devastating effects on vulnerable populations; it also represents a distortion of our democracy, as powerful, moneyed interests control the conversation and drown out the voices of average Americans who are paying the price of climate change.
    • Exxon has continued to fund climate deniers. Exxon still continues to fund organizations “steeped in climate denial and delay” to this day, clear evidence that it has not changed since its initial pivot from climate science to denial.

    Despite the already devastating effects of climate change, Exxon shows no signs of slowing down on its production of fossil fuels.

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  • Indigenous People Push Washington State To Clean Up Its Act
    Tribes Are Pushing Washington
    to Be the First State to
    Declare a Climate Emergency

    Oct. 18, 2019  (GIZMODO)- There’s an occupation taking place in Olympia, Washington. Native American activists have established a semi-permanent camp 15 minutes away from the state Capitol as part of a campaign to push Governor Jay Inslee—the former presidential candidate who put the climate crisis front and center as part of his bid—to declare a climate emergency for the state in what would be an American first.

    Indigenous peoples and their allies have been protesting on the steps of the Capitol since the end of September. They walked nearly 50 miles together from the construction site of a proposed natural gas terminal in Tacoma to arrive at the Capitol.

  • Unreported: The Pentagon Sure Likes Using Carbon
    Major Media Bury Ground-
    breaking Studies of Pentagon’s
    Massive Carbon Bootprint

    Oct. 10, 2019  (Fair.org)- In 2010, Project Censored found that the US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet, yet this information and accompanying documentation goes almost entirely unreported.

    Almost a decade later, Project Censored’s observations are still applicable, with two major studies published in June remaining buried by most major media outlets. The first study, “Pentagon Fuel Use, Climate Change, and the Costs of War,” by Neta Crawford for Brown University’s Costs of War Project, confirmed previous findings that the US military is “the single-largest producer of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world,”

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  • Honeybee Survey Resumed by the Dept. of Agriculture
    USDA Will Resume Honeybee
    Survey Suspended This Summer

    Sept. 13, 2019  (CNN Politics)- The US Department of Agriculture will resume data collection for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report on October 1 -- the start of a new fiscal year -- after suspending the survey earlier this summer over budget constraints.

    While researchers welcome the decision to resume the survey, some caution that it will leave a critical gap in this year's data.

    Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an entomologist who studies bee health at the University of Maryland, explained that missing even one quarter of data can undermine researchers' ability to compare loss rates from year to year, one of the fundamental ways that experts and the honeybee industry can use the survey as they try to better understand honeybee population declines.

  • Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act
    Energy Savings and Industrial
    Competitiveness Act of 2019

    July 17, 2019 (Congress.gov)-This Act was introduced by Republican Senator, Rob Portman of Ohio. Here are what some of this bill includes:

    Title I: BUILDINGS (Building Energy Codes, Worker Training and Capacity Building and School Buildings)

    Title II: INDUSTRIAL EFFICIENCY AND COMPETITIVENESS (Manufacturing Energy Efficiency, Rebate Programs



    Click to see the PDF.

  • EPA Seeks to Kill California Standards
    EPA Set to Revoke California's
    Authority to Set Vehicle Standards

    Sept. 17, 2019 (CNN Politics)-The Environmental Protection Agency (A.K.A Fossil Fuel Proerction Agency) is preparing to revoke California's authority to set its own vehicle emission standards, a source familiar with the plans told CNN on Tuesday, the latest move in the Trump administration's ongoing fight with the Golden State and attempts to chip away at former President Barack Obama's environmental legacy.

    The source said the change could come as soon as Wednesday. It's yet another escalation in the clash between California and Trump administration. Industry watchers feared that the Trump administration's plan to freeze federal emission standards, a rollback of tightened standards created by the Obama administration, could have led to two auto markets in the US -- one subject to more restrictive California regulations and another linked to significantly less stringent federal standards.

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  • Army Corps' Largest Wetlands Destruction in Minnesota History
    Lawsuit Targets Minnesota’s PolyMet
    Copper-Sulfide Mine Permit

    Sept. 10, 2019  (Center for Biological Diversity)-ST. PAUL, Minn.—Conservation groups sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today to challenge a key water permit authorizing the PolyMet open-pit copper-sulfide mine to move forward. The mine would destroy 1,000 acres of wetlands and more than 1,700 acres of critical wildlife habitat in northern Minnesota's Superior National Forest.

    Today’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, says the Corps violated the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act when it issued the permit in March.

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  • What Do the Feds Have Against Wildlife?
    The Federal Government’s
    Cruel War Against Wildlife

    Aug. 26, 2019 (The Revelator)-Wildlife advocates got a much-needed win recently when the EPA withdrew its support for M-44 “cyanide bombs” used to kill coyotes and other animals. The devices — which attract animals with tasty bait and then inject a deadly dose of sodium cyanide into their mouths — have been used for decades by a USDA program called Wildlife Services to eliminate animals that are perceived as threats to agricultural interests.

    The announcement came just five days after the EPA re-approved the use of M-44s, a move that generated outcry from around the country.

    While this success is noteworthy, M-44s are just one of the weapons in Wildlife Service’s arsenal. The program’s staff uses a variety of additional tools and methods to complete their tasks, including several that wildlife advocates consider to be cruel and inhumane.

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    on this poisonous story.

  • The Endangered Species Act is Endangered
    The Species Act, Endangered:
    ‘Like a Plan From a Cartoon Villain’

    Aug. 17, 2019 (NY Times - Opinion) -The President and his Interior Department undermine the landmark Endangered Species Act in the service of “energy dominance.”

    In early May, a U.N. panel on biodiversity released a deeply troubling 1,500-page report warning that as many as one million plant and animal species were at risk of extinction worldwide. It strongly urged nations everywhere to accelerate efforts to save the marine and terrestrial life that remain — the mammals, the birds, the fish, the plants, even the insects that pollinate the world’s food supply. The report also noted that global warming had become a major driver of this alarming decline, shrinking or shifting the ecosystems in which wildlife had evolved.

    Now comes what amounts to a thumb in the eye from the Trump administration: The Interior Department announced a set of rules on Monday that, far from enlarging protections, will weaken how the nation’s most important conservation law, the Endangered Species Act, is applied.

  • The Plastic Bans and The Plastic Bans Bans
    See the Complicated Landscape
    of Plastic Bans in the U.S.

    Aug. 15, 2019 (National Geographic)-A new map shows where states have banned plastic—and where states have banned bans on plastic.

    A battle over plastic—a material so prolific the UN calls the 90 percent of it that ends up as trash a pollution crisis—is under way in Florida.

    Coral Gables, a small city of 51,000 people just south of Miami, wants to ban polystyrene from restaurants and grocery stores. The Florida Retail Federation does not, and an appeals court ruling delivered yesterday says they can keep the plastic product, in part thanks to a 2016 state rule that prevents cities from regulating how polystyrene is used.

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    the story and the maps.

  • Utilities: Breaking Up is Hard to Do - or is it?
    In a Battle to Break Up Utilities,
    Arizona Steps to The Front Line

    Aug. 8, 2019 (Bloomberg News) -Of all the efforts to break up utility monopolies in the U.S., the one unfolding in Arizona may be the most important to watch.

    Officials in the state, where Arizona Public Service Co. has long reigned, are considering allowing customers to pick their own electricity providers. Independent power companies and free-market groups are pushing similar efforts in Florida and Virginia. The difference is in Arizona it’s being spearheaded by regulators.

    “If they want to deregulate, they may be more in a place to do it,” said Paul Patterson, an utility analyst at Glenrock Associates.

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  • Mayors Speak Out on Putting a Price on Carbon
    U.S. Conference of Mayors
    Urges Federal Government
    to Put a Price On Carbon

    July 31, 2019 (Citizen’s Climate Lobby) -Carbon pricing has been receiving major press lately — tens of millions heard it discussed in the first two presidential debates — and now, America’s mayors are joining in on the action. The Conference, an organization comprising 1,407 mayors from cities with populations of 300,000 or more, recently passed a series of environmental resolutions at their annual meeting, one of which calls for Congress to put a price on carbon.

    The resolution cites climate change’s “challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth” and “strongly urges the United States Congress to pass legislation that imposes a price on carbon emissions sufficient enough to reduce carbon emissions in line with ambitions detailed in the Paris Agreement.” While the resolution did not specify what type of carbon pricing proposal the organization prefers, it was passed by hundreds of mayors with bipartisan support.

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  • Surprising News From the Dept. of Energy
    Department of Energy Announces
    $14 Million for Fusion
    Energy Sciences Research

    July 30, 2019 (U.S. Dept. of Energy)) -Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $14 million in funding for 10 university-led research projects using the DIII-D National Fusion Facility. A major goal of the research is to develop methods of sustaining steady-state or continuous operation of fusion reactors, an essential step toward eventually making nuclear fusion a practical energy source.

    “Fusion remains one of the world’s most promising potential sources of energy,” said Under Secretary for Science, Paul Dabbar. “This research—aimed at achieving steady-state operation of fusion reactors—will be an important milestone on the road to sustainable energy from fusion.”

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    the Trump Administration for a change.

  • The NRC Doesn’t Need to Inspect Nuclear Facilities?
    NRC May Cut Back On
    Nuclear Power Plant Inspections

    July 17, 2020 (Electric Light & Power) -In an action prompted by Nuclear Power Industry, Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that the agency cut back on inspections at the country's nuclear reactors, a cost-cutting move promoted by the nuclear power industry but denounced by opponents as a threat to public safety.

    The recommendations, made public Tuesday, include reducing the time and scope of some annual inspections at the nation's 90-plus nuclear power plants. Some other inspections would be cut from every two years to every three years.

    Some of the staff's recommendations would require a vote by the commission, which has a majority of members appointed or reappointed by President Donald Trump, who has urged agencies to reduce regulatory requirements for industries.

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  • Juliana v. United States - Youth Climate Lawsuit
    Youth Climate Lawsuit

    June, 2019 (ourchildrenstrust.org)-Youth filed their constitutional climate lawsuit, called Juliana v. U.S., against the U.S. government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in 2015. Earth Guardians is also an organizational plaintiff in the case.

    Their complaint asserts that, through the government's affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.

    Click now to read all about the case.

  • Fl. Governor Allows Local Govts. to Ban Plastic Straws
    In First Veto, Fla, Governor
    Allows Local Governments
    to Ban Plastic Straws

    MAY 14, 2019 Governing.com -Gov. Ron DeSantis flexed his veto power for the first time Friday night, declining to sign an environmental bill that would have prohibited local governments from banning plastic straws for the next five years.

    In his veto letter to Secretary of State Laurel Lee, he said municipalities that prohibit plastic straws have not "frustrated any state policy" or "harmed the state's interest."

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Green Investing (In the past year)

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  • Goldman Sachs and TELOS to Develop
    Commercial-Scale Solar Projects
    Goldman Sachs and TELOS
    In Joint Venture To Develop
    Commercial-Scale Solar Projects

    Mar. 10, 2020 (Energy Central) -TELOS Clean Energy announced today the closing of a joint venture with Goldman Sachs' Alternative Energy Investing Group to develop, construct, own, and operate distributed solar power projects. The solar projects will be expected to sell power to commercial, industrial and municipal customers.

    Goldman can invest up to $275mm to finance the activities of the joint venture and own assets, combining financing provided by several parties via tax equity, debt, and sponsor investments into a single capital source. TELOS Clean Energy will provide the development and construction expertise necessary to originate, execute and asset manage the portfolio.

  • Investors: Don't Put Your Money Into Natural Gas
    Natural Gas Is a Bad InvestmentGasPLWarnSign

    Mar. 5, 2020 (GIZMODO) - Natural gas is the fastest growing energy source in the U.S., and that’s a big problem. Last year, gas was the number one contributor to the growth in U.S. carbon emissions. When gas infrastructure leaks, it also emits methane, which recent research shows is even worse for the climate than previous dire estimates showed. And according to a new report from shareholder advocacy group As You Sow and policy think-tank Energy Innovation, it’s not even a good investment.

    The U.S. is on track to spend some $1 trillion on new gas-fired power plants and fuel by 2030, according to the Rocky Mountain Institute. And while natural gas been dubbed a bridge fuel by some (centrists), the time to be across that bridge is here. The new analysis shows that the nation’s energy sector’s gas buildout is putting utility investors at risk of losing tens of billions of dollars.

  • Why Hydrogen Stocks Are Soaring - Here's Why
    Why Hydrogen Stocks Are Soaring

    Mar. 2, 2020 (OilPrice.com) — For decades climate change was a topic for predominantly environmentalists. Since the early 2010s, this has changed dramatically. The transformation culminated in the Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 where the world agreed on a comprehensive path to tackle an existential threat. Consequentially the energy transition has strongly gained in importance as countries around the world are racing to replace their carbon-intensive economies with green alternatives.

    The massive installment of wind turbines and solar PVs is the first step. As the energy transition progresses, countries across the globe are confronted with challenges of an energy mix dominated by renewables. The intermittent nature of wind and solar electricity production affects the reliability of the power grid. A solution could be the storage of energy into hydrogen through the process of electrolysis.

  • Largest Financial Institutions No Longer Funding Tar Sands
    Global Financial Giants
    Swear Off Funding an
    Especially Dirty Fuel

    Feb. 12, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward)— Some of the world’s largest financial institutions have stopped putting their money behind oil production in the Canadian province of Alberta, home to one of the world’s most extensive, and also dirtiest, oil reserves.

    In December, the insurance giant The Hartford said it would stop insuring or investing in oil production in the province, just weeks after Sweden’s central bank said it would stop holding Alberta’s bonds. And on Wednesday BlackRock, the worlds largest asset manager, said that one of its fast-growing green-oriented funds would stop investing in companies that get revenue from the Alberta oil sands..

    They are among the latest banks, pension funds and global investment houses to start pulling away from fossil-fuel investments amid growing pressure to show they are doing something to fight climate change.

  • Fighting the Biggest Polluters - Blackrock Signs On
    BlackRock Joins Pressure Group
    Taking On Biggest Polluters

    Jan. 9, 2020 (The Guardian)- BlackRock, the world’s largest investor, has joined an influential pressure group calling for the biggest polluters to reduce their emissions, after criticisms that it was undermining action addressing the climate crisis.

    The US investment firm has signed up to Climate Action 100+, a group of investors managing assets worth more than $35tn (£27tn), that pressures fossil fuel producers and other companies responsible for two-thirds of annual global industrial emissions to show how they will reduce carbon dioxide pollution.

    In February 2019, one Climate Action 100+ resolution put to shareholders of BP forced the British oil supermajor to describe how its strategy is consistent with the Paris climate accord.

  • Eversource and Carbon Neutrality
    Eversource’s Carbon Neutral Energy Plan Could Set Trend

    Dec. 17, 2019 (PowerGrid.com)- Eversource Energy, a prominent power and gas utility in Northeastern US, has announced its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, making it the first US investor owned utility to do so.

    The announcement follows the divesture of its fossil fuel assets in 2018 and could be a catalyst for other investor owned utilities, according to GlobalData.

    Nirushan Rajasekaram, Power Analyst at GlobalData, said, “In recent years, the company has made efforts to systematically reduce its carbon footprint by focusing on emissions from its power generation facilities.

  • As Clean Power Booms, So Does the Investment Community
    BlackRock Raises $1 Billion For
    Clean Power As Wind, Solar Boom

    Dec. 4, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- Here’s the latest indicator of how hungry investors are to profit from clean energy: BlackRock just raised $1 billion for wind, solar and battery-storage projects.

    The world’s largest money manager received initial commitments from over 35 institutional investors in North America, Europe and Asia for its third global renewables fund. It’s the most BlackRock has raised yet for a clean-power fund’s first close.

    Renewable energy is becoming “one of the most active sectors in infrastructure,” said David Giordano, global head of BlackRock renewable power. It comes, he said, “as global power generation shifts from two-thirds fossil fuels to two-thirds renewables over the next few decades.”

  • Australia Ramps Up Investments in Hydrogen
    Hydrogen Stimulus Package to Power
    Australian Energy Exports

    Nov. 23, 2019  (The Sydney Morning Herald) —Australia is ramping up investment in the nascent hydrogen energy industry, with a $370 million fund for new projects gaining support at Friday's meeting of state and federal ministers in Perth.

    Hydrogen is touted as a growth industry in the energy sector, largely due its ability to store energy from renewable sources. But opinions differ on whether the technology should be developed exclusively to store renewable energy or for coal-fired generation as well, potentially using carbon capture and storage.

    "The government is backing that in through project investment to promote our outstanding potential as a hydrogen supplier to the world," federal Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said.

  • A Little Sunlight Shines on the Stock Market
    Solar Stock Earnings Shine

    Nov. 14, 2019  (InvestorIdeas) — This investor news resource covering solar stocks releases a sector snapshot looking at solar company earnings and the anticipated growth in the sector, featuring news from Direct Solar of America, a subsidiary of Singlepoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING).

    Other solar stocks included in this earnings snapshot include; Vivint Solar Inc. (NYSE: VSLR), SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEDG) and Sunrun Inc. (NASDAQ: RUN).

    Solar companies are facing the challenges and the opportunities in a market that is witness to growing demands due to climate change, a next generation of residential consumers that are pro- solar, new technology disruption and pricing that, for the first time is competitive to fossil fuels.

    According to a recent report by the IEA, 'Global solar PV market set for spectacular growth over next 5 years,'

  • SunPower Splits into Two Publicly Traded Companies
    From One: Two
    Publicly-Traded Companies

    Nov. 11, 2019  (InvestorIdeas)— SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) today announced plans to separate into two independent, complementary, strategically-aligned and publicly-traded companies – SunPower and Maxeon Solar Technologies (Maxeon Solar). Each company will focus on distinct offerings built on extensive experience across the solar value chain.

    • SunPower will continue as the leading North American distributed generation, storage and energy services company.
    • Newly-formed Maxeon Solar will be the leading global technology innovator, manufacturer and marketer of premium solar panels.

    Concurrent with the transaction, an equity investment of $298 million will be made in Maxeon Solar by long-time partner Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (TZS), a premier global supplier of silicon wafers, to help finance the scale-up of Maxeon® 5 production capacity.

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  • Shell Is Not Depending on Oil Only
    Shell Invests in African
    Microgrid Developer
    PowerGen Renewable Energy

    Nov. 5, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— PowerGen Renewable Energy (PowerGen), a company that develops, manages and supports micro-utilities in Africa, announced that it received Series B investment from Shell New Energies, as well as Omidyar Network?, Acumen, Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), EDFI ElectriFI, Sumitomo Corporation, DOB Equity, and Micro-grid Catalytic Capital Partners (MCCP).

    The company said the funds will strengthen PowerGen’s position in its core African markets — Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Nigeria — and help it expand into new ones, as the demand for reliable, clean and affordable electricity in Africa continues to grow. PowerGen aims to connect one million more people to reliable electricity over the next five years.

  • Wind Energy Investment for Canadian Pension Fund
    Pattern Group to Be Bought By Canadian Pension Fund

    Nov. 4, 2019  (WindPower)—The total enterprise value of the deal amounts to $6.1 billion, including debt, Pattern said. Newswire Reuters reported the value of the transaction to be around $2.63 billion.

    Shareholders will receive a cash consideration of $26.75/share, a 14.8% premium on Pattern Energy's 9 August closing share price — prior to rumours of a takeover.

    CPPIB will also combine Pattern Energy and its sister company Pattern Development — currently backed by private investment firm Riverstone Holdings — in to "common ownership".

  • Saudi's Non-Green Investment Will Cost Them Deeply
    Saudi Arabia Expects 2020 Budget Deficit to Widen to $50b

    Oct. 30, 2019  (ALJAZEERA)-Once again, Saudi Arabia's dependence on oil revenue is taking a toll on its national budget.

    The world's largest crude exporter expects its budget deficit to widen to 187 billion riyals ($49.8b) in 2020 from an expected 131 billion riyals ($35b) this year as lower oil prices hit revenues, said Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan.

  • Greek R.E. Bonds Backed by Large Bank
    EBRD Backs Green
    Bond to Boost Renewables
    in Greece, Including Wind

    Oct. 22, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is stepping up its efforts to support renewables in Greece by supporting Terna Energy with an €18 million (US$20 million) investment in the Greek company’s successful issuance of a seven-year €150 million (US$167 million) green bond.

    The funds will finance additional investments in renewable energy projects in Greece. The projects will also contribute to the country’s target of increasing the share of renewable energy to 35% of its total energy consumption by 2030.

    The investment is part of the EBRD Greek Corporate Bonds Framework, developed to extend the bank’s support for the local corporate bond market and to strengthen its long-term viability.

  • ExxonMobile On Trial For Misleading Investors
    Exxon and Oil Sands
    Go on Trial in New York
    Climate Fraud Case

    Oct. 17, 2019  (Inside Climate News)- In late 2013, ExxonMobil faced increasing pressure from investors to disclose more about the risks the company faced as governments began limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Of the many costs climate change will impose, oil companies face a particularly acute one: the demand for their product will have to shrink.

    For years, Exxon had been using something called a proxy cost of carbon to estimate what stricter climate policies might mean for its bottom line. But as pressure from shareholders grew, a problem came sharply into focus: An internal presentation warned top executives that the way the company had been applying this proxy cost was potentially misleading. That's because Exxon didn't have one projected cost of carbon. It had two.

  • R.E. Investing Will Soar Within the Next Ten Years
    Clean Energy Investment Set to Hit $2.6 Trillion This Decade

    Sept. 9, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)-The global energy supply is turning greener.

    Investment in new renewable energy is on course to total $2.6 trillion in the years from 2010 through the end of 2019, according to a study by BloombergNEF for the United Nations Environment Program and Frankfurt School’s UNEP Center published Thursday.

    The boom in the capacity to generate electricity from low-carbon sources gives credibility to an effort by world leaders to slash climate-damaging greenhouse gases. Falling costs of wind and solar power plants is making more projects in new markets economically competitive with generation fed by fossil fuels.

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  • Ireland's R.E. Expansion Attracting Massive Investments
    Ireland's R.E. Expansion Attracts
    Massive Investments As Its
    Set To Meet 65% Of Country's
    Installed Capacity By 2030

    Aug. 13, 2019 (InvestorIdeas.com)) -Ireland is expected to attract massive investment as the country is set to add 5.8 gigawatt (GW) of non-hydro renewable power capacity over the next decade to reach a total 9.6GW by 2030 and account for 65% of the country's installed capacity, says GlobalData a leading data and analytics company.

    As an investor, you may want to try your luck with this so-called green industry GlobalData's latest report, 'Ireland Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2019 - Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape", reveals that to achieve a 9.6GW non-hydro renewables capacity by 2030 Ireland will massively increase its investment in offshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity. During the forecast period, offshore wind capacity is set to increase from 25 megawatt (MW) to 1.9GW at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48.8%, and solar PV will rise from 25MW to 1.3GW at a CAGR of 43%. During the same period, power consumption in Ireland will see a minimal increase, reaching 31.4 terawatt hour (TWh) in 2030 from 27.9TWh in 2019 (a marginal 1.1% CAGR).

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  • Euro. Invest. Bank Proposal: Zero Fossil Fuel Investment
    European Investment Bank
    Proposes End To Fossil Fuel Lending

    July 26, 2019 (REUTERS) -The European Investment Bank wants to stop funding new fossil fuel-reliant projects by the end of 2020, a draft of the EU lending arm’s new energy strategy showed on Friday.

    The development bank proposed phasing out support to energy projects that were “reliant on fossil fuels: oil and gas production, infrastructure primarily dedicated to natural gas, power generation or heat-based on fossil fuels.”

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  • Investors Are Following the Money in Solar
    Investors Following the
    Money in Solar: Sector Closeup;

    June 24, 2019 Investor Ideas - Point Roberts, WA and Delta, BC - June 25, 2019 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Investorideas.com, a leading investor news resource covering solar stocks releases a sector snapshot reporting on the continued growth in solar installations in both residential and commercial zones as more businesses and consumers realize the benefits of solar and as it becomes more readily available and affordable for both.

    Featured solar stocks include Singlepoint Inc. (OTC: SING) through its subsidiary Direct Solar, Vivint Solar Inc. (NYSE: VSLR), Sunworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR).SolarPower.com recently reported "In the first three months of the year, the U.S. installed 2.7 gigawatts of solar PV, making it the most solar ever installed in the first quarter of a year. With the strong first quarter, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables forecasts 25% growth in 2019 compared to 2018, and it expects more than 13 GWDC of installations this year, as reported in its new U.S. Solar Market Insight Report."

    SolarPower.com recently reported "In the first three months of the year, the U.S. installed 2.7 gigawatts of solar PV, making it the most solar ever installed in the first quarter of a year. With the strong first quarter, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables forecasts 25% growth in 2019 compared to 2018, and it expects more than 13 GWDC of installations this year, as reported in its new U.S. Solar Market Insight Report."

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    the sun does shine.

  • Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. Will Stop Funding Coal
    Bank Says Coal Plants
    It’s Financing in Vietnam
    Will Be Its Last

    Apr. 16, 2019  (Bloomberg News)- Southeast Asia’s second-largest lender, said two Vietnamese coal-fired power plants will be the last it finances as it increases funding for renewable projects.

    “We won’t do any new coal-fired power generation plants in any countries, except for the power projects that we are already in, or we have committed to,” Chief Executive Officer Samuel Tsien said in an April 15 interview at its Singapore headquarters “We hope that by doing this, we are encouraging the governments to do facilitating, arrangements for the countries to move from coal to renewable.”

  • Funds That Are Investing Green in a Warming World
    Climate-Change Funds Try
    to Profit From a Warming World

    NY Times Climate Forward, Apr.12, 2019  -For investors, the risks of climate change are already raging, with intense storms and wildfires leading to property damage and business disruption.

    California’s deadly fires last year resulted in losses of tens of billions of dollars — and may have contributed to the January bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric, the electric utility. “The risk of catastrophic fire has increased in California, and the reason is climate change,” said Julie K. Gorte, senior vice president for sustainable investing at Pax World Funds.

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  • Don't Own an Electric Surfboard - What Are You Waiting For?
    Electric Surfboards Bring The Fun

    Apr. 6, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -With all the grim global COVID-19 news, empty grocery stores shelves, lack of N95 masks in many parts of the country, and toilet paper hoarding, it seemed appropriate to mention some future fun and happier moments that undoubtedly will occur after we get past the current pandemic. Getting out on the water at a lake or ocean is certainly an enjoyable time for many people. Being able to do so on a motorized surfboard sounds even better.

    Based in Sweden, Awake makes electric surfboards that can achieve a top speed of 30 knots and provide rides for up to 45 minutes per charge. Named the RAVIK and RAVIK S, the boards can be charged in about 80 minutes and batteries can be swapped quickly between sessions for riding continuity. Brand Manager Gustav Kjellberg answered some questions for CleanTechnica about surfing electric style.

  • Thin-Film Solar - Something Your EV Can Get Charged Up About
    Thin-Film Solar
    Car Cover Can Recharge
    Your EV While It Is Parked

    Apr. 6, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -According to Armor, ASCA weighs only about 450 grams per square meter. To put that in perspective, it is about 30 times lighter than other technologies. A piece the size of a sheet of paper weighs only 30 grams — about the same as 6 sheets of paper the same size.

    There are lots of clever people in the world and some of them work for Armor, a thin-film solar company located in France. One of its products is called ASCA, which uses semi conductor compounds based on organic polymers printed on flexible films. The flexibility means ASCA thin-film solar products can be mounted on curved surfaces, something traditional solar panels cannot do. In tests, it can be rolled and unrolled 50,000 with no loss of performance.

  • Lucid Motors Electric Vehicle Backed by Saudi Investors
    Lucid Air Driven 400 Miles
    From San Francisco To LA

    Apr. 3, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -Last month, Lucid Motors quietly took a pre-production Lucid Air electric sedan on a 400-mile (643 km) drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles. The run was part range test, part proof of concept, and part PR mission, and went off without a hitch. Then, once the Lucid crew made it to LA?

    They charged up, and drove back.

    Regardless of where you stood on Lucid’s chances of making it to production a few years ago, the company seems to be batting 1.000 since opening its California Headquarters and receiving a billion-dollar cash infusion from Saudi Arabian investors back in 2018. The fact that its massive Arizona production line is still on schedule as well is just icing on Lucid’s competency cake.

  • The Future of Automobile Energy - Not Fossil Fuels
    Cars of the Future:
    Promising Alternative Energy Sources

    Mar. 26, 2020 (greener ideal) - There are many problems that the automotive industry causes for the environment. Gasoline and diesel release carbon dioxide emissions, cause harmful petroleum leaks and even implement disruptive mining practices.

    Today, many eco-conscious drivers and scientists are looking for ways to power their cars with cleaner and alternative sources of energy.

    Some of the most popular alternative energy sources include biodiesel and electricity. However, it’s the more uncommon ones that hold the most promise.

    A rise in popularity of electric powered vehicles makes electric and battery-powered cars a front-runner, however there are many power sources still out there to research and test out in the future. From the energy sources that are well-known like electricity and solar, to some that you’ve never even heard of, like tequila and coffee grounds, we put together a list of promising and interesting potential power sources being implemented or researched to power our future on the road.

  • Norway's EV Sales Now 68% of the Market
    Electric Vehicles Now 68%
    of Auto Sales in Norway

    Mar. 26, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -The Norwegian auto market continues to electrify more and more, with a whopping 68% of new vehicle sales being plug-in vehicle sales in February. Unsurprisingly, in a market that plugged into the EV revolution, many EV enthusiasts are not keen on calling plug-in hybrids “electric vehicles,” but plug-in hybrids still offer a significant improvement compared to plugless vehicles.

    As Max Holland wrote earlier this month, fully electric vehicles (BEVs) accounted for 50% of new vehicle sales in the country. In this piece, based on EV Volumes data, I’ll dive into the model breakdown. For more on the fuel shift, check out Max’s piece.

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    story and brand breakdwon.

  • Guess What? EVs Don't Have Higher Emissions Than Conventionals
    EVs Do NOT Have Higher
    Emissions Than Conventional Cars

    Mar. 26, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -A popular meme for those opposed to electric cars — that would be Charles Koch and his army of subservient minions — is that electric cars have higher carbon emissions than conventional cars.

    You see it all the time in supposedly ethical publications — a story planted by the anti-EV crowd suggesting that when you add up all the emissions associated with manufacturing an electric car, especially the battery, and include the emissions created to generate the electricity needed to charge it over its lifetime, the total is greater than it would be for a similar vehicle powered by a gasoline or diesel engine.

    You only need to have the IQ of your typical head of iceburg lettuce to know that’s a lie, but urban legends die hard...

  • Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Might Be Coming to the EU
    EU Making Major Investment
    in Hybrid-Electric Aircraft Research

    Mar. 18, 2020 (ENN Network) - An EU project is now underway to investigate the possibilities of hybrid-electric aircraft. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology are part of the project and will develop innovative heat management concepts and support aircraft design.

    Few people today doubt that the Earth's atmosphere is affected by carbon dioxide emissions from human activity. The largest sources of emissions come from agriculture, industry and transport. Transport accounts for 25% of global emissions and aviation account for about 3%.

    “A reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is a major key for aviation to continue to contribute to the development of society and the mobility of people. It requires innovative thinking and ambitious research that goes far beyond small improvements. The goal of this project is to find out if hybrid-electric flying can be a solution to the problem”, says Carlos Xisto, associate professor in the Division of Fluid Dynamics at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences.

  • VW Id.3 Coming This Summer - Cheaper Than Gas/Diesel Cars
    Volkswagen Will Launch
    ID.3 - Costing Less
    than Gas/Diesel Models

    Mar. 14, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -Volkswagen issued a press release this week focusing on the upcoming launch of its ID.3 electric car. It confirms that deliveries of its ID.3 First Edition models will begin this summer and adds this interesting twist. The company says virtually all of those cars — 30,000 of them — will be delivered simultaneously. “The objective is to deliver the 30,000 pre-booked ID.3 vehicles in the 1st Edition to customers throughout Europe at almost the same time,” the company says.

    There have been rumors suggesting Volkswagen is having major problems with the software installed in the first cars, which started rolling off the assembly line last November. The press release refers to that issue in oblique terms. “During production, the current software version will initially be transferred to the vehicle. Over subsequent months, the digital functions will be regularly updated.” The suggestion is, “Don’t worry, people, We’ve got this covered.”

  • Vermont Set to Double Its EV Fast-Charging Stations
    Fast charging for Electric
    Vehicles to Double In Vermont

    Mar. 10, 2020 (POWERGRID INTERNATIONAL) - Vermont utility, Green Mountain Power (GMP), announced yesterday the launch of a program to expand fast charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) in Vermont in an effort to combat the state’s largest source of carbon emissions: transportation.

    The program’s goal is to incorporate fast charging into parts of the state without it and encourage fast charging development along interstates and other busy roadways. The GMP program estimates that it will result in around 20 new charging stations, doubling the current 17 available.

    Businesses, communities, and other organizations interested in installing a fast charger for public use can apply to GMP’s pilot program, which offers $40,000 towards the electrical interconnection of a fast charger at 20 different locations.

  • The GM All-Electric Future - 400 mile Range, Up to 1,000Hp
    GM's Ultium Propulsion EV Strategy

    Mar. 4, 2020 (Green Car Reports) - General Motors provided Wednesday the most comprehensive picture yet of how its “all-electric future” will take form—quickly, efficiently, and profitably, as the company emphasized. .

    With a no-cameras presentation to press and investors, the company previewed 11 fully electric vehicles in different stages of development. Building off the flexibility teased last month by company executives, it distilled the philosophy behind its so-called BEV3 architecture to a very simple common thread: One cell family, one motor family, endless possibilities.

    The so-called Ultium battery packs will range from 50 to 200 kw-hours, with a driving range of “up to 400 miles or more,” while motor power (via one, two, or three motors) will add up to a total of 235 hp to 1,000 hp per vehicle.

  • Amsterdam Goes Ahead of the Pack on On Diesel Boat Ban
    Amsterdam's Boats Go Electric
    Ahead Of 2025 Diesel Ban

    Mar. 3, 2020 (REUTERS) -The century-old Amsterdam canal boat Gerarda Johanna looks like a classic with wood paneling, but beneath its floorboards lies a high-tech underbelly: rows of lithium ion batteries, 66 in all, with an electric drive train powering its propeller.

    The boat is part of a push by Amsterdam’s new Green Party mayor to ban diesel engines from the center’s ancient canals by 2025, helping the city’s efforts to combat climate change.

    The transition among commercial vessels is well underway, with 75% of the 550 on the city’s water qualifying as emissions free, according to city spokesman Wouter Keuning.

  • First Electric School Bus Comes to Beverly, MA
    Beverly, MA Gets Its
    First Electric School Bus

    Mar. 3, 2020 (Green Car Congress) — Highland Electric Transportation has selected Thomas Built Buses Inc.’s Saf-T-Liner C2 Jouley electric school bus powered by Proterra electric vehicle technologyand the Proterra 60kW charging system for deployment with the Beverly Public Schools, in Beverly, Massachusetts.

    The project represents the first all-electric school bus in Beverly and the first Thomas Built all-electric school bus in New England.

    In January 2019, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) announced the availability of VW Settlement Trust-funded open grant programs aimed at reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide and greenhouse gas across Massachusetts, while supporting electrification of the state’s transportation network.

    Highland Electric Transportation, based in Hamilton, Massachusetts, secured grant funding from the Massachusetts VW settlement program to acquire the electric bus.

  • Solid State Batteries Could Change the EV Game
    Electric Vehicles: Solid-state
    Batteries Could be Game-changing

    Feb. 12, 2020 (Yale Climate Connections)— More and more people are buying electric vehicles. But some still hesitate because they worry the car will run out of power in the middle of a drive.

    Sam Jaffe is with Cairn ERA, a research firm that specializes in energy storage. He says electric vehicle batteries are improving every year.

    “When the Nissan Leaf first came out it was 100 miles range,” he says.

    The new S-Plus model can go roughly twice as far, and higher-end cars can travel even farther.

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  • The Green Revolution in Scooters and Moving Van Fleets
    From Delivery Trucks
    to Scooter-Moving Vans,
    Fleets Are Going Electric

    Feb. 7, 2020 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)— As electric cars grow in popularity and visibility, experts say a revolution is coming in a place most people overlook: corporate and municipal fleets.

    The scooter company Lime is the latest firm to announce that it plans to completely remove gas- and diesel-powered vehicles from its fleet and power its new electric work vehicles with renewable energy.

  • Are We Kissing the Internal Combustion Engine Goodbye?
    More & Better
    Electric Vehicles For
    US Auto Industry

    Jan. 30, 2020 (CleanTecnica)—Electric vehicles in, gasmobiles and CNG vehicles on the way out. That’s the takeaway from the keynote speech delivered at the Washington Auto Show earlier this month by Undersecretary of Energy Mark W. Menezes. He gave nice shoutout to the US natural gas industry but concentrated on production and sales opportunities in the export market, not the domestic transportation sector. As for petroleum fuels, they got barely so much as a whisper.

    Menezes delivered his EV-friendly speech on January 23, and he used the platform to take a veiled but stinging slap at the cost of fossil-based transportation.

    “Today, transportation is the second highest expense for American households, after housing itself, and it requires nearly 30% of the energy we use as a country,” he said midway through the speech.

  • Electric Skateboards Made From Recycled Plastic
    An Electric Skateboard
    Made From Recycled Plastic

    Jan. 30, 2020 (inhabitat)—Native of Porto, Portugal, designer João Leão was becoming more and more concerned about the abundance of plastic waste he saw clogging up his city’s beautiful coastline. Inspired to act on the issue, the ambitious designer decided to find a way to clean the ocean by using that waste to create an innovative product. As a result, Leão created the PET MINI — an electric skateboard made completely out of plastic waste.

    Founder of the design studio Maker Island, Leão has made a career out of creating innovative and collaborative designs that are geared toward addressing local problems on a global scale. But with his latest invention, Leão is trying to address an issue close to his heart — Porto’s plastic waste.

    “It all started with two problems, the plastic waste I was seeing being gathered on the beaches of my hometown, Porto, and the increasing commute times due to the high increase of people on the city and poor public and personal transportation infrastructures,” Leão explained.

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  • VW Will Soon Be World’s Largest EV Manufacture
    Volkswagen Will Be World’s
    Largest EV Manufacturer By 2030

    Jan. 15, 2020 (CleanTecnica)- Consulting firm Wood Mackenzie says in its latest report that Volkswagen is on pace to be the largest manufacturer of electric cars by the end of this decade. It is currently in 10th place globally. The company says it expects to produce 22 million battery electric vehicles by 2028.

    But Wood Mackenzie principal analyst Ram Chandrasekaran tells GreenTech Media that to reach that goal, Volkswagen will need to capture 53% of the global market for electric cars between now and 2028. “The company would also need to secure 57% of all EV battery pack production, something that would prove to be extremely challenging,” he says.

    He thinks it is more realistic to expect Volkswagen to produce about 14 to 16 million EVs in the coming decade. Even those reduced numbers would represent 27% to 39% of the global market and make VW top dog in the electric car world.

  • New Jersey Makes it Easier to de-Carbonize Driving
    N.J. Passes Aggressive e-Mobility Legislation to Decarbonize Transport

    Jan. 14, 2020 (Renewable Energy World)- This week the New Jersey Legislature passed legislation aimed at electrifying the state’s transportation sector to help the US state meet its climate goals of 100% clean energy by 2050.

    Highlights of the new law:

    Electric vehicles buyers can receive up to $5,000 in cash-on-the-hood rebates. The installation of 1,400 additional chargers, 400 of which will be DC fast chargers to complete a statewide fast-charging network. Incentivizes hotels, apartments, condos, and townhouses to add chargers, with a goal of 30% of New Jersey shared living units having access to EV chargers and 50% of hotels.

    Sets goals for increasing electric vehicle usage across the state, with at least 2 million of all light-duty vehicles (cars, minivans, SUVs, pick-up trucks) on New Jersey roads to be electric by 2035 and 85% of vehicles sold or leased in New Jersey to be electric by 2040. Requires NJ Transit to phase in electric bus purchases and to buy only zero-emission buses after 2032.

  • Is Your Plug-In Electricity From a Renewable Source?
    How Important is Plugging
    Into Renewable Energy?

    Jan. 2, 2020 (Solar Thermal Magazine)-Maybe you want to finally feel like you are doing your part to zero out the global CO2 emissions coming from transportation.

    Plugging into renewable energy sources outweighs the cost and short driving oranges for consumers intending to buy electric vehicles, according to a new study.

    In a newly published study titled Consumer Purchase Intentions For Electric Vehicles,Queensland University of Technology Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Kenan Degirmenci, from QUT Business School, said environmental performance – or being green – was more important than price or range confidence for electric vehicle consumers.

    Is green more important than price and range? Dr Degirmenci found environmental performance was in fact an even stronger predictor of purchase intention over price and range confidence.

  • Electric Trucks 2020-2030 Report
    Updated Report from IDTechEx
    "Electric Trucks 2020-2030"

    Dec. 31, 2019 (InvestorIdeas.com)-IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr David Wyatt has recently published a report update "Electric Truck 2020-2030", focusing on electrification in the medium and heavy-duty truck markets, providing a comprehensive set of market forecasts.

    Along with the rest of the automotive sector, the medium and heavy-duty truck market is evolving. Governments around the world, recognizing the potentially catastrophic repercussions of unfettered climate change and witnessing the detrimental impact on human health from vehicle exhaust pollutant emissions in urban environments, are taking decisive action, that will, in the coming decades, drive vehicle manufacturers to zero on-road exhaust emission powertrain solutions. Consequently, the days of the fossil fuel-powered combustion engine are numbered.

  • 2020 Mini Cooper: Short Range, Low Price
    The Low Priced 2020
    Min-Cooper SE Electric

    Dec. 19, 2019 (Green Car Reports-Mini USA has opened the order banks for the 2020 Mini Cooper SE, the brand’s first electric car in many years, a revival of the formula that earned a lot of enthusiasm a decade ago in the Mini E, and its first to be mass-produced.

    The Mini Cooper SE is “based on, and dimensionally almost identical” to the Mini Hardtop 2-door model launched in 2014, according to the brand, with height boosted by 0.7 inch to make room for the battery pack. Interior dimensions and cargo space are identical, it says, but there are a number of minor styling changes—the most noteworthy being a closed grille.

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  • Trump is Killing the EV Tax Credit
    EV Tax Credit
    Extension Likely Dead,
    Because of Trump Opposition

    Dec. 17, 2019  (Green Car Reports)- Despite strong support for the extension and expansion of the federal EV tax credit, the effort appears to have run out of juice in Washington—specifically, at the Oval Office.

    The proposal, which in November had bipartisan support in the Senate, was on Monday cut out of a massive $1.4 trillion federal spending bill due to be passed this month—because of what Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow described as "extreme resistance" from the White House, according to Bloomberg.

    It would have extended the existing cap of 200,000 eligible sales (plug-in hybrids or electric vehicles) to 600,000, while cutting the maximum credit from the current $7,500 to $7,000 and reinstating a tax credit for fuel-cell vehicles. There has been a long list of supporters for the proposal, including the auto industry, the utility sector, and of course environmental groups.

  • Tesla Cybertruck: Is It From Outer Space?
    Tesla Cybertruck:
    an Electric Pickup Truck
    With Blade Runner Appeal

    Dec. 2, 2019  (inhabitat)-At a press conference last week, Elon Musk presented the Cybertruck, an electric pickup truck that promises all of the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car. Defined by a sharply angular and futuristic form, this latest addition to the Tesla line of vehicles has been hotly anticipated — pre-orders for the truck recently surpassed 200,000, despite the gaff of two shattered windows during a demonstration of the Cybertruck’s “unbreakable” glass.

    Created for both on-road and off-road applications, the Tesla Cybertruck comes in three models: the Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive for $39,900, the Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive for $49,900 and the Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive for $69,900. Its most expensive option will have a towing capacity of more than 14,000 pounds and a range of 500 miles on a single charge. Despite its heft and size, the tri-motor vehicles can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds — numbers comparable to that of a Porsche.

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  • Save the Climate, Skip the Fuss, Get Aboard an Electric Bus
    U.S. Electric Bus Demand
    Outpaces Production as Cities
    Add to Their Fleets

    Nov. 14, 2019  (Inside Climate News)— In the coastal city of Gulfport, Mississippi, the state's first fully-electric bus will soon be cruising through the city's downtown streets.

    The same goes for Portland, Maine—it just received a grant to buy that state's first two e-buses, which are set to roll out in 2021. And Wichita expects to have Kansas' first operating electric bus picking up passengers as early as this month after receiving a federal grant.

    As cities and states across the country set ambitious mid-century climate change goals for the first time and as prices for lithium-ion batteries plummet, a growing number of transit agencies are stepping up efforts to replace dirtier diesel buses with electric ones.

  • Mercedes-Benz Intoduces the G-Wagen
    Daimler CEO Points to Future
    Electric Mercedes G-Wagen

    Nov. 11, 2019  (Green Car Reports)— The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen might be seen as the dinosaur of the lineup to those with environmental leanings; but with it now due to go electric, that might not be the case for long.

    Speaking at Germany's Automobilwoche Kongress, Daimler CEO Ola Källenius revealed that the G is slated for electrification, likely making it one of the 10 electric cars that Mercedes-Benz plans to add to its lineup by 2025. By Källenius' own admission, internal discussion of the G's future recently appeared bleak.

  • 2020 Tesla Model 3 Going Places (Most Efficiently)
    2020 Tesla Model 3 -
    The Most Energy-Efficient U.S.
    Passenger Vehicle

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Green Car Reports)— The U.S. market has a new most energy-efficient vehicle, and it’s one made in America: the 2020 Tesla Model 3.

    Last model year the most efficient model you could buy was the 2019 HyundaiIoniq Electric. The 2019 Tesla Model 3 had a range-and-efficiency edge, and it came close in Standard Range Plus form, with a 133 MPGe combined rating (about 25 kwh per 100 miles), but the Ioniq Electric was so much stronger in the city cycle that it ended up with a 3 MPGe combined edge over the Standard Range.

    For 2020, with slightly lower efficiency ratings for the Ioniq Electric—due to its larger pack and range boost—the official figures went down 3 MPGe for the Ioniq Electric. With the official EPA ratings still significantly higher in city driving, the >Ioniq Electric maintained a very slight edge—for, well, about a day.

  • Germany Stimulates Electric Car Demand With Incentives
    Germany Boosts Electric-Car
    Incentives to Stimulate Demand

    Nov. 5, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government and German automakers agreed to increase cash incentives for electric cars, intensifying an effort to move away from the combustion engine and reduce harmful emissions.

    A so-called environment bonus will jump by 50% to as much as 6,000 euros ($6,680) per electric vehicle and the auto industry will continue to cover half the cost, Merkel’s chief spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement. The changes will take effect this month and run through 2025, according to Bernhard Mattes, president of Germany’s VDA auto lobby.

    “It will therefore be possible to provide support for another 650,000 to 700,000 electric vehicles,” Seibert said. The measures were agreed Monday evening in Berlin between Merkel and officials from automakers, parts suppliers and labor unions, including the chief executives of Volkswagen AG, BMW AG and Daimler AG.

  • Green Truck and Green Family Cars of he Year Announced
    Auto & Truck Show Announces
    Finalists for 2020 Green Truck
    and Family Green Car of the Year

    Oct. 15, 2019  (Ivestorideas.com) -Finalists for Green Car Journal's 2020 Green Truck of the Year™ and all-new 2020 Family Green Car of the Year™ have been announced by the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show. Vying for the coveted Green Truck of the Year™ award are nominees Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Ford Ranger, and RAM 1500. Making the cut as finalists for Family Green Car of the Year™ are Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Hyundai Venue, Kia Niro, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and Nissan Versa.

  • California Gas Prices Approaching $4 - Good News for EVs?
    California Gas Approaching $4 p/g.
    Will That Benefit Electrics?

    Oct. 2, 2019 (Green Car Reports)- Eyes are turning to California as gasoline prices near the $4-per-gallon mark, raising questions regarding how consumers will react if fuel prices cross that critical threshold.

    The cost per gallon for premium fuel has already eclipsed the $4 mark in some locations, with prices for regular creeping up behind it. Bloomberg reported last week that prices experienced single-day jumps of 20 cents in Los Angeles and San Francisco as average prices rose to more than $3.90 per gallon.

    West Coast oil stockpiles are down 4.2 million barrels since late July, the wire service reports, and the price hikes have been blamed on refining shortages, and with world markets reacting to Saudi Arabian refining capacity taking a blow due to its conflict with Yemeni rebels, even more uncertainty remains on the horizon.

  • The Rivian: Amazon’s Electrc Van Choice
    Amazon Electric Van Order
    Makes Rivian Future More Certain

    Sept. 20, 2019 (Green Car Reports)-Home electrical panels get connected in the age of electric cars. Rivian gets another boost from Amazon. We ponder fuel-cell tech as an upgrade And is Toyota’s use of different battery cell types all in the interest of staying flexible?

    Amazon has announced that it’s ordering 100,000 fully electric vans from Rivian, a company it’s already supported with an investment earlier this year. As Rivian pushes to bring its R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV to market, every commitment surely helps.

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  • Getting A Real Charge Out of Solar Power
    Chicago Startup Will Help
    Test Hyperlocal Electric Vehicle
    Incentive In California

    Sept. 13, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- The city of Sacramento is preparing to test a hyperlocal electric vehicle charging program that will use a Chicago company’s blockchain software to track customer rewards.

    The pilot project will offer blockchain-based “tokens” for charging vehicles when there’s a surplus of solar power on the local grid. The value will fluctuate based on the amount of solar being produced within a specific substation.

    The project is a collaboration between the Sacramento Municipal Utility Department and a French utility, Électricité de France. It will use digital ledger software from Chicago’s Omega Grid to track customers’ tokens.

  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells Cars Are Gaining Big in Asia
    Why Asia's Biggest Economies
    Are Backing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

    Sept. 13, 2019 (Reuters)-China, Japan and South Korea have set ambitious targets to put millions of hydrogen-powered vehicles on their roads by the end of the next decade at a cost of billions of dollars.

    But to date, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) have been upstaged by electric vehicles, which are increasingly becoming a mainstream option due to the success of Tesla Inc’s (TSLA.O) luxury cars as well as sales and production quotas set by China.

    Critics argue FCVs may never amount to more than a niche technology. But proponents counter hydrogen is the cleanest energy source for autos available and that with time and more refueling infrastructure, it will gain acceptance.

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  • The Solar Powered Railway
    Solar-Powered Railway Could
    Reduce Fossil Fuel Reliance

    Aug. 23, 2019  (CNN Travel) —The world's first solar farm to directly power a railway line has been plugged in -- a development that could lay the foundations for the world's first solar-powered trains.

    Social enterprise Riding Sunbeams has installed about 100 solar panels near a train station in Aldershot, southeast England. Energy captured by the 30kWp solar panels will directly supply signaling and lights.

    If successful, the Aldershot Project -- a collaboration between climate change charity 10:10, Community Energy South and national rail infrastructure operator Network Rail -- could lay the foundations for larger projects that would directly power trains, metros and trams across the country, and around the world.

  • Shipping Industry Sailing Towards a Zero-Emissions World
    Top 5 Zero Emission Ship
    Concepts of the Shipping World

    Aug. 5, 2019 (Marine Insight)-Shipping companies across the world are trying to come up with innovative engineering ideas and green technologies to tackle the stringent regulations about fuel emissions from vessels. The advancement in technology has helped these shipping companies to bring forth multitude of ship designs each exceedingly resourceful.

    New ships are being designed using a variety of technologies which would help to reduce the carbon emissions to a great extent.

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  • North Sea Islands Vessels
    Convert to Torqeedo Electric Power
    Legendary Passenger Vessels
    On North Sea Islands Convert
    to Torqeedo Electric Power.

    July 30, 2019 (Investor Ideas)) -Heligoland, and the islet of Düne, two small islands 65 km off the northern coast of Germany, are famous for natural beauty, spectacular red cliffs, bathing beaches, sea birds and a unique maritime history.

    Traditional handcrafted oak boats called börteboote, (boarding boats), have been used in Heligoland for many years to transport visitors arriving on large ships to the harbour. Now, the municipality of Heligoland has converted the first boat for the future: In the Hatecke boatyard on the Lower Elbe, the old diesel engine of the Börteboot, dubbed "Pirat", was replaced by a clean, quiet Torqeedo Deep Blue 50i electric motor with lithium-ion batteries.

    Click now to learn more
    about this innovative approach.

  • The Drone That Can Fly Using Photovoltaics
    Drones Will Fly For
    Days With New Photovoltaic Engine

    July 26, 2019 (National Geographic) -UC Berkeley researchers just broke another record in photovoltaic efficiency, an achievement that could lead to an ultralight engine that can power drones for days.

    For the past 15 years, the efficiency of converting heat into electricity with thermovoltaics has been stalled at 23%. But a groundbreaking physical insight has allowed researchers to raise this efficiency to 29 percent. Using a novel design, the researchers are now aiming to reach 50 percent efficiency in the near future by applying well-established scientific concepts.

    Click now for the uplifting news.

  • Climate-Friendly Air Travel Is Coming!
    A Small Electric Plane Demonstrates Promise, Obstacles of Climate-Friendly Air Travel

    July 22, 2020 (Yale Climate Connections) -When the pilot guides the electric airplane from its hangar, there is only a light whirring of propellers instead of the roar of an engine. And it leaves no exhaust in its wake as it takes off from a small air strip south of Denver. The small plane, the eFlyer, is the first all-electric plane to seek FAA certification and its builders hope it will revolutionize the aviation industry as the first commercial electric airplane.

    “Electric motors are not new,” said George Bye, President of Bye Aerospace and the airplane’s creator. “But the application to airplanes is remarkable, and until recently most people thought it was impossible.”

    Click now for a story
    that is not a fight of fantasy.

  • Ships That Run on Clean Fuel
    The Dawn Of Low-Carbon Shipping

    July 23, 2019 (NPR) -The global shipping industry is enormous — thousands of ships carry billions of dollars of goods each year across nearly every ocean on the planet.

    Those ships run mostly on a particularly dirty type of fuel known as heavy fuel oil, or bunker fuel. It's thick and sooty, and when it burns, it emits sulfur and particulate matter that can cause respiratory illness. It also emits greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, which trap heat in the atmosphere and cause global warming.

    "If shipping was a country, it would be the sixth-largest polluter in the world," says Nerijus Poskus of the shipping technology company Flexport. "About 3% of global emissions are released by ocean freight shipping."

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  • How About Some Solar Power With That Ice Cream?
    Nissan Unveils a Solar-Powered, Zero-Emissions Ice Cream Van

    June 25, 2019   inhabitat - To celebrate the U.K.’s Clean Air Day, Nissan has unveiled an impressive electric ice cream van that generates zero emissions while serving up a variety of cool and refreshing ice cream flavors on the go. The van is a fully electric vehicle installed with two Nissan Energy ROAM power packs and rooftop solar panels in order to power the van as well as the on-board equipment that helps keep the scrumptious ice cream nice and cold.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • The Benefits of Ammonia as Marine Fuel
    New Research Shows Benefits
    of Ammonia as Marine Fuel

    June 11, 2019  (Maritime Executive)-Ammonia can be safely and effectively applied as a marine fuel to reduce harmful emissions in the maritime industry, according to new research by C-Job Naval Architects in the Netherlands.

    The research uses a new concept design, an ammonia carrier fueled by its own cargo, to study the concept of using ammonia as a marine fuel and achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in shipping.

    Niels de Vries, Lead Naval Architect at C-Job Naval Architects and research lead, says: “Reviewing all ammonia power generation options, the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is clearly the most efficient. However, it does have practical challenges as the power density and load response capability are not on an acceptable level yet. Therefore, in the short term applying the internal combustion engine is the way to go.”

  • When Will the World Switch to Electric Busses?
    Why Electric Buses Haven't Taken
    Over The World—Yet

    June 7, 2019 Wired -IN LOTS OF ways, the electric bus feels like a technology whose time has come. Transportation is responsible for about a quarter of global emissions, and those emissions are growing faster than in any other sector. While buses are just a small slice of the worldwide vehicle fleet, they have an outsize effect on the environment. That’s partly because they’re so dirty—one Bogotá bus fleet made up just 5 percent of the city’s total vehicles, but a quarter of its CO2, 40 percent of nitrogen oxide, and more than half of all its particulate matter vehicle emissions. And because buses operate exactly where the people are concentrated, we feel the effects that much more acutely.

  • Md., MI & N.Y. Dealing With Charging Infrastructure
    How Some States Are Tackling Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Gap

    Energy Central, May 17, 2019  - Research shows the United States is facing a looming electric vehicle charging infrastructure gap, and is unprepared for the charging needs of expected EV deployment by 2025. Part one of this series explored how California is using its investor-owned utility (IOU) EV infrastructure programs to turn the state’s car culture into climate leadership.

    About half of all U.S. EVs are located in California, where utility regulators are addressing the infrastructure gap by designing programs that spur EV infrastructure deployment while addressing hard-to-reach market segments like disadvantaged communities and multi-family housing. But California is not alone – New York, Maryland, and Michigan are helping bridge the EV infrastructure gap through utility programs.

    Interested? Click now for the story.

  • Electric Vehicles Expansion - Pressure on Utilites
    What Utilities Companies Can Do to
    Prepare For Electric Vehicle Growth

    EnergyCentral Apr. 9, 2019 -Electronic vehicle (EV) adoption is now transcending sectors — and as transportation electrifies, this creates notable opportunity for electric utilities.

    But to reap the potentially transformative benefits of transportation electrification, utilities need to have the proper framework in place. In preparation for EV adoption (by residential and commercial customers), it is critical for utilities to implement a holistic approach to transportation electrification — one that ensures the infrastructure, systems and services are in place to align the goals of utilities and their customers.

    By proactively planning for transportation electrification with a truly integrated solution, utilities can drive customer satisfaction and bolster stakeholder value.

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  • Delayed Safety Steps Take Japan Nuke Reactor Offline
    Japan Nuke Reactor
    Taken Offline Due
    to Delayed Safety Steps

    Mar. 17, 2020 (Energy Central) -Heighten safety regulations, compliance problems and exposure of its decades-old corruption cause delays. According to the article, 'The anti-terror safety requirement was adopted in 2013 after the March 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdowns that exposed a significant lack of safety culture and transparency among nuclear operators, and lax oversight by nuclear regulators, prompting a major overhaul and reforms.'

  • Is There Such a Thing as Safe Nuclear Waste Storage?
    The Containers the U.S.
    Plans to Use for Nuclear
    Waste Storage May Corrode

    Feb. 3, 2020 (Science News)— Containers that the U.S. government plans to use to store dangerous nuclear waste underground may be more vulnerable to water damage than previously thought.

    Millions of liters of highly radioactive waste from the U.S. nuclear weapons program are currently held in temporary storage units across the country. The government’s game plan for permanently disposing of this material is to mix radioactive waste into glass or ceramic, seal it in stainless steel canisters and bury it deep underground. Such a nuclear waste dump may be constructed under Yucca Mountain in Nevada, but local opposition has stalled the project.

    Now, new lab experiments reveal another potential snafu in the scheme. When a nuclear waste package is exposed to groundwater, chemical interactions between a stainless steel canister and its glass or ceramic contents may cause the materials to corrode slightly faster than expected, researchers report online January 27 in Nature Materials. That corrosion risks exposing the radioactive waste stored in the container.

  • Indigenous Community Near Lake
    Huron Says No to Nuke Waste Bunker
    Indigenous Community Votes
    Down Proposed Nuclear Waste
    Bunker Near Lake Huron

    Feb. 1, 2020 (CTV News)— An Indigenous community has overwhelmingly rejected a proposed underground storage facility for nuclear waste near Lake Huron, likely spelling the end for a multibillion-dollar, politically fraught project years in the making.

    After a year of consultations and days of voting, the 4,500-member Saugeen Ojibway Nation announced late Friday that 85 per cent of those casting ballots had said no to accepting a deep geologic repository at the Bruce nuclear power plant near Kincardine, Ont.

    "We were not consulted when the nuclear industry was established in our territory," SON said in a statement. "Over the past 40 years, nuclear power generation in Anishnaabekiing has had many impacts on our communities, and our land and waters."

  • Nuclear Power Has Diminished in the Last Year
    Global Nuclear Power
    Down From Last Year

    Jan. 6, 2020 (Energy Central)-Global nuclear generating capacity stood at 392.4 GWe net at the end of 2019, down slightly on 2018, according to data from World Nuclear Association. Six power reactors were added to the grid last year and construction of three large reactor projects started, while nine units were permanently shut down.

    Six new nuclear power reactors with a combined generating capacity of 5241 MWe came on line in 2019. Two of these - Taishan 2 and Yangjiang 6 - were in China. Unit 4 of South Korea's Shin Kori plant was also connected to the grid, as was Russia's Novovoronezh II unit 2. Russia's first floating nuclear power plant, the Akademik Lomonosov - comprising two 32 MWe reactors - was also connected to the grid towards the end the year.

    In 2018, 10,420 MWe of new nuclear generating capacity was connected to the grid, while 3345 MWe was added in 2017.

  • Thyroid Cancer - Yet Another
    Problem With Nuclear Accidents
    Thyroid Cancer Study
    Re-Ignites Debate over
    Three Mile Island Accident

    Jan. 3, 2020 (Allegheny Front)-2019 was the 40th anniversary of the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. In September, the Three Mile Island nuclear facility officially shut down, and Exelon Generation, which operated the plant, cited a lack of government subsidies to keep it open. It will take years to clean up the site, and remove the radioactive materials stored there. Excelon has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to scale back its role in emergency planning at the plant starting in 2021. Three Mile Island Alert, a watchdog group opposes the request and has asked for a hearing.

    Three years ago, a Penn State School of Medicine study found that a certain type of thyroid cancer was common to people who had been near the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in the aftermath of the partial meltdown in 1979. As part of a look at T-M-I 40 years later, Transforming Health’s Brett Sholtis examined how the study has re-started the discussion around health effects due to the incident.

  • Is Thorium the Nuclear Answer?
    Thorium Nuclear Reactors
    Mentioned by Andrew Yang

    Dec. 23, 2019 (energycentral)- Andrew Yang mentioned Thorium Nuclear Reactors as one of the advanced nuclear fission reactor concepts. Yang has also talked about making a prototype thorium reactor by 2027. There is a US startup working on a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor. If Flibe Energy was fully funded then they could build their planned 20-50 MW modular nuclear reactor by 2027. China also has an extensive molten salt and thorium reactor program. It is also possible to have more conventional reactors or pebble bed reactors adapted to use some thorium.

    Yang has proposed nuclear subsidy—$50 billion over five years. If there was that level of subsidy, then the other advanced nuclear projects would complete for it. There would be a lot of push for the molten salt reactors that use Uranium. The Thorcon molten salt reactor seems like a design that could scale to 100 GW per year of construction. In the rest of this article, I will review the status of the US, China and Indian Thorium reactor projects.

  • Safe Nuclear Power in Small Doses
    The Next Nuclear Plants
    Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

    Dec. 13, 2019  (WIRED)-For the last 20 years, the future of nuclear power has stood in a high bay laboratory tucked away on the Oregon State University campus in the western part of the state. Operated by NuScale Power, an Oregon-based energy startup, this prototype reactor represents a new chapter in the conflict-ridden, politically bedeviled saga of nuclear power plants.

    NuScale’s reactor won’t need massive cooling towers or sprawling emergency zones. It can be built in a factory and shipped to any location, no matter how remote. Extensive simulations suggest it can handle almost any emergency without a meltdown. One reason is that it barely uses any nuclear fuel, at least compared with existing reactors. It’s also a fraction of the size of its predecessors.

  • Will FPL Get's Its Way on
    Renewing an Old Nuke Plant?
    FPL Could Get Ok to Run
    Turkey Point’s Nuclear
    Plant For 80 Years

    Oct. 29, 2019  (Miami Herald)-The Turkey Point nuclear power plant has moved a key step closer to receiving a 20-year extension to remain in operation through 2050, after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission released a favorable environmental impact statement Monday.

    In 2018, Florida Power & Light became the first power company in the U.S. to apply for a second 20-year extension for two reactors. If granted, the reactors would be operating twice as long as the original 40-year license. Federal regulators have previously extended the lifespan of Turkey Point’s two reactors, which went into operation in 1972 and 1973, granting a first 20-year extension in 2002.

  • Three Mile Island Last Nuclear Reactor Shut Down
    Three Mile Island Nuclear Power
    Plant Shuts Down Last Reactor

    Sept. 20, 2019 (GIZMODO)-The last reactor at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania—the site of the worst nuclear plant meltdowns in the U.S.—is officially dead as of Friday.

    Plant operator Exelon Corp. announced the closure was coming back in May, and now the day has finally come. The plant’s closure comes some 40 years after Unit 2 reactor at the site partially melted down on March 28, 1979, due to human error, equipment failure, and design issues, releasing radiation into the environment. That event not only exposed the public to higher levels of radiation—it also set back public trust in our ability to do nuclear right.

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  • Duke Energy Carbon Reduction
    Could Come at a Nuclear Price
    Duke Energy Seeks to Renew
    Nuclear Plant Licenses to Support
    Its Carbon Reduction Goals

    Sept. 20, 2019 (EnergyCentral)-Duke Energy will apply for 20-year license renewals for all six of its nuclear power plants in the Carolinas, potentially extending their working lives to eight decades.

    The announcement Thursday followed Duke’s pledge earlier this week to cut its CO2 emissions in half by 2030, compared to 2005, and to zero net carbon emissions by 2050. Nuclear power plants don’t directly release carbon dioxide and generate nearly half of Duke’s electricity in the Carolinas.

    Editorial Comment from the editor of this website:How safe is extending the life of a nuclear plant well beyond its original expectancy?

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  • TEPCO Calls It Quits for 5 Reactors at Nuclear Station
    Japan Losing Ground
    on Nuclear Reactor Restarts

    Aug. 25, 2018 (Energy Central)-Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said last week it will submit a plan regarding the decommissioning of five reactors at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear station, the world’s biggest atomic plant. The five units involved are 1100 MW BWRs built in the 1980s.

    The net effect of the plan, if implemented, could take to a national total of 26 the units set to be decommissioned by Japanese nuclear operators, or nearly half their pre-disaster fleet. TEPCO will be left with just two of its 17 units both newer 1300 MW ABWRs at the same site built in the mid-1990s.

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  • Our Nuclear Plants Are Aging - Can They Remain Safe?
    The Nuclear Dilemma

    Aug. 23, 2018 (Allegheny Front)-Nuclear Power. It’s often touted as a low-carbon energy source and an important part of stemming climate change. Today, nuclear plants provide 20% of U.S. power generation. But the nation’s nuclear fleet is aging and nuclear plants around the country are slated to close in the coming years. In an effort to keep them running, some in the Trump administration are pushing to reduce safety regulations for nuclear reactors.

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    or listen to the podcast.

  • The Latest Russian Nuclear Disaster
    Russia Urges Villagers to
    Leave Radioactive Blast Site

    Aug. 13, 2019 (The Wall Street Journal) -MOSCOW—Authorities urged residents of a village in Northwestern Russia to leave their homes, days after a nearby Defense Ministry test of a nuclear-powered engine exploded, boosting radiation levels that alarmed nearby inhabitants.

    Russian officials’ failure to release full details surrounding the explosion, which killed at least seven employees of Rosatom, Russia’s atomic energy monopoly, and of the Defense Ministry, have raised suspicions over the severity of the accident and whether officials are covering up details.

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  • A 2017 Radioactive Plume May Be Tied to Russia
    How a 2017 Radioactive
    Plume May Be Tied to Russia and Nixed Neutrino Research

    July 29, 2019 (Science News) -It was a nuclear whodunit: A cloud of radioactive material was hanging over Europe, but no one knew where it was coming from.

    The plume persisted for a few days in September and October 2017, detected by a network of atmospheric monitoring sites across Europe. Although not at levels dangerous to human health, the cloud was enough to raise alarm before dissipating.

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  • Nuclear Energy is Not Impervious to Climate Change
    Hot Weather Cuts French,
    German Nuclear Power Output

    July 25, 2020 (REUTERS) -Heat waves limit the ability to use river water to cool reactors and, as a result, the reactors are generally taken offline. This is the second year in a row that a heat wave has affected nuclear plant functioning. Last year, EDF shut down four reactors at three power plants.

    Scorching temperatures across Europe coupled with prolonged dry weather has reduced French nuclear power generation by around 5.2 gigawatts (GW) or 8%, French power grid operator RTE’s data showed on Thursday.

    Electricity output was curtailed at six reactors by 0840 GMT on Thursday, while two other reactors were offline, data showed. High water temperatures and sluggish flows limit the ability to use river water to cool reactors.

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  • The NRC Doesn’t Need to Inspect Nuclear Facilities?
    NRC May Cut Back On Nuclear Power Plant Inspections

    July 17, 2020 (Electric Light & Power) -In an action prompted by Nuclear Power Industry, Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that the agency cut back on inspections at the country's nuclear reactors, a cost-cutting move promoted by the nuclear power industry but denounced by opponents as a threat to public safety.

    The recommendations, made public Tuesday, include reducing the time and scope of some annual inspections at the nation's 90-plus nuclear power plants. Some other inspections would be cut from every two years to every three years.

    Some of the staff's recommendations would require a vote by the commission, which has a majority of members appointed or reappointed by President Donald Trump, who has urged agencies to reduce regulatory requirements for industries.

    Click now for this freightening story.

  • Wave ‘Byebye’ to Oyster Creek Nuke Generating Station
    GE Hitachi to Help
    Decommission Oyster Creek
    Nuclear Generating Station

    July 10, 2019 Electric Light & Power -GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy won a contract by Comprehensive Decommissioning International to decommission reactor internals and the reactor pressure vessel at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township, New Jersey.

    GEH will dismantle, segment and pack reactor internals and the reactor pressure vessel of the boiling water reactor that was shut down in September 2018.

    All handling and segmentation will be carried out underwater and will be accomplished using the primary segmentation system that was designed in conjunction with REI Nuclear. GEH acquired the business and certain assets of REI Nuclear in December 2018.

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  • Russia Criticized For Arctic Nuclear Activity
    Russia Plans to Tow a Nuclear
    Power Station to the Arctic.
    Critics dub it a ‘Floating Chernobyl'

    June 30, 2019   CNN - In August, 2019, a floating nuclear power plant called the Akademik Lomonosov will be towed via the Northern Sea Route to its final destination in the Far East, after almost two decades in construction.

    It's part of Russia's ambition to bring electric power to a mineral-rich region. The 144-meter (472 feet) long platform painted in the colors of the Russian flag is going to float next to a small Arctic port town of Pevek, some 4,000 miles away from Moscow. It will supply electricity to settlements and companies extracting hydrocarbons and precious stones in the Chukotka region.

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Recycling News (In the Past Year)
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  • The Importance of a Circular Economy
    The EU Push For a
    Circular Economy to
    Have Longer-Lasting Products

    Mar. 13, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - Produce, use, and throw away? No, better reduce, reuse, and recycle, says the EU. The paradigm of the current linear economic model could be coming to an end, replaced by a circular economy, a system that seeks to better use the resources available and reduce their environmental impact.

    The European Union (EU) wants to move forward in that direction and introduced a new Circular Economy Action Plan, with the objective of reducing the bloc’s consumption footprint and double its circular material use rate. By doing so, the EU’s GDP would increase an additional 0.5% by 2030.

    The EU acknowledged that many products are currently being manufactured in such a way that they break down fast and can’t be reused, repaired, or recycle. Instead, green products should be the norm, rewarding manufacturers of products based on their sustainability performance, according to the bloc’s plan.

  • Ocean plastic: How Recycling Creates Tomorrow’s Problems
    How Recycling Could
    Create Tomorrow’s Problems

    Feb. 27, 2020 (Environmental Health News) - Sometimes plastic recycling is so much worse than just letting trash be trash.

    But first, let's thank European supermarket chain Lidl for trying. We all must. Plastic pollution is an enormous challenge. Unfortunately they, like many, are ignoring the toxic dimension of plastic recycling. Until efforts to solve the plastic crisis fully understand plastic toxicity, they risk making today's solutions into tomorrow's problems. And not just tomorrow's minor problems—we're talking societal-disruption and extinction-scale problems.

    Our research team this week found a story in The Daily Mail about Lidl's plan to wrap fish in plastic recycled from "ocean-bound plastic" collected off beaches in Southeast Asia.

  • The House That Trash Built: Turning Clutter to Handicrafts
    Myanmar Start-Up Turns Clutter to Handicrafts

    Mar. 4, 2020 (REUTERS) — From a distance, ChuChu Design, a single-storey building across the river from Myanmar’s bustling commercial capital, looks like any other on the impoverished outskirts of the city.

    But on closer inspection, the roof has been fashioned from old tyres, the walls are made of glass bottles and the lampshades from melted plastic, all items upcycled by the social enterprise as part of a mission to educate people about waste.

    ChuChu – named after the Burmese for “plastic house” – sells handicrafts and fashion products recycled from the thousands of tonnes of trash dumped in Yangon every day.

  • Recycled Plastic Can Become a Buddist Monk's Robe
    Thai Buddhist Temple
    Recycles Plastics Into Robes

    Feb. 6, 2020 (REUTERS)—At a Buddhist temple south of Bangkok, a monk watches as a machine presses down on thousands of water bottles, before a giant bale of crushed plastic rolls out with a thud.

    The plastic is destined to be recycled into polyester fibers, which will be made into fabric for saffron-colored robes for monks.

    The recycling temple of Wat Chak Daeng is one bright example of recycling for Thailand, one of five countries that account for more than half of plastic in the world’s oceans.

  • Jordanian Women Go Door-To-Door Recycling Trash
    Jordanian Women Go Door
    -To-Door Recycling Trash

    Jan. 27, 2020 (REUTERS)- Every morning just after dawn, Saada Turkmani wakes up, puts on her bright yellow vest and green hard-hat and walks door-to-door in her Jordan valley village, picking up trash to be recycled.

    Turkmani is one of 60 women who work at the Northern Shouneh sorting center which says the first of its kind in Jordan. It is part of a U.N.-backed program to try out ways to improve the country’s waste management.

    The 48-year-old mother of five said her family had always struggled to make ends meet. They depended mainly on her husband for income, but he worked seasonal jobs that were not always reliable.

  • We Can Fix Recycling
    One Thing We Can Do:
    Fix Recycling

    Jan. 15, 2020 (New York Times Climate Forward)- Recycling in the United States is broken.

    For years, we relied heavily on recycling operations in China to take our waste. But that came to an end in 2018, when Beijing barred the import of recycling materials. The result is a waste crisis that has caused at least dozens of municipalities to cancel curbside recycling programs, with many more implementing partial cuts. Huge amounts of recyclables are now going to landfills.

    “When the biggest export market is no longer willing to accept your material, there’s an imbalance between supply and demand,” said David Biderman, the executive director of the Solid Waste Association of North America. “That’s just Economics 101.”

  • A Revolting Development
    Northvolt Plans Revolt, a
    New Battery Recycling Plant

    Dec. 16, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- Northvolt AB, the Swedish challenger to China’s domination of the electric-car battery market, plans to build a large-scale recycling plant to recover supplies of precious metals needed for production.

    The aim is to get the facility running by 2022 and provide half the cobalt and other metals needed to make new battery cells eight years later, Chief Executive Officer Peter Carlsson said in an interview.

    Started by two former Tesla Inc. executives, Northvolt is currently Europe’s best hope for narrowing the gap with Asian rivals commanding the growing market for vehicle batteries. France and Germany are leading governments’ catch up efforts to develop a domestic industry, and battery recycling would go some way in meeting the need for raw materials.

  • Look What Can Be Done With Recycled Water Bottles
    30,000 Recycled Water Bottles
    Make a 3D-Printed Pavilion

    Dec. 16, 2019  (inhabitat)-Dubai-based design studio MEAN Design has unveiled an eye-catching pavilion in the front esplanade of the Dubai International Financial Center. Not only is the bulbous structure with multicolored “teeth” visibly stunning, but the unique pavilion, called Deciduous, was constructed entirely with 3D printing technology that turned 30,000 discarded water bottles into a plastic polymer to use as the base material.

    It's a stunning example of how 3D printing is not only a viable and affordable construction method of the future but also a revolutionary system that can help reduce plastic waste.

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  • Patagonia Puts a New Meaning to Recycling
    Patagonia’s Black Hole Bags
    Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

    Dec. 2, 2019  (inhabitat)-Patagonia is setting the bar for high-quality and sustainable products with its new line of bags made from recycled plastic bottles. Dubbed the Black Hole Collection, the newest line offers 25 different bags, each with its own unique features and style.

    The bags are durable and stylish, and they come in a variety of styles and colors. Even better, the bags help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills every year. Patagonia’s 2019 line of these bags utilized 10 million plastic bottles, transforming all of this plastic into a unique recycled fabric that forms the webbing and body of the bags. Each bag is water-resistant and backed by the company’s Ironclad Guarantee, which entitles the buyer to a repair, replacement or refund should the product not perform to their full satisfaction.

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  • Don't Toss That PET Bottle Just Yet
    Waterproof Parka Is Made
    With Recycled PET Bottles

    Nov. 23, 2019  (inhabitat) —Oftentimes, less is more — like when you can carry a coin purse instead of a weighty bag. When it comes to coats and jackets, choosing a light-yet-durable option is best, so you don’t find yourself in a mummy-tight arctic coat when all you really need is a lightweight, waterproof shell. That is where the Maium Lightweight Parka comes in to play.

    Of course, we’re all about sustainability, so while having the right jacket for the job is ideal, it’s even better when that jacket is also kind to the environment. The Maium Lightweight Parka fits the bill here, too. As with all Maium raincoats, the Lightweight Parka is made using recycled PET bottles — and we all know that diverting plastic out of landfills is a good move. Maium ensures all of its jackets are also manufactured under fair, safe and healthy working conditions.

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  • How Coca-Cola Undermines Plastic Recycling Efforts
    Leaked Audio Reveals
    How Coca-Cola Undermines
    Plastic Recycling Efforts

    Oct. 18, 2019  (The Intercept) — For decades, Coca-Cola has burnished its public image as an environmentally caring company with donations to recycling nonprofits. Meanwhile, as one of the world’s most polluting brands, Coke has quietly fought efforts to hold the company accountable for plastic waste.

    Audio from a meeting of recycling leaders obtained by The Intercept reveals how the soda giant’s “green” philanthropy helped squelch what could have been an important tool in fighting the plastic crisis — and shines a light on the behind-the-scenes tactics beverage and plastics companies have quietly used for decades to evade responsibility for their waste. The meeting of the coalition group known as Atlanta Recycles took place in January at the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials in Atlanta’s south side.

  • Cambodia Rejecting Plastic Waste From the US and Canada
    Cambodia to Send Plastic Waste
    Back to the US and Canada

    July 18, 2017 (CNN.com)-Cambodia has become the latest Asian country to reject shipments of waste sent to its shores by Western companies for processing.

    Cambodian officials announced Wednesday that they were sending 1,600 tonnes of trash back to their source -- the United States and Canada.

    A total of 83 shipping containers of plastic waste were found on Tuesday at the major southwestern port of Sihanoukville, said Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State and Spokesman to the Ministry of Environment.

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  • Rethinking Recycling
    Why It's Probably Better
    for the Planet to
    Throw Plastic in the Trash

    July 15, 2019 Real Clear Science -Millions of Americans dutifully fill their recycling bins each week, motivated by the knowledge that they're doing something good for the environment. But little do they know, there's a recycling crisis unfolding.

    Starting as early as 2017, municipalities across the country, from Douglas County, Oregon to Nogales, Arizona to Broadway, Virginia, to Franklin, New Hampshire, began landfilling many recyclables or simply canceling their recycling programs altogether. The impetus for this disconcerting change? China.

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Sustainability News (6 months worth)

  • Solar Powered Hotel Opens in Indian Wine Country
    Solar Powered Hotel Opens
    In Indian Wine-Growing Region

    Mar. 27, 2020 (inhabitat) Mumbai-based firm Sanjay Puri Architects has just completed work on a beautiful hotel in northern India known for wine production. Built on a base of locally-sourced natural stone, the Aria Hotel is a stunning design carefully stacked onto the landscape that boasts several passive and active features to make it incredibly energy efficient.

    Located in the ancient city of Nashik in the northern Indian region of Maharashtra, the beautiful hotel is located right on the banks of the Godavari River. The idyllic location includes the river on one side and rising hills on the other, providing guests with a beautiful area to reconnect with nature.

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  • Do We Still Need to Use Animal Hides for Leather?
    Making Leather from Mexican Cacti

    Mar. 27, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) -Whether from cows, sheep or goats, animal skins have long been used for leather. Now a Mexican duo has come up with a plant-based alternative using a humble cactus.

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  • Try Teff -The Healthy Sustainable Superfood
    Teff: The Healthy
    Sustainable Superfood

    Mar. 26, 2020 (greener ideal) - Teff chips and snacks are increasingly becoming a popular healthy food option. The reason? The main ingredient, teff, is nutrient-dense and gluten-free.

    The tiny grain, native of Ethiopia, Eritrea, and a few other Eastern Africa countries, is seeing a renaissance of its kind in the west. Given its numerous health benefits, sustainability, and versatility, it’s not difficult to see why.

    However, you may be wondering: What is teff, and how come I’ve never heard about it? Well, worry, not. You’re in the right place. We’ll tell you all about teff, and the health and sustainability qualities that make it a superfood.

  • Brushing Your Teeth Sustainably
    Everloop’s Sustainable Toothbrush
    With Replaceable Bamboo Bristles

    Mar. 26, 2020 (inhabitat) -Mexico City-based NOS has come out with a design to address one of the many causes of plastic pollution that consumers tend to overlook: toothbrushes. The company’s Everloop toothbrush combines a reusable, recycled plastic handle with replaceable bristles made from compostable bamboo.

    The sheer number of plastic toothbrushes that end up in landfills every year is a much larger problem than most people realize. Most dentists, as well as the American Dental Association (ADA), recommend replacing toothbrushes every three or four months or whenever the bristles begin to fray. Seeing as there are over 300 million people living in the United States, that means there are about 1 billion plastic toothbrushes tossed into the garbage every year in this country alone.

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  • It's an Art Lab, and It Will Be Net-Zero Energy
    Solar-powered Harvard ArtLab
    to Meet Net-Zero Energy Targets

    Mar. 13, 2020 (inhabitat) -Harvard University has added yet another sustainable building to its campus — the Harvard Artlab, a contemporary art space projected to meet net-zero energy targets. Designed by Berlin-based architecture studio Barkow Leibinger in collaboration with Boston-based Sasaki Associates, the 9,000-square-foot facility was created for students, teachers, visiting artists and the wider community. Rooftop photovoltaic panels power the building, which features a steel frame clad in transparent insulated glass and lightweight, high-insulating polycarbonate panels for easy assembly and disassembly.

    Located on Harvard University’s Allston campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Harvard Artlab is an adaptable space with a design that takes inspiration from its industrial surroundings. The boxy one-story building features a pinwheel-like plan centered on a common “Hub” space. A series of large sliding partitions can expand or close off the Hub to cultivate interactivity and enable a wide range of performances and exhibitions. The surrounding spaces house recording studios and sound-editing stations, as well as rooms for rehearsal, improvisation and other performances.

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  • Clean-Energy School - More (Solar) Power To You
    A clean-energy
    School In Southern France
    Draws Power From the Sun

    Mar. 11, 2020 (inhabitat) - The French city of Nîmes recently welcomed the Ada Lovelace Secondary School, Occitania’s first-ever clean-energy school that’s earned both BEPOS energy level certification and a sustainability rating of Silver-level BDM (Bâtiments Durables Méditerranéens). Opened in the fall of last year, the eco-friendly school is the work of French design firm A+ Architecture. In addition to its energy-saving and -producing features, the school features a bold and contemporary design to help boost the neighborhood’s ongoing urban revitalization efforts.

    Crowned winners of a 2015 design competition for the project, A+ Architecture was tasked to reconstruct the 400-student secondary school to a new site that would also include space for housing for half of the student population, sports facilities, a race track and three staff houses. The 5,898-square-meter school also needed to be held up as a positive sign of urban renewal in the Mas de Mingue district.

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  • Stone to the Sustainability Rescue
    Stone: Miracle New
    Sustainable Product That's
    Revolutionizing Architecture

    Mar. 4, 2020 (The Guardian) -It’s cheap, light, quick, fireproof and has a tiny carbon footprint compared to concrete. No wonder the ‘great forgotten material of our time’ is staging a comeback

    Along stone plank stands on Store Street in central London, raised on triangular wooden props, giving it the look of a medieval battering ram, ready to lay siege to Tottenham Court Road. This great masonry beam means no harm to the shoppers – but it could well prove to be disruptive in another way

    The slab in question is a prototype chunk of a structural stone floor, an impressively slender thing, 12 meters long and just a few centimeters thick. Cut straight from the quarry and transported to site ready to install, such a floor has a carbon footprint of just 15% of a standard concrete floor – and it’s cheaper, lighter and faster to install.

  • A Look At the Harmony of Organic Architecture
    The Harmony of Organic Architecture

    Mar. 4, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) —One of the simplest and most intuitive definitions of organic architecture is that it aims to design buildings that are in harmony with nature and their surroundings.

    The term has been in use for quite some time, it was probably attributable to American architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his spectacular works. It refers to a particular way of designing that strives to balance a space’s or building’s function and its environment, follow natural forms, and seamlessly merge buildings with their surroundings.

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    story and a beautiful photo.

  • Waiter, There's a Fly In My Waffle
    Belgian Researchers Try
    Out Insect Butter

    Feb. 28, 2020 (REUTERS) —GHENT, Belgium - Belgian waffles may be about to become more environmentally friendly.

    Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium are experimenting with larva fat to replace butter in waffles, cakes and cookies, saying using grease from insects is more sustainable than dairy produce.

    Clad in white aprons, the researchers soak Black soldier fly larvae in a bowl of water, put it in a blender to create a smooth greyish dollop and then use a kitchen centrifuge to separate out insect butter.

  • Lamps That Lights and Clean the Air At the Same Time
    These Adorable Fish Lamps
    Raise Plastic Pollution Awareness

    Feb. 28, 2020 (inhabiat) -The Guilin Lamp-scape by SUGO uses photocatalysis technology to clean and circulate the air you breathe, eliminating 99.9% of all bacteria, such as salmonella and E. Coli, as well as impurities including carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, formaldehyde, mold and odor particles. This lamp-meets-air purifier also gives off an artsy, ambient glow that can be altered to the user’s preferences. To top it all off, the Guilin Lamp-scape is made from recyclable materials.

    Low-voltage LED light shines through the rectangular, structural steel base of the lamp, bouncing off acrylic mountains made from 40% recycled plastic. The mountains are fashioned out of 5mm thick, glass fiber-reinforced photocatalytic panels placed inside three slots in the base. Switch the light on, and the acrylic mountains will absorb the illumination into laser-engraved lines. While it is designed to last, the entire lamp is 100% recyclable, and the paint covering the base is VOC-free.

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  • Trickle-up Energonomics
    Ecosystems With Varied Plant
    Species Are Lusher, More Efficient

    Feb. 27, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) —Higher levels of plant diversity allow ecosystems to utilize more energy and more efficiently, new research found. Ecosystems with 60 or more plant species contained twice the amount of living biomass, on average, than ecosystems built on plant monocultures.

    This is the first study to look at energy flow throughout an entire ecosystem; previous efforts of this type only focused on a single feeding type (or ‘trophic level’), such as herbivore or carnivore.

    Above ground food chains are those that form, you’ll be surprised to hear, above the ground. One such food chain could, for example, start with grasses, extending to grasshoppers, and finally spiders. Below ground food chains are also very important for the health of an ecosystem and include such elements as bacteria, plant roots, and other burrowing species.

  • Don't Bury That Body. Compost It
    Turning Human Bodies Into Compost
    Works, a Small Trial Suggests

    Feb. 16, 2020 (Science News) —Human bodies make great worm food. That’s the conclusion of pilot experiments with six dead bodies that were allowed to decompose among wood chips and other organic material.

    The results, presented February 16 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, suggest that composting, also called natural organic reduction, is a way to handle dead bodies that’s easy on the Earth.

    The results, presented February 16 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, suggest that composting, also called natural organic reduction, is a way to handle dead bodies that’s easy on the Earth.

  • Fashion Model Asks Industry to
    Become Environmentally Sustainable
    Model Arizona Muse
    Urges Fashion Industry to
    Change In Climate Fight

    Feb. 13, 2020 (REUTERS)— Model Arizona Muse urged the fashion industry to become more environmentally sustainable and use its power to help combat climate change, as she joined forces with campaign group Extinction Rebellion ahead of London Fashion Week.

    The London event launches on Friday, the second leg of a month-long catwalk season which takes in New York, Milan and Paris. Muse, 31, has made a video for Extinction Rebellion and both want to use the shows to raise awareness.

    For big labels, sustainability is an increasingly prominent theme as they seek to promote their environmental credentials to more carbon-conscious consumers, but Muse said more action was needed and faster.

  • Ottawa: Honoring Local History - Sustainably
    LEED Gold-targeted Ottawa library Will Honor Local History

    Feb. 13, 2020 (inhabitat)— After nearly a year of public input by Canadians from coast to coast, Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects has finally revealed renderings for the new Ottawa library and archives. Designed in collaboration with KWC Architects, the Ottawa Public Library and Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility will be an innovative landmark representative of all Canadians. The building will target, at minimum, LEED Gold certification and will reflect the region’s rich history and natural beauty with its organic and dynamic design oriented for unparalleled views of the Ottawa River and Gatineau Hills in Quebec.

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  • Coffee Does Not Have to Be So Wasteful
    There's More to Coffee
    Than Just the Bean.
    Meet the Coffee Fruit

    Feb. 7, 2020 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)— From fancy machines to the humble pour-over, coffee comes in many forms. If you haven’t tried at least one method today, you’re in the national minority: Market research shows more than 60% of Americans drink coffee every single day.

    This widespread obsession demands just one part of the coffee plant: the seed. More often than not, the edible fruit surrounding that seed is thrown away, becoming a colossal source of food waste in coffee-producing countries around the world.

    But at Riff’s Bend cafe, there’s a new drink on the menu. It’s cold and fizzy, the color of honey poured over ice. The can reads “Alter Ego, natural energy, cold brewed from the fruit of the coffee plant.”

  • Newest Plant Based Product: Egg Substitute
    Plant-based Egg Product
    Rising In Popularity in the US

    Feb. 7, 2020 (earth.com)—You can find vegan, plant-based and dairy-free substitutes for most of your grocery store staples these days, including milk, cheese, yogurt, meat, and even eggs.

    One brand of eggless, liquid egg product is out-competing everyone else and is second only to Egg Beaters in terms of liquid egg sales in the United States, according to IRI, a market research company.

    JUST Egg is a liquid egg product made from mung bean that was developed by the plant-based foods company JUST. The company’s liquid egg product is one of its latest innovations and was launched in 2017.

  • Vertical Farms for Brooklyn - Of All Places
    These Vertical Farms Could Turn
    Brooklyn Into an Agricultural Oasis

    Feb. 6, 2020 (FastCompany)—Modular architecture is often created as a functional approach to challenges wide in scope, like housing and storage. But in an effort to combat the proliferation of food deserts across Brooklyn, creative agency Framlab has proposed modular vertical farms, designed to generate fresh and conveniently located produce.

    The conceptual project targets low-income neighborhoods, which tend to have limited access to food that is nutritious, accessible, and fresh. Due to low property values and other socio-economic biases, supermarkets with a diverse and high-quality array of fruits and vegetables usually shy away from doing business in disadvantaged communities. (In Brooklyn specifically, 20%of the population is “food-insecure.”) Framlab’s “Glasir” model hopes to overcorrect for this; the proposed modules, which form a tree-like stack of glass cubes designed to grow fresh vegetables, could be built fairly quickly and easily in urban locations.

  • Futuristic, Seashell-Inspired Home Clad In Reclaimed Wood
    Futuristic, Seashell-Inspired Home
    Clad In Reclaimed Wood

    Feb. 3, 2020 (inhabitat)— Torino-based design studio Wafai Architecture has unveiled an incredible home design that is inspired by the organic shape of a simple seashell. With its tubular volume and light-inviting cutouts, the design for the Scandinavian Seashell Home was not only inspired by nature, but also counts on several sustainable features, such as reclaimed wood cladding, to reduce its environmental impact.

    You must see it to believe it!

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  • Costa Rica Is Transforming (in a Green Way)
    The Secret Behind Costa
    Rica’s Remarkable Green Transformation

    Jan. 29, 2020 (OZY)—Aldo Sánchez surveys a field of lofty banana trees with cacao plants bursting with fruit nestled beneath them. “Two and a half years ago, this was pure pasture,” he says. Indeed, his neighbor’s field is just grass.

    Four decades ago, a swath of land including Sánchez’s farm in Jabillos in central Costa Rica was deforested to plant coffee. It was later turned over to cattle, but ranching dried up when prices collapsed. Cacao — the raw material for chocolate — had not been planted since the late 1970s, when the monilia fungus destroyed 80 percent of the national crop.

    “Even 10 kilometers [6 miles] away, people couldn’t believe we were planting cacao because the last people to do that were their grandparents,” Sánchez says.

  • Adidas Introduces New Fabrics
    Made From Recycled Ocean Plastic
    Adidas to Launch
    New Fabrics From Recycled
    Ocean Plastic, Polyester

    Jan. 28, 2020 (REUTERS)-Adidas (ADSGn.DE) will launch new fabrics made from recycled polyester and marine plastic waste and expand the product lines that use them after the success of shoes made with the Parley for the Oceans initiative, the sportswear firm said on Tuesday.

    Adidas first teamed up with Parley in 2015 and gradually ramped up production of shoes using plastic collected on beaches and coastal regions to make more than 11 million pairs in 2019, still only a fraction of a group total of more than 400 million.

    The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a charity that promotes shifting the economy to a circular model that eliminates waste, says less than 1% of material used for clothing is recycled, a loss of more than $100 billion worth of materials each year.

  • Futuristic Green Smart City Planned for China
    Tencent Gets Proposal From
    MVRDV For Green Smart City

    Jan. 27, 2020 (inhabitat)- After two years of development, MVRDV has unveiled its competition entry for Chinese tech giant Tencent’s next campus — a green and futuristic smart city shaped like a continuous undulating mountain range.

    Located on a 133-hectare site in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Bay, the nature-inspired development combines references to the lush, mountainous surroundings with Tencent’s cutting-edge technology. The massive urban district is expected to include enough office space for 80,000 to 100,000 employees, public amenities, a conference center and homes for 19,000 Tencent employees.

    Although Tencent recently completed their current Shenzhen headquarters, the Tencent Seafront Towers, the company’s meteoric growth and technological ambitions spurred them to launch a design competition for yet another headquarters in Shenzhen that would take the shape of an enormous smart city district.

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  • Plastic Trash Becomes Plastic Bricks For Schools
    Using Plastic Waste to
    Build Schools On the Ivory Coast

    Jan. 26, 2020 (CleanTecnica)-Plastic waste is a little like electric cars. 10 years ago, we heard very little about either one. Today, there are news stories about both every day of the week. The world is drowning in discarded plastic. Coca-Cola is the number one source of single use plastic bottles — spewing 200,000 of them into the environment every minute of every day. But it is just one of many companies that have been built by ignoring the damage its products cause. By some estimates, by 2050 the total weight of all the plastic waste in the oceans will be more than the weight of all the fish in the sea. But things are changing, albeit slowly.

    In Abidjan, the commercial capitol of the Ivory Coast, almost 300 tons of plastic is discarded every day. Only about 5% of it is recycled. Yet the city and surrounding area have a critical shortage of classrooms. Conceptos Plásticos is a company in Columbia that makes plastic bricks out of plastic trash. In partnership with UNICEF, it has supplied enough bricks to make 9 new classrooms in Abidjan. It is building a new factory to manufacture its plastic bricks in Yopougon, a suburb of Abidjan.

  • Climate-friendly Hheating: Staying Warm Without Fossil Fuels
    Staying Warm Without Fossil Fuels

    Jan. 22, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) —Many countries have heating systems that still run on coal, oil and gas. But relying on these fossil fuels to keep us warm through winter adds to CO2 emissions. So what are some of the climate-friendly alternatives?

    Heating with coal, oil and natural gas accounts for around a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. But that's something we can change, says Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passive House Institute in the western German city of Darmstadt.

    "Buildings can be powered in a climate-neutral way, and that's possible worldwide with renewable energies," he told DW, adding that a crucial factor is to make buildings more efficient so no energy is wasted.

  • A Vibrant Garden Comes to Midtown Manhattan
    Snøhetta to Revitalize Midtown Manhattan with Vibrant Garden

    Jan. 15, 2020 (inhabitat)- Midtown Manhattan will soon become much greener thanks to New York City Planning Commission’s unanimous approval of Snøhetta’s design for a new privately-owned public space (POPS) in 550 Madison, a Philip Johnson-designed postmodernist landmark. Designed as a “vibrant sensory retreat,” the new public space will take the shape of a lush garden — the largest of its kind in the area — that will become a haven for both people and urban pollinators.

    The garden is being developed as part of the recent renovation of 550 Madison, which will open this year as a multi-tenant building under The Olayan Group.This structure will be the only LEED Platinum and WELL Gold certified building in the Plaza District.

    Proposed for the west end of the tower, the 550 Madison garden will engage the public with a series of interconnected outdoor “rooms.” The landscape design takes inspiration from its urban surroundings and architecture. Philip Johnson’s playful use of circular motifs at 550 Madison will inform the geometry of the garden rooms, while the layered planting plan references the canyon-like verticality of Midtown Manhattan. The lush circular rooms will encourage passersby to slow down, linger, and connect with nature.

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  • Th-th-th-That's All Folks
    Impossible Foods Launches Impossible Pork

    Jan. 14, 2020 (Alt Energy Stocks)- It began with beef without the cow, even leather without the cow, and now we wave goodbye to pork from the pig with the news that Impossible Foods has launched pork made from plants.

    Not only that, but Impossible Foods is going beyond the Impossible Whopper and expanding their work with Burger King in a new Impossible Croissan’which using Impossible Sausage made from plants as well. That will be available in only some Burger King locations starting in late January.

  • No More Single-Use Plastics by Giant Eagle
    Giant Eagle: Ridding of All
    Single Use Plastics in Stores by 2025

    Dec. 17, 2019 (Allegheny Front- Giant Eagle’s plastic blue bags are a common sight in Pittsburgh, often curbside on recycling day, used to pick up dog poop or sometimes cast aside on the street. Not for long — Giant Eagle told NPR station WESA that the company is stepping away from these bags and other plastics, in a large move to be announced Tuesday afternoon.

    “We are making a commitment that by 2025, we will be out of single-use plastics across our operations,” Dan Donovan, senior director of communications at Giant Eagle. “It’s an ambitious goal, but one that we’re really excited to go tackle.”

  • How Wasting Food Can Be Prevented
    Volume-based Food
    Waste Fee System

    Dec. 11, 2019  (Korean Ministry of Environment)- Recently, Ministry of Environment has been shifting its policy direction to restrict the generation of food waste and has implemented a volume-based food waste fee system that imposes fees in proportion to the amount of food waste generated. This program has been implemented nationwide by expanding targets to include multi-unit housing starting in 2013.

    A volume-based fee system has been implemented for residential waste with an aim to reduce the amount of waste generated and promote recycling since 1994, but recycling products separately discharged and food waste have been excluded from imposing the fees charged in the proportion of the amount of waste generated. However, as the amount of food waste generated has been increasing since the direct landfill of food waste was banned in 2005, people’s living standards have improved, and the number of one- or two-person households now accounts for 48% of the total households, there is an increasing need to reduce the amount of food waste generated.

    In 2012, the daily generated amount of food waste was about 13,209 tons, which makes up about 27% of the total amount of generated residential waste (48,990 tons/day).

  • Let's BEE Friendly on this Solar Farm
    12-MW “bee friendly” Solar Farm Coming Soon to University Of Illinois

    Dec. 10, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- This week, Sol Systems announced that it has executed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Prairieland Energy, Inc. (PEI), a University of Illinois-related organization. The 20-year PPA supports the development, construction, and operation of a 12.1 MW solar farm at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The project will be designed to provide a habitat for wildlife, according to developer Sol Customer Solutions (SCS), a joint venture between Capital Dynamics and Sol Systems. SCS will design, build, operate, finance, and maintain the solar farm for the life of the PPA.

    SCS engineers will design the project to integrate nature in a way that creates a robust, multifunctional landscape that is supportive of the Bee Campus USA designation earned by the Urbana campus.

  • Building a Wall -But the Right Kind of Wall
    The Largest Green Wall in
    Europe Will Absorb 8 Tons
    of Air Pollution Per Year

    Dec. 10, 2019  (inhabitat)- Located in London, U.K., the Citicape House by Sheppard Robson will feature a 40,000-square-foot green wall, the largest in Europe, that sets the standard for urban green development in the city. Not only is Citicape House designed to become a five-star hotel, but its living wall will also absorb a projected 8 tons of air pollution annually.

    The hotel, projected to be finished in 2024, will house 382 rooms, 40,000 square feet of workspace, a sky bar, meeting and event spaces, a spa and a restaurant on the ground floor. On the 11th floor, a public green space will be available as well, with an unobstructed rooftop view of St. Paul’s Cathedral. From there, the green wall, consisting of 400,000 plants, will wrap around the exterior of the building and contain designated spaces for threatened species of plants to grow undisturbed.

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  • Solar Powered Dutch Home -Surplus Power to Spare
    Solar-Powered Dutch Home
    Produces All of Its Own
    Energy With Surplus to Spare

    Dec. 5, 2019  (inhabitat)-When Marjo Dashorst and Han Roebers set their sights on designing a sustainable home in Zutphen, a municipality on the east side of the Netherlands, the couple turned to Amsterdam-based practice Attika Architekten to realize their dream.

    The goal was to develop an energy-efficient home that would not only meet all of its own energy needs through renewable systems but also be capable of producing enough surplus energy to charge an electric car. The resulting project, aptly titled the Energy Plant House, combines solar panels, passive solar strategies and a highly insulating envelope to achieve its energy-plus goals.

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  • It's the Prefab Home on Stilts
    Prefab Homes On Stilts
    Include Solar Panels,
    Water Collection Systems
    and Organic Gardens

    Nov. 29, 2019  (inhabitat) —Bali-based architect Alexis Dornier has unveiled a beautiful, eco-friendly concept for a series of prefabricated homes that are elevated off the landscape by stilts. The Stilt Studios come in a variety of sizes, from one-story to multi-level, all raised above the ground to reduce the structures’ impact. Additionally, the prefab design, which can be easily disassembled and moved to new locations, includes a number of sustainable features, such as solar power and integrated rainwater collection systems.

    According to the architect, inspiration for the Stilt Studios came from a problematic housing issue common in Bali. “The reality here is that we often find leasehold plots with a limited amount of years,” explained the German architect, who currently resides in Bali. “This situation calls for us to tread lightly through prefab ‘PropTech’ structures that could be packed up and re-erected someplace else.”

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  • Don't Toss That PET Bottle Just Yet
    Waterproof Parka Is Made
    With Recycled PET Bottles

    Nov. 23, 2019  (inhabitat) —Oftentimes, less is more — like when you can carry a coin purse instead of a weighty bag. When it comes to coats and jackets, choosing a light-yet-durable option is best, so you don’t find yourself in a mummy-tight arctic coat when all you really need is a lightweight, waterproof shell. That is where the Maium Lightweight Parka comes in to play.

    Of course, we’re all about sustainability, so while having the right jacket for the job is ideal, it’s even better when that jacket is also kind to the environment. The Maium Lightweight Parka fits the bill here, too. As with all Maium raincoats, the Lightweight Parka is made using recycled PET bottles — and we all know that diverting plastic out of landfills is a good move. Maium ensures all of its jackets are also manufactured under fair, safe and healthy working conditions.

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  • Regenerative Agriculture As a Climate Solution
    Progress from the Bottom Up:and Value Chains Put
    Local Foods on the Map

    Nov. 20, 2019  (Organic Consumers Association) —From organic farmer, Anthony Flaccvento: I’m one of those “farmers and ranchers for a Green New Deal,” and like a lot of them, my involvement started with soil.

    I began market gardening in 1994, five years before my wife and I purchased the old tobacco farm where we’ve been doing organic farming ever since. Back in the mid 90’s in southwest Virginia, there was barely a hint of a “local food system,” save the occasional bartering of excess produce or the purchase of a quarter cow for freezer meat.

    In that context, I started a tiny CSA—Community Supported Agriculture—with a dozen families, supplying them from my market garden. I reckon it was one of the first CSAs in central Appalachia.I’m one of those “farmers and ranchers for a Green New Deal,” and like a lot of them, my involvement started with soil.

  • Net-Zero and Affordable At the Same Time
    R.I. Development Pairs Affordable
    Housing With Net-Zero Design

    Nov. 18, 2019  (energycentral) —Residents of an affordable housing development under construction in Providence, Rhode Island, will get more than a break on the home price — they will have zero energy bills.

    Five two-bedroom homes are being built to net-zero energy standards on a 0.75-acre lot in the predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Olneyville. The two-level, 750-square-foot homes will be equipped with enough rooftop solar panels to supply slightly more energy than they are expected to consume.

    The project, called Sheridan Small Homes, marks the city’s first attempt to pair zero-emission design with affordable homeownership. It is a case study of sorts for future projects, as the city has identified some 250 vacant, tax-reverted lots that might be suitable for small, affordable homes, said Bonnie Nickerson, director of planning and development.

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  • 10 Vegan Myths, Debunked
    Here Are 10 Vegan Myths, Debunked

    Nov. 18, 2019  (inhabitat) —Vegans and vegetarians are often the target of jokes, scorn, concern and/or fear by a majority culture that routinely consumes animals. The upcoming holidays are a prime time for omnivorous family members and friends to heckle a loved one who is vegan while brandishing a turkey leg or Christmas pudding. So, just in time for those awkward holiday encounters with family, here are 10 vegan myths, debunked. Tucson-based Alison Ozgur, registered dietitian at Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa and an instructor for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, kindly assisted with her solid nutritional knowledge.”

    1.Vegans don’t get enough protein.

    2.Vegans can’t get calcium without dairy.

    3. It’s too expensive to be vegan.

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  • Unlocking the Key to Photosynthesis
    Experts Unlock Key to
    Photosynthesis, a Find that Could
    Help Us Meet Food Security Demands

    Nov. 13, 2019  (ScienceDaily)—Scientists have solved the structure of one of the key components of photosynthesis, a discovery that could lead to photosynthesis being 'redesigned' to achieve higher yields and meet urgent food security needs.

    The study, led by the University of Sheffield and published today in the journal Nature, reveals the structure of cytochrome b6f -- the protein complex that significantly influences plant growth via photosynthesis.

    Photosynthesis is the foundation of life on Earth providing the food, oxygen and energy that sustains the biosphere and human civilization.

  • Dreamy Scandinavian-Inspired Yurt Home in Oregon
    Here's a Dreamy Scandinavian
    -Inspired Yurt Home in Oregon

    Nov. 11, 2019  (inhabitat)— When filmmaker Zach Both decided to hit pause on his itinerant lifestyle after three years on the road in a self-converted camper van, he and his girlfriend, Nicole Lopez, tapped into their DIY roots to assemble their new home — a contemporary yurt 20 minutes outside of downtown Portland, Oregon.

    Prefabricated by Rainier Outdoor, the couple’s modified yurt offers 930 square feet of light-filled living space furnished to ooze hygge vibes. To share the knowledge they learned during the build, Both created a website, DoItYurtself.com, a free step-by-step guide to show others how to build a modern yurt.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • LARQ - The Biodegradable Portable Potable
    LARQ: The World’s First
    Portable, Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

    Nov. 11, 2019  (inhabitat)— Water is a basic necessity of life; however, water can also introduce our bodies to bacteria and illnesses if it is not properly treated prior to consumption. Over the years, treating water has involved adding iodine drops or filtering the water through a carbon-based system.

    Now, new technology has streamlined the process, offering effective water filtration at the press of a button with the LARQ water bottle.

  • A Nature-Infused Smart City
    First Smart Forest City
    in Mexico Will Be 100% Food
    & Energy Self-Sufficient

    Nov. 8, 2019  (inhabitat)— Milan-based architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti has unveiled innovative designs for a nature-infused smart city in Cancun, Mexico that will serve as a model for resilient and sustainable urban planning.

    Created for Honduras-based textile conglomerate and property developer Grupo Karim, ‘Smart Forest City – Cancun’ is a proposed alternative to plans for a shopping district in the area. The masterplan would reforest a 557-hectare site — currently used as a sand quarry for hotels — and create mixed-use development that would be completely food and energy self-sufficient.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • The Greening of a Blue-Collar River Town
    ‘Mighty’ Etna: The Greening of
    a Blue-Collar River Town

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Allegheny Front)— An international organization fostering sustainability in neighborhood development designated Etna this week as the world’s first EcoDistrict, at the 10th annual EcoDistrict summit held in Pittsburgh.

    A former steel town along the Allegheny River, Etna met the goals for a certified EcoDistrict of committing to equity, resilience and climate protection; forming collaborative governance; creating a roadmap to implement project; and tracking and measuring impact.

    Click now for the story and an audio postcard.

  • How Well Do You Know Your Organic Food?
    One Thing You Can Do:
    Know Your Organic Food

    Nov. 7, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)— Demand is booming for organic food. From 2013 to 2018, sales increased nearly 53 percent to almost $48 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association. That sounds like good news for the environment, but is it really?

    The first thing to bear in mind is that agriculture, in general, is responsible for a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. In the United States, farming accounts for about 9% of emissions. About half of those come from the soil. That’s largely because fertilizers, once applied to farmland, generate emissions of nitrous oxide, the third-most-abundant greenhouse gas.

    Click now for the full story.

  • Susatainable Desaliation
    The Natural Ocean Well

    Nov. 1, 2018 (Phys.org)- The Natural Ocean Well will be competitive in regions with the following characteristics:
    • Significant near-shore ocean depth
    • Large population
    • Large population and economic growth projections
    • Water scarcity / high price of water
    • NOW modularity allows for easy scaling of water production

    Click now for a PDF that
    fully describes this procedure.

  • Check Out This Solar-Powered Retreat
    Tiny Solar-Powered
    Cabin Can Be Used As a Retreat
    on Land or on Water

    Nov 1, 2019  (inhabitat)—Many tiny home designers are guided by the principles of flexibility when it comes to being mobile, but rarely have we seen a tiny home creation that can be enjoyed on land and on water. Designed and built by our new hero, Scott Cronk, the Heidi-Ho, is a beautiful solar-powered tiny cabin built on a 30-foot pontoon.

    Click now for the full story and a slideshow.

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SW Florida News Stories (in the past year)

  • Florida Complex Emitting Greenhouse Gas Nearly 300x as Potent as CO2
    Florida Plant Emits Vast Quant-
    ities of a Greenhouse Gas Nearly
    300x More Potent Than CO2

    Mar. 24, 2020 (Inside Climate News) - Ten miles north of Pensacola, Florida, on the west bank of the Escambia River, an aging chemical plant, its tanks, smokestacks and stainless steel pipes sprawling across hundreds of acres, is a climate killer hiding in plain sight.

    The plant, owned by Houston-based Ascend Performance Materials, makes adipic acid, one of two main ingredients for nylon 6,6, a strong, durable plastic used in everything from stockings to carpeting, seat belts and air bags. The plant also emits vast quantities of an unwanted byproduct, nitrous oxide, more colloquially known as "laughing gas."

  • South Florida Sustainability Achievements in 2019
    2019 Sustainable
    Communities Workshop Recap

    Jan. 1, 2020 (UF IFAS Extension)-

  • Will FPL Get's Its Way on Renewing an Old Nuke Plant?
    FPL Could Get Ok to Run
    Turkey Point’s Nuclear
    Plant For 80 Years

    Oct. 29, 2019  (Miami Herald)-The Turkey Point nuclear power plant has moved a key step closer to receiving a 20-year extension to remain in operation through 2050, after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission released a favorable environmental impact statement Monday.

    In 2018, Florida Power & Light became the first power company in the U.S. to apply for a second 20-year extension for two reactors. If granted, the reactors would be operating twice as long as the original 40-year license. Federal regulators have previously extended the lifespan of Turkey Point’s two reactors, which went into operation in 1972 and 1973, granting a first 20-year extension in 2002.

  • The Battle Over Fish Farming In The Open Ocean Heats Up
    The Battle Over Fish
    Farming In the Open Ocean Heats
    Up, As EPA Permit Looms

    Sept. 18, 2019 (NPR)-Americans eat an average of 16 pounds of fish each year, and that number is growing. But how to meet our demand for fish is a controversial question, one that is entering a new chapter as the Environmental Protection Agency seeks to approve the nation's only aquaculture pen in federal waters.

    Fish farming has been positioned by its boosters as a sustainable alternative to wild-caught seafood and an economic driver that would put our oceans to work. So far, restrictions on where aquaculture operations can be located have kept the U.S. industry relatively small. In 2016, domestic aquaculture in state-controlled waters accounted for about $1.6 billion worth of seafood, or about 20% of the country's seafood production.

    But the biggest potential home for aquaculture, federally controlled ocean waters, has so far been off limits….

    Click now to read the story.

  • Algae Warning Signs Around Lake Okeechobee
    Do Algae Warning SignsAround Lake Okeechobee Signal
    More Than Health Risks?

    Sept. 13, 2019  (News-Press) —The end of subtropical summer signals more than back-to-school traffic: Usually, cooler, drier weather means reduced chances of harmful algae blooms in the region’s rivers, lakes and canals.

    “If the temperatures were dropping, I’d say ‘Oh, the season’s over,’ but it doesn’t look like they’re dropping.” In fact, he said, “They went back up. We’re seeing 90-degree (days) and that’s going to be great for cyanobacteria.”

  • Untreated Sewage Dumping: St. Pete’s Deplorable Record
    St. Pete Has Sent
    More Than 21 Million Gals.
    of Improperly Treated Sewage Into
    the Aquifer Since 2018

    Aug. 20 2017 (Tampa Bay Times)-ST. PETERSBURG — Days after Subtropical Storm Alberto dumped heavy rain on this city in May 2018, officials gave themselves a glowing report card on progress made repairing its leaky sewage system.

    “The city’s infrastructure handled the inundation from the storm’s rainfall completely and without incident,” read a May 29 posting on the city’s website.

    But the city didn’t tell the public that a few weeks earlier, it had pumped nearly 19 million gallons of wastewater into the Floridan aquifer that didn’t meet state or federal standards.

    Click now to read the disturbing article.

  • The Wilderness Under Threat From Planned Roads
    Planned Roads Could Imperil Florida's panthers—and Last Remaining Wilderness

    Aug. 16, 2019 (National Geographic)-Southwest Florida is still a wild place, where you can encounter a bear, a bobcat, or a panther. These creatures roam through large territories, and depend on a patchwork of public and private lands called the Florida wildlife corridor, which strings its way throughout the state.

    One such spot is Babcock Ranch, a mix of cypress swamps and sprawling pastures in which cows and birds like endangered wood storks commingle. In November 2016, biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spotted a female Florida panther here, and allowed photographer Carlton Ward Jr. to set up a camera trap in a nearby grove of oak trees. He later photographed the cat with two cubs.

    Click now to read all about it.

  • Would You Like a Little Radon With That Home?
    Radon Gas and Florida's Development

    Aug. 11, 2019 (The Bradenton Times) -Radon is found in one out of every four Florida homes. Every citizen, whether they are aware of the problem or not, is affected. All exposure to radon is potentially harmful. Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive, gaseous element that results from the breaking down of radium.

    Numerous studies support the clear and simple fact that radon exposure is a serious public health hazard. Indeed, more is known about the adverse health effects of radon exposure than any other environmental pollutant. Indoor radon air pollution is the number one environmental pollutant in Florida.

    Click now to read more.

  • Hey Florida Schools: Get the Lead Out
    Is There Any Excuse
    For Failing to Test
    For Lead in Our Schools?

    July 25, 2019 (mwfDailynews.com)-According to a statewide investigation conducted by WFTS-Tampa Bay late last year, 68% of Florida’s school districts do not test for lead in drinking water, or only partially test. Further, according to this same investigation, Gulf County’s public schools do not test for lead in the water, but, rather, rely on public utilities to perform such testing. However, as the recent public water debacle in Flint, Michigan has shown, and as reputable and independent experts have been warning for more than a decade, public utility testing for lead cannot be relied upon to protect our children’s health.

    Earlier this year, Florida Senator Janet Cruz sponsored a bill, SB 66, that would’ve added water filters in all of Florida’s older schools (including ours in Gulf County) to filter out lead particles from corroded pipes. As Ms. De La Vega’s recent Letter to the Editor pointed out, however, SB 66 failed in Florida’s 2019 legislative session. Admirably, in response to this temporary legislative setback, Senator Cruz has started a $250,000 fundraising effort to add water filters to Hillsborough County’s 136 schools.

    Click now for this wretched story.

  • Santa Fe River Won't Be Sullied by Phosphate Mining
    Alachua Commissioner Hutchinson
    Will Not Santa Fe
    River to Be Sullied

    July 18, 2019 (Our Santa Fe River)- With Commissioner Hutchinson’s permission, your historian read the following statement to the Bradford County Commissioners at their meeting tonight, July 18, 2019.

    We have said before that property rights might include anything you want, but they do not include putting at risk the Santa Fe River and New River, which belong to the people of Florida and NOT to HPS II Enterprises. This business created to make money for the owners may NOT jeopardize our rivers. It is a fact that all phosphate companies undergo accidents, which include process water spills that kill wildlife, and sinkholes that may pollute the aquifer.

    Our own permitting agencies such as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers protect industry at the expense of our water resources. Mining companies may say that they follow the legal aspects of the law, but that does not bring back our ruined rivers.

  • Air Quality in Venice is an Issue
    Air Quality Issues in Venice

    July 14, 2019 (Bradenton Times)) -The City of Venice currently has only one air pollution monitoring station. As a result, there is a serious and permanent gap in the City of Venice's air monitoring records. A major concern, not only for being able to tell asthmatics and heart patients they shouldn't venture outside on a given high ozone level day, but to know whether action should be taken to improve air quality, such as by reducing emissions of ozone-causing chemicals like nitrogen dioxide.

    Air quality is an important part of the quality of life, and monitoring its condition is just as important as monitoring the health of the city's water bodies. A large number of residents in Venice are in a high-risk category for sensitivity to air pollution.

    Click now to learn more.

  • Hey, Sunshine State. Isn’t It Time You Acted Like It!
    Florida’s Utilities Keep Homeowners
    From Making the Most of Solar Power

    July 7, 2019 NY Times - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida calls itself the Sunshine State. But when it comes to the use of solar power, it trails 19 states, including not-so-sunny Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Maryland.

    Solar experts and environmentalists blame the state’s utilities.

    The utilities have hindered potential rivals seeking to offer residential solar power. They have spent tens of millions of dollars on lobbying, ad campaigns and political contributions. And when homeowners purchase solar equipment, the utilities have delayed connecting the systems for months.

    Upset? Click now to read more.

  • Florida Voters Do Care About Climate Action
    New Poll Shows Florida Voters Support Climate Action

    June 25, 2020 (Yale Climate Change Communication) -71% of Florida voters support government action to address climate change.

    81% of them are worried about the impacts of extreme weather.

    A new poll out today shows Florida voters are looking to candidates for climate solutions as they experience the impacts of climate change on their state.

    Among Florida voters, climate change is politically a salient issue.

    Click now to read on.

  • Where These Toxic PFAs Are Hiding
    Toxic PFAS Chemical Found
    In Florida — Here's Where

    May 13, 2019 The Patch -A new report shows that hundreds of sites nationwide — including 22 in Florida — have been contaminated with highly toxic chemicals, including drinking water systems that serve an estimated 19 million people.

    "We want the cleanest air, we want crystal clean water – and that's what we're doing," Trump said during a speech at the White House.

    Researchers at the Environmental Working Group, an activist nonprofit group, said that at least 610 places in 43 states are now known to be contaminated with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS. That's up from the 172 the organization had identified in July 2018.

    Concerned? Click now for the story
    and a map showing their locations.

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Wind Power News Stories (in the past year)


  • Global Wind Could More than Double by 2030
    Global Wind Expected
    More Than Double by 2030

    Mar. 30, 2020 (Energy Central) -In this uncertain time, there is some light at the end of the tunnel. Two reports released this week suggest a massive increase in global wind power capacity. That is, even after last year's record-breaking installations.

    As noted in Wood Mackenzie’s report, ‘Global Wind Power Market Outlook Update: Q1 2020’, 62 GW of wind capacity was added globally in 2019, which is a 23% increase from 2018 and the second-highest annual total after 2015 (63 GW).

  • Global Offshore Wind Installations Up 35% in 2019
    New Record Set for
    Global Offshore Wind
    Installations Up 35% in 2019

    Mar. 19, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) -According to the most recent data from the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), 6.1 GW of offshore wind capacity was added to the mix in 2019, a record year for the industry and an impressive 35.5% increase over the previous year, during which 4.5 GW of capacity were installed. The total installed capacity for offshore wind stands at 29 GW.

    GWEC says its preliminary forecasts show that as much as 50 GW of offshore wind capacity could be installed globally by 2024, which would bring the total installed capacity at almost 90 GW, an increase of more than 200% from today.

    Europe remained the largest market for offshore wind, accounting for 59% of new installations in 2019, while the Asia-Pacific region accounted for the remaining 41%.

  • Germany Should Up Offshore Wind, Green Hydrogen Targets
    Germany Should Up Offshore Wind, Green Hydrogen Targets

    Mar. 6, 2020 (offshoreWIND.biz) -Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics relies on hydrogen from fossil fuels without good cause and on a large scale of hydrogen imports without planning a domestic market for “green” hydrogen that relies on wind energy and other renewables, WAB said.

    According to a recent “Agora Energiewende” report, the federal government needs to achieve 25GW to 28GW of offshore wind by 2030 and to significantly accelerate the expansion of onshore wind to meet its goal of a 65% share of green electricity in the same period.

    The Federal Ministry of Economics’ proposal to only use 20% of “CO2-free” hydrogen in 2030, which also includes hydrogen produced conventionally from natural gas and coupled with carbon capture and storage (CCS), is problematic for two reasons, according to WAB...But?

  • British Wind Market Continues to Break Records
    The British Wind Market
    Keeps Breaking Its Own Record

    Jan. 28, 2020 (Forbes)— Both the world’s largest offshore wind farm and the world’s largest complex of wind farms will soon appear off the British coasts, showing an unprecedented value of renewable energies. Hornsea One by the Danish energy company Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy) and Dogger Bank’s three projects developed by the Scottish SSE will make Britain the biggest offshore wind market in the world.

    The largest single offshore wind farm under construction is Hornsea One (1,218MW), while Dogger Bank is made of three projects (Dogger Bank Creyke Beck A, Dogger Bank Creyke Beck B and Teesside A—each with a capacity of 1,200MW). Dogger Bank has planning consent to go ahead and onshore construction work has just begun for the Creyke Beck A and B projects, but offshore work has yet to commence.

  • 2.64 GW Dominion Offshore Wind Could Be World’s Largest
    Dominion’s Planned US Offshore
    Wind Project Could Be
    World’s Largest at 2.64 Gw

    Jan. 7, 2020 (Renewable Energy World)- Today, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) said that Dominion Energy named it the preferred supplier for what could be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. The project will be an expansion of the 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project, which is also not yet begun. The 12-MW CVOW project will be the first offshore wind project to be built in U.S. federal waters and will use Siemens Gamesa’s 6-MW SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines.

    CVOW could be online in 2020 within a research lease area adjacent to site of the proposed 2.64-GW project, said Siemens.

    A long-term service and maintenance agreement is included for the site located off the coast of Virginia. The agreement furthermore foresees utilizing turbines from Siemens Gamesa’s Direct Drive offshore wind turbine platform.

  • Record Wind Power Set in Denmark for 2019
    Denmark Sources Record 47%
    of Power From Wind In 2019

    Jan. 2, 2020 (Reuters)-Denmark sourced almost half its electricity consumption from wind power last year, a new record boosted by steep cost reductions and improved offshore technology.

    Wind accounted for 47% of Denmark's power usage in 2019, the country's grid operator Energinet said on Thursday citing preliminary data, up from 41% in 2018 and topping the previous record of 43% in 2017.

    European countries are global leaders in utilizing wind power but Denmark is far in front of nearest rival Ireland, which sourced 28% of its power from wind in 2018 according to data from industry group WindEurope.

  • Sen. Ted Cruz Wins Wind Energy Award
    Senator Ted Cruz Receives Tri Global
    Energy's 2019 Wind Leadership Award

    Dec. 23, 2019 (investor ideas.com)- Tri Global Energy, a leading U.S. originator and developer of utility-scale wind energy projects, today announced that U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the 2019 recipient of the Tri Global Energy Wind Leadership Award, recognizing commitment to wind development and to the people who rely on wind farms to support their families and communities.

    "I am honored to receive this award," said Senator Cruz. "Texas leads the nation in both renewable and fossil energy production, and I'm proud to represent a state that understands the importance of utilizing all forms of our energy resources. Harnessing the power of wind in Texas has not only created jobs and helped grow our state's economy, but it has broadened and diversified our energy production to support our nation's energy independence for future generations."

  • Denmark is Just a Lot of Wind
    Denmark Plans $30 Billion
    Offshore Wind Island That
    Could Power 10 Million Homes

    Dec. 10, 2019 (Reuters)-Denmark is moving forward with plans to build an artificial island tying in power from offshore wind farms of up to 10 gigawatts (GW) of capacity, more than enough to supply all households, as part of efforts to meet ambitious climate change targets.

    Denmark is home to wind turbine giant Vestas and the world’s largest developer of offshore wind,, and recently approved a law which targets reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030.

    The energy ministry is looking for the right location to build one or more islands surrounded by offshore wind farms with a total capacity of at least 10 GW - equivalent to 10 million European households’ electricity consumption.

  • More WindPower Means More Transmission
    For America, More Wind
    Power Means More Transmission

    Nov. 29, 2019  (energycentral)-The quote made famous in the great 1989 film, Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come” is often cited by proponents of wind and transmission development. With a life of 40 to 50 years, transmission structures will almost certainly return significant economic benefits for many years once constructed.

    The unprecedented recent push for offshore wind power along the Atlantic coast highlights a large opportunity for transmission developers. Along with this planned development, it has become clear that a tremendous amount of new high-voltage transmission and grid infrastructure upgrades are needed.

  • NexrtEra's Success Is Blowing in the Wind
    Now Worth Over $100B,
    Nextera Owes Its
    Rise To Wind Power

    Nov. 15, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-

    Two decades ago, when coal ruled U.S. power generation, a Florida utility plowed some of its extra cash into a wind farm atop a desolate Oregon plateau. It was the start of an unimaginably successful bet.

    This year, that company — now named NextEra Energy Inc/. — became the world’s first utility with a market capitalization of more than $100 billion, thanks largely to its clean-power business. It’s almost twice as valuable as the oil major ConocoPhillips and has developed enough wind and solar farms across the U.S. and Canada to power the entire nation of Greece. Shares have doubled in four years, outperforming virtually every other stock in the industry.

  • Wind Energy Investment for Canadian Pension Fund
    Pattern Group to Be Bought By Canadian Pension Fund

    Nov. 4, 2019  (WindPower)—The total enterprise value of the deal amounts to $6.1 billion, including debt, Pattern said. Newswire Reuters reported the value of the transaction to be around $2.63 billion.

    Shareholders will receive a cash consideration of $26.75/share, a 14.8% premium on Pattern Energy's 9 August closing share price — prior to rumours of a takeover.

    CPPIB will also combine Pattern Energy and its sister company Pattern Development — currently backed by private investment firm Riverstone Holdings — in to "common ownership".

  • Trade Barriers Hampering the China Wind Power Industry
    China Wind Power: Trade Barriers Hampering the Industry

    Oct. 15, 2019  (WINDPOWER Monthly)-The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), along with the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA) and the Chinese Renewable Energy Association (CREA) have organized the first Beijing Renewable Energy Investment Summit (BREIS) alongside the country’s main trade show.

    At the launch of the summit, GWEC CEO Ben Backwell said the current public support for action on climate change was at "unprecedented" levels.

    "And yet, every week we are hearing talk about new trade barriers and new restrictions on badly needed investments being introduced. Whether we are in Beijing, Brussels or Washington, we all face a common problem and need to cooperate to replace fossil fuels with renewables as fast as possible and at the lowest cost," said Backwell.

  • If You Must Have Oil Rigs, Power Them With Wind
    88-MW Floating Offshore
    Wind Farm to Power
    Offshore Oil Rigs in Norway

    Oct. 11, 2019  (Bloomberg News)-Equinor ASA made a final decision to invest in floating wind turbines to power offshore oil platforms off Norway after the government agreed to subsidize a large part of the cost.

    Hywind Tampen will cost a total of almost 5 billion kroner ($550 million), it said in a statement on Friday. That’s in line with the state-controlled company’s earlier estimate.

    The project to set up 11 turbines in the North Sea with a total capacity of 88 megawatts to supply electricity to platforms on two oil fields will be the first of its kind and the biggest floating wind power project in the world. The technology isn’t profitable yet without subsidies and Hywind Tampen is only going ahead after the government agreed in August to contribute as much as 2.3 billion kroner in support, in addition to capital made available by an industry fund.

  • Virginia Proposes $8B Ratepayer-Backed Offshore Wind Farm
    Virginia Proposes $8b
    Offshore Wind Farm

    Sept. 23, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)-Dominion Energy Inc.’s customers have been pressing the Virginia utility giant for years to source more clean energy. On Thursday, the company heeded their call — with a $7.8 billion, ratepayer-backed plan to build the largest offshore wind farm in America.

    The proposal is unprecedented. Never has a utility pitched an offshore wind project of this size — big enough to power 650,000 homes — and in such a way that would have its customers shouldering the costs.

  • Extending the Lifetime of Wind Turbines
    How to Extend the
    Lifetime Of Wind Turbines

    Sept. 20, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)-Although wind turbines generally are designed for a service life of 20 years, many can continue to operate past their original design life. In fact, the lifetime of a wind turbine can often be extended by minor and low-cost repairs. This article describes the methods and results of a safety evaluation of wind turbines.

  • Fish Behavior and Wind Turbine Technology
    How Fish Behavior Can
    Enhance Wind Turbine Technology

    Sept. 10, 2019 (Futurity.org)-CALTECH (US) In current wind farms, all of the turbines rotate in the same direction. But while studying the vortices left behind by fish swimming in a school, fluid-dynamics expert John Dabiri noticed that some vortices rotated clockwise, while others rotated counter-clockwise.

    He and colleagues at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are identifying energy-related processes in biological systems that may provide insight into new approaches to—in this case—wind energy.

    Dabiri became inspired by observations of schooling fish, and the suggestion that there is constructive hydrodynamic interference between the wakes of neighboring fish, “It turns out that many of the same physical principles can be applied to the interaction of vertical-axis wind turbines,” said the professor.

    Click now to read much more.

  • Europe’s Wind Power Potential
    Europe’s Wind Potential is 100x
    Higher, Could Power the World

    Aug. 16 2017 (Renewable Energy World)-According to a new analysis by the UK’s University of Sussex and Denmark’s Aarhus University, Europe can potentially generate 100x the current amount of energy generated, and produce enough power to power the world until 2050, if it were to maximize land use for onshore wind capacity.

    The researchers have found that should all of Europe’s onshore wind capacity be realized, total generation on the continent would reach 52.5 TW – enough to power the globe until 2050. That figure translates to 1 MW for every 16 European citizens.

  • Coal-Mining State Wind Farm Will Use More Efficient Turbines
    Wyoming Wind Farm to Use
    More Efficient Turbines

    Aug. 15 2017 (Electric Light & Power)-Bigger, more efficient equipment will allow an electric utility to redevelop Wyoming's first commercial wind farm so it produces the same amount of power with far fewer turbines, an example of the growing feasibility of renewable energy in the top U.S. coal-mining state.

    Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp plans to replace 68 wind turbines at the Foote Creek I wind farm with 13 turbines. The wind farm atop the barren and blustery ridge called Foote Creek Rim west of Cheyenne will continue to generate about 41 MW, or enough electricity to power nearly 20,000 homes.

    Solar power often gets attention for efficiency gains but many U.S. utilities also are working to squeeze more MW out of wind, PacifiCorp spokesman Spencer Hall said.

    Click now for a story to blow your mind.

  • A Developing Nation Opts for Some Clean Power
    Kenya to Build Africa's Largest
    Wind Farm At Lake Turkana

    July 19, 2020 (Electric Light & Power) -Kenya's president has launched what officials call Africa's largest wind farm, a project that is reducing electricity costs in a bid to attract investors to East Africa's commercial hub.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenya is the only African nation to reach the goal of making renewable energy 75% of its energy mix. The Lake Turkana Wind Power project, which first connected to the national grid last year, is expected to provide 17% of the country's energy.

    The wind farm officially launched on Friday is expected to significantly reduce reliance on costly diesel-powered generators.

  • What Offshore Wind Must Do About Risk
    Offshore Wind Must Quickly Respond to Changing Global Risk Profile

    July 8, 2019 (GCube) -Offshore wind is starting to deliver on its promise to become a global proposition. Recent weeks have seen a huge number of positive announcements from the East Coast as the United States aims to kick start supply chain growth and build new capacity.

    Elsewhere, Taiwan – despite a recent wobble relating to the domestic Feed-in Tariff – has already taken off, Japan is making steady headway, and prospects for commercial-scale floating wind development have received a boost, with the recent Engie / EDP Joint Venture targeting the technology as a key growth area.

    Click now “breeze” through the article.

  • World’s Largest Wind Farm Comning N.J.
    N.J. Just Gave the Green
    Light to Build the Nation’s
    Largest Offshore Wind Farm

    June 21, 2019 tableau -The nation’s largest offshore wind farm is one step closer to reality off the Jersey Shore.

    On Friday, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities granted the state’s first award for offshore wind to the Danish energy company Ørsted and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) for the proposed 1,100-megawatt Ocean Wind project.

  • Do You Want Wind Energy? Go Fly a Kite  
    An Innovative Approach to
    Making Electricity From the Wind

    June 6, 2019 The Economist -The wind blowing more strongly at higher altitudes is why wind turbines have grown ever taller. The blade tips of today’s biggest now reach up a dizzying 260 metres, the height of the Transamerica building in San Francisco. Many dream of capturing stronger winds even higher up than that, but building taller turbine masts and constructing blades able to withstand the terrifying stresses involved in high-altitude wind gathering are costly. A number of firms are therefore developing a different and, they hope, ultimately cheaper approach to generating electricity at great heights. Their idea is to skip the mast altogether. Instead they propose to fly kites.

    Click now for loftier levels.

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