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    • Pumped Storage at Sea - What Will They Think of Next?
      A New Form of Energy Efficiency?

      June 25, 2020,(Energy Central) -Energy storage is increasingly emerging as a complement to renewable energy. The difficulty is that there are limited ways of storing electricity: banks of batteries have a lot of issues. Hydroelectric dams are great, but they can only be build in certain locations. Pumped storage is expensive, but a good solution, unfortunately the complexities of finding the right place to build them is a constraint. See my earlier article here.

      The renowned German Fraunhofer Institute based in Kassel is developing an ingenious system to use the concrete spheres on the seabed to store energy, particularly when paired with offshore wind turbines (or possibly tidal turbines in the future). Electricity generated will be used to pump air into the spheres, then when generation is needed, seawater will be let in to turn turbines and deliver power.

    • Another One Boards the Bus - The Hydrogen Bus
      Spain Wants To Be a Leading Player
      In The Hydrogen Economy

      June 15, 2020,(reNEWS.BIZ) -Spanish energy giant Repsol is planning to build a net zero emissions synthetic fuel plant in Spain based on green hydrogen powered by renewable energy.

      Repsol said 60m will initially be invested in the project and will include partners Petronor, one of Spain痴 principal industrial centres, and the Energy Agency of the Basque Government.

      The facility is planned to be fully operational within four years, with conceptual engineering starting this year.

    • BayWa Completes First Japanese Solar Park
      12MW Kuwabarajo Mega
      Solar No. 4 Goes Live With
      Second Plant Under Construction

      June 12, 2020,(reNEWS.BIZ) -BayWa RE has completed its first solar park in Japan, the 12MW Kuwabarajo Mega Solar Number 4.

      The project covers 24 hectares and is located in Izumi in the Kyushu Kagoshima Prefecture.

      The construction of the solar farm, which comprises 31,248 solar panels and is located in a hilly area, took just over a year.

      BayWa RE is already busy constructing its second solar farm in Isohara in the Ibaraki prefecture north of Tokyo.

    • A Tax Firm Now Runs Exclusively on Renewable Energy
      Intuit Hits 100%
      Renewable Electricity Goal
      10 Years Early

      June 11, 2020,( CleanTechnica ) -The 419 MW Mesquite Star wind farm was just completed in Fisher County, Texas, and is now providing electricity for Ecolab, Lowe痴, Intuit, and Brown University. In the case of Intuit (which you may have used to do your taxes this year), the company has now reached its 100% renewable electricity goal. As the headline notes, it has reached that goal 10 years earlier than it had committed.

      The project is also providing Ecolab with 100% of its US electricity needs. The company has a goal of halving its carbon emissions by 2030 presumably, based on 2019 levels.

      Click now for the complete story.

    • Water Vapor Could Be a Renewable Energy Source
      The Atmosphere May Be a
      Prime Renewable Energy Source

      June 9, 2020,(ScienceDaily) -The search for renewable energy sources, which include wind, solar, hydroelectric dams, geothermal, and biomass, has preoccupied scientists and policymakers alike, due to their enormous potential in the fight against climate change. A new Tel Aviv University study finds that water vapor in the atmosphere may serve as a potential renewable energy source in the future.

      The research, led by Prof. Colin Price in collaboration with Prof. Hadas Saaroni and doctoral student Judi Lax, all of TAU's Porter School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, is based on the discovery that electricity materializes in the interaction between water molecules and metal surfaces. It was published in Scientific Reports on May 6, 2020.

    • Student Movement and Clean Energy Initiative
      Result: 100% Renewable
      Energy Policy For Salt
      Lake City Schools

      (CleanTechnica)June 6, 2020, -Ready for a dollop of good news in an otherwise bleak world? A movement begun by high school students in Salt Lake City last year has culminated in the adoption of a 100% renewable energy policy by the local school board. Last week, the board voted unanimously to set a goal of transitioning the school district to 100% clean electricity by 2030 and off of fossil fuels for heating and transportation by 2040.

      This effort was led by students from Salt Lake City痴 three major high schools in collaboration with Utah Sierra Club and its Climate Parents program. Leading up to the school board meeting, the students obtained 800 signatures on a petition signed by students, parents, and staff asking the board to support the clean energy policy, according to a news report from the Sierra Club.

      The petition listed the advantages of a clean energy policy, including saving money on energy bills, improving indoor and outdoor air quality through energy efficiency measures, and creating opportunities to improve STEM learning by exposure to on-site clean energy technologies...

    • Renewables Could Be the Major Power Source In the U.S.
      U.S. Green Energy Sector
      Aims For Majority Share By 2030

      June 4, 2020 (WINDPOWER Monthly) -The CEOs of the American wind, solar, hydropower and energy storage industries vowed to work together to meet this goal at their inaugural Clean Power 2020 event - held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      Under the groups blueprint, wind and solar would each account for 20% of US electricity by 2030 - up from 7% and 3% respectively in 2019.

      Hydropower痴 share of electricity generation would rise from 7% in 2019 to 9% by 2030, while the US energy storage fleet would grow from 24GW to 105GW in this period.

      In a joint statement, the leaders of the four industry associations called for a more resilient and efficient grid, carbon reductions and greater competition through fairer market rules.

      Click now for the story and a graph.

    • Renewables Energy Has Finally Overtaken Coal Power
      This is the First Time That's Happened

      June 3, 2020 (The Guardian) - Solar, wind and other renewable sources have toppled coal in energy generation in the United States for the first time in over 130 years, with the coronavirus pandemic accelerating a decline in coal that has profound implications for the climate crisis.

      Not since wood was the main source of American energy in the 19th century has a renewable resource been used more heavily than coal, but 2019 saw a historic reversal, according to US government figures.

      Coal consumption fell by 15%, down for the sixth year in a row, while renewables edged up by 1%. This meant renewables surpassed coal for the first time since at least 1885, a year when Mark Twain published The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and America痴 first skyscraper was erected in Chicago.

    • Women's Leadership Roles in the U.K. Alt.Energy Sector
      Women Leaders In the
      Energy Sector Increased In 2019
      But More Work Must Be Done

      June 3, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) -Advocacy group POWERful Women, in partnership with PwC, this week published the latest 壮tate of the nation report on gender balance in the UK energy industry.

      The 2020 annual board statistics show progress in the number of women occupying board and executive board seats now 21% and 13% representing a noticeable shift from last year and progress towards POWERful Women痴 target of 30% women occupying executive board roles by 2030.

      However, the numbers show that faster progress is needed and that the number of all-male boards in the UK energy sector remains disappointing.

    • Kentucky Residents Opt For Pollinator-Friendly Community Solar
      Kentucky Residents and
      Businesses Help Build It

      June 2, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) -Louisville Gas and Electric (LG&E) and KU Energy, alongside customers, are expanding renewable energy generation in Kentucky by adding more locally grown solar energy to the grid.

      The company recently completed the second 500-kW section at its Solar Share facility in Simpsonville. With the addition of the new 1,300-panel array, participating customers are now able to use the solar energy generated from the 1-MW solar array.

      The subscription-based Solar Share Program is available to the utilities residential, business and industrial customers who want to support solar energy for 20 cents a day.

    • Renewable Energy Jobs Suffering From the Pandemic
      New Jobs Reports
      Detail Pandemic痴 Grim Impact
      on U.S. Renewables

      June 2, 2020 (Energy Central)-The far-reaching implications of a global pandemic has disrupted every facet of the economy. Local markets across the nation are reeling in response to an economic downturn previously unheard of in scope and size.

      Clean energy預 fast-growing industry only months ago and a significant job creator for more than a decade擁s now dealing with rampant job loss, as new development activities and investments have been stifled in the wake of COVID-19.

      A newly released jobs study based on The U.S. Department of Labor data analyzed by BW Research found that 594,300 jobs in clean energy have been lost since the start of the global pandemic, which amounts to a 17% decrease in clean energy employment overall. The study was sponsored by the E2, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), and E4TheFuture

    • Israel's 80 Billion Shekel Plan to Boost Solar Energy
      That's 22.8 Billion, in U.S. Dollars

      June 1, 2020 - TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel痴 Energy Ministry unveiled an 80 billion shekel ($22.8 billion) plan to increase the use of solar power over the next decade as the country痴 population and energy demand are set to surge.

      Though awash with sunlight, at the end of last year Israel was producing just 5% of its electricity from solar energy. About 64% came from natural gas and the rest from coal.

      The new target, said Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, is to outpace rising demand and have solar power production grow to 30% by 2030, or about 16,000 megawatts. That is roughly the same as total energy production today.

    • The First Integrated Hydrogen Gas Turbine Demonstrator
      It's the HyflexPower Project

      May 30, 2020 (Energy Central)- The implementation of this project, the world痴 very first industrial-scale power-to-X-to-power demonstrator with an advanced hydrogen turbine, will be launched at Smurfit Kappa PRF痴 site a company specialized in manufacturing recycled paper in Saillat-sur-Vienne, France.

      The purpose of this project is to prove that hydrogen can be produced and stored from renewable electricity and then added with up to 100% to the natural gas currently used with combined heat and power plants. For this an existing Siemens SGT-400 industrial gas turbine will be upgraded to convert stored hydrogen into electricity and thermal energy.

      Click now for the story
      and an informational graph.

    • New York's "Energy Highway": Focused on Renewables
      "Energy Highway" Comes Full-Circle

      May 29, 2020 (Energy Central)- In 2011, the administration of NY Governor Cuomo announced the creation of a Task Force to develop a 哲ew York Energy Highway plan. Co-Chaired by New York Power Authority (NYPA) CEO Gil Quinones and then-Department of Environment Commissioner (DEC) Joe Martens, the project would create a 釘lueprint with three main goals: Give downstate customers access to upstate power generation by easing transmission congestion; plan for and respond to power plant retirements; and study the expansion of natural gas delivery to residences and business in New York State. Renewables were in there, too.

      As part of the plan, the NYPA Board approved a program to modernize NYPA痴 legacy transmission system in Western, Central, and Northern New York, and NYSERDA, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, issued a $250 million Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) solicitation, targeting electric generation projects that would use 田lean-energy resources to help NY diversify its overall electric energy portfolio.

    • Plunging Solar Energy Prices Can Brighten Up Your Day
      Good News For Clean Electricity

      May 29, 2020 (Deutsche Welle)- The plummeting cost of turning sunlight into electricity is beating forecasts by decades, speeding the transition toward a clean energy system.

      Solar prices have sunk low enough to make photovoltaics the cheapest source of electricity in most of the world undercutting fossil fuels in price even before counting costs like air pollution and climate change. Averaging about $0.05/kWh, the cost of generating solar electricity has reached lows that six years ago the International Energy Agency did not expect to come until the middle of the century.

      When Jenny Chase started working on solar energy in 2006, her job title was head of "improbable technologies" and she thought solar could only ever provide 1% of the world's electricity mix. "Now, it's already gone north of 2%," said Chase, a solar analyst at energy consultancy BloombergNEF.

    • Good Renewable News From the Federal Government
      US Treasury Extends Safe Harbor
      Timeframe For Renewable Tax Credits

      May 28, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) -On May 27, the U.S. treasury department issued Notice 2020-41 related to the safe harbor deadline for renewable energy projects that began construction in 2016 or 2017. Under the old rule those projects would have needed to become operational by the end of 2020 in order to claim the full 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar projects or the full 2.5 cents per kWh Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind projects. Yesterday痴 announcement gives them one more year, until the end of 2021, to begin generating power.

      The announcement was made in recognition that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused major supply chain disruptions, bottlenecks and work stoppages.

      Gregory Wetstone, President and CEO of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) praised the move in a statement. 典reasury痴 recently released guidance granting an additional year to meet safe harbor qualifications for renewable tax credits is a welcome and important step to help the renewable sector and its workers in the face of the delays, disruptions and other challenges associated with COVID-19, he said.

    • Amazon Going Solar Big Time
      The Projects Together Will Have
      615 Megawatts (MW) of Power Capacity

      May 27, 2020 (CleanTechnica)-Amazon, once a little online bookstore, is now a corporate behemoth. As such, it needs behemoth levels of energy. The good news is that a lot more of Amazon痴 energy will be coming from the sun in the coming years, as Amazon is building 5 new utility-scale solar power plants in the US, China, and Australia.

      The projects together will have 615 megawatts (MW) of power capacity, which is expected to generate 1.2 million megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity each year. That is apparently enough electricity to power 113,000 average American homes.

      The five projects include Amazon痴 first renewable energy project in China, second in Australia, second and third in Ohio, and 12th in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    • Support for Green Hydrogen Rising Globally
      EU痴 Massive Green Recovery Plan
      Includes 15-GW Renewables Tender,
      Support for Green Hydrogen

      May 25, 2020 (Energy Central)-The European Union is set to propose a massive economic stimulus plan, complete with a 15-gigawatt renewable energy tender and auctions for green hydrogen, that will transform the European Commission痴 Green Deal into the world痴 greenest recovery package, according to leaked documents released last week by Bloomberg News and Euractiv.

      While it may take months of negotiations to finalize, 鍍he plan is part of the package the [European Union] executive will unveil on May 27 for the bloc痴 jointly-financed response to the pandemic-induced recession, Bloomberg reports. 典he package will include a proposal for the EU痴 next trillion-euro budget for the years 2021-2027 and a 喪ecovery instrument of at least half-a-trillion euros specifically designed to cushion the economic blow from the outbreak.

    • Perovskite Solar Cells That Stand Up To Heat & Humidity
      Perovskite Could Lower
      Costs and Increase Efficiency

      May 22, 2019 (CleanTechnica)-Perovskite news is coming thick and fast these days. Why? Because perovskite solar cells are inexpensive to produce, which could lead to a dramatic decrease in the cost of solar power. They are also very light in weight compared to a conventional solar panel and are so flexible they can be rolled up and transported wherever they are needed. That flexibility also means they can be applied to the exterior of buildings that are not perfectly flat, opening up new possibilities for building-integrated photovoltaic applications.

      It's not all good news.

      The downside of perovskites is that they are not particularly durable. Although they have reached solar conversion rates of up to 25% in the lab, they can稚 stand up very long to conditions outside the lab, which has limited their use in commercial applications.

    • Konark India Sun Temple Goes 100% Solar
      Konark,India Will Solarize
      It's Sun Temple & Town

      May 21, 2019 (CleanTechnica)-The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed that the town of Konark go the complete route to renewable, sustainable energy 100% solar energy. That痴 fitting since the Konark Sun Temple is located there.

      The state of Odisha, where Konark is located, is no stranger to 21st century solar power. In 2015, it announced plans for a 1 gigawatt (GW) solar power plant. In 2016, Sonthalia Group unveiled plans for a 600 megawatt (MW) solar power plant, and the state announced plans for 70 MW of rooftop solar.

    • Green Ammonia Plant Proposed For Orkney
      Green Ammonia Comes to Scotland

      May 21, 2019 (Ammonia Energy Assoc.)-Eneus Energy recently announced that it intends to build a green ammonia plant in Orkney, Scotland. Eneus describes itself as a 菟roject developer and technology integrator for green ammonia, and this announcement marks the first public disclosure of a site from its 菟ortfolio of projects under development.

      Orkney has been a net energy exporter since 2013, with wind, tidal, and wave energy generation far exceeding local demand; the islands have also been producing green hydrogen for some years.

    • It Doesn't Grow on Trees (or Does it?)
      Electricity that grows on trees

      May 19, 2020 (BBC World Service)-Scientists in Italy have discovered that trees generate an electrical charge every time the wind blows strongly enough to make their leaves touch one another.

      The researchers, from the Italian Institute of Technology, have managed to harvest enough energy this way to power 150 LED lights from a single leaf.

      Click now to read or
      listen to the story from the BBC.

    • Renewables Overtake Coal For the First Time
      Renewable Energy Is Poised
      to Eclipse Coal in U.S.

      May 13, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward)- The United States is on track to produce more electricity this year from renewable power than from coal for the first time on record, new government projections show, a transformation partly driven by the coronavirus pandemic, with profound implications in the fight against climate change.

      It is a milestone that seemed all but unthinkable a decade ago, when coal was so dominant that it provided nearly half the nation痴 electricity. And it comes despite the Trump administration痴 three-year push to try to revive the ailing industry by weakening pollution rules on coal-burning power plants.

    • Can Hydrogen 銑eaf Technology Be A Game Changer?
      Rice University痴 Hydrogen 銑eaf

      May 12, 2020 (Forbes) -With oil markets in turmoil amidst the global economic shutdown, competing green fuel sources are getting extra attention. One such promising alternative energy is hydrogen (H2) power. Hydrogen fuel cells the growing commercial application of hydrogen energy are a battery-like technology that use H2 as an input to create electricity, leaving heat and water as the only waste. Recently, Texas Rice University unveiled a potential breakthrough in hydrogen fuel generation the "artificial leaf."

      Traditional hydrogen fuel cells can be thought of as batteries that never run flat as long as the H2 keeps coming. Pressurized hydrogen is the 素uel in the tank, which then interacts with Oxygen (O2) in the air to create electricity through a chemical reaction. Fuel cells are inherently more efficient than internal combustion engines (ICE), which must first convert chemical potential energy into heat, and then mechanical work. Fuel cells are also cleaner than ICEs: the only byproduct is H2O water預nd its clean enough to drink. But that痴 once the hydrogen is harvested.

      Click now for the whole story.

    • 400 New Solar Jobs For South West Queensland
      Australia痴 Largest Solar
      Farm To Create 400 Jobs

      May 12, 2020 (CleanTechnica) - France-based renewable energy developer Neoen signed a 352 MWp power purchase agreement related to a solar farm with CleanCo of Queensland, Australia. The Neoen press release details a venture with CleanCo: between 460 and 480 MWp in size, Western Downs will become the largest solar farm in Australia, bringing significant regional economic benefits to South West Queensland. The project, the Western Downs Green Power Hub, will generate 1080 GWh of affordable clean energy each year, complementing CleanCo Queensland痴 hydro generation.

      With this move into Queensland, Neoen confirms its status as Australia痴 leading independent producer of renewable energy.

      This is CleanCo Queensland痴 second renewable energy purchase agreement. The company must reach 1 GW of new renewable generation capacity by 2025, and this gets it more than a third of the way there. The agreement also improves the state痴 progress on its target of 50% renewable energy by 2030.

    • What's a Solar Chimney?
      A Solar Chimney Can Save
      Energy & Boost Fire Safety

      May 11, 2020 (CleanTechnica) - In 鉄olar Chimneys & Solar Updraft Towers, we described these solar solutions as ancient passive solar technology, whereby natural heat convection processes are harnessed to provide ventilation. The basic idea is to harness the power of natural ventilation to increase the turnover rate for air within a building by amplifying natural convection processes through the use of a (typically external) vertical shaft that heats up rapidly when exposed to the sun.

      RMIT University researchers have energetically enhanced the safety aspect and designed a solar chimney optimized for a 6-fold increase in fire safety as well an increasing energy saving.

      As a passive solar heating and cooling technology, this type of ventilation and/or cooling system has seen widespread use in the region encompassing and surrounding Greater Iran, throughout the Middle East and North Africa, and in Roman Europe throughout the millennia. It痴 time to spread its use with the advancements of RMIT University and the Australian town of Kingston, Victoria. This could be a turning point towards expansion.

      Click now for the story, including a video.

    • Green Hydrogen From Off-Shore Resources
      Purified Seawater Is the Answer

      May 8, 2020 (Energy Central) - The PosHYdon pilot partners UK-registered Neptune with leading Dutch pipeline operators and Nexstep, the nation痴 agency tasked to re-purpose redundant marine rigs.

      Together they will use a Neptune platform located 13 km off Scheveningen to extract the clean gas from purified seawater.

      Electricity from offshore wind farms could ultimately power hydrolysis on the rig, splitting off clean hydrogen (though for now the 1MW containerized unit will be powered via onshore cable). The green gas will be pumped onshore over existing pipelines reaching as far as northern Germany.

    • Australia to Pour $190 Million into Hydrogen Projects
      Australia to Heavily Support Hydrogen vs. Coal

      May 3, 2020 (REUTERS) - MELBOURNE -The Australian government on Monday set aside A$300 million ($191 million) to jumpstart hydrogen projects with the help of low-cost financing as the country aims to build the industry by 2030, the country痴 energy minister said on Monday.

      The hydrogen push marks one of the few areas where the conservative government痴 ambitions align with renewable energy advocates, who fear the government痴 support of coal and gas is thwarting efforts to cut carbon emissions.

    • India Doubles Down on Solar, Gas at Coal's Expense
      Solar and Gas Up, Coal Down in India

      May 3, 2020 (REUTERS) -India痴 solar and gas-fired electricity generation rose in April even as overall power demand fell at the steepest monthly rate in at least thirteen years, a Reuters analysis of provisional government data showed.

      Solar-powered electricity generation rose 16.9%, accounting for a record 5.6% of the country痴 total output, while gas-fired power output was 13.7% higher, an analysis of daily load despatch data from state-run power operator POSOCO showed. However, wind-powered electricity generation fell 11.4%.

    • Is the Coronavirus Crisis Accelerating the Shift to Renewables?
      Solar and Wind are Now the
      Cheapest Energy Sources in
      Two-Thirds of the World.

      May 1, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -Let痴 face it: climate action has not been moving as fast as needed to make a sustainable change. But there is one sector that痴 doing its share to help lower greenhouse gas emissions: renewable energy. Recently, renewables may be getting some unexpected help from a particular virus.

      As the coronavirus is potentially killing numerous industries, it may be indirectly helping renewables.

      The coronavirus epidemic has meant many workers have to stay at home due to government lockdowns. While this might slow down the fast expansion of renewables, the overall positive trajectory shouldn稚 be altered, experts agree. Furthermore, renewables seem to be less affected than fossil fuels, which means that relatively speaking, renewables may be doing better over the course of the pandemic.

    • The World is Lucky to Be Charmed by General Mills
      Lucky Charms Could
      Be Made With 100%
      Renewable Electricity by 2030

      Apr 29, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) -General Mills announced that it set a new goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2030 as part of the RE100 global corporate initiative. Led by The Climate Group, RE100 aims to bring influential businesses together to commit to 100% renewable power.

      To achieve this goal, General Mills is purchasing the renewable energy credits (RECs) created by two large-scale wind farms and using anaerobic digestion at some of its plants.

      Some of the renewable energy projects currently underway include:
      In North America, a 1.6-MW generator fueled by an anaerobic biodigester at its Murfreesboro plant in Tennessee.
      In South America, a 335-kW biogas regeneration plant at its Paranavai Yoki location.
      In Europe, a 195-kW biogas regeneration plant at its Arras France H臑gen-Dazs production facility.

    • Solar and Wind are Now Cheapest Sources of New Energy Generation
      Energy Source Bargains

      Apr. 28, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) -Solar PV and onshore wind are now the cheapest sources of new-build generation for at least 2/3 of the global population. Those people live in locations that comprise 71% of gross domestic product and 85% of energy generation.

      Battery storage is now the cheapest new-build technology for peaking purposes (up to two-hours of discharge duration) in gas-importing regions, like Europe, China or Japan.

      The latest analysis by research company BloombergNEF (BNEF) shows that the global benchmark leveled cost of electricity, or LCOE, for onshore wind and utility-scale PV, has fallen 9% and 4% since the second half of 2019 to $44 and $50/MWh, respectively. Meanwhile, the benchmark LCOE for battery storage has tumbled to $150/MWh, about half of what it was two years ago.

      Click now for ther story and a graph.

    • New York痴 State Budgets for Major R.E. Initiatives
      New York痴 Budget Creates
      Major Renewable Energy Initiatives

      Apr. 27, 2020 (Energy Central) - New York State痴 fiscal year 2021 State Budget included the Accelerated Renewable Energy Growth and Community Benefit Act (the 鄭ct), the primary focus of which has been the new Section 94-c of the Executive Law, which overhauls the state痴 large-scale renewable siting process. But renewable energy, transmission and other market participants should be aware that Section 94-c is only one of multiple significant components of the Act.

      The Act also establishes a Clean Energy Resources Development and Incentive Program (the 撤rogram), providing the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (哲YSERDA) newfound authority to 吐oster and encourage the orderly and expedient siting and development of renewable energy facilities, particularly at sites which are difficult to develop, and get such sites 澱uild ready for transfer to developers. The Act further tasks the Department of Public Service (泥PS) with conducting a major, system-wide grid study, which will feed into utility capital plans and an investment program for system upgrades.

    • Ultrathin Solar -Sets New Record for Efficiency
      New, Ultrathin Solar Cell
      Doubles the Current Efficiency
      by Reaching Almost 50%

      Apr. 15 , 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - Researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have created a record-shattering new solar cell. The device can convert sunlight to energy at nearly 50% efficiency, much better than present alternatives.

      Solar cells today typically run with between 15% and 23% efficiency, meaning they convert roughly 1/6th to 1/4th of incoming energy (in the form of sunlight) to electricity. But a new, 都ix-junction solar cell designed at NREL boasts an efficiency of almost 50%, a huge increase.

    • The 1st Standalone Storage Project with 100-MW/400-MWh
      CPA Inks First Standalone
      Storage Deal With 100-Mw/400-Mwh
      Luna Storage Project

      Apr. 14, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) -Clean Power Alliance (CPA) last week said it has inked its first Energy Storage Agreement(ESA) after its board of directors approved the 100-MW Luna Storage standalone battery storage project. CPA said the project is the largest energy storage deal for a CCA in California and one of the largest in the entire state.

      The Luna Storage project is a 100-megawatt/400-megawatt hour standalone lithium ion battery storage project that will be owned and operated by sPower, an independent power producer (IPP). The project is located in the City of Lancaster, within LA County, and is expected to be operational by August 2021. It will allow CPA to cost-effectively integrate intermittent renewable energy resources into the grid and will also help enable the closure of gas-fired power plants located in CPA痴 local communities.

      At a total cost of more than $100 million, the project will create approximately 50 union construction jobs, said CPA.

    • Hydrokinetic Turbines Are Coming With D.O.E. Support
      U.S. DOE Announces $38M
      to Support Hydrokinetic
      Turbine Technology Development

      Apr. 13, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) -The U.S. Department of Energy has announced up to $38 million in funding for a new Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) program, called Submarine Hydrokinetic and Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS). The program seeks to design economically attractive hydrokinetic turbines (HKT) for tidal and riverine currents.

      Tidal and riverine energy resources are renewable, have the advantage of being highly reliable and predictable, and are often co-located with demand centers. HKT devices can be designed with low visual profiles and minimal environmental impact. These energy-producing devices are also uniquely suited for micro-grid applications, supplying energy to remote communities and other 澱lue economy and utility-scale applications.

    • 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.

      典he uneven distribution and scarcity of lithium in the Earth痴 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 Orsteds 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痴 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ュ-ion batteries could become the first and biggest stand-alone, utility-scale energy battery system tied to the grid of Hawaii痴 largest utility.

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

      Mar. 30, 2020 (Energy Central) - A report by Power Technology claims China痴 GCL Systems Integration Technology plans to invest more than $2.5 billion to construct the world痴 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 殿llows 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痴 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痴 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痴 impact into the sector痴 outlook with certainty, the Solar Energy Industries Association said.

    • The Total Picture of Storage in Dunkirk, France
      France痴 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痴 largest battery storage project along the nation痴 northern coast.

      The company announced the project in Mardyck, at the Flandres Center in Dunkirk痴 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 滴2-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: 展ith 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痴 latest monthly 摘nergy 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痴 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痴 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痴 transition as it targets cutting its emissions by 40% by the end of the decade and to 渡ear 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痴 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 吐orward-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痴 decision came after its staff recommended rejecting the utility痴 鉄olarTogether 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痴 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.

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    • UK - Get Ready For Never-Before-Seen Temperatures
      Temperatures in the UK Could
      Exceed 40ーC(104C) By 2021

      June 30, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -Temperatures exceeding 40ーC in the UK sounds unfathomable today, but this could become the new norm by the end of the century under current greenhouse gas emissions trends. Researchers at the Met Office in the UK devised a mathematical model that suggests temperatures in excess of 40ーC may be reached every 3.5 to 15 years by 2100.

      In 2019, the UK registered its highest ever temperature, when weather stations in Cambridge recorded 38.7ーC. Typically, Britons would only see this kind of dramatic heat during their summer trips to Spain or Italy. Now, heatwaves are hitting closer to home than many would have liked and the consequences can be devastating.

    • It's Not Just the North Pole That's Warming
      Equal Warming Opportunity For
      the South Pole As Well

      June 29, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -The South Pole, the most isolated part of the planet, is also one of the most rapidly warming ones, scientists said Monday, with surface air temperatures rising since the 1990s at a rate that is three times faster than the global average.

      While the warming could be the result of natural climate change alone, the researchers said, it is likely that the effects of human-caused warming contributed to it.

    • The Arctic Continues to Heat Up
      Siberian Town Hit 100 Degrees,
      Setting New Arctic Circle Record

      June 23, 2020,(Science News) -The remote Siberian town of Verkhoyansk is known for its extreme cold: Winter temperatures often dip below 50ー Celsius. But on June 20, temperatures in the town soared to a high of 38ー C (100.4ー Fahrenheit). If confirmed by the World Meteorological Association, that marks the hottest temperature ever recorded north of the Arctic Circle.

      Verkhoyansk has experienced extreme heat before: On July 25, 1988, the town hit a then-record of 37.3ー C (99.1ー F). The new high, which smashes that 32-year record, comes on the heels of a historically hot May around the globe, and especially in Siberia, which is in the grips of an ongoing heat wave.

    • How Rising Seas are Affecting Mortgages
      Rising Seas Threaten an American
      Institution: The 30-Year Mortgage

      June 19, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -Up and down the coastline, rising seas and climate change are transforming a fixture of American homeownership that dates back generations: the classic 30-year mortgage.

      Home buyers are increasingly using mortgages that make it easier for them to stop making their monthly payments and walk away from the loan if the home floods or becomes unsellable or unlivable. More banks are getting buyers in coastal areas to make bigger down payments often as much as 40% of the purchase price, up from the traditional 20% a sign that lenders have awakened to climate dangers and want to put less of their own money at risk.

    • Antartica - Your Next Winter Vacation Escape
      The Iciest Waters Around
      Antarctica Are Less Icy

      June 17, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -The sea ice that surrounds Antarctica, like that in the Arctic, is seasonal: it increases in extent during the winter and largely melts in the summer. The exception has been the Weddell Sea, east of the Antarctic Peninsula, which retains much of its ice from year to year because of cold winds from the south and a circular current, or gyre, that keeps the ice from drifting into warmer waters that would cause it to melt more.

      That makes the Weddell an important area for species of penguins and seals and other creatures that prefer colder, icier conditions.

      But from 2016 to 2017, the Weddell had a sharp drop in sea ice coverage during the Southern Hemisphere summer compared with the previous summer. The loss was nearly 350,000 square miles, or about one-third of the recent average summer coverage. What痴 more, that loss of sea ice has persisted, with only slight increases in coverage each summer since then.

    • The Threat to South Asia of Shrinking Glaciers
      A Water Crisis Looms
      For 270 Million People
      As South Asia痴 Glaciers Shrink

      June 16, 2020,(National Geographic) -From near Mount Kangrinboqe in Tibet rise four major rivers, which stretch east and west across the Himalaya and down to the sea like the limbs of a venerable water goddess. Where these rivers flow, they define civilizations and nations: Tibet, Pakistan, northern India, Nepal, Bangladesh. How their water is spent has long depended on the people living downstream. How the rivers are replenished depends on two things: monsoon rains and glacial ice melt. Both phenomena, for millennia the preserve of the gods, are now in the hands of humans too. ()

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      rivers are vital to Asia痴 survival.

    • Deadly Heat Is Killing Americans
      A Decade of Inaction on
      Climate Puts Lives At Risk

      June 16, 2020,(The Guardian) -Heat now causes more deaths than hurricanes, tornadoes or floods in most years, creating a new public health threat. An investigation reveals why the CDC痴 prevention efforts have faltered

      Charlie Rhodes lived alone on a tree-sparse street with sunburned lawns just outside Phoenix, Arizona. At 61, the army veteran痴 main connection to the world was Facebook; often, he posted several times a day. But as a heatwave blanketed the region in June 2016 leading to temperatures among the highest ever recorded his posts stopped. Three weeks later, a pile of unopened mail outside his door prompted a call to police.

      Click now for the sad result.

    • Visit Miami While It's Still There
      Will Miami Be Around in 2067?

      June 9, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -The prospects for Miami are grim, a scientist tells Mario Alejandro Ariza in his new book, Miami痴 Future on the Shores of Climate Change: 典he water痴 rise will be merciless and geologically speaking swift. Ariza wishes there were a more favorable forecast for his hometown. Like his Dominican grandmother, he hopes to celebrate his 80th birthday in Miami. That will be in 2067, when most of the region痴 coastal zone, about 500 square miles that is home to 60,000 people, is likely to be underwater unless bold measures are taken.

    • The Arctic Is Melting - Here's Visual Proof
      Satellite Images Show
      the Arctic's Fiery Unraveling

      June 8, 2020,(GIZMODO) -Even by the Arctic痴 increasing erratic standards, it痴 been a weird spring and summer in Siberia. The region of the world that痴 considered a bastion of frigid temperatures and frozen landscapes is buckling under the intense pressure of the climate crisis.

      Through the first five months of the year, Siberia has been a bright red smudge on global temperature maps. Temperatures there have averaged 12.4 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius) above normal since January.

      It hit 86 degrees (30 degrees Celsius) above the Arctic Circle in May (May!). The blistering heat also led to the winter that wasn稚 and caused an oil spill threatening an Arctic lake that was likely caused by thawing permafrost soil. If the list of maladies stopped there, it壇 be bad enough.

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    • What We Should Be Reading About Ocean Health
      Best Reads for World Oceans Day

      June 8, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -More than 70 percent of the planet痴 surface is covered by the oceans. For World Oceans Day, this article features a look at some of our best coverage of the state of the sea.

      Click now for more.

    • Understanding the New Language of a Warming World
      閃egadrought and 羨ridification
      Let's Start There

      June 8, 2020,(The Revelator) -After nearly two decades of declining water flows into the Colorado River Basin, scientists have decided the word drought doesn稚 cut it anymore. We need different terms, they say, to help people fully grasp what has happened and the long-term implications of climate change not just in the Southwest, but across the country.

      The term that痴 caught the most attention lately is 杜egadrought.

      It痴 not a new word, but it痴 one that痴 come sharply into focus in recent months, following a study published this April in the journal Science that found the North American Southwest has experienced an abnormally severe drought over the past two decades its second driest stretch in 1,200 years.

    • Pennsylvania's Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)
      RGGI Will Protect, Prepare
      Pennsylvania For Years to Come

      June 5, 2020,(post-gazette.com) -We can officially say we致e experienced what it痴 like to be unprepared for the 努orst-case scenario. While the federal government has taken some efforts to help our communities with the COVID-19 crisis, at the end of this it will be up to Pennsylvanians to fully restore our state. This is a moment for us to step back and take a hard look at what systems are (and are not) working for us.

      While we池e still tackling the coronavirus now, we can稚 pretend that another crisis in the form of a changing climate isn稚 looming before us. We now have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rebuild our economy and prepare our state for future challenges with the climate and natural world in mind. An important and timely step we can take is to support a strong Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

    • Warming Atlantic Threatens Lobster and Scallop Fishing
      Lobsters Will Be Pushed
      Offshore and Scallops Northward

      June 4, 2020,(nationalfisherman.com) -East Coast sea scallop stocks will likely follow lobsters in shifting away from rich Mid-Atlantic and southern New England grounds in the coming decades as a consequence of warming ocean waters, according to a new study that projects the impact of climate change on the two richest Atlantic fisheries.

      Researchers used species distribution models and a high-resolution global climate model to picture the possible impact of climate change on habitat for lobsters and scallops in the Northeast continental shelf ecosystem, ranging from the New York Bight north to southern New England, Georges Bank and the Gulf of Maine.

      Their findings, recently published in the journal Diversity and Distributions, suggest that over the coming 80 years both lobsters and scallops will be shifting northward, and lobsters also moving into deeper Gulf of Maine waters.

    • Powerful Mudslide Hits Arctic Norway
      Mudslide in Arctic Norway
      Sweeps Houses Into the Sea

      June 5, 2020,OSLO (Reuters) - A powerful mudslide in Arctic Norway swept eight houses and the piece of land on which they stood into the sea, where they sank into swirling waters, footage posted on social media showed.

      Nobody was hurt when the houses, near the town of Alta in northern Norway, were uprooted in the 650-metre (710 yards) long mudslide on Wednesday.

      的t appears no humans were in the area when it happened, local police officer Torfinn Halvari told Norwegian news agency NTB.

    • No More Foggy Days in London Town?
      The Sunniest Month On Record
      in the UK - Thank, Climate Change

      June 2, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -The world-famous British gloomy weather is going through a transition, and climate change might be behind it. May was the sunniest calendar month on record in the UK, continuing a trend that saw the sunniest British spring thus far, according to data from the Met Office.

      Following a drenching winter with record rain, the UK had 266 hours of sunshine in May besting the previous record of 265 hours from June 1957. A record was also broken in spring, with 626 hours of sun, compared to the 555 hours registered in 1948, the previous record-breaking year for sunny days.

      This sudden switch from extremely wet to extremely dry surprised meteorologists, claiming this doesn稚 seem like British weather. The UK gets on average 436 hours of sun between March and May. Since 1929, only 10 years had more than 500 hours with none seeing more than 555 hours.

    • More Tropical Forest Loss in 2019
      賎oing in the Wrong Direction:
      Thanks, Brazil

      (NY Times Climate Forward)June 2, 2020, -Destruction of tropical forests worldwide increased last year, led again by Brazil, which was responsible for more than a third of the total, and where deforestation of the Amazon through clear-cutting appears to be on the rise under the pro-development policies of the country痴 president.

      The worldwide total loss of old-growth, or primary, tropical forest 9.3 million acres, an area nearly the size of Switzerland was about 3 percent higher than 2018 and the third largest since 2002. Only 2016 and 2017 were worse, when heat and drought led to record fires and deforestation, especially in Brazil.

    • Climate Activists Active Against Oil in Southern England
      Climate Activists Stage Protest
      At Southern England Oilfield

      June 1, 2020 (REUTERS)- LONDON (Reuters) - Extinction Rebellion activists staged a protest on Monday at an oilfield in southern England part owned by British energy company UK Oil & Gas Plc, according to a spokeswoman for the group and photos on social media.

      Two activists entered the site and climbed aboard a shipping container and hung up a banner saying 鼎limate Emergency while two others locked themselves together to block the entrance to the site, the Extinction Rebellion spokeswoman said.

      展e池e calling on the government to stop investing in fossil fuels and to invest in a green recovery, the spokeswoman said, speaking from the site at Horse Hill in the county of Surrey.

      Police had arrived at the site, the spokeswoman added.

    • What the Recovery Could Have in Store for Climate Change
      Economic Giants Are Restarting
      -What That Means for Climate Change.

      May 29, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -As countries begin rolling out plans to restart their economies after the brutal shock inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, the three biggest producers of planet-warming gases the European Union, the United States and China are writing scripts that push humanity in very different directions.

      Europe this week laid out a vision of a green future, with a proposed recovery package worth more than $800 billion that would transition away from fossil fuels and put people to work making old buildings energy-efficient.

      In the United States, the White House is steadily slashing environmental protections and Republicans are using the Green New Deal as a political cudgel against their opponents.

    • Powerful Cyclones Can Fuel Global Warming
      Here's How It Can Happen

      May 28, 2020 (greener ideal)- Increasingly powerful tropical cyclones in the North Pacific Ocean may be fueling a powerful north-flowing ocean current, helping to boost the amount of heat it ferries to northern latitudes. By enhancing the speed of some ocean whirlpools called eddies, and suppressing the spin of others, the passing storms may be accelerating the heat-carrying Kuroshio Current and that could warm the planet further, researchers report in the May 29 Science.

      Researchers have long predicted that climate change would increase the intensity of tropical cyclones around the planet. Some observational data, including a recent study of tropical cyclone intensity over the last four decades, suggest that this supercharging of storms is already happening.

      Yet tropical cyclones own influence on the climate isn稚 generally included in most climate simulations. The interaction of these relatively short-lived storms with a calm, quiescent ocean has been considered insignificant in the long-term climate picture, says Yu Zhang, a physical oceanographer at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao.

    • Warmer Climate Puts Tropical Forests In Trouble
      2/3 of Tropical Forests
      繕nder Threat in Next Decade

      May 29, 2020 (ENN Network)- Tropical forests can develop resistance o a warmer climate, but 71% will come under threat in the next decade if global average temperatures reach two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, a new study warns.

      Forest-dependent communities and the global climate will be affected if tropical forests are further degraded, experts say.

      Led by scientists at the University of Leeds and published in Science, the study involved 226 researchers from around the world. The cohort analysed carbon stock data in 590 permanent forest plots in South America, Africa, Asia and Australia, with most in the Amazon region.

      The Amazon rainforest acts as a huge carbon sink, absorbing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2) and helping to cool global temperatures. Even under high temperatures, trees remove CO2.

    • Extreme Heat: Meet Foul Air
      South Asia痴 twin Threat

      May 29, 2020 (climate needs network)- Extreme heat can kill. Air pollution can seriously shorten human lives. By 2050, extreme summer heat will threaten about 2 billion people on and around the Indian sub-continent for around 78 days every year. And the chances of unbearable heat waves and choking atmospheric chemistry at the same time will rise by 175%.

      Climate scientists have been warning for decades that what were once rare events for instance the 2003 heat wave that claimed tens of thousands of lives in Europe will, as global average temperatures rise, become the new normal.

      And they have repeatedly warned that in step with extreme summer temperatures, extreme humidity is also likely to increase in some regions, and to levels that could prove potentially fatal for outdoor workers and people in crowded cities.

      The link between air pollution and ill health was established 60 or more years ago and has been confirmed again and again with mortality statistics.

    • Warm weather Triggers a Landslide in Alaska
      Story Reported by the NASA Earth Observatory

      May 29, 2020 (earth.com)-The month of May brought a blast of early summer temperatures to the region.

      According to University of Sheffield landslide watcher Dave Petley, a type of landslide that occurs along multiple planes, known as a 努edge failure, sent rocky debris sliding down the mountain at some point in early May.

      The image was captured on May 13, 2020 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.

    • Remember This About Exxon the Next Time You Fill Up
      ExxonMobil Declines to Set
      Long-Term Climate Goal,
      Bucking Oil Industry Trend

      May 28, 2020 (Washington Post)-ExxonMobil dismissed the idea of setting a date by which it will sharply reduce its contributions to climate change bucking a recent trend among major oil companies.

      Darren Woods, the company痴 chairman and chief executive, told investors Wednesday that it is up to consumers and the governments they elect to set target dates cutting greenhouse gas emissions not a single corporation such as his.

      鄭s an individual company, we can't drive that but we can certainly participate in it, Woods said during the company痴 annual shareholders meeting, held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    • What Drought Means for the World痴 Trees
      Forests vs. Climate Change
      -What Drought Means

      May 26, 2020 (The Revelator)-Much of the world watched in horror as Australian wildfires that burned late last year and into the beginning of 2020 incinerated an area the size of Wisconsin, killing 33 people and, by some estimates, more than a billion birds, mammals and reptiles.

      But the area of forest that burned pales in comparison to the total area affected by drought worldwide, says Tim Brodribb, a professor of plant physiology at the University of Tasmania. That could lead to a larger, though less headline-grabbing, crisis and one that痴 not confined to just Australia.

    • There's Nothing Like a Green Antartica
      The Climate Crisis is
      Turning Parts of It Green

      May 21, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE)-The Antarctic peninsula is one of the fastest-warming regions on the planet. Temperatures have already increased 1.5コC compared to pre-industrial levels and this is likely to continue, leading to a wide set of consequences.

      Among them, and one of the most visible ones has been the so-called green-snow. Blooming algae across the surface of the peninsula are causing the snow to turn green. The phenomenon can be linked to climate change and is likely to spread further across the icy continent as temperatures go up, according to a new study.

    • A New Innovation in Carbon Removal
      Stripe Picks $1 MillionM
      In Carbon-Removal
      Projects To Spur Industry

      May 18, 2020 (REUTERS)- The billionaire brothers who control San Francisco-based online payments company Stripe are spending a 1/4 $million to import special sand to a remote Caribbean beach.

      But founders Patrick and John Collison are not creating a waterfront hideaway. Instead, Stripe is supporting a radical approach to fighting climate change. The beach project - taking coarse-milled olivine to the water痴 edge so the waves can grind it up, allowing the ocean to absorb more carbon - is one of four investments in carbon removal Stripe announced on Monday.

    • Arctic Temperatures Are Breaking Records
      Arctic Ice Melting
      Season Started Early

      May 21, 2020,(INDEPENDENT) -A heatwave is underway in the Arctic unusually early in the year, with temperatures reaching record highs for spring and kickstarting an earlier annual melting season, scientists have found.

      An anomalous high pressure weather system over the North Pole has seen temperatures soar, with some parts of Siberia recording highs of over 68°F.

      This warm air over Russia has created a 塗ighway to the pole, transporting unseasonable warmth north into the Arctic. Meanwhile, colder air is moving south into Scandinavia and North America.

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      of this technology.

    • Zimbabwe's Drought Limiting Tap Water Availability
      Tap Water Limited to
      Just One Day a Week

      May 15, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -HARARE, Zimbabwe痴 second biggest city of Bulawayo limited access to tap water to just one day a week on Friday as reservoir levels fall to dangerously low levels amid the country痴 worst drought in years.

      After a devastating drought in 2019 and patchy rains this year, water shortages have worsened in Bulawayo, in the west of the country, forcing families to trek to unsafe wells as taps run dry.

    • The Alaska Tsunami Threat
      A Retreating Glacier Could
      Make It Happen at Anytime

      May 14, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward)- Climate change has increased the risk of a huge landslide in an Alaskan fjord that could cause a catastrophic tsunami, scientists said Thursday.

      Warming temperatures have caused the retreat of a glacier that helps support a steep, mile-long slope along one flank of a fjord in Prince William Sound, about 60 miles east of Anchorage. With only a third of the slope now supported by ice, the scientists said, a landslide could be triggered by an earthquake, prolonged heavy rain or even a heat wave that could cause extensive melting of surface snow.

    • Lifestyle Changes to Shrink Your Carbon Footprint
      The Steps That Could Make a Difference

      May 14, 2020 (Science News)- Three years ago, Kim Cobb was feeling 田ompletely overwhelmed by the problem of climate change. Cobb spends her days studying climate change as director of the Global Change Program at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, but she felt paralyzed over how to be part of the solution in her personal life. The barriers felt immense.

      She decided to start small. On January 1, 2017, she made a personal climate resolution: She would walk her kids to school and bicycle to work two days a week. That change didn稚 represent a lot in terms of carbon emissions, she says, 澱ut it was a huge lesson in daily engagement.

      Click now to see the actual steps.

    • Protecting Coral Reefs From Climate Change
      Microalgae Could Be the Answer

      May 14, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -Coral reefs are among the most biodiverse ecosystems of the planet but also among the most threatened, currently dying at record rates across the world due to climate change.

      Reducing carbon emissions is considered the main way to help them, which would prevent waters from getting too hot and acidic. But researchers in Australia are exploring other alternatives as well, such as training the microalgae that keep corals alive.

      Higher average temperatures put stress on coral and can lead to them ejecting their symbiotic algae, a process known as coral bleaching. When that happens, it can be a death sentence for coral and the species that rely on healthy reefs. In an effort to help them, scientists created an exposure therapy experiment for the tiny algae that provide them with life.

    • Climate Change Could Cause Major Damages to Your Home
      How Individuals and
      Communities Can Prepare For
      Flooding, Fires And Drought

      May 13, 2020 (Science News)- A decade ago, climate change projections pointed to a distant future, 50 or 100 years down the road. But with each storm and fire season seemingly more ferocious than the last, it痴 clear we池e already facing the impacts of climate change: Sea levels are rising, and storms, wildfires and droughts are intensifying, fueled by warmer oceans and a warmer atmosphere.

      In the coming decades, regions of the United States will be affected in different ways by flooding, severe storms, droughts and wildfires. Millions may be forced from their homes. But what about the people who choose to stay? What can they do to harden their homes, to improve the chance the structure will stand up against water and fire? How can people help their communities adapt to the everyday realities of climate change?

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    • Recent Missouri River Drought Was the Worst In 1,200 Years
      About The 2000-2010
      Missouri River Drought

      May 13, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -Water demand is approaching or has already exceeded supply in much of the western United States. This is making water managers increasingly concerned about the threat of future droughts, especially in the context of climate change.

      A new study analyzing the Missouri River, the nation痴 longest river, reports that it has been at its driest in more than 1,200 years between 2000-2010 due to the effects of climate change.

      Prior research has shown that multiple river basins in the U.S. have experienced droughts over the past several decades that are unlike anything seen in the previous century. As these river basins provide drinking water for millions of people, scientists are working to better understand the nature of such droughts.

    • Sea Levels Rise in Europe - How Nations Could Save Money
      As Sea Level Rises in
      Europe, Setting Up Defenses Would
      Save Money In the Long-run

      May 12, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - Sea level rise is one of the many threats that a warmer planet will cast upon us, and people in many regions of the world are already dealing with this in different ways.

      A new study by European Commission scientists looked at the costs of protecting coastal communities from climate change as sea levels are predicted to rise as much as one meter by the end of the century and more intense storms.

      From being displaced from their homes to setting up defenses against the water, coastal communities are adapting in different ways. But this is just the beginning, the study warns.

    • What Do Cities Need to Prepare for Climate Migrants?
      What Data Do They Need?

      May 12, 2020 (Science News) - The Hispanic Office for Local Assistance, or HOLA, is part of the city government of Orlando, Fla. HOLA has helped new arrivals to the city find jobs, housing and health care since 2004.

      But by the end of 2017, HOLA and Orlando faced a daunting task. Hurricane Irma had inundated many of Florida痴 coastal cities in early September, and two weeks later, Maria hit Puerto Rico. Those two storms sent as many as 250,000 evacuees, including Vila and her family, into Florida痴 narrow interior.

      Orlando is now gearing up to become a destination for future climate migrations, Castro says. 哲o local government, to my knowledge, is prepared to deal with the flux of environmental migrants and climate refugees, he adds. 的t痴 now very much part of our thought process.

    • Hey, Donald: Planting Trees Is Not a Simple Solution
      Planting Trees Is Not a
      Simple Solution to Climate Change

      May 8, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - While continuously questioning climate action, US President Donald Trump surprised a few at this year痴 State of the Union speech by announcing the US would join a global initiative to plant a trillion trees around the world.

      The idea is that tree planting is a nature-based solution to climate change since trees and soil can take in and store the heat-trapping CO2 gas from the atmosphere. Nevertheless, the claim that trees alone can fix the issue might not be that accurate.

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    • It's Not Just the Amazon That's On Fire
      Large Parts of Siberia Are on Fire

      May 6, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - Massive areas of Siberia are now on fire, as spring has brought high temperatures across the country. While this happens every year, the number of fires is much larger than usual, and the government is focused on dealing with the coronavirus.

      A total of 3,339 fires were recorded at the end of April, much higher than the 1,960 registered on the same time last year. They now cover 477,000 hectares, while last year they only reached 382,000, according to Russia痴 Federal Forest Agency.

    • Warming Water Can Create a Fragile Tropical Ecosystem
      The Effect of Water
      Temperature in Tropical Ecosystems

      May 6, 2020 (Science News) -A decade ago, the waters off the Otomi Peninsula in the Sea of Japan, were a tepid haven. Schools of sapphire damselfish flitted above herds of long-spined urchins. The site was a hot spot of tropical biodiversity far from the equator, thanks to warm water exhaust from a nearby nuclear power plant. But when the plant ceased operations in 2012, those tropical species vanished.

      After the plant shut down, Otomi痴 average bottom temperature fell by 3°C, and the site lost most of its tropical fishes, fisheries scientist Reiji Masuda of Kyoto University reports May 6 in PLOS ONE. The die-off of tropical fishes and invertebrates was 都triking, he says. Otomi quickly reverted to a cool-water ecosystem.

    • Kenya Floods Kill 194, People Evacuated From Risk Areas Near Dams
      Flood Danger Threatens
      the Whole "Dam" Country

      May 6, 2020 (REUTERS) -NAIROBI - Floods and landslides in Kenya have killed nearly 200 people, displaced 100,000 and strained critical infrastructure, with unprecedentedly high water levels at two dams forcing the evacuation of villagers at risk, officials said on Wednesday.

      The heavy rain, which accelerated in mid-April, is expected to continue in already hard-hit areas in the coming weeks, the Kenya Meteorological Department said in its most recent forecast. May usually marks the end of the rainy season.

    • Billions Could Live in Sahara-like Heat Within 50 Years
      Asia and Africa Will Be Hit
      Hardest by Global Warming

      May 5, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -We like to think of ourselves as a highly adaptive species, which is true to a degree. However, it is also true that humans have historically preferred to settle in habitats where the temperature is just right for both comfort and food production. But rapidly accelerating climate change is disrupting many regions that momentarily enjoy equilibrium, potentially threatening the livelihoods of billions of people.

      For many creatures, their habitat is predicated on temperature this is also one of the reasons why abrupt climate change is so dangerous.

      Warmer water temperatures cause declines in the populations of trout, salmon, and many other species that require cold water to survive.

    • Swiss Environmentalists Demand 'Green Recovery' After Coronavirus
      Can There Be a Green
      Recovery' After Coronavirus?

      May 4, 2020 (REUTERS) -BERN, Switzerland - Environmental activists delivered a petition to a special session of the Swiss parliament on Monday demanding that a government aid package should promote a 堵reen recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

      With some lawmakers wearing protective face masks, parliament convened at an exhibition centre rather than its normal building so members had extra space to maintain social distancing rules.

      Campaigners said the 62 billion Swiss francs ($64 billion) in emergency economic aid should be used in an environmentally friendly way.

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    • Britain's Coal Future
      British Energy Shift萌oodbye Coal

      June 18, 2020,(Energy Central) -The UK's grid has gone for a record-breaking two months without coal-fired generation

      Since the 1880's Britain has relied on coal-fired electricity generation. On Wednesday 10th June, Britain hit a significant landmark: the country went for two entire months without burning coal to generate power.

      According to the UK's National Grid, the electricity network has now run without burning coal since midnight on the 9th April. This coal-free period has beaten the country痴 previous record of 18 days, six hours and ten minutes, which was set in June 2019.

    • India Doubles Down on Solar, Gas at Coal's Expense
      Solar and Gas Up, Coal Down in India

      May 3, 2020 (REUTERS) -India痴 solar and gas-fired electricity generation rose in April even as overall power demand fell at the steepest monthly rate in at least thirteen years, a Reuters analysis of provisional government data showed.

      Solar-powered electricity generation rose 16.9%, accounting for a record 5.6% of the country痴 total output, while gas-fired power output was 13.7% higher, an analysis of daily load despatch data from state-run power operator POSOCO showed. However, wind-powered electricity generation fell 11.4%.

    • Renewables Overtake Coal For the First Time
      Renewable Energy Is Poised
      to Eclipse Coal in U.S.

      May 13, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward)- The United States is on track to produce more electricity this year from renewable power than from coal for the first time on record, new government projections show, a transformation partly driven by the coronavirus pandemic, with profound implications in the fight against climate change.

      It is a milestone that seemed all but unthinkable a decade ago, when coal was so dominant that it provided nearly half the nation痴 electricity. And it comes despite the Trump administration痴 three-year push to try to revive the ailing industry by weakening pollution rules on coal-burning power plants.

    • Coal Generation Takes a Back Seat in Britain
      Britain Breaks Coal-Free
      Power Generation Record

      Apr. 28, 2020 (The Guardian) -Britain has gone without coal-fired power generation for its longest stretch since the Industrial Revolution, breaking the existing record of 18 consecutive days this morning.

      The UK痴 energy system has not used coal-fired plants for more than 438 hours, according to National Grid data, the longest uninterrupted period since 1882.

    • The No-Conscience Coal Industry Strikes Again
      Coal Industry Aims to
      Exploit Coronavirus Crisis To Cut
      Payments To Miners With Black Lung

      Apr. 11, 2020 (RawStory) - Some of the largest coal companies in the United States are using the coronavirus crisis to pressure Congress to slash the tax that finances the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, a lifeline for more than 20,000 miners whose lung disease makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

      The Washington Post reported this week that the National Mining Association (NMA), a trade group that represents the biggest U.S. coal operators still standing, 殿sked Congress last month for a 55% cut in the excise tax for the trust fund, and a suspension of another fee that pays to clean up abandoned mines. Altogether the operators say they could save about $220 million.

    • 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痴 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痴 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)悠ndonesian government plans to remove old coal-fired power plants with plants using renewable energy, the country痴 Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Arifin Tasrif said on Thursday.

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

      撤erusahaan 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痴 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痴 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痴 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痴 Black Forest a year, according to campaigners.

      The climate thinktank Sandbag said the heavily subsidized plans to cut carbon emissions would result in a 都taggering 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痴 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 添ellow 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)祐outh Korea痴 six older coal-fired power plants will be retired by 2021, a year earlier than previously planned, as part of the country痴 ongoing efforts to curb air pollution, the prime minister痴 office said on Friday.

      South Korea, Asia痴 fourth-largest economy, runs some 60 coal-fired power plants, generating around 40% of the country痴 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痴 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痴 Energy Forecast

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

      That痴 the key takeaway from the latest Integrated Resource Plan, which maps out the energy mix for the next decade. It envisions the nation痴 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痴 power, the bulk of it from coal-fired power plants many of which are approaching retirement and don稚 comply with environmental standards.

    • Ol' King Coal - No Longer a Merry Old Soul
      Coal Has Always Been
      King In the South.
      Now That痴 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痴 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痴 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痴 coal facilities produced more electricity in 2018 than they did five years earlier.

    • Coal Champions Speak Up at the U.N.
      Who痴 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痴 presidents and prime ministers.

      Don稚 build new coal plants after 2020, he said, and certainly don稚 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痴 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痴 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痴 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痴 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擁f 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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    • 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稚 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痴 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 殿 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傭ut 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傭ut the investment report may indicate a tipping point in the global energy budget.

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    • Panama City Crayfish Needs Help
      Lawsuit Planned to Protect This Species

      June 19, 2020,(nwfDailyNews.com) -A Florida wildlife advocacy group could soon file a lawsuit to ensure protections for the Panama City crayfish.

      The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a formal notice of its intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its failure to finalize protections for the 2-inch-long crayfish species that is unique to Bay County. Officials announced about four years ago that it was a threatened species.

      典he diminutive Panama City crayfish is an important part of the local ecosystem and these animals desperately need federal protection, Jaclyn Lopez, Florida director of the center, said in a Thursday press release. 典iny critters like the Panama City crayfish need some love too.

    • The Imperiled Bi-state Sage Grouse
      Lawsuit Launched Challenging
      Endangered Species Act Denial

      June 17, 2020,(YubaNet.com) -A coalition of conservation groups filed a formal notice today of their intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its failure to protect the imperiled Bi-State sage grouse population under the Endangered Species Act despite ongoing population declines. These genetically unique and isolated sage grouse inhabit an area along the California-Nevada border and face multiple threats to their survival and population declines are particularly acute at the northern and southern ends of the birds range.

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    • Extinction: The Next Nature Crisis
      New Global
      Extinction Target Proposed

      June 12, 2020,(BBC NEWS) -The world needs a single goal for fighting the loss of nature, much like the 1.5C target for climate change, according to conservation experts.

      Extinctions of plants and animals should be kept well below 20 per year, they propose.

      Last year, a UN report found that around one million species are now threatened with extinction.

      Progress on biodiversity loss has been "far too slow, limited or ineffective," said Prof Georgina Mace of UCL, London.

    • Trump: Commercial Fishing in Vulnerable Marine Monument is Ok
      But NRDC Sues Trump Admin
      to Keep Commercial Fishing Out

      June 15, 2020,(National Resources Defense Council(NRDC)) -The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument is home to an extraordinary array of marine species. But the Trump administration is trying to strip it of its core protections.

      Alongside NRDC partners葉he Conservation Law Foundation, the Center for Biological Diversity, and Zack Klyver, a whale-watching naturalist based in Maine湧RDC sued the Trump administration today for attempting to illegally strip essential protections from the country痴 first and only monument in the Atlantic Ocean.

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    • What Else is Trump Not Protecting?
      Trump Administration Eliminates
      Protections for Vast Ocean Monument

      June 11, 2020,(The Revelator ) -While most eyes were elsewhere last week, President Trump signed a proclamation to remove fishing restrictions within the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. The 4,900-square-mile marine protected area off the coast of New England is home to numerous endangered species and fragile deep-sea corals that can live for thousands of years.

      The announcement took place late Friday afternoon in a week beset by protests over systemic racism in the middle of a pandemic.

      Experts say removing protections puts a wide range of ocean species in harm痴 way. It would also distance the nation from the goals of several scientific calls to fully protect 30% of the ocean by the year 2030.

    • Jaguar Deaths in Central and South America
      What's Causing Those Deaths?

      June 11, 2020,(NY Times) -In May 2019, a headless jaguar carcass turned up at a garbage dump in southern Belize. The killing, one in a series of similar incidents, added to local outrage and inspired authorities, private citizens and companies to offer a combined $8,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the jaguar killer.

      More than just a national issue, the graphic killing in Belize seemed indicative of a rise in jaguar poaching across the species range, from Mexico to Argentina.

    • Guava Plants Face Big Trouble in Australia
      Australian Plant Species
      Face選mminent Extinction
      From Invasive Pathogen

      June 3, 2020 (The Revelator) - For Australia痴 native guava, death came in the form of a fungus.

      Just 10 years ago, a virulent strain of the fungus Austropuccinia psidii arrived in New South Wales. First observed in Hawaii in 2005, the fungus causes a devastating plant disease called myrtle rust, which has quickly and mysteriously spread around the world most likely through industrial shipping and other elements of our global economy. Each species that encounters the fungus displays different levels of resistance, but many plants experience deformed leaves, defoliation, stunted growth and even death. The fungus reproduces prodigiously, spewing out trillions of microscopic spores that can easily be carried to new areas by the wind.

      Once the fungus hit Australia it quickly spread from coast to coast, infecting hundreds of species from the Myrtaceae family, which includes native guava, eucalyptus, tea trees and bottle brushes.

    • Is a Sixth Mass Extinction Heading Our Way?
      The World is Facing a Sixth Mass Extinction Much Faster Than Expected

      June 2, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -The world is facing its sixth mass extinction it痴 happening now and we are the ones to blame, according to a new study, which warned of the growing number of species that are facing extinction on the planet.

      Professor Gerardo Ceballos and his team said human activities like poaching, pollution, and the use of toxic substances are driving species to the brink of extinction at a rate that has accelerated in recent decades. According to the new study, 173 species went extinct between 2001 and 2014.

      The Earth has seen five massive extinctions throughout its history, taking away between 75% and 90% of the species of plants, animals, and microorganisms. The most recent one caused the dinosaurs to disappear. All past events were caused by natural alterations in the environment. But now it痴 being caused by humans.

    • Ocean Conditions Could Lead to Blue Whales Food Scarcity
      New Zealand Blue Whale Dis-
      tribution Patterns Tied To Ocean
      Conditions and Prey Availability

      May 29, 2020 (ENN Network)- Oregon State University researchers who recently discovered a population of blue whales in New Zealand are learning more about the links between the whales, their prey and ocean conditions that are changing as the planet warms.

      Understanding how changes in climate affect the ability of blue whales to feed gives researchers more insight into the whales overall health and provides critical information for conservation and management, said Leigh Torres, an assistant professor and director of the Geospatial Ecology of Marine Megafauna Laboratory at OSU痴 Marine Mammal Institute.

      典hese whales don稚 move around at random. We found that the same ocean patterns that determine where whales are also determine where their prey are, under both typical and warm ocean conditions, Torres said. 典he more we learn about what drives these whales movement, the more we can help protect them from whatever threats they face.

    • Wildlife Don't Need No Stinkin' Refuge
      Trump Pushes Expanded Hunting,
      Fishing In Wildlife Refuges

      May 28, 2020 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)-A proposed rule to open or expand millions of acres of hunting and fishing opportunities in national wildlife refuges and national fish hatcheries is open for public comment.

      The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to open or expand more than 2.3 million acres to hunting and fishing opportunities in 97 national wildlife refuges throughout the nation eight which have never been opened before.

      The rule would introduce or expand hunting in three national wildlife refuges in Oregon. It would also open and expand fishing and hunting opportunities on the lands and rivers associated with nine fish hatcheries, five which are in Washington.

    • Plastic Waste Imperils Argentina's Penguins
      Will a Group of South
      American Biologists Save Them?

      May 22, 2019 (Deutsche Welle)-Penguins living at the "end of the world" are facing threats from climate change, tourism and plastic waste. A group of biologists in South America's most southerly point is trying to help the semi-aquatic birds.

      Project goal: Studying and protecting penguins in Tierra del Fuego, the most southerly point of South America

      Project implementation: Analyzing the threats to and impacts of climate change on the region's seven penguin colonies and raising awareness of the need to protect the local habitat and regulate tourism.

    • Ocean Biodiversity Hotspots to Protect
      Here Are the Top 10

      May 21, 2020 (The Revelator)-The Sargasso Sea, an area of the Atlantic Ocean between the Caribbean and Bermuda, has bedeviled sailors for centuries. Its namesake sargassum, a type of free-floating seaweed and notoriously calm winds have 鍍rapped countless mariners, including the crew of Christopher Columbus痴 Santa Maria.

      For the past 500 years, most of the stories that have come from the Sargasso have been about stranded ships and sunken vessels. But in recent years scientists have rewritten the sea痴 narrative. It痴 not a life-stealing sea, but a life-giving one. The seaweed alone helps support 100 species of invertebrates, 280 species of fish and 23 species of birds.

      Click now to
      the story from the Revelator.

    • World Turtle Day: 10 Cool Turtle Facts
      What You Always Wanted
      to Know About Turtles

      May 21, 2019 (Deutsche Welle)-They're one of the oldest species on our planet and come in all shapes and sizes. To mark World Turtle Day, here's a few things you might not know about these amazing creatures.

      Click now for the story
      and slideshow from Deutsche Welle.

    • Borneo Apes Are Taught How to Survive
      Inside the Orangutan
      Forest School Where the
      First Lesson Is Survival

      May 16, 2020 (The Guardian)- Orphaned apes in the rainforest of Indonesian Borneo are taught all the skills they need in preparation for their eventual return to the wild.

      They were the lucky ones: Robin, Amalia, Eska; three orphaned orangutans unrelated but by circumstance, rescued from a private zoo in the East Kalimantan province of Indonesian Borneo in early 2017.

      Click now for the story
      and a captivating photo.

    • U.S. Denies Full Protection For Pacific Fisher
      Relative of the Weasel
      Can't Catch a Break
      from the Trump Administration

      May 14, 2020 (REUTERS) LOS ANGELES,The Trump administration on Thursday denied Endangered Species Act protection to a weasel-like woodland mammal called the Pacific fisher across most of its West Coast range, except for a dwindling population in California痴 southern Sierras.

      The final decision from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, sharply criticized by conservation groups, marked a reversal of the agency痴 2019 proposal to list the Pacific fisher as a threatened species from northern California to the Canadian border.

      Click now for the story
      and an irresistible photo.

    • Bees Face Threats Other Than Chemicals
      'Murder hornets' in Washington
      State Threaten Bees and
      Whip Up Media Swarm

      May 2, 2020 (The Guardian) - Researchers and citizens in Washington state are on a careful hunt for invasive 杜urder hornets, after the insect made its first appearance in the US.

      The Asian giant hornet is the world痴 largest and can kill humans. But it is most dangerous for the European honeybee, which is defenseless in the face of the hornet痴 spiky mandibles, long stinger and potent venom.

      Washington state verified four reports of Asian giant hornets in two north-western cities in December. The species becomes more active in April, prompting local officials to invite the public to help beekeepers by creating their own hornet traps.

    • Can Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas Make a Comeback?
      A Second Chance for
      Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas

      Apr. 24, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) - Deep in the Rwandan rainforest is the site of the longest-running gorilla study in the world. A long term conservation campaign has helped bring mountain gorillas there back from the brink of extinction.

      Click now for a 3-minute video.

    • Start Counting Insects Among the Endangered Species
      Where Have They Gone? Insects
      Face Widespread Decline

      Apr. 24, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - When was the last time you saw a glow-worm? Probably quite some time ago. The light-emitting insects have been declining across the world for decades. But they aren稚 the only insects to be struggling, according to a new study.

      Researchers carried out the largest evaluation of insect abundance across the globe to date, showing that there has been a drop of 25% in their numbers over the last 30 years. Accelerating declines in Europe are what surprised scientist the most.

      Using data from 166 long-term surveys across 1,676 sites, the study painted a picture of the state of insect health. While some species were the exception and expanded, such as freshwater insects, they represent a small number among all species.

    • A Bird That Looks After Rhinos
      Hitchhiking Oxpeckers Warn Endangered
      Rhinos When People Are Nearby

      Apr. 9, 2020 (Science News) -Red-billed oxpeckers hitching rides on the backs of black rhinos are a common sight in the African bush. The birds are best known for feeding from lesions full of ticks or other parasites on a rhino痴 hide. But new research suggests that the relationship between the two species is much more mutualistic.

      Shouty and shrill oxpeckers can serve as an alarm bell, alerting black rhinos to the presence of people, scientists report April 9 in Current Biology. That could help the endangered animals evade poachers, the researchers propose.

      迭hinos are as blind as bats, explains Roan Plotz, a behavioral ecologist at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. Even in close proximity, a rhino might struggle to notice lurking danger by sight. But the oxpecker easily can, unleashing a sharp call to warn of intruders.

    • Yes, Trees Can Also Be Endangered Species
      Blood Is Life The
      Amazing Dragon痴 Blood Tree

      Apr. 9, 2020 (The Revelator) - Dragon痴 blood trees (Dracaena cinnabari) are evolutionary marvels of the plant kingdom, but they may not be around forever.

      Native to a single island in the Socotra archipelago, off the coast of Yemen in the Arabian Sea, the extraordinary-looking dragon痴 blood tree, which is classified as 砺ulnerable to extinction, can grow to more than 30 feet in height and live for 600 years. Looming over the island痴 rocky, mountainous terrain, it produces rich berries and a vermilion sap the source of its name that has been used for centuries as everything from medicine to lipstick, and even as a varnish for violins.

      Visually, the trees are stunning. Their branches grow in an outward-forking pattern that gives them the look of a giant mushroom or an umbrella sucked inside-out by the wind.

    • Newt in Trouble - And We're Not Talking About Gingrich
      Will Climate Change Push
      These Amphibians to the Brink?

      Apr. 6, 2020 (The Revelator) - Aerial photos of the Sierra Nevada the long mountain range stretching down the spine of California showed rust-colored swathes following the state痴 record-breaking five-year drought that ended in 2016. The 100 million dead trees were one of the most visible examples of the ecological toll the drought had wrought.

      Now, a few years later, we池e starting to learn about how smaller, less noticeable species were affected.

      One of those is the California newt (Taricha torosa). These large, colorful amphibians live across the state, from Mendocino County to San Diego County, but newts living in Southern California fared worse during the drought, according to a new study published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports. And worse, anticipated future changes to the climate are likely to put northern newts in the same boat in coming decades.

    • Nightingales Are Compromised Due to Climate Change
      Climate Crisis Is Making
      Migration Harder For Nightingales

      Apr. 1, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -The common nightingale is one of the world痴 most beloved songbirds and is capable of producing over 1,000 different sounds. It breeds in Europe and parts of Asia and migrates to sub-Saharan Africa. But, like many other species, it is being affected by climate change.

      Natural selection driven by global warming is causing these iconic birds to evolve shorter wings, which might make them less likely to survive their annual migration, according to a new study by Spanish researchers.

      The authors looked at the changes experienced in two populations of nightingales from central Spain over a 20-year period, focusing on the variation in the shape of the wings and the survival of the bids.

    • Read The NWLF April/May Edition
      Read the Compelling Stories
      In The New Issue of National Wildlife!

      Apr. 1, 2020 (National Wildlife Federation) -Issue includes the following stories:

      Plants in Peril - Thousands of native plant species risk extinction.

      Humming Along - Enjoy a ringside seat to the aerial acrobatics of these tiny, winged jewels.

      Cultivating Change - Wildlife-friendly gardening shows promise for restoring biodiversity in our increasingly urban world.

      Eat, Fly, Love, Die - Dragonflies brief but glorious life on the wing

      Click now for these stories and
      a bevy of beautiful photos.

    • 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.

      徹ur 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痴 Causing the Decline?

      Mar. 27, 2020 (inhabitat) -Monarch butterflies are amongst North America痴 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痴 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 鍍he heart of the monarch痴 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致e 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稚 hard to imagine.

      But the damage we致e done to freshwater ecosystems isn稚 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池e 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痴 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痴 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痴 kakapo.

      的 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痴 New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine. Even in a normal year, the vet team痴 work caring for the zoo痴 animals and treating some of the country痴 wild creatures is more serious than that, but 2019 was 杜onumental, 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痴 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).

    • The Road to Nowhere - Florida's Toll Roads
      The Road to Nowhere is Paved
      Through Florida痴 Treasured Wilderness

      March 6, 2020 (National Wildlife Federation)- The beauty of old Florida is unparalleled with lush grasslands, whimsical cypress forests, and the crystal waters of the Everglades. These wild landscapes not only serve to remind us of Florida痴 natural beauty, but are also vital in protecting Florida痴 drinking water sources and storing floodwaters. Beyond that, these swamps, marshes, and meadows are also among the most productive ecosystems in the world and support a wide variety of plant and animal species, including the iconic Florida panther.

      But, Florida痴 magnificent wilderness is under constant threat: wetlands are being drained to make way for urban development, native plant and animal species are being displaced or destroyed, and roads continue to fragment this beautiful state.

    • 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 澱ubbling from their beaks and seeming to 都earch for water, the VCF reports. The group is calling the event a 田onservation disaster.

      典his is, without any doubt, the worst case of vulture mortality in recent history that we know of, Jos 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) 誘p 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痴 a quiet May morning on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. We池e 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痴 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痴 last remaining long-distance terrestrial migration corridors.

      And it is at risk. This week conservation groups filed a legal petition challenging the Trump administration痴 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) 猶olar 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痴 attention.

      Sadly they池e far from the only species at risk from a warming planet.

      典here 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.

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

      Feb. 10, 2020 (NY Times) 裕he 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)猶lanet Earth faces an extinction crisis and, depending on the scientist you ask, may be in the midst of a 都ixth 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.

      典he 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. 的f we lose the biodiversity that痴 projected, a million species, then, it痴 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痴 largest flying bird species catches the distinctive aroma of decaying flesh on the wind. It痴 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)涌ne of the most important global conservation events of the past year was something that didn稚 happen. For the first time since 2002, Iceland one of just three countries that still allow commercial whaling didn稚 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痴 Extinct Lizard (Aug. 8)
      3.India痴 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)

      Click now for still more stories.

    • "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.

      典his 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 Lpez-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) 涌n 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痴 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痴 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痴 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痴 Mussels Are in Trouble
      Fighting for the Ohio
      River Watershed痴 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痴 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痴 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.

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    • Cool It Without A/C
      Graphene Can Now Be Used to Cool Your Clothes

      June 29, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -Researchers have implemented the 2D material graphene into smart textiles that can adapt to lower your temperature in hot climates.

      When it gets hot, our bodies radiate energy in the form of electromagnetic waves. We can稚 see this with the naked eye since it痴 in the infrared spectrum (called blackbody radiation). If you want to radiate heat, it痴 best to take advantage of the full infrared radiation spectrum, to lower our temperature as much as possible. Conversely, if you壇 want to keep the body hot, you壇 use something that blocks as much energy as possible.

      Click now to read the full article.

    • Light & Dark Contrast Provides Power to Small Gadgets
      A New Device Can Produce
      Electricity Using Shadows

      June 3, 2020,(Science News) -Someday, shadows and light could team up to provide power.

      A new device exploits the contrast between bright spots and shade to create a current that can power small electronics. 展e can harvest energy anywhere on Earth, not just open spaces, says Swee Ching Tan, a materials scientist at the National University of Singapore.

      Tan and his team created the device, called a shadow-effect energy generator, by placing a superthin coating of gold on silicon, a typical solar cell material. Like in a solar cell, light shining on silicon energizes its electrons. With the gold layer, the shadow-effect energy generator produces an electric current when part of the device lies in shadow.

      Click now to read the story from Science News.

    • Lowering Your Energy Use While Working from Home
      Ten Ways to Do it

      May 30, 2020 (greener ideal)- Working from home is a great way to use less energy daily. No commute, no food waste after going out to lunch and less time spent getting ready in the morning. However, remote work can still use a significant amount of energy, even if you never leave your home office for the majority of the day.

      From being aware of phantom power to hanging your laundry on a clothesline, here are ten ways to lower your energy use while working from home.

      Click now to see the list.

    • Are You As Smart As Your Windows?
      Smart Windows that Self-
      Illuminate on Rainy Days

      May 29, 2020 (ENN Network)- Smart windows that automatically change colors depending on the intensity of sunlight are gaining attention as they can reduce energy bills by blocking off sun痴 visible rays during summer. But what about windows that change colors depending on the humidity outside during the monsoon season or on hot days of summer? Recently, a Korean research team has developed the source technology for smart windows that change colors according to the amount of moisture, without needing electricity.

      The joint research team comprised of Professor Junsuk Rho of departments of mechanical and chemical engineering, Jaehyuck Jang and Aizhan Ismukhanova of chemical engineering department at POSTECH, and Professor Inkyu Park of KAIST痴 department of mechanical engineering. Together, they successfully developed a variable color filter using a metal-hydrogel-metal resonator structure using chitosan-based hydrogel, and combined it with solar cells to make a self-powering humidity sensor.

      These research findings were published as a cover story in the latest edition of Advanced Optical Materials, a journal specializing in nanoscience and optics.

    • 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 殿llows 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痴 largest multi-story bicycle parking garage with room for 12,500 bikes.

      Now a new development of 6,000 homes in the city痴 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痴 smart city software, Streetlight Vision (SLV), in order to help Stockholm progress toward its goal of becoming the world痴 smartest city by 2040. Stockholm痴 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.

      典hrough 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) 柚any 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痴 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痴 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値l use up to 70% less energy than you would with traditional incandescent bulbs. Plus, you won稚 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) 由esearchers 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.

      擢uel 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. 滴owever, 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.

      展e 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稚 always blowing when you need those turbines spinning. Water levels in hydroelectric dams rise and fall.

      But energy demand isn稚 sporadic: It tends to run in a predictable curve that peaks during the daylight hours.

      That means renewables, so far, can稚 always fulfill demand reliably at peak times. Sure, we致e got solar power, but that, too, is subject to factors we can稚 control, like cloudy days. That痴 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痴 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痴 message of 鉄ave Money, Cut Carbon, Breathe Easier, ACEEE痴 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.

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    • Hot Times For The Brazilian Amazon
      Fires There last Month
      Were the Worst Since 2007

      July 2, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -Forest fires in the Brazilian Amazon rose 19.5% in June compared to the same month last year, making it the worst June in 13 years. With such an increase, environmental organizations are worried that this year could surpass the disastrous fires registered last year across the Amazon.

      Last month was the start of the dry season in the Amazon and 2,248 forest fires were recorded, according to the National Institute for Space Research (INPE). But the worst is actually expected in August. Last year there were more than 30,000 fires that month, a figure that will likely be exceeded this year.

    • China's Got the Whole 'Dam' Thing Under Control
      China Discharges Floodwater
      From One of the World痴 Largest
      Dams Amid Heavy Rain Season

      June 30, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -Following viral videos on social media of flooding cities below the Three Gorges Dam and complaints by residents, the Chinese government acknowledged that it had released floodwaters from its spillways for the first time this year. Experts dismissed risks of the collapse of the dam.

      The Three Gorges Dam is the world痴 biggest hydropower project and has been functional since 2012. It spans the Yangtze River by the town of Sandouping in the Yiling District in China. The project has been criticized over fears of the collapse of the dam and the fact that it involved the displacement of 1.3 million people.

    • The Flood Risk Across America
      New Data Reveals the Hidden Ones

      June 15, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -Across much of the United States, the flood risk is far greater than government estimates show, new calculations suggest, exposing millions of people to a hidden threat and one that will only grow as climate change worsens.

      That new calculation, which takes into account sea-level rise, rainfall and flooding along smaller creeks not mapped federally, estimates that 14.6 million properties are at risk from what experts call a 100-year flood, far more than the 8.7 million properties shown on federal government flood maps. A 100-year flood is one with a 1 percent chance of striking in any given year.

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      story and graphic maps.

    • Chesapeake Energy Fracks Itself and Its Investors
      Fracker, Chesapeake Energy Files
      For Bankruptcy Owing $9bn

      June 29, 2020,(The Guardian) -Chesapeake Energy, the shale gas drilling pioneer that helped to turn the United States into a global energy powerhouse, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

      The Oklahoma City-based company said on Sunday that it had been forced to enter chapter 11 protection because its debts of $9bn were unmanageable.

      It has entered a plan with lenders to cut $7bn of its debt and said it will continue to operate as usual during the bankruptcy process.

    • To Stop Traffic and Pollution in NYC - Toll It
      A Steep NYC Traffic Toll
      Would Reduce Traffic and Pollution

      June 25, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -Enforcing a $20 toll for cars and taxis to enter the central business district of Manhattan would reduce traffic congestion by up to 40% and greenhouse gas emissions by 15%, while also increasing the use of public transit by 6%, according to new research.

      New York City is among the most congested traffic spots in the world, with a daytime population of almost four million people. Overcrowded facilities, undesirable travel times, excessive fuel consumption, and air pollution are among many other undesirable experiences faced by its residents every day.

    • COVID-19: A Poor Excuse Not to Defend the Environment
      From the US to Brazil, Countries
      Use COVID As an Excuse
      to Ease Environmental Regs.

      June 25, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -The coronavirus pandemic is being used as an excuse to temporarily relax or permanently dilute impact assessments (IA) regulations, standards and policies, IA professionals agreed in a recent survey. The concerns are now being confirmed by decisions in that line in the US, India, Brazil, and Canada.

      The International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) carried out a survey among professionals in the field in order to assess the effects of COVID-19 on environmental regulation. Half of those surveyed agreed that some states would use the pandemic to rule out regulations already in place.

    • A Little Arsenic in Your Water?
      Consumer Reports Finds
      Harmful Levels Of Arsenic In
      Whole Foods' Bottled Water

      June 24, 2020,(CNN BUSINESS) -Consumer Reports warned that bottled water produced by Whole Foods contains "potentially harmful levels of arsenic," amounting to three times the level of the chemical compared to other brands.

      The consumer watchdog group said Wednesday that Starkey Spring Water had "concerning levels of arsenic," ranging from 9.49 to 9.56 parts per billion. Federal regulations limits the amount of arsenic to 10 parts per billion, although Consumer Reports has been pushing it to be lowered to 3 parts per billion for safety and health reasons.

    • What Is Darkening the Skys of the Caribbean?
      Learn About the Saharan Dust Plume

      June 24, 2020,(CNN) -The current Saharan dust episode is leading to the worst dust storm in the Caribbean in decades.

      Over the weekend, Saharan dust moved into the Caribbean. By Monday, it had changed the tropical blue skies into a hazy brown-gray color.

      On Wednesday, this sunset enhancing, blue sky limiting, tropical threat reducing dust plume continues its 5,000-mile journey toward the US.

      Click now for more (includes a one-minute video).

    • N.M. Gila River Diversion Project Halted
      ISC Votes to Stop
      Work On Gila Diversion

      June 19, 2020,(Silver City Daily PRESS) -In a 7-2 vote Thursday morning, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission declined to further fund the National Environmental Policy Act process for the controversial proposed Gila River diversion project in southwestern New Mexico.

      The decision to stop work on the federally required environmental impact statement effectively prevents the New Mexico Entity of the Central Arizona Project, otherwise known as the N.M. CAP Entity, from pursuing its proposed development of 14,000 acre-feet of Gila River water under the terms of the 2004 federal Arizona Water Settlements Act. Any project that seeks to develop the AWSA water or use money from the New Mexico Unit Fund the monetary component of the settlement is required to complete an environmental impact statement as part of the process.

      The move also portends a major policy shift regarding how the remaining $70 million in settlement funds will likely be spent, with the focus moving to so-called 渡on-Unit projects, such as municipal and regional water supply projects.

    • Another Spill For a Canadian Pipeline
      Latest Spill Increases
      Worries About Canada痴
      Trans Mountain Pipeline

      June 16, 2020,( INHABITAT ) -A major spill last Saturday has renewed Canadians worries about the Trans Mountain pipeline. Up to 50,000 gallons of crude oil flooded Sumas First Nation痴 land in Abbotsford, British Columbia, spilling over an aquifer that supplies the community痴 drinking water.

      展e cannot continue to have our land desecrated by oil spills, Sumas First Nation Chief Dalton Silver said in a statement issued by the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC). This is the fourth spill on his community痴 land in 15 years.

    • Preventing Wildlife-Related Pandemics
      A Crucial Step

      June 15, 2020,(Scientific American) -As the world grapples with containing the spread and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must also act to address the origins of zoonotic diseases, including the illegal, unregulated and under-regulated trade and consumption of wildlife that may have led to the COVID-19 pandemic and is widely considered to be the cause of HIV, Ebola, SARS and MERS.

      Many voices have begun calling for closure of high-risk 努et markets where living and dead wildlife and domestic animals of various species and origins converge, conditions that create an ideal environment for coronaviruses and other wildlife-borne diseases to spill over to humans. These voices must be heeded. China recently closed these markets and the trade that supplies them. We hope this action will be lasting and that other markets supplied by illegal and poorly regulated trade, and that pose a clear threat to human and animal health, are also closed.

      Click now to read the full article.

    • Ozone Layer Threatened by Australian Fires
      Smoke from Australian Fires
      Rose Higher Into The Ozone
      Layer Than Ever Before

      June 15, 2020,(Science News) -Australia痴 most recent wildfire season was so severe that smoke from the fires reached new heights in the atmosphere and showed some very weird behavior while it was up there.

      A particularly intense series of bushfires in southeastern Australia from December 29 to January 4 spurred the formation of huge pyrocumulonimbus, or pyroCb, clouds. Those fire-fueled thunderstorms launched between 300,000 and 900,000 metric tons of smoke into the stratosphere, which was more than any seen from a previous inferno. One especially large, long-lasting smoke plume rose to a record altitude while spinning and wrapping itself in rotating winds. Those winds have never been observed around similar plumes, researchers report online May 30 in Geophysical Research Letters.

      This vast puff of smoke, which still hasn稚 fully dissipated, spanned roughly 1,000 kilometers about the width of Montana. That made it one of the largest, if not the largest, wildfire smoke plume that satellites have ever seen in the stratosphere.

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    • You Don't Like Microplastics Raining Down On You?
      Tons of this Pollutant are
      Raining Down On US National Parks

      June 12, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -More than 1,000 tons of microplastics, which would be enough to make 300 million water bottles, are deposited every year by wind and rain on national parks and protected areas in the United States. The new study casts light on an alternative movement of microplastics that has been overlooked.

      Global plastic production has quadrupled over the past four decades, a figure that is growing year by year. Most of that plastic ends up in landfills or the ocean, and eventually degrades into small microplastic particles, which can now be found in almost all the ecosystems of the planet, from the tallest mountains to deserted islands.

      Click now for more of this story.

    • Let Humans Influence the Planet a Little Less
      Half the Planet Is Still
      Free From Human Influence and It
      Should Remain Like That

      June 12, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -About half of the Earth痴 ice-free land remains free of significant influence from humans, according to a new study, which assessed the conversion of natural lands across the globe. The findings highlight the importance of protecting the world痴 ecosystems from human impacts.

      As human populations and economies have expanded, so too has our footprint on natural environments, with vast amounts of land used for agriculture and extractive activities. Only 15% of Earth痴 land surface is now formally under protection, a figure that conservation organizations claim has to be largely increased.

      Initial efforts to map human encroachment on natural environments can be traced back to the 1980s. But these first maps, while revolutionary, were crude due to both data and computing limitations until now.

    • Can't Do a Damn Thing About Failing Dams
      Weeks After Dams
      Fail, Questions Remain
      About Infrastructure Safety

      June 12, 2020,(Sierra Magazine) -The strong showing for racial justice came as the community continues to recover from the late-May flooding that impacted six Michigan counties. On May 19, heavy rains caused the Edenville Dam, on the border of Midland and Gladwin Counties, to fail, followed by the Sanford Lake Dam in Midland County. At least 10,000 residents in the path of the floodwaters were asked to evacuate as homes and businesses were severely damaged or destroyed.

      Although floodwaters have since receded and recovery efforts are underway, the failure of the dams will have significant long-term ramifications and raises disturbing questions. Namely, did the fact that the dams were privately owned, had fallen into disrepair, and been flagged by state and federal officials as unsound make this disaster entirely preventable?

    • Micro-plastics: The Threat From Above
      Plastic Rains Down On US
      National Parks and Wilderness Areas

      June 12, 2020,(Environmental Health News) -Last August, scientists delivered the chilling news that microplastics suspended in the Earth's atmosphere were being deposited in remote areas of the Arctic and Europe. Now researchers report similar microplastic accumulation in iconic American protected areas including the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree.

      Publishing their results today in Science, the researchers estimate total yearly plastics deposition over their study area to be the equivalent of 123 to 300 million discarded water bottles.

    • Hurricane Season: Something Else to Worry About
      The Perfect Storm Approaches

      June 11, 2020,(The Nation) -This hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, will be 登ne of the most active on record, some of the country痴 top weather forecasters are predicting.

      By the end of May, before the season had begun, there had already been two named tropical storms. And a new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) study released in May indicates that climate change has been intensifying the strength of hurricanes by about 8 percent per decade over the past 40 years. At the same time, infections and deaths from Covid-19 are projected to last through the summer and into the fall, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, and others.

      The question now is how well vulnerable localities and the nation as a whole will adjust to this convergence of storms and disease.

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    • Desalination - Why We Need It
      And How It Works

      June 11, 2020,(earth.com) -Earth is a watery planet. Roughly 71% of the surface of the Earth is liquid. Of that 71%, about 96% is saltwater. Based on these numbers, we can compute that only about 3% of the earth痴 surface is fresh water. This poses a large problem for the roughly 7 billion people on planet earth that all need access to fresh water for drinking, cooking, and irrigation.

      Worse, about 1 out of every 5 people is at risk of severe water shortages in the near future. Wouldn稚 it be convenient if we could use the abundance of saltwater on planet earth for drinking and irrigation? Scientists around the world have been working on this problem for decades. Today, let痴 understand how desalination works.

      Click now to lesrn more.

    • Huge Siberian Diesel Spill Reported
      The Spill Has Reached
      a Sensitive Arctic Lake

      June 10, 2020,(GIZMODO) -A major diesel spill from a power plant in Siberia has reached a fragile freshwater lake that leads to the Arctic Ocean, according to regional officials. That could create an ecological catastrophe.

      Speaking to reporters earlier this week, Krasnoyarsk Territory Governor Alexander Uss said the spilled fuel has reached Lake Pyasino.

      典his is a beautiful lake about 70 kilometers [43 miles] long, said Uss, as reported by Interfax. 哲aturally, it has both fish and a good biosphere. But it痴 impossible to predict how it will bear this brunt now.

    • Poisonous Toads Join Killer Hornets in New Environmental Threat
      Poisonous Toads Invade South Florida

      June 5, 2020,(GIZMODO) -First, there were murder hornets. Now, invasive, poisonous toads are the latest bizarre creature to go wild in the U.S. As South Florida enters its wet season aka hurricane season, the cane toad預n ugly, warty, brown amphibian with poison can kill pet dogs擁s thriving. That痴 not only concerning for pet owners. These toads are highly destructive to the environment.

      The cane toad is native to South America, Central America, and parts of southern Texas. Florida, though? Nope. Humans are to blame for the species presence there. In 1936, people brought about 200 of these ugly boys to Florida in an attempt to keep insects from damaging sugarcane fields. That failed miserably as the cane toads just ate, well, everything.

    • Storm Protection: Mangroves and Coral Reefs
      Mangroves and Coral Reefs Pro-
      vide Critical Protection From Storms

      June 5, 2020,(earth.com) -According to a new study from Northern Illinois University, about 31 million people live in coastal regions that are extremely vulnerable to the worsening impacts of climate change. As tropical storms intensify and sea levels rise, many coastal areas have defensive resources located just offshore that are often underestimated.

      The researchers found that among the 31 million people living in high-risk communities, 8.5 million directly benefit from the severe weather-protection of mangroves and coral reefs. These natural buffers could help mitigate an enormous amount of future damage from tropical storms and rising sea levels.

    • How About a Trash Barrier?
      Indonesian Group Dreams of
      Trash Barrier Idea Going Global

      June 5, 2020, BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Gary Bencheghib grew up on Indonesia痴 idyllic resort island of Bali and watched as plastic waste clogged up the winding waterways near to his childhood home, or found its way out into the ocean.

      Bencheghib, 25, is now determined to change that, and on Environment Day joined an army of volunteers to recover masses of plastics caught by floating walls of wire and pipes, installed six months ago to keep it from reaching the sea.

      Indonesia, an archipelago of more than 17,000 islands, has one of the longest coastlines in the world and is the second-biggest contributor to ocean plastics, according to a study in the journal Science.

    • Court Overturns EPA Approval of Monsanto Herbicide
      EPA Ignored Clear Evidence
      That the New Herbicide Would
      Cause Widespread Crop Damage

      June 4, 2020,(The Guardian) -The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law in approving agricultural weed-killing products sold by Bayer and two other chemical giants, ignoring clear evidence that the new herbicides would cause widespread damage to crops, a federal court ruled on Wednesday.

      The decision by the US court of appeals for the ninth circuit invalidates the registrations for dicamba-based herbicides made by Monsanto, which is owned by Bayer AG, BASF and Corteva Agrisciences that are designed to be sprayed on genetically engineered soybeans and cotton. The court order effectively makes it illegal for farmers to continue to use the dicamba herbicides this summer as they tend to millions of acres of crops.

    • How the U.S. Ranks On Environmental Performance
      The United States is 24th in the World

      (The Guardian)June 4, 2020, - The US is far behind other industrialized nations on environmental performance and now ranks 24th in the world, according to a new analysis by Yale and Columbia universities.

      Denmark came in first place, followed by Luxembourg and Switzerland. The UK ranked fourth.

      The findings come as the Trump administration has continued to weaken environmental protections in a quest to relax rules on industry and expand fossil fuel development which threatens to put the country even further behind its peers.

    • Protect Mangroves So They Can Protect Us
      Mangrove Trees Could Vanish
      By 2050 Without Reduced Emissions

      June 4, 2020,(earth.com) -Greenhouse gas emissions will determine the fate of mangrove trees, according to a new study from Rutgers University. The experts determined that mangrove trees will struggle to survive sea-level rise beyond the year 2050 if harmful greenhouse gas emissions are not reduced.

      Mangroves can be found in warm tropical waters along the coastline of Africa and on the Atlantic coast from Florida all the way down to Argentina.

      Mangrove forests are valuable ecosystems that store large amounts of carbon, support many species of fish and wildlife, and provide coastal protection.

    • The Gulf of Mexico 船ead Zone
      Scientists Predict Zone
      Will Be Large This Summer

      June 3, 2020,(NY Times) -The 電ead zone in the Gulf of Mexico will be larger than usual this summer, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted on Wednesday.

      The dead zone, an area of the northern Gulf of Mexico with low oxygen levels that appears every summer, is produced by nutrients washing into the Mississippi, many from fertilizer used on farmland in the river痴 vast watershed. Heavy spring rains increase the likelihood that more nutrients will flow into the Gulf, where they stimulate the growth of algae. The algae dies, sinks and decomposes, depleting the oxygen in the water.

    • Corals Could Stage a Comeback
      Neon Colors May Help Some
      Corals Stage a Bleaching Comeback

      May 29, 2020,(Science News) -For some corals, going bright may be part of their fight against bleaching.

      Higher-than-normal ocean temperatures can cause some corals to bleach and lose the beneficial algae that dwell within their cells. Those algae help feed the corals and give them their color, so bleached corals can become bone white, and may struggle to survive. But when some corals bleach, they turn neon hues from red to blue to purple.

      A new study finds that those flashy colors may be part of a response that can help the corals recover from bleaching and reunite with their algal partners.

    • Which Soap Type Is Better for the Environment?
      Solid or Liquid Soap:
      Which is More Eco-friendly?

      May 29, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -The humble soap bar is back and it痴 ready to play its part in saving the environment. It works just as well as liquid soap in cleaning and disinfecting, and is a touch more eco-friendly.

      The act of bathing is so common we don稚 really pay it much attention. You go in, run the water, clean yourself with soap, rinse, dry, and you池e out. Except many people don稚 actually use soap anymore.

      Soap is a product made from a combination of fats (or oils) and an alkali (traditionally, lye). We might sometimes call other things 壮oap, but that痴 not technically accurate. For instance, body wash is technically a detergent it contains extra chemicals called surfactants. Some solid soaps can also be labeled as a detergent, which is usually written on the label: if it says 壮oap, it痴 soap otherwise, it痴 probably detergent.

    • Neonicotinoids: What Gardeners Need To Know
      The Pesticides Work On An Array Of Insects Including the Good Guys

      May 28, 2020 (Mother Nature Network) - There has been a lot of "buzz" in recent years about a group of chemicals known as "neonicotinoids." These pesticides affect the central nervous systems of insects, and are a suspected link to colony collapse disorder in domesticated honeybees as well as the rapid decline of many wild pollinator species.

      About 85% of Earth's flowering plants rely on pollination by bees and other pollinators, according to the Xerces Society, a nonprofit that protects wildlife through invertebrate conservation. Bees also pollinate more than 30% of all plants that produce foods and beverages consumed by humans around the world.

      "Neonicotinoids are one of the most serious causes of downward negative pressure on pollinators," according to Keith Delaplane, a professor of entomology and director of the Honey Bee Program at the University of Georgia. In fact, he rates neonicotinoids as the second-leading cause of decline in the nation's honeybees, reserving the top spot for the parasitic varroa destructor mite.

    • If You Hate Horses, You'll Love Fracking
      Fracking Linked to Rare
      Birth Defect in Horses

      May 29, 2020 (The Daily Climate)- A new study has uncovered a link between fracking chemicals in farm water and a rare birth defect in horses謡hich researchers say could serve as a warning about fracking and human infant health.

      The study, published this month in the journal Science of the Total Environment, complements a growing body of research linking fracking to numerous human health effects, including preterm births and high-risk pregnancies. This is believed to be the first study to find fracking chemicals in farm water linked to birth defects in farm animals.

      In 2014, veterinarians at the Cornell University Hospital for Animals in Ithaca, New York, realized that they'd diagnosed five out of 10 foals born on one farm in Pennsylvania with the same rare birth defect. The birth defect, dysphagia, involves difficulty swallowing caused by abnormalities in the throat. Dysphagia causes nursing foals to inhale milk instead of swallowing it, which often results in pneumonia if milk gets into their lungs.

    • Net Zero Infrastructure Plan Proposed by Britain痴 Gas Networks
      The Big Switch
      Natural Gas to Hydrogen

      May 28, 2020 (H-VIEW)-Plans to invest more than 」900m in switching Britain痴 gas grid from using methane natural gas to hydrogen and biomethane have been unveiled today by the country痴 five gas network operators.

      Cadent, National Grid, NGN, SGN, and Wales & West Utilities want to use a proposed 」904m investment to develop green gas network infrastructure over the next five years as part of plans for the UK痴 economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis and the country痴 long-term decarbonisation policy.

      The Zero Carbon Commitment package, part of Energy Networks Association痴 (ENA) Gas Goes Green program.

      Click now to learn about plans to invest.

    • Insurgencies Not the Only Worry for Our Military
      Addressing All Types of
      PFAS on Military Bases

      May 26, 2020 (ewg.org)- The toxic fluorinated compounds known as PFAS belong to a family with hundreds of different members. They are linked to an array of health risks, including cancer, thyroid disruption, reproductive and developmental harms, reduced effectiveness of vaccines and high cholesterol. But in its efforts to address the widespread PFAS contamination on U.S. military bases, the Pentagon has largely focused on the most notorious of these so-called forever chemicals.

      The Department of Defense, or DOD, says there are as many as 678 military sites where PFAS contaminate groundwater or drinking water. Through Freedom of Information Act requests, EWG has so far confirmed and mapped PFAS in the tap water or groundwater at 328 of these military installations, each of which often has several kinds of PFAS.

    • Energy Innovation Brief - Issue 04
      Dam Failure Threatens
      a Dow Chemical Complex
      and Superfund Cleanup

      May 20, 2020 (CANADAWEST Foundation)-In this month痴 roundup of energy innovation news:

      1. Renewable energy surpasses coal for longest stretch in U.S. history
      2. Scientists create Frankenstein cement that 粗ats carbon dioxide
      3. Cleaning up oil sands tailings: new technologies on the horizon
      4. Alberta geothermal technology pushes forward as oil and gas industry searches for options
      5. Big Oil meets Big Data as oil sands seek to modernize through digital tech
      6. Move over, solar panels wind power coming to a rooftop near you

    • Not Enough Arsenic in Your Water? Look Again
      Over 200 Million
      People May Be at Risk
      From Arsenic-Contaminated Water

      May 21, 2020 (Science News)- As many as 220 million people around the world may be at risk of drinking arsenic-contaminated groundwater, a new study finds.

      Combining climate, environmental and geologic data with machine learning, researchers made a global map, described in the May 22 Science, that predicts where groundwater arsenic concentrations are likeliest to exceed 10 micrograms per liter, a safe drinking water limit set by the World Health Organization.

      Arsenic is present in trace amounts in many different types of soil and rock. It becomes harmful to people when it leaches out of these soils and into groundwater, which can occur due to a variety of chemical processes. Long-term exposure can lead to skin lesions and cancer.

    • Another Damn Failure?
      Dam Failure Threatens
      a Dow Chemical Complex
      and Superfund Cleanup

      May 20, 2020 (NY Times)-Floodwaters from two breached dams in Michigan on Wednesday flowed into a sprawling Dow chemical complex and threatened a vast Superfund toxic-cleanup site downriver, raising concerns of wider environmental fallout from the dam disaster and historic flooding.

      The compound, which also houses the chemical giant痴 world headquarters, lies on the banks of the Tittabawassee River in Midland, where by late Wednesday rising water had encroached on some parts of downtown. Kyle Bandlow, a Dow spokesman, said that floodwaters had reached the Dow site痴 outer boundaries and had flowed into retaining ponds designed to hold what he described as brine water used on the site.

    • New Plant-based Bottles: The End of Plastic
      New Plant-Based Bottles
      Will Degrade in a Year

      May 16, 2020 (The Guardian)- Beer and soft drinks could soon be sipped from 殿ll-plant bottles under new plans to turn sustainably grown crops into plastic in partnership with major beverage makers.

      A biochemicals company in the Netherlands hopes to kickstart investment in a pioneering project that hopes to make plastics from plant sugars rather than fossil fuels.

      The project has the backing of Coca-Cola and Danone, which hope to secure the future of their bottled products by tackling the environmental damage caused by plastic pollution and a reliance on fossil fuels.

    • Antibiotics: Big Ag痴 Can of Worms
      An Agricultural Ticking Time Bomb

      May 15, 2020 (The Revelator)-The emergence of multiple pandemics in the animal agriculture industry over the past few decades, coupled with COVID-19痴 suspected origins in wildlife meat markets, has prompted renewed calls from experts to transform the global food system to prevent diseases harmful to humans.

      Industrial agriculture puts humans in contact with scores of animals in cramped conditions, which is ideal for disease transfer.

      But that痴 only one of the health dangers it causes. Antibiotics are used ubiquitously in all kinds of large-scale agriculture, causing antibiotic resistance and environmental toxicity that studies show we池e not prepared to combat.

    • Microplastics Are All Over, Including In Sea Breeze
      No End to Where
      Microplasrtics Can Be Found

      May 13, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - Global levels of plastic pollution have been increasing ever since plastic products gained commercial popularity in the 1930s. This has created one of the biggest environmental problems of our time.

      While most research has generally assumed that once plastics enter the ocean they are going to stay there, that痴 not necessarily the case. A new study suggests that plastic particles can transfer from seawater to the atmosphere and get carried away by the breeze.

      Researchers at the University of Strathclyde and the Observatoire Midi-Pyr駭馥s at the University of Toulouse found fragments of plastics in sea spray, suggesting that they are ejected from the seawater in 澱ubbles.

    • Not Even Underground Ecosystem Are Safe From Humanity
      Humanity Influences
      Underground Ecosystems

      May 12, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - Not even underground systems are free from the effects of pollution, according to a new study.

      The research focused on the Monte Conca cave system, a sprawling gallery of springs and pools below a nature preserve in Sicily. According to the team, despite its isolation underground, even the Monte Conca system shows signs of changes in its microbe communities with species associated with human waste.

      Monte Conca is Sicily痴 longest and deepest gypsum karst system and was dug out by sulfuric acid eating into the rock. It痴 not a unique occurrence, and caves of this type have been found throughout the world.

    • Hundreds of New Violations for the Beaver County Revolution Pipeline
      Beaver County Revolution
      Pipeline Violations

      May 7, 2020 (Allegheny Front) - A pipeline company fresh off a record $30 million fine for a 2018 explosion that leveled a Beaver County home has racked up hundreds of construction violations for hillside slips, soil erosion and stream pollution at construction sites for the same pipeline.

      According to data from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, ETC Northeast Pipeline LLC, a subsidiary of Energy Transfer, has had 680 violations along the route of the 40-mile Revolution pipeline in Beaver County since the beginning of the year. The violations are the subject of settlement talks between the agency and the company.

      Since January, DEP inspectors observed slopes along the pipeline route slip, erosion and sedimentation barriers fail, and sediment-laden water getting into streams, all violations of the company痴 clean water permits.

    • New York City's Open Streets Program
      New York City Rolls Out
      Next Wave of Open Streets

      May 6, 2020 (CURBED New York)- New York City will close another two miles of streets to cars this week as part of an effort to give pedestrians and cyclists more space to spread out during the coronavirus pandemic.

      As of May 7, the city will work with local Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) to open up 1.9 miles of streets to New Yorkers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. The latest round of street closures comes less than a week after the city launched its open streets initiative by pedestrianizing seven miles of asphalt in and near parks.

      The open streets initiative was unveiled in late April, in partnership with the City Council, after transportation advocates and elected officials hounded the mayor to revisit the concept after he scuttled a car-free streets pilot only 11 days after its launch.

    • Logging: Australia Re-Joins the "We're on Fire" Club
      Did Logging Native Forests
      Worsen Australia痴 Fires?

      May 6, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -

      Only a few months have passed since the devastating bushfires in Australia, with the images of burned forests, displaced people, and dead animals still fresh in the public awareness.

      For researchers, now it痴 the time to get some answers on what actually caused the bushfires and made them so extensive compared to previous years.

      An international group of researchers looked at Australia痴 historical and contemporary land-use and found that logging of native forests can increase the risk and severity of fires likely having a profound effect on the recent bushfires.

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    • Environment Justice & Racial Justice
      Democrats Detail a Climate
      Agenda Tying Them Together

      June 29, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -Democrats in Congress are expected to make public on Tuesday a broad list of proposals on climate change, laying out in detail what could become the starting point for their climate agenda if the party regains control of Congress and the White House next year.

      The 538-page report sets a range of targets including ensuring that every new car sold by 2035 emits no greenhouse gases, eliminating overall emissions from the power sector by 2040, and all but eliminating the country痴 total emissions by 2050.

      Click now to read the full article.

    • Climate Change Tied to Pregnancy Risks
      Affecting Black Mothers Most

      June 18, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -Pregnant women exposed to high temperatures or air pollution are more likely to have children who are premature, underweight or stillborn, and African-American mothers and babies are harmed at a much higher rate than the population at large, according to sweeping new research examining more than 32 million births in the United States.

      The research adds to a growing body of evidence that minorities bear a disproportionate share of the danger from pollution and global warming. Not only are minority communities in the United States far more likely to be hotter than the surrounding areas, a phenomenon known as the 塗eat island effect, but they are also more likely to be located near polluting industries.

    • How Communities of Color are Environmentally Mistreated
      The Wake-Up Call

      June 17, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -的 can稚 breathe was one of the last things George Floyd said before he was killed in police custody in Minneapolis. The words have become a rallying cry for protesters demanding accountability. Increasingly, they致e also been taken up by environmental activists seeking to address the fact that communities of color carry a disproportionate burden of the country痴 air pollution and other environmental hazards.

      展hen we say, 選 can稚 breathe, we literally can稚 breathe, Mustafa Santiago Ali, vice president for environmental justice at the National Wildlife Federation, told the House Energy and Commerce Committee last week.

      Click now for more of this story.

    • Read About Environmental Justice, Racism and Activism
      The 16 Essential Books

      June 19, 2020,(The Revelator) -This year has brought us some brutal lessons so far, chief among them the fact that systemic racism drives or amplifies nearly all our societal and environmental ills.

      Now is the time to listen to the people affected most by those problems of environmental justice and racism and the activists working to solve them.

      Click now for the list from REVELATOR READS

    • How to Save Trees in Indonesia
      How Giving Cash to
      Poor Families May Also
      Save Trees in Indonesia

      June 12, 2020,(Science News) -Last year marked the third in a row of when Indonesia痴 bleak rate of deforestation has slowed in pace. One reason for the turnaround may be the country痴 antipoverty program. That initiative is associated with a 30% reduction in tree cover loss in villages, researchers report June 12 in Science Advances.

      In 2007, Indonesia started phasing in a program that gives money to its poorest residents under certain conditions, such as requiring people to keep kids in school or get regular medical care. Called conditional cash transfers or CCTs, these social assistance programs are designed to reduce inequality and break the cycle of poverty. They池e already used in dozens of countries worldwide. In Indonesia, the program has provided enough food and medicine to substantially reduce severe growth problems among children.

      Click now to learn about how
      this releates to the environment.

    • Clean Energy Injustice and How to Fight It
      The Racial Inequity
      in Clean Energy and
      How to Fight It

      June 11, 2020,(inside climate news) -In this moment of reckoning and reflection about racial inequity in our country, it's time to be forthright about the inequalities in the rapidly expanding business of clean energy.

      This industry is providing economic opportunities, but the benefits are not distributed fairly across races and income levels. Predominantly white and affluent communities are getting most of the jobs in the solar industry, and also most of the clean air and financial benefits of having solar on their homes.

      Click now for the rest of this story.

    • Lawmakers: Wake Up. Climate Talks Can't Wait Until 2021
      We Cannot Postpone Climate
      Talks Until 2021

      (The Nation)June 5, 2020, - On the heels of a pandemic that is hitting communities of color the hardest, and while protests for racial justice following the murder of George Floyd rock the nation and world, it is vital for meaningful climate dialogues to continue.

      Yet Britain last week proposed postponing international climate talks until November 2021. The potential costs of doing so are stark. Most strikingly, it will likely result in economic recovery plans by nations that seek to revitalize a fundamentally unsustainable and unjust status quo, one which harms under-resourced communities the most and which puts the futures of my peers and myself second to the profits of big corporations

    • Aren't Water Rights a Human Right?
      The Fight for Equitable
      Access to Water and Electricity
      Has Never Been More Urgent

      June 15, 2020,(National Resources Defense Council(NRDC)) -Back in March, when U.S. public health officials began advising hand-washing as the first line of defense against COVID-19, they likely weren稚 picturing the hundreds of thousands of people across the country who lacked running water. And when they encouraged social distancing and transitioning to online school, they may not have thought of families living in homes where electricity had been shut off.

      典hese affordability issues were already simmering in the backgroundand then COVID hit, says Mae Wu, who has advocated for access to safe and affordable drinking water at NRDC for 13 years. Now, with one in five American workers filing for unemployment since mid-March, the risk of mass utility shutoffs has skyrocketed曜ust as residents need these basic services the most.

      Click now for the article from the NRDC.

    • Climate Change and Racism - They Go Together
      Black Environmentalists Talk About Climate and Anti-Racism

      June 3, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -This week, with the country convulsed by protests over the killing of a black man named George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, we decided we壇 talk to leading black climate activists about the connections between racism and climate change.

      A clear theme emerged from those discussions: Racial and economic inequities need to be tackled as this country seeks to recalibrate its economic and social compass in the weeks and months to come. Racism, in short, makes it impossible to live sustainably.

      Read what three prominent environmental defenders had to say in interviews this week about how the climate movement can be anti-racist.

    • Mining Company Blows Up 46,000-Year-Old Aboriginal Site
      Rio Tinto Expresses No Regrets

      May 28, 2020 (GIZMODO)- A culturally important archaeological site in Western Australia was destroyed this past weekend during the expansion of an iron ore mine. Upsettingly, the mining company responsible for the incident did so with state permission, exposing Australia痴 weak and bigoted heritage conservation laws.

      The Juukan 1 and Juukan 2 rock shelters in the Pilbara region of Western Australia were destroyed by mining blasts on Sunday. This is devastating news, as the rock shelters were occupied by indigenous Australians more than 46,000 years ago, making them one of the oldest heritage sites in the country. It痴 a huge cultural loss for the site痴 traditional owners, the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura People (PKKP), as well as archaeologists who had not fully investigated it.

    • Why We Must Close Polluting Urban Power Plants
      The Link Between Pollution
      and Coronavirus Mortality Rates
      is One of the Reasons

      May 27, 2020 (USNews)-The COVID-19 crisis lays bare the environmental injustices facing urban communities. Multiple studies have now drawn a clear link between pollution both fine particulate matter, known as PM2.5, and nitrogen dioxide and coronavirus mortality rates. Urban communities of color are most burdened by these pollutants, which come from industry, transportation and power plants. It's time for governments to recognize this dangerous health disparity and take action to reduce emissions, starting by shutting down the most polluting power plants.

      Peaker power plants, typically powered by gas and oil, are among the worst offenders. These inefficient power plants fire up to meet times of high energy demand, spewing nitrous oxides, sulfur oxides and particulates into surrounding communities. They're predominantly located near population centers where energy demands are greatest and typically located in communities of color and under-resourced areas. There are more than 1,000 peakers in operation across the country today, with the highest concentrations centered in and around major metropolitan areas.

    • Those At the Most Risk From the Pandemic
      In the Shadows of Our Smokestacks,
      Virus is One More Deadly Risk

      May 17, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward)- This isn稚 the first time Vicki Dobbins痴 town has been forced to shelter in place.

      Last year, the Marathon Petroleum refinery that looms over her neighborhood near Detroit emitted a pungent gas, causing nausea and dizziness among neighbors and prompting health officials to warn people to stay inside. When a stay-at-home advisory returned in March, this time for the coronavirus, 妬t was just devastating, Ms. Dobbins said.

      Ms. Dobbins, who is 76, later contracted Covid-19, and spent two weeks on oxygen in intensive care. Now she has a question. 泥o the polluters in our area make us more susceptible to asthma, bronchitis, heart failure, cancers? she asked. 的s the virus just going to be one of the ones added to that list?

    • Austerity Poisoned the People of Flint, Michigan
      Lead Poisoning Reveals
      Environmental Racism in the US

      May 7, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) -

      A recent study shows that being black is a bigger risk factor for lead poisoning than poverty or poor housing. 'Color-blind' health policy has exacerbated the environmental injustice, the authors say.

      Reports that the new coronavirus is disproportionately killing African Americans in the United States are no surprise to the country's public health researchers. Numerous examples, from polluted water in Flint, Michigan, to parasites like hookworm in Alabama, have long shown that African Americans are more exposed to environmental dangers and ill-health than white Americans.

      But a study into one of the most enduring of these threats lead poisoning among children 用rovides a new measure of what many say is the toxic effect of systematic racism in the US.

    • Climate Injustice Strike a NY State Town
      An Incinerator Burning
      Firefighting Foam May Be
      Covering a New York
      Town in Toxic Chemicals

      Apr. 28, 2020 (GIZMODO) - New research shows an incinerator licensed to dispose of toxic firefighting foam is instead belching out dangerous chemicals onto neighboring communities, including a public housing project.

      The Norlite Incinerator is one of four plants across the country that has a contract with the Department of Defense to dispose of the foam known as AFFF. But apparently it痴 not doing such a great job. A group of students and faculty at Bennington College tested water and soil samples from the area surrounding the facility, and sent them to a lab for analysis. The preliminary results suggest that incinerating the foam isn稚 breaking down those chemicals.

    • Are African-Americans Especially Vulnerable to COVID-19
      Why African-Americans May
      Be Especially Vulnerable to COVID-19

      Apr. 10, 2020 (Science News) - COVID-19 was called the great equalizer. Nobody was immune; anybody could succumb. But the virus spread across the United States is exposing racial fault lines, with early data showing that African-Americans are more likely to die from the disease than white Americans.

      The data are still piecemeal, with only some states and counties breaking down COVID-19 cases and outcomes by race. But even without nationwide data, the numbers are stark. Where race data are known for only 3,300 of 13,000 COVID-19 deaths African-Americans account for 42% of the deaths, the Associated Press reported April 9.

      Those data also suggest the disparity could be highest in the South. For instance, in both Louisiana and Mississippi, African-Americans account for over 65 percent of known COVID-19 deaths.

    • Isle de Jean Charles, La Became the First Climate Refugee Settlement
      Resettling the First
      'Climate Refugees'

      May 2, 2016 (NY Times Interactive) -ISLE DE JEAN CHARLES, La. Each morning at 3:30, when Joann Bourg leaves the mildewed and rusted house that her parents built on her grandfather痴 property, she worries that the bridge connecting this spit of waterlogged land to Louisiana痴 terra firma will again be flooded and she will miss another day痴 work.

      Ms. Bourg, a custodian at a sporting goods store on the mainland, lives with her two sisters, 82-year-old mother, son and niece on land where her ancestors, members of the Native American tribes of southeastern Louisiana, have lived for generations. That earth is now dying, drowning in salt and sinking into the sea, and she is ready to leave.

      With a first-of-its-kind 田limate resilience grant to resettle the island痴 native residents, Washington was ready to help.

      But would happen under a difference administration?

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      some images and a map

    • The Price Refugees Pay for Climate Change
      Heat, Hunger and War
      Force Africans Onto
      a 然oad on Fire

      Feb 15, 2016 (NY Times Interactive) -AGADEZ, Niger The world dismisses them as economic migrants. The law treats them as criminals who show up at a nation痴 borders uninvited. Prayers alone protect them on the journey across the merciless Sahara.

      But peel back the layers of their stories and you find a complex bundle of trouble and want that prompts the men and boys of West Africa to leave home, endure beatings and bribes, board a smuggler痴 pickup truck and try to make a living far, far away.

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      some images and a map.

    • Is Climate Change Fair to Every Sector of the Population?
      Why is Climate Change So Unfair?

      Apr. 6, 2020 (grist) - Everyone is going to be affected in some way by big, global issues like climate change (or coronavirus for that matter). But some folks are going to feel the hurt more than others. In some cases, it痴 because they happen to live in harder-hit areas, like where a hurricane makes landfall or a wildfire rages. In others, it痴 because people have access to fewer resources that would help them recover from such an event. Many people in that second category belong to demographic and economic sub-groups that make them especially vulnerable if disaster strikes.

    • Chinese Dam-building: Environmental Justice or InJustice? building
      Environmental Justice and
      Chinese Dam-building
      in the Global South

      May, 2019 (ResearchGate) - Chinese investments in large hydropower dams have rapidly increased all over the world in the last 20 years. Some of these projects have been contested both from a technological and political point of view due to the ways in which decisions have been made, as well as in relation to the resulting social-ecological change and ecological distributional aspects.

      From an Environmental Justice perspective, this paper analyses the main drivers and contested aspects of Chinese hydropower investments in the global South. The paper builds on Chinese projects located in different regions of the world, by combining information from the literature and the Global Atlas of Environmental Justice EJAtlas dataset.

      Based on the analysis of Chinese hydropower projects and environmental justice concerns, this paper sheds light on the current literature on drivers and multidimensional conflictive outcomes of these large hydropower dam investments.

    • The Low-Lying Island of Kiribati is in Trouble
      A Remote Pacific Nation,
      Threatened by Rising Seas

      Mar. 7 , 2016 (NY Times Interactive) -TARAWA, Kiribati One clear bright day last winter, a tidal surge swept over an ocean embankment here in the remote, low-lying island country of Kiribati, smashing through the doors and windows of Betio Hospital and spewing sand and debris across its maternity ward.

      Beero Hosea, 37, a handyman, cut the power and helped carry frightened mothers through the rubble and water to a nearby school.

      的f the next one is combined with a storm and stronger winds, that痴 the end of us, he said. 的t痴 going to cover this whole island.

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    • Environment Justice & Racial Justice
      Democrats Detail a Climate
      Agenda Tying Them Together

      June 29, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -Democrats in Congress are expected to make public on Tuesday a broad list of proposals on climate change, laying out in detail what could become the starting point for their climate agenda if the party regains control of Congress and the White House next year.

      The 538-page report sets a range of targets including ensuring that every new car sold by 2035 emits no greenhouse gases, eliminating overall emissions from the power sector by 2040, and all but eliminating the country痴 total emissions by 2050.

      Click now to read the full article.

    • Not Getting Enough Perchlorate in Your Water?
      E.P.A. Won稚 Regulate Toxic
      Compound Linked to Fetal Brain Damage

      June 18, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -The Trump administration on Thursday finalized a decision not to impose any limits on perchlorate, a toxic chemical compound found in rocket fuel that contaminates water and has been linked to fetal and infant brain damage.

      The move by the Environmental Protection Agency was widely expected, after The NY Times reported last month that Andrew Wheeler, the E.P.A. administrator, had decided to effectively defy a court order that required the agency to establish a safe drinking-water standard for the chemical by the end of June. In addition to not regulating, the E.P.A. overturned the underlying scientific finding that declared perchlorate a serious health risk for five million to 16 million people in the United States.

    • Washington's War Against Climate Science
      It's Waged by Its Rank and File

      June 15, 2020,(NY Times Climate Forward) -WASHINGTON Efforts to undermine climate change science in the federal government, once orchestrated largely by President Trump痴 political appointees, are now increasingly driven by midlevel managers trying to protect their jobs and budgets and wary of the scrutiny of senior officials, according to interviews and newly revealed reports and surveys.

      A case in point: When John Crusius, a research chemist at the United States Geological Survey, published an academic paper on natural solutions to climate change in April, his government affiliation never appeared on it. It couldn稚.

      Publication of his study, after a month痴 delay, was conditioned by his employer on Dr. Crusius not associating his research with the federal government.

      Click now for more of this story.

    • Let's Just Keep Weakening Environmental Regs
      Trump Continues to Weaken
      Environmental Regs in the U.S.

      June 6, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -In a joint action to limit environmental regulations in the US, the Trump administration decided to temporarily accelerate the construction of infrastructure projects, weakening the authority of the government to issue a strong climate and clean air policies.

      Agencies can now waive some of the required environmental reviews of infrastructure projects to be built during the pandemic, according to an executive order signed by Trump. This adds to a proposed new rule by the Environmental Protection Agency that could limit the strength of air pollution controls.

      The move is just the latest in a long list of decisions made by Trump to weaken environmental regulations. The list includes greenlighting the Dakota and Keystone pipelines, appointing a climate change denier as head of the EPA (Scott Pruitt), and reconsidering fuel efficiency standards.

    • Renewables and Climate Change in Upcomig Elections
      How Politics Could Be Affected

      June 2, 2020 (Energy Central)- In 2020 government elections and global politics are increasingly being influenced by the 鼎limate Change debate. Globally, many people are increasingly concerned about the effects of climate change and are calling on their national leaders and international institutions to take decisive action to counter the impact of global warming.

      A transformation of the global energy system requires engagement at all levels of society. This applies to both public and private sectors, communities, regions and ultimately down to individual citizen. We are all part of this eco-system, and ultimately all our actions count!

      According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), two-thirds of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions originate from the energy sector. As a result, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has called for an aggressive revision of the global energy system, with a particular emphasis on the adoption of renewable energy.

    • E.P.A. Limits States Power to Oppose Pipelines and Other Energy Projects
      EPA Chief Thinks the
      Clean Water Act is Abusive

      (NY Times Climate Forward)June 1, 2020, -WASHINGTON The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced that it had limited states ability to block the construction of energy infrastructure projects, part of the Trump administration痴 goal of promoting gas pipelines, coal terminals and other fossil fuel development.

      The completed rule curtails sections of the U.S. Clean Water Act that New York has used to block an interstate gas pipeline, and Washington employed to oppose a coal export terminal. The move is expected to set up a legal clash with Democratic governors who have sought to block fossil fuel projects.

      Specifically, it limits to one year the amount of time states and tribes can take to review a project and restricts states to taking water quality only into consideration when judging permits. The Trump administration has accused some states of blocking projects for reasons that go beyond clean water considerations, such as climate change impacts.

    • Voters In the Fall Election Care About the Climate Crisis
      Can Biden Convince Climate
      Voters He's On Their Side?

      May 27, 2020 (Allegheny Front)-It may not feel this way but there is still an election going on. And this year, American Climate policy will be on the ballot. Democratic nominee Joe Biden ran considerably to the right of his top rivals on climate policy. But now that he is the nominee, the Biden campaign is trying to convince climate activists that his campaign is taking the issue seriously. Recently Biden named Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the authors of the Green New Deal, to co-chair a climate policy committee. So what exactly is Joe Biden痴 climate plan?

      On this episode of our Trump on Earth podcast, Reid Frazier talks with Marianne Levelle, a reporter at InsideClimate News who has been covering Biden痴 climate plan. Then Frazier talks with 16-year-old climate activist Lily Gardner about what she thinks about Joe Biden痴 plan.

      Click now to read or listen to the podcast.

    • Trump Stalls Clean Energy Loans
      Bad for the Economy
      - Bad For Planet Earth

      May 15, 2020 (Living On Earth)- Low-interest loans for clean energy could help boost the distressed economy by creating jobs, but $43 billion in loans for clean energy innovators that was set aside by the Obama Administration has barely been touched. Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Chair of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, joins Host Steve Curwood to explain the holdup and how the Administration is missing an opportunity to help the jobless.

      Click now to read or listen
      to the story from Living on Earth.

    • Trump Administration: Sure, Use All the Perchlorate You Want
      E.P.A. Won't Limit Water
      Contaminant Tied to Fetal Damage

      May 14, 2020 (NY Times)- The Trump administration will not impose any limits on perchlorate, a toxic chemical compound that contaminates water and has been linked to fetal and infant brain damage, according to two Environmental Protection Agency staff members familiar with the decision.

      The decision by Andrew Wheeler, the administrator of the E.P.A., appears to defy a court order that required the agency to establish a safe drinking-water standard for the chemical by the end of June. The policy, which acknowledges that exposure to high levels of perchlorate can cause I.Q. damage but opts nevertheless not to limit it, could also set a precedent for the regulation of other chemicals, people familiar with the matter said.

    • Biden Names Ocasio-Cortez, Kerry to Lead His Climate Task Force
      Climate Dream Team for Democrats

      May 13, 2020 (inside climate news) -With the climate task force that Joe Biden named Wednesday, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee is making a clear bid to bridge the divides in his own party that threaten his candidacy and the long-term fight for action on global warming.

      In tapping as co-chairs Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the avatar of the Green New Deal, and former Secretary of State John Kerry, an architect of the Paris climate accord, the former vice president signaled his endorsement of ambitious goals傭ut ones that build on the accomplishments of the past.

    • Older Voters Prefer Biden. That Could Push Him On Climate
      Older Democrats Are As
      Concerned About the Environment
      as Their Younger Counterparts

      May 12, 2020 (E&E News)- Joe Biden is beating President Trump among older voters, and some observers think that edge could give him an opening to pursue a more aggressive climate platform.

      Older voters were a key constituency for Trump in the 2016 election. He beat Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton among voters 65 and older by 8 percentage points, 53% to 45%, according to a New York Times exit poll.

      Trump no longer has that advantage, recent polls have shown. That includes one survey by NBC and The Wall Street Journal that found Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee and former vice president, ahead 9 points 52% to 43% among older voters.

    • Environmental Protections Dismantled. Corona Virus is the Excuse
      Trump Dismantles Environmental
      Protections Under Cover of Coronavirus

      May 10, 2020 (The Guardian)- The Trump administration is diligently weakening US environment protections even amid a global pandemic, continuing its rollback as the November election approaches.

      During the Covid-19 lockdown, US federal agencies have eased fuel-efficiency standards for new cars; frozen rules for soot air pollution; proposed to drop review requirements for liquefied natural gas terminals; continued to lease public property to oil and gas companies; sought to speed up permitting for offshore fish farms; and advanced a proposal on mercury pollution from power plants that could make it easier for the government to conclude regulations are too costly to justify their benefits.

      If you're not disgusted, yet,
      click now for the rest of the story.

    • Trump's Environmental Rollbacks
      Trump Has Reversed Nearly
      100 Environmental Rules (So Far).

      May 6, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) - After three years in office, the Trump administration has dismantled most of the major climate and environmental policies the president promised to undo.

      Calling the rules unnecessary and burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other businesses, his administration has weakened Obama-era limits on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and from cars and trucks, and rolled back many more rules governing clean air, water and toxic chemicals. Several major reversals have been finalized in recent weeks as the country has struggled to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

      In all, a New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School and other sources, counts more than 60 environmental rules and regulations officially reversed, revoked or otherwise rolled back under Mr. Trump. An additional 34 rollbacks are still in progress.

      Click now to read all about it.

    • Why the Climate Heat Needs to be Turned Up on Joe Biden
      This is Why Climate Activists
      Need to Keep Turning the
      Heat Up on Joe Biden

      Apr. 28, 2020 (GIZMODO) - Back in December, which feels like a century ago, the Sunrise Movement gave Joe Biden an F on their Green New Deal scorecard. They gave an A- to Bernie Sanders. The next month, after a six-week long deliberative process, the group endorsed Sanders for president.

      But with Sanders dropping out this month and Biden now the presumptive Democratic nominee, the question arises as to how the group預nd more importantly, the broader Green New Deal coalition耀hould treat Biden痴 campaign. In short, what should the climate justice movement do now?

    • A Welcome Environmental Pledge From South Korea
      Don稚 Bail Out Fossil Fuel
      Companies, Dem. Lawmakers Insist

      Apr. 17, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - The US already agreed to use US$2 trillion to support those economic sectors and workers most affected by the coronavirus lockdown. But how should that money be used? Not on fossil fuels, at least according to these Democrats.

      A group of more than 40 Democratic lawmakers argue that fossil fuel companies should not be able to receive any assistance from the aid package recently passed by Congress. The aid is intended to support 都truggling families, workers, businesses, states, and municipalities.

      敵iving that money to the fossil fuel industry will do nothing to stop the spread of the deadly virus or provide relief to those in need. It will only artificially inflate the fossil fuel industry痴 balance sheets, lawmakers wrote in a letter.

    • E.P.A. Weakens Controls on Mercury -Surprise?
      E.P.A. Weakens Controls on Mercury

      Apr. 16, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) -WASHINGTON The Trump administration on Thursday weakened regulations on the release of mercury and other toxic metals from oil and coal-fired power plants, another step toward rolling back health protections in the middle of a pandemic.

      The new Environmental Protection Agency rule does not eliminate restrictions on the release of mercury, a heavy metal linked to brain damage. Instead, it creates a new method of calculating the costs and benefits of curbing mercury pollution that environmental lawyers said would fundamentally undermine the legal underpinnings of controls on mercury and many other pollutants.

    • Do Voters Have Confidence in Biden's Climate Goals?
      Biden Comes Out on Top
      Now, the Really Hard Part.

      Apr. 15, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) -Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. got two big endorsements this week: One from his old boss, former President Barack Obama, the other from his last challenger for the Democratic nomination, Senator Bernie Sanders.

      While the nod from Mr. Obama got a lot of attention, the one from Senator Sanders is no less important. That痴 because Democratic unity will be key in November. Many supporters of Senator Sanders aren稚 so sure that Mr. Biden will embrace the most progressive positions on climate change.

    • Water Pollutors Must Be Very Greatful
      50 Years Ago American Waterways Were Getting More Protections

      Apr. 11, 2020 (Science News) - Original Story -1972 A new water pollution control bill that provides clear assignments of liability without proof of negligence to the source of an oil spill was signed into law by President [Richard] Nixon last week. It would add pesticide levels to the factors involved in formulating all new water quality criteria.

      Updated Story That bill laid the foundations for the Clean Water Act of 1972, establishing U.S. regulations for releasing pollutants into navigable waters. While the law protects 努aters of the United States, the definition of what 努aters meant remained vague until a 2015 regulation defined eight categories of protected waters, which included headwater streams, lakes and wetlands. Trump痴 administration revised that definition in 2020 to exclude groundwater and some streams. The change also reduces the number of protected wetlands by roughly half.

    • 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痴 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痴 rollback of Obama-era standards and gutting the federal government痴 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痴 own analysis of the rule, however, does not support those claims. -Big surprise!

    • 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痴 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) 祐uper 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) 輸n 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痴 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.

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    • Utah Orgs Seek Geothermal Research Proposals
      Geothermal Research Proposals
      For Awards Worth $46M

      May 1, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) - The University of Utah and Utah Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) announced FORGE Solicitation 2020-1.

      This is the first formal call for research proposals on enhanced geothermal system technologies from the FORGE program. Up to 18 awards are anticipated for up to a total of $46,000,000 and each award has a maximum period of performance of three years.

      The topic areas for technology testing and evaluations, their maximum potential funding and potential number of awards can be viewed in the article.

    • Geothermal: The Gift That Keeps on Giving
      Harnessing Heat:
      How the Federal Government Can
      Advance Geothermal Energy

      Apr. 24, 2020 (Energy Central) - There is a virtually limitless supply of energy right beneath us: geothermal heat. The Earth痴 core holds heat that radiates out to the subsurface. This heat can be harnessed for a variety of uses including electricity generation, heating and cooling of buildings, and other industrial and hybrid applications. Geothermal energy is clean, safe, and renewable. Because geothermal electricity is reliable, always-on energy, it is an excellent match for a grid replete with intermittent renewables like wind and solar energy.

      Geothermal technologies have been employed for over one hundred years. But while wind and solar energy have grown rapidly over the past few decades, geothermal has struggled to scale up beyond niche applications. Geothermal energy痴 relatively slow growth can be attributed to a combination of unmet technical challenges and policy barriers, and an inability to fully leverage state and federal renewable energy policies that have boosted wind and solar energy痴 growth.

    • 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 祖ritical' 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ー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痴 World Building of the Year shortlist.

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    • 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痴 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.

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    • Military Families Benefit From GTh
      Louisiana痴 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痴 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痴 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痴 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\痴 performance, combined with the group痴 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痴 largest geothermal power plant, is one of the world痴 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痴 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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    • Wildlife Services Is Not Helping
      The Secretive Government Agency Plants
      'Cyanide Bombs' Across the US

      June 26, 2020,(The Guardian) -Wildlife Services kills thousands of animals at ranchers and farmers behest. But it operates with little oversight and critics describe it as out of control

      The call came over Tony Manu痴 police radio one March day in 2017: some sort of pipe had exploded in the hills outside Pocatello, Idaho and the son of a well-known local doctor was hurt, or worse.

      Manu, a long-time detective with the county sheriff痴 office, was shocked. A pipe bomb in Pocatello?

    • Atlantic Coast Pipeline-1, Appalachian Trail-0
      Supreme Court Hands Win to
      Atlantic Coast Pipeline

      June 15, 2020,(National Resources Defense Council(NRDC)) -In a 72 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with developers of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline today, ruling that the proposed project can legally cross underneath a federally owned portion of the Appalachian Trail. Despite the setback for environmental groups and the roughly three million people who hike parts of the treasured trail each year, the court痴 ruling only impacts one of the project痴 multiple required permits洋any of which have not yet been granted.

      典his decision doesn稚 green-light or advance the dangerous Atlantic Coast Pipeline, says Gillian Gianetti, an attorney in NRDC痴 Climate & Clean Energy Program who helped prepare an amicus brief against the pipeline developers. 典he fact remains that the developers cannot move ahead without securing eight crucial federal and state permits required for construction幼oncerning air pollution, endangered species, rights of way, and clean water.

    • Can We PLEASE Prevent Trump from Nuking Hurricanes?
      Bill Introduced That
      Would Prevent the President
      from Nuking Hurricanes

      (Nextgov.com)June 4, 2020, -Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, on Monday unveiled legislation that would forbid President Trump from dropping nuclear bombs into hurricanes to disrupt their paths and stop them from hitting the U.S., a recommendation the president reportedly made to advisers last year.

      Introduced on the first day of the 2020 hurricane season, Garcia痴 Climate Change and Hurricane Correlation and Strategy Act would require the administration to produce and submit to Congress a comprehensive government-led strategy and five annual reports that outline how to properly confront increasing hurricane activity. Further, the legislation would also prohibit the president from unleashing any strategic weapon to alter weather patterns or respond to climate change.

      哲ormally I wouldn稚 think we壇 need to legislate something so obvious, but given remarks this President made in August 2019, apparently, we do, Garcia said in a statement. 鉄uch use would result in radioactive fallout and cause significant public health and environmental harm.

    • Trump Land Rule: Ok to Kill Bear Cubs in their Dens
      New Trump Public Land
      Rules Will Let Alaska Hunters
      Kill Bear Cubs in Dens

      May 29, 2020 (The Guardian)- The Trump administration is finalizing rules that will allow hunters in Alaska痴 national preserves to shoot bears and wolves, and their cubs and pups, while they are in their dens.

      The National Park Service is reversing regulations written by the Barack Obama administration, which banned some of the much-criticized practices for hunting the predators, including luring bears with food like doughnuts.

      Jesse Prentice-Dunn, policy director for the Center for Western Priorities, called the rule change 殿mazingly cruel and said it was 屠ust the latest in a string of efforts to reduce protections for America痴 wildlife at the behest of oil companies and trophy hunters.

      The park service痴 deputy director, David Vela, said the change would 杜ore closely align hunting and trapping regulations with those established by the state of Alaska.

    • Rolling Back the Trump Fuel Emissions Rollbacks
      Oregon And Washington Join
      Multi-State Lawsuit Over
      Federal Fuel Emissions Rollback

      May 27, 2020 (Oregon Public Broadcasting)-Oregon and Washington have joined 26 states and cities in suing the Trump administration over a new rule that weakens emission standards for cars and trucks.

      In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the states argue the new federal rule relaxing fuel-efficiency standards for cars and trucks isn稚 scientifically sound, increases public health risks and violates the federal Clean Air Act.

      In a statement, Washington Department of Ecology Director Laura Watson said the federal government 田ooked the books in its rush to pass a rule that was 途ife with flawed science, shaky math, and faulty conclusions.

      Environmental regulators in Oregon and Washington say the rule undermines their ability to reach state goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks.

    • Sorry Oil Companies - Gimme' Shelter Won't Work for You
      States Sue EPA Over Emissions Rollback
      9th Circuit Refuses To Allow
      Oil Companies To Seek Shelter

      May 28, 2020 (CleanTechnica)-Litigation is a poor way to handle policy disputes. It takes forever, the appeals never end, and the results are often a mishmash that satisfy none of the litigants. Nevertheless, sometimes going to court is the only option available when everything else fails. We have followed the long and tortured history of how the Environmental Protection Agency, under first Scott Pruitt and later Andrew Wheeler, has tried every trick in the book to invalidate the exhaust emissions standards for cars and light trucks put in place by Barack Obama.

      The new rules have finally been made official. Now a coalition of states and cities has filed suit in federal court to block those rules from taking effect.

      The legal action is spearheaded by California, but includes the states of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawai段, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington as well at the District of Columbia and the cities of Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Denver.

    • "Not So Fast, Keystone Pipeline," a Judge Says
      Major Blow to Keystone XL Pipe-
      line as Judge Revokes Key Permit

      May 28, 2020 (The Guardian)- The controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has been dealt a major setback, after a judge revoked a key permit issued by the US army corps of engineers without properly assessing the impact on endangered species.

      In a legal challenge brought by a coalition of environmental groups, a federal judge in Montana ordered the army corps to suspend all filling and dredging activities until it conducts formal consultations compliant with the Endangered Species Act.

      The ruling revokes the water-crossing permit needed to complete construction of the pipeline, and is expected to cause major delays to the divisive project.

    • Germany and the UK Have Learned Something From the Coronavirus
      Germany and the UK Call For Green Stimulus After the Coronavirus Crisis

      Apr. 29, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) -With the coronavirus epidemic affecting a large part of the world, many are starting to think of the day after and the need to get the economy back on track. The lockdown in most countries has affected businesses across-the-board, putting jobs at risk.

      Activists, academics, and politicians are drawing attention to the need for the economic recovery to be a green one that can help the world to tackle climate change with some of the most recent claims coming from Germany and the UK.

      Speaking in a virtual climate conference, Germany痴 Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said economic recovery programs should invest in future-proof jobs that would help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the coming years, rather than aim for a return to business as usual.

    • Coronavirus Could Raise Cities Risk for Climate Disasters
      Here's How

      Apr. 24, 2020 (NY Times Climate Forward) -WASHINGTON The economic toll of the coronavirus is forcing cities and states to redirect money away from projects that provide climate resilience, in a shift that threatens to tackle one crisis at the expense of another.

      Officials in San Francisco, Miami Beach and New York City have said they are likely to delay climate-related projects like sea walls because of the virus, which has slashed tax revenue and increased demands for emergency services, housing and other immediate needs. Washington State has cut funding for resilience projects, and people who work on climate adaptation in other cities and states said they worried about similar cuts.

    • Solar Support in the Next Relief Bill - What a Bright Idea
      Why 30 million
      Solar Rooftops Should
      Be In the Next Relief Bill

      Apr. 14, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) -As the federal government looks to a second (or even third) stimulus bill, Congress should consider a huge opportunity to pay Americans that pays back: solar rooftops. More than one in three home or business rooftops in America is suitable for solar; sunny with sufficient space to host a few panels. By investing $450 billion in rooftop solar, the federal government could slash energy bills for Americans, cut air pollution and create over 3.7 million jobs. The government could also get paid back.

      Rather than compounding the problems of the most recent stimulus bill, which was tilted heavily in favor of large corporations, this solution addresses local needs for jobs, lower energy bills and sustainable energy sources while promoting equitable, thriving American communities.

      This proposal could pay for itself.

    • The Clean Water Act: How is Doing Today?
      50 Years Ago, American
      Waterways Got More Protections

      Apr. 11, 2020 (Science News) -That bill laid the foundations for the Clean Water Act of 1972, establishing U.S. regulations for releasing pollutants into navigable waters. While the law protects 努aters of the United States, the definition of what 努aters meant remained vague until a 2015 regulation defined eight categories of protected waters, which included headwater streams, lakes and wetlands.

      President Donald Trump痴 administration revised that definition in 2020 to exclude groundwater and some streams. The change also reduces the number of protected wetlands by roughly half.

    • 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 都eek 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 鍍emporary, 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痴 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痴 Cap-and-Trade
      Proposal Takes a Step Forward

      Feb. 13, 2020 (Allegheny Front) Gov. Tom Wolf痴 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)裕en oil refineries in the United States are emitting levels of the pollutant benzene well above the federal government痴 殿ction 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痴 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) 唯ouncing 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痴 Efforts to Suppress
      the Truth about Climate Change

      Oct. 23, 2019  (Committee on Oversight and Reform)- The Subcommittee will examine how the oil industry痴 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 吐irst 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 都teeped 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痴 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葉he former presidential candidate who put the climate crisis front and center as part of his bid葉o 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痴
      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痴 observations are still applicable, with two major studies published in June remaining buried by most major media outlets. The first study, 撤entagon Fuel Use, Climate Change, and the Costs of War, by Neta Crawford for Brown University痴 Costs of War Project, confirmed previous findings that the US military is 鍍he single-largest producer of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world,

      Click to read more about this issue.

    • 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痴 PolyMet
      Copper-Sulfide Mine Permit

      Sept. 10, 2019  (Center for Biological Diversity)-ST. PAUL, Minn.佑onservation 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痴 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.

      Click now for the full story.

    • What Do the Feds Have Against Wildlife?
      The Federal Government痴
      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 田yanide 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痴 arsenal. The program痴 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:
      銑ike 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 兎nergy 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痴 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痴 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預nd where states have banned bans on plastic.

      A battle over plastic預 material so prolific the UN calls the 90 percent of it that ends up as trash a pollution crisis擁s 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痴 being spearheaded by regulators.

      的f they want to deregulate, they may be more in a place to do it, said Paul Patterson, an utility analyst at Glenrock Associates.

      Click now to get the rest of the story.

    • 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痴 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痴 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痴 田hallenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth and 都trongly 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.

      Click now for more information.

    • 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.

      擢usion remains one of the world痴 most promising potential sources of energy, said Under Secretary for Science, Paul Dabbar. 典his research預imed at achieving steady-state operation of fusion reactors謡ill be an important milestone on the road to sustainable energy from fusion.

      Click now to some positive news from
      the Trump Administration for a change.

    • The NRC Doesn稚 Need to Inspect Nuclear Facilities?
      NRC May Cut Back On
      Nuclear Power Plant Inspections

      July 17, 2019 (CBS NEWS)-Washington The staff of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission 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 Trump, who has urged agencies to reduce regulatory requirements for industries.

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    • A Huge Investment Opportunity To Reduce Carbon
      Why Climate Investors
      May Be Missing Out

      June 9, 2020,(Forbes) -Plastic waste and climate change go together. In fact, the mismanagement of plastic waste is a serious contributor to climate change and a significant but often overlooked investment opportunity for climate investors. Investors have (understandably) focused on opportunities directly related to climate change, such as renewables, fuel cells, or energy efficiency, to fight climate change. But that approach is wholly insufficient: climate change is a systems problem that demands a system solution. That means we have to think broader.

      According to The Ellen Macarthur Foundation, moving to renewables can result in a 55% reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. The remaining 45% of emissions will need to come from the complex systems that produce, deliver, and use our products and food. Adopting a circular economy framework in plastics, as well as other key areas like steel, aluminum, cement, and food can achieve a reduction totaling 9.3 billion tons of greenhouse gases in 2050.

      Climate finance and circular plastic investing are going to need to come together to address the climate crisis in a comprehensive way.

    • 10 Clean Energy Stocks For 2020
      May Update Part 1

      June 4, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) By Tom Conrad -For the last few monthly updates, I've been focusing on the big picture, and have neglected to say anything about many of the 10 Clean Energy Stocks for 2020 since I looked at how the pandemic would likely affect each stock in March.

      This month, I'm trying to rectify the oversight, and have been posting updates on individual stocks for my Patreon supporters since Friday. Below is a collection of the updates I致e published so far. I am to keep posting one a day until I致e gotten to all of them, after which I plan to publish another collection of updates on AltEnergyStocks.com for everyone.

      In addition, here is the overall performance of the portfolio compared to its benchmarks so far this year:

      Click now for the story and graphs.

    • Market Potemtial: The Hydrogen Economy
      Fuelling the Fight Against Climate Change

      (Barclays.com)May 21, 2020, -Pressure is growing for the world to move to a lower-carbon pathway. As demand for scalable alternatives to fossil fuels intensifies, hydrogen is gaining momentum as a means to decarbonise hard-to-electrify parts of the global economy.

      Barclays Research highlights the opportunity ahead for hydrogen to help power the net-zero carbon economy, indicating an annual hydrogen market potentially worth over $1 trillion by 2050.

      The International Energy Agency data suggests CO2 emissions could fall 8% in 2020 the largest ever yearly drop primarily due to the global pandemic shutdown. But emissions need to fall close to this amount every year this decade to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels the preferred level stipulated by the 2016 UN Paris Agreement. Hydrogen could be a potential solution to decarbonising the world at speed.

    • 3 Reasons to Invest in Renewable Energy Now
      Investment in Renewables:
      Now is the Time

      May 6, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) -As the human tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, global restrictions to stop the spread of the virus including stay-at-home orders, business closures and travel prohibitions may contribute to the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. The virus has already made an indelible impact on the energy sector: Global energy use is predicted to fall 6% over the course of 2020; the renewable energy industry has not been spared.

      According to Wood Mackenzie estimates, 2020 global solar and energy storage installations are expected to drop nearly 20% compared to pre-COVID-19 projections; wind turbine installations are expected to decline by 4.9 gigawatts (GW), a 6% decrease. Declining renewable energy installations and energy efficiency measures led to 106,000 lost jobs in March alone in the United States, compared to 51,000 drilling and refining jobs lost over the same time period. Analysis shows that 15% of the country痴 total clean energy workforce1 could be lost over the coming months more than a half-million jobs.

      But there's good news, too. Click
      now to read about it.

    • 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痴 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痴 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痴 energy sector痴 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痴 largest financial institutions have stopped putting their money behind oil production in the Canadian province of Alberta, home to one of the world痴 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痴 central bank said it would stop holding Alberta痴 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痴 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痴 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, 的n 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痴 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痴 largest money manager received initial commitments from over 35 institutional investors in North America, Europe and Asia for its third global renewables fund. It痴 the most BlackRock has raised yet for a clean-power fund痴 first close.

      Renewable energy is becoming 登ne of the most active sectors in infrastructure, said David Giordano, global head of BlackRock renewable power. It comes, he said, 殿s 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) 輸ustralia 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ョ 5 production capacity.

      Click now for the complete story.

    • 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痴 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)裕he 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痴 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痴 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痴 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痴 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痴 new energy strategy showed on Friday.

      The development bank proposed phasing out support to energy projects that were 途eliant 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 - 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."

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    • Catch the Hydrogen-Powered Train
      HydroFLEX Secures Funding For
      Hydrogen-Powered Train Design

      June 17, 2020,(University of Birmingham) -The UK痴 first hydrogen-powered train (HydroFLEX) is moving closer to commercial operation after the University of Birmingham has been awarded new funding by the Department for Transport.

      The grant, worth 」400,000, is part of InnovateUK痴 First of a Kind (FOAK) Program. It will enable the HydroFLEX development team at the University of Birmingham and industry partners Porterbrook to develop the detailed final production design and testing of the HydroFLEX train

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    • Denmark痴 First Electric Ferry
      It Passes All Tests
      With Flying Colors

      June 12, 2020,( CleanTechnica ) -Ellen, Denmark痴 first all-electric ferry, entered revenue service in September last year. The electric ferry trial was supported by the Horizon 2020 program funded by the European Union, so of course the backers wanted to know if Ellen met all the program criteria. The results are now in and the answer is a resounding yes. After 10 months in service, the electric ferry has met or exceeded all expectations. In addition, it has proven that electric propulsion costs less than diesel power.

      An electric ferry is a lot like an electric car. It costs a little more in the beginning but pays for itself with reduced fuel and maintenance costs over its lifetime. Reduced carbon emissions are a welcome bonus as well.

    • Duel-Cells: A Viable Combustion Engine Alternative
      Researchers Advance Fuel Cell Technology

      June 8, 2020,(ScienceDaily) -Washington State University researchers have made a key advance in solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) that could make the highly energy-efficient and low-polluting technology a more viable alternative to gasoline combustion engines for powering cars.

      Led by PhD graduate Qusay Bkour and Professor Su Ha in the Gene and Linda Voiland School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, the researchers have developed a unique and inexpensive nanoparticle catalyst that allows the fuel cell to convert logistic liquid fuels such as gasoline to electricity without stalling out during the electrochemical process.

      The research, featured in the journal, Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, could result in highly efficient gasoline-powered cars that produce low carbon dioxide emissions that contribute to global warming.

    • 78% Increase in 0-Emission Medium- & Heavy-Duty Vehicles by 2021
      These Vehicle Models To
      Increase 78% In US & Canada

      June 6, 2020,(CleanTechnica) -It痴 long been the case that one of the top challenges to electrification of transport has been lack of models. Consumers like diversity, so the market needs to offer diversity. This is also true in less consumer-focused markets, for a different mixture of reasons. The good news out of the US and Canada is that the number of available and announced zero-emission truck, bus, and off-road equipment models is expected to increase 78% in 2020 comparing the end of 2020 to the end of 2019.

      釘y the end of 2020, there will be 169 different zero-emission (ZE) medium- and heavy-duty vehicle models in commercial production compared to 95 models in 2019, CALSTART reports.

    • Tesla Giga Berlin: Steel, Dust, & Concrete
      Tesla's Berlin Giga Factory

      June 6, 2020,(CleanTechnica) -Tesla Giga Berlin, like a seed sprouting, now has steel, dust, and concrete. These three items may not seem like much, but these are the tendrils of a new seed of success planted in Germany, one that is taking root.

      This buildout is probably more comparable to GF1 and will likely take shape in a very similar fashion. If I recall, GF1 excavated their footings, which is handy as you don稚 need to form them if the soil is competent enough not to slough, but it looks like a lot of sand here, so no such luck.

      This person thinks that the buildout process is more comparable to Gigafactory 1痴 in Nevada than Gigafactory 3痴 in Shanghai, China. It will likely be similarly shaped, he or she assumes.

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    • EV Future - Could Your Vehicle Be a Convert?
      Volkswagen T2 Camper
      Van Electric Conversion

      June 1, 2020 (CleanTechnica-Story by Jesper Berggreen) - A couple of months ago I introduced you to a UK company that converts classic cars to electric propulsion. The company, named eDub Services, was founded by a young man named Kit Lacey, and since my piece on his business, he and I have been in conversation about this fascinating field of entrepreneurship. I have an old Volvo 240 in my garage that one day will need an electric drivetrain for sure, so getting acquainted with someone like Kit is a good bet.

      I talked to Kit about the concrete and chronological information on his rebuilds and how we could make it accessible for all of us curious about how such projects can be carried out. This series is the result, in Kit Lacey痴 own words. So let痴 begin at the beginning:

    • City of Cracow Orders 50 Electric Buses
      Adding 50 to an Existing
      28 Solaris Electric Buses

      May 28, 2020 (CleanTechnica)- The city of Cracow in Poland has decided to order 50 Solaris Urbino 18 electric buses to help clean up its air and do its part (some of it) to stop global heating.

      More specifically, the transit operator MPK placed the order, which will add the new 50 to an existing 28 Solaris electric buses. This makes it one of the top cities outside of China for electric bus procurement. No city outside of China has ordered this many electric buses.

      The order also included 50 electric bus charging stations, and everything should be delivered by the end of the year. The cost of the order is reportedly $41.18 million (US Dollars).

    • New Factory Could Produce 600,000 Electric Vehicles a Year
      Lordstown Motors Chief Says
      It Can Be Done

      May 25, 2020 (CleanTechnica)-Lordstown Motors is using the manufacturing delay caused by the coronavirus to reconfigure the Lordstown assembly plant it bought from General Motors last year to build its Endurance electric pickups trucks. It expects to manufacture 30 pre-production trucks before the end of this year.

      CEO Steve Burns, who previously founded Workhorse, says he expects to build 20,000 electric trucks in 2021 and will hire 600 workers to make that possible, but that is just the tip of his ambitions. The Lordstown factory could build 400,000 cars a year at its peak, but Burns tells the Detroit Free Press that because electric vehicles have many fewer parts and components, it should be possible to build 600,000 electric trucks and SUVs there a year.

    • The RadWagon Electric Cargo Bike Is Back!
      New Design Features Improved
      Stability & More Torque

      May 21, 2019 (CleanTechnica)-Rad Power Bikes is launching a new and improved version of the much loved RadWagon e-bike that starts off with a switch from 26? to 22? rims and tires. These smaller diameter, wider tires bring the immediate benefit of a lower center of gravity to the bike, making it more stable when hauling heavier loads.

      展e went back to the drawing board and looked at all the ways we could improve our beloved electric cargo bike, keeping our customers feedback and requests at the forefront of our minds the entire time, said Mike Radenbaugh, Rad Power Bikes Founder and CEO. 典he result is a next-level people and cargo hauler that痴 essentially a brand new cargo bike. With a patent-pending frame design, custom tires, and more adjustability than ever before, the RadWagon 4 is the raddest car replacing bike we致e ever created.

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    • What's Happening With the Tesla Roadrunner Project?
      Tesla Roadrunner Battery
      Project Hints New Cell Design & More

      May 18, 2020,(TESMANIAN) -A few months ago, Tesla began working on creating its own battery for cars in the secret project Roadrunner which goal is goal is to mass-produce a new battery cell that will be more energy-intensive and cheaper.

      Tesla enthusiast, JPR007/Twitter, offers a closer look at this. In his article, he concludes that Tesla is not only working on new chemical processes in cells and improvements in coating processes, but they are also working on new cell designs with different physical sizes and new drainage paths for the flow of electric currents.

      He writes that we should expect to see new processes for assembling those cell connections into electrical paths outside of the cells, and possibly radical changes in module and battery pack design.

      Tesla tries to achieve its goal in various ways, both through acquisitions of Maxwell and Hibar, and through internal developments like laser welding and heat pump capabilities.

    • A Solar Roof For Your Electric Vehicle
      Dreams Really Do Come True

      May 15, 2020 (CleanTechnica) -With an $800-plus billion electric vehicle market looming over the horizon by 2027, the idea of charging your zero emission car on-the-go with a solar rooftop is trotting along not far behind. The key challenge is coming up with a system light enough, and efficient enough, to make the whole exercise in direct solar-powered mobility worthwhile.

      Two companies that claim to have the solar EV roof all figured out are Royal DSM and Lightyear. Lightyear痴 signature Lightyear One electric vehicle is set to launch next year with five square meters of built-in solar cells covering the roof and hood.

      With that much juice, Lightyear estimates that its solar roof can provide an average of 70-90% of a car痴 annual mileage.

    • TopCop E-Bike Pilot Receives Rave Reviews
      Delfast痴 eBike For
      Brevard N.C. Police Dept.

      May 15, 2020 (CleanTechnica) - Kyiv, Ukraine-based Delfast pushed e-bikes to the limit with its Top 2.0 and is now extending its lineup with a new model designed to meet the needs of law enforcement. The new Delfast TopCop e-bike was recently shipped off to the Brevard Police Department in North Carolina to give law enforcement officers there a chance to learn about, experience, and trial the TopCop in real world applications.

      From the sound of things, early testing is going well and the department already sees many benefits of upgrading their officers to the platform. They started things off with a round of training given by two early adopter police officers. The training resulted in a lot of interest from officers across the department to put the TopCop e-bike into use in day to day enforcement work.

    • The Cassio Plane Is Powered With Electricity
      Electricity + Biofuel For
      Low Carbon Flight

      May 7, 2020 (CleanTechnica) - First up in the airborne electricity area is a newly unveiled family of low carbon aircraft called Cassio, from the startup VoltAero. The plan is to introduce Cassio in 4-, 6-, and 10-seat variations that meet EASA CS23 certification in the single-engine, general aviation category. However, there is a lot more going on under the hood than 都ingle would suggest.

      Here痴 the rundown from VoltAero:
      鼎assio utilizes VoltAero痴 hybrid-electric power module in an aft fuselage 菟usher configuration, integrating a cluster of electric motors with a high-performance internal combustion engine that serves as the range extender.

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    • The Tesla Cybertruck - Not Ivory Soap But It Floats
      Off Road Cybertruck - It Also Floats

      Apr. 22, 2020 (CleanTechnica) - In response to a Twitter inquiry, Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently declared that the upcoming Cybertruck will 兎ven float for a while.

      The Cybertruck has been envisioned as an off-road heavyweight vehicle pushed to its limits. Its ability to 吐loat like Musk stated in this tweet was related to wading through water, such as when an off-road vehicle would want to cross streams.

      Back in 2016, Musk also tweeted about another Tesla model that might be able to float. 展e *def* don稚 recommended this, but Model S floats well enough to turn it into a boat for short periods of time. Thrust via wheel rotation.

    • The Future of Green Motoring: Electric or Fuel Cells?
      Electric vs. Fuel
      Cell Cars: Which One Is
      The Future of Green Motoring?

      Apr. 8, 2020 (greener ideal) -The Future of Green Motoring

      This focus on sustainability appeared to be a consistent concern across age groups as regardless of age the respondents spoke of the relative importance of sustainability and health attributes.

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      images and graphs.

    • Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vessels to Be Built in the USA
      1st American Hydrogen
      Fuel Cell Vessel痴
      Construction Shipyard Selected

      Apr. 12, 2020 (Hydrogen Fuel News) -Switch Maritime awarded a contract to All American Marine (AAM) to build the first US hydrogen fuel cell vessel, which will be a ferry operating in the California Bay Area. This project has now taken its first step toward construction by securing a shipyard.

      The ferry will be a nearly 70 foot, zero-emission, 84-passenger aluminum electric-drive ferry.

      The hydrogen fuel cell vessel construction project is called the Water-Go-Round, which will also be the name of the ferry. It already started at the Bay Ship & Yacht shipyard located in Alameda, California. That said, it is now being transferred to AAM. Once the ferry is launched, the Water-Go-Round will be the first H2 ferry in the U.S and will be the first commercial fuel cell ferry in the world.

    • 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痴 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痴 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痴 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致e 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 兎lectric 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値l dive into the model breakdown. For more on the fuel shift, check out Max痴 piece.

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    • 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痴 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%.

      鄭 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. 典he 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. 泥uring 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, 泥on稚 worry, people, We致e 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痴 largest source of carbon emissions: transportation.

      The program痴 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痴 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 殿ll-electric future will take form窯uickly, 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 砥p 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痴 new Green Party mayor to ban diesel engines from the center痴 ancient canals by 2025, helping the city痴 efforts to combat climate change.

      The transition among commercial vessels is well underway, with 75% of the 550 on the city痴 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.痴 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痴 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.

      展hen 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)勇lectric vehicles in, gasmobiles and CNG vehicles on the way out. That痴 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.

      典oday, 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)湧ative of Porto, Portugal, designer Jo縊 Le縊 was becoming more and more concerned about the abundance of plastic waste he saw clogging up his city痴 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, Le縊 created the PET MINI an electric skateboard made completely out of plastic waste.

      Founder of the design studio Maker Island, Le縊 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, Le縊 is trying to address an issue close to his heart Porto痴 plastic waste.

      的t 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, Le縊 explained.

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    • VW Will Soon Be World痴 Largest EV Manufacture
      Volkswagen Will Be World痴
      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. 典he 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痴 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痴 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 澱ased 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葉he most noteworthy being a closed grille.

      Click for the story and a slideshow.

    • 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耀pecifically, 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傭ecause 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痴 砥nbreakable 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.

      Click for the story and a slideshow.

    • 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擁t 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 K舁lenius 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 K舁lenius' 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痴 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妖ue to its larger pack and range boost葉he 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庸or, 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痴 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痴 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痴 VDA auto lobby.

      的t 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痴 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痴 use of different battery cell types all in the interest of staying flexible?

      Amazon has announced that it痴 ordering 100,000 fully electric vans from Rivian, a company it痴 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.

      Click now for the story.

    • 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痴 blockchain software to track customer rewards.

      The pilot project will offer blockchain-based 鍍okens for charging vehicles when there痴 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, ノlectricit de France. It will use digital ledger software from Chicago痴 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痴 (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) 裕he 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.

      Click now to read more.

    • 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 Dne, 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 brteboote, (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 Brteboot, 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.

      摘lectric motors are not new, said George Bye, President of Bye Aerospace and the airplane痴 creator. 釘ut 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.痴 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.

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    • Philippine Nuclear Plans Fizzle
      A Nuclear Plant, and a Dream, Fizzles

      June 18, 2020,(Energy Central) -In many ways, the Philippines is a good case study of the effect of public perception and response to the establishment of a nuclear power program. The country痴 first and only attempt at nuclear power development was the 621-MW Philippine Nuclear Power Plant in August 1977.

      It was supposed to be the first of two nuclear plants to be built in the northern province of Bataan. It was also the first nuclear power plant in Southeast Asia, and deemed as a promising solution to the 1973 oil crisis that had adversely affected the global economy, including the Philippines.

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    • Finland's New Nuclear Reactor - Not So Safe After All
      Finland's New Nuclear
      Reactor Hit By Valve Leak

      May 25, 2020 (REUTERS)-Finland痴 long-delayed Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) nuclear reactor was hit by another setback after the nation痴 safety watchdog reported valve problems in a component involved in the cooling process.

      The reactor in western Finland was built by a consortium of France痴 Areva and Germany痴 Siemens and had been due to start producing electricity in November this year.

      鄭 leak was observed in the mechanical control valve of one of the pressuriser safety valves, nuclear watchdog STUK said in a statement on Monday, adding that a full investigation is required before it can issue a nuclear fuel loading permit.

    • U.S. Nuclear Agency Wants To Relax Radioactive Waste Rules
      Do We Really Need Rules on
      Nuclear Waste? NRC Says "No"

      May 7, 2020 (The Guardian) - The federal agency providing oversight of the commercial nuclear sector is attempting to push through a rule change critics say could allow dangerous amounts of radioactive material to be disposed of in places like municipal landfills, with potentially serious consequences to human health and the environment.

      典his would be the most massive deregulation of radioactive waste in American history, said Dan Hirsch, president of the Committee to Bridge the Gap, a nuclear industry watchdog non-profit, about a proposal that would permit 砺ery low-level radioactive waste to be disposed of by 斗and burial.

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    • Fukushima: Ocean Dumping Ground For Radioactive Waste
      Fukishima Legacy:
      A Radioactive Dumping Ground

      Mar. 11, 2020 (Deutsche Welle) -The nuclear disaster at Fukushima sent an unprecedented amount of radiation into the Pacific. But, before then, atomic bomb tests and radioactive waste were contaminating the sea the effects are still being felt today.

      Almost 1.2 million liters (320,000 gallons) of radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant is to be released into the ocean. That's on the recommendation of the government's advisory panel some nine years after the nuclear disaster on Japan's east coast. The contaminated water has since been used to cool the destroyed reactor blocks to prevent further nuclear meltdowns. It is currently being stored in large tanks, but those are expected to be full by 2022.

    • 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痴 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痴 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痴 reactor won稚 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痴 also a fraction of the size of its predecessors.

    • FPL and the Renewal of an Old Nuke Plant
      FPL Could Get Ok to Run
      Turkey Point痴 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痴 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葉he site of the worst nuclear plant meltdowns in the U.S.擁s 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痴 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擁t 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痴 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稚 directly release carbon dioxide and generate nearly half of Duke痴 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痴 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痴 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痴 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輸uthorities 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痴 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痴 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稚 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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    • Wave 腺yebye 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 詮loating 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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    • Building Recyclable, Next-Generation Turbine Blades
      Recyclable Turbine Blades

      May 11, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) -We have come a long way since the first Earth Day in 1970.

      As of January this year, there were nearly 1.5 million electric cars driving on U.S. roads, we recycle and/or compost approximately 35% of our waste (Environmental Protection Agency), and roughly 20% of U.S. energy generation comes from renewable sources (U.S. Energy Information Administration).

      According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind energy generation has grown by 7.3 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity for every year of the last decade. And, as of 2019, there was approximately 96 GW of installed wind capacity in the United States and 591 GW worldwide.1

      While the expansion of renewables is undoubtedly a positive shift, not all renewable energy is renewable from start to finish.

    • Phone Cases That Use Recycled Ocean-Bound Waste
      WAKE LifeProof Is the Provider

      May 8, 2020 (inhabitat) - In an effort to find a balance between protecting the significant investment in our cellular devices and protecting the planet, LifeProof has developed a phone case that sources materials diverted from the ocean and simultaneously supports organizations directly involved in providing safe water, protecting ocean life and maintaining river habitat.

      WAKE, the newest case line from LifeProof, is made from 85% recycled plastic waste. Materials for the protective case are sourced from fishing nets and ropes to help prevent those plastics from reaching the ocean. The plastics are then woven into a polypropylene material that is both durable and strong. This practice reduces the need to produce virgin plastic, and the company also offers a program to recycle your phone case when you decide to make a change.

    • 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痴 consumption footprint and double its circular material use rate. By doing so, the EU痴 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稚 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痴 plan.

    • Ocean plastic: How Recycling Creates Tomorrow痴 Problems
      How Recycling Could
      Create Tomorrow痴 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謡e'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痴 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 菟lastic 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)輸t 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痴 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痴 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.

      展hen the biggest export market is no longer willing to accept your material, there痴 an imbalance between supply and demand, said David Biderman, the executive director of the Solid Waste Association of North America. 典hat痴 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痴 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痴 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 鍍eeth 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痴 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痴 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痴 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) 涌ftentimes, 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稚 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池e all about sustainability, so while having the right jacket for the job is ideal, it痴 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痴 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痴 堵reen 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痴 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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    • To Bee or Not to Bee Pollinators, That Is
      Bubble-blowing Drones May One
      Day Aid Artificial Pollination

      June 22, 2020,(Science News) -Drones that blow pollen-laden bubbles onto blossoms could someday help farmers pollinate their crops.

      Rather than relying on bees and other pollinating insects which are dwindling worldwide as a result of climate change (SN: 7/9/15), pesticide use and other factors farmers can spray or swab pollen onto crops themselves. But machine-blown plumes can waste many grains of pollen, and manually brushing pollen onto plants is labor-intensive.

      Materials chemist Eijiro Miyako of the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology in Nomi imagines outsourcing pollination to automatous drones that deliver pollen grains to individual flowers. His original idea involved a pollen-coated drone rubbing grains onto flowers, but that treatment damaged the blossoms. Then, while blowing bubbles with his son, Miyako realized that bubbles might be a gentler means of delivery.

    • We Need to Be Careful How Much We Consume
      The Bane of Sustainability

      June 21, 2020,(ZME SCIENCE) -Any transition towards a sustainable world can only be effective if societal changes complement technological advancements, according to a new study. Nevertheless, this will be difficult as societies, economies and cultures push for more consumption and economic growth.

      Researchers led by University of New South Wales sustainability scientist Tommy Wiedmann looked at the existing academic discussions on the link between wealth, economy and associated impacts, summarizing the available evidence and identifying possible solution approaches.

      迭ecent scientists warnings have done a great job at describing the many perils our natural world is facing through crises in climate, biodiversity and food systems, said Wiedemman. 滴owever, none of these warnings has explicitly considered the role of growth-oriented economies and the pursuit of affluence.

    • The 10 Most Sustainable Face Masks
      Learn What They Are

      June 15, 2020,(GoodOnYou.eco) -The first half of 2020 has sent the world into a spiral of widespread panic, and for good reason. From devastating bushfires in Australia, to flooding and locusts in East Africa, to a plague of hornets in the States not to mention, you know, the global pandemic. In response, health authorities across the world have made a point of highlighting the effectiveness (or not) of face masks for each new seemingly apocalyptic situation we find ourselves in. We knew it was about time to track down the 10 most sustainable face masks.

      For most of us, mask-wearing is either mandatory, encouraged, or the socially responsible thing to do. But there痴 no doubt mask wearing has its downsides! Beyond possible discomfort there are environmental impacts to consider, and then there痴 the all important question of how we look: there痴 no denying our identity is tied up in what we wear庸ace coverings included. So if you池e going to wear a mask, why not choose a reusable mask that reduces environmental impact and makes a (sustainable) fashion statement at the same time?

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    • Sustainable Office Building In India
      It's Made of Recycled Shipping Containers

      June 15, 2020,( INHABITAT ) -Sustainability and cost-effectiveness were top requirements when a green concrete manufacturing company in Bangalore, India approached Balan and Nambisan Architects. The clients were looking to keep an element of eco-friendliness and recycling at the center of the design. As such, the architects found shipping containers to be the obvious choice for construction.

      Shipping containers presented a versatile, cost-effective option that still had the potential to make a statement both in the local community and in the sustainable design world.

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    • Sea Otter Recovery is a Mixed Bag
      Bringing Sea Otters Back
      to the Pacific Coast Pays Off
      , But Not For Everyone

      June 11, 2020,(Science News) -Sea otters are staging a comeback along Canada痴 North Pacific coast, but not everyone is happy about it.

      The disappearance of otters, once trapped for their fur, allowed their food supplies sea urchins, crabs and clams to flourish. Now, otters threaten to deplete these profitable invertebrate fisheries, which have sustained coastal indigenous communities. But a new analysis shows that the benefits of bringing back otters may outweigh those costs, researchers report June 11 in Science.

    • Brazil Restaurant Raises Environmental Awareness
      Organic Vegan Restaurant Named
      to Raise Awareness For Deforestation

      June 9, 2020,(INHABITAT) -Recently opened in the Brazilian city of S縊 Paulo and designed by local architecture and design practice VAGA, the Caju Restaurant offers a menu of vegan, organic and natural ingredients supplied by small farmers from different regions of Brazil. Caju was named after the native species of cashew found in the Cerrado biome grasslands in central Brazil.

      Lesser known yet right next door to the Amazon rainforest, the Cerrado biome encompasses almost 800,000 square miles of savannas and grasslands roughly the size of Alaska and California put together and is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on Earth.

      It is home to 5% of the planet痴 biodiversity, and many of the country痴 indigenous people who live there rely on the ecosystem痴 resources for sustainable livelihoods. According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), deforestation in the Cerrado is responsible for an estimated 250 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year; this is the same amount that 53 million cars would emit in one year.

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    • A Dreamy Mexican Eco-Villa
      This Dreamy Eco Villa Runs
      Exclusively On Solar And Wind Energy

      June 8, 2020,(INHABITAT) -Located inside the Sian Ka誕n Biosphere Reserve in the municipality of Tulum in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, Casa Bautista is a private oasis hidden in the coastal rainforest and completely powered by solar and wind energy.

      The reserve area can be found less than 40 miles from the center of tourist-friendly Tulum. It was established as a natural reserve in 1986 and became a UNESCO World Heritage Site shortly after. This region is known for its natural limestone cenotes, archaeological ruins and, thanks to the healthy coral reef just off the coast, incredible snorkeling.

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    • A California Winery Is the World's Most Sustainable
      Silver Oak Becomes World痴
      Most Sustainable Winery

      June 2, 2020 (INHABITAT)- After a devastating fire ravaged the Silver Oak Winery in California痴 Napa Valley nearly 15 years ago, the owners turned tragedy into opportunity when they rebuilt the facility to target the most stringent sustainability standards in the world. After achieving LEED Platinum certification, the redesigned winery has now also earned Living Building Challenge (LBC) Sustainability Certification from the International Living Future Institute making it the world痴 first LBC-certified winery. Sagan Piechota Architecture led the redesign of the Silver Oak Winery with sustainable services provided by international engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti.

      Founded in the early 1970s, the family-owned Silver Oak Winery now covers 105 acres of land in Sonoma County痴 Alexander Valley and is dedicated to producing only Cabernet Sauvignon. The winery is the largest building globally to achieve Living Building Challenge certification and meets requirements of all seven LBC performance petals including site/place, water, energy, health, materials, equity and beauty.

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    • Sanitary Pads Can Be Sustainable
      The Best Eco-
      Friendly Sanitary Brands

      May 28, 2020,(Vogue.uk) -As we continue into 2020, reusables like eco coffee cups and water bottles are becoming part of our everyday lives (or at least, we池e getting there). Thankfully for women, attention has now turned to sanitary products. From washable applicators to reusable discs and menstrual cups, manufacturers behind menstrual products are finding ever more innovative ways to lessen their impact on the environment.

      Not only are they inventive, but they池e a worthy investment, too. Considering that the average woman has her period for 2535 days of her life, buying a product that you can clean and reuse seems pretty practical. In the UK, an estimated 1.5 billion sanitary items are flushed down the toilet each year.

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    • Climate-friendly Almond Farmers Coax Life From Drying Spanish Soil
      Almond Growing Can the Soil Healthier

      May 27, 2020 (REUTERS)-ZUJAR, Spain, In one of the driest corners of Europe, Manuel Barnes has watched the soil become healthier since he started growing almonds using techniques aimed at bringing new life to the land.

      Barnes and his neighbors in southern Spain are turning to pre-industrial methods they hope will avert the risk of their land turning into desert to grow crops that command higher prices from increasingly environmentally-aware consumers.

      Part of a growing international movement to harness the power of the soil to combat climate change, they leave grassy plants to wither in the fields, forming fertilizer that protects the soil, and have reduced tilling.

    • Cuba Is Boosting Climate Resilience In Agriculture
      All the More Reason
      for Trump to Hate Them

      May 22, 2019 (CleanTechnica)-In a post by the Environmental Defense Fund, the organization shares that Cuba is boosting climate resilience in agriculture and explains three things that the small island country could show us.

      The writer, Katherine Angier, interviewed a farmer, Fernando Funes, who explained to Angier that, 摘verything here is about working with nature. Fernando痴 farm is just outside of Havana, where Angier writes that, 努e admired the diverse assortment of crops, chickens strutting through a grove of trees, and colorful rows of beehives.

      In general, when one thinks of Cuba, one thinks of communism, poverty, and hurricanes. Guantanamo Bay and terrorism may also come into our minds. What doesn稚 come to mind is the picture Angier painted in her article.

    • Those Bumble Bees Just Can't Get Enough Pollen
      Pollen-deprived Bumblebees
      May Speed Up Plant
      Blooming By Biting Leaves

      May 21, 2020 (Science News)- Here痴 a bumblebee tip that might get a slowpoke plant to bloom early. Just bite its leaves.

      At least three species of bumblebees use their mouthparts to snip little confetti bits out of plant foliage, researchers report in the May 22 Science. This foliage biting gets more common when there痴 a pollen shortage, says Consuelo De Moraes, a chemical ecologist and entomologist at ETH Zurich.

      Experiments show that mustard and tomato plants nibbled by Bombus terrestris bees bloomed earlier than unbitten plants by days, or even weeks, say De Moraes and her colleagues. So for the bumblebees, accelerating bloom times could be a lifesaver. When trying to found colonies in early spring, the bees rely on flower pollen as a protein source for raising their young.

    • Plant-based Meat Industry is Booming in the Pandemic
      The Pandemic and Plant-based Meat

      May 8, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) - As a meat shortage looms over the US, one particular industry is reaping the benefits: plant-based alternatives.

      Beyond Meat, Impossible Burger, and other meat-alternative products are enjoying what seems to be the start of a golden period, as demand is increasing all around the US and outside of it.

      First, the California-based Impossible Foods announced that their burger alternatives will be sold at 1,700 Kroger-owned grocery stores, all around the US from only 150 grocery stores, previously. They did this as demand for the Impossible Burger has 都kyrocketed

    • Five Sustainable Plastic Alternatives
      5 Sustainable Alternatives to Plastics

      May 6, 2020 (Deutsche Welle)- The world is drowning in plastics that are often non-biodegradable and non-recyclable. But a new range of compostable bioplastics created from seeds and even fish scales could liberate us from plastic waste.

      1.3 billion plastic bottles are sold daily around the world. And that's just the tip of the fossil-based plastic iceberg. Plastic preserves our food. It's in the nylon and polyester we wear, and it protects medical staff from the coronavirus.

      Petroleum-based plastics dominate the market because they're durable, light-weight and cheap, but most of them can't be recycled or reused.

    • Making Wastewater Drinkable Again
      Rice Engineers: Make
      Wastewater Drinkable Again

      Apr. 28, 2020 (ENN Network) -Delivering water to city dwellers can become far more efficient, according to Rice University researchers who say it should involve a healthy level of recycled wastewater.

      Using Houston as a model, researchers at Rice痴 Brown School of Engineering have developed a plan that could reduce the need for surface water (from rivers, reservoirs or wells) by 28% by recycling wastewater to make it drinkable once again.

      While the cost of energy needed for future advanced purification systems would be significant, they say the savings realized by supplementing fresh water shipped from a distance with the 電irect potable reuse of municipal wastewater would more than make up for the expense.

      And the water would be better to boot.

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    • A More Sustainable Way to Farm Rice
      Could Changing Rice Farming
      Practices Be a Climate Solution?

      Apr. 23, 2020 (Civil Eats) - Rice farming isn稚 perfect. In fact, global rice production accounts for at least 10% of agricultural emissions. It痴 responsible for producing large quantities of methane預 greenhouse gas that痴 24 times more potent than carbon dioxide. But, as it turns out, that痴 more a factor of quantity than it is about growing method. Rice provides one fifth of the world痴 calories, and research shows that, per calorie, it actually has one of the lowest emissions footprints compared to meat, fruit, vegetables, wheat, and corn.

      Now, there is growing attention to practices that further reduce the climate impact of rice. And, given that it is the fourth largest crop grown in the world, those changes could amount to a significant climate solution.

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    • Don't Just Wish For a Pavilion - Make it From Recyclables
      Glowing Wishing Pavilion Made With
      5,000 Recycled Plastic Bricks

      Apr. 13, 2020 (inhabitat) - To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival of 2019, Hong Kong-based studio Daydreamers Design crafted a glowing lantern-inspired pavilion that also raises awareness of environmental issues. Dubbed the Wishing Pavilion, the temporary installation was constructed from 5,000 bricks made of recycled high-density polyethylene, the same type of plastic commonly used in water bottles. Manufactured in seven colors, the plastic bricks created a gradient evocative of a flame, an effect enhanced by the use of sound effects, music and LED lights at night.

      Commissioned by the Government of Hong Kong, it served as the anchor pavilion for the 溺id-Autumn Lantern Displays 2019 at the Victoria Park Soccer Pitch No. 1, Causeway Bay from September 13 to September 27, 2019. The pavilion痴 5,000 recycled plastic bricks are arranged to form a rounded, lantern-like structure stretching 18 meters in diameter and 6 meters tall, with no foundation work needed. The modular design allowed the designers to swiftly assemble the pavilion in just 12 days.

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    • Solar Powered Hotel Opens in Indian Wine Country
      Solar Powered Hotel Opens
      In Indian Wine-Growing Region

      Mar. 27, 2020 (inhabitat) Mumbai-based firmSanjay Puri Architectshas 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 incrediblyenergy efficient.

      Located in the ancient city of Nashik in the northern Indian region of Maharashtra, thebeautiful hotelis 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痴 not difficult to see why.

      However, you may be wondering: What is teff, and how come I致e never heard about it? Well, worry, not. You池e in the right place. We値l tell you all about teff, and the health and sustainability qualities that make it a superfood.

    • Brushing Your Teeth Sustainably
      Everloop痴 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痴 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痴 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 滴ub 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 Nmes recently welcomed the Ada Lovelace Secondary School, Occitania痴 first-ever clean-energy school that痴 earned both BEPOS energy level certification and a sustainability rating of Silver-level BDM (B穰iments Durables M馘iterran馥ns). 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痴 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.

      Click now for the story, and a slideshow.

    • Stone to the Sustainability Rescue
      Stone: Miracle New
      Sustainable Product That's
      Revolutionizing Architecture

      Mar. 4, 2020 (The Guardian) -It痴 cheap, light, quick, fireproof and has a tiny carbon footprint compared to concrete. No wonder the 組reat 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痴 cheaper, lighter and faster to install.

    • A Look At the Harmony of Organic Architecture
      The Harmony of Organic Architecture

      Mar. 4, 2020 (ZME SCIENCE) 涌ne 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痴 or building痴 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) 宥HENT, 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痴 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) 幽igher 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 奏rophic level), such as herbivore or carnivore.

      Above ground food chains are those that form, you値l 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) 幽uman bodies make great worm food. That痴 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痴 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痴 easy on the Earth.

    • Can Industry 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痴 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稚 tried at least one method today, you池e 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痴 Bend cafe, there痴 a new drink on the menu. It痴 cold and fizzy, the color of honey poured over ice. The can reads 鄭lter 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)雄ou 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痴 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)柚odular 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 吐ood-insecure.) Framlab痴 敵lasir 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痴 Remarkable Green Transformation

      Jan. 29, 2020 (OZY)輸ldo S疣chez surveys a field of lofty banana trees with cacao plants bursting with fruit nestled beneath them. 典wo and a half years ago, this was pure pasture, he says. Indeed, his neighbor痴 field is just grass.

      Four decades ago, a swath of land including S疣chez痴 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.

      摘ven 10 kilometers [6 miles] away, people couldn稚 believe we were planting cacao because the last people to do that were their grandparents, S疣chez 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痴 next campus a green and futuristic smart city shaped like a continuous undulating mountain range.

      Located on a 133-hectare site in Shenzhen痴 Qianhai Bay, the nature-inspired development combines references to the lush, mountainous surroundings with Tencent痴 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痴 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.

      Click now for the story and a slideshow.

    • 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 Pl疽ticos 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) 柚any 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
      Snhetta 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痴 unanimous approval of Snhetta痴 design for a new privately-owned public space (POPS) in 550 Madison, a Philip Johnson-designed postmodernist landmark. Designed as a 砺ibrant 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 途ooms. The landscape design takes inspiration from its urban surroundings and architecture. Philip Johnson痴 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.

      Click now for the story and a slideshow.

    • 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蜘hich using Impossible Sausage made from plants as well. That will be available in only some Burger King locations starting in late January.

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    • More EV Charging Stations Coming to Florida.
      A New Bi-Partisan Law Has Been Introduced

      June 18, 2020,(POWERGRID-International) -One of Florida痴 newest laws lays the groundwork for building a vast network of electric vehicle charging stations along highways, part of a broader effort to improve the appeal of such environmentally cleaner cars and trucks.

      Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis this week signed the Essential State Infrastructure bill, supported by Republicans and Democrats in Tallahassee. It represents a nod by the DeSantis administration to the threat of climate change from vehicles carbon dioxide emissions, after Florida痴 previous Republican governor, Rick Scott, generally avoided acknowledging causes of climate change.

    • Florida痴 Flooded Future
      Retreat While There痴 Still Time

      June 8, 2020,(The Nation) -With sea levels rising, Miami will be underwater by the end of the century. Florida痴 time of climate change denial is over. You can buy mugs in Miami Beach souvenir shops that show a map of the world. Pour in a hot liquid, and Florida disappears. 鼎limate change is real appears on the sides of Miami痴 buses, and the issue is well covered in the local press; The Miami Herald appointed a special climate change reporter in 2017. Florida痴 Republican governor, former climate skeptic Ron DeSantis, last year recruited scientists and 途esilience consultants to prepare the state for climate impacts.

      The sea level here has risen by 2.8 inches since 1992, but the rate of increase has accelerated in the past 15 years and it could rise another 2.8 feet by 2060. And, for once, millionaires in their beachfront homes in Miami Beach or nearby Fisher Island, Star Island, and Indian Creek are not exempt from loss. Even President Donald Trump痴 property is likely to feel the effects: By 2050, Mar-a-Lago, his private Palm Beach club north of Miami, is predicted to be under a foot of water for 210 days a year.

    • Red Tide痴 Impact on Humans
      Roskamp Institute Awarded
      Federal Grant to Study Red
      Tide痴 Impact on Humans

      May 8, 2020 (floridadaily.com) - This week, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., praised the Roskamp Institute in Sarasota for winning a federal grant to study the possible connection between exposure to red tide and neurological disorders in humans.

      迭oskamp is one of the leading scientific research institutes in the nation and I知 thrilled they were able to secure funding to conduct this important review, said Buchanan on Wednesday. 撤eople need to know if exposure causes long-term damage. This grant of more than $400,000 will allow Roskamp to determine if human exposure to the red tide neurotoxin called brevetoxin causes brain impairment or other problems.

      In particular, the institute will study why some people have mild reactions to red tide while others react more severely.

    • Good Air in Florida? - Don't Count on It.
      Florida's Air Quality
      Shows Mixed Rankings for
      Ozone, Particle Pollution

      April 21, 2020 (FloridaTrend.com)-The American Lung Association痴 2020 鉄tate of the Air report found several cities earned mixed rankings for the nation痴 most widespread air pollutants熔zone and particle pollution傭oth of which can be deadly. Gainesville, Lake City, Palm Bay, Melbourne, and Titusville were named on the cleanest cities list for short-term and year-round particle pollution after experiencing zero unhealthy air days.

      The Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville metro tied 14th in the nation for the cleanest city in the nation in year-round particle pollution ahead of the Gainesville-Lake City metro area which tied 23rd.

      However, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, St. Lucie, Orlando, Lakeland, Deltona, Tampa, St. Petersburg, and Clearwater all experienced more unhealthy air days of ozone in this year痴 report.

    • 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."

    • The Road to Nowhere - Florida's Toll Roads
      The Road to Nowhere is Paved
      Through Florida痴 Treasured Wilderness

      March 6, 2020 (National Wildlife Federation)- The beauty of old Florida is unparalleled with lush grasslands, whimsical cypress forests, and the crystal waters of the Everglades. These wild landscapes not only serve to remind us of Florida痴 natural beauty, but are also vital in protecting Florida痴 drinking water sources and storing floodwaters. Beyond that, these swamps, marshes, and meadows are also among the most productive ecosystems in the world and support a wide variety of plant and animal species, including the iconic Florida panther.

      But, Florida痴 magnificent wilderness is under constant threat: wetlands are being drained to make way for urban development, native plant and animal species are being displaced or destroyed, and roads continue to fragment this beautiful state.

    • 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痴 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痴 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.

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    • Algae Warning Signs Around Lake Okeechobee
      Do Algae Warning SignsAround Lake Okeechobee Signal
      More Than Health Risks?

      Sept. 13, 2019  (News-Press) 裕he 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痴 rivers, lakes and canals.

      的f the temperatures were dropping, I壇 say 前h, the season痴 over, but it doesn稚 look like they池e dropping. In fact, he said, 典hey went back up. We池e seeing 90-degree (days) and that痴 going to be great for cyanobacteria.

    • Untreated Sewage Dumping: St. Pete痴 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.

      典he city痴 infrastructure handled the inundation from the storm痴 rainfall completely and without incident, read a May 29 posting on the city痴 website.

      But the city didn稚 tell the public that a few weeks earlier, it had pumped nearly 19 million gallons of wastewater into the Floridan aquifer that didn稚 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預nd 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痴 school districts do not test for lead in drinking water, or only partially test. Further, according to this same investigation, Gulf County痴 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痴 health.

      Earlier this year, Florida Senator Janet Cruz sponsored a bill, SB 66, that would致e added water filters in all of Florida痴 older schools (including ours in Gulf County) to filter out lead particles from corroded pipes. As Ms. De La Vega痴 recent Letter to the Editor pointed out, however, SB 66 failed in Florida痴 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痴 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痴 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.

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    • Hey, Sunshine State. Isn稚 It Time You Acted Like It!
      Florida痴 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痴 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.

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    • Blowin' In the Wind in Great Britain
      It Becomes Europe痴
      Second Highest Wind Producer

      June 12, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) -Britain become the second highest producer of wind generation in Europe, surpassing Spain, according to data released by EnAppSys. The new data looked at levels of European wind generation in the first 23 weeks of 2020 (January through May) and found that Britain ranked second after Germany during the period.

      Britain generated 12.2% of the overall share, a 3% increase compared to 2019, while Spain痴 contribution decreased from 13% to 10.7%. The increase in GB was a result of a 4% increase in installed wind capacity coupled with a 30% increase in generation on a like-for-like basis versus 2019.

    • It's Not Just a Lot of Wind - Or is it?
      Wind Turbines Set New Supply Record

      June 9, 2020,(Renewable Energy World) -Wind turbine manufacturers realized remarkable growth in 2019, with 22,893 wind turbines installed globally, states Global Wind Energy Council痴 Supply Side Analysis 2019 report.

      According to the annual report, the wind turbines were produced from 33 suppliers and accounting for over 63GW of capacity, a new supply-side record in terms of capacity for the industry.

      Vestas continues to hold on to its place as top supplier in 2019, accounting for 18% of all wind turbines installed in 2019, thanks to its global diversification strategy with installations in more than 40 countries.

    • Building Recyclable, Next-Generation Turbine Blades
      Recyclable Turbine Blades

      May 11, 2020 (Renewable Energy World) -We have come a long way since the first Earth Day in 1970.

      As of January this year, there were nearly 1.5 million electric cars driving on U.S. roads, we recycle and/or compost approximately 35% of our waste (Environmental Protection Agency), and roughly 20% of U.S. energy generation comes from renewable sources (U.S. Energy Information Administration).

      According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind energy generation has grown by 7.3 gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity for every year of the last decade. And, as of 2019, there was approximately 96 GW of installed wind capacity in the United States and 591 GW worldwide.1

      While the expansion of renewables is undoubtedly a positive shift, not all renewable energy is renewable from start to finish.

    • Global Wind Could More than Double by 2030
      Global Wind Expected
      More Than Double by 2030

      Mar. 30, 2020 (Wind Farm Managemwnt Blog) -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痴 report, 賎lobal 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).

    • Hydrogen: The Missing Link For Sustainable Energy
      Storability Takes Center
      Stage: The Missing
      Link For Sustainable Energy

      Mar. 31, 2020 (Energy Central) - The promise of wind energy is now a reality. From Gansu, China to Hornsea in the United Kingdom wind farms are producing a larger share of energy than ever before. But there is one piece of the puzzle missing: storage. How can companies get the most out of renewable energy?

      Sustainable energy investments have looked to batteries as a means of storage during non-peak periods, but the best solution may be even greener: hydrogen. Perhaps the most common element in the universe is the key to renewable energy storage.

      Despite its abundance, hydrogen has been somewhat of a bit-part player in green energy痴 rise. Producing it is carbon-based energy intensive. Hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicle technology has been developed but they are yet to take over our roads. In part, due to the lack of refilling stations. Storing it has also been a challenge. But with the help of an age-old science fair experiment, electrolysis, the element can be produced from wind energy and water, stored, and then used as a sustainable battery.

    • 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痴 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 堵reen hydrogen that relies on wind energy and other renewables, WAB said.

      According to a recent 鄭gora 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 鼎O2-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痴 largest offshore wind farm and the world痴 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 リrsted (formerly DONG Energy) and Dogger Bank痴 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容ach 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痴 Largest
      Dominion痴 Planned US Offshore
      Wind Project Could Be
      World痴 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痴 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痴 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痴 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, 的f 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痴 first utility with a market capitalization of more than $100 billion, thanks largely to its clean-power business. It痴 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)裕he 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痴 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痴 in line with the state-controlled company痴 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稚 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.痴 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擁n this case謡ind energy.

      Dabiri became inspired by observations of schooling fish, and the suggestion that there is constructive hydrodynamic interference between the wakes of neighboring fish, 的t 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痴 Wind Power Potential
      Europe痴 Wind Potential is 100x
      Higher, Could Power the World

      Aug. 16 2017 (Renewable Energy World)-According to a new analysis by the UK痴 University of Sussex and Denmark痴 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痴 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 澱reeze through the article.

    • World痴 Largest Wind Farm Comning N.J.
      N.J. Just Gave the Green
      Light to Build the Nation痴
      Largest Offshore Wind Farm

      June 21, 2019 tableau -The nation痴 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痴 first award for offshore wind to the Danish energy company リrsted and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) for the proposed 1,100-megawatt Ocean Wind project.

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