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

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

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

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

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

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

    Click now for the Q&A session.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Hydrogen Power Plant Could Soon Come to Los Angeles
    >LA Wants to Build a Hydrogen
    Fueled Power Plant

    Dec. 10, 2019  (Los Angeles Times)-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • MPS is Funding Winner for Wave, and Wind Funding
    Marine Power Systems Wins
    Funding for Wave, Wind Technology

    Dec. 4, 2019  (PowerGrid.com)-Marine Power Systems won £4.3 million by the European Regional Development Fund to accelerate the development of a floating offshore wave and wind technology for energy generation in deep water locations.

    The ERDF funding — which is part of a £6.2 million project under the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnershipscheme to promote research and innovation — will enable MPS to launch a program of work on the DualSub, which the company launched earlier this year.

    The announcement comes just weeks after MPS secured investment from the Welsh European Funding Office for £12.8 million to design, build and test a full-scale WaveSub device.

  • Amazon Makes a Solar Presence on Two Continents
    Amazon Announces 329-Mw Solar
    Projects Across Two Continents

    Dec. 3, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-Amazon this week announced three new renewable energy projects in the U.S. and Spain that support the company’s commitment to reaching 80% renewable energy by 2024 and 100% renewable energy target by 2030 on its path to net zero carbon by 2040.

    Its newest renewable energy solar projects in the U.S. will be located in Lee County, Illinois and in Northern Virginia. Together, they total 180 MW of capacity and are expected to generate almost 400,000 MWh of renewable energy annually. This will be Amazon’s first large-scale renewable energy project in the state of Illinois and ninth in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    In Europe, the company is announcing a large-scale project in Spain, located southeast of Sevilla. Once complete, the new solar farm will provide 149 megawatts (MW) of new renewable capacity.

  • Gravity Can Serve More Than One Purpose
    Gravity Machines Hold Promise
    for Long-Term Electricity Storage

    Nov. 29, 2019  (energycentral) —As more and more jurisdictions set 100% clean energy targets, machines that harness the constant force of gravity to store the intermittent energy of the sun and wind may soon join lithium-ion batteries and pumped hydro as essential tools in the carbon-free toolbox.

    One such machine is the mountain gravity energy storage (MGES) system proposed by engineers from Austria’s International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), reports Utility Dive. Using a mechanism akin to a chair lift at a ski resort, the device would use renewable energy to haul massive, sand-filled containers to the top of a mountain, where it would then be stored as potential energy in the same way that water is held in pumped hydro stations. On demand, the sand-filled containers would be released “back down the mountain, propelled only by the force of gravity, generating electricity in the process”.

  • When Typhoons Are a Problem, Energy Storage is the Answer
    In Wake Of Typhoons, Japan
    Turns to Residential Energy Storage

    Nov. 25, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-After recent typhoons ravaged Japan’s grid and disrupted power to almost 1.4 million customers, the government is encouraging homeowners to invest in storage systems, seeking to marry batteries with existing rooftop solar capacity to create backup electricity networks.

    The backbone would be the 2.3 million rooftop solar installations across the country that have been selling power to the grid for years under long-term contracts. As those deals begin to lapse, with the first batch expiring this month, policy makers in Tokyo see an opportunity to create networks more resistant to disruptions, which are expected to become more frequent amid climate change.

  • Solar Farms: London's Solution to Keep Lights On All Night?
    Solar Farms Can Keep Uk’s
    Lights On Even at Night

    Nov. 25, 2019  (The Guardian)-Solar farms could soon play a vital role in the energy system 24 hours a day, after a breakthrough trial proved they can even help balance the grid at night. National Grid used a solar farm in East Sussex to help smooth overnight voltage fluctuations for the first time earlier this month, proving solar farms don’t need sunshine to help keep the lights on.

    Lightsource BP, the owner of the solar farm, said an inexpensive tweak to the project’s electrical equipment meant it could help balance the grid with only two seconds’ notice. Kareen Boutonnat, the company’s chief operating officer, said: “We have proven that solar plants can play a larger role across the electricity network. But this is only the beginning.”

  • Fukishima Has Learned a Lesson From History
    Fukushima On Track to Become a Renewable Energy Hub

    Nov. 14, 2019  (inhabitat) — In hopes of reinventing its image, new life is breathing into Fukushima, the Japanese northeastern prefecture that was devastated by a 2011 tsunami and consequent nuclear power plant meltdown. Fukushima, which is Japan’s third largest prefecture, is revitalizing and transforming into a renewable energy hub.

    Eight years ago, a magnitude-9.0 earthquake triggered a massive tsunami, overwhelming the Fukushima reactors and causing the worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl incident. Decontamination of Fukushima’s nuclear plant and surroundings are ongoing.

    Since 2011, both the Japanese state and Fukushima local governments have ramped up the prefecture’s renewable energy production. To meet the entire region’s needs with 100 percent renewable energy by 2040, endeavors are underway to cultivate and integrate clean energy sources like biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar and wind.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • The Future for Michigan's Wood-Fire Power Plants?
    Michigan Wood-Fired Power Plants Face Uncertain Future

    Nov. 12, 2019  (Energy Central)— Wood-fired power plants across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula will continue operating through the 2020s, but their life beyond that is uncertain amid declining wind and solar prices.

    A September ruling by Michigan regulators created a competitive bidding process for one of the state’s largest utilities, Consumers Energy, that will force biomass producers to compete directly with wind and solar once their contracts expire over the coming decade.

    Consumers has argued in recent years that contracts with independent producers under the federal Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) are too expensive. This includes wood-fired power plants as well as small hydropower and waste-to-energy.

  • The Spanish Revolution in Solar Energy
    The (R)evolution of the Solar
    Energy Sector in Spain

    Nov. 11, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— With an average of 300 days of sun per year, the present and future of clean energies in Spain are focused undoubtedly on solar energy. By installing over 4GW of capacity in 2019 (14 times more than in 2018), Spain will lead the solar market in Europe this year, a landmark that illustrates the solar energy sector in the country has already taken off.

    But why now, after what can be considered false dawns previously?

    The global picture has changed: an important energy transition is now underway and many factors will determine the world’s energy future. These include government policies that seek to promote social wellness while addressing the risks of climate change. Technology will also be vital to improve living standards through addressing climate risks. Technological advances continue reshaping the energy playground. Many technologies, which did not exist five or 10 years ago, have a more important role today and their impacts will continue expanding.

  • California Wild-Fires Are Encouraging Renewable Energy
    California Power Shut-Offs
    Drive Customers to Solar and Storage

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— The devastating California wildfires and related power outages are already leading to new approaches to energy resiliency that rely on battery storage technologies.

    Millions of people in the state have had their electricity cut over the last month due to preventative utility shut-offs. Even if the shut-offs could be justified to avoid starting more fires, the ability of the utilities in these affected areas to supply reliable power to their customers is now in doubt.

    The impacts of the shut-offs have been dramatic—hospitals without power had to be evacuated, people at home with critical medical equipment were placed at risk without power to run these devices (one person has died), and over $2.5 billion in business losses accrued due to outages—all pointing to an energy system in collapse.

  • Your Burger is Blowing in the Wind
    McDonald’s Signs Renewable Virtual
    Power Purchase Agreements in US

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— McDonald’s announced the signing of two long-term, large-scale virtual power purchase agreements, whereby McDonald’s will buy renewable energy generated by Aviator Wind West, a wind power project located in Coke County, Texas and a solar project located in Texas.

    The combined 380 MW in renewable energy expected to be generated from McDonald’s contribution to these projects will help to prevent over 700,000 metric tons of carbon emissions each year, which is equivalent to planting more than 11 million trees or taking over 140,000 cars off the road for one year.

    Additionally, the energy generated by these U.S. projects will be equivalent to over 2,500 restaurants-worth of electricity.

  • What's a SunBot? Glad You Asked
    The First Artificial Material
    that Follows Sunlight May
    Upgrade Solar Panels

    Nov. 5, 2019  (Science News)— As the sun moves across the sky, sunflowers continually orient themselves to soak up the most light. Now a type of human-made material can do that, too.

    This is the first artificial material capable of phototropism, researchers report November 4 in Nature Nanotechnology. Stemlike cylinders of the material, dubbed SunBOTs, can maneuver to capture about 90 percent of available sunlight, even when the sun comes in at an oblique angle, materials scientist Ximin He of UCLA and her colleagues found. The technology could someday be used to optimize solar panels, desalinate water or move robots, the researchers say.

    Other scientists have made artificial substances that can bend toward light, but those materials stop arbitrarily. SunBOTs can self-regulate, moving into the optimal position needed to absorb the sun’s rays, then making small adjustments to stay there as the sun shifts.

  • Renewable Energy: A Tradable Commodity
    Singapore Wants to Trade Renewable
    Energy With Its Neighbors

    Nov. 4, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— Singapore’s state-owned power grid operator wants to build more connections to neighboring countries to tap their greater potential for renewable energy.

    Nations like Malaysia and Indonesia have ample spare land for solar panels and enough wind to power turbines, both things that Singapore is lacking, Wong Kim Yin, chief executive officer of SP Group, said in an interview Friday. Building transmission lines to connect the countries and using renewable energy credits to facilitate power trading can allow the island nation to use clean power even if it can’t produce it.

    “One of the possible ways of tapping renewable resources is actually working with our neighbors,” Wong said on Bloomberg Television. “Some physical regional interconnects will help Singapore in that department.”

  • What the Consumer Wants is Not Always What the Consumer Gets
    Lawmakers Don't Consider Consumer
    Choice to Meet Renewable Goals,
    According to NRG

    Nov. 1, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— At a conference put on by the Connecticut Power and Energy Society (CPES) on October 30, a panel of energy suppliers discussed and debated the best way to advance renewable energy in the state of Connecticut and the entire U.S.

    States, cities, towns and companies across America are setting aggressive clean energy and/or zero-carbon emission goals. New York hopes to be sourcing 70% of its energy from renewables by 2030; Hawaii wants to be 100% renewable by 2045. Eight other states have made similar commitments. The Sierra Club found 140 cites that have set clean energy goals.

    Indeed, Americans in general want clean energy, according to a survey conducted by Consumer Reports, which found that 76% of Americans agree that increasing renewable energy is a worthwhile goal.

    Click now for the full story.

  • Solar and Wind Increasing Percentages of Energy Generation
    Solar And Wind Energy
    Provide Almost 10% of Total
    Generation in the US in 2019

    Oct. 28, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-According to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of the latest issue of EIA’s “Electric Power Monthly” (with data through August 31, 2019), both wind and solar are accounting for more and more of the total electrical generation in the United States.

    Renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) accounted for 18.49% of net domestic electrical generation during the first eight months of 2019, said SUN DAY. A year earlier, renewables’ share was 17.95%.

  • India Could Expand Renewable Power on Its Western Border
    India Could Build
    30 GW of Renewable Power
    Capacity Along Western Border

    Oct. 17, 2019  (Bloomberg News)-India is considering building 30 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity along a desert on its western border known for its sunny, windy and arid expanse, according to people familiar with the plan.

    The projects, which will be spread across the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan, are part of efforts to expand the country’s renewable capacity and reduce the share of fossil fuels in its energy mix, the people said, asking not to be named as the discussions are private and at an early stage. The plan was discussed at a meeting in Gujarat last week, they said.

    Land for renewable projects is a key challenge in India and the high cost of acquisition weighs on the price of electricity. The nation is increasingly looking at barren lands for building renewable projects so its energy goals don’t clash with its growing need for agricultural production. For that reason, India plans to install 25 gigawatts of solar projects, combined with storage capacity, in the high-altitude region of Ladakh in the extreme north of the country, power minister R.K. Singh said in August.

  • Green is Good For the Planet and America's Economy
    Study Shows America’s
    ‘Green Economy’ Worth $1.3 Trillion

    Oct. 16, 2019  (Bloomberg News)-If the U.S. wants to extend economic growth, it should double down on cleaning up the environment and fighting climate change, which are fueling both jobs and revenue, according to a new analysis by University College London researchers.

    “Don’t listen to the political rhetoric,” said Mark Maslin, a professor of geography and one of the authors behind the study published Tuesday. “Just look at the data and be hard-nosed about it, and say, ‘Okay, if we’re going to support the economy and make it grow and have lots of employment, this is where I need to invest.’”

    For years, there’s been a major technical difficulty with charting progress in the “green economy:” the U.S. doesn’t measure it. Part of the blame lies with Congress, which as part of 2013 budget cuts eliminated funding for data-collection on “green goods and services.”

  • Solar for Low Income Families Coming to Florida
    FPL Plans Nation’s Largest
    Community Solar Program;
    Includes Low-Income Focus

    Oct. 10, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-Florida Power & Light today announced that it is garnering more support from solar stakeholders for its FPL SolarTogether, a proposed new offering for FPL customers that would be the largest community solar program in the U.S., pending regulatory review.

    In addition to the program being the largest in the U.S., FPL said that its SolarTogether would be the largest voluntary low-income solar offering in the country. The planned installation of 1,490 MW of new universal solar capacity at 20 new solar power plants across FPL’s service territory would generate an estimated $249 million in net savings for all FPL customers over the long term, primarily from avoided fuel and other system savings.

  • Solar Plus Storage to the Rescue!
    With Millions In the Dark,
    a California Company Touts Benefits
    Of Solar Plus Storage

    Oct. 9, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-Today California utility Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) began the first phase of its Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) during which the power will be cut to up to 800,000 customers, according to the utility.

    The utility notified customers yesterday in a post on its 'Currents' website of the impending shutoffs, which will occur in three phases.

    Click now to see what they are.

  • Siemans Has a New Way to Produce Hydrogen
    Siemens to Produce Hydrogen
    From 5-Gw Wind, Solar Plant

    Oct. 8, 2019  (Bloomberg News)-Siemens AG is partnering on a 5,000-megawatt combined solar and wind farm in Western Australia that will produce renewable hydrogen for potential export to Asia.

    The Murchison facility will use Siemens’ electrolyzer technology to convert power from the solar and wind units into hydrogen, it said in a joint statement with developer Hydrogen Renewables Australia. The project’s location, north of the coastal town of Kalbarri, makes it “one of the most cost-effective” spots in Australia to produce clean energy, according to the statement.

    HRA has six years to scale up the project to enable exports to Japan and South Korea, ramping up to full capacity by 2028, when it could be supplying as much as 10% of Asia’s hydrogen demand, Chief Executive Officer Terry Kallis said by phone. Total investment is seen at about A$10 billion ($6.75 billion).

  • Power When the Sun Don't Shine
    Market and Technology
    Development of Stationary Battery
    Storage Systems in Europe

    Oct. 7, 2019  (Energy Storage News)- The business models and technologies underpinning the development of stationary energy storage markets are evolving rapidly. Dr. Kai-Philipp Kairies, Jan Figgener and David Haberschusz of RWTH Aachen University look at some of the key trends driving the sector forwards, in a paper which first appeared in PV Tech Power's Energy Storage Special Report 2019.

    The international market for stationary battery storage systems (BSS) is growing rapidly. Within less than a decade, grid-connected BSS have evolved from a niche product to a mass market in which today international energy and automotive companies are competing for market shares. According to a recent study by BloombergNEF, almost 4GW of new battery storage systems went online in 2018 worldwide – and the market researchers expect this number to double by 2020.

  • PacifiCorp: Hello, Wind, Solar & Storage. Bye bye Coal
    PacifiCorp Highlights Wind, Solar,
    Storage Additions & Coal
    Subtraction In Latest Plan

    Oct. 7, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- West coast utility PacifiCorp released its draft of a long-term energy plan that calls for retiring five coal-fired units in the next decade and adding more than 6,000 MW of wind and solar over the next six years.

    The draft of PacifiCorp’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan forecasts how the company hopes to generate power and meet customer needs cost-effectively over the next 20 years. The utility will file its final version with state regulators later this month.

    “The transition in how we meet our customers’ energy needs is under way,” said Rick Link, PacifiCorp’s vice president of resource planning and acquisitions.

  • Britain Adds Another Retreat to Its Agenda - Fossil Fuels
    Britain, Struggling With Brexit,
    Eyes Another Retreat.
    This One’s From Fossil Fuels

    Oct. 3, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)- In the shadow of a noisy, turbulent Brexit, another epic transformation is underway in Britain.

    A leading industrial power that built itself on coal and colonialism, Britain is now trying to pivot away from the fossil fuels that powered the industrial age. The government has set a legally binding target to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

    Some of that change is already in motion: The country is fast ditching coal in favor of wind energy and gas. And this summer, for the first time in more than 130 years, it went two weeks without burning one lump of coal.

  • The Eco-Friendly Catalyst Harvests Solar Energy
    Eco-Friendly Electrochemical
    Catalysts Using Solar Cells to
    Harvest Energy From the Sun

    Oct. 3, 2019 (Science Daily)- A research team from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Kanazawa University develops an eco-friendly device that uses solar energy to catalyze an electrochemical oxidation reaction with high efficiency.

    Green energy sources constitute a hot research field globally because of the current environmental crisis and the necessity to avoid non-renewable energy (fossil fuels). Researchers have been seeking ways to harness and harvest solar energy for decades, and photovoltaic devices, which convert light into electricity, are in high demand.

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  • Brazil is the Latest Hit By Climate-Driven Storms
    Brazil Storms: At least
    30 Killed After Devastating Landslides

    Jan. 26, 2020 (The Telegraph)- At least 30 people have been killed in two days of intense storms in southeastern Brazil, officials from the state of Minas Gerais said on Saturday.

    Seventeen people are also missing, seven injured, and some 3,500 have been forced out of their homes following a series of landslides and building collapses.

    Television footage showed images of overflowing rivers, flood neighborhoods and trees and utility poles knocked over by the rushing water.

  • Keeping Waterways Safe in the Ohio Watershed
    High Waters, Hazardous Cargo:
    The Complicated Job of Keeping Waterways
    Safe in the Ohio Watershed

    Jan. 23, 2020 (Allegheny Front)-Just before dawn in January 2018, 27 barges were floating like a net along the banks of the Ohio River, downstream of the city of Pittsburgh. Instead of fish, the fleet caught chunks of ice that broke off in the warming, fast-moving waters as it waited for a tow through the nearby Emsworth Locks and Dams.

    The area had experienced record rainfall, and the river rose more than 12 feet in about 30 hours. The barges, some loaded with coal and cement, were lashed together with steel cables in a grid-like pattern, then secured to pilings equipped with large metal mooring rings.

    Crews had worked through the night to monitor the cable tension as ice and rising waters caused the lines to tighten. At 6:15 a.m., a towing vessel captain saw sparks.

  • Greta at Davos: Speaking Out - Yes, that Greta
    Greta Thunberg’s Message
    at Davos Forum:
    ‘Our House Is Still on Fire’

    Jan. 21, 2020 (New York Times Climate Forward)- DAVOS, Switzerland — Greta Thunberg on Tuesday punched a hole in the promises emerging from a forum of the global political and business elite and offered instead an ultimatum: Stop investing in fossil fuels immediately, or explain to your children why you did not protect them from the “climate chaos” you created.

    “I wonder, what will you tell your children was the reason to fail and leave them facing the climate chaos you knowingly brought upon them?” Ms. Thunberg, 17, said at the annual gathering of the world’s rich and powerful in Davos, a village on the icy reaches of the Swiss Alps.

    Her remarks opened a panel discussion hosted by The New York Times and the World Economic Forum. The full transcript is available here.

    Click now for the story and a video.

  • Don't Dare Using the Term "Climate Change" or Else!
    Conservative States Seek Billions
    to Brace for Disaster. (Just
    Don’t Call It Climate Change.)

    Jan. 20, 2020 (New York Times Climate Forward)- The Trump administration is about to distribute billions of dollars to coastal states mainly in the South to help steel them against natural disasters worsened by climate change.

    But states that qualify must first explain why they need the money. That has triggered linguistic acrobatics as some conservative states submit lengthy, detailed proposals on how they will use the money, while mostly not mentioning climate change.

    A 306-page draft proposal from Texas doesn’t use the terms “climate change” or “global warming,” nor does South Carolina’s proposal. Instead, Texas refers to “changing coastal conditions” and South Carolina talks about the “destabilizing effects and unpredictability” of being hit by three major storms in four years, while being barely missed by three other hurricanes.

  • Microsoft Announces It's Going Carbon Negative
    Microsoft's Going Carbon Negative
    and What That Means

    Jan. 20, 2020 (Forbes)- As the effects of climate change visit ever more havoc on communities around the globe, the corporate world has begun to realize that piecemeal commitments to sustainability no longer cut it with customers or with shareholders. The climate-savvy consumer is looking for bolder, systems-level action from the companies that profit from their behavior.

    The latest big corporate pledge came last week from software giant Microsoft, which announced it would go carbon negative by 2030.

    If the firm achieves this, it will be no mean feat. Numerous companies have pledged to improve their sustainability credentials, with many targeting a carbon-neutral goal, whereby an institution offsets all of its emissions—either via payments or by direct measures to reduce emissions produced. By these means, tech behemoth Google claims that it has been carbon neutral for 12 years.

  • Build That Wall - The Sea Wall That Is
    The $119 Billion Sea
    Wall That Could Defend
    New York … or Not

    Jan. 17, 2020 (New York Times Climate Forward)- Picture a storm charging toward New York City, pushing a surge of seawater like the one that flooded the region during Hurricane Sandy. But this time, man-made islands with retractable gates stretch from the Rockaways in Queens to a strip of land in New Jersey south of Staten Island.

    The gates swing shut. A six-mile-long wall blocks the deluge, saving property and lives.

    The giant barrier is the largest of five options the Army Corps of Engineers is studying to protect the New York area as storms become more frequent, and destructive, on a warming Earth.

  • Australian Beach Town Devastated by Fire
    Watching the Beach Town of My Childhood Burn

    Jan. 17, 2020 (New York Times Climate Forward)- When Livia Albeck Ripka was about 15 months old and could only say a few words, one of them was “baitfish.” Her family had just returned from their annual summer vacation in Mallacoota, a beach town of a few hundred on the southeast coast of Australia, where they would catch tiny, glimmering fish and use them to lure flathead out of the water.

    After they returned home, a patch of light shimmered on the wall, and according to her mother, she pointed to it and described what she saw: “baitfish.”

    It was the Australian summer of 1990-91, and on the other side of the world, the Israeli military was handing out gas masks to its citizens because of the threat of attacks from Iraq. But in a fishing village thousands of miles away, where giant goannas scuttled through gumtrees and kookaburras laughed, her siblings were hunting for wild animal scat and leaping into the ocean.

  • Sea Ice Loss May Have Multiple Causes
    Study Suggests CFCs Responsible
    for 1/2 of Arctic Sea-Ice Loss

    Jan. 15, 2020 (Chemistry World)- Halogenated compounds played a major role in global warming and Arctic sea ice loss in the late-20th century, a new study has found.

    Organic halogen compounds are known to have depleted atmospheric ozone concentrations, famously contributing to the ozone hole over the Antarctic. But until now, few studies have examined their other effects on climate, beyond their impact on stratospheric ozone.

    Now, an investigation led by Columbia University geophysicist Lorenzo Polvani has revealed the extent to which ozone-depleting substances (ODS) contributed to temperature rises and sea-ice loss in the Arctic by direct radiative warming, between 1955 and 2005.

  • The ‘Blob,’ Was a Massive Marine Heat Wave
    Massive Marine Heat Wave
    Led to an Unprecedented Seabird Die-Off

    Jan. 15, 2020 (Science News)- Common murres are arguably the most successful seabirds in the Northern Hemisphere. The penguin-like seafarers can crisscross vast expanses of ocean faster than any other northern seabird, and can dive the length of two American football fields to snatch small fish.

    But from 2015 to 2016, this superstar bird experienced an unprecedented die-off.

    Over that period, about 62,000 emaciated, dead or dying murres (Uria aalge) washed onto beaches from Southern California to the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, a new study finds. What’s more, colonies throughout this range failed to reproduce during and shortly after the same time. All together, an estimated 10 to 20% of the region’s total population was wiped out, researchers reported.

  • 2019 Was the Second-Warmest Year On Record
    2019 Was the Second-
    Warmest Year On Record

    Jan. 15, 2020 (Science News)- The year 2019 is officially the second warmest in the 140-year record of modern temperatures compiled by both NASA and the U.S. National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, scientists said January 15. The five warmest years on record have all occurred since 2014 — making 2019 the end to the hottest decade ever recorded.

    The more important takeaway from the data is not how each of the last five years is ranked, but “the consistency of the long-term trends that we’re seeing,” climate scientist Gavin Schmidt said during a news conference.

    “The top five years are the last five years, [and] the last decade is the warmest,” said Schmidt, who is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City. Furthermore, since the mid-20th century, “every decade has been warmer than the last, and not by a small amount.”

  • What Coastal Communities Are Now Experiencing
    U.S. Coastal Communities
    Already Facing the
    Impacts of Sea Level Rise

    Jan. 15, 2020 (earth.com)- Coastal communities across the United States are already taking a hard hit from climate change, and the local businesses are paying a high price. A study led by Stanford graduate student Miyuki Hino has found that downtown Annapolis had 3,000 fewer visitors in 2017 due to high-tide flooding, which is a loss of between $86,000 and $172,000 in revenue.

    “Small businesses in downtown Annapolis rely on visitors. By measuring the extent of the impact of flooding, we can understand the business case – how sea level rise is already impacting businesses’ experiences and profits,” said study co-author Samantha Belanger.

    High-tide flooding occurs when ocean waters rise above the levels that the infrastructure was designed to handle. Water from these floods fills the streets and parking lots and prevents normal traffic.

  • What the U.N. Is Doing About the Climate and Extinction Crisis
    This UN Treaty Would Tackle
    the Climate and Extinction Crises

    Jan. 14, 2020 (GIZMODO)- The animals need saving. From fires, from deforestation, and from climate change, of course. That’s why the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity released Monday its first draft of an update to the global biodiversity treaty. And these targets are just as much about people as they are about wildlife.

    World leaders will consider the document when they meet next month in China for a meeting in preparation for the United Nations Biodiversity Conference this year where this document will be finalized. And leaders have some pretty ambitious propositions on the table. The “Zero Draft” of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework sets out clear targets for countries to meet by 2030 and 2050 to not only protect wildlife but also better prepare for climate change.

  • 2019 Was a Record Year for Ocean Temperatures
    Data Show 2019 Was Record
    Year for Ocean Temperatures

    Jan. 13, 2020 (New York Times Climate Forward)- Last year was the warmest year on record for the world’s oceans, part of a long-term warming trend, according to a study released Monday.

    “If you look at the ocean heat content, 2019 is by far the hottest, 2018 is second, 2017 is third, 2015 is fourth, and then 2016 is fifth,” said Kevin E. Trenberth, a senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and an author on the study.

    The study, published in the journal Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, follows an announcement last week by European scientists that Earth’s surface temperatures in 2019 were the second-hottest on record.

  • U.S. Southern Plains: Start Preparing
    U.S. Southern Plains
    Could Be Hit by Baseball-
    Sized Hail, Hurricane Gusts

    Jan. 10, 2020 (Reuters)-Baseball-sized hail, hurricane-force wind gusts and tornadoes could hit portions of the U.S. Southern Plains on Friday evening into early Saturday, forecasters said.

    The fast-moving storm is causing local officials in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana to raise the alarm with residents, including advising them to securely tie down items in their yards to prevent them from becoming flying projectiles.

    The same storm system will result in heavy snows and sleet elsewhere through Sunday night, the National Weather Service said.

  • The Real Australia Bushfire Toll
    Sizing up Australia's Bushfires

    Jan. 9, 2020 (Reuters)-Australia’s bushfires have razed more than 10.3 million hectares (103,000 sq km) of land - the size of South Korea - in recent months, particularly on the east coast.

    The burnt area in New South Wales state alone is more than five times larger than the whole expanse torched last year in Brazil, which saw major fires in the Amazon rainforest.

    Combining 2019 fires in California, Brazil and Indonesia still amounts to less than half the burnt area in Australia.

  • Clean Future = More Prosperous Rural Communities
    Building a 100% Clean
    Future Can Drive an Additional $8
    Billion a Year to Rural Communities

    Jan. 8, 2020 (Center for American Progress)- Rural communities face many challenges, and climate change is only making matters worse.

    Flooding and drought are hitting rural communities hard, causing massive financial losses for farmers, who are also facing low commodity prices and bearing the brunt of an international trade war. And the rural landscape is changing as farmland is being lost to the same development pressures that are contributing to climate change. These challenges are creating a palpable sense among rural residents that their way of life is changing and under threat.

    Shifting weather patterns are one of the most noticeable changes. For example, in Iowa, the past 18 months have been the wettest on record, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

  • Feral Camels Are Also Victims of Australia's Draught
    The Latest Victims
    of Australia's Record Drought:
    10,000 Feral Camels

    Jan. 7, 2020 (EartherGIZMODO)-When people think of Australia, kangaroos and koalas may come to mind, but the country is also home to more than a million camels. But while Australians race to save the country’s native wildlife in the face of massive bushfires and crushing drought, the non-native camels face a different fate. Officials are planning to kill 10,000 camels over the next five days.

    Aboriginal leaders in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara territories in South Australia have sanctioned culling the animals, which have been using dwindling water resources that communities need as they face severe drought.

    In search of water, camels have been destroying fences and lurking around homes according to a report from news.com.au. As the animals grow desperate competing for water, they sometimes wind up dying in stampedes and their carcasses can end up contaminating water sources.

  • The Consequences of Neglecting Climate Action Are Unpredictable
    Climate Models Agree
    Things Will Get Bad.
    Capturing Just How Bad Is Tricky

    Jan. 7, 2020 (Science News)-Earth’s climatic future is uncertain, but the world needs to prepare for change.

    Enter climate simulations, which re-create the physical interactions between land, sea and sky using well-known physical laws and equations. Such models can look into the past and reconstruct ancient ice ages or hothouse worlds with the help of data gleaned from rocks and ice cores.

    But climate scientists also use these simulations to envision a range of different possible futures, particularly in response to climate-altering greenhouse gas emissions. These Choose Your Own Adventure–type scenarios aim to predict what’s to come as a result of different emissions levels over the next few decades. That means putting upper and lower boundaries on answers to questions such as: How hot will it get? How high will the seas rise?

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  • A Tool Uses Climate Data to Predict Conflict Hotspots
    Water Wars: Early Warning
    Tool Uses Climate Data to
    Predict Conflict Hotspots

    Jan. 3, 2020 (The Guardian)-Researchers from six organizations have developed an early warning system to help predict potential water conflicts as violence associated with water surges globally.

    The Dutch government-funded Water, Peace and Security (WPS) global early warning tool, which was presented to the UN security council before it was launched formally last month, combines environmental variables such as rainfall and crop failures with political, economic and social factors to predict the risk of violent water-related conflicts up to a year in advance.

    It is the first tool of its kind to consider environmental data, such as precipitation and drought, alongside socio-economical variables, a combination lacking in previous tools designed to predict water conflicts. It is available online for the public to use, but is aimed more specifically at raising awareness among policymakers, and people and parties in water-stressed regions.

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  • Drones to Plant Trees - What Will They Think of Next?
    Using Drones to Plant Trees

    Jan. 2, 2020 (Newsweek)-Canadian scientists plan to help tackle climate change by using drones to plant one billion trees by 2028. The team behind the Flash Forest reforestation company say they have developed drone technology which maps out the best areas for planting trees which drink up the most CO2, with an average density of 2,000 per hectare. One drone operator has the potential to plant 100,000 seed pods per day, they claim. Flash Forest hopes to offset carbon emissions "enough to have a significant and measurable impact on climate change within the next decade."

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  • Early Springs = Drier Summers
    Climate Change Brings
    Earlier Springs, Which
    May Trigger Drier Summers

    Jan. 3, 2020 (Science News)-The early arrival of spring is often cause for celebration in northern climates. But it may come at the cost of drier, hotter days in some areas in summer.

    As winter wanes and leaves start to peek out from branches, trees increasingly draw water from the soil and move it into the sky — a process known as evapotranspiration. But when this greening starts earlier in the calendar year, scientists worry that more moisture could be sucked from the soil than if the season starts later.

    Now, analyses of satellite data and climate simulations show that earlier spring greening can leave soils drier in summer across much of the Northern Hemisphere. That, in turn, could lead to more frequent and intense summer heat waves, researchers report January 3 in Science Advances.

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  • Is The U,.S. Military Prepared for Extreme Climate Events?
    U.S. Military Precariously
    Unprepared for Climate Threats,
    War College & Retired Brass Warn

    Dec. 23, 2019 (Inside Climate News)- A string of climate-related disasters that crippled the strategic capability of multiple U.S military bases in recent years has exposed the military's vulnerability to extreme weather, putting a spotlight on its failure to prepare and the consequences to national security.

    Offutt Air Force base in Nebraska, home to the U.S. Strategic Command, was incapacitated by historic flooding that swept through the Midwest in March. More than 130 structures were destroyed, and the cost of rebuilding has hit $1 billion and could go higher.

    Hurricane Michael, a monster Category 5 storm, wiped out Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida in 2018, damaging 17 grounded F-22 stealth fighters and causing an estimated $5 billion in damage. Heat illnesses in the military are also rising, putting service members' lives at risk, a 2019 investigation by InsideClimate News and NBC News showed.

  • Permafrost Danger
    9 Timely Readings On the
    Status of Permafrost

    Dec. 23, 2019 (Yale Climate Connections)- Every December, NOAA releases its annual Arctic Report Card. Because that release coincides with and is one topic at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, its consistently “bad news” is followed by equally reliable good press coverage, even though the data does not always vary much year-to-year.

    One element of the 2019 Arctic story involves the warming of the permafrost, the frozen soils that cover nearly a quarter of the northern hemisphere’s land.

    The short permafrost section of this scientific report offers good insights. For a fuller view of the basic situation, see Bob Berwyn’s pieces in Inside Climate News.

  • What the World Could Look Like in 2040
    What the World Could Look Like in 2040

    Dec. 23, 2019 (Yale Climate Connections)- Since its founding in 1998, McSweeney’s Publishing has been a vital groundswell for innovative and timely literature. The publishing house began with a quarterly journal that’s still produced today – this month gave us Issue 58. Titled 2040 A.D., the issue is dedicated to climate fiction and was produced in partnership with the leading environmental organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).

    2040 A.D. features some of today’s most incisive writers: Tommy Orange, Claire G. Coleman, Birna Anna Björnsdóttir, Luis Alberto Urrea, Elif Shafak, Abbey Mei Otis, Asja Baki?, Rachel Heng, Kanishk Tharoor, and Mikael Awake – most of whom have never before tried their hand at writing climate fiction.

  • Holding Back the Ohio River Has Become a Real Challenge
    Rising Waters: Aging Levees,
    Climate Change and the Challenge
    to Hold Back the Ohio River

    Dec. 18, 2019  (Allegheny Front)- When 78-year-old longtime journalist, Jim Casto looks at the towering flood walls that line downtown Huntington, West Virginia, he sees a dark history of generations past.

    He walks up to the entrance of Harris Riverfront Park, one of 21 gate openings in the more than 3.5 miles of floodwalls covered in decades of charcoal-colored grime and dirt.

    The river has shaped the city, providing the transportation for coal, steel and chemical products. But Casto also knows the river has the power to destroy, as it did before the omnipresent walls were there.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.

  • How Long Does the Netherlands Have?
    When Will the
    Netherlands Disappear?

    Dec. 16, 2019  (Politico)- The local phonebook in the Dutch area of Noordwaard is a record of a community that no longer exists: Lists of numbers for homes that have been demolished, leaving just square patches in the grass where their foundations stood.

    nce a thriving farming area, Noordwaard is now an expanse of reedy marshlands in the southwest Netherlands, deliberately designed to flood in order to keep nearby Dutch cities dry. "Several years ago, when you came to that polder, big nice farms were there, acres with potatoes and onions," said Stan Fleerakkers, a dairy farmer who lives nearby. "Now when you drive there, there's nothing left of it."

    The Noordwaard polder was one of 39 such areas selected for the Dutch government’s Room for the River program, in which land was given back to the water. It’s a modern reversal of the centuries-old practice of land reclamation by the famously low-lying country.

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

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

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

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

  • Australia, Ignoring Climate Reality, May Pay a Whopping Price
    Australia May See
    Its Hottest Day Ever
    Recorded This Week

    Dec. 16, 2019  (GIZMODO)- Australia just can’t seem to catch a break. Bushfires have been ravaging the country for more than a month. Australia ended 2018 with a record-breaking heat wave, and it appears this year will end the same. And in the process, the country could see its hottest day ever recorded.

    The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) released an update Monday on the country’s ongoing crisis, highlighting that this week’s heat may surpass the nationwide daily maximum temperature of 40.3 degrees C (104.5 degrees F) set in January 2013. The heat is already unbearable on the west side of the country. Perth, the capital of Western Australia with a population of nearly 2 million, saw its temperature peak above 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for three days in a row for the time in December.

  • Did Madrid COP-25 Accomplish Anything?
    What Did (and Did
    Not) Happen at COP-25
    Climate Talks in Madrid?

    Dec. 16, 2019  (ScienceDaily)- The press has characterized the Madrid climate talks in rather stark terms – as a failure, in contrast with the inspirational calls from youth activists and others for greater ambition. For example, Somini Sengupta, writing in The New York Times, characterized COP-25 as “widely denounced as one of the worst outcomes in a quarter-century of climate negotiations …” As usual, reality is somewhat more nuanced.

    On the one hand, the inability of the climate negotiations to produce an aspirational statement calling for greater ambition in the next round of national pledges is not terribly significant in terms of its real effects, despite the fact that some members of civil society – ranging from Greenpeace to Extinction Rebellion – have framed this as the key task for COP-25.

  • Greta Thunberg's Impassioned UN Speech
    Greta Thunberg UN speech
    in FULL: Read Climate Activist's
    Condemnation of World Leaders

    Dec. 13, 2019  (Express)- Greta Thunberg, 16, accused world leaders of running a “creative PR” campaign but failing to effectively take climate change. The teenage activist from Sweden spoke on Wednesday, December 11, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid, Spain. In a powerful speech before the UN assembly, Miss Thunberg warned “we no longer have time to leave out the science”.

    The speech was met with thunderous applause from COP25 but Miss Thunberg has also sparked the ire of US President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

    President Trump took a swipe at the activist after she was named Time Magazine’s person of the year.

  • The Biggest Climate Stories of 2019 You Might Have Missed
    The Biggest Climate Stories
    You Might Have Missed —
    But Still Have Time To Read

    Dec. 13, 2019 (New York Times Climate Forward)-Here are some of the stories that were covered by the New York Times:
    Comparing Cities Polluted Air
    Food/Diet and Climate Change
    Sustainable Clothing
    Sea Level Rise and Ghost Forests
    Cities promising Cool Relief
    Warming World Forecast

    Those, and many, many more.

  • 2019 Time Person of the Year is Named
    Greta Thunberg Is Time
    Person of the Year for 2019

    Dec. 11, 2019  (New York Times Climate Forward)- Time on Wednesday named the young climate activist Greta Thunberg as its person of the year, in a nod to the next generation’s surging prominence in worldwide efforts to prevent the worst effects of climate change.

    It was an irony, perhaps, that the designation, announced on television and online, is a ritual marketing stunt that is one of the last vestiges of an era when weekly print magazines were a major force in the news cycle.

  • The Poor Health of the Arctic Region
    How the Arctic’s Poor
    Health Affects Everyday Life

    Dec. 11, 2019  (Science News)- Polar bears have long been the poster children for the woes of Arctic warming. But climate change isn’t just a danger to wildlife. It threatens the safety and livelihoods of people across the Arctic.

    To put a human face to this problem, an annual report by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is giving voice for the first time to people in the Bering Sea region of Alaska who deal with the impacts of rapid climate change in their daily lives.

    Indigenous people in this area face shrinking access to fish stocks, shorelines eroding from under buildings and traditional travel routes along ice disappearing.

  • What We Can Do With CO2
    Researchers In Iceland Can
    Turn CO2 Into Rock.
    Could It Solve The Climate Crisis?

    Dec. 10, 2019  (wbur)-Strokkur in Iceland's Haukadalur valley is one of the world's most active geysers, erupting like clockwork every 10 minutes or so, sending plumes of steaming hot water up to 65 feet into the air. Like other geysers, Strokkur is propelled by underground magma, an intense heat source close to the Earth's surface.

    All over Iceland, steam rises up from underground. The nation's geothermal plants tap into this source to heat water and homes. Tourists who have been to Iceland's Blue Lagoon pools bathe and luxuriate in the runoff water from a nearby geothermal plant.

  • A Shrinking Alaskan Glacier
    See How an Alaskan
    Glacier Has Shrunk Over Time

    Dec. 10, 2019  (Science News)- A mesmerizing new series of images shows the retreat of Alaska’s Columbia glacier over the last 47 years in gorgeous, excruciating detail. The images were presented December 10 at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting.

    Landsat satellites operated by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey have been collecting images of Earth since 1972, making the program the longest space-based observer of Earth’s land surface. That record provides an unprecedented opportunity to watch the movement of ice through time: the flow and rapid retreat of glaciers, the calving off of large chunks of ice and when landslide debris gets caught up in the action, says glaciologist Mark Fahnestock of the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

  • Sidney Australia Shrouded by Wildfire Toxic Smoke
    Raging Bush Fires Torch 5.3 Million Acres in New South Wales, Australia

    Dec. 10, 2019  ( Washington Post)- Nearly 100 wildfires are burning across New South Wales, Australia, scorching more than 5.3 million acres of land and shrouding Sydney beneath a potentially deadly cloak of toxic smog. The bush fires are largely enhanced by climate-change-driven drought and increasing temperatures.

    As of Tuesday morning Eastern time, 96 fires were burning, according to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service, which monitors and coordinates fire response across the state. The fires so far have burned an area 1.5 times the size of Connecticut.

    A number of the most serious fires have merged into a larger fire complex with a fire front about 35 to 40 miles northwest of Sydney. Fires in the northern part of the complex are “out of control.”

  • 2019: A New High for Warming CO2 Emissions
    Warming CO2 Emissions Will
    Hit a Record High in 2019

    Dec. 3, 2019  (Science News)- Despite decades of warnings from scientists about the dangers of climate change, the world is on track to hit a new record high for climate-warming carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels.

    By year’s end, fossil fuels will have flooded the atmosphere with about 36.8 billion metric tons of CO2 in 2019 — up from 36.57 billion tons in 2018, according to monthly emissions data reported by and estimated for different regions. And increasing use of oil and natural gas means those emissions levels will probably keep rising, researchers predict online December 4 in Environmental Research Letters.

    Many countries are harnessing renewable energies. In the U.S. alone, wind power generation rose about 8% in 2019 from 2018, while solar went up an estimated 11%. But that trend hasn’t been enough to stem the global emissions that are driving climate change, melting polar ice caps and revving up hurricanes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Coal Champions Not Shy About Speaking Up at the U.N.
    Who’s Speaking at the U.N. Climate
    Summit? Several Champions of Coal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Click now to read or listen to the transcript.

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

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

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

    Click now and you’ll
    say “GEE Whiz” about G.E.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Interested? Click to read or listen.

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

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

    Click now to learn more
    (If You Can Stand It).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  •   Coal Industry Has Been Telling America: Kiss My Ash  
    Report: Coal Ash Contamination
    Widespread In U.S., PA.

    The Allegheny Front, Mar.5, 2019 - A new report finds coal ash pollution is leaking into groundwater at nine power plants around Pennsylvania and over 200 nationwide.

    The report, from the Environmental Integrity Project, found over 90 percent of sites that store coal ash are leaking levels of contamination exceeding EPA health standards.

  • Despite Trump's Coal Boasts The Industry is Failing
    TVA’s Envisioned Flexibility
    Options in Wake of Coal Plant Closure

    Feb. 20, 2019 Energy Central -Much was made in the past few weeks after President Trump took to Twitter to try and drum up support for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to keep open a struggling coal-powered plant, with the TVA Board ultimately voting to close the no-longer-economic plant.

    This story caught many people's attention because of the direct hand the President attempted to play in his continued support for coal-fired generation before ultimately being shunned by the power provider itself, but the bigger story laying underneath this higher-profile one was the full TVA Draft 2019 Integrated Resource Plan that accompanied this decision and provided a broad and deep outlook into the future of energy flexibility foreseen by the power provider to seven states.

  • What's With German Brown Coal?
    Germany's Current Coal Story

    Feb. 7, 2019  (Clean Energy Wire)-The future use of coal is at the centre of Germany's political debate on the energy transition and its efforts to mitigate climate change after the country has seen a stagnation in greenhouse gas emissions despite growing use of renewable sources.

    At the moment Germany is still the biggest producer of brown coal but closed down its last hard coal mines in 2018.

    If the government follows up on the proposal of its multi-stakeholder coal commission, the last coal plants and lignite mines could close in 2038. This factsheet compiles background information on the lignite and hard coal industry in Germany.

  •   Toxic Ash That Can Poison Water and People, Too  
    Coal’s Other Dark Side: Toxic
    Ash That Can Poison Water and People

    National Geographic, Feb. 19, 2019 -On December 22, ten years to the day after a dike ruptured at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant near Kingston, Tennessee, pouring more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash into the Emory River, TVA took out a full-page ad in the local paper to congratulate itself and its contractors on a cleanup job well done.

    That same day, about 150 of the workers who actually cleaned up the spill gathered at the site, which is now a park with hiking trails, boat ramp, and ball fields. Standing in blue jeans and work boots near a homemade wooden cross, they commemorated a different aspect of the cleanup: their 36 coworkers who’ve died from brain cancer, lung cancer, leukemia, and other diseases.

    Click now for the tragic story.

  •   Coal Not the Only Culprit as CO2 Continues to Rise  
    U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged
    in 2018 Even as Coal Plants Closed

    NY Times Climate Forward, Jan. 8, 2019 - America’s carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4 percent in 2018, the biggest increase in eight years, according to a preliminary estimate published Tuesday.

    Strikingly, the sharp uptick in emissions occurred even as a near-record number of coal plants around the United States retired last year, illustrating how difficult it could be for the country to make further progress on climate change in the years to come, particularly as the Trump administration pushes to roll back federal regulations that limit greenhouse gas emissions.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Now it’s part of an unfolding horror story.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tiger Population Gone in Laos
    Tigers Extinct in Laos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Click now to see why we should care.

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

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

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

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

  • Saving Africa’s Shrinking Giraffe Herds
    A Bold Plan to Save
    Africa’s Shrinking Giraffe Herds

    Oct. 1, 2019 (National Geographic)- Of all the large African mammals that wildlife veterinarian Pete Morkel has had to capture over his career—lions, forest elephants, white rhinos—giraffes are the most stressful.

    “With other animals, you’re trying to give just enough anesthetic to immobilize them, but with a giraffe, we use a total overdose to chemically knock them off their feet,” the sun-leathered 59-year-old tells me as I stalk him stalking a two-year-old female giraffe somewhere in the Nigerien bush, about 60 miles east of Niamey, Niger’s capital.

    Click now for the story
    and some stark images.

  • What Do We Lose When Animals Go Extinct?
    What We Lose When
    Animals Go Extinct

    Sept. 30, 2019 (National Geographic)-Most of the animals shown here are among the more than 28,000 species of animals and plants that the International Union for Conservation of Nature says are threatened with extinction. That number actually understates the risk. Since 1964, when the IUCN established a “red list” of threatened species and began compiling data gathered worldwide, the list has become the preeminent global database of endangered life and an essential tool for conservation policy. Yet the IUCN has been able to assess only about 106,000 species of the more than 1.5 million species of animals and more than 300,000 plants that scientists have described and named—which they estimate is less than a quarter of what’s really out there.

    Click now to read the
    story and view the photographs.

  • Take That, South African Rhino Poachers!
    Texas Hounds Chase Down Rhino Poachers in South Africa

    Sept. 21, 2019  (National Geographic)-Two years ago, Joe Braman was living a regular family life with his wife and two daughters on his remote ranch in southern Texas. A part time cop, businessman, and cowboy, he’d never given a thought to the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa. But in May 2018, Braman and his free-running hounds were sprinting across the acacia plains close to Kruger National Park chasing armed rhino poachers.

    To date since then, according to authorities, his hounds have helped law enforcement teams in the greater Kruger region catch an unprecedented 145 poachers and confiscate 53 guns, boosting the overall rate of successful arrests and providing a new strategy to fight poaching in Africa.

  • Honeybee Survey Resumed by the Department 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.

  • Song Birds Huge Decline Linked to Common Insecticide
    Huge Decline In Songbirds
    Linked to Common Insecticide

    Sept. 12, 2019 (National Geographic)- The world's most widely used insecticide has been linked to the dramatic decline in songbirds in North America. A first ever study of birds in the wild found that a migrating songbird that ate the equivalent of one or two seeds treated with a neonicotinoid insecticide suffered immediate weight loss, forcing it to delay its journey.

    Although the birds recovered, the delay could severely harm their chances of surviving and reproducing, say the Canadian researchers whose study is published today in Science.

    “We show a clear link between neonicotinoid exposure at real-world levels and an impact on birds,” says lead author Margaret Eng, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Saskatchewan Toxicology Center.

  • 3 Billion Birds Have Been Lost In N. America Since 1970
    We’ve Lost 3 Billion Birds Since 1970 in North America

    Sept. 10, 2019 (Science News) - While scientists have known for decades that certain kinds of birds have struggled as humans (and bird-gobbling cats) encroach on their habitats, a new comprehensive tally shows the staggering extent of the loss. Nearly 1 in 3 birds — or 29 percent — has vanished in the last half century, researchers report September 19 in Science.

    “Three billion is a punch in the gut,” says Peter Marra, a conservation biologist at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The loss is widespread, he says, affecting rare and common birds alike. “Our study is a wake-up call. We’re experiencing an ecological crisis.”

  • Trump Administration Violates the Endangered Species Act
    Trump Administration Grants
    First Trophy Import Permit
    for Tanzanian Lion

    Sept. 12, 2019 (Center for Biological Diversity) - The Trump administration has authorized a U.S. hunter to import a lion trophy from Tanzania — the first allowed from that country since lions were given protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act in January 2016. A Florida man received permission to import the lion’s skin, skull, claws and teeth, according to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service records belatedly released under the Freedom of Information Act.

    The decision likely signals that the Fish and Wildlife Service is approving, or will approve, lion and other wildlife trophy imports from Tanzania, despite that nation’s troubling history of mismanaging populations of lions, elephants and other imperiled animals. Many — likely more than two-thirds — of the permit findings would apply to other applications for Tanzanian trophy imports.

    Click now to read more
    of this discouraging news.

  • The Sumatran Rhino is Down to Only About 80
    The Endangered Sumatran Rhino

    Sept. 10, 2019 (Rhinos.org)- The Sumatran rhino is the most endangered of all rhinoceros species due to its rapid rate of decline. Because of poaching, numbers have decreased more than 70% over the last 20 years, with the only viable population now in Indonesia.

    The species was declared extinct in the wild in Malaysia in 2015. Sumatran rhinos exist only in protected areas where they are physically guarded by Rhino Protection Units. Continued protection, combined with consolidating small, fragmented populations into larger ones, and intensifying captive breeding efforts, are the best hope for the species’ survival.

    Click now for the story
    and some stark images.

  • Bad News for Alaska's Birds: Alaska Is Open For Drilling.
    Alaska’s Last Vast Wild
    Place Is Open For Drilling.
    Will the Birds Survive?

    Sept. 10, 2019 (National Geographic)- In late June our floatplane lifted off from Deadhorse, Alaska, at the top of the state, and arrowed west. As it gained altitude the industrial spraddle of the Prudhoe Bay oil field shrank beneath the plane’s pontoons. Soon there was nothing below but land the color of wet cardboard, an earth still waking from its long winter. About 110 miles to the west, the plane skidded down on a half-frozen lake. We pitched our tents and ringed the camp with an electrified bear fence against curious grizzlies. Then, Martin Robards and Peter Detwiler—a scientist and a senior field technician for the Wildlife Conservation Society, respectively—headed out across the tundra. Robards wore a Remington 870 shotgun slung over his shoulder (bears, again).

    Click now for the story and some stark images.

  • Iceland's Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing
    Iceland's Seabird Colonies
    Are Vanishing, With
    "Massive" Chick Deaths

    Aug. 28, 2019 (National Geographic) FLATEY ISLAND, ICELAND —WHEN the days grew long, seabirds flocked to this hamlet on the edge of the Arctic to rear their chicks under the midnight sun.

    "Kria," shrieked the terns, calling summer up from the slumbering ground. Black cliffs were transformed into snowbanks of white kittiwakes. Puffins whirred between land and sea. Murres plied the shoreline; fulmars patrolled the skies. Everywhere sounded their vibrant chorus.

    These days, a few stubborn holdovers streak the sky and paddle the bay, but the legions are gone. The chicks have perished, and their bereft parents have returned to the sea.

    Click now read more about
    this latest extinction threat.

  • Lawsuit Challenges Hilcorp’s Plan to Blast Cook Inlet Belugas
    Trump Administration OK’d
    Offshore Drilling Project’s
    Harm to Marine Mammals

    Aug. 28, 2019 (Center for Biological Diversity)-ANCHORAGE— Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s approval of rules allowing Hilcorp Alaska LLC to harm Cook Inlet beluga whales and other marine mammals as it expands its offshore oil and gas operations in Cook Inlet.

    Cook Inletkeeper and the Center for Biological Diversity sued the National Marine Fisheries Service in federal district court in Alaska to block the “take authorization” rule it issued in July. The authorization would allow harm to marine mammals from Hilcorp’s seismic blasting, pile driving and other offshore-oil development activities over the next five years.

  • Duck-Billed Platypus - Cute, but Also Endangered
    The Silent Decline of the Platypus,
    Australia’s Beloved Oddity

    Aug. 29, 2019 (National Geographic)-The platypus is one of Australia’s most beloved species—and, seemingly, one of its most resilient. Even as many of the continent’s native fauna declined or disappeared throughout the 20th century, the quirky duck-billed mammal with webbed feet was seen regularly enough that there was little urgency to monitor the animal’s populations. That is, until biologists began to realize the freshwater dwellers weren’t ok, and they probably weren’t all along.

    “The platypus has declined right in front of our noses,” says Tahneal Hawke, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of New South Wales and a researcher with the Platypus Conservation Initiative.

  • Protecting the Mako Shark
    Mako Sharks Get New
    Protections From Trade

    Aug. 25, 2019 (National Geographic)-GENEVA - A proposal to strengthen protections for both shortfin and longfin mako sharks, hunted for their meat and fins, was adopted today after a 102-40 secret ballot vote at the global wildlife trade summit. The vote still needs to be finalized at the plenary session at the end, when all appendix change proposals passed in committee are officially adopted.

    The proposal, debated at this year’s CITES Conference of the Parties, lists mako sharks under Appendix II, meaning that they can’t be traded unless it can be shown that fishing wouldn’t threaten their chances for survival. Mako sharks were not previously protected under CITES, the treaty that governs the international wildlife trade. Conservationists say this was be the world’s last chance to prevent mako shark populations from collapsing.

  • Giraffes Can Celebrate Their Victory in Geneva
    Giraffes Win CITES Protection

    Aug. 23, 2018 (inhabitat)-Giraffes are doing a victory dance today after winning international trade protection on Thursday. Delegates at the World Wildlife Conference in Geneva voted to list giraffes on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Countries will now be required to issue non-detriment findings before exporting or importing giraffe parts. This means that in order to get permits, a scientific authority of the state must decree that the trade will not be detrimental to the survival of the species.

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    and view a slideshow.

  • Florida Panthers Are Endangered
    When Will the Endangered
    Florida Panther Catch a Break?

    Aug. 22, 2018 (National Resources Defense Council(NRDC))-The Florida panther is the only remaining puma population in the eastern United States. It is estimated that fewer than 230 individual panthers remain in a single south Florida population.

    As NRDC previously reported, Florida panthers already experience constant threats to their survival from habitat loss due to oil exploration and development in and near the Everglades’ Big Cypress National Preserve, commercial and residential construction, and vehicular traffic. As of August 2019, 13 panthers have been hit and killed by cars, yet the Florida legislature recently passed a law authorizing the construction of three new toll roads, one of which is in panther habitat.

  • California Sea Snails Are Disappearing
    California's Disappearing Sea Snails Carry a Grim Climate Warning

    Aug. 20 2017 (National Geographic)-Many people have never eaten—or even heard of—red abalone, a species of sea snail that lives suctioned onto boulders and feeds on the lush kelp forests of Northern California. Abalone is a much-sought-after delicacy with a sweet, delicate flavor similar to a sea scallop, say those who’ve tried it.

    “For people who think they don’t like fish…it’s amazing to see their eyes just sparkle when they take a bite and go ‘this is absolutely incredible,’” says Joe Cresalia, a recreational diver who lives just north of San Francisco. “And you know before they took the bite, they were almost afraid to take a bite.”

    But as marine heat waves, ocean acidification, habitat loss, and overfishing shrink the red abalone fishery, the sweet delicacy is at risk of permanently losing its food source: the kelp forests.

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    and/or watch the video.

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

    Aug. 16, 2018 (The Revelator)-Read the news about these issues:
    1.Wildlife Treaty Meeting (Aug. 16)
    2.New Zealand’s Extinct Lizard (Aug. 8)
    3.India’s Tiger Population (July 30)
    4.Endangered Primates (July 23)
    5.Who Eats Lemurs - and Why? (July 19)
    6.Elephants and Frogs -Who Knew? (June 21)

    Click now for still more stories.

  • Trump Cares Nothing About Endangered Species
    Trump's Assault on the
    Endangered Species Act Begins

    Aug. 12, 2019 (OutsideOnLine)) -On Monday, the Trump administration announced the opening salvo in its long-feared attack on the Endangered Species Act. The three-pronged assault is designed to weaken protections for threatened and endangered species, while making it harder to add protections for other animals in the future.

    “These changes crash a bulldozer through the Endangered Species Act’s lifesaving protections for America’s most vulnerable wildlife,” says Noah Greenwald, endangered species director for the wildlife advocacy nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity.

  • The Threats to Freshwater Mussels
    Pioneering Mussel Conservationist:
    Preservation and Threats

    Aug. 9, 2019 (Allegheny Front) - The biologically diverse waterways of the Ohio Valley are home to more than 100 species of freshwater mussels. Each can filter five to 10 gallons of water daily. But pollution, land use change, and a changing climate threaten their very existence. They’re among the most endangered animals in the United States.

    Janet Clayton, a West Virginia native, began her career researching aquatic invertebrates, but quickly switched gears to studying the state’s mussels and never looked back. She has worked with them for three decades and leads West Virginia’s mussel program, which she helped develop.

    Click for the story and a Slideshow.

  • The Red Colobus Monkey Might Already Be Extinct
    Possible Monkey Extinction
    Highlights the Risk to Africa’s
    Most Endangered Primate Group

    July 23, 2020 (The Revelator) -Does a rare monkey still roam what’s left of the forests of Côte d’Ivoire?“

    We haven’t given up on it,” says primatologist Russ Mittermeier, referring to the delightfully named Miss Waldron’s red colobus (Piliocolobus waldronae), a species that hasn’t officially been seen in more than four decades due to pressures from hunting and deforestation. “We’re still carrying out surveys in the hopes of finding it. I mean, it’s down to the last individuals if there are any still left, but we’re not ready to declare it extinct yet.”

  • Bad News for Endangered Whales - Not Just a Lot of Blubber
    Japan Goes Rogue and
    Resumes Commercial Whaling

    July 18, 2019 (National Resources Defense Council(NRDC))) -On July 1, the day after Japan officially withdrew from the International Whaling Commission, its fishing fleet slaughtered two minke whales off the island nation’s northern coast. This is the first time Japan has hunted whales commercially since the IWC declared a moratorium on the practice 31 years ago.

    The choice was made despite the fact that demand for whale meat in Japan has plummeted. In 1962, the country’s whale meat production peaked at 226,000 tons, but by 2017, that number had dropped to just 3,000 tons, or slightly more than 1% of the industry’s record. Japan also imports whale meat from whaling nations like Iceland and Norway, despite the lack of domestic demand. As of April, 3,500 tons of whale meat were sitting in freezers waiting for someone to buy it.

  • The Sad Decline of the Koala
    Koalas on the Decline
    — Dangerous New Threats,
    Emerging Solutions

    July 2, 2019 The Revelator -Ten years ago the shaky video of a dehydrated, wildfire-damaged koala captured headlines and the world’s attention.

    Crouched next to a charred tree trunk, a volunteer firefighter named David Tree gingerly poured bottled water into the open mouth of the burned koala. A tiny gray paw rested in his own large, calloused hand, allowing the animal to remain upright as she drank.

    Click now to watch the video.

  • America's Wildlife Crisis Needs Congressional Help
    Recovering America's Wildlife Act

    July 1, 2019 (National Wildlife Federation (NWF)) -State fish and wildlife agencies have identified more than 12,000 species in need of proactive conservation efforts in the United States, including the more than 1,600 U.S. species already listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

    The list includes Birds, Fish, Amphibians, Reptiles, Butterflies, Bumblebees, Bats, and Freshwater Mussels.

    Unless our nation invests in proactive, on-the-ground, collaborative conservation, we risk losing thousands of species and our wildlife heritage to preventable challenges.

    Click now to read more and learn
    how you might want to get involved.

  • Bats and Wind Tuebines - Not Always the Best OutcomeThis Hot
    Duke Energy Renewables to
    Use New Technology to Help Protect
    Bats At Its Wind Sites

    June 26, 2019   Investor Ideas - Texas leads the nation in wind energy generation with thousands of wind turbines throughout the state. This is a boon for clean energy generation but not for the state's large population of bats, which are often drawn to the spinning turbines.

    To help discourage them from approaching, Duke Energy Renewables is working with NRG Systems, Inc. to install an innovative bat deterrent system. The technology uses ultrasound to block the sonar that bats use to navigate in the dark, causing them to avoid areas around the wind turbines.

    Duke Energy Renewables will install NRG Systems' Bat Deterrent System over a five-year period at 255 wind turbines at its Los Vientos III, IV and V wind sites beginning in July 2019. This will mark the first commercial deployment of the Bat Deterrent System in the continental U.S.

  • Defending the Red Wolf
    The Red Wolf is in
    Danger - Why Not Adopt One?

    June 10, 2019  (Defenders of Wildlife)—The red wolf is a smaller, thinner cousin of the gray wolf.

    It has a distinctive reddish cast for which it is named. The red wolf is the world's most endangered canid, and the Southeast’s native wolf. Uniquely "All-American," the red wolf's entire historical range is confined within what is now the United States.

    Once roaming as far west as Texas, down into Florida, and up into the Midwest, the red wolf now persists in only a fraction of its range. It has lost more of its historical territory—99.7 percent—than any other large carnivore, including lions, tigers and snow leopards. The red wolf has faced an embattled road to recovery since its listing in the first class of the Endangered Species Act.

  • Protecting Sharks From Human Overfishing
    How to Protect Sharks
    From Overfishing

    The Revelator, June 6, 2019  - How can we better protect sharks and rays from overfishing?

    These related species — which, along with chimaeras, are known collectively as chondrichthyans — include some of the most threatened marine fishes in the world. Sharks and rays face a variety of threats depending on where they live and swim, but the biggest risk comes from overfishing, which takes a noticeable toll on these slow-growing, slow-to-reproduce animals. As a result, nearly 1 in 4 species of chondricthyan fishes is estimated to be, or assessed as, threatened, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List.

  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Proposed Wolf Hunt Quotas
    Wyoming Reels In Wolf Hunting Quotas

    Jun. 5, 2019 (Jackson Hole News&Guide)-Biologists in charge of Canis lupus in Wyoming assessed the fewest wolves since hunting began seven years ago, and in response they are rolling back quotas in almost all areas where the species is carefully managed.

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s proposed wolf hunting season for 2019 targets a total of 33 animals, down over 40% from the 58 wolves that were targeted in the state’s trophy-game area one year ago. The goal of the 2019 wolf season remains the same: to strive for 160 wolves in the region Wyoming allows wolves to persist in. In 85% of the Equality State, the large canines continue to be classified as predators that can be killed indiscriminately.

  • You Too Can Protect Endangered Species
    How This Landowner is Helping
    to Protect Endangered Species

    The Allegheny Front, May 31, 2019  - More than 70% of land in Pennsylvania is privately owned. Each year, with help from state and federal agency biologists, about 400 landowners manage their land in ways that help threatened and endangered species.

    Tom Belinda is one of them. To find Belinda’s house in Williamsburg, PA, near Altoona, you wind through a small community of homes and fields along the river valley. After a nearly 2-mile long trek down a gravel driveway, the woods break open to a clearing. There sits Belinda’s mountain lodge made of logs.

  • Rep. Raúl Grijalva Stands Up For Endangered Species
    Amid Extinction Crisis, Rep. Grijalva
    Introduces Bill to Save Critically Endangered Species

    Center For Biological Diversity, May 22, 2019  - WASHINGTON— As scientists warn of a global extinction crisis, Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) introduced legislation today that would provide funding for some of the most critically imperiled species in the United States — butterflies, Hawaiian plants, eastern freshwater mussels and southwest desert fish.

    The legislation comes during a congressional hearing on a landmark scientific report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, which warned that one million species are being pushed to extinction by human activities.

  • U.N. Releases a Report on Declining Wildlife and Plantlife
    U.N. Report Highlights
    Wildlife Crisis at Home

    National Wildlife Federation (NWF), May 7, 2019  - The U.N. just released a frightening new report about rapidly declining wildlife and plant populations around the world, and everyone is talking about it. Here’s how the New York Times just described it:

    Humans are transforming Earth’s natural landscapes so dramatically that as many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk of extinction.“

  • A Fungus That’s Endangering Frogs and Salamanders
    The Fungus That’s
    Wiping Out Frogs and Salamanders

    The Allegheny Front, Apr 25, 2019  - Amphibians around the world are dying, and a particularly nasty fungus is playing a major role.

    A recent study published in Science confirms that the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) is causing catastrophic loss to biodiversity through declines in species populations and in some cases, extinction. Some are calling it an amphibian apocalypse.

  • Welcome Back, Green Sea Turtles!
    Endangered Green Sea Turtles
    May Be Making a Comeback
    in the U.S. Pacific

    ScienceNews, Apr. 24, 2019  - Beleaguered populations of green sea turtles living in and around Hawaii and American Pacific island territories are increasing in number.

    From 2002 to 2015, scuba diving researchers circumnavigated 53 islands, atolls and coral reefs throughout the U.S. Pacific, conducting the first comprehensive survey in that region of the turtles’ ocean habitats. Over the 13 years, the divers counted more than 3,400 sea turtles. The vast majority — 90.1 percent — were green sea turtles; only 8.3 percent were hawksbills and 1.6 percent were unidentified.

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  • Indigenous Resistance to Protect Central America's Rivers
    Hundreds of Planned Dams
    Threaten Central America’s
    Last Free-Flowing Rivers

    The Revelator, Apr. 24, 2019  - If you were to somehow snorkel up the Sixaola River from the Caribbean Sea to its source in Costa Rica’s Talamanca Mountains — charging up rapids, scaling waterfalls, and gaining more than 10,000 feet of elevation in the process—you would notice an apparent paradox: The further from the ocean you ventured, the more marine fish you would encounter.

    Costa Rica’s streams are dominated by amphidromous fish and shrimp, creatures that split their curious lives between fresh water and salt. Species like river gobies (Awaous banana), mountain mullet (Agonostomus monticola) and banded shrimp (Macrobrachium heterochirus) lay their eggs in downstream reaches; once hatched, their larvae wash to the ocean, where they develop until they are large enough to reenter their natal rivers and ascend to the headwaters, maturing as they travel.

  • 50 Dramatic Scenes of Life on Earth
    50 Dramatic Photos of Life on Earth

    Apr.22, 2019 ,National Geographic -

    Coral reefs, sprawling forests, and abundant wildlife enrich our Earth, but the number of species that inhabit this planet is declining. Climate change is making it too hot for many reefs to survive, once lush regions are being deforested, and wildlife is finding it increasingly difficult to coexist with people. To highlight these issues, the theme of 2019's Earth Day is “Protect Our Species.”

    Earth Day's organizers aim to highlight how many species are facing extinction and what can be done to save them. By creating nature sanctuaries, both on land and below the sea, environmental activists are trying to create safe spaces in which wildlife can thrive.

    Click now for the article and a slideshow.

  • Visayan Warty Pigs Are Bouncing Back
    Meet the Critically Endangered
    Pig With A Rockstar Mohawk

    Apr.22, 2019  National Geographic -

    IF ALL GOES well, an extremely rare species of warty pig with rockstar hair will be running wild once more.

    Only about 300 Visayan warty pigs (Sus cebifrons)—known for the males’ distinctive mohawks—exist in captivity; their wild population is unknown. Previously found throughout the lush rainforests of the Philippines’ six West Visayas islands, the critically endangered swine now roams small pockets of only two: Panay and Negros.

  • Trump Administration Fails to Update Endangered Species List
    Lawsuit Says Trump Additions
    to Endangered-Species List
    Are Lowest Since Reagan

    Bloomberg News, Apr. 17, 2019  -The Trump administration has failed to tackle a backlog of hundreds of requests to add species to the federal endangered or threatened list, approving the fewest since Ronald Reagan was president, an environmental conservation group alleged in a lawsuit.

    Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have added 16 plants and animals to the list under the landmark Endangered Species Act - the lowest figure since 1982, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington by the Center for Biological Diversity.

  • Who Knew the Sage Grouse Was in Trouble?
    Suddenly, the Fight to Protect
    Sage Grouse Becomes Very Real

    Apr.16, 2019  National Wildlife Federation -At 4:15 AM, we stumbled out of our Rock Springs, Wyoming motel rooms to begin our search for sage grouse. We were greeted with several pots of strong coffee in the parking lot by a grinning Aaron Kindle, the senior manager of western sporting campaigns for the National Wildlife Federation.

    Kindle and David Willms, director of Western Wildlife for NWF, had planned this trip for seven other members of the National Wildlife Federation’s public lands team. The mission was to learn first-hand about the habitat and habits of the Greater Sage-Grouse. Some on the public lands team have been fighting for many years to protect this western bird. Others, just a few months. But only Kindle and Willms had ever actually seen the bird and its elaborate mating ritual up close. This was a chance for the rest to see what all the fuss is about.

  • Dear and Elk Need Our Help
    Deer and Elk Need Funding
    and Research to Fight
    Chronic Wasting Disease

    Apr.19, 2019 National Wildlife Federation -Zombie deer. Miracle cures. The headlines have been flying around chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer, elk and moose lately, but the sensational isn’t always accurate. Deer do not turn into zombies, nor will they turn humans in to zombies.

    And the miracle cure suggested at a February news conference in Pennsylvania turns out to be little but old and unverified research that rejects the scientific consensus. Proposed federal legislation, though, could help with what is really needed to combat CWD: research and funding.

  • Illegal Mennonite Soy Farms Vs. Mayan Beekeepers
    An Unlikely Feud
    Between Beekeepers and
    Mennonites Simmers in Mexico

    National Geographic, Apr. 12, 2019  -CAMPECHE, MEXICO“How did it start?” asks Everardo Chablé. He’s propped on a stool in his living room as the daylight fades outside. The only noise in this tiny Mexican town in the Yucatán Peninsula—where there’s no cell signal and little electricity—comes from the music his father is blasting in the yard.

    He speaks up. “For thousands of years the Maya people had bee culture. Then the Mennonites came with large machines and started to deforest large parts of land where the bees feed. We had virgin forest with very delicate ecosystems—deer, toucans—but most importantly bees that keep up life. When deforestation started they destroyed everything from millennia back.”

  • Culling All Cats (Dogs, Pigs and Goats)
    Should Cats Be Culled to Stop Extinctions?

    BBC News, Mar. 28, 2019  -Scientists are calling for a widespread cull of feral cats and dogs, pigs, goats, and rats and mice to save the endangered species they prey upon.

    Their eradication on more than 100 islands could save some of the rarest animals on Earth, says an international team.

    Islands have seen 75% of known bird, mammal, amphibian and reptile extinctions over the past 500 years.

  • At Least California is Protectibg the Whale Population
    California Crab Fisheries To
    Close Early To Protect Whales

    San Francisco Chronicle Mar. 26, 2019 - California crab fisheries will close for the season in April when whales are feeding off the state's coast as part of an effort to keep Dungeness crab fishery gear from killing protected whales, officials announced Tuesday.

    The April 15 closure, three months before the crab fishing season normally ends, is part of a settlement reached by the Center for Biological Diversity and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

  • The World’s Smallest Porpoise Down to the Smallest Numbers
    World’s Smallest Porpoise Down to
    About 10, Thanks to Illegal Fishing

    Earther Gizmodo, Mar. 18 2019 -In a tiny 15-by-7.5-mile section of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez, poachers come out in the night and drop their illegal gill nets. They’re fishing for the critically endangered totoaba, a large fish whose bladder is used in Chinese traditional medicine. However, these gillnets don’t only catch this endangered fish; they catch the vaquita, the most endangered marine mammal in the world.

    In fact, those fishnets have decimated the remaining population, which stands at no more than 22 individuals and probably closer to 10 as of the summer of 2018, according to a report released on March 14 by CIRVA, an international committee seeking to save the species.

  • Arctic Seals of Disapproval in he Form of a Lawsuit
    Lawsuit Launched to Protect Arctic
    Habitat of Endangered Ice Seals

    Center for Biological Diversity, Mar. 14 2019 - The Center for Biological Diversity filed a notice today of its intent to sue the National Marine Fisheries Service to compel the designation of critical habitat in Alaska for two ice seal species. Both bearded and ringed seals are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act because their Arctic sea-ice habitat is melting.

    “As these ice seals’ homes melt away, the Trump administration has to give these animals the protection the Endangered Species Act requires,” said Emily Jeffers, a staff attorney with the Center. “With the Arctic warming at twice the global warming rate, ringed and bearded seals urgently need our help.”

  • Is the Gulf of Mexico Being Sacrificed for Oil and Gas?
    Don't Sacrifice the Gulf of Mexico
    Whale for Oil and Gas

    Feb. 21, 2019  National Resources Defense Council(NRDC) - NRDC and Healthy Gulf are suing the Trump administration to protect this imperiled species.

    The Gulf of Mexico whale, one of the most endangered species on the planet, is facing extinction if it doesn’t gain the protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). But—not surprisingly — the Trump administration has been dragging its feet on listing this imperiled species.

  • Plummeting Insect Is Back and It’s a Bee Plus
    World’s Largest Bee, Once Presumed Extinct, Filmed Alive In The Wild

    National Geographic, Feb.21, 2019 - The world’s largest bee may also be the planet’s most elusive. First discovered in 1859 by the prominent scientist Alfred Russel Wallace, nobody could locate it again, and it was presumed extinct.

    But Wallace’s giant bee (Megachile pluto) was not gone. In 1981, an entomologist named Adam Messer searched and found it on three islands in Indonesia, on an archipelago called the North Moluccas. He collected a specimen and wrote about his discovery in 1984.

  • This Returning Insect Gets a Bee Plus
    The World’s Largest Bee Has Been
    Rediscovered After 38 Years

    Feb. 21, 2019 Science News - Everything about Wallace’s giant bee is goliath: It reaches an average body length of around 4 centimeters — about the size of a walnut — and has a wingspan of over 7.5 centimeters. Yet despite its eye-popping size, it’s been nearly 40 years since the world’s largest bee (Megachile pluto) was officially sighted in the wild.

    So when Eli Wyman, an entomologist at Princeton University, had an opportunity to hunt for the elusive bee, he jumped at the chance. He and two other scientists, along with photographer Clay Bolt, set off in January for a two-week expedition to forests on two of only three Indonesian islands where the bee has ever been found.

  • Whale of a Story For Orcas and Belugas
    Time Running Out For Orcas,
    Belugas Trapped in Icy 'Whale Jail'

    Feb. 14, 2019 National Geographic - Eleven killer whales (also known as orcas) and 87 belugas languish in several rectangular sea pens in Srednyaya Bay in Russia’s Far East. Four Russian firms that supply marine animals to aquariums caught them over the course of several months in the summer of 2018. Their plight made headlines in November, when a drone captured aerial video footage of the facility, leading the media to label it the “whale jail.”

    Read all about it, and/or view a slow-loading video.

  • Insects Could Vanish From the Earth Within a Century
    Plummeting Insect Numbers
    'Threaten Collapse of Nature'

    Feb. 10, 2019 The Guardian -The world’s insects are hurtling down the path to extinction, threatening a “catastrophic collapse of nature’s ecosystems”, according to the first global scientific review.

    More than 40% of insect species are declining and a third are endangered, the analysis found. The rate of extinction is eight times faster than that of mammals, birds and reptiles. The total mass of insects is falling by a precipitous 2.5% a year, according to the best data available, suggesting they could vanish within a century.

  • Judge Protects the Golden-Cheeked Warbler
    Golden-Cheeked Warbler
    Protections Near San Antonio

    Feb. 8, 2019 Express News -The golden-cheeked warbler, a songbird that has lost much of its nesting area to suburban sprawl near San Antonio, Austin and across Central Texas, will remain protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, a judge in Austin has ruled.

    The decision came in a lawsuit filed 18 months ago by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation on behalf of the Texas General Land Office.

  • Endangered Southland Frog May Soon Be Out of Danger
    Final Recovery Plan Released
    for Endangered Southland Frog

    Feb. 6, 2019 My News LA -The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wednesday announced a recovery plan for the endangered Southern California population of mountain yellow-legged frogs.

    The finalized plan, developed in response to legal action by the Center for Biological Diversity, calls for a wide array of recovery actions and research efforts to deal with the multitude of threats to the survival of the amphibian.

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Energy Conservation News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • How Unwinding Can Cool Us Down (Not the Way You Think)
    A New Cooling Technique Relies on
    Untwisting Coiled Fibers

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

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

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

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

    Click now for the story.

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

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

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

    Click now to read this welcome news story.

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

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

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

    Click now to read the complete story.

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

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

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

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

    Click now to learn what you can do.

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

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

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

    Click now for the story
    and to see an infographic.

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

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

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

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

    Click now for the optimistic story.

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

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

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

    Interested? Click now for whole story.

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

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

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

  • Wind and Solar? - We’ve Got Efficient Light Bulbs America’s Light Bulb Revolution

    NY Times Climate Forward, Mar.8, 2019 - Solar panels and wind turbines get a lot of attention, but a more inconspicuous instrument is helping to reshape America’s energy economy right now: The humble light bulb.

    Over the past decade, traditional incandescent bulbs, those distinctive glass orbs with glowing wire centers, have been rapidly replaced by more energy-efficient lighting. The shift has driven down electricity demand in American homes, saving consumers money and cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

  • A New Way to Cut Down on Air Conditioning A New Fabric Will Automatically Cool
    You Down When You Get Hot and Sweaty

    Feb. 13, 2019 M.I.T. Technology Review -Too hot one minute, too cold the next. Anyone who’s engaged in office warfare over the air conditioning can tell you that trying to keep everyone happy is impossible. But what if we all wore clothing that adjusted to us, rather than having to fiddle with the temperature dial?

    A new fabric, developed by a team at the University of Maryland, is the first to automatically warm wearers up or cool them down as needed. When you’re feeling hot and sweaty—when playing sports, say— the fabric lets infrared radiation (heat, to you and me) pass through. But when you’re colder and drier, it traps the heat in.

  • No More Incandescents For America Come 2020 California Set Light Bulb Efficiency
    Standards 2018 - The Nation is Next

    Feb. 8, 2019 Energy Central -One of the least energy efficient products in modern history, the incandescent light bulb dating back to the days of Thomas Edison, was permanently retired in California in January, 2018.

    In 2020 for the rest of the nation will follow suit.

  • Georgia Utility IRP Falls Short on Efficiency Clean Energy Group Says Georgia
    Power’s New IRP Falls Short
    on Solar, Energy Efficiency

    Feb. 1, 2019 Renewable Energy World -On January 31, 2019, Georgia Power, the largest utility in the state submitted its newest integrated resource plan (IRP) to the state utility commission for approval.

    The plan calls for the retirement of approximately 1000 MW of coal-fired generation and the construction of 1000 MW of solar generation.

    In response to the IRP, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) said the plan doesn’t go far enough.

    “While we commend Georgia Power for retiring approximately 1,000 megawatts of coal-fired capacity at Plants Hammond and McIntosh, the utility is only acknowledging the inevitable with the retirement of these two minimally-operating coal plants,” the organization said in a statement.

  • New Years Resolutions to Conserve Automobile Energy Conserving Automobile Energy

    Greener Ideal, Dec. 31, 2018 - Here’s one that should be up there is both healthier on your vehicle, the environment and eventually, your wallet: fuel conservation for the long haul.

    I Will Drive Safer And Conservatively

    I Will Keep Up With Routine Maintenance

    I Will Plan My Routes More Effectively,

    I Will Not Drive Around The Parking Lot Looking For The Best Spot

    Details in the article.

  • An Inexpensive Large-Scale Flexible T.E. Generator Harvesting Waste Heat as Energy
    from a Curved Surface

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Dec. 20, 2018 - A team of researchers led by Osaka University developed an inexpensive large-scale flexible thermoelectric generator (FlexTEG) module with high mechanical reliability for highly efficient power generation.

    Through a change in direction of the top electrodes at the two sides of the module and the use of high density packaging of semiconductor chips, the FlexTEG module has more flexibility in any uniaxial direction.

    This improved efficiency of recovery, or thermoelectric conversion, of waste heat from a curved heat source, enhancing the module’s mechanical reliability as less mechanical stress is placed on semiconductor chips in the module.

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Internationally-Based Stories

  • Is Norway Committing the Ultimate Climate Hypocrisy?
    Norway Says Its
    New Giant Oil Field Is
    Actually Good For the Environment

    Jan. 19, 2020 (CNN Business)- It's not a boast you usually hear about an oil field: Norway says its huge new facility is great for the environment.

    The oil-rich nation claims the Johan Sverdrup field, which was opened with pomp by the Prime Minister last week, is helping to "reduce emissions" because it is completely powered by renewable energy.

    "Johan Sverdrup is now open. That's good news for our investors, for Norway -- and for emissions," boasts the official website of Equinor, the Norwegian state company that operates the field.

    Its critics, however, see Norway's third-biggest oil field ever as a perfect symbol of the Scandinavian country's climate hypocrisy.

  • 2019 Was the Second-Warmest Year On Record
    2019 Was the Second-
    Warmest Year On Record

    Jan. 17, 2020 (Reuters)- Hundreds of protesters, some wearing surgical masks and respirators, took to the streets of the Serbian capital Belgrade on Friday, demanding the government tackle severe air pollution throughout the European Union candidate country.

    Belgrade and several other Serbian towns, along with the capitals of neighboring Bosnia, Kosovo and North Macedonia, have been choked by dense smog for days, topping lists of the world’s most polluted cities ahead of Delhi, Calcutta, Lahore and Beijing.

    “We are all breathing the same air ... it doesn’t matter if you are a member of the (ruling) Progressive Party ... or you are one of the people gathered here, so let’s do something to fix this,” Radomir Lazovic, a protest leader told Reuters.

  • Natural Gas - Not Perfect, But Better Than Coal-Burning
    Replacing Coal Plants
    with Natural Gas
    Cut Pollution, Saved Lives

    Jan. 9, 2020 (Allegheny Front)- A new study found closing hundreds of coal fired power plants and replacing them with natural gas plants saved thousands of lives around the country.

    Jen Burney, an environmental engineer at the University of California, San Diego, analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with air pollution data in counties where power plants either closed down or opened up between 2005 and 2016.

    Over that time period, more than 300 coal-fired generating units at 138 plants were taken down. These were replaced largely by more than 600 natural-gas-fired units put online.

    Burney found the switch resulted in an estimated 26,610 fewer deaths around the country.

  • What's Causing the Rise of “Super Pollution” Air Events?
    Climate Change, Inversions,
    and the Rise of “Super
    Pollution” Air Events

    Jan. 8, 2020 (The Daily Climate)- Residents of the Mon Valley, a cluster of townships along the Monongahela River 20 miles south of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, endured some of the stinkiest and most polluted air in the nation this Christmas.

    Starting on December 21, the region's air exceeded federal safety standards for daily levels of particulate matter—microscopic particles that penetrate the lungs and can trigger heart attacks and respiratory disease—for six consecutive days. One of the region's air monitors recorded the worst air quality in the entire U.S. and registered in the "Code Red" range for several hours on multiple days.

    Residents complained that the air smelled like "rotten eggs," "sewer backup," "burning plastic," and "hospital waste," and reported symptoms like wheezing, coughing and choking, nausea, stinging eyes and headaches through the SmellPGH app, which uses crowdsourcing to map smells and symptoms associated with air pollution.

  • Gene-Edited Farm Animals - Is Safety Considered?
    Brave New World:
    What You Need to Know About
    Gene-Edited Farm Animals

    Jan. 8, 2020 (Organic Consumers Organization)-For decades, the biotech industry has spun a narrative around genetically engineered crops that could be summed up very simply as “jam tomorrow, instead of bread and butter today.”

    Sustained—and financed—largely on the promise of spectacular success at some unidentified point in the future, the research and development of new types of GMO foods, made with a whole host of new genetic engineering technologies, has gathered pace in recent years.

    These days, without most people being aware of it, genetic engineering is spreading from the crops in the field to the animals in the barn.

    Using new genome editing (sometimes referred to as “gene editing”) techniques like CRISPR, biotech breeders are proposing to breed a brave new world of farm animals that don’t get sick, don’t feel pain and produce more meat, milk and eggs at a lower cost than ever before.

  • A Welcome First by JetBlue: Carbon Neutrality
    JetBlue Plans to Become
    First U.S. Airline to Be Carbon
    Neutral On Domestic Flights

    Jan. 6, 2020 (CNBC)-JetBlue is tackling the high environmental impact of flying by aiming to become carbon neutral on all domestic flights by July 2020, according to a press release Monday.

    The New York-based airline said this will entail offsetting between 15 billion and 17 billion additional pounds of emissions per year, which the company noted is “the annual equivalent of removing more than 1.5 million passenger vehicles from the road.”

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  • Lawsuit Against the University of N. Carolina to Protect Students
    Lawsuit Aims to Protect
    Students, Chapel Hill-Carrboro
    From UNC’s Coal Pollution

    Dec. 23, 2019 (Center for Biological Diversity)- CHAPEL HILL, N.C.— The Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club today sued the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for violations of the Clean Air Act.

    The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina in Greensboro, notes that the violations are largely fueled by the university’s ongoing use of two outdated coal-burning boilers. UNC has violated the Clean Air Act on dozens of occasions in recent years.

    “UNC needs to join the 21st century and stop emitting noxious coal fumes into the air that students, athletes and local residents breathe,” said Perrin de Jong, a North Carolina-based staff attorney at the Center. “North Carolina’s flagship public university should be leading the fight against dirty fossil fuels, not burning them.”

  • Handling Toxic Injustices
    Priority For Abused Communities
    Must Pervade Every Aspect
    of a Green New Deal

    Dec. 21, 2019 (TheDailyClimate-A sobering afternoon in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago with Antonio Lopez showed what any Green New Deal must undo, let alone do.

    Five miles southwest of the glittering downtown Loop, this gutsy neighborhood of some 74,000 people, 85% of whom are Latino, is a crowning citadel of organizing on behalf of environmental justice—that currently remains under toxic assaults that no privileged white district puts up with.

  • Reaching U.S. Net Zero Emissions By 2050
    How To Reach U.S. Net Zero
    Emissions By 2050:
    Decarbonizing Industry

    Dec. 20, 2019  (Energy Central)- Presidential candidates, state governments, and utilities are promoting “net zero” emissions targets to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and preserve a safe climate future by helping to limit global warming to well below 2°C. But few of them are exploring exactly how the U.S. could achieve the ambitious goal of remaking its energy economy.

    Energy Innovation previously modeled a scenario to achieve the U.S. Paris Agreement pledge using the peer-reviewed, free, and open-source Energy Policy Simulator (EPS); it now uses the EPS to explore an illustrative policy package to achieve net zero U.S. emissions. By 2050, the net zero pathway abates more than 6 Gt of emissions a year and saves more than 120,000 American lives per year due to reduced particulate pollution.

  • Feds Doing Nothing to Curb Tailpipe Pollution, But Some States Are
    Eastern States Introduce
    a Plan to Cap Tailpipe Pollution

    Dec. 17, 2019  (New York Times Climate Forward)- A coalition of mid-Atlantic and Northeastern states and the District of Columbia on Tuesday released a draft plan for an ambitious cap-and-trade program to curb tailpipe emissions from cars, trucks and other forms of transportation, tackling what has fast become the largest source of planet-warming gases.

    More than a fifth of the United States population would be affected by the plan, which sets a cap, to be lowered over time, on the total amount of carbon dioxide that can be released from vehicles that use transportation fuels, like gasoline and diesel fuel.

    Under the program, which could start as early as 2022, fuel companies would buy allowances from the states, either directly or on a secondary market, for every ton of carbon dioxide their fuel will produce.

  • Oh, Methane Leak - We Can See You
    A Methane Leak, Seen From
    Space, Proves to Be
    Far Larger Than Thought

    Dec. 17, 2019  (New York Times Climate Forward)- The first satellite designed to continuously monitor the planet for methane leaks made a startling discovery last year: A little known gas-well accident at an Ohio fracking site was in fact one of the largest methane leaks ever recorded in the United States.

    The findings by a Dutch-American team of scientists, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, mark a step forward in using space technology to detect leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, from oil and gas sites worldwide.

  • Toxic injustices
    Priority For Abused Communities:
    Pervade All Aspects of Green New Deal.

    Dec. 16, 2019 (TheDailyClimate)-A sobering afternoon in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago with Antonio Lopez showed what any Green New Deal must undo, let alone do. Five miles southwest of the glittering downtown Loop, this gutsy neighborhood of some 74,000 people, 85 percent of whom are Latino, is a crowning citadel of organizing on behalf of environmental justice—that currently remains under toxic assaults that no privileged white district puts up with. We drove by a mayonnaise factory with a multitude of tractor-trailer containers in its distribution lot. The facility was next to an elementary school and right across the street from a tree-lined row of brick homes. "This is where we first realized we needed to talk about diesel fumes in our community," said Lopez, senior adviser to the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO). "Kids should not arrive and leave school hit with noise and pollution from trucks rolling in all day."

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  • Acidification off the West Coast - Bad, Bad, Bad
    Ocean Waters Off West Coast
    Acidifying At Twice The Rate
    of Global Average,
    NOAA Researcher Finds

    Dec. 16, 2019  (The Oregonian)- The Pacific Ocean off the West Coast is acidifying at twice the rate of the rest of the world’s oceans, according to researchers, with potentially catastrophic effects on shellfisheries.

    The findings, published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience, were the product of a seven-year study led by Emily Osborne, a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA)ocean acidification program.

  • PFAs in Drinking Water - Et Tu, Pennsylvania?
    One Third of Pennsylvania
    Drinking Water Samples Contained
    Toxic PFAS Chemicals

    Dec. 9, 2019  (Allegheny Front)- The office of Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says test results “do not indicate widespread PFAS contamination” in drinking water supplies, though the toxic chemicals are present in about a third of water samples tested.

    The results, released last week, highlight growing debate over how much PFAS, if any, should be allowed in drinking water. The federal Environmental Protection Agency has set a 70 parts per trillion “health advisory level.” However, in June, the Centers for Disease Control said PFAS levels much lower than 70 parts per trillion may pose health risks.

    The toxic chemicals were widely used in industrial and consumer products and are often found around military airstrips where firefighting foam was used. PFAS have been connected to liver damage, high cholesterol, cancer and other health problems.

  • Trump Okays‘Cyanide Bombs,’ Killing Thousands of Animals a Year
    ‘Cyanide Bombs’ Okayed
    by Trump Administration,
    Killing Thousands of Animals a Year

    Dec. 5, 2019  (Center for Biological Diversity)-The Trump administration today announced it will reauthorize use of sodium cyanide in wildlife-killing devices called M-44s. These “cyanide bombs” received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency despite inhumanely and indiscriminately killing thousands of animals every year. They have also injured people.

    “This appalling decision leaves cyanide traps lurking in the wild to threaten people, pets and imperiled animals,” said Collette Adkins, carnivore conservation director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The EPA imposed a few minor restrictions, but these deadly devices have just wreaked too much havoc to remain in use. To truly protect humans and wildlife from these poisonous contraptions, we need a nationwide ban.”

    The EPA allows use of the devices by Wildlife Services, the animal-killing program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The EPA also authorizes M-44 use by state agencies in South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico and Texas.

  • How Brooklyn's Prospect Park Tackles Toxic Algae
    Prospect Park Tackles Toxic
    Algae with Nature-Based Technology

    Dec. 4, 2019  (BioBrief)-For years people have walked by NYC’s urban lakes and ponds without knowing what the green stuff in the water really is. But dog owners in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, may know all too well: It’s toxic algae bloom.

    What causes the algae to bloom in the first place? It turns out too much phosphate in the water, which has amassed from plant material in the lake bed and the constant flow of city water.

    “New York City tap water has phosphorus in it to keep lead from leaching out of the pipes, which is a really good thing for drinking water,” explained Justine Heilner, Senior Landscape Architect for Prospect Park Alliance. “But that is also the food for these microorganisms. So it kind of causes them to just grow out of control. It’s like fertilizer for tiny plants, including blue-green algae, duckweed and the other things that can kind of take over a system.”

    Now, the park has teamed up with Brooklyn College to pilot a new nature-based solution called ecoWEIR which they hope will address the issue.

  • Pennsylvania Funds Fracking Health Effect Study
    PA Funds Studies on
    Fracking, Cancers,
    and Other Health Effects

    Nov. 22, 2019  (Allegheny Front)- Pennsylvania will spend $3.9 million on a pair of studies to explore the potential health effects of fracking, after months of pressure from families of cancer patients in Washington County.

    The families traveled to Harrisburg Monday to make their case to state legislators and Gov. Tom Wolf. Several had lost relatives to Ewing sarcoma, an exceedingly rare form of bone cancer that mainly afflicts children.

    On Thursday, the state announced the Department of Health would partner with an as-yet-unnamed academic institution to conduct the studies. The state says Gov. Wolf petitioned the Department of Health to look into the issue back in July.

    Click to read or listen to the story.

  • Big Secret: Philadelphia Water is Not Lead-Free
    Philly School Knew About Toxic
    Lead in Drinking Water but
    Kept Parents in the Dark

    Nov. 22, 2019  (Allegheny Front) —It was a display of kindness that should have been heartwarming. Instead, Frederick Douglass Elementary School teacher Alison Marcus just felt queasy.

    In 2016 — while headlines blared about the water crisis in Flint, Michigan — Marcus’ North Philadelphia charter school raised money to buy bottled water for residents of the distressed Midwestern city. But as she watched students at the charter, run by Mastery, toss change into a large plastic bucket, she felt a pang of guilt.

    “I just remember thinking, ‘We should definitely be testing the water here,’” she said in an interview this month.

  • Vermont Gas Service: Ambitious Green House Gas Elimination Plan
    VGS Plans to Eliminate
    Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2050

    Nov. 14, 2019  (vermontbiz) — Company unveils immediate plans to double energy efficiency savings and dramatically increase renewable natural gas for all customers.

    Vermont Business Magazine VGS announced today an ambitious and comprehensive strategy to transform the company and eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The company outlined three key strategies to achieve the near-term goal of a 30% greenhouse gas reduction in customers’ homes and businesses by 2030: doubling energy efficiency savings with a $20 million upfront investment; significantly expanding renewable natural gas for customers; and strengthening partnerships to advance projects such as district energy in Burlington and Middlebury, and a net zero home pilot program.

    Ratepayers will be part of the process and would see an average $3 monthly increase on their bills. Rendall noted that ratepayers have seen their annual costs go down about $250 over the last 10 years, not even accounting for inflation.

  • Learning From History’s Mistake on the Colorado River
    ‘Science Be Dammed’:
    Learning From History’s
    Mistake on the Colorado River

    Nov. 13, 2019  (The Revelator)— In late October we joined a group of academics and water managers who gathered at the University of Arizona to hash over a pressing set of questions: As water scarcity overtakes the Southwest, what do we know about the Colorado River, and what do we need to know?

    The meeting was a far cry from the way participants’ forebears approached this question nearly a century ago, when the leaders of the seven U.S. states that must share the Colorado River’s precious waters gathered in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to hash out the final details of the Colorado River Compact.

    The negotiators famously brokered a deal allocating far more water than the river has to offer — a deal we’re paying the price for today.

  • California Landfills - Say "Excuse Me" When You Belch Methane
    California Landfills are Belching High Levels of Climate-Warming Methane

    Nov. 13, 2019  (ScienceNews)— Landfills, pipelines or dairy farms: The largest sources of methane released to the atmosphere can now be spotted from the sky.

    A team of researchers used airborne remote sensing to pinpoint the exact locations of some of California’s biggest belchers of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Of those concentrated “superemitters,” landfills were the biggest sources in the Golden State, followed by dairy farms and the oil and gas industry.

    About 34 to 46% of California’s methane emissions comes from 564 point sources, small surface features or bits of infrastructure no more than 10 meters in diameter that still emit large amounts of the gas, the team found.

  • Not All Things Go Better With Coke Ovens
    Clean Air Group Calls
    for Stronger Rules for Coke
    Ovens in Allegheny County

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Allegheny Front)— An clean air advocacy group is calling for the Allegheny County Health Department to make good on a promise from May, 2018 to strengthen air regulations for coke ovens that would help reduce hydrogen sulfide emissions.

    Hydrogen sulfide, or H2S, is the gas with the infamous rotten egg smell that people all over the region notice. Even at low levels, the gas can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches and fatigue and contributes to asthma attacks.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.

  • What's That? Don't Like PFAS In Your Drinking Water?
    Neville Island Residents Could Have
    Been Drinking PFAS-
    Contaminated Water for a Month

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Allegheny Front)— Neville Township residents may have been drinking water contaminated with toxic levels of PFAS chemicals for as long as a month, township officials said at a working board meeting Thursday.

    Further immediate risk has been removed, according to township and state officials. But township and Allegheny County officials said they don’t know what chances there are of a similar accident happening again to the more than 1,000 Neville residents or in other municipalities across the county.

  • We Warned You That Keystone Was Not Safe
    Keystone Pipeline Leaks
    383,000 Gals. of Crude Oil,
    Renewing Debate on Its Expansion

    Nov 1, 2019  (inhabitat)—About 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil has leaked out into the environment from the controversial Keystone Pipeline system. It is the second significant Keystone Pipeline leak in the past two years along the line that transports Canadian tar sands oil 2,600 miles from Canada then southward into the United States. This particular oil leak occurred with the Keystone 1 Pipeline that runs in the northeast region of North Dakota.

    Once the leak was discovered, crews of the Alberta-based company TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada, shut down the leak to investigate the cause.

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  • On Who's Side Is General Motors?
    General Motors Sides
    With Trump in Emissions Fight,
    Splitting the Industry

    Oct. 28, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)-Breaking with some of their biggest rivals, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Toyota said Monday they were intervening on the side of the Trump administration in an escalating battle with California over fuel economy standards for automobiles.

    Their decision pits them against leading competitors, including Honda and Ford, who this year reached a deal to follow California’s stricter rules. It represents the latest twist in one of the Trump administration’s most consequential rollbacks of regulations designed to fight climate change. It has also opened a rift among the world’s biggest automakers — the very industrial giants that the Trump administration maintains it was trying to help with regulatory relief.

    Think about it when you're considering your next automobile purchase.

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  • The Effects of Human Caused Erosion on River Deltas
    Fed by Human-Caused Erosion,
    Many River Deltas Are Growing

    Jan. 22, 2020 (Science News)- River deltas, the fans of sediment sweeping out from the mouths of rivers, are gaining ground.

    Globally, delta land area increased by 54 square kilometers per year from 1985 to 2015, scientists report January 23 in Nature. A quarter of that gain is due to deforestation freeing soil from the grip of tree roots, allowing rivers to carry more of it downstream.

    Geomorphologist Jaap Nienhuis of Utrecht University in the Netherlands and his colleagues examined 10,848 deltas to quantify humans’ impact. Three primary forces shape deltas: rivers delivering sediment; tides pushing or pulling sediment; and waves redistributing sediment along the coast. Humans exert a lot of control over how much sediment a river carries: While deforestation feeds the flow of soil, dams plug it up.

  • America is Failing to Protect Its Rainforests
    Another Forest, This
    Time Alaska’s Tongass,
    May Be Destroyed — All for Profit

    Oct. 16, 2019  (National Resources Defense Council(NRDC))-Today the U.S. Forest Service announced it will be seeking public comment on a draft environmental impact statement (expected later this week) for its plan to open up protected areas of Alaska’s old-growth Tongass rainforest to logging and road-building.

    “As a global climate crisis demands that we take urgent conservation and climate-mitigation measures, the Trump administration wants to do the opposite—and lay waste to some of our country’s most unspoiled wildlands that absorb massive amounts of carbon,” says Niel Lawrence, Alaska director for NRDC.

    The Tongass stores more carbon per acre than almost any other forest on the planet, which makes preserving it a matter of real urgency in the fight against climate change.

  • Florida Coral Reefs In Trouble - Can an Rx Save them?
    Proposed Florida Bill Could
    Require Prescription For Sunscreens
    In Effort To Save Coral Reefs

    Oct. 18, 2019  (inhabitat)-In a bid to protect the Sunshine State’s reefs from coral bleaching, a new legislative bill has been proposed that requires a physician’s prescription for sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate, on grounds that these chemicals are harmful to marine coastal environments. The two ingredients are found in roughly 80% of all commercially available sunscreens. Discouraging their widespread use can help protect Florida’s fragile coral ecosystems.

    Following in the footsteps of Hawaii and Key West, all over-the-counter sunscreens will need to be free of both these ingrdients. If approved, the bill will take effect in 2020.

  • Belgrade: We Need These Masks to Walk the Streets
    Serbians Take to Smog-Filled
    Streets to Demand Cleaner Air

    Jan. 17, 2020 (Reuters)- Hundreds of protesters, some wearing surgical masks and respirators, took to the streets of the Serbian capital Belgrade on Friday, demanding the government tackle severe air pollution throughout the European Union candidate country.

    Belgrade and several other Serbian towns, along with the capitals of neighboring Bosnia, Kosovo and North Macedonia, have been choked by dense smog for days, topping lists of the world’s most polluted cities ahead of Delhi, Calcutta, Lahore and Beijing.

    “We are all breathing the same air ... it doesn’t matter if you are a member of the (ruling) Progressive Party ... or you are one of the people gathered here, so let’s do something to fix this,” Radomir Lazovic, a protest leader told Reuters.

  • A New High for CO2 Levels
    Atmospheric CO2 Levels Have
    Now Reached an Historical High

    Dec. 29, 2019 (Earth.com)-Shocking new observations from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii have revealed that atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels have reached 415 parts per million, which is the highest concentration in the history of humans.

    “This is the first time in human history our planet’s atmosphere has had more than 415 ppm CO2,” meteorologist Eric Holthaus said in a tweet. “Not just in recorded history, not just since the invention of agriculture 10,000 years ago. Since before modern humans existed millions of years ago. We don’t know a planet like this.”

    The record CO2 levels exceed a similar spike which occurred three million years ago during the Pliocene Epoch. At that time, when atmospheric CO2 reached somewhere between 310 to 400 parts per million, average global temperatures were an estimated three degrees hotter than they are today.

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  • Revealed: Microplastic Pollution Is Raining Down On London
    London Has the
    Highest Level of
    Microplastics Ever Recorded

    Dec. 27, 2019 (The Guardian)- Microplastic pollution is raining down on city dwellers, with research revealing that London has the highest levels yet recorded.

    The health impacts of breathing or consuming the tiny plastic particles are unknown, and experts say urgent research is needed to assess the risks.

    Only four cities have been assessed to date but all had microplastic pollution in the air. Scientists believe every city will be contaminated, as sources of microplastic such as clothing and packaging are found everywhere.

  • Good Environmental News for a Change
    12 Good Things That Happened For the Environment in 2019

    Dec. 26, 2019 (inhabitat)- For folks who read — and write — about sustainability, dire projections are revealed every day. Between rainforest fires and ocean pollution, much of the news is grim. However, 2019 also brought good news. In the spirit of optimism as we start a new year, let’s hope our species can build on this year’s gains in 2020. Here are a few high points from 2019.

    Items Covered:

    Banana Leaves As Packaging,
    Robots Rejuvenating Reefs,
    Good News For The American Barrier Reef
    Help For the Rainforests,
    Cactus Plastic Developed In Mexico,
    Baby Girls and Tree Planting
    Renewable Energy Growth,
    Brazilian Street Dogs And Cats Get Comfy And Stylish Beds,
    Video Game Entrepreneur Saves North Carolina Forests,
    South Korean Food Recycling Soars,
    Will Artificial Islands Draw Wildlife Back to Netherlands?

    Click for the story and a slideshow.

  • How Ecological Science Can Protect Coral Reefs
    Integrating Social and Ecological
    Science For Effective
    Coral Reef Conservation

    Dec. 20, 2019 (Wildlife Conservation Society)- While many conservation plans focus on only environmental indicators for success, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS)’s coral reef program is trying a relatively new approach: focusing on both social and ecological processes and outcomes to ensure a long-term future for coral reef systems, according to a newly published study.

    In the new study, scientists from WCS and James Cook University in Australia developed and implemented a cutting-edge monitoring approach that incorporates social and ecological indicators to uncover drivers of coral reef conservation success. The framework was developed and implemented in four countries across Africa, Asia and the Pacific where millions of people rely on coral reef ecosystems for livelihoods, food security and cultural practices.

  • Can We Take the 'Die' Out of Diesel? Diesel
    Can Diesel Finally Come Clean?

    Dec. 19, 2019  (Scientific American)- Volkswagen’s infamous “Dieselgate” emissions scandal did much to support the notion that “clean diesel” may be a delusion. Top executives at one of the world’s leading carmakers were accused of cheating on tailpipe emissions tests to hide the fact that some models’ diesel engines released up to 40 times as much pollution as U.S. EPA standards allow.

    What if diesel engines really could be fundamentally cleaner from the fuel burn onward, without the extra cost and bother of exhaust-aftertreatment systems that need regular refilling? Charles Mueller, a combustion scientist at Sandia National Laboratories, thinks he has found a way: place what amounts to a tiny version of a Bunsen burner—the lab-bench heater familiar to students in high-school science classrooms—in the diesel combustion chamber to promote better burning.

  • Europe Is Also Getting A Green New Deal
    Europe’s Green Deal Sets New
    Course For Economic Growth

    Dec. 11, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- Europe is set to stake its economic future on an environmental clean-up that will overhaul the way the world’s biggest single market polices businesses and manages trade relations.

    The new order unveiled on Wednesday by the European Union’s executive arm will center on a goal to eliminate by mid-century the bloc’s net discharges of greenhouse gases. Such pollutants cause the more frequent heatwaves, storms and floods tied to climate change.

    “This is Europe’s man on the moon moment,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told reporters in Brussels before detailing the plans. “I’m convinced that the old growth model that is based on fossil fuels and pollution is out of date and out of touch with our planet.”

  • Reduce Global Emissions - Use the Roadmap
    This Land Use Roadmap
    Could Get Us 30% Of the Way
    To a Global Emissions Target

    Dec. 13, 2019  (Anthropocene Magazine)- The first ever ‘road map’ for future land-use outlines how changes to the way we farm, manage forests, wetlands, and mangroves would cut a third of the emissions needed to cap global warming at 1.5 C, by 2050.

    Through an extensive analysis on the mitigation literature, and incorporating various climate models, the researchers on the Nature Climate Change study identified 24 of the best land-use options for bringing down emissions globally. Of these, a handful could deliver stark changes if we start to implement them in the next decade.

  • Hey, Oceans. What's Happening to Your Oxygen?
    World’s Oceans Are Losing
    Oxygen Rapidly, Study Finds

    Dec. 7, 2019  (New York Times Climate Forward)- The world’s oceans are gasping for breath, a report issued Saturday at the annual global climate talks in Madrid has concluded.

    The report represents the combined efforts of 67 scientists from 17 countries and was released by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. It found that oxygen levels in the world’s oceans declined by roughly 2 percent between 1960 and 2010. The decline, called deoxygenation, is largely attributed to climate change, although other human activities are contributing to the problem. One example is so-called nutrient runoff, when too many nutrients from fertilizers used on farms and lawns wash into waterways.

  • World Air Pollution Shown on a Map
    World's Air Pollution:
    Real-time Air Quality Index

    Dec. 7, 2019  (World Air Quality Index)-Brought to you by the World Air Quality Index project

    See where your city stands on the pollution chart.

  • A New Polluter to Be Concerned About:PM2.5
    The Silent Killer Called PM2.5

    Nov. 30, 2019  (Living On Earth)-There’s more evidence that supposedly safe levels of air pollution can actually be deadly.

    According to a study recently published in a Journal of the American Medical Association 200,000 deaths of military veterans were linked to long term exposure to ultra fine particle pollution below EPA acceptable limits.

    Epidemiologists compared the records of 4.5 million veterans who died over a recent decade to levels of ultra fine particulates where they lived. These pollutants are called PM 2.5 for their size, which is two and half microns or about 30 times smaller than the width of a human hair, and almost all of us breathe them in every day, mostly thanks to the burning of coal and the tailpipes of millions of motor vehicles. Earlier studies have linked PM 2.5 pollution with a wide variety of maladies ranging from heart attacks and strokes to asthma and dementia.

  • Dengue Cases Increasing in the Americas and Elsewhere
    Dengue Cases in the Americas Have Reached an All-Time High

    Nov. 20, 2019  (ScienceNews) —The Americas set a gloomy record in 2019: the most dengue cases ever reported. More than 2.7 million cases of the mosquito-borne disease have struck the region, largely in Brazil, the Pan American Health Organization reported on November 13.

    Dengue is one of the top 10 threats to global health, according to the World Health Organization, with cases of the viral disease climbing rapidly around the world in recent decades. An estimated 390 million dengue infections occur each year, which can be mild or cause flulike symptoms and headaches. Less commonly, dengue can lead to a severe, life-threatening illness. South Asian countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal have also been slammed with large dengue outbreaks this year.

  • LESS: A Coating that Could Reduce Waste Water
    This Slippery New
    Coating Could Make Toilets
    Less Filthy and Save Water

    Nov. 19, 2019  (THE VERGE) —A slippery new coating could make the crappiest place in your home a little cleaner. Developed by researchers at Penn State University, this two-part product promises to keep your toilet bowl clean, stink-free, and — potentially — set the stage for toilets to use less water in the future.

    Worldwide, about 37 billion gallons of fresh water are flushed down toilets every day, say the inventors of the new product who published the results of their work this week in the journal Nature Sustainability. The reason we send so much water down the drain? It takes a lot of water to get rid of the bulk of our waste. Or as the authors put it in the paper: “human faeces is viscoelastic and sticky in nature, causing it to adhere to conventional surfaces.”

  • Scotland Says "Get the Frack Out of Here," But...
    Uneasy State of Affairs:
    Scotland’s Use of
    American Shale Gas

    Nov. 15, 2019  (Allegheny Front) —On a quiet street overlooking Scotland’s largest refinery and chemical plant, Kevin Ross surveyed the newest outgrowth of the American fracking boom.

    Since 2016, gas from the U.S. has been feeding the Grangemouth petrochemical plant, a vast complex of cooling towers, tall flares and pipelines. The gas is harvested in Western Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh. Then it’s sent through a pipeline to Philadelphia. There, the gas is put on ships to cross the Atlantic, Ross explained.

    Click now to read or listen to the story.

  • What the Climate Change Future Can Mean For Our Children
    The Climate Change Health Risks
    Facing a Child Born Today:
    A Tale of Two Futures

    Nov. 14, 2019  (Inside Climate News)— A child born today faces two possible futures. In one, the world continues to burn fossil fuels, making the child more likely to develop asthma from air pollution, at greater risk of vector-borne diseases, and more vulnerable to anxiety as extreme weather events threaten his community.

    In the other, those risks are diminished because the world has responded quickly and adequately to climate change, with a large-scale shift away from fossil fuels.

  • Campers Owe it to Mother Nature to Clean Their Act
    This Coyote Almost Died
    Because Humans Can't
    Pick Up After Themselves

    Nov. 14, 2019  (MotherNatureNetwork)— No one knew exactly how long the coyote had been roaming the grassy fields and wooded ravines at Bronte Provincial Park.

    But everyone knew one thing for sure: Catching her was a matter of life and death.

    The plastic jug stuck to her head meant that she could neither eat nor drink. In the midst of a powerful Canadian snowstorm, it would assure a slow and painful end.

    Volunteers from the community, led by the Oakville & Milton Humane Society, scoured the park in Ontario, Canada — even as the storm raged, blanketing trails and roads in snow.

  • Much More Plastic Than Baby Fish in Coastal Nurseries
    Plastics Outnumber Baby Fish
    7-To-1 in Some Coastal Nurseries

    Nov. 13, 2019  (ScienceNews)— Plastics can enter the food web at an unexpected point: larval fish as small the tip of a pencil.

    Larval fish congregate in ocean slicks — ribbons of calm water that form naturally on the ocean’s surface — to feast on an abundance of prey. Prey-sized plastics also accumulate in these fish nurseries, outnumbering the fish 7-to-1 and ending up in the stomachs of many, researchers report online November 11 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    “This is perhaps the most vulnerable life stage of pelagic fish,” says Anela Choy, a biological oceanographer at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif., who wasn’t involved in the study. She has documented plastic accumulation in the deep sea, and says this new study raises important questions about the effects of plastic ingestion at such a fragile life stage.

  • What's That? Don't Like PFAS In Your Drinking Water?
    Neville Island Residents Could Have
    Been Drinking PFAS-
    Contaminated Water for a Month

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Allegheny Front)— Neville Township residents may have been drinking water contaminated with toxic levels of PFAS chemicals for as long as a month, township officials said at a working board meeting Thursday.

    Further immediate risk has been removed, according to township and state officials. But township and Allegheny County officials said they don’t know what chances there are of a similar accident happening again to the more than 1,000 Neville residents or in other municipalities across the county.

  • CO₂ Was Not Always the Cause of Monsoon Intensity
    Geology, Not CO₂,
    Controlled Monsoon Intensity in
    Asia’s Ancient Past

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Science News)— Shifting tectonic plates, not atmospheric carbon dioxide levels, controlled the strength of the powerful East Asian monsoon throughout its history, scientists say. The monsoon is a seasonal system of winds that brings heavy rains to a vast swath of Asia, from India to Taiwan, each summer. The rains are a vitally important source of water for agriculture. Some previous research has suggested that past eras known to have had high atmospheric CO2 levels and warmer temperatures might also have been times of fluctuating monsoon intensity. The implication that monsoons are far more sensitive to climate change than once thought is alarming in a warming world: Dramatic change in monsoon intensity in the near future would threaten food security for over a billion people.

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  • Hey, Canada - Get the Lead Out
    Lead in Some Canadian Water Worse than Flint, Investigation Finds

    Nov. 5, 2019  (USA TODAY)— Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have been unwittingly exposed to high levels of lead in their drinking water, with contamination in several cities consistently higher than they ever were in Flint, Michigan, according to an investigation that tested drinking water in hundreds of homes and reviewed thousands more previously undisclosed results.

    Residents in some homes in Montreal, a cosmopolitan city an hour north of the U.S.-Canada border, and Regina, in the flat western prairies, are among those drinking and cooking with tap water with lead levels that exceed Canada’s federal guidelines. The investigation found some schools and day care centers had lead levels so high that researchers noted it could impact children’s health. Exacerbating the problem, many water providers aren’t testing at all.

    But, it wasn’t the Canadian government that exposed the scope of this public health concern.

    Click now for the full story.

  • The U.K. Doesn't Want the Country to Go Frack Itself
    Fracking Halted in the U.K. After Government Pulls Support

    Nov 2, 2019  (BBC News)—The government has called a halt to shale gas extraction - or fracking - in England amid fears about earthquakes.

    The indefinite suspension comes after a report by the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) said it was not possible to predict the probability or size of tremors caused by the practice.

    Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said it may be temporary - imposed "until and unless" extraction is proved safe.

    Labour, Lib Dems and the Green Party want a permanent ban.

    Click now for the full story.

  • 'It's a Gas' Does Not Mean It's Funny in India
    Millions of Masks Distributed
    to Students in 'Gas Chamber' Delhi

    Nov. 1, 2019  (BBC News)-A Supreme Court-mandated panel imposed several restrictions in the city and two neighboring states, as air quality deteriorated to "severe" levels.

    Dangerous particulate levels in the air are about 20 times the World Health Organization (WHO) maximum.

    The city's schools have also been closed until at least next Tuesday.

    Click now for the full story.

  • Danes Approve Russian Gas Pipeline to Europe
    Denmark Approves Russian Gas Pipeline to Europe

    Oct. 30, 2019  (ALJAZEERA)-Denmark on Wednesday gave the go-ahead to the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, removing the last major hurdle to completion of the Russian-led project that has divided opinion in the European Union.

    The Danish permit was the last needed for the 1,230-km-long (765-mile) pipeline from Russia to Germany.

    The U.S. and several eastern European, Nordic and Baltic countries have expressed concern that the project, led by Russian state-owned Gazprom, will increase Europe's reliance on Russian gas.

  • Earthquakes in the Netherlands? Blame Gas Drilling
    Earthquakes Jolt the Netherlands.
    Gas Drilling Is to Blame.

    Oct. 24, 2019  (NY Times)-GRONINGEN, the Netherlands — Driving through fields of low-lying Dutch farmland you pass an occasional odd cluster of silvery pipes and tanks. They are the only visible sign that deep below this northeast corner of the Netherlands is one of the world’s largest natural gas fields.

    Unless you stop by one of the nearby farmhouses weakened by earthquakes linked to gas extraction. At her handsome home in the village of Appingedam, Nicole van Eijkern pointed to sagging external walls and cracked ceilings. Heavy beams buttress her house, inside and out, and it is scheduled to be torn down.

    “In 10 years it went from a good house to a ruin,” she said.

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  • S.E. Communities Wrestle with Politics, Funding Brought on By Climate Change
    As Climate Change Hits Southeast,
    Communities Wrestle with Politics, Funding

    Jan. 27, 2020 (Inside Climate News)-Like hundreds of other cities, Louisville, Kentucky, is searching for a path to address climate change.

    Mayor Greg Fischer has declared a climate emergency, proposed a climate action plan and set a goal of reducing citywide carbon emissions 80% by 2050.

    To get there, however, Fischer needs the cooperation of the region's electric utility, Louisville Gas and Electric Co., which depends on coal and, with its related companies, has committed only to cutting carbon emissions 70% from 2010 levels by 2050.

  • Who Really Controls Trump’s Environmental Policy?
    No Surprise: Who Controls
    Trump’s Environmental Policy?

    Jan. 13, 2020 (New York Times Climate Forward)- Among 20 of the most powerful people in government environment jobs, most have ties to the fossil fuel industry or have fought against the regulations they now are supposed to enforce.

    A small number of people at a few federal agencies have vast power over the protection of American air and water.

    Under the Trump administration, the people appointed to those positions overwhelmingly used to work in the fossil fuel, chemical and agriculture industries. During their time in government they have been responsible for loosening or undoing nearly 100 environmental protections from pollution and pesticides, as well as weakening preservations of natural resources and efforts to curb planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Orange Is the New Green
    Trump Administration
    Wants to Roll Back
    More Environmental Regs

    Jan. 14, 2020 (The Humanist)- The beginning of 2020 saw the fiftieth anniversary of the signing of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

    NEPA was created to ensure that federal agencies assess the long-term environmental impact of major infrastructure projects such as building roads or bridges, laying interstate pipelines, constructing transmission lines and broadband deployment, as well as extracting fossil fuels on public lands and managing forests. For example, the law was used under the Obama administration to stop the Keystone XL pipeline and halt some coal mining efforts.

    The Trump administration celebrated this important anniversary last week by announcing that it plans to roll back some important environmental regulations covered by the NEPA.

  • Landmark Environmental Rules Rolled Back by Trump
    Trump Announces Overhaul
    of Landmark Environmental
    and Climate Rules

    Jan. 9, 2020 (CNN)-The Trump administration plans to rewrite decades-old regulations to make it easier to build major infrastructure such as pipelines, which would have the effect of relaxing government efforts to fight the climate crisis.

    Trump announced Thursday morning the changes to National Environmental Policy Act rules, which requires federal agencies to assess the environmental impact of projects such as the construction of mines, highways, water infrastructure and gas pipelines.

    He and administration officials said the changes are necessary to speed up approval for needed infrastructure projects.

  • Where Is the Green New Deal Headed in 2020?
    Where Is the Green
    New Deal Headed in 2020?

    Jan. 2, 2020 (Inside Climate News)-To appreciate the power of the Green New Deal—the mobilization effort for clean energy and jobs that burst into the national conversation last year—look at how forcefully the opponents of climate action moved to quash it.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky arranged a byzantine floor vote aimed at killing the concept soon after the non-binding Green New Deal resolution was introduced.

    Fox News anchors aired more than twice as many prime-time segments on the Green New Deal as rivals MSNBC and CNN combined last spring. And in California, the state's most powerful blue-collar union (which has a policy alliance with the oil industry) staged anti-Green New Deal protests at the state's Democratic Party convention last summer.

  • Trump Can't Find Reasons NOT to Rollback Regulations
    Science Panel Staffed With
    Trump Appointees Says E.P.A.
    Rollbacks Lack Scientific Rigor

    Dec. 31, 2019 (New York Times Climate Forward)-A top panel of government-appointed scientists, many of them hand-selected by the Trump administration, disclosed that three of President Trump’s most far-reaching and scrutinized proposals to weaken major environmental regulations are at odds with established science.

    Draft letters posted online by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board, which is responsible for evaluating the scientific integrity of the agency’s regulations, took aim at the Trump administration’s rewrite of an Obama-era regulation of waterways, an Obama-era effort to curb planet-warming vehicle tailpipe emissions and a plan to limit scientific data that can be used to draft health regulations.

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  • Another Renewable Energy Punishment From Trump
    Wind, Solar Face
    Future Without Subsidies

    Dec. 26, 2019 (Houston Chronicle)- More than 25 years after Congress created tax credits to encourage the development of renewable energy, wind turbines and solar panels will soon have to fend for themselves as they never have before.

    Under the spending deal approved shortly before Congress took its holiday break, the investment tax credit, which reimburses 30% of the cost of new solar systems, will begin winding down next month, dropping to 10% for most companies by 2022. The energy production tax credit, which gives wind power generators roughly two cent per kilowatt boost, will follow in 2021, decreasing steadily until eventually hitting zero in 2025.

  • How the Presidential Candidates Dealing With Agriculture
    Food and Farming Can Become
    High-Profile Campaign Issues

    Dec. 23, 2019 (POLITICO)- Food and farming have not traditionally been high-profile campaign issues.

    That could change in 2020. Rural voters played a critical role in the last presidential election and were crucial to Trump's political base. Farmers, a small voting bloc (there are about 2 million farms in the U.S.), have largely stood by Trump amid his numerous trade disputes. Many Democratic candidates have pledged to enact policies to boost the farm economy, such as by strengthening antitrust laws and breaking up agribusinesses in the seed, pesticide and meat industries, and by helping farmers take on climate change.

  • Reaching U.S. Net Zero Emissions By 2050
    How To Reach U.S. Net Zero
    Emissions By 2050:
    Decarbonizing Industry

    Dec. 20, 2019  (Energy Central)- Presidential candidates, state governments, and utilities are promoting “net zero” emissions targets to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and preserve a safe climate future by helping to limit global warming to well below 2°C. But few of them are exploring exactly how the U.S. could achieve the ambitious goal of remaking its energy economy.

    Energy Innovation previously modeled a scenario to achieve the U.S. Paris Agreement pledge using the peer-reviewed, free, and open-source Energy Policy Simulator (EPS); it now uses the EPS to explore an illustrative policy package to achieve net zero U.S. emissions. By 2050, the net zero pathway abates more than 6 Gt of emissions a year and saves more than 120,000 American lives per year due to reduced particulate pollution.

  • Owner of Bankrupt Coal Company Was a Big Trump Supporter
    A Coal Baron Funded
    Climate Denial as His Company
    Spiraled Into Bankruptcy

    Dec. 17, 2019  (New York Times)- As his coal mining company hurtled into bankruptcy, Robert E. Murray, the former chief executive, paid himself $14 million, handed his successor a $4 million bonus and earmarked nearly $1 million for casting doubt on man-made climate change, new court filings show.

    The company, Murray Energy, filed for bankruptcy protection in October, reporting $2.7 billion in debts and more than $8 billion in obligations, in large part to pension and health care plans for workers. But those debts appear to have done little to scale back the spending habits of Mr. Murray, a prominent supporter of President Trump who helped engineer dozens of climate change and environmental rollbacks over the past three years.

  • Trump is Killing the EV Tax Credit
    EV Tax Credit
    Extension Likely Dead,
    Because of Trump Opposition

    Dec. 17, 2019  (Green Car Reports)- Despite strong support for the extension and expansion of the federal EV tax credit, the effort appears to have run out of juice in Washington—specifically, at the Oval Office.

    The proposal, which in November had bipartisan support in the Senate, was on Monday cut out of a massive $1.4 trillion federal spending bill due to be passed this month—because of what Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow described as "extreme resistance" from the White House, according to Bloomberg.

    It would have extended the existing cap of 200,000 eligible sales (plug-in hybrids or electric vehicles) to 600,000, while cutting the maximum credit from the current $7,500 to $7,000 and reinstating a tax credit for fuel-cell vehicles. There has been a long list of supporters for the proposal, including the auto industry, the utility sector, and of course environmental groups.

  • Owner of Bankrupt Coal Company Was a Big Trump Supporter
    A Coal Baron Funded
    Climate Denial as His Company
    Spiraled Into Bankruptcy

    Dec. 17, 2019  (New York Times)- As his coal mining company hurtled into bankruptcy, Robert E. Murray, the former chief executive, paid himself $14 million, handed his successor a $4 million bonus and earmarked nearly $1 million for casting doubt on man-made climate change, new court filings show.

    The company, Murray Energy, filed for bankruptcy protection in October, reporting $2.7 billion in debts and more than $8 billion in obligations, in large part to pension and health care plans for workers. But those debts appear to have done little to scale back the spending habits of Mr. Murray, a prominent supporter of President Trump who helped engineer dozens of climate change and environmental rollbacks over the past three years.

  • Sunrisers Give Wash. State Senators a What For
    Dozens of Washington
    Youth Demand U.S. Senators
    Sign onto Green New Deal

    Dec. 17, 2019  (InvestorIdeas)- Monday morning, over 30 youth from Sunrise Movement visited the offices of U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D–WA) and Maria Cantwell (D–WA) demanding they sign onto the Green New Deal resolution. Sunrisers were diverted by security to an auditorium where they gave testimony, sang songs, and urged their elected officials to take immediate and extreme action to avoid climate disaster, starting by signing on to the Green New Deal Resolution. Each young person in attendance presented symbols and personal belongings they burned to represent the threat of climate change in their lives. Neither Senator was present at the event; instead, representatives from Sen. Cantwell's and Sen. Murray's office attended to receive the Sunrisers' testimony.

    "This is the fourth time Sunrise youth have visited the senators' offices demanding that they sign onto the Green New Deal, and we still have heard no answers," explains Chris Connolly, 24-year-old volunteer organizer with Sunrise Movement in Seattle. "Our house is on fire, our lungs have been choked by wildfire smoke, and Senators Cantwell and Murray and the political establishment are acting like there isn't even a problem. It's time for them to sponsor the only plan to tackle the climate crisis at the scale of the problem: The Green New Deal."

  • Bloomberg Declares War - On Climate Change, That Is
    Bloomberg Vows War on Climate
    Change in Meeting With Scientists

    Dec. 11, 2019 (CourthouseNews.com)-The attendees were not the suit-and-tie crowd.

    Instead, the men and women who coursed through the halls of the Moscone Center in downtown San Francisco on Wednesday sported jackets with various outdoor sports brands sewn above their hearts. Jeans and flannel featured heavily and the overwhelming majority of the approximately 28,000 scientists, journalists, professors and students in attendance at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting were bespectacled.

    It is precisely the kind of audience primed to receive a climate change-centric message from Michael Bloomberg, a recent entrant in the race for the Democratic nomination for president.

  • What? A Trump Official Broke Ethics Rules?
    Interior Official Broke Ethics
    Rules, Government Watchdog Concludes

    Dec. 11, 2019  (New York Times Climate Forward)- A top Interior Department official broke a federal ethics rule by improperly meeting with his former employer, a conservative research organization, to discuss the rollback of endangered species protections that the group had been pushing, the department’s internal watchdog said in a report published Tuesday.

    The watchdog, the Interior Department’s inspector general, concluded that the official, Douglas W. Domenech, an assistant Interior secretary for the office with stewardship of the nation’s oceans and coasts, violated federal rules in April 2017 when he met with representatives of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, where he was working before he joined the Trump administration, creating the appearance of a conflict of interest.

  • Solar Tariffs - Yes, or No?
    Solar May Not Get Relief From
    Trump’s Tariffs Soon After All

    Dec. 4, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- The solar industry may not catch the break from U.S. import tariffs that it was counting on next year.

    The duties imposed by the Trump administration last year currently stand at 25% and were scheduled to fall to 20% in 2020. But the Washington-based trade group Solar Energy Industries Association warned on Tuesday that the White House may decide to ease up on that cut as part of a review of the tariffs.

    “Our fear is that the administration will make them tougher,” the group’s chief executive officer, Abigail Ross Hopper, said on a call with reporters.

  • Trump's EPA Doesn't Like Health Regulations
    An EPA Rule May
    Restrict Science Used for
    Public Health Regulations

    Nov. 26, 2019  (ScienceNews) —In science, transparency is typically considered a virtue. But a rule proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, billed as a means to keep environmental regulations rooted in reproducible science, is getting pushback from the scientific community.

    The proposal, titled “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science,” would require studies that factor into EPA rule-making to be based on publicly available data. Doing so, the agency argues, would ensure that other researchers could access that data and verify the findings of any study.

    The EPA administrator would be able to handpick allowances for studies whose data cannot be made public. But according to a Nov. 12 EPA news release, “this should be the exception instead of the way of EPA doing business.” That stipulation has some scientists worried that EPA regulations may then be able to ignore relevant evidence from many studies based on private information.

  • Standards? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Automobile Standards
    GM, Toyota & Fiat Chrysler Join Hands With Trump on Standards

    Nov. 19, 2019  (StayingConnected) —President Trump is continuing his assault on strong clean car standards and the Clean Air Act — and, now, three major automakers just joined the attack.

    General Motors, Toyota, and Fiat Chrysler have formally sided with the Trump administration's dangerous attempts to illegally strip California and 13 other states of their long-held authority to set stronger clean car standards than the federal government.

    If successful, they will set a dangerous legal precedent that could stop states from curtailing air pollution — costing consumers nearly half a trillion dollars in additional fuel costs, axing tens of thousands of American jobs making clean car technologies, and setting us back in our campaign to stop climate change. We need your help to fight back.

  • Looking Back on Ohio's Clean Water Act
    Water Cleaner but Politics Messier:
    A Look Back at the Clean
    Water Act in the Ohio

    Nov. 14, 2019  (Allegheny Front) —In June 1969, a Time Magazine article garnered national attention when it brought to light the water quality conditions in Ohio: a river had literally caught fire.

    Oil-soaked debris ignited after sparks, likely from a passing train, set the slick ablaze. Local media actually didn’t spend much time reporting on the fire. This was, after all, at least the 13th time a waterway had been set ablaze in Ohio alone, not to mention river fires in Philadelphia, Baltimore and other industrial cities. Time Magazine didn’t even run pictures of this specific fire. Instead, they used stock photos of another fire that happened in the same area in 1957.

    But America in 1969 had had enough with dangerous rivers. At the national level, what would eventually become the Clean Water Act passed with broad bipartisan support in 1972. In fact, the law was so popular on both sides of the aisle that when President Richard Nixon eventually vetoed the bill, Congress overrode his veto.

  • A Green New Deal for Public Housing
    Bernie Sanders and AOC
    Unveil a Green New Deal
    for Public Housing

    Nov. 14, 2019  (citilab.com) —Socialist Democrats are pushing the progressive envelope with a new iteration of Green New Deal legislation this week, this time with a focus on public housing.

    On Thursday, New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a new bill that would dedicate billions of dollars to energy retrofits for America’s dilapidated public housing stock. The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act would commit up to $180 billion over 10 years to upgrading 1.2 million federally administered homes.

  • Democratic Contenders Chart Different Paths to Clean Energy
    Contenders Chart Different Paths to Clean Energy

    Nov. 13, 2019  (Scientific American) — Scientists say revolutionary changes in society can limit the worst effects of climate change. None stands out as a candidate for transformation more than the energy sector.

    Getting to net-zero emissions there—or close to it—is the easiest way to clear a path for decarbonization in other sectors such as housing and transportation.

    Put another way: It doesn’t make much sense to recharge an electric vehicle through an outlet connected to a coal-fired power plant.

    Click now to see where they stand.

  • EPA: To Hell With Scientific Research
    EPA Plans to Limit Scientific
    Research Used in Writing
    Public Health Regulations

    Nov. 11, 2019  (CNN Politics)— The EPA plans to limit the scientific research that the government can use to form public health regulations, The New York Times reported Monday.

    A draft of the EPA's proposal would require scientists to disclose their raw data, including confidential medical records, in order for the agency to consider a study's conclusions. The move would complicate the enactment of new clean air and water regulations, which are largely rooted in academic studies that rely on confidentiality agreements because of personal health disclosures.

    The draft proposal expands on a previous version championed by then-Administrator Scott Pruitt, who lost his job last year amid a lengthy list of ethics controversies. But unlike the earlier draft, the new plan would apply retroactively, halting the further use of studies already cited by the EPA that don't comply with the new proposal, according to a separate EPA memo viewed by the Times.

  • The Presidential Forum on Environmental Justice
    What Happened at
    the 1st Presidential
    Environmental Justice Forum?

    Nov. 9, 2019  (Mother Jones)— Only six candidates turned out for the first ever presidential forum on environmental justice at South Carolina State University on Friday night.

    Issues such as lead-contaminated water, food deserts, childhood asthma and proximity to polluting chemical plants and industrial pig farms disproportionately affect low-income communities, tribal nations and people of color.

    The Democratic candidates who participated were Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.); former members of Congress John Delaney and Joe Sestak; the billionaire Tom Steyer; and the author Marianne Williamson.

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Finance News
Money Bag

  • EU Bank Fossil-Fuel Financing? Not Anymore
    EU Bank Takes ‘Quantum
    Leap’ To End Fossil-Fuel Financing

    Nov. 15, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-The European Investment Bank adopted an unprecedented strategy to end funding for fossil fuel energy projects, in a move expected to support Europe’s plans to become the first climate-neutral continent.

    The board of the Luxembourg-based lending arm of the European Union decided at a meeting on Thursday to approve a new energy policy that includes increased support for clean-energy projects. The bank will not consider new financing of unabated fossil fuels, including natural gas, from the end of 2021.

  • Vietnamese Bank Backs Out of Coal
    Standard Chartered
    Just Dumped Coal!

    Sep. 28, 2018 -We have awesome news. Standard Chartered bank has just announced it will not fund any new coal-fired power plant projects, including expansions, in any location!

    Together with Market Forces and organizations from around the world we have been campaigning hard to convince Standard Chartered to rule out all new coal. Last month we took out a full page ad in the Asian Financial Times and tens of thousands of people have taken online action to call on the bank to do exactly what it just has!

    Click to read more from Go Fossil Free.

  • Some Like it Hot - Not Japan
    ‘Cool Bank Award’: Keeping it
    ‘Cool’ in a hot Japan

    Sep. 24, 2018 -350 Japan team launched the 'Cool Bank Award' campaign, with the goal to acknowledge and support banks that do not have relationships with the fossil fuel or nuclear industry, thus doing their part to keep the earth 'cool'.

    This year has seen Japan struck by a number of unprecedented climate-related disasters including heat waves of over 40 degrees celsius and torrential rains causing flooding and landslides. The seriousness of the heat wave and loss of life it caused was acknowledged by the Minister of the Environment Mr. Masaharu Nakagawa, who made clear that risks of this severe weather phenomena would only worsen with continued climate change.

    Click to read more from 350.ORG.

  • Shareholders Protest Pipeline Financing
    Pressure on US Bank Mounts
    with Actions at Shareholder
    Meeting in Albuquerque

    Apr. 30, 2018 -The pressure on US Bank to end its relationship with oil and gas pipeline companies has been mounting over the last five months. Late last year, dozens of groups sent the bank a letter, demanding an end to its financing of Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). Instead, US Bank doubled down and joined a massive new credit facility for ETP.

    In February, the Stop ETP Coalition and local Minnesota groups came together in US Bank’s hometown of Minneapolis during Super Bowl Week to make it clear we wouldn’t be ignored. Despite blizzard conditions, hundreds of pipeline activists protested at US Bank’s headquarters and in the streets for hours, calling for a world where banks no longer claim to work for sustainability while also financing oil and gas pipeline projects that are wrecking communities and the climate.

    Click now for the whole story from StopETP.org.

  • Solar Rising for Bank Financing
    Banks Are Sweetening Their Terms
    for Solar as Confidence Rises

    Apr. 20, 2018 -Interest rates are rising, making debt much more expensive for capital-intensive industries across America. But there’s at least one exception: the solar business.

    While the cost of borrowing has been increasing since 2016, some banks are taking a smaller cut to win deals from solar developers. Loans of seven years or longer can be obtained for 137.5 basis points over the benchmark London Interbank Offered Rate, or Libor, down from as much as 200 basis points last year, said Keith Martin, a project-finance attorney at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. Even the higher-rate loans for residential projects are getting cheaper.

    “Investor confidence has increased, causing debt costs to fall despite rising interest rates,” said Ed Fenster, executive chairman of Sunrun Inc., the largest U.S. residential-solar company. “Our spreads are coming down faster than the base rate is increasing.”

    Click now for more of the
    story from Renewable Energy World.

  • Alberta’s Clean Energy Financing
    Alberta May Soon Have Property
    Assessed Clean Energy Financing

    Apr 17, 2017 -A bill was introduced last week in Alberta, Canada, that could give municipalities in the province the option to create Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing programs.

    If the bill passes, the programs would allow homeowners to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades through their property taxes.

    PACE programs have grown in popularity in the U.S. since 2008, and Ontario was the first Canadian province to put PACE financing in place in 2012. Nova Scotia and Quebec also have PACE legislation.

    Click now to read the whole story from
    Renewable Energy World.

  • Financing Energy Storage Projects
    Financing Energy Storage Projects:
    Assessing Risks — Part Two

    July 13, 2017 - In part one of this article, we discussed the types of energy storage and the incentives that are supporting its development. Now let’s look at the financing issues and the project risks associated with energy storage today.

  • Apple's Clean Energy Financing
    Apple Issues a Second Green
    Bond to Finance Clean Energy

    June 19, 2017 -Apple Inc., which issued the biggest green bond ever sold by a U.S. corporation last year to finance projects fighting global warming, is doing it again.

    On Tuesday, the iPhone maker issued a $1 billion green bond to fund renewable energy generation. It builds on $1.5 billion worth of bonds the Cupertino, California-based company sold a year ago to further its goal of running 100 percent of its operations on renewable energy.

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Geothermal (GTh) News Stories




  • Geothermal Possibilities for the United Kingdom
    Bubbling Under - Can the UK Tap Into Geothermal Energy?

    Dec. 13, 2019  (InvestorIdeas)- The UK's geothermal potential has been known for decades. While high cost and fears over its connection to seismic activity have historically made investors wary, a new push for the resource is on the horizon.

    GlobalData's power technology writer Scarlett Evans says: "BGS researchers joined geologists from across the country in a report published in Petroleum Geoscience, which urges energy providers to turn their focus to this untapped resource, labelling geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage, and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage as ‘critical' to moving the UK towards its target.

    "Previous geothermal projects have failed to get off the ground due to financial issues, yet reasons to pursue the resource remain as strong as ever. Dependent on a more consistent source than that of solar or wind, geothermal plants operate more than 90% of the time and use far less land per MW than other renewables. As the BGS report says, with 99.9% of the planet at a temperature greater than 100°C, geothermal is a renewable resource with great potential."

  • GTh Gets onto the Bus
    Geothermal-powered Bus
    Station Will Use Anti-Smog
    Blocks to Fight Pollution

    Aug. 13, 2019 (inhabitat)) -The Polish city of Lublin will soon be home to an environmentally friendly bus station that not only offers a new and attractive public space, but also combats urban air pollution. Designed by Polish architectural firm Tremend, the Integrated Intermodal Metropolitan Station in Lublin will be built near the train station and aims to revitalize the area around the railway station. The contemporary design, combined with its environmental focus and green features, earned the project a spot on World Architecture Festival’s World Building of the Year shortlist.

    Click for the story and a Slideshow.

  • GTh Energy Storage is Good for What Ails You
    Australian Brewer Eyes
    Thermal Energy Storage System

    Aug. 9, 2019 (Renewable Energy World) -South Australian energy storage company 1414 Degrees and Stone & Wood Brewing Company have agreed to undertake a feasibility study for the integration of 1414 Degrees’ electrically charged Thermal Energy Storage System (TESS-IND).

    If it goes ahead, the 10MWh system will be installed at the brewer’s Murwillumbah brewery in northern New South Wales.

    Stone & Wood is actively scoping innovative and more sustainable energy solutions and 1414 Degrees’ says its TESS-IND can provide reliable heat sourced from renewables on the grid.

    Click for the full story.

  • Military Families Benefit From GTh
    Louisiana’s Military Families Benefit
    Geothermal and Modern
    Energy-Saving Devices

    July 29, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)) -Last week, Corvias announced that it had entered the final phase of its geothermal installation and energy upgrades effort at the U.S. Army’s Fort Polk in West-Central Louisiana, a milestone that once complete will not only modernize the aging infrastructure but save the Army significant money and benefit military families.

    Part of the U.S. Military Housing Privatization Initiative (MHPI), a program through which the Department of Defense works with the private sector to revitalize military family housing, the work includes the installation of geothermal heat pumps and ENERGY STAR electric and water saving devices. All upgrades associated with this project, which began in 2018, are slated to be completed in early 2020 and will significantly reduce the community’s carbon footprint, said Corvias.

    Click now to read on.

  • New Zealand GTh: It's The Gift That Keeps on Giving
    New Zealand: Te Ahi O Maui
    Geothermal Power Could Reduce Power
    Bills by More than $300 a Year

    Geothermal Social Council, Jan. 18, 2019 -Some Gisborne power bills could be about to fall by more than $300 a year, following the commissioning of a new $136m geothermal power plant.

    First initiated in 2011, Eastland Group’s 25 MW geothermal power plant, Te Ahi O Maui, became operational in October last year after building started in earnest in 2017.

    Now, Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said the Kawerau-based power plant\’s performance, combined with the group’s ongoing investment in innovative electricity retailer Flick Electric Co, meant Eastland Group and Flick Electric had been able to announce a new electricity product for Tairawhiti: FIXIE by Flick.

  • Excellence Award for 1st Place Goes To Turkey's Zorlu Energy
    USA, Idaho: Power Engineers
    Wins Engineering Excellence
    Award for Kizildere-3 Geothermal Power Plant

    Geothermal Social Council, Jan. 15, 2019 -The power plant is owned and operated by Zorlu Energy, a major Turkish contractor, investor and industrial holding company. Kizildere-3, Turkey’s largest geothermal power plant, is one of the world’s only triple-flash plus combined-cycle configuration geothermal plants — an arrangement that combines two well-known types of technology to increase efficiency. With the addition of this 165 MW geothermal plant to Turkey’s generation fleet, the country can further reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuels.

  • In Africa, Kenya Sets an Example With GTh
    Kenya's Green Geothermal Power
    an Example to the World

    Aljzeera, Dec. 8, 2018 -Geothermal power comprises about 43% of Kenya’s electricity supply, even as millions of Kenyans still depend on trees to make charcoal.

    As climate talks proceed in Poland at the ongoing COP24 summit, the East African nation’s efforts are an example to the world’s big emitters.

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Governmental News
Capitol Building

  • What's the Real Reason Michigan DNR is Killing Wolves?
    Michigan DNR Said It Killed
    Wolves To Protect Humans. Its
    Emails Reveal a Different Story.

    Nov. 22, 2019  (Bridgemi.com) —Bouncing along a sodden farm pasture, Brad Johnson stopped his state vehicle when he came upon the newborn calf, or what remained of it.

    The veteran wildlife handler had been to this patch of farmland in the western Upper Peninsula several times the previous fall, when a dozen calves from the Dykstra beef ranch were reported missing.

    Gray wolves were suspected in those disappearances. But Johnson had little reason to fear for his own safety on this wet spring day; the local wolf pack was not considered a threat to people.

    Which is what made what happened next startling: A single wolf burst into view and Johnson could only watch, frozen, as another calf was attacked, shredded before his eyes.

  • Congress Examines Oil Industry on Hidden Facts
    Examining the Oil
    Industry’s Efforts to Suppress
    the Truth about Climate Change

    Oct. 23, 2019  (Committee on Oversight and Reform)- The Subcommittee will examine how the oil industry’s climate denial campaign has negatively and disproportionately affected people of color and vulnerable populations in our country and around the world, as well as drowned out the voices of everyday Americans.
    • Decades of climate denialism by the oil industry forestalled meaningful government action to avert the current crisis.
    • The lack of government action on climate change has a disproportionate impact on vulnerable communities who are often harmed “first and worst” by climate change.
    • Climate denial not only led to these devastating effects on vulnerable populations; it also represents a distortion of our democracy, as powerful, moneyed interests control the conversation and drown out the voices of average Americans who are paying the price of climate change.
    • Exxon has continued to fund climate deniers. Exxon still continues to fund organizations “steeped in climate denial and delay” to this day, clear evidence that it has not changed since its initial pivot from climate science to denial.

    Despite the already devastating effects of climate change, Exxon shows no signs of slowing down on its production of fossil fuels.

    Click now for the full story.

  • Indigenous People Push Washington State To Clean Up Its Act
    Tribes Are Pushing Washington
    to Be the First State to
    Declare a Climate Emergency

    Oct. 18, 2019  (GIZMODO)- There’s an occupation taking place in Olympia, Washington. Native American activists have established a semi-permanent camp 15 minutes away from the state Capitol as part of a campaign to push Governor Jay Inslee—the former presidential candidate who put the climate crisis front and center as part of his bid—to declare a climate emergency for the state in what would be an American first.

    Indigenous peoples and their allies have been protesting on the steps of the Capitol since the end of September. They walked nearly 50 miles together from the construction site of a proposed natural gas terminal in Tacoma to arrive at the Capitol.

  • Unreported: The Pentagon Sure Likes Using Carbon
    Major Media Bury Ground-
    breaking Studies of Pentagon’s
    Massive Carbon Bootprint

    Oct. 10, 2019  (Fair.org)- In 2010, Project Censored found that the US military is responsible for the most egregious and widespread pollution of the planet, yet this information and accompanying documentation goes almost entirely unreported.

    Almost a decade later, Project Censored’s observations are still applicable, with two major studies published in June remaining buried by most major media outlets. The first study, “Pentagon Fuel Use, Climate Change, and the Costs of War,” by Neta Crawford for Brown University’s Costs of War Project, confirmed previous findings that the US military is “the single-largest producer of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world,”

    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

    Title III: FEDERAL AGENCY ENERGY EFFICIENCY

    Title IV: REGULATORY PROVISIONS

    Click to see the PDF.

  • EPA Seeks to Kill California Standards
    EPA Set to Revoke California's
    Authority to Set Vehicle Standards

    Sept. 17, 2019 (CNN Politics)-The Environmental Protection Agency (A.K.A Fossil Fuel Proerction Agency) is preparing to revoke California's authority to set its own vehicle emission standards, a source familiar with the plans told CNN on Tuesday, the latest move in the Trump administration's ongoing fight with the Golden State and attempts to chip away at former President Barack Obama's environmental legacy.

    The source said the change could come as soon as Wednesday. It's yet another escalation in the clash between California and Trump administration. Industry watchers feared that the Trump administration's plan to freeze federal emission standards, a rollback of tightened standards created by the Obama administration, could have led to two auto markets in the US -- one subject to more restrictive California regulations and another linked to significantly less stringent federal standards.

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  • Army Corps' Largest Wetlands Destruction in Minnesota History
    Lawsuit Targets Minnesota’s PolyMet
    Copper-Sulfide Mine Permit

    Sept. 10, 2019  (Center for Biological Diversity)-ST. PAUL, Minn.—Conservation groups sued the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today to challenge a key water permit authorizing the PolyMet open-pit copper-sulfide mine to move forward. The mine would destroy 1,000 acres of wetlands and more than 1,700 acres of critical wildlife habitat in northern Minnesota's Superior National Forest.

    Today’s lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, says the Corps violated the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act when it issued the permit in March.

    Click now for the full story.

  • What Do the Feds Have Against Wildlife?
    The Federal Government’s
    Cruel War Against Wildlife

    Aug. 26, 2019 (The Revelator)-Wildlife advocates got a much-needed win recently when the EPA withdrew its support for M-44 “cyanide bombs” used to kill coyotes and other animals. The devices — which attract animals with tasty bait and then inject a deadly dose of sodium cyanide into their mouths — have been used for decades by a USDA program called Wildlife Services to eliminate animals that are perceived as threats to agricultural interests.

    The announcement came just five days after the EPA re-approved the use of M-44s, a move that generated outcry from around the country.

    While this success is noteworthy, M-44s are just one of the weapons in Wildlife Service’s arsenal. The program’s staff uses a variety of additional tools and methods to complete their tasks, including several that wildlife advocates consider to be cruel and inhumane.

    Click now for more
    on this poisonous story.

  • The Endangered Species Act is Endangered
    The Species Act, Endangered:
    ‘Like a Plan From a Cartoon Villain’

    Aug. 17, 2019 (NY Times - Opinion) -The President and his Interior Department undermine the landmark Endangered Species Act in the service of “energy dominance.”

    In early May, a U.N. panel on biodiversity released a deeply troubling 1,500-page report warning that as many as one million plant and animal species were at risk of extinction worldwide. It strongly urged nations everywhere to accelerate efforts to save the marine and terrestrial life that remain — the mammals, the birds, the fish, the plants, even the insects that pollinate the world’s food supply. The report also noted that global warming had become a major driver of this alarming decline, shrinking or shifting the ecosystems in which wildlife had evolved.

    Now comes what amounts to a thumb in the eye from the Trump administration: The Interior Department announced a set of rules on Monday that, far from enlarging protections, will weaken how the nation’s most important conservation law, the Endangered Species Act, is applied.

  • The Plastic Bans and The Plastic Bans Bans
    See the Complicated Landscape
    of Plastic Bans in the U.S.

    Aug. 15, 2019 (National Geographic)-A new map shows where states have banned plastic—and where states have banned bans on plastic.

    A battle over plastic—a material so prolific the UN calls the 90 percent of it that ends up as trash a pollution crisis—is under way in Florida.

    Coral Gables, a small city of 51,000 people just south of Miami, wants to ban polystyrene from restaurants and grocery stores. The Florida Retail Federation does not, and an appeals court ruling delivered yesterday says they can keep the plastic product, in part thanks to a 2016 state rule that prevents cities from regulating how polystyrene is used.

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    the story and the maps.

  • Utilities: Breaking Up is Hard to Do - or is it?
    In a Battle to Break Up Utilities,
    Arizona Steps to The Front Line

    Aug. 8, 2019 (Bloomberg News) -Of all the efforts to break up utility monopolies in the U.S., the one unfolding in Arizona may be the most important to watch.

    Officials in the state, where Arizona Public Service Co. has long reigned, are considering allowing customers to pick their own electricity providers. Independent power companies and free-market groups are pushing similar efforts in Florida and Virginia. The difference is in Arizona it’s being spearheaded by regulators.

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

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  • Mayors Speak Out on Putting a Price on Carbon
    U.S. Conference of Mayors
    Urges Federal Government
    to Put a Price On Carbon

    July 31, 2019 (Citizen’s Climate Lobby) -Carbon pricing has been receiving major press lately — tens of millions heard it discussed in the first two presidential debates — and now, America’s mayors are joining in on the action. The Conference, an organization comprising 1,407 mayors from cities with populations of 300,000 or more, recently passed a series of environmental resolutions at their annual meeting, one of which calls for Congress to put a price on carbon.

    The resolution cites climate change’s “challenges to human health and safety, quality of life, and the rate of economic growth” and “strongly urges the United States Congress to pass legislation that imposes a price on carbon emissions sufficient enough to reduce carbon emissions in line with ambitions detailed in the Paris Agreement.” While the resolution did not specify what type of carbon pricing proposal the organization prefers, it was passed by hundreds of mayors with bipartisan support.

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  • Surprising News From the Dept. of Energy
    Department of Energy Announces
    $14 Million for Fusion
    Energy Sciences Research

    July 30, 2019 (U.S. Dept. of Energy)) -Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $14 million in funding for 10 university-led research projects using the DIII-D National Fusion Facility. A major goal of the research is to develop methods of sustaining steady-state or continuous operation of fusion reactors, an essential step toward eventually making nuclear fusion a practical energy source.

    “Fusion remains one of the world’s most promising potential sources of energy,” said Under Secretary for Science, Paul Dabbar. “This research—aimed at achieving steady-state operation of fusion reactors—will be an important milestone on the road to sustainable energy from fusion.”

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    the Trump Administration for a change.

  • The NRC Doesn’t Need to Inspect Nuclear Facilities?
    NRC May Cut Back On
    Nuclear Power Plant Inspections

    July 17, 2020 (Electric Light & Power) -In an action prompted by Nuclear Power Industry, Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that the agency cut back on inspections at the country's nuclear reactors, a cost-cutting move promoted by the nuclear power industry but denounced by opponents as a threat to public safety.

    The recommendations, made public Tuesday, include reducing the time and scope of some annual inspections at the nation's 90-plus nuclear power plants. Some other inspections would be cut from every two years to every three years.

    Some of the staff's recommendations would require a vote by the commission, which has a majority of members appointed or reappointed by President Donald Trump, who has urged agencies to reduce regulatory requirements for industries.

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  • Juliana v. United States - Youth Climate Lawsuit
    Youth Climate Lawsuit

    June, 2019 (ourchildrenstrust.org)-Youth filed their constitutional climate lawsuit, called Juliana v. U.S., against the U.S. government in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon in 2015. Earth Guardians is also an organizational plaintiff in the case.

    Their complaint asserts that, through the government's affirmative actions that cause climate change, it has violated the youngest generation’s constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property, as well as failed to protect essential public trust resources.

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  • Fl. Governor Allows Local Govts. to Ban Plastic Straws
    In First Veto, Fla, Governor
    Allows Local Governments
    to Ban Plastic Straws

    MAY 14, 2019 Governing.com -Gov. Ron DeSantis flexed his veto power for the first time Friday night, declining to sign an environmental bill that would have prohibited local governments from banning plastic straws for the next five years.

    In his veto letter to Secretary of State Laurel Lee, he said municipalities that prohibit plastic straws have not "frustrated any state policy" or "harmed the state's interest."

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  •    Congressional Uncharted Territory On Climate Policy  
    Green New Deal vs. Carbon Tax:
    A Clash of 2 Worldviews,
    Both Seeking Climate Action

    Inside Climate News, Mar. 4, 2019 - For the first time ever, lawmakers face competing approaches to reviving U.S. climate action. And despite hostility from the White House, each has significant support and the potential to shape the 2020 elections.

    On one side are the student activists of the Sunrise Movement and Congress's new young firebrands; on the other, more moderate groups, including grassroots advocates and some of the Republican Party's elder statesmen, supported both by established environmental groups and by major energy corporations.

  •  Senate Passes a Sweeping Land Conservation Bill
    Senate Passes a Sweeping
    Land Conservation Bill

    Feb. 12, 2019 NY Times Climate Forward -As a lobbyist and lawyer, David Bernhardt fought for years on behalf of a group of California The Senate on Tuesday passed a sweeping public lands conservation bill, designating more than one million acres of wilderness for environmental protection and permanently reauthorizing a federal program to pay for conservation measures.

    The Senate voted 92 to 8 in favor of the bill, offering a rare moment of bipartisanship in a divided chamber and a rare victory for environmentalists at a time when the Trump administration is working aggressively to strip away protections on public lands and open them to mining and drilling.

  •   Promises Broken to Hurricain-Ravaged Communities 
    Why Is HUD Ghosting America’s
    Hurricane-Ravaged Communities?

    Feb. 8, 2019  National Resources Defense Council(NRDC) - The Trump administration promised $16 billion to help places like Texas, Puerto Rico, and Florida weather future storms. Now, nearly a year later, it won’t even return their calls.

    The costliest hurricane season in our nation’s history took place two years ago, when 17 named storms—including three that went by the names of Harvey, Irma, and Maria—all came ashore within a six-month period, killing more than 3,300 Americans and causing more than $300 billion in damage. So when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced last April that it would be distributing nearly $16 billion in mitigation funding to the areas hit hardest by storm activity since 2015, officials in places like Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands must have breathed a little easier.

    Not so fast…

  • What Else Will the E.P.A. Fail to Regulate?
    Report Says EPA Refuses to
    Regulate Two PFAS Chemicals

    Feb. 1, 2019 The Allegheny Front -Pennsylvania lawmakers on Tuesday slammed the reported decision of the federal government not to regulate two chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other illnesses when present in drinking water.

    PFAS are man-made chemicals that have been used in industry and consumer products worldwide since the 1950s, in non-stick cookware, water-repellent clothing, stain resistant fabrics and carpets, some cosmetics, some firefighting foams, and products that resist grease, water, and oil.

    Politico reported Monday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has decided not to set enforceable health limits for PFOA and PFOS, two of the PFAS class of chemicals that are being increasingly strictly regulated by some states as more becomes known about their risks to public health.

  • House Reintroduces Bi-partisan Carbon Dividend Act
    Bipartisan Energy Innovation
    and Carbon Dividend Act
    Reintroduced in House

    Jan. 24, 2019 Citizens’ Climate Lobby -A group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives has reintroduced the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, the groundbreaking bipartisan climate solution to price carbon, give revenue to households and bring greenhouse gas emissions down 90 percent by 2050.

    Sponsored by Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL), Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA), Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), and Rep. Scott Peters (D-CA), the bill will create over 2 million new jobs, lower health care costs and promote energy innovation.

  • Is the Green New Deal Grounded in Science?
    Let’s keep the Green
    New Deal Grounded in Science

    Jan. 18, 2019 M.I.T. Technology Review -The promise of a Green New Deal has become a galvanizing force in US politics, inspiring climate activists and building much-needed pressure behind a sweeping federal climate

    But the proposed environmental and economic policy package has contained a technical flaw from the start that’s coming into sharper relief as interest groups seek to translate its high-minded ideals into nuts-and-bolts policies. Specifically, the early language sets the goal of meeting “100% of national power demand through renewable sources,” which in general usage excludes carbon-free sources like nuclear power and fossil-fuel plants equipped with systems to capture climate-affecting emissions.

  • U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Contrast With Trump’s Policies
    All The Good News About
    Renewable Energy — From
    The US Department Of Energy

    Jan. 13, 2019  CleanTechnica - File this one under ‘W’ for With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies? President* Trump front-loaded his 2016 campaign with a pledge to revive the US coal industry, but during his tenure the growth prospects for coal power have flatlined. The latest outlook on electricity generation from Trump’s own Department of Energy serves up the bad news for coal with a side of good news about renewable energy and some so-so news for natural gas, too.

    The new update comes from the Energy Information Administration. The office was established in 1974 as part of the federal response to the oil crisis. EIA comes under the Department of Energy umbrella, though its Congressional mandate provides it with a semi-independent mandate to produce policy-neutral data, analysis, and forecasts.

  • Climate-Caused Migration Reported by the GAO
    Activities of Selected
    Agencies to Address Potential
    Impact on Global Migration

    Jan. 15, 2019 U.S. Govt. Accountability Office -The effects of climate change, combined with other factors, may alter human migration trends across the globe, according to the International Organization for Migration.

    For example, climate change can increase the frequency and intensity of natural disasters, causing populations to move from an area. Climate change can also intensify slow-onset disasters, such as drought, crop failure, or sea level rise, potentially altering longer-term migration trends.

  • Shutdown Forced Scientists to Halt Research
    How the Record-
    Breaking Government Shutdown
    Is Disrupting Science

    Jan. 12, 2019Science News - As the partial federal government shutdown enters its fourth week — on January 12 becoming the longest in U.S. history — scientists are increasingly feeling the impact. Thousands of federal workers who handle food safety and public health are furloughed. Countless projects researching everything from climate change to pest control to hurricane prediction are on hold.

    Among government agencies hit by the partial shutdown are the U.S. Geological Survey, the Department of Agriculture, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA, where nearly all employees are on leave. Additionally, 40% of the Food and Drug Administration’s 14,000 workers are furloughed, as are most employees of the National Parks Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

  • DC & 9 States Collaborate On Carbon Emissions Policy
    DC & 9 States Collaborating On
    Carbon Emissions Reduction Policy

    Clean Technica, Jan. 7, 2019 - Washington, D.C., Virginia, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont are working together to formulate a policy proposal to reduce transportation carbon emissions.

    The point of the collective effort is to reduce air pollution, improve transportation to underserved people and develop economic opportunities.

    The collaborators have a goal to generate the low-carbon regional policy in one year, after which they can decide if they are going to adopt it.

  • How the Government Shutdown Hurts Climate Science
    Toll on Science and
    Research Mounts as
    Government Shutdown Continues

    NY Times Climate Forward, Jan. 5, 2019 - One of the first sessions of the American Meteorological Society’s annual conference in Phoenix this weekend seemed like just the sort to attract plenty of government scientists: “Building Resilience to Extreme Political Weather: Advice for Unpredictable Times.”

    But the conference, where more than 700 federal employees had been expected, will have few federal scientists in attendance. Many are barred from participating during the partial government shutdown, just one of the numerous consequences for the science community during the capital’s latest spending standoff.

  • Something Positive About the Government Shutdown
    The Government Shutdown Has
    Stalled Trump’s Plan to Drill
    in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    Earther , Dec. 31, 2018 - In a rare bit of good news about the partial government shutdown, President Trump’s dream of building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border seems to be putting a damper on his administration’s plans to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) in Alaska to oil and gas drilling.

    The government shutdown is causing this effort to hit delays as the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are unable to move forward with issuing permits for seismic testing, reports the Anchorage Daily News.

  • Alexandris Ocasio-Cortez’s Green Ideas
    Select Committee
    for a Green New Deal

    Nov. 21, 2018 -Draft Text for Proposed Addendum To House Rules For 116th Congress:

    1. ESTABLISHMENT; COMPOSITION
      2. JURISDICTION; FUNCTIONS
      3. PROCEDURE
      4. FUNDING
      5. INTERIM REPORTING; SUBMISSION OF THE PLAN FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL; SUBMISSION OF DRAFT LEGISLATION
      6. SCOPE OF THE PLAN FOR A GREEN NEW DEAL AND THE DRAFT LEGISLATION.

      FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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  • Washington. State Rejects a Carbon Tax
    Washington State Voters
    Reject Carbon-Fee Initiative

    Nov. 6, 2018 -Washington state voters on Tuesday rejected Initiative 1631, a proposed carbon fee on fossil-fuel emissions that spurred the biggest ballot-measure spending spree in state history.

    As of Tuesday evening, with more than 1.9 million votes tallied from all 39 counties, 56.3 percent of the voters opposed the initiative, while 43.7 percent supported the measure. There are many more votes to be counted but the lead was unlikely to be overtaken.

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  • Fighting the Biggest Polluters - Blackrock Signs On
    BlackRock Joins Pressure Group
    Taking On Biggest Polluters

    Jan. 9, 2020 (The Guardian)- BlackRock, the world’s largest investor, has joined an influential pressure group calling for the biggest polluters to reduce their emissions, after criticisms that it was undermining action addressing the climate crisis.

    The US investment firm has signed up to Climate Action 100+, a group of investors managing assets worth more than $35tn (£27tn), that pressures fossil fuel producers and other companies responsible for two-thirds of annual global industrial emissions to show how they will reduce carbon dioxide pollution.

    In February 2019, one Climate Action 100+ resolution put to shareholders of BP forced the British oil supermajor to describe how its strategy is consistent with the Paris climate accord.

  • Look What Eversource Is Attempting to Achieve In Carbon Neutrality
    Eversource’s Carbon Neutral Energy Plan Could Set Trend

    Dec. 17, 2019 (PowerGrid.com)- Eversource Energy, a prominent power and gas utility in Northeastern US, has announced its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030, making it the first US investor owned utility to do so.

    The announcement follows the divesture of its fossil fuel assets in 2018 and could be a catalyst for other investor owned utilities, according to GlobalData.

    Nirushan Rajasekaram, Power Analyst at GlobalData, said, “In recent years, the company has made efforts to systematically reduce its carbon footprint by focusing on emissions from its power generation facilities.

  • As Clean Power Booms, So Does the Investment Community
    BlackRock Raises $1 Billion For
    Clean Power As Wind, Solar Boom

    Dec. 4, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- Here’s the latest indicator of how hungry investors are to profit from clean energy: BlackRock just raised $1 billion for wind, solar and battery-storage projects.

    The world’s largest money manager received initial commitments from over 35 institutional investors in North America, Europe and Asia for its third global renewables fund. It’s the most BlackRock has raised yet for a clean-power fund’s first close.

    Renewable energy is becoming “one of the most active sectors in infrastructure,” said David Giordano, global head of BlackRock renewable power. It comes, he said, “as global power generation shifts from two-thirds fossil fuels to two-thirds renewables over the next few decades.”

  • Australia Ramps Up Investments in Hydrogen
    Hydrogen Stimulus Package to Power
    Australian Energy Exports

    Nov. 23, 2019  (The Sydney Morning Herald) —Australia is ramping up investment in the nascent hydrogen energy industry, with a $370 million fund for new projects gaining support at Friday's meeting of state and federal ministers in Perth.

    Hydrogen is touted as a growth industry in the energy sector, largely due its ability to store energy from renewable sources. But opinions differ on whether the technology should be developed exclusively to store renewable energy or for coal-fired generation as well, potentially using carbon capture and storage.

    "The government is backing that in through project investment to promote our outstanding potential as a hydrogen supplier to the world," federal Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said.

  • A Little Sunlight Shines on the Stock Market
    Solar Stock Earnings Shine

    Nov. 14, 2019  (InvestorIdeas) — This investor news resource covering solar stocks releases a sector snapshot looking at solar company earnings and the anticipated growth in the sector, featuring news from Direct Solar of America, a subsidiary of Singlepoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING).

    Other solar stocks included in this earnings snapshot include; Vivint Solar Inc. (NYSE: VSLR), SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEDG) and Sunrun Inc. (NASDAQ: RUN).

    Solar companies are facing the challenges and the opportunities in a market that is witness to growing demands due to climate change, a next generation of residential consumers that are pro- solar, new technology disruption and pricing that, for the first time is competitive to fossil fuels.

    According to a recent report by the IEA, 'Global solar PV market set for spectacular growth over next 5 years,'

  • SunPower Splits into Two Publicly Traded Companies
    From One: Two
    Independent,Industry-Leading,
    Publicly-Traded Companies

    Nov. 11, 2019  (InvestorIdeas)— SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) today announced plans to separate into two independent, complementary, strategically-aligned and publicly-traded companies – SunPower and Maxeon Solar Technologies (Maxeon Solar). Each company will focus on distinct offerings built on extensive experience across the solar value chain.

    • SunPower will continue as the leading North American distributed generation, storage and energy services company.
    • Newly-formed Maxeon Solar will be the leading global technology innovator, manufacturer and marketer of premium solar panels.

    Concurrent with the transaction, an equity investment of $298 million will be made in Maxeon Solar by long-time partner Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor Co., Ltd. (TZS), a premier global supplier of silicon wafers, to help finance the scale-up of Maxeon® 5 production capacity.

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  • Shell Is Not Depending on Oil Only
    Shell Invests in African
    Microgrid Developer
    PowerGen Renewable Energy

    Nov. 5, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— PowerGen Renewable Energy (PowerGen), a company that develops, manages and supports micro-utilities in Africa, announced that it received Series B investment from Shell New Energies, as well as Omidyar Network?, Acumen, Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP), EDFI ElectriFI, Sumitomo Corporation, DOB Equity, and Micro-grid Catalytic Capital Partners (MCCP).

    The company said the funds will strengthen PowerGen’s position in its core African markets — Kenya, Tanzania, Sierra Leone and Nigeria — and help it expand into new ones, as the demand for reliable, clean and affordable electricity in Africa continues to grow. PowerGen aims to connect one million more people to reliable electricity over the next five years.

  • Wind Energy Investment for Canadian Pension Fund
    Pattern Group to Be Bought By Canadian Pension Fund

    Nov. 4, 2019  (WindPower)—The total enterprise value of the deal amounts to $6.1 billion, including debt, Pattern said. Newswire Reuters reported the value of the transaction to be around $2.63 billion.

    Shareholders will receive a cash consideration of $26.75/share, a 14.8% premium on Pattern Energy's 9 August closing share price — prior to rumours of a takeover.

    CPPIB will also combine Pattern Energy and its sister company Pattern Development — currently backed by private investment firm Riverstone Holdings — in to "common ownership".

  • Saudi's Non-Green Investment Will Cost Them Deeply
    Saudi Arabia Expects 2020 Budget Deficit to Widen to $50b

    Oct. 30, 2019  (ALJAZEERA)-Once again, Saudi Arabia's dependence on oil revenue is taking a toll on its national budget.

    The world's largest crude exporter expects its budget deficit to widen to 187 billion riyals ($49.8b) in 2020 from an expected 131 billion riyals ($35b) this year as lower oil prices hit revenues, said Finance Minister Mohammed al-Jadaan.

  • Greek R.E. Bonds Backed by Large Bank
    EBRD Backs Green
    Bond to Boost Renewables
    in Greece, Including Wind

    Oct. 22, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is stepping up its efforts to support renewables in Greece by supporting Terna Energy with an €18 million (US$20 million) investment in the Greek company’s successful issuance of a seven-year €150 million (US$167 million) green bond.

    The funds will finance additional investments in renewable energy projects in Greece. The projects will also contribute to the country’s target of increasing the share of renewable energy to 35% of its total energy consumption by 2030.

    The investment is part of the EBRD Greek Corporate Bonds Framework, developed to extend the bank’s support for the local corporate bond market and to strengthen its long-term viability.

  • ExxonMobile On Trial For Misleading Investors
    Exxon and Oil Sands
    Go on Trial in New York
    Climate Fraud Case

    Oct. 17, 2019  (Inside Climate News)- In late 2013, ExxonMobil faced increasing pressure from investors to disclose more about the risks the company faced as governments began limiting greenhouse gas emissions. Of the many costs climate change will impose, oil companies face a particularly acute one: the demand for their product will have to shrink.

    For years, Exxon had been using something called a proxy cost of carbon to estimate what stricter climate policies might mean for its bottom line. But as pressure from shareholders grew, a problem came sharply into focus: An internal presentation warned top executives that the way the company had been applying this proxy cost was potentially misleading. That's because Exxon didn't have one projected cost of carbon. It had two.

  • R.E. Investing Will Soar Within the Next Ten Years
    Clean Energy Investment Set to Hit $2.6 Trillion This Decade

    Sept. 9, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)-The global energy supply is turning greener.

    Investment in new renewable energy is on course to total $2.6 trillion in the years from 2010 through the end of 2019, according to a study by BloombergNEF for the United Nations Environment Program and Frankfurt School’s UNEP Center published Thursday.

    The boom in the capacity to generate electricity from low-carbon sources gives credibility to an effort by world leaders to slash climate-damaging greenhouse gases. Falling costs of wind and solar power plants is making more projects in new markets economically competitive with generation fed by fossil fuels.

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  • Ireland's R.E. Expansion Attracting Massive Investments
    Ireland's R.E. Expansion Attracts
    Massive Investments As Its
    Set To Meet 65% Of Country's
    Installed Capacity By 2030

    Aug. 13, 2019 (InvestorIdeas.com)) -Ireland is expected to attract massive investment as the country is set to add 5.8 gigawatt (GW) of non-hydro renewable power capacity over the next decade to reach a total 9.6GW by 2030 and account for 65% of the country's installed capacity, says GlobalData a leading data and analytics company.

    As an investor, you may want to try your luck with this so-called green industry GlobalData's latest report, 'Ireland Power Market Outlook to 2030, Update 2019 - Market Trends, Regulations, and Competitive Landscape", reveals that to achieve a 9.6GW non-hydro renewables capacity by 2030 Ireland will massively increase its investment in offshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity. During the forecast period, offshore wind capacity is set to increase from 25 megawatt (MW) to 1.9GW at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 48.8%, and solar PV will rise from 25MW to 1.3GW at a CAGR of 43%. During the same period, power consumption in Ireland will see a minimal increase, reaching 31.4 terawatt hour (TWh) in 2030 from 27.9TWh in 2019 (a marginal 1.1% CAGR).

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  • Euro. Invest. Bank Proposal: Zero Fossil Fuel Investment
    European Investment Bank
    Proposes End To Fossil Fuel Lending

    July 26, 2019 (REUTERS) -The European Investment Bank wants to stop funding new fossil fuel-reliant projects by the end of 2020, a draft of the EU lending arm’s new energy strategy showed on Friday.

    The development bank proposed phasing out support to energy projects that were “reliant on fossil fuels: oil and gas production, infrastructure primarily dedicated to natural gas, power generation or heat-based on fossil fuels.”

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  • Investors Are Following the Money in Solar
    Investors Following the
    Money in Solar: Sector Closeup;
    (OTCQB: $SING) (NYSE: $VSLR) (NASDAQ: $SUNW) (NASDAQ: $SPWR)

    June 24, 2019 Investor Ideas - Point Roberts, WA and Delta, BC - June 25, 2019 (Investorideas.com Newswire) Investorideas.com, a leading investor news resource covering solar stocks releases a sector snapshot reporting on the continued growth in solar installations in both residential and commercial zones as more businesses and consumers realize the benefits of solar and as it becomes more readily available and affordable for both.

    Featured solar stocks include Singlepoint Inc. (OTC: SING) through its subsidiary Direct Solar, Vivint Solar Inc. (NYSE: VSLR), Sunworks, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) and SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR).SolarPower.com recently reported "In the first three months of the year, the U.S. installed 2.7 gigawatts of solar PV, making it the most solar ever installed in the first quarter of a year. With the strong first quarter, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables forecasts 25% growth in 2019 compared to 2018, and it expects more than 13 GWDC of installations this year, as reported in its new U.S. Solar Market Insight Report."

    SolarPower.com recently reported "In the first three months of the year, the U.S. installed 2.7 gigawatts of solar PV, making it the most solar ever installed in the first quarter of a year. With the strong first quarter, Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables forecasts 25% growth in 2019 compared to 2018, and it expects more than 13 GWDC of installations this year, as reported in its new U.S. Solar Market Insight Report."

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    the sun does shine.

  • Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp. Will Stop Funding Coal
    Bank Says Coal Plants
    It’s Financing in Vietnam
    Will Be Its Last

    Apr. 16, 2019  (Bloomberg News)- Southeast Asia’s second-largest lender, said two Vietnamese coal-fired power plants will be the last it finances as it increases funding for renewable projects.

    “We won’t do any new coal-fired power generation plants in any countries, except for the power projects that we are already in, or we have committed to,” Chief Executive Officer Samuel Tsien said in an April 15 interview at its Singapore headquarters “We hope that by doing this, we are encouraging the governments to do facilitating, arrangements for the countries to move from coal to renewable.”

  • Funds That Are Investing Green in a Warming World
    Climate-Change Funds Try
    to Profit From a Warming World

    NY Times Climate Forward, Apr.12, 2019  -For investors, the risks of climate change are already raging, with intense storms and wildfires leading to property damage and business disruption.

    California’s deadly fires last year resulted in losses of tens of billions of dollars — and may have contributed to the January bankruptcy of Pacific Gas and Electric, the electric utility. “The risk of catastrophic fire has increased in California, and the reason is climate change,” said Julie K. Gorte, senior vice president for sustainable investing at Pax World Funds.

  • Global Investment in Geothermal Up 10% in 2018
    Global Investment in Geothermal
    Up 10% at $1.8 billion in 2018

    Jan. 17, 2019 Geothermal Social Council -Global clean energy investment totaled $332.1 billion in 2018, down 8% on 2017. Last year was the fifth in a row in which investment exceeded the $300 billion mark, according to authoritative figures from research company Bloomberg NEF (BNEF).

    Among other renewable energy sectors, investment in biomass and waste-to-energy rose 18% to $6.3 billion, while that in biofuels rallied 47% to $3 billion. Geothermal was up 10% at $1.8 billion, small hydro down 50% at $1.7 billion and marine up 16% at $180 million. Total investment in utility-scale renewable energy projects and small-scale solar systems worldwide was down 13% year-on-year at $256.5 billion, although the gigawatt capacity added increased.

  • Fossil Fuel Investments Are Beginning to Tank All Over
    Fossil Fuel Divestment
    Movement Exceeds $8 Trillion

    CleanTechnica, Dec. 18, 2018 - Writing in The Guardian this week, Bill McKibben, the tireless climate activist and founder of 350.org, reports this bit of good news — the global movement to convince institutional investors to divest fossil fuel stocks from their portfolios is making extraordinary progress. The latest converts to the divestment movement are major French and Australian pension funds and Brandeis University in Massachusetts.

  • Protesting EBRD and EIB Support for Fossil Fuels
    65 Groups from 28 Countries
    Tell EBRD and EIB to Stop
    Financing Fossil Fuels

    Oil Change International, Sep. 26, 2018 -As the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD) releases the latest draft of its energy sector strategy and the European Investment Bank (EIB) prepares to review their energy sector lending criteria later this year, 65 civil society groups from 28 countries released an open letter being sent to top EBRD and EIB officials demanding that they stop financing oil, gas, and coal projects.

  • World Bank Sees the Furture for R.E. and Storage
    World Bank Offers $1 Billion
    for Batteries in Emerging Markets

    Sep. 28, 2018 -The World Bank Group committed $1 billion to finance battery-storage systems in developing and middle-income countries, and expects its participation to attract another $4 billion in backing from investors as well as public and private funds.

    The effort also includes a global think tank to study battery technologies and deployment strategies, according to a statement from the One Planet Summit in New York Wednesday. Most existing battery projects are expensive and focused in developed countries.

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     Renewable Energy World.

  • Saudis Put a Charge into their Investment Portfolio
    Saudi Sovereign Fund Invests
    $1B in Us Electric Car Firm

    Sept. 17, 2018 -Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund invested over $1 billion Monday in an American electric car manufacturer just weeks after Tesla CEO Elon Musk earlier claimed the kingdom would help his own firm go private.

    Tesla stock dropped briefly Monday in reaction to the news, the same day that the Saudi fund announced it had taken its first loan, an $11 billion borrowing from global banks as it tries to expand its investments. It wasn't immediately clear if that loan money played a part in the electric-car investment.

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  • Thailand Is Where the money Is for EV Investment
    Thailand Unveils New Investment
    Package for EV Companies

    Sept. 7 - 2018 — Commonly referred to as the "Detroit of the East", Thailand is one of the world's foremost automobile producers, currently ranked 12th. EV production is one of the Thai auto industry's fastest growing subsectors. According to analysts, the number of electric cars to be produced in Thailand is expected to grow to 1.2 million by 2036.

    Thailand's energy policy is helping establish a complete EV ecosystem that includes EV manufacturers, as well as the companies that build the infrastructure to supply power to EV vehicles. Furthermore, the Kingdom offers easy access to China, whose industrial policy is also dedicated to developing a robust domestic market for electric vehicles.

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  • Guess Who’s Investing in Renewable Energy?
    Meet Cleantech's Biggest
    Investors: Big Oil

    Aug. 27, 2018 -A growing shift in priorities has led to the top oil and gas corporations investing in clean tech in unprecedented numbers over the past few years, to the surprise of literally everyone.

    In 2015, the number of venture capital stakes, project investments, and acquisitions by oil majors totaled 21. Just one year later, that number more than doubled, jumping to 44, according to Bloomberg New Life Energy Finance.

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  • VW Will Soon Be World’s Largest EV Manufacture
    Volkswagen Will Be World’s
    Largest EV Manufacturer By 2030

    Jan. 15, 2020 (CleanTecnica)- Consulting firm Wood Mackenzie says in its latest report that Volkswagen is on pace to be the largest manufacturer of electric cars by the end of this decade. It is currently in 10th place globally. The company says it expects to produce 22 million battery electric vehicles by 2028.

    But Wood Mackenzie principal analyst Ram Chandrasekaran tells GreenTech Media that to reach that goal, Volkswagen will need to capture 53% of the global market for electric cars between now and 2028. “The company would also need to secure 57% of all EV battery pack production, something that would prove to be extremely challenging,” he says.

    He thinks it is more realistic to expect Volkswagen to produce about 14 to 16 million EVs in the coming decade. Even those reduced numbers would represent 27% to 39% of the global market and make VW top dog in the electric car world.

  • New Jersey Makes it Easier to de-Carbonize Driving
    N.J. Passes Aggressive e-Mobility Legislation to Decarbonize Transport

    Jan. 14, 2020 (Renewable Energy World)- This week the New Jersey Legislature passed legislation aimed at electrifying the state’s transportation sector to help the US state meet its climate goals of 100% clean energy by 2050.

    Highlights of the new law:

    Electric vehicles buyers can receive up to $5,000 in cash-on-the-hood rebates. The installation of 1,400 additional chargers, 400 of which will be DC fast chargers to complete a statewide fast-charging network. Incentivizes hotels, apartments, condos, and townhouses to add chargers, with a goal of 30% of New Jersey shared living units having access to EV chargers and 50% of hotels.

    Sets goals for increasing electric vehicle usage across the state, with at least 2 million of all light-duty vehicles (cars, minivans, SUVs, pick-up trucks) on New Jersey roads to be electric by 2035 and 85% of vehicles sold or leased in New Jersey to be electric by 2040. Requires NJ Transit to phase in electric bus purchases and to buy only zero-emission buses after 2032.

  • Is Your Plug-In Electricity From a Renewable Source?
    How Important is Plugging
    Into Renewable Energy?

    Jan. 2, 2020 (Solar Thermal Magazine)-Maybe you want to finally feel like you are doing your part to zero out the global CO2 emissions coming from transportation.

    Plugging into renewable energy sources outweighs the cost and short driving oranges for consumers intending to buy electric vehicles, according to a new study.

    In a newly published study titled Consumer Purchase Intentions For Electric Vehicles,Queensland University of Technology Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Kenan Degirmenci, from QUT Business School, said environmental performance – or being green – was more important than price or range confidence for electric vehicle consumers.

    Is green more important than price and range? Dr Degirmenci found environmental performance was in fact an even stronger predictor of purchase intention over price and range confidence.

  • Electric Trucks 2020-2030 Report
    Updated Report from IDTechEx
    "Electric Trucks 2020-2030"

    Dec. 31, 2019 (InvestorIdeas.com)-IDTechEx Technology Analyst Dr David Wyatt has recently published a report update "Electric Truck 2020-2030", focusing on electrification in the medium and heavy-duty truck markets, providing a comprehensive set of market forecasts.

    Along with the rest of the automotive sector, the medium and heavy-duty truck market is evolving. Governments around the world, recognizing the potentially catastrophic repercussions of unfettered climate change and witnessing the detrimental impact on human health from vehicle exhaust pollutant emissions in urban environments, are taking decisive action, that will, in the coming decades, drive vehicle manufacturers to zero on-road exhaust emission powertrain solutions. Consequently, the days of the fossil fuel-powered combustion engine are numbered.

  • 2020 Mini Cooper: Short Range, Low Price
    The Low Priced 2020
    Min-Cooper SE Electric

    Dec. 19, 2019 (Green Car Reports-Mini USA has opened the order banks for the 2020 Mini Cooper SE, the brand’s first electric car in many years, a revival of the formula that earned a lot of enthusiasm a decade ago in the Mini E, and its first to be mass-produced.

    The Mini Cooper SE is “based on, and dimensionally almost identical” to the Mini Hardtop 2-door model launched in 2014, according to the brand, with height boosted by 0.7 inch to make room for the battery pack. Interior dimensions and cargo space are identical, it says, but there are a number of minor styling changes—the most noteworthy being a closed grille.

    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—specifically, at the Oval Office.

    The proposal, which in November had bipartisan support in the Senate, was on Monday cut out of a massive $1.4 trillion federal spending bill due to be passed this month—because of what Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow described as "extreme resistance" from the White House, according to Bloomberg.

    It would have extended the existing cap of 200,000 eligible sales (plug-in hybrids or electric vehicles) to 600,000, while cutting the maximum credit from the current $7,500 to $7,000 and reinstating a tax credit for fuel-cell vehicles. There has been a long list of supporters for the proposal, including the auto industry, the utility sector, and of course environmental groups.

  • Tesla Cybertruck: Is It From Outer Space?
    Tesla Cybertruck:
    an Electric Pickup Truck
    With Blade Runner Appeal

    Dec. 2, 2019  (inhabitat)-At a press conference last week, Elon Musk presented the Cybertruck, an electric pickup truck that promises all of the utility of a truck and the performance of a sports car. Defined by a sharply angular and futuristic form, this latest addition to the Tesla line of vehicles has been hotly anticipated — pre-orders for the truck recently surpassed 200,000, despite the gaff of two shattered windows during a demonstration of the Cybertruck’s “unbreakable” glass.

    Created for both on-road and off-road applications, the Tesla Cybertruck comes in three models: the Single Motor Rear-Wheel Drive for $39,900, the Dual Motor All-Wheel Drive for $49,900 and the Tri Motor All-Wheel Drive for $69,900. Its most expensive option will have a towing capacity of more than 14,000 pounds and a range of 500 miles on a single charge. Despite its heft and size, the tri-motor vehicles can accelerate to 60 miles per hour in less than 3 seconds — numbers comparable to that of a Porsche.

    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—it just received a grant to buy that state's first two e-buses, which are set to roll out in 2021. And Wichita expects to have Kansas' first operating electric bus picking up passengers as early as this month after receiving a federal grant.

    As cities and states across the country set ambitious mid-century climate change goals for the first time and as prices for lithium-ion batteries plummet, a growing number of transit agencies are stepping up efforts to replace dirtier diesel buses with electric ones.

  • Mercedes-Benz Intoduces the G-Wagen
    Daimler CEO Points to Future
    Electric Mercedes G-Wagen

    Nov. 11, 2019  (Green Car Reports)— The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagen might be seen as the dinosaur of the lineup to those with environmental leanings; but with it now due to go electric, that might not be the case for long.

    Speaking at Germany's Automobilwoche Kongress, Daimler CEO Ola Källenius revealed that the G is slated for electrification, likely making it one of the 10 electric cars that Mercedes-Benz plans to add to its lineup by 2025. By Källenius' own admission, internal discussion of the G's future recently appeared bleak.

  • 2020 Tesla Model 3 Going Places (Most Efficiently)
    2020 Tesla Model 3 -
    The Most Energy-Efficient U.S.
    Passenger Vehicle

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Green Car Reports)— The U.S. market has a new most energy-efficient vehicle, and it’s one made in America: the 2020 Tesla Model 3.

    Last model year the most efficient model you could buy was the 2019 HyundaiIoniq Electric. The 2019 Tesla Model 3 had a range-and-efficiency edge, and it came close in Standard Range Plus form, with a 133 MPGe combined rating (about 25 kwh per 100 miles), but the Ioniq Electric was so much stronger in the city cycle that it ended up with a 3 MPGe combined edge over the Standard Range.

    For 2020, with slightly lower efficiency ratings for the Ioniq Electric—due to its larger pack and range boost—the official figures went down 3 MPGe for the Ioniq Electric. With the official EPA ratings still significantly higher in city driving, the >Ioniq Electric maintained a very slight edge—for, well, about a day.

  • Germany Stimulates Electric Car Demand With Incentives
    Germany Boosts Electric-Car
    Incentives to Stimulate Demand

    Nov. 5, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)— Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government and German automakers agreed to increase cash incentives for electric cars, intensifying an effort to move away from the combustion engine and reduce harmful emissions.

    A so-called environment bonus will jump by 50% to as much as 6,000 euros ($6,680) per electric vehicle and the auto industry will continue to cover half the cost, Merkel’s chief spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said in a statement. The changes will take effect this month and run through 2025, according to Bernhard Mattes, president of Germany’s VDA auto lobby.

    “It will therefore be possible to provide support for another 650,000 to 700,000 electric vehicles,” Seibert said. The measures were agreed Monday evening in Berlin between Merkel and officials from automakers, parts suppliers and labor unions, including the chief executives of Volkswagen AG, BMW AG and Daimler AG.

  • Green Truck and Green Family Cars of he Year Announced
    Auto & Truck Show Announces
    Finalists for 2020 Green Truck
    and Family Green Car of the Year

    Oct. 15, 2019  (Ivestorideas.com) -Finalists for Green Car Journal's 2020 Green Truck of the Year™ and all-new 2020 Family Green Car of the Year™ have been announced by the San Antonio Auto & Truck Show. Vying for the coveted Green Truck of the Year™ award are nominees Chevrolet Colorado, Chevrolet Silverado, Ford F-150, Ford Ranger, and RAM 1500. Making the cut as finalists for Family Green Car of the Year™ are Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Hyundai Venue, Kia Niro, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and Nissan Versa.

  • California Gas Prices Approaching $4 - Good News for EVs?
    California Gas Approaching $4 p/g.
    Will That Benefit Electrics?

    Oct. 2, 2019 (Green Car Reports)- Eyes are turning to California as gasoline prices near the $4-per-gallon mark, raising questions regarding how consumers will react if fuel prices cross that critical threshold.

    The cost per gallon for premium fuel has already eclipsed the $4 mark in some locations, with prices for regular creeping up behind it. Bloomberg reported last week that prices experienced single-day jumps of 20 cents in Los Angeles and San Francisco as average prices rose to more than $3.90 per gallon.

    West Coast oil stockpiles are down 4.2 million barrels since late July, the wire service reports, and the price hikes have been blamed on refining shortages, and with world markets reacting to Saudi Arabian refining capacity taking a blow due to its conflict with Yemeni rebels, even more uncertainty remains on the horizon.

  • The Rivian: Amazon’s Electrc Van Choice
    Amazon Electric Van Order
    Makes Rivian Future More Certain

    Sept. 20, 2019 (Green Car Reports)-Home electrical panels get connected in the age of electric cars. Rivian gets another boost from Amazon. We ponder fuel-cell tech as an upgrade And is Toyota’s use of different battery cell types all in the interest of staying flexible?

    Amazon has announced that it’s ordering 100,000 fully electric vans from Rivian, a company it’s already supported with an investment earlier this year. As Rivian pushes to bring its R1T electric pickup and R1S electric SUV to market, every commitment surely helps.

    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’s blockchain software to track customer rewards.

    The pilot project will offer blockchain-based “tokens” for charging vehicles when there’s a surplus of solar power on the local grid. The value will fluctuate based on the amount of solar being produced within a specific substation.

    The project is a collaboration between the Sacramento Municipal Utility Department and a French utility, Électricité de France. It will use digital ledger software from Chicago’s Omega Grid to track customers’ tokens.

  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells Cars Are Gaining Big in Asia
    Why Asia's Biggest Economies
    Are Backing Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

    Sept. 13, 2019 (Reuters)-China, Japan and South Korea have set ambitious targets to put millions of hydrogen-powered vehicles on their roads by the end of the next decade at a cost of billions of dollars.

    But to date, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs) have been upstaged by electric vehicles, which are increasingly becoming a mainstream option due to the success of Tesla Inc’s (TSLA.O) luxury cars as well as sales and production quotas set by China.

    Critics argue FCVs may never amount to more than a niche technology. But proponents counter hydrogen is the cleanest energy source for autos available and that with time and more refueling infrastructure, it will gain acceptance.

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  • The Solar Powered Railway
    Solar-Powered Railway Could
    Reduce Fossil Fuel Reliance

    Aug. 23, 2019  (CNN Travel) —The world's first solar farm to directly power a railway line has been plugged in -- a development that could lay the foundations for the world's first solar-powered trains.

    Social enterprise Riding Sunbeams has installed about 100 solar panels near a train station in Aldershot, southeast England. Energy captured by the 30kWp solar panels will directly supply signaling and lights.

    If successful, the Aldershot Project -- a collaboration between climate change charity 10:10, Community Energy South and national rail infrastructure operator Network Rail -- could lay the foundations for larger projects that would directly power trains, metros and trams across the country, and around the world.

  • Shipping Industry Sailing Towards a Zero-Emissions World
    Top 5 Zero Emission Ship
    Concepts of the Shipping World

    Aug. 5, 2019 (Marine Insight)-Shipping companies across the world are trying to come up with innovative engineering ideas and green technologies to tackle the stringent regulations about fuel emissions from vessels. The advancement in technology has helped these shipping companies to bring forth multitude of ship designs each exceedingly resourceful.

    New ships are being designed using a variety of technologies which would help to reduce the carbon emissions to a great extent.

    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 Düne, two small islands 65 km off the northern coast of Germany, are famous for natural beauty, spectacular red cliffs, bathing beaches, sea birds and a unique maritime history.

    Traditional handcrafted oak boats called börteboote, (boarding boats), have been used in Heligoland for many years to transport visitors arriving on large ships to the harbour. Now, the municipality of Heligoland has converted the first boat for the future: In the Hatecke boatyard on the Lower Elbe, the old diesel engine of the Börteboot, dubbed "Pirat", was replaced by a clean, quiet Torqeedo Deep Blue 50i electric motor with lithium-ion batteries.

    Click now to learn more
    about this innovative approach.

  • The Drone That Can Fly Using Photovoltaics
    Drones Will Fly For
    Days With New Photovoltaic Engine

    July 26, 2019 (National Geographic) -UC Berkeley researchers just broke another record in photovoltaic efficiency, an achievement that could lead to an ultralight engine that can power drones for days.

    For the past 15 years, the efficiency of converting heat into electricity with thermovoltaics has been stalled at 23%. But a groundbreaking physical insight has allowed researchers to raise this efficiency to 29 percent. Using a novel design, the researchers are now aiming to reach 50 percent efficiency in the near future by applying well-established scientific concepts.

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  • Climate-Friendly Air Travel Is Coming!
    A Small Electric Plane Demonstrates Promise, Obstacles of Climate-Friendly Air Travel

    July 22, 2020 (Yale Climate Connections) -When the pilot guides the electric airplane from its hangar, there is only a light whirring of propellers instead of the roar of an engine. And it leaves no exhaust in its wake as it takes off from a small air strip south of Denver. The small plane, the eFlyer, is the first all-electric plane to seek FAA certification and its builders hope it will revolutionize the aviation industry as the first commercial electric airplane.

    “Electric motors are not new,” said George Bye, President of Bye Aerospace and the airplane’s creator. “But the application to airplanes is remarkable, and until recently most people thought it was impossible.”

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    that is not a fight of fantasy.

  • Ships That Run on Clean Fuel
    The Dawn Of Low-Carbon Shipping

    July 23, 2019 (NPR) -The global shipping industry is enormous — thousands of ships carry billions of dollars of goods each year across nearly every ocean on the planet.

    Those ships run mostly on a particularly dirty type of fuel known as heavy fuel oil, or bunker fuel. It's thick and sooty, and when it burns, it emits sulfur and particulate matter that can cause respiratory illness. It also emits greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, which trap heat in the atmosphere and cause global warming.

    "If shipping was a country, it would be the sixth-largest polluter in the world," says Nerijus Poskus of the shipping technology company Flexport. "About 3% of global emissions are released by ocean freight shipping."

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  • How About Some Solar Power With That Ice Cream?
    Nissan Unveils a Solar-Powered, Zero-Emissions Ice Cream Van

    June 25, 2019   inhabitat - To celebrate the U.K.’s Clean Air Day, Nissan has unveiled an impressive electric ice cream van that generates zero emissions while serving up a variety of cool and refreshing ice cream flavors on the go. The van is a fully electric vehicle installed with two Nissan Energy ROAM power packs and rooftop solar panels in order to power the van as well as the on-board equipment that helps keep the scrumptious ice cream nice and cold.

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  • The Benefits of Ammonia as Marine Fuel
    New Research Shows Benefits
    of Ammonia as Marine Fuel

    June 11, 2019  (Maritime Executive)-Ammonia can be safely and effectively applied as a marine fuel to reduce harmful emissions in the maritime industry, according to new research by C-Job Naval Architects in the Netherlands.

    The research uses a new concept design, an ammonia carrier fueled by its own cargo, to study the concept of using ammonia as a marine fuel and achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in shipping.

    Niels de Vries, Lead Naval Architect at C-Job Naval Architects and research lead, says: “Reviewing all ammonia power generation options, the Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) is clearly the most efficient. However, it does have practical challenges as the power density and load response capability are not on an acceptable level yet. Therefore, in the short term applying the internal combustion engine is the way to go.”

  • When Will the World Switch to Electric Busses?
    Why Electric Buses Haven't Taken
    Over The World—Yet

    June 7, 2019 Wired -IN LOTS OF ways, the electric bus feels like a technology whose time has come. Transportation is responsible for about a quarter of global emissions, and those emissions are growing faster than in any other sector. While buses are just a small slice of the worldwide vehicle fleet, they have an outsize effect on the environment. That’s partly because they’re so dirty—one Bogotá bus fleet made up just 5 percent of the city’s total vehicles, but a quarter of its CO2, 40 percent of nitrogen oxide, and more than half of all its particulate matter vehicle emissions. And because buses operate exactly where the people are concentrated, we feel the effects that much more acutely.

  • Md., MI & N.Y. Dealing With Charging Infrastructure
    How Some States Are Tackling Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Gap

    Energy Central, May 17, 2019  - Research shows the United States is facing a looming electric vehicle charging infrastructure gap, and is unprepared for the charging needs of expected EV deployment by 2025. Part one of this series explored how California is using its investor-owned utility (IOU) EV infrastructure programs to turn the state’s car culture into climate leadership.

    About half of all U.S. EVs are located in California, where utility regulators are addressing the infrastructure gap by designing programs that spur EV infrastructure deployment while addressing hard-to-reach market segments like disadvantaged communities and multi-family housing. But California is not alone – New York, Maryland, and Michigan are helping bridge the EV infrastructure gap through utility programs.

    Interested? Click now for the story.

  • Electric Vehicles Expansion - Pressure on Utilites
    What Utilities Companies Can Do to
    Prepare For Electric Vehicle Growth

    EnergyCentral Apr. 9, 2019 -Electronic vehicle (EV) adoption is now transcending sectors — and as transportation electrifies, this creates notable opportunity for electric utilities.

    But to reap the potentially transformative benefits of transportation electrification, utilities need to have the proper framework in place. In preparation for EV adoption (by residential and commercial customers), it is critical for utilities to implement a holistic approach to transportation electrification — one that ensures the infrastructure, systems and services are in place to align the goals of utilities and their customers.

    By proactively planning for transportation electrification with a truly integrated solution, utilities can drive customer satisfaction and bolster stakeholder value.

  • Want to Charge Your EV Faster - Comnig Soon
    Ultra-fast EV Chargers Coming
    Soon as Manufacturers Ramp Up

    Renewable Energy World, Apr 5, 2019 -The viability of electric vehicles depends in part on a manufacturing plant in eastern Australia, where gleaming white cabinets the size of large refrigerators are loaded onto shipping crates. They’re among the most advanced car chargers available, promising to deliver a full tank of juice in minutes.

    Automakers and energy companies are spearheading the global rollout of these ultra-fast charging pumps to lure consumers away from gas guzzlers and toward vehicles powered by electricity. Thousands of souped-up stations are being installed along highways from Shanghai to Germany and California, with the capacity to charge enough for 20 miles (32 km) of driving range in one minute.

  • Tesla’s Latest Move Could Spark the EV Market
    Tesla Acquisition Will
    Spark Shift in EV Market

    Renewable Energy World, Mar.6, 2019 - Maxwell Technologies is a pioneer in the design and manufacture of the high power density ultra-capacitors. The company has virtually unlimited opportunity, playing in the transportation, industrial and consumer markets. Maxwell’s core megatrends which drive its values include integration of renewable energy into the grid, electrification of ICE and accelerating EV growth fits like a glove into Tesla’s energy strategy.

    Tesla Model 3 currently has an energy density (at cell level) of 210 Wh/kg and 275 Wh/liter at the battery pack level. Maxwell claims that its patented dry cell electrode can produce energy density of over 300 Wh/kg which is 42.8% increase whereas the planned energy density of over 500 Wh/kg would be a 138% increase compared to Tesla’s current batteries.

  • Are All EVs Green? (No, It's Not About Their Color)
    Are All Electric Vehicles Green?

    Solar Thermal Magazine, Feb. 25, 2019 -Electric vehicles should be greener than combustion engine vehicles right? Think of all the co2 and other emissions that even the cleanest of clean burning gas or diesel engines pump into our atmosphere.

    What is important in charging an electric vehicle is how the electricity was generated in the first place. Electricity made from bituminous Kentucky open pit mined coal is as dirty as it comes. Using the electricity made in such a way to power an electric drive system is kind of like closing the barn door when the horse has run away. It is too late, the damage is done. The co2 is already in our air and oceans.

    So learn before you burn.

  • A Real Tube Carrying Dreams of 600-M.P.H. Transit
    Virgin Hyperloop One

    Feb. 18, 2019 NY Times Climate Forward - California just decided to sharply scale back its plans for a high-speed rail artery meant to transform travel up and down the state. But in the desert outside Las Vegas, the transportation ambitions still seem limitless.

    Here, engineers working for Virgin Hyperloop One are testing a radically different type of mass transit: one that aims to move people and cargo in small wheel-less pods in a vacuum tube at speeds that could exceed 600 miles per hour. Today’s swiftest rail travel, at top speeds less than half as fast, would become a quaint anachronism.

  • Battery Chargers That Won’t Keep You Waiting
    Designing the Fast Charge Battery

    Feb. 11, 2019 Solar Thermal Magazine - Battery electric vehicles have come a long way in the last decade. Consumers are starting to understand the benefits of electric transportation such as reduced maintenance, increased reliability, greater acceleration and ease of automation. They also understand the disadvantages namely battery life and battery charging time. Faster is better when it comes to electric vehicles right?

    While gas tanks can be filled in a matter of minutes, charging the battery of an electric car takes much longer. To level the playing field and make electric vehicles more attractive, scientists are working on fast-charging technologies.

  • Electric Planes that Will Vertically Takeoff and Land
    An Autonomous Electrical Vertical
    Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) Partnership

    Feb. 9, 2019 CleanTecnica -According to Honeywell, the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Pipistrel means the companies will together develop urban air mobility solutions. The aircraft will integrate Honeywell’s avionics, navigation, flight control systems, connectivity, and other products and services in the future autonomous Pipistrel eVTOL.

    Pipistrel seems to have developed an electric airplane — or more to the point, converted one of its airplanes to electricity — with much success, as you can see from the video below. It also announced an eVTOL for Uber last year. We don’t have much in terms of the design, but the Uber one can give us an idea of the new Pipistrel & Honeywell eVTOL. Click to read and/or watch.

  • China is Far Ahead of the U.S. on EV Chargers
    China Is Leaving The U.S. in
    the Dust On Electric-Vehicle Chargers

    Feb. 5, 2019;M.I.T. Technology Review - 2018 was the fourth warmest year since records began in 1880, according to studies out today from NASA, the UK Met Office, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

    Record-breaking: The NASA study found that Earth’s global surface temperature last year was 0.83 °C warmer than the 1951-1980 mean. That temperature was topped only in 2016, 2017, and 2015. The data shows that the last five years are collectively the warmest ever recorded, while 18 of the 19 hottest years have taken place since 2001. The NOAA study, which uses a different methodology, agreed.

  • Ford Mustang Hybrid: You Should Have Had a V-8
    Ford Mustang Hybrid:
    Should have a V-8?

    Jan. 28, 2019 Green Car Reports - In an era of spreading electric cars and more stringent fuel-economy and emissions standards, some muscle cars are losing their signature V-8 engines.

    The Ford Mustang, despite the company's announcements that it will be offered as a hybrid, may not be one of them.

    According to new patent filings from Ford, revealed by AutoGuide, the Mustang may get both a hybrid system and a V-8.

  • How to Be Getting the Best Deal on Electric Cars
    Best Deals On Electric, Plug-In,
    and Hybrid Cars For January 2019

    Jan. 25, 2019 Green Car Reports - The new year brings new deals, and our partners at CarsDirect.com have found deals on some new models that have never made our list before for the beginning of 2019.

    While the new year often isn't the very best time to find a great deal on a new car, winter weather keeps many buyers at home, which often makes car dealers ready to bargain.

    Here we've rounded up the best deals on electric, plug-in hybrid, and hybrid cars for this month. The list focuses on green cars that are widely available and skip over deals on relatively scarce "compliance cars" sold only in a few areas to meet regulatory requirements. This month, we skipped fuel-efficient gas cars as well, because the best deals aren't really that fuel.

  • Green Transportation Will Include Green Batteries
    Toyota, Panasonic Announce
    Venture For Green Auto Batteries

    Jan. 22, 2018 EnergyCentral -Toyota Motor Corp. and Panasonic Corp. are setting up a joint venture to research, manufacture and sell batteries for ecological autos, an increasingly lucrative sector amid concerns about global warming.

    Panasonic, which has a partnership with Tesla for the Palo Alto-based company's Nevada factory, is the world's biggest manufacturer of electric car batteries. Chinese manufacturers are responsible for two places among the top five while Toyota is nowhere in the picture. But rankings simplify the complex ecosystem underpinning electric car batteries.

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  • Nuclear Power Has Diminished in the Last Year
    Global Nuclear Power
    Down From Last Year

    Jan. 6, 2020 (Energy Central)-Global nuclear generating capacity stood at 392.4 GWe net at the end of 2019, down slightly on 2018, according to data from World Nuclear Association. Six power reactors were added to the grid last year and construction of three large reactor projects started, while nine units were permanently shut down.

    Six new nuclear power reactors with a combined generating capacity of 5241 MWe came on line in 2019. Two of these - Taishan 2 and Yangjiang 6 - were in China. Unit 4 of South Korea's Shin Kori plant was also connected to the grid, as was Russia's Novovoronezh II unit 2. Russia's first floating nuclear power plant, the Akademik Lomonosov - comprising two 32 MWe reactors - was also connected to the grid towards the end the year.

    In 2018, 10,420 MWe of new nuclear generating capacity was connected to the grid, while 3345 MWe was added in 2017.

  • Thyroid Cancer - Yet Another Problem With Nuclear Accidents
    Thyroid Cancer Study
    Re-Ignites Debate over
    Three Mile Island Accident

    Jan. 3, 2020 (Allegheny Front)-2019 was the 40th anniversary of the partial meltdown at the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant. In September, the Three Mile Island nuclear facility officially shut down, and Exelon Generation, which operated the plant, cited a lack of government subsidies to keep it open. It will take years to clean up the site, and remove the radioactive materials stored there. Excelon has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to scale back its role in emergency planning at the plant starting in 2021. Three Mile Island Alert, a watchdog group opposes the request and has asked for a hearing.

    Three years ago, a Penn State School of Medicine study found that a certain type of thyroid cancer was common to people who had been near the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in the aftermath of the partial meltdown in 1979. As part of a look at T-M-I 40 years later, Transforming Health’s Brett Sholtis examined how the study has re-started the discussion around health effects due to the incident.

  • Is Thorium the Nuclear Answer?
    Thorium Nuclear Reactors
    Mentioned by Andrew Yang

    Dec. 23, 2019 (energycentral)- Andrew Yang mentioned Thorium Nuclear Reactors as one of the advanced nuclear fission reactor concepts. Yang has also talked about making a prototype thorium reactor by 2027. There is a US startup working on a Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor. If Flibe Energy was fully funded then they could build their planned 20-50 MW modular nuclear reactor by 2027. China also has an extensive molten salt and thorium reactor program. It is also possible to have more conventional reactors or pebble bed reactors adapted to use some thorium.

    Yang has proposed nuclear subsidy—$50 billion over five years. If there was that level of subsidy, then the other advanced nuclear projects would complete for it. There would be a lot of push for the molten salt reactors that use Uranium. The Thorcon molten salt reactor seems like a design that could scale to 100 GW per year of construction. In the rest of this article, I will review the status of the US, China and Indian Thorium reactor projects.

  • Safe Nuclear Power in Small Doses
    The Next Nuclear Plants
    Will Be Small, Svelte, and Safer

    Dec. 13, 2019  (WIRED)-For the last 20 years, the future of nuclear power has stood in a high bay laboratory tucked away on the Oregon State University campus in the western part of the state. Operated by NuScale Power, an Oregon-based energy startup, this prototype reactor represents a new chapter in the conflict-ridden, politically bedeviled saga of nuclear power plants.

    NuScale’s reactor won’t need massive cooling towers or sprawling emergency zones. It can be built in a factory and shipped to any location, no matter how remote. Extensive simulations suggest it can handle almost any emergency without a meltdown. One reason is that it barely uses any nuclear fuel, at least compared with existing reactors. It’s also a fraction of the size of its predecessors.

  • Will FPL Get's Its Way on Renewing an Old Nuke Plant?
    FPL Could Get Ok to Run
    Turkey Point’s Nuclear
    Plant For 80 Years

    Oct. 29, 2019  (Miami Herald)-The Turkey Point nuclear power plant has moved a key step closer to receiving a 20-year extension to remain in operation through 2050, after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission released a favorable environmental impact statement Monday.

    In 2018, Florida Power & Light became the first power company in the U.S. to apply for a second 20-year extension for two reactors. If granted, the reactors would be operating twice as long as the original 40-year license. Federal regulators have previously extended the lifespan of Turkey Point’s two reactors, which went into operation in 1972 and 1973, granting a first 20-year extension in 2002.

  • Three Mile Island Last Nuclear Reactor Shut Down
    Three Mile Island Nuclear Power
    Plant Shuts Down Last Reactor

    Sept. 20, 2019 (GIZMODO)-The last reactor at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania—the site of the worst nuclear plant meltdowns in the U.S.—is officially dead as of Friday.

    Plant operator Exelon Corp. announced the closure was coming back in May, and now the day has finally come. The plant’s closure comes some 40 years after Unit 2 reactor at the site partially melted down on March 28, 1979, due to human error, equipment failure, and design issues, releasing radiation into the environment. That event not only exposed the public to higher levels of radiation—it also set back public trust in our ability to do nuclear right.

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  • Duke Energy Carbon Reduction Could Come at a Nuclear Price
    Duke Energy Seeks to Renew
    Nuclear Plant Licenses to Support
    Its Carbon Reduction Goals

    Sept. 20, 2019 (EnergyCentral)-Duke Energy will apply for 20-year license renewals for all six of its nuclear power plants in the Carolinas, potentially extending their working lives to eight decades.

    The announcement Thursday followed Duke’s pledge earlier this week to cut its CO2 emissions in half by 2030, compared to 2005, and to zero net carbon emissions by 2050. Nuclear power plants don’t directly release carbon dioxide and generate nearly half of Duke’s electricity in the Carolinas.

    Editorial Comment from the editor of this website:How safe is extending the life of a nuclear plant well beyond its original expectancy?

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  • TEPCO Calls It Quits for 5 Reactors at Nuclear Station
    Japan Losing Ground
    on Nuclear Reactor Restarts

    Aug. 25, 2018 (Energy Central)-Tokyo Electric Power (TEPCO) said last week it will submit a plan regarding the decommissioning of five reactors at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear station, the world’s biggest atomic plant. The five units involved are 1100 MW BWRs built in the 1980s.

    The net effect of the plan, if implemented, could take to a national total of 26 the units set to be decommissioned by Japanese nuclear operators, or nearly half their pre-disaster fleet. TEPCO will be left with just two of its 17 units both newer 1300 MW ABWRs at the same site built in the mid-1990s.

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  • Our Nuclear Plants Are Aging - Can They Remain Safe?
    The Nuclear Dilemma

    Aug. 23, 2018 (Allegheny Front)-Nuclear Power. It’s often touted as a low-carbon energy source and an important part of stemming climate change. Today, nuclear plants provide 20% of U.S. power generation. But the nation’s nuclear fleet is aging and nuclear plants around the country are slated to close in the coming years. In an effort to keep them running, some in the Trump administration are pushing to reduce safety regulations for nuclear reactors.

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  • The Latest Russian Nuclear Disaster
    Russia Urges Villagers to
    Leave Radioactive Blast Site

    Aug. 13, 2019 (The Wall Street Journal) -MOSCOW—Authorities urged residents of a village in Northwestern Russia to leave their homes, days after a nearby Defense Ministry test of a nuclear-powered engine exploded, boosting radiation levels that alarmed nearby inhabitants.

    Russian officials’ failure to release full details surrounding the explosion, which killed at least seven employees of Rosatom, Russia’s atomic energy monopoly, and of the Defense Ministry, have raised suspicions over the severity of the accident and whether officials are covering up details.

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  • A 2017 Radioactive Plume May Be Tied to Russia
    How a 2017 Radioactive
    Plume May Be Tied to Russia and Nixed Neutrino Research

    July 29, 2019 (Science News) -It was a nuclear whodunit: A cloud of radioactive material was hanging over Europe, but no one knew where it was coming from.

    The plume persisted for a few days in September and October 2017, detected by a network of atmospheric monitoring sites across Europe. Although not at levels dangerous to human health, the cloud was enough to raise alarm before dissipating.

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  • Nuclear Energy is Not Impervious to Climate Change
    Hot Weather Cuts French,
    German Nuclear Power Output

    July 25, 2020 (REUTERS) -Heat waves limit the ability to use river water to cool reactors and, as a result, the reactors are generally taken offline. This is the second year in a row that a heat wave has affected nuclear plant functioning. Last year, EDF shut down four reactors at three power plants.

    Scorching temperatures across Europe coupled with prolonged dry weather has reduced French nuclear power generation by around 5.2 gigawatts (GW) or 8%, French power grid operator RTE’s data showed on Thursday.

    Electricity output was curtailed at six reactors by 0840 GMT on Thursday, while two other reactors were offline, data showed. High water temperatures and sluggish flows limit the ability to use river water to cool reactors.

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  • The NRC Doesn’t Need to Inspect Nuclear Facilities?
    NRC May Cut Back On Nuclear Power Plant Inspections

    July 17, 2020 (Electric Light & Power) -In an action prompted by Nuclear Power Industry, Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff is recommending that the agency cut back on inspections at the country's nuclear reactors, a cost-cutting move promoted by the nuclear power industry but denounced by opponents as a threat to public safety.

    The recommendations, made public Tuesday, include reducing the time and scope of some annual inspections at the nation's 90-plus nuclear power plants. Some other inspections would be cut from every two years to every three years.

    Some of the staff's recommendations would require a vote by the commission, which has a majority of members appointed or reappointed by President Donald Trump, who has urged agencies to reduce regulatory requirements for industries.

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  • Wave ‘Byebye’ to Oyster Creek Nuke Generating Station
    GE Hitachi to Help
    Decommission Oyster Creek
    Nuclear Generating Station

    July 10, 2019 Electric Light & Power -GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy won a contract by Comprehensive Decommissioning International to decommission reactor internals and the reactor pressure vessel at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station in Lacey Township, New Jersey.

    GEH will dismantle, segment and pack reactor internals and the reactor pressure vessel of the boiling water reactor that was shut down in September 2018.

    All handling and segmentation will be carried out underwater and will be accomplished using the primary segmentation system that was designed in conjunction with REI Nuclear. GEH acquired the business and certain assets of REI Nuclear in December 2018.

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  • Russia Criticized For Arctic Nuclear Activity
    Russia Plans to Tow a Nuclear
    Power Station to the Arctic.
    Critics dub it a ‘Floating Chernobyl'

    June 30, 2019   CNN - In August, 2019, a floating nuclear power plant called the Akademik Lomonosov will be towed via the Northern Sea Route to its final destination in the Far East, after almost two decades in construction.

    It's part of Russia's ambition to bring electric power to a mineral-rich region. The 144-meter (472 feet) long platform painted in the colors of the Russian flag is going to float next to a small Arctic port town of Pevek, some 4,000 miles away from Moscow. It will supply electricity to settlements and companies extracting hydrocarbons and precious stones in the Chukotka region.

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  • Is This Nuke Plant For Fuel, or Weapons?
    Nuclear Watchdogs Warn
    Against Blurring Energy,
    Military Uses at Ohio Fuel Plant

    Feb. 13, 2019 Energy News Network -A planned nuclear fuel plant in Ohio could help enable the nation’s next wave of carbon-free electricity, a fleet of small reactors providing continuous power to the grid.

    The U.S. Department of Energy fuel facility would be unique in part because it could also produce material for use in nuclear weapons. That crosses a potentially dangerous line, nuclear watchdog groups say — one that could undercut efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons.

  •  China Will Resume Its Nuclear Reactor Program 
    China’s Nuclear Hiatus May
    Be Coming to an End

    Feb. 1, 2019 M.I.T. Technology Review - Beijing has approved the construction of four new nuclear reactors using a domestically developed design, according to Chinese news reports. If confirmed, the deployment of China’s Hualong One reactor would end a more than two-year hiatus in approvals that had cast a shadow over China’s nuclear enterprise.

    The reactors are slated for two new sites along China’s coast: CNNC’s Zhangzhou power project in Fujian and CGN’s Huizhou Taipingling project in Guangdong.

  •   Cutting Nuclear Reactors Down to Size  
    Honey, I Shrunk
    the Nuclear Reactor!

    Energy Central, Jan. 4, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Energy has been touting their efforts into Advanced Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) as a key part of the future of clean and affordable energy.

    Advanced SMRs offer many advantages, such as relatively small size, reduced capital investment, ability to be sited in locations not possible for larger nuclear plants, and provisions for incremental power additions. SMRs also offer distinct safeguards, security and nonproliferation advantages.

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  • We Can Fix Recycling
    One Thing We Can Do:
    Fix Recycling

    Jan. 15, 2020 (New York Times Climate Forward)- Recycling in the United States is broken.

    For years, we relied heavily on recycling operations in China to take our waste. But that came to an end in 2018, when Beijing barred the import of recycling materials. The result is a waste crisis that has caused at least dozens of municipalities to cancel curbside recycling programs, with many more implementing partial cuts. Huge amounts of recyclables are now going to landfills.

    “When the biggest export market is no longer willing to accept your material, there’s an imbalance between supply and demand,” said David Biderman, the executive director of the Solid Waste Association of North America. “That’s just Economics 101.”

  • A Revolting Development
    Northvolt Plans Revolt, a
    New Battery Recycling Plant

    Dec. 16, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)- Northvolt AB, the Swedish challenger to China’s domination of the electric-car battery market, plans to build a large-scale recycling plant to recover supplies of precious metals needed for production.

    The aim is to get the facility running by 2022 and provide half the cobalt and other metals needed to make new battery cells eight years later, Chief Executive Officer Peter Carlsson said in an interview.

    Started by two former Tesla Inc. executives, Northvolt is currently Europe’s best hope for narrowing the gap with Asian rivals commanding the growing market for vehicle batteries. France and Germany are leading governments’ catch up efforts to develop a domestic industry, and battery recycling would go some way in meeting the need for raw materials.

  • Look What Can Be Done With Recycled Water Bottles
    30,000 Recycled Water Bottles
    Make a 3D-Printed Pavilion

    Dec. 16, 2019  (inhabitat)-Dubai-based design studio MEAN Design has unveiled an eye-catching pavilion in the front esplanade of the Dubai International Financial Center. Not only is the bulbous structure with multicolored “teeth” visibly stunning, but the unique pavilion, called Deciduous, was constructed entirely with 3D printing technology that turned 30,000 discarded water bottles into a plastic polymer to use as the base material.

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

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  • Patagonia Puts a New Meaning to Recycling
    Patagonia’s Black Hole Bags
    Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

    Dec. 2, 2019  (inhabitat)-Patagonia is setting the bar for high-quality and sustainable products with its new line of bags made from recycled plastic bottles. Dubbed the Black Hole Collection, the newest line offers 25 different bags, each with its own unique features and style.

    The bags are durable and stylish, and they come in a variety of styles and colors. Even better, the bags help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in landfills every year. Patagonia’s 2019 line of these bags utilized 10 million plastic bottles, transforming all of this plastic into a unique recycled fabric that forms the webbing and body of the bags. Each bag is water-resistant and backed by the company’s Ironclad Guarantee, which entitles the buyer to a repair, replacement or refund should the product not perform to their full satisfaction.

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  • Don't Toss That PET Bottle Just Yet
    Waterproof Parka Is Made
    With Recycled PET Bottles

    Nov. 23, 2019  (inhabitat) —Oftentimes, less is more — like when you can carry a coin purse instead of a weighty bag. When it comes to coats and jackets, choosing a light-yet-durable option is best, so you don’t find yourself in a mummy-tight arctic coat when all you really need is a lightweight, waterproof shell. That is where the Maium Lightweight Parka comes in to play.

    Of course, we’re all about sustainability, so while having the right jacket for the job is ideal, it’s even better when that jacket is also kind to the environment. The Maium Lightweight Parka fits the bill here, too. As with all Maium raincoats, the Lightweight Parka is made using recycled PET bottles — and we all know that diverting plastic out of landfills is a good move. Maium ensures all of its jackets are also manufactured under fair, safe and healthy working conditions.

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  • How Coca-Cola Undermines Plastic Recycling Efforts
    Leaked Audio Reveals
    How Coca-Cola Undermines
    Plastic Recycling Efforts

    Oct. 18, 2019  (The Intercept) — For decades, Coca-Cola has burnished its public image as an environmentally caring company with donations to recycling nonprofits. Meanwhile, as one of the world’s most polluting brands, Coke has quietly fought efforts to hold the company accountable for plastic waste.

    Audio from a meeting of recycling leaders obtained by The Intercept reveals how the soda giant’s “green” philanthropy helped squelch what could have been an important tool in fighting the plastic crisis — and shines a light on the behind-the-scenes tactics beverage and plastics companies have quietly used for decades to evade responsibility for their waste. The meeting of the coalition group known as Atlanta Recycles took place in January at the Center for Hard to Recycle Materials in Atlanta’s south side.

  • Cambodia Rejecting Plastic Waste From the US and Canada
    Cambodia to Send Plastic Waste
    Back to the US and Canada

    July 18, 2017 (CNN.com)-Cambodia has become the latest Asian country to reject shipments of waste sent to its shores by Western companies for processing.

    Cambodian officials announced Wednesday that they were sending 1,600 tonnes of trash back to their source -- the United States and Canada.

    A total of 83 shipping containers of plastic waste were found on Tuesday at the major southwestern port of Sihanoukville, said Neth Pheaktra, Secretary of State and Spokesman to the Ministry of Environment.

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  • Rethinking Recycling
    Why It's Probably Better
    for the Planet to
    Throw Plastic in the Trash

    July 15, 2019 Real Clear Science -Millions of Americans dutifully fill their recycling bins each week, motivated by the knowledge that they're doing something good for the environment. But little do they know, there's a recycling crisis unfolding.

    Starting as early as 2017, municipalities across the country, from Douglas County, Oregon to Nogales, Arizona to Broadway, Virginia, to Franklin, New Hampshire, began landfilling many recyclables or simply canceling their recycling programs altogether. The impetus for this disconcerting change? China.

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  • How to Read Plastic Recycling Symbols
    Exactly How to Read
    Plastic Recycling Symbols

    Good Housekeeping. Mar. 18, 2019  -Sometimes it seems like everything in modern America is made of plastic. The versatile material is in our cars, toys, packaging, clothing, home goods, food utensils, and so much more — but it's also littering our streets, clogging our waterways, and choking marine life. In fact, one study says 32% of plastic packaging ends up in our oceans every year.

    Many plastics can be readily recycled, but according to National Geographic, 91% of plastic has never even been recycled. With all the different rules and symbols, it can be confusing for consumers to figure out exactly how to recycle it. For starters, every town and city has different recycling programs.

    Click now to read this important article.

  • US Cities Burn Recyclables After China Bans Imports
    'Moment of reckoning': US Cities Burn
    Recyclables After China Bans Imports

    The Guardian, Feb. 21, 2019 -Residents of cities like Chester, outside Philadelphia, fear a rise in pollution from incinerators after China’s recycling ban

    The conscientious citizens of Philadelphia continue to put their pizza boxes, plastic bottles, yoghurt containers and other items into recycling bins.

    But in the past three months, half of these recyclables have been loaded on to trucks, taken to a hulking incineration facility and burned, according to the city’s government.

  • We Can Learn How to Stop Creating Unnecessary Trash
    19 Ways to Stop
    Creating Unnecessary Trash

    Mother Nature Network, Dec. 31, 2018 - You dutifully set out a full recycling bin each week brimming with plastic, paper and metal. It's a good habit, but, unfortunately, recycling efforts aren't working as well as they should.

    In the last few decades, for instance, the number of plastic products has exploded, but only about 9% of them are actually recycled, according to National Geographic. Meaning most of your plastic beverage bottles, single-serve food containers, straws and cups end up in the landfill — and ultimately, the ocean — where they take centuries to biodegrade and harm wildlife.

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Sustainability

  • Futuristic Green Smart City Planned for China
    Tencent Gets Proposal From
    MVRDV For Green Smart City

    Jan. 27, 2020 (inhabitat)- After two years of development, MVRDV has unveiled its competition entry for Chinese tech giant Tencent’s next campus — a green and futuristic smart city shaped like a continuous undulating mountain range.

    Located on a 133-hectare site in Shenzhen’s Qianhai Bay, the nature-inspired development combines references to the lush, mountainous surroundings with Tencent’s cutting-edge technology. The massive urban district is expected to include enough office space for 80,000 to 100,000 employees, public amenities, a conference center and homes for 19,000 Tencent employees.

    Although Tencent recently completed their current Shenzhen headquarters, the Tencent Seafront Towers, the company’s meteoric growth and technological ambitions spurred them to launch a design competition for yet another headquarters in Shenzhen that would take the shape of an enormous smart city district.

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  • Plastic Trash Becomes Plastic Bricks For Schools
    Using Plastic Waste to
    Build Schools On the Ivory Coast

    Jan. 26, 2020 (CleanTecnica)-Plastic waste is a little like electric cars. 10 years ago, we heard very little about either one. Today, there are news stories about both every day of the week. The world is drowning in discarded plastic. Coca-Cola is the number one source of single use plastic bottles — spewing 200,000 of them into the environment every minute of every day. But it is just one of many companies that have been built by ignoring the damage its products cause. By some estimates, by 2050 the total weight of all the plastic waste in the oceans will be more than the weight of all the fish in the sea. But things are changing, albeit slowly.

    In Abidjan, the commercial capitol of the Ivory Coast, almost 300 tons of plastic is discarded every day. Only about 5% of it is recycled. Yet the city and surrounding area have a critical shortage of classrooms. Conceptos Plásticos is a company in Columbia that makes plastic bricks out of plastic trash. In partnership with UNICEF, it has supplied enough bricks to make 9 new classrooms in Abidjan. It is building a new factory to manufacture its plastic bricks in Yopougon, a suburb of Abidjan.

  • A Vibrant Garden Comes to Midtown Manhattan
    Snøhetta to Revitalize Midtown Manhattan with Vibrant Garden

    Jan. 15, 2020 (inhabitat)- Midtown Manhattan will soon become much greener thanks to New York City Planning Commission’s unanimous approval of Snøhetta’s design for a new privately-owned public space (POPS) in 550 Madison, a Philip Johnson-designed postmodernist landmark. Designed as a “vibrant sensory retreat,” the new public space will take the shape of a lush garden — the largest of its kind in the area — that will become a haven for both people and urban pollinators.

    The garden is being developed as part of the recent renovation of 550 Madison, which will open this year as a multi-tenant building under The Olayan Group.This structure will be the only LEED Platinum and WELL Gold certified building in the Plaza District.

    Proposed for the west end of the tower, the 550 Madison garden will engage the public with a series of interconnected outdoor “rooms.” The landscape design takes inspiration from its urban surroundings and architecture. Philip Johnson’s playful use of circular motifs at 550 Madison will inform the geometry of the garden rooms, while the layered planting plan references the canyon-like verticality of Midtown Manhattan. The lush circular rooms will encourage passersby to slow down, linger, and connect with nature.

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  • Th-th-th-That's All Folks
    Impossible Foods Launches Impossible Pork

    Jan. 14, 2020 (Alt Energy Stocks)- It began with beef without the cow, even leather without the cow, and now we wave goodbye to pork from the pig with the news that Impossible Foods has launched pork made from plants.

    Not only that, but Impossible Foods is going beyond the Impossible Whopper and expanding their work with Burger King in a new Impossible Croissan’which using Impossible Sausage made from plants as well. That will be available in only some Burger King locations starting in late January.

  • No More Single-Use Plastics by Giant Eagle
    Giant Eagle: Ridding of All
    Single Use Plastics in Stores by 2025

    Dec. 17, 2019 (Allegheny Front- Giant Eagle’s plastic blue bags are a common sight in Pittsburgh, often curbside on recycling day, used to pick up dog poop or sometimes cast aside on the street. Not for long — Giant Eagle told NPR station WESA that the company is stepping away from these bags and other plastics, in a large move to be announced Tuesday afternoon.

    “We are making a commitment that by 2025, we will be out of single-use plastics across our operations,” Dan Donovan, senior director of communications at Giant Eagle. “It’s an ambitious goal, but one that we’re really excited to go tackle.”

  • How Wasting Food Can Be Prevented
    Volume-based Food
    Waste Fee System

    Dec. 11, 2019  (Korean Ministry of Environment)- Recently, Ministry of Environment has been shifting its policy direction to restrict the generation of food waste and has implemented a volume-based food waste fee system that imposes fees in proportion to the amount of food waste generated. This program has been implemented nationwide by expanding targets to include multi-unit housing starting in 2013.

    A volume-based fee system has been implemented for residential waste with an aim to reduce the amount of waste generated and promote recycling since 1994, but recycling products separately discharged and food waste have been excluded from imposing the fees charged in the proportion of the amount of waste generated. However, as the amount of food waste generated has been increasing since the direct landfill of food waste was banned in 2005, people’s living standards have improved, and the number of one- or two-person households now accounts for 48% of the total households, there is an increasing need to reduce the amount of food waste generated.

    In 2012, the daily generated amount of food waste was about 13,209 tons, which makes up about 27% of the total amount of generated residential waste (48,990 tons/day).

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

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

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

  • Building a Wall -But the Right Kind of Wall
    The Largest Green Wall in
    Europe Will Absorb 8 Tons
    of Air Pollution Per Year

    Dec. 10, 2019  (inhabitat)- Located in London, U.K., the Citicape House by Sheppard Robson will feature a 40,000-square-foot green wall, the largest in Europe, that sets the standard for urban green development in the city. Not only is Citicape House designed to become a five-star hotel, but its living wall will also absorb a projected 8 tons of air pollution annually.

    The hotel, projected to be finished in 2024, will house 382 rooms, 40,000 square feet of workspace, a sky bar, meeting and event spaces, a spa and a restaurant on the ground floor. On the 11th floor, a public green space will be available as well, with an unobstructed rooftop view of St. Paul’s Cathedral. From there, the green wall, consisting of 400,000 plants, will wrap around the exterior of the building and contain designated spaces for threatened species of plants to grow undisturbed.

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  • Solar Powered Dutch Home -Surplus Power to Spare
    Solar-Powered Dutch Home
    Produces All of Its Own
    Energy With Surplus to Spare

    Dec. 5, 2019  (inhabitat)-When Marjo Dashorst and Han Roebers set their sights on designing a sustainable home in Zutphen, a municipality on the east side of the Netherlands, the couple turned to Amsterdam-based practice Attika Architekten to realize their dream.

    The goal was to develop an energy-efficient home that would not only meet all of its own energy needs through renewable systems but also be capable of producing enough surplus energy to charge an electric car. The resulting project, aptly titled the Energy Plant House, combines solar panels, passive solar strategies and a highly insulating envelope to achieve its energy-plus goals.

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  • It's the Prefab Home on Stilts
    Prefab Homes On Stilts
    Include Solar Panels,
    Water Collection Systems
    and Organic Gardens

    Nov. 29, 2019  (inhabitat) —Bali-based architect Alexis Dornier has unveiled a beautiful, eco-friendly concept for a series of prefabricated homes that are elevated off the landscape by stilts. The Stilt Studios come in a variety of sizes, from one-story to multi-level, all raised above the ground to reduce the structures’ impact. Additionally, the prefab design, which can be easily disassembled and moved to new locations, includes a number of sustainable features, such as solar power and integrated rainwater collection systems.

    According to the architect, inspiration for the Stilt Studios came from a problematic housing issue common in Bali. “The reality here is that we often find leasehold plots with a limited amount of years,” explained the German architect, who currently resides in Bali. “This situation calls for us to tread lightly through prefab ‘PropTech’ structures that could be packed up and re-erected someplace else.”

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  • Don't Toss That PET Bottle Just Yet
    Waterproof Parka Is Made
    With Recycled PET Bottles

    Nov. 23, 2019  (inhabitat) —Oftentimes, less is more — like when you can carry a coin purse instead of a weighty bag. When it comes to coats and jackets, choosing a light-yet-durable option is best, so you don’t find yourself in a mummy-tight arctic coat when all you really need is a lightweight, waterproof shell. That is where the Maium Lightweight Parka comes in to play.

    Of course, we’re all about sustainability, so while having the right jacket for the job is ideal, it’s even better when that jacket is also kind to the environment. The Maium Lightweight Parka fits the bill here, too. As with all Maium raincoats, the Lightweight Parka is made using recycled PET bottles — and we all know that diverting plastic out of landfills is a good move. Maium ensures all of its jackets are also manufactured under fair, safe and healthy working conditions.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • Regenerative Agriculture As a Climate Solution
    Progress from the Bottom Up:and Value Chains Put
    Local Foods on the Map

    Nov. 20, 2019  (Organic Consumers Association) —From organic farmer, Anthony Flaccvento: I’m one of those “farmers and ranchers for a Green New Deal,” and like a lot of them, my involvement started with soil.

    I began market gardening in 1994, five years before my wife and I purchased the old tobacco farm where we’ve been doing organic farming ever since. Back in the mid 90’s in southwest Virginia, there was barely a hint of a “local food system,” save the occasional bartering of excess produce or the purchase of a quarter cow for freezer meat.

    In that context, I started a tiny CSA—Community Supported Agriculture—with a dozen families, supplying them from my market garden. I reckon it was one of the first CSAs in central Appalachia.I’m one of those “farmers and ranchers for a Green New Deal,” and like a lot of them, my involvement started with soil.

  • Net-Zero and Affordable At the Same Time
    R.I. Development Pairs Affordable
    Housing With Net-Zero Design

    Nov. 18, 2019  (energycentral) —Residents of an affordable housing development under construction in Providence, Rhode Island, will get more than a break on the home price — they will have zero energy bills.

    Five two-bedroom homes are being built to net-zero energy standards on a 0.75-acre lot in the predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of Olneyville. The two-level, 750-square-foot homes will be equipped with enough rooftop solar panels to supply slightly more energy than they are expected to consume.

    The project, called Sheridan Small Homes, marks the city’s first attempt to pair zero-emission design with affordable homeownership. It is a case study of sorts for future projects, as the city has identified some 250 vacant, tax-reverted lots that might be suitable for small, affordable homes, said Bonnie Nickerson, director of planning and development.

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  • 10 Vegan Myths, Debunked
    Here Are 10 Vegan Myths, Debunked

    Nov. 18, 2019  (inhabitat) —Vegans and vegetarians are often the target of jokes, scorn, concern and/or fear by a majority culture that routinely consumes animals. The upcoming holidays are a prime time for omnivorous family members and friends to heckle a loved one who is vegan while brandishing a turkey leg or Christmas pudding. So, just in time for those awkward holiday encounters with family, here are 10 vegan myths, debunked. Tucson-based Alison Ozgur, registered dietitian at Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa and an instructor for the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, kindly assisted with her solid nutritional knowledge.”

    1.Vegans don’t get enough protein.

    2.Vegans can’t get calcium without dairy.

    3. It’s too expensive to be vegan.

    Click now for the rest and a slideshow.

  • Unlocking the Key to Photosynthesis
    Experts Unlock Key to
    Photosynthesis, a Find that Could
    Help Us Meet Food Security Demands

    Nov. 13, 2019  (ScienceDaily)—Scientists have solved the structure of one of the key components of photosynthesis, a discovery that could lead to photosynthesis being 'redesigned' to achieve higher yields and meet urgent food security needs.

    The study, led by the University of Sheffield and published today in the journal Nature, reveals the structure of cytochrome b6f -- the protein complex that significantly influences plant growth via photosynthesis.

    Photosynthesis is the foundation of life on Earth providing the food, oxygen and energy that sustains the biosphere and human civilization.

  • Dreamy Scandinavian-Inspired Yurt Home in Oregon
    Here's a Dreamy Scandinavian
    -Inspired Yurt Home in Oregon

    Nov. 11, 2019  (inhabitat)— When filmmaker Zach Both decided to hit pause on his itinerant lifestyle after three years on the road in a self-converted camper van, he and his girlfriend, Nicole Lopez, tapped into their DIY roots to assemble their new home — a contemporary yurt 20 minutes outside of downtown Portland, Oregon.

    Prefabricated by Rainier Outdoor, the couple’s modified yurt offers 930 square feet of light-filled living space furnished to ooze hygge vibes. To share the knowledge they learned during the build, Both created a website, DoItYurtself.com, a free step-by-step guide to show others how to build a modern yurt.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • LARQ - The Biodegradable Portable Potable
    LARQ: The World’s First
    Portable, Self-Cleaning Water Bottle

    Nov. 11, 2019  (inhabitat)— Water is a basic necessity of life; however, water can also introduce our bodies to bacteria and illnesses if it is not properly treated prior to consumption. Over the years, treating water has involved adding iodine drops or filtering the water through a carbon-based system.

    Now, new technology has streamlined the process, offering effective water filtration at the press of a button with the LARQ water bottle.

  • A Nature-Infused Smart City
    First Smart Forest City
    in Mexico Will Be 100% Food
    & Energy Self-Sufficient

    Nov. 8, 2019  (inhabitat)— Milan-based architecture firm Stefano Boeri Architetti has unveiled innovative designs for a nature-infused smart city in Cancun, Mexico that will serve as a model for resilient and sustainable urban planning.

    Created for Honduras-based textile conglomerate and property developer Grupo Karim, ‘Smart Forest City – Cancun’ is a proposed alternative to plans for a shopping district in the area. The masterplan would reforest a 557-hectare site — currently used as a sand quarry for hotels — and create mixed-use development that would be completely food and energy self-sufficient.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • The Greening of a Blue-Collar River Town
    ‘Mighty’ Etna: The Greening of
    a Blue-Collar River Town

    Nov. 8, 2019  (Allegheny Front)— An international organization fostering sustainability in neighborhood development designated Etna this week as the world’s first EcoDistrict, at the 10th annual EcoDistrict summit held in Pittsburgh.

    A former steel town along the Allegheny River, Etna met the goals for a certified EcoDistrict of committing to equity, resilience and climate protection; forming collaborative governance; creating a roadmap to implement project; and tracking and measuring impact.

    Click now for the story and an audio postcard.

  • How Well Do You Know Your Organic Food?
    One Thing You Can Do:
    Know Your Organic Food

    Nov. 7, 2019  (NY Times Climate Forward)— Demand is booming for organic food. From 2013 to 2018, sales increased nearly 53 percent to almost $48 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association. That sounds like good news for the environment, but is it really?

    The first thing to bear in mind is that agriculture, in general, is responsible for a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. In the United States, farming accounts for about 9% of emissions. About half of those come from the soil. That’s largely because fertilizers, once applied to farmland, generate emissions of nitrous oxide, the third-most-abundant greenhouse gas.

    Click now for the full story.

  • Susatainable Desaliation
    The Natural Ocean Well

    Nov. 1, 2018 (Phys.org)- The Natural Ocean Well will be competitive in regions with the following characteristics:
    • Significant near-shore ocean depth
    • Large population
    • Large population and economic growth projections
    • Water scarcity / high price of water
    • NOW modularity allows for easy scaling of water production

    Click now for a PDF that
    fully describes this procedure.

  • Check Out This Solar-Powered Retreat
    Tiny Solar-Powered
    Cabin Can Be Used As a Retreat
    on Land or on Water

    Nov 1, 2019  (inhabitat)—Many tiny home designers are guided by the principles of flexibility when it comes to being mobile, but rarely have we seen a tiny home creation that can be enjoyed on land and on water. Designed and built by our new hero, Scott Cronk, the Heidi-Ho, is a beautiful solar-powered tiny cabin built on a 30-foot pontoon.

    Click now for the full story and a slideshow.

  • Which Are the Best Vegan/Vegetarian American Cities?
    Best US Cities
    For Vegans and Vegetarians
    For World Vegetarian Day

    Oct. 3, 2019 (inhabitat)- Vegetarians and vegans frequently discuss the best cities to live in or visit, because it’s easier to enjoy a place when there are restaurants and activities that match your preferences. WalletHub’s new study, “Best Cities for Vegetarians and Vegans,” uses a variety of sources and statistics to rank the 100 biggest American cities for affordability, diversity, accessibility and quality, vegetarian lifestyle and overall rank. Just in time for World Vegetarian Day on October 1 and World Vegan Day on November 1, here’s what WalletHub found.

    They are: 1. Portland, Oregon, 2. Los Angeles, 3. Orlando, Florida, 4. Seattle, 5. Austin, 6. Atlanta, 7. New York City, 8. San Francisco, 9. San Diego and 10. Tampa.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • Travertine and Teak, For the Sustainable Homne
    Travertine and Teak
    Sustainably Ground a Modern
    Home Into a Harsh Coastal Climate

    Oct. 3, 2019 (inhabitant)- Built to look like an extension of the landscape, the Point Nepean Residence in the town of Portsea, Australia is a sustainably crafted home designed to withstand extreme coastal weather.

    Melbourne-based design practice B.E Architecture created the home for a retired couple who wanted a beachside abode that would highlight the site’s natural beauty. In addition to a natural material palette that complements the coastal aesthetic, the home also uses site-specific, passive solar design principles to reduce energy demands.

  • The Many Definitions of Sustainable Travel
    For Travelers, Sustainability
    Is the Word—But There
    Are Many Definitions of It

    Oct. 1, 2019  (National Geographic)- Most people want to support sustainable tourism, even though the concept remains fuzzy.

    The word “overtourism” is so new it does not yet appear in most dictionaries (although it was shortlisted as a Word of the Year in 2018). But the novelty of the term has not diminished the impact of its meaning: “An excessive number of tourist visits to a popular destination or attraction, resulting in damage to the local environment and historical sites and in poorer quality of life for residents,” according to the Oxford Dictionary shortlist. ()

    Click to read more about how to turn
    overtourism into sustainable global tourism.

  • Food Fight! Is Meat Really Bad For You?
    Is Meat’s Bad for You? How
    Experts See Different Things Differently

    Oct. 1, 2019 (NY Times Climate Forward)-Researchers are in another fight about food.

    This week the Annals of Internal Medicine published studies arguing that eating red meat poses minimal health risks for most people, and that even our certainty about that link is weak. With these conclusions in hand, the authors offered a set of recommendations that most people could continue their current levels of meat consumption.

    And then, there is the issue of the planet.

  • The Restoration of the Chesapeake Bay
    Restoring the Chesapeake Bay
    One Oyster Shell at a Time

    Sept. 27, 2019 (Allegheny Front)- Lewis is the executive chef of Spirits & Tales at the Oaklander Hotel in Pittsburgh. She says the restaurant goes through 300 to 400 oysters a week, from the East and West coasts. But regardless of where they’re sourced, the top and bottom shells will end up as a part of a restoration project in the Chesapeake Bay.

    Lewis and her staff toss the spent shells into a 35 gallon barrel with a screw-on lid, located in the trash area on the ground floor of the building. About once a month a truck picks up the old shells from this and six other participating restaurants in Pittsburgh, and drives them more than 250 miles to a staging area just across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge in Maryland.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • The Battle Over Fish Farming In The Open Ocean Heats Up
    The Battle Over Fish
    Farming In the Open Ocean Heats
    Up, As EPA Permit Looms

    Sept. 18, 2019 (NPR)-Americans eat an average of 16 pounds of fish each year, and that number is growing. But how to meet our demand for fish is a controversial question, one that is entering a new chapter as the Environmental Protection Agency seeks to approve the nation's only aquaculture pen in federal waters.

    Fish farming has been positioned by its boosters as a sustainable alternative to wild-caught seafood and an economic driver that would put our oceans to work. So far, restrictions on where aquaculture operations can be located have kept the U.S. industry relatively small. In 2016, domestic aquaculture in state-controlled waters accounted for about $1.6 billion worth of seafood, or about 20% of the country's seafood production.

    But the biggest potential home for aquaculture, federally controlled ocean waters, has so far been off limits….

    Click now to read the story.

  • Upcycling: Tackling Food Waste in Philadelphia
    From Avocado Drinks to
    Repurposed Lard: Using
    Creativity And Culture Change
    to Tackle Philly Food Waste

    Aug. 26, 2018 (Daily Climate)-Sheetal Bahirat was making a big batch of guacamole when she realized her leftover avocado seeds were food waste.

    "I'm a food waste researcher. This is so ridiculous if I throw this away. I have to find out what I can do with it," she told reporter Emily Makowski as they sat in an industrial-sized kitchen.

    Bahirat is a graduate student studying food science in Drexel University's Food Lab, where students work with companies and nonprofits to help create new food products – some from food that would otherwise be wasted. The lab refers to this as " upcycling" food.

    Food waste is a major problem: Around 30 to 40 percent of the U.S. food supply goes uneaten. Produce and dairy products are among the most common foods thrown away, since they spoil quickly.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • The Power Plant We Didn’t Know We Had
    Power Plant: How a Grass Might
    Generate Fuel and Help
    Fix Damaged Mine Lands

    Aug. 23, 2018 (Allegheny Front)-University Professor Jeff Skousen and a team of graduate students have grown giant miscanthus for close to a decade here near Alton, West Virginia, a place that wasn’t always a pasture.

    The site is one of numerous old surface coal mines across the Ohio Valley that was reclaimed, replacing the once barren ground with a layer of rocky topsoil.

    The cumulative size of land impacted by strip mines across central Appalachia is roughly the size of the state of Delaware – roughly 1.5 million acres – according to a 2018 Duke University study.

    Click now to read the encouraging story.

  • Palm Oil Can Be Sustainable
    On the Journey
    to Sustainable Palm Oil

    Aug. 8, 2019  (RAINFOREST ALLIANCE) —Millions of farmers rely on palm oil for their living, and millions more around the world use it as cooking oil and a food source, yet palm oil production often drives deforestation and causes human suffering. These issues have given palm oil an overall negative image.

    As a result, even when it is responsibly sourced, many companies prefer not to draw attention to palm oil as an ingredient in their products. This is challenging when one considers that palm oil is found in approximately half of all products we use every day, from shampoo and soap to chocolate and ice cream. And the demand for palm oil keeps growing. The hesitancy to talk about palm oil is an obstacle to the development of responsible sourcing and production.

  • What If We Ate Less Meat?
    Environmentally Optimal, Nutritionally Sound,
    Protein and Energy Conserving Plant
    Based Alternatives to U.S. Meat

    Aug. 8, 2018 (Nature)-Because meat is more resource intensive than vegetal protein sources, replacing it with efficient plant alternatives is potentially desirable, provided these alternatives prove nutritionally sound.

    We show that protein conserving plant alternatives to meat that rigorously satisfy key nutritional constraints while minimizing cropland, nitrogen fertilizer (Nr) and water use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions exist, and could improve public health. We develop a new methodology for identifying nutritional constraints whose satisfaction by plant eaters is challenging, disproportionately shaping the optimal diets, singling out energy, mass, monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamins B3,12 and D, choline, zinc, and selenium.

    By replacing meat with the devised plant alternatives—dominated by soy, green pepper, squash, buckwheat, and asparagus—Americans can collectively eliminate pastureland use while saving 35–50% of their diet related needs for cropland, Nr, and GHG emission, but increase their diet related irrigation needs by 15%. While widely replacing meat with plants is logistically and culturally challenging, few competing options offer comparable multidimensional resource use reduction.

    Click now for more.

  • The Passive House That Generates Its Own Energy
    Certified Passive House in New
    York Generates All Of Its Own Energy

    Aug. 13, 2019 (inhabitat)) -In New York’s Hudson Valley, a beautiful new beacon for sustainable, net-zero design has taken root. New York-based North River Architecture & Planning recently added another energy-efficient build to its growing portfolio of environmentally friendly projects — the Accord Passive House, a modern home that has not only achieved PHIUS+ Certification but also boasts no net energy costs annually.

    Located in the hamlet of Accord, the contemporary house is sensitive to both the environment as well as the local culture and history. The architects drew inspiration from the rural farm buildings for the design of a gabled, barn-like house that emphasizes connection with the outdoors and flexible living spaces accommodating of the homeowners’ changing needs. As with traditional farm buildings, the construction materials were selected for longevity, durability and low-maintenance properties.

  • Technologies That Can Help Feed the World
    10 Technologies To Help Feed
    the World and Not Destroy It

    July 29, 2019 (BioBrief.org)) -

    • How can the world feed nearly 10 billion people while also advancing economic development, protecting and restoring forests, and stabilizing the climate?

    • The new World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, issued by the World Bank, UN Environment and Development Programs, recommends a menu of 22 solutions served over five courses: Reduce demand growth; Increase production without expanding land use; Increase fish supply; Reduce greenhouse emissions from production; Protect and restore natural ecosystems.

    • Some items require farmers to implement best practices that already exist. Others need consumers to change behavior. Others need governments and businesses to reform policies.

    Click now to see the list and a chart.

  • Hope Springs Eternal - Global Reforestation
    Epic Reforestation:
    What is Being Done?

    Aug. 2, 2019 (BioBrief.org)) -
    • The “Great Green Wall” in Northern Africa aims to install diverse trees across nearly 5,000 miles, covering more than 20 countries. +11 million trees have already been planted in Senegal. Ethiopia planted 350 million trees in just 12 hours, Monday, July 29, as part of their effort to plant 4 billion trees.

    • Pakistan aims to plant 10 billion trees in the next five years. They’ve already planted 1 billion.

    • Mexico is investing $100M in reforestation programs that will benefit El Salvador and Honduras, “create jobs,” and “stem migration.”

    Puerto Rico is committed to large-scale reforestation of the island.

    • The UK recently announced plans to plant 10 million trees across the country.

    Click now for the whole story and a map.

  • There's “Green” Power and There's “Blue” Power?
    "Blue Power" Could Make Wastewater
    Plants Energy-Independent

    July 30, 2019 (NEW ATLAS )) -Coastal wastewater treatment plants may be a nasty but necessary way to handle the effluent from our cities, but a new study by Stanford University indicates that they could also double as power plants to make them energy independent and carbon neutral. By mixing fresh water from the plants with seawater, the researchers say they have the potential to recover 18 gigawatts of electricity worldwide.

    Watching a river flow into the sea may seem like yet another bit of variety in nature's rich tapestry, but it also represents a tremendous energy potential. Most people are aware of how rivers can be dammed and their flow controlled to turn turbines and generate useful power, but the simple mixing of salt and freshwater represents a global energy potential of two terawatts.

    Click now to read more.

  • 4 Emerging Concepts that Could Transform Cities
    4 Emerging Concepts
    that Could Transform Cities

    July 28, 2019 (BioBrief.org))

    -

    Superblocks First implemented in 2016, They limit car traffic to the perimeter of 3x3 block areas, allowing for transportation to be easily accessible to residents while creating oases for pedestrian, recreational and economic activity.

    “Complete” or “Shared” Streets Car-oriented urban design is coming under pressure as many cities experience increases in road injuries and fatalities, poor air quality days and traffic jams.

    Non-motorized Connectivity Giving people new ways to reach destinations and be active on foot, by bike, and by other non-motorized modes is another way cities are reacting to this challenge. Perhaps the most powerful symbol of this new movement is in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Living with Water “Nature-based solutions” are increasingly common across European cities and beyond, reversing a decades-long tradition of favoring “grey” or “hard” infrastructure solutions.

    Click now for expanded details and photos.

  • Think You Hate Maggots? Think Again!
    Maggots, the Future of Food:
    High In Protein With a
    Small Carbon Footprint, the
    Only Issue Is The Cringe Factor

    July 13, 2020 (Post Magazine) -It may be hard to understand the appeal of plunging your hand into a pile of writhing maggots. But the sensation is uniquely tactile, not at all unpleasant, as thousands of soft, plump grubs, each the size of a grain of rice, wriggle against your skin, tiny mouth­parts gently poking your flesh.

    For Lauren Taranow and her employees, it’s just another day at work.

    Taranow is the president of Symton BSF, where the larvae of black soldier flies are harvested and sold as food for exotic pets such as lizards, birds, even hedgehogs. Her “maggot farm”, as she styles it, is part of a burgeoning industry, one with the potential to revolutionize the way we feed the world. That’s because of the black soldier fly larva’s remarkable ability to transform nearly any kind of organic waste – cafeteria refuse, manure, even toxic algae – into high-quality protein, all while leaving a smaller carbon footprint than it found.

    You won’t have to hold your nose
    to read to the story by clicking now.

  • How to Do a True Net-Zero Building
    Inside One of Pennsylvania’s Most Energy-Efficient Buildings

    July 12, 2020 (Allegheny Front) -During the summer, things quiet down at Millersville University. It’s a good time for prospective students and their parents to check out the campus in Lancaster County.

    The first stop on their tour is a brand-new, $10 million building, called the Lombardo Welcome Center. It’s the first building in Pennsylvania to get a zero-energy certification from the International Living Future Institute—a Seattle-based organization that promotes sustainable construction.

    “Net-zero means it produces as much energy as it consumes in a year,” explains Kathy Schreiber, a professor of geography, who teaches about environmental issues and sustainability at Millersville.

    Click now to read and/or
    listen to the story.

  • Feeding the World Without Destroying The Planet
    How to Feed the World
    Without Destroying The Planet

    July 1, 2020 (National Geographic) -Ensuring healthy diets for an expected global population of nearly 10 billion people in 2050, while at the same time improving the world those people live in, will require sweeping changes to farming and how we produce food, according to a new report.

    “There is a pathway to achieve this but the challenge is even bigger than any of us thought,” said Richard Waite of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and co-author of “Creating A Sustainable Food Future: Final Report.”

  • From Shipping Containers We Get Housing?
    TRS Studio Turns Shipping
    Containers Into Low
    -Cost Pachacutec Housing

    inhabitat, June 6, 2019  - Improved housing could soon be coming to Pachacutec, a dusty shantytown on the outskirts of Lima. Peruvian architectural practice TRS Studio has proposed low-cost cargotecture dwellings that not only are sensitive to the local vernacular, but also offer improved comfort and safety as compared to existing housing. The single-family homes would be made from shipping containers and recycled materials, including oriented strand board, wooden planks and polycarbonate panels.

    Each modular house consists of two floors. The first floor comprises the main living areas, including a kitchenette, as well as the master bedroom in the rear and an 18-square-meter space for a side garden or flexible recreational space. The second floor houses two additional bedrooms and a study that could be converted into a fourth bedroom. The natural finish of the construction materials would be left exposed yet reinforced for long-term durability. The shipping container frame, for instance, would be reinforced with steel columns, while unpainted OSB boards would be used for dividing walls. Recycled polycarbonate roofing would let in plenty of natural light indoors.

    Interested? Click now to read the story and see a slideshow.

  • Could an Airstream Be Your Next Home?
    A 1989 Airstream is
    Converted Into a Modern Home On
    Wheels For a Family of 6<

    inhabitat, June 5, 2019  - Colorado-based Timeless Travel Trailers has unveiled a bevy of stunning converted Airstreams, but its latest design is by far one of its best. Re-configuring a 30-year-old, 37-foot Airstream Excella for a family of six was challenging to say the least, but the designers came through in spades, creating a sleek, contemporary home on wheels complete with plenty of seating and sleeping space for the family.

    Families often dream of hitting the road in a beautiful RV, but when it comes to large families, the logistics of traveling with so many can be a headache. Thankfully, when the design team was approached by a New York family about renovating an old Airstream that would be able to comfortably hold their family of six, the Colorado-based company took the challenge head on.

    Interested? Click now to read the story and see a slideshow.

  • India’s Garden City of the 21st Century
    UNStudio Envisions a “Garden City
    of the 21st Century” for India

    Inhabitat, May 28, 2019  - UNStudio has unveiled designs for Karle Town Center (KTC), a new innovative tech campus in Bangalore, dubbed the “Silicon Valley of India.”

    Currently under construction, the campus will feature contemporary architecture painted in UNStudio and Monopol Color’s unique and patented ‘Coolest White’ for a striking contrast against Bangalore’s dense green canopy. Resiliency and health are also major themes in the design of KTC, which will not only maximize passive design techniques and feature expanses of green space, but it will also integrate “sensorial technologies” that draw on a user dataset collection to create a more responsive and customizable environment for the betterment of workers and residents alike.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • Look What’s New in Texas Pre-Fab Homes
    Texas Solar-powered Prefab
    Home Features a Whimsical
    Pop Art Water Catchment System

    Inhabitat, May 27, 2019  - It’s always interesting to see the homes of architectural professionals, but one Texas home builder is blowing our minds with his custom-made design. When builder Jeff Derebery and his wife Janice Fischer were ready to build their own house just outside of Austin, they reached out to OM Studio Design and Lindal Cedar Homes to bring their dream to fruition.

    The result is a gorgeous prefab home that features a substantial number of sustainable features such as solar power and LED lights, as well as whimsical touches that reflect the homeowners’ personalities such as a water catchment system concealed under the guise of pop art.

    Click now for the story and a slideshow.

  • Sustainable Development Goals Are Not Being Met
    Despite Global Electricity
    Access Sustainable Development
    Goals Are Not Being Met

    Renewable Energy World, May 22, 2019  - A new report produced by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) and released this week says that despite significant progress in recent years, the world is falling short of meeting the global energy targets set in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) for 2030.

    Ensuring affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by 2030 remains possible but will require more sustained efforts, particularly to reach some of the world’s poorest populations and to improve energy sustainability, according to the report.

    Click now for the whole story.

  • Colorado's Sustainable, Affordable Housing
    Sustainable, Affordable Housing and
    Tiny Homes In Colorado

    Inhabitat, May 13, 2019  -The small resort-town of Telluride in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is known for its world-class skiing, remote location and, until now, lack of low-cost housing. When the tourist numbers begin to pile up during the busy season, those working in the hospitality industry at restaurants, shops and resorts are often forced to endure a long commute from the areas outside of town, where prices are cheaper.

    The buildings are placed at the base of a tree-covered mountain, and the exterior is made of high-quality wooden panels and a variety of metals, including steel. The apartment building utilizes open-air stairs and wooden balconies, while the boarding house has a huge deck with mountain views and a canopy for protection from the elements. Inside the boarding house, communal lounges and two kitchens are available for tenants to use.

    Interested? Click now for whole story and a slideshow.

  • Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Don't Play Chicken
    Can Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Make Crickets the Next Chicken?

    Science News, May 2, 2019  - Trina Chiasson was raised in a log cabin, learned to spin plates in Chicago’s circus arts community, dreamed up a software company and three years later sold it to a bigger company. Her next challenge: building a business, called Ovipost, that brings better technology to cricket farming.

    “I didn’t know any cricket farmers growing up, I know you’ll be shocked to learn,” she says. Yet she’s jumped into this new frontier of insect agriculture and, she hopes, a more sustainable food system. It’s all about reinventing ranching, but with six legs.

    Interested? Click now for the story.

  • Are You Living a Low-Carbon Life?
    Could You Live a Low Carbon Life?
    Meet the People Who Already Are

    The Guaudian, May 4, 2019  - Some want a clear conscience. Others want to see if they are up to the challenge. But none of them want to wait until 2050 to cut their carbon emissions down to near-zero.

    Across the country, environmentalists of all ages – from seven to 75 – are taking action now to lead low-carbon lives.

    Interested? Click now to learn more.

  • Pollinators Need All the Help They Can Get
    A Powerful Force for Pollinators
    – National Garden Clubs

    Mar.26, 2019 National Wildlife Federation -National Garden Clubs, Inc. launched its nationwide effort “Bee a Wildlife Action Hero” in 2014 which encouraged thousands of members to plant garden habitats and be recognized as National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitats®. These habitats replenish resources for wildlife locally and along migratory corridors by providing food, water, cover, and places to raise young through sustainable practices.

    Click to read more and learn about
    the The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge.

  • Burgers Will Be “Impossible” at Burger King
    Burger King Is Going To Start Selling
    a Meat-Free “Impossible Whopper”

    M.I.T. Technology ReviewApr. 1, 2019 - The plant-based burger will be available at 57 locations in St. Louis starting today, but it could eventually be available in all the company’s 7,200 US restaurants—and beyond—if the trial is successful.

    The patty incorporates heme extracted from soy plants’ roots. Heme is a molecule found in every living plant and animal, but most abundantly in animals. The company that created the burger, Impossible Foods, says that “heme is what makes meat taste like meat.”

  • Build a Wall, But the Right Kind of Wall
    What If The US-Mexico Border
    Wall Was an Energy Corridor
    That Could Pay For Itself?

    Renewable Energy World, Mar.6, 2019 - Instead of a wall, build a first-of-its-kind energy park that spans the 1,954 miles of the border between the United States and Mexico to bring energy, water, jobs and border security to the region.

    That's the audacious plan put forward by a consortium of 28 prestigious engineers and scientists from across the nation who propose that the two nations work together on an enormous infrastructure project: a complex train of solar energy panels, wind turbines, natural gas pipelines, desalination facilities that together would create an industrial park along the border unlike anything found anywhere else in the world.

  • Avocado-Based Biodegradable Cutlery And Straws
    Biofase Pushes The Eco
    Envelope With Its Avocado-Based
    Biodegradable Cutlery and Straws

    Feb. 8, 2019 Buffalo Rising -Morelia, Michoacán-based Biofase has come up with biodegradable cutlery and straws that are made out from avocado seeds/pits. The reason that this is so significant is that avocado seeds typically equate to huge industrial waste. In the past, using food stock to create biodegradable products has been frowned upon, as there are people still starving in the world. But with discarded avocado seeds, which are essentially considered a waste product, it’s a win-win for sustainability.

    Not only that, but the large masses of spent avocado seeds means that the producing the biodegradable cutlery and straws can be competitively priced to sell. What is especially interesting about all of this is that the process was not discovered by a large company with limitless resources. Instead it was researched and brought to market by a chemical engineering student by the name of Scott Mungía.

  • Powering the Sustainable Future
    How Utilities and
    Consumers Can Join Forces to
    Power the Sustainable Future

    Feb. 4, 2019 Renewable Energy World -Since 1996, the World Bank reports we have massively reduced our energy consumption per capita from 3879kg to 2775kg oil equivalent. However, since 2014 progress has plateaued somewhat, and with some ways towards meeting minimum environmental goals, we have taken all the easiest steps towards greater efficiency and the need to shift our attention to significant minimal gains.

    Initiatives from the smart meter roll out to environmental levies upon suppliers are bringing attention to the way we generate and consume energy. Meanwhile in the retail sector, ‘all green’ energy tariffs from the likes of Bulb and Ovo are gaining market share.

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SW Florida News Stories (in the past year)

  • South Florida Sustainability Achievements in 2019
    2019 Sustainable
    Communities Workshop Recap

    Jan. 1, 2020 (UF IFAS Extension)-

  • Will FPL Get's Its Way on Renewing an Old Nuke Plant?
    FPL Could Get Ok to Run
    Turkey Point’s Nuclear
    Plant For 80 Years

    Oct. 29, 2019  (Miami Herald)-The Turkey Point nuclear power plant has moved a key step closer to receiving a 20-year extension to remain in operation through 2050, after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission released a favorable environmental impact statement Monday.

    In 2018, Florida Power & Light became the first power company in the U.S. to apply for a second 20-year extension for two reactors. If granted, the reactors would be operating twice as long as the original 40-year license. Federal regulators have previously extended the lifespan of Turkey Point’s two reactors, which went into operation in 1972 and 1973, granting a first 20-year extension in 2002.

  • The Battle Over Fish Farming In The Open Ocean Heats Up
    The Battle Over Fish
    Farming In the Open Ocean Heats
    Up, As EPA Permit Looms

    Sept. 18, 2019 (NPR)-Americans eat an average of 16 pounds of fish each year, and that number is growing. But how to meet our demand for fish is a controversial question, one that is entering a new chapter as the Environmental Protection Agency seeks to approve the nation's only aquaculture pen in federal waters.

    Fish farming has been positioned by its boosters as a sustainable alternative to wild-caught seafood and an economic driver that would put our oceans to work. So far, restrictions on where aquaculture operations can be located have kept the U.S. industry relatively small. In 2016, domestic aquaculture in state-controlled waters accounted for about $1.6 billion worth of seafood, or about 20% of the country's seafood production.

    But the biggest potential home for aquaculture, federally controlled ocean waters, has so far been off limits….

    Click now to read the story.

  • Algae Warning Signs Around Lake Okeechobee
    Do Algae Warning SignsAround Lake Okeechobee Signal
    More Than Health Risks?

    Sept. 13, 2019  (News-Press) —The end of subtropical summer signals more than back-to-school traffic: Usually, cooler, drier weather means reduced chances of harmful algae blooms in the region’s rivers, lakes and canals.

    “If the temperatures were dropping, I’d say ‘Oh, the season’s over,’ but it doesn’t look like they’re dropping.” In fact, he said, “They went back up. We’re seeing 90-degree (days) and that’s going to be great for cyanobacteria.”

  • Untreated Sewage Dumping: St. Pete’s Deplorable Record
    St. Pete Has Sent
    More Than 21 Million Gals.
    of Improperly Treated Sewage Into
    the Aquifer Since 2018

    Aug. 20 2017 (Tampa Bay Times)-ST. PETERSBURG — Days after Subtropical Storm Alberto dumped heavy rain on this city in May 2018, officials gave themselves a glowing report card on progress made repairing its leaky sewage system.

    “The city’s infrastructure handled the inundation from the storm’s rainfall completely and without incident,” read a May 29 posting on the city’s website.

    But the city didn’t tell the public that a few weeks earlier, it had pumped nearly 19 million gallons of wastewater into the Floridan aquifer that didn’t meet state or federal standards.

    Click now to read the disturbing article.

  • The Wilderness Under Threat From Planned Roads
    Planned Roads Could Imperil Florida's panthers—and Last Remaining Wilderness

    Aug. 16, 2019 (National Geographic)-Southwest Florida is still a wild place, where you can encounter a bear, a bobcat, or a panther. These creatures roam through large territories, and depend on a patchwork of public and private lands called the Florida wildlife corridor, which strings its way throughout the state.

    One such spot is Babcock Ranch, a mix of cypress swamps and sprawling pastures in which cows and birds like endangered wood storks commingle. In November 2016, biologists from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spotted a female Florida panther here, and allowed photographer Carlton Ward Jr. to set up a camera trap in a nearby grove of oak trees. He later photographed the cat with two cubs.

    Click now to read all about it.

  • Would You Like a Little Radon With That Home?
    Radon Gas and Florida's Development

    Aug. 11, 2019 (The Bradenton Times) -Radon is found in one out of every four Florida homes. Every citizen, whether they are aware of the problem or not, is affected. All exposure to radon is potentially harmful. Radon is an odorless, colorless, radioactive, gaseous element that results from the breaking down of radium.

    Numerous studies support the clear and simple fact that radon exposure is a serious public health hazard. Indeed, more is known about the adverse health effects of radon exposure than any other environmental pollutant. Indoor radon air pollution is the number one environmental pollutant in Florida.

    Click now to read more.

  • Hey Florida Schools: Get the Lead Out
    Is There Any Excuse
    For Failing to Test
    For Lead in Our Schools?

    July 25, 2019 (mwfDailynews.com)-According to a statewide investigation conducted by WFTS-Tampa Bay late last year, 68% of Florida’s school districts do not test for lead in drinking water, or only partially test. Further, according to this same investigation, Gulf County’s public schools do not test for lead in the water, but, rather, rely on public utilities to perform such testing. However, as the recent public water debacle in Flint, Michigan has shown, and as reputable and independent experts have been warning for more than a decade, public utility testing for lead cannot be relied upon to protect our children’s health.

    Earlier this year, Florida Senator Janet Cruz sponsored a bill, SB 66, that would’ve added water filters in all of Florida’s older schools (including ours in Gulf County) to filter out lead particles from corroded pipes. As Ms. De La Vega’s recent Letter to the Editor pointed out, however, SB 66 failed in Florida’s 2019 legislative session. Admirably, in response to this temporary legislative setback, Senator Cruz has started a $250,000 fundraising effort to add water filters to Hillsborough County’s 136 schools.

    Click now for this wretched story.

  • Santa Fe River Won't Be Sullied by Phosphate Mining
    Alachua Commissioner Hutchinson
    Will Not Santa Fe
    River to Be Sullied

    July 18, 2019 (Our Santa Fe River)- With Commissioner Hutchinson’s permission, your historian read the following statement to the Bradford County Commissioners at their meeting tonight, July 18, 2019.

    We have said before that property rights might include anything you want, but they do not include putting at risk the Santa Fe River and New River, which belong to the people of Florida and NOT to HPS II Enterprises. This business created to make money for the owners may NOT jeopardize our rivers. It is a fact that all phosphate companies undergo accidents, which include process water spills that kill wildlife, and sinkholes that may pollute the aquifer.

    Our own permitting agencies such as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Army Corps of Engineers protect industry at the expense of our water resources. Mining companies may say that they follow the legal aspects of the law, but that does not bring back our ruined rivers.

  • Air Quality in Venice is an Issue
    Air Quality Issues in Venice

    July 14, 2019 (Bradenton Times)) -The City of Venice currently has only one air pollution monitoring station. As a result, there is a serious and permanent gap in the City of Venice's air monitoring records. A major concern, not only for being able to tell asthmatics and heart patients they shouldn't venture outside on a given high ozone level day, but to know whether action should be taken to improve air quality, such as by reducing emissions of ozone-causing chemicals like nitrogen dioxide.

    Air quality is an important part of the quality of life, and monitoring its condition is just as important as monitoring the health of the city's water bodies. A large number of residents in Venice are in a high-risk category for sensitivity to air pollution.

    Click now to learn more.

  • Hey, Sunshine State. Isn’t It Time You Acted Like It!
    Florida’s Utilities Keep Homeowners
    From Making the Most of Solar Power

    July 7, 2019 NY Times - ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Florida calls itself the Sunshine State. But when it comes to the use of solar power, it trails 19 states, including not-so-sunny Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Maryland.

    Solar experts and environmentalists blame the state’s utilities.

    The utilities have hindered potential rivals seeking to offer residential solar power. They have spent tens of millions of dollars on lobbying, ad campaigns and political contributions. And when homeowners purchase solar equipment, the utilities have delayed connecting the systems for months.

    Upset? Click now to read more.

  • Florida Voters Do Care About Climate Action
    New Poll Shows Florida Voters Support Climate Action

    June 25, 2020 (Yale Climate Change Communication) -71% of Florida voters support government action to address climate change.

    81% of them are worried about the impacts of extreme weather.

    A new poll out today shows Florida voters are looking to candidates for climate solutions as they experience the impacts of climate change on their state.

    Among Florida voters, climate change is politically a salient issue.

    Click now to read on.

  • Where These Toxic PFAs Are Hiding
    Toxic PFAS Chemical Found
    In Florida — Here's Where

    May 13, 2019 The Patch -A new report shows that hundreds of sites nationwide — including 22 in Florida — have been contaminated with highly toxic chemicals, including drinking water systems that serve an estimated 19 million people.

    "We want the cleanest air, we want crystal clean water – and that's what we're doing," Trump said during a speech at the White House.

    Researchers at the Environmental Working Group, an activist nonprofit group, said that at least 610 places in 43 states are now known to be contaminated with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS. That's up from the 172 the organization had identified in July 2018.

    Concerned? Click now for the story
    and a map showing their locations.

  • FPL is Bringing Solar to the Sunshine State
    FPL Plans To Build Four
    New Solar Power Plants In 2019

    Renewable Energy World, Mar.5, 2019 - Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) this week announced plans to build four new solar power plants this year that are expected to begin powering customers in early 2020:
    • Okeechobee Solar Energy Center, Okeechobee County
    • Hibiscus Solar Energy Center, Palm Beach County
    • Echo River Solar Energy Center, Suwannee County
    • Southfork Solar Energy Center, Manatee County

    "The construction of four additional solar energy centers is just the latest demonstration of our laser focus on advancing solar energy for all of our customers, while keeping their bills lower than 90 percent of the country," said Eric Silagy, FPL president and CEO. "These solar plants are part of our commitment to installing 30 million more solar panels by 2030 across more than 100 new solar sites, resulting in the creation of thousands of jobs here in our state."

  • Ban Smoking on Beaches - No Butts About It?
    The New Smoking Ban Frontier:
    Removing Butts From Beaches

    Jan. 14, 2019 Tampa Bay Times - Smokers in Florida can't light up in restaurants, stores, offices and government buildings. Now one Florida state senator wants to add another location to the no-smoking list: the state's beaches.

    Now that indoor smoking bans have largely succeeded, anti-tobacco forces are turning their attention to outdoor spots such as beaches and parks. But their argument is no longer focused on the health effects of second-hand smoke. Instead, measures like SB 218 by Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, are about eliminating litter — getting butts off beaches.

    Click now to learn more.

  • Way to Go, St. Pete
    City Council Votes
    ‘No’ on Plastic Straws
    and Restricts Plastic Foam

    Environment Florida, Dec. 13, 2018 - The St. Petersburg City Council passed an ordinance this evening that will significantly reduce the use of single-use plastic straws and expanded polystyrene (commonly referred to as Styrofoam) in the city.

    “This is a great step forward in St. Petersburg’s efforts to protect our precious coastal community,” said St. Petersburg City Council Member Gina Driscoll.“This small change will make a big difference when everyone is participating!”

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  • 2.64 GW Dominion Offshore Wind Could Be World’s Largest
    Dominion’s Planned US Offshore
    Wind Project Could Be
    World’s Largest at 2.64 Gw

    Jan. 7, 2020 (Renewable Energy World)- Today, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) said that Dominion Energy named it the preferred supplier for what could be the largest offshore wind farm in the world. The project will be an expansion of the 12-MW Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) pilot project, which is also not yet begun. The 12-MW CVOW project will be the first offshore wind project to be built in U.S. federal waters and will use Siemens Gamesa’s 6-MW SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines.

    CVOW could be online in 2020 within a research lease area adjacent to site of the proposed 2.64-GW project, said Siemens.

    A long-term service and maintenance agreement is included for the site located off the coast of Virginia. The agreement furthermore foresees utilizing turbines from Siemens Gamesa’s Direct Drive offshore wind turbine platform.

  • Record Wind Power Set in Denmark for 2019
    Denmark Sources Record 47%
    of Power From Wind In 2019

    Jan. 2, 2020 (Reuters)-Denmark sourced almost half its electricity consumption from wind power last year, a new record boosted by steep cost reductions and improved offshore technology.

    Wind accounted for 47% of Denmark's power usage in 2019, the country's grid operator Energinet said on Thursday citing preliminary data, up from 41% in 2018 and topping the previous record of 43% in 2017.

    European countries are global leaders in utilizing wind power but Denmark is far in front of nearest rival Ireland, which sourced 28% of its power from wind in 2018 according to data from industry group WindEurope.

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  • Sen. Ted Cruz Wins Wind Energy Award
    Senator Ted Cruz Receives Tri Global
    Energy's 2019 Wind Leadership Award

    Dec. 23, 2019 (investor ideas.com)- Tri Global Energy, a leading U.S. originator and developer of utility-scale wind energy projects, today announced that U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is the 2019 recipient of the Tri Global Energy Wind Leadership Award, recognizing commitment to wind development and to the people who rely on wind farms to support their families and communities.

    "I am honored to receive this award," said Senator Cruz. "Texas leads the nation in both renewable and fossil energy production, and I'm proud to represent a state that understands the importance of utilizing all forms of our energy resources. Harnessing the power of wind in Texas has not only created jobs and helped grow our state's economy, but it has broadened and diversified our energy production to support our nation's energy independence for future generations."

  • Denmark is Just a Lot of Wind
    Denmark Plans $30 Billion
    Offshore Wind Island That
    Could Power 10 Million Homes

    Dec. 10, 2019 (Reuters)-Denmark is moving forward with plans to build an artificial island tying in power from offshore wind farms of up to 10 gigawatts (GW) of capacity, more than enough to supply all households, as part of efforts to meet ambitious climate change targets.

    Denmark is home to wind turbine giant Vestas and the world’s largest developer of offshore wind,, and recently approved a law which targets reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 70% by 2030.

    The energy ministry is looking for the right location to build one or more islands surrounded by offshore wind farms with a total capacity of at least 10 GW - equivalent to 10 million European households’ electricity consumption.

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  • More WindPower Means More Transmission
    For America, More Wind
    Power Means More Transmission

    Nov. 29, 2019  (energycentral)-The quote made famous in the great 1989 film, Field of Dreams, “If you build it, they will come” is often cited by proponents of wind and transmission development. With a life of 40 to 50 years, transmission structures will almost certainly return significant economic benefits for many years once constructed.

    The unprecedented recent push for offshore wind power along the Atlantic coast highlights a large opportunity for transmission developers. Along with this planned development, it has become clear that a tremendous amount of new high-voltage transmission and grid infrastructure upgrades are needed.

  • NexrtEra's Success Is Blowing in the Wind
    Now Worth Over $100B,
    Nextera Owes Its
    Rise To Wind Power

    Nov. 15, 2019  (Renewable Energy World)-

    Two decades ago, when coal ruled U.S. power generation, a Florida utility plowed some of its extra cash into a wind farm atop a desolate Oregon plateau. It was the start of an unimaginably successful bet.

    This year, that company — now named NextEra Energy Inc/. — became the world’s first utility with a market capitalization of more than $100 billion, thanks largely to its clean-power business. It’s almost twice as valuable as the oil major ConocoPhillips and has developed enough wind and solar farms across the U.S. and Canada to power the entire nation of Greece. Shares have doubled in four years, outperforming virtually every other stock in the industry.

  • Wind Energy Investment for Canadian Pension Fund
    Pattern Group to Be Bought By Canadian Pension Fund

    Nov. 4, 2019  (WindPower)—The total enterprise value of the deal amounts to $6.1 billion, including debt, Pattern said. Newswire Reuters reported the value of the transaction to be around $2.63 billion.

    Shareholders will receive a cash consideration of $26.75/share, a 14.8% premium on Pattern Energy's 9 August closing share price — prior to rumours of a takeover.

    CPPIB will also combine Pattern Energy and its sister company Pattern Development — currently backed by private investment firm Riverstone Holdings — in to "common ownership".

  • Trade Barriers Hampering the China Wind Power Industry
    China Wind Power: Trade Barriers Hampering the Industry

    Oct. 15, 2019  (WINDPOWER Monthly)-The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), along with the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena), the Chinese Wind Energy Association (CWEA) and the Chinese Renewable Energy Association (CREA) have organized the first Beijing Renewable Energy Investment Summit (BREIS) alongside the country’s main trade show.

    At the launch of the summit, GWEC CEO Ben Backwell said the current public support for action on climate change was at "unprecedented" levels.

    "And yet, every week we are hearing talk about new trade barriers and new restrictions on badly needed investments being introduced. Whether we are in Beijing, Brussels or Washington, we all face a common problem and need to cooperate to replace fossil fuels with renewables as fast as possible and at the lowest cost," said Backwell.

  • If You Must Have Oil Rigs, Power Them With Wind
    88-MW Floating Offshore
    Wind Farm to Power
    Offshore Oil Rigs in Norway

    Oct. 11, 2019  (Bloomberg News)-Equinor ASA made a final decision to invest in floating wind turbines to power offshore oil platforms off Norway after the government agreed to subsidize a large part of the cost.

    Hywind Tampen will cost a total of almost 5 billion kroner ($550 million), it said in a statement on Friday. That’s in line with the state-controlled company’s earlier estimate.

    The project to set up 11 turbines in the North Sea with a total capacity of 88 megawatts to supply electricity to platforms on two oil fields will be the first of its kind and the biggest floating wind power project in the world. The technology isn’t profitable yet without subsidies and Hywind Tampen is only going ahead after the government agreed in August to contribute as much as 2.3 billion kroner in support, in addition to capital made available by an industry fund.

  • Virginia Proposes $8B Ratepayer-Backed Offshore Wind Farm
    Virginia Proposes $8b
    Ratepayer-Backed
    Offshore Wind Farm

    Sept. 23, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)-Dominion Energy Inc.’s customers have been pressing the Virginia utility giant for years to source more clean energy. On Thursday, the company heeded their call — with a $7.8 billion, ratepayer-backed plan to build the largest offshore wind farm in America.

    The proposal is unprecedented. Never has a utility pitched an offshore wind project of this size — big enough to power 650,000 homes — and in such a way that would have its customers shouldering the costs.

  • Extending the Lifetime of Wind Turbines
    How to Extend the
    Lifetime Of Wind Turbines

    Sept. 20, 2019 (Renewable Energy World)-Although wind turbines generally are designed for a service life of 20 years, many can continue to operate past their original design life. In fact, the lifetime of a wind turbine can often be extended by minor and low-cost repairs. This article describes the methods and results of a safety evaluation of wind turbines.

  • Fish Behavior and Wind Turbine Technology
    How Fish Behavior Can
    Enhance Wind Turbine Technology

    Sept. 10, 2019 (Futurity.org)-CALTECH (US) In current wind farms, all of the turbines rotate in the same direction. But while studying the vortices left behind by fish swimming in a school, fluid-dynamics expert John Dabiri noticed that some vortices rotated clockwise, while others rotated counter-clockwise.

    He and colleagues at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) are identifying energy-related processes in biological systems that may provide insight into new approaches to—in this case—wind energy.

    Dabiri became inspired by observations of schooling fish, and the suggestion that there is constructive hydrodynamic interference between the wakes of neighboring fish, “It turns out that many of the same physical principles can be applied to the interaction of vertical-axis wind turbines,” said the professor.

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  • Europe’s Wind Power Potential
    Europe’s Wind Potential is 100x
    Higher, Could Power the World

    Aug. 16 2017 (Renewable Energy World)-According to a new analysis by the UK’s University of Sussex and Denmark’s Aarhus University, Europe can potentially generate 100x the current amount of energy generated, and produce enough power to power the world until 2050, if it were to maximize land use for onshore wind capacity.

    The researchers have found that should all of Europe’s onshore wind capacity be realized, total generation on the continent would reach 52.5 TW – enough to power the globe until 2050. That figure translates to 1 MW for every 16 European citizens.

  • Coal-Mining State Wind Farm Will Use More Efficient Turbines
    Wyoming Wind Farm to Use
    More Efficient Turbines

    Aug. 15 2017 (Electric Light & Power)-Bigger, more efficient equipment will allow an electric utility to redevelop Wyoming's first commercial wind farm so it produces the same amount of power with far fewer turbines, an example of the growing feasibility of renewable energy in the top U.S. coal-mining state.

    Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp plans to replace 68 wind turbines at the Foote Creek I wind farm with 13 turbines. The wind farm atop the barren and blustery ridge called Foote Creek Rim west of Cheyenne will continue to generate about 41 MW, or enough electricity to power nearly 20,000 homes.

    Solar power often gets attention for efficiency gains but many U.S. utilities also are working to squeeze more MW out of wind, PacifiCorp spokesman Spencer Hall said.

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  • 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.

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  • World’s Largest Wind Farm Comning N.J.
    N.J. Just Gave the Green
    Light to Build the Nation’s
    Largest Offshore Wind Farm

    June 21, 2019 tableau -The nation’s largest offshore wind farm is one step closer to reality off the Jersey Shore.

    On Friday, the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities granted the state’s first award for offshore wind to the Danish energy company Ørsted and Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) for the proposed 1,100-megawatt Ocean Wind project.

  • Do You Want Wind Energy? Go Fly a Kite  
    An Innovative Approach to
    Making Electricity From the Wind

    June 6, 2019 The Economist -The wind blowing more strongly at higher altitudes is why wind turbines have grown ever taller. The blade tips of today’s biggest now reach up a dizzying 260 metres, the height of the Transamerica building in San Francisco. Many dream of capturing stronger winds even higher up than that, but building taller turbine masts and constructing blades able to withstand the terrifying stresses involved in high-altitude wind gathering are costly. A number of firms are therefore developing a different and, they hope, ultimately cheaper approach to generating electricity at great heights. Their idea is to skip the mast altogether. Instead they propose to fly kites.

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