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Faunalytics: Does farm-animal advocacy work?

Again and again, Americans have been told to eat less meat, or to stop eating meat altogether. The message has been delivered by doctors at the …

Farm Animals

How China's plastic ban has Southeast Asia scrambling for solutions

<b>With China refusing to accept the low-grade plastic waste that the West once poured there, the developing nations of Southeast Asia are buckling</b> …

South-east Asia

Power Worth Less Than Zero Spreads as Green Energy Floods the Grid

Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants.<p>With wind and solar …

Renewable Energy

When Your Child Believes Meat Is Murder

After viewing “Blackfish,” a documentary about the mistreatment of animals at SeaWorld, Jeffrey Miller’s daughter, Hannah, became concerned that eating meat was murder. Last year, she decided to become a vegetarian.<p>“Our 14-year-old has completely bailed on meat of her own accord, so we’ve had to do …

Diets

You’ve Heard of Outsourced Jobs, but Outsourced Pollution? It’s Real, and Tough to Tally Up

Over the past decade, both the United States and Europe have made major strides in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions at home. That trend is often held up as a sign of progress in the fight against climate change.<p>But those efforts look a lot less impressive once you take trade into account. …

Fossil Fuels

New German movement aims to revive country's left

One of Germany's most prominent left-wing politicians has introduced the "Aufstehen" or "Stand Up" movement aimed at reviving the country's ailing left and forming a government with a social agenda.<p>"What we experience in Germany right now is a solid crisis of democracy," Wagenknecht said at a press …

Europe

ISO-NE proposes market bridge to valuing fuel security

Dive Brief:<p>ISO-New England filed proposed interim revisions to its capacity market rules with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday, …

Natural Gas

Can we consume less without wrecking the economy?

Environmentalists say our species' addiction to consumption is responsible for climate change and a host of other environment ills. It's also a …

World Bank

Trump donor buys California power plant, asks feds to change energy market

Late last year, a company tied to one of President Trump’s campaign donors took possession of a bankrupt power plant in Kern County.<p>Now, the company …

Natural Gas

DVR ‘Power Save’ Modes Waste $1.8 Billion Annually

The headline of a recent blog from Sense was provocative and to the point: “Cable DVRs Promote Fake Power Saving Mode.”<p>Testing done by the Cambridge, …

Remote Controls

This Is How America Nearly Nuked A Canal Through Central America

The Panama Canal is, inarguably, a remarkable feat of engineering. Most people know that it’s an artificial construct connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, but it certainly wasn’t a matter of simply digging it out of the earth in a matter of months.<p>The French, buoyed by their recent success …

Throwing Away Electricity

There’s no such thing as a free lunch, but there could be free electricity, at least on occasion. The march of renewable-energy production means that …

With Brexit looming, energy sector builds new links to Europe

While Westminster attempts to deliver Brexit within months, the UK’s energy system is set to become dramatically more dependent on the EU just as Britain leaves.<p>Today, four cables – known as interconnectors – between the UK and Ireland, France and the Netherlands have a capacity of 4GW, providing …

Garbage companies are refusing your recycling. The trade war with China will make it worse

Across the Bay Area, recycling companies are in a crunch to find places overseas where they can sell plastic yogurt cups and junk mail flyers.<p>China …

Germany’s Failed Climate Goals

A Wake-Up Call for Governments Everywhere<p>Cooling towers at the lignite coal-fired power plant in Janschwalde, Germany. Photographer: Krisztian …

FERC Move Could Undermine NJ Clean-Energy Policies

Ruling by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that state subsidies of nuclear and renewable energy are ‘unjust and unreasonable’ could unravel range …

The Arid West Moves East, With Big Implications For Agriculture

The American West appears to be moving east. New research shows the line on the map that divides the North American continent into arid Western regions and humid Eastern regions is shifting, with profound implications for American agriculture.<p>In western Oklahoma, farmers like Benji White and his …

Rocky Mountains

Can vegetarians save the planet? Why campaigns to ban meat send the wrong message on climate change

Thought Experiment<p>WeWork, the co-working mega-giant, recently instituted a new policy at its office spaces across the world: No more meat.<p>Amid some backlash, the company said the decision was an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment. And while this is a truly …

WeWork Was Right To Go Vegetarian

Writing for NBC this week, the science journalist Erin Biba criticizes WeWork for taking its communal workplaces vegetarian, on the grounds that “it lets fossil fuel companies off the hook.” As if there’s only one hook.<p>It’s a weird argument, that we can only do one thing to fight climate change. A …

World heading toward an uninhabitable 'Hothouse' new study warns

Earth is at risk of entering uninhabitable conditions, according to a new study released on Monday. Scientists have dubbed the scenario "Hothouse Earth".<p>The findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), reveal that under these potential "hothouse Earth" conditions, …

We’ve been talking about a national grid for years. It might be time to do it.

A massive new study confirms a national energy grid would pay for itself.<p>The US does not have a national energy grid.<p>Instead, functionally speaking, it has three grids: the Eastern Interconnection, ERCOT (a Texas grid, basically), and the Western Interconnection. Though there are a few small ties …

We’re drowning in trash. These Dutch scientists have a solution.

By Rachel Nuwer<p><i>Rachel Nuwer is an award-winning freelance journalist based in Brooklyn.</i><p>PETTEN, Netherlands — Hidden behind undulating sand dunes and fog rolling off the North Sea, the sprawling, gated campus of the Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (ECN) sits on a spit of land about an hour …

Fossil Fuels

California’s huge energy decision: link its grid to its neighbors, or stay autonomous?

The state must decide how jealously to guard its clean energy progress.<p>California is America’s undisputed clean energy leader, a kind of cultural and economic island, liberal enough to pass bold climate policies and big enough (the world’s sixth-largest economy, were it a nation) for them to …

Fossil Fuels

The Quiet Undoing: How Regional Electricity Market Reforms Threaten State Clean Energy Goals

27 Pages Posted:<p><i>affiliation not provided to SSRN</i><p>University of South Carolina - School of Law<p>Date Written: July 12, 2018<p>Abstract<p>In a series of largely …

How FERC’s New Ruling Is Upending the Country’s Biggest Capacity Market

For more than a year, clean energy advocates have been asking the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject market proposals from the country’s …

How San Francisco sends less trash to the landfill than any other major U.S. city

The average American produces about 4.4 pounds of waste per day. Roughly 1.5 pounds of that is composted or recycled, meaning the U.S. avoids sending …

Big Oil, Utilities are Lining Up for an Electric Vehicle War

A red-hot electric vehicle market has triggered a face-off between Big Oil and utilities.<p>Oil majors, who’ve sold fossil fuels to cars for a century, …

Has Germany Paved the Way for the World's Energy Transition?

Germany is often touted as a leader in the global energy transition. Energiewende has been part of the country’s public discourse since the 1970s, …

How FERC's 'unprecedented' PJM order could unravel capacity markets

The landmark Friday order echoes longstanding arguments from the coal and gas sector, but observers say it could end up a boon for renewables and …

Solar and wind are coming. And the power sector isn’t ready.

The rise in renewable energy will scramble the decision making of grid managers.<p>The US electricity system is at an extremely sensitive and uncertain juncture. More and more indicators point toward a future in which wind and solar power play a large role. But that future is not locked in. It still …