Environment

In Colorado, a glimpse of renewable energy’s insanely cheap future

Even with storage, new renewables beat existing coal.<p>This month, energy nerds are very excited about a utility bid solicitation.<p>Wait, hear me out. It really is exciting!<p>Usually, when we talk about how renewable energy will evolve in the next five years, we rely on analysts and projections. This is …

Renewable Energy

Scott Pruitt insincerely asked what's Earth's ideal temperature. Scientists answer

In short, from a practical standpoint, as little additional warming as possible<p>In an interview with Reuters last week, Trump’s EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said,<p><i>The climate is changing. That’s not the debate. The debate is how do we know what the ideal surface temperature is in 2100?</i><p>Pruitt’s goal …

Climate Change

World's biggest flooded cave found in Mexico, explorers say

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A group of divers has connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet, a discovery that could help shed new light on the ancient Maya civilization.<p>The Gran Acuifero Maya (GAM), a project dedicated to …

Mexico

New NASA Study Solves Climate Mystery, Confirms Methane Spike Tied to Oil and Gas

By Sharon Kelly<p>Over the past few years, natural gas has become the primary fuel that America uses to generate electricity, displacing the long-time …

Climate Change

It’s so cold in Russia that thermometers are breaking

The East Coast of the US has been inundated with cold weather for the last few weeks. With temperatures dropping to as low as 14 degrees in places …

Weather

French startup launches hydrogen-powered bicyles

PARIS (Reuters) - A French start-up has become the first company to start factory production of hydrogen-powered bicycles for use in corporate or municipal fleets.<p>Pragma Industries, which is based in Biarritz, France and makes fuel cells for military use, has sold some 60 hydrogen-powered bikes to …

France

Can molten salt make 24-hour solar energy possible?

Producing Energy With Molten Salt<p>Alongside solar and wind power, clean energy companies are also looking into using salt to generate electricity — …

Renewable Energy

Nearly 1m tonnes every year: supermarkets shamed for plastic packaging

Exclusive: Guardian investigation unwraps truth about supermarket plastics after big brands refuse to divulge packaging secrets<p>Read more: The plastic-free stores showing the big brands how to do it<p>Britain’s leading supermarkets create more than 800,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste every year, …

Recycling

Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan

(Reuters) - A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers.<p>The meteor was seen across the region in places such as Ohio, Michigan and Ontario …

U.S. Geological Survey

Signaling more independence from the US, the World Bank phases out its support for fossil fuels

The World Bank, which provides developing countries about US$60 billion a year in financial assistance, is officially phasing out its support for the …

Climate

Is it possible to live without plastic? Readers' tips for for tip-free living

We asked you to recommend the best ways to reduce your plastic consumption and avoid excess waste. Here’s what some of you said<p>For 70 years, the world’s plastic usage has grown inexorably from humble beginnings to a position where humanity now produce roughly its own weight in plastic every …

Recycling

Citing ‘Inexcusable’ Treatment, Advisers Quit National Parks Panel

<i>Want the latest climate news in your inbox? You can sign up here to receive Climate Fwd:, our new email newsletter.</i><p>WASHINGTON — The majority of members of the National Parks System Advisory Board, which advises the federal government on management of the country’s national parks, have jointly …

National Parks

Alaska’s Caribou Boomed Last Year and Scientists Aren’t Sure Why

Alaska’s caribou are having a moment. Last year, for the first time since 2003, the Western Arctic caribou herd—the state’s largest herd—grew, and by …

Liberal View

Stalin's 'ice palace' built during Cold War is MELTING thanks to global warming

The extraordinary labyrinth of ice tunnels - which for decades acted as a ginormous freezer - under Stalin's 'ice palace' are in danger of …

Climate Change

Early logging photos show the taming — and tarnishing — of Washington state’s old-growth forests

Darius Kinsey documented turn of the century tree cutters in all their gritty glory<p>Industrial logging wasn’t always seen purely as wanton …

Four Curious Things About Snow On The Ground: The Science Revealed

The wonders of technology are rapidly changing things. It is a “snow day” in much of North Georgia, but my kids went to bed knowing they have a Digital Learning Day. In other words, they still have school. Snow days cause me to reminisce to when I was a kid in Georgia, and we looked forward to the …

Climate Change

New York City mayor fights fossil fuels from backseat of SUV, private jet | Opinion | NOLA.com

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last week that his administration had filed a lawsuit against five major oil companies and is pushing …

Climate

France abandons plan for new airport in western France

PARIS (Reuters) - The French government abandoned plans for a new 580 million euro ($709.80 million) airport in western France on Wednesday in favor of expanding an existing airport in Nantes, a sensitive decision that past governments had shirked for decades.<p>Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said …

France

Can Big Oil Be Sued for Causing Global Warming?

<i>This article first appeared on the Hoover Institution site.</i><p>New York City and a number of California municipalities, including San Francisco and …

Climate

Ventless Gas Fireplace: Is It Safe? Read This Before You Buy

A ventless gas fireplace is one without a chimney or vent—and it's an increasingly popular option for cash-strapped homeowners, since installing a …

Home Improvement

The 10 Best Deals of January 16, 2018

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites of the day.<p>Head over to our main post for more deals, and …

Geek

Risk of nuclear weapons and extreme weather top threats for 2018

War

EPA eases path for new chemicals, raising fears of health hazards

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting course under the Trump administration on how it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, streamlining a safety review process that industry leaders say is too slow and cumbersome.<p>But some former EPA officials, as well …

News

Are our better lives today robbing future generations of a livable world tomorrow?

People who live in developed nations are, by many measures, healthier than ever before. Yet the planet has borne an onslaught of environmental insults — climate change chief among them — unlike any in human history. This alone threatens everyone’s well-being, a conundrum that scientists call the …

Big Ideas

In Alabama, a Cleanup Unearths Toxins—and Scandal

By Matt Smith<p>Lot by lot, backhoes and dump trucks are scraping and hauling away yards on the north side of Birmingham to remove soil laced with heavy …

Corruption

Wagamama to mark Earth Day by ditching plastic straws

Asian food chain says it will hand out biodegradable paper alternative on request from 22 April<p>Wagamama has become the latest restaurant chain to commit to end the use of plastic straws.<p>From Earth Day on 22 April, the Asian food chain will switch to a biodegradable paper alternative, which will be …

Recycling

The Philippines’ Most Active Volcano Is at It Again

In further proof that real life is wilder than fiction, the most active volcano in the Philippines is currently spewing its guts out, creating a …

Geology

Fact-Checking The Trump Administration's Claims on 'Saving' Coal Country

"I'm the one that saved coal. I'm the one that created jobs."<p><b>— President Trump, in an interview with the New York Times, Dec. 28, 2017</b><p>As a candidate, …

Clean Power Plan

Los Angeles schemes to sue major oil companies over climate change.

California has had a hell of a year: droughts, wildfires, and now, mudslides. As taxpayers shoulder the brunt of the state’s enormous disaster relief …

Climate

Australia’s record energy emissions, and still no plan to reduce them

As discussed in the June 2017 NEEA Report, Australia is very fortunate in that dramatic reductions since 2015 in emissions from land use change and …

Climate