Environment

Clean energy’s dirty secret: Wind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems

Clean energy’s dirty secretWind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems<p>But that’s no reason for governments to stop supporting …

Renewable Energy

If We Release a Small Fraction of Arctic Carbon, 'We're Fucked': Climatologist - Motherboard

This week, scientists made a disturbing discovery in the Arctic Ocean: They saw "vast methane plumes escaping from the seafloor," as the Stockholm University put it in a release disclosing the observations. The plume of methane—a potent greenhouse gas that traps heat more powerfully than carbon …

Climate Change

Harvard Is One Step Closer to Developing Cheap, Long-Lasting Battery Storage

By Kieran Cooke<p>It is the holy grail of the renewable energy sector—a cheap and efficient battery system that can store energy generated by renewables …

Renewable Energy

Farms Are Turning to Solar as Electricity Prices Soar - Motherboard

Step onto a farm in California, and you're likely to find solar panels planted near almonds or oranges.<p>Solar energy is a growing presence in the agriculture industry, partly as a way to offset increasing energy demands from water shortages and mechanization. This makes farming and ranching a prime …

Renewable Energy

Expert Witness: The people behind the Doomsday Clock explain why we’re so close to midnight

<i>In</i><i>Expert Witness,</i>The A.V. Club <i>talks to industry insiders to shed some light on how the pop-culture sausage gets made.</i><p>In 1947, the Doomsday Clock appeared for the first time, with the hands set at seven minutes to midnight. A strikingly effective graphic of data and symbolism, the clock was created …

Climate Change

Even free money can’t convince Australian energy companies to build new coal plants

Australia is in the middle of another extreme summer. Many regions are experiencing temperatures 10 °C (18 °F) higher than average. The demand for electricity to run air conditioners has caused major blackouts. The obvious question for its politicians: What can we do about energy security?<p>The …

Renewable Energy

Climate scientists face harassment, threats and fears of 'McCarthyist attacks'

Researchers will have to deal with attacks from a range of powerful foes in the coming years – and for many, it has already started<p>A little less than seven years ago, the climate scientist Michael Mann ambled into his office at Penn State University with a wedge of mail tucked under his arm. As he …

Climate Change

How electric utilities could revive their sagging fortunes and decarbonize the country

It’s all about electrification.<p>These are gloomy times for electric utilities. After more than a century of fairly steady and predictable growth, they have entered stagnant waters. Demand for electricity is sluggish. Distributed energy resources (solar panels, batteries, etc.) are chipping away at …

Renewable Energy

Climate change: Apocalypse by 1000 cuts

Not since the Reagan era cold war with Russia has apocalyptic awareness been so forefront in the public’s mind. Disturbing incidents ranging from …

Climate Change

President Trump Takes Aim at the Environment

President Trump brandished executive pen and fresh hyperbole last week in blessing the coal industry’s decades-old practice of freely dumping tons of debris into the streams and mountain hollows of America’s mining communities.<p>“Another terrible job-killing rule,” Mr. Trump declared at a signing …

Environmentalism

How a Pacific Island Changed From Diesel to 100% Solar Power

Ta'u, American Samoa<p>The island of Ta'u in American Samoa now boasts a solar microgrid from Tesla's SolarCity.<p>Join us in The People v. Climate Change and share an environmental portrait of someone taking positive steps to protect the Earth on YourShot or social media. Use #MyClimateAction to share a …

Renewable Energy

Most wood energy schemes are a 'disaster' for climate change

<b>Using wood pellets to generate low-carbon electricity is a flawed policy that is speeding up not slowing down climate warming.</b><p>That's according to a new study which says wood is not carbon neutral and emissions from pellets are higher than coal.<p>Subsidies for biomass should be immediately reviewed, …

Climate Change

Syria returns its mass of seeds to the Arctic 'Doomsday vault'

Svalbard's Global Seed Vault stores duplicate seeds from across the globe, protected for future generations in the event of natural or manmade disasters<p>Almost 50,000 seeds are today being ferried to a global vault in a mountain, on a remote island in the Arctic Circle. The shipment, part of an …

Climate Change

Stanford Researchers Take the World by Storm with New Wave of Affordable Batteries

Batteries are constantly being improved upon, and every day companies are battling it out to see who can produce the most efficient battery. For …

Batteries

Congressional climate deniers are getting called on their BS at town halls this week.

It turns out plenty of their constituents DO care about climate change, clean water, and environmental regulation, and they’re using the …

Climate Change

New map reveals the world's most toxic countries

Just about every country in the world grapples with pollution, no matter how rich or poor they are. But you may not be aware of just how toxic your …

Environmentalism

Gigantic iceberg the size of Norfolk expected to break off Antarctica

A huge iceberg roughly the size of Norfolk in the UK, or Rhode Island in the US, is expected to soon break away from Antarctica.<p>Footage from the …

Climate Change

Can Australia's wicked heat wave convince climate change deniers?

Sydney's sweltering recent record high of 47 degrees Celsius has brought the reality of climate change into sharp focus for many Australians. Skepticism in the country is waning - quickly enough?<p>Thousands of bats fell dead out of the trees as Sydney's parched suburbs reached their hottest …

Climate Change

There's A Bold New Plan To Make Ocean Trash A Thing Of The Past

Ten countries have already signed on.<p>The way things are going now, our oceans will contain more plastic than fish by 2050. An ambitious United Nations campaign aims to stop this from happening.<p>On Wednesday, UN Environment announced its #CleanSeas initiative at the Economist World Ocean Summit in …

Environmentalism

This Startup Lets Small Businesses Buy All Their Power Directly From Wind And Solar Farms

Squeaky makes it easy for companies to go 100% renewable energy. Now there are no excuses.<p>When Google decided to shift to 100% renewable energy, it worked directly with wind and solar farms to sign deals. A new U.K.-based startup called Squeaky lets small businesses easily do the same thing at a …

Renewable Energy

This is What 4 Million Solar Panels Look Like From Space

• <i>Published:</i> February 22nd, 2017<p>On the Tibetan Plateau in eastern China, 4 million solar panels silently soak up the sun as part of the Longyangxia Dam …

Renewable Energy

Republican who reversed his position on climate change thinks Trump will too

Former South Carolina Republican congressman Bob Inglis once received an award for believing in climate change. Now, the climate change convert who …

Climate Change

'We'll Rise as One and Resist' Trump's Attack on People and Planet

For all the bewilderment and chaos of President Trump's first month in office, on one point he's been all too clear: He is dead set on destroying the …

Environmentalism

The damage done when corals die is even worse than scientists previously thought

When the water in the sea gets warmer, corals can get stressed, causing them to release their photosynthesizing algae in a process called bleaching — so-called because the coral turns white. This is bad because the coral is then more susceptible to dying, but new research has just shown the impacts …

Oceans

Only 14% of plastics are recycled – can tech innovation tackle the rest?

A new group of companies is innovating on the problem of plastics recycling by tackling everything from styrofoam to Ziploc bags<p>The world recycles just 14% of the plastic packaging it uses. Even worse: 8m tons of plastic, much of it packaging, ends up in the oceans each year, where sea life and …

Sustainability

Trump's Wall Won't Stop Climate Change Migrants from Streaming into the US - VICE

<i>This story is part of VICE's ongoing look at how climate change will have altered the world by the year 2050. Read more about the project here.</i><p>By 2050, white Americans will likely be outnumbered by nonwhites. Donald Trump's anti-immigration policies will have succeeded or failed. A wall may or may …

Climate Change

Donald Trump's Assault On Clean Water Laws Has Already Begun

The repeal of the Stream Protection Rule is just the start of Trump's efforts to undo regulations meant to keep America's drinking water safe.<p>It hasn’t taken long for President Donald Trump to follow through on his campaign promise to dismantle regulations ― even when they protect the safety of …

Environmentalism

'The blob' in Pacific Ocean linked to spike in ozone

A warm blob of water lurking in the Pacific Ocean in 2014 and 2015 led to a spike in ozone levels across the western U.S., new research suggests.<p>The blob of warm water, which sat about 310 miles off the Oregon coast, was linked to a high-pressure system in the atmosphere that resulted in warm, calm …

Global Warming

Fracking Is Dangerous To Your Health - Here's Why

Fracking, or drilling for gas by hydraulic fracturing, has been associated with a growing number of health risks. Last week, I began this series looking at some of the hazardous chemicals injected into the wells to make drilling easier and cheaper, and the growing risks to our health by the GOP …

Environmentalism

Climate change doubles size of northern lakes, pushes bison off habitat

New research suggests that climate change has mysteriously caused lakes in a northern protected area to nearly double in size, forcing a herd of at-risk bison off some of their best habitat.<p>Lakes in the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary off the northwest shore of Great Slave Lake are now bigger than any …

Climate Change