Environmentalism

World's Biggest Coal Company Closes 37 Mines as Solar Prices Plummet

The rapid growth in renewable energy continues to put a dent in the demand for coal.<p>Coal India, the world's biggest coal mining company and producer …

Renewable Energy

Melting and cracking – is Antarctica falling apart?

Although fracturing and surface melting on the Larsen C ice shelf might sound like indicators of climate change, these processes are natural<p>Antarctica boasts a great many superlatives: it is the driest continent, the coldest, the remotest, the windiest and the highest on average. Right now, during …

Climate Change

Indian Railways installing rooftop solar panels on 250 trains

Some of the world’s most polluting cities may be found in India, but the country’s government, as well as private corporations, are working hard to …

Renewable Energy

Extreme Heat Waves Will Change How We Live. We’re Not Ready

Extreme heat struck across the Southwest U.S. this week, sending temperatures in Phoenix soaring to near 120°F and grounding airplanes that were …

Climate Change

From heatwaves to hurricanes, floods to famine: seven climate change hotspots

Global warming will not affect everyone equally. Here we look at seven key regions to see how each is tackling the consequences of climate change<p>It could have been the edge of the Sahara or even Death Valley, but it was the remains of a large orchard in the hills above the city of Murcia in …

Climate Change

Why is China suddenly leading the climate change effort? It’s a business decision.

China watchers and other commentators debate China’s resolve and capability to fill the political vacuum left by the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord this month. Why would China be eager to take leadership on climate change? To understand this transition requires looking more closely …

China

Canada Is Owning Donald Trump by Simply Ignoring Him

A good lesson for all of us, to be honest.<p>Canada, as most of the people who currently work in Donald Trump's administration know, is located immediately to the north of the United States. The two countries share a language, a longstanding friendship, and a border that is nearly 6,000 miles long. …

Paris Agreement

12 Solar Gadgets You Need in Your Life Right Now

Over the years, the solar industry has been booming like never before. If you look at it closely, people are switching to solar gadgets more easily …

Solar Power

Report: Trump's Paris announcement boosts sales of electric buses

Even before Donald Trump decided to pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement, corporations, states, cities and individual citizens were …

Sustainability

Balancing Business and Sustainability

The world only has so much water. And despite the perception that Canada has more water than it could ever know what to do with -- it is a resource …

Sustainability

The Trash Incinerator Industry Is Trying To Tank A Massive Renewable-Energy Effort

A tiny trade group threatens to kneecap the biggest attempt yet to get cities to reject President Trump's Paris accord withdrawal.<p>Advocates for the trash-incineration industry are trying to sink an effort to get nearly 1,500 cities behind 100 percent renewable energy, according to an email obtained …

Renewable Energy

Global warming blamed as summer skiing on Whistler glacier is cancelled for first time in 30 years

An annual coaching programme in Whistler has been cancelled for the first time in almost 30 years, with the founder commenting that “global warming has decimated the glacier and our ability to run a summer camp.”<p>Ken Achenbach founded Camp of Champions in 1989, and has organised freestyle coaching …

Climate Change

The fact is: Facts don’t matter to climate deniers

In an interview on CNBC’s <i>Squawk Box</i> this week, Energy Secretary Rick Perry falsely claimed that carbon dioxide was not the primary driver of the …

Climate

118 U.S. Mayors Endorse 100% Renewable Energy Goals

The Sierra Club released a new analysis Friday that found that transitioning all 1,400+ U.S. Conference of Mayors member-cities to 100 percent clean …

Renewable Energy

How The Next Generation Of West Virginians Are Building A Way Out Of The State’s Coal Economy

A new documentary called From the Ashes aims to generate support for millennial entrepreneurs working to open up a new, clean energy focused economy.<p>Shepherdstown, West Virginia, as Brandon Dennison is quick to tell me, “is nothing like the rest of the state.” It’s a small, quaint college town of …

Renewable Energy

This Week in Solar

A buyout, a microgrid, and a utility betting big on solar highlight the week for the industry.<p>Solar stocks seem to be on the rise this week on little …

Renewable Energy

Was Trump Tricked Into Pulling Out Of The Paris Agreement?

A week before President Trump announced that the United States was pulling out of the Paris climate agreement, he got an important piece of mail on the subject. Twenty-two Republican Senators sent the President a signed letter on May 25th “strongly encourag[ing]” him “ to make a clean break from …

Climate

Swiss firm begins sucking carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in fight against climate change

A Swiss company has opened what is believed to be the world’s first ‘commercial’ plant that sucks carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, a process that …

Climate Change

Phoenix heat, Tropical Storm Cindy show how climate change is a threat to our infrastructure

<i>Rachel Cleetus is the lead economist and climate policy manager with the Climate and Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.</i><p>Much of the Southwestern United States is reeling under a heat wave so severe that it has forced airlines to ground flights. On the Gulf Coast, millions of people …

Climate Change

A border wall made of solar panels wouldn't actually be good for the environment

Is this a bright idea?<p>Physically imposing… aesthetically pleasing… and solar?<p>On Wednesday, President Trump added a new descriptor to the wall he'd like to see built along the United States’ southern border. Speaking at a campaign rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the president said, “We’re thinking …

Clean Energy

Krakow’s Essential Accessory: A Smog Mask

The protective gear helps defend against the city’s dangerous air pollution—and can make a fashion statement.<p>Ewa Zelenska-Olczak was nine months …

Pollution

USDA finds abscesses, unidentified material in raw Brazil beef: USDA

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found repeated import violations in raw Brazilian beef, including abscesses and unidentified foreign material, a top agency official said, explaining reasons for a U.S. ban on imports of fresh Brazilian beef.<p>Violations at a number of …

Environment

Mountain Valley review finds limited environmental impacts

RICHMOND, Va. – A 303-mile pipeline that would carry fracked natural gas across West Virginia and Virginia would have "significant" impacts on forests but other adverse effects would be limited, federal regulators said Friday.<p>The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's final environmental impact …

Environment

The Seven Sustainable Wonders of the World

<b>Humans should be proud of these inventions, for they enable us to live gently and efficiently on Earth.</b><p>Way back in 1999, American scientist and …

Sustainability

Plastic Water Bottles Might Have Poisoned Ancient Californians

You've heard the PSA: Recycle that plastic water bottle, or else archaeologists will be digging it up thousands of years from now. What you probably …

Environmental Health

A flurry of recent statements show widespread climate doubt in the Trump administration

After President Trump withdrew from the Paris climate agreement, journalists repeatedly asked the White House what he thought about climate change — and couldn’t get straight answers.<p>Since then, though, additional statements from Trump and members of his administration have provided additional …

Climate

Here’s the Carbon Footprint of a Single BLT Sandwich

Your light lunch has more of an impact than you might think.<p>Taking personal responsibility for protecting the environment can be hard to wrap your …

Sustainability

Great White Shark Sightings Are Out Of Control, But Why?

Southern California is a virtual shark festival this summer. Paddleboarders have found themselves in the middle of shark packs and terrifying attacks, like one where a woman lost her leg, are dominating local news. But why are sightings so high right now? And is this a new state of affairs?<p>Before …

Oceans

Breakthrough algae strain produces twice as much biofuel

Scientists have been working since the 1970’s to transform algae into biofuel. Now a new breakthrough could make this alternative energy source a …

Lifestyle

U.S. On Track for Record High Use of Renewable Energy

Recently released data showed U.S. breaking records for renewable energy use in March 2017. Published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, …

Renewable Energy