Environmentalism

Tiny house goes off-grid with big amenities

And a big price tag<p>Aching to get off the grid but can’t bear the thought of giving up a comfortable lifestyle? Well, this tiny home may just be the answer.<p>The Blue Heron is custom built by Canada-based Rewild Homes and is located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. In 250 square feet, the …

Houses

We just hit 410 ppm of CO2. Welcome to a whole new world

This is not normal: We’re on track to witness a climate unseen in 50 million years by mid-century.<p>In pre-industrial times, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere stood at 280 parts per million. And that number has been rising ever since, warming the planet by 1.8 degrees F (1 degree …

Global Warming

Major Report Prompts Warnings That the Arctic Is Unravelling

The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet, suggests a huge assessment of the region. The warming is hastening the …

Climate Change

Once and for all: Obama didn’t crush US coal, and Trump can’t save it

A definitive report shows that the “war on coal” is being waged by markets, and it isn’t over.<p>Coal has always had strong cultural resonance in the US.<p>In his campaign, Donald Trump seized on that resonance with an odd kind of fervor, using miners as props in political rallies and promising, again …

Clean Energy

Senate Democrats Introduce Bill To Completely Ditch Fossil Fuels By 2050

The "100 by '50 Act," co-sponsored by Bernie Sanders, is a long-shot rallying cry.<p>Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) knows the bill he introduced on Thursday to transition the United States to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 probably won’t become law anytime soon.<p>But, as one of the Senate’s most …

Clean Energy

Temperature-boosting El Niño set for early return this year

The climate event that helped supercharge global warming to record levels in 2015 and 2016 is 50-60% likely in 2017, says World Meteorological Organization<p>The El Niño climate event that helped supercharge global warming to record levels in 2015 and 2016 is set for an early return, according to a …

Climate Change

Why Donald Trump's first 100 days were 'catastrophic', 'dangerous' and 'weird'

“Catastrophic”, “very dangerous”, “every bit as bad” as expected and just plain “weird”.<p>The reactions to the effect of the first 100 days of Donald …

Climate

The Scientists Fighting to Save Us From a World Without Coffee - Bloomberg

While Washington debates whether climate change is a hoax or an imminent threat, the world coffee industry is not waiting for the American government …

Coffee

Tesla to stop door-to-door solar sales as it moves SolarCity’s operations in-house

While Tesla acquired SolarCity over 5 months ago, it focused on keeping “business as usual” and it only recently started absorbing the solar installer more aggressively into its operations.<p>Now we learn that the company is shutting down its door-to-door solar sales operations, which has over 1,000 …

SolarCity

The Climate Change Deniers in Congress - Motherboard

What would you think if your government didn't believe in gravity? If your senator alleged that, because they couldn't see it, perhaps it didn't exist. To many, this might seem absurd—the science is enough to know that it's real.<p>Like gravity, climate change isn't always obvious, but its forces on …

Climate

Company behind Dakota Access Pipeline spills over 2 million gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio…

Company behind Dakota Access Pipeline spills over 2 million gallons of drilling fluids into Ohio wetlands<p>Energy Transfer Partners has twice spilled …

Environment

Vancouver begins controversial restrictions on natural gas

Furnaces, fireplaces, hot-water heaters and cooktops that use natural gas will become a thing of the past for some new building projects in the City of Vancouver starting Monday.<p>All developments requiring a rezoning will become the first wave of buildings that have to comply with new standards …

Clean Energy

Children can’t play if they can’t breathe because our air is so polluted

Ministers hide the truth about levels of atmospheric contamination, so people are taking precautions for themselves And who can blame them?<p>As lame excuses go, this one was pretty near legless. The government was meant to be revealing its plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide air pollution last Monday. …

Pollution

A Stark Warning on Climate

<b>To the Editor:</b><p>Bill McKibben’s message in “The Planet Doesn’t Have Time for This” (Sunday Review, April 23) is profound and represents a stark warning to all who ignore it. While the many pressing issues of our time — health care, Brexit, North Korea, tax cuts, the list goes on — can be quickly …

Climate

In just 100 days, Trump has done long-term damage

<i>This story was originally published by the New Republic and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.</i><p>Most analyses of President …

Climate

EGEB: 100% clean energy for US by 2050, California 85% renewables for 5 hours, more

Electrek Green Energy Brief: A technical, financial and political analysis via a weekday review of important news<p>100 by ’50 Act – legislation that would phase out the use of fossil fuels in the US by 2050 – Probability of it being seen on the floor of Congress is close to zero %. However, that’s …

Clean Energy

Would you eat your water bottle if that would save the planet?

New products with edible food packaging want to take the sustainability trend to a new level. Yet, experts say these products still face substantial …

Sustainability

How to Stop Wasting Water

The planet depends on it.<p><i>Water Week is a</i> Teen Vogue <i>series guest-edited by Mikki Halpin, exploring the ways that water intersects with issues we care about, like climate change, reproductive rights, racial equality, social justice, and personal health.</i><p>Water covers about 70 percent of our planet, …

Water

Trump signs order aimed at opening Arctic drilling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Working to dismantle his predecessor's environmental legacy, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at expanding oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.<p>With one day left to rack up accomplishments before he reaches his 100th day in office, Trump …

Oil

This NASA-inspired company is reducing shower water waste

One company claims that it has invented the world's most efficient shower, taking inspiration from way up in space.<p>Orbital Systems, a Sweden-based …

Sustainability

Climate Change Effects: Carbon Dioxide Hurts Algae The Ocean Needs

Scientists predict that climate change is going to make Earth’s oceans more acidic, and that’s a problem for one important microorganism and all the …

Climate Change

sonnen: Changing The Way We Buy, Store, And Sell Electricity

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Blake Richetta, Vice President of Sales for sonnen – the residential energy storage company that began focusing on U.S. markets in 2015. Richetta, who was briefly Tesla’s North American Powerwall sales manager, has an extensive background in lighting …

Renewable Energy

This Startup Has a Natural Solution to the $2.6 Trillion Food Waste Problem

By 2050 earth will be home to 9.7 billion people, all of whom must be fed using less land and fewer resources. And it will have to be done as climate …

Agriculture

The environmental disaster that changed California — and started the movement against offshore oil drilling

The prospect of allowing new oil drilling off the coast of California is placing President Trump on yet another collision course with the state.<p>California has been a leader in restricting offshore oil drilling since the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. It was the worst oil spill in the nation’s …

California

The Problem with Fashion Brands that Call Themselves "Sustainable"

<i>Welcome to Sustainability Week! While</i> Fashionista <i>covers sustainability news and eco-friendly brands all year round, we wanted to use this time around</i> …

Sustainability

Ramsey energy company finds perfect pairing in putting bees, solar panels together

Bee-friendly plants will nurture hives at Connexus Energy site, and honey is the reward for subscribers and others.

Bees

9 ways to master eco-conscious, sustainable dressing- and stay stylish at the same time

In honour of Fashion Revolution week, we've concocted a nine-point checklist to help you make sustainable sartorial choices without skimping on style.<p>1. Scout out under-the-radar brands<p>Gone are the days when eco-friendly brands meant boring or frumpy fashion. There are now a plethora of fabulous …

Clothing

We'll always, er, sorta, have the Paris Climate Agreement

The U.S. appears poised to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement in name only, after senior members of the Trump administration met on Thursday to decide on the landmark agreement's fate.<p>The treaty, which went into effect in November 2016, sets a goal of limiting global warming to "well below" 2 …

Climate

Trump Orders Review of Safety Rules Created After Gulf Oil Spill

WASHINGTON — Just days after the seventh anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in the nation’s history, President Trump on Friday directed the Interior Department to “reconsider” several safety regulations on offshore drilling put in place after …

Oil

Sunnova CEO on $775 Million Raise, and the ‘New Stage’ of Residential Solar

Residential solar financier Sunnova Energy Corp. closed a new round of funding this week that includes a private placement by its subsidiary, Helios …

Renewable Energy