Environmentalism

Parts of United States are heating faster than globe as a whole

A new study shows the Northeast USA will reach the dangerous 2°C warming threshold faster than most of the rest of the planet<p>Global warming obviously refers to temperature increases across the entire globe. We know the Earth is warming, we know it is human-caused, we have a pretty good idea about …

Climate Change

Why 4.5 Billion Years of Fluctuating Global Temperatures Can’t Explain Climate Change Today

XKCD does it again.<p>One of the most commonly used arguments against human-caused climate change is that Earth has experienced severe fluctuations in …

Climate Change

Wyoming is basically trying to outlaw clean energy

Solar and wind would be penalized under proposed law<p>It’s often said that in New Zealand, there are more sheep than people. In Wyoming, there’s way more energy than people.<p>The state, the least populous in the U.S., ranks second in overall energy production; first in coal production; fourth in …

Renewable Energy

HVDC – Edison’s return, Wind farms not running, renewables need be doubled and more!

The world’s longest High Voltage DC line in India and America’s first – Energy storage and HVDC will be two key technologies that allow the power grid to significantly increase its use of intermittent energy sources. California has already gotten to almost 30% renewables without any storage. A …

Renewable Energy

In latest move, China halts over 100 coal power projects

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's energy regulator has ordered 11 provinces to stop more than 100 coal-fired power projects, with a combined installed capacity of more than 100 gigawatts, its latest dramatic step to curb the use of fossil fuels in the world's top energy market.<p>In a document issued on …

Renewable Energy

Trump warming to reality of climate change, says senior Chinese official

Beijing’s chief climate negotiator, Xie Zhenhua, talks down fears that joint leadership shown by China and the US will be reversed under new president<p>China’s chief climate negotiator has attempted to calm fears that Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House will spell disaster for the fight against …

Climate Change

Solar Energy Entrepreneurs In India Are Finding Faster, Cleaner and Economical Route to Power

Access to power in India is not a given. Mera Gao Power (MGP), however, is able to offer customers two solar powered lamps and a mobile phone charger for less than a dollar per week, powered by renewable energy sources as opposed to kerosene.<p>“People are concerned not about the emissions from a coal …

Renewable Energy

@Ivanka from Brighton sends climate change reply to Donald Trump

Woman whom president-elect mistook for his daughter on Twitter uses her 15 minutes of fame to speak out on environment<p>A digital consultant from Brighton whom Donald Trump mistook for his daughter on Twitter says she is more concerned by the prospect of a climate change denier in the White House …

Climate Change

Italian farmhouse transformed into exquisitely sustainable summer retreat

Minimalist sophistication may not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Italian farm houses, but designer Andrew Trotter’s first …

Houses

630 Companies Ask Trump Not to Abandon Global Climate Deal

More than 630 companies are calling-out President-elect Donald Trump in an open letter. It asks him to keep the promises the United States made …

Climate Change

China scraps construction of 85 planned coal power plants

China has suspended 85 planned coal power plants in a bid to meet a government coal capacity target laid out in its latest plan for social and …

Renewable Energy

Biologists investigate deaths of 82 stranded dolphins in Florida

(Reuters) - Biologists were on Monday investigating the death of dozens of false killer whales that became stranded in Florida's Everglades National Park over the weekend, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said.<p>The U.S. Coast Guard spotted the stranded mammals, members of …

Environment

Canadian companies falling behind in global sustainability ranking

Canadian companies have slipped in a global ranking of corporate sustainability practices, with half as many of Canada’s largest companies placing in the top 100 as two years ago.<p>Just six Canadian companies earned a spot in the Global 100 list of the world’s most sustainable companies for 2017, a …

Sustainability

This Yacht Uses Only Solar Power, and It Has an "Unlimited Range"

Are you ready for high-end cruising without the gas-guzzling?<p>In 2015, Turkish company Ned Ship partnered with Solarwave to unleash the ‘Solarwave …

Renewable Energy

An Uncomfortably Large Carbon Deposit Has Been Discovered in the Congo

Equivalent to 20 years of US greenhouse gas emissions.<p>A vast, peat-filled wetland has been discovered in the Congo Basin, spanning an area larger …

Climate Change

Can California Climate Activism Make Sacramento The New DC?

When it comes to the politics of climate change Sacramento must become the new DC.<p>After much hand wringing, weeping and gnashing of teeth climate hawks will watch the equivalent of a funeral for federal climate action January 20th. There is no hope, no optimism to be found in the depths of Mordor …

Renewable Energy

Trump team moving away from supporters on climate science

<b>Donald Trump and his cabinet accept far more of the research on climate change than many of their political supporters, say British scientists.</b><p>UK researchers say Mr Trump's team acknowledge key concepts such as the relationship between fossil fuels and rising temperatures.<p>They are among a group of …

Climate Change

World's First Floating City to Combat Rising Sea Levels

Sea level rise is an increasing threat to low-lying island nations around the world. Many islands in French Polynesia could lose their coastlines or …

Climate Change

Will Ryan Zinke sell federal land? It’s a key issue looming for his Tuesday confirmation hearing

Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.), a lifelong hunter and fisherman in line to be the next Interior Department secretary, is certain to face repeated questions about two issues when his confirmation hearing begins Tuesday: where he stands on selling vast swaths of federal lands to states or other entities …

Climate Change

Grid Tells French to Stop Printing to Save Power in Big Freeze - Bloomberg

Delete your old e-mails, don’t use the printer, turn down the heating and lights. These are some of the energy saving measures that France’s grid …

Renewable Energy

Thousands of Fukushima evacuees face hardship as subsidies to be slashed

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nearly six years after Noriko Matsumoto and her children fled Japan's Fukushima region, fearing for their health after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, they confront a new potential hardship - the slashing of vital housing subsidies.<p>Matsumoto is among nearly 27,000 …

Environment

What Readers Would Ask Scott Pruitt, Trump’s E.P.A. Nominee

On Wednesday, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will consider President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice of Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general since 2011, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Pruitt spent much of his time in office fighting the Obama administration …

Climate Change

Bias, ignorance and reality in climate science

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>The rains have returned to California, and the six-year drought appears to be largely over. We have heard countless assertions from …

Climate Change

Future Shines Bright for Solar Energy Use in India

Pop-out player<p>The falling cost of solar energy technology is helping India increase its production of electricity.<p>Solar energy is electrical power …

Renewable Energy

The Distracted, Dysfunctional Presidential Transition and the EPA

Watching the presidential transition from what I hope is a safe distance, I continue to find the process to be the strangest I have ever seen. Despite Russian hacks, FBI interference, and a three million vote loss in the popular vote, Trump won the Electoral College and that makes him president. …

Environment

Tesla owner credits Model S’ safety features and lack of engine for saving his life in high-speed crash

Electric vehicles have an obvious potential for saving lives. A recent study by the American Lung Association suggests that EVs could save thousands of lives per year in the US by reducing air pollution. But there’s also a less known design advantage of electric cars already saving lives …

Tesla

Squirrels are vastly more harmful to the world's power grids than "the cyber" is

Of 1700+ known acts of global power-grid sabotages, affecting some 5,000,000 people, 879 were caused by squirrels; between 0 and 1 were caused by …

Renewable Energy

We Should Be Preserving The Oceans Like They Were National Parks

In a new documentary, legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle embarks on a year-long quest to persuade President Obama to protect our marine resources.<p>Near the beginning of the upcoming National Geographic documentary, <i>Sea of Hope: America's Underwater Treasures</i>, the famed oceanographer Sylvia Earle …

National Parks

$12 trillion seen in key goals

Companies could unlock at least $12 trillion in market opportunities by 2030 and create up to 380 million jobs by implementing a few key development …

Sustainable Development

Chernobyl is Getting a Huge Solar Plant

Hearing “Chernobyl” — the 1986 industrial accident that transformed a Ukrainian industrial city into a radioactive ghost town — doesn’t immediately …

Renewable Energy