Fossil Fuels

More Local Governments Suing Big Oil Over Climate Change Costs: Oakland, S.F. Join the Fray

San Francisco and Oakland announced Wednesday that they are suing five big oil companies for costs associated with climate change mitigation.‘It’s …

Climate

How Much Fuel Does It Take To Power The World?

Over the past few centuries, the quality of life for the overwhelming majority of the world has increased precipitously. Amenities brought by the widespread availability and distribution of electricity have brought us into the industrial and then the information age. Every day, billions of people …

Energy

Clean electricity revolution poised to steamroll fossil fuels as cost of renewables plunges

The cost of renewables is plunging faster than forecasters anticipated just a few years ago as as technologies like gigantic wind turbines arrive on …

Renewable Energy

From oil refineries to solar plants, unions bend California climate change policies in their favor

No contour of California’s vast landscape inspires such passionate devotion as its coastline, so state lawmakers recoiled when President Trump announced in April that he wanted to expand offshore drilling. The outrage was channeled into a proposal for preventing any new infrastructure along the …

Climate

JPMorgan and Citigroup pledge to be powered by 100% renewables by 2020

US investment banking giants Citigroup and JPMorgan have both committed to being powered entirely by renewable energy by 2020.<p>The Wall Street banks …

Renewable Energy

A 'Tax' Or 'The Cost Of Pollution'? Mass. Debates Surcharge On Fossil Fuels

Support the news<p>Its atomic size and structure make carbon a key component in all forms of life on Earth. But when carbon combines to form fossil …

Climate

'Weird winter': Climate change behind Australia's record hot and dry weather

Australia had its hottest winter on record with temperatures up by two degrees celsius on average and it is related to worsening climate change, …

Climate Change

Renewables to provide bulk of Finland's energy next year

Finland's energy market is poised to shift into a new gear next year. Renewable energy sources are expected to produce more of the country's energy …

Renewable Energy

Don't blame climate change: Hurricanes have always been and will always be with us

After seeing the terrible flooding, property destruction, power outages and tragic deaths caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, we all wish we could do something to keep future hurricanes from forming or make them less severe. Unfortunately, we can’t.<p>But despite what you hear from environmental …

Hurricane Harvey

Generate

Good morning and welcome back to Generate! Before we head into the weekend, it has been a while since I mentioned that Axios has a bunch of cool, …

Climate

California bill to wean power sector off fossil fuels dies for this year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - A long-shot plan to wean California's power sector entirely off fossil fuels by 2045 was put on hold until 2018 on Saturday, as lawmakers recessed for the year without hearing the measure.<p>The bill was strongly opposed by the state's investor-owned utility companies, …

News (U.S.)

Johns Hopkins committee weighs in on proposal to divest from fossil fuels

A group charged with considering the social impact of Johns Hopkins University's investments has made four specific recommendations, including that …

Climate

California lawmakers take anti-Trump stance as session ends

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - California lawmakers voted to become a sanctuary state, tussled over hot-button environmental issues and urged other states to refuse to cooperate with President Donald Trump's Election Integrity Commission as their legislative year ended early on Saturday.<p>The …

News (U.S.)

New York City to Require Big Buildings to Cut Carbon Emissions

New York City will require large buildings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as part of the city’s goal of cutting total emissions 80 percent by …

Business

Some good news about global warming for once — plants are speeding up their use of carbon

As carbon dioxide continues to build in the atmosphere — thanks to the burning of fossil fuels — scientists are busy figuring out how life on earth is adapting to its effects. And now, new research reinforces the idea that the world’s plant life is adjusting in a subtle, but deeply significant, way.<p>…

Climate Change

Barnard Endowment Switches Manager to Help It Avoid Climate Deniers

Barnard College is replacing its money manager, Investure LLC, with another firm that will help the $286 million endowment divest from fossil fuel …

Finance

What You Need to Know About Biofuels

There are many environmental benefits to replacing oil with plant-based biofuels like ethanol and biodiesel. For one, since such fuels are derived …

Energy

Plant-based biofuels are completely transforming energy

Biofuel and Climate Change<p>Our ever-changing environment is affecting, among other things, the plant-based biofuels we produce; changes that will …

Energy

Thr Climate Alarmists Are Wrong

"How many once-in-a-lifetime storms will it take," demands <i>The Daily Show</i> comic Trevor Noah, "until everyone admits man-made climate change is …

Climate Change

Tough road ahead in switch to electric cars

If the writing was not already on the wall for vehicles driven by fossil fuels, it was writ large when top mainland planning agency the National …

Climate

BYD Pops on China's Move Away From Fossil Fuels

Bloomberg Gadfly's Shelly Banjo takes a look at BYD on the news that China might be trying to speed up its move away from fossil fuel powered …

Business

Insurance companies should collect a carbon levy

A surcharge on energy producers would fund climate adaptation and the low-carbon transition, suggest Anthony J. Webster and Richard H. Clarke.<p>Subject …

Climate

Eventually, only the US will sell cars powered by fossil fuels

The home of the gas guzzler will remain so.<p>Joining France, the UK, and India, China announced Sept. 9 that it will go fully electric, eventually abandoning all sales of gasoline and diesel-fueled cars. The country’s industry ministry didn’t set a deadline for a complete changeover, but said it …

Energy

Big investors to put more money into tackling climate change

More than two-thirds of institutional investors are planning to increase investments related to tackling climate change, according to a new survey …

Climate

Most Australians want government to regulate power prices – Guardian Essential poll

Poll shows 81% support for more investment in renewables, as Labor remains ahead on a two-party preferred basis, at 54% to the Coalition’s 46%<p>A clear majority of Australian voters want governments to step in and regulate electricity and gas prices and also boost investment in renewable energy, …

Bill Shorten

What Is Fossil Fuel?

<i>What is fossil fuel and why is it called that?</i><p><b>Geoffrey Widdison:</b><p>The term "fossil fuel" is a bit of a misnomer. It refers to fuels that come from …

Magnetism

On 9/11: How We Slighted the Real Threat, Climate Change, and Hyped Terrorism

The US is commemorating the victims of September 11 today at the same time it is mourning the serial devastation that struck Texas and Florida.<p>Both …

Liberal View

Nude cyclists bike around Philadelphia to protest fossil fuels, promote positive body image

Thousands of nude cyclists have set off on a trek around the city for the annual Philly Naked Bike Ride.<p>Organizers say about 3,000 riders in various …

Canadian News

My journey to emit less CO2: electrify, get rid of fossil fuels

35 votes Vote Now!<p>What will be your next step in minimizing CO2 emissions in your life?<p>solar panels (or wind turbines if you have space)<p>investing in …

Energy

LETTERS: Steer America away from fossil fuels

I want to elaborate on Stephen F. Eisenman’s opinion piece, “Chicago, once a swamp, also could be walloped by a catastrophic flood.” Chicago’s …

Energy