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LESS THAN 10% OF ALL PLASTIC TRASH EVER PRODUCED H...

May 21, 2020 — Plastic. It’s not hard to see how anyone who is appalled at the despoliation of the environment could think that the world would be better without it. Nearly 10% of the world’s oil is used in making it. It has enabled the proliferation of cheap goods — cramming closets, landfills and otherwise-unspoiled places where it could remain for decades, if not centuries. Yet, because it’s so much lighter than the steel...

From Energy Transition to Energy Reduction

With the wholesale price for US crude oil famously, if briefly, turning negative recently, and – slightly less famously – with commenters in a thread under my last post suggesting that it’s technically straightforward to transition the existing energy system largely to renewables, it feels the time is right to address some post-lockdown and post-carbon energy realities. Let me state my three-part thesis upfront: It is not...

Will the World’s Biggest Carbon Capture Faci...

It better. This coal-burning plant is making a $1 billion bet. A record-setting carbon recapture facility is planned for a North Dakota coal-burning plant. Carbon recapture is a huge and growing interest, with two existing large facilities at other coal plants. Advocates say carbon recapture is a way to help neutralize coal while we continue to use it. A coal power plant in North Dakota wants to build the largest ever carbon...

Do Fuels Made From Plastic Make Eco Sense? Behind ...

Yogurt pots, shampoo bottles, coffee-to-go lids, bubble wrap — plastic products are all composed of the same building blocks: long carbon chains. Heating them to high temperatures makes the carbon chains crack into a mixture of shorter molecules, ultimately converting them back into crude oil, the resource from which the majority of plastic products were originally made. Varying the process can result in different carbon...

Robust Clean Energy Jobs Will Be a Hallmark of the...

It’s hard to image that 150 years ago Americans were hunting whales for oil to light homes. When Moby Dick was first published in the mid-1800s, whale oil demand was at its peak. It was the fifth-largest sector of the economy. Fifty years later, the industry was dead. Whale oil was fully displaced by petroleum thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit of Edmund Drake. At about the same time, coal was replacing wood in homes and...

Washington Post wins Pulitzer for climate change s...

The newspaper’s ‘2C: Beyond the Limit’ series earns the coveted prize for explanatory journalism. From August 13 to December 27, 2019, the Washington Post published a terrific series of articles about climate change, “2C: Beyond the Limit.” These 10-plus pieces have won the Pulitzer Prize for explanatory journalism, and if you haven’t yet read them, it’s not too late to do so now. Wide-ranging in both...

Monarch Butterflies Will Be Protected Under Histor...

The side of the road isn’t usually thought of as ideal habitat. But for insects, such as butterflies and their caterpillars, the long expanses of land along roads and utility corridors add up to a considerable amount of home turf. More than 45 transportation and energy companies, as well as dozens of private landowners, have agreed to create or maintain monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) habitat along...

Inovateus installs solar projects for six Ohio sch...

Inovateus Solar, a Midwest solar developer, and En-Trust, an energy service and finance company for K-12 education, are collaborating on a portfolio of solar and energy efficiency projects for six Ohio school districts. When completed in 2020, the initial ten solar and energy efficiency improvements will provide an average of 25% annual utility savings for each school with escalated additional savings over 30 years....

Test Your Knowledge: Climate Science 101 (QUIZ)

During this time of social distancing, we’re sharing some of our most popular content and invite you to spend some time learning how our climate is changing and how we can solve this crisis together. Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, anything resembling normal life is currently on hold — for us here at Climate Reality as much as for millions around the world.That said, social distancing doesn’t have to put the brakes on...

Air Pollution and the Coronavirus: The Connection ...

Most Americans have spent the past couple weeks focused on staying safe and protecting their families during the coronavirus pandemic. For President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), however, this time has been spent differently. Trump’s EPA has been on a mission of late to quickly relax regulations and give fossil fuel companies a free pass to pollute – all at a time when we’re learning that the quality of the...

False Solutions to Climate Change: Buildings

It’s become increasingly clear that climate change is not only real but beginning to bite. Now that much of the population is finally feeling the urgency—and during a time when COVID19  has much of our frenetic commerce on hold, giving us a space for thinking and discussion–what can we do to protect the only planet we’ve got? Unfortunately a good many of the solutions on offer seem designed to quiet the increasing concern,...

Human Pollution Reaches Underground Cave Ecosystem...

Not even underground ecosystems are safe from human pollution. New research published in PLoS ONE May 6 examined how water runoff from the surface impacted the communities of microbes in the Monte Conca cave system in Sicily. The answer? Quite a lot. Potentially human-introduced bacteria made up less than 4 percent of the microbial community during the dry season, but shot up to almost 90 percent during the wet season, after...

How to Talk to the “Other Side”: Findi...

Kevin Wilhelm was raised in Granville. He spoke last year at the Licking Land Trust’s annual meeting. Amazon ranks our son Kevin Wilhelm”s new book How to Talk to the Other Side #1 “bestseller” in Green Economics; it hit the top five in three different categories—Politics, Economics, and Business. The book offers hope and a positive path forward for finding common ground on tough issues between: Republicans &...

Investors holding trillions of dollars of assets j...

IIGC, AIGCC, Ceres, and CDP among major green investment groups urging governments to avoid backing risky, high-carbon projects as part of their coronavirus recovery plans A coalition of major green investors backed by trillions of dollars of assets under management worldwide have joined growing calls for a green economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, arguing governments “should not lose sight of the climate...

Climate Explained: What Caused Major Climate Chang...

Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz Earth had several periods of high carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and high temperatures over the last several million years. Can you explain what caused...

Trump EPA Won’t Regulate Toxic Drinking Water Chem...

In defiance of a court order, the Trump administration Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not regulate perchlorate, a toxic chemical used in rocket fuel that contaminates drinking water and harms the development of fetuses and small children. The move is in keeping with other Trump administration decisions not to impose recommended limits on toxic chemicals, such as its decision not to ban child-harming...

With Ohio bailout law secured, FirstEnergy Solutio...

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Leaders of a former FirstEnergy subsidiary, which Ohio electricity customers will soon begin paying $150 million annually to subsidize under a nuclear bailout law Ohio officials passed last year, have moved to spend an extra $300 million on repurchasing the company’s own stock. The stock buybacks, meant to benefit corporate shareholders, come less than a year after an aggressive multi-year lobbying...

When Will Renewables Pass Coal? Sooner Than Anyone...

The 750-megawatt Conesville coal-fired power plant in eastern Ohio closed two weeks ago, one of many signals of the decline of coal power. Credit: Michael Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images A milestone in the clean energy transition may arrive earlier than expected, with renewables overtaking coal as a leading source of electricity by the end of this year, according to a forecast by the Energy Information...

The Trump Administration Is Reversing Nearly 100 E...

After three years in office, the Trump administration has dismantled most of the major climate and environmental policies the president promised to undo. Calling the rules unnecessary and burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other businesses, his administration has weakened Obama-era limits on planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and from cars and trucks, and rolled back many more rules governing...

Lead Poisoning Reveals Environmental Racism in the...

Reports that the new coronavirus is disproportionately killing African Americans in the United States are no surprise to the country’s public health researchers. Numerous examples, from polluted water in Flint, Michigan, to parasites like hookworm in Alabama, have long shown that African Americans are more exposed to environmental dangers and ill-health than white Americans. But a study into one of the most enduring of...