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Solar Company Sees Some Benefit From Ohio’s ...

While critics of Ohio’s recent nuclear bailout are moving toward a referendum to repeal the law, the new policy has won some support from an unusual source. Greg Kuss, president of Solar Vision in Worthington, says that increased charges to electric customers will make solar an economical option. “Now, the price of installing solar is comparable with what you’d be paying your local utilities,” Kuss says. Kuss says the cost...

Here are the winners and losers on climate policy ...

State lawmakers across the country either have wrapped up their legislative sessions or are on the verge of what they refer to as sine die. The result is a panoply of policy that’s mostly good, but also bad and ugly when it comes to our nation’s economy, environment and sustainability. For the most part, states continue to be beacons of hope lighting and leading the way for our nation on climate and clean energy amid lack of...

What’s in fracking chemicals? Energy nonprof...

1 Across the nation, hundreds of thousands of kids are going to school unvaccinated 2 Gun rights advocates protest Ohio gun control proposals in wake of Dayton shooting 3 Ohio murder suspect’s crime trail spans decades Substitute pix A farm house practically shares its backyard with the Boyd Hall well pad in Belmont County, which had the most wells — 328 — injected with at least one secret fracking chemical, according...

Climate change: Electrical industry’s ‘...

It’s the most powerful greenhouse gas known to humanity, and emissions have risen rapidly in recent years, the BBC has learned. Sulphur hexafluoride, or SF6, is widely used in the electrical industry to prevent short circuits and accidents. But leaks of the little-known gas in the UK and the rest of the EU in 2017 were the equivalent of putting an extra 1.3 million cars on the road. Levels are rising as an unintended...

Trump Admin Repeals Obama-Era Clean Water Protecti...

The Trump administration repealed the 2015 Clean Water Rule rule Thursday, a rule intended to protect 60 percent of the nation’s waterways from pollution, The New York Times reported. At stake is the definition of “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The Obama-era rule expanded that definition from larger bodies of water to include streams and wetlands. Thursday’s repeal will...

The Danger of Inspiration: A Review of On Fire: Th...

Naomi Klein’s new book, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal, has one crippling flaw—it’s inspiring. At this moment in history, inspiring talk about solutions to multiple, cascading ecological crises is dangerous. At the conclusion of these 18 essays that bluntly outline the crises and explain a Green New Deal response, Klein bolsters readers searching for hope: “[W]hen the future of life is at stake, there is...

The Best Place for Harvesting Solar Energy Is Not ...

And the same land can produce loads of food and electricity simultaneously. Even after a boom in recent years, solar energy delivers less than 2 percent of power generation to the US electrical grid. But if we’re going to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the sun’s contribution is going to have to ramp up dramatically. Where to put all the solar panels? You might envision vast solar farms stretching across the...

AEP decision contributes to loss of 200 coal and c...

Shelly Schultz, Zanesville Times RecorderPublished 12:53 p.m. ET Sept. 10, 2019 | Updated 3:41 p.m. ET Sept. 10, 2019 Buy PhotoA coal truck heads toward AEP’s Conesville power plant on Tuesday. The coal mines that feed the plant will have to lay off much of its staff due to the plants closure next spring. (Photo: Chris Crook/Times Recorder) CONESVILLE – More than 200 area residents will be out of work by the end of...

Pennsylvania is Discharging Radioactive Fracking W...

Joey Bacon, 13, stands ready under the Lance Corporal Abram Howard Memorial bridge in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with his fishing pole cast into the West Branch of the Susquehanna River. Joey spends a lot of time around the Rivers swimming, fishing, and cannon-balling from the bridges that crisscross the waters. He hasn’t caught anything in the hour he’s been out today, but one time he caught a catfish as long as his arm,...

Alaska’s Sea Ice Completely Melted for First Time ...

“Even if we can’t escape its consequences, it is not too late to escape the mindset that brought us here.” —Alice O’Keeffe, reviewing This Is Not a Drill The country of Iceland has held a funeral for its first glacier lost to the climate crisis. The once massive Okjökull glacier, now completely gone, has been commemorated with a plaque that reads: “A letter to the future. Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its status...

Inside Energy Questions: Is Fracking Dangerous?

There are many hazards associated with oil and gas development: air and water pollution, accidents, and threats to mental health. Clearly, oil and gas development can be dangerous, but HOW dangerous? And for whom? That’s what we will try to lay out in this story, with some important caveats to keep in mind: Some hazards are very likely to happen; Some hazards have a low probability of happening Some hazards are very...

Three thought-provoking analogies for climate chan...

These comparisons cast the issue in a new light. Though by definition no analogy is perfect, a good one can create a flash of insight or provoke thought. A strong analogy can clarify a point or an argument. It can bring dry facts to life, attaching them to images and emotions and showing us why they matter. And it can help us work through something complex and difficult. Each of these three inviting essays works its way to...

7 takeaways from Democrats’ climate marathon...

The top half of the Democratic presidential field gathered last night in New York City for a seven-hour forum on climate change, and the marathon session revealed several unifying themes among the 10 candidates who appeared — and a few key differences.President Trump was a frequent target — more so than usual — as were fossil fuel executives. Climate change was described repeatedly by the field as a dire threat that would...

Major Climate Change Rules the Trump Administratio...

The move to rescind environmental rules governing emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, brings to 84 the total number of environmental rules that the Trump administration has worked to repeal. Officials at the White House, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies have called the regulations burdensome to the fossil fuel industry and other businesses. Half of those environmental rollback attempts,...

A 10-Step Plan for the World to Cut Food Loss and ...

The UN set a global goal to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030. Alarming figures show just how big of a challenge remains. Nearly a third of all food produced in the world goes uneaten each year — an amount that costs the global economy $940 billion and emits 8 percent of planet-warming greenhouse gases. At the same time, 1 in 9 people is undernourished. A massive challenge requires massive action. A new report by the...

Farming Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis

Could changing our land use and agricultural practices make a dent in addressing climate change? Yes, says Project Drawdown and a new report from the IPCC. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report that highlights the importance of land use and agriculture in climate change. Good! It’s a crucial area for us to focus on, and it’s often neglected. I’ve been working on this topic, on and off,...

Even Big Oil doesn’t like the EPA’s methane rollba...

Powerful members of the fossil fuel lobby support the Trump administration’s rollback, but not all of the industry is on board. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Thursday announced it will reverse Obama-era limitations on the greenhouse gas methane, which is far more potent than carbon dioxide and often associated with fracking. In a statement Thursday, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the Trump...

Fracking may be a bigger climate problem than we t...

A shale gas drilling rig, against the obligatory stock photo sunset.Shutterstock As greenhouse gases go, methane gets less attention than carbon dioxide, but it is a key contributor to climate change. Methane doesn’t stay in the atmosphere as long as CO2 and is reabsorbed into terrestrial cycles via chemical reactions within 12 years or so. But while it’s up there, it’s much more potent, trapping heat at roughly 84 times the...

How Cape Town Avoided a Water Crisis at the Eleven...

Cape Town’s water crisis got so bad last year that there were competitions to see who could wash their shirts the least. Restaurants and businesses were encouraging people not to flush after going to the toilet. The city was just 90 days away from turning off the taps. Restricted supply The City of Cape Town introduced increasingly strict restrictions, which as well as limiting the volumes allowed, also restricted what...

Cap and Adapt: A Failsafe Approach to the Climate ...

The utter peril that the United States and all of humanity now face from global climate change is evident to anyone paying attention. The succession of extraordinary climate catastrophes over recent years is continual, increasing and widespread. Extreme weather events are becoming more intense and more frequent to the point that many regions now suffer back-to-back and even concurrent disasters. Emergency response capacity...