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‘A kind of dark realism’: Why the climate change p...

Smoke and steam billow from Belchatow Power Station, Europe’s largest coal-fired power plant, operated by PGE Group, on Wednesday near Belchatow, Poland. (Kacper Pempel/Reuters) In the daunting math of climate action, individual choices and government policies aren’t adding up. Solar panels are being nailed to rooftops, colossal wind turbines bestride the plains and oceans, and a million electric vehicles are on U.S....

AEP’s bid for Ohio’s largest solar far...

Business, construction and development leaders in Appalachia are rallying in support of AEP’s plan to build the largest solar farm in Ohio history. The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio held its first public hearing on AEP Ohio’s plan to build two significant solar farms in Highland County: Highland Solar Farm, which would come in at 300 megawatts, and Willowbrook Solar Farm, at 100 megawatts. If completed, the...

15-year-old climate activist to world leaders: ‘No...

  As U.N. climate conference kicks off in Poland, youth around the world demand urgent action. Swedish 15-years-old Greta Thunberg decided to go on school strike every Friday at the parliament to get politicians to act on climate chance following Swedens hottest summer ever. (Credit: JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images) Around the world, more and more young people are standing up to call for immediate action on climate...

Climate change impacts report presents risks, oppo...

Clean energy advocates hope the increased threats highlighted in the federal report will push the state to embrace climate action. Clean energy advocates say last month’s federal report on climate change underscores the need for action in Ohio, which faces increased risks from flooding, heat and pollution, according to the report. “There is dire certainty if we do not act on climate: loss of clean energy investment to other...

The Anthropocene—Coming Soon to a Theater (and Mus...

Three artists have created an entire body of work to get to the heart of the ineffable human epoch. “Log Booms #1”. Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, 2016 © Edward Burtynsky, courtesy Howard Greenberg and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York / Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto Anthropocene is a clunky word for an even more unwieldy concept. But props to the Merriam-Webster team who have given us a dictionary...

Why people become vegans: The history, sex and sci...

At the age of 14, a young Donald Watson watched as a terrified pig was slaughtered on his family farm. In the British boy’s eyes, the screaming pig was being murdered. Watson stopped eating meat and eventually gave up dairy as well. Later, as an adult in 1944, Watson realized that other people shared his interest in a plant-only diet. And thus veganism – a term he coined – was born. Flash-forward to today, and Watson’s...

Using Trump Tax Cut for Good: Patagonia Donates $1...

Outdoor retailer Patagonia is giving away the $10 million it made as the result of the “irresponsible” Republican tax cut. “Based on last year’s irresponsible tax cut, Patagonia will owe less in taxes this year—$10 million less, in fact. Instead of putting the money back into our business, we’re responding by putting $10 million back into the planet. Our home planet needs it more than we...

Even Republicans at odds with Trump’s climat...

But many people still don’t agree with the consensus science that shows humans are the dominant cause of climate change Americans, including Republicans, are becoming more convinced that climate change is causing extreme weather and sea-level rise, according to a new poll from Monmouth University. Nearly two-thirds of Republicans, 64%, now think climate change is happening, compared to 49% three years ago. And more of the...

Scared about climate change? Read these encouragin...

Four writers explain why they’re not giving up. Know anybody out there who might need some encouraging words, a little realistic help bucking up in the face of scary prospects involving the climate and … whatever? Here are four good short pieces to help us all stay upbeat. Start with Rebecca Solnit, whose reminders that the future is unknowable and that good things do happen are always bracing: “I don’t know exactly if...

Weakening methane standards will hurt SE Ohioans

In mid-November, I traveled to Colorado to give testimony to the federal EPA regarding the rollback of methane standards that are vital to our community. I work for the Ohio Environmental Council as their southeast Ohio regional director, but I testified to amplify my own voice, as well as the voice of my neighbors as someone directly affected by methane pollution. Our region is at the epicenter of the Utica Shale deposit...

Explaining the plummeting cost of solar power

Researchers tease apart the factors that have caused photovoltaic module costs to drop by 99 percent Massachusetts Institute of Technology The dramatic drop in the cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules, which has fallen by 99 percent over the last four decades, is often touted as a major success story for renewable energy technology. But one question has never been fully addressed: What exactly accounts for that stunning...

Report: Big shift to solar power possible in Pa. w...

Pennsylvania has more than enough sun, space and interest to dramatically increase the amount of energy it gets from solar panels by 2030, a study group  led by the state Department of Environmental Protection reported Thursday. But those gains won’t be possible without policy changes that encourage more solar installations, especially large or “grid scale” projects that have been all but absent in the state so far....

What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government ...

From an economic perspective, the core challenge of climate change is that the standard way of doing things — the dirty, carbon-intensive way — is typically cheaper than newer, lower-carbon alternatives. Solving the problem means driving down the cost of those alternatives. Simple, right? But in practice, it’s not so simple. In fact, we still don’t have a very good grasp on exactly what drives technological innovation and...

Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Ins...

A decade ago, the U.S. mandated the use of vegetable oil in biofuels, leading to industrial-scale deforestation — and a huge spike in carbon emissions. The remains of an Indonesian rain forest that was cleared to make way for oil palms.CreditCreditAshley Gilbertson/VII, for The New York Times This article is a partnership between ProPublica, where Abrahm Lustgarten is a senior reporter, and The New York Times Magazine. The...

AEP launches program to put electric car charging ...

AEP Ohio is setting aside $10 million to help bring hundreds more electric vehicle charging stations statewide. The in-state subsidiary of Columbus-based AEP Corp. wants to put in about 375 charging stations at public sites, workplaces and apartment complexes. The project is a partnership with Smart Columbus, and AEP said that “information collected through this EV charging program will help cities and regions around...