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State Climate Office of Ohio Statement on IPCC Spe...

The State Climate Office of Ohio encourages decision makers in the private, public, and non-profit communities in Ohio to review the recently released report, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on the Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5°C, and utilize the report’s findings to inform climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. This report discusses various greenhouse gas emission pathways, the impact of...

Even most Americans in coal-reliant states prefer ...

A large majority of Americans in coal-heavy states favor increasing renewable energy use. Most would also be willing to buy solar panels for their own use, and a plurality would be willing to pay an additional $5 a month to get energy from fully renewable sources, according to a survey from Consumer Reports. The consumer advocacy group spoke with 1,200 Americans, including 400 residents of coal-reliant states: Illinois,...

Trump’s EPA concludes communities don’t have the r...

Industry supporters describe potentially toxic emissions as “normal odors” from animal waste. What factory farm owners portray as “normal odors” from animal waste can cause serious harm to farmers and the residents who live near these large industrial operations. The Trump administration, like it has with many important health and safety rules, is siding with industry and ignoring how animal waste can have...

Unknowingly on edge of a climate ‘precipice&...

Scientists are keeping an eye on the prospects for abrupt climate change, with some findings prompting increasing concerns. On September 17, a short paper in the journal Nature Climate Change caught the attention of Penn State University glaciologist Richard Alley. The article compared satellite observations of the Antarctic ice sheet between 2007 and 2017 with projections for the same period published in 2013 by the...

U.S. solar production increases 25.4% in first hal...

Non-hydro renewable energy sources (biofuels, biomass, geothermal, solar, wind) set new U.S. records for both production and consumption in the first half of 2018, according to a SUN DAY Campaign analysis of data just released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). EIA’s latest “Monthly Energy Review” (with summary statistics for the first six months of  2018) reveals that output by non-hydro renewables...

Climate Change is on the Ballot

The midterm elections are around the corner, and here on the climate desk we’ve been looking at how the issue of climate change is playing out around the country. It’s made its way into high-profile races where candidates have sparred over climate science, like Florida’s contest for governor between Ron DeSantis, a Republican who said he didn’t want to be known as an “alarmist,” and Andrew Gillum, a Democrat who said he’d be...

Columbus named winner of Bloomberg Climate Challen...

Columbus will get more than $2.5 million in funding and in-kind technical consulting to accelerate efforts to reduce carbon emissions as one of the winners of Mike Bloomberg‘s American Cities Climate Challenge. The two-year program from the former New York City mayor’s Bloomberg Philanthropies brings expertise led by the Natural Resources Defense Council and Delivery Associates, a London, England, consulting firm...

North Carolina joins Paris agreement, citing histo...

The decision comes a month after Hurricane Florence devastated the state. North Carolina has committed to upholding the landmark Paris climate agreement by slashing greenhouse gas emissions, a move that comes a little over a month after Hurricane Florence devastated the state. Gov. Roy Cooper (D) signed an executive order on Monday pledging to slash North Carolina’s greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 2005 levels by...

Driven by Trump Policy Changes, Fracking Booms on ...

The administration is auctioning off millions of acres of drilling rights and rolling back regulations, raising environmental concerns in states like Wyoming. CONVERSE COUNTY, Wyo. — The parade of trailer trucks rolling through Jay Butler’s dusty ranch is a precursor to a new fracking boom on the vast federal lands of Wyoming and across the West. Reversing a trend in the final years of the Obama presidency, the Trump...

Behind Washington State’s ambitious carbon f...

With support from labor, scientists, doctors, and communities of color, I-1631’s backers hope the initiative will succeed where others have failed. Mt. Baker and the “Sisters” across Bellingham Bay. CREDIT: John Greim/LightRocket via Getty Images If Washington makes history by becoming the first state in the country to put a price on carbon emissions, it will largely be thanks to the efforts of a diverse...

UN Says Climate Genocide Is Coming. It’s Actually ...

Just two years ago, amid global fanfare, the Paris climate accords were signed — initiating what seemed, for a brief moment, like the beginning of a planet-saving movement. But almost immediately, the international goal it established of limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius began to seem, to many of the world’s most vulnerable, dramatically inadequate; the Marshall Islands’ representative gave it a blunter name,...

Solar power on the rise in Ohio but installation c...

They’re on the governor’s home. Bob Evans’ corporate headquarters has them. So does the Ikea store near Polaris. In Franklin County alone, there are more than 200 registered sites equipped with solar panels, according to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio. Statewide, there are more than 2,600. There is no requirement to register. Kevin Eigel believes there is likely twice that number in Franklin County. He started his...

More solar panels mean more waste and there’s no e...

Solar panels might be the energy source of the future, but they also create a problem without an easy solution: what do we do with millions of panels when they stop working? In November 2016, the Environment Ministry of Japan warned that the country will produce 800,000 tons of solar waste by 2040, and it can’t yet handle those volumes. That same year, the International Renewable Energy Agency estimated that there were...

Exelon CEO: Carbon price preferable to ‘band...

The CEO of the nation’s largest nuclear operator on Monday renewed his call for a price on carbon emissions, saying it would be preferable to current state subsidies for nuclear plants or a federal plant bailout contemplated by the White House. “What we’re doing right now is band-aids,” Exelon CEO Chris Crane said at an event in Washington. “What we need to do is a regional or national...

It’s Official: Injection of Fracking Wastewa...

The largest earthquake ever recorded in Kansas—a 4.9 magnitude temblor that struck northeast of Milan on Nov. 12, 2014—has been officially linked to wastewater injection into deep underground wells, according to new research from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter of that extremely rare earthquake struck near a known fracking operation. LINK to video: https://youtu.be/0p1sTZ0MpU0 The Wichita Eagle noted from...