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Carbon Emissions Rise to Highest Level in at Least...

It is a record we do not want. It is a record of political failure. It is a record based on the politics of climate denial. We have crossed another climate threshold that, yet again, signals we are in deep trouble. We are now experiencing levels of carbon dioxide, the primary greenhouse gas, that the earth has not experienced for three to five million years. We are walking – more like stumbling with stupidity – into the...

OK Doomer

William Rees has challenged us to accept his “realistic facts” that renewable energy can’t end the climate crisis, and green energy is no substitute for fossil fuels. The only solution he sees is a deliberate contraction, but since “That’s not going to happen!” we face the possibility of global societal collapse. He argues in The Tyee that hundreds of millions of people must be persuaded “to risk wrecking their comfortable...

UN report: Pollution from planned fossil fuel prod...

To protect the climate, most coal, oil, and natural gas must be left in the ground, a recent study reported.   In the 2015 international Paris Climate Agreement, nearly every country [see editor’s note] agreed to try and limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) and preferably closer to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial temperatures. Achieving these...

‘Sheer Madness’: Coal Surges in China,...

While most of the world is reducing its dependence on coal-fired power because of the enormous amount of greenhouse gases associated with it, China raised its coal fired capacity over 2018 and half of 2019, according to a new study. Over the 18-month period that ended in June, China bucked the international trend and raised its coal-fired power capacity 42.9 gigawatts (GW), or about 4.5 percent, while connecting new coal...

Terra Firma #1: The Best Story Ever

Ed. note: This piece is taken from Courtney’s new weekly newsletter. If you would like to subscribe, please go here. Welcome to Terra Firma by Courtney White. I’ve spent my life prospecting for innovative, practical, and collaborative answers to pressing problems involving land and people, sharing them with others. I’d like to share them with you! I’ve been involved with save-the-world work for over thirty years (yikes!) and...

Watt It Takes: Form Energy’s Mateo Jaramillo on Hi...

In this edition of our founder interview series, we profile a battery veteran who’s looking to the next big leap for storage. Mateo Jaramillo reflects on his long career in battery storage. This week on Watt It Takes: Powerhouse CEO Emily Kirsch sits down with Mateo Jaramillo, the CEO and co-founder of Form Energy. Form is working on a new kind of long-duration battery. And Mateo has one of the longer-duration careers in the...

Will Your EV Keep the Lights On When the Grid Goes...

Home battery systems can help during power outages. So can the battery packs rolling around in electric vehicles. EV battery packs are functionally similar to stationary systems but much larger. Last month’s preventative power shutoffs in California highlighted the vulnerability of the electricity grid to threats exacerbated by a changing climate. In the wake of the forced outages, much has been written about the ability of...

‘How is climate change affecting autumn?R...

As temperatures warm, the fall season has been delayed. Dear Sara, I would like to read your prediction of the effects of climate change on the traditional four weather seasons. From a lifestyle preference, it has been nice for me to know that in the summer, there will be the warmth of the ocean. In the fall, we see the shedding of the leaves and the beauty of the trees when they’re bare. In the winter, there may be snow or...

World’s Largest Public Bank Ditches Oil and ...

Climate activists celebrated Thursday the decision of the European Investment Bank to stop funding most oil and coal projects by 2021, part of a bid to be the world’s first “climate bank.” The bank’s board made the decision at a meeting on Thursday, CNBC reported. “Truly amazing win,” tweeted environmentalist Bill McKibben. In a statement following the news, Friends of the Earth Europe...

Challenges to Offshore Wind Energy by Skeptic

The giga and terra scam of offshore wind energy www.cfact.org 5 mins read Can anti-fossil fuel policies based on climate crisis alarmism possibly get any more insane than this? In what might be described as a pre-Halloween trick of ginormous proportions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) now asserts that “renewable, sustainable” energy output will explode over the next two decades. Certainly for onshore wind and solar...

How Scientists Got Climate Change So Wrong

Ed note:  go to link to see illustrations and figures:  https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/08/opinion/sunday/science-climate-change.html?auth=login-email&fbclid=IwAR12CQLLF8964V10317laAcqPHHMcFtvmepXHpWgFA8cbyQgVZSekxp5IIY&login=email&smid=nytcore-ios-share Few thought it would arrive so quickly. Now we’re facing consequences once viewed as fringe scenarios. Transit workers pumped water out of the South Ferry subway...

Enough is Plenty

Welcome to the first in a series of six blog posts from me, Anne Ryan, under the general theme Enough is Plenty, hosted by Feasta. This blog is for readers who are becoming increasingly concerned about climate breakdown, ecological destruction, injustice, and animal and human suffering. There is a huge range of awareness in society about these issues. Many people have been aware and active for two or three decades and are...

Techno-Fix Futures will only Accelerate Climate Ch...

Thanks to the efforts of climate activists, the climate and ecological emergency has never been more prominent. But acknowledging the problem is just a starting point. Now this momentum must be harnessed to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reverse habitat destruction. To accelerate this transition, we need a vision of the future – and there are many out there. The problem is that some of these visions...

Coke and Pepsi Are The World’s Top Consumer Plasti...

Coca-Cola was found to be the most polluted brand in the world for the second year in a row, according to a global audit of collected plastic trash conducted by the Break Free From Plastic global movement, as The Intercept reported. While Nestle, Pepsi and snack-maker Mondelez followed Coca-Cola, the Atlanta-based beverage giant was responsible for more plastic litter than the other three combined, according to the report...

Six groups that will help you get active on climat...

Wondering what you can do? Here are some places to start.   The summer’s worldwide climate strikes, led by children and teenagers, have proven to be both galvanizing and important. But as 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg keeps emphasizing, dealing with climate change shouldn’t be the job of children. For one thing, we can’t wait for these alarmed young people to grow old enough to take leadership...