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Dicamba Drift Could Put 60 Million Acres of Monarc...

Dicamba—a drift-prone herbicide linked to millions of acres of off-target crop damage across in 17 states—destroys mostly everything in its path except the crops that are genetically engineered to resist it. It’s so damaging that several states, including Arkansas, Tennessee and Missouri have introduced temporary bans on the weedkiller. There’s now another reason to worry about the controversial chemical....

The Environmental and Human Cost of Making a Pair ...

Americans do love their denim, so much so that the average consumer buys four pairs of jeans a year. In China’s Xintang province, a hub for denim, 300 million pairs are made annually. Just as staggering is the brew of toxic chemicals and hundreds of gallons of water it takes to dye and finish one pair of jeans. The resulting environmental damage to rivers, ecosystems and communities in China, Bangladesh and India is...

Trump’s Interior Secretary Claimed Wind Powe...

In a speech before oil and gas industry executives, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke argued that the production and transportation of wind turbines contributes to global warming, but he overstated the factual case, especially when compared with other forms of energy. Speaking at the CERAWeek energy conference hosted by IHSMarkit in Houston, Zinke also echoed a long-held argument from President Donald Trump that wind turbines...

North Pole surges above freezing in the dead of wi...

  GFS model analysis of temperature difference from normal (in Celsius) on Sunday over the Arctic. The temperature is above freezing at the North Pole. (University of Maine Climate Re-analyzer) The sun won’t rise at the North Pole until March 20, and it’s normally close to the coldest time of year, but an extraordinary and possibly historic thaw swelled over the tip of the planet this weekend. Analyses show that the...

When Will Renewables Become The Dominant Source Of...

As the amount of renewable energy in global electricity networks continues to surge, a new question arises – when will renewables become the dominant source of energy? A new report, the Lloyd’s Register 2018 Technology Radar, examines this issue and also looks at which technologies are likely to have the biggest impact in different countries and what are the key drivers and barriers to success. A survey of 800 key industry...

10 IoT (Internet of Things) Initiatives for a More...

The Internet of Things (IoT) is creating the building blocks for a brand new world of connected everything. We’ve witnessed the current power of IoT at CES 2018. Monoliths and newly born startups have demonstrated the massive rise of the technology and mind-blowing futuristic pictures of tomorrow. However, there are tangible risks that will come along with this new, connected world unless we solve environmental problems and...

Contaminated Cosmetics Pose Growing Risk to Consum...

A rash of product recalls, government warning notices and contaminated cosmetics may finally push Congress to give our broken cosmetics law a makeover. This month, a key Senate committee announced a bipartisan plan to consider cosmetics reform legislation this spring and work for its passage by the full Senate this year. Since 2015, Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. and Susan Collins, R-Maine, have been relentlessly pushing...

Study: Solar and Wind Won’t Break the Grid

A new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) shows that major power systems are able to cope quite well with increasing shares of intermittent renewables, if the right measures are taken. The study says that increased generation of these renewables does not make the grid less reliable or compromise security of supply. Critics of renewable energy have often warned that there are strict...

What India’s Solar Tariff Exemption Could Mean for...

New documents show that a few countries with significant solar manufacturing facilities are exempt from Trump’s new solar tariffs, which could help U.S. developers. The exemption could be meaningful for Adani, the largest cell and module manufacturer in India. The market impact from new solar tariffs announced earlier this week is shaping up to be less severe than it could have been. But while analysts don’t expect...

Ozone layer declining over populated zones: study

The ozone layer that protects life on Earth from deadly ultraviolet radiation is unexpectedly declining above the planet’s most populated regions, according to a study released Tuesday. A 1987 treaty, the Montreal Protocol, banned industrial aerosols that chemically dissolved ozone in the high atmosphere, especially above Antarctica. Nearly three decades later, the “ozone hole” over the South Pole and the...

New global player CATL sets EV battery sights on E...

The next global powerhouse in the auto industry comes from a small city in a tea-growing province of southeast China, where an unheralded maker of electric-vehicle batteries is planning a $1.3 billion (8.2 billion yuan) factory with enough capacity to surpass the output of Tesla and dwarf the suppliers for battery-powered cars by GM, Nissan and Audi. Contemporary Amperex Technology, or CATL, already sells the most batteries...

Macron: France Will Shut All Coal-Fired Power Stat...

France will shut down all of its coal-fired power plants by 2021, President Emmanuel Macron announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The deadline is two years ahead of his predecessor Francois Hollande’s goal of shutting down France’s coal-powered plants by 2023. France only produces around 1 percent of its energy from coal-fired stations, as the country is 99 percent dependent on hydrocarbon...

This graphic explains why 2 degrees of global warm...

Signatories to the Paris climate agreement — every country in the world, unless and until the US drops out in 2020 — agreed to what is by now a familiar goal: “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C.” How important is that difference, though? How much worse would 2 degrees be than 1.5? Is it worth the...

The Next Five Years in Energy Storage According to...

  Experts weigh in on the top themes in energy storage. Photo Credit: Shutterstock Broad optimism among the industry on utility engagement   Only 1 percent of attendees feel that natural-gas plants will always out-compete storage, a perspective that may have been shaped by Shayle Kann’s earlier presentation indicating that 4-hour storage begins to compete with peaker plants within four years, and always wins financially...

How to Halve the Cost of Residential Solar in the ...

To highlight the opportunity, let’s look at Australia, where nearly 2 million solar systems have been successfully and safely installed. As of early December, installed costs in the main Australian markets were at $1.34 per watt, compared to $3.25 per watt in the U.S. What does that difference stem from? The Cost of Solar to a Homeowner in Australia vs. the U.S. In Australia, there is no permitting process. You simply lodge...