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Microsoft is Now Aiming to Capture All the CO2 The...

Microsoft may have just taken on the most ambitious environmental goals of any corporation to date. This week, the tech company announced they are now working to be carbon-negative by 2030. Furthermore, they plan to remove all the carbon they have ever emitted into the environment—either directly or by electrical consumption since their founding in 1975—before 2050. The technology required to achieve such a feat is either...

Can State-of-the-Art Batteries Fuel a Clean, Renew...

In late 2019 images of Australia in flames spread around the world. Record weather extremes related to global heating had created conditions in which vast areas of forest and brush easily caught fire. The poignancy of the plight of so many Australians was heightened by having a Prime Minister who was initially absent from the country when the fires were taking hold, and was a strong supporter of the coal industry, who also...

Local residents taking advantage of solar power

David Tavares, a plumbing inspector for the city of Chicago, lives with his young family on the 2500 block of West 114th Street, across from Kennedy Park. At the close of 2019, he was preparing to flip the switch on a solar power generating system for his one-story bungalow. The solar panels, which face south and east on his roof, are expected to generate 95 percent of the electricity the Tavares household uses. Surplus...

Wind, Solar to Dominate New Power Plants in 2020

Our electricity grid is on track to get a lot cleaner in 2020. Of the 42 gigawatts of new power plant capacity projected to go online nationwide—about the capacity in New York State today—76 percent will come from wind and solar, based on the latest batch of data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That would be a record share, up from 64 percent of new capacity added in 2019. And it would be despite the Trump...

What Would It Take for the US to Become an Energy ...

After “missed opportunity” in solar, Trump administration wants a domestic supply chain for energy storage. Is that realistic? U.S. entrepreneurs have led the world in creating new technologies for storing grid power, but they largely rely on other countries for their core ingredients. Tesla’s famous car and grid batteries use cells from Japanese manufacturer Panasonic. When companies like Fluence or NextEra integrate large...

BlackRock plans to set stricter standards on clima...

The Wall Street Journal ($): BlackRock said it would take a tougher stance against corporations that aren’t providing a full accounting of environmental risks, part of a slew of moves by the investment giant to show it is doing more to address investment challenges posed by climate change. Among the moves, BlackRock said it would be increasingly disposed to vote against management and boards if companies don’t disclose...

Wind power supporters argue referendum could kill ...

COLUMBUS — Business and environmental groups told state lawmakers Tuesday that subjecting proposed wind farms to votes of the people would likely kill the industry in Ohio. “House Bill 401 is an alarming proposal that would take away landowners’ rights by subjecting wind energy development to a local vote that could result in the cancellation of a project after the permitting,” said Susan Munroe, economic development...

Fossil Fuel Knocks the Wind Out of Renewable Energ...

With no shortage of wide-open land, Ohio is ripe for a transition to renewable energy, but instead the state has become a hotbed for corporate-driven attacks on wind energy. As a result of increasingly restrictive laws on renewables, the state was recently ranked second to last among U.S. states in its renewable energy generation, with only 2.3 percent of its energy generated through renewable sources. A closer look at the...

More and more homeowners are renovating existing h...

With the world in an unprecedented climate crisis, many of us wonder what we can do as individuals to reduce our carbon footprint. A significant step could begin at home. In Canada, housing and other buildings account for up to 17% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. Globally, “operational emissions” — emissions from the energy used to heat, cool, light and operate buildings — accounts for 28% of global carbon...

U.S.: The coal rebound that didn’t happen

Industry continues to struggle against increasingly competitive market forces Some energy pundits have spoken in recent times of an impending U.S. coal renaissance. The Heritage Foundation trumpeted coal’s “Colossal Comeback” in 2017, and a Wall Street Journal reporter in 2018 wrote of its global “resilience.” Industry executives three years ago credited the newly-elected Trump administration with paving the way for fresh...

Amazon Threatens to Fire Employees Who Speak out o...

Amazon employees who speak out about the climate crisis say they have been threatened with firing. Amazon Employees for Climate Justice (AECJ) said Thursday that the company’s legal and HR teams had questioned some of their members about public statements they had made urging Amazon to take climate action. Some also received emails saying they would be fired if they continued to speak up. [Read about Amazon employees...

College Republicans push climate change

Indiana college Republican leaders have joined a first-of-its-kind effort from the youth wing of the GOP to push the party to change its stance on climate. The recently formed lobbying campaign, called Young Conservatives for Carbon Dividends, promotes a specific plan that would put in place a gradually rising, revenue-neutral fee on carbon emissions. The revenue from that fee would then be returned to Americans as a...

Stanford Researchers Have an Exciting Plan to Tack...

Things are pretty dire right now. Giant swaths of my country are burning as I write this, at a scale unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Countless animals, including koalas, are perishing along with our life-supporting greenery. People are losing homes and loved ones. These catastrophes are being replicated around the globe ever more frequently, and we know exactly what is exacerbating them. We know we need to rapidly...

The Way Climate Change Unites Us

Welcoming everybody to his farm on a searing August afternoon, Ron Rosmann lets the pleasantries go for 12 minutes before getting to the heart of things. Around him, about 70 growers sit like school kids on bales of hay, braced to hear him. Rosmann has been farming organically for 36 years on western Iowa’s fertile hills, and his voice is as gravelly as the road that runs alongside his land. You might think farming without...

After pipeline feud, Virginia nonprofit aims to re...

A weeklong boot camp in Union Hill, Virginia, trained 10 area residents on the basics of installing rooftop solar. UNION HILL, Va. — Richard Walker never misses an opportunity to broadcast what he calls his $64,000 question. Last Friday was no different. “How can we have a community solar program here where we save everybody money?” the burly 61-year-old boomed to an audience of more than 30 renewable energy enthusiasts...