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‘The Window of Opportunity for Action Is Alm...

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now at 405.5 parts per million (ppm), or 146 percent of pre-1750 levels. The concentration of methane is now at around 1,859 parts per billion (ppb), around 257 percent of pre-industrial levels, and the concentration of nitrous oxide reached about 329.9 ppb, or 122 percent of pre-industrial levels. “The last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration...

How to identify people open to evidence about clim...

People resist climate information for varying reasons. Start by understanding your audience.   A confession. That cartoon where someone is hunched over the computer, unable to tear away from furious typing, because someone is wrong on the internet? That was me. Or at least it used to be. As a lifelong scientist and educator, I simply could not let stand an idle comment about volcanoes emitting more CO2 than humans....

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com editorial board: Earth nee...

www.ohio.com 2 mins read In its report last month, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stressed the lateness of the hour. It explained that if countries want to prevent the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, they must reduce current greenhouse emissions 60 percent by 2030 — or in 12 years. The report noted such an achievement would require action at a speed and scale with “no documented...

Shading Out Solar: State Policies In Ohio Valley D...

When Jennie and Brian Kahly decided to move to a 150-acre family farm in West Virginia’s Preston County, they thought a lot about what type of farmers they wanted to be. “We went ahead and made a list of values, and one of those values was to minimize our fossil fuel use,” Jennie said. “That doesn’t mean we don’t use fossil fuels. It means we make a conscious effort to minimize them.” Installing solar panels was high on...

Solar’s future brightens in southern Ohio

CHILLICOTHE – If it seems like the sun is shining more brightly on the future of solar farm development in southern Ohio than elsewhere in the state, that’s because it is, both literally and figuratively. “There was a knowledge from our past work that it wasn’t just the best place to build solar for social and economic reasons, it was also the best place to build solar because of the solar...

General Motors’ EV Plan May Sound Good, But it’s B...

General Motors has proposed what it’s calling a “National Zero Emission Vehicle (NZEV) program” that would require automakers to sell a minimum volume of plug-in or fuel cell vehicles in the US. While this may sound like an innovative idea, it could dramatically undercut existing programs in states including California that are showing real leadership in cutting vehicle emissions. The GM proposal calls for a 50-state ZEV...

Wind turbines coming to Erie and Huron counties (O...

Bellvue, Ohio – Apex Clean Energy, which has an office in Bellevue, plans to invest millions into Erie and Huron counties over a 30-year period through the Emerson Creek Wind Project. “Wind turbines pay property tax — with 70 percent going to the school districts — so you’re going to see a major increase in the tax base in the area,” project developer Sarah Moser said. “That’s probably the biggest economic benefit, is...

The Best and Worst Midterm Results for the Environ...

Results from the U.S. midterm election are mostly in, and, when it comes to what they mean for the environment, they’re a real mixed bag. On the plus side, the Democrats took the House of Representatives, which, as BBC News pointed out, means that President Donald Trump can’t pass any more major legislation without their approval. Since big legislative pushes in the Republican controlled House over the past two...

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,...

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...

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,...