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How Permaculture can Build Resilience and Meet Bas...

Despite their urgency, coronavirus outbreaks, health crises and failing institutions are just some of the problems our global society is facing today. Billions of people worldwide still lack access to healthy food, clean water and sanitation services — being unable to properly wash hands and stay safe in the midst of a pandemic. And we are still trapped in an economic system that fuels environmental damage, from biodiversity...

This Ohio city’s plan to get more people to buy el...

Columbus, Ohio, exceeded its goal of more than 3,200 new BEVs and plug-in hybrids. In 2016, the city of Columbus, Ohio, won a nationwide Department of Transportation challenge and was named America’s first smart city. This contest was not just for bragging rights, like some kind of Mensa for municipalities; the award came with $40 million in DOT funding for testing better transportation policies, with an additional $10...

Wood Mackenzie: Current economic downturn will spe...

The cost of U.S. solar power is dropping faster than expected as the coronavirus stifles demand, according to a report from Wood Mackenzie. Residential-system prices will fall 17% over the next five years, the research company said Wednesday. That’s steeper than the 14% it had expected before the coronavirus. Wood Mackenzie also sees prices for commercial systems sliding 16%, and utility-scale installations will decline 20%,...

3 Years and $3 Trillion Could Shift the Climate Ch...

A new report from the International Energy Agency details what it will take to lock in this year’s drop in emissions. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg Plummeting carbon emissions and big government spending—two of the defining narratives of 2020 so far—could create an unprecedented opportunity for the world to meet the goals enshrined in the 2015 Paris climate change...

Palm Oil Industry Leaves Indonesian Village Strugg...

Just like his father and grandfather, Alfian has spent his whole life working as a fisherman on the banks of the Batang Hari river in Rukam, Indonesia. In the village of 1,200 residents, rows of houses sit low to the ground beside the water, buttressed on the other side by swampy peatlands. The natural environment has long sustained the life of this village on the island of Sumatra. But now 48-year-old Alfian is struggling....

Vatican Asks Catholics to Ditch Fossil Fuel Invest...

The Vatican urged Catholics to closely consider where they invest their money and to take a close look at the environmental impact of the companies they may be shareholders in, as Reuters reported. Pope Francis has frequently criticized wanton greed that has led to environmental degradation and a climate crisis that is uprooting the lives of the world’s most vulnerable and impoverished people. On Earth Day, the Pope...

Scientists’ warning on affluence

Abstract For over half a century, worldwide growth in affluence has continuously increased resource use and pollutant emissions far more rapidly than these have been reduced through better technology. The affluent citizens of the world are responsible for most environmental impacts and are central to any future prospect of retreating to safer environmental conditions. We summarise the evidence and present possible solution...

The energy job market is in trouble. Here’s ...

The coronavirus is inflicting a heavy toll on America: Over 100,000 dead, almost two million infected, and more than 40 million unemployed. Beating the virus is the top priority. But we also need to put people back to work as fast as safety allows. How we go about that now will determine our nation’s economic future for decades. To achieve lasting prosperity, we need to rebuild better by investing in jobs that restart the...

For Indigenous Protesters, Defending the Environme...

Adán Vez Lira, a prominent defender of an ecological reserve in Mexico, was shot while riding his motorcycle in April. Four years earlier, the renowned activist Berta Cáceres was shot dead in her home in Honduras by assailants taking direction from executives responsible for a dam she had opposed. Four years before that, Cambodian forest and land activist Chut Wutty was killed during a brawl with the country’s military...

OCEAN PLASTICS: THE ECOLOGICAL DISASTER OF OUR TIM...

| There is no away | Did you know that of the 8 billion tons of plastic ever made, every single piece still exists? (AAAS & Center for Biological Diversity) Really take this in for a second…. Think about every toothbrush, every plastic razor, plastic bag or “disposable” water bottle, every straw, plastic cup…every shampoo bottle you’ve ever used.  Every. Single. One.  Now consider that with an estimated lifetime of at...

Fighting Climate Change Isn’t Just an Environmenta...

We constantly hear the narrative that climate change impacts us all. And while that’s true, the issue is disproportionately impacting people of color, especially Black, Latino, and Native Americans. And when it comes to environmental justice, we just aren’t talking about social equity enough. A decade ago, Grist reporter Alan Durning wrote on the topic of climate change and race, “It’s 2010. Some...

Inside Clean Energy: Rooftop Solar Could Lose Big ...

Solar panels on a senior housing complex in Boulder, Colorado. Credit: Dennis Schroeder/NREL Rooftop solar as we know it is under threat from a case before federal regulators, and a broad array of clean energy advocates and state officials are getting nervous. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is considering a request from an obscure consumer group that wants to end net metering, which is the compensation mechanism...

Why America Needs Environmental Justice

In recent weeks, our nation has been forced to come to grips with the variety of ways in which inequality harms minority communities, from the death of George Floyd at the hands of police to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19. A recent Harvard study concluded that air pollution — which is typically worse in areas with larger minority populations — is linked to higher coronavirus death rates, along with a slew of...

The race to preserve Earth’s historical climate re...

Engineers associated with the Ice Memory Project prepare to drill an ice core from the Col du Dôme glacier in the French Alps in 2016.Sarah Del Ben/Fondation UGA As climate change threatens Earth’s glaciers and ice sheets, climatologists and chemists are banking ice core samples for the future Climatologist Lonnie Thompson’s voice is still full of wonder when he talks about seeing the Quelccaya Ice Cap for the first time....

Marble Cliff’s (Franklin County, Ohio) initiatives...

The village of Marble Cliff’s two electric-vehicle charging stations are being used, based on data from a company that assisted the village in purchasing and installing them. The solar panels installed at Marble Cliff’s village hall also have resulted in a reduction in the cost to power the administration building and the streetlights on the village’s north side. The charging stations were installed at two parking spaces at...

Promise of Cracker Plants Comes Up Short, Group Wa...

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A group of economists and engineers from seven universities in Ohio and Pennsylvania, including John Russo, have published a letter sent to the governors of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia warning that the projected impact of the petrochemical industry won’t be as great as initially thought. The letter follows a recent report by Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis stating the Royal...

Nature Conservancy maps places where wind turbines...

They identified over 140,000 square miles of optimal wind area in the central U.S. where the potential harm to sensitive species is low. Producing more wind energy in the U.S. can help reduce carbon pollution. But wind farms can harm wildlife, especially birds. Joe Fargione of the Nature Conservancy says golden eagles, for example, watch the ground while hunting. “They’re not looking where they’re going and they run into the...

Investors Want Companies to Disclose Environmental...

There’s a growing push from large investors in publicly traded companies to hold the companies accountable for the environmental impact of their practices. In the latest salvo, global companies worth more than $10 trillion are urging companies to disclose their environmental impact to investors, as Forbes reported. Activist campaigns have proven remarkably effective recently, as major investment firms...

‘Plastic Rain’ Is Pouring Down in Nati...

The plastic crisis has polluted the world’s oceans and created mountains in landfills. Microplastics have been identified wafting on the sea breeze and raining down on top of the Pyrenees. They travel on the winds and slowly drop down from the skies. Now, a new study has found that some of the most untouched areas of the U.S. are seeing 1,000 tons or more of microplastics rain down every year, according to The New York...

New High Seas Treaty Could Be a Gamechanger for th...

Most of us have never been to the world’s immense last wilderness and never will. It’s beyond the horizon and often past the limits of our imaginations. It contains towering underwater mountain ranges, ancient corals, mysterious, unknown forms of life and the largest seagrass meadow in the world. Yet it begins just 200 nautical miles off our shores. Technically referred to as “areas beyond national...