The toxic legacy of old oil wells: California’s multibillion-dollar problem

by Mark Olalde and Ryan Menezes, LA Times Highlights: 35,000 wells have been sitting idle for years because of suspended production, which can contaminate the water supplies and cause fumes to leak Fossil fuel companies are required by law to set aside bonds for the clean up and remediation of oil well sites but the … Read more

The Arctic’s thawing ground is releasing a shocking amount of dangerous gases

Slump D is a massive retrogressive thaw slump on Herschel island, by Boris Radosavljevic found at https://flickr.com/photos/139918543@N06/24531601650

by Craig Welch, National Geographic Highlights: Abrupt thaw, the accelerated melting of permafrost, is releasing GHGs in the arctic: New studies on abrupt thaw suggest that permafrost will play a more significant role in GHG emissions than previously believed . However, it’s affects are small compared to the burning of fossil fuels throughout the world … Read more

Indonesia’s Jokowi warns of economic calamity from forest fires

by Klima- og miljødepartementet found on https://www.flickr.com/photos/miljoverndepartementet/6283118360

by Arys Aditya and Yoga Rusmana, Bloomberg Highlights: Wildfires in Indonesia prompted school closures and disruptions to ocean and air travel last year, which may have cost Indonesia $5.2 billion in economic losses An estimated 709 million tons of carbon dioxide was released due to last years fire season Indonesian President Jokowi ordered a permanent … Read more

Washington State looks to a ban on new gas vehicles

Electric Vehicles Charging at a Station

by Danny Westneat, Seattle Times Highlights: The idea of banning new gas cars, formerly seen as too aggressive and radical, is picking up steam in Washington state: Ten Washington legislators introduced House Bill 2515, which aims to ban the registration of any new gas-powered passenger or light-duty trucks, starting ten years from now, in 2030 … Read more

Gov. Newsom should invest in clean transportation. It will make California healthier

Clean Transportation, by DAVID ILIFF, found on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_transport#/media/File:C_Class_Tram,_Melbourne_-_Jan_2008.jpg

by Bill Magavern, CalMatters Highlights: Governor Gavin Newsom should cut diesel pollution as fast as possible Even though California is leading the nation in the advancement of clean transportation technologies, cars account for the largest greenhouse gas emissions Solutions to the California emissions problem include: deployment of more EVs, more pedestrian and bike paths in … Read more

The water protection industry employs more people than coal or steel. Trump is changing that.

Oak Creek, Corvallis OR, by Maddie Maffia

by Nick Mott, NPR Highlights: An estimated half of wetlands across the country and 18% of streams will not have federal protection with the new rollback of water regulation The wetland mitigation industry fears their jobs could be lost due to these new environmental rollbacks  Many wetlands have been restored with the help of “mitigation … Read more

Nordic steel giant to use renewable hydrogen to produce fossil-free steel by 2026

Steel production factory by knollzw found on https://www.needpix.com/photo/1179741/industry-blast-furnaces-steel-production-industrial-heritage-heavy-industry-iron

by Michael Mazengarb, Renew Economy Highlights: Swedish Steel is working towards using renewable hydrogen to decarbonize their industrial steel process by 2026 A shift to renewable hydrogen could reduce Finland’s greenhouse gas emissions up to 7% and Sweden’s emissions up to 10% Steel manufacturing is one of the world’s largest consumers of fossil fuels, and … Read more

Most of 11m trees planted in Turkish project ‘may be dead’

Director General from Ministry of Environment and Forestry of Turkey Hanifi Avci and Estonian ambassador Märt Volmer planting trees, found on https://www.flickr.com/photos/estonian-foreign-ministry/2454366274/

by Sami Kent, The Guardian Highlights: 90% of the tree saplings planted during November 2019 in the northern Anatolian city of Çorum have died due to an insufficient amount of water  The Turkish ministry revoked the claim by stating more than 95% are healthy and growing, though many critics doubt this claim Mass tree-plantings have … Read more

Corporate clean energy buying leapt 44% in 2019, sets new record

Solar Panel Power Generation. by mrganso found on https://www.needpix.com/photo/1123513/photovoltaic-system-solar-solar-energy-solar-panel-photovoltaic-renewable-energy-revolution-power-generation-solar-field

by BloombergNEF Highlights: Corporations bought a record amount of clean energy through power purchase agreements, or PPAs, in 2019, up more than 40% from the previous year’s record. The majority of this purchasing occurred in the United States. BloombergNEF’s 2020 Corporate Energy Market Outlook found that approximately 19.5GW of clean energy contracts were signed by … Read more

Want to do something about climate change? Follow the money

Divest from Fossil Fuel

by Lennox Yearwood Jr. and Bill McKibben, NY Times Highlights: JPMorgan Chase is among the worst companies to aid the rapid warming of the earth by lending billions to gas and oil companies. “Wells Fargo lent over $151 billion, Citibank lent over $129 billion and Bank of America lent over $106 billion” and “JPMorgan Chase … Read more