Congrats to California on passing a budget allocatiion to clean car planning

by Dustin Gardiner, SF Chronicle California is on the verge of spending $1.5 million to study what it would take to “significantly reduce” emissions from vehicles — including phasing out new gasoline-powered cars — after a San Francisco legislator used a budget maneuver to bring the idea back from the dead. For two years, Democratic […]

Americans are paying more than ever to store deadly nuclear waste as plants shut down

by Will Wade, Bloomberg The Maine Yankee nuclear power plant hasn’t produced a single watt of energy in more than two decades, but it cost U.S. taxpayers about $35 million this year. Almost 40 years after Congress decided the U.S., and not private companies, would be responsible for storing radioactive waste, the cost of that […]

Report: A path to eliminate waste, revitalize soil and tackle global warming

by U.S. PIRG Education Fund America throws out immense amounts or trash, most of which is dumped into landfills or burned in trash incinerators. This is a costly system that damages the environment and harms our health. Luckily, communities across the country are turning toward a common-sense and beneficial solution: composting. Composting programs divert organic […]

The power switch: tracking Britain’s record coal-free run

by Niko Kommenda, The Guardian Britain is setting new records for going without coal-powered energy. In the latest milestone, it has gone for two weeks without using coal to generate electricity – the longest such period since 1882. The coal-free fortnight comes just two years after the National Grid first ran without coal power for […]

Ethiopia PM launches 4 billion tree planting project, starting in Oromia

by Africa News Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed over the weekend kicked off what is meant to be a mission to plant four billion trees across the country – Africa’s second most populous nation. The initiative which is under the banner of the National Green Development program is set to started during the rainy season. […]

The insanity – and carbon emissions – of our import/export system

by Local Futures Consider that… • Mexican calves — fed American corn — are exported to the United States, where they are butchered for meat, which is then sold in Mexico. • In 2007, Britain and Australia exchanged 20 tons of bottled water just with each other. • More than half of the seafood caught […]

In shift to electric bus, it’s China ahead of U.S. 421,000 to 300

by Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg Plodding down DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn is a bus moving under the power of an eerily quiet motor. It looks newer than most buses on the route, with a vivid digital display facing the driver and doors that part with a futuristic pneumatic swoosh. Commuters trundling aboard at rush hour don’t […]

Why reducing emissions from cars and trucks will be hard – and solutions

by David Keith and Christopher R. Knittel, The Conservation A growing number of cities, states and countries aim to dramatically reduce or even eliminate carbon emissions to avert catastrophic levels of climate change. Ideas about how to get this done as soon as possible, including those Democratic lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have sketched out […]

Cities pressure TVA to boost renewable energy as Memphis weighs breaking away

by James Bruggers, InsideClimate News For eight decades, Memphis has bought its electricity from the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public utility and a key part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal to lift a region out poverty. But that arrangement could change as renewable energy costs fall. The city’s municipal utility, TVA’s largest customer, […]

Democrat-controlled statehouses are endorsing clean energy

by Marina Villeneuve and Michael Casey, AP News Soon after taking office, Maine’s Democratic Gov. Janet Mills announced renovation plans for the governor’s mansion. She wanted to add solar panels. The move was seen as a rebuke to her predecessor, Republican Gov. Paul LePage, whose administration put a moratorium on new wind turbines and enacted […]