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Stanford researchers have an exciting plan to tackle the climate emergency worldwide

by Tessa Koumoundouros, Science Alert 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 make some drastic changes – and Stanford researchers have come up with a plan. Using the latest data available, they have outlined how 143 countries […]

Electric vehicles for Uber and Lyft? Los Angeles might require it, mayor says.

by Leslie Hook, Financial Times Los Angeles is considering forcing rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to use electric vehicles in what would be a first for any city as LA seeks to cut emissions and get more electric vehicles on the streets, the mayor said. Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, told the […]

LAUSD school board member Nick Melvoin joins protesters in Westwood

Los Angeles Unified School Board commits to transitioning to 100% clean, renewable energy

by Shannon Haber, Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Board of Education today approved a resolution sponsored by Board Member Scott M. Schmerelson, Board Vice President Jackie Goldberg and Board Member Dr. George J. McKenna that commits Los Angeles Unified to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2040. The School Board also calls […]

California farmers are planting solar panels as water supplies dry up

by Sammy Roth, LA Times Jon Reiter banked the four-seat Cessna aircraft hard to the right, angling to get a better look at the solar panels glinting in the afternoon sun far below. The silvery panels looked like an interloper amid a patchwork landscape of lush almond groves, barren brown dirt and saltbush scrub, framed […]

Presidents Xi Jinping and Trump pose for a selfie

The world is spending the least on clean energy in six years

by Gerald Porter Jr., Bloomberg Worldwide investments in clean energy projects have hit a six-year low. Global spending totaled $117.6 billion in the first half of 2019, down 14% from a year earlier and the least since 2013, according to a report by BloombergNEF. Investments slowed in all three major markets — the U.S., Europe […]

Cheap clean energy makes new natural gas a risky bet utility regulators should avoid

by Mike O’Boyle, Forbes Utilities across the United States are rapidly decarbonizing their generation fleets, but are diverging between two paths: Completely phasing out fossil fuels in favor of clean generation like Xcel Energy, or doubling down on new natural gas generation like Duke Energy. Stakes are high – our climate future and utilities’ economic […]

Labor to link 4,000 solar schools in 364MW national virtual power plant

by Sophie Vorrath, One Step Off The Grid Federal Labor has unveiled plans to create a virtual power plant of solar schools across Australia, through $1 billion government loans scheme that would help schools to invest in rooftop panels and/or battery storage. The Solar Schools program, announced on Tuesday, would allocate up to $1 billion […]

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 […]

Gov. Steve Sisolak

Nevada became the 4th state to commit to 100% carbon-free energy

by James DeHaven, Reno Gazette Journal Conservationists and clean energy advocates celebrated Monday as Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill to more than double the amount of renewable energy currently provided by Nevada’s electric companies. Senate Bill 358 was fast-tracked through the Democrat-dominated Legislature on Friday as an “emergency measure,” allowing Sisolak to sign it […]

Tallahassee commissioners set 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2050

by Gina Jordan, WJCT The Tallahassee city commission wants the city to be on 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The goals are outlined in a resolution adopted by commissioners during their Wednesday meeting. The plan sets milestones. For example, city-owned facilities would be on 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2035 and city-owned light […]