Category: Carbon

  • The Electric-Car Boom Is So Real Even Oil Companies Say It’s Coming

    Oil major Total SA says EVs will drive 30% of car sales Outlook is more bullish on EVs than most forecasters Electric cars are coming fast — and that’s not just the opinion of carmakers anymore. Total SA, one of the world’s biggest oil producers, is now saying EVs may constitute almost a third of […]

  • eLab Accelerator Projects Sustain Hope for Clean Energy Innovation

    Starting yesterday, the 2017 eLab Accelerator teams has convened at the Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah to accelerate their initiatives with the support of nationally renowned expert faculty and eLab’s specially trained facilitators. At Accelerator and beyond, projects from across the country are continuing to develop solutions for a transformed electricity system that will grow […]

  • Led by Congressman Lamar Smith, GOP coalition seeks to slow down push to new energy technology – San Antonio Express-News

    WASHINGTON — Over the past decade, the U.S. government has spent tens of billions of dollars to speed onto the market the energy technology that many believe is the future — from solar panels to industrial-size batteries to modernized nuclear reactors. “Building the new energy economy,” the U.S. Energy Department still proclaims on its Twitter […]

  • Solar Embrace

    More than a year ago, RMI announced it would focus on community-scale solar. Now, as we enable power purchase agreements (PPAs) at prices 40 percent below median bids, we are seeing increasing interest in community-scale solar, and we are expanding our efforts across the nation. Source: Solar Embrace

  • 3 Trump Targets: Here’s What’s at Stake

    President Trump signed another executive order on Friday aimed at eliminating regulations. The Washington Post has reported that the Trump administration may announce a number of executive orders in the coming days. The rumored targets—the Clean Power Plan, the Clean Water Rule and the federal coal leasing moratorium—protect our air and water, save lives and take action to stop climate disruption. By the numbers, […]

  • ‘Chasing Methane’ – Years of Living Dangerously

    Should this be taken into account if we're going to spend money on infrastructure and current administration's energy policies? In 2016, the Obama Administration announced bold regulations to curb methane emissions. Now House Republicans are trying to undo those regulations. To keep these regulations in place, call your elected representative now at (202) 225-3121. To […]

  • Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere

    You can’t understand what Trump’s doing without understanding the “Carbon Bubble” American journalists, pundits and media executives have largely convinced themselves that climate change is not a serious political issue, because they think the polls tell them that. A majority of American voters regularly tell pollsters they don’t think climate change is a critically important […]

  • Transforming Appalachia’s Coal-Powered Economy One Community At A Time

    Grassroots organizations in coal states have been reaching out to people in coal communities — and seeking financial support from local, state, and federal governments — with initiatives to help ea… Conversation should be what's the best way to transition to renewable energy, not how to bring coal back. Perhaps we should also be having similar conversations about resiliency […]

  • Look Fast: Solar Is Blowing Past Coal…And Gas…And Wind

    Now, here’s a surprise. Wind power has been growing at a rapid clip, but it looks like solar is sneaking up from behind with a Negasonic Teenage Warhead-scale weapon in hand: it’s cheaper. In fact, according to data studied by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, solar power is on its way to becoming “the cheapest form […]

  • Straight outta Lubbock: Scientist and TV station aim at ‘myths’ with new videos

    When the Canadian atmospheric scientist Katharine Hayhoe moved to Lubbock 11 years ago to take a faculty position at Texas Tech University, she was well known and regarded in the field of climate-change research, but not too far beyond it. That quickly started to change, however, when Hayhoe added climate communicator to climate scientist as […]

  • Intro To Carbon Pricing (Video) | CleanTechnica

    You’ve heard the phrase. Now learn the meaning. Carbon price: The price for avoided or released carbon dioxide (CO2) or CO2-equivalent emission permits. In many models that are used to assess the economic costs of mitigation, carbon prices are used as a proxy to represent the level of effort in mitigation policies. {IPCC Fifth Assessment […]

  • Upend the Tax Havens to Fund Clean Energy Revolution, Group Urges

    Two birds. One stone. How to recoup and put to good use the billions of dollars corporations and the super-wealthy hide from governments each year while also funding the renewable energy revolution scientists and experts say is necessary—and technologically possible—to combat the increasing threat of global warming and climate change? Source: Upend the Tax Havens […]

  • Being Smart About Solar – BuildSAGreen.org – Build San Antonio Green

    Before going solar…. consider these points So…. you’re thinking of going solar. Congratulations! It’s a big step, and a worthy one. By embracing solar power, you help reduce the load on our local energy grid, which cuts down on air polluting emissions and helps us avoid or delay the need to build another power plant. […]

  • How fast can we transition to a low-carbon energy system?

    Starting later this month, the world’s nations will convene in traumatized Paris to hammer out commitments to slow down global climate change. Any long-term solution will require “decarbonizing” the world energy economy – that is, shifting to power sources that use little or no fossil fuel. How fast can this happen, and what could we […]

  • Moving to Renewable Energy Would Boost Disposable Income And Create A Million Jobs

    A new report has found that transitioning to a clean energy economy would be an economic boon to the United States, increasing employment, reducing costs to consumers, and benefiting investors.The report, from NextGen Climate America, showed that investment in efficiency, renewable sources of electricity, and fuel switching — such as moving from fossil fuel-powered cars […]

  • Scientists Start $150 Billion Program to Cut Clean Energy Costs – Renewable Energy World

    LONDON — Scientists and economists including BP Plc’s former chief executive officer, John Browne, are inviting governments to join a $150 billion program that aims to make clean energy cheaper than coal. The 10-year plan, known as the Global Apollo Programme to Combat Climate Change, will fund research into renewables, power storage and smart-grid technologies […]

  • France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels | CSGlobe

    A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants or solar panels.Green roofs, as they are called, have an isolating effect which helps to reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building during the winter […]

  • Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050 | Stanford News Release

    One potential way to combat ongoing climate change, eliminate air pollution mortality, create jobs and stabilize energy prices involves converting the world's entire energy infrastructure to run on clean, renewable energy.This is a daunting challenge. But now, in a new study, Mark Z. Jacobson, a professor of civil and environmental engineering at Stanford, and colleagues, […]

  • Fossil Fuels Just Lost the Race Against Renewables – Bloomberg Business

    The race for renewable energy has passed a turning point. The world is now adding more capacity for renewable power each year than coal, natural gas, and oil combined. And there’s no going back. The shift occurred in 2013, when the world added 143 gigawatts of renewable electricity capacity, compared with 141 gigawatts in new […]

  • What if companies and their buildings actually enhanced ecosystems? | GreenBiz

    What if building codes actually required new projects to enhance a certain number of ecosystem services — such as sequestering carbon, building topsoil, enhancing pollination, increasing biodiversity or purifying water and air? Is it possible that a city could be functionally indistinguishable from the wild landscape around it? And what if companies ultimately built factories […]