Author: Jake Richardson

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The risk of preterm birth rises near gas flaring, reflecting deep-rooted environmental injustices in rural America

Through the southern reaches of Texas, communities are scattered across a flat landscape of dry brush lands, ranches and agricultural fields. This large rural region near the U.S.-Mexico border is known for its persistent poverty. Over 25% of the families here live in poverty, and many lack access to basic services like water, sewer and […]

August 20th

‘The Game Is Up’: Report says asset sales and debt-driven dividends show fossil fuel industry cannot be saved

Recent efforts by oil and gas giants to project an outward appearance of financial stability amid the Covid-19 pandemic by selling off assets or accumulating debt to continue paying out steady shareholder dividends represent strong evidence that the fossil fuel industry has reached its “endgame” and should not be bailed out with taxpayer dollars. By Jake Johnson […]

July 14th

Tesla vs the WSJ: No, lack of public EV charging stations is NOT traumatizing

The Wall Street Journal recently published a video that documented an electric vehicle driving test involving 8 reporters in 7 different electric vehicles in 8 cities. Each reporter drove an electric vehicle for three weeks. By Jake Richardson Cleantechnica The electric vehicles driven, with their locations, were: Chevy Bolt,  Detroit, MI Jaguar I-Pace, Raleigh, North Carolina Nissan […]

January 31st

Solar DOUBLES in most US cities over last 6 years

According to a new report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center, solar power capacity doubled in most American cities in the last six years. The solar power increase took place in 45 out of the 57 biggest American cities. Some American cities quadrupled their PV solar capacity. If you want to read the Shining Cities […]

May 1st

Solar and wind tech are the fastest growing jobs in US

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the fastest growing occupation in the US is solar PV installer, with a projected growth rate of 105% from 2016 – 2026. While this fact might not be that surprising to people in the solar power industry, or those who follow it closely, to anyone else it might be […]

January 27th

California is on fire. Again. Climate change is already costing us tens of billion$

The California Natural Resources Agency recently released a new statewide climate change assessment. According to the report, climate change impacts in California will increase in severity over the coming decades. Rising temperatures will result in more heat waves, and by 2050 there might be an extra 11,000 heat-related deaths each year. It is expected there will […]

November 10th

Where the clean energy jobs are: 1.8 MILLION workers in top 50 US metro areas

According to a report from E2, 1.8 million American clean energy jobs are located in the top 50 metro areas. They represent 58% of America’s total 3.2 million clean energy jobs. Every one of the top 50 metro areas employs over 10,000 clean energy workers. Michael Timberlake, the Communications Director for E2, answered some questions for CleanTechnica about the […]

October 29th

HALF of greenhouse gas emissions come from 50 fossil fuel companies

The Rocky Mountain Institute recently released a report titled Decarbonization Pathways for Mines: A Headlamp in the Darkness, in which it was stated that in 2015, half of worldwide industrial greenhouse gas emissions came from 50 companies working in fossil-fuel industries. (This statement was a reference to a previously published report from the Carbon Disclosure Project.) RMI’s new […]

August 30th

Western states could save $600 million by using more renewable energy

The Rocky Mountain Institute analyzed a case study of Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a coop that provides power to more than 1 million consumers in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, and Wyoming.  RMI found the coop’s customers could save over $600 million through 2030 if the co-op integrated more renewable energy resources instead of relying on its array […]

August 25th

Sea Level Rise: Not just for the Maldives (it’s Miami and Mobile and Myrtle Beach, too!)

When we think of sea-level rise due to global warming, we tend to think of beaches eroding or perhaps tiny Pacific nations such as the Maldives slowly disappearing. The reality, however, is that it won’t be countries or country sides bearing the economic brunt of sea-level rise, but cities. By Michael Barnard Cleantechnica Here are some important […]

August 23rd

Climate change could wipe out songbirds

University of Missouri researchers have found that a common songbird, the Acadian flycatcher, could decline greatlyin numbers within this century if the climate continues to increase in temperature. In fact, it is possible it could be driven into near extinction in just 90 years. Dr. Thomas Bonnot and research wildlife biologist Frank Thompson collaborated on the […]

August 19th

Cap and Trade 101

A cap is a limit on pollution defined by a government: so a government legally defines how much of a pollutant companies can produce. If they produce more, they have to pay fines. The polluting companies are assigned credits by the government as well. If they are polluting too much and won’t stop, they can buy credits from […]

February 29th

Clean Air Act — 10 Impacts

Many of the benefits from the Clean Air Act of 1963 and again 1970 & 1990, unsurprisingly, are related to reductions in air pollution. Emissions across the nation decreased by 69% for particles, ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide. Between 1980 and 2014, air pollution concentrations improved for: lead by 98% carbon monoxide […]

February 29th