Author: Joshua S Hill

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California continues global climate alliance – now with Germany

Just days after California Governor Jerry Brown ended his week-long California-China Climate Mission, the Governor signed and issued a joint statement on climate cooperation between the state and Germany. By Joshua S Hill  Meeting in San Francisco, California Governor Jerry Brown met with German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, […]

June 14th

India cancels 14 GW of new coal plants. Nobody wants coal but Trump.

The transformation of India’s electricity market continues to deliver, as shown this month by the cancellation of 13.7 gigawatts of proposed coal-fired power plants, an admission that 8.6 gigawatts of operating coal is already non-viable, and the parallel move of ever-decreasing solar costs helped along by the country’s record low solar tariffs. By Joshua S […]

May 25th

Trumps budget slashes EPA, green energy

We’ve been waiting for some time now to see just what damage the Trump administration intends for the US clean energy and environmental policies and institutions. And this week’s budget release confirms the administration has massive cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and in particular the country’s leading clean energy research […]

May 24th

Renewable energy jobs – 10 million worldwide (that’s a heck of a lot more than coal)

Renewable energy jobs continue to grow – in total, the global renewable energy sector employed 9.8 million people in 2016.  The growth rate over the last two years has slowed since IRENA published their first assessments starting in 2012, but these most recent figures represent a steady increase thanks in part to jobs in the solar PV […]

May 24th

Divest! US Bank agrees to dump pipeline financing!

One of America’s leading banks, U.S. Bank, announced in April that it would formally exclude all gas and oil pipelines from its project financing. In a revision to the company’s Environmental Responsibility Policy, U.S. Bank stated that it no longer “provide project financing for the construction of oil or natural gas pipelines.” Further, U.S. Bank explained that […]

May 16th

Flawed Coal and CO2 Prediction Creates Bitchy Scientist

CO2 emission estimates based on coal and fossil fuel production are pessimistic at best, says new research out of the University of Texas at Austin. A new study by Tad Patzek, chair of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin, has shown that CO2 emission estimates used for government […]

July 26th