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Electrifying the US economy by 2035 could create 25 million green jobs

A report released Wednesday by a new nonprofit—in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the resulting economic disaster, and calls for a green recovery from those intertwined crises that prioritizes aggressive climate policies—lays out how rapidly decarbonizing and electrifying the U.S. economy could create up to 25 million good-paying jobs throughout the country over the […]

July 30th

Green technology could prevent soil erosion

Have you ever visited the Grand Canyon? That massive hole in the ground is the result of millions of years of erosion — water washing away layer after layer of rock until an enormous canyon formed. This landform is a dramatic example of erosion. On a smaller scale, substances like soil are also susceptible to […]

July 30th

Election 2020: The next election is about the next 10,000 years

The upcoming election looks to be an apocalyptic turning point for our democracy—and our planet. In Turnout! Mobilizing Voters in an Emergency, political visionaries and movement leaders such as Bill McKibben define the urgency of this moment and provide a manual for turning out voters in an age of extreme inequality, climate change, and pandemic. By […]

July 28th

The road to electric vehicles with lower sticker prices than gas cars – battery costs explained

Electric vehicle sales have grown exponentially in recent years, accompanied by dropping prices. However, adoption of EVs remains limited by their higher sticker price relative to comparable gas vehicles, even though overall cost of ownership for EVs is lower. Venkat Viswanathan, Carnegie Mellon University; Alexander Bills, Carnegie Mellon University, and Shashank Sripad, Carnegie Mellon University […]

July 27th

Pro-life Christians call for clean energy, healthy jobs in next coronavirus stimulus package

The Evangelical Environmental Network is pleased to announce the results of our latest petition campaign (text below) where nearly 65,000 pro-life Christians called on their Members of Congress to include clean energy, healthy jobs, and support for farmers in the next stimulus package. These 65,000 join with 2 million other pro-life Christians who have called […]

A brief (and frustrating) history of the carbon footprint

I’ve long fretted about the personal change/system change debate, worried that the weight was unevenly born by individuals even though I strongly believe the former is a necessary catalyst for the latter. But maybe I’m J.K. Rowling-level wrong. Maybe we can skip the skipping straws and go straight to table-flipping the system. At least, that’s how I […]

July 25th

EcoRight climate change news for the week of July 24

It’s hot. There’s not much else to say. I’m self quarantining to keep away from melting temperatures. I had hoped to get a weather reprieve (and lobster) by driving up to Maine in August, but their strict covid restrictions on visitors would mean I couldn’t see family or do anything for two weeks, so here […]

July 24th

Clean Energy: Germany’s coronavirus stimulus prioritizes low-carbon investments

As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus crisis and its enormous economic and social impacts, Germany has pointed the way towards building back better in a way that emphasizes environmental as well as economic concerns. Its €130 billion ($146 billion) domestic stimulus is not just aimed at economic recovery, but at paving the way towards a more sustainable, […]

July 23rd

Big Data: ‘Green’ coronavirus recovery would keep global emissions below 2019 peak

The world has a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to pour investment into clean energy and create millions of new jobs, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Its “sustainable recovery plan” for the coronavirus pandemic lays out a series of measures that the agency says would ensure 2019 was the “definitive peak” for global emissions. By Josh Gabbatiss Carbon Brief Launched […]

July 22nd

‘This Is Not Frugal. This Is Stupid’: EU’s $2.1 trillion coronavirus deal falls short on demand for just, green recovery

Climate campaigners on Tuesday chastised European Union governments for failing to deliver a just, green recovery in a $2.1 trillion stimulus fund and long-term spending plan celebrated by regional leaders as a “historic” deal after an “acrimonious” summit that dragged on for nearly five days. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Greenpeace E.U. climate policy adviser […]

July 22nd

Green Recovery? Tracker shows G20 nations pumping $151 billion into fossil fuel industry amid pandemic

While campaigners around the world continue to demand a just, green recovery from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, new data from a global Energy Policy Tracker shows that the richest countries on Earth have committed billions of dollars in public money to support fossil fuels since the start of the public health crisis. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The new […]

July 21st

Election 2020: The GOP wants you to fear China and love big (American) oil and fracking

A month ago, Abby Smith at the Washington Examiner warned that Republicans were rolling out a new propaganda plank: attacking China on critical minerals – like lithium and cobalt – that are key components of battery and clean energy technologies. The fact that these are also essential ingredients to basically all advanced technology(phones, computers, etc) is generally […]