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A just transition to a zero-carbon world is possible – here’s how

The global shift to a green economy could create 18 million jobs, with the potential to provide high-quality employment and livelihoods around the world. But what about the people and communities whose livelihoods, right now, depend on the fossil fuel or other high-carbon sectors? By Leah Lazer World Resources Institute An estimated 6 million jobs in coal-powered electricity, […]

April 11th

US cities bought more renewable energy than ever in 2020 – here’s how

As the world reels from the financial blow of COVID-19, local governments in the United States are under huge pressure as cities and counties face severe budget shortfalls. This is forcing cuts to crucial spending on education and infrastructure as well as layoffs, furloughs and hiring freezes. Losing critical funds could have seriously hindered U.S. local governments’ continued progress […]

April 9th

Growth of solar, wind, and other renewable energy smashed records in 2020

Despite the difficulties associated with the Covid-19 pandemic, the world added a record amount of new renewable energy capacity in 2020, according to data released Monday by the International Renewable Energy Agency. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams IRENA’s annual Renewable Capacity Statistics 2021 shows that global renewable energy capacity grew by more than 260 gigawatts (GW) last […]

April 9th

Electrifying US buildings by 2050 would be like taking 65 million cars off the road

Replacing fossil fuel-based heating and cooking systems with electric technologies in the majority of U.S. residential and commercial buildings over the next three decades would lead to a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions—equivalent to removing 65 million cars from the road, according to a new study out Tuesday. By Kenny Stancil Common Dreams Assembled […]

April 7th

Biden-Harris $4T plan to green U.S. infrastructure is on the right path. But far more money is needed

As soon as the word “infrastructure” shows up in a commentary most readers bail out. Everybody knows it’s crucial to our civilized existence, but could anything be more boring to actually discuss? For the next several months, however, discussion of the Biden-Harris proposal for the greening of the nation’s physical and human infrastructure is going to be ferocious. By  Meteor […]

April 1st

What is a Clean Electricity Standard (CES)? How does it work? And how does it compare to carbon fee and dividend?

As Congress and climate advocates look at how to move forward on climate this year, you may have seen stories popping up that discuss a clean electricity standard. This recent op-ed in Vox said a clean electricity standard should be “at the top of the Congress’s to-do list.” Grist has reported on the idea, and some senators, including Ed […]

February 19th

A roadmap for electric school bus transition (because kids deserve to breath air without diesel emissions)

While some students are still learning remotely or on hybrid schedules due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the climate emergency hasn’t suddenly disappeared because of the devastating public health crisis—meaning neither has the need to radically and rapidly transform society. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The sweeping transformation that study after study signals is necessary for the future of the planet and all […]

February 5th

100% Renewable Energy: Green investments don’t always reach where they’re needed

Investment in green technologies, clean energy and climate adaptation continues to grow, and financial institutions are taking an increasing interest in this field. But many of these investments never reach communities of color and low and moderate income communities that are most in need of both the environmental and economic benefits of such investments, a […]

January 15th

Looking forward to 2021: Why aren’t we doing more carbon-neutral “net-zero” green buildings yet?

 There’s a blueprint for carbon-neutral buildings, but few are getting constructed: For nearly a dozen years, the American Institute of Architects has pushed its members to design in a climate-friendly manner, with a goal of “net zero” edifices by just 10 years from now. By Meteor Blades Progress is excruciatingly slow. In 2019, just 27 of the […]

January 4th

Canada’s new climate plan: Q&A about Bill C-12

On Nov. 19, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson unveiled what was billed as a “Net-Zero Emissions Plan.” What we got is most emphatically not a plan, but it is a piece of legislation that demands Canada set targets and develop plans that will get us to net-zero emissions by 2050. By Warren Mabee, Queen’s University, Ontario […]

December 2nd