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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

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

The future of green finance

Green Finance is the funding of and investment in environmentally sustainable projects and infrastructure. It first became significant after the creation of the first green bonds in 2007, which are used by governments to raise the funds for green spending. However, it took another eight years for countries to start to show real interest in […]

July 18th

As Coronavirus Cases and Unemployment in the US Climb, 39 Groups Launch Coalition for Clean Energy and Healthy Communities

As confirmed coronavirus cases and unemployment claims in the United States continue to rise, 39 environmental, faith, and public health organizations came together Thursday to launch a coalition advocating for federal action that “creates jobs, protects public health and the environment, and advances equity and justice.” By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams “The legislative response to […]

June 25th

Buildings consume lots of energy – here’s how to design whole communities that give back as much as they take

Although the coronavirus pandemic has dominated recent headlines, climate change hasn’t gone away. Many experts are calling for a “green” economic recovery that directs investments into low-carbon energy sources and technologies. Buildings account for 40% of total energy consumption in the U.S., compared to 32% for industry and 28% for transportation. States and cities with […]

June 19th

‘We Must Act Now’: 180 House Democrats urge Pelosi to save clean energy industry ‘Decimated’ by Coronavirus

As Congress continues to debate whether and how to keep helping workers and businesses impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, over three-quarters of House Democrats sent a letter Monday urging the lower chamber’s party leaders to ensure the delivery of further relief to the “crucial” clean energy industry, which has been “decimated” by the public […]

June 16th

Funding, Expertise, Utility Cooperation: Three things cities need to reach 100% Renewable Energy

Cities of all sizes around the country are taking control by pledging to reach community-wide goals of 100% renewable energy. However, many of these cities are unsure of how to meet these commitments. Although the renewable energy potential throughout the U.S. is strong, cities are facing other types of challenges that are hindering their ability […]

June 15th

Renewable Roundup: Green finance

Rule One of Green Finance: Fossil Foolishness has become vastly more expensive than wind, solar, storage, and so on, and increasingly unprofitable. Rule Two: When you talk about Real Money, even the most hidebound practitioners have to take notice. Not those who are paid to deny reality, of course. But those profits are looking increasingly […]

June 11th

Renewable Roundup: Electric buses sweeping South America, equipped with new battery tech

Electric buses in Brazil to advance batteries. Of course, they don’t have this market all to themselves. By Mokurai Brazilian buses to help drive down cost of lithium-sulfur batteries British manufacturer Oxis Energy has announced plans to help Brazil to an all-electric bus fleet by 2045. Huw Hampson-Jones, CEO of the Oxford-based company, told pv magazine in […]

June 10th

After the Coronavirus pandemic, cities must reimagine public transit with safety, access, and racial justice in mind

Across the U.S., COVID-19 is hitting communities of color the hardest. Here in greater Boston, it’s no different. There are high rates of infection in Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park—the heart of Black Boston. In fact, Black people account for more than 40% of COVID-19 cases in Boston, but only 25% of the city’s population. Other […]