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Solar energy trade war would be a catastrophically stupid idea

The US Solar Energy Industries Association has hit out at a new report prepared by Suniva and SolarWorld in defence of their Section 201 trade case seeking a tariff and price floor on all imported solar components, calling the notion “preposterous” and arguing that the two companies brought the collapse of their businesses on themselves. […]

August 10th

Climate change BEST case scenario is now rise of 2 degrees Celsius

2 degrees Celsius has become the catchphrase that people around the world use when talking about climate change and how much average global temperatures will rise by the end of this century. It was the watchword that empowered the Paris climate accords in December 2015. It’s the amount of heating that many climate scientists say […]

August 10th

Military tells GOP: Climate change is a national security issue

In a dramatic event on July 13, 2017, 24 Democrat and 22 Republican members of the bipartisan House Climate Solutions Caucus and 24 other Republicans voted against an anti-climate change amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018. Members of CCL’s Climate and Security Action Team (CSAT) mobilized to encourage their members of Congress to cast a pro-climate vote. By […]

August 9th

Annual fossil fuel subsidies top $5 TRILLION globally

It’s practically a conservative mantra. When it comes to support for renewable energy: “Government should not be picking winners and losers.” Most of the time, the argument is made by advocates for fossil fuel companies like ExxonMobil and Koch Industries. The fossil fuel companies say all they want is a level playing field. But in fact, […]

August 9th

Wind energy: Europe needs to transcend nationalism to make it work

Researchers are suggesting that nations ought to look beyond their own boundaries when deciding where to site wind energy projects. Gee, does that mean Europe should adopt a European viewpoint rather than a nationalistic agenda? Yes, that’s precisely what it means. And the US, with its patchwork of state incentives and regulations, faces similar issues. […]

July 25th

China calls for 20% EVs by 2025. Car makers HOWL.

China’s plans for relatively aggressive electric vehicle sales quotas are unnerving some prominent foreign auto manufacturers. After selling a record 507,000 EVs in 2016, China wants to see 7 million on the roads by 2025. By James Ayre  In a letter addressed to China’s Minister of Industry and Information Technology, Miao Wei, a coalition of large […]

July 15th

71% of global greenhouse gas emissions came from just 100 companies

A historic new report from CDP has revealed that 71% of all greenhouse gas emissions since 1988 can be traced back to only 100 fossil fuel producers, a group which together are responsible for 635 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. By Joshua S Hill  The new research from CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, which […]

July 13th

Paris Climate Agreement: EU ministers moving forward without the US

Environment ministers from across the European Union will meet this week in Estonia to discuss recent global developments on climate change and the European Union’s implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. By Joshua S Hill  To say that the first half of the year has been contentious would be to belabor understatement to its breaking point. […]

July 13th

Oh, snap! Trillion-ton Larsen C iceberg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf

The biggest iceberg in recorded history has broken off of Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, sending a trillion tons of ice into shipping lanes. If only somebody could tow this Larsen C iceberg to California, it would go a long way toward solving the Southwest’s water shortages… By Jeremy Bloom Scientists worry that the entire […]

July 12th

At G20, Trump was no leader – a sad little puppet on the sidelines

This past weekends’ G20 Summit held in Hamburg, Germany, has yielded one incontrovertible result — the United States, under the leadership of its new President, Donald Trump, has all but abrogated its role as leader of the free world (whatever that is) and shut itself behind self-made walls of isolation and protectionism that will only […]

July 10th