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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

GM expects 500,000 new electric vehicle sales/yr by 2025

GM is now aiming to sell 150,000 “new energy vehicles” (electric plus hydrogen fuel cell) a year by 2020, and 500,000 a year by 2025 — as revealed at a recent 20th anniversary of the company’s launch of its first two joint ventures in China with SAIC. By James Ayre   While most of you reading this […]

July 10th

At G20, climate change makes it G19 vs Trump. Everyone else supports Paris

While Donald Frederickovich was making nice with Vladimir Vladimirovich and having daughter Ivanka keep his seat warm at the adults table during parts of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, the assembled leaders struggled to come up with climate language in their final communique that the world’s 20 richest nations could all agree to. Thanks to the stubborn climate […]

July 8th

Renewable energy will soon be cheapest electricity

Renewable energy sources like wind and solar are already as cheap or cheaper than traditional fuels in about half of G20 countries, and are soon to be the cheapest form of electricity in every G20 country, according to a new report from Greenpeace in advance of the G20 Summit in Hamburg. By Joshua S Hill  Published […]

July 8th

Cali Gov Jerry Brown announces Global Climate Summit

While President Trump was blowing off the G20 session on climate change to spend more than 2 hours chilling with Vlad Putin, California Governor Jerry Brown crashed the party in Hamburg (via video) to announce that California (with an economy bigger than France, bigger than the UK) would take the lead on hosting a Global […]

July 8th