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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

Against the odds, South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse. How on Earth did they do it?

Less than two decades ago, South Australia generated all its electricity from fossil fuels. Last year, renewables provided a whopping 60% of the state’s electricity supply. The remarkable progress came as national climate policy was gripped by paralysis – so how did it happen? Michael McGreevy, Flinders University and Fran Baum, Flinders University The Conversation […]

March 2nd

Bitcoin isn’t getting greener: four environmental myths about cryptocurrency debunked

The price of bitcoin has reached US$50,000 (£36,095) – another all-time high. It’s hard to believe that 10,000 bitcoin would only buy a couple of pizzas ten years ago. It’s even stranger to think that bitcoins are completely virtual. You can’t hold one, except on a hard drive, and there’s no underlying asset to them. […]

February 23rd

Lessons from the Texas freeze: 5 ways to strengthen US energy resilience

Even as people are suffering through the harshest winter storm Texas has seen in decades, the reasons for the state’s devastating power grid failure have become a political battleground. While vulnerable people freeze in their homes, pundits snipe about whether wind turbines are to blame. By Jennifer Layke, Karl Hausker and Lori Bird World Resources […]

February 22nd

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

Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy – but damage the global climate – here’s why

The world’s most forbidding deserts could be the best places on Earth for harvesting solar power – the most abundant and clean source of energy we have. Deserts are spacious, relatively flat, rich in silicon – the raw material for the semiconductors from which solar cells are made — and never short of sunlight. In […]

February 15th

Scientists say $2 trillion investment can decarbonize energy by 2050, paid for with a carbon tax

In the primaries, Joe Biden wasn’t the first choice of most climate hawks. For, example, the youth-led Sunrise Movement, which supports radical climate proposals, graded the top three candidates, putting Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in first and second place, Biden coming in third with a score less than half that of the two senators. But after Sanders ended his campaign in […]

February 4th

Net-zero, carbon-neutral, carbon-negative … confused by all the carbon jargon? Then read this

Countries around the world are taking steps to tackle climate change and become net-zero emitters of carbon dioxide (CO₂) by 2050. Most recently, Joe Biden’s presidential election win means the US is the latest nation to adopt the goal. By Jessica Allen, University of Newcastle The Conversation So what does net-zero mean? Completely eliminating all […]

January 15th

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

Mass. Legislature passes sweeping renewable energy bill (but GOP Gov could kill it)

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is reviewing sweeping legislation to reduce the commonwealth’s greenhouse gas pollution, spur clean energy jobs, electrify buildings, and protect communities disproportionately harmed by pollution.   By Nexus Media News The bill passed by 38-2 vote in the State Senate and in the House 145-9, but Baker has not committed to signing the bill […]

January 6th

Despite everything, 2020 was a great year for moving beyond coal

It’s fair to say that 2020 was a grueling year with more than its share of challenges, but the progress the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign made in spite of that should make us doubly optimistic about the future. By Mary Ann Hitt Sierra Club Over the past year, the Beyond Coal campaign has: Supported […]

December 28th