UK exits ‘climate-wrecking’ energy charter treaty

Published on February 27th, 2024 | by

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The United Kingdom’s decision to exit a 30-year-old fossil fuel-friendly treaty called the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) will “untie a straitjacket” on the country’s ability to ensure a just transition toward renewable energy, said one campaign group on Thursday. By Julia Conley Common Dreams Officials announced that after two years of negotiations to modernize the 1994 […]

CA Gov Newsom’s water diversions obliterate some Chinook Salmon by 96%

Published on February 27th, 2024 | by

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Scott Artis, the Golden State Salmon Association’s executive director, responded to the latest California salmon return numbers reported in the Pacific Fishery Management Council report released on February 16, 2024. By Dan Bacher “Under Governor Newsom, the upper Sacramento River, formerly the most important salmon producing river south of the Columbia, has been killed off,” […]

How Big Oil is making YOU pay the rising cost of the oil industry’s slow death

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Unplugged oil and gas wells accelerate climate change, threaten public health and risk hitting taxpayers’ pocketbooks. ProPublica and Capital & Main found that the money set aside to fix the problem falls woefully short of the impending cost. By Mark Olalde, ProPublica, and Nick Bowlin, Capital & Main In the 165 years since the first […]

Beyond the brink of extinction – For the 6th year in a row, CDFW survey finds ZERO Delta Smelt

Published on February 24th, 2024 | by

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For the sixth year in a row, no Delta Smelt were collected in the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fall Midwater Trawl (FMWT) Survey in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta from September through December 2023. By Dan Bacher Once the most abundant species in the entire estuary, the Delta Smelt has declined to the […]

EcoRight climate news for the week of February 23, 2024

Published on February 23rd, 2024 | by

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Hello, EcoRight readers! I hope this weekly newsletter finds you well! We had a great week with a fantastic webinar, some key messengers in print, and overall a positive vibe! Read on! By Chelsea Henderson EcoRight News/ RepublicEN This week’s must read: Florida at a climate crossroads: can the PROVE IT Act offer a solution? (The Invading […]

Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act will channel $1 TRILLION into clean energy

Published on January 31st, 2024 | by

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Except for during World War II, the United States has never had anything that could fairly be called an industrial policy. And unlike all the other developed nations and a few of the developing ones, it still doesn’t. However, the Biden administration has gone about as far in that direction as can be accomplished unless and until […]

Climate change has killed AT LEAST 4 million people since 2000

Published on January 30th, 2024 | by

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In the early 2000s, as climate denialism was infecting political institutions around the world like a malevolent plague, an Australian epidemiologist named Anthony McMichael took on a peculiar and morbid scientific question: How many people were being killed by climate change? By Zoya Teirstein Grist McMichael’s research team tallied up how many lives had been […]

Earth Matters – Jan 30 roundup of climate and clean energy news from a progressive perspective

Published on January 29th, 2024 | by

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No, The US Is Not Going To Cover 22 Million Acres With Solar Panels The Biden administration announced it is making 22 million acres of public land available for solar development, reports Steve Hanley at CleanTechnica. . “The Interior Department’s work to responsibly and quickly develop renewable energy projects is crucial to achieving the Biden-Harris administration’s goal […]

EV sales nearly doubled in 2023 (so why does the media keep trash-talking the EV market?)

Published on January 10th, 2024 | by

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Much of the mainstream media’s electric vehicle news coverage lately has come across as almost gleeful over GM, Ford, and Honda retreating on some of their multibillion-dollar plans for battery factories and reducing their plans for manufacturing hundreds of thousands of EVs immediately. Accompanied by numerous stories about lowered demand, under-par EV reliability, fatal crashes by users of Tesla’s AutoPilot as well […]

Total Cop-Out – While hosting the COP29 climate summit, Azerbaijan plans 1/3 boost in oil production

Published on January 9th, 2024 | by

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Azerbaijan, the country slated to host the next United Nations Climate Change Conference, has plans to increase its gas production by a third during the next 10 years. The findings, released by Global Witness Monday, build on concerns about how effectively an Azerbaijan-hosted COP29 will tackle the climate crisis, given the country’s reliance on fossil fuels and […]

Biden’s IRA plan extends solar power to low-income people

Published on January 9th, 2024 | by

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For the tens of millions of Americans who rent, whose roofs and yards are unsuitable for solar panels, or whose wallets aren’t ample enough to cover upfront costs of $20,000 or more, collecting on the promise of getting cheap, clean energy from the sun isn’t easy. By Meteor Blades Years ago, idealists who wanted to […]

Earth Matters – A wrap-up of clean energy and climate stories from a progressive perspective

Published on January 8th, 2024 | by

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Given the holiday season, something you may have missed was the release of the annual Arctic Report Card 2023 on Dec. 12. The latest 117-page edition is, frankly, a scary read. But the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been publishing these report cards since 2015, and they’ve all been alarming, with plenty of justification. […]

Half a victory – Mountain Valley Pipeline partly blocked in North Carolina

Published on January 6th, 2024 | by

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Frontline critics of the Mountain Valley Pipeline celebrated after Equitrans Midstream revealed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing that the distance of the proposed Southgate extension project has been cut in half. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The partially completed MVP project—long delayed by legal battles until congressional Republicans and President Joe Biden included language to fast-track it in […]

Earth Matters – A roundup of climate and clean energy news from a progressive perspective

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CALIFORNIA LEADS THE U.S. IN ELECTRIC VEHICLES AND CHARGING LOCATIONS – In 2016, there were 511,600 electric vehicles registered in the United States. By the end of 2022, according to the federal Energy Information Administration, that count had risen sixfold to 3.1 million. Over the same period, installation of charging locations rose from 19,178 to 55,015. While this was […]

As the Endangered Species act turned 50, 44k species face climate-driven extinction

Published on January 5th, 2024 | by

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December 28 marked the 50th birthday of the signing of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). It was a solidly bipartisan act of Congress signed by a president desperate for distraction as he perched on the cusp of unprecedented public humiliation. In the view of many people who believe the ESA was a crucial move in […]