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COP26: Here’s what it would take to end coal power worldwide

More than 40 countries have signed an agreement at COP26, the latest UN climate change summit in Glasgow, to phase out coal in electricity generation. The signatories include some of the world’s biggest coal burners: Canada, Poland, Vietnam, South Korea, Ukraine and Indonesia. The larger of these economies pledge to cease using coal in their […]

November 8th

Climate-friendly investments like solar and wind can create more jobs per dollar than polluting alternatives

The coronavirus pandemic has been the biggest disruption to the global labor force in generations. It’s also exacerbated inequality. Global unemployment was equivalent to 127 million full-time jobs in the second quarter of 2021. The number of people who do have jobs but are living in poverty has increased – undoing five years of progress. While in some countries […]

October 22nd

Solar panels on half the world’s roofs could meet its entire electricity demand

Rooftop solar panels are up to 79% cheaper than they were in 2010. These plummeting costs have made rooftop solar photovoltaics even more attractive to households and businesses who want to reduce their reliance on electricity grids while reducing their carbon footprints. By Siddharth Joshi, University College Cork; James Glynn, Columbia University, and Shivika Mittal, […]

October 19th

CCL: Faster transitions to clean energy are also cheaper

Several clean energy technologies like solar panels have become consistently cheaper year after year as the industries have benefited from learning, experience and economies of scale. Falling solar costs are described by “Swanson’s Law,” much like Moore’s Law described the rapid and consistent progress in the semiconductor industry. Solar photovoltaic cells in 2019 cost about 85% less per watt […]

Reconciliation bill will include a Clean Energy Standard (Let’s keep it TRULY clean)

As Democrats work to rapidly finalize the details of their $3.5 trillion reconciliation package, climate campaigners on Wednesday urged them to exclude fossil fuels and “false solutions” from a new clean energy program intended to cut down planet-heating emissions. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams Ahead of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s September 13 markup for […]

September 10th

Climate groups welcome Biden solar blueprint (But urge quicker energy transition)

While welcoming the Biden administration’s new blueprint showing how solar energy could produce nearly half of U.S. electricity by 2050, climate campaigners on Wednesday also pointed to damage from recent fires and floods as evidence of the need for more rapid and sweeping systemic reforms. By Jessica Corbett Common Dreams The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) […]

September 9th

PA takes a big first step toward 100% renewable energy

Pennsylvania took a crucial step to join a regional initiative to cut carbon emissions and defend our children’s health. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) voted to approve the regulation that will link Pennsylvania to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI). By Evangelical Environmental Network Kim Andeson, Associate Director of Pennsylvania Outreach of the Evangelical […]

Los Angeles City Council approves transition to clean, carbon-free energy by 2035

In a unanimous vote, the Los Angeles City Council yesterday (September 1) approved a motion introduced by Councilmembers Paul Krekorian and Mitch O’Farrelll requiring that 100 percent of the city’s electricity come from clean, zero carbon energy by 2035. By Dan Bacher “Through this motion, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power  — the largest municipally-owned utility in the […]

September 3rd

How much is enough? What we WANT vs what we NEED

Given the current climate emergency and the broader ecological breakdown that looms, there are few issues more pressing than that expressed by the single word: enough. Yet, it is possible to satisfy humanity’s universal needs fairly—and keep the world livable. By Stan Cox Yes! magazine What is enough? Put that question to any economist or politician, […]

August 29th

Clean energy jobs: Here’s how we can make a just transition to a zero-carbon world.

The global shift to a green economy could create 18 million jobs, with the potential to provide high-quality employment and livelihoods around the world. But what about the people and communities whose livelihoods, right now, depend on the fossil fuel or other high-carbon sectors? An estimated 6 million jobs in coal-powered electricity, petroleum extraction and other sectors could […]

August 29th

Infrastructure: Will NIMBYs sink new clean energy projects? The evidence says no – if developers listen to local concerns

As Congress debates billions of dollars in new infrastructure investments, advocates are touting the social and economic benefits of building new high-voltage transmission lines, clean energy plants and electric vehicle charging stations, along with fixing aging roads and bridges. But when it’s time to break ground, will people accept these new projects in their communities? […]

August 23rd

How climate action can reboot economies in rural America

Many rural counties in the United States face the dual challenges of lagging economic growth and increasingly severe effects of climate change. While urban areas are not uniformly prosperous and rural areas are not uniformly poor, rural communities on average lag behind their urban counterparts on most key economic indicators — from poverty rates to […]

July 22nd

The European Union’s new Fit for 55 climate plan has a difficult road ahead

European Union policymakers on Wednesday, July 14, unveiled an ambitious plan to tackle climate change, laying out a roadmap to turn Europe’s bold emissions goals into concrete commitments and legislative action. By Will Potter Impakter Culture Style Society Impact SUSTAINABILITY INDEX Startup-Hub Partners About BUSINESS, CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION & MITIGATION, IMPACT, POLITICS & FOREIGN AFFAIRS, TRADE DEAL July 16, […]

July 20th

Can Climate Change the IMF?

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) annually assesses the economic health of its 190 member countries, making recommendations to address macroeconomic and financial challenges through surveillance processes referred to as Article IV surveillance. By Valerie Laxton and Lauren Sidner World Resources Institute On May 25, the IMF — charged with securing economic stability and effective operation of the international monetary system […]

June 25th

With Ford’s electric F-150 pickup, the EV transition shifts into high gear

When President Joe Biden took Ford’s electric F-150 Lightning pickup for a test drive in Dearborn, Michigan, in May 2021, the event was more than a White House photo op. It marked a new phase in an accelerating shift from gas-powered cars and trucks to electric vehicles, or EVs. By Brian C. Black, Penn State […]

June 21st