Solutions for the third largest source of emissions – food waste

by Maddie Stone, Grist Earlier this month, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a dire report highlighting the enormous environmental impact of agriculture. But the report also pointed to a clear way for us to feed more mouths without causing more planetary destruction: We can stop wasting food. Globally, we humans squander up […]

New report: California has five times more clean energy jobs than fossil fuel jobs

by Paul Rogers, The Mercury News Clean energy jobs in California now outnumber jobs in the fossil fuel industry five to one, a new study has found, an increase driven by the state’s ever-expanding renewable energy and climate laws. More than 512,000 people are employed in jobs related to clean energy — from installing solar […]

Colorado commission votes 8-1 to adopt zero-emissions vehicle mandate

by Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission voted to approve the state’s adoption of the zero-emissions vehicle mandate on Friday morning after a three-day hearing. The vote was 8-1 in favor of the rule, which is expected to help improve air quality and make auto manufacturers expand electric vehicles choices in the […]

The promise of a carbon-free flight is on the horizon

by Peter Fairley, Spectrum The aviation industry’s global trade group says electric airplanes are unlikely to be flying commercial routes before 2040. That pessimism from the International Air Transport Association is off by nearly two decades according to ZeroAvia, a fast-moving electric flight startup popping out of stealth mode today. For six months already, the […]

Personal air conditioners may be less wasteful

by Katharine Schwab, Fast Company July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded. And in all likelihood, summertime temperatures are going to keep going up—and so will energy bills, if we continue to rely on traditional air conditioning to keep our bodies cool. The sheer number of A/C units is already a threat to the […]

California farmers are planting solar panels as water supplies dry up

by Sammy Roth, LA Times Jon Reiter banked the four-seat Cessna aircraft hard to the right, angling to get a better look at the solar panels glinting in the afternoon sun far below. The silvery panels looked like an interloper amid a patchwork landscape of lush almond groves, barren brown dirt and saltbush scrub, framed […]

South Australia has 10GW wind and solar in pipeline as it heads to 100% renewables

by Giles Parkinson & Sophie Vorrath, Renew Economy South Australia’s conservative Liberal government has boasted that it has 10GW of large scale wind and solar projects now in the development pipeline, propelling the state towards its anticipated milestone of “net” 100 per cent renewables by 2030. The accumulated total was revealed by state energy minister […]

Ludington Pumped Storage Facility in Michigan. Image by Consumers Energy

Montana energy storage project lines up financial partner

by Matthew Brown, AP Construction on a $1 billion energy storage system in central Montana could start as soon as next year after its sponsors said Friday they reached a financing agreement with a Danish firm that invests in renewable energy. Carl Borgquist, president of Bozeman-based Absaroka Energy, said the involvement of Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners […]

Regenerative Agriculture is having a moment with 70 investments worth $47.5 Billion

by Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Ag Funder News Regenerative agriculture is having a moment. For long-time regen ag practitioners and proponents, this is probably jarring. But having written about regenerative agriculture for five years now, I’ve never seen such engagement or our stories about this ultra-sustainable method of farming perform so well. Readers aren’t only engaging with […]

Presidents Xi Jinping and Trump pose for a selfie

The world is spending the least on clean energy in six years

by Gerald Porter Jr., Bloomberg Worldwide investments in clean energy projects have hit a six-year low. Global spending totaled $117.6 billion in the first half of 2019, down 14% from a year earlier and the least since 2013, according to a report by BloombergNEF. Investments slowed in all three major markets — the U.S., Europe […]