More than 100 cities worldwide now powered primarily by renewable energy

by Georgina Gustin, InsideClimate News As the price of renewable energy drops, more cities are cutting the cord with fossil fuel-based electricity. A new report released Tuesday by the environmental group CDP finds that more than 100 cities worldwide now get the majority of their power—70 percent or more—from renewables. That’s up from 42 in […]

EPA official: government must plan for climate change

by Michael Biesecker, AP News WASHINGTON (AP) — A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation’s most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday that the government needs to plan for the ongoing threat posed to Superfund sites from climate change. The testimony by EPA Principal […]

States step up to fight climate challenges

by Devon Downeysmith, Climate Cast Washington state Governor Jay Inslee announced last week his proposal for an ambitious carbon tax to reduce emissions, calling upon the state legislature to “step up” efforts to slow climate change. And the Oregon legislature is working on its own proposal to cap and price climate pollution. On the East […]

California legislation proposes ban on gas cars by 2040

by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica Assemblyman Phil Ting, who represents the city of San Francisco in the California legislature, has filed a bill that would allow only zero-emissions cars to be sold in the Golden State beginning in 2040. As radical as that may seem, it is fully in line with initiatives in several other […]

Clean energy soared in the U.S. in 2017 due to economics, policy and technology

by Erica Gies, Insideclimate News As President Donald Trump moved to roll back environmental protections and foster a boom in fossil fuel energy production, his administration effectively abandoned the race for global leadership in slowing global warming. But in many ways, the transformation of the energy economy in a new, green direction continued apace in […]

It’s not too late: A climate change new year’s resolution

by Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News How’s this for a New Year’s resolution: Act quickly to reduce greenhouse gas emissions—while there’s still time to prevent a level of global warming that would make parts of the planet too hot to inhabit, melt glaciers that provide water to billions, flood many of the world’s coastal cities and […]

How Utilities Charged Consumers $40 Billion for Failed Power Plants

by Stephen Lacey, Greentech Media Good journalism is more important than ever. In our last episode of the year, we’re choosing our favorite energy reporting of 2017. We’ll start off with a conversation about a damning investigative piece on how U.S. utilities put ratepayers on the hook for $40 billion in failed coal and nuke […]

Fracking study finds low birth weights near natural gas drilling sites

by Sabrina Shankman, InsideClimate News Babies born near hydraulic fracturing sites are 25 percent more likely to have a low birth weight than those born only a few kilometers away, a new study of more than 1 million births in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale region concludes. The study, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, provides […]

Can car-sharing culture help fuel an electric vehicle revolution?

by Lyndsey Gilpin, Insideclimate News Twenty Nissan Leafs are scattered at electric charging stations across Chattanooga, Tennessee. At first glance, the compact electric cars may seem like they’re already owned, but they’re actually for public use—and as easy to access as a bike share. Users just have to download the city’s electric car-sharing service Green […]

Wind power blows past coal in Texas

by Ryan Maye Handy, Chron Wind power, by one important measure, surpassed coal last month to become the second-largest electricity source in Texas, yet another milestone in the state’s march toward greater reliance on renewable energy. When a 155-megawatt wind farm in West Texas began commercial operation this month, it helped push the state’s wind […]