The insanity – and carbon emissions – of our import/export system

by Local Futures Consider that… • Mexican calves — fed American corn — are exported to the United States, where they are butchered for meat, which is then sold in Mexico. • In 2007, Britain and Australia exchanged 20 tons of bottled water just with each other. • More than half of the seafood caught […]

In shift to electric bus, it’s China ahead of U.S. 421,000 to 300

by Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg Plodding down DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn is a bus moving under the power of an eerily quiet motor. It looks newer than most buses on the route, with a vivid digital display facing the driver and doors that part with a futuristic pneumatic swoosh. Commuters trundling aboard at rush hour don’t […]

Why reducing emissions from cars and trucks will be hard – and solutions

by David Keith and Christopher R. Knittel, The Conservation A growing number of cities, states and countries aim to dramatically reduce or even eliminate carbon emissions to avert catastrophic levels of climate change. Ideas about how to get this done as soon as possible, including those Democratic lawmakers like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have sketched out […]

Cities pressure TVA to boost renewable energy as Memphis weighs breaking away

by James Bruggers, InsideClimate News For eight decades, Memphis has bought its electricity from the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public utility and a key part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal to lift a region out poverty. But that arrangement could change as renewable energy costs fall. The city’s municipal utility, TVA’s largest customer, […]

Democrat-controlled statehouses are endorsing clean energy

by Marina Villeneuve and Michael Casey, AP News Soon after taking office, Maine’s Democratic Gov. Janet Mills announced renovation plans for the governor’s mansion. She wanted to add solar panels. The move was seen as a rebuke to her predecessor, Republican Gov. Paul LePage, whose administration put a moratorium on new wind turbines and enacted […]

Environmentalists are urging Gov. Newsom to ban new oil and gas drilling in California

by Phil Willon, LA Times California’s legacy of oil drilling should be just that, many environmentalists argue — relegated to the history books. They are urging Gov. Gavin Newsom to ban new oil and gas drilling in California and completely phase out fossil fuel extraction in one of the nation’s top petroleum-producing — and gasoline-consuming […]

4 ways to cut plastic’s growing greenhouse gas emissions

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News As concern over plastic waste grows, researchers are raising red flags about another problem: plastic’s rapidly growing carbon footprint. Left unchecked, greenhouse gas emissions associated with plastics will be nearly four times greater by mid-century, when they are projected to account for nearly one-sixth of global emissions. Not all plastics […]

An easy, cost-effective way to address climate change? Massive reforestation

by John Vidal, Grist As the implications of climate change become starker and the world faces up to a biodiversity crisis that threatens humanity’s existence, a group of campaigners from across the world are saying there is one clear way to get us out of this mess, but that governments are ignoring it. In an […]

B.C. introduces law to require cars, trucks sold by 2040 be zero emission

by The Canadian Press All light-duty cars and trucks sold in British Columbia would have to be zero-emission by 2040 under legislation tabled Wednesday. Energy Minister Michelle Mungall says the Zero Emission Vehicles Act aims to fight climate change by phasing out gas-powered vehicles. She says the legislation would set target dates of 10 per […]

Puerto Rico Passes 100% Clean Energy Bill. Will Natural Gas Imports Get in the Way?

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News When Hurricane Maria shattered Puerto Rico’s power grid in 2017, it set off the longest major blackout in U.S. history. The island territory’s political leaders faced a choice: rebuild the long-troubled centralized electric grid, which had been powered largely by imported diesel fuel and coal, or ditch the costly fuel […]