Ireland moves to divest from fossil fuels

by Somini Sengupta, NY Times Ireland on Thursday moved to pull its public funds out of fossil fuels, a development that marks the most significant advance to date for a divestment campaign pushed by environmentalists worldwide. The lower house of Parliament passed a bill that requires the country’s sovereign fund, valued at 8.9 billion euros, […]

Push to burn wood for fuel threatens climate goals, scientists warn

by Bob Berwyn, InsideClimate News The European Union declared this week that it could make deeper greenhouse gas cuts than it has already pledged under the Paris climate agreement. But its scientific advisors warn that the EU’s new renewable energy policy could undermine that goal because it fails to fully account for the climate impacts […]

Renewable energy field’s flourishing brings new careers

by Troy Brynelson, Spokesman It’s not out of the ordinary for drivers near East Mill Plain Boulevard and Grand Boulevard to see people wearing hard hats and climbing gear gathered around a steel tower next to the road. These are students, and their training is actually becoming more common. More students than ever are enrolling […]

Oil and gas fields leak far more methane than the EPA reports

by Sabrina Shankman, InsideClimate News The amount of methane leaking from the nation’s oil and gas fields may be 60 percent higher than the official estimates of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study in the journal Science. The study, led by a group of scientists from the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), presents […]

Scientists create new building material out of fungus, rice and glass

by Tien Huynh and Mitchell Jones, The Conservation Would you live in a house made of fungus? It’s not just a rhetorical question: fungi are the key to a new low-carbon, fire-resistant and termite-deterring building material. This type of material, known as a mycelium composite, uses the Trametes versicolor fungus to combine agricultural and industrial […]

Pennsylvania, for first time, sets methane requirements on natural gas wells

by Reid Frazier, State Impact Pennsylvania has joined a growing number of states in issuing new methane requirements for natural gas wells. On Thursday, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection said it has finalized permits for new natural gas wells and processing facilities. “We are uniquely positioned to be a national leader in addressing climate […]

Bipartisan effort emerges countering Trump on offshore drilling

by E.A. Crunden, ThinkProgress A North Carolina Republican and a Virginia Democrat introduced a bipartisan bill on Tuesday in an effort to counter offshore drilling efforts along the Atlantic Coast. The issue of coastal drilling has become increasingly contentious as the Trump administration has pushed for its expansion. Reps. Donald McEachin (D-VA) and Walter B. […]

Hope in the era of Trump’s climate foolishness

by The Editorial Board, NY Times One year ago, on June 1, President Trump dismayed the world by announcing his intention to withdraw the United States from the global Paris climate agreement. He has since shown no inclination to ease up on his efforts to nullify virtually every initiative the Obama administration took to limit […]

Your Food Choices Can Have a Big Climate Impact, So Be Picky, New Study Says

by Georgina Gustin, InsideClimate News When it comes to the climate impacts of our diet, it pays to be particular. One bowl of rice can have six times the climate impact of another. Beer from a bottle can result in more greenhouse gas emissions than beer from a keg. One cup of coffee’s carbon footprint […]

NASA study says freshwater shortages will be biggest challenge of this century

by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica Researchers have examined data collected by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite mission during the period 2002 to 2016 to track freshwater trends worldwide. In a new report, they claim that data shows access to freshwater will be the biggest challenge to humanity in the 21st century. The […]