Breaking the climate silence in the age of mega-hurricanes

“Terrible.” “Seismic. “An experience out of this world.” “Catastrophic.” “Like a movie I never want to see.” These are the words and phrases used by inhabitants of Caribbean islands as Hurricane Irma tore through the region last week. By this time, Irma had already broken the record for strongest sustained winds, howling at 185mph for […]

China wants to ban gas and diesel cars

by Sherisse Pham, CNN China is preparing to put the brakes on gasoline and diesel cars. The country, home to the world’s largest auto market, is working on a plan to ban the production and sale of vehicles powered solely by fossil fuels, officials say. The Chinese government is following in the footsteps of countries like […]

California’s goal: an electricity grid moving only clean energy

by Chris Megerian, LA Times California lawmakers are considering a future without the use of fossil fuels to generate electricity, a step that would boost the renewable energy industry and expand the scope of the state’s battle against global warming. If approved at the end of the legislative session next month, the proposal would eventually ensure […]

South Asia floods kill 1,200 and shut 1.8 million children out of school

by Haroon Siddique, The Guardian Heavy monsoon rains have brought Mumbai to a halt for a second day as the worst floods to strike south Asia in years continued to exact a deadly toll. More than 1,200 people have died across India, Bangladesh and Nepalas a result of flooding, with 40 million affected by the devastation. […]

Harvey didn’t come out of the blue. Now is the time to talk about climate change.

by Naomi Klein, The Intercept NOW IS EXACTLY the time to talk about climate change, and all the other systemic injustices — from racial profiling to economic austerity — that turn disasters like Harvey into human catastrophes. Turn on the coverage of the Hurricane Harvey and the Houston flooding and you’ll hear lots of talk about […]

Did climate change intensify Hurricane Harvey?

by Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic Every so often, the worst-case scenario comes to pass. As of Sunday afternoon, the remnants of Hurricane Harvey seem likely to exceed the worst forecasts that preceded the storm. The entire Houston metropolitan region is flooding: Interstates are under feet of water, local authorities have asked boat owners to join […]

Oil and gas allies to Trump: Slow down

by  Ben Lefebvre, Politico President Donald Trump’s aggressive drive to roll back environmental regulations is moving too fast even for some in the oil and gas industry. Publicly, petroleum companies and their trade groups are cheering Trump’s efforts to undo former President Barack Obama’s environmental regulations, including restrictions on fracking-related pollution, pipeline permits and offshore […]

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Morgan Stanley predicts market for grid storage will explode in next 3 years

by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica A new report authored by Stephen Byrd, a utility and cleantech analyst at Morgan Stanley, and Adam Jonas, its auto analyst, shows that they are bullish on the market for grid storage products. “Demand for energy storage from the utility sector will grow more than the market anticipates by 2019–2020,” […]

Court rejects pipeline rubber-stamp, orders climate impact review

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News An appeals court rejected federal regulators’ approval of a $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline project on Tuesday over the issue of climate change. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) failed to fully consider the impact of […]

Harvard study finds Exxon misled public about climate change

by John H. Cushman Jr., InsideClimate News A comprehensive, peer-reviewed academic study of ExxonMobil’s internal deliberations, scientific research and public rhetoric over the decades has confirmed empirically that the oil giant misled the public about what it knew about climate change and the risks posed by fossil fuel emissions, the authors said on Tuesday. The paper […]