Last stand in the swamp: Activists fight final stretch of Dakota pipeline

by Lauren Zanolli, The Guardian As the flat-bottom fishing boat speeds through waterways deep inside Louisiana’s Atchafalaya basin, the largest river swamp in the US, the landscape suddenly shifts from high banks of sediment and oil pipeline markers on either side to an open grove of cypress trees towering above the water. Flocks of white […]

Crowdfunded solar panels aim to supercharge business in Africa

by Maina Waruru, Reuters Like many small-scale farmers in densely populated Kisii County in western Kenya, James and Janet Torori long depended on bananas, maize and a single dairy cow for food and income. “Like everyone else around here we have relied on two crops to support our family and it has not been easy […]

Sewage, storms and public health: How aging infrastructure hurts small Tennessee towns

by Mike Reicher, Nashville Tennessean This town has never fully recovered since the last coal mine shut down in 1983. The population has stagnated. Even large swaths of commercial real estate — prime for restaurants and truck stops — sit empty by Interstate 40 exits. But it was not only the loss of a major […]

After dozens of gas explosions, a community looks for alternatives to natural gas

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News Nearly 9,000 households in eastern Massachusetts have had to make do without natural gas since mid-September, when an aging natural gas pipeline failed and set off a series of explosions and fires across the cities of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. Residents who relied on gas to heat their homes […]

Tribe says Army Corps stonewalling on Dakota Access Pipeline report, oil spill risk

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is defending its claim that the Dakota Access pipeline has no significant environmental impact, but it issued only a brief summary of its court-ordered reassessment while keeping the full analysis confidential. The delay in releasing the full report, including crucial details about potential oil […]

A matter of life and death’: Financing that gets energy resilience to low-income communities that need it the most

by Jeff Fromuth, SEPA Power When power went out across Puerto Rico a year ago during Hurricane Maria, the lights stayed on at Casa Pueblo, a grassroots environmental nonprofit in the small mountain town of Adjuntas. People who had lost electricity came to the center for news and to charge their phones and, in some […]

Climate change is going to cost California, and the bill will be staggering

by Laurel Rosenhall, Cal Matters As California lawmakers struggled this week to address an apparent new normal of epic wildfires, there was an inescapable subtext: Climate change is going to be staggeringly expensive, and virtually every Californian is going to have to pay for it. In the final week of August—just before the Legislature agreed […]

Keystone XL pipeline hit with new delay: Judge orders environmental review

by Nicholas Kusnetz, InsideClimate News The embattled Keystone XL oil pipeline faces yet another delay after a federal judge ordered the Trump administration to conduct a new environmental review of the project. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris of Montana issued a sharp rebuke to the federal government, which had argued it need not produce an […]

Singapore, the City in a Garden, sets an example for a green planet

by Luciana Pricop, Inhabitat Singapore has transformed itself from a hub of pollution to an environmental dream-city in the past 50 years. From afar, the country’s landscape looks like any other modern city with abounding skyscrapers etched into its skyline. On the inside however, a green heart has grown at the center of the city, […]

CPUC releases proposed decision on Community Choice exit fees

On August 1st the California Public Utilities Commission issued the long-awaited Proposed Decision* on the “exit fees” that Community Choice customers are charged for power that was purchased by private utilities on their behalf before they left (exited) to become Community Choice agency (CCA) customers. This is a pass-through charge because these fees are charged […]