Utilities get into EVs in the heart of the auto industry

by Dan Gearino, InsideClimate News Utility companies are seeing opportunities to grow by getting into aspects of the electric vehicle business. My colleague James Bruggers wrote about this for ICN, focusing on Duke Energy’s announcement of a $76 million plan in North Carolina that’s largely about developing charging stations. The story mentions that utilities in […]

The tortured tale of two transportation bills

Or how I learned to love the fight for climate change by Jane Bender, Board member of the Center for Climate Protection Here’s the bottom line An overwhelmingly Democratic legislature in the most progressive state in the union cannot pass a study bill on reducing vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions because of one person—the Chair […]

How the world’s biggest shipping company plans to cut emissions

by Christian Wienberg, Bloomberg A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S is about to conduct the shipping industry’s biggest test yet of biofuel as it seeks to cut emissions and meet its target of becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. The Mette Maersk, one of the company’s biggest vessels, will this month set off on a 25,000 nautical miles round trip […]

Tesla & Pasadena will cooperate to build largest fast charging facility in Western US

by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica Convergence. It’s what happens when two competing ideas begin to merge. For the past 7 years, Tesla has been going it alone when it comes to building charging infrastructure for the electric cars is produces. Its Supercharger locations were dedicated solely to Tesla drivers. If you drove a LEAF or […]

Plunging sales suggests end is nigh for fossil fuel cars in Australia

by Giles Parkinson, The Drive No 1: When asked, more than one third of Australians say that – given the chance – their next passenger vehicle purchase will be electric. More than two thirds think the shift to electric is inevitable. No 2: In the first two months of 2019, sales of new petrol and […]

Global shipping inches forward on heavy fuel oil ban in Arctic

by Phil Mckenna, InsideClimate News The International Maritime Organization inched forward this week on its promises to ban the use of heavy fuel oil in the Arctic and reduce black carbon emissions from ships. Meeting in London, the United Nations regulatory body’s Pollution Prevention and Response subcommittee began work on defining which fuels would be […]

Tallahassee commissioners set 100 percent renewable energy goal by 2050

by Gina Jordan, WJCT The Tallahassee city commission wants the city to be on 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. The goals are outlined in a resolution adopted by commissioners during their Wednesday meeting. The plan sets milestones. For example, city-owned facilities would be on 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2035 and city-owned light […]

Re-thinking personal travel plans: a no fly zone

On December 20, 2018, my wife and I watched an interview of fifteen year-old Greta Thunberg and her TED talk about the climate crisis. In the moments afterward, we realized that we could no longer justify flying. The power of this young person’s voice is overwhelming. If you have not listened yet to Greta’s TED […]

BayCLIC tackles transportation

The Bay Area Climate Literacy Impact Collaborative (BayCLIC) is a professional network dedicated to ensuring that visitors to the Bay Area’s array of renowned educational institutions learn about the core elements of climate change and feel both motivated and empowered to take action. The Center for Climate Protection plays a support role for BayCLIC, facilitating […]

How the cargo industry is cleaning up its filthy act

by Kyunghee Park and Jason Clenfield, Bloomberg Air pollution from cars and factories has been regulated in much of the world since the 1970s. When it comes to the smoke-belching ships that carry global trade, the rules have been a lot looser. Big changes start next January, though, when long-debated standards from the International Maritime […]