Power worth less than zero spreads as green energy floods the grid

by Jesper Starn, Bloomberg Bright and breezy days are becoming a deeper nightmare for utilities struggling to earn a return on traditional power plants. With wind and solar farms sprouting up in more areas — and their power getting priority to feed into the grid in many places — the amount of electricity being generated […]

One of the world’s biggest insurers is ditching coal

by Brian Kahn, Earther Earlier this week, one of the biggest re-insurance companies in the world started implementing a policy reflecting the growing risk around new coal projects. Swiss Re announced on Monday it would no longer insure companies that get 30 percent of their revenue or generate 30 percent of their power from coal […]

Jodi Seward joins the Center as Ann Hancock’s Executive Assistant

I’m Jodi Seward, and I come to the fight against climate change from a very personal place. Where petroleum products are concerned…especially exhaust emissions, I am a canary in a coal mine. I moved to Santa Rosa in 1989 because my home in Redwood City sat between the 101 and 280 freeways and my struggle […]

Six of the G7 commit to climate action. Trump wouldn’t even join conversation

by Staff, InsideClimate News President Donald Trump’s disdain for action on climate change, along with his trade demands and behavior, left the United States estranged from its closest allies following the weekend summit of the Group of Seven major industrial democracies. Trump skipped the G7’s formal discussions on the global warming crisis. And in the […]

Sono Sion solar electric car promises 18 miles of range from solar panels

by Eric C. Evarts, Green Car Report Solar cells have gotten cheap enough to make solar cars practical. At least that’s the business model of one electric-car startup in Europe. Sono Motors plans to build a $25,000 electric car covered in solar cells that can provide up to 18 miles of range a day. The […]

Massachusetts and Rhode Island Contract for 1,200MW of Offshore Wind

Massive new projects put New England states on the forefront of the U.S. offshore wind market. May 23, 2018 By Jeff St. John and Julia Pyper Massachusetts and Rhode Island, two states on the forefront of the nascent U.S. offshore wind market, have awarded a combined 1,200 megawatts of contracts to build out what could […]

One simple chart shows why an energy revolution is coming

by Jeremy Berke, Business Insider The cost of solar power is decreasing so rapidly, it’s now cheaper than coal, based on a new analysis. A recent report from Lazard shows how the costs of producing electricity from various sources are changing. Energy from utility-scale solar plants — plants that produce electricity that feeds into the […]

The surprising link between climate change and human trafficking

by Wudan Yan, The Revelator The impacts of climate change could soon become big business for human traffickers, a new paper warns. The rise in forced labor, sexual exploitation and other types of trafficking would be driven by many of the effects of climate change that are already well known and widely documented. Greenhouse gas […]

Aerial view of fracking wells.

The methane mystery is solved, giving direction and hope

by Andy Ferguson A scientific mystery has been solved, giving direction and hope on the climate front. Methane is 102 times more powerful than CO2 as a cause of climate change, but because it remains in the atmosphere an average of only nine years, reducing methane emissions offers quick and tangible results for fighting climate […]

Tech firms like Google, Amazon push power companies toward solar and wind, a blow to coal

by Elizabeth Weise, USA Today SAN FRANCISCO — Every time you save a photo to the cloud, buy something on Amazon, open a Google doc or stream a movie, you’re probably pulling electricity from a wind turbine in Texas or a solar farm in Virginia. In fact, your clicks and taps may have helped build […]