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 […]

It’s the no. 1 power source, but natural gas faces headwinds

by Ivan Penn, NY Times As environmental concerns drive power companies away from using coal, natural gas has emerged as the nation’s No. 1 power source. Plentiful and relatively inexpensive as a result of the nation’s fracking boom, it has been portrayed as a bridge to an era in which alternative energy would take primacy. […]

Easy fix? America’s biggest beef eaters responsible for large chunk of climate emissions

by Georgina Gustin, InsideClimate News March 20th, 2018 The biggest eaters of burgers, steaks and ribs contribute the largest hunk of diet-related greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, according to a new study that examined individual eating habits across the country. New research from the University of Michigan and Tulane University finds that 20 […]

Notch another win (mostly) for Community Choice Energy

CPUC adopts a favorably amended resolution, initially a big problem for emerging Community Choice agencies Clean energy advocates, local government elected officials, and Community Choice agencies (CCAs) scored a partial victory at a voting meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in San Francisco on February 8th. Inundated by “thousands of emails” according to […]

Center for Climate Protection launches Clean Cars Campaign

Save the date – March 22 Public launch and rally in support of AB 1745: Thursday, March 22, doors open at 5:30, rally from 6:00 – 7:30 Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino, Santa Rosa, 95401 Free – refreshments will be served Register for the event here>> The Center for Climate Protection is launching a campaign in […]

Megadisasters devastated America in 2017. And they’re only going to get worse.

by Umair Irfan and Brian Resnick, Vox The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which tracks billion-dollar disasters, noted Monday that the record total came from 16 separate events with damages exceeding $1 billion. If that seems shocking, consider some of the record-breaking weather events that came our way: California was drenched in the wettest winter […]