Coal is on the way out

Feb 12, 2020, Is The US Coal Industry Completely Burned Out?, Forbes, by Joshua Rhodes This is the fourth of a multi-part series on the state of the main sources of energy in the US and how they compare globally. The series will cover solar, wind, oil & gas, coal, nuclear, and geothermal (so far) and will answer the same four questions for each. 1.   How …

Bike trail use is up 60% over last year. We have an opportunity to put Americans to work building the strategic connections that enable healthy and resource-saving habits.

More Americans are walking, biking and using trails in 2020 than ever before—bike sales have boomed1 and trail use is up 60% over the same period in 2019,2 accelerating trends that have been building for years. Individuals are increasingly turning to biking and walking as reliable and efficient modes of transportation as well as healthy and accessible recreation. At the same time, bicycle …

11 Facts About Coast Redwoods, the Tallest Trees in the World

By Melissa BreyerUpdated October 08, 2020 Sturdy, stalwart, and superlatively statuesque, California’s coast redwoods stand out as some of the most impressive organisms on the planet. Before the 1850s, coast redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) luxuriated amongst some 2 million acres of California’s coast, stretching from south of Big Sur to just over the Oregon border. One of three members of the Sequoioideae …

The largest 1% of the world’s farms operate 70% of farmland and form the core of production for the corporate food system, amid increasing concentration of power and land inequality

The report outlines a number of possible steps: democratize land governance; strengthen land-related regulation; invest in well-functioning land registries; strengthen transparency and monitoring of land holdings; legally enforce responsible corporate practice; protect common and customary rights; recognize and protect women’s land rights (and Indigenous land rights); respect and strengthen civil society institutions and capacities; build more sustainable and equitable production …

Lead with information can be counterproductive: Ask people what they know and want to learn. Then have a conversation.

Anger, anxiety, overwhelm … climate change can evoke intense feelings. “It’s easy to feel dwarfed in the context of such a global systemic issue,” says psychologist Renée Lertzman. She says that when people experience these feelings, they often shut down and push information away. So to encourage climate action, she advises not bombarding people with frightening facts. “When we lead …

Best ways to close the income equity gap in solar adoption: Leasing and LMI incentives had the greatest impact, and PACE helped too

Researchers from Clean Kilowatts and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed software that predicts the most important business model interventions for closing the gap of residential PV adoption between high-income and low-to-middle-income areas. The researchers concluded that LMI incentives, leasing and PACE increase PV adoption equity. The model showed that these intervention models shift deployment into underserved markets with lower …

Electric School Bus Fleets Test the US V2G Proposition: Projects envision parked bus batteries as grid-balancing, revenue-generating resources

Coast-to-coast projects envision parked bus batteries as grid-balancing, revenue-generating resources. Electric school buses could be the “killer V2G app,” says Electric Highland Transportation CEO Duncan McIntyre. The idea is to replace the upfront and ongoing costs of EV buses and charging infrastructure with a fixed annual fee, equal to or less than a school district’s current budget for owning, fueling …

Farm Bureau joins alliance of food, forest, farming and environment groups to work with Congress to reduce the food system’s role in climate change and incentivize GHG reduction

“We have established some common ground, as long as there’s something our farmers can move into and not be forced, we think we can do a better job,” said Farm Bureau president Zippy Duvall. The Farm Bureau’s board of directors approved the recommendations. “Farmers and ranchers want partnerships, not mandates, and the recommendations laid out by FACA make it clear …