Lessons from the international success around the ozone hole

Imagery and language matter The satellite animation of the changing atmosphere over the Antarctic first shown in 1985 appeared to show a growing “ozone hole”. This was a scientifically imprecise description of the thinning that was concentrated at both poles, but the metaphor – of the roof over our home planet being punctured – captured the public imagination and, most …

Underestimated Power of Fossil Fueled Misinformation Campaigns

Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, Yale University’s Professor Justin Farrell and Kathryn McConnell, together with Brown University’s Professor Robert Brulle, say people working on responses to climate change “cannot afford to underestimate the economic influence, institutional complexity, strategic sophistication, financial motivation, and societal impact of the networks” behind climate misinformation campaigns. By Graham Readfearn on DeSmog Blog, January 18, 2019  Climate action advocates have …

Study of Antarctic sea ice collapse warns of potential 10-foot sea rise, with rate of ocean warming up 50% since 1991.

Study of Antarctic sea ice collapse warns of potential 10-foot sea rise, by Joe Romm, Climate Progress,  Jan 15, 2019 PACK ICE MELTING IN SPRING IN ANTARCTICA’S WEDDEL SEA. CREDIT: PLANET OBSERVER/UNIVERSAL IMAGES GROUP VIA GETTY IMAGES A stunning new study on Antarctic sea ice collapse greatly raises the risk of a 10-foot sea level rise this century if President Donald …

Governors kick off 2019 with bold calls for climate action in Colorado, Maine, New Mexico, New York and Pennsylvania

Governors kick off 2019 with bold calls for climate action in these 5 states: With the federal government moving in the opposite direction, state officials take the mantle on climate leadership. By Mark Hand, Climate Progress, Jan 18, 2019 MAINE GOV. JANET MILLS ADDRESSES D CROWD AFTER BEING SWORN IN AS GOVERNOR IN AUGUSTA, MAINE ON JANUARY 2, 2019. CREDIT: BRIANNA …

Illinois NextGrid Roadmap to a Clean Future, Lessons for Other Stakeholder Planning and Blue Ribbon Panel Efforts

Breaking Down Illinois’ NextGrid Roadmap to a Grid Edge Future, GreenTechMedia, Jeff St. John, January 17, 2019 Last week was the close of public comments on the final draft of the NextGrid Illinois Utility of the Future Study, a report that — while not an official roadmap for modernizing Illinois’ power grid and energy regulatory framework — represents the state’s biggest effort on that …

100x faster 3D printing: Rather than building up plastic filaments layer by layer, new approach lifts complex shapes from a vat of liquid

Researchers Create A 3D Printing Process That Is 100 Times Faster Than Normal, by Steve Hanley in Clean Technica, January 14th, 2019  3D printing is more than just a curiosity. For producing components in small numbers, it is much less expensive that making molds and dies. Conventional production techniques get very inexpensive when volumes reach 100,000 or more, but for prototypes that may …

Stand alone prices for installed battery storage (20 mw with 4 hr storage)dropped 40% from the previous year. Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy

Solar + Storage Half The Cost Of Gas Peaker Plants — 8MinuteEnergy, by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, January 13th, 2019  S&P Global reports the cost of solar with battery backup dropped precipitously in 2018. In a few cases in the sunny Southwest region of the United States, several tenders for solar plus storage came in at under $30 per megawatt-hour last year. Stand …

Top regulatory developments before PUCs in 2018

INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE on GT Media: The Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2018 Advanced Energy Economy looks back at the top regulatory developments of the past year, by Coley Girouard, Jan 18, 2019, on GTM The Top 10 Utility Regulation Trends of 2018 In July, we published a list of the top 10 utility regulation trends of 2018 — so far. With 2018 behind us, we …

San Diego begins to tap city’s vast solar parking lot potential

January 18th, 2019 by Charles W. Thurston on Clean Technica San Diego has an untapped 500 megawatt solar potential at commercial sites within the city, with parking lots representing three-quarters of the total, according to a new survey by the Clean Coalition. The San Diego Solar Siting Survey identified 120 sites that could host 1 megawatt (MW) of solar, and suggested the number of host …