Ongoing diesel damage: NY, MA, and MD sue Volkswagen and execs who lied and destroyed evidence

July 20th, 2016 by Steve Hanley.  The story continues to get uglier for Volkswagen and top executives as three US states open new lawsuits against Volkswagen, naming specific Volkswagen staff, for lying, deceiving regulators and the public, and even destroying evidence. Here’s more in a Gas2 repost. New York, Massachusetts, and Maryland have filed lawsuits in their respective state courts seeking millions of …

New York State poised to REV up its electric vehicles (EV) market

By Miles Farmer Luke Tonachel, July 14, 2016 Through its much-discussed Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) effort to modernize our electric system for the 21st century—we’ve blogged about it here and here—the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) is well positioned to put the pedal to the metal on the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the Empire State. The …

Searing temperatures caused by climate change may cost global economies more than $2 trillion by 2030, restricting working hours in some places

Cross-posted from Bloomberg New Energy Finance Of particular interest to the construction industry and other work performed outdoors or without climate control… Heat stress from climate change may cost $2 trillion by 2030 Lowest polluting countries to take biggest hit from warming As many as 43 countries, especially those in Asia, including China, Indonesia, and Malaysia, will experience declines in …

Vox highlights that transportation is now contributing more CO2 than power plants do

Updated by Brad Plumer on June 13, 2016, cross-posted from Vox.com Here’s an important energy milestone: For the first time since 1979, America’s cars, trucks, and airplanes emit more carbon dioxide than its power plants do. The chart below comes from Sam Ori, executive director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago: (Sam Ori) You can see the …

Large fires in the west 556% more frequent than in the 70s and early 80s, last very much longer, and burn over 1200% more

A new study, summarized in a post by author Tony Westerling concludes that in the 10 years through 2012, large fires (more than 1,000 acres) were 556 percent more frequent than in the 1970s and early 1980s. The recent large fires were larger, too, burning more area.  Other findings include: The area burned in the Northern Rockies increased the most, accounting …

New tech for small-scale hydropower

This image shows both a model and a working small scale hydropower system in the central Oregon Cascade Range.  Credit: Photo courtesy of Oregon State University Engineers at Oregon State University have created a new computer modeling package that people anywhere in the world could use to assess the potential of a stream for small-scale, “run of river” hydropower, an …