Americans who think global warming is happening outnumber those who think it is not by more than 5 to 1

Nov 16, 2017, Climate Change in the American Mind: October 2017, by Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach, Connie Roser-Renouf, Seth Rosenthal, Matthew Cutler and John Kotcher. Filed under: Beliefs & Attitudes Executive Summary This report from the Yale Program on Climate and Communication documents an upward trend in Americans’ concern about global warming, as reflected in several key indicators tracked since 2008, including substantial increases in Americans’ certainty that global warming …

Dockless accelerates bikeshare into a higher gear

Politico, 16 Nov 2017 It was the nation’s first bikeshare program when it started in 2010, a mere seven years ago. Since then, the Washington, D.C. area’s Capital Bikeshare has become one of the country’s largest and most successful, spanning five jurisdictions that reach across the Potomac River into Virginia, with more geographic expansion set for 2018. Membership has climbed …

Diseases caused by pollution responsible for 9 million premature deaths in 2015—16% of all deaths worldwide—three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence

Pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. Diseases caused by pollution were responsible for an estimated 9 million premature deaths in 2015—16% of all deaths worldwide—three times more deaths than from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined and 15 times more than from all wars and other forms of violence. In the most …

IEA World Energy Outlook 2017 describes shift to solar

14 Nov 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica The International Energy Agency published its annual World Energy Outlook report this week in which it describes “A world in transformation” defined by four large-scale shifts currently underway in the global energy system, led by the “rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies.” Each year the International Energy Outlook (IEA) publishes its flagship …

Transportation Electrification Accord

From Utility and Smart Cities Dive, 14 Nov 2017 A group of environmental nonprofit organizations has worked with businesses and other stakeholders to draft the Transportation Electrification Accord which includes principles and guidance for electric transportation. Entities such as the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, Honda and Siemens have already signed the accord. The pact offers information and guidance for …

Your car is the next target and Massachusetts is stepping in

  DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF Traffic on the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge. By David Abel Boston Globe, 13 Nov 2017 Over the past decade, Massachusetts has made significant progress in reducing its carbon emissions, primarily by curbing pollution from power plants. Now comes the hard part — limiting emissions from cars and other vehicles, which have surpassed power plants as …

Why a tiny home isn’t really a trailer or an RV

Kimberley Mok (@kimberleymok) November 13, 2017  © Tiny Heirloom Homes Some ask, “Why not just buy an RV or a trailer instead of a tiny house?” Well, the answer is that it depends — and they really aren’t the same. The popularity of tiny homes has prompted a lot of discussion about the possible benefits of living more lightly on a smaller …

Puerto Rico wants to upgrade its infrastructure, waits for the lights to come back on

Can Puerto Rico Overcome a Colonial Past to Build a Greener Grid? Puerto Rico’s history of intervention and mismanagement created a financially disastrous backdrop for Hurricane Maria. By John Farrell, 6 Nov 2017, GTM Puerto Rico Capitol Building in downtown San Juan. On September 20, Hurricane Maria swept across Puerto Rico, destroying its electricity grid. The storm felled half of …

15,000 scientists from over 180 countries issue a dire warning to humanity that “time is running out” to stop business as usual

Reassessing warning issued 25 years ago, the scientists’ “second notice” to humanity warns of “widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss” unless business-as-usual is upended “Humanity is not taking the urgent steps needed to safeguard our imperiled biosphere,” over 15,000 scientists warned in a letter published Monday. (Photo: NASA) Over 15,000 scientists hailing from more than 180 countries just issued a …

New Poll Finds 81% Of New Yorkers Want To Choose Clean Energy

13 Nov 2017 by Joshua S Hill  on Clean Technica A new report published earlier this month has revealed that New Yorkers overwhelmingly want the ability to choose their energy supplier, clean energy, and want more renewable energy in New York’s electricity mix. Commissioned by renewable energy company CleanChoice Energy and conducted by SurveyUSA, the new poll interviewed 600 New York State residents and …