There are now more than 50 known species that eat plastic, this caterpillar among them

Discover Mag There are now more than 50 known species of ‘plastivores,’ or plastic-eating organisms. One of these, the greater wax moth, is offering scientists hope in the fight against plastic pollution. By Eric Betz March 3, 2020 Greater wax moth caterpillars munch on a plastic bag. (Credit: Harald Grove/Brandon University) Each year, humanity churns out some 300 million tons of plastic and …

U.S. Coal Use Is Plunging at Fastest Rate Since Eisenhower Era

By Will Wade March 5, 2020, Bloomberg  Consumption dropped 13% last year, set to fall as much in 2020  Utilities are increasingly shifting to renewables, natural gas U.S. coal use plunged more than 13% in 2019, the most in 65 years, as power plants shut down across the country. That’s poised to happen again this year. Total consumption slumped to 596 …

USA Today on Bernie Sanders and Democrats’ Need for the Left, to Win

USA Today, Feb 2020. Bernie’s not my favorite candidate, but if moderate Democrats are serious when they say their only concern is beating President Donald Trump, they should get used to the thought of backing Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. If you believe in saving democracy, the courts and the planet, and reversing the unrepentant cruelty, corruption and carelessness that define the current …

Battling food waste at home

Frozen food may be maligned by many, but the freezer is my number one tool in battling food waste. Since March 6 is National Frozen Food Day, I figure it’s as good a time as any to sing the praises of my freezer. I mean, I like my refrigerator, but I like-like my freezer. It is a magical box that stops time …

Apple cider vinegar health benefits + healthy home mayo recipes

My grandmother was a big apple cider vinegar fan, for wellness… 6 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, Backed by Science  Healthline Mar. 05, 2020 HEALTH + WELLNESS By Kris Gunnars, BSc Apple cider vinegar is a popular home remedy. People have used it for centuries in cooking and medicine. Many people claim it can relieve a wide range of health …

Electric Vehicle Adoption in California Could Increase Gross State Product by More Than $140 Billion: Report

JANUARY 29, 2020 BY EMILY HOLBROOK Utility Dive Electrification of light-duty vehicles in California could be a potent catalyst for economic growth over the next 10 years. That’s according to a new study by Next 10 on the impact on the California economy if the state achieves electric vehicle (EV) adoption that is consistent with its climate goals. The report, “Clean Transportation: An Economic …

Advances in Performance Based Utility Rate Design + Xcel dockets

19M-0670E – Distribution System Planning (filing comments on Monday, 2/3) 19M-0661EG – Investigation of Performance-Based Ratemaking (awaiting the second phase) 19R-0608E – NOPR for Amendments to Community Solar Gardens Rules 19R-0654E – Amendments to Electric Rules Relating to Interconnection 19A-0471E – Investment in EV Fleet Infrastructure We’re also awaiting a decision on the following: 19A-0369E – Renewable Energy Standard Compliance …

Canadian Doctors Demand Fracking Moratoria on Health and Climate Grounds

By Staff, Talkfracking.orgJanuary 31, 2020 | EDUCATE! Canadian medical professionals yesterday called for a fracking moratorium based on health and climate grounds. The released paper – Fractures in the Bridge – is a review of fracking evidence, written by doctors from the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). Canada is the fourth-largest global producer of gas and oil, accounting for five per cent of …

Report: An Alternative to Electricity Monopolies Enables Communities to Center People and Planet

BY JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 19 FEB 2020 Download the Report Register for a webinar on the report, March 5th, 2020 at 12pm CT More communities than ever want to exercise control over their energy systems. In 2016, Americans collectively spent $360 billion buying electricity. Most of the revenue accrued to the benefit of increasingly-large, investor-owned utilities. Inspired by the individuals who put solar on their …