Nearly Half Of US Rooftop Solar Potential Is On Low-Income Housing, Finds NREL

April 19th, 2018 by Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica A new study published this week by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the US has found that nearly half of all the residential rooftop solar potential in the country is available atop low- to moderate-income households, representing a 320 gigawatt (GW) opportunity. The new study from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was …

US Cement Companies Still Lag Far Behind The Paris Climate Goal, Endangering Public Health & Safety

April 23rd, 2018 on Clean Technica by Nicolas Zart   Cement factories pollute in Long Beach, California, endangering children’s lives daily. A silent, under-reported, highly polluting industry is that of cement factories all over the world. Wherever they are, pollution spikes happen, belching out noxious particulates ill-affecting the health of those who live near their path. Cement Factories Pollute With Little Public …

Mitigation of CH4 emissions would significantly increase the feasibility of stabilising global warming below 1.5 °C, alongside having co-benefits for human and ecosystem health

Environmental Research Letters  Increased importance of methane reduction for a 1.5 degree target By William J Collins1,6, Christopher P Webber1, Peter M Cox2, Chris Huntingford3, Jason Lowe4,5, Stephen Sitch2, Sarah E Chadburn2,5, Edward Comyn-Platt3, Anna B Harper2, Garry Hayman3Show full author list Published 20 April 2018 • © 2018 Environmental Research Letters, Volume 13, Number 5  Article PDF Figures   References   PDF Article information Abstract To understand the importance of methane on the levels of carbon emission reductions required to achieve …

Kids are suing Gov. Rick Scott to force Florida to take action on climate change

By Alex Harris, aharris@miamiherald.com, April 16, 2018 Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t talk about climate change. He notoriously declared “I’m not a scientist” when asked his thoughts on humanity’s well-documented impact on the warming planet, banned the phrase in his administration (a charge he denies) and backed up President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. On Monday, an unusual group sued Scott for ignoring the …

Environmental issues are anything determining environmental outcomes. What is the next system, new political economy devoted to sustaining human and natural communities?

April 2nd, 2018, NextSystem.org, Ted Howard’s remarks to the Environmental Funders Network in Cambridge, England, on February 2nd, 2018. Good afternoon. I want to begin by thanking the conference organizers for extending an invitation to address you during your important annual deliberations. I come before you today not as an expert on environmental matters, but as someone who has devoted his …

Avoid Gulf stream disruption at all costs, scientists warn

How close the world is to a catastrophic collapse of giant ocean currents is unknown, making halting global warming more critical than ever, scientists say By Damian Carrington, Environment editor, Guardian Fri 13 Apr 2018   Other research this week showed that Greenland’s massive ice cap is melting at the fastest rate for at least 450 years. Photograph: Nick Cobbing/Greenpeace Serious disruption to …

Dangerous climate tipping point is ‘about a century ahead of schedule’ warns scientist: A slowing Gulf Stream system means catastrophic East Coast flooding will get much worse

By Joe Romm, 12 April 2018, Climate Progress TAXIS SIT IN A FLOODED LOT AFTER HURRICANE SANDY OCTOBER 30, 2012 IN HOBOKEN, NEW JERSEY. CREDIT: MICHAEL BOCCHIERI/GETTY IMAGES New research provides strong evidence that one of the long-predicted worst-case impacts of climate change — a severe slow-down of the Gulf Stream system — has already started. The system, also known …

DR HANNES KONRAD, Carbon Brief, 04.04.2018 Using satellites to track the retreat of Antarctica’s glaciers Dr Hannes Konrad was formerly a research fellow in the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds and now works at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research in Germany. The long history of the Antarctic Ice Sheet is one of ups and downs. Over …

Two degrees no longer seen as global warming guardrail; it’s 1.5C

By AFP, 1 April 2018  A world that heats up by 2C (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) could see mass displacement due to shortages of food and fresh water and the loss of animal and plant species at an accelerated speed Limiting global warming to two degrees Celsius will not prevent destructive and deadly climate impacts, as once hoped, dozens of experts concluded in …