Guiding Principles for a Green New Deal

Published February 28, 2019 by DSA Humankind has reached a moment of existential crisis. Human activity is causing disastrous climate disruption and Earth’s sixth mass extinction event, triggering critical losses of biodiversity. We are already locked in for global warming that will have catastrophic effects, and we are on a slippery path to our own extinction. The 2018 Special Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on …

How Sweden Is Transforming Homes Into Power Stations

One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology. 48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight. The result is a cluster of ‘prosumer’ …

JinkoSolar releases its RE100 roadmap committing to be 100% renewable powered by 2025

SHANGHAI, Aug. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd. (“JinkoSolar” or the “Company”) (NYSE: JKS), one of the largest and most innovative solar module manufacturers in the world, today unveils its RE100 roadmap by providing detail on its approach to achieve 100% powered by renewables by 2025. This roadmap depicts a series of innovative actions to lower emission caused by its operation, …

8 cities share how racial justice is embedded into their climate plans

By Jesse Klein, Green Biz, July 20, 2020 As COVID-19 rampages through vulnerable minority populations with tragic consequences, and protests for racial justice surge among a similar demographic, city climate planners see a renewed focus on climate justice. The pandemic, in some ways, has been a trial run for the anticipated coming impacts of climate change — a not-so-distant future in …

Guest commentary: Polis must get Colorado on track to meet climate goals

Colorado Public Radio, July 8, 2020 Activist Lawsuit Alleges Gov. Polis Isn’t Moving Quickly Enough On Climate Change, by Sam Brasch Gov. Jared Polis’ administration is working to curb climate change, but it will soon face new legal pressure to do it faster. WildEarth Guardians, an environmental advocacy group, filed a lawsuit in Denver District Court against the administration demanding a …

Can a town go fossil fuel-free? Takoma Park and Ann Arbor are about to see

In the fight against global warming, how far should governments go in forcing residents to change? One Maryland suburb is testing the limits. This story is part of an occasional series on “Climate Realities.” Michael Bonfigli/Special to The Christian Science MonitorA house in Takoma Park, Maryland, sports solar panels on March 30, 2020. The suburb was one of the first …

Planning that works – getting to 100%

The Platte River Power Authority — serving Ft. Collins, Loveland, Estes Park, and Longmont, CO — is not a (Wall Street) Investor Owned Utility so has more accountability to and governance by the communities it serves. Here is a cogent presentation on how they are getting to 100% renewable by 2030. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_4_nv1Jbv4&feature=youtu.be

Black children are 10 times more likely to visit the emergency room for asthma than white children in St. Louis

In January 2019, the St. Louis Equity Indicators Baseline Report found that “Black children are 10 times more likely to visit the emergency room for asthma than white children.” This environmental justice issue is not only a St. Louis issue: historically marginalized communities are disproportionately likely to live near a toxic emitter nationwide. St. Louis is committed to achieving 100% renewable energy by 2035. …

NY updates roadmap to 70% renewable electricity by 2030

N.Y. releases plan for 70% renewables by 2030 E&E News | David Iaconangelo June 22, 2020 Officials in New York have unveiled a draft road map for getting 70% of the state’s power from renewables by 2030, a key milepost on its path to eliminating nearly all greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The white paper also took on the thorny …