Our average electricity in the US is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour, whereas new low prices for utility-scale renewables are 2.91 cents per kWh

By Joe Romm, April 6, 2017.  Stunning drops in solar and wind costs turn global power market upside down:  The world built more renewables for far less money last year, report UN and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Last year, solar in Chile set a record low global price for unsubsidized electricity by any technology. CREDIT: ACERA. Stunning drops in the cost of wind …

The hybrid plane that could halve the cost (and travel time) of flights: Boeing and JetBlue back hybrid-electric craft

Zunum Aero building 10-50 seat planes that ‘sip fuel only when they have to’ Firm claims this could allow them to tap into underutilized regional airports They say this could decrease travel times by 40 percent on busy routes  By Cheyenne MacDonald, Originally published in The Daily Mail, 6 April 2017 Boeing and JetBlue have turned their sights to hybrid-electric …

~18% Of Preterm Births (Globally) Are Associated With Exposure To Outdoor Air Pollution

By James Ayre, 27 Feb 2017, Clean Technica Around 2.7 million preterm births globally in 2010 (around 18% of all preterm births that year) were associated with exposure to outdoor fine-particulate air pollution, according to new research from The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York. The new work follows earlier research which suggested that air pollution exposure …

Heede and the Climate Accountability Institute detail emissions of the Carbon Majors

The Climate Accountability Institute (CAI), in collaboration with CDP (London), announces the publication of operational and product-use emissions attributed to fifty major oil and gas companies over the period from 1988 to 2015.Press Release: Carbon Majors 2015 update: six companies responsible for one-third of emissions from oil and gas sector since 1988. The Climate Accountability Institute and CDP jointly announce the publication …

Google Street View cars ‘see’ invisible methane leaks from natural gas lines beneath our streets

Science Daily, 22 March 2017 A set of Google Street View mapping cars, specially equipped with cutting-edge methane analyzers, are allowing Colorado State University researchers to “see” invisible methane leaks from natural gas lines beneath our streets. The technical and computational challenges of measuring methane, and the complex methodologies used to collect, analyze and publicize the data, are detailed in …

Breathe less … or ban cars: cities have radically different responses to pollution

By Beth Gardiner, 15 December 2016 in The Guardian When a thick cloud of air pollution settled in over London last week, experts warned those with health problems to avoid strenuous exercise. The advice to Londoners essentially boiled down to this: breathe less. Meanwhile, as Paris suffered a similar pollution episode – its worst in a decade – officials swung into …

China plans gas-to-electric taxi conversion

Gas-to-electric cab conversion in Beijing brings opportunity worth 9 bln yuanm, National Business Daily NBD Zhao Cheng, 23 February, 2017  CHENGDU, Feb. 23 (NBD) — All newly added or replaced taxies in the city of Beijing will be converted from gasoline to electricity, according to a draft work program on air pollution control for Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, and surrounding areas in 2017. …

From Oslo to Paris, these major cities have plans to go car-free

From Oslo to Paris, these major cities have plans to go car-free.  This article is published in collaboration with Business Insider. Oslo and Madrid will implement major car free areas by 2019. Madrid plans to ban cars from 500 acres of its city center by 2020, with urban planners redesigning 24 of the city’s busiest streets for walking rather than …

Eight fossil fuel majors emitted as much pollution as the U.S. did

By Jess Shankleman on Bloomberg News, 8 March 2017, Eight Fossil Fuel Majors Seen Polluting as Much as the U.S. Eight of the world’s largest oil companies are responsible for as much of the climate-damaging pollution spewed into the atmosphere as the entire U.S.  Exxon and Saudi Aramco are among these. CDP calculates direct and indirect contribution to pollution A small …