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 …

On a 100-year timescale, dams produce more methane than rice plantations & biomass burning, + push people off land and livelihood

Impact of dams on climate change has been underestimated, researchers warn, as rotting vegetation creates 25% more methane than previously thought The Guardian, 24 March 2017 Hydroelectric dams contribute more to global warming than previously estimated, according to a study published in BioScience. It appears that the current and planned boom of hydroelectric projects would double the current cover of …

Deep decarbonization in the US: Brad Plumer’s discussion

An excerpt from Brad Plumer on Vox.com, 3 April 2017  Current electricity trends aren’t nearly sufficient for deep decarbonization. If the US wants to do its part to halt global warming, it’s not enough for electricity emissions to dip moderately. They have to go to zero — within a couple of decades. That’s a mind-bogglingly difficult task, and we’re currently …

4 Dying Nuke Plants vs. Fleet of Gigafactories: Which Will Gov. Cuomo Choose?

By Harvey Wasserman and Tim Judson, EcoWatch, 30 March 2017 Elon Musk’s SolarCity is completing the construction of its “Buffalo Billion” Gigafactory for photovoltaic (PV) cells near the Niagara River in Buffalo, New York. It will soon put 500 New Yorkers to work inside the 1.2 million-square-foot facility with another 700 nearby, ramping up to nearly 3,000 over the next …

100 years ago, Alexander Graham Bell warned us about the ‘greenhouse effect’

Joe Romm tells us about how, back in 1917, the inventor of the telephone foresaw a future where coal and oil were replaced by renewable fuels.   ClimateProgress(.org) indeed! Alexander Graham Bell at the opening of the long-distance line from New York to Chicago. CREDIT: Library of Congress, text by Patrick Smith, ThinkProgress In a 1917 paper, Alexander Graham Bell …

Tesla will begin selling its solar-powered roof shingles in April

Nathan Bomey, USA Today, Bloomberg, Clean Technica, and more, 27 March 2017.  Meanwhile, Google’s Sunroof lets you search for your house, suggests how large a solar array you might consider putting on your roof, and estimates how much energy it will generate—as well as how much it would cost to lease or buy the panels.  Top among the findings is that nearly …

Scientists call for halving fossil fuel use/emissions every 10 years

Scientists Propose “Carbon Law” Based On Computing’s “Moore’s Law” , for example, doubling renewable energy capacity every 5 to 7 years. By Joshua Hill, in Clean Technica, 28 March 2017  An international team of researchers writing in the journal Science have proposed a solution for encouraging the global economy to transition to a low-carbon economy, a “carbon law” which works much the same …

Where the jobs are declining (fossil fuels) and increasing (renewables). Also, new solar farm with nearly 300 Tesla Powerpack batteries powers Kauai at night

9 Mar 2017, Climate Nexus  Tesla unveiled a new 13MW solar farm on the Hawaiian island of Kauai Wednesday, bringing the state closer to its ambitious goal of sourcing 100 percent renewables by 2045.  The farm includes nearly 300 Tesla Powerpack batteries, which provide 52 MWh of capacity and will allow the farm to sell stored power during the evening. The …