Customer-Focused Alternatives to Gas Will Provide Health Benefits and Local Economic Development. Direct building emissions from gas contribute 10 percent of nation’s total GHG pollution.

Last year, New York’s legislature and Governor Cuomo made a major commitment to climate action, passing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). The CLCPA commits the state to emissions reductions of 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2030 and 85 percent by 2050. Along the way, New York’s electricity system must be 70 percent renewable by 2030 and 100 …

Health and climate benefits from California’s cap-and-trade are over 5 times greater than the program’s costs, with many benefits unaccounted

Cap and trade in California: health and climate benefits greatly outweigh costs. The report, authored by Dr. Marc Breslow and Ruby Wincele, looks at California’s cap-and-trade program and its investments – it finds that health and climate benefits from California’s cap-and-trade are 5 times greater than the program’s costs. We hope that it can give us valuable data, and leverage in the …

Big Step Decarbonization Action Areas + Health benefits are at least $94/ton of CO2 reduced

Energy Pollution: Electricity production represents about 28 percent of U.S.greenhouse gas emissions each year. Problem: Because of our heavy reliance on polluting fossil fuels to produce electricity, millions of individuals in the United States live in areas that exceed air quality standards and are at risk of serious respiratory and cardiovascular illness. In 2016, an estimated 64,200 premature U.S. deaths were caused by exposure to dangerous fine …

The $640 billion investment in coal power capacity worldwide is at risk because it is less expensive to generate electricity from wind and solar power

March 2020 – A new report shows that investments in coal plants may be a waste of money as renewables are cheaper than new coal plants, according to new research from the financial think tank Carbon Tracker Initiative. The new research, released today, shows that nearly $640 billion of investment in coal power capacity worldwide is at risk because it is less expensive to generate …

Honolulu’s lawsuit for damages cites oil and gas industry’s concealing of science that predicted catastrophic consequences for the continued burning of fossil fuels

David Hasemyer, MAR 10, 2020, Inside Climate News Honolulu city officials, lashing out at the fossil fuel industry in a climate change lawsuit filed Monday, accused oil producers of concealing the dangers that greenhouse gas emissions from petroleum products would create, while reaping billions in profits.  The lawsuit, against eight oil companies, says climate change already is having damaging effects …

Trees cool air, slow runoff, and boost students and public health. Should trees be seen as a public utility which all must be able to access?

Benefits of trees include slowing stormwater runoff, cooling air temperatures, and even boosting student achievement and public health. Trees capture more than a third of rainfall, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), easing the strain on flooding and stormwater infrastructure. Their shade helps lower energy use by nearly half, according to the EPA, while reducing carbon emissions by …

Living near major roads linked to risk of dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and MS

Date:January 23, 2020, University of British Columbia, in Science News Summary: Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research. Living near major roads or highways is linked to higher incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis (MS), suggests new research published …

Our Climate as an Infrastructure Asset

January 16, 2020  |  By RMI Oriana Tannenbaum and Rushad Nanavatty Our climate is getting plenty of attention, but we don’t often view it as infrastructure. We should. The global climate comprises an essential and massive part of the natural systems that form the foundation for our world and our society. Our economy is built on assumptions about climate stability. Our real …

BNEF: Plummeting renewables costs give solar and wind cost parity in key markets

James Murray, Business Green, 29 October 2019 Analyst confirms new wind and solar plants now at cost parity with wholesale prices in California, China, and parts of Europe New wind and solar plants are now cheaper than new coal and gas plants in countries than cover two thirds of the global population and are capable of undercutting wholesale power prices …

It’s now cheaper to build new renewables than it is to build natural gas plants

9.11.19, WORLD CHANGING IDEAS, It’s now cheaper to build new renewables than it is to build natural gas plants People could save $29 billion on their electric bills if utilities built new clean energy instead of new natural gas plants. BY ADELE PETERS, Fast Company 2 MINUTE READ Clean energy has reached a tipping point: It’s now cheaper to build and use …