Zero Over Time Process Drives Existing Portfolios Toward Net Zero Energy

RMI, September 12, 2018 , By Matt Jungclaus Net-zero energy (NZE) buildings are gaining interest from building owners, tenants, and landlords alike. RMI’s latest report, in partnership with Urban Land Institute (ULI), Best Practices for Achieving Zero Over Time for Building Portfolios, outlines our zero-over-time (ZOT) approach to help portfolio owners navigate the barriers to achieving net zero energy by providing a roadmap …

Klass: Expanding the Transmission and Distribution Grid to Meet Deep Decarbonization Goals

Expanding the U.S. Electric Transmission and Distribution Grid to Meet Deep Decarbonization Goals By Alexandra B . Klass, excerpted from Michael B . Gerrard & John Dernbach, eds., Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (Nov 2018 from ELI), addresses the critical role of the electric transmission and distribution grid in achieving deep decarbonization, and discusses the primary This Article …

New studies out this week warned of the problems facing crops in the coming decades as CO2 levels continue to rise.

Aug 2018  Carbon Brief excerpt.  New studies out this week warned of the problems facing crops in the coming decades as CO2 levels continue to rise. The first finds that higher CO2 levels in the atmosphere could make staple crops less nutritious, potentially pushing hundreds of millions of people into malnutrition. Increased atmospheric CO2 can cause crops to produce smaller amounts …

Signaling the endgame for fossil fueled vehicles

As part of the ZEV Challenge, State and regional governments, cities and businesses representing millions of dollars in purchasing power have united to accelerate the global manufacture of Zero Emission Vehicles. The ZEV Challenge asks leaders in automotive industry to signal an endgame for fossil-fuel vehicles, and drive forward progress towards a clean future. The ZEV Challenge is being supported by: The …

EV buses expected to be half of city fleets in the 2020s and 80% by 2040

It is true that electric buses cost more up front than their diesel-powered counterparts. However, those costs are falling, and when considering the entire life cycle of the vehicle — purchase price, fuels, operational and maintenance expenses — electric buses prove to be cheaper than their diesel counterparts. Moreover, according to BNEF, the projected decline in battery costs likely make electric …

Methane uptake from forest soils has ‘fallen by 77% in three decades’

By Daisy Dunne, 06.08.2018 | PLANTS AND FORESTS, Carbon Brief The amount of methane absorbed by forest soils has fallen by an average of 77% in the northern hemisphere over the past 27 years, a new study finds. The research, which analysed soil data taken from more than 300 studies, suggests that the world is currently “overestimating the role that forest soils …

Supreme Court rejects Trump bid to halt climate change case

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of the 21 youth plaintiffs in Juliana v. United States, the constitutional climate lawsuit filed against the federal government. The Court denied the Trump administration’s application for stay, preserving the U.S. District Court’s trial start date of October 29, 2018.  The Court also denied the government’s “premature” request to review the case …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on a Green New Deal and Why She Wants to Abolish ICE and Upend the Democratic Party

On June 25, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez received the endorsement of New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon. (Ocasio 2018) WEB ONLY / FEATURES » JUNE 25, 2018 In an interview, the left primary challenger discusses everything from how Democrats have failed to protect working class interests to the need for a Marshall plan for Puerto Rico and why her democratic socialist message …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Ambitious Plan to Save the Planet: Democrats lack a comprehensive strategy to stop global warming. Climate scientists say the newcomer has the beginnings of a good one

Scott Heins/Getty Images . By EMILY ATKIN, July 3, 2018, New Republic Leftists have been practically leaping for joy since 28-year-old self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her primary election for Congress last week, an outcome that CNN called “the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season.” But perhaps no group has been more excited than environmentalists. In a political environment where even …

Social Cost Of Coal Must Now Be Considered By Washington Utilities

June 1st, 2018 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Planetsave. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has issued a directive to three utility companies in the state telling them to include the social cost of coal in their future planning. Under the new guidelines, the cost of coal calculation will be $42 per metric ton by 2020 and rise to $60 per metric ton …