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 …

Scientists draft another paper on how 100% renewables is possible and affordable

Is it possible for the world to run on 100 percent renewable energy? It’s a noble goal, as the best science tells us we must significantly slash fossil fuel consumption or else the planet faces dangerous climate change. A number of academics believe it’s not only feasible to wean off coal, natural gas and other polluting fuels by transitioning to renewable sources such as solar and wind power, it’s even …

Not writing about overpopulation. Here’s why.

By the inimitable David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated May 14, 2018 This piece was originally published in September 2017. It has been lightly updated. I did an event with environmental journalist (and personal hero) Elizabeth Kolbert in September 2017, in which we discussed various matters related to journalism and climate change. Subsequently, one of the attendees wrote and asked why I hadn’t talked about population. Isn’t overpopulation …

US Cement Companies Still Lag Far Behind The Paris Climate Goal, Endangering Public Health & Safety

April 23rd, 2018 on Clean Technica by Nicolas Zart   Cement factories pollute in Long Beach, California, endangering children’s lives daily. A silent, under-reported, highly polluting industry is that of cement factories all over the world. Wherever they are, pollution spikes happen, belching out noxious particulates ill-affecting the health of those who live near their path. Cement Factories Pollute With Little Public …

Mitigation of CH4 emissions would significantly increase the feasibility of stabilising global warming below 1.5 °C, alongside having co-benefits for human and ecosystem health

Environmental Research Letters  Increased importance of methane reduction for a 1.5 degree target By William J Collins1,6, Christopher P Webber1, Peter M Cox2, Chris Huntingford3, Jason Lowe4,5, Stephen Sitch2, Sarah E Chadburn2,5, Edward Comyn-Platt3, Anna B Harper2, Garry Hayman3Show full author list Published 20 April 2018 • © 2018 Environmental Research Letters, Volume 13, Number 5  Article PDF Figures   References   PDF Article information Abstract To understand the importance of methane on the levels of carbon emission reductions required to achieve …

Kids are suing Gov. Rick Scott to force Florida to take action on climate change

By Alex Harris, aharris@miamiherald.com, April 16, 2018 Florida Gov. Rick Scott doesn’t talk about climate change. He notoriously declared “I’m not a scientist” when asked his thoughts on humanity’s well-documented impact on the warming planet, banned the phrase in his administration (a charge he denies) and backed up President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris accord. On Monday, an unusual group sued Scott for ignoring the …

25% of current warming is from man-made methane emissions, largely oil and gas

In February, EDF estimated methane emissions from Pennsylvania’s shale oil and gas sites may be more than five times higher than what oil and gas companies reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The EDF analysis estimates Pennsylvania’s oil and gas operators emit more than 520,000 tons of methane a year, primarily from leaky, outdated and malfunctioning equipment. In Pennsylvania, EDF relied …

Excerpt from Transport section of 2017 “We are still in” report

Excerpt from Transport section of 2017 “We are still in” report With the largest (China), fourth largest (Germany) and sixth largest (India) vehicle manufacturing nations(164) announcing they are going to phase out the internal combustion engine, and with other countries like Britain and France joining in,165 the auto industry can see their future is in EVs manufactured at scale. Medium- and heavy-duty vehicles …