30 reasons to get an EV

By the inestimable Zach Shahan, Editor of Clean Technica (“30 ways…”) Here’s a piece on 30 reasons that come to my mind. 1. It’ll save you time. Yes, despite the hype about charging times, there’s a good chance that driving electric will save you time. Imagine it like this: You have a gas station at your house. When you get home, …

Getting to 100% in the UK

There is continuing reaction to the UK’s new climate goal, announced last week by Theresa May, that emissions should be “net zero” by 2050. (Read Carbon Brief’s in-depth Q&A.) In the FT, Camilla Cavendish, who used to head the Downing Street policy unit under David Cameron, says the goal is “a great cause to fight for, and one that could unite …

‘Our children and grandchildren should not have to pay the cost of our generation’s irresponsibility.’

‘Our children and grandchildren should not have to pay the cost of our generation’s irresponsibility.’ Pope Francis stressed this today, June 14, 2019, at the encounter on the theme ‘The Energy Transition and Care for our Common Home,’ promoted by the Vatican’s Dicastery for an Integral Human Development, with world oil executives, held in the Vatican’s Casino IV. Yet, he …

Why Tesla’s Solar Roof Is A Bargain, 53% Of The Price Of A Roof + Electricity — CleanTechnica Analysis

June 13th, 2019 by Kyle Field, Clean Technica Were Elon Musk’s Claims About The Cost Of  Tesla’s Solar Roof Accurate? Is Tesla’s Solar Roof Tile System Cheaper Than Buying A Roof & Grid Power? When Tesla CEO Elon Musk unveiled the company’s Solar Roof tile system back in 2016, he boldly proclaimed that it would cost less than buying a roof and electricity. Since then, …

Well-being for children, transitioning to low emission economy, and supporting indigenous aspirations guide New Zealand national budget

Budget priorities in New Zealand: taking mental health seriously, improving child well-being, supporting Maori and Pacifika aspirations, building a productive nation and transitioning to a low-emissions economy. We usually think of a country’s wealth or capital in terms of its financial bottom line — its gross domestic product. But last week, New Zealand challenged the world to assess it in …

Three senators going after the biggest climate villains in Washington

Sens. Whitehouse, Heinrich, and Schatz discuss how to hold the Chamber of Commerce accountable .By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Jun 7, 2019 SHARE Business trade groups are known for throwing their weight around — and getting their way — in Washington. The US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Farm Bureau, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, the American Petroleum Institute …

Standing Rock Fights On: Tribal Activism Goes Solar

By JUSTIN NOBEL, Rolling Stone, June 2019 If you climb one of the many buttes that rise above western North Dakota, you’ll gaze upon a landscape of roaring methane flares, hidden pipelines and over 12,800 active oil wells. This is the Bakken oil boom, and it has helped make America the top world producer. But Cody Two Bears has a …

Fossil fuels and polar melting are changing the jet stream and the weather

Midnight sun in Greenland (stock image). Atmospheric researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have now developed a climate model that can accurately depict the frequently observed winding course of the jet stream, a major air current over the Northern Hemisphere. The breakthrough came when the scientists combined their global climate model with …

June 2019 News

e three younger generations – those ages 18 to 53 in 2018 – reported casting 62.2 million votes, compared with 60.1 million cast by Baby Boomers and older generations. It’s not the first time the younger generations outvoted their elders: The same pattern occurred in the 2016 presidential election.” Gen Z, Millennials and Gen X outvoted older generations in 2018 …

Climate change visualized: How Earth’s temperature has changed since 1970

Data: NASA GISS; Graphic: Harry Stevens/Axios 2018 was Earth’s 4th-warmest year on record, coming in behind 2016, the planet’s warmest recorded year, as well as 2015 and 2017, according to information released by NOAA, NASA and the U.K. Met Office. Why it matters: The yearly rankings don’t tell the whole story of long-term climate change, since natural variability can still push or …