Fossil fuels could be phased out worldwide in a decade, says new study

The worldwide reliance on burning fossil fuels to create energy could be phased out in a decade, according to an article published by a major energy think tank in the UK. Professor Benjamin Sovacool, Director of the Sussex Energy Group at the University of Sussex, believes that the next great energy revolution could take place in a fraction of the …

Wildfires starting earlier, burning longer, with climate change

A wildfire burned in an area northeast of Phoenix in March. Officials across the country say they are preparing for a difficult fire season this year. CreditHeber-Overgaard Fire District The first Alaska wildfire of 2016 broke out in late February, followed by a second there just eight days later. New Mexico has had 140 fires this year, double the number …

Largest US companies dodge taxes, increase inequality, according to report

With “a range of tricks, tools, and loopholes,” for tax avoidance, the 50 largest U.S. companies, including well-known names like Goldman Sachs, Verizon Communications, Apple, Coca-Cola, IBM, and Chevron, raked in $4 trillion in profits globally between 2008 and 2014, are contributing to inequality, the anti-poverty group said. The report, Broken at the Top (pdf), states that such tax dodging …

Climate change could aggravate water shortages in three-quarters of world’s small islands by 2050, researchers warn

Climbing sea levels bedevil low-lying islands. But a hotter planet brings a less obvious menace: drought. Three-quarters of the world’s small islands, home to 16 million people, are set to get more arid by mid-century, according to a study published in journal Nature Climate Change on Monday. Warmer temperatures will evaporate more water than they replenish in rainfall, the survey …

Rooftop panels could provide almost half US power, parking lots too

Rooftop panels could supply 40% of country’s power with open spaces such as parking lots offering further potential, study shows. Conservation magazinereports To take advantage of the sun’s energy to satisfy our ever-increasing need for electricity, Americans will have to take a fresh look at their roofs. A report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows that if all …

Australian party advances plan for 100% renewable electricity in South Australia by 2030 (50% by 2025)

If the Greens have anything to say about clean energy policies in South Australia, this land may showcase a 100% renewable electricity portfolio by 2030. According to RenewEconomy, the Greens have announced plans to have “… South Australia source 100% of its electricity needs from clean energy by 2030.” Such a clean energy achievement will generate 1,000 jobs and include a SolarReserve …

Communications: explain dangers of not taking action & how climate change is a present, local and personal risk. With policy solutions, identify what can be gained from immediate action.

The best way to motivate people to support action to limit climate change is to … explain to them the dangers of not taking action, a new Nature Climate Change study finds. While that may not seem like a surprising result, it has only been recently that climate impacts and the immorality of inaction have been a key focus of …

Localism TED Talks

Localism TED Talks Browse the full playlist on YouTube or choose one below: How I Became a Localist:  Deborah Frieze at TEDxJamaicaPlain, 12 minutes Don’t Ask Where I’m From, Ask Where I’m a Local: Taiye Selasi at TED, 16 minutes A Journey of Mortality, Renewal & Ethical Investment: Joel Solomon at TEDxVancouver, 17 minutes Capitalism Will Eat Democracy – Unless …