Lobbying kids with a pipeline to the classroom: how big oil promotes fossil fuels to America’s children

By Jie Jenny Zou This story was a collaboration between the Center for Public Integrity and StateImpact Oklahoma, a reporting project of NPR member stations in Oklahoma.  Oklahoma legislators have also championed bills requiring educators teach “both sides” of those scientific concepts.  Documents show how tightly woven group of pro-industry organizations target impressionable schoolchildren and teachers desperate for resources, preying …

EV sales are rising fast, 2 million worldwide, 49% growth in China over the last year, and car manufacturers selling in China must meet year on year percentages of EVs sold

By Jose Pontes, Clean Technica, June 17th, 2017  The Chinese market had more than 40,000 new EVs zooming the streets last month, a 49% increase in sales over the same month last year, with the EV market share now at 1.4%, close to last year’s record (1.45%). Expect improvement as the year progresses and sales expand, with the Chinese EV market …

Flash offers a ground-up redesign of the electric bike – may be the best bike you can get (in early 2018)

Thanks to Derek Markham! (@derekmarkham) © Flash The Flash e-bike promises to be “an evolution in what a bike can be” thanks to a host of smart features integrated into its design. Another day, another crowdfunded e-bike launch. In a near future that looks to be jam-packed with personal electric transportation options, electric-assisted bicycles are well-suited to mass adoption, as most …

Renewable record: wind and solar supplied 10% of US electricity in March

By Julian Spector, Greentech Media, June 14, 2017 Wind and solar together crossed the 10 percent mark of total U.S. electricity production in March, reports the Energy Information Administration. That’s the first time they’ve reached double-digit market share for a month, marking an important milestone in the growth of renewables nationwide. Wind supplied 8 percent of U.S. electricity and solar produced 2 percent. …

India’s renewable energy revolution is racing ahead, announces it will build no more coal plants for at least the next decade

 By Adam Wernick, Living on Earth, 14 June 2017 In 2015, at the climate talks in Paris, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi spearheaded the launch of an international solar alliance to raise $1 trillion to light up the developing world. Eighteen months later, Modi has turned promise into action. India, a country of 1.3 billion people, is becoming perhaps the world’s …

City Sustainability Directors Network and Carbon Neutral Cities show how much citizens and governments are spending on fossil fuels each year

The Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance (CNCA) has worked with five U.S. cities to create infographics showing how much the citizens, businesses and municipal government spend on fossil fuels every year, where it goes and what it could otherwise fund if it were instead invested in the city’s clean energy future. Boulder, CO, USA:   View full size » Cleveland, OH, USA:  View full size » …

Utilities are taking risks when they know of dangers related to fuels and emissions and continue anyway; insurers are resisting

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive, June 15, 2017 More than two dozen insurance companies who previously insured Duke Energy’s coal ash disposal operations say they are not on the hook for cleanup costs because any property damage was “caused intentionally, by or at Duke’s direction.” The 30 insurance companies say they have no liability in the matter because Duke stored …

States and industries face more climate court action, as “The delay and lethargy of the state offend the fundamental rights of citizens”

By Paul Brown, Climate News Network, 15 June 2017 Colombia’s paramos: Court action banned development and protected the right to clean water. Image: By Grupe AME CORPONOR via Wikimedia Commons Campaigners are increasingly using climate court action to press governments and corporations to fulfill their obligations to combat climate change. LONDON, 15 June, 2017 – Governments that make promises they do …

Driverless bus line coming to Helsinki this fall as regularly scheduled service

By Patrick Sisson on Curbed, 14 June 2017 Finland is ready for robot buses. After a series of trials, Helsinki will debut regular autonomous bus service this fall, according to a statement by city transportation officials. As Curbed reported last August, the city began trials last summer with a pair of electric-powered EasymileEZ-10 vehicles, which carried up to 12 public …

World’s largest vertical garden hosts 115,000 plants to create “living building”

By Kimberley Mok (@kimberleymok) published on Treehugger, June 8, 2017 Share on Facebook © Paisajismo Urbano Adding living greenery to our urban buildings in the form of vertical gardens not only helps to beautify the city, but also serves the more practical purpose of producing more oxygen and cleaning the air. In Bogotá, Colombia, we have the world’s largest vertical garden on …