Staple crops suffer with extreme weather events – damages greater in developed countries – wheat, corn & Rise provide more than 50% of global calories

A new study, published Wednesday in Nature, argues that the American Midwest isn’t the only place to see staple crops like corn suffer in the face of extreme weather events. The paper, written by a team of geographers from the University of British Columbia, analyzed the effects that extreme temperatures, floods, and droughts have had on the last five decades …

Getting high level buy-in for sustainable system change – 6 top tips

1. Be realistic about how many stakeholders you can engage  It can take serious effort to just schedule in a short meeting with a leader. And so whilst it is tempting to want all leaders to understand your plan, focusing on winning over the essential person, for your immediate initiative, can be most effective. For example, if reducing travel through …

In 2015 more than 10 million acres burned in the US, including more than 6300 wildfires in California and a 100 foot tall “firenado” in Idaho

According to most calculations, 2015 was a record-setting year for wildfires in the U.S. By the end, more than 10 million acres had burned across the country. Many of these were in the Western states, where hellish, otherworldly burns took over in normally temperate states like Washington and Alaska. In Boise, Idaho, a 100-foot-tall “firenado” sprouted from a blaze. California alone experienced more than 6,300 wildfires. The U.S. …

How beneficial are solar panels? Ultimately the goal is to get electricity providers to go 100% renewable and shut coal plants, a separate matter, but you can be part of the effort to move us away from fossil fuels

The biggest buyers of RECs (renewable energy credits) are power companies looking to satisfy state-mandated clean-energy requirements, known as renewable portfolio standards. In effect, the power company pays for the right to claim the climate benefits of the panels on your roof. It sounds like an esoteric distinction, but it matters: By selling the RECs instead of keeping them for …

Size and multi-faceted nature of protest and dissent are growing

The year 2011 is widely viewed as the peak of protest and dissent in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis and the austerity agenda that followed it. It was the year of the Arab Spring, Occupy, UK Uncut, indignados, urban riots and anti-austerity and tuition fee protests – and in which Time magazine famously named “The Protester” as its …

Researchers uncover “remarkably strong” link between high wildfire risk in Amazon basin and devastating hurricanes in North Atlantic

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine and NASA have uncovered a remarkably strong link between high wildfire risk in the Amazon basin and the devastating hurricanes that ravage North Atlantic shorelines. The climate scientists’ findings are appearing in the journal Geophysical Research Letters near the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s calamitous August 2005 landfall at New Orleans and the …

Utility-scale solar PV costs plummeting (17% In Q3 2015 in the US)

According to an EnergyTrend report, US utility-scale solar costs fell in the third quarter of 2015 to $1.38/W, compared to $1.66/W twelve months earlier. Patrick Lin, an analyst with EnergyTrend, said the average cost for a global utility-scale system could drop an extra 15% on a year-to-year basis within 24 months. The average cost of a utility-scale solar PV system could …

AllGrid – an indigenous-owned battery company is selling their GridWatt for 30% less than Tesla Powerwall

AlGrid Energy, an Indigenous-owned company has emerged as a hopeful minnow beside corporate giants poised to drive the expansion of Australia’s fledgling home solar battery industry.   The GridWatt is 30% cheaper than the Tesla Powerwall because it features older tubular lead acid gel batteries in an aluminium cabinet that must be installed outside a home, as opposed to Tesla’s …