Who should own and benefit from our country’s infrastructure?

Who should own and benefit from our country’s infrastructure? What is really being lost here is the public interest. Infrastructure should primarily serve public needs, not generate profits for enterprises owned and controlled by companies that care far more about their own bottom lines than the common good. That’s not to say that private interests can never build roads or bridges …

~18% Of Preterm Births (Globally) Are Associated With Exposure To Outdoor Air Pollution

By James Ayre, 27 Feb 2017, Clean Technica Around 2.7 million preterm births globally in 2010 (around 18% of all preterm births that year) were associated with exposure to outdoor fine-particulate air pollution, according to new research from The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of York. The new work follows earlier research which suggested that air pollution exposure …

The renewable revolution is irreversible

By Emma Gilchrist, Originally published on DeSmog Blog and EcoWatch, 1 April 2017 The solar industry was responsible for creating one out of every 50 new jobs in the U.S. last year and the country’s fastest-growing occupation is wind turbine technician—so no matter one’s feelings on climate change, the renewable energy train has left the station, according to a new …

The “big hush” and other maps showing what Americans really think about climate and the transition before us

New York Times, 21 March 2017, excerpt by Nadja Popovich, John Schwartz, and Tatiana Schlossberg Americans overwhelmingly believe that global warming is happening, and that carbon emissions should be scaled back. But fewer are sure that the changes will harm them personally. New data released by the Yale Program on Climate Communication gives the most detailed view yet of public opinion …

The Earth Has Lungs. Watch Them Breathe.

Robert Krulwich’s excellent program, RadioLab is now one of the most widely downloaded weekly podcasts.  His blog from 9 March 2016 is below What a difference a leaf makes! Well, not one leaf. We have 3.1 trillion trees on our planet—that’s 422 trees per person. If we count all the leaves on all those trees and take a look at …

4 Dying Nuke Plants vs. Fleet of Gigafactories: Which Will Gov. Cuomo Choose?

By Harvey Wasserman and Tim Judson, EcoWatch, 30 March 2017 Elon Musk’s SolarCity is completing the construction of its “Buffalo Billion” Gigafactory for photovoltaic (PV) cells near the Niagara River in Buffalo, New York. It will soon put 500 New Yorkers to work inside the 1.2 million-square-foot facility with another 700 nearby, ramping up to nearly 3,000 over the next …

Largest solar and battery farm in the world coming to Australia,

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch, 30 March 2017  A massive solar and battery farm is being built in South Australia’s Riverland region. If everything goes to plan, the plant will be running by the end of 2017 and will be the largest such system in the world, Brisbane-based renewable energy developer and investor Lyon Group announced. The Riverland plant consists of …

Energy storage: America’s industry to lose

By David Ferris, originally published in E&E News/Energywire, 27 Mar 2017 Julie Blunden is a former solar executive who now focuses her analytical ability on energy storage. When she sits down with an iced tea to run the numbers, they fill her with a sense of urgency. She sees a market that is strapping on its boots for a steep …

Nuclear fans: PLOS One found if the rest of the world merely copied what Sweden did we could eliminate all fossil fuels from electricity in just 25 to 34 years

“There are two branches of research on how to get deep decarbonization,” the research review co-author Jesse Jenkins told Utility Dive. “One looks at how to get to high renewables penetrations. The other looks at how to reduce GHGs in the power sector. The second group sees a lot more diverse resource mix.”  The following piece by Brad Plumer at …