The race to switch to battery power and make all those batteries

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg, 28 June 2017 As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust. Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 gigawatt-hours a year by 2021, according to a report published this week by Bloomberg Intelligence. …

Air pollution and dust can cut solar panel performance by 20-25%

By James Ayre, Clean Technica, 28 June 2017 A new study has now quantified the solar cell energy output loss occurring around the world as a result of air pollution and dust — bringing one of the most serious limitations of solar photovoltaic reliance in the more polluted parts of the world to the forefront, and giving us a better …

The other wealth gap—the 1% vs the 0.01%

By Robert Frank, CNBC, 31 Mar 2014 The top 1 percent isn’t doing as well as you think. Although there’s lots of noise about the growing wealth gap between the rich and poor, that isn’t the fastest-growing money rift in America. It’s between those who are merely rich and the super rich. I know, break out the violins. Mike Kemp …

New study confirms accelerating sea level rise

By Darien Kaufman in Mashable, 26 June 2017 A new study, published in June in the journal Nature Climate Change, confirms an acceleration in sea level rise during the past few decades. There had been greater uncertainty about this before, with climate deniers latching onto that and arguing that such an acceleration has not, in fact, been occurring. However, by …

Wildfires way up on the Great Plains

Wichita, NPR, 27 June 2017 – The Great Plains are seeing more wildfires, according to a new study, leading researchers to ask why the fires are happening, and fire managers to examine what resources they will need to keep the blazes in check. Wildfires burned through thousands of acres of Great Plains farm and ranch land in the 1980s. Today, …

Environmental justice, also indigenous people creating toolkits and climate action plans, across Canada

By Carolyn Fortuna, Clean Technica, 27 June 2017  Environmental justice calls for fair treatment of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, and it necessarily includes the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Environmental justice also requires meaningful involvement of underrepresented groups in power structures in society. According to the EPA, we will achieve this …

Hawaii electricity at 26% renewables on way to 48% by 2020, 67% by 2030. Germany is at 35% in first half of 2017

By Andrea Bertoli, Clean Technica, 28 June 2017 At the GreenBiz Verge Honolulu last week (formally the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit), I had the opportunity to connect with the renewables and sustainability community from across the state (and beyond). The event ‘welcomes those seeking to seize the renewable energy opportunity’ and the diverse crowd included government, military, local businesses, international companies, …

Wave power could contribute 10% of global electricity demand by 2050

By Joshua Hill, Clean Technica, 28 June 2017 A new report published Wednesday has advocated the potential for wave energy to contribute 10% of global electricity demand by 2050, and calls on industry to increase its global ambition to reach this goal. Published by UK-based wave technology development company Marine Power Systems (MPS), the new report, Making Wave Power Work, advocates …

A 90% market share for of new vehicles for EVs by 2024 wouldn’t transfer to penetration of all vehicles until 2039

By James Ayre, Clean Technica, 28 June 2017  A new study from a researcher at Norway’s Institute of Transport Economics (TØI) has released a new paper that argues that the transition to electric vehicles will take several decades even in the most optimistic scenarios. “To measure the speed of transition, Fridstrøm used three indicators: (i) the share of zero emission …