Renewable electricity grew to 16.7% of total installed capacity, driven by increases in wind and solar

New figures from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory show that US renewable electricity grew to 16.7% of total installed capacity and 13.8% of total electricity generation during 2015. The new numbers come by way of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL) 2015 Renewable Energy Data Book (PDF) which was published this week on behalf of the US Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency …

Electric pickup truck to be unveiled in May 2017, by the Workhorse Group

November 25th, 2016 by James Ayre on Clean Technica We recently provided some exclusive reporting (specs and renderings) on a plug-in electric pickup truck concept being put together by Workhorse Group — one that the company apparently intends to be the “most economical, safest and lowest emissions pickup truck in America.” Following that news, the company has now revealed that it will be …

Possible Arctic tipping points piling up

Published on Friday, November 25, 2016 by Common Dreams, by Jon Queally The village of Kulusuk in Greenland. (Photo: Ville Miettinen/flickr/cc) What is happening in the Arctic will not stay in the Arctic.  In an ominous (though not hopeless) report published Friday, researchers warn that as many as 19 various ‘tipping points’ could be triggered by the increasingly warm temperatures in the world’s …

What can we learn for rapid shift from digital transformations?

Posted on 7 October 2016 by Nathan Oxley and Adrian Smith With climate change, inequality, and injustice putting pressure on societies around the world, it often seems that incremental change towards sustainable development is not enough. A growing number and variety of alliances between organisations across civil society, business, politicians and states are calling for something more transformational. So are there …

Are conditions approaching for a rapid economic shift?

Cross-posted from the New Weather Institute Blog  Prof Richard Murphy of City University thinks out loud about the prospect of a rapid transition in economic thinking and practise, in conversation with New Weather Institute’s Andrew Simms at the Hay Festival  By Richard Murphy Andrew Simms and I had a lot of fun talking at the Hay Festival on 1st June. I …

Learning from the past, about rapid transitions

Cross-posted from The New Weather Institute.  “We sense new weather.  We are on our marks.  We are all in this together.”– Carol Ann Duffy What can history teach us for the task of rapid transition in the face of climate change and corrosive inequality? Historian Molly Conisbee looks at how communities adapted during Britain’s dramatic urban growth and upheaval in …

Accounting for carbon uptake by cement

A new study involving the University of East Anglia (UEA) shows that cement structures are a substantial but overlooked absorber of carbon emissions — offsetting some of those emitted during cement production itself. Conducted by the China Emission Accounts and Datasets (CEADs) group, an international team of researchers led by UEA’s Prof Dabo Guan, it found that the natural carbonation …

All cars in Germany must be emissions free by 2030, official says

By BRIAN PARKIN, Bloomberg News, published Tuesday, Jun. 14, 2016 10:18AM EDT, cross-posted from The Globe & Mail Germany need to be emissions free by 2030 at the latest to help meet pollution reduction goals, a senior government official said. Germany’s pledge to cut carbon dioxide output by 80 per cent to 95 per cent by 2050 will be in …