2018 Post-election Survey: Attitudes Toward Clean Energy

68% of voters say that the issue of clean energy was important to their vote in 2018 — and 76% say it is important to them that a candidate for political office share their opinion on clean energy issues. Thinking ahead to future elections, 81% would vote for a candidate who supports clean energy development like wind and solar. Majorities of voters want the United …

How Crowdsourcing Seeds Can Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change

How Crowdsourcing Seeds Can Help Farmers Adapt to Climate Change, by VIRGINIA GEWIN, Yale360, Feb 26, 2019 In Ethiopia and other developing nations, scientists are working with small-scale farmers on trials to see which seed varieties perform best in changing conditions. These initiatives are enabling farmers to make smarter crop choices in the face of rising temperatures, drought, and more extreme weather. In …

The loss of thousands of plant and animal species is affecting air and water quality, tree and plant health, and worsening the spread of disease among livestock—all with dangerous implications for the human population and humans’ food sources

According to FAO’s study of 91 countries around the world, the loss of thousands of plant and animal species is affecting air and water quality, tree and plant health, and worsening the spread of disease among livestock—all with dangerous implications for the human population and humans’ food sources.  At least 24 percent of nearly 4,000 wild food species, including plants, fish, and …

State level sustainable ag bill in Washington addresses the 10% of nationwide carbon emissions from farms

February 20, 2019 Press Release ,  WA Bipartisan Group of Legislators Backs Sustainable-Farm Bill Just days after its introduction, a Carbon Washington-backed bill promoting sustainable farming has accumulated a powerful and bipartisan list of sponsors in the Legislature. Senate Bill 5947, the Sustainable Farms and Fields Grants bill provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers that adopt changes in management practices that …

Living in a Bubble: A significant minority of Americans seldom or never meet people from another race, and they prize sameness, not difference

Roughly one out of five survey respondents reported that they seldom or never encounter people who don’t share their religion, and a similar proportion said the same for race. Certain subgroups were more cloistered than others: 21 percent of Republicans said they seldom or never interact with people who don’t share their race, versus 13 percent of Democrats. Similarly, more …

Net-zero energy homes have arrived — and are shaking up the US housing market

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities just unveiled a new package of incentives for homeowners to give up their oil and gas furnaces in favor of electric heat pumps.  The incentives come under the state’s Mass Save program as part of the its new Three‑Year Energy Efficiency Plan for electric and gas distribution companies. Overall, the plan is expected to save customers …

Envisioning the Rural Electric System of the Future: Takeaways from RMI and the Transforming Rural Electric Supply Pod at the e-Lab Summit

Envisioning the Rural Electric System of the Future: Takeaways from RMI and the Transforming Rural Electric Supply Pod at the e-Lab Summit, by Kevin Brehm, Madeline Tyson, and Jeff Waller, February 19, 2019 In September 2018, experts from across the electricity industry gathered at RMI’s e–Lab Summit to discuss the most important emerging trends and opportunities. This blog outlines takeaways from the Transforming Rural Electric …

‘Moment of reckoning’: US cities burn recyclables after China bans imports

A host of studies have identified possible links between air pollution and ovarian and breast cancers, which are unusually prevalent in Chester. A 1995 report by the EPA found that air pollution from local industry provides a “large component of the cancer and non-cancer risk to the citizens of Chester”. “There are higher than normal rates of heart disease, stroke and asthma in Chester, which are …

12 Ways Governors Can Lead on Climate Now: Solutions from Day 1

Climate Solutions from Day One, Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center, January 10, 2019, Read News Release, Download Report (PDF) New governors are getting ready to take office in 20 states, from Florida to Alaska. As America’s newly elected governors prepare to take on their states’ biggest challenges, they should prioritize taking bold action on the greatest challenge of our time: climate change. …