AOC Calls for Ban on Revolving Door as Study Shows Two-Thirds of Recently Departed Lawmakers Now K Street Lobbyists

“No lawmaker should be cashing in on their public service and selling their contacts and expertise to the highest bidder.” May 30, 2019 by Common Dreams AOC Calls for Ban on Revolving Door as Study Shows Two-Thirds of Recently Departed Lawmakers Now K Street Lobbyists by Eoin Higgins, staff writer Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) speaks during a rally at Howard University May 13, 2019 …

Rising seas are on the verge of swallowing two of Tuvalu’s nine islands, and the encroaching waves haunt locals’ dreams

Seascape: the state of our oceans ‘One day we’ll disappear’: Tuvalu’s sinking islands:  Islands in the Tuvalu archipelago Rising seas are on the verge of swallowing two of the tiny archipelago’s nine islands, and the encroaching waves haunt locals’ dreams by Eleanor Ainge Roy in Tuvalu; The Guardian, photographs by Sean Gallagher 16 May 2019 On the hottest days, Leitu Frank feels like she …

Bankrupt coal companies shown to have been funding denialism and attacking citizens’ groups as ‘dangerous radicals’

Lee Fang, The Intercept, May 16 2019 THE BANKRUPTCY OF one of the largest domestic coal producers in the country has revealed that the company maintains financial ties to many of the leading groups that have sowed doubt over the human causes of global warming. The disclosures are from Cloud Peak Energy, a Wyoming-based coal mining corporation that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on …

Selenium Boosts Efficiency Of Thin Film Solar Cells To 22%

May 25th, 2019 by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica Thin film solar cells made from cadmium telluride have a significant advantage over conventional solar cells made from crystalline silicon. They need far less raw material — up to 100 times less — which makes them cheaper to manufacture than silicon cells. They also absorb sunlight at nearly the ideal wavelength. As a result, …

US investment in fossil fuels exceeds any other nation. One dollar out of every 10 invested around the world into energy goes towards financing oil and gas in North America, the IEA says

Dr Fatih Birol, executive director at the IEA, said: “The bottom line is that the world is not investing enough in traditional elements of supply to maintain today’s consumption patterns, nor is it investing enough in cleaner energy technologies to change course. Whichever way you look, we are storing up risks for the future.” 14 May 2019 IEA: Low-carbon spending must ‘more …

Study finds substantial warming in atmospheric rivers. Also beliefs about climate change in the aftermath of extreme flooding

Justin Gillis, the former NYT environment reporter, has written an opinion piece for the paper noting that the six US states where policies have been adopted requiring the elimination of CO2 emissions from power grids happen to be ones where the Democrats have taken full control of state government: “I think the trend holds important lessons for the Democratic Party. …

IEA Predicts 250 Million EVs On The Road By 2030

May 30th, 2019 by Steve Hanley, Clean Technica  What a difference a year makes. Last year, the International Energy Agency annual report predicted there would be 125 million EVs on the road worldwide by 2030. Its new 2019 report is out and it has doubled that prediction to 250 million electric vehicles by 2030, assuming the 25 nations that are part of the Clean …

“Co-living” is the new “having roommates”

The rise of co-living, explained. By Rani Molla@ranimolla  May 29, 2019, 8:00am EDT SHARE At co-living spaces like WeLive, you can play foosball with your new friends while your laundry dries. Courtesy of WeLive/WeWork  What is old is new again in American cities. People are living with strangers to save money and maintain a higher standard of living than they might enjoy on their own. …