One in four U.S. homes is all electric. Share of houses with heat pumps instead of gas heating rose from 8% to 12% between 2005-2015.

MAY 1, 2019 One in four U.S. homes is all electric USEIA Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration; 2005, 2009, and 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Surveys A growing number of homes in the United States are all electric, with 25% of homes nationwide using only electricity according to EIA’s 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). The share of all-electric homes has risen in each census …

9 priorities to decarbonize

Eliza Barclay and Umair Irfan  Updated Jun 5, 2019, Vox.com SHARE Climate scientists told us late last year in the National Climate Assessment that the United States is already experiencing severe and costly impacts of a changing climate. In a separate United Nations report released in October, scientists reported that limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius would require a gargantuan global effort — and that we have roughly 12 …

India Offers $360 Million Subsidy For 5,000 Electric Buses and sets deadlines starting in 2021 for EV conversion of Uber and Ola, motor cycles and scooters, and new commercial vehicles

June 8th, 2019 by Smiti on Clean Technica The Indian government plans to incentivize cities to include electric buses to their public transport fleet through financial subsidies. The Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises has issued an Expression of Interest (EoI) document to invite proposals from states, government departments, transportation departments, and municipal bodies for procurement of electric buses across 40 cities. The subsidy …

By 2050 more than half of the world’s population faces 20 days a year of lethal heat, crop yields globally drop by a fifth, Amazon ecosystem collapse, ice-free Arctic in summer, and 1.5 ft of sea level rise

Based on the 3C Paris Track… The collapse of ecosystems like coral reefs, the Amazon and the Arctic Unlivable temperatures for more than 100 days a year in West Africa, tropical South America, the Middle East and South-East Asia A one-fifth decline in agricultural yields The flooding of coastal cities, small islands and low-lying regions including Chennai, Mumbai, Jakarta, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh …

Teen activists face US government in crucial hearing over climate trial, which accuses federal government of violating young people’s constitutional rights

Lee van der Voo in Oregon, in The Guardian, Tue 4 Jun 2019 Twenty-one youth activists faced off with the US government in an Oregon courthouse on Tuesday, where their attorneys petitioned a panel of judges to let their climate case go to trial. Until it does, their attorneys argued, fossil fuel development should be halted on public lands. The case of …

Has Seattle Found the Solution to Driving Alone to Work?  How a fast-growing city has invested heavily in mass transit alternatives to keep a lid on gridlock

By ERICK TRICKEY, Politico, May 23, 2019 Read more  Erick Trickey is a writer in Boston. SEATTLE—Three years ago, this fast-growing, hilly city of 725,000 people took a huge leap toward a longtime civic dream: becoming a place where it’s easy to live without driving every day or without owning a car at all. In March 2016, the region’s Link light-rail system, which ran …

Sustainable Low Carbon Transport Partnership releases report + ITF’s Decarbonising Transport (DT) initiative has a 30% GHG reduction by 2030 scenario

May 2019, OECD ITF The ITF’s Decarbonising Transport (DT) initiative is a global, data-driven, multi-stakeholder initiative with over 70 key stakeholders. It aims to support the transition to carbon neutral transport. It is the ITF’s major contribution to improving understanding of how to ensure a low-carbon future for transport. The initiative aims to build capacity to help close the gaps …

Hydropower “Not Necessary” To Meet Global Climate & Energy Goals, Says WWF & Nature Conservancy

By Joshua S Hill Clean Technica, Hydropower “Not Necessary” To Meet Global Climate & Energy Goals, Says WWF & Nature Conservancy, May 23rd, 2019  A report published by WWF and The Nature Conservancy earlier this month claims that hydropower is unnecessary for meeting global climate change and clean energy goals thanks to the dramatic cost decreases seen in the solar, wind, and storage sectors. …