Costa Rica is moving toward carbon neutrality faster than any other country in the world

By Umair Irfan  Jul 17, 2018 A hydroelectric dam in Cachi, Cartago, 40 kilometers west of San Jose, Costa Rica. The country is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2021. Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images Costa Rica’s new president, 38-year-old former journalist Carlos Alvarado, recently announced a plan to make his country the first carbon-neutral nation in the world by 2021, the 200th anniversary of its …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Ambitious Plan to Save the Planet: Democrats lack a comprehensive strategy to stop global warming. Climate scientists say the newcomer has the beginnings of a good one

Scott Heins/Getty Images . By EMILY ATKIN, July 3, 2018, New Republic Leftists have been practically leaping for joy since 28-year-old self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her primary election for Congress last week, an outcome that CNN called “the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season.” But perhaps no group has been more excited than environmentalists. In a political environment where even …

UK says staying on track with long term decarbonization targets will mean engineering a rapid electrification of the vehicle fleet

Some of the most interesting climate developments in the world are unfolding in the United Kingdom.  In fact, this week, the UK moved several steps closer to becoming the first G7 country to commit to net-zero carbon emissions by midcentury. For the UK to emerge as a global climate leader is somewhat puzzling. Like the US, it is undergoing a white rural …

Atlanta’s path to 100% renewable energy

Atlanta last year became the largest city in the South to make the pledge to go 100% renewable.  Atlanta is also among the first to develop a blueprint showing how to get there, said Sierra Club’s Georgia director, Ted Terry. The plan was drawn up by the city’s Office of Resilience after an extensive public outreach effort and has the blessing …

The Netherlands contemplates the world’s toughest climate law: A new Dutch proposal would put climate at the center of national politics

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated Jul 8, 2018 Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands Jack Taylor/Getty Images A coalition of seven Dutch political parties recently unveiled a climate policy proposal that is breathtaking in its ambition. If it becomes law, it will codify the most stringent targets for greenhouse gas reductions of any country in the world. There are still several steps between the proposal and …

35 House Sponsors to OFF Act now – electricity and transportation systems Off Fossil Fuels by 2035

Since our last update, 2 new co-sponsors have joined Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on the Off Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act – bringing the total number of co-sponsors to 35! Please join us in thanking the latest members on the bill. Rep Salud Carbajal (CA-24): https://twitter.com/foodandwater/status/997103841991626752 Rep Darren Soto (FL-9): https://twitter.com/foodandwater/status/1009511179620716544 The OFF Act was also mentioned in a new Rolling Stone article …

A window into substantive, material economic weakness and risk

By Gil Friend in GreenBiz, May 2018 “If you extrapolate from these documents and case law and the COP21 agreement, then some 90 percent of the world’s business models must be transformed to net-zero GHG business models by 2050.”  First in a two-part series on business risk and strategic duty. My sustainability work over the past several decades has focused …

Largest virtual solar power plant in the world involves installing a 5-kilowatt solar system and a Powerwall 2 battery on roughly 50,000 low-income and social housing units across Australian state

The virtual power plant involves installing a 5-kilowatt solar system and a Powerwall 2 battery on roughly 50,000 low-income and social housing units across the state over the next four years. The setup would be installed at no charge to the households and financed through the sale of electricity. Participants would save an estimated 30 percent on their power bills. …

Scientists draft another paper on how 100% renewables is possible and affordable

Is it possible for the world to run on 100 percent renewable energy? It’s a noble goal, as the best science tells us we must significantly slash fossil fuel consumption or else the planet faces dangerous climate change. A number of academics believe it’s not only feasible to wean off coal, natural gas and other polluting fuels by transitioning to renewable sources such as solar and wind power, it’s even …