Clean cooking progress

The Clean Cooking Alliance (Alliance) released its Annual Report today, showcasing progress made in 2018 by the Alliance and its partners. Under the theme “Investment. Innovation. Impact,” the new report highlights major milestones and trends while featuring voices from across the clean cooking sector, including an entrepreneur and manufacturer in Africa, a health worker in Nepal, and consumers in China. …

The $6 trillion on Iraq could have paid for planetary conversion off fossil fuels.

The fossil-fueled military beast chewing up nearly 60 percent of the national budget is energy inefficient and environmentally self-defeating. Research published in the journal Pediatrics in May, 2018, revealed that “children are estimated to bear 88 [percent] of the burden of disease related to climate change.”  Nevertheless, public health agencies don’t discuss what war costs our climate when they discuss …

Electric vehicle emissions are much lower than focusing on combustion vehicle fuel efficiency. The energy used to create ethanol, if used as electricity in an EV instead, would carry it much further for lower emissions.

Farming Carbon Capture Has Potential, But Is Not A Magic Bullet, May 22nd, 2019 by Michael Barnard  In April 2019, Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) hosted a farming carbon capture webinar and then, in conjunction with The Energy Mix, published a report on the proceedings. The premise is straightforward. Better farming techniques with potentially some additional biotechnology will increase the capacity of tilled soil to retain carbon. The …

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. …

Faster, deeper, fairer emissions cuts

The CCC was not asked to identify how the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions could be cut as fast and as deep as possible. If they were, they may not have relied so much on the extraction and use of natural gas in electricity and hydrogen production, they would have been tougher on aviation, and they would have required a faster …

Maritime freight transport decarbonization – May 2019

This week is the 74th meeting of the marine environmental protection committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and it represents one of the best hopes of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from a large and growing sector. Based in London, the IMO is the UN agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the environmental impact of …

OCT Recovery Plan FAQs, by the folks who brought you Deep Decarbonization Pathways

The aim of this study was to evaluate the relative costs of multiple U.S. energy system transition scenarios that are consistent with returning atmospheric CO2 to 350ppm by the end of the century.  The researchers studied six different scenarios: five that follow the 6% per year reduction path and one that follows the 12% path. All reach net negative CO2 by mid-century …

In age of climate change, can our lawns be more than landscaping? Forget aesthetics: Lawns can raise food, restore habitats, and even store carbon

Analysts at Garden Research found U.S. gardeners spent a record $47.8 billion in lawn and garden retail purchases last year, roughly $503 per household (a figure that includes outdoor furniture purchases).  Environmental Protection Agency stats suggest that every year, Americans use 800 million gallons of gasoline caring for our lawns, and spill a further 17 million in the process (a spill, in terms of …

Can NY Make Buildings Super Efficient, Super Fast?

“What’s smart about this bill is it doesn’t ask for a small increase. It asks for a big increase,” says Greg Kats, president of Capital-E, a clean-energy consultancy and capital firm. “It’s the kind of thing where if you’re going to do something, you should do quite a lot of it, because the transaction costs [for landlords] to set it …

Renewables are a better investment than carbon capture for tackling climate change

New research shows that resources that would be spent on developing and installing carbon capture technologies would be better invested in creating more solar panels and wind turbines and focusing on developing energy storage options to support these instead. April 8, 2019, Science Daily Solar panels and wind turbines coupled with energy storage offer a better hope for tackling climate …