What do wind development trends mean for health, jobs, cities and transportation?

The Wind Vision Report  takes America’s current installed wind power capacity across all facets of wind energy (land-based, offshore, and distributed) as its baseline—a capacity that has tripled since the 2008 release of the Energy Department’s 20% Wind Energy by 2030report—and assesses the potential economic, environmental, and social benefits of a scenario where U.S. wind power supplies 10% of the …

Meteorologists: yes, 1000-year rainfall events really are becoming more common

Slate meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote in his email newsletter Monday: If you think you’ve heard something like this before, you’re probably right. In fact, 1,000-year rainfall events are occurring frequently enough now that we can start to categorize them. There’s the “rapid onset” 1,000-year events, like what happened this weekend in Maryland and last month’s extreme rainfall in West Virginia, …

Rising percentage of energy from solar is saving lives

Solar power could deliver $400 billion in environmental and public health benefits throughout the United States by 2050, according to a study from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). “We find that a U.S. electric system in which solar plays a major role–supplying 14% of demand in 2030, …

Indigenomics: building sustainability and long-term ecological alignment with our values, bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development

Carol Anne Hilton wants Canadians to add a new word to their dictionary: Indigenomics.  Definition: The practice of bringing an Indigenous perspective to economic and social development.  Hilton, who is of Nuu-chah-nulth heritage, launched the word four years ago as a Twitter hashtag: #Indigenomics. Canada, says Hilton, needs a new language to move toward reconciliation. It’s a language she speaks …

Water threat is dire

Water is a growing problem worldwide, with climate change, making pollution via fracking, polluted runoff or harmful blooms or illnesses complicated by temperature rise an issue as well.  As the public becomes more aware of the effects of climate change, that’s shifting the politics of energy in the Great Lakes region of the US, a typically conservative area. As researchers …

Sea level rise could be limited to 5-6 ft this century if we keep temp increases below 2°C – transition needed in next decade or two to save east coast cities

From Joe Romm/Climate Progress, 31 Mar 2016 — We still could limit sea level rise to two feet this century if we keep total warming below 2°C, according to new analysis. Otherwise, we should be anticipating five to six feet of sea level rise by 2100 — which would generate hundreds of millions of refugees. That isn’t even the worst-case scenario.  This latest …