Cars

Tesla Auto Body Repair Specialists Can Now Get Trained Online

Published on April 28th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

Tesla says it will be selling 500,000 cars a year soon. The odds are good that with all those Teslas running around, some of them are going to find solid objects to run into, causing dings and dents -- or worse -- that will need to be repaired. Until now, Tesla has required anyone who wants to be certified in Tesla auto body repairs be trained by the company at its dedicated facilities in California. But that means there simply won't be enough qualified repair personnel to meet the needs of Tesla customers... Read More


Green Economy

Public Lands Are Responsible For Billions In Consumer Spending, & Trump Wants To Sell Them Off

Published on April 28th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Today, Congress is discussing the impact of the outdoor recreation industry. The meeting comes at a time when the environment faces growing threats both from climate change and the Trump Administration. President Trump has moved to open national parks to drilling, and this week he ordered the Interior Department to review monument designations with the idea of opening protected lands to farming, ranching or fossil fuel exploration. ... Read More


Climate Change

Sea-Level Rise Will Send Millions Of Refugees To Inland Cities

Published on April 28th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

When rising waters from superstorms like Katrina or Sandy inundate heavily populated coastal communities, vast numbers of people will abandon their destroyed homes and flee for safety and shelter elsewhere. Where will they go — and how will their destination cities cope with them? ... Read More


Climate Change

The Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Draining Huge Quantities Of Water Out To Sea

Published on April 28th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

When climate scientists look at Antarctica, they see a ticking time bomb. If the ice sheet melts, it will raise sea levels by tens of feet, flooding coastal cities around the globe. For now, the southern continent is relatively stable, but it’s starting to look more like Greenland, where rising temperatures are melting the island from the inside out... Read More


Clean Power

Dubai Gets Its 1st Solar-Powered Gas Station — Really

Published on April 28th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley

It's a bit of a paradox — a solar-powered gas station. But, if anything, it's another sign of how the world is slowly but surely turning away from fossil fuels toward clean, renewable energy. Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates, the fourth-largest oil producer in the world. Yet the UAE is also positioning itself for the transition away from fossil fuels that its leaders see coming. Among other things, the UAE sits on the edge of the Persian Gulf. Much of its land area will be threatened by rising sea levels if the melting of the world's ice shelves continues unabated... Read More


Clean Power

Trump Wants To Cut Renewables Out Of The Energy Market

Published on April 28th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

President Trump made much noise during the election about putting coal miners back to work. Most analysts agree that won’t happen — coal is being undercut by wind, solar and natural gas in the energy market. But what if the federal government changes that market, tinkering with incentives to redirect the future of the grid? ... Read More


Clean Power

Building A Coal Plant In Kansas In 2017 Could Be More Trouble Than It’s Worth

Published on April 28th, 2017 | by Guest Contributor

Then, last month, coal got a break in Kansas, where the state Supreme Court ruled against Earthjustice and the Sierra Club, granting a permit to the Sunflower Electric Power Corporation to build an expansion to its coal-fired power plant in Holcomb. The expansion would be the first coal-fired plant built in the state since the original Holcomb plant came online in 1983, according to the Sierra Club. ... Read More


Nuclear Energy

Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor Is Permanently Entombed With World’s Largest Movable Structure

Published on April 28th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill

April 26 was the 31st anniversary of the massive and world-changing explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant's Unit 4 reactor, back in 1986, which shifted how the world sees nuclear energy. In November of 2016, the power plant was permanently entombed in the world's largest movable structure, a massive steel arch which was slid over the reactor. ... Read More


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