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IEA Hails UK As Climate Leader

June 11th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

The United Kingdom has made "major progress" in reducing its energy-related CO2 emissions and introducing energy policies and reforms which aim to promote sector decarbonization and innovation in clean energy technology, says the International Energy Agency, but adds that the UK must now continue its global climate leadership. 


State of Global Air 2019 — A Special Report On Global Exposure To Air Pollution & Its Disease Burden

May 25th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan

It's a fine balance to stay above the depression point when one is educated about the state of our environment, the state of our union, the state of our planet, the state of politics, and the legacy we are leaving for our grandchildren. A new report on air pollution doesn't really help with that depression, but it is important for us to cover nonetheless


Other Nations Support Electric Cars. In The US, They’re Supposedly A Threat To Gas Tax Revenue.

May 24th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Governments in Europe and China are trying to speed up the adoption of electric vehicles by offering subsidies and incentives, and it’s working. In Norway, EVs are exempt from taxes, and drivers receive perks such as free parking and reduced tolls. Almost 60 percent of new cars sold in the country in March were fully electric. China’s combination of incentives and mandates is acting as a magnetic force, sucking the global EV industry out of America and Europe and into China, where over a million electric cars were sold in


State Efficiency Standards Are Good For Everyone

May 22nd, 2019 | by NRDC

The federal government continues to miss legal deadlines for energy efficiency standards for appliances, equipment, and electronics with 17 standards overdue for review and more on the horizon. That’s bad news for anyone who likes saving energy, lower utility bills, and a cleaner planet


43 Cities Score “A” Grade In CDP Climate Change Ranking

May 13th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

A total of 43 cities --- including Barcelona, London, Paris, Cape Town, and Hong Kong --- populate a new "A List" ranking cities' action to cut emissions and set climate strategies published this week by environmental impact non-profit CDP to celebrate the start of EU Green Week


Scooter Use Skyrocketing In Cities, But Are They Safe? A Look At The Evidence

May 5th, 2019 | by World Resources Institute

Electric scooters are the latest "new mobility" tech to disrupt the transportation sector. Chances are you've seen someone passing by on one of these small-but-nimble two-wheelers in a city near you. Following the explosive growth of bike-sharing and ride-hailing, scooters reached 38.5 million U.S. trips in


Which Countries Use The Most Fossil Fuels?

May 3rd, 2019 | by World Resources Institute

Originally published on WRI’s Resource Watch platform, a platform which features hundreds of data sets all in one place on the state of the planet’s resources and citizens


NRDC Blog: What That Flashy Renewable Energy Paper Got Wrong

April 27th, 2019 | by NRDC

The costs of wind and solar energy keep falling; installing a new wind turbine costs about a third of what it did in 2008. Solar prices fell by 88 percent during that time. In fact, renewable energy is so inexpensive, utilities have found that they can save customers money by closing coal plants early and replacing them with wind and solar power


South Africa Risks $124 Billion In Face Of Low-Carbon Transition

April 10th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

If South Africa does not begin to shift away from its reliance on coal for its power and export value, the country risks as much as 2 trillion Rand ($124 billion) as the rest of the world begins to shift away and reduces their need for South Africa's coal


European Countries Are The Most Ready For Global Energy Transition

March 26th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

Sweden, Switzerland, and Norway lead a host of European countries judged by the World Economic Forum as those most ready for the global energy transition, while Canada, Australia, and South Korea are the only Advanced Economies performing well below the average, due primarily to poor environmental sustainability policies. 


23 Electric Vehicle Incentives Cities Can Implement To Stimulate EV Adoption

March 17th, 2019 | by Zachary Shahan

Below is one portion of our free report Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure: Guidelines for Cities. This report was produced by a working group of EV charging and electric vehicle leaders led by CleanTechnica and GreenWay. This portion of the report is simply a rundown of potential EV charging subsidies and incentives cities can use to stimulate and support electric vehicle adoption


Elon Musk To SEC — That Is Not What We Agreed To

March 12th, 2019 | by Maarten Vinkhuyzen

The SEC is trying to get the court to hold Elon Musk in contempt. The SEC maintains that Musk violated the plea bargain they made after the infamous "funding secured" tweet, a plea bargain that was accepted by the court as its final judgement and thus has the power of a court order for Elon Musk and Tesla



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