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Pace Of Global Warming Slows, Says Schroders Climate Progress Dashboard

February 8th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

Global asset manager Schroders has published the latest update of its Climate Progress Dashboard and has concluded that, in the face of what was a relatively lackluster COP24 summit in December, the pace of global warming has slowed marginally thanks to higher carbon prices and increased political ambition to tackle climate change. 

Climate Action Can No Longer Wait

January 28th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

For over 30 years, a coalition of fossil fuel companies and their supporters – politicians as well as businesses who gain from maintaining the status quo – have been fighting the scientific community and their environmental supporters in the battle for and against climate change

Scotland Might Eliminate Climate Emissions By 2045

January 28th, 2019 | by Joshua S Hill

Scotland could confidently end its climate emissions to reach net zero by 2045 according to a new report published last week which highlights the country's abundant natural resources and existing ambition. 

Big Oil Tries To Kill The Electric Car (Again)

January 6th, 2019 | by Guest Contributor

Electric vehicles are getting close to a major tipping point, and it isn’t just fans who are taking notice. The powerful enemies of transportation electrification and renewable energy are beginning to launch a serious counterattack

DOE Stalls Clean Energy R&D, Risking Jobs & US Competitiveness

December 31st, 2018 | by NRDC

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) may be sitting on approximately $600 million in Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) funding for clean energy research and development (R&D), despite clear and strong congressional guidance to invest public dollars in new technologies and innovation that will pave the way for America to be a leader in a clean energy future

US CO2 Emissions Increase By 3% In 2018, Says Trump’s Own Administration

December 13th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

The United States Energy Information Administration has published new numbers this week which show energy-related CO2 emissions for 2018 will increase by 3%, undermining its own fragile attempts to highlight 2017's drop in CO2 emissions against the likely increase in 2018 emissions that has been evident throughout the year

Denmark, UK, & Canada Lead In Using Technologies To Limit Climate Change

December 12th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Canada lead the world when it comes to implementing measures to mitigate climate change, according to new research published earlier this month at the UN climate change conference, COP24, currently underway in Katowice, Poland, which assessed 25 countries that account for 80% of the world's population

The EU Could Halve Emissions By 2030 By Acting In Just Three Key Sectors

December 11th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

The European Union could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 52% below 1990 levels by 2030 if they were to take action in three key sectors --- electricity supply, residential buildings and passenger road transport --- according to new research published by the Climate Action Tracker. 

Is Renewable Energy Enough To Stop Global Warming? What About Animal Agriculture?

December 9th, 2018 | by Daryl Elliott

With the climate generally growing warmer, it becomes more urgent and imperative to slow climate disruption. Recently, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report after reviewing 6,000 scientific studies and references. The IPCC suggests that it is vital that we keep the temperature delta within 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to the preindustrial historical average. If we were to exceed that level, we may see runaway climate warming. This dire situation demands that we do everything possible to improve our path forward

Global Climate Financing As High As $530 Billion In 2017, But Is It Enough?

December 6th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Global climate financing has steadily increased over recent years, according to new research from the Climate Policy Initiative, and might have reached as much as $510 billion to $530 billion in 2017, but while this is, on its own, relatively good news, investment in climate action is falling short in several key areas. 

OECD, UNEP, & World Bank Call For “Radical Shift” In Climate Financing

December 5th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

Last week, the OECD, the UN Environmental Programme, and the World Bank Group, in advance of both the G20 leaders meeting and the COP24 UN Climate Change Conference, called for a radical shift of investment into low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure as a means towards limiting the impact of climate change

Republican Politicians Want Government To NOT Work For You — That’s A Problem

November 28th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan

The latest US midterm is over — or nearly over — and Democratic candidates had a record wave of support from voters, but there's still plenty of misunderstanding to clear up. We've gone through decades of misinformation campaigns, gaslighting, and political dystrophy. One blue wave doesn't mean we've got everything in order. One topic I was recently inspired to address is a simple one, but one that seems to skate under the radar of public consciousness

Maryland Puts Value Of Solar At $7 Billion Over 10 Years

November 22nd, 2018 | by Charles W. Thurston

Yet another state commission, this time Maryland, has concluded that solar provides substantial value to the state overall, and specifically to the operation of the grid. While most of the value of new solar added to the state economy is during the year of installation, the cumulative value of solar to the state utilities as cost avoidance for new local infrastructure investment was also found to be remarkably high

UK “Energy Revolution” Could Result In Two-Tier Economy

November 21st, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill

A new study published on Monday has revealed that businesses and families in London and Scotland are better placed to take advantage of the so-called "energy revolution" underway in the United Kingdom --- benefiting from cheaper energy bills, electric vehicles, and smart appliances --- but residents of the North of England and the East Midlands lag further behind, creating the risk of a two-tier economy

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