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Whole-System Zero-Emissions Demonstration

November 18th, 2020 | by Rocky Mountain Institute

As cities in China go through economic transformation, they also face the challenges of carbon emissions, waste management, and pollution control. Many global cities face similar challenges


Defeating Guilt — Personal Responsibility & Climate Change

October 10th, 2020 | by Alex Voigt

When I was a kid, I asked my parents one day what they did to prevent Hitler. I received an irritating form of silence in exchange for an answer. Most children in Germany asked their parents or grandparents sooner or later, and only a very few received a convincing response, almost as if it was an unexpected surprise that this question would ever appear. It never disappeared again


2035: Clean Grid 90%, Electrify 50%

September 22nd, 2020 | by Brad Rouse

For those deeply interested in our future energy system and how it will evolve, I highly recommend two in-depth papers published in the last year. Here I will show a similar vision step-by-step using some of the same assumptions and publicly available data using “back of the envelope calculations” (spreadsheets)


Planned Obsolescence Leads To Resource Depletion, Overflowing Landfills, & Climate Change

September 4th, 2020 | by Barry A.F.

Virtually all manufacturers today build their "durable" white and brown goods with planned obsolescence. They are designed to fail instead of designed for the longest possible lifetime. Concurrently, most now come with 1-year warranties, or longer warranties as a marketing gimmick, with some of the purchase price put aside by the bean counters for the inevitable failures. The reason for all this is increased profit


100% By 2035? 90% Might Be Better: Consider The Opportunity Costs

August 31st, 2020 | by Brad Rouse

I would love to have 100% clean electricity by 2035. Such a goal is admirable for its audacity and for its ability to get people motivated. For that I applaud it. But when we get down to it, will it be smart policy? Could it be that 90% would provide greater carbon savings than 100%? 


California Takes A Big First Step Toward Climate Change Adaptation

August 28th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor

California’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) just became the nation’s first regulator to require utilities to better account for the impact of climate change on energy infrastructure and services, ordering them to prioritize it in their planning and operations


The Green Transition Virus

August 8th, 2020 | by Brad Rouse

Global problems need global solutions. Voluntary agreements and unilateral acts only go so far. We need a strategy to make climate action spread — to make it so contagious it will “go viral,” start a chain reaction, trigger a “domino effect.”



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