Global emissions have been essentially flat for the past three years even though total global economic activity has increased in each of those three years. That is about to change as Donald Trump wreaks havoc on US emissions policies.
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On election day, forget about e-mails and pussy grabbing. Vote for people who will protect the earth and everyone on it. America cannot afford to have stupid leaders.
Pipeline spills are inevitable. There have been 292 in North Dakota alone in the past two years. A ruptured pipeline in Alabama killed one person Monday night.
Cognitive dissonance is what happens when someone tries to convince you something is true that you know to be false. Wearing a tin foil hat will not protect you from alien body snatchers and clicking your heels three times will not teleport you from the Land of Oz back to Kansas. Cognitive dissonance is perhaps […]
Originally published on EdenKeeper.org By calling on Oklahomans to pray for oil, Governor Mary Fallin has stretched the limits of my patience and perhaps a little bit of my better judgment. Governor Fallin would have us all believe that it’s been a really tough year for the oil industry. In fact, it’s been so bad […]
Originally published on EdenKeeper Committed to working towards a sustainable future, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is divesting from its fossil fuel investments! A majority of the 900 voting members approved this historic resolution at its 2016 Churchwide Assembly on August 13. Rev. Barbara Rossing, a professor at the Lutheran School of Theology […]
Fossil fuel companies are at risk of wasting up to $2.2 trillion in the next decade by pursuing projects that could be uneconomic. Specifically, the trillions of dollars are at risk, and subsequent lower investor returns are feasible, if fossil fuel companies pursue fossil fuel projects that are uneconomic “in the face of a perfect […]
According to sources, a copy of a papal encyclical regarding Church doctrine and climate change will be issued by Pope Francis on Monday of next week.
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Droughts, lengthy hot spells, heavy downpours, floods, and other extreme weather events are occurring more frequently and intensely every year. Around the world, research teams are analyzing these trends, noting the changes in temperature, rainfall, ice mass, sea level, and many other variables recorded by weather measuring devices. The trends are undeniable: the Earth is […]
You may well ask why PlanetSave, a blog usually dedicated to positive developments and actions to save the earth, is reporting news about ExxonMobil and a Russian arctic oil well. The oil discovery appears to have nothing to do with solar or wind or most of our usual topics—we’re talking fossil fuels here, which have caused much […]
This is a modified version of an essay originally submitted to crossroadsforsociety.org by Ken Whitehead on Jan 12 2013 One of the major challenges we currently face is how to ensure that there are sufficient resources available to feed all seven billion people who currently call this planet home. As things currently stand we produce […]
(All figures are from the 2014 National Climate Assessment draft.) Later today (Tuesday, May 6), at 8 a.m. EDT, the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee of experts meets by conference call to approve the final version of the Third National Climate Assessment. The gist of their message, as Suzanne Goldenberg of The Guardian […]
Week In Climate: China Burns, Greenland Melts, & The US Congress Continues To Fight Against Carbon Regulations
The following items were reported in the past week: China is experiencing a massive, continent-wide record-setting heat wave. Several major cities across the country have recorded all-time high temperatures. Shanghai, for example, reached 105°F after setting century-old heat records each day for the previous week. Dozens of deaths are reported so far. Greenland recorded its highest temperature […]
Message from Australia: "It’s time that those who advocate economic growth derived from resource extraction and pollution … be the ones labeled wacky, loopy, irresponsible, divorced from reality or connected to the CIA."
It’s at times like the current environmental and climate change catastrophe that you realize just how deeply fearful and conservative people can be. For example, leading and well respected proponents of green economics and resilient society are still rabbiting on about how we can avoid rises of over 2°C by 2100. Makes me want to scream… Then […]
Climate Change Policy Gap Between USA and Europe Widens, as Norway Announces World's Largest Carbon Tax
In the latest example of the widening gap in climate change policies between the USA and Europe, the Government of Norway last week announced the world’s largest new tax on carbon emissions, stating in explicit terms its desire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate against global warming — just two weeks after the […]
Update: Depressed by this news. Check out: “A Transformation From Environmental Grief to Environmental Action,” which will be on Google+ on Wednesday, 3/12/2004 at 11:00 am PST. The gist: environmental news can be depressing. How do you maintain your resolve to fight for a better environmental future? A new report issued by the International Union for Conservation of […]
By Will Bates This is huge. Two weeks ago we joined a diverse coalition to launch an all-out offensive to end fossil fuel subsidies, and we weren’t quite sure how it would turn out. Well, we’ve currently got 958,422 signatures on our combined global petition — almost a million people strong! Will you help […]
Shell is planning huge new fracking projects in South Africa now. There is historical irony here. It was the Dutch who, three centuries ago, were the first large-scale commercial European settlers in South Africa. Around 1600, the Dutch East India Company began the European settlements […]
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published a horrid op-ed last week on the inane idea that global warming doesn’t pose any threat to us and we don’t need to do anything about it. Top sites Media Matters and Skeptical Science quickly counter-argued the nonsense put forth in the WSJ piece with some thoughtful pieces looking […]
Other than our own politics posts this week, here are some more posts from around the interwebs you might want to check out (a little bit of overlap with the activism roundup I just posted, but not too much): Senator Bernie Sanders Takes On Tax Breaks To Fossil Fuel Companies President Obama’s State of the Union […]
You know it as well as I do—the home solar trend is taking off, as concerns about climate change and rising electricity costs point to clean, renewable solar as a solution. And even though residential solar has never been more efficient or affordable, disturbing myths and misinformation still abound. Here are seven persistent myths about […]
Wow, interesting and a bit shocking to see it put that way. I write on energy subsidies, including climate-destabilizing fossil fuel subsidies, often. However, putting the figure in those terms really hits home. Here’s more on this from Lester R. Brown of the Earth Policy Institute, as posted over on sister site sustainablog: Fossil […]
If only they were so honest. But, when the oil company and its shills can’t be, a grassroots effort to reveal them can be. Following up on the video at the bottom of the page, where a climate activist punked a fossil fuel astroturfing campaign, here’s a video from Greenpeace’s Polluter Watch campaign that tells […]
It is no secret that there is often a striking discord between how we speak about environmental issues and how we actually live our lives. As we extol the benefits of “green energy” such as wind power, solar power, or geothermal energy, we will inevitably hop back into our fossil-fueled cars for our routine […]
Everything is connected: the things we do, the things others do, affect people’s lives. The aura of our material planet is a body of energy that is part of us and extends around us from the inside out. This connectivity is showing up willfully in our streets. Bill Mikkiben points out: “We cannot solve the carbon problem until we solve the power problem.” He also acknowledges the good timing of now-linking movements of activism. The time of putting positive energy into a collective force is in action now as a space to heal these gaping wounds in culture and environment unfolds.
Big oil gets big money from the government — as CleanTechnica readers may remember, $4 billion was awarded to big oil in the form of tax breaks in 2011 alone. Given that subsidies worldwide rose to at least $470 billion worldwide in 2010 — according to International Energy Agency analysts — that is perhaps more surprising than it should be.
All of these gains are being put in peril by the energetic efforts of the Canadian tar sands lobby in the United States. According to the Council, uncertainty in tax policy, pollution restrictions and performance standards are putting future clean energy jobs at risk. Tar sands interests in Alberta and Canada are actively promoting this uncertainty in Washington DC, state governments and municipalities. The tar sands industry sees the emerging U.S. clean energy industry as a threat to its biggest market and is doing everything in its power to undermine it.
I recently conducted this interview with The Wealth of Nature author John Michael Greer. Some really interesting answers. Happy he took the time to share with us! Here’s the interview:
So many clean energy haters love to pull the “wind and solar energy couldn’t survive without subsidies” card. Well, if you look at the full story, that is a totally bogus statement since wind and solar subsidies don’t compare to nuclear and fossil fuel subsidies, not now and not at the same point in the early development of nuclear and fossil fuel power plants.
Qsolar, an innovative solar technology company based in Canada, recently announced the release of some pretty interesting solar panels, solar panels that come in a range of different colors (i.e. brown, green, red, blue). The Kristal and Kristal Rainbow range of semi-transparent and colored semi-transparent solar panels were unveiled at the end of May.
Top green news and commentary of the last day or two. Check it out (top of the top is bold, source key is at the bottom)