Natural Gas Provided False Promise, Deception — Severe Health Problems From “Natural” Gas

Credit to Author: Cynthia Shahan| Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2020 01:41:22 +0000

Pleasantly called natural gas and sold to many as a better solution, a good transition fuel, natural gas has been dominating new US electricity capacity alongside renewable energy. Yet, hydraulic fracking absolutely takes the “natural” out of it. Originally, natural gas was successfully sold as a cleaner transition fuel. Who knew there were not even laws on the books to address the hidden pollutants, and that there would be much information lacking about the truth of the acid stimulation, hydraulic fracturing, and other new extraction technologies

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US Electricity: Solar Up 15%, Wind Up 9%

Credit to Author: Zachary Shahan| Date: Fri, 10 Jan 2020 03:00:23 +0000

“Small-scale solar photovoltaics (e.g., rooftop solar systems) alone grew by 19.22% YTD. Compared to all other energy sources, solar-generated electricity has enjoyed the fastest growth rate thus far in 2019.” Natural gas generation grew by 6.71%, nuclear energy generation grew by 0.8%, and coal-generated electricity generation declined by 14.46%

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Collective Action at the Crossroads: What to Watch in 2020

Credit to Author: World Resources Institute| Date: Tue, 07 Jan 2020 22:13:47 +0000

It seems like a lifetime ago when at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, I watched more than 100 heads of state and government queue to sign the original documents of the Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Biodiversity Convention and Agenda 21. Negotiations had been tough, and some leaders were more enthusiastic than others

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20 Reasons Why 2019 Gave Us Climate Hope

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Wed, 01 Jan 2020 04:54:55 +0000

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/20-reasons-why-2019-gave-us-climate-hopeWhy did this year bring us climate hope? Advances in solutions and the truly unprecedented momentum the climate movement gained in just one year

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A Peak Inside the Unisphere, One of the World’s Largest Net-Zero Buildings

Credit to Author: Guest Contributor| Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2019 12:10:59 +0000

By Marlene Cimons It is hard to build a net-zero building — one that produces more energy than it consumes — in the middle of a city. For one thing, nearby skyscrapers might block sunlight from reaching rooftop solar panels. For another, urban office buildings are cramped for space, and it generally isn’t possible to set up wind turbines on site. But Martine Rothblatt, head of United Therapeutics, would not yield when it came to the company’s new headquarters. When designers warned that erecting a net-zero building in downtown Silver Spring, Maryland would be a formid”It is hard to build a net-zero building — one that produces more energy than it consumes — in the middle of a city. For one thing, nearby skyscrapers might block sunlight from reaching rooftop solar panels. For another, urban office buildings are cramped for space, and it generally isn’t possible to set up wind turbines on site

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Top 5 Climate Change Videos of 2019

Credit to Author: Cynthia Shahan| Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2019 04:40:02 +0000

As 2019 comes to an end, we’re taking a step back to look at the videos about the climate crisis that caught the attention, and even inspired, Climate Reality followers

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Green New Deals For The World Are Green Good Deals

Credit to Author: Mark Z. Jacobson| Date: Sun, 29 Dec 2019 21:45:57 +0000

The Earth is rapidly approaching 1.5°C global warming, air pollution kills over 7 million people worldwide each year, and diminishing fossil fuel resources portend social instability. Yet, recently, world leaders at the United Nations Madrid climate talks failed to agree on a path forward. The core of the problem is the belief by some leaders that solving global warming will be expensive and drain the economy of their country. However, new research indicates that this belief is incorrect

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Tesla Powerwall 2 Arrives Just In Time As Power Cuts Worsen In South Africa

Credit to Author: Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai| Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2019 07:05:12 +0000

On the 9th of this month, for the first time ever, Eskom, South Africa’s national power utility company, implemented Stage 6 Load shedding in which Eskom had to shed a load of 6000 MW to stabilise the grid. South Africa’s current installed capacity is 49.4 GW, according to the Draft Integrated Recourse Plan (2018) from South Africa’s Department of Energy

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Sprint To Go 100% Carbon Neutral, 100% Renewable Electricity

Credit to Author: Cynthia Shahan| Date: Mon, 16 Dec 2019 17:48:42 +0000

https://newsroom.sprint.com/sprint-goes-carbon-neutral-and-announces-new-environmental-goals.htmSprint has indicated that it intends to source 100% renewable electricity and divert 50% of operational waste from landfills by 2025. This is what we need to hear on a day to day basis, from more and more corporations. While 2020 would be better, 2025 is not that far off, especially when you consider development timelines and corporate planning and budgeting challenges

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From Range Anxiety To Gas Station Anxiety?

Credit to Author: Cynthia Shahan| Date: Sat, 14 Dec 2019 00:00:09 +0000

One of CleanTechnica’s first rate, well written, most fascinating articles this year was one by Maarten Vinkhuyzen, who wrote, “A perfect storm is brewing above the automotive industry. Three hardly grasped phenomena are working together. Just like a real storm, when the conditions align in the best/worst way, we get a devastating superstorm. These phenomena (or events) are the Osborne effect of delayed demand, the technology (cost) curve of battery prices and other technology, and the S-curve that describes market acceptance of new technologies.”

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