Where Is the Global Energy System Headed?

Greentech Media: Headlines - Every year, we see a wide range of models for the future global energy system. The scenarios come from an array of organizations: the International Energy Agency and the Energy Information Administration; oil companies like BP, Shell and Equinor; and research outfits like Wood Mackenzie and Bloomberg New Energy Finance. And the conclusions are all over the map. So a group of experts at Resources for the Future put them all together and created their own … [Read more...]

Energy Capital Partners Acquires Industrial Energy Storage Specialist Convergent

Greentech Media: Headlines - Private equity firm Energy Capital Partners has bought its way into the energy storage development business with Convergent Energy + Power, the companies announced Wednesday. New York-based Convergent develops, owns and operates large-scale storage for industrial customers and utilities. It distinguished itself as a rare startup that chose to self-fund its projects, raising $70 million to do so. Convergent also took the title for largest commercial and industrial … [Read more...]

Forest carbon credits ‘worse than nothing’? There’s more to this story

Climate Change – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - More than 3,000 people in the United States had a heart transplant last year. This life-extending procedure crossed from the (c) Climate Change – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Easy Gift: Smartwool Diamond Hat & Scarf

Eco Mama's Guide To Living Green - Smartwool has so many wonderful holiday gift options for all ages. Even a pair of their colorful socks would make an excellent gift or stocking stuffer, there are so many great things to choose from, and their products scream quality. I love their stuff especially for outdoorsy types because wool is the ultimate choice for travel and outdoor activity, keeping you comfortable by regulating body temps.Check out their Diamond Popcorn Scarf and matching Hat. I … [Read more...]

Your Essential Guide to Eco-Friendly Travel

Nature Moms - As you will know, everyone has a responsibility to lower their carbon footprint to help preserve the increasingly fragile environment. As a result, you might be worried about how traveling the world can impact the planet. Thankfully, a few little changes and tweaks to your habits can help you to protect the environment, which doesn’t need to affect your enjoyment on holiday. Read the below advice on how to embrace eco-friendly travel. Unplug Your Devices at Home It’s … [Read more...]

A Plugin To Make Baby Shopping Easier and Less Toxic

Nature Moms - I love using Chrome extensions and plugins for comparison shopping. I use quite a few when online shopping to make sure I am getting the best deal (is Amazon really the cheapest?) or see trends (ie when the price will drop). I also use plugins that scour the Internet for promotional coupon codes so that I rarely have to pay full price. Using these plugins I am able to save hundreds of dollars every year. I recently came across another genius plugin that helps you with the … [Read more...]

EWG Verified Products For a Non-Toxic Personal Care & Beauty Routine

Mindful Momma - This guide to EWG Verified products will help you find certified natural, non-toxic personal care...Read the whole entry... » ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (c) Mindful Momma - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

A series of other thoughts about NAIAS 2018

EcoGeek - Let’s start out with my in-the-moment string of notes during the Press Preview at this year’s NAIAS (Detroit Auto Show). This covers the main ideas about this year’s program at the time. I’ll add a few more comments and expanded thoughts at the end. Not sure if it’s an actual color trend, but there’s a lot of orange at this year’s #NAIAS #NAIAS2018 Attendance seems down and space more open at #NAIAS2018. Things just seem off this year. First … [Read more...]

New Japanese House by Alts Design Office is influenced by traditional design

Latest Items from TreeHugger - It is all about the progression through the spaces. (c) Latest Items from TreeHugger - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Minimalism isn’t all or nothing

Latest Items from TreeHugger - It's OK to be a partial or 'selective' minimalist, if you wish. (c) Latest Items from TreeHugger - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Teacup pigs are a fraud

Latest Items from TreeHugger - The internet is full of breeders selling teacup and mirco-mini pigs, but many of these claims are false. (c) Latest Items from TreeHugger - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Photo: A pristine beach on Fuerteventura island

Latest Items from TreeHugger - Fuerteventura is one of the Canary Islands, its name can be translated as "strong winds." (c) Latest Items from TreeHugger - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

The Power of Scent

Living Green Magazine - By Sachinda Jayatilleke There is a lot to be said for the healing power of flowers. Not only do they activate those feel good endorphins around your body but they also can lift you in other ways you may never have thought about. Did you know flowers can help you with your work out as well as your down time? We burn them, drop them onto our soft furnishings and skin, spray them, and infuse them. Scent is a powerful healer and there are any number of holistic … [Read more...]

Typhoon Haiyan’s Impact Felt in Warsaw

Human Nature - Conservation International Blog » Climate Change - Thousands are dead and millions of lives were changed forever when the devastating storm struck the Philippines. As the world negotiates a climate treaty, the director of CI's Philippines program asks if we're acting fast enough. (c) Human Nature - Conservation International Blog » Climate Change - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

California’s Plan to Replace San Onofre Nuclear: Green Success or Natural Gas Giveaway?

Greentech Media: Headlines - It’s official: the long-range plan to replace 2,200 megawatts of shuttered Southern California nuclear power will include new natural gas-fired power plants, as well as a hefty share of green alternatives. But advocates of an all-green replacement strategy for the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (SONGS) are still pushing for smart, distributed clean alternatives as reliable grid resources -- and highlighting the dangers of putting too much emphasis on … [Read more...]

Winston turns for the first time

Renewable Energy News - Jon Beeson from Severn Trent Water shows us around the new wind turbine that has been erected at the Newthorpe site. (c) Renewable Energy News - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

East Anglia: New Anglia LEP welcomes Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult report on growth prospects

Renewable Energy News - New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed a study highlighting the huge potential of offshore renewble energy projects to boost growth and jobs. (c) Renewable Energy News - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

The epidemic of climate science false balance in the media

Skeptical Science - False balance in media reporting on climate change is a big problem for one overarching reason: there is a huge gap between the 97 percent expert consensus on human-caused global warming, and the public perception that scientists are evenly divided on the subject. This can undoubtedly be traced in large part to the media giving disproportionate coverage to the opposing fringe climate contrarian views. Research has shown that people who are unaware of the expert consensus … [Read more...]

30 US Senators Speak Up4Climate Science

Skeptical Science - On the night of March 10th to the morning of March 11th, 30 US Senators stayed up all night speaking about climate change for 15 hours. The event was the first hosted by the Senate Climate Action Task Force. A video of the full session can be viewed courtesy of C-SPAN2, and is also searchable by speaker and keyword. The event was encouraging not just because 30 percent of the members of the US Senate were willing to devote their personal time to discuss this critical … [Read more...]

ALERT! Implore President Obama to End Climate Appeasement by Supporting a Carbon Tax

Climate Change Blog - TAKE ACTION HERE NOW! There exists near unanimous scientific consensus that abrupt climate change [search] is occurring, that it is caused by burning fossil fuels and clearing natural ecosystems, and that observable and escalating impacts indicate it may be worse than worst case predictions, threatening the habitability of our one shared biosphere. Almost certainly there is no way to stop entirely the warming and climate weirding; it is already too far progressed. Yet … [Read more...]

Tell Avon, New Jersey: Old-Growth Rainforest Boardwalks Cause Abrupt Climate Change

Climate Change Blog - TAKE ACTION HERE NOW! Tiny Avon, New Jersey, is moving forward with plans to rebuild their ocean-front boardwalk - recently destroyed by Hurricane Sandy – for the second time in 20 years using ill-gotten old-growth rainforest timbers. Loss of primary rainforests is a primary cause of abrupt climate change [search], as well as mass extinction, social disintegration, and ecosystem decline. Unless we break the cycle of destroying ecosystems for luxury consumption, we can … [Read more...]

Exploring CRUTEM4 with Google Earth

RealClimate - Guest commentary by Tim Osborn and Phil Jones The Climatic Research Unit (CRU) land surface air temperature data set, CRUTEM4, can now be explored using Google Earth. Access is via this portal together with instructions for using it (though it is quite intuitive). We have published a short paper in Earth System Science Data (Osborn and Jones, 2014) to describe this new approach. This is part of ongoing efforts to make our climate data as accessible and transparent as … [Read more...]

Going with the wind

RealClimate - A new paper in Nature Climate Change out this week by England and others joins a number of other recent papers seeking to understand the climate dynamics that have led to the so-called “slowdown” in global warming. As we and others have pointed out previously (e.g. here), the fact that global average temperatures can deviate for a decade or longer from the long term trend comes as no surprise. Moreover, it’s not even clear that the deviation has been as large as is … [Read more...]