January 18, 2019

Pentagon Report Warns Climate Change Threatens Key U.S. Military Bases

A new Pentagon report identifies significant risks from climate change at scores of military bases and says the Defense Department is taking protective measures against the looming threat. But Democrats in Congress, who requested the report in 2017 along with some Republican colleagues, said it lacks detail and shows the Trump administration is failing to take climate change seriously as a national security threat.

How the Cargo Industry Is Cleaning Up Its Filthy Act

The owners of ships that carry global trade are preparing for big changes that start next January, when long-debated standards from the International Maritime Organization will require cuts in sulfur emissions. Some of the companies are starting to experiment with cleaner fuels and innovative technologies.

Colorado Governor Wants to Accelerate Dominance of Electric Vehicles

Gov. Jared Polis has signed an executive order to support making electric vehicles "usable and drivable in all parts of our state." He said he is aiming for the tipping point in which EVs become mainstream. One part of the order says the state will become part of a multi-state zero-emissions vehicle program, requiring automakers to sell a certain share of EVs.

January 17, 2019

Former Fed Chairs Back a Carbon Tax

Leading economists from Alan Greenspan to Janet Yellen are endorsing a plan to fight climate change with a tax on carbon emissions and then distributing the proceeds to U.S. households. A group including all living former Federal Reserve chairs and several Nobel Prize winners signed onto a statement supporting the tax as the most cost-effective way to reduce carbon emissions.

Idaho’s New GOP Governor: Climate Change Is Real, and It Must Be Reversed

Idaho's new Republican governor, longtime rancher and politician Brad Little, surprised some people this week when he declared that climate change is real and will have to be dealt with. "Climate is changing, there's no question about it," he said. "We've just got to figure out how we're going to cope with it. And we've got to slow it down. Now, reversing it is going to be a big darn job."

U.S. Automakers Push for Deal on Fuel Efficiency Rules

U.S. auto executives are pressing the Trump administration and California to agree on fuel efficiency standards as risks increase that a deadline will pass without a deal. Sen. Tom Carper said he had heard the administration now plans a 0.5 percent annual increase. That's not a freeze, which many automakers oppose, but it's far weaker than the Obama-era plan.

Global Clean Energy Funding Dips 8% as China Cools Solar Boom

Global funding for clean energy projects fell in 2018, largely because of China's decisions to reduce solar subsidies. Spending in wind and solar power, along with technologies like smart meters, was $332.1 billion last year, down 8 percent from the prior year, Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports.

Florida Utility to Add 30 Million Solar Panels by 2030

Florida Power & Light Co. said Wednesday it plans to install more than 30 million solar panels in Florida by 2030. The plan would make solar energy about 20 percent of the utility's energy mix, up from 1 percent now. The plan would add to what is already a solar power surge in the state, helping Florida begin to catch up on Southeastern neighbors such as North Carolina.

January 16, 2019

Failure to Curb Climate Change a Top Risk, Davos Survey Says

The risk that governments will fail to limit and adapt to climate change has risen to second on an annual survey of 1,000 decision-makers from business, government, academia and civil society released ahead of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The top concern is extreme weather. "Of all risks, it is in relation to the environment that the world is most clearly sleepwalking into catastrophe," the report says.

Electric Cars Are Cleaner, Even When Powered by Coal

Electric vehicles are better for the environment than gasoline models, even where the electric grid uses coal power, according to research by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. It found emissions from battery-powered vehicles were about 40 percent lower than for internal combustion engines last year.

Cities Are Tucking Climate Change Fixes into New Laws

From Salt Lake City to Minneapolis, city and state lawmakers are changing laws to allow for more transit-friendly housing and ease requirements for the number of parking spaces needed for new buildings. The laws often aren't designed to help reduce carbon emissions, but that's a likely result.

January 15, 2019

Barclays to Reject Most Financing for Arctic Drilling

Barclays says in a new policy statement that it is unlikely to finance oil and gas drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the future. It did not say if it would pull out of current financing, and its statement drew some criticism from activist groups. Other big UK banks announced climate policies last year.

January 14, 2019

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