NEM 2.0 Starts In San Diego

The ECOreport posts news that the first Californian city has passed the 5% cap on rooftop solar, NEM 2.0 starts in San Diego.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1California’s original rooftop solar program, Net Energy Metering 1.0 (NEM 1.0), continues in each utilities’s area until homeowners supply more than 5% of the peak load.  The first city just passed that threshold. NEM 2.0 starts in San Diego.

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Grand Coulee Dam’s Oil Pollution Sparks Lawsuit

The ECOreport reposts news that the Grand Coulee Dam’s Oil Pollution Sparks Lawsuit

Press Release from Columbia Riverkeeper

On June 29, 2016, Columbia Riverkeeper filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation designed to end uncontrolled toxic oil pollution from Grand Coulee, finally bringing one of the nation’s biggest dams into compliance with the Clean Water Act. Grand Coulee has leaked oil into the Columbia for over 70 years—endangering public health and threatening fish and wildlife.

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What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

The ECOreport looks at new Canada, US & Mexico agreement and asks What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Future generations may look back on the agreement that Canada, the United States and Mexico just signed as a significant milestone,  or maybe not. What Did the Three Amigos Accomplish?

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North America’s Climate, Energy & Environmental Partnership

The ECOreport reposts an  announcement of North America’s Climate, Energy & Environmental Partnership

Press Release from the Prime Minister of Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, President Barack Obama, and President Enrique Peña Nieto share a common commitment to a competitive, low-carbon and sustainable North American economy and society. The Paris Agreement was a turning point for our planet, representing unprecedented accord on the urgent need to take action to combat climate change through innovation and deployment of low-carbon solutions. North America has the capacity, resources and the moral imperative to show strong leadership building on the Paris Agreement and promoting its early entry into force. We recognize that our highly integrated economies and energy systems afford a tremendous opportunity to harness growth in our continuing transition to a clean energy economy. Our actions to align climate and energy policies will protect human health and help level the playing field for our businesses, households, and workers. In recognition of our close ties and shared vision, we commit today to an ambitious and enduring North American Climate, Clean Energy, and Environment Partnership that sets us firmly on the path to a more sustainable future.

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Overshooting Our Planet’s Resources

The ECOreport interviewed Greenpeace co-founder Rex Wyler about the role hydrocarbons have had in our civilization, climate change and how humanity is overshooting our planet’s resources. 

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMRex Wyler spoke of a wolf pack that found a valley full of deer. Initially, they flourished and grew plentiful. Only they were too successful. They eventually ate all the deer and there was no food left for the wolves. Humanity is in a similar situation, overshooting our planet’s resources.

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The Beef Industry: Working Against The Battle To Protect The Amazon!

The ECOreport publishes an overviewLand required to raise beef of how Brazil’s beef industry is working against the battle to protect the Amazon

By Tim Sparke

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMWhen most people consider deforestation, the usual suspects are the paper industry and urban expansion. However, when it comes to the beautiful Amazon rainforest, the major culprit is actually the beef industry.

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Unless We Change Course Very, Very Fast

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about the impending climate crisis unless we change course very, very fast

From the David Suzuki Foundation

By David Suzuki

We’re living in a time of records. More renewable energy came on stream in 2015 than ever — 147 gigawatts, equal to Africa’s entire generating capacity — and investment in the sector broke records worldwide. Costs for producing solar and wind power have hit record lows. Portugal obtained all its electricity from renewable sources for four straight days in May — the longest achieved by any country — and Germany was able to meet 90 per cent of its electricity needs with renewable power for a brief period. Clean energy employment and job growth now outpace the fossil fuel industry by a wide margin.

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UK Energy Ministers Post-Brexit-Vote Comments

The ECOreport reposts an account of UK Energy Ministers post-Brexit-vote comments

Originally Published on Greenpeace Energydesk

By Emma Howard and Zachary Davies Boren

For the first time since the UK voted to leave the EU, government ministers have spoken publicly about energy and climate policies going forward.

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$10 Billion PEV Market By 2020

The ECOreport looks at the LUX Research report predicting a $10 Billion PEV Market By 2020

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMMichel Langezaal believes that electric cars could replace gas cars, as the vehicle of choice, within a decade. The tipping point will come after they have more range and are competitively priced. He said, “History shows us that once you hit 5% or 6%, if the product is better, then the breakthrough comes much quicker.” The latest LUX Research report is more conservative and predicts a $10 Billion PEV Market By 2020.

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Sharks Killed 6 People in 2015

The ECOreport news that while sharks killed 6 people in 2015, we killed 100 million sharks

Originally Published on Defenders of Wildlife

Whether you love them or fear them, sharks get a lot of attention every summer when vacationers hit the beach and shark encounters make the news.

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