Tag Archives: Union of Concerned Scientists

EPA Pushes Board of Scientific Counselors Out The Door

The ECOreport reposts further news of the Trump regime, EPA Pushes Board of Scientific Counselors Out The Door

Originally Posted on Clean Technica

by Steve Hanley

 The message to all federal employees is, if you haven’t drunk deeply of the Trump-inspired nonsense spewed by the putative president, America has no use for you. Scott Pruitt, chief defender of the faith at the agency formerly known as the Environmental Protection Agency, is on a mission to slash the agency’s staffing levels and budget.

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Trump Wants A New Climate Deal

The ECOreport looks into the United States withdrawal from COP 21, Trump wants a new climate deal

By Roy L Hales

Though often been portrayed as a climate change denier, the President made no reference to climate when he explained the reasons for America’s withdrawal from the agreement reached at Paris in 2015. Rather, it seems Donald Trump wants a new climate deal.
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Rich Countries vs Poor at Bonn Climate Talks

Who should pay for cleaning up the world’s greenhouse gas emissions? Should developing countries help those less developed? Rich Countries vs Poor at Bonn Climate Talks

Originally Published on Clean Technica

by Sandy Dechert

Friday marked the end of the week-long October international climate meeting (11th part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action) in Bonn, a runup to the first global climate change agreement in 18 years this December. As at previous meetings, a struggle between goals of the rich and poor countries dominated the discussion.
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The Solar Suburbs Of The Future

The Solar Suburbs of the Future may have solar panels on every roof, an electric vehicle in every garage & ultra-efficient home batteries to store excess energy

Originally Published on Yale Environment 360

By Marc Gunther

Imagine a truly green suburb, one in which energy-efficient homes are powered by rooftop solar panels and electric cars glide quietly down the streets. Businesses, energy experts, and scholars say low-carbon suburban living is not only possible, but on its way, though not in the short run. Some glimpses of the future:

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Electricity from biomass with carbon capture could make western U.S. carbon-negative

From UC Berkeley News Center

BERKELEY — Generating electricity from biomass, such as urban waste and sustainably-sourced forest and crop residues, is one strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, because it is carbon-neutral: it produces as much carbon as the plants suck out of the atmosphere.
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The US can Nearly Quadruple its Renewable Electricity by 2030

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1A Union of Concerned Scientists (USC) study found the US can nearly quadruple its renewable electricity in the next 15 years, reaching 23% by 2030. This comes in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal that America set a modest goal of 12% renewable energy by 2030. Rachel Cleetus, Senior Climate Economist of UCS, referred to the EPA’s goal as just a fraction above “business as usual.” The UCS found raising this target, to +23% of the nation’s electricity from non-hydro renewable sources by 2030, would cost the average household only about 18 cents per month. Cleetus described this as a realistic and affordable goal, “Looking at the way renewable energy is ramping up and costs are falling dramatically, there is a real opportunity to go farther.”

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How Grid Parity is Hastening America’s Solar Revolution

Originally published in the PVSolarReport

By Rosana Francescato

What will make rooftop solar a common home feature? Costs as low as or lower than electricity from the grid. When is that much-discussed “grid parity” going to happen? Soon — very, very soon.

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IPCC Warns Methane Traps Much More Heat Than We Thought

The ECOreport reposts IPCC Warns Methane Traps Much More Heat Than We Thought

Climate Progress via Clean Technica

By Joe Romm

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that methane (CH4) is far more potent a greenhouse gas than we had previously realized.
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