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Roy L Hales has written hundreds of newspaper and magazine stories since 1982 and was recently the Editor of the website "San Diego Loves Green."

Renewables Provide 15.3% Of America’s Total Generation

The ECOreport reposts news that renewables provide 15.3% of America’s total generation in 2016

Press release from the Sun Day Campaign

By Ken Bossong

Washington DC – According to the latest issue of the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) “Electric Power Monthly” report (with data through December 31, 2016), renewable energy sources (i.e., biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, wind) continued their rapid growth and accounted for 15.34% of domestic electrical generation in 2016 — compared to 13.65% in 2015.

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Extreme Weather Cost US Communities $53 Billion In 2016

The ECOrerport reposts analysis of the damages caused by climate change, extreme weather cost US Communities $53 billion in 2016

Originally Published on Center for American Progress

By Miranda Peterson and Cathleen Kelly

Extreme weather and climate disasters caused a staggering 297 deaths and $53.5 billion in economic damage in the United States in 2016. Of these disasters, 15 cost at least $1 billion and together triggered $49.1 billion in damage across 38 states. Center for American Progress analysis found that the economic toll of the 15 most destructive extreme weather events in 2016 was more than double the cost of similarly catastrophic events in 2015, which totaled $21.5 billion. Damage costs due to these severe weather, flood, wildfire, and drought events include insured and uninsured losses tied to damaged homes, businesses, buildings, cars, energy and transportation infrastructure, and agricultural assets. These damage costs, however, underestimate the total economic consequences of extreme weather: They do not take into account the destruction of natural assets—such as wetlands and parks—health care costs, and the economic impact tied to loss of life.

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Department Of Justice Says America On Costly, Insecure & Environmentally Dangerous Path

The ECOreport reposts Plaintiff’s summary of court findings, Department of Justice says America on costly, insecure & environmentally dangerous path 

Press Release from Our Children’s Trust

On January 13, the United States filed its Answer to youth plaintiffs’ complaint in Juliana v. United States. In their Answer, the federal defendants make several admissions to their long-standing knowledge of climate change danger and to today’s knowledge on the severity of those impacts.

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The Free World’s New Leader

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about Angela Merkel, the Free World’s New Leader

Originally Published on UBC News

Less than a week before U.S. President-elect Donald Trump takes office, Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, is being hailed by many as the last defender of Europe and new leader of the free world.

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$718,918 reasons Christy Clark said ‘yes’ to Kinder Morgan

The ECOreport reposts an OP-ED about BC’s upcoming provincial election, $718,918 reasons Christy Clark said ‘yes’ to Kinder Morgan

Originally posted on the Dogwood Initiative

VANCOUVER – After formally opposing the Trans Mountain expansion proposal at National Energy Board hearings last January, Christy Clark’s BC Liberal government has reversed its position, embracing Texas-based Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and oil tanker proposal.

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Meeting Climate Targets Could Net Six Million Tons More Fish

The ECOreport reposts a story about climate action benefits, Meeting Climate Targets Could Net Six Million Tons More Fish

Originally Published on UBC News

If countries abide by the Paris Agreement global warming target of 1.5 degrees Celsius, potential fish catches could increase by six million metric tons per year, according to a new study published in Science.

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California’s Sea Lion Pups Are Coming Back

The ECOreport reposts an update to past reports of massive strandings: California’s Sea Lion Pups Are Coming Back

Originally Published on National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

For the past 3 years, California sea lion pups appeared on Southern California beaches skinny and malnourished. A record-breaking 4,000 pups stranded in 2015, leaving skilled rescuers scrambling to care for them all. Experts believe sea lion prey, especially small fish such as sardines and anchovy, were not available in great enough numbers to nursing mothers, making it difficult for mother sea lions to find food and produce the milk necessary to feed growing pups that year.

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The Rich Are Getting Richer

The ECOreport reposts news from a study of wealth distribution is the United States since the 1980s: The Rich Are Getting Richer

Originally Published on the UC Berkeley News

Economic growth for those in the bottom half of the income distribution in the United States has stalled since the 1970s, but it’s going gangbusters for those on the upper rungs, according to new research.

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The Global Retreat of Mountain Glaciers

The ECOreport reposts a story showing the impact of rising temperatures: The Global Retreat of Mountain Glaciers

Originally Published on UW Today

By Hannah Hickey

Mountain glaciers have long been a favorite poster child of climate change. The near-global retreat of glaciers of the last century provides some of the most iconic imagery for communicating the reality of human-driven climate change.

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Advanced Battery Storage Technology Offers solar Equipped Home Owners A Better Way

The ECOreport publishes a white paper: Advanced Battery Storage Technology Offers solar Equipped Home Owners A Better Way

By Jim Petersen

The New Year is upon us and so are residential batteries. By combining solar and advanced battery technology such as lithium ion with smart software, a residential energy management system can analyze and optimize a homeowner’s energy usage by balancing consumption of stored and renewable energy required to power a home while also reducing energy demand.

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