North American scientists call for end to tar sands mining

June 10, 2015, www.theguardian.com | “More than 100 leading US and Canadian scientists called for a halt on future mining of the tar sands, saying extraction of the carbon-heavy fuel was incompatible with fighting climate change.  In a letter published on Wednesday, the researchers said tar sands crude should be relegated to a fuel of last resort, because it causes so much more carbon pollution than conventional oil.”

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More than 100 US and Canadian scientists publish letter saying tar sands crude should be relegated to fuel of last resort, because it causes so much pollution
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Record Boost in New Solar Power Continues Massive Industry Growth

Solar farm in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK. (photo: Alamy)June 10, 2015, readersupportednews.org | “A record amount of solar power was added to the world’s grids in 2014, pushing total cumulative capacity to 100 times the level it was in 2000.  Around 40GW of solar power was installed last year, meaning there is now a total of 178GW to meet world electricity demand, prompting renewable energy associations to claim that a tipping point has been reached that will allow rapid acceleration of the technology.”

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‘UK leads European solar energy expansion to help renewables overtake output of nuclear power as industry leaders hail ‘tipping point’ for the technology.’ Arthur…
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IKEA Pledges $1.13 Billion to Help Slow Climate Change

June 4, 2015, www.nbcnews.com | “IKEA, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, pledged on Thursday to spend 1 billion euros ($1.13 billion) on renewable energy and ways to help poor nations cope with climate change, in a new sign of companies upstaging governments on the issue.  The investments will be ‘win, win, win. It’s good for customers, good for the climate and good for IKEA too’, Chief Executive Peter Agnefjall told Reuters in an interview.”

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The world’s biggest furniture retailer pledged to spend 1 billion euros on renewable energy and ways to help poor nations cope with climate change.
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California Set To Give Solar Panels To Low-Income Families For Free

May 27, 2015, www.iflscience.com | “California is the best state in the country if you want to go solar – but only if you’re rich enough. Due to the steep upfront costs of around $15,000, only those from middle- to upper-income families can afford to install solar arrays. A novel initiative is, however, looking to change that. This new project hopes to help disadvantaged communities see the sun in a different light.”

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The Grid Alternatives project aims to get polluting companies to pay for putting solar panels on the roofs of those who cannot afford them.
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Interior Department Approves First Solar Energy Zone Projects

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June 1, 2015, www.doi.gov | “As part of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan to cut carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the approval of the first three solar energy projects to benefit from the streamlined permitting process of the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Western Solar Plan. When built, the three solar energy projects on public lands in Clark County, Nevada, will generate up to 440 megawatts of energy – enough electricity to power roughly 132,000 homes – and are expected to create up to 1,900 construction jobs.”

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Today, Interior approved three new solar projects on public lands in Nevada that’ll generate up to 440 megawatts of energy — enough to power about 132,000 homes. Learn more: http://on.doi.gov/1KyOyRL ‪#‎ActOnClimate‬

Seismic testing off Clyde River cancelled for 2015

May 27, 2015, www.cbc.ca | “An energy consortium of three companies has cancelled its plans to conduct seismic testing off of Baffin Island this summer.  The hamlet of Clyde River, Nunavut has been fighting to get a court injunction to stop the seismic testing. Clyde River’s mayor Jerry Natanine says he’s surprised by the companies’ decision to postpone the project.”

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Clyde River, Nunavut, is declaring victory after an energy company cancelled this summer’s plans for offshore seismic testing.
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Judge Says No to Fracking

May 25, 2015, www.nationofchange.org | “A judge in North Carolina has blocked the start of fracking in that state over a challenge to the membership of the commission charged with issuing the permits.”

North Carolina is a gas-rich state so stopping fracking is going to be an enormous challenge.
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China’s reduction in CO2 emissions in just four months totals the entire greenhouse gases emitted by the UK over the same period

May 17, 2015, www.independent.co.uk | “China has dramatically cut its carbon dioxide emissions since the beginning of the year, with its reduction equalling the UK’s total emissions for the same period.  The huge decline in China’s emissions can be attributed to the country’s falling coal consumption, which decreased last year for the first time this century.”

MIT study suggests solar power technology is up to the task now, not tomorrow

May 12, 2015, m.dailykos.com | “MIT has released a pretty comprehensive study on solar energy, appropriately titled: The Future of Solar Energy. The study explores the practicality of solar-powered energy being able to help achieve carbon emissions goals. One of the more important findings of the study was the plausibility of achieving the technological touchstones needed.

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Here comes the sun MIT has released a pretty comprehensive study on solar energy, appropriately titled: The Future of Solar Energy . The study explores the …
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The World’s First Solar Road Is Producing More Energy Than Expected

DSC8910_kinderenvanboven2May 11, 2015, thinkprogress.org | “In its first six months of existence, the world’s first solar road is performing even better than developers thought.  The road, which opened in the Netherlands in November of last year, has produced more than 3,000 kilowatt-hours of energy — enough to power a single small household for one year, according to Al-Jazeera America.”

The project’s creators didn’t expect such a high energy yield this quickly.
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