“Scottish island generates enough power through wind and solar to meet the needs of the community”

“Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification Ltd (CREEL) generated enough power through wind and solar to meet the needs of the community. For almost 20 years, Canna and Sanday’s 18 residents have had to rely on three diesel generators for power, as the islands are not connected to the National Grid. As a result of a community venture, Canna Renewable Energy and Electrification Ltd. (CREEL), power is now generated through wind and solar and linked to a battery storage system, which relegates the old generators to occasional back-up use.”


“‘How could I bring a child into the world?’: More women say climate change means they won’t have kids”

“Though Laura Formisano says she never felt a huge desire to have children, she used to presume that would change. But climate change could make the planet so uninhabitable, she says, she’s not sure she can ever bring herself to become a parent. “It almost feels like a con, to bring a child into the world when it’s probably not going to be a place we’re really going to want to live,” says Formisano, 30, who manages a co-working space in Los Angeles and has been married for seven months.”


“Find Out How Your Curbside Recycling Program Is Changing”

“If you hadn’t heard already, your curbside recycling program is likely in trouble—and there isn’t much of a solution. Across the U.S., local recycling facilities are encountering a number of issues created by China’s ban on the import of our recyclables and garbage. Facilities are being inundated with recycling and trash, and are running into issues of widespread contamination (or trash mixed with recycling—a cardinal sin in recycling facilities).”


“In Germany, Consumers Embrace a Shift to Home Batteries”

“Stefan Paris is a 55-year-old radiologist living in Berlin’s outer suburbs. He, his partner, and their three-year-old daughter share a snug, two-story house with a pool. The Parises, who are expecting a second child, are neither wealthy nor environmental firebrands. Yet the couple opted to spend $36,000 for a home solar system consisting of 26 solar panels, freshly installed on the roof this month, and a smart battery — about the size of a small refrigerator — parked in the cellar.”


“Shutting Down Almost Every Coal Plant and Swapping For Renewables Would Save Money, Report Finds”

“Coal is dying in the U.S. Perhaps you’ve heard the reports. But even those reports don’t seem to capture how much of a dead man walking the dirtiest fossil fuel is. An analysis released Monday from Energy Innovation, a energy policy shop focused on developing policies for a clean energy transition, finds that right now, its cheaper to tear down three-quarters of American coal plants and replace them with renewables than to let them continue operating. That number will only continue to rise into the future as renewables continue on their way to becoming among the cheapest sources of energy.”


“Forget the past, carbon-rich soil may be the ticket to sustainable agriculture”

“TOMALES — Loren Poncia scooped up a handful of dark, damp soil that could change the future of farming. The nutrient-rich muck was filled with slithery earthworms and thin, white roots sprouting in every direction like lightning bolts.”


“NYC reveals massive maintenance savings from electric cars in its fleet”

“New York City has released maintenance costs for its city fleet in 2018, and the city refers to the cost difference between its electric cars and gas-powered cars as “dramatic.” A New York City Fleet Newsletter this month reveals the cost comparisons in depth. It compares maintenance costs of all-electric cars, hybrids, and gas vehicles during the past year, and finds that all-electrics come out on top.”


“USGS study predicts more disastrous effects from sea level rise in Bay Area”

“The effects of sea level rise in the Bay Area could be more disastrous than what most people think, according to a new study written by a team of researchers led by the United States Geological Survey. It could cost the state of California $150 billion in property damage and impact 600,000 Californians. And the cost of retrofitting the infrastructure of the state’s major ports to deal with 6 feet of sea level rise, which is the extreme end of what could happen this century based on the USGS modeling, could cost between $9-12 billion.”


“Is burning plastic waste a good idea?”

“WHAT IS TO be done with the swelling flood of plastic waste, if we don’t want to see it snagged in tree branches, floating in ocean gyres, or clogging the stomachs of seabirds and whales? Plastic production is expected to double in the next 20 years, according to a report issued by the World Economic Forum. Plastic recycling rates, meanwhile, hover around 30 percent in Europe, just nine percent in the U.S., and zero or close to it in much of the developing world.”