“Two Big Banks Have Just Pledged to Go 100% Clean Energy By 2020”

“Banking giants are putting their money into clean energy with a pledge to be powered completely by renewable energy by 2020. JPMorgan and Citigroup have made this RE100 pledge, organized by The Climate Group alongside other companies like Estee Lauder, Kellogg, and DBS Bank.”

https://futurism.com/two-big-banks-have-just-pledged-to-go-100-clean-energy-by-2020/

“Duke Energy proposes first utility-scale battery storage projects in the Carolinas”

“Duke Energy Progress plans to spend $30 million by early 2019 on the first utility-scale battery storage projects in North Carolina. It proposes to install a nine-megawatt battery in Asheville and a four-megawatt battery in Hot Springs.”

https://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/news/2017/09/21/duke-energy-proposes-first-utility-scale-battery.html

“Sea Urchins Are Laying Waste to Kelp Forests – and an Entire Ecosystem”

“In an unprecedented environmental collapse, Northern California’s iconic kelp forests have almost entirely disappeared. Starting between three and four years ago, the region’s population of purple sea urchins – which eat marine vegetation – exploded after a disease wiped out their main predators, sea stars. The spiny bulb-shaped urchins have since mowed down virtually all the bull kelp between San Francisco and the Oregon border and, with few predators afoot, taken over the sea floor.”

https://www.newsdeeply.com/oceans/articles/2017/10/10/sea-urchins-are-laying-waste-to-kelp-forests-and-an-entire-ecosystem

“Climate change could bring much earlier water runoff in Sierra Nevada by century’s end”

“In a study published today in the Journal of Hydrometeorology, UCLA climate scientist Alex Hall and colleagues predicted that by the end of the 21st century, the runoff midpoint for snow and rainwater — the time of year by which half of a year’s precipitation leaves the mountains as runoff — could be an average of 50 days earlier than it is now, and 90 days earlier in some locations. The finding could have serious implications for the state’s water infrastructure, which was not designed to handle such a major shift, according to Hall.”

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/climate-change-earlier-water-runoff-sierra-nevada-century-end

“Cal State Long Beach Adds Solar Panels on Campus, Advancing Sustainability Plan”

“To advance toward a goal of carbon neutrality on campus by 2030, Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) recently completed construction on the largest solar panel installations in the city and of all 23 CSU campuses, a fact that was officially announced this morning during a ribbon-cutting ceremony.”

https://lbpost.com/business/development/2000011477-cal-state-long-beach-adds-solar-panels-on-campus-advancing-sustainability-plan

“Want to Save the Planet? Think Small”

“There are many answers. People have concerns about the industrial food system, its factory-like farms, its harm to the environment and its degradation of the soil. The food you grow at home tastes better and the act of growing it rewards you, both physically and mentally. It’s given a big boost to home cooking as well.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/want-to-save-the-planet-think-small/2017/09/18/f5f12fc0-96fd-11e7-82e4-f1076f6d6152_story.html?utm_term=.79cc7f9e4a3f

“Will the Thawing of Arctic Ice Release Diseases?”

“Around July and August of 2016 in a remote corner of Siberia called the Yamal Penninsula, more than 2,000 reindeer unexpectedly perished. Initially, a heat wave was suspected to have caused heatstroke in the reindeer, but doctors soon realized they had also become infected by bacillus anthracis, the bacterium responsible for anthrax. ”

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/will-the-thawing-of-arctic-ice-release-diseases/#

“Coffee, Bees and Climate Change Are Linked In Ways You May Not Have Expected”

“But climate change is threatening both pollinators and the areas where coffee can grow. A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says it is the first to model the impact of climate change on both coffee and pollinators.”

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/09/11/550169720/coffee-bees-and-climate-change-are-linked-in-ways-you-may-not-have-expected

“Warriors Against Waste: These Restaurants And Bars Are Aiming For Zero”

“Zero waste has become a sort of buzzword in the foodie world recently. From San Francisco to New York, London to Amsterdam, restaurateurs are challenging themselves to reduce the staggering amount of food waste that the industry generates (an estimated 571,000 tons annually by U.S. restaurants alone) and the amount of other resources they use — including electricity and water. From rejecting plastic straws to making byproducts like whey the star of a meal — restaurants are approaching that challenge in different ways.”

http://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2017/09/14/548966458/warriors-against-waste-these-restaurants-and-bars-are-aiming-for-zero

“Offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear”

“The cost of subsidies for new offshore wind farms has halved since the last 2015 auction for clean energy projects.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/business-41220948