The Complexity of New York City’s Green New Deal

Greentech Media: Headlines - The Green New Deal is now a driving force in climate politics. But up until now, it’s been mostly theoretical. And then, in April, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared that New York City is creating its own version of the plan. As part of the law, large commercial buildings will need to cut emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and by 80 percent by 2050 — or face steep fines. After so much theorizing about the Green New Deal, we can finally see what happens … [Read more...]

Why Long Island Could Become New York’s First Energy Storage Hot Spot

Greentech Media: Headlines - It can be hard to keep up with the steady drumbeat of energy storage policy updates emanating from the Northeast, and New York in particular, but last week's announcement of $55 million allocated for Long Island deserves a second look. The specifics of the incentive — $250 per kilowatt-hour for residential storage or commercial systems up to 5 megawatts — parallel similar opportunities offered to customers elsewhere in New York as part of a $280 … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #25

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jun 16 through Sat, June 22, 2019 Editor's Pick A Degree of Concern: Why Global Temperatures Matter Credit: NASA-JPL/Caltech Part 1 of a Two-Part Series If you could ask a sea turtle why small increases in global average temperature matter, you’d be likely to get a mouthful. Of sea grass, that is. Of course, sea turtles can’t talk, except in … [Read more...]

Review – "We Are The Destroyers" by D.K.Lindler

Reduce Footprints - A good story can entertain while delivering an important lesson. Unlike instructional books, fiction often reaches us on an emotional level and, when that happens, we tend to remember both the book and the message.I was invited to read We Are The Destroyers by D.K.Lindler.The ScenarioThis is the story of a dying planet. Over consumption and environmental abuse have caused food shortages; so, to feed a rapidly growing population, synthetic foods are created. While these … [Read more...]

Guest Post – Linoleum Could Be the Best Flooring for an Environmentally Sustainable Home

Reduce Footprints - LinoleumAs a home builder, I know that choosing your flooring can be one of the hardest parts of decorating the interior of your home. The first step is to choose what type of flooring that you want –tile, carpet, or a beautiful hardwood. Many home owners choose linoleum flooring for the desirable sustainable qualities and modern appeal. Linoleum is made from linseed oil, rosin (from pine trees), wood flour, limestone, pigments and jute. Linseed oil is obtained from flax, and … [Read more...]

Ocean advocates are increasingly concerned about climate change

Skeptical Science - This is a re-post from Yale Climate Connections by Daisy Simmons SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The world’s oceans are deeply affected by climate change – and vice versa. But until recent years, ocean advocates throughout California had long tackled issues like over-fishing and coastal pollution without as much emphasis on the broad-reaching relationship between climate and oceans. That’s all changed, as evidenced by a March annual lobbying event at the state … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #26

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jun 23 through Sat, June 29, 2019 Editor's Pick When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez met Greta Thunberg: 'Hope is contagious' Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Greta Thunberg. Photograph: Stephen Voss, Anna Schori/The Guardian Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez enters a boardroom at her constituency office in Queens, New York, after a short delay which, a political aide hopes, … [Read more...]

Amid din of global climate debate, silence is golden

Climate Change – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - In interview with Elle magazine, climate lead Shyla Raghav lays out how she avoids burnout and remains optimistic. (c) Climate Change – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

Rising emissions, unstable markets, plant annihilation: 3 big stories you might have missed

Climate Change – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Human Nature shares three stories from the past week that you should know about. (c) Climate Change – Human Nature – Conservation International Blog - Read entire story here. … [Read more...]

California Assembly Passes $21B Wildfire Fund for Utilities

Greentech Media: Headlines - California lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom have successfully shepherded a $21 billion wildfire bill through the waning days of the 2019 legislative session, offering the state's big investor-owned utilities a lifeline against following Pacific Gas & Electric into bankruptcy if they’re hit with multibillion-dollar wildfire liabilities this year. On Thursday, the California Assembly passed AB 1054 by a 63-8 vote, following Monday’s 31-7 vote in … [Read more...]

Cypress Creek to Cut EPC Business, Expand in Competitive Markets

Greentech Media: Headlines - The new leaders at solar developer Cypress Creeks Renewables have finalized the strategic shift they were hired to execute. Going forward, the company will continue to develop in the Carolinas, but will focus more effort on competitive electricity markets including Texas, PJM and New York, where the company can sell to more than just utility offtakers. Cypress Creek will also eliminate its in-house division for engineering, procurement and construction once it … [Read more...]

The HadSST4 Sea Surface Temperature dataset

Skeptical Science - The oceans cover two thirds of the surface of the earth, and so sea surface temperatures form a vital part of our understanding of the impact of human activity on the temperature of the planet. Sea surface temperatures contribute to estimates of global surface temperature change which are widely used in the evaluation of climate models, the estimation of internal modes of climate variability, and the setting of political targets. The ways in which sea surface temperatures … [Read more...]

2019 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #27

Skeptical Science - A chronological listing of news articles posted on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week, i.e., Sun, Jun 30 through Sat, July 6, 2019 Editor's Pick German environment minister proposes carbon tax Svenja Schulze has said such a plan is important for sinking carbon emissions, yet other measures are needed. She claims the plan would not unduly burden the poor, but reward those who use less fuel. Germany's Social Democrat (SPD) Environment Minister Svenja … [Read more...]

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) – Deforestation

Reduce Footprints - Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World!If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a … [Read more...]

Smoking and Living Green

Reduce Footprints - This month we've been focusing on clean air. Our first Change The World Wednesday challenge of May asked participants to stop smoking and/or not allow smoking in their homes.So I wondered if "greenies" actually ban smoking from their lives. Here are the results of this month's survey:CommentsI became a smoker when I was about 19 (my hubby at that time was too) but when I became pregnant at 20, I stopped cold turkey. He didn't smoke in the house but did think it was ok to … [Read more...]

Specially For You

Reduce Footprints - We, as consumers, have great power. Our purchases send a clear message to manufacturers about what we want ... and they, wishing to prosper, provide the products which we are willing to spend money on.So if we support Eco-friendly products and companies, we encourage the market to provide more of the same ... and that's good for us and the earth!Today I'd like to introduce you to the companies currently listed on our Special Offers Page. I don't receive any compensation for … [Read more...]

Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW) – Open Your Windows

Reduce Footprints - Welcome to Change The World Wednesday (#CTWW)! Wondering how to live greener? You've come to the right place. Each week we challenge ourselves to try a new task ... or "amp up" something we're already doing. We raise our awareness, learn from each other and develop Eco-friendly skills which will improve our lives and protect our planet. Doing so together gives us power ... the power to Change The World!If this is your first visit, please click HERE for information and a … [Read more...]

Had Enough of Mowing Your Lawn? Here Are Some Lawn Alternatives

Blog of Bridesire - Unless you are running a farm there is really no need for an excessive amount of grass. Are you spending a lot of time and money on your lawn? You can now stop. Green lawns are nice to look at but they waste a lot of water, fertilizer, and gas taking care of them. They also waste your precious time. In the United States alone 80 million galls of gas are used for lawn mowers. This accounts for 5 percent of greenhouse gas emission. There are lawn alternatives that will reduce … [Read more...]

Facts about Electric Vehicles You Need to Know

Blog of Bridesire - Electric cars are a relatively new concept in the automotive industry. For instance, some companies have made entire models of cars that rely on electricity while others have come up with hybrid models that use electricity and gas. Electric cars such as Tesla enable you to save money and contribute towards a stable and healthy environment. Compared to other models that use fuel, resulting in carbon emissions that lead to greenhouse gases and pollution, electric cars offer you … [Read more...]

Ahhhhchooo! Spring is Here: 10 Ways to Deal

Life The Green Way - Spring has sprung! You're excited about the longer days, warmer weather, and finally being able to wear shorts again!  However, for allergy sufferers, it's not such a happy time of year. An estimated 54% of the American population has a reaction to at least one allergen (a substance, often a protein, that causes an allergy, such as pollen or dust). Although indoor allergens like dust mites, mold, pet dander and mildew can be problematic year-round, pollen is probably … [Read more...]

Tell Your Alabama Legislature To Find New Revenue To Protect Clean Water!

Life The Green Way - Clean water protection in Alabama is severely at risk. After years of "kicking the can down the road," the budget situation in Alabama is in dire straits. An “austerity budget” that was created to show how bad things in Alabama would get if the Legislature could not find new revenue to fund the state government is now moving forward as a very real possibility. If passed, this budget would gut many of the agencies and programs that we rely on to protect Alabama’s natural … [Read more...]

Review – Stress-Free Sustainability by Adam Hammes

Reduce Footprints - Those of us who live green tend to be passionate about the environment. We share what we know, we blog, we want to convert the world because, to us, it just makes sense to live the way we do.The trouble is, not everyone agrees.In fact, there are a fair number of people who don't believe there's any cause for concern. There are others who choose to ignore the warnings because it affects their bottom line. Governments won't take necessary steps to improve conditions and even … [Read more...]

Time to say Goodbye

Reduce Footprints - Recently, writers of several television programs have announced the end of the series. When asked why, they replied that "it was time". That is how I feel about Reduce Footprints ... it's time for me to end the series.It's been a terrific run. Since 2008, generous readers have shared their knowledge and experiences with me. In turn, I've tried to research various issues and open them up for discussion. Together we've done our best to live a green life and encourage … [Read more...]