'Alternative' energy and less energy

Phoebe Weston
Western chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus), which are a threatened species, in Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve in Guinea. Photograph: Nature Picture Library/Alamy

Apr. 3, 2024

Up to a third of Africa’s great apes are threatened by a boom in mining projects for minerals required for the renewable energy transition, new research shows.

Gabriela Aoun Angueira
Woman riding an electric bike in Denver. Photo by Getty Images/Grist

Apr. 3, 2024

This story was originally published by Grist and appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.

Brian Kaller, originally published by Restoring Mayberry
Bikeway in New York City, USA (2008).

Mar. 30, 2024

In perhaps one of the great ironies of human civilisation, mechanical devices to truly magnify human power came along as soon as we didn’t need them.  Pedal-powered devices like bicycles only appeared after coal had already begun to transform the landscape, however – mass production was necessary for the standardised metal parts — and around the same time that gasoline was first being introduced as a fuel for automobiles.

Natasha Bulowski
Photo by Kris Krüg / Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Mar. 27, 2024

The federal government provided at least $18.5 billion to the fossil fuel and petrochemical industries last year, according to a new report by Environmental Defence.

The largest single subsidy was to Trans Mountain, which benefited from $8 billion in loan guarantees to try to get its nearly completed $35-billion pipeline expansion project to the finish line.

David Fridley, Richard Heinberg
Solar panels in Oregon vineyard
March 15, 2024
originally published by Independent Media Institute

Radical societal transformation is inevitable; a plan could make a difference between catastrophe and progress.


John Woodside
Artwork by Ata Ojani / Canada's National Observer

Mar. 7, 2024

Despite commitments to align their portfolios with net-zero emissions, Canada’s largest banks are increasingly financing fossil fuel companies and pushing their decarbonization goals out of reach.

Paul Kahnert
Tree in a light bulb

Mar. 7, 2024

While the world burns, conservative governments in both Alberta and Ontario continue to spend billions hiding and protecting their failed hydro deregulation schemes. This is money that should be spent combatting the climate crisis.

Bill McKibben

Mar. 5, 2024

Exxon--is it possible?--hits a new low

I’m listening to John Coltrane through my headphones as I type, in an effort to stay calm enough that I don’t just start sputtering. You might want to do likewise as you read.

Andrew Nikiforuk
BC Hydro’s Revelstoke hydroelectric dam spans the Columbia River. Drought forced the utility to import expensive power from Alberta and the US in 2023. Photo via Shutterstock.

Mar. 4, 2024

Hydro Power’s Conundrum: Rising Demand in a Drier Climate

Central to low-carbon economic plans is an electricity source threatened by drought.


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