'Alternative' energy and less energy

12/08/21
Author: 
Jenna McGuire
"Blue hydrogen is a nice marketing term that the oil and gas industry is keen to push but it's far from carbon free." (Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

Aug. 12, 2021

"Blue hydrogen has large climatic consequences. We see no way that blue hydrogen can be considered 'green,'" says the report.

While celebrated as a climate victory by the Biden administration, the large infrastructure bill passed in the U.S. Senate this week includes billions of dollars of funding toward "blue hydrogen," which new research published Thursday finds is more polluting than coal.

12/08/21
Author: 
Ryo Mukano, Nikkei staff writer
Offshore wind turbines near Amsterdam. Island nation Japan remains slow to build such infrastructure.   © Reuters

July 27, 2021

Hokkaido facility to churn out enough clean fuel for 10,000 vehicles

TOKYO -- Japan's largest hydrogen plant powered by offshore wind energy is set to open on the northern island of Hokkaido as part of a national effort to slash carbon dioxide emissions.

Scheduled to begin operation as early as the year ending March 2024, the plant will produce up to roughly 550 tons of hydrogen a year -- enough to fuel more than 10,000 hydrogen vehicles, according to plans.

09/08/21
Author: 
John Woodside
Paris climate targets could soon be out of reach without immediate and massive greenhouse gas emission reductions, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in a landmark report. Photo by Steven Weeks / Unsplash

August 9th 2021

Paris Agreement climate targets could soon be out of reach without immediate and massive greenhouse gas emission reductions, says the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in a landmark report published Monday.

02/08/21
Author: 
Jenny Uechi
Stock photo of solar power installation from Unsplash


The first time I read about  “Carbon Buster,” the solar farm Peter Nix built in 2016, I was delighted. Nix, a retired environmental consultant, in the sunny southern region of B.C.'s Cowichan Valley, spoke with pride about the potential of solar power. And it was just the beginning of the National Observer's efforts to feature ordinary people becoming climate heroes.

30/07/21
Author: 
The Energy Mix
Members of Louis Bull Tribe and Iron & Earth collaborate on a solar installation project - Green Energy Futures/DSF

July 29, 2021

Wages for U.S. renewable energy workers stack up poorly against their coal and gas counterparts, casting doubts on President Joe Biden’s vision for a green sector that rebuilds the middle class.

“On its current trajectory, the green economy is shaping up to look less like the industrial workplace that lifted workers into the middle class in the 20th century than something more akin to an Amazon warehouse or a fleet of Uber drivers,” writes the New York Times.

30/07/21
Author: 
Oliver Milman
The Tesoro oil refinery in Washington state. Photograph: Kevin Schafer/Getty Images

July 28, 2021

Whatcom county’s council passed measure that bans new refineries, coal-fired power plants and other related infrastructure

A county in Washington state has become the first such jurisdiction in the US to ban new fossil fuel infrastructure, following a lengthy battle over the impact of oil refineries on the local community.

16/07/21
Author: 
John Woodside
Ottawa and its critics agree there is much more work to be done to achieve the goal of phasing out the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035, but what will it take? Photo by Ivan Radic / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

July 15, 2021

Ottawa and its critics agree there is much more work to be done to achieve Transport Canada’s goal of phasing out the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles by 2035, but plans have stalled until the United States sets its course.

16/07/21
Author: 
Somini Sengupta
Coal and wind power in Mehrum, Germany, in August. Credit...Julian Stratenschulte/DPA, via Associated Press
The proposals, [Wednesday], are likely to be more ambitious and specific than other countries’ efforts to fight climate change and may include a border tax on imports deemed to be polluting.
 

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