New climate report: Oceans rising faster, ice melting more

FILE - This early Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 file photo shows an aerial view of large Icebergs floating as the sun rises near Kulusuk, Greenland. Greenland has been melting faster in the last decade, and this summer, it has seen two of the biggest melts on record since 2012. A special United Nations-affiliated oceans and ice report released on Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2019 projects three feet of rising seas by the end of the century, much fewer fish, weakening ocean currents, even less snow and ice, and nastier hurricanes, caused by climate change. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana) NEW YORK (AP) — Climate change is making the world’s oceans warm, rise, lose oxygen and get more acidic at an ever-faster pace, whi

NYSERDA Announces New York’s Rapidly Growing Clean Energy Economy Employed Nearly 159,000 Workers in

8.9 Percent Employment Growth Since 2016 – More Than Double the Growth of State’s Overall Economy New and Existing Workforce Development Initiatives to Support Growing Job Demand Supports Governor Cuomo’s Green New Deal - the Nation-Leading Clean Energy and Jobs Agenda Putting New York on a Path to a Carbon-Neutral Economy The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced that New York’s rapidly growing clean energy economy employed nearly 159,000 workers in 2018, according to the state’s 2019 Clean Energy Industry Report. Since 2016, New York’s clean energy economy saw 8.9 percent employment growth, more than double the growth of the state’s overall

Amazon and the All-Electric Future of Fleet Vehicles

Fleets, like the 100,000 delivery vans the retailer ordered from startup Rivian, will make electrics more commonplace and easier to charge. The spread of all-electric fleets could make it easier to charge a passenger car. PHOTOGRAPH: PATRICK PLEUL/GETTY IMAGES Let’s put Amazon’s order for 100,000 electric delivery vans by 2030 into perspective. Today, FedEx uses 85,000 “motorized vehicles” to deliver packages around the world. UPS has around 123,000 package cars, vans, tractors, and motorcycles, including about 10,000 the company says use “alternative fuel and advanced technology.” One hundred thousand delivery vans? That’s a lot. For proponents of electric vehicles, it’s a big opportunity—a

San Jose leaders adopt environmental building codes

San Jose leaders on Tuesday voted 10-0 to adopt a new reach code ordinance that mandates all new buildings to become electric, a bold effort many supporters and environmental advocates praised as a response to what the City Council also unanimously declared is a “climate emergency.” Vice Mayor Chappie Jones did not vote, as he was absent at Tuesday’s meeting. “A building energy reach code provides an example of the kind of concrete action we can take to confront our climate emergency, and to send a clear market signal supporting decarbonization,” wrote Mayor Sam Liccardo alongside Councilmembers Raul Peralez, Lan Diep, Magdalena Carrasco and Dev Davis in a joint memo. Earlier in the day, the

At least 30 U.S. cities have adopted stricter building energy codes since 2017

Courtesy Pixabay At least 30 major U.S. cities have adopted stricter building energy codes since 2017, according to the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard released by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). Since 2017, nine cities adopted more energy efficient building energy codes: Las Vegas, Mesa, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Reno, San Antonio, St. Louis, and Tucson. Five cities successfully advocated for their states to adopt more stringent standards: Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Seattle. Another eight cities adopted efficiency requirements for existing buildings: Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, New York, Reno, Salt Lake City, San José, and Washin

Burnaby becomes latest B.C. city to declare a climate emergency

FILE PHOTO: The Trans Mountain Expansion Project's Westeridge loading dock is seen in Burnaby, B.C., on Nov. 25, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward British Columbia’s third-largest city has become the latest municipality to declare a climate emergency. Burnaby city councillors unanimously endorsed the declaration at a meeting on Monday. The city has also committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2050, with a targeted 45 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030 and a 75 per cent reduction by 2040. “A warming climate endangers everything, from our local economy to the well-being of our citizens,” said Mayor Mike Hurley in a statement. “Transitioning to carbon neutrality will enhance our en

Los Angeles approves 'historically low cost' solar+storage project

Credit: Mortenson Construction Dive Brief: Los Angeles regulators on Tuesday approved a "historically low cost" solar + storage project, which includes 400 MW of solar generation and a 300 MW / 1,200 MWh battery. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Board of Commission says its approval of the power purchase agreements for the Eland Solar and Storage Center, will help the city reach 100% renewable power by 2045. City officials say the Eland project was selected from a pool of 130 proposals due to its scale and price, which includes a fixed cost of less than $0.02/kWh. The project will be developed in two phases by 8Minutenergy, and is expected online by the end of 2023. Acco

Press Release: National Drive Electric Week - Syracuse

For Immediate Release National Drive Electric Week - Syracuse Date: Sunday, September 15, 2019 Time: 11:00am – 2:00pm Location: Public lot, corner of South Clinton and West Washington Streets, Syracuse, NY Contact: Chris Carrick 315-422-8276 x1213 The Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board (CNY RPDB) together with HeatSmart CNY, and Alliance for a Green Economy will be hosting a National Drive Electric Week event at the public parking lot on the corner of South Clinton and West Washington Streets on Sunday, September 15, 2019. This event will highlight all you need to know about becoming more energy efficient and reducing your

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