To date, only three states (Hawaii, New Mexico, and California) and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation mandating a transition to 100% clean energy. But there’s been a surge in interest among state lawmakers this year to expand clean energy targets.

UPDATE: Washington has just passed a 100% clean energy mandate, making it the fourth state to join the 100 percenters club.

I spoke with Ben Inskeep, senior analyst at EQ Research, a consultancy firm based in North Carolina that tracks clean energy policy across the U.S. …

Maryland’s General Assembly has passed the the Clean Energy Jobs Act of 2019 (CEJA) with bipartisan support this month. If signed into law, it’ll make Maryland the latest state in the U.S. to expand renewable energy targets to 100% in 2019.

The bill would see the state expand solar and offshore wind.

CEJA passed the state House 95–40, and passed the Senate with a 31–15 vote, along mostly bipartisan lines. It now goes to Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who vetoed a similar bill passed in 2016.

If signed into law, the bill will see Maryland generate 50% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030. Under the bill, 14.5%…

A look at how Democrats are tackling what’s shaping up to be one of the biggest campaign issues of 2020.

Democrats have different ideas on how to tackle climate change. (Pixabay)

Climate change is poised to become a lead issue for the upcoming 2020 presidential election, despite an asymmetrical response between Democrats and Republicans.

I spoke with Corina McKendry, associate professor of political science at Colorado College, about how the field of presidential candidates are tackling the issue. The interview was part of a story I wrote looking at Democratic candidates and their responses to the Green New Deal, an ambitious resolution that calls for the U.S. …

The controversial tax reform, touted by President Trump as a “tremendous” tax cut, could set the US’s clean energy efforts back years, if key provisions within the Senate and House tax reform bills make it into the final legislation.

Tax reform is the latest in a series of Trump-led agendas aimed at rolling back much of the little progress the US has made towards transitioning to a carbon-neutral economy.

Global map of the February 2017 LOTI (land-ocean temperature index) anomaly shows that North America and Siberia were again much warmer than the 1951–1980 base period, and that Europe was relatively warm. Credit: NASA/GISS.

Oil and gas will bloom

The oil and gas industry stands to benefit from the Senate bill significantly. It includes provisions that would open up 1.5 million acres of the Arctic…

The net neutrality debate is built on falsehoods.

While there are plenty of reasons for consumers to worry about how Internet service providers will monetize their networks without enforceable net neutrality rules in place, there’s another side to this debate that’s been largely missing. ISPs have a lot more to gain from losing Title II classification then they have to lose by being subject to net neutrality rules. In others, the “free and open Internet” debate is more about the future of broadband infrastructure than about throttling Netflix — only consumers don’t know that.

In the media, much of the…

Chicago-based Karam Foundation has a succinct motto: help people help themselves. The organization, founded in 2007 by Syrian-American Lina Sergie Attar, is focused on helping Syrian refugees through education, smart aid and sustainable development initiatives that support small businesses run by Syrians.

I spoke with Roya Naderi, director of communications for the Karam Foundation, about one of the organization’s sustainable development programs, called Scents of Syria, that empowers and supports a collective of women refugees living in Syria and Turkey.

Roya Naderi, director of communications at Karam Foundation

The women’s collective is led by a determined Syrian refugee named Jehan (who only uses her first name for security…

The next 10 years will be “critical” for the planet to take necessary steps to mitigate climate change, according to researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). That’s based on a global carbon model the team used to study outcomes of climate change based on various energy supply scenarios.

It’s the latest in a string of alarming studies released in the past week exploring our rapidly warming planet.

Global map of the February 2017 LOTI (land-ocean temperature index) anomaly shows that North America and Siberia were again much warmer than the 1951–1980 base period, and that Europe was relatively warm. Credit: NASA/GISS.

“Barring unforeseen and transformative technological advancement, anthropogenic emissions need to peak within the next 10 years, to maintain realistic pathways to meeting the COP21 emissions and warming targets,” researchers…

A drone image of thawing permafrost peat plateaus in northern Norway. Credit: Sebastian Westermann

Climate change is rapidly thawing out the world’s permafrost regions, and that could lead to significant stores of carbon being released into the atmosphere. A number of recent studies have noted large areas of permafrost are already beginning to thaw, a startling indication of much the planet’s climate has changed as a result of increasing levels of greenhouse gases filling out atmosphere.

Permafrost, which is soil that’s been frozen at temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius for at least two years, currently covers 24% of the land in the Northern Hemisphere. It contains essentially “trapped” stores of carbon in the organic…

An artist rendition of Gliese 1132b. Credit: Dana Berry/NASA

The universe may have just gotten a little less lonely. After further study revealed the Trappist system’s seven Earth-like planets as less likely to host life than initially thought, alien enthusiasts now have another planet to pin their hopes on: Gliese (GJ) 1132b.

If the name GJ 1132b sounds familiar, that’s because this isn’t the first time the exoplanet has been heralded as one of the most promising planets for the search for life — even if it turns out it doesn’t have any life of its own. The planet is part of a solar system located in the Southern…

Aerial view of a group of narwhals (Monodon monoceros) migrating through Lancaster Sound, Nunavut, Canada, one of the seven Last Ice Area sites. © / Doug Allan / WWF

WWF is desperately trying to save the ominously named “Last Ice Area” — a region of the Arctic Sea that is most likely to survive the longest in the face of global warming — in hopes of creating havens for the Arctic species that are rapidly losing habitat due to climate change.

Arctic Sea ice has been disappearing at a steady rate in the face of rising global temperatures over the past 30 years, but the region has seen alarming drops in sea ice during the past five years or so, as more ice melts each summer and less ice…

Kendra Chamberlain

journalist: telecom, renewable energy, smart grids & smart cities; climate change & environment; space industry & commercialization @ The Enterprise Orbit

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