Author: Carla W

In a first, renewable energy is poised to eclipse coal in the U.S.

Brad Plumer – New York Times, 5/13/20

The coronavirus has pushed the coal industry to once-unthinkable lows, and the consequences for climate change are big. The U.S. is on track to produce more electricity this year from renewable power than from coal for the first time on record, despite the Trump administration’s three-year push to revive the ailing coal industry…

 

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Climate change and coronavirus: Five charts about the biggest carbon crash

Matt McGrath – BBC News, 5/6/20

We’re living through the biggest carbon crash ever recorded. No war, no recession, no previous pandemic has had such a dramatic impact on emissions of CO2 over the past century as Covid-19 has in a few short months. But even though we will see a massive fall this year, the concentrations of CO2 that are in the atmosphere and warming our planet won’t stabilise until the world reaches net-zero…

 

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America’s renewable energy sources produced more electricity than coal every day for 40 days straight

Jason Murdock – Newsweek, 5/5/20

Renewable sources including solar, wind and hydropower generated more electricity than coal-based plants every single day in April, a new report says. Analysis based on data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), said the finding marks a major “milestone” in an energy transition that is now underway…

 

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Unchecked global warming could collapse whole ecosystems, maybe within 10 years

Bob Berwyn – InsideClimate News, 4/8/20

A new study shows that global warming is about to push temperatures beyond the tolerance of thousands of animals at the same time. As some key species go extinct, entire ecosystems like coral reefs and forests will crumble, and some will collapse abruptly, starting as soon as this decade, a new study in the journal Nature warns…

 

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Eleven of 12 hottest years have occurred since 2000, new report warns

Isabelle Gerretsen – UK Independent, 4/22/20

Eleven out of the 12 hottest years to date have all occurred since 2000, according to a new report by the European Union’s climate  monitoring service. 2019 was the hottest year on record for Europe after scorching heatwaves led to record-breaking temperatures in February, June and July, scientists said in the annual European State of the Climate report…

 

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