Posts in the 'Energy + Climate Change' category
4 Reasons to Prioritize Electric Vehicles After COVID-19
4 Reasons to Prioritize Electric Vehicles After COVID-19
COVID-19 has affected almost all aspects of transportation. For the public sector, economic shutdowns have gutted the tax revenue needed to buy and maintain government vehicle fleets. Perhaps no municipal entity has been hit harder than public transit agencies, which ...
California Shows How the U.S. Can Reduce Transport Emissions
California Shows How the U.S. Can Reduce Transport Emissions
California will require that all new passenger cars and trucks sold in the state be emissions-free by 2035 – a move that is expected to lead to more than a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and an 80% cut in ...
Local Climate Action in US Proves Resilient to COVID-19
Local Climate Action in US Proves Resilient to COVID-19
In spite of a global pandemic and the worst economic conditions in nearly a century, U.S. states, cities and businesses are continuing to lead the fight against climate change. A new report by America’s Pledge provides crucial evidence that state ...
3 Hurdles to Racial Justice in Clean Energy – and 3 Ways U.S. Cities Can Overcome Them
3 Hurdles to Racial Justice in Clean Energy – and 3 Ways U.S. Cities Can Overcome Them
For years, city governments in the United States have taken the lead on committing to climate action, with more than 165 cities aiming for 100% community-wide clean energy. But whether ambitious goals translate to ambitious action is another question altogether, and ...
Do Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Make Sense for Cities?
Do Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles Make Sense for Cities?
Companies like Toyota, Nikola and H2X are doubling down on hydrogen fuel cell vehicles and positioning them as alternatives to their more popular zero-emission counterparts, battery electric vehicles. These companies and some advocates believe fuel cell vehicles could be key to ...
Going Low-Carbon Can Help Brazil Build Back Better
Going Low-Carbon Can Help Brazil Build Back Better
Brazil faces a fundamental choice of how to address the convergence of multiple crises it is now seeing: health, economic and environmental. The COVID-19 pandemic exposed and multiplied the risks and weaknesses in our societies and economies, disproportionately impacting poor ...
3 Lessons from China’s Rocket Growth in Electric Vehicles
3 Lessons from China’s Rocket Growth in Electric Vehicles
As people stay home and city streets turn quiet, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global vehicle market. While many urban experts fear a turn to personal cars in lieu of public transport, few people so far are actually purchasing ...
How U.S. Cities and Counties Are Getting Renewable Energy
How U.S. Cities and Counties Are Getting Renewable Energy
Cities are a core driver of climate change, accounting for more than 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. Precisely because they are such big GHG emitters, cities can be at the forefront in tackling climate change by leading the switch to clean energy. ...
3 Ways U.S. Cities Are Investing in Clean Energy for Resilience
3 Ways U.S. Cities Are Investing in Clean Energy for Resilience
By 2030, more than 145 million people across the world will be impacted by flooding each year – many of whom live in coastal areas of the United States. Wildfires are growing rapidly in areas of the U.S. where they once were ...
Europe Charts a Course for Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19
Europe Charts a Course for Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19
On May 27, the European Union unveiled a €750 billion ($826 billion) recovery proposal as a centerpiece of its economic response to the coronavirus crisis, while also increasing its existing budget. EU officials have said that 25% of the stimulus package will be set ...
5 Ways Momentum for Climate Action Has Grown Since the Paris Agreement Was Signed
5 Ways Momentum for Climate Action Has Grown Since the Paris Agreement Was Signed
Since the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, adopted in 2015 and signed by 175 countries on Earth Day the following year, global momentum to tackle the climate emergency has been building. Progress has been made on almost every front, ...
Earth Day at 50: Five Ways to Honor the Legacy and Change the World
Earth Day at 50: Five Ways to Honor the Legacy and Change the World
Fifty years ago, 20 million Americans (10% of the U.S. population at the time) took to the streets at the first Earth Day to demand a better future. Outraged by polluted air and water, by oil spills and the destruction ...
Resilience After Recession: 4 Ways to Reboot the U.S. Economy
Resilience After Recession: 4 Ways to Reboot the U.S. Economy
The COVID-19 pandemic is already affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans, and it’s poised to get worse before it gets better. Our primary concern is for the health and welfare of all those affected. The COVID-19 outbreak’s ...
Charlotte Is the Largest US City to Purchase Renewable Energy Through a Green Tariff
Charlotte Is the Largest US City to Purchase Renewable Energy Through a Green Tariff
More than 200 U.S. cities, townships and counties have adopted 100% clean energy targets. While some have already achieved them, many more are still trying to figure out how they will work with many stakeholders, most notably their electric utilities, to ...
3 Ways California Is Taking a Pro-Equity Approach to Electric Vehicles
3 Ways California Is Taking a Pro-Equity Approach to Electric Vehicles
California is home to 7 of the 10 most polluted metropolitan areas in the United States, with transportation being the state’s leading source of greenhouse gases. While pollution from the transport sector is bad for everyone, it disproportionately impacts people ...
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