Climate Change

Fossil Fuels are a threat to civilization, new U.N. report concludes
Climate Change / Pollution

Fossil Fuels are a threat to civilization, new U.N. report concludes

INCHEON, South Korea — “the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a daunting report, suggesting that we are currently on track for around 3 degrees Celsius of warming caused by greenhouse gas emissions. The IPCC authors promise that we will see coastal cities swallowed by the sea, global food shortages, and $54 […]

Critics Say Trump Coal Rules Step Backward for Ohio
Clean Power Plan / Climate Change / Coal

Critics Say Trump Coal Rules Step Backward for Ohio

COLUMBUS – “The public can now comment on the Trump administration’s proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era rule aimed at drastically cutting carbon emissions from coal power plants. Under what’s being called the Affordable Clean Energy Rule, or ACE, states would develop their own reduction goals and submit […]

Downtown Cleveland . Photo by Jon Dawson / Creative Commons
Climate Change / Renewable Energy / Solar Energy / Wind Energy

Cleveland sees clean energy as tool for climate change resiliency

CLEVELAND — “Mitigation efforts can still avoid some of the worst impacts of climate change. But with the reality that some impacts are now inevitable, the focus on resilience is growing here and elsewhere. Cleveland’s risks might not seem as dramatic as the sea level rise that threatens New York or the wildfires that […]

The darker orange areas in this map reflect majority Republican support for government funding of renewable energy research.
Climate Change / Energy / Renewable Energy

Map shows political divide on climate, common ground on clean energy

NEW HAVEN, CT — “A majority of both Republicans and Democrats throughout Ohio favor clean energy policies, such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant and more government funding for renewable energy, according to a new interactive map. Moreover, people would favor those policies despite substantial divides on acceptance of climate […]

The extra contribution to sea level rise from Antarctica will not kick in if warming is kept at less than 1.9C above preindustrial levels, the researchers found. Photograph: IceBridge/Nasa
Climate Change / Coal / Energy

Sea levels to rise 1.3m unless coal power ends by 2050, report says

University of Melbourne paper combines latest understanding on Antarctica and current emissions projection scenarios MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — “Coastal cities around the world could be devastated by 1.3m of sea level rise this century unless coal-generated electricity is virtually eliminated by 2050, according to a new paper that combines the latest […]

Climate Change

Cartoon by Joel W. Pett, an American Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Will the U.S. ever build another big coal plant?
AEP / Climate Change / Coal / Energy

Will the U.S. ever build another big coal plant?

The coal industry is contracting as plants retire and utilities replace them with natural gas and renewables WASHINGTON, DC — “About 16 percent of the U.S. coal fleet has retired in the past five years, but don’t expect major new coal-fired plants to fill that void. The federal government counts […]

Wind turbines have become increasingly efficient, as longer wind blades have been developed. photo: Christian Charisius/Reuters
Climate Change / Energy

US will meet Paris accord commitments even if Donald Trump withdraws, says report

Renewable energy will be the cheapest form of power in almost every country by 2020, analysts claim LONDON, ENGLAND — “The plummeting cost of renewable energy means even if Donald Trump pulls the US out of the Paris climate change accord, America will still meet its commitments in the agreement, a new report has […]

Ohio Citizen Action member Father Neil Pezzulo visits Washington
Climate Change

Ohio Citizen Action member Father Neil Pezzulo visits Washington

CLEVELAND — As part of a lobby day organized by Earthjustice, Father Neil Pezzulo visited Washington DC earlier this week to lobby Ohio senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown. Father Pezzulo is First Vice President of Glenmary Home Missioners, located in Fairfield, Ohio. The mission was to oppose HR 806/S263 […]

Devon Energy of Oklahoma since 2011 had secretly played a major role in drafting comment letters sent by Attorney General Scott Pruitt of Oklahoma to President Obama, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and the then-E.P.A. Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, among others — letters that ask for actions that could help increase or protect the company’s profits.
Climate Change / Energy / Right-to-Know

The Pruitt Emails: E.P.A. chief was arm in arm with industry

WASHINGTON, DC — “During his tenure as attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt, now the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, closely coordinated with major oil and gas producers, electric utilities and political groups with ties to the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles G. and David H. Koch to roll back environmental regulations, […]