Pentagon: Climate change threatens military installations

The Pentagon report focused on 79 installations across the armed services. It said 53 installations currently experience recurrent flooding, 43 face drought, 36 are exposed to wildfires, six are undergoing desertification and one is dealing with thawing permafrost.

More installations will feel those climate stressors in the future, with 60 sites projected to see recurrent flooding, 48 confronted hurt by drought and 43 threatened at risk of wildfires.

The report builds on a number of other Pentagon reports that have called climate change a “threat multiplier” that can alter DOD priorities, such as mass migration and humanitarian aid missions fueled by extreme weather events.

The fingerprints of climate change can disrupt everyday military operations, the report said.

Climate change is making it harder for young people to become farmers

For farmers who are just getting started, these types of questions are especially difficult.

Greenberg: “They haven’t had decades or even generations of business to build their reserves – their capital reserves. And so when you get these natural disasters, you don’t have a buffer as a young farmer, which means that a single event could potentially put young people out of business.”

The 'Green New Deal': Six things to know

There is no way to know which, if any, of the Green New Deal aspirations will be enacted into law. But mounting scientific projections of worrisome climate change impacts, backed by increasing observations of those impacts in daily life, reinforce proponents’ convictions that transformative actions are warranted.

Is this, as Fox News headlines have said, “the most radical plan offered in decades”? Perhaps. But Ocasio-Cortez retorts: “We simply don’t have any other choice. If it’s radical to propose a solution on the scale of the problem, so be it. We’ve got a planet to save and there’s a whole lot of opportunity we can create in the process.”

Historically, FDR’s New Deal showed that bold initiatives can work. Looking ahead, it will come down to a matter of public support and political will.

Invenergy’s Upstream Wind Begins Operations In Nebraska

Located just north of the City of Neligh, Upstream was developed and constructed by Invenergy. The project will generate enough electricity to power an estimated 68,000 American homes, says Invenergy.

The wind farm, which supported 275 workers during peak construction, will create 11 full-time operations and maintenance jobs over the life of the project. Further, Upstream is expected to contribute approximately $2 million annually to the local economy through tax payments, lease payments to participating landowners, and wages and benefits for employees.

Electric cars are cleaner even when powered by coal

The global share of zero-carbon electricity generation is set to increase from 38 percent last year to 63 percent by 2040, according to projections from BNEF. While technological improvements will see related emissions from combustion engines falling by about 1.9 percent a year through to 2040, pollution from electric vehicles will fall anywhere from 3 percent and 10 percent annually. That’s largely because of grid decarbonization but also reduced electricity consumption, BNEF says.

Trump replacement for Obama climate plan worse than doing nothing

Carbon emissions at nearly a third of coal plants would escalate over the next decade compared with no policy at all, the research found, while 20 states would experience climbing levels of sulfur dioxide or nitrogen oxides, which can form harmful smog.

The EPA’s own analysis has shown the new Trump administration plan would result in about 1,000 additional deaths a year and raise carbon emissions by 3.5% compared with the clean power plan.

Clean Energy Investment Exceeded $300 Billion Once Again in 2018

Global clean energy investment[1] totaled $332.1 billion in 2018, down 8% on 2017. Last year was the fifth in a row in which investment exceeded the $300 billion mark, according to authoritative figures from research company BloombergNEF (BNEF).

There were sharp contrasts between clean energy sectors in terms of the change in dollar investment last year. Wind investment rose 3% to $128.6 billion, with offshore wind having its second-highest year. Money committed to smart meter rollouts and electric vehicle company financings also increased.

Immediate fossil fuel phaseout could arrest climate change

The study, published in the journal Nature Communications, used computer models to estimate by how much global temperatures would rise if a fossil fuel infrastructure phaseout began immediately. The lifespan for power plants was set at 40 years, cars an average of 15 years and planes 26 years. The work also assumes a rapid end to beef and dairy consumption, which is responsible for significant global emissions.

In this scenario, the models suggest carbon emissions would decline to zero over the next four decades and there would be a 66% chance of the global temperature rise remaining below 1.5C. If the phaseout does not begin until 2030, the chance is 33%.

The analysis did not include the possibility of tipping points such as the sudden release of huge volumes of methane from permafrost, which could spark runaway global warming.

Toxic Tragedy: Andrew Wheeler Has Betrayed Congress and Shamelessly Cooked the Books to Help Coal Barons

Acting Administrator Wheeler does not dispute that the MATS rule, in fact, produces massive reductions in toxic particulate pollution, nor does he dispute that the rule is currently saving up to 11,000 lives per year (and approximately 130,000 asthma attacks per year). Instead, he simply asserts that under the Clean Air Act -- enacted precisely to address these sorts of harms -- these lives, and asthma attacks, do not matter. And so EPA proposes to ignore them.

If you find this math confusing, you’re not alone; fraudulent accounting maneuvers are typically impenetrable, and this is no exception. This isn’t economics, science, or public policy--this is just politics of the most corrupt sort, doling out favors to the Administration’s friends at the expense of nearly everyone else. Utilities, who bear the cost of complying with the MATS rule, have asked Wheeler to not weaken or impede the policy because they’ve already paid for the pollution control equipment and have no way of recouping their costs. Medical scientists, who are at the forefront of studying the effects of mercury on human health, have repeatedly told the EPA how important the standards are for protecting America’s most vulnerable populations, including pregnant women, children, and seniors. And elected leaders have routinely assailed any effort to attack the MATS rule, since the majority of the public supports its health benefits.