April 24, 2017 greenhoper 1Comment

The environment is about to take center stage in American politics — a rare but potentially transformative moment in the brief, brown history of the Trump administration. On 22nd April and again next weekend, tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in March for Science, environment-oriented marches at the Washington Mall and around the country. First, they’ll protest President Donald Trump’s proposed science budget cuts and urge Trump to take science into account when making policy decisions on the environment and research. Next week, the goal is to raise awareness about global warming in the wake of Trump’s…

April 21, 2017 greenhoper

-“From Climate Change, Trump Policies, State Cuts” Connecticut’s environment showed little improvement in 2016 and is facing a risky future involving climate change, state funding shortages, and worrisome federal policy shifts, according to a watchdog agency’s latest report. The state’s Council on Environmental Quality’s annual report warned that Connecticut’s air, land and water quality doesn’t appear to be getting much better despite all the programs underway at the state and local levels. Lawmakers and the CEQ’s executive director, Karl Wagener, warned that staffing cutbacks at the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection agency have become so severe that the…

April 13, 2017 greenhoper 1Comment

Over the past couple of years, a steady stream of good news has appeared on the renewable energy front. The latest comes from a couple of Clean Energy Canada says renewable energy is unstoppable sources. Clean Energy Canada has released a new publication, “The Transition Takes Hold.” Bottom line: The transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources “now appears irreversible.” Meanwhile, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) reports that renewable electricity-generating capacity of 161 gigawatts was added across the planet in 2016, bringing the capacity total of renewables above 2,000 gigawatts for the first time. The worldwide total electricity-generating capacity…

April 9, 2017 greenhoper 3Comment

Capacity addition from renewable energy sources surpassed conventional sources for the first time in financial year 2017 as India added 12.5 gigawatt (GW) of renewable energy capacity compared to 10.2 GW from conventional sources of fuel. “India added 12.5GW of renewable energy capacity during financial year 2017, surpassing capacity addition from conventional sources of fuel estimated at 10.2GW, in sync with global trends,” said a report by Elara Capital, which was released on Wednesday. Of the 10.2GW of capacity addition from conventional energy, 74% came from thermal, while the rest came from hydro and nuclear power projects. In financial year…

April 4, 2017 greenhoper

Climate change is already affecting the planet and society and will continue to do so for generations to come. The physical and chemical changes of human activities are being felt in natural ecosystems on land and at sea, on farms and ranches, and in cities and suburbs, but the changes are not happening uniformly. Differences in how regions are affected by varying degrees of warming, precipitation, and changes of animal and plant species are likely to get even more extreme as climate change continues. Some areas may actually get a bit cooler for a while! Similarly for rainfall, some parts…