USDA supporting rural renewable energy

USDA Invests $300 Million to Boost Small Business, Rural Renewables, Energy Efficiency

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the new REAP and EECLP funding in Texas, where nine small and rural businesses have been awarded more than $10 million in grants and loans to install renewable energy systems and enhance energy efficiency.

Amending the Montreal Protocol

UN Kigali Amendment Boosts Global Environmental, Climate Change Prospects

National representatives to the UN Montreal Protocol took action to phase out production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda this past week. In addition to further reducing destruction of atmospheric ozone, the Kigali Agreement is expected to reduce projected mean global temperature rise 0.5 degrees Celsius over the course of the century.


New Low Prices Paid for Electricity in Mexico’s Second Clean Energy Auction

New low prices for were set in Mexico’s second clean energy auction as 26 foreign and domestic companies won contracts for 56 projects that will result in more than $4 billion of investment to build out 2.87 GWs of clean power generation capacity over the next three years.

Canada carbon pricing

Trudeau Administration Launches Pan-Canadian Carbon Pollution Pricing Plan

The proposed framework leaves it up to Canada’s 10 provincial governments to choose the policy instruments and mechanisms — direct charges or a cap-and-trade system — to achieve a national goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels while fostering job creation and economic growth.


Mexico’s First Wood Fiberboard Plant Highlights Controversy Over UN FAO Definition of Forests

Drawing on local eucalyptus plantation it owns, Proteak Uno’s new medium density fiber board plant highlights the ongoing controversy revolving around industrial forestry and its contributions to achieving key national and international environmental, climate change and sustainable development goals.


Climate Week NYC 2016: Genuine Action or More ¨Hot Air¨?

Corporations are keen to tout their ¨green¨ credentials and highlight their efforts to contribute to reducing GHG emissions as Climate Week 2016 kicks off this week. While The Climate Group’s roster of corporations pledging to transition to 100% renewable energy swelled to 81, a report from Asset Owners Disclosure Group reveals how when push comes to shove they continue to fail to live up to their climate change and responsible investment commitments.

The costs of climate change are here and now

Berkeley Researchers Highlight Severe, Present Day Costs of Climate Change

Reviewing more than 100 current climate studies, two University of California, Berkeley researchers concluded that global waming is already taking a heavy toll on people and economic activity the world over.