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China halts construction on 30 new coal power plants

Florida solar advocates battle misleading ballot measure, climate change to harm subsistence farmers worldwide, new wind turbines have built-in pumped hydro storage, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.  

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Germany: ban new gas & diesel autos in EU by 2030

Climate pollution from international flights to be capped, two oil terminals halted in WA and CA, home air-conditioner makes ice while the sun shines on your rooftop PVs, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.

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Judges hear power plan, clean energy costs falling

Study reviews link between dams and methane; OPEC agrees—in principle—to reduce oil production; owls inspire design of quieter wind rotors; and more news of the week in climate and clean energy. 

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Portugal’s grid goes four days without fossil fuels

Bernie Sanders names Bill McKibben to Democratic platform committee, cows treated to belch less methane, climate refugees leave California for the Northwest, and more news of the week in climate and clean energy.

King County Council steps forward on clean-energy transit

Last Monday, the King County Council unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Councilmembers Dembowski and Kohl-Welles requesting a report on transitioning Metro to a zero emission or carbon neutral fleet. This is an exciting step in electrifying King County Metro’s substantial fleet, which includes over 1,500 buses that depend on diesel.

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G7 to decarbonize by 2100, but sets vague 2050 goal

Norway divests from coal companies, former Tesla engineer retrofits garbage trucks with hybrid drive, Maasai women sell off-grid solar in the bush, and more news of the week in clean energy solutions.

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PV power surging ahead — no thanks to Moore’s Law

Biologists tally bird deaths at power tower, Tesla to offer home battery plus solar panels you can lease, Obama finds his climate anger, and more stories of the week in clean energy solutions. 

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US pledges carbon cuts while CA shrivels in drought

New solar and wind employment outpaces coal industry’s job losses, Ontario opts for cap-and-trade, yeast from sake-making may boost biofuels, and more stories of the week in clean energy solutions. 

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Under Lima pact, all nations to cut carbon...voluntarily

Cheap petroleum leads firms to stop oil drilling, South Carolina gets net-metering for solar, carbon taxes get backing from studies in Oregon and Canada, and more stories of the week in clean energy solutions.

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Biocarbon: Mobilizing the power of nature to help restore our climate

Check out this beautiful video, and learn more about biocarbon and the role it can play in helping solve the climate crisis. 

King County Council steps forward on clean-energy transit

Last Monday, the King County Council unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by Councilmembers Dembowski and Kohl-Welles requesting a report on transitioning Metro to a zero emission or carbon neutral fleet. This is an exciting step in electrifying King County Metro’s substantial fleet, which includes over 1,500 buses that depend on diesel.

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Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels & Co-Products Conference

The 2nd annual Northwest Wood-Based Biofuels & Co-Products Conference is an opportunity for regional leaders to communicate research findings and promote collaboration to convert wood to biofuels with focus on supply chain development, environmental impacts, co-products development for economic viability, K-12 education, and workforce development. Although the focus of the two-day conference will be on regional efforts, a national and global perspective would also be included. 

Three themes will be highlighted at the conference:

Revolution Required: Climate, Energy, and the Road Through Paris

Come join Climate Solutions' very own Ross Macfarlane as he outlines the reasons we need a complete transformation of our energy system over the next several decades, and how local and state leadership can play a critical role. “Revolution Required: Climate, Energy, and the Road through Paris” illustrates climate‘s effects east of the Cascades and what the means for the future. Doors open at 6:30 PM for no-host refreshments and the presentation begins at 7:00 PM. Admission by donation.