John Johnston

Anti-fracking protest, New York

After an exhaustive multi-year study into the public health, environmental and economic impacts of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the state of New York has announced it will prohibit the controversial drilling process. Fracking involves the injection of high-pressure water, sand, and chemicals deep into the ground to crack shale rock in order to free and extract [...]

One in Five Australian Households Now Have Solar Installed

by John Johnston December 9, 2014
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While Australia has just been found to be the worst performing industrial country in terms of climate change in 2014, and that should in no way be downplayed, Australian supporters of renewable energy still have cause for some pride and even optimism. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has reported that according to its latest [...]

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Nearly 90% of Aussies Support the Renewable Energy Target: Poll

by John Johnston December 2, 2014
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Nearly 90% (89%) of Australians support the sunburnt country’s current Renewable Energy Target, according to a WWF-commissioned poll. Australia’s Renewable Energy Target requires 41,000 gigawatt hours of power to come from renewables by 2020. The current federal government, headed by Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is planning to backtrack on the target, so the new poll [...]

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US Area Available for Offshore Wind Farms is About to Triple

by John Johnston November 26, 2014
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The available area set aside for offshore wind farms in the United States is about to triple. A new federal land lease will allow for 740,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts to be made available for commercial wind projects. In the largest competitive lease sale for offshore US wind development, up to a dozen [...]

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World Bank Pledges to Invest Heavily in Clean Energy, Less in Coal

by John Johnston November 24, 2014
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The World Bank has in the past been one of the biggest funders of fossil fuel projects, and has been accused of contributing to climate change in that way. However, now World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has said the bank will invest heavily in clean energy and only fund coal projects “in circumstances of [...]

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US Senate Rejects Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, By 1 Vote

by John Johnston November 20, 2014
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The United States Senate has this week voted on and rejected a bill to approve the development of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, that would deliver tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the US Gulf Coast. Unlike many of the Senate decisions in recent years, going into it the final result was not [...]

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US and China Agree to Historic Emissions Cuts

by John Johnston November 12, 2014
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The United States and China, the two biggest greenhouse gas emitters in the world, have announced an historic new deal to each cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Leaders President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping together announced the new agreement. The deal is the result of many months of low key discussions between the two [...]

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India Targets $100 Billion Investment in Renewables

by John Johnston November 10, 2014
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The new Indian government is proposing a $100 billion investment in the domestic renewable energy sector. It’s well known that the Indian electricity sector is in need of some serious development, and the government is looking to focus on renewable energy. India’s minister for coal, power, and renewable energy has announced that the government has [...]

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Germany Looks to Cutting Coal-Fired Power Generation

by John Johnston November 6, 2014
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Very recently, the European Union agreed to require all member nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Now, Germany’s conservative government, led by Chancellor Angela Merkel, has issued an important discussion paper proposing to implement strict controls on coal-fired electricity generation, and to redesign the heavily industrialzed nation’s energy system around renewable energy, Renew [...]

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New IPCC Report Issues Starkest Climate Change Warning Yet

by John Johnston November 3, 2014
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In its starkest warning yet, a comprehensive new synthesis report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) this week has concluded that climate change will inflict “severe, widespread, and irreversible impacts,” unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut sharply and rapidly. The new climate change report is actually a synthesis of 3 large working group reports released [...]

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