John Johnston

Offshore wind farm, Europe

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 [...]

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

by John Johnston November 24, 2014
Thumbnail image for World Bank Pledges to Invest Heavily in Clean Energy, Less in Coal

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 [...]

Read the full post →

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

by John Johnston November 20, 2014
Thumbnail image for US Senate Rejects Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline, By 1 Vote

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 [...]

Read the full post →

US and China Agree to Historic Emissions Cuts

by John Johnston November 12, 2014
Thumbnail image for US and China Agree to Historic Emissions Cuts

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 [...]

Read the full post →

India Targets $100 Billion Investment in Renewables

by John Johnston November 10, 2014
Thumbnail image for India Targets $100 Billion Investment in Renewables

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 [...]

Read the full post →

Germany Looks to Cutting Coal-Fired Power Generation

by John Johnston November 6, 2014
Thumbnail image for Germany Looks to Cutting Coal-Fired Power Generation

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 [...]

Read the full post →

New IPCC Report Issues Starkest Climate Change Warning Yet

by John Johnston November 3, 2014
Thumbnail image for New IPCC Report Issues Starkest Climate Change Warning Yet

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 [...]

Read the full post →

Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

by John Johnston October 29, 2014
Thumbnail image for Portable Cardboard Standing Desk

By now, many of us have seen the news that apparently sitting is the new smoking, so quite a few people and workplaces are turning to standing desks to help alleviate an increasingly sedentary lifestyle. However, good standing desks can get expensive, especially if you don’t want to stand ALL the time (which may not be [...]

Read the full post →

EU Agrees to Cut Emissions 40% by 2030, and Increase Renewables

by John Johnston October 27, 2014
Thumbnail image for EU Agrees to Cut Emissions 40% by 2030, and Increase Renewables

In a landmark deal, the European Union has agreed to require all 28 member nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. The EU also agreed that renewable energy market share and energy efficiency improvements will both increase to 27%. However, the renewable energy target is binding, but the energy efficiency [...]

Read the full post →

US Wind Industry Booming in 2014, Installed More Than 2013 in 9 Mths

by John Johnston October 23, 2014
Thumbnail image for US Wind Industry Booming in 2014, Installed More Than 2013 in 9 Mths

The wind industry in the United States is booming in 2014; it installed more in the first 9 months than it did during the whole of 2013, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). The AWEA expects that 2014 will also finish strongly for the wind industry, and 2015 will be even more positive, [...]

Read the full post →