California’s San Bernardino County slams the brakes on big solar projects

From The LA Times By Sammy Roth Feb 28, 2019 | 4:35 PM A view of a smaller-scale commercial solar project in Lucerne Valley, Calif., seen on Feb. 25, 2019. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times) California’s largest county has banned the construction of large solar and wind farms on more than 1 million…

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Why Renewables Can’t Save the Planet

Michael Shellenberger has an article up on Quillette Excerpts. In 2002, shortly after I turned 30, I decided I wanted to dedicate myself to addressing climate change. I was worried that global warming would end up destroying many of the natural environments that people had worked so hard to protect. I thought the solutions were…

Amid the dimmest Sun since 1978 – a month without sunspots

The sun today is cue-ball blank, a perfect unmarred sphere: The sun has just passed an entire calendar month with no sunspots. The last time this happened, in August 2008, the sun was in the nadir of a century-class Solar Minimum. The current stretch of blank suns shows that Solar Minimum has returned, and it…

Irish climate plans fall short of urgent action needed

From Green News (.ie) Greens and the EU are fretting that Ireland just doesn’t do enough. The Commission’s 2019 Country Report for Ireland states that we are “falling further behind” our EU compatriots in decarbonising the economy, raising “health, climate and environmental concerns”. The report points to “severe challenges” in tackling rising emissions in transport,…