Michigan utility submits new renewable energy plan

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DTE Energy aims to boost clean power capacity by 1,000 MW Michigan utility DTE Energy has submitted its 2018 renewable energy plan to state regulators. The plan proposes adding 1,000 megawatts of clean power capacity to the state by 2022. The majority of this new capacity will come from wind and solar projects that will be developed in the state. If the plan is approved, it is expected to drive some $1.7 billion in investments in Michigan’s clean power space. It would also double DTE Energy’s existing renewable energy capacity,…

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Countries may need to accelerate their renewable energy plans to fight climate change

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Countries must accelerate their environmental sustainability efforts in order to thwart climate change The transition toward renewable energy must be accelerated in order to combat the effects of climate change, according to a new report from the World Economic Forum. The report is part of the organization’s Energy Transition Index 2018, which highlights the efforts that 114 countries are making to embrace clean power. The report ranks these countries based on their efforts and how large of a role renewable energy plays in their fight against climate change. Report shows…

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Panel recommends Japan to focus more on renewable energy abroad

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Panel submits recommendations concerning Japan’s clean power plans A panel advising the Japanese Foreign Ministry has suggested that Japan could have a major global impact on the world if it increases its support of renewable energy in developing countries. The panel submitted its recommendations concerning this to Taro Kono, Japan’s Foreign Minister. Kono has ordered that the panel be formed following the ratification of the Paris Agreement. The agreement established a framework that countries throughout the world could use to combat climate change. Japan may need to show more support…

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Tax reform bill could have impact on renewable energy in the US

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New tax reform bill may affect the renewable energy space The United States House of Representatives is expected to approve a new tax reform bill which may have some impact on the renewable energy space. As it stands now, the bill would reduce the tax benefits that have benefited the clean power industry in the past. As the final version of the bill is being negotiated, however, such provisions may be put to rest, thereby ensuring that the renewable energy space continues to thrive. Bill seeks to reduce the Production…

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New report sheds more light on climate change

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Human activity is affecting global climate Government agencies in the United States have released their latest National Climate Assessment. This is the fourth heavily peer-reviewed report concerning climate change that has been released by these agencies. These agencies include NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program, as well as others. The report notes that climate change is real and that human activity has made the phenomenon significantly more potent. A changing climate is having a major impact on many countries The…

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Report shows that carbon emissions are surging, bolstering climate change

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WMO research highlights the rapid growth of atmospheric carbon dioxide The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record high in 2016, according to data from the World Meterological Organization (WMO). The organization notes that atmospheric carbon concentration was 50% higher in 2016 than it was only a decade previous. Researchers suggest that this is due to human activity as well as weather phenomenon. The research highlights the continuing issue of climate change and how it may be heavily linked to society’s actions. Emissions may make it impossible…

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UK and Canada team to embrace renewable energy and phase out coal

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Nations come together to cut their usage of coal power The United Kingdom and Canada have announced that they will be working together to end their use of coal in the coming years. Through this partnership, the UK hopes to phase out coal power by 2025, with Canada following suit by 2030. The two countries are set to invest more heavily in renewable energy in order to accomplish this task. The countries have confirmed their commitments to fighting climate change be reducing emissions and increasing their consumption of clean power.…

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Climate change could already be affecting the United States

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Report suggests US is already feeling the impact of climate change Average temperatures throughout the United States have risen rapidly since 1980, according to a new report. The report comes from scientists representing 13 federal agencies. These scientists suggest that the country is already feeling a significant impact from climate change. The report itself clashes with claims coming from the Trump Administration, with some government officials arguing that climate change is little more than an urban myth. President Trump himself has likened climate change to a hoax coming from a…

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Climate change could become a serious threat by end of century

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New study shows only a small chance to accomplish one of the goals of the Paris Agreement The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a scientific and intergovernmental organization formed by the United Nations, has released its latest assessment on climate change. The new study from the organization highlights a major challenge that faces the Paris Agreement. According to the study, the world has only a 5% chance to avoid temperature increases of 2 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. This could have serious implications for the future,…

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Hawaii passes law to support the Paris Agreement and fight climate change

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State will be combating climate change by supporting the Paris Agreement Hawaii has become the first in the United States to adopt a new law to show greater support for the Paris Agreement. The law will see the state officially document rising sea levels and develop a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the use of renewable energy and other solutions. Governor David Ige notes that the law will align Hawaii with the goals of the Paris Agreement, which the United States withdrew from last week. The impact of…

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Paris Agreement gathers support from technology companies

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Tech companies have come together to support the Paris Agreement Many of the world’s largest technology companies have come together to declare their continued support of the Paris Agreement. Several companies, including Apple, Amazon, Google, Lyft, and Spotify, have launched a coalition dubbed “We Are Still In.” The coalition is meant to show strong support for the Paris Agreement, which the United States recently removed itself from. The decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement was something that has been champion by President Donald Trump since before the election in…

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United States set to abandon the Paris Agreement

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Paris Agreement may no longer be a part of the future of the United States The United States is poised to pull out of the Paris Agreement as changes to federal environmental policy seem to begin taking form. President Donald Trump has announced the government’s intent to exit the Paris Agreement despite significant opposition to the move. The agreement was approved by more than 190 countries throughout the world and was eventually ratified by 147 countries. It established a set of tools that are meant to help countries reduce greenhouse…

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China and India are on their way to meeting their Paris Agreement goals

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China and India may meet their Paris Agreement goals before other countries Both China and India are well on their way to meeting the goals established by the Paris Agreement. The agreement calls upon several countries to make significant cuts to emissions production and embrace renewable energy more aggressively. Analysis from Climate Action Tracker shows that policies in both China and India are helping these countries target emissions. Both of these countries are outpacing the United States in terms of emissions reduction, partly due to shifting support of the Paris…

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Apple to focus on renewable energy to fight climate change

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Report highlights Apple’s continued efforts to become environmentally friendly Apple has released its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report, showcasing the moves that the company has made to become more sustainable. The report has established an ambitious goal for the company: To end the use of costly materials in the development of new products. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives notes that the company intends to put an end to its mining operations. Apple will also focus more heavily on renewable energy in order to reduce its…

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European countries are struggling with the Paris Agreement

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Only three countries are on track to comply with the Paris Agreement Sweden, Germany, and France are the only European countries that are pursuing policies that will allow them to meet the commitments they made through the Paris Agreement, according to a recent study from the EU Climate Leadership Board. The European Union, as a whole, has pledged to cut carbon emissions by 40% by 2030. Some countries seem to be taking this pledge more seriously than others, however, which could lead the region to mission its emissions reduction targets…

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Clean Power plan has been struck down by new executive order from President Trump

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Trump signs executive order to repeal Clean Power Plan President Trump has signed an executive order to repeal the Clean Power Plan, which was first enacted by the Obama Administration. The Clean Power Plan was designed to place a greater focus on renewable energy and help curb emissions through lowering the consumption of fossil-fuels. Trump has been critical of the Clean Power Plan, promising to repeal the initiative in an effort to help revitalize the coal industry and lighten restrictions on fossil-fuels as a whole. EPA will work to withdraw…

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