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    Renewable Energy, Grid Investments Help Protect Utility Customers in New Mexico From Fossil Fuel Price Spikes

    Renewable Energy, Grid Investments Help Protect Utility Customers in New Mexico From Fossil Fuel Price Spikes

    Fossil fuel prices have risen worldwide since Russia invaded Ukraine last February, but investments in renewable energy are helping the Public Service Company of New Mexico keep customers’ costs down. Unlike in coal-dependent Indiana where utility costs are skyrocketing — and despite a nearly 10% increase in New Mexican fuel costs — PNM customers will […]

    650+ Scientists Urge World Leaders to Stop Burning Trees for Energy

    650+ Scientists Urge World Leaders to Stop Burning Trees for Energy

    More than 650 scientists have written a letter to world leaders urging them to stop the burning of trees to produce energy because it destroys wildlife habitats and undermines international biodiversity and climate pledges. Leading up to the UN biodiversity summit COP15 — which begins on December 7 in Montréal — the scientists said countries […]

    Former Superfund Site Becomes Largest Landfill Solar Farm in North America

    Former Superfund Site Becomes Largest Landfill Solar Farm in North America

    Twenty years ago, the Combe Fill North Landfill in Mount Olive Township, New Jersey, was a Superfund site. Now, it’s the largest landfill solar project in North America.  The 25.6 megawatt solar farm, which was completed Friday, is just one example of an innovative trend turning symptoms of throwaway culture into sites for generating renewable […]

    First-Ever U.S. Floating Offshore Wind Auction to Be Held Today

    First-Ever U.S. Floating Offshore Wind Auction to Be Held Today

    The Biden administration will hold the nation’s first-ever lease auction for commercial-scale floating wind energy leases today. The five deep-water lease tracts in two areas about 25 miles off the California coast have the potential to generate 4.5 GW of electricity, enough to power 1.5 million homes. Global interest in the lease sales is strong […]

    Puerto Rican Cities Sue Fossil Fuel Companies in Major Class-Action, Climate Fraud Case

    Puerto Rican Cities Sue Fossil Fuel Companies in Major Class-Action, Climate Fraud Case

    Nearly 25 years ago, oil major Shell predicted in an internal 1998 report that a class-action lawsuit would be brought against fossil fuel companies following “a series of violent storms.” That prediction is finally coming true: A group of Puerto Rican communities, which were ravaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, are suing Shell and other fossil fuel […]

    Los Angeles Bans New Oil Drilling, Will Phase Out Current Wells

    Los Angeles Bans New Oil Drilling, Will Phase Out Current Wells

    The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Friday to ban new oil and methane gas drilling, and phase out existing wells within 20 years. The ordinance is a major victory for communities — disproportionately communities of color essentially forced to live in sacrifice zones — who have long suffered from decades of carcinogenic pollution released by […]

    Agroforestry 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Agroforestry 101: Everything You Need to Know

    The practice of agroforestry, from a broad perspective, is farming with trees, but looking at it more closely, it’s a land management system that capitalizes on the biological interconnectedness of trees, crops and livestock to create thriving ecosystems.