• Tesla and Panasonic reveal range of discreet solar panels

    Recently, Tesla and collaborator Panasonic unveiled a line of new solar panels that can fit neatly onto existing roofs, rather than requiring users to replace roof tiles. The line comes as part of Tesla’s recent deal with Panasonic to create solar cells at its ‘Gigafactory 2’ in Buffalo, New York. According to Electrek, Panasonic will create the panels for Tesla’s […]

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  • Victory for Climate Change Action at ExxonMobil

    At ExxonMobil’s recent annual meeting, 62% of investors voted to require the energy giant to analyze and disclose climate change risks it faces, mirroring similar votes at Occidental Petroleum and PPL Corporation. These votes make clear that investors realize that climate change is a huge concern for energy companies, and in a historic shift they are now demanding […]

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  • Sierra Club joins 55 groups to support NYC polystyrene foam ban

    Sierra Club was pleased to join 55 organizations in signing the below letter, which was delivered to the office of NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito this week. In the letter, the groups explain their opposition to Int. 1480, which would advance an industry-inspired “recycling” bill for polystyrene foam, and urge support for Int. 1596, a bill that would […]

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  • Sierra Club’s NYC Sustainability Series: “Water Issues Big and Small”

    On May 10, the Sierra Club’s New York City Group hosted three speakers who covered a range of water-related environmental topics for the latest in its Sustainability Series, “Water Issues Big and Small.” Organized and moderated by Executive Committee Vice-Chair Bonnie Lane Webber, the event started off with Charles Sturcken, Director of Environmental Outreach and […]

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  • Urban Farms: Can They Feed a City?

    Over half of the world’s population lives in cities, and with urban farms on the rise, researchers have begun examining how compatible modern cities are with large-scale food production. Could cities one day produce enough food locally to sustain whole communities? Several US studies suggest that a lot of little gardens can quickly add up. In Cleveland, converting 80 […]

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  • Solar-powered water harvester could help in arid climates

    As reported by Science magazine, a new spongelike, solar-powered device can collect water vapor from the air even in regions of low humidity, and can produce 2.8 liters of water a day for every kilogram of the spongy absorptive material it contains. Once improved, the device could potentially bring relief to billions of people living in the driest of climates. […]

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  • Wax Moth Caterpillar Could Help the Plastic Crisis

    Quite by chance, researchers recently discovered that the greater wax moth caterpillar –  known as a pest in Europe that eats beeswax from honeycombs – is able to biodegrade polyethylene, the material used in plastic shopping bags. This fortunate discovery came about after scientist and amateur beekeeper Federica Bertocchini of Spain’s IBBTEC institute picked some of the parasitic […]

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  • Maryland Fracking Ban is Huge Win for People Power

    It’s official: Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed into law a statewide fracking ban. The bill was passed with bipartisan support in the state legislature, and Maryland is now the third state to ban fracking. This historic achievement is a true testament to the power of grassroots organizing, and believing that even when the odds […]

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  • Pipeline Leak Caused Deadly Colorado House Explosion

    Investigators recently announced that a deadly April 17 explosion in Firestone, Colorado was caused by an abandoned leaking pipeline that was still connected to a natural gas well owned by Anadarko Petroleum. The 1-inch pipeline was cut about 10 feet from the recently-built home where two men died and one woman and her son were severely injured, […]

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