As we live, breathe, drive cars, and cut down trees, we as a people emit greenhouse gases into the air. This is marked by what’s called a carbon footprint.
There are so many easy ways to lower your carbon footprint around the house.
Renewable energy is the future.
This is an important milestone for the UK.
This is a milestone for the U.S.
The mayor officially signed the resolution this week.
There are 530,000 potential PHES sites on the planet.
Wind and solar power are on the rise.
Michael Bloomberg Launches "Beyond Carbon" Campaign to Shut Down All Remaining Power Plants in the U.S.
Bloomberg has a goal of shutting down every single coal-fired power plant in the U.S. by 2030.
The Late "Grandfather" of Climate Science Shared One Last Key to Solving Global Warming, Just Before His Death
Just before his death, Wallace Smith Broecker shared his final words for the climate science community.
Etsy is trying to neutralize its shipping process.
The world's biggest shipping company is switching to renewable fuel.
Solar Power From Outer Space Could Soon Bring Energy to the Earth, If China's Ambitious Vision Goes According to Plan
China is reportedly working on sending a solar power station into orbit, which will be used as energy on earth.
The Mayor of Los Angeles announced plans to shut down three power plants and replace them with a clean energy source.
They’re celebrating the major milestone with a Super Bowl ad.
Standard Industries is getting into the solar game in a major way.
Washington D.C. has voted in favor of passing the Clean Energy Omnibus Amendment Act of 2018, which may implement the country’s most ambitious renewable energy policy in the country.
The days of buses that run on diesel or natural gas are officially numbered in California.
Polling released by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication shows that 81 percent of respondents support the Green New Deal.
The latest update is an integration with Lime, a bike- and scooter-sharing platform found in many cities worldwide (and constantly growing).
Costa Rica just had a major clean energy milestone: They went 300 days using only renewable energy.
India is on track to achieve 40 percent non-fossil fuel capacity a decade ahead of its self-imposed deadline.
A team of scientists are doing something a little different with turkeys this year — they're turning turkey poop into fuel for power plants.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive politicians are pushing for this legislation. But what does it do?
Rosalie Bingham's foundation Regener8tive wants to generate clean power for the city through anaerobic digestion.
The government will shut down most of its coal plants by the end of the year and halt new licenses on drilling and fracking to achieve this target.
The social network is buying wind and solar power from sources all over the world as they aim to operate on 100 percent renewable energy by 2020.
Hyundai Motor and Kia Motors just announced starting in 2019 select vehicles will come with a solar roof installed to help with lowering CO2 emissions and gas mileage.
The southern California city is moving forward with a new community energy plan that would give utility customers the ability to band together to buy renewable power in bulk.
The company is bringing solar panels to more than 20 locations in Illinois, as part of its goal of powering operations with 50 percent renewable energy by 2025.
Michigan Hub LLC has begun work on the $100 million conversion, which will provide power to 15 tenants and the local grid.
New legislation could make the nation's capital a world leader in renewable energy and put them on an accelerated timeline to 100 percent renewable energy by 2032.
The tech company will install 20 megawatts of solar panels at U.K. fulfillment centers, and invest in U.S. recycling efforts.
The Cochin International Airport has become totally self-sufficient with the help of a 12-megawatt solar plant.
Industry experts explain in a new report how the world's energy system will decarbonize by 2050 making solar energy one of the largest sources of energy in the world.
Liesbeth and Edwin ter Velde will take their self-built roadster from a base camp in Antarctica to the South Pole this November.
A new lithium-based battery could absorb greenhouse gas before it ever gets into the atmosphere.
Invenergy is building a hybrid solar-wind farm in Ohio that could be the largest of its kind, providing clean energy 24 hours a day.
The International Energy Agency’s latest annual report says clean energy will only continue to grow around the world as an alternative to traditional power sources.
The Ukrainian government has transformed the former nuclear power plant into a functioning solar-electric farm.
One company has developed the world's first peer-to-peer solar electricity trading platform making it easy for neighbors with excess green energy share with others.
Deployed in more than 100 villages in Africa and Asia, industry experts are saying these green rechargeable batteries could be transformative.
The SunMade Cheese kit includes a bunch of cute cheese-shaped accessories — and supports solar power projects in Africa.
Their new bags will be compostable.
Germany just launched the world's first zero-emissions train for commercial use giving travelers an eco-friendly option for getting around.
While coal plants suffered damage due to dam breaches, solar farms were running one day after the storm.
Thanks to an innovative new system designed to generate electricity from turbines installed in city water pipes, residents in Portland can turn on the tap and find both water and an energy source in the same place.
Sunrun, a residential solar and storage company based in San Francisco, believes clean and affordable energy is something residents across all income levels should be able to have access to.
The company partnered with Arrival to design the new fleet of innovative-looking and sustainably designed electric delivery trucks.
The numbers printed in the middle of the recycling symbol are key identification codes. Here's what they each mean.
Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City and Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, are asking the world's cities to join them in tackling climate change.
On a recent Reddit thread, the people who work at recycling plants gave advice on how to keep recyclables out of the landfill. For starters: remember to rinse.
It involves adding a light-absorbing material to plastic, placing it in a solution, and exposing it to sunlight.
The landmark law requires all electricity in the state to come from solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources.
Major oil companies are expanding their use of clean energy.
The Jaguar E-Type is going electric in the summer of 2020, with a new zero-emission concept that boasts a 170 mile range.
The city is working with BioCellection, a startup that converts tough-to-recycle plastics into the chemical building blocks for paints, perfumes, and car parts.
The U.S. army has added around 94MW of capacity from renewables.
It will be powered partially by solar panels.
Drivers in Norway, Germany, and other European countries are buying up electric cars, particularly the Nissan Leaf.
This is part of a larger initiative in France to cut plastic use and regulate it more strictly.
This Greek island is as sustainable as it is stunning.
They might need some wiggle room, but the plan is a huge step in the right direction.
This small New England college is leading the path for solar power.
There's a carbon tax bill in the U.S. House of Representatives. But what does it do?
The state's new project allows renters to use solar panels, too.
By turning post-consumer glass waste into bricks, Aimable Mutabazi is reducing his construction company's carbon emissions.
The British Virgin Islands, like other small islands in the Caribbean impacted by natural disasters, are rethinking their traditional energy grids and moving towards solar power.
Residents in Alaska are looking for ways to reduce energy costs, providing ample opportunity for entrepreneurs in renewable energy.
Residents are cooking with a biogas made from pig waste, in an effort to reduce smog and greenhouse gas emissions.
Once dependent on fossil fuels, Egypt is looking to go seriously green.
The state has reduced its emissions to their lowest level since 1990, hitting the 2020 targets four years early.
Scientists have engineered a bacterium from E. coli that converts light to energy even when it's cloudy outside.
Hemp might play an important role in establishing a circular economy.
While most people are debating plastic straws, one businesswoman is urging us to trade in our plastic toothbrushes for bamboo.
When it comes to plastic bags, one question persists: Are they recyclable, or not?
Tsumoru Shintake has invented a turbine that converts wave energy into clean electricity currently powering hotels.
This town in Long Island is using leftover shells from local restaurants to build a "living" barrier reef.
Starbucks, Marriott, and Portland are banning them, but why are straws bad?
A shocking number of fish caught goes to waste, according to a new report.
Adidas is going to exclusively use recycled plastics for their products by 2024, similar to the athletic wear they sell through a collaboration with Parley. 41 percent of polyester they use in their upcoming lineup next year will be recycled.
Ireland will be passing their Fossil Fuel Divestment Bill, which is heading to an upper chamber, around September. This forces them to sell off companies they're linked to and hope to get on track to meet their Paris Agreement goals.
Sweden's aggressive target of generating over 40 terawatt-hours of renewable energy by 2030 could be reached nearly a decade early. A massive amount of wind power projects could hit a snag in market value with subsidies, but SWEA could push to close those up by the end of the year.
It's challenging and laborious to detect this bacteria that decimates bee populations, so an apiary inspector trained a dog to do it. They're amazing.
New technologies means that instead of sucking power off the energy grid, buildings can feed back into it, powering other buildings and even cars.
A sixth-grader in Massachusetts has begun developing a robot that's able to detect microplastics in our ocean after wanting to make a difference at the Boston Harbor. Her ultimate goal is to create a way to also pick up trash and cut costs in the process.
The City of London Corporation will be fully running on renewable energy by October in the city's most prominent business district. Under Mayor Sadiq Khan, England's capital city is quickly transforming toward sustainable solutions, just years after being ranked as the worst in the area.
Ikea announced multiple renewable targets that they plan to reach by 2030, which includes removing single-use plastic over the next few years, offering more home solar solutions, and to reduce their greenhouse gases by 80 percent compared to their levels in 2016.
China is slowing down local growth in the solar industry, which may not sound like progress, but the entire world benefits. Lower costs from Chinese manufacturers exporting their products will create higher rates of installation around the world.
The European Commission announced plans recently to further regulate single-use plastic, including outright banning certain items that have the most effect on marine pollution. These new rules would also require manufacturers to raise awareness and help with cleanup efforts.
There's a new way to recycle single-use plastic waste, and it's by using a dung beetle. Art designers have created a sculpture that's able to convert plastic into gas, and the event hopes to inspire others to find inventive concepts to eliminate plastic waste.
Back in the 1940's, "Victory Gardens" were a massive effort to boost produce growth that helped feed communities and troops. They're making a return now to combat carbon emissions, and Green America has set a goal to double the amount of gardens than before.
Costa Rica's new president, Carlos Alvarado, plans to eliminate the country's carbon footprint by banning fossil fuels by 2021. While the timeline seems unrealistic, the country is close to fully running on renewable energy, but they have to fix their transportation infrastructure.
From Fiji to Africa, hotels all over the world are turning to renewable energy sources like geothermal heating and solar panels. These ten properties offer a green destination for eco-conscious travelers looking to keep their carbon footprints light.
For the last five years, "Power Africa" has been the push toward investing into energy growth for the second most-populous continent. Launching a revised campaign in March, they're looking to enhance the infrastructure in various countries and to receive more investments from US companies.
The Sunshine State is already a power player in the renewable energy industry and it's expected to get bigger. A mandate could be set in 2020 for most new residential buildings to install solar panels, which creates pros and cons for an expensive housing market.
When natural disasters hit, quickly restoring power is immensely important—and is often very difficult. In some areas, solar power has presented itself as a solution to this persistent problem.
Construction is finally underway for Belgium's massive 370-megawatt offshore wind farm. Nearly 15 miles off the coast, the 44 turbines expect to power 400,000 homes and should satisfy 10 percent of the country's needs by 2025.
Solar import tariffs hasn't slowed down development of clean energy in the United States. In fact, according to the latest RECAI report from EY, they're only second to China as far as an attractive location to invest in sustainable power products.
Three companies from Amsterdam are finding an innovative and stylish way to deal with one of the city's biggest waste issues.
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced that the DOE is investing $30 million over the next three years to improve energy storage for large-scale systems. They're looking for solutions in various technology that will last up to 100 hours.
In collaboration with Motiv Power Systems, Winnebago is electrifying their RVs with a new EPIC chassis launched a few months ago. There will be two variations in length of the new RV and it can drive up to 125 miles on a single charge.
Mayor Jacob Frey and the Minneapolis City Council announced that they'll be the next US city to fully run on clean energy. They've set a goal for 2030, though the state of Minnesota has seen significant growth in the wind energy industry already.
India's government promised to give every inhabited village access to energy by this time three years ago. They delivered thanks to a mixture of restructuring the national power grid and using off-grid energy solutions.
Faced with a serious back-up of recycling waste in the country, Australia is being forced to confront their issues around production with new plans. But some think they need to be a lot more ambitious.
Farmers in India produce agricultural waste that often ends up polluting the atmosphere in fires. This company is trying to eliminate the damage to air quality while also replacing plastic with a new biodegradable material.
A new gateway into an eastern Paris suburb will feature a massive complex made from timber that spans over 300,000 square feet. It'll feature office space, community areas, recreational facilities, and will be one of many sites that helps lower their carbon footprint.
One of Hollywood's biggest environmental activists, Leonardo DiCaprio, has boosted a fast-growing, off-grid energy service for developing countries. Kingo delivers cheaper power through a prepaid service and expects to have 100 million users by 2025.
Several acres of trees were lost in the drought-prone area of Cameroon where a refugee camp was established for victims of Boko Haram. Now, camp residents and the local community are working to re-establish the greenery.
Pirie Associates Architects have won a design competition for Rio Iluminado, a new artwork that will help power a reclaimed waterfront that's becoming a 3.4-acre whitewater park near the Willimantic River in Connecticut.
Facing long blackouts from a dispute between a local gas supplier and utility company, Pakistani locals are turning toward other alternatives for power. One of the best solutions are solar panels, which could help many citizens who don't have access to the national grid.
Campaigns for recycling, carpooling, and banning single use plastics have become increasingly popular at enormous events, which means the potential to spread these ideas is growing.
"Unpackt" is Singapore's first zero-waste grocery store that features no plastic packaging and customers will use containers that they can bring or buy to store products. The process aims to cut back on a significant plastic waste problem in the country.
One of the biggest department store chains in the United States is adding EV charging stations to over 100 stores across 20 states. Target, who has worked with Tesla and ChargePoint in the past for EV stations, adds Electrify America into the mix.
A 1.2-mile stretch of highway near Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport will be able to charge electric cars and trucks as they drive on it because of a special strip embedded in the road.
Operation Warm is creating 15,000 coats created from recycled plastic bottles by the time autumn begins. Called "The Green Guardian," these will all be delivered to kids in need across North America by the upcoming fall season.
The facility is expected to open by the end of this year and will generate enough renewable energy to power half of Disney's theme parks in Central Florida.
Joining tech giants that have committed to 100 percent renewable energy, Lyft will be investing millions into various sustainable projects to make all of their rides carbon neutral.
Based on a survey from New York City's Health Department, the city has seen drops in greenhouse gas emissions and the air quality is as clean as it's been since monitoring it back in 2008. It's all part of Mayor de Blasio's sustainable efforts from 2015.
Our love affair with chocolate is wreaking havoc on the environment. But our buying choices can help turn that around.
The UK's National Grid announced that no London power stations used coal for energy production for a span of 55 hours from late Monday into early Thursday morning. It beats the old record of just over 40 hours from last October, and wind power levels continue to impress.
REC Solar is collaborating with Hawaiian Energy and the United States Navy to create a new 20-megawatt solar project at their base in Pearl Harbor. The West Loch solar farm is just the beginning of many renewable projects under the utility company.
The company has hit a milestone in clean energy production, and they've made progress in bringing their global suppliers with them.
The Marine Stewardship Council revealed their list of top British supermarkets offering sustainable seafood, and Aldi tops the list with Sainsbury's and Lidl. In general, there's been a 60 percent increase in certified fish products being offered.
Green Matters sits down with Dr. Lisa Dyson, CEO of a company called Kiverdi that has found a way to upcycle CO2 into useful materials.
While studying enzymes that are able to digest PET plastics, scientists have accidentally found a way to make the process 20 percent faster than its natural ability to cut back on waste. They're now attempting to manipulate it even further on an industrial scale.
A large amount of milk distributors in the United Kingdom are seeing an increase in glass bottle sales in the first part of 2018. The trend is likely due to rising awareness in plastic waste, and carbon emissions are decreased if companies follow the right procedures.
Niantic, Mission Blue, and a number of NGOs are teaming up to organize one of the biggest cleanup efforts in a 48-hour period. On Earth Day, Pokemon Go users are asked to group together and pick up trash at various sites around the world.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces that New Zealand will no longer be issuing oil exploration permits in their territory. The move comes after a decrease in oil production and push back from activist groups concerned about climate change.
One of New York's most extravagant high-rise residential buildings not only impresses visually, but it also removes harmful chemicals from the air. 570 Broome's exterior has a unique technology that removes nitrogen dioxide with sunlight and self cleans its surface.
New goals include meeting all work safety conditions in the supply chain and removing harmful chemicals in their products.
Their innovative spinning process reduces waste, saves energy, and supports fair labor standards. Is it something that could be done everywhere?
The project has picked up 1.5 million pounds of trash in less than four years to help bring swimming and fishing activities back to the harbor.
BP is doing a trial run Tesla's battery storage for wind farms after seeing their wild success in Australia. The pilot project in South Dakota is going to be on a far smaller scale, but could be rolled out to other wind farms in the future.
Traditional buses are getting the electrified treatment from Blue Bird and they're showcasing the new vehicles across the country this year. They've already received approval for grants in California and New York, and they should be delivering by early fall.
After buying a record number of renewable energy contracts a few years ago, those sources are now active and Google is putting as much clean power into the grid as it uses. Three gigawatts of capacity, most of it through wind generation, is the most by any corporation on the company's level.
Malaysia is rolling out two initiatives designed to boost recycling. HelloGold converts used plastics and cans into gold at vending stations; while Tesco stores are enacting "The Unforgettable Bag" campaign, offering discounts to shoppers who use the store's limited-edition, reusable shopping bags.
In an effort to test crop growth in tough climates, the German Aerospace Center's team of scientists has been growing vegetables in Antarctica without sunlight, soil or pesticides. Their first harvest yielded eight pounds of greens, 70 radishes and 18 cucumbers.
Saudi Arabia and its crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman, have massive goals for renewable energy. After announcing a major metropolis that would fully run on renewable energy, they are looking to collaborate with SoftBank to create a solar project with a capacity of 200 gigawatts.
Seven years after initially being planned, Epuron has been approved by New South Wales to develop the biggest wind farm in Australia. Still checking in at over one gigawatt of capacity after being downsized, it's expected to bring in $250 million to the economy.
Aqua-Aston Hospitality, who hosts over 40 different hotels in Hawaii, is promoting sunscreen without oxybenzone to help keep our coral reefs safe.
After struggling to find a bra that suited all her needs during treatment for cancer, one woman has been working to make a bra that supports both her body and the planet.