Climate Change & Clean Energy Article Links

These links to articles and videos cover a range of topics, including the benefits of an efficient and clean energy economy, home energy efficiency and renewable energy opportunities and incentives, electric vehicles, impacts of the climate crisis, the links between COVID-19 and chronic exposure to fossil fuel pollution–especially in communities of color,  prioritizing a green, equitable economic recovery from the pandemic, coping with the emotional stresses of living with the climate crisis, and how we can each have a positive impact and stay motivated to take action.

Each of us can make a difference, especially by talking to family, friends, & neighbors about your concerns about the climate crisis, to help make climate action a social norm.

Climate actions can be as simple as switching incandescent and halogen bulbs to LEDs or waiting to use your dishwasher until off-peak hours (peak electric demand, on hot summer days between roughly 3-8pm, causes electric utilities to turn on fossil fuel generation plants to meet high electric use). For larger impacts, you could get involved with a local climate or tree-planting organization, contact your state and federal representatives and senators about climate-positive bills such as renewable energy legislation, serve on your community’s sustainability committee, or participate in a local climate awareness project. Whatever feels like a good fit for you–these are just ideas.

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This town is the first in America to ban new gas stations – is the tide turning?
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/17/end-american-gas-station-ban?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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How to fight climate despair–we’re not powerless, even if it feels that way (including ways you can participate in climate actions)

https://www.vox.com/22595896/climate-change-fire-heat-wave-anxiety

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‘Insanely cheap energy’: how solar power continues to shock the world
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2021/apr/25/insanely-cheap-energy-how-solar-power-continues-to-shock-the-world?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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Biden administration to propose first rule requiring cut in [HFC refrigerant] climate pollutants

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/05/03/epa-climate-hfcs/

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Stimulus deal includes raft of provisions to fight climate change

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2020/12/21/congress-climate-spending/

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Electric vehicles get cleaner every year. Here’s how.

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Got Climate Anxiety? These People Are Doing Something About It

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/04/climate/climate-anxiety-stress.html?referringSource=articleShare

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Electric Cars Are Better for the Planet – and Often Your Budget, Too

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New England Solar Savings

https://www.synapse-energy.com/new-england-solar-savings

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Windfarms in Great Britain break record for clean power generation

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/dec/19/windfarms-in-great-britain-break-record-for-clear-power-generation?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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Waste not, wontons: innovator recycled 32m restaurant chopsticks

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/04/waste-not-wontons-innovator-recycled-32m-restaurant-chopsticks?utm_term=8e65cf71ab81da53711a2aa69b324337&utm_campaign=GreenLight&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=greenlight_email

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Wood burners triple harmful indoor air pollution, study finds

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Judge suspends Dakota Access pipeline over environmental concerns

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jul/06/dakota-access-pipeline-environment-oil?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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AG Healey Brief: Environmental Pollution Contributes to Disparate Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Communities of Color

https://www.mass.gov/news/ag-healey-brief-environmental-pollution-contributes-to-disparate-impact-of-covid-19-pandemic

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A Green New Deal architect explains how the protests and climate crisis are connected

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/06/11/1003162/a-green-new-deal-architect-explains-how-the-protests-and-climate-crisis-are-connected/

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BP and Shell will keep (some of) it in the ground

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Guide to charging an electric vehicle at home and on the go

http://greenenergyconsumers.org/drivegreen/charging#range

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A million mile battery?

https://www.electricauto.org/blog/a-million-mile-battery

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Why eating less meat is the best thing you can do for the planet in 2019

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/dec/21/lifestyle-change-eat-less-meat-climate-change?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/04/planting-billions-trees-best-tackle-climate-crisis-scientists-canopy-emissions

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Doing your laundry can help lower our electric grid’s climate emissions.

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Offshore windfarms ‘can provide more electricity than the world needs’

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US EV Sales Surpass 2% In 2018

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/01/12/us-ev-sales-surpass-2-for-2018-8-more-sales-charts/

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Shaving peak electricity use lowers carbon pollution and electricity prices

Shaving our electricity use on peak electricity demand days, such as during heat waves and on cold nights and mornings, helps keep our energy suppliers from using higher polluting fossil fuels such as oil and coal, and prevents electricity prices from rising. https://www.massenergy.org/shavethepeak.

From that page, you can also sign up for Green Energy’s Shave the Peak alerts to remind you when it’s a peak energy use day, and how to help keep our electricity suppliers from emitting more greenhouse gases.

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64% of 2019 new electric generation capacity will come from solar & wind

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Your Gas Stove Is Bad for You and the Planet

To help solve the climate crisis, we need to electrify everything.

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Batteries on wheels will change the grid and the way we use electricity

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Worried About Battery Degradation? Tesla Model X, Bolt EV Owners Show The Way

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Ireland divests from fossil fuels https://350.org/ireland-divests/

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Study: Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative Still Boosting Northeast Economies http://nepr.net/post/study-regional-greenhouse-gas-initiative-still-boosting-northeast-economies#stream/0

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Can Dirt Save the Earth? https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/18/magazine/dirt-save-earth-carbon-farming-climate-change.html

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Tesla is helping build the world’s biggest ‘virtual power plant’ http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/05/technology/tesla-solar-power-thsouth-australia/index.html

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Closer to home, Green Mtn. Power, helps wean Vermonters from electric grid https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/29/business/energy-environment/vermont-green-mountain-power-grid.html

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From Oil to Solar: Saudi Arabia Plots a Shift to Renewables https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/05/business/energy-environment/saudi-arabia-solar-renewables.html

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Cutting flatulence to save the planet–BBC News http://www.bbc.com/news/av/magazine-40586209/cutting-flatulence-to-save-the-planet

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Banishing the Climate Change Blues: Anxious about where our planet is headed? Tip one: You’re not alone—and that means a lot  https://www.nrdc.org/stories/banishing-climate-change-blues?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=story4&utm_campaign=email

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A/C without electricity  http://www.cleverly.me/diy-ac/?ref=fb

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Renewable Energy Is Creating Jobs 12 Times Faster Than the Rest of the Economy, Forbes http://fortune.com/2017/01/27/solar-wind-renewable-jobs/

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The irreversible momentum of clean energy by Barack Obama, Science http://science.sciencemag.org/content/early/2017/01/06/science.aam6284.full

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NASA on global climate change http://climate.nasa.gov

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Does Climate Change Threaten National Security? https://cabaus.org/2017/06/15/does-climate-change-threaten-national-security/?mc_cid=50a141c522&mc_eid=43200b9b20

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My Turn editorial by Pat Hynes, The Recorder http://www.recorder.com/my-turn-the-times-we-live-7645252

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Summary of Federal & State Incentives for Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy 

http://www.dsireusa.org/

Energy Efficiency

Mass Save http://www.masssave.com

Mass Save Rebates (may vary depending on your utility; some are time-limited) https://www.masssave.com/en/saving/residential-rebates/

Mass Save 0% HEAT Loan http://www.masssave.com/search?s=&q=heat+loan

Energy Star Products http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=find_a_product.&s=mega

Renewable Energy

About Solar Electric (aka photovoltaics or PV) http://www.masscec.com/technology/solar-electricity

About MA Solar Loans for PV http://www.masscec.com/programs/mass-solar-loan

About MA Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) for solar PV [SRECs for new PV systems no longer available after March 31, 2018] http://programs.dsireusa.org/system/program/detail/5679

About the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Incentives Replacing SRECs after March 31, 2018 https://cabaus.org/2017/02/06/state-proposes-new-solar-incentive-program/?mc_cid=e85bacd3c5&mc_eid=43200b9b20

Promoting solar https://votesolar.org

About Solar Hot Water & Rebates http://www.masscec.com/programs/commonwealth-solar-hot-water

Electric Vehicles

Information about electric vehicles, charging, etc. http://www.mass.gov/eea/energy-utilities-clean-tech/alternative-transportation/clean-cities-coalition.html

Natural Landscaping

Landscaping for Energy Efficient Homes http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/landscaping-energy-efficient-homes

Nasami Farm Nursery (selling plants native to New England) http://www.newfs.org/visit/nasami-farm

Massachusetts Invasive Plant List http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/farm-products/plants/massachusetts-prohibited-plant-list.html

Bird guide, id tips, sounds, & videos http://www.allaboutbirds.org/Page.aspx?pid=1189