Costa Rica has successfully ditched fossil fuels for over two months! 

The Latin American country of Costa Rica has achieved an impressive milestone in green energy production by generating 100 per cent of its energy from renewable resources, with a combination of hydropower and geothermal for 75 days in a row.

Thanks to the favorable rainy conditions in the first months of the year, four of Costa Rica’s hydropower plants — Arenal, Cachí, La Angostura and Pirrís — are generating nearly enough electricity to power the entire country. Using a mix of geothermal, solar, and wind energy sources, the nation of 5 million inhabitants hasn’t needed an ounce of coal or petroleum to keep the lights on since December of 2014.

What an extraordinary effort by a small nation! Way to go!

Las Vegas just became the largest US city to run solely on renewable energy

  • While Vegas’ nonstop nightlife, neon signs and lights might give the impression the  city is a colossal drain on resources, the opposite is true.
  • Las Vegas now runs exclusively on renewable energy.
  • The city officially achieved this milestone last week, when Boulder Solar 1 — a solar power plant on the edge of Boulder City, Nevada — went live.
  • According to the Huffington Post, the plant’s acres of solar panels will provide 100% of the city’s municipal power, excluding commercial and residential buildings.
  • The effort started in 2008 and has saved Las Vegas $5 million a year. Read more

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fortune.com
This Just Became the World's Cheapest Form of Electricity Out of Nowhere
And there's one country that can claim a huge share of the credit.

And there’s one country that can claim a huge share of the credit for it.

Solar power is becoming the world’s cheapest form of new electricity generation, data from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) suggests.

According to Bloomberg’s analysis, the cost of solar power in China, India, Brazil and 55 other emerging market economies has dropped to about one third of its price in 2010. This means solar now pips wind as the cheapest form of renewable energy—but is also outperforming coal and gas.

In a note to clients this week, BNEF chairman Michael Liebreich said that solar power had entered “the era of undercutting” fossil fuels.

Bloomberg reports that 2016 has seen remarkable falls in the price of electricity from solar sources, citing a $64 per megawatt-hour contract in India at the tart of the year, and a $29.10 per megawatt-hour deal struck in Chile in August—about 50% the price of electricity produced from coal.

Ethan Zindler, head of U.S. policy analysis at BNEF, attributed much of the downward pressure to China’s massive deployment of solar, and the assistance it had provided to other countries financing their own solar projects.

“Solar investment has gone from nothing—literally nothing—like five years ago to quite a lot,” Zindler said.

When the numbers come in at the end of 2016 the generating capacity of newly installed solar photovoltaics is expected to exceed that of wind for the first time: at 70 gigawatts and 59 gigawatts respectively, according to BNEF projections.

abcnews.go.com
How Standing Rock Protesters Are Surviving Winter
ABC News photographed Red Cloud’s visit in December to the Standing Rock Reservation where he installed solar air furnaces to help keep protesters warm.
By ABC News

So like, how cool is it that Red Cloud has not only installed solar energy to keep the camps warm and running, but has also TAUGHT them how to install this infrastructure?

All in the face of people who have explicitly shat on Green Energy saying that it was impossible to power, or even survive off such alternatives?

Standing Rock is showing the world that survival and production is still possible with alternate energy resources.

At its core, America and other countries issue is not that Green energy doesn’t work, its that our economy is so stepped is fossil fuels, oil and the like. They have built this complex system that would take money from the fat cats if broken, that would force the corporate gears to dismantle. 

Also, at the end of the day, it would take WORK. And these individuals who refute changes that work to protect our environment, are the laziest of us all.

Props to RedCloud and Standing Rock for setting the example.

bbc.com
India's double first in climate battle
India opens two world-leading clean energy projects - the world's biggest solar farm and a chemicals plant using CO2 to make baking soda.

Two world-leading clean energy projects have opened in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

An industrial plant is capturing the CO2 emissions from a coal boiler and using the CO2 to make valuable chemicals. It is a world first.

And just 100km away is the world’s biggest solar farm, making power for 150,000 homes on a 10 sq km site.

The industrial plant appears especially significant as it offers a breakthrough by capturing CO2 without subsidy.

Built at a chemical plant in the port city of Tuticorin, it is projected to save 60,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year by incorporating them into the chemical recipe for soda ash - otherwise known as baking powder.

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I put solar power illumination lights in my house ;))
I get healed by little lights ✩︎⡱

太陽光のイルミネーションを
今度は家の中にも飾ってみましたよ♪

電気代ゼロで防犯にもなるし
めっちゃ癒されます。
ちょっと海外のインテリア写真っぽく(?)
を目指してみたんですけど
どうでしょう(๑>؂

You know how the gender binary is so strong that people assign pets to masculine and feminine traits?  So dogs are seen as masculine, and cats are seen (and sexualized) as feminine.  Despite the fact that they’re, oh, for starters, two distinct species.

I just had a conversation that was even more surreal, and that I can only hope is not mainstream:

Apparently, according to this man, fossil fuels are masculine!  And renewables like solar and wind are, therefore, feminine! 

This was said in response to me talking about wanting to put solar panels on my (hypothetical) future home, and him interrupting, saying that he didn’t want a “girly house” and that I should just go get a gas-powered generator in the next aisle over (we were in Home Depot). 

A short conversation ensued, with me being rather, and increasingly, incredulous as it went on, as this fellow tried to impose his (literally toxic) view of masculinity on me, and eventually just started swearing at me (using gendered slurs) for failing to conform.  That part I wasn’t surprised by; it’s not the first time I’ve had such arguments with men whose masculinity is as fragile as spun glass and the only way they have of buttressing it is by imposing it on others. 

No, the part that has me going “buh?” is seeing the extension the gender binary view to infrastructure. 

Three debates, and ZERO climate questions. But, each time Hillary Clinton brought the topic up herself. 

This is what she said at the third (and final) debate in Las Vegas. 

Read more about the climate silence at the Guardian.