Despite the uptick in renewable energy usage, global emissions have steadily increased. Senior Fellow John Woolard argues that commitments to 100% renewables, while critical for sending market signals to increase investment, will not alone achieve the system change needed to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. It's time for companies and countries to commit to 100% zero-carbon energy.
Renewable energy is on the rise across the U.S., and state-level policies are instrumental. Already in 2019, 10 states have passed policies that promote renewable energy development. Here are four recent wins in states emerging as new leaders in clean energy.
Irrigation pumps could provide a more stable source of water for Kenyan farmers, but they currently cover only 6-8 percent of the land. Some farmers are gaining access to them through a novel source of power.
Food and energy systems are behind most of the world's environmental problems. Achieving sustainability in these fields should be the focus of the environmental movement.
Solar power provides Kenya's health clinics with critical services like reliable electricity and the ability to safely store vaccines. And there's another bonus: increased profits.