- A global transition to 100% renewable electricity, far from being a long-term vision, is happening now, a study says. It is the work of Finland’s Lappeenranta University of Technology and the Energy Watch Group, and it was published at the UN climate change conference, COP23. The conference is now underway in Bonn, Germany. [eco-business.com]
- Exposure to particulate matter air pollution is responsible for more than 10.7 million cases of the development of chronic kidney disease per year, according to a study. Chronic kidney disease is just one of a long list of reasons moving away from petrol/gas and diesel cars, and coal-fired power plants, would benefit public health greatly. [CleanTechnica]
- The European Commission published its annual climate action progress report this week. Between 1990 and 2016 the European Union has cut greenhouse gas emissions by 23% while at the same time growing its economy by 53%. This proves again that environmental action need not negatively affect the financial bottom line. [CleanTechnica]
- HomeBiogas, which successfully launched its first home biodigester system on Indiegogo in early 2016, has been working to improve the design of its product into a more durable, lower cost, and more efficient model. It recently unveiled the next iteration of this backyard biogas device, cutting the cost of the device in half. [CleanTechnica]
- The Republican-controlled House has approved a bill aimed at expanding hydroelectric power by a vote of 257-166. The bill was sponsored by Rep Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington. It defines hydropower as a renewable resource and streamlines the way projects are licensed, with primary authority granted to a single federal agency. [ABC News]
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