Renewable Energy Jobs Keep Growing While Fossil Fuel Jobs Keep Shrinking!

man installing solar panel on roof

More than 8.1 million people are now employed by the renewable energy industry worldwide, an increase of five percent over last year, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The number of renewable energy jobs worldwide went up in 2015 while jobs in the broader energy sector fell. In the United States, for example, renewable…

What’s Hot in Climate Change, 11 July 2016

Welcome to the inaugural semi, bi-weekly “What’s Hot in Climate Change” post (pun intended!).  The Climate Advisor pours over scores of climate change articles from various media outlets and reputable scientific sources almost daily, so it seemed that besides just twittering out these articles, it might be helpful if we directed readers to the best of the bunch from the past week or two. So this will be a regular update of what this blog thinks are the best stories from the previous few weeks.  There may also be occasional book reviews and other fun and/or interesting stuff.  We will Continue reading What’s Hot in Climate Change, 11 July 2016

The Best Climate Change Podcasts

The best climate change podcast!

(This is an update of a previous post that includes some new podcasts. So the end of the title was changed from “Podcast” to “Podcasts”. I will keep updating this page as new and better podcasts become available.) Are you hungry for a good podcast on climate change?  I know I am.  Unfortunately the pickings are slim.  But I’m sure that will change in the coming years as climate change comes to dominate the nightly news. If you search iTunes or the web for “climate change podcast” a bunch of stuff comes up.  Most of them aren’t very recent or Continue reading The Best Climate Change Podcasts

The climate agreement, 2 degrees, and your children’s future

Risks

Not too long ago, just after the Paris COP21 climate meeting, I read two interesting articles that contradicted each other.  The first said “COP21: Paris deal far too weak to prevent devastating climate change, academics warn.”  The second was more optimistic, “Rapid switch to renewable energy can put Paris climate goals within reach.” “So which is it?”, I wondered. The first one discussed a letter sent by eleven supposedly prominent climate scientists to The Independent that warned that the climate deal reached at the COP21 gives “false hope” and will result in insufficient action being taken. A few choice quotes Continue reading The climate agreement, 2 degrees, and your children’s future

The shocking truth about alternative energy!

CO2 made for different sized homes using different energy sources

If you want to save money switch to LED lighting, insulate your home and buy energy-efficient appliances.  If you want to keep carbon dioxide out of the air the single biggest thing you can do is switch to alternative energy for your home. That’s the “shocking truth”.  Why shocking?  Because you never hear just how important that is.  No other single thing you do as an individual will have as big an impact on climate change. Getting your home powered by alternative energy may seem like a daunting task, but really it could be as easy as a quick phone call or website Continue reading The shocking truth about alternative energy!