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Federal Court Hears Oral Arguments in Climate Change Lawsuit From Young People:


Twenty-one people between the ages of 10 and 21 are suing the federal government for violating their rights by not sufficiently addressing climate change. By Glenn McDonald https://www.seeker.com/earth/federal-court-hears-oral-arguments-in-climate-change-lawsuit-from-young-people ...


A new report finds 'we have created a new climate' - Climate change models project extreme temperature woes for continental US:


New high-resolution climate models are projecting that, in the not-too-distant future, America could face frequent and extreme temperatures that would take a significant toll on the nation's water resources ...


Solar energy company in Missoula plans new commercial building, apartments:


With confidence in the energy future high and business growing, a renewable energy company based in Missoula plans to break ground on a $2.2 million commercial space to showcase its technology and highlight ...


Solar-power lawsuit: PSC actions illegally blocking small solar projects:


Two solar-power advocates and a developer are suing the state Public Service Commission, saying its recent rulings are illegally undercutting any future development of small, commercial solar projects ...


PSC sets terms for Montana wind project; developer says they're unworkable:


State regulators this week set the terms for a proposed wind-power project near Martinsdale, in central Montana - but the developer said Wednesday those terms make the project "uneconomic" and unable ...


Promising to 'Make Our Planet Great Again,' Macron lures 13 U.S. climate scientists to France:


What initially looked like an impish dig at President Trump by French President Emmanuel Macron over climate policy has turned into a concrete plan. First, when the Trump administration proposed slashing ...


Bitcoin Mining Guzzles Energy--And Its Carbon Footprint Just Keeps Growing:


Simply put, bitcoin is slowing the effort to achieve a rapid transition away from fossil fuels. What's more, this is just the beginning. Given its rapidly growing climate footprint, bitcoin is a malignant ...


Four Bozeman schools seek grant for solar panels:


Bozeman's public schools are ready to go solar, just at a moment of great uncertainty in the industry. The School Board recently voted to seek a $192,000 renewable energy grant to install solar panels ...


How Google Is Using Moonshots to Solve Climate Change:




Your nature-inspired climate change solution could be worth $100,000:


The 2017-2018 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge wants your nature-inspired solutions to help the world adapt to, mitigate, or reverse the effects of climate change--and they'll handsomely reward the ...


Meteorologist warns collapse of two Antarctic glaciers could flood every coastal city on Earth:


Two of Antarctica's glaciers are holding our civilization hostage, meteorologist Eric Holthaus wrote in a piece for Grist. Pine Island and Thwaites are among the continent's biggest and fastest-melting ...


Turkey poop could offer a potent alternative to coal:


Turkeys don't just offer fuel on a Thanksgiving plate. Two Ben-Gurion University of the Negev researchers found turkey poop could act as a potent alternative energy source - and could actually replace ...


Could graphene ripples be tapped into as a clean, limitless energy source?:


As if graphene wasn't versatile enough already, researchers at the University of Arkansas have now found a way for the two-dimensional material to be used as a source of clean and potentially unlimited ...


With Idahoans split, our big employers take the lead on adapting to climate change:


"The only Idahoans who are not impacted by climate change are those who don't use water, electricity, eat, breathe, recreate, rely on the forest endowment for their children's education," Hardesty said ...


A new way to store thermal energy:


MIT researchers create material for a chemical heat "battery" that could release its energy on demand. David L. Chandler | MIT News Office http://news.mit.edu/2017/new-way-store-thermal-energy-1117 Many ...


Idaho businesses, industry, agencies, other groups come together at 'Climate Summit':


From increased agricultural pests and disease, to longer, smokier wildfire seasons, to spreading invasive species, Idaho's economy is already being seriously impacted by climate change, said participants ...


Lawmakers consider changing the rules for small wind farms that sell to Wyoming utilities:


Wyoming wind is in demand, but as the industry changes so should the regulations that govern it, according to some state lawmakers. Small wind farms that have cropped up in the state benefit from a ...


How the Government Hid Fracking's Risk to Drinking Water:


The "Halliburton loophole" exempts oil and gas companies from having to answer to the Clean Water Act for the chemicals they use for fracking. A new report says the government covered up scientists' ...


A Smart Recycling Bin Could Sort Your Waste for You:




Spokane's Waste-to-Energy plant:


This week, Spokane signed an extension of its deal with Avista Utilities Corp. to sell excess electricity generated at Spokane's Waste-to-Energy plant, a deal valued at between $5 million and $5.5 million ...


Digital Infrastructure Should Be a Part of Any New U.S. Project, Experts Say:


"If you're going to rebuild the street, put the right sensors in it so we can make better decisions later. We need to build infrastructure for the future, for the next 50 years, not for the last 20." by ...


America First? Trump Energy Cuts Would Eliminate Billions of Dollars in Direct Savings to Consumers :




High Plains Aquifer's Depletion Threatens Rural Areas:


Farmers say they're trying to wean from groundwater, but admit there are no easy answers amid pressures of corn prices, urban growth and interstate water agreements By Bruce Finley | bfinley@denverpost.com ...


Are IoT-Enabled Smart Meters the Next Step for Utility Providers?:




Rural Arkansas program offers example of energy savings through efficiency:


Low-to-moderate income renters and homeowners in rural Arkansas are reaping the savings from a program they pay for themselves over time to improve energy efficiency in their house or apartment. Tammy ...


Energy-market expert Tyson Slocum to address Northern Plains Resource Council annual meeting - 11/10-11 - Billings, Montana:


In a few short years, Tyson Slocum says, advances in the efficiency of power-storage batteries will have reached the point of making renewable energy "grid-comparable." That means the cost of installing ...


These innovative solutions to climate change are making serious waves:


Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most pressing issues facing our global community. Though the jury is still out on whether the planet's warming climate is to blame for recent events like Hurricane ...


EPA's Pruitt vows to continue rolling back rules despite alarming climate report:


EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said a newly released government report that lays most of the blame for the rise of global temperatures to human activity won't deter him from continuing to roll back the ...


Can Puerto Rico Be The Model For A Renewables-Powered Energy System?:


As the island rebuilds from Hurricane Maria, renewable energy storage companies like Sonnen and Tesla are constructing microgrids on the island to create a more resilient system before the next storm ...


Senator Tester Demands the Forest Service Listen to Montana Scientists:


After Catastrophic Fire Season, Senator Calls for Expert Voices at the Table (U.S. Senate)--Senator Jon Tester is defending Montana fire experts and calling on the U.S. Forest Service to ...

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