All Las Vegas city facilities ― from government buildings to streetlights ― are now running entirely on renewable energy, city officials have announced. "We can brag that the city, this city of Las Vegas, is one of the few cities in the entire world that can boast using all of its power from a green source," Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said in a news conference Monday. The achievement marks the completion of the city's nearly decade-long goal to fully transition to clean energy only ― a project that was expedited after the city partnered with public utility company NV Energy almost a year ago. Officials were able to make the announcement after Boulder Solar 1, NV Energy's massive solar array in the southeast corner of Nevada, went on line last week. Boulder Solar 1, combined with other local sources of green energy like geothermal energy plants and solar panels placed throughout the city, will now provide 100 percent of the city's municipal power.
The second annual conference, organized by the conservative thinktank the Heartland Institute, pulled together speakers from JunkScience, the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, and the Center For Industrial Progress, along with officials from the U.S. Department of Interior and the White House for panels that included: "Carbon Taxes, Cap & Trade, and Other Bad Ideas," "Fiduciary Malpractice: The Sustainable Investment Movement," and "Why CO2 Emissions Are Not Creating A Climate Crisis."
China has long been blamed for its contribution to climate change due to extensive manufacturing and the burning of fossil fuels. But according to new data, China is not only on track to meet its carbon reduction goals – it will likely surpass them by a long shot. Carbon emissions from the nation's energy sector fell in 2016 for the third year in a row, according to figures released by the government and analyzed by Greenpeace Tuesday. Coal use declined, while solar energy production doubled. Following that trend, carbon emissions in the nation were set to fall another 1 percent in 2017.
Two decades have passed since diplomats from around the world emerged from a conference hall in Kyoto, Japan, with what was billed as the first deal ever to limit emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping greenhouse gases that are relentlessly warming the earth's atmosphere. Climate diplomacy has made a lot of progress since then. All but one of the world's nations -- the United States -- have enlisted in the cause, making concrete commitments to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. Leaving aside President Trump's past declarations that climate change is a hoax, there are heartening signs that the strategy may work: Global carbon-dioxide emissions have stopped rising. Coal use in China may have peaked.