Renewable Energy Continues Robust Job Growth

According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), 8.1 million people were working in the renewable energy sector at the end of last year. That’s an increase of 5% over the previous year. Those numbers do not include the estimated 1.3 million people working in large-scale hydropower, which is not always counted among renewables. To put that in perspective, there are roughly 8 million people in the US working in the financial sector.

The increase stands in marked contrast to the oil and gas sector which has seen job losses. In the US, renewable jobs grew by 6% while oil and gas employment dropped by 18%. China, the world’s largest economy, now employs 3.5 million in renewables as opposed to 2.6 million in oil and gas.

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Chris Hedges: Join Cheri Honkala and Shut Down the Democratic National Convention

From Chris Hedges article on Truthdig: On July 25, opening day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Cheri Honkala, leader of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, who was denied a permit to march by city authorities, will rally with thousands of protesters outside City Hall. Defying the police, they will march up Broad … Read moreChris Hedges: Join Cheri Honkala and Shut Down the Democratic National Convention

Oil Train Derails, Sparks Fire In Oregon’s Columbia River Gorge

The fire sent up a nasty plume of black smoke and that has people worried about the risks of transporting crude oil through this pristine place which is considered one of the most renowned landmarks in the Pacific Northwest.

A spokesperson from the state fire marshal’s office said firefighters have taken a defensive stance to fight the flames, but the best course of action may be to let the fire burn itself out.

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Scientists from Biosphere 2 and Astronaut Stress Need for Sustainability

Biosphere 2 Scientists:
“One of the most intriguing personal experiences Taber and I had is that of being viscerally part of our biosphere, really being interconnected,” Pointer said. “Moment by moment, we knew we were dependent on all the plants in this sealed container to survive and that the CO2 that we exhaled was going into all the plants and animals.”

Astronaut:
“I would look back at the Earth and wonder what it is going to look like in 50 or 100 years, and I was routinely hit in the gut with the sobering contradiction between the beauty of our planet and the suffering of so many of its inhabitants. All those woes have a cause-and-effect relationship with our environment…”

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