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Expansion of fossil-fuel vehicle phase-outs moves world one step closer to a climate-safe future 

Electric Vehicles Charging at a Station

By Buddy Burch, The Climate Center In March 2020, we launched an update to the Survey of Global Activity to Phase Out Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Vehicles. This survey, which details leadership and innovation in pursuit of electrifying the transportation sector for a climate-safe future, has been an ongoing effort at The Climate Center. We … Read more

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Carl Mears answers curious climate activist

by Carl Mears, CCP I’ve heard that a good way to help with climate change is to modify my diet to reduce my carbon footprint (foodprint?). When I tried to look into this, I found a lot of confusing, contradictory information. Vegan vs. Omnivore. Local meat vs. imported vegetable. Beef, pork, chicken, fish, dairy! Organic … Read more

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Supporter Spotlight: Barbara Fry

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Please meet Barbara Fry, one of our loyal “sustainers.” Barbara lives in Spring Lake Village, a beautiful retirement facility in Santa Rosa.  She comes from a fascinating background. She spent many years in the Middle East including five years in Tehran as program director for the United States Bi-National Center specializing in English as a … Read more

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Meet Bronwyn Simmons – our new intern

My name is Bronwyn Simmons, and I go to school at Bard College, where I’m studying international affairs. I’m interested in all kinds of activism, as well as investigative journalism. On campus, I’m involved in many activist groups, including the Sunrise Movement. Our Sunrise Movement chapter is involved in pushing local politicians to back radical … Read more

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Strongest US climate bill in 10 years has bi-partisan support

"Powerplant" by Nucho is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

by Bruce Hagen, Citizen’s Climate Lobby What do “Argus” and “Amory” have in common? On April 18th, they both published opinions supporting the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, H.R. 763. In “The True Cost of Carbon”, the Petaluma Argus Courier writes that global climate change is a local issue. “Fires, exacerbated by global warming, … Read more

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Ask a climate scientist

In this new column, our resident climate scientist, Carl Mears, will answer your most pressing questions about climate. Carl is a member of our board. First up: Question: I’ve heard the best way to change things at speed and scale is policy, policy, policy. I am too young to vote. My voting uncle doesn’t believe … Read more

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Review of Designing Climate Solutions

by Buddy Burch, The Climate Center Hal Harvey’s 2018 work entitled Designing Climate Solutions: A Policy Guide for Low-Carbon Energy, provides the reader with a primer in constructing effective policies to avoid catastrophic global temperature rise. Harvey is deeply ingrained in the climate movement. A graduate of Stanford University with both bachelor’s and master’s degrees … Read more

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Governor Gavin’s chance to become a climate dividends hero

by Mike Sandler, co-founder of The Climate Center With Federal climate action stalled for years, climate activists have looked to California to lead the way.  And California has in many ways, including by adopting the most ambitious multi-sector GHG cap in the country and an economywide carbon price, the first and still only one in … Read more

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Santa Rosa City Council moves toward innovative “electric-ready” building ordinance

Frog Song solar by Laurie-Ann Barbour

by Mike Turgeon, The Climate Center Climate Action Fellow In a marathon study session on Tuesday, October 23rd, the Santa Rosa City Council, at the urging of the Friends of the Climate Action Plan (FoCAP), received a long-overdue update on the progress of the 2012 Municipal and Community Climate Action Plans.  The Climate Action Plan implementation … Read more

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Psst, your California Climate Credit is increasing – and so is your potential dividends donation

Karen Barnes enjoying her increased climate credit

By Mike Sandler, Cofounder of The Climate Center Psst, you’re getting money back from a carbon price.  The California Climate Credit is one of the best kept secrets in the world of climate policy.  It was created in 2014 by the California Public Utilities Commission to return revenues from the State’s Cap & Trade program back to … Read more