California State Capitol Building Sacramento

California climate budget to include $1 billion green loan fund

by Judy Lin and Rachel Becker,CAL Matters Contending that California needs to better encourage small players with ideas to address the climate crisis, Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to include a $1 billion revolving loan program in his new budget Friday to seed recycling, low-carbon transportation and climate-smart agriculture projects, according to a summary document obtained […]

Jet Blue goes eco-friendly

JetBlue to become first airline to become carbon neutral

by Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg JetBlue Airways Corp. said it will become the first large U.S. airline to offset emissions from all of its domestic flights, aiming to become carbon neutral by July as pressure grows on the industry from climate change activists. The carrier also will begin using sustainable aviation fuel on its flights from […]

Sebastian Kurz, on the right, the leader of the conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP)

Austria’s new government sets goal to be carbon neutral by 2040

by Deutsche Welle, EcoWatch Although the Greens managed to secure major policies to combat climate change, Kurz also pushed through his hardline immigration policies — which might not sit well with Greens supporters. What’s in the coalition deal? The Greens will head four ministries, including taking on the environment and justice portfolios. Kurz’s party will […]

Few pathways to an acceptable climate future without immediate action, e.g., carbon neutral energy production by 2030 and low atmospheric sensitivity to increased CO2

A new comprehensive study of climate change has painted over 5 million pictures of humanity’s potential future, and few foretell an Earth that has not severely warmed. But with immediate action and some luck, there are pathways to a tolerable climate future, according to a research team. One pathway is to immediately and aggressively pursue […]

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What it takes to be carbon neutral — for a family, a city, a country

New Washington Post series on Climate Solutions (Read more here) The deliberate choice to “live small,” Purup Nohr said, is one way people can be kinder to the planet than their parents might have been. Copenhagen is trying to become the first carbon-neutral capital by 2025 — a full 25 years before Washington and other […]

Gov. Steve Sisolak

Nevada became the 4th state to commit to 100% carbon-free energy

by James DeHaven, Reno Gazette Journal Conservationists and clean energy advocates celebrated Monday as Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill to more than double the amount of renewable energy currently provided by Nevada’s electric companies. Senate Bill 358 was fast-tracked through the Democrat-dominated Legislature on Friday as an “emergency measure,” allowing Sisolak to sign it […]

Hydrofluorocarbons as coolants in refrigerators

Court ruling on HFCS deals another blow to Paris climate goals

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News The federal appeals court’s ruling this week striking down an Obama-era rule on air conditioning and refrigeration gases deals another significant blow to hopes of the U.S. reaching its target under the Paris climate accord. The 2015 rule would have restricted the manufacturing of products containing hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. It […]

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Madison navigates partnership with utility as it pursues 100 percent clean energy goal

by Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News On March 21, Madison’s city council signed a resolution committing the city to power 100 percent of its operations with clean energy. The resolution was especially notable since the utility serving Madison gets almost half of its power from coal, and several years ago was among Wisconsin utilities making national […]

Sonoma County Water Agency: Carbon Free by 2015

May 1, 2015 by Adrienne Tatman, SSU student and The Climate Center Intern Recently I attended a Sonoma County Water Agency’s Energy and Sustainability tour and learned how the Agency achieved carbon free water.  The Agency pumps and distributes water to more than 600,000 Sonoma and Marin customers, and also runs several sanitation plants. Before […]