These three circular economy principles can help combat the climate crisis

45% of global emissions come from making things, everyday products like cars and clothes, and managing land Only a systems-level approach will enable us to achieve the 1.5 ̊C target by 2050 while building greater resilience to climate change. Energy lies at the core of efforts to address climate change. Worldwide, the electricity, heat and […]

Energy resilient communities through distributed, clean, smart and local microgrids (Advanced Community Energy or ACE)

by Kurt Johnson, The Climate Center (read full article on our website here) As climate-related disruptions grow more frequent and severe, we urgently need effective local strategies to achieve decarbonization, resilience, social equity and security. The common basis for all these goals is to create local electric systems — carbon-free, safe, resilient and accessible to […]

‘Worse than anyone expected’: Air travel emissions vastly outpace predictions

by Hiroko Tabuchi, NY Times Greenhouse gas emissions from commercial air travel are growing at a faster clip than predicted in previous, already dire, projections, according to new research — putting pressure on airline regulators to take stronger action as they prepare for a summit next week. The United Nations aviation body forecasts that airplane […]

Berkeley has triggered a chain of anti-gas laws

by Nathanael Johnson, Grist Generations from now, people might react to the idea of piping gas into houses the same way we now think of burning coal in the fireplace for heat: as a relic of a less-advanced and soot-filled time. The turning point came earlier this year, when Berkeley, California, became the first city […]

University of California system to divest from fossil fuels

by Andy Kroll, Rolling Stone The nearly decade-old campaign to force major universities, investment firms, and insurance companies to divest from fossil fuels just notched one of its biggest victories yet. In a new op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, the chief investment officer for the University of California system and the chairman of the […]

Canada relocates people in flood plains with buyouts

by Christopher Flavelle, NY Times Along the coast of the United States, people who lost homes to Hurricane Dorian are preparing to rebuild. But Canada — which has faced devastating flooding of its own — is testing a very different idea of disaster recovery: Forcing people to move. Unlike the United States, which will repeatedly […]

Solutions for the third largest source of emissions – food waste

by Maddie Stone, Grist Earlier this month, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a dire report highlighting the enormous environmental impact of agriculture. But the report also pointed to a clear way for us to feed more mouths without causing more planetary destruction: We can stop wasting food. Globally, we humans squander up […]

New report: California has five times more clean energy jobs than fossil fuel jobs

by Paul Rogers, The Mercury News Clean energy jobs in California now outnumber jobs in the fossil fuel industry five to one, a new study has found, an increase driven by the state’s ever-expanding renewable energy and climate laws. More than 512,000 people are employed in jobs related to clean energy — from installing solar […]

Colorado commission votes 8-1 to adopt zero-emissions vehicle mandate

by Tamara Chuang, Colorado Sun Colorado’s Air Quality Control Commission voted to approve the state’s adoption of the zero-emissions vehicle mandate on Friday morning after a three-day hearing. The vote was 8-1 in favor of the rule, which is expected to help improve air quality and make auto manufacturers expand electric vehicles choices in the […]

The promise of a carbon-free flight is on the horizon

by Peter Fairley, Spectrum The aviation industry’s global trade group says electric airplanes are unlikely to be flying commercial routes before 2040. That pessimism from the International Air Transport Association is off by nearly two decades according to ZeroAvia, a fast-moving electric flight startup popping out of stealth mode today. For six months already, the […]