Woody Hastings and his wife June Brashares accepting the Ernestine Smith Environmentalist of the Year award and the Pat and Ted Elliot posthumous Lifetime Environmental Achievement

Woody Hastings named Sonoma County Environmentalist of the Year

by Barry Vesser and Laurie-Ann Barbour On a wet December evening about 100 environmental activists assembled by Sonoma County Conservation Council & Sierra Club Sonoma Group to honor the environmentalist of the year – Woody Hastings, the Energy Program Manager at The Climate Center. Woody was honored for his work on the initiative to start Sonoma […]

Click, Click, Emit—The carbon cost of online shopping

by Maxine Joselow, E&E News Thinking of ordering a holiday gift online? You might pause to consider the environmental impact of getting that product to your doorstep. Amazon.com Inc. and other companies are making it easier than ever to shop for the holidays. With one click of a button, you can have an item sent […]

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US insurance industry lags in divesting from fossil fuels

by Insure Our Future The number of insurance companies withdrawing coverage for coal has more than doubled in 2019 as the industry’s retreat from the sector accelerates and spreads beyond Europe, the Unfriend Coal campaign revealed in Insuring Coal No More, its third annual scorecard on insurance and climate change. However, the report finds that […]

Presidential candidates wouldn’t talk climate-friendly agriculture– until now

by Tom Philpott, Grist Food and agriculture policy has been at best a fringe issue during the last few Democratic presidential primaries. Candidates tend to limit their agricultural appeals to “broad value statements” rather than dive into the policy specifics “that would indicate they’ve given these issues the attention they deserve,” says Sarah Hackney, coalition […]

Finland has an app showing shopping’s true carbon footprint

by Kati Pohjanpalo, Bloomberg Shoppers will soon be able to work out the true carbon footprint of their purchases thanks to an app from one of the most digitally savvy nations in the world. Unlike other carbon-footprint calculators already on the market, the application developed by Enfuce Financial Services Oy, a Finnish payment services provider, […]

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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 […]

Gas industry tries a greenwash with “renewable gas”

by Phil McKenna, InsideClimate News In the small town of Duarte, California, early this year, the state’s largest natural gas utility made what has become its standard pitch to city councils: If you care about climate change, stick with gas—because it, too, can be a renewable source of power. Robert Cruz of the Southern California […]

Natural gas is not a good deal for investors or the climate

by Bruce Nilles and Mark Dyson, Greentech Media Cities and utilities across the United States are starting to reject natural gas — and not just for environmental reasons. Increasingly, the compelling economics of clean energy alternatives play a major role in these decisions. San Jose, the tenth largest city in the country, recently joined a […]

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 […]