Time to build a new electrical system to protect our communities from planned power blackouts

The dramatic increase in the size and severity of California’s wildfires in recent years is just one example of the devastating effects of climate change. PG&E’s power shutdown due to high fire risk wind conditions is a stark reminder that our aging and unstable electrical system must be replaced now, not decades from now. In […]

5 reasons why the Paris Agreement is a joke (and how we can fix It)

by Sasja Beslik March 18, 2019 on Medium here The Paris climate agreement is a joke. And I should know — I was there when it was drafted. Three and a half years ago, I was one of the hundreds of politicians and heads of industry who convened in Paris with a singular goal: Devise a plan […]

UNITED IN SCIENCE: High-level synthesis report of latest climate science (Sept 2019)

See this excellent United Nations high level climate science synthesis (Sept 22 2019) of the latest from the advisory group to the UN Climate Action Summit. You can read the press release and summary here.  This is provides the scientific foundation for much more bold action in California– accelerated timelines and more aggressive policies to […]

The Amazon rainforest is nearly gone

by Matt Sandy, Time On the southern crest of the unscathed Amazon rain forest, a storm inundates a wooden shack just off a sodden mud road. Inside, Antonio Bertola sits clutching a $1 beer under a painting of the Virgin Mary, his face ruddy and his clothes tatty from a lifetime of work on the […]

CARB’s raging debate about carbon offsets for the Amazon rainforest

by Julia Rosen, LA Times Smoke is still rising from the Amazon as fires smolder in the world’s largest rainforest. The blazes triggered a wave of global outrage over the loss of precious trees. But California says it has a plan to keep tropical forests standing. This week, state officials will consider a proposal to […]

A month ahead of global climate strike, thousands pledge to attend

by Julia Conley, Common Dreams, August 20, 2019 Organizers behind the global climate strike movement—from teenage students to adults who have fought for climate action for decades—on Tuesday called on all people who want to halt the climate crisis to join the worldwide action on September 20. 350.org, one of dozens of international, national, and […]

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 […]

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Four companies agree on partnership to develop fully-electric cargo ships

by Mitsubishi Corporation Asahi Tanker Co., Ltd., Exeno Yamamizu Corporation, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., and Mitsubishi Corporation today announced their agreement to create a strategic partnership to provide new infrastructure services in the marine shipping industry that focus on electrically powered vessels. Their newly established company, e5 Lab. Inc. (e5 Lab) will work to develop […]

How climate change threatens the criminal justice system

by Molly Taft, EcoWatch It was long predicted that Houston was unprepared for a hurricane like Harvey, yet the storm caught the city off-guard when it landed a year and a half ago. Harvey dawdled over the region for a week after making landfall, dumping up to five feet of rain on some areas. One […]

Greenland is melting away before our eyes

by Eric Holthaus, Rolling Stone Amid an ongoing heat wave, new data show the Greenland ice sheet is in the middle of its biggest melt season in recorded history. It’s the latest worrying signal climate change is accelerating far beyond the worst fears of even climate scientists. The record-setting heat wave that sweltered northern Europe […]