How to make carbon pricing palatable to air travelers

University of British Columbia & EDF; read full article at ScienceDaily Travelers are willing to pay a little more for flights if they know the extra money will be used to address carbon emissions, per new study  How those fees are presented at the time of ticket purchase is the key to consumer acceptance. People […]

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 […]

Governor Newsom quietly puts a moratorium on fracking

by John Cox, Bakersfield The administration of Gov. Gavin Newsom has imposed a de-facto moratorium on hydraulic fracturing while it studies permitting procedures for the politically controversial oil well-completion technique better known as fracking. State records show not one frack job has been approved in California since June 28, about two weeks before Newsom ordered […]

Countries and public utilities are trying to reduce carbon emissions by burning wood pellets instead of coal, but recent studies have shown that the practice will have disastrous effects.

Don’t burn trees to fight climate change — let them grow

by Bill McKibben, New Yorker Countries and public utilities are trying to reduce carbon emissions by burning wood pellets instead of coal, but recent studies have shown that the practice will have disastrous effects. Of all the solutions to climate change, ones that involve trees make people the happiest. Earlier this year, when a Swiss […]

A mixed emissions report

by Dan Morain, Cal Matters Gov. Gavin Newsom lauded latest numbers showing that California is cutting greenhouse gas emissions, saying data show “smart climate policies are good for our economy and good for the planet.” For the first time, in 2017, more electricity—52%—came from solar, wind, hydro power and nukes, which generate no greenhouse gases, […]

US Forest Service proposal to speed up logging, cut environmental analysis, public input

by Karen Chávez, Asheville Citizen Times In what conservationists are calling the most sweeping and “existential threat” to national forests in the past 50 years, a U.S. Forest Service proposal would eliminate public participation in most logging, prescribed burning, road and pipeline building and other forest operations. On June 13, the Forest Service released a […]

The Arctic’s ice sheet is melting at a rapid rate: 11 billion tons in one day

by Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY Scientists announced Thursday that July equaled, if not surpassed, the hottest month in recorded history. But that was not the only cause for concern. Greenland’s ice sheet melted at its most rapid rate so far this summer summer on Thursday, losing 11 billion tons of surface ice to the ocean, […]

Why we need a contraception revolution

by Jessica Colarossi, The Brink BU OB/GYN microbiologist Deborah Anderson argues that new birth control approaches are needed to combat overpopulation, climate change Deborah Anderson wants a contraception revolution. In an editorial published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Anderson lays out the reasons why she believes it’s time to reignite research for developing […]

Paradise: A preview of an American future

by Jon Mooallem, NY Times The fire was already growing at a rate of one football field per second when Tamra Fisher woke up on the edge of Paradise, Calif., feeling that her life was no longer insurmountably strenuous or unpleasant and that she might be up to the challenge of living it again. She […]

The root of the problem: Finding solutions for the Great Barrier Reef

by Maddie Maffia, CCP This summer, I am studying land-use practices and their impacts on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) in Australia. The GBR is the most diverse coral reef ecosystem in the world. Sadly, it has lost 80% of its coral reef coverage in the northern portion of the reef over the past decade. […]