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Governor’s climate budget: one step forward, one step back

Last week, Governor Gavin Newsom released his proposed state budget of $222 billion for the fiscal year 2020-21 including $12.5 billion over five years to boost climate resilience, curb greenhouse gas pollution, and tackle the climate change-driven wildfire crisis. While this budget proposal is a good start, rapid decarbonization will require much greater investment in […]

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Historical housing disparities linked with dangerous climate impacts

Science Daily, January 14, 2020 Extreme heat kills more people in the United States than any other type of hazardous weather and will likely become even deadlier due to climate change. However, extreme heat does not affect all people equally. Surface temperatures in different neighborhoods within a single city can vary by a whopping 20 […]

BlackRock joins $41 trillion investor climate campaign

by Laura Hurst, Annie Massa, and Emily Chasan, Bloomberg BlackRock Inc. added its almost $7 trillion heft to a group of investors that’s pressing the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases to change their ways. The addition of the world’s largest fund manager is a significant milestone for Climate Action 100+, bringing total assets under […]

Indonesia’s city Jakarta flooded

It’s not just Australia — Indonesia is facing its own climate disaster

by Rachel Ramirez, Grist It’s not just Australia that’s having a rough start to the new year. Indonesia’s sinking capital of Jakarta and the surrounding areas have been inundated with rain, triggering landslides and floods that have killed dozens of people. As of Tuesday, the torrential downpours have left at least 67 people dead as […]

On land, Australia’s rising heat is ‘apocalyptic.’ In the ocean, it’s worse.

by Darryl Fears, Washington Post Even before the ocean caught fever and reached temperatures no one had ever seen, Australia’s ancient giant kelp was cooked. Rodney Dillon noticed the day he squeezed into a wet suit several years ago and dove into Trumpeter Bay to catch his favorite food, a big sea snail called abalone. […]

Stanford researchers have an exciting plan to tackle the climate emergency worldwide

by Tessa Koumoundouros, Science Alert These catastrophes are being replicated around the globe ever more frequently, and we know exactly what is exacerbating them. We know we need to rapidly make some drastic changes – and Stanford researchers have come up with a plan. Using the latest data available, they have outlined how 143 countries […]

Electric vehicles for Uber and Lyft? Los Angeles might require it, mayor says.

by Leslie Hook, Financial Times Los Angeles is considering forcing rideshare services such as Uber and Lyft to use electric vehicles in what would be a first for any city as LA seeks to cut emissions and get more electric vehicles on the streets, the mayor said. Eric Garcetti, mayor of Los Angeles, told the […]

Community Microgrids: Four examples of local energy that improves lives

by Lena Goodwin, Microgrid Knowledge Community microgrids offer a way for neighborhoods, villages, towns and cities to meet their energy needs locally. Some make a community’s electricity more reliable and green; others serve critical facilities like fire, police and water treatment facilities; and still others are built for remote outposts that otherwise lack access to […]

A methane leak, seen from space, proves to be far larger than thought

by Hiroko Tabuchi, NY Times The first satellite designed to continuously monitor the planet for methane leaks made a startling discovery last year: A little known gas-well accident at an Ohio fracking site was in fact one of the largest methane leaks ever recorded in the United States. The findings by a Dutch-American team of […]

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A methane leak, seen from space, proves to be far larger than thought

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times The first satellite designed to continuously monitor the planet for methane leaks made a startling discovery last year: A little known gas-well accident at an Ohio fracking site was in fact one of the largest methane leaks ever recorded in the United States. The findings by a Dutch-American team […]