California officials need to move faster on sea-level rise, legislative study finds

by Rosanna Xia, Los Angeles Times In one of the most comprehensive assessments of the crisis that rising seas pose to California, an influential state panel on Tuesday urged local officials to take ownership of the issue and lawmakers to move fast and consider much-needed legislation. The Legislative Analyst’s Office, a nonpartisan arm of the […]

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Cap and Trade is supposed to solve climate change, but oil and gas company emissions are up

by Lisa Song, Propublica Gov. Jerry Brown took the podium at a July 2017 press conference to lingering applause after a steady stream of politicians praised him for helping to extend California’s signature climate policy for another decade. Brown, flanked by the U.S. and California flags, with a backdrop of the gleaming San Francisco Bay, […]

California farmers are planting solar panels as water supplies dry up

by Sammy Roth, LA Times Jon Reiter banked the four-seat Cessna aircraft hard to the right, angling to get a better look at the solar panels glinting in the afternoon sun far below. The silvery panels looked like an interloper amid a patchwork landscape of lush almond groves, barren brown dirt and saltbush scrub, framed […]

It’s time for California to get out of the oil business

by Judith Lewis Mernit, Sierra Club In the late 1920s, the Methodist Community Church of Santa Fe Springs, California, was going broke. The town’s pious, churchgoing farmers had leased their land to oil companies and fled to the coast to escape the industrial blight, and the roughnecks who replaced them weren’t exactly the tithing kind. […]

Governor Gavin’s chance to become a climate dividends hero

by Mike Sandler, co-founder of The Climate Center With Federal climate action stalled for years, climate activists have looked to California to lead the way.  And California has in many ways, including by adopting the most ambitious multi-sector GHG cap in the country and an economywide carbon price, the first and still only one in […]

California universities are transitioning to all-electric buildings

by Justin Gerdes, Greentech Media With governments squeezing carbon out of their power grids, zero-emission buildings will emerge as an important tool for reaching carbon neutrality by mid-century. It’s already happening in California. Two of the state’s universities, the University of California and Stanford University, are taking new steps to eliminate carbon emissions in their […]

California burning: life among the wildfires

Christina Nichol participated in our first Climate Action Fellowship course last year. She is the author of the novel “Waiting for the Electricity.” By Christina Nichol, The Guardian, May 4, 2018 People used to roll their eyes at my gloomy talk of climate change. Then the big blaze came. In 2017, the weather in California was the […]

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California Assembly committee clears measure for 100% renewables goal

by Peter Maloney, Utility Dive Dive Brief: 1. The California Assembly’s Utilities and Energy Committee last week approved SB 100, moving the state one step closer to its 100% renewable energy goal. 2. SB 100 would increase California’s current renewable portfolio standard to 60% by 2030 and establish a goal of meeting 100% renewable energy […]