World Temperatures To Rise By Up To 15% More By 2100 Than Previously Thought, Study Finds

December 11th, 2017 by James Ayre Clean Technica  Earlier estimates may have understated the extent by which world temperatures will rise by 2100 by up to 15%, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. In other words, if the current goal of limiting climate warming to under 2° Celsius (3.6° Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels by 2100 (which is considered by many …

10 Key Benchmarks For Climate Action To Achieve 1.5°C-Level Success

December 11th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill in Clean Technica Independent assessment group Climate Action Tracker has published a new study outlining 10 key short-term sectoral benchmarks for climate action that must be taken by 2020-25 if we are to simply “keep the window open for a 1.5°C-consistent GHG emission pathway.” The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) — an independent scientific analysis group made up …

Debbie Dooley and Green Tea Party: Talk about talk about energy choice, private property rights, freedom, innovation, national security and being good stewards of the environment God gave us

Interview with John Farrell of the Institute for Local Self Reliance, Dec 2017 “Every conservative that I know believes in energy choice. They don’t like these giant monopolies depriving them of the decision of what to do on their private property. They want to be energy independent.” Or on Vox.com (April 2017):  According to Dooley, the problem with her fellow conservatives …

European transport emissions report shows aviation and overall transport rising, also Fraunhofer research finds some hybrids as good as EVs

December 12th, 2017 by James Ayre, Clean Technica, followed by https://cleantechnica.com/2017/12/11/plug-hybrids-can-cut-emissions-much-pure-electrics/  A new report from the European Energy Agency (EEA) on the state of Europe’s progress to date on the achievement of climate and environmental goals relating to the transport sector has been released. The new report/briefing, titled Transport and Environment Reporting Mechanism (TERM) 2017, presents the view that progress towards the achievement of …

Big oil’s grip on power, a Guardian/Center for Public Integrity investigation into how the oil lobby has worked for decades to influence US government policy

  A Guardian US / Center for Public Integrity investigation into how the oil lobby has worked for decades to influence US government policy — and is tightening its hold Part One A century of influence: big oil and the White House Thursday Fueling dissent: How the oil industry set out to undercut clean air Next Week Venue of last …

Our Children’s Trust case heard by panel of 3 judges in the 9th Circuit as Trump Administration again tries to derail it, this time with a writ of mandamus

By Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch 11 Dec 2017 A landmark climate change lawsuit brought by a group of children appears poised to move forward after a Monday hearing at a federal appeals court, despite the Trump administration’s efforts to dismiss the case. Juliana v. United States was filed in 2015 on behalf of 21 young plaintiffs who argue that their constitutional and public trust rights are being violated …

Just energy policies and practices from the NAACP

The NAACP advocates for equity, economic justice, and environmental justice within the energy sector, especially in the broader context of climate change. Take Action We believe everyone has a right to safe and affordable energy. Unfortunately, energy companies and the energy industry do not operate under this principle. The way they do business not only impacts the environment but the people who …

Climate now, in pictures

By Narjas Zatat in offbeat Picture: The area of the Arctic Ocean in 1984 (left) and 2012 (right) NASA Donald Trump, and many other influential lawmakers in the United States, still raise questions about the validity of global warming. Despite a scientific consensus and the majority of reports supporting the view that global warming is a massive issue for the world, some people have trouble believing …

US land use

The U.S. land area totals just under 2.3 billion acres. Agricultural land use has become less common over time, declining from 63 percent in 1949 to 52 percent in 2012 (the latest data available). Gradual declines have occurred in cropland, while grazed forestland has decreased more rapidly. In 2012, 392 million acres of agricultural land were in cropland (18 percent …

Democratic reform proposal moves forward, laying groundwork for a different primary

As a result of the Unity Reform Commission’s recommendations, the Democratic Party could see major changes to the superdelegate system. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Berniecrats Score Another Major Win Against the Democratic Establishment Under proposed reforms pushed by backers of Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential primary would take place on a much fairer playing field than in …