Some Rare Good Climate News: The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Weaker Than Ever

By Bill McKibben, Grist, 24 June 18, From Wall Street to the pope, many increasingly see fossil fuels as anything but a sure bet. That gives us reason to hope f you’re looking for good news on the climate front, don’t look to the Antarctic. Last week’s spate of studies documenting that its melt rates had tripled is precisely the kind of data that …

A better picture of record-setting deforestation

Deforestation:  The World Resources Institute, University of Maryland and associates, as Global Forest Watch, have discovered that 2017 deforestation in the tropics was nearly as large as the record-setting 2016.  The report also notes up to 1/3 of tropical forests down or damaged in areas where the Caribbean hurricanes of 2017 struck. The consequences for natural hazards and disasters include …

17th Protecting Mother Earth Conference

The LSqualli-Absch, the Nisqually People, Indigenous Environmental Network and Indigenous Climate Action hosted the 17th Protecting Mother Earth Conference that attended by an estimated 2500 people at Frank’s Landing, site of the 1960s fishing wars that led to the 1974 Boldt Decision — a convergence of U.S. and Canadian Indigenous grassroots, frontline communities and Native Nations in order to build and strengthen strategic …

11% of Colorado residents spend 10 to 15 percent of their income on energy, but energy retrofits and PV panels could help a lot

By Dan Gearino, InsideClimateNews The state’s energy assistance programs are solving two challenges at once: help people save money on electricity bills while expanding renewable energy. JUL 2, 2018 Low-income households in Colorado are getting a new question during visits from energy assistance agencies: Have you considered solar panels?  It’s an innovative approach to solving two challenges at once: reducing greenhouse gas …

By century end, 2.5 million homes and businesses near the coasts will be at risk of flooding on a regular basis, 26 times a year or more

By ED LEEFELDT MONEYWATCH June 25, 2018, Rising sea levels may create “tipping points” for seaside towns After Superstorm Sandy devastated New Jersey in 2012, singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen lamented that “the Jersey shore has always been a special place where if you had a few bucks you could own a beach house.” As shoreline communities from the San Francisco Bay to Miami Beach encounter ever higher-reaching …