Flood fatigue: Neighborhood hit by 3rd flood in 2 years. ‘We’ve got to go’

Neighborhood hit by 3rd flood in 2 years. ‘We’ve got to go’ E&E News | Daniel Cusick For 70,000 residents of Kingwood in northeast Houston, it doesn’t matter that Imelda wasn’t a hurricane. The misery is the same: flooded homes, forced relocations, shattered lives. Sharion Haynie and her husband, James, are for the second time in two years holed up …

Liebreich: Climate Lawsuits – An Existential Risk to Fossil Fuel Firms?

September 26, 2019, By Michael Liebreich, Senior ContributorBloombergNEF As I fly in to New York for Climate Week (I know, flight-shame, more on that later), I have been reading about the bankruptcy of Purdue Pharma. Over the past 20 years the company has been hit with over 2,600 lawsuits because of the central role its Oxycontin painkiller played in the …

Constructing public-facing campaigns around net zero ‘upwards’ from core center-right values, rather than ‘downwards’ from the technicalities of the policy target

This approach – connecting the policy with the more tangible and immediate concerns of people’s lives – will build broader and deeper understanding of the changes underway than could be achieved through facts and figures alone. Grounding the communications strategy in the audience’s values, showing them what is at stake, and forging a bridge between the science-policy discourse and the …

A technology-rich energy system based on 100% renewables can supply secure energy at all times of the year in every region of the planet, at a cheaper cost as compared to today’s system.

“A complete transition to renewable energy sources saves around 65% of all current greenhouse gas emissions.” — Hans-Josef Fell What is for you the most interesting fact from your research, something that you wish everybody knew? HJF: Our research dispels the two most widespread falsehoods associated with renewables: high costs and supply uncertainty. Our newest study shows that a technology-rich …

New climate models set to replace those used in current UN projections say we are on track for average temp rises to 7 C above pre-industrial levels

“Unfortunately, our global failure to implement meaningful action on climate change over recent decades has put us in a situation where what we need to do to keep warming to safe levels is extremely simple,” said Dr. Joeri Rogelj, an associate professor at Imperial College London and an IPCC lead author. “Global greenhouse gas emissions need to decline today rather …

There are two reactions we have to a threat: we either deal with the threat, or we deal with the feeling about the threat. The first option actually reduces the threat. It’s crucial to imagine what we could gain

There are millions of people who don’t know how to engage with this in a constructive way and feel powerless, which is feeding their despair, but who are not on board with the viciousness and hatred and divisiveness that you can get on TV every minute of the day.It’s really true. And the way we live now in this culture, …

Al Gore: We can do it, but we need significant policy change and new people in office

Sept. 20, 2019, NYTimes Things take longer to happen than you think they will, but then they happen much faster than you thought they could. The destructive impacts of the climate crisis are now following the trajectory of that economics maxim as horrors long predicted by scientists are becoming realities. More destructive Category 5 hurricanes are developing, monster fires ignite and …

Getting to 100% in Cities

by John Farrell, ILSR, 2018. Updated presentation. Resolutions Go for 100%: Over 70 U.S. cities have set goals to get all of their electricity from renewable sources within 15-20 years, offering lower costs and more local energy production. Listen to podcasts with the pioneers––http://bit.ly/VoicesOf100 Commit to developing local renewable energy: In Taos, N.M., and Minneapolis, Minn., city officials have set …