Your car is the next target and Massachusetts is stepping in

  DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF Traffic on the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge. By David Abel Boston Globe, 13 Nov 2017 Over the past decade, Massachusetts has made significant progress in reducing its carbon emissions, primarily by curbing pollution from power plants. Now comes the hard part — limiting emissions from cars and other vehicles, which have surpassed power plants as …

Highlights from Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawken

100 highlighted passages, references are to the Kindle version, Last annotated on May 30, 2017 Outsize subsidies make fossil fuels look less expensive, obscuring wind power’s cost competitiveness, and they give fossil fuels an incumbent advantage, making investment more attractive. 477 Ongoing cost reduction will soon make wind energy the least expensive source of installed electricity capacity, perhaps within a decade. Current …

Historical GHG emissions, responsibility

Figures from the World Resources Institute show the top 10 nations as measured by their cumulative emissions between 1850 and 2007. The US tops the list by a wide margin – though Chinese emissions have risen significantly since these data were assembled. 1. US: 339,174 MT or 28.8% 2. China: 105,915 MT or 9.0% 3. Russia: 94,679 MT or 8.0% 4. Germany: …

Excerpt from State scoping plan to reduce GHG emissions (CA, 2017, transportation section)

Transportation Sustainability California’s population is projected to grow to 50 million people by 2050. How and where the State grows will have important implications for all sectors of the economy, especially the transportation sector. Supporting this growth while continuing to protect the environment, developing livable and vibrant communities, and growing the economy is dependent on transitioning the State’s transportation system …

Clean up electricity and electrify everything

David Roberts gets on Leslie Glustrom’s bandwagon!  Vox.com 27 Oct 2017 Tackling climate change is a complicated undertaking, to say the least. But here’s a good rule of thumb for how to get started: Electrify everything. Replace technologies that still run on combustion, like gasoline vehicles and natural gas heating and cooling, with alternatives that run on electricity, like electric …

Design global, manufacture local: a new industrial revolution?

P2P Foundation and The Conversation, October 18, 2017  By Vasilis Kostakis  Vasilis Kostakis and Jose Ramos: What if globally designed products could radically change how we work, produce and consume? Several examples across continents show the way we are producing and consuming goods could be improved by relying on globally shared digital resources, such as design, knowledge and software. Imagine a prosthetic hand designed …

City framework for deep decarbonization. How much do citizens, businesses and municipal government spend on fossil fuels every year, where it goes and what it could otherwise fund if it were instead invested in the city’s clean energy future

USDN and Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Framework for Long-Term Deep Carbon Reduction Planning A core function of CNCA is to facilitate other cities’ understanding of how leading-edge cities are planning for long-term deep carbon reductions, and enable cities to take a more robust, consistent, equitable and comprehensive approach to carbon neutral planning and implementation. In 2015, we developed a streamlined Deep Carbon …

What ramp-up with EVs is possible?

A big question for decarbonization is what sort of industrial ramp-up is possible?  How fast can we make the shifts we need?  The IEA’s own conservative analyses tell us that EVs. PV, wind power, and batteries are mature enough to be chosen, applied and receive investments as big ways forward. How fast can industries ramp up?  Our best example in …

CCS has received lots of press over the years, but how real is it?

Excerpt from Climate and Capitalism, 25 Sept 2017 …The idea that removing the CO2 exhaled by 150 sailors in a closed system is comparable to removing billions of tonnes from the open atmosphere is more than a little absurd. Parenti should have checked with the US Navy: last year it issued a request for proposals for new CO2 capture systems in …