The mere act of electrification has a powerful effect on efficiency: electrifying the US economy from carbon free sources will reduce the amount of energy needed by more than half

The Green New Deal: The enormous opportunity in shooting for the moon.  Decarbonizing with massive electrification will bring about a new American abundance. Saul Griffith, Feb 20, 2019 The conversation about a Green New Deal is bold, timely, and necessary. The most important component of the Green New Deal as currently drafted is its commitment to complete decarbonization. That is the destination, the …

Food policy to stop climate change and health crises

Further news breaking on 12 March 2019: Changing rainfall patterns could threaten major crops worldwide in just 20 years, study warns Climate change is likely to alter rainfall patterns in some of the world’s most important food crop growing areas over the next 20 years, a new study says, reports Press Association. The research, published in the journal Proceedings of the …

In the 50s we got 15% of our energy from renewables and nuclear, and 85% from fossil fuels. Today it’s the same.

The oceanographer Wallace Smith Broecker is the man who coined the term “global warming,” way back in 1975, in a paper called “Climate Change: Are We on the Brink of a Pronounced Global Warming?” Broecker had already distinguished himself in his work on what’s called the “ocean conveyor belt” — the system of jet streams and other circulatory patterns that …

3 key traits of good climate policy, tackling the problems we have and making a large, meaningful impact on carbon emissions and climate change

Good climate policy has 3 key traits: It has a large, meaningful impact on carbon emissions and climate change. It specifically tackles the problems that aren’t already being tackled by the market. It actually gets passed into law. All of that is compatible with a Green New Deal.  In just the past decade, solar power has gone from being uneconomical anywhere on …

State level sustainable ag bill in Washington addresses the 10% of nationwide carbon emissions from farms

February 20, 2019 Press Release ,  WA Bipartisan Group of Legislators Backs Sustainable-Farm Bill Just days after its introduction, a Carbon Washington-backed bill promoting sustainable farming has accumulated a powerful and bipartisan list of sponsors in the Legislature. Senate Bill 5947, the Sustainable Farms and Fields Grants bill provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers that adopt changes in management practices that …

Net-zero energy homes have arrived — and are shaking up the US housing market

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities just unveiled a new package of incentives for homeowners to give up their oil and gas furnaces in favor of electric heat pumps.  The incentives come under the state’s Mass Save program as part of the its new Three‑Year Energy Efficiency Plan for electric and gas distribution companies. Overall, the plan is expected to save customers …

12 Ways Governors Can Lead on Climate Now: Solutions from Day 1

Climate Solutions from Day One, Environment Colorado Research & Policy Center, January 10, 2019, Read News Release, Download Report (PDF) New governors are getting ready to take office in 20 states, from Florida to Alaska. As America’s newly elected governors prepare to take on their states’ biggest challenges, they should prioritize taking bold action on the greatest challenge of our time: climate change. …

State DOT decarbonization research thus far

NCHRP 25-25/Task 115 [Active] Estimates of Emissions Reductions from Future Fleet Changes for Use in Air Quality Models [ NCHRP 25-25 (Research for the AASHTO Committee on Environment and Sustainability) ]     Project Data Funds: $125,000 Staff Responsibility: Ann M. Hartell Research Agency: Louis Berger U.S. Inc. & Sonoma Technology Inc. Principal Investigator: Dr. Song Bai Effective Date: 12/1/2018 Completion Date: 11/30/2019 …

The World’s first renewable island – when a community embraces wind power

RapidTransition.org story posted 4 February 2019. See lessons The Danish island of Samsø went from being entirely fossil fuel dependent to becoming the World’s first 100% renewable island, in under a decade. In 1997, the Danish Government launched a competition to develop a model renewable energy community, in order to prove that the country’s Kyoto climate target to reduce carbon emissions …

Decarbonizing buildings – #1 stop constructing buildings that depend on fossil fuels. #2 raise standards

Excerpt from David Roberts, vox.com, Feb 2019 The challenges of decarbonization fall into four basic buckets.  There’s the electricity grid, which is rapidly getting less carbon-intensive as coal fades and renewables rise. transportation, where there’s a long, long way to go, but the path is clear, namely electrifying the vehicle fleet as rapidly as possible and reducing vehicle use through …