Deepening drought and precipitation patterns in store

By Joe Romm, cross-posted from Climate Progress A new study finds that the semi-arid U.S. Southwest has begun to enter the “drier climate state” that had been long-predicted from climate models. These findings match ones from Septemberdocumenting an expansion of the entire world’s dry and semi-arid climate regions in recent decades because of human-caused climate change. The new study from …

Passenger car and other transport best practices profiled for COP-21

Speed Advice: dynamic speed advice near intersections Smart Routing Advice in the Amsterdam Region Building Vehicles for No Petroleum Use – the US Electric Auto Association New bio-based polyamide engine covers for cars Using heat pump air conditioners for Electric Vehicles Electric Buses and Taxis at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands Fuel Efficiency Policy and Measures in Vietnam 7+4 – …

CEOs of global light and heavy duty automotive industry make a public declaration to decarbonize automotive transport.

For more information, please see the CEO Climate Leadership for Automotive Statement or the blog post, “Why the global auto industry is stepping up to the climate change challenge,” by Alex Molinaroli. The global vehicle fleet is set to double by 2030, and potentially triple by 2050. Almost all of this growth is to take place in developing and transitional countries resulting …

Areas for transport action in decarbonisation

SLoCaT’s COP21 We Are Transport campaign doesn’t keep us below 1.5 C but it heads in that direction more than any other international transport effort.  It calls for: Decarbonisation – Low carbon transport means halving our emissions from transport before 2050 Adaptation – 80% of the world’s population lives on coastal plains or near rivers, adapting our transport networks to …

Transport 23% of energy-related GHG emissions, largest energy consuming sector in 40% of countries worldwide – 15 initiatives

Transport accounts for around 23% of energy related emissions – a figure that is even higher in auto-dependent states and countries.  For example, in California the transport proportion is 37% and since the fossil fuel sector defeated the addition of fossil fuel reduction targets for 2030 in the state’s GHG reduction planning, that is likely to rise.  In Washington State, the availability …

International transport and sustainability community shares conclusions about COP-21

At the conclusion of COP21 and on the heels of the Paris Agreement, the SLoCaT Partnership would like to offer some closing thoughts to assess the events of the past two weeks and how we view the path ahead toward COP22 Marrakech for a number of key topics.  See:  http://ppmc-cop21.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/COP21-Final-Premiminary-Report-SLoCaT.pdf.  They also noted a number of transport references in various …

Transport solutions for efficiency, decarbonization, and co-benefits for the public, by Todd Litman

The COP21 United Nations Conference on Climate Change took place in Paris from November 30 to December 11. Several organizations have formed the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate to highlight the role that transportation policy reforms can play in achieving emission reduction targets. Its theme is We Are Transport, which emphasizes that we all affect and are affected by transport, and so we can all contribute …

Tailpipe GHG emissions at 29% in the US (plus another 6% for fuel mining and refining, manufacture, infrastructure)

The magnitude of climate change beyond the next few decades depends primarily on the quantity of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions humans produce globally. Achieving substantial reductions in GHG emissions is possible, but will require widespread utilization of low-carbon energy, improvements in energy efficiency, and conservation measures that reduce demand for energy. Transportation agencies can help develop climate solutions by implementing …

NY headed for 40% GHG reduction over 2030, 50% of electricity from renewables, and 23% reduction in energy use by buildings by 2030

New York is gambling big on the idea that its electric utilities can transform the grid into a decentralized 21st-century energy system.  The state Public Service Commission has approved demonstration projects by New York’s six investor-owned utilities that would test the waters for a more consumer-driven power market. Under New York’s ambitious Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) plan, the utilities …