Rural dialogue and problem-solving around climate change

The rural landscape is comprised of forests, farms and rangelands that can capture carbon when managed appropriately; land and resources for wind, solar and other renewable installations; and most importantly, people and ingenuity to implement the transition to a low carbon economy. While only 15 percent of U.S. residents live in nonmetropolitan counties, these counties account for 72 percent of …

Political support for the corporate order is disintegrating

David Korten, cross-posted from YES Public support for the corporate order is disintegrating. The three remaining presidential candidates are all running against the corporatist establishment. Of the three, Sanders is most credible in his anti-corporatist credentials and consequently does the best in national polls. He gives authentic voice to the hopes and aspirations of a nation betrayed, while Trump plays …

How 2°C demands an 80% cut in US and EU emissions by 2030

Below is an open letter (22nd Oct. 2014) to both the UK’s Prime Minister and the Secretary of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC). The letter summarises why the IPCC’s carbon budgets for a “likely” chance of not exceeding the international community’s 2°C commitment, requires the EU to reduce the emissions from its energy system by …

#ReadyFor100?

The READY FOR 100 campaign is challenging 100 cities across the United States to set a target of 100% clean energy. The move to 100% clean energy in the United States must begin in cities. Twelve cities and counting, including San Francisco and San Diego, have already adopted ambitious 100% clean energy goals, and four cities in the U.S.–Aspen CO, …

Nebraska farmer leaders call for 100% clean energy for all

Neligh, Nebraska – Nebraska farmers and ranchers, who made international headlines standing up to the Keystone XL pipeline, joined with Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign this week to carve a massive crop art into a cornfield calling for 100% clean energy for all. SEE PHOTOS HERE. During the fight to stop the Keystone XL pipeline, Art and Helen Tanderup’s family farm …

“Energy freedom” and clean, reliable power as a public good

Can the invisible hand really guide us to a low-carbon future? Debbie Dooley thinks so. The 57-year-old founder of the national Green Tea Coalition is one of a growing number of right-wing activists entering the fight for what she calls “energy freedom.” This blend of conservatism and environmentalism is an animating force in nationwide efforts to expand the use of …

Electric rail, storage and regenerative braking pilot

The newest entrant into the energy storage market bears a passing resemblance to cutting edge 19th century technology. It is a rail car with no passengers or freight that goes nowhere. But if the California company working on this technology is right, its rail cars could make big inroads in the energy storage market. At heart, though, the concept is …

Oxford team confirms that planning and construction of fossil-fuel infrastructure must stop this next year, to stay below 2 C

Continued development of new fossil-fuel power plants will lock in dangerous climate change, according to a team of Oxford University researchers.  Taking the average operating life of coal or gas-fired plants as 40 years, the world’s fleet of carbon-emitting power stations had already committed by 2014 a total of 87 per cent of the emissions required to ensure a 50-50 chance …

1.5 vs. 2 C temperature rise is a significant difference in impacts

The warming difference between 1.5°C and 2°C could be decisive for the future survival of tropical coral reefs (Credit: Paul via Flickr) European researchers have found substantially different climate change impacts for a global warming of 1.5°C and 2°C by 2100, the two temperature limits included in the Paris climate agreement. The additional 0.5°C would mean a 10-cm-higher global sea-level …