City collaborations with faith communities around climate

OCTOBER 2, 2019 In 2012, an estimated 69 percent of Americans self-identified as either moderately or very religious, and there are an estimated 350,000 church communities in the United States. For cities, improving engagement and communication strategies with faith communities and working closely with their leaders — who can serve as trusted messengers — could help accelerate both local and federal climate efforts. In recent years, many …

How long will these salmon be here?

NYTimes, Sept 2019 Many experts believe the orcas are starving in large part because of the decline of wild salmon. This year alone, their number has dropped from 76 to 73, alarming conservationists and scientists. Last year, an orca mother carried a dead calf for 17 days on her back. She was presumed to be grieving. “The best thing you …

1.5°C scenario with a cost-effective, cross-sectoral, technology-rich global 100% renewable energy system that does not build on negative CO2 emission technologies

12 APR 2019 New Study: Global Energy System based on 100% Renewable Energy The new study by the Energy Watch Group and LUT University is the first of its kind to outline a 1.5°C scenario with a cost-effective, cross-sectoral, technology-rich global 100% renewable energy system that does not build on negative CO2 emission technologies. The scientific modelling study simulates a total global energy …

Climate Change Damage Is About to Get a Lot Worse, IPCC Warns

From Antarctica to the Oceans, Dangerous shifts are already underway. If fossil fuel use continues at this pace, the world will see sweeping consequences for nature and humans, report authors say. Sabrina Shankman SEP 25, 2019 As the planet warms, diverse ecosystems—from mountain glaciers to the icy Arctic to the oceans—are already seeing dangerous effects from climate change. Future warming will …

Tesla provides transparent and easy commercial solar at $1 per watt

Sept 2019, Clean Technica excerpt Many will focus on how this makes it so easy to buy commercial sizes of solar. They are banking on you trusting the Tesla brand name to give you good pricing, quality, and reliability — enough so that you will just fill out the 12 fields and put the $100 on your corporate credit card. …

CBS: Two-thirds of Americans say the climate is a crisis and needs to be addressed now 90% see climate change happening and only 9% do not

Fifty-two percent of Americans think almost all climate scientists agree that human activity is a main cause of climate change, while 48% say there is still disagreement among scientists about whether human activity is a main cause. “We have warmed the earth by 1 C and there is research that shows for every 1 C we see a disproportionate number …

15 To 20 Foot Sea Level Rise Possible Sooner Rather Than Later

Richard Alley, a noted climate scientist with a specialty in glaciers and ice sheets, warns the IPCC prediction may be greatly understated. He foresees the possibility that sea levels will rise 15 to 20 feet within the lifetime of our children and grandchildren September 13th, 2019 by Steve Hanley  A draft of a report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says rising …

Transitioning buildings

Buildings use more than 70% of the electrical power generated and are responsible for about 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions This summer, Chicago launched its Energy Rating System that rates large buildings’ energy efficiency and requires the scores to be posted publicly on placards. Earlier this year it committed to using 100% renewable energy by 2035. More than 100 other U.S. communities have committed to …

12 excuses for climate inaction and how to refute them

Using moral clarity to counter defeatism around the climate crisis.By Eliza Barclay and Jag Bhalla  Updated Sep 20, 2019 There’s a reason why the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has successfully goaded powerful politicians into long-overdue climate action in the last year. Thunberg, who is on the autism spectrum, has become a moral authority. Again and again, she’s clearly articulated how adults have shamefully abdicated their basic …