New York Says Climate Suit About Protecting Residents, Not Regulating Emissions

Home /Litigation/New York Says Climate Suit About Protecting Residents, Not Regulating Emissions New York City wants to shift the burden of protecting the city back onto the companies it says have overwhelmingly caused the climate crisis. Photo credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images  Litigation |  March 27, 2019 By Karen Savage In its latest brief trying to keep alive its climate liability suit against five …

Changing Economics at Harvard: Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems

Vox excerpt May 2019 Another Harvard economist has a different idea of how to introduce students to economics… Raj Chetty, a prominent faculty member whom Harvard recently poached back from Stanford, this spring unveiled “Economics 1152: Using Big Data to Solve Economic and Social Problems.” Taught with the help of lecturer Greg Bruich, the class garnered 375 students, including 363 undergrads, in …

Much shorter working weeks needed to tackle climate crisis – study

UK workers must move to nine-hour week if carbon levels do not change, says thinktank, by Matthew Taylor in The Guardian, Wed 22 May 2019  Commuters on Waterloo Bridge during Extinction Rebellion climate protests in London. Shorter working hours are needed across Europe, the study found. Photograph: Amer Ghazzal/Rex/Shutterstock People across Europe will need to work drastically fewer hours to avoid disastrous climate heating unless …

Can Fossil Fuel Companies Be Held Responsible for Human Rights? The Inter-American Court of Human Rights published an advisory opinion that equates environmental protection with human rights

Many climate liability cases rely on research called the Carbon Majors report to link carbon pollution to particular emitters. That research, spearheaded by Richard Heede of the Climate Accountability Institute, first revealed in 2013 that the majority of carbon pollution could be traced to 100 companies, the Carbon Majors. It was updated in 2017 with data that showed 71 percent of global warming gases …

White men are 70 percent of all suicides, an epidemic fueled by guns, poverty and isolation has swept across the West, with middle-aged men dying in record numbers

“Many of society’s plagues strike heavier at women and minorities, but suicide in America is dominated by white men, who account for 70 percent of all cases. Middle-aged men walk the point. Men in the United States average 22 suicides per 100,000 people, with those ages 45 to 64 representing the fastest-growing group, up from 20.8 per 100,000 in 1999 …

Finding New Opportunity For Old Coal-Fired Power Plant Sites LISTEN·3:463:46PLAYLIST

The coal plant in Shamokin Dam, Pa., is a local landmark that delivered electricity to this region for more than six decades. It closed in 2014, and the state hopes to lure new businesses to the site. Jeff Brady/NPR Nearly 300 coal-fired power plants have been “retired” since 2010, according to the Sierra Club. It’s a trend that continues despite President Trump’s …

45% would support declaring a national emergency on account of climate change. Tax/fee policy solutions receive lower support than regulation and clean energy investment as solution approaches.

Climate looks to be a higher profile issue in voters minds headed into 2020. 38% say candidates’ stances will be important to their presidential votes, and it’s the third most important voting issue for liberal Democrats (after “environmental protection” and slightly of head of “developing clean energy”), and 17th out of 29 issues for all registered voters (which is an …

Guzman Energy proposal would finance retirement of Tri-State coal plants, add 1.2 gigawatts of new wind and solar power

5/28/2019 By Joe Smyth | joe@cleancooperative.com | @joesmyth Guzman Energy is proposing a deal that would help Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association meet Colorado and New Mexico’s new clean energy policies, by replacing nearly half of Tri-State’s remaining coal fleet with 1.2 gigawatts of new wind and solar power projects, along with a mix of energy storage and natural gas. Guzman Energy executives said …