GM, Ford knew about climate change 50 years ago

Just like #ExxonKnew, new documents reveal that two major US car companies also understood the link between climate change and fossil fuels, as early as the 1950s. These findings were published in an investigative report in Energy & Environment News last month. The report couples research and interviews by journalist Maxine Joselow with historical documents unearthed by E&E, CIEL, and …

Biden said we need to transition from the oil industry, that “pollutes significantly” and “has to be replaced by renewable energy over time”

Biden admitted in the last presidential debate that he hopes to transition from the oil industry, saying it “pollutes significantly” and “has to be replaced by renewable energy over time.” Biden released his climate platform in June, which focuses on achieving net-zero greenhouse gases by 2050. Since 80% of energy-related emissions came from fossil fuels last year, the industry will have to eventually …

Food, Ag, and GHG reductions

November 7, 2020. A new study warns that the world cannot meet its most ambitious climate targets without reducing its reliance on meat, the Independent reports. The findings show that, even if fossil fuel emissions were immediately halted, some degree of dietary change will be necessary to keep global warming to below 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the paper explains. The …

Biden can do plenty without Congress

https://enewspaper.latimes.com/desktop/latimes/default.aspx On climate, Biden can do plenty without Congress BY ANNA M. PHILLIPS WASHINGTON — Climate change is fueling record-breaking fires, hurricanes and floods. Global emissions of greenhouse gases are returning to pre-pandemic levels. And America — which has emitted more planet-warming gases than any other nation — has just become the only country to quit the Paris climate agreement. President-elect …

Cutting Greenhouse Gases From Food Production Is Urgent, Scientists Say

Efforts to limit global warming often focus on emissions from fossil fuels, but food is crucial, too, according to new research. By Henry Fountain Nov. 5, 2020 43 Rising greenhouse gas emissions from worldwide food production will make it extremely difficult to limit global warming to the targets set in the Paris climate agreement, even if emissions from fossil-fuel burning were …

Would Biden make gas the next coal?

Takeaways: Keep repeating that gas is the next coal! It increases the uncertainty for investors, makes it seem like a loser, equates the climate impacts, and emphasizes the importance for having a just transition plan.  “No one’s going to build another oil- or gas-fired electric plant, they’re going to build one that is fired by renewable energy,” Biden said, noting the …

Research: getting close to tipping points

November 2020. In the paper, published as a commentary in the journal Nature this month, the group of researchers summarize the latest findings related to the threat of tipping points as part of effort to “identify knowledge gaps” and suggest ways to fill them. “We explore the effects of such large-scale changes,” the scientists explain, “how quickly they might unfold …

Wind and Solar Investment to Match Total for Rural Highways, Roads, and Bridges

At its core, the clean energy transition will represent a major investment in American infrastructure. This investment will be at a historic scale and is likely to rival or exceed other major classes of infrastructure investment in rural America. According to the Congressional Budget Office, in 2017 federal, state, and local governments spent a total of $441 billion on various categories …

Heating May Be Triggering Era Worse Than Any in Recorded History: NASA warned 5 years ago and it continues to be ignored. Now megadrought happening already in the West

Climate-Driven Megadrought Is Emerging in Western U.S., Says Study: Warming May Be Triggering Era Worse Than Any in Recorded History The current drought is already outdoing the three earliest ones, with extreme aridity lasting decades in the late 800s, mid-1100s, the 1200s as measured from tree ring data in thousands of trees. Furthermore, the current drought is affecting wider areas more consistently …