Policies necessary to achieve 1.5 C alignment

Switching to 100 percent clean electricity Rapidly increasing sales of zero-emission cars and trucks while reducing passengervehicle miles traveled Shifting to efficient, all-electric buildings and appliances iv Moving away from fossil fuel use in manufacturing Reducing methane leakage from the oil and gas, water treatment, and wastemanagement sectors Improving land management Colorado Energy Policy Simulator Insights: Current Emissions Trajectory, 1.5°C …

Democrats Seek $500 Billion in Climate Damages From Big Polluting Companies

Under a draft plan Democrats are circulating, the Treasury Department would tax a handful of the biggest emitters of planet-warming pollution to pay for climate change. By Lisa Friedman, NYTimes, Aug. 4, 2021 WASHINGTON — Democrats in Congress want to tax Exxon, Chevron and a handful of other major oil and gas companies, saying the biggest climate polluters should pay for …

Communities of majority Black, Indigenous or other people of color, as well as low-income communities, are already producing the highest numbers and ratios of affordable units: Upzoning increases gentrification in these communities

The report found that communities that are made up of majority Black, Indigenous or other people of color, as well as low-income communities, are already producing the highest number of affordable units as well as the highest ratio of affordable to market-rate units without rezoning. In comparison, the largest number of communities with an affordable housing ratio lower than 19% …

Suncor, refining and storage of asphalt, Noxious Neighbors: The EPA Knows Tanks Holding Heavy Fuels Emit Harmful Chemicals. Why Are Americans Still at Risk?

An analysis of refining and storage of asphalt and No. 6 refining.   Suncor Refinery in Commerce City produces and stores asphalt.  No. 6 fuel oil is used in shipping and heating homes in New England but not much used in Colorado For decades EPA has allowed the use on an API-developed formula that concludes asphalt storage releases very little VOCs.  …

Coal burning not the right path to secure Pueblo’s future

The disposition of the 750+ MW Unit 3 coal plant in Pueblo and associated cost-recovery and community and worker transition issues are VERY LARGE agenda items for Colorado in 2021 and beyond…. It is critical that we both stop burning coal AND help the Pueblo community through the transition! Xcel made the mistake of building this plant (and having a very …

Expanding solar access in Africa through artificial intelligence

It’s hard to measure risk for solar investing in sub-Saharan Africa. Nithio has raised $30M to change that. Jason Deign16 April 2021 Access to funding has been recognized as a major barrier for the development of off-grid solar energy in Africa. Startup Nithio Holdings wants to unlock that access for hundreds of millions of potential African solar customers — and …

The Bill That Could Truly, Actually Bring Back U.S. Manufacturing

And help the climate, too By Robinson Meyer https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2021/08/america-into-the-worlds-factory-again-industrial-finance-corporation/619793/ August 18, 2021 On paper, Cadenza Innovation is everything a modern American start-up is supposed to be. The Connecticut-based company was founded by an award-winning Swedish chemist who first came to the United States to work at MIT. It promised a major breakthrough: lithium-ion batteries that were far less likely to explode …

Colorado’s worst air: North Denver, Commerce City

Seth Klamann seth.klamann@gazette.com Aug 26, 202 Residents in North Denver and Commerce City had the highest levels of fine particle pollution of anywhere in Denver or any city in Colorado during the past three months, data collected by the state shows. The exposure risked the health of some residents. The state Department of Public Health and Environment dispatched its mobile …

What’s good to know about the IPCC and its next climate report

 “You were born at just the right moment to change everything.” IPCC August 2021 release: Scientists from all 195 nations issued a consensus climate change report showing irrefutable and irreversible damage to the environment and extreme danger of remaining on the current path, continuing to drill for and support and accommodate the use and further investment in fossil fuels or …

A Hotter Future Is Certain, Climate Panel Warns. But How Hot Is Up to Us.

Some devastating impacts of global warming are now unavoidable, a major new scientific report finds. But there is still a short window to stop things from getting even worse. By Brad Plumer and Henry Fountain, Aug. 9, 2021 Nations have delayed curbing their fossil-fuel emissions for so long that they can no longer stop global warming from intensifying over the next 30 years, …