The Dangers of Climate Change Pseudo-Activity: we like to believe that we are doing a lot when we are, in fact, doing very little. We are flexing muscles on the shore, refusing to get our feet wet.

And here is the problem: we like to believe that we are doing a lot when we are, in fact, doing very little. The Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Žižek, is right when he says that “The threat today is not passivity, but pseudo-activity, the urge to ‘be active’, to ‘participate’, to mask the Nothingness of what goes on.”  We are flexing …

Looming Water Shortage: New Report Predicts The Impact Of Climate Change On Nepal’s Mountains May Be Much Worse Than We Thought

TERRIFYING ASSESSMENT OF A HIMALAYAN MELTING: New Report Predicts The Impact Of Climate Change On Nepal’s Mountains May Be Much Worse Than We Thought. By Kunda Dixit, Nepalitimes.com February 5, 2019 While the global media’s attention is on the Greenland ice sheet, the Arctic and eastern Antarctica, a landmark report released this week shows that the Himalaya will face catastrophic meltdown during this …

The Green New Deal Is What Realistic Environmental Policy Looks Like

You might say that producing the disaster of global climate change has taken a lot of economic policy.  Reversing direction will take the same. Since environmental policy can happen only through economic policy, there is no avoiding decisions about what sorts of work there will be, and in which industries. It’s unsettling, but maybe a little less so when you consider …

Policies to cut US GHG emissions faster

How to Cut U.S. Emissions Faster? Do What These Countries Are Doing. BY BRAD PLUMER AND BLACKI MIGLIOZZI, NYTimes.com FEB. 13, 2019 The United States is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions far too slowly to help avert the worst effects of global warming. But what would happen if the country adopted seven of the most ambitious climate policies already in place around the world? U.S. greenhouse gas …

Oregon and New Mexico action on climate change and energy

Oregon Any day now, Oregon state legislators are expected to introduce the Clean Energy Jobs Bill, which would connect Oregon to California’s cap-and-trade system, committing it to statewide greenhouse gas reductions of 80 percent by 2050. It is widely considered likely to pass. The cap represents only the first of eight ambitious goals in Governor Kate Brown’s comprehensive climate agenda. But she was …

German Climate Act plans 55% GHG decrease across energy, transport, ag, industry, housing by 2030. Germany achieves coal phase-out with commitment to the equivalent of €40 billion ($46 billion) over 20 years into coal-dependent regions

Climate-related parts of the proposal are due to go into a climate act that the government has promised for later this year. The wide-ranging act is due to cover not only energy but also transport, agriculture, industry and housing.  It will set out how these sectors need to be restructured to meet a 2030 target of 55 percent lower carbon emissions …

Batteries Cheaper Than Gas. Also Demand For Flexibility Leads To Trading Platforms

Demand For Flexibility Leads To Trading Platforms, Clean Technica, February 9th, 2019 Distribution system operators need more flexibility to manage congested networks This article was originally published by Fereidoon Sioshansi in the EEnergy Informer newsletter. Fereidoon can be reached at fpsoshansi@aol.com. Reprinted with permission. As variable renewable generation increases across the globe and consumers turn into prosumers and prosumagers, the once predictable and unidirectional flows …

The Millennial Era of Climate Politics Has Arrived

The Millennial Era of Climate Politics Has Arrived. ROBINSON MEYER, The Atlantic, FEB 7, 2019 Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat of New York, unveils her Green New Deal proposal on Capitol Hill.JONATHAN ERNST / REUTERS Long ago, in a distant geological era—when Donald Trump hosted a reality show, when Senator Barack Obama doubted whether Hillary Clinton could be president, when the Earth …

Transition to 100% renewable energy in Europe across power, heat, transport sectors will be economically competitive with today’s conventional fossil fuels and nuclear system

100% Renewable Energy Across Europe Is More Cost-Effective Than The Current Energy System, Clean Technica, February 8th, 2019  Excerpt…Energy Watch Group and LUT University combined their resources to work on a new research that proves the feasibility of a European energy transition to 100% renewable sources. The study has simulated a full energy transition in Europe across the power, heat, transport, …

David Roberts’ review of what’s in the Green New Deal

The resolution consists of a preamble, five goals, 14 projects, and 15 requirements. The preamble establishes that there are two crises, a climate crisis and an economic crisis of wage stagnation and growing inequality, and that the GND can address both. The goals — achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, creating jobs, providing for a just transition, securing clean air and …