Green New Deal Action – Call your Congressperson today!

Hundreds of young protesters stormed the Capitol on Monday, taking over the offices of three members of Congress to push the need for an immediate climate change plan.  The activists with the Sunrise Movement, a group that’s pushing House Democrats to create a special committee next year focused entirely on climate change initiatives, engaged in three sit-ins inside the offices of the …

Our era is defined by interlocking crises of truth, democracy and ecology. Because we cannot save ourselves without contesting oligarchic control, the fight for democracy and justice and the fight against environmental breakdown are one and the same.

By Julian Brave NoiseCat, Our era is defined by interlocking crises of truth, democracy and ecology – and ExxonMobil is a major actor at that intersection in The Guardian, Sun 9 Dec 2018     ‘Over the years, the company channeled about $30m to researchers and activist groups promoting disinformation about global warming.’ Photograph: Matt Brown/AP Now that Democrats have won control of the …

Reframing The Pursuit Of A Carbon-Free Future As A Social Good

December 9th, 2018 by The Beam  his article was published in The Beam #7 — Subscribe now for more on the topic. “Conflicts are resolved at a negotiating table,” former Costa Rican President Óscar Arias has said. And it was in this spirit that 197 countries signed the Paris Agreement (to date, 179 states have ratified the Agreement) to limit the adverse effects of climate change …

We must ramp up renewables and take big steps to decarbonize, now, say Christiana Figueres, scientists and notables

With sources of renewable energy spreading fast, all sectors can do more to decarbonize the world, argue Christiana Figueres and colleagues. “All efforts must strive to keep global warming to 1.5 °C. Now that we understand the different impacts of a 1.5 °C and a 2 °C rise, we cannot in good conscience provoke unnecessary risks to the most vulnerable and to the …

Meta-study of 3000 studies on climate change impacts finds likelihood of multiple cascading crises

November 21st, 2018 by Steve Hanley in Clean Technica on a study published November 19 in the journal Nature Climate Change entitled “Broad threat to humanity from cumulative climate hazards intensified by greenhouse gas emissions.” Warmer average global temperatures are producing stronger storms with higher winds and more rain, droughts, wildfires, rising ocean levels, scarcity of clean water, flooding, and heat waves. But we ain’t seen …

Bill McKibben’s new book reviews where we have been and how we got here

By Bill McKibben in The New Yorker, Nov 2018 Thirty years ago, this magazine published “The End of Nature,” a long article about what we then called the greenhouse effect. I was in my twenties when I wrote it, and out on an intellectual limb: climate science was still young. But the data were persuasive, and freighted with sadness. We …

G20 emissions needed to start declining in the next two years and halve by 2030 if the world were to avoid more than 1.5C of warming

Coal, oil and gas subsidies risking rise in global temperatures to 3.2C, well beyond agreed Paris goal By Jonathan Watts in The Guardian, Thu 15 Nov 2018   Of the G20 nations 15 reported emissions rises in 2017, finds Climate Transparency. Only India was on course to stay below the 2C warming limit. Photograph: Mia Hoogenboom/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef …

Ban new gas cars by 2030 says thinktank. The air will never meet even the lowest World Health Organisation standards until governments accept that cars must be removed from the street altogether, and major investments be made in walking, cycling and public transport

Adam Vaughan in The Guardian, Green Alliance says ending UK sales earlier would close climate target gap and halve oil imports, Sun 18 Mar 2018   A Nissan Leaf electric car on the production line in Sunderland. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Ministers have been urged to bring forward their 2040 ban on new diesel and petrol car sales by a decade, a move which an environmental …

6th IPCC Report Says World Is Headed For Existential Crisis. A WWII style rapid shift is needed.

New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who has been hailed as an up-and-coming progressive champion, has spoken about the need for a World War II-style commitment to fighting global warming. The Democratic Party in 2016 included similar language in its official platform. By Steve Hanley on Clean Technica, September 27th, 2018 b The International Panel On Climate Change will meet in Inchon, Korea, the first week in October. Its mission will …