Costa Rica is moving toward carbon neutrality faster than any other country in the world

By Umair Irfan  Jul 17, 2018 A hydroelectric dam in Cachi, Cartago, 40 kilometers west of San Jose, Costa Rica. The country is aiming to be carbon neutral by 2021. Ezequiel Becerra/AFP/Getty Images Costa Rica’s new president, 38-year-old former journalist Carlos Alvarado, recently announced a plan to make his country the first carbon-neutral nation in the world by 2021, the 200th anniversary of its …

Need for additional cooling is an enormous cost of climate change

By Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) – More than a billion people are at risk from a lack of air conditioning and refrigeration to keep them cool and to preserve food and medicines as global warming brings more high temperatures, a study showed on Monday. More electricity demand for fridges, fans and other appliances will add to man-made climate change unless power …

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Ambitious Plan to Save the Planet: Democrats lack a comprehensive strategy to stop global warming. Climate scientists say the newcomer has the beginnings of a good one

Scott Heins/Getty Images . By EMILY ATKIN, July 3, 2018, New Republic Leftists have been practically leaping for joy since 28-year-old self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her primary election for Congress last week, an outcome that CNN called “the most shocking upset of a rollicking political season.” But perhaps no group has been more excited than environmentalists. In a political environment where even …

UK says staying on track with long term decarbonization targets will mean engineering a rapid electrification of the vehicle fleet

Some of the most interesting climate developments in the world are unfolding in the United Kingdom.  In fact, this week, the UK moved several steps closer to becoming the first G7 country to commit to net-zero carbon emissions by midcentury. For the UK to emerge as a global climate leader is somewhat puzzling. Like the US, it is undergoing a white rural …

The Netherlands contemplates the world’s toughest climate law: A new Dutch proposal would put climate at the center of national politics

By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated Jul 8, 2018 Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands Jack Taylor/Getty Images A coalition of seven Dutch political parties recently unveiled a climate policy proposal that is breathtaking in its ambition. If it becomes law, it will codify the most stringent targets for greenhouse gas reductions of any country in the world. There are still several steps between the proposal and …

Continuing to emit 40 Gt of CO2 per year, 1268 metric tons per second, puts us over the 1.5 C threshold in a month and a half

By Erika Clugston, The Beam with further specification by M. Venner to clarify 1.5 C part of the estimates, after going to the source at Mercator.  See David Spratt’s summary of the literature, further down.  The world is still emitting 40 Gt of carbon dioxide.⁴ This equals 1,268 metric tonnes per second.  How long will it take to reach our ‘budget’ …

Cleaning up our power and electrification are key to reaching climate goals

By ZEKE HAUSFATHER, 31.10.2017 | GLOBAL EMISSIONS UNEP: Six crucial actions to help close the world’s ‘emissions gap’ Current pledges by nations to reduce their emissions add up to no more than a third of the reductions needed to avoid 2C of global warming, according to a new UN Environmental Program (UNEP) report. This “emissions gap” is possible to close, it says, but countries …

By century end, 2.5 million homes and businesses near the coasts will be at risk of flooding on a regular basis, 26 times a year or more

By ED LEEFELDT MONEYWATCH June 25, 2018, Rising sea levels may create “tipping points” for seaside towns After Superstorm Sandy devastated New Jersey in 2012, singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen lamented that “the Jersey shore has always been a special place where if you had a few bucks you could own a beach house.” As shoreline communities from the San Francisco Bay to Miami Beach encounter ever higher-reaching …

IPCC 2018 report notes accelerated path to 1.5 C threshold, calls for “rapid and far-reaching” changes in the world economy

A final draft report from the United Nations‘ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says only “rapid and far-reaching” changes in the world economy can keep global warming below the internationally agreed target barrier. “If emissions continue at their present rate, human-induced warming will exceed 1.5°C by around 2040,” the draft states, according to Reuters, which obtained a copy of the report. …

Announcements on the right path to stay within the Paris Agreement

World Resources Institute, May 2018 National announcements on the right path to stay within the Paris Agreement: Bolder Plans to Reach Net-Zero Emissions New Zealand’s new prime minister committed to net zero by 2050 – a target that looks on track to be enshrined in a new national climate law. And in a submission to the UN, the United Kingdom indicated it would …