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 …

GCAS results

#ZEVChallenge: 24 cities, regions, and states—from the Australian Capital Territory to Oxford to Québec to Santa Monica—have joined the #ZEVChallenge. This consortium aims to reach 100% zero emissions passenger transportation by 2050. Given the size of the economies involved, the adoption of the pledge is sure to send a powerful signal to the market. Deadline 2020: In partnership with C40’s Deadline 2020 program, …

Philippines leads once again — human rights case against 50 “carbon majors”

November 29, 2015 Yeb Sano, Filipino priests, lay people and Filipino NGOs have filed what is considered the first human rights complaint against “big polluters” – 50 multinational companies that are among the largest emitters of greenhouse gases.  The 40-page petition, signed by 13 environmental groups and 20 individuals, wants the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate so-called “Carbon …

Here’s Why Capitalism Can’t Fix Climate Change

With all due respect to The Guardian’s economics editor, our planet will not be saved by capitalism. Initially published in greensocialthought.org. Stan Cox posted Aug 31, 2018 in Yes Magazine. The Guardian recently published an opinion piece by its economics editor in which he argued that capitalism can rescue civilization from the global climate emergency. Here is the full article, interrupted by my responses: …

The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook: Finance

The Carbon-Free Regions Handbook helps state, provincial, and regional governments implement policies and actions that place their communities on an aggressive path toward sustainable, low-carbon economies. It is a companion to The Carbon-Free City Handbook, which Rocky Mountain Institute launched in November 2017 at COP23 in Bonn, Germany.  2018  |  By Jacob Corvidae et al.  DOWNLOAD Developed in partnership with the Under2 Coalition   Regional governments operate at a scale …

San Francisco joins Denver in commitment to 100% renewable electricity/grid by 2030, commits to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050

San Francisco Mayor London Breed committed the city to dramatically reduce its emissions by 2050 through an ambitious series of goals to combat climate change. Breed pledged to reduce waste generation by 15% and landfill disposal by 50% by 2030; to make buildings carbon neutral by 2050; to issue more green bonds to fund for sustainable construction projects; and to switch all electricity …

Climate – Next System, Energy Democracy, and Just Transition (Sept 2018)

August 29th, 2018  Taking climate action to the next level by Gus Speth, Co-chair of The Next System Project, Carla Skandier, Sr Research Associate with The Next System Project, and Johanna Bozuwa, exploring energy democracy and the just transition. more For over forty years we have known that avoiding disastrous climate change requires breaking fossil fuels’ hold on our economy and …

Greener growth could add $26 trillion to world economy by 2030. Why Aren’t We Doing It?

Low-Carbon Growth Is a $26 Trillion Opportunity. Here Are 4 Ways to Seize It. By Andrew Steer, Helen Mountford and Molly McGregor at WRI.org- September 05, 2018  Solar panels and wind turbines. Photo by Kenueone/Pixabay We are on the cusp of a new growth era, one where growth is driven by the interaction between rapid technological innovation, sustainable infrastructure investment and increased resource productivity.  Ambitious climate …

Klass: Expanding the Transmission and Distribution Grid to Meet Deep Decarbonization Goals

Expanding the U.S. Electric Transmission and Distribution Grid to Meet Deep Decarbonization Goals By Alexandra B . Klass, excerpted from Michael B . Gerrard & John Dernbach, eds., Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States (Nov 2018 from ELI), addresses the critical role of the electric transmission and distribution grid in achieving deep decarbonization, and discusses the primary This Article …