State carbon tax update

Washington State Carbon Tax Seattle Times, Jan 2018 Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday released an ambitious plan to tax fossil-fuel emissions in Washington state. But will the Washington Legislature approve it? By Hal Bernton and Joseph O’Sullivan Seattle Times staff reporters OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday urged Washington lawmakers to embrace his ambitious plan to tax fossil-fuel emissions in Washington state. In his State …

Biodiesel: Turning soybeans into diesel is costing us billions

Excerpt from NPR.org 18 Jan 2018 Biodiesel is very expensive, relative to petroleum diesel,” says Scott Irwin, an economist at the University of Illinois, who follows biofuel markets closely. He calculates that the extra cost for biodiesel comes to about $1.80 per gallon right now, meaning that the biofuel law is costing Americans about $5.4 billion a year. Irwin explains …

“Being the Change”: daily practices of a happy, good community

In his new book, NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus explores the daily practices that build healthy, happy, and resilient communities. Peter Kalmus posted Jan 09, 2018 It can be hard to find hope in climate change mitigation. But that’s exactly what NASA climate scientist Peter Kalmus does in Being the Change. While he’s not your typical government scientist—he commutes by bicycle, …

Charging higher polluting vehicles to drive into city center is shifting more drivers to rail and bus services, prompting more consideration of EVs and less driving

December 22nd, 2017 by Cynthia Shahan on Clean Technica Biggest Response To London’s Increased “T-Charge” = Shift To Public Transit Some cities are working to quell city air pollution faster than others. UK cities are beginning to charge higher-polluting vehicles to drive into their center. As one big example, London’s “T-Charge” is increasing the cost of a journey by up to £21.50 for the …

3 Finance and Policy Fixes That Could Dramatically Reduce Transportation Emissions

By Angie Schmitt, Streetsblog, Dec 8, 2017 Transportation now surpasses electric power as the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. Graph:Bloomberg Toward the end of last year, the U.S. transportation sector surpassed electric power as the nation’s largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. At Bloomberg, Tom Randall writes that the Trump administration’s attack on fuel efficiency standards could slow down attempts to clean up transportation …

Energy efficiency, urban density vs. suburban living, demographic differences

Excerpt from Laura Bliss, CityLab, Dec 2017 Wood and co-author, Peng Du, who is also a professor at IIT’s College of Architecture, wanted to capture more nuance than that. They created a survey comparing transportation patterns, energy consumption, and use of public space, which they administered to 249 households in four downtown Chicago high-rises and 273 single-family homes in Oak …

1.5 C news and other climate findings from 2017

From Carbon Brief 22 Dec 2017 How much time does the world collectively have left to reduce its emissions in order to avoid dangerous climate change? At the beginning of the year, Carbon Brief published our traditional carbon budget update, revealing that just four years of current CO2 emissions would blow what’s left of the budget for a good chance of keeping …

Soil Carbon: 3 recent papers on soil carbon pathways

December 17, 2017  Plant diversity enhances soil microbial biomass, particularly soil fungi, by increasing root-derived organic inputs. Build on emerging evidence that points to significant consumption of labile (easily altered) carbon (C) by fungi, and to the ability of ectomycorrhizal fungi to decompose organic matter, researchers show that labile C constitutes a major and presently underrated source of C for …