Rising temperatures force trees to release more CO2. And leave the trees! The largest three percent contain almost half of forest carbon.

New Yorker: Southeast United States, where, according to a long investigative piece in The Daily Climate, by Danielle Purifoy, the industrial-scale deforestation—hold your surprise—“is bringing air pollution, noise and reduced biodiversity in majority Black communities.” As one North Carolina resident put it, “When I looked at the officer that was choking George Floyd, and he said ‘I can’t breathe,’ this …

Can Cap and Trade Actually Address Environmental Justice?

Denny Khamphanthong, community organizer for Asian Pacific Environmental Network, in front of the Chevron Richmond Refinery in California. Photo by Federica Armstrong/YES! Magazine. Since California’s program launched in 2013, questions have swirled about whether cap and trade has helped or hurt people living in the shadow of the state’s largest emitters. Why you can trust us BY JULIA ROSEN – California, Nov 20, …

Fossil Fuels Phase-Out: Policy Framework Proposed

SEPTEMBER 23, 2020 | ECOSPHERE STUDIES, PRESS RELEASES https://landinstitute.org/fossil-fuels-phase-out-policy-framework/ From the desk of The Land Institute Ecosphere Studies Research Fellow, and author of The Green New Deal and Beyond: Ending the Climate Emergency While We Still Can. A “managed phase out” of fossil fuels is increasingly called for in climate policy studies and congressional resolutions, as being necessary for a solution to the climate emergency. But the statements are …

Colorado’s GHG Roadmap announces what could have been said by the Administration the month after its signing

Colo. Public Radio Sam Brasch September 30, 2020 The full brunt of climate change is bearing down on Colorado.  The recent summer brought drought, record-high heat and two of the three biggest fires in state history. According to scientists, it’s likely only a preview. Unless people can rapidly reduce their dependence on greenhouse gas emissions, those effects will only grow worse in Colorado and across the rest …

Peak fossil fuel demand and peak ICE vehicles. The recent 3 percent fall in oil demand has led to a 50 percent fall in the oil price. Governments role is to prevent fossil resurgence and to implement a tax wedge

Horse demand famously peaked when cars were just 3 percent of their number, and gas lighting demand peaked when electric lighting was just 2 percent of supply. The consequence of peaking demand for fossil fuels has been playing out for a number of years now, in sector after sector. Peak demand for coal meant lower prices for US coal and …

State climate change action, regulation of HFCs

Feb 2020 R.I. to regulate HFC greenhouse gases Providence Business News Rhode Island is preparing to regulate hydrofluorocarbons, a greenhouse gas common in commercial refrigeration, stationary and mobile air conditioning, heat pumps, foams and aerosols, the R.I. Department of Environmental Management announced on Tuesday. The action will be done along with similar regulations in Massachusetts and Maine, the DEM said. …

What U.S. Farming Can Do to Stop Climate Change: livestock and livestock feed portions of our agricultural lands adds up to 781 million acres, 41 percent of all the land in the Lower 48

Montesino cherry tomatoes grow in a greenhouse at Freedom Food Farm in Raynham, Massachusetts on June 13, 2019. Freedom Food Farm uses compost to add carbon to the soil.PHOTO BY LANE TURNER/THE BOSTON GLOBE/GETTY IMAGESEXCERPTThe landscape of farmland, pastures, ranges, and forest could sequester carbon on a massive scale by 2030. Here’s the math. BY RONNIE CUMMINS  Yes Magazine, FEB 20, 2020 The …

Large cities may cut emissions by a third based on improvements in housing density alone. Reducing driving is essential

Patrick Sisson at Curbed pointed out recently that some studies have estimated that large global cities could cut their emissions by a third based on improvements in housing density alone. We have to start talking about these solutions and making them part of mainstream environmental policy, Hankins says. Time is running out. “We can’t afford to ignore significant climate mitigation measures just …

Personal car use to decline 10% by 2030: study

Kristin Musulin@kristinmusulin Feb. 13, 2020 Private car travel will decline in the world’s largest cities by 10% over the next decade, according to a study from research consultancy firm Kantar, revealed this week at the UN-Habitat World Urban Forum. The firm surveyed 20,000 city dwellers across 31 cities to understand how their preferred mobility modes may change over the next 10 years. …