Nature: A wasted decade of climate inaction shows us that incremental shifts that might have been sufficient at one time are no longer enough. A rapid shift with 4x the work or a third the time is necessary now. Some have stopped fossil fuel production and exploration, but not US

04 March 2020, Nature. Emissions: world has four times the work or one-third of the time: New synthesis shows what a wasted decade means for the climate pact made in Paris. Nature 579, 25-28 (2020) doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/d41586-020-00571-x, https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00571-x The past decade of political failure on climate change has cost us all dearly. It has shrunk the time left for action by two-thirds. …

Make an Emergency Declaration and Use the National Emergencies Act (NEA) and the Defense Production Act (DPA)

By Jeff Merkley, Oregon, Washington Post, Jan 2021, excerpt The National Emergencies Act (NEA) and the Defense Production Act (DPA) give the president broad powers to act in the national interest during grave national emergencies. While President Barack Obama used the DPA to purchase green transportation fuels, neither of these acts has been fully used to address the climate emergency. Declaring the climate crisis …

Groups Provide Biden With Draft Climate Emergency Order, Domestic Office of Climate Mobilization, Princeton Pathways to Net Zero – Dec 2020

December 16, 2020 President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. Biden-Harris Transition, 1401 Constitution Ave NW Washington, DC 20001 RE:      EXECUTIVE ORDER TO AVERT THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY Dear President-elect Biden, Congratulations on winning the Presidential election and thank you for your slate of promised executive actions to address the climate crisis, including phasing out fossil fuel production and use, protecting workers and …

1.5°C above baseline is now the prescribed upper limit to global warming. Global temps for first 6 months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline.

Global temperature for the first six months of 2020 registered 1.3°C above baseline, a number that has new significance ever since the IPCC Special Report/2018 about the risks of exceeding 1.5°C. NOVEMBER 20, 2020, https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/11/20/expert-ipcc-reviewer-speaks-out/ Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out BY ROBERT HUNZIKER Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion/XR recently interviewed Peter Carter, M.D., who has …

Highlights from Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions

Notes/Excerpts from Energy Democracy: Advancing Equity in Clean Energy Solutions by Denise Fairchild, Al Weinrub, Diego Angarita Horowitz, Isaac Baker, Lynn Benander, Strela Cervas, Ben Delman, Anthony Giancatarino, Vivian Yi Huang, Derrick Johnson, Cecilia Martinez, Michelle Mascarenhas-Swan, Anya Scholman, Sean Sweeney, Maggie Tishman, Miya Yoshitani, and Ashura Lewis. Last accessed on Wednesday July 18, 2018 Location: 79 The first is …

Biden calls climate change an ’emergency.’ Now he’s under pressure to officially declare it one.

By Dino Grandon, Washington Post, Dec. 4, 2020 with Alexandra Ellerbeck Joe Biden often calls climate change an “emergency.” Soon he will have to decide whether to officially declare it one when he takes office. Some environmentalists are pushing the president-elect to proclaim global warming a national emergency, giving him more power to take executive actions to tackle it.  “The reason …

City climate measures and funds would provide home retrofits along with vouchers and rebates for EVs, public transit, and special consideration of low income residents

Towns in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and Southern Maine declared climate emergencies this month. The total number of declarations of climate emergency worldwide now totals 1,814 within 30 countries.  The mayor of Berkeley, California, a leading city that declared a climate emergency in 2018, is urging voters to approve Measure HH, which provides funding for the city’s Climate Equity Action Fund. …

Energy footprints grow with expenditure: the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%

A study published in Nature Energy shows that energy footprints grow with expenditure, and, as a consequence, are unequally distributed. Among all the countries and income classes in the study, the top 10% consume roughly 20 times more energy than the bottom 10%. Additionally, as income increases, people spend more of their money on energy-intensive goods, such as package holidays or …

The climate crisis is an emergency, not an ‘issue’

By Mark Hertsgaard for Columbia Journalism Review, AUGUST 20, 2020 This article is adapted from The Climate Beat, the weekly newsletter of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism initiative strengthening coverage of the climate story. IT’S RARE TO HEAR THE TERM “CLIMATE EMERGENCY” in media and political discourse in the United States, even though that is the term thousands of scientists say most …