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 …

Central value in ultimate cost of carbon is about $100,000 per ton

The Universal Cost of Carbon applies over a different timescale than how the social cost of carbon has been calculated. Assuming that the climate impacts from fossil carbon use will persist much longer than any economic infrastructure that we use fossil fuels today to build, the UCC can be seen as a first approximation of our culpability to future generations, …

CBS: Two-thirds of Americans say the climate is a crisis and needs to be addressed now 90% see climate change happening and only 9% do not

Fifty-two percent of Americans think almost all climate scientists agree that human activity is a main cause of climate change, while 48% say there is still disagreement among scientists about whether human activity is a main cause. “We have warmed the earth by 1 C and there is research that shows for every 1 C we see a disproportionate number …

Ways to meet climate goals: the short list of climate actions that will work

September 29th, 2019 by Michael Barnard, Clean Technica   cleantechnica.com/2019/09/29/the-short-list-of-climate-actions-that-will-work/ I spend a lot of time critiquing solutions for low-carbon transformation, and that leads, inevitably, to people asking me: what works? What should we be doing? Most recently, that came in the form of a question on Quora that was well enough formed to trigger me to write down the solution set: “What exactly …

Short version of Margaret’s ‘With a Planet on Fire, This Is What It Means to Enter Emergency Mode’

September 27, 2019 The climate crisis is an unprecedented emergency. How we react to the climate crisis will shape centuries and millennia to come. By Margaret Klein Salamon. School students, Local Citizens, Environmental Activists shout slogans as they participate in a global climate strike to protest against governmental inaction towards climate breakdown and environmental pollution, part of demonstrations being held …

Bernie Sanders and AOC want Congress to declare a national emergency over climate change

Climate activists around the world are pushing governments to treat global warming as an emergency.By Tara Golshan  Jul 9, 2019, 2:40pm EDTSHARE A movement of climate activists wants the world to respond to the growing wave of extreme weather and climate disasters the way they would to a mass shooting — like it’s an emergency. On Tuesday, they got three prominent progressive allies in …

Los Angeles creates and funds an official City Office and City Commission to develop and implement a climate emergency mobilization plan

On Wednesday July 3, by 13-0-2 vote of the City Council, the City of Los Angeles became the first government they know of to create and fund an official City Office and City Commission to develop and implement a mobilization plan, in response to the climate emergency.  This vote enacts the following: Creation of the Office of the Climate Emergency …