Ten Green New Deals – How Do They Compare?

By Guy Dauncey, Revised September 29th 2019 September 27, 2019 Climate, Economy Bernie Sanders, business, canada, community, Development, electricity, Elizabeth Warren, food, Green New Deal, Green Party, Jay Inslee, jobs, Nature, NDP, Oil, politics, taxes, transportation Guy Dauncey is founder of the BC Sustainable Energy Association, co-founder of the Victoria Car Share Cooperative, and the author or co-author of ten books, including The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming and Journey to the Future: A Better World Is …

Illegal Gold Mining Is Laying Waste to the Amazon

 Nexus Media Nov. 10, 2019 By Marlene Cimons Last summer, scientist Maria Rodriguez traveled to the Peruvian region of Madre de Dios, once the home of lush rainforests, meandering rivers and thriving wildlife. But her destination was anything but picturesque. She’d come to study several sites ravaged by illegal gold mining that had left a legacy of destruction and mercury …

Russian climate change and Putin’s remarks – fall 2019

Anatol Lieven, Financial Times, Nov 6 2019 In his remarks to the annual conference of the Valdai Club this autumn, President Vladimir Putin managed simultaneously to cast doubt on whether human-driven climate change is actually happening, and to assure his audience that Russia is doing everything possible to prevent it. This is also very close to the contradictory public positions …

What is Eco-socialism?

An immense crisis looms over an unequal world. Tweaking their dials, Democrats win insufficient, vulnerable victories, while Republicans ignore the problem and fan the flames. Capitalism has proven unable to deliver the deep cuts needed to preserve a stable climate. To catalyze the political mobilization necessary for transformational change, we need a vision of the future where everyone’s voice is …

The Supreme Court’s departure from the constitution and democracy

No legislature, governor, or president has ever suggested that corporations should be considered “persons” for the purpose of constitutional protections, particularly under the 14th Amendment’s equal-protection rights. No federal or state legislature, no president, and no state governor has ever, in more than 240 years, suggested that billionaires and corporations have a First Amendment “right” to unlimited political bribery. Congress …

Captured by Coal

Coal companies are required to restore land used for coal mining to the shape it was in before they started digging it up. It’s federal law — mandating that what was once pastureland, for instance, could again be suitable for grazing livestock after being mined. But as the coal industry struggles to stay afloat amid cutthroat competition from wind and …

Mark Jacobson’s new book: 100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything

Welcome to the website for the book,100% Clean, Renewable Energy and Storage for Everything by Mark Z. Jacobson, to be published by Cambridge University Press in early 2020. If you would like to order the book in advance, please contact Matt Lloyd mlloyd@cambridge.org at Cambridge University Press. The book will be used during Spring, 2019 for a Stanford University course of the …

Gernot Wagner: Preoccupations

Climate Shock has two main themes, which are also the preoccupations of my current research: Pricing climate risk Solar geoengineering Work in progress, under review, and recently published in each: Pricing climate risk “Applying Asset Pricing Theory to Calibrate the Price of Climate Risk” (with Kent Daniel and Robert B. Litterman; NBER Working Paper 22795, November 2016), now published as “Declining …

2050 is too late – we must drastically cut emissions much sooner

Sweden and New Zealand are aiming for 2045, Finland for 2035 and Norway for 2030 – the most ambitious of any government. Extinction Rebellion has called for the UK to eliminate all carbon emissions by 2025. Our recent working paper explores the justification for these various targets. September 15, 2019, The Conversation, Tim Jackson Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of the Centre for the Understanding …

1.5°C scenario with a cost-effective, cross-sectoral, technology-rich global 100% renewable energy system that does not build on negative CO2 emission technologies

12 APR 2019 New Study: Global Energy System based on 100% Renewable Energy The new study by the Energy Watch Group and LUT University is the first of its kind to outline a 1.5°C scenario with a cost-effective, cross-sectoral, technology-rich global 100% renewable energy system that does not build on negative CO2 emission technologies. The scientific modelling study simulates a total global energy …