Mitigation deterrence: Promises of cheap and easy CO₂ removal in future make it less likely that time and money will be invested in reducing emissions now

“Our research suggests that the promises implied in such studies could actually set back meaningful action on climate change. This is because of what we call “mitigation deterrence” – promises of cheap and easy CO₂ removal in future make it less likely that time and money will be invested in reducing emissions now.“ Excerpt from The Conversation, July 2019 Why would …

There are 16 million slaves around the world making our stuff

“There isn’t an official legal definition of modern slavery, but the UN describes it as the condition of people whose work ‘is performed involuntarily and under the menace of any penalty.’ Modern slaves can be coerced to work through explicit measures like violence, but also through subtler means like financial pressure, or by limiting someone’s movement by retaining their identification.” …

Equitable and Just National Climate Platform

Excerpt from the Washington Post 7/18/19 A coalition of more than 70 environmental and other progressive groups are publishing Thursday the outlines of what they want the next Democratic administration to do about climate change. The broadly worded, 10-page document, called the “Equitable and Just National Climate Platform,” views with skepticism the sort of cap-and-trade schemes once pushed by congressional Democrats a decade ago and demands that any …

Colorado Energy Chief Will Toor on Achieving Ambitious New Climate Goals

CHASE WOODRUFF | JULY 19, 2019 | Westword Will Toor brought no shortage of experience to his new role as head of the Colorado Energy Office when Governor Jared Polis tapped him to lead the agency earlier this year. A former mayor of Boulder, director of the University of Colorado Environmental Center and state air-quality commissioner under former governor John Hickenlooper, Toor had spent the previous …

Voices of 100%: Can Philadelphia and its Suburbs Revolutionize Their Local Energy System?

BY MARIE DONAHUE AND JOHN FARRELL | DATE: 3 JUL 2019 |  16 suburbs surrounding Philadelphia have made formal, community-wide commitments to transition to 100% renewable energy. Despite its revolutionary roots, however, the core city has not yet set a citywide commitment. What gives the suburbs of Philadelphia an edge over the central city in making commitments to 100% renewable energy? For this episode of our Voices …

Another reason why vehicle sharing and getting the incentives right is important: the metal resources for all those EVs

By Michael Brenneis, SSTI, UK scientists warn of resource costs in transitioning to net-zero emissions by 2050, July 1, 2019, Tags: EVs, GHG, resources, VMT The necessary transition away from burning fossil fuels for transportation could be quite resource intensive. So say leading UK scientists in a recent letter to the UK Committee on Climate Change, in response to their recommended target of net-zero greenhouse gas …

Green is the new black: How eco-friendly funerals are becoming the only way to go

Colin Drury, The Independent, July 15, 2019 It is a beautiful July morning and, in a rolling wild meadow in rural Nottinghamshire, nature is running rampant in the sun. Butterflies flutter by and bees buzz amid the knee-high grass and Cotswold-mix flowers. An occasional pheasant can be seen poking about distant hedges. Up above, a buzzard circles in the sky from …

Keep it in the ground + stop deforestation + reforest an area the size of the US to help avert climate breakdown

July 4, 2019, The Conversation Mark Maslin Professor of Earth System Science, UCL Simon Lewis Professor of Global Change Science at University of Leeds and, UCL Restoring the world’s forests on an unprecedented scale is “the best climate change solution available”, according to a new study. The researchers claim that covering 900m hectares of land – roughly the size of the …

New York’s Decarbonization Plan: Carbon-free electricity by 2040 and a net-zero carbon economy by 2050

.By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Jun 20, 2019 New York is the fourth most populous state in the US and its third-largest economy. Now it is poised to adopt the country’s most ambitious climate targets, including 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040 and economy-wide, net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. On Tuesday night, the state Senate passed the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, and …

The US Government Should Declare Climate Emergency

BY MEAGAN DAY, Jacobin, July 2019 The havoc that will soon be wrought by climate change is unfathomable. It’s a crisis — one which Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Sen. Bernie Sanders demanded yesterday the US government recognize. It’s a needed step towards winning a Green New Deal. Our new issue, on the housing crisis and capitalism, is out …