Bartolomé de Las Casas, by Enrique Dussel

Brevísima relación de la destrucción de las Indias (A Short Account of the Destruction of the Indies, 1542) “The reason why the Christians have killed and destroyed such an infinite number of souls is that they have been moved by their wish for gold and their desire to enrich themselves in a very short time.” Encylopedia Brittanica entry on Bartolomé de Las Casas, …

Green space equity and impacts + Globeville example

A growing body of evidence shows that access to green space in urban areas can bring considerable benefits to the health and well-being of city residents. These benefits may include improved cognitive development and functioning, reduced symptom severity of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, reduced obesity, and positive impacts on mental health. Looking forward, the University of British Columbia researchers write, the “impact of urban …

Carbon Capture – Hoodwinked in the Hothouse, 2021 Edition

There has been a recent shift towards big money investments in climate geoengineering that focuses on removing and storing carbon dioxide (CO2). Carbon capture is the basis of the myth that carbon dioxide can be sucked out of pollution or directly from the air and stored, which is being touted as a magic bullet solution to the climate crisis. The …

$15/MWh in cost savings on average from using a single location, coupling renewable energy and battery power plants

“Are coupled renewable-battery power plants more valuable than independently sited installations?” This free webinar will be held on June 15 at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET. Register for the webinar here: https://lbnl.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sjjv7ujUR-mQThHZ6kOotw. Using wholesale power market prices from 2012–2019 across the seven main U.S. independent system operators (ISOs), the new study compares the market value of hybrid projects to the value of …

CO 2021 Legislative Update

Jun 12, 2021 Written By Brian Highland CEA thanks Colorado Coalition for a Livable Climate (CCLC) for providing the following legislative update. The 2021 Colorado legislative session is complete! There were 57 climate-related bills that we tracked this session. Most passed, including one of our favorites, the Community Choice Energy bill, HB21-1269, taking Colorado a strong step forward to combat the climate …

Will COVID-19 kill the American Dream and help make collectivism the norm? The village of the future is taking shape before our eyes. Guided by the lessons of this pandemic, we can shape our homes and neighborhoods to withstand the next inevitable crisis. Trish Becker, Colorado Sun, Jun 16, 2021 With half of the U.S. population age 12 and older …

Net zero is not zero and offsets haven’t worked

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2021/04/26/greenhouse-accounting-problem/ The giant accounting problem that could hamper the world’s push to cut emissions Countries are adopting very different strategies for how they take into account carbon pulled out of the air by their forests. Scientists have identified a staggering 5.5 billion ton gap between greenhouse gas emissions acknowledged each year by the world’s nations and the emissions calculated by …

Study: EPA far underestimates methane emissions

In a study published this month in the journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, a team of scientists said EPA’s inventory of greenhouse gas emissions is underestimating methane releases from U.S. oil and natural gas production by 90% and 50%, respectively. Carlos Anchondo, E&E News, Emissions of climate-warming methane from U.S. oil and natural gas production are significantly higher than EPA …

Update on Our Children’s Trust, Juliana case

Judge steers Juliana toward settlement E&E News | Maxine Joselow A federal judge yesterday ordered the young challengers in the “kids’ climate case” to iron out their differences with the Biden administration outside the courtroom. The two sides in the closely watched case Juliana v. United States must enter a mediation process in the hopes of reaching a settlement, Judge …