Al Gore: We can do it, but we need significant policy change and new people in office

Sept. 20, 2019, NYTimes Things take longer to happen than you think they will, but then they happen much faster than you thought they could. The destructive impacts of the climate crisis are now following the trajectory of that economics maxim as horrors long predicted by scientists are becoming realities. More destructive Category 5 hurricanes are developing, monster fires ignite and …

The Future of Public Health

Thomas R. Frieden, M.D., M.P.H. Article, Figures/Media, Metrics 50 References, 53 Citing Articles The field of public health aims to improve the health of as many people as possible as rapidly as possible. Since 1900, the average life span in the United States has increased by more than 30 years; 25 years of this gain have been attributed to public health advances.1,2 Globally, …

Six Reasons Why Berkeley’s Ban on New Natural Gas Is a Great Idea

by Gideon Weissman, Monday, August 19, 2019 Natural GasElectrificationGlobal WarmingFrackingClean Energy Last month the city of Berkeley, California, banned natural gas infrastructure from new buildings.[1] The most obvious reason for the ordinance is enough to justify it on its own: Natural gas is a fossil fuel, and burning it contributes to global warming. But by getting off gas, Berkeley is doing a whole …

Warren pledges to guarantee farm income, control supply

08/07/19 By Philip Brasher, Agri-Pulse. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren wants to put the federal government back in the business of managing commodity supplies in order to guarantee that farmers won’t lose money on their crops, a long-abandoned policy known as “parity.” The Massachusetts senator’s plan would build on USDA’s existing loan and conservation programs to take land out of production and …

Once every 12 minutes. 47,173 Americans killed themselves in 2017, nearly 7x greater than the number of American soldiers killed in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars between 2001 and 2018.

Suicides now claim two-and-a-half times as many lives in this country as do homicides, even though the murder rate gets so much more attention. According to a 2018 Centers for Disease Control study, between 1999 and 2016, the suicide rate increased in every state in the union except Nevada, which already had a remarkably high rate.  In 30 states, it jumped by …

Jim Hansen: Earth’s slow response to human-made changes of atmospheric composition provides us the possibility to avert the existential threat of climate change. But to achieve that end we need to understand the time scales for change of the energy and political systems

Saving Earth 27 June 2019 James Hansen It is wonderful that more people are waking up to the fact that we have a climate emergency. The emergency was clear more than a decade ago when it was realized that the long-term safe level of atmospheric CO2 was less than 350 ppm1. Already, we were well into the dangerous zone. Good …

Negligible consideration is given to rationing and moratoria even though these options could substantially cut emissions immediately without requiring new technologies

ENVIRONMENT  •  June 27, 2019  •  Judith Deutsch Lessons for the Climate Emergency Rationing, Moratoriums, Ending War “The bad news is that if history teaches us one thing, it is that there never has been an energy transition… The history of energy is not one of transitions, but rather of successive additions…” Bonneuil and Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene. The New Deal and World …

$3.5 billion in direct fossil fuel subsidies handed out by US govt every year, not to mention billions in indirect subsidies, like allowing fossil fuel companies to freely pollute the world’s atmosphere and oceans, endangering life on Earth as we know it, without paying a dime

$3.5 billion in direct fossil fuel subsidies handed out by US govt every year, not to mention billions in indirect subsidies, like allowing fossil fuel companies to freely pollute the world’s atmosphere and oceans, endangering life on Earth as we know it, without paying a dime Who’s Behind The War On Electric Cars? May 17th, 2019 by Steve Hanley on Clean Technica If you …

Why requirements for new vehicle registrations to be EV need to start soon: Even if every U.S. vehicle sold were electric starting today, it would take until 2040 for 90 percent of vehicles in use to be electric. 

The roughly 250 million cars, SUVs and pickup trucks on U.S. roads today account for 60 percent of transportation emissions. The 11.5 million big trucks that move freight around generate 23 percent and aircraft are responsible for 9 percent of those greenhouse gas emissions. One reason why it will be hard if not impossible to convert all U.S. transportation to electric models within …