I’m going to do all this reading and research anyway… might as well share what I learn!
NEWS
+
VIEWS
October 15 2018

a big step by California, Trump administration accepts climate science, Georgians pay for nuclear power, intensifying hurricanes, the Kigali amendment

The Los Angeles Times reports that Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 100, which sets three major goals for electricity in California’s future: 50 percent renewables by 2026, 60 percent renewables by 2030 and 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2045 (carbon free includes hydro, geothermal, nuclear and fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage). This major accomplishment is thoughtfully reviewed by Dave Roberts at Vox. Adrienne Alvord of the Union of Concerned Scientists notes that this law and an accompanying Executive Order deliver the clear message that “we need to reduce global warming pollution much further and faster than we previously thought to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.” California also just advanced its 2030 goals for low-carbon transportation fuels.

Demonstrating the importance of California’s commitment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report documenting the need to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases quickly and significantly (the report assessed more than 6,000 scientific papers, with input from 91 authors and editors from 40 countries). The New York Times reports the IPCC conclusion that without rapid emissions reductions the world could reach 1.5°C warmer than preindustrial times as soon as 2040, and that this rise could have much more significant impacts than previously thought. To prevent this warming…

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August 31 2018

a dirty power plan, Kentucky’s expensive coal-fired electricity, disease danger days rise in El Paso, heading toward “hot house’ earth, algal blooms impact Florida, Interior Secretary blames “environmental terrorist groups” for California fires

In Salon former Sierra Club President Carl Pope reviews the Trump administration proposal to replace Obama’s Clean Power Plan with a program that will “freeze modernization of the nation’s power sector, let pollution kill more Americans, require the use of unnecessarily expensive coal power, and increase climate risk.” This is despite the fact “that 25 states will exceed their maximum potential emission reduction goals under the rule and 16 more are on track to meet those goals.” Philip Bump notes in the Washington Post that the Trump administration is taking this action just as evidence of the rise of extreme weather is everywhere (heat, fires and now the thickest ice in the arctic breaking apart [as reported in the Guardian]). He concludes that Trump’s actions “paint a picture of a country that’s living through climate change and deciding not to do anything about it.” Or, as USA Today editorializes, “The Trump administration is committed to saving coal, when what it really needs to do is save the planet.”

In the New York Times Brad Plumer notes that the Trump administration proposal is reducing the estimated cost of carbon emissions from around $50 (the Obama administration’s estimate that many economists conclude is too low) to less than $10. This change will have to be defended in court, where the Trump administration experienced a string of defeats in August (I guess evidence is a pesky annoyance for the deregulistas). Michael Gerrard of Columbia University summarizes the inadequacy of the Trump plan in the New Yorker…

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IN BRIEF: PAST
CLIMATE NEWS

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NEWS
+
VIEWS
I’m going to do all this reading and research anyway… might as well share what I learn!
October 15 2018

a big step by California, Trump administration accepts climate science, Georgians pay for nuclear power, intensifying hurricanes, the Kigali amendment

The Los Angeles Times reports that Governor Brown signed into law Senate Bill 100, which sets three major goals for electricity in California’s future: 50 percent renewables by 2026, 60 percent renewables by 2030 and 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2045 (carbon free includes hydro, geothermal, nuclear and fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage). This major accomplishment is thoughtfully reviewed by Dave Roberts at Vox. Adrienne Alvord of the Union of Concerned Scientists notes that this law and an accompanying Executive Order deliver the clear message that “we need to reduce global warming pollution much further and faster than we previously thought to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.” California also just advanced its 2030 goals for low-carbon transportation fuels.

Demonstrating the importance of California’s commitment, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report documenting the need to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases quickly and significantly (the report assessed more than 6,000 scientific papers, with input from 91 authors and editors from 40 countries). The New York Times reports the IPCC conclusion that without rapid emissions reductions the world could reach 1.5°C warmer than preindustrial times as soon as 2040, and that this rise could have much more significant impacts than previously thought. To prevent this warming…

read more
August 31 2018

a dirty power plan, Kentucky’s expensive coal-fired electricity, disease danger days rise in El Paso, heading toward “hot house’ earth, algal blooms impact Florida, Interior Secretary blames “environmental terrorist groups” for California fires

In Salon former Sierra Club President Carl Pope reviews the Trump administration proposal to replace Obama’s Clean Power Plan with a program that will “freeze modernization of the nation’s power sector, let pollution kill more Americans, require the use of unnecessarily expensive coal power, and increase climate risk.” This is despite the fact “that 25 states will exceed their maximum potential emission reduction goals under the rule and 16 more are on track to meet those goals.” Philip Bump notes in the Washington Post that the Trump administration is taking this action just as evidence of the rise of extreme weather is everywhere (heat, fires and now the thickest ice in the arctic breaking apart [as reported in the Guardian]). He concludes that Trump’s actions “paint a picture of a country that’s living through climate change and deciding not to do anything about it.” Or, as USA Today editorializes, “The Trump administration is committed to saving coal, when what it really needs to do is save the planet.”

In the New York Times Brad Plumer notes that the Trump administration proposal is reducing the estimated cost of carbon emissions from around $50 (the Obama administration’s estimate that many economists conclude is too low) to less than $10. This change will have to be defended in court, where the Trump administration experienced a string of defeats in August (I guess evidence is a pesky annoyance for the deregulistas). Michael Gerrard of Columbia University summarizes the inadequacy of the Trump plan in the New Yorker…

read more

IN BRIEF: PAST
CLIMATE NEWS

MORE MY TAKES