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CLIMATE NEWS

OCO-2 to Bring Better Understanding of Regional Carbon
In the early morning hours of July 2nd, an exciting new spacecraft streaked the skies above Los Angeles. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) launched into orbit as it became the first NASA satellite dedicated to making space-based observations of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2).

When OCO-2 begins collecting data in the next few weeks, it will be able to measure carbon dioxide levels at regional scales to an unprecedented accuracy. This is great news for those of us acting locally, as OCO-2 will work in sync with ground sensors to better determine CO2 emissions from the greater Los Angeles area.

Climate Resolve was thrilled to be a part of the NASA Social team to cover the launch of OCO-2. Stay-tuned for more groundbreaking findings from this mission.

LA: First Major City in U.S. to Require Cool Roofs on Residential Buildings
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously passed an update to the Municipal Building Code on December 17th, 2013 making Los Angeles the first major city to require all new and refurbished homes to have a “cool roof.” This policy recommendation was a result of Climate Resolve's “Hot City, Cool Roofs” in March 2013.

In Los Angeles, cool roofs are a great solution to reducing energy usage and improving the public health of Angelenos, especially on hot days. UCLA research suggests that by midcentury, the number of “extreme heat” days above 95°F will triple in downtown Los Angeles and nearly quadruple in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. Cool roofs can help reduce the risk of heat-related illnesses or death -- especially for elderly and low-income residents.

Read more about our Hot City, Cool Roofs work in Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles and Southern California are world-renowned for its idyllic climate and innovative spirit. In the face of a changing climate, we believe that the Los Angeles region will continue to be a leader - if we're all willing to take on the fight.

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