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February 28, 2015

Climate Events

3/5 | Aquarium’s Diving Program | Aquarium of the Pacific

3/11 | Fukushima and its Impacts | Aquarium of the Pacific

3/12 | Los Angeles Methane Symposium | Deaton Hall, Downtown LA

3/15-3/17 | Annual WateReuse Conference | Millenium Biltmore Los Angeles

3/17 | Antarctic Penguins | Aquarium of the Pacific

3/17 | Greywater Corps Workshop | Highland Park

3/25 | The Story of Keiko | Aquarium of the Pacific

3/28 | Power to the Planet | CalTech

Climate Jobs

Natural Resources Defense Council | Senior Policy Advocate

City of Los Angeles | Director, Innovation Delivery Team

University of Washington | Climate Impacts Group Deputy Director (Seattle)

James Irvine Foundation | Senior Program Officer, California Democracy

PlaceWorks | Senior Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Mobility Planner | Email kurt [at] bikesmakelifebetter [dot] com to apply

LA County Department of Public Health  | PLACE Program

The Brookings Institute | Senior Fellow & Director, Energy Security & Climate Initiative (Washington, DC)

Labor/Community Strategy Center | Climate Justice Researcher | Email ericmann [at] mindspring [dot] com to apply

Community Conservation Solutions Green Solution Water Sustainability Program |Project Manager | Email info [at] conservationsolutions [dot] org to apply

Sierra Club | Associate Organizing Representative—Our Wild America


February 27, 2015

Angelenos are used to being on the forefront. So it only makes sense that a brand-new campaign focused on how the local can have a national impact would be starting here with us.

At a small reception in Westwood on February 25, Robert Perkowitz of ecoAmerica and our own Jonathan Parfrey announced a new collaboration between our organizations—the local climate campaign, Path to Positive: Los Angeles.

Together we will organize LA-area leaders in mobilizing their constituents from local political, faith, higher education, business, and health sectors, who will work with us to inspire their members to take action. It’s a direct, right-to-the-source approach we’re certain will have an impact.

Los Angeles is the perfect city to launch this campaign. Our region has a progressive tradition of bold action—and where LA goes, California, and our nation, follow.

Our commitment to fight climate change at the local level is a necessity; we simply cannot wait for Congress or the international community to lead on climate solutions. With Path to Positive, we will be reaching out to communities directly and engaging them in our common goal to better our city and our lives, building support for concrete local climate action and demonstrating to the world that diverse interests can—and must—unite when it comes to our climate future. Our path to positive action starts now. We hope you’ll be on it with us.


February 27, 2015

DECARBONIZING CALIFORNIA
Updates on climate news in Los Angeles and California

On Monday, the “Live Ride Share” event explored shared mobility in Southern California—the first conference of its kind. Streetsblog has a great breakdown of speakers and a summary of some the excited plans discussed.

California’s expanded cap & trade is starting off well. (NRDC)

Residents in La Habra Heights are debating a ban of new oil drilling. (KPCC)

In Griffith Park, drought-related conditions caused a tree planted in honor of George Harrison to become infested by–wait for it–beetles. (LA Times)

(Angelenos: click here for our calendar of events and activities in Los Angeles.)

BEYOND THE GOLDEN STATE
National and international climate news

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Photo of printed solar cells from Cosmos

This week, President Obama—as promised—vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline. (Reuters) Or, more accurately, he vetoed the Congress bill to approve  the project (Grist). So what does this mean for the climate of climate activism? Vox explores how activism has changed since the first time Keystone XL was in the news.

Portland is generating power from water pipes. (Fast Company Exist)

Exposed: A climate change denier has been paid by big oil. (Guardian)

Maybe someday we’ll have a problem like Amsterdam—too many bikes! (Smithsonian)

It snowed out, so climate change must not be real? Oh, Inhofe. (Vox)

February is Black History Month; here are top achievements of black climate leaders through history. (HuffPost Green)

Bright business move: Google made a $300 million investment in solar power for residential homes. (LA Times)

Mais oui! Paris puts two wind turbines on the Eiffel Tower. (Smithsonian)

We know this to be true: Local climate solutions can have a global impact.Go small to go big. (Grist)

HOORAH FOR SCIENCE
Breakthroughs and advances worth celebrating

At long last, scientific proof from a Berkeley Lab-led study that fossil fuels are responsible for the greenhouse effect.

One of the biggest drawbacks to solar power is the cost of manufacturing solar cells—so new technology that allows those cells to be printed could make solar radically more accessible. (Cosmos)

Young people in India are being trained to eradicate pollution. (NPR Science)

HEAR YE
Words Worth Repeating

“… because this act of Congress conflicts with established executive branch procedures and cuts short thorough consideration of issues that could bear on our national interest—including our security, safety, and environment—it has earned my veto.”—President Barack Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL bill

“As Mr. Spock, he made science and technology important to the story, while never failing to show, by example, that it is the people around us who matter most.”—NASA administrator Charles Bolden, on the influence of the Star Trek character depicted by the late Leonard Nimoy

WEEKEND READING
Online longreads or book suggestions

Making Music in the Anthropocene: How Should Artists Engage with Times of Crisis,” by John Luther Adams (Slate)

LOOK HERE
Images, videos, or infographics that deserve a close look

Images of the world’s largest solar farm—in the California desert! (Time)


February 20, 2015

DECARBONIZING CALIFORNIA
Updates on climate news in Los Angeles and California

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From Dr. Susanne Moser’s presentation for the Air Resources Board.

The Exxon Mobil refinery in Torrance experienced a devastating explosion earlier this week. Let it serve as a warning that oil refining impacts climate and communities alike. (Waterkeeper)

Climate scholar Dr. Susanne Moser’s presentation at an Air Resources Board meeting included great intel. (See image above and click through for presentation)

Some homes in LA are powered by burning old money. (KPCC)

The Oscars are this Sunday, and related street closures prompt Curbed LA to wonder, What if Hollywood Boulevard was always closed to cars?

Wrap your head around this one: by a newly-developed metric, Los Angeles is the least sprawling city in the US. (CityLab)

(Angelenos: click here for our calendar of events and activities in Los Angeles.)

BEYOND THE GOLDEN STATE
National and international climate news

Some measured words from the CEO of BP: “We need to put a price on carbon.” (The Hill)

Leading up to next year’s climate summit in Paris, world leaders met in Geneva to draft a potential agreement. (The Guardian)

India is building the world’s largest solar farm. (Climate Progress)

Cities around the world are taking steps to discourage their citizens from using cars. (Fast Coexist)

President Obama added three new national monuments yesterday, as well as an initiative called Kid in a Park.  (White House)

 

HOORAH FOR SCIENCE
Breakthroughs and advances worth celebrating

A climate scientist is using art and music to make climate change accessible. (NPR Science)

HEAR YE
Words Worth Repeating

“We must adapt. It is as simple as this: we cannot avoid the effects of climate change, even if we unplugged everything tomorrow.”—our Executive Director Jonathan Parfrey in a post on adaptation

TAKE ACTION
What can you do this week?

The Sierra Nevadas need major watershed improvement. (CA.gov)

Ride for bike safety. (Finish the Ride)

WEEKEND READING
Online longreads and book suggestions

Alessandro Volta’s birthday was this week. This influential 18th-century physicist developed the first electrical battery—in 1799. Yeah. (No surprise the volt was named after him!) In his honor, read about the electrophorus, one of his most striking inventions, and marvel at just how far ahead of his time he was. (Google Books)

LOOK HERE
Images, videos, and infographics that deserve a close look

This time-lapse video of five years on the Sun’s surface is beautiful. (NASA)


February 19, 2015

Why adaptation matters.

A woman descending into a 1950's nuclear fallout shelter in Los Angeles

The Independent newspaper recently ranked humanity’s greatest threats. Climate change came in at #1. Nuclear war was #2.

That’s progress, I suppose. Thirty years ago nuclear war was the #1 supreme concern. Today, the nuclear threat, though serious, has abated.

I remember the Cold War. I was a card-carrying member of the anti-nuclear movement. And I recall with clarity our strategy of making fun of civil defense. We shunned preparedness, because even if your underground bunker shields you from the hotter-than-the-sun explosions and cancer inducing radiation, nuclear war would destroy the complex social networks that supply us food and medicine, and civilization along with it.

And what have climate activists from this recent history?

We should have learned how anti-nuclear groups made their global issue feel local and relevant, as Physicians for Social Responsibility did with their landmark presentations. Instead, the climate movement has foolishly equated nuclear preparation with climate preparation. To my thinking, this will hinder progress for decades.

We should have embraced adaptation from the start. Instead, the climate movement opposed practical and real planning for our future. “Adaptation is building a bomb shelter rather than stopping the bombs,” said a Washington friend. Al Gore led the charge when he forcefully declared his opposition to adaptation in 1992, saying it represented a “kind of laziness, an arrogant faith in our ability to react in time to save our skins.” He argued against making too much of adaptation because it would detract from efforts to mitigate greenhouse gases. Well, the former Vice President has changed his tune and now recognizes we must adapt.

We must adapt. It is as simple as this: we cannot avoid the effects of climate change, even if we unplugged everything tomorrow. Atmospheric scientists say it takes about 20-30 years for greenhouse gas emissions, to go from the tailpipe to be fully expressed in the weather system. This delay, called “climate commitment,” poses an extraordinary challenge for climate activists. How do you teach the public consequences of their actions when those consequences are thirty years in the future?

It bears repeating: adaptation is inevitable. No matter what we do, there will be significant changes to our planet’s climate system as greenhouse emissions are already “committed.”

The question before us then is not “how do we preserve our world today?” That shipped has sailed. Rather, the two critical questions we face are: How do we adapt to our new climate reality and do so intelligently, and in ways that also improve our lives? And how do we limit the damage, and do so in ways that are widely beneficial?

Climate Resolve works to answer these questions every day.

So far, we’ve had success in our adaptation efforts. We won cool roof legislation in Los Angeles, tangibly cooling our city today and for years to come. Now we’re looking to expand cool roofs statewide by moving a similar measure in Sacramento. We’re also working to limit additional damage and prevent greenhouse gas emissions by expanding public transportation and creating new bike lanes, and much more. It’s a new world—let’s make it together.

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Jonathan Parfrey


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