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January 30, 2015

DECARBONIZING CALIFORNIA
Updates on climate news in Los Angeles and California

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The snowpack is shrinking, as we first reported on our C-Change.la project site with the results from a UCLA study by Dr. Alex Hall. KCET’s SoCal Connected ran a story on what this means for a local ski resort in LA.

Green Alleys: A pilot project will collect rainwater and beautify neighborhoods in South LA. (KPCC)

Urban areas are getting hotter, reports a new UCLA study. (All the more reason to combat the urban heat island effect.)

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

BEYOND THE GOLDEN STATE
National and International climate news

Congress approved the Keystone XL pipeline on Thursday, putting the bill on the President’s desk… for a veto? (Reuters)

In Miami, the city is adapting to climate change and sea level rise by raising roads one to two feet. (Miami Herald)

Copenhagen revealed its first climate-adapted neighborhood. (Al Jazeera)

Does your morning coffee come with a side of guilt? How about melodrama? NPR report on a video parody of Keurig’s single-serving K-Cup coffee pods.

Blunt talk from the Tennessee DOT is setting a good example for the rest of the country. (Streetsblog)

What is the future of oil subsidies? (Vox)

Most Americans support government action on climate change, according to a poll by  The New York Times and Stanford University.

The smaller the house, the smaller your carbon footprint—and at 200 square feet, these tiny homes are affordable and very energy-efficient. (Yale Climate Connections)

The Pope has recently addressed the human cause of climate change. Now he is being enlisted to work with the EPA on the President’s climate plan. (Voice of America)

HOORAH FOR SCIENCE
Breakthroughs and advances worth celebrating

How to Build a Tornado: Or, how Louis Michaud’s atmospheric vortex machine can that can help produce energy. (The Atlantic)

Sweet: California farmers are making energy from sugar beets. (Capital Public Radio)

A new NASA satellite can help with weather forecasting and drought management. (KQED)

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Words Worth Repeating

“…the most important strategy in reducing car pollution is by coming upstream, by reducing the public’s need to get into a car in the first place—making it easier for Angelenos to take transit, to walk and bike, and to creatively share their morning commute with others.”—our Jonathan Parfrey and Move LA’s Denny Zane, in their LA Daily News op-ed on transit action

“”Efforts to undermine California’s climate leadership undermine the future of our economy.”—Senator Kevin de León

WEEKEND READING
Online longreads and book suggestions

An Ex-Industrial Fisherman Rethinks His Job: Book excerpt of Diane Ackerman’s The Human Age, The World Shaped by Us. (Longreads)

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Images, videos, and infographics that deserves a close look


January 23, 2015

DECARBONIZING CALIFORNIA
Updates on climate news in Los Angeles and California

California has adopted AB 32 affordable housing program guidelines, offering statewide technical assistance workshops.

It’s been a dry week, but more Californians are moving to capture rainwater, one barrel at a time (KCET).

California’s majestic big trees are shrinking, and a study points to climate change as the culprit (Take Part).

A landfill in Orange County is creating power from methane (KPCC).

(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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President Obama used is State of the Union address to emphatically express our need to act on climate. (See notable quote below.) Part of the Republican response? Editing out a portion of the President’s comments on climate change.

In a story that could be from The Onion (and with headlines like “New Senate Environment Chair Gets His Gavel, Goes On Rant Arguing Climate Science Is A Hoax” from ClimateProgress), the Senate voted about whether or not climate change is real. The answer was yes, but many Republicans are still holding to the notion that human activity is not responsible. More: We Need Sharper Questions for a Broken Climate Debate (Union of Concerned Scientists). And here’s what could be the week’s funniest tweet about the subject:

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Could the future of bike sharing be making it part of public transit? (FastCoExist)

Giving it the ‘ol college try: the LA Times reports on the move of colleges divesting from fossil fuels. And UCLA and UC are both making big moves towards becoming carbon-neutral.

HOORAH FOR SCIENCE
Breakthroughs and advances worth celebrating

Scientists are using DNA to understand how species are adapting to climate change (The Carbon Brief).

Two Swiss pilots are flying around the world without using any fuel at all.

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Words Worth Repeating

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama called climate change the greatest threat to future generations and also had some fun taking down the “I’m not a scientist” excuse used by climate deniers:

“I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists—that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what? I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities.” Here’s the full speech.

WEEKEND READING
Online longreads and book suggestions

Chris Mooney in the Washington Post: “The next energy revolution won’t be in wind or solar. It will be in our brains.”

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Images, videos, and infographics that deserves a close look

Unless you live in New York or Washington, D.C., most people you know probably drive to work alone. Explore how America gets to work and what it all means with this interactive data (Flowing Data).

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January 22, 2015

Governor Jerry Brown made the most ambitious (and potentially most transformational) announcement on climate change in American history during his January 5 State of the State speech. Here are the five climate goals Governor Brown made in his address:

  1. By 2030, half the state’s electricity will come from renewable power;
  2. By 2030, energy efficiency savings will double;
  3. By 2030, the state will cut petroleum use by half;
  4. The state will aggressively reduce the release of methane, black carbon and other pollutants;
  5. The state will implement programs that sequester carbon in natural and working lands.

400px-Seal_of_California.svgClimate Resolve enthusiastically supports these new initiatives—they align perfectly with our work in Los Angeles. Our cool roofs ordinance sets an example for statewide energy efficiency practices, and new transit programs that we’re working on in LA can help the state meet the Governor’s aggressive petroleum reduction goals.

But, at risk of sounding like a sourpuss, allow me to underscore this simple truth: just because the Governor made an announcement doesn’t assure success. Quite the contrary. The oil companies are mobilizing, spending up to a million dollars a month in lobbying and campaign financing to thwart the Governor’s plans.

So now, paradoxically, the hard work begins. Climate Resolve is now doubly dedicated to building strong grassroots support to make these goals a reality.

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Jonathan Parfrey


January 21, 2015

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This is just one of a few notable remarks made by President Barack Obama about climate change during his January 2015 speech. Read the President’s complete State of the Union speech online. Our friends at Climate Action Reserve also compiled a list of favorite quotes by Obama on climate.


January 16, 2015

Making LA more walkable at Sunset Triangle Plaza (via @LADOTPeopleStreet)

DECARBONIZING CALIFORNIA
Updates on climate news in Los Angeles and California

What motivates people to reduce energy consumption: improving health or saving money? According to a recent UCLA study, most cite the health benefits. All the more reason to educate and provide solutions (like cool roofs) that people can get behind for their own health and that of their community.

Just days after Senator Barbara Boxer announced her retirement, we learned that current California Attorney General Kamala Harris plans on running. Harris has a great environmental record and already this race is shaping up to be an important one for environmental issues. (Here’s a KCET profile of Boxer, with a focus on her environmental record.)

Some startling news about the air quality in Los Angeles: it turns out that LA’s atmosphere is full of methane. Although scientists are still unsure of the cause, EDF suggests ways that Angelenos can help our city get its gas problem under control.

A proposed oil drilling project is currently provoking fierce debate in Hermosa Beach. Meanwhile, an oil company withdrew its application to drill in South LA.

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

BEYOND THE GOLDEN STATE
National and International climate news

The Senate will be voting on whether or not climate change is “real.” Senator Bernie Sanders introduced a measure, tacked onto the Keystone XL Pipeline legislation, for which lawmakers will be asked to agree with the science that points to human-caused greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaking of Keystone…. Smithsonian’s look at the history of oil pipelines provides good context for today’s fight.

President Obama made another climate-reducing move this week, announcing plans to roll out new regulations for the gas and oil industry on methane emissions. The EPA will announce the proposed rules this summer.

Another CicLAvia is just around the corner, so let’s look back at a New Zealand study that modeled policy to support bicycle commuting, and found that it benefits health, society, AND climate.

HOORAH FOR SCIENCE
Breakthroughs and advances worth celebrating

Filed under “too cool to be weird?” Bill Gates touts a machine that can create water from poop.

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Words Worth Repeating

“I don’t know if it (human activity) is the only cause (of climate change), but mostly, in great part, it is man who has slapped nature in the face. We have in a sense taken over nature… I think we have exploited nature too much. Thanks be to God that today there are voices, so many people who are speaking out about it. ” – Pope Francis

WEEKEND READING
Online longreads and book suggestions

We’re hear the names of power players tossed around when we talk about international climate change, including the U.S., Germany, China, and India. But what about those nations so small that their very existence is threatened by rising sea level rise? This Boston Globe story explores a question for the modern age: When do rising sea levels turn an island into an unlivable rock? And what action can its inhabitants take? With the world focused on climate thanks to upcoming international talks in Paris, now is the time to explore these and other questions.

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Images, videos, and infographics that deserves a close look

 

Have you seen the report about the pup taking public transportation? Watch: As Grist puts it, “A dog learned how to ride the bus, so you are out of excuses.”


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