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April 17, 2015

Updates on climate news in Los Angeles and California

LA’s bike lanes, via KPCC

Metropolitan Water District has announced that they will begin cutting water deliveries by 15%. As our director Jonathan Parfrey so eloquently put it, “We need to soak the rich for soaking their lawns” (LA Times). About those lawns, Time has a story on your “crappy” lawn—it’s the way of the future! More on the drought: Councilmember Krekorian proposes expanding use of graywater as a way to help out.

From KPCC—watch as LA’s bike lanes grow and grow and grow!

Metro has just released a timeline for “mobility matrices” leading up to Measure R2. (Investing in Place)

(Angelenos: Click here for climate events and jobs)

National and international climate news

bloomberg_fossilfuels_renewablesThe Western Climate Initiative‘s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions makes progress in Canada with Ontario joining Quebec in implementing a cap-and-trade system on their total emissions. (The Globe and Mail)

More denial: Wisconsin joins Florida in banning the phrase “climate change” in the Treasurer and Attorney General’s offices. (The Political Environment) Less denial: More meteorologists are now accepting climate science as fact (Minnesota Public Radio).

Fossil fuels lost the race against renewables: That was the hot topic at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance annual summit in New York.

Breakthroughs and advances worth celebrating

Friendlier skies: Eco-Skies planes now fly carbon-neutral. (ETurbo News)

Scientists at Berkeley have made advancements in artificial photosynthesis. (Berkeley Lab)

Take Climate Action

MIT’s Climate CoLab allows you to create your own climate proposals, and see them in action!

Words worth repeating

“Climate change is the defining issue of our age. It is also a phenomenal economic opportunity.”—UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon

“The reason why we care about climate change isn’t about polar bears, it’s because what it’s doing to us, right here in the places where we live, how it’s affecting our economy, our national security, our health, and our livelihoods.”—climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe during an interview on Iowa Public Radio

Notable online posts, longreads and book suggestions

In an interview with Streetsblog, LA County Bicycle Coalition director Tamika Butler shares her vision for the future, her biking experience, and the challenges going forward.

Images, videos, and infographics that deserve a close look

A Funny or Die look at climate change denial:

Artists and Climate Change hopes to inspire a sustainable future through art:

Columbia Glacier III, Diane Burko

April 10, 2015

Updates on climate news in Los Angeles and California


The city of Los Angeles unveiled its first sustainability plan, which includes bold commitments to reduce greenhouse gases and make the city much more livable for Angelenos. Our Executive Director Jonathan Parfrey talked to Climate Progress about it. Best headline on it? From Grist: “L.A. just called. It says go find another dystopia.”

The Mayor also revealed a campaign to encourage Angelenos to use less water, with an animated character identified simply as The Drop.

For the money talks file, a report on energy efficiency in California for 2010-2012 reveals that every $1 invested in energy efficiency returned $1.31 in savings to ratepayers. (The California Public Utilities Commission)

UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability released an environmental report card for Los Angeles—and reveals there’s a lot of room for improvement. We participated in a Twitter party hosted by LA2050 to discuss ways for us to score better than a C+.

One more step closer: The Energy Commission passed SB 350, Senator Kevin de Leon’s Golden State Standards Bill, which calls for a 50% decrease in petroleum use, a 50% increase in electricity from renewable sources, and a 50% increase in energy efficiency in buildings—all by 2030.

(Angelenos: Click here for climate events and jobs)

National and international climate news

Mapped: Yale’s Project on Climate Communication released interactive maps that show how Americans feel about climate change and its effects.

The White House is linking climate to public health with new data sets and tools online. The President also announced plans for a conference on the topic and a coalition of deans from medical, nursing, and public health institutions to help educate health officials about the impacts on health from climate change. The connection between climate and health was also a hot topic at National Public Health Week (ecoAmerica).

More growth news for renewable energy—it’s expected to grow by 3.4% in 2015. (The U.S. Energy Information Administration)

Preparing veterans for careers in solar: Win-win. (Energy Department)

Gulp: A new study published in Science links ocean acidification to our greatest extinction.

Breakthroughs and advances worth celebrating

Be inspired by the #IAmAScientistBecause responses on Twitter.

Words worth repeating

“We need to soak the rich for soaking their lawns…”—our own Jonathan Parfrey the LA Times talking about drought measures. (Related: Have you read Andy Borowitz’s hilarious piece in the New Yorker on Americans starting to care about climate change because of their lawns?)

“The science is here. The moral moment is also here.”—Mary Ellen Tucker of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, during a panel on the Pope’s upcoming encyclical, which is expected to include a call to action on climate

Notable online posts, longreads and book suggestions

“California Leads the Way Forward, Again,” by Rep. Alan Lowenthal (Huffington Post).

Images, videos, and infographics that deserve a close look


Image via Climate Communication on how Yosemite’s snowpack has decreased.

April 8, 2015

la_sustain_plan_coverThe Mayor released the sustainability plan for the City of Los Angeles today. It’s a great start—and just the beginning. Now the hard work begins for Los Angeles to meet the climate challenge and work towards a bright future.

A few highlights include bold commitments to act on climate, including: a full divestment from coal-powered electricity by 2025, along with a huge leap in solar-generated power and storage; an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2050 (below the 1990 baseline); reducing smog with zero unhealthy air pollution days by 2025; and transportation/road improvements to guarantee that 50% of journeys taken by Angelenos in 2035 will be by bike, foot, or public transportation. There’s much more, with corresponding data on the plan’s website.

More reports of the plan: the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily News, Green Biz, Grist.

April 3, 2015

Updates on climate news in Los Angeles and California

NASA’s before-and-after images of the Sierra snowpack show just how much smaller it’s gotten.

As predicted by scientists at UCLA, the April report on the Sierra snowpack shows that it is at a record low (KPCC). News of this coincided with Governor Brown’s announcement of new mandatory water restrictions for California. (LA Times) You can see how much water we’re using across the state with this NY Times interactive map. Also, an interesting question was raised on KCRW’s Which Way, LA?: Could we take a page out of Israel’s book and invest in desalination?

A new report by Risky Business, “From Boom to Bust? Climate Risk in the Golden State” explores the economic impacts of inaction on climate change in California. The good news: steps we’ve taken to mitigate and adapt put us on the right path to minimizing the most damaging impacts.

Traffic in LA continues to be terrible and a new report ranks our city as worst in the nation. (LA Weekly) Good thing we’re working on measures to improve public transportation…. On the subject of getting around LA, Aaron Paley (co-founder of CicLAvia) talks about the future of LA car culture. (California Magazine)

Our neighbors to the south: San Diego saw a huge surge in biking after installing protected bike lanes. (And now Reseda Boulevard has them too!) (Streetsblog)

(Angelenos: Click here for climate events and jobs)

National and international climate news

The White House submitted its plan to the UNFCCC to cut emissions by as much as 28% by 2025.

Roof envy? A report says if you put solar panels on your house, your neighbors are more likely to do it, too. (Vox)

A new study, by the Yale Project on Climate Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication, reveals that most American Christians support climate change policies.

Will South America need to take a different approach to sustainability? (The Guardian)

Breakthroughs and advances worth celebrating

A California winery gets creative with clean energy and water conservation—with solar panels that float. (CBS San Francisco)

Words worth repeating

“Climate change isn’t just an environmental issue—it’s an economic issue.”—Tom Steyer and Henry Cisneros in an op-ed for the Sacramento Bee on the Risky Business report on economics and climate change in California

Do something

Find out how much water is used in your neighborhood—and make a commitment to reduce your personal usage by the same 25% benchmark set by the Governor.

Sign the petition to keep public lands protected from exploitation by special interest groups. (Wilderness Society)

Notable online posts, longreads and book suggestions

Changing climate has changed animal species, too. Is it worth it to bring the extinct back from the dead? (The Awl)

What California can teach other states about climate change (The New Yorker)

Images, videos, and infographics that deserve a close look

Throwback: Watch Walter Cronkite introducing a report on climate change in 1980. (h/t The Daily Climate)

April 1, 2015

Climate Events

April 7 | What Does Sustainability Mean for the Future? | LA County Office of Education

April 9 | Integrating Climate Adaptation Efforts across State, Regional, and Local Transportation Agencies | UC Davis

April 13 | The Water-Energy Nexus | LA County Office of Education

April 15 | Active Transportation Workshops | Safe Routes California

April 16 | Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change (lecture) | The Annenberg Space for Photography

April 17 | Parcel Taxes and Other Local Revenue Sources in California | PPIC

April 20 | The Great Pacific Garbage Patch | LA County Office of Education

April 21 | Climate Change: Are We In or Out? | Aquarium of the Pacific

April 23Monumental Change in the San Gabriel Watershed | Council for Watershed Health

April 24-25 | Owens Lake Bird Festival | Friends of the Inyo

April 25 | HippoWorks Screening | Venice

April 26 | Car Free SFV

April 28-30 | Navigating the Carbon World | Climate Action Reserve

April 30 | Saving California’s Coast (One Local Coastal Program at a Time) | Aquarium of the Pacific

April 30 | Communicating About Climate Impacts | San Francisco Bay NERR (Tiburon)

April 30 | Weathering Change (Webinar) | Antioch University and EPA

Climate Jobs

The Nature Conservancy | Climate Change Resilience Science Fellow

Public Health Foundation Enterprises | Senior Analyst (Strategy Lead, Active Transportation)

Los Angeles Department of Transportation | Vision Zero Program Associate | TransBase Analyst

ecoAdapt | Associate Scientist

ClimateWorks Foundation | Manager, Strategic Planning | Associate, Advisory and Research | Senior Program Assistant, Sustainable Finance

The Climate Registry | Program Coordinator, Technical Services

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