Weekly News Roundup: Top Climate Stories for Nov. 26-Dec. 1

Posted by on December 1, 2017

Top Stories: Local, National, Global

Cleaner Electricity in California: Though transportation emissions remain an issue, new data from California Air Resources Board (CARB) shows that California’s emissions have dropped significantly this year (Emily Guerin, KPCC).

Global Solar Capacity Soars: A recent analysis reported that solar-powered generating capacity in emerging markets has increased by more than half in 2016 (UNFCCC).

Electric Cars Powering Forward: A new study finds that electric vehicles are cheaper to own than petrol or diesel cars (Damian Carrington, The Guardian).

Climate-Smart California: Union of Concerned Scientists just released their white paper, Built to Last, on California’s opportunities to build climate-smart infrastructure (UCUSA).

Reading List: Commentaries, Features, Longreads

“The Energy 202: Why the wind and solar lobby is terrified of the Senate tax plan” (Dino Grandoni, Washington Post)

“Life After Coal: In Germany’s Appalachia, the last coal mine is closing” (Amelia Urry, Grist)

“Industries that cheered Trump’s climate regulation rollbacks now worry they’ll go too far” (Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times)

“Wealthier people produce more carbon pollution — even the ‘green’ ones” (David Roberts, Vox)

“Climate Scientists Watch Their Words, Hoping To Stave Off Funding Cuts” (Rebecca Hersher, NPR)

See and Hear This: Images, Videos, Podcasts, More

NASA sea level rise simulator

“How to Hit the Brakes on Climate Change” video (Bloomberg)

Governor Jerry Brown at New York Times’ ClimateTECH Conference:

Quote of the Week:
“The Paris Agreement remains a vision that is not only ambitious; it’s one that is entirely within our power to deliver.” -Erik Solheim, UN Environment Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations