Weekly Roundup: Climate News for May 15-21

Posted by on May 21, 2016

Local Climate News

Los Angeles and California Stories

Impressive Road Work: Big week for transportation in LA, as the Expo Line to the beach opened.  (related: Read our Jonatahan Parfrey’s post about the value of CicLAvia.)

A+: The California Air Resources Board released a report on the Golden state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) program for 2015 and reports a compliance rate of 98 percent. Credits generated from the program removed enough greenhouse gases from the atmosphere . That’s like removing one million cars from the roads for a year.

Building Momentum: The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved funding grants for building efficiency projects, and innovative ways to reach zero net energy (ZNE) .

Climate News Beyond the Golden State

National and International Stories

Burning Issue: The wildfire in Fort McMurray continues to burn (one million acres and counting) and it’s estimated to have produced 85 million tons of carbon-dioxide-equivalent emissions. (Washington Post)

Hot Again: April was the 12th consecutive month for globe-setting warmth. (NOAA

Bright Spot: A series of studies by the Energy Department confirms that solar installations are on the rise while costs are going down.  

Hear Ye

Words Worth Sharing—Quotes, Posts, Op-Eds, and Longreads

“LA’s ‘May Gray’ unusual this year thanks to ‘reverse clearing’ “ (KPCC)

“Can Satellites be Used to Keep Countries Honest on Climate Emissions Claims?” (LA Times op-ed)

Take Action

Ways to Act on Climate in LA

Help us make sure the MetroPlan is on the right track! Sign the EnviroMetro letter to Metro, and join us at the May 26 Metro Board meeting, where we will be joining our EnviroMetro coalition partners in showing support for a MetroPlan that provides ample funding for green, healthy, and equitable transportation in Los Angeles.

Look Here

Photos, Infographics, and Videos

Los Angeles Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on taking the new train to the beach.