Weekly Roundup: Climate News for May 15-21
Posted by Stef McDonald 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.)
— Metro (@metrolosangeles) May 20, 2016
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.
Words Worth Sharing—Quotes, Posts, Op-Eds, and Longreads
— Yale Climate Program (@YaleClimateComm) May 17, 2016
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.
Photos, Infographics, and Videos
Los Angeles Supervisor Sheila Kuehl on taking the new train to the beach.