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Guarded Optimism – Can We Avoid a Climate Dystopia?

It is official as of today, November 4, 2016: The Paris Agreement, adopted last December by 195 nations, comes into force. The process displays a political will rarely seen within the global community. Throughout the decades-long effort leading up to the Paris Agreement, fractious disunity, distrust, and disappointment has been the general order. What happened leading up to Paris, the two-week…

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Lake Tahoe: A Victim of Climate Change?

U.S. Leaders Raise the Bar on GHG Emissions Cuts

There has been a flurry of activity regarding efforts to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions this week and month. Pres. Obama is zeroing in on achieving UN climate treaty emissions cuts as he makes his way to the annual G20 summit in China, while U.S. state and Canadian provincial leaders took actions to further reduce carbon emissions and boost renewable energy use.

The Paris Agreement is enhanced by the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

Earth Day: The Paris Agreement and the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

Today is Earth Day. What more fitting moment could there be for the official signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement, adopted by 195 nations at the COP21 climate talks in Paris last December, representing 93 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The opening plenary of the conference on November 30 marked a record for the most heads of state ever assembled…

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Overhead photos of the well leaking methane at Porter Ranch, California

The Invisible Climate Nightmare Unfolding in California

One of the biggest environmental disasters in US history is happening right now in southern California. The methane leak at the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon Storage Facility, located in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of northwest Los Angeles, is already the largest such leak in U.S. history and it is far from over. The leak started in October and SoCalGas has indicated…

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Report Highlights CHP Clean Power Plan Compliance

Hurdles exist, but CHP (combined heat and power) is often low-hanging fruit when it comes to increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and complying with the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. Accounting for 8 percent of electricity capacity and 12 percent of generation, CHP’s true potential is far from being fully realized, however, according to an IIP-DGA road-map report for CHP and Clean Power Plan compliance.

NASA Dataset Projects Climate Change in the 21st Century

The high-resolution, 11-terabyte global climate change dataset includes historic data from 1950-2011 and projected changes in temperatures and rainfall based “business as usual” and ‘extreme reductions’ in greenhouse gas emissions.

IPCC Climate Mitigation Report: “Business As Usual” Won’t Get It Done

World governments and global society need to take actions that realize cuts of 40%-70% in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 if global mean temperature ranges aren’t to be driven outside safe bounds and human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are not to drive climate change away from a state conducive to life as we know it, according to the third and final installment of the UN IPCC’s Fifth Climate Change Assessment Report.