BRICKS FALLING, ONE BY ONE. . . November 14- December 4, 2014

Barack Obama Xi Jinping

- Disastrous U.S. election results might blind us from seeing some of the bricks falling, one by one, from the Berlin Climate Wall. Berlin’s seemingly permanent wall, mortared together with rigid fear, fell quickly, but only once people took power. Controlling climate won’t be one big whack at the wall, but bricks are falling. Beijing helps tackle a piece of the wall; yet, there are still huge segments beyond Beijing. Each of us can haul off a wheel barrel of bricks, too. – Editor

The climate deal that almost wasn’t

Top administration officials had worked secretly for months to nail down a major climate change deal with China. When the sides finally agreed to a final text late Tuesday, Obama had secured a startling political and policy victory — one that turbocharges his goal to reduce global carbon emissions and invigorates a presidency deflated by last week’s midterm elections. Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping stood side by side on a raised platform in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, greeted by a military band and cheering schoolchildren, to announce that the world’s two biggest carbon polluters were jointly pledging to throttle their greenhouse gas output — with the hope that the rest of the world will follow. The administration took pains to keep a tight lid on the talks for fear that leaks could spook the Chinese. Analysts warned that the 2025 target won’t do enough by themselves to limit the average global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, which scientists call the tipping point to preventing catastrophic climate change. Future administrations will need to make even bigger cuts.
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SCIENTISTS’ QUOTES
My take is that this is an historic agreement for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that we now have a good faith effort on the part of the planet’s two leading carbon emitters to
work together to lower planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.
 It is probably our last-ditch opportunity to stave off
dangerous human interference with the climate.”
Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University.
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Efforts to reduce U.S. emissions have been blocked, in part, by people who argue that the U.S. should wait for China to act. [The deal] has potential to get us all beyond what has been a major — maybe the major — political challenge for emissions reductions in the U.S.”
Paul Higgins, a climatologist and Director of the American Meteorological Society’s Policy Program
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“There will be a lot of pressure on the rest of the world if the U.S., China, and Europe are all on board to getting major reductions in emissions going. An important part of this is that it will likely produce momentum in energy and transportation systems towards alternative approaches that hopefully will in turn then drive prices down.”
Donald Wuebbles, professor of atmospheric science at the University of Illinois
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“The agreement with China is a good first step. But we hope it is but a first step because it is not enough to prevent significant climate change. Since the current strategy allows considerable climate change to occur, a second part needs to be how we will cope with the changes that will certainly occur. The absence of such planning means we live with the consequences, which can be severe and uneven, and often fall on the heads of many innocent peoples
such as small island states inundated with high sea levels.”
Kevin Trenberth, distinguished senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

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“It does at least begin to move the US in the right direction, but let me say behind the European Union. The EU and other countries are using 1990 as the baseline, the US is using 2005, and that does make it easier for the US.
Nevertheless, this is a very important announcement.
It means we are very likely to get an agreement in Paris in December 2015.”
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Sir David King, UK’s lead climate diplomat
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ENVIRONMENTALISTS’ QUOTES
“I don’t think it’s hyperbole. It’s a groundbreaking political moment.
It will change the nature of these negotiations.”
Heather Coleman, climate change policy manager at Oxfam America
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“This is an incredibly positive signal, but we need more.”
Nat Keohane, vice president of international climate at the Environmental Defense Fund
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“I hope that this pledge becomes a very low floor for presidential aspirants and
not a ceiling for what is possible in the United States.
Erich Pica, president of the environmental group Friends of the Earth

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Bill McKibben- The Big Climate Deal: What It Is, and What It Isn’t-
10 things you need to know about the US-China climate deal
It is historic. It isn’t binding in any way. It is proof that renewable energy is ready to go. It is not remotely enough to keep us out of climate trouble. It is a good way to put pressure on other nations. It is a reason projects like Keystone XL and fracking make even less sense than ever. It’s not, in any way, a stretch goal. It is — and this is the real key — a reminder that movements work. It isn’t, in other words, a reason to slack off one bit in the ongoing fight for a livable climate, a fight we must continue at all cost.

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4 REASONS REPUBLICANS ARE UPSET
Obama is throwing down the gauntlet.
It takes away the “But we can’t do anything because China won’t” argument.
It’s another death knell for the coal industry.
Republicans are becoming internationally isolated, and it makes them look foolish.
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US climate pledge 4% less ambitious than at Copenhagen

KerryandXiWBPresident Barack Obama’s pledge to curb US greenhouse gas emissions 26-28% on 2005 levels by 2025 received widespread praise on Wednesday. But the figures presented to the world are actually 2-4% less ambitious than those the US tabled in 2010 in the aftermath of the Copenhagen Accord, agreed at a UN summit in 2009. The reality is the US government won’t have to change its policy significantly to meet its new goal. It’s becoming clearer much of this joint pact is simply business as usual, now packaged up in an agreement that makes that trajectory slightly harder to break.
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38 federal agencies reveal their vulnerabilities to climate change — and what they’re doing about it

The Obama administration published a small library’s worth of climate change documents on Friday, outlining 38 federal agencies’ vulnerabilities to global warming and how they will address them — as well as a separate and even larger set of new government-wide plans to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and achieve new targets for sustainability. In many cases, the vulnerabilities revealed are stark. The Defense Department released its own updated adaptation plan earlier this month, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel describing climate change as a “threat multiplier” because it worsens many of the challenges that the military faces, including terrorism and disease. The Department of Agriculture, for instance, sees “the potential for up to 100 percent increase in the number of acres burned annually by 2050″ by wildfires. The Department of Health and Human Services, in its new report, says it views climate change as “one of the top public health challenges of our time.”

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Way above what I would say are more standard returns,
I think renewable energy is good business.
I think we could really start a renewable energy movement in the U.S.
If businesses act, and
we don’t wait for policy, it could make a big difference.”
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Rose Marcario, CEO, Patagonia

- Recognizing our power and not waiting are vital!  The power of a rose! – Editor

Patagonia Will Start Paying for Homeowners’ Solar Panels

Patagonia plans to use state and federal tax credits to invest $13 million in the construction of solar panels on 1,000 homes in Hawaii, turning the eco-conscious retailer into the financial backer of a green electrical utility. Patagonia is joining forces with a tiny solar-financing company, Kina’ole Capital Partners as well as a local Hawaiian bank to create a $27 million fund to pay for rooftop installation and upkeep. The goal is to make solar energy available to homeowners at no upfront cost. Customers will instead pay monthly fees for the electricity generated, at a rate about 40 percent lower than average in Hawaii, according to Kina’ole. Patagonia and Kina’ole are eager to advise other companies on how to make use of state and federal tax credits and direct tax money to build clean energy infrastructure.
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Andrew Yani and Blair Herbert, founders of Kina’ole Capital

- Look what two people can accomplish! A great vision, determination, and willingness to dare to think big! Get some friends together, be inspired, dream, plan, take risks, and get started! Don’t wait for Federal policy to do it, especially this post-election! – Editor
For Yani and Herbert’s small solar-financing company- Kina’ole Capital
Kina’ole Capital Partners is a solar finance company dedicated to offering low-cost, solar energy that saves our customers money while contributing to our country’s shift to clean, renewable energy.
Last year the startup approached Patagonia about investing tax equity in building a renewable energy infrastructure in Hawaii. Marcario sealed the deal within a month.
Website
One example from prior projects- Portfolio Spotlights: Simply Storage: By The Numbers
298 state-of-the-art panels manufactured in the USA by SolarWorld; $29,135 Yearly Savings
In just under two and a half years, their solar system paid for itself; In 30 years, Simply Storage will have saved more than 1.8 million dollars on its electric bill.
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- The rules of the game are shifting rapidly. Large organizations like utilities tend to just fight change, failing to see the writing on the doomed wall. – Editor

Solar + storage is cost effective already in Australia

UBSsolarbatterydemandWBA new study from investment bank UBS says solar plus storage already make economic sense for Australian households. The arrival of cost-competitive solar plus storage will have major impacts on utilities, depending on how they react. They could see it as an opportunity – and provide zero-down installations of battery storage and solar to their customers and help the costs come down even quicker for Australian households. Or they could see it as a threat, and leave the way open for others to do the same. The UBS analysis estimates that such systems are already offering a return of capital of 10 per cent a year or more compared to buying power from the grid.
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Solar Panels + Energy Storage For German Market

Berlin-solarwithbatteriesWBAn integrated residential rooftop solar and energy storage system will be launched in Germany in December. Hanwha Q Cells rooftop solar and Samsung lithium-ion batteries will be sold together so German citizens can produce their own electricity from the sun and store it at home. The integrated storage technology is called Q.HOME. The intention of the Hanwha Q CELLS and Samsung energy storage residential product is to allow consumers to become more independent of the grid. This goal not long ago was generally perceived as being something for a survivalist living in a rustic cabin. Now it seems almost poised to become mainstream, at least in Germany.
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- Paying for solar panels and energy efficiency through property taxes makes total sense, with potential to rapidly accelerate city energy goals, but until now, the Feds have put major kinks in a great system. Some more bricks just got quietly hauled off!  – Editor

Are Housing Regulators Quietly Dropping Their Opposition to PACE?

PACEHomeMortgageWBThe Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) public opposition to property-assessed clean energy (PACE) initially slowed growth of these programs, which allow homeowners to finance an energy efficiency retrofit or renewable energy installation over twenty years through their property taxes. Many communities worried that FHFA would redline them if they expanded PACE offerings. The FHFA is reportedly easing its opposition to local programs that allow homeowners to pay for renewable energy and efficiency retrofits through their property taxes. For the past four years, FHFA has been publicly opposed to underwriting mortgages for homeowners that have received property-assessed clean energy (PACE) loans. After five years of experience, there is no evidence that PACE has increased the risk of default. In the last year, communities throughout California, Connecticut, Florida and New York have started offering PACE loans in record numbers.
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For a good place to learn more and check on your state’s status

Texas Utility Oncor Wants to Invest $5.2B in Storage- Can It Get Approval?

TXOncorWBTexas utility Oncor wants to spend billions of dollars on batteries to back up its transmission and distribution network– a major investment in grid-scale energy storage that will require major changes in the country’s most deregulated energy market. Oncor’s plan calls for up to 5 gigawatts of batteries, ranging from refrigerator-sized to containerized units, across its service territory. The Dallas Morning News mentioned that utility executives had met with Tesla Motors, builder of the Giga factory lithium-ion assembly plant in Nevada, along with several other companies with similar distributed-scale energy storage products on the market. Oncor’s plan represents one of the biggest potential energy storage procurement opportunities in the country — if it actually comes to pass. So far, California has led the country in energy storage, with a 1.3-gigawatts-by-2022 mandate.
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- Divestment typically means some reinvestment strategies. Lots of options, but beware of some advisors- this list includes natural gas- not wise if you care about human and environmental health! – Editor
2015 Alternative Energy Stock Predictions
Time to lay out my top five alternative energy stock picks for the coming year.
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Enjoy your holidays! We are taking a few weeks off for other piled-high projects, plus several days with delightful friends, support for the local, organic food economy, and no carbon footprints of air travel!

MORE RESOLVE THAN EVER. . . NOVEMBER 7-13, 2014

QUOTE
The heat has turned us into nocturnal creatures, and
we have no alternative but to adapt.”
Abey, village elder

 

- It is the human side of heating our planet that insulated Americans aren’t getting. It’s an abstract concept to people who live in buildings where the A/C keeps an even, cool temperature no matter what. Just numbers on some chart- so who cares? But for most of the world, the shifts already occurring are forcing unprecedented, harsh changes to normal living. – Editor

Northern Kenyans adopt nocturnal life to escape extreme heat

KenyannocturallifestylefromheatWBOver the past decade, villages in northern Kenya have suffered through a series of ever-worsening droughts that have made normal life increasingly difficult. This year, for the first time, temperatures hitting over 104 F during the day have made farming, schooling, healthcare and other daily activities a struggle. The punishing heat has forced people and livestock to spend their days simply trying to stay cool. Shelters – circular huts made of dried sticks and grass – hold up to 15 people waiting for the night and the chance to get back to work. With the heat making it hard for children to walk to school and to focus once they are there, the local authorities have come up with an innovative way to ensure children aren’t robbed of an education. The answer, they found, is night school- run from 6 pm to 9 pm, then the children return home to eat, sleep and do their homework before returning at dawn for another 2-hour session. The local dispensary has had to close during the day due to the soaring temperatures.
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- The strongest warning yet, but Kenyans who haven’t read the report GET IT in such real ways more than those who have and those who sit in A/C and don’t let science bother them! – Editor

World’s Scientists Warn: We Have ‘High Confidence’ In The ‘Irreversible Impacts’ Of Climate Inaction

The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the “synthesis report” of their fifth full scientific climate assessment since 1990. More than 100 governments have signed off line by line on this review of more than 30,000 studies on climate science, impacts, and solutions. The authors clearly understand this is the last time they have a serious shot at influencing the world’s major governments while we still have a plausible chance of stabilizing at non-catastrophic levels. We are at risk of making large parts of the planet’s currently arable and populated land virtually uninhabitable for much of the year — and irreversibly so for hundreds of years.
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For the CLIMATE CHANGE 2014-SYNTHESIS REPORT 
For CLIMATE CHANGE 2014 SYNTHESIS REPORT Longer report  

Why two crucial pages were left out of the latest U.N. climate report

IPCCCopenhagenOct272014WB(The) latest IPCC “Synthesis Report” painted a pretty dire picture. Significant global warming, the report said, is already “irreversible” — and if policymakers don’t act, a dangerous 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) warming threshold will be breached. That’s a strong message — but it might have been even stronger. You see, one of the report’s more powerful sections (in a box) wound up being left out during last minute negotiations.
Not everybody agrees that 2 degrees Celsius is even a safe threshold at all. Many think 1.5 degrees would be safer — a number that would imply a much tighter global carbon budget and an even narrower window to avoid “dangerous” climate change.

 

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The box “provided a very precise [time] frame for the emissions that are compatible with a 2 degree of warming. And there is no similar sentence anywhere in the report.”
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“I have a very strong view that scientists have a last word on what is in the report.
What they don’t have the last word on is what is not in the report.
Jean-Pascal van Ypersele de Strihou
Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, a Belgian climate researcher who is vice-chair of the IPCC

Article in Washington Post
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The 10 things you need to know from the new IPCC climate report
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- Dumbfounding U.S. election results pierce our hearts; yet, our only choice is to keep fighting. The Berlin Wall did finally fall, and when it did, it was fast. Automobile makers switched to fighter jets in merely 6 months when the U.S. entered World War II. We can change quickly, and now every local action we take matters far more than it did a few days ago. Fundamental facts can be obscured- but only for a while. – Editor

The Climate Lost Big-Time in Tuesday’s Election

Tuesday’s elections were a major defeat for those who want to take serious action against global warming. (Here are) some of (the) most significant electoral blows in the battle against climate change:
The Senate’s environment committee will be run by the biggest climate denier in Congress. There’s new life for the Keystone pipeline. Tom Steyer’s climate super PAC largely fell flat. A Washington State carbon tax? Not so fast. Climate adaptation measures passed. Local fracking bans.
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What the election results mean for the climate movement

(The) election results were pretty rough. But when times get tough, it’s really important to remember to breathe, and focus on how we’re going to fix this problem together. Here’s my early sense of what this election means for the climate movement:
The fossil fuel industry knows it’s in a fight for its life. 2. Climate action works from the ground up. 3. Keystone XL is back on the agenda. 4. Divestment matters more than ever. The path to federal climate action is that much tougher. But we’re not going to let that drive us to panic or fear. We’re going to use it as a catalyst to get bolder and smarter.
With more resolve than ever- May Boeve, 350.org
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- Looking at who gives politicians money is important, but Big Money influence is far more than election time. Our media are so controlled by vested interests that the American public’s manipulated not just during elections. Our household does not watch TV, but doing research for Climate Today sometimes leads to online places like Fox TV. The incessant ridicule of “liberals” and the blatant scorn for our president drone on 7X24. And all our media do “See the birdie!”- a technique that works on adults as well as toddlers. “Pay attention to this star’s dress or that Hollywood divorce – keep focused on trivia, folks, so you ignore the big issues- and we can continue to make obscene amounts of money! I’ll buy all the air conditioning I want!” – Editor

Climate Deniers In Congress Take 3.5 Times As Much Money From Dirty Energy Interests

dirtyenergymoneybuyspoliticiansWBAs the US Environmental Protection Agency attempts to draw down emissions from power plants via its Clean Power Plan, fossil fuel interests are, of course, fighting back. A new special report from Earthjustice exposes the “unparalleled political spending by dirty energy industries” intent on defeating the EPA’s climate initiative. Just follow the money.
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For the report Getting a Clean Power Plan 
For the EPA’s Clean Power Plan  

QUOTE
Information is the currency of democracy.”
Ralph Nader

- Project Censored is so correct! Ocean acidification is indeed THE top ignored subject. Climate Today has covered this topic for years. So, if the Republicans insist our planet is not warming, what would happen if this basic chemistry equation- water plus carbon dioxide equals carbonic acid- were understood? They could even ask their high school kids if this equation is legit. This alone is a tremendously powerful reason to stop filling our world with more CO2! This topic needs far more publicity, understanding, and action! Share this. Try it on a conservative. – Editor

Project Censored

OceanAcidWBOur oceans are acidifying—even if the nightly news hasn’t told you yet. Although the news media have increasingly covered the climate weirding of global warming, our ocean’s peril has largely stayed submerged below the biggest news stories. The rising carbon dioxide in our oceans burns up and deforms the smallest, most abundant food at the bottom of the deep blue food chain. One vulnerable population is the sea butterfly. In a few short decades, the death and deformation of this fragile and translucent species could endanger predators all along the oceanic food web, scientists warn. This “butterfly effect,” once unleashed, potentially threatens fisheries that feed over 1 billion people worldwide. (Ocean acidification makes) the top story of Project Censored, an annual book and reporting project that features the year’s most underreported news stories, striving to unmask censorship, self-censorship and propaganda in corporate-controlled media outlets. Will the problem make the front page tomorrow, while there’s still time to act? Probably not, and that’s why we have Project Censored and its annual list.
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We need to pursue our own efforts in finding a solution.”
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Javier Gonzales, Mayor, Santa Fe New Mexico

 

- A hundred people in the audience on a Monday morning let out loud cheers when the Mayor of Santa Fe announced the City would be pursuing its own electricity company and community solar! With the incredibly worrying national election results, Mayor Gonzales took the lead and said our nation’s cities will have to spearhead climate actions! He’s so right! Local transitions are essential! – Editor

Energy Independence Ahoy

Gonzales noted what he calls that Santa Fe’s “partnership” with the Public Service Company of New Mexico (PNM) is still in place, but there hasn’t been enough progress in lowering costs and providing comprehensive solar energy. PNM holds a monopoly on electricity service in the city. Doubling down on campaign promises to provide cheaper solar energy for Santa Fe, Mayor Javier Gonzales said today that he will soon start rallying support to establish a city-owned power company. (Also, he wants community- owned solar) “one that dedicates at least 20 percent of its resources to low-income renters who can’t easily access solar power, due to its cost, and the fact that they don’t own homes.”
A 2012 report conducted by New Energy Economy estimated that with a $155 million investment, Santa Fe could take ownership of its electricity.
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For background on the city owning its own power
For the New Energy Economy 

 

–  Share your community ideas with others- just what is needed! Check it out! – Editor

Clean energy may be dead in D.C., but here’s how you can lead the charge

OpenIdeoWBThrough Dec. 10, the OpenIDEO challenge — sponsored by the 11th Hour Project, which was founded by Grist board member Wendy Schmidt and also funds Grist — is collecting community renewable energy knowledge and examples. After the research phase, collaborators will develop ideas to address specific challenges, and then test and improve the most innovative ideas. In the end, the OpenIDEO platform will become a hub for sharing the best ideas, connecting communities with people who can implement those ideas, and — with any luck — sharing real-world success stories.

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How might communities lead the rapid transition to renewable energy?
Watch the 2 minute video on the OPENIDEO Challenge

 

 

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Farmers are at the pointy end of climate change. Last year was our hottest on record, this one’s shaping up to be even worse, and we’ve got a raging drought over a vast area. In spite of the overwhelming scientific evidence, our idiotic politicians are hooked on coal and gas, which is the cause of the problem.
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Rob McCreath, farmer

Individual actions might make a difference, too. McCreath wasn’t allowed to rent a billboard to encourage the G20 politicians coming to Australia to face the CO2 issue, so he took his message to the field! – Editor

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A Darling Downs farmer has sent a direct appeal to world leaders attending the G20 (in Australia), ploughing the message GO SOLAR in giant letters in a field.
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ANSWERS VERSUS WALNUT BRAINS . . . OCTOBER 31- NOVEMBER 6, 2014

- Elections are here, and some devastating results are being predicted. Climate change is not the Top Story, which is incredible when one understands the gist of the science. How can this be? What role do the media play? Who controls the media? How can other issues be more important? We have to change- and soon! Gary Larson is right- walnut brains didn’t work before. If we proceed without stopping climate change, are we also walnut brains? – Editor

Climate change isn’t a top concern for most voters.
Only 3 percent think it should be the country’s top priority, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.”

Reuters

 

 

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“The picture’s pretty bleak, gentlemen…

The world’s climates are changing, the mammals are taking over, and
we all have a brain about the size of a walnut.
Gary Larson
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EGAD QUOTE
“One of the things we always do is change in response to the changing world.”
Anne Gudenkauf, senior supervising editor of NPR’s science desk

- Perhaps Anne lives on a different planet? Seems some big money is calling the shots from the back room. This is NOT in the public interest! Take a few minutes, contact NPR and share the Siemering quote below. – Editor

NPR Reduces Its Environment Team to One Reporter

NPRheadquartersWBNPR has cut back on the number of staffers focused solely on the environment and climate change. Earlier this year, the news outlet had three full-time reporters and one editor dedicated to covering the issue within NPR’s science desk. One remains—and he is covering it only part-time. NPR’s decision to cut back its environment-focused staff comes at a time when other news outlets are ramping up their climate beats.
(On the other hand) the New York Times announced earlier this month that it added an editor and three reporters to focus on the topic exclusively. This is in addition to the four staffers already covering climate change.
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ACTION: Contact NPR and share this quote, saying Anne is wrong!

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PURPOSE OF NPR
“In its journalistic mode, National Public Radio will actively explore, investigate and interpret issues of national and international import. The programs will enable the individual to better understand himself, his government, his institutions and his natural and social environment so he can intelligently participate in effecting the process of change.”
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William H. Siemering, 1972
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ANOTHER EGAD QUOTE
‘I have studied (climate change) seriously for years.
It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid.
There is no significant man-made global warming at this time, there has been none in the past, and
there is no reason to fear any in the future.”
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John Coleman, co-founder of the Weather Channel

Weather Channel backpedals after its co-founder said humans aren’t causing rise in temperatures

The Weather Channel has released an official statement arguing that man-made global warming is real, just days its co-founder said it does not exist. The group claims said the planet is ‘indeed warming,’ with temperatures increasing 1 to 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.6°C to 0.9°C) in the last 100 years. The Atlanta-based channel also states humans are helping make the planet warmer as a result of burning of fossil fuels and deforestation.
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ACTION: Tell the Weather Channel Thank you- solving climate change is the most important thing we can do

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- Should politicians protect fossil fuel production? How much is a child’s health worth? Is it worth more if it is your child? If the background to this playground were solar panels and wind turbines, would the kids be getting sick? – Editor

How Houston’s Biggest Polluters Are Buying Texas’ Elections At The Expense Of Its Residents

ManchesterPlaygroundpetrochemicalsWBPeople in Manchester and the surrounding areas are sick. Yudith Nieto, 25, an environmental justice advocate who has lived in Manchester most of her life, says her low-income, heavily Latino community has high rates of childhood leukemia, asthma, and bronchitis — and this includes her family members and friends. Her observation has been backed up by data from the Environmental Protection Agency and the University of Texas which found “unacceptable” levels of cancer-causing pollutants in Manchester’s air.
No candidate for office in Texas has put environmental interests at the forefront,” Diana Flores, a trustee of the Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “Oil and gas companies are buying them off and preventing things from getting done.” The most recent data is from the EPA, which conducted a study of East Houston’s air in 2010 and found the presence of seven human carcinogens that posed an “unacceptable increased cancer risk,” including diesel particulate matter, chromium 6, benzene, and formaldehyde.
Because of this, Manchester’s local schools are ranked among the top one percent of the most polluted in the country. The children who go there are 56 percent more likely to get leukemia than those living more than 10 miles away.
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ACTION: Tell the Walton Family: Stop your hypocritical undercover campaign to destroy rooftop solar.

According to a new report, the Walton family, which owns Walmart, is working to radically undermine rooftop solar by promoting anti-solar state policies and donating millions of dollars to fossil fuel-backed front groups.
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For the report How the Walton Family is Threatening Our Clean Energy Future 

 

- Climate change speeds extinctions! Pulling out threads from our earth’s web of life is risky business, and this campaign begins to open the topic! All 5 are true (it should be all bees not just honeybees- read the amazing book The Forgotten Pollinators), but of course, even invisible soil organisms are critical, as well. And CO2 acidifying our oceans and weakening plankton is by far enough of a reason all by itself to stop increasing carbon in our atmosphere. – Editor

5 Animals Humans Need For Survival

BATWBBees provide the world with something far more important than delicious honey: they provide pollination — which is what makes most of the plant life on Earth grow. It allows plants, flowers, trees and fruits to exist which, in turn, feed both other animals and humans. Bats comprise one in every five mammals in the wild, and are one of the largest consumers of insects on Earth. Why are plankton important? Because they’re the reason we can all breathe. Through photosynthesis and some healthy appetites, both phytoplankton and zooplankton play an important role in converting energy into oxygen and distributing it around the world. Plankton are responsible for half of the world’s oxygen.
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The argument that we need this baseload power ticking over in the background is basically false.
We don’t have a constant demand, so this idea that
we need a constant supply is a myth.”
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Garth Heron, GM Australia for Windlab

Wind power is more reliable than gas – and much cheaper, too

It seems like a good time to revisit one of the more persistent anti-renewables myths bandied about by fossil fuel types (and most of the – Australia’s- Abbott government): that renewable energy is unreliable in meeting electricity demand. This old myth – long since busted by a UNSW research team, among others – “is based on the incorrect assumption that baseload demand can only be supplied by baseload power stations.” As for the suggestion that wind energy is too unreliable to make any kind of meaningful contribution to the National Electricity Market, that’s a myth too, says Heron. The literally unpredictable outages at fossil fuel plants aren’t the only x-factor clouding the horizon of traditional centralised generation networks, says Heron. The elephant in the room, he says, the point that’s usually missing from the fossil fuels vs renewables debate, is the idea that gas and coal and any fossil fuel have huge volatility on pricing.
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- Politics! We CAN do renewables and efficiency, but reopening nuclear power plants continues to hold the big bucks in the bank accounts of the powerful few. – Editor

After Fukushima, Japan gets green boom — and glut

YonagaSolarParkWBKyushu Electric Power Co., the utility to which he must sell his electricity, has recently placed on hold all new (solar) applications for getting on its grid. Four other utilities have made the same announcement. The utilities say they can’t accommodate the flood of newcomers to the green energy business, throwing in doubt the future of Japan’s up-to-now aggressive strategy on renewable energy. The unfolding green glut in Japan echoes similar experiences in Germany and Spain. Prime Minister Abe’s conservative pro-business government is determined to restart at least some of the nuclear reactors.
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Underwater “Windmills” Could Power One-Third of Scotland

A new tidal power plant to be installed off the Scottish coast this fall, will aim to make the country a world leader for turning sea flow into electricity. Unlike other renewable energy sources like sun and wind, tides come at the same time, and roughly the same speed, every day, meaning that the new plant will be able to rely on and plan for a fixed level of production.
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Twenty-Four Reasons We Can Stop Climate Change

 

ClimateRealityHopeWBThe climate challenge is urgent, but today we’ve got the technology we need to ditch the dirty fossil fuels driving the crisis, and the popular will to do it — all a whole lot easier and more affordably than ever before. What this means is that these days, you don’t need to look into a crystal ball to see a sustainable future taking shape. You just need to look out your window.
So we’re counting down the key 24 developments we’re seeing in areas like clean energy, community action, and international negotiations, with highlights from this year’s 24 Hours of Reality: 24 Reasons for Hope. It’s no longer a question of how can we stop climate change, but how soon. And we’ve got the numbers to prove it.
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For an upbeat video 
To dedicate a day to change

ACTION: The Pricing Carbon Initiative- Sign up to organize an event in your community.

The Pricing Carbon Initiative (PCI) is encouraging communities around the country to organize a range of grassroots, locally-inspired events that convey the urgent need to address climate disruption with a price on carbon emissions centered around this November 14th, 15th, and 16th. These November events will serve as a launching point for the beginning of a national dialogue and movement to price carbon pollution in the United States.
The events are timed to occur after the November elections and before the next round of international climate negotiations in Lima, Peru. By coming together at this crucial time, we can add to the growing momentum for climate action in our country and point the way towards solutions.
Article and simple video explaining carbon tax

SHOW THE LEADERS WE’RE READY FOR MORE. . October 24- 30, 2014

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- The European adults smile upon making this climate agreement, despite the fact it’s a total compromise. Scientists, their research, and the Earth plead for faster action- so the young boy here represents his generation- what are the impacts for him and his peers? This picture says it all! The U.S. E.P.A. is similarly proud, yet its proposed Clean Power Plan sets an even weaker target, which scientists are trying to make somewhat more ambitious. – Editor

EU leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030

European leaders have struck a broad climate change pact obliging the EU as a whole to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% (of 1990 levels) by 2030. But key aspects of the deal that will form a bargaining position for global climate talks in Paris next year were left vague or voluntary, raising questions as to how the aims would be realised.
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States Can Produce Twice as Much Renewable Electricity as EPA Calculated

The EPA should increase the total emissions reductions achieved by the Clean Power Plan from 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 to approximately 40 percent. Strengthening other parts of the plan could help achieve even deeper reductions
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QUOTES
We could argue that we should just let nature take its course,
but nature has never really faced this situation before.
We’ve just never seen things changing at this pace.”
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Meredith Cornett, the science director of the Nature Conservancy chapter conducting the experiment
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“I was someone who was a real believer of keeping things in their own ranges.
The quote that hits home for me is that ‘climate change changes everything.’
It’s true. It’s just a game changer.

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John Pedlar, Natural Resources Canada forest landscape biologist

 

What are the trees thinking of the proposed emissions cuts? Of course we want our forests to stay the same beautiful places of nature they have been! But deeply held beliefs about preserving nature are grinding against reality, and not facing our changing reality can lead to disasters. Having been through miles of burnt forests that are predicted to never grow back with the same species because of temperature increases, it’s better to be realistic, face the changes, and then move wisely forward. Don’t waste time, money, and years of labor doing something that’s going to fail! Adaptation is critical! – Editor

If you plant different trees in the forest, is it still the same forest?

The Nature Conservancy wants to test “assisted migration”, a lightning-rod conservation practice that broadly means moving species from one region to another either to help that species or the target region adapt to changing conditions. The Iron Range Experiment, is a small test meant to compare how specific tree species – and genotypes, or variations – within those species fare under different climate conditions and forestry practices.
Article 
For the article Placing Forestry in the Assisted Migration Debate

 

QUOTE
This takes the bulk purchase model from individual neighborhoods and organizations to a national scale. A coast-to-coast, low, flat rate helps mitigate two major barriers of solar adoption — complexity and price — making it possible
for more American families to save the planet without leaving their homes.”
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Keya Chatterjee, senior director of renewable energy at WWF

 

Sluggish politics be damned! We CAN change! Speed bottoms up while top down slugs along! – Editor

Cheap Solar Power Just Became An Employee Benefit For More Than 100,000 People

SolarCommmunityIniativeWBThree major companies announced they will now give employees a deeply discounted way of buying or leasing solar panels for their homes. Called the Solar Community Initiative, the program promises a flat rate that is on average 35 percent lower than the national average and roughly 50 percent less expensive than average electric utility rates. New organizations — including companies, municipalities, schools, and clubs — can join the Solar Community initiative to increase their bulk purchasing power and utilize Geostellar’s platform to expand access to cheap solar for employees, residents or members.
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A Norwegian Town Paid People A “Reverse Toll” If They Walked Or Biked

NorwegianreversetollforbikesWBA clever way to get support for more bike lanes: hand out cash to anyone not commuting in a car. As cyclists and pedestrians passed a certain point on the main street in the town of Lillestrøm, Norway, they were pulled over by local officials–not to be ticketed or warned about wearing a bike helmet, but to be handed cash. The town was experimenting with a “reverse toll“: Everyone commuting without a car was given about $15. Here’s hoping it serves as inspiration for cities like New York, where police have been criticized for ticketing cyclists more often than drivers, or London, where police pulled over cyclists to tell them to wear brighter clothing. More cities should focus on telling active commuters what they’re doing right.
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– These 2 articles offer insights into the power of motivating employees to create major environmental changes, and these ideas can apply to any offices, manufacturing plants, schools, and more. Educating and motivating employees about climate change, the need to reduce all waste, and more is critically important! Most people work somewhere! Having been a corporate Environmental Planner, I know there is tremendous potential in companies with thousands of employees to reduce emissions and waste of all types. These 2 articles are focusing on the “bottom’s up” approach, educating and empowering employees to face the challenges. Of course, local organic food would reduce emissions and environmental destruction even more, but as long as people throw packaged foods into their grocery carts, it’s better to reduce the impacts from manufacturing. Educating and motivating employees, however, applies everywhere. – Editor

ConAgra Foods’ green strategy: Award employees for sustainability efforts

TavillConAgraWBLast year, ConAgra Foods — the U.S. packaged-foods company – saved millions of dollars while dramatically cutting its energy consumption. The accomplishments stemmed from an awards program, launched in 1992, developed to encourage employees to proactively look for ways to eliminate waste and reduce water and energy consumption. By allowing different divisions to set their own sustainability goals and awarding employees that met those goals, the Nebraska food giant saved 300 million gallons of water, eliminated 61,000 tons of landfill waste and reduced its carbon emissions by more than 43,000 metric tons. These efforts also saved the company $28 million.
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How ConAgra sets the table for climate resilience

Some basic training came first. “Initially, we had to educate our team on what GHGs are and our past performance, so that they could understand and communicate to others about our goals,” said ConAgra’s senior EHS specialist Debbie Stanley. The hardest part was actually putting in the time and resources to ensure employees understood GHGs. To get employees on board with energy efficiency, ConAgra’s frozen food facility held a Green Day during Earth Month. The local Green Team led activities to raise awareness and engage employees, hosting games such as “Spin the Wheel,” to help them learn about energy facts, and a dice game, to answer questions on all three key resources — electricity, water and compressed air. The rewards are many, from lowering utility costs for the facility, to boosting employee enthusiasm for the measures. “We’ve made [it] a big deal by really recognizing those who helped implement sustainability projects.”
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QUOTE
“When there is a national emergency, a homeland security disaster, (like) a flood or tornado,
you want your National Guard to be able to continue to operate.
So having our energy source supply that is renewable, that generates our own power, and not be dependent on the grid is very important for us.”

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Michael Stone, Brig. Gen. of the Michigan National Guard

National Guard tests novel wind funnels

SheerwindWBThe Michigan National Guard is spending $1.5 million on two new machines to generate electricity from wind. Unlike traditional windmills, the system captures wind from all directions, concentrating and accelerating it before sending it through a turbine on the ground, according to its designer Sheerwind. The company says that the system generates six times more electrical energy than conventional wind turbines and can work at wind speeds as low as 2 mph. And it’s cheaper to build and operate. The Michigan National Guard seeks to increase the percentage of renewable energy that it uses to 25 percent by 2020.
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For a fun video to see turbines spinning inside

For the company

 

QUOTE
“When you speak to homeowners, the common feedback is, yeah, I’m interested in solar, but I’ve heard the payback takes a long time. Then we have to education them, that there is no payback.
The savings are immediate and you’re just paying less for energy.
Given the choice of paying more for dirty power or less for clean power, which one do you like? Then they giggle, they start asking questions, why isn’t everybody doing this?
It’s that tipping point, it’s that moment, where people realize, wow, this is real.
There is no investment. The system gets installed,
I just pay for the energy, and I pay less for that energy than I paid the utility.
I’m still connected to the utility—
but for 60 percent of my electrical needs, I’m paying 20 to 30 percent less.”
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Lyndon Rive, CEO, Solar City
Explaining to customers the benefits of Solar City’s financing methods
There Is No Cost to Solar Energy, Only Savings
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For Solar City

How To Make Electric School Buses As Cheap As Diesel-Fueled Transit

electricschoolbusWBA yellow school bus is usually a pollution nightmare, but a new business model could make it easier for schools to go electric. The idea is called vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and basically, it involves using EVs to back up the mainstream power system. Revenue from “grid services” could help offset the higher upfront cost of EVs themselves. The researchers found that an average suburban school district in Delaware could save $38 million across a whole fleet, and that the higher upfront costs would easily pay for themselves.
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ACTION: Pricing Carbon Initiative

CarbonpricinginitiativeWBA broad network of groups is building consensus around a price on carbon pollution. People of faith, students, businesses, civic associations, and climate activists are coming together across the country to engage in dialogue and show their leaders they are ready for policy solutions to climate change.
Petition to Congress and the President of the United States

ENERGY LEAP, THE 10 DAY MAKEOVERS.. OCTOBER 17- 23, 2014

Zero Carbon Retrofits by the Millions

- Diligent efforts have been made to establish high energy efficiency standards for new buildings, but with very little impact because this typically represents an extremely low percentage of buildings, in Europe a mere 1%. We have to retrofit millions of older buildings to slash energy usage (causing about 40% of European emissions), but how? Here’s an exciting and doable plan for millions of homes of low-income people. A fabulous project for multiple reasons! We all need this! Read the entire article and share- this model is great!! Actually, we simply can’t reach carbon goals or stop needing natural gas without this type of plan! – Editor

Energy Leap- Ikea helps sell insulation to Dutch – and UK could be next

retrofithouseEuropeWBThe Dutch consortia Energiesprong (Energy Leap) could give zero carbon retrofits (for low-income homes) across England, using innovative wrap-around insulated panels, if EU funding is approved. More than 100,000 homes across the UK could be given a carbon-neutral retrofit by 2020. (Energy Leap) initiative involves completely wrapping houses with insulated panel-facades that snap on like Lego. Insulated roofs adorned with 24 high-efficiency solar panels each are fastened on top, while heat pumps, hot water storage tanks and ventilation units are stored in garden sheds. The deceptively simple idea behind the initiative has been to finance the roughly 300,000 mass-produced (10-day makeovers) renovations from the estimated €6bn of savings from energy bills that they will make each year.
exteriorinsulationprojectWBWith support from the Dutch government, Energiesprong dangled the carrot of secured long-term contracts for a market of up to 2.3m homes, and then asked a depressed construction sector what solutions they could come up with. The result was the beginnings of a reindustrialisation of the Dutch building sector, with construction companies taking 3D scans of houses to offer factory-produced refurbishments tailored to each house’s dimensions. Trade unions have enthusiastically signed up to Energiesprong.
Must read Article 
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Zero on the Meter; the new standard for all rental-and owner-occupied housing in the Netherlands.
(This includes a vibrant online community for private home owners with an energy-neutral home or remodeling plans.)
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QUOTE
“We see sustainability as a driver of building a new and better IKEA.
It is a driver of a renewal of our business, renewal of our products and a driver of innovation of all kinds.”

IKEAheadPeterAgnefjallWB Peter Agnefjall, chief executive IKEA

IKEA might lead the pack even more! Some smart cookies are running this company! Their entire “embodied energy,” from raw materials to disposal, being equal to one-half of Sweden’s total emissions is a critical analysis, and a wake-up call to every organization, including governments. Buying, consuming, and disposing of goods from around the world is a huge part of GHG emissions, yet often doesn’t even make the list of GHG sources! – Editor

IKEA may tighten carbon rules to protect environment

IKEAstoreWBIKEA Group, the world’s biggest furniture retailer, may introduce an internal carbon emissions price to help its drive to protect the environment and create a “new and better” company. IKEA is also on target to invest $1.5 billion in solar and wind power by 2015 (goal of net zero by 2020), and bought a higher proportion of its wood and cotton from sustainable sources in 2014. After attending a U.N. summit on climate change in New York, Agnefjall said the Swedish furniture giant will consider internal carbon pricing — a system that can give incentives to shift investment from fossil fuels.
About 150 major companies worldwide, including Google, used some form of internal pricing of carbon emissions in 2013 (called “shadow prices”), mostly for long-term planning, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The price varied widely, from $6 to $60 a tonne.
IKEA will study how a shadow carbon price “will affect the choices of materials, the investments we’ll make with suppliers.” IKEA has already invested heavily in greener energy. It has 700,000 solar panels on its stores and a commitment to own and operate 224 wind turbines.
IKEA is one of very few companies to assess its entire greenhouse gas emissions — from raw materials to the disposal of its products. For 2013, it put its worldwide total at 28 million tonnes, equivalent to half of Sweden’s total emissions.
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But not all company decision-makers are awake to the fact their children will always live on this planet. – Editor

Walmart Owners Investing Millions Into Anti-Solar Activities

The heirs and still majority owners of the Walmart fortune, the Walton family, have been spending millions of dollars in recent years funding a huge number of anti-solar energy groups, according to a recent study from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). “The Waltons claim to have a deep commitment to sustainability, but their support for anti-solar initiatives tells a different story. The Waltons are investing in efforts that both undercut clean energy and prevent average Americans from benefitting economically from solar power.

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– A good example for promoting solar that could apply elsewhere. – Editor

Tokyo in the spotlight as citizen groups start generating solar power

TokyoCitizensSolarWBThere are currently 20 citizen groups operating or in the planning stages for solar power generation businesses funded by private contributors in Tokyo. Large companies do not get involved in solar projects in Tokyo because they are too small in scale. Tokyo may be an excellent place for citizen-supported power generation projects, which are less focused on making major profits than are large companies. At Tokyo Citizens Solar LLC, a limited liability company established in Setagaya Ward in July, numerous representatives of citizen-supported power generation efforts have joined as employees in the hope that the company will be a “platform” for finding ways to solve problems together.
Article 
For Setagaya Energy for All – with model homes, energy-shift workshops, etc. Good ideas!

 

QUOTE
“Climate change is a global problem.
Its impacts do not respect national borders.
No nation can deal with it alone.
We must work together, building joint capabilities to deal with these emerging threats.”
Chuck Hagel, U.S. Defense Secretary

US Defense Secretary Hagel Outlines Military’s Response to Climate Change “Threat Multiplier”

DefenseClimateChangeAdaptationRoadmapWBWhile U.S. politicians continue to disagree on global warming and its potentially catastrophic consequences, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has just released a report saying climate change will have serious implications for national security. Hagel said the U.S. military refers to climate change as a “threat multiplier” because it has the potential to exacerbate many of today’s challenges – from infectious disease to terrorism. Hagel added that the potential consequences of climate change means politics or ideology must not get in the way of sound military planning. “In the past, the Pentagon’s response to climate change has focused chiefly on preparing military installations to adapt to its effects, as in protecting coastal naval bases from rising sea levels. But the new report calls on the military to incorporate climate change into broader strategic thinking about high-risk regions — for example, the ways in which drought and food shortages might set off political unrest in the Middle East and Africa.”
Article
For the report Department of Defense: 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap
and For the Dumb Award:
The U.S. House of Representatives, however, has actively acted to prevent the military from considering these risks. Back in May, the House passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) that would have forbidden the Pentagon from using any of its funding to address the national security impacts of climate change.
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Who Will Pay for the Costs and Damages of Climate Change?

Canadian oil and gas companies could be liable for billions of dollars of damages per year for their contribution to climate change caused by toxic greenhouse gas emissions, according to a study. The global financial cost of private and public property and other damage associated with climate change in 2010 has been estimated at $591 billion, rising to $4.2 trillion in 2030. Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu recently called on global leaders to hold those responsible for climate damages accountable. “Just 90 corporations – the so-called carbon majors – are responsible for 63 per cent of CO2 emissions since the industrial revolution,” Tutu was quoted as saying. “It is time to change the profit incentive by demanding legal liability for unsustainable environmental practices.”
Article 
and for the report- Payback Time? What the Internationalization of Climate Litigation Could Mean for Canadian Oil and Gas Companies

A Shift from Fossil Fuels Could Provide $1.8 Trillion in Savings, Two New Reports Conclude

ClimatePolicyInitiativeLOGOWBA worldwide transition to low carbon fuels could save the global economy as much as $1.8 trillion over the next two decades, according to two reports published by the Climate Policy Initiative.
By switching to renewable energy sources, the high costs associated with extracting and transporting coal and gas could be avoided. This would free up funds to bolster financial support for wind, solar and other renewables – with enormous sums left over.
Article 
Moving to a Low-Carbon Economy: The Financial Impact of the Low-Carbon Transition
“When all of these factors are taken together, we find that transitioning to a low-carbon electricity system could actually increase the capacity of the global financial system by as much as $1.8 trillion between 2015 and 2035.”
Report and
Moving to a Low-Carbon Economy: The Impact of Policy Pathways on Fossil Fuel Asset Values
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This article is a fine explanation of the conflict of modern agriculture and our vital need for an array of pollinators, very much worth reading, giving details of fundamental issues with pollinators. We are meant to give kudos to Cascadian Farms, yet its parent company, General Mills, is mostly not organic and justifies toxic GMO’s and their poisons, so it’s no accident the film doesn’t mention pesticides or GMO’s or moncultures! The short video can warm our hearts- a small plane spewing out massive amounts of wild flower seeds to help a variety of pollinators, with cheering crowds. Watch it but toxic Big Ag is behind it. – Editor

Serious about saving the bees? Time to rethink agriculture

flowerseedsforbeesfromplaneCascadianWBWe need multicultural pollinator communities if we want to keep eating our favorite foods. This is where the “stop spraying and plant some flowers” campaign comes in. Is it really that simple? Well, yes. But also, no. All these wild pollinators, particularly native bees, need habitats full of plant and structural diversity, which you don’t get in monocultures. Wild pollinators love fruit tree blossoms, but they can’t eat, sleep, and nest inside an almond blossom. They need all the other food and shelter in natural vegetation too. A group of scientists combined data from all these studies and found that wild pollinators had a universally positive effect on fruit production in 41 global crops, regardless of how many honeybees were around. No to insecticides and yes to flowers. Reducing pesticide use, especially neonics, is a given. (And) different kinds of resources need to be within flying distance — that’s less than a mile for most insects. Piles of messy leaf litter, dead wood, and ‘weedy’ ground covers are where many insects hide over winter and feed in between crop blooms. We also need to rethink farms as ecosystems, not production lines.
Article 
Watch Cascadian Farm’s publicity to save the bees
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CREATING CARBON COOPS . . . October 10- 16, 2014

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“People are paying a fortune in their (energy) bills. The way to get them to pay less on their bills is
actually enable people to be charged less by using less of it.
Our view is that if we can get consumers united together, show them a pathway for getting that
(high) level of reduction, then they’re going to look around to help their neighbors out and look at their service providers- where they shop and where they work-
“Here’s my bit; where is your bit?”
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Charlie Baker
Baker is showing the new external insulation on his home.
Watch this video- How community groups are generating their own energy

 

– Of course, the best energy solution is to not use it in the first place. Too many home energy efficiency projects create only minimal reductions in energy use, but here, it’s a whopping 80%! Coop formation, group participation, mutual help, high goals, and organized publicity are powerful tools. Replicating this project in cities throughout the world would be fabulous! Get a Carbon Coop going where you live! – Editor

How community groups are generating their own energy

Carbon Coop’s unique Community Green Deal programme is working with 12 owner occupiers around Greater Manchester to create a network of eco show houses, retrofitted to achieve emissions reductions of 80%. We believe the process of improving our homes to 2050 standards will be quicker, easier and cheaper if we work together, teaming up with friends and neighbours to share experience, knowledge and reduce costs through bulk purchase.
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Repowering London ( all 3 projects)

- PLEASE take a few minutes in a quiet place to really watch at least 3 of these incredibly powerful, remarkably deep, videos- Julia Roberts as Mother Nature (http://natureisspeaking.org/mothernature.html), Harrison Ford as The Ocean (http://natureisspeaking.org/theocean.html) and the Edward Norton The Soil are all brilliant!. I transcribed every word of all 3- what profound truth! Take the time to watch and then rewatch. Please share these! - Editor

Nature Is Speaking

The Soil
“I am the soil.
I am in hills, and valleys, the farms and orchards
Without me, humans could not exist,
but you treat me like dirt.
Do you realize that I am just a thin skin on this planet?
And that I am actually alive, full of organisms that grow your food?
That I am broken, aching, overused, sick because of you.
You have withered me away to less than half of what I used to be just over 100 years ago.
Are you paying attention?
I am turning to dust.
So maybe you could treat me with a little more respect.
I suppose you still want to eat,
right?”
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Voice of Edward Norton
Video less than 2 minutes

QUOTE
Energy efficiency is the invisible powerhouse in IEA countries and beyond,
working behind the scenes to improve our energy security, lower our energy bills and
move us closer to reaching our climate goals.”
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IEA Executive Director Maria van der Hoeven

IEA Marks Energy Efficiency As World’s “First Fuel”, Worth $310 Billion

A new report released by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has estimated the global energy efficiency market to be worth at least $310 billion annually, a figure that is growing, and leads the IEA to confirm energy efficiency as the world’s “first fuel”.
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For the report, saying that “Energy savings equate to the entire fuel consumption of the European Union”
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The Carbon Co-op is right! – Editor

Tougher energy efficiency target would boost UK economy by £62bn

A 40% cut in energy use by 2030 through efficiency measures would increase the UK’s GDP by £62bn and create 40,000 new jobs, according to unpublished EU figures. GDP gains are three times higher with a 40% reduction target than with 30%.
Article 
and another article on this report uncovers the anti-earth forces:
These predictions come to us via a study from the independent consultancy Cambridge Econometrics — one which was reportedly suppressed by the EU secretary general’s office in order to not rankle “conservative European states and energy intensive industries.” It’s only coming to light now owing to efforts by WWF to see the report released.
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WAKE-UP FACT
“About 40 percent of the nation’s freshwater withdrawals are used for
cooling thermoelectric power plants.”

Source

- In case you think lethal chemicals in fracking waste water don’t impact you, the Central Valley aquifers are being pumped to irrigate a huge amount of the food being shipped to your state! Bon appetit! – Editor

Confirmed: California Aquifers Contaminated With Billions Of Gallons of Fracking Wastewater

CalifwateraquifercontaminedbyfrackingAfter California state regulators shut down 11 fracking wastewater injection wells last July over concerns that the wastewater might have contaminated aquifers used for drinking water and farm irrigation, the EPA ordered a report within 60 days.
It was revealed yesterday that the California State Water Resources Board has sent a letter to the EPA confirming that at least nine of those sites were in fact dumping wastewater contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants into aquifers protected by state law and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Nearly 3 billion gallons of wastewater were illegally injected into central California aquifers and that half of the water samples collected at the 8 water supply wells tested near the injection sites have high levels of dangerous chemicals such as arsenic, a known carcinogen that can also weaken the human immune system, and thallium, a toxin used in rat poison. Adding insult to injury, fracking is a water-intensive process, using as much as 140,000 to 150,000 gallons per frack job every day, permanently removing it from the water cycle.
Article 
For the announcement 

- One issue deniers love to point to is the phenomenon of Antarctic ice currently expanding. Now there is a scientific explanation to this paradox- huge amounts of land ice are melting into the sea and making the water less salty- and thus more likely to freeze! Weird, but in this case, sea ice increases, at least for a while, because fresh water ice is melting rapidly off the land! And note that it is land ice that raises sea level. – Editor.

NOAA- Record Antarctic Sea Ice Growth Linked To Its Staggering Loss Of Land Ice

AntarcticSeaIceWBThe most important thing to know about Antarctica and ice is that a large part of the South Pole’s great sheet of land ice is close to or at a point of no return for irreversible collapse. The rate of loss of that ice has reached record levels, tripling in the last five years alone. 90 percent of Earth’s ice is in the Antarctic ice sheet, and even its partial collapse could raise sea levels by tens of feet (over a period of centuries) and force coastal cities to be abandoned.
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NOAA’s news release

- And this next article is disturbing- it makes the understanding of our measurement of carbon in the atmosphere questionable since so much as gone into the oceans, only to return to the atmosphere years from now. Let’s get Carbon Coops going! – Editor

Oceans Getting Hotter Than Anybody Realized

ArgofloatWB(Argo floats) are gathering and transmitting data that’s providing scientists with the clearest-ever pictures of the hitherto-unfathomed extent of ocean warming. About 90 percent of global warming is ending up not on land, but in the oceans. Article 

Prepare for climate change — or else, says FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, which helps communities recover from natural disasters, is making a big policy change. This is the firstfloodmitigationreportWB time (states) specifically must address climate change. That’s because most states use historical data, not forward-looking data, which predicts more frequent, severe disasters associated with climate change. FEMA’s shrunken austerity budget is stretched to the max because $1-billion-plus disasters are growing 5 percent a year since 1980, according to NOAA. Every dollar spent on prevention saves $4 in recovery assistance. The National Flood Insurance Program is $18 billion in debt and that will increase as floods zones grow from rising sea levels.
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 Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves

Washington DC could face 300 floods a year by 2045

Washington DC could be under siege from rising sea levels by the middle of the century, according to the US Union of Concerned Scientists. According to UCS, global sea levels rose eight inches from 1880 to 2009, and are expected to rise by a further foot (30cm) by 2045. “Without serious measures, frequent flooding will start to disrupt daily life and change the way an area functions—and could do so sooner than most of us anticipated,” said Erika Spanger-Siegfried, a co-author of the report and senior analyst at UCS.
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For the report  Encroaching Tides- How Sea Level Rise and Tidal Flooding Threaten U.S. East and Gulf Coast Communities over the Next 30 Years

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QUOTE
People will have to go someplace and this is one of the more obvious places.
Upstate New York could look like LA in 20 years.
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Steven Leibo, a Sage College professor

- For so many years, people have been asking me in whispered tones “Where do we go to avoid the worst of climate change?” If we gave big bottles of NoDoz pills to government officials and mortgage insurers to wake them up, we might soon just be able to look it up on actuarial tables! – Editor

Climate change will make Albany a big city

Just as the Union of Concerned Scientists study warns that rising high tides will make flooding a regular occurrence along the East Coast, Leibo says the Albany metropolitan area will become a much bigger urban area. Climate change is playing out differently in different locations. People and companies will be increasingly factoring in climate change more and more in the years to come as they decide where to build their future. At a certain point, what is going on with the climate is going to become the driving factor in business decisions, especially concerning real estate transactions and where to invest. Real estate markets and mortgage insurers will be especially sensitive to the long-term consequences of climate change. Ultimately, actuarial tables will force decision makers to look toward this region.
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AMAZING JOY SAVING OUR ONLY HOME . . October 3- 9, 2014

QUOTE
“For each of us there’s also a deep internal dimension to this work.
Being an activist is itself a great leap of faith. It can have a long list of personal costs.
But the rewards—spiritual, of the heart, in terms of inner peace—can be incomparable.
If undertaken in good faith, and with success,
the ability to do movement work can be one of life’s great gifts.
Amazing joy can come with saving our only home.”
HarveyWassermanWB Harvey Wasserman
From the article worth reading- 4 Things We Need to Do to Win the Climate Fight
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QUOTE
Sustainability is now core business for all levels of government –
a necessity, not an option.
National governments are often slow to take up new ideas, so
cities – and mayors – need to show leadership
in sustainability and response to climate change.”

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Mayor Max Hipkins

 

Council Makes Wind/Solar Power Compulsory On New Homes

In a first for Australia, a council has voted to make on-site clean power generation on all new homes and some commercial buildings compulsory. The City of Nedlands in Perth has led the way in turning more of the vast ocean of under-utilised rooftops in Australia’s towns and cities into power generators. For each residential dwelling – a minimum capacity of 1.5kW. For each non – residential development with a value exceeding $1 million – capacity determined by Council with due regard to roof area and height.”
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- By far the biggest subsidy given to these major fossil fuel polluters is the one not listed- the horrendous costs of permanently incapacitating land and water to nourish life for generations to come. If we were to not just ask to tone down the pollution but to require that ALL damages be fully and immediately paid for, balance sheets would suddenly show that renewables and extreme efficiency are our only options! If a Martian were here, I am certain that this common sense conclusion would be obvious! Share this video- get politicians to watch it, too. – Editor

QUOTES
“How are people supposed to be healthy…when we keep having companies pollute our water?
They are killing the forest, and the wildlife, and us humans.”
And
“My children grew up on this land, with the expectation that my grandchildren would be on this land.
Now I can’t do that anymore.
At what point is my garden no longer safe to eat- it’s happening now.
I potentially must pack up everything I own, everything that my essence has become, pack it all up and move it somewhere else. This is very disturbing,
This is my home.
TeresaCoopercoalashvictimWB Teresa Cooper, who’s home and farm have been poisoned by nearby coal ash
From the well-done 10 minute video important to watch- Little Blue: A Broken Promise-
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ACTION: TELL YOUR SENATOR TO SUPPORT STRONG FEDERAL STANDARDS THAT WILL PROTECT US FROM TOXIC COAL ASH.

toxiccoalashWBIt’s unbelievable. What do most coal plants do once they scrub down their chimneys and collect all the toxic coal ash pollutants that didn’t escape into the air? They dump it into open, unlined and unmonitored pits.
These coal ash dumps can blow toxic dust over our communities and leach heavy metals into our drinking water supplies. That’s why the Environmental Protection Agency is considering regulating the substance as a toxic waste.
Take Action
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– The movie clearly shows how people are victims of monumental lies. We indeed do have data on health impacts- here is only a portion, but in a sane world it would be enough to end fracking. – Editor

Fracking’s Waste Pit Emissions-The Big Unknown

WastePitChemicalGuideWBHere’s what we know about the potential health impacts of airborne chemicals released from fracking’s vast waste pits. As oil and gas drilling spreads across the United States, scant attention has been paid to air emissions from the waste the boom has created. Inside Climate News reporters found that because of a 1988 exemption from federal hazardous-waste laws sought by the oil and gas industry, the waste is classified as non-hazardous. This has left waste pits virtually unregulated and put nearby residents at risk of exposure to chemicals like toluene and benzene, which can cause cancer. Here’s, however, what we do know about the potential health impacts of 4 airborne chemicals released from waste pits.
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Open Pits Offer Cheap Disposal for Fracking Sludge, but Health Worries Mount
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- Do Americans have basic rights to keep our land, air, and water free of poisons that harm our health, make our water undrinkable, and contaminate our land to the point we cannot drink tap water, safely grow food and pass the land down to our children and grandchildren? If we were revising our Constitution, wouldn’t we guarantee this basic safety as a fundamental right? It is certainly worse than someone coming and burglarizing your home!
Such profound violation of fundamental human rights made me wonder what the Tea Party folks think. While most of their beliefs may be viewed as deeply distorted, there are some concepts that could be applied to this issue. The Left and the Right can join hands when they meet on the other side of the circle. – Editor

TEA PARTY QUOTES
As citizens, it’s our responsibility to petition our government to do the right thing.
When politicians of any party act against our interests, it’s up to us to call attention to their failures, immediately, loudly and as publicly as possible.”
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“Special interests must be eliminated.”

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– Mountaintop removal to mine coal is clearly a horrifying violation of human rights and creates permanent destruction of entire eco-systems, let alone creating more climate change. Finally, a brave judge makes a court decision that moves the needle a bit more towards sanity. – Editor

More Bad News For Coal- Mountaintop Removal Nixed By Court

A federal judge ruled that the US Environmental Protection Agency was within its rights to put the kibosh on a permitmountaintop-coal-removalWB for the massive Spruce No. 1 Mine mountaintop removal operation planned. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson concluded that the agency’s veto of a Clean Water Act permit for Arch Coal’s Spruce No. 1 Mine in Logan County was “reasonable, supported by the record, and based on considerations within EPA’s purview.”
The other bad news for coal this week (is) the skyrocketing surge in cases of progressive massive fibrosis, aka black lung, among coal miners in Appalachia.
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– Resistance to change by big energy corporations can really slow solutions down. This report provides some valuable ideas that could be very useful. – Editor

Advantage Local – Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

localenergyownershipreportWBSolar and wind projects can mean big bucks for communities – but only if they keep them local! A new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) Advantage Local explains how local ownership allows citizens to have a stake in their own energy production, and “flips the grid” toward a more democratic energy future.
Article 
For the new report Advantage Local- Why Local Energy Ownership Matters

 

 

– Since the 1990’s Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)’s Amory Lovins has been explaining the need to create exponential increases in car fuel efficiency, including switching to light- weight materials. He even let this dreamed Hyper-Car’s potentially profitable designs be available for free! Silence for too many precious years. Now we can hope this move- still far too expensive and tiny “concept-car” production- will spread across the entire auto industry. It’s TIME! – Editor

The Hypercar Lives

When VW released the European fuel economy ratings for its new, limited-production XL1 passenger car last summer, you could almost hear the automotive world’s collective jaw drop. The XL1 came in at a staggering VWXL1WBefficiency equivalent of more than 230 miles per U.S. gallon of gasoline. The XL1 is named for its engineering goal: develop a production car that can drive 100 kilometers on 1 liter of fuel (235 miles per U.S. gallon). That was the charge in 1999 to VW engineers.
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QUOTE
“The bar is high, but the goal isn’t unrealistic.”
Tadashi Mizuishi, consultant at Nomura Research Institute

- All goals we set in today’s world must be as far as imaginable to net-zero energy! Reduction of need for energy is first. 75% reduction in energy use is GREAT- and doable!! – Editor

Japan Pushes Zero-Energy Structures

JapanZEBWBSolar-panel experiments are part of strategy to replace nuclear power. The latest green building doesn’t just have solar panels on the roof. It has them on three sides, too. Taisei Corp., a Japanese construction firm, says its office here south of Tokyo cuts energy use by 75% compared with a typical office and generates its power entirely through solar panels, pointing the way to a new era of zero-energy structures that generate as much energy as they use. The building, which opened in May, is on track to have net zero energy usage in its first year of operation.
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– Destroying what is left of our national heritage- our lands, our water, and our ecosystems- for today’s craze for fossil fuels makes no sense. Really, the call needs to be banning until there are no toxins used or generated, no contribution towards climate change, and equitable distribution of finances. Humm, might take a while.
The real moves need to be to institute every energy efficiency measure possible, every support for renewable energy, and to end every subsidy to fossil fuels, including any exemptions and “blind-eyes” for toxins released. Allowing carnage of land and people by exempting fossil fuels industries from responsibility for health damages and destruction and pollution of people’s homes, crops, land and water is a HUGE subsidy that does not get counted. We changed car manufacturing into airplane production in just 6 months during wartime, so rapid change can happen! – Editor

Senate Dems call for ‘strongest possible’ fracking regs

TheHillWBA group of Senate Democrats called for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Friday to issue the “strongest possible” safety standards for fracking operations on public lands. “As stewards of these lands and resources for the American people it is therefore critical that the final rule for hydraulic fracturing on public lands offers stringent protections for the safety of workers, our water, air, lands and public health.”
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EPA data shows US greenhouse gas emissions rising

The latest data shows US greenhouse gas emissions rising. Emissions from 8,000 large industrial sources in 2013 were up 0.6% on the previous year, driven by an increase in coal use for power generation. After falling 10% between 2005 and 2012, US greenhouse gas emissions have turned in the wrong direction.

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EVERYBODY CAME . . SEPTEMBER 26- OCTOBER 2, 2014

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We said it would take everyone to change everything — and everyone came.

2646 EVENTS. 162 COUNTRIES. Now, more than ever, we are a big, beautiful, unified movement. We are coming together around the world like never before to demand a brighter and more just future for everyone. The march in New York City was by far the largest climate march in history. This wrap-up is just a snapshot of how profound and important the People’s Climate Mobilization was.
For the wrap-up that include numerous news articles  Article 

ACTION: Give 350 your input for next steps

To see 400,000 people in the streets shows that there’s incredible energy behind this movement. New things are possible now that weren’t on the table even a matter of weeks ago. We are united like never before. Give your input on the next steps for 350!
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Five ways Ban Ki-moon’s summit has changed international climate politics forever

unclimatesummit2014WBThe UN climate summit in New York decided nothing – but it has helped put climate change back on the agenda. 120 government leaders each made 4 minute speeches about climate change at the United Nations. Did it make any difference? Yes, but not in the ways you might think. The UN climate summit did not conclude in a grand ‘agreement.’ But that was not its purpose.
First, most of these heads of government had never made a speech about climate change before.
Second, some of the speeches were significant in themselves, with new policy commitments.
Third, the summit stimulated a series of commitments by businesses, governments and others on climate action in specific fields.
Fourth, the summit introduced a new rationale for such action.
Fifth, and perhaps most important of all, the summit has re-energised the climate movement.
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To see 3 minute UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, speak at UN climate change summit

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QUOTE
“We can make today the day we stop pointing at each other in blame and instead chart a new course together.
We have never faced a crisis this big, but we have never had a better opportunity to solve it.
We have everything we need to wake up to a different kind world
We need our leaders to be brave and their choices to be bold.
They will either remember us as the generation that destroyed its home or
the one that finally came to respect it.
We have every reason in the world to act.
We can’t wait until tomorrow.
This is our only home.
You can choose today to make a world of difference.”

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From the video for the U.N. Summit What’s Possible

WHAT’S POSSIBLE: UN Climate Summit Opening Film

New Film for over 120 world leaders World Leaders on the Urgency of Global Warming
Morgan Freeman narrates an inspirational message of hope and a call for action from world leaders. Here is an excerpt of the ending- so powerful! Worth sharing! 4 minutes can create a new vision!
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a short, wonderful article on how, once one gets the “ah-ha moment,” your life can suddenly develop astonishing meaning! All of us can- and must- get really involved!

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10 best leaders’ pledges at the UN summit

climateUNsummitobamaWBAt the UN’s climate summit yesterday, we heard around 16 hours of speeches from 162 world leaders. Amid the bluster, repetition and recycling of old commitments was a handful of meaningful pledges for new action. Here we present the 10 most ambitious pledges from leaders and their representatives announced during the summit.
France pledged US$ 1billion to the Green Climate Fund, matching Germany’s earlier commitment. Smaller contributions brought the total to $2.3 billion – still some way off the US$15 billion target. While most leaders are shying away from revealing their long term goal until next year, Uruguay came out with a specific target, saying it would reduce its emissions 85% by 2030.
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7 areas of climate action at the UN climate summit

Feeling overwhelmed by the UN climate summit and its outcomes? We’ve summarised some of the main action areas where governments, business and civil society have pledged new action on climate change.
1. Food security 2. Forests 3.Finance 4. Short lived pollutants 5. Renewable energy 6. Sustainable transport 7. Cities
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President Obama’s 2014 UN Climate Summit Speech- 12 minute video

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– There’s no doubt that for years, most media have failed miserably to cover climate change with the importance and multi-faceted nature it deserves. Amazingly, with hundreds of thousands of people marching in the streets, it wasn’t deemed a suitable topic of conversation! – Editor

Sunday News Shows Ignore Historic Climate March

Sunday news shows on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and Fox failed to cover the People’s Climate March, a massive protest against climate change being held September 21 in New York City in conjunction with events in more than 150 countries worldwide. Meet the Press, Face the Nation, State of the Union, and Fox News Sunday ignored the event, which is being touted by participants as “the largest mobilization against climate change in the history of the planet.”
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ACTION: Help us make this week Climate Action Week so we don’t lose the energy and momentum we delivered in the streets

Here is your personalized “Climate Action Now!” check list— 6 easy steps you can take to demand climate action and keep up the pressure in Washington, throughout the country, and around the world.
takeaction@edf.org
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QUOTES
“John D. Rockefeller, the founder of Standard Oil, moved America out of whale oil and into petroleum.
We are quite convinced that if he were alive today,
as an astute businessman looking out to the future,
he would be moving out of fossil fuels and investing in clean, renewable energy.”
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Stephen Heintz, president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund
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“This is a threshold moment.
This movement has gone from a small activist band quickly into the mainstream.”

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Ellen Dorsey, executive director of the Wallace Global Fund
For a great speech in March, 2013

Rockefellers, Heirs to an Oil Fortune, Will Divest Charity From Fossil Fuels

John D. Rockefeller built a vast fortune on oil. Now his heirs are abandoning fossil fuels. The family whose legendary wealth flowed from Standard Oil is planning to announce on Monday that its $860 million philanthropic organization, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, is joining the divestment movement that began a couple years ago on college campuses.
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King Coal’s reign crumbling as demand falters, Carbon Tracker warns

New report finds falling prices, low demand, and environmental legislation could see $112bn-worth of future projects rendered uneconomic. The latest research from the Carbon Tracker Initiative (CTI) paints a bleak picture for the thermal coal industry of plummeting coal prices, returns, and share prices with little hope of a rebound without “significant increases in demand” that would fall foul of a growing body of regulation to clamp down on greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
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QUOTE
The people who oppose (climate change action) are really hurting our children and grandchildren and
making the world a much worse place.
We should not be aligned with such people.
They are just literally lying.”

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Eric Schmidt, Chairman Google Inc. (GOOG)
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ACTION- Tell the CEOs of Yahoo! and eBay: End your ALEC membership today!

Google made international headlines when it ended its membership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) — an extreme right-wing lobbying group pushing climate denial legislation at the state level. Google’s chairman said they left because ALEC was “literally lying” about climate change. Less than 48 hours later, Facebook and Yelp announced they’re following Google’s lead and dumping ALEC too.
This is BIG! Two other major tech companies, Yahoo! and eBay, have yet to drop ALEC. If more companies join the exodus, it could snowball beyond ALEC including campaign contributions to climate deniers in Congress – a major obstacle to climate action.
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TIME TO LINK ARMS . . . . . . September 19- 25, 2014

QUOTE
“I will link arms with those marching for climate action.
We stand with them on the right side of this key issue for our common future.
Action on climate change is urgent.
The more we delay, the more we will pay in lives and in money.”
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Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary general

Ban Ki-moon to join climate change march

The secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, is to join a public march calling for action on climate change this weekend. His unusual step – high-ranking officials do not normally attend mass public protests – is a measure of how high the stakes are at a summit next week of world leaders, called by the secretary-general, to discuss climate change.
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QUOTE
“We’re going to sound the burglar alarm on people who are stealing the future.
We’ve watched the summer Arctic disappear and the ocean turn steadily acidic.
It’s not just that things are not getting better.
They are getting horribly worse.
Unlike any other issue we have faced, this one comes with a time limit.
If we don’t get it right soon, we’ll never get it right.”
Bill McKibben, co-founder of the group 350.org

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Busy Days Precede a March Focusing on Climate Change

The run-up to what organizers say will be the largest protest about climate change in the history of the United States has transformed New York City into a beehive of planning and creativity.
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ACTION: Participate in a march near you. Go to the website for a complete list. ClimateDeclarationtosignWB

 List 
And sign the Ceres Climate Declaration.

So what can you do to participate in Climate Week? No matter where you are next week, you can take a few simple steps to support action on climate change.
The Climate Declaration, which has now been signed by 1,000 companies and thousands of individuals, calls on U.S. policy makers to take action on climate change.
To sign 

 

QUOTE
“What is needed is an unprecedented re-channeling of investment from today´s economy
into the low-carbon economy of tomorrow.
Investors are owners of large segments of the global economy as well as
custodians of citizens’ savings around the world.
Having such a critical mass of them demand a transition to the low-carbon and green economy is exactly the signal Governments need in order to move to ambitious action quickly.”
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Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme.

- On the radio yesterday, a speaker was arguing that having big business participate in climate talks was dreadful- we need small local businesses. Yes, we need to localize our economy, but if we make the mistake of waiting until that is done, it will be too late. Big money speaks very loudly- we need them now. – Editor

Trickle Of Renewable Energy Investors Turns Into Flood

Days before UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon convenes the Climate Summit at the United Nations to spur climate action and facilitate a global climate agreement in 2015, nearly 350 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets have called on government leaders to provide stable, reliable and economically meaningful carbon pricing that helps redirect investment commensurate with the scale of the climate change challenge, as well as develop plans to phase out subsidies for fossil fuels.
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For the statement 2014 GLOBAL INVESTOR STATEMENT ON CLIMATE CHANGE

 

 

– At a climate meeting here in Santa Fe this week, the discussion of investing away from earth-destroying companies and moving to supporting solutions was begun. Green Century is only one of numerous green funds, but these 5 reasons are a quick and easy synopsis of why this must happen. I’d even remove the word “consider.” – Editor

looking at the chimney-stalksFive Reasons to Consider Divesting from Fossil Fuels

1. Get Your Investments in Line with Your Values
2. Reduce Corporate Influence on Energy Policy
3. Strengthen the Climate Movement
4. May Reduce Exposure to Stranded Carbon Assets
5. Reinvest in the Solutions
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-insectpateWB Our previous article about insects for food upset a few readers. This new article, however, not only points out an emerging, thriving trend across the world, but also some amazing solutions to current problems. Did you realize that about half of all the seafood eaten is now farmed? And that these farmed seafood species are typically being fed forms of seafood, sometimes 8 times more weight than the resulting farmed fish- a huge waste?
We now have a sensible solution to this major destruction of ocean life- insects!
Another possible problem solver is that large quantities of waste can be used to feed insects. In commercial factories, one factory in a year can process 110 tons of waste a day that feed insects and then can make seven tons of edible mag meal a day!
My grocery store now carries yummy cookies made with cricket flour!! The potential for an array of entirely new and powerful solutions is growing daily and has huge climate implications! Some statistics show that our current agricultural/food systems actually cause nearly 1/3 of our total climate emissions! Your eating can cause far more climate change than your car! This, in addition to soil destruction, heavy water usage in dry areas, use of dangerous chemicals, loss of habitats, and more, means we need to get creative and rethink food sources. This is offering hope- and excitement- for innovators! – Editor

Insects to Feed the World Conference 2014

EdibleInsectsFAOreport2014WBThe first international conference on insects for food and feed brought over 450 participants from 45 countries together to discuss the state of the art in edible insect research, business and policy. Feed industry leaders, insect breeders, universities, NGOs and other stakeholders gathered for the first time, with a clear message – insects for feed and food are viable solution for the protein deficit problem.
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Seriously- watch this amazing video- only 5 minutes- you’ll be amazed 
For the report Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security 

 

– More and more, food is going to be grown indoors, and a great solution is to use existing buildings, rather than creating massive amounts of demolition rubbish going off to the dump. Dreaming big like this makes sense! If the energy-intensive non-local 18 wheelers stopped hauling food to your town, is your city prepared with multiple and bountiful sources of food that can be continuously grown? – Editor

Proposal to turn San Francisco’s Candlestick Park stadium into a gigantic hydroponic greenhouse

Surrounding the stadium is a new green-roofed, terraced podium that interfaces with the surrounding Candlestick Point redevelopment master plan, sheltering beneath it a marketplace for locally-produced urban agriculture and food goods.
The repurposed stadium enables the growth of sod on its seating tiers in addition to rotating food crops, while the main field offers the potential for housing occasional concerts in between times of harvesting and planting.
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P.S. What do you notice about Candlestick Park, the round white circle?
When we plan for the future, we have to consider shifts in multiple variables.
They missed an important one here.
How many years left before it would be floating aquaponics?

 

MARCHING AT CRUNCH TIME . . . . August 29- Sept. 4, 2014

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ACTIONS: Make the March, Use the Ride Boards, Create a Group Transit, and/or Host a Movie Party Before

Can’t decide whether to go to the big climate march? This might convince you.

Have you been dithering over whether to make your way to the People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21? Maybe this will inspire you to just book that train, bus, or ride-share spot already. It’s the trailer for Disruption, a climate documentary premiering on Sept. 7 — exactly two weeks before the big march in NYC. Even if you can’t make the march, you could host or attend a screening of the movie.
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On September 7th, people will host screenings of “Disruption” in living rooms and libraries, on campuses and in community centers.
To register for a screening of the very well-done movie- http://watchdisruption.com/screenings/
Getting To and Staying in New York City
On this page, you’ll find links to available buses, trains, rideboards and creative group transit ideas near you to get the NYC for September 21st. Help coordinate a Bus or Train in Your Community. 

 

- There’s no doubt of the importance of the talks at the U.N. in a few weeks, and here is yet another warning. – Editor

Global warming is already here and could be irreversible, UN panel says

Greenland global warmingA 127-page draft report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, obtained by The Associated Press, paints a harsh warning of what’s causing global warming and what it will do to humans and the environment. It also describes what can be done about it. The language is more stark, and the report attempts to connect the different scientific disciplines studying problems caused by the burning of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas. “Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive, and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems. Currently observed impacts might already be considered dangerous.”
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QUOTE
What gives us the right to play with our climate (using geoengineering)?
It’s a crazy thing to even be considering doing.
But considering how badly we’ve screwed up the climate, then maybe we’ve got to fix it.
It’s crunch time.”
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Dr. Hugh Hunt, University of Cambridge

Geoengineering creeps from sci-fi to reality

SPICEclimateengineeringprojectWBScientists, artists and policymakers pondered whether to hack the planet at a meeting in Berlin this week. The conference has brought together interested parties to talk about how geoengineering could help reverse the warming that over one hundred years of industrialization has produced. They are talking about whether it should be done. And they are talking about whether they should talk about it. (A) concern is the potential for unintended consequences that would almost inevitably accompany large scale attempts to change the climate of an entire planet. Others worry that it could be seen as a “quick fix” and quell the urgency around deploying traditional mitigation tools, such as renewable energy.
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For the Climate Engineering Conference 2014
For the image of a draft Declaration-
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- We CAN change! Here’s such a clever program. Save real energy by manipulating electric hot water heaters and use the money to buy solar for non-profits! Every town needs to have clever rethinking to create win-wins for renewables. – Editor

Water heater project helps W.Va. church go solar

sokarpowerforchurchMosaicWBA community-funded project involving water heaters will pay the $55,000 cost of a 60-panel solar energy system installed on the roof of Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church. About 100 Shepherdstown area residents and businesses have agreed to have demand-response controllers installed on their electric water heaters. Mosaic Power pays customers $100 year to participate in the program. The Shepherdstown participants will donate their payments to the church to pay for the system.
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For how this program works

Price of wind energy in U.S. at all-time low

windreportWBWind energy prices—particularly in the central United States— are at an all-time low, with utilities selecting wind as the low cost option,” Berkeley Lab Staff Scientist Ryan Wiser said. “This is especially notable because, enabled by technology advancements, wind projects have increasingly been built in lower wind speed areas. Key findings:
Wind is a credible source of new generation in the United States.
Low wind turbine pricing continues to push down installed project costs.
Wind energy prices have reached all-time lows, improving competitiveness.
Looking ahead, projections are for solid growth in 2014 and 2015.
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QUOTE
Pope Francis understands the threat of climate change and our moral responsibility to act.
We urge him to take appropriate steps to stop the Catholic Church from fueling the climate crisis
through its investments, and use the power of his office to call on
Christians and non-Christians alike
to align their investments with their values.”

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Jamie Henn, Communications Director and Co-Founder, 350.org

Pope Francis petitioned to drop fossil fuel investments

PopedivestmentWBThe campaign to persuade organisations to abandon their investments in the fossil fuel industry has gained particular traction among religious groups. In July, the World Council of Churches, representing half a billion Christians worldwide, voted to divest. However, this does not encompass the Catholic Church, which has more than double that membership. A petition urging Pope Francis to divest from fossil fuels was launched today by climate activist group 350.org and partner organisations. According to the International Energy Agency, no more than a third of proven fossil fuel reserves can be burnt if the planet is going to stay below an internationally agreed limit of 2C of warming.
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ACTION: Sign the Petition- Divest the Vatican 

Where Can Fossil Fuel Investments Go?

FossilfueldivestmentchallengereportWBFossil fuels have been a financial cornerstone for decades. More than $5 trillion is invested in 1,469 oil and gas companies and 275 coal companies. A Bloomberg New Energy Finance White paper asks where can fossil fuel investments go. If divestment continues, financial institutions will need to find new investment vehicles for billions of dollars.
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For the report Fossil fuel divestment: a $5 trillion challenge

 

 

What You Need to Know Before You Invest in Solar Energy

californiasolar-anchWBSolar energy is one of the greatest investing opportunities of our generation with well over a trillion dollars in annual market potential around the world. But with all that potential comes tremendous risk, particularly as new technologies emerge. With new products popping up every week, how should investors look at the solar energy industry? Here are four keys I’ve developed after years of covering the industry.1. Make manufacturers prove it! 2. Bet on cost reductions over technology improvements.3. Understand the risk a company is taking. 4. Remember the bottom line. The IRS is encouraging investors to support our growing energy renaissance, offering you a tax loophole to invest in some of America’s greatest energy companies.
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For the report The IRS Is Daring You to Make This Investment Now 

Energy companies in Texas are setting money on fire

gasflareTexasWBThe Express News spent a year going over stacks of documents and data (on) the oil and gas industry in Texas. What the investigation found was that fracking operations in the remote Eagle Ford shale were keeping the more valuable oil they produced while venting the natural gas into the atmosphere. Sometimes they just released it directly into the air. Other times they burned it first, which converted it to carbon dioxide. Between 2009 and 2012, they had let go of enough natural gas to keep 335,700 typical Texan households in warm houses and hot dinners for a year. If most companies had to follow regulations that required them to do things like this, there’d be a lot less fracking. This is a story that is new to the Eagle Ford shale, but it’s not new to North Dakota, where an estimated $100 million worth of gas a month -a third of what is pulled out of the ground – is flared off. In North Dakota, landowners are actually suing for lost revenue, since they only get compensated for what is sold, not what is thrown away.
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This series is amazing! Forget the “Bridge” idea. The White House needs to see this! The real solution, of course, is to switch to renewables! Tweaking a bad system doesn’t work when we are up against an unrelenting deadline on climate. – Editor

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- We can’t move forward if no one knows how! I sent this paradigm-shift, net-zero model to our local college doing trades training- this is so useful! Get this idea going in your town! – Editor

Electrical unions launch net-zero energy training center

netzeroplustrainingWBThousands of electrical workers soon will be trained each year as “Total Solution Providers” — skilled in the most advanced energy efficiency, renewable energy and smart grid technologies. The Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute in Los Angeles will train union members in demand response, grid reliability technology, utility-scale battery storage, advanced building and lighting controls and plug load strategies.
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Installed solar is cheaper in many other places outside the U.S. This kind of rethinking to make renewables simpler- and thus cheaper- needs to be done everywhere. – Editor

Streamlining Solar- How AB 2188 Came Into Being

solarCalbillWBGovernor Jerry Brown did not realize how backwards California’s solar regulations were until he visited Germany in the summer of 2013. The soft costs of getting a solar system in California can be eight times as they are in Germany. The Germans have a single system for the entire country. Governor Brown was impressed. So impressed that he started making inquiries about how to streamline California’s permitting process. That was how AB 2188 came into being.
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- Here is yet another source of embodied energy that that we talked about last week and often escapes the data collectors. The Zero Waste movement is vital. – Editor

Trash Burning Worsens Air Pollution- not included in climate modeling

trash-burningWBThe open burning of waste, whether at individual residences, businesses, or dump sites, is a large source of air pollutants. These emissions, however, are not included in many current emission inventories used for chemistry and climate modeling applications.
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