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.
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
A 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.”
“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.”
Dr. Hugh Hunt, University of Cambridge
Geoengineering creeps from sci-fi to reality
Scientists, 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.
For the Climate Engineering Conference 2014
For the image of a draft Declaration-
- 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
A 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.
For how this program works
Price of wind energy in U.S. at all-time low
Wind 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.
For the report
“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.”
Jamie Henn, Communications Director and Co-Founder, 350.org
Pope Francis petitioned to drop fossil fuel investments
The 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.
Where Can Fossil Fuel Investments Go?
Fossil 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.
For the report Fossil fuel divestment: a $5 trillion challenge
What You Need to Know Before You Invest in Solar Energy
Solar 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.
For the report The IRS Is Daring You to Make This Investment Now
Energy companies in Texas are setting money on fire
The 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.
- 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
See Up in Flames
- 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
Thousands 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.
For a short clear explanation
For the program
- 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
Governor 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.
- 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
The 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.