Business/ Economics

THEN YOU WIN . . . . . February 13- 19, 2015

ACTION: JOIN Global Divestment Day Friday and Saturday

GandhithenyouwinWBThe first ever Global Divestment Day kicks off today and Saturday 14 February. To(day)’s going to be huge — we’re talking epic – with more than 450 events spanning 58 countries on six continents.
And it seems you’ve already put the fossil fuel industry on the backfoot before we even get started! Earlier this week we got word that a Big Oil PR company released a, frankly, hilarious cartoon as an attack against Global Divestment Day. You know what that means? We’re really starting to rattle them, so let’s keep pushing until we win.
Even if you can’t make it to a Global Divestment Day event next week, you can still be part of this movement and this moment. Here’s how:
1. Make sure your friends and family know that you’re standing with the fossil fuel divestment movement. The orange square has become an international symbol of solidarity and resistance against the fossil fuel industry. We’ve put together this handy tool to help you make your own orange square meme and then swap out your profile photo on Facebook.
2. Use the #divest hashtag on social media all next week. Let’s blow the conversation up online even as we’re out in the streets! We’ve more ideas on how to amplify the Global Divestment Day message.
3. Pledge to divest your own money. Make sure your values and your assets are in the same place. Join the thousands of individuals who have pledged to divest themselves from fossil fuels.
This week we got word that Norway’s sovereign wealth fund — at $850 billion, the world’s largest — is divesting from coal and tar sands companies on climate grounds. Last week, the New School in New York announced that they would divest from fossil fuels. So far, this movement has divested more than $50 billion.
We live in a profoundly altered world. It’s up to us to make sure that it changes for the better.
From email, February 8, 2015


Fracking is hurting our communities.
It is sucking our drought-ridden state of precious water resources,
contaminating our groundwater in a region where 25 percent of the nation’s food is grown, and contributing to the impending climate crisis.
Oil companies had made California citizens feel powerless and silenced,
for our governor seems to only be listening to their money!”
Eva Malis, UC Berkeley student


- If California might seem far away from you so this isn’t relevant, how much of the fruits and vegies in your grocery come from bountiful fields of California? Your kids’ food could be being contaminated right now. And with water scarcity, how much should we take water away from growing our food? – Editor

Thousands march and rally in Oakland to call for ban on fracking

"MARCH FOR REAL CLIMATE LEADERSHIP"Thousands of people from up and down California marched in Oakland on Saturday for the largest protest to date against the state’s use of hydraulic fracturing to harvest oil and natural gas. Environmentalists say fracking wastes millions of gallons of fresh drinking water and puts public health at risk in communities where fracking occurs by threatening groundwater and eroding air quality.





“Given that California is also experiencing its worst drought in 1,200 years,
it’s hard to overstate
just how thoroughly the regulatory system has failed to protect this extremely precious resource.”
Briana Mordick, scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council

California’s Wastewater Injection Problem Is Way Worse Than Previously Reported

For every barrel of oil produced in California — the third largest oil-producing state in the nation, behind Texas and North Dakota — there are 10 barrels of wastewater requiring disposal. California produces roughly 575,000 barrels of oil a day, meaning there are nearly 6 billion barrels of wastewater produced in the Golden State on a daily basis — a massive waste stream that state regulators have utterly failed to manage properly.



It’s sad. Diving from this bridge when there was water in the river was a far less serious threat that agriculture not having water! This picture says a lot! – Editor

US harvest threatened by water-intensive oil and gas boom

The recent World Economic Forum Global Risks report identifies the 10 “biggest threats to the stability of the world”, (listing) water crises as one of the top global risks.
The US has a significant influence on the global food trade. The ongoing water crisis in California – the country’s largest agricultural producer – may threaten the price and availability of certain commodities worldwide. Electric utilities consume 11 times more water than all other industries combined.
Guardian article

For the World Economic Forum report 


G20 Governments are Spending $88B Each Year to Explore for New Fossil Fuels. Imagine if Those Subsidies Went to Renewable Energy?

FossilFuelBailoutreportWBGovernments across the G20 countries are estimated to be spending $88 billion every year subsidising exploration for fossil fuels. Their exploration subsidies marry bad economics with potentially disastrous consequences for climate change. In effect, governments are propping up the development of oil, gas and coal reserves that cannot be exploited if the world is to avoid dangerous climate change.

Read and share this Fossil Fuel Bailout report 





“Our marine economy is at stake here.
The lobster fishery alone is worth $1 billion.
No one comes to the Maine coast to eat a chicken sandwich.
We lose our lobster, we lose our clams? We’ll lose tourism as well.”
Maine Rep. Mick Devin (D)


- Fossil fuels not only destroy vast amounts of water essential for growing food on land, but pollution from them is also causing major threats to ocean life which feeds the world’s peoples over 100 million tons of rich protein a year! Very hard to replace! - Editor

Maine Report Warns Of ‘Urgent’ Need To Address Ocean Acidification

MainelobsterWBMaine will soon need to make “hard decisions” on what to do to protect its rapidly acidifying waters, according to a new report. Maine’s fishermen used to fish for multiple species throughout the year, but depleted stocks have forced fishermen to become heavily reliant on lobster. The problem is, if something now happens to the lobster, there’s a lot of communities that are totally reliant economically on lobsters.
Richard Nelson, a Maine lobsterman and member of the commission, is not only worried about lobsters themselves. He said he’s concerned about the entire ocean food chain, especially the creatures at the bottom of it, like plankton, that have a hard time building their shells in an overly-acidic environment.
For the report
- Understanding such massive global changes isn’t easy. Here some scientists worry that ocean ecosystem collapse can occur even faster from “saturation” than from acidification. There is so much at stake here. – Editor

Is pH a Red Herring for Ocean Acidification?

oysterssaturationpointWBLow pH harms shellfish, most significantly by altering the internal chemistry of adult shellfish. But saturation state caused declines that will occur decades to centuries ahead of any pH-induced declines because saturation state is more sensitive to increasing CO2 than is pH and several coastal regions in the Pacific Northwest are already dangerously close to the saturation state threshold for oysters and other bivalves. Essentially, saturation state matters most and it matters first, says the team. As at Whiskey Creek, a dip in saturation state, even for as little as two days, during a crucial stage of shell development is enough to lose an entire population.


Eating, it turns out, is
the most significant interaction most of us have with the environment.
Chris Ying, Founder, food magazine Lucky Peach

We all need to get to net-zero carbon, restaurants included. Great progress here- inspire your restaurants locally to join this movement! When the private sector makes great progress towards net zero, government leaders are more willing to get serious, too. – Editor

How can you get more restaurants to go carbon-neutral? A: Make a lot of money at it!

restaurantgreenWBThe food system, including farming, shipping, cooking and food waste, accounts for 30 percent of carbon emissions worldwide. The food magazine’s founder, Chris Ying, has argued climate change directly concerns all people whose job it is to serve food.
Every decision at the Founding Farmers restaurant chain is intentionally made to connect diners to the Farmers Restaurant Group- which is run in part by the North Dakota Farmers Union- and to all small farmers who cultivate food. The desired product is a farm-to-table experience and to provide it in an environment that has a carbon footprint close to zero.
For the article Knowing Is Half the Battle 


- The real issue is speed of change- can we reduce emissions before major collapses such as ocean food production? – Editor

Seven Reasons Cheap Oil Can’t Stop Renewables Now

riserenewableschartWBHere are seven reasons why humanity’s transition to cleaner energy won’t be sidetracked by cheap oil. (Check out the first 6 reasons.) 7. Global Investment in Clean Energy Keeps Flowing
There are too many forces pulling (for direct investments in energy projects). Global investment in clean energy increased 16 percent last year, to $310 billion. The U.S. and China, the world’s biggest emitters, reached a historic deal in November to rein in greenhouse gases. Pope Francis is preparing a papal encyclical on climate change, a letter to the world’s bishops that will formalize the church’s moral position on the issue for 1.2 billion Catholics. He may also convene a summit of the world’s top religious leaders in advance of global climate talks in Paris in December. Those talks represent the world’s last best chance to mitigate the damage from climate change. National policies to reduce carbon pollution would speed up the adoption of clean energy. Even in their absence, the global energy shift away from fossil fuels has begun, and we know how it will end.
Bloomberg article
For a good report on how to bring in renewables to the grid more easily – Easing the Transition to a More Distributed Electricity System-The Changing Roles of Consumers, Utilities and Regulators Within the Regulatory Compact

DOLLARS AND SOULS . . . . . JANUARY 9- 15, 2015

Companies spent over $670 billion (£430 billion) last year searching for and developing new fossil fuel resources.
They will need to rethink such substantial budgets if policies are implemented to support the 2°C limit.
Investors in these companies should also question spending such budgets.
I would expect prudent investors in energy to
shift increasingly towards low-carbon energy sources.”


Paul Ekins, report’s co-author and the University College London’s Institute for Sustainable Resources director


- What wonderful things could we do with $670 Billion! Money so often dictates decisions, but we waste so much on obsolete assumptions, rules, and practices, just redirecting what is spent now could lead us to a far more secure future!- Editor

Vast reserves of fossil fuels should be left untapped

The sheer scale of the fossil fuel reserves that will need to be left unexploited for decades if world leaders sign up to a radical climate agreement is revealed in a study by a team of British scientists. Policy makers must realise that their instincts to completely use the fossil fuels within their countries are wholly incompatible with their commitments to the 2°C goal.
It shows that almost all the huge coal reserves in China, Russia and the US should remain unused, along with over 260 billion barrels of oil reserves in the Middle East − the equivalent of Saudi Arabia’s total oil reserves. The Middle East would also need to leave over 60% of its gas reserves in the ground. In total, a third of global oil reserves, half of the world’s gas and over 80% of its coal reserves should be left untouched for the next 35 years.
For the report 

“When you’re building a power plant today, you’re not just thinking about what the price of fuel is today, you should be thinking about what the price of fuel will be over the life of that power plant.
You will always know what the price (of wind) will be (it’s free, the only costs are mechanical).
You can’t say that about any other (fossil fuel) energy source.”


Michael Goggin, Director Research, American Wind Energy Association

recordcoldwithwindWBWind power saved PJM residents $1 billion in two days

Wind power saved PJM residents $1 billion in two days last year. Frigid Arctic temperatures spread over the 13 Mid Atlantic and Great Lakes states (PJM) on January 6 and 7, 2014. There was not enough conventional energy to meet demand. According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), spot prices would have skyrocketed if had there not been an abundance of wind energy available.

“Do we want dirty expensive coal/ nuclear from aging plants or
do we want new solar and wind that is guaranteed for 25 years?
(The power company) PNM said they have this model called Strategist, and
it chose coal and nuclear to reinvest in.
We said we have to see that model.
We paid $17,000 for 2 month lease, and
when we ran PNM numbers, it was astounding.
We found out it was not prudent to reinvest in coal and nuclear, but also in this case, to close down the entire San Juan (coal) plant as more economical for ratepayers over 20 years.
It’s 330 million dollars cheaper to close down the entire coal plant and
to invest in solar, wind and gas.
And that is the truth.”


Mariel Nanasi, Executive Director, New Energy Economy


This short verbal summary from the radio doesn’t explain that the initial report done by the power company PNM concluded that coal and nuclear were the best- and cheapest, but when the inputs to the program were reviewed, various issues came up. Large underestimates for cost of coal, and additional assumptions clearly biased the results. When more accurate figures were used, the conclusions were totally different! For those of us who have run the numbers using computers, GI-GO (Garbage In- Garbage Out) remains true! When any report defies logic- it’s cheaper to pay for fuel than get it free, for example- go back to the original numbers to look for flaws.
Of course, even if the free fuel of sun and wind were more expensive, the world can’t take more coal! When one is in survival mode, survival has to top economics! – Editor
KSFR Radio clip
And for the New Energy Economy organization (report not yet available)


- For additional information on the battle occurring in Northern NM this week- here health, jobs, and water use in our desert are added in the discussion- the health impacts of living near coal are horrendous, and this does not mention the brain-damaging poison mercury in coal plant emissions. So many lakes and streams in New Mexico are poisoned that fishing is prohibited in many areas! Is polluting our earth and our life what we want? – Editor

Public Regulatory Commission should reject PNM’s fossil fuel-laden plan

pnm_san_juan_generating_stationWBPNM’s assessments, however, do not adequately account for human suffering caused by the coal plants and mines. According to the San Juan Citizens Alliance, SJGS contributes 33 premature deaths, 600 asthma attacks, 31 asthma-related emergency room visits, along with associated socialized health care costs exceeding $254 million every year.
I’ll mention in closing an oft-overlooked feature of energy generation: water usage. Thermoelectric power plants account for 41 percent of all freshwater withdrawals in the United States. As a recirculation-cooled power plant, San Juan Generating Station consumes between 480 and 1,100 million gallons of water per year. With shrinking reservoirs and an increasingly insurmountable water debt to our southerly neighbors, we can ill afford in our high desert climate to evaporate so much water

2014 Was The Hottest Year On Record Globally By Far

chartrisingtemperaturesworldwideWBThe Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has announced that 2014 was the hottest year in more than 120 years of record-keeping — by far. NOAA is expected to make a similar call in a couple of weeks and so is NASA.
For the chart and the announcement 


“Around 60% of businesses expect that more regular heatwaves over the next 20 years would hit their profits, when many industries would have to heatproof their operations, including agriculture, retail, and insurance companies. They are thinking about how can we insure for extreme events like bushfires that are precipitated by heatwaves, so they have to model for an increasingly unpredictable climate. Large shopping centres are looking at dramatic increases in electricity costs as they try to increase air conditioning.
Heatwaves are becoming longer, and they are becoming more severe, and that becomes hard to manage depending in which business sector you are in.
Almost two-thirds of businesses expect future heatwaves to hit their profits!
So my own take is that a lot of businesses are probably fairly unprepared for what is coming.”


Prof Christopher Wright from the University of Sydney Business School


- Do increasing temperatures really matter? “Heat-proofing” farming will eventually be “fruitless.” It’s already getting harder to produce food outside. Temporary measures can work for a while, but raise new questions. What are the health impacts from eating sunscreen in your fruits and your wine? What foods will no longer even be available in the future? But if our minds are riddled only in economics, having two thirds of businesses already realizing that climate change will impact their profits is BIG, and puts a monstrous hole in economic arguments for continuing fossil fuels! – Editor

Why Australians are using sunblock to protect grape crops

Sunblock is being used to safeguard the health and vitality of Australian grapes as the nation reflects on another scorching year when temperature records continued to tumble. This region has temperatures that can exceed 113F (45C). Spraying sunscreen on grapes is now routine.
BBC Article


- Watch sixteen minutes of hope! Major rethinking of all our systems is so fundamental now that seeing such rethinking of basic assumptions at the neighborhood level makes you want to get off your duff and make good, sustainable transitions happen right where you live! “Criminals” lead the way to sustainability and amazing neighborhood- and personal- regeneration! This is replicable everywhere in some form or another! – Editor

Farmin’ in The Hood 2

Everything from Urban Agriculture to Robotics and a huge basement full of Aquaponic growing. A 20K square ft Laboratory that will change the game for the inner city youth.
Watch You Tube 
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This article may seem irrelevant, but it haunted me. Do read it! The Froot Loop experiment is fabulous! It should be required of everyone!
Climate destroying emissions are created by just 2 big variables- the amount of carbon emissions each of us creates multiplied by the number of people. If greed overtakes our brains, as it has with so many, it’s not good for our earth, our future, and our souls! So much would fall into place if we could get to this fundamental, deep issue. People like the Koch brothers seem victimized by insatiable craving. – Editor

What wealth does to your soul

dontletmoneygotoyourheadWBGetting rich won’t make you happy. But it will make you more selfish and dishonest. What is clear about rich people and their money — and becoming ever clearer — is how it changes them. A body of quirky but persuasive research has sought to understand the effects of wealth and privilege on human behavior. There is a growing awareness that the yawning gap between rich and poor is no longer a matter of simple justice but also the enemy of economic success and human happiness. It’s not just bad for the poor. It’s also bad for the rich. It’s funny, when you think about it, how many rich people don’t know this. But they are not idiots; they can learn.

Why Pope Francis is going green in 2015

pope_francisWBIn March 2015, according to The Guardian, following a visit in Tacloban, the Philippine city ravaged by typhoon Haiyan in 2012, the pope will issue an encyclical on climate change and human ecology, the first environmentally themed encyclical in history. He is also slated to address the UN General Assembly in September and convene a summit of world religious leaders to address climate change.

Why is the pope doing all of this?
First, perhaps Pope Francis wishes to make clear that when it comes to matters of creation, the church should be a major player, not a marginal voice. The earth is not just a geopolitical arena, but it is also, from an ecclesial perspective, God’s creation, and is thus of central concern to the church.
Second, perhaps Francis is underscoring that this is not just a question of policies and carbon emissions, critical as they are, but it is also one of persons, especially poor and vulnerable persons, who often contribute the least to carbon emissions but suffer the most from “climate chaos”.
Third, might Pope Francis be suggesting that climate change is not only a moral crisis, but a deeply spiritual crisis as well, one that cuts to the core of who we are and how we relate to all that is?


The incoming Congress has pledged to pass a bill that would force the approval of the dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline as one of its very first actions. But on Tuesday, the White House announced that the president would NOT sign Congress’s KXL bill. It is more important now than ever before to encourage President Obama to stand by this pledge!



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!
Give your ideas 

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.
To see 3 minute UN Messenger of Peace, Leonardo DiCaprio, speak at UN climate change summit



“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.”


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!

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!


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.

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
President Obama’s 2014 UN Climate Summit Speech- 12 minute video



– 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.”


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.


“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.”
Stephen Heintz, president of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund

“This is a threshold moment.
This movement has gone from a small activist band quickly into the mainstream.”


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.

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.
For the report Carbon supply cost curves 


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.”


Eric Schmidt, Chairman Google Inc. (GOOG)


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.
For more information on ALEC 



TIME TO LINK ARMS . . . . . . September 19- 25, 2014

“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.”
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon participates in a news conference about climate change meeting
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.


“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


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.
Article in New York Times 


ACTION: Participate in a march near you. Go to the website for a complete list. ClimateDeclarationtosignWB

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 


“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.”
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.




– 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



-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.
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.
For the original article 

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?




The All of the Above energy strategy is not only climate denial

it’s climate denial that is funded with more than $20 billion in taxpayer support each year.

Until our representatives in Washington and around the country find the courage necessary to put people’s interests ahead of rich polluters, this theft of our tax dollars is likely to continue.

The next step for saving the climate should be clear: Stop Funding Fossils.”


 Stephen Kretzmann, Executive Director of Oil Change International.

- How often do we hear there’s no money for all the good things we need to protect our future. There is money- it just needs to go to the right places! All the comparisons on prices of fossil fuels versus renewables are wrong- add in all the supports and the massive damages and put dollar signs on loss of human and environmental health, and our problems are solved! – Editor

U.S. Government Providing Billions in Fossil Fuel Subsidies to Unburnable Carbon

PriceofOilreportWBToday, Oil Change International released a comprehensive report on fossil fuel exploration and production subsidies in the U.S which demonstrates that at a time when we need urgent action on climate change more than ever, the U.S. government is channeling huge and growing amounts of money to increasing discovery and production of oil, gas, and coal. These federal and state subsidies totaled $21.6 billion in 2013. Article

For the report Cashing in on All of the Above: U.S. Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies under Obama


“Change is in the air. Solutions exist. The race is on, and it’s time to lead.

Deep decarbonisation is feasible, but it requires global commitment to advancing key low-carbon energy technologies.”

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

- It’s disturbing that even with this huge push, they have said there still remains a 30% chance we won’t make this goal. Politics certainly reduces logic, since a 100% chance of success is the only goal that makes sense. See ACTION below to help get this plan moving forward. – Editor

U.N. Proposes Pathways to Decarbonisation

DeepDecarbonizationreportWBNational teams in 15 of the world’s largest carbon emitting countries collaborated to produce a 194-page report, which outlines the vast technological transformations that each country must make to prevent global warming from exceeding 2 degrees C. The report, launched Tuesday by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the U.N.’ s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, aims to lead the debate in the run-up to the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris. It was the first report of the Deep Decarbonisation Pathways Project (DDPP). Article  For the The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) Report 

ACTION: Stand Up and Be Counted on Climate Change

Message on Climate Change to World Leaders

JeffreySachsactionWBFrom Jeffrey Sachs Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University

This is your moment, as a Global Citizen, to raise your voice to head off disastrous climate change. The 2-degree limit is the last guardrail for a safe global climate. Many of the world’s leading scientists and climate experts have put forward a statement to global leaders for delivery at the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23. Here is your chance to add your name with these illustrious signatories. Be Counted Here 

- Being clever at hoarding money won’t save them if/when climate change hits hard. The very wealthy get behind closed doors far more often and can block important political and economic change. How do we get them to care about the future? – Editor

STUDY: Rich Republicans Are the Worst Climate Deniers

richRepublicansdeniersWBA new study in the journal Climatic Change finds that among Republicans, as levels of income increase, so does their likelihood of “dismissing the dangers associated with climate change.” But among Democrats and independents, there is little or no change in climate views as levels of income increase or decrease. At the lowest income level, the probability that a Republican would give one of these dismissive answers was only 17.7 percent. But at the highest income level, it was 51.2 percent. Among individuals with conservative political orientations, there is a correlation between occupying advantageous positions within industrial economic systems and an unwillingness to acknowledge the risks associated with climate change.


For the report Public views on the dangers and importance of climate change

- A fun article to read! When a city creates an electric car rental system, it can do wonders for air pollution and more. If powered by wind and solar, this is a total winner! – Editor

Electric ‘Boris cars’ are coming to London- how they work in Paris

subscriptionboothelectriccarParisWBParis’s Autolib’ electric car sharing scheme is looking like a success. Membership is up from 5,650 a month two-and-a-half years ago to 155,000 today. Members have clocked up the fairly remarkable total of 30.4 million miles. The service’s 2,500 Bluecars – hitting 3,000 by the end of this year – are now averaging a total of well over 10,000 rentals every day. A survey showed Autolib’ means fewer cars on the roads of the Paris. Cars used to be like toothbrushes – you didn’t share, you didn’t borrow. But we’re shifting from a possession model to a usage model. A car is a tool for transportation, nothing more. Article and

Bay Area governments make big electric-vehicle buy

A group of San Francisco Bay Area cities, counties and water agencies has joined forces for what is being billed as one of the largest single government purchases of all-electric vehicles in the country. The six cities, two counties and two water agencies have united to buy 90 electric vehicles with the help of a $2.8 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The vehicles will save more than $500,000 in fuel costs and about 2 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions over five years. The rest of the money coming from funds set aside by the governments and agencies to buy new vehicles. Article 

- Of course, renewable energy and storage solutions vary from location to location. However, this storage solution is amazing and has serious potential for the right locations! Imagine how simple this would be – “between 20 and 40 of these systems would be enough to stabilise a 100 per cent renewable Australian electricity system.” Get out the maps and the backhoes now! – Editor

How pushing water uphill can solve our renewable energy issues

offriverhydrostorageWBIf renewable energy is ultimately to dominate the market, we will need ways to store the energy so we can use it round the clock. The good news is that it is easy to store energy. All you need is two small reservoirs – one high, one low – and a way to pump water between them. This technique, called “off-river pumped hydro energy storage,” can potentially provide the energy storage that Australia needs to embrace renewables fully. Pumped hydro is by far the cheapest. It has no standby losses while the water waits in the reservoir, and can reach full power in 30 seconds. Using pumped hydro storage to smooth out the peaks in output from a solar power station only adds an extra 25 per cent to the cost. That’s much cheaper than using batteries. Article 










- So many solutions exist. Solarizing new projects in creative ways is fabulous! – Editor

Roadside Noise Barrier to Generate Solar Energy

highwaysoundbarrierWBA novel acoustical barrier that that doubles as a solar power source will be installed along the motorway in the Netherlands, suppressing noise and generates energy at the same time. What is special is that the barrier components consist of two-sided solar cells. We can absorb the morning light from the east and the afternoon light from the west. This will enable us to significantly increase the energy output. Article








This is almost a once in a lifetime opportunity.

If we miss this opportunity for another 50 years,

the rest of the world is going to look at us and wonder why we didn’t think weather and climate and sustainability were important.


Paul Chinowsky, co-director of the Institute of Climate and Civil Systems and the Mortenson Professor of Sustainable Development in the University of Colorado

- He’s right! This is big! Most plans for adaptation do not fully consider these critical every day shifts .Every climate plan needs to incorporate these kinds of changes NOW, not 20 years from now! – Editor

Prepare infrastructure for climate change

Much attention has been paid to the likelihood of more drought, fires and floods as the planet warms, but the most significant impact on public infrastructure won’t come from extreme weather events. It will be the change in what constitutes normal weather in various regions — higher temperatures for more sustained periods of time, higher or lower average humidity and rainfall — that will most tax buildings, roads and bridges that were built for one set of conditions and now have to function in another. “Road surfaces get weaker in heat,” Chinowsky said. “Asphalt gets softer. As trucks and cars pass, you get a lot more potholes, more cracking. It won’t be a one time event but a constant thing. That’s the part we don’t talk about, but that’s the part that’s going to have a huge economic impact. The city wants to know what changes from current building standards it should incorporate into the rehabilitation effort to make sure the building doesn’t need expensive repairs in just a few years. Article

- Even investment banks want new visions in electricity! Nu-tility- great word! – Editor

Seven ‘radical’ ideas for Australia’s renewable energy policy

electricitypricessmartAnalysts at investment bank UBS have come up with a suite of policy suggestions that they say could put Australia at the cutting edge of a carbon light de-centralised electricity grid. UBS says the world is transitioning away from carbon-intensive centralised models to a carbon light distributed model. If policy settings were designed to assist the transition to the “Nu-tility” world, where distributed energy takes over from centralised power – there would be a carbon tax, subsidies for storage, incentives for rooftop PV, mandatory time of use meters and networks would be unregulated competitive businesses sharing the pain. Article 









- Let’s make the transition even faster! – Editor

Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn’t compete

solarimpactingcoalWBAs early as 2018, solar could be economically viable to power big cities. By 2040 over half of all electricity may be generated in the same place it’s used. Centralised, coal-fired power is over. Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day. “Negative pricing” moves, as they are known, are not uncommon. The impact has been so profound, and wholesale prices pushed down so low, that few coal generators in Australia made a profit last year. Hardly any are making a profit this year. State-owned generators like Stanwell are specifically blaming rooftop solar. In an energy democracy, even free coal has no value. Article

Emergency Actions or Let It Get Worse June 27- July 3, 2014

“If cities are going to drive the revitalization of this nation, then
we need to become the laboratories and incubators of change.
We must be the engines driving the local and national economy.”
Mayor Johnson, President U.S. Council of Mayors and Mayor of Sacramento

U.S. mayors call for emergency action on climate change

Conference ofmayorsJune2014WBThe U.S. Conference of Mayors, a bipartisan group that represents the leaders of 1,400 cities, has called on the Obama administration and Congress to “enact an Emergency Climate Protection law that provides a framework and funding for the implementation … of a comprehensive national plan” to reduce greenhouse gas pollution.
Article  and


“We know that the next several years will be critical for establishing
the policy and market solutions needed to avert dangerous climate change.
This report shows that well-designed climate mitigation efforts can result in
important economic and social benefits.”
Charlotte Pera, President and Chief Executive Officer of ClimateWorks Foundation

Climate policies could generate $2.6 trillion a year

Smart climate policies in the US, EU, Brazil, China, India and Mexico could add up to US$ 2.6 trillion to the world’s economy a year, according to the World Bank. The new report, ‘Climate-Smart Development: Adding up the Benefits’, assesses the impact of potential government policies on energy efficiency, waste management and public transport across the six regions. It would also save around 8.5 billion tons of CO2 emissions being pumped into the atmosphere, and save the equivalent energy to taking 2 billion cars off the road.
It finds that implementing these new policies would have significant benefits for the economy, climate and health.
For the report

The timeline to act is really now.
It’s to our detriment to think that we have 50 years to solve the issue of unsustainable agriculture.”
Danielle Nirenberg, founder Food Tank, a food sector research institute

- It takes years to develop effective and responsible food systems, so Danielle is right- start now. Whether it’s fast rising food prices, or severe events that prevent food from coming in, or numerous food sources no longer available- or all of these- we need to get creative in a multitude of ways to feed cities. Indoor food production must be a part of the new systems, with major advantages- avoiding weather catastrophes, reducing water needs, and far more. This burgeoning field of insects certainly has the “ick factor” but is actually healthier than high-fructose corn syrup that people devour every day. Can we accept these opportunities? – Editor

Brave New Food

Jena MartinAndrew Brentano

Weather is pummeling our food supply through droughts, wildfires and the changing climate. Meanwhile, the global population is exploding. (One answer: eating insects.) In some circles- typically those of the young, affluent and health conscious- the idea of eating insects, or entomophagy, has caught on, fast, spurred on by a 2013 pro bugs-as-food report from the U.N. Meat or no, people need protein, which is where the insects come in. “This bag by itself, which is about the size of a shoebox, will put out about two pounds of edible meat, which is nutritionally equivalent to chicken,” Andrew Brentano, a founder of Tiny Farms, an edible insect farm production company. With one of Tiny Farms’ bags, you can harvest about two pounds of mealworm meat every 26 days. And meat it is. When dried, the insects are more than 50 percent protein. Unlike other food animals, 100 percent of a mealworm is edible. Believe or not — the demand for human-grade edible insects far outstrips the supply. It’s a boom that has happened just in the past year and a half. Tiny Farms can’t make and ship their farms fast enough.
Article  and

We’re Tiny Farms- The edible bug company

Website and

Open Bug Farm

Grow your own edible insects, at home. We’re building the world’s first Open Source insect farm kit. “Help revolutionize agriculture.”
and another business- Bitty Foods makes delicious high-protein chocolate chip cookies with cricket flour-  Website 

Elsewhere: – Seems a bit like a new rendition of an old nursery rhyme- “All the (dictator’s) horses and all the (dictator’s) men couldn’t get (the food to grow) again.”- Editor

North Korea army mobilised as rivers run dry in worst drought in years

North Korea’s rivers, streams and reservoirs are running dry in a prolonged drought, state media said, prompting the isolated country to mobilise some of its million-strong army to try to protect precious crops.

America’s Largest Companies are Jumping on Clean Energy Bandwagon and Saving More Than $1 Billion a Year

Recent corporate renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction efforts equivalent to PowerForwardreportWBretiring 15 coal-fired power plants
The nation’s largest companies are leaving Washington gridlock on climate change behind and rapidly embracing renewable energy sourcing and greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts, according to a new report. The analysis, released today, reveals that these efforts are the new “business as usual” among many of the country’s largest companies, with 43 percent of Fortune 500 companies having set targets in at least one of three categories: reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improving energy efficiency, and procuring more renewable energy.
The report Power Forward 2.0: How American Companies are Setting Clean Energy Targets and Capturing Greater Business Value, shows that clean energy is becoming mainstream for U.S. corporations – with 60 percent of the Fortune 100 having goals for renewable energy or greenhouse gas reductions.
For the report 

When elections are more about money than understanding issues, where will this get us? – Editor

Oil and Gas Industry Buys Colorado Fracking Election

frackcoloradoWBIn what may have been the most expensive and farce of an election in the history of Colorado, the oil and gas industry has likely spent $1 million to buy a fracking election in the city of Loveland, CO. When the votes were tallied last night for a two-year fracking moratorium in Loveland, “no” votes squeaked out a victory. Protect Our Loveland was likely outspent by a 100 – 1 margin by the most profitable industry on the planet.
- Of course these dangerous chemicals should not be blasted deep into the ground for many reasons, but then they shouldn’t be above ground, exposing everyone, either. Guess that only leaves not using them at all! – Editor

Colorado suspends oil and gas wastewater disposal well after quake

Disposal of wastewater from oil and gas drilling into a Colorado well was ordered halted this week after seismic activity was detected in the area, state regulators said. It is the latest in a string of events linking oil and gas operations with seismic activity in the United States as energy drilling increases.


Dumping (of fracking waste water) seems to be a really ongoing problem.
We’re seeing dumping down old mineshafts and dumping on roads where the spigot at the end of the tank is [allowed] to dribble all the way to the [disposal] well.”
We have a health risk. In Ohio, we’re just ignoring it. With each law, we’re getting weaker, not stronger.
Julie Weatherington-Rice, senior scientist at Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants, Ohio

US fracking boom threatens water supplies

There is no overarching policy regulating how the industry uses water. In the Energy Policy Act of 2005, a provision known as the “Halliburton loophole” exempts oil and gas operations from almost all federal air and water regulations, leaving protection of these basic life necessities to the states.

Retired Pa. health staffers say department muzzled them on fracking

Two retirees from the Pennsylvania Department of Health say its employees were silenced on the issue of Marcellus Shale drilling. One veteran employee says she was instructed not to return phone calls from residents who expressed health concerns about natural gas development. “We were absolutely not allowed to talk to them,” said Tammi Stuck, who worked as a community health nurse in Fayette County for nearly 36 years. Another retired employee, Marshall P. Deasy III, confirmed that some nurses told him they were not allowed to respond to complaints about gas drilling and the subject of natural gas development was considered “taboo” and was not openly discussed among fellow employees.

Fracking chemicals could mess with your hormones

The researchers analyzed 24 chemicals commonly used by frackers — noting that those chemicals represent a small subset of the hundreds of chemicals used in fracking, many of which are kept secret. Not only were most of the studied chemicals found to mess with our estrogen and androgen systems, but some of them were also found to affect hormones that prepare our bodies for pregnancy (progesterone), that break down sugar (glucocorticoid), and that regulate growth and development (the thyroid system). Only one of the 24 chemicals did not affect any of the hormonal systems studied.

Endocrine Disrupting Activity of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals and in vivo
Adverse Health Outcomes


Hormone-Disrupting Activity of Fracking Chemicals Worse Than Initially Found

Mixtures of these chemicals act together to make their hormone-disrupting effects worse than any one chemical alone, and tested drinking water normally contains mixtures of EDCs.





See what yes is doing

Watch this video 

Excerpts from this clever video “advertising” the truth in soothing voice, lovely music:
“We’re making the energy that hurts communities and harms the environment.
We need the energy to always ask:
Is there a better way to increase our year-end bonuses?
Are there ways to take fresh water from fish-bearing streams and dump more polluted water into our rivers?
Can we lobby the government to weaken regulations and impact aboriginal communities with impunity?
Can we cover up our impacts and accelerate climate change?
These are the questions we ask every day in playing our part to destroy the world we share.”


- THIS is the kind of advertising we need! Once forests and rivers are gone, they’re gone! Once hormone-disrupting chemicals have changed the sex of your baby from boy to girl, it’s done. Once your thyroid is shot, it’s pills every day for the rest of your life. There are many forms of emergency. – Editor

New Campaign Spoofs Suncor’s “What Yes Can Do” Green PR Blitz

SumOfUslogoWBA new website launched today by the corporate accountability group asks ordinary Canadians to take a closer look at oilsands major Suncor’s latest ad campaign, “What Yes Can Do.” By launching their own version of the ad campaign at , is questioning the disparity between “what yes can do” as Suncor puts it, and “what yes has done” in the Alberta oilsands.’s alternative campaign brings the pleasantries of corporate advertising into stark contrast with the difficult reality of oilsands development as it affects local water, the industrialization of the boreal forest, vanishing local caribou populations, and First Nation’s treaty rights.
Read more 


Welcome to SumOfUs

SumOfUs  is a new world-wide movement for a better global economy.
Here’s what we stand for:
Governments that answer to citizens – not corporations
The right of communities to manage and protect their own environment and natural resources
Business models that put people and the planet first instead of being driven by shortsighted greed.
(And more, of course)


FAST CHANGE . . . . . . . . . . . May 23 – 29, 2014

QUOTE “Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift; it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude. We are Custodians of Creation. But when we exploit Creation, we destroy the sign of God’s love for us,

in destroying Creation we are saying to God: ‘I don’t like it! This is not good! So what do you like? I like myself!’ – Here, this is sin! Yes it is true God always forgives. We men, women, we forgive sometimes – Yes sometimes we forgive, not always. But father Creation never forgives! And if you don’t custody Creation, it will never forgive you.”

Pope at Audience: If we destroy Creation, it will destroy us

For the Vatican news

Pope Francis: ‘We Are Custodians of Creation’

popeRevkinartricleWBPope Francis is digging in on the role of faith and science in shaping a smooth human journey in this turbulent century of cresting appetites and global interconnection. Echoing conclusions reached at the recent Vatican meeting of scientists, theologians and others on sustainable development, he spoke yesterday about the human responsibility for “wise stewardship” of the environment, both for our own sake (“If we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us!”) and out of a broader sense of what is right. The comments are the latest sign that Francis plans to make environmental sustainability an important theme of his papacy. Article 

Evangelicals in Florida turn to climate change and call on Gov. Scott to act

FloridaevangelicalWBEvangelical leaders in Florida have taken on climate change as a cause and are trying to increase pressure on Gov. Rick Scott to take action, while criticizing Sen. Marco Rubio’s stance on the issue. Article  “Toxic emissions from power plants are threatening the health of our children, destroying creation, and exacerbating natural disasters that hit the poor the hardest. Redemption is always possible. We need to face these challenges head on, not pretend they don’t exist. That’s why Christians all across Florida are calling on Governor Rick Scott to make creation care and confronting the impacts of climate change a priority.” For the petition

ACTION: Save Africa’s oldest national park from one oil company

Male Chimpanzee, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa

Over 700,000 people have signed to get oil company Soco out of Virunga National Park, but now we need YOU more than ever. Since the recent attack on Virunga’s warden, intimidation against anti-oil activists has increased. Help us get to 1 million voices of support for those fighting to keep Africa’s oldest national park from becoming its newest oil field.  Help by signing the petition



Poor data continue to lead to disastrous decision-making. If we had accurate and complete data that included health impacts, clean-up costs, value of land, life, and water, etc., we would have the strongest case for moving rapidly and totally to renewables, critically important even without serious concerns over climate change. – Editor

In 2011, the EIA estimated California’s Monterey Shale had 64% of all recoverable tight oil reserves in the U.S. We told them they were wrong. Really wrong. This week they downgraded their estimates by 95%

What Happened to My 13 Billion Barrels?

drillling-californiareportWBIn 2011, a consulting firm estimated how much oil might be recoverable from California’s vast Monterey Shale formation. The EIA published this number as its own, and the University of Southern California then went on to use the 15.4 billion barrel figure as the basis for an economic study. We at Post Carbon Institute took a skeptical view. In 2013, PCI Fellow David Hughes produced an in-depth study. Now, on May 21 the Los Angeles Times reported that “Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California’s vast Monterey Shale deposits, deflating its potential as a national ‘black gold mine’ of petroleum.” The EIA had already downgraded its technically recoverable reserves estimate for the Monterey from 15.4 to 13.7 billion barrels; now it was reducing the number to a paltry 0.6 billion barrels. Even with oil at $100 per barrel, the EIA now thinks only a very small portion of the Monterey formation’s oil resources can be produced profitably. Maybe with oil at $150 or $200 per barrel that percentage would change. But how high an oil price can the American economy bear before it falls into recession? Evidence suggests that $100 per barrel oil is already acting as a brake on economic expansion. The new EIA estimate is a welcome note of realism in a California energy discussion that had veered into hyperbole and wishful thinking. Can we now begin a reasoned discussion about our energy future? It’s late in the game, but better late than never.


For the 2013 study- Drilling California: A Reality Check on the Monterey Shale

For Write-down of two-thirds of US shale oil explodes fracking myth

For the Los Angeles Times article

For The Devastating Economic Impact of Constantly High Oil Prices 




“If you talk with big companies in Germany, and ask them 6-7 years ago did they have any anticipation what was going to happen in six years, they did not. Now some of them have lost 90% in value, so the energy world can change quicker than 30-40 years. To have a view that goes further than five years is extremely difficult these days.”


Torbjørn Kjus, an oil analyst at DNB, Norway’s leading investment bank

The insanity of not assessing climate risk

boblittermanriskmanagerWBOne of the world’s leading risk managers has labeled the failure to factor in climate risk in the world’s leading equity portfolio as “insanity”. Bob Litterman, the former global head of risk at Goldman Sachs, and now chairman of the risk committee for $2 billion hedge fund, says risk managers need to assess the “worst case” scenarios for climate to properly protect shareholders, and says the best way to address the issue is to hit it hard, and early, with a high carbon price. As a risk manager, it’s best to focus on the worst case scenario. These are equally difficult to quantify, but ensures a safety first approach. Isn’t that just being alarmist, we ask. Litterman says: “I say no, that is the job of the risk manager.” “That means that it a good time to get out of stranded asset,” he says. “Coal in particular, if I can sell coal at today’s prices, I think that’s a good deal. Article   – A friend of mine who loves her leased Nissan Electric LEAF said last weekend “No one will want to buy a gasoline car in 5 years. There’s no point in buying one now.” Will change be this fast? Our climate is wordlessly telling us we’d better speed up our transition to carbon neutrality. Our money can help! – Editor

Where Should the Divestors Invest?

divestfossilfuelWBThe stunning success of the fossil fuel divestment movement has caught many of us off-guard. A “moral screen” that simply rules out fossil fuel companies, and perhaps a few other morally questionable investments, is a necessary, but not sufficient, step. Addressing the climate crisis requires massive investment in rebuilding our society and our economy on a sustainable basis. That means not only a radically different energy system but also transformed food, transportation, building, manufacturing, healthcare, and other systems. We need to direct capital to disruptive innovations that can fundamentally transform our economy and deliver broadly shared benefits. To do this, we need a framework and guiding set of principles for identifying these innovations. But won’t green investment result in a lower “return on investment” for college funds, thereby starving other programs? Absolutely not. George Washington University dedicated $5.3 million to replace outmoded heating and cooling systems. The plan will reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent by the year 2025. According to the University, the entire $5.3 million investment will be recouped in seven years. And after that the University will save $800,000 a year free and clear on its investment. Article

Home of Big Oil to get 150 MW solar plant at half cost of coal

Austin Energy has signed a power purchase agreement for 150 megawatts with Recurrent Energy for the largest singlenickelkwhWB solar power plant in Texas at “just below” 5 cents per kilowatt-hour, due to be completed in 2016. The 5-cent price falls below Austin Energy’s estimates for natural gas at 7 cents, coal at 10 cents and nuclear at 13 cents. It has also been suggested that a developer could overbuild the solar project beyond the contracted capacity and sell into the spot market if the developer gained approval from ERCOT. Austin Energy has a 35 percent renewable energy resource goal by 2016 and a solar goal of 200 megawatts by 2020. The utility is currently at about 25 percent, much of it made up by its 850 megawatts of wind. GTM Solar Analyst Cory Honeyman called the 5-cent price “an unprecedented low for large-scale projects.” Article 


- If they can, we can! Help make it happen! - Editor

Mexican government wants 33% of electricity capacity to come from renewable sources by 2018


SunSeekerTrackerMexicoWBThe Mexican government has set lofty goals for the future (and) wants 33% of the country’s installed electricity capacity to come from renewable sources by 2018. If approved, this legislation would make it easier for “both large companies with cutting-edge technology and those who want to put a solar panel on the roof of their house to do so, to acquire a solar heater or to lease a part of their land for wind generation. Currently, Mexico only gets 17% of its energy from renewable sources.







– Lots of scientists are trying to convince us to move fast on climate change. Here are some big ice stories, although other areas also have disappearing ice with disastrous consequences to large populations of people. The ice clock is ticking/dripping even faster than before! – Editor

Ice picks- Five pieces of ice news revealing earth’s ice cover is in serious decline

greenlandtrenchesWBMelting ice has filled the newspapers over the past couple of weeks, with a deluge of new research. We’ve taken a look at several new papers that highlight the speed at which earth’s vast ice sheets, glaciers and ice caps are diminishing. Put them all together, and it makes for a stark picture. 1. Antarctic ice melt is twice as fast as ten years ago 2. West Antarctic glaciers are collapsing (now), and it’s “unstoppable” 3. The Greenland ice sheet could melt faster than scientists first thought 4. Other ice caps and glaciers in the northern hemisphere are melting faster too 5. Soot from forest fires contributed to unusually large Greenland surface melt in 2012 For Carbon Brief



And this isn’t even climate change!

For cartoon 



The liberty of a democracy is not safe
if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where
it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself.
That in its essence is fascism:
ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power

Franklin D. Roosevelt
April 29, 1938
F D Roosevelt
For a speech still relevant:

“I believe this is the defining challenge of our time,
making sure our economy works for every working American.”
President Barack Obama
For video-

– When I heard Obama on the radio say that the economics of working Americans is the defining challenge of our time, I shouted back at him No! No! Why? Solving climate change will be how our era is judged in the future. Without that, no economic shift will be meaningful, eaten up by ecosystem collapses and severe weather. Yes, you need to feed your kids breakfast, but if your house is on fire, which will be the defining challenge?
I read The Crash of 2016 and decided not to include this depressing book in Climate Today, but after Obama’s claim, it’s jumped back in. We need to see how both unjust economics and inaction on climate change are connected, backed by the same greedy players!  Thom Hartman’s reveals HOW, over decades, big funding has manipulated all aspects of our democracy, and he makes it clear why solving climate change- and economic justice- is proving to be a very tough battle. Billionaires crave even more billions, while our planet’s ecosystems collapse, and the poor get poorer. Corporate interests twist elections, court decisions, education, and importantly, the media. Hartman concludes that we will just have to begin to build the new systems that will restart our society after the Crash. We can hope he’s wrong about the Crash, but he’s right about building eco-responsible and socially just solutions NOW. FDR warns about the dangers of allowing private power to be stronger and more controlling than democracy, and this book begins to shed light on how decades of hidden plots and big money blind us to the science and politics of survival. – Editor

The Crash of 2016 Thom Hartman 

The Crash of 2016 -The Plot to Destroy America”and What We Can Do to Stop It
The United States is more vulnerable today than ever before-including during the Great Depression and the Civil War-because the pillars of democracy that once supported a booming middle class have been corrupted. Corporate and billionaire power and greed have replaced democratic infrastructure and governance. Although we are in the midst of what could become the most catastrophic economic crash in American history, a way forward is emerging. Before us stands a genuine opportunity to embrace the moral motive over the profit motive- and to rebuild the American economic model that once yielded great success. THE CRASH OF 2016 is not just a roadmap to redemption in post-Crash America, but a critical wake-up call, challenging us to act.
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Bjorn Yesterday: NY Times Runs Op-Ed Asserting Poor People Need More Carbon Pollution

- Just one example of far too many! Great climate reporters are being fired in so many companies. Ownership and advertisers permeate most media to cleverly not deal with greenhouse gases building up. – Editor

media confuscating climate science

The New York Times shuts down its environment desk and its Green Blog this year. Then last week, the Times’ public editor publishes a damning analysis showing that the paper’s climate coverage had dropped sharply.
The paper’s response? Devote some of its scarce op-ed space to the umpteenth rehashed Bjorn Lomborg piece touting more carbon pollution and R&D in place of climate action, The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels. If that headline sounds familiar, it’s because Lomborg had pieces in USA Today and National Post making similar arguments. Lomborg twists the facts beyond recognition.

Tasmania Aims For 100% Renewable Energy

It will take commitment from all Tasmanians
if we are to achieve our shared vision for the future.

I am optimistic that while the task ahead is urgent,
we have built strong foundations that will
support Tasmania to adapt and prosper in a low-carbon economy.
Together, we can help shape the future in this,
the critical decade.

Cassy O'Connor Tasmania
Cassy O’Connor, Minister for Climate Change, Tasmania, and Visionary

Continuing the vision of solutions even when her nation’s Prime Minister Abbott aims to repeal carbon emissions trading and has slashed funding for renewable energy! An example for us all! - Editor

Climate Smart Tasmania

Last week, the Tasmanian government released “Climate Smart Tasmania: A 2020 Climate Change Strategy.”  “Tasmania is a renewable energy powerhouse – our annual average electricity supply comes from 87 per cent renewable energy,” says the Minister for Climate Change, Cassy O’Connor. Tasmania has also set a goal of slashing its carbon emissions by 35% by 2020. The Strategy sets out 9 priority areas and more than 80 actions both to reduce emissions and prepare for the impacts of a changing climate.
For the report Climate Smart Tasmania- A 2020 Climate Change Strategy-