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February 28, 2020

Hacking NYC's Carbon Emissions

What's the techiest way to shrink the carbon footprint of NYC buildings? Climathon hackers say there ought to be an app for that

Time Is Now To Invest In Climate Action

The time for ignoring or dithering on serious climate investments is over warn 2 of Europe's most eminent economic policy makers

Ikea Walks The Carbon Footprint Walk

Ikea actually cut its carbon footprint, across its value chain, by 4.3% in fiscal year 2019, its use of renewable energy is credited

Quote Of The Day

"The climate community lives inside a green bubble, inside a green bubble, inside a green bubble. We see news articles about climate change every day. But that’s not the experience of most people, most of the time." — Anthony Leiserowitz, Yale University Program on Climate Change

February 27, 2020

Wind Whips Water

In 2019, wind outstripped hydro as the biggest source of renewable power in the US

BIg Oil Greenwashes In Women-Diversity Support

Big Oil tries to clean up its image by touting its support for women + social diversity

UK: Pivot To Pedestrians

English cities envisioning car-free centers, here's how they might look

Vietnam: Cooling On Coal

With scarcer financing for coal burning power plants + the cost of renewable energy plunging, Viet Nam might move to end its coal dependency

After Dark

How to get US city-dwellers into their parks after dark

First, 14th Street, Now, Market Street

What are the results in San Francisco of a car ban on Market Street?

Doing Something About Dirty Fuel

Meet Clean Fuels NY, learn about supporting the creation of a Low Carbon Fuel Standard to cut transportation's greenhouse gas emissions

Australia: What The Climate Crisis Looks Like Now

Keeping Up With The Kochs

The Koch family, a perennial deep-pocket foe of climate action, fuels a network opposing a cap + trade plan to cut transportation emissions in the northeast

February 26, 2020

"Unique Entities" On Our Unique Blue Marble

Leading To Net Zero

California + New York are national leaders on transitioning buildings to net zero carbon emitters

RGGI Rocks 30x30

9 northeast RGGI member states will tighten their power plant carbon emissions caps 30% between now + 2030

Paying For NY's Ambitious Climate Agenda

NY's proposed $33 billion climate action budget relies largely on utility customers' fees + a bond money that hasn't been raised yet

About Last Night's Candidate Debate

"Asking about personal mottos and not climate is just embarrassing," said Jamal Raad, communications director for Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

NY Solar Roof Partnership Ends

Tesla + Panasonic end their partnership to produce solar roofs in Buffalo, NY

Australia: Investing In US Renewables

Citing a lack of domestic opportunities, Australian investors turn to US renewable energy projects

February 25, 2020

Connected Crises

Make the connection between rising residential flood insurance costs, cascading mortgage foreclosures + our climate crisis

Trump Threatens NY Transit Infrastructure

Throttle congestion pricing. Cut off 2nd Avenue subway expansion funds. Deny federal support for the Cross Harbor rail tunnel upgrade. See a Trump Administration pattern here?

Powering Up An EV Bus Fleet

What will it take to transform NYC's fleet of 5,700 buses to all electric?

Brooklyn Congressmember : MIA On Climate

Brooklyn Congressmember Hakeem Jeffries urged to become a climate leader +step up on the Green New Deal

February 24, 2020

Quote Of The Day

"The word 'belief' does not belong in climate change stories. You understand a fact, or not. Its factual nature doesn't depend on your belief" - Alex Steffen, Climate futurist, writer, speaker, advisor, dad

Australia: Unprecedented Forest Loss

One-fifth of Australia's forests were lost in the recent bush fires.

A Transportation Thought Experiment

What should replace the collapsing Brooklyn Heights segment of the BQE?

It's Getting Hotter, Faster, TICK, TICK...

The wide scope of the proposed Green New Deal may make it sound utopian—but it may be better to think of it as anti-dystopian. Political will + financial commitment needed, right now

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Must End

Ending decades-long subsidies to the fossil fuel industry would make a real difference for saving the climate

Community Boards Seek Curbside Reforms

Solar Finland

Yes! That's right The sun shines on solar power near the Arctic Circle

February 21, 2020

Gastropods For Greta

If Congestion Pricing's At Risk...

...what is the future for funding big subway system improvements?

Scotland: 'Climate Positive' Gin


BlackRock Sounds Climate Investor Alarm

When BlackRock, a top global investment firm warns of rising climate risks to its industry - not to mention the planet. I t's not alone

Turning Up The Heat On Methane

2 new studies add fuel to the debate about the role of natural gas extraction + permafrost methane emissions in heating the planet

February 20, 2020

Hey Mr. Mayor -- Attention Must Be Paid

Big, Hairy Climate Disruptions

The "overabundance of 'unpriced risk' in the energy market – representing a failure to take into account factors which could have significant impacts on the future value of a business." Translation: The climate crisis could cause super-disruptive economic woes

Another Way To Put A Price On Carbon

NY's electric grid operator, NYISO, proposes putting a price on carbon, linked to the social cost of carbon emissions, in the electricity it buys on the wholesale market

Climate Dog-Bites-Person News

Polling finds climate change + environmental protection are among the most politically polarized issues in the US, but polls don't explain why or how

February 19, 2020

Mapping Climate Opinions

A detailed US map of what Americans think about climate change, climate risk + climate action

NYC Capital Project Tracker

Good news for climate mitigation + resilience project trackers. Soon, New Yorkers will be able to search on-line for costs + progress updates about municipal construction projects

Plastics Recycling - Back From The Dead

New processes + new products could energize a rebirth of plastics' recycling. Fossil fuel opponents unlikely to rejoice

Not Your Grandpa's Texas

Texas is becoming a capital of renewable energy

A Weaker Plastic Bag Ban

NY environmentalists are not happy with the State's rules + regs to carry out its plastic bag ban. Industry groups are unhappy too, but for different reasons

They're Back

Citi E-Bikes return to NYC streets after a redesign, are more on the way?

February 18, 2020

Global Temperature: Still Setting Records

The Latest In Solar Tech - Quantum Dots

University researchers say a new flexible solar skin technology could be deployed on personal gear shortly

Carbon Budgeting - There's An App For That

Is carbon rationing a workable/fair way to cut society's carbon footprint?

Truth In Labeling

Many plastics with a recycling logo actually aren't recyclable. Greenpeace finds "plastic #3 through 7 waste across the country 'is being sent to landfills or incinerated.'"

February 14, 2020

Banking On Climate Change

In the Climate Crisis Era this report adds up lending + underwriting from 33 global banks to the fossil fuel industry

Climate Change And Americans' Diet

A survey of 1,043 US adults finds people say they're willing to eat less meat, but concerned about cost, taste + convenience

Resiliency Roll-Out In Red Hook

More than 7 years after Superstorm Sandy, City government starts the Red Hook community engagement part of its flood protection design process

Citi Bike Advances In The Bronx

Rolling out Citi Bike access in the Bronx gets into first gear

Amber Light For Zapping Fuel Efficiency Rule

Trump's drive to zap progress on vehicle fuel efficiency rules could hit a dead end

February 13, 2020

Australia: Climate Crisis Victim

Insurance company profits getting burned in Australia

Faking The Facts

The (un)making of federal fuel economy rules for cars, light trucks + SUV's

21st Century Mortal Sin: Food Waste

Election Prediction

Trump's active climate denialism could be his biggest re-election vulnerability

Renenwable Power Charges Ahead

10 years of trends reveal the insurgency of US renewable energy

February 12, 2020

Ain't It The Truth

Emissions Matter

How companies define the 'scope' of their carbon emissions matters a lot for cutting them

Tools For Ending Climate Silence

Inventory the new media tool box for climate journalists

Feds Undermine Offshore Wind Project

Want to kill a green energy project? Tie it up in red tape

February 11, 2020

Federal OK Needed For Congestion Pricing

Chances are the Federal Highway Administration will OK NY's congestion plan, but in time to cover the MTA's capital plan?

Putting An End To Plastic

Australia: Climate Denialism Lingers

Not every Australian whose lived through recent bush fire disasters sees the climate changing

Here's A Solar Surprise

Cincinnati will be home to the biggest municipal solar farm in the US

Demark: Energy Company's Carbon Goal

Danish offshore wind leader, Orsted, pledges to be carbon neutral by 2025

2019: GHG Emissions Hold Steady

After a 3-year rise, global GHG emissions stayed flat in 2019, a sustainable trend or a hiccup in the climate crisis?

After The Wildfires

The environmental + health impacts of wildfires don't end when the flames are doused

February 10, 2020

World Isn't Running Out Of Oil But...

...the oil industry is running low on economic rationales to keep drilling + fracking

How To Cope With An Inconvenient Truth

Some Florida coastal home owners just ignore flood maps' handwriting on the wall

February 07, 2020

Mayor's Climate Agenda

Mayor De Blasio makes 7 climate action pledges in his 2020 State of the City address

If You're Feeling Blue...

...Clothes shopping is not a sustainable pick-me-up. Why is it so hard to resist?

NY's Top Environmental Protector

Basil Seggos, Commissioner of NY's Department of Environmental Conservation, has a lot on his plate

A New Composter In Town

NYC-based Re-Nuble takes food distributer + processor waste + converts it into compost for use at hydroponic farms

February 06, 2020

Broadcasting An End To Climate Silence

An Environmental Win

Permeable pavements make snowy streets safer while cutting environmental harm + costly infrastructure corrosion caused by the use salt for de-icing

The Latest In Transit Controversies

Sparks fly over an MTA proposal to pay for ride-hailing services for commuters during late night hours whose destinations are remote from mass transit

NYC: 100 x 40

100% of NYC's municipal vehicles will be all-electric by 2040, per new executive order. That's up from 8.5% now

Coming On Fast - Big Oil v Big Battery

The zero-emissions race is on. The global battery storage industry is challenging the oil industry in terms of investment + market growth

Microsoft Makes Big Climate Moves

Pledging a $1 billion investment to suck carbon directly from the air is the headline, but not the whole story, of Microsoft's climate action campaign

February 05, 2020

RIP - Shortly

Iowa: Candidates on Climate

Both Buttegieg + Sanders spoke with Iowa Democrats about the impacts of weird weather + a proposed oil pipeline

Scotland: Climate Action Pioneer

To meet it's 2045 net-zero carbon goal, Scotland is taking its climate future into its own hands

Science At Work: Clouds

With growing insight into clouds climate scientists project an even hotter future

Ceaseless Sea Level Rise

Worried about seal level rise? You're right.

The Middle East: Climate Is The Looming Threat

Climate crisis, not political canoodling will be the major force shaping the future of the Mid East

February 04, 2020

2019: Another Year Of Smashed Records

20219 offered no let up from the escalating realities of global climate chaos

.8 C Warming Translates to 1.44 F

Street Fight

Manhattan's Community Board 7 will discuss a resolution supporting a study to examine limits on free street parking for private vehicles. Expect a rumble.

Coal Blooded

A report issued by the NAACP finds
"Nearly six million Americans live within three miles of a coal power plant....coal power plants tend to be disproportionately located in low-income communities + communities of color" Where's the justice in that?

Utrecht: Up With Feet/Bikes, Down With Cars

Urban design for walking + biking, not driving, takes shape in the Dutch city of Utrecht

The All-Electric Race Scramble

Insurgent urban climate policy calls for all-electric buildings, how are developers, contractors + industry associations coping?

February 03, 2020

Sanders Urges Public Utility Ownership

Sanders calls for 100% federal ownership of the electric power supply to fast-forward national renewable energy goal