Climate change

Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions

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The Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions (CSAS) team at Columbia University has a specific, targeted goal: a near universal carbon fee on fossil fuels. The group’s mission statement, under About Us, is a great place to start. Then explore Dr. James Hansen’s TED talk, an eighteen minute argument for the political responsibilities of climate scientists as well as regular citizens. The section titled Our Work will take readers to five headings – Climate Research, Climate Data, Public Awareness and Policy Solutions, 350.org, Citizen’s Climate Lobby, and Our Children’s Trust –  each of which links to timely and educational projects. Finally, the In the News section features videos and articles showcasing the work of Dr. Hansen and his fellow climate activists. [CNH]

California Moves to Revoke Carbon Credits After Inquiry

Read the full story from Bloomberg.

California, operator of the nation’s biggest carbon market, plans to revoke offset credits issued to EOS Climate Inc. and Environmental Credit Corp. for ozone-depleting substances destroyed at a plant in violation of its federal permit.

The companies operated projects that delivered refrigerants, proven to destroy the earth’s ozone layer, to a Clean Harbors Inc. (CLH) complex in El Dorado, Arkansas, for disposal. California is proposing to invalidate 231,154 of the credits they generated from the projects in 2012 because the El Dorado plant was found to be selling a brine byproduct instead of disposing of it as federal law requires.

The credits in question represent about 5 percent of the total under investigation because of Clean Harbors’ permit violation. The probe prompted the project registry group Climate Action Reserve last week to lower its forecasts for credits through 2017, saying the inquiry had chilled the offsets market.

Seeing is Believing: Creating a New Climate Economy in the United States

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A growing body of evidence finds that economic growth and tackling climate change can be achieved together. This is changing the way decision-makers think about economic and climate action.

The new study Seeing Is Believing builds on the global New Climate Economy report, identifying five sectors in the United States that are primed to capture additional economic benefits and combat climate change.

Seeing is Believing shows many real-world examples where sustained technological progress and public policies are creating opportunities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while delivering net economic benefits.

In addition, a number of emerging new technologies could unlock even more opportunities to achieve reductions sooner and faster.

Seeing is Believing offers policy recommendations that would further reduce emissions and bring additional economic benefits. These recommendations will bring even more efficient products to market, hasten the uptake of better technologies and products, and encourage improvements to existing buildings and equipment.

Oil Companies Quietly Prepare For a Future of Carbon Pricing

Read the full story in Yale Environment360.

The major oil companies in the U.S. have not had to pay a price for the contribution their products make to climate change. But internal accounting by the companies, along with a host of other signs, suggest that may soon change — though the implications of a price on carbon are far from clear.

Few U.S. states preparing for climate change, study says

Read the full story in the Los Angeles Times.

Fewer than half of American states are working to protect themselves from climate change, despite more detailed warnings from scientists that communities are already being damaged, according to a new online clearinghouse of states’ efforts compiled by the Georgetown Climate Center…

The online tool is meant to give communities a way to track what their state is doing to adapt to climate change. Lawmakers and regulators could also use the tool to glean ideas from states that are further along.

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Resilient Chicago highlights the many faces of climate change

Read the full post from Lakeside Views.

Anjanette Riley was at last week’sResilient Chicago workshop on climate trends and adaptive planning. She had this to say about the event:

Presentation after presentation, what struck me most is just how muchclimate change already is and will continue to impact our daily lives—and how interconnected those impacts are. Actually, a quick glance at the agenda was all it took to realize this workshop was going to be about much more than just predictions of yearly rainfall or average temperatures. The speakers were climatologists, public health experts, community planners, and policy specialists. And the participants were just as diverse—educators, urban planners, local officials, and private consultants.

Ericsson CEO touts role of business in climate fight

Read the full post at GreenBiz.

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg wrote to his company’s top customers recently to drum up support for business-led efforts to tackle climate change. “The proactive, solutions-oriented voice needs to be heard because otherwise we’re going to be dominated by the heavy polluters who don’t want to see progress and don’t want to see change,” explains Elaine Weidman-Grunewald, Ericsson’s vice president of sustainability.