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Will coal exports abroad offset hard-won carbon reductions at home? |

July 29th, 2014

‘When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he set a goal of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2020. The graph below shows that we appear to be making progress towards meeting this target.’

via Will coal exports abroad offset hard-won carbon reductions at home? |.

Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad – Yahoo News

July 28th, 2014

‘NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America’s unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.’

via Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad – Yahoo News.

DOE, commercial partners start world’s largest carbon capture project | Ars Technica

July 20th, 2014

‘Earlier this week, the US Department of Energy announced that work has started on what when finished will be the world’s largest carbon capture facility. Located in Thompsons, Texas, the project will capture a portion of the emissions from the coal-fired W.A. Parish Generating Station. The CO2 will then be compressed and piped to the West Ranch oil field, where it will be injected under ground. This will help liberate oil that’s otherwise difficult to extract, but has the added benefit that the carbon dioxide typically stays underground, sequestered.’

via DOE, commercial partners start world’s largest carbon capture project | Ars Technica.

Earth After A Nuclear War – Business Insider

July 20th, 2014

‘In a new study, a team of four U.S. atmospheric and environmental scientists modeled what would happen after a “limited, regional nuclear war.”‘

via Earth After A Nuclear War – Business Insider.

Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Warming – NYTimes.com

July 18th, 2014

‘An international panel of scientists has found with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades, and warns that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace.’

via Climate Panel Cites Near Certainty on Warming – NYTimes.com.

AFP.com

July 17th, 2014

‘The world is getting warmer, as greenhouse gases reach historic highs and Arctic sea ice melts, making 2013 one of the hottest years on record, international scientists said Thursday.’

via AFP.com.

White House Unveils Climate Change Initiatives – NYTimes.com

July 16th, 2014

‘MISSOULA, Mont. — President Obama will announce a series of climate change initiatives on Wednesday aimed at guarding the electricity supply; improving local planning for flooding, coastal erosion and storm surges; and better predicting landslide risks as sea levels rise and storms and droughts intensify.’

via White House Unveils Climate Change Initiatives – NYTimes.com.

Organic foods are more nutritious, according to review of 343 studies – LA Times

July 15th, 2014

‘After reviewing 343 studies on the topic, researchers in Europe and the United States concluded that organic crops and organic-crop-based foods contained higher concentrations of antioxidants on average than conventionally grown foods.’

via Organic foods are more nutritious, according to review of 343 studies – LA Times.

California Governor Jerry Brown at Intersolar 2014

July 8th, 2014

July 7, 2014, San Francisco

For the second year in a row, California Governor Jerry Brown opened Intersolar 2014, part of the Semicon West conference in San Francisco, with a rousing keynote address supporting solar power and calling for renewed efforts to combat the urgent problem of climate change for the sake of future generations.

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee spoke next, along with New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker, Franz Untersteller, environmental minister from Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the CALSEIA.

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“There is a real mining of the imagination, even more powerful than the mining of the Sierras for gold. And as we mine our imaginations, we have to invent not just gadgets and clever ways of doing whatever, we have to keep our eye on the big goal, and the big goal is certainly to build a more equitable and just society, but one that is just to all the creatures and to ourselves over time.and that’s why solar is so important, but along with all the other sources of energy, and along with all the ways that we can adjust how we and the generations that come after us can live in a way humanity will continue and we won’t devastate this wonderful gift of creation.” ~ Governor Brown

 

California Governor Jerry Brown

“We have a long way to go, and while it’s very exciting to be with like minded people, it’s well to just take a pause and realize that the track we’re on now is not sustainable, we have to make a turn, and a shift. Any time you’re talking about an organism, physical or political, those shifts aren’t that easy to make.” ~ Jerry Brown

Report by James George

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s Keynote Speech at Intersolar

July 8th, 2014

July 7, 2014, San Francisco

San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee gave a keynote address to open Intersolar 2014 just after Governor Jerry Brown, part of the Semicon West conference in San Francisco.

Mayor Lee

“Just a few months ago, we put solar on our Davies Symphony Hall …really the greenest symphony in the world”~ San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee

Other keynote speakers  included New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker, Franz Untersteller, environmental minister from Baden-Württemberg, Germany, and Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the CALSEIA.

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New York State Senator Kevin S. Parker

Bernadette Del Chiaro

Bernadette Del Chiaro, executive director of the CALSEIA

Reception

Reception after the keynote speeches

Report by James George