‘It’s been almost two years since the Paris Climate Agreement went into effect, and the planet’s climate change goals are “nowhere near on track,” a new United Nations report says.’
‘Police have resumed efforts to clear treehouses in Hambach Forest. It comes after thousands on Sunday demonstrated against energy giant RWE’s plan to fell more trees to expand its coal mine there.’
‘A new study has for the first time comprehensively accounted for permafrost carbon release when estimating emission budgets for climate targets. The results show that the world might be closer to exceeding the budget for the long-term target of the Paris climate agreement than previously thought.A new study has for the first time comprehensively accounted for permafrost carbon release when estimating emission budgets for climate targets. The results show that the world might be closer to exceeding the budget for the long-term target of the Paris climate agreement than previously thought.’
‘With all due respect to Apple and its terrific products, is the introduction of new phones and watches truly that much more newsworthy than the worldchanging commitments made last week?’
‘Abstracts of 18 Peer-Reviewed Published Journal Articles From 2009-2018 by 96 Co-Authors Forming the Scientific Basis of 100% Clean, Renewable Wind-Water-Solar (WWS) All-Sector Energy Roadmaps for Towns, Cities, States, Countries, and the World’
‘On Thursday, a bipartisan alliance of 17 governors announced a new set of policies aimed at combatting climate change and working around Trump-led rollbacks. They have promised to better manage natural land; to blunt the effect of solar-panel import tariffs; and to restrict the release of “short-lived climate pollutants,” gases like methane that can trap enormous amounts of heat in the atmosphere.’
‘But at Gov. Jerry Brown’s global climate summit this week, some of the world’s biggest companies are in the spotlight as partners in tackling global warming. The private sector has emerged as a growing player in the alliance of cities, states and other institutions pledging to uphold emissions cuts of the Paris climate agreement, which has been disavowed by President Trump.’
‘Anyone who says we can’t meet the new goal of 60% renewable electricity by 2030 isn’t paying attention; California’s large utilities expect to hit the previous goal (50% by 2030) 10 years ahead of schedule. SB 100’s target of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045 just reinforces the fact that investing in fossil-fueled power is no longer wise.’
San Francisco’s Rise for Climate march, part of an international day of climate events and estimated to be 30,000 strong, was led by large indigenous groups including many Native Americans, some who danced in ceremonial regalia, along with many other groups and individuals making up a diverse, musical, and creative crowd of all ages on the sunny Saturday before the upcoming San Francisco Climate Summit. The colorful event included a plethora of expressive signs, banners and even messaged tee shirts, many with various calls for Jerry Brown to stand up to big oil. A group called “Brown’s Last Chance” chanted “Jerry Brown – keep it in the ground, if you don’t do it we’ll shut it down”.
“We are part of the Brown’s Last Chance campaign. We’re marching, we’ve got a message that Jerry Brown – if he wants to be a real climate leader – it’s not enough just to say we just got build up renewables or create energy efficiency. We have to keep fossil fuels in the ground. We have to start a just transition from all fossil fuel production, beginning with protecting the front line communities in California that are being poisoned by toxic neighborhood oil drilling right now. We need a 2500 foot setback, a health and safety buffer zone to protect those communities, and if Jerry won’t do that, after California scientists three years ago gave us the information that we needed that it needed to be done, then his legacy is of a failure to protect our communities, a failure of the climate – not leadership. That’s our message, this is Jerry Brown’s last chance.” ~ Kai Newkirk, part of the Brown’s Last Chance campaign.
The song from the end of the event “When We Rise” is featured at that end of the video above, but here is a shorter video with just the song:
Report by James George