California Ups Its Clean Energy Game: Gov. Brown Signs 100% Zero-Carbon Electricity Bill | insideclimatenews.org

‘California solidified its role as a world leader on climate action as Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday to shift the state to 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2045. He also issued an executive order establishing a target for the state to become carbon neutral by the same year.’

Source: California Ups Its Clean Energy Game: Gov. Brown Signs 100% Zero-Carbon Electricity Bill | insideclimatenews.org

WILL CALIFORNIA’S DIRTY OIL BUSINESS SOIL GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN’S CLIMATE LEGACY? | Newsweek

‘…To wit, while Brown warns often in speeches that one-third of the world’s oil reserves must remain untouched to avert climate catastrophe, the governor has not done much to keep California’s reserves in the ground. To the contrary: In 2011 Brown flagrantly axed two state regulators for holding drillers to account for their environmental infractions. In 2013, he inserted last-minute amendments into a bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing and acidizing — dissolving rock with toxic chemicals to access trapped oil. And while he managed to extend California’s greenhouse-gas trading market, cap-and-trade, as far out as 2030, he did so in collaboration with oil lobbyists, who saw many of their demands included in the bill.’

Source: WILL CALIFORNIA’S DIRTY OIL BUSINESS SOIL GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN’S CLIMATE LEGACY?  | Newsweek

How Can We Avoid Climate Avoidance? | Scientific American

‘…Unfortunately, many of us have been unable to alter the climate avoidance habits we’ve fallen into. We have developed what Charles Duhigg calls a habit loop. For climate change it goes something like this: Climate change>It’s too big>I can’t do anything about it>I’m not going to talk/think about it. By avoiding the topic, we avoid the anxiety. ‘

Source: How Can We Avoid Climate Avoidance? | Scientific American

Global ‘Rise For Climate’ events on September 8

‘Global – This weekend people are joining over 820 actions in 91 countries under the banner of Rise for Climate to demonstrate the urgency of the climate crisis. Communities around the world will shine a spotlight on the increasing impacts they are experiencing and demand local action to keep fossil fuels in the ground. There will be hundreds of creative events and actions that challenge fossil fuels and call for a swift and just transition to 100% renewable energy for all.’

‘Tens of thousands of people will take to the streets in the city of San Francisco in the largest climate march the West Coast has ever seen that will also include the largest ever street mural.’

Source: riseforclimate.org

The Retirement Investments for a Sustainable Economy (RISE) Act | Jeff Merkley

‘…While fossil fuel divestment is an important part of the fight against climate chaos, it can also lead to better returns for investors: an analysis conducted by MSCI between 2010 and 2017 found those investors who discarded holdings in fossil fuel companies would have outperformed those who remained invested in coal, oil, and gas over the same period. A separate study by the Aperio Group in 2016 found that over rolling 10-year periods, carbon-free portfolios outperformed their benchmarks 68% of the time. ‘

Source: The Retirement Investments for a Sustainable Economy (RISE) Act | Jeff Merkley

You’ve Heard of Outsourced Jobs, but Outsourced Pollution? It’s Real, and Tough to Tally Up | The New York Times

‘…Many wealthy countries have effectively “outsourced” a big chunk of their carbon pollution overseas, by importing more steel, cement and other goods from factories in China and other places, rather than producing it domestically.’

Source: You’ve Heard of Outsourced Jobs, but Outsourced Pollution? It’s Real, and Tough to Tally Up | The New York Times

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