Climate change

  • by Patrick Mazza on April 16, 2013
    Carbon dioxide levels hit 395 parts per million in 2012, the highest in four or five million years when sea levels were around 80 feet higher and temperatures up to 10° Fahrenheit hotter. If we sustain those CO2 levels, or go higher as we are doing, a completely different world will emerge.  Read more
  • by Clark Gilman on March 18, 2013
    Why would 220 people come out on a rainy February night to Seattle’s Town Hall to discuss the well-known power of plants to absorb carbon?  Read more
  • by Elizabeth Willmott on February 27, 2013
    On February 15, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center and the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ Green Communities Division announced the first six grantees of the Community Energy Strategies Pilot Program, a $500,000 state program to help local communities identify and implement strategies in energy efficiency and renewable energy to meet their local energy needs. Read more
  • by Patrick Mazza on February 20, 2013
    Global biodiversity avatar Thomas Lovejoy sees a climate endgame in sight, title of his recent New York Times op-ed. Lovejoy points to biocarbon, nature’s capacity to capture and store carbon through plant growth. Read more
  • by Eileen V. Quigley on February 13, 2013
    Working with numerous Northwest cities over the past four years, the New Energy Cities team has learned many lessons about how cities can accelerate the adoption of climate-smart, clean energy solutions. However, none was more instructive than the need for setting a clear, aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction with metrics. I know how process-heavy this sounds, but stay with me because this is really important. Read more
  • by Eileen V. Quigley on February 6, 2013
    In the absence of national climate and energy policy, US local and regional leaders are developing the climate and clean energy policies, strategies, and projects required to reduce carbon emissions and the state of California is the gold standard for climate policy leadership and community-supported clean energy innovation. The state has set specific goals and targets, requires participation of cities in achieving those goals, and supports communities with specific, effective energy efficiency and clean energy programs. Read more
  • by Elizabeth Willmott on January 30, 2013
    City officials who want to address climate change know that lowering the carbon emissions in the built environment requires bold steps—especially in the context of population growth and increased development. Well-intentioned city officials often sign up for aggressive city climate action plans, but then falter when it comes to implementation. One exceptional stand-out is Issaquah, WA (population 24,930), where the City’s leaders are confronting carbon emissions head-on. Read more
  • by Elizabeth Willmott on January 16, 2013
    Cities account for 70 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, which means that helping cities tackle GHG reduction is mission critical. At the New Energy Cities program, we work with small- to medium-sized Northwest cities to reduce carbon emissions by accelerating climate-smart, clean energy solutions in eco-mobility, renewable energy, highly efficient and intelligent buildings, and smart grid technology.  Here’s our approach: Read more
  • by Eileen V. Quigley on January 9, 2013
    As 2013 gets underway, the United States continues to operate without national climate or energy policies, nor national carbon pricing. Read more
  • by Patrick Mazza on December 7, 2012
    How much carbon is stored in natural systems of the continental western US?  How much will be stored in future decades? A new US Geological Service survey provides some sobering answers. Read more

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