Image by Brocken Inaglory, Devastation in San Bruno, California was caused by a gas pipeline explosion.

Editorial: PG&E can’t be trusted — disband or replace it

Enough already, 111 deaths prove the utility is incapable of living up to its promises By Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards CalFire’s confirmation that PG&E caused the Camp Fire — the deadliest and most destructive fire in California history — bolsters the case for Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Legislature to replace […]

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Putting the “A” in climate action planning

by Katie Abrams, University of Colorado, Boulder Have you ever wondered whether Climate Action Plans achieve their mission of reducing greenhouse gas emissions? I researched this question, and climate action planning more broadly, for my graduate capstone as an intern with the Center for Climate Protection. Climate Action Plans (CAPs) lay out a vision, strategies, […]

E.P.A. plans to get thousands of pollution deaths off the books by changing its math

by Lisa Friedman, NY Times The Environmental Protection Agency plans to change the way it calculates the health risks of air pollution, a shift that would make it easier to roll back a key climate change rule because it would result in far fewer predicted deaths from pollution, according to five people with knowledge of […]

Trump to expand oil and gas drilling in Central California

by Anna M. Phillips, LA Times In the Trump administration’s latest effort to increase oil and gas drilling on federal land, it announced finalized plans Thursday to open 725,500 acres along California’s Central Coast to fossil fuel exploration. The Bureau of Land Management’s plans encompass a region spanning 11 counties — stretching from the Pacific […]

Nature in worst shape in human history with 1 million species at risk of extinction, massive UN report warns

by Doyle Rice, USA Today Mother Nature is under attack. In a sweeping, first-of-its-kind report, the United Nations on Monday said that more species now are threatened with extinction than at any time in human history, and that the exploding human population has severely altered the Earth’s land, ocean and freshwater regions. “While the planetary […]

The U.K. has officially declared a climate ’emergency’

by Amy Gunia, Times The U.K. parliament declared an environment and climate emergency on Wednesday. Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader who put the motion forward, called the move “a huge step forward,” according to the BBC. “This can set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe.” The motion asks the […]

President Joko Widodo

Indonesia’s capital to relocate due to sea level rise and over-extraction of groundwater

by Tabita Diela, Reuters Indonesia’s plan to move its capital off the main island of Java will require investment of about $20 billion to $30 billion, a minister said on Tuesday, even though the government has yet to decide on a new location. President Joko Widodo on Monday approved a plan to relocate government offices […]

Alarming rate of forest loss threatens a crucial climate solution

by Georgina Gustin, InsideClimate News The world’s forests continue to disappear at an alarming rate, threatening a resource that scientists say is a crucial “natural solution” for controlling climate change on an urgently short timescale. Last year, the planet saw its fourth-highest level of tropical tree loss since the early 2000s—about 30 million acres, according […]

Gov. Steve Sisolak

Nevada became the 4th state to commit to 100% carbon-free energy

by James DeHaven, Reno Gazette Journal Conservationists and clean energy advocates celebrated Monday as Gov. Steve Sisolak signed a bill to more than double the amount of renewable energy currently provided by Nevada’s electric companies. Senate Bill 358 was fast-tracked through the Democrat-dominated Legislature on Friday as an “emergency measure,” allowing Sisolak to sign it […]

The tortured tale of two transportation bills

Or how I learned to love the fight for climate change by Jane Bender, Board member of the Center for Climate Protection Here’s the bottom line An overwhelmingly Democratic legislature in the most progressive state in the union cannot pass a study bill on reducing vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions because of one person—the Chair […]