Acidified ocean water widespread along North American West Coast

by Oregon State University College os Science CORVALLIS, Ore. – A three-year survey of the California Current System along the West Coast of the United States found persistent, highly acidified water throughout this ecologically critical nearshore habitat, with “hotspots” of pH measurements as low as any oceanic surface waters in the world. The researchers say […]

The crazy scale of human carbon emission

by Caleb A. Scharf, Scientific American Want some perspective on how much carbon dioxide human activity produces? Here it is. A major question in astrobiology is how we’ll measure and interpret the atmospheric composition of any Earth-analog worlds we find out among the exoplanets. We pretty much know the technical requirements: big telescopes, excellent spectroscopic instruments, […]

Carbon credits likely worthless in reducing emissions, study says

by Nicholas Kusnetz, Inside Climate News Schemes allowed by the Paris climate agreement won’t help countries reach their reduction targets, European report says, and should be phased out. As nations grapple with how they can slash their emissions as part of the Paris climate agreement, some may use international credit schemes that were approved in […]

IEA finds CO2 emissions flat for third straight year even as global economy grew in 2016

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency, signaling a continuing decoupling of emissions and economic activity. This was the result of growing renewable power generation, switches from coal to natural gas, improvements in energy efficiency, as […]

Efren high fives Rachel Hodges (Photo: Kent Porter, PD file)

Former Supervisor Efren Carrillo joins board of Center for Climate Protection

by J.D. Morris, Press Democrat Former Sonoma County Supervisor Efren Carrillo has joined the board of the Center for Climate Protection, a Santa Rosa-based nonprofit group focused on combating climate change. Carrillo stepped down from his seat, representing western Sonoma County, on the Board of Supervisors after the end of his second term in December. […]

Petroleum giant abandons tar sands in favor of wind power

by Colin Payne, Inhabitat In a startling move, Norwegian state-owned oil and gas company Statoil recently pulled all its investments out of the Alberta tar sands after winning a contract to develop an offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. CleanTechnica reports the company began selling off its tar sands assets almost within hours of learning […]

Military Leaders Urge Trump to See Climate as a Security Threat

By Erika Bolstad, ClimateWire on November 15, 2016 Dozens of military and defense experts advised the president-elect that global warming should transcend politics It may well end up in the paper shredder, but a bipartisan group of defense experts and former military leaders sent Donald Trump’s transition team a briefing book urging the president-elect to […]

Month of unprecedented global cooperation on climate change

October has been a remarkable month for global cooperation on climate change mitigation.  Three landmark agreements illustrate a new willingness to work together to tackle the problem. October 5th: Paris Agreement reached threshold to take effect November 4th October 6th: New accord to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions from aviation established October 15th: Deal to phase out […]

McKibben says there’s nothing radical about climate protection

Bill McKibben, a world leader on climate protection, spoke at Sonoma State University on October 19. For me he proved the value of preaching to the choir. I came away completely inspired. Highlights of what McKibben said: The most important thing an individual can do is not be so much of an individual. It’s not […]

What’s up with Yosemite’s Trees?

Many of us have our special place in nature that we turn to find peace, to remind ourselves of the profound beauty of our planet, or to connect ourselves to something larger – to a spiritual or emotional depth that we don’t find in our day-to-day lives. For me as a child it was a […]