Pope calls out climate deniers in wake of Hurricane Irma, Harvey

by Marianne Lavelle, InsideClimate News With the lives of Texans and Floridians upended by back-to-back superstorms, one thing hasn’t been shaken: climate change denial. Hurricane Harvey, which broke the continental U.S. rainfall record with its deluge of southeast Texas, and Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded, epitomize the consensus science […]

Florida power & light shuttered its 2 nuclear power plants ahead of Hurricane Irma landfall

by James Ayre, Clean Technica The two nuclear facilities in question — the Turkey Point plant and the St Lucie plant — together provide enough electricity to power around 1.9 million regional homes (electricity use in Florida is quite high, owing to air conditioning). Both of the facilities are located along Florida’s Atlantic Coast — each […]

Irma, Harvey reveal ‘massive national security risks’

by Sherri Goodman, CNBC  Even as emergency management officials in Texas scramble to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey, they acknowledge that they were unprepared for the scope and strength of the storm, which was made more severe by the effects of climate change. The widespread destruction in Houston shows that the changing climate is a direct threat […]

Hurricane Harvey shows how we underestimate flooding risks in coastal cities, scientists say

by Chelsea Harvey, The Washington Post In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, an event deemed “unprecedented” by the National Weather Service, catastrophic floodwater has swept the Houston metropolitan area. The flooding can be attributed to a combination of long-lasting rains, which pumped extra water into the coastal waterways, and storm surge, which prevented the excess water […]

Can we cool the earth through geoengineering?

This is a long article, but a good read. It is the best paper I have read on using geoengineering to address climate change. It takes a comprehensive look at all the possibilities and gives an analysis of how likely they are to produce results and the challenges associated with them. Without giving away too […]

Community Choice Energy: A California transformation in one decade

by Ann Hancock, Center for Climate Protection In October 2014, at our first Business of Local Energy Symposium, only two operational Community Choice programs existed in California: Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power. A mere sixteen months later, Community Choice is taking off across the state. We reported this story in our February 24, […]

2016 Business of Local Energy Symposium | March 4, 2016

Creating the Clean Energy Economy: Optimizing Community Choice The Center for Climate Protection is organizing its second all-day Business of Local Energy Symposium to accelerate California’s shift to a clean energy economy, driven by local government and business. The Symposium provides a forum to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs and to learn about current energy […]

Walk and Roll to School Day | Oct. 7, 2015

October 7 is International Walk and Roll to School Day. Join millions of kids across the globe who are choosing to forgo their carbon-powered ride for a cleaner, healthier commute. If you’re in Sonoma County, you can register here to participate. Keep in mind that the entire month of October is International Walk to School Month, so […]

Combating Climate Change: Clean Energy, Green Building & Energy Efficiency — Nov 13

Speaker: Cyane Dandridge, Strategic Energy Innovations Wednesday, 11/13/13 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Marin Science Seminar 320 Nova Albion Way Terra Linda High School Rm 207 San Rafael, CA 94903 Email: marinscienceseminar@gmail.com Phone: (415) 479-4106 Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI), a nonprofit organization established in 1997, helps empower schools and universities, small businesses, local governments, affordable housing agencies, and […]

Lifecycle Impacts of Renewable Energy — Nov 4

Stanford University Energy Seminar Through systematic reviews and original research, this presentation will review evidence of environmental impacts of renewable electricity generation technologies compared, where possible, to their conventional incumbents. Evidence for greenhouse gas emissions, water and land use will be reviewed mostly from the perspective of life cycle assessment. Areas of uncertainty will be […]