Grist | Climate & Energy Weak ass on coal ash With weak rules for coal ash, Obama has rewarded his enemies, screwed over his friends, and squandered an opportunity to move toward clean energy. Climate & Energy Several big U.S. cities could be seeing 30 days of flooding a year by 2020, a new study says. Extreme heat, record-breaking floods, and a terrifying tornado in oil country -- all in all, a year we can't afford to forget. White House - Climate Change Resilience On June 25, 2013, President Obama announced his comprehensive plan to reduce carbon pollution, move our economy toward American-made clean energy sources, and begin to slow the effects of climate change. The Administration is taking steady, responsible steps to cut the carbon pollution that causes climate change and threatens public health. Reducing carbon pollution will help keep our air and water clean, protect our children, drive innovation to modernize our power plants, and create good American jobs as we move toward cleaner, more efficient forms of energy. As we act to curb the carbon pollution that is driving climate change, we must also prepare for the impacts that are too late to avoid. The President’s plan builds on the steps the Administration has taken since its earliest days to improve the Nation’s preparedness and resilience. Learn more about the President's plan: Executive Order on Preparing the United States for the Impacts of Climate Change Learn more about the Task Force
Task Force On Climate Preparedness and Resilience Across America, states, cities, and communities are taking steps to protect themselves from extreme weather and other climate impacts. As part of his Climate Action Plan, President Obama signed an Executive Order on November 1st, 2013 establishing a Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Administration on how the Federal Government can respond to the needs of communities nationwide that are dealing with the impacts of climate change. The Task Force members include state, local and tribal leaders from across the country who will use their first-hand experiences in building climate preparedness and resilience in their communities to inform their recommendations to the Administration. The members of the Task Force are: State Officials: Governor Neil Abercrombie (HI) Governor Jerry Brown (CA) Governor Eddie Calvo (GU) Governor Jay Inslee (WA) Governor Jack Markell (DE) Governor Martin O’Malley (MD) Governor Pat Quinn (IL) Governor Peter Shumlin (VT) Local Officials:
Users’ Guide: Climate messaging This post is part of the research project: Flashcards There are lots of resources available on communicating about climate change—sometimes it seems like too many. Of course, that’s a good thing. There’s ample research and expertise to guide us and I see that it’s making for smarter, more compelling, and more effective messages about climate and energy. Still, sometimes, with all the tips and recommendations swirling around, a well-meaning climate communicator can feel a tad overwhelmed. Happily, ecoAmerica and partners have boiled down the latest and greatest research to a manageable set of guidelines. The top takeaways are nothing new, but good to keep in mind: Keep it personal and say why it matters and balance messages about the problem with hope and optimism about solutions that are ready to go, accessible, and meaningful. As always, message discipline is critical. I couldn’t agree more. Here are my top 4 (I’ve taken the liberty to combine, paraphrase, and prioritize. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1.
Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience - Summary of Recommendations WA State DOT - Climate Change - Adapting and Preparing Resilient Transportation Systems WSDOT’s maintenance crews work hard to keep up with extreme storms and damage they cause. Understanding future climate threats is essential for a safe and sustainable transportation system. WSDOT Climate Change Pilot Projects In the first pilot, WSDOT full report completed a statewide assessment of climate vulnerability of state-owned transportation assets. GIS layers showing the results of the statewide vulnerability assessment are available on the Community Planning Portal. The second pilot project applied FHWA’s framework for adaptation planning and decision making. NEPA/SEPA Guidance for project teams WSDOT uses climate science and tools to estimate greenhouse gas emissions when planning and designing major projects. Our work supports Results WSDOT’s Environmental Stewardship Goal to Improve environmental conditions; leave it better than before. Partnering with others USDOT links
Renewable Energy Production and Consumption in the USA Introduction "Renewable energy" is energy produced from a source that is not permanently depleted. Sunlight, wind, flowing water, geothermal heat and plants are examples of renewable energy resources. They can be produced today without damaging their ability to be produced in the future. Over the past decade the use of renewable energy is becoming more important to people, industry and governments. Historical Use of Renewable Energy in the USA Two important sources of renewable energy in the United States have always been wood and water power. Once the production of fossil fuels became commercialized wood and water were gradually replaced as primary fuels. A Slight Awakening for Renewable Energy Fossil fuels allowed the industrialization of the United States but their use was mainly clustered around mines and wells until efficient transportation methods were developed. Higher Fossil Fuel Energy Prices Fossil Fuel Resources are Being Depleted Climate Change Commercialization and Infrastructure
Adaptive Cycle | Resilience Alliance The model of the adaptive cycle was derived from the comparative study of the dynamics of ecosystems. It is meant to be a tool for thought. It focuses attention upon processes of destruction and reorganization, which are often neglected in favor of growth and conservation. Including these processes provides a more complete view of system dynamics that links together system organization, resilience, and dynamics. Traditionally ecology has focused on the concept of succession that describes the transition from a time when exploitation (i.e., the rapid colonization of recently disturbed areas) is emphasized to a time when conservation (i.e., the slow accumulation and storage of energy and material) is emphasized. Our current understanding of ecological dynamics however indicates that two additional functions - release and reorganization - are needed. For ecosystem and social-ecological system dynamics that can be represented by an adaptive cycle, four distinct phases have been identified:
The 2015 Climate Guide To Governors by Tiffany Germain - Guest Contributor & Kristen Ellingboe - Guest Contributor Posted on Climate denial is common in the now fully Republican-controlled 114th Congress, where 56 percent of congressional Republicans refuse to accept the reality of basic climate science. The situation is similar in the statehouses and governors’ mansions across the country. According to a fresh analysis CAP Action conducted of public statements from the current slate of governors on climate change, half of America’s Republican governors agree with the anti-science caucus of Congress. Click on any state in the map below to be taken to a description of what we know about the climate and energy records of its governor. The nation’s governors are categorized into four groups below. You can compare this most current guide to last year’s guide to see the impact of the 2014 midterms. Governor Jerry Brown (D) Governor Dan Malloy (D) Governor Jack Markell (D) Governor David Ige (D) GREEN Governor Mark Dayton (D)
Joining Forces: Collaboration and Leadership for Sustainability The Strategic Relevance of Sustainability Collaborations In the late 1990s, many companies embarked on their first sustainability forays. Often internal, these efforts addressed low-hanging fruit such as energy efficiency or minimizing waste — essentially, cost-cutting under a different name. But as the sustainability issues that can affect business — such as social instability, climate change and resource depletion — become more important, companies realize that collective action is necessary to protect the interests of the company and society. “Whether you’re a business or an organization, part of civil society or a public sector voice, there is an understanding that complex problems require perspectives from all three of these constituencies,” comments Patrick Hynes, deputy director of member relations at the Clinton Global Initiative. Underscoring Hynes’ observation, our research found that many companies are upping their participation in sustainability collaborations.
Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management publications Strengthening Climate Resilience >> Files >> Admin Resources Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management publications Find publications on this page about: Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management Changing climate, changing disasters: pathways to integration This publication is an essential guide to using and applying the CSDRM approach. Reshaping policy and institutions for integrating climate and disaster resilience policy brief This 4-page briefing shares critical insights and learning from the second year of the SCR programme Strengthening Climate Resilience: the Southeast Asian experience A comprehensive look at the SCR programme achievements and lessons from partners in the South East Asia region. Climate Smart Disaster Risk Management An introduction to the CSDRM approach which was co-constructed over the first year of the programme with partners in all three regions. Regional governance mapsFind out the key actors, governance systems and contexts for: South Asia South East Asia
Clean Diesel Vehicles Available in the U.S. | Diesel Technology Forum A thorough list of clean diesel cars, trucks and SUVs currently available in the U.S. Clean diesel is a proven technology that is quiet and fun to drive. Recent advances in emission control technology, combined with the introduction of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel in 2006 enabled diesel-powered cars and pickup trucks to be certified for sale in all 50 states, generating greater interest in this new generation of clean diesel cars and SUVs. These changes, combined with higher gasoline prices, and market success of a limited range of existing diesel products have prompted vehicle manufacturers - notably Audi, GM, BMW, Daimler, Mazda, and Volkswagen - to consider diesel as a new option for passenger vehicles or to expand the number of diesel offerings available. Clean diesel technology in today’s properly maintained vehicles emits near zero levels of emissions. Exhaust from new clean diesel trucks is so clean it passes the “white handkerchief test.” 2017 Diesel Vehicles 2016 Diesel Vehicles
22 Cities Innovative Approaches to Curbing Climate Emissions With global problems as huge as climate disruption, most of us know that we need to do more than stay on top of recycling and waiting for laws to be passed. At ISC, we think cities will play a critical role in protecting our climate for future generations. So for Earth Day 2010, we counted down to April 22nd on Facebook and Twitter by sharing examples of how cities are improving the quality of life of their residents while saving money and protecting the environment at the same time. Here's the full list: April 22—Happy Earth Day! Cleveland is creating employee-owned, sustainable cooperatives that provide green jobs and a living wage to workers in impoverished communities. April 21 April 20 In spite of its cold and snowy winters, Minneapolis was named best bike city in the U.S. in Bicycling magazine's May 2010 edition. April 19 April 18 April 17 Countdown to Earth Day, day 17: Operating a typical gas-powered mower for 1 hour produces as much smog-forming hydrocarbon as driving a car 200 miles.