Lawmakers want more focus on adaptation

“California must focus more on adapting to climate change, a state Senate committee chairman said yesterday. “We know that there is an ever-growing body of scientific research that the climate is warming and that this changing climate is having a serious impact on California,” state Sen. Bob Wieckowski (D) chairman of the state Senate Environmental…

Climate Equity is Climate-Smart – Apr 18

Climate change impacts all of us. However, low-income communities and communities of color are often hurt first and worst. In these communities, climate change is a complicating environmental challenge stacked on top of histories of pollution, disinvestment, and discrimination. Adaptation professionals across the country hope to leverage investments in climate action for achieving climate equity.…

Can we tackle climate change by hiding the language?

“Commitment, transparency and investment can deliver bottom-line business benefits and local policy successes; and these achievements come down to the language used to promote the initiatives. The positioning makes sense — consumer products, cities, even states are working to showcase their “brand” in acknowledgement of public awareness and demand for action on climate change. Others…

Yes, Exxon Is Accusing Local Governments of Misleading Investors on Climate Change

“In January, ExxonMobil filed a legal petition seeking to depose more than a dozen city and county government officials in California, claiming that the municipal officials are defrauding investors by not fully disclosing the risks posed by climate change. You read that right. Exxon is legally challenging cities and counties for not talking up the…

Study indicates that climate change will wreak havoc on California agriculture

“The California we know is the breadbasket of the nation, producing more than two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts, including almonds, pistachios, oranges, apricots, nectarines and prunes, and more than a third of its vegetables, including artichokes, broccoli, spinach and carrots. It’s all valued at more than $50 billion a year. That’s the assessment…

California Utilities, Climate Change and Wildfires: A Liability Quagmire

“California’s rampant wildfires have ignited legal questions as the state begins to deal with the question of who’s at fault and who pays for the escalating damages. Caught squarely in the middle is the state’s electric companies, several of whom have been found liable for huge settlements when their equipment or negligence in maintaining it…

Prefab Finds a Home in Fire-Ravaged Neighborhoods of California

“Which is a pity, Ms. Dameron added, because, compared with traditional methods, modern prefab construction saves time, limits waste and often incorporates environmentally sensitive materials and energy-saving technologies. If ever there was a time and place for prefab to flaunt its virtues, it is now, in Northern California. Even before the fires, stringent statewide building…

Seizing the moment with strategic climate strategies for subnationals

“The United States needs meaningful federal action—not just subnational action—to address climate change. For now, however, as Professors Cary Coglianese and Shana Starobin stated in their initial essay, “subnational governments may offer the only meaningful hope for the United States to make significant policy progress.” We agree on this. The remaining question—and perhaps the site…

Are recent disasters enough to spur utilities to take climate change seriously?

“Even now, utilities for the most part are skittish about mentioning climate change. While some companies are addressing the challenge, for a sizable number, discussing it is mostly lip service to inevitable carbon regulation looming on the horizon. In fact, liberal watchdog group Energy and Policy Institute unearthed evidence that some major utilities knew about the potential impacts from extreme weather…

Why energy efficiency speeds renewables adoption

“To approach any 100 percent renewable energy scenario, improved energy efficiency is needed in both energy-supply sectors and energy-consumption sectors. More than 60 percent of energy produced in the United States in 2016 across all sectors was wasted. Driving the discussion about renewable energy is the need to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. The 2015…
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