IPCC: Radical energy transformation needed to avoid 1.5 Degrees global warming

“Without a radical transformation of energy, transportation and agriculture systems, the world will hurtle past the 1.5 degree Celsius target of the Paris climate agreement by the middle of the century, according to a new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Failing to cap global warming near that threshold dramatically increases risks to…

Opinion: Free California of fossil fuels

“Now, in this scariest of seasons, California is also where our nightmares collect. At the moment, the largest fire in the state’s history burns out of control; Yosemite Valley is closed indefinitely because flames lick at its access roads; and Death Valley has just registered, for the second straight year, the hottest month in American…

Should California keep its oil in the ground?

“A few weeks ago, when California happily announced that it had met its 2020 goals for GHG reductions four years ahead of schedule, there was a disappointing part of the story that didn’t get much attention: transportation emissions. While California has made significant strides in renewable electricity generation and building energy efficiency, emissions from cars,…

Fossil fuels on trial: Where the major climate change lawsuits stand today

“Over the past few years: Two states have launched fraud investigations into Exxon over climate change. Nine cities and counties, from New York to San Francisco, have sued major fossil fuel companies, seeking compensation for climate change damages. And determined children have filed lawsuits against the federal government and various state governments, claiming the governments…

Climate legal paradox: Judges issue dueling rulings for cities suing fossil fuel companies

“One federal judge ruled three city cases belong in state court. Another, in the same California courthouse, says federal court is the proper home for two others. The contradictory rulings by the judges—both Democratic appointees who serve in the same San Francisco courthouse just two floors apart—were handed down in lawsuits targeting oil and gas…

The next energy frontier: Cutting fossil fuel use in buildings

“While the amount of pollution from burning fuel in homes and commercial buildings is a relatively small part of total emissions today — just 11% of U.S. energy-related emissions — it is a roadblock to reaching our 2050 climate targets, according to long-term climate mitigation analyses. Collaborative global initiatives can help individual countries to reduce…
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