14 Feb 2016

(1a) Buy Efficiency & Clean Energy, Not Oil
Oil will become unsellable due to efficiency & clean energy competition. Will Iran or Russia attack Saudi oil terminals?
(1b) Clean Energy Investment Rising
NYC's pension fund lost $135 million in 2015 on fossil fuel holdings. Australia's top funds lost $5.6 billion on fossil fuel investments. Returns on clean energy investments are 5.5% to 7%. Global clean energy investment was a record $329 billion in 2015.
(2) Act Now on Climate Change
Action in the next decade or two will profoundly affect sea level rise & ocean acidification. The next few decades offer a brief window to minimize large scale catastrophic climate change.
(3) U.N. Initiative to Cut Airline Carbon Emissions
Aviation industry agreed to 4% lower fuel consumption by 2028. Environmentalists say it's too little.
(4a) Mobilise Money to Mitigate Climate Change
a. Tax Wall Street. b, Remind politicans to spend money on the right things. c. Use money more efficiently. d. Prioritize INDCs. e. Ensure money flow to developing countries. f. Follow Uruguay's examle. g. Incentivize clean energy. h. Price carbon. i. Think long-term. j. Create a private sector in developing countries. k. Balance mitigation & adaptation funding. l. Ensure community engagement.
(4b) A Green Bank for Clean Energy Capital
A state-funded Green Bank can pool public funds to attract private investments for energy efficiency & clean energy.
(5) Lowest Winter Arctic Ice
Air temp at 13 deg F above average. Climate scientist Serreze says the Arctic is absurdly warm.
(6) Climate Change is Unfair
The biggest greenhouse gas emitters are relatively less vulnerable than low emitters, like small Pacific island & African nations. who will suffer the most.
(7a) SCOTUS Blocking EPA's Clean Power Plan Will Not Thwart Paris Climate Deal
A transition to low-carbon economic growth and a cleaner, safer, more prosperous world will win out in the end. This ruling delays but does not halt implementation of the Clean Power Plan. Climate economist Nicholas Stern said "...no surprise that vested interests have united against the Clean Power Plan ... delay is dangerous and faltering by the U.S. risks being amplified elsewhere ... it does not change the profound attractiveness to ... transtion to low-carbon economic growth, and a world that is cleaner, safer and more prosperous."
(7b) SCOTUS Blocks Efforts to Slow Climate Change
The court sided with 27 states who called this a federal "power grab" and Obama's "war on coal". These 5 conservative justices care more about their benefactors than clean air, the health of the planet or their own children. They threaten to destroy the Paris Climate Accord. They falsely believe that coal can play an important role in our energy future ... we must transition from coal and provide states, utilities and workers time and assistance to transition.
(7c) Harvard's Laurence Tribe Defending Big Coal
Many believe Tribe is making these bad legal arguments because he's a hired gun for Peabody Coal and not because he believes them. Tribe argues that the government cannot regulate polluters unless it pays them for taking their property.
(8) El Nino Causing Drought in Africa & Central America
El Nino exacerbates climate change effects.
(9) Relocating Communities Affected by Sea Level Rise
Obama's 2016 budget requests $400 million for climate-related relocation ... Alaska Native villages & Louisiana coastal tribal lands.
(10) Fund Managers Ignoring Climate Risk Could be Sued
Global warming is a systemic risk to the world economy and could cut the value of investments, ... those with fiduciary responsibility must act to reduce that risk, or be taken to court. The value of many pension funds could plummet, if they have high exposure to coal, oil & gas companies and fossil fuel reserves must be left unburned, to stop global warming.
(11) Protect Tropical Rainforests
1/3rd of climate emissions could be offset by restoring forest land ... you don't want to find out where a tipping point is by tipping it ... deforestation & a warming climate threaten carbon storage & the rain generation in the Amazon.
(12) WA Office of Fiscal Management Miscalculates I-732 Costs
OFM analysis claims I-732 is revenue-negative, causing a $900 million shortfall but OFM makes faulty assumptions.
(13) Companies BackTrack on Clean Energy
NRG CEO David Crane was fired because investors balked at his green initiatives. Big firms have made halting progress in clean energy (e.g. Shell, BP, NRG). How to manage tranformation of a big company? Not too fast. Not too slow. "Without government leadership, it is a futile effort for companies to do it by themselves ... Never underestimate the power of the status quo."
(14) Concentrated Solar Power
Morocco just built the largest CSP ... 500 Megawatts by 2018 ... cuts carbon emissions 0.8 Gigatons per year. South Africa is installing CSP; it will cut emissions 0.3 Gigatons per year.
(15) Stop Coal, Oil & Gas Leases on Public Lands
This bill in Congress keeps fossil fuels on public lands in the ground. Bill McKibben said "In a record hot world, let's hope Congress acts at record speed."
(16) China Wind Power Leader
China added 31 gigawatts wind power to its total of 145 GW. EU added 6 GW for a total of 142 GW. Total global capacity of wind power is 432 GW.
(17) More Rain, Less Snow in Winter
Less Winter precipitation is falling as snow & more as rain ... thus, more Spring floods, less Summer water supplies, more wildfires in the West & worse skiing.
(18) Carbon Tax vs. Regulation
A modest carbon tax and efficient regulation may be the most politically palatable and effective way to reduce carbon emissions.
(19) Flatten the Daily Energy Demand Curve
Solar energy supply peaks mid-day but energy demain peaks in the evening. 2 Long-term solutions: a) a national high-voltage national grid, b) energy storage. Short-Term solutions: target energy efficiency for uses in the evening, deploy peak-focused clean energy (e.g. hydropower, solar panels West-facing, concentrated solar plants), focus water utility pumping to off-peak hours, control electric water heater demand to off-peak hours, use ice-storage air conditioning, implement time-of-use pricing, shift consumer demand to off-peak hours, use inter-regional power exchanges ...
(20) Water Scarcity Increasing
2/3rds of World's population (4 billion) at risk for water scarcity ... India, China, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Pakistan, Mexico ... also Texas, California, Florida are at most risk. ... reduced harvests & loss of farm income, business water shortages, biodiversity losses, hampered river navigation, land subsidence & soil salinization are risks. The water table is dropping all over the world.
(21a) IPCC Climate Change Communication
IPCC wants to better target "policy-makers" ... those with PhDs in Physics to those who are illiterate village leaders. "If you can't explain it to a 6-year old, then you don't understand it yourself," as Einstein said.
(21b) IPCC Meeting on Communication
Oslo 2016 IPCC Meeting. Great resources to better understand the challenges of climate change communication.
‎(21c) Quaker UN Office on Climate Change
"We call on our leaders to make the courageous decisions needed to create a fair, sufficient and effective international climate change agreement. The goal is achievable but priorities will need to change ... The choices we make now, personal and collective, can ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable peoples now, and all our future generations, do not suffer profoundly as a consequence of our actions. Our faith in common humanity gives us hope: love, rather than fear, can lead us through this crisis."
‎(21d) Humanistic Communications Yale
The scientific community seeks ways to engage with diverse decision-makers in government, the private sector, and civil society ... Nice simple chart of climate change global impacts.
(21e) Climate Change Infographics, Finland
Infographics can be use freely ... but please cite the Finnish Meteorological Institute, the Finnish Ministry of the Environment, and Climateguide.fi
‎(21f) Young People & Climate Change
Young people have a unique perspective both about the risks they face themselves and about those present in their communities for others. Young people also have unique abilities to lend to climate change adaptation and mitigation. They are a strength both for the present and the future.
(21g) Climate Change Business Briefings, Cambridge
Briefings on: Agriculture, Buildings, Cities, Defense, Employment, Energy, Finance, Climate Science, Fisheries, Tourism, Transport ...