While Fossil Fools Ignore Climate Crisis EcoMedia Acts Aggressively to Protect Environment

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Climate scientists now agree that we won’t be able to restrict warming to just 2 degrees – which would have been bad enough. Those in the know, including NOAA say there is no doubt that the world’s extreme weather is being caused by climate change.

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While Fossil Fools Ignore Climate Crisis EcoMedia Acts Aggressively to Protect Environment

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Climate scientists now agree that we won’t be able to restrict warming to just 2 degrees – which would have been bad enough. Those in the know, including NOAA say there is no doubt that the world’s extreme weather is being caused by climate change.

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I’ve Done The Math – Now I’m Doing Something About It

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I can’t do it with the climate clock ticking so loudly now and with so many critical parts of the math equation in my own South Bay backyard. Besides all the damage to Hermosa’s health, environment, safety and quality of life the drilling for oil in their 1.4

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GSI/UNEP conference report finds fossil-fuel subsidy reform complex and challenges sobering; ~1% of global GDP spent on fossil-fuel subsidies

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Although momentum behind reforming subsidies for fossil fuels (for both consumers and producers) worldwide has gained significant momentum during the past few years, and although the benefits of subsidy reform seem evident, countries’ experience of reform and the challenges involved are “sobering”, according to a recently published report from a conference convened on the subject last year by the Global Subsidies Initiative (GSI) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Superstars of AB 811 Rock Palm Desert @ EcoMotion Conference

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But that’s the way it felt to the Creative Greenius as I covered the EcoMotion Palm Desert AB 811 Conference on Friday at the University of California Riverside Graduate Center. Chairman of the AB 811 Conference & my new favorite Republicans.

UN Environment report says national GHG pledges only bring one-third of reductions needed for Paris Agreement

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The eighth edition of UN Environment’s Emissions Gap report, released ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, finds that national pledges only bring approximately one-third of the reduction in emissions required by 2030 to meet climate targets, with private sector and sub-national action not increasing at a rate that would help close this gap. This has raised hopes that emissions have peaked, as they must by 2020 to remain on a successful climate trajectory.

France launches new climate plan; Euro 7 lead; targeting ending the sale of vehicles emitting GHGs by 2040

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Nicolas Hulot, France’s new minister responsible for environment and energy, presented the country’s new climate plan at a press conference at the Ministry. Climate Change Electric (Battery) Emissions Engines Europe Oil Policy

Greenius Talks Climate Change Sense of Urgency with Bill Nye the Science Guy

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In August I covered the Plug-In 2009 Conference in Long Beach for Creative Greenius and provided exclusive photos and commentary. On the final night of the conference, August 13, a public night was held featuring a forum with Bill Nye the Science Guy, Chelsea Sexton and “Who Killed the Electric Car&# Director, Chris Paine.

BREAKING NEWS: US Science Report Proves All Out Effort To Fight Climate Change Needed Right Now Or Everyone Is Screwed. Get It?

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Here’s the way the rest of the legacy media reported this story yesterday with links to their none-too-urgent coverage – courtesy of my FaceBook friends: White House Report Warns of Climate Change Effects – CNN. The Economic Impact of Climate Change – NY Times.

Hey Ted, Here’s My Card

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And it was my fault for not having a card with me earlier this week when I was part of State Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi’s press conference in Hermosa Beach. . Tagged: Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi , Joe Galliani , South Bay 350 Climate Action Group , State Senator Ted Lieu.

Perspective: Why Carbon Emissions Should Not Have Been the Focus of the UN Climate Change Summit and Why the 15th Conference of the Parties Should Have Focused on Technology Transfer

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Oceans, already expanding from warmth and melting glaciers, would rise, increasing coastal flooding; a chain reaction of climate changes is projected to lead to harsher, more widespread droughts and more powerful storms. Unfortunately, this conference focused primarily on setting a cap on carbon emissions and providing financial aid to developing countries to build capacities to adapt to the negative impacts of climate change. Tags: Climate Change Perspective Policy

Nissan and Enel to launch major V2G trial in the UK; LEAF and e-NV200

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The announcement follows the signing of a partnership agreement between Nissan and Enel in Paris in December 2015 during the 21 st UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) to trial V2G technology in Europe. Nissan and multinational power company Enel will launch the first major vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trial carried out in the UK. The partners will install and connect 100 V2G units at locations agreed upon by private and fleet owners of the Nissan LEAF and e-NV200 electric van.

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ITF launches global initiative to decarbonize transport

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The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD has launched a major global initiative towards carbon-free transport. Transport activity currently contributes 23% of global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, with the share expected to rise. The long-term objective of the project is to define a commonly-acceptable pathway to achieve zero transport emissions by around 2050.

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Al’s Bright Idea for Hermosa, Ted’s Tough Stance Against Oil & Why I’m Worried About It Mattering

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And what we especially dig about Al’s proposal is that the loan repayments Hermosa Beach would make would be deposited into the State Coastal Conservancy Trust Fund to be used for its Climate Ready Program.

Scientists at Climate Talks Call for New Assessment of Nitrogen and Climate

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A side event organized by the International Nitrogen Initiative (INI) at the COP-15 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen will highlight nitrogen’s role in climate change. The event organizers are calling for an immediate new assessment of nitrogen and climate which will identify innovative nitrogen management strategies for global climate change mitigation and associated co-benefits.

Greenius Says The Congresswoman Gets It. Harman Calls Lack of Bold or Binding Agreement to Cap GHG Emissions in Copenhagen, “Stunning.”

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When our South Bay 350 Climate Action Group asked for Congresswoman Jane Harman’s help with our October 24, International Day of Climate Action we got it. Nowhere is this truer than in California, which has long been at the vanguard in the nation on progressive climate policy.

GFEI report concludes 50% improvement in average fuel economy of entire global light duty fleet by 2050 is achievable; importance of the regulatory and fiscal environments

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Worldwide, the car fleet is set to triple by 2050, with serious implications for the global effort to address climate change unless reducing transport emissions and improving fuel economy become an urgent global priority, warns the GFEI.

Devil in the Details: World Leaders Scramble To Salvage and Shape Copenhagens UNFCCC Climate Summit

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The 15 th Congress, also known as the 15 th Conference of Parties, or COP 15, was initially intended to be a largely procedural summit, with many major negotiating points settled and most environmental ministers prepared to sign a binding emissions treaty that contained specific emissions targets as well as commitments to financing structures. Climate Change And The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. ” —Jonathan Pershing, chief US delegate to the Copenhagen climate summit.

Climate Talks End In Copenhagen Accord; Countries Settle On Non- Binding 2 ºC Warming Limit

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Following an all-night session that sent two weeks of climate talks into overtime, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 15 th Conference Of Parties (COP 15) yesterday tentatively approved a non-binding, three-page political statement that had been hashed out the previous night in face-to-face meetings between leaders of Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, South Africa, the UK, and the United States at the Bella Centre near the Copenhagen airport.

Toyota to collaborate in research for the creation of H2-based society in the United Arab Emirates

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Utilizing a hydrogen station that is to be built in May 2017, Toyota will conduct a complete range of driving and refueling tests under extreme heat, dust, and other conditions unique to the local environment.

Lillian Light Is No Lightweight - The Environmental Lioness of the South Bay is Fired Up, Ready To Go!

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Our relationship started about a month ago when we spent an evening together carpooling to a UCLA workshop on communication climate change that we both participated in. We covered: global warming, nuclear power, clean air, smart growth, globalization and the environment.

Vanderbilt meeting concludes time to begin developing climate change adaptation strategies for transportation sector

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A two-day leadership summit that brought together major stakeholders from the $1-trillion-plus freight transportation sector with climate change researchers emerged with a consensus position that despite the uncertainties surrounding climate change, it is time to start developing effective strategies that will keep the nation’s transportation systems and other critical infrastructure running in the face of the adverse impacts that seem increasingly likely to occur.

Heidi On The Hot Seat

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And for all those cities, with all those sources of pollution pumping CO2 and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and into the lungs of the South Bay’s one million residents, we’ve got just one woman on the payroll as the Climate Action Plan Coordinator.

Vans face 175g/km CO2 cap

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Environment Commissioner Stavros Dimas said: “This legislation is another important step for the EU in combating climate change and reaffirms the EU’s commitment and leadership ahead of the Copenhagen conference. In the current economic climate, the EU regulation must maintain the sector’s diversity while encouraging innovation and the move to low carbon models.”. Europe is moving forward with plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vans.

Solar Powered Greenius Producing Massive South Bay Energy

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As our climate change crisis worsens and spins out of control with each passing day there’s no time to spare for those of us whose job it is to educate and motivate our fellow citizens to actions that cut our greenhouse gas emissions.

Open Letter by Netherlands Scientists on IPCC and Errors in 2007 Climate Change Report

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In response to the ongoing discussion about the reliability of the UN IPCC and the climate reports, a group of 55 leading Dutch scientists working in the field of climate change, energy and the environment wrote an open letter. Open letter (10 February 2010) to Netherlands parliament by Netherlands scientists on climate change and IPCC. Errors in the IPCC climate change report are being seized by some to discredit climate science. The climate problem.

Electrified Blondes in Convertibles For Everyone!

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Another of my favorite people on the Southern California environmental scene is State Senator Fran Pavley who also spoke at the press conference. I’ve heard him speak at the Plug-In conference.

Shipping industry, Oxfam and WWF call on COP 17 delegates to provide IMO with clear guidance on reducing shipping GHG emissions; potential for contributing to Green Climate Fund

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At the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa (COP 17), the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS, which represents more than 80% of the world merchant fleet), Oxfam and WWF called on delegates to give the International Maritime Organization (IMO) clear guidance on continuing its work on reducing shipping emissions through the development of Market Based Measures (MBMs).

California Goes To Hell In A Handbasket But Greenius Says AB 811 is Our Route To Green Heaven

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As the Greenius learned in early June, when I was at the EcoMotion Palm Desert AB 811 conference, programs like the Greenius’ favorite, AB 811, were tailor-made to score great big bagfuls of bucks from this stimulus.

EPA official: the future of the internal combustion engine is bright and clear

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“ The future of the IC engine is bright and clear; I don’t think that could be any more obvious to all of us ,” said Byron Bunker, Director, Heavy Duty Engine Center, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, US Environmental Protection Agency during his remarks in a panel discussion on the role for internal combustion engines in the energy future at the US Department of Energy’s 2011 Directions in Engine-Efficiency and Emissions Research Conference (DEER) in Detroit.

Greenius Weekend Update

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Holiday greetings from teetering on the precipice of bankruptcy California, where we’ve had a couple of unnerving earthquakes, a historic election and a disappointing Lakers’ home loss in the NBA Western Conference Finals since last I posted. Tags: environment

Researchers engineer first low-methane-emission, high-starch rice; benefits for GHG control, food and bioenergy

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Here we show that the addition of a single transcription factor gene, barley SUSIBA2, conferred a shift of carbon flux to SUSIBA2 rice, favouring the allocation of photosynthates to aboveground biomass over allocation to roots. Biomass Biotech Climate Change Emissions

Devil In The Details: Is Copenhagens 2 ºC Guardrail Obsolete?

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From the opening day of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) climate negotiations in Copenhagen, also known as Conference of Parties (COP) 15, the relevance of a key threshold metric—the 2 °C maximal warming limit, or “guardrail”—has repeatedly been called into question by delegates of COP member states which are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Reasons For Concern” About Climate Adaptation. by Jack Rosebro.

WHO report urges greater attention to improved land use, rapid transit, cycling and walking to achieve health co-benefits from transport GHG emissions mitigation

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The review is the latest product of WHO’s Health in the Green Economy initiative, which is considering available evidence on health impacts from climate mitigation strategies for key economic sectors, as reviewed by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Mexico proposes new heavy-duty vehicle emission standards aligned with Euro VI and EPA 2010

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Mexico’s Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT) has proposed new heavy-duty vehicle emissions standards, aligned with current standards in place in the rest of North America and in the European Union. The climate benefits of these emissions reductions will amount to the equivalent of 54 million tons of CO 2 (using a 20-year global warming potential). And the climate benefits of the reductions in black carbon emissions are also a great step forward.

UNEP: Existing Greenhouse Gas Reduction Pledges Unlikely To Hold Warming To 2 ºC Or Less By Mid-Century

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reports that as of this month, 40 developed country parties have submitted information regarding their 2020 emissions reduction targets, with various base years, to its secretariat, Yvo de Boer. Tags: Climate Change

Hadley Centre: Average 4 C Warming Could Happen Within a Human Lifetime, With Even Greater Warming in Many Regions

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One of the UK’s leading climate scientists has presented new research findings on the increasing potential for a 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 °F) Dr Richard Betts, Head of Climate Impacts at the UK Met Office Hadley Centre, presented the findings at a special conference called “ 4 degrees and beyond ” at Oxford University. If greenhouse gas emissions are not cut soon then we could see major climate changes within our own lifetimes. —Dr. Tags: Climate Change

ICAO Member States Agree to Aspirational Goal of Capping CO2 Emissions from Aviation from 2020

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Member states of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) adopted a resolution at its 37 th General Assembly on Friday to reduce the impact of aviation CO 2 emissions on climate change. Financial assistance: The agreement also includes provisions on technical and financial assistance for developing countries’ actions to mitigate the climate change impacts of aviation. —EU Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard said ".

UN scientific panel ranks overhaul of global environmental governance to meet 21st century challenges as top emerging issue; GEO-5 summary issued

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A complete overhaul of global environmental governance is urgently needed if the challenges of global sustainability are to be met for seven billion people, according to a wide-ranging Foresight Process conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). In general, national governments typically lack the capacity to support strong policy actions on environment at the global level. Catalyzing Rapid and Transformative Changes in Human Behavior Towards the Environment.

Proposed US Transportation Reauthorization Plan Links Greenhouse Gas Reductions to Transportation Planning

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in a press conference last week, is the linkage of transportation planning with greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Tags: Climate Change Emissions Infrastructure Policy