Youth Climate Strikes Have The $uperpower To Shut This Country Down & Force America To Take Emergency Climate Action

Creative Greenius

My friend and mentor, Bill McKibben has an Op Ed about this Friday’s Student Climate Strikes in today’s on-line edition of the LA Times that will be news to LAT readers but not to Creative Greenius devotees. Bill explains why students around the world will be refusing to go to school this Friday and instead following the lead of Greta Thunberg from Sweden who started the #FridaysForFuture Climate Strike movement all by herself just last fall.

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Up close and personal with Volkswagen’s e-Golf carbon offset project: Garcia River Forest

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Emission reductions produced by the project are verified by an approved third party and registered with the Climate Action Reserve (Project ID CAR102 ). In February 2008, GRF became one of the first forests—and the largest—to receive verification as a source of greenhouse gas reductions under the protocols of the Climate Action Reserve , adopted by the California Air Resources Board in 2007.

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NYU-BMW i report explores future urban mobility; sustainability and resilience

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The NYU-BMW i study— Urban Mobility in the 21 st Century —predicts a future where growing cities will be inhabited by populations that, although less likely to own cars, will increasingly utilize a new generation of smaller, more efficient, sustainable and networked vehicles to get around. In Western Europe, single-person households are a larger percentage of total households (31%) than they are in North America.

2012 294

We Don’t Need a Jetsons Future, Just a Sustainable One

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For decades, our vision of the future has been stuck in a 1960s-era dream of science fiction embodied by The Jetsons and space travel. In fact, what if our vision of that particular technologically advanced future is all wrong? Climate change is a great example.

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Oil and Gas Climate Initiative to invest $1B over 10 years in low-emissions tech

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The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) will invest $1 billion over the next ten years to develop and to accelerate the commercial deployment of innovative low-emissions technologies. Led by the heads of ten oil and gas companies that aim to lead the industry response to climate change, OGCI member companies—BP, CNPC, Eni, Pemex, Reliance Industries, Repsol, Royal Dutch Shell, Saudi Aramco, Statoil and Total—together represent one fifth of the world’s oil and gas production.

2016 196

Rivian collaborates with non-profit to preserve biodiversity and fight climate change


Rivian announced a collaboration with a non-profit organization called The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to preserve biodiversity, fight climate change, and keep adventures wild.

MITEI releases report on 3-year study of future mobility; technological innovation, policies, and behavioral changes all needed; “car pride” an issue

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The report is the culmination of MITEI’s three-year Mobility of the Future study, which is part of MIT’s Plan for Action on Climate Change. The report highlights the importance of near-term action to ensure the long-term sustainability of personal mobility.

2019 240

Analysis finds air-quality justification for CNG vehicle conversion in developing cities, despite negative climate impact

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Impact pathway approach for modeling policy interventions in (a) air quality and (b) climate impacts. However, CNG conversion was apparently detrimental from a climate change perspective, as CH 4 emissions increased. Although the city was late to act on its poor air quality, it adopted a strategy of rapid conversion of its motor vehicle fleet—including personal vehicles—to CNG. Climate Change Conversions Emissions Health Natural Gas

2013 234

J.D. Power: Consumer sentiment on future mobility technologies lags far behind automakers plans

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Consumer confidence in future mobility technologies lags far behind automakers’ plans to bring self-driving and battery-electric vehicles to the marketplace, according to the J.D. Lack of knowledge is a huge roadblock for future adoption. Canada’s climate and mountainous terrain present a significant challenge as one consumer said of self-driving technology: “Not practical in Canada where there is snow and messy roads.

2020 179

Opinion: Consumer Reports’ Tesla Autopilot stunt crossed a line in an already-heated EV climate


The magazine’s team seemed to have buckled in the driver’s seatbelt without a person sitting in the seat. Simply put, if a person is intentionally putting themselves in danger by participating in illegal driving behaviors, no driver-monitoring system would be enough.

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Honda to Debut New One-Person EV Concept at Geneva Along with European Intro of EV-N

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The Honda 3R-C, a new one-person battery electric vehicle concept, will make its world debut in Geneva alongside the EV-N concept, previously shown at the Tokyo Motor Show ( earlier post ), which will be displayed for the first time in Europe. The 3R-C three-wheeled battery electric vehicle concept shows what a future minimal urban transport vehicle for one person might look like. Two of Honda’s U3-X, electric personal mobility devices are attached to the inside of each door.

2010 185

US National Research Council reiterates need for action in US to limit magnitude of climate change; final volume in Americas Climate Choices

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Illustration of the steps in an iterative risk management approach for addressing climate change. From: America’s Climate Choices. Warning that the risk of dangerous climate change impacts is growing with every ton of greenhouse gases emitted into the atmosphere, a US National Research Council committee reiterated the pressing need for substantial action to limit the magnitude of climate change and to prepare to adapt to its impacts.

The Future of Charging: Bidirectional V2G


The charging operator, be it you or some business person, decides how long to charge the EV, what time to charge it, and even the rate. Likened to a battery on wheels, parked and plugged-in EVs are one of the smartest ways to utilize renewable energy production in the future.

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EC JRC report explores future of road transport; moving away from system centered on private car ownership

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The Joint Research Center (JRC), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, has released a report exploring the future of road transport, given the advent of automated, connected, low-carbon and shared mobility. Improvements in governance and the development of innovative mobility solutions will be crucial to ensure that the future of transport is cleaner, safer and more equitable than its car-centerd present.

2019 175

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

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Although most countries have already revealed their opening emissions reduction proposals, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer pointed out Thursday that “ we still await clarity from industrialized nations on the provision of large-scale finance to developing countries for immediate and long-term climate action. Climate Change And The IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. Australia is considered to be one of the most vulnerable developed nations to climate change.

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Nielsen global survey finds concerns about climate change slipping behind concerns over other environmental issues; air and water pollution top worries, pesticide use #3

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Other environmental concerns have pushed ahead of climate change on a global average basis. Concern about climate change/global warming among online consumers around the world took a back-seat to other environmental issues such as air and water pollution, water shortages, packaging waste and use of pesticides, according to Nielsen’s 2011 Global Online Environment & Sustainability Survey of more than 25,000 Internet respondents in 51 countries.

Greenius Salutes Greenpeace for Pittsburgh Climate Action – Demand Dramatic Action NOW

Creative Greenius

It’s time – right now – to take dramatic action on climate change if you care about preserving a livable civilization for your children and their children. At this moment we are right on track for “disastrous climate changes that spiral dynamically out of humanity’s control,&# as Dr. James Hansen warmed us 15 months ago. The true patriots of our country will heed that call and are already prepared to fight for a better climate. .

2009 177

Study forecasts even with modest warming, global energy demand to increase by mid-century

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A new study published in Nature Communications by researchers from IIASA, Boston University, and the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice found that by mid-century, climate change will increase the demand for energy globally, even with modest warming. Energy use is however also one of the human systems that is most directly influenced by changes in climate, which makes it crucial to gain insight into the impacts of climate change on energy demand. Climate Change Power Generatio

2019 269

Ninth annual Green Innovation Index finds California light-duty vehicle emissions spike; major challenge to 2030 climate goals

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The ninth annual California Green Innovation Index —released by the nonpartisan nonprofit group Next 10 and prepared by Beacon Economics—finds that the state’s ambitious climate policies have allowed for considerable economic growth, with California outpacing the growth of other states during the recovery period following the Great Recession. Therefore, it is critical that the next generation of climate policies be designed to deliver steeper reductions.

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MIT Energy Initiative launches 3-year study on future of transportation; technology, fuel, infrastructure, policy, and consumer preference

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As part of MIT’s five-year Plan for Action on Climate Change, the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) has launched a major study—“Mobility of the Future”—to explore how consumers and markets will respond to potentially disruptive technologies, business models, and government policies. MITEI has organized a multidisciplinary team from across MIT to examine the complex interactions among these elements and their implications for the future.

2017 150

Next 10 report finds California must increase GHG reductions to 4.9%/year through 2030 to meet target

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California’s progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions has temporarily reversed, with pollution upticks signaling an increasingly difficult path ahead in achieving the state’s 2030 and 2050 climate targets, according to the 12 th annual California Green Innovation Index —released by the nonpartisan nonprofit Next 10 and prepared by Beacon Economics. MTCO 2 e per person in 2017—the third-lowest among the 50 states, behind New York and Maryland.

2020 240

Give Me A #BreakFreeLA & Then Give Me 100% Renewables RIGHT NOW

Creative Greenius

” He always was so ahead of the curve… Like I say, I live in Torrance, home of the exploding Exxon Mobil refinery where our Air Quality Management District just gave the refinery operators exemptions to exceed pollution limits while they restart the aging climate wrecker back up. . The science tells us we need to stop burning all of it in the next 10 years or kill our climate. I’ve lived in my house in Torrance, California for 23 years now. Been in L.A.

2016 235

Analysis: What’s the Best Way to Market EVs?

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This appeases the purists who can’t imagine a Harley that’s quiet and scent-free while letting H-D move into the electrified future. LiveWire Labs in Silicon Valley will communicate with Harley-Davidson in Milwaukee to “pioneer the future of motorcycling.”

Global Carbon Project: Global carbon emissions growth slows, but hits record high

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The findings are outlined in three new papers published in Earth System Science Data , Environmental Research Letters , and Nature Climate Change. Around the world, the average person is responsible for about 4.8 Peregon (2019), Nature Climate Change doi: 10.1038/s41558-019-0659-6.

2019 195

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

2009 210

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

Creative Greenius

And so it is that I resigned from my position as Director of Strategic Partnerships and Public Affairs for CBS EcoMedia effective the first of this month and I will now be devoting my full time to working on climate change response with the South Bay 350 Climate Action Group, the South Bay Bicycle Coalition and 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.

2013 289

EGEB: Hey, John Kerry – the renewable tech we need already exists


In today’s Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB): Climate czar John Kerry said emissions cuts will come from future tech, but a new study says we’ve already got what we need.

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Wendy Greuel Our Best Bet To Get To 100% Renewable Energy In Time

Creative Greenius

And you would think that would be especially true for anyone running to become our United States representative from the 33rd Congressional District – the person who will be following the great Henry Waxman in that position. But in fact, both Wendy Greuel and Marianne Williamson have each reached out to me and I have taken their asks seriously and with more thoughtfulness than usual given the crossroads we find ourselves at climate wise.

2014 269

Serving My Country – My Patriotic Duty

Creative Greenius

It’s not the men and women in uniform’s fault in any way and it does not diminish their personal service but it is not the same thing as putting your life on the line to protect and defend our American way of life. But we do have a threat today to our freedom, our future and the civilization as we have enjoyed it during our lifetime. And the people who are MY heroes and the ones I consider our greatest patriots today are on the front lines fighting climate change. .

2013 240

Al Muratsuchi Votes To Kill Community Choice Then Finds Out He Was Duped & Calls Me To Apologize

Creative Greenius

They’re also climate change deniers and don’t have a single union executive smart enough to understand the climate science or know what science tells us is coming. This political primary season just keeps getting weirder and weirder. Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, representing the 66th District in California explains as State Controller, John Chiang listens at the Lunquist Mansion on the Palos Verdes Peninsula during a recent fundraiser (photo by Joe Galliani).

2014 303

Thankful To Be Home — And ALIVE!

Creative Greenius

I’m not going to – ” Someone wearing a goofy Thanksgiving turkey mask leaned forward and loudly whispered “Don’t be a f **g climate chicken. We know who you are and what you keep saying about our parents trashing our future and –” “– and none of them are listening or doing f**k about it,” another interrupted! “Well maybe not you, personally… If you help us.” It all started with the video.

2013 278

Porsche presents 3D-printing technology for bucket seats

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Customers will be able to choose between three firmness levels (hard, medium, soft) for the comfort layer in the future. That’s why personalized seat shells customised for the driver have been standard in race cars for a long time now.

2020 284

MIT Energy Initiative report on transforming the US transportation system by 2050 to address climate challenges

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The report addresses topics related to the evolution of vehicle technology and its deployment, the development of alternative fuels and energy sources, the impacts of driver behavior, and the implications of all of these factors on future GHG emissions in the United States, Europe, China, and Japan. Overall, we have substantial opportunities for reducing environmental and climate impacts from light-duty road vehicles.

2016 163

Greenius Says No to Offshore Drilling. Mr. President, You Are Following A Failed Strategy & Wasting Time

Creative Greenius

The Greenius understands full well this “ Let’s Keep Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman Aboard the Climate Bill Bandwagon &# approach, just as I can grok how ineffective and nonproductive that approach is. And make no mistake about it – this move is a shameless and indefensible sellout to the very people most responsible for the climate change we’re experiencing now.

2010 253

Greenius Gets Groove On with Greenpeace & GRID Alternatives

Creative Greenius

It’s rare for the average person to ever get a good up close and personal look at panels, especially so close to the ground. I was there to help Greenpeace collect petition cards urging President Obama to take a stronger leadership role on climate change and to go to Copenhagen and take personal responsibility for the USA’s role in the talks. It’s not just someone else’s future that will be toast.

2009 163

Volvo XC40 Recharge EV to start at $53,990 in US before qualifying tax incentives

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The new, Android-powered infotainment system in the XC40 Recharge offers customers personalization, improved levels of intuitiveness and embedded Google technology and services, such as the Google Assistant, Google Maps and the Google Play Store.

2020 327

The View From Here Today

Creative Greenius

I contributed the following to the World Wildlife Climate Witness site last week and it was published this morning. We’ve always planned on retiring and spending the rest of our lives right here, but these days we’re worried about what climate change is already doing – and about the far more serious consequences headed our way. I volunteer with Greenpeace and the Environmental Priorities Network educating the public on climate change news and facts.

2009 163

We Are ALL Tongan

Creative Greenius

But surprisingly, a subject Elizabeth didn’t know a lot about is Tonga’s frontline role as a victim of the climate change crisis. Today all 3000 inhabitants of the Carteret Islands have been relocated as they become the first climate change refugees. Here’s what I learned that you need to know too… Climate change is happening much faster and much more severely than expected just two years ago when the big UN IPCC report came out.

2009 220

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

Creative Greenius

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. And on globalization we actually had a union person speak. I personally want us to do more about us getting out of Iraq but the committee voted against me and said it was not an environmental issue. Climate Change: The State of Current Knowledge - 2005. Mayors’ Climate Protection Agreement.

2009 207

Where We’ve Been, Where We’re At & Where We’re Going

Creative Greenius

It’s my great honor to have written this update on our South Bay Los Angeles 350 Climate Action Group for the site where you will find it cross posted and currently on their homepage. As part of the International Day of Climate Change on October 24, participants line up and do the wave for an airplane covering the event near the Manhattan Beach Pier. We’re doing it in person too.

2009 163

Volvo extends S60 range with plug-in hybrid powertrain and new trim levels

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This system allows you to select the firmness of the suspension to tailor the car’s dynamics to the road surface or your personal preference. Known as Active Four-C Chassis, the adaptive dampers are optional on T5 R-Design Plus and Inscription Plus versions and are controlled via the S60’s standard Drive Mode settings, which also alter the responses of the engine, automatic gearbox, steering, brakes and climate control system.

2019 236

BREAKING NEWS: Exxon/Mobil Ordered Out of Torrance, Guilty of Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Creative Greenius

“Pack Up Your Toxic, Fossil Fuel Factory With Its Climate-Changing Products & Get Out of Town By 2020!&# is also the very same company that has paid tens of millions of dollars, year after year to spread FUD about their role in climate change. Formerly known as the “ I Don’t Believe We Really Landed On The Moon But I Do Believe Man & Dinosaurs Coexisted Just Like In The Flintstones &# Club, before Exxon/Mobil began paying them to lie about climate change.

2009 245

Hey, Torrance City Council! Was That $80,000 Check You Took From Exxon A Bribe? Hush Money? Or Did You Just Sell Your Soul?

Creative Greenius

Click on the breaking news above and you’ll finally get to see the greenhouse gas numbers on our two local climate changing refineries that I’ve been demanding for a year now. Yes, the same kids whose future Furey just sold down the river for a new library in his district. Too bad his actions enabling Exxon to destroy the futures of those very same children wipes out the value of that resume.

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