Renewables forecast to halve wholesale energy prices over four years a new analysis says wholesale prices will almost halve over the next four years because of the technology many Coalition conservatives oppose – renewables.
However, a new study indicates that such an installation could also increase rainfall and vegetation, creating a feedback loop which further greens the environment both of the Sahara and the adjacent Sahel, an impoverished dryland running from Senegal to Djibouti.
Judge orders epa to protect Columbia Basin salmon! VICTORY! Judge Orders EPA to Protect Columbia Basin Salmon: EPA Must Protect Columbia Basin Salmon from Warm Water Caused by Climate Change & Dams. Read our press release & the decision to learn more…
“This is a scam: Exxon wants a super low price on carbon so they can boost their natural gas business and avoid other regulations,” 350.org co-founder Jamie Henn responded in a series of tweets.
“Read the fine print,” Henn continued. “As part of the deal for supporting a price on carbon, Exxon wants to be freed from all climate liability. They know that just like Big Tobacco they could be on the hook for billions in damages for lying about climate change.”
Sea level in Seattle could rise anywhere from 1.7 feet to 3.1 feet by 2100 an new study reports.
The report provides the most detailed projections for how fast sea levels are expected to rise along Washington state shorelines over the next decades.
According to a new report from The Seattle Times, a wave of earthquake tremors over the last few months have moved parts of Washington state and Vancouver Island westward.
Essentially, since around May 8 there's been an “episodic tremor and slip,” which is a wave of tiny tremors that are thought to increase stress on locked faults, the areas where tectonic plates cannot move past each other.
As lawmakers gear up to make another attempt to pass a climate change bill in 2019, new data suggests that the forest sector is not only a factor in Oregon's carbon picture, it is THE factor and one of national and even international importance as lawmakers look to reduce the concentration of heat trapping gases in the atmosphere.
“Anybody who makes the point that Oregon doesn't count in global emissions, I think they're wrong on the energy side, but they're even more wrong on the forest side,” said Angus Duncan, chair of Oregon's Global Warming Commission. “They're a very big deal.”
The U.S. Supreme Court denied the Trump administration’s request for a stay, or a halting of legal proceedings, in the Juliana v. United States climate change lawsuit on Monday. The lawsuit, whose plaintiffs include two University of Oregon students and 19 others, claims that climate change and carbon emissions violate the plaintiffs’ fifth amendment rights to life, liberty, property and due process. The court also upheld the trial date of Oct. 29.
Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is set to retire today, stated that the “breadth of respondents’ claims is striking, however, and the justiciability of those claims presents substantial grounds for difference of opinion.”
The Federal Court of Appeal on Thursday released its long-anticipated decision on the Kinder Morgan Trans Canada pipeline. The ruling pleased environmentalists and other anti-pipeline protesters, and shocked proponents of the project such as business and trade organizations. Here are five key details:
Portland has joined 18 other major cities around the world to pledge that all new buildings in their cities will be “net-zero carbon” by 2030.
Net-zero buildings use energy ultra-efficiently and meet any remaining energy needs from renewable sources.
Portland also is one of 13 cities that pledged to only own, occupy and develop assets that are net-zero carbon by 2030.
The commitments are part of the C40 Cities movement of major world cities, including Portland, that are leading the charge against dramatic climate change
Animation of success patterns for emissions for 2 degrees C
Below zero is Negative Emissions i.e. Sequestration
The California Senate passed a bill on Thursday that extends the state's leading program for behind-the-meter storage — the Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) — after the state Assembly approved it on Wednesay.
S.B. 700, which adds nearly 3 GW to the SGIP, is headed to the desk of Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. Under current law, the SGIP program expires at the end of 2019. The bill extends the program five years to 2026 and refreshed funding to the $800 million level.
A growing body of evidence indicates that the continuing destruction of tropical forests is disrupting the movement of water in the atmosphere, causing major shifts in precipitation that could lead to drought in key agricultural areas in China, India, and the U.S. Midwest.
This seems to be important conceptual information for planning.
AUG 28, 2018 - insideclimatenews - South Portland’s [in Maine Tar Sands Ban Upheld in a 'David vs. Goliath' Pipeline Battle
Shortly after the City of Vancouver Washington passed a resolution in opposition to an oil train terminal in June of 2014, the City of South Portland Maine banned a crude oil terminal there.
Their ban has been upheld in court twice.
The most recent ruling illustrates again that local communities can fight the Commerce Clause challenges, and win.
This seems relevant to the proposed coal terminal case in Longview.
Fast charging firm EVgo has already beaten its 2017 record for EV miles charged on its stations, with four months left of 2018
In 2040, some 60 million EVs are projected to be sold, equivalent to 55% of the global light-duty vehicle market.
Like many Westerners, giant sequoias came recently from farther east. Of course, “recent” is a relative term. “You’re talking millions of years (ago),” William Libby said. …
Today, sequoias grow on the western slopes of California’s Sierra Nevada. …
Now, it may be up to humans to move sequoias and their close relatives, coast redwoods, to new homes. …
As scientists fret, some members of the general public are already forging ahead. Michigan-based Archangel Ancient Trees Archive is attempting to plant thousands of nursery-grown coast redwoods and sequoias in the West, without waiting for more scientific research. Sequoias and coast redwoods, founder David Milarch said, are “magical” trees. “People all over the planet love those trees.” …
given all that we do know, here’s one thing I don’t know: why we aren’t investing more in nature’s ability to address climate change.
It’s not for lack of evidence. Research by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and 14 partner organizations shows that, with some changes in land-use practices over the next decade, nature could provide a third of the emissions reductions we need between now and 2030 to keep the global temperature rise below 2°C. And these are solutions that are available today, with real possibilities for scaling.
August 08, 2018 - Portland Tribune - HOT or NOT? Portland State University research shows temperature varies sharply from one spot to another in Portland.
It's long been known that urban infrastructure — including streets, rail tracks, parking lots, big buildings and freeways — absorb and store heat, which can be released for hours after the sun goes down. History shows that features like street trees, urban parks, white roofs, shade structures and vegetation on exterior walls can help reduce the harmful effects of such “heat islands.”
More recent research, some conducted by Shandas and his students, shows that designing development projects to increase air circulation between buildings also can reduce temperatures.
One of the most visible impacts of climate change is the growing intensity and scope of wildfires in California. The area burned by wildfires in the state, for example, has increased in parallel with increasing air temperatures.
California is one of the most “climate-challenged” regions of North America, according to the assessment. “California’s temperatures are already warming, heat waves are more frequent, and precipitation continues to be highly variable,” the researchers warn.
Ecosystems across the world will dramatically transform as climate change's effects increase, a new study warns. Arizona's forests could retreat with rising temperatures and its deserts could turn hotter and more volatile in the coming century.
The study says human-caused climate change could accelerate changes in vegetation around the globe, filling lush forests with flammable brush and worsening drought conditions where relief is needed most.
The world’s permafrost holds vast stores of carbon. What happens when it thaws?
Last month, Tesla confirmed that it delivered 40,740 vehicles during the second quarter.
Here’s the delivery breakdown for the quarter:
18,440 Model 3’s 10,930 Model S vehicles 11,370 Model X SUVs.
This phenomenon – which has never been recorded before – has occurred twice this year due to warm winds and a climate-change driven heatwave in the northern hemisphere.
One meteorologist described the loss of ice as “scary”. Others said it could force scientists to revise their theories about which part of the Arctic will withstand warming the longest.
Current rates of extinction are about 1000 times the background rate of extinction. These are higher than previously estimated and likely still underestimated. Future rates will depend on many factors and are poised to increase.
With the demise of the proposed Coos Bay, Oregon-based Jordan Cove LNG terminal in December 2016, industry attention has shifted south of the border to Mexico's Baja California. Natural gas obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has a home for exports on two of the three coasts in the U.S. — the other two being the Gulf Coast and the Atlantic Coast — but Costa Azul would be the first LNG export terminal that U.S. companies could access on the Pacific Coast.
The plans for an export facility are just the latest instance of U.S.-based energy companies taking advantage of Mexico’s lenient regulatory system and permitting process.
“Sempra is in Mexico only because the environmental regulations are not as strict, the labor cost is cheaper, and they can get their permits fast,” Powers said.
See also: shale_gas_fracked_gas_-_fact_sheet
180808_history_of_shale.pdf History of oil & gas production from shale in pictures & charts: why US shale will crash and UK will fail This points to Jeremy Leggett's webpage. On it is a Google Doc link to his pptx, which is 77Meg large. The presentation can be downloaded, or viewed using Google tools.
The key point here is that Shale oil and gas has been unable to fund itself. It has been waiting for the big sales at high prices to make the big bucks..
So, not only is shale fracking a terrible earth damaging process in terms of consumed water, dirtied water, leaked methane, etc. It is a ponzi scheme waiting to pay off that prevents the industry from shifting to the Green Energy that is cheaper and better for us.
The article says; “ When I wrote about UK renewables seeing record-setting production, I noted the slight downside that transport-related emissions were up slightly. But here's the thing: I would much rather see the grid get greener first, because even if transport-related emissions are creeping up simultaneously, it's increasingly obvious that electrification of transport is coming.
And when it does, a cleaner electricity grid will mean efficiency improvements from electrification will be more quickly and completely realized.
Two recent headlines from Cleantechnica emphasize that the tipping point keeps getting closer.”
Note all the worry about which comes first: Greening the Grid or EV transportation. Remember, many of us can force our home to be green to support the EV.
Market Technology switch: Note that until market share nears 50% market growth tends to be exponential. We still have a few years of that. Countries and companies and regions that lead this wave will position themselves as leaders.
when solar and wind farms produce more electricity than consumers need, California utilities have had to find ways to get rid of it — including giving it away to other states — or risk overloading the electric grid and causing blackouts.
“I think we have to look at this as a once-in-a-century moment,” said Mayor Eric M. Garcetti of Los Angeles. “So far, it looks really possible. It looks sustainable, and it looks clean.”
The target for completion is 2028, and some say the effort could inspire similar innovations at other dams.
from Wall Street came welcome word that market perceptions haven’t really changed: Even in the age of Trump, the fossil fuel industry has gone from the world’s surest bet to an increasingly challenged enterprise. Researchers at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis minced no words: “In the past several years, oil industry financial statements have revealed significant signs of strain: Profits have dropped, cash flow is down, balance sheets are deteriorating and capital spending is falling. The stock market has recognized the sector’s overall weakness, punishing oil and gas shares over the past five years even as the market as a whole has soared.”
According to Greene, a group of students at Logan High School were shocked after learning about the 2010 resolution and sprung to action. He described how the students have already witnessed Utah's longer and more intense fire seasons, a dwindling snowpack and increasing water scarcity.
The [new] resolution, which Herbert signed on March 20, “encourages the responsible stewardship of natural resources and reduction of emissions through incentives and support of the growth in technologies and services that will enlarge the economy.
May. 10, 2018 - Think Progress - Washington county files climate lawsuit to protect Pacific’s billion-dollar shellfish industry
King County’s lawsuit specifically names five fossil fuel companies — BP, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, and ConocoPhillips - and seeks an undisclosed amount of compensation for damages and costs related to climate adaptation.“Global warming is here and it is harming King County now as King County is already experiencing the impacts of a changing climate: warming temperatures, acidifying marine waters, rising seas, increasing flooding risk, decreasing mountain snowpack, and less water in the summer,” the complaint, filed in King County Superior Court, reads. “This egregious state of affairs is no accident. Rather, it is an unlawful public nuisance of the first order.”
http://www.carbontradewatch.org/pubs/carbon_neutral_myth.pdf There is a basic premise that if you save/sequester some carbon and burn some other carbon, they can cancel each other out. At some level that is right. But, there are real problems with making it work in an already depleted world. Here is a good treatise on that.
“If we are to sustainably deliver cooling for all, we must stop thinking that green electricity and technology efficiency can meet the demand alone. Unless we think thermally, not just electrically, we are sitting on a carbon time-bomb. The challenge is how to embed this approach quickly enough to avoid investment in conventional equipment that lock in cooling emissions for years or decades.”
2017-jun-28-theguardian-Former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres among signatories of letter warning that the next three years will be crucial to stopping the worst effects of global warming
[Current city regulations were meant to protect the city from dangers, but Fossil Fuel Industry trying to get courts to let them off hook.]
[If Fossil Fuel Industry doesn't make real change themselves, ] Moving forward, city leaders can adopt policy that would require industry to pay the full cost for the risks of their dangerous infrastructure by posting a bond equivalent to a worst-case disaster scenario. That cost would be significantly reduced if businesses invest in seismic resilience measures. This approach, a Fossil Fuel Risk Bond program, shifts the costs of unacceptable risks to our community and environment back to the company profiting from dangerous activities.
The Uninhabitable Earth, Annotated Edition The facts, research, and science behind the climate-change article that explored our planet’s worst-case scenarios.
“Indeed, absent a significant adjustment to how billions of humans conduct their lives, parts of the Earth will likely become close to uninhabitable, and other parts horrifically inhospitable, as soon as the end of this century.”
May 5, 2016 - Forbes - Japan Has More Electric Car Charging Points Than Gas Stations [Infographic] This is 2 years old, but still surprising to me, and encoraging.
Note, The report also found that every five years of delay beyond 2020 in peaking global emissions would mean an extra 20 centimeters (8 inches) of sea level rise by 2300.
Turns out we have been unwittingly geoengineering for decades, and just like in the movies, it’s gone off the rails.
We already have planet-cooling technology. The problem is, it’s killing us.
“increased Traditional Owner involvement in implementing the Reef 2050 Plan ” – Traditional Owner means Indigenous Owner…
The drilling company involved in Monday's natural gas rig explosion in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma that killed five workers has a long record of deadly accidents and numerous safety violations.
An interesting article in the context of the World Economic Forum talking about allowing capital to work by finding projects that are not too risky. Fossil Fuel projects got classified as riskier than people think, and Green Energy Projects were classified as less risky than people think. Notes that because people are frightened of investing, there is lots of capital sitting idle. She offers lots to think about.
Anne M. Finucane is vice chairman at Bank of America. She leads the company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts. As part of this, she focuses on the company's outreach to shareholders on social and governance issues, implementing innovative ways to deploy capital and expanding on the company’s environmental business opportunities to support the overall responsible growth strategy. She also oversees public policy, customer research and analytics, global marketing and communications.
In 2015-2016 disaster struck with the worst drought in a century. This caused saltwater to intrude over 80km inland, and destroyed at least 620sq miles of crops.
The population of endangered southern resident killer whales has dwindled to 76 individuals.
Washington state officials have proposed a new tack to save the Pacific Northwest's critically endangered orca population. Their idea is to boost salmon hatchery production by 10 to 20 million more fish per year to provide more food for the iconic killer whales.
A major new study estimates 11bn pieces of plastic contaminate vital reefs and result in infections: ‘It’s like getting gangrene,’ scientists warn.
Interactive Map allows picking a state and seeing the story about its climate change.
An early market entrant bows out as battery manufacturing goes giga-scale
Siemens has been investing a lot of time and money into the microgrid opportunity, as we’ve reported from DistribuTech conferences in years past. On Tuesday, the German power and grid giant unveiled its latest iteration on this front – a Microgrid Management System, meant to give operators the ability to handle much more complex operations between microgrids and utility operators and energy markets.
Siemens’ first publicly revealed test site for its microgrid management platform is at PG&E’s Blue Lake Rancheria project in northern California. Using 500 kilowatts of PV from REC Solar and 950 kilowatt-hours of Tesla batteries, along with a backup diesel generator and building energy management from Johnson Controls, the microgrid can keep the remote Native American reservation’s community center and a designated Red Cross evacuation site running on its own power for up to seven days.
Early, but Real research on Iceland about combining CO2 with Basalt.
Jan 2018 -- Jordan Cove LNG Project Emissions Briefing – Oil Change Internaional
Timeline: The History Of Climate Modelling – CarbonBrief.org
Given all the news items on fishery problems, I thought some folks might like to know that an excellent documentary exists. Not free, (about $4 from Amazon) but good watching: The End of the Line IMDB info
Lake Winnipeg pickerel catch drops drastically – Winnipeg Free Press
Abstract and references to similar articles: Manifestation, Drivers, and Emergence of Open Ocean Deoxygenation.
"Does cooperation actually lead to a better environment?" – The Nature Conservancy
Global Warming Is Worse Than Most Models Predict, Data-driven New Study Warns – Science and Health
A real now story about the coming water wars:
Polar Ice Is Disappearing, Setting Off Climate Alarms Inside Climate News
Climate Change Is Happening Faster Than Expected, and It’s More Extreme – Inside Climate News
World scientists’ warning to humanity – GreenPeaceInternational
What even is a global anoxic event? By Peter Everett of Austrailian Greens
World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice American Institute of Biological Sciences