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No! Wrong Way! U.S. Carbon Emissions Rising Again

No! Wrong Way! U.S. Carbon Emissions Rising Again

Climate Change: Well here's some news to ruin your weekend: the federal government's chief energy analysts say that despite a massive national investment in renewable energy, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are climbing again.
What Does 'Carbon-Neutral' Really Mean?

What Does 'Carbon-Neutral' Really Mean?

Climate Change: As businesses start looking for ways not to affect the planet's natural carbon cycles, the phrases "carbon-neutral" and "carbon-negative" have increasingly become industry buzzwords. But what do they really mean?
Report Shows Need to Protect Bird Habitat While Fighting Climate Change

Report Shows Need to Protect Bird Habitat While Fighting Climate Change

Commentary: A recent report by the Audubon Society underscores the dire future North American birds face if we don't act now to stem climate change. But that doesn't let industrial renewable energy facilities off the hook for harm they cause birds.
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L.A. Using Only a Fraction of its Rooftop Solar Potential

L.A. Using Only a Fraction of its Rooftop Solar Potential

Photovoltaic (PV): The city has installed only two percent of the rooftop solar that's feasible in the city, and raising that figure just to ten percent would create 47,000 new jobs, according to a new report.
A Big Cut for L.A. Emissions Proposed

A Big Cut for L.A. Emissions Proposed

Climate Change: A Los Angeles city councilman said today he wants to set a goal of dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Los Angeles by 2050.
Not Far Enough: Some Say EPA's Climate Rules Need to do More

Not Far Enough: Some Say EPA's Climate Rules Need to do More

Climate Change: The U.S Environmental Protection Agency issued its long-awaited plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants on Monday, but some climate activists are saying the move doesn't go far enough.
U.S. Carbon Emissions Are Rising Again

U.S. Carbon Emissions Are Rising Again

Climate Change: In the run-up to the anticipated announcement next week of new, strict federal greenhouse gas emissions limits for power plants, a federal agency has announced that the nation's carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use have started rising again after a five-year decline.
Bad News For Big Desert Solar: Arid Lands Absorb Greenhouse Gases

Bad News For Big Desert Solar: Arid Lands Absorb Greenhouse Gases

Climate Change: The debate over whether utility-scale solar projects are right for desert public lands just got more complicated. A new study shows that undisturbed desert landscapes absorb a fair amount of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, potentially helping to lessen climate change.
New Study Yanks Away Glimmer of Hope on Climate Change

New Study Yanks Away Glimmer of Hope on Climate Change

Climate Change: A September, a paper by the world's leading body of scientists studying the effects of human activity on the world's climate suggested there was a slim chance that greenhouse gas emissions would force global warming to a smaller degree than previously suspected. But a new study yanks the rug out from under that slight bit of optimism.
California's Carbon Market a Success in its First Year, Report Finds

California's Carbon Market a Success in its First Year, Report Finds

Climate Change: Despite earlier gloomy prognostications that California's greenhouse gas cap and trade system would violate the law and tank the state's economy, the program's first year has been a remarkable success according to a new report by the Environmental Defense Fund.
The Good and Bad of the West Coast Climate Pact

The Good and Bad of the West Coast Climate Pact

Climate Change: Reaction to the pact is mixed, with the most negative reaction coming from activists opposed to the expansion of hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and gas in California.
LADWP Power Plants Make List of 50 Dirtiest in U.S.

LADWP Power Plants Make List of 50 Dirtiest in U.S.

Coal: A coal-fired plant operated by the LADWP is among the nation's 50 dirtiest power plants, according to a report released Tuesday.
Will Climate Change Cause Human Extinction?

Will Climate Change Cause Human Extinction?

Climate Change: Could humans really drive themselves to extinction by changing the global climate? Maybe, but that's really the wrong question to ask.
EPA Releases Videos for Fighting Climate Change In Your Daily Life

EPA Releases Videos for Fighting Climate Change In Your Daily Life

Climate Change: The EPA has released a series of videos on everyday actions you can take to slow down climate change, aimed at those of us who haven't yet devoted our entire waking lives to worrying about the issue of greenhouse gas emissions.
It's Getting Cheaper to Pollute in California

It's Getting Cheaper to Pollute in California

Climate Change: And some climate activists are saying this isn't necessarily bad news. We explain the math using items you can find in your kitchen.
A Possible Indicator That the Earth's Climate is Destabilizing

A Possible Indicator That the Earth's Climate is Destabilizing

Climate Change: A new study of annual CO(2) cycles in the Northern Hemisphere suggests that the Earth's climate may be destabilizing in ways we hadn't anticipated.
2012: The Warmest Year on Record in the U.S.

2012: The Warmest Year on Record in the U.S.

Climate Change: The American Meteorological Society (AMS) has released an annual report on the world's changing climate, and the news is just about as bad as you might expect. 2012 was one of the ten warmest years on record worldwide, and the warmest year on record in the United States.
Will California And Australia Trade Carbon Credits?

Will California And Australia Trade Carbon Credits?

Climate Change: California's greenhouse gas cap and trade program will basically merge with similar program in Quebec in January. If a Tuesday announcement by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is any indication, Australia may be next.
'Don't Fund Evil': Google HQ Targeted for Climate Change Protest

'Don't Fund Evil': Google HQ Targeted for Climate Change Protest

Climate Change: In the wake of recent revelations that Google is supporting one of the most stubborn climate change denialists in the Senate, climate activists plan are planning a demonstration Wednesday at Google's headquarters in Mountain View.
Climate Change Policy to Play a Big Role Under EPA's New Boss

Climate Change Policy to Play a Big Role Under EPA's New Boss

Climate Change: Gina McCarthy, the incoming Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), delivered a video address to EPA staff Monday that leaves no doubt addressing climate change will be a priority on her watch.
Senate Confirms New Head of EPA

Senate Confirms New Head of EPA

Government: The U.S. Senate voted today to confirm Regina "Gina" McCarthy as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The long-delayed confirmation had been a bargaining chip in a partisan battle over the Obama administration's energy policy.
Obama's Climate Plan: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Obama's Climate Plan: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Climate Change: His long-awaited Climate Action Plan contains some overdue good ideas -- and some outdated bad ones.
Carbon Dioxide Level Reaches Record High -- And That's Not Good News

Carbon Dioxide Level Reaches Record High -- And That's Not Good News

Climate Change: The concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere reached a record high Thursday, attaining a level the planet hasn't experienced for the last three million years, according to scientists.
California Carbon Credits Will Soon Be Good In Quebec

California Carbon Credits Will Soon Be Good In Quebec

Climate Change: Greenhouse gas emission allowances acquired as part of California's cap and trade auction program can soon be traded along with those issued under a similar program in Canada.
Study: Southern California Slammed By Weather Disasters

Study: Southern California Slammed By Weather Disasters

Climate Change: Twenty California counties have endured weather-related disasters since January 2007 that were damaging enough to merit 41 Federal disaster area declarations, and two-thirds of Californians live on counties struck by those disasters.
Sierra Club Slams Five 'Utility Money-Wasters'

Sierra Club Slams Five 'Utility Money-Wasters'

Coal: A proposed coal-fired power plant that would cost $3.15 billion tops a list of five projects of California investor-owned utilities singled out for criticism by the Sierra Club as expensive and dirty.
Greenhouse Gas Auction Price Holding Steady in California

Greenhouse Gas Auction Price Holding Steady in California

Climate Change: California's Air Resources Board has just released the results of its February auction of greenhouse gas emissions allowances, and it would seem the price of polluting isn't going up by much.
Permafrost Melt May Start Sooner Than Thought

Permafrost Melt May Start Sooner Than Thought

Climate Change: A rise in temperature of 1.5°C may well be enough to trigger widespread melting of the earth's permafrost, which holds twice the greenhouse gases already contained in the Earth's atmosphere. And we're already almost halfway there.
If Sea Level Rose 21 Meters, What Would Happen to California? Disaster.

If Sea Level Rose 21 Meters, What Would Happen to California? Disaster.

Climate Change: One glacier expert is saying human industrial activity has already locked in 69 feet of sea level rise. If that's true, what would that mean for California?
State's Cap and Trade Program Survives Court Challenge

State's Cap and Trade Program Survives Court Challenge

Climate Change: California's landmark carbon emission credit trading program won a round in state court late last week, as Judge Ernest Goldsmith tossed out a suit against the California Air Resources Board that would have sent the cap and trade program back to the drawing board.
Governor's Address Long on Climate, Short on Energy

Governor's Address Long on Climate, Short on Energy

Government: California Governor Jerry Brown's State of The State address Thursday morning included a detailed, hard-headed assessment of the threat climate change poses the state. But those looking for hints about new state energy policies for 2013 likely came away disappointed.
California Industry's Greenhouse Pollution Dropped Again in 2011

California Industry's Greenhouse Pollution Dropped Again in 2011

Climate Change: California's industrial emissions of greenhouse gases dropped for the third straight year in 2011, according to figures released this month by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Despite Stirring Speech, Obama Unclear on Climate Change

Despite Stirring Speech, Obama Unclear on Climate Change

Climate Change: During his second inaugural address yesterday, President Obama said that the country's continued failure to address climate change "would betray our children and future generations." But will his actions match his rhetoric?
M.I.T.: Obama Must Change Course To Fix Climate Crisis

M.I.T.: Obama Must Change Course To Fix Climate Crisis

Climate Change: The editors of the MIT Technology Review have a message for President Obama: "You've got four years to set us on track to fix the climate, and your own administration's policy is one of the problems."
More Greenhouse Gas Permits to Hit Auction

More Greenhouse Gas Permits to Hit Auction

Climate Change: Selling greenhouse gas emissions permits is about to become routine in California
Do California's Deserts Help Control Climate Change?

Do California's Deserts Help Control Climate Change?

Science: That desert landscape we're bulldozing for solar power plants? Turns out it sequesters carbon if we leave it alone.
Global Carbon Emissions Reach Record High

Global Carbon Emissions Reach Record High

Climate Change: We're now emitting 2 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every second. Climatologists are starting to lose hope that we can keep global warming down to 2°C as a result.
Greenhouse Gases Now Have A Market Price In California

Greenhouse Gases Now Have A Market Price In California

Climate Change: What's a ton of carbon dioxide worth in California? As of this week, there's a new answer to that question: about $12 or $13.
Poll: Californians Support Carbon Cap and Trade

Poll: Californians Support Carbon Cap and Trade

Climate Change: Californians support the state's new cap and trade system of auctioning greenhouse gas emission permits by a margin of two to one, according to a poll released today -- including a majority of Republicans.
California's Cap And Trade Law Takes Effect

California's Cap And Trade Law Takes Effect

Climate Change: California's tough new greenhouse gas cap and trade law swung into action this morning.
Waxman, Rush Call For Hearing on Climate Change and Energy Production

Waxman, Rush Call For Hearing on Climate Change and Energy Production

Government: L.A's veteran Congressional Representative wants hearings on how a warmer world makes it harder to generate electricity.
Governor Jerry Brown Takes Aim at Climate Change Deniers

Governor Jerry Brown Takes Aim at Climate Change Deniers

Climate Change: Democrats seem to be getting fed up with debating climate change denialists.
Republican Elder Statesman Calls for Carbon Tax

Republican Elder Statesman Calls for Carbon Tax

Policy: Admitting the possibility of climate change is enough to get you drummed out of the GOP these days, but Reagan's former Secretary of State George Shultz is taking it a lot further.