Seeing is believing

cat 5 storm

The poll numbers on the U.S. electorate’s perceptions of climate change have changed over the years. After the most recent spate of tropical storms out of the Atlantic, a new poll by Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 68% of Americans think weather disasters seem to be worsening.  Moreover, almost all of this…
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A solar high

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According to a new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA), solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy in 2016, beating out all other energy sources, including coal. New solar capacity increased by 50% globally in 2016, with China accounting for almost half of this expansion. Despite current uncertainty about renewable energy policy in the United States, the US is still…
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UK clean energy milestone

UK coal fired electricity graph

The United Kingdom generated 100% of its power from sources other than coal last Friday.  This day made history, the first time since 1882 that the UK had not relied on coal for electricity production for a continuous 24 hours. National Grid spokesman Sean Kemp told the New York Times that this marks “a kind of end of an era.”  Coal consumption…
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New U.S. public opinion data on climate change contradicts Trump Administration policies

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At the same time that the Trump Administration is moving to rescind the Clean Power Plan and other EPA rules on climate change, the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication reports that 7 out of 10 Americans support limits on CO2 emissions by coal-fired power plants. Huh? Bob Inglis, a former Republican congressman from South Carolina, sums up…
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Trump’s proposed budget would cut US international climate change work significantly

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According to Inside Climate News, the Trump Administration’s recently unveiled budget proposal would cut $10.1 billion from the United States’ current international climate work, which represents a 28% reduction from the status quo. It would eliminate the Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI), which funds all climate-related bilateral efforts, like collaborations with China and India, and contributes to the United Nations…
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Will the U.S. hand off the Paris Agreement baton to China?

US CHina ratification

In London today, Myron Ebell told participants at a climate denier conference that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Agreement: “He could do it by executive order tomorrow or he could do it as part of a larger package.” Ebell is a well known U.S. climate denier who was tapped by the Trump Administration to lead the pre-inauguration…
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U.S. climate change resources

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If you’re trying to find U.S. climate change information that was deleted from government websites beginning on January 20, 2017, I recommend going to the following sites: Adaptation Clearinghouse (Georgetown Law Center), which has archived and reposted numerous U.S. government resources on climate change adaptation. Way Back Machine (project of Internet Archive, a non-profit library of books, music, films, and…
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Week 2 of COP22

L to R: DJ Haskins, Julia Muench, Miranda Jensen, Jenny Leech, Jonas Reagan

Yesterday saw COP22 kicking into high gear, with the subsidiary bodies trying hard to wrap up their recommendations for the COP, CMP, and CMA, which began – in a fashion – today. The SBI had partially closed last Friday, and finished agreeing on the remainder of its draft decisions on Monday afternoon.  Afterward, the SBSTA plenary began…
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COP22 Begins Today

L to R: Amy Pickering, Tori Scozzaro, Roxana Mastor, Beth Bootz, Hannah Solomon

This morning at 10am GMT, COP22/CMP12/CMA1 kicked off with an opening ceremony that included a local drumming corps.  About 10 hours later, it closed with a welcome reception filled with lutes and violins. In between, the opening plenaries of the three major governance groups – COP22 or the 22nd meeting of the Conference of Parties to…
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UPDATE: India signals Oct. 2 ratification of Paris Agreement

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Yesterday’s edition of the New Indian Express reported Prime Minister Modi’s announcement that India will ratify the Paris Agreement on October 2. Not only is this ratification timed to celebrate the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth, but it will come in ahead of the EU’s fast track ratification date of October 7.  While this newspaper says…
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375 NAS scientists speak out

NAS letter

“Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality.” So begins an open letter published yesterday by 375 National Academy of Science members. It unequivocally states that burning fossil fuels have left human “fingerprints” all over the climate system, notably observed in sea level rise, declining Arctic sea ice, and…
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28 countries and almost 42% of global GHG emissions

US CHina ratification

In the last 10 days, ratification of the Paris Agreement jumped from 25 countries representing a very small amount of global GHG emissions to more than half the countries and 80% of the emissions required to bring it into force. As we blogged last April after the signing ceremony in New York, the magic numbers per Article…
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Coal plant capacity decline worldwide

global coal plant tracker

The Global Coal Plan Tracker reports this week that the “coal plant pipeline” (defined as coal-fired generating capacity in pre-construction planning) dropped 14% during the first half of 2016. This 158 gigawatts (GW) reduction (from 1,090 GW in January 2016 to 932 GW in July) almost equals the EU’s total coal-fired generating capacity.  The report points out significant drops in Asia, with China leading the way…
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Obama on Climate Change

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In his weekly address last Friday, President Obama summed up his administration’s record on climate change.  Calling it “one of the most urgent challenges of our time,” he pointed to progress made since 2008.  This includes: clean energy investment (300% increase in wind power, 3000% increase in solar power), lowest carbon emissions from energy in 25 years, continued economic growth,…
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