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Climate

Here. Now. Us. actualizes climate change for Marin County

I’m sure you remember a childhood moment at the beach, on a mountain or in an observation tower, begging your parents for a quarter so you could look through the coin-operated binoculars and get a close-up view of everything that was once so small to your naked eye. Now imagine…

Financial crisis and coal?

A lot of news and information about energy comes across my desk every day, so it’s not often that I get past the first page of anything, much less page 90. Yet that’s just where I found myself recently -- page 90-91 of a utility regulatory proceedings document from New…

A sneak peek at 2015’s big environment news

Think no one’s paying attention to the big environmental issues of the day? Think again. Last month, an overflow crowd attended an event at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC to hear journalists like the Wall Street Journal’s Amy Harder, Bloomberg’s Larry Pearl, and Randy Loftis of the Dallas…

A reality check on biomass ambitions

To combat climate change and reduce petroleum imports, some countries have started to adopt strong targets for renewable energy. For example, European Union law requires 20% of energy to be from renewable sources by 2020, and is targeting 27% renewable energy by 2030. So far, biomass is by far the largest contributor…

Climate solutions – A healthy dose of optimism

Climate solutions are difficult, expensive, out of reach, and not particularly useful for regular people, particularly low income communities, and communities of color – right? That’s the usual line in the mainstream media, and it’s one we at Carpe Diem West are working hard to shift. We recently read Brentin Mock’s…

Why the Hobby Lobby decision is bad for everyone

Last week, five members of the Supreme Court (none of them women) decided the religious beliefs of certain corporations outweigh a woman’s right to birth control coverage. Which (as I wrote for the Skoll World Forum) is bad for the thousands of women who work for companies whose owners want…

Who shouted, who didn’t: 10 observations on the carbon regulations media landscape so far

With a month now passed since EPA’s announcement of carbon pollution standards for power plants, we took a look back at the news coverage in June to get a sense of the media landscape on the issue so far. To make the scan manageable, we concentrated on print and radio, news…

Carbon rule thrusts energy efficiency into the limelight

Energy reporters were all abuzz this spring in anticipation of the release of the Environmental Projection Agency’s draft regulations on power plant emissions. In the days leading up to the release, news coverage framed the story as a battle between coal vs. clean energy interests, with little to no coverage…

Electric vehicles for the rest of us

Californians, like the country as a whole, are driving less and less, helping curb dangerous tailpipe emissions. But with many forces at play, including a growing population, we can’t expect to reach our state’s climate goals by just coasting in cruise control. For this reason, California isn’t waiting for the…

10 words that thwart opposition messages to carbon limits

Carbon dioxide is back on a national political stage. On June 2, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy put it there with her announcement of standards for states to meet in reducing carbon pollution from power plants. In the weeks and months prior to the announcement, there was no small…