The City of Los Angeles took a significant step toward realizing its global leadership potential. Mayor Garcetti released LA’s first-ever urban sustainability plan: the pLAn.
LA City Council members Paul Krekorian and Mike Bonin coauthored legislation for a fast route to 100% renewables for LA. With an appreciative nod from the Sierra Club, the news reported at 11district.comfollows:
“LADWP is on the verge of making significant investments in its infrastructure, and with that 100-year-old power system in need of significant upgrades, the city has an opportunity to re-create its utility in a way that recognizes the potential for a fossil-free future, demonstrates global leadership in its commitment to clean energy, and protects ratepayers from the increasing costs of carbon-based fuels.”
Under the current plan, emissions are expected to drop. Under a new plan, they could drop to zero!
The next days, the water level in the rivers Rhine, Waal and IJssel, will reach maybe the highest level ever in summer times
Will we keep our feet dry? Rivers are rising fast!
Since May 31th, it’s awfully raining in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. It looks like the monsoons we know from South East Asia.
The next days, the water level in the rivers Rhine, Waal and IJssel, will reach maybe the highest level ever in summer times. A water level of more than 14 meters above sea level is not usual for this time of year. Read More
G20 Summit: India and Saudi Arabia rejected world climate ambitions
Are fossils still lucrative for investors? Does the divestment campaign have a material effect on the industry that they are attacking, and thus the transition to sustainability and the reduction of CO2 emissions? Read More
These multinationals are supporting the 1.5 degree global warming with ambitious carbon reduces
These multinationals have made a commitment to go 100% renewable. Update: 58 companies with 50 million MWh of renewable energy! And the list is growing fast.
Sijbesma, CEO Royal DSM in the Huffington Post: “Our children and their children will thank us for finally stepping up.”
MultiNationals and carbon pricing
Royal DSM is applying an internal carbon price of €50 per ton CO2 equivalent when reviewing large investments. They call on business to do the same: it will make your business more future proof.
Facilitated by the World Economic Forum, around 80 CEOs voiced their support for a meaningful carbon price in the run-up to COP21. The current low oil price creates the right moment to introduce a price on carbon.
Yesterday, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced a doubling of the US payments on climate aid from 430 to $ 860 million in 2020. With this gesture of goodwill the White House hopes for a possible signal from the developing countries.
Yesterday, the new concept agreement was finished. Just two hours later than promised.
It is 29 pages shorter than the previous one (43)
More than three quarters of the discussion have been resolved.
It’s already a historic climate summit. Delegates from 196 countries have to reach an agreement on combating global warming after 2020. The last major climate summit, Copenhagen in 2009, failed because there should be a comprehensive agreement.
More than 150 countries have applied on the eve of the climate conference in Paris in late November with plans and initiatives to stop the global warming.
But all these plans will not be enough to stay below the safe 2 degrees Celsius.
However, they slow down the warm-up, and they make sure that the 2-degree-target in the near future will be feasible without large investments. Read More
When we get large storms that coincide with high tides, that’s when there’s the potential for the most damage.
Sea-level rise is a dynamic phenomenon. Historical experience indicates that sea level rise occurs in spurts. In the next several decades, California’s greatest coastal impacts are likely to be caused when an El Niño event, large storms, and high tides coming together. Read More