T & C: Our impact on Earth; its impact on us – Part 8: Education the common denominator

Breath of life: Air. Contemplative point 6: On our being aware, the common denominator education is what gets us there. Education: A must! Fact: Today, 50 percent of the world’s human inhabitants live in cities. By the mid-century mark, the figure is expected to grow to two-thirds or 67 percent. Living in the world today … Read more

T & C: Our impact on Earth; its impact on us – Part 4: Housing, business and the economy

City planner Jeff Speck in his book Walkable Cities: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time makes clear the point that in the United States the air pollution dynamic has shifted. Rather than the bulk of America’s smog-forming pollution coming from industry, it is now sourced mainly from vehicle exhaust.1 How this … Read more

T & C: Our impact on Earth; its impact on us – Part 3: Energy in cities – the ‘states’ we’re in

Contemplative point 2: Running a city takes energy. The former feeds off the latter to survive. Energy: it can neither be created nor destroyed; only changed. Energy can be friend or foe; an asset or detriment, in other words. Energy is responsible for bringing to life things that we often take for granted like lit … Read more

Terms and conditions: Our impact on Earth; its impact on us – Part 2: In excess – Sprawl

Suburbanization: One of the most successful growth and development schemes going; that is, until it wasn’t anymore. It has overstepped its bounds – literally! Greg Dierkers, Erin Silsbe, Shayna Stott, Steve Winkelman and Mac Wubben of the Center for Clean Air Policy in “CCAP Transportation Emissions Guidebook – Part One: Land Use, Transit & Travel … Read more

Terms and conditions: Our impact on Earth; its impact on us – Part 1: It’s a jungle out there

Projections are that by 2050, 9 billion people will inhabit the Earth. Such is reflective of improving conditions or at least conditions not getting worse. Such would have to be case, right, i.e., if the case is to be made that a population that big can be adequately provided for? In recent times population has … Read more

SAPS: Potato concerns raking in energy, waste, water savings with sustainability actions

Number 7 in the Sustainable Agricultural Practices Series. The place where food is grown – the farm – is not a place one typically thinks of when thinking of entities adopting sustainability practices. But, more and more, agriculture is, in fact, getting with that program. In this installment we take a look1 at two potato … Read more

Progress Report: California on track to reach 2020 GHG target of 427 MMTCO2e

Another year has passed and California’s greenhouse gas emissions continue to fall. For purposes of this discussion, representative data covers years 2000 to 2015, inclusive. “California’s GHG emissions have followed a declining trend since 2007,” the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (ARB) emphasized in the Overview section of “California Greenhouse Gas Emissions for … Read more

The ridiculously resilient ridge is back

Have you heard? The ridiculously resilient ridge of high pressure is back. We’re talking over the U.S. west. It’s been parked here for quite a while. It’s a familiar refrain. Regarding the characteristic dry spell and unseasonably warm temperatures, as is usual, tied to this high-pressure center is stagnant air in California’s Central Valley and, … Read more

Lowering emissions from transportation now more important than ever

For almost 40 years U.S. transportation held the No. 2 spot. In 2016, this sector moved to the top in emissions output, outstripping energy for the first time since 1978. There are two reasons and two reasons only for the reversal: 1) transportation emissions increased; and 2) energy emissions fell. It’s that simple. The good … Read more

2017: A doozy of a year. One for the record books. Unprecedented. Yeah, that.

It is the middle of December, already. 2018 is just around the corner. Can you believe it?! For some of what transpired this year really the roots can be traced back to last. It began in earnest in August, on Aug. 16, 2016 to be exact, with the announcement made by the U.S. Environmental Protection … Read more