British Columbia loses $1 billion a year in fossil fuel subsidies

The below Nov. 6, 2018 media release is from the Citizens’ Climate Lobby British Columbia and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. It’s money that we can’t afford to lose—and money that is slowing our transition to a clean-energy economy. British Columbians forgo over $1 billion annually that promote the development and use … Read more

More houses, longer grass-growing season means more lawn mowing

Half of Americans live in suburbia. And, for those that do, in the abodes, humble or otherwise, that we call home, attached are typically front-, back- and for some, side-yards. As such, a person could conclude, these green spaces go with the territory. Adding to this I contend, size-wise, in a front-to-back-yard comparison, the yards … Read more

93% of children globally breathe noxious air each day, WHO says

Every day around 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk. Tragically, many of them die: WHO estimates that in 2016, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air. A … Read more

CRR, that’s code for carbon removal and reuse. Good idea? Will it work?

There is nothing wrong with having ideas, visions. Even better when ideas are turned into materials, products or processes that are practical, useful, can make life easier and provide for better quality of life. In fact, I encourage such creative if not inspired thought and follow-through. One of the more recent ideas has come to … Read more

Restoring unity, order, smarts, meaning, sanity and balance in the space we call travel – 1: High-speed rail

From the time transportation first entered the automation age until this day in 2018, the science, platform and industry regarding such have indeed come far. When that happened, what began was a revolution and that same revolution continues today. There have been so many field-related developments that to try to name them all in this … Read more

A 1.5°C vs 2°C world-temp rise could mean fewer health, ecosystem effects, new report finds

There is a new report out from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The in-depth report’s title: Global Warming of 1.5°C, an IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat … Read more

Drilling down on fossil-fuel burning and its connection to carbon, carbon dioxide in air

So, fossil fuels: what are they? Fossil fuels get their name from substances created from the process of anaerobic decomposition of dead, buried-in-the-ground organisms (matter) that provide energy when burned, according to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. Secondly, with the igniting of fossil fuels and with the quantities burned, the thinking is, such has contributed to … Read more

Decision issued against Grapevine development – a near billion-a-year extra travel miles avoided

Separating – and situated between – Los Angeles and Bakersfield are the Tehachapi Mountains. Proposed for the region between was an 8,000-acre development known as Grapevine. The development, to have been sited completely within Kern County borders but very near to the Kern County-Los Angeles County Line, would have enabled what is referred to as … Read more

Earth, the Mothership, in distress and in desperation, sends an SOS

I have heard at least once if not more times that July 2018 is California’s hottest month ever recorded. 124 years ago, it should be noted, is when such temperature-data recordkeeping first began. On Saturday, a friend in Bakersfield texted that the Air Quality Index there had reached an unhealthy (for everyone) 151. Ozone was … Read more

SMART celebrates one year of service; in it for the long haul

On 43 miles of track linking Marin and Sonoma counties, California’s newest passenger rail commuter system is about to celebrate its first full year of operation on Aug. 25th. Marking the occasion there was an event at the Novato Hamilton Station on Aug. 18th while train rides were free all weekend, according to SMART in … Read more