Carbon-absorbing olivine 2.0

The atmospheric carbon dynamic is changing. Experts say it’s flattening. I look at this and right away I’m thinking human CO2 contribution. Which, on the surface, sounds really hopeful. I mean, we’ve been pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere for how long now? But, what’s good about this is that in the context of an … Read more

If U.S. wants most advanced energy economy, some serious energy-permitting reform a must

Over the past two years, Congress has passed several much-needed laws and allocated over a trillion dollars to grow and update infrastructure and clean energy technology in the United States to combat climate change and lower consumer energy costs. However, these projects cannot become a reality under the current regulatory structure, which takes several years … Read more

Breaking: Huge environmental win in historic youth-brought Montana climate case

Helena, MT – A  judge ruled in favor of Montana youth climate plaintiffs today, declaring the state is violating its own constitution by not protecting the right to a clean environment. Held v. Montana was the first-ever youth climate case to go to trial in the U.S. and now is the first victory, setting a … Read more

More thoughts on climate, warming and the ‘potential’ heat-trapping-gas link

As an environmental journalist more broadly and an air-quality (and climate) correspondent more narrowly, on matters dealing with such issues, only the facts will do. Anything less and it’s nothing more than hearsay. Therefore, I am obliged to stay informed on matters dealing with such issues, which would be impossible without me first doing my … Read more

‘Long-dormant’ oil wells in California’s Carrizo Plain National Monument ordered shut

SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif.― The Bureau of Land Management late Wednesday ordered an oil company to permanently close and remove 11 long-dormant oil wells inside the Carrizo Plain National Monument, a unique landscape in central California famous for its vibrant springtime wildflower displays and rare wildlife. The order was part of a legal agreement … Read more

Are highway expansions best solutions for congestion relief? New nationwide survey shows 82% say ‘no’

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 29) — A new nationwide survey of American voters’ attitudes reveals a significant divide between voters’ attitudes about the best short-and long-term solutions for reducing traffic, versus the actual priorities of their state and local transportation agencies. In 2021 The Washington Post estimated that highway widening and expansion consumed more than a … Read more

My message to COP-28 conferees: Have productive talks, reach consensus, then let’s get to work to fix the climate

Editor’s note: It is my hope that the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP-28) to be held in Dubai late this fall yields some constructive talks with consensus reached, all of the delegates attending come to agreement and work at putting climate on a path to stabilization will be forthcoming in time and is sufficiently … Read more

Feds announce intent to fund efforts to lower oil, gas sector methane emissions

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) released a notice of intent announcing the first in a series of funding opportunities to monitor and reduce methane emissions, one of the biggest drivers of the climate crisis, from the oil and gas sector and … Read more

Temperature records: Are more in store or has peak been reached?

BONN and GENEVA – According to ERA5 data from the EU-funded Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), the first three weeks of July have been the warmest three-week period on record and the month is on track to be the hottest July and the hottest month on record. These temperatures have been related to heatwaves in large parts … Read more

Extreme weather events are a problem where they live, three-in-four Californians say

SAN FRANCISCO, July 12, 2023—An overwhelming majority of Californians say that extreme weather events are a problem in their part of the state, including about one in three who say they are a big problem. A majority of Californians think the use of electric vehicles (EVs) helps address climate change; half of the state’s residents … Read more