California passes ambitious laws on emissions and energy efficiency The Guardian, June 4, 2015. Image credit: werner22brigitte Dubbed the California climate leadership package, the 12 bills represent a Democratic-driven push in the Senate to advance an agenda of technological innovation and conservation that was put into play by an executive order by California Governor Jerry […]
WHY PEOPLE DON’T TRUST ENERGY-SAVING GADGETS Futurity, May 4, 2015. Image credit: geralt People’s reluctance to share data about their energy use is likely to stand in the way of “smart” technology designed to promote energy efficiency, experts say. A study, published online in Nature Climate Change, finds that while more than half of people quizzed […]
Jeff Perkins for 2014 AASHE Conference, March 23, 2015 We can all see the solar farms and wind farms being built to generate clean energy, but we can never see the “efficiency farm” that is reducing consumption. Energy efficiency efforts across the United States have obviated the need to build dozens of power plants, especially in […]
When the world’s two largest polluters join in establishing new goals for reducing emissions of climate-disrupting gases, criticism and skepticism are predictable. And there was plenty following the recent agreement between the United States and China to do just that.
UN climate negotiations opening in Lima on Monday have the best chance in a generation of striking a deal on global warming, diplomats say. After a 20-year standoff, diplomats and longtime observers of the talks say there is rising optimism that negotiators will be able to secure a deal that will commit all countries to take action against climate change.
Building on strong progress during the first six years of the Administration, today President Obama announced a new target to cut net greenhouse gas emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. At the same time, President Xi Jinping of China announced targets to peak CO2 emissions around 2030.