states for zev mouDon’t you love acronyms?  ZEV MOU means “zero-emission vehicles memorandum of understanding.”  The eight states of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont today signed an agreement to develop an action plan to collectively require 15% of all new vehicles sold in their states be either electric or hydrogen fuel-cell by 2025.  That should translate, as the rule phases in, to having 3.3 million ZEVs on their roads by that time.  California Governor Jerry Brown said:  “This is not just an agreement, but a serious and profoundly important commitment.  From coast to coast, we’re charging ahead to get millions of the world’s cleanest vehicles on our roads.” Continue reading

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Ocean Impacts – IPCC Fifth Assessment Report

IPCCAR5oceanacidificationgraphThe first part of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) has been out for a couple of weeks.  Looking at the physical science, AR5 covers the full range of how greenhouse gases are changing the face of our planet.

One area that is getting more attention this time around is the ocean.  As you can see here, for instance, as carbon Continue reading

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Keystone XL Truth

pipeline-bwI wrote here recently about Tom Steyer and his mission to stop the pipeline.  He, along with Bill McKibben, 350.org, the Sierra Club, and a growing universe of activists are building what we all hope is an inarguable case against the pipeline and the tar sands.  We are trying to make the movement against KXL inexorable.

Here is the first of Tom Steyer’s video spots, airing nationally, against the pipeline and the tar sands.  For more, go to Keystone Truth and to Steyer’s NextGen Climate Action.

Don’t believe Tom Steyer?  How about 21 Nobel peace and science laureates?  They’re against the tar sands too and want the EU to immediately implement its Fuel Quality Directive.  This would ban tar sands oil from Europe.

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Book Talks in October

book cultureI’m happy to report that I’ve got two book talks coming up this month.  For those of you around New York City, I’ll be at Book Culture, in the heart of the Columbia University and St. John the Divine community.  That’s on Thursday, October 24th.  We get going at 7:00 PM at the W. 112th St. location.  For more, see their events calendar here.  (Scroll down for A Newer World.)

If you’re up in Fairfield County, I’ll be there earlier that week, on Tuesday evening the 22nd.  You can get more information and register here.

A good time is guaranteed for all.

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