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Latest IPCC Report, Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability (02.27.22). "Today’s IPCC report is an atlas of human suffering and a damning indictment of failed climate leadership. With fact upon fact, this report reveals how people and the planet are getting clobbered by climate change. Nearly half of humanity is living in the danger zone – now. Many ecosystems are at the point of no return – now. Unchecked carbon pollution is forcing the world’s most vulnerable on a frog march to destruction – now. The facts are undeniable. This abdication of leadership is criminal. The world’s biggest polluters are guilty of arson of our only home. It is essential to meet the goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees." António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations.
Healthy Planet Action Coalition issues OPEN LETTER to COP26 The letter calling for an urgent global response to cool the planet, reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), and remove legacy GHG from the atmosphere is signed by 46 scientists, engineers, and activists from ten countries. Click here for the Press Release.
UN-IPCC Climate Assessment #6 Report (08.09.21) The latest scientific assessment from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for the first time speaks with certainty about the total responsibility of human activity for rising temperatures. The scientists forecast no end to warming trends until Greenhouse Gas emissions cease.
Governor Newsom Launches Innovative Strategies to Use California Land to Fight Climate Change, Conserve Biodiversity and Boost Climate Resilience (10.07.20). Click here to read the press release.
Yolo County Board of Supervisors passes Climate Change and Just Transition Mobilization Resolution. (09.29.20). On a vote of 4-1 the resolution originally initiated by a group of Yolo County climate change and social justice advocates was adopted by the Board of Supervisors. Formation of a broadly representative advisory body to assist the County in developing a climate change and just transition plan will follow.
Newsom orders ban of new gas-powered cars by 2035. Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order requiring sales of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035 and additional measures to eliminate harmful emissions from the transportation sector. (09.23.20) Click here to read the press release.
Woodland is the New Site for Innovation in Agriculture (09.08.20). AgStart today announced a unique, broad-based public-private collaboration to fund a new, shared-use innovation incubator in Woodland supporting innovators and startup companies in Ag | Food | Health. AgStart is a non-profit incubator that accelerates the growth of innovative ag & food tech companies and strengthens the region’s innovation ecosystem.
New electricity grid for climate transformation. The Advanced Research on Integrated Energy Systems (ARIES) platform at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). ARIES is a cutting-edge research platform that will allow NREL researchers and the scientific community to address the fundamental challenges of integrated energy systems at scale.
California survey finds People of Color twice as likley to be concerned about climate change and the environment compared to Whites. The annual poll by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) also indicates that people of color are the most willing to make lifestyle changes in order to combat global warming. See PPIC summary of these results here. A summary of all survey results and the complete survey and analysis are found here.
SMUD Board of Directors adopts climate emergency declaration (07.17.20) recognizing climate emergency and commits to working towards carbon neutrality by 2030.
The Sacramento and West Sacramento Mayors’ Commission on Climate Change (06.29.20) unanimously adopted a report and recommendations to achieve carbon zero by 2045. You can find the report here. Click here to read the press release.
National Institute of Food and Agriculture Organic Transitions Program
The Organic Transitions Program (ORG) supports the development and implementation of research, Extension, and higher education programs to improve the competitiveness of organic livestock and crop producers, as well as those who are adopting organic practices.
Application deadline: April 21, 2022For more information, see the Organic Transitions Program funding announcement.