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Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change (April 2022).  This report assesses recent developments and current trends, including data uncertainties and gaps. Section C, System transformations to limit global warming, identifies emission pathways and alternative mitigation portfolios consistent with limiting global warming to different levels, and assesses specific mitigation options at the sectoral and system level. Section D addresses Linkages between mitigation, adaptation, and sustainable development. Section E, Strengthening the response, assesses knowledge of how enabling conditions of institutional design, policy, finance, innovation and governance arrangements can contribute to climate change mitigation in the context of sustainable development. Meanwhile, greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise!

 

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.

 

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.

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 likely 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.

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