Washington state closes in on carbon pricing

If, as they say, good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment, Washington state has been steadily improving its judgment in the area of carbon pricing legislation….

The anti-extinction rapid response team

What would you do if you found a highly endangered or thought-to-be-extinct plant about to become roadkill on the highway of human activity? A group of Californians is rescuing endangered…

A measure of what’s missing

There’s nothing more fundamental to practicing science, making policy or simply getting your bearings than measuring. This point was recently made in two very different ways: a story about the…

Droughts muddy clean energy picture in California

Renewable electricity generation is booming in California. Renewables periodically provide over 70 percent of the electricity on the state’s grid. Yet in February and March carbon emissions associated with generating…

EPA science advisors push back

The EPA’s Science Advisory Board meeting on May 30 should be interesting. The board is scheduled to review Scott Pruitt’s repeal of the Clean Power Plan. The board added, in…

Collateral healing: shutting fossil fuel plants cuts premature births

Moving to renewable energy isn’t just good for putting the brakes on climate change, it’s also good for reducing pollutants that have a major impact on public health. When eight…

Gina McCarthy says don’t get down, get out there

Obama EPA head Gina McCarthy says she’s mad about what Scott Pruitt and Donald Trump are doing to the agency she once ran, but she’s not letting it get her…

Kids making a difference – Utah edition

Once again, high school kids are getting results. In the deeply red state of Utah, students got the state government to reverse course and acknowledge climate change. The keys to…

Renewable energy can still lead the way

Three recent developments show that it’s not too late for renewable energy to be our main route to keeping global warming below 2° C. A paper in Nature Climate Change…

The temperature of climate change inequality, part two

We got another lesson in warming-equals-volatility this week. A climate model reported in a paper in Science Advances shows that southern hemisphere countries, particularly those in Amazonia and Southern Africa,…