Climate change has come to the attention of many U.S. corporations, including major oil companies, who are prepared to include a price on carbon into their long-term budgets. This financial decision will provide incentives for companies to switch to low-polluting sources of energy. Read more about how companies will respond to climate-related carbon taxes in this NY Times article.
Ever wonder how Pennsylvania’s opinions on climate change compare with other states?
A recent study from Stanford University combined results from national surveys of Americans’ opinions on climate change. The results are broken down state-by-state on a variety of topics and questions.
These include: Has past global warming been caused by humans? Will global warming pose a serious problem for the United States? Should the U.S. government do more to address global warming?
Earlier this month, President Obama issued an executive order to prepare the Nation for climate disruption. This statement, which can be read in full here, provides steps towards implementing the President’s Climate Action Plan.
The executive order begins by outlining a general policy overview, stating that climate change impacts “are already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation.” President Obama calls for a coordinated plan among all stakeholders to improve climate preparedness and resilience.
Section 2 focuses on reforming Federal programs to encourage action on climate change protection. This includes removing barriers to projects that improve climate change resilience and providing opportunities for climate protection investments.
The next section calls for agencies to assess changes to land- and water- related programs “to make the Nation’s watersheds, natural resources, and ecosystems, and the communities and economies that depend on them, more resilient in the face of a changing climate.” Much of this work will be completed by the teams outlined in Section 4, titled “Providing Information, Data, and Tools for Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience.”
Finally, the order calls for agencies to regularly report their plans and actions, which will be monitored by the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. In addition, a State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force will provide recommendations and input to the President and Council.
According to the recent Pittsburgh Regional Environment Survey, more than 64 percent of Pittsburgh residents believe climate change is a severe or moderate problem, and only 18.5 percent do not think climate change is a problem. With a sample size of 805 citizens living in the seven-county Pittsburgh Metropolitan Statistical Area, the results of this survey provide the most comprehensive profile to date of the environment-related behaviors of Pittsburgh residents. This survey also analyzes citizens’ perspectives on issues ranging from air and water quality to government regulation, Marcellus Shale drilling and climate change. You can find the entire report online here.
- share the most recent and scientifically accepted truths about temperature trends, heat waves, drought and recent climate phenomenon,
- discuss how climate change is already affecting the US and the world on societal and economic level and
- open up the discussion about ways to act locally and globally beyond what is already on-going.
This event will be held at the GBA office on Thursday November 7 from 11:30am – 1:00pm. For more information and to register, visit the event page.
Over 6,000 youth converged in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this past weekend to learn about and discuss critical issues, ranging from social and environmental injustices to the climate crisis. This is the first time the Power Shift conference has been held outside of Washington DC, and Pittsburgh was chosen because of its dedication to building a clean energy economy. Keynote speakers such as Bill McKibben (350.org) and Kandi Mossett (Indigenous Environmental Network) inspired young people to take action for climate justice. Breakout sessions and workshops covered a vast spectrum of topics, including discussions led by local Pittsburgh environmental and climate organizations. To learn more and see images from the conference, visit the Power Shift website.
Leaders from the World Bank and International Monetary Fund recently discussed the economic incentives for managing worldwide climate disruption. Without action towards green growth in emerging economies, climate change could ruin the poverty-reduction work these economic institutions have accomplished.
One solution proposed by IMF Director Christine Lagarde is to cut subsidies for fossil fuels, such as gasoline. This would provide new revenue for health and education while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Read a summary of the forum here or watch the entire discussion here.
In the last month, PCI has been active at several events, including Park(ing) Day and the Allegheny Green + Innovation Festival.
At our Park(ing) day table, our hand crank was a physical way to simulate the amount of energy it actually takes to power different kinds of light bulbs. The free bagels and CFL bulbs were a hit!
Our trivia wheel at the Allegheny Green + Innovation Festival was also quite popular, especially with the younger crowd.
We enjoyed meeting you and discussing Pittsburgh’s plan for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. See you next time!
An international panel of scientists has found with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades, and warns that sea levels could conceivably rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace. Read the full story.