Following on the heels of Volvo’s announcement that the company will no longer make gas-only vehicles starting in 2019, the French environmental minister announced that France plans to ban gas and diesel powered vehicles by 2040 to keep its Paris commitments…
Within the last day or two, a trillion-ton iceberg the size of the state of Delaware (about 2300 square miles) finally broke loose from the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica as has been anticipated for months now. It’s now drifting free into the Southern Ocean.
At a packed meeting on June 21st, BAAQMD staff got flack from all sides, including California’s Attorney General, about its potentially illegal last-minute changes to the emissions cap draft rule that suddenly raised permitted refinery greenhouse gas emissions by over 24%.
California has been a global leader fighting climate change, but recent information released by the state indicates it still needs to make huge cuts in greenhouse gas emissions to meet its 2030 target.
In the near future, a huge section of the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica will break off and collapse into the ocean, creating one of the largest icebergs in history. Larsen C is a major extension from of the West Antarctic ice sheet, and has implications for global sea levels.
Gov. Jerry Brown met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday in a rare diplomatic coup that catapults California into quasi-national status as a negotiator with China following the decision last week by to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate accord.
In a landmark decision on May 31st, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District voted overwhelmingly to move forward with capping greenhouse gas emissions from the Bay Area’s five refineries. If finalized on June 21st, it will represent the first time in the United States, and possibly worldwide, that an unyielding cap has been placed on oil refinery greenhouse gas emissions. But it is not done yet.
On June 1st, President Trump announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris accord on Climate. Trump said he was taking the action because the accord was a “bad deal” for America that would hurt its economy and cause job losses. The overwhelming response inside the United States and around the world was one of anger and disappointment, accompanied by a defiant recommitment to the pact by cities, states and countries globally.
Last November, India fired up the biggest solar power array in the world. A few days ago, it cancelled plans to build nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations – about the same as the total amount in the UK – with the price for solar electricity “free falling” to levels once considered impossible. An energy analyst says the implications of what’s happening right now in India for global energy markets are huge.