November 30th, 2011
The task is formidable, but not impossible.

Jim Williams, an associate professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and co-author of paper published last week in the online version of the journal Science. The authors show it is possible for California to achieve its state-mandated goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

California is the world’s sixth-largest economy and 12th-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

To go ‘carbon neutral,’ the state will have to move away from fossil fuels and other greenhouse gas emitters and start investing in carbon-neutral electricity production, such as nuclear power, renewables and carbon storage.

June 17th, 2011

Ever wonder just how hot it’s going to get in your town if the climate changes as scientists predict? Or whether your beachfront house is going to be underwater if sea levels rise?

The answers to those questions – and more – can now be accessed through a nifty interactive Internet tool designed by Google, in collaboration with the California Energy Commission, the U.S. Geological Survey, several California universities and others.

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June 13th, 2011

US gas is artificially cheap: What we don’t pay for at the pump.  Our video explores the “external costs” of gas consumption – including the price of pollution and health problems caused by it. Read more.

June 8th, 2011
According to our projections, large areas of the globe are likely to warm up so quickly that, by the middle of this century, even the coolest summers will be hotter than the hottest summers of the past 50 years.
Noah Diffenbaugh, Earth system science researcher at Stanford University and lead research of a Stanford study that finds furnace-hot temperatures soon may become the summer norm for North America. Read full story.
April 22nd, 2011

The top 100 carbon dioxide-producing facilities in California generated 101,890,944 metric tons of CO2 in 2007, according to data recently released by the California Air Resources Board. We’ve mapped that data to show where the 100 largest polluters are located.

April 22nd, 2011


Today is Earth Day! To celebrate, watch a clip from our documentary Dirty Business: “Clean Coal” and the Battle for Our Energy Future. America burns more than a billion tons of coal a year—and coal-fired power plants are the single greatest source of the greenhouse gases that cause global warming. Dirty Business investigates the true cost of our dependence on coal for electricity in the age of climate change.

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