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Did the Climate Change in Paris?

By Sandy Emerson | February 28, 2016

Did the Climate Change in Paris? What’s Next? A Conversation with Mark Hertsgaard and Local Activists. COP21 was a landmark event for the climate. For the first time, nations around the world agreed that we need aggressive goals. And with their inadequate commitments so far, it has further highlighted the gaping chasm between where we…

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Report from the Frontlines of the Paris Climate Talks

By Sandy Emerson | February 20, 2016

Activists and journalists on the front lines of the climate justice movement report back from the U.N. Conference of Parties (COP) 21 Tuesday, March 8th, 4:00pm to 7:00pm SF State Main Library Room 121 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132 Download event flyer. • Teresa Almaguer is the Youth Program Coordinator for PODER, a San Francisco…

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Who needs divestment when we have "value destruction"?

By Janet Cox | February 18, 2016

This post is mostly about corporate communications.It’s also about the state of the oil industry in the U.S. I find a few things in common with Exxon’s infamous policy of suppressing climate science. A study released by Deloitte, the industry analyst, this week predicts that a third of oil extraction and production oil companies in the U.S. may face bankruptcy…

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CalSTRS Divests from Thermal Coal

By Sandy Emerson | February 11, 2016

On February 3, the Board of the California State Teachers’ Retirement System unanimously passed a motion to divest from U.S. thermal coal companies and to initiate engagement with non-U.S. companies. The motion was made by Board member and State Controller Betty Yee and seconded by State Treasurer John Chiang’s representative. The financial impact of the…

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Notes from CERES' Investor Summit on Climate Risk

By Sandy Emerson | February 9, 2016

On January 27, several hundred distinguished investors and government officials gathered at UN headquarters in New York for CERES’ 16th “Investor Summit on Climate Risk.” Building on the momentous agreements reached at the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris, the focus was on “Advancing the Clean Trillion” — finding ways to increase investment in clean energy…

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Thinking about "climate change"

By Fossil Free California | January 2, 2016

This post is by Russell Kilday-Hicks, Fossil Free California activist and member of the CSU Employees Union. It is a talk he delivered at the December “Suds, Snacks & Socialism” community forum, held monthly at the Starry Plough in Berkeley. He began with two strong quotations. Our moral obligation to fight climate change is to build a collective…

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New Year's resolutions for a 1.5° world

By Janet Cox | January 2, 2016

  I’ve been watching videos of COP21 panels and press briefings I missed or couldn’t get into in Paris, and the shift in tone—from something like grim determination early in the conference to relief and euphoria at the end—is really striking. Everyone knew that holding global warming to 2°C. would be painful and deadly, but…

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It's done, now we start!

By Janet Cox | December 14, 2015

By now you’re all tuned in to the bones of the agreement and have heard both the huzzahs and the carping. It’s important to note that the final outcome was far better than most of the world had dared hope before the nations converged in Paris. Seems to me that the realists are ready to…

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Coming down to the wire

By Janet Cox | December 11, 2015

Here’s the latest from the Sierra Club insiders who have been doing a yeoman’s job of keeping us all updated on the progress of the negotiations: Hi all Today is a day for private negotiations.  Last night the French put out a text that we really liked.  Now we need the new ambition group to…

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As if you were in Paris…

By Janet Cox | December 9, 2015

Actually, if you were here, you would probably be back in your hotel watching these Blue Zone sessions on your computer, like I’m doing today. Here are my faves of the day: 1.If you only watch one thing, I recommend John Kerry’s exhortation to the Plenary to get its act together, which he made just…

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