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Austin City Council adopted a resolution to become carbon neutral as soon as feasible, but no later than 2050. This is one of the most ambitious goals set by a city in the world and we are going to help with the development of the framework how to get there, and write up sector plan on what energy, waste, transportation and manufacturing sectors have to offer to make this a reality.

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FEAT, the Faith based Energy Action Team is bringing together houses of worship to promote climate stewardship and advocacy at their facilities, with their members and other organizations around town.

Our mission: Climate Buddies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that wants to empower people to include climate change considerations into every decision they make. We focus on live interaction with groups of people, for-profits, spiritual groups, public and academia. We focus on people, inspiration, guidance and are result driven. Anyone who wants to start to integrate climate considerations in decision making is welcome to join us or invite us for collaboration.

Our invitation to you: meeting the global energy and climate challenges

  • If you could work on meeting the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced, would you?
  • Would it surprise you to know that the climate and oceanic systems have been so perturbed by the massive burning of fossil fuels that the very continuation of human civilization is threatened?
  • Do you yearn to be able to say to your grandchildren, and theirs – and everyone else’s – that you did your part to leave the earth in a healthier condition than when you were born into it?
  • Many suspect that the time left to return the earth to a healthy, resilient condition capable of sustaining human civilization is short. The climate recovery challenge is in fact an energy issue, a challenge to increase both the energy available to power essential services and to make affordable, renewable energy accessible to all.
  • We must and can increase the supply of energy available while reducing the total greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy generation to near-zero rates.

Understanding these premises, we must have the courage to yearn for a credible possibility that each of us, and billions of others like us from all over the world, will become true caretakers for the earth – our planet that has given life to our kind; the creation which protects and nourishes us even in its injured state.

We believe in a world where if we take care of the earth, we can take care of the people. The economy is facilitating in this, not the starting point, just the result.

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1 month ago
Global CO2 emissions in 2019 – Analysis - IEA

Did we hit peak carbon dioxide?

Global energy-related CO2 emissions flattened in 2019 at around 33 gigatonnes (Gt), following two years of increases. This resulted mainly from a sharp decline in CO2 ... See more

Global CO2 emissions in 2019 - Analysis and findings. An article by the International Energy Agency.

1 month ago
How Soon Will Electric Vehicles Kill The Gasoline Car?

When I talk about exponential growth in clean transportation—or say anything optimistic about climate change—the pessimists baulk. C’mon, they say, the overwhelming majority of our electricity ... See more

To many, the EV revolution seems underwhelming. That’s because they underestimate the power of exponential growth. Societies won’t register the full potential of EVs until moments before they ... See more

1 month ago
How Portland is building equity into its climate planning

Portland is talking about an approach to fight climate change in this article and it is also front and center in the Austin update process for our community climate plan: making equity a central ... See more

It’s the city’s people of color and low-income residents who are the ones on the frontlines of climate change. The city’s climate action manager explains how the city is working to make climate ... See more

2 months ago
Utilities sign 5.3 GW wind PPAs in 2019, hitting new record: AWEA

2019 was a banner year for wind power in the US!

Utility and corporate wind deals drove 8.7 GW of wind installations in 2019, according to the wind association.

2 months ago

Austin Energy is proposing to run our coal and gas power plants less using them less when they are barely in the money, and taking into account whether the use makes the overal grid dirtier (don't ... See more

2 months ago
You want to reduce the carbon footprint of your food? Focus on what you eat, not whether your food is local

Food is responsible for 25% of our climate emissions. Best to eat plants, seasonal (so not from greenhouses) and not flown in. This also means hat local is less important than the food itself in most ... See more

‘Eat local’ is a common recommendation to reduce the carbon footprint of your diet. But transport tends to account for a small share of greenhouse gas emissions. How does the impact of what you ... See more

2 months ago
U.S. refiners, chemical makers pare insurance coverage as accidents boost costs

Insuring your petrochemical plant is getting more expensive due to more and more accidents in the industry. The industry response: ditch insurance. They could have chosen to focus on more safety and ... See more

U.S. refineries and petrochemical plants are cutting back on insurance because s...

2 months ago
AE, but not drivers, charging toward renewable goals - Austin Monitor

We are on our path to a NET-ZERO greenhouse gas community wide city. How are we doing?

The City of Austin has made considerable efforts to reduce the community’s carbon emissions. Austin Energy, a ... See more

A report from the Office of the City Auditor states that Austin Energy is on track to reduce carbon emissions from utility operations so the city can meet its goal of being carbon-neutral by 2050. ... See more

2 months ago
Almonds are out. Dairy is a disaster. So what milk should we drink?

All milk alternatives are far better for the planet than dairy. A 2018 study by researchers at the University of Oxford showed that producing a glass of dairy milk results in almost three times more ... See more

A glass of dairy milk produces almost three times more greenhouse gas than any plant-based milk. But vegan options have drawbacks of their own

2 months ago
Lekkages in VS van sterk broeikasgas methaan vanuit de ruimte opgespoord

Dutch satellite maps worldwide methane emission: a powerful tool to monitor emission sources and emission control programs. 40% of US man-made emissions of methane come from oil and gas exploration. ... See more

Het Nederlandse satelliet-instrument Tropomi meet de luchtkwaliteit en de uitstoot van methaan. In nieuw onderzoek zijn lekkages gevonden en gemonitord in de VS.

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