Tag Archives: San Francisco

Do The Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders Mean Business?

By Roy L Hales

On June 1, 2016, the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California joined British Columbia’s Environment Minister and representatives from six West Coast cities, in the Borgia Room of San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel, to sign what history may show was a key milestone in the struggle to mount a concerted defence against the ravages of global temperature rise. The 2016 Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action Plan has a strong emphasis on issues like ocean acidification; the integration of clean energy into the power grid; “support for efforts by the insurance industry and regulatory system to highlight the economic costs of climate change; and so-called “super pollutants” (also known as short-lived climate pollutants).” This sounds good, but do the Pacific Coast’s “Climate Leaders” mean business?

Continue reading Do The Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders Mean Business?

How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative Doing?

By Roy L Hales

It has been nine months since the Governments of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia embarked upon a shared initiative. In their joint press release, group spokesperson Governor Kate Brown explained “The West Coast Electric Fleets initiative leads the way in helping fleets scale up zero-emission vehicles to reach our goal that, by 2016, 10 percent of all new purchases are electric vehicles.” How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative Doing?

Continue reading How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative Doing?

Shining Cities Leading America To 100%

The ECOreport looks at Environment California’s new report, which shows Shining Cities leading America to 100%

By Roy L Hales

Cities are a driving force behind the U.S. adoption of solar energy.  According to Environment California, the United States currently has 27 GW of installed solar capacity and much of that comes from more than 780,000 rooftops around the nations. Cities are not just centers of demand, are potentially major providers of electricity. Those are a few of the facts found in the 2016 report of Shining Cities leading America to 100%.

Continue reading Shining Cities Leading America To 100%

Earth Hour is being observed from 8:30 to 9:30 pm; this Saturday March 23

By Roy L Hales

Millions of people will be turning their lights off at 8:30 pm on Saturday. They will be observing Earth Hour, a worldwide event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in which households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change.The first Earth Hour was held in Sydney, Australia, during 2007. The event has since spread to every continent on the earth.  More than 800 cities will be taking part the WWF Earth Hour City Challenge this year and, for the first time, a Global capital has been chosen. Continue reading Earth Hour is being observed from 8:30 to 9:30 pm; this Saturday March 23