At its work session on February 11th, the Fort Collins City Council conducted a review of the current community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goals. They supported the development of a plan to achieve an 80% GHG emissions reduction below 2005 levels by 2030. The Fort Collins Sustainability Group (FCSG) advocates the adoption of that goal to bring the current long term goal – an 80% reduction by 2050 - into better alignment with the best available science, and to help establish Fort Collins as a true climate policy leader. Achieving such a goal would result in both economic and environmental benefits.
Originally appeared in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on January 30, 2014
Arithmetic can be helpful in understanding climate change. Have you ever wondered how global temperatures are related to carbon dioxide, or how much we’d have to cut carbon dioxide emissions to stop global warming? I created a simple carbon dioxide and climate calculator to do the math: It’s online at http://tinyurl.com/climate-arithmetic.
Originally appeared in the Fort Collins Coloradoan on December 5, 2013
In A.D. 64, flames consumed most of Rome. The Emperor Nero, reputed to have played his fiddle while his City burned, was thought to have started the Great Fire of Rome himself, to clear land for his planned palace. His “fiddling while Rome burns” is an apt analogy to today’s failure by the U.S. Congress and many others in positions of responsibility to act to stem global warming. Upon the release of the 2012 World Bank report, “Turn Down the Heat,” the bank’s president, Jim Young Kim, summarized its gravity: “If there is no action soon, the future will be bleak. We need to get serious fast to avoid catastrophe.”