At its meeting on April 1st, the Fort Collins City Council approved a resolution to develop an updated Climate Action Plan that will describe steps that the Fort Collins community could take to achieve a community-wide greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal of 80% with respect to 2005 levels by 2030. The updated plan will be put together by an advisory committee consisting of members selected from City boards and commissions, the environmental community, the social services community, the business community, major institutions, subject matter experts, and City staff.
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.”