There are hopeful signs that enough actions are now being undertaken that will save the earth from the worst destruction which can be caused by climate change. Washington, D.C., and 29 states now have requirements that the electric companies in their states deliver “a certain amount of electricity from renewable or other clean electricity sources” (www.c2es.org). Here in Illinois, organizations and businesses are advocating for the passage of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition is a group of more than 200 organizations, businesses and community leaders who are working together to advance the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The coalition includes organized labor, business and environmental leaders, health care professionals, faith and consumer advocates, and youth voices. This legislation will build on the benefits of the Future Energy Jobs Act that was signed into law by the General Assembly in 2016 and allowed Illinois to become a leader in clean energy … [Read more...] about Greer Domina: Legislation would expand clean energy in Illinois
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BY THE end of the 20th century nationalism seemed like an anachronism. Today it is back with a fury. Yael Tamir, an Israeli political scientist and former politician and activist, believes the left should reclaim it—and use it. In the 1970s Ms Tamir helped found the “Peace Now” movement in Israel, which advocates for peace talks between Israel and its neighbours. She later studied political philosophy under Isaiah Berlin at Oxford University. A Labour legislator in the Knesset from 2003 to 2010, she also served as a minister of education and immigration. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. In her first book, “Liberal Nationalism”, published in 1993, she argued—against a rising tide of globalisation—that nationalism still had a role to play and that it can complement liberalism. In her most recent book, “Why Nationalism”, Ms Tamir develops this idea in a very different world. … [Read more...] about Can nationalism be harnessed for good?
WASHINGTON – Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. The freshman lawmaker is teaming up with veteran Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts on the plan, which aims to eliminate the U.S. carbon footprint by 2030. Several Democratic presidential hopefuls have embraced the idea of a Green New Deal without saying exactly what it means. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted Thursday that she was proud to join Ocasio-Cortez and Markey "on a #GreenNewDeal resolution to fight for our planet and our kids' futures." A joint resolution drafted by Ocasio-Cortez and Markey sets a goal to meet "100 percent of the power demand in the United States through clean, renewable and zero-emission energy sources," including dramatic increases in wind and solar power. A news conference at the Capitol was set for later Thursday as the … [Read more...] about Democrats seek Green New Deal to address climate change
BERLIN — Germany’s diesel civil war has turned into a fake news fight. The driver is a claim by 107 German lung specialists that fears about the health impact of vehicle exhaust pollution are overblown. Dieter Köhler, the doctor who led the initiative, told German television network ARD that current EU air quality limits make no sense and should be reformed. The group’s comments were contested by the German Association of Pulmonologists, Sleep and Respiratory Doctors (BdP), the leading medical professional organization for respiratory disorders, which dismissed the claim as being "in clear contradiction” of long-standing positions on the health impact of air pollutants. The contention from the doctors led by Köhler has reignited a long-running feud within the coalition government over how to deal with polluting diesel cars — one of the leading sources of nitrogen oxides (NOx) that cause smog. Both sides want to protect the powerful car … [Read more...] about Dueling doctors poison Germany’s diesel car debate
The 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (popularly known as COP24) concluded this past weekend in Katowice, 80 km northwest of Krakow.The two-week event was a meeting of diplomats, scientists, climate change activists (such as British naturalist David Attenborough and former US vice president Al Gore), and industry representatives to agree on rules for how to implement the Paris Agreement. In that 2015 accord, nearly 200 countries agreed on principles to try to keep global average temperature from rising more than 2C above pre-industrial levels.There is broad scientific consensus that the Earth’s average temperature has been climbing at a significant rate since the late 19th century, and that emissions of greenhouses gasses (such as carbon dioxide and methane) due to human activities are chiefly to blame. While a difference of, say, 0.5C might seem insignificant, even a slight increase in average global temperature could lead to more droughts and forest fires, … [Read more...] about The UN climate conference in Katowice is over. What does it mean for Poland and the world?