Climate Change

Our midcentury climate goals require radical change today

A recent article in MIT Technology Review summarizes the...

Governor Newsom Issues New Executive Order on Climate Change and Biodiversity

Governor Newsom today issued a new Executive Order seeking to address climate change and preserve California's biodiversity through a number of measures related to lands and coastal waters. The Executive Order includes a goal for the state to conserve 30% of land and coastal waters by 2030, and...

Calamities Challenge California’s Economic Foundation

An article in the New York Times highlights how the overlapping effects of climate change and pandemic-induced remote work, combined with the Bay Area's high housing prices,...

The Murky Case for Mass Telecommuting

An article in Bloomberg CityLab highlights the 60% telecommute strategy recently added to Plan Bay Area 2050, and some criticism around the proposed mandate. At its September 23rd...

Governor Newsom Announces California Will Phase Out Gasoline-Powered Cars

In a sweeping action today, Governor Gavin Newsom released an Executive Order...

Climate Disruption is Now Locked In. The Next Moves Will Be Crucial.

An article posted today in the New York Times highlights the sobering climate effects that have come to the fore in 2020, including massive wildfires that turned skies orange in the Bay Area and 130 degree...

How Climate Migration Will Reshape America

An article in the New York Times today highlights how the overlapping effects of climate change-- including wildfires, extreme heat, floods, and storms-- could result in mass migration...

Americans Back Tough Limits on Building in Fire and Flood Zones

An article in the New York Times today highlights new research showing that Americans support government action to restrict development in climate-threatened flood and fire zones -- in some cases, the...

Wildfires Hasten Another Climate Crisis: Homeowners Who Can’t Get Insurance

An article in the New York Times today highlights how in the face of more frequent and severe wildfires, home insurers are retreating from fire-prone areas, leaving homeowners at risk and and potentially devastating the housing market if homes become uninsurable. This creates a complex dilemma...

Electrification Mandates and Slow Housing Growth

An article posted on U.C. Berkeley's Energy Institute at Haas blog today highlights the fact that while building electrification mandates are becoming more widespread, policies that only...

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