"Sixty years ago, when the Russians beat us into space, we didn't deny Sputnik was up there. We didn't argue about the science, or shrink our research and development budget. We built a space program almost overnight, and twelve years later, we were walking on the moon."
President Barack Obama
Analogy On Climate Change
State of the Union Address
January 12, 2016

This Week's Items of Interest
January 13, 2016
Planet - Climate Change - Caltrans Event
Climate Change 101, Understanding the Science and Effects 

California has a comprehensive program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and prepare for the effects of climate change. This symposium is designed to assist you in continuing the momentum we are making. Our speakers will discuss the science behind the causes of climate change and examine some of the evidence of how the climate is changing. They will conclude with a discussion on what is expected for the future under different scenarios.

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Planet - Climate Change - President Obama
State of the Union: no let-up for Barack Obama's climate agenda  ( 01.12.2016 )

Barack Obama will look back on 2015 as a banner year for climate change in his final  State of the Union address on Tuesday evening.
But 2016 will see the president back in the trenches, fending off law suits and Republican attacks that could undo his climate plan, and scrambling to get to key items on his to-do list before exiting the White House.
Planet - Climate Change - Iceburgs
Giant icebergs are slowing down the effects of climate change as they melt

Melting icebergs are a consequence of global warming and a major contributor to rising sea levels, but as they melt, they're also helping to slow down the effects of climate change,  a new study has found . It looks like the trails of algae that these icebergs leave behind are trapping significant amounts of carbon dioxide that would otherwise escape into the atmosphere.
People - Livability - Urban Forests
Trees: Helping Cities Solve Climate Change  (01.12.2016)

Quick, name a climate solution for cities which helps lower carbon emissions, protects vulnerable people who live there, and even helps students get better grades.
Give up? The answer is urban forests and you're not alone if you didn't come up with the answer. After all, most of us see the trees woven into our city streets and parks as just a pretty, cinematic backdrop for urban life. Nice to look at, certainly, but not profoundly important when compared to better mass transit and other steps cities can take to help fight climate change.
Prosperity - Transportation Fees for GHG
Drivers may pay for next step in fight against climate change  

 U.S. drivers may soon see a new expense at some gas pumps: the cost of taking the global-warming fight on the road.
New York and four other states are exploring ways to put a price on the air pollution spewing from cars, trucks, trains and other vehicles -- the source of more than a third of greenhouse- gas emissions in the northeastern U.S.
Prosperity - Sustainable Freight - Workshop Dates 
Interagency California Sustainable Freight Action Plan Workshops
(01.26 - 02.05.2016)

Staff from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the California Air Resources Board (ARB), the California Energy Commission (Energy Commission), and the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) invite you to participate in workshops on the development of the California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (Action Plan). During the workshops, interagency staff will provide an overview of the process for preparing the Action Plan and its envisioned content, as well as seek public input on what actions, investments, and partnerships are needed to develop a sustainable freight transport system in California.
Prosperity - Mode - Innovation - Video

People - Quiz - Winter Driving Safety
How Much Do You Know About Winter Driving Safety?  (12.14.2015)

Some might think that the best thing about winter is snow. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about 23 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur in adverse weather like rain, sleet or snow. Are you prepared to drive in the coming winter months? Test your winter safe driving skills with this quiz.
Planet - Climate Change Quiz
Climate Change Concern Quiz   (01.09.2016)

Our "global climate change concern index score" combines responses for three survey questions: the extent to which people believe global climate change is a serious problem; whether it is currently harming people; and whether it will impact them personally at some point in their lives. The responses for the three questions are added together for an index range from 3 to 12, where 3 is the least concerned about climate change and 12 is the most concerned.
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