Tag: climate change

STOPPING THE COAL TRAINS

October 15th, 2013

Last week I joined thirty five other elected and tribal officials from Washington, Oregon, and Montana to send letters to President Barack Obama, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and Washington Governor Jay Inslee and the Washington Department of Ecology asking for a broad and inclusive review of the three coal export sites proposed for […]

 [More]


CLIMATE NEUTRAL BLOG POST 16: THE INTERSECTION OF FOOD AND CLIMATE

February 1st, 2012

As I noted in an earlier post in this series, the food system and agriculture generate somewhere between 15% and 20% of America’s carbon emissions (depending on the study and what it counts).  American food travels an average of 1500 miles from farm to plate.  Then there is the processing, storage, marketing, packaging, and shopping […]

 [More]


CARBON NEUTRAL SEATTLE, BLOG POST 10: HOW TO ADAPT

February 16th, 2011

The climate is already changing and will keep changing no matter how rapidly we are able to turn around greenhouse gas accumulation.  So we will need a strategy of adaptation to the expected impacts, which were reviewed in the previous post.  Here is what Seattle is doing. The outstanding example of the City’s work to […]

 [More]


CARBON NEUTRAL SEATTLE, BLOG POST 9: ADAPTATION — TO WHAT?

January 24th, 2011

The City Council’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality will take many years – and we are leading the world in making this commitment and trying to figure out how to get there.  At the current rate, it will be a long time before we have a coordinated national strategy, and progress towards an international agreement […]

 [More]


STRATEGIC APPROACHES FOR CARBON NEUTRALITY

December 20th, 2010

Moving from a carbon based economy to a carbon neutral economy requires a sophisticated array of strategies.  There is no magic bullet – no single simple solution – that will get us there, and every approach has limitations.  There are a variety of ways to characterize the types of strategies – I will try to […]

 [More]


Reducing Carbon Emissions: Seattle Takes the Lead

May 17th, 2010

As the City Council begins the work on developing a carbon (climate) neutral Seattle, we can build on ten years of past efforts to reduce Seattle’s carbon footprint. Seattle has a proud record of recognizing and addressing climate change.

 [More]


Seattle Commits to Sustainable Future: Plans Carbon Neutrality Goal

April 8th, 2010

On Monday, February 22, the Seattle City Council announced that a Carbon Neutral Seattle was one of our 2010 priorities. We knew this was about as ambitious a goal as you could imagine. But we also knew that reality demands no less.

 [More]