Archive for the 'Climate Crisis' Category


Institute of the Environment – Fall Fest 2016

posted September 19, 2016

[ Tuesday, September 20, 2016; 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. ] The Institute of the Environment’s annual Fall Fest is back and better than ever, with a graduate student poster competition, amazing door prizes, good food and drink, and remarks from this year’s featured speaker, Rebecca Tsosie, on “Climate Justice, Indigenous Sustainability, and an Ethic of Place.” Come catch up with colleagues and enjoy the festivities [...]

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“Catching the Sun” New Film Screening

posted April 18, 2016

[ Friday, April 22, 2016; 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. ] You are invited to a screening of the new film “Catching the Sun” on Friday, April 22nd at 7pm at Casa Video Film Bar at 2905 E Speedway Blvd.

Catching The Sun is a feature length documentary that explores the global race to a clean energy future. The event will be done by donation, as Tucson [...]

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We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can – Heinberg

posted April 6, 2016

We Need to Electrify As Much Transportation As We Can
by Richard Heinberg

Transcript:
JESSICA DESVARIEUX, PRODUCER, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I’m Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore.
Folks are lining up to reserve electric car automaker Tesla’s Model 3. It’s considered to be one of the first electric cars for the mass market at an expected price [...]

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Historic Broadway widening links and articles

posted March 31, 2016

“Intro to Broadway Widening Project – Who What, When, Why: Why Are We Spending $74 Million and Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area while Producing No Traffic Improvement?”
Overview and background, an intro for people who are learning about the situation. By Dave Bilgray.
http://www.sustainabletucson.org/2016/03/intro-to-broadway-project-who-what-when-why-why-why/
 
An excellent OpEd by Tucson architect Bob Vint on how Historic [...]

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Intro to Broadway Project – Who, What, When, Why?

posted March 31, 2016

Why Are We Spending $74 Million
and
Destroying 30 Buildings in a Central Historic Area
while
Producing No Traffic Improvement?
 
The Broadway Improvement Project is not needed, and will provide no benefit to the residents of Tucson.  The City’s own data shows that widening Broadway will provide only a 6-second improvement in travel time.
 
The City of Tucson wants to bulldoze [...]

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Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do?

posted March 31, 2016

Has HDR Engineers done what they were hired to do?

Here is the scope of work

The phrases below are excerpted from the 2011 Scope of Work issued by COT Dept. of Procurement for the Broadway Project used to issue the contract to HDR Engineering.
 
The consultant is to establish

“an innovative and context sensitive, solutions-oriented approach toward the [...]

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City’s April 2016 Plan differs from Previous Recommendations and Adoptions

posted March 31, 2016

There are large differences from the base alignment that the Citizen Task Force (CTF) recommended and the Mayor and Council adopted in May 2015. They are:
 
1.     Many more buildings, historic and businesses, will be acquired and demolished. It appears to be at a minimum around 30, not the 10 to 12 promised earlier.
2.    [...]

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Sustainability on the Chopping Block – Tucson City Council Decision April 19th

posted March 31, 2016

[ Tuesday, April 19, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]

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This is an urgent appeal to the Sustainability Community to show up and speak out for sustainability and reject an unnecessary road widening plan which will cost millions and do nothing for sustainable mobility and economic vitality.
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We have limited opportunities to help shape decisions about urban form and public infrastructure which effect the way [...]

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Sign online petition for a sustainable Broadway

posted March 26, 2016

Petition by iPetitions
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Data crunched: Broadway widening WILL NOT speed cars…or buses…or pedestrians…or even bicycles!

posted March 26, 2016

Analysis of RTA and COT’s own numbers shows widening Broadway will not cut travel times for cars or anyone else.
So why are we spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars amidst a budget crisis?
(A)  The proposed work will have almost zero (~1.4%) benefit, as the Design Concept Report (DCR) data itself declares.
(B)  Regional Transportation Authority [...]

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CALL TO ACTION!

posted March 25, 2016

[ Tuesday, March 29, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]
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Why would we spend $75 million for no appreciable improvement in traffic?
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The City of Tucson is proposing to:
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1)   Widen Historic Broadway even though traffic hasn’t increased for 20 years,
2)  Demolish 30+ buildings and businesses, and
3)  Ignore the community’s plea to design for a vibrant, history and place-preserving, climate-friendly future where local [...]

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Climate Change and Pima County Operations

posted March 2, 2016

[ Monday, March 14, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Climate Change and Pima County Operations:
Mitigation and Adaptation through Energy Efficiency, Water Efficiency, and Renewable Energy

The Sustainable Tucson general meeting for March continues this year’s focus on climate change and local impacts and actions.

In Pima County, residents, businesses, and public services primarily rely on energy generated by natural gas and coal-fired thermoelectric plants and [...]

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Urban Farm Tour

posted February 21, 2016

[ Saturday, March 5, 2016; 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. ] Tucson currently grows millions of pounds of food right in the urban area, but we don’t see it because it comes from many, many places in small quantities.

Now you can join the Feeding Tucson Urban Farm Tour on March 5 to see examples of the future of Tucson’s secure food system.

During this 5-hour tour, participants [...]

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Local Climate Change Actions: Policy and Progress

posted January 27, 2016

[ Monday, February 8, 2016; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Continuing Sustainable Tucson’s theme of “Climate Change and Actions for Our Sustainable Future”, please join us at the February General Meeting to hear about the progress being made locally on the policy and actions front.

Find out what is happening within Tucson City government, Tucson’s Climate Change committee’s upcoming recommendation to establish a new carbon [...]

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UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series

posted January 18, 2016

[ Monday, January 25, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, February 8, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, February 22, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, February 29, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Monday, March 7, 2016; 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] UA Earth Transformed Lecture Series

A Series of Six Lectures
Exploring Our World and Ourselves

Mondays, January 25 – March 7
7:00-8:00 PM
UA Centennial Hall

Climate change and its impacts are no longer merely abstract projections for the future. Instead, they are on-going and growing challenges for both humans and many of the natural systems upon which we depend. Globally, [...]

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Free screening – This Changes Everything

posted January 17, 2016

[ Saturday, January 23, 2016; 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Join Rising Tide Tucson, the Bus Riders Union, and other local groups for a community conversation on climate justice globally and here in Southern AZ. We will be showing Naomi Klein’s new documentary about climate change and grassroots resistance, This Changes Everything.

The film presents seven powerful stores of communities fighting for justice [...]

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What does the Paris Climate Agreement mean for solar in Arizona?

posted January 16, 2016

[ Thursday, January 21, 2016; 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. ] Southern Arizona Regional Solar Partnership Meeting: January 21

The public is invited to this important, free event.

Agenda:
Vince Pawlowski, a recent delegate to COP21, the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris in 2015, will be a guest speaker. Vince, a recent graduate in climate policy from the University of Arizona and part of the UA delegation to [...]

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From the Pope to Paris: Climate Change Action Updates

posted January 4, 2016

[ Monday, January 11, 2016; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Greetings and wishes to you all for a very Happy & Sustainable New Year!

2016 marks Sustainable Tucson’s 10th Anniversary. To mark that milestone, we will be planning this year’s meetings around the theme of “Climate Change and Actions for Our Sustainable Future.”

Join us at the next Sustainable Tucson General Meeting for a review of [...]

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Duality in Climate Science

posted November 16, 2015

Duality in Climate Science
Published by Kevin Anderson blog on 2015-10-15
Original article: http://kevinanderson.info/blog/duality-in-climate-science/ by Kevin Anderson

 
The value of science is undermined when we adopt questionable assumptions and fine-tune our analysis to conform to dominant political and economic sensibilities. The pervasive inclusion of speculative negative emission technologies to deliver politically palatable 2°C mitigation is but one such [...]

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Special event for November

posted November 1, 2015

[ Thursday, November 19, 2015; 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. ] Sustainable Tucson is co-sponsoring a special movie at the Loft Theater – “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein.

The presentation also features a post-film panel discussion with Luis Alberto Perales of Tierra y Libertad, Bob Cook of Sustainable Tucson, and Diana Liverman of UA Institute of the Environment.

This presentation is part of Science on Screen at [...]

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ENVISION TUCSON SUSTAINABLE FESTIVAL

posted October 9, 2015

Join us at this year’s 5th annual Envision Tucson Sustainable Festival, October 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the YWCA, 525 Bonita Avenue. The Festival will showcase the many features of sustainable living in Tucson and our desert Southwest.
We’re very excited about the great variety of activities and exhibits at this [...]

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Broadway Coalition Vision: Let’s Make the Broadway Project Sustainable Now!

posted March 2, 2015

[ Monday, March 9, 2015; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Please ACT NOW: Email your objections to the City’s Broadway Plan. Here is a model letter with email addresses by Broadway Coalition member Laura Tabili to help list the community’s concerns.

“Broadway Corridor Plan Aims to Demolish 37 Tucson Buildings” reads the Arizona Daily Star lead headline from Feb.24th. City of Tucson staff and consultants are [...]

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February 18th ST Meeting Flyer

posted February 8, 2015

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Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems

posted February 3, 2015

Response to assertions made about energy’s costs, systems
By Carmine Tilghman
Special to the Arizona Daily Star, January 29, 2015
 
Evidence of Tucson Electric Power’s commitment to renewable energy isn’t hard to find.
Visit the Solar Zone at the University of Arizona Tech Park, where solar projects built from competing technologies cover 165 acres and produce a combined 23 [...]

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An Energy Partnership / Climate Solution for Tucson?

posted January 28, 2015

[ Wednesday, February 18, 2015; 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. ]  

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February 18th     
6:30pm to 8:30pm
University of Arizona, Center for English as a Second Language (CESL), Room 103
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Do you know that the production of electricity in Tucson accounts for over 60% of Tucson’s climate-changing greenhouse gas emissions?

Imagine the City of Tucson joined in a “clean energy partnership” with Tucson [...]

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Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid

posted January 23, 2015

Economic development: Start with a Tucson metropolitan microgrid
By Terry Finefrock Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 23, 2015
There is great potential that electricity costs could be reduced, increases avoided, system reliability improved and recurring economic benefits provided by establishing utility-scale photovoltaic solar electric facilities within and adjacent to the Tucson distribution grid.
By [...]

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The Yes Men Are Revolting – Sunday Jan 4 at the Loft

posted December 29, 2014

[ Sunday, January 4, 2015; 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. ] at The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard, Tucson AZ 85716
Start the New Year Right: Gear Up to Fight Climate Change!
The Yes Men Are Revolting

On Sunday, January 4 at 1:00 p.m., Sustainable Tucson will partner with the Loft for a special preview screening of The Yes Men Are Revolting, with the duo of pranksters tackling [...]

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Climate: The Crisis and the Movement

posted December 21, 2014

Climate: The Crisis and the Movement
by Naomi Klein & Allen White
Wherein lie the roots of the climate crisis? Allen White, Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute, talks with writer and activist Naomi Klein, author of the new book This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate, about how our economic system has driven us to [...]

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What climate change asks of us

posted December 21, 2014

 
What climate change asks of us: moral obligation, mobilization and crisis communication
by Margaret Klein
“Humans contain a great capacity to help each other, to dutifully respond to the needs of others, and to improve the world around us… When it is clear there is an emergency, and we have a vital role in responding to it, [...]

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The Oil Price Crash of 2014

posted December 20, 2014

 
The Oil Price Crash of 2014 
by Richard Heinberg
Oil prices have fallen by half since late June. This is a significant development for the oil industry and for the global economy, though no one knows exactly how either the industry or the economy will respond in the long run. Since it’s almost the end of [...]

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Last chance for meaningful climate change mitigation? – City-Utility Partnerships

posted November 4, 2014

[ Monday, November 10, 2014; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. ] The most recent Greenhouse Gas Inventory (2012) for our region has recently been released, showing a slight decrease since its peak in 2010. Nationally, this same trend is attributed to reduced emissions from electricity generation, improvements in energy efficiencies, reduction in travel and yearly fluctuation in prevailing weather conditions. For the Tucson region the two [...]

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Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker – July 11

posted July 5, 2014

[ Friday, July 11, 2014; 5:00 pm; ] at Tucson Electric Power Company, 88 East Broadway, Downtown Tucson AZ (two blocks south of Ronstadt Transit Center)

Tucson Talks Transit – with Jarrett Walker
Friday, July 11, 2014
5:00 p.m. Sign-in and Reception
6:00 p.m. FREE Public Presentation

Jarrett Walker, the preeminent transit planner and transit thinker, will visit Tucson for a town hall the evening of Friday, July [...]

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What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade

posted June 12, 2014

What climate activists should learn from the Monterey Shale downgrade
by Kurt Cobb
Published by Resource Insights on 2014-06-01
Original article: http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2014/06/what-climate-activists-should-learn.html
 
There is an important hidden lesson for climate activists in the vast downgrade of recoverable oil resources now thought to be available from California’s Monterey Shale. Almost all climate activists have rejected any talk that the world’s [...]

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The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started

posted June 12, 2014

The great imaginary California oil boom: Over before it started
by Kurt Cobb, originally published by Resource Insights  | May 25, 2014
 
It turns out that the oil industry has been pulling our collective leg.
 
The pending 96 percent reduction in estimated deep shale oil resources in California revealed last week in the Los Angeles Times calls into [...]

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Request to RTA Board — April 25, 2013

posted June 11, 2014

Request to RTA Board
April 25, 2013
Honorable RTA Board:     Thank you for my reappointment to the CART as an original member. I continue to be honored to serve the RTA and larger regional community in this role.
Having closely followed the Broadway Blvd Project at public meetings and interviews, I want the following comments to be considered [...]

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BROADWAY COALITION: Design Criteria for the Improvement of Broadway

posted June 11, 2014

BROADWAY COALITION:  Design Criteria for the Improvement of Broadway
Based on all the facts we have examined and studies available to us, from the RTA as well as from national studies [See our website: https://sites.google.com/site/broadwaycoalition], we have arrived at a set of criteria that should be applied to all alternatives proposed for the Broadway Boulevard Improvement [...]

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100-Foot Max WIDTH Resource Page

posted June 11, 2014

Broadway Coalition Design Criteria for the Improvement of Broadway
Arizona Daily Star June 8th OpEd : Pro 100′ width Broadway by Robert Cook
Arizona Daily Star June 8th OpEd: RTA viewpoint by Douglas Mance
Follow-up lobby letter to public officials June 9th by Robert Cook
It is the width, not the number of lanes: Broadway Coalition notes
Broadway Coalition: Some [...]

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RTA and County Should Heed Community’s Vision for Broadway Project

posted June 11, 2014

RTA and County Should Heed Community’s Vision for Broadway Project
 By Robert Cook , June 8, 2014
This is the June 8th Sunday Arizona Daily Star Guest Opinion without the Star’s edits. Note the Star’s edited headline is: “8-Lane Roadway No Longer Makes Sense.”
 
The two-year design phase of the Broadway Boulevard, Euclid to Country Club Project is [...]

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Options available for Broadway project that meet RTA’s ‘functionality’ test

posted June 11, 2014

 
Options available for Broadway project that meet RTA’s ‘functionality’ test
by Douglas Mance,  Special to the Arizona Daily Star,  June 08, 2014
 
The last time I addressed the Broadway Corridor Citizens Task Force, I let them know I wanted those dedicated volunteers to succeed in their efforts to come up with a design that would be acceptable [...]

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ST June Meeting – BUILDING RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS: Eco-villages and Social Cohesion

posted June 3, 2014

[ Monday, June 9, 2014; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] BUILDING RESILIENT NEIGHBORHOODS:
Eco-villages and Social Cohesion
Monday, June 9, 2014, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,
101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)
With climate change increasing the likelihood of heat waves, flooding and other emergencies that may overwhelm first responders, and when “sheltering in place” becomes the default [...]

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ST May Meeting: CAN MUSHROOMS SAVE THE WORLD?

posted May 8, 2014

[ Monday, May 12, 2014; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]  
Sustainable Tucson’s May Meeting:
CAN MUSHROOMS SAVE THE WORLD?
 
Monday, May 12, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,
101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)
 

What do human health, environmental detoxification, consumer waste recycling and a great-tasting and healthy locally produced food source have in common? – MUSHROOMS! Learn [...]

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April 20th: “Welcome the Third Economic Revolution”

posted April 13, 2014

[ Sunday, April 20, 2014; 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. ] Welcome the Third Economic Revolution

A talk on converting from a Consumer Killer Economy to a Sustainable Green Economy
by John ‘Skip’ Laitner, featured speaker at Sustainable Tucson’s December 2013 General Meeting.

Skip is a Resource and Energy Economist, International Economic Conversion Consultant, and Visiting Fellow to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Hear how he is advising [...]

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ST’s April Meeting: Local Water – Localized Food?

posted April 7, 2014

[ Monday, April 14, 2014; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Sustainable Tucson’s April Meeting:
Local Water – Localized Food?
 
Monday, April 14, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,
101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)
 

How much local food can Tucson produce? And how much local water is available to produce it?

For several thousand years the Tucson region has [...]

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ST March Meeting: Preparedness for a World of Change

posted March 6, 2014

[ Monday, March 10, 2014; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ]  

Sustainable Tucson’s March Meeting:
Preparedness for a World of Change

Monday, March 10, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,
101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)

Join the Sustainable Tucson community and extended network to hear Nicole Foss, world-renown lecturer and co-creator of TheAutomaticEarth.Com speak from their DVD on [...]

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February General Mtg: IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?

posted January 28, 2014

[ Monday, February 10, 2014; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] Sustainable Tucson’s February Meeting:
IS YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?
Monday, February 10, 2014,    5:30 – 8:00 pm

Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,
101 N. Stone, (free lower level parking off Alameda St.)

Last November 14th, the State of Arizona ran a simulation of an emergency event that included a 72-hour power outage – the [...]

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ST Dec. Mtg: The Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency: Leading Tucson to More Jobs and a Robust Economy While Mitigating Climate Change

posted November 21, 2013

[ Monday, December 9, 2013; 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm. ] XXXX
At Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Lower Level Meeting Room,
101 N. Stone, Downtown (free lower level parking off Alameda St)
 
Sustainable Tucson December Meeting: The Economic Imperative of Energy Efficiency: Leading Tucson to More Jobs and a Robust Economy While Mitigating Climate Change
This month, Sustainable Tucson brings international expertise and vision to our community to understand [...]

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Will the real International Energy Agency please stand up?

posted November 17, 2013

Will the real International Energy Agency please stand up?
Published by Resource Insights on 2013-11-16
Original article: http://resourceinsights.blogspot.com/2013/11/will-real-international-energy-agency.html by Kurt Cobb
It was as if the International Energy Agency were appearing on the old American television game show To Tell the Truth last week as it offered a third contradictory forecast in the space of a year.
You may [...]

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Loss and Damage @Warsaw: Climate change Conference of Parties 19

posted November 17, 2013

Loss and Damage @Warsaw
Published by Daily Kos on 2013-11-15
Original article: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/15/1255756/-Loss-and-Damage-Warsaw by Deborah Phelan
The issue of ‘loss and damage’, which at long last mainstreamed at last year’s COP18, is vying for center stage in Warsaw as COP19 participants wrestle with the problems of effectively addressing and financing the irreparable impacts of climate change, those impacts [...]

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Three things you shouldn’t miss this week: Energy Crunch: the global picture

posted November 17, 2013

Energy Crunch: the global picture
Published by New Economics Foundation on 2013-11-15
Original article: http://www.neweconomics.org/blog/entry/energy-round-up-the-global-picture by Energy Crunch staff
Three things you shouldn’t miss this week

The dwindling emissions budget if we are to limit global warming to no more than 2°C.

Graphic: International Energy Agency World Energy Outlook 2013
Article: Shale’s Effect on Oil Supply Is Not Expected to Last -  According to [...]

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Who knew that Seoul was a leader in the sharing economy?

posted November 17, 2013

Who knew that Seoul was a leader in the sharing economy?
by Richard Heinberg
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Published by Post Carbon Institute on 2013-11-12
Original article: http://www.postcarbon.org/blog-post/1949822-who-knew-that-seoul-was-a

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Did you know that Seoul, South Korea is one of the world’s key sites for post-growth economic re-development? No? Neither did I, until I saw for myself.
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I was pleased to be invited to give the [...]

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