Category: Climate

Bearing Witness to Climate Change October 2022

Bearing Witness to Climate Change provides a monthly summary of news related to the changing climate and its impact on people and the planet. At the start of the month, category 4 Hurricane Ian struck the southeast Florida coast killing over 100 and inflicting… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change October 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change September 2022

It’s official but little surprise to Europeans who suffered through the past three months, Europe just had its hottest summer on record according to data from the Copernicus Climate Change Service. The last record stood for only one year, from 2021. How tragic that… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change September 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change August 2022

Along party lines, the US House and Senate passed, and President Biden signed, the most significant and ambitious legislation to date to move the country to a low-carbon future. The bill provides over $370B towards a large number of green energy programs that include:… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change August 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change July 2022

In what President Biden called a devastating opinion, the US Supreme Court ruled against the EPA by restricting its power to regulate CO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants in a way that would result in their closing. The court said the agency did not… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change July 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change June 2022

The US set an all-time record during the 1Q of the year for renewable energy generation with nearly 250K GW-hours of power, over 23% of total US electricity. Power from solar, wind, and hydroelectric were all up by substantial amounts. Coal-fired power was down,… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change June 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change May 2022

CO2 in the atmosphere as measured at Mauna Loa hit another record at 420 ppm. April is the month when C02 is the highest in the Norhtern Hemisphere. The Keeling Curve shows no sign of slowing down and is expected to blow past 430… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change May 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change April 2022

In excellent news, for the first time ever wind and solar energy was reported to have generated more than 10% of total global electricity in 2021. Over 50 countries now get more than 10% of their electricity from solar and wind sources, which grew… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change April 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change March 2022

In the latest grim report from the UN, the International Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) warns that humanity has a brief and rapidly closing window to avoid an unbearably hotter and deadlier climate. They warn the planet will face increasing floods, heat waves, droughts,… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change March 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change February 2022

A new study reports that gas stoves in the US are putting over 2.5 million tons of CO2e of methane into the atmosphere year. That is said to be equivalent to the GHG from 500,000 gas powered cars.  Not surprising, more progressive cities and… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change February 2022”

Bearing Witness to Climate Change January 2022

The UK-based Climate Brief organization and website issued their climate data for 2021which confirmed another year of record ocean heat content, rising surface temperatures, extreme weather events, sea level rise, declining sea ice, and of course, rising levels of CO2 and methane in the… Continue Reading “Bearing Witness to Climate Change January 2022”