climate action http://www.kplu.org en Bill McKibben of 350.org to Lead Climate Change Rally in Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/bill-mckibben-350org-lead-climate-change-rally-seattle <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This Saturday, environmental activist and author Bill McKibben</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;will lead a rally&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">against fossil fuel exports and the Keystone XL pipeline in Seattle.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Known as one of the first voices to warn of the dangers of global warming,&nbsp;McKibben is on tour with his new book, <a href="http://www.billmckibben.com/index.html" target="_blank">Oil and Honey</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. He</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;is also the founder of an international organization called <a href="http://350.org/" target="_blank">350.org</a>, which he created to fight climate change.&nbsp;</span></p><p>McKibben says 350 is "<span style="line-height: 1.5;">the most important number in the world, but nobody knew it until 2008,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">when Jim Hansen and his team at NASA published a paper saying we now know enough about carbon to know how much in the atmosphere is too much."&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10060 at http://www.kplu.org Bill McKibben of 350.org to Lead Climate Change Rally in Seattle Hearings Begin in Environmental Review of Longview Coal Terminal http://www.kplu.org/post/hearings-begin-environmental-review-longview-coal-terminal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scoping hearings begin tomorrow on </span><a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/geographic/millennium/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">near the Columbia River. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s one of two Washington terminals that would ship coal from the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming to Asia.</span></p><p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:02:28 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 10027 at http://www.kplu.org Hearings Begin in Environmental Review of Longview Coal Terminal Obama's climate speech renews call for utilities to divest from coal http://www.kplu.org/post/obamas-climate-speech-renews-call-utilities-divest-coal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“It’s the change we have been waiting for.” That’s the response from the Sierra Club to President Obama’s speech on climate change. A major part of his </span><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/climate-action-plan" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">action plan</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is new limits on carbon emissions from power plants.</span></p><p>The<a href="http://cascade.sierraclub.org/" target="_blank"> local chapter of the club</a> says even though no new policies will take effect for several years, utilities need to start adjusting now. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:22:11 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 9175 at http://www.kplu.org Obama's climate speech renews call for utilities to divest from coal Inslee issues greenest-yet budget pledge for Climate Solutions http://www.kplu.org/post/inslee-issues-greenest-yet-budget-pledge-climate-solutions <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the special legislative session gets underway in Olympia, Gov. Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says some of the most important parts of his two-year budget proposal are investments in clean energy.</span></p><p>During a fundraiser for the nonprofit group&nbsp;<a href="http://climatesolutions.org/" target="_blank">Climate Solutions</a>&nbsp;on Monday, the governor said he is pushing for a state budget that includes funds to start a new research center at the University of Washington.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 00:01:47 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8762 at http://www.kplu.org Inslee issues greenest-yet budget pledge for Climate Solutions Gov. Inslee's climate change bill passes, controversy continues http://www.kplu.org/post/gov-inslees-climate-change-bill-passes-controversy-continues <p>A bill put forward by Gov. Jay Inslee directing the state to figure out<a href="http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2013-14/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5802-S2.E.pdf"> how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions</a>&nbsp;has passed both houses of the Legislature.</p><p>The passage is a big step forward for the environmental lobby and the governor, who has championed clean energy. But there is still a lot of pushback in Olympia.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 15:05:05 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8151 at http://www.kplu.org Big city lights to go out for Earth Hour tonight http://www.kplu.org/post/big-city-lights-go-out-earth-hour-tonight <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="248" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2UywrjnOaUE?rel=0" width="440"></iframe></p><p>If you see a big bridge or stadium suddenly go dark tonight, don't be alarmed.</p><p>Seattle and Tacoma are joining thousands of cities around the world and turning out the lights for<a href="http://www.earthhour.org/"> Earth Hour</a>, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.</p><p>Landmark buildings will go dark for the hour, and residents are encouraged to take part by turning out all non-essential lights to support the ongoing fight against climate change.</p> Sat, 23 Mar 2013 19:10:03 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8117 at http://www.kplu.org "Here on Earth" author shares optimism about global warming http://www.kplu.org/post/here-earth-author-shares-optimism-about-global-warming <p>One of the world&#39;s best-known thinkers about global climate change is Australian writer Tim Flannery. He&#39;s not only a best-selling author, he&#39;s also his country&#39;s first Chief Commissioner for Climate Change.</p><p>His latest book, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Here-Earth-Natural-History-Planet/dp/080211976X"><em>Here on Earth: a Natural History of the Planet</em></a>, paints a hopeful picture of the future of human life on earth. He recently <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/books/2014828771_br24flannery.html">gave a talk in Seattle</a>, where he said his message of optimism seemed to have trouble getting through to his audience.</p><p>KPLU&#39;s Bellamy Pailthorp caught up with him for an interview.</p><p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 01:30:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 1793 at http://www.kplu.org "Here on Earth" author shares optimism about global warming State takes baby steps on climate change in agreement with B.C. http://www.kplu.org/post/state-takes-baby-steps-climate-change-agreement-bc <p>Washington’s neighbors to the north (British Columbia) and to the south (California) are gearing up to launch a regional carbon cap-and-trade system next year. It’s the centerpiece of the Western Climate Initiative, a regional effort to tackle global warming.</p><p>In Olympia, however, environment officials are rolling out more modest climate measures.</p><p>For example: <a href="http://www.ecy.wa.gov/climatechange/events.htm">a pair of agreements signed Wednesday</a> (with much fanfare) between the state and B.C. &nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 03 Feb 2011 19:17:10 +0000 Liam Moriarty 700 at http://www.kplu.org State takes baby steps on climate change in agreement with B.C.