advertisement advertisement Cap and trade may be a near impossibility on the national level at this point (thanks, dead climate bill!), but California is still pushing ahead with a system that will require major polluters to cut down on carbon emissions, but will give them the option to trade carbon credits on a newly introduced market. The system, which is set to go into place in 2012, will be the first carbon trading program in the U.S. Here’s how it will work. At first, California won’t restrict emissions, instead giving companies so-called “allowances” to cover their carbon input. Over time, the state will reduce allowances, forcing companies to slash emissions. If companies want to emit more than their allowance, they can either trade for carbon credits with other companies or support select sustainable projects (such as preserving woodlands in a sensitive area). A floor price for allowances–$10 per metric ton of carbon dioxide–will … [Read more...] about California Approves First Large Scale Cap and Trade System in the U.S.
California wildfire firenado
A baby born this year—such as Penelope Page, born in a hotel in California last month after her parents fled a wildfire—will live a life “profoundly affected by climate change.” If greenhouse gas emissions continue on their current path, the world will be four degrees hotter by the time a child born today is 71 years old. That’s a version of the planet that no human has ever experienced. Food and water shortages are likely. Extreme heat may make some cities unlivable. Flooding and wildfires will destroy homes and critical infrastructure. advertisement advertisement Even now, with one degree of warming, climate change is already impacting human health, and children born now will continue to experience health impacts throughout their lives, says a major new report—the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change—from 120 experts at 35 institutions including the World Bank, which appeared in the medical journal the Lancet. … [Read more...] about Climate change will fundamentally shape the lives of children born in 2019
When a bomb threat prompted officials to shut down all 900 schools in the L.A. Unified School District last December, chaos ensued. Confused parents got the news via robocall around 8 a.m. and scrambled to pick up their kids and find last-minute child care. Others didn’t get the call at all. Communication between the district, principals, and teachers collapsed. The threat exposed the existing emergency system’s weaknesses, but amid the mayhem, many educators turned to Remind, the four-year-old messaging tool for students and teachers. advertisement advertisement “We saw a 700% increase in messaging usage during that bomb threat,” says Brett Kopf, cofounder and CEO of Remind. “We started meeting with some teachers and principals, and they were telling us it was chaos. It made us realize there was a huge need to have all the communication in one single place.” Today, Remind is launching a new product called Remind for Schools, a schoolwide … [Read more...] about Remind Launches New Slack-Like App For Schools
The closest abortion clinic to Pine Bluff, Arkansas, is 43 miles away. To qualify for a medical abortion at the Little Rock Aldersgate Road Health Center (the only kind of abortion available) a person needs to be less than two weeks along and make two visits to the clinic—one for an information session and one to get the pill. If this clinic is booked, the next closest clinic is in Tennessee, which has a whole different set of rules around abortion. advertisement advertisement To help women navigate the increasingly complex landscape of abortion laws, Planned Parenthood has launched a new tool demystifying the rules in each state. When visitors now go to Planned Parenthood’s website, they’ll see a section called “Abortion Care Finder.” People can now search for all nearby clinics—not just Planned Parenthood-affiliated ones—with abortion services. When searching, the website will ask for a person’s age, zip code, and the last … [Read more...] about Planned Parenthood’s new tool can help navigate the dizzying world of abortion laws
On November 4, the Trump administration formally notified the United Nations that it planned to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change, which 196 countries adopted in 2015. The pact is designed to keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels in this century, and if possible, to limit the increase to 1.5°C. Boston University international relations scholar Henrik Selin explains how U.S. withdrawal will affect the prospects for avoiding the worst effects of global warming. advertisement advertisement 1. What is the process for a country to leave the Paris Agreement? President Trump announced in the summer of 2017 that he intended to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, as he had pledged during the 2016 campaign. The agreement was adopted in 2015 and entered into international legal force on November 4, 2016. Article 28 of the agreement stipulates that a member can begin a formal … [Read more...] about The U.S. is now officially leaving the Paris climate accord: What’s next?