Paris Agreement Passes: What’s Next?

Even Pope Francis approved of the Paris Agreement, which passed muster with delegates from nearly 200 countries on Sunday. After five sets of negotiations this year and two full weeks of debate in Paris, the agreement set a world goal of limiting rising temperatures to within 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels, through 2100. So what happens now? [Read more…]

Ask #GOP 2 Talk Climate Change

There is so much crazy going on with this upcoming election, I don’t know where to start. But one place might be with climate change, the giant elephant in the GOP room. [Read more…]

.@JasonMraz Asks: Could Soil Regeneration Fix #ClimateChange?

The Obama Administration’s new Clean Power Plan promises to ramp up solar and wind in an effort to rein in greenhouse gas emissions. But as musician and activist Jason Mraz asks in this video: Are they missing the point when it comes to soil regeneration? [Read more…]

.@IKEA Pledges $1.3 Billion To Fight #ClimateChange

In the past, I’ve shared how IKEA which strives to provide low-cost options for home decor with less toxic chemicals. But after this latest announcement, I’m a fan.  [Read more…]

Must-Know Guide to Carbon Offsets & Global Warming

airplane in sky“What the heck?” That’s a favorite phrase in my household. I think it began with my now 16-year-old back when he was starting middle school and felt he needed an age-appropriate curse that wouldn’t cause us to take away his allowance. We’re not thrilled with it—especially when my now eight-year-old started mimicking the phrase—but it could be worse.

So “what the heck” came to mind when I watched yet another senator ram his foot firmly down his throat while attempting to visually demonstrate the impossibility of climate change, this time by tossing a snowball on Capitol Hill.

But the stunt got me thinking: Why is this all so hecking confusing? If you watched the news, you’re probably gobsmacked about the disagreement on global warming. Carbon footprint? Carbon offsets? Global warming? Just what are these talking heads gabbing about!? But today, scientists agree on their definitions. And those definitions need to be understood by all of us.  [Read more…]

Carbon Offset: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

tree ornament carbon offsetAre you looking for a holiday gift that keeps on giving? Consider a carbon-balanced gift from TerraPass, like this cute tree ornament embedded with parsley, basil and chive seeds. Buy one plantable tree and you support the Arcata Community Forest project, which is funded by carbon offsets. Each year the forest absorbs the equivalent CO2 to taking 550 cars off the road. Love!  [Read more…]