On Sunday thousands converge in New York City for the People’s Climate March

This Sunday, September 21st, the People’s Climate March is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people — from impacted community members to business leaders to faith groups — to the streets of New York City to demand action on climate change from global leaders. In the days following the march, 125 heads of state [...]

The Heat is On: SACE and other advocates to support carbon limits at EPA’s hearings next week

Next week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin holding public hearings to collect comments on their proposed rule, the Clean Power Plan, which calls for reductions in carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030, as well as reductions in soot and smog-forming pollutants.  The rule [...]

A Mother’s Missive: Asthmatic Children, Bad Air Days and Carbon Pollution

May is synonymous with Mother’s Day, but it’s also Asthma Awareness Month. So in honor of the 25.5 million Americans with asthma, I decided to share my personal ‘coping with asthma’ story. You see, my daughter is one of 7 million children in the United States who lives with asthma, a chronic respiratory disease that can leave her wheezing, breathless [...]

Floridians Stand Up for Solar Today at the State Capitol

Hundreds of Floridians – including a former governor, college students, solar industry developers, faith leaders, clean energy advocates and more – converged on Florida’s State Capitol in Tallahassee for a #SolarUprising Rally to demand that elected leaders act to unlock solar power development in Florida. As we’ve noted in recent blogs, Florida has the best solar potential east [...]

How the Polar Vortex is Fueled by and a Threat to Our Energy Infrastructure

“More and more Arctic sea ice is melting during summer months. The more ice that melts, the more the Arctic Ocean warms. The ocean radiates much of that excess heat back to the atmosphere in winter, which disrupts the polar vortex. Data taken over the past decade indicate that when a lot of Arctic sea ice disappears in the summer, the vortex has a tendency to weaken over the subsequent winter, if related atmospheric conditions prevail over the northern Atlantic Ocean.”

Protecting our kids: Asheville residents call for limits to carbon pollution

Tonight, dozens of concerned citizens gathered at a Citizens’ Climate Hearing in Asheville, NC to voice support  for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule to limit carbon dioxide (CO2) from new fossil fueled power plants. This event, hosted by the Cathedral of All Souls, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Climate Parents, Sierra Club, Western North Carolina Alliance [...]

Climate Bus Visits Asheville: Coming Soon to a State Near You!

Last month, President Obama vowed his Administration would act on climate since Congress has failed do so.  During his impassioned speech delivered on June 25, the president urged Americans from all walks of life to rise up and demonstrate support for his climate action plan, which will include reducing carbon pollution, investing in clean energy [...]

Enlisting the Sun: A Solar Powered Military in the 21st Century

With Memorial Day celebrations in full swing, it seems a good time to highlight some rather sunny developments for our nation’s military. A new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association – Enlisting the Sun: Powering the U.S. Military with Solar Energy  – shows how solar energy is playing a critical role in making the [...]

How Clean is Your Air? The Answers Might Surprise You

Last Wednesday, the American Lung Association released its 2013 “State of the Air” report – an annual highlight of cities and regions around the country with unhealthy levels of smog and soot which lead to increased asthma attacks, heart attacks and even premature death. What a difference a few years – and stronger pollution standards [...]

The State of Our Union is Warm, Leaning to Hot

Despite heat waves, droughts, wildfires, melting ice caps and super-charged storms that dominated 2012′s headlines, the words ‘climate change’ and ‘global warming’ barely warranted a mention during the entire presidential campaign.  In a surreal moment, one debate moderator, CNN’s Candy Crowley, noted that she had a question prepared ‘for all you climate change people’ but [...]