From the rising costs of severe weather damage to crop losses to coastal flooding, the effects of climate change are impacting Georgia now. Here’s a look at some of the different ways that climate change—and efforts to solve it—are making news in Georgia.
Saturday, September 8, 2018: Join the Atlanta Peoples Climate Movement: Rise for climate, jobs & justice
On September 8th, just four days before the start of the Global Climate Action Summit and two months before the midterm elections, Sierra Club members and supporters will join people from across the country and around the world to demand bold action to tackle the climate crisis during the Peoples Climate Movement “Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice” mobilization.
Atlanta made its municipal name as a transit hub—for trains first, then jetliners. Now the city that’s home to the world’s busiest airport is hoping to add “green energy pioneer” to its brag book. The city is working to put flesh on a framework to run entirely on renewable power by 2035.
The southeastern United States is losing trees fast: One expert calls it a ‘highly degraded ecosystem’
“Forest protection as a climate solution is not just relegated to the tropics. It also is very critical that we address that issue in our own backyard,” says Danna Smith of the Dogwood Alliance.
Georgia is one of nine states aggressively removing voters from the rolls. In Georgia, 156 of the state’s 159 counties reported an increase in registered-voter removal rates, a new report found.
Cobb EMC members are invited to attend a free Renewables & You Seminar to learn how to incorporate more renewables into everyday life. The seminar will cover popular topics, including electric vehicles, solar panels for your home and resources to help you live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
To better understand how climate change will impact Georgia and what we can do to respond to those impacts, decision-makers need credible and relevant information from multiple sectors and disciplines.
Through a collaborative process, we identified 40 important research questions that, if answered, could lay the groundwork for effective, science-based climate action in Georgia.
Solarize Atlanta is a community-based solar energy group purchasing campaign that makes solar more affordable and accessible for the residents of Atlanta. Solarize campaigns harness the power of the crowd to save some major green while residences and businesses go green. Learn more.
In May 2017 mayor Kasim Reed made Atlanta the 27th city and one of the largest in the country to commit to 100% clean energy. The measure was introduced by current mayoral candidate and councilman Kwanza Hall in mid-April who said that moving to clean energy “will create good jobs, clean up our air and water and lower our residents’ utility bills.”
Facebook is building a new data center near Atlanta. The almost one-million-square-foot building will be powered by hundreds of acres of solar panels, installed by the local utility.
A South Korean company will create more than 500 jobs and invest $150 million in a new solar module manufacturing facility near Dalton.
Georgia ranks 15th nationwide in solar energy generation. The state has consistently grown its solar energy output, with predictions showing a 0.8 percent growth this year.
Solarize is a community-based solar photovoltaic bulk-purchasing campaign that makes solar more affordable and accessible for the citizens of Atlanta. Solarize campaigns harness the power of the crowd to save some major green while residences and businesses go green.
GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. – When temperatures soared into the high 70s in late February, it may have tricked some black bears into thinking it’s springtime.
The government issued four Major Disaster Declarations in Georgia in 2017. Deputy Insurance Commissioner, Jay Florence, says this is one of the costliest years for weather-disasters the state has ever seen.
A community-based bulk-purchasing program open to residents and businesses of the Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven areas
Ovie Mughelli, eco athlete and former Atlanta Falcon, and Atlanta’s Steve Valk from Citizens’ Climate Lobby are in the studio this week on Talk With Green Guy on WGST-AM 640.
While the federal response to climate change has sputtered, Atlanta is one of the cities that’s stuck with its goals, and it’s adding more. One the city’s main initiatives is the Better Buildings Challenge, a project to cut energy and water use from buildings by 20 percent.
Georgia pecan and cotton farmers face heavy losses and early reports suggest more than a dozen other row crops and vegetables were damaged in Tropical Storm Irma’s treacherous path.
A few hours before the arrival of Hurricane Irma, soon to be known as Tropical Storm Irma, Joey Spalding and Cheryl McDaniel met up with friends at Nickie’s 1971 Bar and Grill to cheer on the Atlanta Falcons and to clink shot glasses, bidding Irma to spare them from harm.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — For the first time, a tropical storm warning has been issued for the city of Atlanta as Hurricane Irma hits Florida on its way to Georgia
Atlanta isn’t home to any icebergs at risk of melting. It’s not on the coast, where rising sea levels can flood communities. And while summer in the city are hot, Atlanta is far from becoming a dry desertscape. But the impacts of climate change are likely to still put long-term stress on metro Atlanta, scientists, officials and activists said, one day after The New York Times widely publicized a report that predicts rising temperatures nationwide and reduced rainfall in the southeastern United States.
Three-quarters of voters in Georgia’s 6th congressional district believe climate change is real, a statistic cited by activists who think climate change should be a key electoral issue in the final stretch of their hotly contested congressional race.
Two-thirds of voters in Georgia’s 6th District are very concerned or extremely concerned about climate change, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll conducted after Donald Trump’s decision to pull out from the Paris climate agreement.
Climate change anxiety is growing in America. Georgians are no exception. Voters in our state exhibit broad public support for actions that would tame the growing climate threat. Seventy-three percent of Georgians support regulating the greenhouse gas, CO², as a pollutant. A whopping 82 percent support funding increased renewable energy research, according to results of the Yale Climate Opinion 2016.
Bipartisan Citizens’ Climate Lobby holds first meeting: New Roswell chapter aims to tackle climate change
ROSWELL, Ga. — The newly formed Citizens’ Climate Lobby held its first meeting Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Unitarian Church in Roswell. Over a dozen new members joined, and the group is expecting even more in the next meeting. “The whole purpose of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby is to create political will for a livable world,” said Terry Schiff, who helped create the Roswell chapter.
On this edition of “Political Rewind” we present our second voter forum. We selected seven Georgians who say they will definitely vote on November 8 and invited them to join us to discuss what is driving their choices for president and other races this year.
Our members of Congress are in the best position to solve climate change. Know where your candidates stand on climate change—and vote climate!