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.


Atlanta wins American Cities Climate Challenge

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action and former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently announced Atlanta as one of the winning cities in Bloomberg’s American Cities Climate Challenge, according to a press release.

The American Cities Climate Challenge is a $70 million dollar program that will accelerate 20 ambitious cities’ efforts to tackle climate change and promote a sustainable future for residents.



Remnants of Florence move out of Georgia, cause disastrous flooding across Carolinas

ATLANTA, Ga. – The cloudy sky and light rain showers across north Georgia on Sunday were thanks to what is now tropical depression Florence.


Concern for coastal Georgia residents increasing ahead of Florence

CHATHAM COUNTY, Ga. – With Hurricane Florence’s projected path having moved south, the concern for coastal Georgia residents is increasing. Channel 2’s Tony Thomas visited Tybee Island, near Savannah, and spoke with evacuees from the Carolinas now worried they might have to move again.


SmokeSmoke, carbon monoxide from California wildfires drifting all the way to the East Coast

What happens in California doesn’t stay in California. Smoke from the massive wildfires scorching the Golden State is drifting across the USA and has been reported as far east as New England, NASA said.



Photos: Hazy sunrises, sunsets thanks to California

11Alive’s Community StormTrackers share their views of the hazy sunrises and sunsets over Georgia after the jet stream carries smoke from the California wildfires east.


Most metro Atlantans think global warning is happening, manmade, Yale survey shows

A majority of metro Atlanta residents think global warning is happening, is caused by human activities and is affecting the weather. A majority thinks global warming will harm future generations, according to a new survey by an affiliate of Yale University.



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.


AtlantaSierraClubCan Atlanta run entirely on renewable energy by 2035?

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.


Voter purge frenzy after federal protections lifted, new report says 

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.



Renewables & You Seminar on August 16, 2018

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.


“Georgia Climate Research Roadmap” identifies Georgia’s top 40 climate research questions

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 July 18, 2018 District 6 town hall

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.



People are calling on Atlanta leaders to uphold a commitment to clean energy

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.”


renewablesRenewables are on the rise in conservative southern states

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.


Korean solar company to build 500 worker plant in Dalton

A South Korean company will create more than 500 jobs and invest $150 million in a new solar module manufacturing facility near Dalton.


Georgia Power launches new solar partnership with corporations

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 Atlanta launch event party April 12th, 2018, 7:00 PM

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.


Georgia’s swinging temperatures may have tricked bears out of hibernation early

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.


News-Climate-Costs-GA2017 was one of the costliest years for weather disasters in Georgia

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.


Solarize Dunwoody

A community-based bulk-purchasing program open to residents and businesses of the Dunwoody, Sandy Springs and Brookhaven areas


Podcast: Carbon Fee and Dividend as a climate solution

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.


Atlanta Is working on climate change, but there’s more to do

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.



Irma aftermath: Georgia farmers face heavy losses in pecans, cotton

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.



Savannah walloped, Tybee Island swamped by Irma

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.


First ever tropical storm warning for Atlanta as Irma hits Florida

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



Following climate change report, Georgia officials warn of local impact

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.


Despite deep red roots, climate activists are energized by Georgia special election

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.



AJC poll: Most Georgia 6th voters are very concerned about climate change

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.


Time has arrived for voters to call on Congress to reduce carbon emission

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.


News-Roswell-CCLBipartisan 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.



Georgia voter forum: Seven more voters sound off

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!