Here are the things that caught my eye in 2014.
Some are noteworthy but unnoticed. Others soaked up a lot of well-deserved attention and ink.
All contributed to the growing tide of awareness that climate change action is urgently needed now.
Shell Bets on solar as dominant energy source by 2100, in little-noticed report
Pope Francis assumes the Papacy and chooses the patron saint of the environment as his name
Pope Francis carpools, downsizes, blesses, kisses, lives modestly, and reminds the world to care for the world’s poorest people. In his homily, Francis described the church’s mission as “respecting each of God’s creatures and respecting the environment in which we live.”
Ceres’ Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP) launches the Climate Declaration
Carbon Tracker releases its Unburnable Carbon report
New York Times
Bill McKibben’s 350.org’s fossil fuel divestment group releases “Do the Math”
Climate hits 400ppm of CO2 for first time in 3 million years
President Obama announces his Climate Plan
The White House
IPPC report predicts near certainty on human-caused climate change
New York Times
LA Times announces it won’t public climate denier letters
Acknowleging reality and poking the bear, investors ask oil, coal and power companies for climate risk information
Super Typhoon Haiyan makes landfall in the Phillippines
Yeb Sano pleads for climate action at the UN meeting in Warsaw
Civil society and environmental groups walk out of UN Climate meeting talks to protest inaction
Signaling a foregone conclusion, 29 companies reveal they are already factoring a carbon price into their finances
Carbon Disclosure Project
Demonstrating momentum for pro-science climate action, Reddit science forum bans climate deniers