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A NEW SHADE OF GREEN

Electric vs Gas Heat: Which wins?

With colder weather coming, it’s a good time to think about our heating emissions. They represent a sizable chunk of California’s overall emissions,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Oct. 6, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Oct 13, 2019 at 2:28 pm | 18 comments | 9259 Views

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Electric Buses: Challenges and Opportunities

Did you know that all new buses purchased in California will be zero-emission...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 8, 2019
Last comment by Jacquie, on Oct 9, 2019 at 9:33 am | 24 comments | 6967 Views

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When to use Marginal Emissions (and when not to)

This week’s post is about electricity emissions. Specifically, I want to talk about a concept called “marginal emissions”. This has come up often...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 29, 2019
Last comment by Anon, on Oct 5, 2019 at 4:39 pm | 9 comments | 4816 Views

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An Easy Emissions Win

The media had some excellent coverage of climate change this past week. I hope you were able to read some of it. Among my favorites...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 22, 2019
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Sep 29, 2019 at 8:27 am | 20 comments | 4725 Views

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Electric Buses: A case study

==I This is the fourth and final post on buses, at least for a while, following posts on

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 15, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 22, 2019 at 2:00 pm |
4 comments | 5148 Views

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Local Transit to the Rescue?

Will better local transit get more people out of cars? ==I This is the second in a series of posts on using buses to reduce emissions, the first being about

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 18, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 9, 2019 at 7:45 pm |
39 comments | 7391 Views

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Skeptics, Dupes, and Paranoids

I am a natural-born skeptic. I like to question things and play devil’s advocate, so much so that for a while some friends called me “Sherry Contrary”....

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Sep. 1, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Sep 9, 2019 at 9:41 am | 33 comments | 6135 Views

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Worrying patterns in our climate personalities

When I wrote about climate personalities two weeks ago, I got an angry response...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 25, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Aug 31, 2019 at 10:46 pm | 7 comments | 4423 Views

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What is your climate personality?

People react to climate change in different ways. How do people in our area think about it? Do we accept it? Fight it? Fight against the fight against it? Are we...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 11, 2019
Last comment by Game Over, on Aug 18, 2019 at 1:22 pm | 35 comments | 5020 Views

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Reader Questions

I love the great comments and questions you contribute each week, so I thought for a change I’d answer a few of your questions in a blog post proper instead...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Aug. 4, 2019
Last comment by CrescentParkAnon., on Aug 13, 2019 at 7:55 pm | 17 comments | 5429 Views

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Would you take a bus to LA?

Buses are climate-friendly, cheap to ride, and don’t require any special tracks or right of ways. They are an important transportation alternative on our warming...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 28, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Aug 8, 2019 at 7:39 pm | 37 comments | 8045 Views

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Two degrees can do all that?

It’s hard to believe that if the temperature goes up by only two degrees, our world will change so much. When I walk outside, I can barely tell the temperature...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 21, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jul 29, 2019 at 6:59 pm | 26 comments | 5372 Views

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Don't Miss Your Exit (and other lessons from an EV drive)

Driving an EV to Tahoe? Don’t miss your exit! I learned this and other lessons from two round trips between Palo Alto and Tahoe City in a Chevy Bolt (1). Maybe...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 14, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jul 22, 2019 at 9:53 pm | 16 comments | 7204 Views

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Power Outages: Are You Ready?

We are reducing greenhouse gas emissions by switching from gas to electric power. We have electric cars, trucks and buses, space heating, water heating, industrial...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on May. 26, 2019
Last comment by Resident, on Jul 15, 2019 at 3:59 pm | 23 comments | 8108 Views

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Trashing the holiday? Not so much!

I’ve enjoyed looking at photos from my friends’ Fourth of July holidays over the past few days -- parades, ice cream, red-white-and-blue outfits, picnics,...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jul. 7, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jul 11, 2019 at 2:19 pm | 12 comments | 4463 Views

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Palo Alto's plastics ban: Sensible policy or vain distraction?

When I heard a few weeks ago that Palo Alto was considering a city-wide ban on plastic straws, utensils, and produce bags, my first thought was “Sheesh, can’t...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 30, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jul 6, 2019 at 7:56 pm | 22 comments | 4884 Views

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Why we are Warming

We ended the last blog post with about half the Sun’s energy hitting...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 23, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jul 2, 2019 at 10:05 pm | 45 comments | 6046 Views

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Everything you've always wanted to know ...

… about how global warming works but were afraid to ask For the next few blog posts, I thought it would be interesting to cover some of the basic science...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 16, 2019
Last comment by Anon, on Jun 20, 2019 at 1:30 pm | 13 comments | 5128 Views

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Summer travel: Is anything changing?

In the midst of this record-setting early June heat, following...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 11, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jun 19, 2019 at 2:04 pm | 16 comments | 4725 Views

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The Grid Next Door

A post or two ago I wondered what you are doing about power outages. Some of you...

Original post made by Sherry Listgarten on Jun. 5, 2019
Last comment by Sherry Listgarten, on Jun 10, 2019 at 3:22 pm | 11 comments | 5174 Views
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The 34th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Short Story Contest is now accepting entries for Adult, Young Adult and Teen categories. Send us your short story (2,500 words or less) and entry form by March 27, 2020. First, Second and Third Place prizes awarded in each category. Sponsored by Kepler's Books, Linden Tree Books and Bell's Books.

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