Climate Change

Climate Change and Global Warming

NASA Gives Kids Their Own Guide to Climate Change

NASA Kids

A blinking red-eyed tree frog and flitting butterfly greet visitors to the new NASA Climate Kids website. Targeting grades 4 – 6, this kid-friendly guide de-mystifies one of the most important science issues of our time. The site answers the “Big Questions” about global climate change using simple illustrations, humor, interactivity, and age-appropriate language.


PRC Sets Direction for PNM Renewable Energy Plan

Solar PV installation

August 31 - The New Mexico Public Regulatory Commission (PRC) released its Final Order in the PNM Renewable Plan case. In summary, the PRC directive approved 46 MW of Solar electric power to be installed in the next three years.


Solar Energy A Safe, Smart Investment

Solar PV - by DVW

By Rebecca Sobel
Executive director, Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy (CCAE)

August 30 - Every hour, the sun radiates more energy onto earth than the entire human population uses in one year. That's a lot of solar potential. In New Mexico, we're lucky to have bragging rights to world-class solar resources, ranking second in the nation after Arizona, with potential to provide 1,000 times more energy than Public Service Company of New Mexico's (PNM) current demand.


New Mexico Climate Master Program - Fall 2010 Session

Climate Masters Poster

Learn how to reduce your Carbon footprint and volunteer to train others to do the same. The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is offering an 11 week course on Climate Change and Sustainability. The dates are from September 22 - December 8, 2010 and the class will be held in Albuquerque, NM.

Course participants are provided 30 hours of training, and in turn they "pay back" the program through volunteer service.

web site for general description of New Mexico Climate Masters


Chapter Presses for Pollution Controls at San Juan Coal Plant

Coal - San Juan

August 4 - The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club and 7 other advocacy groups have sent a letter to Governor Richardson and Secretary of NM Environmental Department (NMED) Ron Curry supporting NMED's Best Available Retrofit Technology (BART) for the San Juan Generating Station. This proposed plan would upgrade PNM's San Juan Generating Station with cost-effective controls for nitrogen oxide emissions and other pollutants and also lead to greater sulfur dioxide reductions, presents a tremendous opportunity to protect New Mexico’s enchanted landscapes, safeguard public health and welfare, promote economic prosperity, and keep New Mexico in control of its clean air legacy.


New Mexico to Lead the Nation in Energy Conservation Building Codes for New Homes

Green Building

Full Savings for Commercial Buildings Still in Question

Albuquerque, NM – July 30. Today, the New Mexico Construction Industries Commission (CIC) acted to save consumers money by adopting the 2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code (2009 NMECC) for new home construction. The new residential code will achieve 20 percent increase in energy efficiency on new homes beginning in 2011 via sound building science and technically proven measures. The codes will take effect on January 1, 2011 with a six month phase-in period to provide time for a statewide code training process to be completed.


Outdoor Initiative Increases Opportunities

Youth with Senator Udall

This spring President Obama created the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. This weekend leaders from the Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency met with New Mexicans in Albuquerque to learn about our views of this program. This is my viewpoint on this issue.

  • We should all increase our use of the world-class outdoors opportunities that exist here in New Mexico.
  • The Federal government should provide new, expanded, and better protected public lands.
  • Increase opportunities for youth in the Great Outdoors.
  • Support local economies by investing in public lands.
  • Manage all public lands to comprehend climate change.

Hands Across the Sands in Albuquerque

Hands Across the Sands ABQ

On June 26, more than 75 New Mexicans participated in the world's largest gathering against offshore oil drilling...and for clean energy solutions NOW! To get involved, contact Shrayas Jatkar at shrayas.jatkar@sierraclub.org


Clean-Energy Champion Gail Ryba Passes Away

Gail Ryba

At an Earth Day celebration in 2002 in Santa Fe, I spotted Gail Ryba riding her bike, wearing her ubiquitous yellow jacket. “So, Gail, how’d you like to take over for me as energy chair for the Rio Grande Chapter?” She replied, “Gee, I’m pretty busy with the bicycle coalition and the Coalition for Clean Affordable Energy and raising a child.” “I know,” I said, “I always look for overextended activists.” “Okay, I’ll think it over.” The very next day Gail called me and agreed to be the energy chair, and thus began Gail’s short but effective stint as a Sierra Club activist.


Sarah’s Green Tip of the Week - Tip #1: Flip That Switch

Green Plug

Sarah is a second grader in Las Cruces who is concerned enough about the effects that climate change will have on the planet that she is taking action to do something about it. Her principal agreed to let her regularly broadcast her “Green Tip of the Week” to the school about the problem and how kids can help. We think grownups can help, too, so we are pleased to introduce Sarah’s Green Tips here:


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