Looking back on the year, I feel that victories and gained ground made good News: US Congress acting(!) to ban microbeads, Supreme court upheld Clean Power Plan to reduce emissions of mercury by 1,000 million tonnes and thereby save more than 1,200 lives/year. CO2 reduction plans from the 2015 Paris COP 16. Administrative action to create a new office of ecosystem service financing (read: more support for restoration) and to standardize and promote mitigation banking.
However, there were some problems. The gargantuan natural gas leak in S. Ca. highlighted the fact that natural gas leaks way too much to be a clean bridge fuel. We either need to clean up natural gas or resolve to skip over it altogether.