Hot Off the Wire — 5/08/2020

OMG! look at that honeybee swarm!

Flu Virus Resources

For young people, two defining events: COVID-19 and climate change
An unforeseen pairing of catastrophes will inform how Generation Z navigates the world as adults, and what sort of future they create. — National Geographic

Youth Climate Activists Are Writing a Just Recovery Curriculum — Yes Magazine

How Climate Change Is Contributing to Skyrocketing Rates of Infectious Disease
A catastrophic loss in biodiversity, reckless destruction of wildland and warming temperatures have allowed disease to explode. Ignoring the connection between climate change and pandemics would be “dangerous delusion,” one scientist said. — ProPublica

Hunger Pandemic: The COVID-19 Effect on Global Food Insecurity — Visual Capitalist

How contact tracing can help the U.S. get control over coronavirus — PBS News


The “new approach” for our leaders | Jim Waddell

Trump Imperils the Planet – The New York Times
Endangered species, climate change —
the administration is taking the country, and the world, backward.

Burning wood is not a solution to climate change — The Hill

Pandemic as prologue — High Country News
A failure of imagination has stymied our outbreak response, but that’s just the beginning.


Week 24: Plant something native and green this week
Take part: May 10–16, 2020

Model Laws for Deep Decarbonization in the United States
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Regional Actions

Clallam County PUD will have a Board of Commissioners Meeting
this Monday, May 11 at 1:30p.m.
Please attend the virtual meeting on Monday.
PUD is a Public, not a Privatized Utility District. Citizen-ratepayers must call in or login and be counted. See details at

Climate Leaders Live: Building a Clean Energy Future Together
Tune in on Tuesday May 19, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.

Documentary Screening
& Discussion | Jim Waddell

Thu May 14, 2020 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Online, Zoom

National Actions

Climate Crisis Policy and Columbia University are partnering to present a discussion of 9 active federal climate bills | Wed.  July 1, 2020.  Noon-1:30 pm
Zoom Register   Facebook Event

Sierra Forum: Defund Climate Destruction | Wednesday, May 13 at Noon PT

Will you join our mass call next Thursday, May 14Organize to Win in 2020
to get up to date on Keystone XL and be part of the next chapter in this campaign? –

Be one of the 2,000 people we need today to tell Bank of America: No drilling in the Arctic Refuge — League of Conservation Voters

“In this time of multiple crises, we are invisible, yet again. But they’re planning to open up our territories the second this is over. And we won’t let that happen.”

Local/Regional News

Washington Conservation Voters releases the Legislative Scorecard

Cross-laminated timber panels like these at the Katerra mass timber factory in Spokane Valley, Wash., are designed to replace steel and concrete

National/International News

#EarthDayLive Discussion
NRDC president and CEO Gina McCarthy, Greenpeace USA executive director Annie Leonard, and Ocean Collectiv founder Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson discuss the 50th anniversary of #EarthDay and where we go from here

The Lab That Discovered Global Warming Has Good News and Bad News
The good news is that the pandemic shows “science works.” The bad news?
Global warming may be far more dangerous than a pandemic.

Combos of heat, humidity at edge of human tolerance hitting globe decades earlier than expected — NBC News
Researchers found that temperature extremes previously thought to be rare have been recorded more than 1,000 times in 40 years.

Read the Washington Post stories that won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize

Global warming to push humans out of climate niche, forcing billions to migrate – The Washington Post

COVID-19 and Climate: Economic Impacts — Climate One

Fed’s expansion of lending program sparks oil bailout worries — Politico
The Federal Reserve told reporters that the changes were not directed at oil and gas companies, or any one industry.

Shell cuts dividend for first time since World War Two — Reuters

Tell members of Congress to support the REWIND Act today —
Tell Congress to stop bailouts for Big Oil and prioritize the millions of people who are reeling

Here’s an easy way to take action: ask your members of Congress to cosponsor the ReWIND Act, barring fossil fuel bailouts — Climate Hawks Vote

Satellite image from 27 April of wildfires burning in Russia. Photo: NASA

‘Normal’ is a crisis: Climate impacts across the world this week are adding to challenges for those already dealing with COVID-19. Millions of acres are burning in Siberia, and thousands have been displaced as floods hammer Kenya and Somalia. Evacuation orders were just lifted for Fort McMurray, Canada – a key tar sands development area – where thousands of Canadian workers and their families are recovering from floods from fast winter thaw. And as the world’s seas simmer at record-high temperatures, hurricane and wildfire risks are heightening.

Center for

The New York Times

How to build a no-smell compost bin

Carbon Emissions Just Turned Back 10 Years — Yes! Magazine

Judge Vacates Oil and Gas Leases on 145,000 Acres in Montana — The New York Times

Inside Clean Energy:
6 Things Michael Moore’s ‘Planet of the Humans’ Gets Wrong
— Inside Climate News

Climate in Politics

This “Honest Government Ad” series may offend you, or it may amuse you with it’s inappropriateness, depending on your sensitivity to strong words.


Alaska Wilderness League presents the Geography of Hope series
Here’s the initial lineup with more events to be announced:

  • Thursday, May 7, 4pm EDT: Kristin Gates presents “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins
  • Tuesday, May 12, 7pm EDT: New York Times-featured author Caroline Van Hemert presents on her 4,000-mile journey into Alaska’s wilderness and book “The Sun Is My Compass”
  • Thursday, May 21, 7pm EDT: Michael Boardman: Artist in Residence, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
  • Saturday, May 30, 5:30pm EDT: Renowned filmmaker Mark Titus presents “The Wild,” which draws attention to the battle against the reckless Pebble Mine that threatens the most productive wild sockeye salmon fishery on Earth, in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

Climate Crash Course #7: Is what I do important? — The New York Times

Pancakes and Jam! brunch & arts
Pull Together and Vines Festival hosts a virtual brunch concert. Listen to the recording.

Calling Bullshit:
Data Reasoning in a Digital World

Course: INFO 270 / BIOL 270. University of Washington

Our learning objectives are straightforward.
After taking the course, you should be able to:
– Remain vigilant for bullshit contaminating your information diet.
– Recognize said bullshit whenever and wherever you encounter it.
– Figure out for yourself precisely why a particular bit of bullshit is bullshit.
– Provide a statistician or fellow scientist with a technical explanation of why a claim is bullshit.
– Provide your crystals-and-homeopathy aunt or casually racist uncle with an accessible and persuasive explanation of why a claim is bullshit. —

Coming August 4th, 2020: Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World, by Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West. 
Pre-order now

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands since 2000
  1. Carbon dioxide:
    Nature’s tiny solar panels
  2. Take a deep breath
  3. Galileo Fixes Everything
  4. A Silver Lining
  5. If You Don’t Like the Heat,
    Get Out of the Kitchen

This is a series I’m writing on climate change for our local monthly newspaper. I wanted to go back to the basics of the science behind climate change.

Burning Worlds

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