Hot Off the Wire — Christmas Update 2020

COVID Resources

PBS News Hour

How to help kids build resilience amid COVID-19 chaos

Photo by Justin Paget/Getty Images

Childhood trauma impacts millions of Americans, and it’s having devastating consequences

How to find help with healing from childhood trauma

Your questions on childhood trauma during the pandemic, answered

Dr. Jack Shonkoff, who founded Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child, spoke with PBS NewsHour’s William Brangham and took viewer questions on the subject.

Residents and staff in most long term-care facilities are slated to start receiving their vaccinations this week

Prisons, jails are COVID-19 hotspots. Is vaccinating inmates a priority?


Costa Rican hybrid sailboat aims to reduce shipping industry’s carbon footprint
— Reuters

The World’s First Death Attributed to Air Pollution Could Spark the Change We Need
— Eather/Gizmodo

Breaking the Silence: Sharing Climate Emergency Feelings

Tuesday, December 29th at 12pm PT
— Climate Mobilization

New calls for climate leadership in Washington State, and

Oregon communities and the state health authority get real on climate

How the Australians fix potholes!

Regional Actions

Tell Biden: You can’t “build back better” unless you build back fossil free

Here’s a list of executive actions President-elect Biden should take immediately

in Port Angeles

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Clallam County Courthouse
223 E 4th St,
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Lincoln Street Steps

National Actions

It’s time the U.S. does its Fair Share to address the climate crisis

We need to make up for lost time and broken promises.
— Climate Hawks Vote

What Do You Get When You Beat Chevron in Court? 500 Days of Home Detention

On Friday, Steven Donziger passed 500 days of home detention for refusing to turn over his computer, phone, and passwords to be given to Chevron.

Local/Regional News

Inslee unveils new plan to tackle climate change ‘head on’ in WA

The first interactive streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet

National/International News

Biden Taps Climate Team
Focused on Environmental Racism & Science

Former Environmental Protection Agency official Mustafa Ali comments

— DemocracyNow! coverage

Emmanuel Macron has promised to hold a referendum on incorporating climate change into the country’s constitution
— Grist

A new study finds that 90 percent of starfish have died since 2013 — 5.7B on the West Coast
— CBC Canada

Guilt at the gas pump?
That’s (part of) the idea

Cambridge, Massachusetts, became the first in the nation to post bright yellow “warming” labels at gas pumps.
— Grist

The Big Thaw: How Russia Could Dominate a Warming World

Climate change is propelling enormous human migrations as it transforms global agriculture and remakes the world order — and no country stands to gain more than Russia.
— ProPublica

(Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times

John Kerry, Biden’s Climate Czar, Talks About Saving the Planet

John Kerry, President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for special presidential envoy for climate, a new position on the National Security Council reporting directly to the president.
— ProPublica

Fed joins global club of peers in climate change fight

The Fed’s membership in the Network of Central Banks and Supervisors for Greening the Financial System (NGFS) comes after a yearlong collaboration, the Fed said.
— Reuters

In Landmark Ruling, Air Pollution Recorded as a Cause of Death for British Girl

Legal and environmental experts hailed a coroner’s ruling that, for the first time in Britain, directly linked a specific person’s death to air pollution.
— The New York Times

The entire population of Fiji was ordered to take shelter on Thursday in preparation for Cyclone Yasa

Yasa’s 150 mile-per-hour winds caused flooding and brought widespread devastation to the island.

What could Biden’s ‘Climate Cabinet’ realistically accomplish?

Former White House insiders weigh in.
— Grist

These ladies love natural gas!
Too bad they arn’t real
— Grist

Bank For Good

This new tool enables you to quickly and easily find 26 (and counting) financial institutions that have pledged never to finance, insure, underwrite or invest in the fossil fuel industry.

National Newsletters

Climate in Politics


BOOKS for our time
Burning Worlds

An interview with two editors of a new Canadian anthology on climate change, Watch Your HeadWriters and Artists Respond to the Climate Crisis.

Kathryn Mockler (Left) and Madhur Anand (Right)
(Anand’s photo by Karen Whylie)

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Presents

December 5 – February 28
Sculptures illuminated daily from 4pm – 8pm

Coach House Books

Nan Bray is an oceanographer and climate scientist
who has farmed superfine merinos near Oatlands, Tasmania since 2000
Note to Yarns from the Farm readers: This is a series of articles on climate change that I’ve written for our local monthly newsletter, the
Southern Midlands Regional News.
Cheers, Nan
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