Hot Off the Wire — 1/8/2020

Inaugural WA Climate Assembly Meeting

We are calling communities throughout Washington State to tune into the conversation of climate pollution at Washington State’s inaugural Climate Assembly. Join us LIVE to listen to the beginning stages of the Assembly process, which aims to find potential solutions for climate mitigation that will be recommended to the State Legislature in the months to come.

Scheduled for this Tuesday
January 12 at 6:00 PM

You can watch here

Three things you really need to know from Grist

Carbon emissions that have already occurred will increase global temperatures by approximately 2.3 degrees C (4.1 degree F)

That’s about 1 degree C higher than previous estimates

Biden climate team says it underestimated Trump’s damage

There “have been very carefully directed budget cuts to the very parts of the [EPA] that are going to be necessary to get rid of [Trump’s] outrageous rollbacks.”
— E&E News

The Trump administration finalized a rule change slashing protections for migratory birds

The move would shield the oil industry from liability for unintentionally killing birds with its pollution.

COVID Resources

Sheltering in Place:
How I Find Stillness During Crisis

Do not think of it as quarantine, someone said recently. Think of it as a cloister
— Yes! Magazine

Fauci says U.S. could soon give 1 million vaccinations a day

Fauci said vaccinations already have begun speeding up.
— PBS News Hour

COVID-19 Sparks a Rebirth of the Local Farm Movement

Could this be the beginning of a new food economy?
— Yes! Magazine

Regional Actions

Saturday, January 9, 2:00pm-3:30pm — An Overview of Washington’s State Legislature
Sunday, January 10, 2:00pm-3:30pm — Washington’s Climate Crisis
Saturday, January 16, 2:00pm-3:30pm — Fixing Washington’s Upside Down Tax Code
Sunday, January 17, 2:00pm-3:30pm — Fighting for a Racially Just Washington

National Actions

Local/Regional News

Becoming A Democracy Book Event

14 Jan 2021
5:30 – 6:30 PM

The next Climate on Tap
will be on February 2nd

For further information email Laura Tucker or call 360-379-4491


Port Angeles sewage overflow under scrutiny

Sewage overflows will recur more frequently with climate change
— Peninsula Daily News


Trump vetoes bipartisan driftnet fishing bill

He claimed it would harm small, family-owned fishing businesses.
— The Hill


Methane Emissions on the Lower Snake
December Zoom Event Recording

Learn about the connection between the lower Snake River reservoirs, global climate change, and the role rivers play in the carbon cycle.


WA Commerce releases 2021 state energy strategy for a carbon-free clean energy future

Comprehensive plan details the policies necessary to reduce greenhouse gas pollution, grow the clean energy economy and ensure competitive energy prices

Chicken nuggets of the future

Fareed takes a look at lab-grown meat’s tremendous potential as a choice tool in humanity’s fight against climate change.
— Fareed Zakaria, GPS

National/International News

‘I’ll be fierce for all of us’

Rep. Deb Haaland is poised to become the first Native American to lead a Cabinet agency.
— Indian Country Today

Massachusetts 2050
Decarbonization Roadmap

Deep Decarbonization Requires a Systems Engineering Approach


How Indigenous Communities Are Adapting To Climate Change: Insights From The Climate-Ready Tribes Initiative
— HealthAffairs

‘There’s good fire and bad fire.’
An Indigenous practice may be key to preventing wildfires

For thousands of years, North American tribes carefully burned forests to manage the land. The future may lie in a return to that past.
— National Geographic


Miles For Climate
A Walk Across the United States

Be careful where you walk in National Parks

Park Service investigating after video emerges of ranger repeatedly tasing Native American man for social distancing.
— The Hill


How rooftop solar could save Americans $473 billion
— Los Angeles Times

A man cowering on the ground with a National Park ranger standing over him while tasing him.

The tab for damage caused by last year’s hurricanes, wildfires, and other climate-driven disasters in the U.S. was $95 billion
— Los Angeles Times

Climate in Politics

Inauguration 2021: Greenpeace Volunteer Call

The first 100 days of Biden’s presidency will be crucial for our climate.

Inspiration

All We Can Save
Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis

A splendid offering of wisdom, warmth, and inspiration to reshape our vision of climate futures, All We Can Save is a skillfully curated collection of essays, poems, and illustrations that is decidedly feminine in its character and feminist in its approach.

contributor Tara Houska


A Climate Basics Series

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