Hot Off the Wire — 3/19/2021

Washington Climate Assembly. People building a better earth.

Watch presentation of the
Washington Climate Assembly
Recommendations to the Legislature!

Today, March 19 | 12:30 pm — 1:15 pm PT

League of Women Voters of Mason County.


Dr. Thomas Ackerman, Professor Emeritus University of Washington
Director: Joint Institute for the Study of 
The Atmosphere and Oceans 

Thursday, March 25 | 11 am
Please join the discussion on Zoom

COVID Resources

Explained: The 3 Major
COVID-19 Variants

3 Major Variants of Coronavirus. Global airborne maps from origin of variant.
— Visual Capitalist

Coronavirus Recovery Priorities

Coronavirus Recovery Priorities.
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The History of Pandemics
One Year Update

History of Pandemics. Relative mortality of the worlds pandemics.
— Visual Capitalist


OCA Signs a Letter to Support the Arctic Refuge Protection Act

Urging our representatives to cosponsor the act in Congress.

Too British for America?
Extinction Rebellion is getting lost in translation.

Why the world’s most confrontational climate activist group hasn’t taken off in the U.S. — yet.
— Grist

Stopping Climate Change Is the Ultimate Moon Shot
By Froma Harrop

As a pandemic hijacked the nation’s attention, we pushed aside other, even bigger problems. But now that COVID-19 is being cornered, the crisis of climate change is returning to page one.

The Battle of Thacker Pass

Farmer Edward Bartell stands in a tall-grass field, mountains behind.

Electric cars require a lot of lithium. A showdown in Nevada shows that getting it won’t be easy.
— Grist

Edward Bartell stands in a field of vegetation he says will be impacted by groundwater pumping from the proposed lithium mine at Thacker Pass. Courtesy of Edward Bartel


An Economy Built on Sharing

Representative Couch, Table, Chair- Falling from one open hand to another.

Instead of conspicuous consumption, try the conspicuous sharing of “Buy Nothing.”
— Yes! Magazine

Photos by We Are / Pitinan Piyavatin / YangYin / Loc Nguyen Minh / EyeEm / Getty Images

Going Circular: 7 European Cities’ Quest to Become Fully Sustainable

Construction waste is a huge polluter. An international experiment is hoping to reduce that waste to nothing.
— Yes! Magazine

The First 100 – Biden blows the door open to offshore wind

Fun fact: The wind off the United States’ shores could generate more than double our current electricity demand, according to the International Energy Agency.

UN Sustainable Development Goals:
— Visual Capitalist

Most of the 8,550 participating companies fall in the middle. This story shows the number of companies exceptional for alignment or misalignment with the goals.
The three most strongly misaligned goals are:

  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Climate Action
How do global companies stack up with the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Bar graphs on the outside of a circle.
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Regional Actions

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Many hearings this week

Energy bills this session mostly focused on reducing climate change.

Take a look, all Natural Resource bills we supported move forward!

A new transportation budget will be adopted this year and emphasis will be on reducing the net impact of transportation systems on climate change.

National Actions

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Annual Supporter Survey

There are only twelve questions in our new survey,
and it should take you just a few minutes to complete.
Will you fill out this survey now?

Liberty Mutual-Stop Insuring Tar Sands. Open pit bulldozing oil-sand into a pit.
— Climate Hawks Vote

Local/Regional News

Washington climate activists disagree about how to cut carbon

A landmark bill in the state Legislature has split environmentalists, with some questioning whether it will reduce pollution in communities hardest hit by it.
— Crosscut

Energy companies have left Colorado with billions of dollars in oil and gas cleanup

As the state tries to reform its relationship to drilling, an expensive task awaits.
— High Country News

In California, the Northfork Mono Tribe Brings ‘Good Fire’ to Overgrown Woodlands

“Cultural burning” helps the tribe pass on its stories and language, improves resources for its artisans and helps prevent destructive wildfires.
— Inside Climate News

National/International News


Yarns from the Farm blog.
Nan Bray sitting with her shepherd dog, in front of her sheep and hillside in Tasmania, AU.

A note to my Yarns from the Farm Readers—I’ve started another series for our local newspaper on biodiversity…”

Cheers, Nan

View the Biodiversity Series
View A Climate Basics Series

Sheep at edge of herd, grazing upward on a bush.

1. Biodiversity Introduction

“In the next few Science Insights we’ll explore the meaning and importance of biodiversity—literally “life variety”.  We’ll put it into context in Tasmania’s agricultural as well as world heritage environments, and examine ways to preserve and enhance it.”

2. Biodiversity and Nutrition

“…mamas teach their babies where to find what they need, and how to know when to eat which plants.”

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