Hot Off the Wire — 4/3/2021

COVID Resources

Opinion

The new vocabulary of climate change was written in Icelandic

A newly translated book connects language with our failure to act
— Grist

Bullshit is everywhere.
Here’s what you can do about it

Regional Actions

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Rep. Steve Tharinger is a member of the House Appropriations Committee which will be considering SB 5022, Recycling and Styrofoam Ban.

Please support the Styrofoam Ban


Front and Centered logo. Four common guys in earth colors.

Healthy Environment for All (HEAL) Act
Support Senate Bill 5141

Urge House Appropriations Committee members to vote YES on 5141.

Please call your Senator, Kevin Van De Wege at (360) 786-7646, and urge him to vote no on SB 5126, the Climate Commitment Act
— 350 Washington


A new kind of mobility

Contact your legislator today in support of Clean & Just Transportation! — 350.org

Urgent Petition: Please join the 5,000


National Actions

Climate in Politics

Demand the Senate pass the For the People Act

We must build a stronger and more representative democracy.
— Climate Hawks Vote

Tell the Senate: Vote yes on the For the People Act
— 350.org

Local/Regional News

What does Alaska have to share with the world?

The earth is a matrix of connections.

Tuesday, April 6 | 4 pm PT

Alaska Wilderness League logo. Mountains over text

Through the artist’s perspective, guests Lindsay Carron and Napiryuk Polly Andrews describe the special qualities of Alaska’s land and people that contribute to this global evolution.

National/International News

The race to zero: can America reach net-zero emissions by 2050?

Joe Biden wants zero emissions by 2050, but time is ticking. So how will the country have to change over the next 30 years?
— The Guardian


Read the Interim Report

Soil May Not Be Able to Keep Storing Carbon Dioxide as Emissions Increase

Nature Report abstract:
A trade-off between plant and soil carbon storage under elevated CO2


Plastic, Plastic Everywhere

Researcher Sherri Mason speaks with Nutrition Action’s Caitlin Dow.
— Nutrition Action Healthletter | April 2021

One of Earth’s giant carbon sinks may have been overestimated – study

The potential of soils to slow climate change by soaking up carbon may be less than previously thought.
— The Guardian



Protect Public Lands Mask from LCV

Global forest losses accelerated despite the pandemic, threatening world’s climate goals

Loss of vital forest in the tropics increased by 12% between 2019-20, a satellite-based survey found.
— The Washington Post

Inspiration

A rendition of earth options. Planes flying and storms raging on the left hemisphere and on the right, animals flying with bicycles on the road.
By Peter Kuper — Today

Curated by Andrea Arroyo, Steve Brodner, and Peter Kuper, OppArt features artistic dispatches from the front lines of resistance—check back each day as a diverse set of artists take aim and draw.
— The Nation


A woman floating in her livingroom full of water.
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Chicago Review of Books.
Burning Worlds.
Book reviews and interviews with authors.
Burning Worlds

Sam Pelts is interviewed this month, a founding organizer of 
EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss.

The project’s goal is to encourage individual artists as well as museums and galleries across the country and around to the world to schedule art installations, book readings, and public programming that speak to themes of extraction.



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 grazing in a hilly, brownish pasture.

3. Biodiversity and Weeds

“In the world of Dr Seuss, weeds would be plain-belly sneetches. Their close relatives, the star-belly sneetches, would be the rest of the plants—the ones we think we want around.”