Hot Off the Wire — 11/6/2021


Reason for Hope: New Study
— The Nature Conservancy in Washington

Conference of Parties in Glasgow — COP26

The landmark 2015 Paris Accord does not once mention oil, gas or coal.

Lots of tough-talk on climate; but lack of plans, lack of policies, and refusing to put money on the table.”

Asad Rehman
War on Want and Cop26 Coalition
— DemocracyNow! interview


DemocracyNow! coverage of COP26

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Dinosaur invades UN in climate change campaign

Real solutions not net zero - A Global Call for Climate Action

Third Act: Our Time is Now

We invite you to join Third Act, a community of experienced Americans determined to change the world for the better. Together, we can make a difference.

At the Hinterland:
a collective collaborative [pr]axis shift

November 8 | 12:00 pm PT

This is a Free online COP26 Coalition event involving a performance and collaborative art practice.
— Washington Environmental Law Council

These World Heritage Forests have gone from removing carbon from the atmosphere to emitting it

  1. Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia
  2. Rio Platano Biosphere Reserve, Honduras
  3. Yosemite National Park, United States
  4. Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, Canada & United States
  5. Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains, South Africa
  6. Kinabalu Park, Malaysia
  7. Uvs Nuur Basin, Russia & Mongolia
  8. Grand Canyon National Park, United States
  9. Greater Blue Mountains Area, Australia
  10. Morne Trois Pitons National Park, Dominica

Source: UNESCO


Glasgow Begins, Damply

But Patti Smith, Mohamed Nasheed, and Vanessa Nakate Bring the Fire
Bill McKibben

Biden’s Amazing, Disappointing Climate Triumph

What the president’s deal would mean for the battle against climate change.
— The Atlantic

Our Broken Politics May Break the World

Joe Manchin is only the last in a long time of Senate saboteurs.
Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben - The New Yorker

As Biden Speaks at the Glasgow Climate Summit, Manchin Muddles the Message

Monday should have been a day of great triumph for America, marking its emergence from the Trump years.

What’s Left in the Democrats’ Shrunken Spending Bill?

As the White House pushes for an agreement, some progressives are expressing dismay at the changes demanded by Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema.
— The New Yorker

As fossil fuel use surges, will COP26 protect forests to slow climate change?
— Mongabay


How ‘net zero’ targets
disguise climate inaction.
Joint technical briefing by climate justice organizations.

Will COP26 Move Us Closer to Solving the Climate Crisis?

Leaders from across the globe will meet soon to accelerate actions to confront climate change. Here’s what to expect.

Glasgow: where climate wreckage began

And where it’s definitely not going to end
— Bill McKibben

What Climate Levers are Left to Pull?

An Idea From Out of Center Field
— Bill McKibben

Experts Bemoan Biden’s Mixed Messages On Old-Growth Forests

At the COP26 summit, the president stressed the importance of preserving forests to fight climate change — but critics say his policies tell another story.
— Huffpost

Mostly pictures

Plus some novel, at the end of a long Week 1 in Glasgow.
— Bill McKibben

Regional Actions

Oily Dolphin - Ban Offshore Drilling Now! - Click to add your name.
— Daily Kos Washington logo.

Take a Stand Against Highway Expansion!
The Eastside’s Overlake neighborhood is planned to prioritize walking, biking and rolling, yet Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is planning to install a freeway ramp from SR-520 that will dump 1,200 cars per hour in front of a Sound Transit station. Join Move Redmond for a press event as we hear concerns from the community to oppose this WSDOT proposal.

Nov 9 | 11 — 11:30 am In person. Register here

Ramps to Nowhere
Film Viewing + Panel Discussion!
Think it’s impossible to stop highway expansion? Think again! In the 1960s and 1970s a diverse coalition of advocates stopped a freeway under construction through the Montlake and Central District neighborhoods of Seattle. Learn more at this film screening and panel discussion.

Nov 15 | 6pm, online. Register here

Give an eco-friendly gift
— Climeworks carbon dioxide removal

Hey Congress: Hold the line - No infrastructure until we pass the Build Back Better Act.

Are you a young person, between ages 13 and 22, who is actively involved in making a positive change in their community?

Wild Salmon Webinar Series

Stories from the scientists:
Reflecting on science, politics and salmon recovery in the Snake and Columbia rivers. 
Nov 18 | 6:00 pm PT

Learn more about the scientist speakers.

Save the Date. More info forthcoming.

Vigil for Endangered Snake River Salmon - Nov 20
Click to enlarge — Back to Return

Local/Regional News

Draft 2021
Northwest Power Plan

Power lines in the sunset.
— NW Energy Coalition

Do you want to get engaged in the Port Angeles climate resiliency conversation?

Join Us for a for a Virtual Climate Workshop

Nov 17th | 6 — 8:00 pm

View the Workshop Poster

Puget Sound Partnership logo
2021 State of the Sound Report

National Actions

National/International News

Isolated Indigenous Peoples Under Threat of Oil Expansion

New access road under construction intends to go deep into Yasuní National Park’s “No Go” Zone.
— Amazon Watch

Greenwashing on Facebook:
How the World’s Biggest Polluters Use Social Media to Obfuscate on Climate Change
— Time

‘Sad sight’: Astronaut reports back on Earth’s climate disaster

A French astronaut reported back on Earth’s climate change damage as seen from space on Thursday, calling it a “sad sight” in a conversation with President Emmanuel Macron.

Shell Oil’s Stark Climate Change Warning from 1991

Shell Oil Company made Climate of Concern in 1991 as a warning against the dangers of climate change; then they ignored it.


One stolen whale, the web of life, and our collective healing

For the Lummi Nation, returning an orca to her family and native waters is part of how we will heal ourselves — and our species.
— Grist, The Fix

Group of Orcas in the Salish Sea
Mareike Schadach / Getty Images

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

A small fire in the Australian Bush.

9. Enhancing Biodiversity: Fire

“The millennia of experience that Indigenous Australians bring to this vitally important activity can guide us in enhancing native biodiversity. “

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