Hot Off the Wire — 12/18/2021


22 Predictions for 2022

We asked 22 climate visionaries to forecast what’s ahead in 2022, from smarter recycling to a push for more electric-powered cities.
— Grist | The Fix

Consumer Activism on Global Warming
Yale Program on Climate Change Communication banner

98 million consumers say they would switch banks or credit cards if they knew it was investing in fossil fuels companies.

Electric Vehicles

Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Pledge

9 national, regional, state and city governments sign up to ZEV Pledge for their fleets; 121,355 vehicles

How to navigate the energy transition

‘It is entirely doable, and it is doable fast’

A New Recycling Method Could Process 7,000 Tons of Crushed EV Batteries Per Year

BMW eDrive Zones for PHEVs now available in 138 European cities

In an eDrive Zone, BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) automatically switch to all-electric driving mode upon entering inner city areas.

DOE Announced Nearly $200 Million to Reduce Emissions From Cars and Trucks

The Clean Energy Transition Enters Hyperdrive

Researchers argue that the shift to carbon-free energy is gaining momentum, largely because of economic benefits.

Car-Free Transportation Gets Boost from U.S. Grant Program

A program that primarily funded highways during the Trump administration has pivoted away from roads in its new disbursement, marking a potential shift in infrastructure spending.

Accelerated renewables-based electrification paves the way for a post-fossil future

Regional Actions

Local/Regional News

Virtual Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference 2022

Honoring our Ancestors: Visions for Future Generations and the Salish Sea

April 26-28, 2022

World scientists’ warnings
into action, local to global

The science is clear and irrefutable; humanity is in advanced ecological overshoot.”

Science Progress

Strategic Forest Reserves can protect biodiversity in the western United States and mitigate climate change

Large Trees Dominate Carbon Storage in NW Forests

Large-diameter trees store disproportionally massive amounts of carbon
— Frontiers

National Actions

PNAS logo

Research Article
Health, labor, and crop benefits of climate change mitigation
in the United States

“Health damages of air pollution are so costly to the economy that the reductions in harm that come from cutting emissions will balance the price tag of transitioning to renewable energy…”

Climate change has destabilized the Earth’s poles, putting the rest of the planet in peril

New research shows how rising temperatures have irreversibly altered both the Arctic and Antarctic. Ripple effects will be felt around the globe.
— The Washington Post

US Lawmakers demand oil and gas firms divulge methane leak data

What does this future look like through the eyes of the next generation?

Young People Put The Experts On The Spot For COP26

This Isn’t a Natural Disaster”:
Climate Scientist Michael Mann on Deadly Tornadoes in 8 States

Michael Mann on DemocracyNow!
— DemocracyNow! interview


The Year in Climate

A summer that really scared scientists.


All About Love: New Visions
by bell hooks

All About Love offers radical new ways to think about love by showing its interconnectedness in our private and public lives.

Book cover - All about Love

Skin Again
a children’s book by bell hooks

The skin I’m in is just a covering. It cannot tell my story. If you want to know who I am, you have got to come inside and open your heart way wide.

Book cover - Skin Again

Black Feminist bell hooks dies at age 69

Trailblazing Critique of
“Imperialist White-Supremacist Heteropatriarchy”

bell hooks reverie on DemocracyNow

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