Hot Off the Wire — 3/6/2022

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Webinar: Youth Climate Activism: The Next Generation of Climate Stakeholders– Climate Xchange. Time: March 17 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Urge Your Representative To Make It Happen For Snake River Salmon! – WA Sierra Cub
The science today is beyond dispute: protecting these fish from extinction requires restoring the lower Snake River. We must act now!

Fix the funding for Move Ahead Washington – by the Action Network
With only a few days left in the legislative session, lawmakers are scrambling to find a way to pay for “Move Ahead Washington,” an ambitious 16 year, $16 billion transportation package that makes historic investments in transit, bike, and pedestrian infrastructure. They’ve hit a funding roadblock.

Webinar: Advancing a North American Framework for Protecting Climate-Critical Forests – Salazar Center for North American Conservation
Time: Mar 22, 2022 11:00 AM

Tell President Biden to declare a Climate Emergency! – Greenpeace

Chase: Say Goodbye to Gasprom – Rainforest Action Network
Gazprom, the Russian oil and gas giant, is one of the greatest sources of Russia’s wealth. JPMorgan Chase, the world’s worst global banker of fossil fuels, serves as the #1 global banker of Gazprom. Tell Chase to sever ALL financial ties to Gazprom!

Stop the Fossil Fuel Industry’s Cynical Exploitation of War in Ukraine to Expand Oil and Gas Drilling – NRDC
Tell President Biden and Congress to reject fossil fuel industry exploitation of the crisis in Ukraine.

Tell the Biden administration to save our environment and stop selling new oil and gas leases! – Friends of the Earth

Sign the petition to the U.S. Senate: Confirm Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court without delay – Daily Kos

Climate News

Are PNW forests good carbon sinks? – 350 Seattle
The giant conifer forests of the Pacific Northwest store more carbon per acre than any other forest in the world, and almost twice as much as tropical rain forests.

Billions of federal dollars headed to Western forests to manage fires – by Hannah Weinberger for Crosscut
Less than a year after Washington state committed $328 million toward reducing the impacts of climate-charged catastrophic wildfire and improving forest health, the US Forest Service announced a plan liable to supercharge that effort.

Passing the Private Forest Accord Would Help Oregon Catch Up with Washington and California – by Kate Anderson for Sightline Institute
New stream buffer protections, plus an array of other rules, would keep salmon streams cool, protect flow, and avoid sedimentation. With luck, the Feds will approve these rules as a 50-year habitat conservation plan for salmon on Oregon’s private forest lands.

Heat Pumps for Peace and Freedom: Joe Biden Could Damage Putin Badly–and He Doesn’t Have to Ask Joe Manchin – by Bill McKibben for The Crucial Years
President Biden should immediately invoke the Defense Production Act to get American manufacturers to start producing electric heat pumps in quantity, so we can ship them to Europe, where they can be installed in time to dramatically lessen Putin’s power.

Profiting off Voter Suppression: The Disproportionate Impacts of Voter Suppression and the Climate Crisis – Lauren Goldberg and Daniel Faber, Global Center for Climate Justice
The oil and gas industry, tobacco companies, petrochemical corporations, and other heavily regulated corporate polluters are the key actors that stand to profit from a weakening of American democracy, environmental regulations, and climate change legislation.

What’s the Progressive Answer to High Gas Prices? – by Lee Harris for the American Prospect
The energy transition is already here, but so are midterm-killing gas increases. Climate hawks are winning the war and losing the battle.

Supreme Court Considers Limiting E.P.A.’s Ability to Address Climate Change – by Somini Sengupta for the New York Times

Youth Climate Activists: Our Answer to War Must Be Radical Exit From Fossil Fuel – by Leanna First-Arai, for Truthout

40 Things We Can Do and Know for People in Ukraine and the World – by David Swanson, Let’s Try Democracy,in World Beyond War
Military spending diverts resources from environmental and human needs; it prevents global cooperation on emergencies, severely damages the environment, erodes civil liberties, and fuels bigotry.

A small group of researchers is calling on climate specialists to stage a mass walkout until political leaders take action on global warmingNew York Times

Big Oil Needs to Pay for the Damage It Caused – by Bill McKibben & Tamara Toles O’Laughlin for Yes!
The high-end estimate for economic damage from the global warming we’re on track to cause is $551 trillion, which is more money than exists on planet Earth.

Deforestation emissions far higher than previously thought, study finds – by Patrick Greenfield for The Guardian
Carbon emissions from tropical deforestation this century are far higher than previously thought, doubling in just two decades and continuing to accelerate.

How hot will the planet get? Public opinion is key factor, finds study – The Guardian
Researchers say taking social attitudes into account sees 2100 climate projections varying by 1.8°C.

Determinants of emissions pathways in the coupled climate–social system – by Moore et al. for Nature
The trajectory of global greenhouse gas emissions will result from the complex interaction of technologies, governments, markets, individuals, and communities, with many uncertainties.

Climate change: a threat to human wellbeing and health of the planet – IPCC 6th Assessment Report
Feb 28 – Human-induced climate change is causing dangerous and widespread disruption in nature and affecting the lives of billions of people around the world. People and ecosystems least able to cope are being hardest hit, said scientists in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

VIDEO: What is IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report – IPCC


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