Hot Off the Wire — 3/27/2022

by tierra del fuego

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Open house: The Groundwork Project – Economics for Peace Institute
Date: Wednesday, March 30

Climate on Tap – Co-sponsored by Local 20/20 Climate Action, Jefferson County Public Health, and Finnriver Cidery
Date: First Wednesday of the month from 7-8:30

We Are Puget Sound: Discovering and Recovering the Salish Sea, photo exhibit – Washington Environmental Council and Braided River
Location: Port Townsend Marine Science Center

Virtual Program: Elephant Seals Sighting Puget Sound – Friends of Fort Flagler
Date: March 30, 6-7 PM

Beach Naturalists Training ProgramWashington State University
Date: Begins April 12
The training is open to the public and designed for anyone who is interested in beaches, marine life, and becoming better stewards.

Man looking up at large tree

Webinar: Saving Washington State Legacy Forests – Center for Responsible Forestry
Date: Wednesday, March 30, 11am

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission voted to allow military training in our state parks – in spite of overwhelming public opposition. – Not In Our Parks
Together, we can keep our parks for people and nature—not military training.

Public Presentation on Cohousing: Living Sustainably in Community – by Charles Durrett, architect and author
Date: April 9, 2022, 3-5pm
Imagine living in a neighborhood that’s welcoming, safe and eco-friendly, where people know and care about each other in a real village setting.

Radically transform agriculture for climate, soil, and human health – Green America
The Soil Carbon Initiative is Seeking the Next 100 Farmers and Companies to Participate in our 2022 Go-To-Market Pilot Program
Application deadline: April 5

Tell your senators: Vote YES on Lisa Cook and our Fed nominees –

The Senate Must Confirm Judge Jackson to the Supreme Court! – League of Conservation Voters

Tell your senators: Confirm the Federal Reserve nominees! –

Tell Pres. Biden: Clean Energy Now!— Civic Shout

Send a message: Biden must invoke the DPA to ramp up production of renewables and heat pumps –

Webinar: Demilitarize, Decolonize, Decarbonize – by Tara Houska, Leona Morgan, and Mikey Inouye for War Industry Resisters Network
Date: Wednesday, April 13th

Call on banks to divest from fossil fuel

Worldwide Teach-In Climate / Justice – Bard Graduate Programs in Sustainability
Date: March 30, 2022

Talk: The Challenges of Climate Action in Sudan – by El Hassan Mohamed for The Action Network
Date: Monday, March 28

Talk: How to generate global solidarity to tackle the climate emergency – by Saleemul Huq for The Action Network
Date: Tuesday, April 19

Climate News

The collective work of the Strait Ecosystem Recovery Network – Strait Ecosystem Recovery Network
This group works toward a healthy and resilient ecosystem that sustains all life and human well-being on the North Olympic Peninsula and along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Potential conservation and fisheries benefits of breaching four dams in the Lower Snake RiverStorch, et al. for Water Biology and Security

Action Agenda for Puget Sound 2022-2026 – Puget Sound Partnership
The agenda charts the course to recovery of our nation’s largest estuary by volume; OCA suggested many revisions to this document regarding climate change.

Harvesting trees at 80 years, instead of 40, stores more carbon and yields more timber. – by Kate Anderson for Sightline Institute
Long rotations can yield real climate gains for Cascadia.

Oregon hires its first anti-poaching special prosecutor – by Monica Samayoa for Oregon Public Broadcasting
The position is part of a statewide effort to crack down on a growing number of unsolved wildlife poaching cases.

Activists in Tennessee, North Carolina, and Nebraska are proving that building collective community power can successfully counter Big Oil’s monied interests. by Ray Ley Uyeda for Yes! Magazine
The proposed Mountain Valley pipeline would transport fracked gas 300 miles from West Virginia to a compressor site in southern Virginia, and then another 70 miles into northern North Carolina.

Green New Deal Is More Urgent Than Ever – by C.J. Polychroniou for Truthout
The latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, released on February 28, spells out the dire consequences of inaction to human-induced climate change.

O’ahu Organizers Are Defending the Earth Against US Militarism – by Kelly Hayes for Truthout
The Pentagon has a blanket exemption from all global climate agreements — in effect, a license to kill the natural world without consequence.

Inflation is at a 40-year high. Is clean energy the solution? – by Shannon Osaka for Grist

Stop burning stuff–including “biomass” – by Bill McKibben for The Crucial Years

Why the return of earmarks could be good news for the planet – by Zoya Teirstein for Grist
For the first time in more than a decade, the omnibus funding bill included earmarks — provisions that direct funds to climate change projects across the nation.

Activists Decry Biden’s “Climate-Wrecking” Plan to Boost US Gas Exports to Europe – by Jake Johnson for Truthout
The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the U.S. aims to ship 50 billion cubic meters of liquefied natural gas to Europe annually through at least 2030.

Climate Groups Slam Biden Energy Department for Increasing LNG Exports – by Jessica Corbett for Truthout
The U.S. Department of Energy recently issued two long-term orders giving a pair of energy projects in Louisiana and Texas “additional flexibility to export the equivalent of 0.72 billion cubic feet per day” of liquefied natural gas.

Redistricting could make it harder for tribes to protect the environment – by Joseph Lee for Grist

Young adults, across party lines, are more willing to take climate action – by Ballew et al. for Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
Young climate activists have become a powerful voice for climate action around the world.

Faulty Infrastructure and the Impacts of the Dakota Access Pipeline – NDN Collective
The report shows the depth of co-conspiring between the Army Corps of Engineers and the owners of DAPL, illuminating the recklessness both parties are willing to take in the name of profit.

The Sarah Bloom Raskin debacle is another strike to Biden’s climate agendaby Emily Pontecorvo for Grist
The remaining paths for the Biden administration to usher in a new era of federal climate action are crumbling.

A Messaging Battle Right Now Over America’s Energy FutureThe New York Times
Climate scientists and fossil fuel executives use the same terms when they talk about an energy transition, but they mean starkly different things.

The census undercounted people of color. Here’s what that means for environmental justice. – by Adam Mahoney for Grist

Activists Condemn Deep-Sea Mining Effort by Defense Contractor Lockheed Martin – by Brett Wilkins for Truthout
A leading conservation group recently sounded the alarm after Lockheed Martin filed an application with the U.S. government to renew licenses allowing deep seabed mining exploration in the Pacific Ocean.

What Does Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Have To Do With the Climate Crisis? – Everything! – by Daniel Faber for Global Center for Climate Justice

Summer sunset through short corn. Young girl watches a murder of crows stream through.

Climate anxiety in children and young people – by Hickman, et al. for The Lancet Planetary Health
Climate anxiety and dissatisfaction with government responses are widespread in children and young people in countries across the world.

Wealthy Countries Must End Oil and Gas Production by 2034, Report Says – by Jake Johnson for Truthout
Despite the catastrophic consequences of inaction, no government is currently considering the kind of rapid fossil fuel phaseout needed to prevent future climate chaos.

Climate Change and War – by Somini Sengupta for The New York Times

Europe moves forward with carbon border taxes – by Sara Schonhardt for ClimateWire
This would be the world’s first carbon border fee as the European Union strives to slash its greenhouse gas emissions 55% by 2030.

Heatwaves at both of Earth’s poles alarm climate scientists – by Fiona Harvey for The Guardian

How a breakthrough in geothermal could change our energy grid – by Jesse Nichols for Grist

Progress to eradicate global hunger is stallingThe Economist
Conflict, climate change and COVID-19 are reversing decades of progress.


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