Hot Off the Wire — 4/17/2022

by tierra del fuego

Take Action

Earth Day Beach Cleanup – Washington Coast Savers
Date: Saturday, April 23rd, 1:00 – 5:00, varied locations

Earth Day: Invasive Plant Removal at Fort Flagler – by Friends of Fort Flagler
Date: Saturday, Apr 23, 2022, 9:00 AM

Meeting: Protecting Old Growth Forests – Washington State Sierra Club and Sarah Adloo
Date: Thursday, Apr 21, 7:00 PM

Emmy-winning film: The Story of Plastic – by Meaningful Movies Project
Available for online viewing Saturday, April 16 – Friday, April 22
Community Discussion Friday, April 22, 7:00 PM

Gathering: Indigenous Voices from Turtle Island on the Changing Earth by Learning Right Relations
Date: Sunday, April 24, 1:00 PM

Partner with climate justice, labor, and progressive groups in a nationwide mobilization – Sierra Club, Sunrise Movement, Green New Deal Network, SEIU
Date: Saturday, April 23

Foreign Policy’s second annual Climate Summit – by Ban Ki-moon and Mary Robinson for Foreign Policy
Date: April 27 & 28

Email Your State Treasurers – Wall Street’s Moment of Truth – Stop the Money Pipeline
Your state treasurer plays an important role in stopping the flow of money to fossil fuels.

Protect our last rainforests via “No Deforestation, No Peat, No Exploitation” policies – Rainforest Action Network

Tell Travelers Insurance: Don’t Insure Arctic Refuge Drilling – Alaska Wilderness League

Climate News

Save Washington’s legacy forests to save ourselves – by Mary Jean Ryan and Peter Goldmark for The Seattle Times
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is setting aside a small amount of older forests for carbon storage instead of timber harvest. At the same time, DNR is clear-cutting similar older forests at an “alarming rate,” undermining its own goals.

Compelling Letter to Department of Natural Resources: No Beaver Valley Sorts timber sale – Jefferson County Board of Commissioners

Ever wonder how much plastic you may be ingesting? – by Pamela Chelalakem Bond, Selden Prentice and Sara Holzknecht for The Seattle Times

Tribal leaders say WA state is ignoring treaty rights – by Chris Aadland for Crosscut

National Climate News

Great Plains Farmers Push Back Against Pipelines Encroaching on Their Land – Leanna First-Arai for Truthout
According to the Des Moines Register, $250 million of the $4.5 billion Midwest Carbon Express project will be funded by the largest oil driller in North Dakota, Continental Resources, whose founder helped popularize fracking.

California offers $100 million for tribes to buy back their land. It won’t go far. – by Joseph Lee for Grist
“Let’s face it, this is California: $100 million goes nowhere.”

Climate change creates financial risks which investors need to know. – by Michael Panfil & David Victor for The Brookings Institution

The deadly acid refineries are reluctant to quit – by Lucy Sherriff & Daniel Penner for Grist
Hydrofluoric acid can form a deadly cloud of gas that can travel for miles. At oil refineries nationwide, a toxic release is only an accident away.

The Left’s Climate Playbook Is Already Outdated – by Robinson Meyer for The Atlantic
Russia and inflation are pushing America into a new climate era.

A lake in Florida suing to protect itself – by Elizabeth Kolbert for The New Yorker
Never before has an inanimate slice of nature tried to defend its rights in an American courtroom.

Depending on your perspective, the lake’s case is either borderline delusional or way overdue.

West Virginians Gear Up for “Coal Baron Blockade” at Joe Manchin’s Coal Plant – by Candice Bernd for Truthout
Since Manchin killed Biden’s Build Back Better bill, he has sunk climate finance proponent Sarah Bloom Raskin’s nomination to become Federal Reserve’s vice chair of supervision and called for using the Defense Production Act to not only green-light the 25 coal plant-equivalent Mountain Valley Pipeline through West Virginia but also to fast-track permitting of fracked gas export terminals and leasing public lands for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

EPA launches civil rights inquiry into Louisiana agencies – by Sean Reilly for Greenwire
The agency will investigate both the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality’s handling of its air pollution control program and whether the Louisiana Department of Health is failing to inform residents of St. John the Baptist Parish about health threats posed by hazardous air emissions from a local chemical plant.

True costs: How the oil industry cast climate policy as an economic burden – by Kate Yoder for Grist
For 30 years, the debate has largely ignored the soaring costs of inaction.

The little-known open-source community behind the government’s new environmental justice tool – by Emily Pontecorvo for Grist
Government agencies will use this interactive map to ensure at least 40% of benefits of certain federal climate, clean energy, affordable housing, & clean water are directed to disadvantaged communities.

Joe Biden Supports a Windfall Profits Tax on Oil – by Bill McKibben for The Crucial Years

Apprehensions of people from Guatemala arriving at the U.S. border have grown exponentially. – by Sarah Bermeo et al. for The Brookings Institution
Family migration from Guatemala to the U.S. is associated with rural poverty and agricultural stress linked to climate change.

World Climate News

The world’s most ambitious climate goal is essentially out of reach – by Shannon Osaka for Grist
Even if countries were to defy their history of delay and act heroically quickly to boost clean energy, the odds are that it won’t be enough. For all intents and purposes, the 1.5° threshold has already passed.

IPCC Report’s Analysis of Fossil Fuel Industry Excluded From Policymakers’ Brief – by Amy Westervelt for Truthout
The fossil fuel industry and its influence over policy was the major elephant in the room looming over the release of the final report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

You Can’t Isolate the Food Crisis From the Climate Crisisby Andrew McCormick for Covering Climate Now

The Best Climate Science You’ve Never Heard Of – by Michael Mann & Saleemul Huq for Scientific American
Former scientific consensus: Even if greenhouse gas emissions stop, global temperatures will keep rising for 30 to 40 more years. But in fact the latest science doesn’t say that.

Oil Production Threatens the Amazon – Amazon Watch

A Paris Agreement Architect Is Now Terrified by Lack of Climate Action – by Natasha White and Eric Roston for Bloomberg
“I’m lacking words for this. It’s beyond immoral. It’s suicidal,” climate diplomat Christiana Figueres says of the new IPCC report.

Current plans for fossil fuel production violate Paris goals for a livable planet. – Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

Ukraine War Sparks Fears of More Gas Extraction in Quake-Prone Region – by Mara Hvistendahl for The Intercept
Gas extraction in Groningen, a province in the north of the Netherlands that is home to Europe’s largest natural gas field, has caused over 1,000 earthquakes since Exxon Mobil and Shell began drilling there in 1963.

Climate Scientists Have Message for Humanity: ‘Mobilize, Mobilize, Mobilize’ – by Kenny Stancil for Common Dreams
“The science has never been clearer: to have any chance of retaining a habitable planet, greenhouse gas emissions must be cut radically now,” said Scientist Rebellion, an international alliance of academics.

What the invasion of Ukraine means for the IPCC’s latest climate reportThe Conversation

Africa faces rising climate-linked health emergencies – World Health Organization Africa
Of the 2121 public health events recorded in the African region between 2001 and 2021, 56% were climate-related.

Activists deflate tyres on SUVs in EdinburghBBC News
Some streets in Edinburgh’s New Town had 10 or more vehicles with their tires deflated.

How the Ukraine war affects oil and gas markets – by Samanth Gross & David Dollar for The Brookings Institution

Fossil fuel interests in Canada are taking advantage of the Ukraine crisis to promote Canada’s languishing liquefied natural gas export industry. – by Emily Moore for Sightline Institute
The EU plans to be fully off Russian gas by 2025: the same year that the first of British Columbia’s five LNG export proposals would be up and running.

Chinese wildlife poaching and trafficking in Mexico – by Vanda Felbab-Brown for The Brookings Institution
Terrestrial and marine species, as well as timber, illegally harvested in Mexico for Chinese markets increasingly threaten Mexico’s biodiversity.

Climate panel calls for “rapid and deep” transition away from fossil fuels. – by Lina Tran & Joseph Winters for Grist
Nations have moved too slowly to curb climate change and now must take swift and aggressive steps if they hope to avoid the worst impacts of global warming, the world’s top scientists warned.

How to Defeat Putin and Save the Planet – by Thomas L. Friedman for The New York Times

Yes, Colonialism Caused Climate Change, IPCC Reports – by Yessenai Funes for Atmos

The vision: taking action now can move us towards a more livable world – by Claire Elise Thompson for Grist
We know what to do, we know how to do it, and now it’s up to us to take action.

Wind and solar generated 10% of global electricity for the first time in 2021 – by Matt McGrath for BBC News
Fifty countries get more than a tenth of their power from wind and solar sources, according to research from Ember, a climate and energy think tank.

Could nuclear power help break Europe’s dependency on Russian gas? – by Joseph Winters for Grist
Advocates have argued that, in the face of a crisis, existing reactors should be kept online and those scheduled for retirement should be allowed to keep producing energy.


we fly, we crawl, we swim: a short film about climate justice – by Aron Nor, Mina Mimosa, and M. Martelli

“The human” is political! – by Just wondering…

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