Hot Off the Wire — 4/24/2022

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Talk: The Energy Pie Needs A Slice of Nuclear – by Dr. James Conca for Seattle Friends of Fission
Date: Apr 27, 7:00 PM

Courses to help us lead more sustainable lives – Sustainable Lifestyle Learning Center

The Groundwork Project seeks additional locations. – Economics for Peace Institute
This is a local study for community well-being and ecosystem stewardship.

Free virtual screening of Dammed to Extinction and panel discussion – Sponsored by Meaningful Movies Bellevue and East Shore Unitarian Church
Date: Tuesday, April 26th, 7:00 PM
A growing coalition of scientists, economists, & conservationists say removing the Lower Snake River dams is the best chance we have to bring back abundant runs of salmon and the orca that rely on them.

Join our volunteer team to contact voters in critical swing districts now! – Climate Hawks Vote
To win elections in November, we need to make sure that the 2022 primaries elect the most progressive, active, smart, and dedicated climate hawks.

Prohibit federal agencies from buying single-use plastic products. – Center for Biological Diversity

Tell your Representatives to Co-Sponsor the Fossil Free Finance Act –

Stop the tree-to-toilet pipeline – Friends of the Earth Action

Tell your bank to stop funding fossil fuels and deforestation. – Stop The Money Pipeline

Climate News

Edmonds-Woodway graduate helps advocate for the removal of dams – by Brian Soergel for Edmonds Beacon

OCA comments on the proposed Indo-Pacific Economic Framework – Olympic Climate Action
“Prioritizing climate solutions…is critical for IPEF and all U.S. trade and investment agreements.”

Radical reconstruction in Seattle is bringing nearly dead urban streams back to productive life – by Erica Gies for Scientific American

Get Climate Opinion Factsheets for States, Counties, or Congressional Districts – by Marion et al. for Yale Program on Climate Change Communication
According to Abraham Lincoln, “Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.”

Buildings in Washington currently account for about a quarter of our greenhouse gas emissions. – NW Energy Coalition

Climate Activists Decry Biden’s Reopening of Oil and Gas Leases on Public Lands – by Brett Wilkins for Truthout
Public lands director at the Center for Biological Diversity argued that “the Biden administration’s claim that it must hold these lease sales is pure fiction and a reckless failure of climate leadership.”

Climate change is coming for your food, as farmers are battling increasingly severe weatherFood & Environment Reporting Network

Women are more likely to vote for environmental protection in Congress than men – Rachel’s Action Network

Queen Sugar” Author on How Black Farmers Can Help Save the Planet – by Jamilah King for Mother Jones

Why black people’s connection to the land matters.

Is your electric utility blocking climate action? – by Joseph Winters for Grist
According to a new report, the chances are high.

Utility companies are pushing back on climate policy – by Maxine Joselow and Vanessa Montalbano for The Washington Post

Biden to issue Earth Day order to safeguard old-growth forests – by Anna Phillips for The Washington Post

Global Warming and its Impact on Our Planet, Our Home – by Dr. Richard Gammon for Bellingham City Club

Why high gas prices aren’t necessarily good for the climate – by Shannon Osaka for Grist
Price spikes alone don’t change our driving habits — but an increase in the gas tax might.

An opportunity too good to pass up: Time to weigh in on federal funds for electric vehicles – by David Farnsworth and Camille Kadoch for Utility Dive

New research sheds light on the Global Climate Coalition’s efforts to block climate legislation. – by Kate Yoder for Grist

British Columbia cannot both frack the levels of gas needed and meet the greenhouse gas emissions cuts required by its own climate commitments. – by Emily Moore for Sightline Institute
Despite empty claims that the world needs more Canadian oil and gas, the future is uncertain for BC’s fledgling liquefied natural gas industry.

Canadians stand to lose billions from expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion, which has quadrupled in cost – by Emily Moore for Sightline Institute

Energy Is a Human Right – by Aviva Chomsky for Yes!
In her new book, Is Science Enough?: Forty Critical Questions About Climate Justice, Aviva Chomsky argues that science is not enough to change course on climate change.

A ‘Silent Victim’: How Nature Becomes a Casualty of WarThe New York Times
Research on past conflicts suggests that the war in Ukraine could have a profound environmental impact.

Fossil Fuel Industry’s Favorite Climate Solution Risks Malaria Surge – by Jake Johnson for Truthout
The first-of-its-kind study examines the potential global effects of using solar radiation management to combat planetary warming. The strategy has long been viewed with skepticism by environmentalists and scientists.

The Ukraine Crisis Offers a Rare Chance for Energy and Climate Cooperation – by Jason Bordoff and Meghan L. O’Sullivan for Foreign Policy

Forget Tesla: Millions of people in China are embracing tiny, off-brand competitors. – by Lavender Au for Rest of World
Having decided that the future of mobility is electric, the Chinese government has subsidized sales of standard electric cars since 2010.

Indigenous people are being killed to ‘protect’ a Congolese park – by Joseph Lee for Grist
U.S. agencies and conservation organizations have supported the violence.

Video: graphics and music celebrating our planet – Lil Dicky

In the past two decades alone, large intact forests around the world shrank by 12 percent, losses that continue to mount. – National Geographic
The majority of Earth’s biodiversity on land —including more than 70,000 species of trees—can be found in forests. Yet only 18 percent of these tracts are legally protected.

Heat and drought are killing our forests – by Craig Welch for National Geographic

4 solutions for trees and forests threatened by a hotter world – by Borunda et al. for National Geographic

Podcast: Can the 1.5°C climate target survive? – by Vijay Vaitheeswaran, Catherine Brahic, and Oliver Morton for The Economist

The latest IPCC report argues that stabilising the climate will require fast actionThe Economist
Emissions must peak by 2025 for the world to have a chance of meeting the Paris goals.

The Power of Big Oil: A 3-Part Series – by Edge et al. for Frontline
Frontline examines the fossil fuel industry’s history of casting doubt and delaying action on climate change.

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