Hot Off the Wire — 11/5/2022


Keep your pumpkins out of the landfill

Pumpkins rescued from landfill

Of the 2 billion pumpkins produced in the USA each year, it’s estimated that 1.3 billion end up in landfills. For each 100 pounds of pumpkins wasted, 8.3 pounds of methane — a potent greenhouse gas — is released. Read more. Peninsula Daily News.

How to transform your climate concern into action

Actor and activist Jane Fonda discusses her frontline work fighting for climate action, including recent efforts to support climate-minded candidates running for office in the US and to break the fossil fuel industry’s stranglehold on the country’s government. Hear why she decided to bring her climate activism into the electoral arena after decades of marching, protesting, and civil disobedience — and how anybody can join in and stand up for change.

Local/Regional News

Has this iconic Northwest tree reached a tipping point?

A dead Western red cedar tree stands among other living trees at Cedar Creek Park near Maple Valley. Climate change has been added to the list of reasons for the death of many red cedars, the number of which has gone up in the past five years. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

A dead Western red cedar tree stands among other living trees at Cedar Creek Park near Maple Valley, WA. Ellen M. Banner /The Seattle Times

The inexplicable deaths of Western red cedars are being studied to learn more about the causes. Read more. By Nicholas Turner — The Seattle Times

CSE & STOP vs. DNR – Hearing and Judge Harper’s Decision

Watch Center for Sustainable Economy and Save the Olympic Peninsula take on Washington Department of Natural Resources for failing to address the climate impacts of clearcutting, roads, and timber plantations. Judge Harper’s decision helped protect the integrity of one of our state’s most important environmental laws – the State Environmental Policy Act – and will help bring climate science to the forefront of DNR’s forest management decisions.

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Green Banks and the IRA: How States Can Leverage Funding for Climate Action

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National Actions

Tell Biden to support a Big Oil Windfall Profits Tax now

Chart showing windfall profits to Big Oil,

President Biden says it’s time for oil companies to stop war profiteering, meet their responsibilities to this country, and give the American people a break on oil prices.
For months, a growing number of members of Congress have also called for a Big Oil Windfall Profits Tax that would hold Big Oil accountable for profiteering and provide immediate relief by redirecting that money into the pockets of hard-working Americans.

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Keep Climate talks free of corporate sponsorship

Earth from space with "Not for Sale" sign on it.

It’s just been announced that Coca-Cola will sponsor the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27) to be held next month in Egypt. Coke’s sponsorship of international climate talks undermines the very objective of the event.


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Stop the Willow Climate Disaster

Cariboo in Alaska's arctic.

ConocoPhillips’ Willow project proposed in America’s western Arctic is a disaster for this fragile Arctic region, home to Indigenous communities and bountiful wildlife including caribou, fish and migratory birds.

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Bolsonaro Loses Presidency in Win for the Amazon!

Brazilians celebrate Lula's victory in São Paula.

Brazilians celebrate Lula’s victory in São Paula. Image/Media NINJA

In the most important election for the planet, which defined the future of the Amazon and therefore of all humanity, almost 51% of Brazilians chose democracy and elected Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, putting an end to the nightmare lived for the last four years under Bolsonaro. Read more. By Camila Rossi — Eye on the Amazon

What’s next for the Amazon

Side by side images of forests. One destroyed by logging, the other one green.

Image: Bruno Kelly/Reuters

Environmentalists in Brazil are breathing a bit more easily after Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who made climate a cornerstone of his campaign, won the country’s presidential election on Sunday. Read more. By Manuela Andreoni — Climate Forward

The Cochise County Groundwater Wars

rings of cropland from aerial view

A thirsty megafarm is driving a libertarian enclave in Arizona to embrace a radical solution: government regulation. Read more

By Jake Bittle — Grist

Some good news on energy

A new report from the agency, which helps governments to move away from fossil fuels, shows renewable energy dominating new power production worldwide. And solar power is leading the way, despite its critics. Read more. By Ivan Penn — Climate Forward

Trees Help Protect the Planet From Climate Change. But The World Isn’t Doing Enough to Protect Forests

Aerial view of a burnt area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil, on Sept. 15, 2021. The Amazon, the world's biggest rainforest, is known as the "lungs of the Earth." But it is now emitting more carbon than it absorbs. (MAURO PIMENTEL/AFP—Getty Images)

Aerial view of a burnt area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia state, Brazil, on Sept. 15, 2021. The Amazon, the world’s biggest rainforest, is known as the “lungs of the Earth.” But it is now emitting more carbon than it absorbs. Mauro Pimentel/AFP—Getty Images

“Whether it’s in Amazonia or the Tongass Rainforest in Alaska … those are all the lungs of our planet,” says Dominick DellaSala, chief scientist at Wild Heritage, an environmental organization based in Berkeley, California. “The logging and development that takes place in those forests, that forever changes their ability to absorb and hang onto carbon.” DellaSala says that businesses can avoid being part of the problem by avoiding wood and fiber sourced from old-growth forests. Read more. By Jennifer Fergesen — Time


Bird On a Clock

A Modest Proposal: What if Twitter Only Worked Two Hours a Day?

Clock and baby chick.

The planet’s information environment seems almost as poisoned as its environment, and that poisoning seems almost as dangerous. Read more

By Bill McKibben — The Crucial Years

Going Beyond Charity: Can Businesses Achieve Permanent Sustainability

A Patagonia store signage is seen on Greene Street on September 14, 2022 in New York City

Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and family announced they will be giving away the ownership of their company which is worth about $3 billion. Read more. By Marjorie Kelly — Yes! Magazine

What was once the worst-case scenario for climate change seems much less likely.

Wind turbine.

While 5 degrees of warming once seemed possible, scientists now estimate that the Earth is on track to warm by 2 to 3 degrees. That difference might not seem huge, but it translates to fewer record-breaking floods, storms, droughts, and heat waves and potentially thousands or millions of lives saved in the coming decades. Read more. By German Lopez — The Morning

John Kerry Is Looking for Money (to Help Save the Climate)

John Kerry.

As the United States’ special climate envoy, John Kerry’s mission is to encourage nations to move more quickly away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy. Read more. By Bill McKibben — The New Yorker

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