Biden and Xi break the ice
After five years, Biden and Xi meet to resume climate talks. Read the article
By Somini Sengupta — Climate Forward
Who Should Pay for Climate Crisis? Global South Demands “Loss and Damage” from Wealthy Nations
Democracy Now! reports on the U.N. climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, where poorer countries in the Global South that are weathering the worst effects of the climate crisis are calling for wealthy nations to pay reparations in the form of climate financing. Watch video
The Future of Forests
Dr. Jerry Franklin is widely recognized as “the father of ecological forestry.” He’s been researching the forest ecosystems of the PNW since the 1950s, and he has some wisdom to share. Ecological forestry can restore wildlife habitat, increase the resilience of our watersheds to climate change, and increase the carbon sequestered in our forests—all while producing high-quality logs and sustaining jobs in the woods. Click here for more videos
Planting trees vs protecting old forests: Which stores more carbon right now?
To more effectively fight climate change, climate scientist Dr. Beverly Law recommends protecting the old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest, up through Southeast Alaska and Tongass National Forest.
Regional Actions and Events
Help Stop the Willow Climate Disaster
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. It’s also a disaster for our climate. President Biden must hear the outcry against more oil drilling at a time when scientists agree: We MUST STOP new drilling to secure our planet’s future. Send a message to President Biden to urge him to stop this project from moving forward.
Tour Aldwell, a proposed logging site near Elwha River
Sign up for a Nov. 20 tour of the Aldwell Timber Sale property. This interpretive nature walk is at a planned DNR timber sale near the Elwha River. The state of Washington has scheduled the logging of this legacy forest.
Learn more: Center for Responsible Forestry.
Local and Regional Newsletters
The Planet Is Sending a Distress Signal
As the planet heats, people and wildlife suffer. In the race against the climate emergency, nothing matters more than rapid action by the United States to rein in the main driver of climate change: fossil fuels.
Do Something about Climate Change
Collect climate data for your city
As the planet continues to heat up, government agencies are turning toward citizen science to guide their climate resilience efforts—and keep residents safe during extreme weather events. Read more from Yes! magazine.
End the age of plastics
In just a few weeks, governments are meeting in Uruguay to start negotiating a Global Plastics Treaty. If ambitious enough, the plastics treaty will become one of the most significant multinational environmental agreements in history.
Banks still financing fossil fuel expansion
Just these six banks are responsible for an entire THIRD of the $1.3 trillion in funding provided to expansion companies by the 60 biggest banks globally since 2016.
NOAA Issues Guidebooks for Climate Resilience, Adaptation
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its partners have recently released a handbook for national climate resilience: Implementing the Steps to Resilience: A Practitioner’s Guide. Read guide
“Carbon Billionaires”: Oxfam Calls for Taxing Rich Who Profit from Emissions Fueling Climate Crisis
Ashfaq Khalfan, Oxfam’s Director–Climate Justice, explains the report and the need for financial justice.
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Friday, November 18 — California wants accountability from producers of “forever chemicals.”
Thursday, November 17 — EV registrations are on the rise.
Wednesday, November 16 — OPEC for rainforests
Tuesday, November 15 — Rich countries pledge ‘loss and damage’ funding
Monday, November 14 — UN panel blasts deceptive climate claims
Bill McKibben — The Crucial Years
Someday the climate fight will be dull–and that’s how we’ll know we’re winning
Egypt Dispatch 5: Looking back at America’s elections from Sharm el Sheikh.
Bill McKibben shares his perspective on exit polls indicating voters considered climate change the second most important issue facing the country. Read more
Inconsolable Loss and Overpowering Damage
Egypt Dispatch 4: Reckoning with the Legacy of our Era
That fossil fuel made us modern and comfortable, and it leaves behind a legacy even more overpowering than the pyramids—an altered atmosphere. Read more
Activists are the Engine
Egypt Dispatch 3–Finally some noise at the COP
Bill McKibben reminisces on past climate conferences and the activists who never stop fighting for the planet. Read the story.
Ed Markey: I’ll Organize Senate Dems to Demand World Bank Chief be Fired!
Egypt Dispatch #2, an honest-to-God scoop.
The next step after COP27 for Ed Markley — organize his fellow Democratic Senators to demand the firing of David Malpass, the president of the World Bank, in an attempt to increase the flow of climate capital to the global south. Read more
Has the fever broken just a bit?
The view from Egypt: Trumpism, Putinism, Bolsonaroism finally on the defensive.
First thoughts at the start of the climate summit in Sharm al-sheik, Egypt where dozens of countries have pavilions. Read more
53 Tons of Marine Debris Removed from Papahānaumokuākea
Second Large-Scale Cleanup in Marine National Monument This Year