Hot Off the Wire — 12/31/22

Local / Regional News

In one month, three cities proclaim rights for Southern Resident Orcas

Orca in the Salish Sea, a NOAA Fisheries photo.

Three Puget Sound area cities — Port Townsend, Gig Harbor and Langley—have issued proclamations declaring inherent rights for the region’s endangered Southern Resident Orcas. Read more here.

Inflation Reduction Act incentives for energy efficiency

How much can you save with tax credits, rebates, and incentives thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act? Check out this guide and savings calculator from Rewiring America. Also, special Energy Star rebates listed here.

Thursdays Jan. 5 & 12: Online Environmental Speaker Series, 4:30-5:30pm, Register here.

Jan. 5: What Dead Birds Tell Us About a Warming World

Jan. 12: How Youth Activism Upended the U.S. Politics of Climate Change

Get involved: Miller Peninsula State Park

 If you want to keep Miller Peninsula as a minimally developed day use park, and ensure the forest stays intact, get involved with efforts here.

Webinar: Connecting Forests, Climate, Divestment and Wall Street Presented by the Pacific Northwest Forest Climate Alliance. Webinar here.

Jan. 5 online: Just Transition WA Legislative Agenda

Kick off the 2023 Washington state legislative session with this briefing on a 2023 Just Transition Legislative Agenda.  Hosted by Front and Centered, a coalition of over 70 groups that advocate for equity, climate and environmental justice. On Zoom, Thurs., Jan. 5, 12:30 – 1:30pm. Register here.

Jan. 12, 7-830pm: Online Climate on Tap: Summary of COP27 by Local 20/20
Was progress made? What can we do locally? A discussion with a focus on action taking. Get more information here.

North Olympic Peninsula volunteer and environmental learning

Many opportunities to volunteer for the environment and learn. Get the January 2023 newsletter compiled by WSU Extension here.

Webinar: Carbon Friendly Forestry Conference session recordings.


Poem: The people beneath the waves

Rena Priest, Washington State Poet Laureate.

Rena Priest, Washington poet laureate

A beautiful poem and essay by Rena Priest, citizen of the Lhaq’temish [Lummi] Nation and Washington State Poet Laureate. Read her blog at

Greta Thunberg ends year with the greatest tweet in history

Climate activist Greta Thunberg

This online exchange is a reminder of the connection between machismo, misogyny and hostility to climate action, and it’s funny, says Rebecca Solnit in this article. Read more in this MSNBC article.

Year in review: PNW energy transition

The Clean Energy Transition Institute saw some progress in 2022. The institute is a nonpartisan research group dedicated to accelerating an equitable clean energy transition in the Northwest.

RIP Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research

With profound sadness, the Center for Whale Research announces the passing of their founder and longtime leader Kenneth C. Balcomb. Ken was a pioneer and legend in the whale world. Over half a century of whale research and advocacy, he lit a path for tens of thousands to follow. He was a scientist with a deep-rooted love and connection to the whales and their ocean habitat. He inspired others to appreciate both as much as he did.  Read more here.

A year of conservation in pictures

Guardian news photographers traveled across the globe to capture the work of nature lovers and conservationists. Check out this Guardian gallery of photos.

Lawyer takes on Exxon in Guyana

Guyanese environmental lawyer Melinda Janki

Democracy Now speaks with Guyanese environmental lawyer Melinda Janki about taking on ExxonMobil . Watch/ listen here.

National / International News and Actions

Watch: NOAA Arctic Report

Data showing a changing Arctic

Disaster scenarios raise the stakes for Colorado River negotiations

Water managers are painting a bleak portrait of a river in crisis. Read more.

UN Biodiversity Conference deal recap

Can We Stop the Sixth Extinction?

U.N. Biodiversity Deal Recognizes Indigenous Rights But Lacks Critical Enforcement Measures

African countries tap fossil fuel wealth. Why aren’t they getting rich?

The continent’s vast oil reserves could spell trouble for the climate — and for Africans, says Grist.

Australia rejects forest biomass in first blow to wood pellet industry

Forest advocates in Australia scored a victory with the rejection of the “renewable energy” classification of wood harvested for uses as wood pellets. Read more here.

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EV Owners: You Don’t Need That Giant Battery

EV batteries take up lots of space and resources. But most drivers won’t actually use all that power. Read more from Wired magazine.

15 ways to conserve energy and save on your electric bill

Energy Sage has these tips to save money.

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