Nationwide Permits issued for commercial shellfish aquaculture ruled Unlawful

Back in October, 2019 the Federal District Court found that the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) Nationwide Permits issued for commercial shellfish aquaculture unlawful. The Court ruling required shellfish operations to re-permit under Individual Permits but did allow planting through the 2020 season and harvesting through March 2022. The aquaculture industry group appealed the decision. …

League of Conservation Voters Endorses Climate Agenda

This is the single biggest day for climate action in more than a decade.Today, President Biden signed a series of executive orders and memoranda that place climate justice at the center of the administration's agenda. These orders are just the start of the Biden-Harris administration's all-of-government approach to address the climate crisis and the interrelated …

Addressing the climate crisis is a top, cross-cutting priority for President-elect Joe Biden

League of Conservation Voters The saying goes, "Personnel is policy." As President-elect Joe Biden continues to announce his choices for key leaders in the next administration, one point is clear: Addressing the climate crisis is a top, cross-cutting priority.On the campaign trail, Biden called for a whole-of-government approach to four interconnected issues: The economy, public …

Commerce awards $9.8 million for electric vehicle charging

Commerce awards $9.8 million for electric vehicle charging infrastructure throughout the state Projects prioritize communities underserved by EV infrastructure and those disproportionately impacted by climate change and pollution from transportation systems OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced $9.8 million in Electrification of Transportation Systems (ETS) grants for 14 projects in …

Clallam County Commissioners to Work with the City of Port Angeles on Climate Plan

Clallam County Commissioner Work Session On November 23rd, the Monday Work Session for the Board of Clallam County Commissioners began their Discussion on Climate Change. Rich Meier stated "The logical first step is to conduct a greenhouse gas inventory to measure a baseline for decision making, and a yardstick of where we’re going for future …

Port Angeles City Council Awards Contract to Begin Climate Action Plan Update

Port Angeles City Councilmembers Port Angeles City Council members at meeting on Zoom.Top row left: Mayor Kate Dexter | Lindsey Schromen-Wawrin | Deputy Mayor Navarra CarrBottom row left: Mike French | LaTrisha Suggs | Charlie McCaughan | Brendan Meyer-picture not available November 17, 2020, | Port Angeles Virtual City Council Meeting Full Recording of City …

Post-Election Virtual Recap

Thank you for joining our Washington Environmental Council + Washington Conservation Voters Post-Election virtual gathering last week! We really enjoyed celebrating everyone’s accomplishments from this election cycle together, as well as learning about the political lay of the land and environmental priorities for 2021. If you weren’t able to make this event, we’re sorry we …

The Challenge of Drought on a Changing Planet

The Sierra Club’s Climate Adaptation and Restoration GrassRoots Network Team invites you to join in our ongoing webinar series. Communities throughout the United States are facing great challenges with a changing climate. One of the most crucial challenges is that of drought -- whether it’s periodic drought, deep water stress, or fundamental climate zone shifts.  For this series of …

How can we make our economy work for everyone?

What would a sustainable, universally beneficial economy look like? Like a doughnut says Oxford economist Kate Raworth https://www.ted.com/talks/kate_raworth_a_healthy_economy_should_be_designed_to_thrive_not_grow?language=en This talk was presented at an official TED conference,and was featured by our editors on the home page. In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole -- where people …

Port Angeles School District debuts COVID-19 tracker

Debut of the Daily COVID-19 Cases Dashboard for mobile Up-to-date information on school reopening status. Peninsula Daily News story in full > by Michael CarmanTuesday, October 27, 2020 1:30am PORT ANGELES — Parents will be notified when a case of COVID-19 is confirmed in the schools, Port Angeles School District Superintendent Marty Brewer said as …

DEADLY BACTERIA LURK IN SE US COASTAL WATERS. CLIMATE CHANGE INCREASES THE RISKS.

Scientists call Vibrio a bellwether for climate change because it flourishes in warm water. As the overheating planet alters the oceans — swelling sea levels and fueling harsher storms — the bacteria are multiplying in places where they already thrived and creeping into places where they never did. That’s sickening more Americans who swim, fish and work …

What is Carbon Offsetting?

Visual Capitalist examines the carbon offsetting principle.

“Carbon offsetting programs such as the one implemented by California have the potential to generate revenues and encourage innovation. Critics, however, have suggested it has a number of design issues.”

Sequim Beacon Adds Resources

The Sequim Beacon has added a multimedia Resources section to their website with recommendations for books to read in the Left-leaning category. There's also a link to a timely talk by Noam Chomsky and a PowerPoint presentation on The Two Moralities. "This presentation is an introduction to the concept of 2 moralities: the "Strict Father" …

25 Washington Newspaper Editors Contact List

Places to submit Letters to the Editor Follow the links for further instructions Clallam County: Peninsula Daily News: 250 words or less Clark County: The Columbian (Vancouver, WA): 200 words or less King County: Crosscut: No word limit specifiedBellevue Reporter: 300 words or lessKent Reporter: 250 words or lessRedmond Reporter: 300 words or lessRenton Reporter: 250 …

En-ROADS — Climate Change Solutions Simulator

En-ROADS is a transparent, freely-available policy simulation model that provides policymakers, educators, businesses, the media, and the public with the ability to explore, for themselves, the likely consequences of energy, economic growth, land use, and other policies and uncertainties, with the goal of improving their understanding. https://vimeo.com/359091159

Seattle Cruise Control Update

Greetings, Seattle Cruise Control Supporters! The COVID-19 pandemic has had at least two positive consequences: The entire 2020 Seattle-to-Alaska cruise season — all 233 ships — has been cancelled.Work has stopped on the new cruise terminal at T46! However, a pause is not the same as a cancellation: the Port of Seattle Director has stated that "when it's safe to …

Climate Emergency Movement

The global tally for Climate Emergency declarations is up to 1,755, within 30 countries. In California, the Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD) Board of Directors adopted a Climate Emergency resolution and committed to achieving net zero emissions electricity by 2030, becoming the first utility company to commit to a timeline that is in line with …

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Timothy Snyder | March 2017 An idiot’s guide to tyranny: Some thoughts about Timothy’s Snyder’s ‘On Tyranny’ — The Berkshire Edge “Americans today are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism in the twentieth century. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is …

Accurate Weather and Climate Reporting on KNKX Jazz Blues & NPR News

Thanks for signing our petition, "Accurate Weather and Climate Reporting on KNKX Jazz Blues & NPR News". We were successful in modestly moving KNKX with respect to Cliff Mass's minimization of the climate crisis. Station managers arranged for a scientific review (conducted pro bono by Dr. Tad Anderson, a former colleague of Mass and a …

The Washington State Climate Assembly needs your help!

Position announcement: 17 July 2020 Washington State Climate Assembly Program Assistant The Climate Assembly Washington Initiating Team is looking for excellent candidates to serve as Program Assistant for the first-ever “Citizens’ Climate Assembly” in the United States!   So-called “Citizens’ Assemblies” are a form of deliberative democracy that has been used with promising results around the …

Greta Thunberg: Humanity has not yet failed

Sommar & Vinter i P1 | Jun 20 - 75 min. https://open.spotify.com/episode/7E2Wz3C5XwtEw3Pi96tLQA?si=gOHyk4gOSMGxKcgdaoc4lg Spotify URL - https://open.spotify.com/episode/7E2Wz3C5XwtEw3Pi96tLQA?si=gOHyk4gOSMGxKcgdaoc4lg Episode Description Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges world leaders to do more. Doing our best is no longer good enough. We must now do the seemingly impossible, Thunberg says in the Swedish Radio show Summer on P1 where she …

OCA Signs Letter to Big Oil: Protect the Arctic Refuge

OCA joins other groups to encourage the big oil companies of Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Hilcorp, and BP to not pursue fossil fuel development in one of our most majestic public lands in the nation - the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Read the letter here . . . Drilling in the Arctic Refuge is risky and unnecessary - it violates …

OCA Stands Opposed to the Keystone XL Pipeline

In solidarity with Indigenous communities, farmers and ranchers along the route, OCA is sending our protest banner to the Governors of Montana, South Dakota and Nebraska demanding they stop all pre-construction activity. Background: The movement against the Keystone XL Pipeline has successfully stopped the Trump Administration and TC Energy, aka TransCanada, from building this climate-destroying …

Stop the Money Pipeline supports the demand to defund the police

For years, the Movement for Black Lives has demanded investments in the education, health and safety of Black communities, instead of in institutions that criminalize, cage and harm Black people.Stop the Money Pipeline supports the demand to defund the police, and invest instead in Black communities.Cities across the United States spend a mind-boggling portion of …

4 area Tribes are “still in” for climate action

The Jamestown, Hoh, Quinault, and Suquamish Tribes are among 12 Tribes nationwide that have signed on to the We Are Still In declaration, a coalition of cities, states, tribes, businesses, universities, healthcare organizations, and faith groups who strongly oppose the US withdrawal from Paris and are not going to take a retreat from the global …

$170K grant will facilitate climate planning on the NOP

Once again, partnerships pay off: The Puget Sound Partnership, along with its local stakeholders’ group known as the Strait Ecosystem Recovery Network, have awarded $170,000 to the North Olympic Development Council (a local coalition of governments, businesses, NGOs, and citizens) to develop multi-benefit local climate action plans that integrate with local governmental comprehensive and shoreline …

About CoronaVirus

Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) Letter from Dr. Robb at UC San Diego. For those concerned about the coronavirus: Subject: What I am doing for the upcoming COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic by James Robb, MD UC San Diego Dear Colleagues, as some of you may recall, when I was a professor of pathology at …

Climate-related Bills in the WA State Legislature

Climate- and energy-related bills in the WA State Legislature that the League of Women Voters supports: SHB 1110 /  SB 5412   Reduces greenhouse gas emissions with transportation fuels.  HB 1113 Aligns Washington State's greenhouse gas reduction goals with the 2015 Paris Agreement and current climate change science assessments.  HB 1597 Integrates the natural gas upstream emissions rate and global warming …

Open Letter Delivered at Meeting of Equator Banks

Press Release -- 13 November 2019By: BankTrack & Partners As banks head for Singapore to decide on new Equator Principles, 300+ civil society groups call for ambition and courage Campaigners urge banks to stop financing climate disasters and respect Indigenous’ Peoples Rights 312 Civil society organizations from 58 countries have today called upon the financial …

Scientists endorse mass civil disobedience to force climate action

Reuters -- Environment October 12, 2019 -- Matthew Green LONDON (Reuters) - Almost 400 scientists have endorsed a civil disobedience campaign aimed at forcing governments to take rapid action to tackle climate change, warning that failure could inflict “incalculable human suffering.” . . . “We believe that the continued governmental inaction over the climate and …

Climate Resolution for the City of Port Angeles is up for a vote

NOVEMBER 6, 2019 -- City of Port Angeles Council Meeting Agenda In the meeting packet .PDF linked above:Resiliency Plan: Recommendations Addressing Climate Change -- p. 78-103Appendix A: Climate Resolution for the City of Port Angeles -- p. 104Appendix B: Actions for Reducing PT City Government Emissions -- p. 106-107 Appendix A: Climate Resolution for the …

Kudos to Port Angeles High School

They've made Climate Change their theme for the year. Here's their memo to students and parents: School-wide theme: Educating for Climate Change: Teachers are reporting creative ways that they are incorporating the theme of Educating for Climate Change into their classrooms this year. For example: Ms. Christianson’s French III/IV students found French words/phrases associated with climate change, then …

Plastic Industry’s Planned Expansion Threatens Our Ability to Avoid Catastrophic Climate Change

“We cannot solve the climate crisis without also addressing the rapidly-growing plastic pollution crisis,” said Judith Enck, Former EPA Regional Administrator and founder of Beyond Plastics CONTACT 518.605.1770, Judith Enck, BeyondPlastics@Bennington.edu FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2019 BENNINGTON, VERMONT — As students around the world prepare for a series of climate strikes, the petrochemical industry is …

Leviathans in the Harbor

More and bigger cruise ships are crowding coastal destinations. When is enough, enough? Who gets to decide? by Brian Payton , August 27, 2019, Hakai Magazine 'Knoll Lowney, the lawyer representing the three plaintiffs who claimed they were victims of Carnival’s environmental violations, said, “Time and time again, Carnival has shown its contempt of environmental laws and the …

Climate crisis reducing land’s ability to sustain humanity, says IPCC

UN report finds ecosystems never before under such threat and restoration is urgent The Guardian, Aug 8, 2019 by Damian Carrington, Environmental Editor 'However, action now to allow soils and forests to regenerate and store carbon, and to cut meat consumption by people and food waste, could play a big role in tackling the climate …

U.S. Oil Refinery, Tacoma Water Quality Permit Renewal

Tell Ecology: No oil terminal expansion in Tacoma! Fact Sheet for this Permit Renewal Frequently Asked Questions about Effective public commenting Comment Online Use the online comment form Comment by mail Greg Gould Industrial Section P.O. Box 47600 Tacoma, WA 98504 Attend a related event Aug. 7, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - U.S. Oil Refinery, Tacoma …

Bonneville, the Northwest’s biggest clean-power supplier, faces promise and perils in changing energy markets

 July 21, 2019 at 6:00 am By Hal Bernton  Seattle Times staff reporter GRAND COULEE DAM — When workers started pulling apart the three largest hydroelectric units in North America — capable of supplying more than enough power for all of Seattle — they found the damage far worse than expected. They encountered large cracks, worn-out bearings …

Democratic primary voters overwhelmingly prefer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal to Joe Biden’s climate plan

Democratic primary voters overwhelmingly prefer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal to Joe Biden's climate plan Eliza Relman & Walt Hickey 'Democratic primary voters much prefer the more ambitious plans to fight climate change proposed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee over former Vice President Joe Biden's relatively less aggressive proposal, according to …

‘And a Child Shall Lead Them,’ or: How This Boomer Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Green New Deal

‘And a Child Shall Lead Them,’ or: How This Boomer Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Green New Deal Ross Macfarlane 'I am talking to my peeps: those of us who get the science, care deeply about the environment and the need for climate action, and are filled with both disgust and determination at …

“Falter”: In New Book, Bill McKibben Asks If the Human Game Has Begun to Play Itself Out

All three parts of the interview can be accessed from this page link. Thousands are taking to the streets in London today to demand radical action to combat the climate crisis. Protesters with the group Extinction Rebellion have set up encampments and roadblocks across Central London and say they’ll stay in the streets for at …

Students strike for climate on the Olympic Peninsula

Joining a round-the-world movement started by Greta Thunberg, students on the Olympic Peninsula walked out of classes to call attention to the greatest challenge to their future. http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-angeles-students-take-part-in-climate-protest/ http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-townsend-students-strike-for-change/ https://wqtcq1f34a8kduuv3sc0e76o-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/15987799_web1_190317-pdn-climate-protest-pa-dlogan-tsr-1200x800.jpg Students at Port Angeles High School https://wqtcq1f34a8kduuv3sc0e76o-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/15987724_web1_190317-pdn-climate-protest-pt-tsr-1200x800.jpg Students from Port Townsend High School

Rep. Kilmer: listen to science, our young people, and your heart

It was back-to-back activism yesterday at Rep. Derek Kilmer's office in Port Angeles. First, the North Olympic Orca Pod hosted a die-in and delivered a letter outlining 23 scientific articles supporting the immediate breaching of the lower Snake River dams. OCA members delivered our own letter to Kilmer and described the promise offered by the …

How Google, Microsoft, and Bit Tech are Automating the Climate Crisis

Author: Brian Merchant Source: Gizmodo 'These deals, many of which were made just last year, at what may be the height of public awareness of the threats posed by climate change, are explicitly aimed at streamlining, improving, and rendering oil and gas extraction operations more profitable.' Full Article: How Google, Microsoft, and Bit Tech are Automating …

Fantastic Thread On a Green New Deal

Rhiana Gunn-Wright addresses the question of whether the GND is simply a "Progressive laundry list". https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048679667924993 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048685841879040 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048689088282624 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048692204724225 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048695300046848 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048698596818944 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048701549551616 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094048704963710976 https://twitter.com/rgunns/status/1094049076885315585

Dr. Guenther Twitter Thread

On talking about climate change https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089899109509672965 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089900347433328647 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089901090898878464 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089902486159278080 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089903691795218432 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089904734339846144 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089906253793501186 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089907595652067328 https://twitter.com/DoctorVive/status/1089908959631343618

Conservation International Presents

Nature is Speaking Featuring short films personifying Nature, narrated by folks we know well. JOAN CHEN is SkyPENELOPE CRUZ is WaterHARRISON FORD is OceanLIAM NEESON is IceEDWARD NORTON is SoilLUPITA NYONG´O is FlowerLEE PACE is MountainROBERT REDFORD is RedwoodJULIA ROBERTS is Mother NatureIAN SOMERHALDER is Coral ReefREESE WITHERSPOON is HomeSHAILENE WOODLEY is Forest

Moving the Country Towards Emergency Climate Mobilization, Together

Dear Olympic Climate Action,  thank you so much for supporting The Climate Mobilization! We are a small but fierce organization that advocates the strongest, fastest, sanest approach to the climate crisis. Because of your support, we are moving the country toward mobilization. A few highlights: April 16, 2016 Bernie Sanders calls for WWII scale climate …

Jan. 10 webinar to provide update on Governor’s proposed budget and policy for Orca Task Force recommendations

From the co-chairs of the Governor's Southern Resident Orca Task Force: Please join us on Thursday, January 10, from 10 to 11 a.m., for a Governor’s Office budget and policy update webinar to address questions from members of the Governor's Southern Resident Orca Task Force. The following panelists will participate in the discussion: Jim Cahill, …

Greta Thunberg’s speech

You should watch Greta Thunberg's speech to the UN plenary session at COP24 if you haven't seen it yet. Or if you have, watch it again. It is that powerful.  

National Climate Assessment

This past Friday government released the 4th National Climate Assessment, clearly they were hoping people would be too busy with post Thanksgiving madness to notice. It is a stark report of how climate change is already impacting life in the US and how it will continue to get worse, and much much more expensive, if we don't …