Category Archives: Stories/News

Climate and America’s endangered rivers

Endangered Rivers

“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 least a week. It’s just the beginning of a series of global actions that will unfold in the coming days, as activists around the world raise the alarm about government inaction in the face of the growing climate catastrophe. The London protests come just days after schoolchildren around the globe left school again on Friday for the weekly “strike for climate” and as the push for the Green New Deal continues to build momentum in the United States. The deal—backed by Congressmember Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey—seeks to transform the U.S. economy through funding renewable energy while ending U.S. carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. We speak with climate activist and journalist Bill McKibben, who has been on the front lines of the fight to save the planet for decades. Thirty years ago, he wrote “The End of Nature,” the first book about climate change for a general audience. He’s just published a new book titled “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?”

Join us in Port Townsend on April 20th

Things to remember:

  • Please wear black and / or bring a black umbrella
  • Pope Marine Park in Port Townsend. (across from City Hall)

Schedule 

12:30pm DamSense and Backbone set up ocra pattern layout.
1:00pm People assemble in the orca pattern layout.
1:15pm Mural assembled and speakers at the dorsal fin to speak.
1:15pm Drone flies over to take video/photo
1:45pm Orca mural wraps up. Participants gather for a group photo and sing “No More BS” lead by Karen Davis
2:00pm NOOP performs “Stayin’ Alive” and other routine. 
2:30pm Socializing and wrap-up. A canopy with table for information materials will be available. 

Port Townsend GND Town Hall Meeting

Learn about the Sunrise Movement, Green New Deal, and ways to get involved around local environmental & climate issues. 

How to make the world affordably carbon-free

April 12, 2019 Author Gero Rueter DW News – DW.COM

If the world is to quit coal and gas for renewable energy sources, they have to be reliable and affordable. Is that realistic? Researchers have crunched the numbers and come up with some surprising answers.

Sheep graze on grass in front of solar panels on a sunny day

How much sun and wind is available in different areas of the world? How high is the energy demand? How do we set about cutting costs for renewable energies and their storage?

These are just some of the questions put forward by researchers from the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in Finland and experts from the Energy Watch Group (EWG). They have used their answers to compile the first detailed global energy scenario.

Thestudy, which has just been published, outlines strategies for 145 different regions around the world, with the ultimate aim of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 — and even save money in the process.

“This energy system costs less than our current one and ensures that global warming remains under 1.5 degrees Celsius (34.7 degrees Fahrenheit),” says study coordinator and Professor for Solar Economy at LUT, Christian Breyer. On average, the renewable energy system would be about two percent cheaper globally.

Read more: Paris Agreement: What needs to happen for climate action to succeed?

Titled ‘Global Energy System based on 100% Renewable Energy,’ the study simulates the most cost-effective energy mix for each region and shows how the energy requirements for electricity, heat and transport can be replaced by renewable alternatives.

Infografik CO2 Reduktion im Energiesektor EN

Based on its findings, the most important source of energy is solar power (70 percent), followed by wind power (18 percent), biomass (5 percent) and hydropower (3 percent).

Keep on reading!

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/

Students at Port Angeles High School
Students from Port Townsend High School