16 July 2017

(1) Memo to the President: Support for Green Climate Fund Puts America First
The GCF [UN Green Climate Fund] was designed as a multilateral financial institution focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation, along with an emphasis on leveraging the resources of the private sector. All these dimensions are essential for meeting the growing challenges of climate change. And given the complexity of coordinating the efforts of the various participating countries, the GCF has made tremendous progress in a relatively short period of time.
(2) How to Talk to Children About Donald Trump
It is also important for parents to encourage children to hold out hope for the future. Reassure them and remind them that no matter how bad things are, how bad Trump is, he is not a king. We are a democracy and we are all working hard to make sure we elect someone better in four years.
(3) Sucking Up CO2 Will Cost Hundreds of Trillions
... it’s going to cost today’s young people as much as $535 trillion to clean up the atmosphere by 2100 ... that’s around seven times the size of the entire global economy. In contrast, if the world starts reducing emissions 6 percent a year by 2021, it will only cost $8 to $18.5 trillion to extract enough carbon dioxide to avoid the worst dangers of climate change, or $100 billion per year on the low end.
(4) Earth to California: Don’t Let Big Oil Write Climate Rules
Assembly Bill 398 is the result of a quick-and-dirty backroom deal Gov. Jerry Brown struck with Big Oil to extend California’s greenhouse gas cap-and-trade market to 2030.
(5) Learning gardens aim to grow student engagement in science
The University of Washington College of Education, Tilth Alliance and Seattle Public Schools are partnering to change this status quo and create more culturally and community relevant, field-based learning opportunities for students. Funded by a $2.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the project will build outdoor learning gardens and draw upon local communities and green spaces at several Seattle schools while developing a robust curriculum for K-3 educators to engage students in complex ecological reasoning and decision-making.
(6) This is how the Kochs’ anti-renewable agenda becomes White House policy
Trump raised eyebrows late last year when he named the head of an obscure right-wing think tank, with close ties to petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, to lead his energy transition team. Since then, officials from the Institute for Energy Research (IER) have been appointed to high-level positions at the Department of Energy where they are playing major roles in implementing pro-fossil fuel, anti-renewable energy policies.
(7) When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?
... public complacency is a far, far bigger problem than widespread fatalism — that many, many more people are not scared enough than are already “too scared.” In fact, I don’t even understand what “too scared” would mean. The science says climate change threatens nearly every aspect of human life on this planet, and that inaction will hasten the problems. In that context, I don’t think it’s a slur to call an article, or its writer, alarmist. I’ll accept that .... We should be alarmed.
(8) The Energy Secretary Is Wrong: The Grid is Ready for Renewables - Yale E360
The biggest obstacle to the ongoing paradigm shift is the slowness of utilities and regulations to adapt. On one level, it’s hard to blame utilities, for they are organized to make profits by expanding infrastructure, not by being efficient or facilitating the distribution of other generators’ electricity. And many regulations were written before the advent of renewables, and don’t take account of new technologies.
(9) The GOP’s moral rot is the problem, not Donald Trump Jr.
Only in the crazed bubble of right-wing hysteria does an ethically challenged, moderate Democrat become a threat to Western civilization and Trump the salvation of America. ...Trump’s racists attacks on a federal judge, blatant lies about everything from 9/11 to his own involvement in birtherism, replete evidence of disloyalty to America (i.e. Trump’s “Russia first” policies), misogyny, Islamophobia, ongoing potential violations of the Constitution’s emoluments clause (along with a mass of conflicts of interests), firing of an FBI director, and now, evidence that the campaign was willing to enlist a foreign power to defeat Clinton in the presidential election.
(10a) Extreme Carbon Inequality
The only beneficiaries of inadequate climate action in Paris and beyond are a much smaller elite with vested interests in the continuation of a high carbon and deeply unequal global economy. Between the Copenhagen and Paris climate conferences, the number of billionaires on the Forbes list with interests in fossil fuel activities has risen from 54 in 2010 to 88 in 2015, while the size of their combined personal fortunes has expanded by around 50% from over $200bn to more than $300bn. 2 Governments in Paris need to stand up to their influence, and stand up for their citizens – the poorest, lowest emitting and most vulnerable among them first and foremost – if Paris is to deliver an agreement for those who need it most.
(10b) The Rich, the Poor and the Earth
The poor pollute less when less poor and the rich pollute less when less rich.
(11) How We Can Transition to a “Bottom Up” Economy
Enter a blessing of a book, Anthony Flaccavento’s Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative Change. Bottom Up is a comprehensive primer on the transition to a new economy—the place-based movement to rewire the economy for equity and ecological sustainability.
(12) Resisting Trump's Anti-Regulation
• SECTION 1 debunks the Trump Administration's standard claims for rolling back regulations. • SECTION 2 provides basic information about how regulations are made. • SECTION 3 offers advice about how to participate effectively in the rulemaking process. • SECTION 4 suggests complementary tactics to be used outside the rulemaking process. • SECTION 5 describes how to find out about de-regulatory actions and provides links to organizations tracking those actions. • The APPENDIX provides links to other helpful guides and materials.