9 April 2017

(1) Is 100% Renewable Energy Realistic?
... the haziness of the long-term view argues for humility on all sides. There’s much we do not yet know and cannot possibly anticipate, so it’s probably best for everyone to keep an open mind, support a range of bet-hedging experiments and initiatives, and maintain a healthy allergy to dogma.
(2) How Carbon Capture Could Become A Rare Bright Spot On Climate Policy In The Trump Era
... The long-term future of CCS as a climate strategy, however, will require moving away from oil recovery and toward permanent geological storage. The United States has a vast network of underground saline aquifers that could, in theory, permanently store centuries’ worth of CO2 from all our existing coal and gas plants. (Though before proceeding, we’d need to study monitor these aquifers carefully to make sure the CO2 doesn’t leak out — if it does, that’s a deal-breaker.)
(3) Portland Public Schools First to Put Global Climate Justice in Classroom
“Climate education, especially in the age that we’re living in, needs to be a whole lot more bold than it is ... Responsible climate justice education has to help kids see how they play a role in creating a better world.”
(4) Donald Trump And The Rise Of Tribal Epistemology
To defend broader civic norms and liberal institutions — equality before law, freedom of religion and assembly, respect for science, basic honesty and consistency — is to defend the preconditions for the existence of a healthy, independent media. But it is also, inescapably, to be at odds with an administration bent on degrading those norms and institutions. That puts political journalists in a tenuous ... position.
(5) The Question I Get Asked, Bill McKibben
... “The most important thing an individual can do is not be an individual. Join together—that’s why we have movements like 350.org or Green for All, like BlackLivesMatter or Occupy. If there’s not a fight where you live, find people to support, from Standing Rock to the Pacific islands. Job one is to organize and jobs two and three.”
(6) Earth Day in the Age of Trump
How is it that a group as disorganized as the Trump Administration has been so methodical when it comes to the (anti) environment? The simplest answer is that money focusses the mind. Lots of corporations stand to profit from Trump’s regulatory rollback, even as American consumers suffer.
(7) Clean Water Is A Basic Human Right
As we invest in our public water systems — and we must — let’s remember to distribute costs equitably and not let rising water rates further exacerbate inequality. ... Sharing source water protection costs; capitalizing municipal, state and federal water infrastructure funds; and keeping water public and in the public eye are just a few of the many steps we can take to keep water affordable and inequality in check.
(8) How A New Way Of Thinking About Soil Sparked A National Movement
Known as the soil health movement, it is a management philosophy centered around four simple principles: reduce or eliminate tillage, keep plant residues on the soil surface, keep living roots in the ground, and maximize diversity of plants and animals. ... [Some Farmers] are growing more food while drastically reducing their use of inputs like herbicides and fertilizers, which is the ultimate strategy for becoming more profitable. Benefits on top of profitability include enhancing the health of ecosystems we depend on. The possibility of a win-win for farmers and the environment is a driving force for the movement.