23 July 2017

1) Energy poverty is a real problem. Coal is a bogus solution
But coal’s role in all this is not complicated. Locally, coal kills people through air and water pollution. Globally, coal kills people by exacerbating climate change. It’s unconscionable for any country to permit further coal expansion if there are reasonable alternatives. And there are reasonable alternatives, ready to expand. Maybe renewable energy, joined with efficiency, grid build-out, and energy storage, can cover it. Maybe it’s renewable energy and some nuclear power. Maybe it’s renewable energy, some nuclear power, some biomass, and some natural gas.
2) Dangerous Years: A Conversation with David Orr - Resilience
In David Orr's new book, he says: "We need people who make charity and civility the norm.  We need more parks, farmers’ markets, bike trails, baseball teams, book groups, poetry readings, good coffee, conviviality, practical competence, and communities where the word “neighbor” is a verb, not a noun.  We need people who know and love this place and see it whole and see it for what it can be."
3) Your Personal Consumption Choices Can’t Save the Planet: We Have to Confront Capitalism
Contra the austerity politics of Republicans and greens alike, a counterpart here could propose a program for full employment or redistributing funds from polluters to the communities they’ve poisoned or even nationalizing electric utilities. The lives of one percenters may get worse as we scale back emissions, but the 99 percent’s can get a lot better.
4) Are We Doomed? Let’s Have a Talk.
Just decarbonizing energy, while necessary, doesn’t adequately deal with systemic overshoot. Only a reduction of population and overall resource consumption, along with a rapid reduction in our reliance on fossil fuels and a redesign of industrial systems, can do that. Economic inequality is a systemic problem too. ... There’s no technological fix for inequality; dealing with it will require redesigning our economic system and redistributing wealth. Those in wealthy nations would, on average, have to adjust their living standards downward. ... the work of resilience building (whether top-down or bottom-up) must focus not just on maintaining supplies of food, water, energy, and other basic necessities, but also on sustaining social cohesion—a culture of understanding, tolerance, and inquiry—during times of great stress. While it’s true that people tend to pull together in remarkable ways during wars and natural disasters, sustained hard times can lead to scapegoating and worse. ... David Fleming’s book, Surviving the Future, and John Michael Greer’s, The Ecotechnic Future, both  offer useful thoughts ... We are approaching one of history’s great discontinuities. The best we can do under the circumstances is to get our priorities and values straight (protect the vulnerable, preserve the best of what we have collectively achieved, and live a life that’s worthy) and put one foot in front of the other.
5) Four Ways Anyone Can Take Climate Action | Climate Reality
Contact your legislators. Write Letters to the Editor. Talk to family & friends. Encourage your city to go 100% renewable.
6) Utilities Knew: Documenting Electric Utilities’ Early Knowledge and Ongoing Deception on Climate Change
Nearly 50 years after scientists began to warn the electric utility industry about climate change, some utilities continue to stand in the way of real progress in addressing the problem. It is a story with striking parallels to the investigations into ExxonMobil’s early knowledge and ongoing deception on climate change. Research has shown that electric utilities could face serious financial repercussions if ever held liable for the climate change damages incurred by their power plant emissions.
7) Koch Front Group, Fueling US Forward, Bashes Electric Car Tax Credits in Latest Misleading Video | DeSmogBlog
Koch-funded Fueling U.S. Forward has pivoted squarely from the oil and gas cheerleading that defined its first phase to deliberate attacks on electric vehicles and clean energy.
8) 8 Ways to Sequester Carbon to Avoid Climate Catastrophe
Reforestation, Carbon Farming, Other Vegetation, Bioenergy & Bury, Biochar, Fertilize the Ocean, Rock Solutions, Direct Air Capture & Storage
9) New Interactive Map Highlights Effects of Sea Level Rise
Our country must use the limited window of time before chronic inundation sets in for hundreds of communities, and plan and prepare with a science-based approach that prioritizes equitable outcomes.
10) Climate Signals
Climate signals are long-term trends and projections that carry the fingerprint of climate change. Examples of observed long-term trends linked to climate change include rising sea levels, increasing extreme precipitation, and warming sea surface temperatures. Model projections can identify conditions expected in a warming world such as an increasing frequency of intense hurricanes.