10 July 2016

(1) Northwest Tribes Band Together to Stop Oil-by-Rail
“This derailment right along the Columbia River is ... a reminder that oil trains mean an ever-present risk of an oil spill into our waterways, threatening fisheries and livelihoods for Quinault Indian Nation members and our neighbors in Grays Harbor,” ...
(2) Historic Petition Demands Obama 'Turn Off the Carbon Pollution Spigot'
Hundreds of environmental groups deliver petition that ... urges government to end all fossil fuel leases on public lands ...
(3) U.S. Faces Dramatic Rise in Extreme Heat
Extreme heat is the No.1 weather-related killer in the U.S. ... By the end of the century, heat-related deaths are projected to increase by thousands to tens-of-thousands each year in the U.S.5 Those most at risk of heat-related health impacts are infants and young children, elderly over 65, those already ill, athletes, and outdoor workers ... Periods of extreme heat can wither crops. lead to harmful algal blooms and lead to degraded fish habitat ...
(4) If Carbon Pricing Is So Great, Why Isn’t It Working?
Jaccard ... [has] lost faith in the political viability of carbon pricing. He is suggesting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau focus on regulations that have direct and proven impact.
(5) How Growing Sea Plants Can Help Slow Ocean Acidification
kelp, eelgrass, and other vegetation can effectively absorb CO2 and reduce acidity in the ocean. Growing these plants in local waters, ... could help mitigate the damaging impacts of acidification on marine life.
(6) Cutting Carbon Emissions Isn’t Enough. We Need Negative Emissions.
Nobody knows for sure how successful or feasible any of those technologies will be in scrubbing the sky of carbon dioxide ... the urgency of climate change may demand that scientists develop solutions by the time today’s children are adults in addition to slashing emissions as much as possible in the meantime.
(7) The Future of Hydro in a Warming World, David Suzuki
Globally, hydro produces ~17% of our electricity. Expansion of hydropower may double its electricity production over the next 20 years. Drawbacks are: it impedes fish migration, it can alter river temperatures and dissolved oxygen & clearing vegetation around dams can release methane.
(8) Conservative Actions to Fight Climate Change
Carbon Tax .... Repeal Fossil Fuel Subsidies ... Eliminate Farm Subsidies ... Get Rid of Ethanol Mandate ... Increase the Gas Tax ... Phase Out the Home Mortgage Interest Tax Deduction
(9) Fall in fish catch threatens human health : Nature News & Comment
... declining numbers of marine fish will spell more malnutrition in many developing nations.
(10) Ocean Sustainability, Nature Conservancy
Ocean industries such as seafood, coastal tourism, energy and shipping are booming. Much of this development is happening without regard to both short- and long-term environmental impacts. Yet, we know that when we develop wisely, people are the ocean’s greatest hope.
(11) How Empathy Drives Social Justice & Environmental Action, Roman Krznaric
Empathy – to give a working definition – is the imaginative act of stepping into the shoes of another person, understanding their feelings and perspectives, and using that understanding to guide our actions.... we need to instigate a cultural shift from ‘buying’ to ‘belonging’ – from extrinsic to intrinsic values – where our personal identity and wellbeing is based much more on the quality of our relationships and sense of community engagement than on the size of our bank balance or the heady offerings of a luxury consumer lifestyle, and where more of us are willing to put common interests before self-interest. ... Although organizing strategies, ideologies, leadership and other factors all play a role in social change, empathy is essential for forging the social connections that make us care about the plight of others, and is an underlying force creating bonds of common interest and solidarity.