14 Aug 2016

(1) Alaska Native Votes to Relocate
Shishmaref is a barrier island about 130 miles north of Nome on the Chukchi Sea. Rising seas and more ice-free months are causing erosion that is eating away at the island. Residents fear it will be completely submerged within decades. Cost to relocate to the mainland is ~$200 million. 200 to 300 other villages will need to relocate in the next few decades.
(2a) We Need to Declare War on Climate Change, Bill McKibben
We’re under attack from climate change—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII. ... we have to have broad acceptance among the broader political community that we need urgent action, not just nibbling around the edges, ... Much of what we need to do can—and must—be accomplished immediately, through the same use of executive action ... halt drilling & mining on federal lands ... slow the build out of natural gas systems ... reject fossil fuel projects that exacerbate global warming ... require that federal agencies use clean energy & plug-in cars
(2b) Should We Think of Climate Change as a “World War”?, David Roberts
Praise 1: The war metaphor helps convey the significance of 2 degrees ... Praise 2: A tangible sense of what mobilization would look like ... Critique 1: No mention of the politics ... Critique 2: War requires a big tent ... Note of despair: Climate change defies all metaphors ... I think climate change is too big and unwieldy to be captured by any single metaphor ... It’s wicked like that. It’s an environmental problem, an energy transition, a national security threat, a market failure, an economic opportunity, an obligation to our children, a political dispute, a question of justice.
(3) Green Stamps: A Climate Equity Proposal
... ensuring a carbon pricing policy equitably benefits people who are hardest hit by the climate gap (i.e. the poor). A household-based approach might be more equitable in the Northwest ... because it would benefit all identifiable disadvantaged households, not just some of them.
(4) How A Few U.S. Cities Are Moving To A Fully Renewable Future
Normally, energy policy is dictated at a state level. But through climate action plans, mayoral decrees, standalone city council resolutions and public utilities, cities can start to move stakeholders along on renewable goals.
(5a) The Steel Magnate Helping Trump Assail Pollution Regulations
Under DiMicco (former CEO of Nucor Steel), Nucor contributed $502,000 to the Heartland Institute in 2010 and 2011, ... Nucor the top funder of the think tank during that time. Heartland Institute runs campaigns to obfuscate climate science and oppose carbon regulation ...
(5b) Donald Trump's Lack of Respect for Science Is Alarming - Scientific American
When the major Republican candidate for president has tweeted that global warming is a Chinese plot, threatens to dismantle a climate agreement 20 years in the making and to eliminate an agency that enforces clean air and water regulations, and speaks passionately about a link between vaccines and autism that was utterly discredited years ago, we can only hope that there is nowhere to go but up.
(6) Are We Feeling Collective Grief Over Climate Change?
ExxonMobil and The American Petroleum Institute have long sowed doubt about the science behind climate change, ... The Koch Brothers estimated by Forbes to be worth $44.2 billion each, have funneled mind-blowing sums through "charitable family trusts" and "think tanks" to influence policy and public opinion, planting seeds of uncertainty among the general public, and blocking attempts to regulate emissions, thereby ensuring that their pockets remain literally coated in oil. What does it mean when our Senate Majority Leader urges the country's governors to defy regulations to reduce carbon pollution? Some powerful forces have been messing with our opportunity to process the truth, and move beyond the stage of denial toward a stance of action. ... the world will look at our country and recognize that our per capita emissions, the droughts, floods, and searing hot days will be "because we gaily or callously, or with willful ignorance went about our ways, consuming what we wished, emitting what we felt like."
(7) Clinton Transition Team Headed by Anti-Climate 'Powerbroker'
[Ken Salazar] The former interior secretary has also previously said, "The TPP is a strong trade deal that will level the playing field for workers to help middle-class families get ahead. It is also the greenest trade deal ever," and has claimed that "there's not a single case where hydraulic fracking has created an environmental problem for anyone."
(8) Wind Power: Bigger, Better, Cheaper, David Roberts
Wind power provides 5.6% of U.S. electricity ... it provides jobs for 88,000 and by 2030 could yield 380,000 jobs.
(9) Can We Feed 10 Billion People on Organic Farming Alone?
Scaling up organic agriculture with appropriate public policies and private investment is an important step for global food and ecosystem security. The challenge facing policymakers is to develop government policies that support conventional farmers converting to organic systems. ... In a time of increasing population growth, climate change and environmental degradation, we need agricultural systems that come with a more balanced portfolio of sustainability benefits. Organic farming is one of the healthiest and strongest sectors in agriculture today and will continue to grow and play a larger part in feeding the world.
(10) CO2 Capture
There are a number of carbon-removal techniques in agriculture that lead to increased soil fertility and water retention in addition to carbon sequestration. ... so if we expand from just thinking about mitigation and adaptation to also thinking about carbon removal, that starts to unlock a lot of potential.
(11) Support for a Universal Basic Income
It’s simpler to provide basic income than to fund many overlapping welfare agencies ... basic income provides people more dignity and creates less hassle for them than the current system. ... poor people are more aware than the government of what they truly need.
(12) How US Farm Subsidies Make Taxpayers Pay Twice (And How We Could Change That)
... an overhaul of federal farm policy ... should include reducing crop subsidies, increasing funding for sustainable farming practices, and providing more technical assistance to farmers to adopt the alternative methods.