15 May 2016

(1) Civil Disobedience to Fight Climate Change
"...if we want climate justice ... we must support ... those willing to put themselves on the line ... Not everyone is in a position to take civil disobediance, but we can all get behind it." "The choice between clean, safe, democratic and sustainable energy / jobs or dirty, dangerous and undemocratic energy / jobs is a no-brainer. We have the technology right now to make the transition to {zero-carbon] ... the barriers are not technological but political."
(2) Environmentally-Friendly Hydropower
"... how much and how soon [will] governments take greater account of the environment when planning [hydropower] projects."
(3 )The Politics of Fertilizer and Climate Change
"Cutting out chemical fertilizers could reduce annual global greenhouse emissions by ... 10 percent ... the shift from chemical fertilizers to agroecological practices would allow farmers to rebuild organic matter ... and ... capture a possible two-thirds of the current excess CO2 in the atmosphere within 50 years ... When it comes to global food security, we should be much more worried about our dependence on the cartels that the fertilizer companies operate. During the 2007 food crisis ... fertilizer companies jacked up their prices and held governments and farmers at ransom. ... Kicking the fertilizer habit is really a matter of politics. No meaningful action can occur until the fertilizer industry's grip on policy makers is loosened."
(4) 10 Ways ‘Negative Emissions’ Can Slow Climate Change
"... 'negative emissions' technologies ... suck the CO2 out of the air to compensate for the ongoing release." Afforestation, Biochar, Biomass, 'Blue Carbon' Habitat Restoration, Building with Biomass, Ocean Alkali, Direct Air Capture, Ocean Productivity, Soil Carbon Sequestration ...
(5) Environmentalists Hate Fracking. Are They Right?
"...is fracking worse than coal? That claim seems highly dubious, given the myriad... benefits of reducing coal consumption and lowering CO2 emissions ... Ultimately, the only thing that really matters is getting as much renewable energy as possible as quickly as possible. So the 'bridge' only makes sense if we have a way to get off it ..."
(6) Fast-Melting Arctic, Chris Mooney
"Arctic amplification' = warmer air melts sea ice cover atop the Arctic ocean, especially during Summer, and thus the ocean absorbs more solar radiation, because it is not reflected away by ice cover; this explains why the Arctic is warming much faster than temperate latitudes. In 2016, the Arctic ice is really low, the temperatures are really high and fire season started very early. Arctic sea ice extent is the lowest ever recorded. ... permafrost melting with loss of carbon is "happening several times faster even than our previous measurements have told us."
(7) Advice to Middle Schoolers on Climate Change, David Roberts
"Make sure that your little corner of the world is reducing fossil fuels, increasing clean energy, and helping other people do the same. Change the systems and technologies that you have some control over ... keep thinking about it. Keep talking about it."
(8) Carbon Farming
Regenerative farming or carbon farming transitions away from conventional industrial farming, using little or no fertlizer and pesticides. It includes no-till, mixing crops together, planting trees & shrubs near fields, using cover crops and leaving stalks to decay in the field.
(9a) Exxon's Legal Woes Worse
Exxon has known about climate change and rising sea levels for decades but has not protected its Everett MA refining facility, putting the community at risk. The first significant storm surge that makes landfall at the Everett Terminal ... is going to flush you hazardous waste into the Island End and Mystic River and through those communities ... you have not taken appropriate steps to protect the public and the environment."
(9b) House GOP Protecting Exxon
House GOP are seeking documents from state AGs and environmental groups, claiming these groups have infringed the First Amendment rights of climate change denying fossil fuel companies. Annie Leonard of Greenpeace wrote "America's least respected politicians have now courageously stepped up to defend one of America's most-hated corporations from scrutiny. If these Representatives, who have historically low approval ratings, think they're somehow helping Exxon's public image with this nonsense, then they need to take some time away from lobbyist mixers and meet the people. If Exxon knwo its work made climate change worse and his this information for profit, it should be held accountable, not protected by elected officials who are to represent the American people, not corporations. Since 1999, these 13 elected officials have been paid millions in campaign contributions from coal, oil and gas companies, so this letter is more proof that the system works - for corporations."
(9c) Rep. Lamar Smith Abuses His Power, Again
"Record temperatures, rising seas and unprecedented flooding affects people around the glob3e and they rightly expect carbon producers to be held accountable for their deliberate strategy to deceive the public, shareholders and policy makers. ... [Rep, Lamar Smith] has spent the last 10 months harassing National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists whose research he doesn't like. This abuse of power has been repeatedly and strongly rebuked by the scientific community. ... the public should demand that oil companies fully disclose what their scientists knew about climate change and when ... the public deserves to know which industry executives made decisions to mislead shareholders, policy makers and investors about the harm of their products."
(10) Youth Win Climate Case Against Massachusetts
MA Supreme Court ruled in favor of 4 youth that the Global Warming Solutions Act requiring an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases, "requires the department to promulgate regulations that address multiple sources of emissions impose a limit on emissions ... and sets limits that decline on an annual basis."
(11) Agricultural Emissions Must Be Cut
Ag greenhouse gas emissions must by cut by 1 Gigaton CO2e per year by 2030.
(12) Only 5 Years Before 1.5C Carbon Budget is Blown
At current rates of GHG emissions, the carbon budget for limiting global warming to 1.5 deg C will be blown in 5 years, i.e. in 2021.
(13) City-Integrated Renewable Energy for Urban Sustainability
Foa a low-carbon city, shift to clean energy and use energy more efficiently. "...individuals need to understand how their behavior affects energy use, society, and the environment ... [and] they need to care." "The challenge is to accelerate innovation and deployment so that cities can substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions in ways that make them more livable and equitable, no less so."
(14) Climate Scientists Should Make Their Voices Heard
"I believe most scientists are also, quietly and professionally, mourning the loss of the balance of Earth's life ... Standing our ground, shoulder to shoulder, and speaking truth, we can use our voices to preserve the wholeness of the life our grandparents and children deserve. The world is worth it."
(15) Exxon Won't Change Its Stripes, Bill McKibben
"Exxon has spent millions on climate policy obstruction, and - climate scientists' pleas to the contrary - plans to burn all of its reserves. If this [stakeholder's] meeting ends with the same dismal failure as the past 25, it's time to admit the obvious: the Exxons of the world are not going to change their stripes, not voluntarily. It will be time for state treasurers and religious groups to join those students and frontline communities and climate scientists who are saying 'No more.' It will be time ... to get serious, divest and break free of fossil fuels once and for all."
(16) Common Good As the Measure of Economic Success
The book "Change Everything: Creating an Economy for the Common Good" by Christian Felber ... uses 5 fundamental goals: human dignity, co-operation & solidarity, ecological sustainability, social justice, and democratic co-determination.
(17) How To Socialize America’s Energy
We need state intervention for energy democracy ... a Green New Deal, a Marshall Plan for the Earth. Three Models: 1) Municipalization = city government buys out private utilities. 2) Community Choice Aggregation = residents aggregate their buying power leading to local cooperatives and decentralized power generation. 3) Electric Cooperatives = a federal Renewable Electrification Administration could proliferate solar power well beyond market-based iniatives. "Can activists push their towns, cities, states and ... federal government to seize the opportunity for a greater good? Can we make clean, reliable power a basic right, guaranteed by a democratic state?"