16 Oct 2016

(1) How the Western Water Wars May End
... farmers have joined with environmental groups and state and federal officials to both increase water availability and restore the natural landscape ... voluntary conservation programs, building new water-storage reservoirs, and adding structures to dams that would help fish seek cooler waters as they migrate upstream.
(2a) Millions Face Hunger by 2030 Without 'Deep Transformation' of Agriculture
Up to 122 million more people around the globe could be forced into extreme poverty by 2030 as a result of climate change ... diversifying crop production, better integration of farming with the natural habitat, agroecology, and "sustainable intensification" as strategies to help small-scale farmers adapt to a warming world. ... "To bolster food security in a changing climate, countries must address food and agriculture in their climate action plans and invest more in rural development," ... "take a holistic, collaborative, and integrated approach to climate change, food security, and equitable social and economic development."
(2b) We Need an Agroecological Revolution—So Why Are Governments Investing in Agribusiness?
... providing security of tenure for small-scale food producers, creating agricultural banks and wage boards, managing supplies and minimum prices, using public procurement to promote agroecology, and providing social protection, infrastructure, and research and technical support for small-scale producers.
(3) How to Fight Big Oil: Join Your Neighbors
Moral Authority ... Sovereignty ... Commitment ... Solidarity ... no new fossil fuel extraction or transportation infrastructure should be allowed if we are to have any prospect of keeping worldwide temperature increases to less than 2 degrees.
(4) It's Outrageous That I'm Facing 45 Years in Prison for Filming a Climate Protest
Journalism needs to be passionately and ethically pursued and defended if we are to remain a free democratic country. Freedom of the press, guaranteed by the First Amendment, is absolutely critical to maintaining an informed citizenry, without which, democracy is impossible.
(5) Why Locking in Fuel Subsidy Reforms Is A Top U.S. Priority
Subsidies that reduce consumer prices for fuels like gasoline, diesel or natural gas often strain government budgets and divert funds intended for the poor toward the rich. ... in the past two years, 10 countries have eliminated subsidies for at least one fuel and have reduced subsidies for another 12. Shrewd governments realize that plunging global oil prices ... will offset any fuel price increases from subsidy cuts.
(6) The Climate Questions the Next President Should Answer | Climate Central
How would incentivize energy efficiency? Which existing carbon-fee program would you consider as a model for the U.S.? How would you incentivize the transition to renewable energy? How do we phase out use of coal, oil & gas? What would your policy to geoengineering be?
(7) Review: 7 Key Scenes in Leonardo DiCaprio's Climate Film Before the Flood
know you’re American, so please don’t take this the wrong way, but your consumption is really going to put a hole in the planet. I think that’s the conversation we need to have.
(8) Stop Waiting For a Big Breakthrough On Climate Change.
If we’re going to solve global warming ... There will never be one dramatic moment you can point to and say, “Aha! There’s the turning point.” Instead, countries will plug away at small issues ... and build momentum over time. ... we’re going to have to “dream big, win small.”