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December 28 2021

Dear Friends:

We wish you a very HAPPY NEW YEAR as we sort out the good news and disappointments of the year. Much work ahead as we focus on 2022 strategies. 

Belle, Victoria and the Climate Team

Links to Articles

Scary Extreme Weather

The powerful storm that swept through the Midwest in mid-December was extraordinary in many respects, with 100 million Americans under some form of weather alert.

Hurricane-force gusts in nine states. Immense dust storms in Colorado and wind-fanned wildfires in Kansas. The first-ever December tornadoes observed in Minnesota and western Iowa. Temperatures soaring past 70 degrees in cities like Omaha and Des Moines, a record.

Year End Perspectives

2021 was yet another year that felt like five. 

By Max Benato

Looking back on a year in which the Age of Extinction reported on everything from summits to species loss, solutions and community involvement

Global Developments

Chile has lots of lithium, which is essential to the world’s transition to green energy. But anger over powerful mining interests, a water crisis and inequality has driven Chile to rethink how it defines itself.

California Wildfires

By Julie Johnson

Coral Reefs

Portfolio selection rules on evaluating risk used to pick 50 reefs as ‘arks’ best able to survive climate crisis and revive coral elsewhere

Plastics

A pollution expert on why any attempt to rid the ocean of plastic completely is doomed to fail—and what we actually need to be focusing on.

Local Climate Action

Marin County has been awarded a $1 million state grant to advance one of its key strategies to cut greenhouse gas emissions — carbon farming.

By Margaret Renkl

“Fortunately, saving the planet isn’t something we’re obliged to manage on our own. Our collective efforts can make a huge difference…”

Renewables and Fossil Fuels

Chinese and Russian industrial giants seek to tap mineral deposits vital to electric cars. A Texas entrepreneur has his own strategy: the long game.

By Jack Healy and Mike Baker

YELLOW PINE, Idaho — Net in hand, Louis Reuben waded into the frigid waters where his ancestors once fished, long before Idaho’s rivers were dammed and contaminated, before the Nez Perce were driven off their land when white miners struck gold.

The French government wants to build reactors. The German government wants to shut them down.

"Electricity: An Optimist's Playbook for our Clean Energy Future"

By Saul Griffiths; reviewed by Bill McKibbon here

By Teresa Cooke

Deforestation Solutions

Deep in the Southern Cardamom Mountains, former loggers and poachers have assumed new roles as protective rangers and ecotourism guides.


https://www.economist.com/international/the-world-should-prove-its-love-for-forests-by-putting-carbon-prices-on-them/21806086

Politics, Legislation, Public Opinion

By Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich

By Anthony Leiserowitz, Edward Maibach, Seth Rosenthal, John Kotcher, Jennifer Carman, Liz Neyens, Matthew Goldberg, Karine Lacroix and Jennifer Marlon

Biomass


Events

Sunday, January 30, 2022, at 1:00 pm

Skills for Bridging the Divide on Climate Solutions, a workshop offered by Braver Angels in collaboration with Citizens' Climate Lobby.

For a sneak preview of the workshop, check out this video. The workshop is offered entirely online, and you can register at the link below. We hope to see you there! Register here.


BIOCHAR IN THE WOODS, 2022

January 27 (Online Webinar); February 1-3 (Field Days - free). Learn how to use biochar for forest resilience

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