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FEBRUARY 2, 2022

Dear Friends:

January was dry, a major wildfire in Big Sur, Fed and State announcements of $ to fight wildfires and climate change, BBB being reassembled, possible stand-alone climate bill, Judge blocks sale of Gulf of Mexico drilling lease over climate concerns and more.

Belle, Victoria and the Climate Team


Links to Articles

A Climate Review of 2021 - Cool Effect

2021 Year in Review


Extreme Weather

By Krishna Karra and Tim Wallace

Shows Percentage of U.S. Weather Stations That Broke All-Time Temperature Records

Forests and Climate Change

“What we’re seeing, perhaps more clearly than any other place in the world, is ecosystem change occurring in fast motion.”

A deal arranged by San Francisco conservationists puts 523 acres of Mendocino County’s Lost Coast back in the hands of tribal communities.

Ecologists thought America’s primeval forests were gone. Then Bob Leverett proved them wrong and discovered a powerful new tool against climate change.

By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler

Climate and Foreign Policy

Politics, Legislation, Regulations

By David Bromwich

Some Democrats want to forge ahead with a stand-alone climate bill, but their solution could mean abandoning other parts of President Biden’s agenda.

President Biden’s multibillion-dollar commitment to wildfire prevention — announced on Tuesday — marks a dramatic shift in the federal approach toward forests, but experts argue that this investment may only scratch the surface of what’s needed.

The E.P.A. will resume enforcing limits on the release of mercury, a neurotoxin linked to developmental damage in children, from coal-burning power plants.

Tracking emissions

By Paul C. West

Wildfires, California and elsewhere

By Howard Hendrix

LeRoy Westerling, a climate scientist at UC Merced, says such out-of-season blazes, no matter what the cause, are likely to become more frequent because temperatures are going up, and California’s forests and grasslands simply aren’t suited to the heat.

“In a sense, we have a lot of vegetation on the landscape that no longer matches the climate system,” he said.

Marin Climate

By Eric Rubenstahl

By Lucy Dilworth

Meet existential challenge by restructuring system, Bill Carney

By Susannah Saunders


Clean Energy, EVs, Renewables, Fossil Fuels

California Solar

Utility regulators have proposed slashing the incentives homeowners receive to install solar panels, a long-sought goal of utilities and labor unions.

Events

Monday, February 7, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Regeneration: Saving us and our planet

Katharine Hayhoe, chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy and author of “Saving Us.” REGISTER HERE

February 9 and 16, 4:00 – 5:30 PM on Zoom, Environmental Forum of Marin

This two-part webinar helps you understand what your money is supporting. REGISTER HERE

Friday, February 11, 1:00 PM

CCST (California Council on Science and Technology)

2/11 Establishing a Data Infrastructure to Effectively Respond to the Next Disaster, a CCST Expert Briefing. REGISTER HERE

Wednesday, February 16, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

CLEAN HYDROGEN

Presented by Electrify Now. REGISTER HERE


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