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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

The Business of Fighting Climate Change

2021 Year in Review


Extreme Weather

Antarctica's Doomsday Glacier could Shatter in 10 years, Endangering 1 Bn. in Coastal Cities

A Vivid View of Extreme Weather: Temperature Records in the U.S. in 2021

By Krishna Karra and Tim Wallace

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

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

Forests and Climate Change

 Across the Boreal Forest, Scientists Are Tracking Warming’s Toll

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

An important victory’: Native American tribes reclaim a redwood forest in Northern California

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

Big New Forest Initiative Sparks Concerns of a ‘Carbon Heist’

The Old Man and the Tree

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

‘Self-serving garbage.’ Wildfire experts escalate fight over saving California forests

By Ryan Sabalow and Dale Kasler

Climate and Foreign Policy

How Climate and the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Undergirds the Ukraine-Russia Standoff

Politics, Legislation, Regulations

Averting Climate Catastrophe Should Be Issue Number One and Now Is the Time to Explain Why

By David Bromwich

Climate Action Could Move Forward

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.

Shift in Fire Prevention

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.

Kerry warns about efforts to blunt climate change: 'We're in trouble'

Biden Administration Sets Interim Greenhouse Pollution Cost Estimates

Biden Administration to Reinstate Mercury Pollution Rules Weakened Under Trump

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

Emissions rose 6 percent last year after a record 10 percent decline in 2020, fueled by a rise in coal power and truck traffic as the U.S. economy rebounded from the pandemic.

The win-wins of climate and biodiversity solutions

By Paul C. West

Wildfires, California and elsewhere

Biden administration pledges billions to fight wildfire crisis in California and across the West

Wildfire wiped out our California town. A slow trickle of death has stalked us ever since

By Howard Hendrix

Wildfires in January? Scientists say climate change could fuel 'a continuous fire season'

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

Marin Voice: We all benefit from agricultural land protection, stewardship

By Eric Rubenstahl

Marin Voice: Measure A must address threats of wildfire in county open space

By Lucy Dilworth

Meet existential challenge by restructuring system, Bill Carney

Marin Voice: Prioritize solar power now to ensure our clean-energy future

By Susannah Saunders


Clean Energy, EVs, Renewables, Fossil Fuels

Germany signals it could halt gas pipeline if Russia invades Ukraine

Renewables and the Price of Fossil Gas

Germany's First Battery-Powered Train Plies Regional Routes on Way to Green Rails

US judge blocks sale of Gulf of Mexico drilling leases over climate concerns

California Solar

A Fight Over Rooftop Solar Threatens California’s Climate Goals

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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