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JUNE 23, 2022

Updated: Sep 6, 2022

Dear Friends:

Want to highlight climate change impacts – extreme weather conditions, especially heat, mitigation setbacks, assessing Ukraine war impact on climate policy.

Belle, Victoria and the Climate Team

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Extreme weather is tormenting every U.S. region, and it’s far from over

Excessive heat, violent storms, flooding and fires are all afflicting the Lower 48 states. Nearly every corner of the Lower 48 is dealing with some sort of wild weather, with fires, floods, tornadoes and a punishing heat wave all wreaking havoc.

Forgotten Victims: Animals Swelter, Die in Heat


US temperatures hit record levels as south-west bakes in heatwave

Phoenix reported 114F, Las Vegas soared to 109F and Denver hit 100F, while inland areas of California reached triple digits

Scientists also say more frequent and intense heatwaves are likely in the future because of the climate crisis and a deepening drought in the American west.

Burning planet: why are the world’s heatwaves getting more intense?

Heat waves, floods, rains sign of India's climate change battles

The specter of climate change is here to stay and even worsen, say climate scientists as searing winds blow across swathes of north India, including Delhi where temperatures have crossed 49 degrees.

France just peaked at a blistering 43.6°C (110.5°F) as the nation observed one of the hottest days in its history

Over 15 locations broke their all-time records, including 6 that smashed their previous all-time record high by 1°C or more.

Medical Concerns Rising about Heat Impacts


The net-zero transition in the wake of the war in Ukraine: A detour, a derailment, or a different path?

The invasion of Ukraine will, at least initially, complicate the transition path to a net-zero economy, but this tragic development could still prove to be a turning point in accelerating progress in the medium run.

Could Google's Carbon Emissions Have Effectively Doubled Over Night?

A new report suggests the money that Big Tech companies keep in the banking system can do more climate damage than the products they sell.

By Bill McKibben

Offset markets struggle in the face of surging commodity prices

Prices of carbon offsets are too low

Carbon Capture: A brief Guide to CO2 removal

The Science of Climate Change Explained: Facts, Evidence and Proof (article attached)

Definitive answers to the big questions.


Jimmy Carter, at 97, Steps Into a Big Fight Over a Small Road in Alaska

The legal battle over the gravel route could gut an environmental law that the 39th president called one of his highest achievements.

Biden Administration, Settling a Long Feud, Moves to Block a Mine in Alaska

The E.P.A. has proposed to ban the disposal of mining waste in the Bristol Bay watershed, a decision that very likely means the end of the Pebble Mine project.


San Anselmo requires new homes to be all electric

From Nuclear to Hydro – Climate Slamming Electric Production


As Coal Fades, a West Virginia Wind Farm Draws Support


How Australia’s electoral system allowed voters to finally impose a ceasefire in the climate wars

By Michael Mann and Malcolm Turnbull

Corporations Pledge to Buy ‘Green’ at Davos Gathering

A global buyers’ club of more than 50 companies, including Microsoft and Ford Motor, say they will buy “green” steel, aluminum and other commodities by 2030.

The impact of the war in Ukraine on Europe’s climate and energy policy

A Hotter Russia

By Sophie Pinkham

The cliché, avidly promoted by Moscow, is that Russia will be a relative winner in climate change, but a new book argues that the country will find itself in trouble.


What America Needs Is a Liberalism That Builds (article attached)

President Biden Takes Bold Executive Action to Spur Domestic Clean Energy Manufacturing

June 6, 2022


Historic Actions Include Authorizing Defense Production Act to Lower Energy Costs, Strengthen Power Grid, and Create Good-Paying Jobs

Biden hosts climate meeting amid high gas price pressure

Equating the oil and gas industry to Big Tobacco, @antonioguterres said Friday that “fossil fuel producers and financiers have humanity by the throat.” But President Joe Biden wasn’t quite itching for a fight.

Biden Administration, Settling a Long Feud, Moves to Block a Mine in Alaska

The E.P.A. has proposed to ban the disposal of mining waste in the Bristol Bay watershed, a decision that very likely means the end of the Pebble Mine project.

Here’s how to meet Biden’s 2030 climate goals and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions – with today’s technology


California bill would reduce single-use plastic products 25%


Scientists are mapping the riskiest areas for disastrous wildfire. These are the Bay Area hot spots

California Commission Deadlocks on Protecting Western Joshua Trees as Threatened Species


Stanford’s New School of Sustainability Is a Gift to Fossil Companies

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