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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

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.


HEAT

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.

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.

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

GHG EMISSIONS – MITIGATION TRENDS

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.

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

Prices of carbon offsets are too low

Definitive answers to the big questions.

CLIMATE POLICY

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

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.

ELECTRIFICATION

RENEWABLES

GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS

By Michael Mann and Malcolm Turnbull

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.

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.

BIDEN’S CLIMATE INITIATIVES

June 6, 2022


INVOKING THE DEFENSE PRODUCTION ACT FOR CLEAN ENERGY

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

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.

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.


PLASTICS


WILDFIRES

EDUCATION



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