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MARCH 28, 2023

OFA MARIN CLIMATE NEWS AND EVENTS

Dear Friends:

The weather is our story. And then there is the latest IPCC report depicting "Climate Change as Speeding through Catastrophe" and the Biden administration approving the $8 Billion Willow oil project. War is devastating Ukraine’s economy and environment. Yet there are positive developments. Read about all of this.

We want to pay tribute to our late colleague, Dolores Heeb, who died this year in a tragic car accident. Dolores was passionate about fighting climate change. She assembled a unique variety of climate news from all corners of the earth and USA distributed them to us daily. We miss her Guardian, Wall Street Journal or Washington Post stories. When there is a celebration of life announced, we will let you know.

Belle, Victoria and the Climate Team

Links to Articles

IPCC

The new report is a synthesis of six previous landmark reports on climate change issued by the U.N. panel since 2018, each one compiled by hundreds of experts across the globe, approved by 195 countries and based on thousands of scientific studies. Taken together, the reports represent the most comprehensive look to date at the causes of global warming, the impacts that rising temperatures are having on people and ecosystems across the world and the strategies that countries can pursue to halt global warming

Climate Change Is Speeding Toward Catastrophe. The Next Decade Is Crucial, U.N. Panel Says (article attached)

By Brad Plumer

There is still one last chance to shift course, the new report says. But it would require industrialized nations to join together immediately to slash greenhouse gases roughly in half by 2030 and then stop adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere altogether by the early 2050s. If those two steps were taken, the world would have about a 50 percent chance of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Fossil fuels

By Lisa Friedman, March 12, 2023

The administration also announced new limits on Arctic drilling in an apparent effort to temper criticism.

Extreme weather: heat, drought, floods

By Coral Davenport 

Electrify everything- California and Arizona

By Will Houston

Marin County’s family-owned Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry Co. may soon become California’s first all-electric short-run ferry service.

The move affects both existing homes and new construction, which will be required to turn to electric home appliances. Here are the details.

By Niraj Chokshi, March 24, 2023

A South Korean battery manufacturer said it would quadruple its planned investment in a new factory in Arizona to meet growing demand from automakers who are trying to ramp up production of electric cars and trucks.

Global

By Manuela Andreoni

The old aircraft carrier, once the Navy’s flagship, is packed with asbestos. No country, including Brazil, will let it dock to be dismantled.

Trees, animals, fish and crops all suffer.

Oceans

The United Nations agreement is a significant step toward protecting biodiversity under growing threat from climate change, overfishing and seabed mining.

After two decades of planning and talks that culminated in a grueling race over the past few days in New York, a significant majority of nations agreed on language for a historic United Nations treaty that would protect ocean biodiversity.

Climate Legislation

The new climate and tax law can bring big savings for anyone looking to buy an electric car or make their home more energy efficient.

By Nadja Popovich and Elena Shao, February 1, 2023

Many American consumers are now eligible to save thousands of dollars when they buy an electric car, heat pump, solar panels or energy-efficient appliances. Those savings kicked in this year as part of the Inflation Reduction Act, major legislation that aims to cut planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. The law tackles two major sources of those emissions, transportation and housing, in part by helping Americans electrify their cars and homes, and by making the most energy efficient choices more affordable through tax credits and rebates. THEY SHOW YOU HOW TO ACCESS THE SAVINGS.

By Adam Aton

“The farm bill is probably going to be the piece of legislation in the next two years with the biggest impact on the climate and the environment,” said Peter Lehner, managing attorney for Earthjustice’s Sustainable Food and Farming Program. Congress’ ‘biggest fight’ over climate? It’s the farm bill.

Sixteen young Montanans have sued their state, arguing that its support of fossil fuels violates the state Constitution.

In their complaint, filed in 2020, the young activists seized on language in the Montana state Constitution that guarantees residents “the right to a clean and healthful environment,” and stipulates that the state and individuals are responsible for maintaining and improving the environment “for present and future generations.”

Carbon Capture

California

A Very Wet Winter Has Eased California’s Drought, but Water Woes Remain

A new report from the U.S. Forest Service estimates that California lost 36.3 million trees in 2022, a 282% increase from 2021. Fir trees were especially hard-hit.

By Elena Shao, Mira Rojanasakul and Nadja Popovich

Biden Administration

By Coral Davenport and Jeanna Smialek

The president adds climate champions Lael Brainard as his top economic adviser and Richard Revesz as his regulations chief. With Two Key Picks, Biden Weaves Climate Into Economy and Regulations

The president adds climate champions Lael Brainard as his top economic adviser and Richard Revesz as his regulations chief.

EVENTS

Wednesday, April 12, 4 pm

MarinCAN Board continues consideration of how to zero out GHG by 2045. Times & details.

Sunday, April 23, 1:00 pm

Green Change Earth Day Marin, OFA MARIN is tabling

Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, Mill Valley

Come join the fun at Earth Day Marin, our environmental festival on Sunday, April 23, 2023, from 1 to 5 pm.

Earth Day Marin is a free, family-friendly event featuring fun activities, art, music, youth and booths about climate action in a beautiful outdoor setting. We expect this to be Marin’s largest Earth Day event! More than 50 environmental booths hosted by green businesses and community groups will help participants build a more just and sustainable world. Visitors of all ages and backgrounds will learn about climate actions such as using clean energy, riding electric vehicles, eating well, living lightly, and building healthy communities.


SAVE THE DATE

Join the fun and be part of the solution – lowering Marin’s risk of wildfire together!

Join us for Marin’s second annual wildfire prevention festival, Ember Stomp at the Marin Civic Center Fairgrounds from 11 am to 5 pm.

We are all in this together! Ember Stomp invites residents to learn their role in being part of a fire-adapted community and how we can all prepare for wildfire. This year offers a bigger space with new music, entertainment, exhibits, vendors and a live burn demonstration. This FREE event is fun for the whole family.

Join the fun and be part of the solution – lowering Marin’s risk of wildfire together!


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