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NOVEMBER 26, 2021

Dear Friends:

Climate news -post-Glasgow, post-House passage of Build Back Better Act, late in 2021 fire season- is voluminous. Here, we single out articles focusing on major decisions and trends.

Belle, Victoria and the Climate Team

Links to Articles

COPE 26 (most recent)

COP26 left the world with a climate to-do list: Here are five things to watch for in 2022, by John Kerry.

· Bending the curve to 1.5°C

· More South Africa deals, please

· Getting climate finance flowing

· Finance pledges and cries of ‘greenwashing

· The third leg of a wobbly stool: Loss and damage

Countries agreed to return for the next round of climate talks in November 2022 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, with stronger commitments to put the world on track for 1.5°C.

The Climate Action Tracker estimates the global average temperature increase based on national policies.

https://newclimate.org/2021/11/09/cat-global-update-glasgows-2030-credibility-gap/

Build Back Better Act and Infrastructure Law

House Passes the Largest Expenditure on Climate in U.S. History

The $555 billion package is designed to lure the country away from fossil fuels. It faces an uncertain path in the Senate.

Spending as if the Future Matters 

By Paul Krugman

Here’s how I read the Biden program as it now stands. Total new spending would be about $2.3 trillion over a decade. This total would include $500 billion to $600 billion of spending on each of three things: traditional infrastructure, restructuring the economy to address climate change, and children, with the last item mainly consisting of pre-K and child care but also involving tax credits that would greatly reduce child poverty.

Democrats Weigh Carbon Tax After Manchin Rejects Key Climate Provision

Key to Biden’s Climate Agenda Likely to Be Cut Because of Manchin Opposition

The West Virginia Democrat told the White House he is firmly against a clean electricity program that is the muscle behind the president’s plan to battle climate change.

Biden Crafts a Climate Plan B: Tax Credits, Regulation and State Action

The new strategy could deeply cut greenhouse gases that are heating the planet but it will still face considerable political, logistical and legal hurdles.

By Coral Davenport, Oct. 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — After losing the centerpiece of his climate agenda just a week before heading to a major global warming summit, President Biden intends to make the case that the United States has a new plan that will still meet its ambitions to sharply cut greenhouse gases that are warming the planet.

Climate Education

Waging Non-Violence

Climate change and national security

Climate Change Poses a Widening Threat to National Security

Intelligence and defense agencies issued reports warning that the warming planet will increase strife between countries and spur migration.

Wildfires

What It's Like to Fight a Megafire, New Yorker, Nov. 2021

Hotter Summer Days Mean More Sierra Nevada Wildfires, Study Finds

The research adds to a growing body of work finding that climate change is increasing fire risk in California and elsewhere in the West.

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

In southern California forest officials back culling trees. Locals are furious

Wildfire, drought provisions in infrastructure bill bring new funding to old ideas on Western Slope

Calamitous blazes, cascading tensions

Criminal charges were recommended, but not filed, over private crew’s alleged backfire in Napa Valley

By Matthias Gafni

5% of world’s giant sequoias may have died in California wildfires over the summer

By Kurtis Alexander

California extreme weather

Marin Voice: Water district general manager sees evolving partnership with customers

By Ben Horenstein

Global Extreme Weather

Africa’s Last Rare Glaciers May Soon Disappear

The continent is especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, despite its population contributing little to the problem

World Meteorological Congress concludes historic session with landmark decisions

Geneva, 22 October 2021 (WMO) - A historic World Meteorological Congress has concluded with landmark resolutions to prioritize water and to dramatically strengthen the world’s weather and climate services through a systematic increase in exchange of observational data and data products.

The State of the Climate in Africa 2020 Report

The State of the Climate in Africa 2020 Report provides a snapshot of climate change trends and impacts, including sea level rise and the melting of the continent’s iconic glaciers. It highlights Africa’s disproportionate vulnerability and shows how the potential benefits of investments in climate adaptation, weather and climate services and early warning systems far outweigh the costs.

Vancouver is Marooned by flooding and besieged again by climate change

Antarctic ice sheet changed alarmingly quickly in the past – and it may be happening again

Global climate impacts

Windswept Island in the Pacific Becomes a Russian Climate Lab

By Anton Troianovski, Photographs by Sergey Ponomarev

SAKHALIN ISLAND, Russia — Sixteen wind turbines are slated to go up amid the winding coast and wooded hills of this Russian island in the Pacific, creating a wind park bigger than any that currently exists in the vast reaches of the country’s Far East.

The clean energy generated by the new wind park will go toward mining more coal.

Climate denial is waning on the right. What’s replacing it might be just as scary

A power Struggle over cobalt rattles the Clean Energy Revolution

Nine charts that show why the US needs to tackle food emissions

Glasgow - COP 26

Negotiators Strike a Climate Deal, but World Remains Far From Limiting Warming

Some activists called the agreement in Glasgow disappointing, but it established a clear consensus that all countries need to do much more.

Climate Promises Made in Glasgow Now Rest With a Handful of Powerful Leaders

In Washington, Beijing, New Delhi and beyond, governments face conflicting forces — political, social and economic — that will shape their next steps in the effort to avert a climate crisis.

Calls for Climate Reparations Reach Boiling Point in Glasgow Talks

For decades, vulnerable countries and activist groups have demanded that rich polluter countries pay for irreparable damage from climate change. This year, there may be a breakthrough.

Cities will be the focus of COP26 on Thursday. Here’s what you need to know.

Cities present exciting opportunities for sustainability and solutions — but they’re also intensely vulnerable to the growing effects of climate change

Saudi Arabia sets target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2060.

One of world’s biggest oil exporters more than doubles its annual target to reduce carbon emissions

Fossil Fuels and Glascow

COP26 climate deal includes historic reference to fossil fuels but doesn't meet urgency of the crisis

By Angela Dewan, Amy Cassidy, Ingrid Formanek and Ivana Kottasová, CNN

Oil Executives Grilled Over Industry’s Role in Climate Disinformation

In a historic hearing, the leaders of some of the most powerful energy companies in the world appeared before a House panel to face questioning on climate change.

BBC: Leaks Show Saudis Pressuring UN to Downplay Danger of Fossil Fuels as UN Warns G20 is putting $300 bn into Sector

Interior Dept.Report on Drilling Is Mostly Silent on Climate Change

Plastics

The Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo named top plastic polluters for the fourth year in a row

Just before world leaders began negotiations at COP26, Break Free From Plastic (BFFP) launched its 2020 brand audit report. Through their citizen science documentation engaging over 55 countries, they recognised the top four global plastic polluters—the Coca Cola Company, Pepsico, Nestle, and Unilever. How does this plastic waste impact those who live close to New Delhi’s Bhalswa landfill and also earn a living from it? How can corporations be held responsible for their waste? 

Other

Yale psychologist: How to cope in a world of climate disasters, trauma and anxiety

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Catherine Clifford@IN/CATCLIFFORD/@CATCLIFFORD

Why Putting Solar Canopies on Parking Lots Is a Smart Green Move

Rivian’s Electric Truck Is a Cutie and a Beast

Resilient Neighborhoods has reduced over 10 million pounds of CO2!

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