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OCTOBER 10, 2022

Dear Friends:

We reference the amazing legislative accomplishments of the Biden administration and of Governor Newsom’s budget and legislative session. Globally, the U.S. has an unprecedented chance to meet the Paris goals. Still, it is complicated and vast. We try to convey some of these trends. Excerpts cover August to early October 2022. Check out events at the end.

Belle, Victoria, and the Climate Team

Links to Articles

U.S. CLIMATE POLICY – LEGISLATION, REGS, POLITICS

"It's time to end this circular firing squad where countries threaten and, if successful, weaken or repeal one another's climate measures through trade and investment agreements."

After Signing Climate Bill, Biden Prepares More Actions to Cut Emissions

Regulations from the E.P.A. and elsewhere will help the president meet his aggressive climate goals, administration officials say.

The bill President Biden signed into law recently will greatly expand government loans and loan guarantees for clean energy and automotive projects and businesses.

Owners of battery-powered cars sometimes struggle to refuel on longer trips because public chargers don’t work or malfunction while cars are plugged in.

A drought that has crippled economic activity in southwestern China hints at the kind of disruption that climate change could wreak on global supply chains.

Solomon Hsiang, the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a co-director of the Climate Impact Lab, agreed that trade might simultaneously make the world more resilient to these disasters and more vulnerable.

EUROPE

Water shortages across the continent, from France through Italy, Spain and beyond, are creating a critical situation.

From solar panels in the Netherlands to biomass burners in Spain, communities across Europe are increasingly making, consuming and selling their own energy, a trend the EU sees as vital if the bloc is to meet its climate targets.

EXTREME WEATHER: SCIENCE, IMPACTS

A growing field called attribution science is helping researchers rapidly assess the links between global warming and weather disasters.

The floods in Pakistan are the deadliest in a recent string of eye-popping weather extremes across the Northern Hemisphere: relentless droughts in the Horn of Africa, Mexico and China; flash floods in West and Central Africa, Iran and the inland United States; searing heat waves in India, Japan, California, Britain and Europe.

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Researchers increased yield in soy plants by making them better at photosynthesis, the process that powers life. The findings hold promise for feeding a warming world.

From solar panels to biomass burners, boom in green initiatives seen as vital to achieving EU climate targets.

From boosting forest preservation to incentivizing climate-smart farming practices, the Inflation Reduction Act includes an acknowledgement that land is a profound ally in the fight against climate change.

Electrification – technologies

September 1, 2022

Geothermal energy is a wild card, and potential game changing technology in the coming decade – as advanced drilling techniques pioneered by the fracking industry make possible wells at a depth unthought of 20 years ago.

Tony Ingraffea PhD is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus and a Weiss Presidential Teaching Fellow at Cornell University.

California

The science behind California’s worsening heat waves, explained

Chronicle Editorial Board

The clock is ticking to decarbonize California. For all its flaws, Prop. 30 is a crucial effort to meet the urgency of the moment.

Democrats Designed the Climate Law to Be a Game Changer. Here’s How.

Marin

Biomass

By WILL HOUSTON | whouston@marinij.com |

Wildfires

By Chad Hanson and Michael Dorsey

Prescribed burns, an age-old practice that rids forests of the small trees, brush and other matter than can fuel wildfires, are getting a 21st-century upgrade.

Two fires that merged to create the largest wildfire in New Mexico history have both been traced to prescribed burns set by U.S. forest managers as preventative measures, federal investigators announced Friday.

Fossil Fuels

The documents, subpoenaed in a House investigation of climate disinformation, show company leaders contravening industry commitments.

Documents obtained by congressional investigators show that oil industry executives privately downplayed their companies’ own public messages about efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and weakened industry-wide commitments to push for climate policies.

Global Trends

Water that had finally gushed from household taps in Kathmandu, drawing shouts of joy from rooftops, abruptly went dry. A painful realization soon set in: The project had never seriously accounted for climate change, even as evidence of the risk of Himalayan glacial melt mounted. And now it must go back to the drawing board.

October 9, 2022

EVENTS


Thursday, October 13 at Noon

Home electrification offers tremendous benefits for low and moderate income families to increase comfort and safety, and to lower energy burdens.  We will hear from Efficiency Maine and The Portland Clean Energy Fund about the exciting programs they are implementing to deliver electrification equitably.

Wednesday and Thursday, October 19 & 20

How are Marin residents adapting their homes to combat climate change, improve air quality, generate clean energy, and move towards a safer, healthier, greener, more resilient future? The free, virtual Marin Home Tour features short video tours of 10 Marin homes, followed by live Q&As with homeowners. Extras include short presentations on heat pumps, induction cooking, solar + storage, rebates, and more. This event is a project of Sustainable Marin. Learn more and register at MarinGreenHomeTour.org.


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