Events & News August 16

Updated: Aug 17, 2018

CSGA Events

Movie Night

Look & See: A Portrait of Wendell Berry

Friday, August 24, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Events of Interest to CSGA

A Plastic Ocean / Havre de Grace Green Team

Aug 16, 7 PM - Havre de Grace Maritime Museum

Base Build at Denton Summerfest / No Eastern Shore Pipeline

Aug 18, 1 PM - Denton

Days of Action vs Wells Fargo / Climate First

Aug 24, 11:30 AM - Washington

Days of Action vs Wells Fargo / Climate First

Aug 24, 11:30 AM - Washington

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

High Yields Coupled With Habitat Preservation May Reduce Agricultural Carbon Emissions : NPR

Should we concentrate farming in a small area, or spread it out to reduce the environmental impact? It's a dilemma farmers face as they feed a growing planet. A new study weighs in.

Inquiry Ends Into Exxon Mobil’s Accounting Tied to Climate Change - The New York Times

The investigation focused on how the company calculated the potential costs of complying with regulations meant to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Big coal throws weight behind opposition to Lake Erie wind farm | TheHill

A major coal company is throwing itself into a residential battle against a planned offshore wind farm on Lake Erie.

Cost of Coal: Electric Bills Skyrocket in Appalachia as Region’s Economy Collapses | InsideClimate News

As natural gas and renewables get cheaper elsewhere, residents in Appalachia are stuck paying for coal-fired power plants that no longer make economic sense.

Maryland requires three coal power plants to limit arsenic, mercury water pollution starting in 2020 - Baltimore Sun

Maryland is requiring three coal power plants to limit the amount of mercury, arsenic and other metals they release into the Potomac and Patuxent rivers starting in 2020. State environmental regulators issued the water discharge permits to the Chalk Point, Dickerson and Morgantown power plants.

Portland’s efforts to crack down on fossil fuels just won big – ThinkProgress

The "green wall of resistance" sees some reinforcement from the courts.

Washington Judge Just Dealt a Blow to the Youth-Led Fight Over Climate Change – Mother Jones

But there's still reason for hope: Another similar suit is headed to a federal court.

Too big to fail: How one gas company can leave a mark on Pennsylvania | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With the state’s history of abandoned coal sites, regulators are trying to prevent gas well operators from doing the same. And they sound urgent.

Huge Los Angeles gas leak leads to $120 million settlement | The Sacramento Bee

A California gas utility has reached a settlement with state and local governments to pay $120 million after the nation's largest known release of climate-changing methane drove thousands of people from their homes.

Domino-effect of climate events could move Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state | The Guardian

Leading scientists warn that passing such a point would make efforts to reduce emissions increasingly futile.

Maryland launches community solar program, creating new green energy opportunities — but also potential conflicts - Baltimore Sun

Maryland has launched a pilot program allowing anyone to power their home with solar energy — even if they rent their home or live in an apartment or condo.

Activists cover Leesburg's Confederate monument with a tarp |

Loudoun County activists protested the Confederate monument in downtown Leesburg Sunday morning by briefly covering it with a tarp.

What Happens When a Pipeline Runs Afoul of Government Rules? — ProPublica

Federal authorities halted work on the massive Mountain Valley Pipeline this month after an appeals court ruled that federal agencies neglected to follow environmental protections.

Federal judge orders environmental review of Keystone XL pipeline |

A federal court in Montana has ruled that TransCanada must conduct an additional environmental review before it moves forward with the alternative route that has been approved for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

The Energy 202: How to get Trump to sign climate legislation? Put it in a defense bill. - The Washington Post

The Pentagon is preparing for climate change, even if other agencies aren't.

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change - The New York Times

We knew everything we needed to know, and nothing stood in our way. Nothing, that is, except ourselves. A tragedy in two acts.

Affordable solar power is within reach for people living in Maryland - Baltimore Sun

As weather worsens, we must double down on Chesapeake Bay protection - Baltimore Sun

Given the inevitability of more storms and flooding as climate change gets more powerful, one thing is clear: Maryland and the federal government cannot relent from our commitment to programs that have yielded strong results in our fight against Chesapeake Bay pollution.

DNC Will Take Fossil Fuel Money After All | EcoWatch

Just two months after the Democratic National Committee (DNC) unanimously prohibited donations from fossil fuel companies, the DNC voted 30-2 on a resolution that critics say effectively reverses the ban.

Ocean Research Project vision sets sail to do its part to help save oceans - Capital Gazette

The Ocean Research Project — Matt Rutherford and Nicole Trenhold — is back in Greenland for more research on water temperatures and glaciers, among other things.