Events & News - Dec 7

CSGA Events

Thursday, December 7, 7-9 PM

General Meeting

to discuss a Strategic Plan for the CSGA

at Annapolis Friends Meeting House


Thursday, December 14, 7-9 PM

General Meeting

at Annapolis Friends Meeting House


Events of Interest to CSGA


KidWind Challenge 2018 / Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University

Dec 9, 10 AM - American Wind Energy Association, Washington

Monthly Chapter Meeting / Citizens Climate Lobby - Annapolis

Dec 9, 12:30 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis


Accokeek Compressor Station Special Exception Hearing / Charles County Board of Appeals

Dec 12, 7 PM - Charles County Government Building, La Plata


Fight Fossil Fuel Shipments Through Baltimore and Chesapeake Bay / Baltimore Speak Out Now

Dec 13, 7 PM - Oak Hill Center for Education and Culture, Baltimore


The State of the Grid / Marylanders for Energy Democracy & Affordability

Dec 15, 1:30 PM - University of Baltimore, Baltimore


News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA


Score One for Corn: In Battle Over Biofuel, a Rare Setback for Big Oil - The New York Times

The Environmental Protection Agency announced it would not change the rule mandating a rising percentage of ethanol to be blended with gasoline.


How Much CO2 Will the World Need to Remove from the Air? - Scientific American

Scientists increasingly agree that the world may need negative emissions to prevent catastrophic warming.


Study: no acceleration in global warming, climate sensitivity to CO2 too high | Watts Up With That?

New research yields old result: Climate warming slow, steady; Observed value is half that of CMIP5 climate models.


Climate skeptics under fire for new paper | Daily Mail Online

Scientists have slammed a new paper by researchers at the University of Alabama in Huntsville that claims there has been no acceleration in warming over the last two decades.


Inaction on climate change risks leaving future generations $530 trillion in debt | The Conversation


Rutgers professor: Advice from an AIDS fighter about climate-change denialism | NJ.com

Like what happened with HIV/AIDS, climate change and its toll on human health will continue to worsen, whether we believe in it or not, and regardless of the prevailing politics.


Top US firms including Walmart and Ford oppose Trump on climate change | The Guardian

US companies president claims to champion choosing to disregard Trump’s sceptical climate stance and press ahead without him.


On Tybee Island, a glimpse of why flood insurance is a vexing US challenge - CSMonitor.com

Congress faces a Dec. 8 deadline to mend a federal flood insurance program that runs chronic imbalances in an era of rising flood risks and densely populated coastal areas.


New York Governor Approves Energy Storage Target, Months After the Bill Passed | Greentech Media

The target could help streamline regulatory barriers that have held back storage growth in the state.


Trump’s EPA will no longer require mining companies to prove they can clean up after themselves — RT US News

Mining companies no longer need to prove they can clean up after themselves, after the EPA decided to end a proposal requiring them to do so.


Potential new tech innovations can combat climate change – The Johns Hopkins News-Letter


Want to Save the Planet? Scientists Lay Out 20 Natural Solutions to Curb Climate Change | Newsweek

Conservation, restoration and better land management will help a lot more than scientists previously understood.


The East Coast's pipeline wars: A cheat sheet -- www.eenews.net


Trump can redeem himself on climate change. Here’s how. - The Washington Post

Congress has now affirmed its belief in climate change, and the president has an opportunity.


As Greenland Melts, Where’s the Water Going? - The New York Times

Each year, Greenland loses 270 billion tons of ice as the planet warms. New research shows that some of the water may be trapped in the ice sheet, which could change how scientists think about global sea levels.


U.S. Disbands Group That Prepared Cities for Climate Shocks - Bloomberg

The Trump administration has terminated a cross-agency group created to help local officials protect their residents against extreme weather and natural disasters.


Trump appeals court decision against oil drilling rule delay | TheHill

The Trump administration is appealing an October federal court decision that found it was “unlawful” to delay an Obama administration rule limiting methane pollution from oil and natural gas drilling on federal land.


Oil industry group launches methane reduction program | TheHill

The American Petroleum Institute (API), a leading oil industry association, launched a voluntary program Tuesday for member companies to reduce emissions of methane and other pollutants from the natural gas sector.


Electric charge: Glencore bets big on car battery metals | Reuters


Forest gumption: How scientists are tapping everything from drones to pruning shears to stem global warming - CSMonitor.com

One method of stemming greenhouse gases – by pruning excessive undergrowth that prevents forests from flourishing – is one of a slew of quixotic ideas being worked on by scientists and researchers around the world to help solve what could be the dominant issue of the next 100 years.


Leaked PowerPoint Reveals The Gas Industry’s Playbook For Waging Pipeline Fights | HuffPost

Your Energy, an industry front group, claims to have recruited 10,000 people to its cause of battling pipeline protesters.


The Environmental Case Against Bitcoin | New Republic

Mining the cryptocurrency requires a staggering amount of energy—contributing to global warming and providing little public benefit.


Texas startup Net Power is fighting climate change with a zero-emissions fossil-fuel power plant — Quartz


UPS and Pfizer’s dirty little secret - The Washington Post

They claim to care about the environment. Yet they fund an anti-climate agenda.


4 Takeaways From a Gathering of Mayors on Climate Change - The New York Times

Dozens of mayors met in Chicago to speak about the perils of climate change, announcing their own standards in the mold of the Paris treaty.


Does hope inspire more action on climate change than fear? We don’t know. - Vox

On climate change communications, the science really isn’t settled.


Anne Arundel County halts solar park approvals, Peroutka named council chairman - Capital Gazette

County Executive Steve Schuh announced an eight-month moratorium on solar farms.


Microgrids Keep These Cities Running When the Power Goes Out | InsideClimate News


Google is officially 100% sun and wind powered – 3.0 gigawatts worth | Electrek


Government seeks scientists' doubts for climate court battle -- www.eenews.net


Rick Perry agrees to work with Saudis on carbon-cutting coal technology | Washington Examiner


Montgomery County, Maryland’s largest jurisdiction aims to eliminate greenhouse emissions in 20 years - The Washington Post

Montgomery County lawmakers say the ambitious goal will help the liberal suburb combat Trump policies.


"Apocalyptic" Melting Transpires in Antarctica as Earth Wraps Up a Scorching Year | Truthout

The next decade will see millions more climate refugees.


EPA chief says agency scientists are free to present their work publicly - The Washington Post

"Procedures have been put in place to prevent such an occurrence in the future,” Scott Pruitt wrote.


The most accurate climate change models predict the most alarming consequences, study finds - The Washington Post

The study adds to a growing body of bad news about how human activity is changing the planet's climate and how dire those changes will be in the future.


US government report finds steady and persistent global warming | The Guardian

John Abraham: All of nature’s thermometers indicate a rapid rise in global temperatures.


General Electric to cut 12,000 jobs in power business revamp | Reuters


India to ban imports of petcoke as concerns about air pollution grow - CSMonitor.com

The Indian government will phase out imports of petroleum coke, or petcoke, though the use of petcoke within the country continues to be debated. An AP report found US oil refineries are exporting the product to India in huge amounts, unable to unload it at home.


Climate Change Poses Major Threat To Manufacturing, Study Finds | HuffPost

Will President Trump take it seriously now?


Did Climate Change Worsen the Southern California Fires? - The Atlantic

Seven of the state’s 10 largest modern wildfires have occurred in the last 14 years.


Are Your Favorite Jeans Part of the Climate Problem? | Alternet

Clothing companies might be ignoring as much as 90 percent of the climate pollution they generate.


Turning hurricanes into music: Can listening to storms help us understand them better? | The Conversation

A meteorologist and a music technologist team up to turn the data from tropical storms into musical graphs.


DC has to work around a White House that denies climate change to prepare for a 500-year flood | Quartz


Climate change video combines science, elders' views - Navajo Times


Climate change already costs us all money, and it’s going to get worse | Ars Technica


Study: Climate Change Might Lower Salaries - The Atlantic

The more 90-degree days a fetus or infant endured, the lower his or her earnings in adulthood.


Thanks to climate change, the weather roasting California and freezing the East may thrive - The Washington Post

This pattern of contrasting extreme weather is happening more frequently as Arctic ice melts and the planet warms.