Events & News February 28

Events of Interest to CSGA

Education, Communication, and Outreach Working Group Meeting / Maryland Commission on Climate Change

Feb 28, 2 PM - Conference Call

What's In Store for Forest Drive & Eastport / Severn River Association

Feb 28, 7 PM - Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library, Annapolis

Thought Leadership for Climate Emergency with Paul Gilding / The Climate Mobilization

Feb 28, 8 PM - Videoconference

Interfaith Perspectives on Environmental Justice and Activism / Interfaith Power & Light

Mar 3, 1 PM - All Souls Unitarian Church, Washington

A Healthy Green Amendment for Maryland / Frederick Friends Meeting

Mar 2, 2 PM - Frederick Friends Meeting, Frederick

Hope and Strategies for the Coming Decade: A Perspective on Climate Change and Activism / William Penn House

Mar 4, 6:30 PM - William Penn House, Washington

Hearing on SB 516 and 702 / Maryland Senate Finance Committee

Mar 5, 1 PM - Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis

Hearing on HB 277 and 532 / Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee

Mar 6, 1 PM - House Office Building, Annapolis

Meeting / Annapolis Environmental Commission

Mar 6, 7 PM - 145 Gorman Street, Annapolis

Hearing on HB 669 / Maryland House Economic Matters Committee

Mar 7, 1 PM - House Office Building, Annapolis

Hearing on HB 1246 / Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee

Mar 7, 1 PM - House Office Building, Annapolis

Hearing on HB 514, 1158, and 1235 / Maryland House Economic Matters Committee

Mar 8, 1 PM - House Office Building, Annapolis

Hearing on SB 520 / Maryland Senate Finance Committee

Mar 8, 1 PM - Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis

Chapter Meeting / Citizens' Climate Lobby

Mar 9, 12:45 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis

Earth Forum of Howard County / First Presbyterian Church of Howard County

Mar 10, 2 PM - First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Study: Annapolis businesses have lost up to $172,000 to nuisance flooding - Capital Gazette

A groundbreaking study estimates in 2017, Annapolis businesses suffered $86,000 to $172,000 in lost business due to nuisance flooding at City Dock.

What has climate change done to Maryland? Here's what one group studying tidal flooding found - Baltimore Sun

Marylanders may have already lost out on $555 million in property value appreciation due to increased tidal flooding caused by sea level rise, according a new report.

Howard County joins Paris Agreement on climate change, commits to renewable energy goals - Howard County Times

The announcement comes nearly two years since President Trump pulled the United States from the Paris Agreement. Since then, 285 counties nationwide have joined a U.S. pact to combat climate change including five in Maryland — Howard, Frederick, Montgomery, Baltimore and Prince George's.

Hogan Has a Chance to Unlock Md.'s Clean Energy Economy – Maryland Matters

Thousands of Maryland residents work in the state’s growing solar and wind industries. With Gov. Larry Hogan’s leadership, the Old Line State can snowball that progress, unlocking innovation and local investments while building a 21st-century clean energy economy.

U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Columbia nuns' claim that gas pipeline violated their religious beliefs |

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the case involving a group of Roman Catholic nuns near Columbia.

Suffering in silence: CARE report ranks top 10 under-reported crises of 2018 - CARE Canada

CARE launched a new report highlighting the ten most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2018. CARE’s report aims to shine a rare spotlight on those humanitarian crises that have been neglected.

West Virginia shale development falls short of economic promise - Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis : Institute for Energy Economics & Financial Analysis

The nearly six-fold increase in West Virginia’s natural gas production in the last decade, due largely to shale development, or fracking, has fallen short of expectations for economic growth, job creation, and tax revenue generation.

For whom the climate bell tolls, at two minutes to noon - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Climate scientists are sounding alarms that are increasingly difficult to miss. But for some activists, they're not loud enough. A nascent social media movement aims to fix that by turning climate change awareness into a real-world meme.

Obstacles remain two years into Maryland community solar program | Solar United Neighbors

In the spring of 2017, the Maryland government launched a pilot program aimed at increasing Marylanders’ access to renewable energy through community solar power. As we look toward the program’s third and final planned year, Solar United Neighbors has released a comprehensive report that details the encouraging progress—and remaining obstacles—that the program has seen so far.

Top Climate Hazards in 2050 | Climate Central

Which climate hazard is expected to intensify the fastest in your area?

100% Renewable Energy Needs Lots of Storage. This Polar Vortex Test Showed How Much. | InsideClimate News

In the depths of the deep freeze late last month, nearly every power plant in the Eastern and Central U.S. that could run was running. Energy analysts saw a useful experiment in that week of extreme cold: What would have happened, they asked, if the power grid had relied exclusively on renewable energy—just how much battery power would have been required to keep the lights on?

Mountain Valley Pipeline project approved by FERC | World Pipelines

API have commented on the FERC’s order approving the Mountain Valley Pipeline project.

Court Denies Hearing Request For Appalachian Trail Pipeline | Time

A federal appeals court denied a request to reconsider a ruling throwing out a permit for a pipeline that would cross the Appalachian Trail.

CO2 emissions in developed economies fall due to decreasing fossil fuel and energy use | Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Efforts to cut emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) and tackle climate change in developed economies are beginning to pay off according to research led by the Tyndall Centre at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Young protesters arrested outside Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office demanding action on Green New Deal - The Washington Post

More protests and sit-ins are planned this week at other congressional offices.

The Color of Wealth in Miami | Kirwan Institute