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Events & News February 7

CSGA Events

CSGA Business Meeting

Thursday, February 14, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Events of Interest to CSGA

Annapolis Chapter Meeting / Citizens' Climate Lobby

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

Maryland Chlorpyrifos Ban Lobby Night / The Maryland Smart on Pesticides Coalition

Feb 11, 4:45 PM - Asbury United Methodist Church, Annapolis

Hearing on Senate Bills 249 and 285 / Maryland Senate Health, Education and Environmental Affairs Committee

Feb 12, 1 PM - Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis

Climate and Tea Talk / Elders Climate Action

Feb 12, 6 PM - Video Call

Road to 100% Renewables in Maryland / Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Feb 12, 6:30 PM - Online

Hearing on House Bill 275 / Maryland House Environment and Transportation Committee

Feb 13, 1 PM - House Office Building, Annapolis

Public Health Night in Annapolis / Maryland Public Health Association

Feb 13, 5 PM - House Office Building, Annapolis

Living Plastic-Free / Greenbelt Climate Action Network

Feb 13, 7 PM - Greenbelt Community Center, Greenbelt

Hearing on House Bill 308 / Maryland House Matters Committee

Feb 14, 1 PM - House Office Building, Annapolis

Maryland State Legislative Briefing and Training / Earth Forum of Howard County

Feb 17, 2 PM - First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia

DC Metro Group Meeting / Pachamama Alliance

Feb 17, 9 PM - Video Call

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Chesapeake Bay Program analyst selected as Anne Arundel environmental policy specialist - Capital Gazette

A senior policy analyst for the Chesapeake Bay Program, Matt Johnston, has been selected as the county's first environmental policy specialist.

Go solar, or save the trees? Georgetown University solar farm would clear 240-acre forest in Charles County - Capital Gazette

Georgetown University is building a massive solar farm in Charles County as part of a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint. But Maryland environmentalists aren't cheering the plan because it requires clearing 240 acres of forest.

Report: Only A Few States Didn't Take Policy Actions On Distributed Solar In 2018 - Solar Industry

Nearly every U.S. state took some type of policy action on distributed solar in 2018, according to new findings from the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC), part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University.

Breathing while black: A Dominion compressor station would disadvantage a historically black community in Virginia - The Washington Post

It is disingenuous to claim that Union Hill’s air is clean and that the compressor station’s pollution will add only marginally to current pollution levels.

After uphill climb, Virginia bill to phase out fossil fuels by 2050 fails | Energy News Network

House Bill 1635 would have boosted the state’s renewable mandate to 30 percent by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050.

Australia's Heat Wave Is Taking A Toll On People, Animals, Infrastructure And Land : NPR

As temperatures break records, Australians are suffering from heat-related illnesses, power has been cut to preserve supplies, and more than 90 horses were found dead in a dried reservoir.

Gone in a Generation: How climate change is disrupting American lives - Washington Post

The continental United States is 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than it was a century ago. Seas around the coasts are nine inches higher. Damage is mounting because of these fundamental changes, and Americans are living it.

Chesapeake Quarterly : Smithville Tries to Stem the Tide

A few decades ago, this Eastern Shore hamlet had close to 100 residents. Today, only four remain. Economic pressures took their toll on the African-American community established around the time of the Civil War; now, a marsh threatens its historic church and cemetery. With the water coming, can Smithville hold on to its past?

Trump rollbacks for fossil fuel industries carry steep cost | AP

As the Trump administration rolls back environmental and safety rules for the energy sector, government projections show billions of dollars in savings reaped by companies will come at a steep cost: more premature deaths and illnesses from air pollution, a jump in climate-warming emissions and more severe derailments of trains carrying explosive fuels. The Associated Press analyzed 11 major rules targeted for repeal or relaxation under Trump, using the administration's own estimates to tally how its actions would boost businesses and harm society.

More than half of the U.S. coal mines operating in 2008 have since closed - U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)

If the Earth Is Warming, Why Is It So Cold Outside? - The New York Times

Even on a day when it is colder than average where you live, the world as a whole is frequently warmer than average. You can even see it for yourself.

Lancet Commission on Obesity - Report Launched | World Obesity Federation

The report of the Lancet Commission on Obesity occured on the 27th January.

70,000 Protest in Belgium to Fight Climate Change | Time

At least 70,000 people in Brussels demanded the Belgian government and the European Union increase their efforts to fight climate change.

The Climate Kids Are Coming | The Nation

With a Green New Deal and Student Strikes For Climate, will young people save us yet?

A Green New Deal must not sabotage climate goals - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

If climate change is an urgent existential threat, then phasing out fossil fuels and carbon pollution must be our top priority. Other concerns that undermine zero-carbon energy sources must be secondary, lest we sabotage our efforts.

Photography by Katherine Wolkoff Addresses Climate Change | New York

Artist Katherine Wolkoff displays a collection of images addressing climate change at Benrubi Gallery in New York.

Dem senator and 8 AGs file brief in support of Chevron climate challenge | TheHill

A Rhode Island senator and eight state attorneys general are throwing their support behind a California lawsuit that challenges Chevron and dozens of other other fossil fuel companies for knowingly contributing to climate change.

BP to link bonuses of 36,000 workers to climate change targets - CNN

BP has pledged to align its business more closely with global climate goals and link the bonuses of 36,000 employees to greenhouse gas reduction targets.

The Navy Wants to Build a Wall to Stave off Climate Change | Bloomberg

The Navy is considering erecting a 14-foot flood wall around the Washington Navy Yard to protect the historic complex along the Anacostia River from rising sea levels, internal Department of Defense documents show.

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