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Events & News January 31

Events of Interest to CSGA

Exploring Titan, Saturn’s Largest Moon / Cafe Scientifique

Jan 31, 6:15 PM - 49 West, Annapolis

Anne Arundel Annual Potluck Dinner Celebration / Sierra Club

Feb 2, 6:30 PM - Annapolis Friends Meeting House / Annapolis

Scary Headlines & Climate Science: What Does It Mean for Bmore? / Baltimore Peoples Climate Movement

Feb 2, 2 PM - Zion Lutheran Church, Baltimore

Pipeline and Water Protection Bill in Maryland / Sierra Club

Feb 4, 7 PM - Webinar

2019 Green New Deal Launch / Sunrise Movement

Feb 5, 7 PM - United Workers, Baltimore

Maryland Environmental Legislative Summit / Citizens Campaign for the Environment

Feb 6, 4 PM - Miller Senate Office Building, Annapolis

Meeting / Annapolis Environmental Commission

Feb 6, 7 PM - 145 Gorman Ave, Annapolis

Annapolis Chapter Meeting / Citizens' Climate Lobby

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

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

Right now, Annapolis can't pay to protect itself against climate change. A new report could show the way. - Capital Gazette

A financing study undertaken by University of Maryland researchers portends a watery future if the City of Annapolis cannot — in the next 10 to 20 years — find creative financing to build up and protect the city against a rising sea.

Baltimore County councilman withdraws bill to halt rural solar projects - Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County Councilman Wade Kach on Tuesday withdrew his bill that would have suspended the development of commercial solar facilities in rural areas.

Italian Bioengineer Creates First 3D-Printed Vegan Steak | Care2 Causes

Could a 3-D printed steak save the world?

2019: the year for nutrition - The Lancet

Poor nutrition is a key driver and risk factor for disease. However, there has been a global failure to address this. It is everyone's and no-one's problem. Nutrition had no dedicated Millennium Development Goal and still has no Sustainable Development Goal (SDG). SDG 2, zero hunger, addresses only one of the many manifestations of poor nutrition. Despite several efforts, actions for improving nutrition have failed to gain global traction.

The Global Risks Report 2019 | World Economic Forum

The Global Risks Report 2019 is published against a backdrop of worrying geopolitical and geo-economic tensions. If unresolved, these tensions will hinder the world’s ability to deal with a growing range of collective challenges, from the mounting evidence of environmental degradation to the increasing disruptions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Mali-Niger: Climate change and conflict make an explosive mix in the Sahel | International Committee of the Red Cross

The effects of climate change are exacerbating conflict between communities in both Mali and Niger, leading to a deepening of poverty, a weakening of public services and a disruption to traditional means of survival.

Climate Change in the American Mind: December 2018 - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Our latest national survey finds that a large majority of Americans think global warming is happening, outnumbering those who don’t by more than 5 to 1.

Is the Public Willing to Pay to Help Fix Climate Change? |

How the geography of climate damage could make the politics less polarizing | Brookings

What if flip the frame from emissions to impacts when looking at the geography of climate change?

Actually, the United States already has a carbon tax - The Washington Post

Call it the “do-nothing” tax.

The Green New Deal’s first test: what counts as clean energy? - Vox

The smart political move is leaving the question of what counts as clean energy as open as possible.

The New Language of Climate Change - POLITICO Magazine

Scientists and meteorologists on the front lines of the climate wars are testing a new strategy to get through to the skeptics and outright deniers.

Virginia regulators reject Dominion Energy’s $6 billion grid update plan | Energy News Network

Virginia utility regulators Thursday rejected most of Dominion Energy’s $6 billion proposal to modernize its electrical grid, stating that the cost to customers was too high.

Permit Delays Raise Concerns For Atlantic Coast Pipeline Owners | WFAE

Legal delays on key environmental permits for the $7 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline are starting to hit home for the pipeline's owners.

“Nutty” Begins 14-Day Sentence for Monopod Action Against Mountain Valley Pipeline - It's Going Down

Message from Nutty, who begins a two week sentence for taking action to stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline. From March to May of last year, for 57 days, Nutty lived on a tiny cot atop a tall monopod, blocking MVP’s access to the top of so-called Peter’s Mountain in the Jefferson National Forest.

Clear Cut - Rachel Carson Council Report about Wood Pellets, Enviva and Environmental Justice - Rachel Carson Council

The Rachel Carson Council’s new report, Clear Cut, takes a comprehensive look at the forces driving the wood pellet industry’s hold in the United States.

Volkswagen to invest $840M in Chattanooga plant, adding 1,000 jobs | News Channel 9

Chattanooga will be the first manufacturing facility in North America that will produce vehicles using Volkswagen's modular electric toolkit chassis, or MEB. The first Volkswagen electric vehicle will roll out in 2022. VW made the announcement Monday morning at the Detroit Auto Show.

1,500 private jets expected at Davos, where attendees are discussing ‘safeguarding our planet’ from climate change - MarketWatch

Owning a private jet might become too expensive, even for the ultra-wealthy.

Davos, this is outrageous - The Washington Post

Leaders at Davos are not prioritizing climate change.

Sea level rise could cost Virginia Beach billions of dollars, study says |

Projections show that the the cost of doing nothing to combat the problem would be sky high.

Climate change is washing away the Chesapeake’s Bay treasures - The Washington Post

Historic churches, cemeteries, homes and history are in the way of rising waters.

Industrial Agriculture, an Extraction Industry Like Fossil Fuels, a Growing Driver of Climate Change | InsideClimate News

On his farm in southwestern Iowa, Seth Watkins plants several different crops and raises cattle.He controls erosion and water pollution by leaving some land permanently covered in native grass. He grazes his cattle on pasture, and he sows cover crops to hold the fertile soil in place during the harsh Midwestern winters. Watkins’ farm is a patchwork of diversity—and his fields mark it as an outlier.

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