Events & News - May 31


Events of Interest to CSGA


Mitigation Working Group Meeting / Maryland Climate Change Commission

May 31, 10 AM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore


Rally for a Safety Study / We Are Cove Point

May 31, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis


Hide Tide in Dorchester / Chesapeake Bay Foundation

May 31, 6:30 PM - Avalon Theatre, Easton


A Bill is Coming / Chesapeake Climate Action Network

June 5, Noon - Wilson Building, Washington


Drop In and Hang Out at MDE / We Are Cove Point

June 6, 11 AM - Maryland Department of the Environment


Listening Session / The Transportation and Climate Initiative

June 6, 5 PM - Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington


Potluck and "Climate Change Update" / Greenbelt Climate Action Network

June 6, 6:30 PM - Greenbelt Community Center, Greenbelt


Meeting / Annapolis Environmental Commission

June 6, 7 PM - 145 Gorman St., Annapolis


Rally for a Safety Study / We Are Cove Point

June 7, Noon - Governor's Mansion, Annapolis


Clean Transportation for All Community Forum / Sierra Club

June 7, 7 PM - Silver Spring Civic Center, Silver Spring


Monthly Meeting / Citizens Climate Lobby Annapolis Chapter

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


The "Denial Gene" that Most Humans Have / Baltimore Green Forum

June 10, 4 PM - 1105 Providence Rd, Towson


News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA


Climate change lessons — town by town - Baltimore Sun

The Hogan administration offers a lesson in climate change by offering lessons in climate change.


Montgomery County landowners fear water woes from pipeline construction | WDBJ7.com

Construction activities for the Mountain Valley Pipeline are moving forward in Montgomery County. And residents of the Catawba Valley who oppose the project say heavy rains and muddy conditions that followed have confirmed their fears.


Here's how the 2018 Ellicott City flood happened - The Washington Post

The waterlogged weather pattern, Ellicott City's flood-prone geography and climate change all conspired to make this flash-flood horror show.


Climate Signals | Ellicott City Floods May 2018

Impact of Climate Change on Ellicott City Floods May 2018


Rodricks: Ellicott City flood was no 'act of God' - Baltimore Sun

Locally and globally, human activity caused the devastation on Main Street.


Coal industry praises Northam decision to sign tax credit - The Washington Post

Southwest Virginia lawmakers and coal industry representatives see hope for economic development in Gov. Ralph Northam’s decision to sign a bill reinstating a pared-down tax credit for certain coal producers, but environmental groups call the move a wasteful corporate giveaway.


Three US states signed up for 1,200 MW of offshore wind power this week — Quartz

After a decade of dithering, the US east coast went all in on offshore wind power this week.


A 100% renewable grid isn’t just feasible, it’s already happening – ThinkProgress


‘Impossible to Ignore’: Why Alaska Is Crafting a Plan to Fight Climate Change - The New York Times

Many solidly Republican states have resisted aggressive climate policies, but Alaska is already seeing the dramatic effects of global warming.


In a Warming West, the Rio Grande Is Drying Up - The New York Times

Even in a good year, much of the Rio Grande is diverted for irrigation. But it’s only May, and the river is already turning to sand.


The hidden carbon cost of everyday products | The Conversation

Richer countries import products but not the emissions used to make them.


Trump signs order to boost efficiency in federal agencies | TheHill

President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday designed to boost the environmental performance of federal agencies.


Trump dials back Obama policy asking agencies to reduce emissions | TheHill

Obama signed the original order in 2015, with a goal of reducing the federal government’s greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent in a decade.


Trump sculpture on Arctic glacier planned as climate-change protest | Fox News

Although President Donald Trump might be skeptical of climate change (or global warming, if you prefer), activists in Finland hope to use the commander-in-chief's likeness to draw awareness to the issue.


Camp uses West Virginia's coal as creative tool | herald-dispatch.com

Found in the hills and valleys of McDowell County lies a rarity of art originating from West Virginia's rich coal history.


Medusa’s Curse: The Necessity of Art in the Climate Struggle - Resilience

Because I am a literary writer, writing about climate justice, people often ask me, What is the importance of art in the climate struggle?


Climate change in the United States presented in 123 red, white and blue stripes - The Washington Post

The visualization unambiguously reveals a long-term warming signal.


Favianna Rodriguez says climate change imagery lacks a human touch | Grist

The Oakland-based artist and activist is putting people and solutions at the center of her work.


'Avengers' casualty: environmental understanding » Yale Climate Connections

Through their strategy to make a fictional drama more compelling, the creators of Marvel's latest movie have made it harder to address the real-world problem of climate change.


Racial Resentment May Be Fueling Climate Denial – Nexus Media

What began as a way of trolling Prius drivers became a signature protest against America’s first black president — rolling coal.


Higher temperatures equal lower test scores — study confirms that students learn less in overheated classrooms | Chalkbeat

A warm classroom is not conducive to learning, as any student trying to pay attention to a teacher’s lecture on a hot day can attest. There’s research to back that up.


National parks report on climate change finally released, uncensored | Reveal

Human causes of climate change had all been deleted, delaying report for months.


PUC judge halts Sunoco's Mariner East pipeline, yet again - Philly

The shutdown comes less than a month after the full Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission ruled the pipeline can resume operations safely.


California’s rooftop solar panel mandate: the case for and against - Vox

More solar is not necessarily always a good thing.


Arkema officials were warned of flood risks a year before Hurricane Harvey - Houston Chronicle

The U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board on Thursday morning released the findings of its investigation into Arkema's actions before, during and after the fire that occurred at the chemical plant during Hurricane Harvey.


Markets may be underpricing climate-related risk - The Economist

Shareholders reckon that their companies will not suffer—or that they will be able to get out in time


Costa Rica's "Little Jamaica" coast struggles to ride out climate storm | Thomson Reuters Foundation

I think everything is changing, it's a little warning.