Events & News - Nov 23



Events of Interest to CSGA


Days of Action vs Wells Fargo / Climate First

Nov 24-25 - Wells Fargo Bank branches in the Mid-Atlantic


State Carbon Pricing and Local Investment / Climate Action Business Association

Nov 29, 10 AM - Webinar


The Fourth National Climate Assessment and Outcomes from the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn - COP 23 / National Council for Science and the Environment

Nov 30, 1:15 PM - Webinar


Plan 2040: Updating the General Development Plan / Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning

Nov 30, 6 PM - Old Mill Senior High School, Millersville

Maryland Pre Legislative Session Summit / Maryland NOW

Dec 3, 10 AM - UMBC Engineering Building, Baltimore


News and Opinion of Interest to CSGA


InsideClimate News: Virginia Launches Plan to Join East Coast Carbon Market, Cut Emissions 30%

Virginia has taken a first step toward joining the East Coast's regional carbon-trading market, a move that would drive down the state’s greenhouse gas emissions and help reshape the power sector in the traditional coal state.


Better soil could trap as much planet-warming carbon as transport produces: study | Reuters


Artist uses façade of dockside building in Venice to address climate change | Lonely Planet

An artist has painted a unique mural on a Venetian building that aims to encourage discussion related to climate change and the threat of rising sea levels.


Treaty to Phase Out ‘Greenhouse Gasses on Steroids’ to Enter Force - The New York Times

A global treaty to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons, a category of extremely potent planet-warming gasses, has cleared a key threshold and will enter into force.


‘Planet at a crossroads’: climate summit makes progress but leaves much to do | The Guardian

The UN negotiations in Bonn lay the groundwork for implementing the landmark Paris deal, but tough decisions lay ahead.


If we act on climate change now, the economic prize will be immense | Felipe Calderón | The Guardian


Climate refugees to be welcomed in New Zealand - CSMonitor.com

New Zealand announced it will create a new refugee visa for Pacific Islanders displaced by rising seas. The nation says it is preparing for the possibility of a larger evacuation of island residents in the future as a result of ongoing climate change.


Scientists aim to fight climate change with super plants – Los Angeles Times

The Salk Institute in La Jolla is launching a scientific initiative to develop new types of crops that can help fight climate change.


Carbon, a driver of climate change, could become a valuable resource - CBS News

Germany recently launched the first boat in the world to be fueled by carbon captured from air.


Battered by extreme weather, Americans are more worried about climate change | The Guardian

Dana Nuccitelli: After months of intense hurricanes, heat waves, and droughts, a survey finds a record number of Americans worried about climate change.


Our say: Craig's successor needs to build on her work - Capital Gazette

The city’s historic preservation chief, Lisa Craig, was, in effect, one of the mayor-elect’s opponents in recent legal haggling over the city’s historic preservation rules. So it’s not surprising Craig evidently decided she has no future in a Gavin Buckley administration.


Puerto Rican march in D.C. protests hurricane relief effort - ABC News


Professor studies evolution of climate change activism | UTSA Today


Thank you for not driving: Climate change requires anti-smoking tactics | The Conversation

What if we treated climate change as a health problem rather than an environmental one? There are lessons to be learned from the successful public health campaigns against smoking.


To combat climate change, increase women′s participation | DW

How can you beat climate change with only half the world's population? Gender was among the main side-topics at the UN climate summit in Bonn. DW spoke to women who intend to be part of the solution to climate change.


We're Still In Movement Supports Paris Climate Agreement at COP 23 in Germany, Despite Trump Efforts | National Geographic

A growing coalition of states, cities, and organizations is pushing ahead to meet emissions reductions targets, even as the Trump administration walks away from global warming efforts.


NASA releases wondrous aerial photos of giant new Antarctic iceberg

| Mashable

The first flight above the Delaware-sized Antarctic iceberg produced some amazing images.


Climate Change Could Wipe Out 80% Of Fish In The Pacific Islands | Huffpost UK

Pacific Island nations are highly dependent on fisheries as a food source.


Va. officials are risking a potential water crisis - LTE The Washington Post


State Department reviewing Keystone XL approval after Nebraska decision | TheHill

The State Department is reviewing its cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in light of Nebraska regulators’ decision to approve an alternate route through the state.


Insurers face new challenges after long series of natural disasters - CSMonitor.com

Following a season of hurricanes, flooding, and earthquakes around the world, customers and governments are facing rising insurance rates. Experts suggest that insurance companies should re-evaluate their repricing strategies as disasters become more common.


Will You 'Promise to Protect'? Coalition Urges New Wave of Resistance to Stop KXL | Common Dreams

"We need you to take a stand no matter what land you live or work on. The struggle to save Mother Earth begins with you."


Mobile phones have "the number one impact" on climate change | Dezeen x Mini Living


As ice retreats, frozen mosses emerge to tell climate change tale | Science News

Plants long entombed beneath Canadian ice are now emerging, telling a story of warming unprecedented in the history of human civilization.


While America Denies Climate Change, The Dutch Are Making Art About It | Co.Design

“The global challenges we’re facing are signs of bad design,” says Daan Roosegaarde. “We’re badly designing planet Earth. We’re saying, let’s design our way out of it.”


Siemens Plans to Cut Nearly 7,000 Jobs in Traditional Power Generation | Greentech Media

The German behemoth joins other large industrial corporations facing a painful transition as renewables take over more of the market.


EPA Revises the Social Cost of a Potent Greenhouse Gas - Scientific American

The Trump administration's move is part of a broad effort to downplay the impacts of climate change.


Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequent | AP


Keystone State looks to grow local solar by closing SREC market | Solar United Neighbors


Why Don’t More People Buy Flood Insurance? | Resources for the Future

Homeowners in high-risk flood areas exhibit both rational and biased optimism about flood risks. Understanding how these outlooks factor into flood insurance take-up rates can help determine the best policy options for increasing coverage.


Costa Rica Runs Entirely on Renewable Energy for 300 Days | EcoWatch

Costa Rica has charted another clean energy accolade this year—with six weeks to go—by running 300 days of 100 percent power from renewable energy sources.


Members call on REI to divest from banks funding fossil fuel industry : TreeHugger

Divestment would align nicely with the company's professed commitment to environmental stewardship.


Why Miranda Cosgrove was lobbying to protect marine mammals - LTE The Washington Post


Md. should stand with Paris on climate accord - OpEd Baltimore Sun

Maryland needs to join the group of states that says that they will stand with the nearly 200 countries that have signed the Paris accord, even if the current president will not.


Green group poll: Arctic refuge drilling unpopular in key GOP districts | TheHill

A proposal to allow drilling in a section of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is unpopular in several key House districts Republicans are looking to defend next year, according to a poll released Wednesday.


How carbon farming can help solve climate change | Phys.org