Events & News November 1

Climate Stewards of Greater Annapolis Events

CSGA Business Meeting

Thursday, November 8, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Events of Interest to CSGA

Water Quality & Health Briefing / Maryland Environmental Health Network

Nov 5, Noon - Webinar

Meeting / Annapolis Environmental Commission

Nov 7, 7 PM - 145 Gorman St, Annapolis

A Cleaner Path - Inside the Transportation & Climate Initiative / Greenbelt Climate Action Network

Nov 7, 7 PM - Greenbelt Community Center, Greenbelt

Burned: Are Trees the New Coal? / Havre de Grace Green Team

Nov 7, 7 PM - Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, Havre de Grace

Annapolis Chapter Meeting / Citizens' Climate Lobby

Nov 10, 12:30 PM - Unitarian Universalist Church, Annapolis

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

White House Backed Big Oil Over EPA on Finding Methane Leaks - Bloomberg

White House officials pushed the EPA to maximize savings for the oil industry despite the agency’s concern that weakening regulations would allow more methane to escape into the atmosphere, according to newly released documents.

The Trump administration thinks we should just watch the world fry - The Washington Post

Faced with the existential threat of catastrophic warming, the administration shrugs.

Beto O’Rourke shows Democrats how to talk about climate change. | The New Republic

Global warming is an existential threat to human life, but most candidates aren’t talking about it. One of the few exceptions has been O’Rourke, the Democratic congressman from El Paso, who’s running a heavily covered campaign against incumbent Republican Senator Ted Cruz.

Note to Andy Harris: There's no credible debate about climate change anymore - Baltimore Sun

Could somebody ask Rep. Andy Harris about the new UN climate change report?

Maryland MIT alumni: The state can help prevent climate disaster - Baltimore Sun

Maryland MIT alumni (including a Nobel laureate) ask Maryland candidates pledge to act on the climate.

So what’s the climate change/asthma connection? : WHYY

Warming temperatures worsen ozone pollution. Excess carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas) causes plants to grow faster and release more pollen — extending the “allergy” season.

US air pollution deaths nearly halved between 1990 and 2010 • UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Air pollution in the U.S. has decreased since about 1990, and a new UNC-Chapel Hill study now shows that this air quality improvement has brought substantial public health benefits.

More than 90% of the world’s children breathe toxic air every day | World Health Organization

Every day around 93% of the world’s children under the age of 15 years (1.8 billion children) breathe air that is so polluted it puts their health and development at serious risk. Tragically, many of them die: WHO estimates that in 2016, 600,000 children died from acute lower respiratory infections caused by polluted air.

New satellite data analysis reveals world’s biggest NO2 emissions hotspots - Greenpeace International

“Just as we have nowhere to hide from the dirty air impacting our daily lives, so too do the polluters have nowhere to hide."

Thom Yorke's New Ode to the Antarctic Will Give You Chills | Earther

If Antarctica had a theme song, I imagine it’d be a lyricless, transcendent tune. It’d be both irresistible and eerie. I imagine it’d sound a lot like this:

Thousands march across France to demand climate action - France 24

Tens of thousands of people marched in Paris and other major cities across France on Saturday to call for greater action on climate change.

As the fracking protesters show, a people’s rebellion is the only way to fight climate breakdown | The Guardian

Our politicians, under the influence of big business, have failed us. As they take the planet to the brink, it’s time for disruptive, nonviolent disobedience, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot.

Teen Climate Activist to Crowd of Thousands: 'We Can't Save the World by Playing by the Rules Because the Rules Have to Change' | Common Dreams

"The politics that's needed to prevent the climate catastrophe—it doesn't exist today," says Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old from Sweden. "We need to change the system."

Feds may 'silence' kids suing over climate - CNN

The "climate kids" were back on the steps of a federal courthouse in Oregon on Monday. But it's unclear if their case against federal authorites will go to trial.

Six arrested after Mountain Valley Pipeline protest | WSLS

Six people are facing charges after a protest at a Mountain Valley Pipeline equipment yard.

Mountain Valley Pipeline loses another water-crossing permit |

Federal regulators have pulled another permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline construction project, which now lacks authority to build through streams and wetlands along the project’s entire 303-mile route.

A Pipeline, a Protest, and the Battle for Pennsylvania’s Political Soul | The New Yorker

Eliza Griswold writes about Danielle Friel Otten, whose opposition to the Mariner East pipeline project has spurred her to campaign for a seat in the Pennsylvania Assembly.

Editorial: The latest twists in the torturous path of Mariner East 2 |

This was probably not the news that opponents of the Mariner East 2 pipeline wanted to hear.

Work stopped on pipeline that exploded in Beaver County, after Pa. regulators find environmental violations | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

After a pipeline burst blamed on a landslide, environmental regulators found Energy Transfer is not doing enough to control erosion.

Mountaineer Gas Pipeline: Rockwool Foes Zero in on 'Blood Supply' of Unwelcome Factory | DC Media Group

An extension of the Mountaineer Gas Pipeline to the planned Rockwool mineral wool factory was hotly contested at a Public Service Commission hearing.

State to hold Transco pipeline hearing on Nov. 5 in Franklin | My Central Jersey

Environmentalists urge Central Jersey residents to attend a Nov. 5 DEP meeting about the controversial Northeast Supply Enhancement and its compressor station.

The Lessons We Didn’t Learn From the Largest Gas Leak in U.S. History | EcoWatch

Aliso Canyon must serve as a constant reminder for California: it's time to get off natural gas. Natural gas infrastructure leaks. There's no way around that. At every turn from our energy grid to our vehicles and our buildings, we can kick gas to the curb and choose cleaner, safer options instead.

Why climate change planning fails - The Washington Post

Our well-intentioned climate solutions are making us less safe.

How A Viking Swimming With A Sheep Led To Climate Change Denial | Forbes

A new article shows how a medieval tale about a viking swimming with a sheep led to a misunderstanding about the "medieval warm period" and spawned a misguided strain of climate change denial that continues to this day.