Events & News October 18

Climate Steward of Greater Annapolis Events

CSGA Business Meeting

Thursday, October 18, 7 PM

Annapolis Friends Meeting House

Candidates Forum on the Environment and Development

Tuesday, October 23, 7 PM

Bay Ridge Christian Church

Events of Interest to CSGA

Rally for Transit Access / Baltimore Transit Equity Coalition

Oct 19, Noon - Baltimore City Hall, Baltimore

Community Solar Information Session / Emmanuel United Methodist Church

Oct 21, 10:15 AM - Emanuel United Methodist Church, Laurel

Talking Out Loud About the Earth / Clean Water Action Maryland

Oct 21, 2 PM - First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia

Community Solar Information Session / HoCo Climate Action

Oct 22, 7 PM - Emanuel United Methodist Church, Laurel

Natural Gas Infrastructure and Community Health / Maryland Environmental Health Network

Oct 22, Noon - Webinar

Meeting / Maryland Commission on Climate Change

Oct 23, 1 PM - Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore

Mid-Atlantic Food Recovery Summit / Maryland Department of the Environment

Oct 24, 8 AM - Bowie State University, Bowie

River-Friendly Yards / Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

Oct 24, 4:30 PM - Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville

Green Drinks / Annapolis Green

Oct 24, 5:30 PM - Pirates Cove Restraunt, Galesville

Sustainability and Stewardship in Howard County / Citizens' Climate Lobby

Oct 24, 6 PM - Howard Community College, Columbia

Tidewater / Citizens's Climate Lobby

Oct 25, 7 PM - First Presbyterian Church of Howard County, Columbia

Fall Greenscape / Annapolis Environmental Commission

Oct 27, 10 AM - Eastport, Annapolis

Solar for the Rest of Us / Baltimore Green Forum

Oct 28, 4 PM - Maryland Presbyterian Church, Towson

News, Information, and Opinion of Interest to CSGA

2 Courts Upheld State Nuclear Subsidies. Here's Why It's a Big Deal for Renewable Energy, Too. | InsideClimate News

Two federal appeals courts have now upheld state nuclear power plant subsidies, and in doing so, they have also helped to solidify the legal footing for state renewable energy programs across the country.

Climate Emissions From Gulf Coast’s New Petrochemical, Oil and Gas Projects Same as 29 New Coal Power Plants | DeSmogBlog

In the last six years, officials in Texas and Louisiana issued permits allowing 74 petrochemical, oil, and gas projects to pump as much climate-warming pollution into the atmosphere as running 29 coal-fired power plants around the clock, according to numbers released September 26 by the nonprofit watchdog Environmental Integrity Project.

Columbia author aims to tap youthful hope for Earth's future in cautionary 'The Big Melt' - Howard County Times

Ned Tillman, a Columbia scientist with two nonfiction books on the environment to his credit, will hold a book launch of his latest work, "The Big Melt," from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at Food Plenty in Clarksville Commons.

Floods. Wildfires. Yet Few Candidates Are Running on Climate Change. - The New York Times

Democrats, campaigning to win back control of the House and fend off Republican Senate candidates in states President Trump won, have been relatively muted on environmental issues this year.

4th Circuit Court vacates Mountain Valley Pipeline permit |

A federal appeals court on Tuesday vacated a key Clean Water Act permit for the Mountain Valley Pipeline, saying regulators lacked legal authority to “substitute” one kind of construction standard.

Home Improvements That Benefit the Environment – Nexus Media

Storms cause flooding. Green infrastructure helps homeowners stay afloat.

The Economics of Zero Energy Homes - Rocky Mountain Institute

Building a Zero Energy or Zero Energy Ready home has a modest cost—far less than consumers, builders and policymakers realize.

There's One Word That Looms Large in Oil's Future: Plastics - Bloomberg

A growing need for more plastics and petrochemicals in the developing world will be the leading driver of oil demand, outpacing planes, trains and automobiles, according to the International Energy Agency.

Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline gets green light, gas to start flowing through Lancaster County on Saturday |

Natural gas will begin flowing through the controversial Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline underneath Lancaster County on Saturday, according to the pipeline builder.

ACEEE 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard | ACEEE

States up efficiency investments & power savings; push net-zero buildings & electric vehicles; NJ, CT, CO, SD improve most; MA and CA lead.

Renewable energy and the Hogan conundrum - Baltimore Sun

Psst, Maryland appears ready to dramatically raise how much renewable energy is consumed in Maryland but the Hogan administration isn't talking about it.

3 Charts Explain One of the Most Overlooked Opportunities to Address Climate Change and Poverty | World Resources Institute

Short-lived climate pollutants like hydrofluorocarbons, black carbon and methane aren't as well-known as carbon dioxide. But they have a powerful impact on the climate and on human health, and more countries need to develop plans to cut their emissions.

Climate Change Is Forcing the Insurance Industry to Recalculate | The Wall Street Journal

Insurers are at the vanguard of a movement to put a value today on the unpredictable future of a warming planet.

Here’s why hurricanes are rapidly exploding in strength - The Washington Post

The U.S. has been battered by fast-intensifying hurricanes.

The Trump administration knows the planet is going to boil. It doesn't care | The Guardian

Trump’s team used last week to sneak in disastrous, linked policies on climate change and child refugee camps.

Another big win for Tradepoint: Wind turbines to be built - Baltimore Sun

Tradepoint Atlantic's future as a maker of offshore wind turbines will also be good for labor and Maryland's economy.

Regional Cap and Trade: Lessons from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and Western Climate Initiative - Climate-XChange

The planet is on a fast path to destruction. The media must cover this like it’s the only story that matters. - The Washington Post

It will take a major transformation for news organizations to give reporting on climate change the coverage it deserves — and needs.

The world has barely a decade to avoid disaster. We need to combat climate change — now. - The Washington Post

Meeting a goal of 1.5 degrees in rise rather than 2 degrees is attainable.

Exxon Puts Up $1 Million to Promote Carbon Tax - WSJ

Exxon is committing $1 million over two years to promote a tax on carbon emissions by corporations, one of the few times an oil company has given money to make fighting climate change a priority in Washington.

Climate bill would move D.C. to 100% renewable energy by 2032 - The Washington Post

Local legislation comes as U.N. panel finds time is running out to avert catastrophe.