OFA CLIMATE NEWS AND EVENTS AUGUST 3, 2018

Dear Friends: Massive destructive wildfires raging through the State, heavy concentration in Northern CA, with experts saying they will get worse because of climate change. And now Trump’s Auto Emissions Plan- with Governor lashing back…” California will fight this stupidity in every conceivable way possible.” (SF Chronicle, 8.3.18). We need the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS- September 12-14) and Marin’s “Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington to take on these challenges and show the way forward. Get your tickets www.leadonclimate.org now and let us know if you want to help out with this landmark event.

Links to climate articles

Trump Unveils His Plan to Weaken Fuel Efficiency Rules. Coral Davenport

The Trump administration on Thursday unveiled its long-awaited proposal to dramatically weaken an Obama-era regulation designed to limit vehicle emissions, which contribute to climate change.

The publication of the proposal sets up a race among opponents of the change — an unusual mix of environmentalists, automakers, consumer groups and states — to temper the plan before it is finalized this year.

The proposal would freeze rules requiring automakers to build cleaner, more fuel-efficient cars, including hybrids and electric vehicles, and unravel one of President Barack Obama’s signature policies to combat global warming. It would also challenge the right of states to set their own, more stringent tailpipe pollution standards, setting the stage for a legal clash that could ultimately split the nation’s auto market in two.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/02/climate/trump-auto-emissions-california.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

Carr fire: California wildfires will only get worse in the future because of climate change, experts say

Six die and thousands flee as wildfires ravage west coast

Nearly 20 major wildfires have torn through California in the last month, killing at least six people and causing thousands more to flee their homes. And according to experts, we should probably get used to it.

“What we’re seeing over the last few years in terms of the wildfire season in California … [is] very consistent with the historical trends in terms of increasing temperatures, increasing dryness, and increasing wildfire risk,” Stanford Earth System Science Professor Noah Diffenbaugh told The Independent.

He added: “They’re also very consistent with what we can expect in the future as global warming continues.”

 

Wildfire just miles from Yosemite grows to 22,892 acres

https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Wildfire-just-miles-from-Yosemite-National-Park-13091612.php

California Wants to Reinvent the Power Grid. So What Could Go Wrong?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/20/business/energy-environment/california-energy-grid-jerry-brown-plan.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront

Report: Trump Fuel Standards Rollback to Cost $457 Billion

https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/report-trump-fuel-standards-rollback-to-cost-457-billion#gs.JsyK92s

The Growing Challenge of Living and Working on a Sweltering Planet

The Northern Hemisphere’s summer is showing how far along the planet is with human-caused climate disruption, as record high temperatures are shattered and sweltering heat waves kill dozens of people.

Globally, June was Earth’s fifth-warmest ever recorded, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information.

https://truthout.org/articles/the-growing-challenge-of-living-and-working-on-a-sweltering-planet/

Trump policies affect Californians in all walks of life. Here’s how the state is fighting back

Michael Hiltzik

http://www.latimes.com/business/hiltzik/la-fi-hiltzik-california-v-trump-20180727-story.html#

Is Climate the Worst Casualty of War? By Stacy Bannerman

The money misspent on the Iraq War—a war for oil, let’s not forget— could have purchased the planetary conversion to renewable energy. Just sit with that a moment.

https://www.commondreams.org/views/2018/07/31/climate-worst-casualty-war

How Record Heat Wreaked Havoc on Four Continents

We talked to people who found themselves on the front lines of climate change this year. Here are their stories.

1d agoBy SOMINI SENGUPTA, TIFFANY MAY and ZIA ur-REHMAN

The City of My Birth in India Is Becoming a Climate Casualty. It Didn’t Have to Be.

Global warming poses an urgent threat to Kolkata, a river delta city of 14 million. A Times reporter returns home and learns: The city’s natural defenses are being lost.

19h agoBy SOMINI SENGUPTA

Solar panel glut is muting effect of Trump tariffs: SunPower

Reuters Staff

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-sunpower-results/solar-panel-glut-is-muting-effect-of-trump-tariffs-sunpower-idUSKBN1KL00

In Heartland: Renewables are a Winning Issue in Primaries

August 1, 2018

Observers say Steinburg’s victory in this red corner of the state is a sign of growing support for clean energy on among voters on the right, despite opposition from key party leaders and conservative groups.

“Republicans don’t need to run from the issue,” said Dee Stewart, one of the state’s top GOP consultants. “If anything, they should embrace their support for clean energy. That’s what the polling numbers say.”

https://climatecrocks.com/2018/08/01/in-heartland-renewables-are-a-winning-issue-in-primaries/

David Leonhardt

Op-Ed Columnist

By now you may have seen the hellish pictures of wildfires raging across Northern California. Over the past three weeks, the fires have engulfed more than 200,000 acres, destroying almost 1,000 buildings and killing eight people, including two children found under a blanket, with their great-grandmother nearby.
“This is climate change, for real and in real time,” The Sacramento Bee’s editorial board wrote last week.
The combination of a hot summer — the warmest on record in some places — and a dry winter have increased the risk of forest fires, Angela Fritz of The Washington Post explains. Besides making fires more likely, the heat also has the potential to make any fire more extreme.
“The wildfires and broiling heat, the parched droughts and bizarrely violent twists in climate are the new normal,” writes The Daily Beast’s Tanya Basu.
I’m glad to see journalists becoming more willing to connect the fires to climate change. For too long, people have been scared to talk about climate change when extreme weather happens. I understand why: The precise connection is usually unclear. Climate change increases risks and affects averages, but it’s impossible to attribute any individual storm, drought or heat wave to climate change alone.
And yet the connection is real — and creates an enormous threat. (For a careful review, read the National Climate Assessment.) In California, seven of the 12 most destructive wildfires on record have occurred in the last three years. Last week, a drought and heat wave in Greece sparked an inferno that killed more than 90 people. Parts of Sweden, Latvia and Scandinavia are also ablaze. In Japan, flooding and landslides caused by torrential rain killed more than 200 people last month.
If vast amounts of scientific evidence — and a consensus in nearly every other country — have not persuaded Americans to take on climate change, maybe the grim march of extreme weather finally will.

https://static.nytimes.com/email-content/TY_4345.html?nlid=52093058

Saturday, September 15, 2018

“Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington”

How citizens and communities can take charge of solving climate change

Speakers: Christiana Figueras (architect of the Paris Climate Agreement), Matt Rodriguez (CA EPA Secretary), Professor Daniel Kammen , Congressman Jared Huffman and other climate leaders

College of Marin gymnasium, Kentfield

5:30 pm Marin “Climate Action Showcase” (sampling local drinks, tastes and activism)

7 pm, Speakers

For information and tickets: www.leadonclimate.org

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