OFA Marin Climate News and Events (July 18, 2018)

Dear Friends: 

For the first time in seven years, the UN security council had a session dedicated to climate change this week (7.2-7.7).

The influential body has highlighted the role of drought and decertification in fueling instability for specific regions, namely SomaliaWest Africa and the Sahel.

This discussion, led by Sweden’s Margot Wallström and Nigerian UN deputy chief Amina Mohammed, called for a more systematic approach to climate security.

 

Quote of the week

“Fragile countries are in danger of becoming stuck in a cycle of conflict and climate disaster” – Amina Mohammed, deputy secretary general of the UN.

 

links to climate articles

Can You Guess These Three Surprising Energy Trends?

Conservatives argued that addressing climate change would send prices skyrocketing. Here’s what actually happened.

As Tech Empire Ravages Environment, Wealth Cannot Protect Silicon Valley From Climate Change

 Exxon quits ALEC

The oil giant is the latest to join a corporate exodus from the Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council.

 

Mothers join together in call for climate action

Nexus Media, Jul 12, 2018, 4:33 pm

“This is about our children and the kind of lives that they are going to have and that their children are going to have.”

COAST IN CRISIS

Darryl Fears, The Washington Post

California sea-level report sounds alarm on erosion Like an ax slowly chopping at the trunk of a massive tree, waves driven by sea-level rise will hack … California sea-level report sounds alarm on coast erosion slide at Arch Rock in the Point Reyes National Seashore in 2015 killed one hiker and injured another. (AP Photo/Point Reyes National Seashore)

Cliff erosion in Pacifica forced the evacuation of an apartment complex in 2016.  (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, file)

Like an ax slowly chopping at the trunk of a massive tree, waves driven by sea-level rise will hack away the base of cliffs on the Southern California coast at an accelerated pace, a recent study says, increasing land erosion that could topple some bluffs and thousands of homes sitting atop them.

Clean Energy Is Vital but Still Not Enough

 

New EPA head defends his work with the coal industry in first address

Wheeler, who was a coal lobbyist, says he “gets frustrated” with the media when they report he was a coal lobbyist.

 

Pruitt Is Gone. But These Five E.P.A. Policy Battles Are Still Ahead.

Jul 6, 2018 – Scott Pruitt is gone.  But the big regulatory rollbacks he set in motion at the Environmental Protection Agency are still very much alive.

 

Does Climate Change Have Anything to Do With Floods in Thailand?

After 12 members of a youth soccer team and their coach were trapped in the Tham Luang Cave in northern Thailand nearly three weeks ago, their plight, and then their rescue, captured the world’s attention.

By now, it’s well known that their predicament was caused by rising floodwaters in the cave. What is less known is that the pattern of precipitation that ensnared them is in keeping with broader changes to the region’s seasonal monsoon that researchers have attributed to climate change.

Nights Are Warming Faster Than Days. Here’s Why That’s Dangerous.

Nationwide, summer evening temperatures have risen at nearly twice the rate of daytime temperatures, putting older people, the sick, and young children at greater risk during heatwaves.

California Is Preparing for Extreme Weather. It’s Time to Plant Some Trees.

The state expects drier dry years and wetter wet ones in the decades ahead.  That means projects to restore river habitats now serve another purpose: battling the coming floods.

How Trump’s Policy Decisions Undermine the Industries He Pledged to Help

By Coral Davenport and Ana Swanson

76 Environmental Rules on the Way Out Under Trump

BY NADJA POPOVICHLIVIA ALBECK-RIPKA and KENDRA PIERRE-LOUIS, updated July 6, 2018

Since taking office last year, President Trump has made eliminating federal regulations a priority.  His administration, with help from Republicans in Congress, has often targeted environmental rules it sees as overly burdensome to the fossil fuel industry, including major Obama-era policies aimed at fighting climate change.

To date, the Trump administration has sought to reverse more than 70 environmental rules, according to a New York Times analysis, based on research from Harvard Law School’s Environmental Regulation Rollback Tracker, Columbia Law School’s Climate Tracker and other sources.

Food Waste is Huge Carbon Source

By greenman3610

A sea of waste. One in three caught fish are never eaten. 

China’s Falling Emissions Raise Hopes for Climate

Eradicating rats from tropical islands could protect coral reefs from effects of climate change, scientists find.

Eradicating rats from tropical islands could protect coral reefs from effects of climate change, scientists find

Global protests push Samsung to commit to 100% renewable energy

 

EU to refuse to sign trade deals with countries that don’t ratify Paris climate change accord

Trade chief Cecilia Malmstrom says Paris clause ‘needed in all EU trade agreements’ The European Union will refuse to sign trade deals with countries that do not ratify the Paris climate change agreement and take steps to combat global warming, under a new Brussels policy… Conveniently, talks on a trade agreement between the EU and US were effectively frozen from 2016 after Mr Trump was elected…The Paris accord aims to prevent the earth from warming more than 2C above pre-industrial temperatures. 195 countries have signed the agreement, and 174 have become party to it.

Climate change threatens monarch butterflies

California Is Preparing for Extreme Weather. It’s Time to Plant Some Trees.

The state expects drier dry years and wetter wet ones in the decades ahead. That means projects to restore river habitats now serve another purpose: battling the coming floods.

By HENRY FOUNTAIN

 

Editorial: Californians must make sacrifices to meet our climate change goals

Chronicle Editorial Board July 16, 2018

 

 

 

 

 Events

 

September 15, SaturdayLead on Climate is sponsoring the landmark event “Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington.”  Tickets available by August 1.

 http://ofamarin.org/saturday-september-15-7-pm-getting-to-paris-without-stopping-in-washington/

September 12-14, Governor Brown is sponsoring a major, international event in San Francisco — the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS).  Leaders from around the globe will participate to“Take Ambition to the Next Level.” Check website to find what interests you and respond.

September 8, Saturday, Both the The Peoples Climate Movement and OFA are leading a national mobilization for climate, jobs, and justice. The OFA’s goal for the day is to ensure that elected and private sector leaders make action on climate a priority. In San Francisco, the event is at 10:00 AM at the Embarcadero Plaza.

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