OFA Marin Climate News and Events

OFA Marin 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.


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


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


Report: Trump Fuel Standards Rollback to Cost $457 Billion


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.


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

Michael Hiltzik


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.


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.


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.


Solar panel glut is muting effect of Trump tariffs: SunPower

Reuters Staff


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.”


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.


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

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

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.”


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


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.



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

Chronicle Editorial Board July 16, 2018







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


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.

OFA Marin Climate News and Events (July 3, 2018)

Dear Friends: We start out with the cheerful words of our Supervisor, Damon Connelly, in Saturday’s Marin Voice (7/1/18).

Much that makes this ‘Greatest County Fair on Earth’ 

By Damon Connolly

We hold the bragging rights as the Greenest County Fair on Earth with our solar-powered carousel, commitment to water conservation and a record 94 percent waste diversion to compost and recycling. Thanks

Belle and climate team

climate article links

Demonstrators protest EPA chief Scott Pruitt during S.F. visit

Pruitt also met with Mary Nichols, chairwoman of the California Air Resources Board, to talk about “cooperative federalism, car and truck greenhouse gas standards,” and the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, Daniell said.

Global Warming in South Asia: 800 Million at Risk – The New York Times


1 day ago - Climate change could sharply diminish living conditions

Climate change could sharply diminish living conditions for up to 800 million people in South Asia, a region that is already home to some of the world’s poorest and hungriest people, if nothing is done to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, the World Bank warned Thursday in an ominous new study.

If You Really Want to Curb Migration, Get Serious About Climate Change

By Lauren Markham, June 29, 2018

“…Long before the unconscionable family-separation catastrophe at our southern border, President Trump had made the battle against illegal immigrants the rallying cry of his campaign and administration. He wants to lock up more immigrants — including toddlers — as a deterrent while casting all new unauthorized immigrants as potential, if not probable, violent criminals. Simultaneously, the president’s team has taken on the environment, doing nearly everything it can to walk back decades of regulation intended to protect our air, water and land. Last June, Mr. Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accord. Meanwhile, Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, is doggedly eviscerating the agency he runs.

Today, according to global relief agencies, over 68 million people worldwide have been forced to flee their homes, often because of war, poverty and political persecution. As a writer, I focus largely on issues of forced migration. The hundreds of migrants I’ve interviewed in the past few years — whether from Gambia, Pakistan, El Salvador, Guatemala, Yemen or Eritrea — are most often leaving because of some acute political problem at home. But I’ve also noticed something else in my years of reporting. If you talk to these migrants long enough, you’ll hear about another, more subtle but still profound dimension to the problems they are leaving behind: environmental degradation or climate change.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that since 2008, 22.5 million people have been displaced by climate-related or extreme weather events. This includes tragedies like the widespread famine in Darfur, monsoons and flooding in Bangladesh and the catastrophic hurricane in Puerto Rico. The more out of whack our climate becomes, the more people up and leave their homes. As our world heats up and sea levels rise, the problem of forced migration around the world is projected to become far worse.

And in refusing to take climate change or responsibility for our planet seriously, the Trump administration is encouraging the conditions that will increase unauthorized migrations to the United States and elsewhere.

A huge stretch of the Arctic Ocean is rapidly turning into the Atlantic. That’s not a good sign

By Chris Mooney

The divide between Atlantic and Arctic isn’t just geographical, it’s physical. And the physics are changing.

Climate change has turned Peru’s glacial lake into a deadly flood timebomb

Lake Palcacocha is swollen with water from melting ice caps in the Cordillera Blanca mountains. Below, 50,000 people live directly in the flood path.

Anti-fossil fuel candidates come out winners in party primaries

Democratic nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has one of the most ambitious climate plans.

An impressive list of anti-fossil fuel and pro-climate action candidates won party primaries on Tuesday night, indicating that environmental issues could receive greater attention in this fall’s general elections, especially as lawmakers devise plans to counteract the Trump administration’s anti-environment policies.

Environmental progress could stall with new court

Rules face murky future without Kennedy’s vote

The retirement of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy next month is likely to reshape the high court to the detriment of the environment, legal experts say, potentially limiting progress on such issues as climate change and clean water, even in California, where leaders have long pursued an environmental agenda independent of Washington.

Although a refashioned Supreme Court could theoretically undo the landmark 2007 Massachusetts vs. EPA decision, the case that gave federal regulators the power to curb greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act and for which Kennedy cast the key vote, many legal experts don’t see a repeal coming.

The court’s preference is to waver as little as possible on legal issues, and conservative Chief Justice John Roberts has already said he views the case as a precedent. But the nine-judge body could choose to limit just how much the EPA can flex its climate muscle.

U.S. cuts to global climate funding take a steep toll

As the Trump administration scales back aid, developing countries suffer.

The United States has halved its contribution to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for the first time in nearly 30 years, India Climate Dialogue reported on Friday. In 2014, the United States gave $546 million to the GEF, which convenes an assembly once every four years.

Hold the Date: Saturday, September 15, 7:00 pm, College of Marin

Time to Lead on Climate and Drawdown Marin are honored to present

An Affiliate Event of the Global Climate Action Summit:


Christiana Figueres

Chief Architect of the United Nations Paris Climate Agreement

‘Getting to Paris Without Stopping in Washington’

In conversation with UC Berkeley Professor Daniel Kammen

Contributor to the Nobel-Prize-Winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change


Joined by Congressman Jared Huffman, Marin Supervisors Kate Sears & Damon Connolly, Novato Mayor Josh Fryday, and Cameron Evans, Marin School of Environmental Leadership,

discussing how citizens & communities here & everywhere can help meet global climate goals

Marin Climate Action Showcase at 5:30, sampling local organic food, drink and activism


Ticket sales start Mid-July at the lead on climate website



Other Events (source: Sustainable San Rafael, enews&events, July 1, 2018)

Thursday, July 19:

Climate Change Action Plan 2030!! 

Proposed revisions to San Rafael’s landmark Climate Plan targeting 40% less greenhouse gas by 2030 will be presented and discussed. Come add your thinking.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

City Hall (upper conf. room)

1400 5th Ave., San Rafael

Keep Ample Downtown Seating & Trees 

Almost all the speakers at recent meetings of the Design Review Board and Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee objected to reducing seating on 4th Street, and most supported gradual replacement of street trees with a different species of about the same size. Voice your concerns by writing the City Council.

Don’t Miss this Chilling Summer Movie . . .

with climate change playing a major role: ‘First Reformed’ is playing at the Regency Theater in Terra Linda and will probably end soon.

  Thursday, July 12: ‘The High Cost of Free Driving.’  SPUR brown bag forum on the possibilities for VMT fees and other pricing policies to improve overall transportation.  654 Mission St., San Francisco.  $10 non-members. Also consider ‘Planning for the Housing California Needs,’ on July 27.  Calendar.

Zero Hour Bay Area March for Youth Rights

Start: July 21, 2018 – 12:00 p.m.

ICE Headquarter

630 Sansome Street

San Francisco, CA 94941

Host Contact Info:  caroline_schurz@branson.org

OFA Marin Climate News and Events (June 1, 2018)

Dear Friends:  Some devastating, a few uplifting climate stories: Trump’s abandonment of Paris climate deal to cost U.S. economy trillions, coastal erosion devouring Senegal fishing hub, markets under pricing climate risks, experts on fire season 2018 alarmed; intense heat wave in Karachi and flooding in India linked to climate change. Yet Marin gets resources for projects combating sea level rise, green rooftops are taking hold, families sue EU over climate change and Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave Windsor castle in an all electric Jaguar Roadster!  Belle and team



OFA Marin Climate News and Events (May 7, 2018)

Dear Friends:

The Scott Pruitt hearing not only exposed ethics violations but raised questions on his dismantling of the EPA, including angry ones about the Clean Power Plan and scientific method.  Of immediate serious concern is the legal clash between the federal government and California challenging the state’s authority to set its own, stricter, air pollution rules.  Read on for more good news on comparable costs of renewable vs. fossil fuels, huge wind mills and Oman rocks.  We add an important article featuring Christiana Figueres, who will be principal speaker at Lead on Climate event in Marin, September 15, after the Global Climate Summit in San Francisco.  Belle and Climate Team