Sand Mining Discussion Needs All Voices
JEREMY HAUSER | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 11/22/14 | OOI
The end of the public comment period for this draft (CZM Ocean Plan) is next week, and they have indicated to us that they have received surprisingly few letters. Comments can be sent via mail or email, so please submit your thoughts today!
Who Rules the World?
How a concentration of wealth and political power undermines democracy
BEN DANGL | TELESURTV.NET | 11/22/14 | PP
Confronting climate change requires a systemic transformation of how our economies are run and who runs them. Part of this radical change will involve disempowering the global 1% and the disaster-producing industries they profit from. Across the US, we are living in a dream state; crisis is the new normal.
40 Years of Scratching Reveals Ocean Acidification Data
BRIAN KHAN | CLIMATECENTRAL.ORG | 11/22/14 | TS
“Without the foundation measurements, we can’t talk about changes,” Takahashi said. He likened it to the Keeling Curve, which has charted the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide since 1957 … Emissions of carbon dioxide are far and away the biggest driver of ocean acidification … unseen in the past 300 million years.
2014 Set for Record Hot; Record Cold Thing of the Past
ANDREA THOMPSON | CLIMATECENTRAL.ORG | 11/22/14 | TS
The animation shows just how much warmth has dominated the temperature records since they began in 1880. Record cold years are plentiful in the early decades, but they stop in 1909. From there, it’s a steady march upward, with the expected year-to-year ups and downs that come from natural variation.
Harvard Students Move Fossil Fuel Stock Fight to Court
JOHN SCHWARTZ | NYTIMES.COM | 11/22/14 | DR
Harvard students, frustrated by the university’s refusal to shed fossil fuel stocks from its investment portfolios, is looking beyond protests and resolutions to a new form of pressure: the courts … They are making “a creative and powerful argument,” he said, “and I think it can shift the overall debate.”
We’re beyond compromise, both with GOP and on warming
MILES GRANT/LETTERS | BOSTONGLOBE.COM | 11/21/14 | PP
THE GLOBE’S call for a deal to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline (Editorial, Nov. 18) is delusional for two reasons. First, we have no hope of slowing global warming, never mind eventually achieving a stable climate, if we keep saying yes to every polluting project.
The Cold Truth
Could climate change be to blame for record-low U.S. temps?
JASON BITTEL | ONEARTH.ORG | 11/21/14 | WCC
So just in case you missed all of those school closings, safety warnings, transportation delays, NFL broadcasts, #DeepFreeze tweets, and videos of boiling water turning into insta-ice, you should know that it's cold outside. A "polar vortex" has North America in its icy grip, breaking low temperature records everywhere it goes.
Naomi Klein: Reject Keystone XL Pipeline, We Need Radical Change to Prevent Catastrophic Warming
Democracy Now Video Interview
AMY GOODMAN/JUAN GONZÁLEZ/NAOMI KLEIN | DEMOCRACYNOW.ORG | 11/17/14 | PP
We speak to Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. “The world is watching in horror as the climate becomes this prop in this Vaudevillian piece of political theater trying to save Landrieu’s rapidly tanking political career by pushing this vote forward through the Senate.”
Homeowners advised to invest in elevation certificates
BARRY STRINGFELLOW | MVTIMES.COM | 11/17/14 | OOI
Owners who live near the coast could see their insurance rates rise or fall depending on the final version of a Flood Insurance Rate Map for Dukes county … One way homeowners can ensure that they receive the best and most accurate premium … is known as an elevation certificate.
Competing Interests Over Prospect of Sand Mining
ALEX ELVIN | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 11/17/14 | OOI
“As a society we are losing sight of the greater good faster and faster every day,” said Doug Ruskin, who encouraged the commission to use its authority to its full extent to limit sand mining. “Our economy depends in a large way on public beaches,” said Oak Bluffs selectman Greg Coogan.
Pope Francis To (G20) World Leaders: Consumerism Represents ‘Constant Assault’ On The Environment
KATIE VALENTINE | CLIMATEPROGRESS.ORG | 11/16/14 | DL
“Creation is not a property, which we can rule over at will; or, even less, is the property of only a few: Creation is a gift … we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude,” Francis said.
Earth has warmest October on record as ocean temperatures top charts
JASON SAMENOW | WASHINGTONPOST.COM | 11/15/14 | WCC
A record warm year almost seems inevitable … The global warmth in recent months has been spurred by record warm global oceans. [Ocean] temperatures even exceed those of the record-breaking 1998 El Nino year.
G20: Obama puts climate change in spotlight as Australian agenda sidelined
US president pulls focus away from economic growth with announcement of emissions deal with China and call to secure a strong global climate agreement next year
LENORE TAYLOR | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 11/15/14 | PP
The Australian prime minister, Tony Abbott, had argued climate discussions would distract from the G20’s economic policy focus and should be left to other UN-led meetings … Australia was continuing to resist language in the official communique encouraging countries to make pledges to the Green Climate Fund.
Australia a 'blocker' in G20 fight against climate change, say charities
Reluctance to commit to contributing to Green Climate Fund is criticised by Oxfam and World Vision as US leads the way
LENORE TAYLOR | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 11/15/14 | PP
Oxfam said Australia should “stop being a blocker” and risked “finding itself isolated in the world”… Obama’s strong climate speech, in which he insisted nowhere had more to lose from rising temperatures than the Asia Pacific region … forced the climate issue on the G20 agenda despite the host nation’s reluctance.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe: House Vote in Favor of the Keystone XL an Act of War
WICA AGLI/ROSEBUD SIOUX TRIBE | EARTHFIRSTJOURNAL.ORG | 11/14/14 | A
“The House has now signed our death warrants and the death warrants of our children and grandchildren. The Rosebud Sioux Tribe will not allow this pipeline through our lands … We will close our reservation borders to Keystone XL. Authorizing Keystone XL is an act of war against our people.” President Cyril Scott, Rosebud Sioux Tribe
Congress is about to sabotage Obama’s historic climate deal
China and the U.S. came to long-overdue climate agreement this week. So why are we still talking about Keystone XL?
BILL MCKIBBEN | SALON.COM | 11/14/14 | PP
You can’t cut carbon without, you know, cutting carbon. The president’s accord with China doesn’t actually do anything except set a target. To meet that target you have to do things. If you don’t do things — if you keep approving pipelines and coalmines and fracking wells — then you won’t meet the target.
G20: Obama to pledge up to $3bn to help poor countries on climate change
Green Climate Fund commitment to be unveiled as leaders gather for G20 summit in hope of spurring others to stump up cash in a move likely to embarrass the host nation, Australia
SUZANNE GOLDENBERG | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 11/14/14 | PP
Barack Obama will make a substantial pledge to a fund to help poor countries fight climate change … seen as critical to UN negotiations for a global climate deal. Developing countries have said they cannot sign on to emissions cuts at climate talks in Lima later this month without the funds.
Bailing Out The Climate Wreckers at the G20
KEVIN WATKINS | THISCHANGESEVERYTHING.ORG | 11/14/14 | PP
If you’re trying to climb out of a hole, why pay someone to keep digging? … why, you might ask, are governments subsidizing the discovery of more unburnable carbon? … G20 governments are currently spending around $88 billion (USD) in the effort to discover new fossil fuel reserves.
Fracking’s mythology is single biggest threat to the solar revolution
JEREMY LEGGETT | 11/14/14 | JEREMYLEGGETT.NET | PP
Across Europe, leaders want to believe the beguiling narrative of shale plenty … UK Prime Minister David Cameron aims to produce so much fracked gas and oil in the countryside that he will force the price of gas down to a level that will entice manufacturing industry back to Britain.
Some Very Initial Thoughts on the US-China Deal
NAOMI KLEIN | THISCHANGESEVERYTHING.ORG | 11/12/14 | PP
The US-China climate deal is a badly needed piece of good news. It signals that Barack Obama is willing to expend political capital fighting for his climate legacy … For the first time, China is committing to capping its emissions and acknowledging that there must be a limit to its coal-powered growth juggernaut.
US/China Emission Targets Should 'Be Floor, Not Ceiling' of Climate Action
Agreement announced in Beijing is a positive sign, say campaigners, but "a drop in the ocean" compared to what's need from the world's two largest polluters
JOHN QUEALLY | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 11/12/14 | PP
The US and China reaffirming their commitment to limiting global warming to 2°C should send shockwaves through the financial markets, because the only way to meet that target is by leaving 80% of fossil fuel reserves underground.
Lessons on Water Quality from Our Cape Cod Neighbors
MARK LONDON | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 11/12/14 | OOI
Sooner or later, the nitrogen pollution threatening the health of Martha’s Vineyard coastal ponds will affect us all … In the next couple of years, discussion about this issue will be transitioning from concern and analysis, to making some pretty momentous decisions about what to do.
A Day Late, Dollar Short: Obama and China Agree on Languid Climate Goals
JUAN COLE | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 11/12/14 | PP
China actually pledged to go on increasing its carbon emissions until 2030, by which time it thinks it will hit its peak and after which its carbon emissions will begin falling. 2030! Game over, climate … We’re going in the wrong direction and have been for a very long time.
Naomi Klein Supports Move to Amend
STAFF | MOVETOAMEND.ORG | 11/12/14 | A
We have procrastinated for so long in the face of the climate crisis … We need to look at both the campaign finance [issue] and corporate personhood as well. Move to Amend is a key part of a series of actions we need to get money out of politics.
The real story of US coal: inside the world’s biggest coalmine
Despite Obama’s pledge to cut carbon emissions, production at North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming is booming – and climate change is off the agenda.
SUZANNE GOLDENBERG | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 11/10/14 | PP
Overall global coal use rose 3% last year, faster than any other fossil fuel, according to the BP Statistical Review of World Energy. That’s a disaster in the making, scientists and energy experts say.
EDITORIAL BOARD | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 11/08/14 | OOI
Islanders should be alert to a discussion now unfolding in the Island community about sand mining … Massachusetts has long prohibited sand mining except in the rarest of instances … Now the state is proposing to loosen its policies under pressure from people who want to slow the inevitable process of erosion.
The World Is Fast
THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN | NYTIMES.COM | 11/06/14 | PP
Recent Elections Missed the Biggest Challenge of All
We’ve just had a nonsense midterm election. Never has more money been spent to think so little about a future so in flux. What would we have discussed if we’d had a serious election? How about the biggest challenge we’re facing today: The resilience of our workers, environment and institutions.
U.N. Panel Issues Its Starkest Warning Yet on Global Warming
JUSTIN GILLIS | NYTIMES.COM | 11/5/14 | PP
"Yet there has been no sign that national leaders are willing to discuss allocating the trillion-ton emissions budget among countries, an approach that would confront the problem head-on, but also raise deep questions of fairness. To the contrary, they are moving toward a relatively weak agreement …"
A Big Win for Climate Change Denial: Republicans to Target EPA Regulations After Taking Senate
AMY GOODMAN/LEE FANG | DEMOCRACYNOW.ORG | 11/08/14 | PP
This Republican majority owes its fortunes to a small number of fossil fuel companies. And in the next Congress, we’ll see some of the most avowed climate change deniers taking control of key congressional committees in the Senate and in the House … because they’re looking for something in return.
Texas oil town makes history as residents say no to fracking
SUZANNE GOLDENBERG | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 11/05/14 | PP
The Texas town where America’s oil and natural gas boom began has voted to ban fracking, in a stunning rebuke to the industry … “It should send a signal to industry that if the people in Texas – where fracking was invented – can’t live with it, nobody can,” said Sharon Wilson ...
'Just the Beginning': Communities Across Nation Ban Fracking
In Ohio, California and Texas, voters took to ballots to say no to fracking, yes to communities' health
ANDREA GERMANOS |COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 11/05/14 | A
"The public tide is turning against fracking, not just in California but around the country … as voters from San Benito to Denton, Texas, showed, if regulators won’t protect them from fracking pollution, local communities can and will use the ballot box to protect themselves."
The Time to Act is Now: IPCC Issues 'Final Word' on Climate Change
'In the starkest terms ever used, the scientific community is looking world leaders directly in the eye and demanding that they wake up.'
LAUREN MCCAULEY | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 11/03/14 | TS
The report states decisively that global warming is "unequivocal" and that humanity’s role in causing it is "clear," adding that recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the highest in history with "widespread impacts on human and natural systems." … "We do not need any more reports," Brune added. "We need action."
Climate depression is for real. Just ask a scientist
MADELEINE THOMAS | GRIST.ORG | 11/03/14 | BC
“I was really thinking, ‘Why am I doing this?’"... For your everyday environmentalist, the emotional stress suffered by a rapidly changing Earth can result in some pretty substantial anxieties … For scientists like Parmesan on the front lines of trying to save the planet, the stakes can be that much higher.
Naomi Klein on climate change: ‘This is our last chance’
PATRICK FREYNE | IRISHTIMES.COM | 11/03/14 | A
Does she really believe that all these disparate groups can drive change? … "It’s not that I think it will happen. It’s not even that I think there’s a good change it will happen. It’s that I think there’s a chance it can happen. And because there’s a chance, I think there’s a moral responsibility to fight.”
Tisbury Heralds New Solar Panel Array
IVY ASHE | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 11/03/14 | OOI
“You really have to applaud the Island and in particular this project,” Massachusetts state representative Timothy Madden said … “A lot has been done with these small projects.” … Tisbury selectman Tristan Israel thanked Chris Fried, Henry Stephenson, Bill Straw and Kate Wariner for helping the town pursue alternative energy options.
'It Is Not Hopeless,' says World's Chief Climate Scientist
As Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change opens meeting to finalize latest report to the world, head of agency says meeting challenge of global warming will not be easy, but that it can be done
JOHN QUEALLY | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 10/28/14 | PP
"A great deal of work and tall hurdles lie ahead. But it can be done. We still have time to build a better, more sustainable world. We still have time to avoid the most serious impacts of climate change," he said. "But we have precious little of that time."
Nurses Emerge as Front Line 'Climate Workers'
TAMANNA RAHMAN, BRENDAN SMITH | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 10/28/14 | ENV
The climate crisis is morphing into a public health crisis, forcing nurses to join the ranks of other workers on the front lines of climate change: firefighters battling ever more destructive fires, farmers struggling to coax crops from drought-ravaged fields, fishermen hauling empty nets from warming waters ...
Climate activist argues resistance is necessary to protect the public trust
JEREMY BRECHER | WAGINGNONVIOLENCE.ORG | 10/28/14 | PP
Alec Johnson, a.k.a. “Climate Hawk,”… will be the first defendant anywhere to make a necessity defense based on the duty of government to protect the climate under the public trust doctrine. “When it comes to our commons, to our public property, we the people have rights in a public trust.”
Solar cheaper in India than imported Australian coal
SOPHIE VORRATH | RENEWECONOMY.COM.AU | 10/28/14 | E
The results of India’s latest solar auction are in, and it is bad news for developers of Australian coal projects – solar PV is cheaper for Indian users than the electricity price needed to pay for imports of coal from Australia.
There’s a surprisingly strong link between climate change and violence
CHRIS MOONEY | WASHINGTONPOST.COM | 10/28/14/ | WCC
Earlier this year, when a study came out suggesting global warming will increase the rates of violent crimes in the United States … it drew widespread criticism. "This ... is what people who are losing the argument look like," noted the conservative publication National Review. One study may seem easy to dismiss. But the combined results of 56 of them? Not so much.
Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace on Climate Change and War, Lessons from Anti-Apartheid Struggle
AMY GOODMAN | DEMOCRACYNOW.ORG | 10/28/14 | A
"… The second lesson is the power of alliance, that one of the things we succeeded in doing in South Africa is building an alliance of faith leaders, trade union leaders, women’s movement, youth organizations and so on. And that was the beauty of what we saw on Sunday … "
Climate Change Is Sum of Many Parts
ELIZABETH DURKEE | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 10/24/14 | OOI
I completely agree with the Gazette’s 10/09 editorial (The Commission in Transition). Now is a perfect time for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission to “articulate its mission and reconsider its priorities.” To take it a step further, it is time for the commission to prioritize its planning under the umbrella of climate change.
2014 Set to be Hottest Year in Recorded Human History: NOAA
SARAH LAZARE | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 10/23/14 | TS
2014 is set to be the warmest calendar year in recorded human history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center revealed … The NOAA's findings echo those of NASA, which earlier this month that the last six months were the warmest such period of time ever recorded.
The Wisdom of the Crowd
HENDRIK HERTZBERG | NEWYORKER.COM | 10/23/14 | BC
"… half into the march, the throng fell silent, suddenly and completely. Then came the wave … then, like thunder after distant lightning, a wall of sound, a deafening, exuberant roar of human voices all around.
No speakers? Not quite. More like hundreds of thousands."
From The Wisdom of the Crowd above: "At Sunday’s vast and beautiful climate march, on Central Park West somewhere in the Sixties, I ran into Bill McKibben, a longtime acquaintance (he got his start as a New Yorker writer back in the nineteen-eighties). He was strolling at the edge of the crowd, unmolested, with his wife and colleague, Sue Halpern … taking a walk down Central Park West like everybody else. This was remarkable, and it was emblematic of what made this march feel different from other big marches I’ve been on for other big causes—for civil rights, against wars in Vietnam and Iraq, for nuclear disarmament, against nuclear power, for or against what have you. At those marches, most of them, leaders were a big deal, a major drawing card …" - Hendrik Hertzbergh
PHOTOS: Matthew Thibert, 350MVI
South Florida City Votes To Secede In Last-Ditch Effort To Avoid Being Swallowed By The Sea
KATIE VALENTINE | CLIMATEPROGRESS.ORG | 10/23/14 | A
“South Florida’s situation is very precarious and in need of immediate attention,” the resolution states. “Many of the issues facing South Florida are not political, but are now significant safety issues.”
Medical expert testifies in trial of Pilgrim nuke plant activists
CHRISTINE LEGERE | CAPECODONLINE.COM | 10/23/14 | OOI
It's not safe to live on Cape Cod, according to an internationally known expert on the medical and environmental dangers of nuclear power. During the final day of the trespassing trial of four anti-nuclear activists from the Cape, Dr. Helen Caldicott … testified that nuclear energy is not "clean" energy.
Climate records are breaking so often now, we’ve stopped paying attention
CHRIS MOONEY | WASHINGTONPOST.COM | 10/22//14 | TS
"On Monday, we learned from the NOAA that last September was the hottest of them all, out of 135 Septembers going back to 1880. The same was true for August 2014 … Global warming has often been likened to the situation of a frog in slowly boiling water. We’ve been the frog for almost 30 years.
One Month After Historic People’s Climate March, 'Climate Action' from Global Leaders Still Disappointing
SHA GROGAN-BROWN l COMMONDREAMS.ORG l 10/21/14 l PP
"… But what happens next matters even more. Frontline communities in the U.S. and around the world are struggling every day to survive this climate crisis, and are organizing around community solutions to climate change. They are and local infrastructure …"
Community Rating System doesn’t rate on Martha’s Vineyard
BARRY STRINGFELLOW | MVTIMES.COM | 10/19/14 | OOI
As sea levels and flood insurance premiums continue their inevitable rise, the Community Rating System (CRS) can help mitigate the costs of both. However, none of the six towns on Martha’s Vineyard is enlisted in the Community Rating System.
‣ Earth Care Book Group
‣ Fans of Sunset Lake
‣ Martha's Vineyard Peace Council
‣ Peter Krull & Company
‣ Vineyard Conservation Society
‣ Vineyard Power Cooperative
(more to come ... )