Climate Fight Won't wait for Paris: Vive La Resistance
Pressure is growing. A relentless climate movement is starting to win big, unprecedented victories around the world, victories which are quickly reshaping the consensus view.
BILL MCKIBBEN | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 03/19/15 | A
Copenhagen was a fiasco because environmentalists were hopeful that our leaders would do the right thing. Not this time – we’ll push as hard as we possibly can, and if we do then good things will happen before Paris … and for years to come. Our task is brutally hard and painfully simple: keep the carbon in the ground.
The Only Place It Was Cold This Winter Was The East Coast Of The United States
JOE ROMM | CLIMATEPROGRESS.ORG | 03/19/15 | TS/OOI
If you live on the East Coast of the United States, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has just released some statistics that may surprise you: Globally, this has been the hottest winter on record, topping the previous record (2007) by 0.05°F … hottest start to any year (January-February) …
UN Head Urges Better Safeguards for Climate Disasters
ELAINE KURTENBACH | ABCNEWS.CO.COM | 03/19/15 | PP
Preventing disaster is "everybody's business," Ban said, urging better help and more safeguards for the world's poorest and weakest people as the threat from climate-related disasters grows. Pacific island leaders are speaking out at the conference about their concerns, as sea levels rise and extreme storms intensify …"The world must act and act fast"
Is This a Blip or a Tip in Humanity's Onslaught on the Climate?
KUMI NAIDOO | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 03/19/15 | BC
Reports that the growth in carbon pollution paused last year should give heart to climate campaigners and clean energy investors around the world. The figures, from the International Energy Agency, no less, will come as a cold shower to those who still believe that burning fossil fuels is inextricably bound to economic growth.
Wind Power Without U.S. Subsidy to Become Cheaper Than Gas
CHRISTOPHER MARTIN/JUSTIN DOOM | BLOOMBERG.COM | 03/19/15 | E
(Bloomberg) -- Wind power will be cheaper than electricity produced from natural gas within a decade, even without a federal tax incentive, according to a U.S. Energy Department analysis. Cost reductions and technology improvements will reduce the price of wind power to below that of fossil-fuel generation.
Building people power before the Paris climate summit
Finding ways to act effectively when conventional representative institutions fail is what social movements do
JEREMY BRECHER | WAGINGNONVIOLENCE.ORG | 03/10/15 | A
As Gandhi once wrote, “Even the most powerful cannot rule without the cooperation of the ruled.” The powers that are responsible for climate change could not continue for a day without the acquiescence of those whose lives and future they are destroying.
Network TV Continues Giving Climate Change Cold Shoulder
FAIR study finds Northeast cold eclipses West's record heat
MILES GRANT | FAIR.ORG | 03/10/15 | M
The climate crisis is a clear and present danger to America … yet news outlets are clouding the problem in silence and creating uncertainty. Even though 2014 was the hottest year on record and temperatures continue their steady rise, media coverage of climate change remains down.
Climate change: why the Guardian is putting threat to Earth front and centre
As global warming argument moves on to politics and business, Alan Rusbridger explains the thinking behind our major series on the climate crisis
ALAN RUSBRIDGER | THEGUARDIAN.COM | 03/10/15 | M
These events that have yet to materialize may dwarf anything journalists have had to cover over the past troubled century. There may be untold catastrophes, famines, floods, droughts, wars, migrations and sufferings just around the corner … You will, I hope, be reading a lot about our climate over the coming weeks.
Kids are smarter than senators on climate change, and this poll proves it
LIZ CORE | GRIST.ORG | 03/10/15 | PP
Every kid ever has dreamt of bossing around a bunch of authoritative grown-ups. Tuesday on Capitol Hill, six teens will attempt to make that dream come true by trying to meet with climate-denying GOP senators and school them on elementary-level climate science.
Climate Change Victims Seeking Legal Remedies
'Climate change justice' is about to enter our vocabulary
GARY FEUERBERG | EPOCHTIMES.COM | 03/10/15 | BC
“The climate crisis is fundamentally an issue of justice. What we are doing is wrong” … “The legal profession has a critical role to play in strengthening and creating laws … and policies needed to ensure an effective and equitable response to climate change. We cannot solve the climate crisis without you, the lawyers of the world.”
Making the Connection Between Climate and Fisheries
An interview with NOAA Fisheries scientist Jon Hare, multiple studies have found that about two-thirds of the fish populations on the Northeast U.S. continental shelf are moving northwards
RICH PRESS/JON HARE | FISHERIES.NOAA.GOV | 02/26/15 | OOI/TS
Hare discusses how fish are shifting their distributions in response to climate change and how those shifts ripple through the ecosystem … we need to increase our ability to forecast fish populations even as climate change drives them in unpredictable directions. That will require increased collaboration between fisheries biologists, oceanographers, and climate scientists.
Hurricane History Told in Layers of Pond Muck
TOM DUNLOP | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 02/26/15 | OOI/TS
The critical point, Mr. Donnelly said, is that with the help of man, sea surface temperatures today already exceed those of the prehistoric past, and they continue to rise at rapid rates
Hurricanes may begin to strike the southern New England coastline more often and more ferociously than at any time since colonial settlement, according to Jeff Donnelly, the lead scientist in a new study (conducted in a coastal pond just across Vineyard Sound) that offers evidence of ancient and mighty hurricane landfalls in the northeast.
Study Reveals Cape Cod's Surprisingly Stormy Past
HEATHER GOLDSTONE/DR. JEFF DONNELLY | CAPEANDISLANDS.ORG | 02/26/15 | OOI/TS
Radio Interview of lead scientist for study from WHOI
Donnelly says this study yields two lessons. First and foremost, we've developed our coastlines without any appreciation for our true vulnerability to hurricanes. Secondly, with ocean temperatures now even higher than they were in the first millenium, we could be in for some truly wild weather in decades to come.
TV Meteorologists Should Say It Loud and Clear: Climate Change Is Here
AMY GOODMAN | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 02/26/15 | WCC
The public depends on broadcasters for most of their news and information … How could a drought in California be related to Niagara Falls freezing over thousands of miles away? People aren’t stupid. The daily deluge of sensational weather reporting must include explanations of the deeper changes occurring to our entire planet.
MVC Executive Director Search Attracts Strong Interest
OLIVIA HULL | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 02/26/15 | OOI
The Martha’s Vineyard Commission will choose a new director from a pool of 33 candidates. A nationwide search that concluded last week received a “good response” from applicants, Doug Sederholm, chairman of the search committee, told the Gazette by phone this week … The commission will conduct public interviews in late March or early April.
Sea levels in Northeast jumped 5 inches in just 2 years, study finds
ANDREW FREEDMAN | MASHABLE.COM | 02/26/15 | OOI/TS
As global warming-related sea level rise continues, these smaller-scale sea level fluctuations are likely to be more frequent and damaging, climate scientists told Mashable. "When superimposed on long-term and gradual sea level rise, 2009-10 type extreme sea level events will pose an even higher coastal flooding risk"
Obama’s Trade Agenda Smacks Down the Climate
'These trade agreements fuel an extractive form of globalization that has negatively impacted jobs and inequality, and have also been devastating for the climate.'
BEN LILLISTON | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 02/26/15 | E/PP
This week 40 groups—many of them focusing on rural and community-based responses to climate change—wrote Congress calling for the rejection of Fast Track trade authority, which would speed through two mega trade deals without fully assessing their impacts on the climate. The letter is timely.
Why we must protect and restore our wetlands
ED DEWITT | CAPECODTIMES.COM | 02/26/15 | OOI
This past month’s blizzards and storms once again provided Cape Codders an important reminder of the value of salt marshes as a key part of our coastal defenses. Storm surges and floodwaters were absorbed and soaked up by these marshes.
Counting the Cost of the Global Biofuels Boom
KELLY STONE | SMARTERFUELFUTURE.ORG | 02/25/15 | PP
There are 64 countries in the world that have mandates for the consumption of biofuels … Government mandates create an inflexible demand for biofuel crops, driving up the cost of food and making prices more volatile … as the mandates increase, families … are being kicked off their land to make way for biofuels plantations.
Beyond the market-state: decentralising power in a sharing society
At a time when governments are failing abysmally to mitigate climate change, reduce inequality or end poverty, the key to creating a more equal and sustainable world is establishing participative forms of political engagement at all levels of society – from the local to the global.
RAJESH MAKWANA | SHARING.ORG | 02/19/15 | PP
Is the long-championed ideal of a truly democratic state now a lost cause? Should concerned citizens and activists turn their attention instead to establishing sustainable economic alternatives within their towns and communities? Or should we all be doing much more to ensure that "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth"?
The President Should Not Only Veto the Keystone XL Pipeline but Stop it Permanently
ROBERT REICH | FACEBOOK.COM | 02/19/15 | PP
The President says he’ll veto the Keystone XL pipeline. He should do more, and put an end to the project altogether. He has the authority. Oil from Alberta’s tar sands is the dirtiest in the world … Please tell the White House to veto it permanently. VIDEO:
Key Leadership Qualities
The following letter was sent to Doug Sederholm, chairman of the Martha’s Vineyard Commission executive director search committee
BRUCE NEVIN | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 02/19/15 | OOI
I urge you to ensure that the criteria for seeking and selecting a new director for the commission prominently and centrally include issues of climate change. We will be dealing with challenges of sea level, weather, habitat change, and economic consequences which are very difficult to predict in detail.
Tesla Battery Looks To Disrupt Home, Office Power Consumption
Tesla Motors' plans to introduce a battery that can be used for home and office energy storage lends credence to a burgeoning industry that is transforming the way we consume power.
THOMAS CLAYBURN | INFORMATIONWEEK.COM | 02/19/15 | DL
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk announced his intention to unveil a Tesla home battery for use in residences and businesses during his company's earnings call on Feb. 12. "We have the design done and it should start going into production probably about six months or so," said Musk.
Legislating Clean Energy
The correct e-addresses are: Daniel.Wolf@masenate.gov and email@example.com
PETER CABANA | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 02/19/15 | OOI
Others in the state should be allowed to expeditiously form cooperatives and produce as much unencumbered clean electricity as possible and not be delayed in getting their electricity interconnected to the grid. The best way to accomplish this is with revised legislation.
Support for alternate energy
The correct e-addresses are: Daniel.Wolf@masenate.gov and firstname.lastname@example.org
ROBERT A. PACI | MVTIMES.COM | 02/19/15 | OOI
I think it’s time to come to grips with reality. Judging from recent news on fusion reactors, there isn’t going to be cheap, safe power in a bottle in the near future. We’ve got wind and the sun, both viable competitors to stinky pollution, and that’s it. One man’s aesthetics is another man’s lifeline.
Doctors Worldwide Blast TPP's 'Chilling Effect' on Health, Climate Protections
While U.S. corporations have been involved in negotiations, 'health agencies have been forced to rely on leaks,' physicians point out in letter to be published Saturday
DEIRDRE FULTON | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 02/19/15 | ENV
The corporate-friendly Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), along with the equally troubling Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), "threaten the ability of governments worldwide to provide affordable health care and to put in place health and environmental laws that protect public health and mitigate health inequity."
Plan B? What Happened to Plan A?
Why we shouldn’t fund geoengineering experimentation, and what we still need to learn about the climate
PAT MOONEY | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 02/11/15 | PP
If the US or other powerful governments accept geoengineering as a plausible “Plan B,” Plan A will evaporate faster than Congressional bipartisanship. The fossil fuel industry is desperate to protect between $20 and $28 trillion in booked assets that can only be extracted if the corporations are allowed to overshoot GHG-emissions.
Massachusetts Global Divestment Day, Feb 12 at the State House
350MA | DOCUMENT | 02/11/15 | DR
The 350Mass divestment team has pulled together an incredible line-up of events here in Massachusetts for Thursday, February 12! Join us as we call on our legislators to make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to divest its pension from fossil fuels.
House Votes To Force Approval Of The Keystone XL Pipeline
KATIE VALENTINE | CLIMATEPROGRESS.ORG | 02/12/15 | PP
Better get your veto stamp ready, President Obama. The House voted 270-152 Wednesday to pass legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline … If the president does veto the bill, it will be the in his career that he’s used his veto authority. Right now, it doesn’t look like the House or Senate would get the two-thirds majority that it would take to override the veto.
Scientists and economists call on Obama and Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
JENNIFER SKENE | SWITCHBOARD.NRDC.ORG | 02/12/15 | KXL
Earlier today, ninety-five scientists and economists released a letter urging President Obama and Secretary Kerry to reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline, calling it a "step in the wrong direction" if the Obama administration is serious about addressing climate change.
Vineyard Power and corporate partner win offshore wind lease
The local power cooperative and an international energy developer can begin developing wind power 12 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.
STEVE MYRICK | MVTIMES.COM | 02/06/15 | OOI
The federal government last week awarded Offshore MW and its local partner Vineyard Power Cooperative the exclusive right to begin development of offshore wind power on a 166,886-acre tract in ocean waters about 12 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard.
Progress on Journey to Energy Independence
JOHN ABRAMS | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 02/06/15 | OOI
We have, in this country and on this planet, an unprecedented challenge ahead. Climate change … it’s what we live with, right now, today, and it has us on a knife edge … Deep energy system de-carbonization will require tremendous innovation, rapid improvement in every critical technology area, and robust policies to ensure large-scale adoption of renewables.
Squibnocket's Long Road
EDITORIALS | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 02/06/15 | OOI
Should development be allowed in fragile coastal areas, and if allowed, do those who choose to live there have a right to reliable access? Knowing that barriers will only slow, not stop erosion, do we build for the short term or let natural forces take their course?
What Do the Latest Climate Assessments Tell Us about Nor’easters?
Region where nor’easters prowl is also where we find the most pronounced turn toward extreme rainfall and snowfall
BOB HENSON | WUNDERGROUND.COM | 02/01/15 | OOI
The most comprehensive report to date on our nation’s climate is the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment, released early in 2014. It found that the trend toward intensified precipitation is stronger in the Northeast than in any other part of the country.
Obama Moves To Protect Against Flooding From Rising Sea Levels
KATE SHEPPARD | HUFFINGTONPOST.COM | 02/01/15 | PP
Obama issued an executive order on Friday directing federal, state and local agencies to incorporate projections for sea level rise in planning and construction along the coasts. The new Federal Flood Risk Management Standard requires that all federally funded projects located in floodplains, including buildings and roads, be built to withstand flooding.
Why Is the 'Climate President' Approving More Oil Drilling?
MIYOKO SAKASHITA | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 02/01/15 | PP
Last week Obama rightly declared in his SOTU address: "No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change." This week, the Obama administration announced plans to open up the Atlantic Ocean to oil and gas drilling and offer more lease sales in the sensitive Arctic waters off Alaska.
Presente.org Statement on Passage of Senate Keystone XL Bill
ARTURO CARMONA | PRESENTE.ORG | 02/01/15 | A
“Apparently the 2016 Republican strategy for the Latino vote is to bash us, pollute our communities, and then tear our families apart. Today’s vote by Republicans … is a slap in the face to Latinos nationwide on the front lines of toxic fossil fuel pollution and climate change-fueled extreme weather, droughts, and flooding."
The Heat is On: Via Campesina and Allies Challenge Climate Capitalism
SALENS TRAMEL | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 02/01/15 | A
Growing movements of those on the frontlines of climate disruption argue that the high-level political remedies touted at venues such as the COP amount to false promises and leave out marginalized voices. Via Campesina is perhaps the most prominent of these movements, with more than 250 million peasant, pastoralist, and indigenous members from around the world.
Governors' Big Oil-assisted lobbying pays off in Obama's Atlantic drilling plan
SUE STURGIS | SOUTHERNSTUDIES.ORG | 02/01/15 | E
The governors' pro-drilling campaign had significant help from Big Oil: A recent Center for Public Integrity (CPI) investigation found the OCSGC has a close relationship with HBW Resources, an energy lobbying firm acting on behalf of the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), an oil industry-funded advocacy group.
‣ Earth Care Book Group
‣ Fans of Sunset Lake
‣ Martha's Vineyard Peace Council
‣ Peter Krull & Company
‣ Vineyard Conservation Society
‣ Vineyard Power Cooperative
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