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September 30 2019

global media focus on climate; climate change an important Iowa campaign issue; a true hot spot: Jacobabad, Pakistan; U.C. divests from fossil fuels to avoid financial risk; a political moment of inflection for climate change

This week I’m officially overwhelmed with the volume of climate news! An international collaboration of media organizations called Covering Climate Now is emphasizing climate stories from September 15-23, including the global school strike for climate and the U.N. meetings. Entire editions of magazines such as Time and The Economist are devoted to climate change, and I can only give you a small sampling of what’s out there. I encourage you to explore beyond this edition of In Brief Climate News. One unusual story I found is a transcript of the first conversation between Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

I hope you supported the young people in your community during the September 20th School Strike for Climate. The PBS NewsHour has a great video summary of events from around the world, and there is an overall summary with great photography in the New York Times. Please spend five minutes watching Greta Thunberg’s speech at the U.N. The fury in her voice will spread to everybody in her generation, and we should be preparing for this reality, just as we are preparing for the inevitable impacts of climate change. Vox has a great review of the Sunrise Movement, and why it is effective. As an op-ed in the Guardian notes, this is what leadership looks like…

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September 15 2019

cabernet and climate change, renewable energy grows fast (but not fast enough), #Sharpiegate shows Trump’s disdain for science, join the climate strike September 20

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the future of Cabernet in the Napa Valley, where climate trends suggest conditions will combine to reduce the quality of wines produced by Napa’s signature grape. Some vintners are already conducting experimental plantings of alternate varietals to understand how to adapt their wine-making activities as climate changes. The Guardian describes how residents of Las Vegas are coping (or not) with rising temperatures, which are projected to reach “hellish” levels in future decades without ambitious climate action. Salon reports on the expectation of longer and more severe allergy seasons due to climate change.

The Prime Minister of Iceland writes eloquently in the New York Times about the importance for climate action, noting he will be dedicating a “Letter to the Future” in the form of a plaque at the former site of the Okjokull Glacier that has now melted. The letter reads in part “…in the next 200 years all [Iceland’s] glaciers are expected to [melt]. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”

InsideClimate News reports that, although renewable energy capacity quadrupled worldwide over the past 10 years, this rate of growth is still not adequate to reach climate goals. The article notes that capital is shifting away from fossil fuels, as evidenced by the fact that no oil companies are found in the top 10 companies listed by Standard and Poor’s, even though in 1980 seven of the 10 were oil companies…

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IN BRIEF: PAST
CLIMATE NEWS

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I’m going to do all this reading and research anyway… might as well share what I learn!
September 30 2019

global media focus on climate; climate change an important Iowa campaign issue; a true hot spot: Jacobabad, Pakistan; U.C. divests from fossil fuels to avoid financial risk; a political moment of inflection for climate change

This week I’m officially overwhelmed with the volume of climate news! An international collaboration of media organizations called Covering Climate Now is emphasizing climate stories from September 15-23, including the global school strike for climate and the U.N. meetings. Entire editions of magazines such as Time and The Economist are devoted to climate change, and I can only give you a small sampling of what’s out there. I encourage you to explore beyond this edition of In Brief Climate News. One unusual story I found is a transcript of the first conversation between Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

I hope you supported the young people in your community during the September 20th School Strike for Climate. The PBS NewsHour has a great video summary of events from around the world, and there is an overall summary with great photography in the New York Times. Please spend five minutes watching Greta Thunberg’s speech at the U.N. The fury in her voice will spread to everybody in her generation, and we should be preparing for this reality, just as we are preparing for the inevitable impacts of climate change. Vox has a great review of the Sunrise Movement, and why it is effective. As an op-ed in the Guardian notes, this is what leadership looks like…

read more
September 15 2019

cabernet and climate change, renewable energy grows fast (but not fast enough), #Sharpiegate shows Trump’s disdain for science, join the climate strike September 20

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the future of Cabernet in the Napa Valley, where climate trends suggest conditions will combine to reduce the quality of wines produced by Napa’s signature grape. Some vintners are already conducting experimental plantings of alternate varietals to understand how to adapt their wine-making activities as climate changes. The Guardian describes how residents of Las Vegas are coping (or not) with rising temperatures, which are projected to reach “hellish” levels in future decades without ambitious climate action. Salon reports on the expectation of longer and more severe allergy seasons due to climate change.

The Prime Minister of Iceland writes eloquently in the New York Times about the importance for climate action, noting he will be dedicating a “Letter to the Future” in the form of a plaque at the former site of the Okjokull Glacier that has now melted. The letter reads in part “…in the next 200 years all [Iceland’s] glaciers are expected to [melt]. This monument is to acknowledge that we know what is happening and what needs to be done. Only you know if we did it.”

InsideClimate News reports that, although renewable energy capacity quadrupled worldwide over the past 10 years, this rate of growth is still not adequate to reach climate goals. The article notes that capital is shifting away from fossil fuels, as evidenced by the fact that no oil companies are found in the top 10 companies listed by Standard and Poor’s, even though in 1980 seven of the 10 were oil companies…

read more

IN BRIEF: PAST
CLIMATE NEWS

MORE MY TAKES