[GWSG] Community action; in Britain; C budget cut; CA gas cut; ice cannons; insect stories; NY GND

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Fri Jul 19 09:41:09 EDT 2019

1. Sociologist Meghan Kallman observes that as we face some degree of social collapse our strength and resilience will come from our associations with others. “Either we include each other and draw on each other’s strengths, or we will perish in a sea of infighting, oppression, and actual salt water. Crises require a radical form of solidarity. They require us to do things differently than we have done them before.” https://www.resilience.org/stories/2019-07-16/turning-toward-each-other/

2. In England randomly selected groups of citizens are being assembled to advise governmental authorities on actions to deal with the climate crisis. The assemblies are intended not only to advise the governments but to strengthen democracy. An extensive program of local meetings is planned, leading to a national meeting.  https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/19/could-camdens-climate-assembly-help-fix-democracy-too

3. A new, more accurate estimate of ocean heating since 1850 indicates (under one set of assumptions) that our carbon budget is 24-33% lower than we thought, and that we have 6-10 years left before the 1.5C target is exceeded. The revision raises issues about the formulation of climate risks. Thanks to Ed Brock for the news. https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-major-update-to-ocean-heat-record-could-shrink-1-5c-carbon-budget
Analysis: Major update to ocean-heat record could shrink 1.5C carbon budget<https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-major-update-to-ocean-heat-record-could-shrink-1-5c-carbon-budget>
The UK’s Met Office recently released “HadSST4”, the largest update since 2011 to its widely used sea surface temperature (SST) record. The new version provides more accurate estimates of SSTs in the period during and after the second world war, as well as over the past decade. It suggests that the world’s oceans have warmed by around 0.1C more than previously thought since pre ...

4. In a unanimous vote, the Berkeley city council has banned natural gas in new homes, the first such action in the US. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/berkeley-becomes-first-us-city-to-ban-natural-gas-in-new-buildings/ar-AAEt30j?ocid=spartandhp
Berkeley becomes first US city to ban natural gas in new buildings - msn.com<https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/berkeley-becomes-first-us-city-to-ban-natural-gas-in-new-buildings/ar-AAEt30j?ocid=spartandhp>
The City Council on Tuesday night unanimously voted to ban gas from new low-rise residential buildings starting Jan. 1. It’s not the first time Berkeley has passed pioneering health or ...

5. If we could follow Berkeley’s lead and go on to make a complete transition to renewable energy, we could halt our greenhouse gas emissions and begin to draw down carbon from the atmosphere. Still, to the best of our knowledge the West Antarctic would still be unstable and we would still lose our coastal areas to sea level rise. We could prevent that by building ice cannons which would shoot trillions of tons of desalinated ice onto the West Antarctic. As absurd as it sounds, at least we now know of one way to stop at least some sea level rise. Unless we control emissions, the project would be pointless.  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/17/manmade-antarctic-snowstorm-could-save-coastal-cities-from-rising-seas
Manmade Antarctic snowstorm 'could save coastal cities from rising seas' | Environment | The Guardian<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/17/manmade-antarctic-snowstorm-could-save-coastal-cities-from-rising-seas>
Spraying trillions of tons of snow over west Antarctica could halt the ice sheet’s collapse and save coastal cities across the world from sea level rise, according to a new study.. The colossal ...

6. If you have missed the insect apocalypse coverage, SueEllen Campbell recommends a package of stories to catch you up. https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/07/what-is-known-about-the-mysterious-disappearance-of-insects/
What is known about the mysterious disappearance of insects » Yale Climate Connections<https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/07/what-is-known-about-the-mysterious-disappearance-of-insects/>
What is known about the mysterious disappearance of insects By SueEllen Campbell on Jul 7, 2019 These news articles and accessible scientific papers explain the latest findings on the 'insect apocalypse.'

7. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the state’s Green New Deal package of legislation. It includes 1.7 gigawatts of offshore wind energy, a US record amount of new renewable power. https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/new-york-awards-1-7gw-of-offshore-wind-as-governor-signs-states-green-new-d?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Daily&utm_campaign=GTMDaily#gs.q6kuq4
New York Awards 1.7GW of Offshore Wind as Cuomo Signs State's Green New Deal | Greentech Media<https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/new-york-awards-1-7gw-of-offshore-wind-as-governor-signs-states-green-new-d?utm_medium=email&utm_source=Daily&utm_campaign=GTMDaily#gs.q6kuq4>
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced 1.7 gigawatts of offshore wind deals with two development groups, as he signed into law the state’s ambitious Green New Deal.

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