By the way, your love of ride-sharing is bad for the environment, as the Union of Concerned Scientists reports that these trips are “about 69 percent more polluting than the types of trips they are replacing”.
You’d think that a story on an advanced supercomputer “designed to improve extreme weather and climate forecasting” would mention its carbon footprint.
But he came around to the idea of the sanctuary, in part as he saw the potential for tourism. He began working with conservationists from the World Wildlife Fund and scientists from around the world. He created a Twitter account where he posted videos of himself in a cloud of monarchs, encouraging visitors to witness the magic. He posted the last one hours before he disappeared.
From Homero Gómez González, Mexico’s monarch butterfly defender, found dead by Kevin Sieff
It is now 100 seconds to midnight as the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, in “a decision taken in full recognition of its historic nature”, advance the Doomsday Clock further than it’s ever been, due to nuclear proliferation, climate change, and information warfare.
In cities like Portland, some areas are referred to as “heat islands,” areas where development has exacerbated the effects of high temperatures. Now, a new study from Portland State University is showing, for the first time, that areas prone to excessive heat are disproportionately populated by low-income communities and people of color due to racist housing policies that stretch back more than a century.
Drownings may increase during unusually warm weather because more people go swimming. Deaths from traffic accidents may increase because higher temperatures tend to result in greater overall road traffic (at least in North America), erosion of driving skills, and increased alcohol consumption. And it’s possible that increased time spent outside combined with greater irritability in warm temperatures could increase confrontations and therefore injuries from assault, while the increase in suicides could have its roots in a possible increase in emotional distress among young people associated with high temperatures.
From How climate change could change the way we die by Sarah DeWeerdt
I’m not especially reassured by the fact that the FCC thinks NOAA is just selfishly and spuriously suggesting that 5G is going to wreak havoc on weather forecasting and anyway, god damn it, there’s $2 trillion to be made, meterologists! It’s not like accurate weather predictions are going to become increasingly important due to some sort of climate crisis or anything.
We know that any “Green New Deal” proposing economic and environmental reforms must address housing. If we have any hope of lowering our emissions, we’ll need reforms like these. The lowest-energy, lowest-cost housing—“four floors and corner stores,” as the writer Laura Loe puts it—is simply illegal today in too many important places. Nobody, private or public, is allowed to build it.
From Greener zoning regulations would let Portlanders live the lives we want by Michael Andersen and Sara Wright (via YIMBYtown)
Avocado politics is the parallel phenomenon of the right: Green on the outside, but brown(shirt) on the inside. Just as watermelon politics repackaged the political wish list of the left on the basis of the environmental crisis, so avocado politics reiterates the policy agenda of the far right, but now justified on the basis of the environmental crisis. Far from forcing the right to embrace the left’s prescriptions for anthropogenic global warming, our climate crisis may provide a powerful new set of justifications for the far-right policy program.
“Those of us who live on metaphorically & literally higher ground in the rising climate crisis,” warns Michael Andersen (a senior researcher at Sightline Institute) in response to new research, “must organize immediately in every way to welcome more people soon.” When this inevitably happens, your neighborhood’s racist Nextdoor threads really will be quite the sight to behold.
Daisy the Polar Bear is part of the upcoming Washed Ashore project at the Oregon Zoo. She is made of plastic collected from beaches.
“The crisis has raised fundamental questions about whether PG&E can deliver power safely to its customers amid a warming climate,” reports San Francisco Chronicle (via Andrew Small) as the power company cuts off 800,000 customers to prevent wildfires.