Pipelines dominate climate news this week with proposed projects withdrawn in Massachusetts (and NY.) The relative good news shows the power of activism. Listen in as we review recent events.Read more
For many Climate Hawks, global warming touches on deep emotions. Art, in all it’s forms, can help us deal with the anger, grief, hope and fear that the act of facing climate change can evoke. To help explore this topic, we talked to Rosanne Walsh , an artist living north of New York. Her paintings are figurative allegories which explore perceived personal responsibility for changes in the social order. Other themes that play strongly into her narrative are concerns about her personal relationship with the unparalleled spectacle of the natural world. Come listen as we discuss the role of art in dealing with the sustainability crisis of our time. See below the podcast player for a couple of her pictures.
Figure 1 The Last Roundup, Rosanne Walsh
Figure 2 Priestess of the Pines, Rosanne Walsh
Can better farming practices actually remove carbon dioxide from the air? Can it help in the ‘geo-therapy’ of the planet? Karl Thidemann of Soil4Climate thinks so. Listen in as we discuss this intriguing concept in the effort to address global warming.Read more
The Omnibus Energy Bill is making its way through the Massachusetts Legislature. We talk with Carol Oldham, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) about the good and bad of the “still to be defined” bill. Despite the huge win over Kinder Morgan there is still a lot of work to be done. (Spectra Energy: you’re next.) If you want to call your State Rep, see the link below!
Kids these days. All they think about is the future. In Oregon, a Federal judge finally agreed with their concerns. He allowed a case based on the “Public Trust” Doctrine to go forward. This is not a final win, but a step forward. Here in Massachusetts, we still have a debate on the Omnibus Energy (or should we say Climate) bill. Finally, if the Liberty Tree was a symbol of integrity and faith in the future for the American revolutionaries, wouldn’t Henry David Thoreau’s famous cabin a Walden Pond make a good symbol for Climate Hawks? Listen in.Read more
ClimateX is a proposal to provide a tailored path toward a large selection of on-line higher-ed courses on global warming. The mentoring is targeted at the specific interests of individual Climate Hawks. This customization is designed to help anyone with an internet connection to learn what they need to know in order to pursue their career and activism goals. Listen is as we explore MOOCs (Massive open online courses) and “Recommenders” with the idea’s creators, Rajesh Kasturirangan and Dave Damm-Luhr. If you like what you hear, sign up to vote for ClimateX in the Climate CoLab idea competition. Here is what to do:
- Register with the Climate CoLab.
- Once you have a CoLab account, go to the ClimateX page.
- On the ClimateX page, click the big blue button in the upper right that says "Vote."
The deadline is April 22, so act now!Read more
This week continued a pattern of heavy-duty climate related reports, which you don’t have to read because we read the synopses! The White House’s report on the public health risks of climate change is detrimental to your psychological well-being all by itself but also lays out the abundant risks of a warming world. This comes on the heels of the recent report on sea level rise and Jim Hansen’s paper suggesting that we are closer to climate “tipping points’ than we thought. Favorite-son John Kerry lays out the economic opportunities of a clean energy world. Who will grab the brass ring there? Listen in!Read more
While an “Omnibus” energy bill is still in preparation, a solar policy bill has been advanced on its own. The solar bill is an improvement on the original possibility, but it will require further improvements in the next round. Also, see below the jump for a link to find your state rep’s phone number and a script to ask her to oppose the proposed tariff (AKA tax) for the pipeline. Listen in!Read more
This week we learned that sea level rise could be much faster than anyone thought. By the end of this century, the sea could rise by about 6 feet. Imagine standing on your favorite beach, at the exact water’s edge. Then imagine the water over your head- how much farther inland would it go? That is a hint about where we could be in less than 100 years. Of course, if you play the Climate Smart Boston game, your views will help shape the long term plans of the city. On top of that, we have MA AG Healy investigating Exxon and new EVs to consider. Listen in!Read more
Planning a sustainable future for the City of Boston is no game, but for the next few weeks you can play an on-line game that could help to shape the next few decades of Boston’s development. Climate Smart Boston is a “public deliberation” game where you gain points by suggesting your own (and commenting on other people’s) ideas about making Boston “climate ready.” Then you can spend your points to support one of the ‘causes’ in the game- with real money. You don’t need to be an expert, just interested. Listen in as we get the details from the Project’s Manager.Read more