Climate 2020: Hot around the world

     —  Henry Fountain, Blacki Migliozzi and Nadja Popovich, “Where 2020’s Record Heat Was Felt the Most,” The New York Times, 14 Feb. 2021, Web, Where 2020’s Record Heat Was Felt the Most
Spin the Earth around in this graphical-representation article and see, via the whites, pinks, and reds, where the planet did not warm, where it warmed, and where it warmed a lot.

     — Story by Chris Mooney, Andrew Freedman and John Muyskens, design by Jake Crump, “2020 rivals hottest year on record,pushing Earth closer to a critical climate threshold,” The Washington Post, 14 Jan. 2021, Web, 2020 rivals hottest year

Clean Cars 2030: My comments to District 23 representatives

[Comments sent today to Washington State Senator Christine Rolfes, Representative Tarra Simmons, and Representative Drew Hansen in support of SB 5257 (companion bill HB 1024) via https://app.leg.wa.gov/pbc/bill/5256.%5D

I first thought when I read that there was a bill that proposed banning new fossil-fuel cars in Washington from 2030 onward: “Well, that’ll never fly.” But then I read the details at https://www.coltura.org/washington-clean-cars, which explained the feasibility and the necessity of new cars being electric, and about the wisdom of us having an efficient electrical grid in Washington, and how going this course will cut greenhouse gases (transportation is the largest source of GHGs in Washington), lower costs for people (the new electric vehicles are on par with, or cheaper than, fossil-fuel cars—when all costs, such as maintenance, are accounted for), and add jobs (as we build the new renewable-fuels world). Under this bill, people can keep their old gas cars, but new cars from 2030 onward would be electric.

I now think it’s not only workable, but—given its benefits, and the huge climate strides we have to make—it’s necessary. The future is electric.

Micheal Maddox
Poulsbo

Audubon Washington’s 2021 legislative priorities

Greenhouse gas emissions and extinction of species are increasing, which threatens all of us. Fortunately, many people and groups (such as Audubon Washington) are working hard to move us and other creatures into a livable and flourishing future.

Audubon Washington recently released its 2021 legislative priorities.

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Kitsap Sun Journalism Fund

In the current misinformation world that we live in, it’s essential to have journalism-standard local news and information, such as that provided by the Kitsap Sun. For those wishing to keep local news strong, there is now a means to support the Sun (besides the usual and desired methods of purchasing a subscription to the Sun or buying advertisement space from it).

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Become a Stream Steward on the Kitsap Peninsula

— the following is pasted from a recent Stream Stewards e-announcement:

“If you’re inspired to connect with others to make a difference in the health of our local ecosystems, the Stream Steward training program is for you! 

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Tires kill coho salmon

— see Christopher Dunagan (Puget Sound Institute), “Scientists identify deadly chemical killing coho salmon,” Kitsap Sun, 6 Dec. 2020, Print, 1A and 8A; 4 Dec. 2020, Web, Scientists identify deadly chemical killing coho salmon (kitsapsun.com)

— see Lynda V. Mapes, “Tire dust killing coho salmon returning to Puget Sound, new research shows,” The Seattle Times, 3 Dec. 2020, Web, https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/environment/tire-dust-is-killing-salmon/

Inslee’s Climate Legislation for 2021

The following is pasted from the 29 Dec. 2020 Jay Inslee for Washington e-newsletter:

“Combating climate change is part of our bold policy & budget proposals”

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Funding for the Local Free Press

I strongly support a local free press for at least three reasons: a local free press is essential to know what’s happening in my hometown, it’s essential to the survival of our democracy, and it’s essential to know what environmental threats are occurring or that are proposed. We need the local free press to shine the light to keep our towns, democracy, and environment healthy.

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Kitsap Audubon meets with legislators

This letter to the editor (hyperlink: Kitsap Audubon meets with legislators) was published in the 22 Dec. 2020 web version of the Kitsap Sun newspaper as “State Can Act on Climate Goals.” The letter reports that members of the Kitsap Audubon Society met recently with Senator Christine Rolfes and Representative Drew Hansen to discuss climate change and wildlife habitat legislation for 2021. It also mentions some organizations that Washington State people can volunteer with to advance climate action and habitat protection.