Salish Sea Headlines
Salish Sea and Pacific Northwest headlines are posted first, then selected Extinction & Survival headlines (because the Sixth Extinction proceeds), then Climate Crisis & Climate Action headlines (because they affect everywhere), and finally Free Press headlines (because knowledge and action are important to saving our nature). I’ve bolded key words in the headlines to facilitate scanning over them.
OCTOBER 2021 HEADLINES
2021-10-09 Josh Farley, “Crews put lid on Kitsap Way project helping remake Bremerton’s most polluted creek,” Kitsap Sun, 9 Oct. 2021, Crews put lid on Kitsap Way project
2021-10-12 Washington Wild, “Local Supporters Cheer House Passage of Wild Olympics Bill as part of NDAA,” The Wild World (monthly e-newsletter of Washington Wild), October 2021
Quotes from this newsletter
“The Wild Olympics Coalition cheered a major bi-partisan vote in Congress on September 23 that helped advance important public lands and rivers legislation forward, including the Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act sponsored by Senator Patty Murray and Representative Derek Kilmer (D-WA-06), which passed with a number of other public land bills as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act.
“The Wild Olympics legislation would permanently protect more than 126,500 acres of Olympic National Forest as wilderness and 19 rivers and their major tributaries – a total of 464 river miles – as Wild and Scenic Rivers.”
2021-10-07 Funding for Forest Restoration Projects
“Thanks to DNR’s Building Forest Partnerships Grant Program, forest collaboratives now have funding for restoration projects across Washington (23 counties, in total). That means landscape-scale work, including stream and habitat restoration — all community-led.
“This is a huge step towards creating a more resilient future for Washington. When we restore forests to health, we restore natural wildfire resistance, which keeps our forests and communities safe.”
⸺source: 7 Oct. 2021 fundraising email from Friends of Hilary Franz (D).
Extinction & Survival
21-10-14 Catrin Einhorn, “The Most Important Global Meeting You’ve Probably Never Heard Of Is Now,” New York Times, 14 Oct. 2021, Discusses the rapid collapse of species and systems that collectively sustain life on earth
World representatives are meeting to discuss how to address the rapid collapse of species and systems that collectively sustain life.
2021-10-11 Margaret Renkl, “Will We Lose All of the Disappearing Species We Love?,” New York Times, 11 Oct. 2021, Will We Lose All of the Disappearing Species We Love?
If you’ve ever fought for habitat and species (and I have), you’ll find (as Margaret Renkl writes in her article), that it involves many groups with differing interests, and that in a successful process they learn to work together. No matter our differing motivations, some important commonalities are, as Renkle notes, that “people on both sides of the aisle want to drink clean water and breathe clean air. People on both sides of the aisle want to keep living things alive.”
Even as the sixth extinction proceeds, I am heartened by the forests, rivers, and lakes that I’ve seen saved or reclaimed. There is always a story of engaged people behind that saving and reclaiming, and there are many such stories around America. In the saving, we gain hope.
Climate Crisis & Climate Action
Some Climate 202 Headlines (Climate 202 is a newsletter by Maxine Joselow, with research by Alexandra Ellerbeck, for the Washington Post). To sign up for this newsletter, please go to https://www.washingtonpost.com/newsletters/the-climate-202/
– 2021-10-22 “Meet the Republicans going to COP26”
Other items: President Biden’s CNN Town Hall, The Future of Fossil Fuels and Parsing the Paris Agreement, Democratic Plans, Countdown to COP26, Climate change is Threatening U.S. National Security, Climate Change Also Poses Risks to the U.S. Financial System, Climate Solutions Democrats could pare down environmental justice initiatives
– 2021-10-15 “Biden is sending 13 Cabinet members and senior officials to the U.N. climate summit,” Washington Post, The Climate 202 newsletter, 15 Oct. 2021.
21-10-14 Brad Plumer, “Fossil-Fuel Use Could Peak in Just a Few Years. Still, Major Challenges Loom,” New York Times, 14 Nov. 2021, Fossil-Fuel Use Could Peak in Just a Few Years. Still, Major Challenges Loom
Per the article: “The International Energy Agency now projects that humanity’s emissions of carbon dioxide will reach a peak by the mid-2020s and then drop slowly in the decades thereafter. . . . Even so, this shift is still nowhere near enough to avert some of the most perilous consequences of climate change, the agency warned.”
“The transition away from coal, oil and natural gas still isn’t happening fast enough to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, the agency said, at least not unless governments take much stronger action to reduce their planet-warming carbon dioxide emissions over the next few years.”
2021-10-10 Brad Plumer and Winston Choi-Schagrin, “Major Climate Action at Stake in Fight Over Twin Bills Pending in Congress,” New York Times, 10 Oct. 2021, Major Climate Action at Stake in Fight Over Twin Bills Pending in Congress
This article describes the bills’ major proposals.
2021-10-02 Naomi Oreskes and Sofia Andrade,” Harvard and Other Schools Make a Choice on Fossil Fuels, New York Times, 2 Oct. 2021, Harvard and Other Schools Make a Choice on Fossil Fuels
2021-10-15 Elaine Godfrey (The Atlantic), “A media giant guts a newspaper and crushes the soul of a town,” Seattle Times, 15 Oct. 2021, A media giant guts a newspaper and crushes the soul of a town. From this article:
“When people lament the decline of small newspapers, they tend to emphasize the most important stories that will go uncovered: political corruption, school-board scandals, zoning-board hearings, police misconduct. They are right to worry about that. But often overlooked are the more quotidian stories, the ones that disappear first when a paper loses resources: stories about the annual Teddy Bear Picnic at Crapo Park, the town-hall meeting about the new swimming-pool design, and the tractor games during the Denmark Heritage Days.
“These stories are the connective tissue of a community; they introduce people to their neighbors, and they encourage readers to listen to and empathize with one another. When that tissue disintegrates, something vital rots away. We don’t often stop to ponder the way that a newspaper’s collapse makes people feel: less connected, more alone. As local news crumbles, so does our tether to one another.”
SEPTEMBER 2021 HEADLINES
2021-09-08 Tax Credits to Help Save Local Journalism
Brier Dudley, “Congress close to saving local journalism, maybe,” Seattle Times, 8 Sep. 2021, [no link yet]
2021-09-03 Brier Dudley, “Renew state support for newspapers,” Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/renew-state-support-for-newspapers/
“There is an easy, low-cost way for Washington state to help save local journalism.”
2021-09-01 Brier Dudley, “As skepticism grows, local news remains trusted,” Seattle Times [no link yet]
Earlier Free Press News:
2021-07-30 Brier Dudley, “Sen. Cantwell on local news and keeping Americans informed,” Seattle Times, Senator Maria Cantwell works to strengthen local news
2021-09-24 Governor Jay Inslee participated in a Chesapeake Climate Action Network calling for passage of the reconciliation build back better bill. You can view that webinar at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxPKw_Ahf7M.
I blogged about this webinar at https://michaelmaddoxconservation.com/2021/09/29/two-strikes-and-were-out-call-republicans/
2021-09-12 Jonathan Weisman and Emily Cochrane, “House panels begin writing the $3.5 trillion social policy and climate bill,” New York Times, update 12 Sep. 2021, Social Policy and Climate Bill
2021-09-10 Anemona Hartocollis, “Harvard Says It Will Not Invest in Fossil Fuels,” New York Times, 10 Sep. 2021, Harvard Says It Will Not Invest in Fossil Fuels
21-09-08 Ivan Penn, “From 4% to 45%: Energy Department Lays Out Ambitious Blueprint for Solar Power, New York Times, 8 Sept. 2021, Biden’s plan for solar power
“The Biden administration on Wednesday released a blueprint showing how the nation could move toward producing almost half of its electricity from the sun by 2050 . . .”
2021-09-07 Electric-Car Charging Stations: China and the E.U. are way ahead of the U.S.
Niraj Chokshi, Matthew Goldstein and Erin Woo, “Biden’s Electric Car Plans Hinge on Having Enough Chargers,” New York Times, 7 Sep. 2021, U.S. way behind China and E.U. in number of electric chargers
2021-09-06 Karla Adam, “Meet the ‘Grey Greens’ joining Extinction Rebellion on the streets,” Independent, 6 Sep. 2021, Meet the ‘Grey Greens’ joining Extinction Rebellion on the streets
2021-09-04 Karla Adam, “‘Gray greens’: Grandparents are being arrested in London climate protests,” Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2021, “‘Gray greens’: Grandparents are being arrested in London climate protests,”
2021-09-03 Bellamy Pailthorp, “Activists make a spectacle to keep climate emergency in Tacoma City Council’s sight,” KNKX Public Radio, 3 Sep. 2021, https://www.knkx.org/2021-09-03/activists-make-a-spectacle-to-keep-climate-emergency-in-tacoma-city-councils-sight (read and listen)
2021-09-17 Jessie Darland, “Plans for Port Gamble Heritage Park coming into focus,” Kitsap Sun, 17 Sep. 2021, Plans for Port Gamble Heritage Park coming into focus
Read the article for the details, but also see that it announces that “the third of four community meetings for the public to hear about master planning for the park will be held virtually on Sept. 29. Registration can be found on the Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park website at http://portgambleforestpark.com/. The meeting, which will be recorded, will share plans on the ecological restoration of the park.”
2021-09-30, Amanda Zhou, “Goodbye, single-use plastic bags. Here’s what you need to know about Washington’s ban,” Seattle Times, 30 Sept. 2021, Washington State’s plastic bags go away
2021-09-05 Rebecca Moss, “A year after fire destroyed Malden, a grieving town slowly rebuilds,” Seattle Times, A year after fire destroyed Malden, a grieving town slowly rebuilds
“There was no way to stop that fire.” Listen to first hand accounts of people who went through the Malden fire and what their doing now to rebuild.
2021-09-05 “Evan Bush,” In North Cascades, researchers, climbers watch Washington’s snowpack quickly melt, exposing glaciers’ retreat,” Seattle Times, North Cascades Glaciers are Melting
2021-09-04 Bellamy Pailthorp, Lilly Ana Fowler, and Kevin Kniestedt, “HEATED: A conversation about how, why we reported our summer heat wave series,” KNKX Public Radio, 4 Sep. 2021, https://www.knkx.org/2021-09-04/heated-a-conversation-about-how-why-we-reported-our-summer-heat-wave-series (read and listen)
2021-09-02 Paul Krugman, “Corporate America Is Lobbying for Climate Disaster,” New York Times, Corporate America Is Lobbying for Climate Disaster
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