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Celebrate Arlington’s Path to a Sustainable Future

Sunday, September 23, 2018 - 3-5 p

Arlington Town Hall, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA

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  • Poster of the Week - Here's the Plot: 97% of the World's Scientists Conspire to Create an Imaginary Environmental Crisis

    Climate Change News Nov 19, 2018 | 06:45 am

    Poster of the Week - Here's the Plot: 97% of the World's Scientists Conspire to Create an Imaginary Environmental Crisis 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #46

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  • Toon of the Week - All I can hear is the sound of melting glaciers

    Climate Change News Nov 19, 2018 | 05:10 am

    Toon of the Week - All I can hear is the sound of melting glaciers 2018 SkS Weekly Digest #46

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  • Sunday 18

    Climate Change News Nov 19, 2018 | 04:50 am

    Sunday 18

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  • Photo of the Week - A burned neighborhood is seen in Paradise, California on November 15, 2018.

    Climate Change News Nov 19, 2018 | 04:12 am

    Photo of the Week - A burned neighborhood is seen in Paradise, California on November 15, 2018. 2014 SkS Weekly Digest #46

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  • Closing Nuclear Plants Risks Rise in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Report Warns

    Climate Change News Nov 18, 2018 | 22:15 pm

    Closing Nuclear Plants Risks Rise in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Report Warns Fresh division among environmentalists over nuclear energy, the single largest source of low-carbon electricity. Looming climate breakdown is opening fresh divisions among environmentalists over nuclear energy, with a major advocacy group calling for struggling nuclear plants to be propped up to avoid losing their low-carbon power. Nuclear is the single largest source of low-carbon electricity in the US.  But a third of nuclear plants are unprofitable or scheduled to close, risking a rise in greenhouse gas emissions if they are replaced by coal or natural gas, a major Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) report has found. US emissions could increase by as much as 6% if struggling plants are shuttered early, the report warns.  This scenario has put pressure on many environmental groups to re-evaluate their intrinsic opposition to nuclear energy as a dangerous blight that must be eradicated. Read more at Closing Nuclear Plants Risks Rise in Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Report Warns

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  • Likely New House Science Chair Seeks to Move Away from “Suspicion” of Science

    Climate Change News Nov 18, 2018 | 06:00 am

    Likely New House Science Chair Seeks to Move Away from “Suspicion” of Science If elected, Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson will, among other things, bring a different attitude toward climate science.Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) has never had a conversation with former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt—but she’d like to question him soon about his handling of science at the agency.It’s been a week since Democrats won enough seats in midterm elections to take control of the House, and Johnson is starting to discuss preliminary ideas for the Science, Space and Technology Committee if she becomes chairwoman, which is expected.She’s “hoping” Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) will become ranking member of the committee, and thinks Energy Secretary Rick Perry has surprised people.Johnson has outlined a three-part agenda, including restoring the committee as “a place where science is respected and recognized,” ensuring that the “United States remains the global leader in innovation,” and addressing the “challenge of climate change, starting with acknowledging it is real.”The committee got “off course” in the past six years under Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), she says.If she becomes chair, Johnson would be the first African-American woman to lead the Science Committee.  She also was the first registered nurse elected to Congress.“I think that the fact that [Johnson] has a background in nursing will bring a different perspective ... which will be based on facts and evidence rather than antipathy toward climate change,” said Shaughnessy Naughton, founder of 314 Action, a political action committee aiming to elect scientists to public office.Read more at Likely New House Science Chair Seeks to Move Away from “Suspicion”[…]

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  • Policies of China, Russia, and Canada Threaten 5C Climate Change, Study Finds

    Climate Change News Nov 18, 2018 | 05:20 am

    Policies of China, Russia, and Canada Threaten 5C Climate Change, Study Finds Ranking of countries’ goals shows even EU on course for more than double safe level of warming.China, Russia, and Canada’s current climate policies would drive the world above a catastrophic 5C of warming by the end of the century, according to a study that ranks the climate goals of different countries. The US and Australia are only slightly behind with both pushing the global temperature rise dangerously over 4C above pre-industrial levels says the paper, while even the EU, which is usually seen as a climate leader, is on course to more than double the 1.5C that scientists say is a moderately safe level of heating. The study, published on Friday in the journal Nature Communications, assesses the relationship between each nation’s ambition to cut emissions and the temperature rise that would result if the world followed their example. The aim of the paper is to inform climate negotiators as they begin a two-year process of ratcheting up climate commitments, which currently fall far short of the 1.5-to-2C goal set in France three years ago. Read more at Policies of China, Russia, and Canada Threaten 5C Climate Change, Study Finds

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  • Saturday 17

    Climate Change News Nov 18, 2018 | 05:13 am

    Saturday 17

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  • Big Tech Companies Are Driving Demand for Renewable Energy

    Climate Change News Nov 17, 2018 | 16:02 pm

    Big Tech Companies Are Driving Demand for Renewable Energy It takes a lot of electricity to keep the digital universe humming.  Some of it powers the actual servers and data storage drives, but the  majority of the electrons used by data centers at Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and other tech companies are needed to power the fans and air conditioning units needed to keep all that hardware cool. Being Good Stewards Of The EarthPublicly traded companies are under pressure from investors today to obtain the electricity they use from renewable sources.  There’s something just not right about creating carbon emissions to operate the internet.  According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the tech industry has contracted for more renewable energy — 2,581 megawatts — than any other sector of the global economy.  It has signed deals for 10.4 gigawatts more just this year. Google is the largest consumer of green energy in the world at more than 3 gigawatts, followed by Facebook at 2 gigawatts, and Apple, Microsoft, and Amazon at around 1 gigawatt each.  A typical nuclear power plant generates about 1 gigawatt of electricity. The Internet Of ThingsThe internet of things is growing exponentially.  There are 27 billion devices connected to the internet today, according to IHS Markit, but that number is expected to explode to 138 billion by 2030, reports Bloomberg, as everything from thermostats to doorbells to self-driving cars begin sharing data with tech companies and with each other.  That means utility companies are starting to view tech companies as important new customers for the electricity[…]

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  • Friday 16

    Climate Change News Nov 17, 2018 | 06:19 am

    Friday 16

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