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CCL Tacoma Study Group

Please join us!  We meet on the first Wednesday of the month at 1 pm, via ZOOM.  Our goal, as part of CCL Education, is to provide a space to discuss books, articles, documentaries, and other media about climate activism and related topics.  The stimulating discussions and friendly support help us to deal with the challenges of these times.

 
Find the meeting date and how to submit articles/attend on the homepage under Upcoming Chapter Events.”

 

Contact Sue Lepore with any questions.

Article Lists per Month 2023-
September-
 
Forests are no longer our climate friends
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/09/06/opinion/columnists/forest-fires-climate-change.html#:~:text=A%202021%20review%20of%20590,a%20much%2Dfeared%20tipping%20point.
 
America is using up its groundwater like there's no tomorrow
https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/america-is-using-up-its-groundwater-like-theres-no-tomorrow/
Anger is most powerful emotion by far for spurring climate action, study finds
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/aug/21/anger-is-most-powerful-emotion-by-far-for-spurring-climate-action-study-finds

How U.S. oil extraction plans will scupper global climate goals 
https://www.energymonitor.ai/policy/exclusive-how-us-oil-extraction-plans-will-scupper-global-climate-goals

Could sand be the next lithium?  A cadre of start-ups are building batteries that can store renewable energy in natural materials such as sand, salt and rock.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-solutions/2023/08/24/natural-battery-storage/

A big leap in solar power: the bio-inspired photovoltaic leaf shows greater efficiency

https://innovationorigins.com/en/a-big-leap-in-solar-power-the-bio-inspired-photovoltaic-leaf-shows-greater-efficiency/#:~:text=Researchers%20have%20developed%20an%20innovative,cells%20for%20power%20conversion%20efficiency

NASA releases first U.S. pollution map images from new instrument launched to space

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/nasa-first-us-pollution-map-images-tempo-instrument-space/

COP28 and the limits of eco-modernism

https://drilled.ghost.io/the-limits-of-eco-modernism/?ref=drilled-newsletter

I thought fossil fuel firms could change.  I was wrong.

https://www.outrageandoptimism.org/blog/fossil-fuel-firms-could-change

The Faustian bargain of reducing air pollution

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/08/30/opinion/columnists/the-faustian-bargain-of-reducing-air-pollution.html#:~:text=And%20in%20fact%20you%20could,may%20double%20rates%20of%20warming

August-
 

Grid Rewiring: an Answer for Biden's Climate Goals?

https://www.eenews.net/articles/grid-rewiring-an-answer-for-bidens-climate-goals/

Backlash to climate policies is growing

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2023/07/24/climate-change-backlash-europe/

America Can't Build a Green Economy without China

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/07/17/opinion/america-china-clean-energy.html

 

Adding Clean Energy to the US Power Grid Just Got a Lot Easier
Federal regulators overhauled the process for connecting new energy projects to the power grid. 

Read in The Verge: https://apple.news/AbjeCs1uqSlaHROhlS0vzZA


Competing visions of the future are driving a wedge between clean energy companies and traditional environmentalists.

Read in Los Angeles Times: https://apple.news/AObIPq7YjRwqD4_ekbIu9kA

 
Big Oil quietly walks back on climate pledges
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jul/16/big-oil-climate-pledges-extreme-heat-fossil-fuel?CMP=share_btn_tw
 
July-
Art meets solar: These Dutch startups are making photovoltaics sexy 
https://thenextweb.com/news/solar-panels-art-dutch-startups-europe
Five ways AI could improve the world 
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2023/jul/06/ai-artificial-intelligence-world-diseases-climate-scenarios-experts
U.S. truck makers reach deal to phase out polluting big rigs 
https://www.spokesman.com/stories/2023/jul/06/us-truck-makers-reach-deal-to-phase-out-polluting-/
Even in Texas, you can't stop the green revolution
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/14/opinion/texas-green-revolution-fossil-fuels.html
Canada offers lesson in the economic toll of climate change 
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/07/03/business/economy/canada-wildfires-economy.html
 
Climate misinformation in a climate of misinformation
https://www.stockholmresilience.org/news--events/climate-misinformation.html
Virtual power plants are coming to save the grid
https://www.governing.com/infrastructure/virtual-power-plants-are-coming-to-save-the-grid
California just can't kick its coastal gas plant addiction
https://www.latimes.com/environment/newsletter/2023-06-22/california-just-cant-kick-its-coastal-gas-plant-addiction-boiling-point
 
June-
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/06/01/opinion/the-ocean-is-looking-more-menacing.html
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/23/business/australia-lithium-refining.html
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/may/16/cop28-host-uae-climate-united-arab-emirates
https://www.nytimes.com/2023/05/30/opinion/climate-clean-energy-investment.html
https://ourworldindata.org/grapher/global-energy-consumption-source
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/05052023/electric-grid-customer-control/
https://www.bing.com/search?q=the+earth+is+really+quite+sick+now+and+in+ecological+danger&FORM=AWRE

Gasoline use isn’t falling fast enough. Targeting ‘superusers’ could help.

 https://apple.news/ApDi1tktERBGxqeX20wUVuw

 

 

May-

 

Supreme Court unlocks climate cases by rejecting oil industry bid ​

https://www.eenews.net/articles/supreme-court-unlocks-climate-cases-by-rejecting-oil-industry-bid/

Nuclear waste is misunderstood

https://www.nytimes.com/2023/04/28/opinion/climate-change-nuclear-waste.html

EPA rules may push power plants to capture carbon,  is the tech ready?

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/epa-rules-may-push-power-073000695.html

Clean Tech takes off in Moses Lake

https://medium.com/wagovernor/clean-tech-takes-off-in-moses-lake-211294767929

Could AI save the Amazon rainforest?
Conservationists in the Brazilian Amazon are using a new tool to predict the next sites of deforestation – and it may prove a gamechanger in the war on logging

Read in The Guardian: https://apple.news/AXLatkRDWQTaCUXo6O8b3fw


Scientists utilize mushrooms powerful enough to digest cigarette butts and their toxic contents: ‘We’re aiming to go even higher’

Read in The Cool Down: https://apple.news/AiWvCRqvHScKmGYDti_QDYg

Electric car battery investments skyrocketed in 2022

https://insideevs.com/news/651713/ev-battery-investments-skyrocketed-2022-73-billion/#:~:text=New%20research%20from%20the%20think%20tank%20Atlas%20Public,three%20times%20as%20much%20funding%20as%20in%202021.

 

April-

More killer tornados will hit the South as global warming creates dangerous new weather patterns

https://fortune.com/2023/03/28/tornado-supercells-more-frequent-southern-us-global-warming-study/

We need the right kind of climate optimism
Climate pessimism dooms us to a terrible future. Complacent optimism is no better.

https://apple.news/AiAS837HcTHaHiC6qLyUjJg

House climate hawks pitch "clean" permitting plan

https://www.eenews.net/articles/house-climate-hawks-pitch-clean-permitting-plan/

Eight reasons why Volkswagen's decision to pick Ontario over Oklahoma matters to Virginia

https://cardinalnews.org/2023/03/17/eight-reasons-why-volkswagens-decision-to-pick-ontario-over-oklahoma-matters-to-virginia/

Company devises ingenious method of solving major construction problem: recycling wind turbine blade material

 https://apple.news/Agj0HxscOQHm0H4e5DNhdnA

Green hydrogen development-the high tech gamble that turns water into fuel

https://www.jordannews.jo/Section-129/Technology/The-high-tech-gamble-that-turns-water-into-fuel-27511

March-

Recapturing excess heat could power most of Europe, say experts
Preventing heat waste largely being ignored as solution to energy crisis, say environmental campaigners

Read in The Guardian: https://apple.news/AUS68_L_BSgK7i5nXao0j6g

 

Analysis | How energy from Earth’s crust could pull carbon from the sky
A geothermal company announced today it will design and engineer the first purpose-built geothermal and direct air capture plant.

Read in The Washington Post: https://apple.news/AfDlGVzZAThSxKTaNA9zPEQ

He ran the NAACP. Now he’s leading the Sierra Club's fight against climate change
"There is no green vote without the Black or brown vote," he says.

Read in Los Angeles Times: https://apple.news/Abawv_TpbQx-c6Gx6WferDQ

Outrage and Optimism, The Bridgetown Initiative by Avinash Persaud

https://www.outrageandoptimism.org/episodes/this-is-the-rainy-day

The CREST Act of 2022: 

https://cc2af78e-2cee-40ec-89d6-6ff2a9fa3303.usrfiles.com/ugd/51aed8_be39a46c2f9742718fe0a633f86db1b1
 

Japan adopts plan to maximize nuclear energy, in major shift

https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-business-japan-climate-and-environment-02d0b9dfecc8cdc197d217b3029c5898

In the Year of Sustainability UAE Takes Significant Leap towards Net Zero 2050 as Unit 3 of Barakah Nuclear Energy Plant Starts Commercial Operations

https://www.enec.gov.ae/news/latest-news/uae-takes-leap-towards-net-zero-2050-as-unit-3-plant-starts-commercial-operations/

 

South Korea to expand its nuclear share to 30% by 2030

https://expertsnrg.com/south-korea-to-expand-its-nuclear-share-to-30-by-2030/?wpwautoposter=1677136785

 

 

February-

Opinion | A Deal to Help South Africa Is a Breakthrough for the Worldnytimes.com

In the Amazon, Indigenous and Locally Controlled Land Stores Carbon, but the Rest of the Rainforest Emits Greenhouse Gasesinsideclimatenews.org

Lost for words: fears of ‘catastrophic’ language loss due to rising seastheguardian.com

How to invest in 'green steel' disrupters: U.S. company gets ArcelorMittal backing and more stocks to watchmarketwatch.com

How Central Ohio Got People to Eat Their Leftoversnytimes.com

These remarkable new solar panels can even generate electricity at night 
“The coldness of outer space is also an extremely important renewable energy resource.”

Read in The Cool Down: https://apple.news/AwAWf3eaARHahsyPn2eAXAg

 

Algae-based bioplastic for 3-d printing

https://www.arch2o.com/3d-printing-breakthrough-dutch-researchers-develop-new-algae-based-bioplastic-for-3d-printing/

 

January -

Climate Change from A to Z

newyorker.co

 

Snapshots, Hotshots and Moonshots: Images of Climate Change in 2022

insideclimatenews.org
 

Six climate breakthroughs that made 2022 a step toward net zero

bnnbloomberg.ca

 

The newest crop found on the farm? Solar panels.

technologyreview.com

 

Superhot rock energy is growing, but needs more support to reach its full potential

catf.us

 

 https://www.wnps.org/blog/wa-ecosystems-are-changing-conservation-efforts-are-too

Climate misinformation spreads on Musk's Twitter

eenews.net

 

Greta Thunberg tweet https://apple.news/A4V6eiz3gSnuxlCPM2aR_iA

Rural Amer­ica Is Battle­ground for Green Energy | The New York Times

nytimes.pressreader.com

How U.S. oil extraction plans will scupper global climate goals

List of Materials 2020-2021

The Overstory by Richard Powers, 2018.  Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about people and trees.

 

The Future We Choose: Surviving the Climate Crisis by Christiana Figueres and Ton Rivett-Carnac, 2020.  They led the negotiations for the UN during the Paris Agreement.

 

“2040” a documentary of 2019 by Damon Gameau, who travels the world meeting with innovators about climate solutions.

 

Clade by James Bradley, 2015.  Novel about a family coping with planetary changes.  Australian author.

 

Carbon Pricing: A critical perspective for community resistance by Indigenous Environmental Network, 2017. It’s a free PDF download, about 50 pages. It’s a critique of why they don’t support carbon pricing as a viable solution.  We try to reach for and understand conservatives but how about the progressive left?  

 

Eat Like a Fish: My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer, by Bren Smith, 2019.  Fascinating life story and a hopeful climate solution.


Grassroots Rising, a call to action on climate, farming, food, and a green new deal by Ronnie Cummins, 2020. Transforming our food system is a great climate mitigation action.


Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians Got It Right and How We Can, Too by George Lakey, 2016. An excerpt, Chapter 13, on the clean energy successes of this region.

 

Doughnut Economics: 7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist by Kate Raworth, 2020.  A brilliant and revolutionary model for meeting the needs of all while staying within the limits of the planet.

 

Caste: the Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson, 2020.  Pulitzer Prize-winning expose of the underlying caste system behind white privilege and racial bias.

 

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, 2018.  Thoughtful treatment of race relations in the U.S.

 

So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo 2018.  Frank, hard-hitting, and very useful.  A Seattle-based author.

 

The Ministry for the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson, 2021.  By an acclaimed sci-fi author, but with so many fascinating “info-dumps” about climate solutions that it seems halfway non-fiction.  Visionary—we keep referring to it as a possible “guide” to the near future.

 

Various articles from The Economist and from Yes Magazine

 

How To Avoid a Climate Disaster: the Solutions we Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates, 2021. Recommendations from the business and technology giant, including nuclear power.

Learning to Die in the Anthropocene by Roy Scranton, 2015.  “Calls for a reimagined humanism that will help us meet our stormy future with as much decency as we can muster.” (Naomi Klein)

 

“Seaspiracy” a 2021 damning documentary about industrial fishing’s impact on ocean life. 

 

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, 2013.  An excerpt, “Windigo Footprints” on the monstruous greed and ruin caused by capitalist consumer culture.

 

“Biggest Little Farm” a 2018 documentary by John Chester about developing a sustainable farm on desolate ground outside of Los Angeles.

 

Various articles from The Economist.

Everything Change Vol III, an anthology of short stories about climate change and the future, 2021.  Free download. 

 

“Breaking Boundaries: the Science of our Planet,” a 2021 documentary by Johan Rockstrom, narrated by David Attenborough.  Excellent big-picture science and visuals explaining how human activity has broken the boundaries of most of our planet’s stabilizing systems, but ending with a positive note on “solutions.”  

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir, 2021.  Geeky fun not just for geeks!  The whole planet must work together to solve an existential threat by the skin of their teeth...sound familiar?

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