Island Press Webinar: How are cities paying for climate resilience?

Thursday October 10th Link – Registration is now Full Cities that have begun implementing climate resilience projects have used distinct strategies to to obtain public and private financial resources that pay for large-scale climate-resilience. These strategies amount to an initial approach—”Playbook 1.0″—for deciding who will pay what and how city governments will generate the needed revenue. 

Island Press Webinar: The New Reality of Wildfire in North America

Thursday October 10th at 2:30 pm CDT Registration Link Fire plays an important role in maintaining healthy forests, but wildfires are changing. Glance at headlines from all over the globe and you’ll see wildfires are growing more intense and destructive, endangering human lives and entire ecosystems. Join Island Press for a free webinar discussing theContinue reading “Island Press Webinar: The New Reality of Wildfire in North America”

Clearer thinking about the climate crisis from Kevin Anderson

At Naomi Klein’s recent book signing, Ms. Klein referenced a leading carbon emissions expert, Kevin Anderson. Here is a link to his Wikipedia page, as well as a couple of quotes: Put bluntly, while the rhetoric of policy is to reduce emissions in line with avoiding dangerous climate change, most policy advice is to accept aContinue reading “Clearer thinking about the climate crisis from Kevin Anderson”

Elephants in our Fields?

I recently came a cross a post by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. He had a face-off with John Mackey, of Whole Foods, on the topic, “Eating Meat is Unhealthy and Unethical”. Link The coming carbon crisis (yes, it is already here for many of us), is going to force us to look at carbonContinue reading “Elephants in our Fields?”

Regenerative Agriculture and the Green New Deal

Will Harris of White Oak Pastures drives home the point that the Green New Deal (GND) is a real platform for turning our rural ecosystems into vital ecological assets, instead of the abandoned spaces and dumps for industrialization that so many of them seem to serve as now. Read more about this position, and signContinue reading “Regenerative Agriculture and the Green New Deal”

How to Win Millennials: Equality, Climate Change, and Gay Marriage – The Atlantic

How to Win Millennials: Equality, Climate Change, and Gay Marriage – The Atlantic: What should we expect from the next demographic cohort?  The Pew Research Center reports that they are decidedly progressive, and nervous about money.  They are pro renewable energy, and seek equal rights and pay for women.    The largest segment based onContinue reading “How to Win Millennials: Equality, Climate Change, and Gay Marriage – The Atlantic”

For some Texans, this might be a taste (or not) of things to come.

This is a 5 minute video (very well done) on a West Texas town that has been dealing with the issue of water use for oil and gas versus agriculture and local residents.  What I found to be most challenging in the video, was the issue of whether people who have water would be ableContinue reading “For some Texans, this might be a taste (or not) of things to come.”

An Agricultural Revolution to Fight Climate Change?

(note:  proceed to 3:13 to skip over the intros/admin discussion) The following essay appeared in Slate magazine and looks at the continuing escalation of CO2 in the atmosphere, combined with the potential for agriculture to fix the problem.  Among the various tools that can be used, this article studies the role of biochar.  These topicsContinue reading “An Agricultural Revolution to Fight Climate Change?”

Is atmospheric carbon the key to restoring nutritious food as well as rainwater conservation?

I have been studying this hypothesis for several years now, and it is interesting to see some higher profile journalism suggesting the same. The hypothesis is on whether our soils can absorb all of the carbon in the atmosphere.  We need that carbon in order to produce more nutritious foods, and to hold more surfaceContinue reading “Is atmospheric carbon the key to restoring nutritious food as well as rainwater conservation?”

Local weather risks

As the summer advances, I am seeing several articles about the hurricane season and the need to be better prepared.  Texas A&M has some good material on Emergency procedures including guides for the following events:  Thunderstorm Disasters, Winter Storm Disasters, and Heat Wave Disasters. As I review our preparedness for disasters, I am not soContinue reading “Local weather risks”