Climate

  April 2019

Members of Bellingham Climate Action Plan Task Force

The final report on recommended actions and resources needed to achieve greenhouse gas reductions will be delivered in the last quarter of 2019 with the task force terminating on December 31, 2019. Members – Terms Expire 12/31/2019 Charles Barnhart Don Goldberg … Continue reading

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  April 2019

Bellingham’s Climate Action Task Force Meeting

On February 6, I attended the city’s monthly Climate Action Task Force meeting. It had been moved from the Mayor’s Board Room to City Council chambers, as three experts were scheduled to make presentations using PowerPoint slides. I wondered if … Continue reading

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  March 2019

Bellingham Climate Action Plan Task Force

At the May 7, 2018 meeting, the Bellingham City Council voted to establish the Climate Action Plan Task Force as part of the 2018 Climate Protection Action Plan. The committee consists of nine voting members appointed by the mayor and … Continue reading

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  March 2019

City and County Seek Climate Solutions

Editor’s Note: This is the first column by Betsy Gross covering local committees created to tackle climate change. Global net human-caused emissions of carbon dioxide need to fall by approximately 45 percent from 2010 levels by 2030 to avert climate … Continue reading

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  January 2019

Assessing the U.N. Climate Change Report

The latest Special IPCC (U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Report, authored by 91 scientists from 40 nations, says we’ve already warmed the planet by roughly 1.0 degree Celsius (C), (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit). (1) And, if business remains as usual, … Continue reading

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  January 2019

Climate Chaos, Tipping Points and The Final Buzzer

The final buzzer indicating our last chance on climate change has likely already sounded, albeit muffled by ignorance, greed and downright stupidity. Cristiana Pasca Palmer, biodiversity chief at the United Nations, says we probably have two years to come up … Continue reading

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  January 2018

Washingtonians Can Step Up on Climate in 2018

This past year, Whatcom County has seen firsthand the consequences of a changing climate: wildfires that black out the sky, snowless mountain tops, and over-heated, dead salmon in our rivers. We have a mess that we know we have to … Continue reading

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  December 2017

As Clean Power Plan Is Gutted, Congress Must Step in to Price Carbon

In its zeal to undo the legacy of our 44th president, the Trump administration is now undoing the future of our children and grandchildren by repealing the Clean Power Plan, a policy designed to reduce the heat-trapping emissions that make … Continue reading

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  May 2017

Denying Climate Change and Attacking Science

Climate change is a bunch of nonsense. At least according to Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. In fact, he supports eliminating the EPA, commenting: “I think people across the country look at the EPA … Continue reading

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