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January 11, 2021
Sailing under Mt. Constance in the Olympics by Stephanie Austin

COVID-19 Update on Mon, Jan 11th *Update*
The Weekly COVID-19 update with Jefferson County Public Health Officer, Dr. Thomas Locke at today's meeting of the County Commission. To watch live or recorded videos of the entire 9 a.m. Board of County Commissioners (BOCC)  meeting, including the 9:45 a.m. COVID-19 update, go to the website for videos of meetings. You can choose “Streaming Live” or, if viewing later, “Recorded.”  You can also listen live to Dr. Locke at 9:00 a.m. on KPTZ or later on the KPTZ home page. And see below, in Community Notices, for how to be COVID S.M.A.R.T.!

LION and CIE Discuss New Initiatives - Tues, Jan 12th *New* *Online*
The Local Investing Opportunity Network (LION) and the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship (CIE) will explain their work and introduce new initiatives to support local businesses at the Port Townsend Rotary Club meeting. The Zoom link can be found here
Time: 12 pm Location: Online

Washington Climate Assembly Livestreamed - Tues, Jan 12th  *Online*
The WA Climate Assembly is a virtual event convening 80 Washington State residents in January 2021 to learn about, discuss, and recommend climate change solutions for consideration by the State Legislature. Assemblies have been used worldwide to help shape the work of governments, and this virtual event will focus on climate mitigation strategies that equitably support communities disproportionately impacted by climate change. Assembly members will be chosen through a lottery to accurately represent the state in terms of demographics such as age, race/ethnicity, geographic distribution, and political perspectives. The event will be live streamed and recorded starting on January 12, 2021 via Zoom and available for subsequent viewing on the WA Climate Assembly’s website and YouTube channel. To learn more visit WA Climate Assembly. Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #WAClimateAssembly.

Jefferson County Master Gardeners: Forest Stewardship - Thurs, Jan 14th
*New* *Online*
Curious about Forest Stewardship?  Should we actively manage our forest land?  If so, how should we manage?  Learn about Forest Stewardship presented by Matthew Provencher, a forester with the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.  The Jefferson County Master Gardeners will host this presentation via ZoomQuestions?  Email Vicky Miller, JCMGF Board Member, or call at (209) 606-1911
Time: 3:00 pm Location: Online

The WA360 Race Replaces the R2K for 2021- Applications Open - Fri, Jan 15th

The Northwest Maritime Center's Race to Alaska is canceled for 2021, but a new race is taking its place called the WA360. For more information go here.

Jefferson MRC New Member Applications Due - Fri, Jan 15th
The Jefferson County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is seeking to fill committee member positions for a District 1 Representative, District 1 Alternate, and District 3 Alternate (see more information and districts map here).. MRC Members are appointed for a four-year term and commit to: attending monthly meetings the first Tuesday of every month from 6–8PM (currently held virtually), participating in project work groups, reviewing and responding to emerging issues, and respecting diverse views. To apply, email (1) an  application form, (2) a letter of interest and (3) a resume to Monica Montgomery. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2021 or until filled. For information, go here.  

MLK Day Socially Distanced Beach Cleanup - Mon, Jan 18th *New* *Online*
Port Townsend Marine Science Center and friends invite you to a Beach Clean-Up in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We'll be collecting at Fort Worden from 10AM - 3PM but you can join in whenever suits your schedule! You can meet us at Fort Worden State Park in the Museum building portico to pick up supplies and drop off debris, or clean up another local beach! For more information and to RSVP please use this link.
Time: 10 am - 3 pm

Dr. Locke Discusses COVID-19 Vaccines, Tues, Jan 19th  *Online*
Dr. Locke will be discussing vaccines at the Rotary Club of Port Townsend.  The Zoom link  is here.
Time: 12 pm

Local 20/20 Council Meeting - Wed, Jan 20th  *Online*
The monthly Local 20/20 Steering Council meeting is open to all and welcomes those interested in active involvement in Local 20/20 leadership. Newcomers are always welcome. If you'd like a virtual orientation, please email Marlow. For online meeting information, contact Mark.
Time: 4-6 pm Location: Zoom meeting

Taming Bigfoot Is Back! - Sign up by  Fri, Jan 22nd

The hugely popular and engaging “Taming Bigfoot” community carbon footprint reduction competition is returning. Perhaps you participated last time (5 years ago). Perhaps you heard about it and wanted to participate next time. Perhaps you are new to this and want to learn more. Visit here for more information and an application to form and/or join a team. Teams are forming now. Applications are due January 22, 2021. Find out how you can be part of this next competition and invite friends to join too! Have fun working on our elusive BIG carbon FOOTprint!

Climate on Tap - Next Meeting Mon, Feb 2nd

Climate on Tap is taking a holiday to ponder the new year on January 4th. The next Climate on Tap will be on Monday, February 2nd. If you have a suggestion for a topic, please send it along!
Last month’s topic was Update: Jefferson County Greenhouse Gas Inventory 
How are we doing on reducing our carbon footprint in Jefferson County? Our first assessment was in 2005 and initiated our City/County climate action plan to reduce our carbon footprint by 80% by 2050. The inventory was updated in 2019. What is our largest carbon emitter? Home heating? Personal transportation? Government operations? If you missed the session on Dec. 7th,
see this link to find out! There is good news to share as well.
Each Climate on Tap is held on the first Monday of the month. Co-sponsored by Local 20/20 Climate Action, Jefferson County Public Health, and FinnRiver Cidery. This is not a lecture series, but a book club/discussion format. For further information email
Laura Tucker
or call 360-379-4491. 

Save Styrofoam for Safeway Styrofoam Collection Event - Sat. February 13

Styrofoam recycling returns to Port Townsend! After a short break due to the retirement of Port Townsend’s long-time volunteer Styrofoam recycler, a small group of Port Townsend residents is working with Safeway to add its Port Townsend store to the Safeway Styrofoam recycling program. The local group, Port Townsend StyroCyclers, is asking residents to set aside clean and dry Styrofoam materials for delivery to the Safeway parking lot on February 13, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Pieces may be broken down to conserve space. Consider collecting pieces in paper yard bags instead of plastic. 
No packaging peanuts will be collected; contact local mailing vendors to see if they are accepting peanuts when you have them. No water-logged Styrofoam will be accepted; dispose of it with landfill garbage.
Please spread the word. For more information and to volunteer at Safeway on February 13, email the
Community Notices
Local 20/20 COVID-19 Resources  *Online*
A central location for community-wide information relating to COVID-19, updated frequently. Includes Reliable Information Sources, Food Sources, Community Covid-19 Resource pages, Giving and Getting Assistance, Community Events Online, Community Face Mask Program, and information web posts related to COVID-19. Look in the red box at the top of the page for all the newest information.

Rising COVID Case Rates - Rising COVID Risk!
The Jefferson County community has done exceptionally well holding widespread COVID at bay.  Good Job!!  We are now faced with a third wave and rising rates in our county. We must not let up and get lax in our vigilance!  The Department of Emergency Management is asking you to:

S: Sanitize Frequently
M: Mask appropriately - even with family & friends outside your household
A: When socializing - stay in good air flow. Outside or Inside with fans and open windows
R: Room Between People - Social Distancing reduces virus transmission
T: Technology for Gatherings - Use zoom or other conferencing technology instead of in-person visits

Housing Solutions Network Call to Action
Thanksgiving is a time when we are grateful for the ability to lean on one another in the supportive communities we have here in Jefferson County. Right now, we need that sense of community support to rally around the issue of housing. Now more than ever, affordable housing is key to our health and economic recovery from the pandemic. Finding solutions is going to require action from all of us.
Housing leaders and advocates across Jefferson County have created a
Community Call to Action for Housing. They are calling on everyone to take action; individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and government all have a role to play.  Today, they ask you to stand with them and:




Join the Jefferson County Farmers Market Board of Directors 
The Jefferson County Farmers Market Board is an enthusiastic group of market vendors and community members who love local food and strengthening our local economy. We have two open board member positions. If you have: experience with fundraising, marketing, policy writing, graphic design; connections with organizations or groups; or experience inspiring people to volunteer their time, please consider applying! Submit a completed application here.  Learn more here.

Local 20/20 Social Justice Workgroup Webpage Now Live *Online*
Besides the Local 20/20 Social Justice Statement and Addendum, the newly launched pages feature sources we are reading and discussing, community organizations and businesses to support, a spotlight on a regional  community artist, and links to other reading and visual resources. Our intent is to learn and share how to be an antiracist, how to support antiracist policies and ideas, and how to incorporate anti-racism into our core purpose, identifying the relationship between climate justice and social justice. To view the new pages, go here. You can find it here  or at the Resiliency of the Heart group webpages.  Check out our New Music section (on the first link) to share the voices of young Native Americans.
Local 20/20 Statement on Systemic Racial and Social Inequities

As our hearts, minds, and bodies survive and move through the COVID 19 pandemic and into the uprising of voices demanding social and racial justice sparked by the murder of George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement, Local 20/20 acknowledges the existence of systemic racial and social inequities in our country.  With compassion, we “take a knee” in solidarity with victims of oppression in any form.  We pledge to work harder at understanding what it takes to make positive change toward our collective goals for policy that reflect antiracist actions and ideas. Local 20/20’s mission is to promote sustainability and resilience through advocacy and education. We recognize that our goals of a healthy existence for all can ONLY be achieved through policies that uphold racial and social equity. As we enjoy the benefits of living in this incredible paradise, we also acknowledge that we live on land usurped by European Settlers from the Jamestown S’Klallam, the Lower Elwah Klallam, the Port Gamble S’Klallam, the Skokomish, the Quinault, the Quileute, the Hoh, and the Makah tribes.
Read about 
actions that have emerged since we first posted this statement.
See updated readings in our Resilience Review section below on this topic.

Host a Meeting on the Local Housing Emergency *Online*

The HSN's Outreach Housing Action Team is releasing the Cultivating Community Solutions to the Housing Crisis video online to continue reaching broader audiences and inspiring more action. You can view the video here. You can continue spreading this call to action by sharing this video in the community. COVID-19 is a threat multiplier to the challenges our struggling community members were already facing. You can join the HSN Giving Circle here.

Just Soup on Tuesdays
On Tuesday, 11:30-1:30, Just Soup provides free, hot soup lunches at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1020 Jefferson St, on the Tyler St. bus line [by the Bell Tower.] Enter the rear church parking lot on Franklin, and whether you are on foot, bike, or car, you will be in line for curbside pickup, with masks, gloves, and safe distancing protocols in place.  Pick up a lunch for yourself or your neighbor in need. No questions asked.
Many partners and supporters have come together to feed Port Townsend one bowl at a time!!!  This information also appears on
 Local 20/20 COVID-19 Resources Meals Page here
Times and Locations:  11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, St. Paul's Episcopal Church

Download Port Townsend Walking Times Map

Local 20/20 Transportation Lab's popular walking times map is downloadable here.  It provides approximate travel time on foot between points. Estimates are based on an average speed of 3 mph. Walking is healthy, social, fun, costs nothing, keeps your carbon footprint small and allows you to maintain social distance. Use the map to find new routes across our beautiful town.

Emergency Text Alerts from Jefferson County
Sign up to receive Jefferson County Department of Emergency Managements emergency alerts by text on your mobile phone and/or by email.  NIXLE messages provide crucial information in an emergency & are sent directly to your text-enabled device and/or email. The sign up web page also has information about other alert and warning systems, including the tsunami warning system and the WSDOT alert system.

A Tool for Neighborhood Organization
Nextdoor is a private social network for YOUR neighborhood. Use this link to join one of 59 Nextdoor Neighborhoods in Jefferson County. Currently there are 11,925 subscribers, with many new members joining each day. Email Pete Hubbard with questions or comments.

Calling Local Photographers!

Local 20/20 Weekly Announcements invites local photographers to submit images that capture the character of our community and its natural setting. For the opening photo of each weekly email, we seek local color, horizontal (“landscape”) orientation, and jpeg format. Please no children, pets or recognizable faces. Kindly send to events@l2020.orgPlease include your name in the jpeg filename. We are an all-volunteer non-profit, so compensation for your talent and generosity is a photo credit and our profound thanks. 
Resilience Readings
Do you have readings, podcasts or videos to share that are aligned with our Local 20/20 mission?  Please submit them here for consideration.

Mom, We Crashed Their Planet *New*
Our neighbor across Admiralty Inlet, Vicki Robin, shares her thoughts about planetary physics, consumption, oil, and overshoot. Vicki asks a lot of “what if” questions and then wonders why we are not making any real progress on solving the climate crisis we face. She offers up the analogy of addiction and the approach of the “Anonymous” programs, with their first step of recognize that whatever we are doing is not working, its not helping to leave the planet in a better place than we found it. She then asks why we can’t see that unless we actually change our behaviors we threaten the future of everything we love with collapse. What follows is a wide-ranging exploration through literature and philosophy, Shakespeare and Monty Python, focused on our predicament. Please find the article at or at the Vicki Robin blog.


Saving Farmland, Supporting Young Farmers *New*
This article focuses on reforming our concepts of land use and preserving land for Common Purpose. Author David Bollier gives an overview of his latest podcast, Agrarian Commons, titled “Frontiers of Commoning.” It starts with an important observation, especially for theses times: “At the root of peace is sufficiency and wholeness, and that means people having their needs met, people being fed.” Bollier interviews a young organic farmer from Maine and her multi-pronged strategy to promote “community-supported and collectively stewarded farmland.”  Bollier mentions a program there called “Seaweed Commons” that promotes seaweed aquaculute and “ecological literacy of stakeholders in the marine economy." Bollier discusses this and other such endeavors as critical to efforts to “build new types of food systems that are regenerative, diversified, and community minded.”  Anyone who wants to be part of creating a new local and resilient food system here will find this discussion of value. Please find the discussion and link to the podcast at or at the David Bollier Blog.

Global Warming Could Stop Relatively Quickly after Emissions Go to Zero
From Inside Climate News, Bob Berwyn summarizes climate-related findings from 2020. Bven though our economy slowed during 2020 due to the pandemic, the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere continued to rise to record levels. But unexpected findings show that despite the La Niña oceanic cooling effect of 2020, we still had record warming even compared to 2016, a year when the El Niño warming effect dominated. The rate of warming in the polar regions was found to be about three times the global average, and the thawing of permafrost is now well underway releasing carbon in a positive feedback loop. Also as polar ice melting accelerated, we are now seeing global sea level rise of 2 inches per decade on average. Berwyn also reviews the findings that many places in the world most affected by climate change were the least studied. Finally, an unexpected but welcome result from research indicates that if we can get to net zero emissions we stand a good chance of breaking the vicious feedback cycle and warming may level off and stabilize within just a couple decades. Quite a hopeful thing that should motivate us to redouble efforts to stop our greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible. Find the article here.
In Pursuit of Better Agriculture (and a Better Society)
The way we farm and the way we think are connected. When, 10-12 thousand years ago we started growing annual plants to feed ourselves and this permitted cities and civilization to take root.  We started to think of ourselves as being in control because we grew food rather than simply gathering what nature provided. We started to think short term instead of long term. In this interview of Bill Vitek, a colleague of Wes Jackson, Olivia Malloy discusses the movement to explore the value of “New Perennials” as something both new and ancient.”  Vitek sees growing perennial grains as a way to look to nature and observe how ecosystems exist. Vitek asks us to think critically that culture that is  based on extraction, consumption. The way we try to turn land into a machine and  make it work non-stop, and how we treat workers the same way. He observes that our education systems are geared to preparing kids to live a short-term, fast-paced life; the gig economy. They also discuss how the emergence of a new, truly sustainable, agriculture can scale up to meet the need and co-exist with our existing dominant paradigm during a period of transition. The concepts discussed are very much relevant to how we radically transition our systems to adress converging crises and climate change. Initially published in a new journal titled Merion West,  please find the article here.

2020: The Year Consensus Reality Fractured
Let’s get real, people. 2020 has been a year that has at times seemed surreal or even unreal. In this year-end essay Richard Heinberg discusses the concept of consensus reality. He first describes how consensus reality develops then talks about how it has fallen apart. Heinberg argues that a breakdown of consensus reality during a period of  economic, political, or social emergency may contribute to societal collapse when it undermines the social trust that is required for complex societies to function. Heinberg takes it a step further when he suggests part of the problem is a deep “blindspot” and lack of a “unifying vision” here in the U.S. If our “main guiding value is only ‘more” (consumerism) then we continue to dig ourselves a very deep hole indeed. In the last part of the essay Heinberg optimistically speculates that despite the challenges a new consensus is possible. He describes a very positive view of what that that could look like and though he acknowledges that such a reunification will be difficult, he leaves us with the notion that it is something worth striving for. Please enjoy a peaceful holiday season and find Heinberg’s article here.

Community Program Taming Bigfoot® Is Back
The December column for Local 20/20’s Resilience Review in The Port Townsend Leader is from Bob Bindschadler, a member of the Local 20/20 Climate outreach group. He announces that the Taming Bigfoot® carbon reduction contest is back! It was first held 5 years ago in Jefferson County. After spreading to other areas of the state and country, it will be repeated here, as “Taming Bigfoot 2021: Recovering Greener”, capturing the time we are in as we emerge from the pandemic with an opportunity to adjust some of our lifestyle choices. The meetings will all be virtual. Applications are due by 1/22/20, so read more here to learn more and join in!

Citizens Climate Assembly: Report from the UK
There are indicators that our existing national political system is not up to the task of  responding to the climate crisis. For multiple reasons our political "leaders" seem unlikely to enact the significant change we need within the urgent timeframe required. One possible alternative providing a glimmer of hope is a “Citizens Climate Assembly." A citizens assembly is a form of participatory democracy in which members of the community are called to duty to listen to the evidence and craft recommended actions and strategies. The UK convened a climate assembly earlier this year with 108 members of the public randomly selected. They met over a period of five months and heard testimony from 47 subject matter experts. A 556-page report from this citizen group was recently released and an article from goes over some of its findings and offers links to the full report.  The hope is that citizens working together can find solutions that will be acceptable to a majority of stakeholders and that it will help coerce and support  politicians to enact needed policies. The report provides 50 key recommendations to help the UK reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. In a world where both our ecosystems and our democracies seem imperiled this approach offers a way forward. Please see the post above on a Washington State Citizen Climate Assembly starting January 2021. For a detailed look at the UK effort and its findings please access the article here.

Transforming Life on Our Home Planet, Perennially
This essay by Wes Jackson et al is the first part of a new book, The Perennial Turn: Contemporary Essays from the Field, and it is a joy. The authors suggest analysis as the first step in facing “the multiple, cascading crises that humans have created.” He argues that agriculture may be “the worst mistake in the history of the human race" (argued by Jared Diamond among many others) and that by ramping up agriculture to industrial scales we have monkeyed with ecosystems that we do not fully understand or appreciate. The book discusses how our claim to dominion over the resources of the entire planet sets up an artificial separation of humans from nature. They key thing to understand, the authors write, is that earth’s atmosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere are not separate from the biosphere. Earth is alive in a holistic way. As they put it, “We hold this to be a truth that must become self evident: Our shared human responsibility is to live on, not dominate, our home planet.” Success will be measured by the “long-term flourishing of ecosystems, including people.” Their prescriptions do not reject reductionist science but call for greater appreciation of complex systems and a “revolutionary change in theory and practice.” They reject fantasies of unlimited growth. They close soberly by considering Wendell Berry, who says we live on “the human estate of grief and joy.” They acknowledge that our cumulative harms of the past mean that unless we change we face grief “unprecedented in human history.” Please find the article here.

Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
This worthy yet entertaining documentary on YouTube is an eye opener. The documentary also goes into wasted land, water and inputs. The documentary is free, with a few ads. Filmmakers and food lovers, Jen and Grant, dive into the issue of food waste and pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food for 6 months. In addition, the film looks into expiry dates, perfect produce, and portion sizes, supposedly little things that add up to an overwhelming problem. You can watch the video here.

It Took a Townsend
The November column for Local 20/20’s Resilience Review in The Port Townsend Leader is from Tracy Grisman, who is a member of Local 20/20's Beyond Waste Action Group. Tracy provides a recap of the Repair Cafe she and others organized earlier this year. The title of the article is “It Took a Townsend: A Fond Memory from 2020." In the article we are introduced us to a new term, the Repairocene (noun):  A time when common goals of healing, repairing, and restoring of our lands, our things, and our relationships are shared.  Port Townsend’s Repair Café debut was a smash hit!  (No pun intended.)  You can find the article on our website here.

The "Market" Won't Save Us from Climate Disaster
This article from The Guardian’s Robert Devine argues that “expecting the free market to fix global warming is like trying to pound nails with a saw.” It quotes  a former Chief Economist for the World Bank calling climate change “the greatest and widest-ranging market failure ever seen.” Devine goes into what “market failure” means and how a defect in communication has contributed to consumers not having the appropriate information when they choose to buy, say, a gallon of gasoline. He talks about how ecosystem services have been terribly undervalued for too long. Devine stops short of offering a prescription for radical departure from the free market but offers some ideas for how the current system can be greatly improved and perhaps work towards our goals instead of against them. Please find the article here

Food for Thought
Author Leander Jones tackles the problems of our dominant industrial agriculture model and how a system that relies on global production and transportation contributes to risk for some communities when it is stressed by situations like Covid-19. Jones offers an alternative model practiced in Germany that combines collective land ownership with CSA membership. Such a model adheres to principles such as localism, ecological sustainability, common ownership and production for need rather than profit. It pays farm workers a living wage that is independent of crop fluctuations. CSA members are encouraged to help work on the farm and invest their labor as well as their capital to help ensure success. The operation Jones highlights resists growing in size beyond that which serves its members. Also, Jones illustrates how growing local food for local consumption can greatly help reduce agriculture’s greenhouse gas footprint. It's a model worth exploring locally. Please find the article here.

No Matter Who Wins
The 2020 election is behind us and many people feel optimistic for our future once again.  Thus it is a good time to inject some big picture reality into the equation. Some may equate reality with pessimism but as our political leaders begin to transition to establishing new priorities and approaches to problem solving it would be good to base our plans on reality and science. Nate Hagens is with the University of Minnesota and the Institute for the Study of Energy and the Future. He is one of those big picture guys, especially in finance and energy systems. Just before the election he wrote an essay in which he draws our attention back to the really big problems we face, all of which have in recent months been forced off the radar screen of our limited attention spans.  He covers the impact of COVID and its economic impact, pending oil supply problems, and our interdependence with the natural world as well as offering some great titanic iceberg analogies. Hagens offers a number of quotes that begin with the same phrase “No matter who wins the election” such as “we will have to face a more complex and less certain energy future.”  Readers are encouraged to take the time and inform themselves on the Big Picture with Nate Hagens, find the article here. 

How to Fix Our Country's Empathy Problem, Starting with the Farmworkers Who Keep Us Fed
This article from Salon’s Ashlie Stevens provides good food for thought. It takes up the situation of the migrant workers who  play a key role in our food supply chain. Most of us are mostly unaware of the role these essential workers play and of the conditions with which they contend. Stevens argues that  many of us have lost a sense of empathy, that we don’t consider the suffering that others must endure simply to earn the money needed to support themselves and their families. We have become deficient in empathy. As we consider how to make our local food system more resilient for the challenging times ahead, we should create a system that works for all stakeholders. Justice for front line workers fosters stability and resilience and, more importantly, it is  simply the right priority for our fellow human beings. Please find the article here.

Kiss the Ground
This fantastic documentary presents the amazing potential of regenerative agriculture. Narrated by Woody Harrelson and featuring Ian Somerhalder, this 2020 Tribeca Film Festival selection was produced by Josh & Rebecca Tickell and provides viewers with the compelling story of how our soil can not only sequester carbon but even draw it down from the atmosphere. The film includes the perspectives of thought leaders, soil conservationists, ranchers, and farmers. This is one of those rare examples of something tangible we can undertake to head off a catastrophe. You can watch it now on Netflix, or on October 22nd you can stream it for $1. This 84 minute film will leave you feeling... hopeful. To watch a trailer, and to learn more, please visit the Film’s website here.

The Great Climate Migration
Compared to many places, we live in a region where the climate forecast offers reasonable temperature and adequate rainfall. While we cannot expect to escape the direct nor the indirect effects of climate change, we may be one of the places where people from other regions migrate to escape inhospitable temperatures and humidity, drought, or recurring natural disasters. It is, however, a complex situation.  A recent report from ProPublica & The New York Times Magazine takes a look at the prospects for climate migration. They begin with analysis of the geophysical forecasts for the U.S. using county-level data displayed in a series of interactive maps. The accompanying article provides an in-depth analysis of the impacts on agriculture, water, and housing issues, as well as consideration of economic and social factors that are quite concerning. This is important information as we begin to think about how we might react and what community values we would like to uphold in such a scenario. The ProPublica article is here, and an interactive and comprehensive mapping feature is here.

New Study Shows a Vicious Cycle of Climate Change Building on Layers of Warming Ocean Water
It would have been easy to miss the alarming new report from researchers who describe how the Oceans are “stabilizing”. These days it would be quite understandable to welcome any sort of stabilizing but in our oceans this represents an ominous situation. The ability of our oceans to buffer the impacts of CO2 and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has allowed us to delay the onset of the major impacts of climate change forecast for the future. However, it seems the ability of the oceans to perform this service is ending far sooner than scientists had expected.  One of the study's co-authors is Michael Mann of Penn State who also says we now cannot rule out some of the more dire risks including that atmospheric CO2 could triple by the year 2100, and that global average temperature could rise by 8 degrees F.  Even as so much of our attention seems focused on things like the death toll from COVID-19 and an uncertain political situation we should also take time to assess our world from the big picture perspective and to act accordingly. Find the article by Bob Berwyn at Inside Climate News here.


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