Exxon Mobil aims for net-zero emissions from its operations in the Permian Basin by 2030

No Worries, TFG is Now President of the World

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Arid West in Christmas Fire Emergency

Those brushfires make for tough skiing. Casper (Wyoming) Star Tribune: DENTON, Mont. — By Friday morning as the fog lifted from the small community of Denton in central Montana, residents and work crews started cleaning up as the destruction left by a fast-moving, wind-fueled fire became clear. The West Wind fire burned 25 homes, 18 […]

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CCL names incoming executive director, welcomes current director to board

CCL names incoming executive director, welcomes current director to board

CCL names incoming executive director, welcomes current director to board

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Dec. 7, 2021 – Citizens’ Climate Lobby announced that executive director Mark Reynolds will join the organization’s governing board in 2022. Current CCL president Madeleine Para will succeed Reynolds as executive director, effective January 20, 2022.

“Mark’s extraordinary vision and inspirational leadership as CCL’s first executive director has been transformational for hundreds of thousands of climate advocates,” said Zaurie Zimmerman, the chair of CCL’s governing board. “Months of planning and Mark and Madeleine’s long partnership ensure a successful transition, as Mark passes the baton at a peak of CCL’s success.”

“We are so excited that Mark wants to continue to support CCL by joining the board at this time,” said Mary Selkirk, chair of the board’s nominating committee. “CCL has never been stronger, or more diverse, or more politically sophisticated and effective,” much of which is due to Mark’s cultivation of “a culture of mutual respect, curiosity and creativity among staff and volunteers” and “his unique ability to communicate with donors and funders about CCL’s transformational work.”

Ross Astoria, who served as CCL’s board chair from June 2016 to June 2021, echoed these sentiments. “With creativity, methodical collaborations, and relentless, courageous hustle, Mark guided the growth of Citizens’ Climate Lobby from a scrappy start-up to an established institution influencing action on the Hill. I look forward to working with Mark as he continues to support CCL volunteers as a board member, and I’m super excited about what’s next for the organization as Madeleine takes the helm.”

In a heartfelt letter to CCL’s supporter base of nearly 200,000, Reynolds shared, “I have never loved a role as much as I love this one, and I will miss doing it. CCL, and supporters like you, have made these years some of the most special in my life.”

Reynolds’ letter also celebrated this year’s remarkable progress toward a price on carbon pollution. “The policy we’ve worked on for so long is now an integral part of the national policy discussion, with a possibility that it will become law,” he said. CCL’s grassroots energy has helped generate more cosponsors for this House carbon pricing bill than any carbon pricing bill in U.S. history. CCL efforts also helped advance several climate measures in the infrastructure law.

Reynolds also expressed confidence in his successor, noting that Para has contributed to CCL’s impressive growth and increasing sophistication over the years. “Madeleine’s strength and competence as a leader and manager is really what makes this next evolution of CCL possible,” he said.

“CCL is poised to take some big next steps as an organization. It’s a true honor to be in the position of guiding those next steps,” said Para. “With the dedication of an incredible staff and the enthusiasm of volunteers across the country, I look forward to seeing what we can do together.”

Reynolds’ own next steps will include expanding Citizens’ Climate International, which currently has 141 chapters across 76 countries, and continuing to support the fundraising activities critical for a nonprofit.

“As the CCL board looks to support CCL’s growth and policy expansion, Mark’s deep knowledge and connection with every aspect of our organization will be an essential asset for our next chapter,” Zimmerman said.

CONTACT: CCL Communications Director Flannery Winchester, 615-337-3642, *protected email*

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Hydrogen Jet Design Unveiled

Bloomberg: A U.K.-backed research group unveiled a design for a liquid hydrogen-powered airliner theoretically capable of matching the performance of current midsize aircraft without producing carbon emissions. The FlyZero concept envisions a plane carrying 279 passengers non-stop from London to San Francisco at the same speed and comfort as today, the Aerospace Technology Institute said […]

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What’s the Difference Between 1.5° and 2°?

Decent short vid puts some numbers on the difference between a 1.5 and 2 degree warming. Somewhere in that spread, we commit to losing the Greenland Ice Sheet, and a portion of West Antarctica.

A Bitcoin Boom Fueled by Cheap Power, Empty Plants and Few Rules

Cryptocurrency miners are flocking to New York’s faded industrial towns, prompting concern over the environmental impact of huge computer farms.
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NY state legislators & climate leaders call for a carbon price

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NY state legislators & climate leaders call for a carbon price

NEW YORK, December 6, 2021 – This week, six New York state legislators and two Climate Action Council members sent a letter to the New York congressional delegation, urging them to support a price on carbon. The letter was facilitated by New York CCL’s State Level Action Team, led by volunteers Peter Savio, Phillip Kahn, Randy Gyorgy, Lynn Meyer, and Bryan Swift. Read the letter below.

To NY’s Congressional Delegation:

As New York State Senators, Assembly Members and Climate Action Council members, we have supported or co-sponsored New York’s nation leading Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), and we continue to work on its timely and effective follow through. As all of us are aware, however, the federal government’s role is pivotal to putting our country firmly on a path towards meeting both the state’s CLCPA goals, as well as our nation’s and President Biden’s climate goals.

We urge you to advocate strongly for the boldest possible decarbonization framework in the federal budget reconciliation package. We applaud the goal that President Biden set for America to address climate change by reducing our emissions 50% by 2030 – however, without a transformative package, including a price on carbon and essential complementary policies, the package will likely fall short of that critical goal.

A truly transformative reconciliation bill must include a meaningful price on greenhouse gas emissions while also protecting the economically vulnerable from higher energy costs. A carbon price should also include border adjustments that levy a carbon price on imports from nations that lack greenhouse gas mitigation policies equivalent to ours.

We recognize that additional measures, complementary to a price on carbon emissions, would help the U.S. and New York achieve their decarbonization goals. Examples include: eliminating fossil fuel subsidies; aggressive investments to retrofit existing buildings and to modernize appliance standards; rapid decarbonization across the transport sector; and, standards and investment to modernize our electric grid and
rapidly electrify substantial portions of our economy. Measures such as these would strengthen economic competitiveness and job growth; they must also be integrated with environmental justice and just transition elements to assure that all Americans are part of a cleaner future together.

We applaud and thank you for your work toward a cleaner, healthier and more economically viable future. As public support for climate action continues to grow, and the National Climate Assessment makes clear, our constituents recognize that
failing to pass bold climate provisions in the reconciliation package risks making heat waves, flooding, droughts, wildfires, storms, and sea level rise worse. We have no time to spare.

Liz Krueger
NY State Senator
28th Senate District

Patricia Fahy
Member of NY Assembly
109th Assembly District

Anna R. Kelles
Member of NY Assembly
125th Assembly District

Robert W. Howarth
NY Climate Action Council Member
Professor, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Cornell University

Rachel May
NY State Senator
53rd Senate District

Jessica González-Rojas
Member of NY Assembly
34th Assembly District

Rebecca A. Seawright
Member of NY Assembly
76th Assembly District

Paul Shepson
NY Climate Action Council Member
Dean of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Stony Brook University

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Successful Komodo Dragon Breeding at San Antonio Zoo Brings New Hope for Endangered Species

In a huge win for the species and conservationists, ten baby Komodo dragons were born in captivity at the San Antonio Zoo this October.


Komodo dragons are on the brink of extinction. The largest lizards species in the world, they can grow to be 10 feet long and weigh over 300 pounds, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Last year, their IUCN Red List status changed from vulnerable to endangered, raising concern around the world about the iconic species’ survival. Rising seas and loss of habitat due to climate change are to blame.

“Those involved in the conservation of Komodo dragons have been alarmed for some time concerning their overall wild numbers due to habitat loss, potential trafficking, etc. but the recent down-listing from vulnerable to endangered has raised the level of concern a few notches,” Craig Pelke told EcoWatch. It was a lifelong dream of the herpetologist to work with Komodos, and he does so now as the director of ectotherms for the zoo.

Currently, less than 1,400 mature adults of the apex lizard are estimated to remain, a San Antonio Zoo press release noted. These live on a few Indonesian Islands — their only natural habitat — and in zoos. Because they are endemic to those islands, which include the World Heritage-listed Komodo National Park, the reptiles have nowhere to retreat to as those islands become fragmented or submerged by rising seas, The Guardian reported.

Pelke explained, “[The dragons have] a strong preference for lower elevation areas… and this habitat will be the first to disappear as the oceans rise and begin to cover the land.”

That dire reality makes this most recent zoo breeding success monumental for the species’ future.

The parents of this batch of baby dragons were Kristika, a resident female dragon at the San Antonio Zoo, and Boga, a male from the Houston Zoo, the zoo press release noted. They successfully bred last winter, and Kristika laid eggs on March 8 of this year. Incubation typically lasts 7 to 9 months, Pelke noted, and the first of the ten babies hatched on Oct. 17.

Male and female Komodo dragon parents. San Antonio Zoo’s resident female Komodo dragon, Kristika, successfully bred with a male, Boga, from the Houston Zoo last winter. Mandy Woodburn / San Antonio Zoo

“It’s like a dream to have 10 little babies running around,” said Tim Morrow, the president and CEO of the San Antonio Zoo, to The Washington Post. “It’s another important step forward in sustaining the Komodo dragon’s survival.”

Before their birth, there were 123 adult dragons in North American zoos, Pelke told the Post. The latest brood includes four females, two males and four with genders yet to be determined.

“We’re really excited to add another 10 to that group,” Pelke said in the news report. “It’s wonderful to take their numbers in the other direction.”

A baby Komodo dragon. Baby Komodo dragons are brighter green than mature adults, and their scales darken with age. Mandy Woodburn / San Antonio Zoo

Under Pelke’s direction, the San Antonio Zoo has coordinated three different hatchings of Komodo dragons. He noted that the successful hatching of 10 dragons from 22 eggs in the clutch is a good rate. Dragons are not social pack animals, instead preferring solitary living, he explained. This makes breeding management and planning complicated because each adult dragon will eventually need its own space at a facility to avoid possible aggressions with another individual.

“In the long run, 10 is a very successful but manageable number,” Pelke told EcoWatch.

Morrow said in the zoo press release, “The hatchlings are thriving, and we are looking forward to watching them grow and help preserve the existence of Komodo dragons.”

The baby dragons will all be sent to other zoos when they’re older to act as ambassadors for their species. There are no current plans to release captive dragons back into the wild. Pelke explained why: “One of the biggest factors that must be asked — is there any wild to release them into? One of the Komodo dragons biggest issues is loss of habitat (human encroachment, oceans rising), so the problem is not so much actual numbers of dragons but actually [the] amount of usable habitat.”

The expert added, “If habitat is restored/gained, and the natural populations cannot recover on their own, then releases could play a role in helping to save the wild populations” in the future.

Tiffany Duong is a writer, explorer and inspirational speaker. She holds degrees from UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. As a contributing reporter at EcoWatch, she gives voice to what’s happening in the natural world. Her mission is to inspire meaningful action and lasting change. Follow her on Twitter/Instagram/TikTok @tiffmakeswaves.

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Climate change could make Virginia’s Tangier Island uninhabitable by 2051