CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES

Pennsylvania is on the cusp of a solar energy boom.

Some communities want to fight it. Read more from State Impact Pennsylvania.

Texas blackouts point to coast-to-coast crises waiting to happen

Continent-spanning storms triggered blackouts in Oklahoma and Mississippi, halted one-third of U.S. oil production and disrupted vaccinations in 20 states. Read more here, from The New York Times.

Pa.'s hidden fossil fuel subsidies

PennFuture has unveiled a report that details the depths that Pennsylvania goes to subsidize the fossil fuel industry. PennFuture was joined by the Center for Coalfield Justice and the Ohio River Valley Institute, among others, to create the 80-page report “Buried Out of Sight: Uncovering Pennsylvania’s Hidden Fossil Fuel Subsidies.”

A glimpse of America's future: Climate change means trouble for power grids

Systems are designed to handle spikes in demand, but the wild and unpredictable weather linked to global warming will very likely push grids beyond their limits. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Burning Wood? Caring for Earth?

Many years ago, back in the mid-1970s during the “oil embargo,” heating with wood became the rage. For some, the trend endures. And while there are environmental concerns about burning wood, individually, those who want to keep the home fires burning should attempt to reduce their potential impact by improving forests while being good environmental stewards. CLICK TO READ MORE.

PA: A FRACTURED STATE

Longtime BWA member Mark Lichty, after talking to many fellow Pennsylvania citizens, realized that some did not know their rights under the Environmental Rights Amendment to the state constitution – the right to pure water and clean air. The result of this realization: “PA: A Fractured State,” a short film. Click here to see it.

Lichty also interviewed Maya van Rossum, Delaware Riverkeeper, on the issue. Click here to see the video.

carbon pollution ‘costs are high’ 

BWA Executive Director Kelly Gallo testified on the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Click here to read her testimony to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

‘Climate CHANGE IS WATER CHANGE’

From our friends at Trout Unlimited comes a blog to catch your attention:
“Climate change is water change. A warmer climate impacts nearly every facet of the water cycle. … Unless bold actions are taken now, some of the most harmful causes of river degradation will accelerate as the climate continues to warm.”

Click here to read more about how local efforts can “move the needle nationally.”

WINTER IS COMING! USE CARBON-NEUTRAL FUELS.

Carbon neutral fuels do not increase the amount of carbon dioxide cycling through the atmosphere. Wood is carbon neutral. Fossil fuels, such as coal, are not. Find out more about carbon neutral fuels here.

Our Latest Video

“How the Climate Crisis is Impacting Wildlife and What We Can Do About it,” with Ed Perry of the National Wildlife Federation. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO

An event hosted July 13, 2019, by Brodhead Watershed Association’s Climate Action Committee

 

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QUESTIONING CANDIDATES ON CLIMATE CHANGE

How do political candidates propose to battle climate change on a local level?

Climate Change IssuesThe BWA Climate Action Committee asked candidates for Monroe County commissioner and local municipal leadership positions – including incumbents – about their ideas on climate change. (BWA board members and staff who are candidates on the Nov. 5, 2019, ballot were excluded from participation.)

Here’s the question posed to candidates earlier this fall:

“As bipartisan Congressional support for carbon tax legislation increases (i.e. Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act), it’s likely the future will hold carbon use related fees for both individuals and governing bodies. Throughout our state, local governments are adopting resolutions and establishing plans to power their communities with 100% renewable energy. What actions would you take to decrease your municipality’s carbon footprint, promote renewable energy, and save future taxpayers the burden of carbon tax fees?”

Read a summary of the candidates’ questions

Read the candidates’ responses verbatim

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What is Climate Change!

A change in global or regional climate patterns, in particular a change apparent from the mid to late 20th century onwards and attributed largely to the increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide produced by the use of fossil fuels.

2021 SERIES

Hotter, wetter and worse: Pennsylvania has undergone a long-term warming of more than 1°C over the past 110 years and will continue to warm. It will also continue to become wetter, with “blockbuster” winter storms and flooding. Yet the state may grow drier overall and experience more drought because rainfall will not compensate for the drying effects of a warmer climate. READ MORE HERE

Making it work: In a series of articles we’ll discuss the science – what is happening and why, the impacts on our water resources, existing infrastructure, outdated stormwater management plans, and the costs in terms of infrastructure, water resources, and human services. READ MORE HERE

WHAT WE'VE LEARNED

READ MORE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

in the news on BWA’s Environmental Alerts page. CLICK HERE.

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