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First Utility-Run Geothermal System in USAmerica

by gmoke Sat Jun 10th, 2023 at 06:31:05 PM EST

Europe has probably been doing these kinds of things for decades, (looking at you, Denmark), but it's just beginning here in primitive USAmerica.

From my friends at Home Energy Efficiency Team [HEET http://heet.org ] who have been working toward this for years.  They started by doing weatherization parties at homes and offices, proceeded to pioneering work on urban methane leaks, and now are partnering with a local utility to pare back existing natural gas lines and replace them with networked geothermal energy systems.

These are smart people who do their homework in pursuing immediately practical solutions in the face of climate emergency.  They are building one alternative for the necessary energy, economic, and social transition weathering climate chaos will require.

HEET is engaged in what I call positive protest and there should be much more of it.  

Tune in to a livestream of Eversource Gas's official groundbreaking on the first utility-run networked geothermal system in the nation!

Speakers include: Eversource CEO and Chairman Joe Nolan, Framingham Mayor Charlie Sisitsky, Eversource President of Gas Distribution Bill Akley, Vice President of Clean Technologies Nikki Bruno, and HEET Co-Executive Director Zeyneb Magavi, who will speak on the impact and significance of the project.

Watch live on Eversource MA's facebook page: http://facebook.com/EversourceMA

On Monday, Eversource Gas will hold a groundbreaking ceremony for its networked geothermal installation in Framingham, MA--the first of its kind. The system will deliver non-emitting heating and cooling to 40 residential and commercial buildings in Framingham, MA, paving the way for a transition from #gastogeo.

States, policymakers and utilities are increasingly exploring networked geothermal as a solution to decarbonize and electrify entire neighborhoods, meet climate goals, and provide good-paying clean energy jobs.

Eversource has already completed drilling three test boreholes and confirmed that each location is viable for full construction drilling. Now, the utility will begin to install a horizontal loop of pipe in the right of way of the street, along with additional boreholes. National Grid is also moving forward on its own utility installation of networked geothermal in Lowell, MA and has recently completed drilling test boreholes.

HEET's Learning From the Ground Up research team, comprised of researchers from local universities and national labs, will study the utility geothermal installations in MA over the next few years, evaluating impacts on emissions, health, equity and more.

Even more good news...the Framingham geothermal network is already set to expand! Last month, the City of Framingham, Eversource and HEET were granted $715,000 by the U.S. Department of Energy's Community Geothermal funding initiative to plan the expansion of the project, adding an additional neighborhood and doubling the size of the system.


Energy (and Other) Events Monthly - May 2023

by gmoke Mon May 1st, 2023 at 02:26:25 AM EST

These kinds of events below are happening all over the world every day and most of them, now, are webcast and archived, sometimes even with accurate transcripts. Would be good to have a place that helped people access them.

This is a more global version of the local listings I did for about a decade (what I did and why I did it at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html) with a hiatus from 2020 to 2022 and earlier for a few years in the 1990s (http://theworld.com/~gmoke/AList.index.html).  

A more comprehensive global listing service could be developed if there were enough people interested in doing it, if it hasn't already been done.  

If anyone knows of such a global listing of open energy, climate, and other events is available, please put me in contact.
Thanks for reading,
Solar IS Civil Defense

http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com - notes on lectures and books
http://solarray.blogspot.com - renewable energy and efficiency
http://zeronetenrg.blogspot.com - zero net energy links list
http://cityag.blogspot.com - city agriculture links list
http://geometrylinks.blogspot.com - geometry links list
http://hubevents.blogspot.com - Energy (and Other) Events
http://www.dailykos.com/user/gmoke/history - articles, ideas, and screeds

Twitter @gmokery
Mastodon  @gmoke@mastodon.social

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Boston Design Week
Tuesday, April 25 - May 7
http://www.bostondesignweek.com/

Anticipating and acting on ocean and marine ecosystem change
Monday, May 1
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Building 54, 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA
and Online
RSVP at http://calendar.mit.edu/event/paoc_colloquium_-_charles_stock_gfdl#.ZEslhC-B2c4

Solve at MIT: Opening Plenary
Thursday, May 4
1:00pm to 2:30pm
MIT, Building W16: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenure, Cambridge, MA
and Online
RSVP at http://solve.mit.edu/events/solve-at-mit-2023/custom/public-plenary#page-subnav

Designing Parks for Green Transportation ​
Thursday, May 4
4:00PM to 5:00PM
Online
RSVP:  http://bit.ly/3ZmBbR0

Education, Truth, and the Future of Democracy
Thursday, May 4
4:30 - 6 p.m. ET
Harvard, Askwith Hall, Longfellow Building, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA

Greenwashing, carbon capitalism and the role of PR
Friday, May 5
8:00 - 9:30 EDT
Online
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/greenwashing-carbon-capitalism-and-the-role-of-pr-tickets-597797617767

Landscape Architecture + Climate Action in New England; A Virtual Summit​
Friday, May 5
11:00AM to 2:00PM
Online
RSVP: http://landscapearchitectureclimateaction.eventbrite.com

Wake Up the Earth Festival 2023
Saturday, May 6
12:00 PM  - 5:00 PM
Spontaneous Celebrations, 45 Danforth Street, Boston, MA
More information at http://www.spontaneouscelebrations.org/calendar/wute-2023

Warheads to Windmills: Preventing climate catastrophe and nuclear war
Sunday, May 7
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT
Online
RSVP at http://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEuceGqqzsrGtGLoV5dQNMz784MYw1ljiHx#/registration

Harvard Climate Action Week
Monday, May 8 - Thursday, May 11
http://salatainstitute.harvard.edu/hcaw/

Climate, Health & Equity: Toward a sustainable future
Monday, May 8
1 - 6 p.m.
Spangler Center, Harvard Business School, 117 Western Avenue, Boston
RSVP at http://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_00L3j2Rfrik5ELs

Energy Seminar: A Personal Reflection on Thirty Years of Energy Transitions - Michael Morgan
Monday, May 8
1:30pm to 2:20pm [4:30pm to 5:20pm PT]
Stanford, NVIDIA Auditorium, 475 Via Ortega, Stanford, CA
and Online
RSVP at http://events.stanford.edu/event/energy_seminar_Mike_Morgan

Next in Food Sustainability and Climate Change
Monday, May 8
2 PM ET
Radcliffe, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge
and Online
RSVP at http://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/event/2023-next-in-food-sustainability-and-climate-change-program

Toward Heartier Food Crops: Pursuing Non-Genetic Regulation of Plant Traits
Tuesday, May 9
4:00pm to 5:00pm
Online
RSVP at RSVP at http://events.eventzilla.net/e/toward-heartier-food-crops-2138594460

Morison Prize and Lecture with danah boyd:  Made, Not Found: Grappling with the Vulnerabilities of Data
Monday, May 8
4:00pm to 5:30pm
MIT, Wong Auditorium, E51-115, 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA

The Politics of Trash: How Governments Used Corruption to Clean Cities, 1890-1929
Monday, May 8
6:00PM - 7:00PM
MA Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
and Online
RSVP at http://www.masshist.org/events/politics-trash-how-governments-used-corruption-clean-cities-1890-1929
Cost:  $0 - $10

Creative Solutions for Sustainable Urban Environments
Tuesday, May 9
10:30 - 11:30am EDT
Online
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/creative-solutions-for-sustainable-urban-environments-tickets-6050877326 97

Energy innovation for a net-zero future
Tuesday, May 9
5:30 - 7:30pm
MIT, Stata Center; Kirsch Auditorium (32-123), 32 Vassar Street Cambridge, MA
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/energy-innovation-for-a-net-zero-future-tickets-560650158717

Getting to Zero
Wednesday, May 10 - Friday, May 12
Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Minnesota
and Online
RSVP at http://gettingtozeroforum.org/
Cost:  $75 - $1000

MA Tech 15
Wednesday, May 10
9:15am - 3:15pm
750 Main Street, Cambridge, MA
RSVP at http://masstech15.splashthat.com/

Learning for Impact -- Filling the Green Skills Gap for Climate Resilience
Wednesday, May 10
5:30pm to 7pm
Northeastern, Arlington Campus, 1300 17th Street North, Suite 1500, Arlington, VA
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/learning-for-impact-filling-the-green-skills-gap-for-climate-resilience- tickets-612301910497

Floodplain Futures: Flood Insurance and the Economy of Climate Change
Thursday, May 11
1pm EDT
Online
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/floodplain-futures-flood-insurance-and-the-economy-of-climate-change-tic kets-579261585997

If Science Created Climate Change, Can Science Solve it?
Thursday, May 11
4:30 - 7:30pm EDT
Venture Cafe: CIC Cambridge One Broadway, 5th Floor Cambridge, MA 02142
More information at: http://venturecafecambridge.org/event/the-future-of-climate-change-where-earth-and-space-collide/

Green Infrastructure: How can we build a sustainable future?
Tuesday, May 16
9:00 - 10:30 EDT
Online
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-infrastructure-how-can-we-build-a-sustainable-future-tickets-57620 8393817

Taking on Climate Lies
Tuesday, May 16
9am - 4pm EDT
BU, Center for Computing & Data Sciences (CDS) 665 Commonwealth Avenue Boston, MA
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/taking-on-climate-lies-tickets-600702115197

EBC Ascending Professionals Webinar: Ecological Restoration 101
Tuesday, May 16
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST
Online
RSVP at http://ebcne.org/event/ebc-ascending-professionals-webinar-ecological-restoration-101/#registration- details

Reversing the Rivers: A Memoir of History, Hope, and Human Rights
Thursday, May 18
11:00 AM EDT  
Online
RSVP at http://carrcenter.hks.harvard.edu/event/reversing-rivers-memoir-history-hope-and-human-rights

Survival of the Quickest:  How Climate Change Has Shaped Evolution
Wednesday, May 18
6:30 p.m.
Online on Zoom or YouTube Live
RSVP at http://sitn.hms.harvard.edu/seminars/2022/may-18-survival-of-the-quickest-how-climate-change-has-sha ped-evolution/

Global sequestration of atmospheric carbon dioxide by semi-arid forestation
Wednesday, May 31
4 - 6pm BST
Imperial College London Exhibition Road London SW7 2BX United Kingdom
and Online
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/global-sequestration-of-atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-by-semi-arid-forest ation-tickets-588143883187

Full Listings and more information at http://hubevents.blogspot.com

How Many Ways Did He Change the World?: Mel King and the Chain of Change

by gmoke Thu Apr 13th, 2023 at 06:24:04 PM EST

My friend and mentor Mel King died at the age of 94 on March 28, 2023.

I first met Mel when he was a MA State Representative in the mid-1970s.  It was in a State House hallway after a hearing on food and agriculture issues.  He was a big man, 6 foot 5 inches, and, in those days, he was wearing overalls to work.  He was also bald, bearded, and Black.  As I recall, he walked down the hall away from the hearing room still gently lobbying a fellow Representative on the issues.  He was working hard for an urban/rural coalition, building community gardens in the South End and other neighborhoods of Boston while rebuilding the Commonwealth's agriculture infrastructure with farmers, foresters, and others from far beyond Route 128 and Boston's South End, his district.

One of the good guys! Frontpaged with minor edit - Frank Schnittger

Read more... (2 comments, 1070 words in story)

Zero Net Energy - April 6, 2023

by gmoke Fri Apr 7th, 2023 at 04:24:10 AM EST

Climate positive residential development in Berlin, Germany
http://www.peter-ruge.de/project/klimapositiv-wohnen-in-berlin/language/en
http://inhabitat.com/live-in-a-climate-positive-off-grid-housing-development/

Senang residential block in Amsterdam heated and cooled with collective heat pump
http://inhabitat.com/earth-friendly-residential-block-has-new-take-on-old-design/
http://www.m3h.nl/project/senang-transformatie-indische-buurt-amsterdam/

Net positive certified office furniture from Humanscale, certified by Living Product Challenge*
http://www.humanscale.com/blog/humanscale-wins-metropolis-planet-positive-award
http://inhabitat.com/humanscale-wows-with-26-net-positive-certified-products/
*http://living-future.org/lpc/
Editorial Comment:  Interface, the international carpet tile manufacturer, has achieved zero environmental impact after working towards it for more than 20 years and is producing a net positive carpet product:  http://solarray.blogspot.com/2022/03/interface-from-living-zero-to-climate.html

Net positive Brink Tower in Amsterdam, including aquifer thermal energy storage (ATES) system
http://www.mecanoo.nl/Projects/project/266
http://inhabitat.com/brink-tower-in-amsterdam-is-a-pillar-of-sustainable-design/

A sustainable city for 150,000 in Africa producing 100% of its food, water, and energy on site
http://urb.ae/projects/theparks/
http://inhabitat.com/the-parks-will-be-africas-largest-sustainable-city/

Factory-made, modular net zero-ready buildings from Vantem
https:/vantem.com
https:
cleantechnica.com/2022/11/25/vantem-offers-energy-efficient-factory-made-modular-dwellings

Triple Zero - planning a decarbonized logistics facility, aiming for net zero emissions over the entire lifecycle of the building
http://nrep.com/project/triple-zero/
http://inhabitat.com/triple-zero-is-going-above-and-beyond-decarbonizing/

Largest net zero building in Boston, BU's Center for Computing and Data Sciences uses geothermal energy
http://www.wbur.org/news/2022/12/07/boston-university-unveils-citys-largest-net-zero-building-geothe rmal

Regenerative architecture - net zero complex in Yakushima, Japan which enhances the local ecology
http://www.to-no.me/works/sumu-yakushima
http://inhabitat.com/regenerative-architecture-in-japan-is-100-off-grid/

Zero net energy remodels case studies
http://zeroenergyproject.com/renovate/zero-energy-remodels-case-studies/
hat tip Ambrose Spencer

Podcast on designing net zero energy homes
http://propane.com/environment/podcast/2-17-designing-zero-net-energy-homes/?utm_campaign=p20-podcas t_aud-etl_str-etl

NREL pilot program for mass energy efficiency retrofits
http://www.canarymedia.com/articles/energy-efficiency/foam-panels-can-turn-old-abodes-into-energy-ef ficient-homes-of-the-future

Energy (and Other) Events Monthly - April 2023

by gmoke Sun Apr 2nd, 2023 at 06:27:48 PM EST

These kinds of events below are happening all over the world every day and most of them, now, are webcast and archived, sometimes even with accurate transcripts. Would be good to have a place that helped people access them.

This is a more global version of the local listings I did for about a decade (what I did and why I did it at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html) until September 2020 and earlier for a few years in the 1990s (https:/theworld.com~gmoke/AList.index.html).  

A more comprehensive global listing service could be developed if there were enough people interested in doing it, if it hasn't already been done.  

If anyone knows of such a global listing of open energy, climate, and other events is available, please put me in contact.

Thanks for reading,

Solar IS Civil Defense,
George Mokray
gmoke@world.std.com

http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com - notes on lectures and books
http://solarray.blogspot.com - renewable energy and efficiency - zero net energy links list
http://cityag.blogspot.com - city agriculture links list
http://geometrylinks.blogspot.com - geometry links list
http://hubevents.blogspot.com - Energy (and Other) Events
http://www.dailykos.com/user/gmoke/history - articles, ideas, and screeds

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More information on each event available at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com

Monday, April 3

The Future We Want: What have we learned since Rio+20?
Monday, April 3
9am EDT [3:00 PM in Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna]
Online
RSVP at http://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RI6C8etSRlOWrWJ2_t2X_g?timezone_id=Europe%2FBerlin

In this tenth year since the Rio+20 "Future We Want" was adopted, this webinar will explore ways the 2012 outcome laid the foundations and still advances the objectives the SDG Summit will seek to reinforce.

Social cost of carbon: What it is, why it matters, and why the Biden administration seeks to raise it
Monday, April 3
11:00 AM EDT - 12:30 PM EDT
Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W., Falk auditorium, Washington, DC
and Online
RSVP at http://www.brookings.edu/events/social-cost-of-carbon-what-it-is-why-it-matters-and-why-the-biden-ad ministration-seeks-to-raise-it/

A pragmatists' guide to machine learning for Earth observation imagery
Monday, April 3
11:15am to 12:15pm
Harvard, SEC LL2.224, 150 Western Avenue, Allston, MA
More information at http://crcs.seas.harvard.edu/event/valerie-pasquarella-harvard-forest-and-google

Energy Policy Seminar: Hélène Benveniste on "Climate Mobilities: Empirical Evidence & International Policy Responses"
Monday, April 3
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB
RSVP at http://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ywq0WyQ5TRuFYvX1nx9IjQ

Innovations in Long-Term Care Convening
Monday, April 3
12:30pm to 8:00pm
MIT, Samberg Conference Center, 6th Floor, 50 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA
RSVP at http://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc8L8249ue4RwmQjckfrVhyBEdsbMmXYY7vOVRlSIvvYtaQUw/viewform

Beginning to End the Climate Crisis: A Discussion with Climate Activists
Monday, April 3
3:00PM - 4:00PM EDT
Kleinman Energy Forum, Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 S 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA
and Online
RSVP at http://kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu/events/beginning-to-end-the-climate-crisis-a-discussion-with-climate -activists/

Ever Green: Saving Big Forests to Save the Planet
Monday, April 3
6:00 PM ET
Online
RSVP at http://www.harvard.com/event/virtual_event_john_reid/
Free:  $5 suggested donation

Pre-Release Screening & Discussion: NUCLEAR NOW!
Monday, April 3
6:30 - 9 p.m.
Harvard, Science Center Lecture Hall C, 1 Oxford Street, Cambridge
RSVP at http://environment.harvard.edu/event/nuclear-now

Tuesday, April 4

Nature-Positive Solutions for Climate Resilience
Tuesday April 4
9:00am EDT [1:00 p.m. GMT]
Online
RSVP at http://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MXGBcOukTmyFrP6rpFBmVw

Methane vs. CO2 in climate policy: The problem with global warming potentials
Tuesday, April 4
10:00am to 11:00am EDT
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA
Stream at http://mit.zoom.us/j/94965503582#success

Music in a Burning World
Tuesday, April 4
4 PM ET
Harvard, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
and Online
RSVP at http://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Revg0KwEQ2S-nYTWii_uQw

What Would Be A Just Energy Transition
Tuesday, April 4
4:00 PM EDT
Faculty House, Garden Room 2,64 Morningside Dr., New York, NY  
and Online
RSVP at http://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_SWDebEFlTgW6gvRnYxOtUw

Wednesday, April 5

Tilting on its Axis: How to Steady a Climate-Threatened World
Wednesday, April 5
12 PM ET
Penn Arts & Sciences, Weitzman School of Design, Perry World House
and Online
RSVP at http://www.alumni.upenn.edu/s/1587/gid2/16/interior.aspx?sid=1587&gid=2&pgid=39981&cid=8 3335&ecid=83335&crid=0&calpgid=36358&calcid=83330

Reiki, Energy Medicine, and Post-Materialism: A Conversation with Research Scientist Dr. Natalie Dyer (T&T Gnoseologies Series)
Wednesday, April 5
1 - 2 p.m.
Online
RSVP at http://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/3116760490511/WN_z4Rjw88jQH6vfgPXez5ZnA

The EU's Energy Policy after Russia's Invasion of Ukraine
Wednesday, April 5
2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
BU, Pardee School of Global Studies, 121 Bay State Road, Boston, MA
RSVP at http://www.bu.edu/european/2023/02/20/the-eus-energy-policy-after-russias-invasion-of-ukraine-04-05- 23/

Inner Asia in the Anthropocene: Towards a Global Environmental History
Wednesday, April 5
1:15pm ET
Harvard, CGIS-S250, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge MA
and Online
RSVP at http://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrc-ipqTgpHND68s6OAXnzOfbllUvfsup2

"Pleistocene Park" Documentary Film Screening and Panel
Wednesday, April 5
7 - 9:30 p.m.
Harvard, Carpenter Center Theater, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge

Thursday, April 6

The Multiple Impacts of Energy Efficiency: Social Indicators
Thursday, April 6
7:30 am EDT [1:30 PM in Brussels]
Online
RSVP at http://copperalliance.zoom.us/webinar/register/6716770939743/WN_3QEqUxOKQ-S8Jp_7i_xy9A

U.S. C3E Women in Clean Energy webinar series: Reliability, energy markets, and the clean energy transition
Thursday, April 6
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Online
RSVP at http://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hLJwmOIMQmWFCnJMpBG9Kg#/registration

Canary Live Boston
Thursday, April 6
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM EDT
Greentown Labs 444 Somerville Ave Somerville, MA 02143
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/canary-live-boston-tickets-539295245597
Cost:  $49

Solidarity, Community and Well Being: The Surprising Rewards of Degrowth
Thursday, April 6
7:00 pm EDT
Online
RSVP at http://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvcOiqrDgjG9c87erMjbKPjqjAz_bAL6bi

Saturday, April 8

Wilder Lecture Series: Stay Wild
Saturday, April 8
12 - 1:30 p.m.
Online
RSVP at http://harvard.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0kc-mvrDMpG9EevFNRVy203BZU8d9aYEz8

Monday, April 10

Energy Policy Seminar: Weila Gong and Joanna Lewis on "China's Coal Transition"
Monday, April 10
12 - 1:15 p.m.
Harvard Kennedy School, Rubenstein 414AB, 1 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA
and Online
RSVP at http://www.belfercenter.org/event/energy-policy-seminar-weila-gong-and-joanna-lewis-chinas-coal-tran sition

Tuesday, April 11

Nature Swagger
Tuesday, April 11
12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Online
RSVP at http://yale.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2y4F_ZWCS8quYjYkKTbmKg

Annual Edgerton Center Teams Showcase
Tuesday, April 11
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Lobby 13, 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
and Online
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-edgerton-center-teams-showcase-tickets-569775823827

Climate Justice as Racial Justice: Student Panel
Tuesday, April 11
4:30-​​5:30 pm
Harvard James Room East, Swartz Hall, 45 Francis Ave, Cambridge, MA

Wednesday, April 12

Columbia Global Energy Summit 2023
April 12
8:00 AM in Eastern Time
Online
RSVP at http://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CWi_P4agQmyIjDA7CEqW3A
PLEASE NOTE: You should complete this registration form only if you plan on joining the event virtually via Zoom. For in-person registration, visit http://www.energypolicy.columbia.edu/events/

EBC Climate Change and Air Webinar: Let's Do It - Actionable Climate Action Plans
Wednesday, April 12
9:00 am - 11:30 am EST
Online
RSVP at http://ebcne.org/event/ebc-climate-change-and-air-webinar-lets-do-it-actionable-climate-action-plans
Cost:  $30 - $140

On Resilience: A Capacity to Absorb Disturbances and Shocks
Wednesday, April 12
4:00pm
Harvard, John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Music Building

Stories Are Cages, Stories Are Wings--So What Stories Do We Tell About Climate?
Wednesday, April 12
6:30pm
Memorial Church, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA  

Thursday, April 13

Rethinking education for a climate-resilient future
Thursday, April 13
9:30 AM EDT - 11:00 AM EDT
Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.Washington, DC
and Online
RSVP at http://www.brookings.edu/events/rethinking-education-for-a-climate-resilient-future/

The Future of Business with AI
Thursday, April 13
9am - 4pm
MIT Samberg Conference Center, Cambridge, MA
RSVP at http://www.imaginationinaction.co/the-future-of-business-with-ai

EBC Energy Resources Leadership Program: DOER Commissioner Elizabeth Mahony and DOER Leadership is:
Thursday, April 13
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Prince Lobel Tye LLP, One International Place, Suite 3700, Boston, MA
RSVP at http://ebcne.org/event/ebc-energy-resources-leadership-program-doer-commissioner-elizabeth-mahony-an d-doer-leadership

Cost:  $30 -$140

Climate and the Classroom:  How K-12 teachers can bring climate change into their curricula, and how schools and communities can empower them to do so.
Thursday, April 13
1 - 2pm EDT
Online
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/climate-and-the-classroom-tickets-574630835297

Barriers to Transforming Climate Dialogue
Thursday, April 13
4:00pm
John Knowles Paine Concert Hall, Music Building, 3 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

Friday, April 14

Creating Pathways into Climate Adaptation and Resilience: Training Future Leaders
Friday, April 14
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, Louis D. Brandeis Conference Center, 155 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA
and Online
RSVP at http://climateadaptationforum.org/event/creating-pathways-into-climate-adaptation-and-resilience-tra ining-future-leaders/
Cost:  $15 - $45

Monday, April 17

Energy Policy Seminar: Jahi Wise on "The Outlook for the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund"
Monday, April 17
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Harvard, Wexner Building - Room 434 A-B, 19 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA
RSVP at http://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PQR_AaGeQv-QwK_fFcZk2Q

Tuesday, April 18

Cities Climate Action Summit 2023
Tuesday, April 18 4:00pm - Thursday, April 20 12:00 EDT
Online
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/cities-climate-action-summit-2023-tickets-539347471807

Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing [SERC] Symposium 2023
Bringing together social scientists and humanists with engineers and computer scientists to showcase the work of the MIT community
Tuesday, April 18
8am - 5:30pm
MIT Campus: E14, 6th floor (Media Lab)75 Amherst Street Cambridge, MA
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/serc-symposium-2023-tickets-528561139597

Bifurcations Large and Small
Tuesday, April 18
10:00am to 11:00am
MIT, Building 54-915, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

Food Systems Transformation- Why We Are All Responsible
Tuesday, April 18
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr., New York, NY
and Online
RSVP at http://columbiauniversity.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KwUoMLQ4Qqyv7g87-ATrJQ

Wednesday, April 19

Fascism in America
Wednesday, April 19
12 PM ET
Online
RSVP at http://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UpWkWr6wRxS9Yna522wj5Q

The Future of Climate Action: A Conversation with Gina McCarthy
Wednesday, April 19
5:00pm to 6:30pm
Harvard, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
and Online
RSVP at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWumARf88oY

Thursday, April 20

The Value of a Whale: On the Illusions of Green Capitalism
Thursday, April 20
10:00 AM
Online
RSVP at http://bostonu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HUTgMhJ8Rv2ryo7pqhmxyQ

Restorative Justice
Thursday, April 20
5-6:15PM EDT
Online
RSVP at http://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_pncZcuD1SOyOv1KkQrbWuA

Saturday, April 22

Altered Access Panel: The Body
Saturday, April 22
1:00pm to 2:30pm
MIT ACT Cube, E15-001 Lower Level, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA
RSVP at http://listart.mit.edu/calendar/altered-access-panel-body

Altered Access Panel: To Build
Saturday, April 22
1:00pm to 2:30pm
MIT ACT Cube, E15-001 Lower Level, 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA
RSVP at https://listart.mit.edu/calendar/altered-access-panel-build

TEDxMIT:  Superpowers
Saturday, April 22
2:45 pm till 6:45 pm
MIT, Cambridge, MA
RSVP at http://tedx.mit.edu/resgister-april22-23

Monday, April 24

A Journey in Engineering Space Systems: From the Mars Helicopter to Project Kuiper
Monday, April 24
4 PM ET
Harvard, Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
and Online
RSVP at http://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X7YySPD-QbKH2Z9g2bmg4g

Tuesday, April 25

Amy  Westervelt on Drilling, Denial and Disinformation
Tuesday, April 25
9am EDT [12:00 PM PDT]
The Commonwealth Club of California, 110 The Embarcadero, Taube Family Auditorium, San Francisco, CA
and Online
RSVP at http://www.commonwealthclub.org/events/2023-04-25/amy-westervelt-drilling-denial-and-disinformation
Cost:  0 - $20

Just Transition or Just a Transition? The Importance of Power, Organizing, and Framing in Decarbonization
Tuesday, April 25
4:15pm-6:00pm
The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
and Online
RSVP at http://sofheyman.org/events/climate-futures-climate-justice-just-transition-or-just-a-transition-the -importance-of-power-organizing-and-framing-in-decarbonization

The economics of climate change
Tuesday, April 25
5:30 - 6:30am EDT
Online
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-economics-of-climate-change-tickets-574557626327

Wednesday, April 26

Postindustrial Ecology: New Values in Recovering Marine Ecosystems
Wednesday, April 26
12 PM ET
Online
RSVP at http://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cq-7x3iISBaDpH3soDpXqQ

States and Nature: The Effects of Climate Change on Security
Wednesday, April 26
12:00pm to 1:30pm
MIT, E40-496, in-person limited to the MIT Community
and Online
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG5ooD8Ydk4vd83Ac8VNEoQ

Making Sustainable Design, From the Classroom to the World
Wednesday, April 26
3pm EDT
MIT Museum 314 Main Street Cambridge, MA
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/making-sustainable-design-from-the-classroom-to-the-world-tickets-596091 103537

Thursday, April 27

Green Transition: Industrial Policy, Geopolitics and the Role of Business
Thursday, April 27
1:30 PM
Harvard Kennedy School, Wexner 330, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge
and Online
RSVP at http://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mTAxYtGrTPK6cwd6ZD_wDw

Sustainable Finance Initiative Seminar: Henry Gonzalez, Green Climate Fund
Thursday, April 27
4pm to 5pm PT
Online
RSVP at http://events.stanford.edu/event/sfi_seminar_green_climate_fund#about_stream

Thursday, May 4

Solve at MIT: Opening Plenary
Thursday, May 4
1:00pm to 2:30pm
MIT, Building W16: Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenure, Cambridge, MA
and Online
RSVP at http://solve.mit.edu/events/solve-at-mit-2023/custom/public-plenary#page-subnav

Education, Truth, and the Future of Democracy
Thursday, May 4
4:30 - 6 p.m. ET
Harvard, Askwith Hall, Longfellow Building, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA

One of the Persuaders: Anat Shenker-Osorio

by gmoke Sat Apr 1st, 2023 at 08:05:37 PM EST

 I read The Persuaders:  At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy by Anand Giridharadas (NY:  Alfred A Knopf, 2022  ISBN 9780593318997) recently.  It has a lot of good examples of effective organization and communication from grassroots lower case "p" progressives.

One of the ones I found most sympatico is Anat Shenker-Osorio:

Voters aren't stirred to reduce harm, Shenker-Osorio said.  They're motivated to create good.  

...Paint the beautiful tomorrow

...The entire premise of my work is, 'Say what you're for.'  The rest is commentary...

What you fight you feed...

To sum up the [Anat] Shenker-Osorio method thus far:  Don't dilute the vision to reach out to a middle that isn't in the middle but is confused.  Thrill your base;  alienate the people who aren't going to vote for you anyway but will do you the favor, if you're setting the rhetorical agenda, of yelling your ideas all over town.  Don't be afraid to call out, to woo the right people and drive away the right people.  And there was more.  These callouts, she argued, needed to be nested within a positive galvanizing mission that her allies on the left too often forget to include while deploring problems.

"I genuinely believe," she continued, "it is a Republican wet dream that they have us talking constantly about everything that we oppose because (a) it gives them more airtime, (b) it scares the shit out of people, and when people are afraid, what they seek is a more authoritarian, more restrictive, more conservative kind of leadership and structure, (c) it has us not speak about what we're for."  She joked with colleagues that despite all her research into the nuances of different messages, there was really just one winning message for her side.  "That message is, `We can have nice things.'"

My full notes on The Persuaders are at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2023/03/notes-on-persuaders.html

More notes on persuasion and influence from the work of Robert Cialdini:

Influence:  Science and Practice
http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2016/12/influence-science-and-practice.html

Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade

http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2017/03/pre-suasion-revolutionary-way-to.html

Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive
http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2016/12/yes-50-scientifically-proven-ways-to-be.html

City Agriculture - March 17, 2023

by gmoke Fri Mar 17th, 2023 at 03:05:27 AM EST

Chinese natural restoration project

http://inhabitat.com/a-restoration-project-in-china-uses-a-sponge-system/

Urban Permaculture
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qXgbrIYcFE

Floating farm in Rotterdam
http://cleantechnica.com/2023/01/20/say-hello-to-the-floating-farm-in-rotterdam/

Editorial Comment:  Previous mentions of Rotterdam in City Agriculture
World's first floating dairy farm in Rotterdam, Netherlands
http://www.bbc.com/news/business-45130010
http://cityag.blogspot.com/2018/08/city-agriculture-august-30-2018.html

Floating Park in Rotterdam made from recycled plastic
http://www.recycledpark.com/
http://www.recycledisland.com/about.html
https:/cityag.blogspot.com/2018/08/city-agriculture-august-30-2018.html
Editorial Comment:  The Floating Park seems to have vanished but the group behind it is still removing plastic from waterways.
Editorial Comment:  Aztecs and other South American peoples built floating gardens for hundreds of years.  They called them chinampas

A rooftop forest for Rotterdam
http://www.mvrdv.nl/news/2603/with-construction-almost-complete-depot-boijmans-van-beuningen-prepare s-for-preview-opening-in-september
http://www.mvrdv.nl/news/2652/depot-boijmans-van-beuningen-rooftop-forest-awarded-rooftop-award-2020
http://inhabitat.com/an-award-winning-forest-tops-the-worlds-first-publicly-accessible-art-depot/
http://cityag.blogspot.com/2021/01/city-agriculture-january-20-2021-happy.html

Rotterdam's roofscape - greening 10 million square feet of rooftops
http://www.c40.org/case-studies/cities100-rotterdam-mitigation-meets-adaptation-on-rotterdam-s-rooft ops

http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5f082078d610926644d22e00/t/621e3b2a1ee23c373149cac0/1646148404 157/URBANISTEN_Rotterdam_Rooftop_Potential_EN.pdf
http://www.fastcompany.com/90755913/inside-rotterdams-quest-to-green-10-million-square-feet-of-rooft ops
http://cityag.blogspot.com/2022/07/city-agriculture-july-31-2022.html

Dallas TX plans for urban farms
http://www.dallasobserver.com/news/urban-farms-in-dallas-will-be-vital-to-a-healthier-population-cit y-officials-say-15696187
Dallas Climate Action Plan on food access
http://www.dallasclimateaction.com/foodaccess

How container farms can help with climate change
http://energynerdshow.com/episodes/mit-lab-explores-how-container-farms-can-help-with-climate-change
hat tip Bruce Biewald

Kroger partners with Gotham Greens to supply more than 1000 stores
http://www.agritecture.com/blog/2023/2/9/kroger-expanding-gotham-greens-to-more-than-1000-stores

Japan's agricultural decarbonization plan
http://sponsored.bloomberg.com/article/jco/japan-where-food-security-meets-innovation
Editorial Comment:  government press release

Energy (and Other) Events Monthly - March 2023

by gmoke Mon Feb 27th, 2023 at 06:41:13 PM EST

Conferences
Lecture Series
Events

More complete information on each entry at http://hubevents.blogspot.com
These kinds of events below are happening all over the world every day and most of them, now, are webcast and archived, sometimes even with accurate transcripts. Would be good to have a place that helped people access them.

This is a more global version of the local listings I did for about a decade (what I did and why I did it at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html) until September 2020 and earlier for a few years in the 1990s (https:/theworld.com~gmoke/AList.index.html).  

A more comprehensive global listing service could be developed if there were enough people interested in doing it, if it hasn't already been done.  

If anyone knows of such a global listing of open energy, climate, and other events is available, please put me in contact.

Thanks for reading,
Solar IS Civil Defense,
George Mokray
gmoke@world.std.com

http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com - notes on lectures and books
http://solarray.blogspot.com - renewable energy and efficiency - zero net energy links list
http://cityag.blogspot.com - city agriculture links list
http://geometrylinks.blogspot.com - geometry links list
http://hubevents.blogspot.com - Energy (and Other) Events
http://www.dailykos.com/user/gmoke/history - articles, ideas, and screeds

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Tuesday, February 28

Powering the Mekong: Does "clean energy" mean more dams?
Tuesday, February 28
3am - 5am EST (15:00 - 16:00 BKK)
Online
RSVP at http://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_56hHaxT_T-yZZpA7toeM6Q

Accelerating Climate Resilience Webinar: Resilience Hubs
Tuesday, February 28
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Online
RSVP at http://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAofuCpqjkvHdL9rWm6rCpxXQG9zctQQXJb

Dorceta Taylor: Untold Stories of the Conservation Movement: Race, Class and Environmental Protection
Tuesday, February 28
6:00pm
BC, Gasson Hall, 100 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA

Wednesday, March 1

Biodiversity 8 Deepdive: Symbiosis is Challenging Survival of the Fittest
Wednesdays, March 1 - May 12
RSVP at http://bio4climate.org/course-offerings/biodiversity-8-deepdive-into-symbiosis/registration/

2030 solar and wind roadmap for Pakistan
Wednesday, March 1
5:30am EST [11:30 AM in Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna]
Online
RSVP at http://agora-energiewende-de.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RXguv17OS0-84V-_4ZzlWQ

Energy Efficient Circuits Beyond what have been known as the Fundamental Limits: Power Converter, Analog Interface and Frequency Generation
Wednesday, March 1
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Grier Room, Building 34-401, 34 Vassar Street, Cambridge

Enhancing the Benefits of Human Mobility through Development Interventions
Wednesday, March 1
12:30pm to 2:00pm
MIT Building 9, 9-255 105 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
This is an in-person event with a virtual option. To join the Zoom Webinar, registration is required: http://bit.ly/BenefitsHumanMobility

Reducing Child Poverty in the United States
Wednesday, March 1
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. ET
The Brookings Institution, Falk Auditorium, 1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC
RSVP at http://connect.brookings.edu/register-to-attend-reducing-child-poverty-us
and Online
RSVP at http://connect.brookings.edu/register-to-watch-reducing-child-poverty-united-states

Sulfur and the organic carbon cycle
Wednesday, March 1
4:00pm to 5:00pm
MIT, Building 54, Room 209, 21 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

Psychology for a Safe Climate [PSC] In Conversation with Joelle Gergis: Humanity's Moment
Wednesday, March 1
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm AEDT
Online
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/psc-in-conversation-with-joelle-gergis-humanitys-moment-tickets-51256 4031817

Thursday, March 2

Tufts Energy Conference 2023
Thursday, March 2 - Friday, March 3
5:00 PM EST
Tufts University 419 Boston Avenue Medford, MA 02155
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/tufts-energy-conference-2023-tickets-529744308487

Systems Change for People and Planet: What You Need to Know
Thursday, March 2
10 a.m. EST (4 p.m. CET)
Online
RSVP at http://wri.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_du_IQb_QRVSAJAOnr9BvZg

A Clean Energy Workforce and the Path to Equity
Thursday, March 2
12:00PM - 1:30PM
Kleinman Energy Forum, Fisher Fine Arts Library, 220 S 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
and Online
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-clean-energy-workforce-and-the-path-to-equity-registration-51813181520 7

Moakley Chair Webinar Series: When Will This War End? Unraveling The Russia-Ukraine Crisis
Thursday, March 2
4:00 PM
Online
RSVP at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ejm5jgr50d4a71e4&oseq=&c=&a mp;ch=

Climate Change and Muslim Societies: Examples from Africa and Asia
Thursday, March 2
4 - 5:30 p.m.
Harvard, Sackler Lecture Hall, 485 Broadway, Cambridge
RSVP at http://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RdpyRRe5SbC8-ZNGUArrqw

Climatetech Intern Fair 2023
Thursday, March 2
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm ET
Greentown Labs, 444 Somerville Avenue, Somerville, Massachusetts
RSVP at http://greentownlabs.com/event/climatetech-intern-fair-2023/

Design Activism: Border Ecologies and the Architecture of UN Missions
Thursday, March 2
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Long Lounge, 7-429, 7-429 77 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02139
and Online
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/malkit-shoshan-tickets-536285192447

Friday, March 3

From Land Carbon Sink to Net Zero Emissions: How can Land be Part of the Climate Solution?
Friday, March 3
12:00pm to 1:00pm
MIT, Parsons Laboratory , 48-316 15 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA

"Culturally-Minded Disaster Response," Virtual Discussion
Friday, March 3
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Online
RSVP at http://www.earth.columbia.edu/articles/view/1774

Sunday, March 5
Transformation Beyond the Climate-bubble: The Case for Building a Climate Majority
Sunday, March 5
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EST
Online
RSVP at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/transformation-beyond-the-climate-bubble-tickets-544452541207

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Carbon War and Energy Transition in Germany and Poland

by gmoke Tue Feb 14th, 2023 at 03:46:58 AM EST

Sales of heat pumps in Poland experienced a 120% rise in demand in 2022, as interest in the renewable heating technology booms across Europe.

Poland saw sales grow to over 200,000 units in 2022, accelerated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and plans to move away from natural gas in heating buildings.

In terms of equipment designed for central water heating, the increase reached 130%, representing almost one in three of all space heating units sold in 2022.

Source: https://www.coolingpost.com/world-news/heat-pump-sales-rise-120-in-poland

More from the European Heat Pump Association

https://www.ehpa.org/2023/02/08/ehpa_news/port-pc-2022-was-the-year-of-heat-pumps-in-poland

German heat pump sales were also up 53%

Source: https://www.coolingpost.com/world-news/german-heat-pump-sales-up-53

and German "Roof-mounted [solar] installations for family homes increased by 40 percent to nearly 3 GW"

Source: https://www.cleanenergywire.org/news/german-solar-power-capacity-2022-sees-fast-growth-still-w ell-below-target

People, individual homeowners are responding to the carbon war by getting off fossil fuels and installing renewables.  This is a response to the current war between Russia and Ukraine as well as to climate change.  It's a connection I don't see made often enough.

As with climate change, perhaps this trend will only accelerate.

See Mandatory Solar for more

https://solarray.blogspot.com/2023/01/solar-mandates.html

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Energy (and Other) Events Monthly - February 2023

by gmoke Sun Jan 29th, 2023 at 09:46:25 PM EST

Conferences
____

Ethics and Solar Geoengineering: Justice, Legitimacy, and Governance in a Climate Crisis
February 2

Sustainability Connect 2023: A Forum on the Future of Sustainability at MIT
Tuesday, February 14

EBC Tenth Annual Offshore Wind Conference: T-minus 7 years to 30GW by 2030
February 15

The 1619 Education Conference
February 18 - February 19

Mathemalchemy Symposium:  Exploring the Intersections of Mathematics, Art, & Education
Friday, February 24

Lecture Series
_
____

Global Energy Trends 2023: Crisis, Contingencies, and Climate Change
Thursday, February 2

Explore the Shape-Shifting Media Climate with Earth's Publicist - David Fenton
Friday, February 3

Cancel Wars:  How Universities Can Foster Free Speech, Promote Inclusion, and Renew Democracy
Friday, February 3

Vandana Shiva: My Life in a Biodiversity of Movements
Monday, February 6

Green Shipping Corridors: Getting Maritime Shipping to Net Zero
Tuesday, February 7

Environmental Justice Roundtable
Wednesday, February 8

Climate change in Africa: Exploring citizen experiences and perspectives
Friday, February 10

Through the Grapevine: Socially Transmitted Information and Distorted Democracy
Friday, February 10

Sustainable Places: Climate Adapted Cities
Wednesday, February 15

Climate Action in Nigeria:  Risks, Urgencies, and Opportunities
Wednesday, February 15

Living Between Worlds, with Grace, Dignity, and Power
Wednesday February 15

The Role of Carbon Capture in Meeting Net-zero Carbon Goals
Thursday, February 16

Living with Climate Change in Northern New England
Thursday, February 16

Events
_
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Energy Seminar: Leon Clarke, Bezos Earth Fund
Monday, January 30

Mini-Symposium on Environmental Justice and Energy Sustainability ​
Tuesday, January 31

Chilean Constitutional Reform: Mother Nature, Mapuche Women, and Decolonial Perspectives
Tuesday, January 31

The Falling Sky and The Yanomami Struggle
Tuesday, January 31

Navigating Energy Transitions: The implications of 1.5°C scenarios for Canada's Paris-aligned energy transitions
Wednesday, February 1

Quartette: Stories from the Lives of Four Women Jazz Musicians--Maxine Sullivan, Velma Middleton, Melba Liston, and Shirley Scott
Wednesday, February 1

The Foreign Policy of Technology
Thursday, February 2

Interspecies Attentiveness: An Artist Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 2

Cambridge, MA: BEUDO: A Path to Reducing Building Emissions in Cambridge
Thursday, February 2

Wikipedia edit-a-thon on climate change
Friday, February 3

Housing as a Climate Lever, with Scott Wiener
Monday, February 6

Using an International Human Rights Framework for Climate Justice Advocacy in the United States
Tuesday, February 7

Restoring the Earth's lungs - How can forests support climate change mitigation?
Wednesday, February 8

Understanding the threat of white Christian nationalism to American democracy today:  Findings from the PRRI and Brookings Christian Nationalism Survey
Wednesday, February 8

Rethinking China's rise, restraints, and resilience
Wednesday, February 8

Transition in the Food Industry:  A Solutions Approach
Wednesday, February 8

A Digital Green New Deal: Wiring Gaia in the Anthropocene
Wednesday, February 8

The Energy Transition and Indigenous Communities in the US and Canada
Wednesday, February 8

Climate Change and Health: A Health Policy and Bioethics Consortium
Friday, February 10

Can companies save the planet? Sustainable investment between greenwashing and real impact:  Finance Company climate claims
Wednesday, February 15

Analyzing Earth's "Fine Prints": Utilization of High-Resolution Geological Records to Elucidate Future Climate Change
Wednesday, February 22

Business Climate Challenge Energy Management Workshop
Tuesday, February 21

Nomad Century - How to Survive the Climate Upheaval
Tuesday, February 21

Inclusive Insurance: A U.S. Roadmap for Climate-Related Disasters
February 22

Paul R. Ehrlich's Life: A Journey through Science and Politics
Thursday, February 23

Are Economic and Judicial Sanctions Effective in Combatting Authoritarianism? Evidence from Venezuela, Hungary & Poland
Monday, February 27

When Wounds Travel: Ecologies of War and Healthcare East of the Mediterranean
Wednesday, March 1

A Clean Energy Workforce and the Path to Equity  
Thursday, March 2

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These kinds of events below are happening all over the world every day and most of them, now, are webcast and archived, sometimes even with accurate transcripts. Would be good to have a place that helped people access them.

This is a more global version of the local listings I did for about a decade (what I did and why I did it at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html) until September 2020 and earlier for a few years in the 1990s (https:/theworld.com~gmoke/AList.index.html).  

A more comprehensive global listing service could be developed if there were enough people interested in doing it, if it hasn't already been done.  

If anyone knows of such a global listing of open energy, climate, and other events is available, please put me in contact.

Thanks for reading,

Solar IS Civil Defense,
George Mokray
gmoke@world.std.com

http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com - notes on lectures and books
http://solarray.blogspot.com - renewable energy and efficiency - zero net energy links list
http://cityag.blogspot.com - city agriculture links list
http://geometrylinks.blogspot.com - geometry links list
http://hubevents.blogspot.com - Energy (and Other) Events
http://www.dailykos.com/user/gmoke/history - articles, ideas, and screeds

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City Agriculture - January 19, 2023

by gmoke Fri Jan 20th, 2023 at 04:29:24 AM EST

3D printing houses with dirt, green walls and various crops built-in
http://www.fastcompany.com/90780034/bioconstruction-will-build-homes-out-of-flowering-3d-printed-dir t

Singapore skyscraper, Capita Spring, with a food forest on top and gardens throughout
http://big.dk/#projects-sing
http://inhabitat.com/this-is-how-singapore-does-vertical-biophilic-urbanism/

Reducing energy in Controlled Environment Agriculture [CEA]
http://www.agritecture.com/blog/2022/10/18/5-organizations-trying-to-solve-ceas-energy-problems
Editorial Comment:  These are the only CEA operations I know of which designed energy efficiency into their systems from the beginning:
Net zero vertical farm in Chicago
http://inhabitat.com/food-waste-fuels-vertical-farming-in-chicago/
InFarm for supermarkets who want to grow their own food
http://www.fastcompany.com/3058155/at-this-supermarket-the-produce-section-grows-its-own-produce

CO2 to boost plant growth in rooftop farming
http://interestingengineering.com/innovation/co2-boost-plant-growth-on-roof
http://www.wbur.org/news/2018/05/15/rooftop-garden-bu
hat tip to Nathan Phillips

BBC on carbon farming
http://www.bbc.com/future/article/20211020-carbon-farming-a-better-use-for-half-earths-land

BBC with Corteva, an agriscience company with roots in the DuPont companies, has produced three editions of eight half hour programs and three specials since 2021
http://www.bbc.com/future/bespoke/follow-the-food/

Growing wheat indoors and without soil
http://agfundernews.com/infarms-indoor-wheat-suggests-we-re-examine-the-realities-of-vertically-farm ed-commodities

Cutting-edge tech made this tiny country a major exporter of food
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/interactive/2022/netherlands-agriculture-technology/
Editorial Comment:  If you can't get past the Washington Post paywall, copy the address into http://archive.ph

Forest stadium for Milan, Italy (a design concept but not an actual project)
http://www.stefanoboeriarchitetti.net/en/project/san-siro-an-international-forest-stadium-for-milano /
http://inhabitat.com/stefano-boeri-architetti-designs-a-forest-stadium-in-milan/

How Tunisia's lagoon farms use saltwater from the Mediterranean Sea
http://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1387222141790782
hat tip to Monica Raymond

BBC asks "What if all our food was grown in indoor vertical farms?"
http://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230106-what-if-all-our-food-was-grown-in-indoor-vertical-farms

How to make vegetables last longer
http://www.bbc.com/future/article/20230118-how-to-make-fruit-and-vegetables-last-longer

Mandatory Solar

by gmoke Sat Jan 7th, 2023 at 03:09:41 AM EST

Germany

http://renewablesnow.com/news/overview-rooftop-solar-to-become-mandatory-in-several-german-states-in -2023-809103/

"The installation of solar panels on the roofs of buildings is already mandatory in Baden-Wuerttemberg and North Rhine-Westphalia, while Berlin, Hamburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Bavaria, Schleswig-Holstein, and Lower Saxony have adopted laws introducing the obligation as of January 1, 2023."

France
http://www.pv-magazine.com/2022/12/12/france-introduces-requirement-for-pv-in-parking-lots/

"The French parliament has approved a new measure to make it mandatory for parking lots to include solar if their surface area is more than 1,500 square meters."

Tokyo, Japan
http://e360.yale.edu/digest/tokyo-rooftop-solar

"Tokyo is mandating that all new homes in the city be built with rooftop solar panels starting in 2025."

"Three in four houseowners in Germany wish to put a solar PV array on their roofs, according to a survey commissioned by the country's solar industry lobby group BSW Solar. One in five houseowners aims to install solar PV arrays within the next twelve months, the survey by pollster YouGov also revealed, making the solar industry confident that a 'persistent solar power boom' lies ahead for Germany. Two thirds gave rising energy prices as a their main motivation, while 40 said they were driven by climate action. About 80 percent of the over 1,000 houseowners surveyed said they could imagine simultaneously installing a power storage unit to maximise the effectiveness of their roof-mounted solar power installations."
http://www.cleanenergywire.org/news/three-quarters-german-houseowners-ready-put-solar-installation-t heir-roofs-survey

I doubt if the survey asked anyone whether they were going solar to parry the energy weapon Putin, for one, is now using but it does.

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Energy (and Other) Events - January 2023

by gmoke Wed Jan 4th, 2023 at 04:37:35 AM EST

*Conferences

Reducing the Threat of Nuclear War: Social and Economic Costs of the Current Nuclear Weapons Buildup
Saturday, January 21

Addressing Climate Emergency for Small Islands States: The case of the Maldives
Monday, January 30

**Lecture Series

Recanati-Kaplan Talks:  Two Years After Insurrection: A Conversation with Dr. Barbara F. Walter & Farai Chideya
Wednesday, January 4

An Introduction to Nuclear Weapons
Fridays, January 6 through January 27

Beyond Plastics Webinar - Pollution by Chemicals and Plastics: The Stealth Threat to Planetary Health
Thursday, January 12

GreenGov Webinar Series -- Advancing the Global Sustainable Development Goals in our Personal and Professional Spheres
Friday, January 13

Cool as a Cucumber: The food and climate nexus at MIT (an IAP series)
Wednesday, January 18 (More dates through February 1, 2023)

NECEC Emerging Trends Series:  Decarbonizing Building Heating
Thursday, January 19

Space Food for the Final Frontier
Thursday, January 19, Friday, January 20, Friday, January 27

Computational modeling for clean, reliable, and affordable electricity
Monday, January 23 More dates through January 27, 2023

A Changing Planet Seminar by Sir James Bevan
Tuesday, January 24

MIT AgeLab Aging & Equity Series: Climate Change and Health: Age and Intergenerational Considerations
Friday, January 27

**Events*

SEA-CO2 Seminar: Sensing Exports of Anthropogenic Carbon through Ocean Observation, an upcoming ARPA-E program on mCDR MRV technology development
Monday, January 9

Gaming Climate Change: Challenges and More Challenges
Tuesday, January 10

Accelerate to Net Zero Europe: The Carbon Trust Event Series
Wednesday, January 11

Harvard Climate Justice Design Fellowship Virtual Showcase
Wednesday, January 11

US Green Building Council-LA Net Zero Accelerator Demo Day & Expo
Thursday, January 12

American Perceptions of Climate Change (IAP Workshop)
Thursday, January 12

What Magic Can Teach Us About Misinformation
Friday, January 13

Small-Scale Agricultural Climate Resiliency
Tuesday, January 17

How Low-Carbon Ammonia Can Help Fight Climate Change
Wednesday, January 18

The State of Carbon Dioxide Removal - Report launch
Thursday, January 19

Homelessness in The United States: Context, Scope, and Approaches
Friday, January 20

LDEO Earth Science Colloquium Dr. Jade D'Alpoim Guedes
Friday, January 20

At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth, with Madeline Ostrander
Tuesday, January 24

U.N. Perspective Series: Clean Water & Sanitation
Wednesday, January 25

Democracy and peace at stake? The rise of geo-strategy in energy transition
Wednesday, January 25

US Nuclear Weapons Accidents: A Brief History and the Evolution of Response
Thursday, January 26

Brian Eno and Donna Grantis: Arts' Role in the Climate Crisis
Friday, January 27

Interspecies Attentiveness: An Artist Panel Discussion
Thursday, February 2

Wikipedia edit-a-thon on climate change
Friday, February 3

Housing as a Climate Lever, with Scott Wiener
Monday, February 6

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These kinds of events below are happening all over the world every day and most of them, now, are webcast and archived, sometimes even with accurate transcripts. Would be good to have a place that helped people access them.

This is a more global version of the local listings I did for about a decade (what I did and why I did it at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html) until September 2020 and earlier for a few years in the 1990s (https:/theworld.com~gmoke/AList.index.html).  

A more comprehensive global listing service could be developed if there were enough people interested in doing it, if it hasn't already been done.  

If anyone knows of such a global listing of open energy, climate, and other events is available, please put me in contact.

Thanks for reading,

Solar IS Civil Defense,
George Mokray
gmoke@world.std.com

http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com - notes on lectures and books
http://solarray.blogspot.com - renewable energy and efficiency - zero net energy links list
http://cityag.blogspot.com - city agriculture links list
http://geometrylinks.blogspot.com - geometry links list
http://hubevents.blogspot.com - Energy (and Other) Events
http://www.dailykos.com/user/gmoke/history - articles, ideas, and screeds

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Have a Solar Civil Defense Christmas

by gmoke Sun Dec 25th, 2022 at 06:10:18 PM EST

I ordered some of these as Christmas presents this year.  I tested them.  They work.  

"Solar Battery Charger AA AAA C and D

$4.95
Our solar battery charger is a simple way to keep your Ni-MH or Ni-CAD batteries charged. Compatible with all sizes (AAA,AA,C and D). Simply insert the batteries and put the solar charger into the sunlight.
https:/www.siliconsolar.com/product/solar-battery-charger-aa-aaa-c-and-d "

Batteries not included (but I'm adding them to the gifts).

At these (retail) prices, $5 or 6 billion buys entry level electricity for the poorest billion people in the world - solar energy for light, communications, and battery charging.  This is also survival solar, what we are supposed to have on hand in case of emergency or disaster.

Combining even this miniscule amount of solar with bicycles as both small generators and batteries, from AAs on down and on up through 6 volts, 12 volts all the way to the grid, an individual could conceivably have access to bare minimum electricity almost all the time in almost any situation.  Looked at from this direction, bicycles, e-bikes, and the varieties of other new personal mobility devices as well as electric vehicles could be seen as a floating network of power producers and consumers* at the same time, mobile energy storage and generation.

This is one reason why I say Solar IS Civil Defense.

We would do well to prepare for the next weather event in ways that mitigate as well as adapt to the already occurring climate changes.  We may need it quicker than we think.  

*  This energy consumer/producer concept is also happening in our buildings as net zero energy building codes are adopted.
Years of links to net zero energy examples and developments at https://zeronetenrg.blogspot.com (also available as a free quarterly links list)

We remain alert so as not to get run down, but it turns out you only have to hop a few feet to one side and the whole huge machinery rolls by, not seeing you at all.
Lew Welch

Energy as a Weapon of War: Russia, Ukraine, and Europe in Challenging Times

by gmoke Mon Dec 19th, 2022 at 04:00:38 AM EST

This Zoom event comes from Energy (and Other) Events Monthly (http://hubevents.blogspot.com) 12/9/22. I attended and am sharing my notes.  

Energy as a Weapon of War: Russia, Ukraine, and Europe in Challenging Times with Margarita M Balmaceda, Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, author of Russian Energy Chains, and an Associate of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute
and
Constanze Stelzenmüller, Director and Fritz Stern Chair of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution
Moderators:  Elizabeth Wood and Carol Saivetz, both MIT
Video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1DrP8wqqPs
A transcript will be available as well

Frontpaged with minor edit - Frank Schnittger

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Two Events on December 14: Circular Development and The Effects of War, Pollution & Capital

by gmoke Mon Dec 12th, 2022 at 05:43:40 PM EST

Changing Planet Seminar: Going Circular: Addressing Climate Change through Circular Development
Wednesday, December 14
6am - 7:30am (11:00 - 12:30 GMT)
Grantham Institute Board Room, Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus, London, UK
and Livestream
RSVP at https:/www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/going-circular-addressing-climate-change-through-circular-development -tickets-451718721857

Circular development is a regenerative approach to the way in which we design, plan and manage urban ecosystems. It has the potential to help city-regions mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adapt for climate change. It will ecologically regenerate urban systems; turn cities into producers as well as consumers of resources; and enable them to adapt more easily to the tumultuous changes in the landscape. However, it does incur a whole range of challenges to implementation. Perhaps the greatest of these is the low value the economic system attributes to circular activities, which are needed to address climate change.

Join us in person at Grantham Institute Board room, or watch the online screening at Silwood PArk's F&H rooms, or online for an intriguing discussion with Prof Jo. There will be time for questions after her presentation and a networking session will follow.

About our speaker
Jo Williams is a senior lecturer in Sustainable Urbanism at the Bartlett School of Planning. She co-developed the innovative MSC Sustainable Urbanism and was the director of the programme from 2010 - 2012. She is currently Director of the International Circular Cities Hub which she founded in collaboration with the Ellen Macarthur Foundation. She works closely with industry (e.g. ARUPs, Zed Architects, Happolds, WSP, CBRE, WS Atkins), government (municipalities, regional and national governments in Europe and Asia), interest groups (e.g. Asia- Pacific Zero Carbon Hub), International bodies (European Environment Agency and United Nations). She has acted as an advisor to a number of regional, national and international bodies including: the United Nations task force on the Marrakech process, the European Environment Agency; the World Congress on Smart Cities, the UK Peak Oil committee, the Horizon Scanning team and UK Department of Business, Innovation and Enterprise; and the GLA London Renewables. She is on the steering panel for several large research projects and conferences focussed on low carbon and smart urbanism. She reviews papers for several journals (including Energy Policy, Journal Cleaner production, Environment and Planning B) that are important in the field of sustainable urbanism and energy policy. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals and written "Zero Carbon Homes - A Road Map" a book published by EarthScan-Routledge

Joining the event
This will be a hybrid event, with the opportunity for Imperial staff and students to attend at one of two campus locations (South Kensington and Silwood Park).

In Person
South Kensington Campus - The Grantham Institute Boardroom, followed by a networking reception.
Silwood Park Campus - Fisher and Haldane. There will be a live stream of the event here followed by a networking reception.
Online

Guests can join the seminar remotely on zoom. Details to be sent to those who register.

The Changing Planet seminar series is run by students and staff on the Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet (SSCP) Doctoral Training Program. It offers the chance to hear the latest in understanding, adapting to and mitigating environmental problems, complementing the diversity of environmental research at Imperial College London and beyond. Please be aware that our seminars are recorded. If you do not wish to appear on the recording please alert a member of staff. For any further enquiries regarding the Changing Planet seminar series, please contact us at grantham.events@imperial.ac.uk .

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Environmental Destruction: The Effects of War, Pollution & Capital
Wednesday, December 14
7am - 11am [12:00 - 16:00 GMT]
Online
RSVP at https:
www.eventbrite.com/e/environmental-destruction-the-effects-of-war-pollution-capital-tickets- 426078390937

(In)Justice International are proud to put out a call for attendees and papers/abstracts for our December Workshop which is open to all academics, researchers, students (of any level), Barristers, reporters and people who have lived experienced of the devastating traumas of environmental destruction.

The workshop invites holistic, intersectional approaches relating to war, oppression, pollution, neoliberalism, discrimination and climate change. For example, one could take the influence of capital and, by association, neoliberalism where the drive for profit can create unnecessary pollution across the world. Global organisations often seek the least expensive means of production often characterised by a low paid (poverty stricken) workforce. Allied to the weaker Health and Safety regulations in many countries, productivity targets are often enforced.

As a consequence, any shortcuts that result in greater productivity at the expense of the environment or working conditions are either ignored or encouraged which, in turn, can result in the `dumping' of waste products as opposed to recycling or disposal processes that cost more money. Indeed, this `dumping' tends to take place in the poorer neighbourhoods and, therefore, affects those more susceptible to poverty than more elite sections of society (see https:www.injustice-intl.org/environment).

War on the other hand can result in similarly devastating consequences. The use of heavy ammunition, the raising of buildings and power stations the war has exacerbated levels of pollution. In addition, war intensifies relations appertaining to forced migration (and subsequent discriminatory practices) alongside concerns over energy supplies with those countries that have agreed to zero emissions targets beginning to resort back to the burning of fossil fuels. All-in-all, there is an exacerbation of the causes of climate change and an increase in relative poverty if not absolute poverty.

And with climate change, the poorest are disproportionately affected.

These are but a few of the examples that can lead to both an intersectional and holistic account of the overwhelming havoc being caused by environmental destruction. From whatever the preferred approach of the speaker/researcher on the subject, (In)Justice International welcomes the submission of abstracts.
Agenda
12-12.10 (GMT) Brief Introduction.
12.10-13.10 Four fifteen-minute presentations.
13.10-13.30 Breakout sessions
13.30-13.50 Q&A
13-50-14.00 Break
14.00-15.00 Four fifteen-minute presentations.
15.00-15.20 Breakout session
15.20-15.40 Q&A
15.40-15.50 Closing remarks
Presentations in this event could lead to publication in either our journals (please click on https:
www.injustice-intl.org/cfp1-call-for-journal-abstracts) or books (https:anthempress.com/crime-criminality-and-injustice-hb). It could also secure a place at our World Convention in Finland 2023 (see CfPs on https:/www.injustice-intl.org/copy-of-call-for-abstracts-papers-2).

December 9 - Energy as a Weapon of War: Russia, Ukraine, and Europe in Challenging Times

by gmoke Wed Dec 7th, 2022 at 09:45:58 PM EST

If you go, please share your notes.

More such Energy (and Other) Events at https:/hubevents.blogspot.com

MIT Starr Forum: Energy as a Weapon of War: Russia, Ukraine, and Europe in Challenging Times
Friday, December 9
12:00 PM - 1:15 AM
Online
RSVP at https:
mit.zoom.us/webinar/register/8716637662420/WN_Yd1_bF0DS3mKt30f_7gxdg

Speakers:
Margarita Balmaceda is the Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University; and an Associate of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. Her most recent book is "Russian Energy Chains: the Remaking of  Technopolitics from Siberia to Ukraine to the European Union."
Constanze Stelzenmüller is the Director and Fritz Stern Chair of the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. She is an expert on German, European, and trans-Atlantic foreign and security policy and strategy.

Co-Chairs:
Carol Saivetz is a Senior Advisor in the MIT Security Studies Program. She is the author and contributing co-editor of books and articles on Soviet and now Russian foreign policy issues.
Elizabeth Wood is a Professor of History at MIT. She is the author most recently of Roots of Russia's War in Ukraine as well as articles on Vladimir Putin, the political cult of WWII, right-wing populism in Russia and Turkey, and US-Russian Partnerships in Science. She is Co-Director of the MISTI MIT-Eurasia Program.

Email
svanmell@mit.edu
Website https:
/calendar.mit.edu/event/starr_forum_energy_as_a_weapon_of_war_russia_ukraine_and_europe_in_ch allenging_times#


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Energy (and Other) Events Monthly - December 2022

by gmoke Wed Nov 30th, 2022 at 01:43:34 AM EST

*Conferences

TEDxMIT:  What Defines a Mind?
Sunday, December 4

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**Lecture Series

Economic Diversification in Nigeria: The Politics of Building a Post-Oil Economy
Thursday, December 1

Beyond Data: Reclaiming Human Rights at the Dawn of the Metaverse
Thursday, December 1

Susan Chomba: Will Ongoing Grand Restoration Schemes Reverse or Accelerate Biodiversity Loss?
Thursday, December 1

Bradford Seminar: "Critical Data Gaps in Climate Change Adaptation Modeling"
Monday, December 5

Inside Putin's Head: The Threat of Nuclear Strike in Ukraine
Monday, December 5

HMEI Faculty Seminar: "The Urbasphere: How Humans, Infrastructure and Nature Shape the Emerging Environment of Cities"
Tuesday, December 6

Jewish Climate Action Network Webinars:
Decarbonizing
Wednesday, December 7
&
Calculating Your Energy Benchmark
Tuesday, December 13

Climate Change and Health Equity
Thursday, December 8

Transforming Policy, Procurement & Data to Achieve Carbon-Free Electricity in New England
Friday, December 9

MIT Starr Forum: Energy as a Weapon of War: Russia, Ukraine, and Europe in Challenging Times
Friday, December 9

Earthquakes and the End Times: Global Disasters and Apocalyptic Predictions in the Early Modern English Atlantic
Tuesday, December 13

A Changing Planet Seminar: Going Circular: Addressing Climate Change through Circular Development
Wednesday, December 14

An Introduction to Nuclear Weapons
Fridays, January 6 through January 27, 2023

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**Events*

Keeping the (Decarbonized) Lights On: US Housing, Equity, and the Energy Transition
Friday, December 2

Hurricanes and Breezes: Visualizing Climate Change
Friday, December 2

Peter Zeihan: Mapping the Collapse of Globalization
Friday, December 2

The Appallingly Bad (Neoclassical) Economics of Climate Change
Sunday, December 4

Rocky Mountain Institute Discussion -- How Can We Accelerate Our Clean Energy Future?
Tuesday, December 6

Are Industry Regulators Ready for the Climate Transition?
Tuesday, December 6

The 2022 Climate Risk Scorecard: Assessing U.S Financial Regulator Action
Tuesday, December 6

Farmers-Scientists panel on Climate-Smart Agriculture
Wednesday, December 7

And on His Farm He Had..A Photovoltaic System? Where Solar and Farming Meet
Wednesday, December 7

Cyber Negotiations: The Case of Ransomware
Wednesday, December 7

Farming + Fresh Water - "Solving Complex Problems" (12.000) Final Presentation
Wednesday, December 7

After Biden-Xi Handshake: Is U.S.-China Climate Collab About to Heat Up?
Wednesday, December 7

Greta Thunberg in conversation with Naomi Klein
Thursday, December 8

Stefan Rahmstorf: 2022 Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication
Friday, December 9

Nature-Based Adaptation: Getting to Scale
Friday, December 9

Zaporizhzhia: Facing the Dangers of Nuclear Plants in War and Peace  
Sunday, December 11

Environmental Destruction: The Effects of War, Pollution & Capital
Wednesday, December 14

Great Decisions with Rachel Kyte | Climate Change
December 14

----------

These kinds of events below are happening all over the world every day and most of them, now, are webcast and archived, sometimes even with accurate transcripts. Would be good to have a place that helped people access them.

This is a more global version of the local listings I did for about a decade (what I did and why I did it at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html) until September 2020 and earlier for a few years in the 1990s (https:/theworld.com~gmoke/AList.index.html).  

A more comprehensive global listing service could be developed if there were enough people interested in doing it, if it hasn't already been done.  

If anyone knows of such a global listing of open energy, climate, and other events is available, please put me in contact.

Thanks for reading,

Solar IS Civil Defense,
George Mokray
gmoke@world.std.com

http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com - notes on lectures and books
http://solarray.blogspot.com - renewable energy and efficiency - zero net energy links list
http://cityag.blogspot.com - city agriculture links list
http://geometrylinks.blogspot.com - geometry links list
http://hubevents.blogspot.com - Energy (and Other) Events
http://www.dailykos.com/user/gmoke/history - articles, ideas, and screeds

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Environmental Demonstrations Ideas from 1970s Science Fiction

by gmoke Sat Nov 19th, 2022 at 02:58:18 AM EST

John Brunner was a UK science fiction writer active from the 1950s through the 1990s.  Some of his work was truly prescient, mostly the four novels Stand on Zanzibar (1968), The Jagged Orbit (1969), The Sheep Look Up (1972) and The Shockwave Rider (1975), where the term worm for a computer virus was coined, which have been called the "Club of Rome Quartet" because they deal with overpopulation, ecological collapse, and runaway technology.

In The Sheep Look Up (ISBN 0-345-24948-8-195), Brunner comes very close to predicting the recent Just Stop Oil traffic blockades, down to the symbol they are using, a skull and cross-bones:

Sharp on nine the Trainites [environmental protesters] had scattered caltraps in the roadway and created a monumental snarl-up twelve blocks by seven.  The fuzz, as usual, was elsewhere - there were always plenty of sympathizers willing to cause a diversion.  It was impossible to guess how many allies the movement had;  at a rough guess, though, one could say that in New York City, Chicago, Detroit, LA or San Francisco people were apt to cheer, while in the surrounding suburbs or the Midwest people were apt to go fetch guns.  In other words, they had least support in the areas which had voted for Prexy.

Next, the stalled cars had their windows opaqued with a cheap commercial compound used for etching glass, and slogans were painted on their doors.  Some were long:  THIS VEHICLE IS A DANGER TO LIFE AND LIMB.  Many were short:  IT STINKS!  But the commonest of all was the universally known catchphrase:  STOP, YOU'RE KILLING ME!

And in every case the inscription was concluded with a rough egg-shape above a saltire - the simplified ideogrammatic version of the invariable Trainite symbol, a skull and crossbones reduced to
0
X

I've always liked the way The Sheep Look Up ends with USAmerica having declared war against an enemy it can't name which is simply all the poisons we've thrown to the winds coming back to poison us and a woman in Ireland greeting someone at the door.

Opening the door to the visiting doctor, also to apologize for the flour on her hands - she had been baking - Mrs. Byrne sniffed.  Smoke! And if she could smell it with her heavy head cold, it must be a tremendous fire!  
"We ought to call the brigade!" She exclaimed. "Is it a hayrick?"
"The brigade would have a long way to go," the doctor told her curtly."It's from America. The wind's blowing that way."

My full notes are available at http://solarray.blogspot.com/2022/11/environmental-demonstrations-ideas-from.html

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Energy (and Other) Events Monthly - November 2022

by gmoke Sun Oct 30th, 2022 at 03:27:20 AM EST

Events at the colleges and universities in Greater Metropolitan Boston, MA.

Saturday, October 29, 2022
Energy (and Other) Events Monthly - November 2022
*Conferences

2022 C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium & Awards Retaking the helm: Steering clean energy through perilous storms
Wednesday, November 2

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Advancing Environmental Justice and Conservation Innovation: Rethinking Institutions, Governance, and Collaborative Processes
November 3

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Yale Clean Energy Conference
Thursday, November 3rd, 2022, 4:30 PM EDT -- Friday, November 4th, 2022, 6:30 PM EDT

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Science, Technology & the Human Future
Thursday, November 3 - Saturday, November 5

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TransCultural Exchange's 2022 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Create the Future
Friday, November 4 - Sunday, November 6

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Net Zero Carbon Industry by 2050: Myth or Reality? - 4th of November 2022
Friday, November 4

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Annual Climate Symposium 2022 at Harvard Business School
Saturday, November 5 4:00 PM - Sunday, November 6, 5:00 PM EDT

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COP [Conference of Parties] 27:  Global Climate Conference
Sunday, November 6 - Friday, November 18

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Innovations in Education for the Global Village Online Summit
Tuesday, November 8

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The First Ecology and Sustainability Forum in Metaverse
Friday, November 11

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World Sustainability Conference 2022
Saturday, November 12

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TEDxBoston:  Planetary Stewardship
Sunday, November 13 - Monday, November 14

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Convergence: The Promise and Reality of AI & Quantum
Monday, November 14

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Passive House Symposium
Wednesday, November 16

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International Sustainability Conference 2022
Friday, November 18

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**Lecture Series

Energy Policy Seminar: "Towards Quantitative Comparison of the Risks and Benefits of Solar Geoengineering"
Monday, October 31

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Leapfrogging in energy technologies: Evidence from China's electric vehicle industry with Hengrui Liu
Monday, November 3

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Redesigning Our Communities for Life After Fossil Fuels
Saturday, November 12

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Living Between Worlds, with Grace, Dignity, and Power
Wednesday, November 16

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EnergyBar: Go Move 2022 Kickoff
Wednesday, November 16

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Transforming Policy, Procurement & Data to Achieve Carbon-Free Electricity in New England
Friday, December 9

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Earthquakes and the End Times: Global Disasters and Apocalyptic Predictions in the Early Modern English Atlantic
Tuesday, December 13

**Events*

Planning Transformation Coastal Adaptation with a Climate Justice Lens
Monday, October 31

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Centering Gender at COP 27
Tuesday, November 1

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Social & Environmental Impact: Can you be profitable and save the planet?
Thursday, November 3

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Mapping the Circular Economy in Greater Boston
Thursday, November 3

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Derivatives and Bank Climate Risk Report
Friday, November 4

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Energy Seminar: The Decarbonization Imperative - Michael Lenox, Darden School of Business
Monday, November 7

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The future of our ecosystems in a sustainable future
Tuesday, November 8

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Mobilizing Finance for Clean Energy in Emerging Markets
Tuesday, November 8

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Can We Eat Our Way Out of Climate Change?
Tuesday, November 8

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Climate Solutions Roundtable - Decarbonize Cambridge Built Environment
Tuesday, November 8

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"Nature-Based Solutions: Engineering for a Coastal Climate Future"
Thursday, November 10

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The Farm on the Roof
Thursday, November 10

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Can Offshore Wind be an Innovation Anchor for the New Blue Economy?
Monday, November 14

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Concentration and Crises: Exploring the Deep Roots of Vulnerability in the Global Industrial Food System
Tuesday, November 15

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Energy Policy in China, Indonesia, and Vietnam: Can Coal be Curbed?
Tuesday, November 15

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Reimagining the Digital Public Sphere
Tuesday, November 15

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Frances Moore Lappé, Aligning with the Earth: What Will it Take?
Tuesday, November 15

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"Degenerations of Democracy": A Clough Distinguished Lecture by Craig Calhoun
Thursday, November 17

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Silent Spring Revolution
Thursday, November 17

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On the Contradictions of Sustainability
Tuesday, November 22

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"Democratizing the Economy or Introducing Economic Risk? Gig Work During the Covid-19 Pandemic"
Tuesday, November 29

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Educating for the Anthropocene: Schooling and Activism in the Face of Slow Violence
Wednesday, November 30

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Stefan Rahmstorf: 2022 Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication
Friday, December 9

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These kinds of events below are happening all over the world every day and most of them, now, are webcast and archived, sometimes even with accurate transcripts. Would be good to have a place that helped people access them.

This is a more global version of the local listings I did for about a decade (what I did and why I did it at http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com/2013/11/what-i-do-and-why-i-do-it.html) until September 2020 and earlier for a few years in the 1990s (https:/theworld.com~gmoke/AList.index.html).  

A more comprehensive global listing service could be developed if there were enough people interested in doing it, if it hasn't already been done.  

If anyone knows of such a global listing of open energy, climate, and other events is available, please put me in contact.

Thanks for reading,

Solar IS Civil Defense,
George Mokray
gmoke@world.std.com

http://hubeventsnotes.blogspot.com - notes on lectures and books
http://solarray.blogspot.com - renewable energy and efficiency - zero net energy links list
http://cityag.blogspot.com - city agriculture links list
http://geometrylinks.blogspot.com - geometry links list
http://hubevents.blogspot.com - Energy (and Other) Events
http://www.dailykos.com/user/gmoke/history - articles, ideas, and screeds

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