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Holly Near to perform at Bennington, Vermont

Holly Near

BENNINGTON, VT – Four local groups are collaborating to bring folk music icon Holly Near to Bennington. Climate Advocates Bennington-350VT, Bennington College, Queer Connect, and the Vermont Arts Exchange have come together to sponsor the concert, being held on March 21st, 2020, at 7pm in Bennington College’s Greenwall Auditorium.

This Night with Holly Near will help fund Climate Advocates Bennington’s re-forestation initiative. Because trees remove a great amount of carbon from the atmosphere in a short amount of time, we are joining a world-wide effort to plant 2 billion trees.

Folks who know of Holly’s remarkable life may want to claim the special opportunity to “meet and greet” Holly personally before the concert. This can be arranged by purchasing a sponsorship ticket for $50, which includes admission to the concert. Regular concert tickets are $25 ($30 at the door). Generous tickets are $35. Tickets for students and limited income are $15. All tickets are available online at ClimateAdvocatesBennington.org (Any payment over the general admission price of $25 is a tax-deductible donation to 350VT and Climate Advocates Bennington.)

Holly Near has worked in and sung for many of the major social movements of the last 50 years, including the anti-war, women’s rights, anti-nuclear, gay rights, racial justice, and immigrant rights movements. She has performed with a wide variety of artists – from Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Ronnie Gilbert to Chris Williamson and Mercedes Sosa. At this event Near will be accompanied by Jan Martinelli and Tory Trullio.

The evening will include food and drink for sale before the concert and at the intermission. People from across New England and the Capital District will be coming together for an evening of beautiful music and collective inspiration. One of the most powerful singer/songwriters of our time, Holly Near’s life-long commitment to justice and song builds community and brings joy to the soul.

Greenwall auditorium is an accessible facility; please call 845-342-5224 for specific accommodations. For more information about Climate Advocates Bennington-350VT or about our re-forestation initiative, go to ClimateAdvocatesBennington.org or visit us on Facebook.

February 25 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Those Horrific Wildfires in Australia Destroyed a Fifth of The Continent’s Forests” • The bushfires in Australia were “globally unprecedented,” as they destroyed over a fifth of the country’s forests. The fires follow a years-long drought linked to climate change, researchers said. Australia’s annual average forest loss to wild fires is well below 2%. [ScienceAlert]

Bushfire smoke (Sardaka, Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Solar And Wind Power Are Pushing Down Electricity Prices In New England” • Renewable energy is beginning to have an impact where it counts, in the cost of electricity, as companies that generate it pledge to sell power to the New England grid at prices that keep falling and will be down more than 70% over four years to 2023. [Press Herald]
  • “Woodmac: Energy Storage To Accelerate Global Energy Transition In 2020s” • Global storage deployments are set to grow from about 4 GW in 2019 to more than 15 GW in 2024, according to Wood Mackenzie. Costs have fallen, incentives and clean energy targets are growing, and providers are starting to see the potential of energy storage. [EnerCom Inc]
  • “This Oil Sands Project In Canada Has Been In The Works For A Decade. Now The Company Behind It Is Backing Out” • Teck Resources, a Canadian mining company, announced it will drop plans for its controversial Frontier oil sands project in Alberta. The project sparked a lengthy, heated debate about the economy and the environment. [CNN]
  • “Michigan Utility DTE Is Ordered To Seek Out More Renewables” • Michigan’s two big investor-owned utilities, Consumers Energy and DTE Energy, have both committed to meeting state-mandated clean energy targets and retiring coal plants by 2040. But according to state regulators, DTE’s plan doesn’t pass muster. [Greentech Media]

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February 24 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Five Strategies That Achieve Climate Both Mitigation And Adaptation Simultaneously” • Climate actions have often fallen into one of two strategies: mitigation efforts to address emissions of greenhouse gases, and adaptation efforts to withstand impacts of climate change. There are strategies, however, that fall into both. Here are a few. [CleanTechnica]

Shenzhen’s electric buses (Kyle Field, CleanTechnica)

  • “Radical Hydrogen-Boron Reactor Leapfrogs Current Nuclear Fusion Tech” • HB11 Energy, a spin-out company from the University of New South Wales, claims to have developed a completely new form of fusion. “We are sidestepping all of the scientific challenges that have held fusion energy back for more than half a century,” its director said. [Daily Times]
  • “Super Duper Supercapacitors Could Accelerate Electric Car Revolution” • Scientists at University College London and the Chinese Academy of Sciences say they developed a graphene-based supercapacitor that can safely charge at high speed, hold a record amount of energy, and store it for a long time. Their paper appeared in Nature Energy. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Morgan Stanley Says 47 GW Of US Coal Capacity Could Be Uneconomic By 2024” • Investment bank Morgan Stanley published a report claiming that nearly 50 GW of US coal-fired power capacity will be unable to compete against renewables by 2024. It advises utilities to replace coal plants with cheaper renewable projects. [RenewEconomy]
  • “Wide Bay’s Energy Infrastructure Boom” • The Queensland Government has granted development approval for one of the largest grid-connected wind farms in the southern hemisphere, Forest Wind. The Wide Bay-Burnett region project is proposed to be comprised of up to 226 turbines, with a capacity of as much as 1,200 MW. [Energy Magazine]

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February 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Family Farms Try To Raise A New Cash Cow: Solar Power” • The Kominek family farm in northern Colorado has had yields decline over recent years, and the farm began losing money. In Boulder County, land-use codes made it hard to use the land for anything but farming. So the Komineks found a compromise: a solar array with plants growing beneath. [WIRED]

Solar array (Dennis Schroeder | NREL)

  • “USA Braces For Tsunami Of Microgrids As Defense Dept Wades In – CleanTechnica Interview” • The US Department of Defense has been exploring new microgrid technology for at least ten years or so, and it is finally tired of pussyfooting around. Last week it decided on a step that could bring microgrids to scores of DoD facilities. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Revealed: Quarter Of All Tweets About Climate Crisis Produced By Bots” • The social media conversation over the climate crisis is being reshaped by an army of automated Twitter bots, with a new analysis finding that a quarter of all tweets about climate on an average day are produced by bots, the Guardian can reveal. [The Guardian]
  • “A Climate-Sensitive Bird Hints At Global Warming’s Lasting Impact” • The migration patterns of the black-throated blue warbler have been slowly but steadily changing over the past 50 years, according to a study in the journal The Auk: Ornithological Advances. The bird’s spring migration has occurred around one day earlier per decade. [NBCNews.com]
  • “A Fertilizer Will Soon Power Ocean-Going Ships” • Zero-carbon ammonia can be used to power ships and make the transport sector greener, a policy briefing by the British Royal Society shows. The research considers opportunities and challenges associated with the manufacture and future use of the product, today mainly known as a fertilizer. [Forbes]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

February 22 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “To Combat Climate Change, Human Activities More Important Than Natural Feedbacks” • Scientists at the University of Rochester studied methane emissions from a period in Earth’s history partly analogous to the warming of Earth today. Their research, published in Science, suggests human caused emissions are of greatest concern. [University of Rochester]

Drilling ice cores (Vasilii Petrenko | University of Rochester)

  • “Climate Change Is Drying Up The Colorado River, Putting Millions At Risk Of ‘Severe Water Shortages'” • The Colorado River – which provides water to more than 40 million people from Denver to Los Angeles – has seen its flow dwindle by 20% compared to the last century, and scientists have found that climate change is mainly to blame. [CNN]
  • “Climate Change May Doom 1 In 3 Species Of Plants And Animals In The Next 50 Years” • Using data from surveys that studied 538 animals, insects and plants from 581 sites across the globe, researchers from the University of Arizona found that approximately one in three plant, insect, and animal species could face extinction by 2070. [CNN]
  • “Tesla’s Helping Australian Bushfire Victims” • Tesla is helping Australian bushfire victims, along with 5B, a solar provider in Sydney, and Mike Cannon-Brooks, the founder of Atlassian. The goal is to install solar panels and batteries in towns that have lost power completely due to the devastating bushfires of 2019 to 2020. [CleanTechnica]
  • “Cuomo Announces Efforts To Speed Up Green Energy Projects” • New York Gov Andrew M. Cuomo announced he is advancing a budget amendment to ramp up the permitting and construction of green projects, as part of the state’s commitment to obtain 70% of energy from renewable sources by the end of the decade. [Albany Times Union]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

February 21 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “New Prefab Homes Never Need To Be Connected To The Grid” • Dvele, a prefabricated home manufacturer based in Southern California, announced that from now on, every home it makes will produce its own electricity using solar PVs and have a built-in battery storage system, eliminating the need to connect to the electrical grid. [CleanTechnica]

Dvele prefabricated home (Dvele image)

  • “Renewable Energy Could Power The World By 2050” • By mid-century, virtually all the world’s demand for electricity could be met by renewable energy. This is the consensus of 47 peer-reviewed research papers from 13 independent groups with a total of 91 authors that have been brought together by Stanford University in California. [Eco-Business]
  • “FERC Excludes Clean Energy From NY’s Capacity Market” • A decision applying buyer-side mitigation to state-supported resources that participate in New York’s wholesale capacity market is the latest attempt by a hyper-politicized Trump FERC to try and pose barriers to deployment of clean energy resources by the states. [Natural Resources Defense Council]
  • “Seasonal Pumped Hydropower Storage Could Solve The Renewable Energy Storage Challenge” • Seasonal pumped hydropower storage, an established technology, could be an affordable and sustainable solution to store energy and water on an annual scale, according to IIASA research published in the journal Nature Communications. [SciTechDaily]
  • “American Farmers Are Turning To Wind Energy” • Farmers have seen prices for commodities like corn, soybeans, milk, and meat down since 2013 due to technology and globalization. Extreme weather from climate change made things worse. The trade war with China has hit them hard. But a new crop may save them. It is windpower. [CleanTechnica]

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Climate Advocates Bennington

Monadnock Food Co-op Hosts CSA Farm Fair

A free Monadnock Region CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) Fair will take place at the Monadnock Food Co-op cafe on Sunday, March 8, 2020, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Seven area CSA farmers will set up informational tables and answer questions about their farms and CSA memberships.

Although each local CSA farm is unique and individually run, each offers “shares” of locally grown food to community members. There are variations in the price, share size, distribution, choices, pick-up sites, payment plans, and variety of food offered. Some CSA farms concentrate on vegetable production, while others provide eggs, meat, flowers, berries, maple syrup, honey, raw milk, cheese, yogurt, or other local products.
The commitment from community members to join a CSA implies a willingness to share with the farmer both the rewards and risks of small-scale farming. Weather, pest damage, and crop failures affect both the farmer and the shareholder. The entire community absorbs the costs of raising food in sustainable ways, and farmers receive consistent appreciation and financial support for their efforts. The shareholders know when, where, and how their food is grown.
A CSA membership supports local farms and the local economy, eliminating many of the environmental and food quality costs of marketing, packaging, and shipping food long distances. Freshly picked, locally grown fruits and vegetables are a good value because they have superior flavor compared to many large-scale commercially raised crops. Sustainable farm practices also avoid the hidden costs of pesticide residues, soil erosion, and polluted surface groundwater often associated with large scale conventional agriculture.
“Local farmland in CSA use becomes healthier through crop rotation, composting, cover crops, natural fertilizers, and periodic resting,” said Frank Hunter of Hillside Springs Farm. “Small farms are also able to grow heirloom or little-known varieties of fruits and vegetables, which helps maintain the diversity and vitality of the world’s seed bank, and also puts healthy and delicious food on the table!”
This year’s Monadnock Region CSA Fair participants:
Abenaki Springs Farm in Walpole offers berries, herbs, and vegetables in rotational production; uses biodynamic principles and remineralizes the soil: 603-209-7100, abenakispringsfarm.com, info@abenakispringsfarm.com.
 
Hillside Springs Farm and CSA Garden, a hand and horse-powered farm in Westmoreland, offers vegetables, herbs, apple cider, and cutting flowers, all grown using only organic and biodynamic methods. Full and Half shares available on the farm or in Keene: 603-399-7288.  hillsidespringsfarm.com, hillsidespringsfarm@gmail.com.
 
Seven Generations Farm in Gilsum is a small scale herbal farm and homestead, practicing permaculture and herbalism. Offers a bi-monthly Full Moon Herb Share. Each share includes a variety of apothecary items and medicinal plant products. Half and Full shares are available: sevengenerationsfarm.com, sevengenerationsfarm@gmail.com.
 
Picadilly Farm in Winchester grows certified organic produce. Various types of CSA shares are available June-December, with share pick up at the farm or in Keene or Brattleboro: 603-239-8718, picadillyfarm.com, jenny@picadillyfarm.com.
 
Sun Moon Farm in Rindge provides vegetables, herbs, and cut flowers to members from June to November and grows a variety of greens all winter long. Located at “The Meeting School,” a property that has been continuously farmed since 1783, the farm grows over 75 varieties of old and rare Dahlias and offers members artisan breads that are baked on the property: 603-899-2806, sunmoonfarm.org, sun.moon.craig@gmail.com.
Tracie’s Community Farm in Fitzwilliam offers spring, summer, and fall CSA shares in a variety of sizes and with the option of home delivery to Keene and the surrounding areas. Shares are harvested, washed, and packed day of delivery, and include a large variety of ripe, in-season produce: Jack Rixey, 443-994-4629; traciesfarm.com, farmers@traciesfarm.com.
Village Roots Permaculture Farm in East Alstead offers spring and fall season greens and poultry shares. All birds are raised on pasture and fed only organic grains. Breeds include Freedom Ranger broiler chickens and heritage Narragansett turkeys: 603-477-5533, villageroots.orgmarty@theorchardschool.org.
View event updates at monadnockfood.coop/event/csa/.

February 20 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • “Climate Crisis Is Coming For The Tidal Basin In DC” • The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC overlooks the Tidal Basin, a man-made body of water surrounded by cherry trees. Visitors who stroll along the water’s edge, gazing up at the stately monument, are forced off parts of the path by water. The land is sinking, but the seas are rising, too. [EcoWatch]

Tidal Basin in Spring (Andrew Bossi | Wikimedia Commons)

  • “Bushfire Royal Commission To Look At Mitigation But Not Climate Change” • Prime Minister Scott Morrison released letters patent establishing a national inquiry into bushfires. It is to examine powers of Australia’s government to call out the military, national standards for hazard reduction, and disaster mitigation, but not climate change. [The Guardian]
  • “Climate Change Could Kill All Of Earth’s Coral Reefs By 2100, Scientists Warn” • Climate change could destroy almost all of Earth’s coral reef habitats by 2100, University of Hawaii Manoa reported. And about 70-90% of all coral reefs are expected to disappear in the next 20 years due to warming oceans, acidic water, and pollution. [CNN]
  • “Oil And Gas Production Is Contributing Even More To Global Warming Than Was Thought, Study Finds” • study finds that methane emissions from fossil fuels are between 25% and 40% larger than past research had estimated, revealing that oil and gas production is contributing far more to warming the planet than previously thought. [CNN]
  • “Bloomberg, Apparent Climate Champion, Defends Fossil Fuel In His First Debate” • Billionaire Michael Bloomberg spoke in his first debate as a 2020 presidential candidate. The former New York City mayor defended fossil fuels and pitched what’s widely considered the lowest baseline for any federal response to global warming. [HuffPost]

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