Midday open thread: Climate crisis cuts into global fish catch; Oakland teachers win tentative deal
What’s coming up on Sunday Kos:
When politics and sports collide: Why I am no longer a Cubs fan, by Sher Watts Spooner
Trump scandals still demand way more coverage—like how the press covered Bill Clinton, by Eric Boehlert
Women’s History Month: statues, monuments, and street names, by Denise Oliver Velez
A move to the center is a continued fraud on Americans by Egberto Willies
Mitt Romney deserves no credit and no apologies on Russia, by Jon Perr
International Digest: After Labourites defect, Jeremy Corbyn calls for a new referendum on Brexit, by Daily Kos Elections
Michael Cohen shows we should never stop blaming GOP primary voters for picking a criminal, by Ian Reifowitz
I did not turn my back on the church, it turned its back on me, by Mark E Andersen
It’s well documented that black neighborhoods and other communities of color are disproportionately affected by a changing climate, amplifying existing disparities related to race, gender, and class. And while environmental justice advocates have been active on the grassroots level for many years, resolutions like the Green New Deal are now shining a national spotlight on the need for a more socially holistic, dare we say “woke,” approach to shaping climate policy.
Grist’s Justice Desk reporters spoke with four leading black activists and scholars in the environmental movement about what this moment means for their communities:
Adrienne Hollis, Lead Climate Justice Analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists
Jacqueline Patterson, Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program
Leslie Fields, Director- Environmental Justice and Community Partnerships at the Sierra Club
Mary Annaïse Heglar, Director Of Publications at the Natural Resources Defense Council
I see none of the people who condemned @IlhanMN for her tweet a few weeks back saying anything about the poster by a state Republican Party that portrays her as a terrorist.
— Zerlina Maxwell (@ZerlinaMaxwell) March 2, 2019
Warming ocean waters have already taken a toll on the world’s fisheries, and the impact will worsen if greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current pace, according to a pair of studies published this week.
In one study, researchers found that the maximum sustainable catch had significantly declined as the oceans warmed over the past century. The other, looking forward, found that limiting further global warming to the Paris climate agreement goal of no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius would help protect millions of tons of future catches, worth billions of dollars.
“We were stunned to find that fisheries around the world have already responded to ocean warming,” said Malin Pinsky of Rutgers University, a co-author of the study looking at the climate impact over past decades, in a written statement. “These aren’t hypothetical changes sometime in the future.”
Teachers in Oakland, California have reached a tentative deal after seven-day strike, securing salary increases and a pledge from administrators that some two dozen schools set to close will remain open.
“This is a historic contract with a win in every major proposal we made, that moves us toward a win for the schools Oakland students deserve,” the Oakland Education Association said in a statement on Friday. “You united the community behind the fight for public education in Oakland and YOU WON.” […]
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