Climate link roundup: September 2020

Hello from a particularly cool and overcast week in September, as Smoke From Western Wildfires Darkens the Skies of the East Coast and Europe (InsideClimate News, September 19).

People and policy

The Drawdown is a resource for climate solutions in a range sectors.

This JSTOR article sums up the connection between racial disparities in COVID-19 complications (e.g. having severe symptoms due to preexisting respiratory issues) and environmental racism (where institutional racism and racist real estate practices mean that nonwhite populations are more exposed to environmental pollutants). Lots of good links in the article to peer-reviewed research. (JSTOR, August 11).

The Black Climate Scientists and Scholars Changing the World (Green Matters, September)

Hand in Glove (Orion Magazine, September 10) is a long, literary exploration of the importance of touch, the history of plastics, and the imagery of discarded nitrile gloves in the street (with photos).

Climate disasters

These 5 Stats Show Just How Devastating California’s Wildfires Have Been—So Far (Mother Jones, September 24)

“Unprecedented”: What’s behind the California, Oregon, and Washington wildfires (Vox, Updated September 15)

An inland hurricane tore through Iowa. You probably didn’t hear about it. (Washington Post, August 14)

The Arctic is burning like never before — and that’s bad news for climate change (Nature, September 10)

Long-term planning

How Relevant is the ‘Native vs Invasive’ Argument in a Warming World? (, August 18)

How Can We Plan for the Future in California? (The Atlantic, August 23) Moves from the local (how the changing climate has affected her backyard trees) to the regional (fires and drought in California).

Climate storytelling

My Climate Story (Penn Program in Environmental Humanities) is an ongoing project to capture sensations of climate change we are already experiencing.

Emily Raboteau tweeted a call for climate change essays and the replies were full of riches. The links below were my favorites among those.

Is All Writing Environmental Writing? (The Georgia Review, Fall/Winter 2018). A craft essay exploring how environmental questions and ecotones shape writing.

Searching for Women’s Voices in the Harshest Landscape on Earth (LitHub, September 16, 2019)

10 Poems About Climate Change To Read Right Now (Chicago Review of Books, December 18, 2019)

In 2030, we ended the climate emergency. Here’s how (The Correspondent, January 8, 2020)


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