The main purpose of this ongoing blog will be to track planetary extreme or record temperatures related to climate change. Any reports I see of ETs will be listed below the main topic of the day. I’ll refer to extreme or record temperatures as ETs (not extraterrestrials).😉
Main Topic: Hawaii Becomes The First State To Declare A Climate Emergency
Dear Diary. I’ve been wondering which U.S. state would be the first to declare a climate emergency, and now we know. I have been guessing that the first two would either be fire ravaged California or sea level and hurricane threatened Florida, but it makes sense that Hawaii with so much highly prized, expensive coastline would opt to make a declaration first. I’ve not focused much on our 50th state, so let me attempt to correct this slight today.
Here is more from HawaiiNewsNow (To view their embedded video, just click the following link):
Hawaii becomes first state to declare climate emergency
By Allyson Blair| April 29, 2021 at 5:16 PM HST – Updated April 30 at 11:42 AM
HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) – Hawaii made history on Thursday by becoming the first state to declare a climate emergency.
Although the resolution passed by the state Legislature is symbolic, it acknowledges that climate change is an immediate threat.
The resolution calls on government to make choices that will enable a more sustainable future. It goes as far as to ask for a ban on public and private investments that would make the climate worse.
“We need to keep coal, oil and gas in the ground,” said Tedd Bohlen, of Climate Protectors of Hawaii.
“And as soon as possible, no later than 2030 we need to set an example by replacing fossil fuel electricity generation with solar, wind power and battery storage. And we need to stop using gasoline and diesel to power our vehicles.”
Environmentalists say every day action is delayed — the problem gets worse. While the state has a clean energy goal of 2045, they say more planning for the future needs to start today.
“We need to get ready for 100% electric vehicles by 2030 by installing charging infrastructure especially in parking lots, shopping mall, hotels, rental car facilities and apartment buildings that are harder to serve than single family homes,” Bohlen said.
Dyson Chee, of Hawaii Climate Coalition, added:
“We’ve said we are committed to declaring this climate emergency and solving it as such. Now, it’s a matter of walking that talk. Are we going to follow it up with legislation? Are businesses, individuals, government, everyone in the community? Are we going to be able to do what we said we’ll do?”
Prior to the state’s recognition, Maui and Hawaii counties had declared a climate emergency in 2019.
Copyright 2021 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.
Here are some “ET’s” reported in Monday:
Here is another April 2021 climate summary:
Here is more climate and weather news from Monday:
(As usual, this will be a fluid post in which more information gets added during the day as it crosses my radar, crediting all who have put it on-line. Items will be archived on this site for posterity. In most instances click on the pictures of each tweet to see each article. The most noteworthy items will be listed first.)
Now here are some of today’s articles and notes on the horrid COVID-19 pandemic:
(If you like these posts and my work please contribute via the PayPal widget, which has recently been added to this site. Thanks in advance for any support.)
Guy Walton “The Climate Guy”