We're Thankful For You

We're Thankful For You

This week, we’re making an effort to be kind to ourselves and give ourselves a break from writing. But, first, we want to take a quick moment to say how thankful we are for all of you: our very own Hot Cake community! Thank you for sitting with us through ugly debate nights and on Zoom happy hours that you made bearable. Thank you for reading with us and navigating tricky, but rewarding topics like the Boogaloo Boys, fossil fuel ties to police violence, and tech bros.

We’re proud of the community we’ve built up in just this past year and excited to keep it going into a second. We know Thanksgiving is a bullshit holiday, but we’re thankful for you every day.

Thank you!

Mary and Amy


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Digest

Rising Temperatures, Rising Seas

Climate change: Covid pandemic has little impact on rise in CO2, by Matt McGrath for BBC

Methane Hits Record High in Atmosphere as Fossil Fuel Companies Diverge, by Carlos Anchondo for Scientific American

Opinion | How graft and incompetence aggravate the effects of climate change in Central America, by Elisabeth Malkin for the Washington Post

Drop In Greenhouse Gases Amid Pandemic Fails To Slow Climate Crisis [Video based on a story by Robert Hart], for Forbes

Mongolia Could One Day Become an Arid Wasteland, by George Dvorsky for Gizmodo

Wildfire Smoke Is Poisoning California’s Kids. Some Pay a Higher Price. By Somini Sengupta for the New York Times

Cyclone Nivar Drenches India's East Coast, by Storyful and Reuters for the New York Times

Climate crisis making autumn leaves fall earlier, study finds, by Damian Carrington for the Guardian

More than 3 billion people affected by water shortages, data shows, by Fiona Harvey for the Guardian

From wildfires to disease, here are the top 5 ways climate change is already hurting your health, by Ramie Fathy for ABC News

Climate ‘apocalypse’ fears stopping people having children - study, by Damian Carrington for The Guardian

Study Reveals a Counterintuitive Way Climate Change is Affecting Fall, by Tara Yarlagadda for Inverse

Tree rings circle an abrupt shift in climate, by Qi-Bin Zhang and Ouya Fang for Science

The Climate Presidency

With John Kerry Pick, Biden Selects a ‘Climate Envoy’ With Stature, by Lisa Friedman for the New York Times

General Motors Drops Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks, by Coral Davenport for the New York Times

Democrats’ Fear of the Green New Deal Is Tearing the Party Apart, by Kate Aronoff for The New Republic

Biden's latest appointment, John Kerry, signals how the new administration will handle the climate crisis, by Shannon Osaka for Grist

The Obama Reunion Isn’t Nearly Enough to Stave Off Climate Catastrophe, by Kate Aronoff for The New Republic

Republicans attack appointment of John Kerry as Biden climate envoy, by Louise Boyle for the Independent

Barack Obama's New Book: Trump Wanted to Manage BP Oil Spill, by Brian Kahn for Earther

John Kerry's Fracking Stance Could Create a Climate Disaster Abroad, by Dharna Noor for Earther

In Obama's new memoir, a warning for Biden's climate plans, by Shannon Osaka for Grist

Alarm as Arctic temperatures for November soar well above average, by Harry Cockburn for Independent

Restoring American Credibility, by Lisa Friedman and Susan Shain for The New York Times

Biden’s appointment of John Kerry signals how the new administration will handle the climate crisis, by Shannon Osaka for Salon

Biden’s Next Climate Chief Will Tackle ‘Existential Threat’ At Home, by Franco Ordoñez and Jennifer Ludden for NPR

Making Climate a National Security Issue Downplays Human Cost, by Kate McKenzie for Bloomberg Green

Climate Accountability

We need a global leader on plastics. Could it be Biden? By Sarah J. Morath for Grist

Coronavirus Shows Personal Responsibility Alone Is Doom, by Brian Kahn for Earther

Climate Change Impact On Asset Prices Currently Contained But Could Balloon, Warns G20 Unit, by Ted Knutson for Forbes

General Motors Drops Support for Trump Climate Rollbacks, by Coral Davenport for The New York Times

The Danger of Big Oil's New Methane Emissions Pledge, by Dharna Noor for Earther

Illegal Tampering by Diesel Pickup Owners Is Worsening Pollution, E.P.A. Says, by Coral Davenport for The New York Times

How Banks Could Bail Us Out of the Climate Crisis, by Bill McKibben for The New Yorker

The battle over natural gas heats up in the American West, by Sammy Roth for The Los Angeles Times

Trump rule eases effort to strip-mine near Okefenokee Swamp, by Steven Mufson and Desmond Butler for the Washington Post

Venezuela judge convicts 6 American oil execs, orders prison, by Scott Smith for the Associated Press

Glimmers of Hope

These rare seeds escaped Syria's war — to help feed the world, by Matt Simon for Grist

Permit Denied for Pebble Mine Project in Alaska, by Henry Fountain for The New York Times

Adding asparagopsis - a type of seaweed - to feed will block most methane emitted by cows, scientists say, by Tatiana Schlossberg for The Washington Post

Army Corps denies permit for massive gold mine proposed near Bristol Bay in Alaska, by Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis for the Washington Post

Justice Is Justice Is Justice

The Heavy Toll of the Black Belt’s Wastewater Crisis, by Alexis Okeowo for The New Yorker

Natural gas firms claim they fight for racial justice, by Sammy Roth for the Los Angeles Times

Pebble Mine Denied Permit in Victory for Tribes, Waterways and Planet, by Common Dreams for EcoWatch

Hurricanes may prompt more Central American migration, by Associated Press for LA Times

How to Support Native American Communities on Thanksgiving, by Katja Vujic for The Cut

Minnesota Approves Enbridge Pipeline With Warning Against Crackdown, by Alleen Brown for The Intercept

Returning the Land, by Claire Elise Thompson for Grist

Climate in Culture

Cara Hoffman writes books for a new generation of climate activists, by Kate Yoder for Grist

Want to Fix Your Own Tesla? Massachusetts Just Made It Easier, by Maddie Stone for Grist

Another victim of global warming: 'The Great British Baking Show,’ by Kate Yoder for Grist

Hulu's “I Am Greta:” There is no time to wait, by Hannah Michelle Bussa for Gateway

Karl Marx’s renowned resting place Highgate Cemetery under threat from climate crisis, by Kate Ng for the Independent

Amazon Workers to Stage Coordinated Black Friday Protests in 15 Countries, by Lauren Kaori Gurley for Vice

And More

The pandemic's effect on emissions was 'just a tiny blip,’ by Alexander C. Kaufman for Grist

Hawaii’s Freshwater Leaks to the Ocean Through Underground Rivers, by Matt Kaplan for The New York Times

How To Talk To People About the Climate Crisis When Scary Facts Are Not Enough, by Yale Climate Connections for EcoWatch

Photography Has Never Known How to Handle Climate Change, by Kim Biel for The Atlantic

The Other Race on Georgia's January Ballot, by Rachel M. Cohen for The Intercept

Apocalypse Then and Now, by Julian Brave NoiseCat for CJR

Outdoor Heaters Seem Like a Huge Waste. Are They Really? By Susan Shain for the New York Times