While it’s important to stay informed, climate headlines can be a bit overwhelming. Each week, we highlight a few articles that add meaning to Earth-friendly living.

Protected bike lanes in Bellevue encourage people to ride more

Samira Guirguis, Bellevue Reporter, October 25

  • Bike ridership in Bellevue is on the rise following the addition of protected bike lanes on either side of 108th Avenue Northeast.
  • 87% of bikers felt safer and more comfortable and bike ridership increased 35%.
  • Bellevue has more bike projects planned for its north end, and several candidates for corridors like 106th Ave NE, 108th Ave NE, Main Street and NE 2nd Street.

Has the climate crisis made California too dangerous to live in?

Bill McKibben, The Guardian, October 29

  • Author and environmental studies scholar Bill McKibben discusses intense wildfire is becoming California’s new norm.
  • “Reporters spoke to one family that had moved into their rebuilt home on Saturday, only to be immediately evacuated again.”
  • “Three years in a row feels like – well, it starts to feel like the new, and impossible, normal. That’s what the local newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle, implied this morning when, in the middle of its account of the inferno, it included the following sentence: the fires had “intensified fears that parts of California had become almost too dangerous to inhabit”.”
  • “California was always the world’s idea of paradise (until perhaps the city of that name burned last summer).”

Rising Seas Will Erase More Cities by 2050, New Research Shows

Denise Lu and Christopher Flavelle, The New York Times, October 29

  • A study published in Nature Communications predicts sea level rise could affect 150 million people by 2050.
  • The study calculated land elevation using satellite readings and is presumed to be more accurate that previous studies.
  • Significant areas of Ho Chi Minh City, Bankok, Shanghai, Mumbai, Alexandria and Basra could be below the high-tide line, displacing millions of people.