In this week's Newsletter: Pachyderms for permafrost, ESCR public hearing Tueaday April 4, Solar One is hiring part time per diem educators and much more!
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Could Mammoth De-Extinction Save the Arctic Permafrost?

Methane is a greenhouse gas that may be the most powerful in terms of raising global temperatures, and there's a lot of it trapped under the ice in the Arctic- ice that's been receding at record rates, thanks to climate change. And now a Siberian scientist has an idea of how to mitigate the release of that methane that sounds like it's straight out of science fiction: Using de-extincted woolly mammoths, those long-gone cousins of elephants, to expose the permafrost and cool it, keeping the methane trapped inside.

bringing mammoths back from extinction would have been considered a joke 20 years ago, but since 2015, groups of scientists around the world have been working to revive the ancient pachyderm, using preserved or mummified mammoth tissue to yield the required mammoth DNA to form a new elephant-mammoth hybrid, using a captive Asian elephant as a surrogate mother.

Sergey Zimov, the scientist who sees a place for mammoths in saving the permafrost, is the subject of a documentary explaining his plan. He imagines that when the new mammoths get hungry in the winter, that by digging away at the snow to get at the grass growing underneath, the mammoths would enable the ground to come in contact with the frigid Siberian winter air, falling to a lower temperature and becoming ever harder and more impermeable.

Sound farfetched? Well, okay, yes, considering that mammoths are still extinct and may remain so for the foreseeable future. But at least this represents a creative possible solution to a mammoth problem!

You can read more about mammoths and permafrost on Grist.org here.

East Side Coastal Resiliency Project Public Hearing Tuesday April 4

The City of New York is the recipient of a Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery Grant (CDBG-DR) in accordance with the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 (Public Law 113-2).

As a requirement of this program, New York City will adopt a proposed Amendment to its Action Plan to further describe how the City will use its CDBG-DR allocations to support recovery from Hurricane Sandy and build resiliency to the challenges of climate change specific to the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) Project. 

The City of New York will hold a meeting to allow community members to share their input on the proposed Action Plan Amendment for the ESCR Project. 

This meeting will occur on: 

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
6:30 PM
Manny Cantor Center
197 East Broadway

The Action Plan Amendment is available online here, or by contacting Calvin Johnson, Assistant Director CDBG-DR, New York City Office of Management and Budget at CDBG-DRenviro@omb.nyc.gov.

The location is wheelchair accessible. Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Russian interpreters will be present at the meeting. For special needs assistance, please call (718) 391-2411 by March 28, 2017. For more information on the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, visit the project website at www.nyc.gov/escr/.

Solar One Is Hiring: Part Time Per Diem Educator

Are you an environmental educator with a Bachelor's degree and experience teaching environmental science?

If the answer is "yes", then you just might want to join our crack team of educators and learn to del;iver Solar One;s award winning Green Design Lab program to teachers and students!

Details about and qualifications for this job are available on Idealist here. This is a part time, per diem eductaor position. No phone calls, please. Position will remain open until filled.
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Upcoming Events at Solar One

3/31
SOLD OUT! Final Fridays Micro Film Series: Garbage Warrior
Solar 1, 24-20 FDR Drive Service Road East south of 23rd St at the East River, 6:30pm, $10 donation includes popcorn and 1 drink

Other Events


3/31
Moving Goods and People To, From, and Along the Brooklyn Waterfront
Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street bet Court St & Boerum Pl, Brooklyn, 9am-4pm, free

4/1
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Jamaica
Calvary Baptist Church, 110-10 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard bet 111th Ave & Claude Ave, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

4/2
E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Midwood
Sephardic Community Center, 1901 Ocean Parkway bet Ave S & Ave T, Brooklyn, 10am-4pm, free

E-Waste Recycling with the Lower East Side Ecology Center: Kew Gardens
Yeshiva of Central Queens, 147-37 70th Road bet 147th & 150th Sts, Queens, 10am-4pm, free

4/3
Urban Green Council Spring Member Reception
Shaw Contract, 853 Broadway, 3rd Floor, bet E. 13th & E. 14th Sts, Manhattan, 6-8pm, $15+

4/5
Food for Thought: Sustainability, Community Gardening, Farm to Table
Culinary Conference Center, 161 Newkirk Street, 2nd Floor, bet Van Reypen St & Bergen Ave, Jersey City, 10am-2pm, free

4/6
NYC Environmental Justice Alliance 25th Anniversary Gala
Roulette Performance & Arts Space, 506 Atlantic Avenue bet 3rd Ave & Nevins St, Brooklyn, 6-10pm, $175+
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