Support the Arctic Sea Ice Forum and Blog

Author Topic: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action  (Read 134177 times)

gerontocrat

  • First-year ice
  • Posts: 6313
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 1348
  • Likes Given: 19
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #700 on: September 11, 2019, 09:30:24 PM »
As important as improving AGW acceptance & action is reducing the power of the denial machine.

A significant cog in that machine has resigned from the White House - one William Happer. I, for one, will not mourn his absence.

He was the only scientist with the ear of the President in the White House.
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1061113085
WHITE HOUSE
Quote
Adviser who applauded rise in CO2 to leave administration[/b]
William Happer will leave his post as a senior director on the National Security Council on Friday. Happer's departure comes a day after National Security Adviser John Bolton abruptly resigned amid a dispute with President Trump over holding negotiations with the Taliban. Bolton supported Happer's effort to try to weaken the science backing the National Climate Assessment.

Happer, who is not formally trained in climate science but is an accomplished physicist at Princeton University, was one of the strongest voices against climate science within the administration. He is perhaps the only scientist to brief Trump on climate change research.

Happer has a long history of rejecting established climate science in favor of fringe research. He has claimed that the world is in a carbon dioxide "drought" and that burning more fossil fuels will help humanity by making the planet more habitable, a claim not supported by science. Happer founded the CO2 Coalition, which has sought to expand its influence on Capitol Hill by briefing members of Congress on the benefits of CO2 emissions.


"Para a Causa do Povo a Luta Continua!"
"And that's all I'm going to say about that". Forrest Gump
"Damn, I wanted to see what happened next" (Epitaph)

Tom_Mazanec

  • Nilas ice
  • Posts: 1445
    • View Profile
    • Planet Mazanec
  • Liked: 301
  • Likes Given: 50
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #701 on: September 13, 2019, 09:52:52 PM »
5 Things You Can Do During September's Climate Strike if You Can’t Leave Work
https://www.vice.com/en_ca/article/kz4z9m/5-things-you-can-do-during-septembers-climate-strike-if-you-cant-leave-work
Quote
Ask your boss to shut everything down
Get creative with how you interpret workplace rules
Take a selfie
Go silent at work—like, literally stop speaking to people
Figure out what you’ll do after the climate strikes are over

Climate activists on trial in Paris for stealing Macron portraits
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/11/climate-change-activists-trial-paris-stealing-macron-portraits
Quote
Eight protesters are to go on trial in Paris on Wednesday for stealing official portraits of the French president, Emmanuel Macron, from public buildings as part of a protest over climate change.

The activists, aged 23 to 36, have been charged with theft after taking down the pictures from local government offices around the capital in February.

The acts of civil disobedience were part of a movement called Take Down Macron, which was intended to highlight alleged inaction by the French government over the global crisis.

Inside Gucci’s ambitious plan to go completely carbon neutral
https://www.fastcompany.com/90402532/inside-guccis-ambitious-plan-to-go-completely-carbon-neutral
Quote
The fashion industry has a significant role to play in accelerating or decelerating climate change. It currently makes up more than 8% of global carbon emissions, which is more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. And yet, the industry is only just beginning to reckon with how much carbon it is spewing into the atmosphere. Only a smattering of brands have plans to tackle the problem, and even fewer are carbon neutral.

From Fires to Floods, Extreme Weather May Be Shaping Canadians’ Views on Climate Crisis
https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/09/12/Fires-Floods-Canadian-Climate-Crisis/
Quote
Our surveys show that Canadian public opinion is on the move. From 2011 to 2018, the percentage of Canadians who believe there is solid evidence of climate change rose from 80 to 90 per cent, and the belief that human activity causes climate change rose from 40 to 65 per cent. Scholars consider the latter a “gateway” belief, because those who hold it tend to support actions and policies to reduce carbon pollution.
« Last Edit: September 13, 2019, 10:34:39 PM by Tom_Mazanec »
SHARKS (CROSSED OUT) MONGEESE (SIC) WITH FRICKIN LASER BEAMS ATTACHED TO THEIR HEADS

Sigmetnow

  • Multi-year ice
  • Posts: 15396
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 403
  • Likes Given: 206
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #702 on: September 14, 2019, 01:48:09 PM »
New York City

Quote
NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) 9/12/19, 12:54 PM
.@NYCSchools will excuse absences of students participating in the #ClimateStrike on Friday 9/20. Students will need parental consent. Younger students can only leave school with a parent.
https://twitter.com/nycschools/status/1172191885928095744

Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) 9/12/19, 12:35 PM
.@NYCSchools will be sharing guidance with parents, educators and students on how students will be able to participate in next Friday’s events in the next few days. #ClimateStrike

NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) 9/12/19, 1:51 PM
We applaud our students when they raise their voices in a safe and respectful manner on issues that matter to them. Young people around the world are joining the #ClimateStrike this week—showing that student action will lead us forward.

NYC Public Schools (@NYCSchools) 9/12/19, 1:54 PM
We will share guidance with schools, and encourage class discussions about the impact of climate change, and the importance of civic engagement. #ClimateStrike
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

Sigmetnow

  • Multi-year ice
  • Posts: 15396
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 403
  • Likes Given: 206
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #703 on: September 14, 2019, 07:50:19 PM »
First report:  Greenland.  Al Roker has been covering weather since the 1970’s.

NBC launches its new Climate Unit to report on climate change
Quote
This is the kind of research NBC’s new Climate Unit will continue to focus on. The unit will debut its work on Sunday, September 15 with an on-the-ground reporting series titled “Climate in Crisis” that will run through Friday, September 20 across NBC News, MSNBC, Telemundo, and NBC News Digital Sunday. While Roker’s trip to Greenland will highlight the many consequences of the country’s glacier melt, Lester Holt’s will travel to Alaska, his home as a child, to showcase what happens what a permafrost thaws does to cities.

Though NBC’s Climate Unit launched this week, Roker has been advocating for its development for a while. About a month ago, the president of NBC News, Noah Oppenheim, agreed to get it up and running. “We think it’s the most important issue affecting not just the country but the planet,” he’d told Roker, who’s now heading up the unit. With NBC’s Weather Unit already in place, creating the Climate Unit was a matter of adding more resources, producers, and correspondents. The size of the unit will continue to increase, Roker says.
...
NBC’s Climate Unit will let Roker expand his climate change coverage from simply reporting on these weather events to explaining how they’re affecting everything from economics to health. The rest of this coming “Climate in Crisis” week will feature “Climate Forum 2020,” in which presidential candidates will discuss climate issues for two days in a row with moderators Chris Hayes and Ali Velshi (live-streamed on NBC News Now and Telemundo on September 19 and 20), an “All in with Chris Hayes” MSNBC hour dedicated to climate change, and Telemundo’s Vanessa Hauc leading segments on investigative environmental reporting. A number of additional NBC reporters will contribute “Climate in Crisis” segments throughout the week from all over the world, including Richard Engel from Iceland, Jacob Soboroff from Guatemala, and Anne Thompson from New Jersey.
https://www.fastcompany.com/90403895/al-roker-just-got-back-from-greenland-and-hes-horrified-by-what-he-saw-there
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

Sigmetnow

  • Multi-year ice
  • Posts: 15396
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 403
  • Likes Given: 206
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #704 on: September 16, 2019, 02:27:06 PM »
TIME has devoted this week’s issue to climate change.

How to Save the Earth: Biggest Solutions for Climate Change
https://time.com/climate-change-solutions/
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

Tom_Mazanec

  • Nilas ice
  • Posts: 1445
    • View Profile
    • Planet Mazanec
  • Liked: 301
  • Likes Given: 50
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #705 on: September 16, 2019, 05:24:21 PM »
Thousands of climate protesters target Frankfurt auto show
https://www.dw.com/en/thousands-of-climate-protesters-target-frankfurt-auto-show/a-50435008
Quote
Tens of thousands of climate demonstrators turned up to protest at Germany's biggest car show in Frankfurt on Saturday, using the event as a platform to demand the car industry address its role in damaging the environment.

How do Kiwis really feel about climate change?
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12267160
Quote
More Kiwis are worried about climate change. What's been driving that concern? And why do some of us still refuse to accept the scientific consensus? Science reporter Jamie Morton talks to Victoria University's Associate Professor Taciano Milfont, who has been tracking attitudes over time.

Pittsburgh’s city government says it’s on track to meet climate goals in public operations. But what about the rest of the city?
https://www.publicsource.org/pittsburghs-city-government-says-its-on-track-to-meet-climate-goals-in-public-operations-but-what-about-the-rest-of-the-city/
Quote
The next steps to meeting the emissions reduction goal is targeting the biggest buildings and energy used by people at home.

'Americans are waking up': two thirds say climate crisis must be addressed
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/sep/15/americans-climate-change-crisis-cbs-poll
Quote
Two-thirds of Americans believe climate change is either a crisis or a serious problem, with a majority wanting immediate action to address global heating and its damaging consequences, major new polling has found.
« Last Edit: September 16, 2019, 06:14:50 PM by Tom_Mazanec »
SHARKS (CROSSED OUT) MONGEESE (SIC) WITH FRICKIN LASER BEAMS ATTACHED TO THEIR HEADS

nanning

  • Grease ice
  • Posts: 741
  • 0Kg CO2, 35 KWh/wk,130L H2O/wk, No heating
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 104
  • Likes Given: 4860
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #706 on: September 16, 2019, 06:26:23 PM »
Much 'cleaner' url's Tom, thank you! :)
"It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly" - Bertrand Russell
   Simple: minimize your possessions and be free and kind    It's just a mindset.       Refugees welcome

Tom_Mazanec

  • Nilas ice
  • Posts: 1445
    • View Profile
    • Planet Mazanec
  • Liked: 301
  • Likes Given: 50
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #707 on: September 16, 2019, 06:45:56 PM »
I just copy and paste 'em.
SHARKS (CROSSED OUT) MONGEESE (SIC) WITH FRICKIN LASER BEAMS ATTACHED TO THEIR HEADS

nanning

  • Grease ice
  • Posts: 741
  • 0Kg CO2, 35 KWh/wk,130L H2O/wk, No heating
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 104
  • Likes Given: 4860
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #708 on: September 17, 2019, 07:24:32 AM »
https://www.cbs.nl/nl-nl/nieuws/2019/38/personenauto-s-rijden-recordaantal-kilometers-in-2018
(in Dutch)

With total disregard for the increasingly alarming warnings and advise from science.
This is an EU country that's for the most part below sealevel already.

 Part translation:

Together, cars in the Netherlands have in 2018 travelled a record total distance of 121.4 billion kilometers. Equal to travelling more than 3 million times around the Earth.

This is a country with a population of 17 million where the number of cars on the roads is still increasing (+2.2%).

This is with a government that signed up to the 2015 Paris accord, BUT, it fights all possible change to business-as-usual and lie about their intentions. Wanting to expand airports. Not helping organic farmers. Increasing foodbank use. Military active in the middle-east. Absolutely no long-term strategy. Same old same old.

I think the Dutch people are much less informed about climate change, SLR and AGW than e.g. people in the U.K. It is a far away subject.

Hey KNMI, where the hell have you been these years? Why have you not informed and warned the public via diverse media channels (e.g. car magazine ads?).
"It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly" - Bertrand Russell
   Simple: minimize your possessions and be free and kind    It's just a mindset.       Refugees welcome

Sigmetnow

  • Multi-year ice
  • Posts: 15396
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 403
  • Likes Given: 206
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #709 on: September 18, 2019, 04:36:49 PM »
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Bill Weld will join Democratic candidates in this forum:

MSNBC climate change forum: Ali Velshi on talking policy with 2020 candidates
Quote
Ali Velshi:
I think it’s got to do with what I often say are the two basic callings of journalism: Bearing witness and holding power to account. Putting ratings aside, we are journalists. And if we don’t do the basic things that journalism is meant to do, then we’re not taking our responsibility seriously.

So bearing witness, which is what we do when we report on the facts of climate change, but also fires and droughts and flooding and hurricanes, and embedding climate discussions into those pieces of coverage. And then holding power to account: How’d we get to where we are now and who is responsible for leading the charge to fixing it? That’s just journalistic work at this point.
https://www.vox.com/2019/9/18/20868891/msnbc-climate-town-hall-2020-president
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

Tom_Mazanec

  • Nilas ice
  • Posts: 1445
    • View Profile
    • Planet Mazanec
  • Liked: 301
  • Likes Given: 50
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #710 on: September 18, 2019, 07:18:39 PM »
German bus operator offers free trips to climate protests
https://www.dw.com/en/german-bus-operator-offers-free-trips-to-climate-protests/a-50447239
Quote
For those planning to attend climate change demonstrations this September, a German bus company is offering free travel.

Flixbus is Germany's biggest intercity bus company and on Monday they unveiled the plan as part of its goal to become carbon-neutral by 2030.

Most American teens are frightened by climate change, poll finds, and about 1 in 4 are taking action
https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/most-american-teens-are-frightened-by-climate-change-poll-finds-and-about-1-in-4-are-taking-action/2019/09/15/1936da1c-d639-11e9-9610-fb56c5522e1c_story.html
Quote
In a coastal town in Washington state, climate change has a high school junior worried about the floods that keep deluging his school. A 17-year-old from Texas says global warming scares him so much he can’t even think about it.
« Last Edit: September 18, 2019, 08:28:55 PM by Tom_Mazanec »
SHARKS (CROSSED OUT) MONGEESE (SIC) WITH FRICKIN LASER BEAMS ATTACHED TO THEIR HEADS

Tom_Mazanec

  • Nilas ice
  • Posts: 1445
    • View Profile
    • Planet Mazanec
  • Liked: 301
  • Likes Given: 50
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #711 on: September 21, 2019, 01:06:05 AM »
If it seems I am posting more links lately, here is why:
Covering Climate Now
is a global journalism initiative committed to bringing more and better coverage to the defining story of our time.
https://www.coveringclimatenow.org/
Quote
Our initiative includes more than 300 outlets worldwide, and dozens of institutional and independent partners, with a combined audience of more than 1 billion people.
From September 15-23, our partners have committed to emphasizing climate stories. The goal is to maximize coverage of the climate crisis and its impacts in the lead up to the United Nations Climate Summit on September 23. Follow the coverage on social media, with the hashtag #coveringclimatenow.
SHARKS (CROSSED OUT) MONGEESE (SIC) WITH FRICKIN LASER BEAMS ATTACHED TO THEIR HEADS

wdmn

  • Frazil ice
  • Posts: 344
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 60
  • Likes Given: 46
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #712 on: September 21, 2019, 01:42:33 AM »
Rather impressive international climate protests today.

Preliminary numbers give at least 3 million protesters on all continents excluding the Americas, with 1.4 million in Germany alone.

New York City is reporting at least 250,000.

London, Berlin, and Melbourne all cracked 100,000, and likely several other German cities.

I saw footage from India, the Philippines, Pakistan, Australia, Poland, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Scotland, England, Mexico, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Peru, Antigua and Barbuda, and the U.S.

Freiberg, Germany had some very impressive footage:

https://twitter.com/F4F_Freiburg/status/1174966189555998720

Tom_Mazanec

  • Nilas ice
  • Posts: 1445
    • View Profile
    • Planet Mazanec
  • Liked: 301
  • Likes Given: 50
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #713 on: September 21, 2019, 01:53:06 AM »
+++ Fridays for Future global climate strike — live updates +++
https://www.dw.com/en/fridays-for-future-global-climate-strike-live-updates/a-50505537
Quote
Millions of people have participated in some 5,000 events in 156 countries throughout the day Friday
The rallies are timed to come ahead of a UN climate summit and inspired by the 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg
The marches culminated in New York, where Thunberg is leading a march to the UN headquarters
SHARKS (CROSSED OUT) MONGEESE (SIC) WITH FRICKIN LASER BEAMS ATTACHED TO THEIR HEADS

wili

  • Young ice
  • Posts: 2583
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 156
  • Likes Given: 301
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #714 on: September 21, 2019, 03:21:30 AM »
Does anyone have news about climate actions today in The Netherlands?
"A force de chercher de bonnes raisons, on en trouve; on les dit; et après on y tient, non pas tant parce qu'elles sont bonnes que pour ne pas se démentir." Choderlos de Laclos "You struggle to come up with some valid reasons, then cling to them, not because they're good, but just to not back down."

kassy

  • Grease ice
  • Posts: 686
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 215
  • Likes Given: 296
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #715 on: September 21, 2019, 02:25:04 PM »
I only know there were 2500 people in Maastricht and there was also an event in Amsterdam but i don´t know the numbers for that.
Þetta minnismerki er til vitnis um að við vitum hvað er að gerast og hvað þarf að gera. Aðeins þú veist hvort við gerðum eitthvað.

Tom_Mazanec

  • Nilas ice
  • Posts: 1445
    • View Profile
    • Planet Mazanec
  • Liked: 301
  • Likes Given: 50
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #716 on: September 24, 2019, 07:49:15 PM »
Duke Energy Makes Big Pledge to Cut Carbon Pollution by 2050
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-17/duke-energy-makes-biggest-pledge-to-cut-carbon-pollution-by-2050
Quote
Duke Energy Corp. agreed to eliminate carbon emissions from its power plants and offset those that it can’t by 2050, joining a slew of power producers taking steps to limit the effects of global warming.

Duke, one of the largest U.S. emitters of greenhouse gases, plans to shift away from burning coal and invest in solar, nuclear and other carbon-free technologies, as well as natural gas, during the transition, according to a statement Tuesday.


Isra Hirsi Is 16, Unbothered, and Saving the Planet
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/a357wp/isra-hirsi-ilhan-omar-daughter-climate-strike-profile
Quote
As the co-founder of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike and the daughter of Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, Isra Hirsi is grappling with harassment, safety threats, tokenization, and privilege on a national scale years before she's even allowed to vote.
SHARKS (CROSSED OUT) MONGEESE (SIC) WITH FRICKIN LASER BEAMS ATTACHED TO THEIR HEADS

Juan C. García

  • Nilas ice
  • Posts: 1462
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 466
  • Likes Given: 496
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #717 on: September 27, 2019, 04:17:49 PM »
New U.N. climate report: Monumental change already here for world’s oceans and frozen regions
Quote
Climate change is already having staggering effects on oceans and ice-filled regions that encompass 80 percent of the Earth, and future damage from rising seas and melting glaciers is now all but certain, according to a sobering new report from the United Nations.

The warming climate is killing coral reefs, supercharging monster storms, and fueling deadly marine heat waves and record losses of sea ice. And Wednesday’s report on the world’s oceans, glaciers, polar regions and ice sheets finds that such effects foreshadow a more catastrophic future as long as greenhouse gas emissions remain unchecked.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2019/09/25/new-un-climate-report-massive-change-already-here-worlds-oceans-frozen-regions/?wpisrc=nl_green&wpmm=1

Download IPCC report:
https://www.ipcc.ch/srocc/download-report/
Which is the best answer to Sep-2012 ASI lost (compared to 1979-2000)?
50% [NSIDC Extent] or
73% [PIOMAS Volume]

Volume is harder to measure than extent, but 3-dimensional space is real, 2D's hide ~50% thickness gone.
-> IPCC/NSIDC trends [based on extent] underestimate the real speed of ASI lost.

kassy

  • Grease ice
  • Posts: 686
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 215
  • Likes Given: 296
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #718 on: September 27, 2019, 04:19:28 PM »
Does anyone have news about climate actions today in The Netherlands?

Maybe you were a week early. Today is the big one and it is glorious.

People would gather in ´de koekamp´ in The Hague.
Much more people turned up then expected.

The rally started at 13.00 and the field was full at 13.10! Then they headed to the malieveld which is the terrain for the really big protests.

Early reports were 25000 people but now they report 30k.

I talked to some people going there (and spied some signs, at least one person had a sign ´Wij eisen IJS´ ).

 https://www.nu.nl/binnenland/5999392/malieveld-nieuwe-bestemming-van-klimaatmars-vanwege-onverwachte-drukte.html

The pressure is on.  :)

Also because the Netherlands lost a court case about how they wanted protect nature areas from nitrogen pollution (by bookkeeping without doing anything).

At the time some already mentioned this was not in agreement with the actual EU law but now the court confirmed that and the next thing that happened is that most building and infrastructure projects had to stop. This is very very inconvenient and it probably costs lots of money so now our government is already on the move.

The whole PAS story probably needs a longish post which i will do later.
Þetta minnismerki er til vitnis um að við vitum hvað er að gerast og hvað þarf að gera. Aðeins þú veist hvort við gerðum eitthvað.

nanning

  • Grease ice
  • Posts: 741
  • 0Kg CO2, 35 KWh/wk,130L H2O/wk, No heating
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 104
  • Likes Given: 4860
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #719 on: September 27, 2019, 04:45:19 PM »
Thanks for that update kassy :)
"It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly" - Bertrand Russell
   Simple: minimize your possessions and be free and kind    It's just a mindset.       Refugees welcome

nanning

  • Grease ice
  • Posts: 741
  • 0Kg CO2, 35 KWh/wk,130L H2O/wk, No heating
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 104
  • Likes Given: 4860
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #720 on: September 27, 2019, 04:51:29 PM »
Some more information on the world-wide protests today:

  Hundreds of thousands hit streets across continents to demand action on climate
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/sep/27/fresh-wave-of-climate-strikes-take-place-around-the-world

  Quotes:

Organisers said they were expecting another huge turnout on Friday, with demonstrations planned from Canada to the Netherlands, Sweden to Morocco, Italy to India.

The strikes are a sign of the growing awareness and anger of the severity and scale of the climate crisis among people around the world.

The climate activist told governments: “You are still not mature enough to tell it like it is. You are failing us. But the young people are starting to understand your betrayal.”
"It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly" - Bertrand Russell
   Simple: minimize your possessions and be free and kind    It's just a mindset.       Refugees welcome

wili

  • Young ice
  • Posts: 2583
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 156
  • Likes Given: 301
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #721 on: September 27, 2019, 09:38:32 PM »
Yes, thanks kas, and nan, too! I just found out that my daughter is going with friends.
"A force de chercher de bonnes raisons, on en trouve; on les dit; et après on y tient, non pas tant parce qu'elles sont bonnes que pour ne pas se démentir." Choderlos de Laclos "You struggle to come up with some valid reasons, then cling to them, not because they're good, but just to not back down."

Sigmetnow

  • Multi-year ice
  • Posts: 15396
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 403
  • Likes Given: 206
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #722 on: October 01, 2019, 09:46:06 PM »
May not seem like much now, but bringing a consumer’s environmental concerns top-of-mind, even if in a small way, is a good place to start.  Enough people choosing better alternatives makes it easier for companies to follow suit.

Shoppers will opt for slower shipping or in-store pickup during the holiday season to fight climate change
Quote
Many consumers will take climate change into account when making their holiday purchases this year, opting for slower shipping options or in-store pickup, which have less environmental impact than expedited shipping, according to data from Accenture’s annual holiday shopping survey.

Accenture ACN, -1.14%   and Coleman Parkes Research surveyed 1,500 U.S. consumers online, finding that half of shoppers will choose slower ground transportation and have items shipped all at once rather than in separate packages for a lighter carbon footprint.

Shoppers are also taking a retailer’s stance on social issues into account when choosing where to make their purchases. ...
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/shoppers-will-opt-for-slower-shipping-or-in-store-pickup-during-the-holiday-season-to-fight-climate-change-2019-10-01
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

Sigmetnow

  • Multi-year ice
  • Posts: 15396
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 403
  • Likes Given: 206
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #723 on: October 03, 2019, 10:05:34 PM »
Pennsylvania will join a coalition of nine other Northeast U.S. states that cap the amount of pollution power plants can emit.
Quote
Gov. Tom Wolf (D) signed an executive order Thursday that commits the state to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), which requires power plants to buy credits for the carbon pollution they emit.

"Climate change is the most critical environmental threat confronting the world, and power generation is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions," Wolf said in a release. "Given the urgency of the climate crisis facing Pennsylvania and the entire planet, the commonwealth must continue to take concrete, economically sound and immediate steps to reduce emissions."

Utilities are the second-largest source of carbon pollution in the country. The funds raised through the cap and trade program are then invested in efforts to reduce energy consumption, like energy efficiency programs, or efforts to boost clean electricity.

Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont are the other members of RGGI.

RGGI's goals, primarily to reduce carbon pollution, could be a big undertaking for a state that is still reliant on fossil fuels.  Pennsylvania gets more than half of its electricity from natural gas and coal, both of which emit carbon when burned.

The state's economy also remains reliant on the fossil fuel sector. Pennsylvania is one of the biggest producers and consumers of natural gas and is also the nation's fourth largest producer of coal.


Growth in RGGI comes as many of the same states are considering a similar program to limit carbon pollution from transportation.
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/pennsylvania-joins-coalition-requiring-utilities-to-curb-carbon-emissions/ar-AAIeReB
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

TerryM

  • First-year ice
  • Posts: 5138
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 352
  • Likes Given: 5
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #724 on: October 05, 2019, 09:05:04 AM »
^^
Too little, too late, but still an attempt that other states would do well to follow.
Terry

Sigmetnow

  • Multi-year ice
  • Posts: 15396
    • View Profile
  • Liked: 403
  • Likes Given: 206
Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #725 on: October 13, 2019, 02:47:35 PM »
Farmers in the U.S. midwest were one of the last great bastions of climate change denial.  Not anymore.

How Iowa Farmers Are Influencing Climate Policy in 2020 Presidential Race
Quote
Voters across Iowa say the real-life effects of climate change have sparked a political awakening of sorts. Hogg, the state senator from Cedar Rapids, says record flooding in 2008 all but eliminated climate-change skepticism in the city. Recurring flooding contributed to the Iowa City council’s recent decision to declare a climate crisis. The council made a commitment in August to reduce the city’s greenhouse-gas emissions 45% by 2030. “It’s not just about climate strikers,” says Iowa City Mayor Jim Throgmorton, referring to the global movement of schoolchildren striking to call for action on climate change, and “not just about the IPCC report, but also about our own experience and own observation.”

Flooding, and the extreme precipitation that caused it, has had a range of effects across Iowa, disrupting the cycles that farmers rely on to plant, grow and harvest their crops. This spring alone, extreme rain put 100,000 acres of farmland underwater in the state, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in damage to farmers. To top it off, July was exceptionally dry, throwing another wrinkle at farmers. By 2050, climate change threatens to erase all the gains made in agricultural productivity since the 1980s in the Midwest, meaning farmers will need to spend heavily or cut production, according to the National Climate Assessment, a report from more than a dozen U.S. federal agencies on the impacts of climate change.

Surveys have historically identified farmers as skeptical of climate science, but in Iowa there are hints that this may be changing. Aaron Heley Lehman, president of the Iowa Farmers Union, says climate has become a regular topic of conversation among farmers. Greg Franck, a self-described “farm boy” who lives in the Des Moines area but has worked in agriculture, described a recent meeting he attended in southwest Iowa, where farmers gathered to hear advice from federal government scientists on how to adapt to the effects of climate change. “There’s hope there,” he says.
https://time.com/5669023/iowa-farmers-climate-policy/
People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.