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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #800 on: June 26, 2020, 06:21:55 PM »
A major sporting venue in the US has been named Climate Pledge Arena

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/25/amazon-wins-naming-rights-to-new-seattle-stadium-climate-pledge-arena.html

Amazon has bought the naming rights to downtown Seattle’s arena which will house a new NHL (National Hockey League) team and the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Seattle Storm, the company announced Thursday.

The KeyArena will now be renamed to Climate Pledge Arena, in reference to Amazon’s ambitious climate plan, which was first unveiled by CEO Jeff Bezos last September. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. An Amazon spokesperson declined to comment.

The 18,100-seat arena will build on the Climate Pledge’s focus on sustainability and carbon neutrality. Amazon said it will be the first net zero carbon certified arena in the world, generate zero waste from operations and events and will be powered with 100% renewable electricity. It will also use reclaimed rainwater in the ice system to “create the greenest ice in the NHL.”

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« Reply #801 on: June 26, 2020, 07:04:28 PM »
So a rather elaborate Amazon advert.
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #802 on: June 26, 2020, 07:19:22 PM »
But a rather nice “in your face” pronouncement to sports fans.  Who, I’m guessing, are not the most climate-aware population.  ;)
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« Reply #803 on: June 26, 2020, 07:40:29 PM »
So a rather elaborate Amazon advert.

Why so negative? This is a good thing. Climate awareness is going mainstream.

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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #804 on: June 26, 2020, 07:47:26 PM »
This is a good thing. Climate awareness is going mainstream.

Climate awareness is not where it belongs i.e. the governments of the world.

This is greenwashing, hence inherently not a good thing.

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« Reply #805 on: June 26, 2020, 07:52:46 PM »
This is a good thing. Climate awareness is going mainstream.

Climate awareness is not where it belongs i.e. the governments of the world.

This is greenwashing, hence inherently not a good thing.

But if more people are convinced the threat is real and needs to be tackled, then governments are more likely to enable legislation that does so (because even if they don’t personally believe it, they want to get re-elected).  And it simply improves the odds that any elected official will believe that way.
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #806 on: June 26, 2020, 08:01:03 PM »
Dude could buy some lobbyists - would have way more impact. But this happens behind closed doors, not suited as a greenwashing campaign.

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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #807 on: June 26, 2020, 09:03:48 PM »
We're in a war and human civilization hangs in the balance. I'm going to celebrate the little victories like this and Tuesday's Democratic primary results along the way.

The cavalry is coming. Perhaps too late. Perhaps not.

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« Reply #808 on: June 27, 2020, 08:47:48 PM »
3 climate scientists have just published a paper in which they say consensus science has bottled it.

A factor of two: how the mitigation plans of ‘climate progressive’ nations fall far short of Paris-compliant pathways
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ABSTRACT
The Paris Agreement establishes an international covenant to reduce emissions in line with holding the increase in temperature to ‘well below 2°C … and to pursue … 1.5°C.’ Global modelling studies have repeatedly concluded that such commitments can be delivered through technocratic adjustments to contemporary society, principally price mechanisms driving technical change. However, as emissions have continued to rise, so these models have come to increasingly rely on the extensive deployment of highly speculative negative emissions technologies (NETs). Moreover, in determining the mitigation challenges for industrialized nations, scant regard is paid to the language and spirit of equity enshrined in the Paris Agreement. If, instead, the mitigation agenda of ‘developed country Parties’ is determined without reliance on planetary scale NETs and with genuine regard for equity and ‘common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities’, the necessary rates of mitigation increase markedly. This is evident even when considering the UK and Sweden, two nations at the forefront of developing ‘progressive’ climate change legislation and with clear emissions pathways and/or quantitative carbon budgets. In both cases, the carbon budgets underpinning mitigation policy are halved, the immediate mitigation rate is increased to over 10% per annum, and the time to deliver a fully decarbonized energy system is brought forward to 2035-40. Such a challenging mitigation agenda implies profound changes to many facets of industrialized economies. This conclusion is not drawn from political ideology, but rather is a direct consequence of the international community’s obligations under the Paris Agreement and the small and rapidly dwindling global carbon budget.

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Without a belief in the successful deployment of planetary scale negative emissions technologies, double-digit annual mitigation rates are required of developed countries, from 2020, if they are to align their policies with the Paris Agreement’s temperature commitments and principles of equity.

Paris-compliant carbon budgets for developed countries imply full decarbonization of energy by 2035-40, necessitating a scale of change in physical infrastructure reminiscent of the post-Second World War Marshall Plan. This brings issues of values, measures of prosperity and socio-economic inequality to the fore.

The stringency of Paris-compliant pathways severely limits the opportunity for inter-sectoral emissions trading. Consequently aviation, as with all sectors, will need to identify policies to reduce emissions to zero, directly or through the use of zero carbon fuels.

The UK and Swedish governments’ emissions pathways imply a carbon budget of at least a factor of two greater than their fair contribution to delivering on the Paris Agreement’s 1.5-2°C commitment.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14693062.2020.1728209?scroll=top&needAccess=true

And here are extracts from a Guardian article that is even more forthright. One conclusion seems to be "it's the rich wot gets the pleasure, its the poor wot gets the blame".

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/26/leading-scientist-criticises-uk-over-its-climate-record
Government climate advisers running scared of change, says leading scientist
Rapid transformation needed, Kevin Anderson says, particularly in lifestyles of rich

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“Academics have done an excellent job in understanding and communicating climate science, but the same cannot be said in relation to reducing emissions,” said Anderson. “Here we have collectively denied the necessary scale of mitigation, running scared of calling for fundamental changes to both our energy system and the lifestyles of high-energy users. Our paper brings this failure into sharp focus.”

Shortly after the study was published, Anderson posted a warning on Twitter about what he described as a cosy consensus between senior academics, journalists and government scientists, who were unwilling to publicly acknowledge the urgent system-level transformation required to tackle the climate crisis.

He said: “Many senior academics, senior policymakers, basically the great and good of the climate world have decided that it is unhelpful to rock the status quo boat and therefore choose to work within that political paradigm – they’ll push it as hard as they think it can go, but they repeatedly step back from questioning the paradigm itself.”

Anderson said too many models for tackling climate change relied on “unproven technologies far in the future”, such as carbon capture and storage. “Perhaps we’ll be lucky and they will work at huge planetary scale – but it’s one hell of a gamble.”

He said the models also ignored the fact that it was the lifestyles of a relatively wealthy few that gave rise to the lion’s share of emissions.

“Globally the wealthiest 10% are responsible for half of all emissions, the wealthiest 20% for 70% of emissions. If regulations forced the top 10% to cut their emissions to the level of the average EU citizen, and the other 90% made no change in their lifestyles, that would still cut total emissions by a third.

“If we were serious about this crisis we could do this in a year – if we were really serious we could do it in a month, but we are not and our emissions just keep rising.”

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/26/leading-scientist-criticises-uk-over-its-climate-record
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #809 on: June 28, 2020, 01:28:58 PM »
"skepticalscience" has spotted an article describing how Facebook seems to have joined the Climate Science Denial Business

Zuckerberg is scum. Fact or opinion?

https://www.skepticalscience.com/2020-SkS-Weekly-News-Roundup_26.html
Facebook creates fact-checking exemption for climate deniers
Facebook is "aiding and abetting the spread of climate misinformation,” said Robert Brulle, an environmental sociologist at Drexel University.

& here is the link to the full article..
https://heated.world/p/facebook-creates-fact-checking-exemption
Facebook creates fact-checking exemption for climate deniers
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Facebook is "aiding and abetting the spread of climate misinformation,” said Robert Brulle, an environmental sociologist at Drexel University. “They have become the vehicle for climate misinformation, and thus should be held partially responsible for a lack of action on climate change.”

Brulle was reacting to Facebook's recent decision, made at the request of climate science deniers, to create a giant loophole in its fact-checking program. Last year, Facebook partnered with an organization, Science Feedback, that would bring in teams of Ph.D. climate scientists to evaluate the accuracy of viral content. It was an important expansion of the company's third-party fact-checking program.

But now Facebook has reportedly decided to allow its staffers to overrule the climate scientists and make any climate disinformation ineligible for fact-checking by deeming it "opinion."

The organization that requested the change, the CO2 Coalition, is celebrating, E&E news reported on Monday. The group, which has close ties to the fossil fuel industry, says its views on climate change are increasingly ignored by the mainstream media. Now it plans to use Facebook to aggressively push climate misinformation on the public—without having to worry about fact checks from climate scientists.

How it all started
A column published in the Washington Examiner in August 2019 claimed that "climate models" were a "failure" that predicted exponentially more warming of the earth than has occurred. The piece, co-authored by notorious climate science denier Pat Michaels, was quickly shared more than 2,000 times on Facebook.

There was just one issue: It wasn't true.

This is exactly the kind of mess that Facebook's network of independent fact-checkers is supposed to solve. In May 2019, Facebook partnered with Science Feedback, a site dedicated to explaining "why information is or is not consistent with the science." Science Feedback's process is extremely rigorous. Each piece has multiple reviewers, and each reviewer "holds a Ph.D. and has recently published articles in top-tier peer-reviewed science journals."

Five scientists reviewed the Washington Examiner article for Science Feedback. The scientists identified a number of problems with the piece: "false factual assertions, cherry-picking datasets that support their point, failing to account for uncertainties in those datasets, and failing to assess the performance of climate models in an objective and rigorous manner." The article was rated "false" by Science Feedback and logged in Facebook's system.

That should have been the end of the story. The Washington Examiner article should have had a warning overlaid each time it was shared on Facebook, and its distribution on Facebook should have been dramatically reduced.

But that's not what happened.

Instead, an organization affiliated with Michaels, the CO2 Coalition, wrote Zuckerberg and complained about Science Feedback's rating. Among other things, the coalition claims that Science Feedback's analysis amounted to "simple differences of opinion." The coalition asked Zuckerberg to "remove Facebook’s censorship, labeling, and restrictions on this article."

Amazingly, it worked. In September, Facebook removed the false rating, overruling the judgment of Science Feedback. According to the Wall Street Journal, Facebook found that the misinformation about climate models was an "opinion" and, therefore, not eligible for fact-checking.

Now, the CO2 Coalition has announced its intention to exploit this loophole to spread climate misinformation on Facebook.
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #810 on: June 28, 2020, 01:47:38 PM »
' Zuckerberg is scum ' .. my train of thought yesterday included the option of going back in time and changing the world of today .. I chose to help avoid Zuckerberg being . b.c.
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #811 on: June 28, 2020, 02:53:08 PM »
bc:
At least that is more original than asasinating Hitler.
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #812 on: June 28, 2020, 03:32:13 PM »
Anyone that gets their scientific information from Facebook, deserves what they get. 

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« Reply #813 on: June 28, 2020, 04:50:20 PM »
Anyone that gets their scientific information from Facebook, deserves what they get.


sadly , that seems to be most of my friends on facebook .. before , they used to show discernment , now they are parrots and trumpettes ..

and I certainly wouldn't want the moderator's job ..
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #814 on: June 28, 2020, 09:38:45 PM »
Perhaps we need a vote.

Zuckerg is scum.  -  Yes or NO.

But hang on, should the order be "No or Yes", or should the question be "Is Zuckerberg Scum" ?

Anyway, voting is so yesterday. So no vote.
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« Reply #815 on: June 28, 2020, 10:38:03 PM »
Zuckerg is scum.  -  Yes or NO.

Let's say someone steals a product, later makes billions of profit with it, later compensates the original owner with a fraction of PAST profits and continues to make billions for who knows how many years to come and get away with it.

THAT's Z'berg and it includes the answer to the Y/N question, a clear YES !

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« Reply #816 on: June 30, 2020, 03:18:30 AM »
The US Democratic Party is releasing their climate plan via the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jun/29/democrats-climate-crisis-carbon-emissions

Article Highlights:

538-page report (a lot to read)

Cut net US greenhouse gas emissions by 37% below 2010 levels in 2030, and 88% below 2010 levels in 2050. The remaining 12% of emissions cuts would have to come from hard-to-decarbonize sectors, including heavy-duty truck transportation, industry and agriculture.

Net-zero electricity by 2040.

Net-zero new buildings by 2030.

100% zero-emitting new vehicles to be sold by 2035.

Doubling funding for public transit.

End tax incentives for fossil fuel companies.

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« Reply #817 on: June 30, 2020, 10:51:12 PM »
In a major boost to climate change acceptance, Ireland's new Government includes the Green Party. The programme agrees to reduce CO2 emissions by 7 percent per annum on average, over the next 10 years. Pity their term is only 5 years 🙄

What the Greens need to do to make their mark in Government (via @IrishTimes) https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/what-the-greens-need-to-do-to-make-their-mark-in-government-1.4290951
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #819 on: July 05, 2020, 07:34:04 PM »
Nice article. Shows that we should also put limits on corporations (personal wealth limits are not enough). Lots of low hanging fruit too if we only had different politicians.

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« Reply #820 on: July 09, 2020, 03:05:55 AM »
Denmark trying to make it illegal for their government to fail to achieve interim goals on climate.

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20200706-the-law-that-could-make-climate-change-illegal

The Danish law has several safeguards to this end. Every year, the government will need to find a majority parliamentary approval of its global and national climate strategies. “The government will be held to account every year by the parliament,” says Dan Jørgensen, Denmark’s climate and energy minister. “If you’re not on track, the parliament can say, ‘Well, sorry, you’re not on track so you don’t get a majority.’ In theory, that will lead to a government having to step down.”

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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #821 on: July 19, 2020, 12:48:02 PM »
It's been 124 years since Arrhenius published calculations showing increased CO2 would raise the temperature by 4+ °C. 124 years we've had to act. O n e h u n d r e d t w e n t y f o u r years!

On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground

Link >> https://zenodo.org/record/1431217#.XxM6USgzY2x

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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #822 on: July 19, 2020, 06:57:00 PM »
It's been 124 years since Arrhenius published calculations showing increased CO2 would raise the temperature by 4+ °C. 124 years we've had to act. O n e h u n d r e d t w e n t y f o u r years!

On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground

Link >> https://zenodo.org/record/1431217#.XxM6USgzY2x

Well, it took longer than that for us to accept Copernicus’ finding that the earth revolved around the sun — which didn’t even require upending the way we lived.  CO2 and heat being a threat to survival will soon be impossible to ignore.  And we’re overdue for a cycle of scientific renaissance, after the recent years of anti-science, ignorance and isolationism.
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #823 on: July 19, 2020, 07:12:41 PM »
But that was a different time (and a different problem).

Oil companies have known about the problem since the fifties so that is 70 years of ignoring a problem/funding propaganda.

And if oil companies can work it out then so could a government.

Since there is a case to be made that 1C was the max temp increase that was save we really should step up our efforts.

see short version of 1c max here:
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #824 on: July 19, 2020, 08:43:16 PM »
It's been 124 years since Arrhenius published calculations showing increased CO2 would raise the temperature by 4+ °C. 124 years we've had to act. O n e h u n d r e d t w e n t y f o u r years!

On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground

Link >> https://zenodo.org/record/1431217#.XxM6USgzY2x

Well, it took longer than that for us to accept Copernicus’ finding that the earth revolved around the sun — which didn’t even require upending the way we lived.  CO2 and heat being a threat to survival will soon be impossible to ignore.  And we’re overdue for a cycle of scientific renaissance, after the recent years of anti-science, ignorance and isolationism.
Apparently that was not true - at least in the Vatican. But since the ideology demanded that man was at the centre of the Universe.......
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #825 on: July 19, 2020, 08:57:20 PM »
PSA: The 15th or 16th centuries don´t really relate to What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #826 on: September 13, 2020, 11:41:22 PM »
Bill McKibben: "I think it's fair to say the message is starting to sink in. One wishes it hadn't taken this much time and this much trauma”
https://mobile.twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1305126838788911104
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #827 on: September 18, 2020, 08:03:55 PM »
Five States Have Filed Climate Change Lawsuits, Seeking Damages From Big Oil and Gas
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Connecticut and Delaware have joined a growing list of states, cities and counties that have filed climate change lawsuits against the fossil fuel industry, claiming oil and gas companies knew their products caused sea level rise and stronger hurricanes and willfully misled the public about those and other dangers related to global warming.

Connecticut's lawsuit, filed Monday, named ExxonMobil as a sole defendant, while the lawsuit filed on Friday by Delaware named 31 fossil fuel companies and trade groups. They joined Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Minnesota as states that have filed such litigation. ...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/14092020/climate-change-lawsuit-connecticut-deleware
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« Reply #828 on: September 21, 2020, 04:53:32 AM »
New worldwide Poll on climate change concern and need for action:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-54208995

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« Reply #829 on: September 21, 2020, 01:17:05 PM »
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But respondents had very different attitudes to the level of urgency required to tackle the problem.

Big majorities in poorer countries strongly agreed with tackling climate change with the same vigour as Covid-19.

However in richer nations, the support for rapid action was far more muted.

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Japan, Sweden, Australia, the US and UK all have less than 45% of respondents strongly agreeing with urgent action.

In Kenya, Mexico, Argentina, Turkey and Nigeria the figure was well above 70% in all of them
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The richer countries are also big the historical emitters and since they mostly got rich by centuries of exploitation we really have a moral obligation to lead the way in the energy transition and to help out the poorer countries.

In reality we are worrying about ´our growth´ while ignoring the already accrueing economic damages.
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #830 on: September 23, 2020, 05:23:24 PM »
Americans Say Tackling Climate Change Won't Hurt Economy: Poll
The report—shared exclusively with TIME—relies on a survey of 999 American adults between May and August and shows broad U.S. support for a range of climate policies. Significant majorities support tax incentives, carbon pricing and regulations as means to reduce emissions. More than 80% of Americans believe the U.S. should offer tax incentives for utilities that make power with renewable energy; more than 80% support key U.S. commitments under the Paris Agreement; and nearly two-thirds support a requirement for all cars to get at least 55 miles per gallon by 2025.
“It’s not like 52-48, or that kind of thing,” says Krosnick. “There are clear leanings.”

https://time.com/5892097/climate-change-not-too-expensive-poll/
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #831 on: September 24, 2020, 03:09:21 PM »
Bill McKibben: Holy heck!!!! Led by @c40cities, the mayors of Berlin, Bristol, Cape Town, Durban, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New Orleans, New York, Oslo, Pittsburgh, and Vancouver have "pledged to take all possible steps to divest city assets from fossil fuels.”
~ NYC and London did this already but most of these commitments are brand new and send a resounding signal. Thanks to all who pushed!
https://mobile.twitter.com/billmckibben/status/1308406878997749760

Mayors of 12 Major Cities Commit to Divest From Fossil Fuel Companies, Invest in Green and Just Recovery from COVID-19 Crisis
https://www.c40.org/press_releases/cities-commit-divest-invest

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Get to Net-Zero by Mid-Century? Even Some Global Oil and Gas Giants Think it Can Be Done
A report by a think tank whose members include the oil giants BP and Shell, as well as some environmental groups, suggests how it could be done and at what cost.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/17092020/net-zero-climate-change-report-oil-gas?amp
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« Reply #832 on: October 01, 2020, 03:08:39 PM »
Climate Change Risk Perceptions of Audiences in the Climate Change Blogosphere
by Christel W. van Eck, Bob C. Mulder and Sander van der Linden
Sustainability 2020, 12(19), 7990; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12197990
Published: 27 September 2020

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The Climate Change Risk Perception Model (CCRPM, Van der Linden, 2015) has been used to characterize public risk perceptions; however, little is known about the model’s explanatory power in other (online) contexts. In this study, we extend the model and investigate the risk perceptions of a unique audience: The polarized climate change blogosphere. In total, our model explained 84% of the variance in risk perceptions by integrating socio-demographic characteristics, cognitive factors, experiential processes, socio-cultural influences, and an additional dimension: Trust in scientists and blogs. Although trust and the scientific consensus are useful additions to the model, affect remains the most important predictor of climate change risk perceptions. Surprisingly, the relative importance of social norms and value orientations is minimal. Implications for risk and science communication are discussed.
I received this e-mail this morning:
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About a year ago you kindly participated in a survey on a climate change blog and you indicated that you want to be updated about the results. We are pleased to inform you that the first part of the research has been published in Sustainability. ... You can find the Open Access article here.
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From reading the paper, a few 'conclusions' jumped out:
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... Therefore, since once again the importance of emotions and affect in understanding risk perceptions of climate change is underscored, the need for future research focusing on how emotions can—and should—be addressed in climate change communications is paramount.

Fourth, the relative importance of socio-cultural influences on risk perceptions as a whole is minimal compared to the contribution of other dimensions. This finding goes somewhat against current academic scholarship, which stresses the importance of recognizing the role of social norms and human values in how climate change risk perceptions are formed, e.g., [37,39,65], but may speak to the unique composition of factors that predict the risk perceptions of blog audiences. Although the relative importance was minimal, biospheric values and descriptive norms were both significantly and positively related to climate change risk perceptions. Thus, audience members that hold biospheric values and perceive that others are taking action to help reduce the risk of climate change tend to view climate change as a greater risk. In contrast to Van der Linden [22] and Xie et al. [23], prescriptive norms was not a significant predictor of risk perceptions. Thus, although perceived consensus seems to be important in shaping perceptions of blog visitors [1], the extent to which audience members feel directly socially pressured to view climate change as a risk that requires action does not affect their risk perceptions. This finding suggests that audiences in the climate mainstream blogosphere are perhaps more inclined to view themselves as independent thinkers and therefore defer to other heuristics, such as trust in science.

In fact, the new dimension of trust is a useful addition to the model, as it accounted for a quarter of the total explained variance in risk perceptions. Trust in scientists was a positive and significant predictor of risk perceptions. Importantly and perhaps unsurprisingly, the predictive power of trust in climate mainstream blogs and distrust in climate skeptical blogs was even greater. Thus, this finding adds to the notion that the degree to which individuals trust certain media as a source of information about climate change is critical for understanding how climate change risk perceptions are formed [43].
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Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
« Reply #833 on: October 01, 2020, 05:40:58 PM »
Ah cool. There are a couple of us in that dataset.

This finding suggests that audiences in the climate mainstream blogosphere are perhaps more inclined to view themselves as independent thinkers and therefore defer to other heuristics, such as trust in science.

I guess a lot of us are also in it for the long haul and absorb quite a bit of science along the way.
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« Reply #834 on: October 10, 2020, 03:19:50 AM »
Dana Nuccitelli: "Some good news from the Global Warming's Six Americas team - more Americans are now both Alarmed (26%) and Concerned (28%) about climate change than Disengaged + Doubtful + Dismissive combined (25%), and (rightfully) Alarmed is way up over the past 5 years.”
https://mobile.twitter.com/dana1981/status/1314696037622112256
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« Reply #835 on: October 11, 2020, 09:44:54 PM »
Pope Urges Investors to Pull Capital from Companies Not Committed to Environment
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“One way to encourage this change is to lead companies towards the urgent need to commit to the integral care of our common home, excluding from investments companies that do not meet (these) parameters ... and rewarding those that (do),” he said.

Pope Francis spoke in a video message for an online event “Countdown Global Launch, A Call to Action on Climate Change,” according to Reuters. He said the pandemic highlighted the need to tackle the climate crisis and related, social challenges.

“The current economic system is unsustainable. We are faced with a moral imperative ... to rethink many things,” he said, listing means of production, consumerism, waste, indifference to the poor, and harmful energy sources.

“Science tells us, every day with more precision, that we need to act urgently ... if we are to have any hope of avoiding radical and catastrophic climate change,” he said.

Pope Francis said that we need to act in 3 directions:
  • better education about the environment,
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  • access to clean water, and a transition away from fossil fuels.
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« Reply #836 on: October 12, 2020, 06:32:52 PM »
Pope Francis: ‘We must act now’ on climate
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The pope, who recently published a new encyclical arguing for social unity, believes that we need to start with education about environmental problems based on science. We need to ensure that everyone has access to clean water and sustainably produced food. And we need to transition to clean, renewable energy, with a focus on meeting the needs of the poor and people who have to move to new jobs in the energy sector.
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« Reply #837 on: October 13, 2020, 12:36:11 AM »
Conservative Utah leaders voice support for climate action
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“If you shape the market in the right way, it will do what you want,” he said. “If you incentivize the market to give you dirty air, it will do that. But if you incentivize it to give you clean air and products and companies that can thrive by selling climate-friendly and green energy solutions, it will do that for you, too. And it will do it at scale.”
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Japan Pledges to Achieve Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 in Post-Abe Agenda
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(TOKYO) — Japan will achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared Monday, outlining an ambitious agenda as the country struggles to balance economic and pandemic concerns.
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The European Union and Britain have already set similar targets for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, and China recently announced it would become carbon-free by 2060. Japan previously targeted a 80% reduction by 2050.

Suga portrayed the need to shift away from fossil fuels to counter climate change as an opportunity rather than a burden.

“Global warming measures are no longer obstacles for economic growth, but would lead to industrial and socio-economic reforms and a major growth,” he said. “We need to change our mindset.”

Japan’s current energy plan, set in 2018, calls for 22-24% of its energy to come from renewables, 20-22% from nuclear power and 56% from fossil fuels such as oil, coal and gas.

Progress toward reducing reliance on fossil fuels has been hindered due to the prolonged closures of most of Japan’s nuclear plants after the meltdown of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant due to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in the northeastern Tohoku region.

Energy experts are now discussing revisions to Japan’s basic energy plan for 2030 and 2050. The 2050 emissions-free target would require drastic changes and likely prompt calls for more nuclear plant restarts.

About 40% of Japan’s carbon emissions come from power companies, and they must use more renewable sources of energy while stepping up development of technologies using hydrogen, ammonia and other carbon-free resources, experts say. ...
https://time.com/5903779/japan-carbon-free-2050/
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« Reply #839 on: October 28, 2020, 08:10:59 PM »
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Vancouver’s climate emergency plan to cost $500 million
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The city’s proposed “climate emergency action plan” that goes before city council next week for adoption is estimated to cost $500 million, if implemented over the next five years.

Funds would come from existing and future capital plans, new fees and charges from climate emergency measures such as pricing drivers for trips downtown and contributions from senior levels of government and other partners.

The recommended shifts outlined in the 371-page report to reduce carbon pollution in Vancouver rely heavily on buy-in from businesses and residents at a considerable cost.

“The resident and business investments in solutions, such as electric vehicles and heat pumps, that occur between 2021 and 2030 in response to the climate emergency action plan and [the provincial government’s climate plan] CleanBC are estimated at $1.27 billion,” the report said.

“Those investments, in turn, generate savings estimated at $2.25 billion over the life of the investments, for a net resident and business savings of $980 million.”

The plan emphasizes numerous non-financial benefits in addition to the $980 million in savings, including “continuing to grow Vancouver’s green economy as workers and businesses develop their skills and supply chains for zero emissions mobility and buildings.”

In addition, the report said, a move to a less polluted city would improve residents’ health through reduced pollution and noise, encourage more active lifestyles and reduce “climate adaptation costs the city faces from climate change impacts, such as storm flooding, extreme heat, and wildfire smoke.”

Measures expected to get pushback from residents are those aimed at making driving and parking more expensive while building up infrastructure to promote more trips by walking, cycling and riding transit. ...
https://www.vancouverisawesome.com/vancouver-news/vancouvers-climate-emergency-plan-to-cost-500-million-2830582
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