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Title: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 15, 2015, 03:46:52 PM
What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action

News about Climate Change Acceptance, or related activity, doesn't always seem to fit well under the other threads.  Taking a tip from the Arctic Sea Ice section :) , now here's a place for it.


Climate Change Is Getting Its Own Museum
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So what exactly is at the core of this mission? A museum based in New York City that chronicles the global and local impacts of climate change, the possible solutions and the connections that exist between every visitor to the museum and the world around them.

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/climate-change-museum-19341 (http://www.climatecentral.org/news/climate-change-museum-19341)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 17, 2015, 05:03:54 PM
Millions To Be Spent To Protect Sewage Plants From Effects Of Climate Change
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Many sewer plants are gravity-fed operations that, by necessity, are in low-lying areas vulnerable to flooding. Protecting plants can involve building berms, providing alternative electrical sources and changing the location of key control units and pumping stations.

http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-state-storm-surge-protections-20150816-story.html (http://www.courant.com/politics/hc-state-storm-surge-protections-20150816-story.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tor Bejnar on August 18, 2015, 04:01:45 AM
Fox News' inner struggle with climate misinformation (http://www.skepticalscience.com/fox-news-inner-struggle-with-climate-misinformation.html)

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Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has been one of the few voices on the network willing to accept the scientific reality of human-caused climate change.
I wouldn't have believed it!
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Neven on August 18, 2015, 10:08:39 AM
I was also surprised when reading the article on The Guardian.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 18, 2015, 12:49:07 PM
1,000 Activists Join Together to Say No to Big Coal
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In a huge moment for the international fight against dirty energy more than 1,000 people joined together this weekend in Rhineland, Germany to stop some of the world’s biggest coal-diggers in their tracks—RWE.

http://ecowatch.com/2015/08/17/say-no-to-big-coal/ (http://ecowatch.com/2015/08/17/say-no-to-big-coal/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 18, 2015, 03:02:05 PM
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@350: Muslim leaders from 20 countries convene in Istanbul to draft Climate Declaration http://t.co/jvOEqEaOEA (http://t.co/jvOEqEaOEA) #Muslims4Climate
https://twitter.com/350/status/633220234342739968 (https://twitter.com/350/status/633220234342739968)


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We call on the people of all nations and their leaders to –

Aim to phase out greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible in order to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere;
Commit themselves to 100 % renewable energy and/or a zero emissions strategy as early as possible, to mitigate the environmental impact of their activities;
Invest in decentralized renewable energy, which is the best way to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development;
Realize that to chase after unlimited economic growth in a planet that is finite and already overloaded is not viable. Growth must be pursued wisely and in moderation; placing a priority on increasing the resilience of all, and especially the most vulnerable, to the climate change impacts already underway and expected to continue for many years to come.
Set in motion a fresh model of wellbeing, based on an alternative to the current financial model which depletes resources, degrades the environment, and deepens inequality.
Prioritise adaptation efforts with appropriate support to the vulnerable countries with the least capacity to adapt. And to vulnerable groups, including indigenous peoples, women and children.

http://islamicclimatedeclaration.org/islamic-declaration-on-global-climate-change/ (http://islamicclimatedeclaration.org/islamic-declaration-on-global-climate-change/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 18, 2015, 09:08:29 PM
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@PalmerBrian: Danish power plant will spew a ring of steam to mark each ton of CO2 emitted. @Slate http://t.co/YUor6BRrvj (http://t.co/YUor6BRrvj) http://t.co/OpnAnvBdTQ (http://t.co/OpnAnvBdTQ)

The Attached Ski Slope Isn’t Even the Coolest Part of Denmark’s Newest Power Plant
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2015/08/18/big_bjarke_ingels_waste_to_energy_power_plant_includes_a_ski_slope_and_will.html (http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2015/08/18/big_bjarke_ingels_waste_to_energy_power_plant_includes_a_ski_slope_and_will.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 18, 2015, 09:32:41 PM
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@insideclimate: 24hrs after approval, more than 225k people have signed a petition asking #Obama to reconsider Arctic drilling http://t.co/LEXkcU138a (http://t.co/LEXkcU138a) …

https://twitter.com/insideclimate/status/633695427318124544 (https://twitter.com/insideclimate/status/633695427318124544) 


President Obama - Don't Risk an Arctic Oil Disaster That Could Kill Polar Bears and Whales
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We don't have much time. Please take a moment right now to urge President Obama to reverse his administration's decision to green-light Shell's reckless drilling.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/111/042/276/ (http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/111/042/276/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 23, 2015, 03:16:13 AM
Here’s How The U.S. Government Plans To Cut Emissions From Landfills
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The Environmental Protection Agency announced plans Friday that aim to reduce landfill emissions of methane and other greenhouse gases by nearly a third, in an attempt to more tightly regulate a sector that accounts for nearly a fifth of total U.S. methane emissions.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/08/17/3692230/epa-methane-emissions-landfill-plan/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/08/17/3692230/epa-methane-emissions-landfill-plan/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 25, 2015, 02:11:54 AM
Joe Romm finds reason for optimism.

9 Years Of Climate Progress And 3 Big Reasons To Celebrate
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We have a long way to go to preserve a livable climate, a long way to go to make sure all of our great coastal cities — including New Orleans itself — don’t suffer the same devastation Katrina brought. But we have finally seen some genuine climate progress — especially compared to our previous “no strategy” strategy of keeping our foot on the accelerator as we headed toward the cliff of catastrophic warming while wishing for some miraculous technological deus ex machina to save us.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/08/24/3693831/katrina-climate-progress/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/08/24/3693831/katrina-climate-progress/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 25, 2015, 02:50:29 AM
Too late: Pacific Island leaders warn climate change fallout leaves island nations struggling ahead of Paris talks
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-23/pacific-leaders-repeat-climate-warnings/6717878 (http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-23/pacific-leaders-repeat-climate-warnings/6717878)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 25, 2015, 03:12:20 AM
Drawing a line in the sand: The movement victory at Ende Gelände opens up the road of disobedience for Paris
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This changes everything

In that brief day everything changed for the European climate justice movement.  Thousands experienced a collective power rarely felt within the competitive obedient individualism of capitalism. I have never seen so many people jump so far out of their comfort zones and take direct action for the first time. Never have I been part of such disciplined determined disobedience, whose tone seemed so perfectly balanced. It was neither the hard core, macho – ‘I’m more radical than thou’ approach, nor was it the paternalistic judgmental trap of polite pacifism.  Ende Gelände merged direct action, which is about disruption and gaining direct results (stopping the mine) with civil disobedience which is often simply about performing an “illegal” act for the purpose of appealing to authority. In so doing it feels a new form of tactics and culture of action could re-emerged. As the civil rights movements knew so well, it’s not by convincing people, just shifting consciousness, that society changes, it is by forcing corporations to lose money.  In their case it was the segregated bus companies, shops and restaurants. In ours it is the fossil fuel companies and the network of finance that supports them.  Ende Gelände must have cost the state and RWE a lot that day.
https://labofii.wordpress.com/2015/08/23/drawing-a-line-in-the-sand-the-movement-victory-at-ende-gelande-opens-up-the-road-of-disobedience-for-paris/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 26, 2015, 12:43:03 AM
Climate Change: A Warning From Islam
By Bill McKibben
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The real effect of documents like these, though, is less immediate policy shifts than a change in the emotional climate. Most of us identify with one or several groups—Islam or Christendom, our alma mater or our union. As these begin to emphasize an issue, it becomes easier to make it part of our mental furniture. (This is also why it matters when celebrities engage with political issues.) It’s not necessarily that we take what the pope says as Gospel, or decide that because our university sold its fossil fuel stocks we will do likewise; it’s that these things normalize action, moving it from the category of “something that activists want” to “something obvious.” That’s the phase we’re reaching right now in the climate fight.
http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2015/aug/24/climate-change-warning-islam/ (http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2015/aug/24/climate-change-warning-islam/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 26, 2015, 12:57:22 AM
For Pope Francis’s Washington D.C. visit, environmental rally of up to 200K planned
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Several environmental groups are planning a major climate rally that will draw hundreds of thousands to the National Mall on Sept. 24, the day Pope Francis speaks to Congress and is expected to address the public afterwards.

The permit for the gathering — which will make the moral case for reducing greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming — is for 200,000 people. The Moral Action on Climate Network, along with the Earth Day Network, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club and other groups, have timed the rally on the Mall  the same day of the pope’s speech.  House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said the pope “has expressed an interest” in making an appearance on the Capitol’s West Front.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/08/25/for-pope-franciss-d-c-visit-environmental-rally-of-up-to-200k-planned/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/08/25/for-pope-franciss-d-c-visit-environmental-rally-of-up-to-200k-planned/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 28, 2015, 08:08:20 PM
Run for your lives, climate campaigners are sophisticated and can tie their own shoelaces
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2015/aug/28/run-for-your-lives-climate-campaigners-are-sophisticated-and-can-tie-their-own-shoe-laces (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2015/aug/28/run-for-your-lives-climate-campaigners-are-sophisticated-and-can-tie-their-own-shoe-laces)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 28, 2015, 09:23:09 PM
Brooklyn Startup Tackles Global Health with a Cleaner Stove
A new company, BioLite, aims to reduce indoor pollution for the more than 3 billion people in the developing world who cook over a dirty open fire.
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/25082015/brooklyn-startup-tackles-global-health-cleaner-cooking-stove-emissions-biolite (http://insideclimatenews.org/news/25082015/brooklyn-startup-tackles-global-health-cleaner-cooking-stove-emissions-biolite)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 29, 2015, 03:28:38 PM
Carbon Emissions From U.S. Power Plants Hit 27-Year Low
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U.S. power plants emitted less carbon dioxide — 128 million metric tons — in April than at any point in since April 1988, according to new U.S. Energy Information Administration data.

That continues a long-term trend of declining electric power sector carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. that began after they peaked at about 250 million metric tons in the summer of 2007. April is the month each year when power plants emit the least carbon dioxide because heating and cooling demand is very low in the early spring.
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April’s low emissions numbers happened because, for the first time in history, electricity production from natural gas surpassed electricity produced from coal, which produces greater than 70 percent more carbon emissions than natural gas when it is burned. That happened only for one month, but as more coal-fired power plants are retired because of environmental regulations and low natural gas prices, the EIA expects more and more electricity to be produced from natural gas. Electricity production from natural gas has tripled since April 1988.
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Each passing month increases the probability that natural gas will once again surpass coal as the nation’s dominant fuel for electricity production, especially as more coal-fired power plants are retired, he said.

Alternative energy sources were also factors in the downward trend of carbon emissions this year, according to the EIA. Nuclear power generation was 3 percent greater during the first four months of this year over the previous year and renewable power production increased 2 percent during that time over the first four months of 2014.

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/power-plant-emissions-hit-low-19389 (http://www.climatecentral.org/news/power-plant-emissions-hit-low-19389)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 29, 2015, 07:18:44 PM
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The vast majority of global citizens - almost 80 per cent - feel very concerned about the impacts of climate change, whilst two out of three citizens think that climate action is an opportunity to improve their quality of life.

Largest Ever Citizen Consultation on Climate Change
#WWViews Report Summarized
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/largest-ever-citizen-consultation-on-climate/ (http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/largest-ever-citizen-consultation-on-climate/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 30, 2015, 02:44:02 AM
Why Big Corporations Like Gap And eBay Are Mobilizing for climate change action
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This week, California legislators received a pair of letters signed by dozens of corporations in support of two bills that would require the state to further reduce its greenhouse gas emissions through 2050. In both letters, the firms say tackling climate change is "one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century."
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SB 350 calls for a 50 percent reduction in petroleum use, and a 50 percent increase in energy efficiency in existing buildings, as well as 50 percent of utility power to come from renewable energy by 2030. SB 32 would require the state to further slash greenhouse gas emissions -- to 80 percent below 1990 levels -- through 2050.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-corporations-are-on-board-with-climate-change-policy_55dde804e4b08cd3359e2704 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/california-corporations-are-on-board-with-climate-change-policy_55dde804e4b08cd3359e2704)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 01, 2015, 03:00:43 AM
General Mills Takes Climate Change Seriously Because You Can’t Make Wheaties Without Wheat
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On Monday, General Mills — the sixth-largest food company in the world — announced plans to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent by 2025.

The announcement comes at a time when a growing number of major food companies are pledging to take more steps to encourage sustainability throughout their businesses. But General Mills’ plan is slightly unique, because it seeks to reduce carbon emissions throughout the company’s entire supply chain, from farm to landfill — a first for major food companies.
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Within its own operations, General Mills announced it would invest more than $100 million towards clean energy and energy efficiency, in its manufacturing plants and throughout its transportation system. General Mills will also work to reduce emissions within its operations by using less cardboard and plastic in its packaging. The company has been working to curb its own greenhouse gas emissions since 2005, and has managed to decrease levels over the past decade by 13 percent.

But it also acknowledged that much of the greenhouse gas emissions related to its supply chain comes from places outside of its factories — from the farms where its raw materials are sourced. In 2013, General Mills committed to sourcing its 10 priority ingredients from sustainable sources by 2020. Under its new climate plan, the company promised to source products from an additional 250,000 acres of organic production by 2020.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/08/31/3696953/general-mills-climate-emissions-reduction-plan/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/08/31/3696953/general-mills-climate-emissions-reduction-plan/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 01, 2015, 03:55:02 PM
Obama says urgent and immediate action needed to fight climate change
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"Any so-called leader who does not take this issue seriously, or treats it like a joke, is not fit to lead," he continued. "It will not be easy. There are hard questions to answer ... but if we unite our highest aspirations, if we make our best efforts to protect this planet for future generations, we can solve this problem."
http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/08/31/Obama-says-urgent-and-immediate-action-needed-to-fight-climate-change/3111441046953/ (http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2015/08/31/Obama-says-urgent-and-immediate-action-needed-to-fight-climate-change/3111441046953/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 05, 2015, 12:34:47 PM
Underwater sculptures emerge from Thames in climate change protest
Jason deCaires Taylor’s four horsemen of the apocalypse, close to Houses of Parliament, are political comment on impact of fossil fuels
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While the bodies of the figures and horses are moulded from real life, each of the horses’ heads has been replaced by the “horse head” of an oilwell pump – a political comment on the impact of fossil fuels on our planet.
http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/sep/02/underwater-sculptures-thames-london (http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/sep/02/underwater-sculptures-thames-london)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 05, 2015, 06:48:40 PM
The Environmental Defense Fund has a ten-point plan for "turning the corner" on climate change:
https://www.edf.org/card/we-can-reduce-climate-pollution (https://www.edf.org/card/we-can-reduce-climate-pollution)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 08, 2015, 03:21:42 PM
"The New Climate Economy"

Press release: Low-carbon cities are a US$17 trillion opportunity worldwide
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Washington/London, September 8, 2015: New research from the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low emission transport, building efficiency, and waste management in cities could generate savings with a current value of US$17 trillion by 2050. These low-carbon investments could also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2e per year by 2030, more than the current annual emissions of India.

With complementary national policies such as support for low-carbon innovation, reduced fossil fuel subsidies, and carbon pricing, the savings could be as high as US$22 trillion.

“The steps that cities take to shrink their carbon footprints also reduce their energy costs, improve public health, and help them attract new residents and businesses,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. “This report can help accelerate the progress cities are making in all of these areas, by highlighting smart policies and encouraging cooperation through efforts like the Compact of Mayors.”

The report recommends that cities commit to low-carbon urban development strategies by 2020. It also recommends cities commit to the Compact of Mayors, a global coalition of mayors and city officials pledging to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, enhance resilience to climate change, and track their progress transparently. More than 130 cities – representing more than 220 million people – have already committed to the Compact of Mayors and will be setting ambitious emissions reduction targets and reporting publicly.
http://newclimateeconomy.net/content/press-release-low-carbon-cities-are-us17-trillion-opportunity-worldwide (http://newclimateeconomy.net/content/press-release-low-carbon-cities-are-us17-trillion-opportunity-worldwide)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 10, 2015, 07:57:52 PM
Court refuses to block Obama's Clean Power Plan
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A federal appeals court declined requests Wednesday to block the Obama administration’s landmark climate rule for power plants.

In a short, two-paragraph order filed just after 5 p.m., the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that West Virginia, more than a dozen other states and a coal-mining company do not qualify for a judicial stay that would stop the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from implementing the regulation until the litigation is complete.
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/253143-court-refuses-to-block-obama-climate-rule (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/253143-court-refuses-to-block-obama-climate-rule)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 10, 2015, 09:48:18 PM
World Council of Churches at International Divestment Conference:
“The logic of divestment couldn’t be simpler: if it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.”
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With just two months before the crucial United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21), an International Divestment Conference was held in Paris, on 1 September, where Rev. Henrik Grape represented the World Council of Churches (WCC) as a key speaker.

“The logic of divestment couldn’t be simpler: if it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage,” said Grape.

The conference focused on the growing movement to withdraw investments from fossil fuels that create emissions causing climate change, and to invest in sustainable energy.
http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/wcc-at-international-divestment-conference-in-paris (http://www.oikoumene.org/en/press-centre/news/wcc-at-international-divestment-conference-in-paris)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 11, 2015, 01:33:53 PM
Alberta Environment Minister Shannon Phillips wants to close some coal plants early.  But the company running the plants says higher electricity prices will result, and demands compensation.
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/touch/story.html?id=11350937 (http://www.edmontonjournal.com/touch/story.html?id=11350937)

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Buddy on September 11, 2015, 03:14:42 PM
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“The logic of divestment couldn’t be simpler: if it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.”

It's pretty tough to say it more clearly and effectively as they did...

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 11, 2015, 08:10:04 PM
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“The logic of divestment couldn’t be simpler: if it’s wrong to wreck the climate, it’s wrong to profit from that wreckage.”

It's pretty tough to say it more clearly and effectively as they did...
That was the first time I'd seen that quote, but now I find Bill McKibben used it in November 2013 -- if not before.  This link from the (formerly his) 350.org website has it:
http://gofossilfree.org/do-the-math-fossil-fuel-investments-add-up-to-climate-chaos/ (http://gofossilfree.org/do-the-math-fossil-fuel-investments-add-up-to-climate-chaos/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 11, 2015, 08:13:01 PM
University of California Springs Divestment Surprise
One of the nation’s largest university systems announced it has shed some of its fossil fuel investment from its endowment and pension funds -- $200 million in coal and oil sands holdings.
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The University of California—one of the largest university systems in the world—is made up of 10 campuses and 238,000 students. The school's investment portfolio is made up of five funds totaling about $98 billion. School officials say all direct holdings in coal and oil sands have been sold from these funds, but the school's indirect holdings may still be tied up in such companies.
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/10092015/university-california-springs-divestment-surprise-fossil-fuels-coal (http://insideclimatenews.org/news/10092015/university-california-springs-divestment-surprise-fossil-fuels-coal)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 12, 2015, 04:40:59 PM
To Paris... and beyond.

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Nearly 2,000 people attended an evening event in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday night (with thousands more joining online) in order to hear 350.org explain the strategy and thinking behind the next phase of the group's ongoing international climate campaign, including a series of actions leading up to the UN climate summit in Paris later this year — as well as a bold vision that goes well beyond.
McKibben: "...use mass action and divestment to keep turning off dirty energy, and turn on cheap, clean renewable power all over the world."

http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/09/11/offon-climate-leaders-present-next-bold-phase-global-action (http://www.commondreams.org/news/2015/09/11/offon-climate-leaders-present-next-bold-phase-global-action)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 12, 2015, 05:50:39 PM
Shell leaves climate project it helped set up amid Arctic drilling row
Campaign against Shell’s drilling off coast of Alaska leads to company’s exit from Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leader Group
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/10/shell-leaves-climate-project-it-helped-found-amid-arctic-drilling-row (http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/sep/10/shell-leaves-climate-project-it-helped-found-amid-arctic-drilling-row)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 12, 2015, 06:52:35 PM
The rise, fall and future of the cleantech industry
http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/09/the-rise-fall-future-of-cleantech-industry/ (http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/09/the-rise-fall-future-of-cleantech-industry/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 12, 2015, 09:51:59 PM
2015: This is the year humans finally got serious about saving themselves from themselves.
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Those who have consigned the world to its doom should reconsider. The technological and political underpinnings are at last in place to actually consummate the first global pact to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. The world is suddenly responding to the climate emergency with — by the standards of its previous behavior — astonishing speed. The game is not over. And the good guys are starting to win.
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/09/sunniest-climate-change-story-ever-read.html# (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/09/sunniest-climate-change-story-ever-read.html#)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 14, 2015, 06:04:46 PM
About that article in #33 above...:

Jon Chait wrote an optimistic take on climate change. Is it justified?
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Jonathan Chait has a big cover story on climate change in New York Magazine: "This Is the Year Humans Finally Got Serious About Saving Themselves From Themselves." As the title indicates, it is an optimistic take on the state of the climate fight.

Several people have asked what I think of it.  ....
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Everything in the realm of political possibility today is woefully inadequate to the challenge of climate change. From that perspective, it's all a bunch of craven, corporatist, sheeple-distracting nonsense, unworthy of praise and a far cry from grounds for optimism. They refuse to grade on a curve.

But if you cast that big net over the entire political process, you miss a lot of important nuances and distinctions. You might be right on climate change but you will not be a particularly effective or insightful participant in the political process, where everything is measured against the status quo, not the ideal.

Others prefer to assess sociopolitical progress in the context of a particular historical trajectory, a particular set of institutions, and a particular political economy. From that perspective, any progress that breaks free of the extraordinary weight of status quo bias is a win —it is, explicitly, grading on a curve.

Which interpretive community you choose largely reduces to temperament and tribal affiliation. Both are correct in their own way. Chait's piece measures progress against the baseline status quo, and I will mostly assess his premises from that perspective.
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Overall optimism verdict: 7

Based on the complex mathematical modeling underlying my plausibility scale (please see appendices for more), and assessed from the standpoint of present-day political economy, Chait's piece receives an overall optimism plausibility score of 7, which is pretty dang high. It's certainly a hell of a lot higher than would have been possible even a few years ago.

http://www.vox.com/2015/9/13/9313727/chait-climate-optimism (http://www.vox.com/2015/9/13/9313727/chait-climate-optimism)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 16, 2015, 02:58:36 AM
Largest Cities In The U.S. And China Set New Climate Targets
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Cities, states, and provinces from the world’s biggest superpowers — and by far the world’s biggest carbon emitters — just pledged to reduce their carbon emissions at a summit in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

The pledges vary widely by locality. California officials reiterated pledges to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels and generate a third of the state’s electricity from renewable resources by 2020. Phoenix pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent over a 2005 baseline and create the largest municipal fleet of alternative fuel vehicles in the country. Carmel, Indiana, will add 30 new roundabouts, which decrease car emissions and electricity for traffic lights. That city will also reduce its overall emissions by 40 percent by 2040. Other participating places include Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Seattle, Portland, Houston, Salt Lake City, Lancaster (California), New York, Oakland, Des Moines, Miami Dade County, Phoenix, and San Francisco.

The 11 Chinese cities participating in the pledges, the “Alliance of Peaking Pioneer Cities,” will all peak their emissions by 2030, in line with national targets. Some, such as Beijing, Zhenjiang, and Guangzhou, will reach that goal a full decade earlier — by 2020.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/09/15/3701569/chinese-us-cities-announce-targets/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/09/15/3701569/chinese-us-cities-announce-targets/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 16, 2015, 03:09:07 AM
Trade unions and climate experts say ‘no jobs on a dead planet’
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Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation said:

"Without a just transition to a zero carbon future, there will be no jobs on a dead planet. Workers and their unions are ready to take a seat at the table with industry, with government. To tackle climate change we need everyone to ensure our countries and our economies have a sustainable future."

By calling for action, working people are joining others from all walks of life, including  faith communities, businesses and investors, who are pushing governments to leave fossil fuels behind and make a sustainable move to a fully renewable energy powered economy
http://tcktcktck.org/2015/09/trade-unions-and-climate-experts-say-no-jobs-on-a-dead-planet/ (http://tcktcktck.org/2015/09/trade-unions-and-climate-experts-say-no-jobs-on-a-dead-planet/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 16, 2015, 07:11:41 PM
Canada.

The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Caring for the Earth and One Another
'This our sacred duty to those this country harmed in the past, to those suffering needlessly in the present and to all who have a right to a bright and safe future.'
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/09/15/leap-manifesto-call-caring-earth-and-one-another (http://www.commondreams.org/views/2015/09/15/leap-manifesto-call-caring-earth-and-one-another)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 17, 2015, 02:08:56 PM
From London, an interview with Craig Bennett, new chief executive of Friends of the Earth.
http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/09/the-carbon-brief-interview-craig-bennett/ (http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/09/the-carbon-brief-interview-craig-bennett/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 17, 2015, 05:07:07 PM
Which Cities In the World Are Closest to Nixing Fossil Fuels?
Across the globe, cities are tackling climate change by shifting away from fossil fuels. Yet a survey shows they’re now at very different stages.
 http://news.nationalgeographic.com/energy/2015/09/150917-which-cities-are-closest-to-nixing-fossil-fuels/ (http://news.nationalgeographic.com/energy/2015/09/150917-which-cities-are-closest-to-nixing-fossil-fuels/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 17, 2015, 06:16:27 PM
Republicans!

These House Republicans Are Joining The Pope And Calling For Climate Action
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Ten Republican representatives have reportedly signed on to a call for action on climate change, a move that’s a dramatic departure from their caucus, but broadly in line with the views of the American public.

Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) will sponsor the resolution, which is expected to be released Thursday, ahead of Pope Francis’ Congressional speech next week. The pope is expected to specifically address climate change while in Washington.
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Gibson has said the resolution will have three key elements: recognizing that human activity contributes to global warming, acknowledging future impacts, and committing to address greenhouse gas emissions in “economically viable ways,” ClimateWire reported.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/09/16/3702014/republicans-thaw-on-climate-change/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/09/16/3702014/republicans-thaw-on-climate-change/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 17, 2015, 09:50:42 PM
This article has the full text of the Republican resolution, and an analysis of stronger statements that did not make the final draft.
http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/as-presidential-debaters-dodge-climate-10-house-republicans-resolve-to-pursue-environmental-stewardship/ (http://dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/as-presidential-debaters-dodge-climate-10-house-republicans-resolve-to-pursue-environmental-stewardship/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 18, 2015, 01:30:09 AM
There’s Now A Way To Find Out How Much Of Your Retirement Is Invested In Fossil Fuels
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/09/17/3702007/fossil-free-funds-tool/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/09/17/3702007/fossil-free-funds-tool/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 20, 2015, 07:49:24 PM
President Obama Urged to End Fossil Fuel Leases on Public Land
More than 400 organizations have joined together, calling for the president to marry his statements about protecting the climate with policy.
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/14092015/president-obama-urged-end-fossil-fuel-leases-public-land-environment-climate (http://insideclimatenews.org/news/14092015/president-obama-urged-end-fossil-fuel-leases-public-land-environment-climate)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 21, 2015, 01:36:24 PM
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@ClimateGroup: TODAY @ClimateWeekNYC begins! There are 100+ events across NYC & online. Join us: http://t.co/rzdnN6OdZu (http://t.co/rzdnN6OdZu) #CWNYC http://t.co/6I0nPN3w4A (http://t.co/6I0nPN3w4A)

https://twitter.com/climategroup/status/645915420352868352 (https://twitter.com/climategroup/status/645915420352868352)

http://www.climateweeknyc.org/events/ (http://www.climateweeknyc.org/events/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 21, 2015, 10:20:18 PM
Famous faces supporting climate change action.

The Important Message Behind All The Green Ribbons At The Emmys
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/09/21/3703671/emmys-green-ribbons-climate-change/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/09/21/3703671/emmys-green-ribbons-climate-change/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 23, 2015, 04:17:09 PM
Interesting counterpoint to the often-quoted belief that, "One person can't do anything about global warming."

Climate journalism bums people out. Here’s how to change that.
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Everyone who complains about how those of us who write about climate are total Debbie Downers? This study is just for you.
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All in all, the researchers found that attitudes around climate change resembled those found in a similar survey done in the United States by the American Geophysical Union more than 15 years ago. Pessimism was the research subjects’ default setting. They saw climate change as the result of thorny psychological forces deep within the human psyche: materialism! greed! laziness!

But underneath that pessimism was a yearning to believe that the problem could actually be solved — and that yearning was most likely to be activated by stories of individual people or small groups trying to improve the world.
Or, as the study puts it: “Reluctant cynicism is at its most fragile when faced with news about civic engagement and political action.”

http://grist.org/politics/climate-journalism-bums-people-out-heres-how-to-change-that/ (http://grist.org/politics/climate-journalism-bums-people-out-heres-how-to-change-that/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 24, 2015, 02:51:33 AM
New "Angry Birds" game teaches about climate change and solutions.
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Earth Day Network and Rovio Entertainment have released Angry Birds Champions for Earth, a week-long global tournament that challenges players to learn about the climate crisis and what they can do to solve it. The game is available for download in five languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Korean.

The tournament features special messages from global celebrities: Don Cheadle and Ian Somerhalder, Goodwill Ambassadors for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP); comedian Danny DeVito; Matt Damon; Indian superstars Anil and Sonam Kapoor; and members of Korean pop sensation VIXX.

During the game, these popular Champions invite Angry Birds players to compete against them on the leaderboard, share facts about climate change and encourage fans to take action.
http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=26844&ArticleID=35441&l=en#sthash.vvTIqSC1.dpuf (http://www.unep.org/newscentre/Default.aspx?DocumentID=26844&ArticleID=35441&l=en#sthash.vvTIqSC1.dpuf)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 24, 2015, 01:48:40 PM
On Wednesday, nine Fortune 500 companies announced plans to switch to sourcing 100% renewable energy, joining a growing group of corporations recognizing the risks of climate change.
Thirty-six companies have joined RE100 since it was launched at Climate Week NYC in 2014, including H&M, IKEA, Nestlé, Swiss Re, UBS and Unilever.
http://ecowatch.com/2015/09/23/fortune-500-renewable-energy/ (http://ecowatch.com/2015/09/23/fortune-500-renewable-energy/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 24, 2015, 05:25:39 PM
Pope Francis and the case for climate change optimism
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“Even if all the Paris talks do is simply eliminate the risk of the all-too-thinkable worst-case scenario, it would constitute a monumental achievement in the history of human civilization, like the development of modern medicine.”
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So what’s the climate’s real safe zone? Nobody can say for sure. That’s why the experiment humans are running is so unsettling — and why what happens after Paris will wind up being so important.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/09/23/pope-francis-and-the-case-for-optimism-about-climate-change/ (http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/09/23/pope-francis-and-the-case-for-optimism-about-climate-change/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 26, 2015, 05:56:59 PM
Gov. Jay Inslee: ‘Fear mongers’ will not stop us from setting carbon cap

It is time for action based upon our optimism, our ability to build a clean energy economy, our love for Washington state, and our existing state clean air laws.

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We will not fall victim to the fear mongers who have attempted to block every clean-air and clean-water law since Earth Day 1970 by arguing we cannot have a healthy environment and a healthy economy. They have been wrong every time. The experience of eight Northeast states in the United States, Quebec and multiple nations that have adopted caps on carbon pollution while still experiencing growth is more than enough to give us confidence to move forward in the Evergreen State.
http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/gov-jay-inslee-fear-mongers-will-not-stop-us-from-setting-carbon-cap/ (http://www.seattletimes.com/opinion/gov-jay-inslee-fear-mongers-will-not-stop-us-from-setting-carbon-cap/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 26, 2015, 07:26:12 PM
U.S. climate finance in limbo, risking 'trust gap' before Paris
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0RO11920150924 (http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0RO11920150924)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 26, 2015, 10:20:45 PM
Senate Dems tell Obama to end Arctic drilling
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/254956-senate-dems-tell-obama-to-end-arctic-drilling (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/254956-senate-dems-tell-obama-to-end-arctic-drilling)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 27, 2015, 02:12:41 PM
The Business Case for Science-Based Targets to Reduce Emissions
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As national leaders gather in New York for Climate Week, many of the world’s 500 largest companies are already considering their impact on Earth’s climate. Eighty percent of them have set targets to reduce their climate-warming emissions.

This is up from 43 percent 10 years ago, reflecting the growing expectations that large corporations should set emission reduction goals – a result of continuous collaboration by private sector leaders, policy makers, climate researchers and other company stakeholders.
http://www.wri.org/blog/2015/09/business-case-science-based-targets-reduce-emissions (http://www.wri.org/blog/2015/09/business-case-science-based-targets-reduce-emissions)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 29, 2015, 12:59:22 AM
Republicans are coming around!

Survey of Republican Voters Shows a Majority Believe in Climate Change
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A majority of Republicans — including 54 percent of self-described conservative Republicans — believe the world’s climate is changing and that mankind plays some role in the change, according to a new survey conducted by a trio of prominent Republican pollsters.
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...the new survey found that 73 percent of all voters and 56 percent of Republicans do believe the climate is changing. Fewer than a third of Republicans think the climate is changing because of purely natural cycles, and only 9 percent think the climate is not changing at all, the survey found. It also found that 72 percent of Republicans support accelerating the development of renewable energy sources.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/us/politics/survey-of-republican-voters-shows-a-majority-believe-in-climate-change.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/29/us/politics/survey-of-republican-voters-shows-a-majority-believe-in-climate-change.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 29, 2015, 02:26:02 PM
Using Music to Inspire a Generation to Save the World
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The festival attracted a panoply of celebrities and world leaders: from Stephen Colbert, Big Bird, Bill Nye and Leonardo DiCaprio to Malala Yousafzai, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Vice President Joe Biden and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Tickets to the event, known as the Global Citizen Festival, were free, but could only be obtained by engaging in activism. Those who wanted to attend were directed to call lawmakers, post messages on social media aimed at  world leaders, sign petitions and participate in other environmental and humanitarian events.
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/28092015/using-music-inspire-generation-global-citizen-festival-climate-central-park (http://insideclimatenews.org/news/28092015/using-music-inspire-generation-global-citizen-festival-climate-central-park)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 29, 2015, 04:47:23 PM
Republican!

Republican mega-donor urges talk on climate change solutions
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Republican businessman Jay Faison says his party should stop fighting science and start talking solutions to climate change. He has $175 million in potential political donations to help inspire them. And if that's not enough, he's commissioned a survey, released Monday, that he says shows voters agree.

"I'm pretty frustrated about the political divide," Faison said. "This is too important to leave to the Democrats."
http://news.yahoo.com/republican-megadonor-urges-talk-climate-change-solutions-180041894--politics.html (http://news.yahoo.com/republican-megadonor-urges-talk-climate-change-solutions-180041894--politics.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 04, 2015, 04:15:03 AM
Major corporations taking climate change threat more seriously – survey
Survey of 440 sustainability workers around the world finds companies are taking steps to reduce their carbon footprints
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More companies are making climate change one of their top sustainability priorities, according to a survey released this week by nonprofit Business for Social Responsibility, which counts big brands like consumer goods giant Unilever and food and beverage maker Coca-Cola among its members.
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/oct/02/unilever-coca-cola-big-business-climate-change (http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/oct/02/unilever-coca-cola-big-business-climate-change)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 05, 2015, 01:27:55 PM
Large investors back Bank of England climate change warning
- Carbon intensive investments putting global economy at risk
- Climate change could reduce UK insurance sector’s appetite to provide cover for specific sets of activities, assets or customers
- Low carbon investment needed for global stability
http://uksif.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/UKSIF-PRESS-RELEASE-29-Sept-2015-Bank-of-England-on-climate-risk.pdf (http://uksif.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/UKSIF-PRESS-RELEASE-29-Sept-2015-Bank-of-England-on-climate-risk.pdf)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 05, 2015, 01:37:38 PM
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@climatemegan: Next phase of Guardian #keepitintheground campaign moving from divestment to investment - a more positive message: http://t.co/h7naBjRBYg (http://t.co/h7naBjRBYg)

https://twitter.com/climatemegan/status/650948628585050113 (https://twitter.com/climatemegan/status/650948628585050113)

A story of hope: the Guardian launches phase II of its climate change campaign
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/05/a-story-of-hope-the-guardian-launches-phase-two-of-its-climate-change-campaign (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/05/a-story-of-hope-the-guardian-launches-phase-two-of-its-climate-change-campaign)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 08, 2015, 07:24:31 PM
Climate Scientist Faces Backlash for Urging Investigation of Fossil Fuel Companies
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climate scientist who was the lead signatory on a letter urging President Obama to launch a federal investigation into whether fossil fuel companies "knowingly deceived the American people about the risks of climate change" is now facing an investigation by Congress because of his part in the letter.
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/07102015/climate-scientist-shukla-backlash-RICO-investigation-fossil-fuel-companies-lamar-smith-congress (http://insideclimatenews.org/news/07102015/climate-scientist-shukla-backlash-RICO-investigation-fossil-fuel-companies-lamar-smith-congress)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 08, 2015, 08:08:34 PM
All Climate Change Is Local
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When world leaders gather in Paris in December to negotiate a global agreement on climate change, they will have a powerful ally standing behind them and urging them onward: mayors. In fact, mayors have already helped set the stage for success in Paris, by establishing models of cooperation that provide a strong foundation for the negotiations.

Through international coalitions like the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group and the Compact of Mayors, cities around the world have been committing to major reductions in carbon emissions, while adopting a common measurement system and public reporting process to ensure that they can be held accountable. In other words: Many cities are already doing what the United Nations is urging national governments to do.
http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-10-08/all-climate-change-is-local (http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-10-08/all-climate-change-is-local)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 09, 2015, 06:33:32 PM
David Titley is a Professor of Practice at the Pennsylvania State University and Director, Penn State's Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Center for New American Security, and a member of the CNA Military Advisory Board and Hoover Institute's Arctic Security Initiative.

A carbon tax in waiting: we’re not adapting as fast as climate is changing
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The president’s trips already showcased tens of billions of federal dollars in the rebuilding of New Orleans and its levees and the implied commitment of billions more to Alaska. This is just the beginning of a carbon tax we are paying now: a tax that no one got to vote on.
https://theconversation.com/a-carbon-tax-in-waiting-were-not-adapting-as-fast-as-climate-is-changing-47379
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 09, 2015, 09:03:58 PM
 Cuomo, Gore roll out climate change initiatives
New York Governor wants to expand regional cap-and-trade program
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo and former Vice President Al Gore met at Columbia University in New York City on Thursday to announce a handful of actions New York State will take to fight climate change.
Cuomo said he would sign the "Under 2 MOU," an international memo of understanding that expresses a commitment to help keep the earth's average temperature from increasing more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100, as measured against pre-industrial levels.
http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Cuomo-Gore-roll-out-climate-change-initiatives-6560075.php (http://www.timesunion.com/local/article/Cuomo-Gore-roll-out-climate-change-initiatives-6560075.php)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 12, 2015, 07:27:01 PM
New IPCC chief calls for fresh focus on climate solutions, not problems
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The new leader of the world’s most authoritative climate science body has declared it’s time researchers shifted away from tracking the impacts of climate change - and focused instead on finding solutions.

In his first interview since taking charge of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Hoesung Lee announced a major change in direction for the organisation’s exhaustive science reports.

“We have been doing a fantastic job in identifying the problem of climate change. At the same time we have been somewhat slow in identifying the solutions aspects,” Lee told the Guardian. “I believe the next cycle of the IPCC should be more focused on opportunities and solutions.”

He said the change in approach was needed to spur governments and business to do more to cut the greenhouse gas emissions causing climate change. “The actions on the part of policy makers to tackle climate change will be much more energised on the basis of opportunities and solutions ... I believe that will be the next phase.”
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/12/new-ipcc-chief-calls-for-fresh-focus-on-climate-solutions-not-problems (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/12/new-ipcc-chief-calls-for-fresh-focus-on-climate-solutions-not-problems)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 15, 2015, 05:03:05 PM
Bill McKibben:  Exxon's climate lie: 'No corporation has ever done anything this big or bad'

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Instead, knowingly, [Exxon] helped organise the most consequential lie in human history, and kept that lie going past the point where we can protect the poles, prevent the acidification of the oceans, or slow sea level rise enough to save the most vulnerable regions and cultures. Businesses misbehave all the time, but VW is the flea to Exxon’s elephant. No corporation has ever done anything this big and this bad.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/14/exxons-climate-lie-change-global-warming (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/14/exxons-climate-lie-change-global-warming)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 16, 2015, 01:43:19 AM
National Geographic devotes an entire issue to climate change.

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/climate-change/special-issue/ (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/climate-change/special-issue/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 18, 2015, 06:12:39 PM
Professor Kevin Anderson urges policy makers to be honest and acknowledge the scale of the mitigation challenge and abide by the international commitments that you/we have repeatedly made to keep the rise in the average global temperature below 2°C.
http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/nature_and_travel/2015/10/17/arctic_2015_things_are_not_looking_good/ (http://icelandmonitor.mbl.is/news/nature_and_travel/2015/10/17/arctic_2015_things_are_not_looking_good/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 19, 2015, 04:46:04 PM
Bill McKibben Gets Arrested Exposing Exxon’s ‘Unparalleled Evil’
http://ecowatch.com/2015/10/17/bill-mckibben-arrested-exxon/ (http://ecowatch.com/2015/10/17/bill-mckibben-arrested-exxon/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on October 20, 2015, 11:47:42 PM
European efforts to switch to renewable wood fuel is accelerating global warming:

http://reports.climatecentral.org/pulp-fiction/1/ (http://reports.climatecentral.org/pulp-fiction/1/)

Extract: "As the world tries to shift away from fossil fuels, the energy industry is turning to what seems to be an endless supply of renewable energy: wood. In England and across Europe, wood has become the renewable of choice, with forests — many of them in the U.S. — being razed to help feed surging demand. But as this five-month Climate Central investigation reveals, renewable energy doesn’t necessarily mean clean energy. Burning trees as fuel in power plants is heating the atmosphere more quickly than coal.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on October 21, 2015, 04:45:14 PM
Here is a link to Part 2 of Pulp-fiction:

http://reports.climatecentral.org/pulp-fiction/2/ (http://reports.climatecentral.org/pulp-fiction/2/)

Extract: "As the world struggles to cope with the flooding, drought, and heat-wave disasters that climate change is amplifying, producing these finger-sized pellets in America and burning them in Europe is throwing fuel on a global climate crisis. The power plants are based in Europe, but it’s American forests that are doing the most to feed their boilers.

“The consequences are very serious,” said Tim Searchinger, a research scholar at Princeton University whose work focuses on bioenergy. He is a prominent critic of the use of wood energy. “It takes a massive amount of trees to make a very small amount of energy.”

Burning wood pellets to produce a megawatt hour of electricity produces 15 to 20 percent more climate-changing carbon dioxide pollution than burning coal, analysis of Drax data provided by the European Commission shows. And that’s just the CO2 pouring out of the smokestack. Add in pollution from the fuel needed to grind, heat and dry the wood, plus transportation of the pellets, and the climate impacts are even worse. According to Enviva, that adds another 20 percent worth of climate pollution for that one megawatt hour.

Felling the trees needed to produce those pellets contributes to climate-changing deforestation. Most of the trees are being cut down in American states where forests lack environmental protections. This is particularly true in the Southeast, one of the planet’s most biologically diverse and heavily logged regions."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 22, 2015, 02:20:59 PM
About damn time!  (And just as another huge flood* is poised to hit Texas ("oil country"), which should move a few more people to the believer group.)

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Maybe it's the weather. Or the Pope. Or the irrefutable scientific data. Or perhaps a combination of all three.

The latest UT Energy Poll released this morning reveals that U.S. attitudes on climate change have shifted significantly - and not just in the ways you might expect. Seventy-six percent of Americans now say that climate change is occurring--an increase from 68 percent just one year ago. Further, only 14 percent say it's not, compared with 22% when we first asked the question in the Spring of 2012.
Over 3 out of 4 Americans Now Acknowledge Climate Change Is Occurring--Including the Majority of Republicans
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/over-3-out-of-4-americans-now-acknowledge-climate-change-is-occurring-including-the-majority-of-republicans/ (http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/plugged-in/over-3-out-of-4-americans-now-acknowledge-climate-change-is-occurring-including-the-majority-of-republicans/)

*Strong storms from an upper level trough, soon to be enhanced by Tropical Storm Patricia.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 27, 2015, 01:23:52 AM
World set to use more energy for cooling than heating
Rising demand for air conditioning and refrigeration threatens to make planet hotter and undermine pledges to rein in emissions.
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“Most people tend to think of energy in terms of heat and light and transport,” said Toby Peters, visiting professor of power and the cold economy at the University of Birmingham. “But more and more, it’s going to be about cold. Demand for cold is already huge, it’s growing fast, and we’re meeting it in basically the same way we’ve been doing for a century. Cold is the Cinderella of the energy debate. If we don’t change the way we do it, the consequences are going to be dramatic.”
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/26/cold-economy-cop21-global-warming-carbon-emissions (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/26/cold-economy-cop21-global-warming-carbon-emissions)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 27, 2015, 05:41:40 PM
Al Gore: Optimist?
The slide show is alive and well, and now he’s training hundreds of mini-Gores. And he claims that in the "struggle between hope and despair," these days he's a hope guy.
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From now on, Gore says, every election needs to be a climate-change election. His goal is to put a political price on denial, so that low-carbon action becomes the default option for finger-in-the-wind politicians. Polls suggest that most Americans want to do something about global warming, but it isn’t a high priority for them. That’s why Gore came to Miami, to build his grass-roots slide-show army, to spread his message that climate change is here and now and scary as hell.
http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2015/10/al-gore-optimist-000295 (http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2015/10/al-gore-optimist-000295)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 29, 2015, 10:38:52 PM
Three Years After Sandy, Is New York Prepared for the Next Big Storm?
Even a $20 billion program to brace the city for a stormy, climate-changed future has not paved the road from recovery to resilience—at least not yet.
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/29102015/three-years-after-sandy-new-york-prepared-next-big-storm (http://insideclimatenews.org/news/29102015/three-years-after-sandy-new-york-prepared-next-big-storm)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 29, 2015, 10:45:43 PM
Is IBM Building the Most Powerful Weather Service the World Has Ever Seen?
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The future of weather got a lot more interesting this week.

On Wednesday, IBM announced its purchase of the Weather Company’s digital and data assets, a deal that the Wall Street Journal valued at more than $2 billion. The company’s flagship TV network wasn’t included as part of the deal, and will remain the property of a consortium of hedge funds that includes Bain Capital.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2015/10/29/ibm_buys_the_weather_channel_company_and_has_big_plans.html (http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2015/10/29/ibm_buys_the_weather_channel_company_and_has_big_plans.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 30, 2015, 02:10:25 PM
Mis-reading a graph: this one illustrates choices, not uncertainty.

How Exxon Overstates the Uncertainty in Climate Science
Exxon mistakes climate policy choices for scientific uncertainty.
http://insideclimatenews.org/carbon-copy/29102015/exxon-overstates-uncertainty-climate-science (http://insideclimatenews.org/carbon-copy/29102015/exxon-overstates-uncertainty-climate-science)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on October 31, 2015, 05:43:27 PM
National Geographic (now owned by Rupert Murdoch) has a special issue on climate change and provides tips on how to fight it (see the link below):

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/climate-change/special-issue/ (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/climate-change/special-issue/)

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 05, 2015, 02:27:32 AM
Greens: US energy on track for 20-year low in carbon emissions
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The United States’ power sector is on track to hit a 20-year low in carbon dioxide emissions, thanks largely to massive numbers of coal power plant closures, an environmental group said.
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The Sierra Club report, which relies on government data and independent research, concluded that the electricity sector’s carbon will fall below 2 billion tons this year for the first time in two decades, while the entire economy’s carbon will be about 5.3 million tons.
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/259097-greens-us-on-track-for-20-year-low-in-carbon-emissions (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/259097-greens-us-on-track-for-20-year-low-in-carbon-emissions)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 05, 2015, 10:01:27 PM
New Bill Would Keep Fossil Fuel Reserves On U.S. Public Lands In The Ground
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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), along with Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, is introducing a bill Wednesday that would bar new leases on coal, gas, oil, and tar sands extraction on public lands in the U.S. The bill, titled the Keep it in the Ground Act, would also prohibit offshore drilling in the Arctic and the Atlantic Ocean and prohibit the renewal of leases that haven’t yet produced fossil fuels.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/11/04/3718818/merkley-bill-fossil-fuels-public-lands/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/11/04/3718818/merkley-bill-fossil-fuels-public-lands/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 06, 2015, 06:20:58 PM
Canada Now Has A Minister Of Climate Change
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Words matter, and nowhere is that clearer than with Wednesday's unveiling of the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change during the swearing-in of Canada's new cabinet.

Catherine McKenna, a lawyer with a background in international trade and social justice, is in charge of the renamed portfolio.

"Canadians expect their government to be responsible around climate change and addressing the impacts to the environment that we are facing," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said following the ceremony. "Canada is going to be a strong and positive actor on the world stage, including in Paris at COP21. That's why we have a very strong minister, not just of the environment but of the environment and climate change who will be at the heart of this discussion."
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/11/04/canada-minister-of-climate-change-catherine-mckenna_n_8473828.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2015/11/04/canada-minister-of-climate-change-catherine-mckenna_n_8473828.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 07, 2015, 01:16:08 PM
Australia: Climate summit held by business and green groups to end six-year policy war
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Leaders from business, welfare, the conservation movement, the electricity sector and the union movement have moved to try to fill Australia’s climate policy vacuum by starting a new slogan-free debate to help political parties find workable greenhouse policies.

Mirroring the Turnbull government’s tax debate, in which all policy options are back “on the table”, the groups commissioned major consultancies to present on six climate policy options at a special closed-door summit this week. They intend to publish the results in a back-to-the-drawing-board policy “primer” to be released next year.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/07/climate-summit-held-by-business-and-green-groups-to-end-six-year-policy-war (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/nov/07/climate-summit-held-by-business-and-green-groups-to-end-six-year-policy-war)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 08, 2015, 12:05:34 AM
Canada:  Federal government unmuzzles scientists
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"Basically what I told the staff is if you’re contacted directly by the media, let’s say you’re at a conference or a workshop, the media is there. You can talk directly. You don’t have to say, ‘I don’t have permission to speak.’"
http://www.nationalobserver.com/2015/11/06/news/breaking-trudeau-government-unmuzzles-scientists (http://www.nationalobserver.com/2015/11/06/news/breaking-trudeau-government-unmuzzles-scientists)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 08, 2015, 12:17:59 AM
KXL Pipeline stopped?  Check.  Next up: a campaign to "Keep It In The Ground" on public lands.
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Climate activists say that by attacking the supply of new carbon-based energy, they’ll spur development of renewable energy sources. In short, if you can’t get power from the ground, you’re going to have to find it someplace else. The activists are not subtle on this point: The same green groups that united to fight Keystone have now formed the Keep It In The Ground coalition, whose goal is to reduce carbon emissions by reducing available carbon. Climate change activists have been frustrated by a resurgent domestic energy industry producing cheap carbon-based fuels and to some degree pushing talk of pursuing alternative energy out of the political spotlight. Since such a large percentage of energy extraction is done on public lands, the theory goes, banning it would make new energy sources a necessity.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/after-keystone-bernie-sanders-is-already-leading-the-next-cl (http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/after-keystone-bernie-sanders-is-already-leading-the-next-cl)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 08, 2015, 04:17:25 PM
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@GregFergus: Going viral on #Facebook #cdnpoli https://t.co/ZpRsmhI2iO

https://twitter.com/gregfergus/status/662929407275835392
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 08, 2015, 05:06:13 PM
What critics of the Keystone campaign misunderstand about climate activism
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The assumption has been that climate change is an "environmental issue" and that it is the job of environmentalists to fix it. It is the job of everyone else to tell them they are Doing It Wrong, to critique their methods, communication strategies, policy choices, and activist campaigns.

Anyone who understands the scale of the climate challenge ought to view this implicit arrangement with bafflement. The idea that one underpowered, underfunded faction of the US left, with all its cultural and institutional baggage, should or could be responsible for the climate portfolio is ludicrous.

It is also ludicrous to imagine that the primary goal of climate activist campaigns is to reduce emissions. It would be like criticizing the Montgomery bus boycott because it only affected a relative handful of blacks. The point of civil rights campaigns was not to free blacks from discriminatory systems one at a time. It was to change the culture. "Keystone isn’t a perfect battlefield," wrote Michael Grunwald, "but neither was Selma or Stonewall."
http://www.vox.com/2015/11/8/9690654/keystone-climate-activism (http://www.vox.com/2015/11/8/9690654/keystone-climate-activism)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 13, 2015, 02:41:45 PM
Could the power of business action be greater than the Paris UN agreement?

More than 90% of experts polled by GlobeScan and SustainAbility said they expected the UN’s upcoming Climate Change Conference would result in a worldwide agreement – but just a third believed the pact would have binding power to cause real change.
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Businesses can add another item to their corporate bucket lists: taking the lead in tackling climate change where governments have fallen short. In a survey of sustainability experts released Thursday, 90% of respondents said that companies would need to play as big of a role as national governments in combating climate change to prevent environmental disaster.
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The survey results represent a notable shift from the last climate survey ranking, which was conducted in 2009 ahead of the UN climate change conference in Copenhagen. Back then, oil and gas giants Shell and BP made the list, during a time when large industrial companies were applauded for their commitments to reducing pollution and waste.
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The fossil fuel sector is widely seen as having failed to shift its business model to address climate change concerns and recently suffered huge losses to its reputation,” said Aiste Brackley, research manager at SustainAbility. “The new leaders such as Unilever, Tesla and Ikea are setting a high bar for corporate leadership.”
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/nov/12/climate-survey-change-conference-unilever-tesla-united-nations (http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/nov/12/climate-survey-change-conference-unilever-tesla-united-nations)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 17, 2015, 08:35:50 PM
EPA road tests Obama climate change plan in Denver before summit
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29124291/epa-road-tests-obama-climate-change-plan-denver (http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_29124291/epa-road-tests-obama-climate-change-plan-denver)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 19, 2015, 04:24:50 AM
UK announces new energy policy; end of coal by 2025.
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I am pleased to announce that we will be launching a consultation in the spring on when to close all unabated coal-fired power stations.

Our consultation will set out proposals to close coal by 2025 - and restrict its use from 2023.
https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/amber-rudds-speech-on-a-new-direction-for-uk-energy-policy (https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/amber-rudds-speech-on-a-new-direction-for-uk-energy-policy)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: silkman on November 19, 2015, 09:30:48 AM
Yes but.......

The totality of Rudd's speech yesterday was little short of disastrous for those of us in the UK who would like to see us taking a leading role on Climate Change. Oliver Tickell sums it up well in the Ecologist:

"Amber Rudd's speech today exposes her total failure to assemble a coherent energy strategy, writes Oliver Tickell. It reveals the increasingly certain failure to meet EU renewable energy targets, proposes a new tax on wind and solar generation, and leaves the country facing the real prospect of lights going out in the next decade. The one hard policy? To maximise oil and gas recovery."


http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986324/lights_out_amber_rudds_disastrous_absence_of_an_energy_strategy.html (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986324/lights_out_amber_rudds_disastrous_absence_of_an_energy_strategy.html)

The Tories are looking to fracking and nuclear to secure the country's energy security whilst at the same time completely ignoring the smart grid and energy storage revolutions that are being embraced by more enlightened governments.

And don't even start me on the demand side. We have the poorest housing stock in Northern Europe but we choose to build a dodgy French nuclear plant with Chinese money rather than insulate our houses, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country, in an infrastructure project that would be paid for by the consequent reduction in the cost of treating cardio-pulmonary disease in the NHS.

I'm angry!
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 20, 2015, 06:24:48 PM
Yes but.......

The totality of Rudd's speech yesterday was little short of disastrous for those of us in the UK who would like to see us taking a leading role on Climate Change. Oliver Tickell sums it up well in the Ecologist:

"Amber Rudd's speech today exposes her total failure to assemble a coherent energy strategy, writes Oliver Tickell. It reveals the increasingly certain failure to meet EU renewable energy targets, proposes a new tax on wind and solar generation, and leaves the country facing the real prospect of lights going out in the next decade. The one hard policy? To maximise oil and gas recovery."


http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986324/lights_out_amber_rudds_disastrous_absence_of_an_energy_strategy.html (http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2986324/lights_out_amber_rudds_disastrous_absence_of_an_energy_strategy.html)

The Tories are looking to fracking and nuclear to secure the country's energy security whilst at the same time completely ignoring the smart grid and energy storage revolutions that are being embraced by more enlightened governments.

And don't even start me on the demand side. We have the poorest housing stock in Northern Europe but we choose to build a dodgy French nuclear plant with Chinese money rather than insulate our houses, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country, in an infrastructure project that would be paid for by the consequent reduction in the cost of treating cardio-pulmonary disease in the NHS.

I'm angry!

Well said.  One step forward, but many steps back, I'm afraid.  How long can old-thinking leadership prevail?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 23, 2015, 08:58:55 PM
Gov. Cuomo to Order Large Increase in Renewable Energy in New York by 2030
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Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, has already declared a goal of having 50 percent of the state’s power come from solar, wind, hydroelectric or other renewable sources in 15 years, but the state has had no means of enforcing that directive. The governor intends to have the Public Service Commission, which regulates utilities in the state, codify the requirement, these people said.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/23/nyregion/gov-cuomo-to-order-large-increase-in-renewable-energy-in-new-york-by-2030.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/23/nyregion/gov-cuomo-to-order-large-increase-in-renewable-energy-in-new-york-by-2030.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 23, 2015, 09:32:11 PM
Sierra Club:
ACCELERATING THE US COAL PHASE OUT: LEADING BY EXAMPLE IN PARIS AND BEYOND
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• An unprecedented wave of coal plant retirements has yielded deeper economy-wide carbon reductions for 2015 than those laid out in the Waxman-Markey legislation

• Because of these record coal retirements, US carbon emissions are trending decisively downward and will meet or even exceed the Clean Power Plan’s 2030 target as much as five years ahead of schedule, helping the US deliver a strong pledge at this year’s Paris climate conference

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From 2002 to 2010, the primary focus of our Beyond Coal campaign was to stop the rush to build more than two hundred proposed coal plants; we successfully stopped 90 percent.

Starting in 2010...we built out a national campaign with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies and other partners to circumvent a gridlocked Congress and work directly in states and with local community groups to secure the retirement of fully one third of the US coal fleet by 2015.

The 2015 coal retirements alone equal as much coal capacity as the US retired in the 20-year period between 1990 and 2009.
https://www.sierraclub.org/sites/www.sierraclub.org/files/BeyondCoal-Paris15_Factsheet.pdf (https://www.sierraclub.org/sites/www.sierraclub.org/files/BeyondCoal-Paris15_Factsheet.pdf)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 25, 2015, 01:58:01 AM
The Carbon Reduction Efforts Of The World’s Major Cities
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“In many ways, the Paris summit has already succeeded, I think, where others have failed. Nations this time have set higher goals, reducing carbon, and they are cooperating across borders in ways we didn’t see before,” Bloomberg said, “I think we’re in better shape going into Paris than we were going into Copenhagen, largely because cities, C40 cities especially, have helped lead the way.”
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/11/23/3725004/cities-key-to-carbon-reductions/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/11/23/3725004/cities-key-to-carbon-reductions/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 29, 2015, 04:48:35 PM
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@PeterGleick: Even his hometown paper calls @LamarSmithTX21 anti-science tactics offensive, intimidation, dangerous. https://t.co/BsATfIMoy0 (https://t.co/BsATfIMoy0) @mySA

https://twitter.com/petergleick/status/670981534338252800 (https://twitter.com/petergleick/status/670981534338252800)

[Chairman of the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology Committee Lamar] Smith’s intimidation tactics offensive, dangerous
http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/editorials/article/Smith-s-intimidation-tactics-offensive-6660057.php (http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/editorials/article/Smith-s-intimidation-tactics-offensive-6660057.php)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 29, 2015, 08:53:32 PM
COP-21 climate deal in Paris spells end of the fossil era
Much of the fossil industry will go into slow run-off while the new plutocrats will be masters of post-carbon technology.
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"The fact that COP-21 in itself is clearly not going to put the world on a 2 degree track does not mean that fossil-fuel companies can simply carry on with business-as-usual. We think they should be stress-testing their business models against a significant tightening of global climate policy over the next two decades," it said.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/12021394/COP-21-climate-deal-in-Paris-spells-end-of-the-fossil-era.html (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/12021394/COP-21-climate-deal-in-Paris-spells-end-of-the-fossil-era.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 30, 2015, 04:37:51 PM
Two-Thirds of Americans Want U.S. to Join Climate Change Pact
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During the darkest days of the recent recession, concern about climate change became subsumed by economic anxieties. But concern about the environment is now back to pre-recession levels. Most respondents to the recent poll said that in situations where a sacrifice must be made, protecting the environment was more important than stimulating the economy — by a margin of 54 percent to 34 percent.
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/01/world/americas/us-climate-change-republicans-democrats.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/01/world/americas/us-climate-change-republicans-democrats.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 30, 2015, 09:04:40 PM
Chevy Reports It Met 2010 Carbon-Reduction Goal: 8 Million Tons
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1101165_chevy-reports-it-met-2010-carbon-reduction-goal-8-million-tons (http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1101165_chevy-reports-it-met-2010-carbon-reduction-goal-8-million-tons)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 05, 2015, 02:01:07 PM
Strong editorial from major US business publication. 
(Degrees in °F....)

Nothing else matters if we don't stop climate change
Opposition to government mandates doesn't apply when our city stands to end up under water
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The way things are going, we are not going to make it. We have to do something different. As one placard in Paris put it, there's no Planet B.

Cities and states, obviously, cannot solve this problem on their own. But neither will nations. So New York must lead and hope others follow. Ideologues will defend individuals' rights to waste energy or pay less than its true cost, but opposition to government mandates doesn't apply when our city could end up under water. Fortunately, measures such as making buildings energy-efficient and optimizing traffic save money and help the economy. But because of inertia, politics and the red tape and up-front costs of incentive programs, people don't participate in them. Programs must be simplified if their use is to be required.
http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20151204/OPINION/151209928/nothing-else-matters-if-we-dont-stop-climate-change-nyc-must-do-more (http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20151204/OPINION/151209928/nothing-else-matters-if-we-dont-stop-climate-change-nyc-must-do-more)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 06, 2015, 07:17:59 PM
Yale University Report Reveals Rapidly Growing Reality of Climate Action
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Paris, 4 December 2015 – Global action in support of a new, universal climate change agreement that unlocks faster progress towards a low-carbon, resilient future for all was revealed today in a report by Yale University which underscores the speed, breadth and depth of growing alignment between government, cities, business and civil society.

The report by Yale’s Data Driven Environmental Solutions finds that the combined greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments recorded in two UN-backed platforms by cities, regions and companies alone surpasses the global emissions of the iron and steel sector.

Released on the eve of the UN climate conference’s Action Day-COP21, the report also finds that 15 of the world’s 20 largest banks totaling close to $2 trillion in market value have made commitments to act and green bonds worth close to $50 billion are financing climate projects.
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/yale-university-report-reveals-rapidly-growing-reality-of-climate-action/ (http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/yale-university-report-reveals-rapidly-growing-reality-of-climate-action/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 07, 2015, 06:07:02 PM
Global CO2 Emissions Decline in 2015 After Soaring for a Decade, Study Says
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The volume of carbon dioxide belched into the atmosphere from human activity this year is on track to decline slightly from last year's emissions, according to a new analysis published in the journal Nature Climate Change on Monday. The anticipated decrease in CO2 emissions comes even as the world economy is growing, suggesting a turning point in clean energy development—and a long-hoped-for "decoupling" of economic growth and increased carbon emissions.

A flattening of emissions in 2014 and this year's expected decrease contrast with the rapid growth of emissions over the past decade. It is, however, far from the zero or near zero emissions required to halt global warming. Some say the trend in declining emissions is only temporary, but others counter that the finding offers a rare glimmer of hope in the fight against climate change.

"I think we could be seeing a new trajectory of CO2 emissions," said Stanford University's Robert Jackson, the paper's lead author. "I hope it's the start of a long and challenging downward trend."
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/07122015/global-carbon-emissions-rising-decades-decline-2015-study-climate-change-paris (http://insideclimatenews.org/news/07122015/global-carbon-emissions-rising-decades-decline-2015-study-climate-change-paris)


University of East Anglia
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The research reveals that emissions could decline by 0.6 per cent this year. While declines in emissions have previously occurred during periods of economic crisis, this would be the first decline during a period of strong global economic growth.

Prof Corinne Le Quéré, Director of the Tyndall Centre at UEA who led the data analysis, said: “These figures are certainly not typical of the growth trajectory seen since 2000 – where the annual growth in emissions was between 2 and 3 per cent.

“What we are now seeing is that emissions appear to have stalled, and they could even decline slightly in 2015.

“But it is important to remember that our projection for 2015 is an estimate and there will always be a range of uncertainty. In this case, the 2015 projection ranges from a global decline in emissions of up to 1.6 per cent – or at the other end of the spectrum, a small rise of 0.5 per cent.”
http://globalcarbonbudget2015.org/documents/Carbon_Budget_Press_Release.pdf (http://globalcarbonbudget2015.org/documents/Carbon_Budget_Press_Release.pdf)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 08, 2015, 05:01:09 PM
If they were a single country, the Under 2 MOU cities and states would represent the largest economy in the world.

Every New Car Emission-Free By 2050? 'ZEV Alliance' Plans To Make It So
http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1101284_every-new-car-emission-free-by-2050-zev-alliance-plans-to-make-it-so (http://www.greencarreports.com/news/1101284_every-new-car-emission-free-by-2050-zev-alliance-plans-to-make-it-so)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 09, 2015, 02:49:04 AM
The world's CO2 emissions dipped in 2015. But don't celebrate just yet.
http://www.vox.com/2015/12/8/9873372/emissions-drop-2015 (http://www.vox.com/2015/12/8/9873372/emissions-drop-2015)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Chuck Yokota on December 09, 2015, 03:05:28 PM
Today on US public radio, the Diane Rehm show will have a discussion of the melting of the Earth's ice sheets. There may not be much discussed that followers of this forum don't already know, but it will indicate the status of the public discourse in this country. I don't know if this belongs here, but I didn't see any better thread to post it on.

http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-12-09/environmental-outlook-the-earths-melting-ice-sheets (http://thedianerehmshow.org/shows/2015-12-09/environmental-outlook-the-earths-melting-ice-sheets)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 09, 2015, 05:01:54 PM
TIME chooses German Chancellor Angela Merkel as their Person of the Year.
http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2015-angela-merkel-choice/ (http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2015-angela-merkel-choice/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 10, 2015, 07:20:39 PM
Why Have So Few Utilities Joined The White House’s Climate Change Pledge?
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Last week, the White House circulated the newest additions to the act, showing myriad industries jumping on board and pledging detailed commitments. Online retail giant Amazon, car manufacturer BMW of North America, healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente, and 70 others promised to reduced emissions and water usage, become more energy efficient, and more.

Although these pledges are submitted by the companies and are designed to their business practices, larger players like Duke Energy, Next Era Energy, and Dominion Resources — to name the three larger firms — are still abstaining from the voluntary pledge. The American Business Act on Climate pledge is partly designed to send a message of support as leaders in Paris negotiate a climate agreement that can set the world to avert the most dramatic effects of man-made climate change.

“They are taking a more wait and see attitude,” said Charles Ebinger, senior energy security and climate initiative fellow at the Brookings Institution, referring to the nation’s top utility companies. Many utilities are reluctant to join the act, Ebinger said, because the effort was unveiled right when some officials and companies are fighting Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which calls for reductions in carbon emissions from the electricity sector by 32 percent over 2005 levels by 2030.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/12/09/3729789/top-utilities-ignore-obama-climate-pledge/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2015/12/09/3729789/top-utilities-ignore-obama-climate-pledge/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 14, 2015, 09:38:30 PM
- India halts registration of diesel-powered cars in capital
- Australia lifted a ban on government investment in wind power

Asia Nations Act Against Pollution After Climate Change Deal
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-13/asian-nations-take-steps-on-pollution-after-climate-change-deal (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-12-13/asian-nations-take-steps-on-pollution-after-climate-change-deal)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 15, 2015, 02:42:27 AM
The Paris agreement signals that deniers have lost the climate war
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While the Paris talks were ongoing, a group of fossil fuel-funded climate contrarians held their own sparsely-attended movie event and “counter-conference.” Their ringleader Marc Morano complained of the COP21 conference, “They haven’t been too friendly to sceptics this year.”

Indeed, those who deny the scientific evidence were ignored; instead, scientific arguments in favor of an even more stringent target of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures won the day.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2015/dec/14/the-paris-agreement-signals-that-deniers-have-lost-the-climate-wars (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2015/dec/14/the-paris-agreement-signals-that-deniers-have-lost-the-climate-wars)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: sidd on December 15, 2015, 06:08:58 AM
The denialist evolution [1] proceeds as expected. Now that the world disagrees on the first three points,  previous form points to a smooth pivot to furious screaming about the last two. Reminders that those points, if valid, would entirely be their fault, will as usual draw invective. 

1)  Taxonomy differs, but a rough version might go

i) it's not happening
ii) it's not us
iii) it's not bad
iv) it's too hard
v) it's too late
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 16, 2015, 05:41:39 PM
San Diego California Adopts Ambitious Plan To Battle Climate Change
The city is aiming to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.
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San Diego's city council unanimously voted Tuesday to adopt a plan to power the city entirely with renewable energy by 2035, joining cities like San Francisco, Paris and Vancouver, Canada, in setting ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the next several decades.

Spearheaded by Republican Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who took office last year, San Diego's Climate Action Plan puts the city on track to halve its greenhouse gas emissions by 2035. The city is the largest in the U.S. to adopt a 100 percent renewable energy plan. The blueprint also goes beyond California's statewide goal of 50 percent clean energy in the next 15 years.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/san-diego-clean-energy_56704045e4b011b83a6c9eef (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/san-diego-clean-energy_56704045e4b011b83a6c9eef)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 17, 2015, 12:40:40 AM
U.S. Congress strikes deal to extend wind, solar tax credits and lift oil export ban
http://www.utilitydive.com/news/congress-strikes-deal-to-extend-wind-solar-tax-credits-and-lift-oil-export/410947/ (http://www.utilitydive.com/news/congress-strikes-deal-to-extend-wind-solar-tax-credits-and-lift-oil-export/410947/)

Backgrounder:
After four decades, the U.S. might lift its ban on oil exports. Here’s what you need to know.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/09/16/after-four-decades-the-u-s-might-lift-its-ban-on-oil-exports-heres-what-you-need-to-know/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/09/16/after-four-decades-the-u-s-might-lift-its-ban-on-oil-exports-heres-what-you-need-to-know/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 17, 2015, 07:42:07 PM
12 steps to climate sobriety

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The fossil fuel industry's public relations teams would like us all to believe that we are powerless to control our energy habits. Now is our big opportunity to prove that we are not slaves. Step one is to banish the doubts (and doubters) of human-caused climate change to the dustbin of history. The Paris accord has done just that.
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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has developed a famously successful 12-step pathway to help people beat their addictions to alcohol. Modern society's addiction to fossil fuels is disastrous on a global scale, disrupting the family of nations and visiting calamity on individuals and communities, in a macrocosm of the problems caused by alcoholism. So presented below is a 12-step pathway to climate sobriety, adapted from the blueprint invented by AA (while honoring our Constitution, which requires separation of church and state) to put us all on a path to a more fruitful and sustainable human future:

1. Recognize that burning fossil fuels has altered our global climate by radically increasing the concentration of carbon dioxide and methane in the air, that deforestation is crippling the planet's natural ability to absorb this extra carbon and that animal agriculture (especially ruminants like cattle that belch climactically potent methane) plays a significant role in accelerating the aboveground carbon cycle.

2. Recognize that there is a higher authority that can help solve these problems and help restore us to sanity, and it's called "science."

3. Make a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of the planet, without which there is no survival for our interdependent web of life, humans included.

4. Make a searching inventory of our own energy uses to increase our own efficiency and reduce our energy footprint as individuals, corporations, governments and nations.

5. Admit to the world that throughout our development as a nation, these United States have, more than any other nation, contributed to the changing global climate through our conspicuous consumption of fossil fuels and have profited from this problematic behavior through the enrichment of a privileged few exploiting mineral resources, both here in the United States and around the world.
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http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/263551-12-steps-to-climate-sobriety (http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/energy-environment/263551-12-steps-to-climate-sobriety)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: wili on December 18, 2015, 05:27:52 AM
Cute.

But one of my adolescent students developed that analogy more masterfully about ten years ago. Perhaps, though, more will heed this one than his.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 20, 2015, 01:59:33 PM
Christmas Tree Rentals Mean Firs 'No Longer Have to Die'
http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/christmas-tree-rentals-mean-firs-no-longer-have-die-n480896 (http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/christmas-tree-rentals-mean-firs-no-longer-have-die-n480896)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 22, 2015, 03:51:35 AM
Using pocket vetoes, Obama rebuffs GOP attempt to kill Clean Power Plan
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/12/19/obama-pocket-veto-clean-power-plan-climate-change/77619582/ (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/12/19/obama-pocket-veto-clean-power-plan-climate-change/77619582/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 26, 2015, 07:09:06 PM
EPA sees exciting future for utilities as Clean Power Plan takes effect
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This week, the Clean Power Plan passed a significant milestone when it took effect as US law.

It kicks off what will be an “exciting” decade for the utility sector, says Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation at the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the senior official with responsibility for the plan’s implementation.
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"As or more important, the utility industry has been talking about how doable this is and how they want the certainty, they appreciate the signals this rule sends for where the market is already going. It allows them to focus, constructively and positively on investing in the ageing power infrastructure that we have in our country.

They see it as an opportunity, and it’s for that reason if for no other that I think that we’re all confident that this programme will move forward because it’s pushing along the activities that the businesses are already involved in and it’s so consistent with the way corporate thinking is going. Let’s build new infrastructure, let’s invest in an ageing fleet, let’s look at innovative technologies that are becoming more and more cost competitive."
http://www.carbonbrief.org/epa-sees-exciting-future-for-utilities-as-clean-power-plan-takes-effect (http://www.carbonbrief.org/epa-sees-exciting-future-for-utilities-as-clean-power-plan-takes-effect)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 27, 2015, 08:21:17 PM
York's Fight Against Flooding As Barrier Raised
The Environment Agency raises the flood barrier after water creeps in, threatening electrical systems and water pumps.

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Thousands of homes are being evacuated in York, after the flood barrier protecting the city was lifted last night.

The Environment Agency said water had entered the Foss Barrier's building, putting pumps in danger of failing due to electrical problems.

If the barrier became stuck in the 'down' position, it would not have been able to discharge water into the River Ouse.

So the agency made the decision to lift it, warning residents in the city centre to move valuables to upper floors and prepare to leave their homes.
...

The Foss barrier was built in a £3.34m project which started in 1987.
http://news.sky.com/story/1612796/yorks-fight-against-flooding-as-barrier-raised (http://news.sky.com/story/1612796/yorks-fight-against-flooding-as-barrier-raised)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 28, 2015, 02:38:57 AM
UK budget cuts could lead to flooding damage worth £3bn
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Cuts to government spending on UK flood defences will cost £3billion in damage that could have been avoided, putting houses and businesses at risk across the country.

The government’s independent Committee on Climate Change says that, even based on modest assumptions, limited spending over recent years will lead to future flood damage that will cost the same amount to repair as the disastrous flooding that hit the UK in the summer of 2007.
http://www.climatechangenews.com/2014/01/21/uk-budget-cuts-could-lead-to-flooding-damage-worth-3bn/ (http://www.climatechangenews.com/2014/01/21/uk-budget-cuts-could-lead-to-flooding-damage-worth-3bn/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 28, 2015, 04:52:56 AM
Why 2015 may be remembered as a transformative year for how we get energy
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The United States is on track to shut down a record amount of coal-fired power plants in 2015. At the same time, it has installed a record amount of new solar energy capacity.

The past year, in other words, hints at a historic transition for the U.S. energy sector. From dramatic price plunges for oil and natural gas to the significant emergence of industrial batteries for energy storage, 2015 was on a momentous course even before the world came together in Paris to agree on steps to reduce global warming.

While it’s not always a simple story, the overall tenor of these changes is clear — Americans are moving into a world that will get less of its energy from fossil fuels, that will embrace clean or low emission sources of electricity and that will write this into policy.

The change didn’t begin in 2015 — and won’t happen overnight. Nor is it really marked by any single development – but rather, by a whole range of them....
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/12/24/why-2015-may-be-remembered-as-a-transformative-year-for-how-we-get-energy/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2015/12/24/why-2015-may-be-remembered-as-a-transformative-year-for-how-we-get-energy/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 28, 2015, 07:10:40 PM
Florida’s case of climate denial: A tale of two governors

- Under Charlie Crist, state with most at stake was briefly a leader on issue
- Under Rick Scott, even the words ‘climate change’ have been avoided
- With no state leadership, cities and counties forced to plan for themselves

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article51778500.html (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article51778500.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: GeoffBeacon on December 29, 2015, 02:51:44 PM
El Nino and climate change to blame for extreme weather in five continents: scientists (https://www.rawstory.com/2015/12/el-nino-and-climate-change-to-blame-for-extreme-weather-in-five-continents-scientists/)

I think the BBC may have taken this to mean "El Nino to blame for extreme weather in five continents: scientists" i.e. not climate change.

Yesterday morning the BBC World Service Newsday (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03b2mg7) 6.06 GMT had a piece “Weather Wreaks Havoc in US and Britain”. Oddly the presenter says its 8.15 GMT at 8.30 into the recording then continues:

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Now there's a number of extreme weather stories  from right around the world some scientists are talking of the effect of the climate phenomenon  known as El Nino where heated water unusually heated water in the pacific ocean ends up causing extreme weather patterns around the globe...

In the southern United States more than 40 people are known to have died to the severe weather..

...parts of Latin America are seeing tremendous droughts and parts are seeing the worst flooding seen in 50 years.More than 150,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes...In the UK

...highest river levels ever recorded in parts of Yorkshire...


No mention of climate change.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 30, 2015, 01:44:34 AM
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“Extreme weather will increase with global warming and thus climate adaptation measures, like flood defences, need to constantly be updated. What may appear to be sufficient to withstand a 1 in 100-year event can become quickly out of date as the incidence of extreme weather ramps up and becomes more unpredictable,” said Gail Whiteman, the chair of the Pentland centre for sustainability at Lancaster University.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/27/uk-floods-and-extreme-global-weather-linked-to-el-nino-and-climate-change (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/dec/27/uk-floods-and-extreme-global-weather-linked-to-el-nino-and-climate-change)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 30, 2015, 09:24:05 PM
Floods unleash unprecedented criticism
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Until now, engineers have looked back at past records of rainfall and flooding to do their calculations.

The barriers in Carlisle, for example, were constructed with this in mind, but with an additional half-metre (1ft 8in) added on top to allow for the effects of climate change - because warmer air is known to be able to hold more moisture which means that rainfall could become more intense as temperatures rise.

Yet, when it struck, the deluge there was another half-metre above even the extra half-metre added to the defences. So difficult decisions lie ahead about the scale of protection that will be needed.
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35196046 (http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35196046)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on December 30, 2015, 09:36:39 PM
Floods unleash unprecedented criticism
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Until now, engineers have looked back at past records of rainfall and flooding to do their calculations.

The barriers in Carlisle, for example, were constructed with this in mind, but with an additional half-metre (1ft 8in) added on top to allow for the effects of climate change - because warmer air is known to be able to hold more moisture which means that rainfall could become more intense as temperatures rise.

Yet, when it struck, the deluge there was another half-metre above even the extra half-metre added to the defences. So difficult decisions lie ahead about the scale of protection that will be needed.
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35196046 (http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-35196046)

Wishful thinking about the rate and size of coming impacts of climate change not only encourages people to continue with BAU emissions, but also will cause unnecessary economic losses; which means that there will be less money available to convert to a net-zero emissions economy in the future.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 01, 2016, 12:03:34 AM
Insurers face bumper payouts as Britain braces for more floods
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LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Insurers are facing some of the costliest British floods on record as large parts of northern England, already inundated, brace for more heavy rain.

Accountants estimate that insurers are currently facing a bill of up to 1.5 billion pounds ($2.22 billion) after towns, cities and countryside were deluged in recent days in the worst floods in Britain since 2007. However the damage looks set to rise with a storm forecast for Tuesday evening and Wednesday.
http://www.trust.org/item/20151229153704-wa05h/ (http://www.trust.org/item/20151229153704-wa05h/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 01, 2016, 03:13:17 PM
"Dow closes worst year since 2008"
So, another 7-year market cycle, then?  ;)   Frankly, this dip is not as bad as I feared it might be.  Fossil fuel stocks were crushed, of course.
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U.S. markets finished 2015 mostly in the red: The Dow was down 2.2%. The S&P 500 ended the year down 0.7%. It was the worst year for those two indexes since markets collapsed in 2008.
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Energy stocks got crushed the worst. The biggest losers were Chesapeake Energy (CHK), CONSOL Energy (CNX) and Southwestern Energy (SWN). Each fell about 75%.

http://money.cnn.com/2015/12/31/investing/stocks-market-end-of-2015/index.html (http://money.cnn.com/2015/12/31/investing/stocks-market-end-of-2015/index.html)


But professional analysts are starting to admit that newer technologies are now a better choice than old energy.  And they see positive notes in Europe, giving reason for a better outlook for 2016.
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Namely, the firming of economies in the Eurozone and elsewhere should keep markets chugging forward into 2016. Its embrace of a Quantitative Easing program, which proved a sage move by the U.S. Fed a couple years back, has helped backstop market sentiment in the recently beleaguered region. This suggests the most precarious possible scenarios may now be in the rear view for Europe, which is certainly welcome news for most multinational corporations here at home.
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Of course, we’d rather see full-time employment increase, as well as a re-trained workforce ready to take on the challenges of a future global economy. Like it or not, we are in a “macro-flux” period of switching out dated industries and efforts (which are tried and true) for forward-looking ones (unproven and risky). That said, looking toward renewable energy solutions seems to be the smarter bet than sticking with industries like coal mining.

http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/202598/will-markets-rebound-in-2016 (http://www.zacks.com/stock/news/202598/will-markets-rebound-in-2016)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 01, 2016, 05:16:42 PM
The 7 Most Interesting Climate Findings of the Year
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/7-most-interesting-climate-findings-2015-19835 (http://www.climatecentral.org/news/7-most-interesting-climate-findings-2015-19835)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 01, 2016, 05:28:29 PM
Article contains links to petitions urging further legal inquiry.

2015: The Year We Found Out #ExxonKnew
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/23122015/2015-exxon-mobil-climate-change-science-research-exxonknew-investigation-petition (http://insideclimatenews.org/news/23122015/2015-exxon-mobil-climate-change-science-research-exxonknew-investigation-petition)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 06, 2016, 01:18:34 PM
Joe Romm tallies up the progress made since the 2010 climate bill failed in the U.S. Senate in 2010.

The Environmental Movement Awakens
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/01/05/3735724/environmental-movement-awakens/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/01/05/3735724/environmental-movement-awakens/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 09, 2016, 07:35:23 PM
When it comes to climate change, payback isn’t enough
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But moving forward, it does make sense that those who produce greenhouse gases should be required to pay for the harm in proportion to the magnitude of their activity. This is different from saying that people should be punished for their behavior from the past. It’s also worth keeping in mind that the highest per-capita emitters are not Americans but the citizens of Montenegro, Equatorial Guinea and Belize.
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Rich countries should give more aid to poor countries, but the aid should be given to all poor countries — not just those that are hurt most by climate change. For that matter, rich countries should give more money to their own poor citizens. Redistribution of wealth from rich to poor is morally desirable, but it should be pursued broadly — not as compensation for historical wrongs.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/01/08/when-it-comes-to-climate-change-payback-isnt-enough/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/in-theory/wp/2016/01/08/when-it-comes-to-climate-change-payback-isnt-enough/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 15, 2016, 12:55:27 AM
Can Warning Labels Help Stop Climate Change?
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Popularized in the 2006 bestselling book, Nudge, behavioral scientists and economists are systematically and quantitatively studying what makes nudges affective. Because they can be so influential, governments are nudging people to do all sorts of things: vote, save up for retirement, use less water, pay their taxes on time, exercise and now, reduce their gasoline use.
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/earth/can-warning-labels-help-stop-climate-change/ (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/earth/can-warning-labels-help-stop-climate-change/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 15, 2016, 02:41:23 AM
The year ahead: U.S. Grid to net 45 GW additional capacity in 2016
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If all goes according to plan, 2016 will see a net 45 GW added to the U.S. electric grid. As of Dec. 28, 2015, almost 10 GW of operating capacity was scheduled to retire in 2016, while units with an expected online year of 2016 totaled approximately 55 GW. Additionally, nearly 7 GW of capacity is scheduled to undergo fuel conversions.
https://www.snl.com/web/client?auth=inherit#news/article?id=35008291&KeyProductLinkType=0&cdid=A-35008291-11064 (https://www.snl.com/web/client?auth=inherit#news/article?id=35008291&KeyProductLinkType=0&cdid=A-35008291-11064)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 15, 2016, 03:07:57 AM
New York:  “Governor Cuomo has enshrined himself as an international climate leader with today’s commitment to phase out all coal in the state by 2020.”
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New York is moving aggressively to a future powered by renewable energy, with an army of clean energy workers trained to install tens of thousands of solar panels and hundreds of wind turbines in the next few years. At the same time, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in his annual State of the State speech on Wednesday, the state will phase out its dirtiest power plants.
http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2016/01/8588007/cuomo-lays-out-aggressive-energy-goals-key-details-pending (http://www.capitalnewyork.com/article/albany/2016/01/8588007/cuomo-lays-out-aggressive-energy-goals-key-details-pending)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Laurent on January 15, 2016, 11:32:14 AM
They (US) have clearly some work to do...
Co émissions on the east cost.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 15, 2016, 08:42:52 PM
They (US) have clearly some work to do...
Co émissions on the east cost.
Near the Baltimore-Washington-Philadelphia-New York "megalopolis"? -- could have told you CO is bad there, without a graphic.  (But a great daily source for that info; thanks.)

Still, China is, comparatively, horrifying.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Laurent on January 15, 2016, 09:11:43 PM
That's because they produce for USA, Europe, China and the rest of the world...
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 15, 2016, 10:14:36 PM
That's because they produce for USA, Europe, China and the rest of the world...

Quite so.  But less and less nowdays, as China's manufacturing sector shrinks.... 

The next question becomes: How much manufacturing will other countries take up in China's place, versus, instead, actually decreasing the amount of stuff we manufacture?  Via limited, manufacturing-on-demand with 3D printers, etc. -- and, for those with a lot of stuff, simply making-do with less stuff.

And now you've made me go re-watch the old George Carlin routine about "Stuff." ;D
(Caution: language.)
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Laurent on January 15, 2016, 10:41:58 PM
That story is more in line with reality : http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-stuff/ (http://storyofstuff.org/movies/story-of-stuff/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 19, 2016, 03:27:05 PM
Congress Actually Dealt with Climate Change in the 2016 Budget Bill. Really.
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President Obama's plan to safeguard the nation from increasing flood risk due to climate change was quietly green-lighted by Congress last month in the 2016 omnibus budget bill.

It marks one of the only actions Congress took on global warming in all of 2015, and it came as a surprise considering the longstanding opposition from Republicans. And it is a critical one, several policy experts said. It will impact billions of dollars of federally funded construction projects across the country, from highways and bridges to hospitals and housing complexes, at a time when flooding in the U.S. is getting worse every year because of climate change.

"The policy illustrates the awareness that we should not build things that are vulnerable to flooding now or in the future," said Rob Moore, a policy analyst and director of the Natural Resources Defense Council's Water and Climate Team. "That may not seem like a revolutionary idea, but unfortunately it is. We have a long history of building things that easily get soggy."
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/11012016/congress-climate-change-omnibus-budget-bill-flood-standard-obama (http://insideclimatenews.org/news/11012016/congress-climate-change-omnibus-budget-bill-flood-standard-obama)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 20, 2016, 04:18:01 PM
Pentagon Ordered to Address ‘Climate Change’
All U.S. military branches required to ‘address the impacts of climate change’
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/pentagon-ordered-to-address-climate-change/ (http://freebeacon.com/national-security/pentagon-ordered-to-address-climate-change/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 21, 2016, 09:14:09 PM
The state of Rhode Island acts on climate, by increasing clean energy and decreasing consumption.

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In December, Gov. Gina Raimondo signed the Lead by Example in Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy Executive Order, tasking state agencies with reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions at their facilities. It also requires government to procure 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 and to achieve a 10 percent reduction in energy consumption by 2019.
http://m.providencejournal.com/article/20160120/OPINION/160129976 (http://m.providencejournal.com/article/20160120/OPINION/160129976)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on January 22, 2016, 04:11:50 PM
The shakers and movers at Davos have accepted that the Arctic is warming faster than ever experienced in recorded history and they are laying the groundwork to split-up this new $1 Trillion dollar pie:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-21/the-world-has-discovered-a-1-trillion-ocean (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-21/the-world-has-discovered-a-1-trillion-ocean)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 22, 2016, 04:45:12 PM
The shakers and movers at Davos have accepted that the Arctic is warming faster than ever experienced in recorded history and they are laying the groundwork to split-up this new $1 Trillion dollar pie:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-21/the-world-has-discovered-a-1-trillion-ocean (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-21/the-world-has-discovered-a-1-trillion-ocean)

From the article:
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The Arctic Investment Protocol, developed by a 22-member WEF “global agenda council,” puts forward sustainability principles similar to initiatives developed for mature economies in recent years. The focus is long-term: tap the expertise of indigenous communities and treat them as commercial partners, protect ecosystems (even as rising temperatures change them before our eyes), and prevent corruption while encouraging international collaboration. The Arctic nations include Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Russia, Sweden and the U.S.,  so there is a lot of collaboration to be had.

Given history, it's easy to think the solution could go horribly wrong.  But just maybe it could go right, and serve as a model for the future for other locations.  (Even if the best solution would be for more humans to not be there at all.)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2016, 02:55:31 PM
Climate Holism vs. Climate Reductionism
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A holistic view of climate change starts by understanding its relationship to a complex of disorders that increasingly plagues the global ecosystem, including soil degradation, desertification, the decline of life in the oceans, species extinctions, deforestation, and water and air pollution. All proceed, in one way or another, from human population growth, economic expansion, and the ever-increasing use of fossil fuels. Once humans began burning coal, oil, and natural gas, these concentrated, then-abundant sources of energy supercharged the economic processes by which other natural resources are extracted and turned to waste. Further, as agriculture was industrialized and sanitation improved, population grew, thus increasing the scale of the problem. Climate change was just one of the predictable results. Therefore even if we deal with global warming through technical strategies that reduce carbon emissions, much of the rest of this complex of problems will continue to worsen until we deal with its systemic causes, or until it overwhelms the biosphere and human civilization.
http://www.postcarbon.org/climate-holism-vs-climate-reductionism/ (http://www.postcarbon.org/climate-holism-vs-climate-reductionism/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 26, 2016, 08:01:54 PM
U.S. presidential race: 
South Florida mayors press Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush on climate change
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Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have given little priority to climate change on the Republican presidential campaign trail, and a group of South Florida mayors have had enough.

Fifteen mayors from cities in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties wrote the two Miami candidates a letter asking them to meet with local leaders to "discuss the risks facing Florida communities due to climate change and help us chart a path forward to protect our state and the entire United States."

"As mayors representing municipalities across Florida, we call on you to acknowledge the reality and urgency of climate change and to address the upcoming crisis it presents our communities," both letters begin. "Our cities and towns are already coping with the impacts of climate change today. We will need leadership and concrete solutions from our next president."
http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2016/01/south-florida-mayors-press-marco-rubio-jeb-bush-on-climate-change.html (http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2016/01/south-florida-mayors-press-marco-rubio-jeb-bush-on-climate-change.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 26, 2016, 08:30:57 PM
New Report Issues Dire Carbon Warning: Keep It in the Ground—or Else
Report examines carbon risk of fossil fuel deposits that could push world past agreed-upon 2°C climate threshold—and efforts to keep them untapped
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At this point, continuing to burn fossil fuels is truly lethal," Boeve said. "The effort by fossil fuel companies to dig up and burn coal, oil and gas despite the consequences is the biggest threat our planet faces. All around the world people are now mobilizing to keep fossil fuels in the ground."
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/01/25/new-report-issues-dire-carbon-warning-keep-it-ground-or-else (http://www.commondreams.org/news/2016/01/25/new-report-issues-dire-carbon-warning-keep-it-ground-or-else)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 27, 2016, 08:22:16 PM
Argentina Locust Plague: Armageddon, End of Days Or Climate Change Disaster?
http://www.ibtimes.com/argentina-locust-plague-armageddon-end-days-or-climate-change-disaster-2280092 (http://www.ibtimes.com/argentina-locust-plague-armageddon-end-days-or-climate-change-disaster-2280092)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 30, 2016, 02:30:59 PM
Rocket Launches First Part of Europe's Space-Based 'Data Highway'
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Europe launched the first part of a new space "data highway" on Friday night that will pave the way for faster monitoring of natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods.

The EDRS-A node is the first building block of the European Data Relay Satellite (EDRS), a "big data highway" costing nearly 500 million euros ($545 million) that will harness new laser-based communications technology.

The EDRS will considerably improve transmission of large amounts of data, such as pictures and radar images, from satellites in orbit to Earth as they will no longer have to wait for a ground station on Earth to come into view.
http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/rocket-launches-first-part-europe-s-space-based-data-highway-n507436 (http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovation/rocket-launches-first-part-europe-s-space-based-data-highway-n507436)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 08, 2016, 08:22:10 PM
Alberta creates dedicated climate change office
http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/alberta-creates-dedicated-climate-change-office (http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/alberta-creates-dedicated-climate-change-office)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 08, 2016, 08:48:52 PM
The Pentagon Just Issued Marching Orders on Climate Change
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A bit over a year after identifying climate change as a "significant challenge" for the US military, the US Department of Defense has given its top officials orders for handling the hazards posed by a warming world.

The boring-but-important 12-page document issued in January tells the armed service chiefs and top civilian officials to identify how climate change will affect their missions, figure out how to manage any risks it poses, and factor those into their planning. It gives specific tasks to various Defense Department offices and regional commands, from determining how higher sea levels or longer droughts affect US bases to what new gear might be needed to work in a thawing Arctic.

"Although this looks very bureaucratic in nature, I would actually give the department full credit for it," said David Titley, a retired rear admiral who served as the Navy's top oceanographer. "I think this is one of the more significant steps they've done, because they've linked that high-level strategy down to a daily to-do list."
https://news.vice.com/article/the-pentagon-just-issued-marching-orders-on-climate-change
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 13, 2016, 06:28:02 PM
Positive Social Media On Climate Action Up 700%
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From business leaders, to government policymakers around the world, to economists, to mayors, to the general public, there is a deepening understanding that climate action is not only necessary, but it can also be good for development and growth
http://cleantechnica.com/2015/12/16/positive-social-media-climate-action-700/ (http://cleantechnica.com/2015/12/16/positive-social-media-climate-action-700/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 17, 2016, 02:51:46 PM
Surreal Spring: The Cognitive Dissonance of Our Climate Emergency
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It’s a glorious spring day showing off Northern California at its finest: daffodils unfurl, while fragrant pink and white blossoms adorn the trees announcing that summer is on its way. Only one problem: it’s actually mid-February. We’re supposed to be in the depths of winter. We’re supposed to be getting regular storms and fighting the occasional frost. It’s a surreal spring.

Yesterday, the mercury hit 84° F in Berkeley, California. The previous record, set nearly forty years ago, was 73° F. Could be just a chance event, of course. But we know it’s not. It’s the new reality of a climate out of control. We got news the same day that the month of January 2016 was the planet’s hottest month in recorded history.

In the new language of the Anthropocene, this is known as blissonance: the cognitive dissonance of a terrifying world where the bliss of the daffodils is an omen of impending doom. Surreal as it is, this passing moment of beauty tinged with dread is small fry compared with the cognitive dissonance facing our global civilization.
http://patternsofmeaning.com/2016/02/16/surreal-spring-the-cognitive-dissonance-of-our-climate-emergency/ (http://patternsofmeaning.com/2016/02/16/surreal-spring-the-cognitive-dissonance-of-our-climate-emergency/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 17, 2016, 05:28:49 PM
16 US governors agree they like the idea of clean energy.   ;)
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Governor Jerry Brown and 16 other governors say they’ll pull together under a new pact to speed up the transition to clean energy and transportation in their states.

Called a “work in process,” the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future, lacks specific, measurable targets. The agreement uses broad language, saying the states will “embrace” and “encourage” clean energy options.

Brown pointed to three of the cooperative’s broad goals that he says will benefit from interstate cooperation: a “highly sophisticated” regional energy grid, combined state purchasing power for zero-emission vehicles and joint lobbying of the federal government for research and development money aimed at energy storage, clean fuels and the grid.
http://ww2.kqed.org/science/2016/02/16/jerry-brown-and-16-u-s-governors-vow-to-ramp-up-renewable-energy/ (http://ww2.kqed.org/science/2016/02/16/jerry-brown-and-16-u-s-governors-vow-to-ramp-up-renewable-energy/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on February 17, 2016, 11:18:06 PM
In the new language of the Anthropocene, this is known as blissonance: the cognitive dissonance of a terrifying world where the bliss of the daffodils is an omen of impending doom. Surreal as it is, this passing moment of beauty tinged with dread is small fry compared with the cognitive dissonance facing our global civilization.
http://patternsofmeaning.com/2016/02/16/surreal-spring-the-cognitive-dissonance-of-our-climate-emergency/ (http://patternsofmeaning.com/2016/02/16/surreal-spring-the-cognitive-dissonance-of-our-climate-emergency/)

Blissonance, What a wonderful term for what this winter is producing.

My neighbors are delighted by the warn and virtually snowless winter here in Southern Ontario Canada. The Grand River as it flows by my window is yet again unfettered by ice, (although just 40 years ago there was a huge contest each year to guess the exact time the ice jam would burst). (I've been told that the contest began before the first bridge was built in 1807 to mark the moment when traversing the frozen river became untenable).

I've detected no panic in any sector of society, even those academics who are certainly aware of recent climatic changes seem loath to mention the future of the path we're on. Perhaps the Paris accord relieved whatever anxieties they had suffered?
Those accustomed to back yard rinks and pond curling may bemoan their unhappy lot, but then inevitably they end their lament with joyful observations about heating costs, and how wonderful driving conditions have been.

Blissonance is certainly a word I'll be incorporating into my own sparse vocabulary as it more accurately describes what might otherwise be termed as an insouciant attitude.

Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 18, 2016, 08:16:20 PM
Apple issues $1.5 billion in green bonds in first sale
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Apple has issued $1.5 billion in bonds dedicated to financing clean energy projects across its global business operations, the largest green bond to be issued by a U.S. corporation, the company's head of environmental policy said Wednesday.

The Cupertino, California-based tech giant said proceeds from the green bond sales will be used to finance renewable energy, energy storage and energy efficiency projects, green buildings and resource conservation efforts.
...
In October, the company announced steps to green its operations in China by bringing on over 200 megawatts of renewable energy and working with its suppliers, including Foxconn, to switch to cleaner energy sources.
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0VQ2K2 (http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0VQ2K2)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 23, 2016, 06:51:04 PM
COAL VERSUS RECREATION IN UTAH
Haze from Utah's coal-fired power plants threatens its vibrant outdoor-recreation industry.

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When outsiders think of Utah, they usually picture Korenblat's stomping ground in the southeastern part of the state: redrock cliffs, flood-cut canyons, and improbable arches that sometimes glow green in the snow. But it's the pine-covered Wasatch mountains, cutting through the center of the state, that have defined Utah's economy for more than a century. The Wasatch Range fed and watered Mormon settlers who built their capital on its western front, and provided coal to fuel their industries. A county just east of the mountains is even named for the stuff: It's called Carbon.

Directly south of Carbon County is Emery County, where the Hunter and Huntington coal-fired power plants provide electricity for the half million customers of Rocky Mountain Power, a division of utility giant PacifiCorp. Nearly 400 workers and their families depend on the plants; without them, the small towns of Castle Dale and Huntington might cease to exist.

The plants' pollution, however, drifts south into the five national parks—Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Zion—for which Utah is famous, and which draw some 2.5 million visitors every year.

"The prevailing winds blow emissions from those two coal plants smack into us," says Chris Baird, a former director of the Canyonlands Watershed Council. The resulting haze, says the EPA, cloaks the towering red rocks in a milky film more than 300 days a year.
http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-2-march-april/feature/coal-versus-recreation-utah (http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2016-2-march-april/feature/coal-versus-recreation-utah)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 23, 2016, 07:44:21 PM
News Roundup: Clinton and Sanders Go Head to Head On Nevada PUC Decision, Clean Energy Funding Announced for Tribal Nations
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An overwhelming majority of [electric utility] respondents – all but three percent – acknowledged that their business model needs to evolve to accommodate changes in the industry. More than half see energy storage and distributed generation as areas for expansion, and 56 percent of respondents are actively exploring community solar options for their ratepayers.
http://news.energysage.com/news-roundup-clinton-and-sanders-go-head-to-head-on-nevada-puc-decision/ (http://news.energysage.com/news-roundup-clinton-and-sanders-go-head-to-head-on-nevada-puc-decision/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 23, 2016, 09:08:08 PM
Remember the wind and solar tax credit extensions the U.S. Congress passed last December?

They could be responsible for reducing "electricity-sector greenhouse gas emissions ... by as much as 1.4 billion metric tons by 2030 compared with what they would have been without the extension, the study found. That's roughly the savings you'd get if you removed every passenger car from US roads for two years."

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In other words, the tax breaks—2.3 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced by a wind turbine and about 30 percent off the total cost of solar systems—add up to "one of the biggest investments in clean energy in our nation's history," Dan Utech, deputy assistant to President Barack Obama on climate, told reporters today.
http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2016/02/congress-actually-did-something-pretty-great-climate-change (http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2016/02/congress-actually-did-something-pretty-great-climate-change)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 25, 2016, 07:27:09 PM
Scientists calculate our debt to the Earth
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LONDON, 24 February, 2016 – Perhaps for the first time, scientists have put a direct cash value on the metaphor that conservationists call “natural capital”.

This is, in effect, the money humans don’t have to spend on services that nature supplies for free – such as crop pollination, water purification, and coastal protection by wetlands, sandbanks and reefs.

And one high value transaction supplied gratis by nature is groundwater. For farmers, water in subterranean aquifers represents money in the bank, as groundwater underwrites 40% of world food production.

Eli Fenichel, assistant professor at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and colleagues looked at withdrawals from the Kansas High Plains Aquifer and report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that between 1996 and 2005, Kansas lost approximately $110 million a year.

The losses represented the depletion of the aquifer as farmers withdraw this ultimate natural capital to support food production. And the total for the decade was $1.1 billion.
http://climatenewsnetwork.net/scientists-calculate-our-debt-to-the-earth/ (http://climatenewsnetwork.net/scientists-calculate-our-debt-to-the-earth/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 26, 2016, 08:22:53 PM
No Bill Gates, We Don’t Need ‘Energy Miracles’ To Solve Climate Change
By Joe Romm
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For six years, Bill Gates has been arguing that we need “energy miracles” to avoid catastrophic climate change. For six years, he has been wrong.

In fact, Gates is more wrong now than he was in 2010. Why? Because in the last six years, we have seen that aggressive deployment of clean energy technology driven by government policies has — as was predicted — led to precisely the kind of game-changing cost-slashing innovation that Gates mistakenly thinks happens primarily from basic energy research and development (R&D).

For six years, Gates has claimed we were wildly under-investing in basic energy R&D. Yet, somehow the very thing Gates says he wanted — huge price drops in key low-carbon technologies (like renewables and efficiency) and key enabling technologies (like batteries for storage) — kept happening. The fact is that accelerated deployment policies around the world created economies of scale and brought technologies rapidly down the learning curve, as the DOE reported last November....
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/02/23/3752421/bill-gates-wrong-energy-miracles/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/02/23/3752421/bill-gates-wrong-energy-miracles/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on February 27, 2016, 05:05:40 PM
The article discusses how lobbyist influence Republican-led House of Delegates voted to block new science standards in schools:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/global-warming-doubts-spur-push-to-block-science-standards/2016/02/26/9ac7c1da-dcba-11e5-8210-f0bd8de915f6_story.html (https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/energy-environment/global-warming-doubts-spur-push-to-block-science-standards/2016/02/26/9ac7c1da-dcba-11e5-8210-f0bd8de915f6_story.html)

Extract: "Doubt over man’s contribution to global warming, particularly through burning coal for power, is fueling a push by West Virginia lawmakers to block new science standards in schools.

In a state defined by a coal industry that is now on life support, the Republican-led House of Delegates voted 73-20 on Friday to delay the new science standards related to Common Core."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 27, 2016, 07:00:55 PM
Rural electric co-ops, traditionally bastions of coal, are getting into solar
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A new story out of Wisconsin illustrates that a slow, tentative shift is underway, as rural electricity consumers and the utilities that serve them take a new look at the benefits of solar power.
http://www.vox.com/2016/2/26/11116230/rural-electric-co-ops-solar (http://www.vox.com/2016/2/26/11116230/rural-electric-co-ops-solar)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 27, 2016, 07:28:25 PM
A review of some carbon capture and sequestration methods.

The suddenly urgent quest to remove carbon dioxide from the air
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/02/26/weve-reached-the-point-where-we-need-these-bizarre-technologies-to-stop-climate-change/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/02/26/weve-reached-the-point-where-we-need-these-bizarre-technologies-to-stop-climate-change/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 28, 2016, 08:39:09 PM
New (February 2016) TED talk by Al Gore, on climate change and solutions.  25 minute video.
http://www.ted.com/talks/al_gore_the_case_for_optimism_on_climate_change (http://www.ted.com/talks/al_gore_the_case_for_optimism_on_climate_change)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 29, 2016, 01:07:36 PM
Peter Gleik: "You're in front of a crowd. Talk about #climate. In 62 secs. Make it personal. Use facts. Go.
@LeoDiCaprio #Oscars "

"Thanks @LeoDiCaprio for highlighting #climate change in your #Oscar  speech. (Here is the speech via @grist)"
https://twitter.com/petergleick/status/704189518505611264
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 01, 2016, 09:33:26 PM
Are climate-change adaptations tied to protecting property or people? Study follows the money.
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As climate change continues, scientists have observed a disturbing trend: The money that megacities spend to adapt to climate change seems to be linked more to protecting valuable capital, and less to protecting vulnerable people.

The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, reveals that cities in developing nations may be even less equipped to protect residents against future health, environmental and economic effects than those in developed countries.

“Current adaptation activities are insufficient in major population centers in developing and emerging economies,” the study authors wrote.
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-climate-change-cities-gdp-20160229-story.html (http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-climate-change-cities-gdp-20160229-story.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 04, 2016, 01:25:23 PM
How do you address your school's relation to fossil fuels when they are a major benefactor?

MIT’s long-running divestment sit-in ends, but the fight isn’t over
http://grist.org/climate-energy/david-kochs-impact-on-the-longest-fossil-fuel-sit-in-ever/ (http://grist.org/climate-energy/david-kochs-impact-on-the-longest-fossil-fuel-sit-in-ever/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 05, 2016, 12:25:59 AM
Oregon lawmakers approve far-reaching climate change bill
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Oregon lawmakers have approved a bill to slash coal-fired power in their state, a measure hailed by environmentalists as a major victory in the fight against climate change.

The legislation would have ratepayers for the state’s two largest utilities stop paying for power produced at out-of-state coal plants by 2030 and set a renewable energy standard of 50 percent by 2040.
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/271611-oregon-approves-far-reaching-climate-change-bill (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/271611-oregon-approves-far-reaching-climate-change-bill)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 05, 2016, 05:50:23 PM
Trudeau, Obama set to endorse continental strategy on climate change
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is poised to sign on to a continental environment and climate-change strategy with outgoing President Barack Obama when the two leaders hold their first formal bilateral meeting in the Oval Office next Thursday.
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-obama-set-to-endorse-continental-strategy-on-climate-change/article28991505/ (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/trudeau-obama-set-to-endorse-continental-strategy-on-climate-change/article28991505/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 06, 2016, 04:40:17 PM
Vancouver, Copenhagen, Helsinki mayors brainstorm on building greener cities
http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/03/04/news/vancouver-copenhagen-helsinki-mayors-brainstorm-building-greener-cities (http://www.nationalobserver.com/2016/03/04/news/vancouver-copenhagen-helsinki-mayors-brainstorm-building-greener-cities)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 06, 2016, 04:46:00 PM
Bill McKibben

Tweet: Our planet is running the highest fever humans have ever witnessed. The only possible antibody is...us. In action.
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/706476006987735040 (https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/706476006987735040)

Article:
The mercury doesn’t lie: We’ve hit a troubling climate change milestone
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/03/04/why-degree-temperature-jump-more-important-than-trump-hands/lCyz5MHZkH8aD0HIDJrcYJ/story.html (https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2016/03/04/why-degree-temperature-jump-more-important-than-trump-hands/lCyz5MHZkH8aD0HIDJrcYJ/story.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 06, 2016, 07:01:07 PM
A new study explores the staggering spending gap between developed and developing megacities struggling to adapt to global warming.
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Megacities in developing nations spent about double the amount of rich megacities on agriculture and forestry, while the wealthiest nations tended to make energy a higher priority.
http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/02/29/megacities-climate-change-adaptation (http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/02/29/megacities-climate-change-adaptation)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 07, 2016, 01:38:52 PM
U.K.:  Ed Miliband calls for law to make CO2 emissions target legally binding
Ex-Labour leader assembles group of MPs and NGOs to demand UK legislation on net zero emissions agreed at Paris climate talks
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“Specifically, it can build on the momentum from Paris by supporting the idea of enshrining net zero emissions in UK domestic law, with the date to be advised by the independent Committee on Climate Change.

“Just as the 2008 UK Climate Change Act, prompted by business and civil society, and passed with all-party support, sent a signal to the world, so we would do so again.”

Before Christmas, Miliband said that having stood down as Labour leader after the election in May, he had decided throw his energy behind building a “high-ambition coalition” of UK businesses, trade unions and civic society to challenge the government’s “backward” environmental policies.

“This is the thing my kids will judge me on,” he told the Guardian at the time. “Did you do something about this? Were you the last generation not to get it or the first generation to get it? I think that is in the balance now.”
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/06/ed-miliband-calls-for-law-co2-emissions-target-legally-binding-paris-climate-talks (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/06/ed-miliband-calls-for-law-co2-emissions-target-legally-binding-paris-climate-talks)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 07, 2016, 02:14:44 PM
Building Resilient Cities in a Changing Climate
By Katharine Hayhoe
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Yes, there have been warmer conditions and higher sea levels in the distant past. But there weren't any people on the planet at that time, and there definitely weren't any megacities within just a few feet of sea level; trillions of dollars of valuable infrastructure vulnerable to flooding; extensive agricultural systems that could be decimated by drought; or preexisting threats to water supply, disease, and even political instability, all of which are exacerbated by a changing climate.

My colleagues and I at the Texas Tech Climate Science Center spend a lot of our time figuring out how to look ahead, down the climate highway, to see what might be coming up. Lacking a crystal ball, we use the fundamental laws of physics, chemistry, and even biology to calculate how human choices may be affecting our planet today and in the future.

Over the last 10 years, I've worked with a broad range of cities, states, and other planning organizations, from state water agencies to transportation and port authorities. Throughout this work, I've seen how climate projections can help planners make more informed decisions, even when facing an uncertain future.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katharine-hayhoe/building-resilient-cities_b_9378126.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katharine-hayhoe/building-resilient-cities_b_9378126.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 07, 2016, 03:50:09 PM
Bill McKibben joins protesters blocking the entrance to a gas storage facility in the Finger Lakes region of New York this morning:

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Tankers backed up as arrests continue #wearesenecalake
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/706825905755262976 (https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/706825905755262976)

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Some mornings fighting for the future means heading off to jail. That's okay.
https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/706828260773072896 (https://twitter.com/billmckibben/status/706828260773072896)

https://www.facebook.com/WeAreSenecaLake/ (https://www.facebook.com/WeAreSenecaLake/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 10, 2016, 12:43:26 AM
Surprise! A third of U.S. Congress members are climate change deniers
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An annual tally of climate deniers in Congress just came out, and there’s good news and bad news. The good news: You’re smarter than 34 percent of Congress. The bad news: You’re smarter than 34 percent of Congress.
http://grist.org/climate-energy/surprise-a-third-of-congress-members-are-climate-change-deniers/ (http://grist.org/climate-energy/surprise-a-third-of-congress-members-are-climate-change-deniers/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 12, 2016, 12:43:24 PM
How the shipping industry is preparing for its decarbonisation voyage
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Along with highlighting a host of potential consequences of climate change for the shipping industry, such as rising sea levels at key ports and increased extreme weather risk, the new roadmap sets out a number of core areas where sustainability performance needs to improve and attention needs to be focused.

One key area is the diversification of energy sources and boosting of energy efficiency, alongside drastic emissions reductions.

"Currently shipping is essentially almost wholly dependent on carbon fuel, fuel oil, and in terms of emissions going forward and contribution to global climate change mitigation, it's not going to be able to continue," Alastair Fischbacher, chief executive of the SSI, tells BusinessGreen. "We will see a transition towards a multitude of fuels, initially depending upon ability to change and suitability, but [the industry] will have to make a significant change in the future both in how we transport things and how we power that transportation."
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Good progress by a handful of shipping operators continues to be undermined by large swathe of the industry continuing to operate old and inefficient ships.
http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/feature/2450368/how-the-shipping-industry-is-preparing-for-a-decarbonisation-voyage (http://www.businessgreen.com/bg/feature/2450368/how-the-shipping-industry-is-preparing-for-a-decarbonisation-voyage)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 13, 2016, 11:43:44 PM
Don’t Put a Price Tag on Nature
The ‘ecosystem services’ idea devalues the natural world by trying to monetize it.
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But make-believe markets are highly likely to fail when people are otherwise relentlessly focused on nickel-and-dime realities. The market mentality also degrades nature by attempting to turn it into a commodity. “People are not allowed to sell their organs or their children,” Silvertown writes, citing the 2012 book What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets. “These have intrinsic value that is beyond price.” That’s true of species and habitats too.
http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/03/11/dont-put-price-nature (http://www.takepart.com/article/2016/03/11/dont-put-price-nature)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 15, 2016, 03:14:55 PM
Climate Change and Conservative Brain Death
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During Thursday night’s Republican debate, a moderator — finally! — asked about climate change, and Marco Rubio supplied an answer that, while banal and dogmatic, was fascinating in its own way. The regular Republican policy apparatus has been frozen for nearly a year as its Establishment has desperately fended off the Trump insurgency. Presented with a plea from Miami’s Republican mayor, whose city is already coping with the flooding that results from elevated sea levels, Rubio repeated his formulaic and un-categorical opposition to any policy to limit the greenhouse-gas emissions that are in the process of sinking his home city. Rubio’s reply was not just the last gasp of a dying campaign, but a state-of-the-art expression of party doctrine. Trump is what the regular Republicans are trying to stave off; Rubio represents what they are fighting to preserve: a delusional anti-government ideology unable to process or cope with real-world conditions.

His climate-change response, in particular, recapitulated almost word for word the denialist stance he has stubbornly maintained for years, as though nothing has changed. A casual listener might have gotten the impression that the world Rubio is describing, or mis-describing, is more or less the same one that existed a few years ago. But it isn’t. It is in the midst of a green-energy revolution that is proceeding with astonishing and increasing speed, and rendering the backward orthodoxy mouthed by Rubio increasingly comic.
Discussing the U.S. economic impact:
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All of these innovations have allowed the economy to decarbonize quickly without imposing noticeable costs on consumers. The coal industry is in a state of collapse. In just the last year alone, its share of U.S. electrical generation fell from 36 percent to 28 percent.  The four largest American coal-mining firms, which were worth a combined $34 billion five years ago, are now worth $150 million — a loss of more than 99 percent of their value.
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/03/climate-change-and-conservative-brain-death.html# (http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/03/climate-change-and-conservative-brain-death.html#)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 23, 2016, 03:58:22 PM
Greenpeace USA:
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The fed oil lease sale for 43 million acres is at a standstill. People are chanting Stop the leases. Stop the greed.
https://twitter.com/greenpeaceusa/status/712641161878499328
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 26, 2016, 03:17:18 PM
2015:  Global coal and gas investment falls to less than half that in clean energy
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Global investment in coal and gas-fired power generation plants fell to less than half that in renewable energy generation last year, in a record year for clean energy.

It was the first time that renewable energy made up a majority of all the new electricity generation capacity under construction around the world, and the first year in which the financial investment by developing countries in renewables outstripped that of the developed world.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/24/global-coal-and-gas-investment-falls-to-less-than-half-that-in-clean-energy (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/24/global-coal-and-gas-investment-falls-to-less-than-half-that-in-clean-energy)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 27, 2016, 01:22:12 AM
Australia announces A$1 billion clean energy fund, in break with past
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Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Wednesday said the country would establish a A$1 billion ($761.60 million) clean-energy innovation fund, in a major departure from his predecessor's much maligned approach to combating climate change.
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"This will be investing in storage, in new battery technology, in smart grids, in some of the exciting solar visions that people have hoped for and imagined for Australia but which are only now really becoming reality," he said.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-climatechange-idUSKCN0WP03N (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-australia-climatechange-idUSKCN0WP03N)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 27, 2016, 01:34:06 AM
Australian town of Port Augusta 'busting a gut' to reinvent itself as a solar city when coal-fired power is switched off
As the deadline for power stations to shut down approaches, the community rallies around a future in renewable solar energy.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/24/port-augusta-busting-a-gut-to-reinvent-itself-as-a-solar-city-when-coal-fired-power-is-switched-off (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/mar/24/port-augusta-busting-a-gut-to-reinvent-itself-as-a-solar-city-when-coal-fired-power-is-switched-off)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 28, 2016, 03:40:48 PM
Meteorologist Eric Holthaus interviews people waiting in line at a Donald Trump rally.
"Surprise! It wasn’t all paranoia and xenophobia."

What Do Trump Supporters Think About Climate Change? I Went to a Rally and Asked.
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/03/what_do_trump_supporters_think_about_climate_change_i_went_to_a_rally_and.html (http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2016/03/what_do_trump_supporters_think_about_climate_change_i_went_to_a_rally_and.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 05, 2016, 08:05:24 PM
The New York Times made the Pollard Antarctic paper findings front page news, "1,500 words, plus pictures, graphics and plenty of links."  But most media outlets just yawned.

Attention Must Be Paid (Except to Climate Change)
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A bombshell dropped the other day. But if nobody heard it explode, did that make it a dud?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marty-kaplan/attention-must-be-paid-except-to-climate-change_b_9596958.html (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marty-kaplan/attention-must-be-paid-except-to-climate-change_b_9596958.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 07, 2016, 04:02:16 PM
Why Evangelicals — Yes, Evangelicals — Are Rallying For Action On Climate Change In North Carolina
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A group of evangelical Christians are organizing, demonstrating, and praying for action on climate change in North Carolina this week, bringing an unusual, faith-focused, “pro-life” brand of environmentalism to the Tar Heel State.
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“We had a prayer of repentance, recognizing that we have participated in degrading creation,” Lamb said. “Then we had prayers for those most impacted by climate change, and also spent some time praying for our political leaders, hoping that they would take bold, courageous action — that people on both sides of the aisle will continue to recognize that climate change impacts us, here, and our generation disproportionately.”

Also in attendance was Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a leading climate scientist, influential environmental activist, and devout evangelical Christian.
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But this week’s religious activism also has a far more localized goal: helping build energy around climate change legislation in North Carolina. The Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN), another sponsor of Tuesday’s prayer breakfast, announced a petition signed by 15,000 self-identified evangelicals in North Carolina that demands a “pro-life” energy plan and calling for clean electricity in the state by 2030.

“As a pro-life Christian, I believe pollution harms the unborn, causing damage that lasts a lifetime,” the petition reads. “Dirty water and air have serious consequences for the health of our children and other vulnerable populations, like the elderly. So, I ask Governor McCrory and other elected officials to support a plan for clean electricity that will: free our children from pollution by relying entirely on clean electricity from renewable resources like wind and solar by 2030; defend our freedom to create our own electricity from sunshine, without fees championed by monopolistic utilities; free our communities from regulations that prevent us from joining together to create our own electricity; and free businesses from such regulations so that they, too, can create and sell clean electricity.”
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/04/05/3766781/evangelicals-climate-north-carolina/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/04/05/3766781/evangelicals-climate-north-carolina/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 07, 2016, 07:59:34 PM
Many Meteorologists Still Doubt Human-Driven Climate Change
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Another reason for the low acceptance rates may have to do with who AMS members actually are. One thing they’re not is all formally educated meteorologists—they’re involved in a variety of weather-related fields (like local emergency management or teaching high school science). Just 32 percent of respondents held a bachelor’s degree or greater in meteorology, and only 37 percent considered themselves experts in climate science. And meteorology degrees may not even help, as they typically do not require coursework in climate change science—though of course that shouldn’t stop meteorologists and weather communicators from accepting the consensus of their more rigorously climate science–focused colleagues. Additionally, respondents also skewed older (62 percent over age 50) and strongly male (82 percent), roughly in line with AMS membership. Previous surveys have shown that’s also the demographic most likely to be skeptical of mainstream climate science, partly because of a bias known as the “white male effect”—the group is less risk averse than the general public.

Add to that the fact that television meteorologists—which are just around one-fifth of overall AMS membership—have a vested interest in not alienating the politically conservative portion of their viewership. This leads to self-censorship. During that ridiculous Christmas Eve heat wave last year, a comprehensive review of local newscasts found that only one meteorologist mentioned a connection to climate change on air.
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/04/meteorologists_and_regular_people_still_aren_t_sure_humans_cause_climate.html (http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2016/04/meteorologists_and_regular_people_still_aren_t_sure_humans_cause_climate.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 09, 2016, 09:13:41 PM
San Diego Republican mayor shows how there can be bipartisan consensus to move away from fossil fuels
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The Republican mayor didn’t take a hatchet to [his Democratic predecessor’s] plan, or even a red pen. He shepherded the project to passage late last year with only a few minor changes.
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Faulconer’s embrace of the plan comes as Republicans running for the party’s presidential nomination have questioned the reality of warming and whether it’s caused by human action. Front-runner Donald Trump in a South Carolina rally at the end of December called climate change a “hoax.”
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-republicans-act-on-climate-change/ (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-republicans-act-on-climate-change/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 09, 2016, 09:49:24 PM
Think Tank With Fossil-Fuel Ties Subpoenaed in AG's Climate Inquiry

CEI receives a subpoena for a decade's worth of communications, emails, statements, drafts, and other documents regarding their work on climate change and energy policy, including private donor information.
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The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a conservative Washington, D.C., think tank and one of the fossil fuel industry's most steadfast allies, disclosed on Thursday that the attorney general of the U.S. Virgin Islands is demanding to see records of the group's donors and activities involving climate policy.

The subpoena represents a broadening of a multifaceted legal inquiry into whether fossil fuel companies broke any laws as they sought for decades to undermine the scientific consensus and head off forceful action to address the climate crisis.

For the first time, the investigation now appears to touch on the actions of third parties supported by the industry—and perhaps into their joint lobbying actions.
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/08042016/think-tank-fossil-fuel-ties-competitive-enterprise-institute-subpoena-attorney-general-climate-change-exxon (http://insideclimatenews.org/news/08042016/think-tank-fossil-fuel-ties-competitive-enterprise-institute-subpoena-attorney-general-climate-change-exxon)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: opensheart on April 14, 2016, 11:47:23 PM
The Santa Fe Strategy: How Small Cities Can Act on Climate and Inequality


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-zorn/the-santa-fe-strategy-how_b_9647712.html?ir=Green (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-zorn/the-santa-fe-strategy-how_b_9647712.html?ir=Green)

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 26, 2016, 08:15:29 PM
In Detroit, Fighting Hopelessness With a Climate Plan
As the city struggles to emerge from bankruptcy, a citizens group has decided climate change is not a problem that can wait for brighter days.
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DETROIT, Mich.—As major cities across the globe begin to take a leading role in the world's response to climate change, one U.S. metropolis has a decidedly grassroots approach to preparing for a wetter, warmer world.

In Detroit—a city that faces a myriad of pressing socioeconomic and environmental challenges—local residents are working on a plan to mitigate the long-term impacts of climate change.

Unlike the climate action plans drafted by city governments in places like New York, Chicago and Boston, Detroit's green roadmap is spearheaded by the Detroit Climate Action Collaborative (DCAC), a non-profit coalition of residents, business leaders, institutions, and others, convened by the Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice.

"Even with [Detroit's] challenges we decided that we had no other choice but to move forward in developing a climate action plan," Kimberly Hill Knott, DCAC's project director, told InsideClimate News. "Because we couldn't wait on the city to come out of bankruptcy. We couldn't wait on the city to get its business in order."
http://insideclimatenews.org/news/24042016/detroit-environmental-justice-climate-change-action-plan-solar (http://insideclimatenews.org/news/24042016/detroit-environmental-justice-climate-change-action-plan-solar)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 28, 2016, 03:48:54 PM
U.S:  Many More Republicans Now Believe in Climate Change
Poll shows a big leap from two years ago
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In this presidential race, climate change hasn’t come up on the Republican side at all,” he said. “It means that none of the political discourse, the discussion among the Republican Party right now, is addressing climate change at all. That’s actually an improvement in the discourse.”

That might have dulled the partisanship around global warming, he suggests, and made it easier for some conservatives to shift their views “because they’re not hearing a constant barrage of ‘This is a liberal hoax.’”

Despite the change, the findings don’t point to a shift in conservative views on the reasons behind warming. There hasn’t been a rise in the number of Republicans who believe that people are causing climate change.

The poll also found broad support for government policies to expand renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Eighty-four percent of all registered voters support more funding for energy sources like wind and solar, including 91 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of Republicans. A similar number, 81 percent of all voters, support giving tax rebates to people who buy energy-efficient cars or solar panels, including 91 percent of Democrats and 70 percent of Republicans.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/many-more-republicans-now-believe-in-climate-change/ (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/many-more-republicans-now-believe-in-climate-change/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on April 28, 2016, 04:32:37 PM
People around the world need to start thinking (and speaking) more systemically (& in my opinion including understanding "moral hazards" of human actions within systems) about climate change:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/04/27/this-key-psychological-factor-could-explain-why-you-care-about-the-environment/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/04/27/this-key-psychological-factor-could-explain-why-you-care-about-the-environment/)

Extract: "When it comes to the role of systems thinking in environmentalism, “the idea is that it’s encouraging people to think about longer chains of causality, nuanced aspects of a complex system, and how any behavior in that system can have both intended and unintended consequences, and those can be hard to predict,” said Oberlin College psychologist Paul Thibodeau, author of a new study on the matter just published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, and co-authored with his colleague Stephen Lezak.
If there’s any icon of systems thinking, it might be the founder of evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin. At the close of “On the Origin of Species,” he famously described an ecological system and how evolution had managed to create its diversity and complexity:
It is interesting to contemplate an entangled bank, clothed with many plants of many kinds, with birds singing on the bushes, with various insects flitting about, and with worms crawling through the damp earth, and to reflect that these elaborately constructed forms, so different from each other, and dependent upon each other in so complex a manner, have all been produced by laws acting around us.

The paper concludes by suggesting that systems thinking can be prompted in part by metaphors that are used to describe environmental issues. For instance, the study suggests that describing a natural park as a beautiful “pearl” may not put people in a systems-oriented mind-set, whereas describing it as the “backbone” of a larger system might have that effect.
“By using language that highlights more nuanced aspects of causality, and more complex interrelationships between humans and the environment, I think we can encourage people to think more systemically about the human-environment relationship,” said Thibodeau."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 30, 2016, 01:49:07 AM
   :)

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“For every couple of articles I read in science journals about the melting poles, the hottest year on record, the worst fire season on record, the flooding, I try to look at what’s happening on the solutions side: the growth in solar and wind, the improvements in the economics of renewable energy, the ambitious action taking place in cities, states and countries around the world.”
We're over being bummed about climate change and ready for solutions.
http://climate.nasa.gov/blog/2438 (http://climate.nasa.gov/blog/2438)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 30, 2016, 07:01:25 PM
U.S. Interior chief: ‘We will have climate refugees’
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Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is warning that, regardless of governments’ work to combat climate change, the United States and other countries will have to deal with populations displaced by its effects.

“We can stem the increase in temperature. We can stem some of the effects, perhaps, if we act on climate as we are committed to do through the Paris accords,” Jewell said in Ottawa on Thursday, the Canadian Press reports. “But the changes are underway and they are very rapid. We will have climate refugees.”

Jewell pointed to far-flung communities in Alaska, noting that rising sea levels in the Arctic are expected to force the relocation of hundreds of Alaskans from their homes.
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/278192-interior-chief-we-will-have-climate-refugees (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/278192-interior-chief-we-will-have-climate-refugees)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 30, 2016, 07:45:28 PM
Some calculations to go with your extinction scenarios.  ;)

Human Extinction Isn't That Unlikely
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Nuclear war. Climate change. Pandemics that kill tens of millions.

These are the most viable threats to globally organized civilization. They’re the stuff of nightmares and blockbusters—but unlike sea monsters or zombie viruses, they’re real, part of the calculus that political leaders consider everyday. And according to a new report from the U.K.-based Global Challenges Foundation, they’re much more likely than we might think.

In its annual report on “global catastrophic risk,” the nonprofit debuted a startling statistic: Across the span of their lives, the average American is more than five times likelier to die during a human-extinction event than in a car crash.

Partly that’s because the average person will probably not die in an automobile accident. Every year, one in 9,395 people die in a crash; that translates to about a 0.01 percent chance per year. But that chance compounds over the course of a lifetime. At life-long scales, one in 120 Americans die in an accident.

The risk of human extinction due to climate change—or an accidental nuclear war—is much higher than that. The Stern Review, the U.K. government’s premier report on the economics of climate change, estimated a 0.1 percent risk of human extinction every year. That may sound low, but it also adds up when extrapolated to century-scale. The Global Challenges Foundation estimates a 9.5 percent chance of human extinction within the next hundred years.

And that number probably underestimates the risk of dying in any global cataclysm. The Stern Review, whose math suggests the 9.5-percent number, only calculated the danger of species-wide extinction. The Global Challenges Foundation’s report is concerned with all events that would wipe out more than 10 percent of Earth’s human population.
http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/04/a-human-extinction-isnt-that-unlikely/480444/ (http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/04/a-human-extinction-isnt-that-unlikely/480444/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on May 02, 2016, 09:49:35 PM
fyi


Matthew J. Hornsey & Kelly S. Fielding (2016), "A cautionary note about messages of hope: Focusing on progress in reducing carbon emissions weakens mitigation motivation", Global Environmental Change, Volume 39 , Pages 26–34, doi:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.04.003

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378016300450 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959378016300450)

Abstract: "For the first time this millennium, growth in carbon emissions has slowed. Indeed, the year 2014 was the first time in 40 years that the planet saw zero growth in emissions. We examine whether this message of progress can be effective in motivating people to engage in mitigation efforts. This question dovetails with commentary suggesting that gloomy messages about climate change risk fatiguing the population, and that alternative approaches are necessary. It is also informed by work suggesting that hope is a motivating force in terms of engaging in collective action and social change. Study 1 (N = 574) showed that negative emotions were strongly related to mitigation motivation and feelings of efficacy, but hope-related emotions had a much weaker relationship with these constructs. In the main experiment (Study 2: N = 431) participants read an optimistic, pessimistic, or neutral message about the rate of progress in reducing global carbon emissions. Relative to the pessimistic message, the optimistic message reduced participants’ sense that climate change represented a risk to them, and the associated feelings of distress. Consequently, the optimistic message was less successful in increasing mitigation motivation than the pessimistic message. In sum, predictions that the optimistic message would increase efficacy did not transpire; concerns that the optimistic message would increase complacency did transpire. Recent progress in curbing global carbon emissions is welcome, but we found no evidence that messages focusing on this progress constitute an effective communication strategy."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 06, 2016, 01:06:55 AM
 So, "We are all in this together," works better than, "It's your fault!"?

Scientists May Have Found The Key To Motivating People To Act On Climate Change
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/04/3775202/for-climate-change-action-appeal-to-the-collective/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/04/3775202/for-climate-change-action-appeal-to-the-collective/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 08, 2016, 05:11:55 PM
Australia:  Arrests at Newcastle anti-coal protest
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Protesters say more than a dozen people were arrested at a Newcastle rally against the fuel industry.

A large anti-fossil fuel protest at Newcastle in which kayaks blocked the harbour and activists occupied a rail bridge has resulted in 66 arrests.

Police estimate about 1500 protesters were in action on Sunday, with 57 of them arrested for blocking a coal rail line at Sandgate in the city's northwest.

About 200 took to the water to impede coal ships from entering or leaving Newcastle Harbour since 11am.
http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/nsw/2016/05/08/arrests-at-newcastle-anti-coal-protest.html (http://www.skynews.com.au/news/national/nsw/2016/05/08/arrests-at-newcastle-anti-coal-protest.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 09, 2016, 08:33:38 PM
City and county governments versus state and federal.

Florida Mayors Rush To Prepare For Rising Seas
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"When you can demonstrate and see, like we see, what’s going on in Florida, you can't stand there with a straight face and say there's no problem, when sunny day flooding is occurring," she said. "The reality exists and the public knows it exists, and anyone who says otherwise is just a shill for fossil fuel interests."
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/06/3775590/florida-mayors-climate-action/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/06/3775590/florida-mayors-climate-action/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 11, 2016, 01:24:24 PM
Almost Everything You Know About Climate Change Solutions Is Outdated, Part 1
BY JOE ROMM   MAY 10, 2016
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Almost everything you know about climate change solutions is outdated, for several reasons.

First, climate science and climate politics have been moving unexpectedly quickly toward a broad consensus that we need to keep total human-caused global warming as far as possible below 2°C (3.6°F) — and ideally to no more than 1.5°C. This has truly revolutionary implications for climate solutions policy.

Second, key climate solutions — renewables, efficiency, electric cars, and storage — have been advancing considerably faster than anyone expected, much faster than the academic literature anticipated. The synergistic effect of all these light-speed changes is only now beginning to become clear (see, for instance, my recent post, “Why The Renewables Revolution Is Now Unstoppable”.

Third, the media and commentariat have simply not kept up with all these changes and their utterly game-changing implications. As a result we end up with recent articles in such prestige publications as Foreign Affairs and the New York Times that are literally out-of-date the instant they are published, as I’ll discuss below.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/10/3776465/everything-you-know-climate-change-solutions-outdated/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/10/3776465/everything-you-know-climate-change-solutions-outdated/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 11, 2016, 08:42:12 PM
Obama Seeks Building Code Changes Amid More Extreme Weather
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President Barack Obama is asking the private sector to tighten building standards to reduce losses from natural disasters after studies linked an increase in extreme weather to climate change.

The administration will announce Tuesday the start of work by the organizations that set standards for residential and commercial buildings in an effort to improve safety during and after events such as fires, floods and earthquakes.

“We’re building for 50 to 100 years and if we don’t take into account what is to come, our investments are at risk of being washed away,” Alice Hill, White House National Security Council senior director for resilience, said in an interview.
http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-05-10/obama-seeks-building-code-changes-as-more-extreme-weather-seen (http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-05-10/obama-seeks-building-code-changes-as-more-extreme-weather-seen)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 12, 2016, 09:56:46 PM
See Reply #200 above for Part 1.

Almost Everything You Know About Climate Change Solutions Is Outdated, Part 2
BY JOE ROMM MAY 12, 2016 2:40 PM
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I do understand why so many people think existing technology can’t get us to a carbon-free future and that we we need multiple energy breakthroughs or energy miracles. Breakthroughs are sexy and get a lot of attention, whereas deployment efforts are not and do not.

The mainstream media generally has a bias towards bad news — if it bleeds it ledes, goes the saying. You have to wait an awfully long time on the evening news — or indeed most news shows and media outlets — to see “good news.” As a result, they rarely cover the solar energy “miracle” or the wind energy “miracle” because they think they already did that story years ago.

Almost everybody is behind the curve — literally. The U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) consistently underestimates renewables growth in its projections.

Solar and wind have been continuously outperforming expectations for so long that even the International Energy Agency (IEA) — a world leader in analyzing clean energy trends — itself keeps underestimating what’s about to happen year after year, as BNEF chair Liebreich explained in his keynote....
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/12/3776728/climate-change-solutions/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/12/3776728/climate-change-solutions/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 13, 2016, 01:05:13 AM
Even if you can't install solar panels or give up your gas car, there are easy ways to go carbon neutral. Short video from the UNFCCC.

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Christiana Figueres:  I've offset all my emissions for myself and my family. You can, too! Let's all go climate neutral now #CNNow
https://twitter.com/cfigueres/status/730813411525693440
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 13, 2016, 01:19:54 AM
Power cuts caused by flooding 'major danger' to British lives, engineers warn
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Power cuts caused by flooding are a major danger to people’s lives in the UK and “could happen anywhere” because infrastructure such as electricity grids and communications networks are not adequately protected against the threat, according to a new report.

The finding, from the Royal Academy of Engineering, calls into question the UK’s preparedness for incidences of weather-related disasters, even as scientists and government advisers have warned that they will become more frequent, owing to climate change.

The national engineering academy examined a four-day power cut in Lancaster last December, when flooding caused the local electricity network to break down as a substation was inundated, affecting more than 60,000 homes and businesses, and at least 100,000 people, as well as disrupting transport, communications and the ability of emergency services to reach people in need.

Text messaging was one of the first services to go, followed by digital radio and the internet, and shops soon lost their tills, ATM machines went out of action, and garages were unable to dispense fuel as their pumps need electricity to operate. Traffic lights stopped working, and although trains could still function the station had to be closed early as its lighting was cut off.
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Some seemingly unrelated regulations can have unintended consequences. In Lancaster, the only supermarket still functioning during the power cuts had to close its doors on queues of customers because no one had the authority to countermand Sunday opening laws.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/11/power-cuts-caused-by-flooding-major-danger-to-british-lives-engineers-warn (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/11/power-cuts-caused-by-flooding-major-danger-to-british-lives-engineers-warn)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 13, 2016, 09:12:09 PM
Should We Respond to Climate Change Like We Did to WWII?
The controversial theory of "climate mobilization" says we should.
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On December 7, 1941, Japan’s surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor killed more than 2,000 people and drew the country into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the War Production Board to oversee the mobilization, as factories that once produced civilian goods began churning out tanks, warplanes, ships, and armaments. Food, gasoline, even shoes were rationed, and the production of cars, vacuum cleaners, radios, and sewing machines was halted (the steel, rubber, and glass were needed for the war industries). Similar mobilizations occurred in England and the Soviet Union.

Today, some environmentalists want to see a similarly massive effort in response to a different type of existential threat: climate change.
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This may sound far-fetched, but Brown believes we’re at a tipping point for climate mobilization. The economy is increasingly favoring renewables over fossil fuels, and grassroots campaigns like the Divestment Movement are gaining steam. Any number of circumstances could push the globe over the edge toward mobilization: severe droughts that create conflicts over water, or the accumulation of climate catastrophes from raging fires to hurricanes. When we cross over, Brown told me, “suddenly everything starts to move. ... We’re just going to be surprised at how fast this transition goes.”
https://newrepublic.com/article/133423/respond-climate-change-like-wwii
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on May 14, 2016, 09:58:49 PM
Should We Respond to Climate Change Like We Did to WWII?
The controversial theory of "climate mobilization" says we should.
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On December 7, 1941, Japan’s surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor killed more than 2,000 people and drew the country into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the War Production Board to oversee the mobilization, as factories that once produced civilian goods began churning out tanks, warplanes, ships, and armaments. Food, gasoline, even shoes were rationed, and the production of cars, vacuum cleaners, radios, and sewing machines was halted (the steel, rubber, and glass were needed for the war industries). Similar mobilizations occurred in England and the Soviet Union.

Today, some environmentalists want to see a similarly massive effort in response to a different type of existential threat: climate change.
...
This may sound far-fetched, but Brown believes we’re at a tipping point for climate mobilization. The economy is increasingly favoring renewables over fossil fuels, and grassroots campaigns like the Divestment Movement are gaining steam. Any number of circumstances could push the globe over the edge toward mobilization: severe droughts that create conflicts over water, or the accumulation of climate catastrophes from raging fires to hurricanes. When we cross over, Brown told me, “suddenly everything starts to move. ... We’re just going to be surprised at how fast this transition goes.”
https://newrepublic.com/article/133423/respond-climate-change-like-wwii

If we were to get very lucky then our Pearl Harbor equivalent would be a Blue Ocean event in the Arctic by this Sept 2016.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 16, 2016, 02:30:02 AM
San Francisco Bay Area residents are voting on whether fighting sea level rise is worth 4 coffees a year
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Next month, in a first-of-its-kind measure, San Francisco Bay Area residents will decide if they’re ready to put real skin in the game when it comes to protecting the region against climate change. On the June 7th ballot in nine Bay Area counties is a property tax that would cost residents $12 a year for the next 20 years. If passed, the measure—known as Measure AA— would raise $500 million dollars to protect the San Francisco Bay from sea level rise, which could claim large swaths of land in the coming decades if not confronted, and other negative environmental trends.
http://fusion.net/story/300991/bay-area-sea-level-climate-tax-measure/ (http://fusion.net/story/300991/bay-area-sea-level-climate-tax-measure/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 16, 2016, 01:49:40 PM
Should We Respond to Climate Change Like We Did to WWII?
The controversial theory of "climate mobilization" says we should.
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On December 7, 1941, Japan’s surprise attack on the American naval base at Pearl Harbor killed more than 2,000 people and drew the country into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the War Production Board to oversee the mobilization, as factories that once produced civilian goods began churning out tanks, warplanes, ships, and armaments. Food, gasoline, even shoes were rationed, and the production of cars, vacuum cleaners, radios, and sewing machines was halted (the steel, rubber, and glass were needed for the war industries). Similar mobilizations occurred in England and the Soviet Union.

Today, some environmentalists want to see a similarly massive effort in response to a different type of existential threat: climate change.
...
This may sound far-fetched, but Brown believes we’re at a tipping point for climate mobilization. The economy is increasingly favoring renewables over fossil fuels, and grassroots campaigns like the Divestment Movement are gaining steam. Any number of circumstances could push the globe over the edge toward mobilization: severe droughts that create conflicts over water, or the accumulation of climate catastrophes from raging fires to hurricanes. When we cross over, Brown told me, “suddenly everything starts to move. ... We’re just going to be surprised at how fast this transition goes.”
https://newrepublic.com/article/133423/respond-climate-change-like-wwii

If we were to get very lucky then our Pearl Harbor equivalent would be a Blue Ocean event in the Arctic by this Sept 2016.

Blue Ocean in September, then a progressive U.S. president elected in November, with a Democratic party majority or near-majority in both houses of Congress, and we could be well on the way.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 18, 2016, 12:44:51 AM
What's Old in Climate Change Acceptance and Action:

It has been ten years since the release of the movie portraying Al Gore's climate slideshow, 'An Inconvenient Truth.'  Did this film affect you?

How the Power of Film Spread ‘An Inconvenient Truth’
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When we premiered at Sundance several weeks later, our expectations were low. It was our first showing of the film to an audience. But the reaction was a revelation. People wept. There was repeated cheering during the film and a long standing ovation afterward. Paramount agreed to distribute.
http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/an-inconvenient-truth-global-warming-jeff-skoll-1201760431/ (http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/an-inconvenient-truth-global-warming-jeff-skoll-1201760431/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 18, 2016, 05:15:37 PM
Bertrand Piccard, pilot of the fossil-fuel-free Solar Impulse 2 plane on its around-the-world flight, suggests that a positive approach encourages more individuals to change, compared to focusing on the negative effects of climate change.
"It’s not so much the way we live that makes pollution and CO2, it’s the outdated systems that we use."

This link has Piccard's four-minute video, and details about the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn today where it will be presented:
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/bertrand-piccard-around-the-world-to-promote-clean-technologies/ (http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/bertrand-piccard-around-the-world-to-promote-clean-technologies/)

"The video will be played in front of a global audience on 18 May at the Bonn Climate Change Conference as part of the 4th Dialogue on Action for Climate Empowerment. The Dialogue is an annual forum for Parties and stakeholders to share their experiences, exchange ideas, good practices and lessons learned regarding the implementation of Article 6 of the Convention. This year’s Dialogue will focus on public awareness, public participation, public access to information and international cooperation on these matters."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 18, 2016, 08:04:22 PM
“We all have a limited emotional capacity for worry. When we’ve reached our limit, we become numb to the latest news.”

Stop screaming at us about climate change–and start inspiring us to take action
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One day this spring, when apple blossoms and wisteria splashed pink, white and purple all over Atlanta, I woke up to read that the seas were suffocating because of global warming and it might be too late to save them. I sipped my tea from a cup ironically inscribed with the word “courage” and pictured legions of marine creatures floating open-mouthed to the surface of the ocean.

That reminded me of a Reuters article declaring that a child born today may live to see the end of humanity—a few broken survivors surveying a panoptic devastation. And that made me recall the environmental journalist Chris Mooney’s call to arms in the Washington Post, which declared that the damage we’ve done to Earth has no parallel in 66 million years.

“It kind of wrecks my day to read these headlines,” said Earth scientist Peter Kalmus of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, when I called him to ask whether terrifying warnings do us any good. Speaking on his own behalf, not NASA’s or JPL, he went on: “I get this sinking sensation in my stomach.”
 
I was glad to hear it, because most news about climate change makes me deflate in despair. Since I can’t un-suffocate the oceans, my reaction is to shutter my attention and focus on the now. But lately, I’ve been talking to scientists, environmental writers and activists about whether the time has come for a shift in the way we talk about the climate. After all, in March, Gallup reported that 65% of Americans now believe global warming is caused primarily by human activities. A majority of Americans now concede the truth. I don’t see the dire headlines moving us to action. Inspiring examples might go farther.
http://qz.com/685269/stop-screaming-at-us-about-climate-change-and-start-inspiring-us-to-take-action/ (http://qz.com/685269/stop-screaming-at-us-about-climate-change-and-start-inspiring-us-to-take-action/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 18, 2016, 08:50:03 PM
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#ICYMI The awesome @benandjerrys video showing what 2 degrees of warming does to ice cream & the planet #ACEDialogue
https://twitter.com/momentum_unfccc/status/732948312702214144

YouTube link:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=80NLPNHpm0k
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 20, 2016, 07:44:00 PM
 Actually, three ways.

Here’s One Way The Media Confuses The Public About Climate Change
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/19/3779813/media-downplays-climate-science/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/05/19/3779813/media-downplays-climate-science/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 22, 2016, 04:36:59 PM
"Great new resource for communities, journalists, researchers, and policymakers catalogues and maps the impacts of climate change in real-time!"

Check it out here: http://www.climatesignals.org (http://www.climatesignals.org)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 24, 2016, 12:24:32 AM
Trump on climate change:  it's a chinese hoax -- but a threat to his golf course which he must address.

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Donald Trump has said he doesn't believe in man-made climate change and has called global warming a "hoax," but he's trying to protect a golf course he owns on the coast of Ireland from its effects.

The presumptive GOP nominee applied for a permit to build a seawall next to Trump International Golf Links & Hotel Ireland in County Clare to prevent erosion, according to Politico.

His application included an environmental impact statement that explicitly mentions "global warming and its effects." According to Politico's report, that statement says that rising sea levels in that region could accelerate erosion.
Donald Trump denies climate change--but fears it could hurt his golf course
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-denies-climate-change-but-wants-to-protect-one-of-his-golf-courses-from-effects/ (http://www.cbsnews.com/news/donald-trump-denies-climate-change-but-wants-to-protect-one-of-his-golf-courses-from-effects/)


http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/jan/24/bernie-s/yes-donald-trump-really-did-tweet-climate-change-h/ (http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/jan/24/bernie-s/yes-donald-trump-really-did-tweet-climate-change-h/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Laurent on May 24, 2016, 10:55:41 AM
We know that they deny on one side (for the stupids who are listening and buying) and will try to protect their business. We stay in the same cynical realm where the "stronger" win the stake. We, the weaker have to through them away otherwise they will kill us, the animals and themselves, just for the sake of it.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 26, 2016, 02:29:45 PM
"Much as the only way to confirm the danger of jumping off a cliff is to see what happens when you hit the bottom, waiting 50 years to see how much warming results from the continued burning of fossil fuels will likely commit us to the most severe consequences of climate change.”

We can’t afford to wait
By Jim Kasting and Michael Mann
http://www.centredaily.com/opinion/article79972282.html (http://www.centredaily.com/opinion/article79972282.html)


Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 31, 2016, 03:31:56 PM
So you're saying there's a chance?  ;)  :o

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Great animation by @CarbonBrief, estimates only 5 years left before 1.5C #carbonbudget is blown… #ActOnClimate
https://twitter.com/aldersgategrp/status/737586738697113601

Animation:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VbhlWSxcoYg
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 31, 2016, 07:02:30 PM
Cities to EU: If you don't act on air pollution, we will
Ministers and mayors have signed a pact to increase cities' efforts to tackle air pollution within the European Union. It comes as national European governments are poised to water down air pollution limits.
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Representatives of city governments across Europe signed a pact in Amsterdam on Monday (30.05.2016) pledging to take action on air pollution, as national governments are poised to water down European Union quality rules.

Ministers in charge of urban affairs and city governments issued the "Pact of Amsterdam," a direct partnership between city governments that seeks to bypass slow movement by national governments and the EU. In addition to air pollution, the pact will tackle housing, integration of migrants and urban poverty.

The initiative is part of a push for more "bottom-up" solutions in the European Union, where city governments are empowered to take more direct action. "There is a reason we have chosen the word 'pact,'" said Ronald Plasterk, the Dutch interior minister, announcing the signature. "It's not just Europe that decides that this is what's going to happen, it's not member states collectively - it's all these stakeholders together."
http://www.dw.com/en/cities-to-eu-if-you-dont-act-on-air-pollution-we-will/a-19293971 (http://www.dw.com/en/cities-to-eu-if-you-dont-act-on-air-pollution-we-will/a-19293971)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 03, 2016, 01:24:04 PM
Big Oil Is Terminal
By Joe Romm
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Existential threat #1 to oil, the ever-worsening reality of climate change, makes peak demand inevitable in the next few decades. Existential threat #2, the ever-improving reality of electric car batteries, will be one of the primary instruments of demand destruction.
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By the mid-2020s, then, EVs and new renewables in tandem will provide an alternative to IC vehicles that is superior in many respects — the same or lower first cost, a much lower annual fueling (and maintenance) bill, zero tail-pipe emissions of urban air pollutants, and zero total emissions of carbon dioxide. And this will all be happening during the decade when the increasingly painful reality of climate change makes governments even more desperate to slash CO2 emissions than they are today.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/06/02/3767486/peak-oil-decline-financial-times/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/06/02/3767486/peak-oil-decline-financial-times/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 03, 2016, 11:18:29 PM
MacArthur Foundation Will Award $100 Million for Solution to a Global Problem
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The MacArthur Foundation, known for bestowing “genius” grants on artists, actors and other creative people, introduced a new competition on Thursday that would award $100 million to an organization with the best proposal to solve a global problem.

The competition, called 100&Change, is open to organizations in any field, anywhere in the world, as long as the proposal identifies a problem affecting people, a place, or the entire planet and comes up with a way to fix it.

The foundation said in a statement it was “placing a few big bets” that significant progress could be made on social challenges like incarceration, climate change and nuclear risk. It did not place limits on what kind of problems should be addressed to be eligible for the award, which will be given every three years.

“Solving society’s most pressing problems isn’t easy, but we believe it can be done,” said Julia Stasch, the president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. “Potential solutions may go unnoticed or under-resourced and are waiting to be brought to scale.”

The application process, the foundation said, is designed to provide feedback and visibility, so the proposals that do not win the MacArthur award might still attract backing or other forms of support.
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/us/macarthur-foundation-will-award-100-million-for-solution-to-a-global-problem.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/03/us/macarthur-foundation-will-award-100-million-for-solution-to-a-global-problem.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 11, 2016, 12:31:15 AM
Los Angeles, The Second-Largest City In The U.S., Is On The Verge Of Being 100 Percent Renewable
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LADWP is on the verge of making significant investments in its infrastructure, and with that 100-year-old power system in need of significant upgrades, the city has an opportunity to re-create its utility in a way that recognizes the potential for a fossil-free future, demonstrates global leadership in its commitment to clean energy, and protects ratepayers from the increasing costs of carbon-based fuels.
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According to the most recent progress report from C40, an international coalition, 228 world cities — representing 436 million people — have set targets that would reduce emissions by 13 gigatons of CO2 by 2050. Partly, this opportunity for reductions is tied to the sheer size of cities. Cities hold more than half of the world’s population, so changes can have outsized impacts.
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The campaign officially launched in January, but Brune said there are active campaigns now in dozens of cities. “From Oakland, Calif., to Cleveland, Ohio, Boulder, Miami, Boise — these are all efforts that just got started in the last 90 days,” Brune said. He estimated there would be 50 cities with active campaigns by the end of the year.
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The importance of the economics here cannot be underestimated. Los Angeles’ $57 million worth of LED lights, for example, will have paid themselves off in less than six years — a staggering return on investment.
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But there is a lot of support right now in Los Angeles for changing the way Angelenos get their electricity. Over the winter, an uncontrolled natural gas leak in northern Los Angeles caused thousands of families to be evacuated from their homes. People complained of bloody noses, headaches, and other health problems, while Southern California Gas Company struggled for months to contain the Aliso Canyon facility. Subsequently, the company said the region would face potential blackouts this summer without Aliso Canyon, which provides gas to some local power plants.

That statement infuriated locals, who insist that the city can go green and avoid reopening the storage facility.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/06/10/3786420/los-angeles-to-go-renewable/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/06/10/3786420/los-angeles-to-go-renewable/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 14, 2016, 03:18:47 AM
Clean energy is now "Business as Usual."   :)  ;)

Coal And Gas To Begin ‘Terminal Decline’ In Less Than A Decade, Bloomberg Says
By Joe Romm
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A stunning new forecast on “peak fossil fuels for electricity” by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) concludes that “coal and gas will begin their terminal decline in less than a decade.”

It’s been clear for a while that coal demand is plateauing, if it hasn’t already peaked. But BNEF explains that of the “eight massive shifts coming soon to power markets,” #1 is “There Will Be No Golden Age of Gas.”

Here is the core finding of BNEF’s “annual long-term view of how the world’s power markets will evolve in the future,” their New Energy Outlook (NEO):

Cheaper coal and cheaper gas will not derail the transformation and decarbonisation of the world’s power systems. By 2040, zero-emission energy sources will make up 60% of installed capacity. Wind and solar will account for 64% of the 8.6TW [1 Terawatt = 1,000 Gigawatts] of new power generating capacity added worldwide over the next 25 years, and for almost 60% of the $11.4 trillion invested.
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Significantly, the $7.8 trillion investment in renewables and ongoing price drops are all just what BNEF expects to happen on our current path. It’s “business as usual.” It does not assume the world embraces the policies needed to drive the investments necessary to stabilize below the 2°C (3.6°F), as the nations of the world have unanimously agreed to do in Paris last December. In the below-2 degrees Celsius scenario, “the world would need to invest another $5.3 trillion in zero-carbon power by 2040.”
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/06/13/3787700/coal-gas-plants-cheap-renewables/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/06/13/3787700/coal-gas-plants-cheap-renewables/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 28, 2016, 05:27:45 PM
Introducing “Warm Regards,” My New Podcast About Climate Change
By Eric Holthaus
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For those of us who think about climate change often—like unhealthily often—there's sometimes a sense that you're missing the story. Climate change is quite possibly the most important thing humans have ever done—I mean, we're altering our planet's atmosphere perhaps at a faster rate than at any point in Earth’s entire history. Yet it can often feel remote, abstract, and lost in a sea of statistics.

To keep sane, you have to learn about the people and personalities involved behind the scenes; those who can help suss out when the latest science is truly freak-out worthy. That's why I made Warm Regards: a new podcast about climate change.

My goal here is not a little lofty: to help humanize those who are working on the climate problem.

Joining me with co-hosts Andy Revkin, a veteran environment writer for the New York Times who has covered climate change for 30 years, and Jacquelyn Gill, a paleoecologist at the University of Maine who is an actual, real-life climate scientist and flawlessly navigates climate Twitter. (If you spend any time in climate Twitter, you know that’s a rare combination.) We’ll regularly invite newsmakers and scientists and listeners and people on the front lines, too.

In our inaugural episode of Warm Regards, we tackle what it means to talk about climate change at this unique moment in human history. I hope you’ll listen and share our podcast with your friends. We’re on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Twitter, and we’ll be working our way up to new episodes each week.
http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2016/06/24/introducing_warm_regards_a_new_climate_change_podcast.html (http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2016/06/24/introducing_warm_regards_a_new_climate_change_podcast.html)

https://soundcloud.com/warmregardspodcast (https://soundcloud.com/warmregardspodcast)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 14, 2016, 03:08:44 PM
The most direct statement yet:

Insurers, Banks and Pensions Face Climate Change Risk: Institute
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The world’s insurers, banks and pension funds are "inherently susceptible" to threats from climate change and must make adjustments, from shifting investment toward environmentally friendly industries to revamping strategies to reduce risk, said the Global Risk Institute.

“Climate change is a top priority that must be addressed systemically and without delay," concludes a report by the Toronto-based group that researches risks to the global financial services industry.

Climate change poses “a real and potentially devastating risk” to investment portfolios, including $35.4 trillion overseen by the world’s pensions. Global investment portfolios may lose up to 45 percent due to short-term shifts in climate sentiment, the institute said, citing a 2015 University of Cambridge study. Half those losses could be avoided by reallocating portfolios, though half would be unhedgeable without system-wide action on climate change.

“To avoid financial liability and mitigate climate change-related risks, pension funds must diversify their portfolios across all sources of risk and increase allocations to low carbon technologies and green energy,” the institute said.

Insurers, whose insurance losses from weather events swelled from an annual average of about $10 billion to around $50 billion in the past decade, face threats from physical events, risks tied to liability and “transition risk" from adjusting to a lower-carbon economy, the report said.

Climate change poses a direct risk to bank operations and lending, with real estate, infrastructure and agricultural businesses particularly threatened, the report said. Banks should scale back exposure to “high carbon industries” and assets that may suffer in tackling climate change and pursue “new green opportunities” in commercial and investment banking, according to the report.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-12/insurers-banks-and-pensions-face-climate-change-risk-institute (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-07-12/insurers-banks-and-pensions-face-climate-change-risk-institute)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 20, 2016, 08:41:09 PM
Methane Pollution Is About To See A Serious Cut From Landfills
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Last Friday, the EPA announced new rules that will cut landfills’ methane emissions by one third.

The latest regulation is an update to rules last updated over 20 years ago. They are expected to reduce methane emissions by around 334,000 tons a year in 2025. That is equivalent to reducing 8.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
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Food waste is partly to blame for the methane pollution from landfills. The EPA's rule noted that there is not enough information on how the regulations would affect how much waste is diverted to recycling, waste-to-energy facilities, or composting. While lowering methane emissions has clear climate benefits, avoiding wasted food and other organics would also contribute to reducing methane emissions. Around 40 percent of food grown in the United States ends up wasted.
http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/07/19/3799601/epa-landfills-methane-emissions-regulation/ (http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2016/07/19/3799601/epa-landfills-methane-emissions-regulation/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 23, 2016, 05:13:38 PM
New video from Al Jazeera's TechKnow program looks at the politics and denial in the U.S. -- and at construction in Miami, where the mayor says he doesn't have time to deal with denial.

The politics of climate change in the US - TechKnow
Jul 17, 2016
http://video.aljazeera.com/channels/eng/videos/the-politics-of-climate-change-in-the-us---techknow/5038899181001 (http://video.aljazeera.com/channels/eng/videos/the-politics-of-climate-change-in-the-us---techknow/5038899181001)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 31, 2016, 09:25:52 PM
New solution for access to clean drinking water.  Article and podcast.

Solar-Powered 'ATM' Delivers Clean Water in Sub-Saharan Africa
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For most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, access to safe and reliable water remains a major challenge. In Kenya alone, 16 million people do not have access to clean water. Increased incidences of drought linked to climate change is worsening water scarcity, particularly in areas that have limited and sporadic rainfall, leading to migration and increased urbanization.

Grundfos Lifelink Water Solutions helps build resilience to the effects of climate change by providing access to safe, sustainable and affordable water to people in developing countries. Lifelink systems can be installed in large or small water schemes in both urban and rural settings. In urban areas, the systems can be connected to the water network or to a water storage tank. In off-grid rural areas, Lifelink systems take the form of communal water points and mini-grids, drawing water from the ground or water treatment systems through solar-powered pumps.
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/climate-action/solar-powered-atm-delivers-clean-water-in-sub-saharan-africa/ (http://newsroom.unfccc.int/climate-action/solar-powered-atm-delivers-clean-water-in-sub-saharan-africa/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on July 31, 2016, 10:08:43 PM
New solution for access to clean drinking water.  Article and podcast.

Solar-Powered 'ATM' Delivers Clean Water in Sub-Saharan Africa
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For most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, access to safe and reliable water remains a major challenge. In Kenya alone, 16 million people do not have access to clean water. Increased incidences of drought linked to climate change is worsening water scarcity, particularly in areas that have limited and sporadic rainfall, leading to migration and increased urbanization.

Grundfos Lifelink Water Solutions helps build resilience to the effects of climate change by providing access to safe, sustainable and affordable water to people in developing countries. Lifelink systems can be installed in large or small water schemes in both urban and rural settings. In urban areas, the systems can be connected to the water network or to a water storage tank. In off-grid rural areas, Lifelink systems take the form of communal water points and mini-grids, drawing water from the ground or water treatment systems through solar-powered pumps.
http://newsroom.unfccc.int/climate-action/solar-powered-atm-delivers-clean-water-in-sub-saharan-africa/ (http://newsroom.unfccc.int/climate-action/solar-powered-atm-delivers-clean-water-in-sub-saharan-africa/)
Charging poor people for access to safe drinking water is good for them in the long run. The survivors will be highly motivated to work hard for whatever pay is offered.
Polluting natural water sources can now open a new profit stream as locals pay to avoid the toxic results. /sarc
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 01, 2016, 02:48:56 AM
... <snip>
Charging poor people for access to safe drinking water is good for them in the long run. The survivors will be highly motivated to work hard for whatever pay is offered.
Polluting natural water sources can now open a new profit stream as locals pay to avoid the toxic results. /sarc
Terry

I see your sarcasm. ;)  But clean water is no longer conveniently "free" and of sufficient supply for everyone to take however much they like.  There is a cost, so some sort of rationing of the valuable commodity, and payback for the new infrastructure, is needed.  Perhaps there's a "sharing economy" also in place, for those without the cash to pay for water themselves.  :)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on August 01, 2016, 05:30:13 AM
Sigmetnow


Billing the least able to pay, rather than taxing the most affluent is a recipe for a disaster of epic proportions. After commodifying water what is next, billing for breathable air?


If we can't afford this minimal act of compassion today, what chance will we have when real sacrifices are called for as climate change really takes hold?


Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: sidd on August 01, 2016, 05:49:11 AM
Re: water kiosk sales

Let us be clear. This is a solar powered water vending machine. No doubt they will implement surge pricing and all else they can imagine. The technological society spares none. Ellul was right.

But then some of us who see things differently have imagination too. Ellul was right again, you do not break an efficient system with efficient method.

sidd
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 01, 2016, 05:19:08 PM
Sigmetnow

... After commodifying water what is next, billing for breathable air?  ...

Terry

China already does this -- only the most affluent can afford the Tesla "biohazard filter" and other technology to constantly clean the air around them when they step outside.

I'm not saying the water ATM is a great solution.  In fact I'm hoping the ATM cards could be widely distributed, and a limited amount of clean water could be accessed for free on each card.  But when clean water (or air) is a luxury, the technology is expensive at first.  As it spreads, it becomes more affordable and then it becomes unthinkable to limit it to the rich.  I hope!
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on August 02, 2016, 05:21:32 PM
For those who like to promote technological "solutions" to the climate change problem, I provide the following links to Bill Gates sites.  The attached image (from the first link) illustrates how Bill expects to maintain high population, high services, high energy consumption, but to still make progress by limiting carbon emissions from the energy production (via TerraPower as discussed in the last two links, using "safe" breeder [or traveling wave] reactor technology):

https://www.gatesnotes.com/2016-Annual-Letter (https://www.gatesnotes.com/2016-Annual-Letter)

http://terrapower.com/ (http://terrapower.com/)
http://terrapower.com/news/upending-nuclear-innovation (http://terrapower.com/news/upending-nuclear-innovation)

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on August 06, 2016, 10:52:40 AM
I think that we need many more "Leo Effect" moments to get the climate change message out at major events when the public is watching (say at the Olympics, or the Super Bowl, and the World Cup, half-times):

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/08/05/the-leo-effect-when-dicaprio-talked-climate-change-at-the-oscars-people-suddenly-cared/?utm_term=.6f361b75e7dd (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/08/05/the-leo-effect-when-dicaprio-talked-climate-change-at-the-oscars-people-suddenly-cared/?utm_term=.6f361b75e7dd)

Extract: "Do celebrities matter? The answer — modern, big data approaches are showing — is pretty clearly “yes.”

Earlier this year, a team of researchers documented that when Charlie Sheen told the world that he had HIV, media attention to the virus — which had been in long decline — spiked massively.

And now, many of the same researchers are back with another demonstration. They find that when Leonardo DiCaprio used his Oscar speech earlier this year to exhort action on climate change, tweets and Google searches about the topic were enormous and, at least in the case of tweets, appear to have set a new record based on analyses between 2011 and the present.
“A single speech, at a very opportunistic time, at the Oscar ceremony, resulted in the largest increase in public engagement with climate change ever,” says John Ayers of San Diego State University, who completed the work with colleagues from the University of California San Diego, the Santa Fe Institute, and other institutions. Their study was just published in the open access journal PLOS One."

See the study at:
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0159885 (http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0159885)

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 06, 2016, 06:37:59 PM
ASLR wrote:  "I think that we need many more "Leo Effect" moments to get the climate change message out at major events when the public is watching (say at the Olympics...."

Done!  :)

In Olympics opening ceremony, Brazil goes big on climate change
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Amid the pomp and circumstance of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on Friday, in between the fireworks and musical acts, the costumed performers and the camera shots of Gisele Bundchen dancing giddily alongside her fellow Brazilians in the crowd, came a more somber message.

In primetime, with the world watching, Brazil showed a video focused on the problem of global warming and climate change. The video, narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Judi Dench, included maps and graphics showing how rapidly the earth’s temperature has spiked over time, how drastically the Antarctic ice sheet has wilted in recent decades and how steadily seas are rising around the globe.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/08/05/in-olympics-opening-ceremony-brazil-goes-big-on-climate-change/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/08/05/in-olympics-opening-ceremony-brazil-goes-big-on-climate-change/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 11, 2016, 03:29:22 AM
Great tweetstorm by Alex Steffen on how we think about climate change action.  Sample:

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How we build & power our cities, how we grow our food, how we make & consume things: all these mundane concerns affect our distant posterity
https://twitter.com/alexsteffen/status/763429526126809088
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We're not used to thinking of our daily lives as having multi-generational, serious (even catastrophic) consequences.
https://twitter.com/alexsteffen/status/763430039270535170
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We're still trying to figure out how we incorporate that knowledge into our worldviews of industrial abundance without limits or real costs.
https://twitter.com/alexsteffen/status/763430441848147968
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Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 14, 2016, 02:32:06 AM
Bill McKibben:  This is absolutely right. Incrementalism might have worked a generation ago, but not on a planet already so hot:

Alex Steffan:  The transition ahead is going to be fast, and huge, and disruptive, and messy—and that's much, much better than any of the alternatives.
https://twitter.com/alexsteffen/status/764575858325544961
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 15, 2016, 12:53:33 AM
In a new video address, President Obama previewed his latest efforts to address what he called "one of the most urgent challenges of our time," noting that despite national -- and international -- movement on climate change, "there's still so much more to do."

"We're not done yet. In the weeks and months ahead, we'll release a second round of fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles," Mr. Obama said in a video released Saturday. "We'll take steps to meet the goal we set with Canada and Mexico to achieve 50 percent clean power across North America by 2025. And we'll continue to protect our lands and waters so that our kids and grandkids can enjoy our most beautiful spaces for generations."


President Obama: Weekly Address on Climate Change (Video, Transcript) August 13, 2016 (Radio, YouTube)
http://www.shallownation.com/2016/08/13/president-obama-weekly-address-climate-change-video-transcript-august-13-2016-radio-youtube/ (http://www.shallownation.com/2016/08/13/president-obama-weekly-address-climate-change-video-transcript-august-13-2016-radio-youtube/)

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on August 15, 2016, 05:59:47 PM
In a new video address, President Obama previewed his latest efforts to address what he called "one of the most urgent challenges of our time," noting that despite national -- and international -- movement on climate change, "there's still so much more to do."

"We're not done yet. In the weeks and months ahead, we'll release a second round of fuel efficiency standards for heavy-duty vehicles," Mr. Obama said in a video released Saturday. "We'll take steps to meet the goal we set with Canada and Mexico to achieve 50 percent clean power across North America by 2025. And we'll continue to protect our lands and waters so that our kids and grandkids can enjoy our most beautiful spaces for generations."


President Obama: Weekly Address on Climate Change (Video, Transcript) August 13, 2016 (Radio, YouTube)
http://www.shallownation.com/2016/08/13/president-obama-weekly-address-climate-change-video-transcript-august-13-2016-radio-youtube/ (http://www.shallownation.com/2016/08/13/president-obama-weekly-address-climate-change-video-transcript-august-13-2016-radio-youtube/)

What do you think that Obama knows (say from the initial ACME runs) that we don't know yet?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 16, 2016, 03:29:12 AM
I'm seeing more references lately about building a "World War II" - type response to climate change.

We’re under attack from climate change—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII.
BY BILL MCKIBBEN
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Turning out more solar panels and wind turbines may not sound like warfare, but it’s exactly what won World War II: not just massive invasions and pitched tank battles and ferocious aerial bombardments, but the wholesale industrial retooling that was needed to build weapons and supply troops on a previously unprecedented scale. Defeating the Nazis required more than brave soldiers. It required building big factories, and building them really, really fast.

In 1941, the world’s largest industrial plant under a single roof went up in six months near Ypsilanti, Michigan; Charles Lindbergh called it the “Grand Canyon of the mechanized world.” Within months, it was churning out a B-24 Liberator bomber every hour. Bombers! Huge, complicated planes, endlessly more intricate than solar panels or turbine blades—containing 1,225,000 parts, 313,237 rivets. Nearby, in Warren, Michigan, the Army built a tank factory faster than they could build the power plant to run it—so they simply towed a steam locomotive into one end of the building to provide steam heat and electricity. That one factory produced more tanks than the Germans built in the entire course of the war.

It wasn’t just weapons. In another corner of Michigan, a radiator company landed a contract for more than 20 million steel helmets; not far away, a rubber factory retooled to produce millions of helmet liners. The company that used to supply fabrics for Ford’s seat cushions went into parachute production. Nothing went to waste--when car companies stopped making cars for the duration of the fighting, GM found it had thousands of 1939 model-year ashtrays piled up in inventory. So it shipped them out to Seattle, where Boeing put them in long-range bombers headed for the Pacific. Pontiac made anti-aircraft guns; Oldsmobile churned out cannons; Studebaker built engines for Flying Fortresses; Nash-Kelvinator produced propellers for British de Havillands; Hudson Motors fabricated wings for Helldivers and P-38 fighters; Buick manufactured tank destroyers; Fisher Body built thousands of M4 Sherman tanks; Cadillac turned out more than 10,000 light tanks. And that was just Detroit—the same sort of industrial mobilization took place all across America.
https://newrepublic.com/article/135684/declare-war-climate-change-mobilize-wwii
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 16, 2016, 12:19:55 PM
Eric Holthaus:

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Days like this are tough for me, I'm not going to lie. A fresh batch of climate data was released, and it looks like last month continued the current streak of 15 consecutive monthly global temperature records. On Twitter, NASA GISS director Gavin Schmidt went a step further and said "July 2016 was absolutely the hottest month since the instrumental records began." (July is usually Earth's warmest month because most of the land is in the northern hemisphere, and land heats up more than ocean does in the summer.)

We know that July 2016 was the warmest month since we've been watching with carefully calibrated thermometers, but it's also quite likely the warmest month in the history of human civilization, dating back at least 10,000 years. Pyramids, agriculture, cities, Beyonce, all of it.

We are risking everything by continuing on this path. Don't let anyone convince you otherwise. We can't have a stable and prosperous global society without the basics of water, food, health, and stability. Climate change risks all of these, as well as the ecosystems and other species that makes living on a planet so wonderful.

We're past the point of planting a symbolic tree in your backyard or signing a petition. In an interview the other day, a scientist spoke of her remaining hope as rooted in the possibility of "nonlinear success" when so many are worrying about nonlinear collapse and failure—which leads to despair. Some of my journalist colleagues have faulted me for saying things like this, but we live in a time of blunt language. Our generation risks profound change if the climate models are right, and they have been so far. What are you waiting for to make as much noise as you can about this? What's it going to take?
http://tinyletter.com/sciencebyericholthaus/letters/today-in-weather-climate-warmest-month-in-human-history-edition-tuesday-august-16th (http://tinyletter.com/sciencebyericholthaus/letters/today-in-weather-climate-warmest-month-in-human-history-edition-tuesday-august-16th)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 16, 2016, 12:51:35 PM
AbruptSLR @ #240 wrote:
"What do you think that Obama knows (say from the initial ACME runs) that we don't know yet?"

I think we all know more than enough to realize we need to act.  Even top presidential advisors -- to a president who fully accepts the dangers we face -- don't need to present any more evidence than what we've already seen.  There's no new secret thing that flips the switch.

Obama has become rather devil-may-care during his last months in office, doing eveything he can do on his own, with little regard to how loudly the Republican-controlled Congress howls about "presidential overreach."  Obama also knows the majority of the public is on his side in this.  It shouldn't hurt the Democrats significantly, and may actually help.

So, why wait?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 14, 2016, 05:16:54 PM
Climate change 'significant and direct' threat to U.S. military: reports
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The effects of climate change endanger U.S. military operations and could increase the danger of international conflict, according to three new documents endorsed by retired top U.S. military officers and former national security officials.

"There are few easy answers, but one thing is clear: the current trajectory of climatic change presents a strategically-significant risk to U.S. national security, and inaction is not a viable option," said a statement published on Wednesday by the Center for Climate and Security, a Washington-based think tank.

It was signed by more than a dozen former senior military and national security officials, including retired General Anthony Zinni, former commander of the U.S. Central Command, and retired Admiral Samuel Locklear, head of the Pacific Command until last year.

They called on the next U.S. president to create a cabinet level position to deal with climate change and its impact on national security.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-idUSKCN11K0BC (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-idUSKCN11K0BC)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: JimD on September 16, 2016, 03:59:46 AM
An article caught my eye on ThinkProgress telling everyone to be happy because the tide has turned on acceptance of global warming.  Interesting I thought as I had just read an article pointing out how little opinions had changed over the years.  A little research.  All links are based upon the same data.

https://thinkprogress.org/americans-concern-about-climate-change-is-growing-91730d76577a#.fevhntw0g (https://thinkprogress.org/americans-concern-about-climate-change-is-growing-91730d76577a#.fevhntw0g)

http://www.gallup.com/poll/190010/concern-global-warming-eight-year-high.aspx (http://www.gallup.com/poll/190010/concern-global-warming-eight-year-high.aspx)

https://www.minnpost.com/earth-journal/2016/09/americans-polarization-over-climate-widening-and-facts-don-t-matter (https://www.minnpost.com/earth-journal/2016/09/americans-polarization-over-climate-widening-and-facts-don-t-matter)

So.  First the everything is great ThinkProgress graph.  Note the left hand scale where from the bottom of the chart to 30 is about 1/5 the distance from 30 to 60.  Makes for impressive variation.  But note where the numbers were in 1990.  Yup we have really turned the corner. 

(https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fcontent.gallup.com%2Forigin%2Fgallupinc%2FGallupSpaces%2FProduction%2FCms%2FPOLL%2Fk6kymad9gkuj-gj9o3jlaq.png&hash=bbf134426e7dc462d24098eae4f9ce87)

Next we have a similar graph over the same general time span but with a full left hand scale.  Note the polarization between liberal and conservative over the time span.

(https://www.minnpost.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/article_detail/opinion-trends.jpg)

A third chart, which is perhaps the most important, shows the divisions along political lines in Congress.  Pretty stark.  Kind of tells a different story about how much progress is being made.

(https://www.minnpost.com/sites/default/files/congress-trends.jpg)

And last a chart showing how we have turned the corner and found a place pretty similar to where we were 15 years ago.

(https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/proxy.php?request=http%3A%2F%2Fcontent.gallup.com%2Forigin%2Fgallupinc%2FGallupSpaces%2FProduction%2FCms%2FPOLL%2Fkk6qz4ey2kqlojjpj6wnna.png&hash=b7ca6b90f199cc68c850e977152f2317)


Nothing special to learn here really.  Polling can be manipulated as well as the way it is presented.  What really counts is results....which we can call paltry if we are feeling generous.










Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: JimD on September 16, 2016, 04:06:25 AM
Climate change 'significant and direct' threat to U.S. military: reports
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The effects of climate change endanger U.S. military operations and could increase the danger of international conflict, according to three new documents endorsed by retired top U.S. military officers and former national security officials.

"There are few easy answers, but one thing is clear: the current trajectory of climatic change presents a strategically-significant risk to U.S. national security, and inaction is not a viable option," said a statement published on Wednesday by the Center for Climate and Security, a Washington-based think tank.

It was signed by more than a dozen former senior military and national security officials, including retired General Anthony Zinni, former commander of the U.S. Central Command, and retired Admiral Samuel Locklear, head of the Pacific Command until last year.

They called on the next U.S. president to create a cabinet level position to deal with climate change and its impact on national security.
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-idUSKCN11K0BC (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-climatechange-idUSKCN11K0BC)

As I pointed out on this blog several years ago the US intelligence and military communities accepted that global warming was occurring several years before my original posts on that subject.  The intelligent take away here is that it is not their job to do any thing other than to protect Americas strategic position. Solving climate change is not on their radar.  Making sure that America is standing on top of the heap when the dust settles however is their job.   Doing that job is what they are talking about.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 26, 2016, 06:43:52 PM
SXSL:  South By South Lawn.  Innovation conference at the White House.  Monday, October 3, 2016
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Earlier this year, President Obama traveled to South by Southwest® for a conversation on civic engagement. In Austin, he called on creative thinkers and entrepreneurs from across the country to help tackle our toughest challenges. On Monday, October 3, we're celebrating that spirit of innovation at South by South Lawn, a White House festival of ideas, art, and action.

At SXSL, we'll call on every American to roll up their sleeves and discover their own way to make a positive difference in our country. And it's an opportunity to celebrate the inspiring work so many Americans have already accomplished.

So join us on October 3, no matter where you are. The festival will be streamed live on WhiteHouse.gov, Facebook.com/WhiteHouse, and sxsw.com/live. Join the conversation using #SXSL to share your ideas and tell us how you’ll make a difference in the world.
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President Obama in Conversation with Leonardo DiCaprio and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

President Obama will join a conversation with Academy Award-winning actor Leonardo DiCaprio and climate scientist Dr. Katharine Hayhoe about the importance of protecting the one planet we’ve got for future generations.

Following the conversation, attendees will watch the domestic premiere of DiCaprio’s new climate documentary film Before the Flood presented by National Geographic in a first-of-its-kind film screening on the South Lawn of the White House.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/SXSL (https://www.whitehouse.gov/SXSL)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 29, 2016, 01:04:00 AM
New York City accelerates emissions efforts in face of daunting sea level rise
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New York City has set out a plan to quicken its pace of decarbonization in order to meet its emissions reduction target, as the metropolis prepares for a daunting sea level rise due to climate change.

The proposals state that New York “must accelerate efforts” to expand renewable energy generation, improve the energy efficiency of buildings, transition to electric vehicles and improve waste management in order to meet its goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050, based on 2005 levels.
...
New York is set to be increasingly challenged by sea level rises caused by melting glaciers and thermal expansion of the ocean as the planet warms. By 2100, sea levels could be up to 50 inches higher than today in New York, a scenario that has prompted the city to pledge billions of dollars for flood defenses and adaptation. Still, high-value property in Manhattan is considered a long-term risk, with some scientists believing that a managed retreat from parts of the city is inevitable.
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/27/new-york-city-emissions-sea-level-rise-climate-change (https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/sep/27/new-york-city-emissions-sea-level-rise-climate-change)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 04, 2016, 02:58:29 PM
I'll admit, I was shocked (and thrilled!) to see it:  U.S. TV drama makes climate change a major plot element!

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The season premiere of Madam Secretary dealt with climate change, and some people didn’t like that. In the premiere of the show’s third season on CBS, President Conrad Dalton (played by Keith Carradine) breaks party ties by embracing climate science and promising to prepare military bases around the world for superstorms. He then promptly loses his party’s primary — womp, womp — but now might run on an independent ticket.

And true to form, those who take issue with the fact of human-caused climate change took to the devil’s platform to express as much rage as if this had happened in! real! life!
http://grist.org/briefly/the-season-premiere-of-madam-secretary-dealt-with-climate-change-and-some-people-didnt-like-that/ (http://grist.org/briefly/the-season-premiere-of-madam-secretary-dealt-with-climate-change-and-some-people-didnt-like-that/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 10, 2016, 07:13:30 PM
Coal, fossil fuels, climate change denial, clean energy, Tesla, subsidies, revenue-neutral carbon tax, and a video interview -- this article has it all!

Tesla CEO Elon Musk challenges Big Coal to go toe-to-toe with Zero subsidies, after being called a fraud by Murray Energy CEO
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Now that Tesla is venturing further into the energy industry by ramping up its energy storage division, ‘Tesla Energy’, and with solar through its proposed merger with SolarCity, the company is not just causing troubles to established automakers and big oil, but also traditional energy companies like coal mining corporations.

This morning it became clear that Tesla is not welcomed by those companies when Robert Murray, a climate-change denier and CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, one of the biggest coal mining firms in the US, called Tesla a “fraud” for receiving subsidies without turning a profit.
https://electrek.co/2016/10/10/tesla-ceo-elon-musk-challenges-big-coal-toe-to-toe-without-subsidies-after-called-fraud/ (https://electrek.co/2016/10/10/tesla-ceo-elon-musk-challenges-big-coal-toe-to-toe-without-subsidies-after-called-fraud/)

Looks like the link to the video in the article might be missing.  This should be it:
http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000558025 (http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000558025)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 13, 2016, 04:27:26 AM
“If you begin a conversation with, ‘You’re an idiot,’ that’s the end of the conversation, too.”

Katharine Hayhoe, a Climate Explainer Who Stays Above the Storm
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/11/science/katharine-hayhoe-climate-change-science.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/11/science/katharine-hayhoe-climate-change-science.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on October 15, 2016, 07:39:09 PM
The linked article is entitled: "Climate inertia".

https://ourchangingclimate.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/climate-inertia/

Extract: "The climate system also has a tremendous amount of inertia built in. And like with the supertanker, this means that early action is required if we want to change the climate’s course. This inertia is a crucial aspect of the climate system, both scientifically but also societally – but in the latter realm it’s a very underappreciated aspect. Just do a mental check: when did you last hear or read about the climate’s inertia in mainstream media or from politicians?"
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on October 16, 2016, 05:13:01 PM
The linked article is entitled: "Climate inertia".

https://ourchangingclimate.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/climate-inertia/ (https://ourchangingclimate.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/climate-inertia/)

Extract: "The climate system also has a tremendous amount of inertia built in. And like with the supertanker, this means that early action is required if we want to change the climate’s course. This inertia is a crucial aspect of the climate system, both scientifically but also societally – but in the latter realm it’s a very underappreciated aspect. Just do a mental check: when did you last hear or read about the climate’s inertia in mainstream media or from politicians?"

As a follow-up on the article about Climate Inertia, decision makers are also using the logarithmic nature of climate sensitivity to CO2 concentrations (see attached plot) to hide the fact that even when making the conservative assumption that ECS = 3C (it may be as high as 4.6C), that CO2 is the only GHG worth talking about (it is not), and that we are currently only at a GMSTA of 1.0C (rather than the 1.25C that we actually are at) we are already more than committed to passing a Global Mean Surface Temperature Anomaly increase of 1.5C.

http://www.bitsofscience.org/do-the-math-climate-sensitivity-logarithmic-1-5-degrees-400-ppm-7237/ (http://www.bitsofscience.org/do-the-math-climate-sensitivity-logarithmic-1-5-degrees-400-ppm-7237/)


Extract: "According to ‘conventional climate science’ the currently already emitted amount of CO2 (404 ppm) leads to a committed warming of 1.56 degrees Celsius. To keep ‘the promise of Paris’ – the CO2 concentration must go down, down to below 400 ppm on the decades timescale, and (yes, Hansen was right there too) closer to 350 ppm to also prevent ‘the slow climate catastrophe’.

...
Let’s call this piece a short supplement on our ‘Real’ Global Temperature Trend series. Because it’s too important – and everyone seems to have overlooked something that is politically quite relevant: if you assume Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity is 3 degrees (which is IPCC’s median value – and seems a good yet slightly conservative number judging by our expert survey) at the current CO2 concentration of 404 ppm we already have a committed warming (‘Real’ Global Temperature) of 1.56 degrees Celsius.

The reason is a rather odd characteristic of greenhouse gases: they warm the climate logarithmically. That means linear growth of temperature is reached after exponential growth of the concentration of heat-absorbing gases in the atmosphere. Therefore climate sensitivity is expressed as a certain amount of warming (probably close to/somewhat above 3 degrees [second link to our expert survey – give it a read]) for every doubling of the CO2 concentration. You get that amount of warming from 280 (pre-industrial CO2) to 560 – and again from 560 to 1120 ppm of CO2.

We actually knew this (no proof but our word) when we made our special climate inertia global temperature graph (that we think still offers a nice visualisation and proper indication of committed warming (at different climate inertia time scales) at various CO2 levels/year!), but chose to ignore it – and drew a linear line instead, between 280 and (3 degrees warming at) 560 ppm. ‘Because how big can the difference be,’ if you zoom out a bit.

Well, that was a bit silly of us. We had a little chat with atmospheric scientist Bart Verheggen (please also read his special blog post about climate inertia!), who pointed out that –because at 400 ppm we are close to the middle between 280 and 560!– the difference between a logarithmic line and a linear one is now relatively large: not 43% of climate sensitivity, but 51% – a difference between 1.29 and 1.53 degrees.
...

Shown above is a basic graph – to help you get an understanding of a logarithmic connection. On x=1, you could visualise preindustrial CO2 (280 ppm). x=2 would be 560 ppm and 3 degrees warming. We’re somewhere in the middle between those two dots, which is why a linear line between x=1 and x=2 would now lead to underestimation of warming (and why 400 ppm equals a 1.5 degrees temperature rise). But if you would look beyond 560 ppm, the fact that there’s a logarithmic connection is actually good news, wouldn’t you say? You’d have to keep doubling the CO2 concentration for every 3 degrees of further temperature rise (please let’s not)."



Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on October 17, 2016, 07:00:48 PM
The linked article discusses some of the recent progress made in implementing climate policy (see the attached image).  Only time will tell whether the current policy of emphasizing ESLD science is adequate to protect the global market system from socio-economic collapse before 2060 associated with the degradation of Earth Systems (I note that DeConto 2016 estimates that the WAIS could collapse in the next few decades following our current pledge projections):

http://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2016/10/17/13304052/climate-policy-aviation-paris-hfcs (http://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2016/10/17/13304052/climate-policy-aviation-paris-hfcs)

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on October 18, 2016, 04:48:15 AM
The linked article is entitled: "U.S. Senate Could Block Landmark HFC Climate Treaty":

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/senate-could-block-landmark-hfc-climate-treaty-20795 (http://www.climatecentral.org/news/senate-could-block-landmark-hfc-climate-treaty-20795)

Extract: "The jubilation and relief that flowed from United Nations climate talks in Rwanda over the weekend may be short-lived in the U.S., where legal experts say the agreement risks being blocked by Republican senators."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 20, 2016, 07:43:19 PM
The Climate Movement Has to Elect Hillary Clinton—and Then Give Her Hell
Clinton’s no friend of the earth, but she can be pressured. Trump, on the other hand, would be an ecological and moral disaster.
By Bill McKibben
https://www.thenation.com/article/the-climate-movement-has-to-elect-hillary-clinton-and-then-give-her-hell/ (https://www.thenation.com/article/the-climate-movement-has-to-elect-hillary-clinton-and-then-give-her-hell/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 21, 2016, 10:03:56 PM
Six-year-old Australian Girl Uses Video to Reach out to World about Climate Issues
Ruby is a six-year-old Gamilaraay girl, fiercely passionate about saving the planet and alerting everyone to how dire the situation is.
http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/10/six-year-old-australian-girl-uses-video-to-reach-out-to-world-about-climate-issues/ (http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/10/six-year-old-australian-girl-uses-video-to-reach-out-to-world-about-climate-issues/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on October 23, 2016, 12:26:26 PM
The linked article discusses how companies are not adequately address planetary boundaries or societal thresholds (see attached images):

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/stakeholder_trends_insights/hannah_furlong/study_companies_failing_report_their_impac (http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/stakeholder_trends_insights/hannah_furlong/study_companies_failing_report_their_impac)


Extract: "Companies have begun to recognize that climate change is occurring and that it poses a significant risk to their business. However, new research suggests that they may not be adequately addressing the problem. Consultancy Article 13 found that organizations are falling short when it comes to goal-setting and reporting against planetary boundaries and social thresholds.

As identified by Rockström et al., there are nine boundaries for Earth system processes that, if crossed, could lead to catastrophic environmental changes at a continental or planetary scale. Oxfam built upon these boundaries with eleven social thresholds into a single framework. Despite progress in reporting guidelines and recognition such as through the United Nations’ (UN’s) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), these boundaries and thresholds are still largely going unrecognized in corporate planning and reporting."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 23, 2016, 02:37:28 PM
Airing on the National Geographic Channel in October.

Before the Flood review – DiCaprio's level-headed climate change doc
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Here is a heartfelt, decent, educational documentary about the most important issue of our time – climate change – presented by A-lister Leonardo DiCaprio, who proves his own commitment to the cause. His own interest began with an encounter with Al Gore in 2000 and has been a genuine passion with him since. DiCaprio concedes that his own celebrity status is a double-edged sword. It draws attention to the topic, but allows the naysayers to say that he is a shallow, chuckle-headed movie star and this whole issue must therefore be a fad....
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/oct/20/before-the-flood-review-leonardo-dicaprio-climate-change-documentary (https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/oct/20/before-the-flood-review-leonardo-dicaprio-climate-change-documentary)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: wili on October 23, 2016, 04:59:43 PM
"... companies ... not adequately address planetary boundaries..."

Companies/corporations are constructed to and legally bound to do one thing--increase short-term profits for shareholders.

This makes them very dangerous to the living planet and its 'boundaries.'

Short of altering the basic laws that define them, few 'companies' will ever do much to 'address planetary boundaries,' and most will remain busily occupied with smashing such boundaries to smithereens.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 23, 2016, 05:41:38 PM
Greg Laden's Blog
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Now, you might think that the chances of an Evangelical Christian reading my blog is about zero. This is not true. Many Christians, ranging from Evangelical to less-than-angelical read this blog, they just don’t say much in the comments section. Except those who do, mainly those denying the science of climate change. Well, this book is for all of you, especially the Evangelical deniers, because here, the case is made on your terms and in your language, in a very convincing way, and, including the science. It turns out that, according to the Bible, you are wrong on the Internet.

Let’s say that you are a fairly active atheist who likes to annoy your Christian relatives at holidays. If that is the case, then this book is for you!! This is the book to give to your Uncle Bob.
An Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change
http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2016/10/23/an-evangelicals-guide-to-climate-change/ (http://scienceblogs.com/gregladen/2016/10/23/an-evangelicals-guide-to-climate-change/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 30, 2016, 05:27:25 PM
"Global Weirding" podcast with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe
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Climate Scientist, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe and KTTZ have partnered to bring you this new PBS Digital Studios series that will focus on exploring the arguments, science, religion, culture, and psychology at the intersection of politics and climate change.

Global Weirding is produced by KTTZ-TV Texas Tech Public Media and distributed by PBS Digital Studios. New episodes every other Wednesday at 10 am central. Dr. Hayhoe will be answering questions in the comment section and on her Twitter after every new episode at 7 pm central.
http://kttz.org/post/global-weirding-episode-2-just-how-long-have-we-known-about-climate-change-anyways#stream/0 (http://kttz.org/post/global-weirding-episode-2-just-how-long-have-we-known-about-climate-change-anyways#stream/0)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 06, 2016, 02:02:37 AM
How do we rationalize the large carbon footprint of activists who travel to urge others to lower their own carbon footprint?
Here's part of a recent Twitter thread on the topic:


Alex Steffen:  As far as I'm concerned, all the CO2 spent on advocacy (including travel) all necessary part of decarbonization.

Brooklyn Spoke:  Advocacy counts as a carbon offset, in my view.

Eric Holthaus:  that's an interesting way to think about it.

Brooklyn Spoke:  We shouldn't burn fossil fuels if possible, but if traveling = more people reducing CO2, that's OK.

Eric Holthaus:  how will you ever be able to quantify that?

Brooklyn Spoke:  You can't! But were Al Gore's travels to present his Inconvenient Truth slide show worth it?

Alex Steffen:  Why would you even spend the vast effort demanded to try to quantify it? To what end?

Eric Holthaus:  to see if your efforts are worth it? Seems like something ppl in advocacy would want to know.

https://twitter.com/alexsteffen/status/795009193732292608 (https://twitter.com/alexsteffen/status/795009193732292608)

Eric Holthaus:  I know this is unpopular, but regarding effectiveness, science is on my side:
https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/795009042867318784 (https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/795009042867318784)

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Would you follow advice about personal energy conservation from a climate specialist with a large carbon footprint? Many climate researchers report anecdotes in which their sincerity was challenged based on their alleged failure to reduce carbon emissions. Here, we report the results of two large online surveys that measure the perceived credibility of a climate researcher who provides advice on how to reduce energy use (by flying less, conserving home energy, and taking public transportation), as a function of that researcher’s personal carbon footprint description. Across the two studies, we randomly assigned participants to one of 18 vignettes about a climate scientist. We show that alleged large carbon footprints can greatly reduce the researcher’s credibility compared to low footprints. We also show that these differences in perceived credibility strongly affect participants’ reported intentions to change personal energy consumption. These effects are large, both for participants who believe climate change is important and for those who do not. Participants’ politics do affect their attitudes toward researchers, and have an extra effect on reported intentions to use public transportation (but not on intentions to fly less or conserve home energy). Credibility effects are similar for male and female climate scientists.
http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-016-1713-2 (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10584-016-1713-2)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 07, 2016, 01:48:09 PM
Eric Holthaus: 
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This weekend, I've had a few pretty intense Twitter chats about flying, individual action, and how best to spend that last bit of the global carbon budget to bring about the zero carbon world the fastest. Have we entered a new phase in the climate movement where our personal carbon footprints don't matter anymore? Are words more effective at creating action than action itself? Should environmental leaders fly even *more*, assuming they're the ones most effective at encouraging the rest of us to cut our emissions? That sort of thing.

Our individual actions do matter. The best short post making this incredibly important point I've seen in a long, long time was written by Jon Foley just a few days ago—and it helpfully includes a whole bunch of suggestions for actions each of us can take to make a difference. I'm more convinced than ever that this exact moment demands both individual change and system change, both on huge scales, both involving anyone you can get to pay attention. To me, that's exciting, that's hopeful. That means there's still a role for a little ol' blogger like me.
http://tinyletter.com/sciencebyericholthaus/letters/today-in-weather-climate-anxiety-edition-monday-november-7th (http://tinyletter.com/sciencebyericholthaus/letters/today-in-weather-climate-anxiety-edition-monday-november-7th)


Jon Foley:
"You might *feel* powerless to tackle climate change and other environmental problems. But you're not."
So, What Can I Do?
A lot of people ask me how they can live more sustainably, and help combat global environmental issues like climate change in their own lives. Here’s my advice.

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Well, the vast majority of Earth’s species extinctions, ecological degradation, resource depletion, freshwater decline, climate change, and unraveling planetary systems are caused by how we use and produce food, water, and energy.

Other stuff matters too, but food, water, and energy are the big ones. If we don’t get these right, solving the other issues won’t matter all that much.

Moreover, it’s important to recognize that we can’t do everything as individuals, or through our daily lives. We can make a big difference, to be sure, but we still need new policy, new technologies, new markets and business approaches, new political and social movements, and continued advances in science.

But our individual actions are needed too, and together, they can scale to be a big part of the solutions we need. Most importantly, I think individual actions are a catalyst for change, and can help us ultimately get better policy and better practice from governments, businesses, and other institutional players.

Knowing that people are very busy, and most don’t really want long, complicated lists of things to do, here are my suggestions....
https://the-macroscope.org/so-what-can-i-do-bfd03e46974e (https://the-macroscope.org/so-what-can-i-do-bfd03e46974e)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 10, 2016, 07:24:38 PM
One man can’t stop progress on climate.

The climate fight just got a lot tougher. Here are six reasons not to give up hope.
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1. Cities and states are the new front lines in the fight to stop global warming.

With a president and Congress determined to thwart climate action, progress will move to the local level. Cities are responsible for 75 percent of global carbon emissions. Civic leaders have the power to shape electric grids and transportation systems. Cities like New York, Portland, and Los Angeles — which just passed a massive public transportation investment measure — are showing us how it’s done.

Among states, some of the biggest polluters, like California and New York, are leading the charge on climate change. Even some red states, including major emitters like Texas, are turning to clean energy because it’s profitable.
https://nexusmedianews.com/the-climate-fight-just-got-a-lot-tougher-here-are-six-reasons-not-to-give-up-hope-9c9fc02a735b
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 10, 2016, 07:35:23 PM
Stephen Lacey: This podcast made me cry. It's a must-listen to digest the climate reality under a Trump presidency.

Eric Holthaus:  Our emergency podcast on President Trump, and where we go from here on climate change.
As emotional as podcasts get.

https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/796500792219869184
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on November 10, 2016, 08:20:55 PM
Trump apparently was serious about rolling back Obama's climate change executive actions, "cancelling" the Paris accord, and trashing the EPA.


Myron Ebell, fresh from CEI where he fought for smokers rights and wrote that "Higher temperatures are killing those who are likely to die anyway." is Trumps choice to lead the EPA transition team.


https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trump-picks-top-climate-skeptic-to-lead-epa-transition/?wt.mc=SA_Twitter-Share (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trump-picks-top-climate-skeptic-to-lead-epa-transition/?wt.mc=SA_Twitter-Share)


The Wiki for CEI will make you weep. These guys should be in jail, not leading "transition" teams.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competitive_Enterprise_Institute (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competitive_Enterprise_Institute)


This is much worse than I had imagined.
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 11, 2016, 02:05:37 AM
Trump Environment Transition Team
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: abbottisgone on November 11, 2016, 10:07:33 AM
Trump apparently was serious about rolling back Obama's climate change executive actions, "cancelling" the Paris accord, and trashing the EPA.


Myron Ebell, fresh from CEI where he fought for smokers rights and wrote that "Higher temperatures are killing those who are likely to die anyway." is Trumps choice to lead the EPA transition team.


https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trump-picks-top-climate-skeptic-to-lead-epa-transition/?wt.mc=SA_Twitter-Share (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trump-picks-top-climate-skeptic-to-lead-epa-transition/?wt.mc=SA_Twitter-Share)


The Wiki for CEI will make you weep. These guys should be in jail, not leading "transition" teams.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competitive_Enterprise_Institute (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Competitive_Enterprise_Institute)


This is much worse than I had imagined.
Terry

This can't be true, can it?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 12, 2016, 02:29:17 PM
California officially becomes the first state to ban plastic bags
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California just made history by becoming the first state in the Union to officially ban plastic bags. The California Plastic Bag Veto Referendum (Proposition 67) was approved by voters on Nov. 8 by a narrow margin of 51.97% in favor to 48.03% opposed. The narrow win came despite a $6 million campaign waged by the out-of-state plastic bag industry.
http://inhabitat.com/california-officially-becomes-the-first-state-to-ban-plastic-bags/ (http://inhabitat.com/california-officially-becomes-the-first-state-to-ban-plastic-bags/)

Shocking to believe this is the first.  Other countries are further ahead on this:
http://www.bigfatbags.co.uk/bans-taxes-charges-plastic-bags/ (http://www.bigfatbags.co.uk/bans-taxes-charges-plastic-bags/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 13, 2016, 03:55:08 AM
"If there is a silver lining it's that Trump does not seem bound by whatever he has said previously. So perhaps he will see the wisdom or at least self-interest, in investing in non-carbon, U.S.-produced, energy." - David Titley

Climate Experts Weigh in on Trump’s Election Win
http://www.climatecentral.org/news/what-climate-experts-think-of-trumps-win-20860 (http://www.climatecentral.org/news/what-climate-experts-think-of-trumps-win-20860)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on November 13, 2016, 05:27:16 AM
The linked article is entitled: “Rich Countries Told to Shut Coal Plants by 2030 to Save Climate”, however, the attached plot hints at how challenging such goals are, due to the number of existing and planned coal-fired power plants:


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-12/rich-countries-told-to-shut-coal-plants-by-2030-to-save-climate (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-12/rich-countries-told-to-shut-coal-plants-by-2030-to-save-climate)


Extract: “Rich countries must close all their coal-fired power plants by 2030 to have a chance of holding global warming to tolerable levels, a report from an environmental research group said.
China would have to phase out the most polluting fossil fuel by 2040 and the rest of the world by 2050, according to Climate Analytics, a Berlin-based non-profit that is studying how nations can meet the emissions goals they agreed at United Nations talks in Paris last year.

The findings illustrate the difficulty in achieving the UN goal of holding global warming to well-below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit). The world already has 8,175 coal plants and is building another 733, providing about 40 of all electricity. Envoys from more than 190 nations are meeting this week and next in Marrakech, Morocco, to discuss how to take forward the ambitions they set out in Paris.

“Both shutting down existing coal and avoiding new coal build is absolutely essential to avoid devastating air pollution and climate impacts,” said Jennifer Morgan, executive director of the environmental group Greenpeace International.”
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 13, 2016, 06:22:16 PM
Trump win opens way for China to take climate leadership role
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The election of climate change skeptic Donald Trump as president is likely to end the U.S. leadership role in the international fight against global warming and may lead to the emergence of a new and unlikely champion: China.
...
Beijing is poised to cash in on the goodwill it could earn by taking on leadership in dealing with what for many other governments is one of the most urgent issues on their agenda.

"Proactively taking action against climate change will improve China's international image and allow it to occupy the moral high ground," Zou Ji, deputy director of the National Centre for Climate Change Strategy and a senior Chinese climate talks negotiator, told Reuters.
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1360DK (http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1360DK)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 13, 2016, 07:37:48 PM
Katharine Hayhoe.

Dear president-elect: Climate change is not a hoax, and we're all in this together
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/president-elect-trump-the-truth-class-letters-media-and-foreign-policy-1.3847616/dear-president-elect-climate-change-is-not-a-hoax-and-we-re-all-in-this-together-1.3848332 (http://www.cbc.ca/radio/thesundayedition/president-elect-trump-the-truth-class-letters-media-and-foreign-policy-1.3847616/dear-president-elect-climate-change-is-not-a-hoax-and-we-re-all-in-this-together-1.3848332)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: budmantis on November 17, 2016, 06:56:01 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/steyer-vows-to-battle-trump_us_582c8307e4b099512f80135e (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/steyer-vows-to-battle-trump_us_582c8307e4b099512f80135e)

"Billionaire green activist Steyer vows to battle Trump, says money not an issue."

"Tom Steyer is putting together a strategy that will engage voters and citizens to fight back."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on November 28, 2016, 07:25:52 PM
The linked article is entitled: "Six tips for creating a good climate change graphic".  Good visuals can go a long ways in getting the public to accept the need to fight climate change:

https://www.carbonbrief.org/six-tips-for-creating-a-good-climate-change-graphic (https://www.carbonbrief.org/six-tips-for-creating-a-good-climate-change-graphic)

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 01, 2016, 02:50:24 PM
The excellent article on Neven, the Sea Ice Blog, and the Forum, has been mentioned in the 2015/2016 Melting Season thread, but should be heralded on the AGW side of the Forum, as well.  Such great work, Neven!  Many thanks for providing this wonderful outlet to discuss the planet at this most challenging time.

He created a beloved blog about the melting Arctic. But it got harder and harder to write
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/11/30/he-created-a-beloved-blog-about-the-melting-arctic-but-it-got-harder-and-harder-to-write/ (https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/11/30/he-created-a-beloved-blog-about-the-melting-arctic-but-it-got-harder-and-harder-to-write/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: budmantis on December 01, 2016, 03:03:56 PM
Thanks for posting Sigmet, and many thanks and kudos to Neven!
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 04, 2016, 09:06:37 PM
"When Floridians narrowly voted for Donald Trump on Nov. 8, they might as well have elected to drown themselves."

Is Florida’s climate change model — denial at the Capitol, frantic action at the beach — in store for the U.S. under Trump?
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A few states — California chief among them — are grappling directly with climate disruption. They’ve put a price on carbon, mandated lowering carbon emissions and promoted “green” energy. Unlike Scott in Florida, California Gov. Jerry Brown supports a statewide (and global) response to fossil-fuel-fired climate change and rising seas.

But most of the nation is more like Florida: State governments and voters resist the cure because they refuse to believe they have the disease, or that it exists. But that doesn’t stop dire symptoms from occurring, and so, across Florida, individual communities are already dealing with climate change outcomes because they have no choice. ...
http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-helvarg-florida-climate-change-denial-and-action-20161202-story.html (http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-helvarg-florida-climate-change-denial-and-action-20161202-story.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: budmantis on December 05, 2016, 06:39:20 AM
Having lived in Florida now for almost three years, I'm not surprised Florida went for Trump. In addition we have Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican, so very little forward thinking in these parts! In the event of sudden sea level rise or a tsunami, my contingency plans are to go to the highest ground in the area; Leheup Hill @ 240 ft. above sea level. 
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Thomas Barlow on December 05, 2016, 03:05:10 PM
""Ivanka (Trump) wants to make climate change...one of her signature issues, a source close to her told Politico. The source said Ivanka is in the early stages of exploring how to use her spotlight to speak out on the issue.""
-- Politico.

See link --->
http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/ivanka-trump-climate-czar-232031 (http://www.politico.com/story/2016/11/ivanka-trump-climate-czar-232031)

Donald Trump once said Ivanka will be his closest adviser.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on December 05, 2016, 05:00:01 PM
The linked article is entitled: "Australia is blowing its carbon budget, projections reveal".  I note that China is also investing in coal again and Canada is supporting fossil fuel pipelines again.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/05/australia-is-blowing-its-carbon-budget-projections-reveal (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/dec/05/australia-is-blowing-its-carbon-budget-projections-reveal)

Extract: "In less than four years the country has ‘spent’ almost 20% of its greenhouse gas allowance to 2050, analysis shows."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 05, 2016, 06:56:21 PM
Leonardo DiCaprio gifts Ivanka Trump DVD of climate change documentary
http://www.ibtimes.com.au/leonardo-dicaprio-gifts-ivanka-trump-dvd-climate-change-documentary-1535824 (http://www.ibtimes.com.au/leonardo-dicaprio-gifts-ivanka-trump-dvd-climate-change-documentary-1535824)

Ivanka Trump to meet with Al Gore on climate change
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/5/ivanka-trump-meet-al-gore-climate-change/ (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/dec/5/ivanka-trump-meet-al-gore-climate-change/)

When Senate Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Trump post-election and raised women issues/child care, Trump handed phone to Ivanka.
Will Ivanka Trump Be the Most Powerful First Daughter in History?
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/03/fashion/ivanka-trump-first-daughter.html (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/03/fashion/ivanka-trump-first-daughter.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Thomas Barlow on December 05, 2016, 07:23:26 PM
Great points Sigmetnow.
People dismiss this, trying to make Ivanka look like a ditsy fashionista, but she is not. She is very smart and very independent, and will be hugely influential. This is not going away. I know someone who is like a mentor to Ivanka Trump, and can contact her any time, and that person is a very advanced progressive and understands climate-change, fully. I also am aware of a few other details that make this real, and much more important than Donald Trump's cabinet picks. The train has left the station. President Trump will be hanging on to the rail at the back of the train, flailing around, like in a Charlie Chaplin movie, but deftly clambering aboard at the last minute, while his cabinet are left behind whining in the dust.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 06, 2016, 12:22:01 AM
Al Gore Meets With Donald And Ivanka Trump In Search For 'Common Ground'
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In a very brief statement to reporters staking out the lobby, Gore revealed that he spent most of his time upstairs meeting with Trump himself.

"I had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect. It was a sincere search for areas of common ground," said Gore. "I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the president-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I'm just going to leave it at that."
http://www.npr.org/2016/12/05/504463711/al-gore-meets-with-donald-and-ivanka-trump-in-search-for-common-ground (http://www.npr.org/2016/12/05/504463711/al-gore-meets-with-donald-and-ivanka-trump-in-search-for-common-ground)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: DrTskoul on December 06, 2016, 01:01:34 AM
Al Gore Meets With Donald And Ivanka Trump In Search For 'Common Ground'
Quote
In a very brief statement to reporters staking out the lobby, Gore revealed that he spent most of his time upstairs meeting with Trump himself.

"I had a lengthy and very productive session with the president-elect. It was a sincere search for areas of common ground," said Gore. "I had a meeting beforehand with Ivanka Trump. The bulk of the time was with the president-elect, Donald Trump. I found it an extremely interesting conversation, and to be continued, and I'm just going to leave it at that."
http://www.npr.org/2016/12/05/504463711/al-gore-meets-with-donald-and-ivanka-trump-in-search-for-common-ground (http://www.npr.org/2016/12/05/504463711/al-gore-meets-with-donald-and-ivanka-trump-in-search-for-common-ground)

The choose of words says it all.  "Interesting"
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 06, 2016, 02:28:58 AM
A consideration of what the Gore-Trump meeting might mean.

Donald Trump met with Al Gore to discuss “climate issues.” We have many, many questions.
Quote
...After all, if you’re looking for clues on future policy, it seems far more significant that Trump’s main energy adviser is Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND), who thinks that concerns about global warming are “grossly exaggerated.” (Cramer, by the way, was scheduled to meet with Trump shortly after Gore left.) ...
http://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2016/12/5/13843482/ivanka-trump-al-gore-wtf (http://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2016/12/5/13843482/ivanka-trump-al-gore-wtf)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 06, 2016, 02:28:50 PM
Post-Truth: A Guide for the Perplexed
If politicians can lie without condemnation, what are scientists to do?
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Post-truth refers to blatant lies being routine across society, and it means that politicians can lie without condemnation. This is different from the cliché that all politicians lie and make promises they have no intention of keeping—this still expects honesty to be the default position. In a post-truth world, this expectation no longer holds.
...
When political leaders make no effort to ensure that their ‘facts’ will bear scrutiny, we can only conclude that they take an arrogant view of the public. They take their right to lie as given, perhaps particularly when the lies are transparent. Many among the electorate seem not to register the contempt involved, perhaps because they would like to think that their favoured candidate is at least well-intentioned and would not deliberately mislead them.

Much of the public hears what it wants to hear, because many people get their news exclusively from sources whose bias they agree with. But contemptuous leaders and voters who are content with hand-waving and entertaining bluster undermine the democratic idea of rule by the people. The irony is that politicians who benefit from post-truth tendencies rely on truth, too, but not because they adhere to it. They depend on most people’s good-natured tendency to trust that others are telling the truth, at least the vast majority of the time.

Scientists and philosophers should be shocked by the idea of post-truth, and they should speak up when scientific findings are ignored by those in power or treated as mere matters of faith. Scientists must keep reminding society of the importance of the social mission of science—to provide the best information possible as the basis for public policy. And they should publicly affirm the intellectual virtues that they so effectively model: critical thinking, sustained inquiry and revision of beliefs on the basis of evidence. ...
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/post-truth-a-guide-for-the-perplexed/ (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/post-truth-a-guide-for-the-perplexed/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 09, 2016, 09:16:17 PM
Seeing a fair amount of pushback on this article, which omits the fact that the Gatlinburg fire was started by arson. 
Is it Bigoted?  Intolerant?  Or spot on?

Fires and drought cook Tennessee - a state represented by climate deniers
Climate change intensified the extreme weather in Tennessee, but its legislators deny the science
John Abraham: "With my new hope that deniers of climate change will take ownership of the consequences, I am sad to report that this week, terrible wildfires have swept through Tennessee, a southeastern state in the USA. ..."
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2016/dec/02/fires-and-drought-cook-tennessee-a-state-represented-by-climate-deniers (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2016/dec/02/fires-and-drought-cook-tennessee-a-state-represented-by-climate-deniers)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on December 10, 2016, 02:03:14 PM
The Guardian article is "spot on". Arsonists have been active since we learned to control fire, what has changed is the the climate.


Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 10, 2016, 05:38:04 PM
Michael E. Mann:  U.S. is on the verge of being the very definition of a petrostate
https://twitter.com/michaelemann/status/807612041733296130 (https://twitter.com/michaelemann/status/807612041733296130)

Exxon CEO is now Trump's secretary of state favorite, says transition official
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/10/exxon-ceo-is-now-trumps-secretary-of-state-favorite-says-transition-official.html (http://www.cnbc.com/2016/12/10/exxon-ceo-is-now-trumps-secretary-of-state-favorite-says-transition-official.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 12, 2016, 08:43:00 PM
U.S.:  Can we act on climate change without acknowledging it?
Polls suggest there is common ground on clean energy
Quote
For climate advocates, the economic argument for climate action can feel like a cop-out. To many, it sounds like, “You’re house is on fire. You should call the fire department because that will create good, middle-class jobs that can’t be outsourced.” But for a lot of Americans, this argument is really persuasive.
...
Conservatives will respond to a vision of the future that aligns with their values and priorities. Renewables promise energy independence, uncontaminated air, and tremendous job growth. In Trump’s America, we can find common ground on clean power — a chicken in every pot and a solar panel on every roof.
https://thinkprogress.org/climate-levers-e361f6af31a
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 16, 2016, 08:23:18 PM
Although it seems to have been ignored, climate change is actually at the center of the U.S.'s political crisis.

Trump, Putin and the Pipelines to Nowhere
You can’t understand what Trump’s doing to America without understanding the “Carbon Bubble”
Quote
... Here’s the blunt reality: the pressure to cut emissions and respond to a changing climate are going to alter what we do and don’t see as valuable. Climate action will trigger an enormous shift in the way we value things.

If we can’t burn oil, it’s not worth very much. If we can’t defend coastal real estate from rising seas (or even insure it, for that matter), it’s not worth very much. If the industrial process a company owns exposes them to future climate litigation, it’s not worth very much. The value of those assets is going to plummet, inevitably… and likely, soon.

Currently, though, these assets are valued very highly. Oil is seen as hugely valuable, coastal real estate is seen as hugely valuable, industrial patents are seen as hugely valuable.

When there’s a large difference between how markets think assets should be valued and what they are (or will) actually be worth, we call it a “bubble.”

Experts now call the differences between valuations and worth in fossil fuel corporations, climate-harmful industries and vulnerable physical assets the “Carbon Bubble.” It is still growing.

And here’s the thing about bubbles: they always pop.
...
... Scores of experts warn that the Carbon Bubble is one of the biggest threats to the global economy. The way to increase the resilience of global markets, they say, is to act on climate, but to do so with bold-yet-predictable pacing. If we do that — they say — we will still see the Carbon Bubble deflate, but markets should be able to adjust, and panic can be avoided. Climate action will stave off financial disaster as well ecological catastrophe....
https://medium.com/@AlexSteffen/trump-putin-and-the-pipelines-to-nowhere-742d745ce8fd
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 16, 2016, 10:17:34 PM
Humor's role in educating the public about climate change.

The Deadly Serious Problem That We Can Make Better With a Little Laughter
Late-night comics are teaching millions of Americans about climate science.
Quote
In a 2011 study, Feldman and her colleagues found that people who watched The Daily Show and The Colbert Report were more likely to follow news about science, technology and, specifically, global warming. The effect was most pronounced among viewers without a college education.
https://nexusmedianews.com/the-deadly-serious-problem-that-we-can-make-better-with-a-little-laughter-17c6380f535d
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 17, 2016, 05:54:43 PM
New IEA report.

World Energy Outlook 2016 sees broad transformations in the global energy landscape
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As a result of major transformations in the global energy system that take place over the next decades, renewables and natural gas are the big winners in the race to meet energy demand growth until 2040, according to the latest edition of the World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency’s flagship publication.

A detailed analysis of the pledges made for the Paris Agreement on climate change finds that the era of fossil fuels appears far from over and underscores the challenge of reaching more ambitious climate goals. Still, government policies, as well as cost reductions across the energy sector, enable a doubling of both renewables – subject of a special focus in this year’s Outlook – and of improvements in energy efficiency over the next 25 years. Natural gas continues to expand its role while the shares of coal and oil fall back.
http://www.iea.org/newsroom/news/2016/november/world-energy-outlook-2016.html (http://www.iea.org/newsroom/news/2016/november/world-energy-outlook-2016.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 22, 2016, 01:16:40 AM
Electrek is trying a new morning green energy briefing which should deliver every day at 9am ET. 
Click on the highlighted text in the link for the source of the information given.

Electrek morning green energy brief: America believes in cleaning up after itself, 2017 solar installs projections, and more
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Americans strongly believe in their responsibilities toward climate change and pollution – Two-thirds of registered voters (66%) say the U.S. should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, regardless of what other countries do. Nearly eight out of ten registered voters (78%) support taxing global warming pollution, regulating it, or using both approaches, while only one in ten opposes these approaches. Two in three registered voters (66%) support requiring fossil fuel companies to pay a carbon tax and using the money to reduce other taxes (such as income tax) by an equal amount. If Congress passes a fossil fuel tax, the most popular uses of the revenue are developing clean energy (solar, wind), improving America’s infrastructure, assisting workers in the coal industry who may lose their jobs as a result of the tax, and paying down the national debt.
...
Washington State carbon tax at $25/ton proposed to pay for education – The Governor of Washington State is suggesting a carbon tax to pay for state education. Voters recently rejected a revenue neutral carbon tax in the state....
...
https://electrek.co/2016/12/21/electrek-morning-green-energy-brief-america-believes-in-cleaning-up-2017-solar-installs/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: logicmanPatrick on December 22, 2016, 10:00:15 AM
Joint US - Canada ban on oil and gas activity in US - Canadian Arctic.

Quote
Today, President Obama and Prime Minister Trudeau are proud to launch actions ensuring a strong, sustainable and viable Arctic economy and ecosystem, with low-impact shipping, science based management of marine resources, and free from the future risks of offshore oil and gas activity. Together, these actions set the stage for deeper partnerships with other Arctic nations, including through the Arctic Council.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/20/united-states-canada-joint-arctic-leaders-statement (https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/12/20/united-states-canada-joint-arctic-leaders-statement)

The announcement has prompted much analysis of the treaty, how or if it will work and how or if Trump can throw a spanner -  or a sabot - in the works.

According to a recent report by the Stockholm Environment Institute, the cost of oil and gas development in the Arctic is US$150 per barrel more than the price required to meet the world’s target of keeping atmospheric temperatures below 2C.
http://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/long-before-ottawa-ban-the-arctics-us150-per-barrel-breakeven-costs-had-kept-oil-firms-at-bay?__lsa=d84d-cb8d (http://business.financialpost.com/news/energy/long-before-ottawa-ban-the-arctics-us150-per-barrel-breakeven-costs-had-kept-oil-firms-at-bay?__lsa=d84d-cb8d)

Ban will hurt economy -
https://www.thestar.com/business/2016/12/21/ban-on-offshore-licenses-in-arctic-will-cost-northern-economy-northwest-territories-premier-says.html (https://www.thestar.com/business/2016/12/21/ban-on-offshore-licenses-in-arctic-will-cost-northern-economy-northwest-territories-premier-says.html)

http://globalnews.ca/news/3142112/offshore-ban-in-arctic-will-hurt-northern-economy-nwt-premier/ (http://globalnews.ca/news/3142112/offshore-ban-in-arctic-will-hurt-northern-economy-nwt-premier/)

Ban won't hurt economy -
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/arctic-drilling-ban-offshore-1.3907492 (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/arctic-drilling-ban-offshore-1.3907492)

Further reading

http://phys.org/news/2016-12-oil-arctic-stake.html (http://phys.org/news/2016-12-oil-arctic-stake.html)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/opinion/leaving-the-arctic-alone.html?_r=0 (http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/21/opinion/leaving-the-arctic-alone.html?_r=0)

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/12/can-trump-reverse-obamas-arctic-drilling-ban/511376/ (https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/12/can-trump-reverse-obamas-arctic-drilling-ban/511376/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 01, 2017, 05:44:17 PM
Interview with Michael Mann about his new book.

America’s Climate Denial Madhouse
Quote
MANN: Yeah, that's a great question because we buy fire insurance for our homes even though the likelihood of us encountering a fire in our home over the course of our lives is quite small - a single digit percent chance that we'll ever encounter something like that happening – and yet we pay money now every year because we know that in the event that that were to happen and we hadn't hedged against it by taking out insurance we would potentially fall victim to catastrophic impacts on our own lives. And so the irony is in the case of human-caused climate change, we're talking about likelihoods of 80, 90 percent or even higher that we will enter into a catastrophic regime if we don't dramatically bring down our carbon emissions right now....
http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=16-P13-00053&segmentID=1&utm_content=buffer7a3a6 (http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=16-P13-00053&segmentID=1&utm_content=buffer7a3a6)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 09, 2017, 02:53:45 PM
Eric Holthaus recently tweeted a series about the despair many of us are feeling about the state of the planet, right now.  It struck a nerve in the Twitterverse, with over two million retweets and responses.

https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/817503888500633600

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 10, 2017, 07:47:05 PM
Just sitting and watching streaming video can greatly increase your carbon footprint.

Binge-watching is going to make your carbon footprint soar
Quote
Greenpeace on Tuesday released its annual "Clicking Clean" report, which scores digital companies on their environmental performance.

The report lists Apple, Google, Facebook and data center operator Switch as the IT sector's top achievers. All of the firms have made significant investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency at their data centers, offices and, in Apple's case, manufacturing sites.
...
But video streaming companies, including Netflix, HBO and Amazon, are lagging, according to Greenpeace.

All three firms scored poorly in the new report after flunking categories such as "energy transparency" and "renewable procurement," which refer to efforts to purchase cleaner electrons or invest in wind and solar projects. ...
http://mashable.com/2017/01/10/greenpeace-report-video-streaming-carbon-emissions/ (http://mashable.com/2017/01/10/greenpeace-report-video-streaming-carbon-emissions/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: budmantis on January 11, 2017, 07:18:45 AM
Ouch! Great post Sigmetnow, and very informative.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nicibiene on January 11, 2017, 10:06:38 AM
Just streamed a speech of Al Gore at YouTube  ;D. It is not brand-new but it was new to me. A real great, impressive presentation. I didn't knew by now about exact developement of renewables in the graphics he showed. Didn't knew about the number of stopped coal plants in US by now-just read about China. It leaves me with some more optimism. 😊  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=u7E1v24Dllk
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 12, 2017, 07:47:35 PM
Tonight at 8pm Eastern, the documentary "We Know Not What We Do", featuring Katharine Hayhoe, Richard Alley and John Cook from Skeptical Science, airs on Link TV (channel 9410 on Dish Network and 375 on Direct TV). Air times:

Thursday Jan 12 - 8:00pm Eastern and again at 8:00pm Pacific
Tuesday Jan 24 - 12:00noon Pacific (3:00pm Eastern) and 11:00pm Pacific (2:00am Eastern Jan 25)
Saturday Jan 28 -  2:00am Pacific (5:00am Eastern)
Thursday Feb 2 - 6:00am Pacific (9:00am Eastern)
 Friday Feb 3 - 2:00am Pacific (5:00am Eastern)

“We Know Not What We Do” travels the world to spotlight areas, both rural and urban, interviewing some of the brightest minds alive today, to find out what exactly is being sacrificed because of our unbridled addiction for fossil fuels. The film explores our ideas of “wealth,” and questions our misconceptions of expansion and economic growth. Can we cut back, cut down or even completely change our course for alternative sustainable energies without throwing our world into chaos? Can we shift our priorities? Is it possible for our species to become a tight knit community of human beings that can work together for survival? As many ignore this puzzle altogether, “We Know Not What We Do” urges that we face this challenge, solve the dilemma, or run the risk of extinction.

Trailer here:  https://www.linktv.org/shows/we-know-not-what-we-do/episodes/we-know-not-what-we-do (https://www.linktv.org/shows/we-know-not-what-we-do/episodes/we-know-not-what-we-do)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 19, 2017, 04:48:47 PM
Oliver Milman:  Record number of Americans now view global warming as “very worrying” according to Yale
https://mobile.twitter.com/EricHolthaus/status/821764807250485248
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: DrTskoul on January 19, 2017, 05:40:34 PM
Oliver Milman:  Record number of Americans now view global warming as “very worrying” according to Yale
https://mobile.twitter.com/EricHolthaus/status/821764807250485248

Still too damn low...
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Archimid on June 11, 2017, 02:39:33 PM
“Believe In Climate Change” The Way You Believe In Gravity

https://cleantechnica.com/2017/06/10/believe-climate-change-way-believe-gravity/

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The problem is that outside of the odd politician who was actually a climate scientist, the vast majority of people can’t claim to understand climate change or global warming with any degree of sincerity or completeness. At best, the average layperson or even well educated layperson will have a superficial understanding of anything beyond the basics.

Let’s take an analogy that might be useful. Do you understand gravity, or just believe in it? Let’s test this out.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on July 14, 2017, 06:25:20 PM
It looks like American political leaders are wearing rose-colored glasses w.r.t. their accountability to voters on climate change

"Study: On climate change and elsewhere, politicians more conservative than citizens"

https://www.skepticalscience.com/politicians-more-conservative-than-citizens.html (https://www.skepticalscience.com/politicians-more-conservative-than-citizens.html)

Extract: "Academics have identified a skew in American politics, in which policies that are implemented are much more conservative than average Americans prefer. A new paper  by David Broockman at Stanford University and Christopher Skovron from the University of Michigan suggests a cause for this disparity: American politicians perceive their constituents’ positions as more conservative than they are in actuality on a wide range of issues; for example, Republican politicians tend to overestimate support for their conservative health care views by a whopping 20 percentage points. As Broockman and his colleague Christopher Warshaw of MIT put it in an article for the New York Times: “Research shows that politicians are surprisingly poor at estimating public opinion in their districts and state, Republicans in particular.” This in turn appears to be caused by greater political engagement among conservative constituents, who contact their members of Congress more frequently than liberal voters."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on July 14, 2017, 07:36:19 PM
It looks like American political leaders are wearing rose-colored glasses w.r.t. their accountability to voters on climate change

"Study: On climate change and elsewhere, politicians more conservative than citizens"

https://www.skepticalscience.com/politicians-more-conservative-than-citizens.html (https://www.skepticalscience.com/politicians-more-conservative-than-citizens.html)

Extract: "Academics have identified a skew in American politics, in which policies that are implemented are much more conservative than average Americans prefer. A new paper  by David Broockman at Stanford University and Christopher Skovron from the University of Michigan suggests a cause for this disparity: American politicians perceive their constituents’ positions as more conservative than they are in actuality on a wide range of issues; for example, Republican politicians tend to overestimate support for their conservative health care views by a whopping 20 percentage points. As Broockman and his colleague Christopher Warshaw of MIT put it in an article for the New York Times: “Research shows that politicians are surprisingly poor at estimating public opinion in their districts and state, Republicans in particular.” This in turn appears to be caused by greater political engagement among conservative constituents, who contact their members of Congress more frequently than liberal voters."


A clarion call to man our pens?
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: rboyd on July 14, 2017, 08:44:17 PM
The US politicians may also just be extremely effective at gauging the views of their major donors, rather than their constituents.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: VeliAlbertKallio on July 15, 2017, 12:09:04 AM
https://www.academia.edu/33000316/MPs_to_review_UKs_role_in_Arctic_sustainability_-_24th_April_2017.docx (https://www.academia.edu/33000316/MPs_to_review_UKs_role_in_Arctic_sustainability_-_24th_April_2017.docx) [/li][/list]

: F.Tnioli  Today at 11:39:45 AM

    : VeliAlbertKallio  Today at 12:38:29 AM

        ... The countless leads also mop up sunlight near the Pole most efficiently. ...

    Obviously, yes. July is high insolation month, and lots of CAB now takes it head-on. Combined with lesser thickness in many places, this is nothing short of catastrophic development in me book, especially if it would last in significant proportions for mere 1 more week. Any clues whether it would, Veli?

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Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tigertown on July 15, 2017, 05:22:00 AM
<Discussion moved here from 2017 melting season>

Thanks for re-posting this instead of tossing it, as I wanted to read it again.
 Especially this part,
 
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High level of ice pulverization has the SAME ultimate effect as melt water ponds. Fact No. 1!
The gaps within sea ice (albedo only 5%) mop up sunlight which turns into heat - that percolates into nearby ice. Warm and dark water on top of ice, or beside and under it - really NO difference.
   I think this deserves pondering at the least, considering the situation this year.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: magnamentis on July 15, 2017, 06:50:50 PM

Thanks for re-posting this instead of tossing it, as I wanted to read it again.

+1 i indeed like to read K's posts as well and don't have a problem with their length, hence it is good we got a dedicated thread for those. keep going, a lot of valuable input for laymen like me.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 20, 2017, 12:58:57 PM
At first glance, this resolution appears laughingly inadequate.  And it is.  But remember, North Carolina is the state that passed a law in 2012 forbidding the use of sea level rise forecasts.

Wilmington City Council passes resolution addressing climate change
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The resolution asks that state and national leaders support policies that would reduce carbon emissions. It also lists initiatives by the city to reduce emissions like increasing the number of hybrid vehicles used by the city and reducing waste through the landfill diversion program.

"We are almost at 100 percent compliance with our citizens in voluntarily recycling in the city of Wilmington," Saffo said. "That's telling me that the citizens want to do their part in improving the environment, recycling stuff they use in their everyday lives, and extending the life of our landfill here, which is very precious to all of us."
http://www.wect.com/story/35920918/wilmington-city-council-passes-resolution-addressing-climate-change? (http://www.wect.com/story/35920918/wilmington-city-council-passes-resolution-addressing-climate-change?)

The history (2015 article):
The State That 'Outlawed Climate Change' Accepts Latest [short term] Sea-Level Rise Report
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Five years ago, the Science Panel of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Commissioner presented a report that outlined the possibility that sea levels along the coast could rise as much as 39 inches over the next 100 years. Reaction from local land managers and developers was quick and overwhelmingly negative. The General Assembly passed a law forbidding communities from using the report to pass new rules.

And then, Colbert happened.

North Carolina was ridiculed by news aggregators, traditional media, on social media and in op-eds. Now, almost three years later, the scientists have come back with a new report. It still predicts that sea levels will rise, but since it only looks 30 years out, the amount of rise is not anywhere near the levels predicted in the first report.

The changes made it much more palatable to the people who fought against the original.
http://wunc.org/post/state-outlawed-climate-change-accepts-latest-sea-level-rise-report (http://wunc.org/post/state-outlawed-climate-change-accepts-latest-sea-level-rise-report)


Here’s the hilarious Stephen Colbert piece from 2012:
http://www.cc.com/video-clips/w6itwj/the-colbert-report-the-word---sink-or-swim (http://www.cc.com/video-clips/w6itwj/the-colbert-report-the-word---sink-or-swim)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on September 04, 2017, 04:56:01 PM
The relatively high economic losses from Hurricanes Harvey, Katrina and Sandy, are indicative of the fact that almost all US infrastructure is not built to withstand climate change, because policy makers get very little sustained political  pressure to up-grade that infrastructure.  Greens say that upgrading US infrastructure is a waste of money that would be better spent on reducing GHG emissions.  Climate skeptics say that upgrading US infrastructure will take away from economic growth.  Independents want government to shrink which means less money for infrastructure. 

In the meantime climate change damage to both people and the infrastructure is rapidly increasing. As Donald Trump would say: "Sad".

Title: "Insurance industry prices warming into Hurricane Harvey cost"

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/01/insurance-industry-prices-warming-into-hurricane-harvey-cost (https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/sep/01/insurance-industry-prices-warming-into-hurricane-harvey-cost)

Extract: "Because US infrastructure is not built to withstand climate change the cost of the disaster will be relatively high

Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was “the first taste of a bitter cup that will be proffered to us over and over again,” according to former US vice president Al Gore at the time.
Since then, Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and now Hurricane Harvey have borne out this prediction. The latest storm may turn out to be less fatal than Katrina, which killed more than 1,800 people but in economic terms it may be as bad. Hurricane Katrina cost about $160bn (£124bn) in economic losses in today’s terms, accounting for the last decade’s inflation, while Sandy wrought about $70bn in damage.  Preliminary estimates for the damage caused by Harvey are wide apart, spanning $90bn to $190bn, reflecting the difficulty of judging an unfolding disaster."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Bob Wallace on September 04, 2017, 07:12:36 PM
It seems to me that we have to both harden our infrastructure and reduce carbon use.

We've already caused enough climate change to create Houstin floods and rising seas causing saltwater intrusion into freshwater supplies in South Miami along with frequently flooded streets.

A good first step would be to stop rebuilding in places which are flooded out.  Those people repairing their houses because they can't sell their house and no one will buy it?  Buy them out and remove the shell of their house.  Let that area be used for parks, agriculture, or wildlife.  We need to retreat to higher ground.

And we need to greatly increase our energy use in the replacement buildings.  Get as close to energy neutral as feasible.  Lots of insolation.  Solar roofs.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 08, 2017, 03:45:00 AM
U.S.:  Senate panel votes to fund UN climate agency
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A Senate committee voted Thursday to contribute $10 million to the United Nations’ climate change agency.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 16 to 14 to approve an amendment by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to restore funding for the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change in the State Department appropriations bill.

The payments that the United States had made annually since joining the convention in 1992 had been slated to be eliminated.

Merkley said at the committee meeting Thursday to vote on the bill that the amendment “fits in with Secretary [Rex] Tillerson’s desire that we both continue to monitor the changes in the world’s climate and that we keep a seat at the table.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) also spoke in support of the amendment.

“This is important,” she said. “You know, the world’s at risk.” ...
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/349693-senate-panel-votes-to-fund-un-climate-agency (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/349693-senate-panel-votes-to-fund-un-climate-agency)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 12, 2017, 12:50:28 PM
Twitter thread.  Should (U.S.) climate change discussion simply ignore the deniers?

Idea that climate reporting/discussion should aim to reach people who've tribally embraced denialism is itself a major problem in the field.
https://twitter.com/AlexSteffen/status/907308612116029440
...


tl;dr You simply can't do good climate journalism if you're concerned about what climate denialists in your audience think of your coverage.
https://twitter.com/alexsteffen/status/907327812222070784

Image: start of thread.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Bob Wallace on September 12, 2017, 06:56:30 PM
Ignore climate change deniers?  We can't always to that but we certainly should minimize the attention we give them.  And we should point out that climate change deniers, like those who believe the Sun orbits the Earth or that evolution does not occur are simply scientifically illiterate.

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on September 25, 2017, 05:09:43 PM
Changing denialist behavior requires getting inside their heads:

Title: "Why Hard Facts Aren't Enough to Alter Our Beliefs"

https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/why-hard-facts-aren-t-enough-alter-our-beliefs-ncna803946 (https://www.nbcnews.com/better/health/why-hard-facts-aren-t-enough-alter-our-beliefs-ncna803946)

Extract: "If we want to affect the behaviors and beliefs of the person in front of us, we need to understand what goes on inside their head."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 28, 2017, 07:27:37 PM
So can we (the U.S.) talk about climate change now?

Poll: Majority says climate change responsible for severity of hurricanes
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More than half of Americans believe that climate change is responsible for the severity of recent hurricanes, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll published Thursday.

The survey found that 55 percent of respondents blamed climate change for the rough 2017 hurricane season, while 41 percent said it was "just the kind of severe weather that happens from time to time."

The result is a big change from the same poll 12 years ago, which found that 39 percent blamed climate change and 54 percent blamed random severe weather for the hurricanes of the time. The 2005 poll was taken shortly after Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on New Orleans.
...
http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/352849-poll-majority-says-climate-change-is-responsible-for-severity-of (http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/352849-poll-majority-says-climate-change-is-responsible-for-severity-of)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 28, 2017, 09:53:49 PM
Weather extremes, fossil fuel pollution cost US $240 billion: study
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(Reuters) - Weather extremes and air pollution from burning fossil fuels cost the United States $240 billion a year in the past decade, according to a report on Wednesday that urged President Donald Trump to do more to combat climate change.

This year is likely to be the most expensive on record with an estimated $300 billion in losses from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and a spate of wildfires in western states in the past two months, it said.

"The evidence is undeniable: the more fossil fuels we burn, the faster the climate continues to change," leading scientists wrote in the study published by the non-profit Universal Ecological Fund.

Costs to human health from air pollution caused by fossil fuels averaged $188 billion a year over the past decade, it estimated, while losses from weather extremes such as droughts, heat waves and floods averaged $52 billion. ...
http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUKKCN1C22AM (http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUKKCN1C22AM)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on October 06, 2017, 06:27:53 PM
The linked reference indicates that great challenge w.r.t. achieving optimal GHG emission policies is uncertainties about the implementability of policies to reduce such emissions; and thus it recommends introducing more such emission reduction policies in order to make-up for the ones that will not be implemented:

Botta, N., Jansson, P., and Ionescu, C.: The impact of uncertainty on optimal emission policies, Earth Syst. Dynam. Discuss., https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-2017-86, (https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-2017-86,) in review, 2017.

https://www.earth-syst-dynam-discuss.net/esd-2017-86/ (https://www.earth-syst-dynam-discuss.net/esd-2017-86/)

Abstract. We apply a computational framework for specifying and solving sequential decision problems to study the impact of three kinds of uncertainties on optimal emission policies in a stylized sequential emission problem. We find that uncertainties about the implementability of decisions on emission reductions (or increases) have a greater impact on optimal policies than uncertainties about the availability of effective emission reduction technologies and uncertainties about the implications of trespassing critical cumulated emission thresholds. The results show that uncertainties about the implementability of decisions on emission reductions (or increases) call for more precautionary policies. In other words, delaying emission reductions to the point in time when effective technologies will become available is sub-optimal when these uncertainties are accounted for rigorously. By contrast, uncertainties about the implications of exceeding critical cumulated emission thresholds tend to make early emission reductions less rewarding.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 08, 2017, 07:51:30 PM
When what's new is old: a look back at Rolling Stone magazine's coverage of the planet.

50th Anniversary Flashback: Reporting the World's Biggest Environmental Stories
From oil spills and nuclear waste to climate change, covering the environment has long been a crucial part of the magazine's mission
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/climate-change-oil-spills-nuclear-waste-50th-anniversary-w505603 (http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/climate-change-oil-spills-nuclear-waste-50th-anniversary-w505603)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on October 19, 2017, 03:50:26 AM
This is sad:

Title: "Republican Tactic Aims to Open Eastern Gulf, Arctic to Oil Rigs"

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-18/republicans-may-use-budget-to-open-arctic-atlantic-to-oil-rigs

Extract: "Congressional Republicans have found a way to use the federal budget to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling -- and they don’t plan on stopping there.

GOP leaders in the House and Senate are exploring ways to also expand drilling in the Gulf of Mexico as well as the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans through congressional budget rules that allow them to pass major policy changes on a simple majority vote."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Bob Wallace on October 19, 2017, 05:51:02 AM
Odds of anything happening = low.

It takes about ten years to develop a new oil field. Within five years it should be clear that demand for oil is declining and there will be no market for oil in addition to what the lowest cost producers can supply.

(https://vgy.me/TW28sb.png)

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on October 19, 2017, 06:15:00 AM
Odds of anything happening = low.

It takes about ten years to develop a new oil field. Within five years it should be clear that demand for oil is declining and there will be no market for oil in addition to what the lowest cost producers can supply.
I agree, and hope that we're both right.
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on November 07, 2017, 04:22:17 PM
In order to begin to adapt now to coming climate change, policy makers need to increasingly work to diversify food supplies including increased introduction of ancient foods to modern diets.

Title: "Forget rice, dish up Aztec pigweed to help feed the world"

http://news.trust.org/item/20171106155623-ggeod/

Extract: "As rising temperatures wreak havoc on farmers worldwide, scientists are seeking new ways to feed a population that is set to boom to 9.8 billion by 2050"

Extract: "Ancient food like pigweed once eaten by the Aztecs can be eaten raw or be ground into flour - one of many crops that could add valuable nutrients to a limited modern diet, say experts.

"We must move beyond the 'business as usual' approach of relying on monocultures of major, well-known crops, and invest in agricultural diversity," Charles said in video message."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Shared Humanity on November 07, 2017, 05:46:23 PM
They need to change the name.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Bob Wallace on November 07, 2017, 07:19:26 PM
Pigweed is amaranth.  Often eaten here on the West Coast.  One of the farms I pass on the way to town grew at least 40 acres this year.

Made a beautiful field when it ripened.

Pretty commonly eaten the the Andes. 
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on November 08, 2017, 04:03:36 PM
People in developed countries who are breaking their arms patting themselves on their collective backs for limiting their recent CO₂ emissions, need to take responsibility for the emissions associated with the goods that they are importing from countries like China and India:

Title: "Guest post: How China has reduced the carbon footprint of developed countries"

https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-how-china-has-reduced-carbon-footprint-developed-countries

Extract: "… wealthy countries were producing fewer goods themselves and importing more from rapidly-developing nations, such as China and India. You can see how this affected production and consumption-based emissions in the chart …"

Caption: "The commonly reported production-based emissions (solid lines), and consumption-based emissions (dotted lines) showing emissions associated with consumption of products, differ substantially between countries because of international trade. Developed countries are usually net importers (US, EU) and developing countries net exporters (China, India). The gap between production and consumption emissions has recently closed in the EU and US primarily since the gap has closed in China. Source: Global Carbon Budget."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Shared Humanity on November 08, 2017, 04:32:56 PM
Great point. We (U.S.) have been exporting all types of pollution for decades. You could make a strong case for western nations having a responsibility for reducing the carbon emissions of 3rd world production.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Bob Wallace on November 08, 2017, 05:14:52 PM
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People in developed countries who are breaking their arms patting themselves on their collective backs for limiting their recent CO₂ emissions, need to take responsibility for the emissions associated with the goods that they are importing from countries like China and India:

But at some point the exportation of industries was pretty much over.  More recent drops in CO2 emissions are from a post-offshoring base.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Shared Humanity on November 08, 2017, 05:28:44 PM
With Syria now endorsing the Paris Accords, the U.S. is the only nation on the planet that hasn't.

http://crooksandliars.com/2017/11/syria-signs-paris-agreement-leaving-us
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 08, 2017, 05:53:36 PM
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People in developed countries who are breaking their arms patting themselves on their collective backs for limiting their recent CO₂ emissions, need to take responsibility for the emissions associated with the goods that they are importing from countries like China and India:

But at some point the exportation of industries was pretty much over.  More recent drops in CO2 emissions are from a post-offshoring base.

One could make the argument that it is easier to clean up one country than an assortment of countries.  As China turns away from dirty production and increasingly makes clean energy products (for example, EVs), the rest of the world will be more likely to say, "Well, I guess we'll buy EVs," rather than start up dirty manufacturing themselves.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on November 08, 2017, 06:05:17 PM
Quote
People in developed countries who are breaking their arms patting themselves on their collective backs for limiting their recent CO₂ emissions, need to take responsibility for the emissions associated with the goods that they are importing from countries like China and India:

But at some point the exportation of industries was pretty much over.  More recent drops in CO2 emissions are from a post-offshoring base.

It is a bit like smoke and mirrors to point at reported (who knows how much cheating is going on) drops in anthropogenic CO2 emissions; when 2016 showed the largest increase in atmospheric CO2 concentration in decades and when the switch to a natural gas energy bridge (& increased methane emissions from agriculture) has driven up atmospheric CH4 concentrations to all time highs (see the attached NOAA plots).
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Bob Wallace on November 08, 2017, 08:04:42 PM
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El Niño impacts the amount of carbon in the atmosphere by causing droughts that limit the uptake of CO2 by plants and trees.

Emissions from human sources have slowed down in the last couple of years

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41778089

There was some increase in coal  consumption in the US due to a rise in gas prices.  But over the long term coal use will continue to drop as more coal plant are closed.  But the coal increase was not enough to increase US CO2 emissions, they fell overall by 95 million tonnes (fossil fuel use).

Global CO2 emissions from fossil fuels rose 128 million tonnes.  India was clearly the worst offender with a 114 million tonne increase.

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: AbruptSLR on November 11, 2017, 05:29:03 PM
Quote
People in developed countries who are breaking their arms patting themselves on their collective backs for limiting their recent CO₂ emissions, need to take responsibility for the emissions associated with the goods that they are importing from countries like China and India:

But at some point the exportation of industries was pretty much over.  More recent drops in CO2 emissions are from a post-offshoring base.

It looks like China is currently meeting their climate commitments by exporting their pollution (just like developed countries):

Title: "Is China really stepping up as the world’s new climate leader?"

https://www.pri.org/stories/2017-11-08/china-really-stepping-world-s-new-climate-leader

“China is in many respects simply exporting its pollution,” said Elizabeth Economy, director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She’s talking about China’s massive “Belt and Road” initiative, a nearly trillion-dollar infrastructure investment plan that includes almost 70 countries.

“[China] is on track to export as many as 100 coal-fired power plants,” Economy said. “There’s also going to be plans to export steel capacity and cement production and many other polluting industries.”

Part of China’s commitment to addressing climate change, Economy said, must be a commitment to “green” the Belt and Road."

One could make the argument that it is easier to clean up one country than an assortment of countries.  As China turns away from dirty production and increasingly makes clean energy products (for example, EVs), the rest of the world will be more likely to say, "Well, I guess we'll buy EVs," rather than start up dirty manufacturing themselves.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 20, 2017, 07:06:40 PM
Florida:  the state’s climate-change-denier-in-chief governor puts money for sea level rise in his new budget

Governor Scott funding request to address sea level rise seen as turnaround for administration
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Some longtime critics of Gov. Rick Scott said they saw progress this week on the issue of climate change in his 2018-19 state budget request.

Scott's $87.4 billion request includes $3.6 million for the Department of Environmental Protection to assist local governments in sea level rise planning and coastal "resilience" projects. ...
https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2017/11/17/scott-funding-request-to-address-sea-level-rise-seen-as-turnaround-for-administration-118725
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Bob Wallace on November 20, 2017, 10:10:56 PM
I heard a bit on the news this morning about a program in Tulsa Oklahoma where the government is buying out houses which are in an area that has been repeatedly flooding.

Pullback time in oil country....
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 27, 2017, 03:48:27 AM
“Our new report found 38% in US discuss #GlobalWarming with family and friends often or occasionally, an increase of 12 percentage points since 2015”

Climate Change in the American Mind: October 2017
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This report documents an upward trend in Americans’ concern about global warming, as reflected in several key indicators tracked since 2008, including substantial increases in Americans’ certainty that global warming is happening and harming people in the United States now. The percentage of Americans that are very worried about global warming has more than doubled since its lowest point in 2011. Increasing numbers of Americans say they have personally experienced global warming and that the issue is personally important to them. Details on these and other measures of global warming beliefs and attitudes are described below....
http://climatecommunication.yale.edu/publications/climate-change-american-mind-october-2017/2/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 29, 2017, 06:00:11 PM
"Investors and governments alike are looking for clear market signals to pursue, and perhaps even more importantly, to defend investments in major adaptation and resilience projects to their constituents and taxpayers.  Outside of the rating agencies, it is not obvious who else could send a meaningful market-wide signal."

Coastal communities from Maine to California have been put on notice from one of the top credit rating agencies: Start preparing for climate change or risk losing access to cheap credit.

Moody's Warns Cities to Address Climate Risks or Face Downgrades
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-11-29/moody-s-warns-cities-to-address-climate-risks-or-face-downgrades
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 30, 2017, 01:08:45 AM
Shocking revelation!  ;)

Trump's pick to lead NOAA actually accepts human-caused global warming
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Perhaps the White House wasn't paying close attention when they picked Barry Myers to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

During Myers' confirmation hearing on Wednesday, he repeatedly expressed support for climate science research, and admitted that a recent federal assessment clearly indicated that the vast majority of global warming is due to human activities.

This puts Myers, the former CEO of AccuWeather, out of step with other high-profile President Donald Trump nominees, including Jim Bridenstine, Trump's pick to lead NASA.

NOAA, nestled within the Commerce Department, forecasts the nation's weather, governs marine fisheries, and researches the global climate. Along with NASA and the Energy Department, NOAA is one of the largest funders of climate research in the government, and operates a slew of laboratories studying the subject. ...
http://mashable.com/2017/11/29/trump-noaa-pick-accepts-climate-change.amp
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: ghoti on November 30, 2017, 07:32:24 PM
Quote
picked Barry Myers to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
This pick has little to do with climate change (though Accuweather does promote its own denier). This appointment is about preventing NOAA's weather prediction from competing with private weather services like Accuweather.

Myers is on record saying the government should not be allowed to make its weather predictions public but instead provide data only to private for profit forecasters.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on November 30, 2017, 09:20:05 PM
Quote
picked Barry Myers to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
This pick has little to do with climate change (though Accuweather does promote its own denier). This appointment is about preventing NOAA's weather prediction from competing with private weather services like Accuweather.

Myers is on record saying the government should not be allowed to make its weather predictions public but instead provide data only to private for profit forecasters.
Ouch!

I really thought we'd got one past the Trumpster - silly me.
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 01, 2017, 08:47:57 PM
”Precisely because we've waited so long to take any significant action, physics now demands we move much faster than we want to.”

Bill McKibben on speed.

Bill McKibben: Winning Slowly Is the Same as Losing
The technology exists to combat climate change – what will it take to get our leaders to act?
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/bill-mckibben-winning-slowly-is-the-same-as-losing-w512967
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 10, 2017, 04:33:04 PM
U.S.:  The ALEC group is becoming too extreme for even some Republicans and oil companies.

Koch-Backed Business Group Splinters in Climate-Change Dispute
Quote
A business-backed group that rose to prominence by prodding state legislatures to cut taxes, environmental regulations and gun restrictions, now finds itself at a crossroads amid declining membership and a bitter dispute over climate change.

The battle at the American Legislative Exchange Council erupted at the group’s winter meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, this week as members scrapped a measure declaring that climate change is not a risk after opposition from Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp.

"It was corporate blackmail," said Steve Milloy, a policy adviser for the Heartland Institute, a group critical of climate science. "They basically said, ‘We’re going to leave.’ "

The dispute over the climate provisions highlights the internal discord for the Arlington, Virginia-based group, which gained fame fighting President Barack Obama’s regulatory agenda. Over the past five years, more than 100 businesses left the organization, illustrating corporate concerns that the group may be going too far.

ALEC, which has been funded by companies like Koch Industries Inc. and coal giant Peabody Energy Corp., has 2,000 mostly Republican state legislator members, which it pairs with representatives from corporations and free-market interest groups. In recent years it debated model measures for state legislatures that take aim at state renewable energy requirements, set stricter voter identification requirements and would have U.S. senators appointed by state legislatures, not elected. ...
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-08/corporate-revolt-has-business-group-at-a-crossroads-over-climate
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Bob Wallace on December 10, 2017, 06:32:49 PM
I'm noticing what seems to be a growing acceptance of climate change science within the Republican Party.   The most extreme will likely cling to their beliefs but they cling to all sorts of ridiculous beliefs. 

The important point is to get leadership to the point where they no longer stand in the path and try to block progress.  (I have to think the economic success of wind and solar has had some impact.)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on December 10, 2017, 11:24:06 PM
U.S.:  The ALEC group is becoming too extreme for even some Republicans and oil companies.

Koch-Backed Business Group Splinters in Climate-Change Dispute
Quote
A business-backed group that rose to prominence by prodding state legislatures to cut taxes, environmental regulations and gun restrictions, now finds itself at a crossroads amid declining membership and a bitter dispute over climate change.

The battle at the American Legislative Exchange Council erupted at the group’s winter meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, this week as members scrapped a measure declaring that climate change is not a risk after opposition from Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp.

"It was corporate blackmail," said Steve Milloy, a policy adviser for the Heartland Institute, a group critical of climate science. "They basically said, ‘We’re going to leave.’ "

The dispute over the climate provisions highlights the internal discord for the Arlington, Virginia-based group, which gained fame fighting President Barack Obama’s regulatory agenda. Over the past five years, more than 100 businesses left the organization, illustrating corporate concerns that the group may be going too far.

ALEC, which has been funded by companies like Koch Industries Inc. and coal giant Peabody Energy Corp., has 2,000 mostly Republican state legislator members, which it pairs with representatives from corporations and free-market interest groups. In recent years it debated model measures for state legislatures that take aim at state renewable energy requirements, set stricter voter identification requirements and would have U.S. senators appointed by state legislatures, not elected. ...
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-08/corporate-revolt-has-business-group-at-a-crossroads-over-climate (https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-08/corporate-revolt-has-business-group-at-a-crossroads-over-climate)


I'm sure you've followed the Koch brothers impending takeover of Time Magazine.


The subjugation of publications that once represented America's premier news sources is reaching a crescendo, and I don't believe that these are pendulums that will swing to the other side as time progresses.
These aren't rich people hoping to get richer on the profits from their purchases. These are rich people willing to lose money every day as long as they can manipulate public discourse to get the government that they prefer.


A democracy without a vibrant third estate is difficult to imagine, but with the Koch Brothers joining Bezos and Murdock, the press is on it's last legs.
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Bob Wallace on December 11, 2017, 12:01:56 AM
Will people now under 50 (60?) ever take up reading magazines in any appreciable numbers?

I quit the Time/Newsweek type publications many years ago because the news was already very stale by the time the mag arrived.

What I miss (some) is a deeper dive into topics that one sometimes got in a news magazine.

What might work to replace that would be 'pay to read' system where one did not have to subscribe to a specific paywall site but could set up an account and be charged a few cents to read articles of interest.

Present a short abstract for free and charge a nickle/dime to read the full text.  The info in a short abstract is going to be free on the web one way or another.  But on some topics I'd like to read more detail and the reasoning.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: wili on December 11, 2017, 01:39:58 AM
How about the Atlantic, or New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, The Nation, Harper's, Village Voice (now only online)...?

I used to read some of those quite regularly, but now I rarely get any of them in print. No idea how or if they are catching on in whatever format with the middle aged and younger. I think probably not, but...
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: sidd on December 12, 2017, 09:18:06 AM
I found this article by Mildenberger et al. quite informative on attitudes on climate change and renewable energy across political divides in the USA. Republicans are not as intransigent as is painted.

doi: 10.1007/s10584-017-2103-0

"There remain some states and congressional districts where a majority of registered Republicans think that human-caused global warming is happening or support climate reforms; for instance, a plurality of Republicans in every US state think that global warming is happening (although beliefs that it is human-caused are considerably lower). Republicans also hold heterogeneous climate policy preferences, including widespread support for renewable energy funding and carbon pollution regulation. We find similar levels of heterogeneity among Democrats for many climate attitudes, though substantially lower levels of heterogeneity for some policy support questions. However, since the partisan averageis substantially higher among Democrats, this variation may have less substantial implications for climate policymaking. Democrats in every district and every state think that global warming is happening and support climate and energy policies."

I attach Fig 1d which is the one that surprised me most, that of a majority of Republicans supporting regulation of CO2 as a pollutant.

Open access. Read all about it. Many interesting pictures.

sidd
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 14, 2017, 02:13:28 AM
U.S. President Just Signed Bill That Says Climate Change a National Security Risk — But Does He Know That?
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WASHINGTON (December 12, 2017)—President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law today. The act would require the Pentagon to do a report on how military installations and overseas staff may be vulnerable to climate change over the next 20 years.

The following language was included in the act: Climate change is a direct threat to the national security of the United States and is impacting stability in areas of the world both where the United States Armed Forces are operating today, and where strategic implications for future conflict exist.

Below is a statement by Angela Ledford Anderson, director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).

“Does President Trump know that with a stroke of his pen he just confirmed what climate scientists and military officials have been saying for years: climate change is a major threat to U.S. national security and our armed forces overseas?

“The reality is that climate change couldn’t care less about political party affiliation, which is why legislators on both sides of the aisle—especially those on the frontlines of climate change impacts—fought to retain this language in the final bill. ...
https://www.ucsusa.org/press/2017/president-just-signed-bill-says-climate-change-national-security-risk-does-he-know


Because a day later, the Government Accounting Office issued a report saying the Department of Defense isn't doing enough to prepare for climate change:

CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION:
DOD Needs to Better Incorporate Adaptation into Planning and Collaboration at Overseas Installations
https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-18-206
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: pileus on December 30, 2017, 11:21:45 AM
Has this been posted?  It’s a sweeping essay from earlier this year in High Country News about one man’s journey through the dysfunction of modern life to find inner peace with the notion of hopeless climate change and ecocide.  At times philosophical, poetic, informative, depressing.  Well worth your time as it covers a range of human experiences and emotions related to life and the environment, and also the despair around climate change.

So what if we’re doomed?
Climate chaos, mass extinction, the collapse of civilization: A guide to facing the ecocide.

http://www.hcn.org/issues/49.12/essay-climate-change-confronting-despair-in-the-age-of-ecocide

“In this state of mind, a few days after the Stockton trip, I came across the work of Paul Kingsnorth, a British writer who called himself a “recovering environmentalist.” He was one of the founders of The Dark Mountain Project, a movement of philosophers, writers and artists that had emerged from the 2008 economic crisis, and he believed the planet was experiencing an “ecocide that nobody seems able to prevent.” Ecocide — the total destruction of our home — seemed inevitable to them, and to me, given the things I’d seen and any number of ongoing catastrophes: mass extinction, climate chaos, flooded coasts, mega-drought; oceans turning to acid, permafrost to muck. We humans are a disastrous species, as bad for the Earth as a meteor strike, and the realization of this had established in me a new kind of sadness, a mixture of guilt and mourning for a loss yet to come. Kingsnorth was one of the few people who seemed to voice a similar pain, and I began following his writing. I eventually moved to Colorado, and, not long after, saw that Kingsnorth was hosting a retreat in the Spanish Pyrenees, for “grief in the age of ecocide.” I immediately signed up. Now that my pain had been named, I wanted to understand what to do with it.”
———-
“Something inside me broke somehow,” he said. “I thought, ‘This isn’t working. We’re totally fucked. The machine will go on until it’s killed everything or collapses or both. But the wild world, justice — I still believe in that. What can I do with that?’ ”
———-
“These takers are Marlow’s “conquerors” in Heart of Darkness: “The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.” Indigenous people of South America call them “termites.” In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates calls them Dreamers: “Once, the Dreamers’ parameters were caged by technology and by the limits of horsepower and wind. But the Dreamers have improved themselves, and the damming of seas for voltage, the extraction of coal, the transmuting of oil into food, have enabled an expansion, a plunder with no known precedent.”
———
“I’d been thinking a lot about that conversation, and the idea of beauty in general, in Spain. Tompkins, who also knew Kingsnorth, was the epitome of Jeffers’ ethos. But was his work meaningful? And if so, was that only because of its scale? Or was dedication to that kind of beauty merely glorified withdrawal? Where does the establishment of a nature preserve in Patagonia fit with the murder of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, or the drowning of Syrian refugees in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, or the collateral damage of U.S. drone strikes?”
——
“Consider the portrait series by photographer Nick Bowers, “Scared Scientists.” In it, Bowers takes portraits of researchers as they are interviewed about their greatest fears. The result is a collection of images that captures the low-grade trauma many of us are experiencing. The greatest fear for Shauna Murray, a biological scientist at the University of Technology Sydney, for example, is “reaching four degrees (Celsius) of warming.” “At the moment, we’ve at least 10,000 different papers, completed over 20 years, each using different data sets, and they are all coming to the same climate change conclusions,” she says. “We’ve a weight of evidence that the average person is simply not aware of — and this frightens me. I’d like to think that we’re not going to reach the projected four degrees of warming this century; because I can’t even imagine what that would look like. Eighty years is not that long, and unless we act soon, my seven-year-old daughter will probably have to live through that.” Her portrait looks like something out of war photography: hair mussed, eyes wide in shock, mouth grimacing — a new class of soldier, one traumatized by computer models and visions of a frontline future unknown to most of us.”
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on December 30, 2017, 01:11:05 PM
Has this been posted?  It’s a sweeping essay from earlier this year in High Country News about one man’s journey through the dysfunction of modern life to find inner peace with the notion of hopeless climate change and ecocide.  At times philosophical, poetic, informative, depressing.  Well worth your time as it covers a range of human experiences and emotions related to life and the environment, and also the despair around climate change.

So what if we’re doomed?
Climate chaos, mass extinction, the collapse of civilization: A guide to facing the ecocide.

http://www.hcn.org/issues/49.12/essay-climate-change-confronting-despair-in-the-age-of-ecocide (http://www.hcn.org/issues/49.12/essay-climate-change-confronting-despair-in-the-age-of-ecocide)

“In this state of mind, a few days after the Stockton trip, I came across the work of Paul Kingsnorth, a British writer who called himself a “recovering environmentalist.” He was one of the founders of The Dark Mountain Project, a movement of philosophers, writers and artists that had emerged from the 2008 economic crisis, and he believed the planet was experiencing an “ecocide that nobody seems able to prevent.” Ecocide — the total destruction of our home — seemed inevitable to them, and to me, given the things I’d seen and any number of ongoing catastrophes: mass extinction, climate chaos, flooded coasts, mega-drought; oceans turning to acid, permafrost to muck. We humans are a disastrous species, as bad for the Earth as a meteor strike, and the realization of this had established in me a new kind of sadness, a mixture of guilt and mourning for a loss yet to come. Kingsnorth was one of the few people who seemed to voice a similar pain, and I began following his writing. I eventually moved to Colorado, and, not long after, saw that Kingsnorth was hosting a retreat in the Spanish Pyrenees, for “grief in the age of ecocide.” I immediately signed up. Now that my pain had been named, I wanted to understand what to do with it.”
———-
“Something inside me broke somehow,” he said. “I thought, ‘This isn’t working. We’re totally fucked. The machine will go on until it’s killed everything or collapses or both. But the wild world, justice — I still believe in that. What can I do with that?’ ”
———-
“These takers are Marlow’s “conquerors” in Heart of Darkness: “The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.” Indigenous people of South America call them “termites.” In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates calls them Dreamers: “Once, the Dreamers’ parameters were caged by technology and by the limits of horsepower and wind. But the Dreamers have improved themselves, and the damming of seas for voltage, the extraction of coal, the transmuting of oil into food, have enabled an expansion, a plunder with no known precedent.”
———
“I’d been thinking a lot about that conversation, and the idea of beauty in general, in Spain. Tompkins, who also knew Kingsnorth, was the epitome of Jeffers’ ethos. But was his work meaningful? And if so, was that only because of its scale? Or was dedication to that kind of beauty merely glorified withdrawal? Where does the establishment of a nature preserve in Patagonia fit with the murder of Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, or the drowning of Syrian refugees in the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, or the collateral damage of U.S. drone strikes?”
——
“Consider the portrait series by photographer Nick Bowers, “Scared Scientists.” In it, Bowers takes portraits of researchers as they are interviewed about their greatest fears. The result is a collection of images that captures the low-grade trauma many of us are experiencing. The greatest fear for Shauna Murray, a biological scientist at the University of Technology Sydney, for example, is “reaching four degrees (Celsius) of warming.” “At the moment, we’ve at least 10,000 different papers, completed over 20 years, each using different data sets, and they are all coming to the same climate change conclusions,” she says. “We’ve a weight of evidence that the average person is simply not aware of — and this frightens me. I’d like to think that we’re not going to reach the projected four degrees of warming this century; because I can’t even imagine what that would look like. Eighty years is not that long, and unless we act soon, my seven-year-old daughter will probably have to live through that.” Her portrait looks like something out of war photography: hair mussed, eyes wide in shock, mouth grimacing — a new class of soldier, one traumatized by computer models and visions of a frontline future unknown to most of us.”
Beautiful
My wife had made a study of the soldier poets & some of the same ethos seeps through.


Personally I chose self delusion over defeat. I find it easier to pretend that we'll survive, than to acknowledge that the game was over before I sat down to play.
I sort my trash, limit my travel, and act as though it matters.


Did the last generations of passenger pigeons harbor similar thoughts in their collective memory?
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Bruce Steele on December 30, 2017, 07:45:35 PM
I have been a Jeffers fan for over 40 years. He has been an influence on my poetry and likely my rather dark soul.
I wish the notion of wilderness and walking away from fossil fuels was a bigger part of the modern enviornment movement than ecotourism.
Primitive cultures should be left the space to be primitive and the missionaries put in the caldron. I have no faith in techno solutions , we are just postponing the inevitable.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: sidd on January 05, 2018, 09:41:04 PM
This should probably be on a thread on "What's New in Climate Change Denial" but I am not going to be the one to create that thread ...

" ... the Interior Department quietly rescinded an array of policies designed to elevate climate change and conservation in decisions on managing public lands, waters and wildlife. "

http://www.hcn.org/articles/climate-change-interior-department-revokes-climate-change-and-mitigation-policies

The recission statement is at

https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/4343673/3360-20-20Rescinding-20Authorities.pdf

sidd
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 05, 2018, 10:10:53 PM
U.S. Climate Advisory Panel Disbanded by Trump Is Revived—But Not By the Feds
Columbia University, New York State, Will Host Previous Federal Effort
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In August 2017, the Trump administration dissolved an advisory committee charged with translating the findings of the periodic National Climate Assessment down to practical local and regional levels. The dismissal drew protests from around the country. Now, a private and public coalition has counterattacked, reconstituting the committee with support from Columbia University’s Earth Institute, the state of New York, and other partners.
...
In August 2017, the Trump administration allowed the committee’s charter to expire, effectively disbanding it. The move followed the administration’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, and other actions to ignore or deny the effects of changing climate. A fuller National Climate Assessment on the economic and societal implications of the science is due in 2018. But critics of the administration have feared that without the planned added report from the advisory committee, the national assessment would be less useful.

Effective Jan. 1, the Earth Institute has brought on Richard Moss, the former chairman of the Federal Advisory Committee for the National Climate Assessment, as a visiting senior research scientist in the Earth Institute’s Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management. In his role, Moss will reestablish the panel, and deliver the report that the committee originally set out to write. The Earth Institute is supplying financial and logistical support as well as office space for the effort. The committee is expected to meet in New York in coming months, and produce a draft report for review by experts and the public by the end of June, similar to its original intended schedule.
...
http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2018/01/03/national-climate-assessment-advisory-committee/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 25, 2018, 09:46:58 PM
“This is what you see when you go to check your weather on @weatherchannel's homepage right now...”
https://twitter.com/blkahn/status/956611882248540163
Photo below.

https://weather.com
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 11, 2018, 05:08:58 PM
Los Angeles Bets That Equity Is the Path to Resilience
LA struggles with inequality and the threat of natural disasters turbocharged by climate change. Its new resilience plan seeks to address both issues at once.
Quote
Wildfires, floods, mudslides, earthquakes, tsunamis—the list of natural disasters that haunt Los Angeles reads like the 10 Plagues of Egypt. What’s more, the city’s size and diversity mean that different neighborhoods are vulnerable to different events, and because of the city’s level of inequality, some residents are much better equipped to handle disaster than others.

In response to these challenges, last week the City of Los Angeles, in coordination with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities program, released a resilience strategy. Many of the 96 action items in the new plan follow tried-and-true formulas for mitigating the damage from natural disaster. More resources for seismic safety through the state of California’s “brace-and-bolt” program will help protect older buildings from earthquakes, while increased neighborhood outreach in the hills will complement brush-clearing efforts that prevent wildfires.

Some of the actions are already funded, and the mayor’s office is seeking funding for the rest, both from city funds and from outside partners.

The plan also treats environmental resilience and social equity as interdependent. “The ability of a city to survive and thrive in the face of disaster is as much about its social fabric and social footprint as it is about its infrastructure and its technical treatment of the big risks,” said Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities. ...
https://www.citylab.com/environment/2018/03/la-bets-that-equity-is-the-path-to-resilience/554993/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 25, 2018, 08:31:30 PM
Australia

‘We want to repower NSW’: thousands rally against coal in Sydney
Quote
Exactly a year out from the state election, thousands of people from across New South Wales – including some on horseback – have marched through Sydney, calling for an end to coal seam gas and coal mining and a renewed focus on renewables.

The “Time to Choose” rally, which began at Martin Place, marched to Prince Alfred Park in the city’s south stretching almost 2km along a partially closed Elizabeth Street.

Neha Madhok, from rally organiser 350.org Australia, said people had come from across NSW “to put the state government on notice”.

“We want the state government and the opposition to know that over the next year we are not going to stop talking about climate change, about coal and gas. We want to repower NSW, we want a renewable energy-powered NSW.” ...
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/24/we-want-to-repower-nsw-thousands-rally-against-coal-in-sydney
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 31, 2018, 03:51:23 PM
Gavin Schmidt:

“If someone says they don’t know precisely how much human activity is contributing to climate change, ask them what level of precision they are aiming for and which actual decisions are dependent on that.”
https://twitter.com/ClimateOfGavin/status/979111816054890496
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 07, 2018, 08:01:46 PM
How I Talk to My Daughter About Climate Change
As a reporter covering the environment, I'm all too aware of what the next 50 years could hold. As a 9-year-old, she's not—and for now, she wants to stay that way.
https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/04/raising-kids-climate-change/554969/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: sidd on May 07, 2018, 04:32:04 AM
Skeptics behave greener than climate evangelists:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494418301488

"Cluster membership predicted different outcomes: the “Highly Con-
cerned” were most supportive of government climate policies, but least likely to report individual-level
actions, whereas the “Skeptical” opposed policy solutions but were most likely to report engaging in
individual-level pro-environmental behaviors.:


"for recycling, the “Cautiously Worried” reported significantly lower
frequency of recycling than the “Highly Concerned,” who did not
differ from the “Skeptical”; however, for public transportation, eco-
friendly products, and shopping bags, the “Skeptical” reported
significantly greater behavior frequency than the other two belief
clusters."

600 people, geographically representative, USA, self reported ...

sidd
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 07, 2018, 02:51:07 PM
As Katharine Hayhoe has noted, you can get more people to agree to greener actions by pointing out other arguments (reducing pollution, less expensive) than by saying those actions are necessary to fight climate change.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Bob Wallace on May 07, 2018, 06:15:18 PM
As Katharine Hayhoe has noted, you can get more people to agree to greener actions by pointing out other arguments (reducing pollution, less expensive) than by saying those actions are necessary to fight climate change.

Those are short term gains/hurts.  Humans evolved in a world in which one paid attention to more immediate needs and dangers and dealt with the future when it arrived.

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 15, 2018, 05:27:23 PM
How to stop a humanitarian disaster before it happens
Quote
In an era of increasingly extreme hurricanes, floods and drought, the people in charge of preparing for disasters depend on meteorologists to anticipate where the next catastrophe might strike. Here’s some good news: Meteorologists are coming through, with unprecedented accuracy.

In fact, weather forecasting technology has improved so dramatically that humanitarian organizations can now fund disaster relief before disaster hits. It’s a revolutionary change that could save countless lives. ...
https://grist.org/article/how-to-stop-a-humanitarian-disaster-before-it-happens/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 15, 2018, 06:10:46 PM
Quote
A revolution in aluminum-making may be on the way. Tech giant and heavy aluminum consumer Apple is investing 10 million and will give technical advice to a new venture, Elysis, that intend to make the metal without producing carbon gas. How could this be?

The new process, which Alcoa has been working on since 2009, uses an “advanced conductive material” instead of the carbon material that’s usually used to remove oxygen from aluminum oxide during the smelting process. While carbon-based smelting releases carbon dioxide—a greenhouse gas—the new process releases oxygen.

$188 million will be invested in Elysis by its different stakeholders. Quebec’s provincial government gets a 3.5% stake for $47 million, the Canadian federal government receives no stake for the same investment. Both Alcoa and Rio Tinto put in $43 million for the remaining share. ...
https://electrek.co/2018/05/14/egeb-apple-alcoa-rio-tinto-zero-emission-aluminum-map-turbine-us-uniper-convert-wind-methane/

Apple Makes Greener Aluminum Smelting Push With Rio Tinto and Alcoa
http://fortune.com/2018/05/11/apple-elysis-aluminum-alcoa-rio-tinto-canada/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 06, 2018, 08:51:29 PM
“Pew polled Americans on what should be NASA's top priority, and guess what the most common response was? Climate science. Yep--that beat out Mars, the Moon, and even monitoring dangerous asteroids. ”
https://twitter.com/themadstone/status/1004421804767793154

Americans Think Climate Research Should Be NASA’s Top Priority
https://earther.com/americans-think-climate-change-research-should-be-nasa-1826604786/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 14, 2018, 12:51:33 AM
California:

“Last night, Berkeley, CA declared a climate emergency -- committing to not only net zero carbon emissions by 2030, but a *net drawdown*.
This sets the new standard for what those of us with means should be striving for at this critical moment in Earth history. ”

https://twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/1006878824607477760

“BREAKING: @CityofBerkeley City Council unanimously declares a #ClimateEmergency, endorses a just citywide emergency mobilization effort to end greenhouse gas emissions as quickly as possible, and calls for a Bay Area town hall. “

Full Text: https://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/City_Council/2018/06_June/Documents/2018-06-12_Item_49_Declaration_of_Climate_Emergency_-_Rev.aspx

https://twitter.com/MobilizeClimate/status/1006784365743964160
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tor Bejnar on June 22, 2018, 04:57:15 PM
Machine learning may be a game-changer for climate prediction (https://phys.org/news/2018-06-machine-game-changer-climate.html)
Psy.Org - June 20, 2018, Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science
 
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A major challenge in current climate prediction models is how to accurately represent clouds and their atmospheric heating and moistening. This challenge is behind the wide spread in climate prediction. Yet accurate predictions of global warming in response to increased greenhouse gas concentrations are essential for policy-makers (e.g. the Paris climate agreement).

In a paper recently published online in Geophysical Research Letters, researchers led by Pierre Gentine, associate professor of earth and environmental engineering at Columbia Engineering, demonstrate that machine learning techniques can be used to tackle this issue and better represent clouds in coarse resolution (~100km) climate models, with the potential to narrow the range of prediction.
Looking forward to this being actually used.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 28, 2018, 04:18:00 PM
In the U.S., those who will be most affected by climate change are unfortunately among the population least likely to take action.

“One of the greatest regional political self-immolations in history is the conservative South's total embrace of anti-climate-action politics.”
https://mobile.twitter.com/alexsteffen/status/1012035944524857344
Image below.
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Post by: Tor Bejnar on June 28, 2018, 06:22:28 PM
Re: Economic Impact Map

Most to-become better-off place on the map:  What does Mineral County, Nevada (population under 5,000) have that the rest of the nation lacks?  (Or: what do they lack now that will be compensated for later?) http://mineralcountynevada.com/

With the sea-level rise issues in Miami-Dade County, Florida (SE corner of the state) [and other counties that have low-lying cities], I am quite surprised they are not in the 'worse than -20%' category.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: jai mitchell on June 28, 2018, 06:31:14 PM
Re: Economic Impact Map

Most to-become better-off place on the map:  What does Mineral County, Nevada (population under 5,000) have that the rest of the nation lacks?  (Or: what do they lack now that will be compensated for later?) http://mineralcountynevada.com/

With the sea-level rise issues in Miami-Dade County, Florida (SE corner of the state) [and other counties that have low-lying cities], I am quite surprised they are not in the 'worse than -20%' category.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-03-29/the-great-nevada-lithium-rush-to-fuel-the-new-economy

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The four companies that in 2015 provided 88 percent of the world’s lithium can’t keep up

https://www.siennaresources.com/clayton-valley/

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Pure Energy Minerals, which owns the Clayton Valley South project, has recently released an inferred resource of 247,000 tons of lithium carbonate equivalent on the Clayton Valley South project. According to the Pure Energy Minerals Limited website,

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mineral+County,+NV/@38.3371056,-118.5281726,8.35z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x80bd6933115ea9a7:0xeb08f6d2780feb57!8m2!3d38.4343464!4d-118.4863963

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Mineral County
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 28, 2018, 09:29:04 PM
Re: Economic Impact Map

Most to-become better-off place on the map:  What does Mineral County, Nevada (population under 5,000) have that the rest of the nation lacks?  (Or: what do they lack now that will be compensated for later?) http://mineralcountynevada.com/

With the sea-level rise issues in Miami-Dade County, Florida (SE corner of the state) [and other counties that have low-lying cities], I am quite surprised they are not in the 'worse than -20%' category.

The Tonopah Solar Project?  :)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 10, 2018, 08:09:45 PM
Katharine Hayhoe:
Writing the 4th US National Climate Asst this past year, we included a section on paleoclimate analogues for present + future conditions for the 1st time. It was simultaneously the most fascinating & horrifying perspective. Read this blog:  http://richpancost.blogs.bristol.ac.uk/2018/07/09/the-pliocene-the-last-time-earth-had-400-ppm-of-carbon-dioxide/

then 4.2.3 here: https://science2017.globalchange.gov/chapter/4/

https://mobile.twitter.com/khayhoe/status/1016404251742961665
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on July 11, 2018, 10:57:38 AM
Very good indeed, remembered reading and posting from one of the featured papers last year (not in here though...).
https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14845 (https://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms14845)

Fig4 from that paper also contains the real "floor it" scenario.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 26, 2018, 10:11:20 PM
The Media’s Failure to Connect the Dots on Climate Change
Why are some major news outlets still covering extreme weather like it's an act of God?
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Geoff Brumfiel, NPR’s science editor, vigorously defended the public radio network’s climate coverage. “We’re actively working on a story, trying to see what scientists think all of these events,” he told me on Tuesday. “You don’t just want to be throwing around, ‘This is due to climate change, that is due to climate change.’” I suggested that journalists don’t need to determine whether an event was caused by climate change to make a climate connection—a journalist could merely say climate change makes extreme events such as these more likely. “It’s an interesting question if there should be boilerplate language [in extreme weather stories],” Brumfiel replied.
https://newrepublic.com/article/150124/medias-failure-connect-dots-climate-change
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: jacksmith4tx on July 26, 2018, 10:32:31 PM
The Media’s Failure to Connect the Dots on Climate Change

This is a deep dive into climate change and the media just published today:
https://www.carbonbrief.org/media-reaction-2018-summer-heatwaves-and-climate-change
Note: This is more of a global view but is still missing how climate change is covered in places like Russia, China & India.

More US view from a few days ago:
https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2018/07/12/Major-broadcast-TV-networks-mentioned-climate-change-just-once-during-two-weeks-of-heat-wa/220651
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 28, 2018, 01:47:07 AM
The Media’s Failure to Connect the Dots on Climate Change

This is a deep dive into climate change and the media just published today:
...

I thought it was just my news feed ;) :  so many articles about the media not mentioning climate change in their coverage of recent heatwaves and wildfires.  So apparently it’s OK to write about not writing about climate change...  but not OK to write about climate change itself?  :-\
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 29, 2018, 12:27:20 AM
Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick)
7/27/18, 11:02 AM
Beware the leap among some news outlets from "climate change isn't news so we won't publish it" straight to "climate change is old news so we won't publish it."
https://twitter.com/petergleick/status/1022859743910551553
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 30, 2018, 01:13:53 AM
U.S.:  the biggest city in the Deep Red/Republican/conservative state of Utah headlines climate change

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This was the front page of Utah's @sltrib today! "We now have very strong evidence that global warming has already put a thumb on the scales, upping the odds of extremes like severe heat and heavy rainfall," @StanfordWoods climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh said.
https://mobile.twitter.com/jkinneberg/status/1023284191549476864
Image below.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 14, 2018, 02:12:53 PM
Eric Holthaus and Chelsea Clinton are planning to hike in Glacier National Park and discuss how they can act on climate change.

EH:  “This is happening. Can confirm. ❤️ “

https://twitter.com/chelseaclinton/status/1029203548477829120
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: bluesky on August 15, 2018, 11:58:40 PM
The Media’s Failure to Connect the Dots on Climate Change

This is a deep dive into climate change and the media just published today:
https://www.carbonbrief.org/media-reaction-2018-summer-heatwaves-and-climate-change
Note: This is more of a global view but is still missing how climate change is covered in places like Russia, China & India.

More US view from a few days ago:
https://www.mediamatters.org/blog/2018/07/12/Major-broadcast-TV-networks-mentioned-climate-change-just-once-during-two-weeks-of-heat-wa/220651

So there is no chance that July extreme weather events around the world managed to increase public awareness of climate change?
Is it all lost for ever?
I presume this is just another array of extreme events which will be quickly forgotten in merelay one or two months from now.

So, how can we individually and collectively decrease the knowledge gap between the science of climate change and the broad public awareness and  understanding, as climate change is complex and sometimes counterintuitive?


maybe it should be a compulsory subject at school from the early age, but I am sure some contrariants will shout that it is a political subject.


The fact that the ministry of education and other important ministerial office is not bringing this at school, while in the mid 70ies, many ministry of educations around Europe were rising children awareness against the risk of tobacco, tells a lot about the cowardness and short termism of our politicians.

Maybe this should be organised as a grassroot movement to spread awareness and maybe the ASIF community should start doing it?  We all know how urgent it is.
 But yes I can hear the pessimistic, that people are not ready to surrender their way of life, reduce their consumer spending.

If 15-20% of the people among the "wealthiest" countries would quickly start to change their way of life and drastically reduce their consumptions, and set up a grassroot campaign to convince 10% more, that would have a major impact. This is all theoretical and very challenging to implement, but probably the only way to succeed. There is no way, governments would implement policies on time to tackle climate change.




Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: oren on August 16, 2018, 05:52:16 AM
I think many people globally (outside active propaganda circles such as many US right-wingers) are quite aware of the problem, even when lacking a scientific inclination and not following the news closely. "Everybody" knows about climate change. But they feel powerless to do anything about it, maybe hoping for governments to act. But when voting day comes, this will never be the topmost issue.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: bluesky on August 16, 2018, 11:43:43 AM
I think many people globally (outside active propaganda circles such as many US right-wingers) are quite aware of the problem, even when lacking a scientific inclination and not following the news closely. "Everybody" knows about climate change. But they feel powerless to do anything about it, maybe hoping for governments to act. But when voting day comes, this will never be the topmost issue.

Surely, many people have heard about climate change, but I am not sure to which extent they understand the risk, in fact I seriously doubt most of the people grasp the full extent of it . Most of the time they think about it when there is an extreme weather event at their doorstep and then they forget about it very quickly, so it still seems some kind of remote and unpalatable risk in some way, certainly not at the top of their agenda as it is on ASIF. Therefore, education and grassroot movements could be extremely useful, but how to implement is another matter...
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: bluesky on August 16, 2018, 06:44:37 PM
Associate Professor Kim Cobb, Earth and Atmospheric scientist at Georgia Tech, communicating on CNN about the latest Will Stefen et al "trajectories of the Earth system in the Anthropocene" (discussed on another thread). Very good interview up to the point when she says (around 4 minutish) that it is a win win situation, that we can fix climate change and grow our economy. This is somewhat contradictory with the supporting information, mentioning reducing consumer consumptions as one of the key solution…


This is why the truth is partly twisted to the wider public and people are not aware of the real underlying effort that should be required...unless the scientific community is planning to step up communication by stage. The reality: the wider public is not ready to hear the truth that we need to significantly change our way of life to manage human kind sustainability beyond this century or maybe earlier...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=294&v=VM0jC_3TEUs










Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat on August 21, 2018, 05:14:23 PM
"What's New in Climate Change Acceptance" is every poll says that as time goes by a greater proportion of the public accept AGW and a greater proportion accept that action is required.

"What's New in Climate Change Action" is that since the Paris Accord 2015, those who presume to govern us are at best, watering down action, and at worst, going into reverse gear and actively promoting growth in the use of fossil fuels and.........

The latest.....

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2018/aug/21/australia-has-no-climate-policy-a-quick-response-to-a-drawn-out-farce

Australia has no climate policy: a quick response to a drawn-out farce
by Graham Readfearn


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I needed to write this column really quickly, otherwise we might have had a new prime minister before I’d finished, and the climate policy we don’t have might have changed several times.....When I say we don’t have a climate policy, that is the literal truth.

On Monday the prime minister (goes to check Twitter ... he’s just survived a leadership challenge), Malcolm Turnbull, removed the emissions targets – already too low – from his national energy guarantee.

At the heart of all of this – the putrid rotten core that’s undermined all previous attempts to pull Australia and the world out of its spiral of climate impacts – has been a denial of the science of climate change.

Can the Australian voting public and any fair-minded politician seriously allow the country’s energy and climate “policy” to be dictated by a core led by Tony Abbott – who rejects the science that’s backed by every major scientific institution in the world?

No matter how many winks and screams you get from the conservative commentators, right-wing shock jocks and the alt-right, this is where we are at. Hostage to a groupthink that’s divorced from reality. Some people need to grow a backbone.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 22, 2018, 12:05:08 AM
Alex Steffen on Twitter: As @reynoldsgareth says, the climate crisis is “like the dinosaurs throwing the meteor at themselves.”
https://mobile.twitter.com/alexsteffen/status/1032001952488480769
Image below.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 22, 2018, 04:40:26 PM
“We are inevitably sending our children to live on an unfamiliar planet.... Courage is the resolve to do well without the assurance of a happy ending.”

The 1.5 Generation
My generation is radically remaking climate activism. Will it be enough?
By Eric Holthaus
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A new breed of environmental activist is risking jail time to stop an existential threat to us all. And young people are finding their voices and embracing new versions of old ideas to try to shake the world from its collective stupor.
https://grist.org/article/courage-and-bolt-cutters-meet-the-next-generation-of-climate-activists/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on August 31, 2018, 09:37:20 AM
Nope, nothin' new.
https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/tme/centres/ceforced/Pages/default.aspx (https://www.chalmers.se/en/departments/tme/centres/ceforced/Pages/default.aspx)

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With Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, as a hub, the world’s first global research network looking into climate change denial has now been established.
 
Scientific and political awareness of the greenhouse effect and human influence on the climate has existed for over three decades. During the 1980s, there was a strong environmental movement and a political consensus on the issue, but in recent years, climate change denial – denying that changes to the climate are due to human influence on the environment – has increased which makes the case for understanding why this is so.   
 
The comprehensive project: “Why don’t we take climate change seriously? A study of climate change denial”, is now collecting the world’s foremost researchers in this area. In the project, the network will examine the ideas and interests behind climate change denial, with a particular focus on right-wing nationalism, extractive industries, and conservative think tanks. The goal is to increase understanding of climate change denial, and its influence on political decision-making, but also to raise awareness among the general public, those in power, research institutes, and industry.
 
Right-wing nationalism’s links to climate change denial are a relatively unresearched topic, but Environmental Sociology recently published an article where Hultman and his research colleagues show the connections between conservatism, xenophobia, and climate change denial, through a study in Norway. 
 
Through the new research project, a unique international collaborative platform for research into climate change denial, Centre for Studies of Climate Change Denialism (CEFORCED), will be established, which will connect around 40 of the world’s foremost scientific experts in the area and pave the way for international comparisons. The platform builds upon the world’s first conference in the subject, which Hultman and Professor Riley Dunlap of Oklahoma State University organized in 2016.
 
An important foundation of the project will be a broad, interdisciplinary view of climate change denial, linking together different disciplines such as geopolitics, environmental psychology, technological history, environmental sociology, gender research, environmental history, energy policy, environmental humanism and technology and science studies.
 
“We do not dismiss climate change denial as something limited to, for example, powerful, older men with strong connections to the fossil-fuels industry – even if such organized groups do play important roles. Knowledge of climate change and its causes has been around for a long time, so firstly, we also need to understand the type of reactions and everyday denials that explain why we don’t take the greenhouse effect seriously – even when we see the consequences in front of our eyes.”
 
Three main focuses

    Right-wing nationalism:
    The project will map right-wing nationalist parties in Europe and their arguments around climate change denialism. Among other things, Twitter and other internet discussion groups will be analyzed.

    Extractive industries:
    The project will undertake a historical investigation into Sweden’s extractive industries –what they have learned about climate change, and how they have acted, as well as connecting knowledge to international studies into the debate.

    Conservative think tanks:
    The project maps out how conservative thinktanks in Sweden analyze and communicate around climate, as well as their connections to lobby groups of similar character.

Different forms of climate change denial

According to earlier research, several forms of climate change denial exist:

    Organised:
    Groups such as Klimatsans (Climate Sense) or Stockholmsinitiativet (The Stockholm Initiative) in Sweden, as well as lobby groups like the Heartland Institute in the USA, which supports and spread climate change denial.

    Party Political:
    Parties such as the Sweden Democrats, who work against different forms of climate policy.

    Response denial:
    For example, when people in positions of power make decisions such as the construction of Sälen airport in the Swedish mountains, running totally counter to the climate policies they claim to support.

    Everyday denial:
    When people act as though as they unaware of climate change, and, for example, fly several times a year to foreign countries.

Not surprised about Norwegian men either.
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23251042.2018.1488516 (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/23251042.2018.1488516)
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Our findings resemble those in the US study. A total of 63 per cent of conservative males in Norway do not believe in anthropogenic climate change, as opposed to 36 per cent among the rest of the population who deny climate change and global warming. Expanding on the US study, we investigate whether conservative males more often hold what we term xenosceptic views, and if that adds to the ‘cool dude-effect’. Multivariate logistic regression models reveal strong effects from a variable measuring ‘xenosceptic cool dudes’. Interpreting xenoscepticism as a rough proxy for right leaning views, climate change denial in Norway seems to merge with broader patterns of right-wing nationalism.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: bluesky on September 08, 2018, 07:43:24 AM
BBC is finally taking action to improve communication on climate change, after repeatedly inviting vocal climato sceptics ( e.g. Nigal Lawson a former conservative  Chancellor of the Exchequer, who is heading a climato sceptics think tank and has direct vested interest in coal industry) to debate with climate scientists , for the so called "neutrality" !!!

https://www.carbonbrief.org/exclusive-bbc-issues-internal-guidance-on-how-to-report-climate-change
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: bluesky on September 08, 2018, 08:03:03 AM
Today is "Rise for climate day" a worldwide event . It seems that something unexpected is happening in France in the wake of the spectacular resignation of the environment minister last who announced that he was quitting the government on a prime time radio program without advising President Macron.
A young unknown guy posted on his Facebook page only a fews days ago so that people would come and rally in the street today. He has already attracted more than 100 000 supports on his Facebook page.
Further , there have been appeals signed by 200 artists and another one yesterday by 700 French scientists including economists so that the government starts to act seriously. Let's see what's happening today.

In the Guardian this morning:
"One of the biggest protests is expected in Paris where up to 100,000 people are expected"

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/07/hundreds-of-thousands-expected-to-join-global-climate-marches-this-weekend
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 11, 2018, 01:48:43 PM
The BBC has accepted it gets coverage of climate change “wrong too often” and told staff: “You do not need a ‘denier’ to balance the debate.”

In a briefing note sent to all staff warning them to be aware of false balance, the corporation has offered a training course on how to report on global warming. The move follows a series of apologies and censures for failing to challenge climate sceptics during interviews, including Nigel Lawson.

The briefing note, obtained by the website Carbon Brief, was sent on Thursday by Fran Unsworth, the BBC’s director of news and current affairs. It includes a statement of BBC editorial policy that begins: “Climate change has been a difficult subject for the BBC, and we get coverage of it wrong too often.”

It then states: “Manmade climate change exists: If the science proves it we should report it.” In the section warning on false balance it says: “To achieve impartiality, you do not need to include outright deniers of climate change in BBC coverage, in the same way you would not have someone denying that Manchester United won 2-0 last Saturday. The referee has spoken.”

-  Damian Carrington, The Guardian, Sep 07, 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/07/bbc-we-get-climate-change-coverage-wrong-too-often
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: bluesky on September 11, 2018, 06:47:03 PM
Fabrice Nicolino and François Veillerette are to launch an online petition in France to ban all pesticides use in a country which has seen an increase in pesticides use by 12% in farming since 2007, while the "Grenelle de l'environnement" a govermental /NGO road road map set up in 2007 was aiming for a 50% reduction in the meantime.

M. Nicolino and Veillerette are targetting to reach 5 millions signature in 2 years time, and to organise protest on a monthly basis in French main towns for the next 2 years. This is following last Saturday real success of protest on the inaction of French government on climate change and environmental policies, and multiple petition from 200 well known artists and 700 scientists asking the French government to act.

interview of François Nicolino on Franceculture.fr this morning:
https://www.franceculture.fr/emissions/linvite-des-matins/environnement-lheure-de-la-mobilisation-generale
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 17, 2018, 08:46:19 PM
Florence is not the ‘new normal’. We’ve destroyed normal forever.
If each new decade brings its own unique, ever-worsening climate disasters, there won't be any new norms for a long, long time.
By Joe Romm
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Because things will keep changing with rising temperatures, with extremes becoming more extreme, there is no point at which one can plausibly say “This is the new normal, and this is what it is going to be like from now on.”

So, the “new normal” catchphrase is utterly misleading to the general reader and should not be used. ...
https://thinkprogress.org/florence-is-not-the-new-normal-weve-destroyed-normal-forever-357881eee59b/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: jacksmith4tx on September 19, 2018, 05:07:25 AM
https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/
This website seems dedicated to reporting on cities dealing with the challenges of our changing environment and evolving technology.
Major topics include:
Energy & Utilities, Transportation, Buildings & Infrastructure, Environment Resilience, Governance, Tech & Data

A recent article:
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Seattle, Atlanta first winners in American Cities Climate Challenge
Sept. 17, 2018
Dive Insight:

Both Seattle and Atlanta have been leaders in fighting climate change at the city level, and their efforts have been rewarded with this honor from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Atlanta was the first city in the southeast to pass a law around clean buildings, according to MyAJC, and plans to use this challenge to expand its charging infrastructure for electric vehicles (EVs) and pass a Complete Streets ordinance to help make its streets safer for all users.

Seattle, meanwhile, released a climate action plan earlier this year, and will look to use this challenge to create green jobs and further study congestion pricing, among other initiatives. "Seattle has suffered from both increasingly destructive wildfires and extreme rainstorms. Tackling climate action isn't just about investing in the future — it’s about protecting our communities right now," Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement. "In Seattle, we’re excited to be part of the solution, pioneering innovative policies that will both reduce our carbon footprint and benefit our city."

This initiative represents a major investment from Bloomberg, who has already donated from his personal wealth to make up for a funding shortfall in the Paris climate accord, which President Trump withdrew the United States from last year.

This is one of a family of websites that provide focused coverage of major segments of the (mostly) US economy.

http://www.fooddive.com/
https://www.wastedive.com/
http://www.ciodive.com/
http://www.utilitydive.com/

The complete list is at https://www.industrydive.com/industries/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: litesong on September 19, 2018, 08:11:40 AM
We’ve destroyed normal forever........If each new decade brings its own unique, ever-worsening climate disasters, there won't be any new norms for a long, long time.....
With international deaths still mounting from Super Typhoon Mangkhut, the Philippines is the death dealt punishment bullseye, marked by the ever-increasing AGW energy building in the Earth's biosphere. Sixty% to 70%(can that be possible?) of the Philippines' strongest, deadliest, costliest (or whatever adjectives you wish to use) typhoons have occurred within the 21st century. & the Earth is showing that there are many targets outside Bullseye Philippines. 
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: litesong on September 19, 2018, 09:00:12 AM
How I Talk to My Daughter About Climate Change
As a reporter covering the environment, I'm all too aware of what the next 50 years could hold. As a 9-year-old(daughter), she's not—and for now, she wants to stay that way.
https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/04/raising-kids-climate-change/554969/
Quote from the article:
My daughter is 9—9 and a half(daughter),.....doesn’t want to know about climate change. Not from me, at least. Not yet......
My own responses to climate change have, inevitably, affected my daughter.
///////
When I was 6 years old, playing out in the front yard, with our small town Main Street on our yard's border, I suddenly looked at some of the passing cars' exhaust pipes with little trails of exhaust emitted that disappeared into the air. I knew enough to know that what had "disappeared" was still in the air. I'd been to the smaller city fairly near to us & knew many cars with exhaust pipes puffing, also had "disappearing" stuff. I knew about big cities around the world with millions(more?) of "puffing" cars. At times, I'd stood by idling cars, that smelled bad & made my throat tickle. I didn't like it & believed that adults must be working on the problem to solve it. I grew older & found out that adults were working on........ "some of the problems". & later I discovered that adults were....... NOT "working on the whole problem".
Children know more than you think they know & excellent education teaches them more than "adults know".   
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 14, 2018, 05:35:20 PM
"If you melt those ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, the water levels will rise and come to the level of the Statue of Liberty's elbow," warns astrophysicist @neiltyson as he discusses climate change with @VanJones68 on The Van Jones Show on CNN.
https://mobile.twitter.com/cnn/status/1051243685072068608
Minute+ video clip at the link.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: mostly_lurking on October 14, 2018, 05:42:54 PM
"If you melt those ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, the water levels will rise and come to the level of the Statue of Liberty's elbow," warns astrophysicist @neiltyson as he discusses climate change with @VanJones68 on The Van Jones Show on CNN.
https://mobile.twitter.com/cnn/status/1051243685072068608
Minute+ video clip at the link.

This is terrible. Nonscientific fear-mongering IF'S. The Ice caps are not going anywhere soon.
These kind of things just push people away.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 15, 2018, 01:51:34 PM
"If you melt those ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica, the water levels will rise and come to the level of the Statue of Liberty's elbow," warns astrophysicist @neiltyson as he discusses climate change with @VanJones68 on The Van Jones Show on CNN.
https://mobile.twitter.com/cnn/status/1051243685072068608
Minute+ video clip at the link.

This is terrible. Nonscientific fear-mongering IF'S. The Ice caps are not going anywhere soon.
These kind of things just push people away.

Since the calm, reasoned expanations of “a few feet in a few decades” has done essentially nothing to get people to act on climate change, it seems clear a more radical approach is required.  There’s a reason the “don’t text and drive” PSAs include shocking car crashes.

One interesting aspect here is that it involves a beloved scientist making the statements on CNN.  That invites a useful audience, albeit on a less-watched show.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat on October 18, 2018, 12:49:29 PM
What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action in the UK is an attempt to start "disruptive, nonviolent disobedience". Given the mood in the country, no surprise if the nonviolent bit will be difficult to maintain amongst some of the protestors.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/oct/18/governments-no-longer-trusted-climate-change-citizens-revolt

As the fracking protesters show, a people’s rebellion is the only way to fight climate breakdown
George Monbiot
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Our politicians, under the influence of big business, have failed us. As they take the planet to the brink, it’s time for disruptive, nonviolent disobedience

On 31 October, I will speak at the launch of Extinction Rebellion** in Parliament Square. This is a movement devoted to disruptive, nonviolent disobedience in protest against ecological collapse. The three heroes jailed for trying to stop fracking last month, whose outrageous sentences have just been overturned, are likely to be the first of hundreds. The intention is to turn this national rising into an international one.

This preparedness for sacrifice, a long history of political and religious revolt suggests, is essential to motivate and mobilise people to join an existential struggle. It is among such people that you find the public and civic sense now lacking in government. That we have to take such drastic action to defend the common realm shows how badly we have been abandoned.

Extinction Rebellion** https://risingup.org.uk/XR/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on October 20, 2018, 04:29:48 PM
Climate Expert Katharine Hayhoe to Speak at Nobel Peace Prize Forum
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The panel discussion in Oslo, Norway will cover the world’s response to climate change.

Katharine Hayhoe, co-director of the Texas Tech University Climate Science Center and a professor in the Department of Political Science in the College of Arts & Sciences, has been invited to participate in one of the most distinguished forums in the world by the Norwegian Nobel Institute.

Hayhoe will join other world leaders on climate science, policy and solutions as part of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Forum Oslo at the University of Oslo, Norway. The forum, scheduled for Dec. 11 and titled “How to Solve the Climate Crisis in Time,” will follow the keynote speech delivered by former U.S. vice president and 2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Al Gore.

“I'm honored to participate in this event, and I appreciate the decision of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum to use this event to highlight the urgency of a changing climate,” Hayhoe said. “Just last week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report, detailing in stark terms the future of our world if we don't take immediate action to reduce carbon emissions. A global conversation about how we can sensibly and safely accomplish this goal is exactly what we need right now.”

As the co-director of the Climate Science Center, Hayhoe engages with stakeholders in agriculture, public health, energy, infrastructure and more to communicate the relevance of a changing climate to our society today. ...
http://today.ttu.edu/posts/2018/10/nobel-peace-prize-forum
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: NeilT on October 22, 2018, 02:13:53 PM
What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action in the UK is an attempt to start "disruptive, nonviolent disobedience". Given the mood in the country, no surprise if the nonviolent bit will be difficult to maintain amongst some of the protestors.

Yep it is easy to demonstrate Fracking.  Somewhat harder to demonstrate the opening of a new North Sea gas field (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-45625287).
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 07, 2018, 07:40:21 PM
Results from U.S. mid-term elections yesterday:

Seven new Democratic Governors have solid Democratic state legislature majorities in both houses for majority (over 1/2 US population) - who proposed 50% clean energy by 2030 or better!

Ballot initiative flops mask strong election for clean energy | Utility Dive
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In each of those states, the newly elected governors will come into office with one-party rule — Democrats controlling both houses of the state legislatures — which may make it easier to enact their energy agendas. If that happens, it could mean fewer costly fights over clean energy ballot initiatives in the future, which delivered mixed results Tuesday night.
https://www.utilitydive.com/news/ballot-initiative-flops-mask-strong-election-for-clean-energy/541626/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 11, 2018, 09:16:04 PM
Democrats won the majority of the U.S. Congress’ House in the mid-term elections last Tuesday, which means they will take over the leadership of House committees.  Scientists and climate-change believers are coming on board!

House Dems plan to bring back committee on climate change
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Democrats are reportedly planning to revive a House committee on climate change after winning back control of the House.

The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming was dissolved by Republicans in 2011 after the GOP took control, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will ask Democrats to reconstitute it, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The special committee, which was started by Pelosi, was not authorized to advance legislation, but the panel held hearings to address concerns about climate change, extreme weather events and global warming.
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/415723-house-dems-plan-to-bring-back-committee-on-climate-change

All eyes on top Democrat to bring science back to science committee
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Environmentalists are hoping that Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) will bring science back to the House science committee when she takes over as chair in the next Congress.

Johnson, if elected chair, will be the first woman with a degree in a STEM field to hold the position since 1990. She was the first registered nurse elected to Congress when she won her first term in 1993, and she’s served as ranking member on House Science, Space and Technology Committee since 2011.

The Democrat will represent a significant shift from the previous chairman, Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas).

Smith introduced controversial bills including the Secret Science Reform Act and worked in tandem with the Trump administration to introduce heavily criticized policies on science transparency to the Environmental Protection Agency and Interior Department.
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/415589-all-eyes-on-top-democrat-to-bring-science-back-to-science-committee

Congress gains an influx of scientists as GOP science committee head leaves
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/10/congress-gains-scientists-lawmakers-midterm-elections

Also posted in the Trump Assaults on Science on the Science board.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on November 12, 2018, 02:34:01 AM
Sig
The above is good news indeed. :D


If the Dems can concentrate on good governance for the next two years, their long heralded Blue Wave will become a reality in 2020.
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: wdmn on November 12, 2018, 05:03:25 AM
Some folks are trying to organize a planet-wide general strike on Jan. 15th:

https://np.reddit.com/r/EarthStrike/

https://twitter.com/StrikeEarth

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on November 12, 2018, 08:13:48 AM
EIB climate survey
Assessing citizens’ sentiments towards climate change
http://www.eib.org/en/surveys/citizens-climate-change-survey (http://www.eib.org/en/surveys/citizens-climate-change-survey)
About Swedes (I'm a minority here, in more ways than this...):
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Below the EU average with 63% of Swedes describing themselves as concerned or alarmed when thinking about climate change, Swedes are less concerned about the impacts of climate change than their fellow Europeans. The survey also reveals that they are less aware of the dangers of climate change than the average EU citizen, with only 51% of Swedes considering that climate change has already become a threat to humanity, against 59% for the EU average.

Furthermore, the survey highlights some generational gaps, with 59% of the millennial generation (18 to 34 year-olds) believing global warming is due to human activity and only 37% of the ageing population (55+) sharing this view.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 12, 2018, 05:19:22 PM
With Democratic Majority, Climate Change Is Back on U.S. House Agenda
Fossil fuel supporters will still control the Senate, but the House will soon be able to turn a spotlight on climate change and Trump's retreat from responsibility.
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07112018/election-2018-climate-change-democratic-majority-house-congress-energy-senate-governors-initiatives



The number (and state origin) of Democratic votes in last week’s U.S. mid-term elections, if applied to presidential voting and the electoral college (that archaic system that made a winner of the loser of the 2016 popular vote) — would be more than sufficient to provide a Democrat victory in 2020.

Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) 11/11/18, 11:30 AM
So here's an updated map showing House popular vote winners, mapped onto the Electoral College. Dark blue/dark red means the party won by >= 5 points, light blue/pink means it was close.
https://twitter.com/natesilver538/status/1061657448719749120

ג'סיקה מונטל - جسيكا مونتل (@JessicaMontell) 11/11/18, 12:18 PM
@NateSilver538 Consider switching to a map of population rather than land. All that empty space painted red is very misleading. See @nytimes map
https://twitter.com/jessicamontell/status/1061669472266792961

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: magnamentis on November 12, 2018, 07:38:02 PM
Sig
The above is good news indeed. :D


If the Dems can concentrate on good governance for the next two years, their long heralded Blue Wave will become a reality in 2020.
Terry

hope dies last while a trump supporter is like a priest to whom you want to proof that there is no god, even though they perhaps sooner or later get it, they would never admit it because their previous life would have been a waste.

as a result they're starting to abuse kids an fuck around until they get caught or fail.

in short, trump voters will not abandon the man in masses because they would admit their own stupidity when looking at themselves in the mirror, hence they gonna stick to their "hero" to the last man standing or until the man lost his power, his life or both.

the elect that man in millions takes so much inferiority that i'm not even sorry for them, only solution is to disconnect as much as possible from sick animalic humanity and live a humble life under the radar. biggest chance to survive anyways sifting through all documented history ;)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 13, 2018, 08:46:12 PM
U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Joins Environmental Activists in Protest at Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Office
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The proposed committee would, among other things, establish a 10-year plan to transition the U.S. economy to become carbon neutral, according to draft legislation that the activists presented to Pelosi’s office. The activists are also pushing Democratic leaders to reject campaign contributions from fossil fuel industry groups. “We need every person who is going to claim the mantle of Democratic leadership to take the no fossil fuel money pledge,” Prakash said at the sit-in outside Pelosi’s office.

Ocasio-Cortez’s decision to join the protesters and march on her own House leader sets a tone of urgency and combativeness that is rare on Capitol Hill. Walking into the Cannon House Office Building, she told The Intercept something new had to be tried. “The way things are done has not been getting results. We have to try new methods,” she said. ...
https://theintercept.com/2018/11/13/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-sunrise-activists-nancy-pelosi/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on November 15, 2018, 10:50:30 AM
Solheim and Branson are <I'll sensor myself here because this is so <I'll sensor myself here...> <I'll sensor myself here again...> <I'll sensor myself here again, too...>>:
https://twitter.com/ErikSolheim/status/1061923168162582528 (https://twitter.com/ErikSolheim/status/1061923168162582528)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nicibiene on November 15, 2018, 12:31:59 PM
There is an increasing movement among brave young people, children aged 10 years:

https://mobile.twitter.com/Gretathunberg
https://mobile.twitter.com/lillyspickup
https://mobile.twitter.com/elsie__luna

https://www.schoolstrike4climate.com/

Impressive speech of Greta Thunberg:

https://youtu.be/_17VnmSxcbM

I try to support them by sharing their posts, leaving word to encourage them to do their walk and telling my children about them.

Maybe some of you here could support them too?  ;D



Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on November 15, 2018, 02:03:36 PM
I agree:

Another from the "We Don't Have Time" series (posted earlier in this thread).

A message to all adults out there who are busy defending an obsolete lifestyle.

https://youtu.be/SrGp56ViaJs
(https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1021.0;attach=108764;image)


Also this, with the same video (content) as yours above but attached, nicibiene:
More on Greta Thunberg. Over 10.000 people in Helsinki this Saturday.
https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/20/teen-climate-activist-crowd-thousands-we-cant-save-world-playing-rules-because-rules (https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/20/teen-climate-activist-crowd-thousands-we-cant-save-world-playing-rules-because-rules)

And this:
<snip>
Our present system started in the early 70's and one thing (maybe the only thing?) that might change it, is ordinary people and kids like Greta above. When enough people realize what must change, corporations and governments must change.
<snip>
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Archimid on November 17, 2018, 10:43:05 AM
Veteran Democrats wary of climate push by Ocasio-Cortez and her allies

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/16/veteran-democrats-wary-leftward-push-climate-977988

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Veteran Democratic lawmakers are closing ranks against new members pushing the party to the left on climate change.

Incoming chairmen say they want to address climate change, but they are bristling at the tactics of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and other newly elected Democrats who say the party needs to come up with a "Green New Deal" that would decarbonize the economy within a decade.

“The idea that in five years or 10 years we’re not going to consume any more fossil fuels is technologically impossible,” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), whose in line to lead the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, told POLITICO. “We can have grand goals but let’s be realistic about how we get there.”

It is impossible only because people like these cowards say it is impossible.

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat on November 17, 2018, 11:14:03 AM
Veteran Democrats wary of climate push by Ocasio-Cortez and her allies

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Veteran Democratic lawmakers are closing ranks against new members pushing the party to the left on climate change.

Incoming chairmen say they want to address climate change, but they are bristling at the tactics of Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and other newly elected Democrats who say the party needs to come up with a "Green New Deal" that would decarbonize the economy within a decade.

“The idea that in five years or 10 years we’re not going to consume any more fossil fuels is technologically impossible,” Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), whose in line to lead the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, told POLITICO. “We can have grand goals but let’s be realistic about how we get there.”

It is impossible only because people like these cowards say it is impossible.
Corporate Democrats rule, OK?

ps Schoolchildren are going on strike in Australia.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/nov/15/the-children-are-rioting-in-the-streets-they-are-deadly-serious-and-perhaps-our-last-hope
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: wdmn on November 17, 2018, 04:44:41 PM
Several arrested as thousands block London bridges in climate rebellion

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/nov/17/thousands-gather-to-block-london-bridges-in-climate-rebellion

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More than 50 people have been arrested as thousands of demonstrators occupied five bridges in central London to voice their concern over the looming climate crisis.

The demonstration will move from eastern bridges to congregate at the end of the day at Westminster, where there will be speeches and opportunities for members of the public to speak about environmental destruction.

The move is part of a campaign of mass civil disobedience organised by a new group, Extinction Rebellion, which wants to force governments to treat the threats of climate breakdown and extinction as a crisis.

“The ‘social contract’ has been broken … [and] it is therefore not only our right but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty and to rebel to defend life itself,” said Gail Bradbrook, one of the organisers.

The social contract has been broken; the public trust has been violated. Time for a new deal.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Red on November 18, 2018, 11:35:20 AM
This seems reactive as opposed to proactive. I have to ask if these sorts of policy changes are very well thought out or not. It puts the cost of walking away from FF squarely on the shoulders of the poorest without giving them an alternative. i.e. you still have to get to work every day or we take your car/house/food away.
                                                         ---------------------------
 
In just a few weeks, the yellow hi-vis vest has become such a potent political symbol that one risks being mistaken for a supporter of the rebellious gilets jaunes when cycling in Paris.
The gilets jaunes are a grass-roots revolt against high fuel prices, and they threaten to paralyse France on Saturday.
The cause of the price hikes are “eco taxes” meant to dissuade the French from using cars. “We choose to tax pollution and harmful products rather than workers,” budget minister Gérald Darmanin explains. Yet the fuel taxes penalize the poor disproportionately.
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/revolt-over-high-fuel-prices-threatens-to-paralyse-france-1.3699287
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: kassy on November 18, 2018, 02:34:56 PM
This is just one part of a whole range of measures and they are spreading the pain around:

As of January 1st 2019, SUV's (Sport utility vehicles), big sedans and other large cars will be slapped with penalties of between €50 to €10,500 depending on their polluting level, fines that in fact already exist.

The difference is that the emission threshold for cars will be lowered by 3 grams, from 120 to 117 grams of CO2 released per kilometer.

That means the number of cars penalized is likely to rise from the current 16.5 percent to 27.6 percent in 2019, unless there’s a considerable switchover to less polluting cars by the French public.

https://www.thelocal.fr/20180720/france-tightens-grip-on-polluting-cars-with-stricter-eco-tax


I went to look what the actual tax is. Of course there are some other issues with the price as well:



Why have fuel prices increased in France?
The hike in fuel prices is due to three things (two of which were decided by the government), said Chassignet.

A rise in crude oil prices in 2018 is the first reason why fuel prices have been high this year. The cost surged to a bit more than €80 per barrel in October although it has since dropped to the low 50s, high 40s in November. With a weak euro in regards to the dollar, this increase has been strongly felt by motorists.

“The price of crude oil increased a lot from July to October this year, it only started going down this month,” said Chassignet.

The second thing is an increase in the carbon tax, which is meant to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Introduced in 2014 under the Francois Hollande government, the carbon tax falls under the domestic consumption taxes (TIC) umbrella. The government has the objective to keep increasing this tax for the next few years (going from €39 in 2018 to €47,5 in 2019).

Since the beginning of this year, the diesel tax went up by 7.60 cents per litre, while the tax on petrol went up by 3.90 cents per litre

https://www.euronews.com/2018/11/16/what-s-all-the-fuss-about-the-french-fuel-tax-hikes-euronews-answers

The french government also put money aside for compensation so you can get a credit for changing to a less polluting car.

So they are not just putting the cost of walking away from FF squarely on the shoulders of the
poorest.

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 19, 2018, 02:47:31 PM
The likely 2020 U.S. presidential candidate is daring TV networks to finally cover climate change.

Bernie Sanders, Stoking Democratic Uproar Over Global Warming, Sets A Climate Town Hall
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”The fact that [climate change] is that high among the base of one of our two major political parties is remarkable, because that was not the case even five years ago,” said Anthony Leiserowitz, a senior research scientist and Yale’s climate program director. “If you think of Bernie, you’d think he’d be talking about inequality or civil rights. There’s a whole host of progressive issues, yet this is the one he’s leading with. It may suggest there’s been an alignment of the stars.”

Last week, youth activists with the grassroots climate group Sunrise Movement staged sit-ins in the offices of House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), the likely next chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, who opposed the creation of a select committee on a Green New Deal.

At least three sitting members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus agreed to back a resolution Ocasio-Cortez proposed to establish a 15-member Green New Deal panel. Activists are hoping Sanders’ event will add the 2016 presidential contender’s star power to their movement. ...
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bernie-climate-change_us_5bf20e9ce4b0f32bd58aae6e
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on November 22, 2018, 06:49:14 AM
When will the Confederation of Swedish Enterprise join? The Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK) just did.

EK joins the CLC climate initiative: Climate policy ambition must be raised to correspond to the 1.5 C target
https://ek.fi/en/current/2018/11/20/ek-joins-the-clc-climate-initiative-climate-policy-ambition-must-be-raised-to-correspond-to-the-1-5-c-target/ (https://ek.fi/en/current/2018/11/20/ek-joins-the-clc-climate-initiative-climate-policy-ambition-must-be-raised-to-correspond-to-the-1-5-c-target/)

https://clc.fi/en/supporters-for-net-zero-greenhouse-gas-emissions-initiative/ (https://clc.fi/en/supporters-for-net-zero-greenhouse-gas-emissions-initiative/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on November 22, 2018, 06:53:46 AM
The Climate Emergency Plan 3.00 PM CET 24 November
https://climateemergencyplan.confetti.events/ (https://climateemergencyplan.confetti.events/)
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If we are to stay below 1,5 °C global warming, emissions have to peak no later than 2020. That is less than 800 days from now. Emissions must also be cut by half by 2030, and to zero by 2050. We need an immediate emergency response by policymakers, businesses and civil society, aimed at an unprecedented transformation of all sectors of society. The Club of Rome’s Climate Emergency Plan, presented by Anders Wijkman, outlines an immediate course of action for policymakers. This will be the point of departure for a solutions-oriented seminar that advances the conversation on how to demand and create real change. We will learn about innovative technical platforms, the transition from conventional growth economics, how to successfully create political change and the growing power of youth movements.

https://youtu.be/LT0retZJcog
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on November 26, 2018, 04:08:42 PM
THE CLUB OF ROME CLIMATE EMERGENCY PLAN.
Out now, have at it:
http://www.clubofrome.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Climate_Emergency_Plan_Final.pdf (http://www.clubofrome.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Climate_Emergency_Plan_Final.pdf)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 04, 2018, 08:20:40 PM
“But rather than talk about what will happen if we do nothing, they should talk about the opportunities that will be made possible once we take action."

Michael E. Mann: ""Tackle global warming with hope, not fear" | Online version of my @POLITICO op-ed with hyperlinks!”
https://twitter.com/MichaelEMann/status/1069676015872589825
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: oren on December 06, 2018, 03:50:23 AM
Climate change acceptance and action?
I am very concerned by the developments in France. Finally some government tries to put measures to fight climate change, and the public is going out on the streets with short-sighted protest. Other governments and future politicians will probably remember this hint very well.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: sidd on December 06, 2018, 05:35:23 AM
French protests are more than a bunch of shortsighted mobs rioting for cheap fossil fuel. But this is not the place for that discussion. Perhaps in another thread ?

sidd
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Bruce Steele on December 06, 2018, 05:52:58 AM
Owen, I was wondering when the forum was going to help explain a European revolt . It arises out of desperation does it not?  That the rich are moving forward and the masses are not?  I am amazed that riots aren't crushed as they would be over here.
 Will not poverty , homelessness, hopelessness lead to similar results everywhere? The problem is growing here in very obvious ways, tent camps along the train tracks , and the freeways . It isn't even getting cleaned up any more here in one of the best economies and vast wealth of Santa Barbara.
Problems that have been obvious in the more poverty ridden areas like Fresno are matastizing.
Although I haven't been to France I think there is still some form of a safety net that doesn't exist over here any more, if it ever did but the people at the bottom don't believe a petition to government is an option . They aren't going to revolt . When will we accept walking past the downtrodden ? Every day.
 I don't post much on my efforts at zero fossil fuel energy , farming or basic minimalism . I realize it is
maybe more of a hobby that affluence affords than an honest path millions might follow. To bad about that because until we can accept less and learn to enjoy the experiance we will supply plenty of blood for the batons. But if you are rioting for living more like the rich then blood will flow.
 The arrow of progress is a stupid idea but a difficult social construct to disassemble . When the French learn how to add acorns to their diets I will know the game is changing.
 
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: oren on December 06, 2018, 09:18:40 AM
French protests are more than a bunch of shortsighted mobs rioting for cheap fossil fuel.
I do understand that, and I think any "climate tax" must be accompanied by a dividend plan / basic income, so that the net result falls on the rich rather than the barely-surviving poor. But in the context of this thread I am still concerned by the consequences of the shallow headline issue - French protest fuel taxes (and other climate action). Politicians will surely take the message to heart, regardless of the details.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 08, 2018, 08:00:50 PM
U.S.:

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and House freshmen are protesting congressional orientation
• The future lawmakers have staged rallies and are tweeting their protests of the bipartisan events, which are cosponsored by the American Enterprise Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
• "Lobbyists are here. Goldman Sachs is here.   Where's labor? Activists? Frontline community leaders?" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Thursday.
https://www.businessinsider.com/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-and-house-freshmen-are-protesting-orientation-harvard-2018-12

Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Is a Winning Climate Strategy
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/12/ocasio-cortez-green-new-deal-winning-climate-strategy/576514/



Megan Herbert #TantrumBook: "Frogs and fish is a perfect way in! I spoke with a group of [6-year-olds] yesterday and we focussed a lot on ecosystems and how when they warm, plant/animal life is disrupted. They totally got it."
https://twitter.com/megan_herbert/status/1071312443798900736
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 09, 2018, 08:47:14 PM
Australia

NSW MP says NO MORE coal mines.  Brief video.
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Jeremy Buckingham  (@greensjeremy)
12/6/18, 6:20 AM
The devastating destruction of the Maules Creek coal mine near Boggabri. This was the last new coal mine approved and built in NSW. It should be the last new coal mine ever! #nswpol #coal #auspol
https://twitter.com/greensjeremy/status/1070639083687309312
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on December 10, 2018, 09:35:57 PM
Climate change acceptance and action?
I am very concerned by the developments in France. Finally some government tries to put measures to fight climate change, and the public is going out on the streets with short-sighted protest. Other governments and future politicians will probably remember this hint very well.
These are not climate change protests but taxes protests. Most of the protesting people are working poor that have difficulties to live until the end of the month, while taxes are reduced on the richer people and companies.
France has much more social protection than the US, but when the fridge and the purse is empty, the medical program won't help you.
The main actions to try to stop the move are an increase of 100 EUR of the minimal salary, a reduction of the taxes on work that is done in an overtime scheme and for poor retiered people.
The taxes on fuel are not "ecotaxes" because incomes are only partially planned for the energy transition, and mainly for normal business of the state.
Sometimes people having nothing are in a better situation because they have nothing to loose.  If you have a very low salary, a little house you were able to buy 30 years ago, an old car that might not comply with the technical control, but that you need to go to work, you're really in deep s..t.
The crazy thing with taxes is that major companies are able to avoid income taxes, but small local ones can't. If you want income tax free furniture, IT, or shoes, I guess you know where to go, and it really is unfair compared to smaller companies.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 11, 2018, 06:02:26 PM
Satirical report from the Onion:

Study Finds 79% Of Statistics Now Sobering
https://www.theonion.com/study-finds-79-of-statistics-now-sobering-1819576831
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 11, 2018, 06:27:57 PM
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Eric Holthaus: "Our time demands a world-changing vision of a courageous future that works for everyone. This 3-min clip from @Ocasio2018 is the best I've seen at articulating what we need right now, and groups like @sunrisemvmt and @ExtinctionR are making it happen. We are in this together.”
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‘The only way we are going to get out of this situation is by choosing to be courageous.’ — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
https://twitter.com/nowthisnews/status/1070706429978263552
https://twitter.com/EricHolthaus/status/1071852521898082304
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on December 11, 2018, 09:24:52 PM
Satirical report from the Onion:

Study Finds 79% Of Statistics Now Sobering
https://www.theonion.com/study-finds-79-of-statistics-now-sobering-1819576831 (https://www.theonion.com/study-finds-79-of-statistics-now-sobering-1819576831)


First laugh of the day!


Thanks, I really needed something to lighten things up.
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: oren on December 12, 2018, 11:37:40 AM
Thanks for the clarifications about France.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 12, 2018, 04:25:51 PM
U.S. Congressional Republicans’ long string of losses could now lead to some surprising wins for the climate.

“Currently, a Green New Deal and revenue-neutral carbon tax are the two leading U.S. climate policy legislative contenders. Both are popular – a recent poll found 68 percent of voters support a revenue-neutral carbon tax, and 76 percent support a carbon tax if the revenue were invested in renewable energy, as under a Green New Deal.”

Congress to confront climate/health care nexus
https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2018/12/congress-to-confront-climate-change-health-care-nexus/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 13, 2018, 09:15:34 PM
More Americans view climate change as 'imminent' threat: Reuters/Ipsos Poll
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A growing percentage of Americans see climate change as an “imminent” threat driven mainly by human activity, and more than two-thirds want Washington to work with other nations to combat it, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday.

The public concern over global warming in the United States clashes with President Donald Trump’s policies aimed at maximizing fossil fuels production and dismantling climate protections he views as too onerous and costly for industry. ...
https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKBN1OC1FX
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on December 14, 2018, 06:08:15 AM
The best discussion from Katowice so far, unless you're part of the high flying climate glitterati.

https://youtu.be/5voJj0DMHiI

(https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1021.0;attach=112854;image)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on December 15, 2018, 07:38:53 PM
The best discussion from Katowice so far, unless you're part of the high flying climate glitterati.

Very good discussion indeed. Crazy idea to ask to the 10% most polluting people to produce only as much CO2 than an average European, and it's crazy to think that it would reduce emissions of 1/3.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: wdmn on December 15, 2018, 10:38:15 PM
Average European is very misleading, since almost everyone in a country like Denmark would be in the top 10%.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on December 15, 2018, 11:56:38 PM
Everyone in Denmark is above those 53,000 pounds mentioned in the video above? No, but we are rich in Scandinavia and also not that green. That's only the facade. Kevin immediately saw through that facade when he came to Uppsala a couple of years ago. Income inequality is steadily increasing here as well.

Where in the world is it easiest to get rich?
https://youtu.be/A9UmdY0E8hU

If you feel to dive a bit further:
https://norden.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1198429/FULLTEXT01.pdf (https://norden.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1198429/FULLTEXT01.pdf)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on December 16, 2018, 09:40:39 AM
Furthermore, these 53'000 pounds are certainly per person, so it makes 212'000 pounds for a family with 2 kids.
In Luxembourg (which is not known to be a poor area), minimum salary is around 2000 EUR, so for 2 adults with 2 kids and all social helps and some overtime work, maybe they can get up to 6000 EUR per month, or 72'000 EUR per year, still very far away of the 212'000 pounds. And lodging is very expensive, at least 12'000 to 15'000 EUR per year which also reduces CO2 emission possibilities (my boys have a friend who lives to 7 people - 2 parents, 2 kids and 1 grandmother -  in an old appartment with 2 sleeping rooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a living-room and it probably costs around 15'000 EUR per year).
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 18, 2018, 06:21:11 PM
U.S.:  New Jersey rejoins regional state climate initiative
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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy ([Democrat]) announced Monday that the state will rejoin a region-wide carbon cutting initiative after having pulled out under former Gov. Chris Christie ([Republican]).

The Garden State will once again become a partner of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, made up of Mid-Atlantic and New England states focused on reducing energy emissions through a cap-and-trade auction process. Other member states include Delaware, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.

"Climate change and sea-level rise affect every one of us," Murphy said on Monday. "From Superstorm Sandy to the powerful nor'easters and devastating flooding this year, it is imperative that New Jersey reclaim its leadership role in fighting back."

New Jersey was a charter member of the partnership, but Christie withdrew the state's membership in 2012. ...
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/421782-new-jersey-rejoins-state-climate-initiative
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 22, 2018, 09:37:46 PM
Michael E. Mann: "Twenty years ago in @Nature we concluded that recent warming was unprecedented in at least six centuries (https://t.co/JZq8P0bufm). This year in @Nature, scientists concluded it's unprecedented in at least eleven millennia.  Guess we were wrong."
https://twitter.com/MichaelEMann/status/1075091315300425728
Paper: https://t.co/pfv5301dnF

Physics & Astronomy Zone on Twitter: "A small action can be amplified to become a large one even if you are unaware of it.”
https://twitter.com/ZonePhysics/status/1075118749194301440
Video of tiny domino acting on only a few others to knock over a huge one.

"My 9 year old - trying to work out his life expectancy. This ended in tears.”
https://twitter.com/mellojonny/status/1075525732703657985
Image at the link.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 24, 2018, 08:02:10 PM
Levin’s an environmental attorney who also ran a clean technology trade group. He picked the title “Clean Energy Advocate” for his ballot description.

Incoming Democrat Wants to Make Climate a 2020 Election Issue
California Representative-elect, Mike Levin, thinks climate can rally voters in the next presidential race
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/incoming-democrat-wants-to-make-climate-a-2020-election-issue/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 28, 2018, 03:33:20 PM
After Back-to-Back Hurricanes, North Carolina Reconsiders Climate Change
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After North Carolina was hit by two major hurricanes within two years and flooding rainfall from a third, the state that once spurned the science of sea level rise in its zoning rules is starting to take climate change more seriously.

A new governor has a different policy agenda that incorporates the risks from climate change, and polls suggest a growing number of North Carolina residents are concerned about climate change and want policies that help protect them from extreme weather. ...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/27122018/hurricane-damage-north-carolina-climate-change-2018-year-review-florence-michael-matthew
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 29, 2018, 02:54:44 PM
The U.S. Congress is becoming noticeable greener since the Dems won the House in the November mid-term elections:

Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi)
12/28/18, 11:34 AM
It is with great enthusiasm that I appoint @USRepKCastor as the Chair of our new Select Committee on the Climate Crisis. We know she will bring great experience, energy & urgency to confronting this existential threat.
https://twitter.com/nancypelosi/status/1078690755194118144

Also posting in Paris thread.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on December 29, 2018, 07:08:22 PM
Rep. Kathy Castor, newly appointed chair of "Select Committee on the Climate Change" blocks green initiative to disallow those taking money from Big Oil & King Coal from sitting.
What an inauspicious beginning!

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/kathy-castor-climate_us_5c1c0843e4b08aaf7a869cfd?ec_carp=8866883844216575748

More BAU from Nancy Pelosi, who never saw a dollar so dirty that she wouldn't bend over to accept it.
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 29, 2018, 07:31:35 PM
Rep. Kathy Castor, newly appointed chair of "Select Committee on the Climate Change" blocks green initiative to disallow those taking money from Big Oil & King Coal from sitting.
What an inauspicious beginning!
...
Terry

- Such a ban may be unconstitutional. 
- A ban would prevent “reformed” legislators — who can be strong examples to others — from sitting.
- Castor has years of congressional and environmental experience.  So she knows how things work in Washington.  We don’t have time to waste on fights that cannot be won quickly.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on December 30, 2018, 05:54:37 AM
We Don't Have Time.

NIMTOO, or how skewed is your mental model? Should we sue our governments and corporations? Civil disobedience?

Stuart Scott "Our Global Economic Operating System", CEP 24 Nov 2018:
https://youtu.be/CXkGS44b0XU
Posted 20181220 124 views now.

Adding screenshots, Rio 1992 and the final words.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on December 31, 2018, 06:16:54 PM
“We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The Earth is getting hotter, and human activity is a major cause. Period.”

Chuck Todd Refuses To Give Air Time To Climate Deniers: ‘The Science Is Settled’
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In a special “Meet the Press” episode dedicated to global warming, NBC’s Chuck Todd said he wouldn’t indulge anyone who ignored the facts. The host delivered the message on his Sunday broadcast, which opened with footage of the destruction bred by fires and flooding.

“We’re not going to give time to climate deniers,” Todd said. “The science is settled even if political opinion is not.”

Todd also noted that there would be no discussion of whether the issue was, in fact, legitimate. “We’re not going to debate climate change, the existence of it. The Earth is getting hotter and human activity is a major cause. Period.” ...
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chuck-todd-climate-deniers_us_5c2998e2e4b05c88b701abd7
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on January 01, 2019, 01:42:22 AM
Rep. Kathy Castor, newly appointed chair of "Select Committee on the Climate Change" blocks green initiative to disallow those taking money from Big Oil & King Coal from sitting.
What an inauspicious beginning!
...
Terry

- Such a ban may be unconstitutional. 
- A ban would prevent “reformed” legislators — who can be strong examples to others — from sitting.
- Castor has years of congressional and environmental experience.  So she knows how things work in Washington.  We don’t have time to waste on fights that cannot be won quickly.


Would it be "unconstitutional" to ban those beholden to Electric Chair Manufacturers from sitting on a committee attempting to end Capital Punishment?
Which "reformed" bought and paid for representatives of Big Oil & King Coal have turned their backs of the industries that financed their campaigns. Would you trust their loyalty now, when they've already shown that they aren't even capable of remaining bought?
What kind of "example" do you wish to dangle in front of prospective candidates. "It's OK to take bribes from the enemy, as long as you later pledge to betray them?"


Pelosi's hypocrisy may reach new highs in lockstep with her families wealth and the worlds temperatures. All may surpass previous records in the year ahead.
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 02, 2019, 07:20:06 PM
U.S. Republicans take another tiny step back from outright climate change denial.

Republicans push ‘innovation’ as climate change solution
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GOP lawmakers are increasingly turning to a new refrain for their position on climate change, calling for "innovation" as the policy solution.

Many Republicans have seemingly settled on innovation as their primary position to counter progressive Democrats who have grown louder in their calls for a Green New Deal, with its emphasis on renewable electricity, and as the United Nations and federal government issue reports saying time is running out to dramatically cut emissions.
...
The strategy is the latest in a string of Republican responses to climate change and to the left's repeated accusations that the GOP, which has controlled both chambers of Congress and the White House for the past two years, is failing in its governance duties by not taking stronger action.

Previous strategies have included politicians pointing out that they are "not a scientist" and that man's impact on the climate is unclear.

In addition to taking first steps toward recognizing the scientific evidence that climate change is caused by human activity, the innovation strategy gives Republicans a policy answer that aligns with core conservative preferences for commerce and the free market. It contrasts with Democratic proposals like regulations and carbon pricing that the GOP considers heavy-handed and expensive. ...
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/422785-republicans-push-innovation-as-climate-change-solution
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 02, 2019, 07:33:55 PM
Stages of denial.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 04, 2019, 02:02:37 AM
Ouch. 
(During a Christmas Eve phone call from the White House, Trump asked a 7-year-old if she still believed in Santa Claus, saying “seven is a marginal age” for that.)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 04, 2019, 09:58:57 PM
Washington, D.C.

Trump’s White House Will Have to Go Green Under DC’s New Clean Energy Plan
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The DC Council on Tuesday passed one of the nation’s most ambitious clean energy bills to date, yet another sign that while the Trump administration moves backward on climate action, cities and states are continuing to move forward, even in the president’s own backyard.

The Clean Energy DC Act, approved in a unanimous vote by the council, requires the District to run on 100 percent renewable energy by 2032. That means the White House will have to comply as well.
...
The DC bill also establishes new energy efficiency standards for buildings and incentivizes the use of clean cars. The bill will raise a current electric and natural gas surcharge in the District to finance energy projects and support low-income residents during the transition to clean energy.

Council members introduced the Clean Energy DC Act in June, and in November, the council unanimously passed the legislation in a preliminary vote. Now that the council has approved the bill a second time, it’s headed to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s desk for a signature.
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2018/12/d-c-just-passed-an-ambitious-clean-energy-plan/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 05, 2019, 01:55:23 PM
”We just have to be clear-eyed about it—and we have to be brave about it—in acknowledging that for some of these consequences, it’s already too late, but for the most serious of them, it is not too late.”

Al Gore Q&A: Climate Change and the 2020 Democrats
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Isaac Dovere: Where do you see the politics of climate change right now?

Al Gore: I think that we are extremely close to a political tipping point. We may actually be crossing it right about now. The much-vaunted tribalism in American politics has contributed to an odd anomaly, in that the core of one of our political parties is uniquely—in all of the world—still rejecting not just the science, but also the messages from Mother Nature that have pushed toward, and perhaps are pushing across, this political tipping point right now.

More and more people on the conservative side of the spectrum are really changing their positions now. This election, in 2020, is almost certainly going to be different from any previous presidential election in that a number of candidates will be placing climate at or near the top of their agenda. And I think that by the time the first primary and caucus votes are cast a year from now, you’re going to see a very different political dialogue in the U.S.

The climate-related extreme-weather events are causing millions of people who had successfully pushed this issue into the background and into the projected distant future to now be finding ways to talk about it and to express their deep concern.
...
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2019/01/al-gore-q-climate-change-and-2020-democrats/579340/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 13, 2019, 12:09:49 AM
Florida’s new Republican governor softly nudges the state forward on climate change
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As a candidate, Ron DeSantis toed a line on climate change, promising to prioritize the environment and acknowledge the problems posed by sea rise without bowing to “the church of the global warming leftists.”

On Thursday, Florida’s newly anointed Republican governor put his words to action, announcing plans to open a new resiliency office as part of a sweeping environmental rollout that includes an extra $1 billion for Everglades restoration and water cleanup — without mention of climate change or carbon emissions.

In a state threatened by saltwater intrusion and suffering from red tide and toxic blue-green algae blooms, DeSantis’ green platform received bipartisan applause. He’s opposing fracking, creating a new office to integrate scientific research into the state’s environmental policies and pushing to quickly begin the process of cleansing the state’s distressed Lake Okeechobee.

For some environmentalists and Democrats, the proposal fell short of hopes. But even so, DeSantis still managed to exceed critics’ expectations by indicating that a state where former Gov. Rick Scott banned environmental regulators from using the phrase “climate change” is now willing to work to at least combat the symptoms of an existential problem.

“DeSantis has done more in two days than Scott did during his entire eight years in office,” said Laura Reynolds, an environmental consultant. ...
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article224231225.html
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 13, 2019, 12:45:41 AM
U.S.:  Hundreds of environmental groups pressure Congress by backing Green New Deal
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Hundreds of environmental organizations signed a letter Thursday backing a rapid transition away from fossil fuels in the United States.

The groups, led by organizations like Friends of the Earth and the Climate Justice Alliance, told members of the House in the open letter that lawmakers should pursue the Green New Deal, a climate change-fighting concept that calls for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2035 and the decarbonization of other major industries.

“As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recently warned, if we are to keep global warming below 1.5°C, we must act aggressively and quickly,” the groups wrote.

Their specific asks include an end to all new fossil fuel leasing on federal land; transitioning the power sector completely to renewable energy; phasing out fossil fuel-powered cars; and helping workers transition out of the fossil fuel sector. ...
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/424746-hundreds-of-green-groups-back-green-new-deal
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 15, 2019, 10:13:08 PM
America's No. 3 Coal State Sets Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
The Pennsylvania governor’s goal matches the U.S. commitment under the Paris accord, but he’ll need the Republican-controlled legislature’s help to meet it.
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In Pennsylvania, a coal-mining state where the fracking boom has also pushed natural gas production to the second highest levels in the nation, Gov. Tom Wolf is launching into his second term with a conspicuous move on climate change.

Wolf issued an executive order on Tuesday to set the state's first economy-wide targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

His goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26 percent by 2025 compared to 2005 levels mirrors the commitment the U.S. made as part of the Paris climate agreement. And his longer-term target—an 80 percent reduction by 2050—is in line with the decarbonization that scientists have said will be needed to keep global temperatures from rising 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.

But meeting that target is easier said than done with Republicans in control of both chambers of the legislature, as the Democratic governor pointed out. ...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/09012019/pennsylvania-greenhouse-gas-reduction-target-natural-gas-fracking-climate-change
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: vox_mundi on January 18, 2019, 08:46:56 PM
Climate change: Belgium students skip school to demand action
https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-46913247/climate-change-belgium-students-skip-school-to-demand-action

Thousands of students have skipped school in Belgium to join a march demanding greater action on climate change.

About 12,500 young people took part in Thursday's protest in Brussels. They have vowed to return to demonstrate every week until world leaders take notice.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nicibiene on January 19, 2019, 03:31:32 PM
Yesterday we had more than 20.000 protesting kids here in Germany-in 55 cities.  8)

https://twitter.com/fridayforfuture?lang=de

Even the news of "Tagesthemen" brought a 3 minute report:

<iframe src="https://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/video/video-495719~player_branded-true.html" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen width="800px" height="450px"></iframe>
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 20, 2019, 03:38:24 PM
Pentagon Confirms Climate Change Is A National Security Threat, Contradicting Trump
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More than a year after President Donald Trump nixed climate change from his administration’s list of national security threats, the Pentagon has released an alarming report detailing how dozens of U.S. military bases are already threatened by rising seas, drought and wildfire.
“The effects of a changing climate are a national security issue with potential impacts to Department of Defense missions, operational plans, and installations,” states the 22-page document, which was published Thursday.

The congressionally mandated analysis looked at a total of 79 military installations around the country. The Defense Department found that 53 sites are currently vulnerable to repeat flooding. Langley Air Force Base in Virginia, for example, has experienced 14 inches of sea level rise since 1930. Additionally, more than half of the 79 bases are at risk from drought, while nearly half are vulnerable to wildfire. ...
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/defense-department-climate-change-national-security-threat_us_5c420386e4b027c3bbc1713f
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: magnamentis on January 20, 2019, 04:38:31 PM
Yesterday we had more than 20.000 protesting kids here in Germany-in 55 cities.  8)

https://twitter.com/fridayforfuture?lang=de

Even the news of "Tagesthemen" brought a 3 minute report:

<iframe src="https://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/video/video-495719~player_branded-true.html" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen width="800px" height="450px"></iframe>

no matter how just the cause, to instumentalize kids is IMO always wrong because there is no clear limit to such instrumentalization i assume that none of the kids hat the idea and went there on it's own but was in one or another or several ways abused by their parents.

as i said, causes may be just but the means are not and that causes justify means is part of the problem we're discussing here, means the cat is hunting it's own tail.

i recommend all those parents to reduce their own and their families energy and resources footprint first, sure most of the kids have mobile phones and are driven to school etc. etc.

BTW why "even tagesthemen" is that a qualification ?

for my understanding what's in the news is closer to being a disqualification than the other way around, at least i more often have to switch channel or news off than switch channel or  news on.

this is kind of arbitrary main stream choosing a group to belong but ultimately nothing else than choosing a church/religion or any other social group to belong, mostly ending in hypocrisy.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on January 20, 2019, 05:15:57 PM
Wait, what? What do you mean instrumentalize kids??

These kids are scared because they know about science. This is told in Germany. Also, evolution and Kant btw.

Rest assured, these kids are not instrumentalized! They have their own brains.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on January 20, 2019, 05:21:34 PM
BTW why "even tagesthemen" is that a qualification?

In Germany we have something called "Öffentlich Rechtliche Medien". Tagesthemen/Tagesschau is the top news show there.

We all pay to finance independent media. The ÖRs are a well-trusted news source in Germany.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on January 20, 2019, 06:16:11 PM
I also don't believe that kids have been instrumentalized. As teenagers, we were protesting mainly for human rights (apartheid...) and nobody was making pressure on us. My parents didn't really want us on the streets.

Of course, one day out of school might sometimes be a motivation.

I remember stories where a journalist said that all the people in the protest had a new hat, it was is some Asian country, don't remeber which one, but here it is clearly not the case.

Teenagers are often able to put common interest before their own. This is mainly true as long as their parents are taking care of all the material aspects of life.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nicibiene on January 20, 2019, 07:04:10 PM
Teenagers are often able to put common interest before their own. This is mainly true as long as their parents are taking care of all the material aspects of life.

Thank you, etienne. As a loving mother, caring for my kids and the planet, I know that it is a basic instinct of children to think sometimes further than a lot of adults. They love nature, they have a natural sense for injustice-for humans and animals.

Kids on the street had not been influenced-here in Germany they are told about climate science, they are free to use their own brain and to raise their voice-even if some ministers of education already theatened them with sanctions.

Yes, every family should take personal action-but here in Germany awareness and action of private persons is al lot higher than in politics. We have politics, shameless influenced lobbyism of energy companies and car industry. All had been done to act in their interest, not in the interest of the young generation. 

And how should that generation have hope, what should them give optimism? There has to be political pressure. Maybe parents should join their kids-that would be the appropriate criticism.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on January 20, 2019, 08:38:49 PM

And how should that generation have hope, what should them give optimism? There has to be political pressure. Maybe parents should join their kids-that would be the appropriate criticism.
When we were getting our young heads split open trying to end the Vietnam debacle, one of our cries was "Never Trust Anyone Over 30."


It might still be a worthwhile maxim. :-[
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on January 20, 2019, 09:28:16 PM
Well, Vietnam war just like apartheid ended, so we should wish the new generation a lot of success.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on January 21, 2019, 11:39:35 AM
Well, Vietnam war just like apartheid ended, so we should wish the new generation a lot of success.
As a bloodied survivor of the Vietnam protests I do wish them every success. I don't know how they'll achieve it, but our parents didn't believe that we could end the war, or stop South African apartheid.
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 23, 2019, 06:37:13 PM
“What's my response when people say "we're f#cked" when it comes to climate change? Well here it is:
It's not binary. It is not ‘effed’ or ‘not-effed’. It's a matter of ‘how effed’ — that is left for us to determine. The more carbon we burn, the worse it gets." — @MichaelEMann on climate change
https://twitter.com/TheAgenda/status/1085381132714106880
40-second video clip at the link.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on January 24, 2019, 09:51:16 AM
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Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have publicly acknowledged the dangers of global warming, but last week they all sponsored a conference that promoted climate change denial to young libertarians.

Link >> https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/google-facebook-microsoft-climate-denial_us_5c48dfcbe4b083c46d650d9f?utm_source=reddit.com
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on January 24, 2019, 05:56:47 PM
That's a nice one!

The Water In Your Toilet Could Fight Climate Change One Day

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... Except that the wastewater treatment facilities need energy to operate. There might be a way to tweak this process, however. Some microbes, like bacteria and microalgae, feed on CO2 itself. “They would eat up the organic carbon and then convert the CO2 into chemicals, for example ethanol,” says Princeton University environmental engineer Zhiyong Jason Ren, who co-authored a recent Nature review of potential carbon capture techniques in wastewater treatment. So one potential fix would be to replace the typical microbes used in wastewater treatment with these CO2-guzzlers. “You treat wastewater but also you reduce CO2 into something more valuable.”
Link >> https://www.wired.com/story/the-water-in-your-toilet-could-fight-climate-change-one-day/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on January 24, 2019, 07:48:02 PM
Senator Elizabeth Warren, who has announced she is running for president in 2020, speaking in South Carolina.

UniteBlue SCarolina (@UniteBlueSC)
1/23/19, 8:21 PM
Big cheers as @ewarren says she’s all in on #ClimateChange and shouts out the #GreenNewDeal come get it @sunrisemvmt @NoFossilMoney
oh, she also says it’s time to end #FossilFuel subsidies, just for @OilChangeUS
https://twitter.com/unitebluesc/status/1088245336395694083
2-minute video clip of her on stage, speaking to a group, at the link.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat on January 28, 2019, 12:13:09 PM
It is really nice to know big business will look after us as it hits the fan.

Looking on the bright side of climate change, think of all the money corporations can make

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A new report reveals how Apple, among others, is already exploring the business possibilities that will come from the environmental crisis. Something to be cheerful about as the ice melts …

....how some of the world’s largest corporations are, as Bloomberg puts it in a headline, “Getting Ready to Monetize Climate Change”.....

As Merck notes in its disclosure to CDP, climate change may lead to “expanded markets for products for tropical and weather-related diseases including water-borne illness”. AbbVie sees similar opportunities, saying that its “immunology product line could see an increase in sales” as a result of more extreme conditions. And Eli Lilly, another large pharmaceutical company, cites research showing climate change may increase the risk of diabetes by “curtailing physical activity, disrupting traditional food supplies, and increasing food insecurity”. ... the upside for Eli Lilly is a potential increase in demand for its diabetes products.

 Honda reckons its generators may empower its consumers when the world’s infrastructure crumbles. The company notes that “the Katrina disaster was followed by a 27% increase in unit sales of [Honda] generators”. Meanwhile, the Home Depot is optimistic that, at the very least, it will sell more ceiling fans “should temperatures increase over time”.

Apple thinks that “as people begin to experience severe weather events with greater frequency” they will become increasingly glued to their mobile phones. It notes that, as well as helping you check in with your loved ones, your iPhone can “serve as a flashlight”. Which takes the idea of seeing the bright side of a bad situation to a whole new level.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/commentisfree/2019/jan/28/looking-on-the-bright-side-of-climate-change-think-of-all-the-money-corporations-can-make
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on January 29, 2019, 03:53:27 PM
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Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have publicly acknowledged the dangers of global warming, but last week they all sponsored a conference that promoted climate change denial to young libertarians.

Link >> https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/google-facebook-microsoft-climate-denial_us_5c48dfcbe4b083c46d650d9f?utm_source=reddit.com

Follow up on that one:

Ocasio-Cortez dings Facebook, Microsoft, Google for ‘implicit’ support of climate change denial
Link >> https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/28/ocasio-cortez-dings-tech-for-implicit-support-of-climate-change-denial.html

BOOM!
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat on January 30, 2019, 05:05:13 PM
Another +ve news story for a change (2nd one today!)

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jan/30/the-key-to-winning-victories-against-big-oil-perseverance
The key to winning victories against big oil? Perseverance
by Bill McKibben
Vermont’s Middlebury College has reversed its course on fossil fuel companies and is leading the way on renewable energy
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Vermont’s Middlebury College announced on Wednesday that it was divesting its holdings in fossil fuel companies. Given that more than a thousand institutions with endowments totaling more than $8tn have made similar pledges, it might not seem so newsworthy – but Middlebury was one of the first to reverse course. Six years ago the college flatly rejected divestment, and the shift makes it clear why big oil’s purchase on our economy and our society is eroding.

Much of the explanation, of course, stems from local factors, and since I’m employed there I’ve had a firsthand view. The college’s students never gave up, passing on the activist torch to each new entering freshman class – indeed, some of the students who pioneered the fight were on hand for today’s announcement. And along the way the college got a new president: religion scholar Laurie Patton proved an adept conciliator able to help her institution move.

Bill McKibben is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College, and a founder of 350.org. His forthcoming book is Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 17, 2019, 09:43:30 PM
U.K.

My generation trashed the planet. So I salute the children striking back
George Monbiot
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The Youth Strike 4 Climate gives me more hope than I have felt in 30 years of campaigning. Before this week, I believed it was all over. I thought, given the indifference and hostility of those who govern us, and the passivity of most of my generation, that climate breakdown and ecological collapse were inevitable. Now, for the first time in years, I think we can turn them around.

My generation and the generations that went before have failed you. We failed to grasp the basic premise of intergenerational justice: that you cannot apply discount rates to human life. In other words, the life of someone who has not been born will be of no less value than the life of someone who already exists. We have lived as if your lives had no importance, as if any resource we encountered was ours and ours alone to use as we wished, regardless of the impact on future generations. In doing so, we created a cannibal economy: we ate your future to satisfy our greed. ...
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/15/planet-children-protest-climate-change-speech
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 18, 2019, 04:38:08 PM
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Joshua Wolfe (@wolfejoshua)
2/17/19, 1:25 PM
My wife wanted to try out a new church this morning and the sermon was on climate change and referenced the work of @KHayhoe several times.
https://twitter.com/wolfejoshua/status/1097200300216279042

Here is the sermon (audio):
https://www.fapc.org/sermon/sixth-sunday-after-epiphany
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on February 18, 2019, 08:40:13 PM
Thus far, 107 American cities have committed to the Sierra Club’s Ready For 100 campaign.  Chicago will be the largest city on the list when it’s officially added.

Chicago sets goal for 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2035
https://electrek.co/2019/02/18/chicago-sets-100-percent-clean-renewable-energy-goal/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: vox_mundi on February 22, 2019, 01:12:09 PM
Plans Approved to Build Massive Seawall in NYC for "Once in 300 Year" Storm
https://www.inverse.com/article/53485-but-what-happens-when-every-300-years-becomes-every-ten

Despite Hurricane Sandy’s immense impact, the city has been slow to adopt protective measures that would safeguard residents from future storm-related disasters. A 2018 report that evaluated storm preparation ranked New York 12th out of 16 Eastern coastal states, behind both New Jersey and Connecticut. But on Tuesday, New York finally secured funding to begin addressing that though the Staten Island Levee Project, a $615 million seawall that will be built to withstand a “300 year storm.”

The new project is set to run 5.3 miles along Staten Island’s Eastern shore. It’s actually not technically a “wall,” and it will eventually be composed of a system of interconnected levees, berms, and seawalls, designed to combat both storm surges and rising sea levels.

But as climate change proceeds at an increasingly destructive pace, the more traditional ways of measuring storm severity — once every 100 years, every 300 years, every 500, etc. — and the ways in which those designations inform our seawall design could quickly become outdated. Hurricane Sandy, after all, was a once in a century storm. The Staten Island seawall is built for a once-in-300 year storm. But a report released last year by the Regional Plan Association (https://www.6sqft.com/study-new-york-city-could-get-hit-with-a-flood-every-five-years-instead-of-every-500/) found that those “every 500 years” floods New York has been slow to protect themselves against? They could start happening once every five.

https://www.6sqft.com/study-new-york-city-could-get-hit-with-a-flood-every-five-years-instead-of-every-500/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Archimid on February 23, 2019, 04:25:38 PM
When they say sea level rise they usually refer to global average sea level rise. Global average might be informative in terms of meta solutions but in terms of actual solutions is not informative.  A global average hides the fact that some places will experience less SLR and other places more SLR based on topography alone. When you add SLR multipliers like storm surges from climate changed hurricanes, high tides and torrential rain on land suddenly what was an cm of sea level rise becomes a meter.

A city like NYC must embrace sea level rise and build useful infrastructure that also helps with SLR when the time comes. It will be too expensive and impractical to build defenses only. The defenses must play a role in the city day to day. NYC can do it. They have great people and vast resources.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat on March 01, 2019, 12:05:50 PM
 What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action ?

In perfidious Albion, not-a-lot.
MPs debate climate after school strike – but only a handful turn up
Government benches mostly empty for debate inspired by schoolchildren’s climate strike

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In the week that the UK experienced its hottest ever winter day, just a handful of government MPs attended a debate on climate change in parliament on Thursday.

Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, said she had secured the discussion after being inspired by the thousands of UK schoolchildren who went on strike over climate change this month and wanted to thank them for forcing MPs into action.

Moran said climate change had not been debated in the main chamber of the House of Commons for two years. She spoke, however, to a chamber where the seats were predominantly empty. At points, as few as 10 MPs sat on government benches, although the opposition side was more occupied. The lacklustre response to the debate from the government was in stark contrast to the condemnation by Downing Street to the thousands of children involved in the strike for climate change, calling it “truancy”.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/feb/28/mps-debate-climate-after-school-strike-but-only-a-handful-turn-up
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Archimid on March 01, 2019, 12:46:59 PM
wow. Now I know what civilized foreigners feel when they look at Trump's America.  They don't even dare to talk about it.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 01, 2019, 09:44:32 PM
U.S.:

At the very least, a presidential candidate running primarily on climate change issues can do a lot to advance the national conversation. If he’s able to stay in the race for any length of time, and speak passionately — and effectively — about climate change, it should be a net positive for the country.

Jay Inslee announces presidential bid, says defeating climate change 'number one priority' -
https://electrek.co/2019/03/01/jay-inslee-presidential-bid/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 02, 2019, 06:39:58 PM
Considering the lobster: Maine joins US Climate Alliance
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Maine is the latest state to join the U.S. Climate Alliance, as Governor Janet Mills (D) announced her intent in a speech which expressed concerns about climate change affecting Maine’s famous lobster industry, among other repercussions.

With Thursday’s announcement, Maine becomes the 22nd U.S. state or territory to join the U.S. Climate Alliance. Mills makes Maine the third state to join the Alliance in the past month, following Wisconsin and Michigan.

In addition to joining the Alliance, Mills announced her intentions to see that Maine reaches 80 percent renewable electricity generation by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050. Mills said her administration will create a Maine Climate Council. The council — to consist of various officials, experts, and industry and non-profit leaders — will lead the state’s efforts to curb emissions. ...

Mills listed a number of ways climate change is already affecting Maine, noting that “The Gulf of Maine is warming at a rate faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, driving our lobster populations further up the coast.” She also cited wildly fluctuating temperatures in the state and more acidic coastal waters. ...
https://electrek.co/2019/03/01/maine-us-climate-alliance/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 14, 2019, 05:41:33 PM
“We do need hope, of course we do,” she says. “But the one thing we need more than hope is action.”

16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
https://electrek.co/2019/03/14/greta-thunberg-nobel-peace/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: vox_mundi on March 14, 2019, 08:17:11 PM
NYC Mayor: Extend Shoreline to Protect City from Storms
http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/03/bill-de-blasio-my-new-plan-to-climate-proof-lower-manhattan.html
https://www.nycedc.com/project/lower-manhattan-coastal-resiliency

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is announcing a plan to protect lower Manhattan from rising sea levels by surrounding it with earthen berms and extending its shoreline by as much as 500 feet (152 meters).

(https://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/intelligencer/2019/03/13/nyc_climate.w700.h467.png)

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We don’t debate global warming in New York City. Not anymore. The only question is where to build the barriers to protect us from rising seas and the inevitable next storm, and how fast we can build them.

On Thursday, I am joining a group of climate scientists and local officials to announce we’re filling one of the biggest gaps in our coastal defenses. We’re going to protect Lower Manhattan, which includes the Financial District, home to a half-million jobs, 90,000 residents, and the nexus of almost all our subway lines.

It will be one of the most complex environmental and engineering challenges our city has ever undertaken and it will, literally, alter the shape of the island of Manhattan.

All across this country, cities are grappling with the same existential threat. But nowhere in the $4.75 trillion budget President Trump just proposed is there anything approaching a plan to protect our coastal cities from rising seas.

This is a national emergency without a national policy. And that has to change.

I don’t expect deniers like President Trump to come to the table on this. It’s on Democrats to put this front and center on our national agenda in a way we haven’t ever before.
...


- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

(https://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/intelligencer/2019/03/13/13-nyc-climate-plan-1.nocrop.w900.h2147483647.jpg)

As for funding such an ambitious project, the mayor admitted that the city wouldn’t be able to go it alone, but that President Trump also wouldn’t be willing to contribute. He then called on Democrats to make the project part of their national agenda, to work towards allocating federal funds, and to fast-tracking the extension.

Alongside the resiliency study, the city also released the third iteration of their Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines, which architects and planners can use to future-proof their projects.

(https://cdn.archpaper.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Lower_Manhattan_Climate_Resiliency_Study_-_March_2019-21-645x379.jpg)

Lower Manhattan Climate Resilience Study: https://www.nycedc.com/project/lower-manhattan-coastal-resiliency

The study found that by 2050, 37 percent of properties in Lower Manhattan will be at risk from storm surge. By 2100, with over 6 feet of projected sea level rise, almost 50 percent of properties will be at risk from storm surge, and 20 percent of Lower Manhattan’s streets will be exposed to daily tidal inundation. Groundwater table rise is projected to put 7 percent of buildings at risk of destabilization and expose 39 percent of streets with underground utilities to corrosion and water infiltration.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Juan C. García on March 15, 2019, 02:46:34 AM
I think that Greta Thunberg is starting a huge movement. It is interesting the reactions that she is generating. These are just some examples:

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‘Our future is what we are fighting for’
 
The Washington Post spoke with kids around the country about who they are and why they're striking. They told stories about climate change touching their lives, shared photos from their social media accounts, and explained why they are no longer willing to wait for adults to act on their behalf. Their interviews are edited for length and clarity.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/climate-change-kids/?utm_term=.0f456fb979bf&wpisrc=nl_green&wpmm=1 (https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/national/climate-change-kids/?utm_term=.0f456fb979bf&wpisrc=nl_green&wpmm=1)


And:

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1659 places in 105 countries. And counting.
Tomorrow we schoolstrike for our future. And we will continue to do so for as long as it takes.
Adults are more than welcome to join us.
Unite behind the science.
https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1106071099165601792 (https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg/status/1106071099165601792)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Alexander555 on March 15, 2019, 07:18:25 AM
Climate protesters call for a global consumption boycot. https://www.connexionfrance.com/French-news/French-young-people-call-for-buying-boycott-in-climate-change-protest-Boycott-Citoyen?fbclid=IwAR1FmFU8BfGyqTbDMhks920qGTrxMU9VxaGjINKlPO-yX-6l43wXWSgT5dc
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Qce on March 21, 2019, 04:41:04 PM
Summit leak reveals EU rift on climate change
https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-strategy-2050/news/summit-leak-reveals-eu-rift-on-climate-change/ (https://www.euractiv.com/section/climate-strategy-2050/news/summit-leak-reveals-eu-rift-on-climate-change/)

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Confidential documents prepared in advance of a two-day EU summit in Brussels have exposed an East-West divide in Europe on climate change, with Germany siding with Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic in their refusal to commit to climate neutrality by 2050.

[...]

A French proposal, for instance, underlines that Europe should strive for climate neutrality “by 2050, in line with the 1.5 degree objective of the Paris Agreement”.

[...]

[...] Germany, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have refused to specifically link EU climate action with the 1.5°C objective. They also oppose any time-bound commitment to the EU’s climate neutrality objective, deleting any reference to 2050 for reaching that goal.

So much for Schellnhuber's rapid decarbonisation plan for Germany?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on March 21, 2019, 05:35:29 PM
So much for Schellnhuber's rapid decarbonisation plan for Germany?

Could be good news for the Green Party in Germany. People really are committed to this goal these days. #NieMehrCDU
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on March 21, 2019, 07:49:52 PM
Some politicians say here in Luxembourg that objectives have been set so high that they are not reachable. It would be a short term strategy to explain us that the government takes the matter seriously, and in the future it would be easy to explain that the objectives have been set so high that it was not reachable. So maybe we could say that Germany and eastern countries are more honest than the others.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: vox_mundi on March 29, 2019, 02:18:44 AM
New York State Set to Ban Plastic Bags 
https://www.thedailybeast.com/new-york-state-lawmakers-set-to-ban-plastic-bags

... New York will be the second state to impose a plastic bag ban, after California. All of Hawaii’s counties also have banned single-use bags.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on March 29, 2019, 11:53:06 PM
Earth Hour: Turning off the lights for one hour on Saturday, March 30, 2019
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Earth Hour returns this Saturday, March 30, 2019, as organizers ask participants to turn off their lights for one hour.

This year’s Earth Hour takes place at 8:30 pm, your local time, wherever you may be. The event aims to bring awareness to environmental issues, such as climate change.

Earth Hour started as a lights-out event in Sydney in 2007. It has grown in stature over the years, as more than 180 countries and territories are now involved. More than 17,900 landmarks and monuments turned their lights off during last year’s event.
...
Some cities do report on their electricity savings or reduced carbon emissions during the event, but as the website’s FAQ states:

“Earth hour does not claim that the event is an energy or carbon reduction exercise – it is a symbolic action. Therefore, we do not engage in the measurement of energy or carbon reduction levels. Earth Hour is an initiative to encourage individuals, businesses and governments around the world to take accountability for their ecological footprint and engage in dialogue and resource exchange that provides real solutions to our environmental challenges. Participation in Earth Hour symbolizes a commitment to change beyond the hour.”
...
https://electrek.co/2019/03/29/earth-hour-2019/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on April 10, 2019, 03:26:25 PM
Just for fun
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on April 10, 2019, 06:44:20 PM
It looks a little bit like a "vote leave" t-shirt in the Brexit context.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on April 12, 2019, 05:24:14 PM
Concerns of young protesters are justified
https://science.sciencemag.org/content/364/6436/139.2 (https://science.sciencemag.org/content/364/6436/139.2)

List of Signatories:
https://science.sciencemag.org/highwire/filestream/725241/field_highwire_adjunct_files/0/aax3807-Hagedorn-SM.pdf (https://science.sciencemag.org/highwire/filestream/725241/field_highwire_adjunct_files/0/aax3807-Hagedorn-SM.pdf)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on April 17, 2019, 03:24:59 AM
A climate change denier who converted:
https://www.yaleclimateconnections.org/2019/04/former-climate-change-denier-explains-his-shift/

Protests overwhelming Police in London:
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/04/16/extinction-rebellion-climate-protesters-dodge-arrest-police/

London protesters at 290 on second day:
https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-britain-protests-climate-change/london-climate-change-street-protest-arrests-reach-290-on-second-day-idUKKCN1RS0KP?utm_source=reddit.com

Huge NYC protest:
https://www.reddit.com/r/collapse/comments/be8hkp/massive_climate_change_protest_in_nyc_right_now/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on April 18, 2019, 07:59:12 PM
Hard, but necessary, to talk about AGW in conservative locals:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/18/climate-change-mississippi-plantation-economy
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on April 18, 2019, 11:04:15 PM
If passed, Colorado State HB 19-1188 would require that bills be scored not just for budget deficit impacts, but for their impact on net greenhouse gas emissions
http://leg.colorado.gov/sites/default/files/documents/2019A/bills/2019a_1188_01.pdf
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 19, 2019, 06:59:20 PM
BBC One on Twitter: "There is still time to hit the emergency brakes on the damage we are doing to our planet. There is still hope. Climate Change The Facts with Sir David Attenborough. ...”
https://twitter.com/BBCOne/status/1118884506927345665
Four-minute video program excerpt at the link.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on April 20, 2019, 01:17:33 PM
The kids are not alright - they are not angry enough:
https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/our-climate-catastrophe-the-kids-are-not-nearly-angry-enough-a-1262697.html

Pressure on American CEO for climate action grows:
https://www.edf.org/blog/2019/04/18/pressure-builds-ceos-navigate-climate-action-its-new-reality-corporate-america

Chamber of Commerce shifting on climate:
https://www.axios.com/chamber-commerce-shifting-climate-change-6a18f7c6-88ef-446e-99a5-1ed1fd627cbe.html
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on April 21, 2019, 01:19:22 AM
Solar is the only medium-long term action that can make a fundamental difference, along with power storage for "off" times. Even wind power is second...wind is just using a small fraction of the solar energy hitting the surface of Earth to heat up the atmosphere. We are producing a sizable fraction of a percent of the energy that hits the earth, if we instead capture that energy to use it, we can stop GHG emissions. Of course, even this does not mean we can grow exponentially beyond one more doubling, if even that. If we use too much solar energy we have changed the albedo of the planet and get AGW just from that.

GOOD NEWS: I checked
https://www.eia.gov/totalenergy/data/monthly/pdf/sec1_5.pdf
and this decade, solar has been doubling in the US every three years or less. Seven more doublings and it will account for the whole hog.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: morganism on April 22, 2019, 10:38:38 PM
To save life on Earth, here’s the $100 billion-a-year solution

https://asunow.asu.edu/20190419-global-engagement-asu-100-billion-dollar-solution-save-earth?hootPostID=45b8f2bd7d15d5c69e27f1db78180411

    Protect biodiversity by conserving at least 30% of the Earth’s surface by 2030.

    Mitigate climate change by conserving the Earth’s natural carbon storehouses.

    Reduce major threats (such as meeting 2050 world food demand by directing cropland expansion to degraded lands and reducing food waste; or curbing industrial fishing or illegal hunting and poaching; or reduce use of plastics or ecologically damaging toxins).

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 23, 2019, 05:00:34 PM
U.S.:  Nevada and Washington pass 100% clean electricity bills
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Joining the Club
The two states join New Mexico, California, and Hawaii in setting 100% clean electricity goals for the future. Hawaii is still the only state to commit to getting 100% of its future electricity from renewable sources — not just carbon-free.

Hawaii was recently joined by American territory Puerto Rico, which aims for 100% renewables by 2050. Washington D.C. has also committed to 100% renewables by 2032.

With both Washington and Nevada setting legislative goals for renewables and 100% clean electricity, that makes five states out of 50 — and there are no signs of the momentum stopping at the state level. Illinois is pursuing a similar commitment. Governors in a number of other states, such as New York, New Jersey, and Minnesota, are also seeking plans for carbon-free electricity.

At the city level, 120 cities have committed to 100% clean, renewable energy as noted by the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign.
https://electrek.co/2019/04/23/washington-nevada-clean-electricity/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 27, 2019, 02:13:47 PM
California restaurants can now add a 1% surcharge to help fight climate change
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People eating out at California restaurants may start to see an optional 1% surcharge added to their bill.
The money will go to a public fund that helps farmers who use practices that reduce carbon in the atmosphere.

To participate in the Restore California Renewable Restaurant program, eateries can choose to add a 1% fee to every diner's check.
It would still be optional for customers, but if all diners at a certain eatery pay it, the haul would be more than enough to make the establishment carbon neutral, Anthony Myint, an organizer of the initiative, told CNN.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/26/us/california-restaurants-climate-change-surcharge-trnd/index.html
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: bluesky on April 27, 2019, 07:09:36 PM
In The Guardian yesterday:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/26/david-attenborough-backs-school-climate-strikes-outrage-greta-thunberg

'Outrage is justified': David Attenborough backs school climate strikers
Exclusive: broadcaster says older generations have done terrible things and should listen to young
"The outrage of the students striking from school over climate change inaction is “certainly justified”, according to Sir David Attenborough, who said older generations had done terrible damage to the planet.
In an interview with the former UN climate chief Christiana Figueres, the broadcaster and naturalist dismissed critics of the widely praised global movement of school strikes as cynics.
“[Young people] understand the simple discoveries of science about our dependence upon the natural world,” he said. “My generation is no great example for understanding – we have done terrible things.”
The protests by young people were enormously encouraging, Attenborough said. “That is the one big reason I have for feeling we are making progress. If we were not making progress with young people, we are done.”"
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: vox_mundi on April 29, 2019, 04:10:09 PM
Data Scientists Mapped Supply Chains of Every U.S. City
https://phys.org/news/2019-04-scientists-chains-city.html

Do you know where your food, energy, and water (FEW) come from?

(https://fewsion.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/April-2019-FEW-View-Screenshot_800x357.jpg)

FEW-View™ (https://fewsion.us/few-view) is an online educational tool that helps U.S. residents and community leaders visualize their supply chains, with an emphasis on food, energy, and water. This tool lets you see the hidden connections and benchmark your supply chain’s sustainability, security, and resilience.

https://fewsion.us/few-view

With FEWSION, people can map from the sources of their community's animal products, grains, meat and other foodstuffs; crude oil, gasoline, natural gas and electricity; and water sources. This is useful information for people who want to buy more local products or measure the sustainability of the community's food and energy consumption, but the purpose of this data is far greater. Ruddell sees FEWSION being especially useful for emergency managers, who can use it to plan ahead if a disaster or situation in some other part of the country is likely to affect their community; and sustainability officers who want to reduce their community's footprint by changing their commodity sourcing and supply chains.

In addition to understanding that no city is a resource island, this knowledge also empowers communities to invest in the security, resilience and sustainability of their supply chains.

For example, the current drought emergency the Colorado River is not just a regional problem, Ruddell said. If farms in Arizona or California run out of water, the supply of produce is reduced and the price of healthy, fresh food goes up nationwide. 
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on April 30, 2019, 05:18:21 PM
He’s considered one of the leading Democratic candidates. (There are 20 announced Dem. candidates, so far....)

U.S. Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke releases plan to fight climate change with $5 trillion investment
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O'Rourke on Monday released his plan to tackle climate change in his first major policy proposal as a 2020 candidate.
O'Rourke plans to invest $5 trillion over 10 years in infrastructure and innovation and also sets a goal to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050....
https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/29/politics/beto-orourke-climate-change-policy/index.html
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 02, 2019, 01:52:34 PM
UK climate panel sets big goals: less meat, drive electric
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The U.K. should effectively eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 by rapidly adopting policies that will change everything from the way people heat their homes to what they eat, an independent committee that advises the British government on climate change recommended Thursday.
...
The panel says the government should reduce the demand for energy overall, increase the electrification of the British economy, develop hydrogen fuel technology and set ambitious targets for carbon capture and storage.

It also calls for reduced consumption of meat and dairy products, changes in how farmers operate and a requirement for electric vehicles to be the only option by 2035. ...
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/uk-climate-panel-sets-big-goals-meat-drive-62767035
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Pmt111500 on May 07, 2019, 08:05:51 PM
As was expected, US government had issues with the resolution of The Arctic Council today. As this was totally expected, I haven't followed the news here in Finland. Probably all the exploiters cheer for this non-resolution, as the Arctic melts as does Greenland and drowns the coasts of, well, everywhere.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on May 07, 2019, 08:40:23 PM
Yup, I actually had to find a video where a moron actually said what's quoted below, unfortunately he said even more. Going to bed early...

"This is America’s moment to stand up as an Arctic nation and for the Arctic’s future. Because far from the barren backcountry that many thought it to be, the Arctic is at the forefront of opportunity and abundance. It houses 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil, 30 percent of its undiscovered gas, and an abundance of uranium, rare earth minerals, gold, diamonds, and millions of square miles of untapped resources. Fisheries galore,"
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Pmt111500 on May 07, 2019, 09:11:56 PM
Yup, I actually had to find a video where a moron actually said what's not quoted below, unfortunately he said even more. Going to bed early...


Watching Handmaid's tale. What was a bit surprising and not quite expected was the journalist of finnish broadcasting company who dared to use the word 'surprising' in the context of the US refusal to sign on the resolution. Journalists here may also have a rather large bias in their views of the world.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Pmt111500 on May 10, 2019, 04:49:02 AM
Finland, as the speaker of the EU, won't take strong stance in demanding emissions reductions. On the other hand we just had elections so this might be an issue in the negotiations for the next gov't.
https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-10776226
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 12, 2019, 02:35:58 PM
Fearless TV weathercasters show viewers Earth's soaring carbon levels
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Unable to avoid the atmospheric realities they scrutinize each day, a growing contingent of meteorologists are now looking well beyond the 10-day forecast, to Earth's troubling climate trends. They hold a powerful audience, as over half of Americans receive their news from television. But these forecasters are not simply referencing climate change; they're regularly providing viewers with the cold, hard, and perhaps unpleasant facts, like record CO2 numbers.

"It's important for us to get the right science out there," said Denver 7's Nelson, who then paused, and considered another reason why he's presenting CO2 levels. "I’ve been doing it, increasingly, since the birth of my grandchildren."
...
Just last month, another veteran forecaster, Miami's John Morales, started presenting carbon dioxide numbers on air, too. Like Nelson, it's not something he constantly drills during live broadcasts, at least not vocally. But Morales now shows the numbers each day, and references them when he can.

"The most important thing is that it stays front and center in people's minds on a daily basis," said Morales, between weather forecasts on NBC 6 in Miami.  ...
https://mashable.com/article/weather-forecasters-tv-climate-change/
Image below: keeping CO2 level in front of the public
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 13, 2019, 07:14:53 PM
May 7, 2019

Washington [State] Commits to 100% Clean Energy and Other States May Follow Suit
At least six other states are considering similar legislation to fight climate change by shutting down coal power and ramping up renewable energy.
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In the absence of federal action on climate change, more states are setting ambitious targets to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Washington became the latest on Tuesday when Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law requiring that 100 percent of the state's electricity come from clean energy sources by 2045.

Washington is now the fifth state or territory—following Hawaii, California, New Mexico and Puerto Rico—to commit to 100 percent clean electricity, and at least six other states are considering similar legislation.

"This means we can have a fighting chance at saving the things we cherish most — our land, our air, our water and our children's health," Inslee said in a prepared statement. "We aren't done. Our success this year is just a harbinger of successes to come. But we're ready. We can do this."

Inslee has an even more ambitious plan for a nationwide conversion to clean energy: Last week, his presidential campaign issued a proposal to get the country to 100 percent zero-emissions electricity by 2035. while also requiring all new vehicles and buildings to be zero emissions. That followed another 2020 candidate, former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke's announcement of his own climate plan with a goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Activists and some congressional Democrats supporting a Green New Deal want an even faster timeline: transform the nation's electric grid to 100 percent clean energy in just 10 years. ...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07052019/100-percent-clean-energy-map-inslee-washington-california-puerto-rico?amp
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: ASILurker on May 14, 2019, 03:13:59 AM
May 7, 2019

Washington [State] Commits to 100% Clean Energy and Other States May Follow Suit
At least six other states are considering similar legislation to fight climate change by shutting down coal power and ramping up renewable energy.
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In the absence of federal action on climate change, more states are setting ambitious targets to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. Washington became the latest on Tuesday when Gov. Jay Inslee signed a law requiring that 100 percent of the state's electricity come from clean energy sources by 2045.

Washington is now the fifth state or territory—following Hawaii, California, New Mexico and Puerto Rico—to commit to 100 percent clean electricity, and at least six other states are considering similar legislation.

"This means we can have a fighting chance at saving the things we cherish most — our land, our air, our water and our children's health," Inslee said in a prepared statement. "We aren't done. Our success this year is just a harbinger of successes to come. But we're ready. We can do this."

Inslee has an even more ambitious plan for a nationwide conversion to clean energy: Last week, his presidential campaign issued a proposal to get the country to 100 percent zero-emissions electricity by 2035. while also requiring all new vehicles and buildings to be zero emissions. That followed another 2020 candidate, former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke's announcement of his own climate plan with a goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050. Activists and some congressional Democrats supporting a Green New Deal want an even faster timeline: transform the nation's electric grid to 100 percent clean energy in just 10 years. ...
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/07052019/100-percent-clean-energy-map-inslee-washington-california-puerto-rico?amp

What a load of garbage this is .... given the majority of electricity in WA. is already supplied by Hydro (is it 85% or 90%? who cares! )

What this means in reality is NOT that Washington [State] Commits to 100% Clean Energy but instead it is committing to ~20% Clean Energy because the rest of the Energy used in WA. (and it's GHG emissions) has nothing to do with Electricity!

(big sigh)

Spin, BS and Lies doesn't only come from the politicians but they are certainly professionals at it.

Fake hope is far worse that no hope.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: wdmn on May 14, 2019, 03:17:01 AM
Not to mention that hydro is not without significant environmental consequences.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on May 14, 2019, 07:00:05 AM
... Which is why we are shutting down hydro plants in Sweden and Norway builds more.  ::)
https://www.lrf.se/mitt-lrf/nyheter/vastra-gotaland/2018/12/smaskalig-vattenkraft-norge-bygger-nytt-sverige-lagger-ner/ (https://www.lrf.se/mitt-lrf/nyheter/vastra-gotaland/2018/12/smaskalig-vattenkraft-norge-bygger-nytt-sverige-lagger-ner/)

If someone translates that, no there are no Elephants here, ÄlvRäddarna ~ River Saviours or something like that. :)
They are highly vocal here (as the first article describes as well) and now part of the Waterkeeper Alliance. A short description of their environmentalism is found in this english article:
https://waterkeeper.org/saving-salmon-swedish-baltic-rivers-waterkeeper/ (https://waterkeeper.org/saving-salmon-swedish-baltic-rivers-waterkeeper/)
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“If the rural parts of northern Sweden are to prosper,” said Jan Wejdmark, “we need to make wise decisions on how to use natural resources in the most sustainable way. A growing tourism industry which incorporates fly fishing for salmon is definitely one way to do that.”
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: interstitial on May 14, 2019, 09:09:56 AM
https://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=WA#tabs-4
for January 2019 most recent data
63%hydro
71%hydro +other renewables
79.8%carbon neutral this includes hydro+ nuclear + other renewables
so eventually 29% new renewables

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/05/jay-insles-climate-plan-keeping-it-100/588652/
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On Friday, Governor Jay Inslee of Washington announced a major plank of his climate-focused platform for president: a three-part plan to reshape the U.S. auto market, building code, and power grid over the next decade and a half.

You could call it the 100-100-100 plan. Inslee would require that, by 2030, 100 percent of new cars sold in the United States must be fully electric, 100 percent of U.S. electricity must come from carbon-neutral sources, and 100 percent of newly constructed buildings must emit no greenhouse gases from their kitchens, chimneys, or heating systems.

He would also mandate that, by 2035, 100 percent of U.S. electricity be generated by zero-emissions sources

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The agenda mirrors many of the policies that Inslee has piloted in Washington. Next week, the governor will sign a bill committing the Evergreen State to a carbon-neutral grid by 2030, and a zero-emissions grid by 2045.

Since Washington isn't going to build new nuclear and no new dams thats 20% new renewables by 2030. That's not nothing even if its not as much as other states need to do. The reason the goal is 2030 and not earlier is utilities are concerned about how to maintain a reliable grid with no dispatchable generation. We will be an early test case for a large grid with 100% renewables.

The difference in Washington state between carbon neutral and zero emissions is only 1.2% biomass and 0.1% landfill gas. That biomass is mostly from a few lumber mills that burn their sawdust to power their mills. The only other biomass energy producer I am aware of is from broken pallets from the port of Seattle which are burned for the steam plant.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on May 14, 2019, 09:20:05 AM
Electricity in Norway:
https://www.ssb.no/en/energi-og-industri/statistikker/elektrisitet/aar
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 14, 2019, 01:27:52 PM
 :o   :o   :o

30 second Bill Nye video at the link.

Colin Jones (@colinjones) 5/13/19, 12:52 AM
“What I’m saying is the planet’s on fucking fire” - @BillNye
https://twitter.com/colinjones/status/1127798860603113473
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tim on May 14, 2019, 05:30:03 PM
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Most writing about technology and climate change still concentrates on mitigation—i.e., reducing emissions, by means of clean energy sources, better batteries, sleek electric vehicles, and so on—or, if all else fails, heroic efforts like engineering the atmosphere to reflect more sunlight back into space. These technologies are often futuristic and cool.

This is the result of a careful co-opting of the environmental message away from doing anything that will help the biosphere, and shifting it toward a social engineering message that seeks to stimulate neoliberal growth economies by turning the climate crisis into a huge money spinner.

No longer is environmentalism about pictures of trees or fuzzy owls who's habitats we'd like to salvage by slowing growth capitalism and it's ideologies. Instead, those symbols have been replaced with western industrial symbols of resource sucking windmills and solar panels that are made by razing the biosphere even further. The message has been carefully co-opted, and the narrative slowly switched. All criticisms of the growth system itself have been removed from the narrative and replaced with a corporate friendly solution that supports renewed growth in their stalling economies. They want investment vehicles, that's all it's about.

The Davos crowd calls it 'the fourth industrial revolution' ... but it isn't called that in the messaging. They even airbrush that out of their invented darlings pictures for the general public to consume. The environmental crisis brought on by the economic growth mentality is very real, but the mainstream solutions being marketed for it are a story of the careful capture and co-opting of a message to serve corporate growth markets only, not to realistically address the problem created through ... growth markets.

"The ‘one kid immediately got twenty supporters’ – from a Swedish network for sustainable business. What is going on is the launch of a global campaign to usher in a required consensus for the Paris Agreement, the New Green Deal and all climate related policies and legislation written by the power elite – for the power elite. This is necessary in order to unlock the trillions of dollars in funding by way of massive public demand."

Notice what was airbrushed out here for the public? This is the wrong kind of green. We need less growth, not more. The precious metals for this tech are harvested by razing the very forests in the Congo that Jane Goodall fought to save for her chimps. The fourth industrial revolution is about money, not environmentalism.

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tor Bejnar on May 14, 2019, 06:25:08 PM
Welcome, Tim, to the ASIF.  I see you (https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php?action=profile;u=2140)'ve been lurking for a while. (Smart!) :)

Yup, 'Power' likes to co-opt.  It is a challenge to manifest one's power without creating opportunities for 'Power' to (at least) attempt co-opting.

I hear 'Them' saying, "But Jane Goodall's quote was more important than the theme and purpose of our conference!"  :o
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 17, 2019, 02:01:09 AM
Kris Karnauskas (@OceansClimateCU) 5/16/19, 6:22 PM
With >2100 respondents so far, there's 3 days left to cast your own CO2 prediction. Not your hope, but your prediction.
https://twitter.com/oceansclimatecu/status/1129150102466023424

[Climate Scientist] Katharine Hayhoe (@KHayhoe) 5/14/19, 4:53 PM
Full disclosure, my personal guess is that global carbon emissions continue upward but bending slowly down from 8.5 until we hit a collective “oh shit“ moment followed by rapid decarbonization. Exactly when that moment occurs will determine where we end up between [RCP] 6.0 and 4.5.
https://twitter.com/khayhoe/status/1128402939612160010

Kris Karnauskas (@OceansClimateCU) 5/16/19, 6:22 PM
Introducing RCP-Hayhoe, a.k.a. the "oh sh** scenario.
https://twitter.com/oceansclimatecu/status/1129150099659972608
(First Graph)

Katharine Hayhoe (@KHayhoe) 5/16/19, 6:37 PM
I love this. Sort of […] but I do think the inflection point will occur a decade or even two earlier than that due to the impact of compound/sequential extreme events. Could you adjust? I want to use this in my presentations from now on!!
https://twitter.com/khayhoe/status/1129153917261160448

Kris Karnauskas (@OceansClimateCU) 5/16/19, 7:28 PM
Behold, RCP-Hayhoe "oh sh** 2045" edition. I might just have to run a GCM simulation with this. (really)
https://twitter.com/oceansclimatecu/status/1129166874112024577
(Second Graph)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 17, 2019, 04:21:50 PM
The Guardian will now be replacing the term "climate sceptic" with "climate science denier"

Link >> https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/17/why-the-guardian-is-changing-the-language-it-uses-about-the-environment
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 18, 2019, 08:15:35 AM
From the captain obvious department, but good to have it documented:

A Major Coal Company Went Bust. Its Bankruptcy Filing Shows That It Was Funding Climate Change Denialism.

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Several of the groups that receive funding from Cloud Peak Energy have used aggressive tactics to attempt to discredit environmentalists. The Center for Consumer Freedom, one of the groups listed in the coal company’s filing, is part of a sprawling network of front groups set up by a lobbyist named Rick Berman geared toward attacking green groups such as the Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch as dangerous radicals.

Other organizations quietly bankrolled by Cloud Peak Energy have directly shaped state policy. The company provided funding to the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group that provides template legislation to state lawmakers. The model bills promote the fossil fuel agenda. One model bill declares that there is a “great deal of scientific uncertainty” around climate change; others are designed to repeal environmental regulations on coal-burning power plants.

Link >> https://theintercept.com/2019/05/16/coal-industry-climate-change-denial-cloud-peak-energy/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 20, 2019, 03:41:39 PM
U.S.

This year's graduating seniors are handing the mic to climate change
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The Class of 0000 speech will echo the sense of urgency Happel and other young people feel about the future of their homes and their livelihoods. “We’re taking zero excuses. We want zero emissions. There’s zero time to waste,” Evans said.
Speakers will also vow to vote only for 2020 candidates with plans to get to zero emissions.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/peril-and-promise/2019/05/class-of-0000/

~1-Minute video at the link:
Grads everywhere are using the same commencement speech to fight climate change.
https://twitter.com/attn/status/1129408735317614597
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 21, 2019, 07:00:23 PM
The Military Is the Largest Single User of Fossil Fuels. Elizabeth Warren Wants to Change That.
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Last week, the Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren released a climate proposal focused on the military, calling for the Department of Defense (DOD) to decrease emissions while increasing the military's readiness for climate change. It's the latest addition to a series of climate proposals from the 2020 presidential hopeful, who has also released plans to ban offshore drilling and up renewable energy generation.
...
The Pentagon has long-recognized climate change as a threat to national security, although the lens through which the DOD has historically viewed the issue has been one of preparation and resiliency, rather than prevention and reduction of emissions.

Extreme weather is already affecting the military's readiness today. "The DOD doesn't use live fire munitions when there's a drought out West, because it could start a wildfire," says Conger, noting that drought conditions are expected to become more common in that region. Sea level rise and severe storms can damage infrastructure and eat up resources. "Nuisance flooding is only an appropriate term when you don't have impacts and, frankly, when you flood portions of the base you have operational impacts," he says. "The main road into Norfolk Naval Station, which is the largest Navy base in the world, floods several times a year, and within the next 20 years or so, they're expecting it to flood daily."

Warren noted that hurricanes left Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida with billions of dollars in damages each last year; extreme flooding in Nebraska left the Offutt Air Force Base with nearly half a billion dollars worth of damages. ...
https://psmag.com/environment/the-military-is-the-largest-single-user-of-fossil-fuels-elizabeth-warren-wants-to-change-that
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 25, 2019, 04:25:31 PM
Re:  U.S. Congressfolk who follow climate scientists on Twitter.
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About 2 weeks ago, I wrote a thread on which twitter accounts owned by US Members of Congress were following climate scientists on Twitter.
Time for a follow-up.

2/ As a reminder, the premise of the little experiment was to compare 538 twitter accounts belonging to Members of Congress with an excellent list of >2300 climate scientists on Twitter created by @KHayhoe....

3/ In the original thread, I found that 47 Members of Congress had twitter accounts that were following at least one climate scientist.
However, after writing that thread, several climate scientists announced getting new followers, e.g. ....

4/ So, I thought it would be interesting to take second look.
Rerunning the analysis, I now find that 70 Members of Congress are following climate scientist on Twitter, 23 more than 2 weeks ago.

That's a 48% jump.  :)

5/ Obviously, we may be talking about the actions of their social media managers rather than the politicians themselves. But even if it is just their staff, it is nice to see them paying attention to climate scientists and having an interest in building a connection.  ...
https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1132230833627193349.html

Subtweets, and details of who and how many, at the link.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Shared Humanity on May 26, 2019, 04:16:02 PM
This is a notoriously progressive website that I visit often. It has a very high visit rate. I was encouraged to find what is perhaps the most concise and thorough review of climate change that I have ever run across on a general website. This site likely does not reach many denialists but it will certainly inform many who have a vague fear of climate change but lack the understanding that many here have.

https://crooksandliars.com/2019/05/just-160-years-humans-wrecked-earths

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 27, 2019, 06:38:09 PM
Young People Blame Climate Change for Their Small Retirement Accounts
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While most millennials say they are not saving because they simply can’t afford to, for others it’s about the feeling that they may not have a future to save for, says Matt Fellowes, chief executive officer of United Income, an online retirement investment platform based in Washington, D.C.

“There is a certain fatalism in this population relative to more recent generations,” Fellowes says. “Psychologically, this population has had more shocks to expectations about their futures than past generations. From a perception point of view, I hear a lot of cynicism about the ability to build retirement savings or whether they will be able to retire at all.”

Climate change may also have direct, and devastating, effects on the finances of young people, an August 2016 study from environmental advocacy organization NextGen Climate found. The median 21-year-old college graduate in the class of 2015 will lose over $126,000 in income over her lifetime to climate-change-induced costs and $187,000 in wealth if that income were to have been saved and invested, the study, titled “The Price Tag of Being Young,” found. ...
https://www.barrons.com/articles/millennials-saving-for-retirement-51558676997

Here’s a link to the story via Apple News: https://apple.news/AU3hn3Gp_TtyD2cx3uoS59A
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 27, 2019, 06:55:53 PM
Eric Holthaus on Twitter: "This is amazing. In Europe, early results of the #EUelections2019 show the Green Party with its best ever result, especially among young voters where it is now the overwhelming party of choice. A better world is possible, and it's becoming more likely by the day.”
https://mobile.twitter.com/ericholthaus/status/1132741884164694018
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How young Germans (18-24 years old) have voted in #EUElections2019 according to @ARDde:
Greens: 34%
Conservative CDU/CSU: 11%
Social Democrat SPD: 8%
Left-wing party: 8%
Liberal FDP: 8%
Satirical „Party“: 8%
Right-wing extremist AfD: 5%

Other perspectives at the link/replies.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 27, 2019, 07:34:25 PM
Satirical „Party“: 8%

The Party is a very good party! \o/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on May 28, 2019, 01:32:34 AM
Pope speaks out about AGW (as a RC I am quite happy about this):
https://www.breitbart.com/environment/2019/05/27/pope-francis-climate-crisis-leading-the-world-towards-disaster/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 28, 2019, 07:11:53 AM
Tom, Breitbart is not a news source. It's a propaganda network for the Nazis. Please don't share this dirt here.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: sidd on May 28, 2019, 07:40:06 AM
Re: Breitbart is not a news source. It's a propaganda network

Mmmm. So are the rest. But if you prefer your propaganda from the horse's mouth, here is the word from the vatican, il papa at the holy see

"We live at a time when profits and losses seem to be more highly valued than lives and deaths, and when a company’s net worth is given precedence over the infinite worth of our human family. You are here today to reflect on how to remedy this profound crisis caused by a confusion of our moral ledger with our financial ledger."

"We still reckon as profit what threatens our very survival."

https://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/speeches/2019/may/documents/papa-francesco_20190527_climate-change.pdf

Decades ago www.va was the shortest web address around. It still works, of course, as one might expect from a 2Kyr old organization. But these days it redirects to something complicated with a lot of scripting.

I would get a huge laff if i found out the jesuits are in charge of the web scripting.

sidd
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 28, 2019, 11:57:31 AM
So are the rest

Are they Sidd? You tell me.

Do you really think i.e. the BBC is a propaganda outlet? If so, for whom?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on May 28, 2019, 12:46:23 PM
So are the rest

Are they Sidd? You tell me.

Do you really think i.e. the BBC is a propaganda outlet? If so, for whom?

I would presume for Britain?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 28, 2019, 12:57:25 PM
I would presume for Britain?

It's funded by the public. So, presumably for the people?

BTW, check this one out >> https://www.adfontesmedia.com/media-bias-chart-3-1-minor-updates-based-constructive-feedback/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Mozi on May 28, 2019, 01:44:06 PM
The BBC in some aspects could be considered propaganda for a certain establishment right-wing point of view (especially after Cameron,) but to put that on the same level of complete disconnect from facts or reality as is Breitbart's stock in trade is ludicrous.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on May 28, 2019, 01:54:44 PM
Are you saying that Breitbart made up the Pope's speech, and Francis never made it?
I don't care about the bias of a news source if I am posting a specific fact. AFAIK the Pope's statement is not a hoax.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat on May 28, 2019, 01:58:22 PM
I would presume for Britain?

It's funded by the public. So, presumably for the people?

BTW, check this one out >> https://www.adfontesmedia.com/media-bias-chart-3-1-minor-updates-based-constructive-feedback/
If the BBC deliberately peddle lies they will be in trouble. (They did occasionally during WW2 but not nearly enough to keep the Government happy). Its masthead says   "Nation shall speak peace unto Nation" while Lord Reith said its purpose was to "inform, educate, entertain".

FOX News, Breitbart etc deliberately peddle lies. In many countries the media are totally controlled by the Government and will peddle lies, or more often simply not report something the Government does not like.

So the BBC is not a propaganda organisation if its purpose is to "inform, educate, entertain", and is a propaganda organisation if its purpose is defined by  "Nation shall speak peace unto Nation".

Most media organisations are propaganda organisations (used to promote a political cause or point of view).

But for me it is more important that I still like the BBC and still think Breitbart and Fox are shit.
________________________________________________________
propaganda
/prɒpəˈɡandə/
1.
information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote a political cause or point of view.
"he was charged with distributing enemy propaganda"
synonyms:   information, promotion, advertising, advertisement, publicity, advocacy; More
2.
a committee of cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church responsible for foreign missions, founded in 1622 by Pope Gregory XV.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 28, 2019, 02:03:29 PM
Are you saying that Breitbart made up the Pope's speech, and Francis never made it?

No, i'm saying:

Tom, Breitbart is not a news source. It's a propaganda network for the Nazis. Please don't share this dirt here.

Quote
I don't care

 :(
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on May 28, 2019, 02:28:29 PM
OK, could you please give me a list of all the news sources you do not want me to use? And will you include Liberal as well as Conservative sources in the list?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 28, 2019, 02:35:05 PM
OK, could you please give me a list of all the news sources you do not want me to use? And will you include Liberal as well as Conservative sources in the list?

I've done so upthread>> https://www.adfontesmedia.com/media-bias-chart-3-1-minor-updates-based-constructive-feedback/

Everything in the red box labelled as 'Nonsense'.

I'd consider myself 'radically left', but i would never consider sharing stuff from the left side of the 'Nonsense' section, even if legit in a specific case. This is just basic media hygiene IMHO.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Archimid on May 28, 2019, 02:38:29 PM
If you don't see what is wrong with Breitbart I question your objectivity and intentions. The accusations that were levied against you (a troll from reddit) gain support.

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OK, could you please give me a list of all the news sources you do not want me to use? And will you include Liberal as well as Conservative sources in the list?

In the climate change universe there are sites whose whole purpose is spread any news that can possibly be used to deny climate change. It does not matter if they are true or not. These sites have an agenda to deceive, sites like WUWT.  Beirtbart is to politics what WUWT is to climate science.

Sites like that from sources like that will get called out instantly, even if you are a long term and revered member of the community.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 28, 2019, 02:40:47 PM
Archimid, i think you should also consider, that Tom is willing to agree to not share it here anymore. This is why he asked. Would a troll do that?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 28, 2019, 02:50:43 PM
Teen activist Thunberg urges leaders to admit climate crisis
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/teen-activist-thunberg-urges-leaders-admit-climate-crisis-63316667

The photo says it all.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Archimid on May 28, 2019, 02:52:57 PM
I 'm not ready to put him on a troll category yet, in fact  I like most of his posts. However, not being aware of Breitbart's role makes me wary of his true intentions.  I have used Breitbart as a source before but I have always been aware of their role. I won't use it as a source unless I use very heavy warning.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: vox_mundi on May 28, 2019, 03:18:03 PM
Tom

If you want to gauge the bias of your news sources I would recommend

https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/
Search function: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/search/#gsc.tab=0
Credible Pro-Science sources: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/pro-science/

Example:

https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/breitbart/

Breitbart News
(https://i1.wp.com/mediabiasfactcheck.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/extremeright061.png?w=600&ssl=1)
QUESTIONABLE SOURCE

A questionable source exhibits one or more of the following: extreme bias, consistent promotion of propaganda/conspiracies, poor or no sourcing to credible information, a complete lack of transparency and/or is fake news. Fake News is the deliberate attempt to publish hoaxes and/or disinformation for the purpose of profit or influence (Learn More). Sources listed in the Questionable Category may be very untrustworthy and should be fact checked on a per article basis. Please note sources on this list are not considered fake news unless specifically written in the reasoning section for that source.

Listing of all questionable sources
https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/fake-news/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on May 28, 2019, 03:25:24 PM
Placed in Favorites folder.
EDIT: I mean the Bookmarks folder!
Why can't Windows and MacOS use the same terminology!?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 28, 2019, 03:39:20 PM
Thanks a lot Tom! :)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on May 28, 2019, 11:46:04 PM
Maybe it is just my age (61). When I was growing up, you could pretty much cite any journal, magazine or newspaper in a term paper and that was usually OK. Not this "is this news source Fake News or not?" BS we have to go through now.
Or am I just remembering through tinted glasses?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 29, 2019, 08:35:26 AM
No, the world has changed with the internet. Everyone can be a publisher now.

Back then there was a publisher class no one disputed.

What's better? I don't know.

For me personally, the new world is better.

But in a social scale, the intelligent people are too silent, and the dumbasses screaming all day long. This can't be good...

Humanity has to adapt to this new cultural technology. Seems to be a longer way than i anticipated back in 2000.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: sidd on May 29, 2019, 10:00:32 AM
Rather than discussing the provenance of breitbart link, shall we talk about the pope's actual statement which I referenced from the vatican ?

I have myself posted links from breitbart before.  If you see a link that is "incorrect" in your worldview,you are welcome not to follow it. Censoring links is Neven's privilege on this forum, isn't it ?

sidd

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 29, 2019, 10:13:02 AM
Censoring links is Neven's privilege on this forum, isn't it ?

Censoring Deleting bogus links is Neven's privilege on this forum, isn't it ?

FIFY ;)

Sidd, it strikes me you are a person with a solid media competence. You should understand the concept of media hygiene, shouldn't you? This is not a question of correctness. This is about giving propaganda a platform. Unless you are a neo-nazi yourself, what's your interest in legitimizing those fucks?

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: sidd on May 29, 2019, 10:36:15 AM
Re: solid media competence

I do not claim that i have competence in judging media.

Given that disclaimer, as a personal view  i see every news source as propaganda. I have posted Ellul's critiques from the 1960's before, I shall not repeat.

I don't like censorship. Post any links you like as citations. Others can debunk with other citations and argument. The best antidote for fake news is illumination, not censorship. Didn't Locke or Mill or somebody point that out a couple centuries ago ?

sidd
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 29, 2019, 10:50:16 AM
Others can debunk with other citations and argument.

Right, i'm with you here.

It's not a binary though. Viewing any media source as propaganda or biased is healthy. But you also have to acknowledge the grade of bias.

In general, if you want honest and constructive discussions, you need a mechanism to filter out the stuff that's destructive to the discussion. It takes way more effort to debunk a bogus claim than it takes to make a valid argument. This is why trolling works.

Breitbart has one purpose: Clutter honest debates. Make it hard for people to find the truth.

And when we as a group decide to delegitimize them, we have this filter that has nothing to do with censorship. It's a social contract that helps us to stay sane.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on May 29, 2019, 10:58:15 AM
<snip>shall we talk about the pope's actual statement which I referenced from the vatican ?<snip>
This is ok, all in all, even for an agnostic (like myself):

The signs today are not good. Investments in fossil fuels continue to rise, even though scientists tell us that fossil fuels should remain underground. The International Energy Agency recently reported that investments in clean energy fell again for the second consecutive year, even though experts have consistently demonstrated the benefits to the human environment provided by clean energy from wind, sun, and water. We continue along old paths because we are trapped by our faulty accounting and by the corruption of vested interests. We still reckon as profit what threatens our very survival.

The effects of global inaction are startling. About two weeks ago, several scientific research centres recorded the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere – one of the key global causes of global warming linked to human activity – as having reached 415 parts per million, the highest level ever recorded. Around the world, we are seeing heat waves, droughts, forest fires, floods and other extreme meteorological events, rising sea levels, the emergence of diseases and further problems that are only a dire premonition of things much worse to come, unless we act and act urgently.

During your meeting today, you heard from leading climatologists and experts. Their message was clear and insistent. We need to act decisively to put an end to all emissions of greenhouse gases by mid-century at the very latest, and to do even more than that. Carbon dioxide concentrations have to decline significantly to ensure the safety of our common home. You also heard that this can be accomplished at low cost by employing clean energy and improving energy efficiency.

Reason itself makes this clear and should serve as the basis for our common action. Let us
therefore resolve to work together for these ends:
- to value what is important, not what is superfluous;
- to correct our national accounts and our business accounts, so as to stop engaging in activities
that are destroying our planet;
- to put an end to global dependency on fossil fuels;
- to open a new chapter of clean and safe energy, that utilizes, for example, renewable resources
such as wind, sun and water;
- above all, to act prudently and responsibly in our economies to actually meet human needs,
promote human dignity, help the poor and be set free of the idolatry of money that creates so
much suffering.


He's not mentioning NET's so the time frames might be a bit off (unless we actually start using NET's in the scale needed), but he's the pope and not Glen Peters.

Edit; and if he was, he might have added this:

(https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2687.0;attach=121096;image)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on May 29, 2019, 06:33:56 PM
UPS makes big renewable natural gas commitment:
http://www.primemovermag.com.au/news/article/ups-makes-biggest-commitment-to-renewable-natural-gas-in-us-history
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Shared Humanity on May 29, 2019, 07:55:35 PM
UPS makes big renewable natural gas commitment:
http://www.primemovermag.com.au/news/article/ups-makes-biggest-commitment-to-renewable-natural-gas-in-us-history

And how exactly does making a commitment to renewable natural gas reduce greenhouse emissions?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on May 29, 2019, 08:02:08 PM
UPS makes big renewable natural gas commitment:
http://www.primemovermag.com.au/news/article/ups-makes-biggest-commitment-to-renewable-natural-gas-in-us-history

And how exactly does making a commitment to renewable natural gas reduce greenhouse emissions?

From the article:
The deal, as reported, will extend through 2026 with UPS announcing that it expects to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by more than a million tonnes.

and

California Air Resources Board Low Carbon Fuel Standard program has shown in recent data that biodiesel and renewable diesel fuel use reduced 4.3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide in California last year, more than any other fuel type of fuel, including ethanol and battery electric power.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Shared Humanity on May 29, 2019, 08:40:54 PM
I understand that burning natural gas results in less greenhouse gas emissions but burning renewable natural gas has the same emissions as burning fossil sources of natural gas, doesn't it? We need to be carbon neutral by 2050, need to reduce our emissions by almost half by 2030. Renewable natural gas is not going to get us there.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tor Bejnar on May 29, 2019, 09:45:19 PM
I presume "renewable natural gas" is similar to "bio-diesel" or "renewable wood".  For example:  the wood-powered electric generator (https://www.motherearthnews.com/renewable-energy/wood-powered-generator-zmaz81jazraw).
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 29, 2019, 09:56:01 PM
Could be power to gas perhaps? >> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power-to-gas
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: be cause on May 29, 2019, 10:32:35 PM
Europe's bio-diesel has successfully reduced .. the population of orangutan's .. b.c.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on May 30, 2019, 04:06:46 AM
Nonprofits and foundations are not the way out of this mess:
https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2019/05/nonprofits-and-foundations-arent-going-to-save-us-from-climate-change-heres-why/

EDIT: B.C. legislates more zero emission vehicles:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/zero-emission-vehicles-2040-b-c-1.5155274
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on May 31, 2019, 12:59:16 AM
Not “acceptance,” but less anti-AGW action?

The Cato Institute quietly shut down a program that for years sought to raise uncertainty about climate science, leaving the libertarian think tank co-founded by Charles Koch without an office dedicated to global warming.
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060419123
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Shared Humanity on May 31, 2019, 02:07:56 AM
Not “acceptance,” but less anti-AGW action?

The Cato Institute quietly shut down a program that for years sought to raise uncertainty about climate science, leaving the libertarian think tank co-founded by Charles Koch without an office dedicated to global warming.
https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060419123

These are smart people. They all understand and believe the science. Maybe they are getting nervous.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on May 31, 2019, 08:22:24 AM
The Cato Institute quietly shut down a program that for years sought to raise uncertainty about climate science,

This might be the best development for climate change action we've seen so far.

I will not downplay the important actions by single people like Greta, but the Kochs are a media-kraken. Their influence on the American 'common sense' is underestimated greatly.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on May 31, 2019, 09:17:00 PM
I read today an interesting article in lemonde about the problem of our modern world that would be disconnected of the real one. It is in french.
https://www.lemonde.fr/idees/article/2019/05/31/bruno-latour-l-apocalypse-c-est-enthousiasmant_5469678_3232.html
Bruno Latour says that our civilisation is living in a "virtual" world that requires 5 planets to work, and that we have to land back in reality. That the climate deniers will not believe science because they live in that world and don't want to land.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on June 01, 2019, 08:58:46 AM
Climate Denial: A Measured Response

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLqXkYrdmjY
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat on June 01, 2019, 12:34:25 PM
Climate Denial: A Measured Response

Bugger measured response.

Tell deniers they are lying through their teeth.

Tell 'em they are stupid scumbags.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on June 01, 2019, 12:57:00 PM
... and laugh at them!
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 01, 2019, 04:52:17 PM
British billionaire attacks governments' failure to tackle climate change or end poverty:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/climate-change-poverty-green-new-deal-karam-hinduja-fossil-fuels-a8937011.html

German speaking countries realizing the climate emergency:
https://www.dw.com/en/climate-emergency-trend-gains-traction-in-german-speaking-countries/a-48309846

Pushy investors push FF companies:
https://www.businessinsider.sg/climate-action-100-gets-energy-giants-to-commit-to-sustainbility-2019-5/ andInvestor warns AGW will change all investing soon:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/nathanvardi/2019/05/29/robert-gibbins-autonomy-capital/#288bbe4507da

More EDIT:
Japan makes consortium on AGW climate disclosures:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climatechange-financial-disclosure-ja/japan-firms-set-up-consortium-to-enhance-climate-related-financial-disclosure-idUSKCN1SX1AL
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tor Bejnar on June 01, 2019, 05:15:22 PM
What I learned from the entertaining video "A Measured Response"
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on June 01, 2019, 05:49:36 PM
Ice sheet melting releases CO2 into the atmosphere

Is this correct? And if so, is it relevant?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 01, 2019, 06:45:35 PM
I don't know if it is correct, but I assume releasing CO2 would be relevant.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: ivica on June 02, 2019, 01:25:33 AM
An effort to raise public awareness about sea level rise, The Royal Institution, published on 2019-05-29, filmed at the Ri on 2019-02-11:

   Sea Level Rise Can No Longer Be Stopped, What Next? - with John Englander (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvqY2NcBWI8)

   Q&A part (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFMGyvHJrX8)

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: vox_mundi on June 02, 2019, 02:14:41 AM
Germany: Hamburg Aims to Legalize Dumpster Diving
https://dw.com/en/germany-hamburg-aims-to-legalize-dumpster-diving/a-48993508

Dumpster diving for food is considered theft in Germany, even if others have thrown the food away. The city of Hamburg wants Germany to decriminalize the act and prohibit supermarkets from throwing out food.

Till Steffen, Hamburg's senator for justice, believes people who take discarded food from garbage bins should no longer be punished, according to reports from German newspapers Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung and Pinneberger Tageblatt.

... In addition to changing the law, Steffen said he wants to either clarify the civil code in which tossed food no longer becomes the property of grocery stores or prohibit merchants from throwing food away in the first place. Similar food waste legislation passed in France in 2016. French food markets with more than 400 square meters of retail space are legally obligated to give unsold food to non-profit organizations.

-------------------------------

FAO: Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. Food losses and waste amounts to roughly US$ 680 billion in industrialized countries and US$ 310 billion in developing countries.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tor Bejnar on June 02, 2019, 02:24:58 AM
Ice sheet melting releases CO2 into the atmosphere

Is this correct? And if so, is it relevant?
A Google search of what i bulleted yielded:
Quote
Melting ice sheets release tons of methane into the atmosphere. ... Methane gas (CH4) is the third most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere after water vapour and carbon dioxide (CO2). Although, present in lower concentrations that CO2, methane is approximately 20-28 times more potent.Jan 3, 2019
Melting ice sheets release tons of methane into the atmosphere ...
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190103110300.htm
I'm going to 'guess' Science Daily is an adequate source.  I would think any source of atmospheric methane would be relevant to issues of climate change.

The actual article starts:
Quote
The Greenland Ice Sheet emits tons of methane according to a new study, showing that subglacial biological activity impacts the atmosphere far more than previously thought.

An international team of researchers led by the University of Bristol camped for three months next to the Greenland Ice Sheet, sampling the meltwater that runs off a large catchment (> 600 km2) of the Ice Sheet during the summer months.

As reported in Nature, using novel sensors to measure methane in meltwater runoff in real time, they observed that methane was continuously exported from beneath the ice.
...
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: sidd on June 02, 2019, 05:38:04 AM
Re: dumpster diving for food

I know some street people living under overpasses whose main food source is from dumpsters.

Some groceries security types ignore or actually help them. They let them know when they do the dumps of expired food. But since a case where a doughnut store was sued for leaving doughnuts outside the dumpster (expired food cannot be distributed in most jurisdictions in the USA) all "waste" food has to go in the dumpster.

But some groceries try to be nice about it, schedule trash pickups right before they put the expired food in the empty dumpsters, so the scavengers dont have do go thru rotten waste too much.

And some groceries security and rentacops and regular cops are total assholes, club 'em like baby seals. Sometimes tasers. Couple cases i know, firearms, claiming threat of imminent bodily harm. Doesn't help that a substantial fraction of homeless have mental problems and react poorly to law enforcement.

Scavenging is not confined to dumpsters. I have seen families go thru vegetable fields after the harvester goes thru picking up cabbage parts and beet parts and such. The farmers are usually cool with that, but as usual there are some dickheads who set their dogs on them.

Shouldnt this be in the "food" threads ?

sidd
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on June 02, 2019, 07:12:01 AM
Melting ice sheets release tons of methane into the atmosphere. ...

Thanks, Tor and Tom for your answers. I knew about the methane. Hbomberguy should have said greenhouse gases, not CO2 there.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on June 02, 2019, 08:27:43 AM
An effort to raise public awareness about sea level rise, The Royal Institution, published on 2019-05-29, filmed at the Ri on 2019-02-11:

   Sea Level Rise Can No Longer Be Stopped, What Next? - with John Englander (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvqY2NcBWI8)

   Q&A part (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFMGyvHJrX8)
Thanks ivica.

Edit; What's not discussed in the future part at the end is sustainability and resource use. Nothing really new around SLR and glaciers (for those who follow this) but other than that, it's all sound and a worthwhile watch. Adding the key messages below.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tor Bejnar on June 02, 2019, 04:02:33 PM
Quote
Rising Sea Level - Key Points
Unprecedented. No human experience.
Probably pedantic, but when the Black Sea flooded (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sea_deluge_hypothesis) about 7,200 years ago (so the theory I believe goes), the people along its shore had to skedaddle, with sea level rising noticeably, but slow enough to take portable belongings.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Shared Humanity on June 02, 2019, 04:43:26 PM
Quote
Rising Sea Level - Key Points
Unprecedented. No human experience.
Probably pedantic, but when the Black Sea flooded (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sea_deluge_hypothesis) about 7,200 years ago (so the theory I believe goes), the people along its shore had to skedaddle, with sea level rising noticeably, but slow enough to take portable belongings.

Due to the anoxic nature of the Black Sea at depth, entire settlements can be found preserved beneath the sea.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on June 03, 2019, 06:47:19 AM
The Black Sea is ~436 km² and the global ocean area is ~361 million km². Trying to find evidence for the Genesis flood narrative is the wrong way to do it, Indonesia is currently the only country doing it right with their capital, trying to adapt to the risks presented by science.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: sidd on June 04, 2019, 10:12:29 PM
America's Finest News Source: Latest "Last Ditch" climate change report

"a last-ditch climate change report issued Tuesday by the U.N."

"a 500-page directory that simply lists the names and addresses of key players in the fossil fuel industry, along with the precise coordinates of several bunkers containing extensive stockpiles of firearms"

"if everyone comes together and does their part, we can make a tremendous difference"

https://www.theonion.com/last-ditch-climate-change-report-provides-locations-of-1835244382

sidd
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 05, 2019, 04:03:38 PM
Anchorage to cut emissions 80%:
https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2019/0603/Alaska-s-climate-frontier-Anchorage-to-cut-carbon-emissions-by-80
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on June 06, 2019, 06:55:15 AM
For German speaking people, i received an interesting link:
http://www.klimabuendnis.at/klimartikulieren-booklet
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on June 06, 2019, 07:12:14 AM
Knowing how and knowing when: unpacking public understanding of atmospheric CO2 accumulation
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-019-02423-8 (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10584-019-02423-8)

One image split in two (snipped out the top and bottom parts) says it all (although current numbers are higher).

(https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2687.0;attach=122210;image)
(https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=2687.0;attach=122211;image)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 06, 2019, 01:27:35 PM
Well, companies are starting to gauge climate risk. Still a ways to go, though:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-06-05/companies-make-progress-but-not-enough-gauging-climate-risk
And students in Canada are walking out too:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/iqaluit-students-climate-change-1.5163398

EDIT: Expect more climate vigilantism:
https://www.gq.com/story/climate-vigilantes
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on June 07, 2019, 07:22:05 AM
The Finnish government takes a tram to the press conference.
https://www.hs.fi/politiikka/art-2000006129100.html (https://www.hs.fi/politiikka/art-2000006129100.html)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: bluice on June 07, 2019, 07:26:22 AM
The same new Finnish government is aiming for Finland to become carbon neutral by 2035.

Talk is cheap, of course. Actions are lot harder but I do feel there is a change in public opinion about climate change.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on June 07, 2019, 07:40:04 AM
We're all equal in the United States of Scandinavia. But there are signs of people using more public transports, it's at least something.

Edit; also adding a quote from here:
https://medium.com/swlh/fake-leadership-is-dangerous-when-it-comes-to-corporate-sustainability-plastic-pollution-and-b9b3b2716cd5#---383-709 (https://medium.com/swlh/fake-leadership-is-dangerous-when-it-comes-to-corporate-sustainability-plastic-pollution-and-b9b3b2716cd5#---383-709)
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Unfortunately most people are overextended and only glance quickly at the corporate friendly headlines — and that’s exactly what politicians and corporations count on. Show “fake leadership” with a few symbolic gestures and the public will feel good knowing that someone is on the job addressing their concerns. But in many ways these promises are more insidious than doing nothing. When big corporations and governments say that they are going to respond to a crisis, it lulls us into a state of complacency. It’s dangerous, because rather than standing up and voicing our concerns with what appears to be a serious lack of engagement, we are quiet, believing that someone else is taking care of the problem.

For the better part of the last 15 years, a hopeful public has been pacified with promises, while the corporate sustainability movement continues to track in a direction that suppresses meaningful regulations, in favour of hope that somehow a market based solution will emerge. For those who see the world through a more cynical lens, it almost seems as if those in control of the narrative, the super elites, are not just steering change in a particular direction but rather, they are disrupting change in a way that can best be described as stonewalling to maintain the status quo.
My bold...

Also adding an image from CCC, I think this is a common distribution among western countries, where mainly behavioural changes are needed.
https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/net-zero-the-uks-contribution-to-stopping-global-warming/ (https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/net-zero-the-uks-contribution-to-stopping-global-warming/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: bluice on June 07, 2019, 02:26:30 PM
Fake leadership is spot on. Plenty of that around
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on June 07, 2019, 04:24:45 PM
 Hello Sleepy,
Are you sure that the graph us not about GreenBAU? I am surprised that the green part is so small. I am sure that degrowth is required.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: interstitial on June 07, 2019, 08:55:36 PM
Anchorage to cut emissions 80%:
https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2019/0603/Alaska-s-climate-frontier-Anchorage-to-cut-carbon-emissions-by-80
20% emissions in 30 years thats sounds like ignoring the problem and letting someone else deal with it.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on June 08, 2019, 06:02:17 AM
Hello Sleepy,
Are you sure that the graph us not about GreenBAU? I am surprised that the green part is so small. I am sure that degrowth is required.
62% of the pie-chart incorporates behavioural changes, the blue part would be strictly GreenBAU...
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on June 08, 2019, 10:31:56 AM
Hello Sleepy,
Are you sure that the graph us not about GreenBAU? I am surprised that the green part is so small. I am sure that degrowth is required.
62% of the pie-chart Incorporated behavioural changes, the blue part would be strictly GreenBAU...

Well if for example I use a smaller ICV vehicle, reduce heating temperature, use my clothes longer... I can save much more than the green part of the graph without using low carb technologies.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 08, 2019, 06:35:18 PM
Anchorage to cut emissions 80%:
https://www.csmonitor.com/Environment/2019/0603/Alaska-s-climate-frontier-Anchorage-to-cut-carbon-emissions-by-80
20% emissions in 30 years thats sounds like ignoring the problem and letting someone else deal with it.

Seems a lot better than most cities are doing...
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 10, 2019, 07:59:07 PM
Greta wins an award:
https://www.dw.com/en/greta-thunberg-fridays-for-future-movement-win-amnesty-human-rights-award/a-49096921

And climate protester nearly gets head run over:
https://news.sky.com/video/austria-climate-arrest-police-van-narrowly-misses-protesters-head-11738384

and activists board North Sea oil platform:
https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17695135.activists-board-north-sea-oil-rig-for-new-bp-climate-change-protest/

while others block cruise ship:
https://www.dw.com/en/climate-protesters-block-cruise-ship-in-kiel/a-49123805

and vow to stop pipeline if approved:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/trans-mountain-pipeline-expansion-project-final-decision-protest-1.5168614
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: b_lumenkraft on June 10, 2019, 08:02:30 PM
And climate protester nearly gets head run over:

Simulated execution. A tactic used by cops worldwide in order to suppress protesters.

Was very popular in Nazi Germany too.

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 10, 2019, 08:28:56 PM
Anyone here from the UK? Does this have a prayer of being implemented? 10 hour work week for 75% less pay?
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7120817/Labour-plans-bring-10-hour-week-tackle-climate-change.html
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tim on June 10, 2019, 09:00:48 PM
And climate protester nearly gets head run over:

Simulated execution. A tactic used by cops worldwide in order to suppress protesters.

Was very popular in Nazi Germany too.

Raising fines to the level that would ruin some people's lives as debt collectors guaranshee their wages to collect punishing penalties imposed solely to discourage civil disobedience,  are one way Canada is deterring people from civil disobedience. Like, 5,000 just for being there in support.  It's working too, fewer people are willing to risk a criminal record, jail time, or crushing debt just for showing up to a protest.

“The older population of otherwise good standing in the community, without a criminal record is the population that must be deterred,”

https://www.burnabynow.com/news/update-judge-sentences-grandmother-to-7-days-in-jail-for-pipeline-protest-1.23385060
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 10, 2019, 09:04:43 PM
People are more and more accepting AGW:
https://www.npr.org/2019/06/08/730456004/more-people-see-climate-change-in-record-floods-and-extreme-weather-will-that-me

EDIT: Three senators go after the Chamber of Commerce:
https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2019/6/7/18654957/climate-change-lobbying-chamber-of-commerce
Also, John Kerry: World leaders lying
https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/world-leaders-are-lying-about-climate-change-929994.html
and Auckland declares climate emergency
https://ourauckland.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/articles/news/2019/06/auckland-council-declares-climate-emergency/

EDIT 2:
Theresa May says UK to be net zero by 2015:
https://www.holyrood.com/articles/news/theresa-may-set-net-zero-climate-change-target-2050
DiCaprio and Schwarzenegger documentary "Ice on Fire":
https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/11/entertainment/ice-on-fire-celebrities-climate-change/index.html
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on June 13, 2019, 11:33:45 AM
Hello Sleepy,
Are you sure that the graph us not about GreenBAU? I am surprised that the green part is so small. I am sure that degrowth is required.
62% of the pie-chart Incorporated behavioural changes, the blue part would be strictly GreenBAU...
Well if for example I use a smaller ICV vehicle, reduce heating temperature, use my clothes longer... I can save much more than the green part of the graph without using low carb technologies.
Of course you (and everyone) can, but that wasn't the point. The point was that mainly behavioural changes are needed.
Link to the study from the previous page:
https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/net-zero-the-uks-contribution-to-stopping-global-warming/ (https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/net-zero-the-uks-contribution-to-stopping-global-warming/)
Also the graphics again:
(https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1364.0;attach=122322;image)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sleepy on June 13, 2019, 11:47:15 AM
BP numbers as presented by Robbie Andrews. Americans who are advocating for increased mass transports, may have a problem explaining how to decrease the US per capita energy consumption at the same time?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on June 13, 2019, 12:51:28 PM
Hello Sleepy,
Are you sure that the graph us not about GreenBAU? I am surprised that the green part is so small. I am sure that degrowth is required.
62% of the pie-chart Incorporated behavioural changes, the blue part would be strictly GreenBAU...
Well if for example I use a smaller ICV vehicle, reduce heating temperature, use my clothes longer... I can save much more than the green part of the graph without using low carb technologies.
Of course you (and everyone) can, but that wasn't the point. The point was that mainly behavioural changes are needed.
Link to the study from the previous page:
https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/net-zero-the-uks-contribution-to-stopping-global-warming/ (https://www.theccc.org.uk/publication/net-zero-the-uks-contribution-to-stopping-global-warming/)
Also the graphics again:
(https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=1364.0;attach=122322;image)
I agree with the conclusions, but I don't like the distribution between the green and the grey areas because it gives the feeling that some investment in low carb technology is needed to start, and there are so many things that can be done without that first step.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 13, 2019, 06:07:47 PM
Trump official says AGW may cause next financial crisis:
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/06/rostin-behnam-climate-change-financial-crisis and https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/climate/climate-financial-market-risk.html
I guess all his staff did not drink the kool aid

City planning underestimating emissions:
https://www.curbed.com/2019/6/12/18663040/city-economy-climate-change-carbon-emissions-c40
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: vox_mundi on June 14, 2019, 08:29:48 PM
Climate Change Poses Major Risks to Financial Markets, Regulator Warns
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/climate/climate-financial-market-risk.html

WASHINGTON — A top financial regulator is opening a public effort to highlight the risk that climate change poses to the nation’s financial markets, setting up a clash with a president who has mocked global warming and whose administration has sought to suppress climate science.

Rostin Behnam, who sits on the federal government’s five-member Commodity Futures Trading Commission, a powerful agency overseeing major financial markets including grain futures, oil trading and complex derivatives, said in an interview on Monday that the financial risks from climate change were comparable to those posed by the mortgage meltdown that triggered the 2008 financial crisis.

“If climate change causes more volatile frequent and extreme weather events, you’re going to have a scenario where these large providers of financial products — mortgages, home insurance, pensions — cannot shift risk away from their portfolios,” he said. “It’s abundantly clear that climate change poses financial risk to the stability of the financial system.”

... On Wednesday, Mr. Behnam plans to detail the formation of a panel of experts at the trading commission assigned to produce a report on how global warming could affect the financial sector, potentially impacting food costs, insurance markets, the mortgage industry and other economic pillars.

Because the report, expected late this year or early next, would be a product of the federal government, it would most likely put Mr. Behnam in direct conflict with the policies of the Trump administration. The report, which Mr. Behnam said he expected would focus in particular on potential harm to the nation’s agriculture sector, is likely to emerge at a moment when Mr. Trump will be making the case to farm states, which have already been hurt by his crop tariffs, to re-elect him in 2020.

... “We understand that climate change causes a big systemic risk,” said Stefano Giglio, a professor of finance at Yale University who has published studies with the National Bureau of Economic Research on the financial consequences of warming. “But right now, we don’t have enough information, and we don’t have the right financial products to insure this risk. The CFTC can help give that information and help lay out a global marker for what we need to do.”
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: josh-j on June 15, 2019, 12:07:44 AM
Anyone here from the UK? Does this have a prayer of being implemented? 10 hour work week for 75% less pay?
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7120817/Labour-plans-bring-10-hour-week-tackle-climate-change.html

I wouldn't rate the chances, but it seems to me that this represents something of the perfect solution to the climate crisis. Work less, buy less, have more free time for whatever else you want - and save the planet. It's a win for everybody except the filthy rich who do just fine the way things are. Therein lies the problem, but still the fact people are talking about this is some source of hope! (Also, automation will just take everyone's jobs anyway...)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 15, 2019, 07:42:37 PM
Trying to sink islands we want to - Urban heat islands:
https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/hot-enough-for-you-cooling-the-worsening-urban-heat-island/

EDIT: Ireland's AGW strategy would affect everyone:
https://www.independent.ie/news/environment/revealed-proposed-petrol-and-diesel-car-ban-in-towns-and-tax-hikes-how-climate-change-action-strategy-will-affect-you-38224591.html
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Archimid on June 15, 2019, 07:53:47 PM
Trees. The answer is trees. Tall, thick, 20 year old trees.  That's how you kill the heat island effect. But we better get planting because no scientist, billionaire, corporation or government in the world can make a twenty year old tree grow in one.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sebastian Jones on June 18, 2019, 07:34:24 AM
Today Canada's House of Commons passed a motion to declare a national climate emergency.
The motion was put forward by Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, and it passed with 186 votes to 63.

It declares a national climate emergency, and supports the country’s commitment to meeting the emissions targets outlined in the Paris Agreement.

The motion described climate change as a “real and urgent crisis, driven by human activity, that impacts the environment, biodiversity, Canadians’ health, and the Canadian economy.”

The motion declares that “Canada is in a national climate emergency which requires, as a response, that Canada commit to meeting its national emission target under the Paris Agreement and to making deeper reductions in line with the agreement’s objective of holding global warming below two degrees Celsius and pursuing efforts to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

All parties voted for the motion, except the two far right parties, which take their cues from America's Republicans.
https://globalnews.ca/news/5401586/canada-national-climate-emergency/ (https://globalnews.ca/news/5401586/canada-national-climate-emergency/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 18, 2019, 01:27:43 PM
Pope backs carbon pricing to stem global warming and appeals to deniers
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VATICAN CITY, June 14 (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Friday that carbon pricing is "essential" to stem global warming - his clearest statement yet in support of penalising polluters - and appealed to climate change deniers to listen to science.

In an address to energy executives at the end of a two-day meeting, he also called for "open, transparent, science-based and standardised" reporting of climate risk and a "radical energy transition" away from carbon to save the planet.

Carbon pricing, via taxes or emissions trading schemes, is used by many governments to make energy consumers pay for the costs of using the fossil fuels that contribute to global warming, and to spur investment in low-carbon technology.

The Vatican said attendees of the closed-door meeting at its Academy of Sciences, a follow-up to one a year ago, included the CEOs of Royal Dutch Shell, Eni, BP, Repsol, Conoco Phillips, Chevron, ExxonMobil, and executives of investment funds.

"Collectively, these leaders will influence the planet's future, perhaps more than any in the world," said Father John Jenkins, president of the U.S. University of Notre Dame, which organised the meeting. ...
http://news.trust.org/item/20190614124558-n22zt/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Archimid on June 18, 2019, 01:32:54 PM
Go Canada! By acknowledging the threat, they can examine it with a clear mind and make the correct preparations to avoid or mitigate catastrophe.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 18, 2019, 01:48:34 PM
“How we’re reacting to global warming”
https://mobile.twitter.com/zonephysics/status/1140606508750843906
Video clip.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: NevB on June 18, 2019, 02:09:13 PM
Today Canada's House of Commons passed a motion to declare a national climate emergency.
The motion was put forward by Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna, and it passed with 186 votes to 63.

It declares a national climate emergency, and supports the country’s commitment to meeting the emissions targets outlined in the Paris Agreement.

The motion described climate change as a “real and urgent crisis, driven by human activity, that impacts the environment, biodiversity, Canadians’ health, and the Canadian economy.”

The motion declares that “Canada is in a national climate emergency which requires, as a response, that Canada commit to meeting its national emission target under the Paris Agreement and to making deeper reductions in line with the agreement’s objective of holding global warming below two degrees Celsius and pursuing efforts to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.”

All parties voted for the motion, except the two far right parties, which take their cues from America's Republicans.
https://globalnews.ca/news/5401586/canada-national-climate-emergency/ (https://globalnews.ca/news/5401586/canada-national-climate-emergency/)

So sad that Australia was not so long ago ready to lead, we were once known as a great and generous nation. Where did we go so wrong.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat on June 18, 2019, 03:44:04 PM
So sad that Australia was not so long ago ready to lead, we were once known as a great and generous nation. Where did we go so wrong.
Take heart NevB, at least the new South Australia Government is going for it - and its a Liberal Govt. And not just blah blah, lots of specific projects. Worth a good read.

https://reneweconomy.com.au/south-australias-stunning-aim-to-be-net-100-per-cent-renewables-by-2030/
South Australia’s stunning aim to be “net” 100 per cent renewables by 2030


https://reneweconomy.com.au/south-australia-looks-to-evs-to-flatten-solar-duck-curve-55609/
South Australia looks to EVs to flatten solar duck curve
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South Australia’s Liberal government is looking to go where its federal counterparts fear to tread, and will shortly unveil an electric vehicle strategy designed to lower emissions in transport and solve some of the key challenges of its  high renewables grid.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 18, 2019, 04:12:11 PM
...
https://reneweconomy.com.au/south-australia-looks-to-evs-to-flatten-solar-duck-curve-55609/
South Australia looks to EVs to flatten solar duck curve
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South Australia’s Liberal government is looking to go where its federal counterparts fear to tread, and will shortly unveil an electric vehicle strategy designed to lower emissions in transport and solve some of the key challenges of its  high renewables grid.

The residual demand “duck-curve” GIF from the longer version of this article (linked at the end of yours) shows an amazing change over just seven years. (Still image below; GIF at the twitter link below.)  Great discussion in the replies to the tweet, re Feed-in Tariifs and the benefit of west-facing residential solar panels.

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Dylan McConnell (@dylanjmcconnell) 12/3/18, 5:13 PM
Time for a #duckcurve update! How rooftop solar has changed the November demand profile in South Australia over the past 7 years:
https://twitter.com/dylanjmcconnell/status/1069716371594895361
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: NevB on June 18, 2019, 04:22:09 PM

Take heart NevB, at least the new South Australia Government is going for it - and its a Liberal Govt.

I didn't even think to add Liberal here in Australia are conservatives (ie just like the GOP), the "Liberals" here have hijacked the term and are conservatives.

But enough that's too much politics already, lets see many more links from RenewEconomy which is the best renewables site I know of.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: be cause on June 18, 2019, 04:30:09 PM
I see urban heat islands and Ireland in consecutive posts .. I live in Ireland and drove a few hundred miles recently .. trees being cut down on roadsides everywhere .. but especially in the towns .. the worst ongoing environmental destruction I've seen here in my 60 years .. the ungreening of Ireland .. b.c.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 18, 2019, 10:14:55 PM
Canada wants to fight AGW but don't raise taxes to do it:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/election-poll-climate-change-1.5178514
but it declares a climate emergency:
https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-s-house-of-commons-has-declared-a-national-climate-emergency-1.4470804

EDIT: New York approving ambitious climate plan:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/18/nyregion/greenhouse-gases-ny.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fclimate&action=click&contentCollection=climate&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront
and the UK too:
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jun/19/uk-firms-face-deliberate-disruption-hit-zero-carbon-goal
and here is Scheer's (Canada) plan:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/scheer-climate-environment-plan-election-von-scheel-1.5177187
and in Ireland:
https://today.rtl.lu/news/science-and-environment/a/1364325.html

EDIT 2: Will Europe decide to be carbon neutral by 2050?
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/19/climate/europe-carbon-neutral.html
David Gilmour to donate auction proceeds:
https://www.irishnews.com/magazine/entertainment/2019/06/20/news/david-gilmour-to-donate-guitar-auction-proceeds-to-climate-change-charity-1645947/
Moving data centers to space:
https://www.ozy.com/fast-forward/the-next-way-to-stop-climate-change-storing-data-in-space/94906
How AI can tackle AGW:
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613838/ai-climate-change-machine-learning/
Scheer's climate plan:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/andrew-scheer-climate-plan-1.5181826
Changing the climate from the grassroots up:
https://www.dw.com/en/climate-action-can-we-change-the-climate-from-the-grassroots-up/a-49016447
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sebastian Jones on June 19, 2019, 04:39:52 PM
In a stunning display of cognitive dissonance, Canada has approved the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion less than 24 hours after declaring a climate emergency.
The pipeline is intended to facilitate the growth of production from the bitumen mines (Tar sands) in Alberta. Alberta is already the source of close to half Canada's carbon emissions.
Not that Canada was on track to meet its Paris commitments of carbon reduction, but this decision slams the door firmly shut.
If the pipeline actually gets built- there is considerable opposition and this is the third time Canada has approved the pipeline. Previous attempts to get it built have been stymied by lack of social licence and the courts.
https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/06/18/news/canada-approves-trans-mountain-pipeline-expansion-second-time (https://www.nationalobserver.com/2019/06/18/news/canada-approves-trans-mountain-pipeline-expansion-second-time)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 21, 2019, 01:06:40 PM
U.S.:  Oregon governor sends out state police to find GOP lawmakers skipping climate vote
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Republican lawmakers in Oregon are in hot water after they refused to partake in a historic vote Thursday to implement a cap-and-trade program to help rein in industrial carbon emissions.
...
The Oregon State Police said it's using "established relationships to have polite communication with these senators" in order to get them to resume the state legislative process. That process requires 20 members in the Senate in order to proceed.

"The departure of the senators leaves the Senate without the minimum number of members required to constitute a quorum, so the legislative process has stalled," OSP said Thursday. "While we obviously have many tools at our disposal, patience and communication is and always will be our first, and preferred, option." ...
https://www.foxnews.com/politics/oregon-governor-sends-out-state-police-to-find-gop-lawmakers-skipping-out-on-climate-vote
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 22, 2019, 06:58:46 PM
Three nations block EU Climate Plan:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/climate-change-2050-eu-eastern-europe-carbon-neutral-summit-countries-a8968141.html

Scheer fails to deliver:
https://www.thestar.com/opinion/star-columnists/2019/06/20/scheer-fails-to-deliver-realistic-climate-change-plan.html

Asheville preparing for AGW:
https://www.bpr.org/post/asheville-prepares-climate-change#stream/0

New York passes ambitious bill:
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/19062019/new-york-100-percent-clean-energy-climate-targets-net-zero-oregon-cap-trade

Oregon sends state police to corral GOP lawmakers into voting on climate bill:
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/oregon-gop-republicans-flee-state-climate-change-bill
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 23, 2019, 03:45:17 PM
From the Extinction Rebellion thread:

Nearly 70 climate change activists arrested outside New York Times headquarters
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Dozens of people were arrested outside headquarters of The New York Times on Saturday after  a demonstration to demand that the newspaper refer to climate change as an emergency.

A New York City Police Department spokesman told Reuters that 67 people were arrested. Charges against the activists are pending.

The demonstrators, who were reportedly affiliated with the environmental group Extinction Rebellion, attached a sign reading “climate change = mass murder" to the Times' building. The word "change" was crossed out and replaced it with "emergency."

Another sign was affixed to the Port Authority Bus Terminal located across the street from the newspaper's headquarters, Reuters reported. That banner simply read "emergency."

Protestors also blocked the street in front of the office while participating in a "die in," according to the news service.
https://thehill.com/homenews/media/449889-nearly-70-climate-change-activists-arrested-outside-new-york-times

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Climate activists end blockade of German coal mine
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Hundreds of climate activists ended a protest inside one of Germany's biggest open-pit mines Sunday after police repeatedly ordered them to leave, citing life-threatening danger, and authorities pulled some protesters out.

The Garzweiler lignite coal mine was a focal point of environmental protests in Germany's Rhineland since Friday, when 40,000 students rallied for more action against climate change in the nearby city of Aachen.

"We wrote climate history this weekend," the activist group Ende Gelaende said in a statement announcing the end of the protest. "Our movement has never been so diverse and never been so determined."

The protests started after European Union leaders failed to agree on how to make the EU carbon neutral by 2050.
https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/climate-activists-block-german-mine-orders-leave-63890632
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on June 24, 2019, 06:31:55 PM
Threat of militia violence over climate in Oregon:
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/oregon-militia-gop-threat-climate-change-vote-a8971286.html

Oregon GOP senators in hiding, threaten to murder cops  :o
https://boingboing.net/2019/06/22/son-of-malheur.html
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nanning on June 25, 2019, 07:44:30 AM
G20 nations triple coal power subsidies despite climate crisis.
Major economies pledged a decade ago to phase out all aid for fossil fuels:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/25/g20-nations-triple-coal-power-subsidies-climate-crisis (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jun/25/g20-nations-triple-coal-power-subsidies-climate-crisis)
Quote:
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"G20 nations have almost tripled the subsidies they give to coal-fired power plants in recent years, despite the urgent need to cut the carbon emissions driving the climate crisis.

The bloc of major economies pledged a decade ago to phase out all fossil fuel subsidies."

Is this a form of geoengineering? More aerosols.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 27, 2019, 10:13:36 PM
Florida media partner to share climate change reporting | Miami Herald
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Climate change is the story of Florida’s future. No other state has as much at risk.

That’s why six of the leading news organizations in Florida have formed a partnership to share stories and work together to report on the complex challenges of climate change. The founding members include the Miami Herald, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, the Tampa Bay Times, the Palm Beach Post, the Orlando Sentinel and WLRN Public Media.

“This is an opportunity to maximize our ability to cover the biggest story of our lives — the threat of climate change,” Julie Anderson, editor and chief of the South Florida Sun Sentinel and Orlando Sentinel, said in a statement released Tuesday announcing the collaboration. ...
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/environment/article231828608.html
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on June 27, 2019, 10:16:54 PM
“The Oregon Republican senators who've walked out on #HB2020 and a cap-and-trade vote say they're representing their constituents. Taken together, their campaigns have been funded by one primary constituent: Corporate America.”
https://mobile.twitter.com/robwdavis/status/1143245771484983296
Chart below.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: morganism on June 27, 2019, 11:19:16 PM
A new study suggests people stop gathering evidence earlier when the data supports their desired conclusion than when it supports the conclusion they wish was false.

https://phys.org/news/2019-06-people-bias.html

"Our research suggests that people start with an assumption that their favored conclusion is more likely true and weight each piece of evidence supporting it more than evidence opposing it. Because of that, people will find no need to gather additional information that could have revealed their conclusion to be false. They will stop the investigation as soon as the jury tilts in their favor"

Evidence accumulation is biased by motivation: A computational account

https://journals.plos.org/ploscompbiol/article?id=10.1371/journal.pcbi.1007089

"People tend to gather information before making judgments. As information is often unlimited a decision has to be made as to when the data is sufficient to reach a conclusion. Here, we show that the decision to stop gathering data is influenced by whether the data points towards the desired conclusion. Importantly, we characterize the factors that generate this behaviour using a valence-dependent evidence accumulation model. In a sequential sampling task participants sampled less evidence before reaching a desirable than undesirable conclusion. Despite being incentivized for accuracy, participants’judgments were biased towards believing they were in a desirable state. Fitting the data to an evidence accumulation model revealed this behavior was due both to the starting point and rate of evidence accumulation being biased towards desirable beliefs. Our results show that evidence accumulation is altered by what people want to believe and provide an account for how this modulation is generated."

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Qce on June 29, 2019, 01:07:17 PM
Climate change talks bow to pressure from oil-rich Saudi Arabia. (https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/28/climate-change-talks-bow-to-pressure-from-oil-rich-saudi-arabia)

"Despite meeting during a record-breaking heatwave, delegates failed to make significant progress during UN climate change talks — and bowed to the demands of oil-producing countries over how to respond to a flagship scientific study."

"A handful of countries, led by Saudi Arabia, wanted to make note of uncertainties around the science in the study, which outlined potential harms if the 1.5C threshold was breached."

"It caused dismay among delegates representing island nations who face an existential threat from rising sea levels linked to higher temperatures"

"Jean Su, energy director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said the main obstacle to "real climate action" was "the sheer lack of political will"."

In other words, BAU.

Edit: Sorry, should have posted this in "UN Climate Agreement - Paris 2015 and beyond"
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat on June 29, 2019, 01:17:30 PM
Climate change talks bow to pressure from oil-rich Saudi Arabia. (https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/28/climate-change-talks-bow-to-pressure-from-oil-rich-saudi-arabia)

"Despite meeting during a record-breaking heatwave, delegates failed to make significant progress during UN climate change talks — and bowed to the demands of oil-producing countries over how to respond to a flagship scientific study."

"A handful of countries, led by Saudi Arabia, wanted to make note of uncertainties around the science in the study, which outlined potential harms if the 1.5C threshold was breached."

"It caused dismay among delegates representing island nations who face an existential threat from rising sea levels linked to higher temperatures"

"Jean Su, energy director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said the main obstacle to "real climate action" was "the sheer lack of political will"."

In other words, BAU.

Edit: Sorry, should have posted this in "UN Climate Agreement - Paris 2015 and beyond"
Nope, you were right.

Greed and stupidity meets cowardice. Scum of different varieties, but all scum.

Needs posting just about everywhere. The sort of disgraceful crap from the people who presume to govern us that justifies all the civil disobedience actions taken and demands yet more.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Archimid on July 04, 2019, 03:16:36 AM
It is important that these decisions are memorialized now. When SHTF people will look for someone to blame, so we must make sure the people condemning us to misery now are the ones that pay when it is time to pay.

We should be making monuments about climate change deniers.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 11, 2019, 01:04:50 AM
Excerpts from the Twitter thread, found here:  https://twitter.com/jakeclevine/status/1148769674093424640

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Jake Levine (@jakeclevine) 7/9/19, 9:43 PM
In honor of Trump's enviro speech, a lil THREAD for the people. EPA Admin Wheeler and CEQ Chair Neumayr did a preview press call. The questions from reporters are *pure gold.*
I have reproduced them here. You're welcome. (Since all the answers are bullshit, those are omitted.)
...
Q: Can you comment on criticisms from various environmental organizations, including the Sierra Club, who said that, “Trump is resorting to greenhouse gaslighting the public to try and cover up the fact that he is the worst president in [the] history for the environment…”? TY
...
Q: And second, the President has said numerous times now that the United States has the best air quality and the best water quality in the world. Neither of those is true. And do you know why he said it? Is he being misinformed? Or is he just straight-up lying? Thank you.
...
Q: Hi, this is Scott Waldman (@scottpwaldman) from E&E News. Administrator Wheeler, can you tell me why the EPA has deleted climate-related pages from its website?
...
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 13, 2019, 04:06:50 PM
The Climate Mobilization (@MobilizeClimate) 7/9/19, 3:35 PM
450+ elected officials from 40 states just declared climate crisis an emergency and are calling for a national plan to phase out fossil fuels. protectingamerica.net/news/
WOW.
https://twitter.com/mobilizeclimate/status/1148677014699646976

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Michael Page (@MichaelPageWx) 7/11/19, 2:06 PM
New this Week: Boston saw more “sunny day” flooding last year than any other city in the Northeast, according to a report. Increasing sea levels are the primary reason.  https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/Boston-Sees-More-Tidal-Flooding-Than-Any-Other-Northeast-City-512584801.html
https://twitter.com/michaelpagewx/status/1149379556387762176

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Kate Marvel (@DrKateMarvel) 7/12/19, 7:19 AM
Climate change usually doesn't "cause" extreme weather any more than doping "caused" Lance Armstrong to win races. But we know what doping does, and we know what climate change does.
https://twitter.com/drkatemarvel/status/1149639340382752768
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Zythryn on July 13, 2019, 04:47:48 PM
One of the largest Reinsurers says they won't cover coal anymore.

http://news.chubb.com/2019-07-01-Chubb-Announces-New-Policy-on-Coal-Underwriting-and-Investment

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on July 13, 2019, 06:04:22 PM
It is important that these decisions are memorialized now. When SHTF people will look for someone to blame, so we must make sure the people condemning us to misery now are the ones that pay when it is time to pay.

We should be making monuments about climate change deniers.

When will that be? 2030? 2050? 2100? They will all be dead in the long run.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 14, 2019, 06:07:16 PM
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Katharine Hayhoe (@KHayhoe)
7/13/19, 3:57 PM
The most frequent question I've heard over the last two years is, "what gives you hope?" -- so I've been using @polleverywhere to ask people that same question after I give a talk! I've categorised 550 responses over the last 6 months. Guess what's #1? KIDS!
https://twitter.com/khayhoe/status/1150132038986608640
- It's also important to note that 83% of the responses relate to people; 8% to faith (with most but not all of those coming from the 2 out of 7 faith-based audiences included in the sample) and 7% relate to science and technology.
- For me, this reinforces how important talking, interacting with other people and sharing inspirational stories of what others are doing, individually and collectively, is -- because that's what gives us hope.  ted.com/talks/katharin…*
- And without hope -- a rational hope, based on a recognition of how bad it is and how much work it will take to fix it -- we will be a self-fulfilling prophecy of doom.

* Katharine Hayhoe: The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it | TED Talk
https://www.ted.com/talks/katharine_hayhoe_the_most_important_thing_you_can_do_to_fight_climate_change_talk_about_it
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on July 17, 2019, 07:05:02 PM
Getting Christians onboard:
https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/bj9q8v/christians-climate-change-god-study and
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/one-of-americas-top-climate-scientists-is-an-evangelical-christian-shes-on-a-mission-to-convert-skeptics/2019/07/12/9018094c-8d2a-11e9-adf3-f70f78c156e8_story.html?utm_term=.c698b0ba153a&noredirect=on
Cutting CO2 by ethanol gasoline (and cutting food production?):
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49003496
Five ways to increase climate action:
http://www.ipsnews.net/2019/07/want-inspire-people-act-climate-change-broaden-framing/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on July 22, 2019, 05:19:02 PM
The former Unilever chief executive Paul Polman is a fan of the teenage activist Greta Thunberg and the demonstrations she has inspired.

Ex-Unilever boss seeks 'heroic CEOs' to tackle climate change and inequality
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The former boss of Unilever is seeking a team of “heroic chief executives” to drive a shift to a low-carbon, more inclusive way of doing business.

Paul Polman, who stepped down from the Anglo-Dutch owner of Marmite and Dove in November last year after a decade at the helm, warns that the rise of populism and Brexit are symptoms of capitalism’s failure to adapt. Bosses, he insists, must commit to fighting inequality and tackling the climate emergency.

“We are about to commit the biggest intergenerational crime in the history of mankind. We need to bring us together not drive us apart,” said the 63-year-old Dutchman, who won plaudits for pushing the benefits of sustainable business long before it became fashionable.

“If you don’t address inequality and climate change, to keep it simple, a lot more people are going to be dissatisfied, feel not included or left behind, and making these choices of rejection at the ballot box. The fact we are having these issues of populism and schisms in society is exactly because we are not addressing the underlying issue to evolve capitalism and make sure it works for everybody,” he said.

He believes the starting point is “heroic chief executives willing to step up and move outside of the comfort zone and take personal risks. I tried to do the same with Unilever. It’s a matter of willpower.” ...
https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/jul/21/ex-unilever-boss-seeks-heroic-ceos-to-tackle-climate-change-and-inequality-paul-polman
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on July 22, 2019, 05:48:08 PM
10 technologies to fight AGW:
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613979/gene-editing-will-help-far-more-than-organic-food-to-slow-global-warming/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: sidd on July 23, 2019, 12:11:57 AM
America's Finest News Source on conditions necessary for Americans to fear climate change:

"Roughly seven minutes following a climate disaster, ambivalence sets in and Americans forget "

"The good news, however, is that in the five minutes directly after losing a loved one in a hurricane, participants were much more likely to consider reducing their carbon footprint "

https://www.theonion.com/report-average-american-must-have-life-ruined-by-natur-1836604584

sidd
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on July 24, 2019, 05:53:52 PM
Climate activists at US Capitol:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/07/23/climate-activists-glue-themselves-u-s-capitol/1811221001/

EDIT: Florida GOP rep seeks carbon tax:
https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/454521-florida-republican-seeks-tax-on-carbon

Sky City hotels put climate change books in rooms:
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12252503

Greenpeace blocks Boris Johnson's car:
http://www.irishnews.com/magazine/daily/2019/07/24/news/climate-protesters-block-boris-johnson-s-car-on-way-to-meet-queen-1670266/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on July 27, 2019, 08:24:20 PM
61% of Brits want more done on AGW:
https://www.energylivenews.com/2019/07/26/climate-change-more-important-than-brexit-say-majority-of-brits/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nanning on July 28, 2019, 09:16:26 AM
10 technologies to fight AGW:
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613979/gene-editing-will-help-far-more-than-organic-food-to-slow-global-warming/
The evil voice of agri-business: "please let's not have organic food because that would be good for living nature and stop deforestation and pesticide use etc. Far better to further destroy living nature with manipulating DNA with that wonderful CRISPR and of course even more powerful poisons otherwise our profits and existence are in peril."
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: wili on July 28, 2019, 01:41:47 PM
Nicely put, nan!
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: philopek on July 28, 2019, 02:28:31 PM
10 technologies to fight AGW:
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/613979/gene-editing-will-help-far-more-than-organic-food-to-slow-global-warming/
The evil voice of agri-business: "please let's not have organic food because that would be good for living nature and stop deforestation and pesticide use etc. Far better to further destroy living nature with manipulating DNA with that wonderful CRISPR and of course even more powerful poisons otherwise our profits and existence are in peril."

A frustrating read because what you say is so much spot on, sigh :(
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Rich on July 28, 2019, 06:45:26 PM
Greta Thunberg blasted off at the French Parliament today.

Damn, I adore that kid. She's the fucking avatar for her generation and the entire fight for climate justice.

The Alpha is a 16 year old girl with Asberger's. Terrified of inaction, afraid of nothing else. A real hero.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on July 28, 2019, 11:43:52 PM
DBR


Don't be so hard on the have nots. It wasn't them that brought us to where we are.


If all of the world cut their emissions by 30% by 2030 it wouldn't do much to help. If some kid in Kenya gets to live in a house, he may have a few years of happiness before the crap we ignited burns everything down. What moral right have we to send him back to the jungle?


Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: wili on July 29, 2019, 12:00:08 AM
Good one, Terry.

DBR is clearly an @$$ :)

Time to ban
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM on July 29, 2019, 12:16:24 AM
Good one, Terry.

DBR is clearly an @$$ :)

Time to ban
Thanks wili


DBR's new here. It can be a damn scary site for those that may just be coming to the recognition of how bad things are going to get.


I haven't read his other posts yet, but perhaps he's at that stage of awareness where he just needs to strike out in every direction. - besides I think our fearless leader is on vacation. :)
Terry
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Rich on July 29, 2019, 12:27:34 AM
I believe this is a thread for climate action.

I respect the right of people to subscribe to a doomer outlook. There is certainly plenty of reason to arrive at that conclusion.

People who have a doomer outlook should also have respect for the sensibilities of those who are still trying to salvage something.

There are threads where the doomer outlook is more appropriate to share. This thread is for action. It is disrespectful to come to the thread dedicated to action and express your contempt for that action as meaningless.

Doomsaying s/b off-topic in a climate action thread.

Even in a scenario where we have passed the point of no return, there is still a journey to be concluded and there is less suffering for the people who experience the journey with hope.

This is a thread for people with hope.

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: dollarbillronson on July 29, 2019, 12:38:10 AM
I have removed my posts as I realized I might be banned and I wish to avoid that. I like the "View new posts" function too much to risk having to make a new account.

Cheers guys
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sebastian Jones on July 29, 2019, 06:07:16 AM
I'm responding here to a post in the 2012/2019 thread that went a little off topic:
I'm cutting the bits that I do not wish to respond to.
I trust this is the appropriate thread...


This stuff is certainly interesting, I just wish it did not bring with it such dread.  Great to have community to collectively chew on tthe details and the scary prospects for my kids and all of of us.  Would be even more disturbing to watch this train wreck unfold alone, would be maddening actually. 

mini-speech (again) - I work in the natural sciences (ag & biology), and if people think that the general scientist community is fully aware of the pace and prospects of what's happening our spaceship Earth, my observation is that they would be wrong.  Heck even some of the people I do climate adaptation work with do not fully get the urgency.  The scientists and other smart people I interact with know the basic trajectories, but like like all of us, our  rains focus on the day to day issues.  Hard to save the world between breakfast and dinner.

 The climate crisis is so big that it is hard to react to in specific ways. But we have to take any steps we can to push a survival agenda.  In case it's news, we are heading for deep doo doo friends.

 I'm off topic for this thread and becoming a pain in the butt with yet another iteration of this speech.  Sorry, I just can't help preaching to the choir.  I just hope all us who visit the ASIF will become irritants even if it makes us irritating and predictable to our family, friends and our larger social network.   If not those of us who watch the unfolding epic changes in minute detail, then who else? Thanks for considering this request.  I will try to stick to the data hereafter -- for a while at least.

Agreed Glen. I've spent some time today trying to explain the science around water vapour as a GHG in relation to an article featuring a soil ecologist who seems to be on a really good path regarding her field, but I think has rather lost it when it comes to climate science. Of course I'm not an expert in either, so I probably screwed both topics up...
I'd appreciate a real climate scientist weighing in :D
https://www.lajuntatribunedemocrat.com/news/20190218/soil-ecologist-challenges-mainstream-thinking-on-climate-change?fbclid=IwAR2UkFBtgKrvdSl8NekSou-Sd5igUyt7oJNJzrO70jIGhjkMjICjzXCixE4 (https://www.lajuntatribunedemocrat.com/news/20190218/soil-ecologist-challenges-mainstream-thinking-on-climate-change?fbclid=IwAR2UkFBtgKrvdSl8NekSou-Sd5igUyt7oJNJzrO70jIGhjkMjICjzXCixE4)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on July 29, 2019, 02:09:36 PM
Good one, Terry.

DBR is clearly an @$$ :)

Time to ban

Who is DBR? I don't see that name in this thread recently.

EDIT: Oh, dollarbillronson (said later he deleted his posts).
OK. I don't know what you posted, but welcome to the ASIF. I had a rocky start with a couple bullies, so don't give up trying to fit in here.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on July 29, 2019, 10:06:50 PM
We ain't doing so good on the politics of climate action:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-heatwaves/think-the-heatwave-was-bad-climate-already-hitting-key-tipping-points-idUSKCN1UN065
but the social movement is growing fast:
https://www.axios.com/new-social-movement-climate-change-f510b35e-835e-4a29-97b7-98f372506ed8.html
We need a Climate Agency and a climate moonshot:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/stevedenning/2019/07/28/the-next-step-in-fighting-climate-change/#2098814e5653
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: bluice on July 29, 2019, 10:29:34 PM
Greta Thunberg will sail to New York for the UN Climate Summit

https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/29/greta-thunberg-to-sail-across-atlantic-for-un-climate-summits

I wish her fair winds
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Rich on July 30, 2019, 12:12:34 AM
CNN will host a climate change Town Hall on Sept 4th with all of the Democratic candidates who meet the threshold for the 3rd debate. Currently, 8 contenders have qualified.

MSNBC will have an event at Georgetown University. Details to follow.

Unfortunate that the formats and questions are all filtered through the executives of large media corporations. Their fear and kneecapping of my man Bernie is so transparent.

Sunrise Movement will be conducting protests at the DNC meetings in San Francisco in August to push for a climate change debate.

The recent annual Yale Opinion surveys are showing that climate change as a general concern is surging in the US. But most people still think it's going to hurt someone other than themselves and there are limits to their willing to sacrifice for others.

Great news about Greta coming to America for the UN Climate meeting. I'd like to see some cartoons or photoshoos of her sticking a cattle prod up Trump's ass.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on July 30, 2019, 07:41:54 PM
Getting farmers onboard fighting AGW:
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-language-partisan-divide-cbsn-originals/
Museum pushing AGW activism:
https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/museum-gets-real-about-climate-change
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: bligh8 on July 30, 2019, 09:16:28 PM
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fcomm.2019.00036/full

Science and Environmental Communication on YouTube: Strategically Distorted Communications in Online Videos on Climate Change and Climate Engineering

This contribution presents results from an exploratory research project that investigates whether videos found on YouTube adhere to or challenge scientific consensus views. Ten search terms were employed to search for and analyze 200 videos about climate and climate modification topics, which are contested topics in online media. The online anonymization tool Tor has been used for the randomization of the sample and to avoid personalization of the results. A heuristic qualitative classification tool was set up to categorize the videos in the sample. Eighty-nine videos of the 200 videos in the sample are supporting scientific consensus views about anthropogenic climate change, and climate scientists are discussing climate topics with deniers of climate change in four videos in the sample. Unexpectedly, the majority of the videos in the sample (107 videos) supports worldviews that are opposing scientific consensus views...more within the article

bligh
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 02, 2019, 01:07:16 AM
California GOP has a long way to go on Climate Acceptance:
https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article233260765.html though the Great State fears AGW driven wildfires: https://www.ocregister.com/2019/07/30/survey-californians-worry-that-global-warming-will-bring-more-huge-wildfires/
Americans more afraid of cyberattacks than AGW:
https://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2019-07-30/pew-americans-see-cyberattacks-climate-change-as-biggest-threats-to-us
but Iowa voters want to hear more on AGW:
https://kelo.com/news/articles/2019/jul/31/some-iowa-voters-say-they-want-to-hear-more-on-climate-change/923350/
Denmark's leader on board AGW fight:
https://www.thenational.ae/uae/environment/hitting-climate-target-like-landing-man-on-the-moon-says-danish-ambassador-to-uae-1.892998
England's nature reserves fight AGW:
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/jul/31/englands-new-nature-reserves-will-help-us-tackle-global-heating
The Carbon Ruins Museum:
https://www.fastcompany.com/90384799/its-2053-and-we-saved-the-planet-how-will-we-look-back-at-the-time-before-we-abandoned-fossil-fuels
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 03, 2019, 07:10:53 PM
U.S. Democrat presidential hopefuls Debates, Round 2

There was sharp wrangling among the Democratic presidential contenders over the details of universal health care, immigration and crime. But on climate change, there was remarkable unity.

Debate’s Attempt to Show Candidates Divided on Climate Change Finds Unity Instead
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/01082019/2020-presidential-debate-climate-change-question-democrats-green-new-deal-global-warming
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 03, 2019, 09:39:44 PM
Here's what Wales has done:
https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/climate-change-emergency-carbon-warming-16677081
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Rich on August 03, 2019, 10:03:24 PM
U.S. Democrat presidential hopefuls Debates, Round 2

There was sharp wrangling among the Democratic presidential contenders over the details of universal health care, immigration and crime. But on climate change, there was remarkable unity.

Debate’s Attempt to Show Candidates Divided on Climate Change Finds Unity Instead
https://insideclimatenews.org/news/01082019/2020-presidential-debate-climate-change-question-democrats-green-new-deal-global-warming

The debate format has been pathetic in terms of allowing any depth of discussion on climate.

Booker said it best when he compared the Paris Agreement to something like kindergarten.

There are huge differences. The US became the world's largest oil producer during the Obama-Biden era. Supporting net zero by 2050 is lip service when the IPCC is saying that that we need to cut 45% by 2030....a path only approachable with int'l mobilization.

Biden's climate advisor is a tracking consultant. LOL.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 06, 2019, 11:01:43 PM
Women and Climate Change in Senegal:
https://www.borgenmagazine.com/women-and-climate-change-in-senegal-jennifer-philipp-tbs/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat on August 07, 2019, 10:18:17 PM
Trumpistan in conflict with his own intelligence services

https://www.wri.org/blog/2019/08/white-house-blocked-state-departments-testimony-climate-and-security-now-lead-author

The White House Blocked the State Department's Testimony on Climate and Security. Now, the Lead Author Tells America Why Climate Change Is Our Greatest Threat.

follow the link - I have got to sign off.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 09, 2019, 01:35:12 AM
The Next Twilight of Environmentalism:
https://www.ecosophia.net/the-next-twilight-of-environmentalism/
Generation Z and AGW Crisis:
https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/vb54ad/how-young-people-are-dealing-with-the-anxiety-of-a-looming-climate-apocalypse
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: DrTskoul on August 09, 2019, 02:03:59 AM
The Next Twilight of Environmentalism:
https://www.ecosophia.net/the-next-twilight-of-environmentalism/

“Endure the EU...”. I think I have all I need to know about the writer....whatever...
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat on August 09, 2019, 01:33:04 PM
The effect of  the "New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action" has been - not a lot.

https://skepticalscience.com/2019-SkS-Weekly-Digest_30.html
Earth Overshoot Day July 29th 2019
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On July 29, humanity will have used nature’s resource budget for the entire year, according to Global Footprint Network, an international sustainability organization that has pioneered the Ecological Footprint. It is Earth Overshoot Day. Its date has moved up two months over the past 20 years to the 29th of July this year, the earliest date ever.

Earth Overshoot Day falling on July 29th means that humanity is currently using nature 1.75 times faster than our planet’s ecosystems can regenerate. This is akin to using 1.75 Earths. Overshoot is possible because we are depleting our natural capital – which compromises humanity’s future resource security. The costs of this global ecological overspending are becoming increasingly evident in the form of deforestation, soil erosion, biodiversity loss, or the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The latter leads to climate change and more frequent extreme weather events.

“We have only got one Earth – this is the ultimately defining context for human existence. We can’t use 1.75 without destructive consequences,” said Mathis Wackernagel, co-inventor of Ecological Footprint accounting and founder of Global Footprint Network.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat on August 09, 2019, 02:52:22 PM
I suppose one success might be considered to be the amount of energy and money now spent on climate change denial

https://features.weather.com/collateral/pretend-underdogs-inside-climate-change-denier-conference-trump-hotel/

I am not using my energy cutting and posting extracts
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 10, 2019, 07:56:45 PM
Germany now willing to take on debt to solve climate problem. Next step meeting on Sep 20:
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-debt-exclusive/exclusive-germany-eyes-fiscal-u-turn-with-new-debt-to-finance-climate-plan-idUSKCN1UY1NS
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 13, 2019, 01:58:10 AM
More environmental children's books coming out, thanks to Greta (more than doubled in year):
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/11/greta-thunberg-leads-to-boom-in-books-aimed-at-empowering-children-to-save-planet?platform=hootsuite
More info on Scotland's Climate Emergency. A number of people are interviewed:
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-49207097?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/science_and_environment&link_location=live-reporting-story
What the University of London's Goldsmith's is doing:
More solar panels and no beef
https://www.bbc.com/news/education-49321560
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on August 13, 2019, 03:00:35 PM
Climate crisis: Goldsmiths university has banned beef to help fight emergency
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Beef burgers, burritos and other enduring student dishes are off the menu at a London university -- in order to help the fight against the climate crisis.
Goldsmiths University in London will be scrapping all beef products from its campus, the institution's new chief has announced, as it seeks to become carbon neutral by 2025. ...
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/08/13/uk/goldsmiths-beef-ban-climate-scli-gbr-intl/index.html
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 14, 2019, 02:55:22 AM
California cuts carbon emissions thanks to reductions in electricity emissions. But transportation is becoming a problem:
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-08-12/california-greenhouse-gas-emissions-fell

Florida farmers fighting AGW:
https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/environment/fl-ne-florida-farmers-fight-climate-change-20190814-5de272javjaitakv3zbnsyd7rm-story.html
“Something has changed and somewhere, someway, that has affected our yields,” he said Monday during a panel at the University of Florida, where farmers met with U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa, scientists and agriculture officials.
In Florida, where 26 million acres are in agriculture production, farmers have long faced threats from trade agreements, pests and development. Now they’ve added a new risk to the $140 billion industry: climate change.

Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 17, 2019, 07:53:48 PM
https://www.michiganradio.org/post/heres-how-you-can-help-combat-climate-change-michigan
The effects of climate change are already being seen, says Kate Madigan, director of the Michigan Climate Action Network.
Cities are taking on some of these challenges now that President Donald Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Agreement, but there are a lot of actions that individuals can take as well.

https://insideclimatenews.org/news/13082019/seattle-city-green-new-deal-heating-oil-tax-free-public-transit-congestion-pricing-resolution
What Would a City-Level Green New Deal Look Like? Seattle's About to Find Out
The next step is turning the City Council’s resolution into pro-climate policies and finding ways to pay for them. Seattle has a few big ideas.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 22, 2019, 01:13:43 AM
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Some say they've noticed a drop-off in numbers. "It's harder for students to miss out on school nowadays," Berlin student Martha Stert, who attended more than 20 weekly Fridays for Future protests in 2018, told DW.
The 18-year-old — whose summer break finished at the beginning of August — says teachers have become stricter about missing class as the weekly protests have continued; and that the movement's reputation has also been negatively affected by some students who use the strikes as an excuse to miss school.
But while Stert says she herself is struggling to attend protests as final year exams loom, she believes that younger students are just as enthusiastic and will keep up the momentum. "Protesting at school time" is an essential strategy, she says, as it's the only thing adults "are going to take notice of."
https://www.dw.com/en/after-a-year-of-strikes-can-fridays-for-future-maintain-momentum/a-50095360

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I expressed concern recently, on a listserv for climate nerds, over Senator Elizabeth Warren’s military-focused climate plan. It seemed weird to me that one of the first climate policies she’d announce would focus on greening the military; it seemed like a ploy to win over “never Trump” Republicans, centrists and “progressives” who are somehow still pro-military action. I couldn’t understand why someone so famous for holding corporate execs to account wouldn’t burst out the gate with guns blazing at the fossil fuel companies. “I think we need to avoid emotional responses to these policies,” one man sniffed.
My response had been based on knowledge, not emotion, but also: an emotional response to catastrophic climate change and our system’s evident inability to address it seems perfectly valid to me.
https://popula.com/2019/08/19/the-case-for-climate-rage/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nanning on August 22, 2019, 05:01:32 AM
Tom, thanks again for the links.
Maybe it's just me, but I think it would be good to have a title and a context above a quote. To know what's it about :)
And yesterdaymorning my firefox crashed after following a link of yours, can't remember which one though.
This is meant as positive and constructive critique.  :) 8)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 22, 2019, 02:45:40 PM
Tom, thanks again for the links.
Maybe it's just me, but I think it would be good to have a title and a context above a quote. To know what's it about :)
And yesterdaymorning my firefox crashed after following a link of yours, can't remember which one though.
This is meant as positive and constructive critique.  :) 8)
I thought the context is given by the thread topic, but I’ll try giving the title.


Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 23, 2019, 01:44:14 AM
The Fight for Climate Justice Requires a New Narrative
We don’t have to sit idly by and watch our future burn. We are not powerless.
https://www.inverse.com/article/58632-mary-annaise-heglar
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e don’t know how to talk about climate change.

Sure, we try. We tread through a battlefield of technical, clinical jargon. Boobytrapped with too many syllables and jolted acronyms. But it’s anything but clinical. What we’re living through is deeply, deeply personal. And emotional. It’s heartbreakingly human.

Climate change means watching not just your childhood home, but your ancestral home, surrender to the sea. It’s being sold on an open slave market because drought sucked your homeland dry. It’s a ticking clock until your tap runs dry.

It’s war, famine, gang violence, sex-trafficking. It’s skyrocketing suicide.

It’s watching everything you planned for light up in fantastic flames right in front of you, all the dreams you were supposed to dream: buying a house, raising a family, planning for retirement.

This isn’t some distant, dystopian future. This isn’t “somewhere else” (and even if it were, that’s no excuse not to care). This is here and now.

Public anxiety about climate change in Britain is at its highest level in 15 years, poll finds
https://inews.co.uk/news/environment/climate-change-national-concern-poll/
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Climate change has become a national cause for concern with almost three in four people now believing Britain is already feeling its effects, a poll has revealed.

The Ipsos Mori survey found 85 per cent of Britons were worried about climate change with more than half (52 per cent) ‘very concerned’.

This is the highest level of anxiety about the topic recorded since Ipsos Mori began tracking in 2005.

Nordic PMs sign climate declaration at Iceland meeting
https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/ecology/2019/08/nordic-pms-sign-climate-declaration-iceland-meeting
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The declaration, “Draft Joint Statement of the Nordic Prime Ministers and the Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future,” was signed by Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Denmark’s Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Finland’s Prime Minister Antti Rinne, Norway’s Prime Minister Erna Solberg and Sweden’s Prime Minister Stefan Löfven; along with Greenland’s Premier Kim Kielsen, Aksel V. Johannesen, the prime minster of the Faroe Islands, a self-governing region part of the Kingdom of Denmark, and by Katrin Sjögren, the premier of Åland, an autonomous region of Finland.

Climate change: What Germany can learn from the Netherlands
https://www.dw.com/en/climate-change-what-germany-can-learn-from-the-netherlands/a-50130937
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With Germany set to miss its climate goals by a wide margin, a solution might be right next door. The Netherlands recently revealed a wide-ranging climate deal — including a carbon tax that Dutch companies agreed to pay.

   
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: oren on August 23, 2019, 04:05:49 AM
I think this format of articles is perfect. Title, link, short quote.
thanks for all the updates Tom.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: SteveMDFP on August 23, 2019, 02:58:23 PM
I think this format of articles is perfect. Title, link, short quote.
thanks for all the updates Tom.

Indeed.  Tom has been quite receptive to constructive suggestions about posting.  He's making a solid contribution to the community here.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 25, 2019, 11:48:56 AM
Well, I can pretty much guarantee that my contribution will be on hiatus Feb 1-10, when I will be on a pilgrimage to Israel (God willing).
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nanning on August 25, 2019, 12:23:32 PM
Well, I can pretty much guarantee that my contribution will be on hiatus Feb 1-10, when I will be on a pilgrimage to Israel (God willing).

Sorry Tom, I couldn't resist   ::)

[sarc]
By aeroplane?  ;) :-X

(Understanding morality from Jezus' perspective, 'God' would not be pleased. But hey, if other people do it too, why shouldn't you? It's about bucketlists and not about morality, am I right? ;))

[/sarc]
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 25, 2019, 01:44:02 PM
Yeah, by airplane (is "aeroplane" a Britishism?).
Pretty sure it will be the last time in my life. I had already signed up before this forum convinced me that AGW is a bigger problem than PO.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nanning on August 25, 2019, 05:57:13 PM
Thank you Tom for your honesty, relaxtness and high morality in this respect. I wish you a good pilgrimage! :)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on August 29, 2019, 11:10:35 PM
City adds capacity to address climate, energy
https://www.sopghreporter.com/story/2019/08/27/news/city-adds-capacity-to-address-climate-energy/20093.html
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The City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning has announced the addition of two new members and the promotion of another staff member in the Department’s Sustainability and Resilience Division.

The positions will work together to support energy efficiency in municipal and commercial buildings, integrate the planning and development of district scale and renewable energy strategies for the city operations and projects within the city; and help coordinate the implementation of the city’s climate action plan.

Heat is deadly—even in Montana. But the city of Missoula is doing something about it.
https://www.dailyclimate.org/heat-is-deadly-even-in-montana-but-the-city-of-missoula-is-doing-something-about-it-2639940418.html
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Missoula is tackling this problem head-on. The city recently partnered with scientists affiliated with the Thriving Earth Exchange, a project of the American Geophysical Union, to map heat patterns and vulnerable populations. Armed with that data, the city and its nonprofit partners are devising strategies to keep Missoula cool.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on September 01, 2019, 01:01:33 AM
TWO-THIRDS OF YOUNG REPUBLICANS FEAR FOR ENVIRONMENT AMID LARGE SURGE IN GOP CLIMATE CHANGE CONCERN: POLL
https://www.newsweek.com/young-republicans-worry-environment-climate-change-poll-donald-trump-gop-1456770
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A new survey of global attitudes toward the environment released this week shows 67 percent, two-thirds, of young Republican voters are worried about human damage to the environment. The Amsterdam-based Glocalities polling data reveals an 18 percent spike in 18 to 34-year-old GOP supporters who say they fear the effects of climate change.

The survey of 189,996 respondents from 20 countries between 2014 and 2019 found that a majority of U.S. Republican Party voters today, 58 percent, say they are concerned about human-caused damage to the planet.

The 2014 to 2019 rise in concerns about man-made pollution, greenhouse gases and their effect on the environment is most sizable among Republicans. The U.S. overall has seen an 8 percent increase from 61 to 69 percent over the past five years in people expressing climate change worries. The Glocalities survey also showed a 10 percentage increase among U.S. Republicans who reported trying "to live eco-consciously."

About 17 percent of Republicans explicitly said they have no worries about the effects of climate change. That number is reduced to just 11 percent of young Republicans between the ages of 18 and 34 years old.

But on the Democrat side:
U.S. concern about climate change is rising, but mainly among Democrats
https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/08/28/u-s-concern-about-climate-change-is-rising-but-mainly-among-democrats/
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Among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents overall, 84% say climate change is a major threat to the country’s well-being as of July 2019, up from 58% in a March 2013 survey. Views among Republicans and Republican leaners have stayed about the same (27% in 2019 vs. 22% in 2013).
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 03, 2019, 08:41:02 PM
Will be more significant when the Wall Street Journal does this.

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NYT Climate (@nytclimate) 9/3/19, 7:46 AM
The New York Times has ended its sponsorship of the annual Oil and Money conference, now in its 40th year. Read the statement from NYT spokeswoman Eileen Murphy.
https://twitter.com/nytclimate/status/1168852883531603969
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on September 04, 2019, 06:20:32 PM
Global warming is a rising priority for voters
https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/459613-global-warming-is-a-rising-priority-for-voters
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The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication have been studying public responses to global warming for over a decade. Our most recent nationally representative survey found that majorities of Americans are convinced that global warming is happening (69 percent), mostly human caused (55 percent), are worried about it (62 percent), and support a wide variety of climate change policies.

More important, however, are recent shifts within the political climate of climate change. For years, climate change was a relatively low national priority among voters. Recently, however, global warming has emerged as a higher national and voting priority, especially among Democrats. In our most recent national survey (April 2019), registered voters said that out of 29 issues, ranging from healthcare to international trade, global warming was the 17th most important issue in determining their vote in the 2020 presidential election. Indicating the extent of the current partisan divide, global warming was 29th out of 29 voting issues among conservative Republicans. Among liberal and moderate Republicans, it was 23rd. Among moderate and conservative Democrats, however, it was the eighth highest priority voting issue, up eighth places from a year prior. And among liberal Democrats (the progressive core of the Democratic base), global warming was voting issue No. 3, with environmental protection No. 2.

David Suzuki on climate change: ‘We have to address it as if it’s war’
https://www.thestar.com/news/federal-election/2019/09/03/david-suzuki-on-climate-change-we-have-to-address-it-as-if-its-war.html
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Two leading Canadian activists say voters need to think about climate change as if we are country a at war against greenhouse-gas emissions.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 06, 2019, 03:29:18 AM
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UNDP Palestine (@UNDPPalestinian) 9/4/19, 9:10 AM
In Gaza, @WHO, @Oxfam, PA and UNDP just agreed that it is high time to reduce reliance on fuel and invest more in #RenewableEnergy to deliver basic services for hospitals, schools, clinics, water and sanitation facilities
https://twitter.com/undppalestinian/status/1169236227272400898
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on September 06, 2019, 11:09:17 PM
A tragic misperception about climate change
https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/459980-a-tragic-misperception-about-climate-change
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The U.S. is at a critical juncture. We can remain a spectator and simply stand by and watch as damages continue to mount. Or we can rejoin the global effort to fight climate change and provide support and leadership in the struggle ahead. Committing to the global task represents the most just and ethical path; it is also the path most clearly in the nation’s self-interest.

Could Climate Change Make Cows The Next Stranded Asset?
https://www.forbes.com/sites/mikescott/2019/09/04/could-climate-change-make-cows-the-next-stranded-asset/#377207a03184
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New research for the Coller FAIRR Protein Producer Index, backed by $16 trillion of investment, finds that the world’s largest meat, fish and dairy producers are failing to match the sustainability commitments of the high-street brand names they supply, including McDonalds, Tesco, Nestlé and Walmart.

Study: Most Indiana Residents Believe in Climate Change
Despite its conservative population, 80% of the Hoosier State believes that climate change is real.
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2019-09-05/study-most-indiana-residents-believe-in-climate-change
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Vice President Mike Pence opposed federal action to address climate change as governor of Indiana.To explore climate change views, my colleagues and I commissioned an online survey of 1,002 Indiana residents statewide in April 2019. The most reported political affiliation was Republican (28%), though there was a wide diversity of affiliations across the sample. A slight majority were men (52%) and the largest age category was 25-34 (20%).

I found that, overall, Hoosiers believed that climate change was real and was happening. Around 80% of respondents reported believing that climate change was occurring "somewhat" or "to a great extent."

Similarly, a majority felt that climate change will harm Indiana's economy "somewhat" or to a "great extent" (77%) and that climate change was "already" causing harm in the United States or would by 2030 (72%). Over 65% "somewhat" or "strongly agreed" that climate change effects are greater now than five years ago, and 75% supported initiatives to address these impacts in Indiana.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on September 11, 2019, 08:30:05 PM
Briefing: Good, Bad & Ugly Environment & Energy Bills In The PA House, Senate
http://www.paenvironmentdigest.com/newsletter/default.asp?NewsletterArticleID=47678&SubjectID=
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First the basics: The House returns to session on September 17 and has 24 voting days scheduled between then and the end of the year.  The Senate returns September 23 and has 15 voting days scheduled.

Typically, midway through the 2-year legislative session like this, Harrisburg politicians are thinking about what bills they need to get moving or passed to please voters and contributors before running for re-election next year.

And 2020, being a Presidential election year, promises to be a wild and expensive one.

If we’re lucky, they’ll also think a little bit about what’s good for the Commonwealth, the public and, in this case, the environment and energy policy.

Here’s the 30,000 foot view of the bills/issues on the Good, Bad & Ugly lists--

Trucking companies—like Uber and Lyft—say their drivers aren’t employees, worsening inequality and pollution
https://www.fastcompany.com/90401045/trucking-companies-like-uber-and-lyft-say-their-drivers-arent-employees-worsening-inequality-and-pollution
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Low-paid drivers can’t afford the costs of updating to low- or zero-emission vehicles, leading to the spread of harmful pollutants. A new California bill aimed at reclassifying workers as employees would also apply to truckers.

Why does the climate-change crisis resonate so much in Quebec?
https://www.thestar.com/politics/federal/2019/09/05/why-does-the-climate-change-crisis-resonate-so-much-in-quebec.html
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Amidst this cloud of concern, though, there is an evident perception amongst political leaders that Quebec, in particular, is preoccupied with the threats of the warming world. After his Coalition Avenir Québec won power last year, Premier François Legault made a point to underscore his commitment to fighting climate change, after he was criticized for not talking about it enough on the campaign trail. This spring, the NDP chose to launch their climate platform, not in British Columbia, where a pipeline expansion has roused environmentalists and Jagmeet Singh has his seat, but in Montreal.

Hundreds of Amazon employees plan to join climate change strike
https://www.cnet.com/news/hundreds-of-amazon-employees-plan-to-join-climate-change-strike/
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Almost a thousand Amazon employees plan to walk out of work later this month, as part of a global climate change demonstration.

Amazon Employees For Climate Justice, a group of Amazon workers trying to push their company to take greater actions on climate change, organized an internal petition for the Sept. 20 walkout, the group confirmed in a Medium post Monday. Both Wired and Vice earlier reported the planned demonstration. Most of the walkout participants so far are from Amazon's Seattle headquarters, with many taking planned vacation days to participate, Wired said.
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Amazon Employees Will Walk Out Over the Company's Climate Change Inaction
https://www.wired.com/story/amazon-walkout-climate-change/
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Over 900 Amazon employees have signed an internal petition pledging to walk out over their employer’s lack of action on climate change. The demonstration, scheduled to start at 11:30 am Pacific time on September 20, will mark the first time in Amazon’s 25-year history that workers at its Seattle headquarters have walked off the job, though many are taking paid vacation to do so. Most of the workers who have signed on so far work in Seattle, but employees in other offices, including in Europe, have indicated an interest in the event as well. The protest is part of a global general strike led by 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg taking place ahead of the United Nations Climate Action Summit on September 23.
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Amazon employees are striking against climate change
https://mashable.com/article/amazon-climate-change-strike/
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Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, a group of Amazon workers who came together in Dec. 2018 to push for the development of a company-wide climate change plan, are demanding that the tech giant lower its climate emissions to zero by 2030. They will show their support by walking out of work on Sep. 20 at 11:30 PST.

These employees will be joining youth and workers in different sectors on this day for a global climate strike, spurred by the millions of students who are protesting complicity to climate change.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: gerontocrat 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
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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.


Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec 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
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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
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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
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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/
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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.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on September 14, 2019, 01:48:09 PM
New York City

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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
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow 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
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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.
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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
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow 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/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec 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
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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
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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/
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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
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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.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nanning on September 16, 2019, 06:26:23 PM
Much 'cleaner' url's Tom, thank you! :)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on September 16, 2019, 06:45:56 PM
I just copy and paste 'em.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nanning 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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Netherlands_Meteorological_Institute), 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?).
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow 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
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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
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec 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
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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
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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.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec 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/
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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.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: wdmn 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
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec 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
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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
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: wili on September 21, 2019, 03:21:30 AM
Does anyone have news about climate actions today in The Netherlands?
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: kassy 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.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec 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
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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
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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.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Juan C. García on September 27, 2019, 04:17:49 PM
New U.N. climate report: Monumental change already here for world’s oceans and frozen regions
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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 (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/ (https://www.ipcc.ch/srocc/download-report/)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: kassy 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.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nanning on September 27, 2019, 04:45:19 PM
Thanks for that update kassy :)
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nanning 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

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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.”
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: wili 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.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow 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
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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
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow 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.
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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
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: TerryM 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
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow 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
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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/
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Ken Feldman on October 29, 2019, 06:24:30 PM
"Big Food" is training farmers to use regenerative agriculture methods.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/can-regenerative-agriculture-reverse-climate-change-big-food-banking-it-n1072941 (https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/can-regenerative-agriculture-reverse-climate-change-big-food-banking-it-n1072941)

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General Mills, the packaged food giant, is one of several Big Food corporations jumping on the regenerative agriculture bandwagon, escalating the buzz around the idea that capturing carbon in the soil could reverse climate change. The company took the lead when it announced this spring that it would apply regenerative agriculture to 1 million acres by 2030 — about a quarter of the land from which it sources ingredients in North America.

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General Mills has since rolled out a pilot project for oat farmers, as well an open-source self-assessment app available to anyone interested in implementing regenerative practices. Soil health academies and individualized coaching for farmers are in the works, as is the conversion of thousands of conventional acres into organic production.

"We've been looking at these farmers as the examples of what is possible in terms of soil health, diversity and farmer resilience," Mary Jane Melendez, General Mills' chief sustainability and social impact officer, said. "Imagine what you could get if ... more farmers were implementing these practices. It could be revolutionary."

Danone, Kellogg, Nestlé, and a dozen other companies are not far behind. At the recent United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York City, they announced the One Planet Business for Biodiversity (OP2B) coalition to advance regenerative agriculture, rebuild biodiversity and eliminate deforestation. And Land O'Lakes, the dairy and animal feed behemoth, is also touting its soil conservation efforts, including a new initiative to help bolster sustainability on 1.5 million acres of U.S.-grown corn.

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David Montgomery, a geologist at the University of Washington and author of “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations” and “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life,” said there’s no question that regenerative agriculture can sequester carbon, but the amount of carbon that can be added to the soil is finite. Therefore, it’s not a panacea.

One much-cited estimate of potential soil sequestration published to date suggests that if regenerative practices were used on all of the world’s croplands and pastures forever — a huge assumption — the soil may be able to sequester up to 322 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. That’s a far cry from the 1 trillion ton sequestration some claim possible.

“The claims that you can reverse climate change with regenerative agriculture, that’s a real stretch. The more credible estimates are a good down payment on reducing atmospheric carbon dioxide,” Montgomery said. But he also stresses that the effort can easily be undone.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Shared Humanity on November 03, 2019, 02:36:39 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDgDWbQtlKI
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nanning on November 03, 2019, 06:13:16 PM
^^
It says that it is a "vpro" documentary. In the styie of our Dutch channel of the same name.
So it is very likely a Dutch documentary, from a public broadcaster.

I live in the Netherlands and I get a "The uploader has not made this video available in your country".
It is what it is.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nanning on November 05, 2019, 07:48:29 PM
  Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists warn of ‘untold suffering’

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/nov/05/climate-crisis-11000-scientists-warn-of-untold-suffering
  by Damian Carrington

 Quotes:
The world’s people face “untold suffering due to the climate crisis” unless there are major transformations to global society, according to a stark warning from more than 11,000 scientists.

“We declare clearly and unequivocally that planet Earth is facing a climate emergency,” it states. “To secure a sustainable future, we must change how we live. [This] entails major transformations in the ways our global society functions and interacts with natural ecosystems.”

There is no time to lose, the scientists say: “The climate crisis has arrived and is accelerating faster than most scientists expected. It is more severe than anticipated, threatening natural ecosystems and the fate of humanity.”


The statement is published in the journal BioScience on the 40th anniversary of the first world climate conference, which was held in Geneva in 1979. The statement was a collaboration of dozens of scientists and endorsed by further 11,000 from 153 nations.

Other “profoundly troubling signs from human activities” selected by the scientists include booming air passenger numbers and world GDP growth. “The climate crisis is closely linked to excessive consumption of the wealthy lifestyle,” they said.

“Despite 40 years of global climate negotiations, with few exceptions, we have have largely failed to address this predicament. Especially worrisome are potential irreversible climate tipping points. These climate chain reactions could cause significant disruptions to ecosystems, society, and economies, potentially making large areas of Earth uninhabitable.”

Ripple said scientists have a moral obligation to issue warnings of catastrophic threats: “It is more important than ever that we speak out, based on evidence. It is time to go beyond just research and publishing, and to go directly to the citizens and policymakers.”
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 06, 2019, 01:09:41 AM
Great choice!  Look out, cah-bon emitters!  ;)  8)
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NRDC (@NRDC) 11/5/19, 12:31 PM
Big news! Excited to announce @NRDC’s new president: Gina McCarthy!
https://twitter.com/nrdc/status/1191770120407986178
Brief video statement from McCarthy at the link.

In her role as U.S. EPA Administrator, McCarthy oversaw some of the most consequential work in the agency’s history, including strengthening safeguards for clean water and air, setting the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants and advancing the U.S. environmental diplomacy that helped produce the landmark 2015 Paris climate agreement.
NRDC Announces Gina McCarthy as President & CEO
https://www.nrdc.org/media/2019/191105
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: bluesky on November 09, 2019, 09:55:05 PM
Michael E Mann warning of new strategy from climate denialists, eg fossil fuel lobby


https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/nov/09/doomism-new-tactic-fossil-fuel-lobby


"The battle between climate change deniers and the environment movement has entered a new, pernicious phase. That is the stark warning of one of the world’s leading climate experts, Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University.
Mann told the Observer that although flat rejection of global warming was becoming increasingly hard to maintain in the face of mounting evidence, this did not mean climate change deniers were giving up the fight.
“First of all, there is an attempt being made by them to deflect attention away from finding policy solutions to global warming towards promoting individual behaviour changes that affect people’s diets, travel choices and other personal behaviour,” said Mann. “This is a deflection campaign and a lot of well-meaning people have been taken in by it.”


Mann stressed that individual actions – eating less meat or avoiding air travel – were important in the battle against global warming. However, they should be seen as additional ways to combat global warming rather than as a substitute for policy reform.

 
 


 Climate scientist Michael Mann has warned of ‘dangerous’ deflection campaign.
“We should also be aware how the forces of denial are exploiting the lifestyle change movement to get their supporters to argue with each other. It takes pressure off attempts to regulate the fossil fuel industry. This approach is a softer form of denial and in many ways it is more pernicious.”
Over the past 25 years Mann has played a key role in establishing that rising fossil fuel emissions and increasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide are heating the planet at a worrying rate. He was also involved in the 2009 Climategate affair in which thousands of emails – many to and from Mann – were hacked from the University of East Anglia’s [UEA] Climate Research Unit. Climategate marks its 10th anniversary this month. At the time, deniers on both sides of the Atlantic claimed the emails from UEA showed climate scientists had been fiddling their data, claims that may have contributed towards delay in the implementation of measures to tackle climate change over the next decade, say observers.
Subsequent inquiries found no evidence of any misbehaviour by researchers, however. The denial machine lost a lot of its credibility as a result, added Mann, and there has been a gradual rise in public acceptance of the idea of global warming.


However, deniers have not given up their opposition to plans to curtail fossil fuel use and among their new tactics they have also tried to encourage “doomism”, as Mann put it. “This is the idea that we are now so late in the game [in tackling global warming] that there is nothing that we can do about the problem,” he added. “By promoting this doom and gloom attitude this leads people down a path of despair and hopelessness and finally inaction, which actually leads us to the same place as outright climate-change denialism.”
This is the new climate war, said Mann, and it is just as dangerous as the old one which focused on outright denial of the science. This new approach has a veneer of credibility, he added. It seems reasonable to many people. And that makes it, to some extent, even more dangerous, Mann concluded.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: KiwiGriff on November 09, 2019, 11:33:09 PM
Stage 1: Deny the Problem Exists.

Stage 2: Deny We're the Cause.

Stage 3: Deny It's a Problem.

Stage 4: Deny We can Solve It.

Stage 5: It's too Late.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2013/sep/16/climate-change-contrarians-5-stages-denial
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: etienne on November 10, 2019, 11:50:30 AM
I believe that deniers are now on stage 3. And I feel they arw quite efficient.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Tom_Mazanec on November 10, 2019, 12:55:12 PM
The forum I debated on was at stage 2.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 16, 2019, 04:34:14 PM
Venice council: We have already made big investments to fight flooding and climate change. 
Earth:  Pffffffft.

Veneto regional council, which is located on Venice's Grand Canal, was flooded for the first time in its history on Tuesday night -- just after it rejected measures to combat climate change.
https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/14/europe/veneto-council-climate-change-floods-trnd-intl-scli/index.html

Edit:  the second photo below appears to be the actual room in question.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: NeilT on November 16, 2019, 05:29:57 PM
As far as I can see WUWT is still firmly pegged on 1...  I haven't been there in years, seems denial is profitable!
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: vox_mundi on November 16, 2019, 05:54:46 PM
Microsoft is Storing Source Code in an Arctic Cave
https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/security/a29811351/microsoft-secret-code-vault/

In case, you know, the apocalypse happens.

https://youtu.be/fzI9FNjXQ0o

Microsoft, which acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion in 2018, is preparing both companies for the apocalypse. No, not by storing cases of water bottles or Kombucha taps, but by locking down copies of original source code for projects stored on the GitHub code library.

The Arctic World Archive, as it's called, is tucked inside an old coal mine in Svalbard, an archipelago between mainland Norway and the North Pole.

Data is stored on specialized ultra-durable film, which is coated in iron oxide powder to add extra durability. According to the company that makes them, Piql, the reels should last for up to 750 years in normal conditions. It's possible that they could even remain intact for 2,000 years if stored in a cold, dry and low-oxygen cave.

GitHub intends to become the largest tenant of the cave. It will leave 200 platters of data, each carrying 120 gigabytes of open source software code. The first reel, for example, holds both the Linux and Android operating systems' code, plus that of 6,000 other important open source applications.

According to Piql's website, the data is all stored offline, where hackers can't tamper with it. The vault it's all inside is "disaster-proof," and "in one of the most geopolitically secure places in the world." It shares a home with Vatican archives, Brazilian land registry records, Italian movies, and the recipe for McDonald's "Special Sauce."

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Code is useless without a computer  :o
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Sigmetnow on November 16, 2019, 06:27:20 PM
California says it won’t buy cars from GM, Toyota, others opposing tough tailpipe standards
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Starting immediately, California state agencies will no longer buy gas-powered sedans, officials said Friday. And starting in January, the state will stop purchasing vehicles from carmakers that haven’t agreed to follow California’s clean car rules.

The decision affects General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and multiple other automakers that sided with the Trump administration in the ongoing battle over tailpipe pollution rules. The policy will hit General Motors particularly hard; California spent more than $27 million on passenger vehicles from GM-owned Chevrolet in 2018.

California’s Department of General Services, the state’s business manager that oversees vehicle purchases for California’s fleet, announced the bans on Friday afternoon. The immediate ban on state purchases of cars powered only by gas will include exceptions for public safety vehicles.

“The state is finally making the smart move away from internal combustion engine sedans,” California Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement emailed to CalMatters. The new policies align with Newsom’s September executive order urging the state government to reduce greenhouse gases. “Carmakers that have chosen to be on the wrong side of history will be on the losing end of California’s buying power,” Newsom said. ...
https://calmatters.org/environment/2019/11/california-says-it-wont-buy-cars-from-gm-toyota-others-opposing-tough-fuel-standards/

More here:
https://forum.arctic-sea-ice.net/index.php/topic,2686.msg236970.html#msg236970
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: nanning on December 02, 2019, 08:54:08 AM
(This is a month old. Has anyone watched the other episodes? Are they as confronting?)

https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/a29677980/david-attenborough-bbc-seven-worlds-one-planet-walrus-scene-reaction/
  by Chris Edwards


David Attenborough's Seven Worlds, One Planet viewers left "traumatised" by walrus scene
"I'm never going to get that vision out of my mind."

(https://hips.hearstapps.com/hmg-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/images/walruses-1572808365.png?resize=768:*)

Last week, Sir David Attenborough's new docu-series Seven Worlds, One Planet set a new record, as it left viewers in floods of tears before even hitting the 10-minute mark.

And while it may not have been as quick to kickstart the waterworks in its second episode tonight (November 3), its scenes still left viewers equally devastated.

This time, it was thanks to some rather distressing footage of walruses trampling on top of each other, being attacked by polar bears, and falling to their deaths from the top of a cliff.

And as the extent of their struggle, and the damning impact climate change has had on their natural habitat, became increasingly apparent, viewers took to Twitter to reveal their distress.

Once again, Attenborough's latest series is not for the faint-hearted.
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: vox_mundi on December 03, 2019, 12:48:03 PM
Choose Your Own Climate and Energy Policies
https://www.axios.com/choose-your-own-climate-and-energy-adventure-9020127b-727c-451d-bbc9-f340655f599f.html

A new simulator out today empowers readers to choose their own path when it comes to tackling climate change.

https://www.climateinteractive.org/tools/en-roads/

Why it matters: The tool, created by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and think tank Climate Interactive, underscores the grand challenge of employing technologies and policies to tackle climate change.

What’s new: This simulator is the first of its kind designed for politicians and others who care about climate change and energy, but aren’t researchers accustomed to arcane models.


... The bottom line: The biggest upshot of the simulator shows that cutting emissions needs to be first about reducing the world’s use of fossil fuels, instead of merely ramping up cleaner forms of energy. Global energy demand keeps increasing, so wind and solar are being added on top of fossil fuels in most places around the world.
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... “It takes a long time for clean energy to displace the coal, oil and gas that is being planned. We need policies that more directly keep those fuels in the ground."

— Andrew Jones, co-founder, Climate Interactive
Title: Re: What's New in Climate Change Acceptance and Action
Post by: Hefaistos on December 11, 2019, 06:10:20 PM
Nearly every major aspect of the European economy is to be re-evaluated in light of the imperatives of the climate and ecological emergency, according to sweeping new plans set out by the European Commission on Wednesday.

"As well as bidding to lead the world on climate action, with a proposed target of net-zero carbon by 2050 and halving emissions by 2030, the EU will delve far more deeply into the root problems that contribute to carbon emissions and pollution. For instance, in manufacturing: in previous decades, the EU was content to set targets for recycling rates; under the European Green Deal, regulators would set specific standards on the manufacturing of goods to create a circular economy and phase out unnecessary plastic and other waste before it is created."

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/dec/11/european-green-deal-will-change-economy-to-solve-climate-crisis-says-eu

Ursula van der Leyen:
"Our goal is to become the first climate-neutral continent by 2050, slowing down global heating and mitigating its effects. This is a task for our generation and the next, but change must begin right now – and we know we can do it."