Teen ecological lobbyist Greta Thunberg coached Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Thursday after he claimed she needs an university degree in business economics before he’ll condescend to take her seriously regarding environment adjustment. “It doesn’t take a college degree in economics to realise that our remaining 1,5° carbon budget and ongoing fossil fuel subsidies and investments […]
Some have started to frame Thunberg’s activism in messianistic terms – and this can serve as fodder for climate deniers.
Source: The dangers of depicting Greta Thunberg as a prophet : The Conversation
Antarctica is no longer the sleeping giant of sea level rise. New research delved into the past and found when the Earth warms, its ice sheets can melt extremely quickly.
Source: Scientists looked at sea levels 125,000 years in the past. The results are terrifying : The Conversation
Donald Trump’s reluctance to address climate change is set to cost his business empire millions of dollars in fines levied by New York City due to the amount of pollution emitted by Trump-owned buildings.
According to data shared with the Guardian, eight Trump properties in New York City do not comply with new regulations designed to slash greenhouse gas emissions. This means the Trump Organization is on track to be hit with fines of $2.1m every year from 2030, unless its buildings are made more environmentally friendly.
According to city officials, the president’s eight largest New York properties pump out around 27,000 tons of planet-warming gases every ear, the equivalent of 5,800 cars. The buildings that exceed the new pollution thresholds include Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue, and the Trump Building on Wall Street.
The biggest potential offender is Trump International Hotel & Tower, a 583ft skyscraper that looms over the south-west corner of Central Park. The building is on course to be fined $850,871 a year if no improvements are made to its energy efficiency.
Yes, ‘‘It is worse, much worse, than you think’’, however, if acts are not taken immediately then the worse than you think will be even worse.
All areas of the World need to be taking drastic action now, this also means the US. Trump needs to be brought on board, for if he is not then he will be a catalyst in making it even more worse.
Every country in the World needs to act as one to demand that Trump and his administration act Now.
“It is worse, much worse than you think.” So begins David Wallace-Wells’ THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH: Life After Warming (2019), one of the most important books I’ve read in years.
It is not proof that global warming is taking place, and it is not a plan to mitigate or reduce global warming. It is simply a compilation of all the ways that climate change is disrupting the world we live in, and what may happen if nothing is done.
The best-case scenario is a future like the present, only more so—more storms, more droughts, more floods, more wildfires, more tidal waves, more heat waves, but with the basic social order remaining intact.
The worst-case scenario, which can’t be ruled out, is that most or all of the earth’s surface becomes unfit for human habitation.
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According to a January public opinion survey, “Record numbers of Americans say they care about global warming.”
For several years, newspapers, citing Pew and Gallup polls, have proclaimed that the majority of Americans are convinced that climate change is real, is caused by humans and needs to be addressed. These polls also suggest widespread support for policy measures to combat climate change, such as a carbon tax.
But when it comes to elections, voters do not identify climate issues as key drivers of their voting decisions. In 2016 exit polls, neither Republican nor Democrat voters listed climate change among the most important issues that influenced their votes.
Even in the 2018 midterm elections, the exit polls did not place climate change among the electorate’s top concerns. Instead, 41 percent of voters ranked health policy as the most important issue driving their vote, followed by immigration, the economy and gun control.
What explains this disconnect between surveys and voting? Many issues may be baked into the polls themselves.
Source: Americans say they’re worried about climate change – so why don’t they vote that way? : The Conversation
“The continuation of our civilisations and the natural world upon which we depend, is in your hands,” he said.
The world is currently on course to overshoot by far the limits for global warming agreed in the landmark 2015 Paris accord on climate change, which were intended to prevent more extreme weather, rising sea levels and the loss of plant and animal species.
The Katowice talks are billed as the most important U.N. conference since Paris, coming ahead of an end-of-year deadline to agree a “rule book” on enforcing action.
Yet political and U.N. leaders have been struggling to inject urgency into two weeks of haggling on how to move on from fossil fuels to give practical effect to the Paris accord.
Representatives of some of the most powerful countries and biggest polluters were conspicuous by their absence, and the United States is quitting the U.N. climate process.
To maximise the chances of success in Poland, technical talks began on Sunday, a day early, with delegates from nearly 200 nations debating how to meet the Paris target of limiting global warming to between 1.5 and 2.0 degrees Celsius (2.7 and 3.6 Fahrenheit).
Known for countless nature films, Attenborough has gained prominence recently with his “Blue Planet II” series, which highlighted the devastating effect of pollution on the oceans.
“Leaders of the world, you must lead,” said the naturalist, given a “People’s seat” at the two-week U.N. climate conference in the Polish coal city of Katowice alongside two dozen heads of state and government.
Bitterly cold weather across the northern United States has brought record snow fall and frozen parts of New York’s Lake Erie.
President Donald Trump say in a tweet that it’s proof he was right to pull the country out of the Paris climate agreement.
“In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!”
Source: Storm over Trump climate tweet : euro News
The scale from one to five that is used to measure the destructive power of a hurricane may no longer be enough.
We can’t say that Hurricane Harvey was caused by climate change. But it was certainly worsened by it