“More than 1,000 climate scientists urge public to become activists”
A reasonable request, given the existential nature of the climate crisis.
@alexanderspree danke für die Info :blobcatlove: Die "Prohibition" ist das wahre #Verbrechen!
[... Vergangenheit, #Rassismus, #stigmatisierung und #ökonomischeInteressen eine größere Rolle. ...] https://twitter.com/BR24/status/1664268865348714496
#HelenaBarop #Drogenprohibition #antipro
#Traumata #fridaysforfuture #lastgeneration #climatecrisis #klimakatastrophe #fff
#Kipppunkte #biohazard #hanf #hemp #climate #COP28 🚰 ♿
UL researchers to investigate challenges of climate change in new cross border partnership
The research centre aims to enable just transitions to Net Zero, reverse biodiversity loss and restore water quality
the most important thing you'll read this week
10 Reasons Why Societies Fail to Respond to Their Greatest Threats
"there's a lot wrong with the human brain. It's full of contradictory impulses that fight against our better reasoning"
Many of the gravest threats to humanity are drawing closer, as carbon pollution heats the planet to ever more dangerous levels, scientists have warned.
Five important natural thresholds already risk being crossed, according to the Global Tipping Points report, and three more may be reached in the 2030s if the world heats 1.5C (2.7F) above pre-industrial temperatures.
UK likely to miss Paris climate targets by wide margin, analysis shows
Whatever #JoeBiden's pious word the US #oil sector does not look to be stepping back from record production anytime soon... indeed, the oil price is being kept low at a time of #OPEC capacity limits but this US production.
#Exxon are planning 10% uplift in production, but they (as the cart shows) are not alone.
@LALegault What do we expect when the president of #COP28 is Sultan al-Jaber, head of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (Adnoc) - that pumped 2.7m barrels of oil a day in 2021, & plans to double that by 2027. This "climate conference" , ie fossil fuel lobby convention - is such a massive farce, it's astonishing it was even permitted to take place.
Paraphrasing Supertramp: #ClimateCrisis ? What crisis?
At this point in time is there now an imperitive for civil disobedience in response to the climate emergency? You may have strong opinions on this topic.
You have probably seen recent TV reports covering the protest actions of Extinction Rebellion here in Australia and around the world (there are other groups and individuals engaged in similar protests but ER is perhaps the most well-recognised).
These acts of civil disobedience can be polarizing. They are often disruptive, directly affecting the day-to-day activities of innocent people. Sometimes they are more performative using vandalization of artworks or interruption of public events to gain media engagement.
You may support groups such as ER.
You may support the cause of raising awareness of the climate emergency but NOT the overt interference with people just trying to get to work or deliver goods etc.
You may strongly disagree with such protest actions.
Whatever your views I would like to offer this short video produced by the University of Bristol, that discusses the role of civil disobedience with respect to the climate emergency.
It is well worth 16 minutes of your time.
Main photo credit: Sean Robbins
Why Are Russia & U.S. Promoting Nuclear Power at U.N. #Climate Talks? Russian Environmentalist Speaks Out
Democracy Now! https://www.democracynow.org/2023/12/6/vladimir_putin_at_cop28
Global instrument readings:
+1.46°C global average above 1850-1900
416.18 ppm CO2 concentrations (Sept)
1919.41 ppb CH4 concentrations (Aug)
+20.71 SST average (Nov)
2023 has shattered climate records, accompanied by extreme weather which has left a trail of devastation and despair, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
One of these days I'll figure out more about STS (science and technology studies). Still annoyed that the Twitter crash had me lose track of some people in it.
One of things I'm convinced of, not based on any scientific study but on my experience almost 3 decades now as climate activist, is that the great scientist quest for How To Talk To People About Global Warming was totally misdirected. Scientists assumed that there was some way to convince people by talking and writing in a particular way and painstakingly tried to turn themselves into Science Communicators, something which they are generally not very good at. The whole thing turned out to be determined by power relationships and none of the communication did any good. (Unless you consider the IPCC "communication": that did good because it set a baseline of what consensus science was.)
Now that they've realized that they aren't going to talk capitalist and/or state capitalist fossil interests and the democracies or autocracies they control down, they have turned to peaceful protest. I wonder how long it is going to take them to realize that peaceful protest does not work. (It does in scattered instances, as with finally stopping some charismatic mega-projects like Keystone XL, but it has done nothing to solve the problem and will not.)
The answer of what works to change an entrenched but failing social system is probably available somewhere in the social sciences, if somewhere there is a social science that hasn't been systematically funded by that same system.
To learn more about the story behind the song, check out https://www.npr.org/2023/11/14/1212505811/climate-change-yo-yo-ma
So, this obscure piece of math is going to become extremely important in figuring out what is going on with climate change.
Zeit: 14-18 Uhr Ort: Alte Jafféstraße/Messedamm 22 in 14055 #Berlin
Four in five people around the world support ‘whatever it takes’ to limit climate change..#climatecrisis..
Climate change shown to cause methane release from the deep ocean
Australian iron ore magnate, Andrew (Twiggy) Forrest calls for COP28 commitment to total phase out of fossil fuel.
Australia ends finance for fossil fuel expansion overseas – now focus turns to local subsidies
Here's another terrific article on the idea of degrowth, and the movement toward a post-growth economy...
It’s time to shift our perspective from that of capital to that of life, from prioritizing the welfare of capitalism to the welfare of the living world. We need to recognise that what we’ve come to consider growth is primarily the process of our eventual destruction. We need to move away from the ideology of growthism. We need to dismantle the system of capitalism.
We need to shift our priorities. We need degrowth: a planned, collectively organized restructuring of the economy, a downscaling of energy and resource use to transition the economy back into balance with the living world in a safe, just, and equitable way.
The aim is to build a new economic system, an economy that is under the direct control of all involved in it. An economy that is organized around human flourishing instead of around and endless capital accumulation. An economy that is distinctly ecological and distinctly human.
Rather than operating with an economic system that is built around constant need and filling that need by producing for profit, we can shift towards an economic system geared towards meeting needs by producing for use, which will drastically scale down total energy consumption.
✊ End planned obsolescence
✊ Shut down the advertising industry
✊ Move beyond ownership
✊ Transform our food systems
✊ Scale down destructive industries
✊ Revolutionize work
✊ Universal access to the Commons
✊ Social and ecological liberation
Do I believe all this is likely to be adopted within my lifetime? Or maybe ever?
Well, no, not really. But as the song says:
🎵 You got to have a dream
🎵 If you don't have a dream
🎵 How you gonna have a dream come true?
Oct 30 EWE: #ClimateAction — Bringing together Indigenous values and voices on climate action from across the Pacific. Discussions focused on sharing knowledge and strategies to inform climate action and how to then take that action in a way that respects and promotes human rights and Indigenous cultures. https://www.dcceew.gov.au/about/news/indigenous-values-and-voices-on-climate-action-from-pacific #ClimateCrisis
In my previous post (https://climatejustice.social/@breadandcircuses/111535481575261618) we looked at a report suggesting reforms in global climate governance, and I said it did not go quite far enough.
So, what would I really like to see?
Here's part of an opinion piece from Emilia Reyes at openDemocracy that begins to answer the question...
"Solving the climate crisis means ending our addiction to economic growth"
With the Global North responsible for 92% of the world’s excess carbon dioxide emissions and 74% of excess material use (half of which is extracted from the Global South), it’s clear the current ecological crisis is the responsibility of the industrialised economies.
The source of the problem lies in the very economic system that prioritises economic growth, profit, and wealth accumulation over the wellbeing of people and the planet. The blind pursuit of exponential economic growth has propelled economic decision making. But exponential economic growth brings about exponential extraction and exponential deepening of inequalities.
Governments of industrialised economies have presented ‘green new deals’ (GNDs) as the solution. But their aims and measures are reinforcing the economic structures that rely on colonial extraction in the Global South. Building the entire infrastructure of the so-called energy transition proposed by GNDs will require a new wave of extraction of rare and critical minerals. This level of extraction will devastate entire ecosystems, primarily in the Global South, and alter the ecological balance globally. It will also create racist sacrifice zones everywhere.
Global North countries instead need to transition into a post-growth economy. The way to achieve this is through a conscientious and planned process of degrowth. Degrowth questions the premise that profits matter more than people and ecological balance.
In practice, this means investing in processes of production and consumption that are geared towards the needs of a diverse world, moving away from our current system of wastefulness and scarcity — where we make decisions about what and where to extract, how to produce, and for whom, based on what is really needed to deliver the wellbeing of people and the planet.
Earth on verge of five catastrophic climate tipping points, scientists warn
Humanity faces ‘devastating domino effects’ including mass displacement and financial ruin as planet warms
Psychological inoculation strategies to fight climate disinformation across 12 countries
“we found no confirmatory evidence that the six psychological inoculations had a protective effect against the 20 climate disinformation statements”
Earth on verge of five catastrophic climate tipping points, scientists warn
Humanity faces ‘devastating domino effects’ including mass displacement and financial ruin as planet warms
An international group of experts, the Climate Governance Commission, has issued a 120-page report titled "Governing Our Planetary Emergency."
Although their proposals don't quite go far enough in my view, at least it would be a start — and a HELL of a lot better than what we’re doing right now.
This is from the Executive Summary...
The world faces a deepening planetary emergency — and is on a reckless path toward runaway, catastrophic climate change — having already overshot six of nine scientifically identified Planetary Boundaries.
This human interference in the life-supporting functions of our planet have already caused intense suffering and heightened inequality through extreme heat, desertification, frequent and fierce flooding and storm surges, among other factors.
At this unique juncture in human history, we likely have at best only six to seven years to execute the far-reaching actions needed to avert the worst of this unprecedented emergency. The world has an extremely limited global carbon budget and a rapidly diminishing time-frame to attempt to stabilize global temperatures as near to 1.5°C as possible.
In fact, even in the absolute best case scenario over the next decades, if the world takes bold and decisive climate action, we will still likely break through the 1.5°C temperature limitation by about 2035, the consequences of which are anticipated to take decades to correct, with uncertain outcomes dependent on various unknowns.
We have a very long way to go if we're actually hoping to turn things around. And as I say, this may not be all I would like, but it's a good start.
SEE ALSO -- https://www.democracywithoutborders.org/30476/
"Primero estábamos preocupados, luego alarmados y ahora aterrorizados"
En paralelo a la COP28, más de mil científicos lanzaron una carta llamando a una "acción climática colectiva" ante la inacción política.
Continuar por este camino significará un sufrimiento indecible . Grandes zonas de nuestro planeta se volverán inhabitables, lo que generará cientos de millones de refugiados, hambrunas sin precedentes y graves conflictos políticos
More than 1,000 climate scientists urge public to become activist..#climatecrisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/dec/04/more-than-1000-climate-scientists-urge-public-to-become-activists
🇨🇦Ottawa set to announce cap-and-trade framework to reduce emissions in oil and gas sector
Alberta premier says her government will oppose the pending regulations #ClimateCrisis #Canada https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/smith-non-disclosure-agreement-emmissions-cap-1.7050853
"Net zero" is NOT zero.
It's easy for companies and nations to claim they are pursuing a goal of "net zero," to pat themselves on the back and act like good guys while in reality their actions and their policies simply prolong Business As Usual.
We must END our reliance on fossil fuels, not look for clever ways to extend it.
U.S. corporate media is happy to sing this song:
🎶 "Keep driving, keep flying, keep shopping, keep buying!
We've got this, everything's fine." 🎶
The CEO of Exxon, Darren Woods, celebrates the potential of carbon capture to dramatically reduce global emissions. Saudi Aramco says in its podcast that the fossil fuel industry is innovating new climate solutions. BP’s podcast proclaims more of the same.
These sound like examples pulled from the public-relations departments of the fossil fuel industry — but they were produced and promoted by Bloomberg, Reuters, and The New York Times, respectively. Over decades, these media companies built trust with readers; now they are wrapping their hard-won credibility around fossil fuel companies, confusing readers and protecting corporate interests.
Many of the world’s most trusted English-language news publications help fossil fuel companies mislead readers about topics like the promise of carbon capture, the potential of “renewable biogas,” and how much the industry contributes to the energy transition.
Now with the UN climate talks in the United Arab Emirates, oil and gas companies are sponsoring even more advertorials, newsletters, and events with media partners than usual, and they are primarily designed to portray the industry as the gatekeeper to climate solutions.
Big Oil, the U.S. government, and other petrostates like the UAE, want you to believe there is an easy solution to global warming, that capitalist technology can wave a magic wand and make all our problems go away. But it's a lie.
In the crescendo of hype and greenwashing coming our way from COP28, we’re hearing a lot about industrial carbon capture technologies that attempt to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The world’s largest oil companies, along with host country the United Arab Emirates and even programs in the U.S. Department of Energy, are working hard to push this stuff.
Don’t be fooled. It’s mostly a distraction from what we really need to do right now: phase out fossil fuels and deploy more effective climate solutions. Counting on these technologies today is a bad idea.
First, industrial carbon capture projects are far too small to matter. Even after decades of investment, research, and development, today’s largest carbon capture projects only remove a few seconds’ worth of our yearly greenhouse gas emissions. The plan the U.S. Department of Energy is supporting will only be able to capture one million metric tons of CO2 every year, while last year the world emitted 40.5 *billion* tons.
Second, they are far too expensive, costing thousands of dollars for every ton of CO2 removed. Other climate solutions, including improving energy efficiency, deploying renewable energy sources and addressing emissions in agriculture and industrial sectors, are far more cost-effective.
Third, these industrial carbon removal techniques also consume excessive amounts of energy, which present enormous challenges to scalability. If we power carbon capture projects with CO2-spewing fossil fuels, the projects lose much of their proposed climate benefit, and powering them with renewable or nuclear energy sources would provide far less climate benefit than using that energy to directly displace fossil fuels.
More fundamentally, the biggest problem with industrial carbon capture schemes is that they are largely a ploy by Big Oil to delay action in phasing out fossil fuels.
These projects give fossil fuel companies a greenwashing boost, cloaking pollution underneath fake environmental responsibility, helping them claim that they are taking serious climate action, all the while continuing to build out additional fossil fuel infrastructure and rake in trillions in profits.
Carbon capture isn’t a serious climate solution.
exploring for more fossil fuels?
"$700m pledged to loss and damage fund at Cop28 covers less than 0.2% needed"
Yeah, they're definitely serious. We should trust them to do the right thing and save us all.
Companies are missing their climate goals with misaligned behavior, says study
> The emissions pathways of most companies in high-emitting sectors are not aligned with the climate targets of the Paris Agreement. To better contribute to national and global sustainability efforts, corporate behavior must change.
> This is the main message of a new study by Imperial College Business School published in Nature Communications.
Earth on verge of five catastrophic climate tipping points, scientists warn
Dec 4 EWE: #ClimateCrisis — Last month set another new climate record - warmest November global sea surface temperature. #Unprecedented https://twitter.com/ZLabe/status/1731654835311669753
Dec 5 EWE: Gaza — We won’t stop speaking out about Gaza’s suffering – there is no climate justice without human rights. - Greta Thunberg and Fridays for Future Sweden Advocating for climate justice fundamentally comes from a place of caring about people and their human rights. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/dec/05/gaza-climate-justice-human-rights-greta-thunberg #ClimateCrisis
Humanity's Tipping Point!
Humanity faces an "unprecedented" risk from tipping points that could unleash a domino effect of irreversible catastrophes across the planet, researchers warned Wednesday.
The most comprehensive assessment ever conducted of Earth's invisible tripwires was released as leaders meet for UN climate talks in Dubai with 2023 set to smash all heat records.
#AureFreePress #News #GlobalWarming #climatecrisis #climatechange #COP28
Yes, the Climate Crisis May Wipe out Six Billion People https://thetyee.ca/Analysis/2019/09/18/Climate-Crisis-Wipe-Out/
Creator of the ‘ecological footprint’ on life and death in a world 4 C hotter.
Not that the billionaire class cares 🤬 😱
2023 - the hottest year ever recorded!
European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service announced the milestone after analyzing data that showed the world saw its warmest-ever November
Copernicus says that for January to November 2023, global average temperatures were the highest on record — 1.46 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average.
Please, explain why any voter should be optimistic that Dems will wield their power, rather than "supporting" via lip service.
What is to impel #Democrats to STICK TO a halfway decent legislative agenda, rather than theatrically wringing their hands as more of our rights go poof and then slaveringly fundraising off the issue once it's gone? Y'know, like what happened with this very issue on Biden's watch?
Especially interested in what might force moral choices on matters that might cost their donors money, such as #WorkersRights, #protest #RightToProtest, and #ClimateCrisis #ClimateChange change related issues.
“Even as the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government works to burnish its image as a global #climate leader as host of #COP28, the United Nations climate conference underway in Dubai, the country’s vast #fossilfuel production and use spew toxic pollutants into the air and contribute to #climatechange.
#climatecrisis #climatejustice #humanrights #environment
The UAE has dangerously high air #pollution levels, creating major health risks for its citizens and residents…”
I don't want to judge too harshly and of course I know there are rural communities that don't have transit options.
Canadians are the second highest OECD per capita consumer of energy and here's this woe be me story about a young mom struggling with baby formula costs and says "I could be putting that money in the gas tank".
This quote is a small detail. I'm sure the writer could have picked any other number of quotes, or even primed the subject with "what about other essentials like food or medicine?"
The writers/editors chose to go with gas. Is it coincidental? Do you not think they prime people for answers they want all the time? (A segment CTV interviewed me was dropped b/c I contradicted Colin De Melo's thesis that electricity prices are too high... so they decided to just not run the story at all).
This is how the media primes and manipulates us into certain behaviours.
The super-rich are killing us. Not just figuratively, but literally.
Climate change is overwhelmingly a problem of wealthy people. The wealthiest 1% of humanity produce over 1,000 times the emissions of the poorest 1%. In fact, these 77 million people are responsible for more climate-changing emissions than the poorest 66% (5 billion people) of humanity.
Since 1990, the personal emissions of the world’s wealthiest have exploded. They are now 77 times larger than the level that would be compatible with a 1.5°C warming limit.
Who are these super-polluters? The richest 1% are billionaires, millionaires and people earning over US$140,000 (£110,000). The threshold to join the rarefied club of the top 10% is US$41,000 (£32,000), including most of the middle class in wealthier countries.
But the super-rich are responsible for climate change well beyond consumption-based emissions. The super-rich, by and large, run major companies, direct investments and shape national and international laws. They have an oversized and controlling impact on our media and public opinion, including through advertising and ownership of media outlets. And they directly shape policy through lobbying and paid-for influence.
While their money and power make them overwhelmingly responsible for climate change, they are also insulated from the worst impacts. They are less affected by increased food prices and climate disasters, can afford insurance and to move from one place to another, and have greater resources to draw on in times of crisis.
It is the poorest – those least responsible for climate changing emissions – who suffer the most. They suffer higher losses, live in the most impacted regions, and have little to no access to savings, public support or welfare when crisis strikes. They are also least able to exercise their rights as they are the least powerful and less well represented politically.
It would take approximately 1,500 years for someone in the bottom 99% to produce as much carbon as a single billionaire does in a year.
The choice is very simple. Either we can have a livable biosphere or we can have billionaires. But we can't have both.
If we are to have any hope of preserving some form of modern human civilization beyond the next few decades, we *must* quickly and decisively reduce our fossil fuel emissions.
But that is not happening. And if we stay on our present course, it will never happen.
Sure, you can celebrate the rapid growth of renewable energy — but remember, what we are seeing now is "Green Growth," controlled by capitalists for their benefit and NOT for the good of our environment.
Check this out...
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projects that global energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions will increase through 2050. Global population growth, increased regional manufacturing, and higher living standards will push growth in energy consumption beyond advances in energy efficiency, according to EIA’s projections in its International Energy Outlook 2023.
EIA projects that global energy-related CO2 emissions will increase through 2050 in most of the cases modeled. Although EIA expects zero-carbon technology — renewables and nuclear — will meet the bulk of new energy demand through 2050, that growth is not sufficient to decrease global energy-related CO2 emissions in most cases under current laws and regulations, according to EIA’s projections.
Global energy consumption will increase through 2050, *outpacing efficiency gains* and driving continued emissions growth. That is not what we need.
FULL REPORT -- https://www.eia.gov/pressroom/releases/press542.php/
Shame, shame, shame on the organizers of #COP28...
At least 2,456 fossil fuel lobbyists have been granted access to the COP28 summit in Dubai, signalling an unprecedented presence at crucial climate talks from representatives of some of the world’s biggest polluters, according to a new analysis from the Kick Big Polluters Out (KBPO) coalition.
Alexia Leclercq of Start:Empowerment says, “Do you really think Shell or Chevron or ExxonMobil are sending lobbyists to passively observe these talks? To advance climate solutions for the benefit of communities whose air and water they pollute? To put people and the planet over profit and their greedy dollars? Big Polluters’ poisonous presence has bogged us down for years, keeping us from advancing the pathways needed to keep fossil fuels in the ground. They are the reason COP28 is clouded in a fog of climate denial, not climate reality.”
In a year when global temperatures and greenhouse gas emissions shattered records, there has been an explosion of fossil fuel lobbyists heading to UN talks, with nearly four times more than were granted access last year.
“2023 was a year like no other. Record temperatures, record levels of emissions, and now we see a record attendance from Big Polluters at UN climate talks. The window to preserve a liveable planet is rapidly closing. At the same time, ever greater numbers of Big Polluters are allowed to roam around this summit,” said Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan of Climate Action Network International.
The capitalist corporate media will be full of greenwashed good news about all the progress being made at COP28. Remember, they have a vested interest in supporting the status quo and continuing with Business As Usual for as long as possible.
So when you hear glowing reports about $427 million in pledges being made from various nations to the UN's "loss and damage fund," bear in mind that this amount is FAR from what is actually required.
Back in 2020, leading nations all agreed to jointly contribute $100 billion to assist in this effort. But that never happened.
According to the Adaptation Finance Gap Update report, these rich nations *should* now be spending at least $215 billion to $387 billion per year to help developing countries adapt to climate change.
$387 BILLION. Not $427 million.
If you do the math, that's about one-tenth of one percent of what is needed. Such generosity. 🙄
As for the United States? My country, the strongest and wealthiest in the world, has pledged $17.5 million, or about 0.002% of its defense budget. 😡
Oil & gas companies are reinvesting record profits from the fossil fuel price surge driven by the Ukraine war to intensify the hunt for new deposits despite repeated calls to phase out hydrocarbons to avoid a #ClimateCrisis.
IEA has forecasted that global upstream oil and gas investments will increase by about 11% to $528 billion in 2023.
Unless they commit to end expansion and put more capex into #renewables, these companies are not part of the solution.
How to have an impact at #COP28? I don't know. But the urgency of the #climateCrisis and impacts on the #cryosphere should not be underestimated. ICCI have organised a petition for cryosphere and climate scientists to sign.
"Cycling is one of the most sustainable and healthy means of #transport that exists, yet cycling remains under-prioritized in the mobility mix in most places around the world and in the wider #climate agenda.
"The potential for #cycling (and #walking) to help address #ClimateChange is huge and within our grasp." —Jill Warren, chief executive of the European Cyclists’ Federation https://www.forbes.com/sites/tanyamohn/2023/12/04/the-climate-mouse-that-roars-cyclists-take-on-cop28/
#transportation #ClimateCrisis #ClimateHope #BikeTooter #bicycling #Bikes