Part of the reason why some of the city is sinking is because it was built on landfills. The other reasons are natural ones.
10s of thousands of years ago a giant ice sheet was located on top of New England, which pushed the land down, but it also forced land around the ice to move up. Now that the ice sheet is gone, New England is slowly moving upward, while parts of #nyc is moving back down.
Does this mean that flooding will continue to get worse in parts NYC? Likely so. 😬 #ClimateCrisis
Climate Change Lends New Color to the Ocean.
Two decades of satellite measurements show that the sea surface is shading toward green.
taz.de: CO2-Uhr springt auf drei Jahre: Der 1,5-Grad-Countdown https://taz.de/CO2-Uhr-springt-auf-drei-Jahre/!5961005/
#climatechange #klimakrise #climatecrisis
#PlaneAlert ICAO: #AAD246 Tail: #N797CP Flt: #N797CP
Aircraft: #Gulfstream G550
#GLF5 #OilSpill #ManMadeClimateChange #ClimateCrisis https://xkcd.com/1732/
#PlaneAlert ICAO: #A35B1E Tail: #N315TS Flt: #N315TS
Aircraft: #Boeing 737NG-BBJ
#B737 #ManMadeClimateChange #BoeingBusinessJet #ClimateCrisis https://xkcd.com/1732/
How Canada’s growing presence in Latin America is hurting the environment.
The Gulf Stream really is weakening, a new study confirms: a finding which has profound implications for one of the biggest weather systems on our planet. When the Gulf Stream changes, so does the climate.
#AureFreePress #GlobalWarming #climatecrisis #climatechange
The White House’s Two-Faced Climate Talk.
Why do U.S. politicians insist on talking so much about a climate goal they’re so far off track from?
You can add record-breaking #heat in #Minneapolis to freak #flooding in NYC, #Maui's drought and catastrophic #wildfire and all the other bizarre and dangerous manifestations of the #ClimateCrisis this year. Everything is not okay.
Newspaper headline: "Is the new #iPhone15 worth it for you?"
Followed by a comparison of iPhone models.
I'd like to add to that:
An iPhone 15 is worth it when:
- your old phone is broken
- it cannot be repaired
- the Fairphone is not available
Please consider the environment before purchasing a new product when the old one is still functional.
#Endocannabiniode #heilpflanze #cannabis #anslinger #antipro #rassismus #letztegeneration
#CDU #CSU #SPD #FDP #Lauterbach #Aiwanger #Scholz #Lindner #Söder #nazis
I seriously can see a future Tribunal convened in The Hague seeking conviction of ALL current world leaders, fossil fuel and other harmful industry executives, decision making-Boards, even voting stockholders, for their collective destructive policies and praxes in the past 30+ and current years. Even political leaders with good intent and pledges to fund mitigation have not done all they could in the face of impending disaster.
Millions of people (and sea/land creatures) are going to ACTUALLY DIE because we have not acted on good data, nor funded solutions.
Microplastics in Clouds: Worsening Climate Change? ☁️🌍
September 29, 2023
By Alexandra Duggan
"A longtime member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane, [#JacobJohns] has been vocal during #ClimateChange protests in Spokane, has painted #murals on Spokane city walls, has fundraised for #Indigenous groups through selling his paintings, organizes #SocialJustice rallies, and more.
"He just finished painting a mural in the Howard Street underpass on Sept. 19 to celebrate #VotingRights restoration for recently incarcerated people on National Voter Registration Day. Johns was also present at the #StandingRockPipeline protests in #NorthDakota.
"In just two months, he was scheduled to lead an #IndigenousWisdomKeepers Delegation to discuss solutions to climate change.
"'His home is there in Spokane. He tries to help out everywhere he can. Any community mural, anything grassroots. He is a real warrior,' [Johns' friend] Lane said. 'That’s what warriors do, standing up for #MotherEarth. I know that’s what he’s doing that for – his daughter, and all of mankind.'
"Lane is waiting for updates on his friend’s condition. He said as the community waits, they pray.
"'More than anything, I hope this can bring our communities together,' Lane said. 'We are all Americans. All of us. We got more in common than we do the difference.
"'We can’t let this be normal. He is a Spokandian; he is your family.'"
This is your personal invitation to discuss the draft of the Nua-Celtic Manifesto with me on https://zotum.net/profile/ncm.
We need #degrowth, a #DonutEconomy and #SystemChange to #Conviviality in a #CaringEconomy of #Partnerism within #planetboundaries🙏
#FridaysForFuture #ClimateEmergency #ClimateJustice #MotherEarth #LifesBetterWithTrees #ClimateCrisis #CapitalismKills #TaxTheRich #MakePollutersPay
#BetterWithForests #ClimateActionNow #greedflation #ecocide #stopoil #endfossilfuels #Boycott4Wildlife #SaveTheOcean
More than 100 dolphins dead in Amazon as water hits 102 degrees Fahrenheit
The invisible hand of the market is raising the thermostat
Finally a reason to be happy it didn't rain for months https://federated.press/@ClimateNewsNow/111161032714680028 #climatechange #climatecrisis
Center for Biological Diversity Statement on Shooting of #JacobJohns
For Immediate Release, September 29, 2023
Kierán Sucking, (520) 275-5960, firstname.lastname@example.org
Statement from Kierán Suckling, executive director, Center for Biological Diversity:
“I’m horrified and devastated by the shooting this week in #NewMexico of Jacob Johns, an #Indigenous climate and justice #activist, by a #MAGA hat-wearing bigot. The Center for Biological Diversity stands by the brave actions of Johns and with the #IndigenousPeoples of New Mexico and North America resisting the resurrection of a monument to violent #conquistador Juan de #Oñate.
“The Center’s work to end the #climate and #extinction crises is rooted in resistance to #colonial #extractivism. We honor the tireless organizing of Indigenous activists resisting all forms of settler racism, including #TheRedNation, the #ThreeSistersCollective, the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, and #NDNCollective, who led this week’s peaceful gathering in Tewa Territory, Española, New Mexico. We commit to fighting for justice, because injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
The #CenterForBiologicalDiversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.7 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.
ICYMI - We could have a great bus rapid transit network in #yyj, very quickly. But the big money is still going to highway expansion boondoggles. https://www.gvat.ca/blog/letters-aug-16-those-mountains-in-the-belleville-terminal-concept-drawing-bike-lanes-prime-example-of-transportation-mismanagement #bcpoli #publictransit #climatecrisis
#PlaneAlert ICAO: #43E91C Tail: #MRISE Flt: #MRISE
Aircraft: #Boeing 757
#B752 #ManMadeClimateChange #BoeingBusinessJet #ClimateCrisis https://xkcd.com/1732/
Professor Colin Davis, chair in Cognitive Psychology at the #UniversityOfBristol, said: “The overwhelming evidence of the impact of #AnimalAgriculture on greenhouse gas emissions shows that we must change the way we produce #food and what we eat. Universities have a key role in promoting and showcasing the radical changes required to address the #ClimateCrisis.”
Ending the climate emergency is possible, Mann says: “We know that the obstacles to keeping warming below catastrophic levels are not yet physical and they’re not technological – they’re political. But there’s some pretty big political obstacles right now.”
Tom Gauld on a central issue behind our failure to really get to grips with the #ClimateCrisis.... admitting we might be to blame!
Every coastal community…
Every community built along rivers that empty into the sea…
Every watery land mass similar to Florida,
Across the globe.
We may have had time during the past 50 years for preventative measures, but we’re out of time now.
Historian Jürgen Zimmerer on the Berlin Republic and the debate on #colonialism 21.9.2021
"Our fear is that violence will grow faster in poorer regions because they are also hit earlier and harder by the climate crisis. This does not mean that the climate crisis and violence are automatically linked. But the danger that old ideas of who the enemy is will come into focus when resources are scarce, drawing lines of exclusion ..."
More than 100 dolphins dead in Amazon as water hits 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
Oct 1 EWE: Canada — In the last year, Canadian green groups have lodged at least four formal complaints with the bureau, the independent law enforcement agency tasked with protecting consumers by fostering a competitive marketplace. The complaints allege false or misleading environmental claims by fossil fuel companies or — in the case of a complaint against RBC — those who finance them. - The Canadian Press https://www.thespec.com/business/environmental-groups-increasingly-using-competition-law-to-fight-fossil-fuel-sector/article_9e0b4a6e-0844-527d-8f0d-8c1ada04bcbb.html?li_source=LI&li_medium=business #ClimateCollapse #ClimateCrisis
Earlier this week, New York received an unexpected and unwelcomed 10+ inches of rain in only a few hours.
A previous once in a lifetime event, flash flooding around the world is becoming commonplace as the heated atmosphere holds, and drops, more moisture in a single event.
See the effects it brought to NYC.
The Kiel Institute however threatens to fire social psychologist Gianluca Grimalda because he refuses to fly. Read & spread his story! 👇
I just read this interesting blog post by Ecosia!
That a company is #CarbonNeutral or #ClimateNeutral is not enough – I think companies should focus more on making good things in the world (increase their positive #handprint), so not only on how they can do things less bad (reduce the negative #footprint ).
"When thinking about businesses, we need to start asking a new question: how much of their profits do they dedicate to tackling the #ClimateCrisis ?"
"Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland and Switzerland have all experienced their hottest Septembers on record, with unseasonably high temperatures set to continue into October, in a year likely to be the warmest in human history."
~ Jon Henley
In a major local sign of the climate crisis, they have canceled the Twin Cities Marathon. With an expected high of 89 or 90 degrees it’s too dangerous.
Raw footage of the flooding in Brooklyn and Long Island.
Some of the driving on the flooded roads is horrendous. Idiots.
Looks like some affluent neighbourhoods got flooded. Do we think that’ll spur action? If anything it’ll lead to the installation of bigger storm drainage systems in rich areas. Nothing else.
Ah, "summer"! ☀️
That traditional season when massive swaths of Canadian wilderness are burning, fire decimates Lahaina, Hawaii, corral bleaches off the coast of Florida, lake levels drop to new lows, the Mississippi is so low that saltwater contaminates New Orleans drinking water, dolphins die by the 100s in 102°F water in the Amazon River, Phoenix has a record stretch of historic highs, and China and Europe break heat records.
Just a normal summer, we're told. #ClimateCrisis
The Mississippi is Mighty Parched https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/151897/the-mississippi-is-mighty-parched #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming #ExtremeWeather #ClimateCrisis
"Months of excessive #heat and #drought parched the #Mississippi River in the summer and early fall of 2023. In September, low water levels limited barge shipments downriver and threatened drinking water supplies in some #Louisiana communities"
Climate Literacy like Digital Literacy will become an *extremely* important skill as we move deeper into the climate crisis.
There are terms you will hear a lot going forward. Here is an excellent resource from the UNDP to help you make sense of them all
+1.3ºC above preindustrial (As of Sept '23)
419.51 ppm C02 (June `23)
1922.26 ppb CH4 (May '23)
1.36 W/m^2 Earth Energy Imbalance (Jan `20 - Jun `23)
Permanent +1.5ºC by about 2030 and, on our current emission trajectory, 2ºC by about 2050.
How bad must it get before we act?
It may be good for business, but it's not good for people.
All watchwords for the wise - there will come a time when we will prioritise products with these attributes.
Great interview. Capitalism, Colonialism, Fossil-fuel Supremacy taking us for a ride. Love the concept of Etuaptmumk - Two-Eyed Seeing, learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of Western knowledges and ways of knowing ... and learning to use both these eyes together, for the benefit of all.
#Indigenous #Nature #Environment #ClimateCrisis
Northern Arapaho and Akimel O'otham Hopi Interrupt Biden at #COP27: No Time Left for False Solutions
November 11, 2022
“#JacobJohns, Akimel O'otham and Hopi, and #BigWind Carpenter, Northern Arapaho, were among four climate activists whose credentials were removed after their war cry and banner drop during President Biden's address.
“Johns told the Guardian, 'We’ve been locked out, our voices silenced,' said Johns, 39, a Washington state-based community organizer. 'The climate collapse is coming, we are literally fighting for our lives. If we’re not allowed to advocate for our future, who will? It’s shameful.'
“‘The world is falling apart but inside the destruction, there is creation and a healthy liveable future, and we try to bring this energy to the chaotic negotiations. International spaces have been historically off-limits to indigenous peoples, but different perspectives can hold a lot of power. I’ve been denied that basic right.'
“Johns raised his own funds to attend COP27 and was then locked out.
“Big Wind, Northern #Arapaho, told the Guardian, 'This is a clear example of radical #Indigenous people and youth being silenced, we’re muted when we try to express our frustration in these spaces. It shows the UN’s true colors.'
“‘We need to accelerate the transition but that’s not going to happen by partnering with big polluters like #Amazon and #PepsiCo, and so we needed to call that out,' he said, in reference to an announcement earlier this week by US climate envoy #JohnKerry, the #Bezos Earth Fund, PepsiCo and others about plans to design an energy transition accelerator.
“The Guardian reports: Protesters interrupt the US president's speech by Nina Lakhani: ‘Four protesters holding a banner which read ‘people vs fossils’ interrupted the speech of Joe Biden, the US president, to Cop27.
'The protesters were youth and Indigenous activists from the US, and they were calling on Biden to stop pushing fossil fuel extraction. They spoke with the Guardian shortly after being escorted out of the plenary hall by security staff.
“‘The president, members of Congress and the state department have come to this international forum on climate change proposing false solutions that will not get us to 1.5C,' said Big Wind, 29, a member of the Northern Arapaho tribe in Wyoming.
“We need to accelerate the transition but that’s not going to happen by partnering with big polluters like Amazon and PepsiCo, and so we needed to call that out,' he said, in reference to an announcement earlier this week by US climate envoy John Kerry, the Bezos Earth Fund, PepsiCo and others about plans to design an energy transition accelerator.
“'Biden referenced Indigenous peoples in his speech, yet has failed to leverage his power to support them directly through direct access to funds needed by communities to adapt to the #ClimateCrisis' said Big Wind.”
What a good idea, I hope it catches on!
"The ‘climate safe rooms’ keeping low-income Australians cool during heatwaves"
"With extreme heat being a bigger killer in Australia than all other extreme weather events combined, advocates say the concept of climate safe rooms for Australia’s most vulnerable should be scaled up."
"NYC flooding updates: Sewers can't handle torrential rain; city reels after snarled travel" by Jeanine Santucci for @USATODAY https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2023/09/30/nyc-flooding-updates-rain-forecast-travel-news/71016297007/
About 24 years ago, author Naomi Klein (among others) predicted the coming of an event horizon for the (by now) ultra-concentrated wealth due to deregulation and megamergers.
Even the most alarmist of them back then didn't predict it arriving at the same time as the #climateCrisis bill was coming due, and how much of the world would completely and absolutely ignore it, even while it's literally killing them.
India receives lowest rains in 5 years, agricultural production to be hit | Weather News | Al Jazeera
In conversation w a friend, she was surprised when I said we won't have electricity after social collapse. She asked "why? What happens to electricity?"
I had to then explain that infrastructure needs people to maintain and if things fall apart, nobody will keep the generators going or the wires in check. She seemed surprised by this.
Is this why people don't seem worried about what's coming? They have no idea???
I was trying to hide my shock that I had to explain this to someone who isn't a child. I think I take too much for granted and assume too much of people's ability to be logical.
Now her obsession with social issues at the expense of #ClimateCrisis makes sense. I was always wondering how someone on the left would not care about collapse. I have tried to explain before that as much as I share her concerns about the many dire issues that do need dealing with, none of it matters if climate change causes collapse. Then we won't have social housing, or equity, or any of the other things she cares about. (she was even part of a group that protested demanding "affordable gas")
Her look of shock finally helped me realize that she has absolutely no idea what #ClimateCollapse means. No idea. I've been arguing with her all these years and she's had no idea.
I don't even know what to say.
There's no way she's the only one. Lots of well intentioned people say "yes climate is important but....".
I am here to tell you that none of those other issues will even exist in the face of climate and social collapse.
I don't know if the average person can even imagine the number of deaths that we are facing when the society we built loses electricity.
"… infinite material growth on a finite planet is physically impossible. Hence the rise of 'degrowth', 'agrowth', 'post-growth' …
Look beneath the surface and you will find that this clash of worldviews is more about rhetoric than actual policy. It is also a distraction.
The focus instead must be on cutting carbon and other forms of pollution."
#Mosquitoes Are a Growing Public Health Threat, Reversing Years of Progress
#ClimateCrisis and the rapid evolution of the insect have helped drive up malaria deaths and brought dengue and other mosquito-borne viruses to places that never had to worry about them.
If climate scientists say the current global warming spike is within what they expected, while for many people this is not the case, then many people hadn't grasped what to expect.
Thanks to climate denial campaigns, governments afraid or unwilling to communicate the urgency, Murdoch media, and - probably - the fact that many people preferred not to hear the disruptive predictions.
#globalwarming #ClimateChange #climatecrisis
Electrek: US solar is booming
"solar provided 1,824 megawatts (MW) of new US generation capacity, or more than 67.2% of the total added in July 2023"
"FERC reports that “high probability” additions of solar between August 2023 and July 2026 total 84,392 MW"
That's fantastic news. Let's keep it going!
❝ This event has dropped more rain than Ida did on JFK Airport, though —it is the most rain the airport has recorded since records began in 1948.
“New York City's Floods and Torrential Rainfall Explained - Scientific American”
as an East Villager living in one of Manhattan’s most notorious flood zones,
THIS! THIS! THIS!
city sewers will be the death of NYC’s subway & tunnel systems if we, New Yorkers, don't make #climateCrisis a very real, very local, political issue.
carbon capture bullshit will not stop flooding NYC’s sewers, tunnels, streets and buildings.
❝ New York City Is Not Built for This ❞
from the article: "Outside the United States and Canada, the World Bank predicts that climate change will compel as many as 216 million people to move elsewhere in their countries by 2050;
A 2020 report by ProPublica, meanwhile, estimates that at least 13 million Americans will be forced to migrate from coastal areas and that wildfires and other natural catalysts could potentially multiply that amount significantly. #ClimateCrisis "https://www.noemamag.com/the-bold-idea-to-move-millions-to-climate-havens/
Retrofuture map of New York City
A vintage 1894 USGS map with 218’ of sea level rise—if all the world’s ice caps melted. I’ve also added modern hillshade to accentuate the hills and valleys.
#nyc #newyorkcity #brooklyn #queens #bronx #manhattan #statenisland #newjersey #longisland #vintagemaps #climatechangeart #retrofuture #climatecrisis #searise #sealevelrise #sealevelrisemaps #climatechange #climatechangemaps #maps #cartography #conspiracyofcartographers
Day 2 of FundMyTravel (with the correct, updated link!) Somehow, someway I will get to Argentina so I can take the free Antarctica trip that was offered to me and do the research for my climate change novel. https://www.fundmytravel.com/campaign/eHXmgfetzc
No judgment, I am really curious to see a wide poll on this so I'd love to get 🚀 :boost_requested: boosts🔁 for a good sample range.
With #ClimateCrisis #ClimateChange increasingly feeling a lot more impactful for our families, in our lifetimes....
How many days of #plantbased eating could you aim for in a year?
We were warned.
But the men in the suits kept saying 'oh but the economy'.
You want to see what will damage an economy? Starving people. And these starving people will suddenly realize their best path of survival is to come after your fancy mansions with pitchforks and raid your bunkers of food.
Here is a somewhat comical but also highly indignant commentary about the folly of “Net Zero by 2050”…
We insiders — by which I mean anyone paying attention — know that the plan to mitigate the climate catastrophe with Net Zero by 2050 is complete bullshit. But maybe you’ve absorbed that knowledge without really understanding why. So let’s talk about it.
What does Net Zero actually mean? Net Zero is the point at which the CO2 burden in the atmosphere is no longer increasing. We’re still putting some up, but we’re also taking just as much out.
This definition immediately tips off two major problems.
The “still putting some up” part is a major issue because the fossil fuels industrial/political complex hears that and stops listening. The “still putting some up” part is their job, and somebody else can do the “take just as much out” part.
In other words, it's Business As Usual for fossil fuels, including continuing growth. Someone else can do the preserving-life-and-the-climate part.
The second obvious problem with Net Zero is the very idea of “taking just as much CO2 out of the atmosphere each year as the fossil fuel industry is adding to it each year.” We know of only two ways to reduce the CO2 load of the atmosphere. One is time. But CO2 stays in the atmosphere for thousands of years, so time is not on our side.
The other way to reduce CO2 is carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). Carbon is “captured” from the atmosphere using a chemical solvent that absorbs CO2, after which it can be buried in the ground where the CO2 will stay safely out of the atmosphere virtually forever.
CCS technology both does and does not exist.
CCS does exist in that there are many ingenious systems for doing it, including several pilot programs demonstrating direct air capture, the holy grail of CCS. Many fossil fuelled electricity generation plants have been removing CO2 from their smokestack emissions for decades. Unfortunately, much of the currently captured CO2 is being injected into played-out oil wells, forcing more of the remaining oil to be recoverable, to burn as fuel. Totally self-defeating, as far as reducing the CO2 load in the atmosphere.
But CCS also does NOT exist in terms of a significant contributor to Net Zero. They remove so little CO2 from the atmosphere, and at such a cost, as to make them completely impractical. To make a dent in carbon emissions, hundreds of thousands of CCS plants are needed, if not millions. The cost is prohibitive. Not to mention the carbon costs of manufacturing all those plants.
But surely CCS technology will improve over the next decade or two. Maybe someone will even find a miraculous breakthrough that will make it truly practical?
Sorry, but no. It’s not that there hasn’t been enough research into CCS. It has been heavily researched and the science is known. It’s actually some pretty simple chemistry. We can tweak around the efficiency edges, but there are no breakthroughs waiting in the wings to be discovered.
If it wasn’t so sad and tragic, you’d have to laugh at how stupidly humans continue to behave in the face of an obvious calamity.
Check out these excepts from an excellent article by Paul Abela…
If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, then our approach to sustainability fits the bill.
There is an assumption that all we need to do to create sustainable societies that mitigate the worst impacts of the climate crisis is to make slight changes to society and the economy while essentially continuing to behave how we’ve always done. But when looking at the overwhelming amount of research that consistently shows we’re dangerously close to breaching tipping points, it’s plain to see the approach isn’t working.
How, as a collective society, are we so accepting of this state of affairs when we know we’re veering towards catastrophe? It turns out that our psychology is working against us . Here are seven reasons why.
Paul then lists and explains each of those seven reasons, with the first being Cognitive Dissonance, and the last Optimism Bias.
It’s definitely worth reading the whole essay (which is linked below), but here I’ll just provide a bit more from the conclusion…
Our current emissions trajectory means there is less than a 5% chance of keeping temperatures below 2°C over pre-industrial levels, and less than 1% chance of achieving the 1.5°C Paris Agreement target.
Optimism, when faced with those odds, is blind delusion. But the slow-moving nature of changes to bio-physical processes means the crisis is set up for optimists to feel optimistic.
This optimism works to create complacency and a feeling that no matter how bad things get, everything will be okay in the end. Optimism makes calls for social transformation feel rather extreme when companies appear to be doing a fine job of solving environmental problems. Rather than a widespread need to instigate an emergency response, optimism bias means, collectively, we remain safe in some delusional comfort blanket that things aren’t going to be as bad as scientists claim.
Our psychology works to reinforce the problem trying to be solved while convincing us that the actions being taken are effective in overcoming the crisis. But fundamentally, the problem is that we’re dealing with the wrong crisis.
The crisis is that capitalism, the preeminent global economic system that feeds into every aspect of our lives, is unsustainable by design. The ecological crisis is merely an outcome of the cause.
It’s logical then that to overcome the problem, we need to focus on fixing the cause of the problem — capitalism. But our psychology is working to prevent humanity from seeing what is staring us all in the face.
Biden administration approves more offshore drilling in bid to expand wind energy #ClimateCrisis
Alex Mell-Taylor, author of the piece excerpted below, is angry. I can certainly understand why, and I'm angry too.
The article takes a look at China, Japan, Russia, the United States, and the EU, examining the cynical pledges and woefully insufficient efforts made by our so-called leaders to tackle the climate challenge.
We know it's not enough, and *they* know it's not enough, yet they continue to lie and pretend and push forward with Business As Usual...
We need to recognize that things are dire. We will potentially reach global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (at least temporarily) this decade. If we continue along this path and refuse to make radical changes on a systemic (not individual) level, we will face a world of increasing famines, sea rise, and a series of compounding effects that cascade into downright apocalyptic scenarios.
From China to Germany to the United States, I see a lot of far-off pledges and no immediate steps to radically halve current emissions, and certainly none to engage in strategies that reduce consumption such as Degrowth. Everyone is just banking on being able to switch their energy grids over “in time,” which, even disregarding the fact that electrification still has a carbon cost, this strategy assumes that the pollution made to get to that point won't be enough to wreck our environment.
The era of denialism is over, and in its place is the era of lukewarm commitments, where leaders pledge to build up solar, wind, and other renewables while simultaneously preserving fossil fuels well into the next decade, if not beyond.
This strategy is insane because it is one where we are effectively abandoning staying below 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming and settling for somewhere at or below 2C, an environment that will be pretty hellish. (See https://archive.ph/o/ivabR/https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2865/a-degree-of-concern-why-global-temperatures-matter/)
At such an increase, we will move from 14% of the world being exposed to extreme heat waves to almost 40%. Droughts will be even more common, impacting tens of millions of more people annually. Potable water will become scarce. More species will die. The list goes on.
You should be angry over your leader's cowardice. You should not accept the lie that going "faster" is unreasonable. What is unreasonable is their hesitance: their insane holding pattern with the fossil fuel industry as they march us confidently into a more unstable world.
We need to operate under the assumption that our leaders, the ones who built the system now choking us to death, are wrong. That they will need to be fought against. That we will need to march, protest, and block infrastructure, as well as engage in other more direct actions that make them uncomfortable.
FULL ARTICLE -- https://archive.ph/ivabR
Amazon rainforest faces a severe drought affecting thousands
The #Amazon #rainforest in #Brazil is in the grips of a severe #drought that may affect around 500,000 people by the end of the year, limiting their access to #food, drinking #water and other supplies.
Water levels have already dropped, and dead fish now float atop some of the rainforest’s winding rivers.
Is there a publicly-available database of which insurers cover which fossil fuel assets?
It really feels like there should be, somewhere. It would let us work out which insurers are most to blame, or most exposed to stranded assets, and target campaigns at them.
"To quote UN secretary general António Guterres: it is moral & economic madness to invest in new offshore gas infrastructure.
As scientists & academics we call on the Dutch govt: take the #ClimateCrisis seriously and don't grant new permits for fossil fuel extraction in the North Sea."
The world’s biggest carbon capture facility is being built in Texas. Will it work?
The plant will inject 500,000 tons of carbon dioxide into the ground each year – but is it just greenwashing from big oil?
You can run but you can't hide!
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