- May 21, 2019 at 2:50 am #3593898
Rise in global sea levels could have ‘profound consequences‘
Matt McGrath : BBC News : 4 hours ago
Scientists believe that global sea levels could rise far more than predicted, due to accelerating melting in Greenland and Antarctica.
The long-held view has been that the world’s seas would rise by a maximum of just under a metre by 2100.
This new study, based on expert opinions, projects that the real level may be around double that figure.
This could lead to the displacement of hundreds of millions of people, the authors say…May 21, 2019 at 2:55 am #3593900
Ice sheet contributions to future sea-level rise from structured expert judgment
Jonathan L. Bamber, Michael Oppenheimer, Robert E. Kopp, Willy P. Aspinall, and Roger M. Cooke
PNAS : first published May 20, 2019
Future sea level rise (SLR) poses serious threats to the viability of coastal communities, but continues to be challenging to project using deterministic modeling approaches. Nonetheless, adaptation strategies urgently require quantification of future SLR uncertainties, particularly upper-end estimates. Structured expert judgement (SEJ) has proved a valuable approach for similar problems. Our findings, using SEJ, produce probability distributions with long upper tails that are influenced by interdependencies between processes and ice sheets. We find that a global total SLR exceeding 2 m by 2100 lies within the 90% uncertainty bounds for a high emission scenario. This is more than twice the upper value put forward by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the Fifth Assessment Report.
Despite considerable advances in process understanding, numerical modeling, and the observational record of ice sheet contributions to global mean sea-level rise (SLR) since the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, severe limitations remain in the predictive capability of ice sheet models. As a consequence, the potential contributions of ice sheets remain the largest source of uncertainty in projecting future SLR. Here, we report the findings of a structured expert judgement study, using unique techniques for modeling correlations between inter- and intra-ice sheet processes and their tail dependences. We find that since the AR5, expert uncertainty has grown, in particular because of uncertain ice dynamic effects. For a +2 °C temperature scenario consistent with the Paris Agreement, we obtain a median estimate of a 26 cm SLR contribution by 2100, with a 95th percentile value of 81 cm. For a +5 °C temperature scenario more consistent with unchecked emissions growth, the corresponding values are 51 and 178 cm, respectively. Inclusion of thermal expansion and glacier contributions results in a global total SLR estimate that exceeds 2 m at the 95th percentile. Our findings support the use of scenarios of 21st century global total SLR exceeding 2 m for planning purposes. Beyond 2100, uncertainty and projected SLR increase rapidly. The 95th percentile ice sheet contribution by 2200, for the +5 °C scenario, is 7.5 m as a result of instabilities coming into play in both West and East Antarctica. Introducing process correlations and tail dependences increases estimates by roughly 15%.
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“Climate change could raise sea levels by 7 feet by 2100, shocking study reveals”
What’s shocking is this is a Fox News storyMay 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm #3594010
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Well, IF Fox news wants to be treated as a NEWS channel, they have to report the NEWS. At some stage they have to pull their heads out of the denialist sands and look around.
CheersMay 22, 2019 at 10:39 am #3594065
What Changed My Mind About Climate Change?
Jerry Taylor : The Bulwark : 1 day ago
(Photo by Michael Bocchieri/Getty Images)
I spent the better part of my professional life (1991-2014) working at a libertarian think tank—the Cato Institute—arguing against climate action. As Cato’s director of Natural Resource Studies (and later, as a senior fellow and eventually vice president), I maintained that, while climate change was real, the impacts would likely prove rather modest and that the cost of reducing greenhouse gas emissions would greatly exceed the benefits.
I changed my mind about that, however, because (among other things) I changed my mind about risk management.
If we think about climate risks in the same fashion we think about risks in other contexts, we should most certainly hedge—and hedge aggressively—by removing fossil fuels from the economy as quickly as possible.
Let me explain…May 22, 2019 at 5:31 pm #3594109
W I S N E R !BPL Member
“When asked why I changed my mind about federal climate policy, this is a large part of my answer. Building an argument against climate action upon a forceful claim about the most likely outcome of greenhouse gas emissions is to build an argument upon analytic sand.
You don’t have to believe with all your heart that the worst-case scenario is sure to happen. You just have to understand that it is one possible outcome. And that we should not be making policy based on an assumption that we are certain of this or that outcome.
When it comes to managing large-scale risks, straight-forward economics suggests that we ought to take climate change very seriously.”
Good read, thanks.May 22, 2019 at 10:51 pm #3594146
yeah, I noticed that too
it’s risk management
like getting life insuranceMay 27, 2019 at 10:55 am #3594897
State of Global Air 2019 — A Special Report On Global Exposure To Air Pollution & Its Disease Burden
Cynthia Shahan : CleanTechnica : May 25th, 2019
It’s a fine balance to stay above the depression point when one is educated about the state of our environment, the state of our union, the state of our planet, the state of politics, and the legacy we are leaving for our grandchildren. A new report on air pollution doesn’t really help with that depression, but it is important for us to cover nonetheless.
Grist, in an article titled, “The royal baby is cute and all, but hello, the planet is on fire,” reported on how the big media networks have their priorities a little out of balance. “ABC’s World News Tonight spent more than seven minutes reporting on the birth of royal baby Archie in the week after he was born — more time than the program spent covering climate change during the entire year of 2018.” I love the story, too. The interesting Prince and his lovely wife find happiness and bring a beautiful child to the planet. That child will live out the legacy of the planet’s well-being with our children and grandchildren. Hopefully these generations will have more energy to cut air pollution than the baby boomers have. I like the Grist comparison, as well.
Understanding the precursors of health, well-being, or degeneration, and how to mitigate the precursors to disease, is how we can improve quality of life. Scientists, doctors, lung associations, medical journals, and another recent report, State of Global Air 2019, have conducted tens of thousands of studies on such topics. At this point, the message is clear — we need stronger policy action…May 27, 2019 at 11:11 am #3594898
STATE OF GLOBAL AIR / 2019
A SPECIAL REPORT ON GLOBAL EXPOSURE TO AIR POLLUTION AND ITS DISEASE BURDEN
What is the State of Global Air?
The State of Global Air report brings into one place the latest information on air quality and health for countries around the globe. It is produced annually by the Health Effects Institute and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s Global Burden of Disease project as a source of objective, peer-reviewed air quality data and analysis.
Like previous reports, this year’s publication presents infor- mation on outdoor and household air pollution and on the health impacts of exposure to air pollution. For the first time, the report also explores how air pollution affects life expectancy.
Who is it for?
The report is designed to give citizens, journalists, policy makers, and scientists access to reliable, meaningful information about air pollution exposure and its health effects. The report is free and available to the public.
How can I explore the data?
This report has a companion interactive website that provides tools to explore, compare, and download data and graphics with the latest air pollution levels and associated burden of disease. Anyone can use the website to access data for 195 individual countries or territories and their related regions, as well as track trends from 1990 to 2017. Find it at stateofglobalair.org/data.
Where will I find information on:
Introduction …..page 1
Exposure to Air Pollution …..page 3
Household Air Pollution …..page 8
The Burden of Disease from Air Pollution …..page 11
Air Pollution’s Impact on Life Expectancy ……page 16
Conclusions …..page 19
Additional Resources ……page 20
Contributors and Funding …..page 22May 28, 2019 at 12:31 pm #3595096
Health warnings for tourists as Japan swelters during record heatwave
- More than 460 people were admitted to hospitals for treatment for heatstroke over the weekend
- Japan’s Environment Ministry has even launched a campaign encouraging men to carry parasols
Julian Ryall : South China Morning Post : Monday, 27 May 2019
Visitors to Japan have been warned to take extra precautions to avoid the effects of soaring temperatures during a record heatwave.
Unseasonably hot weather continued in Japan on Monday, with the mercury topping 30 degrees Celsius a fourth straight day in central Tokyo, a new record for May.
Among 926 monitoring posts across the country, 340 reported temperatures above 30 degrees. Ichihara in Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo, hit 35.7 degrees, followed by Obihiro in northern Japan’s Hokkaido and Ishikawa in Fukushima which both reached 35.5 degrees…May 28, 2019 at 12:39 pm #3595100
Here’s How Scarily Accurate NASA’s Long-Term Climate Predictions Have Been So Far
EVAN GOUGH, UNIVERSE TODAY : Science Alert : MAY 28, 2019
There are a handful of major science institutions around the world that keep track of the Earth’s temperature. They all clearly show that the world’s temperature has risen in the past few decades. One of those institutions is NASA.
NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Science Studies (GISS) is located in New York City. Recently, they did a complete assessment of their temperature data, called GISTEMP, or GISS surface Temperature Analysis.
The GISTEMP is one of our most direct benchmarks for tracking the Earth’s temperature. It goes back over 100 years, to the 1880s.
Every year, NASA partners with the NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) to update the global temperature. They use temperature data dating back to 1880 from land and sea surface measurements, combined with more modern measurements from over 6,300 weather stations research stations, and ships and weather buoys around the world.
Using all this data, the pair of organizations concluded that 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, and that 2016 was the warmest.
In this new study, NASA scientists analyzed the GISTEMP data to see if past predictions of rising temperatures were accurate. They needed to know that any uncertainty within their data was correctly accounted for.
The goal was to make sure that the models they use are robust enough to rely on in the future. The answer: Yes they are. Within 1/20th a degree Celsius. Kudos…May 29, 2019 at 11:33 am #3595246
A warming Arctic produces weather extremes in our latitudes
Source: Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research : Science Daily : May 28, 2019
Atmospheric researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) have now developed a climate model that can accurately depict the frequently observed winding course of the jet stream, a major air current over the Northern Hemisphere. The breakthrough came when the scientists combined their global climate model with a new machine learning algorithm on ozone chemistry. Using their new combo-model, they can now show that the jet stream’s wavelike course in winter and subsequent extreme weather conditions cold air outbreaks in Central Europe and North America are the direct result of climate change. Their findings were released in the Nature online portal Scientific Reports on 28 May 2019…May 29, 2019 at 11:39 am #3595247
The role of stratospheric ozone for Arctic-midlatitude linkages
Erik Romanowsky, Dörthe Handorf, Ralf Jaiser, Ingo Wohltmann, Wolfgang Dorn, Jinro Ukita, Judah Cohen, Klaus Dethloff & Markus Rex
Nature: Scientific Reports 9, Article number: 7962 (2019)
Arctic warming was more pronounced than warming in midlatitudes in the last decades making this region a hotspot of climate change. Associated with this, a rapid decline of sea-ice extent and a decrease of its thickness has been observed. Sea-ice retreat allows for an increased transport of heat and momentum from the ocean up to the tropo- and stratosphere by enhanced upward propagation of planetary-scale atmospheric waves. In the upper atmosphere, these waves deposit the momentum transported, disturbing the stratospheric polar vortex, which can lead to a breakdown of this circulation with the potential to also significantly impact the troposphere in mid- to late-winter and early spring. Therefore, an accurate representation of stratospheric processes in climate models is necessary to improve the understanding of the impact of retreating sea ice on the atmospheric circulation. By modeling the atmospheric response to a prescribed decline in Arctic sea ice, we show that including interactive stratospheric ozone chemistry in atmospheric model calculations leads to an improvement in tropo-stratospheric interactions compared to simulations without interactive chemistry. This suggests that stratospheric ozone chemistry is important for the understanding of sea ice related impacts on atmospheric dynamics.
In recent decades, Arctic winter temperature has risen at more than double the rate of lower latitudes1,2,3 accompanied with a strong reduction of Arctic sea-ice extent4 and decreased sea-ice thickness5. This phenomenon called Arctic Amplification can lead to a weakening of the temperature gradient between the Arctic and the midlatitudes. A weakened temperature gradient is related to a meridionalisation of the atmospheric flow and increased advection of warm air into the Arctic6. In addition, dry cold polar air is transported into the midlatitudes, which can result in cold air outbreaks in Eurasia and North America. Advection of warm air leads to a reduction of Arctic sea ice and therefore an increased transport of heat and momentum into the atmosphere in fall and winter followed by an increase in wave propagation from the tropo- into the stratosphere and weakening of the stratospheric polar vortex7,8, which then affects the tropospheric circulation in the midlatitudes in subsequent months9,10,11. To understand this tropo- stratospheric interaction, an improvement of climate models physical mechanisms is essential12,13. Recent studies also have shown an impact of Arctic stratospheric ozone on the El-Nino Southern Oscillation through a link to the North Pacific Oscillation14,15,16. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the extent to which stratospheric ozone chemistry is important to climate linkages between the Arctic and midlatitudes. Therefor we implement a computationally fast but accurate interactive stratospheric ozone chemistry module into an atmospheric general circulation model, which allows to perform a large number of ensemble simulations…May 29, 2019 at 11:50 am #3595248
Trump administration orders government agency to stop predicting long-term climate change impacts
White House condemned for ‘blatant attempt’ to politicise global warming science
Tom Embury-Dennis : The Independent : 1 day ago
The Trump administration has told a major US government department to end predicting what the long-term effects of climate change will be on the country.
Director of the US Geological Survey (USGS) James Reilly – a White House-appointed former oil geologist – ordered that scientific assessments only use computer-generated models that track the possible impact of climate change until 2040, according to The New York Times.
Previously the USGS modelled effects until the end of the century, the second half of which is likely to see the most dramatic impacts of global warming.
The order is likely to impact the US government’s National Climate Assessment, an interagency report produced every four years which outlines the projected impact of climate change in every corner of US society.
In the most recent report, produced late last year and dismissed by Mr Trump, scientists used computer models to predict the US would face devastating economic and health impacts from global warming by the end of the century.
In the next report, due for release in 2021 or 2022, worst-case scenario predictions will not automatically be included, in what one climate scientist, Philip Duffy of the Woods Hole Research Center, said was a “blatant attempt” to politicise science.
The move is just the latest in a concerted attempt by the Trump White House to undermine climate science and challenge attempts to address runaway warming, which is posing an existential threat to much of life on Earth…May 29, 2019 at 1:06 pm #3595252
“White House condemned for ‘blatant attempt’ to politicise global warming science”
“Psychological projection is a defence mechanism in which the human ego defends itself against unconscious impulses or qualities (both positive and negative) by denying their existence in themselves while attributing them to others.”May 30, 2019 at 4:08 am #3595378
Jerry – I quite agree. Jung is good on projection.
New Filipino Law Requires All Students to Plant 10 Trees to Graduate
Adam Ruggiero : Gear Junkie : May 28, 2019
An unprecedented law will require nearly 18 million students — at all levels, from elementary through college — to plant 10 trees each in order to graduate. And it may represent a crucial piece of solving the world’s greenhouse gas crisis.
A remarkable Filipino tradition formally became law this month when legislators passed the Graduation Legacy for the Environment Act. The new law will require every graduating student in elementary school, high school, and college to plant 10 trees before graduating.
Officials expect the law could result in “at least 175 million new trees” planted each year, according to CNN Philippines. In addition to beautifying the natural landscape, the initiative could be a small step toward reining in what many consider runaway CO2 levels in Earth’s atmosphere…May 30, 2019 at 12:18 pm #3595407
Renewable energy costs hit new lows, now cheapest new power option for most of the world
Phil Dzikiy : electrek : May 29th 2019
Plummeting costs have made renewable energy sources the most inexpensive option for new power generation throughout most parts of the world, according to a new study.
The findings come from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in its new report, Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018. The comprehensive study determined that costs “from all commercially available renewable power generation technologies” dropped in 2018…
Expected continuing cost declines will only make renewable energy more enticing, and make renewables the cheapest power option in even more countries as time goes on. IRENA says onshore wind and solar PV power are now often less expensive than any fossil fuel option, without financial assistance.
Furthermore, the agency expects that of projects set to be commissioned in 2020, more than three-quarters of onshore wind and four-fifths of utility-scale solar PV “should provide lower-priced electricity than the cheapest new coal-fired, oil or natural gas option.”…May 30, 2019 at 12:27 pm #3595411
Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018
International Renewable Energy Agency : May 2019
Renewable energy has become an increasingly competitive way to meet new power generation needs. This comprehensive cost study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) highlights the latest trends for each of the main renewable power technologies. Released ahead of high-profile United Nations energy and climate discussions, Renewable Power Generation Costs in 2018 draws on the latest cost and auction price data from projects around the world.
Costs from all commercially available renewable power generation technologies declined in 2018. The global weighted-average cost of electricity declined 26% year-on-year for concentrated solar power (CSP), followed by bioenergy (-14%), solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind (both -13%), hydropower (-12%), geothermal and offshore wind (both -1%), the report finds.
Continuing cost declines, meanwhile, underline renewable power as a low-cost climate and decarbonisation solution. Within IRENA’s global database, over three-quarters of the onshore wind and four-fifths of the utility-scale solar PV project capacity due to be commissioned in 2020 should provide lower-priced electricity than the cheapest new coal-fired, oil or natural gas option, the report notes.
Among other findings:
- Onshore wind and solar PV power are now, frequently, less expensive than any fossil-fuel option, without financial assitance.
- New solar and wind installations will increasingly undercut even the operating-only costs of exisitng coal-fired plants.
- Low and falling technology costs make renewables the competitive backbone of energy decarbonisation – a crucial climate goal.
- Cost forecasts for solar PV and onshore wind continue to be revised as new data emerges, with renewables consistently beating earlier expectations.
Along with reviewing cost trends, the report analyses cost components in detail. The report draws on IRENA’s cost database of around 17 000 renewable power generation projects and 9 000 auction and power purchase agreements for renewable power…
Utility-scale solar PV:
Total installed costs in 2018 by component and countryMay 30, 2019 at 1:55 pm #3595421
World-Leading Architects Call for Action on Climate Change
Niall Patrick Walsh : ArchDaily : 30 May, 2019
Some of the world’s leading UK-based architects have joined forces to call for industry-led action on the twin issues of climate change and biodiversity loss. The “Architects Declare” group, which includes firms such as Foster + Partners, David Chipperfield Architects, and Zaha Hadid Architects, has so-far grown to 69 firms, with the original 17 signatories all past winners of the RIBA Stirling Prize.
The group highlights the fact that buildings and construction account for almost 40% of energy-related CO2 emissions, and impact significantly on natural habitats. The group therefore calls for architects, together with clients, to “commission and design buildings, cities, and infrastructures as indivisible components of a larger, constantly regenerating and self-sustaining system.”
Measures put forward by the group include establishing climate and biodiversity mitigation principles as a key measure of industry success, recognized through awards, prizes, and listings, as well as proactive, open-source knowledge sharing. The group also calls for the upgrade of existing buildings for extended use as an alternative to demolition, and the inclusion of life cycle costing, whole life carbon modeling, and post-occupancy evaluation as part of the scope of work.
The group calls for the adoption of more regenerative design principles within studios, and for a collaboration with engineers, contractors, and clients to further reduce construction waste, and minimize wasteful use of resources in design itself. As well as advocating for faster change within the industry, the group advocates for a higher Government funding priority for climate change and biodiversity loss.
Now standing at 69 listings, the group was formed through a collaboration of AL_A, Alison Brooks Architects, AHMM, Caruso St John, David Chipperfield Architects, dRMM, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Foster + Partners, Haworth Tompkins, Hodder + Partners, Maccreanor Lavington, Michael Wilford, RSH+P, Stanton Williams, Wilkinson Eyre, Witherford Watson Mann and Zaha Hadid Architects.
The group is aiming to capture the attention of every UK architectural practice, and calls on firms to sign up on the official website here, as well as using the social media handle #architectsdeclare on Twitter and Instagram.Jun 2, 2019 at 11:06 am #3595869
Britain in two-week coal-free record
BBC News : 31 May 2019
Britain has not used coal to generate electricity for two weeks – the longest period since the 1880s. The body which manages the way electricity is generated said coal was last used at 15:12 on 17 May.
Fintan Slye, director of the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO), said the British record for solar power had also been broken this month.
Britain broke the record for a week of no coal earlier this month, which Mr Slye said would be a “new normal”. The government plans to phase out the UK’s last coal-fired plants by 2025 to reduce carbon emissions and Mr Slye said there was “still a lot of work to do”. But he added: “As more and more renewables come onto the system, we’re seeing things progress at an astonishing rate.”…Jun 2, 2019 at 11:22 am #3595871
‘World’s largest’ renewable energy storage project proposed for Utah
Phil Dzikiy : Electrek : May 31st 2019
A newly introduced renewable energy megaproject combining multiple storage technologies is being billed as the world’s largest, and it looks to make its home in central Utah.
The Advanced Clean Energy Storage (ACES) project will house 1,000 megawatts of energy storage capacity, enough to power 150,000 households for a year.
A joint initiative between Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Magnum Development, the ACES project will use four different storage technologies: renewable hydrogen, compressed air energy storage, large scale flow batteries, and solid oxide fuel cells.
MHPS says it has developed a gas turbine that can produce power using a mixture of renewable hydrogen and natural gas. Eventually, the natural gas part of that equation will be phased out:
The MHPS technology roadmap aims to use 100 percent renewable hydrogen as a fuel source, which will allow gas turbines to produce electricity with zero carbon emissions.
In the official ACES announcement, MHPS Americas president and CEO Paul Browning said,
“For 20 years, we’ve been reducing carbon emissions of the U.S. power grid using natural gas in combination with renewable power to replace retiring coal-fired power generation. In California and other states in the western United States, which will soon have retired all of their coal-fired power generation, we need the next step in decarbonization. Mixing natural gas and storage, and eventually using 100 percent renewable storage, is that next step. The technologies we are deploying will store electricity on time scales from seconds to seasons of the year. For example, when we add gas turbines powered with renewable hydrogen to a hydrogen storage salt-dome, we have a solution that stores and generates electricity with zero carbon emissions.”
The Millard County, Utah site seems to have been chosen for the area’s existing energy infrastructure and its location relative to Magnum’s salt caverns. Executives and officials see it as a key project not just for Utah but for all of the western US, including California…Jun 2, 2019 at 11:37 am #3595873
The greenprint: Checking up on Germany’s transition to renewable energy
Chris Turner : Special to The Globe and Mail : 23 hours ago
‘Energiewende,’ or energy transition, is the word on everyone’s lips in Germany as it tries to leave coal and fossil fuels behind. But behind all the slogans is real action – and important lessons for Canada
Chris Turner’s books include The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need, The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy, and The Patch: The People, Pipelines, and Politics of the Oil Sands, which won last year’s National Business Book Award.
The first time I heard the term Energiewende was in the industrial heartland of Germany’s solar industry, south of Berlin, in the fall of 2008. This was around the peak of the country’s solar boom – a wave of frenetic industrial activity triggered by Germany’s ambitious renewable energy legislation, which almost singlehandedly rationalized the entire solar business and expanded it to global scale. It caused such feverish investment that the TecDAX index that tracks German technology stocks was being referred to at the time as the “solar DAX.”
I was interviewing a solar executive who was bringing me up to speed on it all, and he dropped the term into his explanation almost apologetically – the solar boom was part of a plan to eventually eliminate all fossil fuels from the German electricity grid, he said. “This Energiewende, we call it.” You could hear the ironic distance in his intonation. Maybe it was empty buzzspeak, this term. Maybe it would come to less than all that. Maybe it was some German quirk. It translates quite readily to English: “energy transition.” Why be so precious about it?
Ten years later, there is a logo of the kind that gets slapped up at the corners of slides projected onto giant presentation screens at international energy conferences. “Energiewende – Switch to the Future,” it reads, with a stylized German flag waving between the two halves of the compound word. The German Foreign Office hosts an annual conference of its own (the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue) on the global progress of the project. And it has come up with a kitschy tradition at such events involving an outsized lime-green sofa, on which an assortment of dignitaries (the foreign affairs minister, the former president of Ireland, the head of the International Renewable Energy Agency) sit for photos, attesting to the fact that they have joined Germany’s Energiewende. The sofa travels the world, from investment meeting to trade-show floor to conference hall.
The term isn’t going away. Neither is the transition.
“We now see a global energy transition,” says Falk Boemeke of the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. “And we are very happy to see that, because we are convinced that the energy transition is in fact the future.”…Jun 2, 2019 at 1:27 pm #3595882
transitioning from fossil fuel doesn’t have to ruin the economy. If anything, the U.S. has better resources for doing this:
“Roughly 40 per cent of the capacity on Germany’s national grid now comes from renewable sources – up from less than 5 per cent at the transition’s launch – and more than 40 per cent of the facilities producing that clean power are owned by farmers and other private citizens, attesting to a genuinely national movement. Roughly 340,000 Germans work in the renewable-energy industry – more than five times as many as are employed by the once-mighty coal business, and rapidly approaching half the size of the work force in Germany’s vaunted automotive sector. Annual investment in renewables now counts in the tens of billions of euros in Germany.
And perhaps most impressively, the Energiewende boasts the support of more than 90 per cent of the German public – as near to unanimity as a modern democracy reaches on any topic. And German citizens underscored their support for green energy by handing the country’s Green Party the second largest share of votes in the European Parliament elections in May.”Jun 4, 2019 at 1:37 pm #3596168
Australian Report Lays Out Devastating Consequences Climate Change Could Have By Mid-Century
Gavin Evans : Complex : 16 hours ago
Image via Getty/Cinoby
According to analysis put together by a Melbourne, Australia-based think tank, climate change is “a near- to mid-term existential threat to human civilization” which “threatens the premature extinction of Earth- originating intelligent life or the permanent and drastic destruction of its potential for desirable future development.” The analysis goes on to describe what could happen in as little as three decades if the problem isn’t seriously addressed and combated with a massive global effort. This, of course, is in line with previous warnings, but who knows, maybe this is the straw that will finally break the camel’s back. Probably not.
This forecasting scenario came about after the Australian Senate inquired about the impact that climate change would have on the country’s national security. Subsequently, it was endorsed by an ex-Australian defense chief and senior royal navy commander Chris Barrie. Barrie currently works for the Climate Change Institute at Australian National University, Canberra.
The report, as pointed out by Vice, says that the risk to the planet is far more dire than most people seem to think, and that the potential devastation is hard to comprehend because it falls “outside the human experience of the last thousand years.”
It also says, again like many previous reports, that the “point of no return” is quickly approaching, and could arrive around 2050. If/when this happens order would break-down both domestically and internationally. The report states that the only way to counter the impending disaster would be with an effort “akin in scale to the World War II emergency mobilization,” which you already know is way too optimistic…Jun 5, 2019 at 10:14 am #3596334
Good God – CNN is reporting that Prince Charles and Pres. Trump met for 90 minutes today to discuss climate change, a subject dear to Charles’ heart.
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