A simulator from Climate Interactive, out of M.I.T.’s Sloan School of Management allows you to change many variables to see what it would take to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions enough to get us off our current impossible track and onto the merely miserable heading of 1.5 to two degrees Celsius envisioned in the Paris climate accords.
It will appeal to the geek in you and will show you that there is no magic bullet, no one thing that we can do that will achieve the desired result. It will show that we have to start using every tool in the toolbox and we need to start right now.
What could the government of Canada do if its Ministers, MPs and civil servants really understood the severity of the climate emergency, and the urgency of the need? This paper shows how we could target a 65% reduction in emissions by 2030 and 100% by 2040. It proposes 164 new policies and programs, financed by $59 billion a year in new investments, without raising taxes or increasing public sector borrowing. The new programs and policies are announced every Monday morning between January 6th and the end of June. To learn what they are, read on.
An Earth Day release by filmmaker Michael Moore and director Jeff Gibbs, purporting to show that a clean energy transition won’t help address the climate crisis and that climate campaigners have sold out to “wealthy interests and corporate America”, has spurred an avalanche of critical analysis, prompting one of its distributors to take the online video out of circulation before putting it back up a half-day later.
As people ponder our current situation, and question how we got here, we increasingly get asked the question “is this nature fighting back at us?” It is a good question. There is not, of course, any sentient being called “nature,” but there is a biosphere upon which we depend for our very existence that has been abused to a staggering degree as human “development” has “progressed,” fixated on relentless growth. Maybe COVID-19 is just the latest in a series of metaphorical warning shots that things are running out of control.
In April 2017, Project Drawdown released its inaugural body of work on climate solutions with the publication of the best-selling book Drawdown and a suite of open-source resources on Drawdown.org.
This Review represents the organization’s second seminal publication and the first major update to our assessment of solutions to move the world toward “Drawdown”—the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline.
When fossil fuels are burned, they release carbon dioxide, an invisible and odorless gas, into the atmosphere. What would happenif carbon emerged from our car tailpipes as a solid? This short video shows what it would look like.
Imagine It’s 2050. Trudeau is looking back on his legacy. “In February 2020, I approved the Teck Frontier Mine in the middle of a climate emergency. I Regret Choosing Big Oil Over our climate and our communities. I'm Sorry”
Liberal Members of Parliament are taking a loud stand against Teck Resources’ C$20.6-billion Frontier tar sands/oil sands mine proposal, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau receiving an “earful” at a caucus meeting Wednesday, Huffington Post Canada reports.
Abstract. Global surface temperature in 2019 was the 2nd highest in the period of instrumental measurements in the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) analysis. The rate of global warming has accelerated in the past decade. The 2019 global temperature was +1.2°C (~2.2°F) warmer than in the 1880-1920 base period; global temperature in that base period is a reasonable estimate of ‘pre-industrial’ temperature. The five warmest years in the GISS record all occur in the past five years, and the 10 warmest years are all in the 21st century. Growth rates of the greenhouse gases driving global warming are increasing, not declining.
Annual growth of atmospheric CO2 has increased from less than 1 ppm (parts per million) per year when Keeling began his measurement in the late 1950s to about 2.5 ppm per year averaged over the past several years (Fig. 6). The CO2 growth rate has a strong correlation with the global temperature anomaly with CO2 lagging the temperature by 10 months. This suggests that the CO2 growth rate may increase in 2020, but this is uncertain because the recent tropical and global warming was weak (Fig. 4).
Maneuvering around Teck Resources’ controversial Frontier tar sands/oil sands proposal is heating up, with Environment and Climate Minister Jonathan Wilkinson saying Cabinet review of the project may be delayed, while Teck CEO Don Lindsay says it’s “anyone’s guess” whether his company will build the C$20.6-billion project if it’s approved.
Given the urgency of the climate crisis, however, many of us feel that silence is no longer an option. And Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, is the person to talk to about how to talk about climate change.
In this Ted Talk Katherine Hayhoe recommends that the most important thing that we can do as individuals is to talk to others about climate change through values that you share with the people you are talking to.