– Multiple Crises
– The Green New Deal
– The #2020_Elections
– A World to Win
#Alexandria_Ocasio_Cortez #Edward_J_Markey #Green_New_Deal #climate
‘Climate apartheid’: UN expert says human rights may not survive | Environment | The Guardian
A Major Indian City Has Nearly Run Out of Water
In Chennai - India’s sixth largest city - 4.6 million people have all but run out of water.
Those who can afford it rely on private water tankers, although these are mostly inaccessible for the 820,000 people who live in the city’s slums.
The situation is becoming dire, and it’s causing tension in the city. There are recent stories of neighbours stabbing each other over access to water.
4 Activists Explain Why Migrant Justice Is Climate Justice | Teen Vogue
A UNHCR report revealed that, by the end of 2016, there were 65.6 million displaced people who had fled their homelands because of violence, human rights violations, and environmental disasters that are intensified by the climate crisis. Since 2008, an average of 26.4 million people have been displaced from their homes by extreme weather disasters every year.
“From African migrants choosing to cross by boat from North Africa to Europe to Pacific Islanders losing their homes due to rising sea levels and Central American migrants fleeing their home countries in search of refuge, people around the world are being driven from their homes by droughts, storms, and the political strife and conflict that follow these climate disasters,” 350.org stated in a December press release.
Fighting climate change is about more than emissions and metrics — it’s about fighting for a just world for everyone. Teen Vogue spoke with five climate-justice advocates whose work focuses on the vital intersection of migrant rights and climate action.
Maya Menezes, an organizer for No One Is Illegal and podcast host of Change Everything:
We are past the point of stopping some of the largest impacts of climate change. One of the biggest battles will be over the closing of borders, the decisions of who is deserving of basic humanity and who isn’t.
Under capitalism, goods can go across borders but human beings cannot. It’s not a weird coincidence, it’s a violent political strategy to bar people and privilege some over others. We need to envision a borderless world. Imagining a borderless world is one of the ultimate acts of decolonization because colonialism told us arbitrability there are lines here for you to cross, it is connected to capitalism, exploitation and racism, so challenging capitalism and colonization fundamentally challenges borders. If we are trying to challenge capitalistic structures that are destroying this planet, that means challenging the structures that are continuing to dehumanize human beings and designating people as legal bodies. No one is illegal on stolen lands. If we reject colonization and put ourselves in solidarity with indigenous sovereignty, then we reject that someone can be illegal and discarded.
Very Strong Atmospheric Methane Growth in the 4 Years 2014–2017: Implications for the Paris Agreement
The rise in atmospheric #methane (CH4), which began in 2007, accelerated in the past 4 years. The growth has been worldwide, especially in the tropics and northern midlatitudes. With the rise has come a shift in the carbon isotope ratio of the methane. The causes of the rise are not fully understood, and may include increased emissions and perhaps a decline in the destruction of methane in the air. Methane’s increase since 2007 was not expected in future greenhouse gas scenarios compliant with the targets of the Paris Agreement, and if the increase continues at the same rates it may become very difficult to meet the Paris goals. There is now urgent need to reduce methane emissions, especially from the fossil fuel industry.
It is clear that if the Paris Agreement is to succeed, methane must be understood, but there are large unknowns. The key global deficiency, as noted by modeling studies (...) is the lack of long‐term measurement data from remote sites, especially in the tropics. There is urgent need for more in situ observations, from more locations, to constrain atmospheric inverse models of the methane budget. Isotopic measurement remains very sparse indeed. Satellite retrievals are unable to determine boundary layer methane abundance or to observe isotopologues accurately. To resolve the OH puzzle, more stations measuring long‐term time series of methane mole fraction, δ13CCH4 and δDCH4 are needed, especially in the tropics, as well as a tighter understanding of ongoing methyl chloroform (CH3CCl3) emissions. But funding agencies prioritize hypothesis‐testing and process‐study campaigns over long‐term monitoring.
If the main causes are increased anthropogenic emissions, they need to be reduced. If the increased methane burden is driven by increased emissions from natural sources, and if this is a #climate feedback—the warming feeding the warming—then there is urgency to reduce anthropogenic emissions, which we can control. If, however, the increase in the methane burden is driven by a decline in the oxidative capacity of the atmosphere, and this is a climate feedback, then the implications are serious indeed.
The “Great Dying” Has Begun. Only Transforming the Economy Can Stop It.
Extinction has threatened Earth’s plant and animal life several times over the planet’s multibillion-year history. During the mass extinction event called the “Great Dying,” around 250 million years ago, 96% of all marine species died out — gone forever.
Life is once again headed for total collapse. While coverage of last week’s major Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) report on biodiversity loss rightly played up the dire numbers — an estimated 1 million species gone by 2050 — what’s truly remarkable are the solutions the authors offer in response. Ditching the timid pragmatism of technocrats, these scientists are calling for nothing less than the total transformation of the global economy. Producing for profit has failed us, they say, and failed the planet. We need a new system.
Andreas Malm: Revolutionary Strategy in a Warming World
Who shall execute it? Who are the Petrograd metalworkers and the Kronstadt sailors of the climate revolution? Look at the country that tops a survey of the populations most worried about global warming: Burkina Faso, currently devastated by declining rains and magnified sandstorms, topping the list of African nations suffering from excessively hot working days. Can a farmer from Burkina Faso storm the Winter Palaces of fossil capital — can she even catch sight of them in her lifetime, or are the headquarters of ExxonMobil in Texas and the glittering towers of Dubai so distant as to be utterly beyond her reach, let alone her and her peers’ capacity for effective revolutionary action? It would probably be as easy to gain mass support for the above program in Burkina Faso as it would be hard to implement it from there.
Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science - The New York Times
Mr. Reilly, the head of the Geological Survey, who does not have a background in climate change science, characterized the changes as an attempt to prepare more careful, accurate reports. “We’re looking for answers with our partners and to get statistical significance from what we understand,” he said.
Yet scientists said that by eliminating the projected effects of increased carbon dioxide pollution after 2040, the Geological Survey reports would present an incomplete and falsely optimistic picture of the impact of continuing to burn unlimited amounts of coal, oil and gasoline.
#crise_climatique : renverser le capitalisme pour offrir un avenir à l’humanité
▻https://mensuel.lutte-ouvriere.org//2019/04/21/crise-climatique-renverser-le-capitalisme-pour-offrir-un-ave (Lutte de classe n°199 - mai 2019) #mensuelLO
– Une contestation qui ne vise pas le système capitaliste
– Les mobilisations climatiques devant un choix politique
A Reliable #blockchain Platform for Renewable #energy Sector
TerraGreen PurposeThe general thought behind #terragreen is to use blockchain technology and cryptocurrency to make the earth (Terra) a greener place. The focus of TerraGreen is to produce renewable energy that is generated from renewable materials and waste productions instead of using fossil fuels like oil, coal and natural gas. In the end, TerraGreen’s purpose is to create a truly sustainable and clean community which will allow consumers to directly participate in the renewable energy industry positively.TerraGreen intends to break down the walls between energy producers, investors, consumers, and utilities so that people get involved and influence their energy is produced.TerraGreen Motivation.Environmental stress to earth has induced an urgent quest for innovation in energy (...)
Toronto #blockchain Consortium for Global Energy Transformation
Let’s unravel how blockchain #technology has the potential to disrupt the $1.3 trillion global energy market!Solar panels. Source: ▻https://www.pexels.com/photo/alternative-alternative-energy-blue-eco-411592/The modern lifestyle we live today would not be possible without energy and, as a matter of fact, the demand for more energy is escalating at a rapid pace. The burden of this rising demand lies on the shoulders of centralized and monolithic power producers. The current value chain of the energy industry has not undergone many changes since about a century or more. On the other hand, the way the world works has entirely transformed since then.Clearly, there is a need to think from the first principles.Putting on the blockchain hatThe fundamental features of blockchain are described (...)
Powering The Revolution
“Eden GeoPower” is looking to shake up the renewable energy sector.Powering cryptocurrency mining operations with Eden GeoPower’s facilities.Eden GeoPower is a clean energy company developing innovative solutions to power #blockchain technology with geothermal resources. Renewal energy is and will continue to be crucial to our ever-evolving society especially as carbon emissions continue to affect climate change. At Eden GeoPower, we aim to not only offset these problems but also to power the technology of the future. Our method allows us to consume electricity on-site by targeting off-grid power consumers such as cryptocurrency miners and large data centers. Geothermal energy is one of the only renewable energy resources capable of providing a 24/7 (baseload) energy supply. Eden’s (...)
#Climate_Change Claims a Lake, and an Identity - The New York Times
After surviving decades of water diversion and cyclical El Niño droughts in the #Andes, #Lake_Poopó basically disappeared in December. The ripple effects go beyond the loss of livelihood for the #Quispes and hundreds of other fishing families, beyond the migration of people forced to leave homes that are no longer viable.
Where is my electric vehicle, #uber?
Last Sunday, I had a shower thought wondering why ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft lack an electric vehicle option. You can share a sedan, hail a luxury SUV, and call a wheelchair-accessible ride. But you can’t choose to ride in an electric vehicle. What gives?Uber facilitates over 10,000 rides every minute. The #transportation unicorn’s 3 million drivers have logged over 5 billion trips worldwide, but very few vehicles in the fleet are electric or hybrid. With this incredible reach, ride sharing companies have much more climate change power than they credit themselves. While some incentives are built in for ride sharing drivers to switch to EVs, Uber does not incentivize the customer. The hybrid, electric, and autonomous vehicle revolution may hit the U.S. eventually, but ride (...)
The Massive Energy Bill Behind Your Data
How will we offset the rapidly increasing power consumption of data centres? Hyperscale has plucked the low hanging fruit. What’s next?BalticServers.com [CC BY-SA 3.0 (▻https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia CommonsPop quiz: Which organ of your body uses the most energy?It’s the brain, of course.Your brain uses up to 20 percent of all the calories you consume each day.Maybe that explains why we’ve readily accepted that computers will use a huge amount of energy in processing, and emit so much heat that they also create a secondary power need to cool them down?We are becoming increasingly aware of the amount of energy the data centres supporting our favourite social media sites, film & music streaming services and online shopping are using, and are expected to use (...)
A tiny Swiss company that thinks it can help stop climate change
Two European entrepreneurs think they can remove carbon from the air at prices cheap enough to matter. Article word count: 6675
Image Christoph Gebald, left, and Jan Wurzbacher, the founders of Climeworks, at their plant in Hinwil, Switzerland.CreditCreditLuca Locatelli for The New York Times
Two European entrepreneurs think they can remove carbon from the air at prices cheap enough to matter.
Christoph Gebald, left, and Jan Wurzbacher, the (...)
GIVE ENGINEERS AN ASSISTANT
Left: images from the 1977 NASA SP-413 “Space Settlements — A Design Study,” Right: Isaac Asimov (Photo: Toronto Star)Maximizing access to the best methods & tools benefits us allIn 1977, the NASA report Space Settlements — A Design Study published a grand vision of the future where among many accomplishments there would be space stations orbiting earth devoted to beaming down plentiful concentrated solar energy. The report stated: “power stations are placed in orbit around the Earth to which they deliver copious and valuable electrical energy. The economic value of these power stations will go far to justify the existence of the colony and the construction of more colonies.” Thirty Five years ago, the famous writer and futurist Isaac Asimov wrote predictions for 2019 in the Toronto Star. One (...)
Adelaide breaks its all-time heat record, hitting 46.6C, in extreme Australia heatwave | Australia news | The Guardian
Temperature records have tumbled across South Australia, with the city of Adelaide experiencing its hottest day on record, as the second heatwave in as many weeks hit southern parts of Australia.
To fix the #climate_crisis, we must face up to our imperial past | openDemocracy
1st extract of Daniel Macmillen Voskoboynik’s new book ’#The_Memory_We_Could_Be ’
It’s time to join the dots between our overlapping crises of – and shared solutions to – environmental degradation, damaged health, racial oppression and gender injustice.
#Colonialism can’t be forgotten – it’s still destroying peoples and our planet | openDemocracy
The story of colonialism, sanitized and blotted out from the historical consciousness, needs to be recalled, for many reasons – not the least of them because of our concerns about the #climate
During the 19th and 20th centuries, formal colonialism came to an end. Countries were liberated, new flags unfurled, and rewritten constitutions adopted. But although imperial states were forced to relinquish their hold, their legacies prevailed. Centuries of enslavement, despotism, crushed sovereignty, and ecological demolition, had guaranteed a long afterlife to imperial haunting, and its logics of conquest and predation. Many of the new nation states carried on down tracks laid for them by the colonial powers and continued the process of ecological destruction. Under the banners of development, thousands of communities were evicted and displaced in development programmes.
Regulation of Bitcoin businesses kills #innovation and makes people less safe. We know this is a fact from the story of the incandescent light bulb.The venerable incandescent light bulb has now been banned in many countries in the west. The reasoning behind this ban was that the bulbs are ‘inefficient’, and that removing them from use will save energy and reduce the amount of ‘carbon’ that is released into the atmosphere by the people who use them.As a replacement for these bulbs, ‘energy efficient’ fluorescent light bulbs were planned to completely replace the incandescent light bulb, by the force of law.All of the production lines that used to manufacture the incandescent light bulb have either been stopped or are in the process of being stopped. Capital has been diverted to the production of (...)
What if summers in India turn 8-month long ?
The world is getting not only hotter but also more humid.As a result of global increases in both temperature and specific humidity, heat stress is projected to intensify throughout the 21st century. Some of the regions most susceptible to dangerous heat and humidity combinations are also among the most densely populated.The combined scientific measure of heat and humidity is called wet-bulb temperature, which hardly ever crossed 32°C between 1985 and 2005. The nature of such heat waves has since changed because of rapidly growing greenhouse gas emissions, exacerbating climate change.India’s energy future could tip the scales of global climate change, but the extreme weather is already here. The Indo-Gangetic Plain, also known as the Indus-Ganga Plain and the North Indian River Plain, is (...)
Wiping out climate change with #smartfin, an Electron-connected surfboard fin
An IoT enabled surfboard fin that gathers near-shore ocean chemistry data the whole time a surfer shreds.SmartfinThroughout all of human history, the ocean has mystified even those who know it most intimately. From sailors of old, who came to shore with tales of krakens, monsters, and mermaids, to deep sea scientists today, who’ve only properly mapped about 10% of the entire seafloor, much remains unknown.Phil Bresnahan, a hacker, oceanographer, and avid surfer out of San Diego, married his love of studying the sea with his love of shredding some gnarly waves. To learn more about the deep depths, Phil outfit his surfboard with an Electron and enlisted help from surfers and scientists alike.Shred White & BlueRiding the IoT wavePhil and his team call the project The Smartfin. It’s a (...)
Don’t turn to the military to solve the climate-change crisis | Nick Buxton
The Pentagon in 2003 was the first to talk about #climate security, framing climate change as a “threat multiplier” that would exacerbate conflict, terrorism, mass migration and social instability. In 2008, the EU concurred saying that global temperature increases of more than 2 degrees (...) would “lead to unprecedented security scenarios”.
Security is a modern day weasel word – who can be against security? The question rarely asked is whose security are we talking about - security of what, for whom and from whom? The US, EU and now Australian strategies, though, clearly state they are talking about the security of their respective nations in the face of “threats” usually coming from the consequences of climate change in neighbouring countries.