Klimalinks: Kohleverbrauch 2018 gestiegen, Green New Deal abgesagt, Überschwemmungen im Iran und Mozambique.
Klimaforscher antworten auf Argumente von Klimawandel-Skeptikern: Ich denke, es sind deutlich mehr als 97 Prozent [Konsens unter Klimawissenschaftlern], zumindest wenn man Klimaforschende im engeren Sinn betrachtet. Aber in der Öffentlichkeit entsteht ein verzerrtes Bild. Da sind die Medien mitschuldig: Die Argumente der Zweifler sind falsch, werden aber doch stetig wiederholt. Dabei gibt es wohl keine breiter abgestützte, transparentere und zehntausendfach überprüfte Forschung als diejenige zum menschengemachten Klimawandel.
Shit: Global coal use up as greenhouse gas emissions rise: Energy demand grew at its fastest pace this decade, with a 2.3% increase globally driving rises in fossil fuel consumption. Coal use in power stations was a third of the increase in energy consumption, and together gas and coal were responsible for nearly 70% of the growth in energy consumption, and while demand for solar and wind power also increased, it was by much less overall.
Immerhin: Global ‘collapse’ in number of new coal-fired power plants: The number of plants on which construction has begun each year has fallen by 84% since 2015, and 39% in 2018 alone, while the number of completed plants has dropped by more than half since 2015.
Widespread losses of pollinating insects revealed across Britain: The analysis of 353 wild bee and hoverfly species found the insects have been lost from a quarter of the places they were found in 1980. A third of the species now occupy smaller ranges, with just one in 10 expanding their extent, and the average number of species found in a square kilometre fell by 11.
Yes. The destruction of the Earth is a crime. It should be prosecuted: [Polly Higgins] is a barrister who has devoted her life to creating an international crime of ecocide. This means serious damage to, or destruction of, the natural world and the Earth’s systems. It would make the people who commission it – such as chief executives and government ministers – criminally liable for the harm they do to others, while creating a legal duty of care for life on Earth.
This should be relevant for debates around urban environents vs countryside too: Air pollution linked to psychotic experiences in young people: Researchers analysed the experiences of more than 2,000 17-year-olds across England and Wales and found that those in places with higher levels of nitrogen oxides had a 70% higher chance of symptoms such as hearing voices or intense paranoia.
Senate blocks Green New Deal
Green New Deal Voted Down in Senate After Some Real Bullshit: Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the first comprehensive climate legislation for a floor vote in the Senate in more than a decade. The move was as a cynical ploy to ensure climate policy continues to go nowhere.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez schools Republicans on the true costs and beneficiaries of the Green New Deal: We talk about cost—we’re going to pay for this whether we pass a Green New Deal or not. Because as towns and cities go underwater, as wildfires ravage our communities, we’re going to pay. And we have to decide whether we’re going to pay to react, or pay to be proactive.
Idai’s official death toll in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi reached 761 on Monday, but that total will surely rise. There are reports of hundreds of bodies alongside a single road as floodwaters began to recede.
Beira, Mozambique, reportedly the hardest hit city, “will go down in history as having been the first city to be completely devastated by climate change,” said Graça Machel, the country’s former first lady and a prominent humanitarian in an interview with the Mozambique newspaper Verdade on Monday.
By 2025, this once-grimy industrial city aims to be net carbon neutral, meaning it plans to generate more renewable energy than the dirty energy it consumes.
Here’s why it matters to the rest of the world: Half of humanity now lives in cities, and the vast share of planet-warming gases come from cities. The big fixes for climate change need to come from cities too. They are both a problem and a potential source of solutions.
The experience of Copenhagen, home to 624,000 people, can show what’s possible, and what’s tough, for other urban governments on a warming planet.
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