[Klimalinks 22.8.2019] Bernie Sanders’ 16 Billionen US$-Klimaplan; Pflanze blüht zum ersten mal seit 60 Millionen Jahren; Immobilien mit hohem Klimarisiko nicht versicherbar

• Bernie Sanders hat seinen Klimaplan vorgelegt, 16 Billionen US-Dollar für den Umbau der US-Infrastruktur: Bernie Sanders Unveils $16 Trillion ‘Green New Deal’ Plan und Bernie Sanders’ $16 Trillion Climate Plan Is Nothing Short of a Revolution.

It declares climate change a national emergency; envisions building new solar, wind and geothermal power sources across the country; and commits $200 billion to help poor nations cope with climate change.

Mr. Sanders said in an interview Wednesday night that his proposal would “pay for itself” over 15 years and create 20 million jobs in the process.

Mr. Sanders’s plan would be funded in part by imposing new fees and taxes on the fossil fuel industry. He described the proposal as putting “meat on the bones” of the Green New Deal resolution and laying the groundwork for a rapid energy transformation.

“President Trump thinks that climate change is a hoax. President Trump is dangerously, dangerously wrong. Climate change is an existential threat to the entire country and the entire world and we must be extraordinarily aggressive,” Mr. Sanders said.

• In England hat eine Pflanzenart ausgeschlagen, die seit 60 Millionen Jahren nicht mehr geblüht hat: Ancient plants set to reproduce in UK after 60m years: Cycad in Isle of Wight produces outdoor male and female cones for first time on record.

• Investmentfonds ziehen sich aus Firmen mit hohen Klimarisiken zurück: Big Money Starts to Dump Stocks That Pose Climate Risks: Momentum is gathering, says Mark Lewis, who leads climate change investment research for Paris-based BNP Paribas Asset Management. He likens it to the divestment campaign that forced companies participating in apartheid-era South Africa to change course, and he invokes the spirit of Gandhi: “They’ve ignored us and laughed at us. I think now they’re fighting us. So next we win.”

These companies are trying to predict what climate change will do to real estate investments: Investors are turning to a new breed of high-tech start-ups that can measure the risk climate change poses to real estate — from an hour to decades into the future.

• Rückversicherer dürften zaudernde Klimapolitk schon sehr bald zum Frühstück essen: ‘It’s a problem for society’: Climate change is making some homes uninsurable.

The Soaring Cost of Rising Seas: “Just for seawalls alone across the country, it’s $400 billion over the next 15 years,” David McDougal of the Miami Climate Alliance said. “For Florida alone, it’s $76 billion.”

Climate Change Exacerbates the Affordable Housing Shortage: Disabled people and minority communities are disproportionately affected and have the fewest resources to recover from disasters.

Marktwirtschaft ohne Kapitalismus: Das Konzept der Gemeinwohl-Ökonomie führt weg vom reinen Profit- und Wachstumsdenken. Die ersten Unternehmen stellen freiwillig eine Gemeinwohl-Bilanz auf. Damit es mehr werden, müsste es einen Ausgleich für die wirtschaftlichen Nachteile geben.

Big Oil Is Scared: big names in fossil fuel extraction, shipping, and refinement have all thrown their weight behind a slew of anti-protest bills specifically designed to protect fossil fuel infrastructure. The extreme measure is the clearest sign yet the fossil fuel industry knows it has a losing hand and is making a desperate play to wring as many hydrocarbons out of the ground as possible.

Nearly 200 US cities are seeing more extremely hot days, analysis finds 198 had an increase in the average number of days each year that felt 90F or hotter and 106 cities had an increase in ‘danger’ days that felt 105F or hotter

Insect ‘apocalypse’ in U.S. driven by 50x increase in toxic pesticides: Bees, butterflies, and other insects are under attack by the very plants they feed on as U.S. agriculture continues to use chemicals known to kill.

• Plastic Planet: Plastics Found in Rocky Mountain Rain, Arctic and Alps Snow

Scientists Have Been Underestimating the Pace of Climate Change: Many scientists worry that if they over-estimate a threat, they will lose credibility, whereas if they under-estimate it, it will have little (if any) reputational impact. In climate science, this anxiety is reinforced by the drumbeat of climate denial, in which scientists are accused of being “alarmists” who “exaggerate the threat.” In this context, scientists may go the extra mile to disprove the stereotype by down-playing known risks and denying critics the opportunity to label them as alarmists.

Australia’s climate change inaction is now bipartisan. Protest is all we have left: Queensland Labor gearing up to criminalise activism is only a taste of the kind of intimidation that’s likely to come.

• Yes and yes: Greta Thunberg’s attackers are morally bankrupt, but her deification isn’t helpful

How to build a climate-proof home that never floods: The Netherlands has found an ingenious way to combat rising water – build housing that does the same.

The most tried and tested way to build in flood-risk areas is to lift the house off the ground. Humans have been building homes on stilts for millennia, and this technique is still popular in south-east Asia, Central America and Brazil.

More modern techniques include building on a raised platform like a beach house – a familiar sight in my wife’s native Australia – or simply on banks of earth or concrete. Of course this approach requires an element of second guessing: you need to build the accommodation above the level any floodwater will reach.

But the latest technology solves this problem: houses that float and rise with the floodwaters.

The rain in Spain: how an ancient Arabic technique saves Alicante from floods: In function it resembles an aljibe, a technique developed by Arab residents of Spain many centuries ago, in which rainwater is collected and stored in a kind of cistern underneath a building. La Marjal does a similar job, but outdoors. The water is also then diverted to a nearby treatment plant, where it can subsequently be used to clean streets and water parks.

• Visualisierung des Anstiegs der Meeresspiegel in asiatischen Städten: Going Under: How sea level rise is threatening to sink major Asian cities: Climate change is likely the most pressing issue of our generation. Sea levels are projected to rise by at least 2 metres at the end of this century. Many major Asian cities are in low-lying coastal areas. What will happen to them and their people?

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