Plants and Fungi Together Could Slow Climate Change by Removing CO2 From the Atmosphere 'A new global assessment shows that human impacts have greatly reduced plant-fungus symbioses, which play a key role in sequestering carbon in soils. Restoring these ecosystems could be one strategy to slow climate change.'
‘Untold human suffering’: 11,000 scientists from across world unite to declare global climate emergency. ‘Despite 40 years of major global negotiations, we conduct business as usual and have failed to address this crisis,’ group says Eleven thousand scientists in 153 countries have declared a climate emergency and warned that “untold human suffering” is unavoidable without huge shifts in the way we live. The letter is based on climate science that was first established in 1979 at the first World Climate Conference held in Geneva. For decades multiple global bodies have agreed urgent action is needed but greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. “Despite 40 years of major global negotiations, we have continued to conduct business as usual and have failed to address this crisis,” said William Ripple, professor of ecology at Oregon State University, who spearheaded the letter. “Climate change has arrived and is accelerating faster than many scientists expected,” according to the letter published in BioScience. Researchers say they have a moral obligation to “clearly warn humanity of any catastrophic threat” and “tell it like it is”. “Clearly and unequivocally planet Earth is facing a #ClimateEmergency,” they state. Reddit: /r/worldnews & /r/ExtinctionRebellion
This Arctic Community Is Literally Falling Into the Ocean Indigenous peoples and people of color are disproportionately affected by our global climate crisis. But in the mainstream green movement and in the media, they are often forgotten or excluded. This is Tipping Point, a new VICE series that covers environmental justice stories about and, where possible, written by people in the communities experiencing the stark reality of our changing planet. Tipping Point is a new series that covers environmental justice stories about the people and communities experiencing the stark reality of our changing planet. Reddit.
The Truth Behind the Paris Agreement Climate Pledges – “Insufficient to Address Climate Change” Almost 75% of 184 Paris Agreement pledges were judged insufficient to slow climate change; Only 28 European Union nations and 7 others will reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2030. - Almost 75 percent of 184 Paris Agreement pledges were judged insufficient to slow climate change - Only 28 European Union nations & 7 others will reduce emissions by at least 40 percent by 2030 - China & India, top emitters, will reduce emissions intensity, but their emissions will increase - U.S., second top emitter, has reversed key national policies to combat climate change - Almost 70 percent of the pledges rely on funding from wealthy nations for their implementation - 70 percent of GHGs are CO2 emissions from fossil fuels “The comprehensive examination found that with few exceptions, the pledges of rich, middle income and poor nations are insufficient to address climate change,” says Sir Robert Watson, former chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and co-author of the report. “Simply, the pledges are far too little, too late.” Slightly more than half of greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions, the main driver of climate change, comes from four nations — China with 26.8 percent of global GHG emissions, the United States (13.1 percent), India (7 percent) and Russia (4.6 percent). The clock is ticking. The next decade is a test.
https://www.drawdown.org/scenarioshttps://www.drawdown.org/solutions-summary-by-rank Eighty of the solutions in this book already exist and are scaling to become competitive alternatives to now dominant, high-emitting technologies. They are economically viable, proven to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or sequester carbon dioxide, and have the potential to spread throughout the world. Our approach was to collect as much data from a variety of vetted, widely-cited sources as possible, using our models to assess different potential pathways for global adoption. Since no individual organization, model, or researcher can claim to accurately know the future, or how every technology or practice will perform in every corner of the world, we gathered a wide range projections from multiple sources. This approach allowed us to generate reasonable, defensible guesses at how these solutions can grow and what their impacts could be. Each solution is modeled based on a comparison between a reference case, assuming little change over the next thirty years, and three scenarios reflecting increasingly more accelerated global adoption. Plausible Scenario: the case in which solutions on the Drawdown list are adopted at a realistically vigorous rate over the time period under investigation, adjusting for estimated economic and population growth. Drawdown Scenario: the case in which the adoption of solutions is optimized to achieve drawdown by 2050. Optimum Scenario: the case in which solutions achieve their maximum potential, fully replacing conventional technologies and practices within a limited, competitive market. The data derived from models was then inputted into sector-level integration models to generate final results for all solutions within an in global system.
MPs bow to #ExtinctionRebellion demand, as they send out invitations to climate change citizens' assembly Six major parliament committees have set up a people's forum to find out how the electorate wants MPs to save the environment. “The Climate Assembly UK will advise Parliament on how people want us to meet the net zero target, and suggest policies that the Government can implement to secure success.” The group said "In the UK, Extinction Rebellion’s third demand is that government must create and be led by the decisions of a citizens’ assembly on climate and ecological justice. Reddit: /r/ExtinctionRebellion & /r/worldnews
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If the desire is to make it about the general election it could be tied to get pledges from politicians that if they are elected they will enact the Three Demands Bill. "On the first anniversary of the Declaration of Rebellion it's time for the #ElectionRebellion! We call on politicians, if they are elected, to pledge to introduce the affectionately dubbed the #ThreeDemandsBill. The 'Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill' is a living document that will be continually edited and updated. You’ll always find the latest version on this page: >>> https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dXZif0DtyUkwUwQvj6XRQbFY_QwwoIUK If enacted, these will become law. The Government will declare a climate and ecological emergency, specify a 2025 target date and will establish a Citizens’ Assembly to determine the wide-ranging policy changes needed to transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions and halt the extinction of species. Visit our citizens’ assemblies page for more information: >>> https://rebellion.earth/act-now/resources/citizens-assembly/ To find more about what’s in the Bill and why we have created one, read on after the Three Demands on our Demands page: >>> https://rebellion.earth/the-truth/demands/ Read more about it HERE: >>> https://rebellion.earth/2019/10/31/9356/"
The Climate Crisis Is Real: Here’s the Expert Advice on What We Need to Do A global primer on next steps, from keeping oil in the ground to changing our diets to shifting to a green economy. The global strike on Sept. 20 was the largest demonstration for climate action in history. The movement that started with Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg in August 2018 has mobilized millions, while #ExtinctionRebellion and other protest groups have escalated their campaigns on streets around the world. Radical “Green New Deals” are emerging as a bold, political response to the climate crisis. A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has revealed the changes that are under way in the oceans and the ice-covered regions of the world, and the message is stark. “Glaciers and ice sheets are shrinking,” wrote Cassandra Brooks of the University of Colorado Boulder. “Global sea level is rising at more than twice the rate of the 20th century. The ocean is warming, becoming more acidic and losing oxygen. Fifty per cent of coastal wetlands have been lost over the past 100 years. Species are shifting, biodiversity is declining and ecosystems are losing their integrity and function.” Wildlife populations are struggling to adapt to the disruption, both in the oceans and on land. As a result, a landmark report from an international team of biodiversity experts earlier in 2019 called for “transformative change” to economies and societies to prevent up to a million species going extinct. #Reddit.
The disarming case to act right now on climate change | #GretaThunberg In this passionate call to action, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing the world's attention. - 'When I was about eight years old, I first heard about something called climate change or global warming. Apparently, that was something humans have created by our way of living. I was told to turn off the lights to save energy and to recycle paper to save resources.' - 'There are no gray areas when it comes to survival. Either we go on as a civilization or we don't.' - 'Some people say that I should study to become a climate scientist so that I can "solve the climate crisis". But the climate crisis has already been solved. We already have all the facts and solutions. All we have to do is to wake up and change.' See also: Greta Thunberg Testifies Before U.S. Congress.
"Protestors want California, one of the nation's largest oil-producing states, to eventually end petroleum extraction." #GretaThunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish girl who accused international leaders of standing idly by as global warming threatens to destroy the planet in a speech shared around the world is joining young activists in Los Angeles for a protest aimed at getting #California out of the oil-drilling business. Thunberg is the scheduled keynote speaker at Friday's downtown rally organized by Youth Climate Strike Los Angeles as part of an effort to have the state put more restrictions on oil extraction, especially in densely populated urban neighborhoods like those dotting Los Angeles and surrounding cities. "Our goal is to shut down oil wells that are around communities where people are suffering," said 17-year-old Kailynn Cruz, lead organizer of the protest that plans a march from City Hall to Gov. Gavin Newsom's Los Angeles office. Protesters want California, one of the nation's largest oil-producing states, to eventually end petroleum extraction. Read more: https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/greta-thunberg-joins-la-protest-oil-drilling-66680938
Climate Rally at the Parliament of Canada on 8 November 2019 We’re running out of time to take serious action against climate change before irreparable damage is done to our planet. Humanity is facing one of its biggest challenges to date. Extreme weather, pollution, and rising sea levels are threatening our country and the world. This needs to be taken seriously. The scientifically alarming reality demands that we demonstrate our concern for the future to our government. Parliament must listen to the science and take concrete actions to address the climate crisis. Regardless of which party forms government in the upcoming election, we will be gathering on Parliament Hill shortly after to continue previous demands and show those in power that we’re still watching and care about our future. Our aim is to bring together as many Canadians as possible to show we are united in demanding a strong response to the crisis, all in the most Canadian way possible: peaceful protesting! If we work together they can't ignore us! Invite your friends and let's make a difference 🇨🇦🏞️🌄🇨🇦 — Fridays For Future #Canada 'In August 2018, Greta Thunberg began the "Fridays For Future" movement. The first climate strike in solidarity with Greta in the Americas happened in Canada on Friday, November 2, 2018. By Friday, December 7, 2018, there were 9 youth groups in Canada striking and a map to connect them all. There were 98 strikes for Canada's national strike on Friday, May 3, 2019 and 104 events across Canada on the May 24th global strike. From September 20th to the 27th over 1,000,000 Canadians participated in climate strikes in 245 communities across Canada. At least 40 communities have strikes every Friday in Canada.' https://fridaysforfuture.ca/https://www.facebook.com/fridaysforfutureCA/
#UN climate talks to take place in Madrid in December. The United Nations has confirmed that this year’s climate change talks will take place in #Madrid in December, after Chile withdrew as host this week because of massive street protests in the South American country. The conference is aimed at fleshing out details of the implementation of the landmark Paris Agreement climate pact, amid calls for urgent action from environmental groups and climate protesters. “We will continue to reinforce the work done with the understanding that social and environmental development go hand in hand,” Chilean Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt said on Twitter on Friday. On Wednesday, Chile withdrew as host of an APEC summit this month at which the United States and China had been expected to sign a deal to ease their trade war.
Delhi govt orders schools to remain shut till November 5 as air pollution spikes (#Reddit) - Schools in Delhi (#India) asked to remain shut till November 5 - A public health emergency has been declared in #Delhi - Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has slammed Haryana and Punjab governments over stubble burning The Delhi government on Friday ordered schools in the national capital to remain closed as air pollution levels kept increasing to touch the 'severe plus' category. Not just Delhi but 12 other cities across north India have recorded severe air quality. At least 12 cities on Thursday recorded an air quality index (AQI) of 400 and above, falling in the severe category. It is worth noting that there has been no improvement on Friday. Surrounding National Capital Region (NCR), too, has been covered by polluted air as visibility continues to dip. However, weather experts are of the view that increased wind speed due to a fresh western disturbance would help in dispersing pollutants faster from Saturday.
Seeking the Source of the Vanishing Great Salt Lake Satellite images showing the Aral Sea, which crosses the borders of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, in 2000, left, and again in 2014.Credit... NASA Earth Observatory The near collapse of salt lakes in places like Central Asia’s Aral Sea, Iran’s Lake Urmia and California’s Salton Sea deprived local environments of natural filtration systems, wildlife habitats and opportunities for human use. Left behind were dust storms that threaten human health and agricultural fields. Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/28/science/great-salt-lake-utah-vanishing.html
Plastic straw for a reusable bamboo one. Swap plastic straws for reusable ones made of bamboo. These straws are handmade in Bali and crafted by local balinese artisans. Made of organic and natural materials they are the best eco-friendly alternative to plastic, steel or glass straws. PA/Bali Boo/Amazon
Robot ‘shark’ that eats plastic waste launched to tackle pollution ‘#WasteShark will help us fight the rubbish that enters the harbour, snapping it up before the tide takes it out to sea’. An autonomous marine robot has been released at a Devon harbour in an attempt to clear it of plastic waste. With the ability to “swallow” up to 60kg of debris in one trip, the WasteShark has been proposed as a way to clean up coastal waters in the country’s most vital marine zones. Modelling their drone on the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, the creators say it emits no pollution and poses no threat to local wildlife. Reddit.
"Time to Act Now" Roger Hallam | #ExtinctionRebellion Roger Hallam giving a talk in Penzance, Cornwall, speaking about Extinction Rebellion, the climate emergency and the ecological crisis all around the world. Let's stop pretending and #ActNow.
Towards a pollution-free planet: background report. Pollution today is pervasive and persistent. While the world has achieved significant economic growth over the past few decades, it has been accompanied by large amounts of pollution, with significant impacts on human health and ecosystems and the ways in which some of the major Earth systems processes, such as the climate, are functioning. This report describes the pollution challenge, explores what is already being done to address pollution, and proposes 50 focused and actionable interventions to address pollution in all its forms. The report is a call to act towards a pollution-free planet. Read more: https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/report/towards-pollution-free-planet-background-report
Air Pollution: Africa’s Invisible, Silent Killer Air pollution remains a major challenge in Africa. About 600,000 deaths every year across the continent are associated with this invisible killer. With 23 per cent of global deaths (12.6 million) linked to environmental factors, WHO estimates that air pollution is responsible for 7 million deaths every year. Air pollution is caused by harmful particulates and gases, released in high quantities into the air. These pollutants cause disease and death to humans, damage to other living organisms such as animals and food crops, and harm our ecosystems. Air pollution is caused by indoor and outdoor activities though the latter, which is largely a result of burning fossil fuels to produce electricity and to power vehicles, is responsible for most of the world’s air pollution. Large and small scale industrial activities also cause air pollution by emitting substances into the air, which are harmful to human health and are the root cause of many of the respiratory diseases and cancers in humans. Air pollutants include black carbon and greenhouse gases, one of which is carbon dioxide (CO2), a common component of vehicle exhaust emissions. Greenhouse gases cause global warming by trapping heat from the sun in the earth's atmosphere. CO2 is a good indicator of how much fossil fuel is burned and how many pollutants are emitted as a result. The burning of charcoal used for cooking in homes also produces black carbon and another gas, carbon monoxide, which is extremely dangerous and is a major cause of death in many households. The Actions on Air Quality report focuses on ten basic measures to improve air quality. It shows that the majority of countries are yet to adopt these air quality policy actions. The recently published Global Environmental Outlook, GEO-6, confirmed that both outdoor and indoor air quality is deteriorating rapidly in many areas due to various factors such the use of firewood and other biomass as sources of energy, increasing traffic volumes, importation of old second hands vehicles, and increased use of the two-stroke engine motorcycles as alternative means of transport in both urban and rural areas.
#Greta's Superpower Climate Rally Speech North of America Sept 20 2019 Kevin Bowers: 'This is a speech I gave in Kingston Ontario for the Friday's for Future rally. Greta's superpower is that she can see the simple truths simply. We need to follow the science and save civilization and anything else is absurd.' 'Here at North of America we are all in on debunking any crazy ideas that could get between us and saving our grandchildren and our fellow species and this sweet #ecosystem that we get to live in. ' Source: https://www.northofamerica.net/
'The climate doesn't need awards': Greta Thunberg declines environmental prize The Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has refused to accept an environmental award, saying the climate movement needed people in power to start to “listen” to “science” and not awards. But after it was announced, a representative for Thunberg told the audience that she would not accept the award or the prize sum of 350,000 Danish kroner (about $52,000 or €46,800), the TT news agency reported. “The climate movement does not need any more awards,” she wrote. Comment on Reddit: /r/worldnews & /r/ExtinctionRebellion
Carbon bomb: Study says climate impact from loss of intact tropical forests grossly underreported A new study in the journal Science Advances says that carbon impacts from the loss of intact tropical forests has been grossly underreported. Study says climate impact from loss of intact tropical forests grossly underreported. New numbers reveal a staggering increase in the carbon impacts -- 626% higher than previously thought -- due to losses of intact tropical forest between 2000 and 2013. Comment on Reddit.
According to a report from #Melbourne Water in 2017, projections show that it is possible the city’s demand for water could exceed the capacity of its existing sources of water by 2028. Melbourne in #Australia could be facing shortfalls of more than 450GL (almost the entire volume of Sydney Harbour) per year by 2065, if water resources weren’t managed well, it said.
Chennai’s the latest city to have almost run out of #water, and other cities could follow suit. This week, taps ran dry as water levels in its four major reservoirs fell to one-hundredth of what they were this time last year, caused by a devastating drought. The crisis in #India’s sixth-largest city — with a population bigger than Melbourne and Sydney combined — has pushed schools, hotels and commercial establishments to close, while hospitals have put off non-essential surgeries. Millions of people are lining up at water trucks to fill containers of water in a crisis that’s hit urban and rural Indians alike, and usually only half leave with their pots filled. All four reservoirs that supply the city have run dry, forcing a water shortage on over 4.5 million people. Read more: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-06-22/chennai-residents-trade-tokens-for-water/11227968
#Sustainabiliteens - A think tank for youth environmental activism Our Mission Mission Statement: 1. Provide youth with a platform to advocate for implementation of effective and timely environmental policies regarding climate change, corporate sustainability, and biodiversity. 2. Create a space for youth to a) discuss the current environmental policies and practices of governments, corporations, and communities b) explore and design solutions. We are a non-profit organization run by a group of high school students based in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland. We organize events, projects, and initiatives for youth with the goal of creating a paradigm shift in behaviors and practices that negatively effect of the environment. https://sustainabiliteens.wordpress.com/
Police getting out the battons to try and get #climate criminals into #IMARC #mining conference 'Violent, undisciplined, thuggery by VicPol against nonviolent protesters.' 'We are becoming China; a police state mentality, green-lighted by an authoritarian, regime directive pentacostal mob of self-serving, directionless nutters.' Comment on Reddit.
Police are getting violent with XR related protests in #Melbourne #Australia People are being pepper sprayed, tackled to the ground, beaten by batons and trampled by horses for just linking arms and standing in a line. A woman has been hospitalized by a horse being used as a weapon. Horses can cause servere, bone-breaking injuries. Legal Observers noted how the large ‘Earth Ball’ spooked them earlier today. They should be immediately withdrawn from crowded areas and their use prohibited. We have Legal Observers at today’s IMARC protests. So far: snatch (arrest) squads targeting organisors, punches by police, horses used up against crowds, and police removing their name tags and OC spray used. Removal of identification name tags and refusal to give identification when asked. Legal Observers have observed police officers purposely removing their name badges and turning them around to obscure their identification. Comment on Reddit.
Thousands of people gathered ahead of the climate strike on Friday to listen to a group of activists who are suing the federal government over climate change. (Ben Nelms/CBC) The strike was organized by local youth climate strike group Sustainabiliteens. The rally coincides with the filing of a lawsuit by 15 youths across #Canada, who say Ottawa's policies are making 'dangerous' contributions to climate change. The group has some powerful backers, including representation from high-profile constitutional lawyer Joseph Arvay. Our Children's Trust, a non-profit involved with a similar suit from teens in the United States, is also involved in the case, while the David Suzuki Foundation is backing the teens by supporting the case's legal framework and acting as a communications lead.
'Together, we are unstoppable': #Greta Thunberg addresses thousands at #Vancouver climate rally Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed thousands of demonstrators at a rally in downtown Vancouver on Friday, an event billed as a post-election push for Canadian leaders to take action on the climate crisis. "The people in power are still acting as if there was no tomorrow," Thunberg, 16, told to the cheering crowds. "We young people are telling them to stop doing that, to stop ignoring the consequences of their actions and inactions." Vancouver police estimate about 10,000 people gathered outside the Vancouver Art Gallery to hear Thunberg speak. "We are a wave of change and, together, we are unstoppable," Thunberg said. "We will make world leaders act. We can and we will." "Another world is possible, we are unstoppable." The strike is organized by local youth climate strike organizing group #Sustainabiliteens, building on the momentum of large-scale climate strike in September, which saw over 100,000 people in the streets of downtown Vancouver. Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/greta-thunberg-vancouver-rally-1.5334847
15 Canadian Kids Sue Their Government for Failing to Address Climate Change "We want our voices to be heard, and we want our climate to be protected for us in the future,” said Sierra Robinson, 17, one of the plaintiffs in the children's climate lawsuit filed Oct. 25, 2019, in Canada. Fifteen children and teenagers from across Canada sued their government on Friday for supporting fossil fuels that drive climate change, which they say is jeopardizing their rights as Canadian citizens. "The federal government is knowingly contributing to the climate crisis by continuing to support and promote fossil fuels and through that they are violating our charter rights," said Sierra Robinson, 17, a youth climate activist and plaintiff in the case from Vancouver Island, Canada. "Our natural resources are at risk because of climate change, and as a young person my rights are being violated disproportionately compared to older generations," she said. "Since we can't vote, we have to seek protection from the courts." The Canadian suit was filed hours before a youth climate strike in Vancouver in which Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was expected to speak. The Canadian lawsuit seeks to force the government to develop a "climate recovery plan" to reduce the country's greenhouse gas emissions in line with what scientists say is necessary to stop climate change and protect the rights of youth. "We want to stand up now and say that our future matters to us," Robinson said. "We want our voices to be heard, and we want our climate to be protected for us in the future." 'Our Future Matters to Us' Comment on Reddit: /r/worldnews & /r/ExtinctionRebellion #Canada #Vancouver
⚡️ ⚡️ ATTENTION REBELS -Lost Property⚡️ ⚡️ Have you had your property/vehicle seized by the police during the October Rebellion? Are you interested in guidance about how to make requests for items back or complaints re disposed items. If so please read informeddissent.info/gettingyourstuffback and fill out the 'Seized property questionnaire': https://form.jotformeu.com/RUAC/seized-property-questionnaire We can’t make applications for the return of your belongings but we hope to gain a collective perspective and share information that may bring some clarity on procedures available to support you with next steps. In solidarity, XR Legal Support Team
*Love Rebellion Lost Property* A lot of property went missing in London, some of Love Rebellion's has made it back to Cambridge. We've just started cataloging the easier items to photo and identify but we are hoping to catalogue all the items we have and return them to their owners. Click here for a gallery of photos. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AuP_aZbX2d8SbXaOT_EBkr1PxNnEpc4WT2K4cbZk0xw/edit?usp=sharing If you recognise any of your items please contact 07450143464 The London store houses are also still cataloguing their lost property. To access their site, follow this link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tvBfc5dSsm4SuFRVxijBFpuW5zfcyHrVgLFeP3eDQcU/edit?usp=sharing It would be more expedient if the London items could be gathered together and transported at the same time to our area. If you claim an item from London please follow their instructions and then text +447731455167 with your name and which items you are claiming (photograph number) Many thanks 🙏
Huawei: Accelerating Sustainable Development Goals through ICT (Information & Communications Technology). Note item 9: “Digital solutions for the SDGs could generate $2.1 trillion in new annual revenue for the ICT sector by 2030”. https://www.huawei.com/en/about-huawei/sustainability/sdg
Science and logic tell us that it is not possible for 7 million people to keep taking from the earth in the way we have been. XR are non violent and trying to help governments and people move away from fossil fuel extraction. This is not a bad thing. We can all be part of the solution and future generations will have a better chance.
"Overpopulation" is Scientific Racism: A child born in the US will create 13 times as much ecological damage over their lifetime than a child in Brazil, the average American drains as many resources as 35 natives of India and consumes 53 times more goods and services than someone from China". “With less than 5 percent of world population, the U.S. uses one-third of the world’s paper, a quarter of the world’s oil, 23 percent of the coal, 27 percent of the aluminum, and 19 percent of the copper,” he reports. “Our per capita use of energy, metals, minerals, forest products, fish, grains, meat, and even fresh water dwarfs that of people living in the developing world.” American fossil fuel consumption is double that of the average resident of Great Britain and two and a half times that of the average Japanese. Meanwhile, Americans account for only five percent of the world’s population but create half of the globe’s solid waste. The National Geographic Society’s annual Greendex analysis of global consumption habits finds that Americans are least likely of all people to use public transportation—only seven percent make use of transit options for daily commuting. Likewise, only one in three Americans walks or bikes to their destinations, as opposed to three-quarters of Chinese. Paradoxically, those with the lightest environmental footprint are also the most likely to feel both guilty and disempowered. “In what may be a major disconnect between perception and behavior, the study also shows that consumers who feel the guiltiest about their impact—those in China, India and Brazil—actually lead the pack in sustainable consumer choices,” says National Geographic’s Terry Garcia, who coordinates the annual Greendex study. “That’s despite Chinese and Indian consumers also being among the least confident that individual action can help the environment.” The average American individual daily consumption of water is 159 gallons, while more than half the world's population lives on 25 gallons. Americans eat 815 billion calories of food each day - that's roughly 200 billion more than needed - enough to feed 80 million people. Americans throw out 200,000 tons of edible food daily. While 250 million people have died of hunger-related causes in the past quarter-century roughly 10 million each year (that just shows that Americans dont really care about "famines". Each person in the industrialized world uses as much commercial energy as 10 people in the developing world. The poorest 10% accounted for just 0.5% and the wealthiest 10% accounted for 59% of all the consumption. US consumes far more energy than any other country -- more than China and Russia put together. Just five percent of the world's population consumes 23% of its energy! The 5% of the world's population that lives in the U.S. has more environmental impact than the 51% that live in the other five largest countries. Next time you hear about a woman in India who has seven children, remember that she'd have to have more than 20 children to match the impact of an American woman with just one child. Refs: - Use It and Lose It: The Outsize Effect of U.S. Consumption on the Environment - Consumption by the United States Comment on Reddit.
⚠️ BREAKING NEWS! California declares statewide emergency: More than 180,000 people ordered to flee their homes as 'historic, extreme winds' continue to fan fires, and power is shut off to 2.3 million people to prevent spread. California Governor Gavin Newsom of California declared a state of emergency on Sunday. He said the high winds fueling the blazes were 'unprecedented'. He also pledged to deploy 'every resource available'. The latest emergency and evacuation orders came after Pacific Gas & Electric shut off power to 2.3 million people across 36 counties starting Saturday evening. 'This is the largest evacuation that any of us ... can remember,' the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office tweeted Sunday morning. 'Take care of each other.' 🔥
55 Elephants Have Died in 2 Months From Unprecedented #Zimbabwe Drought, Wildlife Agency Says The unprecedented drought that has caused a water crisis in Zimbabwe has now claimed the life of at least 55 elephants since September, according to a wildlife spokesman, as CNN reported. "The problem is real, the situation is dire," said Farawo, as the AP reported. 'Critics have blamed the government for exacerbating the water crisis in the park.' "The government has over the years been allowing mines to develop in Hwange and that's reducing grazing land, and those operations have impact on water. Even polluting the water. So the government is squarely to blame for all this," said Lenin Chisaira, director of Advocates4Earth, which challenges selling elephants to Asian countries, to CNN. It's not just Hwange that needs water. The area around the park desperately needs rain. The AFP reported that the UN has warned that more than five million rural Zimbabweans — nearly a third of the population — are at risk of food shortages before the next harvest in 2020. That is in a addition to the two million people in Harare, the nation's capital, which is facing a crisis of clean water that may lead to disease outbreak, as EcoWatch reported. Comment on Reddit: /r/EcoNewsNetwork & /r/collapse
- The inventor of the engine used a horse. - The inventor of the light bulb worked by candle light. - The inventor of steel had a house full of iron. People building cleaner more renewable energy need to drive cars, ride on planes, and heat their houses with gas, because that is what's available to them. Participating in the world as it is does not disqualify you from trying to improve it.
Break Free From Plastic is calling on the top polluters highlighted in this report to lead the way in revealing how much single-use plastic they use, setting clear, public, measurable targets on how they will reduce the quantity of single-use plastic items they produce, and finally to completely reinvent their product delivery systems in order to avoid creating more plastic pollution. Read more: https://www.breakfreefromplastic.org/globalbrandauditreport2019/
The Economic Collapse - Global Authorities Brace For A Worldwide Protein Shortage As “One-Quarter Of Earth’s Pigs Have Been Wiped Out” African Swine Fever is killing millions upon millions of pigs all over the world, and this threatens to create a crippling global shortage of protein as we head into 2020. Overall, cases of African Swine Fever have been documented “in nearly 50 nations”, and U.S. pork producers are extremely concerned that it could start spreading here too. African Swine Fever is extremely contagious, there is no vaccine, and there is no cure. Once it starts spreading in a certain area, there isn’t much that can be done. China is the epicenter for this crisis, and CNN is reporting that the Chinese herd has “shrunk by around 130 million” since this epidemic first began last year… As many as half of China’s pigs, an estimated 300 million, have died of the virus or been exterminated since the disease took hold 13 months ago. According to the New York Daily News, "more than one-quarter of Earth's pigs have been wiped out by the virulent disease." More than a fourth of our pigs are already gone, and this virus is still raging out of control. Read more: https://www.sott.net/article/422754-Shortage-after-quarter-of-Earths-pigs-wiped-out-by-swine-fever
How deadly disease outbreaks could worsen as the climate changes 'The dangers posed by fruit bats and mosquitoes are rarely mentioned among the potential impacts of major environmental changes such as deforestation and climate change. But two studies this week shine a light on how environmental destruction could lead to a greater spread of deadly human diseases via animals and other organisms, with serious consequences for public health.' 'Global warming isn’t the only environmental change that could increase disease risk. Clearance of the Amazon rainforest seems to be driving up the spread of malaria, suggests research by Andrew MacDonald and Erin Mordecai at Stanford University in California.' “Climate change definitely has an impact on infectious diseases,” says Elke Hertig at the University of Augsburg, Germany. Daniel Bausch, part of the UK’s rapid disease response unit, says. “We need the modelling and the ecology research to understand the high risk. But then we need to act on that.”
U.S. Military Could Collapse Within 20 Years Due to Climate Change, Report Commissioned By Pentagon Says 'According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also collapse. This could all happen over the next two decades, the report notes.' Comment on Reddit.
COCA-COLA NAMED MOST POLLUTING BRAND IN GLOBAL AUDIT OF PLASTIC WASTE '#CocaCola WAS found for the second year in a row to be the most polluting brand in a global audit of plastic trash conducted by the Break Free From Plastic global movement. The giant soda company was responsible for more plastic litter than the next top three polluters combined.' Comment on Reddit.
Scientists and security analysts have warned for more than a decade that global warming is a potential national security concern. They project that the consequences of global warming – rising seas, powerful storms, famine and diminished access to fresh water – may make regions of the world politically unstable and prompt mass migration and refugee crises. Some worry that wars may follow. Read more: https://watson.brown.edu/costsofwar/papers/ClimateChangeandCostofWar
U.S. military emits more CO2 than most countries - Reddit For the Pentagon, there’s no denying that climate change is a real, urgent threat. The Department of Defense spews so much greenhouse gas every year that it would rank as the 55th worst polluter in the world if it were a country, beating out Sweden, Denmark, and Portugal, according to a new paper from Brown University’s Costs of War project.
The big polluters’ masterstroke was to blame the climate crisis on you and me Fossil fuel giants have known the harm they do for decades. But they created a system that absolves them of responsibility Let’s stop calling this the Sixth Great Extinction. Let’s start calling it what it is: the “first great extermination”. A recent essay by the environmental historian Justin McBrien argues that describing the current eradication of living systems (including human societies) as an extinction event makes this catastrophe sound like a passive accident. The Guardian’s polluters series reports that just 20 fossil fuel companies, some owned by states, some by shareholders, have produced 35% of the carbon dioxide and methane released by human activities since 1965. Even as their own scientists warned that the continued extraction of fossil fuels could cause “catastrophic” consequences, the oil companies pumped billions of dollars into thwarting government action. They funded thinktanks and paid retired scientists and fake grassroots organisations to pour doubt and scorn on climate science. They sponsored politicians, particularly in the US Congress, to block international attempts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. They invested heavily in greenwashing their public image. These efforts continue today, with advertisements by Shell and Exxon that create the misleading impression that they’re switching from fossil fuels to renewable energy. In reality, Shell’s annual report reveals that it invested $25bn in oil and gas last year. But it provides no figure for its much-trumpeted investments in low-carbon technologies. Nor was the company able to do so when I challenged it.
We need you. If not you, who? If not now, when? This is an emergency. This is now. Alone we are powerless. Together we are powerful. Choose, between extinction or rebellion. ⌛️#ExtinctionRebellion #InternationalRebellion #EverybodyNow Watch online: https://twitter.com/ExtinctionR/status/1182703989395202048
The editor of #TheLancet, one of the most prestigious medical journals in the world, has come out officially asking all health professionals to engage in non-violent social protest to protect people from the climate & ecological breakdown. Yes you heard that right. Watch online: https://twitter.com/DoctorsXr/status/1187377667928141824
ENERGY WASTED On the diagram, one thing that is immediately noticeable is that a whopping 68% of all energy is actually rejected energy, or energy that gets wasted through various inefficiencies. It’s quite eye-opening to look at this data sorted by sector. The transportation sector used 28.1 quads of energy in 2017, about 28.8% of the total consumption. However, it wasted 22.2 quads of that energy with its poor efficiency rate, which made for more rejected energy than the other three sectors combined. Read more: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-05-25/visualizing-us-energy-consumption-one-chart
Collapse: Brought To You By #Google - Revealed: Google made large contributions to climate change deniers - Monsanto paid Google to promote search results for “Monsanto Glyphosate Carey Gillam” that criticized her work, the documents obtained by The Guardian revealed. - Google OK To Pump Diminishing Pristine Groundwater To Cool Servers - Google Becomes Evil: Articles appearing in Common Dreams, Futurism and The Guardian have described how a well-respected Reuters journalist, Carey Gillam, was systematically harassed by Monsanto with the assistance of Google. - Back when Google started deploying its little Street View cars around our neighborhoods, the company also ended up collecting about 600 GB of emails, passwords, and other payload data from unencrypted wifi networks in over 30 countries. - The Inexorable Evil Of Google's Governance Structure - Pentagon says Google's Drone Targeting Work Is Exempt From Freedom of Information Act - Google starts AI lab in China while ending an AI contract with the Pentagon - How Google, Microsoft, and Big Tech Are Automating the Climate Crisis - Guess who's in favor of open borders? Not because they care about people, but because they want cheap labor.
☠ 2018: The world uses 100 million barrels of oil per day for the first time. ☠ 2025: Over each of the next 7 years, oil demand will grow 1 million barrels/day. ☠ 2030: Emissions must be down 50% to avoid 1.5 C. ☠ 2040: Emissions must be down 100% to avoid 2.0 C. ☠ Carbon emissions are growing +1.5%pa. ☠ Carbon concentrations are growing +0.5%pa ☠ 1.5 – 2.0 C Triggers Runaway Hothouse Earth ☠ Runaway Hothouse Earth = 450 ppm carbon concentration ☠ Runaway Hothouse Earth will be triggered by 2035. ☠ Runaway Hothouse Earth = non-stoppable + non-reversible. ☠ Runaway Hothouse Earth = Mass Extinction ☠ Mass Extinction = non-stoppable + non-reversible. 🔥We don’t have 12 years to do something.🔥 Source: https://lokisrevengeblog.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/stumbles-mumbles/