Monday, October 08, 2018

New report on climate change demands quick reversal in course by U.S., and passes Trump by

A new report on climate change, issued by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, text here, hit the streets today, on the Columbus Day (or Indigenous Peoples Day) holiday.

The New York Times has a booklet-length piece by Coral Davenport, describing a strong risk of a crisis by 2040 (when I will be 97).  The gist of the report is that the damage to the world previously thought to require 2 degrees C (Paris accord which Trump pulled out from in May 2017) now would happen with 1.5 degrees C (2.7 F).

David Roberts of Vox describes what a “no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like” today here

He points out that we have no real BECCS industry yet, and talks a lot about negative emissions.
There is a lot here about energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electrification. The most wasteful consumer habit seems to be flying.  There could be other issues, like availability of rare earth minerals.

Trump and his base stay in denial for right now.

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