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Sucking Up CO2 Will Cost Hundreds of Trillions

Posted by hkarner - 20. Juli 2017

Date: 19-07-2017
Source: Technology Review

Study finds that if the world doesn’t begin cutting emissions soon, the price of capturing and storing carbon dioxide will soar.

Start saving your money, kids.

Unless we start cutting carbon dioxide emissions soon, it’s going to cost today’s young people as much as $535 trillion to clean up the atmosphere by 2100, according to a study published on Tuesday evening. By way of context, that’s around seven times the size of the entire global economy.

In contrast, if the world starts reducing emissions 6 percent a year by 2021, it will only cost $8 to $18.5 trillion to extract enough carbon dioxide to avoid the worst dangers of climate change, or $100 billion per year on the low end. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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G-20 Leaders Find Trade Compromises but Are Split on Climate

Posted by hkarner - 9. Juli 2017

Date: 09-07-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Communiqué reflects differences between U.S., other nations on climate change

HAMBURG—Leaders from the Group of 20 countries vowed Saturday to fight protectionism and secure fair trade, finding a broad consensus after President Donald Trump’s defiantly unilateral stance exposed a rift between the world’s leading economies.

In light of the broad political pushback against globalization and the rise in antiestablishment forces in recent years, however, the G-20 stepped back from an unequivocal commitment to free trade for the first time since its inaugural summit in 2008. Instead, it recognized the need for defensive measures in pursuit of balanced trade.

In another unprecedented move, the group broke from unanimity in its final communiqué, splitting off the U.S. position on climate change from that of the other members. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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As America quits, Europe tries to lead on climate change

Posted by hkarner - 8. Juli 2017

Date: 06-07-2017
Source: The Economist

The G20 will test whether the world can implement the Paris emission accords

CAN Europe carry the Paris agreement on climate change forward now that America has left? That was one of the big questions as leaders of the world’s largest economies gathered for the G20 meeting in Hamburg on July 7th and 8th. Donald Trump’s promise that America will pull out has weakened the deal. Many fear that other countries’ future pledges to cut greenhouse-gas emissions will be less ambitious without the world’s second-largest polluter (after China) doing its share.

Yet America’s departure has galvanised China, which promotes itself as a champion of the deal—and Europe, which thinks itself in the vanguard of greenery. If they remain staunch, reluctant converts such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey are more likely to stay the course. The G20 meeting was just beginning as The Economist went to press, but laying out the next steps for the agreement was on the agenda. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Trump and the Truth About Climate Change

Posted by hkarner - 4. Juli 2017

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We’ll Always Need Paris

Posted by hkarner - 24. Juni 2017

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Ökonom: „Als Individuen können wir die Welt nicht retten“

Posted by hkarner - 21. Juni 2017

InterviewNora Laufer, 21. Juni 2017, 11:00 derstandard.at

Graeme Maxton begrüßt den Ausstieg der USA aus dem Pariser Klimaabkommen

Grame Maxton, Generalsekretär des Club of Rome, fordert eine Ein-Kind-Politik in Europa und weniger Demokratie in Umweltfragen. Er spricht über sein Buch „Ein Prozent ist genug“, über Kapitalismus und wieso vegane Ernährung der Umwelt nicht unbedingt hilft.

STANDARD: Zugespitzt formuliert prognostiziert der Club of Rome seit 40 Jahren den Weltuntergang. Ist es bald so weit?

Maxton: Wir haben vorausgesagt, dass das wirtschaftliche und ökologische System in den 2030er- oder 2040er-Jahren kollabieren wird. Ich würde sagen, dass der Verfallsprozess vor zehn Jahren begonnen hat und sich in 20 Jahren zuspitzt. Es geht jetzt nicht mehr darum, den Klimawandel zu umgehen, sondern ihn zu managen.

STANDARD: Wie kann der Effekt abgeschwächt werden?

Maxton: Zuerst müssen wir aufhören, es schlimmer zu machen. Unser ökologischer Fußabdruck ist zu groß. Wir leben, als hätten wir eineinhalb Planeten. In Europa als hätten wir drei Planeten, in den USA fünf. Wir müssen weniger Ressourcen verwenden, weniger verschmutzen, vor allem was Treibhausgase betrifft. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The End of the Trump Administration?

Posted by hkarner - 16. Juni 2017

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China Engages California on Climate After Trump’s Paris Snub

Posted by hkarner - 13. Juni 2017

Date: 12-06-2017
Source: The Wall Street Journal

Beijing circumvents White House to work with U.S. states committed to emissions cuts

BEIJING—China’s government is working to keep climate-change cooperation with the U.S. alive after President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, even if that means sidestepping the White House to seek closer ties with U.S. states.

Meetings in Beijing during the past week showed the competing agendas in U.S. energy politics and deep frustration inside China’s government over Mr. Trump’s decision to abandon what had been a rare platform for unity in the U.S.-China relationship.

China rolled out the red carpet for California Gov. Jerry Brown, a critic of Mr. Trump’s decision who arrived in China last weekend to take part in an international clean-energy forum and meet provincial officials. It was Mr. Brown that President Xi Jinping later welcomed to Beijing’s Great Hall of the People; U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, also in town for the forum, was received by a vice premier. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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American firms can offset Donald Trump’s pullout from Paris

Posted by hkarner - 12. Juni 2017

Date: 11-06-2017
Source: The Economist
Subject: We’ve got the power: Big business sees the promise of clean energy

PITY America’s big businesses. For years their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint were dismissed by environmentalists as “greenwashing”. Now, after months trying to persuade a supposedly pro-business new president, Donald Trump, of the merits of staying in the Paris climate accord, he practically laughed in their faces by withdrawing on June 1st.

Executives fear the exit will do no good to America’s—and by implication their—reputation. Not for nothing have more than 900 American firms and investors, including Amazon, Twitter, Target and Nike, put their names this week to a “We are still in” open letter to the UN. Its signatories pledge to help reduce the country’s carbon emissions by 26% by 2025, in keeping with America’s Paris pledge. That may be quixotic but is a rallying cry nonetheless. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Paris Comes to Pittsburgh

Posted by hkarner - 11. Juni 2017

The Trump administration has responded to the international community’s condemnation of its renunciation of the Paris climate agreement by denying that any international community actually exists. Not even a majority of Americans believe that, and at next month’s G20 summit in Hamburg, it will be clear that no leader can make effective foreign policy without accepting reality.

JUN 9, 2017 Project Syndicate

With the next meeting of the G20 taking place in Hamburg, Germany, in a few weeks, Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement will soon be shown to have only isolated and estranged the US within the international community. And while senior US officials such as National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and US National Economic Council head Gary Cohn argue that Americans have no cause for alarm, because no “international community” actually exists, the rest of the world knows better – as do most AmericansDen Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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