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Vor dem Absturz

Posted by hkarner - 11. Juni 2019

Date: 10-06-2019
Source: SPIEGEL Eine Kolumne von Christian Stöcker

Wir sind in einem Flugzeug über dem Atlantik, und der Tank hat ein Leck. Notlanden? Oder Augen zu und durch? Vor genau dieser Frage steht die Klimapolitik.

Die Klimakrise ist nicht „grün“, sondern „existenziell“. Wenn Union und SPD das nicht verstehen, wird ihr Absturz nicht aufzuhalten sein.

Stellen Sie sich bitte folgende Situation vor: Sie sitzen in einem Flugzeug, auf halbem Weg über den Atlantik. Plötzlich kündigt eine Flugbegleiterin eine dringende Durchsage der Kapitänin an. Zur Überraschung der Passagiere steht die Pilotin kurz darauf persönlich im Gang. Sie blickt ernst in die Reihen und erklärt, ein Tank des Flugzeugs habe ein Leck, Treibstoff laufe aus. Es sei zwar unter Umständen möglich, mit dem noch verbleibenden Sprit bis nach New York zu kommen, aber das sei nicht sicher. Sie habe deshalb vor, in Grönland um eine Notlandeerlaubnis zu bitten. Der Kopilot sehe das genauso. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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The climate crisis is our third world war. It needs a bold response

Posted by hkarner - 11. Juni 2019

Date: 10-06-2019
Source: The Guardian by Joseph Stiglitz

Critics of the Green New Deal ask if we can afford it.
But we can’t afford not to: our civilisation is at stake

‘The war on the climate emergency, if correctly waged, would actually be good for the economy’

Advocates of the Green New Deal say there is great urgency in dealing with the climate crisis and highlight the scale and scope of what is required to combat it. They are right. They use the term “New Deal” to evoke the massive response by Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the United States government to the Great Depression. An even better analogy would be the country’s mobilization to fight World War II.

Critics ask, “Can we afford it?” and complain that Green New Deal proponents confound the fight to preserve the planet, to which all right-minded individuals should agree, with a more controversial agenda for societal transformation. On both accounts the critics are wrong.

Yes, we can afford it, with the right fiscal policies and collective will. But more importantly, we must afford it. The climate emergency is our third world war. Our lives and civilization as we know it are at stake, just as they were in the second world war. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Horrible

Posted by hkarner - 29. Mai 2019

Date: 28-05-2019
Source: The New York Times
Subject: Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science

The White House, already pursuing major rollbacks of greenhouse-gas emission restrictions, is amplifying its attack on fundamental climate-science conclusions.
WASHINGTON — President Trump has rolled back environmental regulations, pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, brushed aside dire predictions about the effects of climate change, and turned the term “global warming” into a punch line rather than a prognosis.

Now, after two years spent unraveling the policies of his predecessors, Mr. Trump and his political appointees are launching a new assault.

In the next few months, the White House will complete the rollback of the most significant federal effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, initiated during the Obama administration. It will expand its efforts to impose Mr. Trump’s hard-line views on other nations, building on his retreat from the Paris accord and his recent refusal to sign a communiqué to protect the rapidly melting Arctic region unless it was stripped of any references to climate change.

And, in what could be Mr. Trump’s most consequential action yet, his administration will seek to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How to Live Better and Stop Destroying the Planet

Posted by hkarner - 26. Mai 2019

Date: 25-05-2019
Source: by Ana Paula Aguiar, Pernilla Malmer and Odirilwe Selomane

Ana Paula Aguiar is a research fellow at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a senior researcher at the Brazilian Institute for Space Research (INPE).

Pernilla Malmer is Senior Adviser at SwedBio at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

Odirilwe Selomane is a postdoctoral researcher at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a fellow of the IPBES global assessment.

A recent United Nations-backed report highlighted the scale of destruction humans are inflicting on the natural world. To reverse these trends, humanity must transform its economic models and food system, treat the world’s oceans far better, and think carefully about the best ways to tackle climate change.

STOCKHOLM – Earlier this month, a bleak global assessment of the shocking state of life on Earth made headlines worldwide. According to the report by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), about 12% of all known animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction. Worse still, humanity is destroying entire habitats, and with them the web of life that supports societies and economies. Unsurprisingly, the findings were greeted with despair. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Tech Offers a Virtual Window into Future Climate Change Risk

Posted by hkarner - 25. April 2019

Date: 24-04-2019
Source: Scientific American

AI and supercomputing are rapidly shifting the way disaster planners, regulators and insurers gauge climate hazards

Accurately predicting the on-the-ground impacts of climate change remains one of the thorniest challenges facing scientists, regulators, planners and insurers.

But as climate disasters occur with alarming frequency, experts are relying more heavily on predictive technologies that leverage supercomputing and artificial intelligence to identify the where, how and why of climate impacts.

Known as “climate risk analytics,” the delivery of data-based predictive information about risks associated with wind, floods, fires, droughts and other climate disasters is rapidly proliferating, according to experts. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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How 5G Can Advance the SDGs

Posted by hkarner - 28. März 2019

George Lwanda

George Lwanda is a regional program adviser on extractive industries at the UNDP Africa Regional Service Centre and a 2018 Asia global fellow.

A powerful tool for achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is already here. African governments must come together not only to invest in building 5G networks, but also to seize all of the opportunities those networks create – including a quality education for all.

ADDIS ABABA – Ultra-fast 5G wireless technology has been widely touted as a potentially transformative development, on par with the advent of electricity. This is not mere hyperbole. One area where 5G will play a decisive role is in progress toward achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted unanimously by the United Nations in 2015.

Consider Sustainable Development Goal 4 – to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” – which affects the achievement of all other SDGs, beginning with ending poverty (SDG 1). As the UN Development Programme’s Multidimensional Poverty Index shows, of all of the deprivations that affect the poor – from inadequate nutrition to lack of access to clean water and sanitation – lack of quality education is among the biggest obstacles to upward social mobility. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Why Bezos and Microsoft are betting on this $10 trillion energy fix for the planet

Posted by hkarner - 7. März 2019

Date: 06-03-2019
Source: CNBC

Jeff Bezos and others have sunk more than $127 million into General Fusion, a start-up trying to commercialize fusion energy.

  • Microsoft is partnering with the company by offering technological know-how.
  • Fusion occurs when two light atoms fuse together to make a heavier one, creating energy in the process. It’s the same process that powers the sun and stars.
  • The goal is to provide energy to the 1 billion people on the planet that don’t have access to electricity.

Burnaby, British Columbia, is similar to most North American bedroom communities. The majority of its residents commute into neighbouring Vancouver every morning and then head back to their suburban homes at night. There is one thing, though, that sets it apart: Around the corner from one of the two Costcos in town is a small start-up that’s inching ever closer to solving the planet’s energy problems — and tapping into a yet untouched trillion-dollar market. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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A bold new plan to tackle climate change ignores economic orthodoxy

Posted by hkarner - 9. Februar 2019

Date: 07-02-2019
Source: The Economist: Free exchange

The Green New Deal touted by Democrats largely dispenses with cost-benefit analysis

As deals go, the New one was a big one. Franklin Roosevelt’s plan to yank America out of depression permanently altered the contours of the country’s economy and politics. Proponents of a “Green New Deal” harbour similar ambitions. Though still nebulous the proposal, championed most loudly by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a new congresswoman from New York, has been met with surprising enthusiasm in Washington. It is an outright rejection of the orthodox economic approach to climate change.

In economics, climate change is a big but straightforward example of a market failure, with a correspondingly straightforward solution. People take environmentally harmful decisions because the private benefits of doing so (using a car to get to work, say) outweigh the private costs (the price of the petrol to run the car). But emission-producing activities also impose social costs—deaths from pollution and collisions, the contribution of carbon emissions to climate change—that do not influence an individual’s decision to drive rather than walk or take public transport. To solve the climate problem, then, governments need only include the social cost of carbon in the prices people pay. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Climate’s Big Unknown: What’s Happening Beneath Antarctica’s Ice?

Posted by hkarner - 31. Dezember 2018

Date: 30-12-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal

For three decades scientist Peter Doran has collected environmental data in Antarctica. This year he is leading a project that uses aerial sensors to probe beneath the surface of vast glaciers.

DRY VALLEYS, Antarctica—They call it the Dreamcatcher. Its job is to help answer one of the most important and perplexing questions facing climate scientists today.

Dangling from a helicopter over Antarctica’s frozen landscape, the giant hexagonal instrument sends out electromagnetic waves that penetrate the sheets of ice below, giving scientists something like an X-ray of an ancient body. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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For Climate Safety, Call in the Engineers

Posted by hkarner - 22. Dezember 2018

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Professor of Sustainable Development and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University, is Director of Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Development and of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. His books include The End of Poverty, Common Wealth, The Age of Sustainable Development, Building the New American Economy, and most recently, A New Foreign Policy: Beyond American Exceptionalism.

At the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland, diplomats delivered a „rulebook“ to guide all countries in combating global warming. When world leaders convene at the UN next September to advance climate safety further, the world’s leading engineers should greet them with a global framework for action.

NEW YORK – This month’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland succeeded in producing a rulebook to implement the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Every UN member state signed on. But that will not be enough to head off climate catastrophe. It’s time to call in the engineers.

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