A new report released on the 26th September 2012, called ‘A Guide to the Cold Calculus of a Hot Planet’, claims 100 Million people will die before 2030, due to the results of Climate Change. This is because of the inactions of Governments and businesses to act on climate change. This has led to a more polluted planet, causing the Global temperature to rise. Unfortunately Governments and business are locked into a fossil-fuel and consumer economy. They have not heeded the calls to invest in real renewable technologies and a move away from ‘business-as-usual’ model.
The report is optimistic, that there is still an opportunity to scale-back pollution and halt Global warming. I feel, it will not happen, till there is a complete collapse in water and food supplies, when it is too late. They put forward the argument that economically (not the first time, it has been argued), it would be the sensible thing to do. It would reduce poverty, hunger and ill-health and opposed to the outcome of pursuing a carbon economy. This is a report all politicians and business people should read and act on it.
At a meeting of Southern Voices a talk given by Washington Alcott ( a Jamaican), entitled ‘Climate Change – A conservation from the South’. Made the point that climate change and the environment agenda;
“It was predominately the white-middle class who dominated the debate and decided the outcomes”.
I agree with him, in fact I would go further, it is the so-called ( predominately white) educated middle-class who are part of the problem. The do not want to change their life-styles, so do not want real change. Even, those espousing to be environmentally aware, still drive the most, shunning public transport and continue to fly abroad multiple times a year for holidays. They consume more than those on reduced incomes, but pay less because of the unequal charging mechanisms. Because of their spending power, they could make a huge difference but they will not. There are ‘OK Jack, sod you’.
An in depth report on why we should be very worried about the melting ice-caps. and why we in the Global North should be cutting back our excessive consumption, especially of fossil fuels. Time to ditch the car and walk, cycle or use public transport. And do you really need to fly any where?
Arctic “death spiral” leaves climate scientists shocked and worried | The Vancouver Observer – Page 1.
A very interesting animation showing populations, births, deaths and CO2 emissions. If you hover your mouse over a country, you can see what the countries CO2 emission are at the time of viewing, the total CO2 emissions per person and whether this country has reduced it’s CO2 emission from 4 years earlier. It gives a very visual indication of those countries that need to do the most to reduce CO2 emissions. And of course, the UK is one of the villains, compare us to Norway. The US is of course the really big bady. Basically politicians in the Global North have just talked about it then supported the fossil fuel industries in continuing polluting.
There may be question marks over the accuracy but I feel this is a good visual tool.
Breathingearth – CO2, birth & death rates by country, simulated real-time.
A couple of articles which have cropped up recently. Firstly one from the Rolling Stone magazine about the seriousness of Global Warming and the failure of our inept politicians. The other article is an article in response to a very flawed report arguing against regulations and product energy efficiency standards.
Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math | Politics News | Rolling Stone.
Overriding Common Sense: An Attack on Energy Efficiency Standards.
The 6 minute speech given by Severn Suzuki, who spoke at the 1992 Rio Summit at 12 years old. The speech was a written from contributors from all over the Globe.
Severn Suzuki Unifies World Vision for Sustainable Future at Rio+Social – YouTube.
An article which exposes the Koch brothers involvement in Canadian Tar-Sands and their attempts to ridicule climate change.
Koch Brothers’ Activism Protects Their 50-Year Stake in Canadian Heavy Oils | InsideClimate News.
An article from John Broderick from the Tyndall Centre raising awareness that to combat Climate Change, we urgently need to reduce our energy consumption and how we use that energy. Something the Government and Manchester City Council do not seem to understand. Manchester City Council continue to let property developers build to the lower energy efficiency standards and ensure they include measure like rain water harvesting and grey water recycling. Walk around Manchester after midnight and see all the wasted energy from unnecessary lighting on, in buildings and outside them. The profusion of illuminated and automated advertising hoardings. And yet, the Council still talk about their ‘Manchester – A Certain Future’, without taking any real action.
New Statesman – Acknowledging the scale and urgency of the challenge we face.
This article portrays the true qualities of the politicians who run this country. They do not understand that their unsustainable consumption of Nature’s resources will ultimately bring about the human race’s demise.
Richard Benyon, the minister destroying what he is paid to protect | George Monbiot | Environment | guardian.co.uk.
It is countries like Kenya which will be hit hardest by climate chaos and are striving to reduce carbon emissions. Unlike most of the industrial Global North, who which to carry on as normal, with carbon trading as the answer. Carbon Trading does not result in a reduction in carbon emissions.