Exxon and fossil fuel industry try to hide deception, minimize liability

May 31st, 2017 by Steve Hanley, Source: Think Progress, Fossil Fuel Groups Attempt To Flee Our Children’s Trust Lawsuit “API and its members will not come clean on the facts of climate change because they know it exposes them to liability for the damage they too have caused to the global climate system,” Julia Olson, co-lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and …

Reforms needed in land, ag, and deforestation to halve emissions decade by decade

World Resources Institute, May 2017 A decarbonization roadmap recently published in Science outlines decadal targets that put into perspective the monumental progress we need to make to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and keep warming below 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F). The authors detail specific measures and incentives for the energy and transport sectors, but the agriculture and forestry sector, …

Car-sharing’s promise of clean cities

Originally stolen from euobserver.com By PETER TEFFER Would you hand in your car, if you knew that public transport in your city could be completely overhauled and made more attractive? Imagine if you could order a shared taxi with your smartphone, which would bring you door-to-door to your destination, without any transfers. You could book it in real-time, with a …

Including temperature’s effects on economic growth boosts present-day social costs of carbon to $220/ton, and this still isn’t including the extreme (last 10%) risks

a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health finds that carbon dioxide (CO2) has a direct and negative impact on human cognition and decision-making. These impacts have been observed at CO2 levels that most Americans — and their children — are routinely exposed to today inside classrooms, offices, homes, planes, and cars. The relationship between temperature and the …

After billions wasted and harm all around, how to win the war on drugs now

By  Dan Baum, Harper’s, April 2016 – a good accompaniment to Michael Moore’s film Where to Invade Next. In 1994, John Ehrlichman, the Watergate co-conspirator, unlocked for me one of the great mysteries of modern American history: How did the United States entangle itself in a policy of drug prohibition that has yielded so much misery and so few good results? …

This is how Big Oil will die

By Seth Miller, on Medium.com, Blogs on perspicacity.xyz, 25 May 2017 From WHMP / clipart.com It’s 2025, and 800,000 tons of used high strength steel is coming up for auction.  The steel made up the Keystone XL pipeline, finally completed in 2019, two years after the project launched with great fanfare after approval by the Trump administration. The pipeline was built …