IPCC 2018 report notes accelerated path to 1.5 C threshold, calls for “rapid and far-reaching” changes in the world economy

A final draft report from the United Nations‘ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says only “rapid and far-reaching” changes in the world economy can keep global warming below the internationally agreed target barrier. “If emissions continue at their present rate, human-induced warming will exceed 1.5°C by around 2040,” the draft states, according to Reuters, which obtained a copy of the report. …

Announcements on the right path to stay within the Paris Agreement

World Resources Institute, May 2018 National announcements on the right path to stay within the Paris Agreement: Bolder Plans to Reach Net-Zero Emissions New Zealand’s new prime minister committed to net zero by 2050 – a target that looks on track to be enshrined in a new national climate law. And in a submission to the UN, the United Kingdom indicated it would …

A window into substantive, material economic weakness and risk

By Gil Friend in GreenBiz, May 2018 “If you extrapolate from these documents and case law and the COP21 agreement, then some 90 percent of the world’s business models must be transformed to net-zero GHG business models by 2050.”  First in a two-part series on business risk and strategic duty. My sustainability work over the past several decades has focused …

The major groups of insects responsible for pollination are particularly sensitive to warming, and insects, vital to ecosystems, will lose almost half their habitat under current climate projections

Damian Carrington Environment editor, The Guardian, Thu 17 May 2018, Climate change on track to cause major insect wipeout, scientists warn  The famous migration of the North American monarch butterfly is one of the most well-documented examples of an insect species affected by climate change. Photograph: Joel Sartore/NG/Getty Images Global warming is on track to cause a major wipeout of insects, compounding already …

Scientists draft another paper on how 100% renewables is possible and affordable

Is it possible for the world to run on 100 percent renewable energy? It’s a noble goal, as the best science tells us we must significantly slash fossil fuel consumption or else the planet faces dangerous climate change. A number of academics believe it’s not only feasible to wean off coal, natural gas and other polluting fuels by transitioning to renewable sources such as solar and wind power, it’s even …

Go as hard and fast as possible, and keep going. Also look at social transitions. What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like.

What genuine, no-bullshit ambition on climate change would look like: New scenarios show how to hit the most stringent targets, with no loopholes. By David Roberts@drvoxdavid@vox.com  Updated May 8, 2018 A new dawn of ambition, or something. Shutterstock What would it take to really tackle climate change? No delays, no gimmicks, no loopholes, no shirking of responsibility — the real thing. What would it look like? …

Getting serious about decarbonization: zero out carbon as fast as possible, to hold temperature rise as close to 1.5 degrees as possible, and, most significantly, to do so while minimizing the need for negative emissions

Excerpt from a May 2018 article by David Roberts at Vox.com …banking on negative emissions later in the century is, at the very least, an enormous, fateful gamble. It bets the lives and welfare of millions of future people on an industry that, for all intents and purposes, doesn’t yet exist.  Plenty of people reasonably conclude that’s a bad idea, but …