Transport is the fastest growing source of global emissions

by Shiying Wang and Mengpin Ge – October 16, 2019 Print This post is part of our sector-by-sector breakdown using Climate Watch of where emissions come from. Also published so far: Agriculture. People and goods are on the move faster and farther than ever. All that movement comes at a cost — not just the sticker price of a new car, train ticket or shipping bill, but also …

Grasslands More Reliable Carbon Sink Than Trees

Tree initiative in Denver – further down. In Wildfire-Prone California, Grasslands a Less Vulnerable Carbon Offset Than Forests. Increased drought and wildfire risk make grasslands more reliable carbon sinks than trees Grasslands should be given opportunities in state’s cap-and-trade market as long-term investment By Kat Kerlin | Jul 9, 2018 Forests have long served as a critical carbon sink, consuming about a quarter of …

A 10-Step Plan for the World to Cut Food Loss and Waste in Half By 2030

by Katie Flanagan – August 28, 2019, WRI.org, Print The UN set a global goal to cut food loss and waste in half by 2030. Alarming figures show just how big of a challenge remains. Nearly a third of all food produced in the world goes uneaten each year — an amount that costs the global economy $940 billion and emits 8% of …

Internationalist trade union alternative based on a “public goods” approach

December 2018, Katowice COP 24 meeting It is time for us to collectively confront these stark realities and formulate a radical, independent, and internationalist trade union alternative based on a “public goods” approach. One way or another, rising emissions hurt everyone, and reducing emissions would benefit everyone. Considerations of private profit must be taken out of the equation. Emissions reductions …

Burlington’s Climate Emergency Declaration Calls for Shift to Naturalized Gardens instead of Mowed Lawns and GHG-emitting Tools

By Doreen Nicoll, Rabble.CA.August 18, 2019 | RESIST! On April 23, Burlington City Council unanimously passed Ward 3 Councillor Rory Nisan’s motion to declare a climate emergency. “By declaring a climate emergency, Burlington City Council is recognizing the magnitude of the challenge we face in combatting climate change,” Nisan said in a press release. “But it is only one step. Through the declaration, we …

IPCC visuals are largely on threats, framed as distant in time and space, with minimal attention to who was impacted or needed to take adaption actions or adopt responsibility, rather than rather than goals to be achieved

with minimal attention to who was impacted or needed to take adaption actions or adopt responsibility The visual framing of climate change impacts and adaptation in the IPCC assessment reports Climatic Change Figures and graphics in reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “(still) focus primarily on showing that climate change is real and a problem, with little …

Virtually all of Colorado’s climate progress has come from cleaner electricity generation, but Xcel at 73% fossil generation now, wants to add gas through 2023

The world’s top climate scientists warned last year that in order to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change, governments around the world must cut these carbon emissions in half by 2030 (on average – arguably the US much faster) and achieve net zero emissions not long after that. Led by Governor Jared Polis and Democrats in the state legislature, Colorado …

Global warming increases microbial activity, driving global warming feedback loops: accelerated microbial activity in soils will significantly increase carbon emissions by 2050.

BY BOB BERWYN, INSIDECLIMATE NEWS JUN 19, 2019 All life on Earth evolved from microorganisms in the primordial slime, and billions of years later, the planet’s smallest life forms—including bacteria, plankton and viruses—are still fundamental to the biosphere. They cycle minerals and nutrients through soil, water and the atmosphere. They help grow and digest the food we eat. Without microbes, …

Negligible consideration is given to rationing and moratoria even though these options could substantially cut emissions immediately without requiring new technologies

ENVIRONMENT  •  June 27, 2019  •  Judith Deutsch Lessons for the Climate Emergency Rationing, Moratoriums, Ending War “The bad news is that if history teaches us one thing, it is that there never has been an energy transition… The history of energy is not one of transitions, but rather of successive additions…” Bonneuil and Fressoz, The Shock of the Anthropocene. The New Deal and World …

Cement Produces More Pollution Than All the Trucks in the World

There are greener ways to make it⁠, but customers are slow to embrace the change.By Vanessa Dezem June 22, 2019 The True Cost of Air Pollution The most astonishing thing about cement is how much air pollution it produces. Manufacturing the stone-like building material is responsible for 7% of global carbon dioxide emissions, more than what comes from all the trucks …