If we want to set smart goals for improving climate change outcomes we need to incentivize adoption of electric vehicles. There is no barrier to adoption in this article that couldn’t be overcome with smart incentives. No new tech needed. Winners: all of humanity! Losers: energy companies too slow to adapt.
The International Energy Agency has estimated that electric vehicles would have to account for at least 40 percent of passenger vehicle sales by 2040 for the world to have a chance of meeting the climate goals outlined in the Paris agreement, keeping total global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.
When Will Electric Cars Go Mainstream? It May Be Sooner Than You Think https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/08/climate/electric-cars-batteries.html
As is so common this article about land and agriculture problems in Africa spends little time on the only meaningful solution: population control. The continent wouldn’t have the problems it does these days if contraception, family planning and family size were treated as legitimate solutions and pushed by governments and foreign aid providers.
The same solutions need to be pushed to the forefront worldwide. Environmental problems and resource scarcity won’t improve until we limit our growth.
Loss of Fertile Land Fuels ‘Looming Crisis’ Across Africa https://nyti.ms/2u72OP6
Besides the climate peril the President has put us in, pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord is a big step toward ceding global leadership to the Chinese.
Trump and his friends are just so stupid and greedy it never ceases to boggle the mind. They just don’t get that we lead by positive example not by military and capitalist might.
Sad. The harm Trump and the GOP are doing will be felt for a long time.
Sadder. Trump’s Russian influence peddling distracts from the greater threat he has exposed us to.
Trump Hands the Chinese a Gift: The Chance for Global Leadership https://nyti.ms/2rwIWHo
Eating meat and other animal products doesn’t have to be a binary choice such as veganism to do good.
We can improve health and environmental outcomes by eating less. The author calls it Reducetarian. We all know that livestock production is a major contributor to climate change. Now you can feel good about consuming fewer animal products rather then cutting them out entirely.
Lobbyists are to blame.
The larger question is why we allow the chemical industry — by spending $100,000 on lobbying per member of Congress — to buy its way out of effective regulation of endocrine disruptors. The industry’s deceit marks a replay of Big Tobacco’s battle against regulation of smoking.
Are Your Sperm in Trouble? https://nyti.ms/2mxZcF9
The States will have to make up for what the Federal Government can’t do for the climate.
The Brookings Institution reported this month that between 2000 and 2014, 33 states and the District of Columbia cut carbon emissions while expanding their economies. That list includes red states run by Republican legislatures, like Alaska, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia.
In some states, including Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and parts of Texas, new wind turbines can generate electricity at a lower cost, without subsidies, than any other technology, according to a report published this month by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin.
States Will Lead on Climate Change in the Trump Era http://nyti.ms/2ivLwpp
Large American and European banks are financing the destruction of rainforest, despite “sustainability pledges which specifically mention deforestation.”
The money is aiding a process that scientists say destroys ecosystems, displaces indigenous communities and covers the region each year in a thick, suffocating smog that stretches from Jakarta to Hong Kong.
How Big Banks Are Putting Rain Forests in Peril http://nyti.ms/2gY48gO