‘It will be hard to meet the 2-degree goal no matter what; it will be impossible if livestock pollution isn’t part of the mix, said Doug Boucher, a PhD ecologist and evolutionary biologist who is director of climate research and analysis at the Union of Concerned Scientists’
Source: Climate change: Why beef is the new SUV (Opinion) – CNN.com
‘GENEVA — Weather-related disasters in the past two decades have killed more than 600,000 people and inflicted economic losses estimated at trillions of dollars, the United Nations said on Monday, warning that the frequency and impact of such events was set to rise.’
Extreme Weather Tied to Over 600,000 Deaths Over 2 Decades – The New York Times.
Interactive graphic showing warming projections over time in different scenarios:
‘The Paris pledges lower the likely increase to just over 6ºF.’
via The Climate Change Pledges Are In. Will They Fix Anything? – The New York Times.
Demonstrators marched through Oakland as part of a wave of climate change demonstrations in cities across the world in the final days leading up to the COP21 meetings in Paris. The massive demonstration called for in Paris has been cancelled due to security concerns after the recent violent attacks.
Photos by Sean Munding
‘As world leaders prepare to gather in Paris for a landmark climate summit, a new analysis from Stanford University and University of California researchers lays out roadmaps for 139 countries, including the world’s major greenhouse gas emitters, to switch to 100 percent clean, renewable energy generated from wind, water and sunlight for all purposes by 2050.’
Excerpt from the abstract of a draft of the new report
‘…Aside from virtually eliminating air pollution morbidity and mortality and global warming, the implementation of these roadmaps will create net jobs worldwide, stabilize energy prices because fuel costs are zero, reduce energy poverty and international conflict over energy as countries become energy independent, and reduce risks of large-scale system disruptions by significantly decentralizing power production. The aggressive worldwide conversion to WWS [wind, water, sunlight power] proposed here will avoid exploding CO2 levels and catastrophic climate change by 2050.’
via Mark Jacobson: Barriers to 100% Clean Energy are Social and Political, Not Technical or Economic.
‘The UK is reversing its policies on climate change “without offering credible alternatives”, according to an alliance of Britain’s doctors, nurses and other health professionals.’
via UK reversing and undoing climate change policies, say doctors and nurses | Environment | The Guardian.
‘Heavy rains and deadly flooding in south India, a region that saw a killer heat wave this summer, are weather patterns that appear to fit the scenarios of climate change in India, IMD chief Laxman Singh Rathore has said.’
via Tamil Nadu deluge climate change trailer, matches global warming signs | india | Hindustan Times.
‘Less than two weeks before a crucial global climate summit in Paris kicks off, NOAA, NASA and other global temperature monitors released data showing that the planet is halfway to two degrees of warming, the much publicized limit of “controllable” climate change.’
via Report: Global temperature rise already halfway to ‘two degree warming’ limit – CNN.com.
‘Paris, 18 November 2015 – In reaction to the announcement of the non-authorisation of the climate march ahead of the Paris Climate Summit and mobilisations scheduled at the end of COP 21 Jean François Julliard, Executive Director of Greenpeace France, said:
“The French authorities say they cannot guarantee safety at the march, and so it will not happen. This is a source of huge regret, but we must respect the decision. Huge numbers were expected in Paris, but those people will not be silenced. We will find new, imaginative ways to ensure our voices are heard in the UN conference centre and beyond. And in hundreds of towns and cities across the world people will still march for the climate, for Paris and for our shared humanity. We stand for a vision of human cooperation that the murderers sought to extinguish. They will not succeed.”’
via Climate march and mobilisation cancelled in Paris – Greenpeace response | Greenpeace International.