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A Green New Deal Is Technologically Possible. Its Political Prospects Are Another Question. | The New York Times

‘…Mark Z. Jacobson, a Stanford professor of civil and environmental engineering, was more optimistic. His research influenced a California law last year requiring the state to use 100 percent carbon-free energy by 2045. Mr. Jacobson said that 80 percent of the Green New Deal’s target of net-zero greenhouse emissions across the economy could be achieved by 2030, and 100 percent between 2040 and 2050.’

Source: A Green New Deal Is Technologically Possible. Its Political Prospects Are Another Question. | The New York Times

Bernie Sanders’s 2020 policy agenda: Medicare for All; action on climate change; $15-an-hour minimum wage | Washington Post

‘…Sanders will in the next few months also introduce a proposal to fight climate change through a “Green New Deal,” which will similarly aim to slash emissions with an enormous public works program that would create tens of millions of jobs. The effort is moving on a parallel track to that announced earlier this month by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and a number of 2020 presidential candidates in the Senate, including Sanders, Booker, and Sens. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).’

 

Source: Bernie Sanders’s 2020 policy agenda: Medicare for All; action on climate change; $15-an-hour minimum wage | Washington Post

‘Uninhabitable Earth’ Spotlights 3 Climate Change Misunderstandings | NPR

‘…We would have places in the world that could be dealing with six climate natural disasters simultaneously. And as soon as 2050, it’s likely that many of the biggest cities in the Middle East and India will be unlivably (ph) hot in the summer. So it will be a lethal risk to set foot outside in the summer in places like Kolkata and Delhi. And U.N. estimates for the number of climate refugees that could be produced just by 2050 – on the conservative end of their estimates, we’re dealing with 100 million climate refugees by 2050.’

Source: ‘Uninhabitable Earth’ Spotlights 3 Climate Change Misunderstandings | NPR

Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’ | The Guardian

‘…The planet is at the start of a sixth mass extinction in its history, with huge losses already reported in larger animals that are easier to study. But insects are by far the most varied and abundant animals, outweighing humanity by 17 times. They are “essential” for the proper functioning of all ecosystems, the researchers say, as food for other creatures, pollinators and recyclers of nutrients.’

Source: Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’  | The Guardian

Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy | Los Angeles Times

‘Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said Saturday.’

Source: Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy | Los Angeles Times

6 Compelling Reasons Climate Change Might Be A National Emergency | Forbes

‘…Beyond fatalities, a 2018 government report suggests that climate change could harm or erode the U.S. economy and U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP). As much as I care about polar bears, I didn’t mention them once. Climate change certainly impacts them, and actions must be taken on their behalf too. However, I laid out six “kitchen table” or societally-relevant threats to all of us. For us and our kids, this is a national emergency too.’

Source: 6 Compelling Reasons Climate Change Might Be A National Emergency | Forbes