And this is why we're sooooo screwed. Our most forward looking attempts are still decades in the making, as if we have the luxury of that much time.OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington State Legislature passed Senate Bill 5116 on Monday – a bill that will eliminate coal power by 2025 and transition the state to 100 percent clean and renewable electricity by 2045.
“On this Earth Day, I couldn’t be more proud of the Legislature’s action to pass the country’s most forward looking clean energy bill,” Gov. Jay Inslee said in a news release.
Most people will not give up their lifestyles and their mobility overnight.And this is why we're sooooo screwed. Our most forward looking attempts are still decades in the making, as if we have the luxury of that much time.
Labour will this week force a vote in parliament to declare a national environmental and climate change emergency as confidential documents show the government has spent only a fraction of a £100m fund allocated in 2015 to support clean air projects.
Jeremy Corbyn’s party will demand on Wednesday that the country wakes up to the threat and acts with urgency to avoid more than 1.5°C of warming, which will require global emissions to fall by about 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching “net zero” before 2050.
This is just one example of the way in which the reality of climate change keeps outstripping the predictions. Scientists in general tend to be conservative with estimates of any kind, which puts them even farther behind the curve when new and unexpected twists occur.Climate scientists have assumed a slow, steady erosion of permafrost and a similar pace of carbon release. Turetsky and her colleagues found something different.
Instead of a few centimetres of thaw a year, several metres of soil can destabilize within days. Landscapes collapse into sinkholes. Hillsides slide away to expose deep permafrost that would otherwise have remained insulated.
Far from exaggerating the dangers of climate change, you can pretty much count on all predictions underestimating the speed and intensity of the threat."Permafrost at [that] depth, even 100 years from now, probably would still be protected in the soil," she said. "Except here comes this really crazy liquefication where this abrupt thaw really churns up this stuff."
We talk about the monetary impact in discrete packages: the cost to rebuild an army base, the cost to developers in Florida, the loss of roads in Alaska. When you put this all together, however, what we're facing is major degradation of our industrial infrastructure on a global level. And there simply isn't enough money to fix this damage as it continues to accelerate. The costs of fires, floods, droughts, storms are going to smack up against social security, medicare, health care, social services and our sky-high level of military expenditure."We've got a lot of people living on top of permafrost and building infrastructure on top of permafrost. It's enough to sink northern budgets."
I've had that very argument here (well, here as in SLU) with several people who are immersed in wonderful green projects. They felt like my "we're fucked" was somehow a disparagement of their efforts, which is not the case. There are many reasons to applaud a green approach to living, and we will all reap benefits from a move to sustainable agriculture and low-carbon footprints. We're just not going to stop climate change by micro-changes at that level. At least not in the very limited window of opportunity that is open to us now.Discuss:
Unless we ALL use our reusable grocery bags to carry our stuff while we march on the world's capitol cities and demand our crappy politicians actually DO SOMETHING! Because at this point, any positive change in the right direction is only going to happen if massive protests happen around the world on an ongoing basis. As in, we won't go home until meaningful legislation is enacted!Discuss:
It’s no secret that climate change comes at a cost — so much so that even the insurance industry has flagged it as a priority. According to a new industry survey, actuaries (the people who calculate insurance risks and premiums based on available data) ranked climate change as the top risk for 2019, beating out concerns over cyber damages, financial instability, and terrorism.
Considering rising sea levels and increasingly destructive weather, that makes perfect sense.