Photos from the King Fire. 82,000+ acres, 10% contained.
In a sweeping effort to reduce its environmental impact, New York City is planning to overhaul the energy-efficiency standards of all its public buildings and to pressure private landlords to make similar improvements.
The initiative is part of a pledge, to be announced before the start of the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday, to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 2005 levels. The United Nations has pointed to that rate of decrease as a desired target for developed countries to mitigate the effects of climate change.
New York would become the largest city in the world to make the commitment, according to the city’s leaders.
Some more photos from the NYC People’s Climate March. The signs and the artwork were outstanding!
This cartoon accompanied an Op-Ed piece in this morning’s edition (September 21, 2014) of the New York Times, with the title, "Climate Realities." It can be read here. The writer focuses on the cost of mitigating against and adapting to climate change, and on the politics of doing anything, both international politics and USA domestic.
Regardless, I like the cartoon. Poor Earth! His tumbler is empty, he needs a refill!
I’ve just been reading two new reports on the economics of fighting climate change: a big study by a blue-ribbon international group, the New Climate Economy Project, and a working paper from the International Monetary Fund. Both claim that strong measures to limit carbon emissions would have hardly any negative effect on economic growth, and might actually lead to faster growth. This may sound too good to be true, but it isn’t. These are serious, careful analyses.
So here’s what you need to know: Climate despair is all wrong. The idea that economic growth and climate action are incompatible may sound hardheaded and realistic, but it’s actually a fuzzy-minded misconception. If we ever get past the special interests and ideology that have blocked action to save the planet, we’ll find that it’s cheaper and easier than almost anyone imagines.
Article points out the real world problem: developing nations versus developed nations, poor nations versus rich nations.
If history is any guide, the rich countries of the world will say how concerned they are about the damage their emissions of heat-trapping gases are causing. The poor countries — whose people have done little to contribute to global warming but stand to suffer the most from it because of their vulnerability to rising seas and weather extremes — will point out that this professed concern never seems to translate into sufficient action.
“We’re saying to the U.S. and the developed world, ‘You’re responsible for this,’ ” said Ronald Jean Jumeau — the ambassador to the United Nations for the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles, off the coast of Africa — in a preview of his country’s remarks. “Don’t tell us you can’t cut emissions, you can’t give money, while you bask in the rich way of life you enjoy now. You know your emissions are damaging us. Help us out here.”
The numbers are included in a report by Global Carbon Project, and was published in the journal Nature Geoscience.
Global emissions of greenhouse gases jumped 2.3 percent in 2013 to record levels, scientists reported Sunday, in the latest indication that the world remains far off track in its efforts to control global warming.
The emissions growth last year was a bit slower than the average growth rate of 2.5 percent over the past decade, and much of the dip was caused by an economic slowdown in China, which is the world’s single largest source of emissions. It may take an additional year or two to know if China has turned a corner toward slower emissions growth, or if the runaway pace of recent years will resume.
In the United States, emissions rose 2.9 percent, after declining in recent years.
The report of the Global Carbon Project, entitled "Carbon Budget," can be read here.
Tentative count for the number of people at the People’s Climate March in NYC: 310,000 people.
2,646 events in 156 countries.
Good summary in an article in the New York Times entitled, "At Climate March in New York, A Clarion Call For Action" can be read here.
Last photo of People’s Climate March for a while. Going to wait for the thousands of people there to start posting their photos on social media and will grab the fun ones.
The two-minute of silence followed by two minutes of raucous noise just happened. Amazing. So quiet then so loud.
Estimates of 200,000 people.
The crowd is exceptionally diverse. I expected lots of students and old folks, but I’m seeing thousands of people of color, including indigenous peoples, younger moms and dads with their kids, lots of just plain ordinary people. I didn’t expect this.
Now……follow up time. I’m convinced the people participating in NYC and around the world will stay loud and involved. How many more will sign up and act? I think many.