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Want to Slow Climate Change? Stop Having Babies

Carbon dioxide doesn’t kill climates; people do. And the world would be better off with fewer of them. That’s a glib summary of a serious and seriously provocative book by Travis Rieder, a moral philosophy professor and bioethicist at Johns Hopkins University. When economists write about climate change, they’ll often bring up something called the Kaya identity—basically a multiplication problem (not an espionage novel) that helps …

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Lauren McCauley – The New, New Climate Math: 17 Years to Get Off Fossil Fuels, Or Else

Though it may not have seemed possible, climate catastrophe is even closer than previously thought, with new figures released Thursday finding that—when the wells already drilled, pits dug, and pipelines built, are taken under consideration—we are well on our way to going beyond 2°C of warming. “If you’re in a hole, stop digging,” begins the study, put forth by the …

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JEREMY CORBYN – Toward a Green Industrial Revolution

In 2015 the world came together to agree the landmark Paris Climate Agreement aimed at keeping global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels. And just in time: we are facing a climate crisis. 2016 is set to be the hottest year on record and greenhouse gas emissions globally are still not falling. We are seeing the impacts of …

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Nadia Prupis – TPP Would Make Climate Goals ‘Nearly Impossible’ to Reach: Report

In unsurprising news, a report has found that so-called free trade deals like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) would make it nearly impossible to reach the goals set out by the Paris climate agreement. If passed, the TPP would impair the treaty’s mission by supporting high-emission industries like fossil fuels and agriculture while suppressing climate action at the national and local …

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As World Burns, Richest Nations Can’t Decide When to End Fossil Fuel Handouts

Despite ambitious pledges, global energy ministers could not agree on a target date to phase out billions in subsidies to dirty energy The world’s richest nations have failed to agree on a deadline to phase out fossil fuels subsidies—a commitment energy ministers made in 2009—stirring new fears over the impact of the hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars that go …

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Hundreds of Millions to Be Displaced by Climate Change, French Minister Warns

A refugee camp on the Turkey-Syria border. (Photo: Reuters) Calamitous global conflict as a result of climate change will produce hundreds of millions of refugees by 2100, said France’s environmental minister Ségolène Royal to representatives from 170 countries at the UNenvironment assembly in Nairobi on Thursday. “If nothing is done to combat the negative impact of climate change, we will have hundreds of …

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Ugo Bardi – A 100% Renewable World Is Possible? A Poll Among Experts

I am reporting here the results of a small survey that I carried out last week among the members of a discussion forum; mainly experts in renewable energy (*). It was a very informal poll; not meant to have statistical value. But some 70 people responded out of a total of 167 members; so I think these results have a certain …

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Nicholas C. Arguimbau – Global Warming Accelerates

The participants at the Paris climate change conference saw themselves produce “an agreement hailed as ‘historic, durable and ambitious’”and “the world’s greatest diplomatic success,” according to the UK Guardian on Dec. 15, 2015. The president of the Natural Resources Defense Council said, “A great tide has turned. Finally the world stands united against the central environmental challenge of our time.” They were still …

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WILL THE RADICAL WAR ON SCIENCE TRANSFORM AMERICA?

The scientific confirmation of a human factor in global warming is accepted by a majority of Americans as well as scientists, yet those in power have produced only the Paris climate agreement, with fine goals but little to guarantee reaching them. The lack of decisive leadership can be attributed to the furious counter-attack from parts of our society that are …

Emily Bell – Edward Snowden: The Media Isn’t Doing Its Job

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism’s Emily Bell spoke to Edward Snowden over a secure channel about his experiences working with journalists and his perspective on the shifting media world. This is an excerpt of that conversation, conducted in December 2015. It will appear in a forthcoming book: Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State, which …