Be sure to tell your grandchildren how you let this happen.

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It’s a Chinese hoax. Eliminate all regulations to reduce CO2 emissions. Bad for my businesses.

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http://www.theweek.com

Diminishing tropical forests mean climate breakdown is ‘decades ahead of even the most pessimistic’ models, carbon study shows

As tropical forests dwindle as a result of deforestation and climate change, the Earth is losing one of its strongest safeguards against pollution.

Tropical forests can serve as something The Guardian describes as “carbon sinks,” meaning they absorb carbon from the atmosphere. But those forests, including the Amazon, are diminishing and have been absorbing fewer and fewer pollutants as the years go by.

The reduction in tropical forests will likely accelerate a climate breakdown in a manner similar to melting ice sheets and permafrost.

“We’ve found that one of the most worrying impacts of climate change has already begun,” said Simon Lewis, a professor in the school of geography at Leeds University in the United Kingdom and one of the senior authors of the research. “This is decades ahead of even the most pessimistic climate models.”

Lewis said forests can’t keep “mopping up” pollution forever, but he did suggest that there is time for people to intervene “before the global carbon cycle starts working against us.” The caveat, he said, is that time is now.

Read more at The Guardian. Tim O’Donnell

If you are a Trump supporter, be sure to tell your grandchildren it was you who voted to let this happen to them.

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3 thoughts on “Be sure to tell your grandchildren how you let this happen.

  1. “What have they done to the Earth? What have they done to our fair sister? Ravaged and plundered and ripped her and bit her and, stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn and, tied her with fences and, dragged her down…”

    — The Doors

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  2. A decade of dithering on climate action calls for crisis mode
    Four times the effort now needed to comply with the Paris agreement.

    Nations need to make the same amount of action in on-third of the time to fulfill Paris agreements.

    TOBIAS TITZ
    By Natalie Parletta

    An analysis of climate change targets agreed to in Paris versus emission reductions actually achieved reveals that nations are now faced with making four times the effort – or doing the same in one-third of the time – to fulfil the pact.

    “The past decade of political failure on climate change has cost us all dear,” researchers write in a Nature Comment piece. “It has shrunk the time left for action by two-thirds.”

    Niklas Höhne, from the NewClimate Institute in Germany, and co-authors synthesised all ten editions of the Emissions Gap Report produced yearly by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

    Baskets filled with coal are carried in Bangladesh -burning coal produces particulates that increase air pollution and health dangers.

    This report has compared individual countries’ vows to lower greenhouse gas emissions with what they need to do to keep global temperatures this century well below two, and ideally 1.5, degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as targeted by the Paris Agreement.

    Höhne and colleagues found that the gap has quadrupled since 2010.

    This is attributed in part to global emissions increasing by 14% between 2008 and 2018, meaning that they need to fall faster than previous estimates because of their cumulative nature.

    Added to that, now that scientists have a better grasp of climate risks, it’s agreed that a lower global temperature rise is needed than was calculated in 2010.

    And then there’s the wanting pledges by individual countries.

    “Rather than halving emissions by 2030, countries’ climate proposals will lead to a slight increase,” the authors warn. “Worse still, individual countries are not on track to achieve commitments that were insufficient from the outset and are now woefully inadequate.”

    On the bright side, many countries, regions, cities and businesses have pledged or taken radical action.

    This includes 76 countries or regions and 14 sub-national regions – the biggest being California – that have set or even implemented net-zero emission goals, and more than 80 that are aiming for emissions-free electricity.

    More than 20 countries and 50 cities are aiming to make all cars emissions-free, and Norway and Scotland are shooting for clean domestic flights.

    These successful initiatives need to be scaled up and mirrored in every sector, including a concerted move away from coal, the authors say; food security, healthy lives and many other sustainable development goals depend on it.

    The report comes in time for the tenth anniversary of the agreement, a time that countries agreed to update their climate pledges – which the authors say is vital.

    “Clearly the promises must be overhauled – and then, critically, kept – if the yawning gap between ‘walk and talk’ is going to close by 2030.”

    The emission cuts needed over the next decade are now more than seven per cent per year on average to meet the 1.5 degree Celsius temperature limit and three percent to meet the two degree limit.

    The required time frame to halve global emissions has also dropped from 30 years in 2010 to 10 and 25 years, respectively, for each target.

    “The gap is so huge that governments, the private sector and communities need to switch into crisis mode, make their climate pledges more ambitious and focus on early and aggressive action,” Höhne and co-authors conclude.

    “We do not have another ten years.”

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    1. Truly horrifying indeed! And both neoliberal corporate duopoly parties are to blame for that.

      I really want Bernie to win in 2020, just like I did in 2016. Only a real Green New Deal–on steroids–will give us any hope at all. And the past 40 year failed experiment with neoliberalism will finally end for good, God willing.

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