1 Jan 2017

(1) Mexico’s Climate Migrants Are Already Coming To The United States
No one knows exactly how many people will be uprooted thanks in part to climate change; estimates range from 50 million to as high as one billion. It’s also challenging to predict which regions will be hardest hit, but places already struggling with drought and flooding “will see their problems increase,” Bradatan says. Southeast Asia, the Amazon Basin, and a lot of Africa are all vulnerable. Coastal areas and small island countries will face major displacement, too, experts say, as sea levels rise. In the Pacific islands of Kiribati and Tuvalu, for example, more than 70 percent of households say they’ll probably move if the climate worsens.
(2) As Seas Rise, Miami Development Continues Unabated
“The ice did not get the memo to stop melting in the year 2100,” adds Retired Admiral David Titley, the former chief naval oceanographer now teaching at Penn State. He cautions of sea-level problems ahead even if global temperatures are somehow capped at the 2°C threshold sought under the December 2015 Paris climate agreement.
(3) Indian Firm Makes Carbon Capture Breakthrough
By producing a subsidy-free carbon utilisation project, Carbonclean appears to have something of a global lead. But it is by no means alone. Carbon8 near Bristol is buying in CO2 to make aggregates, and other researchers are working on making plastics and fuels from waste CO2.
(4) Clean Energy Will Be A $50-Trillion Industry
But just because you can’t stop a revolution, doesn’t mean you can’t slow it. Tragically, voters have elected a science-denying President committed to killing U.S. and global climate action and zeroing out federal clean energy funding, a guy who is in bed with the enemies of clean energy, such as as Big Oil and Vladimir Putin. Trump has nominated ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.
(5) Here’s What Optimistic Liberals Get Wrong About Trump And Climate Change
To meet US climate goals, overall greenhouse gas emissions need to fall 80 percent or more by 2050. But apart from California, which is developing a comprehensive plan to tackle non-electric sectors, few states are really thinking about transportation or industry or agriculture. For the most part, that’s been the purview of the federal government, which under Obama has set stricter emissions standards for cars, trucks, household appliances, landfills, methane leaks from oil and gas, and so on. Now Trump plans to undo many of those rules — or at least refrain from strengthening them.
(6) China To Plow $361 Billion Into Renewable Fuel By 2020
Some 700 billion yuan to wind farms, 500 billion to hydro power with tidal and geothermal getting the rest ... expected an additional 3 million jobs, bringing the total in the sector to 13 million by 2020. Concerns about the social and economic costs of China's air pollution have increased as the northern parts of the country, including the capital Beijing, have battled a weeks-long bout of hazardous smog. ... renewables will still only account for just 15 percent of overall energy consumption by 2020, equivalent to 580 million tonnes of coal.
(7) Washington State Denies Lease Permit For Proposed Coal Export Terminal
If constructed, the terminal at Longview would be the largest coal export terminal in the country. ... If completed, the project would bring 16 coal trains a day through the town of Longview and would add 37.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent to the atmosphere over a 20 year period ...
(8) Sensing Gains Ahead Under Trump, the Kochs Court Minorities - The New York Times
Since its start in the spring of 2016, Fueling U.S. Forward has sent delegates to, or hosted, at least three events aimed at black voters, arguing that they benefit most from cheap and abundant fossil fuels and have the most to lose if energy costs rise.
(9) As Donald Trump Denies Climate Change, These Kids Die of It - The New York Times
The basic injustice is that we rich countries produced the carbon that is devastating impoverished people from Madagascar to Bangladesh. In America, climate change costs families beach homes; in poor countries, parents lose their children.
(10) On Climate Change, Higher Education Leaders Call on Trump to Reverse Course | InsideClimate News
College and university presidents and chancellors are the latest group to publicly call on Trump to take climate change seriously. Since the 2016 election, groups representing more than 300 American businesses and more than 800 Earth scientists and experts have sent similar letters.
(11) Northwest Coal Exports: The End is Nigh
Northwest coal terminals would have boosted global carbon pollution; spread noxious coal dust along the rail lines and near the terminals; increased rail and road congestion; and threatened the rights and livelihoods of Native American tribes.
(12) Is Faster Economic Growth Compatible with Reductions in Carbon Emissions?
by 2100 C.E. moving from the medium to the low variant of the UN fertility projection leads to 35% lower yearly emissions and 15% higher income per capita. These results suggest that population policies could be part of the approach to combating global climate change.
(13) Trump to Cede Millions of High-Wage Jobs to China
Beijing will create 13 million jobs by 2020, investing $360 billion in clean energy, while Trump vows to abandon the sector.
(14) Putting People Before Nature
conservation will fail unless it finds a way to take care of people. Wilson’s poverty solution is to have people move to cities, intensify farming, and innovate like crazy to shrink the human footprint. ... Leisher’s solution is for people to improve their lives where they are, and for the rest of us to embrace ecosystems altered by people. ... “Conservation needs to ensure local people — many of whom are poor — benefit tangibly from biodiversity.
(15) All The Risks Of Climate Change, In A Single Graph
Three degrees over preindustrial levels, where we are very likely headed this century, puts us at high risk across the board, very high for those uniquely threatened systems. Five degrees, which is entirely possible, puts basically every human and ecological system at high to very high risk.