5 Mar 2017

(1) Agriculture Begins to Tackle Its Role in Climate Change
Greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture sector in developed countries average about 12 percent, compared to 35 percent in developing countries, which makes agriculture a relatively less important solution in industrialized countries. Still, advocates are pushing agricultural interests and regulators in the U.S. to do their part ...
(2) Cutting Food Waste Is Saving Companies Money (and Helping the Climate Too)
For every dollar on average the companies spent cutting food waste, they saw a $14 savings in operating costs.
(3) Assisted Migration of Plants and Animals in an Era of Rapid Climate Change
Assisted migration of trees in an era of climate change.
(4) Climate Opinion Maps - U.S. 2016
70% in US believe global warming is happening. 53% believe it is due to human activities. 58% are worried about global warming. 82% support research on renewable energy and 75% believe we should regulate CO2 as a pollutant.
(5a) EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Denies That CO2 Causes Global Warming
Pruitt said today “I would not agree” that carbon dioxide “is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.” Pruitt's comments were condemned by climate scientists. Former EPA Chief Gina McCarthy said "The world of science is about empirical evidence, not beliefs. When it comes to climate change, the evidence is robust and overwhelmingly clear that the cost of inaction is unacceptably high." Climate scientist Kevin Trenberth said "Pruitt has demonstrated that that he is unqualified to run the EPA or any agency. There is no doubt whatsoever that the planet is warming, and it is primarily due to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from burning of fossil fuels." Jamie Henn of 350.org said "Pruitt's statement isn't just inaccurate, it's a lie. He knows CO2 is the leading cause of climate change, but is misleading the public in order to protect the fossil fuel industry." Because Pruitt contradicted his testimony during his confirmation process before Congress, Michael Brune of Sierra club said "As Pruitt testified before Congress, it is the legal duty of the EPA to tackle the carbon pollution that fuels the climate crisis ... Pruitt is endangering our families, and any sensible senator should demand he be removed from his position immediately for misleading Congress and being unfit and unwilling to do the job he has been entrusted to do."
(5b) Call It What It Is: Climate Cover-Up
Like Pruitt’s own entanglement with oil and gas producers, the bizarre anatomy of denial has a long paper trail of “bankrolled public relations firms and their bogus fronts and campaigns have deliberately sought to manipulate the media, mangle the language of real science, and effectively derail any public policy or action to halt the spiraling climate crisis.”
(6) How Green Buildings Could Save Our Cities
Cities produce a vast amount of emissions and waste, putting a strain on both human and ecological health. But our buildings themselves may hold a solution. High-density urban areas—especially those built using green methods in design and construction—can be more energy efficient and pollute less.
(7) Trump’s Unifying Opportunity: Food Security
... Food, it turns out, is the great unifier. One of the few bipartisan pieces of legislation to emerge in recent years was the Global Food Security Act of 2016, which allocated over $7 billion to improve agriculture and nutrition in developing countries. The rationale, beyond the altruistic aspects of the legislation, was that investing in the alleviation of hunger, malnutrition, and poverty worldwide is squarely in the national security interests of the U.S.
(8) We Have A Magic Technology That Sucks Up Carbon
,,, simply allowing degraded forest areas to regrow could pull up to 330 billion tonnes of additional CO2 out of the atmosphere over the 21st century. ...Coupled with a reforestation program ... would put the world on track to achieve the 1.5C temperature goal of the Paris agreement. ... we need to “make forests healthy again.”
(9) Coal Lobbyist Trump Attorney Seeks To Bypass US Kids' Climate Lawsuit
“We have always viewed this case as the kids versus the federal government and the fossil fuel industry. Now that the fossil fuel industry has placed its former senior officers and paid consultants in positions of political power, the interests of both the government and the fossil fuel industry are completely aligned. Their political goal is to put oil and gas profits over the future of our country’s posterity,”
(10a) Scott Pruitt Denies Basic Climate Science. But Most Of The Outrage Is Missing The Point.
... climate denial is just the tip of the (melting) iceberg. The right’s refusal to accept the authority of climate science is of a piece with its rejection of mainstream media, academia, and government, the shared institutions and norms that bind us together and contain our political disputes. ... Pruitt’s comments point to something deeper and more corrosive than mere misinformation or misunderstanding. Explaining the basic facts of climate science (again) is utterly futile if the intended audience rejects the authority of climate scientists and scientific institutions. We’re eventually going to have to grapple with this crisis of authority. Until then, more facts and periodic outbursts of outrage are futile.
(10b) Dear Scott Pruitt: Stop Lying.
It is very clear what this administration is doing when we look at the way the Trump transition team was stocked with climate trolls, the way his appointees dodged and obfuscated in confirmation hearings in response to climate questions, and the way expected executive orders and budget priorities target climate change science and policy (and budgets)—the administration is dialing back progress on climate solutions and fostering a fossil fuel industry resurgence. Which helps the fossil fuel industry and screws the rest of the entire world, now and indefinitely.
(11) Oil Giant Shell Warns Public Faith In Fossil Fuel Industry Is 'Disappearing'
“I do think trust has been eroded to the point that it is becoming a serious issue for our long-term future. “If we are not careful, broader public support for the sector will wane. “This is the biggest challenge we have at the moment as a company ... the fact that societal acceptance of the energy system as we have it is just disappearing.” Mr van Beurden said Shell will increase investment in renewable energy to $1bn, still only a small part of its total annual spending of $25bn.