22 May 2016

(1) Companies Begin to Adapt to Climate Change
This report describes companies beginning to adapt to climate change.
(2) Climate Change Dashboard
Temperature, CO2, Sea Ice, Sea Ice Extent Sea Level Rise & Ocean Heat Content
(3) World Energy Dashboard
Energy Consumption, Emissions, Energy Consumption per Capita, Emissions per Capita, Electricity Use
(4) Houston Business Columnist Calls for Exxon Climate Denial Investigation
"While individuals in the United States enjoy free speech, there are limits on how much corporate executives can spin the facts. Companies cannot intentionally misrepresent their product or its potential for harm, and investigators want to know if Exxon Mobil lied about the impact of CO2 on the climate to keep selling gasoline and other fuels. Publicly traded corporations must also disclose any risks to the company's future profits in their annual reports to the SEC. ... we know from the tobacco cases that major corporations are capable of committting large-scale fraud on shareholders while inflicting harm on the public. Prosecutors have a duty to investigate and determine if charges are warranted against Exxon Mobil."
(5) International Climate Change Action
To keep global warming < 2 deg C, we only have 1/3rd of the space remaining in our atmosphere; 2/3rds has been used up. Emissions need to peak by 2020 then decline. Actions we should take: 1) Establish development bank and World Bank lending policies that support GHG reductions, 2) Support developing countries climate action plans financially & with technical support, 3) Liberate private financial flows into clean energy & energy efficiency, 4) Establish greater partnerships between corporations & governments to fast track action.
(6) New Chinese Dietary Guidelines To Cut Meat By Half & Cut GHG Emissions
Chinese dietary guidelines cut meat consumption by half which cuts global emissions 1.5%. Livestock produce 14.5% of global GHGs, about the same as all vehicles in the world. If cattle were their own nation, they'd be the 3rd largest GHG emitter, after China and the U.S.
(7) Bill Gates And Exxon Now Share the Wrong Climate Policy, Joe Romm
Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, says "There's no space between us and IPCC" ... yet Exxon continues to fund groups who discredit the IPCC, the science and the solutions. Tillerson also said "We've gotta have some technology breakthroughs but until we achieve those, just saying turn the taps off is not acceptable to humanity." Gates has said "the focus on ramping up deployment of [today's] technologies diverts attention from the critical need to greatly intensify spending on basic research and large-scale development of new energy technologies." Romm says "We don't have to choose between clean energy R&D and deployment, between ramping up research funding and ramping down fossil fuel use. We can do both and indeed, we must."
(8) Climate Action is Needed Despite Exxon
Gandhi said "first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." The decades-long attempt by Exxon to deceive the public around the existence of climate change has now entered the fight stage ... Exxon has bankrolled almost half a century of climate denial ... the network of think tanks connected to Exxon money includes the American Petroleum Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, American Enterprise Institute, Hoover Institution, Cato Institute ... we must "hold Exxon accountable for one of the greatest corporate wrongdoings in history"
(9a) Phase Out 9 Oil and Gas Tax Breaks
Phasing out these 9 tax breaks to fossil fuel companies would save the U.S. Treasury nearly $38 billion over 10 years: Deductions for costs of drilling wells, Domestic manufacturing for oil & gas production, Deductions for depletion of oil & gas deposits, Deductions for depletion of oil shale deposits, Deductions for costs of oil shale exploration & development, Amortization for geological & geophysical expenditures, Deductions for tertiary injectants, Exception to passive loss limitation for working interests in oil & natural gas properties, Marginal wells tax credit.
(9b) G7 to Cut Fossil Fuel Subsidies
G7 countries (US, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, UK) agreed to cut fossil fuel subsidies by 2025. Critics argued that it could be done twice as fast.
(10) Economics for a Full World, Herman Daly
The founding assumptions of neoclassical economics, developed in the empty world, no longer hold ... The prevailing obsession with economic growth puts us on the path to ecological collapse ... we must transition toward a steady-state economy focused on qualitative development, as opposed to quantitative growth, and the interdependence of the human economy and global ecosphere.