26 June 2016

(1) Science Groups To Congress: Stop Denying Climate Change
In a blunt letter to Congress, 31 leading scientific societies reaffirmed the reality that humans are causing climate change and only we can stop it. “To reduce the risk of the most severe impacts of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions must be substantially reduced,”
(2a) Five Big Meat Companies Produce 162 Million Tons Of Manure Each Year
... a few solutions to the problem of factory farm-driven water pollution. The first calls for moving away from an industrial-style production of animals, towards a small-scale approach, and the second bans the use of leaking or unlined lagoons for manure storage.
(2b) Meat is a Big Source of Greenhouse Gases
... meat production contributes an estimated 14.5 percent to annual greenhouse gas emissions. That's more than emissions from every car, train, ship and airplane combined. Of that, 65 percent is enteric fermentation (or, cow, sheep and goat farting) and manure ... Along with a tax, a meat cutback could be achieved by making plant-based diets more appealing and less expensive. ... [there are] considerable health benefits that could be reaped from reducing meat consumption as part of a more nutritious diet.
(3) Five Common Foods Produce More Greenhouse Gas Emissions Than Nearly All Countries
... wheat, soy, corn, rice, or palm oil ... these five commodity crops emits more greenhouse gases annually than each of the world’s countries, save for the United States and China ... Agriculture ... accounted for 13 percent of global emissions in 2011 ... One of the most important thing that food companies can do to help propel climate action, ... is to adopt science-based targets for emission reductions throughout their entire supply chain ...
(4) Free Trade, DNC Platform and the Climate Crisis
The motion to oppose TPP was rejected. Despite both candidates being on record opposing the current TPP, the motion was rejected in a 10-5 vote. It was supported by appointees from Sanders and opposed by appointees from Clinton and the Democratic National Committee ... a motion calling for ending the use of eminent domain in support of fossil fuel projects was voted down. Another rejected motion was an endorsement of the so-called “climate test,” the principle that infrastructure and other projects shouldn’t be approved if they worsen carbon emissions. ... a carbon tax and a national fracking ban were both rejected. So too was a motion to keep fossil fuels in the ground by ending new leasing on our public lands and waters.
(5) Five Reasons There’s More to Climate Policy Than a Price on Carbon, David Roberts
1) Carbon pricing is politically constrained. 2) Getting the cheapest 3) Unpriced carbon emissions are not the only barrier to clean technology.carbon reductions first is not necessarily the best long-term strategy. 4) Minimal government ≠ maximal choice. 5) Market mechanisms are good servants but poor masters. ... What sort of society do we want? What kinds of technological and governance systems do we want? How do we want to live? These questions involve core concerns (equity, fairness, happiness) that are often absent from ... market transactions. They should be the subject of open, public deliberation, not subordinated to whatever markets-with-a-carbon-price happen to produce.
(6) India to Get Over $1 Billion from World Bank for Modi's Solar Goals
The World Bank will lend India more than $1 billion for its huge solar energy program ... this will boost its solar capacity nearly 30 times to 100 gigawatts by 2020