3 July 2016

(1) Stop Spreading Misinformation on Coal Demand
The [Australian] government and opposition, who accept donations from fossil fuel interests ... sing the praises of the Adani Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin, Shenhua’s Watermark Mine on the Liverpool Plains, Kepco’s Bylong Valley adventure and Hume Coal in the Southern Highlands. All based on ill-informed premises and substantially contributing to increasing global temperatures well above 2C. ... The cost to Australia, if this irresponsible misallocation of resources proceeds, would be enormous. ... stranded assets as these mines are forced to shut down as climate impact intensifies; the lost opportunity of not investing in low-carbon future; the loss of agricultural productivity as mining disrupts prime farming land and water supply; and the social disruption caused to regional communities from abandoned operations. Plus, the full impact of potentially catastrophic climate change in a country more at risk than any other.
(2) Global Clean Energy Employment Rose 5% in 2015
A boom in solar and wind power jobs in the US led the way to a global increase in renewable energy employment to more than 8 million people in 2015 ... More than 769,000 people were employed in renewable energy in the US in 2015, dwarfing the 187,000 employed in the oil and gas sector and the 68,000 in coal mining.
(3) Coal Baron Promises Huge Layoffs, Tells Workers To Vote Trump
The coal industry is killing itself, with debt it loaded up to fund deals that would only be profitable if Chinese demand for steel-making coal continued to surge. That was just before demand tanked. At the same time, coal has been battered by competition from cheaper natural gas and renewable energy ... In 1985, the industry employed 177,000 people. ... Now it’s just 56,000 ... Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has laid out a $30 billion, 4,300-word plan to retrain coal workers for new jobs. ... Trump has promised to pull out of [the Paris Climate] treaty, though that seems highly unlikely to happen. And even if he did, it wouldn’t change much for coal miners.
(4) Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change
In the book Terra Preta: How the World's Most Fertile Soil Can Help Reverse Climate Change and Reduce World Hunger, Ute Scheub and co-authors claim increasing the humus content of soils worldwide by 10 percent within the next 50 years could reduce atmospheric CO2 concentrations to pre-industrial levels. ... "If you pyrolyze organic wastes, up to 50 percent of the carbon, which plants have extracted from the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide, is converted into highly stable carbon, which can persist in soils for thousands of years."
(5a) The Limits to Green Growth
... the biggest obstacle to the socio-ecological transformation that the world needs is not, in the end, technological; much of what is required, from organic farming to networked mobility systems that don’t rely on private vehicles, is already within reach. The real problem is the lack of political will to implement and scale up those innovations opposed by vested economic interests. The challenge is thus to overcome these minority interests and ensure the protection of the broader public good – a task that is often left to civil society.
(5b) Economics for a Full World, Herman Daly
Policies for a Steady-State Economy: ... a) Develop Cap-Auction-Trade System for Basic Resources (e.g. Fossil Fuels) ... b) Tax Shift to Encourage Efficeint Resource Use .... c) Limit Inequality ... d) Reform the Banking Sector .... e) Manage Trade for the Public Good ... f) Expand Leisure Time .... g) Stabilize Population ... h) Reform National Accounts ... i) Restore Full Employment ... j) Advance Just Global Governance (not dissolution into a single world without borders but interdependent national economies ... focus our limited capacity for global cooperation on those needs that truly require it).
(6) The Climate Denial Apparatus, U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
Sen. Whitehouse exposes the web of denial—an industry-controlled apparatus deliberately polluting public discourse with climate science denial and blocking action in Congress.
(7) It’s Hard to Agree How to Fight Climate Change
Nuclear Power: "It's not cost competitive." ... Natural Gas: A bridge to nowhere. ... Fossil Fuel Companies: Attack their very existence or engage with the companies. ... Insiders vs. Outsiders: Mass movement against fossil fuel companies vs. working with industry. "We have to keep most of the fossil fuels in the ground ... We all agree with that ... We all agree that the conversion to clean energy should be as quick as possible."