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Smog In Western U.S. Starts Out As Pollution In Asia, Study Says : The Two-Way : NPR
The U.S. is producing less air pollution, but smog levels are still rising in the western U.S. because of pollutants released in Asian countries that then drift over the Pacific Ocean. Researchers say their findings show the importance of a global approach to preserving air quality.

"Scientists found Asian air pollution contributed as much as 65 percent of an increase in Western ozone in recent years," NPR's Rob Schmitz reports from Shanghai. "China and India, where many consumer products are manufactured, are the worst offenders."
air  pollution  USA  China  India  climate  change  climatechange  globalwarming  global  warming  carbon  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  COP21 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Poor nations pledge deep emissions cuts at Marrakech summit | Environment | The Guardian
Go beyond ... & then sue western states 4 damages (food & national security) bc they didnt. Good strategy. #COP22
indirect threat
COP21  COP22  climate  change  global  warming  food  security  national 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Natural disasters push 26m into poverty each year, says World Bank | Business | The Guardian
Study finds floods, storms and droughts cost global economy $520bn a year and highlights need to tackle climate change
climatechange  climate  change  globalwarming  global  warming  national  security  food  COP21  COP22 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Germany says time for African 'Marshall Plan' | Reuters
COP21 followup COP22 in Marrakesch // debt jubilee // renewable energy // better trade deal! keine huenchen exportieren //
Africa  Middle  East  refugee  crisis  war  climate  change  global  warming  national  security  food  COP21  COP22  Europe  Germany  Brussels 
november 2016 by asterisk2a
Paris climate deal: US and China announce ratification - BBC News
The US and China - together responsible for 40% of the world's carbon emissions - have now both ratified the Paris global climate agreement.
COP21 
september 2016 by asterisk2a
UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal
Climate change envoy singles out both countries for subsidising the fossil fuel industry and says the UK has lost its position as a climate leader
COP21  UK  Germany  Angela  Merkel  Wolfgang  Schäuble  corporate  welfare  subsidies  subsidizing  Fossil  fuel  industry  fuel  climate  change  global  warming 
july 2016 by asterisk2a
Climate change: Advisers warn of climate change domino effect
In a 2,000-page report, the Climate Change Committee says flooding will destroy bridges - wrecking electricity, gas and IT connections carried on them.
The committee also warns that poor farming means the most fertile soils will be badly degraded by mid-century.
And it says heat-related deaths among the elderly will triple by the 2050s as summer temperatures spiral.
The projections are based on the supposition that governments keep promises made at the Paris climate conference to cut emissions - a pledge that is in doubt.
The committee says if emissions are allowed to spiral, London summer temperatures could hit 48C (118F) in an extreme scenario, although the advisers say they don't expect that to happen.
The report from 80 authors is the most comprehensive yet on the potential impact of climate change on the UK.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Race to ratify the Paris climate deal starts at the UN
But some environmentalists have dismissed the event as a "distraction". [...] Reid Detchon agreed on the need for urgency and increased ambition. But he was worried that global leaders didn't quite understand that getting agreement in Paris was, in some ways, the easy bit. [ because all is voluntary! ] //&! bbc.in/247FGwH - Amid hope and hype, delegates have finished signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York. [...] Leonardo DiCaprio [...] added: "We need to go further than the pledges made there." - bbc.in/1VMPGd4
COP21  climate  change  global  warming 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Pressure grows for price on carbon ahead of UN signing
A group of world leaders and international finance chiefs has urged the world to rapidly expand the pricing of carbon pollution.
They argue that more than half of emissions of CO2 should be covered by a carbon price within a decade.
India has also called on rich countries to put a tax on coal to help poorer nations adapt to climate change.
These calls came ahead of a UN ceremony where some 155 countries are expected to sign the Paris Climate Agreement.
carbon  tax  COP21  climate  change  global  warming  sustainability  sustainable  carbonfootprint  consumerism  materialism  carbon  capture  carbon  trading 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Clouds gather over solar power after golden years of success
After a day in which Britain generated more power from the sun than from coal for the first time, the industry should be rejoicing. But the mood is fearful [...] But over the last year both the RO and FiT support mechanisms have been either removed or wound dramatically further down – with the government arguing the industry should largely be fending for itself while bill payers should be spared unnecessary cost. [...] [ spokesman from energy department - no subsisdy for renewables, ... but strike price guarantee for nuclear energy w nuclear waste problem]
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Tyler Cowen: "The Great Stagnation", Michael Vassar & Cowen Debate at Singularity Summit 2011
gains are harder to come by! low hanging fruit gone. [...] VISION IS NEEDED TO GET THE JOB DONE.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Sustainability or Prosperity? Why Not Both? | PolicyCast
describes the rapidly growing field of sustainability science, which combines a variety of disciplines in both the hard and social sciences to find paths towards a sustainable future. //&! Book Pursuing Sustainability: A Guide to the Science and Practice – (2016) by Pamela Matson, William C. Clark, Krister Andersson. //&! http://www.hks.harvard.edu/news-events/publications/insight/international/william-clark &! https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=LkLCmQwAAAAJ&hl=en &! http://earthsky.org/human-world/william-c-clark-defines-sustainable-development &! Jeffrey Sachs - Global Cooperation and Sustainable Development - youtu.be/cRWtRh3yLI0 &! "Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet." - youtu.be/n3kzzVP2c7w &! Jeffrey Sachs: "The Price of Civilization" - youtu.be/_G6SYmQ0swg - profoundly underestimated globalization's long-term effects: jobs, incomes, poverty, and the environment.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Neues Klimaabkommen: USA und China wollen flott unterschreiben
Damit der Weltklimavertrag in Kraft treten kann, muss er unterzeichnet und ratifiziert werden. Dabei müssen mindestens 55 Staaten, die mindestens 55 Prozent des globalen Treibhausgasausstoßes repräsentieren, verbindlich zustimmen. Auf die USA und China allein entfallen knapp 40 Prozent der Emissionen.
COP21  China  Russia  USA 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Government planning to repeal animal welfare codes
Poultry industry to oversee chicken-farming standards as ministers move to create industry-led deregulation. Conservative ministers are planning to repeal an array of official guidance on animal welfare standards, starting with a move to put the code on chicken-farming into the hands of the poultry industry.

Liz Truss, the environment secretary, is overseeing moves to scrap the statutory codes on farm animal welfare and move to an “industry-led” guidance as part of her department’s deregulatory agenda. [ so industry funds its own regulatory body, lol! ] [...] Other sectors that could get control of their own guidance include the cattle, sheep and pig farming industries. //&! Poultry deregulation plans risk bringing back dark days of food scares. History shows problems start when food companies police themselves: think salmonella, BSE, foot and mouth, swine flu - bit.ly/1UON3ai - Privatisation move! Austerity. Self-regulation.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Poland approves large-scale logging in Europe's last primeval forest
Greenpeace accuses government of ignoring scientists over fate of Bialowieza woodland, home to 20,000 animal species and Europe’s tallest trees.
deforestation  carbon  tax  COP21  ecological  damage  ecological  disaster  environmental  damage  environmental  disaster  mass  extinction 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Rate of carbon emissions put in context
We are now putting carbon into the atmosphere at a rate unprecedented since at least the age of the dinosaurs, scientists say.
The researchers have examined ocean sediments laid down during the so-called Palaeocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum - a dramatic warming event some 56 million years ago.
They find the amount of CO2 going into the air at its onset was four billion tonnes a year at most.
Today's figure is 10 times as big. [...] But the team argues that the scale of human-produced carbon emissions means that the lessons we could learn from the ancient event may actually have limited relevance.
"We have effectively entered an era of a no-analogue state, which represents a fundamental challenge to constraining future climate projections," they write in their paper. [...] "The rate of change is as important as the magnitude of an event for determining particularly terrestrial ecosystem disruptions," &! bit.ly/1Uyfrgz
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Worst Mediterranean drought in 900 years has human fingerprints all over it
A new study shows that the current Mediterranean drought is likely the worst in 900 years, probably due to human-caused intensification [...] To be clear, this study doesn’t prove that droughts are getting worse, and it doesn’t prove that human emissions of greenhouse gases are making droughts more severe. In fact, proving such statements would be nearly impossible. What this study does is put recent extreme weather into historical context.
California  Mediterranean  drought  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  climate  change  global  warming  COP21  National  Security  food  water  scarcity  water  Wars  water  management  water  rights  water  shortage  water  supply  livestock  farming  sustainability  sustainable 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Five ways to power the UK that are far better than Hinkley Point
These alternatives to the troubled planned nuclear plant will be faster to build and cheaper for energy consumers, say experts
Amber  Rudd  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Tories  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Fossil  fuel  industry  fuel  energy  policy  energy  price  subsidies  subsidizing  carbon  tax  COP21  nuclear  waste  Hinkley  Point  C  competitiveness  industrial  policy  policy  folly  short-termism  white  elephant  policy  error  austerity  nasty  party  lobby  Career  Politicians  energy  storage  Smart  Grid  underinvestment  UK 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Hinkley Point C nuclear deal contains £22bn 'poison pill' for taxpayer
[ strike price guarantee over current energy price and fine if it is closed before 2060 ] Public left with huge liability for a government closure of power plant before 2060 under UK’s agreement with EDF
Hinkley  Point  C  renewable  energy  policy  error  policy  folly  George  Osborne  Amber  Rudd  Tories  Conservative  Party  COP21  nuclear  power  nuclear  waste 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Al Gore urges world leaders to sign Paris climate deal
[ - ALL VOLUNTARY! - ]‘While the deal is not enough by itself, it is a major step forward,’ says former US vice president and climate campaigner during visit to Philippines
COP21  USA  presidency  barackobama  Supreme  Court  Washington  republicans  presidential  election  2016  republican  China  climate  change  BRIC  global  warming  western  world 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Climate change deal: 'Zero carbon' laws promised by government - BBC News
Under current law, emissions must be cut by 80% by 2050 - but ministers have said this does not go far enough. Following the climate deal in Paris, it is clear the UK must not increase CO2 at all because the warming threat is so severe, they added. No details of the law change have been given - and critics said the UK was failing to meet even current targets. [...] However, many in the energy sector will be baffled by what they see as a schizophrenic attitude to climate change from the government. While pledging their allegiance to very demanding CO2 cuts, ministers have made a slew of policy changes that are predicted to increase emissions. [...] government has failed to secure any new nuclear stations, scrapped a competition for carbon capture and threatened cuts in the offshore wind budget unless costs radically fall. [& turned back on] onshore wind and large scale solar energy
COP21  climate  change  global  warming  carbonfootprint  Food  Politics  industry  livestock  farming  industrial  agriculture  energy  policy  renewable  energy  Amber  Rudd  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  austerity  policy  folly  policy  error  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  flooding  flash  flood  UK  Tories  nasty  party  austerity  Generationengerechtigkeit  fairness  policy  error  policy  folly  trickle-down  economics  free  market  Privatisation  neoliberal  neoliberalism  Hinkley  Point  C 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
February breaks global temperature records by 'shocking' amount | Environment | The Guardian
Warnings of climate emergency after surface temperatures 1.35C warmer than average temperature for the month
climate  change  global  warming  COP21 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
CO2 data is 'wake-up call' for Paris climate deal - BBC News
Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere grew more in past 12 months than at any time in the past 56 years.
CO2  carbon  dioxide  carbonemission  climate  change  global  warming  COP21  carbonfootprint 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
#24 Naomi Klein by How To Be Amazing
// absolute power corrupts on both sides of the isle; private and gov
Naomi  Klein  book  writing  climate  change  global  warming  COP21  carbon  tax  community  Smart  Grid  status  symbol  status  anxiety  consumerist  consumerism  materialism 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
To Stave Off Extinction, Protect Half-Earth by SciFri | Sci Fri | Free Listening on SoundCloud
In his new book, Half-Earth, Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson argues that we must set aside half the planet for nature. // National Parks - places off limits for humans.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
March 2016's shocking global warming temperature record.
A daily analysis of global temperatures shows that the Northern Hemisphere likely exceeded 2 degrees Celsius above "normal" around March 1, 2016, when measuring from pre-industrial levels.* [...] That mark has long been held (somewhat arbitrarily) as the point above which climate change may begin to become "dangerous" to humanity. It's now arrived—though very briefly—much more quickly than anticipated. This is a milestone moment for our species. Climate change deserves our greatest possible attention. [...] So what’s actually happening now is the liberation of nearly two decades’ worth of global warming energy that’s been stored in the oceans since the last major El Niño in 1998. //&! - bit.ly/1R34X8p
climate  change  global  warming  extreme  weather  weather  extreme  COP21  El  Nino  economic  damage  drought  flash  floods  flooding  National  Security  food  ocean  warming  rising  sea  levels 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
UK consumes far less than a decade ago – 'peak stuff' or something else? | Business | The Guardian
From crops to energy and metals, average material consumption fell from 15 tonnes in 2001 to just over 10 tonnes in 2013 [...] UK households have also abandoned buying many resource-intensive goods common in the recent past – such as metal-heavy video recorders and hi-fi systems, vinyl records, CDs and books – as they shift to digital consumption. [...] The figures will spark fresh speculation that Britain and other developed economies have hit ‘peak stuff’, although some critics pour scorn on the quality of the ONS’s environmental accounts. In January, Ikea said the appetite of western consumers for home furnishings had reached its peak and consumption of many familiar goods was at its limit. Household spending on physical goods, including furnishings, clothing, cars and gadgets, decreased between 2002/03 and 2014, [...] Households now spend more on services than physical goods, he said. [...] [ saturation in some markets but we are not living in peak stuff ]
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Meeresspiegel-Prognose: Nordsee flutet Norddeutschland - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Hamburg, weite Teile Schleswig-Holsteins und der Niederlande versinken im Meer, Brüssel wird Hafenstadt, ein Arm der Nordsee reicht bis Berlin - in 10.000 Jahren könnte das Meer weite Teile Mitteleuropas geflutet haben, sollten neueste Prognosen tatsächlich eintreten. Ursache wäre der ungebremste Ausstoß von Treibhausgasen aus Fabriken, Kraftwerken und Autos. [...] Knapp einen Millimeter pro Jahr könnte sich das Land senken, haben die Forscher aufgrund aktueller Messungen angenommen. Aufgrund des Zusammenwirkens von Meeresspiegelanstieg und Landsenkung würde die Nordsee an der deutschen Küste nach 10.000 Jahren um 35 Meter steigen, folgert Reicherter. [...] Die Klimaschutz-Debatte konzentriere sich zu sehr auf die nahe Zukunft, allzu leicht würde vergessen, dass der Klimawandel Jahrtausende andauern könnte, schreiben die Forscher in "Nature". Treibhausgase blieben noch lange in der Luft, selbst wenn ihr Ausstoß gestoppt würde.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres to step down - BBC News
Ms Figueres said she would not accept an extension of her appointment which finishes this summer. As executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, she played a key role in the talks that lead to the Paris Climate Agreement. Her contribution to the negotiation process was praised as "really extraordinary". [...] Ms Figueres has announced her decision to stand down in the same week as the President of the Paris conference, Laurent Fabius, announced he was stepping aside from that role. He is being replaced by French environment minister Segolene Royal.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Koch Brothers Declare War On Electric Cars - YouTube
introduce a carbon tax, rather than cherry picking! // who is also invested in their "ventures"? Arabs! See also Fahrenheit 9/11 documentary by Michael Moore. //&! Koch Bros Behind Solar Power Fines - youtu.be/E3SDcOZLksk --- ALEC lobby group. //&! Koch Bros Slammed By Billionaire T. Boone Pickens - youtu.be/65Y1RWDdQBI //&! Koch Brothers Caught On Tape - Obama & Osama Compared - youtu.be/hTUjYyae2zw //&! Koch Brothers Destroyed By Bloomberg Report - youtu.be/ENuN2R0je0k //&! Letters Expose Agenda Of Billionaire Koch Brothers - youtu.be/1JdhyI8mmqY //&! Koch Bros Tried To Shut Up Maddow, Bad Idea - youtu.be/J4XQO6bH7_k //&! Zach Galifianakis Slams Koch Brothers - youtu.be/fW96KEbeGTw //&! Koch Brothers EXPOSED: 2014 (ft. Bernie Sanders) - youtu.be/2N8y2SVerW8 //&!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Museums and nationalism, Imagining utopias by Thinking Allowed
Fearmongering, populism, propaganda = dystopia through the backdoor. // needs political literacy. // just look how public sentiment shifted with the image of the dead boy in turkish beach and after 3-4 months shifted again the opposite direction. // book thomas moore - utopia // // study history to learn about ourself
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Green Lifestyle and Sustainable Culture News: Meat consumption and climate change linked by EU study
On a global level, problems associated with rising meat consumption are only expected to get worse. // // [ We are the Parasite. ] //&! The overconsumption of meat will inevitably push global temperatures to dangerous levels, a recent study has warned, urging reluctant governments to take action. - http://www.euractiv.com/section/agriculture-food/news/eating-less-meat-will-save-the-planet-study-says/
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Whale CSI: why sperm whales are washing up dead on British shores | Environment | The Guardian
Heavy metals are now so concentrated in fish that pregnant women and small children are advised to eat no more than two portions of affected fish in a week.
Fish  Industry  food  Politics  public  health  policy  public  health  public  safety  heavy  metal  pollution  pollution  ecological  disaster  environmental  disaster  water  pollution  Meat  Industry  livestock  farming  COP21  Massentierhaltung  mass  extinction  industrial  agriculture 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Scientists: air pollution led to more than 5.5 million premature deaths in 2013 | Environment | The Guardian
“Air pollution is the fourth-highest risk factor for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for disease,” said Michael Brauer, a researcher from the University of British Columbia. Brauer said air pollution contributed to heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, bronchitis, emphysema and acute infections. He and his colleagues compared the problem in Asia to the conditions under centuries of industrial revolution in the US and Europe: massive economic growth smothered by clouds of toxic matter in the air. [... COAL ...] “Even in the most clean scenario in 2030,” Ma said, China’s growing and ageing population will still suffer 990,000 to 1.3 million deaths a year.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Obama climate initiative: Supreme Court calls halt - BBC News
this is akin to taking plaster to fix a crumbling high rise: limiting the emissions and putting cost on emissions for one industry, seen as heavies polluter in public eye ... while livestock industry is biggest +50% of them all. // what is needed is a carbon tax that also includes environmental and ecological cost (ie deforestation, water pollution from pig waste - livestock farming) and if we are already there, what about antibiotic-resistance? A Marschall Plan for the future of earth and its occupants. A future for us. // If and import doesn't have a carbon tax, tariffs have to be enacted on imports based on their damage to environment, ecology and carbon emissions. ... // economic damage & public health problems and health inequality in the future is deferred taxation for the next generation // Obama isn't bold enough. Not Utopian enough.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The trap of materialism - YouTube
Consumerism! The more we consume, the better our lifes will be. ... Keeping up with the jonses. [...] the true cost of an item is not the price. as long as carbon, pollution is not priced in. thus the carbon tax and pollution tax (ecological and environmental). [...] WALL E is true. leaving a planet full of junk. and pollution, inhospitable environment. [...] post-capitalism = post-consumerism in age of abundance and marginal cost (energy, water, food). [...] a man's life does not lie in the abundance of his possessions. and be fearful of greed << Bible [...] consumerism does not equal to tue individuality or individualism of a human being among many. its a choice you can pick from and define yourself in public with it ie which color your iPhone has or what case for it [ min 8 Adam Smith; let flourish self-interested selfish economic interest through consumption = growth ] [...] shopping as experience. shopping as a way of life. self-medication. coping mechanism in the rat race.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Oliver Stone - The Untold History of The US - Bush & Obama Age of Terror [Top Documentary Films] - YouTube
10:50 - double speak - "first they steal the words, then they steal the meaning." - Orwell // "living wage" ... child poverty ... Saturday not a weekend day. ... Google Tax deal; VIP ... double standard, one law for those who are not funding the party and one law for those who fund the party. ... and the starter home; a home which is unaffordable for over 70% of households! .... and Brexit; defining a migrant family as a family with one british passport holder and one non-britain ... // oh and over 250m for fossil fuel and cutting 65% of feed in tariff for solar! ... no double standard. oh and the strike price for hinkley! solar is not unaffordable. fossil fuel is. // oh and the Flood Re gov sponsored (20bn?) insurance scheme for properties in flood regions. Insured by the gov.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
After the floods, York’s residents try to piece their lives back together | Money | The Guardian
And, to add insult to injury, some are now likely to be told their insurer has decided not to renew their policy. [...] // bit.ly/1GjRCCu - UK flood fund in £2.1bn reinsurance deal. Flood Re insurance sheme is subsidies by government [...] Flood Re is being launched because the UK insurance industry has said it ... >> government-backed flood insurance subsidies fund // on.ft.com/1T6gCmN &! bit.ly/1QkZNP1 &! bit.ly/20P14oY - An agreement between UK insurers and the Government to develop a not-for-profit company – Flood Re – to allow insurers to pass the flood risk element of a home insurance policy into a fund that will pay any subsequent flood claim. It is designed to enable high flood risk households to obtain affordably priced flood insurance. //&! bit.ly/1GjRCCu industry is putting in 10m to set it up, but the eventual payouts go out of public finances!
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Elektroauto: Sonderabgabe auf Sprit soll Kaufprämie finanzieren - SPIEGEL ONLINE
In den Regierungsstreit über eine Kaufprämie für Elektroautos mischt sich der Chef der Nationalen Plattform Elektromobilität ein. Henning Kagermann will den Bonus unbedingt - zulasten von allen anderen Autofahrern. //&! Ab 2021 dürfen Neuwagen in der EU nicht mehr als 4,1 Liter Benzin im Schnitt verbrauchen. Doch besonders die deutschen Hersteller tun sich laut einer Untersuchung mit den Vorgaben schwer. Schuld daran hat ein Trend, den sie jahrelang selbst befeuert haben. - bit.ly/1nT3mFF //&! LOBBYING EFFORTS STILL ON! - Ab 2017 werden die Abgaswerte von Dieselfahrzeugen unter Realbedingungen gemessen. Das EU-Parlament hat für einen entsprechenden Entwurf gestimmt. Gleichzeitig winkten die Abgeordneten Zugeständnisse an die Autohersteller durch. - bit.ly/1QiXxrA
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Ford to cut jobs to save $200m in Europe - BBC News
US car giant Ford has announced plans to cut jobs and save $200m (£138m) a year in Europe. The carmaker said it was launching a voluntary redundancy programme and improving manufacturing efficiencies. It also said it would focus on its most profitable models, such as sports utility vehicles (SUVs). Ford Europe returned to profit for the first time in four years in 2015, as the parent group recorded record profits of $10.8bn. This represented a "good first step", said Ford Europe executive vice-president Jim Farley. //&! Volkswagen has said it will cut investment by €1bn ($1.1bn; £750m) a year as a result of the diesel emissions scandal. - bbc.in/1NGGQu0 //&! Ford hat bereits in den vergangenen Jahren die Kosten in Europa gesenkt. Insgesamt drei Werke wurden geschlossen, davon zwei in Großbritannien und eines in Belgien. Auch in Deutschland hatte sich der Konzern mit den Gewerkschaften auf Einsparungen geeinigt. - bit.ly/1KZpz9C
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
The lights are going out for solar energy
Back in December, when most people were focussed on Christmas and not renewable subsidies, the government quietly published their decision to cut Feed-in Tariffs for industries such as solar, wind and hydropower by a staggering 65 per cent. Included in the small print was analysis which showed a possible 19,000 job losses, mostly in solar, which would see that industry shrink to under half its size. [...] Instead the government is thinking short-term, and our economy will suffer. For a party that wants people to think of it as economically competent, this is an incredibly bad move.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Hitachi boss issues warning over Wylfa subsidy deal - BBC News
[ giving extortionate (for consumer) strike prices, while cutting renewable feed in tariff 95% and 500m subsidies for Oil/Aberdeen ] The head of the company behind a new £8bn nuclear power station on Anglesey has warned it may walk away from the project if a subsidy deal with the UK government cannot be reached. Hitachi chairman Hiroaki Nakanishi told the Telegraph he voiced concerns about Wylfa Newydd's expected cost to Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. It followed problems a rival faced for the Hinkley Point plant in Somerset. The UK government said it wants low-cost nuclear power. Hitachi owns Horizon Nuclear Power which is behind the plans to build the new power plant, which could be operational by the early 2020s. Horizon is in talks with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on issues such as the strike price, which will be key to attracting additional finance.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
2015 smashes record for hottest year, final figures confirm | Environment | The Guardian
Experts warn that global warming is tipping climate into ‘uncharted territory’, as Met Office, Nasa and Noaa data all confirm record global temperatures for second year running
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
WS MoreOrLess: Climate Change by BBC Radio 4: More or Less
Ruth Alexander investigates claims climate change has contributed to the war in Syria, // Syria civil war side story! "Global warming played a significant part in migration of people into city." drought chance more likely.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Climate Scientist James Hansen Warns World is on Wrong Track to Prevent Runaway Global Warming - YouTube
"total fraud [...] if we let fossil fuel be the cheapest form of energy [...] price should reflect cost to society and the planet. [...] COP21 resolutions are jump change versus realities. [...] helps to stop to subsidies renewable bc renewable will be more favorable because fossil fuels will be more expensive."
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Whoa...The Climate Crisis at the North Pole - YouTube
Storm Frank/Storm Eva/Storm Desmond. High temps @North Pole. This will go down into the history books! Destabalising of Polar Vortex (colder winters) vs El Nino effect (warmer wetter winters) + Jet Stream wobbly (<< still cutting edge science.) [...] 'Destable Polar Vortex due to global warming.' Wobbly Jet Stream = chaotic weather (ie warm arctic like california warm). Coming Decades more extremes, more events. //&! Civilization's rise based on fossil fuel = also it's demise, mass extinction - youtu.be/XhkpsyT3mDc //&! Pre-COP21 France Foreign Minister "We Are on the Edge of a Climatic Abyss" - youtu.be/jfeS5k1518o //&! Crisis is Worse Than We Think & Scientists Are Self-Censoring to Downplay Risk - youtu.be/NmL4t8TclGU - public collectively comfortably aware. and hoping for carbon capture tech. youtu.be/svlU6p0gHgo //&! Naomi Klein on Why Climate Change is ‘Incredibly Threatening To Our Elites’ - youtu.be/g_2GjzS576A
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Environment Agency chairman Philip Dilley resigns over job demands | Environment | The Guardian
Dilley quits weeks after coming under fire when it emerged he was on holiday in Barbados as floods hit northern England. [...] In a statement, Dilley said he was resigning in part because expectations of the role had expanded, to require him to be available at short notice throughout the year, which he found “inappropriate”. [ like Zero Hour Contract? ... We are all in this Together, right. ] He denied giving any untrue or misleading impression about his whereabouts during the floods, after the EA initially said he was at home with his family.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Sir David Attenborough on climate change, COP21 and harnessing the sun's energy - Newsnight - YouTube
youtu.be/BF8paXNerug - 'Can't grow infinitely in finite world': David Attenborough to NDTV
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Thomas Piketty on Capitalism, Corbyn and why Zuckerberg is getting it wrong - BBC Newsnight - YouTube
home ownership in UK is biggest item of UK's household wealth. 2/3rd of housing is owned. other 3rd is rented. that is why the property bubble/prices have to be kept afloat. otherwise balance sheet recession > deleveraging > debt servitude > lower consumption rate > cratering UK economy as ~70% of UK economy is based on consumption. // blaming others (ISIS) for radicalization. but who put them in this place to be radicalized, in the first place? inequality, youth unemployment. // COP21, western world do not face their historical obligation! // world wealth and income database - www.wid.world
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Weather records: December was 'wettest month for UK' - BBC News
Storms propelled by the jet stream were mainly to blame, it says, with contributions from the El Nino weather phenomenon and man-made climate change. December was something of a freak month, it acknowledges. Climate change has raised UK temperatures by around 1C (1.8F) so far, so it will be many decades before this level of extreme weather becomes the new winter norm, it says. Other scientists say that with climate change, there will be no "normal" weather. //&! Storms Desmond and Eva flooded 16,000 homes in England - bbc.in/1O4iNTC + Frank mainly in Scotland. //&! Collapsed Tadcaster bridge repairs 'to cost £3m' - bbc.in/1VGKjcE //&! York flood victims to get £500 payment for clean up //&! More government money promised for flood-hit councils - bbc.in/1OxmC5e //&! Plan for temporary road in wake of Aberdeenshire flooding - bbc.in/1IPAAPn //&! Flats in Dundee evacuated after storm damage - bbc.in/1PLNTSi
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
Storm Frank: What have we done to make the flooding worse? - BBC News
[Strom Eva, Desmond, Frank, ... building code has to be reviewed. new buildings have to be raised, first floor ~1m above ground. no basement. also, roofs have to resist gale winds easily ] Policy-makers are often keen to see brownfield land used for residential development, but these areas are often most vulnerable to flooding. Demand from buyers has fuelled this growth, too. You might assume that there would be huge drops in property prices after highly publicised floods. But in places like Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, and Cockermouth, Cumbria, which experienced heavy flooding in 2007 and 2009 respectively, prices have remained largely unaffected in the long run. [...] "We've tended to straighten rivers, to canalise them, to embank them and all that rushes the water down to the nearby urban pinch point," explains environmentalist and writer George Monbiot, adding that the flow of water should be slowed down and the rivers lengthened instead.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
New year, old grievances: why Britain’s bugbears in 2016 look very familiar | Martin Boon | Opinion | The Guardian
A new survey of what’s on our minds reveals a nation still obsessed with the same things as in the 1960s - inequality and immigration [...] Seven out of 10 suggest that inequality and immigration create the biggest societal divides of today [ but tories take on what is easiest, immigration. but not inequality ] So nothing’s changed, and it’s likely not much will – at least, not if you’re a member of our world-weary public, exasperated with the collective failure of political solutions to modern-day grievances.
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
David Cameron's 'Christian' Christmas Message Attacked For 'Unstatesmanlike' Theological Language
bit.ly/1JwfUqp - #YouAintNoChristian Bruv - dailym.ai/1MyrDVq // "when you walk our streets, you sign on to our values" new years message - bit.ly/1Oq0wBv - 'what are british values?'
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january 2016 by asterisk2a
UK floods: 'This could be the end for our business' - BBC News
[ Desmond hit Cumbria and Co. ] [Storm Eva hit Manchester, York, Lancashire region and Co plus Cumbria again. ] [ Storm Frank, Scotland bore the brunt, even Franks eye wasn't even near British Isles ] He told the BBC the firm had not been able to get flood insurance due to its proximity to the water and he now felt "this could be the end" of the business. //&! Manchester City Centre - bbc.in/1Tst39u - &! River Ouse - bbc.in/1JMkS2i //&! Communities along River Ouse - bbc.in/1PzzBnP //&! Clean-up and Frank - bbc.in/22B2o0t & Frank@Scottish Borders - bbc.in/22B2C7O //&! UK floods: David Cameron pledges £280m for Yorkshire flood defences - bbc.in/1PzRjWh - Bellwin scheme adds to budget deficit - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bellwin_scheme //&! York's efforts to prevent flooding - bbc.in/1Ji7Gr8 //&! Cumbria region flooded three times - bbc.in/1YRW7xW //&! Roads washed away - bbc.in/1R24aEb A93 Scotland, Storm Frank. &! bbc.in/1NV0Qa0 Royal visit to Ballater &! bbc.in/1Tsutkw
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Storm Frank: Body of kayaker found as Scotland bears the brunt of torrential rains - live | UK news | The Guardian
[ Storm Eva, Storm Desmond ... Storm Frank. ] “Cutting flood defence money, which has been cut over the past five years, is not the answer, the answer has to be to increase it,” said Corbyn. [...] December 2015 was the warmest since 1910. Along with the remarkable warmth, and virtual complete lack of frost, there has been a marked contrast in rainfall across the UK, said the Met Office. It has been the wettest December on record for Scotland and Wales. North-west England has also seen record breaking rainfall, but central and southern England have been much closer to average. For the UK as a whole it’s currently the second wettest on record. - &! bbc.in/1IGRXSn [...] Bellwin scheme, which allows ministers to offer emergency financial assistance to local authorities to help with the cost of flood damage. //&! bit.ly/1JLzDT1 "we don't have insurance."
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Storm Frank hits UK: Latest updates - BBC News
[as Strom Frank batters UK. And the eye of the Strom wasn't even over or very near British Isles. ] A former civil service boss Lord Kerslake - who was the chief executive of Sheffield City Council when the area was affected by flooding in 2007 - says Britain needs to accept the weather it's dealing with. He told BBC Radio 4's The World at One: "Where I think we perhaps haven't learnt enough is because I think we are thinking too much about these as freak events.  "I think we are now part of a pattern where this is going to be the way things are - and we have to plan our infrastructure accordingly.  "We need to invest more in flood defences."
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
North of England flooding: Latest updates - BBC News
[ After Storm Desmond ... Storm Eva. Frank Coming 1 1/2 days later: bbc.in/1mfDcw6 - Analysts estimate the cost of flooding across northern England could exceed £1.5bn. So Far, 2015. ] Council pledges to help flood victims in Rochdale - Posted at 12:16 - Rochdale Council is offering a one-off payment of £500 to help flooded households recover, as well as business tax relief for companies forced to leave their properties. Councillor Richard Farnell, leader of Rochdale Borough Council, says: "There are many people facing extremely challenging circumstances after the terrible flooding that affected parts of our borough."  Meanwhile, Rochdale Council skips have been placed in affected areas to help people clear debris from their homes, and there's been a warning that mud from the floods could be contaminated with raw sewage. // Guardian Live Coverage: bit.ly/1OiuLdJ & bit.ly/1NNmvka //&! issue should be taken ‘out of party politics’ to ensure experts’ recommendations - bit.ly/1YPuCjg
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
UK floods: Storm Frank threatens more misery - BBC News
A fresh storm threatens to bring more misery to parts of the UK, including areas already hit by severe flooding. Storm Frank is due to sweep in from Tuesday evening, with Cumbria and south and central Scotland at most risk. There are nine severe flood warnings - meaning "danger to life" - in England and Wales, mostly centred on York which was badly hit by flooding on Saturday. David Cameron has defended government spending on flood defences after the devastation across northern England. Floods minister Rory Stewart told the Today programme that the government was open to the idea of an external review being held. The Environment Agency said on Monday there would have to be a "complete rethink" of flood defences. December has seen communities in Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Yorkshire swamped by rising waters. Storm Frank poses a new threat in the wake of what Storm Eva brought over the Christmas weekend. [...] costs could exceed £1.5bn. [ Eva, Desmond, Frank ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
Warning: your festive meal could be more damaging than a long-haul flight | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/meat-industry - A kilogramme of beef protein reared on a British hill farm can generate the equivalent of 643kg of carbon dioxide. A kilogramme of lamb protein produced in the same place can generate 749kg. One kilo of protein from either source, in other words, causes more greenhouse gas emissions than a passenger flying from London to New York. //&! http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/23/eat-less-red-meat-and-cycle-more-for-your-and-the-planets-health // [...] I’m not suggesting that you eat no meat or other animal products. I am suggesting that we should all eat far less. Save the splurge for Christmas. And even then, choose carefully. [ Reductarian ]
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december 2015 by asterisk2a
'Almost too late': fears of global superbug crisis in wake of antibiotic misuse | Society | The Guardian
Despite European Union regulations aiming to cut back on the unnecessary use of antibiotics, Dr Brown believes it will take more than just legislation to tackle the superbug crisis. Market forces will need to be compelled to cut usage, perhaps when prompted by a shift in public opinion, he said. “Those with a vested interest find ways around legislation. So, in addition to public policy we will need also the power of market forces,” he added. “When the public start demanding meat that has not seen antibiotics - because they understand that the meat may contain antibiotic resistant bacteria - only then will real progress be made. We need education about the threat.”
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Literatur ǀ Kapitalismus oder Klima? — der Freitag
Literatur Der Politologe Athanasios Karathanassis erklärt in seinem Buch, warum man über Kapitalismus nicht schweigen kann, wenn es um Umwelt geht [...] Kapitalistische Naturverhältnisse, Ursachen von Naturzerstörungen Begründungen einer Postwachstumsökonomie Athanasios Karathanassis
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