Greta Thunberg: How She Became a Leader of the Global Climate Movement – Rolling Stone

Source: Greta Thunberg: How She Became a Leader of the Global Climate Movement – Rolling Stone

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Climate Change and the State: A Case for Environmental Realism

Source: Climate Change and the State: A Case for Environmental Realism

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Coronavirus Holds Key Lessons on How to Fight Climate Change – Yale E360

Source: Coronavirus Holds Key Lessons on How to Fight Climate Change – Yale E360

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“After #MeToo, This Group Has Nearly Erased Sexual Harassment in Farm Fields”… – Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Source: “After #MeToo, This Group Has Nearly Erased Sexual Harassment in Farm Fields”… – Coalition of Immokalee Workers

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NSC Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense Dissolved | Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

Source: NSC Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense Dissolved | Sabin Center for Climate Change Law

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Coronavirus Can Be Stopped Only by Harsh Steps, Experts Say – The New York Times

Source: Coronavirus Can Be Stopped Only by Harsh Steps, Experts Say – The New York Times

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Corona Virus and Climate

Coronavirus and climate

As we collectively reel from the changes wrought by the current pandemic, people are being drawn by analogy to climate issues – but analogies can be tricky and often distort as much as they illuminate.

For instance, in the Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby’s commentary was not particularly insightful and misquoted Mike Mann pretty egregiously. Mike’s response is good:

I am relieved to see policy makers treating the coronavirus threat with the urgency it deserves. They need to do the same when it comes to an even greater underlying threat: human-caused climate change.

In a recent column (“I’m skeptical about climate alarmism, but I take coronavirus fears seriously,” Ideas, March 15), Jeff Jacoby sought to reconcile his longstanding rejection of the wisdom of scientific expertise when it comes to climate with his embrace of such expertise when it comes to the coronavirus.

In so doing, Jacoby took my words out of context, mischaracterizing my criticisms of those who overstate the climate threat “in a way that presents the problem as unsolvable, and feeds a sense of doom, inevitability, and hopelessness.”

As I have pointed out in past commentaries, the truth is bad enough when it comes to the devastating impacts of climate change, which include unprecedented floods, heat waves, drought, and wildfires that are now unfolding around the world, including the United States and Australia, where I am on sabbatical.

The evidence is clear that climate change is a serious challenge we must tackle now. There’s no need to exaggerate it, particularly when it feeds a paralyzing narrative of doom and hopelessness.

There is still time to avoid the worst outcomes, if we act boldly now, not out of fear, but out of confidence that the future is still largely in our hands. That sentiment hardly supports Jacoby’s narrative of climate change as an overblown problem or one that lacks urgency.

While we have only days to flatten the curve of the coronavirus, we’ve had years to flatten the curve of CO2 emissions. Unfortunately, thanks in part to people like Jacoby, we’re still currently on the climate pandemic path.

Michael E. Mann

State College, Pa.

The writer is a professor at Penn State University, where he is director of the Earth System Science Center.

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Shell’s Latest Annual Report: More Greenwashing? – EcoWatch

Source: Shell’s Latest Annual Report: More Greenwashing? – EcoWatch

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Climate Central | USA -Land projected to be below annual flood level in 2050

Source: Climate Central | Land projected to be below annual flood level in 2050

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‘Historic opportunity’ – Climate Weekly

Source: ‘Historic opportunity’ – Climate Weekly

In 2009, the United Nations called for a “Global Green New Deal” to break dependence on fossil fuels and create sustainable jobs after the financial crisis ravaged the world economy.

Under the plan, UN Environment urged massive investments in energy efficiency for buildings, a boost for wind and solar energy, cuts in fossil fuel subsidies and a host of other measures. It reckoned the bill would amount to 1% of global GDP, or about $750 billion.

But the global economy rebounded, still reliant on fossil fuels, despite efforts to diversify. Carbon dioxide emissions grew by a huge 5.8% in 2010, after a 1.4% dip in 2009, and have risen most years since.

Will the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than 10,000 people worldwide, offer a new chance to shape a greener, more sustainable world when the economy revives?

Read Chloé Farand’s insightful interview with Fatih Birol, the head of the International Energy Agency, in which he says governments have a “historic opportunity” to usher in an era of climate action when they design long-term stimulus packages.

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