New Report: The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change

The Council of Economic Advisers released a report that examines the economic consequences of delaying implementing policies to reduce the pace and ultimate magnitude of these changes; the findings emphasize the need for policy action today.


This new White House report provides more evidence of detrimental impact of non-action, but still very little of policy action is likely to happen. Every decade of non-action adds 40% more to the bill later. Poor future generations !

See on Scoop.itThe Great Transition

The Military Battles Climate Change

“While Republicans are mobilizing to push back against President Obama’s carbon initiatives, those in military sector are sounding the alarm about climate change–and the slew of issues that it has the potential to precipitate.”


good summary of the recent report "The accelerating risks of climate change"

See on Scoop.itThe Great Transition

Germany, UK and Poland top ‘dirty 30’ list of EU coal-fired power stations


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Environmental study highlights health effects from pollution, with Germany coming top, and the UK third in total coal consumption


Three coal leaders are also the ones doing well on the economy. So being ecologically irresponsible pays off. The economic and political power of these countries in the EU also means we can forget about a smart social-ecological transition. 

Energy Demands of Networked Devices Skyrocket, Putting Standby Mode under Scrutiny | MIT Technology Review

As the Internet of things grows to encompass billions of devices, its power usage will require novel technologies for improving efficiency.


From IEA study: … the electricity demand of networked devices around the world in 2008—420 terawatt-hours—was equal to that of France; in 2013 the demand surpassed that of Canada, reaching 616 terawatt-hours. By 2025, the report projects, networked devices will account for 6 percent of global electricity demand at 1,140 terawatt-hours. As much as 80 percent of that demand will be used just to maintain a network connection, keeping devices ready and waiting."

The rising global movement that calls for #noTTIP | Share The World’s Resources (STWR)

TTIP is the latest bid to capture policymaking by the profit-making interests of the 1%, with dire implications for anyone who upholds a vision of a more equitable and sustainable economic order. But campaign groups and activists are working hard to expose this trade agreement for what it is, and to build an overarching global movement that can prevent this massive transfer of power to transnational corporations.



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