“Like the Ghost of Christmas Future, the World Bank has just provided us with a frightening glimpse into our world-to-be if, unlike Scrooge, we fail to change our ways.” (Source: Huffington Post)
The new World Bank report "Turn down the heat: why a 4°C warmer world must be avoided" stands in stark contrast to all fossil-fuel friendly policies of this and other international and national governance bodies. And the silence in the media about the coming Doha summit on climate change is deafening.
“Some 85 percent of companies have more complex supply chains as a result of globalization, and adjusted climate forecasts mean businesses should expect climate change to have an even more destructive effect than previously assumed on supply chains, assets and infrastructure, according to two reports from PricewaterhouseCoopers” (Source: Environmental Leader)
Two new remarkable reports by PricewaterhouseCoopers paint a scary 6-degrees climate future and economic turmoil for global business. High time one of the big consultancies goes beyond the usual "let’s keep it positive" approach and starts talking reality.
See also The Guardian: Business warned to prepare for catastrophic impacts .
The two PwC reports are: “Risk Ready: New approaches to environmental and social change” (Nov 2012) and “Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: too late for two degrees?” (Nov 2012).
"Climate groups cannot view their issue as separate from other groups that are organizing against corporate power. The social movements that have emerged to battle austerity measures are natural allies, as are anti-war and labor activists. The climate solution will inevitably require revolutionary measures, which first requires that alliances and demands are put forward that unite Labor, working people in general, community, and student groups towards collective action." (Source: CounterCurrents)
Interesting article in CounterCurrents on the effects of recent freak weather on American beliefs in climate change and the long-term implications for the US political system which is now completely hijacked by corporate interests.
“In order for humanity to survive climate change, the economy must be radically transformed; massive investments must be made in renewable energy, public transportation, and recycling, while dirty energy sources must be quickly swept into the dustbin of history. “
“Luke-warmists” may be defined as those who appear to accept the body of climate science but interpret it in a way that is least threatening: emphasising uncertainties, playing down dangers, and advocating a slow and cautious response..
They are politically conservative and anxious about the threat to the social structure posed by the implications of climate science. Their “pragmatic” approach is therefore alluring to political leaders looking for a justification for policy minimalism. (Source: The Conversation)
Very good analysis by Clive Hamilton about some of the most influential climate policy critics.
“Many of the country’s leading companies have taken contradictory actions when it comes to climate change science while pumping a tremendous amount of resources into influencing the discussion, according to an analysis released today by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS).” (Source: Union of Concerned Scientists)
Most climate talk from big business is just that: just talk, little walk.
“The study found that ExxonMobil, General Electric, Caterpillar and Boeing are among companies that play both sides of the fence, supporting groups that promote climate change science as well as those that seek to undercut it.” (from NY Times blog: On Climate Change, It’s Money vs. Mouth )
“Negotiators at odds over how to extend Kyoto Protocol, raise up to $100 billion a year for poor nations and share burden of future emissions cuts…” (Source: AlertNet)
Global climate circus travels on but the world will not notice. And maybe that’s a good thing. Time to re-invent climate policies as policies of radical economic transformation.
Just last week, an innovative University of Michigan Study concluded that there are only two options to stem global warming: Slow down economic growth or dramatically change how global economies operate.
“Ministers attending clean energy summit in London to be gravely warned about continuing global addiction to fossil fuels.”.. (Source: The Guardian)
The IEA under the leadership of Fatih Birol and now also new executive director Maria van der Hoeven, is one of the only international institutions with the guts to tell things as they are.
“Our addiction to fossil fuels grows stronger each year. Many clean energy technologies are available but they are not being deployed quickly enough to avert potentially disastrous consequences”
"The claim that cap-and-trade legislation or carbon taxes would be ruinous or disastrous to our societies does not stand up to serious economic analysis." (Source: NY Review of Books)
Economist William D. Nordhaus has been cited by lots of climate skeptics as one of their great heroes as he has regularly expressed doubt about the costs of global warming. Now Nordhaus himself takes on the "merchants of doubt".
“The US is leading a new six-nation initiative to curb global warming substances other than CO2: is it just hot air?”
The new US climate and clean air coalition presented by Hillary Clinton wants to tackle climate change by focussing on reducing methane, black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons. The initiative has raised some eyebrows. Has the US become serious again on global warming or is this distracting from its failure to help find a global agreement on carbon emissions? This good article by BBC’s Richard Black puts things in perspective.
"There are positive and negative dimensions to the agreement reached in overtime at the Durban climate summit. The “good” news is that the climate train remains on track – the bad news is that the final destination is still global climate chaos. The Kyoto Protocol has been saved but the goal of limiting temperature increases to the 2 degrees Celsius target should most likely be shelved. Political “realism” has defeated societal urgency and necessity."
My op-ed on the Friends of Europe website.