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The 1.5ºC boundary for global heating exposes the chasm between rhetoric & reality, here's why:

Newspapers are awash with the headlines that the new ‘Paris Accord’ marks the end of the fossil fuel era. But we must ask whether this really is the case, and if it is, who is going to be hit the hardest by the changes that would have to be implemented across the globe to stay within the boundary of 1.5ºC warming?

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COP21 Paris Accord failed humanity, impacted communities respond

The COP21 Paris Accord failed humanity, and impacted communities must take things into our own hands and push at all levels of government

The following message has been recived from the Grassroots Global Justice Aliance and is a statement reflecting on the COP21 Paris Accord:

As impacted communities, we are deeply aware of the imperative of the climate crisis. Our waters are being poisoned from fossil fuel extraction, our livelihoods are threatened by floods and drought, our communities are the hardest hit and the least protected in extreme weather events. The climate crisis is a reality, but the COP21 Paris Accord is not based on that reality.

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Leading scientists assess the latest draft agreement at COP21

Quotes from the press briefing from:
Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Steffen Kallbekken, Research Director at CICERO, director of the Centre for International Climate and Energy Policy, Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre Kevin Anderson, Deputy Director of the Tyndall Centre for climate change research, Manchester and Joeri Rogelj, Research Scholar at the Energy Program of the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

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COP21 Update - Major Economies Declare Support for 1.5°C

Paris – 02 December 2015: The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) today acknowledged the declaration of support from Germany and France for strengthening of the 2 degrees long-term UNFCCC goal to the safer below 1.5°C goal at the UN Climate Conference at Paris (COP21).

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Canadian Minister says “Canada is Back!” (with tar sands)

There was a lot of excitement on the eve of the start of COP21 in Paris when Canada’s brand new Minister for the Environment & Climate Change held a press conference to announce “Canada Is Back!”

This strap-line is symbolic because the role the Minister holds was actually disbanded by the former Harper Administration as they sought to make Canada one of the richest oil nations selling the highly toxic oil extracted from the Alberta tar sands.

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The Billionaire who “gets it” on climate change

"Is there anyone here who feels he could not be more outspoken on this issue? … If you get it… you have to state it loudly and clearly and often or we will fail!… the future for all of us will depend on a few thousand people taking some career risk and putting it on the line and making it clear that they see this as a real crisis, people like you!” Jeremy Grantham, October 2015

We at Envisionation have long been trying to communicate the dire warnings being put forward by leading climate scientists in a range of disciplines that affect Earth systems and threaten the way we live.

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Rowan Williams Interview: Climate Change

"The timescale suggested at present for radical [climate change] threatening the viability of humanity on this planet becomes more alarming the more research appears!"

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More posts by Nick Breeze

Earlier this week Environment Minister Michael Gove stated that he was convinced “climate change is a danger”, stating that it “is one of the biggest threats and challenges to biodiversity in the UK”.

By localising the issue to the UK, Gove seeks to belittle the global risk posed by climate change. This week, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief science adviser and founding director of the Potsdam Institute, Professor Schellnhuber was in London speaking at the Royal Society. When I asked him to respond to the Environment Minister’s comments he replied:  

In part 1 of this wide ranging interview, Anton Golub discusses why the world needs Lykke, the truth about financial regulators and why only 1% Initial Coin Offerings (ICO’s) they assess make it onto the exchange.

Anton Golub: The core vision of Lykke is the vision of Richard Olsen, the founder of Lykke. I am a cofounder. I met him seven years ago when I joined him for an internship.

I sat down to eat my croissant and he sat down next to me and said: “Anton, we have to completely  change the financial system. It totally doesn’t work. Everything is broken inside.”

 

Interview by Nick Breeze with Dr Natalia Shakhova and Dr Igor Semiletov

A new scientific paper published in Nature Communication Journal demonstrates that the mechanisms of destabilisation of subsea permafrost, contrary to previous claims, provide new insights into increased emissions from the worlds largest deposits of methane, that exists in the East Siberian Arctic Shelf (ESAS).

The subsea permafrost has for thousands of years acted as a seal, restricting the flow of gas through the water column to the atmosphere. This paper clearly shows that permafrost degradation and the occurrence of gas migration pathways are key factors in controlling the emissions.  

 

The lady who ushered in the Paris Agreement now wants to ramp up the pace and ensure the world reaches peak emissions by 2020, leading to total decarbonisation by 2050. The whole campaign hinges on the a new report that cites 2020 as a critical milestone for stemming the effects of climate change.

Christiana Figueres is persuasive and influential but in light of recent world events that include the destabilisation of the EU as a political block, and the openly anti-climate action administration of President Trump, it is very clear that the world has changed since Paris.

READ THE COMMENT: Does Figueres interview give clues as to why we went backwards from Copenhagen to Paris?

 

Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP): 2017 Climate Change Seminar Series

Science, politics, knowledge management, innovation and markets all play a role in climate change action, but what is the role of the University of Cambridge as an ‘anchor institution’ for these? Bringing together speakers spanning the worlds of research and policy, this series of events will explore how the multifaceted aspects of climate change action can come together to help us make the right decisions for the long run.  

The window of opportunity is closing… but the price of failure is still too high!

The rate of ecological destruction is now so bad that the fate of our civilisation literally hangs in the balance. The loss of the Arctic polar ice cap, the melting from above and below of Antarctica, the culling and collapse of forests and dying oceans, failing ecosystems, our atmosphere burdened with hundreds of billions of tonnes of extra greenhouse gases, and still each week scientists report more broken links in the chains of interconnectedness that sustain each one of us, rich and poor, on this planet. Despite all this, the great human enterprise built on a foundation of carbon, rumbles on in search of new fixes.