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Remembering the First Earth Summit
GreenPolicy360 Siterunner: Thirty years ago and now I'm older and looking back at the first "Earth Summit" that led to the first global climate 'Conference of the Parties'. My reports to the Environmental News Service (ENS) picked up on the green, environmental platform planks I was also adding to the Platform in Progress for California Governor Jerry Brown's presidential campaign. The first Earth Summit and Governor Brown's energetic efforts both moved a vital, forward-looking vision and both encountered myriad obstacles from powers-that-be and business-as-usual. The obstacles didn't stop before or after 1992. The work continued on and continues to today... November 2021, fifty years on...
I'm now remembering and picking up and continuing the threads of Representative George E. Brown's work to advance climate science, beginning in earnest with the first National Climate Act of 1978 and establishment of the Office of Science and Technology Policy to push what was called a "big science, earth science" agenda with the first generation of focused earth studies and science, measuring and monitoring 'the Commons' , earth's atmosphere, natural resources (e.g., Landsat's start up and a deep, multi-decade array of NASA/NOAA/USGS missions that have now continued for half a century.
Here's to Opportunities for Citizen Activism
After COP26, where do we go from here?
Recalling the 'cascading benefits that climate solutions can bring to human and planetary wellbeing.'
After COP26 Summit, World Waits to See if Democrats Can Pass Climate Legislation
Dozens of congressional Democrats traveled to Scotland last week, where they met with high-level U.N. officials and global leaders to convince the world that they will deliver on President Biden’s pledge to halve emissions by 2030. The sales team included multiple Senate delegations, as well as a group of more than 20 House Democrats, led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
“The reception there was overwhelmingly positive,” House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Chair Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) said in an interview after returning from Scotland on Friday. “For example, members of the European Parliament who we met with, they went out of their way to say, ‘Thankfully, the U.S. is back. We need you as a strong partner to meet the scientific imperative and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.’”
House Democrats are hoping to pass the $1.7 trillion reconciliation package—which includes some $555 billion for climate and clean energy—this week. That would send it on to the 50-50 Senate, where Energy and Natural Resources Chair Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) has raised concerns about key climate provisions and where slow procedural timetables could push consideration of the bill into December.
November 14, 2021
26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow
- 31 October - 12 November 2021
November 13, 2021
At COP26, nations agree to speed climate action, but world remains off target
Exhausted negotiators from nearly 200 nations struck a deal Saturday intended to propel the world toward more urgent climate action, without offering the transformative breakthrough scientists say must happen if humanity is to avert catastrophic warming.
A First-Hand Point of View at the International Climate Summit
GLASGOW, Scotland, COP 26 – Being on the ground in Glasgow, Scotland, for COP26 is a strange and humbling experience... The work happening here is fast-paced, desperate, hopeful, angering, innovative, rooted in community … and frustrating. So many stories here plead to be heard as the world heads for further warming on a runaway train of emissions...
So, what does it truly feel like to be here at COP26? Read More
Go Gavin Go. Time for science, measuring, monitoring and managing
- #AtmosphericScience #EarthScience #StrategicDemands #PlanetCitizensPlanetScientists
Less than a week into the international climate summit in Glasgow, known as COP26, the mood is mixed
There have been positive developments, such as pledges to end and reverse deforestation, a deal to cut methane emission levels by 30% by 2030 and new commitments to phase out coal power.
Ultimately, however, the success of the summit will be judged on whether countries and companies can keep the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal alive. This critically important temperature threshold refers to the aspirational target of the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement.
Experts say it is difficult to see how COP26 can steer the world toward 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Cut Methane Emission Levels
Phase Out Coal Power
October 30, 2021 / Associated Press
Biden's Climate Plan Survives Negotiations in Congress
Next Step, Turn the Framework Agreement into Passed Legislation
WaPo / Biden’s new Build Back Better bill has $555 billion for climate, making it the biggest clean energy bill ever
As a Day of Negotiating Ends, the 'Build Back Better' Legislation Moves Forward
“We wanted a $3.5 trillion package, but we understand the reality of the situation,” US Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair PRAMILA JAYAPAL (D-Wash.) told reporters.
“I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say that the House and Senate majorities and my presidency will be determined by what happens in the next week,” President Biden said.
Senator Sanders (I-Vt.) expressed deep unhappiness with Manchin-Sinema cuts yet praised the plan as “the most consequential bill since the 1960s.”
U.S. Congress 'Gets Its Last Best Chance at Meaningful Climate Action'
Does one West Virginia coal-state Senator kill the US plan to confront the #ClimateCrisis
This Is 'Code Red'
"We've got to listen to the scientists and the economists, and the national security experts, they all tell us this is code red," Biden said... "The nation and the world are in peril. That's not hyperbole. That is a fact."
As climate pledges fall short, U.N. predicts globe could warm by catastrophic 2.7 degrees Celsius
GreenPolicy360 Founder / Siterunner
New definitions of national and global security, new priorities are critically necessary for a rational defense of our larger security interests...
Deep Costs of War, Failed Policies:
Time for a New Vision, New Definitions of National Security
More from Bill McKibben - https://www.greenpolicy360.net/w/Bill_McKibben,_planet_citizen
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Climate in the Infrastructure Bill: A substantial investment in resilience
Follow-on reconciliation package of legislation essential to address green policy, energy, climate
31 Vital Earth Signs
'Virtual signs' worsening
Tipping points, deepening disaster
Researchers, part of a group of more than 14,000 scientists who have signed on to an initiative declaring a worldwide climate emergency, said that governments had consistently failed to address the root cause of climate change: "the overexploitation of the Earth".
Of 31 "vital signs"—key metrics of planetary health that include greenhouse gas emissions, glacier thickness, sea-ice extent and deforestation—they found that 18 hit record highs or lows.
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- Traversing science, politics, and technology, Our Biggest Experiment shines a spotlight
- on the little-known scientists who sounded the alarm to reveal the history behind the
- defining story of our age: the climate crisis.
- 🥵 When it gets too hot....
From Portland, Oregon, to Vancouver, Canada, the heat during the end of June didn't just break records; it buried them. Learn more in this Event Tracker post.
Devastating News: Climate Change Impacts to Hit Sooner than Predicted
Climate change will fundamentally reshape life on Earth in the coming decades, even if humans can tame planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions, according to a landmark draft report from the UN's climate science advisors obtained by AFP.
Species extinction, more widespread disease, unliveable heat, ecosystem collapse, cities menaced by rising seas—these and other devastating climate impacts are accelerating and bound to become painfully obvious before a child born today turns 30.
The choices societies make now will determine whether our species thrives or simply survives as the 21st century unfolds, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says in a draft report seen exclusively by AFP.
But dangerous thresholds are closer than once thought, and dire consequences stemming from decades of unbridled carbon pollution are unavoidable in the short term.
- "The worst is yet to come, affecting our children's and grandchildren's lives much more than our own."
- Time for Planet Citizen Action 🌎
Strategies of Resilience & Survival
Earth Science to Protect a Sustainable Earth
Q: What are the main science questions you (JPL/Caltech/NASA) hope OCO-3 will answer?
The big science question is about the movement of carbon dioxide between plants and the atmosphere.
If you look at the ground-based data, it almost looks like the planet is breathing. Plants in the northern hemisphere take up carbon dioxide as they grow in the spring and summer, reducing the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere by a few parts per million. In the fall, the leaves drop and carbon is released back into the air.
But every year is different... What we want to do is find drivers of the plant uptake of carbon and use that to better predict what will happen in the future. If we have a warmer, drier climate, will plants keep taking up as much carbon?
GreenPolicy360 and Associate Strategic Demands explore Earth's existential threat environment
GreenPolicy360's partner site, Strategic Demands / #StratDem
Escalating Risk of Use of Nuclear Weapons
- Looking Back at an Imminent U.S. Threat to Use Nuclear Weapons
- 50 years ago, as the largest US peace movement was marching, Nixon and Kissinger were planning to use tactical nukes
U.S. President's Singular Authority to Order Use of Nuclear Weapons
- Warnings from Today's Generation
- Planet Citizens, Look to the Future
- Can we kick our fossil-fuel addiction fast enough?
Planet Citizen Greta Speaks to the European Union
Climate News / Climate Focus, Climate Politics
Battle in the U.S. Congress between the Climate Denial faction and Science Advocates
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What happens in the North doesn't stay in the North
The Fight for Earth / 2050
- "It would be sad, and dare I say even catastrophic, were special interests to prevail over the common good and lead to manipulating information in order to protect their own plans and interests"...
- "The Pope took particular aim at those who reject the science behind global warming..."
"What's up with sea level rise?"
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Protect Life, Be Pro-Life, Prevent Extinction
The 8 Million++ Species We Don’t Know
By Edward O. Wilson / NY Times
Destruction of Life, Large 'Charismatic' Creatures & "Tiny Little Ones"
The most striking fact about the living environment may be how little we know about it. Even the number of living species can be only roughly calculated. A widely accepted estimate by scientists puts the number at about 10 million. In contrast, those formally described, classified and given two-part Latinized names (Homo sapiens for humans, for example) number slightly more than two million. With only about 20 percent of its species known and 80 percent undiscovered, it is fair to call Earth a little-known planet.
To effectively manage protected habitats, we must also learn more about all the species of our planet and their interactions within ecosystems.
The best-explored groups of organisms are the vertebrates (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes), along with plants, especially trees and shrubs. Being conspicuous, they are what we familiarly call “wildlife.” A great majority of other species, however, are by far also the most abundant. I like to call them “the little things that run the world.” They teem everywhere, in great number and variety in and on all plants, throughout the soil at our feet and in the air around us. They are the protists, fungi, insects, crustaceans, spiders, pauropods, centipedes, mites, nematodes and legions of others whose scientific names are seldom heard by the bulk of humanity. In the sea and along its shores swarm organisms of the other living world — marine diatoms, crustaceans, ascidians, sea hares, priapulids, coral, loriciferans and on through the still mostly unfilled encyclopedia of life.
Do not call these organisms “bugs” or “critters.” They too are wildlife. Let us learn their correct names and care about their safety. Their existence makes possible our own. We are wholly dependent on them.
"A single kind of blue-green algae in the ocean produces the oxygen in one of every five breaths we take" ~ from "The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One" by Sylvia Earle
Seventy percent of the Earth's surface is ocean... here, in myriad life forms, "tiny blue-green" organisms are essential to preserving life on the planet.
"Tiny Blue Green"
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Diversity is nature's strategy of survival
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