Each of us can make a positive difference stepping up & doing our best / Becoming Planet Citizens
Climate Problems, Climate Solutions
- "We have to identify the problem, then act in many ways to solve the problem. Global warming is the threat of our times."
- "We’re going to need to use every tool in the toolbox if we’re going to solve this problem."
- Climate Change, a Global Crisis, a Global Challenge
- Bookmark Climate Policy @GreenPolicy360
Climate Change - NASA
- https://climate.nasa.gov/vital-signs/ | Vital Signs
Climate Change - MIT
- https://climateprimer.mit.edu/ | Climate Science, a Primer
Climate Change - Metrics
- https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/climate-change-data-green/ | Bloomberg Green Climate Data-Dashboard Intel
- U.S. National Climate Assessments: A Critical Task
- Earth System Observatory
- Earth Science Missions
Climate Problems, Climate Solutions
Time to act to make a difference
Intro/GreenPolicy360 Siterunner: For some 40+ years your GreenPolicy360 siterunner has worked in many varied ways to get the word out on the crucial importance of environmental security. From the first Earth Day to the first warning from the new committee of science with the push from Congressman George E. Brown, through various career incarnations I have attempted to 'work the message', gathering (curating as it's now called) the best science and writing up and sharing key strategies and goals even against the odds. The risks we have identified and shared have now turned into a crisis.
Perhaps it is human nature to be overwhelmed, or what my teacher Hannah Arendt described in the 'Human Condition' as the realms of labor, work, and action. Many choose to go along to get along, and not act when the threats grow extreme, even existential. But to those who take the chance to make a difference and stand up and do your best to make changes that change the world for the better, I salute you for your bravery.
Now comes another warning from the international science community. This warning is dire. The latest news looms to such an extent as to be overwhelming, depressing and potentially driving us toward resignation and inaction, but it should not prevent us from action as Michael E. Mann's latest book, 'The Fight to Take Back Our Planet' argues persuasively.
Act with hope and not fear. Earth is in our hands. Take in the news, consider the science, then in your own way, act to make a positive difference.
Focus on solutions to identified problems. Don't give up, never give up.
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."
Crushing Climate Impacts: Draft UN report
PARIS (AFP) / June 23, 2021 - 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 advisers obtained by Agence France-Presse.
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...
"The worst is yet to come, affecting our children's and grandchildren's lives much more than our own," the report says.
By far the most comprehensive catalogue ever assembled of how climate change is upending our world, the report reads like a 4,000-page indictment of humanity's stewardship of the planet.
But the document, designed to influence critical policy decisions, is not scheduled for release until February 2022 - too late for crunch UN summits this year on climate, biodiversity and food systems...
 Big Picture
Measure and Monitor the Energy Production/Usage/Source data and Changes as Climate Energy Policies Are Implemented
Define the Units of Measurement
Joules and Exajoules - https://www.convertunits.com/info/exajoule
Units defined exactly in terms of the joule include:
- - 1 thermochemical calorie = 4.184 J
- - 1 International Table calorie = 4.1868 J
- - 1 W⋅h = 3600 J (or 3.6 kJ)
- - 1 kW⋅h = 3.6×106 J (or 3.6 MJ)
- - 1 W⋅s = 1 J
- - 1 ton TNT = 4.184 GJ
Gigajoule - The gigajoule (GJ) is equal to one billion (109) joules. 6 GJ is about the chemical energy of combusting 1 barrel (159 l) of petroleum. 2 GJ is about the Planck energy unit.
Exajoule / The exajoule (EJ) is equal to one quintillion (1018) joules. The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan had 1.41 EJ of energy according to its rating of 9.0 on the moment magnitude scale. Yearly U.S. energy consumption amounts to roughly 94 EJ. - Wiki citations
Terawatts - https://www.electricrate.com/what-is-a-terawatt/
Megatonne Of Oil Equivalent (Mtoe) - https://www.convert-me.com/en/convert/energy/mtoe/mtoe-to-megajoule.html
* Measuring Full Costs
* Implementin True Cost - True-price Initiatives
* Dealing with Damage to 'The Commons'
SJS/GreenPolicy360 -- We/GreenPolicy360 recommend a new descriptor for emissions-externalities-carbon pricing -- Not a tax, it's a price based on full-cost accounting, +EC
- Climate Change Costs, Environmental Impact Costs, Social Costs, Health Costs, War Costs of Oil/Gas
- Add in the full costs, the true costs of Fossil Fuels
- The real-world costs of Oil/Gas add up
Planet citizens, planet scientists, capturing, measuring, monitoring vital signs, intervening and maintaining environmental sustainability
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The yearly use of fossil fuels on the planet (circa 2020) is about/~ 450 exajoules. To roll back the 450 exajoules by 2050, every year the planet would have to reduce use of about 15 exajoules of fossil fuels. That is the equivalent of about 100 billion gallons of diesel fuel every year. -WaPo Comment
Global Energy Statistical Yearbook (2020)
World energy consumption (2012) -- beyond 500 exajoules
Terajoules of energy used - The annual global energy consumption is estimated to 580 million terajoules. That’s 580 million trillion joules or about 13865 million tons of oil equivalents (Mtoe)
IEA World Energy Statistics (By Source 1973-2018 - Mtoe)
Energy production and consumption
In 2008, total worldwide primary energy consumption was 132,000 terawatt-hours (TWh) or 474 exajoules (EJ).
- - WikiMatrix
At the global level, approximately 37 per cent of primary energy consumption is converted to useful energy: of global annual primary energy consumption of 400 exajoules, 150 exajoules are consumed as useful energy and 250 exajoules are wasted.
- - UN
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Pressuring for systemic change:
- What companies need to be financially pressured by investors and money managers?
Lowering carbon emissions is critical to directly confronting the #ClimateCrisis
Money talks in business and politics
10 biggest carbon-dioxide emitting firms in the world
20 companies have contributed over a third of all carbon emissions since 1965
100 companies responsible for 71 percent of global carbon emissions
 Personal, Networking
Planet Citizen Action
The Challenge of Acting for the Commons
Leaders from 64 countries sign the Pledge For Nature to take action.
The Call to Action include measures to:
Slow down deforestation; eliminate unregulated and unsustainable fishing practices; and stop plastic being dumped into the ocean by 2050.
Conserve land; eliminate subsidies that harm the environment; transition to sustainable food production.
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"Thin Blue", Protecting 'The Commons', Enabling Life on Earth
"Tiny Blue Green", Oxygen in the Atmosphere, Food Source of the Seas
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- Earth Day flag
"The Earth is my patient, and like any good medical doctor, I am compelled to advocate for her... Today, I see myself as a doctor advocating for... my patient, the Earth."
Strategies of Resilience & Survival
Earth Science to Protect a Sustainable Earth
- Personal action... Direct action...
- Green Network, GreenLinks action
Planet Citizen, Planet Scientist Activism
- "Have hope, Act to make a Positive difference"
- Shifting from a Scientist to Activist
- Climate Action: Our Ethical Responsibility
- 198 Ways to Act, Count 'em
Kids in 123 countries strike to protect the climate
“This movement had to happen, we didn’t have a choice.”
An estimated 1.4 million young people in 123 countries skipped school Friday to demand stronger climate policies in what may be one of the largest environmental protests in history.
- Think Like Rebecca, Creating Positive Change
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It's Your Time to Be Out in Front
Step Up, Get with the Action
- Make a Difference, Be a Change Maker