Our appalling legacy


in Economics, Politics, Psychology, Rants, The environment

There’s another dire warning from the IPCC: Final call to save the world from ‘climate catastrophe’

There seems little reason to hope that people will react differently to this one than to the 1990, 1996, 2001, 2007, and 2014 reports.

Our collective future is a massive ethical blindspot. People who wouldn’t think about missing a pension contribution or not enrolling their kids in an enriched learning program are collectively deciding by default to ravage the planet which we all depend on, and our political and economic institutions are acting almost exclusively to encourage that outcome.

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. October 8, 2018 at 4:49 pm
Milan October 8, 2018 at 5:06 pm

Here’s the positive spin:

IPCC Report Says 1.5C Climate Target is Reachable, But Only With Rapid Fossil Fuel Phase Out

Watch while world leaders and political parties rush to scrap all the beautiful coal plants and fracked gasfields they’re developing.

. October 8, 2018 at 5:09 pm

Major Climate Report Describes a Strong Risk of Crisis as Early as 2040: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/07/climate/ipcc-climate-report-2040.html

. October 8, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Climate Change Will Get Worse. These Investors Are Betting on It

If electric cars and clean energy aren’t enough to prevent rising oceans, then there’s money to be made in seawalls, indoor agriculture, and emergency housing.

. October 15, 2018 at 6:18 pm
. October 15, 2018 at 6:21 pm
. October 16, 2018 at 6:29 pm

it’s not fair that wealthy, developed fossil fuel producers are fighting to be the last ones standing in the global oil economy when we have the tools, ingenuity and resources to plan for and support a just transition for workers, communities, and the economy. That’s not fair.


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