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Forum Post: For an Ailing Planet, the Cure Already Exists Fighting Global Warming

Posted 2 years ago on June 1, 2012, 7:55 p.m. EST by PeterKropotkin (1050) from Oakland, CA
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With world carbon levels nearing 400 PPM, solutions to climate crisis abound

by Stephen Leahy

The planet's climate recently reached a new milestone of 400 parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the Arctic.

The last time Earth saw similar levels of climate-heating carbon dioxide (CO2) was three million years ago during the Pliocene era, where Arctic temperatures were 10 to 14 degrees C higher and global temperatures four degrees C hotter.

Research stations in Alaska, Greenland, Norway, Iceland and even Mongolia all broke the 400 ppm barrier for the first time this spring, scientists reported in a release Thursday. A global average of 400 ppm up from the present 392 ppm is still some years off. If today's CO2 levels don't decline - or worse, increase - the planet will inevitably reach those warmer temperatures, but it won't take a thousand years. Without major cuts in fossil fuel emissions, a child born today could live in a plus-four-degree C superheated world by their late middle age, IPS previously reported. Such temperatures will make much of the planet unlivable.

If today's CO2 levels don't decline - or worse, increase - the planet will inevitably reach those warmer temperatures, but it won't take a thousand years. Without major cuts in fossil fuel emissions, a child born today could live in a plus-four-degree C superheated world by their late middle age.

In a four-degree warmer world, climate adaptation means "put your feet up and die" for many people in the world, said Chris West of the University of Oxford's UK Climate Impacts Program in 2009.

This week the International Energy Agency reported that the nations of the world's CO2 emissions increased 3.2 percent in 2011 compared to 2010. This is precisely the wrong direction: emissions need to decline three percent per year to have any hope of a stable climate.

By 2050, in a world with more people, carbon emissions must be half of today's levels.

Impossible? No. A number of different energy analyses show how it can be done.

Dutch energy consulting firm Ecofys published a technical study in 2010 called "The Energy Report" that demonstrates how the world could reach 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.

Greenpeace has a plan called "Energy [R]evolution". Even the International Energy Agency has one: it's called the "450 Scenario".

There is no lack of technical knowledge about how to cut emissions and still keep the lights on. Some countries have already started.

Germany, a modern industrialized country, generated more than 30 percent of its energy from solar power one bright sunny day last week. Instead of using 20 or more climate-wrecking coal plants, Germany used the energy from more than one million solar panels on houses, buildings, along sides of highways - even those ugly highway sound barriers have solar panels.

Although hardly known for sunny weather, Germany has more solar panels than all the rest of the world combined. It gets four percent of its total annual electricity needs from solar.Although hardly known for sunny weather, Germany has more solar panels than all the rest of the world combined. It gets four percent of its total annual electricity needs from solar. Germany could increase its solar output by a factor of five or 10, experts say, especially with recent drops in the cost of solar panels.

The difference in Germany is leadership. Hermann Scheer, a minister of economics in the German government, created the now famous feed-in tariff in 2000 that launched Germany's renewable energy revolution.

The outspoken Scheer had to both champion and defend this policy for many years to prevent successive governments from gutting it. He died suddenly in 2010. Other German politicians, supported by environmental groups and the public, have continued to push for more.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel reversed her support for nuclear power following huge public protests following the catastrophe at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plants in 2011. Germany will close its 17 nuclear plants by 2022. Renewables and energy efficiency are to replace that lost energy under an ambitious plan called "Agora Energiewende".

If successful, as much as 40 percent of Germany's energy will come from renewables by 2022.

German energy prices have risen and large power users, as well as the politically powerful energy sector, oppose Merkel's plan. The chancellor will need strong public support even though Germany's renewable energy sector now employs more people than its vaunted automobile industry.

Globally, the renewable energy sector now employs close to five million workers, more than doubling the number of jobs from 2006- 2010, according to a study released Thursday by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

The transformation to a greener economy could generate 15 to 60 million additional jobs globally over the next two decades and lift tens of millions of workers out of poverty, concluded the study, "Working towards sustainable development".

Only 10 to 15 industries are responsible for 70 to 80 percent of CO2 emissions in the industrialized countries, the report discovered. And those industries employ just eight to 12 percent of the workforce. Even with policies forcing major reductions in emissions, only a fraction would lose their jobs.

"Environmental sustainability is not a job killer, as it is sometimes claimed," said ILO Director-General Juan Somavia. "On the contrary, if properly managed, it can lead to more and better jobs, poverty reduction and social inclusion."

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/06/01-6

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[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (26662) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Green Tech.

This is where we should be going: Green Energy we have the technology we just need to use it. This is what I am talking about. A clean future to be implemented NOW!

http://www.hopewellproject.org/

http://ecat.com/

http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/12/ff_new_nukes/all/1

FuelCell Energy http://apps1.eere.energy.gov/news/progress_alerts.cfm/pa_id=600


All of this and more is currently available - shovel ready so to speak.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (26662) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

NC Ignores Science, Tries To Make Sea Level Rise Illegal

http://www.care2.com/go/z/e/AGqcJ/zm5I/B18Bb

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[-] 0 points by tomdavid55 (93) 2 years ago

Here is a brand new song just published that is all about how we are destroying the Earth, including global warming http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2R_jT015UdU&feature=youtu.be

See also:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTQ1WOC9RgY

[-] 0 points by NewStart2012 (112) 2 years ago

Hang in there, folks ARE waking up. I like the quotes from recognizable people to open people's eyes;

“In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill” – Alexander King and Bertrand Schneider, The First Global Revolution, A Report by the Council of The Club of Rome (1991).

Pretty f*cked up!

[-] 0 points by riethc (1149) 2 years ago

It's funny, back in the 60's environmentalists used to protest The Club of Rome...

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

what is the Club of Rome?

[-] 0 points by riethc (1149) 2 years ago

A European think tank that keeps sponsoring books about human "overpopulation" since the 1970's.

https://www.startpage.com/do/search

Type in Club of Rome and check out a few web pages.

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Thanks, Yeah I've been lookin. Very interesting. Notwithstanding their wonderful work (i'm sure). Are we all in agreement that green tech offers an excellent opportunity to create jobs, cut energy cuts, and cut pollution?

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (26662) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Hell Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Put people to work making the world a healthier place to live New jobs new industries. People able to make a living wage and support their economy directly. Reduce the need of many for social program aid.

Positive growth.

[-] -1 points by NewStart2012 (112) 2 years ago

The "Club of Rome" is directly linked with the "Committee of 300", who are the elite of the elite, the 1% of the 1%. The decision makers.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCzR7NCeMYA&feature=related

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Are they good? or Bad?

[-] 0 points by NewStart2012 (112) 2 years ago

Bad. Very very bad. You'll see what I mean if you watch the video. Never mind Obama, Romney, and the rest of their ilk. Mere puppets for the Committee of 300 and the Club of Rome.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Really? Oh my. What can we do? Who can we vote for if not Obama and Romney.?

[-] 0 points by Renneye (3990) 2 years ago

Obama and Romney? That's it? Those are our options? Because why? Looks like you'll walk down any path they lay out for you. Your vision can't possibly be that narrow. How about vote for us, the people. Lets slap the names of these self appointed leaders on signs, expose them for their criminal behaviour and over throw them. Let the government get back to what it should be, with the people. Light a match under your ass and get creative.

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Ok!. Lets all vote for ourselves. Do you think if we get enough OWS supporters who are progressive and left leaning to vote for ourselves we can send a message that we aren't happy with the current crop of muppets? Or do you think we will just get more right wing wackos into power. Does it matter?

[-] -3 points by monticello (-28) 2 years ago

A vote for the Democrats or a vote for the Republicans is a vote for the status quo. Both parties and their puppet politicians answer to the same masters. You know, VQ[whatever], the one's paying you to pollute this forum with pro-regime propaganda...

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

No one pays me. You know I disagree that the parties are the same. There are differences on the important issues. Don't be angry. Fin reform, fin protection for the 99%, healthcare for all, fair taxes (cuts for 99%, increases for the 1%). corporate personhood, citizens united, Union support, Immigration. minimum/living wage. There IS a difference! You and I disagree. Your anger proves I'm right and you are wrong. You can't argue with intelligence you have to call me names.

[-] -3 points by monticello (-28) 2 years ago

A vote for the Democrats or a vote for the Republicans is a vote for the status quo. Both parties and their puppet politicians answer to the same masters. You know, VQ[whatever], the one's paying you to pollute this forum with pro-regime propaganda...

http://occupywallst.org/forum/americans-have-three-choices-in-november-bushbamne/

http://occupywallst.org/forum/how-democrats-exploit-occupy-counterpunchorg/

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (26662) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

OH - Hell

My mistake. Trashy would admit that the new sock puppet was him.

IronButtBrucietroll - hows the PR business goin for ya?

Damn you really do know how to beat a dead horse though.

No wonder people keep mistaking you and trashy.

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

You have a lot of anti dem rhetoric. And try very hard to get progressives to split the vote to help the repubs. Don't you see how that makes it apparent you are republican. I can't trust your links since you are clearly very hostile. And unjustly hostile. We simply disagree on one issue. That the parties are the same. I mean I think. It's the only issue you ever really discuss.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (26662) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Well if you are not trashy.

I must say you sure know how to beat a dead horse like trashy.

Except gee trashy just hates copy and paste.

Spamming he calls it.

Huh.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (26662) from Coon Rapids, MN 2 years ago

Trashy?

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[+] -4 points by monticello (-28) 2 years ago

In reply to DKAtoday:

http://occupywallst.org/forum/for-an-ailing-planet-the-cure-already-exists/#comment-752617

Trashy? I don't know if you are or not. Annoying Troll? You certainly are that!

[+] -5 points by monticello (-28) 2 years ago

You and your posts mean nothing, DKAtoday:

http://occupywallst.org/forum/for-an-ailing-planet-the-cure-already-exists/#comment-752617

The courage of protesters like these means everything:

http://occupywallst.org/forum/more-tibetans-are-setting-themselves-ablaze-in-des/

Please stop polluting their space: In all venues and at all levels.

[-] 0 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

The people only believe/buy/trust/vote for stuff on TV.

Only corporations have the money to run countless TV commercials.

[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

Who would have thought that prescreening the puppets, and letting the people choose which one of the elite's minions the nation would like to get screwed by, would have such numbing effects on people's ability to think.

[-] 0 points by NewStart2012 (112) 2 years ago

The distractions have been many, to keep us from focusing on the well oiled but ugly tentacled machine. Its a gruesome beast.

[-] 0 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

The vampire squid has unquenchable thirst. And the muppets are muppets are muppets as usual.

[-] 4 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Who is the vampire squid? By muppets do you mean voters? Or politicians?

[-] -1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

Goldman Sachs and people that vote for their candidates. (muppets was their term, not mine).

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

It is more likely we get more change for the 99% if we successfully co opt the D's than we get a 3rd party elected. The 2parties have a duopoly on the system that prevents a 3rd party win. We would only be splitting the progressive vote and handing everything to the right wing. Sorry I don't see it. If we could change the party primary system, and get money out of politics we might have a chance but that ain't gonna happen this election. What do you suggest for this election?

[-] -1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

You will not co-opt the party into sharing the money.

The establishment will grant all sorts of social things before it EVER decides to start sharing the money.

[-] -3 points by monticello (-28) 2 years ago

The Democratic Party, like the Republican Party, is "owned". Neither can be "co-opted". But you know that, plant...

A vote for the Democrats or a vote for the Republicans is a vote for the status quo. Both parties and their puppet politicians answer to the same masters. You know, VQ[whatever], the one's paying you to pollute this forum with pro-regime propaganda...

http://occupywallst.org/forum/americans-have-three-choices-in-november-bushbamne/

http://occupywallst.org/forum/how-democrats-exploit-occupy-counterpunchorg/

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

But don't you think if enough OWS supporters do as you ask then the right wing will gain more power? And wouldn't that guarentee that the Goldman Saks 1% fin criminals will get the tax cuts they want, and the end of fib reform like they want? OWS supporters are progressive left leaning voters who would otherwise likely vote for the D's. Isn't an independent/3rd party vote exactly what the 1% criminals want us to do. Split the left wing vote. Give the right wing more power?

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[-] -2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

They clearly dont want 3rd parties to take off, of we would be seeing a lot of coverage in the media.

Ron Paul is going to set a record for write-ins if he doesnt run as an indie.

The establisment wants us fearful of the other. Its the same games they play with right and "crazy libs" that they fear.

And the reactions from both sides are the same. Anyone on the right who will vote for indie on the right is being subjected to the same thing

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Ok! . I'm with that As soon as the GA process is setup I will be right there.. Until then should we stay home & boycott elections?

[-] -1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

its going on in every city across the land all the time.

Either join in and help that, or help draw attention to decent people running for office that dont have corporations backing them.

Either way, the change starts with you.

[-] -3 points by monticello (-28) 2 years ago

You won't be "right there", you lying sack of shit. You're a pro-regime sock puppet! You exist, but in the form of a pseudoanonymous hack picking up a paycheck.

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

You mean every politician? Then theres no hope. What should we do?

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[-] -2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

Start governing ourselves. Start putting our own things together, like OWS GA's.

We are on the right path, but the masses are being stubborn.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Then what do we do? A 3rd party will not be elected in this system of 2 party duopoly. We will split the vote and turn over more power to the right wing! Is that really what you want? Much chamge must occur. We must do it by co opting the party that is closest to our agenda and force them to do what we want. We are the people. Nothing can stop us.!

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

So I don't have to boycott the elections.? But how can I find a good candidate if you say that all those on cspan (all pols) are bad? Do you know any good pols?

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[-] -2 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

Start doing some research on the indies and third parties, there are guaranteed to be some that are more in line with your thinking than the two corporate ones....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_political_parties_in_the_United_States

PS- I would like to do away with parties all together....

[+] -4 points by monticello (-28) 2 years ago

You were given this answer before, plant. That proves you are a plant:

http://occupywallst.org/forum/americans-have-three-choices-in-november-bushbamne/

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

Aahhh! The financial 1% criminals who crashed the world economy. Yeah I'm with you! Who exactly are their candidates?

[-] -1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 2 years ago

Turn on cspan.

[-] -1 points by 1sealyon (434) 2 years ago

Global warming has a silver lining: $ 900 Trillion in un-tapped oil:

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/clinton-arctic-see-impact-climate-change-151737949.html

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 2 years ago

not to mention new shore line property for long term investors

[-] 0 points by 1sealyon (434) 2 years ago

Depends on your elevation above the MHTL.

[-] 0 points by bankamerica (1) 2 years ago

There's a bonus for that one:)