Why we will never win the argument on climate change

Terra Infirma

” This thinking is all too common in the climate-sceptic camp. I once saw ‘lukewarmer’/overseer of a major banking disaster Matt Ridley present a list of “Past Green Scares” which included acid rain, the hole in the ozone layer and, bizarrely, the millennium bug. We’re just going to have to accept that, if we beat climate change, some people will never be convinced there was a problem in the first place.

Why are governments failing to act on climate change?

Rinexii

56% of Americans think climate change is something that should be addressed right now, according to a CBS news poll. 1 A more in-depth survey poll conducted by ABC news, Stanford, and the RFF found that 68% of Americans think the government should be doing a lot to stop climate change. We have never seen more unity on climate change, so why are governments failing to act on climate change?

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Air Travel and Climate Change

Green Market Oracle

Air travel is a major source of climate change causing greenhouse gases. The impact of air travel on climate change is multifaceted. Nitrogen oxides produced by air travel increases ozone concentrations in the upper troposphere which warms the planet more than it would at lower altitudes. Source: Climate Change Connection Subscribe in a readerEvery day, the FAA's Air Traffic Organization provides service to more than 44,000 flights and 2.7

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The Most Successful Air Pollution Treaty You’ve Never Heard Of

The City Fix

Air Pollution air pollution air quality Beatriz Cardenas black carbon climate change data Elizabeth Moses emissions Europe health international cooperation Jessica Seddon LRTAP North America ozone Particulate Matter policy transboundary air pollution transparency

Eos Bioreactor uses AI and algae to combat climate change

AGreenLiving

Terrestrial radiation, which is supposed to be absorbed by the ozone layer, is also retained in the atmosphere. Related: New map exposes secrets of Antarctica’s green snow The Eos Bioreactor seeks to reduce the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to address climate change. Such challenges make it unrealistic for the world to continue relying solely on forests to combat climate change.

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Climate change is a public health issue amounting to billions in medical costs

AGreenLiving

Hence, as climate change worsens, so do healthcare costs. Both the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) jointly warn that because of these serious healthcare and medical costs, climate change is essentially a public health crisis. In previous surveys, healthcare costs had not been included in valuations of climate change damages. As climate change exacerbates, costs will continue to rise.

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We’ve got another ozone problem, and it’s not what you think

Grist

Most of us know ozone as that benevolent stratospheric layer that absorbs the sun’s harmful UV light and keeps us safe. In the 1980s, scientists found a “ hole ” in the ozone layer — really just a large section that was getting precariously thin — caused by the use of potent chemicals called CFCs. But the beneficial ozone up in the stratosphere has an evil cousin, and it’s right here on the ground. Ozone increases with more sunshine, heat waves, and so forth.”.

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Smog Isn’t Gone. Why Solving Climate Change Is About More Than Carbon Dioxide

GreenTechMedia

Levels of smog and other short-lived climate pollutants (remember HFCs?) Short-lived climate pollutants include black carbon or soot, methane, hydrofluorocarbons and tropospheric ozone, or what we think of as city smog. In addition to heating up the atmosphere, they dirty our air, make people sick and affect the ozone layer.
 and Paris, where he focuses on rapidly deployable mitigation strategies to protect the climate. Short-Lived Climate Pollutants.

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Climate Change: Where Are We Now?

Unsustainable

words by Henry Lewis Introduction As the clock continues ticking toward the collective future of the human species on planet Earth, there are still some among us who are either skeptics or out-right deniers of climate change. Thus, in an effort to help balance some of those skeptics who may be sitting on the proverbial fence at the moment, let’s take a look at relevant data as well as some of the international institutions that are working to address climate change.

The William Perry Pendley Rehabilitation Tour: Climate Change, Wild Horses, and Ethics Recusals

DeSmogBlog

Over the years Pendley, a self-styled “ Sagebrush Rebel ,” has pushed for the wholesale divestment of public lands from federal control, denied the existence of climate change and the hole in the ozone layer, denigrated the press, and called illegal immigrants a “cancer,” among other radical, extremist positions. Read time: 5 mins By John R. Platt , The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator. William Perry Pendley wants you think that what he thinks doesn’t matter.

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Cooking’s PM persistence

Envirotec Magazine

During the reaction process, a coating, or crust is formed around the outside of the particle that protects the fatty acid inside from gases such as ozone which would otherwise break up the particles. Climate impacts.

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Risk, doubt, and the burden of proof in the climate debate

AGreenLiving

Risk, doubt, and the burden of proof in the climate debate Barbara Freese Sat, 05/16/2020 – 14:20 Excerpted from ” Industrial-Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change ” by Barbara Freese, published by the University of California Press. In addition to the denial-provoking gravity of the threat, climate change is not the type of risk our minds evolved to detect.

Why should the Scottish woodlands be protected?

AGreenLiving

Although Scotland is more heavily forested than England or Wales, much of its woodlands have been lost to logging, urban sprawl and climate change. Last summer, a YouGov poll found that the environment is now viewed as the third most critical public issue, given our planet’s burgeoning climate crisis. Reforestation has thereby become an important tool in combatting Earth’s climate emergency.

How Reusing Items Can Help The Environment

The Environmental Blog

These affect natural habitats, produces acid rain and destroys the ozone layer because of global warming. These gases weaken our ozone layer and cause a lot of pollution and climatic changes. Waste matter disposal is a known source of the carbon emission that interferes with the climatic conditions in our environment. The environment is an important factor in sustaining flora and fauna. The health of human beings depends on the state of the environment as well.

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Risk, doubt, and the burden of proof in the climate debate

GreenBiz

Risk, doubt, and the burden of proof in the climate debate. Excerpted from " Industrial-Strength Denial: Eight Stories of Corporations Defending the Indefensible, from the Slave Trade to Climate Change " by Barbara Freese, published by the University of California Press. There are many reasons why the risks of climate change would not fully register in the human mind. His point was to make it clear that "we are not climate change deniers."

Planned UK spaceports could add significantly to emissions of climate-warming gases

Envirotec Magazine

Plesetsk Cosmodrome, a Russian spaceport located in Mirny: Plans being advanced to build a number of satellite launch sites in the UK are proceeding without due consideration for emissions of climate-warming gases and other impacts, according to the data collected by Stay in Cornwall. The black carbon emitted by rocket launches has a climate warming impact of up to 1,500 times stronger than CO2 per unit of mass, new research shows.

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Applying science and healthcare principles to soil wellness can help our planet

GreenBiz

Buffett Foundation , a foundation whose mission is to catalyze change to improve the standard and quality of life, soil loss costs an estimated $400 billion per year globally. The agriculture, food, environment, science and technology communities are collaborating to change this. Embracing regulation to protect the planet is also key to creating real change for our soil, air and water. Applying science and healthcare principles to soil wellness can help our planet.

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Covid-19 risk greater in urban centres affected by air pollution

Envirotec Magazine

and ground-level ozone (O?) Speaking to Climate Change News , Kristin Aunan, a senior researcher at at the Center for International Climate Research in Oslo (Cicero), said that – were PM2.5 People living in polluted cities are more at risk from Covid-19, according to health experts cited in a 16 March report from the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), an advocacy group.

Nitrous oxide levels are on the rise

Envirotec Magazine

Nitrous oxide is a greenhouse gas and one of the main stratospheric ozone depleting substances on the planet. In their paper published in Nature Climate Change , the authors present estimates of N2O emissions determined from three global atmospheric inversion frameworks spanning 1998–2016, based on atmospheric N2O observations from global networks.

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Where the Presidential Nominees Stand on Environmental Issues

Sustainability Consulting

With the election largely overshadowed by COVID-19 and the faltering economy, it’s no wonder discussions on environmental protections and climate change have taken a back seat. Finally, he would integrate climate change into foreign policy, trade, and national security strategies.

How stable isotopes help the fight against air pollution

Envirotec Magazine

Since then, the effects of climate change, major industry and lifestyle changes have altered the air that we breathe, for example, coal-burning has dramatically declined, while increased road transport has led to new air pollutants.

How the UK's net zero mission reaches all the way to Antarctica

Business Green

Science Minister Chris Skidmore explains how the UK's scientific heritage and £300m polar infrastructure programme is helping the world better understand climate risks. Antarctica has long been a home of scientific discovery in our journey to better understand climate change - and that couldn't be more imperative now so we can ensure this icy wilderness is not lost to us forever. The most important of these is assessing the impact of climate change.

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CO2 monitors facilitate rollout of environmentally friendly refrigeration in Australian supermarkets

Envirotec Magazine

Supermarkets all over Australia and New Zealand are benefiting from advanced carbon dioxide monitors, says measurement expert Vaisala, as new natural refrigeration systems are installed to assist in the fight against climate change. However, Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) caused damage to the ozone layer and were phased out following the Montreal Protocol in 1987.

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'Hidden emitter': Air pollution from domestic gas boilers expected to soar this winter as people work from home

Business Green

Air pollution could soar this winter as gas boilers are cranked up at homes across the country by the UK's expanded army of home workers, the Energy and Climate Change Intelligence Unit (ECIU) has today warned.

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Toxic air from fossil fuels responsible for air pollution crisis, study warns

Business Green

Burning fossil fuels is not just driving climate change, it is also generating an air pollution crisis that is wiping trillions of dollars from the world economy every year. ozone and NO2 with recent research quantifying the contribution of fossil fuels to global air pollution levels to perform a health impact assessment and subsequent cost calculation for the year 2018. and ozone from fossil fuels is responsible for an estimated 7.7

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Biodiversity loss is driven by economic growth: Prof. Julia Steinberger

Low Impact

Today I’m talking with Julia Steinberger, professor of ecological economics at the University of Leeds and (tell me if this is right) a member of the intergovernmental panel on climate change – the IPCC. And it’s not just climate change research.

Global Briefing: Japan hints at coal export policy crackdown

Business Green

Japan looks set to beef up a key plank of its climate policy in the face of mounting calls from allies for the country to strengthen its decarbonisation plans ahead of the COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow this year. UN study: Europe's transport infrastructure at high risk from climate change. Critical transport networks across Europe and Canada are facing "unprecedented threats" from escalating climate impacts, according to a major new UN study.

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EEA reports poor air quality caused premature deaths of 400,000 Europeans in 2016

AGreenLiving

” Related: Climate change is a public health issue amounting to billions in medical costs According to the World Health Organization (WHO) , “Pollutants with the strongest evidence for public health concerns include particulate matter (PM), ozone (O3), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and sulphur dioxide (SO2).” Interestingly, air pollution is also the main driver of climate change.

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Top 10 Economic Benefits of Converting to Solar Energy

Sunrun

Going solar can affect the climate, the economy and our own pocket books. The costs associated with climate change are growing and include rising health care costs, destruction of property, increased food prices and more. But ground-level ozone and other pollutants from cars, power plants, industrial boilers, refineries and chemical plants can kill. Decisions we make as consumers have an impact on our lives and on the world around us.

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Planetary Boundaries, Food and Humanity

Unsustainable

The data show that, after 1950, a massive change in climate has occurred, sweeping across the surface in a most challenging way. The changing natural settings of ecosystems, due to human activities, have increased the risks of sudden collapse and irreversible changes. The main drivers of change are the demand for food, water, and natural resources, in the face of severe biodiversity loss and changes in ecosystem services.

Event - Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability

Green Market Oracle

Much of the sustainability literature focuses on the Global North and on issues salient to policy makers in developed countries, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and ozone depletion. Sixteenth International Conference on Environmental, Cultural, Economic & Social Sustainability will take place on January 29-31, 2020 at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile & University of Chile, Santiago, Chile.

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Air District Targets Southern California Logistics Industry

Latham's Clean Energy Law Report

The Basin does not meet the state or federal ambient air quality standards for ozone and particulate matter, and existing regulations have to date proved insufficient to bring the Basin into compliance. One of the most significant air quality challenges in the Basin is reducing emissions of the ozone precursor nitrogen oxides (NO x ) to meet the ozone standard attainment deadlines.

Air District Targets Southern California Logistics Industry

Latham's Clean Energy Law Report

The Basin does not meet the state or federal ambient air quality standards for ozone and particulate matter, and existing regulations have to date proved insufficient to bring the Basin into compliance. One of the most significant air quality challenges in the Basin is reducing emissions of the ozone precursor nitrogen oxides (NO x ) to meet the ozone standard attainment deadlines.

Tom Steyer: A Pandemic Is No Time to Pander to the Fossil Fuel Industry

GreenTechMedia

Think: opioids, or ozone-depleting chemicals, or leaded-gasoline, or asbestos, or DDT. In fact, they can’t be separated; and that bodes well for both bullish investment prospects and the stabilizing of our climate. Investing in clean energy isn't just a social investment in curbing climate change — it also makes basic market sense. “Infrastructure” can be a very misleading word.

Defend Our Future to Testify at Virtual EPA Hearing on Trump Administration’s Refusal to Strengthen Protections From Life-Threatening Particle Pollution

Defend Our Future

STATEMENT: Hello, my name is Addy Zenko and I am a campus ambassador at The Ohio State University for Defend Our Future, a non-partisan, non-profit youth climate advocacy that is a project of the Environmental Defense Fund, who I will be speaking on behalf of this afternoon. EPA, both by definition and by law, has a moral and legal obligation to protect all Americans from air pollution that contributes to climate change and damages our health. May 21, 2020.

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The climate policy milestone that was buried in the 2020 budget

Grist

trillion spending package in December to keep the government funded through 2020, there was a climate policy milestone buried in the budget. Simultaneously, Democratic Representative Jerry McNerney of California introduced a bill that would bolster this new mandate by creating a formal solar climate intervention research program at NOAA and making the agency responsible for the oversight of proposals to conduct climate geoengineering experiments in the United States.

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Applying science and healthcare principles to soil wellness can help our planet

AGreenLiving

Buffett Foundation , a foundation whose mission is to catalyze change to improve the standard and quality of life, soil loss costs an estimated $400 billion per year globally. The agriculture, food, environment, science and technology communities are collaborating to change this. Embracing regulation to protect the planet is also key to creating real change for our soil, air and water.

Ohio officials know how to stop Lake Erie from turning toxic, but no one will do it

Grist

That changes now.”. And because nutrient pollution causes water bodies to emit more of a potent climate-warming gas — in part, it appears, because of the cyanobacteria themselves — there’s a dangerous vicious cycle at work. But if voluntary approaches aren’t getting results, he said, “something else has to change.”. “It’s More rain, courtesy of climate change, does contribute to runoff problems — and financial trouble for farmers.

The Trump Administration is Racking Up a String of Environmental Losses in Court

Green Market Oracle

Last August 22 states launched a lawsuit suing the Trump administration over its failure to act on climate change and associated adverse health impacts. Delayed a compliance deadline for new national ozone pollution standards by one year, but later reversed course. Re-posted a proposed rule limiting greenhouse gas emissions from aircraft, after initially changing its status to “inactive” on the E.P.A.

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EPA Halts Efforts to Clean Up Unsafe Levels of Ozone Smog

CleanTechnica

Air Quality Climate Change Fossil Fuels Policy & Politics air pollution Andrew Wheeler Clean Air Act Donald Trump EPA NRDC ozone Ozone pollution Ozone Smog