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"It's getting serious more than two thousand five hundred two years ago Para cleese reminded his fellow Athenians. We may not be able to predict the future but we can prepare for it. It looks like we should be preparing for more extreme weather like the extremes we've seen and across the world in the last few days does the future light in trees or in people's or in the U._S.. Where President Donald Trump claims his country leads the world on Environmental Issues Greta Thambo has had biggest compliment mm-hmm and yet while legal action over the climate crisis takes place in some twenty eight countries and the wind seems to be changing for the British Conservative Party despite all this? There's reason to hope go to climate a bit optimists dot org and find out why if you want to follow up on any of the stories you can find where I've got them from bygone blog at W._W._w.. Dot Sustainable Futures Dot report. Yes I'm Antony Day with these sustainable futures report for Friday the twelfth of July this week so the first online discussion with three patrons of the sustainable futures report we covered a range of topics ranging opinions. I recorded the session and the participants have agreed that I can share this with you. In a future at present battle come up in the next few weeks you can find out about being a patron <music> asked patriots dot com slash. I said that's P.. A. T. R. E. N.. Dot Com slash S._F.. This time I'm going to start with C O two and with a new article in nature entitled Luke committed emissions from existing energy infrastructure jeopardize one point five degrees C climate target Mon- Linus Roache book called sex degrees which explained how the planet would change if the the earth won't buy two degrees or by three degrees and by age degree up to six degrees as recently been commenting on this report in nature which analyzes our progress towards using our global carbon budget the theory is that we can only put so much more greenhouse gases in the atmosphere before we reach the point at which climate change will be out of control and completely irrecoverable as temperature rises beyond the safe one and a half degrees centigrade lead to catastrophic levels in this nature article the authors count relate that existing and planned fossil fuel powered clouds mainly electricity generating stations will emit some eight hundred fifty Gigi tons of C._O.. Two over there planned lives of existing emissions China the U._S._A.. And the E U Twenty eight countries represent approximately forty one percent nine nine percent and seven percent of the total respectively. That's an interesting because I thought the U._S._A.. was much higher than that but that's a direct quote from the article anyway back. I think what they probably talking about is the emissions from the power sector only anyway the authors suggest that little or no additional C._O.. Two emission infrastructure can be commissioned and the infrastructure. Infrastructure retirements that are earlier than historical ones maybe necessary in order to meet the Paris agreement climate goals. This seems optimistic given that it's generally accepted that even if for you achieved achieved the Perez targets will still allow warming inexcessive three degrees centigrade the authors suggest that existing plants could be retrofitted with carbon capture and storage technology. It's very popular solution but still to be successfully implemented on a commercial scale. There may be other ways of mitigating emissions but before we get to that let's look at the current consequences climate change in a recent interview with Guardians Fiona Harvey Mummy Matori The U._N.. Secretary General's Special Representative on disaster risk reduction spoke of one climate crisis disaster happening every week and she said these smaller scale events which include intense heat waves storms and flooding will often overshadowed by catastrophic disasters like India's water shortage and the pair of cyclones that devastated Mozambique surrounding countries she emphasized that small-scale climate crises happening much faster and more frequently than previously predicted. It's essential that for governments to stop doing climate change as longtime issue and instead start investing in adaptation and resilience measures designed to curb the effects of ongoing lower impact events. This is not about the future this is about today. She said examples of small-scale crises undoubtedly traumatic for those affected include dangerous flash floods which hit Washington D._C.. Area this month the subway was threatened with flooding motorists had to climb on top of their cars and wait for rescue while emergency services won't come uses to stay off the roads at the same time heavy rains in Japan goes flooding landslides and at least ten fatalities in Guadalajara title Hara north of Mexico City a summer hailstorm left ice piles two meters deep. Hell is not unknown in the city in Salvador stone lightness had no been seen before. Fortunately the storm seems to happen never night so no casualties were reported however nearly two hundred homes and businesses revolted hail damage and at least fifty vehicles swept away by the deluge of ice in many areas meanwhile anchorage coach in Alaska north of the Arctic suckle has been enjoying a heatwave temperatures reached thirty two degrees Centigrade ninety-five night which is a lot hotter than almost anywhere in England this summit of course you can't point to any of these events and say it proves climate change is happening but you can say that if climate change is real these are exactly the sorts of events that we would expect to see what's to be done. Do we ban all those plan to power stations and close down to the rest. How do we explain it to the billions of people whose daily lives it would be impossible that interesting tree-planting has mind-blowing blowing potential to tackle climate crisis according to the authors of a paper in the journal Science Taking Global Perspective they conclude that ecosystems could support an additional points nine billion hector's of continuous? Continuous forest this would represent a greater than twenty five percent increase in forested area including more than five hundred billion trees and more than two hundred gig tons of additional Cobb at maturity such a change has the potential to cut the atmospheric pool by about twenty five percent this highlights global tree restoration as our most effective climate change solution to date they say however climate change Ulta this potential tree coverage we estimate that if we cannot deviate from the current trajectory the global potential canopy cover may shrink by around two hundred twenty three million hectares by twenty fifty with a moss the vast majority of losses occurring in the tropics our results highlight the opportunity of climate change mitigation true global tree restoration but also the urgent need for action the bone challenge is an example of others thinking the same way the bomb challenge is a global effort to bring one hundred and fifty million hectares of the world's deforested degraded land into restoration by twenty twenty twenty three hundred fifty million hectares by twenty thirty it was lost in two thousand eleven by the government of Germany and the International Union for the conservation of nature and later endorsing extended the New York Declaration of forests at twenty fourteen U._n.. Climate Summit another organization is tree sisters. They say three sisters exists to elicit collective responsibility for plant restoration of the grass roots level with a focus on women and tropical reforestation. We are a growing global network of women who donate monthly to found the acceleration acceleration of tropical reforestation as an expression of collective planetary can out vision vision we envision a world in which it is no everyone to protect and restore our planet. I think we might all agree with that. There could be something even better than for its trapping carbon in the north east of Scotland is the flow country. The flow country is an area of deep peat dotted into bogue pools that forms the heart of the caithness and Sutherland peatlands covering about two hundred thousand hectares. It's more than twice the size of Oakley altogether. This corner of Scotland holds more on four hundred thousand hectares of blanket bog making it the largest expense of this remarkable wild habitats in Europe all green plants absorbed Cobb bunk such the atmosphere Mafia and use the carbon to build the plant structure. When the plants die the carbon is released back into the atmosphere unless the plant material is preserved in some way? That's why people are so so important as a defense against climate change because the most other plants don't decay boat's actors Akam store all common sink. It's a slow process. Forests can store carbon more quickly than peatland but most of it is released when the when the trees rot away or are burnt as fuel many peatlands have been growing undisturbed for thousands of years so although they cover just three percent of the world's land area they hold. Nearly thirty percent of all the carbon stored on land the flow countries peat bogs alone store about four hundred million tons more than double the amount in or Britain's wardrobes but if bob dries out the carbon will be released as carbon dioxide adding to the effects of climate change. It's been estimated that the carbon stored in Scotland's peatlands represents a hundred years worth of the country's emissions from burning fossil fuels it will be disastrous released clearly winning forest and we need our peak books we need to preserve them and to expand them when and where we can in Ireland there are three peat burning power stations. Somebody should tell them this week. President Donald Trump made a major statement on the environment claiming that the U._S. continued to be an environmental leader and was criticized for being economical with the truth for example he said today the United States is ranked. Listen to this number one in the world for access to clean drinking drinking-water ranked number one in the wells and later he said for the first time in thirty is we're in the process of strengthening national drinking water standards to protect vulnerable children from Ladan copper exposure something that has not been done and we're doing it N._B._C.. News Fact Jack responded the rule has been revised previously and the major overhaul trump is referring to has been in the works of the E._p._a.. For more than a decade aide as speech in which he touted his commitment to Clean Drinking Water omitted his administration's efforts to relax water safety regulations elsewhere troubles acclaimed since two thousand on on nations energy related carbon emissions have declined more than any other country on earth. Thank of that emissions are projected to drop in two thousand nineteen twenty twenty. I've not been able to find a complete series series but I found figures which show that U._S.. Emissions did indeed decline from two thousand to twenty fourteen given that the country's emissions per capita but greater than those for almost any other country. It's not surprising rising that the reduction has been significant in absolute terms. It has not been so significant percentage terms and still remains one of the highest in the world. The Washington Post reported that emissions actually rose by three point four percent in two thousand eighteen. You don't actually have to go far from home to find governments under five in action on climate change while the British government recently announced its intentions to achieve net zero carbon emissions by twenty fifty. The Committee on Climate Change issued a report this week warning that the U._k.. Government must show it is serious who is legal obligations to tackle unprepared for climate change you action to curb greenhouse. Gas Conditions is lagging far behind what is needed even to meet previous less stringent emissions targets it said over the past year. The government has delivered. Just one of twenty five critical policies needed to get emissions reductions back on track as linked to report on the blog. The committee chairman even went so far as to say that ministers were acting like the hapless characters dance army for overseas business. That's. Is a long running TV comedy about elderly pop time soldiers defending the whole front during the last war in response. The chair of the Environment Agency said we welcome the committee's as recognition that on draft strategy is taking the necessary ambitious steps needed to be a climate resilient nation. We will be working with government and our partners to finalize the strategy lakes at this year and will be taking the committee's advice into to account well as long as they do and in other news this week Muhammad Muhindo the secretary general of OPEC said he believed that the campaigns by groups like the schools trike is an extinction extinction rebellion could we the greatest threat to the fossil fuel industry Griffith Bumba welcomed his remarks as their biggest compliment yet. There's no doubt that governments and corporations taking notice inches next challenge to spur them into action. Maybe legal action is the spun off a new report from the Grantham Research Institute of the London School of economics finds it in the last twelve months climate change cases have been brought at least twenty eight countries around the will of the recorded cases northern three-quarters weaned found in the United States while most attendance at governments lawsuits are increasingly targeting reaching the highest greenhouse-gas-emitting companies climate change related claims are also being pursued by investors activists shows cities and states human rights are increasing the foundation for these legal actions actions but science demonstrating causality is increasingly accepted by judges the oldest walnut there is as yet insufficient evidence of the impacts of Climate Change Litigation but they they believe it could encourage private companies and investors to give greater consideration to climate risk in energy news that continue to be problems phlegm all deal site of E._d._F.'s new nuclear capacitation your remember that it's a new design the same as the plot visibility at Hinkley C in."
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