The UK government’s Committee on Climate Change is running a series of webinars on Paths to Net Zero Carbon , beginning on January 14th and continuing each week. You have to register in order to be sent the link.
Record breaking numbers of activists arrested on last year’s Extinction Rebellion demonstrations are being prosecuted, in one of the biggest crackdowns on protest in British legal history. The Home Secretary Priti Patel has described Extinction Rebellion activists as terrorists, and this view may be animating the unprecedented scale of the prosecutions.
Data just released by the EU’s Copernicus Climate Change Service (“Europe’s eyes on Earth”) show that globally, 2020 was very close to equalling the 2016 record for warmest year since records began, and that in Europe, temperatures were 1.6 degrees Centigrade above the 1980-2010 average — a record. In northern Siberia, the increase was dramatic — nearly 7 degrees.
On a planetary scale, it takes many years to reach a new temperature equilibrium after a change in CO2 levels. If and when we reach net zero carbon emissions, for how how many years will temperatures continue to rise? New answers (reported in the Guardian on 7-1-21) suggest that it may be as little as 20 years — and that temperatures might then start to fall.
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Friends of the Earth assess the 10 points of the UK government’s green industrial plan (18th November 2020)
The Guardian’s envirnment correspondent assesses the strength of the agreement five years on from its signing, at the moment (8 December 2020) when the signatories are meant to be upping their commitments to reduce their carbon emissions.
but will we make the effort? A report from the authoritative organisation Climate Action Tracker finds that if we all reach net zero carbon by 2050, the temperature rise would be no more than 2.1 degrees.
A UN report finds that production plans for fossil fuels directly contradict commitments made under the Paris Climate Accord. See the Guardian article from 2-12-2020 covering this, including a shocking graph showing, in order of decreasing size, planned production, pledged production and production compatible with keeping below a 2 degree increase.
António Guterres says that “humanity is waging war on nature” in a stark message reported in the Guardian on 2-12-20.