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Climate crisis — It’s not just that we’re not doing enough, we’re making things far worse, far faster

Seven indicators reveal how we’re making things worse – And the “we” includes all of us.

No 2409 Posted by fw, January 4, 2019

Thomas Lewis

“The secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, told the climate change conference in Poland now in session, ‘We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change.’ He went on to say, as hundreds of scientists and bureaucrats before him have said, that we are not doing enough. But he’s dead wrong about that. We are not doing anything. We are making it worse, faster. In part by jetting hundreds and thousands of people hither and yon around the world to conduct endless air-conditioned meetings on what we might think about doing, if we were ever going to do anything.”Tom Lewis, The Daily Impact

About Thomas Lewis – Author, broadcaster, public speaker, advocate of sustainable living and Editor of The Daily Impact. “… a superb writer, with a startling command of the historian’s art and powerful interest in the moral aspects that history has always claimed.” —The Los Angeles Times

Below is a slightly abridged* repost of Lewis’s recent piece, featuring some added, bracketed headings. *Note — I omitted Tom’s closing paragraph, which you can read by clicking on the following linked title to his complete article.

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It’s Too Late to Brace for Impact by Tom Lewis, The Daily Impact, December 10, 2018

Here, in the 18th year of the New Millennium, the 28th Year of Our Internet (delivering unlimited information to all), and the 30th year of the Great Harangue over Climate Change (dating it from James Hansen’s testimony to the Senate), this is where we are:

  1. [Emissions increasing faster] –The world’s emissions of greenhouse gases — the kinds of pollution that trap solar radiation like greenhouse windows and heat the climate — not only increased in 2018, but increased faster, setting a new all time record — despite the wildly hyped growth of “renewable” energy sources — according to two new studies published last week. Scientists said the emissions’ growth and the resulting acceleration of climate change, resembles a “speeding freight train.”
  2. [Oil consumption up again] — The world’s people bought more cars, and drove them farther, in 2018 than in any year in history, driving oil consumption up for the fifth consecutive year despite the advent of hybrid and electric vehicles.
  3. [Trump still in denial] — In November the Trump White House published findings by 13 Federal agencies and hundreds of scientists concluding that climate change is well under way and will cost the economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century. Never mind the millions of deaths, the migrations, the homelessness, the dislocations — we have to put a dollar value on it to pay any attention to it. Asked what he thought of the report, President Trump said “I don’t believe it.”
  4. [IPCC’s alarming report] — In October the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued an alarming report warning that greenhouse gas emissions are rising so fast that they will cause widespread food shortages, wildfires, coastal flooding and population displacement, not by the end of the century, but by 2040. One of the latest studies — the “speeding freight train” one — says all those effects may be seen by 2030. That would be just over 11 years from now
  5. [COP24 fails to adopt IPCC report] — Last week, the Climate Change Conference  meeting in Poland — this is among other things the conference of 200 nations that agreed to and is trying to implement the Paris Agreement on how to combat climate change — refused to adopt the October IPCC report on objections by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Kuwait. Thus what one major international UN organization had concluded about the facts of climate change were deliberately ignored by another major international UN organization working on climate change.
  6. [Protests force France to cancel fuel tax] — Last week, France cancelled a planned increase in taxation of fossil fuels, part of a four year effort to reduce carbon emissions and slow global warming. Carbon taxes have long been advocated as one of the few effective things government could do to reduce emissions. The prospect of this tax ignited violent protests by thousands of so-called “yellow vest” demonstrators who threatened to destabilize the country, and continue to do so after the cancellation of the fuel tax.
  7. [Endless jet-set COP meetings contribute to emissions] – see next paragraph for explanation.

The secretary general of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, told the climate change conference in Poland now in session, “We are in trouble. We are in deep trouble with climate change.” He went on to say, as hundreds of scientists and bureaucrats before him have said, that we are not doing enough. But he’s dead wrong about that. We are not doing anything. We are making it worse, faster. In part by jetting hundreds and thousands of people hither and yon around the world to conduct endless air-conditioned meetings on what we might think about doing, if we were ever going to do anything.  

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