[GWSG] E Ant. melt; net zero savings; yellow vests; yellow to green?; Arctic losing ice; corps. underestimate cc

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Wed Dec 12 09:15:04 EST 2018

1. We knew that Totten Glacier in the East Antarctic is losing mass because relatively warm currents are undermining it. Now it is clear that neighboring glaciers are caught in the same process. https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46517396

Catherine Walker: "East Antarctica has generally been regarded as boring to scientists looking for change"<https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-46517396>
Nasa detects the first signs of significant melting in a swathe of previously quiet ice streams.

2. Net-zero energy homes pay for their advantages quickly even in cities as far north as Detroit and Columbus. A map from the Rocky Mountain Institute shows the pay-off period for thirty cities. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10122018/net-zero-energy-efficiency-home-infographic-solar-pay-off-years-midwest-detroit-chicago-columbus

Net-Zero Energy Homes Pay Off Faster Than You Think—Even in Chilly Midwest | InsideClimate News<https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10122018/net-zero-energy-efficiency-home-infographic-solar-pay-off-years-midwest-detroit-chicago-columbus>
A Pulitzer Prize-winning, non-profit, non-partisan news organization dedicated to covering climate change, energy and the environment.

3. Reactionary pressure from the wealthy is on show at Katowice as the US and others obstruct progress, but the yellow vest demonstrations in France in reaction to proposed increases in the price of auto fuel come from the poor and working classes.  Climate action must be planned with the needs and points of view of all economic classes considered. https://www.zilient.org/article/opinion-french-protests-show-green-world-must-be-fair-too?source=20181211_inequality&utm_medium=email&utm_source=rfresilience&utm_campaign=20181211_inequality&utm_content=8+-+%0A%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09

Opinion: French protests show a green world must be fair too<https://www.zilient.org/article/opinion-french-protests-show-green-world-must-be-fair-too?source=20181211_inequality&utm_medium=email&utm_source=rfresilience&utm_campaign=20181211_inequality&utm_content=8+-+%0A%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09%09>
The climate movement must talk to other groups that will be affected by the policies it advocates, experts say

4. Green taxes (now introduced in 40 countries) must be planned to avoid penalizing the poor—and be presented clearly as such. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-46522126

President Macron says he is 'partly responsible' for the 'insufficient response' to the yellow vest protests<https://www.bbc.com/news/world-46522126>
Has President Macron's controversial fuel tax set back carbon taxes globally?

Trump with his bluster about keeping coal can be more easily shouted down or ignored than the French protesters. Arguably, part of the reason we are suffering Trump in the first place is reactionary anger from down the economic scale, and part of that reaction comes from climate change pressures. Social justice is a fundamental requirement for effective climate action. Perhaps the admirable climate action of Scandinavian countries is aided by their greater social justice, though recent Swedish politics shows that climate immigration remains a problem. (So do the immigration strains in Germany, Hungary, England, and Italy—not to mention the anticipatory hysteria in the US.)  Does the answer not lie in the difficult task of planning for adaptation and, if need be, for equitable resettlement?

5. The Arctic has lost 95% of its oldest ice, and that means that it will be more susceptible to hot spells in the summer as heat no longer reflects from the ice into space but is absorbed by the dark water. The pace of global warming will accelerate, with cascading effects such as increased methane from melting permafrost. https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/12/11/arctic-is-even-worse-shape-than-you-realize/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6dfb688a42a8

The Arctic Ocean has lost 95 percent of its oldest ice — a startling sign of what’s to come - The Washington Post<https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/12/11/arctic-is-even-worse-shape-than-you-realize/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.6dfb688a42a8>
The deep danger of a dark Arctic Ocean. This process of reverse-aging, scientists say, is all headed to a crucial moment — when all of the ice in the Arctic will be thin and a year old or less.

6. A study published in Nature of corporate disclosures by 1,630 companies shows that they greatly underestimate the impact of climate change. http://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2018/12/corporate-planning-for-future-climate-change-is-stuck-in-a-business-as-usual-past/
Corporate planning for future climate change is stuck in a business-as-usual past | Anthropocene - anthropocenemagazine.org<http://www.anthropocenemagazine.org/2018/12/corporate-planning-for-future-climate-change-is-stuck-in-a-business-as-usual-past/>
Heat waves that increase server farms’ air conditioning costs. Hurricanes and typhoons that disrupt global supply chains. Climate change is, quite literally, risky business.

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