[GWSG] Sustainable in Stockholm; ending gas cars; planning time; China's new coal; the right words; how to slow transition?

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Thu Oct 4 09:13:27 EDT 2018

1.   Stockholm’s Hammarby Stojstad is a former industrial area reformed into a sustainable community with 25,000 residents. It aspires to generate zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, ten years ahead of Sweden’s general schedule. It is not a perfect model, but it is a start. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45564514

The Swedish wasteland that's now a sustainability star ...<https://www.bbc.com/news/business-45564514>
Stockholm is home to one of the world's most famous eco-neighbourhoods, Hammarby Sjöstad. But does it really offer a template for green urban living that can be replicated in other fast-growing ...

2. Denmark’s prime minister announced that in twelve years no more new diesel or gas cars will be sold in the country. Norway will end all such sales in seven years. https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/02/no-more-gasoline-diesel-car-sales-in-denmark-by-2030/

No More Gasoline & Diesel Car Sales In Denmark By 2030 ...<https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/02/no-more-gasoline-diesel-car-sales-in-denmark-by-2030/>
Lars Løkke Rasmussen announced that a promised air- and climate plan will be revealed next week which presumably will reveal more details on how a boost in sales of plug-in vehicles will be ...

3. Our national parks are threatened, our electric grid is inadequate to coming needs, and we are on the verge of the need to relocate millions of citizens. It is time for some serious planning. https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/02/hohum-climate-change-will-devastate-national-parks-impact-electrical-grids-spur-mass-migration-in-the-us/

#HoHum. Climate Change Will Devastate National Parks ...<https://cleantechnica.com/2018/10/02/hohum-climate-change-will-devastate-national-parks-impact-electrical-grids-spur-mass-migration-in-the-us/>
For a hoax invented by the Chinese, climate change is having some very real impacts on the United States and its people. As the evidence grows that the Earth will continue to get warmer ...

4. In 2014 the Chinese government decentralized approval for new coal plants. Regional authorities have authorized 259 GW of new capacity, about the total of US coal power. https://climatecrocks.com/2018/10/03/is-china-hiding-a-renegade-coal-tsunami/

Is China Hiding a Renegade “Coal Tsunami”? | Climate ...<https://climatecrocks.com/2018/10/03/is-china-hiding-a-renegade-coal-tsunami/>
The Mountains are high, and the Emperor is far away. - Chinese Proverb Connections between the Chinese Central Government in Beijing and the people has historically been weak, with much regional autonomy and little loyalty. The proverb has thus come to generally mean that central authorities have little influence over local affairs, and it is…

5.  The IPCC, meeting in South Korea to approve a statement on mitigation, is struggling to find language adequate to the situation. The graphic at the beginning of the article makes the point with no words at all. https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/10/03/climate-scientists-are-struggling-find-right-words-very-bad-news/?utm_term=.347252ed413d

Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words ...<https://www.washingtonpost.com/energy-environment/2018/10/03/climate-scientists-are-struggling-find-right-words-very-bad-news/?utm_term=.347252ed413d>
A much-awaited report from the U.N.'s top climate science panel shows a dramatic gap between professed goals and where the planet currently stands.

6. Almost everyone wants 100% renewable energy. The fossil fuel industry is struggling to find propaganda terms to slow down the transition. It’s just not wise, not technically feasible, too expensive, or impossible. When that doesn’t work, they try to convince people that they are really behind renewable energy and then to slip in ways to slow down its adoption—say, with carbon capture schemes. https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/9/14/17853884/utilities-renewable-energy-100-percent-public-opinion

100% renewable energy: the public wants it, and quick - Vox<https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/9/14/17853884/utilities-renewable-energy-100-percent-public-opinion>
Renewable energy is hot. It has incredible momentum, not only in terms of deployment and costs but in terms of public opinion and cultural cachet.

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