[GWSG] Harm to whom?; bad Bureau; C costs in Canada; cc threats to gvt.; who pays for SLR?; Stern survey; demand side measures

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Fri Oct 26 08:55:31 EDT 2018

1. In asking for the Supreme Court’s writ of mandamus against the Children’s Trust case, the government has argued that they will be irreparably harmed if the case were to be allowed to proceed to trial. The children are arguing that they stand in danger of imminent irreparable harm if the government continues to fail to ensure them a livable environment. https://www.climateliabilitynews.org/2018/10/22/supreme-court-climate-case-kids/

Kids argue to Supreme Court to keep climate case on track<https://www.climateliabilitynews.org/2018/10/22/supreme-court-climate-case-kids/>
The young plaintiffs in the landmark climate case against the federal government ask the Supreme Court to lifts its stay and let their trial proceed.

2. The Farm Bureau has been in steady opposition to climate action—that is, in opposition to the best interests of famers, and in the interests of the fossil fuel industry. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/24102018/farm-bureau-climate-change-denial-farmers-crop-insurance-subsidies-drought-future-at-risk

How the Farm Bureau’s Climate Agenda Is Failing Its Farmers<https://insideclimatenews.org/news/24102018/farm-bureau-climate-change-denial-farmers-crop-insurance-subsidies-drought-future-at-risk>
That agenda has left farmers ill-prepared to cope with effects of climate change—droughts, heat and storms—while neglecting a key climate solution.

3. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is imposing a carbon tax on the four Canadian provinces which have resisted devising their own plans. Most of the proceeds from the tax will return to the citizens, more than offsetting the anticipated costs in higher fuel bills. Canada now has a price on carbon.  https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-most-families-will-get-rebates-from-new-carbon-tax-trudeau-says/

Most families will get rebates from new carbon tax ...<https://www.theglobeandmail.com/politics/article-most-families-will-get-rebates-from-new-carbon-tax-trudeau-says/>
Welcome to The Globe and Mail’s comment community. This is a space where subscribers can engage with each other and Globe staff. We aim to create a safe and valuable space for discussion and debate.

4. Governments may weaken as climate pressures mount, impairing disaster response capacity. The governments could increasingly represent the interests of developers and those who would profit from the general disorder, and inequality would increase. Knowledge of the threat is the beginning of effective resistance. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/10/climate-change-damaging-american-democracy/573769/

Trump, Climate Change, and the Future of U.S. Democracy ...<https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/10/climate-change-damaging-american-democracy/573769/>
Major disasters and challenging long-term weather conditions are weakening local governments, increasing racial and class inequality, and reducing trust in government.

5. Is the government liable for the costs you incur from climate change? The answer is unclear, though a federal ruling holds that government inaction is not enough to support a claim for compensation. (Summer Haven, south of St. Augustine, is a community along a stretch of AIA which has fallen into the ocean; they are the ones mentioned in the article who have been trying to sue the government to maintain the access to their homes.) https://www.theinvadingsea.com/2018/10/17/is-government-obliged-to-compensate-property-owners-damaged-by-climate-change-and-sea-level-rise/

Is government obliged to compensate property owners ...<https://www.theinvadingsea.com/2018/10/17/is-government-obliged-to-compensate-property-owners-damaged-by-climate-change-and-sea-level-rise/>
Hurricane Michael has given us another lesson in what life will be like in Florida as climate change and sea-level rise worsen. It’s hard to dispute that a warmer Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean is fueling stronger storms and higher sea levels.

6. Todd Stern, chief US negotiator for the Paris Agreement, outlines the indications of solid movement toward a post-carbon world. The major hurdles remaining are educational and political. https://e360.yale.edu/features/the-essential-front-in-the-climate-battle-altering-public-attitudes

How to Shift Public Attitudes and Win the Global Climate ...<https://e360.yale.edu/features/the-essential-front-in-the-climate-battle-altering-public-attitudes>
The world is making progress in decarbonizing economies, but not nearly fast enough, says the former U.S. chief climate negotiator. Here he spells out what forces must come together to marshal the public and political will needed to tackle climate change.

7.  Limiting warming to 1.5C should be approached through demand side measures such as limiting vehicle speeds and providing more public transportation, as well as through a transition to renewable energy.  https://phys.org/news/2018-10-limit-global-degrees.html

Can we limit global warming to 1.5 degrees C? - phys.org<https://phys.org/news/2018-10-limit-global-degrees.html>
Efforts to combat climate change tend to focus on supply-side changes, such as shifting to renewable or cleaner energy. In a Special Issue in the Energy Efficiency Journal that follows the IPCC ...

“Demand-side approaches for limiting global warming to 1.5C,” a summary of the contents of this special issue of Energy Efficiency, is available to open access. “. . .a better understanding and integration of demand-side mitigation strategies may help to reduce or remove reliance on large-scale CDR options or (even more controversial) solar radiation management technologies.” (CDR is the removal of carbon dioxide, notably through capturing and sequestering carbon from the burning of biofuels: BECCS.) Building codes, sufficiently high carbon prices, dietary changes, and a range of efficiency regulations are among the measures discussed.  https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12053-018-9722-9

Demand-side approaches for limiting global warming to 1.5 ...<https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs12053-018-9722-9>
Abstract. The Paris Climate Agreement defined an ambition of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C above preindustrial levels. This has triggered research on stringent emission reduction targets and corresponding mitigation pathways across energy economy and societal systems.

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