[GWSG] Poetry project; Bangkok meeting; OSHA heat guidelines; a cool $26t; or else; models too weak; changing the Sahara's climate

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Fri Sep 7 09:31:23 EDT 2018

1. The Dark Snow project in Greenland and 350.org are collaborating on a project to film a joint poetic presentation on climate. The poets Kathy Jetnil-Kijner of the Marshall Islands and Aka Morch Pederson of Greenland expect to have their video available September 12. Meanwhile, the link has a six-minute video of Jetnil-Kilner’s poem about the ocean’s advance on a concrete dome covering the radioactive waste from the H-bomb tests which destroyed Eniwetok Atoll. https://climatecrocks.com/2018/08/31/dark-snow-project-brings-pacific-poetics-to-greenland/

Dark Snow Project Brings Pacific Poetics to Greenland ...<https://climatecrocks.com/2018/08/31/dark-snow-project-brings-pacific-poetics-to-greenland/>
We’ve completed a major portion of Dark Snow Project’s work in Greenland for 2018. In collaboration with 350.org, Dark Snow facilitated an unlikely collaboration between poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, of the Marshall Islands, and Greenlandic poet/activist Aka Morch Pederson. The basic idea was ...

2. UN climate delegates have been meeting this week in Bangkok to prepare for this fall’s Poland conference. Developed nations generally are not being aggressive with emissions reductions or with support for less developed nations. https://mailchi.mp/climatehome/bangkok-bulletin-no-ones-talking-about-ambition?e=5868e97cf3

Megan Darby’s updated blog for Sept. 7 does not indicate much movement. The Latin America-Caribbean region has been crippled by controversies surrounding Venezuela. https://mailchi.mp/climatehome/bangkok-bulletin-all-night-talks-planned?e=5868e97cf3 The main problem is refugees from Venezuela's economic crisis. The situation reminds us that we need to plan for climate refugees if we are to avoid paralysis in a degrading climate.

The US has been joined by Australia and Japan in moves to weaken finance guidelines. https://reneweconomy.com.au/australia-gets-out-the-wrecking-ball-again-in-international-climate-talks-17099/?utm_source=RE+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=6cdf11de51-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_07_02_04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_46a1943223-6cdf11de51-40325881

3. The growing health risk from working in extreme heat has led Public Citizen to propose protective OSHA standards. https://www.citizen.org/sites/default/files/extreme_heat_and_unprotected_workers.pdf

4. A group of former heads of governments, finance ministers, and business leaders has released an analysis concluding that climate action within the next 2-3 years has the potential to produce $26 trillion in benefits by 2030. https://www.fastcompany.com/90230359/fighting-climate-change-could-boost-the-global-economy-by-26-trillion?utm_source=EHN&utm_campaign=40549caac8-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8573f35474-40549caac8-99031877

The press release from the Global Commission links to the report itself.  https://newclimateeconomy.net/content/press-release-bold-climate-action-could-deliver-us26-trillion-2030-finds-global-commission
Press Release: Bold Climate Action Could Deliver US$26 Trillion to 2030, Finds Global Commission | New Climate Economy | Commission on the Economy and Climate<https://newclimateeconomy.net/content/press-release-bold-climate-action-could-deliver-us26-trillion-2030-finds-global-commission>
BOLD CLIMATE ACTION COULD DELIVER US$26 TRILLION TO 2030, FINDS GLOBAL COMMISSIONNew report aims to galvanise action by economic and financial leaders in government and the private sector.

5. Conversely, an Australian study concludes that “Failure to act on climate will cost trillions, trash global economies.” https://reneweconomy.com.au/failure-to-act-on-climate-will-cost-trillions-trash-global-economies-59327/?utm_source=RE+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=83c1ee6766-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_06_04_47&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_46a1943223-83c1ee6766-40325881

Failure to act on climate will cost trillions, trash global economies<https://reneweconomy.com.au/failure-to-act-on-climate-will-cost-trillions-trash-global-economies-59327/?utm_source=RE+Daily+Newsletter&utm_campaign=83c1ee6766-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_09_06_04_47&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_46a1943223-83c1ee6766-40325881>
Three new reports say governments can either act now on climate, and reap trillions of dollars in benefits – or miss the window and put a wrecking-ball to GDPs.

6. A period of warming 56 million years ago was more severe than our models indicate it should have been.  That is a warning that the effects of the warming to come may be greater than we anticipate. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180906082126.htm
Global warming: Worrying lessons from the past<https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180906082126.htm>
Fifty-six million years ago, Earth experienced an exceptional episode of global warming. Within 10,000 to 20,000 years, the average temperature increased by 5 to 8 degrees, only returning to its original level a few hundred thousand years later. Based on the analysis of sediments from the southern slope of the Pyrenees, researchers measured the impact of this warming on river floods and the surrounding landscapes. Their conclusions show that the consequences of such global warming may have been much greater than predicted by current climate models.

7. Deploying wind turbines and solar farms in the Sahara would increase rain and enhance plant growth—that is, improve the Sahara’s climate. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-wind-solar-farms-precipitation-20180906-story.html

Wind and solar farms can make their own weather, including extra rain over the Sahara<http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-wind-solar-farms-precipitation-20180906-story.html>
You already know that using solar and wind power can influence the climate by reducing our dependence on heat-trapping fossil fuels. Now scientists say these renewable forms of energy can change the climate more directly — and do it in ways that might surprise you.

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