[GWSG] CA's satellite; Gaia 2.0; U coalition; CA-UN C market; CA's neutrality goal; hunger begins to inch back up

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Mon Sep 17 10:55:51 EDT 2018

1. California is launching its own satellite to track greenhouse gasses, including carbon dioxide and methane leakage from oil and gas production, and could make its findings public. John Kerry, Al Gore, and other prominent people voiced their fears and hopes at the Global Climate Action Summit. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/14/john-kerry-climate-change-california-summit

California to launch its 'own damn satellite' to track greenhouse gases<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/14/john-kerry-climate-change-california-summit>
Announcement at climate summit comes after former US secretary of state John Kerry warns that international action is slowing

2. The Gaia hypothesis considers the earth as a single, self-regulating system. Now fifty years old, the approach has been given some tweaks as Gaia 2.0 in Science magazine. The earth is becoming self-aware, both through growing human consciousness of our embeddedness in the web of life and through our technology. We now have the capacity to detect and correct such defects of our impact on the planet as climate change. We might seek stability through sequential selection: “situations where life destabilises the environment tend to be short-lived and result in further change until a stable situation emerges, which then tends to persist.” https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180913142050.htm
Famous theory of the living Earth upgraded to 'Gaia 2.0'<https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/09/180913142050.htm>
A new twist has been given to the 'Gaia' theory that aims to explain why conditions on Earth have remained stable enough for life to evolve over billions of years.

The article itself (which is brief and readable) assigns science the crucial role of developing and maintaining an infrastructure of sensors which will deliver the information on which corrective action can be based. http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6407/1066

Gaia 2.0<http://science.sciencemag.org/content/361/6407/1066>
</br>![][1]</img> The commercial Earth observation satellite WorldView-4 has been providing high-resolution imagery since its launch in 2016 from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. PHOTO: LOCKHEED MARTIN According to Lovelock and Margulis's Gaia hypothesis, living things are part of a planetary-scale self-regulating system that has maintained habitable conditions for the past 3.5 billion years ([ 1 ][2], [ 2 ][3]). Gaia has operated without foresight or planning on the part of organisms, but the evolution of humans and their technology are changing that. Earth has now entered a new epoch called the Anthropocene ([ 3 ][4]), and humans are beginning to become aware of the global consequences of their actions. As a result, deliberate self-regulation—from personal action to global geoengineering schemes—is either happening or imminently possible. Making such conscious choices to operate within Gaia constitutes a fundamental new state of Gaia, which we call Gaia 2.0. By emphasizing the agency of life-for

3. Janet Napolitano, President of the U of CA system, and Kristina Johnson, chancellor of the SUNY system, have joined with sixteen other university entities to form the University Climate Change Coalition. Their mission is to assist businesses and local governments as they act to deal with climate change. They are also pioneering decarbonization on their own campuses. https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2018/09/17/universities-should-lead-efforts-slow-climate-change-if-federal-government-wont/?utm_term=.be8cc1bbfc63

Perspective | Universities should lead efforts to slow climate change, if the federal government won’t<https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2018/09/17/universities-should-lead-efforts-slow-climate-change-if-federal-government-wont/?utm_term=.be8cc1bbfc63>
Two former Obama administration officials -- now leaders of state university systems -- argue that higher education can, and should, play a crucial role in environmental leadership.

4. California and the European Union are joining in a coordinated carbon market. The price of carbon in the EU market has tripled in the past year, indicating that the initial problems have been largely overcome. https://www.forbes.com/sites/davekeating/2018/09/17/california-and-the-eu-cement-their-climate-alliance-bypassing-washington/#490fe9de2ed2

5. A chart showing California’s emissions by sector and another with the global emissions tracks necessary to achieve a 2/3 chance of avoiding warming over 2C illustrate the task and necessity of achieving carbon neutrality. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/sep/17/california-plans-to-show-the-world-how-to-meet-the-paris-climate-target

California plans to show the world how to meet the Paris climate target | Dana Nuccitelli<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2018/sep/17/california-plans-to-show-the-world-how-to-meet-the-paris-climate-target>
Dana Nuccitelli: Governor Jerry Brown signed an executive order for statewide carbon neutrality by 2045

6. Since 2000 the UN has been on a successful campaign to promote global prosperity, including the goal of eliminating hunger. Climate change is beginning to undermine their work. https://www.axios.com/climate-change-global-hunger-united-nations-8a95b201-fb02-4ee7-92f3-8369eed6abf7.html

How climate change is driving global hunger<https://www.axios.com/climate-change-global-hunger-united-nations-8a95b201-fb02-4ee7-92f3-8369eed6abf7.html>
The number of undernourished people around the globe increased to nearly 821 million in 2017.

Ending world hunger is the second of the UN’s sustainable Development Goals set in 2000. Click on Zero Hunger (or any of the other sixteen goals) for an overview.  https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/poverty/

Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere - United ...<https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/poverty/>
United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - Time for Global Action for People and Planet

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