[GWSG] New Global Deal for Nature; biodiversity report; Inslee's proposal; vs. the GND; Sinking Cities

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Sun May 5 09:28:12 EDT 2019

1. A proposed Global Deal for Nature would set various degrees of protection for 30% of the earth’s surface by 2030 and put further restrictions on another 20%. The effect would be to sequester enough carbon to make it more possible to keep warming to 1.5C, and to preserve biodiversity, avoiding some severe and even permanent damage to ecosystems. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/19042019/global-deal-nature-climate-change-wildlife-biodiversity-targets-tundra-forest-soil-carbon-sequestration-study

Saving Ecosystems to Protect the Climate, and Vice Versa: a Global Deal for Nature | InsideClimate News<https://insideclimatenews.org/news/19042019/global-deal-nature-climate-change-wildlife-biodiversity-targets-tundra-forest-soil-carbon-sequestration-study>
A new study explores how to prevent a sixth great extinction and stop climate change at the same time. Forests, tundra and other ecosystems play critical roles. For years, experts in conservation ...

2. A UN report to be released Monday warns that current threats to biodiversity endanger our supply of food and water. Up to a million species are facing extinction.  “We should be hopeful that we have a window of opportunity to do something about it over these two years.” A world conference at the end of 2020 will set new biodiversity goals. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/03/climate-crisis-is-about-to-put-humanity-at-risk-un-scientists-warn

Biodiversity crisis is about to put humanity at risk, UN scientists to warn | Environment | The Guardian<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/03/climate-crisis-is-about-to-put-humanity-at-risk-un-scientists-warn>
Students protest in Adelaide. UN experts warned people alive today are at risk unless urgent action is taken. Photograph: Kelly Barnes/EPA The world’s leading scientists will warn the planet’s ...

3. As Governor of Washington, Jaye Inslee achieved in passing an ambitious climate action program this year. As presidential candidate, he is proposing the most detailed general program yet for national action. https://thinkprogress.org/inslee-climate-change-plan-beto-2020-95434dc28faf/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tp-letters

Inslee rolls out sweeping climate plan in 2020 campaign<https://thinkprogress.org/inslee-climate-change-plan-beto-2020-95434dc28faf/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tp-letters>
Climate candidate Inslee rolls out sweeping proposal for tackling global warming Inslee's plan is likely to push the metrics offered by other candidates as climate change becomes a hot-button ...

4. Inslee’s proposed climate program is the first part of a comprehensive plan which includes ending subsidies for fossil fuels, restoring our role in the Paris accord, and attacking such peripheral but potent greenhouse gasses as the hydrofluorocarbons. https://grist.org/article/a-tale-of-two-washingtons-how-jay-inslee-aims-to-take-his-climate-plan-nationwide/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily

A tale of two Washingtons: How Jay Inslee aims to take his climate plan nationwide | Grist<https://grist.org/article/a-tale-of-two-washingtons-how-jay-inslee-aims-to-take-his-climate-plan-nationwide/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily>
On a recent spring evening in Seattle, a crowd of nearly 1,000 gathered for a glimpse at one of the Democratic Party’s rising stars. When Washington Governor Jay Inslee bounded on stage, the ...

If you notice Inslee being a little testy on the topic of the Green New Deal, it is because his proposal in its specificity goes far beyond the general goals of the Green New Deal while it serves them. Inslee is anxious that his proposal not be equated to the Green New Deal.

5. The PBS series Sinking Cities ran last fall. In one-hour installments it profiled the flooding faced by New York, London, Tokyo, and Miami. The most at-risk is Miami. New York wins the prize for the most outrageous protection project, a twenty-foot wall called The Big U around the southern part of Manhattan. Thanks to Mary Emerson-Smith for the link. https://www.pbs.org/video/sinking-cities-miami-bcdxzj/

Sinking Cities: Miami<https://www.pbs.org/video/sinking-cities-miami-bcdxzj/>
Miami is beloved for its beaches and waterfront homes and businesses. See how engineers and planners are trying to protect Miami from rising seas and ever-more-frequent and violent storm surges that could destroy the city’s tourist and business economy.

Jacksonville, FL’s PBS station WJCT is holding a discussion of the series on June 4. https://www.wjct.org/events/sinkingcities/?fbclid=IwAR1zxYy9ID8HOF1ffX3S48fwFAa2Ktqgdnu58gGrokpsbI1JxF6rVdIcq-E

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