[GWSG] 415 ppm; Ant. melt x 6; flying e-taxi; LA adaptation plan; climate greed; right occupation

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Fri May 17 09:39:18 EDT 2019

1. CO2 is now just over 415 parts per million, a level last seen over 3 million years ago, before our first human ancestor homo habilis appeared 2.8 mya. https://phys.org/news/2019-05-million-co2-historic-high.html
415.26 parts per million: CO2 levels hit historic high - phys.org<https://phys.org/news/2019-05-million-co2-historic-high.html>
The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii, which has tracked atmospheric CO2 levels since the late 1950s, on Saturday morning detected 415.26 parts per million (ppm).

2. Melting of Antarctic ice sheets has increased five-fold since the 1990s and six-fold since the 1980s. Thinning is in progress in half the glacier basins of the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers of the West Antarctic. The new study should provide a new basis for sea level rise estimates. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/16/thinning-of-antarctic-ice-sheets-spreading-inland-rapidly-study
‘Extraordinary thinning’ of ice sheets revealed deep inside Antarctica<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/16/thinning-of-antarctic-ice-sheets-spreading-inland-rapidly-study>
New research shows affected areas are losing ice five times faster than in the 1990s, with more than 100m of thickness gone in some places

3. German start-up Lillium has successfully tested a five-person electric air taxi. It takes off vertically, has a 186 mile range, and makes a fifth the noise of a helicopter. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/may/16/electric-flying-taxi-prototype-unveiled-by-german-start-up
Electric 'flying taxi' prototype unveiled by German start-up<https://www.theguardian.com/science/2019/may/16/electric-flying-taxi-prototype-unveiled-by-german-start-up>
Lilium says electric jet-powered five-seater aircraft could be in service by 2025

4. Louisiana has identified those areas most at risk from flooding and is offering incentives and support to help populations relocate, as well as proposing measures to support those who choose to stay. The plan offers support to those communities which will receive dislocated people. Thanks to Ed Brock for the good news. https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-louisiana-strategic-plan/
Louisiana Unveils Plan to Deal With Climate Change, Coastal Flooding - bloomberg.com<https://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2019-louisiana-strategic-plan/>
As climate change carves up Louisiana’s coast, the state has a first-of-its-kind plan to help its most flood-prone communities. It could be a model for the nation.

5.  Some people are exploiting the climate crisis for a profit. Jostling for oil in a heating Arctic is a grisly example. Should it be legal to inflate the price of a drug to treat dengue fever when you know the mosquitos which inflict it are following the rising heat from the tropics to the US? https://newrepublic.com/article/153891/people-allowed-get-rich-global-warming
Should People Be Allowed to Get Rich on Global Warming? | The New Republic<https://newrepublic.com/article/153891/people-allowed-get-rich-global-warming>
The Trump administration does not usually acknowledge the reality of climate change. But it’s willing to make exceptions in certain cases—namely, where it sees that the coming planetary ...

If you know that water supplies are dwindling, should you be able to privatize aquifers, as Jeb Bush suggested? If you know people are going to have to move inland, should you be able to gain control of the high land and homes they will need to occupy, as hedge funds are said to be doing in central Florida? Should we not be nationalizing the oil companies, the grossest example of profiteering from climate catastrophe?

6. Jay Inslee’s expanded climate plan is intended to produce profits as it creates jobs. We may ethically profit from climate solutions. It is the difference between right occupation and the exercise of blind greed.
Inslee's new climate plan would create 8 million jobs over 10 years - thinkprogress.org<https://thinkprogress.org/inslee-2020-campaign-climate-plan-labor-workers-jobs/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tp-letters>
Inslee drops new climate plan focused on creating 8 million jobs over 10 years The Evergreen Economy Plan spells out how a just transition could function in harmony with a clean energy jobs push.

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