[GWSG] SLR marks; blocking actions; racing to 0; getting off CH4; bankruptcy prospects; GND books; relocation strategy

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Fri Oct 11 09:41:31 EDT 2019

1. Markings on the wall of a Spanish cave show that during the Pliocene Epoch, when the earth was 1 or 2C hotter than today and about what it should be at the end of the century if we get busy but not quite busy enough, the ocean was about 16 meters, 52.5 feet, higher than it is today. Thanks to Lad Hawkins for the story. https://www.sciencenewsdigital.org/sciencenews/september_28__2019/MobilePagedArticle.action?articleId=1521397#articleId1521397

2. An overview of the fossil fuel industry’s campaign to prevent climate action over the last generation shows a consistent pattern of cynical, lying manipulation. It’s worth getting mad about all over again. These guys need to be bound and gagged, and their resources directed to something useful.  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/10/vested-interests-public-against-climate-science-fossil-fuel-lobby

3. In a program of “hedonistic sustainability”, Copenhagen is on track to be the world’s first carbon-neutral city in five years. https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2019/oct/11/inside-copenhagens-race-to-be-the-first-carbon-neutral-city

4. Eliminating gas hookups in new construction and moving to all-electric buildings is an obvious move in the transition to renewable energy. https://www.axios.com/wean-off-natural-gas-cities-push-all-electric-new-buildings-191eb136-1e8c-4f8c-995e-1797157ddf62.html

5. As gas prices drop we may look forward to the same wave of bankruptcies in the methane industry as have graced coal. https://climatecrocks.com/2019/10/10/gas-barons-are-worried-and-they-should-be/

6. Two new books make the case for a Green New Deal. In a dual review, Science Magazine says that both Naomi Klein’s On Fire and Jeremy Rifkin’s The Green New Deal present “a bold vision for transforming infrastructure at the rate and in the manner that pressing climate change necessitates while restructuring the current economic system.” (The review is behind a paywall.)  https://science.sciencemag.org/content/366/6462/191

7. How are we going to handle relocating millions of people away from areas rendered unlivable by heat, drought, or flood? Probably not by paying them what their homes were worth before they became worthless. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-09/fema-may-have-to-buy-millions-of-homes-due-to-climate-crisis

The liquidation of a beach community might proceed from an equivalence of need. Relocation might be to a modular sustainable community with space allocated per person. The move might proceed by neighborhood. I’m trying to think through relocation and would appreciate some ideas and reading suggestions specifically on the problem of organizing relocation in economically and socially disrupted times.

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