[GWSG] National diets; Ford's network; Shell compelled; IEA forecast; stabler ice shelves; Hawken interview

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Mon Oct 21 20:59:59 EDT 2019

1. Country-specific Dietary Shifts to Mitigate Climate and Water Crises, an international study led by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, studies the general diet in 140 countries to make specific recommendations on a base of nine increasingly plant-forward diets. Americans and Europeans need to cut meat and dairy way down or out for their health and the planet’s. While generalizations are not in the spirit of the study, one observation is that a vegan diet supplemented by such low-food chain protein as small fish and bivalves often serves both a region’s nutritional needs and the good of the planet. Generally, too, dairy and eggs have a heavier footprint than a “2/3 vegan diet” with small daily servings of meat in areas which need to improve child nutrition and have limited food options. The study, linked in the following article, is concise and readable.  https://www.ecowatch.com/climate-change-diet-2640992836.html

2. Ford plans to offer a 370 mile range SUV based on the Mustang next year.  In preparation they have arranged the country’s largest charging network. https://qz.com/1730355/ford-drives-into-the-electric-vehicle-charging-wars/

3. In an interview the CEO of Royal Dutch Shell, Ben van Beurden, said that they “have no choice but to invest in oil.” Shell plans over 35 new gas and oil projects in the next five years. Apparently they have no choice because the market is there and the profits are large. Bill McKibben observes that we have no choice but to try to stop them.  https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/10/15/after-shell-ceo-claims-we-have-no-choice-invest-fossil-fuels-mckibben-says-we-have?cd-origin=rss&utm_term=AO&utm_campaign=Weekly%20Newsletter&utm_content=email&utm_source=Weekly%20Newsletter&utm_medium=Email

4.  The International Energy Agency foresees that renewable energy will more than double in the next five years, led by solar, which will drop in price by as much as a third. In their “accelerated case,” renewables would overtake coal in the share of global electricity. The IEA has a long record of underestimating the growth of renewable energy, which makes this projection especially exciting. https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-renewables-could-match-coal-power-within-5-years-iea-reveals?utm_campaign=Carbon%20Brief%20Daily%20Briefing&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20newsletter

5. Floating ice shelves may not break up as quickly as had been assumed, which lowers the probability of sudden jumps in sea level. https://phys.org/news/2019-10-antarctic-ice-cliffs-contribute-sea-level.html

6. Journalist Paul Hawken assembled a large international team to evaluate a range of ways to cope with the climate crisis, reported in Drawdown (2017). He revisits the topic in an hour and a half interview. The first 32 minutes of this two hour podcast do not involve him or climate and are unusually skippable. Not so the interview.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epB9mhr7L2g&feature=youtu.be

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