[GWSG] Clifi list; who to blame; for heat waves; suits grow; Liuzhou's EVs; steel emissions

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Wed Jun 30 07:34:16 EDT 2021

1. More novels than I had realized represent the climate crisis. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2021/jun/26/stories-to-save-the-world-the-new-wave-of-climate-fiction

2. New analytical methods make it easier to attribute climate conditions to specific sources. Successful lawsuits for damages are likely to increase, which should influence people to decrease investment in carbon-producing industries. It is also more possible to hold countries more responsible for their emissions.  https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-how-attribution-can-fill-the-evidence-gap-in-climate-litigation?utm_campaign=Carbon%20Brief%20Daily%20Briefing&utm_content=20210629&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20Daily

3. Attribution studies have led to the conclusion that we should assume almost all heat waves were influenced by the climate crisis. https://grist.org/science/is-climate-change-amping-up-the-pacific-northwest-heat-wave-yes-and-its-time-to-stop-asking/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&utm_campaign=daily

4. The number of suits against fossil fuel corporations are growing, with more than 700 filed in the US in the past five years. 26 are by states and cities, asking that companies be held liable for the nuisances they have created. Many suits accuse corporations of running disinformation campaigns which victimize the public. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/ng-interactive/2021/jun/30/climate-crimes-fossil-fuels-cities-states-interactive

5. Liuzhou, China, offered free rides in small electric cars to its citizens. 70% who took the offer bought them. The cars were designed for the short commutes which studies showed typical of the city and priced at around $5,000. Liuzhou now is second to Oslo, Norway, in percentage of electric cars. It has the cleanest water in China and excellent quality air 97% of the time. https://cleantechnica.com/2021/06/28/chinese-city-shows-benefits-of-electric-cars-impact-the-entire-community/

6. The iron and steel industry is responsible for 11% of global CO2 emissions. If we are to limit heating to 1.5C, that must be cut by 90%. Current plans would not accomplish that. The article discusses alternative pathways to carbon reduction. “If innovative low-emissions technologies reach commercial scale at the projected pace, the steel industry faces billions of dollars in stranded asset risk, not only for plants currently under development but also for plants that will face reinvestment cycles in the decade to 2030.” China is responsible for over half of steel emissions.   https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-these-553-steel-plants-are-responsible-for-9-of-global-co2-emissions?utm_campaign=Carbon%20Brief%20Daily%20Briefing&utm_content=20210630&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Revue%20Daily

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