[GWSG] Not SF; decisions delayed; CO2 removal; 3 tipping supports; a friendly whale; Denman dangerous

Tilley, Al atilley at unf.edu
Sat Jan 21 09:01:23 EST 2023

1. “Today, fossil fuel producers and their enablers are still racing to expand production, knowing full well that their business model is inconsistent with human survival. This insanity belongs in science fiction, yet we know the ecosystem meltdown is cold, hard scientific fact.” UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at Davos. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/jan/18/un-head-accuses-fossil-fuel-firms-of-business-models-inconsistent-with-human-survival

2. One in four Americans are putting off major life decisions due to climate change. https://thehill.com/changing-america/sustainability/climate-change/3816741-one-in-four-americans-considering-putting-off-major-life-decisions-out-of-fear-of-climate-change-survey/

3. An overview of atmospheric carbon dioxide removal indicates how much we have removed, how much is planned, and how much is needed. The next decade is crucial. https://www.carbonbrief.org/guest-post-the-state-of-carbon-dioxide-removal-in-seven-charts/?utm_source=cbnewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=2023-01-19&utm_campaign=Daily+Briefing+19+01+2023

4. A report delivered to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, identifies three positive economic tipping points which would lead to a cascade of greenhouse gas emissions reductions. They are support for electric vehicles, for green fertilizer, and for plant-based meat substitutes. Together, they have the potential to drive change in sectors covering 70% of emissions. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/20/super-tipping-points-climate-electric-cars-meat-emissions

5. A whale protects a swimmer. The relation of the story to the climate crisis is up to your creative imagination. https://climatecrocks.com/2023/01/20/the-weekend-wonk-a-whale-saved-my-life/

6. Denman glacier in the East Antarctic is showing signs of instability. The evidence comes from a roaming elephant seal and a wayward robot. Denman and its neighboring glaciers are the gateway to extremely deep and thick inland ice. It is too early to make predictions, but not too early to put Denman glacier beside Totten on your watch list. https://www.washingtonpost.com/climate-environment/2023/01/18/climate-change-glacier-antarctica/

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