Two Years to Save the World

The “Two years” time frame in this report caught my eye. When politicians come out with “bold plans” they often have time frames that are ten years or more into the future. No one can remember them in two years, much less ten, which enables leaders to look good without actually doing anything differently. This report also suggests a path to follow to solve the climate problem. Comments afterwards.

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UN Climate Chief: We Have ‘Two Years

to Save the World’ From Climate Crisis

 

Cristen Hemingway Jaynes

EcoWatch

April 10, 2024

Edited by Chris McDermott

 

We are running out of time to take action on climate change, says Simon Stiell, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.… Keep reading

Being Normal

I’m writing this on Christmas Day, 2023. It’s a Monday, and I usually prepare my blogs on Mondays. After reviewing several research reports on different aspects of sustainability, D suggested I do something that feels more “Christmas-like” positive. Here’s a paper I recently wrote that wonders why people aren’t adapting to healthier, less expensive sustainable living more quickly.  It’s a bit longer than my usual blogs, but I think you’ll enjoy it.

 

Being Normal

 

One evening … on a camping trip, my wife said that the next day we might drive 30 miles, turn left turn Highway 213, drive 20 miles, and we’d find a great campground on the left. … Keep reading

EVs cutting world oil demand

Well, the transition is beginning, though more in Asia than the U.S.  My biggest question:  Will the transition be fast enough?  Comments afterwards.

 

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EVs are cutting the world demand for oil,

But not in the way you may think

 

Mark Sumner

Daily Kos Staff

September 16, 2023

 

The same rainstorm that earlier drowned a third of all the agricultural land and cost lives in Greece has brought incredible destruction to Libya, where at least 2,000 are thought to be dead.… Keep reading

More than Water Rationing

Here’s a very brief article that’s almost a year old, yet is as important and vital as one that may have been reported yesterday.  We do live in a global economy, and probably think more globally than at any time in our history, mostly due to the continuous stream of global news.  Yet, we each also live in a locality. And although an issue such as this one on water rationing may not seem applicable, as “it’s over there, and it’ll never happen here,” as the saying goes, forewarned is forearmed. … Keep reading

‘Imperial Lawn’ Is Dead

Here’s a useful bit of research that affects many of us. It concerns the negative environmental effects caused by grass lawns, and ties the data directly to global warming and our climate change problems.  Comments afterwards.

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The Traditional ‘Imperial Lawn’ Is Dead

— Long Live the Trees

 

Cristen Hemingway Jaynes

EcoWatch

January 13, 2023

 

Americans are well known for their evenly clipped, bright green lawns. But rather than being beneficial, these manicured greenspaces are actually detrimental to the environment.… Keep reading