"The problem is that the Paris deal is built on the assumption that highly speculative technologies are going to save us from climate catastrophe; specifically one called BECCS, or bioenergy with carbon capture and storage. The idea behind BECCS is to grow massive tree plantations around the world to absorb CO2 out of the air, then harvest the trees, convert them into pellets, burn them in power stations for energy, capture the CO2 that's emitted from the smokestacks and store it deep under the ground. Voila: net-negative emissions.
But BECCS has never been proven at scale; it is science fiction. In order to work as the Paris deal hopes, it would require plantations covering two to three times the size of India - a third of the planet's arable land. Not only would this make it impossible to feed the world's population, it would also be an ecological disaster. A team of researchers led by German scientist Vera Heck has found that BECCS would trigger a 10 percent loss of global forest cover and a 7 percent loss in biodiversity. It also risks driving further water scarcity, soil depletion, and chemical loading into ecosystems.
In other words, BECCS might help with climate change, but only by pushing us into other crises."
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"In the not-so-distant future, places like Phoenix and Tucson will become so hot that just walking across the street will be a life-threatening event. Parts of the upper Middle West will become a permanent dust bowl. South Florida and low-lying sections of the Gulf Coast will be underwater. Some people may try to stick around and fight it out with Mother Nature, but most will not. "People will do what they have done for thousands of years," says Vivak Shandas, a professor of urban studies and planning at Portland State University. "They will migrate to better climates."
"But given the risks that New Orleans faces from rising seas and increasingly intense storms, that long-term future is in question. When I bring this up with Paul, she balks: "Worrying about the future is a luxury for privileged people. My friends here are worried about putting dinner on the table tonight, not what is going to happen in the city 20 or 30 years from now.""
Excellent article in Rolling Stone on how global heating will change where humans can live. For full article CLICK.
"What to do? For one, don’t be fooled. Don’t be lulled into thinking that humanity can engineer its way out of global warming, that we can get around it without radically changing the way we live. Otherwise we’ll inevitably end up with half-measures that leave the biggest problems to our children, and to theirs." Mark Buchanan, Bloomberg View
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Here's the bottom line:
The world emits 40 billion tons of CO2 every year.
We know how warm the planet will get for a certain CO2 level.
We call this our CARBON BUDGET.
We have 4 more years to go to carbon zero to keep below 1.5°C.
We have 20 more years to go to carbon zero to keep below 2.0°C.
The Problem: no one wants to cut their carbon emissions.
These fake solutions make us relax and keep on burning fossil fuels like business as usual.
Read the document below for a better understanding.