We can stop Climate Disaster . . .
but it takes clear, fact-based thinking.
What's happening now
On 1 November 2021, the 26th Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will meet in Glasgow, Scotland, to report on progress and strengthen their commitment to the combat against climate change.
The COP26 comes on the heels of the ipcc’s sobering Sixth Assessment Report, which warns that global warming of 1.5℃ is very likely to be exceeded this century.
The effects of Climate change are widespread and intensifying, from drought-induced wildfires to storms and floods. Some trends may be irreversible (think of sea rise, melting glaciers and loss of Arctic sea ice).
Analysis: Code Red
“COP26 needs to be decisive. Whether future generations look back at this time with admiration or despair, depends entirely on our ability to seize this moment. Let’s seize it together.” - Alok Sharma, COP President
We hope and trust that the COP26 deliberations will be based on clear scientific thinking and a sense of responsibility commensurate with the stakes.
Standing Up for Nuclear
Our ability to avoid climate disaster depends crucially on our ability to replace those disastrous fossil fuels by non-carbon emitting energy sources. Scientists agree: we cannot do it without nuclear. So much depends on public understanding of this issue.
Pro-nuclear activists are planning two more Stand Up for Nuclear events in France: in Lyon on 25 September (place Carnot), and in Paris on 9 October (place du Panthéon).
More information here (in French), here and here (in English).
Save the Last Six!
In 2011 Germany had 17 nuclear reactors, supplying 1/4 of the country’s electricity. Today, 6 remain, all scheduled to be shut down by the end of 2022. (By contrast, coal-fired plants will operate until 2038).
Climate activists say that the nuclear plants provide safe, dependable electricity and save 70 million tons of CO2 a year. They plan regular demonstrations in front of the remaining plants, hoping to persuade policy makers to keep them running.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
At the G7 Meeting in Cornwall, UK, in June 2021, World Leaders committed to “keep the 1.5°C global warming threshold within reach.” Could this open a path to a global commitment to 1.5C Max at COP26 in November 2021?
We must secure public support at all levels of society – individuals, businesses, NGOs and governments – for action to keep the 1.5C global warming threshold within reach.
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Climate Trace may be the ultimate tool to battle emissions. It’s being built by experts in climate science and technology, and will be able to provide transparent emissions estimates on a monthly, weekly, and possibly even daily basis.
Scientists will see more detail about methane and nitrous oxide and their effects on the physics and chemistry of weather. They’ll be able to locate the quantities and locations of these gasses. Read more...
We Europeans need nuclear power!
Ten European countries have launched a plea in favor of nuclear power, arguing that nuclear energy must be included in the "green taxonomy" drawn up by the European Commission.
The IPCC is clear: our objective of limiting our warming to 1.5° or 2°C in the 21st century can only be achieved if we drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in the next eight years.
The statement was signed by France, Romania, the Czech Republic, Finland, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary. Source
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