|Sophie’s Planet #1: Preface and Chapter 106 April 2020|
|Thanks to the Coronavirus, five trips are canceled. Now I can really finish Sophie’s Planet, which is a story of how I learned the scientific method and of the implications that science has for policies needed to assure a bright future for young people and nature.|
I will send out draft chapters for fact checking. If you are locked away, need something to read, let me know if you find any flaws. Here is the Preface plus Chapter 1.
I opened a Twitter account @DrJamesEHansen, (https://twitter.com/drjamesehansen), but will minimize interactions until the book is finished.
The Coronavirus and human-caused climate change are both characterized by a delayed response which makes the problem and its solution more difficult. With the virus the delay time is of order weeks; with climate change the delay is of order generations. In both cases, by the time the effects become obvious, there is a much larger response “in the pipeline.”
With the virus the lags for an individual are between infection, appearance of symptoms, and ultimate response, which can potentially include death. The lag for spread of the virus is a bit longer, but it is still measured in weeks. With climate change the lags are between emissions, appearance of warming, and ultimate effects such as large sea level rise and species extinctions, which can potentially lead to social disorder and a more desolate world.
We are in a race to find remedies in both cases, but the near-term focus on the virus provides a moment to assess the actions needed for climate. It is a solvable problem. It is inappropriate to pile stress on young people, by implying that it is too late for realistic actions to be effective.
It is also wrong science. The climate problem is solvable with actions that make sense for other reasons, and the solution will yield a planet less susceptible to pandemics.
Great new interactive resource from Climate Central showing many different changes graphable for many cities in each state
California Democrats want their own Green New Deal to fight homelessness, climate change. 1/7/20
Interesting article about current science expeditions to the rapidly melting Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica 12/29/19
METHANE EMISSIONS REVEALED – Special camera shows methane leakages from a a large number of natural gas facilities posted 12/15/19
Democracy Now video of Great Thunberg in Madrid at COP25, Dec 2019
New article by James Hansen includes new simple graphs comparing major emitters. 12/5/19
A new way to remove CO2 from the air. Will be great if they can make it cheap enough and safely store the CO2 removed. Added 10/25/19
IPCC 2019 publication on The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate
IPCC 2019 on Climate Change and Land
Video about the potential Carbon removal technique called Iron Salt Aerosols. Might be great but should be investigated cautiously. 27 minute youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ri0T3KZ0pYM – added 10/12/19
Report on record breaking temperatures in June 2019 especially in Europe
As the East prepares for record heat waves here is a new video explaining how the recent unusual weather in the US relates to Climate Change. 7/19/19
More scary news from Greenland this week –Details here
Neo Carbon Renewables analysis 6/18/19
Permafrost Problems 6/14/19
A good new video by Peter Sinclair in the “This is Not Cool” series covers melting permafrost problems. Includes new scientific and government publications of interest to climate activists.
Call for Drastic Action in the Arctic News 6/14/19
Record floods devastate Nebraska – spring 2019
Excellent graphical visualization of world wide Climate Crises 3/7/19
It will open in a separate window. Read the text and go down to the world map. I used my cursor from the bottom moving up to display month by month.
Good 4 min video by Bill Nye 3/14/19
Link to Blog post about Massive hole in Antarctic Ice Sheet 2/4/19
Excellent new short video from Years Project
To join the Extinction Rebellion click here Dec 16, 2018.
Good article on lifestyle changes with an excellent graphic. I’ve enlarged the graphic for tabling. Dec 8, 2018
Excellent long article by Bill MckibbenNov 18, 2018
Video about Extinction Revolution Nov 18, 2018
New Financial Alternative to help Climate Change Oct 14, 2018,
The City adopted a Climate Adaptation Plan Oct 9, 2018,
New IPCC report on Climate Change Oct 8, 2018
Discouraging new report on “De-carbonization” efforts around the world. We need to really get onto this RIGHT NOW Oct 6, 2018
Senate Bill 100
- SACRAMENTO – Reaffirming California’s global climate leadership, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today signed Senate Bill 100, authored by Senate President pro Tempore Emeritus Kevin de León, setting a 100 percent clean electricity goal for the state, and issued an executive order establishing a new target to achieve carbon neutrality – both by 2045.
“This bill and the executive order put California on a path to meet the goals of Paris and beyond. It will not be easy. It will not be immediate. But it must be done,” said Governor Brown.
“In California, Democrats and Republicans know climate change is real, it’s affecting our lives right now, and unless we take action immediately – it may become irreversible,” said Senator de León. “Today, with Governor Brown’s support, California sent a message to the rest of the world that we are taking the future into our own hands; refusing to be the victims of its uncertainty. Transitioning to an entirely carbon-free energy grid will create good-paying jobs, ensure our children breathe cleaner air and mitigate the devastating impacts of climate change on our communities and economy.”
This is great news. Santa Cruz is already in a good clean energy position with its new Monterey Bay Community Power, but the executive order will require seriously addressing transportation emissions, which are the biggest contributing factor to climate change locally. Sep 10 , 2018
2. The state released its 4th Climate Assessment report August 27th. There are statewide and central coast reports each over 100 pages. The “Key Findings” (0verview) can be reviewed in less than 5 minutes. Link to our Oct 25th event
UN 2017 report This is worth reading in detail as it gives information about serious world-wide efforts.