Daily Archives: August 16, 2016

What Are The Koch Brothers Up To Now?!?! (w/Guest: Sharon Kelly)


thomhartmann

Published on Aug 16, 2016

Thom speaks with attorney/freelance writer Sharon Kelly about the new Koch-funded group “Fueling Us Forward” – which is promoting fossil fuels and fighting electric vehicles.

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Firefighters Prepare as Blazes Rage in Western United States


VOA News

Published on Aug 16, 2016

More than 100 structures have been destroyed and more than 1,000 people forced from their homes by wildfires in northern and central California. A severe fire season is under way in the state, and as Mike O’Sullivan reports from Los Angeles, firefighters expect that the worst is yet to come.
Originally published at – http://www.voanews.com/a/3468456.html

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Paper examines climate risk and the fossil fuel industry

August 1, 2016 by David Ruth


Credit: shutterstock.com/Rice University

Burning coal, oil and natural gas is responsible for two-thirds of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Yet these same fuels are also the economic mainstay of resource-rich countries and the world’s largest companies. According to a new working paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, this means that climate-change relief actions represent danger for the fossil fuel business.

“Climate Risk and the Fossil Fuel Industry: Two Feet High and Rising” was authored by Jim Krane, the Wallace S. Wilson Fellow for Energy Studies at the Baker Institute. The paper compiles and describes the types of risk the fossil fuel industry faces as a result of climate-mitigation strategies.

“As climate-change effects grow more pronounced, there can be little doubt that an industry that produces 68 percent of human greenhouse gas emissions will find itself under increasing pressure,” Krane wrote. “The risks to the industry correlate with progress on climate goals. Unless a technological breakthrough can restrict carbon releases, the fortunes of the fossil fuel industry and the stability of Earth’s climate will be locked in a zero-sum game. Climate’s gain is the industry’s loss and vice versa.”

There are four main categories of climate risk for the fossil fuel industry, according to Krane:

  • Policy risk: Government policies, regulations and pledges that reduce carbon emissions or policies that support competing technology.
  • Demand risk: Decline in global fossil fuel demand due to climate and other factors.
  • Divestment risk: Shareholder or grassroots activism that seeks to influence producer companies (and possibly countries) through financial or reputational means, or investor avoidance of fossil fuel shares.
  • Competition risk: Rivalry for market share among producers seeking to monetize reserves before they are rendered unburnable; competition between fossil and noncarbon sources of energy.

Krane also outlines fuel-specific risks that are not shared equally among the three fossil fuel types—coal, oil and gas

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Climate & Extreme Weather News #1 (Aug 7th-15th 2016)


Understanding Climate Change

Published on Aug 16, 2016

The first in a regular series of climate & extreme weather news updates. I will post them either weekly, fortnightly or monthly, depending on the level of craziness.

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Towards a New Production Paradigm | Krystyn Van Vliet


World Economic Forum

Published on Aug 8, 2016

The production paradigm represented by the iPhone – designed in California, mass-produced in China – is changing. Increasingly the startups that succeed are the ones producing locally. Krystyn Van Vliet, Associate Professor at MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, explores the challenges and opportunities presented by the emerging production paradigm’s emphasis on speed, customization and digital integration.

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The True Value of Nature | Tony Juniper


World Economic Forum

Published on Aug 8, 2016

It’s often assumed that nature must be sacrificed in order to create jobs and achieve economic growth. This couldn’t be further from the truth, says Tony Juniper, a campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor and leading British environmentalist. If we were to put an economic value on the services natural ecosystems provide, such as replenishing oxygen and irrigating crops, it would be about double global GDP. Looking after nature should be an economic no-brainer.

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5 nature inspired solutions to manmade problem


World Economic Forum

Published on Aug 16, 2016

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