THE BRIEF [Apr 4-10’22]
Global Scientist Rebellion, demand side emission reductions = 50-80%, how to think about carbon removal and Pinterest bans climate misinformation.
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This week’s big headline is obviously the new IPCC report which came out on Monday. A good majority of this weeks newsletter is therefore spent on IPCC related topics.
‼️News you can’t miss
Here’s one important scary/bad (🙀), good (😻), interesting (😼) and fossil (💩) news item.
🙀 Climate scientists globally rebelled last week
😻 IPCC report calculates that reducing demand side emissions can contribute as much as 50-80% of emission reduction.
😼 How we should think about carbon removal
💩 Pinterest bans content that spreads misinformation about climate change.
This week’s highlights
[#ipcc] — It’s fossil fuels or our future so concludes the latest IPCCs WGIII report which came out last week. Most of the climate & science section will deal with that and in greater detail than normal. First of all, this article discusses what the IPCC report says about how to limit warming to 1.5C or 2C. With the current policies in place we’re heading for 3C by 2100. The estimated span lies from 2.3C to more than 4C. The report analyzed many so called pathways that we might take to get below 2C which simulates anything from energy technologies to land use.
One thing that the IPCC report made very clear was that the past decades climate action has mainly resided in the scientific, cultural and engineering domains, but the missing ingredient is political will to actually enable some of these discoveries to truly solve the problem.
One place where the opposite is happening is Australia. The UN highlighted in particular Australia as one place where fossil fuel lobbying has successfully staved off many attempts at political climate action.
This Vox article does an excellent job at summing up some of the key findings of the IPCC report and in particular how some of the key technologies are taking off. If you want ALL the details just shy of reading the full report then read Carbon Brief’s detailed Q&A on the report or Inside Climate News piece on it.
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