THE BRIEF [Mar 7-13’22]
Amazon becoming less resilient, moms are a growing force in the climate movement, baby steps in terms of climate justice and fossil fuel industry is (still) greenwashing.
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‼️News you can’t miss
🙀 The Amazon is becoming less resilient and might be nearing a tipping point.
😻 Moms are a growing force in the climate movement
😼 The new IPCC report suggests we are making progress / taking baby steps in terms of climate justice
💩 Yet another report showing that the fossil fuel industry’s plan to decarbonize is bullsh*t.
This week’s highlights
[#gasstoves] — For the long time readers of this newsletter: Here’s your token regular “get rid of your gas stove now” article. You’re welcome. For new readers: You really should get rid of your gas stove this article goes through some of the reasons why. And here’s an even more detailed one (apparently NYT had it’s anti-fossil gas moment this week). And here’s another detailing how your gas stove emit methane even when it’s turned off. In fact a new study has shown that 75% of the unburned methane emissions that your stove emits occur while the thing is off.
[#carboncapture] — If you listen to political and fossil fuel words being said about what we must do to mitigate climate change one of the words you’ll here most often is carbon capture (recall that carbon capture is putting some equipment on top of a smokestack to suck the CO2 out of the smoke). Here Inside Climate News spills out pretty clearly or actually they take it from the recent IPCC report that relying on carbon capture (as politicians and the fossil fuel industry wants to do) is a ‘major risk’ and that the fossil fuel industry is using it as a diversion to stop phasing out their products.
[#russiangas] — EU is trying to accelerate it’s phase out of Russian gas as fast as possible. It’s clear that EU is footing a big piece of Russia’s war bill currently with our thirst for gas which for some reason we thought was a great idea to buy from someone like Putin. So it’s good that we’re waking up to that reality, but even though politicians are standing in line to say how fast we’re going off Russian gas (“lightning speed” is the latest formulation from Frans Timmerman of the EU Commission) it’s clear that with all the acceleration that it’s still going to take quite some time. Oddly enough, I think this rush to get rid of gas really shows how slowly we have been moving on climate. Did we really think that we could wait until 2030 to get rid of this stuff? And now we’re rushing towards getting rid of it at “lightning speed” what were we doing before the war? Snail pace?
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