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China tells firms to start reporting carbon emissions

BEIJING, March 18 (Reuters) - Thousands of companies acrossChina must start reporting their greenhouse gas emissions undera government plan to build a nationwide emissions database aheadof launching
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Most British People Are ‘Climate Ignorers’ and ‘Stealth Deniers,’ Study Finds

Most British People Are ‘Climate Ignorers’ and ‘Stealth Deniers,’ Study Finds | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
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Instead of talking about whether or not climate change is happening, we should focus on how to solve it. Knowing that every solution will have to go hand in hand with 'civil communication'

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Visualization of countries positions ahead of the COP-19 | The Adopt a Negotiator Project

Visualization of countries positions ahead of the COP-19 | The Adopt a Negotiator Project | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
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How to Spend Climate Finance (If We Had It) | Center For Global Development

How to Spend Climate Finance (If We Had It) | Center For Global Development | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
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Let's stop hiding behind recycling and be honest about consumption

Let's stop hiding behind recycling and be honest about consumption | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: We have offshored the problem of escalating consumption, and our perceptions of it, by considering only territorial emissions
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GHG-telling moet niet gebeuren obv productie-cijfers, maar obv consumptie: toont heel ander beeld van wereldwijde verantwoordelijkheid: "consumption accounting would reduce China's emissions by roughly 45%"

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Forget the Kyoto Accord And Tax Carbon Consumption by Dieter Helm: Yale Environment 360

Forget the Kyoto Accord And Tax Carbon Consumption by Dieter Helm: Yale Environment 360 | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
Given the failure of international climate negotiations, a tax on carbon consumption is the most effective way of lowering CO2 emissions.
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Radical Simplicity and the Middle-Class - Exploring the Lifestyle Implications of a ‘Great Disruption’

Radical Simplicity and the Middle-Class - Exploring the Lifestyle Implications of a ‘Great Disruption’ | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it

"How would the ordinary middle-class consumer – I should say middle-class citizen – deal with a lifestyle of radical simplicity? By radical simplicity I essentially mean a very low but biophysically sufficient material standard of living, a form of life that will be described in more detail below. In this essay I want to suggest that radical simplicity would not be as bad as it might first seem, provided we were ready for it and wisely negotiated its arrival, both as individuals and as communities. Indeed, I am tempted to suggest that radical simplicity is exactly what consumer cultures need to shake themselves awake from their comfortable slumber; that radical simplicity would be in our own, immediate, self-interests."

 

Gloomy analysis of our consumer society after post-growth collapse. Forbidden reading for anyone who believes "our way of life is non-negotiable". Truth is, nature will not negotiate and things are likely to be a bit less "nice" than described in this article.


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België haalt Kyoto-norm met schone lucht

België haalt Kyoto-norm met schone lucht | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
België heeft sinds 2008 voor 162 miljoen euro 'schone lucht' vanuit de hele wereld gekocht. Onder meer van China, India, Brazilië, Vietnam, Costa Rica en Jordanië. Een achterpoortje om de Kyoto-norm te halen.
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Social Innovations for Economic Degrowth

Social Innovations for Economic Degrowth | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it

"... a growing community of scientists and social activists, sharing the basic insight that a reduction of energy and material use implies a reduction of gross domestic product (GDP), is gathering under the heading of sustainable degrowth.3 Degrowth obviously entails a fundamental transformation of economic structures. But what precisely are the necessary steps?"

 

Very good article in Solutions Journal on the need to scale up social innovations for sustainable degrowth if we want to move from the failing growth paradigm to a new paradigm of the good life.


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George Monbiot – The Heat of the Moment

George Monbiot – The Heat of the Moment | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
Climate breakdown is right here, right now. By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 28th August 2012 There are no comparisons to be made. This is not like war or plague or a stockmarket crash.
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For Climate Change, a Possible Trial Could Echo the Scopes Monkey Case

For Climate Change, a Possible Trial Could Echo the Scopes Monkey Case | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
The scientist Michael Mann has threatened to sue National Review for defamation, setting up the potential for an interesting jury trial on climate change and the hockey stick graph.
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Building Resilience in a Changing Climate

Building Resilience in a Changing Climate | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it

"In many respects a resilient society defies the imperative of economic efficiency. Resilience needs dispersed inventories and redundancy, while economic efficiency—in its ruthless pursuit of competitive advantage—eliminates inventories and redundancies everywhere it can. Economic efficiency leads toward globalization, resilience toward localization. Economic efficiency pursues short-term profit as its highest objective, while resilience targets long-term sustainability. It would appear that industrial society circa 2012 has gone about as far in the direction of economic efficiency as it is possible to go, and that a correction is necessary and inevitable. Climate change simply underscores the need for that course correction."

 

New Richard Heinberg article on the need to change the compass of our economy towards resilience instead of efficiency.


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IMF says global subsidies to fossil fuels amount to $1.9 trillion a year ... and that's probably an underestimate

IMF says global subsidies to fossil fuels amount to $1.9 trillion a year ... and that's probably an underestimate | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
A new IMF study finds that global fossil fuel subsidies amount to $1.9 trillion a year. But the real truth could be more eye-popping yet.
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Over fossiele brandstoffen. 1,9 triljoen dollar per jaar: $480 miljard dollar directe subsidie (vooral in' ontwikkelingslanden'!!), 1,4 triljoen indirecte subsidie (verrekening externaliteiten)

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IPCC's 'carbon budget' will not drive Warsaw talks, says Christiana Figueres

IPCC's 'carbon budget' will not drive Warsaw talks, says Christiana Figueres | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
The UN climate change chief says it would be too 'politically difficult' to negotiate national allocations of carbon emissions
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The Trillion-Ton Cap: Allocating The World's Carbon Emissions by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360

The Trillion-Ton Cap: Allocating The World's Carbon Emissions by Fred Pearce: Yale Environment 360 | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
The U.N. climate panel concluded last month that carbon emissions should be capped at a trillion tons, a total the world is rapidly approaching. Now comes the hard part: How will we decide how the remaining emissions are apportioned?
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We’ll Blow by U.N. Climate-Change Panel’s Trillion-Tons Limit

We’ll Blow by U.N. Climate-Change Panel’s Trillion-Tons Limit | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
The IPCC says we can emit a trillion tons of carbon and still avoid major warming. We’ll emit much more.

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Willy De Backer's curator insight, October 2, 2013 10:51 AM

Great article in the MIT technology review. In order to emit no more than 1 trillion tonnes of carbon, world needs to reduce annually by 2.5%. With all the trillions still in the ground and fossil fuel giants still in power, who really believes this is feasible?

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Leaked IPCC report reaffirms dangerous climate change - environment - 14 December 2012 - New Scientist

Leaked IPCC report reaffirms dangerous climate change - environment - 14 December 2012 - New Scientist | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
Despite claims to the contrary, a leaked draft of next year's IPCC report on climate does not let us off the hook by blaming warming on the sun
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Arctic melt opens door for big oil's next boom

Arctic melt opens door for big oil's next boom | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
Climate change has enabled companies like Shell to pursue previously inaccessible resources.
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Climate change expert calls for nuclear power 'binge' to avert global warming

Climate change expert calls for nuclear power 'binge' to avert global warming | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
Peter Wadhams, professor of ocean physics at Cambridge University, warns CO2 levels are rising at a faster than exponential rate...
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Extreme weather, extreme prices – what will more erratic weather do to food prices? | Oxfam GB | Policy & Practice

Extreme weather, extreme prices – what will more erratic weather do to food prices? | Oxfam GB | Policy & Practice | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
Oxfam GB is a leading aid and development charity with a worldwide reputation for excellence and over 60 years of experience, working with partners in more than 70 countries.
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Climate change deniers 'are either extreme free marketeers or conspiracy theorists' - Telegraph

Climate change deniers 'are either extreme free marketeers or conspiracy theorists' - Telegraph | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it
An Australian study says avid climate change deniers tend to be either extreme free marketeers or conspiracy theorists who believe the moon landing was faked or Princess Diana was murdered.
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On Climate, It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Timidity

This year’s unremitting heat, droughts, wildfires, and freak storms have thrust climate change back into the spotlight.
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August 22 is Earth Overshoot Day

August 22 is Earth Overshoot Day | UCOS - Klimaatverandering | Scoop.it

Today, August 22, is Earth Overshoot Day, marking the date when humanity has exhausted nature’s budget for the year. We are now operating in overdraft. For the rest of the year, we will maintain our ecological deficit by drawing down local resource stocks and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.


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