Can solar geoengineering mitigate both climate change and income inequality?

Malian local greenhouse production of food crops, including tomatoes, cucumbers, papayas, melons, and peppers. Credit: Anastasia Sogodogo/USAID

By  - 14. January 2020

Potential economic benefits of reversing rising temperatures would benefit developing countries greatly, representing a global GDP growth of 200%

New research from the University of California San Diego finds that solar geoengineering–the intentional reflection of sunlight away from the Earth’s surface–may reduce income inequality between countries.

In a study recently published in Nature Communications, researchers examine the impacts of solar geoengineering on global and country-level economic outcomes. Using a state-of-the-art macroeconomic climate impacts assessment approach, the paper is the first to look at the economic impacts of climate projections associated with solar geoengineering.

“Stop the Money Pipeline”: 150 Arrested at Protests Exposing Wall Street’s Link to Climate Crisis

We have to cut our fossil fuel emission by 50% in 10 years!" - Jane Fonda

By DemocracyNow - 13. January 2020

Nearly 150 people were arrested on Capitol Hill Friday in a climate protest led by Academy Award-winning actor and activist Jane Fonda. Fonda has been leading weekly climate demonstrations in Washington, D.C., known as “Fire Drill Fridays,” since October.

For her last and 14th protest, actors Martin Sheen and Joaquin Phoenix, indigenous anti-pipeline activist Tara Houska, journalist Naomi Klein and dozens more lined up to get arrested as they demanded a mass uprising and swift political action to thwart the climate crisis.

THE EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL, SAVE THE PLANET !

Ursula von der Leyen, Frans Timmermans -
Picture copyright NRC Handelsblad, The Netherlands

By Erwin F. Overdijk - 13. 

As we all know by now Europe has a plan called the Green Deal, which has been announced with great pride by President Mrs Ursula von der Leyen and Executive Vice President Mr. Frans Timmermans. They want Europe to be the first climate neutral continent in 2050. That sounds ambitious and it gives the impression that Mrs Ursula von der Leyen and Mr. Frans Timmermans and the entire European Union are very concerned about the climate and want to take all possible measures in the fastest way possible.

But is that so ?

Let’s analyse our current global economic system and some ideas to get this planet – starting with Europe – sustainable in the fastest way possible.

 

Lion Declines Linked To Trophy Hunting And Bone Trade

Psychopaths can not stand that there is another species they have to respect.

By  -  13. January 2020

Lions are rapidly disappearing from the African continent. The species suffers thanks to our own expansion and exploitation. Declining numbers are attributed to loss of habitat and subsequent prey, retaliatory killings, trophy hunting, and legal lion bone trade.

Unfortunately, some countries continue to promote trophy hunting and lion bone trade as solutions to the problems of habitat loss and retaliatory killings. Those countries are stuck in the past with the archaic idea we must kill to protect.

When we look at trophy hunting, proponents claim the practice places value on the lives of lions that incentivizes communities to protect the species and their habitat. And Tanzania has protected a lot of land in the name of trophy hunting.

Under U.S. pressure, social media companies censor critical content and suspend Venezuelan, Iranian, and Syrian accounts

The downfall of corrupt and insecure BigTech social and communications media like Fascistbook, Twitter, Signal, Whatsapp, Telegram, and Instagram will come soon.

As the USA escalates its hybrid wars, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram are suspending accounts and censoring content that conflicts with Washington’s pro-war narrative. The Grayzone spoke to several people silenced in these social media purges.

By Ben Norton - 12. January 2020

The Donald Trump administration is ramping up its information war against Venezuela, Iran, and Syria. And it has enlisted social media platforms as weapons in its assault on these top regime-change targets.

In the first two weeks of January, Twitter suspended dozens of accounts run by real, live people — not bots — in Venezuela, Iran, and Syria.

Compost, Gardening and Water

By Permacultureforthefuture - 12. January 2020

The world is full of negative news, and the planet seems to be in an ecological crisis, and this can be downright disheartening and disenfranchising because we feel that there’s nothing that each one of us can do is an individual that can make any difference.

Highlights

  • How many of the world’s problems can be solved in a garden
  • The problem with the industrial food system and how a garden can eliminate it
  • Compost and other soil building strategies to build fertile and carbon rich soil
  • How fertile soils reverse climate change
  • Harvesting rainwater for soil building and carbon sequestration
  • Empowering you to make ecological and regenerative choices and develop your own solutions to the ecological problems of the world

Wanted Rains - Created Floods, Hail and Snowstorms 

PROLOGUE: Dubai Has 4 Years of Rain in 2 Hours - After 9 Cloud Seeding Flights - There is only so much moisture in the atmosphere - so if other countries are seeding clouds to make it rain (China, Dubai, India) does that explain why countries like Australia are missing out?! It has been going on since many years (see down below report from 2017).

UAE rains: 9 cloud seeding flights have been completed, more to take place

It started just with overcast skies in Dubai on Saturday Image Credit: Evangeline Elsa

More rain expected till Tuesday

By  - 11. 

Dubai: Will it rain more in the UAE tonight? Yes, according to the National Center of Meteorology.

An NCM source told Gulf News that nine cloud seeding flights have been completed since Thursday. The weather forecaster added: “There were some cloud seeding flights we launched today and it is going to continue."

Last week, when the UAE weather bureau noticed that clouds from the western regions of the country were going to pass over the country, they were quick to put the team on standby for cloud seeding flights, to enhance the rainfall in the region.

The forecaster added that “The clouds are now over southern and Eastern areas such as Al Ain.

Corporations & Governments Are Actively Altering Weather & Climate

Cloud seeding is geo-engineering that without oversight and coordination - e.g. between neighbouring countries - can cause havoc and serious harm.

By Ali Cheaib - 10. January 2020

Just like the weather, climate changes, of course. No reasonable person can argue otherwise.

This change can be natural or unnatural (i.e. artificially created by corporations and governments). Drop a few nuclear bombs here and there and you’ll successfully plunge Earth into a nuclear winter for hundreds of years. Therefore, it’s completely possible for governments and big corporations to alter the Earth’s climate.

In 2030, we ended the climate emergency. Here’s how:

Underneath the article, you can read more about these photos of 20,000-year-old ice cores extracted in Greenland and Antarctica. The images shown here are all from the series Climate Archive by photographer Suzette Bousema.

If words make worlds, then we urgently need to tell a new story about the climate crisis. Here is one vision of what it could look and feel like to radically, collectively take action.

By Eric Holthaus - 08. January 2020

What is human civilisation if not the result of all the stories we’ve been told?

Centuries of evidence [See World Economic Forum] have shown that storytelling can change the course of history. Radical imagination, a term used by US author and social movement organiser adrienne maree brown, describes the power visionary fiction has to change the world.

“Once the imagination is unshackled, liberation is limitless.”

Australia to cull thousands of camels

Feral Dromedar in Australia - Among the global outcry against this  brutal killing spree, also Somalis, the world's best camel-herders, have decried the senseless action - Image copyright Getty Images

By BBC - 08. January 2020

Thousands of 'camels' (actually Dromedars) in South Australia will be shot dead from helicopters as a result of extreme heat and drought.

A five-day cull started on Wednesday, as Aboriginal communities in the region have reported large groups of camels damaging towns and buildings.

"They are roaming the streets looking for water. We are worried about the safety of the young children", says Marita Baker, who lives in the community of Kanypi.

Some feral horses will also be killed.

The marksmen who will shoot the animals come from Australia's department for environment and water.

PROLOGUE: The sheer scale of global inequality is almost too staggering to comprehend: The richest 1% capture $19 trillion in income each year. That's more than the GDP of the "poorest" 169 countries *combined* - a list which includes Norway, Switzerland, Argentina and Saudi Arabia. But who can trust the IMF in this sudden shift of policy announced just before the 2020 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos ???  It sounds rather like a final alarm-call before the revolution that would leave none of the Takers unscated and certainly also do away with the IMF and the so-called United Nations, who owns it, and their thrive for global governance..

IMF boss says raise taxes on the rich to tackle inequality

A man begging in Glasgow. Photograph: Findlay/Alamy Stock Photo

Kristalina Georgieva calls for rethink of economic policies to better help those left behind

By  -

Raising income tax on the wealthy will help close the growing gap between rich and poor and can be done without harming growth, the head of the International Monetary Fund has said.

Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF’s managing director, said higher marginal tax rates for the better off were needed as part of a policy rethink to tackle inequality.

In a sign of how the IMF has moved away from the tax-cutting approach that once formed a central part of its policy advice, Georgieva said there needed to be a different approach to tackling what had become “one of the most complex and vexing challenges in the global economy”.

'Tragic and absurd': Sudanese refugees detained in Niger

UNHCR negligence and ignorance leads again to tragedy.

Sudanese refugees protest against neglect in Niger [Al Jazeera]

Weeks-long UNHCR sit-in ends in forceful dispersal as more than 300 Sudanese asylum seekers arrested.

By  - 07. January 2020

Authorities in Niger have arrested at least 335 Sudanese refugees, accusing them of burning down a refugee camp just outside the city of Agadez in the north of the country.

Officials said the camp was burned down after nearly 1,000 refugees protesting in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) office in Agadez were forcibly dispersed.

Diversifying approaches to conserving nature

Zebras and Waterbuck at Majete Wildlife Reserve, Malawi. Jason I. Ransom

By Mucha Mkono, Jason I. Ransom, Katarzyna Nowak, Patrick O. Onyango - 07. 

Conservationists don’t always agree about the best ways to reinforce the protection of nature. Debates about it can become confrontational.

But at the heart of the issue is how to include more people in conservation efforts. As a group of scientists, we believe it is important to steer the discussion towards a more diverse and inclusive blueprint for protecting biodiversity and ecosystems.

In a letter to the journal Science, we argue that the model of trophy hunting in Africa to finance conservation is neither sustainable nor equitable. We offer some alternatives. We suggest meeting the needs and values of a variety of stakeholders and local communities. Doing so involves empowering people to participate in decisions that affect them.

Australia Is Committing Climate Suicide

Day turns into night during Australia's forest fires.

As record fires rage, the country’s leaders seem intent on sending it to its doom.

The images of the fires are a cross between “Mad Max” and “On the Beach”: thousands driven onto beaches in a dull orange haze, crowded tableaux of people and animals almost medieval in their strange muteness — half-Bruegel, half-Bosch, ringed by fire, survivors’ faces hidden behind masks and swimming goggles.

This Is Why December 31 Is The Cosmic Calendar's Most Important Date

The Solar System formed from a cloud of gas, which gave rise to a proto-star, a proto-planetary disk, and eventually the seeds of what would become planets. The crowning achievement of our own Solar System's history is the creation and formation of Earth exactly as we have it today, which may not have been as special a cosmic rarity as once thought. Our planet will persist for a very long time, but just like everything else in this Universe, we won't last forever. - NASA / Dana Berry

By Ethan Siegel - 31. 

The Universe is out there, waiting for you to discover it.

Our Universe has been around for 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang. This timespan is so incredibly long and so far outside our normal human experience that most of us can't even wrap our heads around it.

Speaking about events that happened thousands, millions, or billions of years ago might all seem unfathomably ancient, but they're as different from one another as they are from what happened this past year.

However, we can leverage a fun thought-experiment to help us wrap our heads around the history of the Universe: imagine that all of it — all 13.8 billion years — were compressed to fit into a single calendar year.

Each "day" on that calendar would last around 38 million years, and a single human lifetime would last just about 0.2 seconds, on average. If this were how things truly unfolded, December 31st would be the most important date of all.

Here's why.

The history of our Universe would begin with the start of the hot Big Bang on January 1st, followed by the Universe expanding, cooling, and gravitating ever since.

Prince William launches The Earthshot Prize - the 'most prestigious environmental prize in history'

Prince William joined forces with Sir David Attenborough to launch the Earthshot Prize  Credit: Peter Byrne/PA

By Victoria Ward - 

The Duke of Cambridge has announced “the most prestigious environmental prize in history” in a bid to galvanise a decade of action to repair the planet.

The Earthshot Prize aims to encourage and inspire people across the world to find innovative new solutions to one of the gravest problems facing the Earth.

A multi-million pound prize will be awarded to five winners a year over 10 years, comprising at least 50 solutions to the world’s greatest problems by 2030.

The Duke, 37,  joined forces with Sir David Attenborough to make the announcement just as the first countries around the globe saw in the New Year and a new decade.