On this day after here in California, it’s back off the recall and to the business of wildfires, which are made worse by climate change, which seems to be in the early stages of being uncontrollable.
And today in the Central Valley we’ve had some brown in the air probably off a big fire about three hours southeast of us, and in a place I’ve known from the past (NBCLA): ‘Sequoia National Park has been closed and its headquarters and resident employees have been evacuated, along with a portion of the community of Three Rivers outside the entrance.‘
I used to do some work in Three Rivers back in the 1980s.
Along with wildfires burning all over, it’s concerning that attempts to bring climate change under control is losing momentum, and way off target:
Governments falling woefully short of Paris climate pledges, study finds https://t.co/aWWUKjgfCm
— The Guardian (@guardian) September 15, 2021
As the smoke thickens in California, the overall push to bring our runaway climate under control is apparently failing way-badly, and the future looks to be a hardscrabble nightmare. Despite even with the wildfires, way-over-the-top temperatures, and surging-energetic hurricanes and floods, the world appears to have lost interest in curbing emissions, which fuels climate change.
A new study out today indicates every one of the world’s leading economies, including the US, are doing near-zilch to meet goals of the Paris climate accords — the planet is on its way to shitsville.
Via the Guardian this afternoon:
Less than two months before crucial United Nations climate talks take place in Scotland, none of the largest greenhouse gas emitting countries have made sufficient plans to lower pollution to meet what they agreed to in the 2015 Paris climate accord.
This means the world is barreling towards calamitous climate impacts.
Under the Paris deal, nations vowed to prevent the world’s average temperature rising 1.5C above pre-industrial times in order to avoid disastrous heatwaves, flooding, storms, drought and other consequences that are already starting to unfold.
But the new analysis, by Climate Action Tracker, finds almost every country is falling woefully short of that commitment.
Climate pledges made by Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia are “critically insufficient,” the analysis found, while Australia, Brazil, Canada, China and India are among those deemed “highly insufficient.”
The US, the European Union bloc, Germany and Japan are ranked as “insufficient,” while the UK, the host of the upcoming climate summit, is “almost sufficient.”
Of the 36 countries, plus the EU, ranked by the Climate Action Tracker only the Gambia has made commitments in line with the 1.5C Paris goal.
Combined, these countries make up 80-percent of global emissions.
Governments are supposed to periodically improve their emissions reduction targets in order to fulfil the promises made in Paris but progress has “stalled” this year, the researchers said.
There was “good momentum” in May after a climate summit held at the White House by the US president, Joe Biden, according to Niklas Höhne, a researcher at NewClimate Institute, a partner organization in the Climate Action Tracker analysis.
“But since then, there has been little to no improvement — nothing is moving,” he said. “Governments have now closed the gap by up to 15-percent, a minimal improvement since May.
“Anyone would think they have all the time in the world, when in fact the opposite is the case,” he added.
Climate change is no longer a brush-aside matter: ‘A survey of 16,000 people across North America, Europe and Asia on Tuesday by Pew found that 72-percent were worried that climate change will harm them personally at some point.‘
And that point is approaching quickly — climate change is way-no-longer based upon research, studies, models, lab formulas, and such, it’s real-time right now, up-close and personal.
Further on that Climate Action Tracker analysis per CNN, also this afternoon, and the US ranking:
CAT had previously categorized the US as “critically insufficient” — the worst category — under former President Donald Trump, who formally withdrew the country from the Paris Agreement shortly before the end of his term.
The United States’ domestic emission-cutting target has since been upgraded to “almost sufficient.”
However, the US is still insufficient in CAT’s “fair share” target rating, which takes into account the country’s “responsibility and capability.”
Appears a hard row to hoe.
Noted climate scientist, Michael E. Mann, combined the absurdities of the climate and democracy double-crisis::
A scary thought. If you randomly parachute into California, it's about equal odds you'll land somewhere where people would prefer a Governor Larry Elder. Our Democracy is in crisis. pic.twitter.com/s3gFYMcTBW
— Michael E. Mann (@MichaelEMann) September 15, 2021
Mann in an interview last February on a doomed approach to the climate crisis:
“Doom-mongering has overtaken denial as a threat and as a tactic. Inactivists know that if people believe there is nothing you can do, they are led down a path of disengagement. They unwittingly do the bidding of fossil fuel interests by giving up.
“What is so pernicious about this is that it seeks to weaponise environmental progressives who would otherwise be on the frontline demanding change. These are folk of good intentions and good will, but they become disillusioned or depressed and they fall into despair.
But “too late” narratives are invariably based on a misunderstanding of science. Many of the prominent doomist narratives — [Jonathan] Franzen, David Wallace-Wells, the Deep Adaptation movement — can be traced back to a false notion that an Arctic methane bomb will cause runaway warming and extinguish all life on earth within 10 years.
This is completely wrong. There is no science to support that.”
“True. It is a natural emotional reaction. Good people fall victim to doomism. I do too sometimes. It can be enabling and empowering as long as you don’t get stuck there. It is up to others to help ensure that experience can be cathartic.
A sense of good cheer, but the people who count must make the move. And that’s depressing.
Once again, here we are…
(Illustration out front found here).