Testimonials. of Progress.

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➽  April 29, 2017: 200,000 people came together for the People’s Climate March in Washington, DC, with millions more in total marching in communities around America and the world.

We sent a message loud and clear to President Donald Trump and US Congress: it’s time to stop the backsliding on climate change; it’s time to meet the most urgent challenge of our generation.

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  Hot off the Press:    

After the first US oil firm in history passed a climate change resolution against its own board’s advice, we think we’re ready to make climate history with Exxon

If you have a pension, you are probably an Exxon shareholder. Let’s ride this momentum and finally hold Big Oil to account.

You may not know it, but there was some unbelievable climate momentum building recently at Exxon’s AGM, beginning of June this year. After decades of inaction in the face of runaway climate change, Exxon shareholders are finally preparing to do something about it.

Exxon’s AGM came hot on the heels of climate history: just a few weeks before, investors forced Occidental Petroleum to report on how climate change affects its business—even though the board of directors opposed it. It is the first time in history that a US oil firm has passed a pro-environment resolution.

Wait, it gets better. The resolution passed because its largest shareholder, BlackRock, supported it—and BlackRock is also the second-biggest shareholder in Exxon. An almost identical motion was going forward at Exxon’s AGM.

The last piece of the puzzle? You. That’s right, you are probably an investor in Exxon

If you live in the US, the UK, Canada or Australia, you’ve probably contributed to a mutual fund, superannuation fund, or pension fund – like Vanguard, Canada Pension Plan or AustralianSuper—that invests in Exxon. Or maybe you’ve paid into a 401(k) or other private pension.

You could be the key to making sure major investors vote for our proposals and finally hold big oil to account. Can you add your voice now?

Use our special tool to email your fund manager and make climate history.

If we get Exxon—of all corporations—to agree to take climate change seriously and file a report on how a two-degree increase in global temperatures will have a disastrous effect on both the climate and its bottom line, well, that changes everything. And the best part is that even since Exxon’s Board of Directors opposed the motion—and they did!—it doesn’t matter as long as a majority of shareholders supported it.

This is one of the most effective ways to get a massive, multinational billion-dollar corporation to change its ways. In the past, we have gained historic support for a resolution calling on Canada’s biggest tar sands company to disclose its lobbying and political spending. We also forced mining giant Newmont to promise investors that a controversial mining project wouldn’t go ahead without community consent.

There is one group that Big Oil is always sure to listen to: its shareholders. And that gives anyone with a pension, a mutual fund, a 401(k) or superannuation fund enormous power. Let’s use it.

Click here to finally force Exxon to take climate change seriously.

Thanks for all that you do,

Liz, Michael, Lisa and the rest of the team at SumOfUs

More information:

Occidental Holders Override Board in Approving Climate Proposal, Bloomberg, May 12, 2017
Climate proposal approved by US oil firm Occidental Petroleum despite opposition by its board, South China Morning Post, May 13, 2017
Text of Exxon 2 degree scenario analysis shareholder resolution, CERES website, May 2017

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UCS - Science for a healthy planet and safer world

 

 

➽  Tell the fossil fuel industry it’s time for climate action.

B u s i n e s s   a s   u s u a l
isn’t a climate action plan

Fossil fuel corporations are receiving record-breaking pressure to align their businesses with global climate action.

Tell ExxonMobil and Chevron that it’s time to lay out a clear path forward.

Take Action Today!

ACTION ALERT
Tell ExxonMobil and Chevron: It’s Time to Act on Climate

At our recent Houston event, Climate Change and Climate Risk, investment risk expert Robert Litterman told the crowd that “it is time to slam on the brakes, and that’s not going to be good for the fossil fuel companies.”

It’s a critical message and the shareholder community is listening: just days later, ExxonMobil shareholders approved a climate resolution by an unprecedented 62.3 percent! This is the highest vote for any climate-related measure at the world’s largest publicly traded oil company. UCS supporters like you helped win this major victory at ExxonMobil’s annual meeting last week by demanding action from cities, states, the nation, and corporations.

Growing numbers of Chevron shareholders also supported resolutions demanding better disclosure of climate risks, business strategies, and corporate lobbying. In the face of the national and global call for climate action, investors want more information about what the low-carbon transition means for the future of major fossil fuel companies!

The fossil fuel industry has tried to outmaneuver climate activists, but thanks to you, we’ve gained incredible ground. Even as President Trump seeks to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, we are showing these companies that climate action must remain a priority. These companies have nowhere to hide. Now, they must act.

Tell ExxonMobil and Chevron: business as usual is not a climate action plan. It’s time to act!

Shareholders and the public have made it abundantly clear that reliance on fossil fuels cannot be the way forward. The votes last week represent a groundbreaking shift in the public conversation, and the fossil fuel industry needs to respond.

While these companies claim to be addressing climate risks, they also fund groups such as the American Legislative Exchange Council, which spreads climate disinformation and lobbies against climate action including US participation in the Paris Climate Agreement. And just days after ExxonMobil’s annual meeting, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman stepped up his investigation into whether the company misled investors and the public about the climate risks of its product.

We must hold major fossil fuel companies and their surrogates accountable.

It’s time for ExxonMobil and Chevron to respond to the concerns spelled out in the climate resolutions that garnered major support among their own shareholders. It’s time for them to lay out a clean and honest plan to join the global effort on climate change.

Act now: tell ExxonMobil and Chevron that they can’t ignore climate change.

Kathy MulveyClimate Accountability Campaign Manager and Advocate
Union of Concerned Scientists

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➽  Tell the EU Commission it’s time to take on plastic waste

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Thanks to the lobbying efforts of massive brands like Coca-Cola, our oceans and rivers are becoming nothing more than plastic landfills. For years the plastic lobby has been derailing legislative efforts to reduce plastic production and increase recycling — while fish and birds across the world choke on plastic. But finally, we have a chance for a change. By the end of the year, the EU Commission will release a new plastic strategy. It could be a game changer for the planet or another concession to corporate lobbyists. Together, we can make sure our voices are heard louder than the corporate lobbyists’. Will you join us? SumOfUs.org — Fighting for people over profits.

More information

Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals
Guardian. 6 September 2017.

Roadmap, Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy
European Commission. 26 January 2017.

Whale found dying off coast of Norway with 30 plastic bags in its stomach
The Telegraph. 3 February 2017.

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➽  The first step towards solving a problem is recognizing it. The following Independent (UK) article discloses a researcher estimate that today’s young people would have to spend up to 500 trillion EUR on extraction technologies, if high emissions continue.

So, albeit an article chiefly rendering a lump in the stomach, the fact that scientists finally are pointing towards the necessity of atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) removal — as a complement to or perhaps even a substitue for GHG emissions reduction and scanty* renewable energy initiatives — feels at least refreshing.
(*) As in “Scanty investment is a pointless waste of money”.

Furthermore, the Read More addendums (not the Read More links) below the article learn about a ground-breaking lawsuit brought against the US Government by 21 children. Common caring people breathing down the necks of Big Oil and their political partners and their also-rans indicate that changes are on their way. Which is good, and necessary as an conceptual awareness builder for the masses — however impotent as a paradigm changer, since the world with no further delay must initiate a direct GHG removal and implement a sustainable energy system based on CCR — atmospheric Carbon Capture and Recycling technology. Tree replanting initiatives are heart-felt as children often are involved therein. But they will come into the picture only when the trees are substantially grown (provided sufficient irrigation) — which takes a couple of decades — and once replanting numbers have reached the 1 trillion (1000 billion, 1 million million) mark (as compared to tops 10 million added a year currently), from that mark, year by year, replanting must match the projected continued annual atmosperic GHG level increase.

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➽  We’re too late to stop global warming with renewables. We need to do something much more drastic, say scientists

Carbon dioxide must be removed from the atmosphere to avoid extreme climate change, say scientists

One of the first scientists to warn of the dangers of climate change, Professor Jim Hansen, warns the ‘s*** is hitting the fan’

Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent | @montaukian | Tuesday 18 July 2017

Video  ➽  Reducing emissions won’t stop global warming, claims study

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Reducing Greenhouse-gas emissions is not enough to limit global warming to a level that wouldn’t risk young people’s future.

A new Earth System Dynamics study reveals we need negative emissions, i.e. removal of CO2 from the atmosphere.

If rapid phase-down of fossil fuels starts soon, measures such as reforestation and improving soils could achieve the needed CO2 extraction at low cost.

The researchers estimate that today’s young people would have to spend up to 500 trillion Euros on extraction technologies, if high emissions continue.

“Continued high fossil fuel emissions would* saddle young people with a massive, expensive cleanup problem and growing deleterious climate impacts … which should provide incentive and obligation for governments to alter energy policies without further delay.”  — Jim Hansen, professor of Columbia University and lead author of the ESD study

 

➽  Humans must start removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as soon as possible to avoid saddling future generations with a choice between extreme climate change or spending hundreds of trillions of dollars to avoid it, according to new research.

An international team of researchers – led by Professor Jim Hansen, Nasa’s former climate science chief – said their conclusion that the world had already overshot targets to limit global warming to within acceptable levels was “sufficiently grim” to force them to urge “rapid emission reductions”.

But they warned this would not be enough and efforts would need to be made to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by about 12.5 per cent.

This, the scientists argued, could be mostly achieved by agricultural measures such as planting trees and improving soil fertility, a relatively low-cost way to remove carbon from the air.

Other more expensive methods, such as burning biomass in power plants fitted with carbon-capture-and-storage or devices that can remove carbon from the air directly, might also be necessary and would become increasingly needed if steps were not taken soon.

An academic paper in the journal Earth System Dynamics estimated such industrial processes could cost up to $535 trillion this century and “also have large risks and uncertain feasibility.

“Continued high fossil fuel emissions unarguably sentences young people to either a massive, implausible clean-up or growing deleterious climate impacts or both,” said the paper.

“We conclude that the world has already overshot appropriate targets for greenhouse gas amount and global temperature, and we thus infer an urgent need for rapid phasedown of fossil fuel emissions [and] actions that draw down atmospheric carbon dioxide”.

“These tasks are formidable and … they are not being pursued globally”.

Cuts to emissions of greenhouse gases such as methane, nitrous oxide and ozone would also be required.

The study is to be used as part of a ground-breaking lawsuit brought against the US Government by 21 children in which the plaintiffs claim their constitutional right to have a health climate in which to live in is being violated by federal policies.

If the case succeeds, environmentalists believe it could force the Trump administration to reduce greenhouse gases and take other measures to prevent global warming.

The paper pointed out that the last time temperatures were this high, during the Eemian period, global sea levels were about six to nine metres higher than they are today, suggesting significant rises are still to occur.

The paper said that the Paris Agreement, the tumbling price of renewable energy and the recent slowdown in the increase of fossil fuel emissions had led to a sense of optimism around the world.

But, speaking to The Independent, Professor Hansen said he believed this optimism was misplaced.

“The narrative that’s out there now … is that we’ve turned the corner,” he said.

“On the contrary, what we show is the rate of growth of climate forcing caused by increased methane [and other gases] is actually accelerating. That’s why it’s urgent.”

Asked to assess the world’s current progress in fighting climate change, he said the “s*** is hitting the fan”.

Professor Hansen, now a scientist at the Columbia University Earth Institute in the US, said he believed the court case had a chance of winning.

A court would not be able to tell the Government what to do, he admitted, but would be able to say that failing to deal with the problem was unconstitutional and require politicians to produce an effective plan.

The paper said the need for “prompt action implied by these realities [of climate change] may not be a surprise to the relevant scientific community” because of the available evidence.

“However, effective communication with the public of the urgency to stem human-caused climate change is hampered by the inertia of the climate system, especially the ocean and the ice sheets, which respond rather slowly to climate forcings, thus allowing future consequences to build up before broad public concern awakens,” it said.

All amplifying feedbacks, including atmospheric water vapor, sea ice cover, soil carbon release and ice sheet melt could be reduced by rapid emissions phasedown.

“This would reduce the risk of climate change running out of humanity’s control and provide time to assess the climate response, develop relevant technologies, and consider further purposeful actions to limit and/or adapt to climate change.”

It warned that sea level rise of up to a metre “may be inevitable even if emissions decline” and would have “dire consequences”.

Sea level rise of several metres would result in “humanitarian and economic disasters”.

“Given the increasing proportion of global population living in coastal areas, there is potential for forced migrations of hundreds of millions of people, dwarfing prior refugee humanitarian crises, challenging global governance and security,” the paper said.

About 65 per cent of the power produced by the massive Drax power plant in North Yorkshire comes from burning biomass, making it the largest single renewable electricity generator in the UK, although some dispute how green the process is.

If it was to be fitted with carbon-capture-and-storage (CCS), it would create the type of negative emissions system envisaged in the paper. Drax was involved in the White Rose project to build a £1bn CCS plant but pulled out after cuts to renewable energy subsidies by the Government.

It insisted that biomass with CCS could make a major difference to the fight against climate change.

A Drax spokesperson said: “We are confident the technology we developed as part of the White Rose project has real potential in terms of delivering dramatic reductions to carbon emissions produced by power stations and heavy industry.

“However, the current regulatory environment means any such project isn’t viable at the present time. We are also awaiting the Government’s response to Lord Oxburgh’s review into CCS.”

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 The next-below six-paneled graph (click here to enlarge) exhibits great progress on paramount aspects of humanity living conditions delivered by Our World In Data, an online publication produced at the University of Oxford. Source-critical as always (just as we’d like to anticipate all humans always to be), we do not deem them to go about somebody’s business or meet someone’s agenda.

Albeit the world imminently would need to see a corresponding amelioration in the field of climate change related measurements, no signs of progress is yet to be discerned. Yes, China has bagged a number of new coal plants and go for developing solar voltaics, and yes, intentions in terms of wind mill parks and solar voltaic parks and research on solar and wind power battery (and some other) storage packs seem to escalate globally. But so do extraction from present and newly found fossil subterranean and suboceanic oil deposits, shale gas layers and tar sand fields — fossil production is picking up faster than renewable energy does, whereby the 3 to 4 % renewables (including hydro power) of the total energy production in the world is prognosticated to stay at 4 to 5 % even future-wise. And since energy production is expected to have picked up by 50 % by year 2050 (graph just below exhibiting 1990 – 2040 developments), predominantly from fossil fuels, this implies we’ll get a tremendous atmospheric greenhouse gas addon to cope with. Which no way would we be able to — naturally — ever so much worse than what we can cope with today, as this would be.

➽  1990 – 2040 historic + projected future Global Energy consumption by fuel type (N.B.: ‘Liquids‘ in the graph implies OIL, whereas ‘Renewables‘ include Hydro power)
http://www.stratosolar.com/2050-world-energy-sankey-diagram.html

➽  Let’s therefore earnestly hope that humanity as a race and its societies can withstand individual greed and flip 180 degrees over the hostile climate change development graphs of our era. With the help of us at AES our without it. Having achieved such formidable grandeur as shown by the graphs below, makes at least ourselves hopeful of mankind once more succeeding. HOWEVER,  this will necessitate very decisive resolve induced by a market demand forcefully based on a unanimous agreement by all of us Earthlings in order to achieve a fossil to renewables — and as We at AES see necessary, specifically a fossil to CCR fuels  transition.

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➽  Being clear about who needs to — anticipating who’s going to — bring about an energy system paradigm shift in favor of recycling atmospheric fossil waste greenhouse gases into new clean, cheap, eternal and resource resilient fuels in a sustainable and CSR-happy energy producing corporate future: THE MARKET, We at AES still rejoice over tokens that not every crooked trail on the journey of global “evil corporations” is paved by politicians.

Markets burgeoning from the fossil free demand of sensible, Common Caring People will neither need the direct support of our global politician community, nor benefit from its opposition. Therefore, the below reported battle on our road back to environmental health and corporate as well political sanity was of utmost importance, proving so encouraging to us all inside the Common Caring People community. Be sure about that we will thrust ahead on domain after domain, biting the head of Greed in its ugliest manifestos, faces and feces — specially heart-felt to us at AES of course on the energy system domain.

Read this, issued August 22, 2017 (email subscriber/member distribution), on the subject of Neonics spread with agriculture and forestry insecticides:  ➽

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➽  Per,

Great news: The European Commission just announced they won’t greenlight the Bayer Monsanto merger.

And you made it happen!

You and thousands of SumOfUs members around the world bombarded top EU decision-maker, Commissioner Vestager with tweets, emails and postcards raising the alarm about this merger. And Vestager just replied directly to you, saying she shares your concerns.

Vestager's tweet

She’ll now open an in-depth probe of the merger. This will take months — and gives us more time to stop the merger once and for all.

This is a huge victory: for the bees, the environment, our food — and especially for you.

The merger was not approved!

SumOfUs members like you opposed this merger from the very beginning — and built up one of our strongest campaigns ever: more than 700,000 of you signed our petition. And with the generous donations from thousands of SumOfUs members, we were able to pay for: Congressional hearings, our own people-powered lobbyist, and a legal White Paper that proves that this merger is illegal.

But the SumOfUs community didn’t stop there: we even took over the whole politico.eu homepage and pressured decision makers in Brussels with our ads:

Our ads in Politico
This powerful message was hard to ignore!

Bayer and Monsanto wanted the EU to quietly approve their merger. But you didn’t let that happen. You ramped up our campaign and pressured the Commission to first extend its review, and then finally open an in-depth investigation.

This is a crushing defeat for Bayer and Monsanto — but our fight is far from over. In fact, we will need to work harder than ever in the upcoming months to stop their plans. But with this victory, you have proven once again how strong our community is. And I have no doubts that together, we will stop this merger for good.

Thank you so much for all that you do,
Anne and the team at SumOfUs

PS: If you can, please chip in now to help us fighting the Bayer-Monsanto merger till the end.



More information:

EU Commission starts in-depth probe of Bayer, Monsanto deal, Reuters, August 22, 2017.
Letter from Margrethe Vestager, August 22, 2017.

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➽  Costa Rica Wants to Become World’s First Country to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics

Costa Rican politicians and corporate life stand up tall. A small country with a big heart. And brains. For the rest of the world to follow? Aye, let’s hope the signals reach out, the signs be seen, Greed and public indolence take a square beating…



 

Costa Rica Wants to Become World’s First Country to Eliminate Single-Use Plastics

 Costa Rica wants to become the world’s first country to achieve a comprehensive national strategy to eliminate single-use plastics by 2021.

The Central American nation intends to replace these wasteful, ocean-clogging items—such as plastic store bags, straws, coffee stirrers, containers and plastic cutlery—for biodegradable or water-soluble alternatives, or products made of renewable materials (think plant starches).

The initiative is led by Costa Rica’s Ministries of Health and Environment and Energy with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and from local governments, civil society and various private sector groups.

Costa Rican government officials announced the country’s ambitious plan on June 5, World Environment Day.

“Being a country free of single use plastics is our mantra and our mission,” according to a joint statement from Environment and Energy minister Edgar Gutiérrez, Health minister María Esther Anchía, and Alice Shackelford, resident representative for UNDP Costa Rica.

“It’s not going to be easy, and the government can’t do it alone,” the statement continues. “To promote these changes, we need all sectors—public and private—to commit to actions to replace single-use plastic through five strategic actions: municipal incentives, policies and institutional guidelines for suppliers; replacement of single-use plastic products; research and development—and investment in strategic initiatives.”

“We also need the leadership and participation of all: women, men, boys and girls,” the statement notes.

Costa Rica has emerged as an global environmental leader, with its frequent 100 percent renewable energy streaks and its 2021 goal of becoming carbon neutral—a deadline set a decade ago.

However, the officials point out in their statement that Costa Rica’s impressive environmental record still has room for improvement.

“Although the country has been an example to the world by reversing deforestation and doubling its forest cover from 26 percent in 1984 to more than 52 percent this year, today one fifth of the 4,000 tonnes of solid waste produced daily is not collected and ends up as part of the Costa Rican landscape, also polluting rivers and beaches,” they explain.

“Single-use plastics are a problem not only for Costa Rica but also for the whole world,” they add. “It is estimated that if the current consumption pattern continues, by 2050 there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish—measured by weight. For this reason, we began our journey to turn Costa Rica into a single-use plastic-free zone.”

“It’s a win-win for all: Costa Rica, the people and the planet.”

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Here are all our posts in this blog:

Water. and Air.   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   –   (2016 Nov 27)
Facts. non-Alternative.      –   –   –   –   –   (2017 Feb 20)   
News. Terrifying.    –    –   –   –   –   –   –   (2017 Mar 29) 
Zero options? Never.     –   –   –   –   –   –   (2016 Dec 05)
Scenarios. and Implications.    –   –   –   –   (2017 Jan 02)
Gates Notes. on Climate-Energy.       –   –   (2017 Jan 24)
Answers. to Questions.       –   –   –   –   –   –   (2016 Dec 14)
Testimonials. of Progress.     –   –   –   –     (2017 Jul 21)
CCR – APS processes     –   –   –   –   –   –   (2016 Dec 14)
APS/e3 concept outlines     –   –   –   –   –   (2016 Dec 14)
CatELab-APS/e3 research software    –   –   (2016 Dec 14)
CatELab & APS/e3 integrated processes   –   (2016 Dec 14)

Here is our corporate website & our funding campaign:

Arphosis Energy Systems official website
Our [imminent] funding campaign (draft)

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