David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation: ‘Hot Enough For You?’

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David Suzuki and the David Suzuki Foundation: ‘Hot Enough For You?’

'We have to act now'

David Suzuki: Cool solutions mean a hothouse planet isn’t inevitable

The research is profoundly disturbing. But the media coverage often missed or downplayed a crucial element: the solutions the report outlines toward a “stabilized Earth pathway.” This “would require deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, protection and enhancement of biosphere carbon sinks, efforts to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, possibly solar radiation management, and adaptation to unavoidable impacts of the warming already occurring”.

Because our current socioeconomic system is “based on high-carbon economic growth and exploitative resource use”, the study’s authors argue that “changes in demographics, consumption, behavior, attitudes, education, institutions, and socially embedded technologies are all important”.

They also warn: “If a planetary threshold is crossed toward the Hothouse Earth pathway, accessing the Stabilized Earth pathway would become very difficult no matter what actions human societies might take.”

In other words, we have to act now. The choices we make over the next decade will determine our future and the future of our children and their children. We’ve already locked into substantial warming and are seeing the consequences, but it’s not yet too late to change course.

As University College London and University of Leeds professor of global-change science Simon Lewis notes, diagnosing global warming and its consequences is a scientific issue, but “solving climate change is about power, money, and political will”.

We must insist that politicians represent the interests of citizens rather than corporations. We must stand up to the fossil-fuel industry and climate-science deniers.

We’ve put off necessary action for too long already. Bold steps are needed. We no longer have time to spare.

David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and cofounder of the David Suzuki Foundation. Written with contributions from foundation senior editor Ian Hanington.

https://www.straight.com/news/1116581/david-suzuki-cool-solutions-mean-h...

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Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene

We explore the risk that self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth System toward a planetary threshold that, if crossed, could prevent stabilization of the climate at intermediate temperature rises and cause continued warming on a “Hothouse Earth” pathway even as human emissions are reduced. Crossing the threshold would lead to a much higher global average temperature than any interglacial in the past 1.2 million years and to sea levels significantly higher than at any time in the Holocene. We examine the evidence that such a threshold might exist and where it might be. If the threshold is crossed, the resulting trajectory would likely cause serious disruptions to ecosystems, society, and economies. Collective human action is required to steer the Earth System away from a potential threshold and stabilize it in a habitable interglacial-like state. Such action entails stewardship of the entire Earth System—biosphere, climate, and societies—and could include decarbonization of the global economy, enhancement of biosphere carbon sinks, behavioral changes, technological innovations, new governance arrangements, and transformed social values.

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http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/07/31/1810141115

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Trudeau hesitates on funding for solar panels at Gaza hospitals

http://rabble.ca/columnists/2018/07/trudeau-hesitates-funding-solar-pane...

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Those who think closing our eyes to Trump will make it all go away need to think again

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/08/14/trump-reverse-climate-rule-740066

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The problem is how in the hell do we get people to care about these issues? There used to be very few SUVs and similar oversized vehicles in urban areas in Québec. (These are actually useful in some rural and remote areas with extreme weather and unploughed roads). But with a recent improvement in the environment, I see more of the fucking things in my very urban street. They are higher off the ground with more blind spots in terms of pedestrians, cyclists and non-human creatures, especially those that are smaller and closer to the ground.

There is a huge backlash against every minor attempt the Projet Montréal administration makes to create a more sustainable environment, and the CAQ would certainly block the much needed Ligne Rose - people in northeastern Mtl often face very long commutes, and it is an area where there are many new immigrant families with limited funds. The blue line hasn't been extended eastwards in 30 years. The western extension was controversial from the outset - some westerly suburbs actually didn't want the métro as it would attract "unwelcome elements" (Côte-St-Luc was notorious as to this) but I do believe mentalities have changed in that respect (and CSL now has a very large elderly population who would benefit greatly from accessible public transport).

I'll leave Drug Ford's ecocidal  policies for Ontarian friends to discuss...

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Human nature reveals that most won't change until they are in crisis and are forced to. 

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We obviously have a huge issue with global warming but unfortunately the inmates are in charge of the asylum. For example Trump is now blaming Canada for the California forest fires.

B.C. Wildfire Service warns of potential for 'extreme fire behaviour' from Shovel Lake blaze

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/extreme-fire-behaviour-s...

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One area, at least to be best of my knowledge, where David Suzuki falls down, or fails to address, is the seriousness of growing human financial inequality.

 If we had much more financial equality between people in Canada, and more financial equality between Canada and the other nations, humankind would be able to seriously confront global warming much more effectively. 

Too bad!

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One area, at least to be best of my knowledge, where David Suzuki falls down, or fails to address, is the seriousness of growing human financial inequality.

Do you think that might maybe be a bit outside his wheelhouse?

FWIW, I'm really not waiting for him to "woke" us about drug addiction either, nor violent video games.

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Poverty goes hand in hand with global warming, and we will never solve global warming issues if we don't address poverty first. Why, if we have such a booming economy, haven't people's wages kept up because all that leads to more poverty (hint: tech companies)

https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2018/08/17/tax-fairness-poll-cra-professio...

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Poverty goes hand in hand with global warming

Ah.  Because the poor of the world consume the most fossil fuels?  Can you tell us more?  Because I thought it was the affluent countries burning it up.

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No one is obligated to be all things to all people. 

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Worst air quality in the world? Bad Suzuki very bad

https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/hazardous-air-quality-br...

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People's travel plans are affected due to bad air quality. This is the time when the schoolgoing kids travel with their parents and memories of a lifetime are made. Now the only memories they have is of flights cancelled. Somebody think about the childeren please

https://www.news1130.com/2018/08/20/flights-air-quality-bc-wildfires/

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What would you like Suzuki to do about the air quality? Where, specifically, should he be? Pretty sure the Suzuki Foundation has a position on the forest fires and that they're appropriately concerned. It's not like David himself is a politician who should be showing up in disaster zones to provide moral support.

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Human nature reveals that most won't change until they are in crisis and are forced to. 

Carbon pricing is one such strategy. Good to know that you agree with Fancy Socks.

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Hothouse Earth will be caused by what you want me to do, and what you refuse to do yourself.

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How refreshing to have a little dose of discouraging reality  rather than the usual everything is all right Jack nonsense from a political leader

https://www.straight.com/news/1119466/premier-john-horgan-warns-raging-wildfires-and-toxic-haze-could-be-new-normal-bc

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Canada's cattle producers have a choice between climate denier Mr Scheer, Do Nothing Fancy Socks and Climate Change Champion Singh. 

Guess which one they will pick in the coming election as they are suffering from effects of man made climate change.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/cattle-drought-beef-alberta-prairi...

Go Singh, Go NDP

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Good article but are the decision-makers listening! 

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2018/08/22/Were-Losing-Fight-Wildfires-BC-Fire-Prevention/

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Blame BC Liberal Neglect, Not Climate Change, for Year of Fires

Despite warnings, government failed to invest in measures to reduce wildfire risk.

 

“Prevention [of forest fires] is always more productive and cost-effective than responding afterwards.” — B.C. Forest Practices Board, 2015

 

Climate change is not responsible for British Columbia’s terrible wildfire situation — former BC Liberal premier Christy Clark is.

Clark’s government — and that of her predecessor Gordon Campbell — shamefully and negligently refused to take the necessary steps to prevent out of control interface fires that have devastated or threatened B.C. communities.

They ignored key recommendations of the Firestorm 2003 review by ex-Manitoba premier Gary Filmon, refusing to take necessary steps to remove dangerous forest fuels that cause infernos.

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/08/15/Blame-BC-Liberals-for-Forest-Fires/

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Unravelling an unprecedented natural disaster – why is B.C. burning every summer?

UBC forestry scientist says a major re-think of forest management is needed immediately

https://www.burnabynow.com/unravelling-an-unprecedented-natural-disaster...

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lagatta4 wrote:
The problem is how in the hell do we get people to care about these issues? There used to be very few SUVs and similar oversized vehicles in urban areas in Québec. (These are actually useful in some rural and remote areas with extreme weather and unploughed roads). But with a recent improvement in the environment, I see more of the fucking things in my very urban street. They are higher off the ground with more blind spots in terms of pedestrians, cyclists and non-human creatures, especially those that are smaller and closer to the ground.

The primary reason that so many people drives SUV's nowadays is that car manufaturers no longer produce station wagons. People who want and/or need more trunk space than available in a sedan don't have a lot of choice anymore. Even former rabble editor Derrick O'Keefe owns an SUV now (he and Andrea have two boys, and they need the trunk space).

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Where does our friend Derrick live that he need a personal car (as opposed to using carshare for the "major shopping trips" families can impose)? Does he live in the countryside? I have friends with two small children who live almost car free - almost as in they use carshare and sometimes rent small trucks for really major expeditions. They get around most by cycling, walking and public transport, even in the winter.

Obviously this is (alas) not possible in rural or remote regions, but most lethal motor vehicle use and toxic sprawl is urban and above all suburban. It is the result of ecocidal bad planning.

Montréal has taken many green initiatives, but now we are surrounded by a festering morass of carcentric sprawl.

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Fortunately lagatta many millenials are turning down the opportunity to purchase or even drive a car. And often those that do drive are using things like CarToGo rentals.   And more folks are now bicycling to and from work.

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lagatta4 wrote:
Where does our friend Derrick live that he need a personal car (as opposed to using carshare for the "major shopping trips" families can impose)? Does he live in the countryside? I have friends with two small children who live almost car free - almost as in they use carshare and sometimes rent small trucks for really major expeditions. They get around most by cycling, walking and public transport, even in the winter.

Derrick and his partner Andrea live in Vancouver. Derrick's parents, who not infrequently look after their two sons in the evenings, live in Richmond. And Derrick's parents also own a cabin on Shuswap Lake, so Derrick and Andrea need a vehicle to travel there.

eta: Derrick and Andrea's vehicle probably qualifies as a "small" SUV. My brain often doesn't distinguish between these and the larger variety.

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If BC NDP-Green coalition is being timid, what can be expected of others. Is the BC NDP on the way to achieving the Fake NDP status of Pipeline Queen NDP?

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What Do the Conservatives, Bernier and Fukushima Have in Common?

The Canadian right frets about migrants and ignores the coming global catastrophe.

 

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2018/08/28/Conservatives-Bernier-Fukushima-Co...

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