Leonardo Dicaprio’s film is truly scary – not in the usual horror film way, but because it truly captures the devastation already being wreaked on our world. Leonardo sets the scene with the allegory of Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights, where mankind is originally innocent, then enjoys earthly delights and then suffers in a hell – featuring a part with an uncanny resemblance to the Satantic Mills.
For those who want to hear about the devastating effects of climate change already, the causes, real solutions and fightback by figures including The Pope, Ban Ki Moon, Elon Musk and ordinary people, this is a must see.
Before the Flood was released by National Geographic – not for the cinema route but for home downloads. You can go to your Sky or Virgin download menu and search for ‘Before the Flood’ to view it for free. It can be viewed in sections – outlined below . More
The Paris Agreement a year on: How does it look, and is there evidence of tangible action?
Date: Wednesday 14th Dec at 8pm
Venue: Highgate Literary and Scientific Institution, 11 South Grove, Highgate, N6 6BS
Speaker: Alyssa Gilbert, the Head of Policy and Translation at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, of Imperial College.
Alyssa Gilbert will review the science underlying the challenge and the science and technology of the solutions, reflecting current advances. This is in the context of the Paris Climate Change Agreement coming into force on the 4th Non 2016. Representatives from countries all around the world confirmed their determination for the Agreement to be successful in a statement that included:
“we reiterate our resolve to inspire solidarity, hope and opportunity for current and future generations.“
The meeting is open to anyone with a general interest in the topic, whether or not members of HLSI. There is no charge for admittance.
London Air Pollution Consultation, end date: 18th December 2016
Have your say on the introduction of a new Emissions Surcharge and ideas for improving Ultra Low Emission Zone click here
Following the initial consultation, available here TfL is now consulting on detailed proposals for the implementation of the Emissions Surcharge (ES), and ideas for improving the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
Project Dirt has a full list of events coming up. See here for details.
Bringing the Paris Agreement into Force at Marrakesh
CLICK HERE FOR THE RUNNING TOTALS OF PARTIES THAT HAVE RATIFIED
Update 5th Oct: Sufficient ratifications were received (including the overall EU) for the Paris Agreement to come into force on 4th Nov in time for the COP22 in Marrakesh. See here for UN announcement and here for EU announcement.
Major emitters, including the USA and China, have shown leadership by ratifying the Agreement and the EU has shown leadership in ratifying as an overarching Party. Concerns about President Trump trying to dismantle the Agreement were added to the saga when the American election followed only days after the Agreement came into force.
Update. Boris Johnson ratified the Agreement on behalf of the UK on 17th Nov 2016. The UK Youth Climate Coalition met with the UK representative, Nick Hurd, at COP22 in Marrakesh on the same day and and urged him to align UK emissions targets with 1.5C. More
Whilst the UK slips away from the EU efforts to protect the planet, the world continues to turn and global warming continues to go up and up, wreaking the devastation predicted.
The EU has been co-ordinating pledges across the 28 members, providing grants, loans, shared research and common standards. Now the UK (and/or England, Scotland, N Ireland and Wales separately) must now write, or rewrite mountains of legislation taking years, using hundreds of bureaucrats and most of parliamentary attention. The Centre for European Reform in July 2016 identified 6 interlocking sets of negotiations before we have slipped anchor:
- “One set of talks will cover Britain’s legal separation from the EU”
- “the second a free trade agreement (FTA) with the EU”
- “the third interim cover for the UK between its departure from the EU and the entry into force of the FTA”
- “the fourth accession to full membership of the WTO“
- “the sixth co-operation on foreign, defence and security policies.”
And will legislation protecting our Air and reducing our carbon emissions be ‘highly ambitious’ or forgotten?
Carbon emissions and air pollution know no boundaries and actions by the biggest emitters – India and China and the USA will make the most difference. The UK is small and people will say that our contribution is unimportant. But our future relies on innovation and influence. If we allow Climate Change to be shelved until a convenient time other countries may follow our lead. If we co-operate across borders and unleash the best of our innovation and entrepreneurship we can make a difference.
The UK in a Brexit world goes through some of the EU legislation that must be undone/redone and has information about the UK’s formal commitments and reliance on EU financial services to combat Climate Change.
In all the hype and overload of ‘facts’ about the EU there seems little coverage of Climate Change and Air Pollution. Detailed lists of some of the activities and effects of EU legislation eg on Air Pollution are covered at WHAT ARE WE DOING – What is the EU Doing?.
For those who believe that our current transport, energy and agriculture choices are causing the greatest threat to humans ever, talking about trade, jobs, immigrants and even wars – but not Climate Change or Environmental implications – just seems weird.
Friends of the Earth lists the environmental topics of Beaches, Bees, Nature, Waste&Recycling, Green Energy, Air Quality and Fish, concluding that the EU has had significant beneficial effects.
What will happen on many issues if we stay IN or if we come OUT is largely speculation, but the effects of poor leadership and regulation on the causes of Climate Change are becoming increasingly clear – and many of the causes of Climate Change are also the causes of our Air Pollution.