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Forget plans to lower emissions by 2050 – this is deadly procrastination

This might seem to have nothing to do with nuclear powet. But I think that it does. The politicians, the pundits, the journalists – well – most will be dead by 2050, or at least out of the limelight.. In the meantime, the technofix spruikers can confidently spruik their favourite fix – clean carbon, ccarbon capture and storage, geoengineering, – with the nuclear lobby enthusiastically joining in the procrastination

Forget plans to lower emissions by 2050 – this is deadly procrastination https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/10/net-zero-2050-deadly-procrastination-fossil-fuels, Peter Kalmus

 Fixating on ‘net zero’ means betting the future of life on Earth that someone will invent some kind of whiz-bang tech to draw down CO2

The world has by and large adopted “net zero by 2050” as its de facto climate goal, but two fatal flaws hide in plain sight within those 16 characters. One is “net zero.” The other is “by 2050”.

These two flaws provide cover for big oil and politicians who wish to preserve the status quo. Together they comprise a deadly prescription for inaction and catastrophically high levels of irreversible climate and ecological breakdown.

First, consider “by 2050”. This deadline feels comfortably far away, encouraging further climate procrastination. Who feels urgency over a deadline in 2050? This is convenient for the world’s elected leaders, who typically have term limits of between three and five years, less so for anyone who needs a livable planet.

The world has by and large adopted “net zero by 2050” as its de facto climate goal, but two fatal flaws hide in plain sight within those 16 characters. One is “net zero.” The other is “by 2050”.

These two flaws provide cover for big oil and politicians who wish to preserve the status quo. Together they comprise a deadly prescription for inaction and catastrophically high levels of irreversible climate and ecological breakdown.

First, consider “by 2050”. This deadline feels comfortably far away, encouraging further climate procrastination. Who feels urgency over a deadline in 2050? This is convenient for the world’s elected leaders, who typically have term limits of between three and five years, less so for anyone who needs a livable planet.

Pathways for achieving net zero by 2050 – meaning that in 2050 any carbon emissions would be balanced by CO2 withdrawn through natural means, like forests, and through hypothetical carbon-trapping technology – are designed to give roughly even odds for keeping global heating below 1.5C. But it’s now apparent that even the current 1.1C of global heating is not a “safe” level. Climate catastrophes are arriving with a frequency and ferocity that have shocked climate scientists. The fact that climate models failed to predict the intensity of the summer’s heatwaves and flooding suggests that severe impacts will come sooner than previously thought. Madagascar is on the brink of the first climate famine, and developments such as multi-regional crop losses and climate warfare even before reaching 1.5C should no longer be ruled out.

Meanwhile, “net zero” is a phrase that represents magical thinking rooted in our society’s technology fetish. Just presuppose enough hypothetical carbon capture and you can pencil out a plan for meeting any climate goal, even while allowing the fossil fuel industry to keep growing. While there may be useful negative-emissions strategies such as reforestation and conservation agriculture, their carbon capture potential is small compared with cumulative fossil fuel carbon emissions, and their effects may not be permanent. Policymakers are betting the future of life on Earth that someone will invent some kind of whiz-bang tech to draw down CO2 at a massive scale.

The world’s largest direct air capture facility opened this month in Iceland; if it works, it will capture one ten-millionth of humanity’s current emissions, and due to its expense it is not yet scalable. It is the deepest of moral failures to casually saddle today’s young people with a critical task that may prove unfeasible by orders of magnitude – and expecting them to somehow accomplish this amid worsening heatwaves, fires, storms and floods that will pummel financial, insurance, infrastructure, water, food, health and political systems.

It should tell us all we need to know about “net zero by 2050” that it is supported by fossil fuel executives, and that climate uber-villain Rupert Murdoch has embraced it through his News Corp Australia mouthpiece.

So where does this leave us? Stabilizing the rapidly escalating destruction of the Earth will require directly scaling back and ultimately ending fossil fuels. To lower the odds of civilizational collapse, society must shift into emergency mode.

It will be easy to tell when society has begun this shift: leaders will begin to take actions that actually inflict pain on big oil, such as ending fossil fuel subsidies and placing a moratorium on all new oil and gas infrastructure.

Then rapid emissions descent could begin. I believe the global zero-emissions goal should be set no later than 2035; high-emitting nations have a moral obligation to go faster, and to provide transition assistance to low-emitting nations. Crucially, any zero goal must be paired with a commitment to annual reductions leading steadily to this goal year by year, and binding plans across all levels of government to achieve those annual targets. If this sounds extreme, bear in mind that climate breakdown has still only barely begun and that the damage will be irreversible.

Negative emissions strategies must also be left out of climate planning – in other words, forget the “net” in “net zero”. Otherwise they will continue to provide the distraction and delay sought by the fossil fuel industry. It would be beyond foolish to gamble our planet on technologies that may never exist at scale.

Due to the decades of inaction dishonestly engineered by fossil fuel executives, the speed and scale now required is staggering. There is no longer any incremental way out. It’s time to grow up and let go of the fantasy that we can get out of this without big changes that affect our lives. Policy steps that seem radical today – for example, proposals to nationalize the fossil fuel industry and ration oil and gas supplies – will seem less radical with each new climate disaster. Climate emergency mode will require personal sacrifice, especially from the high-emitting rich. But civilizational collapse would be unimaginably worse.

As a climate scientist, I am terrified by what I see coming. I want world leaders to stop hiding behind magical thinking and feel the same terror. Then they would finally end fossil fuels.

This story is published as part of Covering Climate Now, a global collaboration of news outlets strengthening coverage of the climate story.

September 11, 2021 - Posted by | 2 WORLD, climate change

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  1. This will not be published by Christina because it is too real and Christina is a scaredy cat

    The Nuclear Bomb Makers at Alamogordo, were very Reluctant to detonate the first nuclear bomb made at Los Alamos by them and Oppenheimer in the early 1940s. They were afraid the Nuclear Bomb would set the atmosphere on Fire.

    There is much more, of the most poisonous substances, in all parts of the environment now. Wildfires across the USA are burning 10s of thousands of the most poisonous, substances known to man that has been, biocumulated in the burned  trees. Organic, heavy metals, pesticides, radionuclides, halogens, and more.
    3 years ago, I said there would be, twice as many wild fires, as there were in the previous year, in the USA. . I’m a toxicologist. I said the wildfires, would be spreading out further across the USA, in the next year, in 2019. I said wildfires would infiltrate suburban and, city areas in the next year after that, by 2020, that had never experienced wildfires, and they did.
    Wildfires occured IN Phoenix AND BY IT’S Palo Verde, NUCLEAR REACTORS in 2020. Valley fever and chagas are worse epidemics than the pandemic because of all the shit in the air from pollution, wildfires, and global heating

    Wildfires occured all over California, Oregon , and Nevada.

    Wildfires occured in Las Vegas Nevada, parleys canyon and city canyon Utah. There were wildfires in the humid east last year and, the year before that. Smoke In eastern cities.
    A year ago, I said wildfires would be twice as big as the previous years . I said wildfires, would infiltrate places, never seen before. They did . There were the largest wildfires ever seen, in the core of the largest mountain groups in the USA in Colorado and Utah. They made way for flash flooding, that disrupted local economies this same year in large areas in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, in Colorado.
    There are multiple and widespread annual and perenial wildfires, in Nuclear Catastrophe zones and human nuclear manufacturing zones, in the world. This has been occuring for at least the last 40 years.
    Chernobyl, mayak, Hanford, Los Alamos, Fukushima, France, Kazakhstan, n Africa, Santa Susana, Los Alamos, Inl, white sands, Nevada, Colorado operation Dune Buggy, by nuclear reactors, Siberia in west china, in Pakistan, in Israel.
    In
    The radioactive reservation and Nuclear Catastrophe zones fires, spread pyrophoric and extremely poisonous radionuclides further out .
    There are mini-nuclear catastrophes, occuring again and again, throughout the world and a lot in the USA, at least semiannually.

    All radionuclides are pyrophoric. A great deal of the physical damage, from nuke detonations comes not only from radiation and emittir fallout, but massive amounts of firestorm, from a nuclear blast, are directly caused by relatively small amounts of the most pyrophoric substances known, plutonium that pryophorically burned and contaminated Denver Colorado, in the 60s, 70s and eighties.
    Uranium is a by-product of Nuke bomb, blasts. Uranium is used for it’s pyrophoric properties, in all munitions in the USA wild fires.
    Inl  or Idaho National Laboratory, is  the most radionuclide concentrated areas on the planet . There have been 3 reactor meltdowns at Idaho National laboratory , over the past 75 years, like the salt reactor meltdowns at Santa Susana, north of Los Angeles. There are multiple fildfires by Santa Susana every couple of years .
    And Bill Gates wants to build a big salt reactor in Wyoming, at tax payers expense. Bill gates is the worst criminal, oligarch psychopath, in history!

    The Fukushima and Chernobyl evacuation areas are the worst and most regular pyrophoric radionuclide spreaders on earth.
    Inl, is where small and large navy reactors are and, have been built. There are multiple types of nuclear reactors at inl. Idaho National Laboratory  has 50 nuclear reactors and has had 100 reactors there over time. . Inl has  as many nuclear reactors, as all of Japan in that small 100000, acre area in south east Idaho. The wildfires usually go much further and spread lethal, carcinogenic , mutagenic, fallout all over the country   the last huge wildfire there was 100,000 acres. My doctor friend at the Pocatello haspital said there was a dramatic increase in miscarriages and cancer after the 2019 INL fires. you will not see epidemiological studies of this for the same reason you see bogus studies of Fukushima and chernobyl and though millions have died as Drs Caldicott , busby, dr miller and many others have noted. It is because the united states is a nuclear terrorist state and the Who is controlled by the USA

    Many of the reactors at Idaho national laboratory,  are smaller but, they are also some of the most dangerous nuclear reactors known. Sodium reactors, breeder reactors, plutonium reactors etc . .

    Inl has the most concentrated area of nuclear waste, in the world!
    Nuclear catastrophe,  occured at Idaho national laboratory in 2019 that burned 100,000 acres and contaminated the western USA.
    DO YOU BELIEVE THE HIDEOUS IDAHO NATIONAL LABORATORY, HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE DRAMATICALLY HIGH WILDFIRE RATES ACROSS IDAHO? THINK AGAIN
    BLM officials discuss wildfire issues IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Local fire management officers are preparing for an above average fire season this year. Wildfires have a huge impact on lands across the Gem State every year.
    -https://duckduckgo.com/?q=inl+wildfires&ia=web
    -IAFF Local 83
    Search domain inlfire.comwww.inlfire.com
    -INL, BLM officials discuss wildfire issues IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – Local fire management officers are preparing for an above average fire season this year.
    -Wildfires have a huge impact on lands across the Gem State every year. Over the last 10 years, wildfires have burned more than 790,000 acres in southeast Idaho.

    -INL firefighters prepare for potentially high wildfire …
    inl.govhttps://inl.gov/article/wildfire-season/
    -The largest fire in recent years was the 2010 Jefferson Fire, which burned over 100,000 acres, and the last major fire was 2012’s Midway Fire, which consumed more than 8,000 acres.
    -This summer, INL has already experienced three wildland fires, the largest involving over 80 acres.
    Preparations for INL’s 2020 fire season underway – INL
    -Search domain inl.govhttps://inl.gov/article/2020-fire-season/
    Fire is a fact of life on the Snake River Plain, the land on which INL sits, and the memory of 2019’s Sheep Fire, the largest in the Site’s history, is fresh in everyone’s minds. Over 120 firefighters from 15 different regional agencies were involved in bringing the 2019 INL Sheep Fire under control with no injuries.
    INL blaze breaks record for wildfires in area | News …
    -Search domain rexburgstandardjournal.com

    https://www.rexburgstandardjournal.com/news/inl-blaze-breaks-record-for-wildfires-in-area/article_8ee80938-8fb8-11df-9f5b-001cc4c03286.html
    -IDAHO FALLS — A wildfire that started near the gates of the Idaho National Laboratory at 2 p.m. Tuesday has grown into the single largest blaze in INL history, covering a total of 109,000 acres …

    The united states will be so contaminated, from radionuclides from wildfires, heat from climate change, wild fire poisons, wildfire destruction, nuclear fires and breakdowns that the country will not exist. It is not happening slowly till 2050 u dorks IT IS HAPPENING NOW. IN 5 YEARS THERE WILL BE NOTHING! I cannot get this published on OEN , or anywhere. It is because humans are stupid and evil. It is because evil, old baby boomers don’t give a shit . From Chris Floyd empire burlesque

    “The US is ruled by very, very old, very, very rich people whose guiding principle is “Apres moi, le deluge.” They do not give a shit about global warming. If they don’t start a planet-poisoning nuclear war with China, before they crawl off to the graveyard, I would be very surprised.
    The USA will burn down, faster than it is, as things go the same and denial goes on. ”

    Dogs around los Alamos national plutonium pit manufacturung laboratory, only live to be 4 to 5 years old. There is the highest incidence of lung, skin, pancreatic cancer, in the world there. It’s right by Santa Fe, new mexico, the capital of new mexico. People suffer from diseases there that don’t exist in other places. Like dissolving esophaguses. There is plutonium and americium in the water table. Wipp, on the other side of the state, is worse. Massive amounts of plutonium that has caught fire and exploded and will continue to do so.
    New Mexico Nuclear Activists Brainstorm on How to Stop LANL, WIPP Expansion – Taos Enviro Film Festival – NH #530 – Nuclear Hotseat
    http://nuclearhotseat.com/2021/08/18/new-mexico-nuclear-activists-lanl-wipp-taos/

    No one talks about radionuclide pyrophoricity. There have been perennial wild fires, around radioactive sieves like Hanford, mayak, los Alamos, fukushima, Santa Susana, Chernobyl, and the Idaho national laboratory, for years.

    There have been and are, worldwide, expansive wild fires, “On All major continents.” They are burning trees that have accumulated pyrophoric nuclear fallout, over the past 75 years. Bomb detonation-fallout, chernobyl, fukushima and all the other meltdowns and radioactive ☢️ fallout, radionuclides, from other radionuclide catastrophes, they lie about. The extremely toxic radionucleides, are going back into our food supply, air, and water. It is going into the air we breath, the food we eat, the water we drink. It is making climate change, much worse.
    The wild fire areas, are doubling in ferocity and breadth every year. There are, wildfires adjacent to major cities and in towns.
    The first rainstorm ever recorded, has occured at the.summit of Greenlands largest glacier.

    There are probably only 5 years left for humans on earth.
    I was in a mountain valley, after a 9000 acre wild fire struck there, this summer. The heart of the rocky mountains on fire, leading to paralyzing floods in mountain valleys, from the loss of the trees, that keep soil and water in the mountains..
    House flies are impacted and largely gone in the valley I was in, whereas there are usually significant housefly problems , in the summer. Fly reproduction cycles are the most vulnerable, to radionuclide mutation and toxicity.
    There were 4 hummingbirds coming to the feeders in the spring and beginning of the summer. No hummingbirds for 2 months
    People simply ignore it. It is getting far worse than this pandemic. Soon systems will fail in a juggernaut of collapse. There is other pestilence that is out of hand. People won’t be able to breath or survive because of the heat and smoke. How stupid humans are. Many insect and bees are already gone. A mass of insane deluded, gluttonous, evil-monkeys.

    27 Years Later, Radiation Still Hides Out in Chernobyl’s Trees (Fukushima’s Too) | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine
    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/27-years-later-radiation-still-hides-out-in-chernobyls-trees-fukushimas-too-3813090/

    Pyrophoric Radioactive Cesium Can Burn In Air and Explode Underwater Just Like Radioactive Depleted Uranium, Hafnium, Thorium, Plutonium, Cerium, Neptunium, Sodium, Plutonium, Radioactive Lead, Cesium 137, Strontium 90
    Can Burn In Air and Explode Underwater Just Like Radioactive Depleted Uranium, Hafnium, Thorium, Plutonium, Cerium, Neptunium, Sodium, Plutonium, Radioactive Lead, Cesium 137, Strontium 90
    Pyrophoric Radioactive Cesium Can Burn In Air and Explode Underwater Just Like Radioactive Depleted Uranium, Hafnium, Thorium, Plutonium, Cerium, Neptunium, Sodium, Plutonium, Radioactive Lead, Cesium 137, Strontium 90

    Can metals burn underwater? Can metals burn in air, with no ignition source? The answer is a definite yes, that there are multiple metals that can and have been known to do both of the above given the opportunity and right circumstances. Many of the most toxic, radioactive and deadly dangerous man made artificial elements created by the nuclear industry are pyrophoric.

    The nuclear monopoly wants to keep this information secret, because if the general population ever found out how dangerous, toxic and deadly, plus explosively pyrophoric poisonous are, any of these man-made, artificial, nuclear scientist created elements, really are, the entire nuclear monopoly would be shut down

    DEFINITION OF A PYROPHORIC SUBSTANCE

    Wikipedia; “A pyrophoric substance (from Greek: πυροφόρος, pyrophoros, ‘fire-bearing’) is a substance that ignites spontaneously in air at or below 54 °C (129 °F) (for gases) or within 5 minutes after coming into contact with air (for liquids and solids).[1] Examples are iron sulfide and many reactive metals including plutonium and uranium, when powdered or thinly sliced. Pyrophoric materials are often water-reactive as well and will ignite when they contact water or humid air. They can be handled safely in atmospheres of argon or (with a few exceptions) nitrogen. Class D fire extinguishers are capable of dealing with pyrophoric fires

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