You are here

Health & Environment

Health, Science & Environment

The Truth About These Climate Change Numbers

https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/focal/1600/480/46/46/1*f13EgMk6Bilm-NPO02nt6g.jpeg

 / Photo: shaun/E+/Getty

  • A new report shows carbon emissions are moving in the wrong direction, and we’re running out of time.
  • Related: A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die.

Jeff Goodell, Rolling Stone

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Have%20You%20No%20Shame%3F%20Donate%20Now.jpgJournalism with real independence and integrity is a rare thing. All reader supported Evergreene Digest relies - exclusively!- on reader donations. Click on the donation button on the far right to make a contribution and support our work.

 



December 6, 2018 | It’s often argued that climate change is not a technological or engineering problem, it is a political problem. And it’s true. We have all the technology we need to power the world with renewables and stave off the worst of climate chaos. What we lack is the political will to take the kind of moonshot-scale action necessary to accomplish it.

But climate change is also a numbers problem. Every ton of carbon that we dump into the atmosphere stays there for hundreds of years, warming the atmosphere and reshaping the future climate. As the recent IPCC report pointed out, to avoid the worst of climate chaos, the world needs to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Accomplishing that would require not just a remaking of our energy system, but profound changes in agriculture, the design of cities and transportation systems. It is possible to imagine how a revolution like this might happen, but it’s even easier to imagine how it would not.

Jeff Goodell, Reporter, Rolling Stone

Full story …

Related:

A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

https://www.rollingstone.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/climate-catastrophe-math.jpg?crop=900:600&width=1440

  • Part 1: You, Too, Are in Denial of Climate Change
  • Thinking climate change will only hit elsewhere, or only in the future, pummeling others but sparing you — these are delusions, too.
  • Part 2: Is a Green New Deal Possible Without a Revolution?
  • A Green New Deal is the name of our desire.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Fake-News-400x255.jpgHelp enlighten others. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.

 

A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Environment%20Banner_1.jpg

  • Part 1: You, Too, Are in Denial of Climate Change
  • Thinking climate change will only hit elsewhere, or only in the future, pummeling others but sparing you — these are delusions, too.
  • Part 2: Is a Green New Deal Possible Without a Revolution?
  • A Green New Deal is the name of our desire.
  • Related: Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived.
     

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 


http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/If%20You%20Use%20it%2C%20Contribute%20To%20It%20banner.jpg




Part 1: You, Too, Are in Denial of Climate Change

https://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/intelligencer/2018/12/13/13-climate-change-protest.w700.h467.jpg / A woman at a June 1, 2017, demonstration in New York protesting President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accords. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

Thinking climate change will only hit elsewhere, or only in the future, pummeling others but sparing you — these are delusions, too, ones powered by many of the same coping mechanisms that give rise to outright denialism.

David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine

Dec. 14, 2018 | You, too, are in denial.

We all are, nearly every single one of us as individuals, even those of us who are following the bad news that suggests “the climate change problem is starting to look too big to solve”; every nation, almost none of them meeting their climate commitments, and most (not just the United States) publicly downplaying the threat; and even many of the alliances and organizations, like the IPCC, endeavoring to solve the crisis. At the moment, negotiations at the organization’s COP24 conference, meant to formalize the commitments made in the Paris accords two years ago, are “a huge mess,” perhaps poised to collapse. Last month, scientists warned that we had only about 12 years to cut global emissions in half and that doing so would require a worldwide mobilization on the scale of that for World War II. The U.N. secretary general has warned that we have only about a year to get started. Instead, on Election Day, voters in deep-blue Washington rejected a modest carbon tax and those in crunchy Colorado rejected a slowdown of oil and gas projects. In France — conservative America’s cartoon of unchecked left-wing-ism — the worst protests in 50 years were provoked by a proposal to increase the gasoline tax. If communities like these won’t take action on climate, who, in the next dozen years, will?

But perhaps it should not be surprising that, even in many of the world’s most progressive places, even in the moment of acknowledged environmental crisis, a sort of climate NIMBYism prevails. The cost of inaction is sort of unthinkable — annual deadly heat waves and widespread famine, tens of millions of climate refugees, global coastal flooding, and disasters that will cost double the world’s present-day wealth. And so we choose, most of the time, not to think about it. This is denial, too, whatever you check on a survey about whether you “believe” the climate is changing.

David Wallace-Wells, New York Magazine , National Fellow, New America, is deputy editor of New York Magazine, where he also writes frequently about climate and the near future of science and technology, including his widely read and debated 2017 cover story on worst-case scenarios for global warming.

Full story …



Part 2: Is a Green New Deal Possible Without a Revolution?


https://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/intelligencer/2018/12/11/11-green-new-deal.w700.h467.jpg / A Green New Deal is the name of our desire. Photo: Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

Dec. 13, 2018 | Frederick Douglass wasn’t exaggerating: Power really does concede nothing without a demand — not even a plan to make a plan to prevent the powerful’s own grandkids from perishing in the end-times.

As of few weeks ago, congressional Democrats had no clear vision for how they intended to develop a clear vision for tackling climate change. The party’s leading 2020 contenders had put forward ambitious policies on health care, housing, criminal justice, the racial wealth gap, child care, wage stagnation, corporate governance reform, and legal ganja — but virtually nothing on the small issue of how to ensure that human civilization outlives Barron Trump.

Eric Levitz: I'm an aspiring journalist, currently studying at the CUNY School of Journalism. Have written for MSNBC, Salon, Heavy, City Limits.

Full story …

Related:

Brace for Impact, as the Climate "End Game" Has Arrived. Dahr Jamail,  Truthout
 

https://truthout.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Jamail-dispatch-first-wildfire-smoke-pic-1200x900.jpeg / Smoke from wildfires in British Columbia, Eastern Washington and Montana enshrouds the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. In the Pacific Northwest, experiencing weeks on end of wildfire smoke during the summer months has become the “new normal.” / Dahr Jamail

  • The human race is too stupid to survive, as amply proven by the people it chooses to lead (into oblivion).  We'll just all go on our merry way, uninvolved ... .
  • Related: A Green New Deal Is Not possible Until We Let ALL Our Delusions About Climate Change Die.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20icon_0.jpg

Be sure to pass these articles to friends and kin. A lot depends on this. Please do your part.

Nearly 40,000 People Died From Guns in U.S. Last Year, Highest in 50 Years.

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/12/19/us/19xp-guns-print/19xp-guns-jumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp

 / Last year was the third consecutive year that the rate of firearm deaths rose in the United States. While public mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas make up a small percentage of firearm deaths, they have changed the national conversation.Credit Zackary Canepari for the New York Times

Related: Hospitals Are Trying To Do What Politicians Haven’t: Stop Gun Violence.

Sarah Mervosh, New York (NY) Times

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Facebook%20Logo.jpg Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Facebook <>

 


https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/12/19/us/19xp-guns3/merlin_137864547_753db288-40d3-401f-b337-01c18ca3458a-jumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp / Dec. 18, 2018 | Last year was the third consecutive year that the rate of firearm deaths rose in the United States. While public mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas make up a small percentage of firearm deaths, they have changed the national conversation. CreditCreditZackary Canepari for The New York Times

More people died from firearm injuries in the United States last year than in any other year since at least 1968, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There were 39,773 gun deaths in 2017, up by more than 1,000 from the year before. Nearly two-thirds were suicides. It was the largest yearly total on record in the C.D.C.’s electronic database, which goes back 50 years, and reflects the sheer number of lives lost.

Sarah Mervosh covers breaking news for the New York Times. She was previously an investigative reporter at The Dallas Morning News. Her background is primarily in covering criminal justice and legal issues.

Full story …

Related:

Hospitals Are Trying To Do What Politicians Haven’t: Stop Gun Violence. Nick Wing, Huff Post

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Revolver%20Barrel%20and%20Socket%20Wrench.jpg / Not content to simply patch up injuries, hospital-based violence intervention programs around the U.S. are helping to change the lives of survivors.

 


http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Editor%20Comment%20icon_0.jpgMake sure many more people see this. It's literally a matter of life an death. Imperial lies kill! Share widely.

 

Psycological Analysis of Trump's Support

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Health%20%26%20Wellness%20Banner_0.jpg

  • Part 1: The Dunning-Kruger Effect May Help Explain Trump's SupportA new study suggests some people grossly overestimate their political knowledge.
  • Part 2: A Complete Psychological Analysis of Trump's Support
  • Science can help us make sense of the president's political invincibility.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Donate.jpg

Part 1: The Dunning-Kruger Effect May Help Explain Trump's Support

A new study suggests some people grossly overestimate their political knowledge.

Bobby Azarian, Psychology Today

Aug 22,2018 | In the past, some prominent psychologists have explained President Donald Trump’s unwavering support by alluding to a well-established psychological phenomenon known as the “Dunning-Kruger effect.” The effect is a type of cognitive bias, where people with little expertise or ability assume they have superior expertise or ability. This overestimation occurs as a result of the fact that they don’t have enough knowledge to know they don’t have enough knowledge. This simple but loopy concept has been demonstrated dozens of times in well-controlled psychology studies and in a variety of contexts. However, until now, the effect had not been studied in one of the most obvious and important realms—political knowledge.

A new study published in the journal PoliticalPsychology, carried out by the political scientist Ian Anson at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, not only found that the Dunning-Kruger effect applies to politics, it also appears to be exacerbated when partisan identities are made more salient. In other words, those who score low on political knowledge tend to overestimate their expertise even more when greater emphasis is placed on political affiliation.

Bobby Azarian is a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with George Mason University and a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, BBC Future, Scientific American, Slate, the Huffington Post, Quartz, and others. His research has been published in journals such as Cognition & Emotion and Human Brain Mapping.

Full story …



Part 2: A Complete Psychological Analysis of Trump's Support


Science can help us make sense of the president's political invincibility.

Bobby Azarian, Psychology Today

Dec 27,2018 | Whether we want to or not, we must try to understand the Donald Trump phenomenon, as it has completely swept the nation and also fiercely divided it. What is most baffling about it all is Trump’s apparent political invincibility. As he himself said even before he won the presidential election, “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.” Unfortunately for the American people, this wild-sounding claim appears to be truer than not. It should also motivate us to explore the science underlying such peculiar human behavior, so we can learn from it, and potentially inoculate against it.

In all fairness, we should recognize that lying is sadly not uncommon for politicians on both sides of the political aisle, but the frequency and magnitude of the current president’s lies should have us all wondering why they haven’t destroyed his political career, and instead perhaps strengthened it. Similarly, we should be asking why his inflammatory rhetoric and numerous scandals haven’t sunk him. We are talking about a man who was caught on tape saying, “When you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy.” Politically surviving that video is not normal, or anything close to it, and such a revelation would likely have been the end of Barack Obama or George Bush had it surfaced weeks before the election.

Bobby Azarian is a cognitive neuroscientist affiliated with George Mason University and a freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the Atlantic, the New York Times, BBC Future, Scientific American, Slate, the Huffington Post, Quartz, and others. His research has been published in journals such as Cognition & Emotion and Human Brain Mapping.

Full story …


http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/EMail%20This%20Story%20to%20a%20Friend%20banner.jpg

Help expand your impact by forwarding this story to any friends looking to get involved.

Pages