Landmark UN Climate Change Report: Act Now To Avoid Climate Catastrophe | IFLScience

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has unleashed their Special Report on the impact of global warming reaching 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
“This IPCC report is set to outline a rescue plan for humanity,”
“1.5°C is the new 2°C,”
If we stick to Paris Climate Agreement commitments, we could still see a global warming of about 3°C by 2100.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Better still, there are benefits to the fishing crew, so the idea may not need to be imposed by regulation.

    Green Lights on Fishing Nets Could Be The Secret To Saving The Oceans

    The oceans are facing catastrophe from overfishing, and the problem is as much the things caught by accident – by-catch – as it is the fish we are trying to catch. This is particularly problematic for large, long-lived species like sharks and sea turtles, whose populations only rebound slowly. The answer, or at least a big part of it, could be attaching lights that deter non-target species, while having no effect on the fish we actually want to catch.

    Although finding a way to keep unwanted animals from fishing nets makes sense, it comes with an obvious problem. When the creatures we don’t want include species as diverse as mammals, reptiles, sharks, and invertebrate cephalopods, it’s hard to imagine any one thing that would work on all of them without also reducing catches of target fish.

    Nevertheless, scientists including John Wang of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report in Current Biology that’s exactly what they have found in the form of green LEDs dotted along nets’ floatlines. Better still, there are benefits to the fishing crew, so the idea may not need to be imposed by regulation.

    The team attached green LEDs every 10 meters (33 feet) along the edge of 28 nets set to catch grouper and halibut off Baja California, leaving other nets as controls. The illuminated nets caught 63 percent less by-catch in total, including 81 percent fewer squid and an astonishing 95 percent fewer sharks and rays by weight. Ironically, almost the least successful aspect was in saving turtles, whose excellent site in the green part of the spectrum inspired the idea initially. Nevertheless, a 51 percent reduction in deaths for the most threatened vertebrate group on the planet is nothing to be sneezed at, and the turtles narrowly benefited more than unwanted fin fish at 48 percent.

    Meanwhile, there was no difference in the amount of commercially valuable fish the nets caught. Indeed more halibut, a particular target, was caught in the lighted nets, although this may have been chance.

    Attaching and powering the lights obviously costs something – $140 per net to be precise – but the researchers are looking into cheaper solar-powered options, and placing them further apart.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The pioneering project has already created the first vehicle made of fossil-free steel, but this is just the beginning of the story.

    World’s First Fossil-Free Steel Has Power To Slash Carbon Footprints

    Steel is everywhere. It’s in our cars, our houses, our bridges, and so much more. Although an invaluable material for societies around the world, steel stomps out a massive global carbon footprint, accounting for up to 7 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. These emissions are pumped out throughout the numerous steps of making steel, a process that’s looked roughly the same for over a thousand years – until now.

    Swedish steel company SSAB has partnered with mining company LKAB and energy company Vattenfall to reinvent the process of making steel to ensure it’s fossil-free from start to finish. Known as the HYBRIT project, SSAB uses the technology to manufacture an end product exactly the same as before – sturdy and versatile steel – via a new process that doesn’t produce carbon dioxide, which will help reduce global carbon emissions greatly.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    SSAB aloittaa yli neljän miljardin euron investoinnit tehtailleen Suomessa ja Ruotsissa

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Circular thinking: how manufacturing can lead us to a greener, more sustainable future

    In a crucial bid to lowering emissions and reducing waste, digital technology is propelling the manufacturing industry into a sustainable future

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Consumers Expect Brands to Address Climate Change

    Environmental activism has reached an inflection point, as consumers increasingly demand change from business leaders and corporations, Deloitte research reveals.

    As government leaders pursue policies and programs to mitigate climate change, businesses are also considering their role in environmental and sustainability issues—and that responsibility takes on greater prominence this year, with Deloitte research showing that, when it comes to activism, 2020 was a tipping point for society and business.

    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, 40% of the general public say they are more likely to be actively involved in social issues, and many are changing their buying patterns or encouraging others to do the same, according to the “#GetOutInFront” global research report, which examined consumer views in six different countries. To produce the report, Deloitte surveyed nearly 10,000 respondents during January 2020, then followed up with a second survey in May to gauge how opinions had shifted since the crisis began.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Is Europe’s Nuclear Phaseout Starting to Phase Out? France re-ups aggressive fission policy; Poland and Romania expand theirs; EU frameworks will treat some nukes as sustainable

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Making direct air capture more efficient
    A new process for turning atmospheric carbon dioxide desorbed from an absorbent into dry ice reduces the energy input needed for carbon capture.

  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Making direct air capture more efficient
    A new process for turning atmospheric carbon dioxide desorbed from an absorbent into dry ice reduces the energy input needed for carbon capture.

  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Making direct air capture more efficient
    A new process for turning atmospheric carbon dioxide desorbed from an absorbent into dry ice reduces the energy input needed for carbon capture.

  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Microsoft is trying to lower carbon emissions via Windows Update, of all things
    Windows updates: Still annoying but now more environmentally conscious.

  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Peter Eavis / New York Times:
    Microsoft aims to be carbon negative by the end of the decade, but its carbon emissions were up 21.5% in the 12 months through June 2021 — The company aims to be “carbon negative” by the end of the decade, but its emissions rose sharply in the most recent year measured.

    Microsoft’s Pursuit of Climate Goals Runs Into Headwinds

    Microsoft has an ambitious plan to cut its carbon emissions. But on Thursday, the company reported a big increase in the greenhouse gases emanating from its operations and its products, a reminder of the challenges that companies face as they try to clean up their businesses.

    Microsoft’s carbon emissions were up 21.5 percent in the 12 months through June 2021, after small declines in 2020 and 2019. The increase was almost entirely driven by emissions from energy used to build data centers and make devices — like the Xbox and the Surface tablet — and from the power that Microsoft estimates its products consume when people used them.

    Microsoft has sought to show that with committed leaders and sufficient funding, companies can effectively reduce their net emissions to zero in the coming years, bolstering international efforts to limit the rise in global temperatures. But the surge in Microsoft’s emissions suggests that it and other companies may have trouble meeting their goals. And since the increase resulted from strong demand for products, it is a reminder that robust business growth can often mean pumping more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

    Still, Microsoft’s leaders say they can be “carbon negative” by the end of the decade, by cutting emissions and using a variety of measures to remove carbon from the atmosphere. “We’re still absolutely committed to — and absolutely sure of our ability to meet — our 2030 commitment,” said Lucas Joppa, Microsoft’s chief environmental officer.

    Microsoft is the first large tech company to report this year on the progress of its sustainability efforts. Apple, Google and Facebook’s parent, Meta, all aim to get their net carbon emissions to zero by 2030. Amazon, which has a large delivery network and much more extensive supply chains, has a 2040 goal to do the same.

    “None of this is going to be easy for any company — decarbonization is a challenge,”

    The company aims to be “carbon negative” by the end of the decade, but its emissions rose sharply in the most recent year measured.

  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Satellites show Arctic sea ice is melting even faster than scientists realized
    By Stefanie Waldek published 3 days ago
    It’s thinned 5 feet in just three years.

  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Traditional agriculture’s 10,000-year-run is about over.

    The collapse of the industrial livestock industry is coming

    A new report sees a major disruption in where we get our food.

    From 2012 to 2023, the costs of protein in the U.S. from cows vs. precision-biology food technology will reach parity, says independent think tank RethinkX. It will be a tipping point after which acceptance of modern foods will accelerate quickly, leaving the cattle industry effectively bankrupt by 2030 and five years later down to 10 percent of its current size.

    This “protein disruption” will be followed by the collapse of a wide range of related and supporting industries by 2035, it will be, according to the researchers, “the deepest, fastest, most consequential disruption in food and agricultural production since the first domestication of plants and animals ten thousand years ago.”

    RethinkX’s startling predictions are published in a report released September 16 titled “Rethinking Food and Agriculture 2020-2030 — The Second Domestication of Plants and Animals, the Disruption of the Cow, and the Collapse of Industrial Livestock Farming.” The ramifications, the group says, will be profound, far-reaching, and overwhelmingly positive, affecting people everywhere. In sum, things are about to change. Big time.

    Microorganisms are at the heart of the upcoming disruption, as they were when humanity began domesticating plants and animals 10,000 years ago by manipulating the evolution of microorganisms via the breeding of their macro-organisms. Within about a thousand years, we were controlling microorganisms through fermentation, producing bread, cheese, alcohol, and preserving our fruits and vegetables.

    Moving food production to the molecular level promises a more efficient means of feeding ourselves and the delivery of superior, cleaner nutrients without the unhealthy chemical/antibiotic/insecticide additives required by current industrial means of production.

    PF foods and products will be at least 50 percent, and as much as 80 percent, lower as current products. This will result in substantial savings for individuals. The average U.S. family will save $1,200 a year, adding up to $100 billion a year for the nation by 2030.

    The revenues of the U.S. beef and dairy industry and their suppliers will decline by at least 50 percent by 2030, and in 2035 by nearly 90 percent. The other livestock and fishery industries will follow.


  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    About previous:

    This article is 3 years old. It said by 2023 lab grown meat will be on par in costs with farm raised, but that is not even close to happening.

  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    New SEC Rule Would Require Businesses To Reveal Their Climate Impacts

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Monday issued a proposed rule that would require all publicly traded companies to disclose their greenhouse emissions and other climate impacts—a move that some scientists say could help diminish the risk of future climate-induced financial crises.

  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Vihreän vedyn vallankumous tekee tuloaan
    Tekniikan tohtori Antti Arasto on omistanut koko uransa ilmastonmuutosta hillitsevien energiaratkaisujen kehittämiseen. Hän uskoo, että käsillä oleva maailmanpoliittinen tilanne vauhdittaa kestäviä ratkaisuja enemmän kuin mitkään mandaatit ennen.

  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Etelämantereella mitattu ennätyslämmintä – jäätutkija: “Tämä on pelottava asia”
    Kun eteläisen pallonpuoliskon talven lähestyessä Etelämantereen sään pitäisi viiletä, siellä on ollut jopa 40 astetta tavallista lämpimämpää.

    Kun eteläisen pallonpuoliskon talven lähestyessä Etelämantereen sään pitäisi viiletä, siellä on ollut jopa 40 astetta tavallista lämpimämpää. Concordian tutkimusasemalla mitattiin ennätykselliset -11,8 astetta viikko sitten perjantaina ja Vostokin asemalla oli -17,7 astetta, joka sekin on uusi ennätys.

  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Extraordinary Antarctica heatwave, 70 degrees above normal, would likely set a world record

    (CNN) – Scientists were shocked this month when a research station in Antarctica reported extraordinarily warm weather.

    The temperature at Concordia Research station atop Dome C on the Antarctic Plateau — typically known as the coldest place on Earth — surged to an astounding 11.3 degrees Fahrenheit on March 18.

    The normal high temperature for the day is around minus-56, which puts the March 18 reading at around 70 degrees warmer than normal.

  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why Heat Pumps are Immensely Important Right Now

    00:00 Intro
    00:43 An old video needs correcting
    02:19 The Coefficient of Performance
    03:16 Resistive Electric Heat’s Challenges
    05:16 How Heat Pumps get around those
    07:39 Modern Heat Pump Performance Is Amazing!
    08:33 An analysis of Chicago winters and Heat Pumps
    10:53 Hourly Analysis and Conclusion
    12:24 Caveats (costs and demand)
    13:52 The Main Point Of This Video
    15:49 Backup heat, its necessity, and the options involved
    18:29 Conclusion and where to go from here
    19:56 Bloopers

  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ilmastopaneeli: Sähkön tarve voi yli kaksinkertaistua 2050 mennessä – nämä riskit otettava huomioon
    Suomen ilmastopaneeli muistuttaa, että sähköistyminen tuo uudenlaisia haavoittuvuuksia Suomen energiajärjestelmään.

    Energiajärjestelmien sähköistymisen vuoksi sähkön tarve voi yli kaksinkertaistua vuoteen 2050 mennessä, ja se vaatii uudenlaisten haavoittuvuuksien ja pullonkaulojen huomioimista, Suomen ilmastopaneelin raportti kertoo.

    Energiajärjestelmien sähköistäminen on keskeinen osa ilmastotavoitteiden saavuttamista, mutta raportti muistuttaa, että fossiilisista polttoaineista irtautuminen ja sähköistäminen vaikuttavat merkittävästi Suomen energiajärjestelmään.

    Fossiilisista irtautuminen on erityisen ajankohtaista nyt, kun Euroopan unioni ja myös Suomi pyrkivät eroon Venäjän fossiilienergiasta.

    Sähköistetty energiajärjestelmä tarvitsee nykyistä enemmän sähköä ja sen myötä joustoratkaisuja. Raportin mukaan sekä energian tuotannossa että kysynnässä on odotettavissa huomattavasti nykyistä enemmän ajallista vaihtelua. Sään mukaan vaihtelevat uusiutuvat energialähteet kuten aurinko- ja tuulivoima lisäävät vaihtelua energian tuotannossa.

    Myös sähköistetyssä järjestelmässä tarvitaan polttoaineita tasapainottamaan energian kysyntää ja tuotantoa sekä takaamaan energiajärjestelmän toimintavarmuutta. Polttoaineiden tarvetta voidaan vähentää energian käyttöä tehostamalla.

    – Tarvitaan pikaisesti lisäselvityksiä siitä, missä määrin biopohjaisia ratkaisuja voidaan ilmastokestävästi hyödyntää polttoaineeksi, ja missä määrin tarvitaan vedyn ja hiilidioksidin avulla valmistettavia sähköpolttoaineita, Suomen ilmastopaneelin jäsen, professori Peter Lund sanoo tiedotteessa.

    Ilmastopaneelin raportti: Energiajärjestelmän sähköistämisellä päästöt alas ja irti fossiilisista – lisää joustoratkaisuja tarvitaan

    Energiajärjestelmien sähköistäminen on keskeinen osa energiamurrosta ilmastotavoitteiden saavuttamiseksi. Fossiilisista polttoaineista irtautuminen ja sähköistäminen vaikuttaa merkittävästi energiajärjestelmään – sekä energian kulutukseen että tuotantoon – ja vaatii uudenlaisten haavoittuvuuksien ja pullonkaulojen huomioimista, kertoo Suomen ilmastopaneelin tuore raportti, jossa esitetään tapoja mallintaa energiajärjestelmää vastaamaan tulevaisuuden haasteisiin.

  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Glassmaking is one of the handful of industries that are still stubbornly dependent on fossil fuels.

    The Stunning Carbon Footprint of Plate Glass You need a lot of fossil fuel to float molten glass on a lake of tin
    The Stunning Carbon Footprint of Plate Glass You need a lot of fossil fuel to float molten glass on a lake of tin

  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    TSMC says up to 2% of revenue will go to green initiatives
    Chipmaker sets sights on renewables as energy use accounts for 60% of emissions

    TAIPEI — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., the world’s biggest contract chipmaker and a key Apple supplier, said on Wednesday it will spend up to 2% of annual revenue on environmental, social and governance initiatives as part of its plan to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A powerful tool for curbing climate change is right beneath our feet… soil! Carbon farming, also called regenerative agriculture, is a revolutionary method that traps carbon from the air into the ground to produce nutritious food.

    Carbon Farming: A Climate Solution Under Our Feet
    (Originally broadcast on February 19, 2022)

  24. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tuomas Jalamo
    In 2021, we teamed up with Green Carbon Finland to embark on a unique project: compensating the carbon footprint of everyone working at Taiste.

  25. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IPCC: Elämme ratkaisevia hetkiä ilmaston lämpenemisen pysäyttämisessä – 1,5 asteen rajan ylittyminen tilapäisesti lähes väistämätöntä

  26. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ‘Smoother traffic’ plan to reduce emissions in Paris and Helsinki

    Transport was the largest emitting sector in the UK in 2020, and was responsible for almost a quarter of emissions, according to government data.

    Two Finnish companies are testing a solution to reduce emissions in European cities by eliminating unnecessary traffic stops.

    Finnish company MarshallAI and intelligent transport company, Dynniq Finland, have advanced to the final phase of a European Union-funded project to develop AI solutions to accelerate carbon neutrality in Europe’s leading cities

  27. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tutkijoiden viesti on selvä: tilanne on niin vakava, että hiilen poistamista kaikin mahdollisin keinoin tarvitaan sen lisäksi, että leikataan massiivisesti päästöistä. Kyse ei ole yhden toimen korvaamisesta toisella, vaan useasta samanaikaisesta teosta.

    IPCC:n ilmastoraportti: Toivoa on, mutta se vaatii toimia – suurten päästövähennysten lisäksi hiiltä pitää poistaa ilmakehästä

    Kansainvälisen ilmastopaneeli IPCC:n uusi ilmastonmuutoksen hillintään keskittyvä raportti painottaa, että oikeilla toimilla päästöt voidaan puolittaa kaikilla sektoreilla vuoteen 2030 mennessä.

  28. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The scientists wear white lab coats, so observers can distinguish the scientists from the frothing green radicals….

  29. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Laying the groundwork for a more resilient planet

    Using cutting-edge education and research, Tohoku University aims to help resolve environmental and social issues through its Green Goals Initiative.

  30. Tomi Engdahl says:

    SSAB aikoo tuoda markkinoille maailman ensimmäisen fossiilivapaan teräksen vuonna 2026
    Teräksentuotannon hiilidioksidipäästöjä on pystyttävä vähentämään, jos teollisuus haluaa siirtyä merkittävästä hiilidioksidipäästöjen aiheuttajasta kestäväksi, fossiilivapaaksi toimijaksi maailmanlaajuisessa arvoketjussa. SSAB on jo nykyään yksi maailman hiilidioksiditehokkaimmista teräsyhtiöistä, ja nyt sen uraauurtava lähestymistapa teräksen tuotantoon osoittaa, miten laadukasta terästä voidaan valmistaa ilman hiilidioksidipäästöjä.

  31. Tomi Engdahl says:

    So it’s sustainable. What else?

    Your customer isn’t willing to compromise just because the product is sustainable, writes Michael Biaudet, Country Manager (Sweden) and Senior Strategist at Kuudes.

  32. Tomi Engdahl says:

    “Meillä ei todellakaan ole sitä etuoikeutta, että voisimme antaa päästöjen kasvaa vielä kolmen vuoden ajan.”

    IPCC:n ilmasto­raporttia on tulkittu väärin, kertoo BBC – ”Nämä sanat on valittu erittäin epä­onnisesti”

  33. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Why it is important to turn off electrical appliances when you are not at home

    It is better to turn off the electrical appliances before leaving the house (Photo: Pixabay)

    It is better to leave the house for a long time, for example, during the holidays Disconnect all electronic devices and that they are not left “tied” to the power supply.

    Some will think that it is enough to leave them because there is no danger. So why bother with outlets to turn off each device?

    Admittedly, many prefer to simply shut down computers, consoles, etc. to save a few seconds while reusing them, so shutting them down before departure may suffice.

    Why it is not enough to turn off the devices

    If environmental issues are not enough due to skepticism or indifference, shutting them down will contribute to a pointless increase in electricity bills.

  34. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The costs for climate change have been projected as high as US $23 trillion in reduced annual global economic output

    How Engineers Can Help Protect Earth From Worsening Climate Change
    Technologies such as SaaS and IoT can play major roles

    Earth Day, which is celebrated annually on 22 April, aims to drive transformative change by educating people about what they can do to help. The day reminds us of the need to protect our planet and its ecosystems against the worsening climate crisis.

    Our planet is no longer the same as it was even just a decade ago. The climate crisis is threatening people across the world, as well as every species of animal and plant life. We need to address the crisis now in a sustainable way. Fortunately, we still have a narrow window of opportunity to alter the Earth’s climate path, and I believe we can do it.

    Climate change is a global societal crisis that is causing devastating consequences. Its costs have been projected as high as US $23 trillion in reduced annual global economic output, according to Swiss Re, a reinsurance company. Multifaceted collective efforts are necessary to address the crisis.

    Engineers and technologists can and should play major roles in creating a greener planet, creating tools that address environmental degradation.

  35. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate ChangeThe Working Group III report provides an updated global assessment of climate change mitigation progress and pledges, and examines the sources of global emissions. It explains developments in emission reduction and mitigation efforts, assessing the impact of national climate pledges in relation to long-term emissions goals


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