Climate tipping points
Research on the rate of CO2 capture by 300k trees over 30 years suggests that tropical #rainforests are nearing the point where they will stop being carbon sinks, and start emitting carbon instead.
According to the scientists involved, "the analyses indicate that this shift will take place within ten years."
In the face of the #ClimateCrisis and ongoing extistential threats, we are not yet lost. We can still learn to build a better future, to reconnect with the natural world all around us.
At least that is the hope of writers Emily Horn and Zac Thompson, whose #Solarpunk comic "No One's Rose" tells the story of a young bio-engineer struggling to save a green Utopia in a post-Anthropocene world.
The climate emergency is already in progress: Food insecurity in southern #Africa has risen dramatically over the last years due to years of drought, flooding and economical collapse.
There are a lot of details in this short animation. I had to watch it several times to discover most of them, painful as it is.
To nobody's surprise, #36C3 featured a plethora of talks and sessions related to the #ClimateCrisis, #CivilDisobedience, #RenewableEnergy, #Sustainability, #Degrowth, #ClimateJustice, #Fridays4Future, #Scientists4Future, and #ExtinctionRebellion, among others.
I've compiled a (hopefully complete) list of those. Please let me know if something is missing.
(Translations into several languages are available via the cog symbol in the player).
Time to #TellTheTruth.
Meanwhile, #Australia is still on fire, with no end in sight. Prime minister Scott #Morrison, who spent the majority of the crisis on vacation in #Hawaii, has returned - and still refuses to take action against the climate crisis.
This. This is why we must rebel.
Among all the grim news, a little dark humor is in order:
"Man who hasn’t seen sky for a week starting to think Extinction Rebellion may have a point"
"With young climate activists taking to the streets of Madrid on Friday, the U.N. climate chief and a leading scientist warned of a growing risk of social unrest as the effects of a warming world worsen inequality and poverty worldwide."
Turns out if gouvernments fail to tackle the #ClimateCrisis, angry people will get even angrier.
Reminder: #Exxon knew.
This is a screenshot from a document presented at by the American Petroleum Institute AQ-9 Task Force meeting on February 9th 1980. Follow the link below to read the whole thing.
These people need to be held accountable for outright lying about their findings. Now.
Time is running out fast: According to an article by climate scientists published in the journal #Nature, no less than nine climate tipping points are already active.
Even more alarming: the world's remaining emissions budget (with an estimated 50% chance to stay within 1.5 °C) could already have been fully consumed.
On Wednesday, medical journal The Lancet published a report on the effect of the climate crisis on global health. Suffice to say that the prospects are dire:
"Without immediate action from all countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions, gains in well-being and life expectancy will be compromised."
What are your thoughts on this?
Aaaand the lawsuits related to the #ClimateCrisis continue: 15 canadian kids suing their government for criminal inaction.
Digitalisierung und Klimafreundlichkeit müssen sich nicht zwangsweise widersprechen, meint Elisa Lindinger in diesem Artikel: https://www.klimareporter.de/technik/mit-offener-software-aus-der-klimakrise
Hat das Modell freier Softwareentwicklung als Gegenströmung zum Überwachungskapitalismus von Google, Amazon, Facebook & Co. Potential, bei der Abwendung und Mitigation der Klimakrise zu helfen?