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Stop Talking Right Now About the Threat of Climate Change. ItâEUR(TM)s Here; ItâEUR(TM)s Happening Bill McKibben 11 September 2017

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"ItâEUR(TM)s not technologically impossible âEUR" study after study has shown we can get to 100% renewables at a manageable cost, more manageable all the time since the price of solar panels and windmills keeps plummeting."11 September 2017


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Ruth R (246)
Wednesday October 18, 2017, 9:18 pm
Quote from the article:
"We could do it. It’s not technologically impossible – study after study has shown we can get to 100% renewables at a manageable cost, more manageable all the time, since the price of solar panels and windmills keeps plummeting. Elon Musk is showing you can churn out electric cars with ever-lower sticker shock. In remote corners of Africa and Asia, peasants have begun leapfrogging past fossil fuel and going straight to the sun. The Danes just sold their last oil company and used the cash to build more windmills. There are just enough examples to make despair seem like the cowardly dodge it is. But everyone everywhere would have to move with similar speed, because this is in fact a race against time. Global warming is the first crisis that comes with a limit – solve it soon or don’t solve it. Winning slowly is just a different way of losing.

Winning fast enough to matter would mean, above all, standing up to the fossil fuel industry, so far the most powerful force on Earth. It would mean postponing other human enterprises and diverting other spending. That is, it would mean going on a war-like footing: not shooting at enemies, but focusing in the way that peoples and nations usually only focus when someone’s shooting at them. And something is. What do you think it means when your forests are on fire, your streets are underwater, and your buildings are collapsing?

• Bill McKibben is a writer and the founder of the climate campaign

This article was amended on 11 September 2017. An earlier version said that San Francisco’s record-breaking temperature was 3C higher. This has been corrected to say 3F. "

Dogan Ozkan (2)
Wednesday October 18, 2017, 11:18 pm

Sieglinda P (0)
Thursday October 19, 2017, 1:17 am

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday October 19, 2017, 1:27 am
For some, it's time to catch on and catch-up.

Shared over social media to raise and spread awareness.

Evelyn B (61)
Thursday October 19, 2017, 1:46 am
There's a principle that, theoretically, is applied in making laws and regulations - when there is reason to doubt, choose the "lesser" change. (Of course, those with interests in products, technology, services that require greater freedoms & flexibility will mobilise their power & influence to override this principle - and usually get away with it because they have big money.)

With climate change, this principle needs to be applied - even by doubters, because the cost of climate change, if true, is far too high.

And so many signs say that it IS true.

Granted - our planet has seen waves of climate change before.
Ask the dinosaurs ...
As recently as the late Middle Ages, there was a wave of change - towards cold.

But in the 20th & 21st centuries, humankind has "evolved" to a point where human behaviour impacts on the climate. Cows and ants have always contributed to methane release - but we've increased the cow populations enormously - and are factory farming systems feeding things that increase their farting? I don't know, but I do wonder ... We've adopted fuels that exude CO2. We've logged huge areas that served as lungs for the planet. We've cemented & tarmacked over vast surfaces that once drank the rains & fed the aquifers - starving natural plants of their water supply. And with fewer trees providing coverage, the earth has less resistance to evaporation.

So how can one NOT question whether human behaviour impacts on climate?
And having questioned, shouldn't one "play it safe" and cut back on all the behaviour patterns that possibly-probably-certainly are harming climate?

Peggy B (43)
Thursday October 19, 2017, 6:43 am

Ruth R (246)
Thursday October 19, 2017, 10:06 am
Thank You!

pam w (139)
Thursday October 19, 2017, 10:13 am
"How can one NOT question whether human behaviour impacTs on climate?" When it's in your own best interest to continue making money on fossil fuels, denial, and sucking up to religious fundamentalists who deny ANYTHING not in their ''holy texts."

Mitchell D (86)
Thursday October 19, 2017, 4:27 pm
What Pam said!

Lenore K (0)
Thursday October 19, 2017, 5:54 pm

Janet B (0)
Thursday October 19, 2017, 6:11 pm

Richard A (2)
Thursday October 19, 2017, 6:27 pm
The Robber Barons do not wish to give up their toys and learn new technology. They are unscrupulously profiting from their evil ways perfectly fine.

Ruth R (246)
Thursday October 19, 2017, 6:45 pm
Thank You!

Danuta W (1251)
Saturday October 21, 2017, 3:06 am

Dawn M (141)
Monday November 27, 2017, 1:41 pm

Yvonne F (181)
Wednesday December 20, 2017, 10:30 am
How can it be so hard for some to understand?
Thanks Ruth

Ruth R (246)
Saturday December 23, 2017, 8:16 pm
Thank You!
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