"Do we need to radically change our lives to stop climate change?" | My recent interview with Maria Armoudian of Public Interest Media New Zealand: http://www.thebigq.org/…/do-we-need-to-radically-change-ou…/
We're currently girding ourselves for the next push on the project.
Headlines like the one below help us focus on the task.
A brief illustration of global warming by Randall Munroe. Also, welcome to 2018: let's hope it goes swimmingly...
"A +4°C world is not insurable."
Financial institutions worldwide are ending support and accelerating divestment for fossil fuels. As well as redirecting financial drivers, these actions could have value in creating a new normal: going further in acknowledging ecological costs as proper concerns of doing business....
A helpful discussion of blogs about climate change... and the ways in which they diverge.
Maxojir is back with another Fate of the World Let's Play.
Last time, he played cards according to real-world national intentions, but this time he's trying his own strategies, as he navigates humanity through the Fuel Crisis scenario.
Tesla have just built the world's largest battery in South Australia.
Battery technology is a key link to a carbon-negative future, as it mitigates the main problem of renewable energy sources like solar and wind: they don't work all of the time.
Once humanity can effectively store the energy we generate during sunny, windy periods, we are well on our way to eliminating fossil fuels completely from the energy sector.
Here is a fascinating play-through of Fate of the World, making all choices to match the player's predictions for each region's real world future.
This summary of major positive trends should help dispel any feelings of helplessness or paralysis in the face of climate change.
As Stern says "There is no long-run high-carbon growth story because it creates an environment so hostile that it turns development backwards." The rate of these advances is encouraging.
"This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.
For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence."
The latest dev blog is up, reflecting on our experiences with the Kickstarter, and where we take the project next.
Fate of the World has 3 degrees as its victory condition. We've sometimes questioned whether that was too pessimistic?
It's worth quoting from the article "...coastal flooding could put almost $1tn of Osaka’s assets at risk by the 2070s". One trillion. In a single city in Japan.
One viable strategy in Fate of the World is geoengineering. (Warning, comes with downsides.) The longer humanity drags its heels, the more likely it becomes essential. Right now it looks like next year could be a big one for geoengineering policy debate.
The curtain has just dropped on our Kickstarter campaign, and sadly we did not hit our goal. The next couple of weeks, we’ll be analysing where we went wrong, and planning what we to do next.
Meanwhile, we want to thank all of you whose support made us feel this project is worthwhile!
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