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Hamburg Climate Futures Outlook 2023

“The purpose of this second Hamburg Climate Futures Outlook is to systematically analyze and assess the plausibility of certain well-defined climate futures based on present knowledge of social drivers and physical processes. In particular, we assess the plausibility of those climate futures that are envisioned by the 2015 Paris Agreement, namely holding global warming to well below 2°C and, if possible, to 1.5°C, relative to pre-industrial levels (UNFCCC 2015, Article 2 paragraph 1a). The world will have to reach a state of deep decarbonization by 2050 to be compliant with the 1.5°C goal. We therefore work with a climate future scenario that combines emissions and temperature goals…”…In light of these findings, we conclude that reaching worldwide deep decarbonization by 2050 is currently not plausible, given the observable trajectories of social drivers. The select physical processes of public interest only moderately, if at all, inhibit the plausibility of attaining the Paris Agreement temperature goals, although they can substantially modify the physical boundary conditions for society. Meeting the 1.5°C Paris Agreement temperature goal is not plausible, but limiting the global temperature rise to well below 2°C can become plausible if ambition, implementation, and knowledge gaps are closed.”

United States EV Fast-Charging Corridor Road Map

February 2023 United States EV Fast-Charging Corridor Road Map. A full-coverage future for long-distance electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Analysis & Design. Elizabeth Abramson Research Analyst and Design Specialist, Carbon Solutions LLC; Road Map Architecture, Dane McFarlane, Director of Climate and Policy, Carbon Solutions LLC. Prepared for the Great Plains Institute “This analysis identified 509 public,… Continue Reading

Society isn’t changing fast enough to stop climate change: study

The Hill: “A new report has found that significant social change is needed to halt catastrophic climate change — and society isn’t changing fast enough. Keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius — the limit set in the Paris Agreement — is implausible for social reasons, not technical ones, according to the Hamburg Climate Outlook, published… Continue Reading

NASA partners with IBM to build AI foundation models to advance climate science

VentureBeat: U.S. space agency NASA isn’t just concerned about exploring outer space, it’s also concerned about helping humanity to learn more about the planet Earth and the impacts of climate change. Today, NASA and IBM announced a partnership that will see the development of new artificial intelligence (AI) foundation models to help analyze geospatial satellite… Continue Reading

The Federal Reserve is starting a climate experiment

Vox: “The central bank is studying climate risks at major banks, but Fed chair Jerome Powell doesn’t want to get involved in policy…How to run a climate experiment on a bank – The Fed is careful to note that its climate scenario analysis is different from a stress test. In Fed-speak, a stress test measures… Continue Reading

Discover the world’s protected areas

“Protected Planet is the authoritative source of data on protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs). It exists due to the extensive efforts of governments and other stakeholders to map, monitor and report data on protected areas and OECMs. Through the Protected Planet website, users can explore the World Database on Protected Areas… Continue Reading

Is plastic recycling a scam? Here’s the truth about the common practice

Inverse: “A report found only 5 percent of plastic gets recycled. Experts explain what that means for the American consumer. Last fall, a Greenpeace report on plastic recycling made headlines around the world when news outlets led with the publication’s striking key finding: Only five percent of plastic household waste generated in the U.S. was… Continue Reading

Fed announces pilot climate scenario analysis

ClimateWire: “The Federal Reserve is requiring the largest American banks to assess how a major hurricane in the northeastern United States would affect their real estate portfolios as part of a broader regulatory exercise to measure the financial threats of climate change. The Fed released new details Tuesday about its anticipated “pilot climate scenario analysis,”… Continue Reading

The Carbon Con

SourceMaterial: “The world’s biggest companies, from Netflix to Ben & Jerry’s, are pouring billions into an offsetting industry whose climate claims appear increasingly at odds with reality…Our analysis of nearly 100 million carbon credits found that only a fraction of them resulted in real emissions reductions. It raises questions for the organisations that many of… Continue Reading

These maps show exactly where we need to put solar panels, wind turbines, and EV chargers

Fast Company – “If more people are going to drive electric cars, we need many more EV charging stations. But where to put them? That analysis requires a lot of calculations: figuring out where the current chargers are stationed and where substations and electrical infrastructure is already built out, not to mention identifying which corridors… Continue Reading

Global Risks Report 2023

World Economic Forum: Cost of living dominates global risks in the next two years while climate action failure dominates the next decade. “As 2023 begins, the world is facing a set of risks that feel both wholly new and eerily familiar. We have seen a return of “older” risks – inflation, cost-of-living crises, trade wars,… Continue Reading