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2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #29

Posted on 18 July 2020 by John Hartz

A chronological listing of news articles linked to on the Skeptical Science Facebook Page during the past week: Sun, July 12 through Sat, July 18, 2020

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Pandemic shows climate has never been treated as crisis, say scientists

Letter also signed by Greta Thunberg urges EU leaders to act immediately on global heating

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Greta Thunberg and some of the world’s leading climate scientists have written to EU leaders demanding they act immediately to avoid the worst impacts of the unfolding climate and ecological emergency.

The letter, which is being sent before a European council meeting starting on Friday, says the Covid-19 pandemic has shown that most leaders are able to act swiftly and decisively, but the same urgency had been missing in politicians’ response to the climate crisis.

“It is now clearer than ever that the climate crisis has never once been treated as a crisis, neither from the politicians, media, business nor finance. And the longer we keep pretending that we are on a reliable path to lower emissions and that the actions required to avoid a climate disaster are available within today’s system … the more precious time we will lose,” it says.

Greta Thunberg calls for immediate action on 'existential crisis' of climate emergency – video 

Click here to access the entire article as originally posted on The Guardian website.

Pandemic shows climate has never been treated as crisis, say scientists by Matthew Taylor, Environment, Guardian, July 16, 2020

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  1. I found this story about Greta and her fathers travel diary to be quite informative and interesting. I came across her travel story by accident and wondered why mainstream media hasn't reproduced it somewhere (maybe it has? ). I think this would wake up any fence sitters about many things, including the wonderful Miss Thunbergs motivations.

    The mention of the United Nations Production Gap Report in the final chapter,( I believe an update for 2020 is due.) was an insight to the two faced nature of the fossil fuel industry..

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  2. Forest plantations with pyrolysis can be a great contributor to solving our Carbon dioxide emission problem

    You build the wood into laminated beams, ply wood and so forth for the construction of multi story buildings and pyrolize the waste.  This results in multi levels of benefit.

    1/ The wooden buildings represent a sequestering of Carbon in a long lasting form (and these buildings are natuarally earthquake resistant)

    2/ The alkanes produced by the pyrolysis displaces some of the oil we have to extract from the ground

    3/ The charcoal produced is beneficial for agricultural lands and sequesters more carbon - long term.

    4/ Wooden buildings displace Concrete which is also a source of C pollution.

    5/ Tne new trees we plant take up carbon at a rapid rate due to the vigorous growth of young trees.

    Not the whole solution but one more string for our bow.

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  3. Thanks William, I think this link here,

    gave me some of the information about what pyrolysis means..

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