2020 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming Digest #17

Story of the Week... Toon of the Week... Video of the Week... Coming Soon on SkS... Climate Feedback Claim Review... SkS Week in Review... Poster of the Week...

Story of the Week...

Why climate activists aren't celebrating historic emissions cuts

They are zeroing in on the battle over once-in-a-generation government spending that will shape climate efforts for decades.

London During COVID-19 Lockdown 

Global carbon emissions are projected to fall this year as cities like London have enacted shelter-in-place orders. | Aaron Chown/PA via AP 

Carbon emissions are set to fall by historic amounts this year, but environmental advocates aren’t celebrating.

Instead, they are zeroing in on a new battle: putting green conditions on the trillions in stimulus funds governments around the world are pumping into their economies to help them recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

They will have to overcome a series of obstacles to achieve that goal, more than 30 officials, activists and analysts said in interviews with POLITICO.

A new Ipsos-Mori poll across 14 countries in the G-20 shows a majority in every country surveyed agrees economic recovery should “prioritize climate change.” Lawmakers, however, must balance that sentiment with requests for bailouts and regulatory relief from sectors that are both hard hit and high polluting, including aviation, automakers and fossil fuels.

It’s still early days in this trench warfare, but thus far government leaders’ lofty green rhetoric hasn't been matched with actions.

Neither the loan packages and debt pauses negotiated by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, nor the $8 trillion in domestic stimulus packages in rich countries feature significant green conditions or investments. 

Why climate activists aren't celebrating historic emissions cuts by Ryan Heath, Kalina Oroschakoff, Zack Colman & Maura Forrest, Environment, Politico, Apr 23, 2020

Toon of the Week...

2020 Toon 17

Hat tip to the Stop Climate Denial Denial Facebook page. 

Video of the Week...

Kate Marvel: How Climate Change Works

The term "feedback" in climate-change science refers to what can speed up or slow down that change. And the answers lie in clouds, rain, trees and ice. To explain how it all work, The Agenda welcomes Kate Marvel, associate research scientist at Columbia University and at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Kate Marvel: How Climate Change Works, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, You Tube Video, Mar 28, 2019

Coming Soon on SkS...

Climate Feedback Claim Review...

The Antarctic ozone layer is recovering, but The Independent claim fails to grasp significance of study it relies on

CLAIM: "The ozone layer is healing"

VERDICT: Mostly Accurate

SOURCE: The ozone layer is healing, new study finds by Louise Boyle, Environment, The Independent (UK), Mar 27, 2020

KEY TAKE AWAY: The Antarctic ozone layer is healing and has the potential to recover to 1960 levels by the end of the century. Atmospheric circulation trends in the Southern Hemisphere, which are driven by ozone depletion, have also paused or reversed. These changes are attributed, in large part, to reductions in ozone-depleting substances, such as chlorofluorocarbons.

The Antarctic ozone layer is recovering, but The Independent claim fails to grasp significance of study it relies on, Edited by Nikki Forrester, Climate Reviews, Apr 7, 2020

SkS Week in Review... 

Poster of the Week...

2020 Poster 17 

Posted by John Hartz on Sunday, 26 April, 2020

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