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IPCC Climate Mitigation Report: “Business As Usual” Won’t Get It Done

World governments and global society need to take actions that realize cuts of 40%-70% in global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 if global mean temperature ranges aren’t to be driven outside safe bounds and human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are not to drive climate change away from a state conducive to life as we know it, according to the third and final installment of the UN IPCC’s Fifth Climate Change Assessment Report.

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Powerful Forces Opposing Climate Change Mitigation

The unbridled pursuit of profit by powerful interests is actively delaying action on climate change. Climate denying corporate interests and their political counterparts, along with the press and cynical investments, are making progress on climate change mitigation very difficult. Republicans are the political minions of climate denial Republicans continue to oppose action on climate change. Rather than lead, Republicans in…

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Permaculture and Perennial Crops as a Geo-Engineering Strategy

Geo-engineering has received a bad rap over the last decade as radical ideas get mixed reviews on the scientific stage.  For those not familiar, geo-engineering is a term used to describe a combination of technology, innovation and environmentalism aimed at changing the trajectory of climate change. Historically, geo-engineering has fallen into two categories: solar radiation mitigation and carbon dioxide removal. …

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Todd Stern Explains US Emissions Targets

The United States is often called to task for basing its emissions mitigation targets on 205 levels, instead of 1990 established by the UNFCCC. At a press conference earlier this week, chief US negotiator at the COP15 climate conference focused his comments on how “only in the hermetically sealed world of climate negotiations” is the baseline year of 1990 “sacrosanct.”…

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