Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Top Economists Say Must Go Green To Succeed, & More #News




Solar technicians install solar panels on the roof of a house.

Turn Cities Green to Save 
Trillions of Dollars, Say 
Economists


Improving cities’ green infrastructure could save up to US$22 trillion and cut the same amount in carbon pollution as India’s entire yearly greenhouse gas emissions, economists predicted Tuesday.
 
The Global Commission on Climate and Economy, made up of former finance ministers and leading research institutions, discovered that climate-smart changes, like broadened public transport, energy-saving buildings and more efficient waste management, could boost economic development and improve quality of life, as well as reduce pollution.






“Coal is the fuel of the past and it’s no longer a wise investment” California assemblyman Rob Bonta, who presented the bill, said in a statement. “I’m pleased that my colleagues agree: it’s time to move on from this dirty energy source.”




Taking a cue from pope’s call to action, bishops ask legislators to say yes to proposed legislation that would reduce emissions and residents’ energy use


$us.23,000 to fly First Class.




The US was providing intelligence and logistical support for the campaign in Yemen, and that President Obama had authorized a ”joint planning cell” with Saudi Arabia to coordinate American support for the military offensive.




Nearly 14 million children across the Middle East and North Africa prevented by war and conflict from attending school.


New Study Shows How Climate Change Is Already Reshaping The Earth




A landmark study in the journal Nature documents an expansion of the world’s dry and semi-arid climate regions since 1950 — and attributes it to human-caused global warming.
This expansion of the world’s dry zones is a basic prediction of climate science. The fact it is so broadly observable now means we must take seriously the current projections of widespread global Dust-Bowlification in the coming decades on our current CO2 emissions pathway — including the U.S.’s own breadbasket.
The new study, “Significant anthropogenic-induced changes of climate classes since 1950,” looks at multiple datasets of monthly temperature and precipitation over time. The main finding:
About 5.7% of the global total land area has shifted toward warmer and drier climate types from 1950–2010, and significant changes include expansion of arid and high-latitude continental climate zones, shrinkage in polar and midlatitude continental climates….




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