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Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2021 edited
     
    "If all of the national pledges [nationally determined contributions (NDCs)] submitted so far [in prepration for CoP25 Glagow November] were fulfilled, global emissions would be reduced by only 1% by 2030, compared with 2010 levels. Scientists have said a 45% reduction is needed in the next 10 years to keep global heating to no more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, in line with the Paris agreement."

    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/feb/26/co2-emissions-nations-pledges-far-away-from-paris-target-says-un

    OK, some of the world’s biggest emitters, including China, the US and India, have still to formulate NDCs and are unexpectedly radical ambitions are anticipated. But other majors such as Australia, Japan, Brasil, Russia are actually backsliding.

    https://climateactiontracker.org/climate-target-update-tracker/
    has rolling update, gives credit, and exposes greenwash, including the let-outs, omissions and failure to actually get started in UK's alleged 'best in world' submission.
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeMar 4th 2021 edited
     
    Posted By: fostertom: “…including the let-outs, omissions and failure to actually get started in UK's alleged 'best in world' submission.”

    Could part of the problem be that many people taking part in the governing of the country simply don't understand what's actually involved? E.g., the Governor of the Bank of England [¹]: https://andthentheresphysics.wordpress.com/2021/03/03/net-zero/

    [¹] Yeah, I know, he's not the Governor now but I don't think it's very likely he did understand when he was and has forgotten since.
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      CommentAuthorfostertom
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2021 edited
     
    Carney immediately sort-of retracted, as linked to below the same article
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-02-25/mark-carney-s-brookfield-net-zero-claim-confounds-climate-experts
    I think the episode has been unintentionally beneficial - it certainly got everyone discussing the detail of what nett-zero means.
    • CommentAuthorEd Davies
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2021
     
    Posted By: fostertomsort-of retracted
    Indeed, only sort of:

    Brookfield said on Thursday that it stands by its net-zero claim. “We believe emissions avoided through renewable power generation are critical to the transition to net zero, given approximately three-quarters of global emissions today can be tied to the energy sector,” said spokeswoman Claire Holland. “We recognize that avoided emissions are only one element of the transition to a net zero global economy. We intend to go much further in supporting that transition.”
    “Today we kicked somebody's head in. Yesterday we avoided doing that so over the last two days we're at net-zero head kicking. We recognize that avoiding kicking in heads is only one element of the transition to a net zero head-kicking economy. We're not going to kick many heads in in the next fortnight. So why are you arresting us?”

    It's not like Carney was making an off-the-cuff remark about something he hadn't thought about:

    During his seven-year tenure at the U.K. central bank, which ended in 2020, Carney also served as chairman of the Financial Stability Board and launched the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, a global benchmark for companies and financiers to assess climate risks.


    Posted By: fostertomI think the episode has been unintentionally beneficial - it certainly got everyone discussing the detail of what nett-zero means.
    Yes. Scary that's it's taken this long to even start the discussion, though.
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