You are here

News Feeds

WEAVING ALTERNATIVES #08: A periodical of the Global Tapestry of Alternatives - [Book Summary: Convivial Futures, Views from a Post-Growth Tomorrow]

Global Tapestry of Alternatives - 12 hours 24 min ago
WEAVING ALTERNATIVES #08: A periodical of the Global Tapestry of Alternatives Transformative Alternatives on Learning and emancipatory education Editorial Note It is our pleasure to share Global Tapestry of Alternative's eighth periodical with you. The Global Tapestry of Alternatives seeks to build bridges between networks of AlternativestapestryalternativesAlternativesGTAGTAweaverGTAGTAGTAGTAGTAalternativesalternativesTapestryAlternativesGTAGTAGTAalternativesGTAGTAGTAGTAAlternativesalterna…

North East Syria: an example of a revolution

Global Tapestry of Alternatives - 12 hours 32 min ago
North East Syria: an example of a revolution On the 19th of July 2012, a revolution took place in North and East Syria. A revolution based on real democracy, inclusion of people of all ethnicities and religions, ecology and the freedom of women. With all its shortcomings, this revolution shows that an alternative beyond the state and patriarchy is possible. Stating this does not mean that patriarchy, capitalism and the state have been overcome 100 percent. However, attempts are being made to bu…

Website edition tips - [Captions]

Global Tapestry of Alternatives - 13 hours 24 min ago
Website edition tips Footnotes Add (( )) around the text to create the footnote reference in place and the content as footnote text. Like this: This is the text((This is a footnote)). Continue... Result: This is the text. Continue

The Dirt

Discard Studies - 13 hours 36 min ago
Discard Studies is an interdisciplinary field of research that takes systems of waste and wasting as its topic of study, including but beyond conventional notions of trash and garbage. To keep practitioners up to date, Discard Studies publishes The Dirt, a monthly compilation of recent publications, positions, opportunities, and calls for proposals in the field. [...]
Read More »

Core team - [Help and tutorials]

Global Tapestry of Alternatives - 14 hours 51 sec ago
Core team Meetings 2022 Upcoming meeting topics: 01/12/2022 - Link to join * 09/11/2022 * 26/10/2022 * 26/09/2022 * 26/08/2022 * 15/08/2022 * 11/07/2022 * 10/06/2022 * 20/04/2022 * 24/03/2022 * 22/02/2022 * 22/01/2022 Previous years * 2021's meetings * 2020's meetings * 2019's meetings * 2018's meetings GTA's Gatherings * Oaxaca - May 2022 * Colombia - January 2023 General planning * 2023's Projects planning and overview * 2022's Projects planning and overview * 2…

Resistance in Leicester’s garment district

Red Pepper - 14 hours 34 min ago
A mural outside of Highfields Community Centre. Photo credit: Bal Sokhi-Bulley

The South Indian thali we had for lunch that day was exceptional. It had been one of the first sunny, bright blue sky days of the year and as we drove through Evington and Highfields even the ‘dark factories’ glistened. Along East Park Road, Vaisakhi decorations wove through the streetlights, Holi celebrations had begun the day before in Spinney Hill park, and women in burqas pushed prams and chatted together as they walked up to the Nishan Sahibs at the mouth of the road in front of the iconic old Evington Cinema building.

This is Leicester. An exotic city, a diverse city, a city that is home to an array of racially minoritized (RM) populations. Just six months later, the city made national headlines for the ‘riots’ that took place; masked gangs marched through East Leicester targeting Muslims in what can only be described as ‘Hindutva-inspired Islamophobia’. So Leicester is also a ‘beseiged’ city, a segregated, racialised city; it is a city that has been made ‘dirty’ by the positioning of RM people as out of place in their own home. This story of Leicester, the neglect of its RM people and garment workers, became better known during the pandemic when Leicester became the first UK city to face a local lockdown in 2020. Now an ‘open secret’, Leicester’s ‘garment district’ was penned in as if plagued.

Racialised governance

This is what we call ‘re-colonisation’. On 18 March 2022 we met in a room in Highfields Community Centre that looked out over the rooftops of Highfields and Evington. The location was important. The Centre offers proximity to the factories and many RM communities, it is embedded in recolonisation – its effects and resistance. The day was important too, Holi  – the vibrant, colourful, theme of which made a stark contrast to the backdrop of a city made ‘dirty’. We sat around the table with our backgrounds in academia, activism, local politics and community action. We were there because we want to highlight the tactics of racialised governance that Leicester is experiencing, as visible in the state neglect of factory workers, and to reclaim the city from ‘the mire’  to a home for and made by immigrant communities. This can only happen through ‘community governance’, which Tarek Islam of FAB-L (Fashion-workers Advice Bureau Leicester) defines as simply ‘helping people’ through providing basic advice and support.

Such help is a powerful indictment for the role of rights in addressing Leicester’s recolonisation ‘crisis’. Rights cannot do the work of remedying the debilitation experienced by factory workers – who, according to Claudia Webbe MP, are kept in a cycle of fear and compliance. Jobs are given as a ‘favour’ and working conditions can be dire, with women working 12-hour shifts in unheated factories. The unions are unable to penetrate a system where ‘resilience’ has turned to ‘subservience’. These conditions have been extensively documented by Nik Hammer and his research team. But rights, explained Islam, take on a policing role – ‘we cannot go in as the factory police and just say “yeah – we’re here to solve your workers’ rights issues” because there’s a lack of trust from within the community’. Being paid £2 or £3 an hour and remaining silent for fear of being labeled an informant has become normalised.

Race and class

FAB-L seeks to adopt a different strategy; one that provides support and builds trust because this is the only path to empowerment for workers. Trust is about more than the conversations about rights – it’s about creating an environment where people feel safe to ask for basic help with, for example, the poor housing conditions that feed the exploitation in the first place.

These stories are not unique to Leicester: exploitation abounds in the UK’s gig economy. Leicester’s recolonisation is about race; about racialised people who have been ‘silenced’ as well as the racialised nature of capitalism and labour. ‘To what extent’ asked Jayanthi Lingham, a partner in the Co-POWeR Project ‘is this about workers and the capitalist moment rather than about [the] Asian men [running the factories]?’ How is it that Boohoo can get away with minimalist inspection practices while the problem is constructed as one of factories run by brown people?

Priya Thamotheram, head of Highfields Centre, expressed surprise that some people remain ‘hung up on the idea of skin colour… and colour consciousness’; what this is about, rather, he argued, is ‘the structural relationships that those individuals occupy in terms of their societal positions … Asian businessmen are no more generous or wicked than [others]’. But it is not just about class – for Thamotheram it is about how race is coopted into a class structure. And, as Webbe points out, the issue is also gendered. Not a single factory in Leicester is under female management. To rephrase Wendy Brown, ‘it is impossible to pull the race out of gender, or the gender out of sexuality, or the colonialism out of caste out of masculinity out of sexuality.’

Radical friendship

This poses huge challenges: How do we speak (literally and metaphorically) to those RM communities the state has abandoned? There are about 700 garment factories in Leicester (the true number is unknown and constantly changing) and around 10,000 garment workers. How do we reach them? What place do they have in a city gentrifying and recolonising around them? Webbe outlined three very clear ‘solutions’: a) a legislative change on garment trading in the form of a garment trading adjudicator b) consumer change on fast fashion; and c) a greater role for unions and community centres, such as Highfields.

It is at this latter site that we proposed something different: a response to recolonisation through radical friendship. The FAB-L project represents friendship as a set of practices that are concerned with fighting back through building relations, trust and care. ‘Through actions we want to solidify the trust’, says Islam. It is the trust and empowerment that is important, not the legal labels or limited remedies. Speaking with people, being silent so you hear them, talking to them as individuals and not statistics. Of course actual change is an objective too –speaking to one worker meant FAB-L were able to reach out t0 ‘the brand’, that reached out to the factories, and a real pay increase was achieved for all.

In contrast, calling the Leicester situation ‘modern slavery’ does not actually address working conditions; in fact, focusing on the exceptional draws attention away from systemic harm. Following our Salon, Webbe tabled an Early Day Motion about FAB-L in Parliament, praising its ‘holistic approach’, from tackling low wages, support with benefits services and domestic violence, to help with form filling. ‘Basic help’, as Islam called it, which he learned at a young age in his local community. FAB-L has since increased its own community-facing activities, working with Labour Behind the Label, to screen a documentary on the historic struggles Leicester’s fashion workers and holding a launch event. This is a making-visible, telling the story through friendships built between factory workers and their descendants. It breaks the inevitable cycle of exploitation and recolonisation through basic help, which Islam and his parents lacked. And it is more vital than ever in a deepening cost of living crisis.

There is a mural outside Highfields Centre where we all posed for a souvenir photograph of the day. Painted in a myriad of colours, showing fists raised in resistance, it says ‘Enhancing lives, Empowering Communities, Enterprise for all’. It was a fitting end to the day, to feel we had connected, that resistance to the recolonising of Leicester will continue. As the recent violence has shown, fighting harm will not come through more police powers or legal rights; it will come through trust, through community organising and friendship.

Bal Sokhi-Bulley is a senior lecturer at the University of Sussex.

Special thanks to my project partner, Ben Rogaly; thanks to the participants of the Salon event: Ben Rogaly, Tarek Islam, Jayanthi Lingham, Nik Hammer, Fatima Rajina, Priya Thamotheram, Claudia Webbe; and to Nadya Ali, Shirin Rai, Chris Slowe and Ben Whitham for their individual conversations with me.

The Project ‘Pandemic, Race and Rights: How Covid Re-Colonised Leicester’ is funded by the ESRC IAA scheme, University of Sussex.


Categories: F. Left News

Carbon capture from biomass and waste incineration: Hype versus reality

Biofuel Watch - Sun, 11/27/2022 - 23:00
Full Report Executive Summary

Executive Summary:

Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) has been gaining traction in the debate around climate change mitigation, with governments developing funding and business frameworks to incentivise such projects. BECCS is misleadingly classified as a ‘carbon removals technology’, based on the false assumption that biomass energy is carbon neutral and that capturing and storing CO2 from burning wood or other biomass makes it ‘carbon negative’.

Carbon credits and offsets from “carbon removals” including BECCS featured in the Climate COP27 discussions and the European Commission will be putting forward a proposal for a Carbon Removal Certification Framework at the end of November 2022, which is expected to include support for BECCS, too. Meantime, the EU and governments including in Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK have started putting BECCS subsidy mechanisms into place.

Operators of waste incinerators are taking advantage of the push for BECCS by developing carbon capture projects and claiming those are or could be ‘carbon negative’ as long as more than half of the mixed waste burned is biogenic rather than from fossil fuels.

An important criticism of the discourse around BECCS is that it is being used to legitimise further fossil fuel burning. As shown in our report, carbon capture has from the start been developed to further fossil fuel industry interests. Carbon capture itself is derived from a process used to remove toxic hydrogen sulphate and CO2 from fossil gas so as to allow more gas to be burned for energy. The first carbon storage project was set up with the sole aim of recovering additional oil through a process now known as Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR). Today, 73% of all carbon captured worldwide is used for EOR, which means that it results in more overall CO2 emissions than would have been the case without carbon being captured. We then look at existing carbon capture projects across different sectors and show that almost all of them involve capturing highly pure CO2 streams, for example from ethanol fermentation, and that there is only one commercial-scale power plant with carbon capture – a coal plant in Saskatchewan, Canada, which has been beset with problems and is not expected to break even financially throughout its operational life, despite the CO2 being sold to an oil company for EOR.

The report then looks at the literature around the technical challenges of capturing carbon from biomass (and by implication mixed waste) combustion. The fundamental problems with carbon capture from power and heat plants using amines (the only proven technology in this context) are a) high energy requirements, b) amine degradation, b) corrosion caused by amine particles. Capturing carbon from biomass and waste combustion plants poses additional challenges because flue gases have a very different composition to those from coal or fossil gas plants, and conventional levels of sulphur oxide and particulate emissions interfere with the functioning of the amine solvents.

The main section of the report looks at the 17 projects involving carbon capture from biomass plants or waste incinerators which have either captured some CO2, mostly during small-scale trials, or which haven’t so far but which have attracted funding for trials. In addition, we included a proposed BECCS project at an Indonesian pulp mill, with a finance plan involving carbon credits. We found projects involving carbon capture from biomass plants in Canada, Denmark, Indonesia, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and the UK, and projects involving carbon capture from waste incinerators in Denmark, France, Japan, Norway, Netherlands and Sweden.

The most successful of those projects in terms of total amount of CO2 captured appears to have been carbon capture from a waste incinerator in Duiven, Netherlands, with 42,000 tonnes reported captured in 2021, still less than 11% of the incinerator’s total CO2 emissions and, furthermore, the operators reported problems with corrosion at the end of that year.

All CO2 captured from biomass plants and waste incinerators so far has either been vented to the atmosphere, sold to greenhouses in order to make flowers and other produce grow quicker or, in the case of a waste incinerator carbon capture project in Japan, used to fertilise algae grown for anti-wrinkle skin cream. Both CO2 use in greenhouses and in algae farming are subsidised as ‘carbon capture and utilisation’, even though they are of no benefit to the climate.

The lack of experience with large-scale carbon capture from such plants does not prevent some companies from claiming that they will soon be capturing very large quantities of CO2. Drax Group in the UK ‘promises’ to scale up carbon capture at their biomass power station by more than two hundred thousand times, and Stockholm Exergi more than 2,000 times.

Investment in biomass and waste incineration carbon capture is primarily driven by public subsidies and, for example in the case of Drax Group, by the prospect of future subsidies ostensibly granted for ‘BECCS’ will be decoupled form any requirement to actually capture carbon. In Indonesia, Marubeni Corporation is the first to put forward a BECCS project in expectation of carbon offsets. Those are subsidies that could and should otherwise be spent on real solutions to the climate crisis, including home insulation, low-carbon renewable energy and investment in recycling.

The report goes on to illustrate the contradictions between the very limited actual experiences with carbon capture from biomass or waste incineration with hyped up claims made about such projects.

Finally, we discuss the one bioenergy sector with genuine and realistic plans for BECCS: Ethanol, and specifically corn ethanol production in the USA. Although there are only two such projects at present, 34 are in the advanced development stages, attracted by generous financial incentives, including though pieces of legislation enacted during 2022. In connection with those plans, a large new network of CO2 pipelines is being developed, against community opposition and protests driven by safety concerns. The amount of CO2 that can be captured from an ethanol plant is small compared to direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions from ethanol production. In this context, government support for BECCS serves as a lifeline for ethanol producers who cannot expand their US ethanol market in the face of competition from electric vehicles. Once again, the discourse around BECCS serves specific economic interest groups, with no potential benefits in terms of real climate change mitigation.

Categories: G1. Progressive Green

Assembly #05 - 03/10/2022 - [Reconstitution of Assembly Facilitation team]

Global Tapestry of Alternatives - Sun, 11/27/2022 - 21:31
Assembly #05 - 03/10/2022 Date and time * Date: 03/10/2022 * Time: 1pm GMT Video and audio Agenda * Updates from GTA (brief!) * GTA Assembly members' updates (in plenary or breakout groups) * Criteria and definitions regarding 'what is an alternative' * Physical Assembly gathering in 2023, starting the design processGTAAlternativesGTAGTAalternativesalternativesalternativesweaverGTAGTAalternativesGTAGTAGTAGTAGTAGTAGTAGTAAlternatives

What Comes Next After Abolishing Parking Mandates

Streetsblog USA - Sun, 11/27/2022 - 21:01

Editor’s note: A version of this article originally appeared on Strong Towns and is republished with permission.

It should not surprise anyone that parking reform is sweeping the nation. It’s not often that policymakers have an opportunity to make a simple change that simultaneously makes it easier to build abundant affordable housing, helps small businesses, encourages transit use, is rock-solid climate action, and actually saves the city money. In the last 30 days alone, four U.S. cities have seized this opportunity and repealed costly parking mandates entirely (Lexington; Culver City, California; Cambridge, Massachusetts), or in most of the city (Nashville), and a fifth (Gainesville) is almost certain to enact reform by the end of the month.

Abolishing arbitrary parking ratios only unlocks the potential for big gains in housing, transportation, climate, and local wealth generation. It’s analogous to removing weeds and rocks from a garden. The gardener still needs to plow and fertilize the field, sow, and tend the crops before they can reap the rewards.

Parking mandates are an obstacle to sustainable and equitable communities: remove them and over time a few more apartments will be built at the expense of space for a few cars. But without further effort we might see little impact — or even worse, a backlash and the return of mandatory car storage.

Analysis: The Decline and Fall of Mandatory Parking Minimums

To build the type of cities we want, to take advantage of zoning reforms that re-legalize compact, walkable, and transit-rich neighborhoods, we have to continue to pursue comprehensive parking reforms that go beyond repealing minimums and actively combat car-dependency. Fortunately, these additional reforms and strategies are also simple, impactful, and fiscally advantageous. Cities should price their curbs to manage demand and spend the revenue on infrastructure and programs that improve safe, convenient, and equitable access to our communities for people traveling by any mode, not just in their cars.

The public right-of-way, including the curb lane, is likely the most valuable asset a municipality has. For decades, the city planning department has forced builders and business owners to provide car parking, at great expense, while the transportation department offers the same amenity nearby at a price that can’t be beat: free. This means businesses can’t charge drivers for using their parking lots, but instead they must bundle the cost of parking in every transaction from a tenant’s rent to a gallon of milk. All must pay for parking whether they drive or not.

Unmanaged curbs are a liability for proponents of parking reforms. Portland, Oregon, serves as a cautionary tale. In 2012, a number of apartment buildings with no off-street car parking were built on Southeast Division Street, and the city wasn’t prepared for the fallout when neighbors realized their free and unmanaged neighborhood parking would be utilized by some of the 70 percent of apartment dwellers who still owned cars. Lacking a ready-to-go plan to implement residential parking permits or parking meters, the city buckled under the pressure of angry nearby residents and began, again, to require parking in buildings with more than 30 units. During the biggest building boom in a generation, Portland discouraged the building of more homes.

D.C. ‘Parking Cash Out’ Law Makes Employers Refund Workers Who Don’t Drive

Finding the right price for curb parking isn’t complicated. Monitor the occupancy and charge the lowest price (for meters or permits) that leaves roughly one parking space available—most of the time—on every block face. Because the pricing is sensitive to demand, nearby business owners shouldn’t worry about parking meters driving away business. While customers and residents never want to pay for parking, they’ll be paying for something of value: availability and convenience.

Proper curb management pays big dividends, figuratively and literally. Fewer cars circling for parking means fewer conflicts between drivers and people traveling on foot, scooter, wheelchair, or bike. Demand-based pricing at popular locations encourages visitors who could arrive by other means to weigh the tradeoff and consider those options. And it likewise allows cities to evaluate tradeoffs more accurately between parking and other potential uses of the space. When a city knows what drivers are willing to pay for a curbside space, they have a good benchmark for how much a business should pay to use the space for outdoor dining or shopping. When a city repurposes the space for bike lanes or bus lanes — which can bring more patrons to a business district than the parking they replace — the price of the remaining spaces responds to preserve convenience and availability. And, of course, parking meters and permits generate revenue, potentially a lot of revenue.

‘An Epic Mistake’: Donald Shoup Reflects on America’s Parking Failure

Having a good plan for spending parking revenue is just as important as having a good policy for setting the price. Cities that save up for a new parking structure are inviting more traffic and pollution into their city centers. Cities that use parking revenue for general funds create a conflict of interest — if a climate action or transportation plan calls for reducing car trips but reducing car trips means losing parking revenue from the general fund, the budget will win every time. One solution is implementing parking benefit districts where revenue is spent on public services in the meter/permit area. These districts are most impactful when the services are aligned with the bigger-picture goals of parking reform, such as creating better and more equitable transportation options. Parking revenue can be spent to repair sidewalks, install lighting and wayfinding, build crosswalks, improve bus shelters, and to subsidize transportation costs for low-income workers and residents.

The momentum around abolishing parking mandates is fantastic and every win should be celebrated, but we ignore these other reforms at our peril. We should be particularly concerned about the potential for backlash and poorly allocated revenue when parking reforms are implemented in response to new statewide laws and rulemaking, such as in California and Oregon. Traditionally, parking reform victories have come about after a long campaign of education, coalition building, and public process, but statewide preemption of parking mandates throws some communities right into the deep end. The Parking Reform Network is building a national movement to support the advocates, staff, and policymakers in these cities and to accelerate the adoption of comprehensive parking reform across the country, and beyond.

No Parking at Monday’s Headlines

Streetsblog USA - Sun, 11/27/2022 - 21:00

  • Abolishing parking mandates is only the first step. Cities also have to properly price curbside parking. (Strong Towns)
  • Raising gas taxes and ending subsidies are effective at discouraging gas consumption, but rarely do governments stick with such policies long enough to make a difference. (UCLA Newsroom)
  • The Federal Transit Administration is investing in an electric bus testing center at Ohio State that could help more agencies electrify their fleets. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Lyft is now recycling e-bike and scooter batteries. (The Verge)
  • Oregon cities are suing the state to block a new climate law ending parking mandates and requiring them to plan for better transit, biking and walking infrastructure. (The Oregonian)
  • The Anchorage city council will vote Tuesday on eliminating parking mandates and requiring bike parking at new developments. (Daily News)
  • A new Denver bus rapid transit line was recently approved and is scheduled to open in 2026. (Denverite)
  • A Phoenix light rail extension is 60 percent finished and scheduled to open in 2024. (Axios)
  • Detroit scuttled a paratransit contract after a council member changed their vote because the company has been accused of providing subpar service, meaning service will be cut 70 percent until a new provider is found. (Detroit News)
  • Portland’s Biketown bike-share network has already set a record for yearly ridership in 2022. (Bike Portland)
  • Tacoma’s transit plans call for bypassing downtown and some of the city’s busiest destinations. (The Urbanist)
  • Two disabled Washington, D.C. drivers are suing the city over protected bike lanes they say prevent them from getting out of their vehicles. (Post)
  • Pedestrian deaths have hit a 20-year high in Milwaukee. (TMJ 4)
  • Several Massachusetts transit agencies are going fare-free over the holidays. (Globe)
  • Oslo, Norway, is serious about meeting its emissions targets. (PBS News Hour)
  • German officials are calling for a 33 percent windfall tax on oil and gas profits. (Reuters)

Over half of all fossil fuels are extracted by just seven countries, as world heads to 3°C of warming

Climate Code Red - Sun, 11/27/2022 - 16:49

Shane White from has put together three very useful charts breaking down coal, oil and gas extraction by nation. 

And the bottom line? The charts show that in 2021, just over half of all fossil fuels was extracted by just seven countries:

  • China
  • USA
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Russia
  • Canada
  • Iraq, and  
  • Iran.

At a glance:

  • Coal: China alone accounted for just over half of total world coal production in 2021, and 11 countries produced 1% or more accounting for 93.7%.
  • Oil: Five countries accounted for just over half (US, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Canada and Iraq). 19 countries produced 1% or more accounting for 87.8% of 2021 world total oil production.
  • Gas: Four countries produced just over half (US, Russia, Iran and China). 18 countries produced 1% or more accounting for 84.4% of 2021 world total gas production.

It should also be noted that not all fossil fuel extracted is combusted. A small proportion is sued as feedstock for manufacturing processes.

For more charts and analysis of global energy use, go to

The latest International Energy Agency projections show that global carbon emissions from energy will peak in 2025 (assuming the implementation of Nationally Determined Ccontributions including "conditional elements" under the Paris Agreement) , but are likely to plateau after that for a decade, rather than decline in any significant manner.  “Global coal use and emissions have essentially plateaued at a high level, with no definitive signs of an imminent reduction,” it concluded.

This reflects the evidence that new renewable energy capacity is not making significant inroads into the quantity of emissions from fossil-fuel based energy systems, but is providing around the amount of energy required to cover the extra demand due to economic growth. As atmospheric levels of all three greenhouse gases hit record highs, what does this mean for future warming and the Paris Agreement commitments? 

The warming trend will reach 1.5°C around 2030, irrespective of any emission reduction initiatives taken in the meantime. This is because short-term warming short-term warming is largely determined by past emissions, and the inertia in the energy and political systems. 

Alan Kohler writes that: “Keeping warming to 1.5 degrees now looks impossible, and according to [Prof.] David Karoly, one of Australia’s leading climate scientists, there’s an 80 per cent chance of 2 degrees, while 3 degrees is 50/50.” The UN Environment Program also says there is no longer a credible path to holding warming below 1.5°C in the short term.

Keeping warming to 2°C means in general terms having to halve emissions each decade from 2020 to 2050, known as the “carbon law”.  But emissions and greenhouse gas levels are still rising, and the 2°C target will be missed by a significant margin. The 2°C is likely before 2050 even with higher-ambition emission reductions. 

When all system feedbacks are assessed, current emission-reduction commitments will lead to around 3°C of warming, which US security analysts conclude may result in a world of “outright chaos”. And six in ten climate scientists surveyed by Nature journal say that they expect the world to warm by at least 3°C by the end of the century.

Categories: I. Climate Science

Sea Level Rise Art Exhibit and Events, November 29 – January 26

Sunflower Alliance - Sun, 11/27/2022 - 11:58
Large, door-size acrylic paintings by local artist Jennifer Koney capture abstract images of the 55″ sea level rise already caused by climate change. See the exhibit at the Hayward Library, and check out these related events. Artmaking as a Doorway to Climate Activism, a talk by the artist. WHEN Saturday, December 3, 1 – 3 … Read more
Categories: G2. Local Greens

Sawalmem – Healing our Relationship with the Earth – Interview with Michael ‘Pom’ Preston

Red, Green, and Blue - Sun, 11/27/2022 - 09:00

In his uplifting and internationally-acclaimed short film One Word Sawalmem, co-director Michael “Pom” Preston of the Winnemem Wintu tribe of Mt. Shasta, California gives us a rare look into the life of local Native cultural bearers – people who hold humanity’s most intimate knowledge about how to live in balance with the Earth and how […]

The post Sawalmem – Healing our Relationship with the Earth – Interview with Michael ‘Pom’ Preston appeared first on Red, Green, and Blue.

Categories: H. Green News


The Fine Print I:

Disclaimer: The views expressed on this site are not the official position of the IWW (or even the IWW’s EUC) unless otherwise indicated and do not necessarily represent the views of anyone but the author’s, nor should it be assumed that any of these authors automatically support the IWW or endorse any of its positions.

Further: the inclusion of a link on our site (other than the link to the main IWW site) does not imply endorsement by or an alliance with the IWW. These sites have been chosen by our members due to their perceived relevance to the IWW EUC and are included here for informational purposes only. If you have any suggestions or comments on any of the links included (or not included) above, please contact us.

The Fine Print II:

Fair Use Notice: The material on this site is provided for educational and informational purposes. It may contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. It is being made available in an effort to advance the understanding of scientific, environmental, economic, social justice and human rights issues etc.

It is believed that this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have an interest in using the included information for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission from the copyright owner. The information on this site does not constitute legal or technical advice.