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U.N. Climate Report Offers Grim New Forecast
But even with a 1.5 °C increase, the world can expect serious changes to weather, sea levels, agriculture and natural eco-systems, according to a report issued Monday following an IPCC meeting in South Korea.

"Limiting warming to 1.5 °C is possible within the laws of chemistry and physics," says Jim Skea of Imperial College London, one of the authors of the report, "but doing so would require unprecedented changes."

Scientists and climate researchers have long doubted that the 1.5 °C goal was practical or economically feasible.

Their new report lays out the difficulty in stark detail: it would require a 40–50 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 (global emissions are currently rising). It would mean a carbon-neutral world — one with no net additional greenhouse gases in the atmosphere — by 2050.

They now say that scenario is very unlikely without new measures and technologies to remove greenhouse gases from the air, some of which have yet to be invented.

"We have a monumental task in front of us," says co-author Natalie Mahowald, from Cornell University, "but it is not impossible." In 50 years, she says, "it's going to be very different. This is our chance to decide what that road will look like."
by:ChristopherJoyce  from:NPR  ClimateChange  JimSkea  NatalieMahowald  HowardHerzog 
5 weeks ago by owenblacker
Why Have So Many People Never Heard Of The MOVE Bombing? : Code Switch : NPR
"If MOVE happened today, it might be quickly folded into the classroom, as has happened with other recent incidents of police violence. Teachers have all the materials at their fingertips: clips from livestreams, links to mainstream news articles and personal blogs, embeddable tweets, and so on. Back in the mid-80s, you'd have to wait around for the inevitable Frontline documentary or for an academic to publish a book. History gets commodified and redistributed much more quickly today. The MOVE story faded into relative obscurity partly because no one connects with their cause today, and largely because the mechanisms to preserve the story weren't in place yet. But had it happened now, it would be much harder to forget."
us  history  police  memory  from:npr 
may 2017 by mechazoidal
The Many Faces (And Sculptures) Of Edward Tufte
"Now, the man known as "ET" has just opened a gallery, ET Modern, in New York City's art district. It showcases some of Tufte's smaller pieces. It has the look of what might be a playroom for children — if that playroom were at MIT."
from:npr  art  artist  2010  podcast 
august 2015 by mechazoidal

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