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Why 2020 to 2050 will be ‘the most transformative decades in human history’


Highlights

  • A study from UC Berkeley illustrates that climate catastrophes will onset violence such as domestic abuse and even civil wars, setting up the potential collapse of many countries 
  • Conflict avoidance is ingrained into the world’s climate response, by refocusing on creating an ecological society, our care of the planet will help avoid some major conflicts
  • However, there will be outliers to the push of an ecological society, as some will resist this change to uphold a world run by the fossil fuel industry, therefore stripping people of their rights
  • Escaping the climate crisis by moving away in order to avoid climate catastrophes is a part of the problem:

By imagining ourselves as individuals who somehow exist outside the context of an interconnected, living ecosystem on a planet where all of our actions deeply affect one another, we fail to see each other’s humanity and right to simply exist.

  • In the 2040s, the world could see around 250 million people forced from their homes due to the effects of the climate crisis 

The Climate Center’s Climate-Safe California Platform advocates for a formal California State commitment by 2022 to 80% below 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions and net negative emissions by 2030 for a climate-safe future. This bold target requires accelerating the phase-out of fossil fuels.


Read More: https://onezero.medium.com/why-2020-to-2050-will-be-the-most-transformative-decades-in-human-history-ba282dcd83c7

Wetlands

Green infrastructure can be cheaper, more effective than dams

by Daniel Cusick, Scientific American


Highlights

  • A new report from the National Wildlife Federation and Allied World suggests that nature-based solutions to extreme weather events could save more money and result in less disaster-related damages compared to engineered projects such as dams, levees, and sea walls
  • The use of nature-based infrastructure, such as living shorelines and floodplain restoration can be supported with funding in upcoming water resource bills and economic recovery packages from the current COVID-19 pandemic, according to study co-author Jessie Ritter
  • The report includes nationwide case studies where nature-based solutions helped prevent or reduce impacts of climate-related events
    • In Texas, an abandoned golf course was converted into a wetland by the local water authority, protecting 150 homes from flooding during Hurricane Harvey in 2019 
  • Removing dams was found to be 60% less expensive than maintaining and repairing them over the three decades following the dismantling
  • Green infrastructure projects provide ecosystem services that improve water quality and protection for fish and wildlife habitats 

Implementing bold and equitable policies that will catalyze carbon sequestration and resilience through building healthy soils and restoring healthy habitats will be key to achieving drawdown greater than emissions (net-negative emissions) by 2030 for a climate-safe California.


Read More: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/green-infrastructure-can-be-cheaper-more-effective-than-dams/