fossil fuel subsidies

This article by a Fulbright scholar and climate justice campaigner elaborates the above graph to demonstrate how the so-called ‘free-market’ is hugely distorted by government subsidies that are keeping the fossil fuel producers competitive as the cost of renewable energy undercuts the price of coal and oil in particular. These vast subsidies are keeping the fossil fuel industry afloat at a time when vast but much smaller investments are needed to be directed at eliminating carbon emissions to meet IPCC and Paris Agreement goals to hold global warming to a manageable level.

The article points to the successful propaganda put out by the energy corporations to convince governments that fossil fuel subsidies should be continued, even to the point of convincing Christian fundamentalists in the USA that such a policy is “God’s will”!

feeding the billions

This article from the Oxford University Martin Centre offers an overview of approaches to feeding the growing human population and addressing the emerging global food crisis as overshoot of human impact upon the planet’s capacity to sustain this pressure grows. “There are serious challenges to global food supply everywhere we look “. Eight proposals for ensuring food supply and land maintenance are offered.

Food justice – 4 aspects – Jeremy Williams’ blog introduces the notion of justice to the question of food supplies.

aoc meets greta thunberg

This Guardian article is an abridged version of a conversation between two young world-famous climate activists who inspire hope that the tide is turning in the blind pursuit of corporate power that has wickedly hidden the science about the damage this pursuit has wreaked upon the planet. The 28 and 16-year olds should inspire all of us to act for the sake of their generations.

AOC – I learned that hope is not something that you have. Hope is something that you create, with your actions. Hope is something you have to manifest into the world, and once one person has hope, it can be contagious. …

GT – What does me standing outside of parliament with a sign do? It doesn’t lower any carbon emissions immediately. It doesn’t change any laws directly. But what it does is make powerful people feel something, and people underestimate the power of that. It is becoming harder and harder for elected officials to look people in the eye….

10 billion human population by 2050?

This article outlines new UN projections for human population growth both globally and regionally. The UN revises its estimates every two years based on new data about fertility, mortality and migration, the latter of course does not affect global totals. The almost 10 billion estimate for 2050 is the median of three projections. Revisions adjust earlier projections that underestimated the drop in fertility in many areas and the decrease in mortality elsewhere. Africa is by far the fastest growing part of the world. Asia and South America grew less than previously estimated.

Spaceship Earth will carry 2.3 billion extra passengers by 2050 when my newborn grandson is 31 years old if these projections come to pass. In the year 1940 when I was born, there were 2.3 billion humans on the planet after 200000 years of homo sapiens evolution. In 1810 the population first reached 1 billion and the increase to the second billion occurred in the next 100 years. The current growth rate of 1 billion every 12 or so years is insufficiently discussed as a driver of many of the serious threats facing future urban-industrial affluent life as we have come to anticipate it.