May The Force Be With You

After much success, Paul is flying back home tonight/today.  He has had many great catches on his Facebook and twitter, and till he gets back and gets to share more about Paris and Norway, we share some of his best ones from the last few days, and hope to satisfy readers by consolidating some real gems he pinpointed.  We really pack it in, dk:
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Quite a potent talk.  Very, very highly recommended:

UPFSI .org //  Published on Dec 8, 2015

This ClimateMatters.TV show is an informed discussion between Mark Z. Jacoboson and Kevin Anderson, two top climate scientists who discuss the prospects and challenges in meeting the world’s energy requirements in a world that requires the switch away from fossil fuels to avoid a climate catastrophe.’

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More Kevin Anderson, on Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now:  ‘Top Climate Expert: Crisis is Worse Than We Think & Scientists Are Self-Censoring to Downplay Risk‘,

Amy speaks ‘with one of the world’s leading climate scientists who has come to the Paris talks with a shocking message: The climate crisis is more severe than even many scientists have acknowledged. Kevin Anderson is deputy director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and professor of energy and climate change at the University of Manchester in Britain. He has said many scientists are self-censoring their work to downplay the severity of the climate crisis.’
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Paul’s selection but my leading line here [dk]:  you have seen good report cards and less sanguine ones.  Here is a less gleeful read on the ‘Paris deal: Epic fail on a planetary scale‘.

Today, after two weeks of tortuous negotiations – well, 21 years, really – governments announced the Paris Agreement. This brand new climate deal will kick in in 2020. But is it really as ‘ambitious’ as the French government is claiming?

‘Before the talks began, social movements, environmental groups, and trade unions around the world came together and agreed on a set of criteria that the Paris deal would need to meet in order to be effective and fair. This ‘People’s Test’ is based on climate science and the needs of communities affected by climate change and other injustices across the globe.

‘To meet the People’s Test, the Paris deal would need to do the following four things:

1. Catalyze immediate, urgent and drastic emission reductions;
2. Provide adequate support for transformation;
3. Deliver justice for impacted people;
4. Focus on genuine, effective action rather than false solutions.
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[dk:  Despite material arrangements, Paul was unfortunately not able to be on this particular Extinction Radio Podcast, but the segment with bombardier Kevin Hester is really quite good.  In this feature on his notable withdrawal from the New Zealand Green Party, taking a stand against its leaders calling Paris a success, he is resolute and impassioned and clear as a bell.  Impatient listeners can start here, at 4:09.  His segment is 18:57 long.  This is really special].

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[Things come in twos, dk:  also Paul’s selection:].  Here is a second slot I have been on in the past, often with great delight, Alex Smith’s Eco Shock Radio.  But in this case featuring trained attorney and Prof. ‘Michael T. Snyder, on ‘Return of the Economic Collapse’.   It is also quite good and explicates the ‘propaganda matrix of media’.  His Economic Collapse blog is well regarded and often posted to Zero Hedge [go to place for stock market finance doom. dk].

As many of you know, fellow Canadian Alex is my absolute favorite interview and I am set to be shared on his show soon, recently recorded but not published quite yet.  For now:

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Centuries of Melting Already Locked in for Polar Ice, Scientists Say‘, ”If we have a prolonged period of time at 2 degrees, we are probably going to lose Greenland, and that is 7 meters of sea level rise.

‘The melting of polar ice sheets and mountain glaciers will likely continue for thousands of years, causing irreversible sea level rise, even if global warming is limited to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new report published last week during the climate negotiations in Paris‘.
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Well done, Los Angeles Times’Op-Ed, ‘Climate change is indeed a cause of social conflict‘:  ‘First Bernie Sanders said “climate change was directly related to the growth of terrorism.” Then Prince Charles said drought was the root cause of the Syrian conflict and current refugee crisis. Pundits everywhere leaped at the opportunity to say both claims were wrong. Who is right?‘  Continues at link.
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[Driverless cars:  are you kidding me?  dk, here:

Many of these companies that want to re-engineer our lives cannot make comprehensible media players (disaster Apple iTunes) or web browsers (Apple Safari), or create a workable social media platform (Google+) or provide fully relational, up to date helpdesk notes (Google Docs/Blogger/Drive, Map Maker Process) and they are proposing to move 3,000 pound objects around children, the elderly, and animals, if not capital assets run by fuzzy logic and embedded chips and machine vision??

Does Apple do stuff well?  Yes.  Same for Google.  But assuredly NOT all things.  No.  This is a big wrong turn on the road of nature.  Teenage boy stuff with adult scale investment if you ask me!  Can we not do better with resources??]
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Addenda.  Great news. established a SoundCloud upon our recommendation, and thus shared here.  We posted about this, exactly four weeks back, as ‘Going to Paris, New Disaster Relief Analysis Site, Interview, Norway, Video‘.

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About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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