Green Lights Dec. 8: Top stories this week
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. . . . Welcome back to Green Lights, our weekly roundup of the best of Callaway Climate Insights. This week, we’re down and out in Dubai. Well, it’s really more a focus on the debates at COP28 over how to phase down or phase out fossil fuels. David Callaway says a phased anything is not what’s needed. Here are the highlights in a simple and convenient format that makes it easy for our readers. It’s also easy to subscribe.
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. . . . How did we get to the point at the most influential climate conference of the year when arguing over semantics beats out arguing for real solutions to global warming?, David Callaway asks. It may be time for an overhaul of the 28-year COP process. . . .
. . . . Astute followers of American politics were not surprised when the U.S. pledged only $3 billion in Dubai over the weekend to help launch a new Green Climate Fund to help poorer countries adapt to climate change. The amount may be laughably low, but what’s really not funny is that it is going to fall into the long line of government spending pledges that House Republicans will attack, and likely hold back.
. . . . While climate delegates labor in Dubai to craft an agreement to phase down (or out) oil and gas over the next 30 years, a major consolidation of the industry continues to expand around the world, benefitting investors. Australian oil and gas giant Woodside Energy and rival Santos confirmed this week they are in merger talks for what could be a $52 billion deal.
. . . . The U.S. Greenhouse Gas Center, a new hub for collaboration between agencies across the U.S. government as well as non-profit and private sector partners, was unveiled Monday at COP28. The new project brings together and makes available online data, information, and computer models from the International Space Station, various satellite and airborne missions, and ground stations.
. . . . Because the U.K. used to rule about a quarter of the globe, it is actually responsible for nearly twice as much warming as previously thought, observes Matthew Diebel. But in terms of renewables, there’s progress to be seen.
More greenery . . . .
This has to stop: Climate change is shrinking our birds (USA Today)
In case you didn’t know: 2023 will officially be the hottest year on record (CNN)
Can rocks absorb enough CO₂? These tech giants think so (The Verge)
Stand aside: Jet stream will get faster as climate change continues (Phys.org)
Heat stress: How climate change is making the world sick (Reuters)
Pushed to their limits: Cold blooded animals in a warming world (The Wildlife Society)