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Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

The world has warmed more than one degree Celsius since the Industrial Revolution. The Paris climate agreement — the nonbinding, unenforceable and already unheeded treaty signed on Earth Day in 2016 — hoped to restrict warming to two degrees. The odds of succeeding, according to a recent study based on current emissions trends, are one in 20. If by some miracle we are able to limit warming to two degrees, we will only have to negotiate the extinction of the world’s tropical reefs, sea-level rise of several meters and the abandonment of the Persian Gulf. The climate scientist James Hansen has called two-degree warming “a prescription for long-term disaster.” Long-term disaster is now the best-case scenario.

Three-degree warming is a prescription for short-term disaster: forests in the Arctic and the loss of most coastal cities. Robert Watson, a former director of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has argued that three-degree warming is the realistic minimum. Four degrees: Europe in permanent drought; vast areas of China, India and Bangladesh claimed by desert; Polynesia swallowed by the sea; the Colorado River thinned to a trickle; the American Southwest largely uninhabitable. The prospect of a five-degree warming has prompted some of the world’s leading climate scientists to warn of the end of human civilization.

Is it a comfort or a curse, the knowledge that we could have avoided all this?

Because in the decade that ran from 1979 to 1989, we had an excellent opportunity to solve the climate crisis. The world’s major powers came within several signatures of endorsing a binding, global framework to reduce carbon emissions — far closer than we’ve come since. During those years, the conditions for success could not have been more favorable. The obstacles we blame for our current inaction had yet to emerge. Almost nothing stood in our way — nothing except ourselves.
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Gutes Statement von Christopher Lauer zur Lage der SPD

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How Extreme Weather Is Shrinking the Planet

With wildfires, heat waves, and rising sea levels, large tracts of the earth are at risk of becoming uninhabitable. But the fossil-fuel industry continues its assault on the facts. | By Bill McKibben

Gute und faktenreiche Reportage.
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Zurück bleiben nur Berge von Fahrrädern

Der Technopopulismus aus dem Silicon Valley war der Traum von einer digitalen Welt, in der jeder Künstler, Unternehmer, Rebell ist. Daraus wurde eine brutale Industrie, die viel zerstört und wenig schafft.

Zurück bleiben nur Berge von Fahrrädern
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danke =)

ich glaub, das ist das original, oder? From Airbnb to city bikes, the ‘sharing economy’ has been seized by big money (guardian)

(der hat da noch einiges mehr veröffentlicht)
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Memory lanes

The ramblers trying to save 10,000 lost footpaths

It’s not just walkers who get lost – paths can get lost, too. Now a small army of volunteers are seeking to recover thousands of public rights of way before they disappear for ever

Schöner Bericht über Leute in Großbritannien, die versuchen, verlorengegangene Fußwege (und damit verbundene Wegerechte) wieder herzustellen.

Anscheinend gibts da auch Bemühungen, öffentliche Wegerechte überhaupt erst zu erwirken – weiß nicht, wie das in Deutschland geregelt ist, aber über GB steht hier:
Any footpath walked by the public for 20 years without any attempt by the landowner to prevent access can be made a right of way. Check your local walking groups for people actively walking along unmapped routes to help establish this right.
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Der Spiegel über den Märchenerzähler in den eigenen Reihen...
Ein Reporter, der jahrelang preisgekrönte Reportagen produziert hat, die leider zu schön waren, um wahr zu sein. Könnte man fast schon Kunst nennen – auf jeden Fall beeindruckend dreist.

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Prime and Punishment

Dirty Dealing in the $175 Billion Amazon Marketplace

The Verge

Sehr spannend. Und gruselig.
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