11/8-9 News Roundup & Open Thread
Hello birdies…a little analysis on climate change. Surprising findings…not.
Countries’ climate pledges built on flawed data
Across the world, many countries underreport their greenhouse gas emissions in their reports to the United Nations, a Washington Post investigation has found. An examination of 196 country reports reveals a giant gap between what nations declare their emissions to be versus the greenhouse gases they are sending into the atmosphere. The gap ranges from at least 8.5 billion to as high as 13.3 billion tons a year of underreported emissions — big enough to move the needle on how much the Earth will warm.
The plan to save the world from the worst of climate change is built on data. But the data the world is relying on is inaccurate.
“If we don’t know the state of emissions today, we don’t know whether we’re cutting emissions meaningfully and substantially,” said Rob Jackson, a professor at Stanford University and chair of the Global Carbon Project, a collaboration of hundreds of researchers. “The atmosphere ultimately is the truth. The atmosphere is what we care about. The concentration of methane and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is what’s affecting climate.”
At the low end, the gap is larger than the yearly emissions of the United States. At the high end, it approaches the emissions of China and comprises 23 percent of humanity’s total contribution to the planet’s warming, The Post found.
As tens of thousands of people are convening in Glasgow for what may be the largest-ever meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), also known as COP26, the numbers they are using to help guide the world’s effort to curb greenhouse gases represent a flawed road map.
That means the challenge is even larger than world leaders have acknowledged.
“In the end, everything becomes a bit of a fantasy,” said Philippe Ciais, a scientist with France’s Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences who tracks emissions based on satellite data. “Because between the world of reporting and the real world of emissions, you start to have large discrepancies.”
The UNFCCC collects country reports and oversees the Paris agreement, which brought the world together to progressively reduce emissions in 2015. The U.N. agency attributed the gap that The Post identified to “the application of different reporting formats and inconsistency in the scope and timeliness of reporting (such as between developed and developing countries, or across developing countries).”
When asked if the United Nations plans on addressing the gap, spokesman Alexander Saier said in an email it is continuing its efforts to strengthen the reporting process.
“However, we do acknowledge that more needs to be done, including finding ways to provide support to developing country Parties to improve their institutional and technical capacities.”
The gap comprises vast amounts of missing carbon dioxide and methane emissions as well as smaller amounts of powerful synthetic gases. It is the result of questionably drawn rules, incomplete reporting in some countries and apparently willful mistakes in others — and the fact that in some cases, humanity’s full impacts on the planet are not even required to be reported.
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When you let business try to regulate the government, they will always find ways not to comply.
and here’s the point I’m trying to make:
Well, when you factor in the almighty gods of big money, and instant profit, out comes loads of propaganda and incorrect info. 🙂 T and R x 2, Ms. Benny!! Big thanks to you and jcb for hosting the Nest. 🙂
Which are now legal, courtesy of Citizens United
So… then… a market crash, maybe? Three days of national strike and not buying anything would do it.
Sure beats the status quo. Since the status quo is killing us, and all.
In the better news category..
Man, am I sick of reading these dumb, stupid, FRightwing fu**ers!
Dumber and Dumber and they keep lowering the Bar, just when you think they cnat go any lower…
It’s disappointing that Karen Bass, Ro Khanna, nor Mondaire Jones didn’t vote with them.
Yes. What would’ve been really good politics is for enough of them to vote no to stop it.
Exactly. Even voting no could easily be just virtue-signaling, once they knew Pelosi had the votes to get it through.
Thanks for pointing this out, was meaning to see what so-called progressives sold the country out.
Jones is the only surprise of the lot.
That Raygun Yuppie is worse than a joke!
This is what I was trying to express. David Doel found the clip I was looking for.
Hey Barack were the hell were you during your 8 years in office? You had your chance to pass laws and what did we get nada nothing. Your words carry no weight with us progressives
thanks, benny! 🐸🦋🙏🌻🍓🌧🌊🐋🐳🦋💜
this attitude of, we acknowledge, we will do more, developing countries…rather than, we are immediately incorporating this new data into our plans—illustrates hoe the UN, especially in climate change, is an old boy, fossilized institution captured, in large part, by corporate interests.
drives me crazy. they were meant to lead and speak truth, or maybe i have that wrong, like so much else anymore.
ty. shared on fb.
btw been bumped off a lot today.
Good to know. There’s generally one collaborative song btwn a country artist and a pop artist to entertain the crowd, so this is one of the award shows I watch.
This was very good. They’re on to Josh Hawley now and I have to pay some bills before five, but I’m really glad for this guy. He’s more centrist than I am, but he’s great for nudging people over.