Have you cut your energy consumption — and greenhouse gas emissions — by 40 percent in recent years? Didn’t think so. Neither have I, or many of the other seven billion people on the planet. In a draft of their final report that was leaked last week to The New York Times, scientists on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have concluded that the world is not heeding their repeated warnings, and that mankind’s heavy use of fossil fuels — and emissions of carbon dioxide — are increasing, not declining by 25 to 40 percent, as they recommended.
Resistance remains strong. If plan A is prevent climate change through massive, collective sacrifice, let’s face it: It’s time to start working on plan B.
— William Falk, in Why climate change is inevitable (via theweekmagazine)
"Yet Americans bought as many electric bicycles as they did electric cars last year. About 53,000 electric bicycles were sold, according to Dave Hurst, an analyst with Navigant Research who tracks the industry. Electric car sales came in at 52,835."
— Marc Gunther on E360. I didn’t even realize electric bikes were a thing. It will be interesting to see if they help with reducing both pollution and the obesity problem as the article suggests.
"Over the past two decades, as Lessig notes, sixteen different new laws have passed that ad additional teeth to copyright restrictions, while not a single one has passed restricting industrial carbon output. There are genuine debates to be had over music piracy and global warming, but surely the vast majority of us would agree that factories pumping carbon into the atmosphere with impunity are a more pressing concern than illegal Kanye West downloads. Yet the congressional record is clear: sixteen to zero. Why? Because content business and carbon polluters spent billions of dollars supporting candidates from both parties over that period. So we have a political class that spends its time protecting Mickey Mouse and Lady Gaga instead of the planet."
— Steven Johnson on page 158 of his book, Future Perfect
"We don’t, in a sensible world, want to hand on an increasingly dysfunctional world to our grandchildren, to leave them with the real problem. I don’t want to be confronted by my future grandchild and (have) them say: ‘Why didn’t you do something?’"
— Prince Charles • On the issue of climate change and why he doesn’t want his soon-to-be-born grandson to question why he didn’t do more about it. (via shortformblog)