To fix climate change, a scientist says the world’s billionaires need to give up their money to save us
"Ecologist Johan Rockström, who directs the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Stockholm, thinks there might be a way to cut global emissions while eliminating poverty and hunger and keeping the world cool enough to sustain future generations."
"It's an aggressive solution, but it's the only one the researchers think will kept the planet and its people healthy in the long run."
"It's a straightforward, five-part plan that he says could eliminate poverty and hunger while helping the planet at the same time. But the plan requires unprecedented shifts in the way we do everything, from powering our lives to redistributing wealth."
"Rockström's plan also demands a dramatic reshuffling of the world's cash. More taxes on top earners..."
"Rockström proposes looking to some new development models that focus on community-level development and the use of local resources. These kinds of approaches are already in use in places like Ethiopia and Costa Rica."
Bjorn Lomborg: "For the most important environmental issues, economic growth has solved problems, not created them. The cleanest places are not the poorest countries, but the richer economies that have cleaned up their act. As societies become richer, individuals can afford to stop worrying about food and sanitation, and to start worrying about the environment. Indoor air pollution is the world’s biggest environmental killer, claiming lives because poor people burn dung and wood for cooking and heating. As societies get richer, people can afford cleaner technology. In 1990, indoor air pollution caused more than 8% of deaths; in 2016 it was 4.7%. Each year 1.2 million fewer people die from indoor air pollution, despite an increase in population."
"The world’s forests tell a similar story. For most of human history, trees were decimated wherever humans settled. Higher agricultural yields and changing attitudes have meant rich countries are increasingly preserving forests and reforesting."
"Capitalism as we know it is over. So suggests a new report commissioned by a group of scientists appointed by the UN Secretary-General." ... Those are the stark implications of a new scientific background paper prepared by a team of Finnish biophysicists. The team from the BIOS Research Unit in Finland were asked to provide research that would feed into the drafting of the UN Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR), which will be released in 2019...The IGS is supported by a range of UN agencies including the UN Secretariat, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the UN Environment Programme, the UN Development Programme, the UN Conference on Trade and Development and the World Bank.
The BIOS paper suggests that much of the political and economic volatility we have seen in recent years has a root cause in ecological crisis...“We live in an era of turmoil and profound change in the energetic and material underpinnings of economies. The era of cheap energy is coming to an end,” the paper says...“We face a form of capitalism that has hardened its focus to short-term profit maximization with little or no apparent interest in social good.”