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French climatologist: Shift to renewable energy would make economic growth impossible – Solar & wind ‘will not allow us to maintain today’s modern industrial world’ By Paul Homewood Even climatologists are beginning to realise that the emperor has no clothes! Economic growth as we know it is impossible if governments shift to 100 per cent renewable energy, a renowned French climatologist has said. Jean-Marc Jancovici, the author of World Without End, the graphic novel on climate change which has […]

Your gas car, your meat & now — your houseplants?! Wash Post: ‘Indoor houseplants come with a cost to the planet’ – ‘Trucks that transport plants spew carbon emissions…& synthetic fertilizers are made from petroleum’

Washinton Post: “Greening indoor spaces can also come at an environmental cost. The trucks that transport plants spew carbon emissions, plastic pots, and synthetic fertilizers are made from petroleum and the harvesting of soil components like peat can tear up slow-forming habitats. …

“A lot of major nursery suppliers are located in Florida and in California,” Susan Pell, the director of the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., said. Depending on where you live, that can be a long way for a plant to travel in the back of a truck — and a lot of carbon emitted along the way.

Sustainable soils: One of the least sustainable soil components is peat, a rich brown substance formed from partially decayed plant matter at the bottom of bogs and other wetlands….But peat, which is a precursor to the formation of coal, releases carbon dioxide when it is harvested — and it’s not easily renewable.

Pell has a few tips for minimizing the environmental harm of indoor gardening…also recommends cutting down on petroleum-based fertilizers, which create carbon emissions during their production.

Reducing inequality is essential in tackling climate crisis, researchers argue – Urge ‘progressive taxation rates’ & ’employer-subsidized low-carbon meal options’ – University of Cambridge: In a report just published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers argue that tackling inequality is vital in moving the world toward Net-Zero—because inequality constrains who can feasibly adopt low-carbon behaviors.

University of Cambridge: “It’s increasingly acknowledged that there’s inequality in terms of who causes climate change and who suffers the consequences, but there’s far less attention being paid to the effect of inequality in changing behaviors to reduce carbon emissions,” said Dr. Charlotte Kukowski, a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Cambridge Departments of Psychology and Zoology, and first author of the report.

The researchers say there is lack of political recognition of the barriers that can make it difficult for people to change to more climate-friendly behaviors. … Cooking more meat-free meals: plant-based meat alternatives currently tend to be less affordable than the animal products they are trying to replace.

They suggest a range of policy interventions, such as urban planning to include bus and bike lanes and pedestrian-friendly routes, progressive taxation rates on wealth and income, and employer-subsidized low-carbon meal options.