Financial Times: Moody’s announced on August 5 the acquisition of RMS, a cat model house now described as the “leader in climate and natural disaster risk”. Moody’s agreed to pay $2bn when the deal closes. The press release disclosed the previously private recent results of RMS, which has projected revenues of $320m for the year ending September 30, with $55m in operating income. RMS had long been a bit more “climatey” than its fellow cat riskers, seeking more business from those, such as governments, looking further out at the risk horizon.
Schumer: "Because of global warming, things are getting worse and worse. And I tell my constituents in New York: COVID was horrible, but if we do nothing on climate, starting within a few short years from now, each year will be worse than COVID, and each year will be worse than the previous year." "We know that we can’t let this moment pass us by," he continued. "It’s our time to act. And as majority leader, I have made it clear I will not pass an infrastructure package that does not reduce carbon pollution on a scale commensurate with the urgency of the climate crisis that we face. Plain and simple. And that’s what Democrats intend to do."
Nye testifies to the House Homeland security committee at Congress about climate change on June 8, 2021
Bill Nye Excerpt of his testimony: "Climate change is frightening. The effects and changes are so big and coming so fast that many of us are in denial about the consequences. I’ve come to believe that climate change contrarians especially are just scared. So am I. You’ve probably read recent reports concerning decreasing birth rates worldwide. Ask around. Women and men everywhere are thinking twice about bringing kids into a world that’s on fire. It’s time to take action now."
Are you willing to comply to save the planet!? IEA report page 174: "The Covid‐19 pandemic has increased general awareness of the potential effectiveness of behavioral changes, such as mask‐wearing, and working and schooling at home. The crisis demonstrated that people can make behavioural changes at significant speed and scale if they understand the changes to be justified, and that it is necessary for governments to explain convincingly and to provide clear guidance about what changes are needed and why they are needed." ...
"Urban design can reduce the average city dweller’s carbon footprint by up to 60% by shaping lifestyle choices and influencing day‐to‐day behavior."
Regulations and mandates could enable roughly 70% of the emissions saved by behavioral changes in the NZE. Examples include: Upper speed limits, which are reduced over time in the NZE from their current levels to 100 km/h, cutting emissions from road vehicles by 3% in 2050. Appliance standards, which maximise energy efficiency in the buildings sector. Regulations covering heating temperatures in offices and default cooling temperatures for air conditioning units
Keeping air travel for business purposes at 2019 levels. Although business trips fell to almost zero in 2020, they accounted for just over one‐quarter of air travel before the pandemic. Keeping long‐haul flights (more than six hours) for leisure purposes at 2019 levels. Emissions from an average long‐haul flight are 35‐times greater than from a regional flight (less than one hour).
A shift to high‐speed rail. The opportunities for shifting regional flights to high‐speed rail vary by region. Globally, we estimate that around 15% of regional flights in 2019 could have been shifted given existing rail infrastructure; future high‐speed rail lines ensure that by 2050 around 17% could be shifted (IEA, 2019).
Climate TRACE utilizes satellite data, machine learning and artificial intelligence to determine greenhouse gas emissions globally. It aims usher in an era of "radical transparency" and a more enforceable climate agreement by giving nonprofits, governments and the UN actionable intelligence to track and crack down on polluters.
East Antarctica, which covers two thirds of the South Pole, has cooled a whopping 2.8°C over the past 4 decades; West Antarctica approximately 1.6″C. ..only tiny Antarctic Peninsula saw statistically insignificant warming.
Last week, media outlets across the globe claimed that there has been rain for the first time at the Greenland summit. “Rain fell at the normally snowy summit of Greenland for the first time on record,” read CNN’s headlines. Others went a step further and declared it a sign of climate doomsday. “Rain On Greenland Ice Sheet, Possibly A First, Signals Climate Change Risk,” read another headline. Unfortunately, for the mainstream media, climate history nearly always comes back to haunt their claims of unprecedented events. Records reveal that this is not the first rainfall in Greenland, and certainly not the first on the Greenland summit peak, which stands at around 10,000 feet.