NYT: Let’s Quit Fetishizing the Single-Family Home - By NYT Columnist By Farhad Manjoo: "The single-family home is out of step with the future... a big house with a backyard should be a rarity... single-family zoning has a history in segregation."
“Cattle is very energy-consuming and energy-expensive,” Yang said. “And if you project forward on what we would need to do to reduce emissions, you would want to modify Americans’ diets over time.” He admitted it would be difficult for the government to dictate diets (well except for the Obamacare bill), so he suggested cattle producers “internalize the cost of emissions” to make meat more expensive. “So then, what that would naturally do, and some people are going to hate this, but it would probably make those products more expensive,” he explained. “And that is appropriate because there is a cost to producing food in that way. And so if you were to make it more expensive, then you would end up changing consumption patterns.”
Meteorologist Cliff Mass: Without global warming, we “still would have experienced the most severe heat wave of the past century.” ... Mass concluded climate change didn’t play a central role in an event largely caused by the natural variability of our regional weather. He notes the temperature soared by more than 40 degrees above the normal high, and climate change added only a few degrees, thus “a record-breaking unique heat wave” would have occurred even without global warming. In his blog, he lays out a golden rule that — based on this analysis — the bigger the temperature surge in an extreme event, the smaller the role of climate change, and accuses the World Weather Attribution report of “misinforming millions.” Mass says his criticism is grounded in a deep knowledge of the intricate mix of ocean, mountains and atmospheric flows that help to produce Northwest weather, as well as climate models he runs. ...
“I don’t believe we are facing any kind of existential threat,” Mass said. “But it is not a good idea to muck around with the climate of the planet.”