Greenhouse gases for new babies

Because of the previous piece, the piece about green roofs, the latest IPCC report suddenly appeared on the table, or rather: it appeared on the screen. Because with 2,700 heavily printed pages, it probably won’t be physically distributed anymore. The report may not be published anymore read Because in essence it is more than a summary of previously published climate articles. that it reference book Where you can find your way using the digital search function.

With the keyword “roof” green roofs (green roofs) found easily. The combination of the letters “roof” appears a hundred times in the report, as well as in “proof” and “solar roof”, but it went surprisingly fast. Green roofs are discussed explicitly in the chapter on Urban Systems, which provides advice on climate-friendly urban design and eco-conscious living. It’s all about the benefits of wooden construction, total electrification, and more. awesome how many behavior change Expected: You can live close to each other, lower the thermostat and from now on go to work by bike. It is a long story because the report suffers from verbosity as well as from a pathological tendency to completeness.

hard workout

The “mitigation report,” released in early April, is the latest in a series of three reports that will be released at regular intervals to assess the state of the climate. The first report describes the physical and chemical background to climate change and the second its consequences, including means of dealing with those consequences. The third report outlines options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a laborious process that also includes nuclear power, hydropower and biomass. Given the high expectations the IPCC has on behavioral change, it sometimes seemed a good idea to check whether birth control in the meantime was included among the helpful advice. You might say that the fewer people there are, the less energy you need.

But no, the search function did not match the terms “birth control,” “family planning,” or “contraception.” ‘Fertility’ has been mentioned, but mainly in relation to soil fertility. The report states in very clear terms that population growth and increased prosperity are the strongest drivers (The strongest drivers) from fossil carbon dioxide emissions2 But he does not draw any further conclusions from it. Birth control is out of the question, as defined here before.

This year the cold feet have been so strong and it seems that the problematic aspect of the growth in the world’s population had to be fully preserved. I got a candid mention in this huge report but Not In his summary, the so-called “Summary for Policymakers” (Summary for policy makers, SPM). Only found that the “drivers” civilized Greenhouse gas emissions are complex and include population size, income, degree of urbanization and form of urbanization (section B.2.3). Nothing about problematic growth.

extended meetings

SPM is part of a strange condition. It was prepared by climate scientists but must be approved by many officials and other representatives of the IPCC countries. They are under political pressure and try to adapt all the paragraphs to national desires in lengthy meetings. Echo not only makes those paragraphs unreadable, but they also become disconnected from the report they’re meant to summarize. Risky, because in practice, SPM is the only thing to read from IPCC reports.

Not only there area She was in the SPM to make clear the impact of unlikely population growth. There are enough sentences in it that you can easily give with the garbage man: because it consists of pure space (c 6.3) or because there is no rope to tie it (c 1.4). Population growth must have been pushed out of SPM under political pressure.

Felipe Cavaro of this overpopulation project also concluded on April 12th. He reacted sternly to the enthusiasm shown by British professor Simon Lewis Watchman (April 6) finds that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has finally called out the “serious misconception” that population growth has a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Cavaro assumed that Lewis only read the SPM book. In fact, that turned out to be the case Watchman He has since adapted Lewis’ piece.

Everyone knows where cold feet come from. There is the religious aspect (many offspring are like sand on the seashore), you have the economists who want to let the economy grow against the rocks if necessary and there is an eternal fear of aging† There is an assumption that you will blame developing countries for climate misery if you assert objections to population growth in this way. blame the poorAfter all, it is the poor countries that grow the fastest. This is nonsense because in rich countries the growth of the individual has dire consequences, such as cars, vacation travel and air conditioning. Especially in industrialized countries, parents need to realize that each new child puts a greater burden on the environment and that you are thus – sorry for the quick transition – a bit weak if you ask us from a family of three or more children to make an extra climate effort.

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