Google Has A Plan To Solve Ireland’s Housing Crisis hubs elsewhere in the world, Dublin’s tech boom is having an impact on the local real estate market.

Why are we not more concerned with global warming?

The whole world is indeed concerned. There have never been a time when the awareness has been greater on this the biggest bipartisan issue since the threats of WW3.

Thousands of young climate change activists around the world have refused to go to school in recent weeks, and more strikes are planned, including a worldwide strike on March 15.

To date, students in the United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Uganda, Thailand, Colombia, Poland, and more have skipped a day of school to demand stronger action on climate change from their governments.

It’s their future, it’s their right. They care for each other, they care for the world.

For all the soon to be gone dying fringe cult of climate deniers out there,

who, in order to fill their pocket books and the flaws in their ideologies,

supported a business model based upon polluting the world and with externalities eventually running out of control,

it must be painful to watch these young bright minds gathering for science, progress and the future.

The very same things the denial for profit movement sacrificed at their Ayn Rand altar.

WHO says air pollution kills 600,000 children every year

Climate change activists vow to step up protests around world

The good news:

Americans are Increasingly “Alarmed” About Global Warming

Why Are People Finally Believing in Climate Change?

The only place in the world which is lagging behind, is the american right wingnut anti science movement, where creationists and climate deniers are mud bathing together, eating the same pandering polluters propaganda and flocking to anti science nonsense like flies to horse droppings.

Roger Fjellstad Olsen’s answer to Why is opposition to climate science more common in the United States than other countries?

Nearly 200 nations of the world have signed an agreement to actually reduce emissions and more:

Paris Agreement: essential elements

The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and for the first time brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort.

The Paris Agreement

If the world meets the objectives of the Paris Agreement, it will cause one million lives to be spared only through less air pollution until 2050. It is one of the findings in a report that World Health Organization presented on climate summit in Poland Wednesday.

Health benefits far outweigh the costs of meeting climate change goals

https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstr…

Global warming is the biggest global non partisan issue humanity have faced since the threats of World War 3.

It can only be solved with global actions. Does it work?

Yes. Like this:

How to stop the climate crisis: six lessons from the campaign that saved the ozone

Thirty years ago, all 197 countries got together to ban the gases damaging the Earth’s ozone layer. Now we need to unite to combat an even greater threat. What can we learn from 1989?

How to stop the climate crisis: six lessons from the campaign that saved the ozone

Because of global actions we see restoration of ecosystems damaged by acid rain worldwide and we are also about to recover the ozone layer as well.

“The acid rain problem in Europe and North America has largely abated because of stronger SO2 and NOx emission controls, such as the U.S. Clean Air Act of 1970, the Canada–United States Air Quality Agreement in 1991, and similar measures in Europe. In the United States the first phase of emission reductions took effect in 1995, and subsequent reductions followed”.

What Happened to Acid Rain?

After Decades Of Global Action, The Ozone Layer Is On The Road To Recovery

After Decades Of Global Action, The Ozone Layer Is On The Road To Recovery

And probably to the shock of all climate deniers out there; It was done without the installment of a global socialist illuminati dictatorship out to turn the world into a huge wind park.

In a rare — and much-needed — environmental win, a UN report says parts of the ozone layer could be fully healed by the 2030s.

Ozone at lower latitudes is not recovering, despite Antarctic ozone hole healing

In fact, the economic revolution has started. Its personal, corporate, local and global all at once:

Eighteen countries from developed economies have had declining carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels for at least a decade. While every nation is unique, they share some common themes that can show Australia, and the world, a viable path to reducing emissions.

One could argue this decline is not particularly meaningful because global fossil fuel emissions continued to grow at 2.2% per year during the same period. However, this group of countries is responsible for 28% of the global CO₂ emissions from fossil fuels

Eighteen countries showing the way to carbon zero

More and more countries are preparing for the end of the Petroleum Age:

The Powering Past Coal Alliance is a coalition of national and sub-national governments, businesses and organisations working to advance the transition from unabated coal power generation to clean energy.

Powering Past Coal Alliance | Working towards the global phase-out of unabated coal power

Six new Powering Past Coal Alliance members announced at COP24 | Powering Past Coal Alliance

Israel: Israel to stop electricity production from coal by 2030

Germany – Germany Closes Its Last Black Coal Mine

Germany Closes Its Last Active Coal Mine, Ending 200-year-old Industry

Germany agrees to end reliance on coal stations by 2038

German states want to ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030

Renewables overtake coal as Germany’s main energy source

Merkel just decided to close all of Germany’s coal power plants. All of them

France – France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

The UK – Wants production of petrol and diesel cars to end by 2040

The UK: Why the City of London is considering a non-electric car ban

Norway – Electric car sales grew by 40% in Norway this year

Norway is the leading market for electric vehicles and it keeps showing the rest of the world how fast electric vehicle adoption can happen.In 2018, EV sales grew by 40% in Norway and 1 out of 3 vehicles sold in the market was a zero-emission vehicle.

BIOFUELS IS COMING SUPER FAST:

Norway sees the biggest investment for Blue Crude yet.

Electric cars may already be making gas cars as obsolete as ‘flip phones’, experts say

Buying a gas car today would leave you with a financial “albatross” that has little resale value, warns Wall Street Journal.

These companies are leading the fight against climate change

Salesforce Leads 21 Companies With Plan to Fight Climate Change Through Technology

With government on the sidelines, businesses address climate change

Corporations Are Stepping in to Combat Climate Change | JPMorgan Chase & Co.

China and India Emerge as Leaders on Climate Change

When China agreed to sign on to the Paris accord, it was not only hailed as a breakthrough in policy coordination, but as a sign that China was getting serious about the enormous size of its carbon footprint and was ready to commit to protecting against the effects of climate change.

China and India Emerge as Leaders on Climate Change | The Takeaway | WNYC

China and India are doing a lot to go green:

The nine biggest solar power plants in the world

Why China, and not the US, is the leader in solar power

How China’s giant solar farms are transforming world energy

The Breakneck Rise of China’s Colossus of Electric-Car Batteries | Bloomberg NEF

China builds world’s biggest solar farm in journey to become green superpower #GlobalWarning

China Just Exceeded its 2020 Target for Solar Installations

China – Beijing’s plan to stop producing petrol and diesel cars

China Meets 2020 Carbon Target Three Years Ahead of Schedule

India – India to sell only electric cars by 2030

India just cancelled 14 huge coal-fired power stations as solar energy prices hit record low

USA: – US on pace for record coal retirements in 2018, IEEFA finds

USA: A major U.S. electric utility has finally realized climate change is reality

AUSTRALIA: Landmark Australian ruling rejects coal mine over global warming

Australia leads world on renewable energy installations

The Netherlands – Confirms plan to ban new petrol and diesel cars by 2030

Influencers, Articles and Conversations

MIT’s conceptual “sun-in-a-box” energy storage system plugs into molten silicon

Many large car producers are already on the same track:

This is Toyota’s plan to stop making gas and diesel cars
Tesla & Rivals May Kill The Petrol Car As Early As 2025

Tesla’s Battery In South Australia Breaks Stranglehold Of Natural Gas Industry

Yes, Electric Vehicles Work In Winter — Better Than Gas Cars!

VOLVO WILL STOP PRODUCING GAS-ONLY CARS BY 2019
Opec faces a mortal threat from electric cars

And that’s just cars. Flying on Alternative Fuels.

Even Lego is abandoning petroleum:
Lego to stop producing petroleum-based plastic bricks

MORE AND MORE OIL COMPANIES AGREES ON AGW AND WORKS TO REDUCE GAS EMISSIONS.

Its over.

Climate change skeptics have outlived their usefulness to the fossil fuel industry.

Climate deniers are like those japanese soldiers who was unaware that the war had ended 60 years ago.

GCI is a voluntary, CEO-led initiative which aims to lead the industry response to climate change. Launched in 2014, OGCI is currently made up of ten oil and gas companies that pool expert knowledge and collaborate on action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

http://oilandgasclimateinitiativ…

BP:

Renewable energy sources will be the world’s main source of power within two decades and are establishing a foothold in the global energy system faster than any fuel in history, according to BP.

The UK-based oil company said wind, solar and other renewables will account for about 30% of the world’s electricity supplies by 2040, up from 25% in BP’s 2040 estimates last year, and about 10% today.

In regions such as Europe, the figure will be as high as 50% by 2040. The speed of growth was without parallel, the company said in its annual energy outlook.

Renewable energy will be world’s main power source by 2040, says BP

Exxon Puts Up $1 Million to Promote Carbon Tax

OUR FUTURE ENERGY SYSTEM: THE SMART GRID

WHAT IS A SMART GRID?

“A smart grid is a system that can connect (and switch between) a number of energy sources (solar, wind, etc.), at many different sites, to provide a constant flow of electricity to users. It allows us to create a network of electricity production sites that spread over a wide area. So for example, it would allow you to create solar power on the roof of your house, and feed extra power back into the grid. This is part of what makes the grid “smart”: components can “talk” and “listen” to each other, making the supply of electricity much more flexible, reliable, and efficient. With smart grid solutions, we are no longer just passive consumers of energy, but active producers and consumers of clean energy – prosumers!

An electricity grid – the system that connects power stations to consumers – can handle large shares of variable renewable energy if it is designed to do so. Adding wind and solar on top of ‘business as usual’ is not how it works. What’s needed is a gradual transformation of the whole energy system to accommodate modern energy production and consumption.

Typically the ones who claim that wind and solar will bring trouble to the gridare the old players, who failed to take renewable energy seriously and over-invested in fossil fuel capacities instead. Renewable energy is now eating their profits and making their old business models out-of-date. Source

In reality, Europe, for example, can switch to 77% renewable electricity by 2030 while maintaining affordable security of supply.” Source

How three battery types work in grid energy storage systems

NEW TECHNOLOGY IS COMING SUPER FAST:

Renewable energy materials are one of the hottest areas of scientific research today. We looked at four advanced materials that are supporting the future of distributed power and helping businesses meet the growing demand for clean energy.

http://gereports.ca/four-cutting…

Building solar, wind or nuclear plants creates an insignificant carbon footprint compared with savings from avoiding fossil fuels, a new study suggests.

The research, published in Nature Energy, measures the full lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions of a range of sources of electricity out to 2050. It shows that the carbon footprint of solar, wind and nuclear power are many times lower than coal or gas with carbon capture and storage (CCS). This remains true after accounting for emissions during manufacture, construction and fuel supply.

Solar, wind and nuclear have ‘amazingly low’ carbon footprints, study finds

This is how coal dies — super cheap renewables plus battery storage.

Look, no lithium! First rechargeable proton battery created

https://www.theguardian.com/tech…

All power to the proton: Researchers make battery breakthrough: Working prototype could eventually replace lithum ion batteries

US Military Bases Using Solar, Wind, & Battery Storage For Energy Security

Navajo Nations first solar project now producing enough electricity for about 13,000 homes

Falling battery costs to push solar, wind to 50% electricity by 2050

New battery could store wind and solar electricity affordably and at room temperature

Water-based battery stores solar and wind energy: What is now a prototype could one day lead to an industrial-grade system to store alternative energy to feed into the electric grid

Cheaper Battery Is Unveiled as a Step to a Carbon-Free Grid

24-Hour Solar Energy: Molten Salt Makes It Possible, and Prices Are Falling Fast

Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy

What Long Duration Energy Storage Is & Why It Kills Coal

What Is the Most Eco-Friendly Way to Travel?

“Bird-Safe” Wind Turbines May Soon Take Flight

Google Maps Now Features EV Charging Stations

Google Maps Now Features EV Charging Stations #NewsQuickie

The Solar Industry Is Creating Jobs Nearly 17 Times Faster Than the Rest of the US Economy

Five things you can do to fight climate change

1. Eat less meat, particularly beef

2. Consider your transportation

3. Insulate homes

4. Reduce, recycle, reuse

5. Vote

Five things you can do to fight climate change

Climate change: focusing on how individuals can help is very convenient for corporations

“Our only hope is to change the energy and transportation infrastructure of our society — for us to drive electric cars powered by clean energy sources like wind, solar, nuclear and hydropower. We must advocate for clean energy production at all levels — energy that doesn’t emit greenhouses gases — and especially vote in representatives who recognize the the threat of global warming and will do something about it at the state and national level.”

David Appell’s answer to What is the main cause for global warming, and how can I help to stop it?

Why should I sacrifice when big companies are to blame for climate change?

The Five Stages of Climate Optimism

Going green is getting cheaper and cheaper:

Solar and wind power cheaper than fossil fuels for the first time

http://www.independent.co.uk/env…

Renewable energy will be cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020 – The Pen

This is how coal dies — super cheap renewables plus battery storage

6 Myths About Renewable Energy, Busted!

In recent years the costs of wind and solar energy have declined substantially. Today renewable technologies are the most economical solution for new capacity in a growing number of countries and regions, and are typically the most economic solution for new grid-connected capacity where good resources are available.

• Citigroup: The age of renewable energy is beginning. Increasingly cost competitive with coal, gas and nuclear in the US. Source

• HSBC: Wind energy is now cost competitive with new-build coal capacity in India. Solar to reach parity around 2016-18. Source

• Deutsche Bank: solar now competitive without subsidies in at least 19 markets globally. In 2014 prices to decline further. Source

• Unsubsidised renewable energy is now cheaper than electricity from new coal and gas fired power plants in Australia. Source

RENEWABLE ENERGY BENEFITS:

1. reduction and ultimate elimination of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the energy sector;

2. reductions in air and water pollution, water use and land degradation;

3. reduction in respiratory diseases and cancers from pollution;

4. energy security for as long as human civilization exists;

5.a cap on energy costs, because most RE sources have no fuel costs;

6.more local jobs, per unit of energy generated, than fossil or nuclear power;

7. no risk of causing a nuclear war, or radioactive waste escape, or devastating accident.

Why 100% renewable energy is feasible – INSURGE intelligence – Medium

Saving the life of 600 000 children every year:

WHO says air pollution kills 600,000 children every year


If we are to reach the 2 C goal, emissions must begin to descend, and then sink rapidly for decades. That this will require a blend of renewable energy, efficiency, carbon capture and CO2 removal from the atmosphere, we can say without taking a strong political standpoint. But the concrete solutions become political. Do we choose to facilitate strong growth in solar power and a global carbon tax that will go beyond the fossil industry? Are we focusing on carbon capture and storage, which can extend the use of oil and gas? Do we have the capacity to do both, which will be even better for the climate, without going beyond the rest of society?

Researchers should not take these choices. However, their job is to help understand the consequences of them. The challenge for the dissemination is that the debate debate moves beyond the research front.

The scientific method is slow and thoughtful by nature. Are we supposed to say that we would like to have a few decades to consider every single measure? Or should we dare to guide, with the proviso that we speak out of the best of today’s knowledge?

In my opinion, our social responsibility requires us to do more of the last than we do today.

THE BEST REASON:

A cleaner world and the end of all the socialist subsidies for oil and the second black plague, coal:

Toxic air, water, soils and workplaces are responsible for the diseases that kill one in every six people around the world, the landmark report found, and the true total could be millions higher because the impact of many pollutants are poorly understood. The deaths attributed to pollution are triple those from Aids, malaria and tuberculosis combined. The vast majority of the pollution deaths occur in poorer nations and in some, such as India, Chad and Madagascar, pollution causes a quarter of all deaths. The international researchers said this burden is a hugely expensive drag on developing economies.

https://thinkprogress.org/lamber…

Nearly half of world’s coal plants run at a loss, study finds

The Other Reason to Shift away from Coal: Air Pollution That Kills Thousands Every Year

Trump isn’t saving coal

Trump’s New Pollution Rules Still Won’t Save the Coal Industry

How Big Oil Clings to Billions in Government Giveaways

https://www.motherjones.com/poli…

Fossil fuel subsidies are a staggering $5 tn per year

A new study finds 6.5% of global GDP goes to subsidizing dirty fossil fuels

https://www.theguardian.com/envi…

https://www.sciencedirect.com/sc…

Over the past century, the federal government has pumped more than $470 billion into the oil and gas industry in the form of generous, never-expiring tax breaks. Once intended to jump-start struggling domestic drillers, these incentives have become a tidy bonus for some of the world’s most profitable companies.

Taxpayers currently subsidize the oil industry by as much as $4.8 billion a year, with about half of that going to the big five oil companies—ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron, BP, and ConocoPhillips—which get an average tax break of $3.34 on every barrel of domestic crude they produce. With Washington looking under the couch cushions for sources of new revenue, oil prices topping $100 a barrel, and the world feeling the heat from its dependence on fossil fuels, there’s been a renewed push to close these decades-old loopholes. But history suggests that Big Oil won’t let go of its perks without a brawl.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/sc…

A new paper published in Climatic Change estimates that when we account for the pollution costs associated with our energy sources, gasoline costs an extra $3.80 per gallon, diesel an additional $4.80 per gallon, coal a further 24 cents per kilowatt-hour, and natural gas another 11 cents per kilowatt-hour that we don’t see in our fuel or energy bills.

https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-ene…

Green energy feels the heat as subsidies go to fossil fuels

Global fossil fuel subsidies totaled $544 billion in 2012, compared to only $101 billion for renewables. The International Monetary Fund estimates fossil fuel subsidies for 2015 to be $5.3 trillion – an amount equal to 6.5% of global GDP. More than 40% of this represents subsidies for coal, the most environmentally damaging of all fossil fuels. Although not good news on its face, the disproportionate funding for fossil fuels represents a tremendous opportunity to shift funding to renewable energy without an overall increase in costs.

Global Subsidies – Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables — Environmental Graphiti

Why are taxpayers subsidising the oil and gas companies that jeopardise our future?

Instead of hoping market forces solve the climate crisis, the government needs to stop giving tax breaks to polluters

Why are taxpayers subsidising the oil and gas companies that jeopardise our future? | Clive Lewis