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Climate crisis dominates the top risks in World Economic Forum report ahead of Davos

  • Betting against BlackRock and others taking climate change head on could be a losing proposition A decade of record-setting heat and ice melt, punctuated by the fires consuming Australia right now, position climate-change risks atop the list of concerns as chief executives from the world’s most powerful companies ready to gather in Davos.
  • Other worries in the survey of more than 750 key decision-makers included the failure to properly plan for climate change, man-made environmental disasters such as oil spills, major biodiversity loss and natural disasters, including earthquakes or tsunamis.
  • Those surveyed in the WEF’s Global Risks Report 2020 identified economic disputes, including trade tensions, as the number one risk to the global economy this year.

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AI can fight climate change but there's a catch: Optimization doesn't automatically equal emissions reduction

  • A workshop on AI in climate change in mid-December gathered hundreds of scholars in Vancouver during the NeurIPS AI conference, including some of the Illuminati of machine learning.
  • Organizers were from Climate Change AI, a group of volunteer researchers from institutions around the world.
  • The participants discussed numerous ways to implement neural networks for climate science, including real-time weather predictions, making buildings more energy-efficient, and designing better materials for solar panels.

The Energy 202: Democrats spar over environmental impact of Trump’s North America trade deal

  • Opposed to ratifying it is Sanders (I-Vt.), who notes the “Trump-led trade deal” has earned the ire of nearly every major environmental organization in Washington for not containing a single provision addressing climate change.
  • "It does not even have the phrase 'climate change' in it," Sanders told debate moderators from CNN and the Des Moines Register.
  • "And given the fact that climate change is right now the greatest threat facing this planet, I will not vote for a trade agreement that does not incorporate very, very strong principles to significantly lower fossil fuel emissions in the world."

BBC launches new climate coverage

  • These are external links and will open in a new window The BBC has announced plans for a year-long series of special programming and coverage on climate change.
  • These include a new monthly Climate Check podcast from BBC Weather, and coverage of debates and events around the globe.
  • In a new series for BBC Two, Ade Adepitan travels to countries on the frontline of climate change to find out what humanity is doing to face up to possibly the greatest challenge in our history in a three part series, Ade on the Frontline of Climate Change.

When Will Australia’s Prime Minister Accept the Reality of the Climate Crisis?

  • Scott Morrison called this bushfire season, and the changing climate, “the new normal,” but has given no indication that he will change his policy stance and transition away from fossil fuels.
  • But the final blow came after Turnbull supported a national energy plan that would have moderately reduced the power sector’s reliance on fossil fuels, thereby cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and mitigating global climate change.
  • Morrison’s tenure as Prime Minister has since been marked by his refusal to acknowledge the scientifically confirmed link between the fossil-fuel industry and climate change.

Teen Climate Strikers Have Capitalists Shook

  • For the first time ever, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has declared environmental issues as the world’s top long-term risks.
  • The international organization isn’t just recognizing the deadly, terrifying climate crisis as a huge global threat, though.
  • The report also recognizes the power the youth hold, and how the new wave of climate activism poses a threat to the bogus capitalist establishment—you know, the people showing up in Davos for WEF’s annual event next week—that’s ultimately at the heart of the climate crisis.

Edition for 16 January 2020

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