TWITTER WATCH: James Shaw accidentally reminds us all why being carbon Neutral by 2050 is meaningless




Even if 53% of polluters  all cut our Carbon down to neutral by 2050, that would lock in 2.1degree temperature rise which according to NASA would see vast parts of the planet biosphere collapsing…

At 1.5 degrees Celsius warming, the report projects that climate-related risks to human health, livelihoods, food security, human security, water supply and economic growth will all increase, and will increase even more at 2 degrees warming. Disadvantaged and vulnerable populations, some indigenous peoples and communities with livelihoods based on agriculture or coastal resources will be at the highest risk. Regions at highest risk include Arctic ecosystems, dryland regions, small-island developing states and the least developed countries. Some populations will see increased poverty and disadvantages. Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could reduce the number of people susceptible to climate-related poverty risks by as much as several hundred million by 2050.

Heat-Related Illness and Mortality – The risk of heat-related illness and death will be lower at 1.5 degrees Celsius warming than at 2 degrees, finds the report. Cities will experience the worst impacts of heatwaves due to the urban heat island effect, which keeps them warmer than surrounding rural areas.

Impacts will vary by region due to many factors such as the ability of populations to adjust to changes in their environment, vulnerability of populations, their human-made surroundings and access to air conditioning.

The elderly, children, women, those with chronic diseases and people taking certain medications will be at highest risk.

Vector-Borne Diseases — More people will die from vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue fever, with risks increasing more at 2 degrees warming, according to the report.

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Food Security — Food security is expected to be reduced at 2 degrees Celsius warming compared to 1.5 degrees, say the report authors, with the largest risks emerging in the African Sahel, the Mediterranean, Central Europe, the Amazon, and Western and Southern Africa.

Yields for such crops as maize, rice, wheat and other cereal crops will be smaller at 2 degrees warming than at 1.5 degrees, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Central and South America. For example, global maize crop yields will be about 5 percent lower at 2 degrees warming.

Rice and wheat will become less nutritious. Projected food availability will be less at 2 degrees Celsius warming than at 1.5 degrees in Southern Africa, the Mediterranean, the Sahel, Central Europe and the Amazon. Seven to 10 percent of rangeland livestock will be lost at about 2 degrees Celsius warming.

Economic Impacts — Risks to global economic growth from climate change impacts will be lower at 1.5 degrees Celsius than at 2 degrees by 2100, with the biggest impacts expected in the tropics and Southern Hemisphere subtropics, according to the report. In the United States, economic damages from climate change are projected to be large, with one 2017 study concluding the United States could lose 2.3 percent of its Gross Domestic Product for each degree Celsius increase in global warming. To put that into perspective, that would amount to more than $446 billion based on U.S. Gross Domestic Product of $19.39 trillion in 2017.

Small Islands and Coastal and Low-lying Areas – The report says these areas will see multiple climate-related risks at 1.5 degrees Celsius warming, with these risks increasing further at 2 degrees warming.

…as TDB has been pointing out since 2017. being carbon neutral in 30 years does sweet bugger all in terms of preparing NZ for the radical adaptation it requires.

The current political spectrum in New Zealand can not radically adapt fast enough to adopt the changes we must make if we are to survive the climate crisis. It will require a radical Political Movement that elects a Party to implement Fortress Aotearoa…

  • Move away from intensive farming and look to become domestically self sustainable in terms of food.
  • Immediately ban all water exports
  • 5 year Parliamentary term.
  • Upper and Lower House (Upper House 50-50 split between Māori & Pakeha that can hold up legislation if unhappy about Treaty issues)
  • Massive investment into R&D from Government with the understanding research is to benefit NZ first before sold offshore.
  • Large scale increase in Navy, Army & Airforce.
  • Mass limiting of tourism numbers with increased tourist taxes.
  • Only citizens can vote.
  • Sustainable immigration and an end to exploitative migrant workers.
  • Resettlement Programms for all pacific island neighbours.
  • Increase refugee in take to 10000 per year
  • Fully funded public services.
  • Mass Green housing rebuild.
  • 100% renewable energy for entire country.
  • Massive tree planting across previous farming land.
  • Wholesale re-write of state services act to end commercial values.
  • Investment into basic pharmaceutical production.
  • Financial transaction tax
  • Wealth tax
  • Multinational tax
  • Inheritance tax

As the climate crisis unfolds more and more people in fury will turn against the current political system too wedded to the economic profits margins of the polluters. It is just a matter of time before the NZ electorate rejects the limitations of the current political spectrum.

Being Carbon neutral in 30 years is not a solution to the climate crisis, and if you think it is, then you are part of the problem!

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  1. Electric cars/ hybrids are not the answer (ask the child labourers in the Congo) neither are GMO crops- no-one wants them, someone please tell Mr Gates….the only way to fast-track green policies is to promote a hemp economy and re-invent the railways. A friend of mine thinks the earth is (no , not flat) being mined out from the inside thus causing the loss of thermal inertia leading to massive weather and temperature fluctuations among other things. I dunno.

  2. Scrapping GDP now and replacing it with sane system of economic measurement would go a long way towards reducing the rate at which we destroy the future.

  3. What percentage of the goods we consume are imported?. I had a local senior Green Party member proudly telling me he buys the cheapest books off the internet and has them shipped over here..and how awesomely ethical that is because “its from a charity” and they aren’t getting flown over. As long as we are in denial about importing endless crap and aren’t willing to take on the expense and downsides of manufacturing and distribution we are kidding ourselves…

    • Yes. New Zealand in fact used to have a comprehensive manufacturing industry.
      We made stuff. Can do it again.

  4. Too many people telling us what to do, we need a hell of a lot less and the surplice should be repurposed into import replacement industries

  5. Very funny, how goals and no hard work amounts now. But like all of us here who are serious Labour is tripe.

  6. No government is going to introduce “Fortress Aotearoa” (and some of it makes no sense Martyn). Collapse is inevitable.

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