Monday, December 5, 2022

OMNI CLIMATE MEMO MONDAYS, #104, December 5, 2022

 

 OMNI CLIMATE MEMO MONDAYS, #104, December 5, 2022

Jeremy Kuzmarov.  Vast Military Spending… Greatly Accelerates Climate Crisis.” 
(Tom Dispatch) Michael Klare.  “What If the U.S. and China Really Cooperated on Climate Change?  

 Jeremy Kuzmarov.  New Report Details How Vast Military Spending By the Richest Countries Greatly Accelerates Climate Crisis.”  CovertAction Magazine (Dec 05, 2022).
 
So why do climate justice groups like 350.org support the war in Ukraine?

While the world’s climate negotiators gathered for the COP27 summit in Egypt, a new report published by the Transnational Institute, a Dutch think tank, emphasizes how rising global military spending is a great threat to efforts to combat climate change.

According to the report’s authors, “every dollar spent on the military not only increases greenhouse gas emissions, but also diverts financial resources, skills and attention away from tackling one of the greatest threats humanity has ever experienced.”

The trajectory of military spending has been rising since the late 1990s, reaching a record of $2 trillion in 2021. Between 2013 and 2021, the richest countries spent a combined $9.45 trillion on the military. By far the biggest military spender was the U.S. which, between 2001 and 2018, emitted an estimated 1.267 trillion tons of greenhouse gases, about 40% of which were attributed to the War on Terror and military interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq….

 

TomDispatch.  IMAGINING CHINA AND US COOPERATING TO STOP THE CLIMATE CATASTROPHE:  A MANHATTAN-SHANGHAI PROJECT?

Michael Klare, Can (Green) Diplomacy Save Us?

November 27, 2022

Once upon a time, the American government was into scientific problem-solving in a big way. I'm thinking of the World War II years when that government invested upwards of $2 billion (no small sum then) to gather together the greatest available scientific minds to develop a war-ending weapon, the atomic bomb. The Manhattan Project, as it came to be called, would employ more than 120,000 people and create that devastating weapon that would obliterate two Japanese cities and, to this day, leaves our world up for grabs.

Still, on a planet where, from flooding to megadroughtmelting ice to rising sea levels, everything seems increasingly up for grabs, I sometimes wonder why, more than three-quarters of a century later, the country that created the atomic bomb (and is still willing to invest trillions of dollars in "modernizing" its nuclear arsenal) can no longer imagine a Manhattan Project to mitigate the overheating of this planet?  It's true that the United Nations regularly convenes top scientists at its Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to assess "the state of scientific, technical and socio-economic knowledge on climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for reducing the rate at which climate change is taking place." And they do produce increasingly horrifying reports on what a disaster the fossil-fuelization of our planet is proving to be.

Despite that, neither this country, nor any other (as far as I know), has been willing to invest big time to come up with breakthrough ways of mitigating climate change in a world where greenhouse gas emissions only continue to rise. Consider it a sorry tale indeed that there is no twenty-first-century Manhattan Project in this country or, for that matter, anywhere else on Earth.

Today, TomDispatch regular Michael Klare takes a tiny bit of genuine good news -- the U.S. and China, the globe's two greatest carbon emitters, are again at least talking about climate change -- and tries to imagine where those two governments could actually go if they truly decided to cooperate. All I would add to his thoughts is this: Isn't it time to establish a Manhattan-Shanghai Project to find new ways to save this planet rather than blowing it to smithereens or overheating it beyond repair? Tom

 

 

Michael Klare.  “What If the U.S. and China Really Cooperated on Climate Change?   Imagining a Necessary Future.”

As President Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping arrived on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia, for their November 14th "summit," relations between their two countries were on a hair-raising downward spiral, with tensions over Taiwan nearing the boiling point. Diplomats hoped, at best, for a modest reduction in tensions, which, to the relief of many, did occur. No policy breakthroughs were expected, however, and none were achieved. In one vital area, though, there was at least a glimmer of hope: the planet's two largest greenhouse-gas emitters agreed to resume their languishing negotiations on joint efforts to overcome the climate crisis.

These talks have been an on-again, off-again proposition since President Barack Obama initiated them before the Paris climate summit of December 2015, at which delegates were to vote on a landmark measure to prevent global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees Celsius (the maximum amount scientists believe this planet can absorb without catastrophic consequences). The U.S.-Chinese consultations continued after the adoption of the Paris climate accord, but were suspended in 2017 by that climate-change-denying president Donald Trump. They were relaunched by President Biden in 2021, only to be suspended again by an angry Chinese leadership in retaliation for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s August 2nd visit to Taiwan, viewed in Beijing as a show of support for pro-independence forces on that island. But thanks to Biden's intense lobbying in Bali, President Xi agreed to turn the interactive switch back on.

Click here to read more of this dispatch.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

OMNI United Nations Conference of Parties 27 (COP27), 2022

 

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United Nations Conference of Parties 27 (COP27)

December 4, 2022

 Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology

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2022 United Nations Climate Change Conferences

27th Conference of the Parties (COP27) 

CONTENTS UN COP 27

Original Announcement:
COP 27 – UN Foundation Climate Change Conference #27.    

UN Foundation. “Climate Justice, COP, and an 8 billion milestone.”

OMNI Center.  Achievement, US Role.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.  Loss and Damage Fund Achieved, but 
   not stopping warming.

Vijay Prashad.  Loss and Damage Fund achieved, little else.

George Monbiot.  A bleak assessment.  The Governments chose to do nothing that could change our catastrophic trajectory.

Bill McKibben in The New Yorker.  The conference was largely a search for
   cash.
COP27: Corporate courts versus developing world.

Fiona Harvey. “World Still ‘On Brink of Climate Catastrophe’

Veterans for Peace v. US Militarism/Fossil Fuels Status Quo.

TEXTS

Original Announcement
COP 27 – UNFoundation Climate Change Conference #27.     https://unfccc.int › event › cop-27 
In November 2022, the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt will host the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP27)  of the UNFCCC (COP 27), with a view to build...
COP27 – Home   https://cop27.eg
  The meeting comprises UNFCCC COP 27, The Kyoto Protocol CMP 17, and the Paris Agreement CMA 4, together with SB57. Provisional Agenda. Presidency Action Agenda.

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“Catch up: Climate Justice, COP, and an 8 billion milestone.”

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The world has reached a major milestone: the UN reported last week that the global population hit the 8 billion mark. That's the number of people who now call this planet home, and 8 billion lives that are at risk from climate change and its catastrophic impacts. Those in poor, climate-vulnerable countries are hit the hardest.

 

"The voices of those on the frontlines of the climate crisis must be heard," stressed United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. Speaking from Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt at the conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 27) he affirmed, "This COP has taken an important step toward justice."

 

After marathon negotiations, COP 27 concluded with long-sought agreement on a fund to help developing nations with loss and damage inflicted by a crisis they did little to cause. While the deal was historic, efforts to keep polluters in check and the goals of the Paris Agreement within reach fell short – signaling that it will take new levels of ambition to ensure a liveable future for all 8 billion of us, and future generations.

 

 

 

Also part of that 8 billion? Girls and women who continue to experience one of the most egregious human rights violations on the planet: gender-based violence (GBV).    

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Was COP27 A Failure?  In Sharm Al Sheik Egypt.”  OMNI Center (11-30-22).     https://mailchi.mp/coveringclimatenow/what-were-reading-about-cop27-outcomes?e=7da2920078

 

A short run-down of the results of COP 27. It was not a raging success, but a few positive things came from it.

 

A note on the role the US plays in these meetings... the primary goal of many protesters was a fund for loss and damage. That was accomplished when Biden withdrew resistance to the fund. It's never China. What a ruse.

 

Covering Climate Now on COP 27...

 

 At COP27, nations agree on loss and damage fund, but at what cost?  Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (11-28-22). Wealthy nations caved to demands to create a fund for climate disaster relief, but some fear not enough was done to limit warming, reports The Guardian's Fiona Harvey. Read more.

 

In Malay, orangutans means ‘people of the forest’, but those forests are disappearing: The Forty-Seventh Newsletter (2022).”  Vijay Prashad.  Mronline.org (11-27-22). 

The dust has settled at the resorts in Sharm el-Shaikh, Egypt, as delegates of countries and corporations leave the 27th Conference of the Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The only advance made in the final agreement was for the creation of a ‘loss and damage fund’ for ‘vulnerable countries’.

 

GEORGE MONBIOT.  How About Never?”  Posted on23rd November 2022.  Orig.  published in the Guardian 18th November 2022.
[If way to the Better there be,/It exacts a full look at the Worst.  Thomas Hardy   --Dick]

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Powerful governments have no intention of preventing climate breakdown.

The chances of any one person being born were calculated by the life coach Dr Ali Binazir. He multiplied the probability of your parents meeting, mating and conceiving by the chances of a particular sperm and egg fusing; of all your human and hominid ancestors reaching reproductive age; and of all them successfully reproducing. He arrived at a figure of one in 10 to the power of 2,640,000. In other words, a 10 followed by 2.6m zeros. It’s an unimaginable, miraculous number. Yet here we are.

The chances of being alive right now, as a member of one of the first generations to know the path it is on, and one of the last that can change it, must add several more zeros to this crazy number. The chances of being the president or prime minister of your nation at this critical moment … well you get the idea.

So how have heads of government chosen to use this miracle? To extend our time on Earth, earning the gratitude of all the improbable humans of the future? No. They have chosen to do nothing. Nothing that has a realistic chance, in this contest of probabilities, of changing our trajectory. They had a choice at the Cop27 meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh of defending the habitable planet or appeasing their sponsors. They went with the sponsors.

We know how way leads on to way, how the power amassed through corrupt decisions in previous generations drives the corrupt decisions of our time. We know that the licence granted to fossil fuel companies by 50 years of failure has enabled them to make stupendous profits – $2.8bn a day on average across that entire period – and that they need invest only a fraction of this money in politics to buy every politician and every political decision they want.

We know that the easiest way for a politician to secure power is to appease those who already possess it, those whose power transcends elections: the oil barons, the media barons, the corporations and financial markets. We know that this power appoints the worst possible people at the worst possible time. We know how, as elderly billionaires seek to grab ever more of the life that slips from them, they create a death cult.

Fifty years, you ask? Yes, the first international summit that claimed to address the environmental crisis took place in 1972. A handful of powerful nations, including the UK and US, convened what their secret minutes called an “informal and confidential” body at that summit, whose purpose, the notes show, was to ensure poorer countries did not get what they wanted, and that no international standards would be agreed on pollution or environmental quality.

They learned an important lesson there. You make the threats to your sponsors go away by nodding and smiling, saying the right things in public, then blocking effective measures behind closed doors. When they arrived at Cop27 this year, they had no intention even of paying the money they had promised to poorer nations to help them adapt – if such a thing is possible – to climate breakdown, let alone seeking to prevent that breakdown from happening.

So here we are, after 50 years of engineered failure, with not one of the 40 markers of climate action on track to meet the targets governments have agreed. In the first nine months of this year, the seven biggest private sector oil companies made around $150bn in profits. Yet governments continue to supplement this loot by granting oil and gas companies $64bn a year in public subsidies.

There are no longer any feasible means of preventing more than 1.5C of global heating if new oil and gas fields are developed. Yet fossil-fuel companies, with the encouragement of the governments that either own or license them, are planning a major investment surge between 2023 and 2025. The biggest planned expansions, by a long way, are in the US. The soft facts – the vague and unsecured promises at Sharm el-Sheikh about curbing consumption – count for nothing against the hard facts of extending production.

We no longer need to speculate about where this path might lead: we have stepped through the gates. The floods in Pakistan that displaced 33 million people and washed away 3 million acres of soil followed a crop-shrivelling heatwave. This is the whipsaw effect predicted in scientific papers: of moderate weather giving way to a violent cycle of extremes. It’s hard to see how the country will ever recover from the economic shocks of these disasters: as it starts to pick itself up, it’s likely to be knocked down by another one. China this year, though this was sparsely reported in the western media, suffered not only the greatest heatwave in its instrumental record, but the greatest heat anomaly ever recorded anywhere. The devastating drought in the Horn of Africa, now in its fifth year, offers a glimpse of what “uninhabitable” may look like.

The rich world’s governments arrived at the conference in Egypt saying “it’s now or never”. They left saying “how about never?”. We sail through every target and objective, red line and promised restraint towards a future in which the possibility of anyone’s existence starts to dwindle towards zero. Every life is a madly improbable gift. For how much longer will we sit and watch while our governments throw it all away?

www.monbiot.com, https://www.monbiot.com/2022/11/23/how-about-never/
POSTED IN CLIMATE BREAKDOWN
“I love not man the less, but Nature more.”
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Bill McKibben.  How To Pay for Climate Justice When Polluters Have All the Money.”  The New Yorker  (November 19, 2022). 

The COP27 climate conference, in Egypt, was in large part a global search for cash.

 

COP27: Corporate courts versus developing world.”

Editor.  Mronline.org (11-21-22).

As rich countries move away from dispute-settlement mechanisms that give corporations power to block environmental protections, Manuel Pérez-Rocha says they keep imposing them on developing countries through trade pacts.

 

Fiona Harvey.  World Still ‘On Brink of Climate Catastrophe’ After Cop27 Deal.  The Guardian (November 20, 2022). 

Experts say biggest economies must pledge more cuts to carbon emissions but hail agreement to set up loss and damage fund.

 

SARAH KA­PLAN, TI­MOTHY PUKO AND EVAN HALPER.  Climate summit’s results mixed.”   Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Nov 21, 2022). Climate summit’s results mixed  Progress made on cur­rent prob­lems, but not pre­ven­tion.  Read more...   (Sent to me by Pat Snyder.)

Veterans for Peace v. US Fossil Fuels Status Quo

 

Militarism Fuels Climate Crisis!

 

Earlier this month, world leaders convened in Egypt for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) to make speeches about the importance of addressing the climate crisis. We knew the US delegation would show up prepared to leverage its economic, political, and military might to push forward an agenda that preserves the military industrial complex and the interests of US corporations.

 

As a counterweight, VFP members and allies planned actions on the ground in many US cities during these meetings, undermining the hard-nosed and regressive positions of the United States’ formal delegation to the summit. We called on the US Government to live up to its rhetoric by disclosing the carbon impacts of military operations and taking meaningful action to address the climate crisis. We will continue to take bold direct actions in cities across the US until we can convince the public of the link between militarism and the climate crisis. 

 

View the full Stop War, Save Climate photo album here or click on any of the photos below.

 

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Washington, DC

 

Boston, MA

 

 

New York City, NY

 

Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

 

San Diego, CA

 

....and more!

Visit our Stop War, Save Climate page to see our actions in other cities and to read the full report backs!

 

Read the event reports!

 

The above actions were made possible in part by support from the Climate Emergency Fund, which provides funding for climate activists on the vanguard of the climate emergency movement. We are grateful for their support!

 

 

 

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