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#LATimes #Climate #ClimateChange #Corporations #CorporateSecrecy #Greenwashing
 
RT @JoanieLemercier@twitter.com

I reached out to @andrew_anagnost@twitter.com CEO of Autodesk

Here's his response:
1- Someone has to do it
2- We give away free software to other companies
3- He removed RWE from his website overnight

Andrew is giving us a good demonstration on how leaders deal with #ClimateChange issues.

🐦🔗: https://twitter.com/JoanieLemercier/status/1113068480587292673
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Etablierte Experten bestätigen: Ein globales Energiesystem mit 100 Prozent Öko-Energien ist machbar und noch dazu kostengünstiger als unser derzeitiges Energiesystem. Worauf warten wir also?
https://www.klimareporter.de/energiewende/die-gruene-revolution
Das entsprechende Szenario, vor zwei Jahren aufgestellt von Energieexperten der #Energy Watch Group und der finnischen Universität LUT, ist unlängst von Fachkollegen im wissenschaftliche Peer-Review-Verfahren geprüft und akzeptiert worden. Es kann nun im renommierten Journal Energy nachgelesen werden.
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544221007167

#Klimawandel #climatechange
 
#GreatGreenWall's #challenges (1/2)

The catalyst for the Great Green Wall is the daily impact of #desertification and #ClimateChange that is undermining the futures of millions of communities across #Africa's #Sahel region.

Since the 1970s, the Sahel has been heavily affected by recurrent periods of #drought. These droughts have threatened the livelihoods and future of entire populations across the region.

The lack of rain has led to the disappearance of livestock and the destruction of cereal crops. The great #famine|s that rocked the Sub-Saharan region in the 80s each affected millions of people. In addition, the high population growth rate is increasing demand for food and pressure to gain access to other natural resources which are the basis for livelihoods and the survival of the rural population.

Millions of people – particularly rural youth – are currently facing an uncertain future due to the lack of decent rural jobs and continuous loss of livelihoods due to land degradation and falling yields.

(Source: official website)

#poverty #hunger #climate #ClimateCrisis
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Remote volunteer wanted:

Game developer for youth environmental activist program


https://app.code4socialgood.org/project/view/2715

Organization website: https://www.artworksforchange.org/
Art Works for Change is a nonprofit organization that creates contemporary art exhibitions and storytelling projects to address critical social and environmental issues. We recently launched a new storytelling project that will help people visualize the impact of global warming and the pathways to solving the climate crisis. As part of this project, we are creating a series of interactive experiences to promote action on climate change. These experiences include climate-themed games, which we will roll out in partnership with grassroots environmental organizations. Your role would be to help us develop browser-based versions of our games. We are flexible about the game development platform(s), and in many cases you would be able to use existing open-source game code as your starting point.

Plus, you will get to join a fun, passionate team, working for an important cause--and build your own skills and network in the process. Remote volunteers are happily accepted.
We get a lot done for a small organization! Learn more about us in this New York Times feature: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/13/arts/design/museums-inspire-social-activism-politics.html?_r=0
Visit our website at www.artworksforchange.org to see the important work we do.
#gamedev #programming #ClimateChange #GlobalWarming #activism #volunteering
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Stell die Cola in den Kühlschrank, damit sie warm wird.

Put the Coke in the fridge, so it gets warmed up.
#ClimateChange #funstuff #Polar #cold
 

Flower power! The movement to bring back Britain's beautiful meadows | Biodiversity | The Guardian

More than 97% of meadows have been destroyed, but the fight is now on to restore them. They are essential for plants and insects – but is it wise to lose food-producing fields?

Meadows excel at storing carbon; grasslands in Britain store more carbon than any other habitat. “What’s really exciting is that the biggest levels of carbon sequestration happen when you convert an arable field into a species-rich pasture,” says Dines. Once established, a meadow is a stable store of carbon; plough it up, and the carbon is released.
#science #environment #GlobalWarming #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #ClimateBreakdown #CarbonFootprint
 

Flower power! The movement to bring back Britain's beautiful meadows | Biodiversity | The Guardian

More than 97% of meadows have been destroyed, but the fight is now on to restore them. They are essential for plants and insects – but is it wise to lose food-producing fields?

Meadows excel at storing carbon; grasslands in Britain store more carbon than any other habitat. “What’s really exciting is that the biggest levels of carbon sequestration happen when you convert an arable field into a species-rich pasture,” says Dines. Once established, a meadow is a stable store of carbon; plough it up, and the carbon is released.
#science #environment #GlobalWarming #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #ClimateBreakdown #CarbonFootprint
 
[bookmark=https://twitter.com/maxplanckpress/status/1354861266519658499]Very saddened by the death of #climatechange research pioneer & 1995 #ChemistryNobelPrize winner Paul Crutzen, former director of the Max Planck Institute f. Chemistry: Crutzen’s research predicted the #ozonehole & was the basis for a worldwide ban on ozone-depleting substances.

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How was the weather in December 2020? A review of weather data for Taipei City.





As a nerdy scientist one of my interests is weather observation. Almost every season or month I am wondering if this month was colder or rainier or sunnier than in previous years. Usually personal impression and memory can fool you, so I decided to look at the data from weather stations and compare the current month with previous years. For December 2020 my feeling was that it was colder and rainier than usual in Taipei City. But when looking at the climate data provided by the Central Weather Bureau Taiwan (ROC) and comparing the data from December 2020 with each December for the previous 20 years, as well as with the long-term average, December 2020 was not that unusual, except for one thing.

In case you don't know what the long-term average is. The long-term average is the average climate data for a time period of 30 years. In this case it is data collected from 1981 to 2010. The long-term average can be considered to represent normal conditions. By comparing recent data with the long-term average scientists can say if climate data, e.g. temperature, precipitation, sunshine, in a region was normal or exceptional.

Before I start examining the details I need to give an important information: All data presented here is from the weather station in Taipei City (Station Taipei, No. 466920), and all my conclusions are only valid for Taipei City. If you live in another part of Taiwan, then this will not apply to you. It is possible to do this for whole Taiwan, but this would require a much more intense data analysis. And I don’t have the time to do this. The data I am using here can be downloaded from the CWB Observation Data Inquire System (CODiS) and the long-term averages for Taiwan can be found on the website of the Central Weather Bureau Taiwan.

Temperature


Was December 2020 colder or warmer than other Decembers? Even though the last days of December experienced a cold surge with temperatures dropping down to 7.6°C, the monthly average temperature in December 2020 was 18.1°C. This is 0.2°C warmer than the long-term average of 17.9°C. Additionally, the monthly average maximum temperature in December 2020 was 20.5°C, which is 0.2°C cooler than the long-term average. However, the monthly average minimum temperature was 16.5°C and 0.9°C warmer than the long-term average. The monthly average minimum temperature is calculated by taking the lowest temperature measured for each day in a month and calculating the average value. Similar for the monthly average maximum temperature, but here the highest temperature per day is used.




The temperature data shows that the monthly average temperatures in December 2020 in Taipei City were not exceptional from the long-term average. When looking at the temperature graph you can see that the monthly average temperatures for the last 20 years fluctuate between 16.4°C and 20.1°C and the monthly average temperature in December 2020 was in average of other previous Decembers. The only exception in temperature data is that the monthly average minimum temperature was 0.9°C warmer than the long-term average. Interestingly since 2015 the monthly average minimum temperatures have been constantly higher than the long-term average. Which means that since five years the Decembers in Taipei City are not getting as cold as they have been in the past. I am not a climate expert, but I am wondering if this could be a result of global warming.

Precipitation / Rainfall


Was December 2020 rainier than other Decembers in the last 20 years? Not really. The total monthly precipitation in December 2020 in Taipei City was 145 mm. This is nearly the double of the long-term average of 73.3 mm. But compared to other months it is somewhat in the middle. There have been drier and wetter Decembers in the past 20 years. Interestingly, to me it felt like it was constantly raining through the whole December, but when looking at the numbers, it was just average. Also the total duration of precipitation was 124.6 hours, which is average for the last 20 years.



Sunshine and Clouds


So far December 2020 was kind of average. But now comes something exceptional. The duration of sunshine was with 16.9 hours the lowest in 20 years! This was more than 5 times lower than the long-term average of 90.7 hours in Taipei City. The previous negative record holder was December 2011 with only 23.5 hours of sunshine. Also the amount of clouds in December 2020 was the highest in the last 20 years. With an average cloud index number of 9.3 (10 is the highest). Of course when the sky is largely covered by clouds it will affect the amount of sunshine. This very low amount of sunshine is what I remember from December 2020. There was an entire week from 3rd to 10th December 2020 without any sun and it started to make me feel depressed.




One thing about the sunshine data is a bit odd. When looking at the chart then the values from the years 2000 to 2010 are higher than the values from the years 2011 to 2020. I am wondering if this is because the Central Weather Bureau changed the method of measuring sunshine duration or if it has a climate reason.

That’s it for now. Let’s see how January 2021 and the rest of the winter will turn out. I think it will be a wet and cold winter. But I also hope that it will be a short winter and spring will come soon.

Please let me know in the comments if this was interesting and understandable or if it was too scientific. The big challenge for scientists is to communicate results in a way that non-scientists can understand them.
If you like this article and want to stay updated, you can follow my blog via email, find me on Facebook or Instagram.
Title photo by Timo Volz from Pexels

#taipei #thingsabouttaipeiandtaiwanplaceslive #thoughtsandopinions #climatechange #climatedata #science #weather
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How was the weather in December 2020? A review of weather data for Taipei City.





As a nerdy scientist one of my interests is weather observation. Almost every season or month I am wondering if this month was colder or rainier or sunnier than in previous years. Usually personal impression and memory can fool you, so I decided to look at the data from weather stations and compare the current month with previous years. For December 2020 my feeling was that it was colder and rainier than usual in Taipei City. But when looking at the climate data provided by the Central Weather Bureau Taiwan (ROC) and comparing the data from December 2020 with each December for the previous 20 years, as well as with the long-term average, December 2020 was not that unusual, except for one thing.

In case you don't know what the long-term average is. The long-term average is the average climate data for a time period of 30 years. In this case it is data collected from 1981 to 2010. The long-term average can be considered to represent normal conditions. By comparing recent data with the long-term average scientists can say if climate data, e.g. temperature, precipitation, sunshine, in a region was normal or exceptional.

Before I start examining the details I need to give an important information: All data presented here is from the weather station in Taipei City (Station Taipei, No. 466920), and all my conclusions are only valid for Taipei City. If you live in another part of Taiwan, then this will not apply to you. It is possible to do this for whole Taiwan, but this would require a much more intense data analysis. And I don’t have the time to do this. The data I am using here can be downloaded from the CWB Observation Data Inquire System (CODiS) and the long-term averages for Taiwan can be found on the website of the Central Weather Bureau Taiwan.

Temperature


Was December 2020 colder or warmer than other Decembers? Even though the last days of December experienced a cold surge with temperatures dropping down to 7.6°C, the monthly average temperature in December 2020 was 18.1°C. This is 0.2°C warmer than the long-term average of 17.9°C. Additionally, the monthly average maximum temperature in December 2020 was 20.5°C, which is 0.2°C cooler than the long-term average. However, the monthly average minimum temperature was 16.5°C and 0.9°C warmer than the long-term average. The monthly average minimum temperature is calculated by taking the lowest temperature measured for each day in a month and calculating the average value. Similar for the monthly average maximum temperature, but here the highest temperature per day is used.




The temperature data shows that the monthly average temperatures in December 2020 in Taipei City were not exceptional from the long-term average. When looking at the temperature graph you can see that the monthly average temperatures for the last 20 years fluctuate between 16.4°C and 20.1°C and the monthly average temperature in December 2020 was in average of other previous Decembers. The only exception in temperature data is that the monthly average minimum temperature was 0.9°C warmer than the long-term average. Interestingly since 2015 the monthly average minimum temperatures have been constantly higher than the long-term average. Which means that since five years the Decembers in Taipei City are not getting as cold as they have been in the past. I am not a climate expert, but I am wondering if this could be a result of global warming.

Precipitation / Rainfall


Was December 2020 rainier than other Decembers in the last 20 years? Not really. The total monthly precipitation in December 2020 in Taipei City was 145 mm. This is nearly the double of the long-term average of 73.3 mm. But compared to other months it is somewhat in the middle. There have been drier and wetter Decembers in the past 20 years. Interestingly, to me it felt like it was constantly raining through the whole December, but when looking at the numbers, it was just average. Also the total duration of precipitation was 124.6 hours, which is average for the last 20 years.



Sunshine and Clouds


So far December 2020 was kind of average. But now comes something exceptional. The duration of sunshine was with 16.9 hours the lowest in 20 years! This was more than 5 times lower than the long-term average of 90.7 hours in Taipei City. The previous negative record holder was December 2011 with only 23.5 hours of sunshine. Also the amount of clouds in December 2020 was the highest in the last 20 years. With an average cloud index number of 9.3 (10 is the highest). Of course when the sky is largely covered by clouds it will affect the amount of sunshine. This very low amount of sunshine is what I remember from December 2020. There was an entire week from 3rd to 10th December 2020 without any sun and it started to make me feel depressed.




One thing about the sunshine data is a bit odd. When looking at the chart then the values from the years 2000 to 2010 are higher than the values from the years 2011 to 2020. I am wondering if this is because the Central Weather Bureau changed the method of measuring sunshine duration or if it has a climate reason.

That’s it for now. Let’s see how January 2021 and the rest of the winter will turn out. I think it will be a wet and cold winter. But I also hope that it will be a short winter and spring will come soon.

Please let me know in the comments if this was interesting and understandable or if it was too scientific. The big challenge for scientists is to communicate results in a way that non-scientists can understand them.
If you like this article and want to stay updated, you can follow my blog via email, find me on Facebook or Instagram.
Title photo by Timo Volz from Pexels

#taipei #thingsabouttaipeiandtaiwanplaceslive #thoughtsandopinions #climatechange #climatedata #science #weather
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"There's a push to make the practice of #organic farming better, so much better in fact that #organicCertification amy one day mean that food isn't just free from hormones and chemicals, but that it's actually healing the soil and reversing #climatechange."

#RegenerativeAgriculture
 
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Happy 18th Birthday, Greta!


~ January 03, 2003 ~

"Thank you so much for all the well-wishes on my 18th birthday! Tonight you will find me down at the local pub exposing all the dark secrets behind the climate and school strike conspiracy and my evil handlers who can no longer control me! I am free at last!!"
#quote #gretathunberg #greta #birthday #03jan2003 #activism #climatechange #environment #protest #sweden
 
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Happy 18th Birthday, Greta!


~ January 03, 2003 ~

"Thank you so much for all the well-wishes on my 18th birthday! Tonight you will find me down at the local pub exposing all the dark secrets behind the climate and school strike conspiracy and my evil handlers who can no longer control me! I am free at last!!"
#quote #gretathunberg #greta #birthday #03jan2003 #activism #climatechange #environment #protest #sweden
 
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Happy 18th Birthday, Greta!


~ January 03, 2003 ~

"Thank you so much for all the well-wishes on my 18th birthday! Tonight you will find me down at the local pub exposing all the dark secrets behind the climate and school strike conspiracy and my evil handlers who can no longer control me! I am free at last!!"
#quote #gretathunberg #greta #birthday #03jan2003 #activism #climatechange #environment #protest #sweden
 
I read Kiss the Ground (and other #ClimateCrisis literature) and I get so angry. As a species we're sinking into climate destruction and still, the world's largest #agriculture countries (looking at you, #US) can't take dramatic action. Only 53% of the country thinks #ClimateChange is major problem; only 49% think humans have something to do with it. This is the struggle of our time and, collectively, we're asleep.
https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2020/09/29/concern-over-climate-and-the-environment-predominates-among-these-publics/
 

A palm oil alternative could help save rainforests | BBC News

There's an ugly truth to the beauty products we slap on our faces and an unsavoury truth to the foods we eat: many are made with palm oil, which is responsible for the rapid deforestation of some of the world's most biodiverse forests, destroying the habitat of already endangered species like the orangutan, pygmy elephant and Sumatran rhino.
But now the biotech industry says it has come up with a solution - a synthetic alternative that doesn't involve burning down or clearing any rainforest. It says this could eventually replace natural palm oil in everything from shampoos, soaps, detergents and lipsticks, to food products like packaged bread, biscuits, margarine, ice cream and chocolate.
#science #environment #GlobalWarming #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #ClimateBreakdown #PalmOil

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55016453?xtor=ES-208-[39158_NEWS_NLB_+WK52_Tue_15_Dec]-20201215-
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A palm oil alternative could help save rainforests | BBC News

There's an ugly truth to the beauty products we slap on our faces and an unsavoury truth to the foods we eat: many are made with palm oil, which is responsible for the rapid deforestation of some of the world's most biodiverse forests, destroying the habitat of already endangered species like the orangutan, pygmy elephant and Sumatran rhino.
But now the biotech industry says it has come up with a solution - a synthetic alternative that doesn't involve burning down or clearing any rainforest. It says this could eventually replace natural palm oil in everything from shampoos, soaps, detergents and lipsticks, to food products like packaged bread, biscuits, margarine, ice cream and chocolate.
#science #environment #GlobalWarming #ClimateChange #ClimateCrisis #ClimateBreakdown #PalmOil

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55016453?xtor=ES-208-[39158_NEWS_NLB_+WK52_Tue_15_Dec]-20201215-
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Good (old) news from #BoatyMcBoatface !
#science #ClimateChange
 
🚗 Millions of used cars, vans and minibuses exported from Europe, the United States and Japan to the developing world are of poor quality, contributing significantly to #AirPollution and hindering efforts to mitigate the effects of #ClimateChange.
UNEP “Global Trade in Used Vehicles” report
 
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