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Paris Agreement dodges cumulative effects

posted by on 28th Aug 2020

This post uses a thermal model of the Earth, divided into two parts. Instant Earth that reacts immediately to greenhouse warming and Cumulative Earth that accumulates the effects of greenhouse warming.

Conclusion: The cumulative effects of global warming are not being taken seriously enough.


Earth’s Energy Imbalance

All the energy that enters or leaves the Earth does so via radiation at the top of the atmosphere. Before the industrial revolution, e.g. 1750, incoming radiation was balanced by outgoing radiation. Since then, triggered by emissions of greenhouse gases, less energy is leaving the Earth than entering, causing the Earth’s Energy Imbalance (EEI), which has been described as “the most fundamental metric defining the status of global climate change”.

Here, the extra energy stored in the Earth since 1750 will be referred to as ‘greenhouse heat’ as it is stored as heat (including latent heat from melted ice).

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Energy, waste and sustainable lifestyles

posted by on 29th Jul 2020

Climate economic studies convincingly show that one of the best investments to fix climate in the medium run is to invest heavily in green R&D.

Bjorn Lomborg in The New York Post, a Murdoch paper

Lurwick Energy from Waste plant

The No Time to Waste report

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Tips on climate, planning and the economy

posted by on 17th Jul 2020

Not ordered by importance.


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Cut methane emissions now to limit ocean warming

posted by on 13th Jul 2020


Heat in the oceans is causing intense storms and rising sea levels

The Paris Agreement

The Paris Agreement central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

UnitedNations, Climate Change: The Paris Agreement

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Take climate policy from the UK business department.

posted by on 6th Jul 2020

Here is one of my submissions to the Labour Party Policy Forum. It argues that climate policy should be taken from BEIS and a new Department of Climate Change should take over this brief.

Climate Change and The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


Part 1: The Recent history of UK climate change policy

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Methane emissions and the Committee on Climate Change

posted by on 30th Jun 2020
Persuading the Committee on Climate Change to quickly reduce methane emissions

I admire the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and welcome their recent report to Parliament. However, I read the report with the knowledge that the CCC is sponsored by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). I think that BEIS values business interests over climate climate change. (I have made a submission to the Labour Party Policy Forum, Climate Change and BEIS.)

BEIS also appoint the members of the CCC.

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Let’s think of a plan for Labour to split

posted by on 28th Apr 2020

First published on 15thMarch 2017.

Seems relevant once again.

I’ve been a Labour Party member since 1964. Never liked “the Party” much but have liked many fellow members. I still pay my dues because the alternatives are worse.

What abut a split?

Then both sides won’t be so dogged by the sins of the past. Like …

  • Blair’s academy schools
  • Browns PFIs
  • Milliband’s failure to oppose Universal Credit that is impoverishing section of the poor. (Labour Party Lord: ” They knew. As useful as chocolate teapots”)
  • Limp action on climate change. (Blair sacked Michael Meacher remember.)

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Cars to drive or a planet to live in? A numerical assessment.

posted by on 20th Apr 2020

A numerical assessment – Cars to drive or a planet to live in?

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee reported:

In the long-term, widespread personal vehicle ownership does not appear to be compatible with significant decarbonisation.

Was the committee correct?

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An example of properly low carbon housing

posted by on 29th Mar 2020

Re-posted from (May 2018)

Cheap, neighbourly and doesn’t screw the world up
Wooden prefabs with market gardens

Written for a housing policy forum – part 16

We need housing that is cheap, neighbourly and doesn’t screw the world up. (Taking a suggestion from the word ‘green’ will be used in place of “doesn’t screw the world up”.) Here is a summary of housing-related issues from earlier posts:

Issue 1. No high buildings.

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The York Local Plan: Climate Change

posted by on 16th Feb 2020

The York Local Plan: Climate Change

Submission to the Public Inquiry on the 2018 York Local Plan

Geoff Beacon, July 2019


Climate change

In September 2018, the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, delivered a warning [1]:

Dear friends of planet Earth,

Thank you for coming to the UN Headquarters today.
I have asked you here to sound the alarm.

Climate change is the defining issue of our time – and we are at a defining moment.

We face a direct existential threat.

Climate change is moving faster than we are – and its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across our world.

If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.

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