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Wake Up, Freak Out – then Get a Grip

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Sadly WordPress cannot handle embedding vimeo but I got the link above from Architecture Week courtesy of BCEN LW. So click the link and watch the video.

The following text and links accompanied the original post and I think they are worth quoting in full. And by the way, that reference to the US goes for us too. In fact our share of the world’s ghg pobably also exceeds our per capita share – and will get much worse if Harper gets his way and expands the oil sands project

It starts out with a polar bear floating on a chunk of ice, playing a violin. Then the narrator hops out and grabs the violin, saying “Give me that. This really isn’t about polar bears anymore!” And you’re off and running, for a compact, very clever, and scientifically sound run-through of some major climate tipping points ­ all left out of the current IPCC projections ­ and what these might mean to us.

Toward the end, there’s even a rewind of the worst effects scenario, and a chance for a happy ending!

A chance which is particularly happy this week, as news is released on the latest worldwide carbon emissions report card ( details here) from the Global Carbon Project. To quote Olive Heffernan, writing in the climate blog at Nature, one of the world’s top scientific journals:

“Most striking is that, despite years of effort, carbon dioxide emissions are increasing at an alarming rate of 3.5% a year ­ faster than the 2.7% predicted by the IPCC in their worst case scenario, and miles ahead of the 0.9% annual rise in the 1990s. Worst still, current measures have been based on a middle-ground IPCC scenario. Pep Candell from the Global Carbon Budget told me that this was ‘astonishing’.”

Please don’t be distracted by some news coverage that will trumpet minor changes in the ranking of the leading greenhouse-gas-emitting countries. Even setting aside real accounting complications due to economic globalization, the United States still emits about 20% of the world’s greenhouse gases, some five times more than its per-capita share (with 4.6% of the world’s population).

The animation and the latest annual carbon report both highlight this essential truth: climate change is now everyone’s problem.

It can be solved. There’s overwhelming evidence for optimism if we get a collective grip, and make real change now.

Equally strong evidence shows it won’t be solved without massive 80% to 90% cuts in gross material consumption in the United States, other deep cuts in consumption in the rest of the developed world, and huge and systematic reforms in the developing world.

It’s all got to happen. And it’s up to all of us to make it happen.

Online from Oregon,

Kevin Matthews

Written by Stephen Rees

October 2, 2008 at 10:23 pm

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  1. Hi, I just wanted to say that there seem to be ways to get WordPress to embed videos from Vimeo… it’s done successfully here:

    (the other web site linked to above is the film’s own site, incidentally)

    Fergus Ray Murray

    October 3, 2008 at 3:21 am

  2. Yes but I don’t know how. I actually tried cutting and pasting his html code but even that did not produce a result. I will try sending a message to ask the blogger how it is done

    Stephen Rees

    October 3, 2008 at 8:22 am

  3. Stephen
    When in edit click the ‘Add Media’/ ‘Add Video’ button, 2nd from left upper right. This will give the option to do it auto by inserting vimeo link and give the correct link format if you want to do it manually.


    October 3, 2008 at 8:27 am

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