Can a Biden presidency solve the Global South’s climate struggles?

In an interview with The Real News, author and academic David Orr says the Global North has a moral obligation to assist the developing world in confronting global warming—And Biden’s presidency could be the last chance to do so.

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  1. @highlighted the warm period became known as the Medieval Warm Period, and the cold period was called the Little Ice Age , the Little Ice Age which ended only in the middle to late nineteenth century." It said temperatures in the "late tenth to early thirteenth centuries (about AD 950-1250)The warm period became known as the Medieval Warm Period, and the cold period was called the Little Ice Age (LIA). However, that view was questioned by other researchers; the IPCC First Assessment Report of 1990 discussed the "Medieval Warm Period around 1000 AD (which may not have been global) and the Little Ice Age which ended only in the middle to late nineteenth century." I

  2. Wish it were so, if there was a profit motive I could see it but I think the new administration would be too blind and bought off to see that as a possibility even then

  3. Trump Win = Runaway Hothouse Mass Extinction

    There are 23 billion chickens on earth, if one sneezes we all get the flu 😉

    Humans and livestock are 96% of all mammals by weight and caused 80% of species extinction — Livestock use up to 80% of antibiotics and cause 25% of all infectious disease

    The world failed all 20 biodiversity targets set 10 years ago

    There have been 25 climate COPs and 15 biodiversity COPs – all miserable failures

    People don't live long enough to notice mass extinction

    500 years ago there were so many cod fish John Cabot thought they would capsize his ship

    400 years ago there were more Caribbean sea turtles by weight than buffalo on the plains

    300 years ago Passenger pigeon migrations would block out the noon day sun

    97% of great fresh water species gone since 1970 ( Guardian 2019 )

    96% of mammals are livestock and human by weight ( Ecowatch 2018 )

    96% of tigers gone in 100 years ( IFL Science 2019 )

    90% of elephants gone in 100 years ( Hurriet 2019 )

    90% of lions gone in 100 years ( African Impact 2019 )

    90% of Leatherback sea turtles gone since 1980 ( Earth Watch undated )

    90% of Monarch Butterflies gone in 20 years ( Inhabitat 2014 )

    80% of Antarctic Krill gone in 30 years ( Research Gate 2005 )

    77% of Eastern lowland gorillas gone since 1996 ( Treehugger 2020 )

    68% of world’s wildlife has been wiped out since 1970 ( Mongabay 2020 )

    50% of Marine vertebrates gone since 1970 ( WWF 2015 )

    50% of Great Barrier Reef gone since 1985 ( Live Science 2012 )

    40% of Giraffes gone since 1990 ( NRDC 2019 )

    40% of insect species are threatened with extinction in 30 years ( PNAS 2019 )

    4% of mammals are wild ( Vegan News 2020 )

    Green house gases up 45% in 30 years – Earth Hotter Faster

    In 10 years the US cut emissions more switching from coal to gas than Europe investing in renewable energy

    66% of humanity will live in water stressed areas by 2025

    50% of thermal and hydro electric capacity will be threatened by water stress

    20% of global energy is electricty

    4% of global energy is renewable electricity

    To get 30% of energy from algae ponds requires land the size of Argentina

    4% of mammals are wild by weight and bio energy land use threatens them

    80% of global energy is fossil fuels and has been for over 25 years

    Solar & wind are 2% of global energy

    North Euro offshore wind turbines work 30% of the time

    North Euro onshore wind turbines work 22% of the time

    North Euro solar panels work 11% of the time

    The F-35 fighter jet works 11% of the time

    Europe burns 80% of the world’s wood pellets for renewable electricity

    It takes tree plantations 30 years to recoup 10% of their carbon offset

    We cut 15 billion trees, plant 5 billion, lose 10 billion per year

    Wildfires are more intense, frequent and bigger with drought & high temps

    Trees are growing faster and dying younger

    40% of insect species could go extinct by 2050

    Europe burns 80% of its recycled plastic & paper for recycled electricity

    Europe burns 50% of its palm oil shipments in cars & trucks

    Europe's carbon fund is rife with corruption

    Out of earth's 1.2 billion vehicles 6 million are electric

    Ten years fighting air pollution in China raised global north temperatures 0.1 °C

    Earth is Hotter Faster

    From 1971-2018 global net heating averaged 0.47 watts/m²

    From 2010-2018 global net heating averaged to 0.87 watts/m² = 46% higher

    Oceans took 89% of that heat and air took 1%

    This is rapid heat acceleration

    350 ppm CO2 will not get Earth’s heat imbalance under control — 300 ppm needed to cool earth


    We cut 15 billion trees per year, plant 5 billion, lose 10 billion / yr — Tree Nation 2020

    Trees are growing faster and dying younger — Sci Am 2020

    2020 : Fossil fuels remained 80% of global energy for over 25 years – CCN 2019

    2020 : 2% of global energy is solar and wind ( after 20 yrs trying ) – IEA 2020

    2020 : 4% of energy is renewable – WSJ BP

    2019 : Greenhouse gases are up 45% in 30 years – NOAA 2020

    2020 : Energy related emissions up 30% in 30 years – IEA 2020

    2025 : 66% of people will live in water stressed areas – Nat Geo 2020

    Water Stress Threatens Near 50% of World’s Thermal Power Plant Capacity – WRI 2017

    Water Stress Threatens 30% of planned hydro projects – WWF 2019

    2030 : Emissions must fall 50% in 10 yrs to stay under 1.5 C – Sci Am 2019

    2030 : Emissions must fall 50% in 10 yrs to stay under 1.5 C – Insurance Journal 2019

    2030 : We’ll make 120% more fossil fuel than needed to stay under 1.5 C – UN 2019

    2040 : 15% of global energy will be renewable – IEA 2019

    2040 : 15% of global energy will be renewable – WSJ BP 2019

    2050 : Energy demand to increase 50% – EIA 2019

    2050 : 30% of electricity will be renewable – EIA 2019

    2018 : 18% of global energy is electricity

    2040 : 24% of global energy is electricity

    US Energy Vulnerabilities To Climate Extremes – Energy gov 2013

    — Decreasing water availability in some regions and seasons

    — Increasing intensity/frequency of storms, flooding, and sea level riseWater

    Energy and Land Insecurity: Global — Science Daily 2020

    — heightened global risk to water/energy/resources for supply/demands

    Weather = flash floods + flash fires + flash mobs + flash infections

    Climate = 30 years of weather

    Support James Hansen's monthly private dividends
    for real climate justice

    26 Nobel Prize winning economists support James Hansen’s monthly dividends, including: 3,589 U.S. Economists, 4 Former Chairs of the Federal Reserve and ALL 15 Former Chairs of the Council of Economic Advisers

    Biden Win = Runaway Hothouse Mass Extinction


  4. They can, they have the power to do it.
    They won't.
    Everybody needs to move on and stop expecting them to do things they promise they never will do.
    You're all going to go out there and vote for them all over again and then complain because this already horrible life that we are in the middle of right now is going to get worse. Imagine that. 2021 being the worst year than 20/20. But hey you go ahead and vote for Biden because he's a better man than Trump. But let me tell you the only difference between Biden and Trump is Trump doesn't know enough to keep the quiet parts quiet. Biden is Trump without the Twitter account.

  5. This a rhetorical question, right?
    It won't be news to anyone with half a brain containing a modicum of knowledge about biden's record that he'll do absolutely nothing to combat climate change issues in the Global South, or for that matter anywhere else.
    Didn't he say that nothing will fundamentally change if he's elected, or did I imagine it?
    He's totally and gleefully in bed with the forces who are destroying the environment. Are these people serious, and do they think we're stupid?

  6. Neither of these people are capable of changing the course of the massive institution of global capitalism that's rushing us headlong into an apocalypse. And the global South can't rely on the leadership of the global North any more than it could in the past centuries – the leadership always arrived with the language of force, always carried exploitation under the guise of development, and always lead to disaster. Native Americans are already living in a post-apocalyptic world, dwindling under ongoing tyranny. Global capitalism threatens the rest of the planet's population with the same fate. Our only chance for survival is to end it; Joe Biden is no ally in this. He's just a kinder, gentler enemy.

  7. Never mention Russia when talking about Trump — it makes you sound like a useless neolib; and eliminates the NEOLIBERAL policies that made a desperate nation turn to Trump.

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