#221 in 2016
SAVING our planet from the worst effects of climate change won’t be cheap. A new report from the United Nations says that the world will need to mobilize $90 trillion in public and private capital over the next 15 years.
At the Paris Climate Conference, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. The International Energy Agency evaluated the deal at $13.5 trillion.
The global energy industry needs to invest $13.5 trillion through 2030 in efficiency measures and low-carbon technologies in order to meet climate-protection pledges by world leaders, the International Energy Agency said.
The expenditure, which includes deployment of nuclear, wind and solar power as well as carbon capture and storage, needs to average $840 billion every year from 2015, the IEA said Wednesday in a report. It said the growth in energy-related emissions “will slow to a relative crawl by 2030” if nations follow through with their pledges.
As of Tuesday, 154 countries representing 86 percent of global emissions had submitted their plans, Christiana Figueres, the UN’s top climate diplomat, told reporters at UN talks in Bonn.
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We hope that our Disrupt SF hacking teams will take this opportunity to show these government folks how we do it here in Silicon Valley
The market for these products is already enormous and is growing larger every day. In December, the United States and every other member of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change agreed to work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In order to meet the commitments laid out in the Paris Agreement, it’s estimated that the world will spend $13.5 trillion.
Thanks Dan Walsh for the heads up
The point of all this was, and remains, accelerating the advent of sustainable energy, so that we can imagine far into the future and life is still good. That’s what “sustainable” means. It’s not some silly, hippy thing — it matters for everyone.
By definition, we must at some point achieve a sustainable energy economy or we will run out of fossil fuels to burn and civilization will collapse. Given that we must get off fossil fuels anyway and that virtually all scientists agree that dramatically increasing atmospheric and oceanic carbon levels is insane, the faster we achieve sustainability, the better.
Couldn’t agree more 🙂
Read the full plan: https://www.tesla.com/blog/master-plan-part-deux
Congrats to Cameron Clarke and everyone involved on launching the first biotech lab within a public library, the La Jolla Library in southern California.
If you’re in SD, check out the meetup group for The Wet Lab.
Wet Lab director Cameron Clarke said at one time, the equipment used by the La Jolla Library’s biotech lab cost thousands of dollars and was only available to labs and universities. “By putting a Wet Lab in a library, you give the public access to tools they would never have access to,” he said. “But this is not going to be full-blown lab, it’s designed to allow folks to come in and get their feet wet. It’s an exciting opportunity and we are going to crawl before we walk, and walk before we run.”
To introduce the scientific concepts available for exploration in the biotech lab, the Wet Lab will host a monthly workshop for all ages and a monthly lecture for adults. The workshop will be 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2 and will demonstrate how scientists extract DNA from living things, in this case, a strawberry. The lecture, called Citizen Science, will be 6 p.m. May 5, and continue the first Tuesday of the month, and focus on biological concepts.
Props to iFixIt on their latest push to protect the “Right to Repair” with their website Tell the Copyright Office You Demand the Right to Repair. After hearing about this, I wrote in to the Copyright Office.