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phys.org Trees reveal climate surprise: Microbes living in bark remove methane from the atmosphere

Tree bark surfaces play an important role in removing methane gas from the atmosphere, according to a study published 24 July in Nature.

Trees reveal climate surprise: Microbes living in bark remove methane from the atmosphere

Original study: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-024-07592-w

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Revealed: wealthy western countries lead in global oil and gas expansion | The US and the UK among countries with low dependence on fossil fuels criticized for ‘hypocrisy’ on climate pledges
  • Neither the US has only a few states with a phase out of fossil fuel vehicles being legally binding. The UK has nothing whatsortever. The EU seems to go for a different startegy with a sales ban in law starting 2035, while many EU countries banned fracking, which could be used to produce a large share of the local oil consumption.

  • German zoo frees tiny lynx that kept trying to escape
  • Wolves do not hunt lynx. Nothing really does unless they are young or sick.

    However, they are very much released close to wolf territory:

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    Gen X is in charge now, and boomers are being shown the door
  • That is true of every generation. Call it a human flaw.

  • ‘I know we will win – and how’: Ukraine’s top general on turning the tables against Russia
  • Since 2022 the number of Russian tanks has “doubled” – from 1,700 to 3,500. Artillery systems have tripled, and armoured personnel carriers gone up from 4,500 to 8,900.

    That explains why Russian storage is empyting up so quickly. At least partly. After all we know Russian losses are massive.

  • Airports disrupted across Europe as civil resistance groups join Oil Kills – the International Uprising to end fossil fuels - PRESS RELEASE - Oil Kills
  • Flying is one of the most emitting activities in the world. For many Europeans it will be 20% of their carbon footprint for a single vacation.

  • Rethinking Apartment Buildings
    • Washing area for clothes, with washing machines and clothes lines.
    • Tool liberary for common tools like hammers, drills and so forth
    • shared transport like car and a large cargo bike

    Another big one, which is often forgotten is to add space for shops or similar commercial use cases on the ground floor. Mixed use minimizes the length people have to travel. Also some of them can be in the back area. There are quite a few commercial spaces, which do not really need street access. Things like doctors offices, lawyers, but also many craftspeople come to mine(as long as it does not smell, is toxic or loud).

  • [META] Direction of the Community
  • I do not remove the word "fuck" for the sake of advertising. I remove it, when it is used to insult other people. "Fuck the Cult of Productivity" is fine, but "Fuck who ever thought about the term 'underconsumption'." is just an insult to whoever came up with the term.

  • Gen Z is embracing ‘underconsumptioncore' to fight climate change and inflation
  • How is it a strawman you clearly said that consumerism has no impact on climate change here:

    Good for them for taking a stand against consumerism, personal shopping habits (even collectively, they equal less than a drop in an ocean) aren’t going to change neither climate change, nor inflation.

    You probably did not mean it, but I thought I have to clear that up.

    This “the big guys up top, have to solve the crisis” is just a way to deny any sort of responsiblilty and therefore ends up without any sort of action.

    As for that, I have seen that way to often. Classic alternative to "but China".

    Just look at some research. So when you want more solar panels in your community, a good idea is to install solar on your roof first. That makes you 63% more likely to convince others to do the same. This can lead to tipping points being reached, which have a much wider impact. At this point the movement can be used to change the underlying system.

    You keep believing that, and continue to be completely non critical of who is promoting that notion to you and why

    This is were it becomes important to look at what the campaigns actually try to do. BPs famous carbon footprint did try to make everybody understand that the y use fossil fuels. It did not lobby to stop driving and take public transport instead. Same story with many recycling campaigns. They go for throw it in the bin, rather then show you how to not use as much plastic. The key in those campaigns is not to show a viable alternative, but to make people feel helpless. After all, when there is a working individual action, people might lobby to make it mandatory and that destroys their business. BP does not run ads to buy EVs instead of ICEs today. That would be a viable alternative. So they promote the red hering of hydrogen powered cars. After all the individual action of buying an EV instead of an ICE can easily be scaled, by making selling ICEs illegal.

  • Musk makes it hard to follow Kamala Harris on X, while donating 45Million per month to Trump

    newrepublic.com Trump-Lover Elon Musk Is Already Causing Kamala Harris Problems

    People are having trouble following Harris’s campaign X (formerly Twitter) account.

    Trump-Lover Elon Musk Is Already Causing Kamala Harris Problems
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    Gen Z is embracing ‘underconsumptioncore' to fight climate change and inflation
  • 27 would be born 1997, which is generally speaking old Gen Z. It generally starts with birth dates between 1995-97 or so.

  • Gen Z is embracing ‘underconsumptioncore' to fight climate change and inflation
  • Depending on how freely that decision was taken, that is just the most radical version of it.

  • Gen Z is embracing ‘underconsumptioncore' to fight climate change and inflation
  • They do not care about one person doing this, however when all people do it or just a large group they do care.

    The simple truth is that abolishing capitalism is not going to solve the climate crisis alone. Just due to all companies becoming cooperatives, does not mean everybody can just drive around in monster trucks, eat steak all day and live in giant mansions. As a matter of fact to solve the climate crisis, abolishing consumerism is a necessity. The way to stop that, is just very simply to consume less. Obviously that has to be done partly by laws like banning business jets for example, but those laws require a cultural shift. That means some people have to go ahead and be an example.

    This "the big guys up top, have to solve the crisis" is just a way to deny any sort of responsiblilty and therefore ends up without any sort of action.

  • fortune.com Gen Z is embracing ‘underconsumptioncore' to fight climate change and inflation

    “It just gets so tiring watching people tell me that this is the newest thing that I have to buy,” 27-year-old Adeline Um said.

    Gen Z is embracing ‘underconsumptioncore' to fight climate change and inflation
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    thelastfarm.substack.com An Eco-Socialist Education Agenda

    My 10-point plan for creating an eco-socialist educational system

    An Eco-Socialist Education Agenda
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    Here’s Where Kamala Harris Stands on Climate: She pursued polluters as attorney general in California and later staked out bold positions as a senator, including sponsorship of the Green New Deal.
  • She also favored a ban on hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, which Mr. Biden said he opposed.

    This actually would be big. Most US oil and gas production is from fracking.

    As California’s attorney general, Ms. Harris challenged federal approvals of offshore fracking along the California coast.

    And another big source of US oil production to challenge.

    But she also took positions far to the left of Mr. Biden on climate change.

    That sounds really great. As does this:

    price on carbon, with a dividend that would have been returned directly to households.

  • ‘Not acceptable in a democracy’: UN expert condemns lengthy Just Stop Oil sentences
  • It is not acceptable anywhere. This "in a democracy" bit is just taking away blaim from dictator who do this kind of stuff all the time.

  • Biden steps down as Democratic nominee: Live updates, explainers, analysis
  • Not being American, but is this really good news? After all this probably leads to a contest to determine the next presidential canidate. That means Democrats fight other Democrats, while Trump can just chill. So why would this be a good choice?

  • What other Principles should be part of Degrowth?
  • Point 3 is pretty close.

  • China's consumers aren't buying stuff, but it's not because they're broke
  • Also an extremely weak social safety net and a lot of Chinese are still very poor. As in so poor that a cut can realistically mean starving.

  • What other Principles should be part of Degrowth?

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    Solar to meet half of global electricity demand growth in 2024 and 2025
  • The key is to lower emissions. However electricity is only a part of the transition. For a lot of the rest, the key is to electrify the processes. Heatpumps and EVs are two clear examples However both are much more efficent the their fossil fuel alternative in fact to the point that using 100%gas power plant electricity would lower emissions for them. Obviously at that point the only thing needed is to clean the grid, which already started.

  • Solar to meet half of global electricity demand growth in 2024 and 2025
  • The IEA seems to be wrong on China. Electricity demand has grown by 2.3% YOY in China, which is obviously much lower then the projected 6%of the IEA. China makes up about a third of global electricity production, so this has a big impact to the better.

    Source:

    https://www.stats.gov.cn/english/PressRelease/202406/t20240625_1955166.html

    EDIT: Just did a bit of math. To me it looks like the lower growth in Chinese electricity generation, if all other IEA figures are correct, would lower global growth to 2.8% this year. That would mean renewables would lower global fossil fuel electricity production for the first time. Certainly good news.

  • Slow Fashion Center For Degrowth : Corinne Loperfido x ARTFIELDS 2024

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    What Project 2025 Means for Our Cities

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    Historic South African Election Dethrones Ruling Party ANC
  • Why a 10 party coalition? DA and ANC have 62% of the vote already, so that would be enough right?

  • Germany slashes Ukraine funding in savings push
  • The last budget also only had €4billion for Ukraine aid. That was increased by €3billion to the €7 billion actually send in the end. The reason for that is simple. We do not know how the war will continue or even if. So the German government signs big deals with the military industry, which give the industry the ability to set up large scale production, but allow the German government to stop ordering more weapons quickly. Then additional funding is approved as need be. So if somebody takes Putins job and makes peace with Ukraine, Germany does not send unneeded arms to Ukraine.

    Sorry, but that is the background. German government communication sucks for a lot of reasons.

  • www.euronews.com Ursula von der Leyen is re-elected European Commission president

    The re-election was shrouded in uncertainty and rested on complicated arithmetic among the four centrist parties. #EuropeNews

    Ursula von der Leyen is re-elected European Commission president
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    www.euronews.com Being active on your commute lowers risk of disease and mental health

    A landmark study undertaken over two decades showed cyclists had about half the risk of dying compared with inactive commuters.

    Being active on your commute lowers risk of disease and mental health
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    www.wri.org Lessons From the Coal Boom That Didn’t Happen

    The world avoided a catastrophic coal boom in the last decade. What can countries learn from this that will help them cancel all remaining coal in development?

    Lessons From the Coal Boom That Didn’t Happen
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    Wealth Tax to Fund the Green Transition

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    www.common-trust.com What is an Employee Ownership Trust? • Common Trust

    Discover how Employee Ownership Trusts (EOTs) can boost employee engagement, simplify succession planning, and protect your company's legacy.

    What is an Employee Ownership Trust? • Common Trust
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    The total combat losses of the enemy from 24.02.22 to 16.07.24

    Source: https://t.me/GeneralStaffZSU/16160

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    www.nceo.org The Employee Ownership 100: America's Largest Majority Employee-Owned Companies | NCEO

    An annotated list of the 100 largest U.S. companies 50% or more employee-owned through an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) or other means, ranked by the number of employees.

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    How Costa Rica nearly trippled its tree cover, protected 25% of its land and became the largest Food exporter in Latin America per capita

    news.mongabay.com Conservation pays and everyone’s benefitting from it (commentary)

    In just one generation, Costa Rica halted deforestation and reversed land degradation. Currently, Costa Rica boasts 57% forest cover, with 25% of its land territory protected. All of this has been achieved while the country’s agricultural sector became the most robust per capita agricultural exporte...

    Conservation pays and everyone’s benefitting from it (commentary)
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    They turn clunkers into 100% solar-powered homes on wheels: No need of 🔌

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    www.ubilabnetwork.org Basic Income and Degrowth: Creating an Alternative Ecological Future? — UBI Lab Network

    Degrowth is the perspective that argues, in this light, that to avert ecological collapse the economy of rich countries must undergo a controlled contraction in material throughput, to eventual stabilisation, to levels supportable by the earth’s processes.

    Basic Income and Degrowth: Creating an Alternative Ecological Future? — UBI Lab Network
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    Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks was registered as a Republican

    eu.usatoday.com Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks identified: What we know

    The FBI identified the shooter as a 20-year-old from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. Public records show he was a registered Republican.

    Trump rally shooter Thomas Crooks identified: What we know
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