[MCN] Confirmed, again: Climate change endangers the economy too

Lance Olsen lance at wildrockies.org
Thu Apr 20 10:42:43 EDT 2017

Bloomberg Adds Climate Change Site To Its Financial News Empire <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bloomberg-climate-change_us_58f7e640e4b0cb086d7dd9e5>
Huffington Post	 - ‎4 hours ago‎	 
NEW YORK ― Over the past two years, corporate giants have become some of the loudest voices calling for climate-change action. Automakers that once killed the electric car are racing to roll out zero-emissions rivals to Tesla. Even Exxon Mobil Corp …

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bloomberg-climate-change_us_58f7e640e4b0cb086d7dd9e5 <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/bloomberg-climate-change_us_58f7e640e4b0cb086d7dd9e5>

Excerpt:  The data and media giant on Thursday launched ClimateChanged.com <http://www.climatechanged.com/>, a hub for coverage of how rising global temperatures are changing the planet and moving financial markets.

“Climate change is fundamentally an economic story, it’s an economic problem,” Eric Roston, Bloomberg’s sustainability editor, told The Huffington Post in an interview on Tuesday. “It’s naturally a business story and it’s naturally a concern to rationally minded executives in any sized enterprise.”

"Ignorance of remote causes disposeth men to attribute all events to the causes immediate and instrumental: for these are all the causes they perceive."

Attributed  to Thomas Hobbes

“Making connections is the essence of scientific progress.”

Chris Quigg, “Aesthetic Science,”  Scientific American, April 1999

“The structural relations within and between human societies and their environments form the most complex systems known to science.”

Charles D. Laughlin and Ivan Brady, editors, Extinction and Survival in Human Populations.  Columbia University Press, 1978

“Teleconnections can be defined as linkages between climate anomalies at some distance from each other. The large distances in space and the differences in timing between these anomalous events make it difficult for one to believe that one event (El Nino or La Nina) could possibly have influence on the other (e.g. drought in southern Africa or hurricanes in the tropical Atlantic). Nevertheless, physical and statistical research has shown that such linkages do exist.”

Michael Glantz. Currents of Change : Impacts of El Nino and La Nina on Climate and Society. Cambridge University Press, 2001

"We linked 25,000 Animalia species threat records from the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List to more than 15,000 commodities produced in 187 countries and evaluated more than 5 billion supply chains in terms of their biodiversity impacts. Excluding invasive species, we found that 30% of global species threats are due to international trade. In many developed countries, the consumption of imported coffee, tea, sugar, textiles, fish and other manufactured items causes a biodiversity footprint that is larger abroad than at home."

M. Lenzen, D. Moran, K. Kanemoto, B. Foran, L. Lobefaro & A. Geschke.International trade drives biodiversity threats in developing nations. Nature  7 June 2012 doi:10.1038/nature11145



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