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10/11/2018

Upcoming Interview: Jessica Wolff Discusses Health Care Without Harm's Work To Reduce The Health Care Industry's Carbon Footprint (October 24th)

Earlier this week the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPPC) concluded that we have just 12 years, or until 2030, to avoid global temperatures rising above 1.5 degrees Celsius.  We've already warmed by 1 degree Celisius.   This means we will have to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and reach net zero emissions by 2050.  (The US is historically the largest emitter of greenhouse gasses and currently second behind China.  Worldwide, we currently dump 42 billion tons of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere annually and the amount has been again climbing since last year.)  As I noted in the 3 Quarks Daily essay cited below, there is no climate analog for this century for at least the past 50 million years.  Should the atmosphere warm by 2 degrees (the Paris Climate Accord goal was between 1.5 to 2), the earth as we know it will, largely, cease to exist.  

Health Care Without Harm's (HCWH) mission is to reduce the health care industry's carbon footprint.  HCWH's task is daunting since the health care industry, with rare exception, is doing nothing to address the so called climate penalty. 

Listeners may recall last November I posted my 3 Quarks Daily essay, "As the World Burns" that lent evidence to this fact.  It is at: http://www.3quarksdaily.blogs.com/3quarksdaily/2017/11/as-the-world-burns-.html

Last August 3rd, I interviewed David Wallace Wells regarding his July 2017 New York Magazine essay, "The Uninhabitable Earth."  His essay is at http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2017/07/climate-change-earth-too-hot-for-humans.html?gtm=bottom&gtm=top 

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