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Thousands of scientists, academics call for fossil fuel ‘non-proliferation treaty’

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More than two thousand leading scientists and academics have called on world leaders to commit to a new fossil fuel ‘non-proliferation treaty’, committing to urgently phase out the use of coal, gas and oil in response to the emerging threats posed by climate change.

The open letter has been delivered to UN secretary-general António Guterres, ahead of meetings of the UN General Assembly and UN climate change negotiations later in the year, which is set to be a focal point for governments to strengthen policies and targets to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions and to transition to zero emissions energy sources.

The academics call on governments to recognise that the use of fossil fuels is the leading contributor to rising emissions – responsible for almost 80 per cent of carbon dioxide emissions since the industrial revolution.

The letter asks governments to end the expansion of fossil fuel production and commit to the phase-out of fossil fuel production altogether, which it describes as akin to a fossil fuel ‘non-proliferation treaty’.

“Given the significant historical contribution of fossil fuels to climate change, and the industry’s continuing expansion plans, we are calling for a solution commensurate with the scale of the problem,” the letter says.

“Phasing down coal, oil and gas in line with 1.5ºC requires global cooperation, in a way that is fair, equitable and reflects countries’ levels of dependence on fossil fuels, and capacities to transition.

“This, in turn, should be underpinned by financial resources, including technology transfer, to enable a just transition for workers and communities in developing countries and a decent life for all.”

The open letter has been signed by almost 2,200 scientists and academics, including Macquarie University’s professor Lesley Hughes, the Australian National University’s emeritus professor Will Steffen and former Australian of the Year Tim Flannery.

Hughes said that delays in global action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions would ultimately lead to worsening climate change.

Leading signatories also include professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University, Michael Mann, Nobel prize winner prof Muhammad Yunus and David Suzuki.

“Every fraction of a degree of warming is doing us harm. This means that every day we delay cessation of fossil fuel burning, we come closer to catastrophe,” Hughes said.

Rebecca Byrnes, the deputy director of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative added that world leaders should follow the advice being provided by leading scientists on the need to phase out the use of fossil fuels, as it had done in response to ozone depletion.

“The world’s leading scientists could not be clearer – coal, oil and gas are the primary cause of the climate crisis and are responsible for nearly one in every five deaths worldwide,” Byrnes said.

“Any ‘net zero’ policy that allows for the continued expansion of these weapons of mass destruction is insufficient.”

“Just as governments came together to phase out ozone-depleting chemicals, or end the proliferation of nuclear weapons, they must now urgently negotiate a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty,” Byrnes added.

The call for a fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty coincides with an open letter sent by Australia’s medical profession to prime minister Scott Morrison that calls on the federal government to commit to a plan to protect Australians from the health impacts of climate change, including setting new emissions reduction targets consistent with limiting global warming to just 1.5 degrees.

The letter sent to Morrison has been co-signed by a dozen leading health professional groups, including the AMA, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP).

“As doctors, we understand the imminent health threats posed by climate change and have seen them already emerge in Australia. The 2019-2020 bushfire season in Australia saw parts of the country afflicted by the poorest air quality in the world, with large numbers of the population enduring weeks of bushfire smoke and the related adverse health impacts,” the letter says.

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10 Comments on "Thousands of scientists, academics call for fossil fuel ‘non-proliferation treaty’"

  1. Theedrich on Sun, 19th Sep 2021 11:17 am 

    The solution to the fossil fuel crisis is to shut down America and its bribe-ocracy and let China use what we have given up to replace us (especially Whites).  We can use bicycles, renewables, and fairy dust instead.  The Commies always have the right solution.  Mao Tse-Tung (or Zedong) showed us the way, the truth and the light.  Only extinguished 76 million of his fellow citizens to do so.

    For Mao and Uncle Joe Stalin, it was all to establish a worker’s paradise.  They had good intentions.

    Just like America’s Progressives.

  2. FamousDrScanlon on Sun, 19th Sep 2021 9:22 pm 

    Any chance at 1.5˚C was, in reality, blown by a long time ago.

    1988 is the year many scientists said it’s human caused climate change – NO DOUBT & here is the evidence.

    What did you humans do? Globalization…pedal to the metal full on consuming & reproducing at a rate beyond the two legged cancer’s wildest dreams – consume-reproduce-infect-consume-reproduce-infect-consume-reproduce-infect-…

    I hope all you little cancers enjoyed the run, but it’s over now & the costs have been tallied & the final cost is…..everything. Oh well.

    The main purpose of most of the climate articles is to give you a little hope to cling to. This is accomplished with a little mathematical razzel dazzel & a spin of the techno wonder wheel.

    All the scientists & journalists who write these articles know we are so fucked – what else would you expect them to say? A sliver of hope is mandatory for any working scientist.

    The sad truth about our boldest climate target

    Limiting global warming to 1.5˚C is almost certainly not going to happen. Admitting that need not end hope.

    Yup, cling to hope. Hope is not a plan, but it’s all we have left

  3. adonis on Tue, 21st Sep 2021 11:49 pm 

    POOR sad humans fooled by the global warming hoax drowning in a world of lies

  4. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 22nd Sep 2021 2:47 pm 

    adonis when your family are the next victims of the latest record smashing AGW jacked disaster, that laughing in background is me. I don’t want deniers to die. I prefer y’all to be homeless climate refugees who don’t have money for bottled water because the ever increasing fire & flood insurance premiums of the last 2 decades drained you….now your broke, homeless, scared & frequently getting beat on by police because you’re homeless & now the only way you can save your family is to hop a freight train headed to a blue state or illegally cross into Canada.

    If you’re still denying at this late hour not even death will convince you.

    What I don’t get is why they still cling when the majority of influential members of their tribe have ceased being climate deniers?

    Lack of calories,via massive crop failures, will kill most. N American heatwaves & reduced crop yields 2021 is the future only worse.

    The U.S. just had its hottest summer on record

    This summer beat the record set by the Dust Bowl summer of 1936, when huge parts of the West and the Great Plains were parched by severe drought.

    July 2021 was Earth’s hottest month ever recorded, NOAA finds

    Farmers in Canada report massive crop damage in heat wave

  5. FamousDrScanlon on Wed, 22nd Sep 2021 3:21 pm 

    Climate Change has caused Ontario and Alberta home insurance rates to increase by 64 per cent and 140 per cent, respectively: RATESDOTCA

    Climate change is threatening your company’s building. Insurance won’t be enough to protect it

    ‘Insurance companies are more hesitant to offer large policies, rates are going up, and overall it’s getting tougher for companies to protect their risk via an insurance policy.’

    How could rising sea level impact the National Flood Insurance Program?
    Experts analyze the impact of sea level rise on flood insurance for a New York City neighborhood

    Date:February 25, 2021

    “Managed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the NFIP enables homeowners, business owners, and renters in participating communities to purchase federally backed flood insurance. FEMA characterizes flood hazards using Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). When a flood map is updated every five years, some houses are reclassified at a higher flood risk and placed into a Special Flood Hazard Area (the 100-year floodplain). These properties should then face an increase in their insurance premium to reflect the greater chance of flood-related damage, but the NFIP’s practice of grandfathering premiums can prevent such an increase. Under the policy, if a home was built in compliance with floodplain regulations and the homeowner maintains insurance, the property can keep a lower insurance rate indefinitely, despite revisions in the rate map.

    “Preservation of widespread grandfathering in the face of growing risk would likely necessitate taxpayer funding of flood losses to make up the gap,” the authors write.”

    “Preservation of widespread grandfathering in the face of growing risk would likely necessitate taxpayer funding of flood losses to make up the gap,” the authors write.”

    That’s already been going on forever.

    If America was truly capitalistic most Americans would have no flood insurance & there would be millions more homeless & empty lots where their home used to stand.

    Thanks to the power of BIG GOVERNMENT FEMA subsidies flood insurance & not 1 libertarian or 1 small gov republican has refused the subsidy on principle because they are lying hypocrites.

    FEMA has been best friends forever BFF with the FIRE economy which will implode when taxpayer funded FEMA does. FEMA=FIRE economy subsidy, so it’ll be propped up until the end.

    FEMA=socialist welfare program for pretend capitalists.

  6. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 23rd Sep 2021 2:14 pm 

    Northern Hemisphere summer wildfires emit record amount of CO2

    Blazes in North America and the Mediterranean prompt spike in planet-warming emissions, EU’s Earth monitoring service says.

    “Globally, forests going up in flames emitted more than 2.5 billion tonnes of CO2 – equivalent to India’s annual emissions from all sources – in July and August alone, the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) reported on Tuesday.”

    “Even the Arctic Circle was on fire, releasing some 66 million tonnes of CO2 from June through August, with nearly a billion tonnes from Russia as a whole over the same period.

    “What stood out as unusual were the number of fires, the size of the area in which they were burning, their intensity, and also their persistence,” said Mark Parrington, senior scientist and wildfire expert at CAMS.

    Fires started raging across northeastern Siberia in June and only started to abate in late August and early September, the satellite-based monitoring service reported.

    Emissions for the region from June through August were nearly double compared with the year before.
    Burnable area doubled

    While satellite images do not reveal how these fires start, many of the blazes early in the summer are thought to have been caused by “zombie” fires that smoulder through the winter and then reignite.”

    Ok kids, everyone take a deep breathhhhhhhhh and repeat after me – We Are So Fucked (WASF)

  7. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 23rd Sep 2021 5:06 pm 

    U.S. flood insurance rates to rise for 77% of policyholders -study

    Sea-Level Rise Could Impact Homes 20 Miles from Water
    By David Fleshler

    While ocean-view homes seem most at-risk for rising seas, coastal metros that rely on canals and water management can find that floodwaters have no place to go

    Wow even the real estate people have lost most of their denial. At least in print. Many a realtor minimizes SLR when showing property to potential buyers. That’s fine since the prospect don’t wanna believe it either.

    I think I’m going to invest my life savings into Florida real estate. Especially 40 year or older condo towers that have had their underground parking flooded with sea water so frequently they stopped counting. That salty seawater loves cracks in concrete with yummy re-bar treats inside.

  8. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 23rd Sep 2021 5:15 pm 

    Wildfire and flood disasters are causing ‘climate migration’ within Canada

    “Summer 2021 saw a succession of record breaking disasters. Wildfires raged in Greece, Turkey, the United States and Canada. Floods hit western Europe and China and have caused hundreds of casualties. Unprecedented rainfall on the summit of Greenland also triggered massive ice melts.”

  9. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 23rd Sep 2021 5:17 pm 

    Three reasons why Forest-Fires worsen with climate change

  10. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 23rd Sep 2021 5:47 pm 

    Climate apocalypse

    “A climate apocalypse (also called a climate dystopia and a climate-induced collapse, among other names) generally denotes a predicted scenario involving the global collapse of human civilization and potential human extinction as either a direct or indirect result of anthropogenic climate change. Many academics and researchers posit that in actuality, unless a major course correction is imminently implemented, some or all of the Earth will be rendered uninhabitable as a result of extreme temperatures, severe weather events, an inability to grow crops, and an altered composition of the Earth’s atmosphere.[1][2][3][4]

    In September 2021 more than 200 scholarly medical journals published an emergency call for action, saying that a temperature increase of 1.5 degrees would bring catastrophic harm to global health from which the world will never recover.”

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