• The US presidential election is sort of right here and voting has began. For the earth’s future, it’s all the pieces.
  • Vice President Joe Biden releases the primary political advert completely about local weather change within the US.
  • Prince William and Sir David Attenborough launch the largest environmental award ever, at $50 million.
  • And extra…

As we at Electrek have written a minimum of 100 occasions over the course of the final 12 months, the US is the second-largest emitter of greenhouses gases on the planet, behind China. And now China has formally introduced it would take steps to reach net zero by 2060. It’s removed from good, however it’s a pivotal second.

The US has no cohesive federal plan beneath the Trump administration to get to web zero by — effectively, anytime — and naturally Trump intends to formally withdraw from the Paris Settlement. His opponent, Joe Biden, does have a inexperienced plan and can rejoin the Paris Settlement.

So we at Electrek will state this clearly and unequivocally, proper now: Joe Biden should win the presidency in an effort to give humanity a combating probability to sluggish local weather change, as a result of the Trump administration is completely apathetic about doing something about local weather change, a lot much less acknowledging that it exists.

Throughout the vice presidential debates between Mike Pence and Kamala Harris on Wednesday, Pence said:

Now, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would put us again within the Paris local weather Accord. They’d impose the Inexperienced New Deal, which might crush American vitality, would improve the vitality prices of American households of their houses, and actually would crush American jobs

I’ll now rewrite Pence’s assertion in order that it’s correct. The phrases in brackets are my edits:

Now, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris would put us again within the Paris local weather Accord. They’d [embrace and implement their own version of the] Inexperienced New Deal, which might crush American [fossil fuels] and [boost green] vitality, would [decrease] the vitality prices of American households of their houses [and also decrease healthcare costs, premature deaths, and environmental disaster costs], and actually would [create thousands of new clean energy] American jobs.

(I’ll level out, nevertheless, that whereas Biden’s plan bars new oil drilling on public lands, each he and Harris have firmly said that they received’t ban fracking. Electrek desires to see a fracking ban. It should occur.)

And if you happen to received’t take our phrase for the pressing want for the US to scale back emissions and assume we’re simply taking part in politics, then right here’s what extremely revered local weather knowledgeable and Penn State College professor Michael Mann succinctly says:

(That’s additionally Electrek‘s prism, in case it isn’t tremendous apparent but.)

Mann explained to the Guardian and world journalism initiative Covering Climate Now:

If we’re going to avert ever extra catastrophic local weather change impacts, we have to restrict warming under a level and a half Celsius, rather less than three levels Fahrenheit. One other 4 years of what we’ve seen beneath Trump, which is to outsource environmental and vitality coverage to the polluters and dismantle protections put in place by the earlier administration… would make that basically unimaginable.

It’s a political assertion, as a result of it speaks to the necessity to enact insurance policies to cope with local weather change. But it surely isn’t partisan to say that we must always act on this disaster.

Mann spoke with CBS’ 60 Minutes on October 4 concerning the local weather science behind this 12 months’s storms. You possibly can watch that section in full by clicking here. However right here’s a fast preview on Twitter:

“If we cease burning burning carbon now, we cease the warming of the planet.” — Michael E. Mann

Select life.


Grist reports that final week, former Second Woman Dr. Jill Biden visited Michigan, the place extra tart cherries are grown than in another state, and toured a family-owned cherry farm. The Biden marketing campaign then turned the footage of that go to into a brief movie, and Joe Biden then turned the primary US presidential nominee to launch an advert centered solely on local weather change.

John King, cherry farmer and co-owner of King Orchards, who’s featured within the advert, says:

We’re having extra challenges in tart cherries than ever earlier than.

As I take into consideration my grandchildren and the world we reside in, I believe it’s crucial to undertake measures to mitigate local weather change.

King Orchards posted the next assertion on Facebook on September 30:

We imagine that local weather change has been affecting our farm for over 20 years, and it doesn’t simply imply hotter temperatures, it means:

Extra unstable climate patterns; hotter springs with greater probability for frost injury to fragile fruit buds; hailstorms that injury fruit and dramatically decrease its worth; much less frequent rain however extra extreme storms that create erosion and will not be as replenishing to the vegetation; winter chilly snaps that kill younger timber; elevated pest and bacterial stress, together with invasive species with out pure predators.

King Orchards is a household enterprise. If you realize us on a private degree you could know our political leanings, however you in all probability additionally know that we not often combine enterprise with politics. Nevertheless, we make exceptions in relation to local weather change and defending our surroundings. We imagine that these matters shouldn’t be partisan.

Sixty-three % of Michigan voters stated they assume local weather change is affecting native agriculture, in accordance with Grist. The Kings are voting for the planet.


Prince William and Sir David Attenborough have launched a £50 million environmental prize known as the Earthshot Prize. It’s the largest environmental prize ever, and 5 awards of £1 million per 12 months shall be distributed over a decade. The title echos US President John F Kennedy’s Moonshot mission within the Sixties to get people on the moon.

The purpose is to make use of the funds to seek out 50 options to the world’s most critical environmental issues by 2030, and the pair stated they need the Earthshot to be the “Nobel Prize for environmentalism.”

The 5 classes are:

  • Defend and restore nature
  • Clear our air
  • Revive our oceans
  • Construct a waste-free world
  • Repair our local weather

Prince William stated to the BBC:

The Earthshot prize is admittedly about harnessing that optimism and that urgency to seek out among the world’s options to among the biggest environmental issues.

And concerning the lifelong environmental advocacy of his father, Prince Charles, William stated:

I frequently surprise what my father’s banging on about. I’m positive each son thinks the identical.

He’s talked about this for a very long time and lengthy earlier than individuals type of cottoned on to local weather change. So, I’ve all the time listened to and learnt and believed in what he was saying.

I believe the dotty particular person now can be the one that doesn’t imagine in local weather change.

People, group teams, scientists, activists, economists, leaders, authorities, banks, companies, cities, and international locations can submit their concepts to a nominating group, writes the BBC.


AJ+ made an incredible brief movie about climate gentrification in Miami’s Little Haiti.

What does the phrase “local weather gentrification” imply?

As a result of Miami frequently floods now, sea degree is anticipated to rise greater than a foot in 25 years, and one-fifth of Miami-Dade County lies under 1 foot of elevation at excessive tide, extra individuals are migrating to Little Haiti, as a result of it’s one of many highest factors within the metropolis, at 13 ft above sea degree. So demand from higher-income consumers causes property costs to rise, and that then displaces the unique residents and unravels their tightly knit tradition and group.

That is going to turn into a giant downside in lots of locations, not simply Miami — Little Haiti is a microcosm of the state of affairs. Have a watch:


Right here’s what occurred all over the world this week amongst #FridaysForFuture local weather activists. Fridays for Future Italia acquired out and unfold out in Milan:

And Rome local weather activists did the identical and declared they wouldn’t let COVID cease them from combating for the planet:

The younger individuals in Uganda proceed to face up for Bugoma Central Forest Reserve, which is under threat by sugarcane growers:

From Scotland, a solo message was posted, because the coronavirus state of affairs is a bit sticky within the “metropolis” of Glasgow:

And in Salta, Argentina, they have been planning a giant demonstration in entrance of the legislature:


Take a look at our past editions of Climate Crisis Weekly.

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