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Climate Change of the Moment

2024-02-18 22:55:21.787212+01 by Dan Lyke 0 comments

Why State Land Use Reform Should Be a Priority Climate Lever for America

RMI analysis shows enacting state-level land use reform to encourage compact development can reduce annual US pollution by 70 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2033. This projection, based on 2023 data, underscores the potential for significant impact within a decade. It would deliver more climate impact than half the country adopting California’s ambitious commitment to 100% zero-emission passenger vehicle sales by 2035. Here’s another way of looking at this: addressing America’s chronic housing shortage intelligently — by building more housing where people most need it — can deliver similar climate impact as the country’s most aspirational transportation decarbonization policy. How’s that for a two-for-one deal?

Via Kurt Nordback @kurtn@toot.bldrweb.org

Related: RT Mark Ingalls @ingalls@pdx.social

Something that stood out to me at AMS is that without significant change to GHG emissions, we’re likely to see CO2 levels around those of the Miocene within the next 50 years or so.

Temps during the Miocene were 3-4°C warmer on average than today. Iceland had a subtropical #climate, Greenland was ice free.

It will take temps time to catch up with GHG content, but us changing the atmosphere this rapidly was shocking to me. This CO2 concentration is likely to occur before I die.


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