What if tackling the world’s biggest problem, climate change, was not actually the world’s biggest problem? What if solving happiness was – and in restoring happiness we would create a healthier planet?
In episode #175 Environmental Scientist Nicholas Carter returns to give us an update on the health of our planet, explain what COP26 is, and offer a suggestion for what we may actually need to consider if we are going to create a brighter future for humanity.
Hope you enjoy it.
- World Resources Institute: Half a Degree and a World Apart: The Difference in Climate Impacts Between 1.5˚C and 2˚C of Warminghttps://www.wri.org/insights/half-degree-and-world-apart-difference-climate-impacts-between-15c-and-2c-warming
- Animal Agriculture is the predominant source of methane accounting for roughly 32 percent of human-caused methane emissions. https://www.unep.org/news-and-stories/story/methane-emissions-are-driving-climate-change-heres-how-reduce-them
- 30% of historical cumulative CO₂ emissions are from land-use change. If the starting point is 1750 or earlier, this share just goes up (2020 Global Carbon Budget https://essd.copernicus.org/articles/12/3269/2020/) | https://ourworldindata.org/carbon-opportunity-costs-food
- Wiedmann, T., Lenzen, M., Keyßer, L.T. et al. Scientists’ warning on affluence. Nat Commun 11, 3107 (2020). https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-020-16941-y?fbclid=IwAR0AG6Lz_CcR2XY0uxVvKNmjnlWP0YLXl6iBcUfl8gcZmTjR7-ZVb3W3oes#citeas
- Jason Hickel (2019) Is it possible to achieve a good life for all within planetary boundaries?, Third World Quarterly, 40:1, 18-35, DOI: 10.1080/01436597.2018.1535895 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/01436597.2018.1535895
- O’Neill et al (2018). A good life for all within planetary boundaries. Nature Sustainability, 1, 88. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41893-018-0021-4
- Is Green Growth Possible? https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13563467.2019.1598964?journalCode=cnpe20
- Jason Hickel (2021) What does degrowth mean? A few points of clarification, Globalizations, 18:7, 1105-1111, DOI: 10.1080/14747731.2020.1812222 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14747731.2020.1812222
- 77–100% of marginal agricultural lands (in New Zealand) could financially benefit from afforestation. West, Thales AP, et al. “Promotion of afforestation in New Zealand’s marginal agricultural lands through payments for environmental services.” Ecosystem Services 46 (2020): 101212.
- ~80% of soy goes to animal agriculture https://ourworldindata.org/soy
- “All undisturbed natural ecosystems contain more soil organic carbon than their agricultural counterparts that, on average, sequester 25–75% less.” Rattan Lal, Managing Soils and Ecosystems for Mitigating Anthropogenic Carbon Emissions and Advancing Global Food Security, BioScience, Volume 60, Issue 9, October 2010, Pages 708–721, https://doi.org/10.1525/bio.2010.60.9.8
- University of Alberta meta-analysis on grazing vs. removing grazing: Filazzola, Alessandro, et al. “The effects of livestock grazing on biodiversity are multi‐trophic: a meta‐analysis.” Ecology letters 23.8 (2020): 1298-1309. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/ele.13527
- You want to reduce the carbon footprint of your food? Focus on what you eat, not whether your food is local https://ourworldindata.org/food-choice-vs-eating-local