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"Accepting risk is not itself a form of negligence; ... The problem at Fukushima ... was that its designers and managers did not acknowledge or make provision for the risk they had undertaken, so the plant was unprepared when disaster struck. "
Climate disruption and ecosystem collapse isn't the only problem our world has, and they don't operate independently. As the crises proliferate and redound upon each other, human social order will come under increasing stress, and survival will depend upon our ability to respond constructively to disruptions as they wash over us. This is my definition of Resilience. What are the features of resilience and how is it developed?
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We combed 82 databases of public records to document billionaires’ houses, vehicles, aircraft and yachts. After an exhaustive search, we started with 20 well-known billionaires, whose possessions we were able to ascertain, while trying to include some diversity in gender and geography. We have submitted our paper for peer review but plan to continue adding to our list.
We then used a wide range of sources, such as the U.S. Energy Information Administration and Carbon Footprint,
to estimate the annual CO2 emissions of each house, aircraft, vehicle and yacht. In some cases we had to estimate the size of houses from satellite images or photos and the use of private aircraft and yachts by searching the popular press and drawing on other studies. Our results are based on analyzing typical use of each asset given its size and everything else we could learn.
We did not try to calculate each asset’s “embodied carbon” emissions – that is, how much CO2 is burned throughout the supply chain in making the product – or the emissions produced by their family, household employees or entourage. We also didn’t include the emissions of companies of which they own part or all, because that would have added another significant degree of complexity. For example, we didn’t calculate the emissions of Tesla or Amazon when calculating Musk’s or Bezos’ footprints.
In other words, these are all likely conservative estimates of how much they emit.
Residents of the U.S., including billionaires, emitted about 15 tons of CO2 per person in 2018. The global average footprint is smaller, at just about 5 tons per person.
In contrast, the 20 people in our sample contributed an average of about 8,190 tons of CO2 in 2018.
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Community Planning and Applied Economics: How a political economy engineered to protect private wealth handles a collective disaster.
After significant declines in new funding for new powerplants abroad, the announcement merely validated policy. Meanwhile, China continues to build coal powered plants at home.
Dated 09/13/2021. Fever. 50 degrees Celsius is halfway between freezing and boiling. 25C is a comfy 72-ish(F). Over 37C, wetbulb adjusted, a human being cannot shed excess heat. (At lower humidities, higher temperatures can be tolerated, but a person needs a lot of water, and a lot of electrolytes!)