Wealthier people produce more carbon pollution — even the “green” ones

Green intentions are swamped by wealth Moser and Kleinhückelkotten set out to test these results by examining detailed data gathered by a survey of about 1,000 representative Germans, done in 2016 for the German Environment Agency. (More on that survey here. There is obviously some question how well the results translate to other countries, but in this domain Germany seems at least like a decent analogue for the US — wealthy and greenish.) They found a stark confirmation of previous research. First, “envir

Green intentions are swamped by wealth

‘Impact-oriented’ research [shows] that the primary determinant of a person’s actual ecological footprint is income. After that is geography (rural versus urban), various socioeconomic indicators (age, education level, etc.), and household size. Self-identification as ‘green’ is toward the bottom of the list, with mostly marginal effects.

Moser and Kleinhückelkotten set out to test these results …

‘Environmental self-identity did not predict overall energy use or carbon footprint’. In fact, energy use and carbon footprints were slightly higher among self-identified greenies.


The variables that most predict carbon footprint are ‘per capita living space, energy used for household appliances, meat consumption, car use, and vacation travel’. And wealthy people — even those who self-identify as green — consume more and do more of all those things.

Basically, research shows that ‘Environmental identity’ rarely drives serious reductions in the biggest sources of lifestyle emissions. Environmental self-identification rises with income, but so do emissions.

Source: Vox

Aunty’s climate of panic… and meetings

Journalists at the ABC awoke to an 8.51am email from Melbourne executive producer Barbara Heggen on Sunday, inquiring after “interest in an ABC-staff climate crisis advisory group”. The aim of this new group, Heggen wrote, would be to “gather together the brains trust of the ABC staffers to develop ways to report on and inform Australians about the climate crisis using a solutions journalism approach” and “to report back to ABC management our ideas and strategies for responding to the climat

Source: The Age

Venice’s mayor blames climate change for devastating second-highest flood in city’s history

The mayor of Venice has blamed climate change for severe flooding in the historic Italian canal city reaching the second-highest levels ever recorded, with financial costs expected to run to hundreds of millions of euros.

Source: ABC News

Of course, ABC ‘journalists’ failed to conduct the most rudimentary verification of this claim.

Still sinking?

[A] new study, detailed in the March 28 issue of the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, used a combination of measurement techniques that provided data on both the absolute and relative shifts in elevation of the area, along with GPS measurements and space-borne radar (InSAR) data.

The team … found that the city of Venice was subsiding on average about 1 to 2 millimeters a year. The patches of land in Venice’s lagoon (117 islands in all) are also sinking, with northern sections of the lagoon dropping at a rate of 2 to 3 mm per year, and the southern lagoon subsiding at 3 to 4 mm per year.

What’s causing the sinking?

The forces causing the subsidence now are likely natural ones that have been impacting the area for a long time, particularly plate tectonics. The Adriatic plate, on which Venice sits, is subducting beneath the Apennines Mountains and causing the city and its environs to drop slightly in elevation. The compaction of the sediments beneath Venice also remains a factor.

Source: Live Science