The many roads we can take to mitigate climate change while developing Earth equitably

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There are different ways to model how the effects of climate change will play out. This is because there are so many factors-from how much we as a global population will grow over the next decade or two, to how much natural carbon sinks such as the Amazon rainforest will shrink.

Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs) are scenarios of projected socioeconomic global changes up to 2100 used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. They are used to derive greenhouse gas emissions scenarios with different climate policies. (1)

The scenarios are:

  • SSP1: Sustainability (Taking the Green Road)

A look into Forests’ role in Carbon Sequestration

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2019 and 2020 fire seasons have been record-breaking worldwide: the Amazon, Arctic, Australia, and the United States. We’ve transitioned into a hot new world, but what does that mean for our forests? Are they burning too much? How absurd is this?

Forests are responsible for 25% of all planned emissions by 2030 under the Paris Agreement (1). When we read headlines that wildfires are burning at an unprecedented rate, what should the public think?

Forests are a natural carbon sink

Forest fires are a natural part of forests. They promote seedling growth and discourage non-native species growth. Native Americans knew this importance and had been managing forests with fires for centuries. This cultural burning has been lost, as fire suppression keeps a growing population and their property out of harm’s way. …

On Planetary Boundaries, Part II

“We’ve reached a point where we have a crisis, an emergency, but people don’t know that. …There’s a big gap between what’s understood about global warming by the scientific community and what is known by the public and policymakers.”

James Hansen, Renowned former NASA climate scientist, 2008

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photo credit: Magdalena Kula Manchee

Here at map-collective, we have been focusing on the science surrounding the climate change planetary boundary to get an understanding of where we lie in this earth system and to uncover the actual state of the climate catastrophe, what it means, and our timeline.

A shocking report made by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Special Report 18, claims we have 12 years to cut emissions in half to keep our planet under 1.5℃ by 2100 with a probability of 66%. What’s even more shocking is that this report is overly conservative and that its message is lost with uncertainties and information overload. There are several flaws with the IPCC, which we will cover in another article. (1) The main point is that keeping the planet under 1.5℃ …

An Ode to a new beginning and the creation of the celebrity farmer

Written by Tara Gupta

We are facing a food crisis. Our land is growing weaker, and globally, the small farmer has been thwarted and downtrodden.

The small farmer is an essential part of our society’s foundation. Yet farming has not been given the importance or elevated pay of a doctor or engineer, though they still provide essential services. The small farmer needs both more respect, and a more stable income, because she is about to become one of our most valuable tools in fighting off climate change’s effects.

So how do we elevate the small farmer, to a position of power and authority? We need to focus on celebrating the small farmer, and one way we can do this is by utilizing social media celebrity. …

An Introduction to Circularity in Supply Chains, and why plastic doesn’t fit in.

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Image from on World Oceans Day 2020

Written by Tara Gupta, for

Did you know that there are nano-plastics in the rain? Earlier this year, a shocking study from Utah State University estimated that more than 1,000 tons of micro-plastics from the air rain down onto protected areas in the western U.S. each year.

The truth is, we really don’t understand plastic all that well. It’s hard to track, it’s hard to reuse, and it becomes so small that we end up ingesting millions of little particles of it just as we go about our everyday lives. Single use plastic has created an invisible plastic storm, that we live in as if it were normal. …

Reframing Climate Change: An Introduction to Planetary Boundaries

Written by Brendan Hellebusch for

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Terra/CERES views the world in outgoing longwave radiation (left) and reflected solar radiation (right). Image Credit: NASA

Here at Map-Collective, we look truth in the face, and we’re not here to be overdramatic about the state of the climate. Both optimism and doomsday-ism are not productive. We want to have a sober discussion about the climate realities we face. We intend not to instill fear, guilt, or hopelessness but rather to facilitate a sense of urgency as the climate crisis is the defining issue of humanity. Our window of opportunity for action is disappearing quicker than you may think.

The science is clear that we are pushing our limits of Earth’s resiliency. Science knows if we continue at this pace, Earth will come to resemble a place that we do not recognize, and consequently our daily livelihoods as well. Our window of opportunity is getting smaller and smaller by the day. If we do not rally around a common goal, it will be too late to reverse the effects, and there will be no chance that organized human life will be able to cope with the consequences. This is a fact, just as it is a fact that a triangle has three sides. …

3 facts on Water Scarcity and Climate Change

Written by Tara Gupta for

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The way we are managing our water resources, namely, the 3% of earth’s water that is freshwater, is creating a growing scarcity. It’s time to take a good look at some hard facts, so we can start restructuring our water usage practices:

1. Water Scarcity is here, now, for more than half of the world.

2.2 billion people currently do not have access to safely managed drinking water, and about 4.2 billion people face water stress at least one month out of the year. Sub-saharan Africa is one of the places where water scarcity is most evident, with many people walking miles daily for access to water.

More than 5 billion people could suffer water shortages by 2050 due to climate change, increased demand and polluted supplies, according to a 2018 UN report on the state of the world’s water. …

Higher Education accounts for 2% of our global emissions.

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Empty Campus of Yale University

Universities are being challenged to take a “U-turn” in plenty of ways right now. With COVID-19’s risks, and in-person universities rapidly reorganizing to hybrid, socially distanced, in-person & virtual models, Universities already seem to have their hands full. Simultaneously, these higher ed institutions are further challenged to address the ongoing racial inequalities existing in their systems, which have been highlighted by student protests and the ongoing Black Lives Matter Movement. …

Written by Gabrielle Langkilde for

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In my last piece, I tried to clarify the connection between racial justice and climate justice by illustrating how police forces and the US military, in their “missions” and “operations” that often result in the terrorizing of BIPOC communities, contribute to the abuse of natural resources and the destruction of our natural environment. I argued that, without a critical race lens, it is impossible to see that climate justice is racial justice. It is impossible to see that climate justice is Black liberation. And that it is a world free from over policing and militarization.

And while a critical race lens allows us to see these connections, this vision means nothing without action. That then begs the question: now that a critical race lens has given us insight as to why collective liberation is essential in the fight for climate justice, what steps can we take towards achieving this collective liberation? …

How has 1˚ of heating affected global communities?

2020 has been a historic year of firsts, but what is not reported as much, or as often, is how the global communities are being impacted right now. As part of Our Storm Watch series we would like to highlight 4 stories that we believe need more attention. Here is your update:

Number one:

There is a Heat wave in the arctic. It is clear that Humanity has disrupted the heat balance of earth permanently, and it has begun to have devastating effects.

  • The IPCC states that the Earth has warmed about 1 degree celsius above average global temperature when compared to pre industrial revolution ages. …



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