Tag: climate emergency (page 1 of 8)

Naming heatwaves

I’m hoping other countries follow suit and bring some attention to heatwaves as human-caused extreme weather events.

The world’s first named heat wave hit Seville, Spain, this week, pushing temperatures past 110 degrees Fahrenheit and earning the most severe tier in the city’s new heat wave ranking system.

Heat wave “Zoe” has brought scorching temperatures to the southern part of the country for the last few days, particularly the region of Andalusia where Seville is located. Even in the evenings, the Spanish meteorological service recorded temperatures that hovered in the mid-80s in some areas — an extra stress on the human body, which relies on cooler nights to recover from high daytime heat.

Source: ‘Zoe’ becomes the world’s first named heat wave | Climatewire

Foregrounding externalities

I found this article via the excellent Sentiers, which I support as a member. It discusses the importance of making visible externalities — a term which is reasonably common in literature relating to economics and risk, but not general discourse.

An externality is “an indirect cost or benefit to an uninvolved third party that arises as an effect of another party’s (or parties’) activity”. In this case we’re talking about the cost of extracting materials from the ground and shipping them around the world.

The shipping container led to the highly sophisticated supply chains we see today, which has been extremely efficient in making, exploiting and creating a form of global labour and material arbitrage.

It is vital to the relocating and offshoring of production to places where the costs are far lower. But even more importantly it makes the consequences, or ‘externalities’, of production completely invisible to Western consumers.

What if we suddenly decided that we’re going to stop pretending those things don’t happen? What if we embrace the consequences of what it means to manufacture products and to build, and to price its full cost? If the sticker price included the full cost of everything we build, then suddenly making things locally and sourcing materials locally would become much more attractive.

Source: Designing without depletion: Joseph Grima’s non-extractive architecture | Foreground

Discourses of Climate Delay

I came across this and am sharing it to remind myself of all of the ways that people try to avoid the very pressing problem of the climate emergency.

Source: Discourses of Climate Delay | Leolinne