MoJo Blogs and Articles | Mother Jones Mother Jones logo en Canada's Coverage of the Ottawa Shootings Put American Cable News to Shame <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation today gave a master class in calm, credible breaking news reporting.</p> <p>Anchored by the unflappable Peter Mansbridge, news of the <a href="" target="_blank">shootings in Ottawa</a> unfolded live on the CBC much like they do here in the United States: lots of sketchy details, conflicting reports, unreliable witnesses, and a thick fog of confusion. All of that was familiar. What was less familiar was how Mansbridge and his team managed that confusion, conveying a concise and fact-based version of fast-moving events to viewers across Canada and the world.</p> <p>This live bit of level-headed reporting by Mansbridge, from around 11:10am Wednesday, should be given to journalism students around the country. It basically contains everything you need to know about why CBC did its audience proud:</p> <blockquote> <p>MANSBRIDGE: And so, the situation is, as we say, tense and unclear. And it's on days like this&mdash;we keep reminding you of this and it's important&mdash;it's on days like this, where a story takes a number of different pathways, a number of changes occur, and often rumors start in a situation like this. We try to keep them out of our coverage, but when they come, sometimes from official sources, like members of Parliament, you tend to give them some credence. But you carefully weigh it with what we're also witnessing. It's clear that the situation is not over. It is clear the police are in an intense standby situation and continue to be on the lookout, and until somebody blows the all-clear on this we will continue to stay on top of it and watch as the events unfold.</p> </blockquote> <p>Watch below, courtesy of the CBC:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>The broadcast was deliberative and deferential to the facts even when they were sparse. Exacting and painstaking, but never slow or boring, Mansbridge weighed the credibility of every detail, constantly framing and reframing what we knew and, most crucially, <em>how we knew it</em>. He literally <em>spoke</em> the news as it happened, using his experience not to opine nor fill the gaps in his knowledge, but to provide the necessary support for his team's reporting.</p> <p>Getting things wrong during fast-moving live coverage is, of course, common. Coverage of the Washington Navy Yard shooting last year got the details wrong early and often: It misstated the perpetrator's name, age, and how many guns he had. Following the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013, there was false coverage about the identity of the bombers, and anonymous sources leading journalists to nonexistent bombs and arrests. <em>On The Media</em>'s handy <a href="" target="_blank">"breaking news consumer's handbook"</a> is a great round-up of the reporting errors that get repeated every time there is a mass shooting.</p> <p>No newscast, especially live news, is immune to mistakes, and during the initial haze of leads and counter-leads, it's easy to point fingers. But for the six-some hours of CBC broadcasting I watched off-and-on (mostly on) today, I never once felt lost in the wall-to-wall speculation that has characterized so many recent breaking news broadcasts in the United States.</p> <p>It seems like others on Twitter agree that CBC did pretty damn well today:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Exactly right. <a href="">@cbcnews</a> and <a href="">@petermansbridge</a> covered today&rsquo;s awful events properly: calmly, carefully and accurately. <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; Mike Wickett (@mwickett) <a href="">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>CBC, by the way, has not gone to break in over two hours. Peter Mansbridge has barely exhaled. Grand work by our public broadcaster.</p> &mdash; Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) <a href="">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>.<a href="">@CBCNews</a> anchor <a href="">@petermansbridge</a> has been brilliant today, and US news could learn a lot: <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; Mark Joyella (@standupkid) <a href="">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Mixed Media Crime and Justice Media Top Stories Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:28:39 +0000 James West 263076 at Climate Change Is Kicking the Insurance Industry's Butt <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>In the months after Hurricane Sandy, insurance companies spooked by rising seas <a href="" target="_blank">dropped coastal policies in droves</a>.</p> <p>That could become an increasingly common story, according to the <a href="" target="_blank">largest-ever survey of how insurance companies</a> are dealing with climate change, released today. Global warming is increasing the risk of damage to lives and property from natural disasters beyond what many insurers are willing to shoulder. And most insurance companies aren't taking adequate steps to change that trend, the survey found. That's a problem even if you don't live by the coast: When private insurers back out, the government is left to pick up much of the damage costs; already, the federal flood insurance program is <a href="" target="_blank">one of the nation's largest fiscal liabilities</a>.</p> <p>Ceres, an environmental nonprofit, evaluated the&nbsp;climate risk management policies of 330 large insurance companies operating in the United States. The results are worrying. Only nine companies, 3 percent of the total, earned the highest ranking.</p> <p>The insurers that scored highly on the survey (including several of the world's biggest, such as Munich Re, Swiss Re, and Prudential) were those that have adopted a broad range of climate-conscious products and services, such as rate pricing plans that account for potential climate impacts like storms and fires. Some insurers are also investing in high-end climate modeling software to better understand where their risks really are. Others offer environmentally friendly plans like mileage-based car insurance and encourage their customers to rebuild damaged homes using green technologies. And some insurance companies are making significant efforts to monitor and reduce their own carbon footprint.</p> <p>However, the report finds that one major way insurance companies are adjusting to climate change is by not insuring properties that are threatened by it, said Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler, a lead author of the report.</p> <p>"As a regulator, it's very bad to see markets being abandoned because of the threat that exists," he said.</p> <p>Certainly the threat is real. Globally, average annual weather-related losses have increased more than tenfold in the last several decades, from $10 billion per year in the period 1974-1983 to $131 billion in 2004-2013, according to the report. The insurance industry is not keeping pace: The proportion of those damages that are insured is steadily declining:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="insurance charts" class="image" src="/files/insurance3.jpg"><div class="caption">Tim McDonnell</div> </div></body></html> <p style="font-size: 1.083em;"><a href="/environment/2014/10/climate-insurance"><strong><em>Continue Reading &raquo;</em></strong></a></p> Environment Charts Climate Change Climate Desk Corporations Infrastructure Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:33:13 +0000 Tim McDonnell 263026 at Map: The Most Popular NFL Teams Everywhere in America—According to Twitter <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>For now, even after all the concussions, the domestic violence, and the <a href="" target="_blank">still-horribly named</a> team from Washington, DC, Americans still love their pro football. Twitter took a stab at measuring <a href="" target="_blank">the popularity of every NFL franchise</a> by looking at the official Twitter handle for each team and then counting followers of those teams in each county. It's an imperfect measure, for sure, but it's a nifty interface and a lot of fun! Take a look:</p> <p><iframe src=";team=all" style="border:none;height:1100px;width:100%;"></iframe></p></body></html> MoJo Maps Sports Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:39:59 +0000 AJ Vicens 263066 at Fox News Thinks Young Women Are Too Busy with Tinder to "Get" Voting <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, a woman, shared some advice for us <a href="" target="_blank">feeble-minded young ladies out here</a>: Let's not burden ourselves with voting! After all, we're far too busy swiping for a man on Tinder to cast an educated vote in the midterm elections, or any election for that matter.</p> <p>"It's the same reason why young women on juries are not a good idea," Guilfoyle explained to her approving co-hosts. "They don't get it!"</p> <p>"They&rsquo;re not in that same life experience of paying the bills, doing the mortgage, kids, community, crime, education, healthcare. They&rsquo;re like healthy and hot and running around without a care in the world," she added.</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>But what to do with all of our overabundant, perky energy!? Guilfoyle says not to worry&ndash;just "go back on Tinder or" and all will be right in the world.</p> <p>Sigh. For a more detailed look into what a war on voting looks like, check out <a href="" target="_blank">our coverage here. </a></p></body></html> Mixed Media Video Elections Media Sex and Gender Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:09:40 +0000 Inae Oh 263056 at The Midwest's Vast Farms Are Losing a Ton of Money This Year <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Think you have it tough at work? Consider the plight of the Midwest's corn and soybean farmers. They churn out the basic raw materials of our food system: the stuff that gets turned into animal feed, sweetener, cooking fat, and even a substantial amount of our car fuel. What do they get for their trouble? According to a <a href="" target="_blank">stunning analysis</a> (PDF) by Iowa State ag economist Chad Hart, crop prices have fallen so low (a bumper crop has <a href="" target="_blank">driven down corn prices to their lowest level since 2006</a>), and input costs (think seeds, fertilizers, pesticides) have gotten so high, that they're losing $225 per acre of corn and $100 per acre of soybeans.&nbsp; So if you're an Iowa farmer with a 2,000-acre farm, and you planted it half and half in these two dominant crops, you stand to lose $325,000 on this year's harvest.</p> <p>Over on Big Picture Agriculture&mdash;the excellent blog that alerted me to Hart's assessment&mdash;Kay McDonald <a href="" target="_blank">wonders</a>: "Is organic corn the way to go next year?" She points out organic corn receives a large premium in the market, and key input costs&mdash;seeds, fertilizers, and insecticides&mdash;are much lower, making the economics better.</p> <p>Another possibility is one I've been <a href="" target="_blank">banging on about for years</a>: why not take some of the Midwest's vast stock of farmland&mdash;say, 10 percent?&mdash;and devote it to <a href="" target="_blank">vegetable and fruit production</a>? And take another slice of it and bring it back to <a href="" target="_blank">perennial grass for pasture-based beef and pork production?</a> Both vegetables and pastured meat deliver much more income pre acre than commodity corn and soybeans, once the systems are up and running and the infrastructure in place. And considering how much of our produce comes from drought-stricken California, that would likely be a wise move from a food security standpoint.</p> <p>Alas, none of this is likely to happen, at least not anytime soon. That's because crop subsidies, enshrined by the farm bill signed in February, will likely wipe out much of the huge gap between farmers' costs and what the market gives them. According to <a href="" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a>, taxpayers are set to pay "billions of dollars more to subsidize farmers than anticipated just months ago," before crop prices plunged.</p> <p>I don't begrudge federal support for farming. As I argued in a <a href="" target="_blank">post</a> last year, large-scale commodity farming is a vicious business&mdash;farmers are caught in a vice between a small handful of buyers (Archers Daniels Midland, Cargill, Bunge) that are always looking to drive crop prices down, and a small handful of input suppliers (Monsanto, DuPont Pioneer, Syngenta, etc) always looking to push the price of seeds, fertilizers, and pesticides up. It's no wonder, as Iowa State's Hart has <a href="" target="_blank">shown</a>, that the "long run profitability" of such farming is "zero."</p> <p>But as it's structured now, the subsidy system keeps farmers chugging along on the corn-soy treadmill. Meanwhile, transitioning to organic ag and diversifying crops to include vegetables and pastured meat would also require much more hands-on labor and a new set of skills for Midwestern farmers, who have been operating in a corn-soy-chemical system for decades. It would also require the rebuilding of infrastructure&mdash;small-scale slaughterhouses, canneries, cold storage, etc.&mdash;that were dismantled as corn and soy came to dominance. Supporting such a transition, and not propping up an unhealthy food system suffused with cheap corn and soy, seems like a good use of the billions of federal dollars that are about to be spent.</p></body></html> Tom Philpott Food and Ag Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:57:44 +0000 Tom Philpott 263006 at I Am Being Followed By an Army of Twitter Lady Bots <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>I've been making a real effort to be better at Twitter lately. I've been tweeting more, striking a conversational tone, and trying to "just be myself," like people who know more about Twitter than me told me to. So I was thrilled this week when my follower count zoomed up from 3,030 to 3,066 over the course of just a few days. My efforts must have paid off, I thought.</p> <p>But then, I looked at my new followers. They all seemed pretty annoying. IN EXACTLY THE SAME WAY. Check it out:</p> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"> <div class="inline inline-center" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/twitter-bots-small.gif"></div> </div> <p>"Hipster-friendly music practitioner"? "Total travel advocate"? "Beer practitioner"? Ew!</p> <p>The formula for the handles seems to be: first name, middle initial, last name. And the bio items look like they're generated from a list of bland hobbies and jobs or something. All over the backdrop of some irrelevant stock art.</p> <p>Here are some of their tweets:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>You can't just wish for a better life. You have to create it.</p> &mdash; SarahSSmall (@SarahSSmall) <a href="">October 19, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Tonight on <a href="">@WNTonight</a> investors react to Ebola scare, fears of global slowdown. What does it mean for your retirement savings?</p> &mdash; BerniceWHenry (@BerniceWHenry) <a href="">October 17, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Those of you who "elected" obama, this is all on you. He's a fake, you're confused, and now we ALL are having to pay for this foolishness...</p> &mdash; AdelineJBuckingham (@AdelineJBucking) <a href="">October 19, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><p>Creepy Twitter lady bots, what do you want from me?</p></body></html> Mixed Media Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:50:57 +0000 Kiera Butler 263061 at Here's What's Happening With the Shooting at the Canadian Parliament <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p><em><strong><a href="#update4">Click here for the latest updates.</a></strong></em></p> <p>Downtown Ottawa is under lockdown as police investigate reports of shootings in two locations: the National War Memorial and Parliament Hill. Police have <a href="" target="_blank">confirmed</a> that, contrary to earlier reports, no shooting incidents occurred at the Rideau Centre shopping mall.&nbsp; Police have confirmed reports that an unknown gunman shot and killed a <a href="" target="_blank">soldier</a>, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, standing guard by Canada's National War Memorial with a rifle, then moved on to Canada's Parliament Hill and Centre Block and opened fire, resulting in the ongoing lockdown at Canada's Parliament building. A shooter <a href="" target="_blank">wounded</a> a security guard near Parliament Hill before he was shot, according to the CBC. Canadian Parliament member <a href="" target="_blank">Tony Clement</a> tweeted that at least 30 shots were fired just <a href="" target="_blank">before 10 a.m.</a> during a caucus meeting where most MPs were located; Clement and two colleagues, Mark Strahl and Kyle Seeback, remained inside the building under lockdown. The prime minister, Stephen Harper, was <a href="" target="_blank">rushed</a> out of the building.</p> <p>Readers should note that <a href="" target="_blank">breaking news stories often contain inaccuracies</a>. Many details of the attack remain unclear, and even initial information from law enforcement sources in this type of situation can be wrong. Check back for updates. (Also see how Canadian TV news coverage <a href="" target="_blank">has put American cable news coverage to shame</a>.)</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Shots fired during caucus meeting. at least 30 shots. MPs piled out. I'm safe with 2 colleagues but we're still at risk...</p> &mdash; Tony Clement (@TonyclementCPC) <a href="">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en">&nbsp;</blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><p>The<em> Globe and Mail</em>'s Josh Wingrove captured live footage of the shootings inside the Parliament building:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//" width="630"></iframe></p> <p>Wingrove <a href=";click=sf_globe#dashboard/follows/" target="_blank">described </a>the scene in a firsthand account: <span class="message_content">"Once police were halfway down the hallway, gunfire erupted again&mdash;an estimated two dozen shots that ended with a motionless body falling from a doorway just in front of the library. It was unclear who the person was. Guards briefly appeared to check for a pulse before beginning a search of the rest of the building." </span></p> <p>According to reporters on the scene, the atmosphere calmed down around 10:30 a.m., but the Parliament building remained on lockdown and those inside were being told to <a href="" target="_blank">stay away</a> from the windows. Many fled the building after hearing shots in multiple corridors, some escaping down scaffolding being used for renovations, <a href="" target="_blank">according to</a> the<em> Telegram</em>.&nbsp;A helicopter <a href="" target="_blank">arrived </a>on scene just before 11:30 a.m., according to CBC reporter Stu Mills.</p> <p>The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board <a href="" target="_blank">told</a> parents not to come to schools to pick up their children, who were also on lockdown in their classrooms. Some reporters claimed that <a href="" target="_blank">cellphone signal</a> is going in and out of service. Police said they suspect that <a href="" target="_blank">two other shooters</a> might be on the loose, and police reportedly are going door-to-door <a href="" target="_blank">searching</a> for a suspect. (Reports of additional shooters in these sorts of situations are often <a href="" target="_blank">wrong</a>.)</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p><a href="">#Ottawa</a> RT &ldquo;<a href="">@StuMillsCBC</a>: Now back to slater, MP telling us he's heard there are or were 3 shooters&rdquo;</p> &mdash; Devin Heroux (@Devin_Heroux) <a href="">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en">&nbsp;</blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>A car, now on Wellington outside east block, stops. Two guys get out. At least one heads for the war memorial with a rifle.</p> &mdash; David Reevely (@davidreevely) <a href="">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>RT <a href="">@crimegarden</a>: UPDATE: Police track two more possible suspects, one fleeing on foot near Chateau, the other on motorbike. <a href="">#ottnews</a></p> &mdash; Ottawa Citizen (@OttawaCitizen) <a href="">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><p>CBC News reporter Andrew Davidson <a href="" target="_blank">posted</a> this map of the Canadian Parliament and National War Memorial Area at 11:15 a.m.</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/canadamap.jpg"></div> <p>And CNN posted this map of the area where the attacks have been reported:</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Map of areas where Ottawa shootings were reported: National War Memorial, near the Rideau Centre and Parliament Hill. <a href=""></a></p> &mdash; CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) <a href="">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <p><script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p id="updates"><strong>UPDATE 1, Wednesday, Oct 22, 2:28 p.m. EST:</strong> Ottawa police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have released this statement:</p> <blockquote> <p>(Ottawa)&mdash;The Ottawa Police Service and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) responded to reports of shooting incidents this morning in the downtown area. Police can now confirm that incidents occurred at the National War Memorial and on Parliament Hill.&nbsp;</p> <p>Contrary to earlier reports no incident occurred near the Rideau Centre.</p> <p>One shooting victim succumbed to injuries. He was a member of the Canadian Forces.&nbsp; Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones.</p> <p>Next of kin notification is underway and as such, the victim&rsquo;s identification will not be released.&nbsp;</p> <p>One male suspect has also been confirmed deceased. There is no further update on injuries at this time.</p> <p>This is an ongoing joint police operation and there is no one in custody at this time.</p> <p>Ottawa residents are asked to stay away from the downtown area while the investigation continues.&nbsp; If you work in one of the downtown buildings, follow the instructions from the building management you are in.</p> <p>A number of RCMP and Federal government buildings are also closed to the public; as is Ottawa City Hall and all Ottawa Police stations.</p> </blockquote> <p id="updates"><strong>UPDATE 2, Wednesday, Oct 22, 2:55 p.m. EST:</strong> Ottawa police chief Charles Bordeleau speaks to the public:</p> <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="354" src="//" width="630"></iframe></p> <p id="update3"><strong>UPDATE 3, Wednesday, Oct 22, 3:46 p.m. EST:</strong> The Royal Canadian Mounted Police have created a <a href="" target="_blank">website</a> for potential witnesses to Wednesday's shootings to upload photos and videos. Additionally, President Barack Obama spoke with Prime Minister Harper, and the National Security Council tweeted the conversation.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>POTUS expressed to PM Harper the American people&rsquo;s solidarity with <a href="">#Canada</a> in the wake of attacks on Canadian Forces 1/3</p> &mdash; @NSCPress (@NSCPress) <a href="">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>POTUS condemned the outrageous attacks, and reaffirmed the close friendship and alliance between the American and <a href="">#Canadian</a> people 2/3</p> &mdash; @NSCPress (@NSCPress) <a href="">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>The President offered PM Harper any assistance <a href="">#Canada</a> needed in responding to these attacks 3/3</p> &mdash; @NSCPress (@NSCPress) <a href="">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script><p id="update4"><strong>UPDATE 4, Wednesday, Oct 22, 5:04 p.m. EST:</strong> CBC News reports that the soldier killed outside the National War Memorial today was 24 year-old Corporal Nathan Cirillo.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"> <p>Corporal Nathan Cirillo, shot dead at <a href="">#Ottawa</a> War Memorial today, was 24. Reservist was member of Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders <a href="">#cdnpoli</a></p> &mdash; CBC News Alerts (@CBCAlerts) <a href="">October 22, 2014</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script></body></html> Politics Foreign Policy Guns International Top Stories Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:37:42 +0000 Jenna McLaughlin 263051 at Housekeeping Update <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Just a quick update. Yesterday my doctor decided to do a "little bedside test" to get a better reading on the state of my bones. It was indeed bedside, and it was indeed done with just a local anesthetic, but I guess it wasn't a very powerful one. Hoo boy, did that hurt, and naturally I was a total baby about it. In any case, they want to keep me here for at least another day to make sure I didn't get infected etc. Also, today I get my first monthly dose of some bone-strengthening med whose name escapes me. So it looks like it'll be tomorrow at the earliest before I go home. It depends on how I'm doing and what the doctor gods decree. But I walked 300 feet this morning without too much trouble, so that has to be a positive sign, doesn't it?</p> <p>When will blogging recommence? I'm not sure. In the meantime, though, enjoy a bonus cat.</p> <p><img align="middle" alt="" class="image image-_original" src="/files/blog_hopper_2014_10_22.jpg" style="border: 1px solid black; margin: 15px 0px 5px 60px;"></p></body></html> Kevin Drum Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:58:49 +0000 Kevin Drum 263031 at In Just 15 Years, Wind Could Provide A Fifth Of The World's Electricity <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p>Up to one fifth of the world's electricity supply could come from wind turbines by 2030, according to a <a href="" target="_blank">new report</a> released this week by Greenpeace and the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). That would be an increase of 530 percent compared to the end of last year.</p> <p>The report says the coming global boom in wind power will be driven largely by China's rebounding wind energy market&mdash;and a continued trend of <a href="" target="_blank">high levels of Chinese green energy investment</a>&mdash;as well as by steady growth in the United States and new large-scale projects in Mexico, Brazil, and South Africa.</p> <p>The report, called the "Global Wind Energy Outlook," explains how wind energy could provide 2,000 gigawatts of electricity by 2030, which would account for 17 to 19 percent of global electricity. And by 2050, wind's share of the electricity market could reach 30 percent. That's a huge jump from the end of 2013, when wind provided around 3 percent of electricity worldwide.</p> <p>The report is an annually produced industry digest co-authored by the GWEC, which represents 1,500 wind power producers. It examines three "energy scenarios" based on projections used by the International Energy Agency. The "New Policies" scenario attempts to capture the direction and intentions of international climate policy, even if some of these policies have yet to be fully implemented. From there, GWEC has fashioned two other scenarios&mdash;"moderate" and "advanced"&mdash;which reflect two different ways&nbsp;nations might cut carbon and keep their commitments to global climate change policies.&nbsp;In the most ambitious scenario, "advanced," wind could help slash more than 3 billion tons of climate-warning carbon dioxide emissions each year. The following chart has been adapted and simplified from the report:</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/chart1_5.jpg"></div> <p>In the best case scenario, China leads the way in 2020 and in 2030:</p> <div class="inline inline-left" style="display: table; width: 1%"><img alt="" class="image" src="/files/chart2_2_0.jpg"></div> <p>But as the report's authors note, there is still substantial uncertainty in the market. "There is much that we don't know about the future," they write, "and there will no doubt be unforeseen shifts and shocks in the global economy as well as political ups and downs." The more optimistic results contained in the report are dependent on whether the global community is going to respond "proactively to the threat of climate change, or try to do damage control after the fact," the report says.</p></body></html> Blue Marble Charts Climate Change Climate Desk Energy Infrastructure Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:36:44 +0000 James West 262981 at We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for October 22, 2014 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><body><p class="rtecenter"><em>A US Marine Sgt. speaks with a local child while on patrol in Afghanistan. (US Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal)</em></p></body></html> MoJo Afghanistan Military Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:28:42 +0000 263021 at