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The Weekly Flail — November 24, 2023

Winnowing the Media

From 2018–2022, the United States experienced 89 climate disasters, costing at least $1 billion in damages. That equates to one every three weeks, compared to one every four months in the 1980s. Nature November 15, 2023

Climate Change’s $150 Billion Hit to the U.S. Economy [based on the above-accelerated rate of disasters] WSJ November 14, 2023

We now know the climate disaster is moving faster than we thought. Disasters will happen at a faster rate in 2024, but how fast? The oligarch media has to report this and is beginning to link these things together.

Is it too late to keep global warming below 1.5 °C? This article has excellent graphs showing very conservative estimates, i.e., somehow, this could be done if we dropped everything and got serious about global warming. More realistic calculations, e.g., based on the heat in Brazil, say we will be over 1.5 C average regionally by next year. Annual averages will take a little longer.

Based on all the above, we are committed to at least 2.0 C without drastic planetary action.

Super-Rich 1% Match Carbon Emissions of the Poorest 5 Billion People, Oxfam ReportThe report . . . makes clear the impact of such emissions, stating that in 2019, the emissions of the super-rich 1% “are enough to cause 1.3 million deaths due to heat.

“The truth is that we are shocked by the ferocity of the extreme weather events in 2023. We are afraid of the uncharted territory that we have now entered,” said an international coalition of authors in a new report published in the journal BioScience.

Their stark assessment: “Life on planet Earth is under siege”.

“We must shift our perspective on the climate emergency from being just an isolated environmental issue to a systemic, existential threat,” the authors said. BioScience October 23. 2023

As is constantly reported, efforts are being made to correct this. Most are being launched to capture the government funding allocated for political reasons. Some may work, but it is already a little too late.

The world’s 280 million electric bikes and mopeds are cutting the demand for oil far more than electric cars.

Close to half (44%) of all Australian commuter trips are by car — and under 10km. Of Perth’s 4.2 million daily car trips, 2.8 are for distances of less than 2km.

This is common in wealthier countries. In the United States, a staggering 60% of all car trips cover less than 10km.

This article in The Conversation suggests that electric mopeds and scooters are a better mode of transportation. Given the massive increase in atmospheric carbon, this is an aid but not a solution.

The four-day truce with prisoner exchange is happening. We can only hope that Israel will be forced to halt further war crimes and Hamas can hold their soldiers in check. We will see.

Patric Lawrence is viewing this transition by the world against Israel and, in a broader sense, against settler colonialism as a Hinge of History to the New World Order.

It is important to remember, despite the massive propaganda by the American Empire, that bombing hospitals and shooting patients is a war crime.

An interesting attempt to better define sustainable transport, not as replacing possible fuels with batteries and the new set of resource problems, but by making transport directly powered, not by renewables by regenerable. This is the Blue Economy.

This is a sea version of solar power self generated. The Porrima is being updated with new Skysail technology and will sail to Osaka for the new Expo there in 2025.

Scientists 3D Print a Complex Robotic Hand With Bones, Tendons, and Ligaments. This is a major step forward in inkjet printing, a mature technology.

A team from the soft robotics lab at ETH Zurich has found a way.

The team equipped a 3D inkjet printer-which is based on the same technology in normal office printers-with machine vision, allowing it to rapidly adapt to different materials. The approach, called vision-controlled jetting, continuously gathers information about a structure’s shape during printing to fine-tune how it prints the next layer, regardless of the type of material.

In a test, the team 3D printed a synthetic hand in one go. Complete with skeleton, ligaments, and tendons, the hand can grasp different objects when it “feels” pressure at its fingertips.

Robert Katzschmann, a professor at ETH Zurich and an author on the new paper, is optimistic about the system’s broader use. “You could think of medical implants…[or] use this for prototyping things in tissue engineering,” he said. “The technology itself will only grow.” Singularity Hub November 24, 2023

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