It’s the last thing Tokyo needs right as the Opening Ceremony is getting underway
Meteorologists are watching out for a typhoon which is forming off the south coast of Japan.
It could reach Tokyo by the end of the weekend, on day two of the Games.
The storm is yet to be fully formed, making trajectory predictions extremely difficult for storm trackers.
Japan is experiencing tropical conditions with temperatures over 30 degrees celsius expected throughout the Games.
Here’s where it’s heading
The area of low pressure southeast of Japan is expected to gather strength and move northwestward
Global climate emergency to kill 83 million people by 2100
Rising temperatures to place four times the population of Australia in danger if no further action is taken against the world’s climate emergency.
New research by R. Daniel Bressler from Columbia University’s Earth Institute reveals increasing greenhouse gas emissions could contribute to 83 million excess deaths between 2020 and 2100.
“By the end of the century, the projected 4.6 million excess yearly deaths would put climate change 6th on the 2017 Global Burden of Disease risk factor risk list,” Bressler says.
Published in Nature Communications, the study entitled The mortality cost of carbon may trigger many to think twice about how their lifestyle generates emissions.
Findings of the study show for every 4,434 metric tons of carbon dioxide, one person will die of a heat-related cause with temperatures set to rise by 4.1 degrees celsius by 2100.
This metric is equivalent to the lifetime emissions of 12.8 average global individuals or 3.5 Americans.
The highest mortality rates are expected to occur in some of the hottest regions of the world including Africa, the Middle East and South Asia.
It’s also important to note that the study only accounts for temperature-related mortality, excluding climate-mortality pathways such as the impact of climate change on infectious disease, food supply and extreme natural events such as flooding.
Bressler says this metric could be used by governments and companies to determine how they choose to monitor high emission-generating activities.
“The emissions contributions of these groups are usually marginal relative to the aggregate emissions of the world economy from the industrial revolution through the twenty-first century,” Bressler says.
“If an organisation reduces its 2020 carbon dioxide emissions by one million metric tons this will save 226 lives in expectation over the course of the twenty-first century.”
Temperatures have increased by 1.1 degrees Celsius (2 degrees Fahrenheit) globally since 1880 according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).
Decreasing emissions so that there is only a 2.4 degrees Celsius increase by the end of the century could save 74 million lives.
Written By Rebecca Borg
5B : Why this is an answer to the climate crisis
From Australian startup to solar juggernaut, 5B’s technology is reinventing solar energy
5B started as an Australian startup and is reinventing global solar energy from the ground up.
This week on Ticker Climate the co-founder of 5B, Chris McGrath ‘zoomed-in’ from sunny Darwin, Australia. 5B is an innovative solar technology business, with a mission to create abundant, accessible, affordable power from the sun. They’re breaking down barriers by making solar power easy, affordable, and quick.
Aussie startup founded over a bottle of whiskey
Solar engineers Chris McGrath and Eden Tehan founded the business in 2013. They came up with the idea over a bottle of whiskey. With an aim to accelerate the planet’s transition to fast, easy, low-cost clean solar energy. The way solar can, and should be. From a team of 30 employees last year, they now employ 137 people.
The name 5B represents the 5 billion years of sunshine Earth has left, and motivates them to strive for the simplest, most effective ways to leverage this resource.
“As individuals how we can add most to the challenge of climate change in front of us.”
Chris McGrath, Co-founder 5B
How it works
5B’s finely tuned ecosystem allows its solution to be produced anywhere in the world, at scale, with a network of channel, assembly, and deployment partners. They use technology to make the process of producing and developing solar easy and low cost.
They classify themselves as the ‘Maverick’s’ (a reference to Top Gun) of our time and the leaders of the renewable revolution.
The iconic technology of the ‘Maverick’ solar solution is the fastest, easiest and simplest way to deploy ground-mounted solar. 5B has redefined the engineering, and construction of solar farms.
They use the ‘Maverick’ to transform to supply and delivering chain of building solar farms to make it easier, faster, and cheaper. Their approach combines modular design, prefabrication, and rapid deployment.
This streamlines engineering & procurement and transferring cost, time & risk from the construction site to the factory. 5B makes the process simpler by using modular prefabricated blocks, pre-wired, minimal site preparation, suitable for most ground and soil types, minimal ground penetration and no trenching needed.
They’re the fastest deployment on the market.
Sun Cable Project
5B has joined forces with the Sun Cable Project. This project will be the world’s largest solar farm in the world on completion. It will be able to power whole cities with renewable energy.
It is in a remote location in the Northern parts of Australia. By conventional means, this process would take thousands of people in a camp in the middle of nowhere to complete.
However, with 5B they will use a highly trained workforce in a factory in Darwin, then a fleet of autonomous vehicles will help to make the rollout efficient and seamless. They will use about 100 people as opposed to thousands. They will be rolling out approximately 180 ‘Maverick’s’ per day, which equates to about one per 5 minutes.
This project will be a lighthouse for 5B to showcase their capabilities and leadership in this industry. And, with predictions the cost of solar will continue to go down, Australia could be on track to become a renewable energy exporting leader.
“The advantage in Australia is the price of solar will keep going down and that will give us an advantage over other countries. “
Energy expert, and Ticker Climate co-host, Scott Hamilton
Breaking global markets
5B is also expanding internationally, breaking into markets in Chile, the United States, and India. They want to drive growth into these markets to build their ecosystem of partners right around the world. They also have a factory in Vietnam ramping up.
Eventually, 5B wants to implement a system so seamless that you can buy a solar farm online and have it delivered the next week.
Bushfire prone locations need solar
Right now disastrous fires are wreaking havoc across the world. The United States and Turkey, are the most recent to fall victim to the frightening blazes. Some of the challenges local towns and communities in remote locations face are the risk of bushfires & storms that end in extended blackouts.
The solution for these towns, communities, and businesses is solar. In Australia, 5B recently worked on a project named ‘resilient energy’ in partnership with Tesla and the co-founder of software company Atlassian, Mike Cannon-Brookes.
The project aimed at getting power back to bushfire-affected communities. The purpose is to use renewable energy to make the communities and power systems more resilient, relying less on power lines that are likely to be damaged during a fire.
“Power lines cause fires…We want communities and power systems to be more resilient.”
Chris McGrath, co-founder 5B
Watch this week’s full episode here: https://tickernews.co/ticker-climate/
UNESCO votes to add 33 new spots as heritage sites
After several days of online deliberations, UNESCO has voted to add 33 new spots to its list of World Heritage Sites so far, with more discussions to come.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee didn’t meet last year.
UNESCO designated its first World Heritage Sites back in 1978.
UNESCO says that to be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of “outstanding universal value”
Australia now has enough global support to avoid UNESCO listing the Great Barrier Reef as an “in danger” World Heritage Site until at least 2023
In June, the 12 countries in UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee voted for a draft ruling that the Great Barrier Reef was in danger of losing its World Heritage status due to the impacts of climate change.
Since then, Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley has been busy lobbying Europe. During her tour, she visited eight countries in a bid to gain support to reject the danger listing.
The Australian government successfully garnered support from 12 other countries to delay the decision until 2023. This is enough for a clear majority.
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