Climate Plan - summary



The situation is dire. Little or no action is taken on climate change. Earth is facing a potential temperature rise of more than 10°C or 18°F by 2026. What is happening in the Arctic is critical. While Earth as a whole is experiencing rapid warming, warming in the Arctic is escalating even faster and accelerating, due to feedbacks such as snow and ice demise and destabilizing sediments at seafloor of the Arctic Ocean. These sediments contain huge amounts of methane in the form of hydrates and free gas.

Potential temperature rise of more than 10°C or 18°F by 2026 (see extinction page)
The Climate Plan responds to this threat through multiple lines of action (green lines in image below).

The green lines of action each need to be implemented in parallel, i.e. no line of action should wait for another, nor should action on one line be used as an excuse to delay action on another line. Where lines of action are grouped together in three parts, numbers merely show relationships with the kinds of warming pictured at the top of the image.

The comprehensive and effective action depicted in above image is described in more detail below.


The Climate Action Plan contains three parts that are executed in parallel:
  1. Sustainable Economy, i.e. moving toward a more sustainable economy, with dramatic reductions of pollutants on land, in oceans and in the atmosphere
  2. Heat management
  3. Methane management and further action
Each of these three parts comes with multiple lines of action to be executed in parallel. Each line of action aims to achieve specific targets, yet one line of action can also help with progress on another line of action. Importantly though, progress on one line should not be used as an excuse to delay action on another line. While lines of action are grouped together in three parts, numbers merely show relationships with the kinds of warming. The green lines of action each need to be implemented in parallel, i.e. progress on one line of action should not be made dependent on progress on another line of action. Besides helping each other, these lines of action will also lead to additional care for ecosystems, such as land, wetlands, lakes and rivers.



Use of feebates is highly recommended by the Climate Plan. Feebates can be implemented in budget-neutral ways, so their implementation doesn't need to be disruptive in regard to other policies. Furthermore, the administrative framework is typically already in place, i.e. implementation of feebates can take place on the back of sales taxes, vouchers, tax returns and other policy instruments that are already commonly used all over the world. Feebates combine disincentives for polluting products with incentives for the cleaner alternatives. This is part of why feebates are so effective in achieving a rapid shift to clean products.

As an example, differential rates applied by local councils to land ownership can facilitate growth of soil carbon content. Similarly, differential vehicle registration fees can facilitate emission cuts. Such measures can typically be implemented now, i.e. without requiring prior international agreement. In other words, local communities can start implementing (parts of) the Climate Plan immediately.

While feebates are recommended as the most effective policy instruments, the decision how to implement the necessary action (e.g. efforts to reduce pollution levels) is largely delegated to state or provincial level, while states or provinces can similarly delegate decisions to local communities. Examples of feebate policies are depicted in the image below.


States or provinces can thus implement the policies that they feel will fit their circumstances best, provided they do each achieve their targets. Such targets are set by national government in line with international agreements, and assisted by ongoing monitoring and research as to which ways can best make safe progress and achieve targets most effectively.



Local implementation encourages that revenues from fees on polluting products are used to fund the necessary shift to clean products locally. This will help achieve the shift where it’s needed most.



The two above images above depict energy feebates and other feebates. Energy feebates can best clean up energy, while other feebates can best raise revenue for carbon dioxide removal and further action. Energy feebates can phase themselves out, completing the necessary shift to clean energy within years, rather than decades. Since carbon dioxide removal (CDR) will need to continue for longer, it makes sense to raise funding for CDR from other sources, such as sales of livestock products, nitrogen fertilizers and Portland cement.

Please support, follow and discuss the Climate Plan at facebook.com/ClimatePlan and at facebook.com/SamCarana

Groups to discuss things further:

• Arctic-News
https://www.facebook.com/groups/arcticnews

• Electric Transport
https://www.facebook.com/groups/ElectricTransport

• Renewables
https://www.facebook.com/groups/renewables

• Biochar
https://www.facebook.com/groups/biochar

• Geoengineering
https://www.facebook.com/groups/geoengineering

• Climate Alert
https://www.facebook.com/groups/climatealert

Further Links

• Climate Plan
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/p/climateplan.html

• Extinction
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/p/extinction.html

• Feedbacks
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/p/feedbacks.html

• Policies
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/p/policies.html

• Action
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/p/action.html

• Feebates
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/p/feebates.html

• Albedo Change in Arctic
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2012/07/albedo-change-in-arctic.html

• How much warming have humans caused?
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2016/05/how-much-warming-have-humans-caused.html

• Storms over Arctic Ocean
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2016/08/storms-over-arctic-ocean.html

• Sea ice is shrinking
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2016/11/sea-ice-is-shrinking.html

• Monthly CO₂ not under 400 ppm in 2016
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2016/11/monthly-co-not-under-400-ppm-in-2016.html

• It could be unbearably hot in many places within a few years time
http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/2016/07/it-could-be-unbearably-hot-in-many-places-within-a-few-years-time.html

1 comment:

  1. The Climate Plan calls for comprehensive action through multiple lines of action implemented across the world and in parallel, through effective policies such as local feebates. The Climate Plan calls for a global commitment to act, combined with implementation that is preferably local. In other words, while the Climate Plan calls for a global commitment to take comprehensive and effective action to reduce the danger of catastrophic climate change, and while it recommends specific policies and approaches how best to achieve this, it invites local communities to decide what each works best for them, provided they do indeed make the progress necessary to reach agreed targets. This makes that the Climate Plan optimizes flexibility for local communities and optimizes local job and investment opportunities.

    Click for more on multiple lines of action, on recommended policies, and on the advantages of feebates.

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