The Climate Action Simulation is a highly interactive, role-playing game for groups to explore the different stakeholders and solutions that need to come together to take action on climate change. It is framed by the En-ROADS simulator, which allows participants to rapidly assess the impacts of different solutions to climate change—like energy supply subsidies, energy efficiency, or land use changes. The game is conducted as a simulated emergency climate summit organized by the United Nations to establish a concrete plan to limit global warming by bringing together government, business, and civil society representatives. This game is a fun format for large groups to explore climate change solutions and see what it would really take to address this global challenge. The Climate Action Simulation was co-developed by Climate Interactive, the MIT Sustainability Initiative, and the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative.
If you are interested in simulations and the climate change issue, check out the World Climate Simulation. The World Climate Simulation is a roleplaying exercise of the United Nations climate change negotiations. Through the simulation, participants play the role of country/regional delegates or additional conference attendees such as fossil fuel lobbyists or climate activists. They get to explore the necessary speed and level of action that nations must take to address global climate change. At the heart of the experience is the use of the interactive simulation model C-ROADS, which rapidly analyzes the results of the game play and provides feedback.
Climate change is real and it is impacting people from Florida, to Maine and from South Carolina to California. This article spells out clearly what is happening in parts of Arizona and it will get worse and it will spread. The reality of Climate Refugees is here. I was talking to someone who had come to Florida to visit a friend. He said in Duluth, Minnesota where he lives has a population of 85,000 has about 33,000 homes. A survey found that the reason was partially climate refugees from other parts of the USA. They are short at least 2,000 homes based on current demand. It is a fact of life and the sooner we start doing something, the better.
The New Yorker Article: The Water Wars Come to the Suburbs
BBC Article on International Water Shortage Fights
The under-insulation of homes is a huge problem that has a far-reaching negative impact on climate change and poverty. The North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) reported that approximately 90% of U.S. single-family homes are under-insulated and are wasting energy and money, as well as decreasing homeowners’ comfort levels. A little over 14% of all energy use in the United States is consumed in homes, and heating and cooling is one of the biggest energy uses in the home. NAIMA estimates that, on average, properly insulating older homes will keep an average of one ton of CO2 out of the atmosphere; this is not a one-time savings but year after year for as long as that house is in use.
So would you like to see how to figure out how well your home is insulated? This tutorial shows clearly one way of calculating the R-Values of any surface and with this knowledge you can decide what you need to do to attack heat and cooling loss in your home or place of business.
Will it be easy? Can it be done? Here is a game created by the Financial Times with real research based data.
Summary: The SEC proposed new Rules requiring companies to share “climate change” impact issues that could effect the performance of the underlying stock prices. Read the announcement below.
SEC Proposes Rules to Enhance and Standardize Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors
Washington D.C., March 21, 2022 —
The Securities and Exchange Commission today proposed rule changes that would require registrants to include certain climate-related disclosures in their registration statements and periodic reports, including information about climate-related risks that are reasonably likely to have a material impact on their business, results of operations, or financial condition, and certain climate-related financial statement metrics in a note to their audited financial statements. The required information about climate-related risks also would include disclosure of a registrant’s greenhouse gas emissions, which have become a commonly used metric to assess a registrant’s exposure to such risks.
“I am pleased to support today’s proposal because, if adopted, it would provide investors with consistent, comparable, and decision-useful information for making their investment decisions, and it would provide consistent and clear reporting obligations for issuers,” said SEC Chair Gary Gensler. “Our core bargain from the 1930s is that investors get to decide which risks to take, as long as public companies provide full and fair disclosure and are truthful in those disclosures. Today, investors representing literally tens of trillions of dollars support climate-related disclosures because they recognize that climate risks can pose significant financial risks to companies, and investors need reliable information about climate risks to make informed investment decisions. Today’s proposal would help issuers more efficiently and effectively disclose these risks and meet investor demand, as many issuers already seek to do. Companies and investors alike would benefit from the clear rules of the road proposed in this release. I believe the SEC has a role to play when there’s this level of demand for consistent and comparable information that may affect financial performance. Today’s proposal thus is driven by the needs of investors and issuers.”
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Simulations Foundation is actively working on the project “Insulate it Forward.” Our first identified house is the one shown here. It was damaged by Hurrican Michael and bought by a single mother, first time home owner. The idea is to use local help from churches or civic organizations to provide the labor and then find funding to pay for the physical insulations. This project is well on its way. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us.