Manhattan’s famous digital clock is now counting down to climate disaster. Here Bloomberg Green follows key statistics around global warming to see where progress is and isn’t being made. NYC ‘Climate Clock’ Highlights Decades Of Premature Global Warming Doomsdays In honor of “Climate Week,” New York City is playing host to a massive “Climate Clock” purporting to count down the years, days, and minutes until the world reaches a climate catastrophe point-of-no-return. The statistics she cites are shocking. If you are a fossil fuel executive, it is immediately after the last molecule of oil or gas has been extracted and burned — or turned into plastic. Published on September 21st, 2020 | © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. Tags: Carbon Emissions, Climate Clock New York City, global heating, Mercator Research Institute. Now, from left to right, the Climate Clock displays a deadline of sorts: the years, days, hours, minutes and seconds left to curb greenhouse gas emissions enough to give the Earth a two-thirds chance of staying below 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming, as compared to pre-industrial times. As you can see from the photo of the above, humanity only has a little over seven years to meet this very ambitious, and some would say unattainable, goal. It took a lot of doing, but the stars just seemed to align on the idea of transforming the Metronome. Colossal Climate Clock in New York City counts down to global deadline. Watch the 2021 Doomsday Clock announcement LIVE on January 27 at 10am EST. The New York Climate Clock will only be on display until September 27 in Union Square, but the artists are also calling on people to create their own clocks at home. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 14, 2021 than the day before. Al Gore’s Doomsday Clock expired and after ten years the world still hasn’t been destroyed by climate change. She wanted to carry it into the U.N. and show it to the Secretary-General  to focus his eyes on the deadline and implore him to "listen to the scientists. By now, humanity should know that the clock is ticking on climate change. By Cheryl Katz | Climate Change. 7 YEAR COUNTDOWN: The Metronome at NYC's Union Square has a new countdown clock. Many people, admittedly including myself, always thought it was the U.S. national debt clicking off at a breakneck pace. by Steve Hanley. When local standard time is about to reach Sunday, March 14, 2021, 2:00:00 am clocks are turned forward 1 hour to Sunday, March 14, 2021, 3:00:00 am local daylight time instead. Andrew Boyd tells, “The clock is a way to speak science to power. As Nelson Mandela once said, "It always seems impossible until it's done. The Climate Clock in Union Square is a deliberate action during a pandemic year and in an election year to raise awareness about climate change. When passing through the famed park, there’s no chance you’ll miss the gigantic metronome clock towering over the square. … / CBS News. Metronome’s digital clock in Manhattan, a 62-foot-wide electronic clock with a 15-digit display facing Manhattan’s Union Square, has been one of … Without a literal clock ticking away in our faces, however, we seem to conveniently forget. Somehow we did it.". The budget for staying below the 2° C threshold of approximately 1170 gigatons will be exhausted in about 26 years. This is me at the age of 2 in 2005.Since then about one third of ALL our fossil fuel CO2 emissions have occurred.Over half of our CO2 emissions have taken place since 1990. 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"Our hope is for this clock to be a beacon to galvanize climate action," says Golan. Activists Take Over NYC's Metronome to Display Climate Countdown Clock. Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? But we can turn it into a lifeline.". At least, that's what it was up until Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., when two climate activists named Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd watched as the display changed into the Climate Clock — the culmination of a two-year dream come true. Boyd says their journey is a good corollary for the journey we all need to take collectively as a human race. "It's kind of a microcosm of the larger task we face with climate. September 21, 2020 Climate Change, Environment. "But now we're here. We can do this and, in the process, create a healthier, more just world for all of us. The Climate Clock acts a public line in the sand and says, this is the date. You can follow him on Twitter but not on any social media platforms run by evil overlords like Facebook. Understanding the science, wrangling the tech, and getting everyone on the same page," Golan said. A 2 degree increase will have even more catastrophic consequences. The Climate Clock is available on their website, as well as a Climate Clock app for smartphones and a do-it-yourself maker-kit version of the clock. While it's not yet certain, they say it is looking increasingly likely the Climate Clock will remain a permanent part of the New York City landscape. The Climate Clock is based on the best available science, and is updated each year to reflect the latest data by a team of leading climate … The Climate Clock is a new digital clock counting down the seconds that are left in the carbon budget—the amount of greenhouse gases that can be emitted while still having a 67% chance … It is a measuring stick by which we can evaluate our progress. Climate change has catalyzed a wave of youth engagement, activism, and protest that seems akin to the mobilization triggered by nuclear disaster and nuclear weapons fears in the 1970s and 1980s. The Metronome—a 62-foot-wide electronic clock with a 15-digit display facing Manhattan's Union square—has changed its display to the remaining time before the "climate change deadline." The clock is telling us we must reduce our emissions as much as we can as fast as we can. Consider becoming a CleanTechnica member, supporter, or ambassador — or a patron on Patreon. NYC just turned the giant Union Square clock into a ClimateClock to hold governments and corporations accountable. It was not so obvious is how to find the partners, resources and cooperation to make it happen. It's not. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries. The clock was created by artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd. ", First published on September 22, 2020 / 10:36 AM. The scientists at Mercator say, “The atmosphere can absorb, calculated from the end of 2017, no more than 420 gigatons of carbon dioxide if we are to stay below the 1.5° C threshold. Sign up for our free daily newsletter to never miss a story. Updated on: September 22, 2020 / 11:40 AM Another slightly less aggressive benchmark from the U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says that human-caused greenhouse gas emissions must be reduced 45% from 2010 levels by 2030 — nine years away — to give the Earth a 50% chance of not exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming. Climate change in New York City could affect buildings/structures, wetlands, water supply, health, and energy demand, due to the high population and extensive infrastructure in the region. Learn more. The clock reveals how little time we have left to tackle the climate crisis before the planet is past a tipping point. They were pleasantly surprised that the artists behind the Metronome, Kristin Jones and Andrew Ginzel, as well as the building owners and Daniel Zarrilli, the chief climate policy advisor to the mayor of New York, were all on board with the idea. The pair say they are already speaking to a few other cities about expanding their idea. But Boyd says, whether or not we choose to accept this timeline, the laws of physics don't much care. In a city with an endless supply of iconic artistic landmarks, one that never fails to capture New Yorkers' attention is the 15-digit digital display called the Metronome on the south side of Union Square. 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According to The Climate Clock, an environmental art project displayed on the Metronome in NYC, there are only 7 years left to stop global warming. That sort of gives you an idea of how fast we’re racing in the wrong direction.#FaceTheClimateEmergency, — Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 20, 2020. "When we started, we couldn't imagine all the steps that we would need to take, all the hoops we would have to jump through," said Golan. The technology is there. "We believe that having these monumental clocks visible in public squares across the world, and smaller ones in universities and classrooms and corporate lobbies, all showing the same number, can get us all on the same page," says Golan. The annual average temperature statewide has risen about 2.4°F since 1970. Famed NYC clock is now counting down to Earth's climate change 'deadline' The Metronome digital clock in Union Square has been reset. Contact us here. 7 YEAR COUNTDOWN: The Metronome at NYC's Union Square has a new countdown clock. Advertise with CleanTechnica to get your company in front of millions of monthly readers. Image: Ben Hider/Getty Images The next step is to help other cities across the world to erect their own climate clocks. What used to project the time of day, since 1999, has been […] NEW YORK, NY - SEPT 24: The “Climate Clock” in Union Square counts down the years, days, hours, ... [+] minutes, and seconds the Earth has left to take action to stop global warming. He explains that he's been a climate activist for quite some time, helping organize the People's Climate March in New York City in 2014 — an event which brought 400,000 people out into the streets. The concept of the carbon budget is based on a nearly linear relationship between the cumulative emissions and the temperature rise.”. This project became my way of doing that. The clock is based on the carbon clock made by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) which uses data from … Yesterday, Greta Thunberg tweeted about the ravages to the environment caused by climate criminals just in her lifetime. Boyd and Golan hope that this clock serves as a constant reminder to passersby of the short timeline and ambitious action required to stave off the worst effects of climate change. Clock in New York Counts Down the Time Remaining to Avert Climate Disaster The installation began its count down on September 17 with seven … In actuality it is an elaborate clock called "The Passage," with the numbers on the left side telling the current time and the right side displaying the time remaining in the day. ", So he teamed up with Boyd, a fellow climate activist, whose title is now Chief Existential Officer of, to figure out how to raise awareness about this dire timeline and synchronize our collective clocks. The “deadline” Boyd and Golan chose is based on calculations from the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change as of the end of 2017. The Climate Clock team minutes after the display was switched over on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. "It was a daunting, nearly impossible task. CleanTechnica is the #1 cleantech-focused news & analysis website in the US & the world, focusing primarily on electric cars, solar energy, wind energy, & energy storage. That number is 7 years, 98 days, 15 hours… and counting "We need for everyone in the world to 'synchronize our watches'.". It feels impossible now, but if we're willing to take it on, we can learn what we need as we go, and in the end surprise ourselves," said Boyd. This is the goal of the international Paris Climate Agreement — a level of warming which, if we exceed, scientists say the impacts will become increasingly more disastrous. "My daughter would still not yet be a teenager and we have already decided the fate of her world for her. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? With Democrats’ control of the Senate, a path forward on climate? Climate change is one of the great challenges facing business and industry. However, still eluding them was how to achieve the bigger goal of a huge clock in the middle of a highly trafficked area. By Zoya Teirstein | Climate Change. But in addition, it also had another number on the right  called the lifeline, showing the percent of the world's energy being generated from renewables which do not emit heat-trapping greenhouse gases. By Jeff Berardelli Updated on: September 22, 2020 / 11:40 AM / CBS News Scientists are telling us that the next seven years are crucial to the fate of the Earth and to humanity.". Climate Change “Big batteries” boost renewables. Mar 14, 2021 - Daylight Saving Time Starts. If you are Greta Thunberg, it is tomorrow or next week at the latest. "Climate clock" in Union Square will now show the amount of time the world has left to prevent the effects of climate change from becoming irreversible. The Climate Clock unveiled by artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd warned at 1:30 p.m. Monday that there were 7 years, 101 days, 17 hours, 29 minutes and 22 … Now, artists Andrew Boyd and Gan Golan together with a team of makers and scientists have reprogrammed the Metronome clock that hangs on the side of a building in Union Square, New York City, to show precisely how many years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds remain before the world goes to Hell in a hand basket because of an overheated environment. Climate Clock Goes Live In New York City September 21st, 2020 by Steve Hanley We often hear scientists say we have to reduce the level of carbon dioxide … The famed Metronome’s digital clock in New York City’s Union Square neighborhood has been reprogrammed into a visual deadline showing how long the world has left to take action on climate change. Seven years, 105 days, and 22 hours. Those two events happening side by side grounded me in a whole different way, and gave this scientific number a deep personal meaning to me," explained Golan. We have approximately seven years before the consequences of climate change reaches a deadline, according to the newly programmed countdown clock in Union Square. News is published on, while reports are published on and buying guides are here. Famed NYC Clock Turns Climate Change Countdown. The point of displaying this dichotomy, according to Boyd: "Our planet has a deadline. Our planet has a deadline. A year ago the team got a boost when the world's most famous climate activist, 17-year-old Greta Thunberg, came to the U.S. and asked them to build the first climate clock for her. But in October 2018 his passion intensified when two concurrent events, the birth of his daughter and the release of the alarming IPCC report on the impact of 1.5 °C of global warming, inspired him to act. This is the benchmark famously invoked by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2019 when she said "the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change" — a quote which right-wing politicians and media pounced on. is an international network of climate scientists, artists, educators, and activists setting #ClimateClock(s) up all over the world so governments will #ActInTime to prevent climate … However, since around 42  gigatons of carbon dioxide are emitted globally every year — the equivalent of 1332 tons per second — this budget is expected to be used up in just over nine years. Ocasio-Cortez, a sponsor of the Green New Deal, was making the point that if humanity does not take fast action on climate we will "lock in" a level of warming that will mean disaster for many of our planet's inhabitants. Biden is off to a great start. But we can turn it into a lifeline.” For more information about the Climate Clock project, please watch the video below. Steve Hanley Steve writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his homes in Florida and Connecticut or anywhere else the Singularity may lead him. The Metronome usually shows the hours, minutes and seconds between midnight yesterday and midnight today. "You can't negotiate with reality. The Climate Clock, as the two artists call their project, will be displayed on the 14th Street building, One Union Square South, through Sept. 27, the end of Climate Week. Famed NYC clock is now counting down to Earth's climate change 'deadline' By Rachel Kraus 3 months, 3 weeks Anyone who has walked through New York City's Union Square and managed to look up has seen it: A large, multi-numeral digital clock embedded on the side of a sky scraper. ... they don’t use the power of government to dictate how I live. Politicians are taking notice, and, in some cases, starting to propose policies scaled to the urgency and magnitude of the climate problem. "I felt I wanted to shout this number from the top of every building. The revised display went live at the beginning of Climate Week in New York City and will remain on display through September 27.

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