Published on September 21st, 2020 | 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. © 2020 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved. Biden is off to a great start. When passing through the famed park, there’s no chance you’ll miss the gigantic metronome clock towering over the square. 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. ", First published on September 22, 2020 / 10:36 AM. By Cheryl Katz | Climate Change. 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. You can follow him on Twitter but not on any social media platforms run by evil overlords like Facebook. 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. 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. "Our hope is for this clock to be a beacon to galvanize climate action," says Golan. Consider becoming a CleanTechnica member, supporter, or ambassador — or a patron on Patreon. Advertise with CleanTechnica to get your company in front of millions of monthly readers. NYC just turned the giant Union Square clock into a ClimateClock to hold governments and corporations accountable. 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. Boyd says their journey is a good corollary for the journey we all need to take collectively as a human race. 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. Somehow we did it.". "It was a daunting, nearly impossible task. Andrew Boyd tells Earth.org, “The clock is a way to speak science to power. 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. That number is 7 years, 98 days, 15 hours… and counting What used to project the time of day, since 1999, has been […] Famed NYC Clock Turns Climate Change Countdown. 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." That’s why artists Gan Golan and Andrew Boyd installed a climate clock in Manhattan’s Union Square, 10 … 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. by Steve Hanley. Watch the 2021 Doomsday Clock announcement LIVE on January 27 at 10am EST. It is largely understood in the scientific community — but not in the political sphere — that 1.5 degrees of global warming above pre-industrial levels will have devastating effects in terms of sea level rise, more powerful storms, and harsher droughts. The Climate Clock acts a public line in the sand and says, this is the date. 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. Jeff Berardelli is CBS News' meteorologist and climate specialist. Updated on: September 22, 2020 / 11:40 AM 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. 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. The statistics she cites are shocking. News is published on CleanTechnica.com, while reports are published on Future-Trends.CleanTechnica.com/Reports/ and buying guides are here. September 21, 2020 Climate Change, Environment. Tags: Carbon Emissions, Climate Clock New York City, global heating, Mercator Research Institute. Image: Ben Hider/Getty Images 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. By Zoya Teirstein | Climate Change. Manhattan’s famous digital clock is now counting down to climate disaster. It took a lot of doing, but the stars just seemed to align on the idea of transforming the Metronome. 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. Seven years, 105 days, and 22 hours. 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. 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. Climate activists expect a lot from Biden and aren't afraid to say so, 2020 is "effectively tied" for warmest year on record, Greenhouse gas emissions in U.S. were lowest since WWII, Climate change to blame for billions of dollars in flood costs, study says, Japan to eliminate gas-powered cars, go carbon-neutral in 30 years, California Privacy/Information We Collect. 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 … Understanding the science, wrangling the tech, and getting everyone on the same page," Golan said. But we can turn it into a lifeline.” For more information about the Climate Clock project, please watch the video below. "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. Without a literal clock ticking away in our faces, however, we seem to conveniently forget. "We need for everyone in the world to 'synchronize our watches'.". The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. 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 … "But now we're here. The budget for staying below the 2° C threshold of approximately 1170 gigatons will be exhausted in about 26 years. By Jeff Berardelli Updated on: September 22, 2020 / 11:40 AM / CBS News 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. Yesterday, Greta Thunberg tweeted about the ravages to the environment caused by climate criminals just in her lifetime. 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 … That sort of gives you an idea of how fast we’re racing in the wrong direction.#FaceTheClimateEmergency pic.twitter.com/AzEBPAmVgz, — Greta Thunberg (@GretaThunberg) September 20, 2020. The technology is there. We can do this and, in the process, create a healthier, more just world for all of us. 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. 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. ... they don’t use the power of government to dictate how I live. Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? "You can't negotiate with reality. The Metronome usually shows the hours, minutes and seconds between midnight yesterday and midnight today. It is a measuring stick by which we can evaluate our progress. 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. If you are Greta Thunberg, it is tomorrow or next week at the latest. 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 next step is to help other cities across the world to erect their own climate clocks. Famed NYC clock is now counting down to Earth's climate change 'deadline' The Metronome digital clock in Union Square has been reset. 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. The clock is telling us we must reduce our emissions as much as we can as fast as we can. The clock reveals how little time we have left to tackle the climate crisis before the planet is past a tipping point. 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. 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. 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. 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. Here Bloomberg Green follows key statistics around global warming to see where progress is and isn’t being made. 7 YEAR COUNTDOWN: The Metronome at NYC's Union Square has a new countdown clock. ", So he teamed up with Boyd, a fellow climate activist, whose title is now Chief Existential Officer of ClimateClock.world, to figure out how to raise awareness about this dire timeline and synchronize our collective clocks. ClimateClock.world 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 … / CBS News. The concept of the carbon budget is based on a nearly linear relationship between the cumulative emissions and the temperature rise.”. 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. 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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. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later on Mar 14, 2021 than the day before. "My daughter would still not yet be a teenager and we have already decided the fate of her world for her. The pair say they are already speaking to a few other cities about expanding their idea. Clock in New York Counts Down the Time Remaining to Avert Climate Disaster The installation began its count down on September 17 with seven … The Climate Clock team minutes after the display was switched over on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. Activists Take Over NYC's Metronome to Display Climate Countdown Clock. As Nelson Mandela once said, "It always seems impossible until it's done. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? By now, humanity should know that the clock is ticking on climate change. With Democrats’ control of the Senate, a path forward on climate? Al Gore’s Doomsday Clock expired and after ten years the world still hasn’t been destroyed by climate change. Copyright © 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. However, still eluding them was how to achieve the bigger goal of a huge clock in the middle of a highly trafficked area. The revised display went live at the beginning of Climate Week in New York City and will remain on display through September 27. ", Just like the new Union Square Climate Clock, Greta's clock had the same deadline countdown on the left side. 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. 7 YEAR COUNTDOWN: The Metronome at NYC's Union Square has a new countdown clock. Climate change is one of the great challenges facing business and industry. 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. Sign up for our free daily newsletter to never miss a story. Many people, admittedly including myself, always thought it was the U.S. national debt clicking off at a breakneck pace. 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 … "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 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, 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. We have approximately seven years before the consequences of climate change reaches a deadline, according to the newly programmed countdown clock in Union Square. 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 … Contact us here. 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. "It's kind of a microcosm of the larger task we face with climate. 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. We often hear scientists say we have to reduce the level of carbon dioxide and methane in the Earth’s atmosphere soon, but how soon is soon? "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. It's not. The annual average temperature statewide has risen about 2.4°F since 1970. It was not so obvious is how to find the partners, resources and cooperation to make it happen. 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. 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. Scientists are telling us that the next seven years are crucial to the fate of the Earth and to humanity.". Colossal Climate Clock in New York City counts down to global deadline. Mar 14, 2021 - Daylight Saving Time Starts. Politicians are taking notice, and, in some cases, starting to propose policies scaled to the urgency and magnitude of the climate problem. The point of displaying this dichotomy, according to Boyd: "Our planet has a deadline. Learn more. 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. 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