Category: Climate Change

Ian Plimer follows up Tony Abbott’s climate science denialism act in London

With Tony Abbott and Ian Plimer’s global activism, Australia appears to fast becoming the home of worldwide climate science denialism. Graham Readfearn reports.

AUSTRALIANS HAVE been keeping the London-based climate science denial group the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF) busy in recent weeks, writes Graham Readfearn.

After former Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave the group’s annual lecture in October, it was the turn of one of Australia’s longest-serving deniers to empty another bucket of bunkum.

Professor Ian Plimer, an Australian director of multiple mining companies, is featured in a new interview with the GWPF to promote his latest subtly titled denial tome: Climate Change Delusion and the Great Energy Rip-off.

When it comes to climate change science, Plimer can be placed very firmly in the file marked “denial

Ian Plimer follows up Tony Abbott’s climate science denialism act in London

Scientists Issue Dire Warning on Climate Change ; Key Researcher Urges “Changes in How We Live” | Democracy Now!

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At COP23, the International Energy Agency predicts U.S. oil production is expected to grow an an unparalleled rate in the coming years—even as the majority of scientists worldwide are saying countries need to cut down on fossil fuel extraction, not accelerate it. Meanwhile, a group of 15,000 scientists have come together to issue a dire “second notice” to humanity, 25 years after a group of scientists issued the “first notice” warning the world about climate change.

Scientists Issue Dire Warning on Climate Change & Key Researcher Urges “Changes in How We Live” | Democracy Now!

Australia Has a Climate Change Lesson for the World – The New York Times

That this is the best we can do — indeed that this is a relative triumph for Mr. Turnbull — illustrates just how tangled Australia’s climate politics have become. The country has taken a long, hard look at every warning about the costs of delayed climate action and ignored them all. And, subsequently, it has paid for those costs through high energy prices and curtailed investment.

via Australia Has a Climate Change Lesson for the World – The New York Times

TRNN SPECIAL: Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science

A documentary special reveals how climate change science has been under systematic attack; the multi-million dollar campaign allowed a climate change denier to be elected president (a new version with updated content and music)

Source: TRNN SPECIAL: Trump, The Koch Brothers and Their War on Climate Science

Turnbull, Frydenberg and Abbott’s electorates back 50% renewables target | Australia news | The Guardian

ReachTel poll finds majority in three Liberal-held seats support carbon pricing, and more ambitious renewable policy

Source: Turnbull, Frydenberg and Abbott’s electorates back 50% renewables target | Australia news | The Guardian

Tony Abbott has lost touch with reality on climate change

In fact, given the patent inaccuracy of his remarks, it’s no surprise he had fly 10,000 miles to find an audience sufficiently receptive, or adequately ignorant of Australia’s climate record, to actually listen.

Source: Tony Abbott has lost touch with reality on climate change

Live Updates: Puerto Rico Could Be Without Power For Up To Six Months Following Maria

Puerto Rico Quick Facts

  • Petroleum products fuel transportation, electricity generation, and industry in Puerto Rico, supplying three-fourths 75% of the energy consumed in the commonwealth.
  • In 2016, 47% of Puerto Rico’s electricity came from petroleum, 34% from natural gas, 17% from coal, and 2% from renewable energy.

The monster storm has crippled several islands, including Puerto Rico, as it roars across the Caribbean with extreme winds and storm surge. Check back on this post for the latest on the powerful hurri

Source: Live Updates: Puerto Rico Could Be Without Power For Up To Six Months Following Maria

Australia’s record-breaking winter beats average highs by 2C, Climate Council says | Australia news | The Guardian

‘Less of an opportunity to clear the mind,’ is the verdict from Bidyadanga, where winter highs of 33C were replaced by 36C as records tumbled across the country

Source: Australia’s record-breaking winter beats average highs by 2C, Climate Council says | Australia news | The Guardian

Hurricane Irma closes in on Florida as millions flee

Hurricane Irma pounded Cuba’s northern coast on Saturday and barrelled toward Florida as authorities scrambled to complete an unprecedented evacuation of millions of residents hours before the storm would engulf the state.

Source: Hurricane Irma closes in on Florida as millions flee

Texas Wind turbines went right on Turning under Harvey’s impact, as Refineries Shut Down

Reuters quoted a market analyst as saying, “Imports can’t make up for this. . . This is going to be the worst thing the U.S. has seen in decades from an energy standpoint.”Not only is gasoline going to be more expensive as a result, but the pollution dangers from the damaged refineries are horrific.But guess what? Texas’s wind turbines weathered Harvey. Some were pushed to the max by its powerful winds, but they just went on making electricity! Turbines shut down if the wind is 55 mph or more, but most wind farms affected by Harvey were able to keep operating. One shut down because the electrical wires were knocked down, not because the turbines stopped working!. On an average day, Texas gets 20% of its electricity from wind. That only fell to 13% the day of Harvey’s landfall.

But guess what? Texas’s wind turbines weathered Harvey. Some were pushed to the max by its powerful winds, but they just went on making electricity! Turbines shut down if the wind is 55 mph or more, but most wind farms affected by Harvey were able to keep operating. One shut down because the electrical wires were knocked down, not because the turbines stopped working!. On an average day, Texas gets 20% of its electricity from wind. That only fell to 13% the day of Harvey’s landfall.

Source: Texas Wind turbines went right on Turning under Harvey’s impact, as Refineries Shut Down

‘Worst flood ever’ hits Houston in wake of Hurricane Harvey — RT America

Hurricane Harvey, now weakened to a tropical depression, has caused widespread devastation along the Texas coast, including record rainfall and flooding comparable to 2005’s Hurricane Katrina. Relief efforts will be costly and take years, authorities say.

Source: ‘Worst flood ever’ hits Houston in wake of Hurricane Harvey — RT America

The Criminals who amplified Harvey: Trump & Cabinet must Resign

This is not an administration, it is a rogues gallery of environmental criminals.Want to know why we’re having a once in a 500 years storm and flood in Texas?Because of Trump and his buddies on the cabinet. They are creating a situation where Hurricane Harvey becomes the new normal.They should resign.

Source: The Criminals who amplified Harvey: Trump & Cabinet must Resign

Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change: Here Are the Facts | Climate Reality

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This week, our hearts are heavy and our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. As climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann wrote, “[W]e can’t say that Hurricane Harvey was caused by climate change. But it was certainly worsened by it.”

 

Hurricane Harvey and Climate Change: Here Are the Facts | Climate Reality

Scientists Leak Study on Global Heating Impact b4 Trump can Suppress it | Informed Comment

 

The report is concrete, careful and scarier than any horror movie you’ve ever seen. It gives upper and lower estimates, depending on whether humankind gets its act together. Given the oil-drenched buffoons now in charge, you’d want to bet on the higher and more dangerous numbers in each case.

Source: Scientists Leak Study on Global Heating Impact b4 Trump can Suppress it | Informed Comment

The cynical and dishonest denial of climate change has to end: it’s time for leadership | Gerry Hueston | Opinion | The Guardian

Absence of climate and energy policy has left Australia lagging dangerously behind, missing out on investment and facing major electricity disruptions.

Source: The cynical and dishonest denial of climate change has to end: it’s time for leadership | Gerry Hueston | Opinion | The Guardian

It’s going to Get a lot Hotter; how Hot depends on You

Richard B. Rood | (The Conversation) | – – Earth’s climate is changing rapidly. We know this from billions of …

Since 1880, after carbon dioxide emissions took off with the Industrial Revolution, the average global temperature has increased. With the help of internal variations associated with the El Niño weather pattern, we’ve already experienced months more than 1.5℃ above the average. Sustained temperatures beyond the 1℃ threshold are imminent. Each of the last three decades has been warmer than the preceding decade, as well as warmer than the entire previous century.

Source: It’s going to Get a lot Hotter; how Hot depends on You

Climate forces consolidate as coal backers rush for government help

As the Turnbull government struggles to convince internal dissenters of the need for tougher carbon reduction measures, forces on the green energy side are positioning for a renewed climate change debate in coming months.

Source: Climate forces consolidate as coal backers rush for government help

It’s way past time to speak truth to climate arguments this stupid | Lenore Taylor | Environment | The Guardian

Donald Trump’s mouth is seen on a big screen

For precious decades experts have explained, over and over, that the science of climate change is incontrovertible, the consequences of blindly sticking with fossil fuels catastrophic and the costs of inaction far higher than switching to a low-emissions economy.But these facts had no impact on the sceptics, who cling to a worldview where they find “alternative facts”, where fossil fuel power is the only path to prosperity and mounting environmental and economic evidence to the contrary is some kind of dastardly leftwing plot.

Source: It’s way past time to speak truth to climate arguments this stupid | Lenore Taylor | Environment | The Guardian

Trump Announced That The US Is Pulling Out Of The Paris Climate Deal

Trump announces the US withdrawal from the Paris climate change accord.

The president called the 2015 international agreement a “deal that punishes the United States,” but added that the US will try to negotiate “a deal that’s fair.

The only other two countries that aren’t supporting the deal are Nicaragua and Syria. https://twitter.com/axios/status/869879115981221888 

Source: Trump Announced That The US Is Pulling Out Of The Paris Climate Deal

CNN’s Van Jones and Fareed Zakaria destroy Trump’s lie that remaining in the Paris climate deal is bad for business

This is what’s happening. You have an American president who is now taking a meat ax to the only American industry that is growing. The clean energy sector in America is producing jobs —

Source: CNN’s Van Jones and Fareed Zakaria destroy Trump’s lie that remaining in the Paris climate deal is bad for business