Category: Climate Change

Climate Emergency Overdrive: Our Age of Compound Disasters as 10% of Oregon is Evacuated, California Burns and Louisiana Sinks

 

Climate Emergency Overdrive: Our Age of Compound Disasters as 10% of Oregon is Evacuated, California Burns and Louisiana Sinks

If you go back and look at the predictions of climate scientists about 2020, you’ll see that they gave a range, of best- and worst-case scenarios. In every instance, it is the worst case scenario that has come to pass. Even the most jaded and alarmed scientists in 2000 were not pessimistic enough. Mother Nature is trying to tell us something but we are not listening.

Climate Emergency Overdrive: Our Age of Compound Disasters as 10% of Oregon is Evacuated, California Burns and Louisiana Sinks

New global temperature record may have been set in California’s Death Valley

Furnace Creek in Death Valley hit 54.4 degrees on Sunday.

Anti-Warmists say we can adjust no need to be concerned. Said from the aircon studios powered by fossil fuels. (ODT)

via New global temperature record may have been set in California’s Death Valley

The evidence is in: we need to flatten the carbon-emissions curve

The planet will warm about 3 degrees if the atmosheric levels of carbon-dioxide double from pre-industrial times,

COVID and our response to it, as well as the new research, have stripped away the remaining excuses not to make this transition as rapidly as possible to flatten, and eventually squash, the
carbon-emissions curve.

The evidence is in: we need to flatten the carbon-emissions curve

‘Warning Sign of Major Proportions’: Number of Siberian Forest Fires Increase Fivefold in Week Since Record High Temperature | Common Dreams News

via ‘Warning Sign of Major Proportions’: Number of Siberian Forest Fires Increase Fivefold in Week Since Record High Temperature | Common Dreams News

TV News’s near silence on record shattering temperatures in the Arctic is part of a disturbing trend in climate coverage | Media Matters for America

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via TV News’s near silence on record shattering temperatures in the Arctic is part of a disturbing trend in climate coverage | Media Matters for America

Why it doesn’t make Economic Sense to Ignore Climate Change in our Recovery from the Epidemic

Liberate citizens from the centrally controlled fossil fuel industries. Expand opportunities for work and self determination from the grass roots up transition to not from new opportunities. (ODT

Just as we’re remembering to wash our hands more than we used to, coming out of the pandemic, it will pay to be more attentive about remembering to choose the zero-emissions option at every step.

We stand at a crossroads. If government stimulus packages around the world favour carbon-intensive practices and miss the moment to modernise and decarbonise, we will lock ourselves into a warming future.

If, however, we rise to the challenge, we can use the recovery from one crisis to simultaneously address another.The Conversation

via Why it doesn’t make Economic Sense to Ignore Climate Change in our Recovery from the Epidemic

Costing the earth – the price of not acting on climate change – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The cost of doing nothing(ODT)

We need to focus all our efforts on the outcome required because Inaction on climate change will cost the Earth. That is too high a price to pay.

Costing the earth – the price of not acting on climate change – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Thought-police come for Koch-funded ‘anti-Greta’ – but unlike ‘real Greta,’ her conflicts of interest are in public view — RT Op-ed

Thought-police come for Koch-funded ‘anti-Greta’ - but unlike ‘real Greta,’ her conflicts of interest are in public view

 

Seibt is promoted by the Heartland Institute. The Koch bros Institute seems to miss an essential point. Neither Science nor those arguing the reality of man-made Climate Change being  real are declaring it’s “all” only man made. However, the accumulated effect human activity has had on the accelerating the rate of change can’t be discounted as the trigger and  only humans can alter that over the long term.

Righteous anger is a valid response to call for a stop on CO2 emissions. Given the history of denial, which has only recently seen a psuedo shift by denialists like the Kochs and remains neither  scientific or rational but purely political, economic and self-interested the anger stems from concern for the common good of the planet. Seibt on that basis is a red herring just as Dr Bjorn Lomborg and his Coppenhagen Climate Council was when also financed by the Koch Bros to distract from the evidence science has and continues to accumulate for over the past 60 years. Today proving the negative influence CO2 emissions have on the planet’s changing climate. (ODT)

“I don’t want to get people to stop believing in man-made climate change, not at all,” she told the Washington Post on Monday, while acknowledging she found the idea that human activity alone was responsible for the warming planet “ridiculous.” The outlet’s profile of the young activist, whom it not-so-subtly dubs “the anti-Greta,” proceeds to paint her as a puppet of the Heartland Institute, which is “paying [Seibt] to question established climate science” – as if she would never have done so on her own.

Rather then give Seibt the benefit of the doubt, at least one other outlet pounced on WaPo for not being harsh enough on the German activist. Motherboard accused the outlet of “amplifying climate change denialism” from a “noted propaganda factory” that “can routinely be found peeing in the public discourse pool on behalf of its corporate donors.” Imagine what hell would break loose if anyone used such terms to describe Saint Greta…

via Thought-police come for Koch-funded ‘anti-Greta’ – but unlike ‘real Greta,’ her conflicts of interest are in public view — RT Op-ed

Fires and floods: Australia already seesaws between climate extremes – and there is more to come | Neville Nicholls | Opinion | The Guardian

With climate change, Australia is predicted to face more extreme weather.

”Unprecedented” is the word that keeps being tied to the apocalyptic weather Australia has faced over the past few months.

via Fires and floods: Australia already seesaws between climate extremes – and there is more to come | Neville Nicholls | Opinion | The Guardian

Climate change: A major global threat – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Teenage Swedish activist against climate change, Greta Thunberg has managed in the most vigorous and loud way to pass the debate over this huge problem, by the heads of state and government and public dialogue, in society and in the friendly discussions, mobilising millions of people around the world, especially young people, who began to demonstrate demanding by governments the immediate taking of measures for the confrontation of climate change.

Swedish MPs rightly suggested her for the Nobel Peace Prize. And of course, Greta Thunberg is right when she says that the measures are being taken to reduce greenhouse gases and, above all, carbon dioxide are not sufficient.

So, what are the appropriate measures to be taken without delay to effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and keep the temperature at + 1.5°C?

The basic policies for mitigating the problem consists in promoting and utilising renewable energy sources (wind, solar, biomass, etc.), enhancing energy efficiency, the drastic reduction of the exploitation of oil and gas deposits and the imposition of carbon taxes in order that to limit the use of fossil fuels and thereby to reduce significantly carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and eliminate them by 2050 at the latest, the rapid reduction of emissions of methane, carbon black and other short-lived pollutants that burden the climate, the restoration and protection of ecosystems and, above all, forests.

via Climate change: A major global threat – » The Australian Independent Media Network

More Clive James: Climate Change Sceptic (Part 2) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

So Clive James had various ways to attack the notion of Climate Change. He would deride and belittle those who speak up about IPCC science. He used bon mots or clever twists in language to make jokes about his opponents, who may not be more than political opponents. He approved of those who claim to be experts in scepticism, without bothering to verify them any more than he checked the claims of IPCC science. He asserted claims which were already debunked numerous times. He peppered his writing with historical names as if their name proves something. Far from affirming science, he affirmed denial.

via More Clive James: Climate Change Sceptic (Part 2) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia emits 1.2 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gases. So who must act to cut emissions?

Energy and Emissions Reductions Minister Angus Taylor has defended Australia's policies.

It’s true Australia is responsible for about 1.2 per cent of global emissions. It’s also true that we contribute a quarter of exports that make up the world’s coal trade and just became the biggest gas exporter.

So what effect does the action we take on climate change within Australia have on cutting emissions? What is our part in solving a problem that is, by its nature, global?

via Australia emits 1.2 per cent of the world’s greenhouse gases. So who must act to cut emissions?

Taking Politics Out Of Climate Change Research – Twiggy Forrest To The Rescue – » The Australian Independent Media Network

First

I’m, of course, talking about the recent bushfires. Just to recap the main talking points:

The bushfires, while bad, are nothing new because we’ve always had them.
These bushfires are not unprecedented. We’ve had worse.
They should not be politicised by talking about climate change.
They are the result of “greenie” influence and a lack of fuel reduction burns.
They are unprecedented because, in the past, we used to do fuel reduction burning.
They are not the result of climate change because a hotter climate doesn’t cause fires.
Don’t talk about climate change and try to politicise the issue.
Have we mentioned arson?
It’s all the states’ fault for not doing fuel reduction burning because that used to enable the fires to be put out before they’d got out of control.
We’ve always had droughts and fires and floods, so this is nothing new.
Of course, we believe in climate change, but, of course, some people will want more evidence before we do anything like… well, before we do anything.
Who is Matt Kean and why should we listen to someone who’s NSW Environment Minister?

So in spite of the clear signals that Scott Morrison is considering that he’s prepared to change Coalition policy on climate change as long as it doesn’t involve anything which will affect jobs… In particular, his job. And so long as somebody can guarantee that this action won’t affect the Surplus, coal exports and ensure that his daughters get to ride on a unicorn, then he’s prepared to take it to the party room.

Then there’s Twiggy

via Taking Politics Out Of Climate Change Research – Twiggy Forrest To The Rescue – » The Australian Independent Media Network

I tried to warn Scott Morrison about the bushfire disaster. Adapting to climate change isn’t enough | Greg Mullins | Opinion | The Guardian

‘The established trend of dryness, hotter temperatures, extreme weather and lengthening fire seasons is unfortunately our “new normal”.’

His advice came from Roskam and the IPA. Someone has told him the next election is 2 years away. (ODT)

via I tried to warn Scott Morrison about the bushfire disaster. Adapting to climate change isn’t enough | Greg Mullins | Opinion | The Guardian

Boris Johnson pleads with Iraq not to kick out UK and US forces | Daily Mail Online

Boris Johnson today pleaded with Iraq not to kick out UK and US troops in response to the killing of Qassem Soleimani

Australia and the UK beg Iraq to allow the Coalition of the Killing to stay on to fight ISIS after Trump declared their fight has been put on hold despite Trump’s declaration of victory and news he’s now ready to cut and run. These are the world’s self-declared peacekeepers (ODT)

Boris Johnson pleads with Iraq not to kick out UK and US forces | Daily Mail Online

Smithereens: Australia’s climate commitments blown if giant fossil fuel projects proceed – Michael West Media

Smithereens: Australia’s climate commitments blown if giant fossil fuel projects proceed

As bushfires rage and the demands for action on climate rise, the gas cartel is developing a suite of enormous fossil fuel projects destined to blow Australia’s commitments to the Paris Agreement to smithereens. Michael West reports on the push to frack new provinces; the propaganda and the reality.

Smithereens: Australia’s climate commitments blown if giant fossil fuel projects proceed – Michael West Media

In Final Hours, COP 25 Denounced as ‘Utter Failure’ as Deal Is Stripped of Ambition and US Refuses to Accept Liability for Climate Crisis | Common Dreams News

Activists protesting outside IFEMA, where UN Climate Change Conference COP25 is being held. Fridays for Future and Extinction Rebellion activists are demanding solutions against climate change. (Photo: Marcos del Mazo/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The civil society groups’ joint statement noted that in the final hours of the summit, “it is not too late for developing countries to stand strong, to resolutely refuse the agenda of polluters.”

“From the Amazon to the Arctic, our world is on fire,” the statement read. “Allowing expansion of coal, oil and gas production at this moment of history is throwing gasoline on the fire.”

In Final Hours, COP 25 Denounced as ‘Utter Failure’ as Deal Is Stripped of Ambition and US Refuses to Accept Liability for Climate Crisis | Common Dreams News

Dallas Morning News editorial board conducted a rare climate change-focused Q&A. The participant was a discredited climate contrarian. | Media Matters for America

Bjorn Lomborg

via Dallas Morning News editorial board conducted a rare climate change-focused Q&A. The participant was a discredited climate contrarian. | Media Matters for America

Conspiracy, commerce and climate denial: inside the parallel universe of Alan Jones | Media | The Guardian

Alan Jones

But despite the bulk of scientific evidence connecting drought, water shortages, heat waves and bushfires to climate change, Jones manages to consistently link these issues to claims that climate change is “a hoax”, and “there’s no evidence whatsoever to support [it]”.

Since August, Jones hasn’t interviewed any climate scientists, but he has given a platform to climate science denier Christopher Monckton, climate sceptic Peter Ridd and fossil fuel advocate Bjorn Lomborg.

He has also suggested that the government secretly wants the cattle of drought-stricken farmers to die because reduced methane emissions would help it reach its Paris target.

via Conspiracy, commerce and climate denial: inside the parallel universe of Alan Jones | Media | The Guardian

Peter Ridd and the climate sceptics | The Saturday Paper

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Doing what Big Tobacco has been doing for years (ODT)

“It gives the shrill voices someone with science credentials who they can use to support their claims about bogus science and conspiracy theories and so on.”

Dismissed by James Cook University, climate sceptic Peter Ridd sued for unfair dismissal and won. Now, he’s touring the globe, and being feted for insisting the Great Barrier Reef is fine and the science behind claims to the contrary is broken. By Max Opray.

via Peter Ridd and the climate sceptics | The Saturday Paper

Australia bushfires factcheck: are this year’s fires unprecedented? | Australia news | The Guardian

NSW bushfires

Is this climate change in action?

No fire can be blamed on climate change alone, but Bowman says the rise in higher temperatures, extreme dryness, worsening fire seasons, extreme bursts of fire weather and behaviour and the spread of fire across the country all align with scenarios painted by climate change projections.

Greenhouse gas emissions have a clear impact on rising temperatures and, through that, an indirect link on increased dryness in eastern Australia. A recent study found the extreme temperatures that drove historic 2018 bushfires in northern Queensland were four times more likely to have happened because of human-caused climate change

In short, climate change can and does makes bushfires worse.

via Australia bushfires factcheck: are this year’s fires unprecedented? | Australia news | The Guardian

The Climate: Where Trump got it wrong

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rather than making room for the others, and helping those floundering around in the sea, Donald Trump beats them with the oars – he unilaterally takes his country out of the Paris climate change Agreement because he thinks that doing so will damage the US economy.This ridiculous assumption is like hogging the set of waves on his surfboard while a monstrous tsunami lurks menacingly on the horizon.

via The Climate: Where Trump got it wrong

Water Barons: Gina Rinehart pitches cattle against sawfish – Michael West

Rinehart’s climate change denialism is well known, and she is reportedly and unsurprisingly amongst those voices that argue that 99% of the Fitzroy River’s water is wasted because it flows into the Indian Ocean.

Meanwhile, at the time of writing, Australia was experiencing catastrophic fire conditions across the Eastern seaboard. According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the 11 November 2019 was the first day on record that no rain fell anywhere across the entire expanse of this vast continent. The north of Australia, like the rest of the country, is in the grip of drought.

via Water Barons: Gina Rinehart pitches cattle against sawfish – Michael West

The clock is ticking ever closer to Doomsday – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The population, science and business are all onside but the LNP isn’t(ODT)

We have truly lost our moral compass, following get-rich-quick cults and ignoring the needs of those who do not have a chance to ‘have a go’!

We waste food while the poor in other countries – and some in our own – are starving.

We have developed a throw-away economy where manufacturers build in obsolescence.

We pollute to the point that some fresh water sources are no longer suitable for consumption.

The rate of loss of species diversity is enormous. No surprise, when we recognise that humankind is the Earth’s most dangerous predator!

The clock is ticking ever closer to Doomsday, and all the wealth, in financial terms, which a few have accumulated, will not save them forever when the air and water are polluted and the temperatures soar out of control! They might end up living lonely lives in luxurious caves!

Government funding cuts and concentration on research that brings in money has not yet quite destroyed the CSIRO. We have plenty of sources of viable plans for action.

via The clock is ticking ever closer to Doomsday – » The Australian Independent Media Network