Category: Climate Change

Over 70,000 March in Brussels to Demand Green New Deal, Urgent Climate Action

Brussels climate march saw at least 70,000 people take to the streets.

Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of Brussels on Sunday to demand Belgium’s elected leaders and others from around the world finally dispense with proclamations, broken promises, and half-measures and instead “act” on the climate emergency.

Source: Over 70,000 March in Brussels to Demand Green New Deal, Urgent Climate Action

Miami’s best real estate is under threat from rising sea levels, so the wealthy are moving to higher ground – ABC News

A big white house sits right near the water with palm trees behind it

When an apartment building collapsed just 25 minutes from his home, Ivory Artis was grappling with the potential loss of his own apartment in Miami. As sea levels rise, prime beach real estate has been losing its cachet. Developers have started looking inland, in marginalised communities like Ivory’s, to build luxury homes for the coastal elite.

Source: Miami’s best real estate is under threat from rising sea levels, so the wealthy are moving to higher ground – ABC News

Climate change has become major security threat: Defence expert

Climate change security threat

Her warning comes as a new report from the Climate Council reveals Australia has fallen well behind the US, UK, Japan and New Zealand in its analysis of climate and security risks. We are unprepared and completely blind to the threats on the horizon and accelerating them by backing fossil fuels, Ms Durrant said. “Australia’s unwillingness to deal with climate change is already affecting our security, leading to a loss of geopolitical influence, particularly in the Pacific,” she said.

Source: Climate change has become major security threat: Defence expert

The new climate “pledge” from the Murdochs is straight from the fossil fuel playbook | Media Matters for America

Australia fires Fox News prime time

Plan to advocate for carbon neutrality in Australia is not likely to change Fox News’ climate denial coverage in the U.S.

Source: The new climate “pledge” from the Murdochs is straight from the fossil fuel playbook | Media Matters for America

‘The Climate Crisis Is an Inequality Crisis,’ Says Ocasio-Cortez After Deadly Storm Hits Northeast | Common Dreams News

Queens flooding Ida

Among the people MOST at risk during flash floods here are those living in off-the-books basement dwellings that don’t meet the safety codes necessary to save lives,” said the New York Democrat.

Source: ‘The Climate Crisis Is an Inequality Crisis,’ Says Ocasio-Cortez After Deadly Storm Hits Northeast | Common Dreams News

Is climate change to blame for extreme weather events? Attribution science says yes, for some – here’s how it works

Extreme rainfall and flooding have left paths of destruction through communities around the world this summer. In New York City, remnants of Hurricane Ida flooded streets and subway lines as more than 3.15 inches of rain fell in an hour and more than 7 inches fell in all on Sept. 1-2, 2021. A week earlier in Tennessee, a record-shattering 17 inches of rain fell in 24 hours, turning creeks into rivers that flooded hundreds of homes and killed 20 people. A lot of people are asking: Was it climate change? Answering that question isn’t so simple.

Source: Is climate change to blame for extreme weather events? Attribution science says yes, for some – here’s how it works

Climate crisis putting a billion children at ‘extremely high risk’

“Adults keep saying we owe it to the young people to give them hope. But I don’t want your hope. I don’t want you to be hopeful. I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day.”

Source: Climate crisis putting a billion children at ‘extremely high risk’

Hurricane Ida Blasts Ashore In Louisiana As Major Category 4 Storm | HuffPost

A man passes by a section of roof that was blown off of a building in the French Quarter by Hurricane Ida winds in New Orlean

Hurricane Ida blasted ashore Sunday as one of the most powerful storms ever to hit the U.S., rushing from the Louisiana coast toward New Orleans and one of the nation’s most important industrial corridors. The Category 4 storm with winds of 150 mph (230 kph) hit on the same date Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana and Mississippi 16 years earlier, coming ashore about 45 miles (72 kilometers) west of where Category 3 Katrina first struck land.

Source: Hurricane Ida Blasts Ashore In Louisiana As Major Category 4 Storm | HuffPost

‘The Economist’ Notices the Climate | The Smirking Chimp

Where’s the moral rejection, the shaming and the shunning, of the greed of its richest readers, a lust for money that will truncate the natural lives of most living souls, save only the geriatric few like Charles Koch? (Though I fervently wish him the opposite, Koch will probably die long before his sins can be visited on him. Live long, Charles Koch. I don’t trust the afterlife to serve you the treat you deserve.) It’s as if the Economist has decided to point out the soon-to-come wreck of the ship it’s sailing on, while neither getting off nor working its best to change course.

Source: ‘The Economist’ Notices the Climate | The Smirking Chimp

Atmospheric CO2 Levels Haven’t Been This High in 800,000 Years: NOAA | Common Dreams News

An evacuated resident points in the direction of his home following a flash flood, which came as Tropical Storm Henri made landfall, in Helmetta, New Jersey on August 22, 2021. (Photo: Tom Brenner/AFP via Getty Images)

Based on the contributions of more than 530 scientists from over 60 countries and compiled by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), State of the Climate in 2020 is the 31st installment of the leading annual evaluation of the global climate system. “The major indicators of climate change,” officials from NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information pointed out in a statement, “continued to reflect trends consistent with a warming planet. Several markers such as sea level, ocean heat content, and permafrost once again broke records set just one year prior.” “Annual global surface temperatures were 0.97°–1.12°F (0.54°–0.62°C) above the 1981–2010 average” in 2020, said NOAA, making last year one of the three warmest on record “even with a cooling La Niña influence in the second half of the year.”

Source: Atmospheric CO2 Levels Haven’t Been This High in 800,000 Years: NOAA | Common Dreams News

Humans’ fingerprints on climate change are becoming clearer

A wildfire near Lytton in Canada’s British Columbia in early July. The town recorded 49.6 degrees in late June, smashing the nation’s previous record temperature by a shocking five degrees.

When Canada and north-western US roasted in temperatures approaching 50 degrees in late June, climate scientists from seven nations jumped on the case and within days were able to declare such extreme heat to be “virtually impossible without human-caused climate change”. The so-called rapid attribution analysis found the blistering maximums to be the equivalent of a once-in-a-millennium event, that would have been 150 times rarer without the extra greenhouse gases we have pumped into our atmosphere by burning fossil fuels and clearing land.

Source: Humans’ fingerprints on climate change are becoming clearer

‘Unimaginably Catastrophic’: Researchers Fear Gulf Stream System Could Collapse | Common Dreams News

Gulf Stream

“The likelihood of this extremely high-impact event happening increases with every gram of CO2 that we put into the atmosphere.”

Source: ‘Unimaginably Catastrophic’: Researchers Fear Gulf Stream System Could Collapse | Common Dreams News

More livestock, more carbon dioxide, less ice: the world’s climate change progress since 2019 is (mostly) bad news

Back in 2019, more than 11,000 scientists declared a global climate emergency. They established a comprehensive set of vital signs that impact or reflect the planet’s health, such as forest loss, fossil fuel subsidies, glacier thickness, ocean acidity and surface temperature. In a new paper published today, we show how these vital signs have changed since the original publication, including through the COVID-19 pandemic. In general, while we’ve seen lots of positive talk and commitments from some governments, our vital signs are mostly not trending in the right direction.

Source: More livestock, more carbon dioxide, less ice: the world’s climate change progress since 2019 is (mostly) bad news

US, European and UK diplomats meet to encourage Australia to ramp up climate action | Australian politics | The Guardian

Coal fired power station at sunset

Proof that Australia is the world’s laggard on Climate Change.

Exclusive: Diplomats have had multiple meetings in Canberra to discuss ways to engage with Australia on setting stronger climate targets

Source: US, European and UK diplomats meet to encourage Australia to ramp up climate action | Australian politics | The Guardian

Extreme heat waves in a warming world don’t just break records – they shatter them

Summer isn’t even half over, and we’ve seen heat waves in the Pacific Northwest and Canada with temperatures that would be hot for Death Valley, enormous fires that have sent smoke across North America, and lethal floods of biblical proportions in Germany and China. Scientists have warned for over 50 years about increases in extreme events arising from subtle changes in average climate, but many people have been shocked by the ferocity of recent weather disasters.

Source: Extreme heat waves in a warming world don’t just break records – they shatter them

Climate change: The world gallops to Glasgow COP26 United Nations climate summit while Australia trundles the other way

 The steelworks and coal loading facility at Port Kembla. Australia learnt this week its coal and gas exports will be hit by Japan’s plans to almost halve its use of the fossil fuels by 2030.

Friday marked 100 days until the critical COP26 United Nations climate summit starts in Glasgow and the milestone was marked by renewed urgency in climate action. Alok Sharma, the Conservative UK cabinet minister who will be the formal host of the Glasgow talks, used it to write to relevant ministers around the world and call upon them to raise ambitions. “Although significant progress has been made, we must be honest that collectively we have not yet delivered at the scale and pace that science requires,” read his letter. “The world will be watching in Glasgow and it is our shared responsibility to rise to the challenge.”

Source: Climate change: The world gallops to Glasgow COP26 United Nations climate summit while Australia trundles the other way

Under Pressure from Biden, Japan pledges to double target for Renewables in energy mix by 2030, to 38%, and to Slash Emissions

Australia’s PM is caught between Biden and his Coalition partner  while the country suffers. Watch the salesman promise what he can’t or wont deliver.

The importance of having a U.S. leader like Joe Biden, who has come to believe in the necessity of drastically cutting the emission of greenhouse gases, was demonstrated Wednesday when Japan announced that it was doubling its proposed cuts to carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. This according to Reuters.

Source: Under Pressure from Biden, Japan pledges to double target for Renewables in energy mix by 2030, to 38%, and to Slash Emissions

Here’s What Climate Scientists Are Really Saying About This Catastrophic Summer – Mother Jones

“It’s no longer a kind of vague concern about things happening in the future, it’s the realization that the world is unraveling around us right now. And the loss is piling up every day.”

Source: Here’s What Climate Scientists Are Really Saying About This Catastrophic Summer – Mother Jones

With Massive Flooding in Germany, Scientists worry Climate is increasingly out of Control

Our burning of gasoline, coal and natural gas on a massive global scale, putting tens of billions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere annually, is turning the earth into . . . well, a greenhouse. Greenhouses are closed up, keeping in heat and moisture. In a greenhouse, the moisture might form rivulets down the internal windows. On earth, the skies open to dump lakes worth of water down on people.

Source: With Massive Flooding in Germany, Scientists worry Climate is increasingly out of Control

Flooding in Germany and Belgium leaves more than 60 dead as streets become raging torrents – ABC News

An aerial shot of a half submerged train in a flooded village.

At least 58 deaths were reported in Germany and eight in Belgium The scale of the disaster is not yet clear France and the Netherlands have also experienced flooding

Source: Flooding in Germany and Belgium leaves more than 60 dead as streets become raging torrents – ABC News

Extreme climate change has reached the United States: Here are America’s fastest-warming places – Washington Post

2°C: Beyond the limit Extreme climate change has arrived in America By Steven Mufson , Chris Mooney , Juliet Eilperin and John Muyskens Photography by Salwan Georges

Source: Extreme climate change has reached the United States: Here are America’s fastest-warming places – Washington Post

‘Wake Up Call’: Rapidly Thawing Permafrost Threatens Trans-Alaska Pipeline | Common Dreams News

Trans-Alaska Pipeline Permafrost Melting

Alaska’s thawing permafrost is undermining the supports that hold up an elevated section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, putting in danger the structural integrity of one of the world’s largest oil pipelines. In a worst-case scenario, a rupture of the pipeline would result in an oil spill in a delicate and remote landscape where it would be extremely difficult to clean up. “This is a wake-up call,” said Carl Weimer, of Pipeline Safety Trust, a nonprofit pipeline watchdog group based in Bellingham, Washington. “The implications of this speak to the pipeline’s integrity and the effect climate change is having on pipeline safety in general.”

Source: ‘Wake Up Call’: Rapidly Thawing Permafrost Threatens Trans-Alaska Pipeline | Common Dreams News

Gasoline and Coal’s Climate Freak Show: Fire-nado, 1 Billion Dead Marine Animals, and Earth’s All-Time Record Heat

Gasoline demand in the U.S. rebounded vigorously in the week leading up to the 4th of July, to an average of 9.6 million barrels a day, the highest rate seen since September, 2019, well before the pandemic. This is bad. During the 2020 pandemic year, global carbon dioxide emissions plummeted from 36.6 billion metric tons to a mere 34 billion metric tons. It is the kind of 7% a year reduction we need if we are to avoid the worst effects of the climate emergency. The bad news is that as the post-pandemic economy rebounds, our carbon emissions are shooting right back up. In China, where the government used masking, lockdowns and social distancing to all but defeat the virus by late summer of 2020, carbon dioxide emissions were down less than 2%. As we blithely go back to our gas-guzzling ways, and as brain-dead state governments like that of North Dakota actively attempt to keep unprofitable coal plants in operation, the earth atmosphere on which we are inflicting our 36 billion metric tons of CO2 (sort of like blowing up myriads of atomic bombs up there) is taking revenge on us with rocketing temperatures.

Source: Gasoline and Coal’s Climate Freak Show: Fire-nado, 1 Billion Dead Marine Animals, and Earth’s All-Time Record Heat

Global Climate Change | The Smirking Chimp

There’s abundant evidence about the climate change problem. On July 7th, writing in the the New York Times Henry Fountain observed: “The extraordinary heat wave that scorched the Pacific Northwest last week would almost certainly not have occurred without global warming, an international team of climate researchers said Wednesday. Temperatures were so extreme — including readings of 116 degrees Fahrenheit in Portland, Ore., and a Canadian record of 121 in British Columbia — that the researchers had difficulty saying just how rare the heat wave was. But they estimated that in any given year there was only a 0.1 percent chance of such an intense heat wave occurring.”

Source: Global Climate Change | The Smirking Chimp

Record-breaking US Pacific north-west heatwave killed almost 200 people | US weather | The Guardian

People sleep at a cooling shelter set up during an unprecedented heatwave in Portland, Oregon, 27 June.

The death toll from the record-breaking heatwave that struck the US Pacific north-west last week has risen to nearly 200, with health authorities reporting 116 deaths in Oregon and 78 in Washington state.

Source: Record-breaking US Pacific north-west heatwave killed almost 200 people | US weather | The Guardian

An Actual Space Laser Shows How Devastating Sea Level Rise May Be – Mother Jones

But sometimes an engineering solution just won’t be possible. “Some of the adaptation strategies could be that we just relocate the entire community, because for some reason we cannot defend them using in-place structures like sea walls,” says Shirzaei. This is known as managed retreat, and it’s already happening in some cities. San Francisco, for instance, is giving up part of a coastal highway by replacing two lanes with a trail so the land can better hold back rising waters.

Source: An Actual Space Laser Shows How Devastating Sea Level Rise May Be – Mother Jones

Mapping the hottest temperatures around the world | Climate News | Al Jazeera

June was an exceptionally hot month for several countries in the northern hemisphere. Since Friday June 25, at least 486 sudden deaths have been recorded in Canada’s British Columbia province as temperatures soared to nearly 50C (122F). In the United States, the ongoing heatwave has buckled highways and melted power lines. A so-called “heat dome”, where high pressure traps the heat, is being blamed for the excessively high temperatures.

Source: Mapping the hottest temperatures around the world | Climate News | Al Jazeera

World Edging ‘Inexorably’ Closer to 1.5°C Warming Threshold: WMO | Common Dreams News

dead trees burned in a wildfire stand near the Lake Oroville reservoir during the California drought emergency on May 25, 2021

Climate action advocates reiterated demands for urgent measures to rein in global heating after the World Meteorological Organization warned Thursday that there’s a 40% chance the planet will temporarily hit 1.5°C of warming in the next five years. The WMO, a United Nations agency, also said in its update that there’s a 90% chance at least one year between 2021 and 2025 will be the hottest on the books—a record currently held by 2016.

Source: World Edging ‘Inexorably’ Closer to 1.5°C Warming Threshold: WMO | Common Dreams News

‘A Real Hotspot’: Study Shows Arctic Warming 3 Times Faster Than Rest of Earth | Common Dreams News

A hiker walks along winding channels carved by water on the surface of the melting Longyearbreen glacier during a summer heatwave on Svalbard archipelago on July 31, 2020 near Longyearbyen, Norway. (Photo: Sean Gallup via Getty Images)

Over the past five decades, the Arctic has warmed three times faster than the world as a whole, leading to rapid and widespread melting of ice and other far-reaching consequences that are important not only to local communities and ecosystems but to the fate of life on planet Earth.

Source: ‘A Real Hotspot’: Study Shows Arctic Warming 3 Times Faster Than Rest of Earth | Common Dreams News

‘They lost our receipts three times’: how getting an insurance payout can be a full-time job

‘They lost our receipts three times’: how getting an insurance payout can be a full-time job

As thousands of homes remain underwater in what appears to be yet another historic flood event in New South Wales, insurance companies are being inundated with calls from worried customers. The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that Insurance Council of Australia has declared an insurance catastrophe following more than 5,000 claims over the weekend.

‘They lost our receipts three times’: how getting an insurance payout can be a full-time job

Fox’s Outnumbered lies about role of climate change in Texas and state’s record on winter blackouts | Media Matters for America

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Why James Murdoch left the company

During Friday’s edition of Fox News’ Outnumbered, the panelists repeated a number of false claims about the ongoing blackouts in Texas, both in an attempt to cover up negligence by the state government and private power utilities and to deny the role of climate change in severe weather events. Fox has been waging a sustained propaganda campaign attempting to blame renewable energy sources for the state’s crisis. By contrast, local media outlets in Texas have done a much better job at explaining how the breakdowns across all energy sources — including from fossil fuels, which still normally provide a majority of the state’s electricity — are the result of the state’s failure to adequately winterize its infrastructure, even after prior blackout events. But these facts were entirely left out of the conversation on Outnumbered.

Fox’s Outnumbered lies about role of climate change in Texas and state’s record on winter blackouts | Media Matters for America

Bolstering Alarm Over Scientists’ Warnings, New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Projections ‘Are On the Money’ | Common Dreams News

A road on United Kingdom's Holderness Coast is collapsing into the sea due to sea level rise. (Photo: Matthew J. Thomas/Getty Images)

A new study from Australian and Chinese researchers adds weight to scientists’ warnings from recent United Nations reports about how sea levels are expected to rise dangerously in the coming decades because of human activity that’s driving global heating.

Bolstering Alarm Over Scientists’ Warnings, New Study Finds Sea Level Rise Projections ‘Are On the Money’ | Common Dreams News

Mr Morrison, please don’t make empty promises: enshrine our climate targets in law

In Australia and internationally, climate lawmaking has been going on for more than a decade. The evidence is clear: well designed, binding climate laws do effectively tackle the climate crisis. Anything less may well turn out be an empty promise.

Mr Morrison, please don’t make empty promises: enshrine our climate targets in law

Deadly Himalayan glacial burst triggers calls for action on climate change

A man after being rescued from the flood in northern India.
Tragedy

Deadly Himalayan glacial burst triggers calls for action on climate change

The flash flood in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand has killed at least 12 people, with fears for 170 more.

A glacial flood that tore through a Himalayan valley, killing at least 12 people with fears for 170 more, has sharpened concerns about an acceleration in climate change disasters, as rescuers scramble through the hostile terrain to find survivors.

Deadly Himalayan glacial burst triggers calls for action on climate change

Governments continue to ignore climate change as a cause of koala extinction

Australia stands alone in the world on Climate Change America has joined the Paris accord and abandoned Trumpist Morrison

Bushfires caused by climate change had a significant impact on the survival of koalas while the Government continues to ignore warnings, writes Sue Arnold.

Governments continue to ignore climate change as a cause of koala extinction

Top scientists warn of ‘ghastly future’ for planet as leaders underestimate ecological threats – CNN

From Norway to Canada, the Arctic Ocean is being polluted by tiny plastic fibers from our clothes

The scientists warn that world leaders must act to avoid a grim future while planning for impending changes the planet is set to face

Top scientists warn of ‘ghastly future’ for planet as leaders underestimate ecological threats – CNN

Australia’s Massive Solar Energy Hub in Outback to produce coal-killer Green Ammonia

Ammonia does not produce greenhouse gas emissions when burned. Engineers are working on ensuring that it also does not produce nitrogen oxides, which are a pollutant that contributes to ozone. Ammonia can be used in coal-fired electricity plants instead of coal. It is also suitable as a fuel for, e.g., large ships.

Australia’s Massive Solar Energy Hub in Outback to produce coal-killer Green Ammonia

In Germany, Trade Unions Are Waking Up To the Climate Crisis

Rooted in Germany’s metalworks industries, IG Metall is one of the world’s strongest trade unions. But the need for climate action is forcing it to take a more critical approach to the industries where its members work — and fight for a green transition that creates new kinds of high-paid, fulfilling jobs.

In Germany, Trade Unions Are Waking Up To the Climate Crisis

US election 2020: Australia alone in the new global climate

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to act on climate change.

Joe Biden’s thumping victory in the US presidential election is also a thumping victory for the global climate. Biden campaigned unabashedly to rejoin the Paris climate agreement, to pledge net-zero emissions by 2050, and to spend AU$2.4 trillion on new climate initiatives. His election is a game-changer for global climate action.

US election 2020: Australia alone in the new global climate

Deadly Bacteria in Coastal Waters Causes a Flesh-Eating Disease. Climate Change Is Making It Worse. – Mother Jones

This past summer, an outbreak occurred as far north as Connecticut, where the state health department issued a rare alert after five residents contracted the deadly V. vulnificus bacteria. Meanwhile, in the Carolinas, rising seas and intensifying storms are washing the virulent strains further inland. Since 2007, when the CDC required states to report Vibrio cases, South Carolina has seen a three-fold increase in its incidence rate and North Carolina’s reported rate soared 1.6 times. By 2019, according to more recent state data, the bacteria had sickened at least 550 people in both states.

Deadly Bacteria in Coastal Waters Causes a Flesh-Eating Disease. Climate Change Is Making It Worse. – Mother Jones

Stunning Doubling of Severe Natural disasters in past 20 Years, many driven by Climate Emergency

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction issued a report today concluding that natural disasters caused by the human impact on earth’s climate have doubled in the past twenty years. Human beings have put increasing amounts of heat-trapping gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere in the past 40 years by driving gasoline cars and burning coal and natural gas for electricity and heating and cooling buildings. Using a comprehensive database, UNDRR found that from 2000 through 2019 there have been 7,348 huge disasters.

Stunning Doubling of Severe Natural disasters in past 20 Years, many driven by Climate Emergency

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

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