Category: Climate Change

Australians remain the world’s worst coal power polluters per capita

Australia is still dependent on coal-fired power stations.

Morrison, Taylor Frydenberg and tha LNP will godown as Australia’s greatest liars on Climate Change

Australia produced 4.04 tonnes of carbon dioxide per person from coal-fired power stations last year, according to a new report by energy think tank Ember. That’s roughly four times the global average, double the average per person in countries like the US and Japan, and more than any other country in the G20 or the OECD. University of Adelaide energy economist Dr Liam Wagner said he was unsurprised by the ranking, given Australia has long been one of the world’s most coal-dependent countries.

Source: Australians remain the world’s worst coal power polluters per capita

Earth’s Atmospheric CO2 Hasn’t Been This High In Millions of Years

A burned Valero gas station smolders during the Creek fire in an unincorporated area of Fresno County, California on September 8, 2020.

Meanwhile  for the sake of money the LNP, IPA, and News Corp deny the urgency just as they did the pandemic. They say we just have to live with it.

Climate scientists and concerned citizens are sounding the alarm as daily, weekly, and monthly records for atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to be shattered while the fossil fuel-powered capitalist economic system responsible for skyrocketing greenhouse gas pollution plows ahead.

Source: Earth’s Atmospheric CO2 Hasn’t Been This High In Millions of Years

Climate change is being buried this election. We asked scientists to rate the major parties’ policies – ABC News

A farmer crouches on dry, cracked soil

How would you rank the parties’ policies?

Peter Newman: 1. Labor 2. Greens 3. Coalition

Leslie Hughes: 1. Greens 2. Labor 3. Coalition

Nerilie Abram: 1. Greens 2. Labor 3. Coalition

Andy Pitman: 1. Greens 2. Labor 3. Coalition

Source: Climate change is being buried this election. We asked scientists to rate the major parties’ policies – ABC News

A Successful Climate Movement Must Be a Working-Class Movement

The only way to stop climate change is to build a mass, working-class movement whose demands both resonate with average people and take on the billionaires who are profiteering from the climate crisis.

Source: A Successful Climate Movement Must Be a Working-Class Movement

Crikey Worm: A heated issue

Scott Morrison coal climate emergency

Good morning, early birds. The Morrison government’s plan for climate action will lead to nearly 4 degrees of global heating according to analysis, and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and opponent Monique Ryan went head-to-head in a fiery debate yesterday. It’s the news you need to know, with Emma Elsworthy.

Source: Crikey Worm: A heated issue

Coalition climate target consistent with more than 3C global heating, research says | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Aerial of trees scorched by bushfires near East Gippsland, Australia, 2020

The Morrison government’s climate change commitments are consistent with more than 3C of global heating, bordering on 4C, a level that would lead to catastrophic damage across the planet, according to a new analysis.

Source: Coalition climate target consistent with more than 3C global heating, research says | Climate crisis | The Guardian

Climate Emergency: India’s Unprecedented Heat Wave blights Wheat Crops, adding to Global Bread Shortages

India’s governments– first the colonial British and since 1947 the independent state — have been keeping temperature records all over the country for at least 122 years. 2022 is crashing through many previous records.

This was the hottest March since records began being kept. Aniruddha Gosal at AP notes that a Lancet report last year foound that India’s vulnerability to extreme heat increased 15% from 1990 to 2019. India and Brazil are the two countries where most people die annually of heat exposure.

Source: Climate Emergency: India’s Unprecedented Heat Wave blights Wheat Crops, adding to Global Bread Shortages

Climate change: Scott Morrison’s Achilles heel – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Scott Morrison has a problem with climate change which reflects his style of governing. He sees it as a political matter to be managed politically, not as an actual problem with the potential to cause severe problems in Australia in the relatively near term. He does not view climate change as a reality that must be dealt with now and with strong, far-reaching measures. Rather, it is something to be managed by the application of least-perturbation decision making aimed at short-term electoral success.

Source: Climate change: Scott Morrison’s Achilles heel – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wind generation for First Time Outstrips both Coal and Nuclear in US

“Last Tuesday, total U.S. wind generation exceeded 2,000 GWh, making wind the second largest producer of electricity in the United States after natural gas for that 24-hour period. Did a quick look at EIA’s numbers going back to 2018. Don’t think that’s ever happened before.” Storrow notes that wind power in the US has occasionally bested coal, but not both coal and nuclear.

Source: Wind generation for First Time Outstrips both Coal and Nuclear in US

As US Squanders $728.5 billion/ yr on Pentagon, China Captures 65% of Global EV Sales, ups Production 115%

 

China is beating the pants off the United States in the burgeoning new energy vehicle market, out-producing and out-selling America with regard to plug-in vehicles by a massive margin. Whereas the Chinese government is supporting this new industry, the US government is still subsidizing fossil fuels and is spending $728.5 billion a year on the Pentagon at a time when the US is not even at war. The result is bloated and problematic engines of destruction like the failed F-35. In the first quarter of 2022, China is expected to take 65% of the global market in new-energy vehicles, according to Yang Yang at China Daily. China exported about 500,000 new-energy cars in 2021, 2.6 times more than the previous year,. China’s EV exports to Europe rose fivefold to 230,000 units write Akashi Kawakami, Yohei Muramatsu and Saki Shirai at Nikkei Asia.

Source: As US Squanders $728.5 billion/ yr on Pentagon, China Captures 65% of Global EV Sales, ups Production 115%

“Now or Never” to Avert Climate Disaster, UN Panel Says – Mother Jones

However Australia sides with Russia and India fuck the world.

The world can still hope to stave off the worst ravages of climate breakdown but only through a “now or never” dash to a low-carbon economy and society, scientists have said in what is in effect a final warning for governments on the climate. Greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2025, and can be nearly halved this decade, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), to give the world a chance of limiting future heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The final cost of doing so will be minimal, amounting to just a few percent of global GDP by mid-century, though it will require a massive effort by governments, businesses and individuals.

Source: “Now or Never” to Avert Climate Disaster, UN Panel Says – Mother Jones

Fire and Rain – » The Australian Independent Media Network

An election is due within a few months. A number of Australians have chosen to run for office as conservative independents in Coalition held seats. Most, if not all of these ‘teal’ independents are partially motivated by the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison Collation Government’s complete and utter disregard for the environment that our children and grandchildren will have to endure. They seem to be confident of changing the voting habits of a reasonable number of formerly rusted on Coalition voters. We also know from history, that once an electorate chooses an independent candidate, it is difficult for the major parties to regain the seat. Poetic justice would be that when the next ‘unprecedented’ natural disaster hits Australia, Morrison is sitting on his couch and watching the rolling coverage of the unfolding disaster. with the Prime Minister of the day showing Morrison how the job is done and the media making the comparison for all to see. At the same time his daughters are telling him in no uncertain terms that he could have done something when he was PM to stop the tragedies of the future, and didn’t. What do you think?

Source: Fire and Rain – » The Australian Independent Media Network

‘Stunning’ heatwaves on both poles with Antarctica 40°C hotter than it should be | Metro News

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Both of the Earth’s poles have been hit by freakishly hot weather that has stunned climate experts. Parts of the Arctic are around 30°C warmer than is normally expected at this time of year, while in Antarctica that figure jumped to more than 40°C hotter than average. The unprecedented heatwaves were branded ‘not a good sign’ as concerns continue to mount about the climate crisis worldwide.

Source: ‘Stunning’ heatwaves on both poles with Antarctica 40°C hotter than it should be | Metro News

Arctic hits 50° F above normal, as Scientists predict it will soon have more Rain than Snow

Meanwhile, Murdoch media still promotes these events as “unprecedented” but no evidence of a warming planet due to human activity of burning fossil fuels. Is it coincidental that Murdoch is a heavy investor in Genie Oil?

While it made headlines because it is freakish, that parts of Antarctica are 70 degrees F. warmer than usual may just be a fluke. Climate is a trend line you can see over 50 years of changes. Weather is what happens for a day or a week. The more alarming number is one that is slightly lower, which is 50 degrees F. warmer than usual, and it concerns the Arctic, the north pole, not the south. You see the red areas of the map below? They are seriously not supposed to be there, especially at a time when the Arctic is still plunged into the long winter night:

Source: Arctic hits 50° F above normal, as Scientists predict it will soon have more Rain than Snow

Climate change has created two very typical states of environmental disasters in the Australian landscape – » The Australian Independent Media Network

To have these federally funded bodies respond to these emergencies far faster than this government and ADF have reacted to people in need in Lismore, Coraki, Girards Hill, Southgate, Mullumbimby, Picton and many others, we need one more change. We need a federal government that will not simply announce its intentions without any measurable, functional outcomes or run off overseas or hide from public scrutiny, but act promptly to produce results in infrastructure and finance in the towns that will preserve our communities. But, unfortunately, that government is not our current incumbent, whose leader only now, weeks after the start of the floods, while visiting Lismore, indicated an “intention” to declare a “State of Emergency”.

Source: Climate change has created two very typical states of environmental disasters in the Australian landscape – » The Australian Independent Media Network

NSW floods: almost 500,000 people across state under evacuation orders or warnings | Australia east coast floods 2022 | The Guardian

After a car tuck in flood water on College Street, Richmond as police tell residents in low-lying areas to evacuate homes with more flooding expected.

Morrison the socialist made all Australia pay for the increased “risk insurance” companies charged after the last flood in Qld will he do the same again? He set up a $4.5 bn emergency fund  back then and hasn’t spent a cent. Building permits for developments were freely handed out were handed out in wrong places, and Climate Change was fobbed off as a Left-Wing political ploy. An ICAC was promised and never delivered because we saw what happened in NSW  when some 10 LNP politicians were caught taking backhanders. These floods are no longer an “unprecedented” event.

About half a million people in NSW are under evacuation orders or warnings as the wild weather system that has battered parts of eastern Australia for a week homes in on the greater Sydney region.

Source: NSW floods: almost 500,000 people across state under evacuation orders or warnings | Australia east coast floods 2022 | The Guardian

In land of flooding rains, we still don’t give our biggest river system the care it needs – Michael West Media

Commonwealth legislation on water market behaviour governance and integrity is still very much a ‘work in progress’, or perhaps even a twinkle in the Treasurer’s eye. Like so many other integrity issues, it is in the too-hard basket. But now is the time to act. Water is abundant, tempers have been cooled, and greater attention is being applied to the complex challenge of balancing the competing uses of water and our river system. Waiting till the next drought might seem easy, but it will make reform many times harder.

Source: In land of flooding rains, we still don’t give our biggest river system the care it needs – Michael West Media

UN Climate Panel: 50% of Species have fled toward Poles, as Extinctions and Food and Water Shortages Burgeon

The US Republican Party may not believe in the menace of the climate emergency, but the animals are far less dumb. They are fleeing for the hills, literally. (Note that I have used “literally” correctly here.) That 50% of the tens of thousands of species surveyed by the iPCC have moved toward the poles to get away from the increasing extremes of heat is a remarkable, and alarming statistic.

Source: UN Climate Panel: 50% of Species have fled toward Poles, as Extinctions and Food and Water Shortages Burgeon

New flood maps show US damage rising 26% in next 30 years due to climate change alone, and the inequity is stark

Climate change is raising flood risks in neighborhoods across the U.S. much faster than many people realize. Over the next three decades, the cost of flood damage is on pace to rise 26% due to climate change alone, an analysis of our new flood risk maps shows.

Source: New flood maps show US damage rising 26% in next 30 years due to climate change alone, and the inequity is stark

Another Sign Big Three Automakers are dumping Big Oil: GM to invest $7 Billion in Michigan Electric Vehicle, Battery Plants

Well Scott Morrison why are you trying to prevent this technology getting here? We have all the resources to be the world’s premium battery producer and accelerating the transition to global planet cleaner energy.

Stanford Professor Tony Seba foresees a double whammy for the petroleum industry, which he thinks will be dead by 2030, as Rick Kowalchuk at Energi Media reports. One is the rise of electric vehicles, which can use free sunlight and wind as their energy source, not dirty oil. The other is the likelihood that self-driving vehicles will replace ownership of passenger cars, offering “transportation as a service.” If tens of millions of drivers forego car ownership, and when they do order a car to get somewhere use an electric autonomous vehicle, petroleum is doomed. It can’t happen too soon to save the earth.

Source: Another Sign Big Three Automakers are dumping Big Oil: GM to invest $7 Billion in Michigan Electric Vehicle, Battery Plants

Scotland alone to nearly Double all the Offshore Wind in the World with new ScotWind Facilities

We don’t get this News in our MSM

James Murray at BusinessGreen reports that 17 new massive offshore wind projects have been authorized off Scotland that collectively would generate 25 gigawatts of power. Note that the total offshore wind capacity as of 2020 in the whole world was only 35 gigawatts, so this one set of “ScotWind” projects will almost double the global total. Some 75 percent of offshore wind-driven electricity is presently generated by the UK, China and Germany. England itself has many gigawatts of offshore wind capacity in the pipeline, and just one of the planned projects will generate five percent of the country’s electricity needs.

Source: Scotland alone to nearly Double all the Offshore Wind in the World with new ScotWind Facilities

This WA town just topped 50℃ – a dangerous temperature many Australians will have to get used to

Yesterday though, the temperature peaked at 50.7℃ in Onslow, a small Western Australian town around 100km from Exmouth.Remarkably, the town sits right next to the ocean, which usually provides cooling. By contrast, the infamously hot WA town of Marble Bar has only reached 49.6℃ this summer, despite its inland location.If confirmed, the Onslow temperature would equal Australia’s hottest on record set in Oodnadatta, South Australia, in January 1960. It would also mark only the fourth day over 50℃ for an Australian location since reliable observations began.

Source: This WA town just topped 50℃ – a dangerous temperature many Australians will have to get used to

We are so F*cked unless we act Now: The 7 Hottest Years on Record were the last 7 Years

Remember when News Corp spent decades telling us the planet was actually cooling. Andrew Bolt was declared a world expert by the IPA in the book on Climate Change “Facts”. Today he calls the above a “New Religion” and promotes the denials of his cherry-picked anti- scientists who he gives voice  on his Murdoch platform.

Climate change is not a matter of a dystopian future. We are living it. Now. And it is an increasing challenge. It is a challenge we can overcome, but the longer we burn fossil fuels the steeper the task will be.

Source: We are so F*cked unless we act Now: The 7 Hottest Years on Record were the last 7 Years

We study ocean temperatures. The Earth just broke a heat increase record | John Abraham | The Guardian

‘The clear, persistent rise over the past three to four decades is unmistakable evidence of an Earth that is out of balance.’

Twenty-three scientists from around the world teamed up to analyze thousands of temperature measurements taken throughout the world’s oceans. The measurements, taken at least 2,000 meters (about 6,500ft) deep and spread across the globe, paint a clear picture: the Earth is warming, humans are the culprit, and the warming will continue indefinitely until we collectively take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Source: We study ocean temperatures. The Earth just broke a heat increase record | John Abraham | The Guardian

Don’t Look Down: Antarctica’s Doomsday Glacier could Shatter in 10 years, Endangering 1 Bn. in Coastal Cities

DON’T LOOK!!

December discussion at the American Geophysical Union suggested that the massive Thwaites glacier in Antarctica, the size of Florida, could plop into the ocean in the next 10 years, with the potential to set in train further collapses, raising sea level by as much as six feet. Thwaites itself could raise the level by two feet. A two meter sea level rise is half of everything the UN scientists in the IPCC report were expecting by the end of the century, which means they likely were way too conservative. One thing they could not foresee is that the South Pole has heated up 3 times as fast as other areas on earth in recent decades.

Source: Don’t Look Down: Antarctica’s Doomsday Glacier could Shatter in 10 years, Endangering 1 Bn. in Coastal Cities

CCPI report COP26 climate summit: Australia ranked last on policy in major international report

Australia has been ranked last among 60 countries on climate change policy in an annual report that dings the nation’s performance in every major category. Overall, Australia dropped four places to 55th in the 2022 Climate Change Performance Index report, which warned even the best-ranked countries in the world were still not doing enough to stave off dangerous climate change. Australia figured poorly in all four categories — greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy, energy use and climate policy — but it was on both national and international policy that it copped the biggest battering.

Source: CCPI report COP26 climate summit: Australia ranked last on policy in major international report

Germany pulls plug on nuclear energy once and for all

Just how backward is Australia when it comes to Climate Change?

Germany is breaking with atomic energy once and for all, announcing the country’s last three operating nuclear power stations will be shut down over the next 12 months. The move draws the final curtain on its decades-long use of atomic power and stands as a testament to the national commitment to clean, green energy. The decision to phase out nuclear power and shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy was first taken by the centre-left government of Gerhard Schroeder in 2002.

Source: Germany pulls plug on nuclear energy once and for all

Within Decade, Planet’s Natural World Facing Largest Mass Extinction Event Since Dinosaurs

Polar bear

Increasingly dire ecological damage and severe impacts of the climate crisis are pushing the natural world towards a mass extinction event unparalleled since the age of the dinosaurs, conservationists in Germany warned this week, with humanity possibly facing self-annihilation if behaviors do not change.

Source: Within Decade, Planet’s Natural World Facing Largest Mass Extinction Event Since Dinosaurs

Hotter in Alaska Than San Diego This Week as Temperature Record ‘Pulverized’

Alaska record heat

On Sunday, the town of Kodiak in southern Alaska hit 67°F—seven degrees warmer than the daytime high in San Diego—and shattering the December record for Alaska by nine degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The town also broke the local December record by more than 20 degrees.

Source: Hotter in Alaska Than San Diego This Week as Temperature Record ‘Pulverized’

Scientists watch giant ‘doomsday’ glacier in Antarctica with concern | Antarctica | The Guardian

Satellite view of Antarctica with the Thwaites glacier marked in red.

Should all West Antarctica’s glaciers ever collapse, there is no coastal city in the world that would not, over time, be swamped at ruinous cost to life and economies. The consensus of glaciologists used to be that it would take centuries of global heating before glaciers the size of Thwaites shattered and collapsed, but so rapid and unexpected has been the loss of sea ice at the opposite end of the earth in the Arctic, and so sudden was the loss of Larsen B that it is now considered possible it could happen rapidly in Antarctica, too. Ice loss in the Arctic barely affects sea levels because it mostly forms at sea. Antarctic ice, however, is mostly on land so any melting adds to sea levels.

Source: Scientists watch giant ‘doomsday’ glacier in Antarctica with concern | Antarctica | The Guardian

Insurance Companies Are Profiting Big Off of Climate Change

Insurance companies not only offer coverage to fossil fuel projects, but also use millions of people’s premiums to invest in the fossil fuel industry’s expansion. We can’t stop climate change without reeling the insurers in.

Source: Insurance Companies Are Profiting Big Off of Climate Change

Banks suspected in AGL’s climate foul play

What their boards pledge and what they actually do needs examination,and transparency because past behavior has shown just how corrupt they are. It seems the LNP put on some Royal Comissions for show then do the Morrison nothing.

Despite pledging support for climate action, it’s possible one of Australia’s big four banks is coming to the financial rescue of pollution giant AGL, writes David Ritter. A REAL-TIME “whodunnit?” is playing out across the Australian banking industry. At least one of Australia’s big four banks is considering loaning $800 million to the nation’s worst domestic climate polluter, AGL. The question is, who is involved? And why?

Source: Banks suspected in AGL’s climate foul play

Where to start?: Boards struggle with climate change risks, fail to act

Almost half of the directors surveyed said their boards should pay more attention to climate but did not know how to do so.

While petrol head  Morrison was at Bathurst having his photo taken. The Corporate boards that he has handballed the emission reduction problem to solve have been scratching their heads saying they don’t know what to do. Yes, the Morrison plan simply said “you fix it”  as he walked out of the room.

Many Australian boards are struggling to prepare their companies or organizations for climate change, with almost half the country’s directors saying they don’t know how to tackle the issue. A first-of-its-kind study by the Australian Institute of Company Directors into how boards are approaching climate change reveals that 77 per cent of directors are concerned about how it will affect their organization, but often failed to act.

Source: Where to start?: Boards struggle with climate change risks, fail to act

Climate cost study authors accuse Bjørn Lomborg of misinterpreting results | Graham Readfearn | The Guardian

Bjørn Lomborg

Lomborg is willingly the man paid to twist what scientists aren’t saying as if it’s what they are. Where does he get the media space and the platform Murdoch Media naturally and the Fossil Fuel Industry gladly pays? The scientists without the clout of that platform have insisted that what claims they have said insist he correct his bullshit but are ignored. Lomborg is practiced in the art of deception omission and cherry picking his biggest  tool. Tony Abbott tried to bribe universities in Australia with $4M to give his CCC, which Denmark no longer recognises, Department space on an Australian campus. None took up the bribe. Andrew Bolt whose mouth has cost Murdoch a mountain of money being defended but found guilty in our courts was an avid supporter of his. Bolt also touted as an expert on Climate facts by the API spent almost 2 decades telling us the planet was cooling is also a cherry picker was a voice, but without Dr or even a BA to his name a waste of space.

Not a net zero plan In the words of Angus Taylor, Australia’s emissions reduction minister, this week: “The Government’s Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan outlines how Australia will harness low emissions technologies to meet its 2050 net zero goal.” The Morrison government keeps saying this. But its own report on the modelling into its “technology not taxes” plan to get to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 shows it won’t get Australia to net zero. According to that report, the technology plan will leave the government about 226m tonnes short of net zero. That’s almost half Australia’s current annual footprint. To make up for that huge shortfall, the government’s modelling report says Australia will buy 94 megatonnes from international offsets, save an unlikely 38Mt from controversial negative-emissions technology not mentioned in its plan, and then reach into the unknown to find another 94Mt from other future technological breakthroughs. So the government’s plan outlines how it will get a little over halfway to net zero.

Source: Climate cost study authors accuse Bjørn Lomborg of misinterpreting results | Graham Readfearn | The Guardian

World’s top 10 countries in green bond issuance – Chinadaily.com.cn

Global green bond issuance grew for the ninth straight year, climbing to a record high of $269.5 billion at the end of last year, up from $266.5 billion in 2019, according to the nonprofit organization Climate Bonds Initiative. The United States had the largest issuance of green bonds with $51.1 billion, followed by Germany with $40.2 billion and France with $32.1 billion. China and the Netherlands rounded out the top five with $17.2 billion and $17 billion, respectively. Green bonds involve money borrowed to invest in environmentally-friendly projects, and can be issued by central and local governments as well as banks or corporations. According to the Climate Bonds Initiative, the green bond market has been accelerating sharply over the past five years, with 60 percent average annual growth since 2015. It also predicted that 2021 could be another record year, with issuance rising to as high as $450 billion. Let’s take a look at the top 10 countries leading the way in green bond issuance last year.

Source: World’s top 10 countries in green bond issuance – Chinadaily.com.cn

The ultimate guide to why the COP26 summit ended in failure and disappointment (despite a few bright spots)

After two hard-fought weeks of negotiations, the Glasgow climate change summit is, at last, over. All 197 participating countries adopted the so-called Glasgow Climate Pact, despite an 11th hour intervention by India in which the final agreement was watered down from “phasing out” coal to “phasing down”.

Source: The ultimate guide to why the COP26 summit ended in failure and disappointment (despite a few bright spots)

Good Climate News: US will increase Solar Power by nearly 50% in 2022, and add 29 Gigawatts of Wind

The US will have 300 gigawatts of wind and solar by the end of 2022. We also have about 100 gigawatts of hydroelectric power. That is 400 gigawatts. If we can get enough battery storage to make full use of the sun and of strong winds, that would amount to a third of the 1200 gigawatts of electricity generation capacity in the US.

Source: Good Climate News: US will increase Solar Power by nearly 50% in 2022, and add 29 Gigawatts of Wind

Rich People Are Destroying the Planet

Scott Morrison has openly shown he is intent protecting the rich with his top down policies on fossil fuels.

Rich people have a carbon footprint 25 times the size of even the typical American. To tackle climate change, we need to start with fossil capital and the most affluent.

Source: Rich People Are Destroying the Planet

At COP26, It’s People Power vs. Fossil Fuel Dinosaurs | The Smirking Chimp

18 year old Greta Thunberg nailed shamed and revealeled Scott Morrison , his  Plan, and his slogan “The Australian Way” with her simple rebuttal ” Bla Bla Bla ”

The Paris Agreement doesn’t even mention coal, oil or gas, which is why a movement has been launched for a Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation treaty, modeled on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Much of the energy and direction in the climate justice movement is coming from young people around the world. Greta Thunberg, the 18-year-old Swede who sparked the global Fridays for Future student strike movement, slammed the decades-old climate negotiations at a “Pre-COP” in Milan last month: “Build back better, blah, blah, blah. Green economy, blah, blah, blah. Net zero by 2050, blah, blah, blah….This is all we hear from our so-called leaders: words that sound great but so far have led to no action. Our hopes and dreams drown in their empty words and promises.” These global youth leaders, including Brianna Fruean from Samoa and Vanessa Nakate of Uganda, bring personal, frontline experiences with the climate emergency and a deep commitment to intersectional organizing and global justice to their work. “It’s now up to people,” Asad Rehman concluded. “People power is the only solution that’s left.”

Source: At COP26, It’s People Power vs. Fossil Fuel Dinosaurs | The Smirking Chimp

Greta Thunberg to World Leaders at COP26: Shove your ‘Climate Crisis’ up your Arse!

Like Greta’s School Strike for the Climate, the climate movement in the streets of Glasgow is informed by the recognition that the science is clear and the solutions to the climate crisis are readily available. It is only political will that is lacking. This must be supplied by ordinary people, from all walks of life, through creative, dramatic action and mass mobilization, to demand the political and economic transformation we so desperately need. The usually mild-mannered UN Secretary General Guterres made it clear that “street heat” will be key to saving humanity. “The climate action army – led by young people – is unstoppable,” he told world leaders in Glasgow. “They are larger. They are louder. And, I assure you, they are not going away.”

Source: Greta Thunberg to World Leaders at COP26: Shove your ‘Climate Crisis’ up your Arse!

COP26: Biden first President to Back Sweeping Measures on Climate, as for-profit Press lets Denialist Republicans off the Hook

America and The UK have left Australia eating their dust

Biden is the first president to take the climate emergency seriously as an emergency. He has many levers of power to begin turning the USS America around on this issue, and if he can get us headed in the right direction, that will have enormous downstream impacts on our future and the future of the globe.

Source: COP26: Biden first President to Back Sweeping Measures on Climate, as for-profit Press lets Denialist Republicans off the Hook

Climate change clock ticks as the EU and China work on a Clean Energy Strategy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

While the rest of the planet is making an effort to fall into line and agree on the existential disaster facing it. Scott Morrison remains the last man standing in denial marketing. He sounds more  the voice of the Tobacco Industry rather than the leader of the world’s biggest polluter per head of population and an apologist for it. Like Trump he’s all for seemingly telling Australia he’s going to make “some of us great” and fuck the rest including the world. “We are going to do it the IPA/Murdoch/NLP way”

However, with the European Union recently not ratifying a Comprehensive Economic agreement with China, buying into mostly US driven human rights accusations on China, which in my research hold little evidence, with conflicting claims, is putting humanity at a great risk in hampering a joint strategy in tackling climate change. Geopolitical finger-pointing with agendas never helps humanity. However, a cooperative approach does. The climate change clock is ticking close to an irreversible point for humanity and the European Union must decide.

Source: Climate change clock ticks as the EU and China work on a Clean Energy Strategy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

How the 1% tricks you into thinking climate change is your fault | Salon.com

World and money burning (Getty Images/dimdimich)

Who is the LNP fighting for when you aren’t the emitters even causing the planet to burn.

Modern environmental messaging stresses changes in individual behavior. But most CO2 emissions come from the rich

Source: How the 1% tricks you into thinking climate change is your fault | Salon.com

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