Category: Climate Change

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

New Zealand’s Alpine Fault reveals extreme underground heat and fluid pressure | IFLScience

How does it get so hotThere are two processes we think explain the extreme underground conditions at our drill site. An earthquake on the Alpine Fault ha

Source: New Zealand’s Alpine Fault reveals extreme underground heat and fluid pressure | IFLScience

Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: April 2017 was second-warmest April on record

April 2017 was the second-warmest April in 137 years of modern record-keeping, according to a monthly analysis of global temperatures by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York.

Source: Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet: April 2017 was second-warmest April on record

EPA dismisses half of key board’s scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels – The Washington Post

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke “is committed to restoring trust in the Department’s decision-making,” a spokeswoman said.

Source: EPA dismisses half of key board’s scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels – The Washington Post

India to make every single car electric by 2030 in bid to tackle pollution that kills millions | The Independent

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Every car sold in India will be powered by electricity by the year 2030, according to plans unveiled by the country’s energy minister.  The move is intended to lower the cost of importing fuel and lower costs for running vehicles. “We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way,” coal and mines minister Piyush Goyal said at the Confederation of Indian Industry Annual Session 2017 in New Delhi.

Source: India to make every single car electric by 2030 in bid to tackle pollution that kills millions | The Independent

For a horrible glimpse into Australia’s dark future, look to Trump’s views on coal | Ketan Joshi | Opinion | The Guardian

The ugly end of decarbonisation is being yanked in different directions by political messaging, in both the US and Australia

Source: For a horrible glimpse into Australia’s dark future, look to Trump’s views on coal | Ketan Joshi | Opinion | The Guardian

Bloomberg Editors On New Climate Website: Climate Change “Is Fundamentally An Economic Story”

Bloomberg recently announced the creation of a new website that will provide audiences with important reporting on the economic and business implications of climate change. The move comes at a time when big businesses around the world are urging governments to take action as they increasingly recognize the reality and the risk of climate change.

Source: Bloomberg Editors On New Climate Website: Climate Change “Is Fundamentally An Economic Story”

Great Barrier Reef: Severe coral bleaching hits two-thirds of reef, aerial surveys show – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef is now devastated by severe coral bleaching aerial surveys show, Queensland scientists say.

Source: Great Barrier Reef: Severe coral bleaching hits two-thirds of reef, aerial surveys show – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Cut Support For The Network Leading The Way In Climate Reporting

In 2016, PBS NewsHour once again surpassed its nightly news competitors in climate coverage, devoted significant airtime to a range of climate-related issues, and hosted a number of scientists. But President Donald Trump’s proposed budget would take aim at the network that has long been the nightly news leader in terms of climate co

Source: Trump’s Proposed Budget Would Cut Support For The Network Leading The Way In Climate Reporting