Category: Climate Change

Climate science deniers make hay over Peter Ridd case

‘this trial was about none of the above. Rather, this trial was purely and simply about the proper construction of a clause in an Enterprise Agreement.’ 

JCU has been at pains to point out that Ridd “was never gagged or silenced about his scientific views,” a matter that, Cocklin said, “was admitted during the court hearing.”

via Climate science deniers make hay over Peter Ridd case

Our leaders are ignoring global warming to the point of criminal negligence. It’s unforgivable | Tim Winton | Environment | The Guardian

Two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef was hit by back-to-back mass coral bleaching.

Humanity survived the cold war because no one pushed the button. On climate change, the button has been pushed again and again

via Our leaders are ignoring global warming to the point of criminal negligence. It’s unforgivable | Tim Winton | Environment | The Guardian

Our uncertain future – » The Australian Independent Media Network

A major scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies on Friday presents the starkest warnings to date of the consequences of climate change for the United States, predicting that if significant steps are not taken to rein in global warming, the damage will knock as much as 10 percent off the size of the American economy by century’s end.

The report, which was mandated by Congress and made public by the White House, is notable not only for the precision of its calculations and bluntness of its conclusions, but also because its findings are directly at odds with President Trump’s agenda of environmental deregulation, which he asserts will spur economic growth?

In terms of the consequences of climate change, lets have a look at what’s on the cards:

via Our uncertain future – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Great Barrier Reef hit by ‘extraordinarily large’ muddy flood plume – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Aerial photo of plume from Burdekin River inundating Old Reef, Stanley and Darley beyond on central Great Barrier Reef.Researchers said the flood run-off, which likely included nitrogen and pesticide chemicals, were flowing as far as outer-shelf reefs 60 kilometres from the Queensland coast, piling pressure on coral already stressed by an unprecedented run of recent mass bleaching events.

What deniers like Andrew Bolt and Tony Abbott call “normal” (ODT)

via Great Barrier Reef hit by ‘extraordinarily large’ muddy flood plume – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

UN warns world on track to breach 3C rise by 2100; last year was fourth warmest on record – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Orange clouds over the Sydney skyline

via UN warns world on track to breach 3C rise by 2100; last year was fourth warmest on record – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Climate change a burning issue (again) in voters’ minds | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

Adani protest

The Coalition has no choice but to try and fix the self-created disaster that is its climate policy

via Climate change a burning issue (again) in voters’ minds | Katharine Murphy | Australia news | The Guardian

AOC Shows Sarah Sanders Why Using Religion To Deny Climate Change Is Stupid In Two Tweets | Crooks and Liars

White House’s  Comic No 2 the Press Secretary (ODT)

AOC Shows Sarah Sanders Why Using Religion To Deny Climate Change Is Stupid In Two Tweets | Crooks and Liars

Australia heatwave to break Christmas weather records with temperatures up to 47C forecast | Australia news | The Guardian

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Andrew Bolt ( swinger no longer a denier) of climate change that is, reminds us that one day doesn’t prove man made climate change isn’t a religion but one cold day does. Every summer Australia’s self professed and News Corp ordained opinionator goes into hiding until it gets cooler. (ODT)

The Kimberley region of Western Australia is the one location that could break heat records on Christmas Day, with the town of Fitzroy Crossing expecting a maximum of 47C, breaking the previous annual record of 46.5C, which was set earlier this month.

Inland areas of South Australia will have temperatures in the low-to-mid 40s and Adelaide is forecast to reach 41C on Thursday.

Parts of Victoria are forecast to reach temperatures above 40C towards the end of the week, with Mildura in the state’s north-west expecting a top of 46C on Sunday.

via Australia heatwave to break Christmas weather records with temperatures up to 47C forecast | Australia news | The Guardian

Trump’s climate adviser sparked protests, but he found a receptive audience in Australia

Problem Trump is finding less sympathy in the US among the States. Why is Australia the 52nd State of America? (ODT)

Trump administration officials at high-stakes climate talks offered an unapologetic defence of fossil fuels on Monday, arguing that a rapid retreat from coal, oil and gas was unrealistic.

While that stance brought scorn from environmentalists and countries that favour stronger action to fight global warming, there are signs that the administration is finding a receptive audience among other major fossil-fuel producers, including Russia, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

via Trump’s climate adviser sparked protests, but he found a receptive audience in Australia

Earth’s Failing Climate Grade: 2x Extreme Weather Events, 100x Animal Extinctions

– 1 degree –

Earth’s average surface temperature from January to October 2018 was one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) higher than the 1850-1900 baseline.

Long-term warming is caused by the accumulation of heat-trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, especially carbon dioxide (CO2) cast off when fossil fuels are burned to produce energy.

Seventeen of the hottest years on record have occurred since the start of the 21st century, with 2018 ranking as the 4th warmest.

– 405.5 ppm –

The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere reached 405.5 parts per million (ppm) in 2017, the highest in at least three million years and a 45 percent jump since the preindustrial era.

The last time CO2 was at that level, oceans were 10-20 metres higher.

via Earth’s Failing Climate Grade: 2x Extreme Weather Events, 100x Animal Extinctions

Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga says Australia’s climate change inaction undermines its ‘Pacific pivot’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Fuel drums are being used as sea walls to provide protection against coastal erosion in southern Funafuti, Tuvalu.

Tony Abbott was called the “Pivot of the Pacific” he turned his back because he thought he’d rather be the “Pillock” and was an excellent one.(ODT)

via Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga says Australia’s climate change inaction undermines its ‘Pacific pivot’ – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Trump Administration’s Climate Report Left Out Reproductive Rights. Here’s What It Missed. – Mother Jones

The big question of climate change is no longer why it’s happening (humans have a wild fossil-fuel-burning habit) nor when it’s going to happen (it is happening). These days, it’s how are we going to build a civilization that can survive climate change—and how can we adapt in a way that doesn’t leave out whole segments of the population.

via The Trump Administration’s Climate Report Left Out Reproductive Rights. Here’s What It Missed. – Mother Jones

G-20 Nations Agree On Trade, Migration; Trump Lone Holdout On Climate Change | HuffPost

Leaders of the Group of 20 agreed Saturday to fix the world trading system after difficult, all-night talks in the Argentine capital, but only 19 of them agreed to support the Paris accord on fighting climate change with the United States the lone holdout.

via G-20 Nations Agree On Trade, Migration; Trump Lone Holdout On Climate Change | HuffPost

Trump officials argue climate change warnings based on ‘worst-case scenario’ | Environment | The Guardian

Floodwaters brought on by tropical storm Harvey in Houston on 28 August 2017. Scientists say climate change has caused more rain in hurricanes Harvey, Maria, Katrina and others.

Trump officials are minimizing warnings from scientists by arguing they are exaggerated and based on the worst-case scenario. They say the National Climate Assessment (NCA) – an expansive federal government report on the dangers of climate change in the US – considers only the highest possible levels of greenhouse gas emissions.“If you take the extreme case, you’re right, it’s dire,” Trump’s interior secretary, Ryan Zinke, said on Fox News. “If you take the best case, it’s not much.”

Of Zinke’s comments, Pennsylvania University climate scientist Michael Mann said “there is no truth to [them] whatsoever”. He added: “The report looked at an extremely wide range of scenarios.

via Trump officials argue climate change warnings based on ‘worst-case scenario’ | Environment | The Guardian

The Last Generation: 2018 and 3 Previous Years are 4 Hottest on Record

Global temperatures in 2018 are set to be the fourth highest on record, the UN said Thursday, stressing the urgent need for action to rein in runaway warming of the planet.

In a report released ahead of the COP 24 climate summit in Poland, the World Meteorological Organization pointed out that the 20 warmest years on record have been in the past 22 years, and that “2018 is on course to be the 4th warmest year on record.”

“This would mean that the past four years – 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 – are also the four warmest years in the series,” the UN agency said in its provisional report on the state of the climate this year.

The “warming trend is obvious and continuing,” WMO chief Petteri Taalas told reporters in Geneva.

The report shows that the global average temperature for the first 10 months of the year was nearly 1.0-degree Celsius above the pre-industrial era (1850-1900).

via The Last Generation: 2018 and 3 Previous Years are 4 Hottest on Record

The Australian’s continued support of climate change denialism

This is despite the fact that, its then-editor, Chris Mitchell, said eight years ago: “for several years the paper has accepted man-made climate change as fact”.

But last week, the paper gave columnist Michael Asten more than 400 square centimetres, for an article of well over 900 words, to argue there are massive divisions about the science.

To be fair, he probably did not write the headline:

And why does The Australian continue to publish articles designed to raise doubts about anthropogenic climate change and the urgent need to tackle it when it does not provide similar support for tobacco lobbyists and flat-earthers?

It panders to the ridiculous right of the Liberal Party, typified by Tony Abbott and to the companies with a financial stake in climate change denial who donate to the Institute of Public Affairs.

via The Australian’s continued support of climate change denialism

‘We Have Less Time Than We Thought’: Alarming New Study Shows Oceans Have Retained Far More Heat Than Previously Believed

"We thought that we got away with not a lot of warming in both the ocean and the atmosphere for the amount of CO2 that we emitted. But we were wrong," Laure Resplandy, a geoscientist at Princeton University who led the new study, told the Washington Post.

“The planet warmed more than we thought. It was hidden from us just because we didn’t sample it right. But it was there. It was in the ocean already.”

via ‘We Have Less Time Than We Thought’: Alarming New Study Shows Oceans Have Retained Far More Heat Than Previously Believed

With Planet in ‘Crisis Mode,’ Bernie Sanders Rips Trump White House for ‘Dangerous’ Dismissal of Climate Science

Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday just moments after President Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser and noted Wall Street stooge Larry Kudlow dismissed a new United Nations climate report showing that the world must cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 to avert global catastrophe, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) denounced the White House for its “dangerous” rejection of climate science and slammed Trump for working hand-in-hand with Big Oil to make “a bad situation worse.”

via With Planet in ‘Crisis Mode,’ Bernie Sanders Rips Trump White House for ‘Dangerous’ Dismissal of Climate Science

On climate change, ‘we will adapt’: LNP – » The Australian Independent Media Network

So, there we have it, the UN the IPCC and the scientists who have prepared 6,000 research papers, on the subject, are urging action on climate change. We have been told that we need to remove extreme right-wing governments to be replaced by more progressive thinking governments prepared to take up the challenge.

The solution then for this new government and, mechanism to gain across the board public support, would be a positive response. This aims at atmospheric Co2 management including, in particular, carbon capture at point of emission, removing Co2 from the atmosphere, reforestation, incentive-based emission reduction guidelines, electricity storage and support for alternative energy.

This has been promised by the Labor if they win the next election. Both government and big business need to take affirmative action on behalf of each and every one of us. If the fossil fuel industry wishes to survive they need to participate and work towards reducing or eliminating their carbon footprint.

via On climate change, ‘we will adapt’: LNP – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Can we quit coal in time? IPCC warns world has just 12 years to avoid climate change catastrophe – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A shot of an active coal-fired power station near a residential area in China.

The IPCC issued its bleakest report yet this week, saying that without drastic changes, the world doesn’t have a hope of avoiding uncontrollable climate change.

Unless emissions are halved within 12 years and virtually eliminated by 2050, temperature increases will likely exceed 2 degrees Celsius.

Beyond 2 degrees, scientists predict temperature increases may spiral as the climate breaches a series of unique tipping points, such as the melting of the permafrost.

The top culprit is fossil fuels, and the instructions to Australia and the rest of the world are clear: Quit coal by 2050.

via Can we quit coal in time? IPCC warns world has just 12 years to avoid climate change catastrophe – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Climate change: Environment Minister rejects top scientists’ advice on phasing out coal, after UN’s warning – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Mensa Master Price doesn’t need to study or peer review any reports by the world’s foremost science experts on the matter. She’s a Liberal MP (ODT)

Federal Environment Minister Melissa Price has argued some of the world’s leading climate scientists are “drawing a long bow” in calling for an end to coal power in a bid to limit global warming.

via Climate change: Environment Minister rejects top scientists’ advice on phasing out coal, after UN’s warning – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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I haven’t read it but I’m sure it’s…

Cantering towards destruction – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Whoever wins the next election is going to face a monumental task to reduce our emissions in order to tackle the existential threat posed by climate change.

In one way, it would serve Scott Morrison right to have to face the consequences of his lies. But the country cannot afford someone who thinks prayer is the answer to the drought.

Our Prime Minister, the man charged with making the decisions on how to keep us safe, is a bald-faced liar.

via Cantering towards destruction – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news

“It’s the biggest peer-review exercise there is,” says Jonathan Lynn, head of communications for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “It involves hundreds or even thousands of people looking at it.”

It must not only tell governments what we know about climate change – but how close they have brought us to the edge. And by implication, how much those governments are failing to live up to their goals for the planet, set in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

via Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news

Social cost of carbon: why climate change is a global injustice – Vox

The chart compares a country’s social cost of carbon to its share of global emissions. The radiating lines show the ratios of a country’s share of global emissions to its share of the damages.

The United States is almost balanced, with its high social cost of carbon roughly proportional to how much carbon dioxide it emits. But India pumps out just 6 percent of global greenhouse gases and will bear more than 20 percent of the global economic burden from climate change. In other words, India faces almost quadruple the damages of global warming compared to its contribution to the problem. Zoom in further and you’ll notice that many of the wealthiest countries in the world stand to bear the lowest costs of climate change.

This is part of why the global social cost of carbon, $417 per ton, is so much higher than it is for any individual country. The costs of climate change are greater than the sum of their parts. Yet it also shows that many of the wealthiest countries, which contributed the most greenhouse gases, stand to be the best insulated from its costs.

That makes climate change a global justice concern. In limiting global warming, wealthy countries face a moral imperative to look beyond their borders and GDPs, pushing even harder to cut their own emissions. The social costs of carbon also show why climate change really has to be tackled as a global problem rather than by individual nations. But as long as countries like Russia, the United Kingdom, and Germany face little financial fallout, that policy case becomes much harder to make.

via Social cost of carbon: why climate change is a global injustice – Vox

What unites America around clean energy – The Washington Post

Recognizing that it’s the right thing to do — both for their local economies and for the world we’re leaving to our children — U.S. states are now leading the charge on clean energy. Already this year, New Jersey voted to establish a target of 50 percent by 2030. Colorado regulators approved a plan from the state’s largest utility to move to 55 percent renewable energy by 2026. California, the world’s fifth largest economy, just joined Hawaii in making an impressive commitment to 100 percent clean power by 2045. Florida’s solar development soared to make it the nation’s second biggest growth market in the first quarter of this year. In fact, six of the top 10 solar growth markets were states that have Republican governors. Texas has continued to dominate the U.S. wind market.

Reflecting on the many different people and places of America’s clean energy success story, two things are clear. First, that our love of homegrown renewable energy is one thing that unites this divided country. And second, despite headwinds from Washington, states can and will power our country with clean energy.

via What unites America around clean energy – The Washington Post

73% of Australians wrong according to climate denying COALition

Does the Coalition really think it is on the right track ignoring farmers, scientists, tourism operators, firefighters, surf lifesavers, the Australian Defence Force and 73% of the Australian public on climate change? Simon Black reports.

via 73% of Australians wrong according to climate denying COALition

As Florence Threatens ‘Catastrophic’ Destruction, A Reminder That North Carolina Passed Law Mandating Climate Warnings Be Ignored

Waves crash underneath the Oceana Pier

State legislators passed an anti-science law after a 2010 report warned global warming would cause devastating sea-level rise. Now, as a hurricane makes landfall, local experts demand policy change and urgent action

via As Florence Threatens ‘Catastrophic’ Destruction, A Reminder That North Carolina Passed Law Mandating Climate Warnings Be Ignored