The Global Oceanic Environmental Survey, led by Edinburgh University marine biologist Howard Dryden at the university Roslin Innovation Centre had estimated that the plankton in the oceans had been halved in the past 40 years, and that all of it could be gone by 2040. Dryden and GOES were off by twenty years. Plankton is a blanket term for the billions of tiny sea organisms living close to the surface of the oceans, which are eaten by krill,
Source: Climate: Scientists Stunned to Find Atlantic Plankton 90% Gone; Marine Life, our Oxygen Imperiled
- The pandemic cut global carbon emissions in 2020, but they rebounded last year
- Scientists say carbon dioxide levels are now about the same as in the Pliocene era, when temperatures were 3.9C warmer
- May is the peak for global carbon dioxide emissions
Source: Climate scientists warn of increased climate change events as carbon emissions fail to drop – ABC News
In face of the “escalating climate emergency,” the advocacy group Scientist Rebellion warns that IPCC summary to global policymakers remains “alarmingly reserved, docile, and conservative.”
Source: Rebellious Climate Scientists Have Message for Humanity: ‘Mobilize, Mobilize, Mobilize’
Morrison along with the Fossil Fuel Industry haven’t changed they have simply moved from denial to less head-on tactics to delay climate action. Lomborg seems to get dragged out for an airing every time Cop comes around and Morrison has simply adopted what Abbott tried to make respectable as far back as 2015. It simply failed Lomborg’s Coppenhagen Consensus Council was seen for what it was. A promoter of Do-Nothing Governments.
Lomborg’s true value for the polluter industry and its fellow travelers in right-wing media is that he provides a thin veneer of seriousness and sincerity about climate change on one hand, while advocating climate inaction on the other. This cynical stance mirrors that taken by the fossil fuel industry, which has shifted tactics away from outright denial toward subtler forms of climate delay.
Source: As the window for meaningful climate action closes, climate change skeptic Bjorn Lomborg tells right-wing media everything’s going to be all right | Media Matters for America
In particular, glacier mass loss over the past two decades in western North America has accelerated, with losses in the past decade that were four times greater than the decade before. This acceleration coincides with warm, dry conditions over some of the region’s largest icefields, namely those in the Southern Coast Mountains of British Columbia.
Source: 2021 was a bad year for glaciers in western North America — and it’s about to get much worse
Politics and Short Term Thinking
The IPCC also estimated that keeping global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels would require a 45% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030—a mark that the international community is currently on track to miss badly, according to the new U.N. report. António Guterres, the secretary-general of the U.N., said in a statement Friday that 2.7°C of planetary heating would be “catastrophic” and that world leaders are “rapidly running out of time” to act. “This is breaking the promise made six years ago to pursue the 1.5°C goal of the Paris agreement,” said Guterres. “Failure to meet this goal will be measured in the massive loss of lives and livelihoods.”
Source: ‘What Betrayal Looks Like’: UN Report Says World on Track for 2.7°C of Warming by 2100
Australians strongly trust science and scientists, think science strengthens the country, and want more investment in science to speed our post-pandemic recovery.
Source: Australians back science and scientists to lead recovery – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Koonin frames his book as a brave attempt to reveal how the climate science we’ve been relying on all these years is, in fact, uncertain. But the book’s major flaw is to imply these uncertainties are news to climate scientists. This is patently untrue. Science is never settled. But there is enough confidence in the science to justify significant climate action.
Source: A controversial US book is feeding climate denial in Australia. Its central claim is true, yet irrelevant
I KEEP six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.
Continuing to refuse to accept the science is dooming the world to even more unpleasant circumstances for our children than they will already experience because we have waited so long to take really effective action.
I truly believe the real adults need to take over the streets until the government gets stuck into the job which it is morally obliged to take on!
Ensuring that the world remains habitable for all living things!
via The never-ending battle between religion and science – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Few of our politicians (and this would be true in many countries) have an in-depth understanding of science, and in Australia, under Tony Abbott, we even abolished our Science Department!
via How many politicians understand scientific research methods? – » The Australian Independent Media Network
As trees grow, they absorb and store the carbon dioxide emissions that are driving global heating. New research estimates that a worldwide planting programme could remove two-thirds of all the emissions that have been pumped into the atmosphere by human activities, a figure the scientists describe as “mind-blowing”.
via The Cheapest Way to Save the Planet Grows Like a Weed
White House officials blocked written testimony from a State Department senior analyst about “potentially catastrophic” climate change because it didn’t “jibe” with the Trump administration’s view, a source told The Washington Post.
Trump has called climate change a “Chinese hoax.” Asked in an Axios interview late last year about his attitude toward global warming, Trump said he believed there has been climate change. “Will it change back?” he asked, making a waving motion through the air with his hand. “Probably. That’s what I think.” He said many scientists “very much dispute” that humans are the primary cause of global warming. He reiterated those attitudes in an interview Wednesday with Piers Morgan.
via Official’s Climate Warning Blocked Because It Didn’t ‘Jibe’ With Trump’s View: Report | HuffPost Australia
Back to the future dirty power and profit fucks Atmosphere, Health, biodiversity the enviroment and the long term future of the planet left for the next generations. All for the sake of a few cents the rich can’t take with them anyway. (ODT
Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science – The New York Times
Cook wanted to know how many scientific papers accepted the premise that most global warming was caused by human activity. Only 78 out of 11,944 studies – or 0.7% – were explicit in rejecting that, against 3,896 that endorsed it.
This graphic summarises the studies into scientific consensus on human-caused global warming, that look at expert opinion of either climate scientists who have published peer-reviewed climate research or peer-reviewed climate papers.
Another commentator in the Murdoch stable, Andrew Bolt, was also gushing:
‘Professor Ian Plimer destroys a popular warmist hoax.’
Not very discerning, those folk in the Murdoch media stable.
via Media perpetuates climate science denial with Ian Plimer article
And colleague says “global warming” no longer strong enough term. “Global heating is technically more correct because we are talking about changes in the energy balance of the planet.”
via After 30 Years Studying Climate, Scientist Declares: “I’ve Never Been as Worried as I Am Today”
Ridd says he stands for ‘truth and honesty’ and has spent his ‘whole life fighting for scientific truth’.
The problem is that the version of the “truth” he has been standing alongside, including his own arguments, have been repeatedly shot down by the world’s leading scientific institutions.
Despite this, and despite the howls of his supporters, Ridd remains free to voice his “truth”.
via Peter Ridd: The new hero of climate science denial
While the Eastern United States simmers in some of its warmest February weather ever recorded, the Arctic is also stewing in temperatures 25 degrees above normal.
This latest huge temperature spike in the Arctic is another striking indicator of its rapidly transforming climate.
via Arctic temperatures soar 25 degrees above normal in the dead of winter
A British government-backed research project that coordinates data from tide gauges around the world has hit back at climate science deniers who wrongly accused their scientists of faking findings.
via UK data agency destroys Breitbart’s climate science attacks with evidence
CEO Russell Stokes pulled no punches explaining the cuts: The decision aims to right-size the business amid a decline in fossil fuel usage — particularly coal and natural gas. The announcement came a mere two years after GE’s decision to double its fleet of large coal turbines — a clear misjudgment.
This would be good news if it not for one detail: jobs. GE’s decision alone will cost 12,000 jobs worldwide.
If companies continue to resist transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables, these massive jobs losses will be just the beginning.
Fortunately, the renewable industry is booming. The Department of Energy recently reported that almost twice as many people were employed in solar energy last year than coal, gas, and oil electricity combined.
via When Companies Deny Climate Science, Their Workers Pay | Informed Comment
So here are the top drawbacks for the Northeast of climate change, which rather cast into the shade a mere cold snap or two.
via No, Trump, you don’t want more Climate change for Northeast
But to suggest global warming exists only because climate scientists need the money, you need to ignore melting ice sheets, rising sea levels, increasing extreme weather events, strings of record hot years, retreating glaciers, acidifying oceans, warming sea temperatures and bleaching corals. Or claim there is a conspiracy to manufacture these impacts in exchange for a wage.
Source: The idea that climate scientists are in it for the cash has deep ideological roots | Environment | The Guardian
By the time Irma gets to Tampa, the storm surge is forecast to be five to eight feet, pushing a wall of water into a city built around waterways.
Source: As Hurricane Irma approaches, the realisation of danger takes hold for Florida
A new report suggests the economics of large-scale batteries are reaching an important inflection point.
Source: Grid Batteries Are Poised to Become Cheaper Than Natural-Gas Plants in Minnesota – MIT Technology Review
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The French government wants to steal increasingly unemployed US green energy …
Source: Green France: Macron bans Fracking and welcomes US renewables Scientists fleeing Trump | Informed Comment
Here’s a fact for you – carbon dioxide is the primary driver of climate change. Now here’s another fact – the Trump administration knows as much about the
Source: Rick Perry Just Said Carbon Dioxide Doesn’t Cause Climate Change | IFLScience
An emissions intensity scheme is the “best” policy, the new national electricity boss says.
Source: Emissions intensity scheme ‘best and most appropriate’ policy, new national electricity boss says
Jerry Taylor could be the tip of the conservative iceberg.
Source: The Climate Science Denier Who Now Realises He Was Totally Wrong
2017 set a new record for the lowest winter ice levels on both poles, as confirmed by data from NASA, NOAA, and the National Snow and Ice Data Center.
Source: The Extent Of Winter Ice At The Poles In 2017 Is Deeply Disturbing | IFLScience
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Source: For the cost of an iPhone, you can now buy a wind turbine that can power an entire house for a lifetime – ORGANIC AND HEALTHY
“The big idea here is that the wind will generate electricity when it’s, well, windy, and the water will act as a giant battery that will discharge and modulate output when it stops blowing.”
Source: World’s First Wind-Hydro Farm Supplies Power Even When There’s No Wind
Thom Mitchell: ACF Gives Coalition A Fail Mark On The Environment
“The Australian Conservation Foundation has eviscerated the Coalition’s environment policies, giving the Government just 14 out of a possible hundred points going into election day.
The Coalition’s fail mark is less than a quarter of Labor’s score of 62, and around one seventh of the Greens leading score of 95. With less than a week until polling day, the Foundation will now refocus its efforts to “let Australians know where the parties stand,” saying it will send 50,000 text messages on election day.
Commenting on the release of the scorecard this morning, ACF Chief Executive Officer Kelly O’Shannassy hit out at the Government for running a “small target strategy” on climate change, and noted “its mark of 14 is well below a pass”.
Indonesia’s deforestation nightmare is choking thousands and making climate change worse.
Source: This Could Be the Worst Climate Crisis in the World Right Now | Mother Jones