As bushfires rage and the demands for action on climate rise, the gas cartel is developing a suite of enormous fossil fuel projects destined to blow Australia’s commitments to the Paris Agreement to smithereens. Michael West reports on the push to frack new provinces; the propaganda and the reality.
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.”
The world is facing a record number of storms raging through the Northern hemisphere at the same time. There are five tropical storms just this week, including a potentially “catastrophic” Hurricane Florence, meteorologists say.
Florence, a Category 2 hurricane that has already prompted massive evacuations in the US, is far from being the only one roaming through the Atlantic. Another hurricane, Helene, is devolving in the eastern part of the ocean and moving northeast towards Europe, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says. However, this Category 1 hurricane is expected to lose steam before it actually arrives at Europe’s shores, as the scientists believe it will eventually come to the western part of the continent in a form of a storm early next week.
Building on actions that kicked off earlier this week, activists on Saturday hosted hundreds of #RiseForClimate demonstrations across all seven continents, drawing massive crowds “to demand our local leaders commit to building a fossil-free world that puts people and justice before profits.”
As of this writing there were more than 900 actions in 95 countries, according to the searchable database that enables those interested to locate protests in their area.
The main event was the Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice march in San Francisco, California, which is brought together some 30,000 people and is being hailed as the West Coast’s largest climate march ever.
“Everyone who breathes should be worried about the tailpipe pollution Trump’s administration wants to unleash.”
—Paul Cort, Earthjustice
The Earth is warmer now than at any time since reliable record-keeping began in 1880, and we’re continuing to warm at an accelerated rate. In fact, the Earth is warmer now than at any point in modern human civilization.
On Alaska’s West Coast, the feeble April sun is shining this week on a fresh spot of open water. The sea ice found there for ages every spring is gone.
Ice in the Bering Sea, the narrow body of water between Russia and Alaska, has dropped to its lowest springtime level since at least 1850. In all that time, no other year has come close. After a winter filled with unusually high temperatures, sea ice now sits at less than 10 percent of what could previously be considered “normal”.
“We’ve fallen off a cliff,” said Rick Thoman, a climatologist at the National Weather Service in Alaska, in a tweet.
“When you’re breaking a record over a whole state by that sort of margin, that’s a significant event,” Dr Trewin said.
Climate scientists are used to seeing the range of weather extremes stretched by global warming but few episodes appear as remarkable as this week’s unusual heat over the Arctic.
Zack Labe, a researcher at the University of California at Irvine, said average daily temperatures above the northern latitude of 80 degrees have broken away from any previous recordings in the past 60 years.
What the scientists found is that five of the bears lost weight and four of them lost 2.9 to 5.5 pounds (1.3 to 2.5 kilograms) per day. The average polar bear studied weighed about 386 pounds (175 kilograms). One bear lost 51 pounds (23 kilograms) in just nine days.
The former Australian prime minister’s misleading speech to a London thinktank was full of climate denial mythology
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At least 58 people die when Mexico is hit by its most powerful earthquake in over 80 years.
Australia hits a record winter average maximum daily temperature.
Ted Cruz’s hypocrisy won’t stop government from helping in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, but Texas will be needing help for a long time.
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Halfway through 2017, the year is the second hottest on record, even without an El Niño to help boost its temperature.
The fact that California is signing climate agreements with other nations while simultaneously doubling down on its efforts to perfect its already booming clean energy industries is nothing less than enormously significant. It sets a shining example for the rest of the country, especially the fledgling Climate Alliance – a coalition of states keeping to the Paris agreement – that it co-founded.Secondly, Germany is proving time and time again that it is determined to be an internationalist nation that pushes back against dangerous populism and navel-gazing. It wants to play its part in the Paris agreement – and most importantly, it wants to ensure the rest of the EU fulfills their commitments too.
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii has reported that in April, …
The administration used data from the California Independent System Operator, which manages the electricity grid across 80 percent of the state and part of Nevada. Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 11, almost 40 percent of the electricity flowing across the ISO grid came from large-scale solar power plants, a record. […] homes and businesses in the area served by the ISO grid now have enough rooftop solar panels of their own to generate up to 5.4 gigawatts of electricity. Factor in the electricity they produced for their owners on March 11, and solar met half of the overall electricity demand in the middle of the day, the administration estimates. Add in electricity generated by wind farms, geothermal plants, biomass plants and small hydroelectric dams, and together, renewable sources briefly accounted for 56.7 percent of all power on the grid on March 23, said ISO spokesman Steven Greenlee. The surge in renewable power, while a key part of California’s fight against climate change, does create its own set of problems. Plants burning fossil fuels use that heat to generate steam, which then runs through a turbine to produce electricity. The flood of midday solar power has even caused wholesale electricity prices in California to periodically drop below $0 per megawatt-hour. In the long term, many analysts say California will need affordable large-scale energy storage technologies to meet its 50 percent renewable energy target.
We can create a modern national energy system if we let informed regulators and the Chief Scientist Alan Finkel do their work unhindered.
John Abraham: Our new study improves estimates of the rate of ocean warming – a critical component of climate change
Chairman says cost of inaction on climate change is clear and issue shouldn’t be used to fight ‘political and ideological battles’
For more than a decade, Australia has been held back by climate science denial and an antipathy towards environmentalism
Fresh surveys of the Great Barrier Reef six months on from a mass coral bleaching have found large-scale damage north of Cairns, where a growing coral death rate due to heat stress is being exacerbated by disease and predators, scientists say.
Hurricane Matthew has left hundreds dead in Haiti and thousands in need of immediate relief. However, Haitians have not been making calls for American Red Cross donations. Former Haiti development worker France Francois explained why to RT.
Adelaide was bracing for some of the strongest winds the city had ever seen on Thursday night.
There has never been a hotter time to be alive than today. Carbon dioxide levels have crossed the threshold of 400 parts per million. They’re the highest they’ve been in over 650,000 years and as a result, 15 of the 16 hottest years on NASA’s 136 year record have occurred in the 21st century. As theMore
This marks the 14th consecutive month of record-breaking global temperatures.
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“Climate scientists have been warning about this since at least the 1980s. And it’s been bloody obvious since the 2000s. So where’s the surprise?”
CSIRO has contacted the British Met Office to explore possible outsourcing of basic climate modelling work, which the senior executive in charge conceded would reduce Australia’s future capability in the field.