COP27 the Fossil Fuel Lobbyist Invasion
The COP27 talks in Egypt have been billed as an opportunity for countries to “showcase unity” against the existential threat of climate change, but an analysis released Thursday shows there are more fossil fuel lobbyists attending the conference than representatives of the 10 nations most affected by the crisis, heightening concerns that industry influence will water down any agreements reached at the event.
Source: COP27: Fossil Fuel Lobbyists Swarm Climate Talks
Extreme weather events have ravaged every continent on Earth since world leaders last gathered to address climate change.
It’s sobering reading as leaders prepare to meet again from Sunday, this time in the Egyptian city of Sharm el-Sheikh.
“Europe sweltered through its hottest summer on record. Parts of East Africa endured unrelenting drought while other parts of the continent suffered deadly floods,” says Climate Council senior researcher Simon Bradshaw, who wrote the report.
“Many parts of Asia suffered record heat waves, and Pakistan has suffered one of the world’s worst ever flooding disasters.
“Here in Australia, we are still in the midst of our costliest ever flood disaster, as affected communities anxiously look ahead to predictions of a wet summer.”
Source: Call for action as extreme weather smashes global records
Over the last week, record rains have again caused flooding in Australia, this time impacting Victoria. Although the disaster was easy to predict, the authorities took few preventative measures, and now residents are expected to bear the costs.
Source: Floods Have Hit Australia Again. Thanks to Budget Cuts, the Authorities Aren’t Prepared.
Why doesn’t Victoria have as many floods?
Victoria’s claim to fame in disasters is that it’s the most bushfire-prone region in the world (followed by California and Greece).
Fire risk also comes from climate. Victoria’s temperate climate means dry summers and less rain than its northern counterparts – around 520 millimetres of rain a year falls on average in Melbourne, compared to 1175mm a year in Sydney and 1149mm in Brisbane. Up north, rain tends to fall intensely, whereas Victoria’s rain tends to fall more as drizzle.
What’s different this time? September was wetter and colder than usual in Victoria, which meant the ground was already saturated in many areas. Colder weather means less water evaporates. Together, that made the state primed for floods.
For a flood to happen, you need a high rate of run-off, where rain hits saturated soils and flows overland rather than sinking in, as well as intense rains in a short period.
Rain has fallen across almost all of Australia’s mainland in the last two weeks. Our rain events are usually regional – not national like this.
Source: Floods in Victoria are uncommon. Here’s why they’re happening now – and how they compare to the past
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
Three factions are conspiring to distort the truth over the matter of Blockade Australia (BA) activists’ recent police persecution.
Source: Blockade Australia unfairly maligned by police, media and the Left
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
Who is Frydenberg doing it for if his policies are consistent with a 3C degree future hike in heat? He’s not listening to Kew, science or the rest of the world. Only his Party!
Over to you The scientific consensus is clear. Greenhouse gas emissions must peak by 2025 at the latest and plummet thereafter, to limit global warming to 1.5℃. Unless policies are substantially strengthened, Earth is set to hit 1.5℃ warming in the 2030s, and a future of at least 3℃ warming awaits. The onus is on the next parliament to protect Australians from climate catastrophe. On May 21, Australian voters have a chance to send a clear message about the kind of world we want to leave for future generations.
Source: Scorched dystopia or liveable planet? Here’s where the climate policies of our political hopefuls will take us
Morrison fled COP26 tail between his legs the rodent revealed is back home to the safety of Murdochland
But the agreement established a clear consensus that all nations need to do much more, immediately, to prevent a catastrophic rise in global temperatures. It outlined specific steps the world should take, from slashing global carbon dioxide emissions nearly in half by 2030 to curbing methane, another potent greenhouse gas. And it sets up new rules to hold countries accountable for the progress they make — or fail to make.
Source: Nearly 200 Countries Just Signed On to the Glasgow Climate Pact. Read It Here. – Mother Jones
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
So much for AUKUS, CHUKUS seems a more apt term for this immediate agreement where China the UK, and the US are in step, Why? It’s patently clear. But not so for the A in AUKUS. However, given China hasn’t invaded anyone recently and the LNP has why are they acting as if China has? How embarrassing for Morrison whose been left out of the loop not advised of 30 secret meetings his besty has had. He will feel the sting of his do-nothing climate policy in the near future well before he gets any submarines. Because America China, and the UK will invest in climate cooperation which translates into much wider cooperation and they will leave the climate laggard, Morrison’s Australia, out in the wilderness.
The US-China competition is much more like European rivalries in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, as between France and Britain or Britain and Germany, where capitalist countries competed for entry into foreign markets on the most favorable terms and for diplomatic and military spheres of influence. Despite President Xi’s sabre rattling, China isn’t at the point where it has taken over other countries (as the US did most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan).
Source: After 30 Secret Meetings, US and China announce Joint initiative to Combat Global Heating in Diplomatic Thaw
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
The Western U.S. is experiencing another severe fire season, and a recent study shows that even high mountain areas once considered too wet to burn are at increasing risk as the climate warms. With more than 5 million acres already burned by early September, the 2021 U.S. fire season is about on pace with the extreme fire season of 2020. This summer has been the hottest on record and one of the driest in the region, with 80% of the Western U.S. in severe to exceptional drought. That combination of heat and dryness is a recipe for disastrous wildfires.
Source: Western fires are burning higher in the mountains and at unprecedented rates as we heat the climate
Australia is among the top 5 yet our government continues to ignore it for the sake of politics and power as it remains a marginal seat issue with which to wedge the opposition. Retaining power neither service, duty nor Democracy rate in the Morrison political drive
Germany is currently the country most concerned about climate change out of the 28 surveyed for the August update of the “What worries the world” study by market research and consulting firm Ipsos. Climate change is one of Germans’ top three concerns, with 36 percent selecting it as their main worry (six percentage points more than last month, and the highest Germany has recorded to date).
Source: Germans are most worried about Climate Emergency among 28 Countries Surveyed
The World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction have issued a report finding that in the past 50 years, 11,000 droughts, storms, extreme temperature and other extreme weather events have accounted for 50 percent of all disasters and three-fourths of known economic losses, totaling $3.64 trillion. They killed over two million people. Scientists have found that the climate emergency from our burning coal, gasoline and natural gas has intensified droughts, superstorms, and heat waves and made droughts and heat waves more frequent. Droughts and hurricanes/ cyclones were the biggest killers, accounting for 650k and 577k deaths respectively. Most of these disasters, which aren’t natural any more given how much stronger human burning of fossil fuels has made them, have increased exponentially in their cost. In the 1970s, each such disaster used to cost about $50 million each day of the year. Today, the typical cost is $383 mn. per day.
Source: UN: Climate-Driven Extreme Weather Disasters since 1970 increased 5-Fold, costing Trillions
More than 1000 people are missing in flood-stricken regions of western Germany and Belgium, where waters are still rising with the death toll exceeding 100 and communications in some areas cut.
Source: More than 1000 people missing in Germany, Belgium as towns left in ruins
By James Dyke, Robert Watson and Wolfgang Knorr | – Sometimes realisation comes in a blinding flash. Blurred outlines snap into shape and suddenly it all makes sense. Underneath such revelations is typically a much slower-dawning process. Doubts at the back of the mind grow. The sense of confusion that things cannot be made to fit together increases until something clicks. Or perhaps snaps. Collectively we three authors of this article must have spent more than 80 years thinking about climate change. Why has it taken us so long to speak out about the obvious dangers of the concept of
Source: Carbon Capture doesn’t Exist and Planting Trees won’t Solve Climate Emergency: Time to bite the Bullet and stop Burning Coal and Oil
Whether this is true or not, I think we can all agree that it’s an amazing achievement by an Australian PM to have almost achieved the remarkable accomplishment of announcing a target for 2050. With the current rate of progress we may actually have one before the year itself!
Source: When You Reduce Emissions By Preferring Your Own Milkshake! – » The Australian Independent Media Network
Anti-Warmists say we can adjust no need to be concerned. Said from the aircon studios powered by fossil fuels. (ODT)
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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.
Smithereens: Australia’s climate commitments blown if giant fossil fuel projects proceed – Michael West Media
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
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.
via Unseen in 35 years: Veteran weather reporter on oceans ‘exploding’ with tropical storms — RT US News
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.
via Across All Seven Continents, #RiseForClimate Actions Demand Elected Leaders Commit to Fossil-Free Future
“Everyone who breathes should be worried about the tailpipe pollution Trump’s administration wants to unleash.”
—Paul Cort, Earthjustice
via In ‘Disastrous Wreck for Consumers and the Planet,’ Trump EPA Moves to Gut Clean Car Standards
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.
Source: Visualizing global warming month by month for 137 years – Axios
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.
via The Bering Sea’s ice has never melted this early before | Grist
“When you’re breaking a record over a whole state by that sort of margin, that’s a significant event,” Dr Trewin said.
via 40 degrees in April: Why this autumn has felt more like summer – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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.
via Really extreme global weather event leaves scientists aghast
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.
via As Arctic Sea Ice Thins, so Do Polar Bears
The former Australian prime minister’s misleading speech to a London thinktank was full of climate denial mythology
Source: Tony Abbott dares us to reject evidence on climate, but reveals a coward | Graham Readfearn | Environment | The Guardian
By Sarah van Gelder | Yes! Magazine | – – The companies responsible for the climate crisis should cover the …
Source: Those 90 Companies that Caused Climate Crisis? They Should Pay for It | Informed Comment