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)
via New global temperature record may have been set in California’s Death Valley
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
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.
Source: Everyone’s a Socialist After a Natural Disaster | The Nation
By Sam Morgan | EurActiv.com | – – Norway has the renewable resources and political will to become the world’s …
Source: Green Norway: Will it be the World’s First post-Carbon Society?
Halfway through 2017, the year is the second hottest on record, even without an El Niño to help boost its temperature.
Source: At Midway Point, 2017 Is 2nd-Hottest Year on Record | Climate Central
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.
Source: California Defies Trump, Announces Pact With Germany To Uphold Paris Agreement | IFLScience
Donald Trump has set the world on a collision course for disaster by pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord.
Source: ‘Ignorant and dangerous’ Trump ditches Paris climate accord in fact-free speech
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – An estimated 200,000 climate protesters rallied in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, …
Source: As Millions March for Climate, Stab in Back by EPA & NYT
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii has reported that in April, …
Source: The Last time there was this much CO2 in the air, Florida was under Water | Informed Comment
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.
Source: Solar hits big, brief milestone in California – SFGate
We can create a modern national energy system if we let informed regulators and the Chief Scientist Alan Finkel do their work unhindered.
Source: A sustainable future is possible if politics gets out of the way
In all probability, Queensland will ride a flood tide of economic activity over the next 12 months, writes Bill O’Chee.
Source: Cyclone Debbie recovery could be a boon for the economy
Couldn’t sleep last night? You’re not the only one. Melburnians have sweated through the hottest March nights on record
Source: Melbourne weather: City swelters through warmest March nights on record
John Abraham: Our new study improves estimates of the rate of ocean warming – a critical component of climate change
Source: Earth’s oceans are warming 13% faster than thought, and accelerating | John Abraham | Environment | The Guardian
Chairman says cost of inaction on climate change is clear and issue shouldn’t be used to fight ‘political and ideological battles’
Source: Climate Institute to shut down, citing lack of funds for independent research | Environment | The Guardian
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.
Source: Northern Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching damage worse, surveys suggest
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.
Source: ‘Disaster capitalism’: Why Haitians prefer local NGOs over American Red Cross — RT News