Tag: Climate Change

Spend $1.8 Trillion On Climate Change Adaption Measures Today To Save $7.1 Trillion In The Future, Says Report | IFLScience

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via Spend $1.8 Trillion On Climate Change Adaption Measures Today To Save $7.1 Trillion In The Future, Says Report | IFLScience

Old Dog Thoughts- Murdoch’s abuse of people for ratings; Australia’s Shame is Global; Drug Testing;

Fighting Fake News with REAL,12/9/19; Silent on Climate Change LNPGov just goes SHUSH; News Corp’s use and abuse of People for Ratings; Anothe minority under attack as abnormal Australians;

Horrific Amazon Wildfires: How do they Threaten Us, and how can we stop them?

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Reducing wildfires requires going beyond addressing the ignition sources and fighting the flames themselves, and also encouraging actions that limit forest flammability. Tackling deforestation remains key as it exposes forest edges to the hotter and drier microclimate of agricultural land, and contributes to regional reductions in rainfall.

Selective logging also plays a key role in making tropical forests more flammable. Walking in a selectively logged forest in the dry season, you feel the sun’s heat directly on your face and the leaf litter crackles and crunches underfoot. In contrast, unlogged primary forests are a shadier world where the leaf litter remains moist. Fire prevention needs to be a key condition of long-term forest stewardship. This will only work if widespread illegal logging is effectively controlled, as cheaper timber undermines the viability of best-practice forest management.

Finally, climate change itself is making dry seasons longer and forests more flammable. Increased temperatures are also resulting in more frequent tropical forest fires in non-drought years. And climate change may also be driving the increasing frequency and intensity of climate anomalies, such as El Niño events that affect fire season intensity across Amazonia.

Addressing these challenges requires integrated national and global actions, collaboration between scientists and policy makers, and long-term funding – approaches that the current Brazilian administration seems intent on destroying.The Conversation

via Horrific Amazon Wildfires: How do they Threaten Us, and how can we stop them?

A group of Republican politicians are in hiding — and US police have been sent to track them down – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A poster made in support of Republican politicians who walked out of the Oregon Capitol.

They get paid for this service (ODT)

They get This is important, because while the Democrats have an 18 to 12 majority in the chamber, there must be 20 members present for a quorum — meaning nothing can be done until at least two members return.

“It’s time for the Senate Republicans to show up and do the job they were elected to do,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown said.

via A group of Republican politicians are in hiding — and US police have been sent to track them down – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Prepare for war – » The Australian Independent Media Network

We have so many solutions, and the potential for massive change, more readily available than we realise.

What we lack is both the motivation and sufficient willingness in those whom we elect to turn their backs on the fossil fuel lobbyists and embrace a Brave New World!

via Prepare for war – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Climate Change: Experts find ‘integrity issues’ with Coalition’s direct action policy

An official committee has raised concerns over carbon farming methods under the Emissions Reduction Fund.

A panel of government-appointed experts has uncovered “integrity issues” with the Coalition’s flagship climate change policy, triggering a warning that some of the emission reductions claimed by Australia may not be genuine.

The findings relate to the Abbott-era Emissions Reduction Fund, established in 2014 to replace Labor’s so-called “carbon tax”. The Morrison government extended the fund in February with a $2 billion injection of taxpayer funds, and renamed it the Climate Solutions Fund.

Climate Change: Experts find ‘integrity issues’ with Coalition’s direct action policy

Old Dog Thoughts- Tax projections made easy not fake

Andrew Bolt’s Blog,17/4/19; Bolt best forget about what the Treasury denied; Praising the Fake Speech of a Murdochian; Shh Bolt’s the only one here in coal heaven;Bubbles; The fanasy world od Barron Von Trump;

Whatever the cost of Labor’s policy, the Coalition’s inaction on climate change will cost infinitely more – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The government has decided to quote modelling by Brian Fisher, who is already well known for his very dodgy modelling in favour of the coal mining industry, to say that Labor’s policy will cost workers $9,000 per year.  This is, of course, complete rubbish and totally at odds with modelling by Frontier Economics and research by the ANU.

The question is not how much Labor’s policy will cost.  The cost of not taking action is far too great to contemplate.

The damage from the cyclone coupled with a fire at a port facility in January will lead to a loss of about 14 million tonnes of production in 2019, the miner said in a statement.At today’s iron ore price, that equates to over $1.7 billion dollars lost revenue for one company from one cyclone.

In February, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the state budget is estimated to take a hit of at least $1.5 billion after catastrophic bushfires and floods ravaged Queensland over the summer.

via Whatever the cost of Labor’s policy, the Coalition’s inaction on climate change will cost infinitely more – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The War On Climate Change Won’t Be Won Quibbling Over The Green New Deal’s Costs | HuffPost Australia

It also has no chance of becoming law, not while Republicans control the Senate and climate change denier Donald Trump resides in the White House.

via The War On Climate Change Won’t Be Won Quibbling Over The Green New Deal’s Costs | HuffPost Australia

Once again, the Liberals find themselves on the wrong side of history

It’s a remarkable thing to see a populist political stance transform into a liability in front of your eyes. So it is with the federal Coalition’s adventures in climate denialism.

Consider the story arc commencing with Tony Abbott’s leadership: what was once perhaps the most potent stick an opposition leader has wielded – leaving both Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard in its wreckage – this week disintegrated to the point that even the Coalition’s own colleagues in the NSW government have now abandoned them.

via Once again, the Liberals find themselves on the wrong side of history

‘I don’t believe that’: how a 17-year-old student stole the show on Q&A

Striking students defy PM to protest at inaction on climate change

Watch Fossil Fuel’s lobbyist News Corp’s Andrew Bolt and all you will see is the the voice of the reactionary right wing elders not just aloof but defiant and with tin ears broadcasting and mocking the young 17 year olds who are soon to be voters (ODT)

But the voice and face of the revolt on Monday night painted a different picture. Bellemo was no dill headed for a dole queue.
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Striking students defy PM to protest at inaction on climate change

Student activism has many precedents over decades, but in 2018 it resonated especially strongly. It’s been the year of the teenage revolt in the US after the Parkland school shooting in February, a tragedy that sent survivors out on a potent public campaign for gun control.

Their message: we may not yet be able to vote, but we do have a voice.

via ‘I don’t believe that’: how a 17-year-old student stole the show on Q&A

Trump Dismisses His Own Administration’s Devastating Climate Change Report – Mother Jones

President Donald Trump on Monday appeared largely unimpressed by the dire warnings outlined in a recent scientific report issued by more than a dozen federal agencies, which, among its various conclusions, found that the United States is bound for economic disaster unless its reliance on fossil fuels is dramatically curtailed.

“I’ve seen it, I’ve read some of it, and it’s fine,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for a campaign rally in Mississippi. The milquetoast response was paired with a physical shrug of the shoulders.

Trump then directly dismissed the report’s conclusion that climate change will bring severe economic damage to the country.

“I don’t believe it,” Trump continued. “No, no I don’t believe it.” He then appeared to blame China, Japan, and “all of Asia” for being the world’s worst climate change offenders, while claiming that the US is currently the “cleanest we’ve ever been.”

via Trump Dismisses His Own Administration’s Devastating Climate Change Report – Mother Jones

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

This Is a Big Deal: California Goes All in on Clean Energy | Climate Reality

But more importantly, this is California, the world’s fifth-largest economy and home to 40 million people, making a huge statement of intent that it’s serious about solving the climate crisis. And not just making a statement – SB 100 will mean the state reshapes its power sector and replaces dirty coal, oil, and gas facilities with wind, solar, and other clean energy technologies to do it.

If you think this bill sends a message to the rest of the country that if California can go all in on clean energy, there’s no reason they can’t too – you’re right. And fossil fuel companies have every reason to be terrified.

via This Is a Big Deal: California Goes All in on Clean Energy | Climate Reality

Fossil Fuel Industry Evokes Fury for Seeking Taxpayer Funds for Protection Against Climate Crisis It Created

An oil refinery is seen before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. As Hurricane Harvey comes ashore many of the countries oil refineries are in its path and have had to shut down. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

The me before we in the crazy Capitalist structure.  Free market  unregulated competition forces me to oversupply, cause a major problem that then we have to pay and fix. Ergo I can’t lose in that never ending denier’s cycle.(ODT)

“Big Oil is asking tax payers to pay for protecting their refineries from sea level rise that they caused by keeping us addicted to oil? Yeah…no.”
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Jon Queally, staff writer

via Fossil Fuel Industry Evokes Fury for Seeking Taxpayer Funds for Protection Against Climate Crisis It Created

The NEG and the ‘idiocy’ of COALition climate change wars

Yet we are now in a surreal world where consequences and causes are disconnected, where science is ignored in the face of existential threats and where building coal-fired power stations is viewed by some in Government – such as former PM Abbott, Member for Hughes Craig Kelly and Resource Minister Matt Canavan, among others – as some sort of an answer to Australia’s future.

It is now viewed in Government as heresy to mention the drought and climate change in the same sentence, just as it is when bushfire strikes. Those who do so risk being accused of politicising the issue, or worse, of pushing a “green-left” agenda. So toxic are the climate wars that it is now taboo to discuss the possibility that we may be entering a dangerous new time in our “sunburnt country”.

via The NEG and the ‘idiocy’ of COALition climate change wars

Australia’s climate change adaptation plan is non-existent – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Despite the distraction and political chaos of Brexit negotiations, the United Kingdom has just published a far-reaching and thoroughly impressive plan to manage risks from climate change.

This follows on from their broader 25-year Environment Plan, released in January. It aims to “help the natural world regain and retain good health”, to enable it to better cope with climate change.

The recently released climate plan is a strategy to save lives from heat, flood and fire — yes, fire, even in the UK!

via Australia’s climate change adaptation plan is non-existent – Analysis & Opinion – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

By ending the Iran deal, Trump has put America on the path to war | Bernie Sanders | Opinion | The Guardian

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It’s important to understand that the JCPOA is not just an agreement between the US and Iran, but one negotiated alongside our partners in the P5+1 – the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany – and endorsed by the United Nations security council. Trump’s withdrawal further deepens tensions with our most important democratic allies, France, the UK and Germany, who all continue to support the agreement and have consistently said that it is in their own national security interests to see it upheld.

Trump also rejected the advice of his own top national security officials like the joint chiefs chairman, Gen Joseph Dunford, and defense secretary, James Mattis, both of whom have repeatedly stated that staying in the agreement is in the national security interests of the US. Nuclear non-proliferation and national security professionals around the world share that assessment. Just as he has done on the issue of climate change with his withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, Trump has chosen to ignore the overwhelming expert consensus and sided instead with a small ideological faction, with disastrous consequences for our global security.

via By ending the Iran deal, Trump has put America on the path to war | Bernie Sanders | Opinion | The Guardian

Buried, altered, silenced: 4 ways government climate information has changed since Trump took office | Informed Comment

Meanwhile, Columbia University’s Silencing Science Tracker documents news stories about climate scientists who have been discouraged from conducting, publishing or otherwise communicating scientific research. These groups have documented four ways that climate-related information has become less accessible since Trump took office.

Source: Buried, altered, silenced: 4 ways government climate information has changed since Trump took office | Informed Comment

As The Climate Changes And The Earth Warms, Where’s The Safest Place On Earth To Live? | IFLScience

 

So, even with the inherent uncertainty in the pace and potency of these overwhelmingly negative effects of climate change, safety from it all is only likely in a handful of countries – those that currently have mild climates, that are wealthy and resource-rich, that have good healthcare systems, that aren’t politically unstable, and aren’t likely to experience dangerous weather extremes on a regular basis.

That leaves us with a pretty short list, then: Canada, Northern Europe, New Zealand, and perhaps Japan, for example. Wait, what about the Land of the Free – the wealthiest, perhaps most resourceful nation on Earth? Isn’t this a safe haven? Actually, no, not quite.

via As The Climate Changes And The Earth Warms, Where’s The Safest Place On Earth To Live? | IFLScience

Day to Day Politics: What Hypocrisy! It’s really staggering. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

 

those who deny Climate Change and the overwhelming scientific consensus seek to justify their belief by attaching themselves to a minority of science deniers with obscure qualifications or worse-to right-wing shock jocks and journalists with no scientific training what so ever.These people have no way of evaluating the volume of data produced by the various scientific institutions. One of the most outspoken deniers (Andrew Bolt) has, in recent times, been found guilty of deceptive lying in that he defamed some white skinned aboriginals. One has to wonder how many he has told when writing about his favorite topic climate change.Which brings me to the point of this piece: Hypocrisy.Now who said this?

Source: Day to Day Politics: What Hypocrisy! It’s really staggering. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia’s energy security sacrificed to the Coalition’s internal power struggle – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As Turnbull theatrically struts around throwing out childish taunts like Blackout Bill and No Coal Joel, it should be remembered that it isn’t Labor who has changed their support for emissions reduction and renewable energy.You cannot privatise an essential utility and then create such uncertainty that the industry effectively grinds to a halt.Our energy crisis can be laid squarely at the feet of a divided Coalition whose own power struggles over the last decade have made it impossible for them to come up with any sort of enduring policy.

Source: Australia’s energy security sacrificed to the Coalition’s internal power struggle – » The Australian Independent Media Network

So far, major broadcast networks are failing to note the link between Harvey and climate change

So far, major broadcast networks are failing to note the link between Harvey and climate change

Source: So far, major broadcast networks are failing to note the link between Harvey and climate change

Noam Chomsky on Climate Change, Foreign Policy and ‘the Facade of Trumpisms’ (Video) – Truthdig

 

The acclaimed political critic and philosopher delves into a number of pressing subjects in a special hour-long talk with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!

Source: Noam Chomsky on Climate Change, Foreign Policy and ‘the Facade of Trumpisms’ (Video) – Truthdig

Making China Great Again: Trump Announces Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement | Crooks and Liars

Making China Great Again: Trump Announces Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement

Syria and Nicaragua are proud to accept the United States into their league of third-world nations for whom climate change is neither a priority nor a concern.Meanwhile, the President of the United States has now informed the world that he is willing to cede leadership on climate change to China, preferring to bow before the Kochs and other oligarchs instead.

Source: Making China Great Again: Trump Announces Withdrawal From Paris Climate Agreement | Crooks and Liars

Plunging price of renewable energy makes end of fossil fuels inevitable, says report | The Independent

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The transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy “now appears irreversible” as the cost of green power plunges, according to a new report. In The Transition Takes Hold, Clean Energy Canada said some 6.7 million people were working in the sector worldwide with one out of every 50 new jobs in the US being created by the solar industry alone.

Source: Plunging price of renewable energy makes end of fossil fuels inevitable, says report | The Independent

US ‘forces G20 to drop any mention of climate change’ in joint statement | The Independent

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Financial officials from the world’s biggest economies have dropped from a joint statement any mention of financing action on climate change, reportedly following pressure from the US and Saudi Arabia. Finance ministers from the G20, which comprises more than 80 percent of the global economy, debated the wording of their final joint statement on trade at their summit in the German resort of Baden-Baden.

Source: US ‘forces G20 to drop any mention of climate change’ in joint statement | The Independent

Malcolm Turnbull will never have a credible climate change policy

The greatest hallmark of the Coalition’s baked-in streak of climate denialism is the extent to which it will contort itself not to have a credible policy.

Source: Malcolm Turnbull will never have a credible climate change policy

NASA chief slaps down climate sceptic senator Malcolm Roberts: ‘You hold a number of misconceptions’

A senior NASA official has taken the extraordinary step of personally rebuking One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts’ claims the agency had falsified key data to exaggerate current extreme warming in the Arctic.

Source: NASA chief slaps down climate sceptic senator Malcolm Roberts: ‘You hold a number of misconceptions’

Australia worst among G20 when it comes to action on climate change, report finds | Environment | The Guardian

Australia the only country to receive a rating of ‘very poor’ in a majority of categories in Climate Transparency scorecard

Source: Australia worst among G20 when it comes to action on climate change, report finds | Environment | The Guardian

Deniers reality check: 97% of scientists agree humans causing climate change

Despite aggressive attempts to convince the public otherwise, new analysis of the vast body of research shows 97% of scientists agree that human activities are fuelling climate change.

Source: Deniers reality check: 97% of scientists agree humans causing climate change

Weather Channel Advises Elderly In Path Of Storm To Commit Suicide Now

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ATLANTA – (CT&P) – The Weather Channel is advising all elderly or weak individuals in the path of Winter Storm Jonas to go ahead and commit suicide before the storm hits.

Weather Channel stalwart Jim Cantore, reporting from the nation’s capital, told viewers today that suicide would be preferable to a slow, agonizing death at the hands of the blizzard.

“If you are elderly, weak, or disabled, and unable to flee the path of the storm, it would be much better for you to go ahead and end it all now while you still have power,” said Cantore, after shooting up half a gram of methamphetamine.

“You certainly don’t want to slowly freeze to death in your home surrounded by cats, who are sure to devour your bloated corpse in the days to come. In fact, I advise even young adults who are depressed or have bleak economic futures to do the same. Remember, no one will be coming to check on you because you have no friends and you alienated your family a long time ago. Just get it over with, for God’s sake.”

David Clark, president of the Weather Channel, was quick to point out that although Cantore’s recommendations had merit, they represented his opinions alone and were not those of Weather Channel management.

 

Weather Channel Warns That Icy Roads Can Be Hazardous

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ATLANTA – (CT&P) – The Weather Channel is warning its viewers in Tennessee and North Carolina that when ice forms on roads, cars tend slide out of control, which can cause wrecks.

Winter Storm Ilias, which has caused raised blood pressure, racing heartbeats, and raging hornyness among Weather Channel personnel, is currently moving across Tennessee and western North Carolina causing hazardous driving conditions in higher elevations.

Since no one in Tennessee or North Carolina has ever seen snow or ice before, the helpful folks at the Weather Channel have mentioned about 500 fucking times this morning alone that when it’s cold, water falling from the sky turns to something else, and it can be damn dangerous.

“I don’t know what I’d do without the Weather Channel,” said Greta Hangnail of Ducktown, Tennessee. “I’ve seen pictures of all that ice and snow in my National Geographic, but I had no idea it could happen in the United States. I thought all that stuff was up in Canada.”

Jeffrey Scrotum of Mulebutt, North Carolina told a local TV reporter that he had heard from his grandpa that one time it snowed up in the Smoky Mountains but that was a long time ago.

“I don’t know nothing about no snow and ice,” said Scrotum. “You really think I can’t drive on it? Why would that be?”

The Weather Channel is advising that everyone in both states should go ape shit and go buy all the milk and bread in every fucking grocery store within 100 miles of their homes just in case the storm traps them in their miserable homes for more than three or four hours.

They also advise that no one should drive for at least three or four days after the storm is over because black ice could be lurking everywhere and cause massive casualties on a scale not seen since World War II.

“It’s always best to cower in fear and hunker down wherever you are once the storm hits,” said Bernie Shortschlong, a winter storm specialist. “From what I’m seeing on radar I think it’ll be safe for folks in the Deep South to return to work sometime next week.”

 

 

China to stake leadership claim on climate change, emissions reduction at Paris UN conference – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

China — the world’s biggest polluter — will use this week’s UN conference in Paris to stake a global leadership claim on climate change.

Source: China to stake leadership claim on climate change, emissions reduction at Paris UN conference – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)