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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #346 on: October 07, 2015, 05:05:24 pm »

And now, for today's rant: 
 

Like Hans Solo and Don Quijote, Agelbert would never get out of bed if his actions were predicated on his chances of success. As long as God is for me, I am unconcerned about the Empathy Deficit Disordered Reprobates who are against me! Giddap!


Jared Leto Takes You on a 360º Virtual Tour to See First-Hand Effects of Climate Change

Cole Mellino | October 7, 2015 3:08 pm

The Sierra Club, Environmental Media Association and RYOT launched today the first-ever virtual reality climate change public service announcement, which offers 360 degree panoramic shots that catapults viewers into the heart of the Arctic to explore frontline communities and melting glaciers.


The video, which is being released just two months shy of the UN climate talks in Paris, aims to encourage world leaders to take meaningful action on climate.

“The climate negotiations present a unique opportunity to take on the climate crisis and take action for a strong and just clean energy economy,” said Michael Brune, Sierra Club’s executive director.

“Climate change affects all life on this planet,” said Academy Award-winning actor Jared Leto, who narrates the PSA. “It is literally altering the face of the Earth and displacing communities. I hope world leaders recognize that people around the globe want and need them to step up and work together starting at the UN Climate Summit and beyond, to fight the climate crisis. Humanity depends on it.”

“To us, this is by far the most exciting use case for virtual reality technology,” said Molly Swenson, COO of RYOT and an executive producer of the film. “When you’re standing in the middle of a glacial ice cave, watching and hearing it melt rapidly from the inside out, you not only understand that climate change is real, but you feel compelled to do everything you can to halt and reverse it. VR is the best tool we’ve found for turning passive viewers into active participants.”

http://ecowatch.com/2015/10/07/jared-leto-climate-change/

Agelbert Comment: Let's get something straight, shall we? A crime has been committed. Somebody made a lot of money committing that crime. We KNOW who they are. They USE that money to DICTATE energy polices, both foreign and domestic.

They will be the first to disingenuously claim that "we are all to blame, so we all must pay". They will use a thoroughly distorted Fragmentation of Agency defense to try to socialize the costs of amelioration of the deleterious effects of climate change while they continue to laugh all the way to the bank.

Since these polluters KNOW they can no longer deny SOME liability for the daily multi-species killing polluting of our biosphere, they will be sending their Empathy Deficit disordered LAWYERS to the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) for the purpose of passing MOST of the BUCK to we-the-people.

SNIPPET from my article on Dianoia (Aristotle's term for "Thinking Things Though"):

One of the themes about human history that I have tried to communicate to readers over and over is that predatory capitalist corporations, while deliberately profiting from knowingly doing something that causes pollution damage to the populace, always plan AHEAD to socialize the costs of that damage when they can no longer deny SOME liability for it. Their conscience free lackey lawyers will always work the system to limit even PROVEN 100% liability.

When 100% liability is blatantly obvious, as in the Exxon Valdes oil spill, they will shamelessly use legalese to limit the liability. ExxonMobil pulled a fast one on the plaintiffs by getting "punitive", rather than "compensatory" damages. See what the learned counselor said, "The purpose of punitive awards is to punish, not to destroy, according to the law". Ethics free Exxon and its ethics free lawyers KNOW how the Court System "works". JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW [Vol. 18:151] The purpose of this comment is to describe the history of the Exxon Valdez litigation and analyze whether the courts and corresponding laws are equipped to effectively handle mass environmental litigation..

While the profits are rolling in, they will claim they are "just loyal public servants, selflessly providing a service that the public is demanding", while they laugh all the way to the bank. When the damage is exposed, they will claim we are "all equally to blame" (i.e. DISTORTED Fragmentation of Agency).

This is clearly false because polluting corporations, in virtually all cases, AREN'T non-profit organizations. If they were NOT PROFITING, THEN, and only then, could they make the claim that "we all benefited equally so we all are equally responsible to pay equally for the cost."

Those who presently benefit economically from the burning of fossil fuels, despite the scientific certainty that this is ushering in a Permian level mass extinction, will probably be quick to grab on to a severely distorted and duplicitous version of the 'Fragmentation of Agency' meme, in regard to assigning the proportionate blame for the existential threat our species is visiting on future generations.

Privatizing the profits and socializing the costs is what they have done for over a century in the USA. They have always gotten away with it. That is why, despite having prior knowledge that their children would be negatively impacted by their decisions, they decided to dispense with ethical considerations.

They assumed that, with all the profits they would accumulate over the last 40 years (or as long as the populace can be blinded to the truth of the existential threat), they could protect their offspring when things got "difficult".

They know that millions to billions of people, in all probability, will die. But they think their wealth can enable them to survive and thrive.   

As for the rest of us, who obtained a pittance in benefits in comparison to the giant profits the polluters raked (and still continue to rake) in, we can expect an army of corporate lawyers descending on our government(s) demanding that all humans, in equal portions, foot the bill for ameliorating climate change.

The lawyer speak will probably take the form of crocodile tears about the "injustice of punitive measures" or, some double talk legalese limiting "punitive damage claims" based on Environmental LAW fun and games (see: "punitive" versus "compensatory" damage claims).

This grossly unjust application of the 'Fragmentation of Agency' is happening as we speak. The poorest humans are paying the most with their health for the damage done by the richest. The richest have avoided most, or all, of the deleterious effects of climate change.

When the governments of the world finally get serious about the funding needed to try to clean this mess up (present incremental measures ARE NOT sufficient), the rich plan to continue literally getting away with ecocide, and making sure they don't pay their share of the damages for it.

Why Dianoia is sine qua non to a Viable Biosphere

Prosecute Exxon For Deliberate Climate Denial

The Writing on the Wall (Street) for Fossil Fuels
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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #347 on: October 07, 2015, 10:52:32 pm »
Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Climate Change
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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #348 on: October 12, 2015, 03:58:11 pm »
If you aren't considered "maladjusted" in today's society, you are contributing to the suicidal trajectory we are on.

For me, the verdict was in a long time ago.   

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #349 on: October 13, 2015, 02:52:07 am »
More precise Tree Ring Dating AND Ice Core Dating resulting from the latest scientific knowledge in regard to CARBON-14 and Beryllium-10 (10Be). They  are cosmogenic isotopes (more of them are formed during proton events).



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Beryllium-10 is formed from high energy collisions with N and O in the atmosphere, and because of its long lifetime and affinity for soluble aerosols, it precipitates out of the atmosphere quickly and can be measured in ice cores.

Therefore, high energy cosmic or solar events should simultaneously create excess 14C and 10Be, and be measurable in tree-rings and ice cores respectively.

This new knowledge means more precise dating.  So far, we are only talking about 7 years or so from what is in the literature. But since the resolution is better, a lot of the assumptions about the decay rates need to be adjusted.

Previously assumed isotope decay is misleading because MORE of these isotopes form and are absorbed by living organisms after proton events. This will mean a lot of adjustments in carbon-14 dates and a lot of rewritten textbooks. ;D

But this article more closely dates some volcanic eruptions that apparently had a LOT more to do with death in Europe after the "official" fall of the Roman Empire in 476 A.D. than has been previously surmised. This is BIG news! Volcanic eruptions may have brought PLAGUE to Europe!



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Historical Implications

This new dating scheme improves understanding of volcanic forcing effects before the 1st millennium. For example, 15 of the 16 coldest summers between 500 BC and AD 1000 follow immediately after volcanic events, four of which are found shortly after the largest volcanic events in the record.

It also confirms that the so-called “AD 536 event” was a two-stage event, with two large eruptions, a Northern hemisphere eruption in AD 536, and tropical eruption in AD 540, causing over a decade of poor climate and hardship on human civilisation.

As we’ve mentioned previously, these eruptions may even have paved the way for the Justinian plague to take hold after AD 540, which is estimated to have killed about one third of the European population  :o, and may also have impacted the Maya civilisation.
 


http://www.realclimate.org/index.php/archives/2015/08/ice-core-dating-corroborates-tree-ring-chronologies/#sthash.xZ5tt2F3.dpuf
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« Reply #350 on: October 13, 2015, 09:05:40 pm »
https://youtu.be/t0-nYyh7-X4


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Published on Jul 2, 2013


See the Climate Change Now Knowledge Base at http://www.ClimateDiscovery.com
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Over 100 feet of vertical melt at Point 660 near Kangerlussuaq in the last three years tells the story. Climate scientists in Greenland call it the "Big Melt." This film tells the story of Bruce Melton, a lone adventurer/engineer/researcher whose first book on climate change was published by Al Gore, or at least, Gore published one so much like Melton's that it killed his project.

So he picked up his cameras and went to Greenland. What he saw in the rapidly melting ice sheet was reflected in the great concern of the scientists there and the confusion and disbelief in the eyes of the locals.

Melton's path led him back to his home waters to document sea level rise on the middle Texas Coast, from a homemade wooden boat, and 50 miles down a deserted four-wheel drive only beach. The film is scored by original tunes from a band called Climate Change in Austin, Texas.


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« Reply #351 on: October 14, 2015, 02:45:43 am »

10/13/2015 04:39 PM     

Alaska Governor Wants More Oil to Confront Climate Change  

SustainableBusiness.com News

Alaska has a problem.

Located near the Arctic, it is one of the first states to experience climate change head on. Temperatures are rising there faster than most other states, burning through an amazing 5 million acres of forest this summer. Rising seas are engulfing villages, forcing thousands of people to move inland. 

How does Alaska Governor Bill Walker plan to cope with this? Incredibly, by drilling for more oil, especially in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.





Full story at link. Bring your barf bag.


http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/26434
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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #352 on: October 16, 2015, 03:26:18 pm »


Thu Oct 15, 2015 at 08:52 PM EDT.
Gulf stream slowdown? Nothing to see here. Back to elections.   :P

by don mikulecky

Would it not be a bit of irony if the election turned out just the way you want it to and you are still screwed?  These conspiratorial  ;) scientists are at it again.  Trying to distract us from what is really important.  ;)  Looking at the diaries here I know they can't succeed.  :P

This report could be a bit worrisome though, if it is credible: Signs of Gulf Stream Slowdown — Sea Level More Than a Foot Higher off US East Coast 

Now we know sea level has not gone up a foot off the East Coast, don't we? They say:

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(Global sea surface height anomalies off the US East Coast are more than a foot (30 cm) above the 1979 to 2015 average. A clear sign that the Gulf Stream is slowing down, perhaps by as much as 15-30 percent. Complete shut down of the Gulf Stream, though unlikely without extremely large melt outflows from Greenland, would result in a very dangerous 1 meter sea level rise. An impact that is primarily driven by ocean current change. Sea level rise by thermal expansion and glacial melt would, necessarily, pile on top of this bulge of backed up waters. 

How can that be?  Read on below for more.

The first thing we need to do is check with CNN.  After the debate we know we can believe them.  Let's look at what else this source has to say.
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This past March, after observations of rising sea levels off the US East Coast, extreme positive sea surface temperature anomalies in the same region, and a critical slowing down of North Atlantic over-turning recorded throughout the 20th Century, Professor Stefan Rahmstorf published this earth-shattering paper in the scientific journal Nature.

The paper meticulously recorded a slow-down of bottom water formation in a region of the Atlantic Ocean south of Greenland. The period studied included all of the 20th Century and the first one and one half decades of the 21st Century. Rahmstorf concluded that Greenland ice sheet melt — starting around 1900 and spiking after 1975 — was having a profound impact. Cold, fresh water issuing out from Greenland was cutting off the flow of heavier, salty water transported northward by the Gulf Stream. It was preventing larger portions of that water from sinking. And it was slowing down the Gulf Stream together with a host of other ocean circulation driving currents.

A system vital to both the life and health of the world ocean and global weather stability was entering an arrest. In other words, the world ocean heartbeat was fading.

I don't know what to think.      
This must be alarmist misinformation because if it were true we should see some concern out there.    I sure don't see any.      


Speaking of CNN there is this: 15 facts about sea level rise that should scare the s^*# out of you

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1. Seas already are rising because of climate change.

2. It's happening faster than scientists expected, and the collapse of the enormous West Antarctic Ice Sheet now "appears unstoppable," according to NASA.

14. And crossing certain "tipping points" -- such as the melting of Greenland's ice sheet -- could cause seas to rise much more dramatically in the long term.

But here's the good news: All of these risks are lessened -- or eliminated -- if we stop burning fossil fuels and chopping down carbon-gulping forests. It's possible to address this crisis.

There are signs of hope. This week, Germany's Angela Merkel, for example, pressed world leaders to boost their pledges to cut carbon emissions ahead of international negotiations. The so-called "climate chancellor" wants industrialized countries to end fossil fuel use by 2100, according to The Guardian.

Future generations will judge our action, or lack thereof, harshly.

They'll have every right to do so.

Because we will help determine what the coasts -- and the world -- look like for centuries.   

So there you go.  After the election we can think about doing something about all this right?   Good luck.

Thu Oct 15, 2015 at 6:24 PM PT: ty  for the rec listing...I hope this gets some thought.

Originally posted to don mikulecky on Thu Oct 15, 2015 at 08:52 PM EDT.
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« Reply #353 on: October 16, 2015, 06:48:00 pm »
Another "gift" courtesy of the fossil fuel Industry



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Annual counts of daily maximum water levels that have exceeded the threshold level for nuisance flooding beginning in year 1920 or when data become available.

The data are binned by meteorological year (May–April) as to not decouple the stormy winter season, which is important for interannual variability diagnosis. As noted by Sweet et al. [2014], the number of days currently impacted by nuisance level flooding is highly correlated to the height of the flood threshold elevation itself and helps explain the lower exceedance values at gauge locations 1-2 (Boston, MA, and Providence, RI) and 21-22 (St Petersburg, FL, and Galveston, TX).

There is clear evidence of increasing frequencies around the United States over the last century and particularly since the 1980s.



... tidal datum elevations of mean lower low water (MLLW), mean low water (MLW), MSL, mean high water (MHW), and MHHW.

Research Article

From the extreme to the mean: Acceleration and tipping points of coastal inundation from sea level rise

Authors William V. Sweet, Joseph Park


10/15/2015 Sea Level Rise in 414 Cities, Close to Locked In

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« Reply #354 on: October 17, 2015, 03:01:57 am »
https://youtu.be/nM5-recP7-E

Hansen exposes the UGLY TRUTH about how the Fossil Fuel Industry, not just in the USA, but in the WORLD, has PREVENTED the public from knowing the facts about Global Warming.

LEARN how BOTH Bush Administrations PREVENTED action on NASA polices, funding and other government publications through dirty tricks without the knowledge of Congress. Follow the money all the way to the global fossil fuel Predators 'R' US, folks. THEY are the enemies of civilization. THEY are destroying the future of humanity.

Hansen is polite. But there is no question about the facts he presents. This video is a damning historical verdict on the fossil fuel industry and the empathy deficit disordered bastards that work in it and support it.
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« Reply #355 on: October 17, 2015, 03:59:48 pm »
These observed phenomena are all REAL.
But Science CANNOT explain them. Particularly unsettling to those who worship science and it's view that the physical universe is the limit of reality, is the placebo effect. It even works better than nothing when you KNOW it is a placebo!

Learn about a careful, meticulous science experiment done involving patients that required knee surgery divided into three groups.

Only ONE group of the three was actually given knee surgery. The other two groups given two variations of placebo surgery (incision with saline solution or just an incision) had equal or better rates of healing.  ;D

But there is a terrible downside to the placebo effect. Propagandists and Con artists everywhere have noticed how effective it is at fooling people. The Fossil Fuel Industry  learned it from the Tobacco Industry (see: Birds of a feather). 

If a polluting industry that is trashing the planet for short term gain can convince enough people that their pollution is "beneficial" to the biosphere, the minds of those propagandized would work to prevent that pollution from being accepted as real.

Perhaps the greatest hidden tool of the fossil fuel industry to fight global warming (in order to preserve their profits, not to stop the pollution) is the propaganda effort to convince people we are entering an ice age! If enough people believe that, reason the Empathy Deficit Disordered ASS HOLES that cheerlead fossil fuels, the placebo effect might even slow global warming down!

But there is a GIANT problem with that logic. And it is not about whether the placebo effect is real or not. That much has been proven. It's the DENIAL of the FACT that something is INJURING the biosphere that undermines any hope of using a mass placebo effect to reduce or prevent global warming.
 
Whether that would work to prevent the biosphere from being polluted is not the question. WHY? Because the placebo effect ONLY works when you think you need to be HEALED of a disease or injury. The Fossil Fuel Industry has PREVENTED public awareness of the problem (i.e. injury/disease to the biosphere).


The placebo effect may work quite well inside our bodies but I suspect the faith to move mountains is at odds with fooling  people in using faith to prevent global warming. The predators 'R' US crowd running the polluting industries are not known for their faith or good works. They are known for there 24/7 lie that they are our "loyal servants concerned only with our welfare".
 



They claim they are merely "supplying our demand" when, in actuality, they are gaming us to supply THEIR demand. Clever, aren't they?





Now you know why the propagandists for the fossil fuel industry lie, distort and double talk about "no warming for a decade, "warming has ceased", "we are entering an ice age" and, last but not least in the hit parade of Push the Placebo to Preserve Profits efforts, "it's the sunspots, not Carbon Dioxide", that control Earth's temperature" baloney. 

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« Reply #356 on: October 20, 2015, 10:03:34 pm »

Indonesia’s Fire Outbreaks Producing More Daily Emissions than Entire US Economy  :o

by Nancy Harris Nancy Harris, Susan Minnemeyer, Fred Stolle and Octavia Aris Payne - October 16, 2015
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How did we compare emissions from Indonesia’s fires to US emissions? ???

Van der Werf’s research team developed rough estimates of the greenhouse gas emissions arising from recent Indonesia fires using estimates from past years based on satellite data and fire emissions models. They calculated that the 96,937 fires in Indonesia detected to date this year emitted roughly 1,043 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions (Mt CO2eq) cumulatively. Based on the modeled relationship of fire counts to emissions, it is possible to estimate daily emissions based on the number of fires occurring on a specific day.

Using this information, it becomes apparent that on 26 of the past 44 days (up to October 14), daily estimated greenhouse gas emissions from fires in Indonesia surpassed average daily emissions from the entire US economy (approximately 15.95 Mt CO2 per day).

Fire in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. Photo (at link) by Rini Sulaiman/ Norwegian Embassy for Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

According to estimates released this week by Guido van der Werf on the Global Fire Emissions Database, there have been nearly 100,000 active fire detections in Indonesia so far in 2015, which since September have generated emissions each day exceeding the average daily emissions from all U.S. economic activity. Following several recent intense outbreaks of fires—in June 2013, March 2014 and November 2014—the country is now on track to experience more fires this year than it did during the 2006 fire season, one of its worst on record.




Emissions Spikes Caused by Burning Peatlands

Global Forest Watch Fires shows that more than half of these fires have occurred on peatland areas, concentrated mainly in South Sumatra, South and Central Kalimantan, and Papua. These regions continue to suffer major fires as the fire alerts density map below shows, with few signs that occurrences are diminishing.



The burning of tropical peatlands is so significant for greenhouse gas emissions because these areas store some of the highest quantities of carbon on Earth, accumulated over thousands of years. Draining and burning these lands for agricultural expansion (such as conversion to oil palm or pulpwood plantations) leads to huge spikes in greenhouse gas emissions. Fires also emit methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2), but peat fires may emit up to 10 times more methane than fires occurring on other types of land. Taken together, the impact of peat fires on global warming may be more than 200 times greater than fires on other lands.

Putting the Data in Perspective

What does a climate catastrophe look like in a real world context? Since September, daily emissions from Indonesia’s fires exceeded daily emissions from the entire U.S. economy on 26 days. To put it into perspective, the U.S. economy is 20 times larger than Indonesia’s. Van der Werf pointed out in a recent report that emissions from these fires over a three-week period are also already higher than the total annual CO2 emissions of Germany.



For Indonesia, the Climate Challenge Is a Land Management Challenge

Reducing emissions from fires is a significant challenge. Last month, Indonesia released a draft of its new climate plan, or Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC), ahead of the climate negotiations taking place at the Paris COP in December. The draft INDC calls for at least a 29 percent emissions reduction below business as usual by 2030— and up to 41 percent in reduction with international assistance and cooperation. While the new data shows how fires present a major challenge to reaching this goal, Indonesia can still make progress if the government focuses on better land planning, improved law enforcement, and alternatives for small farmers to burning land. If Indonesia is to meet its climate commitment, making significant investments in these areas to prevent future fires must be the first step.


http://www.wri.org/blog/2015/10/indonesia%E2%80%99s-fire-outbreaks-producing-more-daily-emissions-entire-us-economy
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« Reply #357 on: October 20, 2015, 11:28:44 pm »
Great Interview with Henry Wallace's grandson, Scott Wallace. 

While most of the political establishment fixates on the Washington gridlock conservatives have orchestrated to stymie efforts to switch to green energy and prevent climate change, a little-noticed announcement in New York last month showed one way determined climate activists are working their way around it.

The announcement was that an organization working to encourage disinvestment in fossil fuel companies and investment in clean energy alternatives had won in the past year pledges worth $2.6 trillion to do just that. Among the 400 institutions and 2,000 individuals declaring their commitment to divest from fossil fuels was the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. DiCaprio released a statement highlighting the threat of climate change to global well-being, adding, “After looking into the growing movement to divest from fossil fuels and invest in climate solutions, I was convinced to make the pledge on behalf of myself and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.”

The announcement was a triumph for the Wallace Global Fund, a key funder of grassroots organizations driving the switch to green energy, and its co-chairman Scott Wallace. It is a prime example of the work that the Campaign for America’s Future is honoring October 27 at its Awards Gala, where Wallace will receive a Progressive Champion award along with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García and grassroots network National People’s Action.

In an interview with OurFuture.org, Wallace said that the Divest-Invest effort grew exponentially from where it was just one year ago, when its leaders announced that it had won $50 billion in divestment commitments and “we really stuck our neck out to say we think we can triple that by this time next year.”

The effort’s success in blowing past that goal will have tangible benefits for American workers and consumers. “With the flow of trillions of dollars of private investment money into renewable energy, you are going to see a massive expansion of the solar, wind and biomass sectors. That’s where the jobs are,” he said.

Also, “you can make good money” as an individual by moving your 401(k) or retirement fund to stocks or stock funds that focus on green energy and shun fossil fuels, he said.

The template for this, Wallace said, was the effort in the 1970s and 1980s to encourage disinvestment from the apartheid regime in South Africa. The pressure on colleges and other institutions to pull money away from corporations doing business in South Africa proved to be a key factor in the eventual dismantling of the apartheid government.

“We were really thrilled when Desmond Tutu [the South African archbishop who was a key leader of the anti-apartheid movement] … made the connection between the divestment campaign over apartheid” and the climate change crisis and agreed to do a video for 350.org, a Wallace Global Fund grantee, in which he called for divestment from fossil fuels and investment in clean energy solutions.

Wallace says that what makes momentum like this possible is grassroots political organizing. He cites as an example the work of Bill McKibben, the climate activist who has been one of the most outspoken opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline and of the use of fossil fuels generally. He was arrested outside the White House in 2011 in a Keystone pipeline protest when the Obama administration refused to oppose the pipeline’s construction. The passion of McKibben and other leaders has helped ignite such events as 2014’s “largest-ever” climate change march in New York City.

“What is says is that it takes a movement,” Wallace said. “A lot of us foundations have been doing climate a long time. It’s not enough to fund the study or the scholarship or a high-level conference or fly people off to the next climate negotiation. The needle gets moved when there a movement, and in this case, it’s not just in the U.S. It’s all over the world.”

Wallace believes this type of movement-building is critical as the United States and the other major global economies prepare for next month’s climate summit in France.

Wallace draws his passion for movement-building from his grandfather, Henry A. Wallace, who served as vice president under Franklin D. Roosevelt and was noted for his declaration in 1942 that

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the so-called “American Century” should instead be “the century of the common man.”

In that same speech, he spoke of a “people’s revolution” linked to Roosevelt’s “Four Freedoms” – freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. He said
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America’s post-war goal should not be American supremacy – “we ourselves in the United States are no more a master race than the Nazis” – but a global “economic peace that is just, charitable and enduring.”

“That’s what we try to carry on here, his tradition of the strengthening the ability of the common man to stand up together and unity for whatever we need,” Wallace said.
Wallace said he sees echoes of his grandfather in the presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. “I think Bernie Sanders is channeling Henry A. Wallace. He is a fervent populist, all about the common man,” he said.

Wallace recalled that when his grandfather launched his 1948 presidential campaign, he funded it by charging people 25 cents to hear his speeches and by selling tracts and other goods. “And they had millions of dollars raised from that,” Wallace said.
That approach mirrors what Sanders is doing. “It’s a great way to build a movement and keep the fat cats out” Wallace said. “You don’t need them.”   

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https://ourfuture.org/20151020/scott-wallace-on-the-key-to-building-a-climate-movement
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« Reply #358 on: October 21, 2015, 10:17:23 pm »
Abrupt Climate Change Can Occur Even Before a 2-Degree Rise in Warming
Posted on Oct 18, 2015

By Tim Radford, Climate News Network   

Extensive melting of the snow on the Tibetan plateau could be a tipping point. (Photo at link)

This Creative Commons-licensed piece first appeared at Climate News Network.

LONDON—Climate change could arrive with startling speed. New research has identified at least 37 “tipping points” that would serve as evidence that climate change has happened—and happened abruptly in one particular region.

And 18 of them could happen even before the world warms by an average of 2°C,  the proposed “safe limit” for global warming.

Weather is what happens, climate is what people grow to expect from the weather. So climate change, driven by global warming as a consequence of rising carbon dioxide levels, in response to more than a century of fossil fuel combustion, could be—for many people—gradual, imperceptible and difficult to identify immediately.

But Sybren Drijfhout, of the University of Southampton in the UK and his collaborators in France, the Netherlands and Germany, are not so sure.

They report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they “screened” the massive ensemble of climate models that inform the most recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and found evidence of abrupt regional changes in the ocean, the sea ice, the snow cover, the permafrost and in the terrestrial biosphere that could happen as average global temperatures reached a certain level.

The models did not all simulate the same outcomes, but most of them did predict one or more abrupt regional shifts.

No safe limit

But the future is not an exact science. “Our results show that the different state-of-the-art models agree that abrupt changes are likely, but that predicting when and where they will occur remains very difficult,” said Professor Drijfhout. “Also, our results show that no safe limit exists and that many abrupt shifts already occur for global warming levels much lower than two degrees.”

The idea of a “tipping point” for climate change has been around for decades: the hypothesis is that a climate regime endures—perhaps with an increasing frequency of heat waves or windstorms or floods—as the average temperatures rise. However, at some point, there must be a dramatic shift to a new set of norms.

The researchers explore some of the telltale indicators of such abrupt change. One of these would be the wholesale collapse of the Arctic Ocean winter ice: the Arctic is expected to be largely ice-free most summers in the next few decades. Winter ice would then become increasingly thin. Once sufficiently thin, warming and wave power would do the rest, and tend to leave clear blue water even in the coldest seasons.


Another indicator would involve massive unexpected plankton blooms in the Indian Ocean as a consequence of an upwelling of nutrient-rich waters from the ocean bottom, in response to changes in the Asian monsoon regime.

A third would involve massive snow melt on the Tibetan plateau: in 20 years, the annual average snow cover could fall from 400 kilograms per square metre to a trifling 50kg.

A fourth signal would be massive dieback in the Amazon rainforest over a few decades, mainly because of reduced rainfall.

Early signs

Yet another telltale aspect of climate change has already been addressed by Professor  Drijfhout. It would be the sudden, paradoxical dramatic drop in temperatures in the North Atlantic, as a response to global warming and a collapse of the ocean current that carries warm surface water north, while denser, colder and increasingly more saline water in the Arctic sinks to the bottom and flows back southward. This “overturning circulation” has already seemed to weaken as the Arctic has warmed.

In one of the team’s climate model simulations, the Atlantic circulation system keeps ticking over until about 2020. For another 20 years, sea and air temperatures vary wildly and the ocean current weakens much more swiftly. After about 2040, ice starts to form on the North Atlantic. By 2060, the circulation system has collapsed and the sea ice starts to spread.

“Increase of sea ice in the whole Atlantic sector of the Arctic causes a temperature decrease of more than 4 °C in a 20°-wide latitude band (55°N-75°N), stretching from 60°W to 40°E”, the scientists say. South of 40°N and outside the Atlantic, global warming continues. Only a portion of oceans in northern Europe would see dramatic cooling.

But that is a result from only one model of a number which predict varying levels of change for Europe.

The researchers add that the models aren’t perfect: they don’t simulate some things that really could happen, and perhaps show signs of happening now. They conclude:
“An additional concern is that the present generation of climate models still does not account for several mechanisms that could potentially give rise to abrupt change.

“This includes ice sheet collapse, permafrost carbon decomposition, and methane hydrates release.”


http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/abrupt_climate_change_can_occur_below_2_degree_warming_rise_20151018
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« Reply #359 on: October 25, 2015, 03:00:03 pm »



US Foreign Policy Leaders Take Full Page Ad on Climate Change



http://www.sustainablebusiness.com/index.cfm/go/news.display/id/26446


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