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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #465 on: February 18, 2016, 06:56:02 pm »
Agelbert NOTE: This was the situation the day before Scalia died. The article was updated with comments about the implications of his death. The coming battle in June now strongly favors the elimination of the pause pushed by the profit over planet crooks and liars both on and off the Court. 

February 12, 2016 | 11:20 AM
The Supreme Court and the Clean Power Plan: What’s Next?

Tuesday’s Supreme Court decision was a setback for US efforts to fight climate change, but it’s not the final word on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

By now, you’ve seen the headlines: “Supreme Court Deals Blow to Obama’s Effort to Regulate Coal Emissions” (The New York Times), “Supreme Court Puts the Brakes on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan” (The Washington Post), and on and on. If that’s all you saw, you could easily conclude it’s game over for the Clean Power Plan. But you’d be wrong.  ;D

Let’s be clear: Tuesday’s decision was a real setback for the climate movement and a dark day on the calendar. But while the decision was disappointing, it’s not the end of the line for the plan or US efforts to fight carbon pollution – far from it. And it’s a strong reminder that we must continue taking bold action and put pressure on our leaders to take the fight against climate change seriously.

The Clean Power Plan, after all, set the first federal limits on carbon pollution from US power plants and was a cornerstone of the nation’s commitment to reduce overall emissions 26—28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 in the Paris Agreement signed at the UN’s COP 21 climate conference last December. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also projected the plan would create tens of thousands of jobs, save US citizens as much as $155 billion in energy costs between 2020—2030, and help prevent some 90,000 asthma attacks in children by 2030. Who wouldn’t want that? Well, it turns out that 27 states – many with significant coal and other fossil fuel interests – wouldn’t.

Let’s take a deeper look at the Supreme Court’s decision and its implications. Remember, there are many reasons to believe the court will ultimately uphold the Clean Power Plan and we’ll get back on track further down the road. Plus, there are several factors that could mitigate any final decision the court makes. Read on.

What happened?

In a nutshell, a group of states is suing the EPA over the Clean Power Plan, arguing that the regulation oversteps its authority in a series of areas. That case is being formed right now, but the opposing states requested a judicial stay, meaning that implementation of the Clean Power Plan would be paused until the litigation is resolved

There is a four-part test to determine whether a judicial stay is appropriate. Here at Climate Reality, we don’t believe that the opposing states' situation satisfies all aspects of this test, and the DC Circuit Court (where the case will be tried) agreed with us last month by rejecting the states' stay request.

The states then went to the Supreme Court to ask for the stay – a very unusual act. To the surprise of those on both sides, the Supreme Court determined that a stay was in fact in order by a vote of five to four.

This ruling was unprecedented, and the states could not produce one instance in which the Supreme Court had overruled a lower court on a judicial stay in the past without the merits of the case first being heard in the lower court.

What happens now?


For the time being, work to implement the Clean Power Plan is on pause. This does not mean it will be scrapped, or that EPA will lose the full case. This is merely a procedural act that delays implementation while the case moves forward.


Six Key Facts About America's Clean Power Plan  from The Climate Reality Project
(Slide Show    at story link)


What is the new timeline for implementation?

Before yesterday, states had a deadline in September for submitting their initial implementation plans to EPA. That deadline no longer holds. 

The judicial stay covers both the DC Circuit Court and the Supreme Court. Arguments  in the DC Circuit Court case will be heard from both sides in June, and that court will decide on the merits of the case sometime in late summer or fall. Whoever loses that case will likely appeal to the Supreme Court through a writ of certiorari, asking the court to decide once and for all on the case. If the Supreme Court grants this writ, it would then hear and decide on that case sometime in 2017.

Complicating the process is the recent passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the five justices who voted for the stay. If the losing side in the DC Circuit Court case later this year appeals to the Supreme Court while Justice Scalia's former seat remains vacant and the eight justices vote as they did in deciding the stay, the four-to-four tie would mean the lower court's decision stands. While it's difficult to predict any outcome here with real certainty -- this picture could change significantly if a new justice is successfully appointed -- the lower court's previous rulings in favor of the Clean Power Plan   lead many in the environmental community to be optimistic about its legal prospects.

Does this affect the Paris Agreement at all?

A good part of the Paris Agreement depends on trust. Signers had to trust that if they live up to their promises, everyone else will too. If it turns out the US can’t make good on its promise to cut emissions, other nations will hesitate to do the hard work to make good on their promises as well. That said, the White House made a point of assuring the international community that the US could meet its interim emissions reduction targets through other means like increasing energy efficiency. One White House official noted that last year’s extension of renewable energy tax credits will have “more impact over the short term” on emissions than the Clean Power Plan. Plus, the international community – which is not unfamiliar with the current state of the US Congress – was aware there could be bumps in the road.

However, if the Clean Power Plan is ultimately vacated in full or in part by the court, we’ll have to find a new way to regulate carbon pollution from power plants. After all, the Clean Air Act mandates that we regulate carbon pollution. But just how seriously would depend on the next administration.

Ready for the silver lining?


First, we believe – along with the White House and many in the environmental community – that the court will ultimately uphold the legality of the Clean Power Plan. After all, the same court that issued the stay on Tuesday has already ruled that the EPA had the authority to regulate carbon pollution under the Clean Air Act.

Meanwhile, at the same time that these 27 states’ attorneys general are suing the EPA to block implementation of the plan, several others have pledged to move forward on implementing it regardless. (Interestingly, this includes Colorado, whose attorney general is one of those in the suit.) Then there’s this: the court’s decision, “doesn’t really change anything,” for most utilities, according to a spokesman for the Edison Electric Institute, an association of investor-owned utilities.

That’s because market and environmental factors together mean that many utilities are already transitioning away from dirty fuels like coal to cleaner sources of power – and that movement will continue whatever happens at the Supreme Court.  


So what can you do?


First, download our Clean Power Plan activist kit to learn more about this critical rule and the many benefits it will bring, both for our economy and our planet. Then, sign up for our email activist list, and we’ll keep you posted on how you can help protect and support key climate action initiatives.

http://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/supreme-court-and-clean-power-plan-what-next


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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #466 on: February 19, 2016, 08:29:24 pm »
02/18/2016 12:19 PM     
17 States Join to Make Clean Energy Future A Reality   
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In the wake of the Supreme Court decision to place the Clean Power Plan on hold, governors from 17 states are joining to make a clean energy future a reality under the "Governors' Accord for a New Energy Future."

 Governors say they plan to establish goals and benchmarks to accelerate energy efficiency and renewables, modernize the grid, and incentivize clean transportation, such as hydrogen and electric vehicles. 


Renewables Beat Gas US 2015

Signatories represent 40% of US population:
Hawaii, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Vermont.   

The accord is based on the economic benefits of rapidly moving in this direction   , not climate change  - which was intentionally omitted from the discussion to get bipartisan support.       

Michigan is the only state in the group that's working to block the Clean Power Plan in court, and Nevada's Governor signed on after the state just eliminated distributed solar incentives.   

Importantly, governors agree that it's time to transition from fossil fuels, and that it can be done profitably.   

New York's Governor Cuomo sees the coalition "developing an effective national energy policy to ensure a safer, greener and more sustainable future for all." 

Parallel efforts include:
 
•City Energy Project which focuses on energy efficiency in buildings

•Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance, which consists of many of the world's largest cities

•"Under 2 MOU," led by Governor Brown, 12 governments are collaborating to stay under 2°C global temperature rise.

Read our article, Most Ambitious Climate Goals Lead to Greatest Economic Growth. 

Learn more about the Governors' Accord for a New Energy Future: 
 
Website: www.governorsnewenergyfuture.org/accord

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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #467 on: February 19, 2016, 10:28:59 pm »
The Washington Post

Energy and Environment

Scientists are floored by what’s happening in the Arctic right now


SNIPPET:

New data from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration suggest that January of 2016 was, for the globe, a truly extraordinary month. Coming off the hottest year ever recorded (2015), January saw the greatest departure from average of any month on record, according to data provided by NASA.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/02/18/scientists-are-floored-by-whats-happening-in-the-arctic-right-now/
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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #468 on: February 20, 2016, 06:05:06 pm »
Cyclone Winston: strongest ever southern hemisphere storm hits Fiji 

State of emergency declared as category five storm makes landfall, with winds gusting at up to 195mph :o

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Saturday 20 February 2016 07.39 EST  Last modified on Saturday 20 February 2016 17.50 EST 

A state of emergency has been declared in Fiji as tropical Cyclone Winston made landfall on the country’s main island, with estimated wind gusts of up to 195mph (315km/h).

The category five storm is thought to be the strongest recorded in the southern hemisphere.

An elderly man from Nabasovi, Koro Island is reported to have died as a result of the storm. Fiji Disaster Management Committee (DISMAC) officer Vatia Vasuca told FBC news the man died after a roof top fell on him.

Cyclone Winston began to make landfall on the main island of Vitu Levu after a national curfew took effect at 6pm local time. It had earlier sunk boats and caused flash flooding on the nation’s outer islands, including Vanua Levu.

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It is carrying average winds of 220km/h, with gusts of up to 315km/h recorded, according to Fiji’s meteorological service.

The Fijian government issued a list of 758 evacuation centres across the nation of just under 900,000 people. The country’s prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, said on Saturday that the island’s evacuation centres were operational and the government was prepared to deal with a potential crisis.

“As a nation we are facing an ordeal of the most grievous kind,” he wrote. “We must stick together as a people and look after each other.”

ABC quoted the prime minister expressing concerns that some people in urban areas did not appear to have heeded the warnings about the seriousness of the threat.

Save the Children Fiji’s chief executive, Iris Low-McKenzie, said the storm had the potential to cause “catastrophic damage” across Fiji, an island nation visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. “We’re extremely concerned about the impact this will have on children, who are particularly vulnerable during emergencies,” she said.

The cyclone is likely to hit outer Fijian islands on Saturday night, making landfall just north of the capital and most populous city, Suva, early on Sunday morning. It is expected to impact every Fijian island before departing late on Sunday.

“This is a slow-moving storm that’s tracking an unusual pattern and has already hit Tonga twice. Alarmingly, it has intensified as it moved towards Fiji,” Low-McKenzie added. “It looks as though the storm could pass over the international airport in Nadi, which, if significant damage is caused, will make the humanitarian response all the more difficult.”

International flights to and from Fiji have been cancelled. As Fiji’s weather service warned people in the east to “expect very destructive hurricane-force winds”, Suva resident Alice Clements said the power had failed just after 5pm and she expected water supplies to be hit next.

“I have palm trees flying all around me at the moment,” said Clements, an official with a UN agency.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said the cyclone was following a path that might spare Suva the full force of its winds. Category five is the highest ranking on the hurricane wind scale.

“The cyclone has tracked further north than expected over the past 24 hours,” the UN agency said.

The Fiji Times newspaper reported some damage, including a roof being blown off one home, from some of the nation’s smaller islands to the east as the cyclone began to strike there. It said there had been a rush of buying at supermarkets and stores as people stocked up on essential supplies.

Many people were hoping the cyclone’s path would remain as forecast and thread between the islands of Vanua Levu to the north and Vitu Levu to the south, which is home to the capital Suva, so that both islands would avoid a direct hit.

Airlines operating in the region including Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Qantas and Fiji Airways all reported cancelled flights or altered timetables, with passengers told to consult their carrier for information.

Save the Children said it had stockpiled emergency supplies to ensure children could get back to school as soon as possible. “We have teams standing by to assess the storm damage, as well as teachers preparing to support children in emergency centres,” Low-McKenzie said.



Fiji PM decries Australia's 'climate change deniers' in Turnbull cabinet

 
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http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/feb/20/cyclone-winston-virgin-australia-and-jetstar-cancel-services-to-and-from-fiji
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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #469 on: February 21, 2016, 03:37:03 pm »
The Profit Over Planet PIGGERY continues. Instead of investing in platforms for wind turbines, they keep making platforms for oil and gas extraction. They just don't get it.    :(

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The new Marathon Oil Alba platform has been installed after being transported form Heerema’s Dutch fabrication yard to Equatorial Guinea.

Marathon Oil President and CEO, Lee Tillman   . said: “we reached a major milestone in Equatorial Guinea with the successful installation of the jacket and topsides for the Alba field compression project,”

The new platform is part of the Houston based oil company’s ongoing expansion     into the international sectors.

http://www.offshorepost.com/video-new-marathon-oil-alba-platform-installation/

The climate is going to hell in a CO2 climate change hand basket.

But all the biosphere math challenged Oil Bastards from TEXAS  can say is:




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« Reply #470 on: February 21, 2016, 07:08:44 pm »
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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #471 on: February 21, 2016, 07:52:34 pm »
"We did not get to our imminent climate catastrophe by accident. WE got here because of the WORSHIP of 'PROGRESS'." 


John Michael Greer: False Promises
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« Reply #472 on: February 22, 2016, 11:08:25 pm »
Investors are thinking anew about climate risk
Deborah Winshel, Special to Financial Post | February 11, 2016 | Last Updated: Feb 11 12:00 AM ET

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1. Investor awareness of climate change risks driving promotion of sustainability issues.

The bury-your-head-in-the-sand strategy is not an option. Individual investors are beginning to take a stance on climate change in the way they invest, eliminating the most serious risks and putting their money in companies that support positive environmental outcomes. Many institutional investors are also using their influence and investment capital to bring about positive change. We believe that transparency and reporting standards will be critical as investors seek more information on carbon emissions and sustainability measures.

2. Industry participation in the climate change debate.


One of the unique things about the Paris summit is that it involved more than the usual participants. Attendees included not only diplomats, environmental ministers and heads of state, but leaders from the private sector. Many see opportunities in the transition to a low-carbon economy and are changing the way they do business, from green buildings to waste management to industrial efficiency. As companies old and new shift their focus to sustainability, new opportunities are being created for investors.

3. Increased research and development spending to reduce emissions and raise energy efficiency.

Prior to the Paris summit, 20 major countries agreed to double their clean energy research and development (R&D) spending over five years in an initiative called Mission Innovation. These countries produce three-quarters of global CO2 emissions from electricity generation and account for 80 per cent of the world’s clean energy R&D spending. The funding could make a massive difference in the development and adoption of renewable energy, as it creates opportunities for public-private partnerships to invest in this new technology.

4. Climate change risk mitigation efforts start at the local level. Although the Paris agreement established a global framework, any regulations in response to it will be localized.

Key markets like China, the European Union and the United States will have considerable influence on other countries’ responses. The expectation is that regulatory change will affect specific industries, from resources and power generation to manufacturing and building.
 What does this mean for you?

As noted in The Price of Climate Change, my colleagues and I believe these trends will not only encourage significant growth in clean technologies, energy efficiency and renewable infrastructure, but also greater transparency and reporting on sustainability and the carbon footprints of corporations around the globe. Furthermore, carbon-heavy industries are not immune from disruption, nor are asset prices from regulatory efforts to mitigate climate change risk. We believe investors should thoughtfully consider these dynamics in order to build sustainable portfolios and take advantage of investment opportunities as we move towards a low-carbon economy.

Deborah Winshel is global head of impact investing at BlackRock and a guest contributor to The BlackRock Blog.

http://business.financialpost.com/active-investor/investors-are-thinking-anew-about-climate-risk

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« Reply #473 on: February 23, 2016, 04:06:26 pm »
Climate Experts to American Geophysical Union: Reject Exxon Sponsorship 

Climate Denier Roundup | February 23, 2016 8:30 am

More than 100 researchers—including James Hansen, Michael Mann and Kerry Emanuel—have signed an open letter pressing the American Geophysical Union (AGU) to end Exxon’s sponsorship of the group’s annual fall meeting. While Exxon is a major employer of geophysicists and does some significant research in the geophysical space, its long-time funding of climate denial puts Exxon at odds with AGU’s organizational support policy, which states that AGU won’t take money from groups that fund or disseminate misinformation.

The open letter argues, in light of the #ExxonKnew investigations, that Exxon has run afoul of AGU’s policy. In response, AGU first said it would keep the sponsorship because investigators have yet to definitively prove that Exxon funded denial, but the organization later said it would reconsider the issue at the AGU board of directors meeting in April.

Exxon’s sponsorship of AGU is a relatively contentious issue in academia. Some scientists see Exxon’s employment of geologists as sufficient justification for the relationship, since Exxon does perfectly respectable science in non-climate fields. But Exxon’s AGU sponsorship has been the subject of at least a little mockery in the deniersphere, with Anthony Watts making it a point to highlight in a post this year and last.

Whether or not AGU can afford to x-out Exxon’s sponsorship will be seen in April, but regardless, this represents yet another step in the ongoing effort to revoke Exxon’s social license to operate.

http://ecowatch.com/2016/02/23/climate-experts-agu-reject-exxon/
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« Reply #474 on: February 23, 2016, 10:18:54 pm »

Three U.S. House Reps call for DOJ to investigate Shell climate probe 

Staff Writers  February 23, 2016   
 
Three U.S. House Democrats are calling for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate whether Shell Oil misled the public about climate change.

According to the L.A. Times, U.S. Rep. Ted Lieu of California, Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont and Rep. Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania sent a letter earlier this week asking the DOJ to investigate whether Shell “intentionally” hid information about climate change and engaged in a “misinformation” campaign.

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The letter also suggests that Shell, ExxonMobil and potentially other energy firms were involved in a conspiracy to obscure the impact of climate change.

The letter cites an L.A. Times investigation published in December that claims Shell redesigned a $3 billion North Sea platform to allow the facility to operate amid rising sea levels.

A Shell spokesman told the paper that Shell has included information about climate change and the challenges it poses in its publications, including its annual reports and Sustainability Report, for over 10 years.

“Recognizing the climate challenge and the role energy has in enabling a decent quality of life, we continue to pursue and advance constructive dialogue on this topic as the challenge is one for all of society,” the spokesman told the L.A. Times.

In October, Lieu sent a letter to the DOJ asking it to determine if Exxon misled the public about climate change and violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly known as RICO.

Citing investigations conducted by the L.A. Times, Inside Climate News and Columbia University’s Energy and Environmental Reporting Project, Lieu also asked the DOJ to determine if Exxon violated shareholder protection, public health, truth in advertising, consumer protection and other laws.

Exxon has denied any wrongdoing and said it has provided  “continuous and publicly available climate research” that refutes claims that the firm deliberately suppressed data.” 

“These activists took those statements out of context and ignored other readily available statements demonstrating that our researchers recognized the developing nature of climate science at the time which, in fact, mirrored global understanding,” Exxon vice president of public and government affairs Ken Cohen said in response to Lieu’s letter.


Exxon confirmed in November that it received a subpoena from the attorney general of New York relating to climate change documents.

Exxon added that it has included information about the business risk posed by climate change for many years in its 10-K, Corporate Citizenship Report and in other reports to shareholders.  ;)

The New York Times reported that month that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has been investigating the company for about a year and may be looking at information dating back to the 1970s.

Schneiderman is reportedly investigating whether Exxon misled investors by failing to disclose the potential impact climate change could have on its business.

The New York Attorney General’s Office has not commented on the matter.

http://petroglobalnews.com/2016/02/california-congressman-call-for-shell-climate-probe/
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« Reply #475 on: February 23, 2016, 10:58:44 pm »


El Faro’s Final Communications Played at Hearing – LISTEN

February 21, 2016 by Reuters

Feb 20 (Reuters) – The captain of the doomed El Faro warned that the “clock was ticking” as his cargo ship took on water in an Atlantic hurricane that would eventually sink the vessel, a U.S. Coast Guard panel heard on Saturday.

Captain Michael Davidson pleaded for help as his ship, operated by Tote Services, sailed into the path of Hurricane Joaquin near the Bahamas, according to a recording of his final calls played at the hearing.

He told an on-shore call center of a “maritime emergency,” saying water breached the hull, entering three holds.


Soon afterwards, contact with the ship was broken, and Davidson and 32 others were lost at sea. The sinking ranks as the worst disaster involving a U.S.-flagged cargo ship in more than three decades.

Audio at link below:

https://gcaptain.com/el-faros-final-communications-played-at-hearing/



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« Reply #476 on: February 24, 2016, 03:15:37 pm »
 
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Dear A. G.,

Last week, Climate Reality Founder and Chairman Al Gore spoke at the 2016 TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference in Vancouver, British Columbia. This talk came nearly a decade after Vice President Gore last spoke on the TED stage, and we can say with certainty, the future of our planet looks very different today than in 2006.

Today, we’re truly hopeful. 
 
Hope isn’t always easy. With global temperature records being broken month after month, rising seas off coastal cities like Miami causing “sunny day flooding,” droughts and wildfires destroying thousands of acres of forests, and more severe hurricanes and typhoons, many wonder how we’ll solve this planetary crisis in our lifetimes.

But we want to remind you that you can – and should – be hopeful. Here are a few reasons why:

•In 2000, analysts projected the world would have 30 gigawatts of wind energy capacity installed by 2010. In 2015, the world passed this mark by 14.5 times!

•Experts also projected in 2002 that the world would install 1 gigawatt of solar power per year by 2010. Last year, we beat that figure by 58 times over. And this year, we are on track to exceed that prediction by 68 times over!

•The cost of solar energy has decreased about 10 percent each year for the past 30 years, and we’re getting closer to grid parity in more and more markets around the world, which means solar power will soon cost less than electricity from fossil fuels in more and more places around the world!

Then there’s the Paris Agreement. In December, 195 nations reached a historic agreement at the UN’s COP 21 climate conference in Paris, to reduce carbon emissions and put us on a path to a sustainable future. The Paris Agreement marked a turning point for our movement and will have a positive impact on the health of people everywhere and the planet for generations to come.

Ready to learn more about the future of our planet? Watch our Chairman, Al Gore, give his latest TED talk and learn more about the challenges we’re facing, what the world can look like if our world leaders live up to their promises in the Paris Agreement, and why he’s optimistic that we can and will solve the climate crisis.

https://www.climaterealityproject.org/blog/ideas-worth-spreading

Thank you for all that you do every day,

- Your friends at Climate Reality

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« Reply #477 on: February 27, 2016, 07:11:58 pm »

7 NASA Selfies Show Just How Much Our Climate Is Changing

The Climate Reality Project | February 24, 2016 1:06 pm

We’ve all heard the line that “a picture is worth a thousand words.” So to bring home what’s happening to our planet, we rounded up a series of pictures of Earth through the years from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). And while some pictures could use a thousand words to make their point, these images only need four: “Our climate is changing.”

Lyell Glacier, Yosemite National Park


Photo credit: U.S. National Park Service. 1883 photo: USGS / Israel Russell. 2015 photo: NPS / Keenan Takahashi

The largest glacier in Yosemite National Park, the Lyell Glacier, has lost almost 80 percent of its surface area and about 120 vertical feet (37 meters) of ice. While this change has occurred over the span of 132 years from 1883–2015, more than 10 percent of the total ice loss has happened in the past four years, thanks to warming temperatures and dry weather.

Scientific research shows glaciers have been losing mass since at least the 1970s and ice mass has been declining more quickly in the last 10 years. This melting ice has contributed to rising sea levels around the world, putting millions of people near coastal areas at risk to severe flooding as storms intensify.



Lake Mead, Nevada


Photo credit: NASA

Lake Mead, a reservoir outside of Las Vegas that sustains nearly 20 million people in California, Arizona and Nevada, has suffered from intense droughts in recent years. The reservoir’s water level declined about 120 feet (37 meters) between 2000–2015, hitting record lows as the drought spread across California and southwestern states in the U.S.

But it doesn’t end with dry heat: Droughts mean the water supplies we depend on are affected as bodies of water like Lake Mead decline. A report by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that one-third of all the counties in the U.S.’ lower 48 states are at higher risk of water shortages over the next 35 years because of climate change.


California Wildfires
Photo credit: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). From Latin America and the Caribbean Atlas of our Changing Environment (2010)

In May 2014, a series of wildfires hit the coastal area north of San Diego, California, thanks to a combination of heat, drought and dry winds that intensified the fires. The wildfires put thousands of nearby residents at risk, resulting in 175,000 evacuation notices.

Over the past decade, wildfires have caused significant damage throughout the western U.S. and other parts of the world and many scientists believe climate change is playing a role. There’s an average of 72,000 wildfires per year and nine of the 10 years with the most burned acres have occurred since 2000. We can’t yet say for sure, but we don’t think it’s a coincidence that the nine worst years for wildfires coincide with many of the hottest years on record.


Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines
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On Nov. 7, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Typhoon Yolanda, approached Guiuan on the Philippine island of Samar with winds close to 195 miles per hour (315 kilometers per hour). The storm became the deadliest on record in the Philippines and was responsible for more than 6,300 lost lives, more than 4 million displaced citizens and more than $2 billion in damages. Not all the devastation came when Haiyan first struck, as the storm also swelled the Agno River, shown in the second image above, causing severe flooding later.

Research shows that hurricanes and typhoons are likely to become more intense with stronger winds as the planet, including ocean temperatures, continues to warm. In the northwestern Pacific Ocean specifically, damaging typhoons have become about 10 percent more intense since the 1970s and even stronger storms are expected there as climate change worsens.

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon
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The images above show what deforestation looks like via satellite in the Amazon, specifically in the Brazilian state of Rondônia. Rondônia has the highest rate of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, partly because of the area’s growing population from government-promoted immigration and the expansion of the wood-products industry. Rondônia’s population has more than doubled over the past three decades, from about 500,000 in 1980 to more than 1.7 million today.

Deforestation or the clearing of forests on a massive scale, is a major contributor to climate change and responsible for about 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions. In the last 50 years, about 50 percent of the world’s original forest cover has been lost due to deforestation. Deforestation not only releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, but it harms many other areas of the environment, including wildlife, water cycles and the livelihoods of people who rely on forests. Plus, as forests decline, so does their ability to act as carbon sinks that help remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere. Talk about lose-lose-lose.

Population Growth in Beijing, China
Photo credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech

The images above show the drastic population growth and infrastructure expansion in Beijing between 2000 and 2009. This has created what’s known as a “heat island effect,” which has contributed to an increase in winter temperatures by 5—7 degrees Fahrenheit (3—4 degrees Celsius).

With a population of more than 1 billion, an expanding middle class and an economy that has been rapidly growing over the past two decades, many eyes are on China to do its part in fighting climate change. Thankfully, that’s what China has pledged to do in a commitment last year to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and source 20 percent of its primary energy consumption from clean energy sources. This was a major win for the climate movement.

Earth’s Temperature Changes
Photo credit: NASA

If we had to pick one satellite image comparison to sum up how climate change affects our planet, this would be it. These striking images compare temperatures in each region of the world more than 100 years apart. The left image shows Earth’s temperatures from 1880–1889 and the right image shows temperature from 2000–2009. What the two show is that Earth’s average surface temperature has increased 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit (0.7 degrees Celsius) since 1880, with two-thirds of this increase happening in the last 40 years.


DSCOVR

Seen enough before-and-after images? So have we. Which is why it’s worth taking a step back to look at the big picture and see just what’s at stake with a recent shot from NASA’s Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).


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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #478 on: February 29, 2016, 06:34:42 pm »

The temperature outside in Colchester, Vermont is 40 degrees F right now. It got up to 48 today. That is unheard of in February. Both January and February have been unusually warm.

This is confusing the birds that migrate.  :(

I just heard the honkers go over my house today (not more than ten minutes ago). This is very dangerous for them because sometimes a cold snap will kill thousands of them if they migrate too soon. Wednesday the temperature is predicted to drop to 5 degrees. Thousands of honkers, already approaching the Canadian border, will, in all probability, freeze to death. 


The fossil fuel Industry and those who profit from the damage and death it visits on the biosphere do not care. Prison is too good for those greedballs.

The Fossil Fuelers   DID THE Climate Trashing, human health depleteing CRIME,   but since they have ALWAYS BEEN liars and conscience free crooks, they are trying to AVOID   DOING THE TIME or     PAYING THE FINE!     Don't let them get away with it! Pass it on!
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Re: 🚩 Global Climate Chaos ☠️
« Reply #479 on: February 29, 2016, 06:39:01 pm »
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160209/ncomms10627/full/ncomms10627.html

This is with carbon. Now how will the earth progress with methane, and global dimming loss. I suspect that once society collapses, we will be burnt to a crisp within days.

Or, as the sun expands to a red giant, we will be burnt to a crisp within days, and then society collapses.

Whazzup Theta! So...society is still here...isn't that surprising! All those claims of collapse, and the grid is still working well enough that you can speculate on an interesting phenomena, the human ability to WASTE all that seeping methane, letting it mix with the atmosphere rather than being combusted to generate power first...that was why you commented on it, right? How we should instead be using it, rather than just letting it go?

As usual, MKing's "logic" is that, if any part of the use of dirty energy is useful, then all use of dirty energy is justified! IOW, if the sun is shining, there is no reason to make houses or ships that can handle STORMS.  :iamwithstupid:   

Even Warren Buffet, no great friend of the rapid transition now required to get to 100% Renewable Energy, GETS IT. Berkshire Hathaway owns a LOT of stock in the property insurance business. They have no choice but to GET IT.
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“If there is only a 1% chance the planet is heading toward a truly major disaster and delay means passing a point of no return, inaction now is foolhardy. Call this Noah’s Law: If an ark may be essential for survival, begin building it today, no matter how cloudless the skies appear.” -  Warren Buffet

And we KNOW that the probability that the planet is heading toward a truly major disaster of climate catastrophe is certainly not 1%.

It's 100% if we continue on our present trajectory.
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