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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 18, 2019, 12:22:20 pm »

MSC Rules Out Using the Northern Sea Route

By Mike Schuler on Oct 17, 2019 01:46 pm

MSC containership

MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company is joining a growing list of carriers that have pledged not to use  the Northern Sea Routefor shipping between Europe and Asia. MSC said in a statement Thursday that its decision is based on environmental concerns, adding that it will instead focus on improving environmental performance 👍 on existing global trade […]  Read full story...
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 17, 2019, 08:15:55 pm »


Bridge Collapse in Taiwan - Oil 🦖 Companies 😈 Ramping Up Production - Sander's
854 views•Oct 16, 2019

Black Bear News
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Towering Arch Bridge In Taiwan Suddenly Collapses, Crushing Boats Below

🦖 Oil firms to pour extra 7m barrels per day into markets, data shows

Sanders Wants to Give Workers Corporate Board Seats and Reverse Trump Tax Cuts

U.S. Imposes Penalties on Turkey, Aiming to Stop Incursion Into Syria

Pushback: Aaron Maté and Ben Norton discuss Syria war, US withdrawal, Turkish invasion

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 16, 2019, 09:09:00 pm »

BLACK BEAR NEWS 10.15.19 XR Shutdown  😠 - Climate Change is Bad for 🦖 Business - Record Snowfall in NA
902 views•Oct 16, 2019

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Police ban Extinction Rebellion protests from whole of London

Reserve Bank warns climate change posing increasing risk to financial stability


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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 16, 2019, 01:39:07 pm »

October 16, 2018
An algae bloom in Lake Erie off the shore of Ohio in 2014. Photo: AP

Toxic ☠️ Algae Blooms Really Have Become More Intense, Study Finds

A new study out Monday seems to confirm an unpleasant reality: Potentially toxic algae blooms in the world’s freshwater lakes have become more intense over the last 30 years. And while climate change may not be the only reason why blooms have gotten worse, rising temperatures are likely making it...

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 15, 2019, 12:33:56 pm »

BLACK BEAR NEWS 10.14.19 Radioactive Bags  Released ☠️- Record Low Arctic Ice - More Rebellion
630 views•Oct 15, 2019

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2,667 radioactive bags from Fukushima nuke disaster unleashed by Typhoon Hagibis

Arctic Ocean October 2019

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 13, 2019, 04:51:21 pm »

As Rainforests Fall and 🔥 Burn, More Environmental Activists ☠️ Murdered: Is There a 🦕🦖 Pattern?
557 views•Oct 11, 2019

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 12, 2019, 09:31:18 pm »

Saturday October 12, 2019, 02:22 AM

One killed in Japan as typhoon approaches, over a million 👀 advised to evacuate
Source: Reuters

OCTOBER 11, 2019 / 9:19 PM / UPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

TOKYO (Reuters) - One man died and more than a million in Japan were advised to evacuate as a powerful typhoon was set to make landfall late on Saturday, bringing with it the heaviest rain and winds in 60 years.

A man in his forties was killed in an overturned car early on Saturday in Chiba prefecture east of Tokyo, where high winds were reported, according to public broadcaster NHK. Four people were injured, also in Chiba, as winds blew roofs off several houses.

A number of municipal governments issued evacuation advisories to areas particularly at risk of floods and landslides, including some in the most populous greater Tokyo region, NHK said.

Typhoon Hagibis, which means “speed” in the Philippine language Tagalog, is due to make landfall on Japan’s main island of Honshu late on Saturday, a month after one of the strongest typhoons to hit the country in recent years destroyed or damaged 30,000 houses and caused extensive power outages.


Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-storm-japan/one-killed-in-japan-as-typhoon-approaches-over-a-million-advised-to-evacuate-idUSKBN1WR02A

Japan’s skies turn deep shade of purple as strongest typhoon since 1958 approaches
Hope everyone's safe.

Nyi Nyi Thet | October 12, 12:32 am

Residents of central and eastern Japan are preparing themselves for possibly the most destructive storm in over 60 years.

The South China Morning Post reported that Hagibis, which is the Philippine word for “speed”, is expected to hit near Nagoya in central Japan on Oct. 12.

Flights have been cancelled as the country braces for potential impact.

The organisers of Japan’s F1 Grand Prix have cancelled all practice and qualifying sessions scheduled for Oct. 12, due to the approach of the super typhoon.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 11, 2019, 04:03:08 pm »

677 views•Oct 10, 2019

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 11, 2019, 12:58:24 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 09, 2019, 11:14:44 pm »


The IPCC has issued another special report: The Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.


The IPCC report projects permafrost near the surface (top 3–4 m) to decrease in area by up to 89% by 2100 under a high emissions scenario (RCP8.5), leading to cumulative release of tens to hundreds of billions of tons of carbon in the form of carbon dioxide and methane to the atmosphere by 2100.

The report fails to warn that, as the Arctic Ocean keeps heating up, huge seafloor methane eruptions could be triggered, and that this could happen within years, as discussed at the extinction page. Abrupt release of 10 Gt of methane would triple the amount of methane in the atmosphere, resulting in huge heating, while it would also trigger the clouds feedback tipping point to be crossed that in itself could push global temperatures up by 8°C within a few years, as earlier discussed in this post and this post.

Sea ice

The report notes that between 1979 and 2018, the areal proportion of multi-year Arctic sea ice at least five years old has declined by approximately 90%. The report refers to a study by Pistone that concludes that the additional heating due to complete Arctic sea ice loss would hasten global warming by an estimated 25 years. Below is a NASA video showing the melting away of the multi-year sea ice over the years.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 09, 2019, 06:45:02 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 09, 2019, 04:47:23 pm »

Captain George Livingston: Four Years Since El Faro

SS El Faro

Editorial on Oct 08, 2019 03:27 pm

As I write on the 4th anniversary of the El Faro sinking (Oct. 1, 2015), I am reminded that those who lost their lives weren’t strangers, many shared the very same backgrounds, the same hometowns, schools, etc. as the rest of us and so we remember. Professional mariners understand the dangers professional mariners face, but it is none less jolting to hear of these things.

In late September, the French tugboat Bourbon Rhode with 14 crew members sunk in the Atlantic during Hurricane Lorenzo. Only three out of the fourteen crew members survived. In early September, the car and truck carrying ship, Golden Ray, experienced a bizarre, almost unheard of, capsizing while on a routine transit out of Port of Brunswick in Georgia. The ship lay completely on her side with some crew stuck in a dark, sideways world in whatever space they happened to have been in prior to the event. There they waited, for days, unable to escape, awaiting with great anxiety for rescue crews to finally cut holes in the side of the ship.

If a mariner has spent any time at sea, they will have experienced or known of any number of sea disasters. Having spent almost my entire seagoing career on the west coast of North America, I cannot forget my shock in 1985 when told the tug Willamette Pilot III had sunk with the loss of six local San Francisco based crew members. The Willamette Pilot III had been sent out to relive the Canadian ocean-going tug, Pacific Challenge that had a barge loaded with newsprint from Canada.

The older I get, the less I seem to know but one thing I do know, our profession is not understood today. For thousands of years ships have plied the ocean trades; legends, myths, monsters, and stories have followed. One hundred years ago, I would venture that few coastal communities around the world, and even individual countries, didn’t understand that their connection to the world beyond was reliant on ships and the people who sailed them. Why a child on the street in London, Rome, Melbourne, New York knew what a ship was, that it sailed to faraway lands in different places and foreign spaces. So what happened? What disconnected? When did we move from respect to mistrust? I have few ready answers these days, so I ask more questions.

And I would ask two things of my fellow professional mariners, first never forget those who have lost their lives at sea and two, honor their memory. Honor it by not taking for granted all the efforts of those who came before us. Honor it by understanding and acknowledging the expectations of the public and the communities that we serve in the 21st Century. That what we do (ship pilots, captains, professional mariners) is greater than self-interest and, in fact, embraces The Public Trust. We are responsible for more than manning and moving vessels, we must look after the waterways we serve, work on and around. Let us honor the memory of all those who have gone to the deep doing business on great waters by attempting to become better professionals. Not just for the communities we serve but for our fellow mariners that might very well have their lives in our hands. If you’re like me, well good luck, keep up the good fight. Just one step and then another.

To the El Faro, Bourbon Rhode, Double Eagle, Willamette Pilot III and countless others in our collective memories. Lest we forget-

We toil alone
One thousand miles from shore
Gale blowing near storm
Green water ripping by the house
The constant hammer blow of the sea
She seems to want to stop
To rest and recover
Well, stop we might
But rest? No
Just teeth clenching, bone jarring
Reverence for the new day

-Capt. George Livingstone

“No group or individuals did more for establishing our country than the American Merchant Seamen and Privateers. Their Record speaks eloquently of their devotion and sacrifices” -President John Adams

Captain George Livingstone is a San Francisco Bar Pilot, co-author of ‘Tug Use Offshore’, contributing author of ‘IMPA On Pilotage’ and a regular contributor to gCaptain.


Agelbert Note: I discuss the giant wave producing 🌊 Hurricane conditions that caused the El Faro to sink in the post linked below:

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 09, 2019, 04:34:53 pm »

Research Icebreaker Parks on Arctic Ice Floe for Year-Long Drift Around the North Pole
October 8, 2019 by Mike Schuler

Safety engineer Bjela König watches a group of scientists from the bridge of Polarstern leaving for ice survey, October 1, 2019. Photo: Esther Horvath / MOSAiC Expedition

German research icebreaker Polarstern is now parked on Arctic Ocean ice floe where researchers will set up camp for a one-year-long drift around the North Pole in the name of climate science. Experts from the MOSAiC expedition used satellite imagery and helicopter flights to scout the perfect ice floe, perhaps the most critical piece of the […]  Read full story...
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 08, 2019, 10:00:48 pm »


Oct. 07, 2019 06:45 AM EST

By Olivia Rosane

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 08, 2019, 02:43:13 pm »

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October 7th, 2019 by Steve Hanley

Extinction Rebellion Tests The Limits Of Public Protest


Here is its stated agenda:

֍ We have a shared vision of change — creating a world that is fit for generations to come.
֍ We set our mission on what is necessary — mobilizing 3.5% of the population to achieve system change — using ideas such as “momentum-driven organizing” to achieve this.
֍ We need a regenerative culture — creating a culture which is healthy, resilient and adaptable.
֍ We openly challenge ourselves and this toxic system — leaving our comfort zones to take action for change.
֍ We value reflecting and learning — following a cycle of action, reflection, learning, and planning for more action.
֍ Learning from other movements and contexts as well as our own experiences.
֍ We welcome everyone and every part of everyone — working actively to create safer and more accessible spacesWe actively mitigate for power — breaking down hierarchies of power for more equitable participation.
֍ We avoid blaming and shaming — we live in a toxic system, but no one individual is to blame.
֍ We are a non-violent network — using non-violent strategy and tactics as the most effective way to bring about change.
֍ We are based on autonomy and decentralization — we collectively create the structures we need to challenge power. Anyone who follows these core principles and values can take action in the name of RisingUp!

Full article with photos and video:

Agelbert NOTE:

Well we see how this works out... climate change is now up there as a regular, standard item in all the news and current affairs programmes in the UK now...

but there is an orchestrated campaign in the tabloid press to label XR extremeists, hippies, unemployed, snowflakes... plays into standard UK narratives about who are the 'bad guys' with an election surely coming soon

Dan  > egriff5514
"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win” Gandhi

If XR has advanced the marker from being ignored to a smear campaign they have jumped step 2 and reached step 3 in a 4 step process. Not bad for an organization so young.

egriff5514 > Dan

(if quoting Gandhi, there's an alternate history story by Harry turtledove, 'the last article' in which Gandhi faces off against the 3rd Reich you should read)

Agelbert > egriff5514
👍 Thank you for bringing this up. I looked it up and am posting the salient points below.

Though picturing a grim outcome, it is quite applicable to the XR struggle to save humanity from the 🦕😈🦖 Hydrocarbon Hellspawn crazies, who have no moral compass whatsoever.

"The Last Article" (1988), is an alternate history short story by Harry Turtledove. The story describes a Nazi invasion of India and the reaction of the Germans to the nonviolent resistance and pacifism of Mohandas Gandhi and his followers.

Gandhi assumes a moral equivalence between the Nazi and British imperialists, naively dismissing reports otherwise; the story makes clear that this is a lethal mistake stemming from Gandhi's reluctance to entertain the idea that his moral and ethical assumptions are not shared in common among all  human groups. Loyalty is explored as a powerful but amoral force.

Read more:
The Last Article

It is my view that XR's non-violent resistance can be successful IF, and only IF, the movement succeeds in bankrupting the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn. The profits the polluters make are used to retain tyrannical power through the purchase of politicians. If there is no money to purchase politicians, a viable biosphere centered approach to governing is possible. 🎍

Otherwise, the polluters will cling to their power and resort to soul crushing ☠️ murder and 🏴‍ mayhem, even as the biosphere degrades further.

When people are dying in large numbers from Catastrophic Climate Change and 🦕😈🦖 Polluter backed Government tyranny, only a miracle can prevent the masses from rising up violently.

When you are challenging a power structure that eschews ALL ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS, the only non-violent action that works is to hit them in the wallet.

If the polluters do not see the wisdom of saying goodbye to their profit over planet modus operandi, the following is inevitable:

 The 🦕🦖 Hydrocarbon 👹 Hellspawn Fossil Fuelers DID THE Clean Energy  Inventions suppressing, Climate Trashing, human health depleting 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!   
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 08, 2019, 12:02:14 am »

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Burning 🔥 at the End of the World
Posted on October 2, 2019, by Radio Ecoshock
Catastrophic level fire conditions and drought in Australia as climate change bites down-under. Fire expert Greg Mullins. Plus new science: A cleanup to save your health could quicken Arctic ice changes and heating around the world, with guest Ran Feng.

🔊 Listen to or download this Radio Ecoshock show in CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (14 MB)


Massive wild fires have appeared on every Continent except Antarctica. Now it is hitting Australia even at the end of winter there. With temperatures about 10 degrees C – over 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal – over 130 bush fires were crackling over Australia in early September. A veteran Australian fire expert warns climate change makes the risk much worse, and it may break down the country’s fire defense system. And now strangely, a change high above Antarctica makes this year’s fire season even more ominous.

We have reached Greg Mullins, former commissioner of Fire and Rescue for New South Wales for 13 years until his retirement in 2017. Greg has represented Australia for groups of Asian Fire Chiefs and the United Nations. He currently sits on the Climate Council, the publicly-funded climate watchdog.

Australia has a history of fires going back to aboriginal times. I’m thinking of the Ash Wednesday fires in February 1983 that killed 47, and the Black Saturday Bushfires that killed 173 people in Victoria in 2008. What is changing now? Every year has become super dangerous for wildfires. Climate has changed the game.

Fire expert Greg Mullins, Australia

Greg also warns that Australia’s method of sharing fire-fighters and equipment could break down. There used to be a succession of fire seasons across that large continent, so each state could share equipment and fire fighters. Now there can be concurrent fires, meaning there is less to share.

I see that danger becoming international. We had firefighters from Australia and New Zealand come here to British Columbia to help fight our massive wildfires. It was out of season for Australian men and women who battle these beasts. But now places like California say “fire season” is all year long. Maybe as the season extends even in Australia, the international sharing will end too and everybody will be on their own?

Greg says that is already happening. Australia has very few large fire fighting aircraft, like 737 size planes. They were always able to get more from California during winter in the Northern Hemisphere. But now fire season can last all year in California, those planes are no longer always available. Australia just bought a 737 to fight fires, but still doesn’t have enough if a super fire season erupts in several parts of the country.


There are so many climate factors involved. Australia is in yet another drought. Some dams in new South Wales have almost run dry this year. Winter rainfall was dismally low. Towns may run out of water. Mullins tells us water is in such short supply, in some areas fire fighters have to stand by and let a home burn because that town cannot spare that much water, and still have drinking water.

I recall when the Murray Darling river system was hit with low water. It became a question of either water for the City of Adelaide, or farmers upstream. Some farmers quit. The change in rainfall, which keeps popping up year after year now, is likely due to changes over Antarctica. In the last decade or so, the Polar Vortex winds have tightened around Antarctica, meaning less rain for Australia.

Also, and this is a weird one, a “sudden stratospheric warming” just popped up over Antarctica. Although I am not a scientist, my basic understanding is this means the very cold stratosphere rapidly warms up a few degrees. That happens now and then over the North Pole, but rarely over the South Pole. The only other instance scientists can confirm happened over Antarctica in 2002. The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is predicting this will be the strongest warming of Antarctica on record. Greg discusses the impact that change in the polar stratosphere can have over Australian weather.

You can learn more about the recent sudden warming of the stratosphere from this You tube video by Radio Ecoshock guest Paul Beckwith.

In fact, a “triple-whammy” is hurting Australia right now. Added to changes in Polar winds, and the stratosphere, there is another cycle over the Indian Ocean that is also in a phase which tends to reduce rain-bearing winds over Australia. So it all adds up to a very dry bush ready to burn big time.


But as we learned recent Radio Ecoshock guest Mark Parrington, even ideal burning conditions don’t necessarily add up to a catastrophic fire year. An ignition source is needed. Yes there are cases of arson in Australia torching the bush, as there are in Canada and most countries. But farmers are also to blame, being slow to adapt to a changed climate. Where it was fine for their forefathers to burn off fields or scrub bush at certain times of year, that is no longer safe because the fire season has extended. Some agricultural fires get away into the bush with terrible results.

Greg Mullins also tells us that the amount of lightning has increased as well. That is what set ancient rainforests in the Australian island of Tasmania ablaze in recent years. Those forests had not burned for more than thousand years. Those trees are not adapted to fire as some forests are in other parts of Australia. When they burn they are gone for a long time. Even fire-adapted tree species can be wiped out if the fires keep coming back too soon – as they are!

I was moved by Greg Mullins. His father was a fire-fighter before him, and Greg has fought fires personally since 1978. He then directed fire fighting in New South Wales, the most populous state in Australia. Greg has literally seen the climate change during his life-time. He is worried about the new fire dangers, as are many, many Australians. Having gone through two years of fire emergencies here in British Columbia, hunkering down inside from the smoke, housing fire victims in our home, I sympathize with Australians as the new age of super fires emerges.

Hundreds of millions of years ago when trees first developed on Earth, they expanded rapidly into a forest empire. Trees were so successful at storing carbon in their trunks and roots – they lowered the amount of carbon in the atmosphere and brought on an ice age. I wonder: are we at the start of another great atmospheric event, when so many forests burn, releasing all their carbon – that forest fires alone may trigger a much greater warming that we expected!

I don’t think we are any where near a global decarbonization of the forests event yet. But I fear it could happen. Our recent French Senior Scientist guest Olivier Boucher told us 7 degrees C of warming by 2100 is the worst possible case – but possible. Global forests could start burning and not coming back if we reach high levels of warming.



Last week I asked French scientist Olivier Boucher about the climate impacts of aerosols, the smog particles we launch into the atmosphere as we burn fossil fuels. He said that is hard to model. But new science finds another way by comparing the atmosphere now to a period around 3 million years ago when the continents were the same – and so were the CO2 levels. The results are astounding. This is hard science. If you listen to the Ran Feng interview, I promise climate news you have not heard before, and another kick to get us all going into rapid climate action.

The Arctic has become incredibly hot. In 2019, Alaska roasted. Wildfires were rampant in Siberia, and Greenland shed vast amounts of meltwater. Of course our carbon burning is the driving force. But scientists are studying another surprising source behind Arctic warming: our need for cleaner air to breathe. All this leads to a key question about our common future: how much heating has been masked, hidden and delayed by smog shading out incoming sunlight? What happens if pollution is reduced as politicians promise? Are we in for a rude surprise warming?

Underlying that are more questions, like what is “clean air” really? and why did the Arctic Sea become ice-free in an earlier age, even when conditions are like ours now? Is a Blue Ocean event in the Arctic possible as air pollution regulations kick in?

Ran Feng is an assistant professor with the University of Connecticut. Her new paper studies a period about 3 million years ago – when a climate shift created the savannas where our first ancestors evolved. That climate past may be our future.

Dr. Ran Feng, University of Connecticut

Aerosol pollution is not caused by climate change, but as your hear in this interview pollution and climate change influence each other, especially through the role of cloud formation.


In 2016 and 2017, scientists at Stockholm University – led by Juan C. Acosta Navarro – showed that a significant fraction of Arctic warming has developed since sulfur emissions peaked back in the 1980’s. I ask Ran Feng to explain the relationship between smog reduction in the Northern Hemisphere and a hotter Arctic. See the Navarro-led paper “Amplification of Arctic warming by past air pollution reductions in Europe“, published in March 2016. In the Abstract, the authors say:

“Here we present simulations with an Earth system model with comprehensive aerosol physics and chemistry that show that the sulfate aerosol reductions in Europe since 1980 can potentially explain a significant fraction of Arctic warming over that period.”

Navarro and his team also showed global mean temperature would go up if current promises to reduce air pollution are kept. Slashing air pollution could raise Earth’s mean temperature anywhere from 1/3 of a degree to almost 1 degree C, they say. That suggests Earth would already be much hotter without smog shielding out some of the sun.

Talking about new science, Ran Feng says (while acknowledging this is still controversial) “it seems like in the intermediate scenario, the radiative cooling effect due to the effect on clouds could be around -.5 or a little bit more than -.5 watts per meter squared which is something around 30 ppm CO2 equivalent“. And if that is the “intermediate scenario” is there a worse case scenario than that?

According to her team’s research into the climate around 3 million years ago, not with models but with biochemical proxies and other data, it looks like increased clouds from modern aerosols could be masking more than half the heating we have really created with our greenhouse gases! If true, clearing up the air (to end the premature death of millions of humans) could lead to an unexpected climate catastrophe.

In addition, I know of a paper in progress which makes the case that a reduction in Asian pollution (due mainly to government action against smog) – may be a direct cause of the recent burst of heating in the last three years, including this year with the hottest July ever. Other scientists disagree with that estimate, so we will see.

Feng’s latest paper, accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, investigates a time around 3 million years ago. It is called – and this will be a new word for many of our listeners – “the mid-Piacenzian period“. A co-author is Radio Ecoshock guest Yangyang Xu. The titled of their paper is: “Contributions of aerosol-cloud interactions to mid-Piacenzian seasonally sea ice-free Arctic“.

So the Swedish team led by Navarro found that Europe’s reduction of air pollution may have warmed the Arctic by half a degree. That is because, as Ran Feng’s research shows, we were looking at pollution the wrong way. It is true smog, especially sulfates from burning coal, oil and gas, bounces a fraction of solar radiation back into space, cooling the planet perhaps half a degree, although the exact amount is uncertain. But the real cooling arrives because aerosol particles trigger more clouds that cool the Earth even more. The masking effect of global dimming is much greater than we thought, hiding perhaps half of the true warming that will be revealed as various countries clean up the air to save millions of people from premature deaths. That is the awful position we are in.

I hope some people will download Ran Feng’s interview from my web site at ecoshock.org and listen again. We need climate watchers to take this apart and communicate key points to a wider public. Help get new climate science out there.


My special thanks to listeners who donated last week to help Radio Ecoshock keep broadcasting. You help me get the voices of cutting-edge scientists, authors and activists out to the broader world. We help crowds of people starting to call for real action on climate change. I know some journalists and bloggers also draw from this show. Scientists have told me they listen. Plenty of college students tune in to hear experts from all over the world. Radio Ecoshock is broadcast by many college community radio stations. I cheer on the students – as we pass on a damaged world – but I believe a salvageable future for us and for all the species that evolved into this climate before us.

You can be influential where you live. If you can use this program – feel free to download any of my shows and interviews. Get them on people’s .mp3 players, IPADS, or whatever.

Thank you for listening this week, and caring about our world.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 06, 2019, 09:15:10 pm »

91 Radio Stations and Growing!

Posted on September 25, 2019, by Radio Ecoshock

7 Degrees C by 2100 Possible – New Science
🔊 Podcast

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 05, 2019, 09:29:26 pm »

BLACK BEAR NEWS 10.5.19 On climate pessimism
215 views•Oct 5, 2019

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 04, 2019, 08:55:49 pm »

"What we want to do is save humanity from extinction", Prof. Jeffery, Behavioural Neuroscience | XR
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''Heading for Extinction(and what to do about it)'' : The 'Why? The What? and The 'How?' of Extinction Rebellion's 3 Demands

This seminal XR Talk is written and presented by Prof Kate Jeffery, a Behavioural Neuroscientist at UCL. The lecture encapsulates Extinction Rebellion's raison d'être: the questions of 'Why? the movement has evolved, based upon compelling scientific evidence that global warming and ecological degradation are advancing, unabated: it is the truth being told of the unfolding trauma of the sixth mass extinction and ecocide as a direct consequence of human activity.
Prof Kate Jeffery explains what needs to be done to avert complete and irreversible ecological and societal collapse; Kate touches on the awe, shock and grief of when we, ourselves, are faced with the prospect of our own extinction through the line of future generations. Finally, we are presented with Extinction Rebellion's 3rd demand: on 'How?' this climate and ecological emergency has to be addressed through the collective, fully informed -when the truth -be-told- will of the UK citizenry, in the form of a national citizens' assembly.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 03, 2019, 06:09:13 pm »

Gigantic Iceberg Breaks Off from Antarctica

By Mike Schuler on Oct 02, 2019 12:11 pm

loose tooth icebergA gigantic iceberg roughly half the size of Rhode Island has calved from an ice shelf in East Antarctica, scientists with the Australian Antarctic Division said this week.  The calving event took place last week, with the iceberg eventually separating from the ice shelf on September 26th.  Scientists have been watching the section nearly two […]  Read full story...
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: October 02, 2019, 02:11:05 pm »


According to scientists, the only way to keep the planet’s temperature from increasing 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit is to immediately phase out all fossil fuel infrastructure and devices. As soon as existing coal, oil, or gas plants reach their engineered lifespans, instead of refurbishing we must shut them down. If we don’t, the estimates for increasing temperatures start going up. At 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit, positive feedback loops of evaporating Arctic methane could kick in. Methane is 21 times better at warming the atmosphere than CO2. The warmer temps evaporate the methane. The methane makes the atmosphere warmer. It evaporates more methane …. you get the picture.

I don’t want to be a Donny Downer or a Cassandra but how likely do you think shutting down the fossil fuel industry is?

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« on: October 01, 2019, 01:48:32 pm »

BLACK BEAR NEWS 9.30.19 Climate solutions among rising weather extremes?
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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: September 30, 2019, 12:54:54 am »


Throughout history, society’s elite have shown the same arrogance and hubris in the face of impending calamity. For example, the Fall of the Roman Empire:

If you read the chronicles of the early 5th century AD, you get the impression of total mayhem, with barbarian armies crisscrossing Europe and few, if any, Roman nobles and commanders trying to defend the Empire. Most of them seemed to be maneuvering to find a safe place where they could find safety for themselves. We don’t know what was the final destiny of Rutilius Namatianus but, since he had the time to finish his poem, we may imagine that he could build himself a castle in Southern France and his descendants may have become feudal lords. But not everyone made it. For instance, Paulinus of Pella, another rich Roman, contemporary of Namatianus, desperately tried to hold on his possessions in Europe, eventually considering himself happy just for having been able of surviving to old age.

We see a pattern here: when the rich Romans saw that things were going really out of control, they scrambled to save themselves while, at the same time, denying that things were so bad as they looked. We can see that clearly in Namatianus’ poem: he never ever hints that Rome was doomed. At most, he says, it was a temporary setback and soon Rome will be great again.

Thunberg’s speech alluded to such behavior by the polluting nations:

For more than 30 years, the science has been crystal clear. How dare you continue to look away and come here saying that you’re doing enough, when the politics and solutions needed are still nowhere in sight. You say you hear us and that you understand the urgency. But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that. Because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil. And that I refuse to believe.

Yes Greta, they are evil; they have access to every expert on the seriousness of the crisis and they are building walls and saving their own skin while continuing business-as-usual. Lest we forget, the fossil fuel industry’s own scientists accurately predicted the life-threatening effects of its product decades ago and not only did they do nothing to stop it, they funded and orchestrated a vast network of climate denial propaganda which continues to this day and have raced to exploit even more fossil fuels from the melting Arctic. When you consider that billions of people are going to die as a result, their actions become by far the greatest crimes against humanity ever committed. Make no mistake, our society is trading a livable planet for an unsustainable way of life that is irreparably depleting finite resources and altering the earth for eons, making it uninhabitable for organized human societies. Each day of business-as-usual further degrades the planet’s biodiversity.

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Posted by: Surly1
« on: September 29, 2019, 10:57:26 am »

When the Vampire Squid says it's bad, perhaps even the elites will listen. They won't listen to Greta, but when the Squid speaks...

Goldman Sachs released a 34-page analysis of the impact of climate change. And the results are terrifying.

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  • A Goldman Sachs report on the impact of climate change on cities across the world makes for grim reading. 
  • Rising temperatures would lead to changing disease patterns, more intense and longer-lasting heatwaves, more destructive weather events, and pressure on the availability and quality of water for drinking and agriculture.
  • Major cities were also highlighted at risk of flooding with parts of New York, Tokyo, and Lagos all at risk of being partially submerged. 
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Goldman Sachs released a report on the effect of climate change on cities around the world and the results made for grim reading. 

The bank's Global Markets Institute, led by Amanda Hindlian, warned of "significant" potential risks to the world's largest cities, which are especially vulnerable to more frequent storms, higher temperatures, rising sea levels, and storm surges.  

Cities generate about 80% of global GDP and are home to more than half of the world's population, a share that Goldman says, citing the United Nations, is projected to reach two-thirds by 2050. About 40% of the global population lives within 100 kilometers of a coast, it says, and 1 in 10 live in areas less than 10 meters above sea level.

Goldman highlighted three cities which would be subject to those storm surges and in the future could face harmful flooding — New York, Tokyo, and Lagos. Miami, Alexandria, Dhaka, and Shanghai face major flood risks due to being less than 11 meters above sea level. 

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Goldman's researchers said that when starting the study they took a broad consensus that human activity, namely emission of greenhouse gasses "is causing the earth to warm in ways that are affecting the climate."

Natural ecosystems would be damaged, and risks to human health would rise, as well as pressures on food and drinking water. 

Agriculture would also be massively affected: "Warmer temperatures and shifting precipitation patterns could reduce yields and nutritional quality as well change growing seasons and agricultural zones around the world."

Goldman gave some fairly stark warnings about potential outcomes:

  • More frequent, more intense, and longer-lasting heatwaves.The consequences will affect human health, productivity, economic activity, and agriculture. "Higher surface temperatures could exacerbate the warming process by causing permafrost to melt, releasing further methane and CO2 into the atmosphere."
  • Destructive weather events, including storms, winds, flooding and fires. It's not just New York, Tokyo and Lagos. "Other major low-lying coastal or already flood-prone cities include Shanghai, Dhaka, Mumbai and Karachi – each of which has a population of 15 million people or more."
  • Changing disease patterns. "Warmer temperatures could cause disease vectors to migrate from the tropics to regions where people have less immunity; this is true not only for viruses like malaria and dengue fever but also for water-borne and food-borne diseases."
  • Shifting agricultural patterns and food shortages. "Livestock could be affected by higher temperatures and reduced water supplies. Ocean acidification is likely to put stress on aquatic populations and affect current fishing patterns. Some of these changes are already underway. Some climate scientists, for example, estimate that coral reefs will be all but extinct over the course of the century due to ocean acidification."
  • Water. "Half of the world's population will live in water-stressed areas as soon as 2025," Goldman notes, citing the World Health Orgnization. "Even in non-stressed areas, the quality of surface water could deteriorate as more rain and storms drive erosion and the release of toxins. These dynamics could affect everything from the availability of drinking water for people to a shortage of water for livestock and crops (with negative effects for the food supply) to decreases in hydroelectric power generation."

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The bank said that all those factors would "affect economic activity, damage infrastructure – from buildings to transportation to water and waste-management systems – and disproportionately harm vulnerable residents."

"Despite the uncertainty around the timing and scale of the impact, it may be prudent for some cities to start investing in adaptation now," Goldman says. "Urban adaptation could drive one of the largest infrastructure build-outs in history. Given the scale of the task, urban adaptation will likely need to draw on innovative sources of financing."

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Posted by: Surly1
« on: September 29, 2019, 10:51:06 am »

W. Antarctica's crumbling ice sheet to redraw global coastline

by Marlowe Hood

In Antarctica, 99 percent of all ice loss occurs when ice slides into the ocean

The fate of the world's coastal regions and the hundreds of millions of people who inhabit them depend on a block of ice atop West Antarctica on track to lift global oceans by at least three metres.

It is not, according to available science, a matter of "if" but "when".

Anders Levermann, a professor at the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research in Germany and a top expert on Antarctica, spoke to AFP -– days before the release in Monaco of a major UN report on oceans and Earth's frozen zones -– about how is impacting the world's coldest region.

Q. Does global warming affect Greenland and Antarctica the same way?

No. In Antarctica, 99 percent of all ice loss occurs when ice slides into the ocean. There is practically no ice melt on the surface –- it is simply too cold.

In Greenland, half of the ice loss is due to melt water that runs into the ocean.

When ice in Antarctica or Greenland slides into the ocean and becomes an ice shelf, it comes into contact with surface water. Even a tenth of a degree increase in the temperature of the water can lead to a significant imbalance.

Greenland's ice sheet is much smaller than Antarctica's –- seven metres of sea level equivalent vs. 55 -– but sheds even more mass. That is because Antarctica, even if its topography has fewer barriers, is so much colder.

West Antarctica's ice sheet has shed about 150 billion tonnes of mass every year since 2005

Q. What do we know about Antarctica that we didn't know a decade ago?

Ten years ago the modelling of Antarctica showed no significant ice loss within this century. Indeed, there was some debate as to whether the continent might add ice mass.

Today, all the ice sheet models lose ice at a significant rate. The continent's ice sheet has shed about 150 billion tonnes of mass every year since 2005, virtually all of it in West Antarctica. Ice loss in both Greenland and Antarctica is accelerating.

There is no longer any ambiguity. The studies we have in hand tell us that West Antarctica has passed a tipping point. It has become unstable and will discharge all its most vulnerable ice into the ocean. Period.

Q. How much will Antarctica add to sea level rise by 2100?

A study I did with numerous colleagues in 2014 estimated that we could get 50 centimetres of sea level from Antarctica by 2100 –- which is huge. The last assessment of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said 16 cm was the upward limit.

In 2016 an important study published in Nature –- introducing new physical processes –- proposed an even higher contribution, of up to more than a metre. That study has been much criticised, and the findings may be revised.

Q. What will happen after 2100?

In 2100, nothing stops.

If we keep to the Paris Agreement, sea level rise will at best slow down. If we don't, it will still be accelerating at the end of the century.

The most vulnerable part of the West Antarctic ice sheet -– equivalent to 3.5 metres of sea level rise -– sits in depressions below sea level, where ocean water infiltrates and erodes the ice sheet from underneath.

Q. How long will it take for the ice sheet to disappear?

I think we are underestimating the speed. That said, for all of the W. Antarctic ice sheet to discharge, it will take centuries. But it won't stop.

Q. How worried should we be?

Nobody should fear for their life because of rising seas. But if New York winds up five metres below sea level behind dikes and levees, I don't know if people will want to live there.

The most vulnerable part of the West Antarctic ice sheet -– equivalent to 3.5 metres of sea level rise -– sits in depressions be

The real impact is what we will lose. Hong Kong is currently a beacon of democracy in China. New Orleans is a bastion of culture, and New York of culture and business. Hamburg, Calcutta and Shanghai -– we are going to lose them all to if we do not stop emitting carbon into the atmosphere.

Q. Why is Antarctica harder to figure out than Greenland?

Unlike the Greenland ice sheet, ice loss in Antarctica is not due to melting, but to a discharge of icebergs into the ocean. Getting it right is difficult -– at first, we were unable to model and observe this process.

The first satellite images for West Antarctica are from 1992. So when we began to see there a decade ago, we had less than 20 years of data. That's not long enough to detect long-term trends.

Ice sheets change over a long time scale, so observations can be very misleading.

Antarctica is shielded from the rest of the world by the strongest current on the planet, and the situation is similar for the atmosphere. That is also hard to factor in.

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« on: September 28, 2019, 03:40:55 pm »

September 28th, 2019 by Ritesh Pandey

Farmers in Ambedkar Nagar burn the remnants of the wheat harvest in April to prepare their fields for the rice crop; this crop-burning sometimes spreads to neighboring villages by gusts of blistering winds called loo, causing damage to property and wildlife – Photo Sonali Chauhan

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« on: September 27, 2019, 06:04:51 pm »

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« on: September 26, 2019, 08:56:46 pm »

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« on: September 25, 2019, 07:59:33 pm »

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« on: September 25, 2019, 01:09:58 pm »

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