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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 15, 2019, 08:51:55 pm »


BY Anton Woronczuk, Truthout

PUBLISHED January 15, 2019

SNIPPET:

To give you an idea of how much heat the oceans have absorbed: if that heat had instead gone into the atmosphere, the global temperature would be 97 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than it is today. For those who think that there are still 12 years left to change things, the question posed by a sea level rise expert in my book seems painfully apt: How do we remove all the heat that’s already been absorbed by the oceans?

Read more:

https://truthout.org/articles/a-farewell-to-glaciers-coral-reefs-and-rainforests/


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 14, 2019, 07:25:42 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 11, 2019, 07:16:41 pm »



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Among effects, extra warmth can reduce oxygen in the oceans and damages coral reefs that are nurseries for fish, the scientists said. Warmer seas release more moisture that can stoke more powerful storms. 🌊


Oceans Warming Faster Than Predicted, Scientists Say
By Reuters on Jan 10, 2019 05:49 pm

nuclear icebreaker convoyBy Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, Jan 10 (Reuters) – The oceans are warming faster than previously estimated, setting a new temperature record in 2018 in a trend that is damaging marine life, scientists said on Thursday. New measurements, aided by an international network of 3,900 floats deployed in the oceans since 2000, showed more […] 

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 11, 2019, 07:04:43 pm »

Over 600 Groups Call for a Green New Deal

January 10, 2019

Tom Goldtooth of Indigenous Environmental Network says that a Green New Deal must reject corporate takeover and center indigenous and frontline communities


Story Transcript

DHARNA NOOR: It’s The Real News, I’m Dharna Noor.

The Green New Deal continues to capture headlines. Popularized by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York and the Sunrise Movement, the broad policy umbrella is still being shaped and the umbrella seems to be getting bigger.

Over six hundred environmental and climate justice organizations signed onto an open letter to the House of Representatives calling for a Green New Deal. The letter, released Thursday and endorsed by groups from 350.org to the Labor Network for Sustainability to the Indigenous Environmental Network, calls for “visionary measures,” like an end to all fossil fuel leasing and the transition to one hundred percent renewables by 2035, the decarbonization of transportation and massive investment in public transit, the aggressive enforcement of the Clean Air Act, a just transition led by frontline communities, and a commitment to upholding Indigenous rights.

With me to discuss this and the shaping of the Green New Deal is Tom Goldtooth. Tom is the Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network and he’s on the steering committee of Climate Justice Alliance. Both IEN and CJA Signed on to the letter. Thanks so much for coming on today, Tom.

TOM GOLDTOOTH: Thank you for the invite.

DHARNA NOOR: So you’re joining us today from DC, where you’ve been meeting with legislators on the Hill. Talk about what the response has been to this letter so far and what the conversation about this big splashy Green New Deal has been on the Hill.

TOM GOLDTOOTH: Well, it was a bit surprising to us on the interest that some of the legislators are having around an ambitious economic stimulus, you could say package, linked to climate issues. And that’s pretty much what some of the new freshmen on the Hill, Representative Cortez from New York, for an example, has taken a lead on working with this new youth movement, Sunrise Group. And we do recognize that they actually pushed this out there, the Green New Deal that created a reaction from a lot of the legislators.

And we went on to the Hill today to meet with some of the legislators. Some are familiar with Green New Deal, and many are not familiar with the letter that went out today. But it is consistent with this new buzz on the Hill of this very progressive movement that’s emerging that’s recognizing our frontline communities, including our frontline communities in Indian Country, that we’re there, we’re ready to have a strong part in this new initiative. And so, that’s what we talked about today.

DHARNA NOOR: And to go back to the letter itself, some 626 groups in all signed onto it, but the groups are pretty varied. So talk about how this particular set of demands came to be.

TOM GOLDTOOTH: Well, right. And our network, Indigenous Environmental Network, became involved as we worked with some of these groups. And we’ve been working as IEN and also our allies within Climate Justice Alliance on building alignment and building equity with a lot of the green groups. So we’re familiar with some of the main groups that have been behind the initial drafting of this letter. Of course, we really had to assert ourselves on different issues that are very dear to us on seeking real solutions to mitigate climate change. So there was a lot of input back and forth, but one of the things that we definitely have strong positions in standing together in solidarity is on the need to reduce our greenhouse gases, our carbon dioxide, our emissions sooner than 2050.

So that’s why we signed onto this, to support a hundred percent transition to a new economy that’s not reliant on fossil fuels, and also looking at the different mechanisms on how do we fund this, how do we fund it with public monies for an example, and not allowing corporate takeover. These are very critical issues that we put on the table from our communities because we’ve seen a lot of contradictions around climate legislation over the decades that we’ve been active. One of the areas that we’ve been pushing for is our rejection of a carbon market system as a solution. That includes cap and trade, carbon offsets and even carbon tax.

DHARNA NOOR: Yeah, and that’s something that CJA has been very critical of, is the inclusion of those sort of market-based solutions in climate policy. And I was really interested to see that the letter doesn’t call for carbon capture and storage or a carbon tax. Talk a little bit more about why those kinds of market-based solutions don’t have a place in a platform like this.

TOM GOLDTOOTH: Well, the platform did not go as far as rejecting a carbon tax. We did reach consensus that there was an opposition to carbon markets related specifically to carbon trading and carbon offsets. There are still some green groups who are signatory to this that are still keeping the door open to carbon tax, carbon dividends, carbon fees. But we stand united on the opposition, for an example, California has a very aggressive cap and trade program, carbon offset program that they’re operating domestically here in the U.S. and internationally. And one thing about carbon markets, it’s not about reducing emissions at source, and we try to stress that. We have released a report called Carbon Pricing: A Critical Perspective, released by IEN and Climate Justice Alliance, that has been very, very useful to a lot of the Green Movement, who tell us, “Hey, we did not understand it, but by reading the report, we stand with you.”

The techno fixes are very critical as well. In our analysis, it’s part of the false solutions. Carbon capture and storage, for an example, the technology is still being tested out there, concerns around leakage, and a lot of the private sector, the polluters, will benefit now, only to find out that there’s complications, and really justifying the offset regimes that happen in this scenario to where carbon capture and storage just isn’t working. Carbon capture use and storage and these other areas are very critical concerns with us. We have formed solidarity with other entities that have been addressing this issue as well. And so, we’re very thankful to all the other green groups, the six hundred and twenty some signatures, that they stand with us in looking for real solutions.

DHARNA NOOR: But what’s your response to some people who might say, “Oh, well market-based solutions are the only way that we can usher in change, because right now in a capitalist system, the markets have the power and that’s the only way that we can really usher in an end to climate change or a fight against climate change.” What do you say to people who are critical of the idea that we need such bold and radical action?

TOM GOLDTOOTH: Well, one thing, I’ve talked to a lot of those folks. I’ve been in many debates, not only here in the United States, but also globally within the UN climate negotiations. Many of them do not know the structure of the market system that we’re talking about, because even saying it has nothing to do about the reduction of emissions at source. they don’t know that the money that’s involved with offset and trading to fund these offset programs to put into the conservation of trees in the Global South, where carbon credits are very cheap, that money comes from the polluters of the North.

Chevron, for an example, in Richmond California can continue to pollute, and communities address it and say, “How come you’re not cutting back on your emissions?” And they say, “Well, you don’t understand, we’re offsetting our pollution.” “And how are you doing that?” They say, “We’re buying carbon credits in the Amazon to protect the trees.” And it’s a trading mechanism that really, in our eyes and our analysis, could really end up being a Ponzi scam. It’s part of climate disaster capitalism. So it really makes us address these issues around new forms of economics, for an example, energy policy, climate policy. We have to really look seriously at this issue from a different lens that’s community based.

And as Native American, as Indigenous peoples, we have been putting forward this new perspective of a new legal paradigm that’s needed that sees Mother Earth not from a resource, like capitalism looks at Mother Earth, as a living entity that recognizes the territorial integrity of Mother Earth, the Earth Jurisprudence, that the Earth and even the air and the water have rights. So these are certain things that, as Indigenous peoples, we’re bringing to the table, is a special relationship that humanity has to the sacredness of Mother Earth. So these are different concepts that we have been lifting up and that are very much needed as Americans, as humanity throughout the world, are looking for real answers to address this climate crisis.

DHARNA NOOR: You also mentioned the need to address funding. And of course, there’s many things in this plan, massive investment in public transit, the transition to one hundred percent renewables, that will take a lot of money. And some people, like members of Code Pink who are also signed on to the letter, have called for the Green New Deal to fight militarism and to defund the military, because the Pentagon is the world’s number one polluter, number one consumer of fossil fuels. Is that how you fund the Green New Deal? How do we get the money for this, if not from other parts of the government?

TOM GOLDTOOTH: It’s an important question, and it’s something that–we’re ready to have that discussion and that debate within our allies within the green groups. How are we going to propose initiatives that will create funding for this transition that has to be just? And it goes deeper than hooking up our communities with caulking guns for weatherization. It’s deeper than that. And we do advocate for weatherization programs, energy efficiency initiatives, not only in our urban and rural areas and People of Color communities, but also with our federally recognized tribes, very important that our tribes are a part of this.

Funding is a very important discussion, and that’s why we’re looking at how do we create public funding mechanisms with banks and co-ops and really preventing this corporate takeover that we’ve seen too many times. And it’s also looking at different initiatives. One example, all the tax loopholes that currently exist with oil and gas industry. If we cut that off, that’s about two point one, two point two billion dollars that we have available for just transition in this initiative. If we look at taxing the polluters outside of a market system, outside of a trading system, if we look at taxing the wealth and the people with money, there’s different mechanisms, different ways that we can look at creating money, cutting back the subsidies that the United States provides for fossil fuel development.

So that’s what we’re willing to look at. And as part of Climate Justice Alliance, we are developing just transition initiatives involving our own co-ops, our own regenerative loan programs around reinvestment within our power. So we’re doing that along with our Indigenous Environmental Network and many of our partners in this Just Transition initiative.

DHARNA NOOR: And lastly, I guess, this all comes after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, with the support of the Sunrise Movement, called for the creation of a Select Committee on the Green New Deal. But instead, of course, House Speaker Pelosi created the Select Committee on Climate Change that doesn’t have subpoena power, doesn’t exclude representatives who take fossil fuel money. How much of a challenge has that posed to the legislative aspect of this Green New Deal to the House’s ability to actually act on any this?

TOM GOLDTOOTH: It’s a good question that we have to really look at the experience of our folks that have been here on the Hill and to help our freshmen legislators. And we must not underestimate this power that has been created with our youth, with the Sunrise Movement, and that’s growing. We are meeting with them as Climate Justice Alliance, as IEN. The strategy around the mechanisms for creating these committees is very critical, and we will be there and involved with helping to be part of those decisions and standing behind the legislators that are open and listening to our perspectives.

DHARNA NOOR: All right. Well, Tom, I know that you have a happy hour to get to with CJA in DC, so thank you so much. And as this Green New Deal continues to broaden and take shape and shift, we’d love to talk to you again. So please come back, and thank you.

TOM GOLDTOOTH: Yes, thank you.

DHARNA NOOR: And thank you for joining us on The Real News Network.

https://therealnews.com/stories/over-600-groups-call-for-a-green-new-deal
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:45:45 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:16:39 pm »

Flat Earth Cruise Proves Why Humans Will Absolutely, Positively Destroy The Earth

January 10th, 2019 by Steve Hanley

Excellent article with video and great comments, also with video and graphics:

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/01/10/flat-earth-cruise-proves-why-humans-will-absolutely-positively-destroy-the-earth/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 09, 2019, 09:43:07 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Yes, this belongs here. The REAL emergency is compared with the contrived one.

January 9, 2019

Trump’s 🦀 State of Emergency? – with Paul Jay & Gerald Horne

If Donald Trump follows through on his threat to declare a state of emergency, it puts the American state further into deep crisis – with historian Dr. Gerald Horn and host Paul Jay


https://therealnews.com/stories/trumps-state-of-emergency-with-paul-jay-gerald-horne
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 09, 2019, 08:22:59 pm »

 
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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 07, 2019, 04:46:34 pm »

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Katharine Hayhoe 👍👍👍 Talks About Why Climate Change Is Real & Why She Still Has Hope

January 7th, 2019 by Steve Hanley

Katharine Hayhoe is an enigma to some. She is an evangelical Christian who is also an atmospheric scientist. Since 2005, Hayhoe has been a professor of political science at Texas Tech University. She has served as a reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a lead author for the US National Climate Assessments.

Hayhoe may be best known for her book A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions. Her primary mission is bridging the divide between atmospheric scientists, conservative politicians, and the evangelical community. On her blog, she says, “I write about the things I’m interested in: the fascinating nuances of climate science, why a changing climate matters to real people, how we’re going to solve it, and what faith has to do with fixing this global challenge.”


A Thermometer Is Not Liberal Or Conservative

Recently she sat down with Guardian contributor Jonathan Watts to talk about climate science, politics, and why she continues to be hopeful for the future of civilization. The following is excerpted from that article. Asked about the importance of the IPCC 6 climate report and the US government climate assessment, both of which were published in late 2018, Hayhoe said, “Assessments like these provide us with a vision of the future if we continue on our current pathway, and by doing so they address the most widespread and dangerous myth that the largest number of us have bought into: not that the science isn’t real, but rather that climate change doesn’t matter to me personally.”

The role of the media got her attention next. “Climate change shouldn’t be fodder for commentators who represent the interests of the fossil fuel industry by muddying the science. As a human and a scientist, this focus on controversy is frustrating. A thermometer is not liberal or conservative.”


Three Keys To Climate Action

Hayhoe says she can see a difference between attitudes toward climate change ten years ago and today. “Today, most people can point to a specific way climate affects their daily lives. This is important because the three key steps to action are accepting that climate change is real, recognizing it affects us, and being motivated to do something to fix it. Opinion polls in the US show 70% of people agree the climate is changing, but a majority still say it won’t affect them.”

The Trump Effect

After the latest climate assessment from the US government was published, the alleged president of the United States brushed it off. “I don’t believe it,” he said dismissively. Hayhoe commented on the politics behind that statement.

“It’s a vicious cycle. The more doom-filled reports the scientists release, the stronger the push back from politicians whose power, ideology and funding depends on maintaining the status quo, and who are supported by those who fear the solutions to climate change more than they fear its impacts.

“Opposition to climate change is a symptom of a society that is politically polarized between those who cling to the past and those who recognize the need for a better future. Fossil fuels have brought us many benefits — and I’m grateful for their contribution to my life — but the solution to our current crisis is to stop using them. That change can be scary, especially for those with most to lose financially from this shift. If you feel threatened, the instinctive reaction is to push back.”


An “Oh, Moment
Tom Toles "What's a tipping point?" cartoon (The Madhouse Effect)

Will average global temperatures rise 1.5º C, 2.5º C, or more? Hayhoe says she isn’t sure, but believes they will rise until the people of the world come to a common consensus that climate change is clear and present danger to humanity.

“I’d put my money on a gradual bend away from a higher scenario, which is where we are now, until accumulating and worsening climate disasters eventually lead to a collective “oh !” moment, when people finally realize climate impacts do pose a far greater threat than the solutions.

“At that point, I would hope the world would suddenly ramp up its carbon reduction to the scale of a Manhattan Project or a moon race and we would finally be able to make serious progress. The multitrillion-dollar question is simply when that tipping point in opinion will come, and whether it will be too late for civilizsation as we know it. I hope with all my heart that we stay under 1.5C, but my cynical brain says 3C. Perhaps the reality will be somewhere between my head and my heart at 2C.”

We should pause for a moment here to point out that a 2 degree rise in average global temperatures will bring with it cataclysmic changes that will threaten the existence of millions of species currently living on the Earth — including humans. It will bring rising sea levels, powerful storms, and catastrophic droughts. Hundreds of millions if not billions of people will migrate in search of food and water. If you think how paranoid people are by a few thousand refugees at America’s southern border, image the fear and loathing when their numbers rise a thousand fold or more!


Finding Reasons For Hope

Against the backdrop of impending climate havoc, are there any reasons to have hope for the Earth? Hayhoe believes there are, but shrugs off the likelihood that massive geoengineering projects will be the solution. “I believe it is important to discuss and study these technologies very thoroughly, because implementing some of them, like solar radiation management is extremely risky. It would be like giving an experimental drug to every human on the planet before it had been tested.”

“I’m more hopeful about smaller scale, less risky geoengineering projects that suck carbon dioxide out of the air, such as those being trialed by Climeworks to turn carbon into stone or fuel or even massive tree-planting efforts, as in Bhutan.”

The divestment movement is also becoming a powerful force for change. “When money talks the world listens,” she says. The rapid advances in solar and wind energy also provide a basis for hope. “There’s the encouraging news such as solar being the fastest growing power source around the world, clean energy jobs growing from India to the US, and new technology being developed every year that drops the price and increases the accessibility of fossil fuel alternatives,” she says, then buttresses her argument by referring to changes happening even in deeply conservative states as demonstrated by the “take-up of renewables even in conservative states like Texas, which now gets 20% of its energy from wind and solar power.”


Eyes On The Prize

“Scientists are not just disembodied brains floating in a glass jar,” Hayhoe says.

“We are humans who want the same thing every other human wants — a safe place to live on this planet we call home. So while our work must continue to be unbiased and objective, increasingly we are raising our voices, adding to the clear message that climate change is real and humans are responsible, the impacts are serious and we must act now, if we want to avoid the worst of them.”

“The most important thing is to accelerate the realization that we have to act. This means connecting the dots to show that the impacts are not distant any more. They are here and they affect our lives. It means weaning ourselves off fossil fuels, which is challenged by the fact that the majority of the world’s richest companies have made their money from the fossil fuel economy, so the majority of the wealth and power remains in their hands.”

Climate Change Is Relentless

Summing up, Hayhoe says, “Climate change is a long term trend superimposed over natural variability. There will be good and bad years, just like there are for a patient with a long term illness, but it isn’t going away. To stabilize climate change, we have to eliminate our carbon emissions. And we’re still a long way away from that.”

The bottom line? Stop burning fossil fuels. Right now, this very minute. Is that realistic? Of course not, but it is the only way humanity is going to survive the coming climate emergency. If we adjust our thinking to make the elimination of fossil fuels as soon as possible our primary goal, the time when such a thing is possible gets nearer. The best way to accomplish that goal is to put a price on fossil fuels that accurately reflects their social costs. Sure such an idea is unpalatable, but so is extinction.

https://cleantechnica.com/2019/01/07/katharine-hayhoe-talks-about-why-climate-change-is-real-why-she-still-has-hope/


Agelbert COMMENT:    

💐 Thank you Scientist Katherine Hayhoe. You are one of the great truth tellers of our time.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 07, 2019, 02:20:37 pm »

An enormous waterfall gushes off the Nansen Ice Shelf in 2017. Credit: Jonathan Kingslake

January 4, 2019

Antarctic ice melts to January record low

The amount of sea ice around Antarctica has melted to a record low for January, scientists announced this week.

As of Jan. 1, there was 2.11 million square miles of sea ice around the continent, the smallest January area since records began in 1978, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

Sea ice is frozen ocean water that melts each summer, then refreezes each winter. Antarctic sea ice is typically at its smallest in late February or early March, toward the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

“Antarctic sea ice extent is astonishingly low this year, not just near the Ross Ice Shelf, but around most of the continent,” Cecilia Bitz, a polar scientist at the University of Washington, told Grist magazine on Thursday.

Specifically, the area of sea ice around Antarctica on Jan. 1 was 11,600 square miles below the previous record low for that date, set in 2017. It was 726,000 square miles below average – an area roughly twice the size of the state of Texas.

With six to eight weeks remaining in the melt season, the ice center said it remains to be seen whether the Antarctic sea ice will set its all-time record-low minimum.

More: Ancient Antarctic ice sheet collapse could happen again, triggering a new global flood

More: Greenland's ice sheet melt has 'gone into overdrive' and is now 'off the charts'

Sea ice loss – especially in the Arctic and less so in the Antarctic – is one of the clearest signals of global warming, the National Climate Assessment reported last year.

In addition to human-caused warming of the Earth's atmosphere and oceans, multiple factors – including the geography of Antarctica, the region's winds, as well as air and ocean temperatures – affect the ice around Antarctica.

"Although it is too soon for us to isolate what caused the rapid December decline and recent record low extents, it is likely that unusual atmospheric conditions and high sea surface temperatures – important factors in the 2016-2017 record lows – are playing a role," according to a statement from the National Snow and Ice Data Center.

The center added that even though sea ice occurs primarily in the polar regions, it influences our global climate and weather patterns around the world.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2019/01/04/antarctic-sea-ice-melts-record-low-january-scientists/2481706002/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 07, 2019, 01:32:33 pm »

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January 7, 2019


Listen to The Jellyfish

Climate change may be partly to blame for an epidemic of recent jellyfish stings in Australia, scientists say. Australian authorities report that more than 5,000 people were stung by bluebottle jellyfish over this weekend in Queensland alone, while 22,282 people sought treatment for a bluebottle sting in southeast Australia between December 1 and January 7—compared to just 6,831 during the same period last year.

Strong winds have blown jellyfish colonies towards the beaches in recent weeks, experts say, but warming oceans may be playing a part in boosting jellyfish populations by reducing predators and competitors. "Unlike other species, jellyfish are stimulated by just about any change to the ecosystem," Lisa Gershwin, a marine researcher at Australia's natural science agency, told the Washington Post. "So, it’s reasonable to say that the jellyfish might potentially be responding to the warmer-than-usual weather...Jellyfish are demanding our attention right now and we should be giving it to them. Those stings are an indication that something is wrong with our oceans—and we’re silly that we’re not listening."

https://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/01/07/19/thousands-stung-in-australian-jellyfish-invasion

https://mailchi.mp/climatenexus/ca-utilities-confront-wildfire-bill-listening-to-the-jellyfish-more
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 06, 2019, 04:52:05 pm »

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 05, 2019, 04:13:03 pm »

 


Watching the World Burn 🔥: Truthout Readers Share Their 😓 Climate Stories

PUBLISHED January 4, 2019

BY Dahr Jamail, Truthout

SNIPPET:

From record-setting wildfires in California to years-long drought in mainland Australia and flooding in Tasmania to devastating tree-infestations along the Mediterranean, the impacts of runaway climate change are becoming increasingly severe. Truthout readers from around the world share their first-hand observations of climate change as it has manifested itself in recent years.

Read the Article → 

https://truthout.org/articles/watching-the-world-burn-truthout-readers-share-their-climate-stories/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 05, 2019, 02:00:55 pm »


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 04, 2019, 05:46:39 pm »

The Big Wobble

Sunday, 30 December 2018


Deadly temperatures so high petrol pumps seize up! The mercury hit's 49.3 Celsius (120.74 F) in parts of Australia hottest 🚩 in 20 years
Seven people have drowned as a heatwave grips Australia, sending big crowds to the beach to cool down, while a tropical depression in the far north threatens to turn into a cyclone by New Year's Day. Five of the deaths were in the southeastern state of Victoria between Christmas Eve and Saturday.

A South Korean drowned on Christmas Day while snorkelling in a lake in the eastern state of New South Wales while another man died in the surf on the Sunshine Coast in the eastern state of Queensland.

Temperatures have soared to well over 40 degrees Celsius (104 F) from Western Australia down through the sparsely populated central desert into the populous eastern seaboard states for seven days, with the weather bureau predicting the heat to continue after a brief New Year's Eve respite.

"Over the coming days the heat will contract inland but will build again from mid-week on Wednesday," said Jonathan How, a forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology.

The bureau's "extreme heatwave" warning included Australia's most populous city, Sydney, but sea-side cities including Hobart, Adelaide and Melbourne were cooled by sea breezes.

For the four-fifths of Australia's 25 million people who live on the coast, summer's heat typically sends them out to laze on the beach.

But for those who live in the arid centre, there is little respite.

At the Kulgera Road House, near the centre of Australia where the nearest town has a population of just 15, the temperature was so high the petrol pumps seized up.

"It's so hot the fuel doesn't flow," said Shelley Safran, the acting manager, by telephone.

The recent hot spell broke records on Thursday at Marble Bar in Western Australia's mineral-rich Pilbara region, where the mercury hit 49.3 Celsius (120.74 F), the highest recorded since the weather station opened in 1999.

December is the beginning of the Southern Hemisphere summer and the season brings cyclonic rains to the country's far north.

A tropical low has formed off the coast of far north Queensland which the weather bureau says has a moderate chance of developing into a cyclone over the next few days.

The bureau issued a storm warning on Sunday for damaging winds and flooding rains over the Cape York Peninsula on the far northern tip of Australia, including the bauxite mining town of Weipa.

http://www.thebigwobble.org/2018/12/deadly-temperatures-so-high-petrol.html

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 03, 2019, 05:49:46 pm »

This Is Not a Dress Rehearsal: Climate Can No Longer Wait  

By ALISON ROSE LEVY, TRUTHOUT

PUBLISHED January 3, 2019

In 2020, the year of the next US presidential election, we will likely begin what the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report defines as our final decade of opportunity to forestall or mitigate climate disruption. In 2019, we must assure that our elected leaders and presidential hopefuls seize this moment to act on climate change.

Read the Article →

https://truthout.org/articles/this-is-not-a-dress-rehearsal-climate-can-no-longer-wait/

Agelbert NOTE: Something like the following technofix scenario will probably be attempted if the CAPITALIST Profit Over People and Planet CORRUPT Status Quo continues to stifle Global Scale Action to eliminate the burnng of fossil fuels for energy and transition to a 100% Renewable Energy powered, pollution free economy where NO industry is allowed to pollute, be they chemical, phamaceutical, textile, construction or whatever.

The Plutocratic Parasites do not want to do that. They cannot accept the reality that their failed ideology is dooming a huge chunk of the biosphere, including humans. Facing reality is not their thing; it never has been.

So, when all the world's economies are crashing because of Catastrophic Climate Change, they will try a technofix for the purpose of maintaining their "profitable" multi-species extinction causing, pollution spewing, industrial status quo. 

Believe me, you do not want to be living in 2036🔥😓🌊😨, a mere 17 years from NOW, if the following multi-trillion dollar technofix is all the Plutocratic  Hydrocarbon Hellspawn Parasites can come up with:







Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 02, 2019, 12:42:01 pm »



By Catie Keck

12/16/18 1:45pm Filed to: GREEN NEW DEAL

SNIPPET:

As the Green New Deal pioneered by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez continues to gain momentum, the plan to wean the U.S. off of fossil fuels has now found support in more than 300 local and state government officials who called for the initiative in an open letter on Friday.

Full article:

Hundreds of Local and State Officials Just Endorsed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal 👍👍👍

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 01, 2019, 05:20:01 pm »

RADIO ECOSHOCK
91 Radio Stations and Growing!

December 13, 2018

... Dr. Jem Bendell a well-known Sustainability Professor from Britain walks out on green fantasy to tell us: change your plans. Climate change will collapse this system within ten years. I’m Alex Smith. Don’t miss this Radio Ecoshock show. 

You, or anyone, can download this program in either CD Quality (57 MB) or Lo-Fi (lower quality audio 14 MB, faster download) using these permanent links:

https://www.ecoshock.org/2018/12/climate-rebellion-deep-adaptation.html

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: January 01, 2019, 04:44:47 pm »

DeDec 15, 2018 | 185,518 views | by Connect4Climate

15 year old activist Greta Thunberg speaks truth to power at the UN COP24 climate talks:

"My name is Greta Thunberg. I am 15 years old. I am from Sweden".


Learn more:

RADIO ECOSHOCK
91 Radio Stations and Growing!

Climate Rebellion & Deep Adaptation

Posted on December 13, 2018, by Radio Ecoshock

GRETA THUNBERG – STIRRING YOUTH CLIMATE ACTIVIST IN POLAND

Every time world experts meet to hash out a climate deal, Stuart Scott appears in the NGO Press Room to interview all the voices left out or shut out by authority. Stuart makes You tube videos, now posted at scientistswarning.org. I interviewed Stuart Scott in October. This time has a special guest. Greta Thunberg, a Swedish school girl with excellent English, learned about the climate threat at an early age. Seeing nothing happening to stop it, she left class to protest outside with a simple sign. She then sat outside Parliament, until they made her move. Now a whole generation has been inspired by her. Stuart Scott brought Greta to the Conference of the Parties 24 in Poland – the first big climate meeting since Paris in 2015.

Greta Thunberg, Sweden

You need to hear Greta , introduced and interviewed by Stuart Scott. Please pass on either the video or audio to anyone you know.

PODCAST

– Film-maker Sir David Attenborough at COP24, Poland. A video of his short talk “The World Is In Your Hands” is here.

“Right now, we are facing a man-made disaster of global scale – our greatest threat in thousands of years: climate change. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations, and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”


FULL PROGRAM PODCAST:

https://www.ecoshock.org/2018/12/climate-rebellion-deep-adaptation.html


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 30, 2018, 05:40:21 pm »

The Cause of Ice Ages and Global Warming on Planet Earth

February 2018

SNIPPET:

The long collective trudge through the intricacies of field data and models gradually increased understanding of all the interacting forces that drive climate cycles. By around 2013 computer models had finally advanced to the point where modelers could get convincing glacial cycles. They ran a climate model to take account of variations in sunlight and the rise and fall of CO2, then took snapshots from this model and fed them into a model for ice-sheet behavior and fed the result back into their climate model. They found that the approximate 100,000-year cycle might be explained by the slow settling of rock under the colossal weight of the North American ice sheet. After several 23,000-year cycles the Earth's crust sagged so far that the ice's surface was at a low enough altitude to melt in summer — but only when orbital conditions brought increased sunlight in northern latitudes.(57a) This was a good start, but it was only one of several ideas about how a huge ice sheet might become unstable. More work would be needed before the entire pattern of interactions among bedrock, ice sheets, oceans, and climate could be well understood.


The invaluable fruit of a century of ice ages research was the recognition of how complex and powerful the feedbacks could be. An intriguing clue came from some especially good Antarctic ice core records that timed precisely the changes in the levels of CO2 and methane. The levels apparently rose or fell a few centuries after a rise or fall in temperature. Later and even more precise work reversed this, finding that the CO2 rise came first. Still later work concluded that if there was a lag either way, it was too small to be seen amid the noise. All this drove home that it scarcely mattered which came first, for the chief effect of the Milankovitch-cycle orbital changes was to initiate a powerful feedback loop.


The close of an ice age began when a shift in sunlight caused a rise of temperature, at first almost negligible. Over the next few centuries that would make gas levels rise (above all, as it turned out, through evaporation of CO2 from the vast Southern Ocean). The greenhouse effect would then drive the planet's temperature a bit higher still, which would drive a further rise in the gas levels... and so forth.(58)


=>CO2 greenhouse

Our current situation was altogether different. The warming was not started by a small shift of sunlight, as in previous epochs. Our addition of gases to the atmosphere was initiating the process, with the temperature rise 🌡️ lagging a few decades behind the rise of gas levels. Emissions were surging far more swiftly than anything in the Pleistocene record. Already by the 1980s the levels of greenhouse gases had climbed far higher than anything seen for many millions of years. Even if we stopped our emissions, would feedbacks drive things higher on their own? There were disturbing signs that feedbacks were indeed kicking in. Drying forests and warmer seawater were getting less efficient at taking CO2 out of the air, and methane was seen bubbling up from Arctic wetlands.
   

<=CO2 greenhouse

By the start of the 21st century, it was clear that the connection between global temperature and greenhouse gas levels was a major geological force. All through the Pleistocene, the greenhouse gas feedback had turned the planet's orbital cycles from minor climate variations to grand transformations that affected all life on the planet. The geological record gave a striking verification, with wholly independent methods and data, of the processes that computer models were predicting would bring a rapid and severe global warming — a disruption of climate exceeding anything seen since the emergence of the human species.

Read more: The Discovery of Global Warming 

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 29, 2018, 09:15:42 pm »

Biologist Kristine Mattis: "Our Way of Life Is Incompatible With the Continuance of Life"



Collapse Chronicles

Published on Nov 2, 2018

In today's Chronicle of the Collapse of the planet, we hear from environmental scientist, Dr. Kristine Mattis. Here is a link to her excellent essay from Common Dreams.

Category News & Politics

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 29, 2018, 08:52:50 pm »

Common Dreams

Published on Wednesday, December 19, 2018

by Kristine Mattis ✨

Kristine Mattis holds a Ph.D. in Environment and Resources. She is no relation to the mad-dog general. ;D  Email: k_mattis@outlook.com

SNIPPET:

We can keep deluding ourselves that economic growth and technological innovation will save our planetary ecosystem from utter annihilation, but that presumption is not based on sound knowledge of history or science.

Economic growth hasn’t even created the more equitable economic prosperity that it supposedly should (though we should know by now that assertion was simply a lie).

Just because we have been programmed to think the economy is the most important system on earth, this erroneous notion will not stop the rapidly deteriorating ecological conditions on the planet.

Full article:







Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 22, 2018, 09:00:39 pm »


Kevin Anderson & Hugh Hunt - A Rule Book for the Climate Casino
4,715 views

💣

UPFSI

Published on Dec 12, 2018

http://ScientistsWarning.TV/ - Kevin and Hugh are back with us discussing the new 'climate glitterati' that come annually to the World Economic Forum in Davos to feign concern about the climate change, while they discuss techno-fixes that might allow them (in their minds at least) to continue their excessive lifestyle that is leading to runaway climate change and civilization's collapse.

Category Education


Peter Wadhams - IPCC Underestimates & Political Cowards
7,886 views


Quote
Global warming

Global warming is a long-term rise in the average temperature of the Earth's climate system, an aspect of climate change shown by temperature measurements and by multiple effects of the warming. - Wikipedia

UPFSI

Published on Dec 11, 2018

http://ScientistsWarning.TV/ - Dr. Peter Wadhams nails the problem squarely on the head. The IPCC continues to famously underestimate the problem, even in its most recent 'urgent' report, and the politicians remain cowards, self-serving & and 'corrupt,' serving first the 'fictitious persons' (corporations) on a daily basis and once every few years going through the 'democracy' charade, when in fact we live in a Monetocracy. We are in a sorry state, and the climate negotiations are disingenuous and unfortunately doomed to fail from a terminal case of 'kicking the can down the road'.  False promises are the hallmark of politicians.  But the IPCC can do better than to have continually underestimated the climate problem for the past quarter century.

Caption author (Dutch) Louis Dietvorst

Category Education


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 21, 2018, 11:27:10 pm »

Noam Chomsky - Political Betrayal, Mobilizing Action
2,550 views


UPFSI

Published on Dec 18, 2018

http://ScientistsWarning.TV - We interviewed Noam Chomsky shortly before COP-24, the UN climate negotiations which took place in Katowice, Poland the first two weeks of December.  The COP itself ended as expected, with little progress and yet another kick of the can down the road. Noam's allusion to Nero in this video is quite apt.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 20, 2018, 12:20:07 pm »



December 17, 2018

By  Brian Kahn

The Green New Deal is popping. New polling released on Friday by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication shows that 81 percent of respondents across the political spectrum support the progressive plan to combat climate change by rapidly weaning the U.S. off fossil fuels.

Full article:


 
 

Here's another great article:

CleanTechnica

December 20th, 2018 by Carolyn Fortuna




 The 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: December 19, 2018, 09:49:51 pm »


After COP24, Trudeau 🐒 Government 🦕 Promises More Goodies For Big Oil


TheRealNews

Published on Dec 19, 2018

Tina Oh of the Canadian Youth Delegation says COP24 failed to respect the rights of her own and subsequent generations

Visit https://therealnews.com for more stories and help support our work by donating at https://therealnews.com/donate.

Category News & Politics
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 19, 2018, 02:12:06 pm »

Birke's new trick

December 19, 2018

Bill McKibben - 350.org

Delayed gratification is not easy for me — I want to win the climate fight right now, instead of watching sadly as forests burn and houses flood.

But watching my wife, Sue, teach our dog Birke this new trick (you have to watch the video) reminded me that patience is a virtue. Not too much — the climate crisis is a timed test — but enough not to walk away in frustration at political inaction or the slowness of social change.

 

Because despite the year’s manifold frustrations, there are some good signs. In fact, it feels to me like we’re finally having a moment on climate change: the terrible California fires, coinciding with massive reports from the UN and the federal government on our climate peril, seem to have reached more people.

It’s true that Donald Trump is a dangerous climate denier — but that actually seems to be convincing most Americans that the climate crisis is very real and very risky.

So now’s the time to press forward hard and fast. We need your active participation in the climate movement — that’s by far the most important thing, as the young people flooding Capitol Hill for a Green New Deal are showing daily.

One way you can participate is by helping to fund this important work. We need some resources as we scale up our collective efforts to address the magnitude of the problem.

350.org remains (gulp) the biggest group on planet Earth whose only mission is fighting climate change . We’re not actually all that big (there are about 160 staffers), and we pinch pennies hard. So if you have some spare ones, send them our way.

And give your dog a biscuit for me!

With thanks,

Bill McKibben

350.org is building a global climate movement. You can connect with us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and text 350 to 83224 to get important mobile action alerts.  Become a sustaining donor to keep this movement strong and growing. Looking for other ways to get involved? Check out our map to see if there's a local 350 group or event near you.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 16, 2018, 07:36:46 pm »


Until We Confront Capitalism, We Will Not Solve the Climate Crisis

BY Anton Woronczuk, Truthout

PUBLISHED December 16, 2018

SNIPPET:

International climate negotiations have failed to curb runaway greenhouse gas emissions. Consumer-focused solutions to climate change won't be enough to address the systemic nature of the crisis. So what do we do to halt global warming? Simon Pirani, author of Burning Up: A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption, discusses the prospects for transitioning to a post-fossil fuel world.

Full article:

https://truthout.org/articles/until-we-confront-capitalism-we-will-not-solve-the-climate-crisis/



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 14, 2018, 09:37:29 pm »



New Study Could Make It Harder for Trump’s 🦀 EPA 🦕 to Ignore the Dangers of Greenhouse Gases

By Yessenia Funes

December 13, 2018 2:12pm Filed to: TAKE THAT TRUMP

SNIPPET:

“It’s not always obvious that those health impacts are related to climate change,” Duffy said. “It’s not always obvious that an extreme weather event is made more likely by climate change. It’s not always obvious that an economic cost is exacerbated by climate change, but if you look at the scientific data, it’s clear that all those things are happening
.”

The team cited more than 250 studies, but the paper could’ve easily included more, Duffy told Earther. While the endangerment finding groups information into seven sections (air quality; food production and agriculture; forestry; water resources; sea level rise and coastal areas; ecosystems and wildlife; and energy, infrastructure, and settlements), this study went further and also looked at ocean acidification, national security, violence and social instability, and economic wellbeing.

Read more:

https://earther.gizmodo.com/new-study-could-make-it-harder-for-trump-s-epa-to-ignor-1831077278
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: December 14, 2018, 08:36:16 pm »


Thu 13 Dec 2018 06.48 EST

By Jonathan Watts

SNIPPET:

Prof Richard Betts, who leads the climate research arm of Britain’s meteorological monitoring organisation, made the comments amid growing evidence that rising temperatures have passed the comfort zone and are now bringing increased threats to humanity.

“Global heating is technically more correct because we are talking about changes in the energy balance of the planet,” the scientist said at the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland. “We should be talking about risk rather than uncertainty.”

Full article: 🧐

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