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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 20, 2018, 09:44:57 pm »

Climatologist Wallace Broecker: "The Deniers Are Going to Go Apeshit. They're Going to Have a Riot"

9,560 views

Collapse Chronicles 💣

Published on Nov 4, 2018

In this week's edition of my Collapse Chronicles interview, I have the pleasure and honor of speaking with climatologist Wallace Broecker.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 20, 2018, 08:53:15 pm »

Part 1 of 2 - Challenging Extinction with Guy McPherson 🤔

8,910 views


UPFSI

Published on Nov 15, 2018

Part 1 of my conversation with Guy McPherson, challenging his message of 'near term human extinction.'

Part 2, entitled 'Wanna Bet?' will be released on Thursday November the 22nd.  Watch both 👀 and decide for yourself.  🕵️
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 20, 2018, 07:34:25 pm »

Yep, this belongs here. It's long but it exposes the inevitability of the extinction of the human species UNLESS we totally replace the corporate state, in ALL its Capitalist/Fascist forms, with a Socialist structure that is fastidious and uncompromising about the primacy of protecting, preserving and expanding a VIABLE BIOSPHERE for ALL the life forms that we share this planet with. This is not "idealistic"; this is SINE QUA NON for a Viable Biosphere.


The result of this holistic approach, which requires a VETO POWER DECISION PROCESS FILTER for human economic activity, where ALL the biosphere math addition and subtraction in regard to ALL planned human actions are studied and measured PRIOR to allowing ANY country or business to engage in them, or subsidize them in some other way, is a reasonable expectation of continued human existence.

For those stupid, arrogant, hidebound, greedy people reading this who claim that "incremental measures will solve all the problems of Profit Over People and Planet" that CAPITALISM has cursed our biosphere with, I suggest you keep believing the convenient fantasy that "you are just being pragmatic". Keep believing that Chris Hedges and people like myself (and many other people of good will on Earth) are "too idealistic and impractical". Keep clinging to your stock market investments and your comfortable smug assumption that "Socialism was tried and it failed".

There is not a snowball's chance in Hell of mankind surviving while continuing to break the laws of LIFE, SINE QUA NON for a Viable Biosphere. When this increasingly Catastrophic Climate Change destroys the last shred of your Capitalist "greed is good" manufactured reality, it will be less painful for you if you cannot accept that reality.

Already, millions of white workers who's "American Dream" has been exposed as the American Scream by Capitalist Cruelty, have turned to a Demagogue Con Artist (i.e. Trump) for more assurance that "their beliefs actually were well founded and the dream", which was never real, "is just around the Trump promised corner".

This amazingly tragic level of denial in the face a degraded environment and destroyed job prospects is what you people with fat wallets will soon also enter into, as Chris Hedges makes crystal clear in the video below, instead of accepting that you were propagandized to embrace an environmentally suicidal economic system from the time you were knee high to a grasshopper.

Maybe you'll go nuts and embrace mass suicide like a nuclear war in order to avoid accepting the FACT that you embraced a morally bankrupt world view that is destroying our species, and thousands of other high order mammalian vertebrate species. Arrogant pride can, unfortunately, really lock people into doubling down on destructive behavior.

For the smug egotist, going out in a "blaze of glory" is, too often, preferable to admitting error. I hope you realize, before it is too late, that humble pie about our responsibility for all the harm we have collectively AND INDIVIDUALLY caused is not optional if we wish to survive.

Whatever you do, our species has NO FUTURE as long as Business as Usual with token feel good small incremental steps to "fix" our grotesque economic system and mitigate climate change continue.




SOCIALISM that respects, defends and protects the ENTIRE BIOSPHERE IS THE ONLY SOLUTION.

Chris Hedges, "American Anomie"
45,214 views


mediasanctuary

Published on Nov 6, 2018

Chris Hedges spoke at The Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy NY on November 3, 2018.  He is a Truthdig columnist, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, a New York Times best-selling author, a professor in the college degree program offered to New Jersey state prisoners by Rutgers University, and an ordained Presbyterian minister. He has written 12 books, including the New York Times best-seller “Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt” (2012), which he co-authored with the cartoonist Joe Sacco. His other books include "Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt," (2015) “Death of the Liberal Class” (2010), “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” (2009), “I Don’t Believe in Atheists” (2008) and the best-selling “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America” (2008). His latest book is "America: The Farewell Tour" (2018). His book “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” (2003) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction and has sold over 400,000 copies. He writes a weekly column for the website Truthdig and hosts a show, "On Contact," on RT America.

A SanctuaryTV Production: Director/Switcher-Branda Miller; Cameras- Dave Publow, Jay Wilcox; Sound- Troy Pohl; Editor- Michael Siarkowsi; Executive Producer-Steve Pierce; Special Thanks- Meghan Marohn.
www.mediasanctuary.org

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 17, 2018, 01:41:37 pm »

November 17th, 2018 by Nicolas Zart

An Aerial View Of The California Fire 🔥 Destruction & Pollution In The Air

SNIPPET:

The captain announced 2.5-mile visibility at San Jose. As soon as we reached 10,000 feet, the sad spectacle of the last fires in the Malibu canyon became obvious. You can see a few red trails lingering from the firefighter airplanes and helicopters dumping their fire-retardant liquid. The scenery stretched for miles of burnt, darkened landscape, as if someone had dumped fine powder over the mountains and ridges. I could barely make out the vegetation under the layer of dust.

Full article with videos:

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/11/17/an-aerial-view-of-the-california-fire-destruction-pollution-in-the-air/

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 15, 2018, 09:47:57 pm »


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018

The Global Extinction Rebellion Begins


DAHR JAMAIL, TRUTHOUT

Humans have undoubtedly triggered Earth's sixth mass extinction event, and are living amid an existential crisis unlike anything we have experienced. Despite the odds, a group in the UK has channeled their horror about the climate emergency into a movement called the Extinction Rebellion -- and they intend for it to become global.

Read the Article →

https://truthout.org/articles/the-global-extinction-rebellion-begins/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 15, 2018, 02:31:35 pm »


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No. 54, Nov. 15, 2018

SNIPPET:

You may be surprised to learn that Virginia has one of the fastest rates of relative sea-level rise in the country. The Hampton Roads region is experiencing both rising seas and sinking land, threatening tourist towns like Virginia Beach and the region's major military facilities with frequent flooding — a situation expected to worsen as the climate warms. This week, in the first of a series of stories on the topic, we write about how the state is beginning to get serious about tackling sea-level rise, which could make Virginia a leader in coastal adaptation and climate strategies.

When it comes to wildlife, we still have a lot to learn about the reintroduction of imperiled wild species. University of Texas-Austin researcher Kalli F. Doubleday explains why all eyes are on India's Sariska Tiger Reserve for important lessons on the reintroduction of big cats and their coexistence with neighboring humans.

While tigers may be good at grabbing headlines, let's not forget about insects. Scientists are calling for more research to understand why many insect populations are declining and what we can do about it.

Subscriber bonus:

We have a special thank you for our subscribers this week: a free copy of Corrupted Science: Fraud, Ideology and Politics in Science [/font]by John Grant, courtesy of publisher See Sharp Press. This must-read new book dives into the sordid history of how corporations and politicians — including the Trump administration — have twisted or attacked scientific expertise. As a subscriber, you can download the e-book in any of these formats: PDF, Mobi (Kindle) or Epub. Enjoy — and thanks for subscribing!

In case you missed it:

Wildfires are on top of our minds right now as California battles its most deadly and destructive wildfire in state history. Wildfire historian Stephen Pyne explains why we need to have different strategies for fighting different kinds of wildfires 🔥, especially those at the intersection of wildlands and our developed communities.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 15, 2018, 02:06:25 pm »

A voice of the future ... from 1970 👀

Change our thinking, change our world


The wisdom of Alan Watts 🕊

Could it be a general mental structure that humans have imposed on themselves which leads to our species' constant self-ruin?

He starts with the fascinating story of some of the greatest minds of the 70s coming together in an organized effort to propose solutions, and reveals that even some of the greatest among us didn't seem to know what to do at the time.

Alan Watts has his own view of what's wrong with the world, and proposes a beautiful and simple way we can do something about it.
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 14, 2018, 05:39:00 pm »


Agelbert NOTE: You need to up the volume at times for the Ocasio clips and then down it to continue hearing what Jamarl Thomas 👍, a very bright and perceptive young man, is saying.

Nov 14, 2018 | 376 views | by Jamarl Thomas 


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Storms Nancy Pelosi's Office Amid Green New Deal Sit In ...


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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 14, 2018, 05:28:01 pm »

 
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Novemebr 14, 2018



In Not-So-Subtle Nod 👍 to Climate Change, South Park Shows a ManBearPig Denier Eaten by ManBearPig  ;D

''The climate system is an angry beast and we are poking it with sticks,'' Dr. Wallace S. Broecker 
warned humanity, decades ago. Now it looks like the beast is awakening, and even former critics seem to be coming around to the idea that we should stop poking it.


This reversal is even showing up in what we watch after work. The libertarian-leaning sensibilities of South Park’s creators have been plainly evident on TV for years. Humor like South Park’s fuels the sort of nihilistic “both parties are the same” rhetoric that allows edgy young men to feel superior to both parties, without having to actually make a political choice.

Climate change has come up in the show multiple times, from skewering the over-the-top dramatics with a Day After Tomorrow parody to lampooning the smug self-satisfaction of Prius driving liberals. But the episode that has continued to resonate, particularly in the deniersphere, is the ManBearPig episode. This infamous 2006 bit mocked Al Gore’s pandering to the press and public while promoting his Inconvenient Truth movie.

To be fair, the episode was always more about Gore’s attention-seeking behavior and bitterness at losing the presidency. The titular mythical monster (half man, half bear, half pig) served a stand-in for his public concern for climate change. For deniers obsessed with Gore, though, “ManBearPig” became something of a meme. 

But in last Wednesday’s episode, twelve long years after Gore was mocked mercilessly for warning of ManBearPig’s existence, the cryptid made its first (real world) appearance in the show. And real news like NBC  and Vanity Fair--as well as conservative fake news like Newsbusters, the Washington Times and Fox--all wrote how this new episode could be considered an anthropocene apology to Al Gore.

In the episode, the cartoon’s four young protagonists must seek out Gore after being blamed for the murders committed by ManBearPig (which police mistake for yet another school shooting). They’re determined to make amends so that they can clear their names and take down ManBearPig together. Lest you think the creators are now fans of the former VP, the cartoon Gore is less than gracious, requiring the kids apologize repeatedly and throw him a party at Olive Garden, where he bores them with a slideshow of his career. At the end, he gives them his Nobel prize and tells the kids it’s up to them now. (Presumably, this cliffhanger will be be picked up in tonight’s episode.)

But in one particularly climatic scene, captured by the right-wing “Media Research Center,” ManBearPig slaughters his way through a restaurant, while a glib denier explains that “You can't just go along with what people are saying, Susan, okay? There's no scientific proof, no real evidence of a ManBearPig… everyone wants to use the fear of a ManBearPig to get what they want. They throw around bad science, bad taxidermy… ”

When ManBearPig crashes through the wall behind the man, and begins a violent rampage he continues undaunted, saying “You can't just let people tell you that if you don't believe in ManBearPig, then you don't care about the world.”

When Susan points out that not only is ManBearPig real, but here, right now (and ripping the spine out of the guy behind him) the man shifts to the denier line that it’s too late now: “What can we do that everyone else will also do, Susan? Come on, use your brain. Even if we do something about it...  What about the Chinese? They’re just gonna keep right on--”

But ManBearPig picks him up and begins chomping down on the his skull, cutting off his denial mid-sentence.

While climate change was already plenty real twelve years ago, when ManBearPig was just a figment of Gore’s imagination, a decade of Sandys and Harveys and Marias and Florences, of wildfires and droughts and pests and heat waves, have made the risk of poking Dr. Broecker’s climate beast an obvious, if inconvenient, truth.





Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 14, 2018, 04:47:21 pm »

Agelbert NOTE: Pelosi is a BLUE DOG 🐩 Democrat who accepts "contributions" from the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn Fossil Fuel Fascists 🐉🦕🦖. I hope Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez ✨ is successful in shaming Pelosi into supporting a Green New Deal. 

 
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November 14, 2018

Demands For Green New Deal on The Hill

 
   

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) joined more than 200 youth protesters in a climate-sit in outside House Minority Leader Nancy 🐩 Pelosi's 🦕 office Tuesday.

The protest, convened by the Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats, was meant to put pressure on Pelosi and House Democrats to adopt radical climate action, and Ocasio-Cortez told protesters that should Pelosi become Speaker, "we’ve got her back in showing and pursuing the most progressive energy agenda that this country has ever seen."

Earlier this week, Ocasio-Cortez unveiled a resolution for a select committee to form a plan for a Green New Deal, and on Tuesday tweeted that Pelosi's proposed reinstated climate committee must not have members appointed who accept fossil fuel 🐉🦕🦖 contributions.

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"We need a Green New Deal and we need to get to 100 percent renewables because our lives depend on it," Ocasio-Cortez told reporters.
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"The IPCC themselves, they say we have 10 years left and I--not just as an elected member, but as a 29-year-old woman--am thinking not just about what we are going to accomplish in the next two years but the America that we’re going to live in in the next 30 years."

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/416411-youth-protestors-fill-nancy-pelosis-office-demanding-climate-change


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 14, 2018, 02:54:10 pm »

The Speech That Saved The Planet

Haricot Blue  Community

Tuesday November 13, 2018 · 7:24 PM EST

72 Comments

What We're Fighting For

My Fellow Americans:

I stand before you tonight, not only as your President, but also as a father, and as a grandfather to nine beautiful grandchildren.  It is on their behalf, and on behalf of all the children and grandchildren of the world, that I ask for your attention, for it is their future that now hangs in the balance. 

One month ago, I received a report from the world’s leading climate scientists.  The report states that we have only twelve years to drastically curtail our emissions of greenhouse gasses or risk calamities ranging from drought and crop failures, wildfires, water shortages, the death of ocean ecosystems, and sea level rise that would inundate our coastal cities.  This nightmare will unfold, not in thousands or hundreds of years, but in the lifetime of our own children and grandchildren.  Some of it is happening now.  Indeed, it may already be too late to prevent this catastrophe.  But there may still be time.  My fellow Americans, we must take this last, best chance to preserve a habitable planet for children and theirs.  We must act boldly.  We must act selflessly.  But above all, we must act now.

There are those who continue to cynically or ignorantly deny this crisis.  For decades we have indulged their stubborn intransigence even as the evidence has become incontrovertible.  But the luxury of time is no longer ours.  The time for talk is over.  We must act.

There are those who still cling to the fantasy that technology will save us; that we can avoid personal sacrifice and rely on our scientists’ and engineers’ ingenuity to forestall catastrophe.  But the stark truth is that no such technology exists today.  Nor will it exist this year, or this decade.  And twelve years is all we have to prevent the worst effects of global warming from becoming our children’s reality.  We must act.

There are those nihilists among us who suggest that all is lost, that action is futile, that we may as well succumb to the inevitable.  But science tells us that we still have a fighting chance to save this planet, and if there is even a chance, I say we must seize it with all our might and all our determination and all our resources and fight until the bitter end.   We must act now.

Finally, there are those defeatists who say that America is too divided, too distracted, too apathetic and self-absorbed to mobilize for such a massive undertaking.  Yet throughout our history, America has shown time and again that we can rise to meet the occasion; that we do not shy from a fight when the cause is just – and what cause could be more just than the preservation of the very Earth that sustains us?  We must act now! 

What will it take?  Nothing less than a transformation of our energy, transportation, and agricultural infrastructure, which is to say our way of life.  As we did in World War II, we must mobilize every man, woman, and child; every factory and corporation; every school and place of worship – every resource in our possession – to achieve our ends. 

Sacrifice will be required from all our citizens.  Yet this transformation will also yield great benefits. Millions will be put to work across the country building and maintaining the new clean-energy economy and infrastructure.  Millions of lives will be saved and improved by the cleaner air we will breathe.  Millions will be spared the scourge of infectious disease now forecast to afflict us.  We may be able to save our great coastal cities from destruction by the sea; our fertile plains from destruction by drought; our forests from destruction by infestation and blight; and our coral reefs and ocean life from destruction by acidification and temperature rise.   Plants and animals now doomed to extinction may recover and thrive.  We may, indeed, be able to pass on to our progeny a world more healthy, clean, and beautiful than the one we inherited.

If we can do this – and I believe we can – then we must.  And so today, I say that we will.  Together, we will save this planet we share and love.  And when we do, we will take our rightful place among those generations before us who rose to meet the challenge of their time. 

In the coming weeks, I will lay out a comprehensive plan to achieve net zero carbon emissions by the year 2050 through a combination of greenhouse gas regulation, carbon pricing, energy-efficiency initiatives, and a “Manhattan Project” initiative to rapidly develop and deploy new clean energy and carbon capture technologies.  These plans will require Congressional action, which I hope will be swift, and judicial review, which I expect will be favorable.  Above all, they will require the united support of the American people, which I hope and pray will be overwhelming.  And to those who would resist our efforts, let me be clear:  I am sworn to protect and defend this nation against ALL threats.  No threat could be greater than that posed by climate change, and I intend to use all the power at my disposal to protect our country.

Of course, we cannot win this battle alone; we must immediately engage the world in intensive diplomacy to ensure that our efforts are matched by the other major polluting nations.  But America has a special obligation as both the world’s leading per capita emitter of greenhouse gas, and, more importantly, as leader of the free world.  It is up to us to set the example. 

For fifty years, we have watched this enemy approach, relentlessly and remorselessly, and we have done little to prepare or to defend ourselves.  Now, the enemy is at our shores.  Will we rise to the occasion, as we have so often before in our history?  Or will we succumb to denial and defeatism as the world burns?   I would like to say that we will be judged by the actions we take today, and should we succeed in this great endeavor, I believe this is true.  But the hard truth is that, should we fail, there may be none remaining to judge.  Therefore, for the sake of our children, our democracy, and our planet, let us do everything in our power to succeed – starting now.   

God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America.

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2018/11/13/1812548/-The-Speech-That-Saved-The-Planet

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 09:02:24 pm »



📢 California Wildfires Are Part of a Climate-Driven Global Trend

Once again, record wildfires are ravaging California. But America’s Golden State isn’t the only place to suffer an unusually fiery year. Around the world, hotter, drier weather due to climate change is driving bigger and more destructive blazes 🔥.


Read more:

https://www.wri.org/blog/2018/08/5-graphs-show-just-how-unusual-years-wildfires-are

Agelbert NOTE: Fossil Fuel 🦕🦖 Fascist RESPONSE by their BOUGHT AND PAID FOR POTUS TOOL to the irrefutably accurate, scientifcally determined FACTS in the above article:


 
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:24:30 pm »


BY John Feffer, TomDispatch

PUBLISHED November 13, 2018

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:12:57 pm »

 

California 🔥🔥🔥 Wildfires Hit Grim Record ☠️Amid Trump's Clueless Tweets

BY Andrea Germanos, Common Dreams

PUBLISHED November 13, 2018

The statewide death toll from the wildfires blazing in California hit 44 ☠️ as firefighters on Monday continued to battle the flames that have already destroyed thousands of structures and displaced thousands of humans and animals alike. The increased death toll comes as scientists rip President Trump's recent tweet about the fires avoiding any climate crisis connection to the destruction.

Read the article:

https://truthout.org/articles/california-wildfires-hit-grim-record-amid-trumps-clueless-tweets/
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:31:45 pm »


 



November 13, 2018
   
Dear Anthony,

Our efforts to pressure fossil fuel companies is really having an effect. Earlier this year, ExxonMobil and Chevron finally releasing climate risk disclosure reports and ConocoPhillips agreed to disclose its lobbying efforts. And now, a prominent corporate responsibility group is securing responses from major fossil fuel companies in response to our recent Climate Accountability Scorecard. Our work to hold these corporations accountable for years of deception and climate impacts is working—unfortunately, it’s not enough. Just last month, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released their latest report showing that every fraction of a degree of warming we can avoid matters. The report calls for ‘rapid and far-reaching’ action. And we needn’t look farther than the fires currently rampaging through Californian communities to understand how urgent the situation is. We need to keep the pressure on fossil fuel corporations to make real change and take responsibility for the impacts of their business.  —Katy

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:12:40 pm »

EcoWatch

Nexus Media

By Marlene Cimons

Nov. 10, 2018 09:12AM EST



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 04:24:27 pm »

EcoWatch


Ice Sheets in Greenland, Antarctica Could Reach Catastrophic 'Tipping Points' if We Don't Limit Warming

By Olivia Rosane

Nov. 13, 2018 07:41AM EST

SNIPPET:

Scientists just gave us another terrifying reason to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels: If temperatures push much beyond that point, both Greenland and Antarctica's ice sheets could reach a point where nothing can stop them from melting.

An international team of researchers published this chilling finding in Nature Climate Change Monday. The researchers set out to study how the ice sheets would fare in a warming world, and the results were urgent.

"A big take-away is that the ice sheets, like many components of the climate system, likely have tipping points. Once they reach a certain amount of warming (~1.5 - 2.0°C), positive feedbacks kick in and commit us to long-term ice sheet mass loss and sea level rise," study author and Rowan University School of Earth and Environment Assistant Professor Luke Trusel explained on Twitter.

Read more:

https://www.ecowatch.com/ice-sheets-greenland-antarctica-warming-2619507205.html



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 13, 2018, 02:01:19 pm »

 
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Wildfires 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Latest Example Of How Burning Fossil Fuels Leads To Burning California

With dozens of lives lost and thousands of acres burned, the fires currently raging across California are an unpleasant reminder of what’s at stake in the climate fight.

Those who are opposed to the clean energy solutions that, while obviously wouldn’t put out  the flames but would at least quit fanning them, haven’t let this moment go without their own commentary.

For example, we heard that Dr. Jane Orient 🦕 of the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS)  sent out a press release on Sunday with two broad claims. One was that since warming has paused and more acres were burned in the 1930s, CO2 emissions aren’t the cause of increased wildfires. Orient also says that if the US adopted “California-like renewable energy mandates” that fight climate change, it still wouldn’t prevent forest fires. The claims link to two year-old page on a Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) website, one on wildfires, the other California energy policy.

Now before one dives into the veracity of these claims, one should consider their source. One association of doctors linking to another group of doctors certainly sounds respectable... But are they?

No. Not at all. Not even the slightest little bit.  

As we’ve covered before, Dr. Jane Orient is the Breitbart-beloved anti-vaxxer who once compared a tobacco tax to “Third Reich measures” and more recently was the source of some of the conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health on the campaign trail. The AAPS🦕 , which she 🦕 runs, along with DDP, considers Medicare and Medicaid “evil,” publishes pseudo-scientific claims with starkly conservative bents (like denying the existence of HIV and claiming abortions cause breast cancer) and once suggested President Obama was not actually “a brilliant orator,” but instead uses “neuro linguistic programing (NLP), a covert form of hypnosis.”

So while the organizations may appear legitimate at first glance, even a cursory search reveals their bald partisanship and outright insanity. Woe to the reporter who takes the press release seriously at face value.

However, since even a stopped clock is right twice a day, we’ll take a look at their actual claims.

On whether rising CO2 levels are making wildfires worse, Orient and the AAPS use a graph going back to 1926 to claim that since more acres were burnt then, it must be poor forest management causing fires now. They use the National Interagency Fire Center’s data to prove this point, despite the fact that the Center says explicitly that data prior to 1983 is unreliable, and “should not be compared to later data.” (Exactly why is complicated, but include the fact that pre-’83 fires may be double or triple-counted.)

Not only is Orient guilty of the classic logical fallacy of “people die naturally therefore murder’s a hoax,” but she’s also using unreliable data to do so.

In reality, the connections between fires and climate are varied and well-established. Temperatures were exceptionally high this season where the fires started, and have risen twice the global average in the west since 1970, while the wildfire season has grown from five to seven months, on average. This corresponds to a fourfold increase in large fires between 1980 and 2010. Further, warming has contributed to the drying-out of the west: one study shows that over half the increase in aridity (a key driver of fires) is because of climate change.

We can make similarly quick work of the second claim that a California-like renewable energy standard wouldn’t prevent forest fires. While obviously investing in renewables won’t completely stop wildfires, as the above links between warming and fires demonstrate, fossil fuel emissions make things warmer and dryer, which are the conditions necessary for fires like these.

By phrasing her question as though people are saying “Only YOU can prevent forest fires, by putting up solar panels,” Dr. Orient is just tossing a strawman onto the fires.

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2018, 11:22:59 pm »

November 12th, 2018 by Kyle Field

SNIPPET:

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If Tesla can help people in California wildfire, please let us know. Model S & X have hospital grade HEPA filters . Maybe helpful for transporting people.

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 10, 2018


Full article:

Tesla 👍 Opens Up Free Supercharging For Customers In Areas Affected By California 🔥🔥🔥 Wildfires
Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2018, 05:33:01 pm »

RADIO ECOSHOCK
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Fire Fury Future

Posted on November 8, 2018, by Radio Ecoshock

Podcast 🔊 https://www.ecoshock.org/2018/11/fire-fury-future.html

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 12, 2018, 02:48:10 pm »

California declares state of emergency 🔥; entire city of Malibu 🔥 evacuated

426,849 views


ABC News

Published on Nov 10, 2018

The Woolsey fire 🔥 is not contained at all, and conditions are not expected to improve anytime soon.

 



Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 11, 2018, 10:56:31 pm »


2018 Environment Report With Dr. Guy McPherson and Gary Null

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The Progressive Radio Network

Published on Nov 1, 2018

Dr. Guy McPherson is a professor emeritus of Natural Resources, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona.  He has specialized in forest resources, energy decline and climate change and its economic consequences. In the past he has also taught at Texas A&M and University of California at Berkeley. Having become disillusioned with the American university environment and academia, and after attempts by university officials to silence his outspokenness about the human causes of climate change, Guy abandoned his tenured position as a full professor for ethical reasons of conscience. He is the author of several books, the latest co-written with Carolyn Baker entitled “Extinction Dialogs: How to Live with Death in Mind.”  He is also the co-host of the radio program Nature Bats Last heard every Tuesday evening at 3 pm Eastern time on the Progressive Radio Network.  His website is  GuyMcpherson.com

An internationally renowned expert in the field of health and nutrition, Gary Null, Ph.D is the author of over 70 best-selling books on healthy living and the director of over 100 critically acclaimed full-feature documentary films on natural health, self-empowerment and the environment. He is the host of ‘The Progressive Commentary Hour” and “The Gary Null Show”, the country’s longest running nationally syndicated health radio talk show which can be heard daily on here on the Progressive Radio Network.

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Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 11, 2018, 07:52:46 pm »



Caravans From Hell

By Tom Lewis | October 29, 2018 | Climate

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A significant part of the population of the United States is alarmed about what it thinks is an enemy army approaching our southern border — a collection of rapists, MS-13 gang members, middle eastern terrorists and zombies intent on forcing their way into the country in order to destroy our society and culture. One of our citizens became so anxious about this invasion, which, he had it on good authority, was being financed by Jews, that on Saturday he went into a synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed 11 people.

The information about the content and intentions of this caravan, as it is being called, first came to public attention almost exclusively through fulminations on Fox News and subsequent tweets from the Tweeter in Chief of the United States. (Except the part about the zombies, I made that up. But there are still a few days until the midterm elections. Watch that space.) The entire FoxTrump Tango has been a pathetically transparent attempt to scare the bejesus out of American voters so they will gallop out and vote for the wall, or whatever.

But the debunkers of this fairy tale have not done their job. Yes, they have shown us — those of us who will look at contrary evidence, such as, you know, photographs — that this is no army, but a ragtag procession of families, many women and small children among them, stumbling 30 miles a day through blistering tropical heat in the hope of asylum in the United States — protection for which they are entitled to apply under the laws of this country.

But the bunkers and debunkers of this story all seem equally oblivious to the root cause of the migration, the reason so many parents have undertaken this arduous, thousand-mile trek toward uncertainty. Spoiler alert: It’s not, as the perpetrators of this fantasy would have you believe, because they are lazy and want to get on welfare; or because they are criminals in search of new victims; or terrorists who hate us because we’re free. Nor is it sufficient to assume, as the mainstream media do, that they are intent on moving away from crime-and-poverty, like so many yuppies who have read the Chamber of Commerce brochures and are making a career move.

I hold the view — a minority opinion, apparently — that understanding why people act as they do is a prerequisite for influencing what people do. But comprehending motivation requires empathy and intelligence, both of which seem to be in scant supply in our political life. A corollary notion is that understanding the forces acting on these people might prepare us for dealing with those forces when they get around to acting on us.

Here’s what no one wants to tell you, or hear: the thousands of people who have left their homes in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to risk their lives and their childrens’ lives in search of a better life are fleeing the longest and most vicious drought in the history of the region.

They are climate refugees, and they are only the vanguard.

For at least five years, drought in Central America’s Dry Corridor has been intensifying, causing ever worsening crop failures, food shortages, water insecurity, unemployment and migration. Guatemala ranks as one of the ten countries in the world most vulnerable to climate change. Last year the UN’s World Food Programme asked a sampling of migrants why they had left their homes in the Dry Corridor. By overwhelming majorities, they cited not crime-and-violence, but the drought and its many offspring. Nearly half cited hunger.

Our society and culture will be destroyed not by desperate families seeking a better life, but by our ignorance and greed and refusal to understand what is happening here, not just to unfortunate brown people from other countries, but to all of us on this planet.

There will be many more caravans, larger ones, from Central America, and then they will be trudging out of our own America — from uninhabitable zones in Arizona, Nevada, central California, and from the inundated coasts of Florida and the Carolinas.

The caravans are coming, and hell’s to pay.

UPDATE: The Guardian of England, frequently the best source of American news, agrees: “The unseen driver behind the migrant caravan: climate change

http://www.dailyimpact.net/2018/10/29/caravans-from-hell/#more-4056


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 11, 2018, 12:28:06 pm »

Herculean Climate Rant to Rouse Humanity


Paul Beckwith

Published on Nov 8, 2018

I am only wearing a T-Shirt in this RANT as I walk to school in Ottawa. Problem is that we are in November, and I am at at latitude 45 N and it is a balmy 10 C (50 F). Dude, where is winter??

I chat on Rapid Climate Change, Arctic darkening, Hope vs Hopelessness, Compassion, Resilience, Stoic Stoicism, CDR, SRM, Iron Salt Aerosols, Marine Permaculture Arrays, Sulphur, Biomimicry, Trees, Artificial Cement, Sucking Carbon from the Sky and Water, and a lot of other cooling things.

Please assist my Epic Quest to wake humanity by donating to http://paulbeckwith.net
   



 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: November 11, 2018, 12:07:19 pm »

How a group of teens built the climate movement Zero Hour


Published on Oct 31, 2018

Last summer, at the age of 15, Jamie Margolin started a climate group with some other teens. A year later, Zero Hour held its first march on Washington, D.C. Watch our short doc on how they did it and what they’re giving up to fight climate change.

Zero Hour Just 🦅 Transition

   
Zero Hour Platform and attacks on them by the Hydrocarbon Hellspawn 🦕🦖

 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: November 11, 2018, 11:53:07 am »

EcoWatch

By Olivia Rosane

Nov. 07, 2018 07:48AM EST

SNIPPET:

3. Rise of the Green New Deal:


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« on: November 10, 2018, 03:15:18 pm »

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« on: November 09, 2018, 10:03:15 pm »

The 6th Mass Extinction 🏴‍ ☠️ | Dr Dominique Dodge-Wan | TEDxCurtinUSarawak
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TEDx Talks

Published on Jul 25, 2017

In a landmark paper published in 1982, Jack Sepkoski and David M. Raup identified five mass extinctions. Could we be on the verge of the 6th?

Dominique Dodge-Wan, or Dr Dominique as she is known to her students, is Associate Professor in Applied Geology at Curtin University, Miri, where she has been teaching full time since 2010. She graduated in Geology and Mineralogy at Brussels University (ULB) and then completed a PhD in Hydrogeology.

She worked as a consultant hydrogeologist in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, for groundwater resource investigations, borehole test pumping and contamination studies. Dominique came to Sarawak to manage groundwater research for Malaysian Rural Water Supply Schemes for Antah Biwater/JKR. The work included identifying possible water sources for drought prone rural communities in the Kuching to Sibu coastal region.

Having been a keen caver, her on-going research interest are centered on limestones and their karstification. More recently, she has identified and researched rare biologically influenced cave formations in various caves in Malaysia. Dominique is also an active member of the Malaysian Nature Society and was involved in raising public awareness for Piasau Nature Reserve.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 09, 2018, 07:17:25 pm »

Agelbert RANT : Taking this advice is SINE QUA NON for the Demcratic Party, though Pelosi et al have every intention of SABOTAGING IT with pig lipstick, token environmental AND Renewable Energy FLAKERY that ACTUALLY supports the Profit over Planet Corporate STATUS QUO.

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By Juan Cole

NOV 08, 2018


Posted by: AGelbert
« on: November 08, 2018, 05:30:13 pm »


How the Environment Fared in the Midterm Elections

Candidates promising action on climate change and public lands won many victories, but several important ballot initiatives were defeated.

News November 7, 2018 - by John R. Platt and Tara Lohan

SNIPPET:

Ballot Initiatives

There was more bad news than good on the environmental front when it came to voting on ballot initiatives. :(

The biggest environmental win that happened through the ballot initiative process came from Florida. Voters there approved Amendment 9, which covered two unrelated issues, banning offshore oil and gas drilling in state waters and banning the use of electronic cigarettes in workplaces. The drilling ban was supported by environmental interests as well as the tourism industry, both of which would like to keep Florida’s waters and beaches clean.

In another win for the environment, Nevada voters passed Question 6, which seeks to increase the amount of energy the state’s utilities need to get from renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal. Question 6 increases the renewable portfolio standard to 50 percent by 2030.

Photo: Tara Lohan

Arizona had an identical measure, Proposition 127, on the ballot, but it was soundly defeated after an outpouring of $30 million from its opponents, including the state’s biggest utility.

In what was likely the most-watched environmental ballot initiative race, Washington’s Initiative 1631 was defeated. If it had passed it would have been the first state-wide initiative to put a fee on carbon pollution. Environmental supporters hoped Washington would be a good proving ground to inspire more carbon pricing programs across the country, but voters didn’t go for it this time and have defeated similar measures in recent years.

While Colorado voted in clean-energy enthusiast Jared Polis as governor, voters defeated Proposition 112, which would have increased the buffer between oil and gas drilling operations and occupied homes and businesses.

Two other ballot measures sought to protect clean water. Montana’s Initiative 186, which would have set stricter standards for the mining industry, was defeated. And so was Alaska’s Measure 1, which would have protected salmon habitat.

Other Races

Congress and the Senate tend to get the most attention, but local candidates also deserve attention.

Full article:

https://therevelator.org/environment-midterms/

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