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The Sawyer Glacier in Alaska, July 2016. The Arctic is enduring unprecedented warming this year, affecting Alaska and Greenland specifically. (Photo: Ian Keating, Flickr)

Alaska at Record Warm While Greenland Sees Major Ice Melt

The climate crisis is rapidly warming the Arctic, and the effects are being felt from Alaska to Greenland. The northernmost point on the planet is heating up more quickly than any other region in the world. The reason for this warming is ice–albedo feedback: as ice melts it opens up land and sea to the sun, which then absorb more[Read More…]

A billion people facing high exposure to climate change effects, finds Global Peace Index

A billion people facing high exposure to climate change effects, finds Global Peace Index

Nearly a billion people are facing climate change hazards globally, with the Asia-Pacific region housing twice as many people living in areas with high exposure than all other regions combined, says the new annual Global Peace Index (GPI) released on Wednesday by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). Another new study finds: Intensifying climate change is estimated to increase[Read More…]

U.S. military, world’s single largest producer of GHG, says study

U.S. military, world’s single largest producer of GHG, says study

The U.S. military is the single largest producer of greenhouse gases (GHG) in the world, says a new study report. The report – “Pentagon Fuel Use, Climate Change, and the Costs of War” – by Neta C. Crawford, Professor of Political Science at Boston University and Co-Director of the Costs of War project, has been prepared under Brown University’s Costs[Read More…]

Climate Crisis And The 2020 US Elections

Climate Crisis And The 2020 US Elections

Trump and his party must be defeated There are so many things wrong with Donald Trump that one hardly knows where to begin. He is a racist, habitual liar, tax evader, cruel cager of infants, misogynist, narcissist, bully, violator of numerous laws, both national and international, a friend of rich oligarchs and enemy of the poor, to mention only a[Read More…]

Warming may reduce sea life by 17%, finds study

Warming may reduce sea life by 17%, finds study

A new study says the world’s oceans will likely lose about one-sixth of its fish and other marine life by the end of the century if climate change continues on its current path. Much of the world relies on the oceans for food or livelihood, scientists say. The comprehensive computer-based study by an international team of marine biologists found that[Read More…]

Fire and Flood – Politics as Usual and Planetary Destruction

Fire and Flood – Politics as Usual and Planetary Destruction

More and more, we look into our screens and gizmos. And this helps us — almost as if they were made for that purpose — not to think about the weather outside. Kept busy “curating” our own lives, we are regularly spared evidence of the coming catastrophe. Long ago, in a memorable poem, Robert Frost guessed that there was a human[Read More…]

The Economic Growth – Climate Change Conundrum: Is it the end of the road? Is there a way ahead?

The Economic Growth – Climate Change Conundrum: Is it the end of the road? Is there a way ahead?

In the years immediately preceding World War II, Winston Churchill is quoted as having said: “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing expedients, of delays, is coming to its close … … in its place we are entering a period of consequences”. World War II, purported to be a war to end all wars, ended in 1945 after USA[Read More…]

The Permafrost Nightmare Turns (More) Real

The Permafrost Nightmare Turns (More) Real

Permafrost covers 25% of the Northern Hemisphere. It is the world’s largest icebox, and its landmass is 4.5xs larger than Antarctica, 6.5xs larger than the United States. It is stuffed full of carbon locked in frozen ground accumulated overeons, which, by way of contrast, makescoal power plant emissions lookbush-league. Most notably, permafrost has an image of permanence and slow/gradual change,[Read More…]

Arctic Is Thawing So Fast Scientists Are Losing Their Measuring Tools

Arctic Is Thawing So Fast Scientists Are Losing Their Measuring Tools

I live my life in widening circles that reach out across the world. I may not complete this last one but I give myself to it. I circle around God, around the primordial tower. I’ve been circling for thousands of years and I still don’t know: am I a falcon, a storm, or a great song? —Rainer Maria Rilke, Book[Read More…]

Climate Criminal Australia Ignores Its Hugely Increasing Carbon Debt & Massive Subsidies For GHG Pollution

Climate Criminal Australia Ignores Its Hugely Increasing Carbon Debt & Massive Subsidies For GHG Pollution

The damage-related cost of carbon pollution has been variously estimated at $US200 per tonne CO2, this enabling calculation of the inescapable Carbon Debt we are leaving to be paid by future generations. A climate criminal Australia is among world leaders in 14 key areas relating to greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, and with a population (25 million) that is only 0.3%[Read More…]

Greta Thunberg says ’You lied to us’

Greta Thunberg says ’You lied to us’

“The first law of humanity is not to kill your children” (Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, EU chief climate scientist). Following a nuclear reduction agreement in the Eighties, workers of a US nuclear triggers factory went on strike over job reductions. In January 2017 British atomic weapons workers protested over pension conditions ―assuming they will reach retirement age notwithstanding their destructive products.[Read More…]

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“We’re Stepping Up—Join Us”: Climate Leaders Answer Youth School Strikers’ Call for Global Action

As more than a million youth poured into the streets worldwide on Friday for the weekly #SchoolStrike4Climate demonstrations, well-known adult climate activists answered a call to action from school strikers with a pledge to join global protests in September. “On 20 September, at the request of the young people who have been staging school strikes around the world, we’re walking out of our workplaces[Read More…]

Mainstream Under – Reporting of the Climate Crisis

Mainstream Under – Reporting of the Climate Crisis

Only immediate climate action can save the future. If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon. A speech by Bill Moyers At an April 30 conference entitled “Covering Climate Now”, co-sponsored by The Nation and Colombia Journalism Review, Bill Moyers made a speech which included[Read More…]

Facing the Climate Change

Facing the Climate Change

Unusual weather phenomena in Kashmir indicate the effects of the global climate change to face which one needs to take urgent corrective measures before it is too late! The unprecedented weather changes especially sudden rise and fall in temperatures and unusual increase/decrease in precipitation are indictors of the global climate change presently happening in different parts of the world. In[Read More…]

Custer’s Last Stand Meets Global Warming

Custer’s Last Stand Meets Global Warming

A recent article in Arctic News on the outlook for global warming foresees a frightening scenario lurking right around the corner. Hopefully, the article’s premise of impending runaway global warming (“RGW”)is off the mark, by a lot. More to the point, off by really a lot in order to temper the sting expected when abrupt temperature increases hit hard, as[Read More…]

Money, Media And The Climate Crisis

Money, Media And The Climate Crisis

Immediate action is needed to save the future The central problem which the world faces in its  efforts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales. In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most disastrous effects of climate change, we need to act immediately. But it is difficult to mobilize public opinion behind[Read More…]

The Newspeak road to four degrees Celsius

The Newspeak road to four degrees Celsius

While a price placed on the Earth, estimated at $5000 trillion (New Formula Values Earth), belongs to the unthinkable, the haggle by conservatives over the price of mitigation of climate change underpins the reality of the Faustian Bargain, manifested by extreme weather events (Fig. 1).Under a plethora of misconceptions and cover-ups the current elections take little account of the scientific[Read More…]

Pompeo’s Arctic Shipping Lanes

Pompeo’s Arctic Shipping Lanes

America’s Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking at the prestigious Arctic Council biannual meeting in Finland, christened the Arctic meltdown:“A wonderful economic opportunity for international trade.” In a nutshell, here’s a critique of the Secretary’s advice: An ice-free Arctic reduces travel time for shipping lanes between Asia and the West by three weeks, which qualifies as one of the biggest[Read More…]

Atmospheric CO2 at Mauna Loa hits 415 ppm

Atmospheric CO2 at Mauna Loa hits 415 ppm

When Countercurrents.org was founded in 2002 the atmospheric CO2 level was 370 ppm. Today we have the terrifying news that it has reached 415 ppm according to measurement at at Mauna Loa in Hawaii. BREAKING: For the first time ever, the CO2 concentration at Mauna Loa in Hawaii has reached 415PPM. We were worried it would happen this year, and[Read More…]

The climate crisis and the extinction rebellion | Andrew Glikson

The climate crisis and the extinction rebellion | Andrew Glikson

“The first law of humanity is not to kill your children” Joachim Hans Schellnhuber,Germany’s and the EU’s chief climate scientist. “we will be in a position where we set off an irreversible chain reaction beyond human control that will most likely lead to the end of our civilization as we know it”… “Now we probably don’t even have a future[Read More…]

The Time Has Come for You to Unravel the Disconnect between Your Religious Beliefs and Our Ecological Dilemma.

The Time Has Come for You to Unravel the Disconnect between Your Religious Beliefs and Our Ecological Dilemma.

As the Sixth Extinction moves in, Jews, Christians, Muslims and those of other religious beliefs will be forced to confront this question: Have I the courage to challenge those of my religious presuppositions that are working against the formation of a new world society living in consonance with our planet even if it requires that I question the past and[Read More…]

Suicide Watch on Planet Earth

Suicide Watch on Planet Earth

As Notre Dame burned, as the flames leapt from its roof of ancient timbers, many of us watched in grim horror. Hour after hour, on screen after screen, channel after channel, you could see that 850-year-old cathedral, a visiting spot for 13 million people annually, being gutted, its roof timbers flaring into the evening sky, its steeple collapsing in a ball of fire. It was dramatic[Read More…]

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Interview With Kimaya Mahajan, Young Climate Justice Activist

Interview With Kimaya Mahajan, Young Climate Justice Activist

Countercurrents interviewed Kimaya Mahajan of Bellevue, WA, USA. She is a 14 year old climate justice activist who has a fresh take on the issue. CC: Kimaya, tell us how you got involved in Climate Justice? Kimaya: I’ve been involved with social justice in my community for some time now, and in all honesty, there aren’t a lot of student[Read More…]

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UK home secretary demands climate change protesters face “full force of the law”

UK home secretary demands climate change protesters face “full force of the law”

Mass arrests of climate change protesters continued in London yesterday, after the Conservative government’s Home Secretary Sajid Javid demanded police “use the full force of the law.” More than 682 protesters have been arrested since Monday. “No one should be allowed to break the law without consequence,” Javid tweeted Thursday morning. He called on police to “take a firm stance”[Read More…]

Ways to Save the World

Ways to Save the World

With all the doom-and-gloom studies that have come out about climate change, you might be feeling a little guilty about your carbon footprint. Did you turn off the lights when you left for work this morning? Or leave the air conditioner running? Doing what you can individually to bring down greenhouse gas emissions is important to keep in mind this[Read More…]

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Climatic Monsters: An Interview with Robert Hunziker

The following interview with eco journalist Robert Hunziker represents the culmination of a decade of climate research that is based upon original/primary scientific source material. In turn, this interview prompted a followup article entitled:Three Climatic Monsters with Asteroid Impact, Parts 1 and 2. As such, the interview explores real, already happening, indisputable climate change that is starting to take down[Read More…]

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Robert Hunziker- The Blue Ocean Event and Collapsing Ecosystems

Robert Hunziker- The Blue Ocean Event and Collapsing Ecosystems

Sometime in the near future it is highly probable that the Arctic will no longer have sea ice, meaning zero ice for the first time in eons, aka: the Blue Ocean Event. Surely, the world is not prepared for the consequences of such an historic event, which likely turns the world topsy-turvy, negatively impacting agriculture with gonzo weather patterns, thus[Read More…]

Shaye Wolf-Walruses Are Jumping Off Cliffs to Their Deaths—Yes, Because of Climate Change

Shaye Wolf-Walruses Are Jumping Off Cliffs to Their Deaths—Yes, Because of Climate Change

The new Netflix series “Our Planet” documents the devastation wrought by humans on animals and their habitats. It’s heartbreaking. In fact, some scenes are so wrenching that Netflix last week tweeted a list of time stamps for scenes that “animal lovers may want to skip.” One of those scenes is in the second episode (“Frozen World”). It shows Pacific walruses, one after[Read More…]

Youth of the World Blowing Bubbles in Front of the Brandenberg Gate in Berlin

Irwin Jerome – World’s Youth Blow Bubbles For the Earth; While Voters Say No To Carbon Tax & Life

The youth of the world everywhere blow bubbles on behalf of Mother Earth in support of implementing in every nation things like, a: Carbon Tax; New Green Deal; Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground; institute a World Peace Academy; Ban all Nuclear Weapons and Plastic Bottles; and so many other things that corrupt and pollute this world and all of[Read More…]

Arctic Permafrost No Longer Freezes … Even in Winter

Arctic Permafrost No Longer Freezes … Even in Winter

Global warming is starting to hit hard like there’s no tomorrow, and at current rates of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, there may not be a tomorrow, as emissions continue setting new records year-by-year, expected to hit a 62-year record in 2019. So much for the Paris 2015 climate agreement! The most sensitive areas to global warming, (1) the Arctic (almost[Read More…]

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Mother Earth’s Dubious Future

Mother Earth’s Dubious Future

Modern Civilization Faces A Massive Easter Island Survival Challenge Historically, the ideologies and philosophies of corporate politicians, their counterparts in the business world and the majority of the citizenry who support them, thus far, haven’t yet shown any real ability or significant intent to unequivocally address the disastrous impact upon all of life caused by such pressing world crises as:[Read More…]

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Floods In Iran And Climate Change

Floods In Iran And Climate Change

According to a recent United Nations report, extreme weather events displaced 2 million people during 2018. While no single event can be unambiguously attributed to anthropogenic climate change, scientists believe the the increasing frequency of extreme weather events is definitely linked to global warming. The World Meteorological Organization’s statement on the state of global climate in 2018 can be found[Read More…]

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Under a greenhouse atmosphere

Under a greenhouse atmosphere

As carbon emissions have been growing at an accelerated rate (Figure 1) and new power plants are under construction (Figure 2) the race to destroy species and civilization is heading toward its critical conclusion (Figure 3), already with fatal consequences (Figure 4). According to the UNHCR, since 2008an estimated 22.5 million people have been displaced by climate or weather-related events.[Read More…]

Thunberg’s Problem. A Problem Without Any solution?

Thunberg’s Problem. A Problem Without Any solution?

For the last two or three months, I have been following the news on the school strike movement of teenagers, the purpose of which is to urge the grown-ups, particularly the politicians, to immediately do what is necessary to solve the problem of global warming, which is resulting in what has been summarized in the term “climate crisis”. As Greta[Read More…]

We Need An Ecological Revolution

We Need An Ecological Revolution

I would like to announce the publication of a new book entitled “We Need  An Ecological Revolution”. The book can be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link: http://eacpe.org/app/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/We-need-an-ecological-revolution-John-Scales-Avery.pdf If printed copies are desired, they are avilable from Lulu.com Our present crisis of civilization is unique Does history repeat itself? Is it cyclic, or is it unidirectional? Certainly many[Read More…]

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Why Activists Fail

Why Activists Fail

Despite enormous ongoing effort over more than a thousand years, during and since the formation and shaping of the modern world, and as the number of issues being contested has steadily increased, activists of many types have made insufficient progress on key issues, particularly in relation to ending violence and war (and the threat of nuclear war), stopping the exploitation[Read More…]

What The Climate Crisis Is About

What The Climate Crisis Is About

Listen: it isn’t about me about ego and it isn’t about you your property income taxes but about EARTH about life about spirit and grandchildren about seven generations and seven times after that about the full spiral circle of planetary life with its shrinking diversity of species and the corrupting atmosphere but the circle goes around circles undulates comes back[Read More…]

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Climate Crisis: Now Will the Older Generation Step Up?

Climate Crisis: Now Will the Older Generation Step Up?

On Friday, the youth spoke. And they spoke loudly. In excess of a million young people skipped school and colleges and marched around the globe demanding urgent action on climate change. They did so in over a hundred countries. Listening to one young activist about why their generation cares so much about climate change, they replied: “it is the urgency[Read More…]

What Happens in the Arctic…

What Happens in the Arctic…

We’re dead men walking. Last summer a group of eminent climate scientists published a warning that we were close to a threshold where human induced warming could set off a cascade of positive feedbacks which would increase temperatures to Hothouse Earth, a 5-7C rise in temperature, the end of civilization and maybe even humanity. They warned that “Incremental linear changes[Read More…]

Worldwide school strike, 15 March, 2019: Largest Climate Action In History Neglected By The Media

Worldwide school strike, 15 March, 2019: Largest Climate Action In History Neglected By The Media

Over 1.5 million young students across all continents took to the streets on Friday March 15th for the first ever global climate strike. Messages in more than 40 languages were loud and clear: world leaders must act now to address the climate crisis and save our future. The school strike was the largest climate action in history. Nevertheless it went[Read More…]

Saving the Planet One Child at a Time: Children, School Strikes and Global Climate Action

Saving the Planet One Child at a Time: Children, School Strikes and Global Climate Action

Children’s crusades do not necessarily end well.  During the years of armed missions to the Holy Land, when Jerusalem meant something to the sacredly inclined in Europe, children were encouraged to take to the rough and dangerous road as it wound its way towards Palestine.  In 1212, a boy of 12 is said to have begun preaching at Saint-Denis in[Read More…]

The advent of extreme weather events and climate tipping points

The advent of extreme weather events and climate tipping points

According to Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, chief climate advisor to the European Union, “We’re simply talking about the very life support system of this planet”. As fascism and the horror of murderous hate crimes areon the rise, governments are presiding over runaway climate change leading toward mass extinctions of species, costing the lives of billions and the demise of much of[Read More…]

"Politicians have responded with indifference to our crippling summer of record heat, bushfires, and floods. It's no wonder so many came out in support today," Nosrat Fareha a 16-year-old climate activist from Western Sydney, said as more than 150,000 students and adult supporters poured into the streets across Australia on Friday. (Photo: School Strike/Flickr/cc)

Youth-Led Global Climate Strikes Kick Off in 130+ Nations

“We are unstoppable. Another world is possible.” That was the message of the youth-led School Strike for Climate movement on Friday as hundreds of thousands of students across the globe walked out of class and flooded the streets to demand immediate action against the ecological crisis, which threatens to render the planet uninhabitable for future generations. With events planned in over 130 countries on[Read More…]

Parenting the Climate-Change Generation Or Will They Parent Us?

Parenting the Climate-Change Generation Or Will They Parent Us?

  Kids are taking over the streets in other countries, rallying and chanting and refusing to go to school one day a week. Young people across the world are striking to draw attention to the ravages of climate change. They are demanding — with their bodies and their voices — that the catastrophe each of them will inherit be a priority for the grown-ups[Read More…]

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Climate Change Is Too Serious for Political Labels

Climate Change Is Too Serious for Political Labels

This month the Green New Deal was introduced in the U.S. Congress with much fanfare, and its opponents quickly mobilized. The resolution is more than a set of specific legislative proposals. It is a framework for an ambitious commitment to address climate change through eliminating fossil fuels and reducing agricultural emissions while also reducing inequality, creating well-paying green jobs, and[Read More…]

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Government Inaction While Reports Signal A Climate Crisis

Government Inaction While Reports Signal A Climate Crisis

In the wake of climate-fueled disasters and several alarming reports on climate change, a gap is evident — a gap between how the world is responding to the climate crisis and how it should. A new study appearing in Nature Climate Change (Feb. 25, 2019) examined three sets of satellite data using three teams of scientists.  The scientists’ findings now[Read More…]

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How Climate Change Could End Washington’s Global Dominion

How Climate Change Could End Washington’s Global Dominion

Once upon a time in America, we could all argue about whether or not U.S. global power was declining. Now, most observers have little doubt that the end is just a matter of timing and circumstance. Ten years ago, I predictedthat, by 2025, it would be all over for American power, a then-controversial comment that’s commonplace today. Under President Donald Trump,[Read More…]

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Coal Mines of India: An Open Letter to Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Coal Mines of India: An Open Letter to Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Dear Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Greetings from Sagar, Western Ghats, Karnataka. May I draw your kind attention and also the attention of the entire Cabinet of the Union govt. along with the Prime Minister to a recent Court ruling in Australia, wherein a NSW judge has cited climate change in a landmark ruling, blocking plans to develop an open-cut coal mine[Read More…]

Why the “Anthropocene” is not “Climate Change”

Why the “Anthropocene” is not “Climate Change”

“Anthropocene” is a widely proposed name for the geological epoch that covers human impact on our planet. But it is not synonymous with “climate change,” nor can it covered by “environmental problems.” Bigger and more shocking, the Anthropocene encapsulates the evidence that human pressures became so profound around the middle of the 20th century that we blew a planetary gasket.[Read More…]

“Nonviolent discipline, as the research shows, is the No. 1 criterion for maximizing the potential for success.”(Photo: Mr.Fish)

Extinction Rebellion

There is one desperate chance left to thwart the impending ecocide and extinction of the human species. We must, in wave after wave, carry out nonviolent acts of civil disobedience to shut down the capitals of the major industrial countries, crippling commerce and transportation, until the ruling elites are forced to publicly state the truth about climate catastrophe, implement radical measures to[Read More…]

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"We want to save the planet for our children, and our children’s children, and all future generations," the author writes. "But here’s the thing: The children might just end up saving us all." (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr/cc)

The Kids Might Save Us All

I became involved in climate advocacy when I realized how dramatically my son’s life would be affected by climate change if we don’t do anything. He was three years old when I started to imagine what his world would be like when he graduates from school, when he gets his first job, when he wants to start a family, and[Read More…]

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Winning the War of Climate Communication. Is Greta Thunberg the Memetic Weapon we Needed?

Winning the War of Climate Communication. Is Greta Thunberg the Memetic Weapon we Needed?

Who speaks on behalf of young people about climate? Greta Thunberg does. She is the embodiment of the concept that what matters in communication is not the message but the messenger. Only a believable messenger can pass a believable message. And she is believable: she has a direct stake on the issue, it is HER future she is defending, just[Read More…]

The IPCC and climate tipping point: Revised trajectories for the 21-23rd centuries

The IPCC and climate tipping point: Revised trajectories for the 21-23rd centuries

“The science that we are doing is a threat to the world’s most powerful and wealthiest special interests: the fossil fuel industry. They have used their immense resources to create fake scandals and to fund a global disinformation campaign aimed at vilifying the scientists, discrediting the science, and misleading the public and policymakers. Arguably, it is the most villainous act[Read More…]

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US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York, and US Senator Ed Markey (R), Democrat of Massachusetts, speak during a press conference to announce Green New Deal legislation to promote clean energy programs outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, February 7, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Climate Change Is Scary—Not the Green New Deal

It’s very clear that conservatives have one plan for dealing with the popularity of the Green New Deal: scaring the hell out of people. Myron Ebell of the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute, the man who led the drive to pull America out of the Paris climate accords, said the other day that the Green New Deal was a “back-to-the-dark-ages manifesto.”[Read More…]

Phasing Out Coal And Other Transitions To Abate Global Warming: Lessons From Europe

Phasing Out Coal And Other Transitions To Abate Global Warming: Lessons From Europe

Climate change reports are seldom sanguine.  Carbon dioxide, the principal culprit, is at record levels, about twice the preindustrial value and a third higher than even 1950.  Without abatement it could rise to  a thousand parts per million in a self-reinforcing loop spiraling into an irredeemable ecological disaster.  The UN IPCC report warns of a 12-year window for action. Contrasting[Read More…]

Thwarting Trump’s Climate Change Denial

Thwarting Trump’s Climate Change Denial

We now have the remarkable convenience of the internal combustion engine, and also its noise and chaos and emissions to energize climate change.  Burning fossil fuels has put us on planet Titanic … The doomsday clock remains at a critical two minutes to midnight, the ‘new abnormal,’ spelling future disaster, and we will continue to be like the “Titanic, ignoring[Read More…]

Why are we afraid of the truth that we are tracking to 4+o C? 

Why are we afraid of the truth that we are tracking to 4+o C? 

Why do we not tell people how it is. Or are we afraid we will scare them away? Isn’t this exactly why there is no action, because we are told there is a solution to our predicament, or at least there will be by century end? Don’t people have the right to know that, were we to leave things unchanged,[Read More…]

The northern freeze event

The northern freeze event

According to NOAA (https://www.arctic.noaa.gov/Report-Card) Arctic surface air temperatures continued to warm at twice the rate relative to the rest of the globe, leading to a loss of 95 percent of its oldest ice over the past three decades. Arctic air temperatures for the past five years (2014-18) have exceeded all previous records since 1900 and are driving broad changes in[Read More…]

Six dead as record-breaking Arctic air mass hits US Midwest

Six dead as record-breaking Arctic air mass hits US Midwest

A blast of historic cold temperatures hit the US Midwest, with record lows for both daily high and low temperatures expected Wednesday and Thursday across the region. Wind-chills in parts of northern Minnesota and North Dakota reached negative 60 degrees Fahrenheit (negative 51 Celsius) and even lower. The US Postal Service suspended mail deliveries in ten states Wednesday and Thursday[Read More…]

What the 2018 climate assessments say about the Gulf Stream System slowdown

What the 2018 climate assessments say about the Gulf Stream System slowdown

Last year, twenty thousand peer reviewed studies on ‘climate change’ were published. No single person can keep track of all those – you’d have to read 55 papers every single day. (And, by the way, that huge mass of publications is why climate deniers will always find something to cherry-pick that suits their agenda.) That is why climate assessments are[Read More…]

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A revision of future climate change trends

A revision of future climate change trends

Abstract As the Earth continues to heat, paleoclimate evidence suggests transient reversals will result in accentuating the temperature polarities, leading to increase in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events. Pleistocene paleoclimate records indicate interglacial temperature peaks have been are consistentlysucceeded by transient stadial freeze events,such as the Younger Dryas and the 8.5 kyr-old Laurentideice melt, attributed to cold[Read More…]

State of the Climate: How the World Warmed in 2018

State of the Climate: How the World Warmed in 2018

The climate data for 2018 is now mostly in, though the ongoing shutdown of the US government has caused some datasets to be delayed. In this article, Carbon Brief explains why last year proved to be so remarkable across the oceans, atmosphere, cryosphere and surface temperature of the planet. A number of records for the Earth’s climate were set in[Read More…]

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Origins of the climate catastrophe

Origins of the climate catastrophe

It is not a mere coincidence that extreme right wing movements reject the scientific evidence for anthropogenic climate change, which reflects their connections with the fossil fuel corporations from whom they receive funding, as well as a lack of concern for the living world.In the wake of Benito Mussolini’s adoption of “fasces” (a Roman symbol consisting of a bundle of[Read More…]

Negative Zero Sum Game

Negative Zero Sum Game

Many citizens throughout the world have concluded that our Capital Market system is an ecological Negative Zero Sum game driving human civilization toward an “end of time” apocalypse of horrific proportions. XXXXXXXXX With the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution that followed, the economic theory of Adam Smith relating to efficiency of an open and free capital market distribution of goods[Read More…]

People hold signs during the March for Science in Melbourne, Australia on April 22, 2017. (Photo: Takver/flickr/ccc)

Resolutely Promised Prosecutions Of Climate Criminals May Force Urgent Climate Action

Eminent climate scientist Professor James Hansen has published a must-read, 55-page summary of the worsening climate emergency. In short, to correct the Earth’s presently disastrous energy imbalance we must urgently reduce the atmospheric CO2 to 342-373 ppm CO2 from the present disastrous 407 ppm CO2. The cost of extracting 1 ppm of CO2 from the atmosphere is $878-1803 billion but[Read More…]

Modern Civilization Faces Another Easter Island Dilemma

Call It Climate Crisis Not Climate Change Or Else?

Another year has come and gone and the earth’s climate continues to become ever more extreme, violent and unpredictable. Yet every day, everywhere in the world, one hears politicians, industrialists, scientists, academicians, news anchor talking heads and protagonists or naysayers of all colors and shapes misuse the expression of so-called Climate Change to describe what is the actual reality of[Read More…]

10 Worst-Case Climate Predictions If We Don’t Keep Global Temperatures Under 1.5 Degrees Celsius

10 Worst-Case Climate Predictions If We Don’t Keep Global Temperatures Under 1.5 Degrees Celsius

The summer of 2018 was intense: deadly wildfires, persistent drought, killer floods and record-breaking heat. Although scientists exercise great care before linking individual weather events to climate change, the rise in global temperatures caused by human activities has been found to increase the severity, likelihood and duration of such conditions. Globally, 2018 is on pace to be the fourth-hottest year on record. Only 2015, 2016[Read More…]

The Gathering Climate Storm And The Media Cover-up

The Gathering Climate Storm And The Media Cover-up

“Earth is now substantially out of energy balance. The amount of solar energythat Earth absorbs exceeds the energy radiated back to space. The principalmanifestations of this energy imbalance are continued global warming on decadaltime scales and continued increase in ocean heat content” (James Hansen 2018). “The people have no voice since theyhave no information” …“No First World country has ever[Read More…]

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The Role of Sequestration in Reversing Anthropogenic Climate Change: An Update 

The Role of Sequestration in Reversing Anthropogenic Climate Change: An Update 

  Last month I suggested a limit of USD 5000 and 1 tCO2e ration per person per year for an equitable and sustainable world. (1) Today’s update concerns an article I wrote five years ago about the role of sequestration in reversing anthropogenic climate change. (2) After this year’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report came out in October, Peter[Read More…]

Agreed Rules, COP24 and Climate Change Protest

Agreed Rules, COP24 and Climate Change Protest

“If children can get headlines all over the world just by not going to school, then imagine what we can all do together if we really wanted to.” Greta Thunberg at COP24, Dec. 2018 The world, if it goes off in a burn, will do so courtesy of the rules – or their elastic interpretation.  It was a fine show[Read More…]

COP24 Results, Developing Countries And a Bit of Good News for Solar Energy and Carbon Capture

COP24 Results, Developing Countries And a Bit of Good News for Solar Energy and Carbon Capture

  Humans are an interesting species … instead of seeing eye-to-eye, they see eye-to-nose.  They focus on the present and themselves, particularly where their comfort is concerned, no matter how dire the predictions for the future. Although they are now over, such has been evident at the climate change talks in Katowice, Poland.  An effort to mandate the Paris agreement,[Read More…]

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The USD 5000 Per Person per Year Sustainable World Economy

The USD 5000 Per Person per Year Sustainable World Economy

The chart shows the Greenhouse Gas emissions trajectories of the world’s 4 largest countries. We can devise and predict and hope for a politics in each of these regions to match both what needs to be done and what is going on in each. INDIA India is an important country for making projections about the trajectory of global climate change[Read More…]

Can an Unequal Earth Beat Climate Change?

Can an Unequal Earth Beat Climate Change?

We either keep fossil fuels in the ground, or all of us are going to fry. So essentially posits still another new blockbuster study on climate change, this one just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Our fossil-fuel industrial economy, the study details, has made for the fastest climate changes our Earth has ever seen. “If we think about[Read More…]

Of Cockroaches and Humans

Of Cockroaches and Humans

Rita Levi-Montalcini, the Italian Nobel laureate honoured for her work in neurobiology, once gave a splendid conference with the title “The imperfect brain”. There she explained that man has a brain that is not used completely, while the reverse is true for the cockroach. In the growing fog that envelops the planet and its inhabitants, looking at things from the[Read More…]

 An Open Letter to Paul Krugman

 An Open Letter to Paul Krugman

The time has come for the economics profession to step up to the plate and recognize that it needs to face a cruel economic fact. Here is that fact: If the profession and those who follow its dictates continue to disregard our ecological challenges, there will be for all life on this planet decade by decade enormous pain and suffering[Read More…]

Children and climate change

Children and climate change

“We are causing the problem, but our children and grandchildren are going to suffer the consequences “ James Hansen on Climate change Voicing concerns on deteriorating climate and rising pollution levels, children have started to register their protests. Tens of thousands of school children skipped school to march on streets demanding more action on climate change as world leaders gather[Read More…]

Did ‘UN scientists’ suggest transcending capitalism to tackle Climate Change?

Did ‘UN scientists’ suggest transcending capitalism to tackle Climate Change?

From August 31 this year, a part of the media and social media was abuzz with a supposed oracle of some scientists. Headings like: “We Cannot Fight Climate Change With Capitalism, Says Report,” “A dire new report reveals our capitalist economic system may not be up to the task of dealing with the climate disasters to come”, “This is how[Read More…]

Crimes against the Earth

Crimes against the Earth

“Dear Caesar  Keep Burning, raping, killing But please, please Spare us your obscene poetry And ugly music ” (From Seneca’s last letter to Nero) The excavation of more than 600 billion tons of toxic carbon and hydrocarbon geological remains of previous biospheres and their transfer to the atmosphere as carbon gases constitutes nothing less than insanity leading to global suicide.With[Read More…]

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Why is it so Easy to Lie to Us? The Case of Russia and Climategate

Why is it so Easy to Lie to Us? The Case of Russia and Climategate

Our media feed us routinely with lies and the story of the involvement of the Russian Secret Service with the Climategate hack is just one of them. I thought it was worth discussing it here in light of the fact that it is one of the most blatant lies I could ever find. Also a good illustration of the incredible[Read More…]

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Climate Activists Must Organize Like It’s 2099

Climate Activists Must Organize Like It’s 2099

Though Donald Trump’s Black Friday release of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (FNCA) completely backfired–the media relentlessly covered the report, and with devastating detail–Trump nevertheless managed to escape being held to account for what is (arguably) the Assessment’s most damning observation: “Current trends in annual greenhouse gas emissions, globally, are consistent with RCP8.5.” What does this mean? RCPs, or “Representative[Read More…]

Threat to Our Future ‑ Optimism Bias

Threat to Our Future ‑ Optimism Bias

Could it be that there are inherent evolutionary cranial/neurological deficiencies in our DNA makeup; so deeply embedded that we as a species now in this industrial age are unable to comprehend ourselves as a threat to our own future existence? Could it be that this is the reason our response to our desecration of the planet and its biosphere is[Read More…]

Call it by its true name: declare Global Climate Emergency now

Call it by its true name: declare Global Climate Emergency now

Modern industrial societies are having a catastrophic effect on the planet, accelerating contamination of the air, water, and soil, the destruction of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, mass extinction of species, and runaway climate change. A global economic systemfixated with exponential GDP growth at all costs is now not only damaging the natural systems on which we depend, but pushing them towards irreversible[Read More…]

Jeff Biggers writes that he "created the Climate Narrative Project out of a sense of failure," after he spent "years—decades, really—investigating and chronicling the devastation of the coal industry on communities, miners, and the environment, as well as its impact on carbon emissions." (Photo: Jeff Biggers)

Climate Storytellers Inspire Roadmap to Action

Earlier this year, taking a front row seat at a church in Gary, Indiana, I watched as a young rapper, local food leader, and an arts educator beguiled a standing-room-only audience with a theatrical envisioning of their city in the year 2030. To the side of the stage, jazz legend Billy Foster and his trio added a lively soundtrack to[Read More…]

Getting to Effective Mitigation: Forcing Trudeau’s Resignation

Getting to Effective Mitigation: Forcing Trudeau’s Resignation

“A fast,emergency-scale transition to a post-fossil fuel world is absolutely necessary to address climate change. But this is excluded from consideration by policymakers because it is considered to be too disruptive. The orthodoxy is that there is time for an orderly economic transition within the current short-termist political paradigm.Discussion of what would be safe—less warming that we presently experience—is non-existent.[Read More…]

Record-High Carbon Emissions Show ‘We Are Speeding Towards the Precipice of Irrevocable Climate Chaos’

Record-High Carbon Emissions Show ‘We Are Speeding Towards the Precipice of Irrevocable Climate Chaos’

As world leaders are meeting at the COP24 in Poland to discuss how to achieve goals outlined in the 2015 Paris climate agreement, scientists and activists are raising alarm about “brutal” new research published by the Global Carbon Project on Wednesday which offers the international community a “reality check” by showing that carbon emissions will hit a record high this year. “We’ve[Read More…]

The 2018 Firestorms: there is no Planet B

The 2018 Firestorms: there is no Planet B

It takes only a spark, from a lightning or human ignition, to start a fire, but it involves high temperatures, a period of drought, a build-up of dry vegetation and strong winds to start a bush fire, such as is devastating Queensland and recently California. When all these factors combine firestorms ensue, enhanced by strong winds from the hot interior[Read More…]

Meat and Consequences:  More Bad News for Climate Change

Meat and Consequences:  More Bad News for Climate Change

Thanksgiving is quite a U.S. holiday.  In one day, we manage to eat and enjoy 44 million turkeys, twice the number consumed at Christmas.  Yes, vegetarians may live longer and vegans even more so, but the smell of a roasting turkey in the kitchen, lingering in the nostrils, titillating appetites as friends and relations gather, is synonymous with Thanksgiving —[Read More…]

How Much Negative Carbon Emissions, Negative Population Growth & Negative Economic Growth Is Needed To Save Planet?

How Much Negative Carbon Emissions, Negative Population Growth & Negative Economic Growth Is Needed To Save Planet?

Several recent reports collectively endorsed by thousands of expert scientists have warned the world that time is running out to save Humanity and the Biosphere from further catastrophic climate change and further massive biodiversity loss. Massive harm has already occurred due to continuing carbon pollution, population growth and economic growth and it is clear that zero growth in these areas[Read More…]

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Kaye Moss, director of Greenpeace Rocky Mountains, 1976-1980, at the Rocky Flats rally with her two children, Michael and Erika.
Rocky Flats, Colorado, nuclear trigger factory.

Human Delusion and Our Destruction of the Biosphere: We Aren’t Even Trying!

Unfortunately, only the rarest individual has the capacity to see through the elite-promulgated delusion that generated this benign expression and its twin notions that 1.5 degrees celsius (above the preindustrial level) is an acceptable upper limit for an increase in global temperature and that the timeframe for extinction-threatening outcomes of this ‘climate change’ is the ‘end of the century’. If[Read More…]

Orwellian climate newspeak

Orwellian climate newspeak

In so far as it may have been assumed that the growing manifestations of global warming through extreme weather events will cause people to realize the reality and the implications of carbon emissions, this is only partly happening, due to ongoing attempts by large part of the mainstream media to attribute these events to natural causes., masking the existential threat[Read More…]

Extinction Rebellion: From the UK to Ghana and the US, Climate Activists Take Civil Disobedience World-Wide

Extinction Rebellion: From the UK to Ghana and the US, Climate Activists Take Civil Disobedience World-Wide

More than 100 people were arrested during a week of action across the UK as protesters demanded the government treat the threats posed by climate change as a crisis and take drastic steps to cut emissions to net zero by 2025. Thousands of people joined a mass protest that blocked roads and bridges in central London, with some gluing themselves to government buildings[Read More…]

Death toll from California fires likely to soar, with nearly 1,300 people still missing

Death toll from California fires likely to soar, with nearly 1,300 people still missing

The death toll from wildfires in California could rise to more than 1,000, which would make it one of the deadliest and most horrific disasters in modern American history. While the official number of dead from the Camp Fire in Northern California rose to 76 over the weekend, nearly 1,300 are listed as missing, many of them elderly. Confirmed fatalities[Read More…]

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Why This Planet Is Becoming Uninhabitable 

Why This Planet Is Becoming Uninhabitable 

There are now overt indications that this planet is becoming uninhabitable. Not only are increasing numbers of humans migrating from near the Equator, northward toward nations that have more temperate climates, but also there are stronger and more frequent hurricanes and longer droughts and spreading desertification and larger and more frequent forest fires, all of which are lowering agricultural productivity[Read More…]

A home burns as the Camp fire tears through Paradise, California on November 8, 2018. - More than 18,000 acres have been scorched in a matter of hours burning with it a hospital, a gas station and dozens of homes. (Photo by Josh Edelson / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Process Climate Grief Over the California Wildfires

I follow the weather obsessively, but I can’t remember any other time in modern American history when a town of more than 25,000 people was demolished in just six hours, like Paradise, California, was. Maybe Homestead, Florida, during Hurricane Andrew in 1992 — but Homestead at least had a few days warning. Maybe Moore, Oklahoma, which suffered four devastating tornadoes between 1999 and[Read More…]

Evacuees in California wildfire share their stories

Evacuees in California wildfire share their stories

Co-Written by Evan Blake and Ben McGrath The confirmed death toll from the Camp Fire in Northern California soared to 48 Tuesday night as officials continued a systematic examination of the destroyed city of Paradise. Hundreds of people remain missing and it is believed the death toll will continue to rise. Some of the donations for survivors in Chico The[Read More…]

Women’s Groups from Asia Pacific Concerned About Poland’s Plan to Suppress Civil Society at COP24

Women’s Groups from Asia Pacific Concerned About Poland’s Plan to Suppress Civil Society at COP24

Chiang Mai, Thailand: Women’s groups from Asia Pacific are deeply concerned about the bill passed by the Government of Poland that will prevent any ‘spontaneous’ public gathering of climate groups during COP24 and subject human rights defenders to state-led surveillance including access and storing all personal information. The Bill initiated by the government of Poland is setting a dangerous precedent[Read More…]

The Amazon and the New Conquistadores

The Amazon and the New Conquistadores

When the Spanish conquistador Francisco de Orellana in 1541, explored a majestic river, surrounded by a green oasis of unprecedented beauty in a pristine paradise and accompanied by mysterious animal sounds, he ran into a local tribe. A subsequent battle was fought at the mouth of the Madeira. In the record of the monk Gaspar de Carvajal, he wrote that[Read More…]

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California wildfire deadliest and most destructive in state history

California wildfire deadliest and most destructive in state history

The death toll from wildfires ravaging Northern and Southern California has risen to 31. Thousands of homes and structures have been destroyed, and hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to flee from the spreading inferno. The most destructive fire is in the north—the Camp Fire, which started under the power lines at Poe Dam in Butte County. Fueled[Read More…]

Australian school children are striking for climate: here’s why

Australian school children are striking for climate: here’s why

A group of teenagers from country Victoria are hoping to inspire climate-change action across the country. Cutting class may seem uneventful to your average teenager, but for 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, it’s a protest. The young Swedish girl has been striking outside of the Swedish parliament, following the country’s hottest summer on record this year. Every day for two weeks she sat[Read More…]

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Regarding Greta Thunberg’s decision not to attend the Children’s Climate Prize 2018

Regarding Greta Thunberg’s decision not to attend the Children’s Climate Prize 2018

Climate activist Greta Thunberg chose to renounce her place as a finalist for the Children’s Climate Prize. The reason being that the other finalists (six young people) and their guardians are flying to Stockholm to attend the three-day meeting known as Children’s Climate Prize and Talks – a platform where children and young people are given recognition and a space to inspire,[Read More…]

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California wildfires kill nine, drive 150,000 from their homes

California wildfires kill nine, drive 150,000 from their homes

Early Thursday morning, a small fire started along the Feather River in Northern California. Due to high winds and dry conditions, the fire spread rapidly to the west, and by Friday evening had burned 90,000 acres and erased the town of Paradise (population 26,000) from the map. The Camp Fire, named after the creek where it started, forced the entire[Read More…]

Climatic chaos and nature’s fury in Kashmir

Climatic chaos and nature’s fury in Kashmir

Earth is the only habitable planet of the entire solar system with man as the central agent of the whole matrix.Gone are the days when the nature was in a state of equilibrium. Man has over the period of time exploited nature to such an extent that now; there is only a half-state of sorrow. The world of today is[Read More…]

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We Have 12 Years to Save—or Lose—Our Only Home

Pull on the seat-belt in your gas-guzzling car, folks, and strap in for the worst ride of our lives. This fall, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a critical report warning that humans have about 12 years — until 2030 — before global warming reaches a catastrophic level. The report concludes, frighteningly, that the world can’t allow global[Read More…]

Weather Disasters, Global Warming And Potential For Conflict

Weather Disasters, Global Warming And Potential For Conflict

East Island was an uninhabited remote island in the Hawaiian chain, but it was an important refuge for wildlife:  Many of the endangered Hawaiian monk seals numbering about 1400 raised their young on that island; others like the green sea turtle and the albatross used it as a shelter.  Not any more because Hurricane Walaka washed away most of the[Read More…]

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The Clock Is Ticking on Addressing Climate Change — Med Students Can Help

The clock is ticking faster than ever before. The latest report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns us that we have only 12 years left to keep the maximum temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius and, thus, avoid calamitous environmental devastation. This report, over 1200 pages and written by 91 researchers across 44 countries, explains that[Read More…]

High sea level rise projections and the IPCC

High sea level rise projections and the IPCC

In a key paper titled “Scientific reticence and sea level rise” (https://pubs.giss.nasa.gov/abs/ha01210n.html)(2007)  James Hansen, the renown climate scientist, has been critical of what he regards as major underestimates of the magnitude and pace of global warming, as further elaborated in the article “How the IPCC Underestimated Climate Change: Here are just eight examples of where the IPCC missed predictions)” (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-the-ipcc-underestimated-climate-change/)[Read More…]

Denials Down Under: Climate Change and Health

Denials Down Under: Climate Change and Health

Richard Horton’s note in an October 2015 issue of The Lancet was cautiously optimistic.  It described the launch of Doctors for Climate Change Action, led by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in the lead-up to the UN Climate Change Conference COP21.  The initiative had arisen from a statement endorsed by a range of medical and international health organisations[Read More…]

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When It Comes to Sustainability, We’re a Society of Distracted Drivers

Driving is dangerous. In fact, it’s about the riskiest activity most of us engage in routinely. It requires one’s full attention—and even then, things can sometimes go horribly awry. The brakes fail. Weather turns roads to ice. A driver in the oncoming lane falls asleep. Tragedy ensues. But if we’re asleep at the wheel, the likelihood of calamity skyrockets. That’s[Read More…]

Pro-coal Australia & Trump America Reject Dire IPCC Report & Declare War on Terra

Pro-coal Australia & Trump America Reject Dire IPCC Report & Declare War on Terra

US President Donald Trump and his top economic adviser Larry Kudlow have effectively rejected the dire IPCC Report on 1.5C that warns that a disastrous exceedance of the Paris 1.5 degree Centigrade global warming limit is only 10 years away and that burning coal must be completely phased out by 2050. The pro-coal COALition Australian Government has been even more[Read More…]

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The confirmation comes soon after a report from the U.K. Met Office in June warned that the planet was well on its way toward that grim milestone. (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc)

The IPCC Report: Is There Hope For Our Planet?

Hurricanes and storms on both sides of the Atlantic appeared to encore the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change.  It had just concluded the finalization of a special report on the impact of a 1.5 degree Celsius global warming above preindustrial levels.  Meeting in Incheon, South Korea (October 1-5), its three working groups of experts and government officials have huddled and jousted to[Read More…]

Hurricane Michael Leaves Millions Without Power and Basic Needs

Hurricane Michael Leaves Millions Without Power and Basic Needs

Now that nearly a full week has passed since Hurricane Michael slammed into the Florida Panhandle and proceeded to tear through Georgia, Virginia, and North Carolina—obliterating entire neighborhoods, businesses, and schools and killing at least 18 people—many of the millions of U.S. residents affected by the storm are beginning to voice outrage at the inadequate response of the Trump administration[Read More…]

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Climate without Borders: putting changing climate into a new perspective

Climate without Borders: putting changing climate into a new perspective

The goal of “Climate without Borders” (CwB) is to unite TV weather presenters from all over the world and bring scientific knowledge to a broader public. This, in turn, creates climate awareness and creates support for the urgent climate action needed. Although the name suggests a kind of connection with Doctors without Borders, members of Climate without Borders won’t be[Read More…]

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We Need Cities of Resistance: Climate Adaptation Is No Longer an Option

We Need Cities of Resistance: Climate Adaptation Is No Longer an Option

IOWA CITY—The arrival of Hurricane Michael on the heels of the landmark IPCC climate report is a reminder that climate “adaptation” is no longer a viable option. Adapting to a failed system in an age of climate change, as the devastation from Hurricane Michael attests, is failure, not adaptation. My own town in Iowa had to cancel celebrations this week for a recently completed[Read More…]

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Weather and White House Turmoil as Elections Loom

Weather and White House Turmoil as Elections Loom

Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc as it traversed the Florida panhandle.  The first Category 5 hurricane to hit the area since 1881 when records began, its 155 mph winds (only 5 mph short of Category 6) felled massive trees, blew away houses, collapsed buildings and left devastation in its wake.  Relatively fast moving at 14 mph, it was soon gone continuing[Read More…]

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IPCC +1.5C Avoidance Report – Effectively Too Late, But Stop Coal Burning For “Less Bad” Catastrophes

IPCC +1.5C Avoidance Report – Effectively Too Late, But Stop Coal Burning For “Less Bad” Catastrophes

  The IPCC has just issued a report that details the numerous bad outcomes of a global +1.5 degree Centigrade (+1.5C) of warming versus the catastrophic outcomes from a +2C e.g. a further 70-90% decline of coral reefs at +1.5C versus more than 99% loss at +2C. Crucially, the IPCC report is a consensus and hence conservative document, and its[Read More…]

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The IPCC’S final warnings of extreme global warming

The IPCC’S final warnings of extreme global warming

Scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicatethat global temperature rise of 1.5°C above pre-industrial temperatures would constitute a threshold the planet cannot cross without suffering the worst effects of climate change. Yet according to the U.N. report, mean global land-sea temperatures have already risen above 1°C and the planet could pass the 1.5°C threshold as early as[Read More…]

Reactions of the Least Developed Countries to the IPCC 1.5°C Special Report

Reactions of the Least Developed Countries to the IPCC 1.5°C Special Report

Monday, 8 October 2018: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the leading international body for the assessment of climate change, has released its Special Report on the impacts that global warming of 1.5°C will have. In responding to the report and the accompanying summary for policy makers, Gebru Jember Endalew, the Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group said:[Read More…]

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IPCC Special Report on 1.5ºC

Responding to climate change is far more like a marathon than a sprint. The IPCC 1.5ºC Special report (#SR15) has been released: The press release Frequently Asked Questions The Summary For Policy Makers (SPM) The full report Thoughts It’s well worth reading the SPM and FAQs before confidently pronouncing on the utility or impact of this report. The FAQs include[Read More…]

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The confirmation comes soon after a report from the U.K. Met Office in June warned that the planet was well on its way toward that grim milestone. (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc)

IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC Approved by Governments

INCHEON, Republic of Korea, 8 Oct – Limiting global warming to 1.5ºC would require rapid, farreaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, the IPCC said in a new assessment. With clear benefits to people and natural ecosystems, limiting global warming to 1.5ºC compared to 2ºC could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society,[Read More…]

How to communicate the climate emergency

How to communicate the climate emergency

What are effective ways of engaging people in conversation about the gathering climate crisis and the need for an emergency response? Let’s start with some key content: 1. Urgency and courage     The Earth is already too hot: we are in danger now, not just in the future. Warming will accelerate, and 1.5°C is only a decade away, yet annual emissions[Read More…]

Himalayas and Climate Change

Himalayas and Climate Change

(The Himalayas play an important role in shaping the climate of the sub-continent and the recent erratic weather is the direct result of the “desecration” of the Himalayas!) The Educational Multimedia Research Centre of the University of Kashmir recently organized a film festival in collaboration with CMS Vatavaran, the International Forum on Environment and Wild Life. As part of the[Read More…]

To prevent climate disasters: Himachal’s water needs an ear to the ground approach

To prevent climate disasters: Himachal’s water needs an ear to the ground approach

The people of the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh have always shared a deep connection with their water system. After all, it is here that people live right below the stunning Dhauladhar range, from the glaciers of which they get their waters. The glaciers flow down in streams or khuds from where water is diverted towards habitation and agricultural lands[Read More…]

Climate Change: Kerala and Beyond

Climate Change: Kerala and Beyond

It was with consternation that I read Post Flood Kerala In The Age of Climate Change And Peak Oil by Binu Mathew Here we have studied climate change issues and have developed a timetable to anticipate ways to mitigate climate related problems over the century in Boston. We know about what happens if we do not do so:   So[Read More…]

Understanding 1.5°C: The IPCC’s Forthcoming Special Report

Understanding 1.5°C: The IPCC’s Forthcoming Special Report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) – an international body that develops non-policy prescriptive climate science assessments for decisionmakers – is currently compiling a Special Report that will provide information on what it would take to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The report will also assess the climate impacts that could be avoided by[Read More…]

Post Flood Kerala In The Age of Climate Change And Peak Oil

Post Flood Kerala In The Age of Climate Change And Peak Oil

A month has passed since the mammoth Kerala floods. I’ve travelled through many flood affected areas and talked to many affected people. The loss is huge many of them are irreparable. Even after one month many people haven’t come out of the psychological trauma caused by the floods. Many say they feel a heaviness in their heart. They feel weak[Read More…]

A world on borrowed time

A world on borrowed time

Current temperature trajectories are on par with or exceed the IPCC’s dangerous projections (Figure 1). Acting as the lungs of the biosphere, over tens of millions of years the atmosphere developed an oxygen-rich carbon-low composition, allowing the flourishing of mammals. The anthropogenic release to the atmosphere to date of more than 600 Gigaton of carbon (GtC) is reversing this trend,[Read More…]

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 “Florence” voter apathy in the American Carolinas

 “Florence” voter apathy in the American Carolinas

“Without quick action to curb CO2 emissions, global warming is likely to increase by 4 degrees Centigrade (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) above today’s normal during the 21st century and that is dangerously close to the temperature of 6 degrees Centigrade above normal that initiated the Permian-Triassic extinction event 252 million years ago when 96%* of all marine species and 70% of[Read More…]

Hog farm buildings are inundated with floodwater from Hurricane Florence near Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Tropical Storm Florence inundates toxic manure ponds, coal ash dumps in the Carolinas

In the several days since hurricane Florence made landfall near the border between North and South Carolina, the storm’s floodwaters have set one record after another. The storm’s official death toll now stands at 32 and is expected to rise with entire cities inundated by flood waters. The Cape Fear River in southeastern North Carolina was predicted to crest Wednesday[Read More…]

New Social And Economic Systems Are Needed ASAP

New Social And Economic Systems Are Needed ASAP

We need new societal patterns. Likewise, people with limited financial means can’t take care of all tragedies. We have our own ongoing in MA right now with recent gas explosions and fires as this picture of a house shows.. Kerala, India has a giant torment with almost two million people displaced and hundreds dead due to a monsoon. Who knows[Read More…]

Thirty-one dead as Hurricane Florence continues to ravage the Carolinas

Thirty-one dead as Hurricane Florence continues to ravage the Carolinas

Across the Carolinas, a scene of utter devastation continued to unfold on Monday, as tens of thousands of people have had their homes destroyed by floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence, now downgraded to a tropical depression. Fallen trees and flooded highways blocked rescue attempts as stranded residents struggled to obtain food and water. Widespread power outages, landslides, and tornadoes continue[Read More…]

Global Warming and East Coast Hurricanes

Global Warming and East Coast Hurricanes

Co-Written by James Hansen and Makiko Sato Maps below show the temperature anomaly for the past three months and the seasonal mean (Northern Hemisphere Summer). We draw attention to the cool region southeast of Greenland and warmth in the middle of the North Atlantic. Wally Broecker suggested decades ago that freshwater injection onto the North Atlantic could cause shutdown of[Read More…]

The Woes of Climate Change States

The Woes of Climate Change States

As Australia’s tattered yet new government, led by the increasingly oafish and amateurish Scott Morrison trundled into its post-climate phase, states which see their existence as dependent on the cutting of carbon emissions have been more than a touch concerned. Their reality remains divorced from the paper clip conspiracies of Canberra and the energy cliques obsessed with cutting prices. Morrison’s[Read More…]

Let’s take Charlie’s foot off the gas and stop accelerating climate change

Let’s take Charlie’s foot off the gas and stop accelerating climate change

I once taught elementary science in Andover, Massachusetts, and raised my family there. So my heart goes out to all the people suffering from at least 39 house fires and explosions in South Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover. An eighteen-year-old was killed sitting in his van when natural gas exploded a house and the brick chimney toppled on to it.[Read More…]

Flooding in New Bern, North Carolina [photo credit: Twitter user @cityofNewBern]

Hurricane Florence kills five in North Carolina, leaves nearly one million without power

Hurricane Florence continues to churn over North Carolina after making landfall Friday morning. As the storm slowly moved inland, it brought widespread flooding and power outages throughout the region. With an additional 15-20 inches of rain expected in the next day, the lives of untold thousands are at risk. Across the Carolinas, millions were unable to evacuate and have been[Read More…]

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Our Planet Is Angry

Our Planet Is Angry

“Storm of a lifetime” is how the National Weather Service in Wilmington, N.C., described Hurricane Florence as it came lumbering across the Atlantic to hurl its ferocious winds and rain onto that coastal state. Pointing to the storm’s unusual path, one meteorologist said, “There’s virtually no precedent for a hurricane moving southwest for some time along the Carolina coast.” Florence is expected[Read More…]

‘Bigger, Stronger, and More Dangerous’ Than Florence, Super Typhoon Mangkhut Strikes the Philippines

‘Bigger, Stronger, and More Dangerous’ Than Florence, Super Typhoon Mangkhut Strikes the Philippines

Amid ongoing media coverage about the dangers of Hurricane Florence—which has already killed multiple people in North Carolina—and warnings from extreme weather experts that such storms are made worse by human-caused climate crisis, the “bigger, stronger, and more dangerous” Super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall early Saturday in the northern Philippines with sustained winds of 165 mph and gusts up to 200 mph. “Nine tropical storms wrapping[Read More…]

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence makes landfall in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence, one of the most powerful storms ever to strike the US mainland, came ashore early Friday morning north of Wilmington, North Carolina. The hurricane generated winds of more than 100 miles per hour and drove a ten-foot storm surge over beaches and boardwalks along a wide swathe of coastline. The worst impact of the storm surge was expected[Read More…]

The Mountain Valley Pipeline, now under construction, would carry fracked methane gas from West Virginia into Virginia, where it will connect with an existing pipeline system.(Photo: WDBJ7/Virginia)

Pipeline in Hurricane Florence’s Potential Path Poses Added Danger

As Hurricane Florence churns menacingly toward the Mid-Atlantic coast, residents of South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia hold their breath, wondering where the massive storm surge, howling winds and torrents of rain will hit hardest. Over 300 miles inland, southwest Virginia residents may also face dangerous flooding, and some worry that Florence may exacerbate the threats from a different, manmade[Read More…]

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Human cognitive dissonance and the 7th mass extinction of species

Human cognitive dissonance and the 7th mass extinction of species

The history of Earth is marked by at least seven major mass extinctions, including asteroid impact effects 580 million years ago, the end Ordovician glaciation, late Devonian asteroid impacts, end-Permian volcanism and ocean anoxia, end-Jurassic volcanism and Cretaceous-Tertiary asteroid impact—mostly associated with an extreme rise in atmospheric CO2. Currently the seventh mass extinction of species is taking place, mainly as[Read More…]

As 1.5 Million Flee Hurricane Florence, Worries Grow Over Half Dozen Nuclear Power Plants in Storm’s Path

As 1.5 Million Flee Hurricane Florence, Worries Grow Over Half Dozen Nuclear Power Plants in Storm’s Path

With 1.5 million residents now under orders to evacuate their homes in preparation for Hurricane Florence’s landfall in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, the region faces the possibility of catastrophe should the storm damage one or more of the nuclear power plants which lie in its potential path. As the Associated Press reported on Monday, “The storm’s potential path also includes half a dozen[Read More…]

The Air-Conditioning Debate Isn’t Really About Air-Conditioning

The Air-Conditioning Debate Isn’t Really About Air-Conditioning

 Jacobin recently published an article calling for a national and worldwide expansion of air-conditioning usage. In it the writer, Leigh Phillips, used the suffering of economically and ecologically stressed people and communities during heat waves as a rationale for doubling down on a technology that, at the same time it’s cooling the indoors today, is heating up the outdoors of[Read More…]

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Kerala Floods, Development And Fossil Fuels

Kerala Floods, Development And Fossil Fuels

In the light of the devastating floods of 2018 many people are coming forward with suggestions for the future of Kerala’s development. I too came up with a ten point agenda for Kerala. 1. All Dams in the Western Ghats, including Mullaperiyar Dam should be decommissioned 2. Determine the Flood Zone of the Rivers 3. All homes created in the[Read More…]

We Can No Longer Afford A Fossil Fuel Economy

We Can No Longer Afford A Fossil Fuel Economy

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The Global #RiseForClimate actions are just one example of many that the climate justice movement is building the power needed to transform the economy and put in place policies to confront climate change.  The ingredients exist for the climate justice movement to rapidly succeed. A challenge is not knowing how much time we have. Scientists have[Read More…]

Kerala Flood And Climate Change

Kerala Flood And Climate Change

On August 6 a team of climate scientists led by Will Steffen of Australian National University published a paper in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Science and issued a stern warning to humanity. The paper which has come to be known as “Hothouse Earth” warns, “We explore the risk that self-reinforcing feedbacks could push the Earth System[Read More…]

Severe drought hits large regions of Australia

Severe drought hits large regions of Australia

Last month the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) in the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) declared the entire state in drought or drought-affected. The prolonged dry period is enhancing bushfire risk considerably, and will prolong the fire season to an unprecedented extent. Government indifference has exacerbated the plight of many farmers and rural communities that are reeling under[Read More…]

Hothouse Earth – A Last Missed Opportunity?

Hothouse Earth – A Last Missed Opportunity?

Hothouse Earth is this summer’s Uninhabitable Earth, a chilling reminder of how close we are to possibly fatal climate change. The Steffen et al PNAS paper is a review of the climate science concerned with the interplay of ten potential tipping points which when triggered by temperature rise due to anthropogenic warming could potentially push the Earth out of it’s[Read More…]

Culture And Behavior Can Have Answers For Climate Change Response

Culture And Behavior Can Have Answers For Climate Change Response

Behavior acculturated to ancestral norms, originally necessitated by occupation, is the focus of a new study in China with interesting ramifications for climate change.  In general, farming requires more stable relationships than, say, herding with the constant movement of animals.  Now the authors have taken farming a step further: They observed that northerners were three times more likely than southerners[Read More…]

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The Kerala deluge: Global warming’s latest act

The Kerala deluge: Global warming’s latest act

  Ten days of incessant downpour has turned  Kerala into a theatre of destruction. 483 deaths, thousands of homes inundated, over a million and a half people in relief camps, roads and the major airport  flooded and damaged- an unparalleled tragedy in the history of the state renowned for its high social indices and progressive political ambience. The Kerala deluge[Read More…]

Disasters, Climate Change And Our Options

Disasters, Climate Change And Our Options

The phenomenon of a random pattern of winds coalescing into a hurricane may not be caused by global warming, but warmer ocean temperatures powering it up is entirely possible.  Hawaii is experiencing one of the two worst hurricanes in its history, and last week Kerala in India, was flooded almost in its entirety by a record-breaking monsoon season leaving a[Read More…]

Yet Another Appeal for “Green” Capitalism, Annotated

Yet Another Appeal for “Green” Capitalism, Annotated

The Guardian recently published an opinion piece by its economics editor Larry Elliott, in which he argued that capitalism can rescue civilization from the global climate emergency. Here are excerpts, with me interrupting. From Elliott’s piece: Innovation is what capitalism is all about, and there has been staggeringly rapid progress in developing clean alternatives to coal, oil and gas. The[Read More…]

Kerala Flood Disaster Is Not Natural But Man-made – Warning For India & World

Kerala Flood Disaster Is Not Natural But Man-made – Warning For India & World

  The dreadful Kerala flood disaster (350 deaths and 1 million people displaced) is not a natural disaster – it is a man-made disaster involving local Indian contributions (inadequate water storage hazard response and landslides from deforestation) and a major international contribution from global warming due to ever-increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, with the prosperous First World and Anglosphere countries[Read More…]

Kerala Floods, Disasters And Global Warming

Kerala Floods, Disasters And Global Warming

Within a week we have suffered floods in France, Toronto, and now a record-breaking monsoon season in Kerala, India which has flooded or endangered 12 of its 14 regional areas.  Almost a quarter of a million people are homeless, forcing them into some 1500 relief camps. Sadly many have lost their lives, the toll in Kerala and the states of[Read More…]

Undeniable Human Agency in Climate Change While Disasters Multiply

Undeniable Human Agency in Climate Change While Disasters Multiply

To be rational is to know that weather events cannot be causally related to climate change, although exacerbation is another issue.  Yet when the news is full of record setting fires in California and Greece and Australia, temperature records tumbling, and typhoons and hurricanes relentless in their intensity, one might be forgiven for wondering. Those who are not climate scientists[Read More…]

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Human Extinction by 2026? A Last Ditch Strategy to Fight for Human Survival

Human Extinction by 2026? A Last Ditch Strategy to Fight for Human Survival

There is almost unanimous agreement among climate scientists and organizations – that is, 97% of over 10,000 climate scientists and the various scientific organizations engaged in climate science research – that human beings have caused a dramatic increase in the amount of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide released into Earth’s atmosphere since the pre-industrial era and that this is[Read More…]

Mendacious Mainstream Presstitutes Ignore Huge Carbon Debt & Horrendous Hazard Response Debt: Disasters Are Not Natural

Mendacious Mainstream Presstitutes Ignore Huge Carbon Debt & Horrendous Hazard Response Debt: Disasters Are Not Natural

Despite a global warming of plus 1C, the unavoidability of a catastrophic plus 2C  and now regular, high energy hurricane catastrophes in tropical Island Nations, the atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) is relentlessly increasing as is carbon fuel burning for energy.  This climate criminal greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution and climate inaction is enabled by the remorseless mendacity of One Percenter-dominated Mainstream[Read More…]

Six Ways To Deal With Worsening Climate Related Problems

Six Ways To Deal With Worsening Climate Related Problems

Of course there are many more than the ones that I will share, but here is a good start. 1.)  In the US Virgin Islands if you dig downward for water, you get salt water. So you need rain water, especially for drought periods. So my Dad put in a system wherein the water came off of the roof and[Read More…]

Hothouse Earth – Evidence for a demise of the planetary life support system

Hothouse Earth – Evidence for a demise of the planetary life support system

In a key paper titled “Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene“,published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Science (6.8.2018),a group of 17 climate and environment scientists (Will Steffen, Johan Rockström, Katherine Richardson, Timothy M. Lenton, Carl Folke, Diana Liverman, Colin P. Summerhayes, Anthony D. Barnosky, Sarah E. Cornell, Michel Crucifix, Jonathan F. Donges, Ingo Fetzer,[Read More…]

Bangladesh need to unlock the unbalanced environment to tackle climate change!

Bangladesh need to unlock the unbalanced environment to tackle climate change!

Can you imagine ever?  When we need water we just switch on water pump and get water but that will not be the case in less than a decade. According to the United Nation, 1.8 billion people will face acute water scarcity by 2025.“Green” is a buzz word these days and the Green movement is very much prominent throughout the[Read More…]

Global fires, droughts and Orwellian Newspeak while Nero fiddles

Global fires, droughts and Orwellian Newspeak while Nero fiddles

There was a time when the contamination of drinking water constituted a punishable crime. Nowadays those who willfully ignore or promote the destruction of the Earth’s atmosphere and ocean acidification through the rise in emission of carbon gases (2014 ~36.08 billion ton CO2/year ; 2017 ~36.79 billion ton CO2/year), hold major sway in the world. Consequently the rise rate of[Read More…]

First Aid for Victims of Heat

First Aid for Victims of Heat

            As Earth is in a condition of runaway climate change, – as feedback effects from warming oceans unleash dramatic temperature extremes on Earth, – there are more and more people who need first aid to save them from the negative effects of heat during the hot season. In some regions the hot season may be becoming longer and longer.[Read More…]

Fires within the Arctic Circle

Fires within the Arctic Circle

All these news are alarming: “Sweden Wildfire: Blistering heatwave sparks fires within Arctic Circle as Europe boils”. “Two major forest fires raged out of control Monday on either side of Athens, killing at least 50 people, burning houses, prompting thousands of residents to flee and turning the sky over Athens a hazy orange from the smoke.” “At least 44 people[Read More…]

On the flooded Thai cave and the Hiroshima deluge

On the flooded Thai cave and the Hiroshima deluge

The heroic rescue of 13 young people from the flooded Chiang Mai cave in Thailand represents everything which is wonderful about humans cooperating and helping each other, and where they are at their best.By stark contrast the cover-up by the authorities and the media of the underlying reasons for the unfolding tragedy of the Hiroshima deluge, in which to-date more[Read More…]

As World Busts Heat Records, Study Warns Global Warming Could Be Twice as Bad Climate Models Project

As World Busts Heat Records, Study Warns Global Warming Could Be Twice as Bad Climate Models Project

As millions of people across the globe face extreme heat advisories, with temperatures even soaring beyond 90 degrees in Siberia last week, a recent study published in the British journal Nature Geoscience warns long-term global warming—and thus sea level rise—could be twice as bad as climate models project. Study co-author Katrin Meissner of University of New South Wales, Australia remarked that “while climate model projections seem to be[Read More…]

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 The rise of fascism on the sinking Titanic

 The rise of fascism on the sinking Titanic

In her new book “Fascism: A Warning” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I27X9L8rReo), Madeleine Albright’s states that the Fascism of a century ago was not atypical: “In hindsight, it is tempting to dismiss every Fascist of this era as a thoroughly bad guy or a lunatic, but that is too easy, also dangerous,” she writes. “Fascism is not an exception to humanity, but part of[Read More…]

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The Betrayal of a Nation. How the Kiribati People Will be Left to Drown

The Betrayal of a Nation. How the Kiribati People Will be Left to Drown

Anote’s Ark is a beautiful movie that follows the fight of Kiribati’s president, Anote’s Tong, on behalf of his people, trying to save them from the rising sea. The movie succeeds in telling the story and in making its case without preaching or pleading. But it hides the last phase of the story: the betrayal of an entire nation, taking[Read More…]

Climate Change And Kashmir

Climate Change And Kashmir

(Extraordinarily hot weather in Kashmir is part of the Global Climate change due to which many parts of the world have been experiencing freak weather) Kashmir has been experiencing very hot weather in the month of June. According to MET sources sometimes the temperature has been more than 8 degrees above normal for the same period in previous years! In[Read More…]

Sea Level Rise due to Antarctic Ice Melt has ‘Tripled over Past Five Years’

Sea Level Rise due to Antarctic Ice Melt has ‘Tripled over Past Five Years’

The rate of sea level rise resulting from the melting of the Antarctic ice sheet has tripled over the past five years, according to new research from a global team of scientists. The study, published in Nature, finds that ice loss from Antarctica has caused sea levels to rise by 7.6mm from 1992-2017, with two fifths of this increase occurring since[Read More…]

Crimes against the Earth: The role of the mainstream media

Crimes against the Earth: The role of the mainstream media

“To ignore evil is to become an accomplice” (Martin Luther King) Humans are of the Earth, physically adapted to its range of climates, gravity, radiation, electro-magnetic field and composition of the atmosphere. Had there ever been a single critical issue science has conveyed, it is that altering the composition of the Earth’s atmosphere can only bearfatal consequences for nature and[Read More…]

Misun Woo

Climate justice is integral to development justice

  Climate justice is integral to development justice, as it is essential for building a brave feminist future sans power and wealth inequalities. This is the dream of feminists in the Asia Pacific region, including Misun Woo, who recently took over charge as the Regional Coordinator for APWLD (Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development). A law graduate from[Read More…]

Huge Carbon Debt & Intergenerational Injustice  – CO2 Drawdown Necessity, 300.org & 300 ppm CO2 Target

Huge Carbon Debt & Intergenerational Injustice  – CO2 Drawdown Necessity, 300.org & 300 ppm CO2 Target

We need to urgently cut carbon emissions and eventually cease greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution in coming decades. Ignored by Mainstream media is the need to drawdown atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) from the present dangerous and damaging 410 parts per million CO2 (410 ppm CO2) to a safe and sustainable 300 ppm CO2 i.e. negative GHG emissions. However a feasible, large-scale[Read More…]

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Himalayan glacier and climate change

Himalayan glacier and climate change

Awareness on climate change and pollution has increased over the years though very little has been done to reduce pollution and protect environment. While Indian landmass is in the grip of extreme vagaries of climate, Himalayas too are being affected by increase in temperature. According to latest scientific research that adds to data officially confirming the glacier loss of Indian[Read More…]

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A systemic approach to minimise the impacts of Climate Change

Climate Change, as a global phenomenon, has come to be known as one of the most critical issues facing the humanity today, if not the most critical issue.  Many individuals, academic and  research institutions, including the global institutions such as IPCCC, WHO, UNEP etc., have tried to address this issue from different perspectives. One such recent analysis has come to[Read More…]

An Orwellian Climate and the Faustian Bargain

An Orwellian Climate and the Faustian Bargain

  “Two plus two is five – if the party says so” (George Orwell). Should anyone record the history of the 20th and 21st centuries, they may report that, while temperatures and sea levels were rising, the human sense of reality has been clouded by electronic system, including television, the internetand smart phones, by science fiction, virtual realities, public circuses,[Read More…]

Conflict of Interest is inherent in Carbon Markets within the UNFCCC

Conflict of Interest is inherent in Carbon Markets within the UNFCCC

Carbon market mechanisms are well entrenched within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Trading of carbon emissions is permitted by the Kyoto Protocol, 1997, an agreement under the UNFCCC that requires specified rich industrializedcountries – those listed in Annex I of UNFCCC – to limit and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. The Kyoto Protocol was to[Read More…]

 ‘Conflict of interest’ remains unresolved at the 2018 UNFCCC Bonn intersessional

 ‘Conflict of interest’ remains unresolved at the 2018 UNFCCC Bonn intersessional

The just concluded 2018 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) intersessional, held at Bonn, Germany, brings the Paris Agreement one step closer to implementation. Country representatives met at Bonn in order to thresh out further details of the Paris rulebook, the manual that will contain the modalities, procedures, and guidelines (MPGs) needed to operationalize the Agreement. The rulebook must[Read More…]

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Southern California's years-long drought has resulted in one of the "most extreme" wildfires the region has ever seen. (Photo: Nick Ut/AP)

 Wild Fires, Tornadoes and Floods — Oh My!

Co-Written By Sally Dugman, Sheshu Babu and Steve Salmony Sally Dugman shares: For many years, it has been known by some people that the world or at least a huge portion of it is going literally to hell in a handbag, the place that holds money and credit cards to support shopaholic tendencies across the world. It is due to[Read More…]

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As CO2 Levels Soar Past ‘Troubling’ 410 ppm Threshold, Trump Kills NASA Carbon Monitoring Program

As CO2 Levels Soar Past ‘Troubling’ 410 ppm Threshold, Trump Kills NASA Carbon Monitoring Program

As the Trump administration charges forward with its war on science by canceling a “crucial” carbon monitoring system at NASA, scientists and climate experts are sounding alarms over atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) that just surpassed a “troubling” threshold for the first time in human history. “The reading from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii finds that concentrations of[Read More…]

Humans Didn’t Exist the Last Time there was this Much CO2 in the Air

Humans Didn’t Exist the Last Time there was this Much CO2 in the Air

The last time atmospheric carbon dioxide levels were this high, millions of years ago, the planet was very different. For one, humans didn’t exist. On Wednesday, scientists at the University of California in San Diego confirmed that April’s monthly average atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration breached 410 parts per million for the first time in our history. We know a lot about how to[Read More…]

People hold signs during the March for Science in Melbourne, Australia on April 22, 2017. (Photo: Takver/flickr/ccc)

CO2 Levels Hit Record, April Temp Hits Record

Weather experts at the United Nations just said that the highest April temperature ever may have just been recorded—an ominous sign that comes on the heels of the monthly average concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hitting the highest level on the books. Speaking to press at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Clare Nullis from the World Meteorological Organization[Read More…]

The Methane Time Bomb And The Future Of The Biosphere

The Methane Time Bomb And The Future Of The Biosphere

The extraction and transferfrom the earth crust to the atmosphere of every economically available molecule of carbon, including coal,oil, tar sand oil, shale oil, methane gas, coal seam gasand other forms of hydrocarbon, constitutes the most significant shift in composition of the atmospheresince the PETM hyperthermal event about 56 million years ago[i] and the K-T extinction of the dinosaurs some[Read More…]

The Keeling Curve at 60: A Portrait of Climate Crisis

The Keeling Curve at 60: A Portrait of Climate Crisis

We are approaching the sixtieth birthday of the Keeling Curve. It is such a stunning example of important and clearly presented science that it has been designated as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. Its creator received the highest US award for lifetime achievement in science, the National Medal of Science, “for his pioneering and fundamental research on atmospheric and oceanic[Read More…]

Generic Earth Day

Generic Earth Day

  “Earth Day has become a very general celebration festooned with music, food and feeling good about being with others who are politically correct, acknowledging the importance of Mother Earth on the most abstract terms, specific foci for action being impotent in the face of our real authentic challenges.” — A teen attending the Flannery O’Connor Academy “The future of[Read More…]

Global Weirding

Global Weirding

Oh, what fun it truly was to experience the “bomb cyclone” in January in New England: the snowfall gave a sense of peace and calm, the winds were less strong than predicted, and the snow, while heavy, was not dense enough to take down trees and power lines in most areas. The following period of intense cold through February and[Read More…]

Hummingbirds are among the 88 species included in a new study which shows that the warming of the planet has thrown off the timing of relationships between predators and prey as well as plant-eaters and pollinators. (Photo: Jen Goellnitz/Flickr/cc)

Species Threatened as Climate Crisis Pushes Mother Nature ‘Out of Synch’

The warming of the Earth over the past several decades is throwing Mother Nature’s food chain out of whack and leaving many species struggling to survive, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study offers the latest evidence that the climate crisis that human activity has contributed to has had far-reaching effects throughout the planet. A paper[Read More…]

Pakistan: Record temperatures recorded in March as power cuts spark outrage

Pakistan: Record temperatures recorded in March as power cuts spark outrage

Last month saw the hottest temperature ever recorded in Pakistan during the month of March, according to Meteo France meteorologist Etienne Kapikian.  The record was set on March 30, when the temperature in the city of Nawabshah in Sindh soared to 45.5 degrees. On the following day, Mohenjo Daro, also in Sindh, reached the same temperature.  The previous record for[Read More…]

The Betrayal Of The Future

The Betrayal Of The Future

  A species which has invented combustion, electromagnetic radiation and nuclear energy orders of magnitude more powerful than its own physical potential, needs to be perfectly wise and in control lest it is overwhelmed by these powers. As tipping points in the Earth’s climate amplify, including hurricanes, snow storms and wildfires, it appears to be beyond human power to contemplate[Read More…]

There Is No Planet B

There Is No Planet B

 The current warming of Earth (Figure 1),manifest in the rise in extreme weather events (Figures 2 and 3), including collapse of polar ice sheets, melting of the Arctic Sea ice, penetration of snow storms into mid-latitudes, permafrost thaw and methane release, hurricanes and wildfires(Figure 4), manifestsa shift in state of the atmosphere-oceansystem, constituting an existential threat to humanity and much[Read More…]

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The War Against Nature

The War Against Nature

Our MA, USA governor, Charlie Baker, informs us to all stay home or shelter in place as a state of emergency response when weather gets dangerous. We even have emergency response information to keep us updated about what to do and where to go: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/massachusetts-emergency-management-agency Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency ensures the state is prepared to withstand, respond to and recover[Read More…]

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One Last Chance to Save Ourselves

One Last Chance to Save Ourselves

Co-Written by Richard Gale and Dr. Gary Null The year 2017 was a record-breaking year for extreme weather and environmental catastrophes since records started to be kept in the 19th century.  The Arctic experienced temperatures up to 70 degree F above normal.   Many countries were baked in unusual heatwaves killing thousands.  Incidents of droughts, extreme typhoons in the Pacific and[Read More…]

The End of Our Axial Age

The End of Our Axial Age

 We are approaching the end of our Axial Age. Planet earth is warning us that our survival is conditional; that like any other organism alienating itself from the earth’s Biosphere, if we continue doing so, we will be rejected. Can we prevent this? Yes, but only if we change the way we think. First we must fully accept a new[Read More…]

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On Track for Extinction: Can Humanity Survive?

On Track for Extinction: Can Humanity Survive?

  Anyone reading the scientific literature (or the progressive news outlets that truthfully report this literature) knows that homo sapiens sapiens is on the fast track to extinction, most likely some time between 2025 and 2040. For a taste of the evidence in this regard focusing on the climate, see ‘Climate Collapse and Near Term Human Extinction’,‘What They Won’t Tell[Read More…]

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Snow, Snowflakes and the UK: Britain’s Response to the Beast from the East

Snow, Snowflakes and the UK: Britain’s Response to the Beast from the East

While the bibliophile and aphorist Samuel Johnson claimed that people of appropriate mental discipline could avoid talking about the weather, the British have found weather an irresistible topic of conversation.  Storms are recalled with  nostalgic exaggeration; accounts are rendered colourful after the fact. The Beast from the East, as this latest cold freeze has been termed, stands as a form[Read More…]

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Onset Of Climate Tipping Points

Onset Of Climate Tipping Points

Arctic ice breakdown As is well known to students of the history of the climate, once a temperature threshold is breached, abrupt events follow due to amplifying feedbacks, even within a few years, examples being (1) stadial[i] freeze events which followed temperature peaks during past interglacial peaks due to influx of cold ice-melt water into the north Atlantic Ocean[ii]; (2)[Read More…]

The Price of the Earth

The Price of the Earth

“Dear Caesar, Keep burning, raping and killing, but please, please spare us your obscene poetry and ugly music“(From Seneca’s last letter to Nero) Astrophysicist Greg Laughlin came up with a figure of €3000 trillion for the worth of planet Earth, given its breathable atmosphere—a shield from cosmic radiation. A close estimate is by Greg Laughlinas as US$5000 trillion. By contrast[Read More…]

How Big a Disaster Can Climate Change Be?

How Big a Disaster Can Climate Change Be?

Above, you can see an image from the paper by Marsicek et al., just appeared on Nature. It shows a reconstruction from pollen records of the temperatures of the past 10,000 year or so, the “Holocene,” for North America and Europe. Note the black squares, showing how fast temperatures have been growing during the past 50 years or so. As all[Read More…]

Freedom As The Way Out Of Global Warming

Freedom As The Way Out Of Global Warming

  Why is there resistance to working to reduce the imbalances in earth’s systems? What is this resistance? What are these imbalances? What is earth? What are systems? What is a life that reduces imbalances? Today the world cloud, the electronic communications sector, uses much more energy than the global aviation sector. It is not possible to have a conversation[Read More…]

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Disasters Across World While Trump Scorns Global Warming…And Grown An Inch

Disasters Across World While Trump Scorns Global Warming…And Grown An Inch

The presidential tweet scorning climate change, namely “We could do with some of that climate change here,” after severe blizzards hit the U.S. east coast, could not have been more inopportune! Figures published last Thursday (January 16) by the world’s three main organizations monitoring global temperatures (NASA, NOAA and the UK Met Office) show 2017 to be the warmest on[Read More…]

What Does Psychological And Physical Adaptation To Global Warming Look Like?

What Does Psychological And Physical Adaptation To Global Warming Look Like?

Western man, to whose numbers we count men and women beneficiaries of capitalism in all its facets, must mend his ways or accept the extinction of the human race. One of the mistakes he must rectify is his psychological tendency to foist the job of mitigating global warming on the poor in the name of meeting sustainable development goals. For[Read More…]

Betting The Earth On A Game of Wrap-Cut-Smash

Betting The Earth On A Game of Wrap-Cut-Smash

 The Earth is having to deal with continuous, largely unchecked emissions of greenhouse gases, along with soil degradation, mass extinction of species, destruction of ecosystems, and disruption of nitrogen, phosphorous, and water cycles. Meanwhile, efforts to head off the planet-wide ecological crisis remain trapped in a game of rock-paper-scissors. [1] Let’s start with the “paper,” which represents the kinds of[Read More…]

2017 Crushed A Major Temperature Record And Scientists Are Sounding The Alarm

2017 Crushed A Major Temperature Record And Scientists Are Sounding The Alarm

It’s been very cold over North America for days, but globally, 2017 has ended up smashing the record for the hottest year on record without an El Niño. And that has scientists worried, since the warmest years usually happen when the long-term human-caused global warming trend gets a short-term boost from an El Niño’s enhanced warming in the tropical Pacific.[Read More…]

Trashing The Planet For Profit

Trashing The Planet For Profit

Before I began this essay I read through some of my past forays that mentioned climate change and capitalism, the first I think, being in 2006 where I opined in a piece on the ‘War on Terror’: Perhaps the impending climate catastrophe as well as the genocidal actions of the US will force us to finally start thinking and acting[Read More…]

Photo by Christopher Sardegna on Unsplash.

The Fierce Urgency Of “How”

There is only one pathway to avert the crisis humanity is heading toward, and it is to deeply feel the connection with the ecosystem we are a part of. But understand, this is not an ecological argument, this is not about the climate or other environmental systems. The latest exposure of the predatory behavior of some men is much closer[Read More…]

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Community Based Response To Climate Change: Experiences From Uttarakhand

Community Based Response To Climate Change: Experiences From Uttarakhand

Co-Written by Ashish Kumar Singh, Vidya Bhooshan Singh & Siddhartha Negi Climate Change The climate of the world is changing constantly due to the increasing global warming by the natural and man-made activities. These changes have an enormous impact on the people’s lives and ecosystems. Developing countries, and particularly the poorest people in these countries, are the most vulnerable to[Read More…]

The Criminal Dimension Of Climate Change

The Criminal Dimension Of Climate Change

A review of a new book “Unprecedented Crime: Climate Science Denial and Game Changers for Survival” by P. Carter, E. Woodworth and J. Hansen  “We’re simply talking about the very life support system of this planet.”(Professor Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impacts).  The extreme rise in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) since the onset of the industrial[Read More…]

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Let it Go: The Arctic will Never be Frozen Again

Let it Go: The Arctic will Never be Frozen Again

Last week, at a New Orleans conference center that once doubled as a storm shelter for thousands during Hurricane Katrina, a group of polar scientists made a startling declaration: The Arctic as we once knew it is no more. The region is now definitively trending toward an ice-free state, the scientists said, with wide-ranging ramifications for ecosystems, national security, and[Read More…]

Welcome To The “New Arctic”: The Region “As We Once Knew It Is No More”

Welcome To The “New Arctic”: The Region “As We Once Knew It Is No More”

For many people in the Northern Hemisphere who celebrate Christmas, the iconic image is one of snow or a Santa Claus driving a sleigh through the snow driven by reindeer. Depending on which version of the Santa Claus story you read, his home is in the Arctic, possibly at the North Pole. Images of snowy Santas will adorn many Xmas[Read More…]

What Humans, Bees And Koala Bears Have In Common Is Due To Climate Change

What Humans, Bees And Koala Bears Have In Common Is Due To Climate Change

  Is climate change aiding the demise of the Koala bear? The koala is an engaging, docile, cuddly and lovable animal.  It is also, tragically, undergoing a rapid decline in numbers.  To the extent climate change and a degraded environment are responsible, we can be blamed for not heeding the warnings of scientists and others. Warnings to humanity are much[Read More…]

Facing Difficult Contradictions in the Anthropocene Age

Facing Difficult Contradictions in the Anthropocene Age

“Talking with those farmers in the Tenosique train yard felt, in a way, like a scene from a sequel to the movie The Road in which a father and son walk across a post-apocalyptic North America devastated by an unknown cataclysm. In reality, though, I was just in a typical border zone of the Anthropocene, the proposed new geologic era[Read More…]

Greeting Climate-Change Victims With A Man-Made Dystopia 

Greeting Climate-Change Victims With A Man-Made Dystopia 

  When I first talked to the three Honduran men in the train yard in the southern Mexican town of Tenosique, I had no idea that they were climate-change refugees. We were 20 miles from the border with Guatemala at a rail yard where Central American refugees often congregated to try to board La Bestia (“the Beast”), the nickname given to the[Read More…]

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Killing The Biosphere To Fast-Track Human Extinction

Killing The Biosphere To Fast-Track Human Extinction

  Several years ago in Cameroon, a country in West Africa, a Western Black Rhinoceros was killed. It was the last of its kind on Earth. Hence, the Western Black Rhinoceros, the largest subspecies of rhinoceros which had lived for millions of years and was the second largest land mammal on Earth, no longer exists. But while you have probably[Read More…]

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Amazon Abominations Judged Amiss

Amazon Abominations Judged Amiss

  “The big kahunas of business are to be blamed, but the finger-pointers have to be held accountable too.”  — Rachel Oxman A recent Gizmodo article focuses mainly on worker horror related to the business practices of Amazon and shocking revelations respecting lack of legislation, but there’s lots more to focus on in reviewing the Amazon phenomenon, which accounts for[Read More…]

 Cross Over To Where You Really Bear The Disappearing Bear On Your Back

 Cross Over To Where You Really Bear The Disappearing Bear On Your Back

  “We should be clear about what it costs to bare one’s soul and make an authentic difference.”  — one of the author’s home schooled youngsters I’ll be relocating to Lodi, California soon, the place that Credence Clearwater Revival “honored” back in the day when they made a fuss about getting stuck there… “again.” And — once again — I[Read More…]

India Must Scale Up Efforts At Adaptation To Climate Change

India Must Scale Up Efforts At Adaptation To Climate Change

The principal aim of the Paris Agreement as laid down under its Article 2 is to hold the “increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels.” Article 2 also stresses upon, inter alia,“Increasing the ability to adapt to the adverse impacts of climate change.” The Paris Agreement is, in fact, replete with Articles that[Read More…]

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