Climate Change

Large-Scale Permafrost Thawing

Large-Scale Permafrost Thawing

Twenty-five percent (25%) of the Northern Hemisphere is permafrost. By all appearances, it is melting well beyond natural background rates, in fact, substantially! Making matters much, much worse, new research has identified past warming events of large-scale permafrost thaw in the Arctic that may be analogous to today, thus spotting a parallel problem of large-scale thawing accompanied by massively excessive[Read More…]

by October 20, 2020 Climate Change
 The Green New Deal as Climate Denial

 The Green New Deal as Climate Denial

Climate activists all over the world have been working to try and use the huge Covid opportunity to help to finally transition off fossil fuels. Most have been piggybacking on the Green New Deal  framework proposed by the Democrats in the US. How could a plan to invest in a Green New Deal for Australia be serious mis-education of Australians[Read More…]

by October 16, 2020 Climate Change
Leadership for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

Leadership for Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

I would regard anyone as my leader a) whom I have met personally, b) with whom I work or interact directly face to face on a more or less daily basis c) has proved themselves friendly, kind, sympathetic, compassionate and giving. I only trust someone who demonstrates behaviour in accordance with the positive human virtues and eschews negative actions. They[Read More…]

by October 14, 2020 Climate Change
Hundreds of wildfires ravage the Middle East: 3 dead and thousands flee

Hundreds of wildfires ravage the Middle East: 3 dead and thousands flee

Flames from forest fire in Ras el-Harf village, in the Baabda district, Lebanon: An aerial picture. Hundreds of massive wildfires ravaged parts of the Middle East over the weekend, forcing thousands to flee their homes. The wildfires triggered by a heat wave hitting the region have killed three people, and detonated landmines along the Lebanon-Israel border. The areas hit by the[Read More…]

by October 12, 2020 Climate Change
Extinction Possibility

Extinction Possibility

Our Homo sapiens reality is that global warming, if it continues at the current rate, could trigger a sixth planetary extinction. Unlike past extinctions, this one will not be brought on by a random meteorite/asteroid strike or a convulsive planetary volcanic eruption. It will be self-inflicted; the result of Biosphere degradation because of our use of fossil fuels. CO2 in[Read More…]

by October 5, 2020 Climate Change
Our World Is Burning

Our World Is Burning

Two time scales The central problem which the world faces in its attempts to avoid catastrophic climate change is a contrast of time scales. In order to save human civilization and the biosphere from the most catastrophic effects of climate change we need to act immediately, Fossil fuels must be left in the ground. Forests must be saved from destruction[Read More…]

by October 3, 2020 Climate Change
Boundless Dying Trees

Boundless Dying Trees

Global warming is ravaging forests throughout the world. “New studies show drought and heat waves will cause massive die-offs, killing most trees alive today.” (Source: We Need to Hear These Poor Trees Scream: Unchecked Global Warming Means Big Trouble for Forests, Inside Climate News, April 25, 2020) According to Bill Anderegg, a forest researcher at the University of Utah: “Global[Read More…]

by September 30, 2020 Climate Change
What to Do When the World is on Fire

What to Do When the World is on Fire

In December of 2019, my best friend Kit took me and my partner to the place where she grew up, in the remote Thora Valley, in the pristine forested foothills of Eastern Australia’s Great Dividing Range. As we drove down Darkwood, the single road into the Thora, Kit told us stories of floods and mouldy houses, of Christmases spent at[Read More…]

by September 28, 2020 Climate Change
Global Warming “Solutions”

Global Warming “Solutions”

Here are two comments regarding what we must do regarding the threat to our species’ continued existence being posed currently by global warming; here’s the first one: The primary reason for this headlong fling toward disaster is that our economic system is based on perpetual growth—on the need to consume the earth at an ever-increasing rate. Our world is dominated[Read More…]

by September 26, 2020 Climate Change
The Ecological Impact Of Militarism

The Ecological Impact Of Militarism

Against the Institution of War As we start the 21st century and the new millennium, our scientific and technological civilization seems to be entering a period of crisis. Today, for the first time in history, science has given to humans the possibility of a life of comfort, free from hunger and cold, and free from the constant threat of infectious[Read More…]

by September 24, 2020 Climate Change
The Dying Planet Report 2020

The Dying Planet Report 2020

The World Wildlife Foundation, in collaboration with the Zoological Society of London, recently issued an eye-popping description of the forces of humanity versus life in nature, the Living Planet Report 2020, but the report should really be entitled the Dying Planet Report 2020 because that’s what’s happening in the real world. Not much remains alive. The report, released September 10th, describes how[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 Climate Change
Arctic sea ice shrinks to its second-lowest annual minimum extent ever

Arctic sea ice shrinks to its second-lowest annual minimum extent ever

Arctic sea ice reached a minimum extent of 3.74 million square kilometers on September 15, likely the annual low, and the second lowest minimum on record. The orange line represents average extent of sea ice from 1981 to 2010 on that day. (NSIDC) Arctic sea ice extent fell to the second-lowest annual minimum on record last week, a status that[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 Climate Change
Another Reason to Change Our Species Name!

Another Reason to Change Our Species Name!

In my “Changing Our Species Name” I question Homo sapiens as an appropriate name for our species, and suggest an alternative that I believe to be more appropriate.  The reason that I give in that paper is not the only reason, however, for changing our species name; in this paper I suggest another reason. Let me preface my remarks here,[Read More…]

by September 23, 2020 Climate Change
Fire and Fury Like the World Has Never Seen, 2020 Version

Fire and Fury Like the World Has Never Seen, 2020 Version

It was August 2017 and Donald Trump had not yet warmed up to Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s portly dictator. In fact, in typical Trumpian fashion, he was pissed at the Korean leader and, no less typically, he lashed out verbally, threatening that country with a literal hell on Earth. As he put it, “They will be met with fire and fury like[Read More…]

by September 21, 2020 Climate Change
Is There a Future for Us Humans?

Is There a Future for Us Humans?

Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction (published in 2014) reminds us that mass extinctions are not a novelty in Earth history;[1] and also that there have been some survivors of each of the five mass extinctions of the geological past.  In fact, primates were survivors of the last (i.e., fifth) mass extinction—termed the Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event, and having occurred about 66[Read More…]

by September 17, 2020 Climate Change
Climate crisis: An emerging new Arctic

Climate crisis: An emerging new Arctic

A new Arctic is emerging. The regions landscape is changing rapidly. Temperatures are skyrocketing, sea ice is dwindling and many experts believe the far north is quickly transforming into something unrecognizable. This week, new research confirms that a new Arctic climate system is emerging. A new Arctic will be warmer, rainier and substantially less frozen. Animals that used to be common may[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Climate Change
Antarctica: Cracks in the ice

Antarctica: Cracks in the ice

Satellite images show that two important glaciers in the Antarctic are sustaining rapid damage at their most vulnerable points, leading to the breaking up of vital ice shelves with major consequences for global sea level rise. In recent years, the Pine Island Glacier and the Thwaites Glacier on West Antarctica has been undergoing rapid changes, with potentially major consequences for[Read More…]

by September 16, 2020 Climate Change
West Coast wildfires: A letter to friends from an Oregon resident

West Coast wildfires: A letter to friends from an Oregon resident

We are in the midst of an unmitigated natural disaster here in Oregon and on the West Coast. I struggle to find the words to express what’s happening and the toll it’s taking – on our natural treasures, on homes and businesses, and on our collective psyches. People outside our region probably don’t grasp the magnitude of how massive and[Read More…]

by September 13, 2020 Climate Change
Species in Peril: Loss, Love and Protection

Species in Peril: Loss, Love and Protection

Human calamities abound. The unrelenting coronavirus pandemic has already claimed more than 900,000 lives worldwide. The images of exploding wildfires from the American Southwest—California, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington—look apocalyptic. Racial injustice and inequity in the United States marches on. And, the economic suffering?—painful. In this moment of so much death and suffering—do we even have the capacity to extend our[Read More…]

by September 11, 2020 Climate Change
 Apocalypse? A Return to the Permian-Triassic Extinction

 Apocalypse? A Return to the Permian-Triassic Extinction

In my new book I examine an area of our thought process that is the primary cause of our extinction possibility today; the dark neurotic psychotic side of the human brain. XXXX That “dark side” is driven by a self-serving dynamic. We allow it to enrapture us. It can turn us against each other. We have been and continue to[Read More…]

by September 7, 2020 Climate Change
Purple Derechos

Purple Derechos

I am one of those who did not obtain help to fix the house. I am living in it because I am not the owner of the house I’ve been living in for six years, and without documents I could not obtain help to repair it. Staying here in these conditions is not easy. But since I have my daughter[Read More…]

by September 1, 2020 Climate Change
Climate change under gender lens

Climate change under gender lens

Countries in the Asia Pacific region are in the forefront of bearing the onslaught of climate change. During the last three decades 45% of the world’s natural disasters have occurred in this region, which is vulnerable to floods, cyclones, earthquakes, droughts, storms and tsunamis. While climate change affects everyone but impacts of climate change related events are not gender neutral.[Read More…]

by August 22, 2020 Climate Change
Why the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill could lead to a revolution of the imagination

Why the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill could lead to a revolution of the imagination

One of the few rays of hopeful sunshine in the UK’s currently bleak political landscape is the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. In fact, I feel like it is such a vitally important development that I want to use this article to urge you to get behind it, while also offering a rather different perspective on why I feel it matters[Read More…]

by August 21, 2020 Climate Change
Greenland Succumbs

Greenland Succumbs

Since the turn of the new century, every aspect of climate change has gone ballistic, up, up, and away, not looking back, leaving the 20th century fairly harmless, but only on a relative basis, especially as compared to the rip-snorting 21st century. It’s a whole new ballgame, starting with this new century. Society is witnessing a great acceleration of climate[Read More…]

by August 19, 2020 Climate Change
Greenland’s melting ice sheet has passed the point of no return

Greenland’s melting ice sheet has passed the point of no return

Greenland’s ice sheet, — the world’s second-largest ice body, would continue to lose ice even if global temperatures stop rising, and it may have passed a point of no return, setting it on an irreversible path to complete disappearance, according to scientists at Ohio State University. Snowfall that normally replenishes Greenland’s glaciers each year can no longer keep up with[Read More…]

by August 18, 2020 Climate Change
Climate crisis: Two million Californians went dark

Climate crisis: Two million Californians went dark

Two million Californians experienced rolling blackouts Friday night after officials declared a Stage 3 energy emergency due to a statewide heat wave. The last time California was in a Stage 3 emergency was in 2001. At that time, the state was in the middle of a very different type of energy crisis – and the governor lost his job over[Read More…]

by August 16, 2020 Climate Change
In Denial: Australia, Human Rights and Climate Change

In Denial: Australia, Human Rights and Climate Change

When the complaint was lodged in May 2019, there was a sense of the audacious about it.  Eight Torres Strait Islanders had taken the trouble to petition the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Committee, citing climate change and Australian violations as their main concern.  Australia, they claimed, had violated their fundamental rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.[Read More…]

by August 15, 2020 Climate Change
Freakish Arctic Fires Alarmingly Intensify

Freakish Arctic Fires Alarmingly Intensify

NASA satellite images of fires in eastern Siberia depict an inferno of monstrous proportions, nothing in modern history compares. And, as of July, it’s intensifying. Should people be concerned? Answer: Yes, and double yes. According to Mark Parrington, a senior scientist at the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts: “What has been surprising[Read More…]

by August 12, 2020 Climate Change
The World on Fire

The World on Fire

Massive uncontrolled unprecedented wild fires are consuming portions of the Amazon rainforest and several regions of the Arctic. Somebody somewhere must be asking why all of a sudden in unison, all over creation, two of the planets largest ecosystems are going up in smoke. It’s eerily spine chilling. “Major fires have hit the Amazon and the Arctic for the second[Read More…]

by August 8, 2020 Climate Change
(Photo: FridaysForFuture/Flickr/cc)

Small Steps and Future Course: Answering the ‘How’

The recently launched ‘Towards a Better World’ campaign by Medha Patkar, conceived by Eco-Socialism Front and in the online presence of half a dozen activists from different countries representing Fridays for Future campaign of Greta Thunberg advocates taking small steps to achieve a more equitable society. It talks about contributing to economic, political and societal change through a personal commitment,[Read More…]

by August 2, 2020 Climate Change
Thawing Arctic Permafrost

Thawing Arctic Permafrost

It’s no surprise that first prize, or the blue ribbon, for exceeding 2°C above baseline goes to the Arctic with permafrost that covers 25% of the Northern Hemisphere. Recognition is long overdue, as it’s been totally neglected far too long by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). This crucial nugget of knowledge comes by way of a recent virtual[Read More…]

by July 24, 2020 Climate Change
Climate Change Litigation: The Australian Government Gets Sued

Climate Change Litigation: The Australian Government Gets Sued

“It’s time the government told the public about the impact climate change will have on our future and the economy.” Katta O’Donnell, The Guardian, Jul 24, 2020 While coronavirus ravages life, dominates policy and clouds debate, that other pressing issue of addressing climate change has moved into a more modest gear.  That has not prevented some bubbling activity from taking[Read More…]

by July 24, 2020 Climate Change
NOAA revealed Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month on record since the U.S. government began recording temperature date in the lat 19th century. (Photo: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Scientists finally see Earth’s climate destiny more clearly

Human-caused carbon emissions islikely to trigger irreversible damage to the planet, according to a comprehensive international study released Wednesday. Researchers studying one of the most important and vexing topics in climate science — how sensitive the Earth’s climate is to a doubling of the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere — found that warming is extremely unlikely to be[Read More…]

by July 23, 2020 Climate Change
The Coronavirus-Climate-Air Conditioning Nexus

The Coronavirus-Climate-Air Conditioning Nexus

A wave of persistent, intense heat and humidity has enveloped the Midwest, South, and Northeast in this second half of July. By the time it subsides, more than half of the U.S. population will have been hit with heat indexes above 100; for many, the heat wave will last for several days. The severe heat is driving almost all social[Read More…]

by July 21, 2020 Climate Change
The Inertia Bugaboo

The Inertia Bugaboo

Planetary heat is turning skeptics into climate change worrywarts with record temperatures galore! But wait, the worst is yet to come. It’s guaranteed, as future heat is already locked and loaded into the vast climate system. It’s the inertia bugaboo. Today, we’re living with yesteryear’s carbon emissions from the turn of the century. Meantime, the next decade and a half[Read More…]

by July 16, 2020 Climate Change
Arctic Heat Overwhelms Green Infighting Issues

Arctic Heat Overwhelms Green Infighting Issues

Arctic temperatures are soaring to new records… and staying there, ever since May of this year. Truth be known, the Arctic’s been heating up for years. Siberia recently hit 105°F. That’s not normal. It’s 30°F hotter than normal. Farther south, the Amazon rainforest is hit with a drought every 5 years like clockwork, not regular run of the mill droughts[Read More…]

by June 30, 2020 Climate Change
Climate crisis is creating catastrophic cyclones

Climate crisis is creating catastrophic cyclones

Super cyclone Amphan has recently left trails of devastation in the southwestern part of Bangladesh, and in parts of the neighboring in Indian state of West Bengal. The death toll, according to EcoWatch (May 22, 2020), was at least 84. The UN’s office in Bangladesh estimated that 10 million people were affected and 500,000 people may have lost their homes.[Read More…]

by June 26, 2020 Climate Change
Amazon Rainforest Hit By Killer Droughts

Amazon Rainforest Hit By Killer Droughts

Over the past 20 years, like clockwork, severe droughts have hit the Amazon every five years with regularity 2005, 2010, 2015. Of course, droughts have hit the Amazon rainforest throughout paleoclimate history, but this time it’s different. The frequency and severity is off the charts. Recent data is starting to show 2020 as another dire year. “The old paradigm was[Read More…]

by June 25, 2020 Climate Change
Sand’s end? New models will help manage impact of sea-level rise

Sand’s end? New models will help manage impact of sea-level rise

The shape of carbonate sands. (a) 3D scans of the 18 Heron particles using a Hirox RH2000 microscope equipped with MXB2016Z. (b) Estimation of the projected area of the particles by considering the particles as different geometric shapes (squares, circles, rectangles, or ellipses). Source: Scientific Reports The method of accounting sand is important for understanding the way reefs, atolls and[Read More…]

by June 15, 2020 Climate Change
The Government of India Is On Track for Paris Agreement – but What About Overthrowing Wage Labour?

The Government of India Is On Track for Paris Agreement – but What About Overthrowing Wage Labour?

In the First Biennial Update Report to the UNFCCC, the Government of India projected that India’s primary energy use would go from 397 Mtoe in 2006-07 to 1823 Mtoe in 2030. GDP would grow at the rate of 9%. Primary energy supply including gathered noncommercial fuels such as fuelwood and dung would grow at 5.8% per year. Commercial energy supply[Read More…]

by June 15, 2020 Climate Change
 A Call for Academia to Act Now

 A Call for Academia to Act Now

We need to find a way Homo sapiens can live in a symbiotic relationship with Nature that allows both our species and all other organic and inorganic matter on this planet to recycle and renew. Academia throughout the world can make the difference by collective global action forcing those in government country by country to understand what it will take[Read More…]

by June 13, 2020 Climate Change
Corona And Environment: A Lesson To Learn

Corona And Environment: A Lesson To Learn

Introduction Birds are chirping, highways have quieted, rush hour traffic follows easily, airports have been shut down, smog has disappeared, reviving sunny and blue skies. COVID-19 has left this earth with dramatic drops in air pollution and a hope to solve the climate crisis by putting a halt to several harmful practices. It has drastically changed life on a global[Read More…]

by June 2, 2020 Climate Change
Understanding Pandemics Through a Climate-Perspective

Understanding Pandemics Through a Climate-Perspective

With the humans locked up inside, the past few months of Corona-pandemic have given us a world with nature reclaiming its space. The reduced levels of air-pollution have given a chance to rare-sighted mountains and peaks to reveal themselves to populations where their visibility had become folktales, only to be shared by elders as memories of yester years. AQI in[Read More…]

by June 2, 2020 Climate Change
Covid-19 & Climate: Listen To Scientists For A Safe & Sustainable Society & Planet

Covid-19 & Climate: Listen To Scientists For A Safe & Sustainable Society & Planet

The Enlightenment substituted reason and the scientific method for primitive superstition. Science brought huge advances in agriculture, industry and medicine  but has had the downsides of over-population, massive biodiversity loss, deadly high-technology wars  and the existential threats to Humanity and the Biosphere from nuclear weapons and climate change. However in seriously addressing these horrendously damaging deadly downside consequences we must[Read More…]

by May 28, 2020 Climate Change
10C Above Baseline !

10C Above Baseline !

Earth at 10°C above pre-industrial is unimaginable. It’s a deadly horrifying thought, but as shall be explained herein, it should not be dismissed out of hand. The following story might be labeled as reckless, and it might be criticized as a fearmongering piece of journalism and probably will be. Nevertheless, “10C Above Baseline” explores a dystopian world envisioned by John[Read More…]

by May 22, 2020 Climate Change
The Wet-Bulb Peril Has Arrived… Way Too Early

The Wet-Bulb Peril Has Arrived… Way Too Early

The human body has limits. If “temperature plus humidity” is high enough, even a healthy person seated in the shade with plentiful water to drink will suffer severely or likely die. It’s the Wet-Bulb Temperature WBT effect. There is an upper limit to human capacity to adapt to excessive global heat when combined with excessive levels of humidity. That limit[Read More…]

by May 12, 2020 Climate Change
This is What an Effective, Meaningful Carbon Tax Would Look Like

This is What an Effective, Meaningful Carbon Tax Would Look Like

The human tragedy; the social and economic chaos engendered by the Coronavirus Pandemic now sweeping the globe is something completely unprecedented for those of us alive today, but it has in a few months accomplished more positives for the earth environment than many years of often acrimonious wrangling about greenhouse gas reductions by various world leaders. This is immediately obvious[Read More…]

by May 11, 2020 Climate Change
 Canada is a global bad example

 Canada is a global bad example

“This probably doesn’t need to be said but planning for low probability, high impact, worst case scenarios is looking pretty smart right now.”  Gavin Schmidt The building climate change dangers promise to make the coronavirus pandemic look like a day off work with a cold. Increasing global temperature means rising sea levels, worsening extreme weather, more forest fires, and widening[Read More…]

by May 10, 2020 Climate Change
COVID-19 Pandemic And Planet of the Humans’ Protests: Both Terrifying Realities

COVID-19 Pandemic And Planet of the Humans’ Protests: Both Terrifying Realities

The first of two terrifying realities rush to mind when one stops long enough to consider what the underlying revealed human and environmental truths, realities, causes and hypocrisy’s are of the COVID-19 PANDEMIC, and what those who variously argue how to resolve it have to say about the future of not only human life but the survival of all lifeforms[Read More…]

by May 10, 2020 Climate Change
NOAA revealed Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month on record since the U.S. government began recording temperature date in the lat 19th century. (Photo: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Up to 3 billion will live in extreme heat by 2070, study warns

If global warming continues unchecked, the heat that is coming later this century in some parts of the world will bring “nearly unlivable” conditions for up to 3 billion people, a study released Monday said. Climate change could push 1.5 billion people to migrate to escape unlivable heat in the next 50 years even if global targets are reached, says the[Read More…]

Better stay outdated

Better stay outdated

If you do a google search, “Ramp Show” you get about 2660 million links. Ramp shows are quite popular across cities in the world and have well engulfed the minds of both young and old. Everyone wishes to be ‘up-to-date’ on fashion clothing – seasonally changing the costumes. And, this of course maintains your flamboyance! Or at least that’s what[Read More…]

by May 5, 2020 Climate Change
Photo: James Emery/flickr/cc

Planet Earth Reality Check

This essay outlines the urgent need for a new multinational Institution to be formed for the purpose of orchestrating a world-wide increase in the price of carbon from its first moment of entry into the system through to its becoming a part of all derivative goods and services. Board Members must be of the stature and critical thinking skills of[Read More…]

by May 4, 2020 Climate Change
Environment, Climate Change and Public Health

Environment, Climate Change and Public Health

 To Sri. Jairam Ramesh The Chairman, Standing Committee of the Parliament (Science & Technology, Environment, Forests & Climate Change) Parliament of India, New Delhi Dated, 1st May 2020 Dear Sri. Ramesh, Greetings from Sagar, Western Ghats, Karnataka. This has reference to your tweet of 10 April 2020 asking for inputs to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on S&T, Environment, Forests and Climate[Read More…]

by May 1, 2020 Climate Change
Harvard’s Fossil Fuels Formula: Engagement before Withdrawal

Harvard’s Fossil Fuels Formula: Engagement before Withdrawal

“Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it,” urged the Earl of Chesterfield in a letter of advice to his son penned in 1749.  “No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”  This has not tended to be the view of university governors the world over,[Read More…]

by April 30, 2020 Climate Change
The Recent History of GDP Growth, CO2 Emissions, and Climate Policy Paralysis, All in One Table-Runner

The Recent History of GDP Growth, CO2 Emissions, and Climate Policy Paralysis, All in One Table-Runner

Co-Written by Stan Cox & Priti Gulati Cox Note: I began designing this table-runner just before the COVID-19 pandemic blew up in the United States. In the time I have been embroidering it, rates of death and misery have soared while wealth generation and carbon emissions (the two subjects of this work) have ended their decades-long rise and have plummeted.[Read More…]

by April 30, 2020 Climate Change
 image: laura c carlson, Conference of the Parties, 2019, Mixed media on paper.

A “Wild” Tale of Two Nations

“The coronavirus pandemic has made abundantly clear that if life is to thrive on this Earth, human and nonhuman, we need cooperation at all scales—global, regional, binational, within a nation, interstate, and in our local communities. And we need to learn how to coexist with and have compassion for our nonhuman relatives—and acknowledge in the midst of this pandemic that bats[Read More…]

by April 27, 2020 Climate Change
Bats are not our enemies, laura c carlson, 2020, graphite on paper.

COVID-19 Lights Up Biological Annihilation

“The most widely known visual representation of “justice” is a balanced scale. Imagine this now. We get up on the right scale-pan with our cattle and pigs—and all the rest of the wild mammals on Earth from land and the seas, blue whales and elephants included, jump up on the left scale-pan. The scale tips disproportionately to the right with[Read More…]

by April 27, 2020 Climate Change
Global Pandemic And Global Warming

Global Pandemic And Global Warming

The COVID-19 has taught us that we are in an emergency. In 2019 a teenager named Greta Thumberg was crying hoarse that we are in an emergency and no one was listening. It’s time for us to take stock of the matter. Which is the greater emergency, this COVID-19 emergency or the climate emergency that Greta Thumberg was warning about?[Read More…]

by April 26, 2020 Climate Change, Editor's Picks
 Urgent Call for a World-Wide Carbon Tax

 Urgent Call for a World-Wide Carbon Tax

“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…]

by April 25, 2020 Climate Change
The global warming rate exceeds geological mass extinction events

The global warming rate exceeds geological mass extinction events

Global CO₂ rise and warming rates have reached a large factor to an order of magnitude higher than those of the past geological and mass extinction events, with major implications for the shift in climate zones and the nature and speed of current extreme weather events. Given the abrupt change in state of the atmosphere-ocean-cryosphere-land system, accelerating since the mid-20ᵗʰ[Read More…]

by April 23, 2020 Climate Change
COVID-19 or Climate Change: Who is the real killer?

COVID-19 or Climate Change: Who is the real killer?

Co-Written by Bipasha Saikia and Bishaldeep Kakati The global doors of connectivity have been locked up owing to the outbreak of COVID-19. The race to flatten the pandemic curve can be learnt from the drastic containment measures by governments across the globe. The acute seriousness shown towards COVID-19 has also raised questions on the casual approach of the world community[Read More…]

by April 22, 2020 Climate Change
Abrupt Ecosystem Collapse

Abrupt Ecosystem Collapse

A new study in Nature (April 2020) casts a disturbing light on the prospects of abrupt ecosystem collapse. The report analyzes the probabilities of collapsing ecosystems en masse, and not simply the loss of individual species. (Source: Trisos, C.H. et al, The Projected Timing of Abrupt Ecological Disruption From Climate Change, Nature, April 8, 2020) The paper states that a[Read More…]

by April 15, 2020 Climate Change
While we fixate on coronavirus, Earth is hurtling towards a catastrophe worse than the dinosaur extinction

While we fixate on coronavirus, Earth is hurtling towards a catastrophe worse than the dinosaur extinction

At several points in the history of our planet, increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have caused extreme global warming, prompting the majority of species on Earth to die out. In the past, these events were triggered by a huge volcanic eruption or asteroid impact. Now, Earth is heading for another mass extinction – and human activity is to blame. I am[Read More…]

by April 7, 2020 Climate Change
A Planet of Missing Beauties – In Memoriam

A Planet of Missing Beauties – In Memoriam

The other morning, walking at the edge of a local park, I caught sight of a beautiful red cardinal, the first bird I ever saw some 63 years ago. Actually, to make that sentence accurate, I should probably have put either “first” or “ever saw” in quotation marks. After all, I was already 12 years old and, even as a city[Read More…]

by March 25, 2020 Climate Change
Yulin, locating in Shenfu coalfield, together with Ordos and Shuozhou (ShanXi), is called the “Golden Triangle of Coal” in China. Shenmu is an important part of the Shaanbei Energy and Chemical Base. Since 2004, the economy had been developing dramatically thanks to its rich coal resource and was for the first time listed among “Top 100 Prosperous Counties in China” in 2008. Yulin has been tagged as “the Oriental Kuwait”.

Wrong  Way Go Back – Global Sectoral Greenhouse Gas Emissions Are All In The Wrong Direction

Vehicle drivers are familiar with crucial highway signs saying “WRONG WAY GO BACK”. A detailed analysis  shows that global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in all key economic sectors of energy production and non-energy production are increasing whereas the worsening Climate Emergency demands urgently decreasing GHG emissions and ultimately net zero GHG emissions ASAP.  The world is driving headlong in the[Read More…]

by March 20, 2020 Climate Change
 Exchange on climate change

 Exchange on climate change

My friend of fifteen years, Dr. John James , was in the fire zone of Australia. He wrote: The first two months of this year has given us a taste of what is to come From the Climate Science page “February 2020, on global average, was the second warmest February since the reliable measurements began in 1880, at 1.54⁰C relative to[Read More…]

by March 13, 2020 Climate Change
Odisha needs a Climate Change Commission

Odisha needs a Climate Change Commission

Odisha is the first state to present a climate budget. However it is not the same as a gender budget or a nutrition budget. It’s a esseantailly a perspective paper. It gives a perspective on budgetary components relating to climate change.Climate-resilient budgeting requires resource alignment to these components, which is missing now. The next step therefore is, the related schemes[Read More…]

by March 11, 2020 Climate Change
Global Warming on a Rampage

Global Warming on a Rampage

Global warming is not waiting around for the signatories to the Paris climate accord ‘15 to go to net zero emissions 2030/50. Sorry, those bold plans are way too little way too late. Already, across the board, the planet is on a hot streak that defies all projections. It’s starting to look downright scary! Listen… when Helsinki has no snow[Read More…]

by March 7, 2020 Climate Change
Tropical forests are now carbon source, not carbon sinks

Tropical forests are now carbon source, not carbon sinks

The world’s tropical forests are no longer carbon sinks because of human activity, and these forests now emit more carbon than these are able to absorb from the atmosphere as a result of the dual effects of deforestation and land degradation, finds a new study. The study tracking 300,000 trees over a period of 30 years finds: The ability of[Read More…]

by March 5, 2020 Climate Change
A third or more of all species could be gone by 2070

A third or more of all species could be gone by 2070

Within 50 years, a third of all plant and animal species could be caught up in a mass extinction, as a consequence of climate change driven by ever-rising temperatures. What is new about this warning is the method, the precision, the timetable and the identification of a cause. And – entirely felicitously – support for the prediction is backed by a series[Read More…]

by March 4, 2020 Climate Change
Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland takes part in a NATO Engages Armchair Discussion at the NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. The United States says it's firing back at the Canadian government's recent retaliatory tariffs on American imports by launching a formal challenge with the World Trade Organization. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Perverse leadership in ‘immunity via collective failure’ globally

An open letter to Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland Minister Freeland, an open letter regarding ‘there’s nothing inconsistent about the federal government’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions while promoting a thriving oil and gas sector on the Prairies’. Climate change is a suite of potential dangers. Canadian governments have agreed in international treaties going back three decades to try[Read More…]

by March 4, 2020 Climate Change
A thinking imperfection we brought with us into this New Age

A thinking imperfection we brought with us into this New Age

Scientists are now warning us that irreparable damage is being done to our planet. Continuing human existence is in question. Yet most of us go about our daily lives with no sense of fear for the future. XXXXX This brings us to the question of our Age: Do we all psychologically neurologically have the ability to develop by means of[Read More…]

by February 24, 2020 Climate Change
Winter 2019-20 was so far the warmest on record in the contiguous U.S.

Winter 2019-20 was so far the warmest on record in the contiguous U.S.

  January Average Temperature Departures The first two months of meteorological winter (December 2019 – January 2020) were the warmest on record for the contiguous U.S. in data going back to 1895. January 2020 the fifth warmest January on record in all 48 contiguous states. The states saw above- to much-above-average temperatures last month. This was the ninth consecutive January[Read More…]

by February 21, 2020 Climate Change
Mississippi Pearl River’s third-highest crest on record causes flooding in Jackson

Mississippi Pearl River’s third-highest crest on record causes flooding in Jackson

The Pearl River in Jackson, Mississippi, reached its third-highest crest on record as flooding impacted homes and businesses. Hundreds of residents have fled Jackson ahead of potentially historic flooding of the Pearl River. Hundreds of homes have been damaged by the flood. The number may increase to at least 1,000 said Malary White with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. After[Read More…]

by February 18, 2020 Climate Change
NOAA revealed Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month on record since the U.S. government began recording temperature date in the lat 19th century. (Photo: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Methane Leakage Makes Australia A World Leading Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Polluter

Methane (CH4) is 85% of natural gas, leaks, and has a Global Warming Potential (GWP) 105 times that of the same mass of carbon dioxide (CO2)  on a 20 year time frame with aerosol impacts included. Such considerations reveal that Australia with 0.33 % of the world population has revised annual Domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are 2.5% of[Read More…]

by February 18, 2020 Climate Change
Climate Crisis Could Cause a Third of Plant and Animal Species to Disappear Within 50 Years

Climate Crisis Could Cause a Third of Plant and Animal Species to Disappear Within 50 Years

The human-caused climate crisis could cause the extinction of 30% of the world’s plant and animal species by 2070, even accounting for species’ abilities to disperse and shift their niches to tolerate hotter temperatures, according to a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. University of Arizona researchers Cristian Román-Palacios and John J. Wiens analyzed data on 538[Read More…]

by February 16, 2020 Climate Change
January 2020 was the warmest January on record for the Earth

January 2020 was the warmest January on record for the Earth

Last January was the hottest January on record over the world’s land and ocean surfaces, with average temperatures exceeding anything in the 141 years of data held by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The record temperatures in January follow an exceptionally warm 2019, which has been ranked as the second hottest year for the planet’s surface since[Read More…]

by February 14, 2020 Climate Change
Concentration of CO2 Hits Record High of 416 ppm

Concentration of CO2 Hits Record High of 416 ppm

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a record high Monday, a reading from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that elicited fresh calls from climate activists and scientists for the international community to end planet-heating emissions from fossil fuels and deforestation. According to NOAA’s Mauna Loa Observatory, an atmospheric baseline station in Hawaii, the daily average of CO2 levels[Read More…]

by February 13, 2020 Climate Change
Antarctic continent suffers from record temperature of 18.3°C

Antarctic continent suffers from record temperature of 18.3°C

Aerial view of melting glaciers on King George Island, Antarctica. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has confirmed that the Antarctic likely saw a new temperature record of more than 18°C on Thursday. Speaking to journalists in Geneva, spokesperson Clare Nullis from the WMO, said that the record reading taken in the north of the continent, would be[Read More…]

by February 11, 2020 Climate Change
Researchers found that the rate at which bumblebees are declining is "consistent with a mass extinction." (Photo: David A. Hofmann/flickr/cc)

‘Consistent With a Mass Extinction’: New Study Warns Climate Chaos Driving Rapid Decline of Bumblebees

The rising frequency of extremely hot temperatures tied to human-caused global heating is creating “climate chaos” that drives widespread declines of bumblebees, some of the planet’s most important pollinators, according to a new study published in the journal Science. Researchers at the University of Ottawa in Canada and University College London in the United Kingdom developed a new measurement of temperature based on[Read More…]

by February 8, 2020 Climate Change
New South Wales, Australia. PHOTO: Blair Webster, firefighter from Aotearoa (New Zealand).

The fires in Australia: Climate-warming crisis leads to outrage and solidarity

Intense foreboding hung over Australia in September. Spring was the driest on record and summer, the dreaded fire season, was months away. Already, huge fires were raging in Queensland and New South Wales (NSW) — 130 in all, including an ancient rainforest! We knew this summer would be hell on Earth, and it is. By mid-January, 28 people had been[Read More…]

by February 5, 2020 Climate Change
Scientists sign open letter to Australian Government urging action on climate crisis

Scientists sign open letter to Australian Government urging action on climate crisis

  More than 270 scientists have signed an open letter to Australia’s leaders calling on them to abandon partisan politics and take action on climate change. They are calling for urgent action to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions The scientists warn the impacts of climate change are coming faster, stronger and more regularly The letter comes as the Australian Parliament[Read More…]

by February 3, 2020 Climate Change
Climate Change Means Lifestyle Change

Climate Change Means Lifestyle Change

A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book, which deals with the world’s failure to adequately address the existential danger of catastrophic climate change. The book consists mainly of book chapters and articles that I have previously published, although a considerable amount of new material has been added. It can be freely downloaded[Read More…]

by January 28, 2020 Climate Change
The Fate of the Earth – See Page Five

The Fate of the Earth – See Page Five

Let me betray my age for a moment. Some of you, I know, will be shocked, but I still read an actual newspaper. Words on real paper every day. I’m talking about the New York Times, and something stuck with me from the January 9th edition of that “paper” paper. Of course, in the world of the Internet, that’s already ancient history[Read More…]

by January 27, 2020 Climate Change
The Time for Postponing Climate Action Is Over

The Time for Postponing Climate Action Is Over

In 1962, Rachael Carson warned us, with the publication of Silent Spring, that the indiscriminate use of pesticides was disrupting critical ecosystems and causing severe damage to human health. Her message led to a ban on the use of DDT in the United States and eventual restrictions on its use in much of the world. Her warning also helped launch[Read More…]

by January 25, 2020 Climate Change
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A Climate Time Bomb With Trump’s Name Inscribed

Thwaites, in West Antarctica, is the world’s most dangerous glacier. As of January 15th, scientists have labeled it: “A Climate Time Bomb.” Thwaites isc rumbling apart on the underneath side where warm ocean currents circulate, which is clear evidence that global warming is really, truly hitting its stride even as America, obeying President Trump’s orders,rejected its commitment to Paris ’15,[Read More…]

by January 25, 2020 Climate Change
 Corals and communities: EJF report highlights devastating impacts of climate crisis on reefs

 Corals and communities: EJF report highlights devastating impacts of climate crisis on reefs

The risk of severe impacts on coastal communities and marine biodiversity from the loss of coral reefs is highlighted in a new report by the Environmental Justice Foundation. 275 million people directly depend on reefs for their livelihoods and sustenance, but the IPCC predicts that 99% of corals will be lost under 2°C of global heating. Pollution and unsustainable fishing present[Read More…]

by January 22, 2020 Climate Change
Landmark UN ruling: Countries banned from returning refugees to countries threatened by climate crisis

Landmark UN ruling: Countries banned from returning refugees to countries threatened by climate crisis

A landmark ruling by the UN Human Rights Committee said: It unlawful to return refugees to countries where their lives may be threatened by the impacts of the climate crisis. The non-binding ruling is a move, which could set a precedent for future protection claims. The committee’s judgment centered on the case of Ioane Teitiota, a man from the Pacific[Read More…]

by January 22, 2020 Climate Change
The Rumbling ESAS Methane Enigma

The Rumbling ESAS Methane Enigma

The northern continental shelves of Russia, inclusive of the Barents Sea, Kara Sea, Laptev Sea and East Siberian Sea (ESAS) are some of the least researched yet most controversial subjects in climate science today. It’s the one region that has the biggest potential to trigger runaway global warming because of sizeable sub sea methane deposits, thereby taking civilization down to[Read More…]

by January 18, 2020 Climate Change
Janus-Faced on Climate Change: Microsoft’s Carbon Vision

Janus-Faced on Climate Change: Microsoft’s Carbon Vision

“This is a bold bet – a moonshot – for Microsoft.”  So claimed Brad Smith, Microsoft President, in a Thursday announcement painting a picture of a company that intends to be carbon negative by 2030.  “And,” Smith continued, “it will need to be a moonshot for the world.”  That vision entails the removal of more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere[Read More…]

by January 18, 2020 Climate Change
Climate Change: A Concise Assessment of What we are Risking

Climate Change: A Concise Assessment of What we are Risking

The failure of the Madrid climate negotiations, the Cop25, was not really unexpected. Even today, very few people, be they politicians or citizens, understand the risks of what’s happening, and those who do are accused of “alarmism”. But how long can we carry on as if nothing is happening? What do we risk if we do nothing? The answer is[Read More…]

by January 18, 2020 Climate Change
Davos 2020 Report: Climate change tops risks for world in 2020

Davos 2020 Report: Climate change tops risks for world in 2020

The world’s elite are set to descend on Davos, a Swiss mountain resort, in the World Economic Forum (WEF). It is an annual gathering of world political leaders, business executives including chief executives of some of the world’s biggest and powerful companies, academics and non-governmental organization (NGO) leaders. The Davos WEF has an image of being an elitist event meant[Read More…]

by January 17, 2020 Climate Change
2019 was second-hottest year ever, more extreme weather ahead: WMO

2019 was second-hottest year ever, more extreme weather ahead: WMO

  The 2019 was the world’s second-hottest year on record. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), U.S. space administration NASA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced the finding Wednesday. The Geneva-based WMO combined several datasets, including two from the NASA and the UK Met Office. The decade beginning in 2010 was the hottest ever, and it’s the[Read More…]

by January 16, 2020 Climate Change
Global warming and the Australian fire storms

Global warming and the Australian fire storms

Global warming and its disastrous consequences are now truly with us since the second part of 2019. At the moment a change in the weather has given parts of the country a respite from the raging fires, some of which are still burning or smoldering, waiting for another warm spell to flare up. The danger zones include the Australian Capital[Read More…]

by January 15, 2020 Climate Change
Deadly winter storm wreaks havoc across the Middle East, death toll in Pakistan and Afghanistan 54

Deadly winter storm wreaks havoc across the Middle East, death toll in Pakistan and Afghanistan 54

A deadly winter storm brought severe impacts to millions of people from parts of the Arabian Peninsula to Pakistan beginning late last week and through the weekend. According to media reports, at least 54 people were killed by the combination of heavy snowfall, brutal cold and severe flooding in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The storm got underway on Thursday with scattered[Read More…]

by January 14, 2020 Climate Change
Incendiary Extinctions: Australian Fires and the Species Effect

Incendiary Extinctions: Australian Fires and the Species Effect

Cocooned as it is from the world of science scepticism, the handling of the bush fire catastrophe unfolding in Australia is going to one of the more notable (non)achievements of the Morrison government.  They were warned; they were chided; they were prodded.  But the measures lagged and the flames came. To a certain extent, this remains unfair.  Australian governments, across[Read More…]

by January 11, 2020 Climate Change
Mega Droughts Engulf Countries

Mega Droughts Engulf Countries

Throughout the world, mega droughts are hitting hard with a ferocity not seen in decades and in some cases not seen in centuries. It’s not merely coincidental that as global warming accelerates droughts turn more vicious than ever before. All of which begs the logical question of when will world leaders wake up with a unified plan of action to[Read More…]

by January 11, 2020 Climate Change
Climate crisis: Is there a Savitri to Save the World from Climate Catastrophe?

Climate crisis: Is there a Savitri to Save the World from Climate Catastrophe?

In the days of yore, Savitri saved Satyavan The legend of Savitri and Satyavan in the Hindu mythological epic, the Mahabharat, is a love story. Savitri, a beautiful princess, marries Satyavan, a penniless woodcutter, despite Sage Narada warning her that Satyavan, is a dead man walking. A year later, on the day of reckoning, Yama, the God of death, comes[Read More…]

by January 11, 2020 Climate Change
Trumpist Climate Change Denial, Australian Bushfires, Fuel Reduction, Biochar & Carbon Debt

Trumpist Climate Change Denial, Australian Bushfires, Fuel Reduction, Biochar & Carbon Debt

Australia has been devastated by catastrophic bushfires in all states across the continent. The Australian fire season used to encompass the 6 months of Spring and Summer but now encompasses 9 months from late Winter to early Autumn. The effective climate change denialist and anti-science Coalition Government has a major responsibility. Mechanical fuel reduction coupled with biochar (charcoal, carbon, C)[Read More…]

by January 10, 2020 Climate Change
COP gets it upside down: the climate crisis calls for supply side management and justice

COP gets it upside down: the climate crisis calls for supply side management and justice

COP 25: Hiring a thief to guard one’s home The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) concluded its 25th Conference of Parties (COP 25) meeting in Madrid on 14 November 2019, where it discussed how to tackle the growing climate crisis. After nearly a fortnight’s deliberations by representatives of nearly 200 nations, COP 25 closed without a satisfactory[Read More…]

by January 10, 2020 Climate Change
Effective climate mitigation: 2020 vision

Effective climate mitigation: 2020 vision

Neoliberalism has put the blinders on public imagination, hindering our ability to envision, and thus build, a world free from fossil fuels. Fremstad and Paul It’s the beginning of a new year and decade. 2020 beckons. Life is good, better than the human condition has ever been, but climate change is happening, is accelerating and has become an existential danger[Read More…]

by January 4, 2020 Climate Change
Photo: James Emery/flickr/cc

Kill GDP to Help Save the Planet

There’s a problem with America’s favorite statistic:GDP. It avoids pretty much everything that’s actually, truly, really good for society, including the importance of robust ecology. Still, it’s the biggest measure of what’s happening with the economy and used around the world,even though horribly flawed. According to some forward thinkers, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the monetary value of all finished goods[Read More…]

by January 3, 2020 Climate Change
Warming Ocean Currents Affect Weather and Environment

Warming Ocean Currents Affect Weather and Environment

Co-Written by Meena Miriam Yust & Arshad M. Khan If one can imagine looking at our globe from the South Pole end, one can observe the ocean currents circulating water across the oceans. First one would notice a current all the way around the perimeter of the Antarctic.  A surface current circulates clockwise but there is also a deep undercurrent[Read More…]

by January 1, 2020 Climate Change
Planetary arson

Planetary arson

“Meeting the climate goals of the Paris Agreement is going to be nearly impossible without removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere” Kevin Drum (2019). No one knows how to impose 1.5 or 2.0 degrees Celsius limits unless drawdown /carbon sequestration of atmospheric CO2 is attempted, nor are drawdown methods normally discussed in most political or economic forums. The release of[Read More…]

by December 26, 2019 Climate Change
The Amazon at a Tipping Point

The Amazon at a Tipping Point

The Amazon rainforest is a crucial life-support ecosystem. Without its wondrous strength and power to generate hydrologic systems across the sky (as far north as Iowa), absorb and store carbon (CO2), and its miraculous life-giving endless supply of oxygen, civilization would cease to exist beyond scattered tribes, here and there. Sad to say, a recent scientific analysis of the health[Read More…]

by December 26, 2019 Climate Change
Burning Continents, Secret Travels and Scott Morrison

Burning Continents, Secret Travels and Scott Morrison

The bush fire situation in Australia is now deemed catastrophic.  And it started early, with a relentless ferocity that has seen thousands of volunteers stretched across the states and a slow but assured rise in the number of deaths.  Currently, there are fires raging at emergency level across New South Wales, and major incendiary activity in South Australia and Victoria. [Read More…]

by December 22, 2019 Climate Change
Hellish heatwave hits Australia and Sydney suburbs are without water

Hellish heatwave hits Australia and Sydney suburbs are without water

  Extreme temperatures are expected in South Australia, Victoria, NSW and the as the heatwave moves east. Source: Bureau of Meteorology Hellish heatwave is hitting Australia. A state of emergency has been declared in New South Wales, Australia, amid fears a record-breaking heatwave will exacerbate the state’s bushfire crisis. More than 100 fires continue to burn in New South Wales[Read More…]

by December 20, 2019 Climate Change
Biosphere Collapse?

Biosphere Collapse?

Five years ago: Nations of the world met in Paris to draft a climate agreement that was subsequently accepted by nearly every country in the world, stating that global temperatures must not exceed +2C pre-industrial. Global emissions must be cut! Fossil fuel usage must be cut! Today: Following Paris ’15, global banks have invested $1.9 trillion in fossil fuel projects.[Read More…]

by December 20, 2019 Climate Change
Australian Climate Criminality, Heat Stress Deaths & Australian  Aboriginal Ethnocide

Australian Climate Criminality, Heat Stress Deaths & Australian  Aboriginal Ethnocide

More than 500 Australians presently  die from heat stress each year with this disaster disproportionately impacting  the elderly, the impoverished and Indigenous First Nations peoples. Australia is currently beset continent-wide with climate change-exacerbated heat waves with sustained temperatures above 40 degrees Centigrade, extraordinary, nation-wide  bush fire emergencies commencing in Winter, and a devastating and widespread drought in Eastern Australia that[Read More…]

by December 19, 2019 Climate Change
COP25 produces nothing but compromise and disappointment

COP25 produces nothing but compromise and disappointment

The longest ever UN climate talks on record – Conference of Parties (COP)25 – have finally ended in Madrid with nothing, but a compromise deal. Many of those in attendance were unhappy with the overall package, feeling it did not reflect the urgency of the science. A disappointment has overwhelmed many COP25 delegates. Exhausted delegates reached agreement on the key[Read More…]

by December 16, 2019 Climate Change
Climate Change Accounting: The Failure of COP25

Climate Change Accounting: The Failure of COP25

Prior to the UN Convention on Climate Change talks held in Madrid, the sense that tradition would assert itself was hard to buck.  Weariness and frustration came in the wake of initial high minded optimism. Delegates spent an extra two days and nights attempting to reach a deal covering carbon reduction measures before the Glasgow conference in 2020.  The gathering[Read More…]

by December 16, 2019 Climate Change
Photo: Beth Scupham/flickr/cc

The Failure of the Economists

Why their failure? This metaphor can give us an answer: In those few minutes after takeoff as we all lean back in our assigned seats in an American Boeing 737 Max (Donald Trump is our pilot and Bill Barr is our copilot) neither we or they are aware that the plane is about to crash. Bad engineering, inadequate quality controls,[Read More…]

by December 16, 2019 Climate Change
Reports from COP25: Last minute discussions for stronger actions

Reports from COP25: Last minute discussions for stronger actions

On Saturday, activists staged a protest outside the COP25 summit venue in Madrid to express their frustration at what they see as the failure of world leaders in taking meaningful action on climate change. The conference has become enmeshed in deep, technical arguments about a number of issues including the role of carbon markets and the financing of loss and[Read More…]

by December 15, 2019 Climate Change
Earth In Extremis While Trump Plays Ostrich

Earth In Extremis While Trump Plays Ostrich

Storms are savaging East Africa where rainfall in Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania is now over 300 mm (about a foot) higher than the 30-year mean tallied since 1981.  The subsequent flooding and landslides have affected 2.8 million people displacing many and reportedly killing 300 according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Thousands of miles away at[Read More…]

by December 13, 2019 Climate Change
The Arctic is increasingly at risk as temperatures warm and sea ice melts away warns NOAA

The Arctic is increasingly at risk as temperatures warm and sea ice melts away warns NOAA

The Arctic is increasingly at risk as temperatures warm and sea ice melts away, warns U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in its Arctic Report Card (ARC), an annual report on the state of this crucial ecosystem. Climate crisis is causing chaos in the Bering Sea, home to one of America’s largest fisheries, said the U.S. federal government agency’s scientists[Read More…]

by December 11, 2019 Climate Change
 Insignia, Badges, and Medals for a Climate-Wracked Era- The U.S. Military on a Planet From Hell

 Insignia, Badges, and Medals for a Climate-Wracked Era- The U.S. Military on a Planet From Hell

It was Monday, March 1, 2032, and the top uniformed officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps were poised, as they are every year around this time, to deliver their annual “posture statement” on military readiness before the Senate Armed Services Committee. As the officers waited for the committee members to take their seats, journalists covering the[Read More…]

by December 11, 2019 Climate Change
Global warming and the habitability of planet Earth

Global warming and the habitability of planet Earth

Carbon, the essential element underpinning photosynthesis and life, is transformed into toxic substances in the remnants of plants and organisms buried in sediments. Once released to the atmosphere (Fig. 1) in the form of CO2, CO and methane, in large quantities these gases become lethal and have been responsible for mass extinctions of species (Fig. 2). Given amplifying feedbacks from[Read More…]

by December 9, 2019 Climate Change
Dealing With Climate PTSD

Dealing With Climate PTSD

 Recently, I was in Homer, Alaska, to talk about my book The End of Ice. Seconds after I had thanked those who brought me to the small University of Alaska campus there, overwhelmed with some mix of sadness, love, and grief about my adopted state — and the planet generally — I wept. I tried to speak but could only apologize[Read More…]

by December 9, 2019 Climate Change
New Report on Ocean Oxygen Loss Gives ‘Ultimate Wake-Up Call’ to Act on Climate

New Report on Ocean Oxygen Loss Gives ‘Ultimate Wake-Up Call’ to Act on Climate

A new report on ocean oxygen loss released Saturday should serve as the “ultimate wake-up call” to take bold action to rein in planet-warming emissions and save the world’s “suffocating seas,” researchers said. The publication from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) shows how the problem known as ocean deoxygenation, driven by global warming and human-caused nutrient pollution, is expanding, with[Read More…]

by December 8, 2019 Climate Change
Australian cities bathed in smoke from hundreds of bushfires

Australian cities bathed in smoke from hundreds of bushfires

The horror early start to Australia’s bushfire season has continued this week, with fires burning out of control in the states of New South Wales (NSW), Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria. Sydney has been enveloped in toxic smoke for days on end as a result of blazes burning to the south, west and north of the city. The NSW Department[Read More…]

by December 7, 2019 Climate Change
American’s Existential Problem – and the World’s

American’s Existential Problem – and the World’s

2012 World Bank Report “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[Read More…]

by December 7, 2019 Climate Change
Permafrost Hits a Grim Threshold

Permafrost Hits a Grim Threshold

For tens of thousands of years the Arctic’s carbon sink has been a powerful dynamic in functionality of the Earth System. However, that all-important functionality has been crippled and could be permanently severed. According to new research based upon field observations conducted from 2003 to 2017, a large-scale carbon emission shift in the Earth System has occurred. The “entire Arctic”[Read More…]

by December 6, 2019 Climate Change
Decade ending 2019 likely to be the hottest on record, says WMO

Decade ending 2019 likely to be the hottest on record, says WMO

Exceptional global heat driven by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions mean this decade will most likely go down as the warmest on record, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which released its provisional statement on the State of the Global Climate on Tuesday. The WMO also finds that 2019 is on track to be the second or third warmest year[Read More…]

by December 4, 2019 Climate Change
Climate Scientists: Planetary Emergency, Planet In Peril, Act Now

Climate Scientists: Planetary Emergency, Planet In Peril, Act Now

A paper co-authored by some eminent climate scientists and just published in the prestigious scientific journal  Nature, analyses critical tipping points impacted by man-made climate change, and  concludes: “Act now… the evidence from tipping points alone suggests that we are in a state of planetary emergency: both the risk and urgency of the situation are acute…  The stability and resilience[Read More…]

by December 3, 2019 Climate Change
Oxfam Unveils Report Showing Climate-Related Disasters Displaced 200 Million People Since 2008

Oxfam Unveils Report Showing Climate-Related Disasters Displaced 200 Million People Since 2008

Residents brave the floods in Mazive, southern Mozambique, on April 28, 2019, just weeks after the country suffered one of the worst storms in its history. (Photo: Emidio Josine/AFP via Getty Images) As world leaders convened in Madrid for COP25 amid surging grassroots demands for radical action, the charitable organization Oxfam released new research Monday showing that climate-related disasters were the leading cause of[Read More…]

by December 2, 2019 Climate Change
Failed Action On The Climate Crisis Makes Resistance Imperative

Failed Action On The Climate Crisis Makes Resistance Imperative

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Magaret Flowers On December 2, the 25th two-week long United Nations climate conference begins in Madrid, Spain. The stated task of the conference, referred to as COP 25 (Conference Of Parties), is to make sure there are plans to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement. The goals of that agreement, which are nonbinding, are:[Read More…]

by December 2, 2019 Climate Change
Failure to Address Climate Crisis Puts Children at Risk

Failure to Address Climate Crisis Puts Children at Risk

On Nov. 12, Veneto, Italy’s regional council was debating climate policy in its Venice offices. Minutes after a majority voted against budget amendments to address climate disruption, the chambers were inundated with water. Venice is known for flooding, but it’s getting worse, and the timing in this instance felt like a message. Our existence is a marvelous phenomenon. We live on[Read More…]

by December 1, 2019 Climate Change
Why We Strike Again

Why We Strike Again

Co-Written by Greta Thunberg, Luisa Neubauer and Angela Valenzuela After more than a year of grim scientific projections and growing activism, world leaders, and the public alike are increasingly recognizing the severity and urgency of the climate crisis. And yet nothing has been done. For more than a year, children and young people from around the world have been striking[Read More…]

by November 30, 2019 Climate Change
Rapid and deep decarbonization of power supply worldwide is required to limit global warming

Rapid and deep decarbonization of power supply worldwide is required to limit global warming

A rapid and deep decarbonization of power supply worldwide is required to limit global warming to well below 2 °C. Beyond greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the power sector is also responsible for numerous other environmental impacts. An international team of scientists in their study has found this. Producing electricity in a climate-friendly brings huge benefits for our health – mainly due[Read More…]

by November 29, 2019 Climate Change
Thanksgiving Also Means Giving Thanks For Our Planet

Thanksgiving Also Means Giving Thanks For Our Planet

It is Thanksgiving holiday in the US.  The Europeans do not celebrate Thanksgiving and the European Parliament has held an election.  It has chosen former German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen as the new President of the European Commission.  Hailing from a political family of conservatives — her father narrowly lost a party leadership election to Franz Josef Strauss[Read More…]

by November 28, 2019 Climate Change
China’s Renewed Coal Boom

China’s Renewed Coal Boom

China’s failure to kick a long-standing addiction to coal has thrown a knockout punch to the Paris Agreement of 2015, including its 195 signatories. Suddenly, out of the blue, the world has turned upside down! Sixteen months ago July 16th, 2018: “China and the European Union on Monday reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris climate change pact and called other[Read More…]

by November 28, 2019 Climate Change
UN report calls for “radical transformations” to avert global climate catastrophe

UN report calls for “radical transformations” to avert global climate catastrophe

The United Nations Environment Programme issued its tenth Emissions Gap Report yesterday, which highlighted the stark failure of the 2015 Paris Agreement to curb global greenhouse gas emissions and halt global warming. Even if countries hold themselves to their emissions pledges from four years ago, the report warns that global average temperatures will still increase to 3.2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels[Read More…]

by November 27, 2019 Climate Change
UN Report Warns Only Rapid and Transformational Action Can Stave Off Global Climate Disaster

UN Report Warns Only Rapid and Transformational Action Can Stave Off Global Climate Disaster

An alarming United Nations report released Tuesday said global temperatures are on track to rise as much as 3.9°C by the end of the century, meaning only drastic and unprecedented emissions reductions can stave off the most devastating consequences of the climate crisis. The annual Emissions Gap report (pdf) from the U.N. Environmental Program (UNEP) warns that nations’ commitments under the Paris climate accord—from which U.S.[Read More…]

by November 26, 2019 Climate Change
The breach of the Paris climate accord

The breach of the Paris climate accord

Since its inception the Paris climate accord has been in questiondue to,among other(1) its broad definition, intended to keep a mean global temperature rise this century to below 1.5oC and efforts to limit temperature increase well below 2oC above pre-industrial levels; (2) its non-binding nature; accounting tricks by vested interests. The goal assumes pre-determined limits can be placed on greenhouse[Read More…]

by November 25, 2019 Climate Change
 Poor people must be accommodated in the climate change discussion

 Poor people must be accommodated in the climate change discussion

Poor people are not generally concerned about the adverse affects of climate change. Atleast this was the conclusion that several recent articles wanted to reach as far as I understood by reading them. These articles had mentioned poor people’s lack of understanding about the climate change as the major reason for their dis-concern. While this cannot be denied outright, it cannot[Read More…]

by November 25, 2019 Climate Change
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Climate needs real business leadership

Climate change is real, happening. It is human caused – mostly through our use of fossil fuels, and could be catastrophic, could be a tragic end to our present evolution. Without effective mitigation. But we’ve gone three decades of failure to even slow the increase in burning coal, oil and natural gas, with consequential greenhouse gases (GHGs) increasing in the[Read More…]

by November 23, 2019 Climate Change
Venice Is Flooded—A Look at Our Coastal Future

Venice Is Flooded—A Look at Our Coastal Future

 Co-Written by Arshad M. Khan and Meena Miriam Yust If humans have been lucky, basking in the comforting warmth of an inter-glacial period for the last 10,000 years, that luck may be about to turn.  Rest assured we are not entering a glacial period.  No, our quest for greater comfort has us pumping fossil fuel residues in the air—particularly CO2—warming[Read More…]

by November 19, 2019 Climate Change
A New Age?

A New Age?

Many throughout the world are beginning to understand that our continuance on this planet will require recognition of the presence of an underlying planetary and cosmic “implicate order.” (David Bohm) And they are beginning to understand that humanity is not now living in a harmonious relationship with that order. These many are beginning to recognize that it will call for[Read More…]

by November 18, 2019 Climate Change
Tinderbox Earth

Tinderbox Earth

The effects of encroaching deserts andof fire storms onterrestrial forests, originally developed under moderate conditions distinct from those emerging under rapid global warming and extreme weather events, may have been underestimated. Average global temperatures do not tell the story — it is the increasingly frequent weather anomalies which do. Powerful psychological factors prevent many scientists from expressing their worst fears,a[Read More…]

by November 15, 2019 Climate Change
What the U.S. Military Will Be Doing in a Climate Crisis Future

What the U.S. Military Will Be Doing in a Climate Crisis Future

The Situation Room, October 2039: the president and vice president, senior generals and admirals, key cabinet members, and other top national security officers huddle around computer screens as aides speak to key officials across the country. Some screens are focused on Hurricane Monica, continuing its catastrophic path through the Carolinas and Virginia; others are following Hurricane Nicholas, now pummeling Florida and[Read More…]

by November 15, 2019 Climate Change
Extrapolating 11,000 Scientists’ Climate Emergency Warning To 2030 Catastrophe

Extrapolating 11,000 Scientists’ Climate Emergency Warning To 2030 Catastrophe

Over 11,000 scientists have signed up to a World scientists’ warning of a Climate Emergency that sets out trends in 24 climate-related  areas over the last 40 years.  Scientists became aware of the climate change threat from greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution in the 1980s,  but in 23 of these 24 areas the trends are (a) huge, (b) in the wrong[Read More…]

by November 14, 2019 Climate Change
Incinerating Logic: Bush Fires and Climate Change

Incinerating Logic: Bush Fires and Climate Change

Despite the Internet, connectivity, and linking technologies, distance has not shrunk the Australian sense of self, an often provincial appraisal of the world seen in slow motion and stills.  Whether it’s the “flower revolution” or Michel Foucault, trends and ideas are often delayed, and seem almost cutely anachronistic by the time they make landfall down under.  Wedded to the insatiable[Read More…]

by November 12, 2019 Climate Change
Climate Confusion, Angst, and Sleeplessness

Climate Confusion, Angst, and Sleeplessness

Climate change is a nagging issue for many people because it is so big, diverse, and overwhelming, as big as the planet itself. So, how to explain climate change? Sociologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, and even anthropologists and economists have tackled the phenomenon of Climate Weltschmerz, meaning people experience angst as the enormity of climate change overrides sensibilities, and sanity, and sadly[Read More…]

by November 12, 2019 Book Review, Climate Change
Of warnings and their ripple effects

Of warnings and their ripple effects

In her testimony to the US Congress, Greta Thunberg did not prepare a statement for submission to the record. Instead, she submitted the most recent scientific report, issued by the IPCC three weeks earlier. She said simply, “I am submitting this report as my testimony because I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the[Read More…]

by November 11, 2019 Climate Change
 The Greatest Scam in History: How the Energy Companies Took Us All

 The Greatest Scam in History: How the Energy Companies Took Us All

It’s a tale for all time. What might be the greatest scam in history or, at least, the one that threatens to take history down with it. Think of it as the climate-change scam that beat science, big time. Scientists have been seriously investigating the subject of human-made climate change since the late 1950s and political leaders have been discussing[Read More…]

by November 11, 2019 Climate Change
Aerial view over two walruses on an ice floe in front of Kvitøya (White Island) in the Svalbard Archipelago.

Ignoring Climate Catastrophes

The planet is coming apart at the seams right before the eyes of scientists at work in remote fringe areas of the North where permafrost crumbles and collapses. It’s abrupt climate change at work in real time,but the governing leaders of the world either don’t care or don’t know. If they did, there would already be a worldwide Climate Marshall[Read More…]

by November 9, 2019 Climate Change
The Climate Strikers Walked Out of School. Next, Let’s Walk Off the Job

The Climate Strikers Walked Out of School. Next, Let’s Walk Off the Job

We can leverage our power as workers through high-impact, disruptive labor strikes that halt the economy’s gears until politicians can no longer ignore us, and are forced to cede to demands that will save the world. This September, the world erupted when over 7 million people — young and old—poured into the streets for the Global Climate Strike. The mass action, which made a Green New[Read More…]

by November 8, 2019 Climate Change
Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists foresee untold human suffering

Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists foresee untold human suffering

Governments are failing to address the climate crisis, says a new study, which is based on 40 years of data on a range of measures. Another team said: Paris carbon-cutting pledges are “too little, too late”. The alarming assessments came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump formally notified the UN of the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Climate[Read More…]

by November 6, 2019 Climate Change
The fatal nexus – Atmospheric CO2 and the mass extinction of species

The fatal nexus – Atmospheric CO2 and the mass extinction of species

 As the concentration of atmospheric CO2has risen to 408 ppm and the total greenhouse gas level, including methane and nitrous oxide, combine to near500 parts per million CO2-equivalent, the stability threshold of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, currently melting at an accelerated rate, has been exceeded. The consequent expansion of tropics and the shift of climate zones toward the[Read More…]

by November 6, 2019 Climate Change, Editor's Picks
At A Crossroads Before Critical Mass

At A Crossroads Before Critical Mass

The terrible and terrifying conditions of wind and fire devastating parts of California are showing us what happens when Earth Trauma approaches critical mass. We are not yet at global critical mass, but we do continue to move ever closer. Critical mass relative to environmental trauma or environmental catastrophe would be when either one of two major developments occur, both[Read More…]

by November 6, 2019 Climate Change
Major cities of the world could submerge within 30 years due to Global Warming

Major cities of the world could submerge within 30 years due to Global Warming

  Major cities of the world are at risk of being submerged under rising sea levels over the next 30 years. This could put hundreds of millions of people at risk – their homes and jobs lost. A new study finds this. New elevation data triple estimates of global vulnerability to sea-level rise and coastal flooding. A new digital elevation[Read More…]

by October 31, 2019 Climate Change
Climate Risks: Wildfires, Glacier Melt, Coastal Flooding

Climate Risks: Wildfires, Glacier Melt, Coastal Flooding

California wildfires are again in the news as the Kincade Fire now raging risked 50,000 people, who have been evacuated.  It might come as a surprise but there have been 41,074 wildfires compared to 47,853 in 2018 for the first nine months of the year.  Blame the downslope Santa Ana winds for fanning them.  Fires can occur naturally through lightning[Read More…]

by October 28, 2019 Climate Change
XR Co-Founder Discusses Climate Emergency

XR Co-Founder Discusses Climate Emergency

Extinction Rebellion (“XR”) has hit the world stage like a flash of light with participants in more than 70 countries all within one year’s time. Its allure is simply “telling the truth” about the climate crisis… for a change. A breath of fresh air in a world filled with deceit and lies by people in positions of power. Recently, Roger[Read More…]

by October 22, 2019 Climate Change
Climate Change: A People-Centered Approach

Climate Change: A People-Centered Approach

“That which is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it,” observed Aristotle, highlighting an all-too-common human tendency. His warning is still relevant today, especially in our fight against climate change. The Paris Agreement, adopted in December 2015, is an international framework to strengthen efforts to mitigate global warming. However, as UN Secretary-General António Guterres warns,[Read More…]

by October 19, 2019 Climate Change
People’s Assembly held in New York demands climate justice and ending inequality

People’s Assembly held in New York demands climate justice and ending inequality

300 people from 80 countries and 203 civil society organisations participated in the People’s Assembly 2019 on 24-25 September in the UN Church Center in New York. There were many representatives from social movements fighting for justice at the local level. They analyzed the people’s perspectives and challenged heads of state attending the UN SDG Summit across the road in the UN[Read More…]

by October 17, 2019 Climate Change
Climate Crisis Denier’s Are Emperors who Wear No Clothes

Climate Crisis Denier’s Are Emperors who Wear No Clothes

In October 2019, approximately 7.5 million humans, world-wide, led by the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg’s Fridays for Future International Movement, marched in protest of the human-caused climate crisis that is contributing to the Anthropocene Epoch’s sixth greatest mass extinction of species in the history of the planet. Other activists, like those in the Extinction Rebellion Movement, smaller in numbers yet[Read More…]

by October 16, 2019 Climate Change
Healing the Rift Between Political Reality and Ecological Reality: A Q & A with Shaun Chamberlin

Healing the Rift Between Political Reality and Ecological Reality: A Q & A with Shaun Chamberlin

If U.S. greenhouse emissions are to be driven down to zero within a decade or even two, it will not be accomplished through building more solar and wind energy capacity and relying on market competition to eliminate fossil fuels from the economy. A direct, foolproof mechanism is required to drive oil, gas, and coal out of the economy, by law[Read More…]

by October 15, 2019 Climate Change
Climate Change Fight Need Adivasi 

Climate Change Fight Need Adivasi 

In India, the development has become a sacrosanct religion of which no question can be asked. Opposing environmentallydestructive developmental projects makes one antidevelopment and antinational. Being an Adivasi Right Activists for over 30 years, I haveexperienced this myself. The climate change impact is changing the narrative a bit. This can be witnessed in the support for Aarey tree felling issue[Read More…]

by October 14, 2019 Climate Change
An expedition on board the Academic Mstislav Keldysh discovered a 50-square-foot patch of bubbling methane in the East Siberian Sea CREDIT: SHIRSHOV INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY

Methane SOS

Global warming is on speed, especially in northern latitudes where an international team of scientists led by Igor Semiletov of Tomsk Polytechnic University, Russia’s oldest technical institution, recently made a startling discovery aboard the Academic Mstislav Keldysh (see photo above), the kind of discovery that sends chills down the spine, i.e., “methane bubbles boiling in water.” According to Semiletov: “This[Read More…]

by October 11, 2019 Climate Change
 Dying Wildlife on a Warming Planet

 Dying Wildlife on a Warming Planet

Co-Written by Meena Miriam Yust and Arshad M. Khan The emaciated polar bear, a sorry remnant of magnificence, raiding garbage cans in an iconic, even infamous photo, is one consequence of global warming.  As the September (2019) National Geographic cover story displays depressingly, Arctic ice collected over winter is sparser, thinner, and now disappears completely during summer in parts of Canada.  If[Read More…]

by October 9, 2019 Climate Change
The Public Interest in Climate Change Reaches an All-Time High. It is the Effect of Greta Thunberg

The Public Interest in Climate Change Reaches an All-Time High. It is the Effect of Greta Thunberg

A little more than one year ago, I wrote a post titled “Why, in a Few Years, Nobody Will be Talking About Climate Change Anymore.” It turned out that I was completely wrong: Greta Thunberg changed everything. My mistake was the typical one we all make when we try to predict the future. As I tend to say, “the surest[Read More…]

by October 8, 2019 Climate Change
Time to Rebel

Time to Rebel

Monday, Oct. 7. marks the start of what the British-based group Extinction Rebellion is calling the International Rebellion. Thousands of people will occupy the centers of some 60 cities around the globe, including Madrid, Amsterdam, Paris and New York, to stage nonviolent occupations of bridges and roads for at least a week. The goal is to paralyze commerce to force the[Read More…]

by October 7, 2019 Climate Change
Climate and the Little Green Women and Men

Climate and the Little Green Women and Men

The Little Green Women and Men (LGWM) are us, humanoids, especially those living in the west, believing we command Mother Earth. Well, no wonder, there is a group among us, who claims to be “God’s Chosen People” – and they act it all the way. So much so, that they and their influence on LGWMs, have almost managed to dominate[Read More…]

by October 5, 2019 Climate Change
Greta Thunberg And Warnings of Extinction

Greta Thunberg And Warnings of Extinction

I just returned from New York. While there I attended lectures at the Museum of Natural History by two noted Climatologists; Katherine Hayhoe and Cynthia Scharf. Greta Thunberg was at the UN for the UN Climate Summit. Every word of her presentation was prescient. Deadly irreversible tipping points are approaching us. They could lead to our extinction. This was confirmed[Read More…]

by October 5, 2019 Climate Change
 Is Collapse of Our Civilization Unavoidable?

 Is Collapse of Our Civilization Unavoidable?

The question put above should not surprise anybody who is informed about the state of the world today. In the past, other civilizations have collapsed or withered away. So our civilization too may not be able to avoid that fate. Currently, this possibility is being associated with global warming,1 But even earlier, the end of the current civilization was speculated on[Read More…]

by October 4, 2019 Climate Change
An Open letter to Indian Judiciary- The Role of Judiciary in fighting Climate Change

An Open letter to Indian Judiciary- The Role of Judiciary in fighting Climate Change

In a world where natural resources are getting depleted and emissions from pollution are being produced faster than the blink of an eye, citizens and bureaucrats are pitting against each other to save the environment. While citizens adopt conservation and ancient wisdom to save the environment, bureaucrats adopt creating an infrastructure to save the environment. One thing common in the[Read More…]

by October 1, 2019 Climate Change
India experiences worst monsoon in 25 years

India experiences worst monsoon in 25 years

With incessant monsoon rains, wreaking havoc parts of India, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh states are reeling under floods over the past few days. The country has received highest ever rainfall recorded in last 25 years, and Mumbai has broken 61-year record. The Indian Meteorological Society (IMS), a non-profit organization, said the ongoing deluge will ensure this September will be the wettest in[Read More…]

by October 1, 2019 Climate Change
The Day Six Million Humans Said No To The Climate Crisis And Yes To Life

The Day Six Million Humans Said No To The Climate Crisis And Yes To Life

As a writer and human being this one continues to reflect upon what all lies behind the climate crisis protests of the past and his recently generated article “Tackling the Forces Crushing the Planet” (https://www.bignewsnetwork.com/news/262498430/tackling-the-forces-crushing-the-planet). Especially when it comes to just how hopelessly out-of-touch many of the politicians of the world still are today, in 2019, about the climate crisis[Read More…]

by October 1, 2019 Climate Change
The emperor’s new clothes:  Greta Thunberg and the climate contrarians

The emperor’s new clothes:  Greta Thunberg and the climate contrarians

First law of humanity – don’t kill your children(Hans Joachim Schellnhuber) It is not an accident that fascist philosophies and movements willfully ignore human-induced global warmingleading to the Sixth mass extinction of species, the largest since 56 million years ago. The nature of denialists is manifest in their venting of hate on the 16 years-old Gerta Thunberg, the voice of[Read More…]

by September 30, 2019 Climate Change
Veritable Uprising or it’s The (Faux) Real Thing™: Greta and Climate Activism in a Wilderness of Projections

Veritable Uprising or it’s The (Faux) Real Thing™: Greta and Climate Activism in a Wilderness of Projections

by Phil Rockstroh and Kenn Orphan PR: Kenn, recently, this observation of mine provoked a measure of ire:  Street demonstrations, even large ones, are apropos of nothing as long as they are manifested as de facto state sanctioned protests. A march proceeds, chants are cast into indifferent air, speechifying comes to pass by the usual gasbags then the assembled head[Read More…]

by September 30, 2019 Climate Change
Thunberg’s Problem. A Problem Without A Solution?

Thunberg’s Problem. A Problem Without A 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…]

by September 30, 2019 Climate Change
Starvation may force nations to war

Starvation may force nations to war

Climate News Network: A stark warning that the exposure of more and more people to water scarcity, hunger and outright starvation may lead to the “failure of fragile states and regional conflicts” has been given by the United Nations as it attempts to galvanize governments into halting the spread of deserts before more cropland is lost. The climate summit in[Read More…]

by September 30, 2019 Climate Change
Sea Levels Are Rising and So Are We!

Sea Levels Are Rising and So Are We!

Look what Greta started and what she did to me! I took part in the recent climate-strike march in New York City — one of a quarter-million people (or maybe 60,000) who turned out there, along with four million others across all seven continents. Then I came home and promptly collapsed. Which tells you one thing: I’m not 16 years old like Greta Thunberg, the[Read More…]

by September 30, 2019 Climate Change
Greta Thunberg: Mobilising against the Empire

Greta Thunberg: Mobilising against the Empire

What Greta Thunberg did is to mobilise the children who live in the Empire, the most powerful, the only, international Empire. The leaders of the Empire sit in Washington, in control of the most powerful military in the world, that controls its area of influence through its capital and post-truth politics. It is inevitable that their campaign, Greta Thunberg’s campaign,[Read More…]

by September 29, 2019 Climate Change
War Criminal & Climate Criminal Australian Deception At UN General Assembly

War Criminal & Climate Criminal Australian Deception At UN General Assembly

Australia’s attempt to match US Trump and UK Johnson buffoonery, Coalition PM Scott Morrison,  sabotaged and boycotted the UN Climate Action Summit in New York but later addressed the UN General Assembly (UNGA) with a rambling and outrageously dishonest speech that attempted to white-wash Australia’s continuing and appalling war criminal and climate criminal record, dishonestly slagging world heroine and climate[Read More…]

by September 29, 2019 Climate Change
The Climate Action Summit Fiasco

The Climate Action Summit Fiasco

No one could fail to be touched by the fear (for the future) and urgency in Greta Thunberg’s young voice as she broke down while addressing world leaders on the last day of the UN Climate Summit.  The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Special Report on the oceans showed a worse prognosis, the patient is clearly worse. Sad to[Read More…]

by September 28, 2019 Climate Change
Change society to fight climate crisis or drown in rising sea level, warns UN report

Change society to fight climate crisis or drown in rising sea level, warns UN report

A new report – Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, – warns: failure to fight out climate crisis will mean devastation for coastal cities, Arctic communities, small island states, anyone who relies on glaciers for water, and virtually all sea creatures. To put it simply, it would be the end of life on Earth, as[Read More…]

by September 27, 2019 Climate Change
10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined

10 Ways that the Climate Crisis and Militarism are Intertwined

  The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues–and their solutions–are intertwined. 1. The US military protects Big[Read More…]

by September 26, 2019 Climate Change
‘How dare you’: Greta Thunberg’s powerful speech to the UN

‘How dare you’: Greta Thunberg’s powerful speech to the UN

[This report carries Greta Thunberg’s full speech at the UN Climate Action Summit.] Greta Thunberg, the young climate crisis activist on Monday opened the United Nations Climate Action Summit with an angry condemnation of world leaders for failing to take strong measures to combat climate crisis – “How dare you,” she said. “This is all wrong,” said Thunberg, the 16-year-old who[Read More…]

by September 24, 2019 Climate Change
Tempered Emergency: The Climate Change Summit in New York

Tempered Emergency: The Climate Change Summit in New York

It had a good deal of desperate scolding.  Sweden’s Greta Thunberg assumed the role of punishing advocate, a Joan of Arc of fury.  The main culprit in her speech at the UN Climate Action Summit was the hideous, super ego, the big bad “You”, ever condescending, ever indifferent, the “You” of adulthood that had trashed the environment and left a[Read More…]

by September 24, 2019 Climate Change
Reject false solutions to climate crisis: Manila initiative on rights of climate migrants gives hope

Reject false solutions to climate crisis: Manila initiative on rights of climate migrants gives hope

The writing is on the wall: rich countries, whose wealth and progress is at the cost of resource exploitation of conquered nations and the unabated combustion of fossil fuels for energy, must bear the onus of climate action. However, commitments from these governments have been lacking owing to a refusal to acknowledge their moral responsibilities and ecological debt, as well[Read More…]

by September 24, 2019 Climate Change
Climate crisis is “hitting harder and sooner” than forecast, warn scientists

Climate crisis is “hitting harder and sooner” than forecast, warn scientists

Arctic summer sea ice has declined at a rate of 12 percent per decade over the past four decades: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution: Matt Osman A new report – United in Science – published ahead of key UN climate talks has warned the world is falling drastically behind in the race to avert climate disaster, with the five-year period ending[Read More…]

by September 23, 2019 Climate Change
Thank You Greta: The Young Lead In The Climate Crisis

Thank You Greta: The Young Lead In The Climate Crisis

  To say Greta Thunberg is a remarkable young girl is to understate her accomplishments. She is phenomenal. She has successfully exploited social media and through dogged persistence — including a trip across the Atlantic on a sailing yacht to make a point about the very high pollution per passenger on a commercial jet. Given the 20,000 planes in service[Read More…]

by September 23, 2019 Climate Change
Millions Join Global School Climate Strike – We Are Running Out Of Time

Millions Join Global School Climate Strike – We Are Running Out Of Time

Millions of school children and supporting adults have joined Climate Strikes around the world that were inspired by the School Strike movement of Swedish teenager schoolchild Greta Thunberg and organized by local high school students. The School Climate Strike rallies had a stark message for effective climate  change denialist neoliberal politicians  – you are destroying our future,  we are not[Read More…]

by September 22, 2019 Climate Change
Inside out: Climate change induced migration

Inside out: Climate change induced migration

Climate change greatly impacts the lives of migrants in different parts of the world. According to the United Nations, by 2050, up to 1 billion people could be driven away from their homes due to the worsening impacts of climate change. Both, sudden and slow onset weather events, affect the migrants. Migrants face numerous challenges around their livelihood, safety, mobility[Read More…]

by September 21, 2019 Climate Change
Greta Thunberg, autism and her America tour

Greta Thunberg, autism and her America tour

Sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is my hero. Except for a handful of cynics, who wouldn’t be impressed by this soft-spoken girl with a no nonsense demeanor, seriously concerned about the well being of the planet earth? She has inspired millions around the world to change their perspective beyond the “here and now,” and onto the future in regards[Read More…]

by September 21, 2019 Climate Change
#ClimateStrike kicks off in Australia and Pacific, millions across the globe join

#ClimateStrike kicks off in Australia and Pacific, millions across the globe join

Climate strike has kicked off on Friday 20 September across continents. Millions of people and students from Sydney to Delhi and Melbourne to London and New York have marched/are marching for urgent action on climate crisis. Students and citizens of different ages and from different occupations have joined the strike in hundred of cities. Many mobilizations of people in cities[Read More…]

by September 20, 2019 Climate Change
Extinction Rebellion: Leaving it to the Students

Extinction Rebellion: Leaving it to the Students

The protestor of school age sported a placard featuring a distorted caricature of Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison: “Scomo was liking it hot”.  A glorious spring day, and a gathering was already fussing and buzzing outside the Victorian State Library and students were striking.  The placard image was one that toasted both ways – looking “hot” for the purposes of[Read More…]

by September 20, 2019 Climate Change
Climate change is not a threat !

Climate change is not a threat !

I only listened to a small part of the Greta Thunberg U.S. congressional hearings this morning but was rather stupefied by the general ignorance and hubris of several of the U.S. commentators. Two main ideas stood out for the short period during which I listened to several U.S. government speakers and the commonality behind the two ideas – other than[Read More…]

by September 20, 2019 Climate Change
Even Skeptical Climate Science Shows We are in a Dire Crisis

Even Skeptical Climate Science Shows We are in a Dire Crisis

Our planet is getting hotter, faster and faster.  That is a fact, unexpectedly confirmed by a research institute created in 2010 to address the “concerns of climate change skeptics regarding global warming.” That is quoted from Berkeley Earth’s online pamphlet, Know the Facts: A Skeptic’s Guide to Climate Change. Berkeley Earth is an autonomous NGO research institute largely funded by[Read More…]

by September 19, 2019 Climate Change
Climate crisis, the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced, wake up and face the facts: Greta Thunberg

Climate crisis, the biggest crisis humanity has ever faced, wake up and face the facts: Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg delivered a 15-minute address to around 150 people, rounding off her two-day tour of Capitol Hill, Washington DC. The teenage activist from Sweden took the lectern under a giant chandelier in a grand committee room and smiled as she resumed her call to arms against the climate crisis. “The USA is the biggest carbon polluter in history,” Thunberg[Read More…]

by September 19, 2019 Climate Change
To address hunger, most low- and middle-income countries have to increase carbon footprint

To address hunger, most low- and middle-income countries have to increase carbon footprint

Most low- and middle-income countries will require a substantial increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and water use due to their efforts to increase food production as these countries try to fight hunger, finds a new research from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Obesity, undernutrition, and climate[Read More…]

by September 18, 2019 Climate Change
Despite odds, determination of women climate migrants is writ large

Despite odds, determination of women climate migrants is writ large

The Baseco reclamation project is one of the 22 reclamation projects planned by the Philippines government along the Manila Bay. It is being opposed tooth and nail by the 70,000 settlers (mostly fisher folks) of Baseco Compound, Tondo, a reclaimed section of the Manila Port Area, who fear losing their livelihood due to forced evacuation and displacement. #BeyondLabelsBeyondBorders I met[Read More…]

by September 18, 2019 Climate Change
On the Precipice: The Collective Asteroid of Human History

On the Precipice: The Collective Asteroid of Human History

Worlds end. Every day. We all die sooner or later. When you get to my age, it’s a subject that can’t help but be on your mind. What’s unusual is this: it’s not just increasingly ancient folks like me who should be thinking such thoughts anymore. After all, worlds of a far larger sort end, too. It’s happened before. Ask the[Read More…]

by September 17, 2019 Climate Change
Maxime Bernier Attacked Greta Thunberg’s Autism. Naomi Klein Says Autism Made the Teen a Global Voice of Conscience

Maxime Bernier Attacked Greta Thunberg’s Autism. Naomi Klein Says Autism Made the Teen a Global Voice of Conscience

Maxime Bernier wants us to think he is sorry. The leader of the extremist People’s Party of Canada had tweeted that Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg is “clearly mentally unstable. Not only autistic, but obsessive-compulsive, eating disorder, depression, and lethargy, and she lives in a constant state of fear. She wants us to feel the same.” Facing a ferocious backlash,[Read More…]

by September 15, 2019 Climate Change
A Formula for Catastrophe in the Arctic

A Formula for Catastrophe in the Arctic

 The Pompeo Doctrine– How to Seize the Arctic’s Resources, Now Accessible Due to Climate Change (Just Don’t Mention Those Words!) Donald Trump got the headlines as usual — but don’t be fooled. It wasn’t Trumpism in action this August, but what we should all now start referring to as the Pompeo Doctrine. Yes, I’m referring to Secretary of State Mike[Read More…]

by September 13, 2019 Climate Change
Inevitable climate crisis: Adaptation can deliver $7.1 trillion in benefits, says global report

Inevitable climate crisis: Adaptation can deliver $7.1 trillion in benefits, says global report

Climate impacts – such as super-charged hurricanes, floods, and wildfires – are becoming an increasingly urgent reality. Global leaders have called for urgent action on climate adaptation, and a global commission finds adaptation can deliver $7.1 trillion in benefits The Global Commission on Adaptation has warned Tuesday: Nations rich and poor must invest now to protect against the effects of[Read More…]

by September 11, 2019 Climate Change
Devastating decline in Arctic ice over past 35 years

Devastating decline in Arctic ice over past 35 years

An unusually hot summer worldwide has led to an extreme rate of Arctic ice melt, NASA said on Friday. NASA has released a visualization of sea ice in the Arctic that shows a devastating loss of perennial ice in the Arctic Circle within the last 35 years. NASA scientist Nathan Kurtz said the Greenland ice sheet is experiencing extreme levels[Read More…]

by September 9, 2019 Climate Change
Inferno: From climate denial to planetary arson

Inferno: From climate denial to planetary arson

The planetary consequences of injecting >910 billion tons CO2 into the atmosphere are playing in real time. The Arctic Circle is suffering from an unprecedented number of wildfires in the latest sign of a climate crisis. With some blazes the size of 100,000 football pitches, vast areas in Siberia, Alaska and Greenland are engulfed in flames. The World Meteorological Organisation[Read More…]

by September 8, 2019 Climate Change
The Courage of Saying No: Children, Rebellion and Greta Thunberg

The Courage of Saying No: Children, Rebellion and Greta Thunberg

There is something to be said of wariness when it comes to revolutionary voices.  As Albert Camus argued in that beautiful tract of illumination and contradiction, The Rebel, “All modern revolutions have ended in the reinforcement of the power of the state.” But he also argued that humankind were the only creatures refusing to be what they are, a permanent[Read More…]

by September 6, 2019 Climate Change
Killing the Ocean

Killing the Ocean

The oceans are “crying for mercy,” a fact that is starkly revealed in a telling 900-page draft of a forthcoming UN report due for release September 25th. The draft report obtained by Agence France-Presse (AFP) assesses the status of the oceans and cyrosphere. It’s a landmark UN report, and it’s not a pretty picture. In the final analysis, the report[Read More…]

by September 4, 2019 Climate Change
Portents of 21st century global warming

Portents of 21st century global warming

Extreme GHG and temperaturerise rates question linear climate projections Preamble “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 anymore, because that future was sold so that a small[Read More…]

by September 4, 2019 Climate Change
The Global Green New Deal is a Plan for Genocide

The Global Green New Deal is a Plan for Genocide

This article is a criticism and condemnation of a self-declared “major” “modern money theory – green new deal initiative” written by the economist Bill Mitchell and disseminated on his website. According to his wikipedia page William Francis Mitchell was born March 1952 and is a professor of economics at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia and a notable[Read More…]

by September 3, 2019 Climate Change
The Arctic Burns, Greenland Melts… The System Continues Carrying Out Its Death Sentence on Humanity and Nature

The Arctic Burns, Greenland Melts… The System Continues Carrying Out Its Death Sentence on Humanity and Nature

Climate change continues to accelerate, hitting the planet harder and harder—and the Arctic north among the hardest of all. Two major catastrophic signs of how fast things are moving in the Arctic—and for the planet as a whole—emerged in July and August. On August 1, the layer of ice covering the country of Greenland melted more in a single day[Read More…]

by September 3, 2019 Climate Change
Hurricane Dorian Devastates Bahamas; Heads Toward US Coast As Category 5 Storm

Hurricane Dorian Devastates Bahamas; Heads Toward US Coast As Category 5 Storm

Videos posted online late Sunday and early Monday provided the first glimpse of the scale of destruction Hurricane Dorian—a historic Category 5 storm—left in its wake in the Bahamas as it slowly moves toward the southeastern coast of the United States, forcing nearly a million residents of Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas to evacuate. “I have seen utter devastation here… We are[Read More…]

by September 2, 2019 Climate Change
Some Thoughts on Extinction Rebellion – and the Future of the Climate Movement

Some Thoughts on Extinction Rebellion – and the Future of the Climate Movement

The rise of ‘Extinction Rebellion’ signals that climate activism is moving up a gear. Further radicalisation is probably inevitable. Extinction Rebellion (or XR) is climate activism’s new face. One of its new faces at least, together with the youth climate strikers. The XR movement was created in 2018 in the UK with the stated aim of using civil disobedience and nonviolent[Read More…]

by August 30, 2019 Climate Change
A dock sits damaged near the Statue of Liberty, which remained closed to the public six weeks after Hurricane Sandy on December 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo: John Moore/Getty Images)

Leaked UN Draft Report Warns Rising, Warming Oceans ‘Poised to Unleash Misery’ Worldwide

A draft United Nations report warns “the same oceans that nourished human evolution are poised to unleash misery on a global scale unless the carbon pollution destabilizing Earth’s marine environment is brought to heel,” according to Agence France-Presse, which exclusively reported on the 900-page scientific assessment Thursday. The forthcoming report from a U.N. body that assesses science related to the human-caused planetary emergency is[Read More…]

by August 30, 2019 Climate Change
Nature And Human Beings

Nature And Human Beings

 “Capitalism tends to destroy its two sources of wealth: nature and human beings” – Karl Marx  “Man lives on nature — means that nature is his body, with which he must remain in continuous interchange if he is not to die. That man’s physical and spiritual life is linked to nature means simply that nature is linked to itself, for[Read More…]

by August 30, 2019 Climate Change
Climate Change Facts – from Climate Change to Runaway Global Heating

Climate Change Facts – from Climate Change to Runaway Global Heating

In the light of the recent IPCC special report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems, (Ref 1), it is interesting to recap some of the salient features of the runaway global heating emergency that we humans find ourselves in. Slow changes of carbon dioxide, methane, and oxygen concentrations[Read More…]

by August 29, 2019 Climate Change
The New Trail of Tears

The New Trail of Tears

 How climate change is forcing the relocation of species, including our own In 1830 Congress passed the Indian Removal Act, designed to appropriate to the United States lands occupied by aboriginal Americans. The Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional, but the army under Commander in Chief Andrew Jackson acted anyway. Now a lightning rod for condemnation of the expropriation of indigenous[Read More…]

by August 27, 2019 Climate Change
Tinderbox Earth: The significance of the Amazon and Siberian fires

Tinderbox Earth: The significance of the Amazon and Siberian fires

As fires rage across tens of thousands square km the Amazon forest, dubbed the Planet’s lungs, producing some 20 percent of the oxygen in the atmosphere, with some 72,843 fires in Brazil this year, where fires on such a scale are uncommon, as well as through Siberia, Alaska, Greenland,  southern Europe and elsewhere,they herald a world where increasing temperatures and[Read More…]

by August 27, 2019 Climate Change
"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)

Global Climate Movement: Darkest Before the Dawn

“Locally, city-wide, state-wide, nationally, internationally we must join the fight as if our lives depends upon it, because they do. Now’s the time to join the movement for stopping global climate change and for climate justice.” Wildfires burning  in the Amazon and Siberia, unrelenting heat waves, 100-year floods happening yearly are signs of our times—the worst of times. A global[Read More…]

by August 26, 2019 Climate Change
Earth 4C Hotter

Earth 4C Hotter

A decade ago several prominent climate scientists discussed the prospects of a 4C Earth. Their concern was qualified “… if greenhouse gases do not slow down, then expect a 4C Earth by 2055.”Of course, that would be catastrophic, and one can only assume those scientists must have recognized real risks. Otherwise, why address the issue of 4C by 2055 in[Read More…]

by August 24, 2019 Climate Change
Climate Criminal Australia Sabotages Pacific Islands Forum & Threatens All Island Nations

Climate Criminal Australia Sabotages Pacific Islands Forum & Threatens All Island Nations

The 18 nations of the Pacific Islands Forum recently held their 50th meeting. US lackey and climate criminal Australia brought an anti-China  American agenda, offered a $500 million dollar bribe (stolen and rebranded from its  miniscule Aid budget), and sabotaged  the consensus Forum statement on action over the worsening climate change threat to Island Nations. Humanity is existentially threatened  by[Read More…]

by August 24, 2019 Climate Change
Effective climate mitigation – What we aren’t talking about in Canada’s election

Effective climate mitigation – What we aren’t talking about in Canada’s election

Energy transitions have historically taken many decades, half centuries. But now, to stay under even a 2C (and not the much safer 1.5C) global rise in temperature, greenhouse gas emissions must be halved in each of the upcoming decades. Climate change is now a sprint with heavy emission reduction needed as quickly as possible. A carbon pricing aided decarbonization where[Read More…]

by August 24, 2019 Climate Change
Our Vanishing World: Glaciers

Our Vanishing World: Glaciers

Something is causing the worlds glaciers and mountain ice fields to melt. And, despite your first thought, it is not the ongoing climate catastrophe. It does not matter where on Earth the glaciers and mountain ice fields are located, they are all melting. Moreover, the projected timeframe for some of them to disappear altogether is ‘imminently’; that is, within years.[Read More…]

by August 23, 2019 Climate Change
Youth to Adults—Join Us in the Climate Fight

Youth to Adults—Join Us in the Climate Fight

So far it’s been the hottest summer ever recorded — June was the hottest June, and July was the hottest month ever. France, Germany, Britain, Belgium, and the Netherlands had their hottest days of all time, joining countries from Cuba to Vietnam and Togo to the Reunion Islands. This is dangerous for two reasons. One, it’s destroying the planet. And[Read More…]

by August 22, 2019 Climate Change
On Day One, the Next President Should Declare A Climate Emergency

On Day One, the Next President Should Declare A Climate Emergency

The next president should declare a Climate Emergency, which will give the president powers to act rapidly and decisively to confront the climate crisis. The president should also create a cabinet-level Office of Climate Mobilization for the coordination of all federal agencies in mobilizing the nation’s resources to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions and 100% clean renewable energy by 2030.[Read More…]

by August 22, 2019 Climate Change
“Unify Behind The Science” of Impending Abrupt Climate Disruption

“Unify Behind The Science” of Impending Abrupt Climate Disruption

Perhaps the immutable forces of Nature are beginning to take charge of the total food supply for human consumption. That is to say, Nature is taking control of the human food supply out of human hands where that control has resided for the past 10,000 years. There is something terrible and tragic in the course of human events that is[Read More…]

by August 20, 2019 Climate Change
This picture taken on September 5, 2018 shows flags from the Pacific Islands countries being displayed in Yaren on the last day of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). - PIF members on September 5 signed a security agreement promoting cooperation on issues such as trans-national crime, illegal fishing and cyber-crime.The agreement, called the Boe Declaration, also recognised the need for joint action on "non-traditional" threats, primarily climate change. (Photo by Mike LEYRAL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MIKE LEYRAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Condescension and Climate Change: Australia and the Failure of the Pacific Islands Forum

It was predictably ugly: in tone, in regret, and, in some ways, disgust.  Australia emerged from the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting isolated, the true spoiler of the party which saw 17 states facing the obstinacy of one.  It had taken place on Tuvalu, some two hours flight north of Fiji.  The capital Funafuti is located on vanishing land; the[Read More…]

by August 18, 2019 Climate Change
NOAA revealed Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month on record since the U.S. government began recording temperature date in the lat 19th century. (Photo: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

July 2019 Was Hottest Month Since Records Began in 1880

As climate scientists raise alarm over hotter and hotter global temperatures, a top U.S. weather agency reported on Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month the planet has ever experienced since the government began recording global temperatures nearly 140 years ago. NOAA’s monthly Global Climate Report revealed that last month the average worldwide temperature was 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit above the average[Read More…]

by August 16, 2019 Climate Change
The Antarctic ice sheet is melting and, yeah, it’s probably our fault

The Antarctic ice sheet is melting and, yeah, it’s probably our fault

Glaciers in West Antarctica have thinned and accelerated in the last few decades.  A new paper provides some of the first evidence that this is due to human activities. It’s been some time since I wrote anything for RealClimate. In the interim there’s been a lot of important new work in the area of my primary research interest – Antarctica. Much[Read More…]

by August 15, 2019 Climate Change
The fading home of Homo ‘sapiens’

The fading home of Homo ‘sapiens’

In front of our eyes green forests are blackened by fire, draughts turn grassy planes to brown semi-deserts,fertile  fields are flooded by muddy water,white snow and ice  melt to pale blue water and clear blue skies turn grey with aerosols. Preamble The inhabitants of planet Earth are in the process of destroying the habitability of their world through the perpetration[Read More…]

by August 15, 2019 Climate Change
From Planetary Community to Universal Community

From Planetary Community to Universal Community

Socialist Freedom The workers of the world are yet to unite to accomplish their over-a-century-long pending task of overcoming what Thorstein Veblen called “the predatory phase” of human development. They have yet to move on to the phase of “an association, in which the free development of each is the condition for the free development of all” (Karl Marx and[Read More…]

by August 15, 2019 Climate Change
Sea Level Rise!

Sea Level Rise!

Sea level has been stable, at current levels, throughout recorded history for 5,000 years. That’s about to change. Still, it’s very difficult for people to imagine a change in sea level after 5,000 years of rock solid stability. Nevertheless, assuming sea levels do rise markedly, one of the biggest questions of the century is whether the world is prepared for[Read More…]

by August 14, 2019 Climate Change
Our climate crisis is dire, but our priority on war is sadly still higher

Our climate crisis is dire, but our priority on war is sadly still higher

Choosing up teams of nations to make military alliances to wage war….we have to stop doing that.  We now need one alliance, of all nations, to wage the real war against the real existential threat.  Climate heating.  Our global annual military spending of $2,000,000,000,000 ($2 trillion) should not be wasted on war. Climate heating is the enemy we created and[Read More…]

by August 14, 2019 Climate Change
Australia’s Pacific Play: Denying Climate Change and Boosting China’s Threat

Australia’s Pacific Play: Denying Climate Change and Boosting China’s Threat

Australia has always nursed a contradictory, repressive relationship with its Pacific neighbours.  Being a satrap of great powers, it has performed the role of gate keeper and monitor of regional instability, a condescending, often paternalistic agent. At stages, it has also entertained more direct colonial interests.  For almost seven decades, Australia controlled Papua New Guinea, assuming power over the former[Read More…]

by August 14, 2019 Climate Change
Floods hit Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu: Toll at least 150

Floods hit Indian states of Kerala, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu: Toll at least 150

Kerala flood 2019: A view of a flood-affected region in Malappuram district on Sunday. (PTI Photo) Monsoon fury has gripped central and southern Indian States. The floods have crippled life in vast areas, affecting millions. The death toll from floods in the Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu rose to at least 150 on Sunday,[Read More…]

by August 12, 2019 Climate Change
Typhoon in eastern China takes 44 lives and wreaks havoc, billions of dollars in economic losses

Typhoon in eastern China takes 44 lives and wreaks havoc, billions of dollars in economic losses

Rescue workers help residents after Typhoon Lekima hit the city of Linhai The death toll from typhoon Lekima in eastern China rose to 44 people on Monday morning, according to official data, as the storm continued up the coast, racking up billions of dollars in economic losses and widely disrupting travel. This is the third-largest typhoon in China’s history. Typhoon[Read More…]

by August 12, 2019 Climate Change
Floods and landslide in Myanmar: At least 52 dead

Floods and landslide in Myanmar: At least 52 dead

Rescue workers search for bodies under debris and mud after a landslide in Mon state, Myanmar, August 10. © Thomson Reuters Foods and rain-pressed landslide   are taking a heavy toll in Myanmar. Troops have been deployed to flood-hit parts of Myanmar on Sunday to help with relief efforts after rising waters left thousands stranded and the death toll from a[Read More…]

by August 12, 2019 Climate Change
Pounding Heat Clobbers Greenland

Pounding Heat Clobbers Greenland

Greenland is one of the biggest targets for global warming, in part, because it’s so big it’s hard to miss.And sure enough, only recently crazy halting weather with inordinate hot temperature hit Greenland bull’s-eye, dead-on with one helluva meltdown. That’s bad news for pretty much everybody on the planet. On the hottest days, the melt-off could fill 3 million Olympic-sized[Read More…]

by August 7, 2019 Climate Change
The Terrible Truth of Climate Change

The Terrible Truth of Climate Change

In June, I delivered a keynote presentation on Australia’s vulnerability to climate change and our policy challenges at the annual meeting of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, the main conference for those working in the climate science community. I saw it as an opportunity to summarise the post-election political and scientific reality we now face. As one of the[Read More…]

by August 6, 2019 Climate Change
Climate is warming faster than it has in the last 2,000 years

Climate is warming faster than it has in the last 2,000 years

Global mean warming / cooling rates over the last 2,000 years. In red are the periods (each across 51 years) in which the reconstructed temperatures increased. Global temperatures decreased in the periods in blue. The green line shows that the maximum expected warming rate without anthropogenic influence is just under 0.6 degrees per century. Climate models (dashed orange line) are[Read More…]

by August 2, 2019 Climate Change
 Climate Change and the Upcoming Federal Election – Managed Decline

 Climate Change and the Upcoming Federal Election – Managed Decline

There is a Canadian federal election on the horizon. The campaigning has already begun. I’m a long time climate activist who thinks that you should know a very important perspective on climate change and, in particular, mitigation strategies in Canada (election issue).   But what I have to tell you is out of the box, outside the Overton Window, heretical;[Read More…]

by August 2, 2019 Climate Change
Is China or the Green New Deal the Answer to Climate Change? 

Is China or the Green New Deal the Answer to Climate Change? 

At its best, the earth was once likened to a spaceship that sails through the heavens with a crew working together for the common good. Thanks to climate change, this metaphor no longer works. Our planet is now more like a lifeboat that’s sprung a major leak. People onboard are beginning to panic and the clock is ticking. It is, however, the[Read More…]

by July 31, 2019 Climate Change
Alaska Governor Demolishes Climate Research

Alaska Governor Demolishes Climate Research

“The University of Alaska Fairbanks (“UAF”) is a hub for Arctic climate research, and a magnet for top scientists and international collaborations— and it’s in trouble.” (Source: Sabrina Shankman, A Death Spiral for Research: Arctic Scientists Worried as Alaska Universities Face 40% Funding Cut, Inside Climate News, July 19, 2019) UAF’s International Arctic Research Center sits at the pinnacle of[Read More…]

by July 30, 2019 Climate Change
Space Lunacy

Space Lunacy

 $trillion space games and false prophecies by billionaires while Rome burns History testifies to powerful rulers’ aspirations for the position of gods, including the Pharaohs and Roman Emperors such as Caligula or Nero, nowadays mimicked by false messianic prophecies of “intergalactic civilization” made by billionaires and their followers in public and the media, including some scientists. This includes predictions of[Read More…]

by July 29, 2019 Climate Change
What is happening at the international level to combat Global Warming?

What is happening at the international level to combat Global Warming?

I am a postgraduate student and through a college course recently, I came across a 10th standard student speaking passionately about global warming and climate change.It got me wondering that would the current situation be so worse if our national leaders and decision makers had similar concern about this issue. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has estimated an increase[Read More…]

by July 26, 2019 Climate Change
Climate change: UAE and Russia eye geopolitical and commercial mileage

Climate change: UAE and Russia eye geopolitical and commercial mileage

Climate change, much like war, could prove to be a geopolitical and commercial gold mine. At least, that is the take of DP World, Dubai’s global port operator, and Russia’s sovereign wealth fund. DP World is partnering with the fund, the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) to create an all-year round maritime sea route from Europe to Asia through the[Read More…]

by July 22, 2019 Climate Change
Heatwave reaches record-breaking 49.9  degrees Celsius in Sodom, Israel

Heatwave reaches record-breaking 49.9  degrees Celsius in Sodom, Israel

Israel’s extreme heatwave reached a record-breaking peak of 49.9 degrees Celsius in Sodom, near the Dead Sea in mid-July. The heatwave sparked several wildfires throughout the country. More than a hundred cases of heat related symptoms were reported. The mid-July temperature was the highest ever recorded since Israel was founded in 1948, and the second highest since national weather records[Read More…]

by July 21, 2019 Climate Change
Deadly heat wave grips tens of millions in U.S., 6 deaths as temperature reaches record high

Deadly heat wave grips tens of millions in U.S., 6 deaths as temperature reaches record high

The deadly heat wave gripping much of the U.S. has resulted at least 6 deaths, hit tens of millions of people, left tens of thousands of people in New York and Michigan without power, and caused the cancellation of many public events. As more than two-thirds of the U.S. feeling temperatures push into the triple digits the U.S. National Oceanic[Read More…]

by July 21, 2019 Climate Change
Climate Crisis : Birth strike

Climate Crisis : Birth strike

  Scientists, to some people, are bad. The cause: Scientists present horrifying facts about climate. To many others, scientists are good persons, doing incredible work, helping humanity. With latest findings on climate crisis, scientists are making the world aware: Get rid of the system creating the crisis. Climate crisis is hurting all in the global South and North. Parts in[Read More…]

by July 19, 2019 Climate Change
U.S. faces killer heat, unprecedented risk, if emissions go unchecked, warn scientists

U.S. faces killer heat, unprecedented risk, if emissions go unchecked, warn scientists

Widespread “increases in extreme heat” due to climate crisis could bring unprecedented risks to the U.S. in coming decades, warned a new study. By 2050, hundreds of U.S. cities could experience an entire month each year with U.S. “heat index” temperatures above 100F (38C) if nothing is done to check emissions and the consequent climate crisis, said the study report[Read More…]

by July 17, 2019 Climate Change
Lake discovered high in the Mount Blanc range at the end of heat wave (Bryan Mestre / Instagram)

Lake discovered 11,000ft high in the Alps, in ‘truly alarming’ sign of climate change

‘I have been up there a fair amount of times and I have never seen liquid water up there,’ says mountaineer. Adam Forrest @adamtomforrest mountaineer, has captured the formation of an “alarming” lake high in the French Alps after glacial snow melted in the intense heatwave that gripped central Europe in late June. Bryan Mestre discovered the large pool of water at[Read More…]

by July 17, 2019 Climate Change
Can planting trees save our climate?

Can planting trees save our climate?

In recent weeks, a new study by researchers at ETH Zurich has hit the headlines worldwide (Bastin et al. 2019). It is about trees. The researchers asked themselves the question: how much carbon could we store if we planted trees everywhere in the world where the land is not already used for agriculture or cities? Since the leaves of trees[Read More…]

by July 17, 2019 Climate Change
As Cost of Climate Crisis Grows, Climate Movement Escalates

As Cost of Climate Crisis Grows, Climate Movement Escalates

Co-Written by Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The warnings of climate chaos are coming so fast they are difficult to keep up with. Storms, heatwaves and climate-related weather disasters are increasing at a rapid pace. The leadership of the two corporate-dominated political parties are trying to keep the climate issue out of the 2020 campaign, but the movement is becoming[Read More…]

by July 16, 2019 Climate Change
Yes, Greta, change is necessary but radical change

Yes, Greta, change is necessary but radical change

On 5 December 2018 social and print media published news of a press conference at the United Nation’s COP24 climate change conference held in Katowice, Poland. The news and a short video rapidly became viral on social media with large viewership and shares. The centre of attraction was a brave and articulate young girl, Greta Thunberg aged just 15, a young climate activist from Sweden. Sitting by the[Read More…]

by July 16, 2019 Climate Change
Sporadic Notes: Glacial melt in The European Alps

Sporadic Notes: Glacial melt in The European Alps

The European Alps is not free from the curse – glacial melt. Scientists have found that the European Alps could lose its glaciers up to 90 percent by 2100 if greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continue unchecked. (Zekollari, H., Huss, M., and Farinotti, D.: Modelling the future evolution of glaciers in the European Alps under the EURO-CORDEX RCM ensemble, The Cryosphere, 13,[Read More…]

by July 12, 2019 Climate Change
Mass extinction could follow breaching of carbon threshold

Mass extinction could follow breaching of carbon threshold

Carbon dioxide emissions may trigger a reflex in the carbon cycle, with devastating consequences, finds a new study. The NASA and the National Science Foundation supported study – “Characteristic disruptions of an excitable carbon cycle” – by an MIT scientist said: “The great environmental disruptions of the geologic past remain enigmatic. Each one results in a temporary change in the[Read More…]

by July 11, 2019 Climate Change
Heat-hit Alaska baked: Temperature touched record mark

Heat-hit Alaska baked: Temperature touched record mark

The US state of Alaska, part of which lies inside the Arctic Circle, sweltered under a heatwave, with record temperatures recorded in several areas, including its largest city. The temperature rivaled temperatures in Miami Temperatures reached 90 Fahrenheit (F) (32.2C) in Anchorage on Thursday, shattering the city’s all-time record-high temperature by 5 degrees. The previous record of 85F was set[Read More…]

Himalayan glaciers retreating fast: Cold War spy satellites helped find the fact

Himalayan glaciers retreating fast: Cold War spy satellites helped find the fact

Glacier melt in the Himalayas today is twice as fast as it was before 2000. With conditions remaining unchanged, the glaciers are likely to lose two-thirds of their total ice. Images, once secret, from Cold War-period US spy satellites helped find out the fact. Hexagon, a US spy program in the 1970s-’80s, launched 20 satellites to photograph secretly our world[Read More…]

by July 5, 2019 Climate Change
(Photos: GBS Photo Archives)

Trees can cut carbon significantly, finds new study

The restoration of forested land at a global scale could help capture atmospheric carbon significantly and mitigate climate change, finds a new study. The scientists showed for the first time where in the world new trees could grow and how much carbon they would store. The study report – “The Global Tree Restoration Potential” (Science, 2019; 365 (6448): 76) –[Read More…]

Heat spike to cost global economy $2.4 trillion a year, says ILO

Heat spike to cost global economy $2.4 trillion a year, says ILO

The total cost of losses due to temperature rise will be $2.4 trillion a year, said the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Working on a warmer planet: The impact of heat stress on labour productivity and decent work report. This prediction has been made based on a global temperature rise of only 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. Highlighting[Read More…]

France records hottest temperature ever in European heat wave

France records hottest temperature ever in European heat wave

Large portions of Europe were hit by intense heat waves over the past week. Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic all experienced their hottest-ever temperatures for the month of June. France recorded its hottest day ever on Friday, reaching a high of 45.9 degrees Celsius (115 Fahrenheit) at the town of Gallargues-le-Montueux near Montpellier, in the southern Gard region, making[Read More…]

by July 1, 2019 Climate Change
In the Anthropocene We Don’t Need Machines, But Nor Do We Need Human Work

In the Anthropocene We Don’t Need Machines, But Nor Do We Need Human Work

For 500’000 years before 1958 around 100 Gigatonnes of carbon (around 360 Gt of carbon dioxide) were fixed in the biosphere through photosynthesis every year. Carbon dioxide fixation equalled carbon dioxide production by organic decomposition: the biosphere’s natural entropy turnover from the late Pleistocene till 1958 was around 100 Gigatonnes carbon per year. There was a perfect correlation between carbon[Read More…]

by June 30, 2019 Climate Change
Climate Chaos, The Science And Our Own Responsibilities

Climate Chaos, The Science And Our Own Responsibilities

On the last day of the UN Climate Change (June 17-27, 2019) meeting in Bonn the key IPCC report on 1.5 C was blocked from further discussion by Saudi Arabia and an unlikely set of allies:  the US, Iran and Russia. The report as the saying goes has been deep-sixed meriting only a five-para watered down waffle at the end[Read More…]

by June 29, 2019 Climate Change
High temperature forecast for Europe on Wednesday. (WeatherBell.com)

Record heat wave scorches Europe

A searing heat wave continues to scorch parts of Western Europe. Intense heat wave has hit northern Europe. A wildfire has broken out in northeastern Spain. France measured its highest-ever June temperature. This was much of Europe’s temperature-map of Thursday. Record temperatures have begun in northern Europe this week. Experts have said heat waves are on the increase worldwide, further[Read More…]

by June 28, 2019 Climate Change
At 100, Gaia Faces its Biggest Challenges

At 100, Gaia Faces its Biggest Challenges

James Lovelock theorized Gaia while working for NASA in the 1960s when he was hired to determine if there was “life on Mars.” Gaia may be younger but James Lovelock, Mr. Gaia himself, turns 100 on his upcoming birthday, July 26th. For over 50 years, he has been Britain’s leading independent scientist. His independence from a formal relationship with an[Read More…]

by June 28, 2019 Climate Change
Canada’s Fossil Fuel Conspiracy Against The Blue Planet

Canada’s Fossil Fuel Conspiracy Against The Blue Planet

 “Water is Sacred. It’s the Essence of life. It’s The Only Thing That Sustains Us All As We Briefly Travel Together Through Time & Space Together on Our Tiny, Resilent Blue Orb Through a Hostile Universe!” This should be the mantra the people of Canada and everywhere else in the world repeat to themselves as they awaken each morning to[Read More…]

by June 22, 2019 Climate Change
Beyond climate tipping points: Greenhouse gas levels exceed the stability threshold of the ice sheets

Beyond climate tipping points: Greenhouse gas levels exceed the stability threshold of the ice sheets

Abstract As the world keeps increasing its carbon emissions and exports,rising in 2018 to a record 33.1 billion ton per year, the atmospheric greenhouse gas level has now exceeded 560 ppm CO2–equivalent when methane and nitrous oxide are included, intersecting the stability threshold of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. The term “climate change“ is no longer appropriate since, what[Read More…]

by June 21, 2019 Climate Change
The Dangerous Methane Mystery

The Dangerous Methane Mystery

The East Siberian Arctic Shelf (“ESAS”) is the epicenter of a methane-rich zone that could turn the world upside down. Still, the ESAS is not on the radar of mainstream science,and not included in calculations by the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), and generally not well understood. It is one of the biggest mysteries of the world’s climate puzzle,[Read More…]

by June 20, 2019 Climate Change
Climate crisis: Rice yields experience larger declines in extreme weather conditions in India

Climate crisis: Rice yields experience larger declines in extreme weather conditions in India

In India, the yields from grains such as millet, sorghum, and maize are more resilient to extreme weather; their yields vary significantly less due to year-to-year changes in climate and generally experience smaller declines during droughts; but yields from rice experience larger declines during extreme weather conditions, finds a new study. In a paper – “Sensitivity of grain yields to[Read More…]

by June 19, 2019 Climate Change
Homo Sapiens Extinction?

Homo Sapiens Extinction?

Only an Economic Social Political Philosophical Religious Mind-Change of Shattering Proportion Can Save Us   There is a material/non-material cosmic inner/outer dimensionality to this planet and within an enfolding/unfolding order. Our Homo sapiens civilization in its present form socially, politically, philosophically, religiously and economically is not meeting the test of being a part of that order. How can we become[Read More…]

by June 19, 2019 Climate Change
Arctic Permafrost Melting 70 Years Sooner Than Expected

Arctic Permafrost Melting 70 Years Sooner Than Expected

Scientists studying climate change expected layers of permafrost in the Canadian Arctic to melt by the year 2090. Instead, it’s happening now. A new study published this week in the journal Geophysical Research Letters revealed that unusually warm summers in the Canadian High Arctic between 2003 and 2016 resulted in permafrost melt up to 240% higher than previous years. Louise Farquharson, a[Read More…]

by June 18, 2019 Climate Change
Lithium: The Next Suicidal Solution To The Fossil Fuel Climate Crisis

Lithium: The Next Suicidal Solution To The Fossil Fuel Climate Crisis

At some point in the distant future, when alien lifeforms visit Planet Earth and find proof of its original race of humanoid inhabitants, who by then will have long since disappeared, the discovery will go some thing like this: Whether the cosmic event of all the “OMG’s” and “WTF” will be a colossal meteor strike, some sudden thermonuclear holocaust or[Read More…]

by June 16, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by June 15, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by June 14, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by June 13, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by June 13, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by June 12, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by June 11, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by June 11, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by June 10, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by June 8, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by June 8, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by May 27, 2019 Climate Change
(Photo: FridaysForFuture/Flickr/cc)

“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…]

by May 26, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by May 25, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by May 23, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by May 21, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by May 12, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by May 11, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by April 28, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by April 27, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by April 26, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by April 23, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by April 20, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by April 20, 2019 Climate Change
Photo by Logan Fulcher | CC BY 2.0

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…]

by April 20, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by April 19, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by April 18, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by April 18, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by April 4, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by April 1, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 31, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 31, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 28, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 27, 2019 Climate Change, Editor's Picks
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…]

by March 26, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 25, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 20, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 20, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 19, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 18, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 16, 2019 Climate Change
"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…]

by March 15, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 14, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 2, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 2, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by March 1, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by February 28, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by February 28, 2019 Climate Change
“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…]

by February 26, 2019 Climate Change
"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…]

by February 26, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by February 26, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by February 24, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by February 16, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by February 16, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by February 14, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by February 10, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by February 1, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by January 31, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by January 29, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by January 28, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by January 19, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by January 15, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by January 12, 2019 Climate Change, Counter Solutions
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…]

by January 5, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by January 4, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by January 3, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by January 2, 2019 Climate Change
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…]

by December 23, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 20, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 19, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 18, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 17, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 17, 2018 Climate Change
 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…]

by December 16, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 15, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 15, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 14, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 14, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 13, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 13, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 10, 2018 Climate Change, Editor's Picks
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…]

by December 9, 2018 Climate Change, Counter Solutions
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…]

by December 7, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 6, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by December 3, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 30, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 28, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 27, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 26, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 24, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 19, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 18, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 15, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 14, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 14, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 12, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 12, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 12, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 12, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 10, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 3, 2018 Climate Change
Photo: Beth Scupham/flickr/cc

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…]

by November 2, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by November 2, 2018 Climate Change
(Photo: Joe Brusky/flickr/cc)

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…]

by October 30, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 28, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 25, 2018 Climate Change
(Photo: St. Joseph Health/stock)

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…]

by October 19, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 17, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 16, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 15, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 15, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 13, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 13, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 12, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 10, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 8, 2018 Climate Change
Photo by woodleywonderworks

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…]

by October 8, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 8, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 5, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by October 4, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by September 27, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by September 26, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by September 25, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by September 24, 2018 Climate Change, Editor's Picks
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…]

by September 24, 2018 Climate Change
 “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…]

by September 20, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by September 19, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by September 19, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by September 18, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by September 18, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by September 17, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by September 16, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by September 15, 2018 Climate Change
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…]

by September 15, 2018 Climate Change