Climate Change

Climate Emergency Includes the Threat of ‘Nuclear Winter’

Climate Emergency Includes the Threat of ‘Nuclear Winter’

When world leaders gather in Scotland next week for the COP26 climate change conference, activists will be pushing for drastic action to end the world’s catastrophic reliance on fossil fuels. Consciousness about the climate emergency has skyrocketed in recent years, while government responses remain meager. But one aspect of extreme climate jeopardy—“nuclear winter”—has hardly reached the stage of dim awareness Wishful[Read More…]

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Despite Cutbacks, ExxonMobil Continues to Fund Climate Science Denial

Despite Cutbacks, ExxonMobil Continues to Fund Climate Science Denial

ExxonMobil has spent more than $39 million to manufacture doubt about climate science. In a secret video recording made public in late June, a top ExxonMobil lobbyist—Keith McCoy, who was fired soon afterward—not only conceded that the oil giant’s support for a carbon tax is a sham, but he also admitted that the company quietly financed climate science denier groups to stave[Read More…]

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The Path to a Livable Future Or Will Rich Corporations Trash the Planet?

The Path to a Livable Future Or Will Rich Corporations Trash the Planet?

by Noam Chomsky and Stan Cox This month will mark a critical juncture in the struggle to avoid climate catastrophe. At the COP26 global climate summit kicking off next week in Glasgow, Scotland, negotiators will be faced with the urgent need to get the world economy off the business-as-usual track that will take the Earth up to and beyond 3 degrees[Read More…]

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Now or Never: Will Glasgow’s COP26 Help Save the World From Disaster?

Now or Never: Will Glasgow’s COP26 Help Save the World From Disaster?

Looking back on 30 years of climate conferences, Geoffrey Lean recalls the many missed opportunities for change that led us to this boiling point. Peering back through the tunnel of three frustrating decades, it’s hard to believe that, as the 1990s opened, the world expected to quickly agree on effective action to tackle climate change. Back then, the stars did seem[Read More…]

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Padyatra to Save Hasdeo Aranya/ Chhattisgarh Bachao Andoalan

A Local Rain-Check Before a Global Summit: What is India Busy with Pre-CoP26?

 The upcoming CoP26 is not without its own set of apprehensions and mired more in doubts than expectations with unrealistic ‘net-zero’ rhetoric and big consultancies like Boston Consultancy Group[i] managing the event, along with the latest rumours that one of the most notorious businessmen of the world, Adani[ii], trying to pitch for a presence in this global summit. Climate change[Read More…]

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Climate Crisis: 1.3 Billion People in Africa Remain Extremely Vulnerable, warns UN

Climate Crisis: 1.3 Billion People in Africa Remain Extremely Vulnerable, warns UN

Africa’s 1.3 billion people remain “extremely vulnerable” as the continent warms more, and at a faster rate, than the global average, warns the UN. Yet Africa’s 54 countries are responsible for less than 4% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In State of the Climate in Africa 2020 (https://library.wmo.int/doc_num.php?explnum_id=10833), a new report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and other[Read More…]

La Niña is Here

La Niña is Here

The La Niña, a natural cycle marked by cooler-than-average ocean water in the central Pacific Ocean, is back, U.S. federal forecasters announced Thursday. It is happening for the second straight year. The La Niña (Spanish for “little girl”) climate pattern is one of the main drivers of weather around the world, especially during the late fall, winter and early spring. It is[Read More…]

Climate Change Viewed from the Attic of the World

Climate Change Viewed from the Attic of the World

Thirteen thousand feet high on the far side of the Himalaya mountains, we have entered the past and the future at the same time. We are a medical expedition and also a pilgrimage, consisting of doctors, nurses, Buddhist clerics, supernumeraries like me, and a large staff of guides, muleteers, and camp tenders. We are bound for the isolated villages of[Read More…]

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Environmental activism severely impacts the next generation. Youth activists like Sena Wazer are calling for drastic and radical change in our current policies involving the environment. Here she speaks at an event organized by Sunrise CT to protest a proposed power plant in Killingly, CT on January 13th, 2021.
PHOTO BY DOMINIQUE JADE DEMARIA

Don’t Let Youth Climate Activists Like Me Burn Out

I was 5 years old when I first got involved with environmental activism. For me, it started with caring about whales and the ocean, and that morphed into climate action. From handing out pamphlets at the local farmers market and being on a local radio station when I was 6, to speaking with the Connecticut governor and organizing a rally[Read More…]

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Cheap Grace and Climate Change: Australia and COP26

Cheap Grace and Climate Change: Australia and COP26

It was not for everybody, but the shock advertising tactics of the Australian comedian Dan Ilic made an appropriate point.  Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a famed coal hugger, has vacillated about whether to even go to the climate conference in Glasgow.  Having himself turned the country’s prime ministerial office into an extended advertising agency, Ilic was speaking his language.[Read More…]

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Greta Thunberg on Climate Promises Versus Actions

Greta Thunberg on Climate Promises Versus Actions

On Sept. 28, Greta Thunberg mocked world leaders when she reiterated their promises to an audience of young activists at the Youth4Climate event in Milan, Italy, saying: “Build back better, blah blah blah, green economy, blah blah blah, net zero by 2050, blah blah blah, climate neutral, blah blah blah… This is all we hear from our so-called leaders. Words. Words[Read More…]

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How to Save the World (from a Climate Armageddon)

How to Save the World (from a Climate Armageddon)

This summer we witnessed, with brutal clarity, the Beginning of the End: the end of Earth as we know it — a world of lush forests, bountiful croplands, livable cities, and survivable coastlines. In its place, we saw the early manifestations of a climate-damaged planet, with scorched forests, parched fields, scalding cities, and storm-wracked coastlines. In a desperate bid to[Read More…]

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Climate Crisis: Rich Countries’ Carbon Emissions Rose Rapidly in 2021

Climate Crisis: Rich Countries’ Carbon Emissions Rose Rapidly in 2021

Carbon emissions are rebounding strongly and are rising across the world’s 20 richest nations, according to a new study. The Climate Transparency Report, Comparing G20 Climate Action and Responses to the Covid-19 Crisis (https://www.climate-transparency.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Climate-Transparency-Report-2020.pdf) says that CO2 will go up by 4% across the G20 group this year, having dropped 6% in 2020 due to the pandemic. The 2020 edition of[Read More…]

Snow covered area has decreased in Himachal as compared to last year

Snow covered area has decreased in Himachal as compared to last year

The area under snow cover in Himachal Pradesh has declined by 18.5% according to a recent report published by State Centre on Climate Change (SCCC) and Space Application Center (ISRO) Ahmedabad. The report revealed this decreasing trend for the five major river basins in the State. As the report points out, the high altitude regions of Himachal Pradesh receive precipitation[Read More…]

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Why Nature-Based Solutions Won’t Solve the Climate Crisis—They’ll Just Make Rich People Even Richer

Why Nature-Based Solutions Won’t Solve the Climate Crisis—They’ll Just Make Rich People Even Richer

These so-called ‘solutions’ are, overwhelmingly, empty promises that will lead to massive violations of Indigenous rights, while failing to solve the climate crisis. Imagine you’re a Baka, a hunter gatherer in the Congo Basin forest. That land has been your home for generations. You know every stone and every tree there. Your grandparents are buried on that land. You and your[Read More…]

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To Find Out If ExxonMobil Really Supports a Carbon Tax, Just Follow the Money

To Find Out If ExxonMobil Really Supports a Carbon Tax, Just Follow the Money

Despite claiming to endorse a carbon tax, ExxonMobil has funneled millions of dollars to lawmakers who oppose the idea. When then-ExxonMobil lobbyist Keith McCoy conceded in a secretly recorded video in May that the oil giant voiced support for a carbon tax only because it assumed it would never happen, ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods said the company was “shocked by these interviews” and stood by its “commitments[Read More…]

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Code Red on FacingFuture.TV

Code Red on FacingFuture.TV

FacingFuture.TV recently hosted a preview of the upcoming IPCC 2021 UN climate report, which report guides the gathering of dignitaries from around the world meeting in Glasgow this November to discuss, analyze, and decide how to deal with global warming/climate change. View the interview here:   According to the Code Red interview, the IPCC is taking off its ultra conservative[Read More…]

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25% of all critical infrastructure in the U.S. is at risk of failure due to flooding, says report

25% of all critical infrastructure in the U.S. is at risk of failure due to flooding, says report

Much of infrastructure in the U.S. is already at risk of being shut down by flooding, and as the global warming continues, the threat is expected to grow. a new report finds One-in-four pieces of all critical infrastructures in the U.S. including police and fire stations, hospitals, airports and wastewater treatment facilities face substantial risk of being rendered inoperable by[Read More…]

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Reef fish and corals in the waters of the Seychelles archipelago. UNDP

Decade of Climate Breakdown Saw 14 per cent of Coral Reefs Vanish

Between 2009 and 2018, the continuous rise in sea temperature cost the world 14 per cent of its coral reefs – that’s more than the size of Australia’s reefs combined – an UN-backed report revealed on Tuesday. In the Sixth Status of Corals of the World: 2020 Report, experts from the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, funded by the UN Environment[Read More…]

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Vicious Cycle of Climate Crisis: Depletion of Natural Resources, Violent Conflict Set to Worsen Resource Degradation, Conflict

Vicious Cycle of Climate Crisis: Depletion of Natural Resources, Violent Conflict Set to Worsen Resource Degradation, Conflict

1.26 billion people at highest risk of conflict and displacement caused by environmental damage. A vicious cycle linking the depletion of natural resources with violent conflict may have gone past the point of no return in parts of the world and is likely to be exacerbated by climate change, said a report on Thursday. Food insecurity, lack of water and[Read More…]

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Five billion people will be water insecure by 2050, says UN WMO climate report

Five billion people will be water insecure by 2050, says UN WMO climate report

About half of the world’s population will suffer from water insecurity by 2050, found The State of Climate Services 2021: Water , a new report from the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The report said: More than 2 billion people are living in countries under water stress and 3.6 billion people face inadequate access to water at least one month per[Read More…]

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The Potential Pitfalls of a Green New Deal

The Potential Pitfalls of a Green New Deal

It was supposed to be the greatest transition of modern times. Practically overnight, a dirty, inefficient, and unjust system that encompassed 11 time zones was to undergo an extreme makeover. Billions of dollars were available to speed the process. A new crew of transition experts came up with the blueprint and the public was overwhelmingly on board. Best of all,[Read More…]

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Siberia’s Hot Streak

Siberia’s Hot Streak

Global warming in Siberia is on a hot streak! It was +6°C last year. In like manner, if the entire planet hit +6°C above pre-industrial, it would be lights out, life snuffed out, sayonara. Meanwhile, the Siberian hot streak theoretically threatens the entire planet with methane induced runaway global warming, the dreaded monster of the North that takes no prisoners.[Read More…]

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Challenge the Adult World, Pope’s Call to Youth Climate Change Activists

Pope Francis thanked a youth climate activist conference on Wednesday for the participants’ “dreams and projects of goodness” and encouraged them to keep up their advocacy of action to combat climate change. Speaking in Spanish via video to the Youth4Climate event in Milan, which drew 400 young activists from 197 countries, the Pope said their work is “for the good of humanity,”[Read More…]

The Global North isn’t ready for climate breakdown

The Global North isn’t ready for climate breakdown

When I was growing up in Kolkata, every monsoon the streets would get flooded. I remember looking forward to the days when school would get cancelled and I would get to stay home and watch cartoons. I would look out from the balcony to see life carrying on, people wading through sometimes waist-deep murky brown water. Somehow it all still[Read More…]

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What does the 24 September – Global Climate Strike Mean to Farmers, Workers & Peasants of India 

What does the 24 September – Global Climate Strike Mean to Farmers, Workers & Peasants of India 

The fridays for future organisation that cropped up from worldwide student protest launch first by a lone Swedish girl student of Class IX, Greta Thunberg starting from August-September 2018, has called for a Global Climate Strike on coming Friday, September 24, 2021. For millions of Farmers and Farm labourers in India who are in the 10-month continuing protest sit-in around[Read More…]

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U.S. Militarism’s Toxic Impact on Climate Policy

by Medea Benjamin and Nicolas J. S. Davies President Biden addressed the UN General Assembly on September 21 with a warning that the climate crisis is fast approaching a “point of no return,” and a promise that the United States would rally the world to action. “We will lead not just with the example of our power but, God willing,[Read More…]

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In this Aug. 24, 2020 photo, fire burns in the hollow of an old-growth redwood tree in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

California wildfires threaten millennia-old giant sequoias

The ongoing wildfires in California are again threatening the state’s millennia-old giant sequoia (also known as giant redwood) trees in central California. The most immediate danger is from the KNP Complex, a recent merging of the recently sparked Paradise Fire and Colony Fire, which has grown to 25,142 acres and is 0 percent contained. The wild land blaze has already[Read More…]

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Avoiding Real Change: The Myth of Green Capitalism

Avoiding Real Change: The Myth of Green Capitalism

Heat waves, floods, droughts, and wildfires are devastating communities around the world, and they will only grow more severe. While climate-change deniers remain powerful, the need for urgent action is now recognized well beyond activist circles. Governments, international organizations, and even business and finance are bowing to the inevitable—or so it seems. In fact, the world has wasted decades tinkering with[Read More…]

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Standing where the top of the Helm Glacier used to be, filling the valley up to the tree line on the far hillside.  In August, 2005, after 40 years, only the snout of the glacier is visible.

Beyond the tipping point

Twenty years and more ago climate talk concerned long term global warming effects not really occurring until mid-twenty-first century at earliest with most problems occurring toward the end of the century. I remember thinking I would not see the changes as the forecasts were well beyond my lifespan. There were signs of change, obviously, or it would not be an[Read More…]

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From Popovers to Popunders: The Kind of Decarbonization That Can Succeed

From Popovers to Popunders: The Kind of Decarbonization That Can Succeed

by Stan Cox and Priti Gulati Cox From the field and kitchen of discomfort food So much carbon dioxide has now accumulated in the atmosphere that it’s no longer possible to prevent a dangerous rise in global temperatures through purely technological means. In other words, it’s too late to prevent catastrophic ecological damage and human suffering simply through building more[Read More…]

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Climate Injustice in the United States

Climate Injustice in the United States

by Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young Capitalism will not lead the way out of climate catastrophe (Markus Spiske)  A few days ago, President Biden was urging climate action when saying, we don’t have much more than 10 years. Fighting global warming is inextricably linked to what Bill McKibben and others call climate justice. Commonly, many like to distinguish between climate[Read More…]

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A home is engulfed in flames as the Dixie fire rages on in Greenville, California on August 5, 2021. (Photo: Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)

Letting the World Burn: The Question of Governance

The sixth report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change confirms yet again that we are rapidly destabilizing the climate and making the earth a more dangerous and biologically impoverished planet. No surprise; we’ve known this since the 1970s. The primary cause of the worsening situation, however, is not the combustion of fossil fuels, but the massive political dereliction that has[Read More…]

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Beware: Big Oil Lies About the Climate

Beware: Big Oil Lies About the Climate

The Current Situation Shockingly, today’s climate crisis is driven by a mere increase of 1˚C in global temperature, primarily caused by the burning of fossil fuels. Unless we take urgent action, the temperature could increase by four times that level within the lifetimes of our children, leaving them to face an apocalyptic future. In the US alone, the recent floods on the[Read More…]

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A Story Poem about Climate Change

A Story Poem about Climate Change

Is this climate change? I asked as rains lashed out. Oh, that is a subject for experts, the bald man with a goatee said. We stood on the clouds and watched   the water slowly submerge — seeping through the marshes rising, rising till it covered the fields, the houses. The cattle — did they swim? The cats and dogs?[Read More…]

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Climate Change Is the Symptom, Capitalism Is the Problem

Climate Change Is the Symptom, Capitalism Is the Problem

Our planet cannot handle an eternal growth model. We live in a finite system and capitalist innovation can only take us so far. Eventually we run out of resources. Climate appears to be the limit. Too often climate change is reduced to quantification of greenhouse glasses or melting ice caps. These indicators of climate change are important to verify the[Read More…]

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City Park, in New Orleans, where the Crescent City Gaian Guild meets, after being visited by Ida. (Photo by Bart Everson)

Experiencing the Wrath of Ida and the Bliss of Gaia

Bart Everson, a Gaian and the convener of the Crescent City Gaian Guild in New Orleans, writes about his experience living through Hurricane Ida and her aftermath. If only my back didn’t ache, I could really enjoy this hurricane. Such were my thoughts as the outer bands of Hurricane Ida bore down on my home in New Orleans. I was sitting[Read More…]

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“2,180+ Scientists Worldwide Demand ‘Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty’

“2,180+ Scientists Worldwide Demand ‘Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty’

As the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly begins Tuesday amid an unrelenting wave of extreme weather, thousands of academics from around the globe are urging governments to negotiate an international treaty to bring about a rapid and just transition away from coal, oil, and gas—”the main cause of the climate emergency.” In an open letter delivered on Monday, 2,185 scientists from 81 countries[Read More…]

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Due to sea level rise, many islands in the Ganges Delta region of West Bengal, India—including Mousuni—are facing fast erosion. Homes and lands are sinking at a steady rate and people are staring at a bleak future where the probability of them becoming climate refugees looms large. (Photo: Arka Dutta/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Climate Emergency May Displace 216 Million Within Countries by 2050: World Bank

Underscoring the necessity of immediate and sweeping action to take on the climate emergency, a World Bank report revealed Monday that 216 million people across six global regions could be forced to move within their countries by midcentury. Groundswell Part 2: Acting on Internal Climate Migration includes analyses for East Asia and the Pacific, North Africa, and Eastern Europe and Central Asia,[Read More…]

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Climate Emergency: The War We Must Fight

Climate Emergency: The War We Must Fight

“Wally, Wally, quick, come and look at this!” These were the words of my roommate on a balmy Taiwanese evening on September 11th, 2001. Emerging into the living room I was just in time to see a plane slam into the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York. Walking through the door to work the next morning, I[Read More…]

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The Dixie Fire Disaster and Me – How I became a climate refugee

The Dixie Fire Disaster and Me – How I became a climate refugee

GREENVILLE, CA — At 10 a.m. on July 22nd, I interviewed a New York University professor about using autonomous robots, drones, and other unmanned devices to suppress structural and wildland fires. I sent the interview to an online transcription service, walked down the steps of my second-floor office and a block to the Greenville post office, where I mailed a[Read More…]

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Climate Crisis: A Prescription from 200 Medical Journals

Climate Crisis: A Prescription from 200 Medical Journals

A momentous statement has just been published in the British medical journal The Lancet and in 200 other health journals. It is the global equivalent of the diagnosis you never want to hear in your own doctor’s office, complete with concurring second opinions from 200 other doctors. The statement’s authors are the editors of those journals, themselves doctors or highly trained health scientists,[Read More…]

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A motorist drives a car through a flooded expressway in Brooklyn, New York early on September 2, 2021, as flash flooding and record-breaking rainfall brought by the remnants of Storm Ida swept through the area. (Photo: Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images)

Climate Scientist: This is a Dystopian Moment

I’m a climate scientist and on Wednesday night, I watched the rain outside my New York City window break the local record for the most accumulation in an hour. It was an event that caused catastrophic flooding and infrastructure failures across both the New York Metro area and a wide swath of the Northeast US, delivered by the remnant of a powerful hurricane[Read More…]

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Icicles hang off the State Highway 195 sign in Killeen, Texas on February 18, 2021. (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

New Climate Study: Arctic Heat Fueled Deadly February Texas Freeze

New research published Friday suggests that melting Arctic sea ice caused by global heating may be responsible for the deadly deep freeze that devastated much of North America and plunged millions of Texans into darkness in February. While climate researchers have previously connected the phenomena of polar heating and mid-latitute freezes, a new study published in the peer-reviewed journal Science is the first to link Arctic warming[Read More…]

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At least 43 dead as massive storm ravages US northeast

At least 43 dead as massive storm ravages US northeast

Massive flooding inundated broad swaths of the US northeast on Wednesday night, including New York City and downstate New York, as well as New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Areas of Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts were also flooded, and tornadoes were reported on Cape Cod. At least 43 people are dead and more than 250,000 households and businesses are without power.[Read More…]

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Brazil’s Fierce Drought

Brazil’s Fierce Drought

The Amazon rainforest is arguably the world’s premier asset. Indeed, it’s the world’s most crucial asset in a myriad of ways, nothing on Earth compares. Yet, it is infernally stressed because of inordinate drought. The bulk of the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil, where, according to the title of an article in NASA, Earth Observatory, the country headline says[Read More…]

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Sixteen years after Katrina: Hurricane Ida devastates southern Louisiana

Sixteen years after Katrina: Hurricane Ida devastates southern Louisiana

Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday as the second most powerful storm to hit the state of Louisiana in its recorded history, bringing widespread flooding from heavy rains and storm surge. High winds, blowing debris and falling trees damaged buildings and knocked out power to one million customers in Louisiana and over 120,000 in Mississippi. So far two deaths have been[Read More…]

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Hurricane Ida makes landfall in Louisiana, bringing widespread flooding and wind damage

Hurricane Ida makes landfall in Louisiana, bringing widespread flooding and wind damage

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) expects Hurricane Ida will continue to produce heavy rainfall through Monday across the central Gulf Coast, resulting in “life-threatening flash and urban flooding and significant river flooding impacts,” after it made landfall just west of Grande Isle, Louisiana, Sunday afternoon. The NHC had warned residents to expect “extremely life-threatening” storm surge inundation along the Gulf[Read More…]

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Why The Climate Emergency is now The Methane Emergency

Why The Climate Emergency is now The Methane Emergency

We are about to go through the most profound shift in the climate debate in 20 years. The result will be the end of the gas industry’s hope of being a transition fuel, a brutal market disruption to the agriculture and livestock industries and the arrival of the climate emergency into public consciousness. This will all be driven by the[Read More…]

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Drought Clobbers the World

Drought Clobbers the World

According to SPEI Global Drought Monitor, no continent is spared the ravages of severe drought, except for Antarctica. This is happening at a global temperature of 1.2°C above baseline, not 1.5°C above baseline which climate scientists agree is locked in. This article explores the countrywide impact of 1.2°C above baseline for the most vulnerable as well as the most privileged.[Read More…]

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Atmospheric CO2 Levels Haven’t Been This High in 800,000 Years: NOAA

Atmospheric CO2 Levels Haven’t Been This High in 800,000 Years: NOAA

Bolstering the case for meaningful climate action, a major report released Wednesday found that Earth’s atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations and sea levels both hit record highs in 2020. Based on the contributions of more than 530 scientists from over 60 countries and compiled by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), State of the Climate in 2020 is the 31st installment of[Read More…]

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China, 2049 – A Climate Disaster Zone, Not a Military Superpower

China, 2049 – A Climate Disaster Zone, Not a Military Superpower

In recent months, Washington has had a lot to say about China’s ever-expanding air, naval, and missile power. But when Pentagon officials address the topic, they generally speak less about that country’s current capabilities, which remain vastly inferior to those of the U.S., than the world they foresee in the 2030s and 2040s, when Beijing is expected to have acquired[Read More…]

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A village official evacuates a child from a flooded area following heavy rains in Dazhou in China's southwestern Sichuan province on July 12, 2021. (Photo: STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Nearly Half the World’s Children at ‘Extremely High Risk’ for Facing Effects of Climate Crisis, Report Finds

 On Friday, the third anniversary of climate campaigner Greta Thunberg’s lone protest outside the Swedish Parliament, a global report revealed the scale of risks posed by the climate emergency for the world’s children. The United Nations’ agency for children’s rights, UNICEF, introduced the first-ever Children’s Climate Risk Index, which shows that nearly half of the world’s children are at “extremely high risk” for being faced[Read More…]

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

Time for a Climate Insurgency

Since the end of the feudal era, the world order has been largely structured by the nation-state system. Individuals have been willing to kill and die for their countries. The pursuit of individual and group interests has occurred largely within a national framework. Nonetheless, social and political movements have often transgressed national boundaries and expressed solidarities that go beyond them.[Read More…]

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Extreme weather, climate change and the case for socialism

Extreme weather, climate change and the case for socialism

The flooding disaster in Humphreys County, Tennessee over the weekend has so far killed at least 21 people, including two toddlers, with another 45 still missing. The flash floods were the result of a storm which dropped 17 inches of rain on the region on Saturday evening, likely a new state record. Early imagery shows whole communities devastated, with scores[Read More…]

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Carbon Capture Technology Won’t Solve Our Emissions Problems

Carbon Capture Technology Won’t Solve Our Emissions Problems

The world is processing the dire warnings in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report: We are on a path to see global temperature rise to surpass the 2-degree threshold, bringing more intense heat waves, droughts, and sea-level rise—unless we shift rapidly away from fossil fuels. And the climate movement is grappling with both a sense of urgency and[Read More…]

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The Glasgow Climate Talks Are a Vital Deadline for Action

The Glasgow Climate Talks Are a Vital Deadline for Action

It’s only 76 days until world leaders convene in Glasgow, Scotland, for some of the most important international negotiations in history. What happens during the twelve days of the Glasgow Climate Talks (known by climate wonks as COP26) will go a long way to determining the fate of much of the Paris Climate Agreement―which is another way of saying the fate[Read More…]

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Greed and Consumption: Why the World is Burning

Greed and Consumption: Why the World is Burning

Rome is scorching hot. This beautiful city is becoming unbearable for other reasons, too. Though every corner of the beaming metropolis is a monument to historical grandeur, from the Colosseum in Rione Monti to the Basilica of Saint John Lateran in San Giovanni, it is now struggling under the weight of its own contradictions. In Via Appia, bins are overflowing[Read More…]

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My Extreme World

My Extreme World

Admittedly, I hadn’t been there for 46 years, but old friends of mine still live (or at least lived) in the town of Greenville, California, and now… well, it’s more or less gone, though they survived.  The Dixie Fire, one of those devastating West Coast blazes, had already “blackened” 504 square miles of Northern California in what was still essentially[Read More…]

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Summary of the Summary for Policymakers of the IPCC’s “Climate Change 2021”

Summary of the Summary for Policymakers of the IPCC’s “Climate Change 2021”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a very large, detailed and important document “Climate Change 2021. The physical science  basis” that is prefaced by a detailed Summary for Policymakers (SPM) . Set out below for the benefit of busy readers is a summary and critique of this summary. In short, the SPM superbly sets out the science[Read More…]

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The Gulf Stream is an ocean current that carries warm water from the Gulf of Mexico into the Atlantic Ocean. (Image: NASA)

Climate Change Due To Atlantic Warming Reset

On Aug 5 this month a news alert emerged from London that all is perilously unwell with North Atlantic waters. Two science writers lost no time to put out reports, Sarah Kaplan from Washington Post (WP) as a Breaking News and Jessica Corbett with her version in Science Daily. This writer wrote an initial muted response to Kaplan in WP’s[Read More…]

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With Earth on Edge, Climate Crisis Must Be Treated Like Outbreak of a World War

With Earth on Edge, Climate Crisis Must Be Treated Like Outbreak of a World War

 The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released on August 9, 2021—the first of four that make up the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment report—reiterates in scientific language (it deals with the physical science basis of global warming) what we have already known for quite some time from scores of previous studies: humanity faces a climate emergency, global warming is[Read More…]

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A fire burns trees next to grazing land in the Amazon basin in Ze Doca, Brazil. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

We Have Reached Our Climate Tipping Point: It’s Up to Us to Tip It Back

Experts weigh in on how to change the systems and behaviors leading us to catastrophe. One of the best-known features of the Amazon rainforest is that it is, well, wet. But increasingly researchers are wondering how much longer that will be true. About three decades ago, disquieting research began suggesting that the twin effects of deforestation and climate change could cause the[Read More…]

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UN agency report documents worldwide impact of climate change

UN agency report documents worldwide impact of climate change

The latest report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Monday morning goes beyond all previous global scientific documents to definitively link human industrial and agricultural activity to climate change, and to link climate change to specific weather events like recent droughts, heat waves, storms and flooding. Some 234 scientists summarized the results of more than 14,000 separate[Read More…]

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The most sobering report card yet on climate change and Earth’s future

The most sobering report card yet on climate change and Earth’s future

Written by Pep Canadell, Joelle Gergis, Malte Meinshausen, Mark Hemer, Michael Grose Earth has warmed 1.09℃ since pre-industrial times and many changes such as sea-level rise and glacier melt are now virtually irreversible, according to the most sobering report yet by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report also found escape from human-caused climate change is no longer[Read More…]

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‘Code Red for Humanity’: IPCC Report Warns Window for Climate Action Is Closing Fast

‘Code Red for Humanity’: IPCC Report Warns Window for Climate Action Is Closing Fast

“The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable: greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel burning and deforestation are choking our planet and putting billions of people at immediate risk.” A panel of leading scientists convened by the United Nations issued a comprehensive report Monday that contains a stark warning for humanity: The climate crisis is here, some of its[Read More…]

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The Gulf Stream is an ocean current that carries warm water from the Gulf of Mexico into the Atlantic Ocean. (Image: NASA)

Researchers Fear Gulf Stream System Could Collapse

While heatwaves, fires, and floods produce warnings that “we are living in a climate emergency, here and now,” a scientific study suggested Thursday that a crucial Atlantic Ocean current system could collapse, which “would have severe impacts on the global climate system.” The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, focuses on the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), which includes the Gulf Stream. As the United[Read More…]

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The Pentagon Is Killing Us — and the Planet

The Pentagon Is Killing Us — and the Planet

The dog days of summer are upon us —and the record high temperatures killing hundreds in the Pacific Northwest and bringing 118 degree heat to Siberia serve as a harbinger of even hotter, more dangerous days unless we address the elephant in the room. The Pentagon. As the largest institutional consumer of oil and, therefore, the largest single U.S. emitter of greenhouse[Read More…]

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Concerns of Fr. Stan Swamy  to Protect Tribal Rights Also Related Much to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption

Concerns of Fr. Stan Swamy  to Protect Tribal Rights Also Related Much to Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption

As news spread in India and abroad of the death of Fr. Stan Swamy on July 5 in very tragic circumstances, messages of great sadness and concern poured in from many parts of India and world. In a condolence message European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore has called him a defender of indigenous people’s struggles. The Chief[Read More…]

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Planet’s Vital Signs Are Reaching Dangerous ‘Tipping Points’ Amid Climate Crisis, Scientists Warn

Planet’s Vital Signs Are Reaching Dangerous ‘Tipping Points’ Amid Climate Crisis, Scientists Warn

More than a year after the Covid-19 pandemic shut down economies around the world and sharply reduced worldwide travel—sparking speculation among some that emissions would plummet as a result—a coalition of scientists said in a paper published Wednesday that the planet is nonetheless reaching multiple “tipping points,” with levels of sea ice melt, deforestation, and other markers revealing that urgent action is[Read More…]

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The Past Reveals the Climate Breakdown We Are Headed Towards

The Past Reveals the Climate Breakdown We Are Headed Towards

Climate modelling isn’t the only way of forecasting what our climate-changed world will look like by the century’s end and beyond. Indeed, the huge complexities and caveats involved in trying to build an accurate picture of a carbon-soaked planet from initial tenets, may not even make it the best. Instead, we can look back in time to periods in Earth’s 4.6[Read More…]

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Record-smashing heat extremes may become much more likely with climate change, finds study

Record-smashing heat extremes may become much more likely with climate change, finds study

Cyprus. Cuba. Turkey. Canada. Northern Ireland. Antarctica. All recorded their hottest-ever temperatures in the last two years, and according to a new study, more such extremes are coming. A Reuters report said: In the next three decades, “record-shattering” heat waves could become two to seven times more frequent in the world than in the last 30 years, scientists report in[Read More…]

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Clouds May Speed Up Global Warming

Clouds May Speed Up Global Warming

 “Cloud research is a tricky business. Clouds sometimes have a warming effect on the local climate and sometimes a cooling effect — it all depends on the type of cloud, the local climate and a variety of other conditions. “One of the most fundamental questions about climate change is also one of the thorniest: How much, exactly, will the Earth[Read More…]

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Destroyed houses are seen in Schuld, Germany, Thursday, July 15, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

We Cannot Go on Like This: Merkel Says on Tackling Climate Crisis After Floods

Less than three months before leaving office, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has openly conceded that the industrial world has failed to adequately fight climate change and that more rapid, pain-inducing steps were urgently needed. Media reports said: Merkel, who has led Europe’s largest economy and one of the world’s leading emitters of CO2 for the last 16 years, reflected on her own bitter experience.[Read More…]

Heatwave in U.S.: From Coast to Coast, Millions Affected

Heatwave in U.S.: From Coast to Coast, Millions Affected

A widespread heatwave has begun across the contiguous U.S., with at least 35 million people likely to see temperatures reach or exceed 100°F by the end of the week. Heat alerts are in place across at least 16 states in the south, midwest and western U.S. Media reports said: The hot weather, which comes courtesy of another heat dome building[Read More…]

Apocalypse

Apocalypse

Apocalypse is complete destruction of the world as described in some detail in the biblical book of Revelation. Nothing worse can happen to humanity. Interestingly, it has been a recurring aspect of civilization for over two thousand years but every prediction of “End Times” has failed. Yet, modern day society is proving that apocalypse has multiple possible outcomes. In fact,[Read More…]

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Climate: We Are Not Doing Enough!

Climate: We Are Not Doing Enough!

The Keeling Curve continues to rise steadily Measurements of the carbon dioxide content of the earth’s atmosphere as a function of time have been made ever since 1958 at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii. The resulting graph is called the “Keeling Curve”, in honor of Charles David Keeling, who started the monitoring and continued it until his death in[Read More…]

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Floods have affected cities across Europe, including Zurich in Switzerland

Deadly flooding and heatwaves in Europe highlight urgency of climate action, says WMO

Heavy rainfall that has triggered deadly and catastrophic flooding in several western European countries, is just the latest indicator that all nations need to do more to hold back climate change-induced disasters, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Friday. The UN agency said that countries including Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands had received up to two months’ rain[Read More…]

Devastating Drought Ravages California, Water Use by 15% Cut Suggested

Devastating Drought Ravages California, Water Use by 15% Cut Suggested

As California faces devastating drought the U.S. state’s governor Gavin Newsom has asked people and businesses to voluntarily cut their water use by 15%. The western U.S. weathers a devastating drought. Reservoirs across California, which are depended on for agriculture, drinking water and fish habitat, have dwindled to dangerously low levels and some counties have already enacted mandatory water restrictions. Agriculture and tourism could[Read More…]

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The Fires This Time

The Fires This Time

In San Francisco, we’re finally starting to put away our masks. With 74% of the city’s residents over 12 fully vaccinated, for the first time in more than a year we’re enjoying walking, shopping, and eating out, our faces naked. So I was startled when my partner reminded me that we need to buy masks again very soon — N95 masks, that is. The California[Read More…]

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Heatwave blankets U.S. West and California wildfire generates its own lightning

Heatwave blankets U.S. West and California wildfire generates its own lightning

As another heatwave hits the U.S. West this weekend, firefighters struggled to contain an exploding Northern California wildfire under blazing temperatures. On Friday, Death Valley National Park in California recorded a staggering high of 130 degrees Fahrenheit (54 Celsius) and could reach the same high on Saturday. If verified, the 130-degree reading would be the hottest high recorded there since[Read More…]

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People turn to extreme measures to keep cool in an extreme heatwave. (Getty Images)

Pacific Northwest heatwave virtually impossible without human-driven climate change, finds study

The historic heat wave that struck the Pacific Northwest and killed hundreds of people would have been “virtually impossible without human-caused climate change,” an international team of climate researchers said in a new report. The World Weather Attribution’s analysis, published July 8, 2021, Wednesday, found that the record-setting heat that triggered wildfires and was linked to hundreds of deaths was a one-in-a-1,000-year event that “would have been[Read More…]

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Global Warming, Climate Refugees, Migrations – And Beyond: Need for national-level planning

Global Warming, Climate Refugees, Migrations – And Beyond: Need for national-level planning

It is well established that global warming (GW) is driving climate change (CC). Thinkers believe that in coming years, GW-CC will adversely affect societies and nations on a global scale like nothing before. Important among the IPCC-predicted long-term effects of GW-CC, as applicable to India, are: (1) Rise in sea level due to polar ice-melt, leading to coastal erosion or[Read More…]

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India’s Stance on Net Zero: Act with Rationale

India’s Stance on Net Zero: Act with Rationale

There is enough scientific evidence that tells us that climate change impacts are very much tangible as well as ravaging. These impacts are not only restricted to floods, droughts, melting glaciers, extreme events but are also striking hard on some of the important components of our very existence viz water, transport, energy, ecosystem and human health. To quote The Intergovernmental[Read More…]

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Epic drought in the U.S. West: Competing Interests Between Farmers and Fish, and Water Futures Fail to Yield

Epic drought in the U.S. West: Competing Interests Between Farmers and Fish, and Water Futures Fail to Yield

Extreme drought is tearing apart communities in a massive river basin along the U.S. states of Oregon-California border. Farmers, tribes and wildlife face a bleak future together. At the same time, water futures market is also failing the California farmers. A Guardian report – “Running out of water: how climate change fuels a crisis in the US west” – said[Read More…]

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This Is Only the Beginning: It’s About to Get Much Harder

This Is Only the Beginning: It’s About to Get Much Harder

Our planet hasn’t seen temperatures this hot in fifteen million years, when the sea level was forty meters higher than it is today. This is just the opening salvo. As the American west is gripped by potentially the worst drought since algebra was invented 1,200 years ago and temperature records are once again shattered on a weekly basis, we are entering into unknown[Read More…]

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Visitors walk past the thermometer at the Furnace Creek Visitor Center in Death Valley, California, U.S. on June 17, 2021. (Kyle Grillot/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Heat Dome over the Pacific Northwest worst on record: hundreds die  

The ‘heat dome’ over western Canada and parts of the U.S. Pacific northwest is taking its toll: Already hundreds of deaths. A Reuters report from Vancouver and Portland said: In Canada’s British Columbia, at least 486 sudden deaths were reported over five days, nearly three times the usual number that would occur in the province over that period, the B.C.[Read More…]

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Extreme Heat in Canada’s British Columbia and U.S. Northwest: Scores feared dead  

Extreme Heat in Canada’s British Columbia and U.S. Northwest: Scores feared dead  

Extreme heatwave has hit the Canadian west coast and the northwest U.S. leading to scores of deaths. In areas, temperature rose to more than 46°C to more than 47°C. Media reports on the heat dome now covering the Pacific Northwest are telling hardship of people in the regions, melting of power cables, buckling of roads, and closure of schools, universities,[Read More…]

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Northwestern Heatwave Sparks Calls for Transformative Climate Action

Northwestern Heatwave Sparks Calls for Transformative Climate Action

As the Pacific Northwest and southwestern Canada bake under what’s being described as a “once-in-a-millennium” heat dome, green groups on Monday reiterated the need for transformational change to address the climate emergency, while progressive U.S. lawmakers underscored the imperative for any infrastructure legislation to center climate action. Temperatures exceeded 110 degrees in Portland, Oregon for the second straight day—and the third consecutive record-setting day—on Monday, melting power[Read More…]

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We Don’t Need a New Report to Know It’s Time to Act Urgently on the Climate Crisis

We Don’t Need a New Report to Know It’s Time to Act Urgently on the Climate Crisis

The record-breaking heat and intensifying drought engulfing the western U.S. right now are a stark reminder of how climate change is loading the weather dice against us. It’s making heatwaves hotter and longer, and droughts stronger. Yet, what we see today is just a fraction of what’s anticipated unless serious and immediate actions are taken to reduce carbon emissions. Last week,[Read More…]

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Lethal Heat Hits the Planet

Lethal Heat Hits the Planet

The news does not get much worse than a recent scientific report that the planet is trapping twice as much heat as it did only 14 years ago. If this one report does not turn heads and create a sense of panic to get off fossil fuels, as soon as yesterday, then nothing will ever move the needle to fix[Read More…]

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Climate Crisis Pushes A Million People in Madagascar to the ‘Edge of Starvation,’ Says WFP

Climate Crisis Pushes A Million People in Madagascar to the ‘Edge of Starvation,’ Says WFP

Climate crisis has pushed communities in Madagascar to the verge of starvation. The World Food Programme (WFP) says resources are scarce in the country after the worst drought in four decades. The WFP said more than a quarter of people are suffering in one area. And $78.6 million is needed to fight the crisis. Climate change is the driving force[Read More…]

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Hunger, disease, drought: UN report warns of climate crisis

Hunger, disease and drought will afflict tens of millions of more people within decades, warns a draft UN assessment that lays bare the dire human health consequences of a warming planet. “Life on Earth can recover from a drastic climate shift by evolving into new species and creating new ecosystems,” the report says. “Humans cannot.” The forthcoming 4,000-page draft report[Read More…]

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Heat wave scorches the U.S. West: 50 million people under warnings

Heat wave scorches the U.S. West: 50 million people under warnings

Heat wave is scorching the U.S. West. More than 50 million people in eight U.S. states were under heat warnings Tuesday as the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) urged people to remain hydrated and stay indoors. A week of triple-digit temperatures made worse by climate crisis is forecast across much of the U.S. West this week, with records poised to fall[Read More…]

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Coal is coming back in Europe as Gas is Scarce

Coal is coming back in Europe as Gas is Scarce

Coal is a hot issue in this energy-starved world. There is a drive to get out of coal for a better climate. But coal is coming back in Europe. A Bloomberg report said: “Europe is so short of natural gas that the continent — usually seen as the poster child for the global fight against emissions — is turning to[Read More…]

The Fallacy of Our Carbon Footprint

The Fallacy of Our Carbon Footprint

In 1992, a Canadian ecologist named William Rees coined the term “ecological footprint,” a measurement of how much any entity was impacting the planet’s ecology. A decade later, British Petroleum started promoting a new term: “carbon footprint.”  In a splashy ad campaign, the company unveiled the first of its many carbon footprint calculators as a way for individuals to measure[Read More…]

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Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Hits Highest Level in Over 4 Million Years

Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Hits Highest Level in Over 4 Million Years

New data released Monday showed atmospheric carbon dioxide reached a monthly average level of 419 parts per million in May, which is not only the maximum reading ever recorded since accurate measurements began 63 years ago but also the highest level the planet has experienced in over four million years. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and[Read More…]

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International Energy Agency report underscores inadequacy of US government response to climate change

International Energy Agency report underscores inadequacy of US government response to climate change

The International Energy Agency (IEA), a Paris-based affiliate of the Organisation for Economic Co-ordination and Development (OECD), has released a special report outlining various pathways to ensure a world with a net zero carbon emissions rate by 2050. The report, which is titled Net Zero by 2050, states that in order to achieve a carbon neutral world by that year producers[Read More…]

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The Clean Energy Transition Is a Big Time-Wasting Lie

The Clean Energy Transition Is a Big Time-Wasting Lie

“(W)e haven’t even started to talk about what might be ‘possible’ and are still mostly arguing about what is ‘feasible without compromising economic growth.’ These are of course extremely different things, and the latter will not get us anywhere near the 1.5 degrees C target.” Damon Matthews Although last weeks court cases and shareholder battles have been (rightly) called a[Read More…]

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“We need some divine intervention”: Governor asks Utahns to pray for rain amid brutal drought, California also faces deadly drought

“We need some divine intervention”: Governor asks Utahns to pray for rain amid brutal drought, California also faces deadly drought

U.S. state Utah Gov. Spencer Cox (R) issued a declaration on Thursday that urges residents to pray for rain as the state experiences record drought. At least 90% of the state is currently experiencing “extreme” to “exceptional” drought, the two worst categories, according to data from the U.S. Drought Monitor. “I’ve already asked all Utahns to conserve water by avoiding long showers, fixing[Read More…]

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126 Nobel Laureates Issue Urgent Call Ahead of G7 Summit, Demanding ‘Decade of Action’ to Combat Global Crises

126 Nobel Laureates Issue Urgent Call Ahead of G7 Summit, Demanding ‘Decade of Action’ to Combat Global Crises

A group of 126 Nobel laureates and other experts on Thursday called on the leaders of the G7 nations and the United Nations secretary-general to help put the global community on a path to establishing “a new relationship with the planet,” as the world continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic and faces a coming decade which will be “decisive” in determining[Read More…]

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The Net Zero Mirage

The Net Zero Mirage

“Net Zero by 2050” is the rallying cry of scientists and policymakers throughout the world. However, that epithet echoes past decades of climate change/global warming mitigation plans, one after another, all failures. The world’s continuing failure to come to grips with the dilemma led three notable climate scientists, deeply involved at the highest levels, to publicly ridicule past and future[Read More…]

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Premier Xi Jinping’s Geopolitical Methane Hydrate Feedback Loop Challenge

Premier Xi Jinping’s Geopolitical Methane Hydrate Feedback Loop Challenge

“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…]

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An Urgent Call for Action by Nobel Laureates

An Urgent Call for Action by Nobel Laureates

Our Planet, Our Future is the title of the 2021 Nobel Prize Summit. As a follow up to that summit, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently published Our Planet, Our Future: An Urgent Call for Action d/d April 29th 2021. The opening paragraph of the Nobel Laureate declaration implicitly calls for immediate unified worldwide action: “The first[Read More…]

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The Arctic’s greening won’t save us

The Arctic’s greening won’t save us

A new research led by scientists at UC Irvine and Boston University, published in Nature Climate Change (Jonathan A. Wang, Alessandro Baccini, Mary Farina, James T. Randerson, Mark A. Friedl, Disturbance suppresses the aboveground carbon sink in North American boreal forests, Nature Climate Change, 2021; DOI: 10.1038/s41558-021-01027-4 ) suggests that all the new green biomass is not as large a[Read More…]

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Climate change will be disastrous even after latest world pledges, says report

Climate change will be disastrous even after latest world pledges, says report

The recent pledges made by governments to limit carbon emissions will not be sufficient to meet the goal of keeping global temperatures from rising above 1.5 degrees Celsius, claims a new report. Instead, those nonbinding commitments will result in a rise in the average global temperature to a potentially catastrophic 2.4 degrees Celsius. The Climate Action Tracker (CAT), an independent[Read More…]

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(Source: U.S. National Centers for Environmental Information - NCEI)

U.S.’s new normal: hotter, wetter, shorter, heavier, drier and more extreme weather

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revealed new standards on Tuesday, May 4, 2021 for what an average or “normal” U.S. climate looks like, showing average temperatures in the U.S. rising significantly. Shifting the baseline for normal temperatures highlights just how quickly climate crisis is affecting conditions on Earth. Updating these standards is important for helping shape government[Read More…]

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Humanity Must Choose Between Two Very Different Approaches to Checking Climate Change

Humanity Must Choose Between Two Very Different Approaches to Checking Climate Change

It is becoming increasingly clear that the most powerful and influential forces in the world are increasingly building a consensus around an approach to checking climate change which is centered on basically retaining the existing economic systems with all their distortions and inequalities. In particular excessive consumerism( based of course on excessive energy generation) of a significant section of the[Read More…]

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Only Allowed Solutions?

Only Allowed Solutions?

Covering Climate Now, CCNow, is a consortium of publications and journalists dedicated to better climate journalism; I’m a climate activist not a climate journalist but I subscribe to the CCNow newsletter as a good source of climate news as well as an insight to the world of climate journalism. In the April 21st edition I found a link to ‘what[Read More…]

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Chamoli and climate change

Chamoli and climate change

Chamoli April 23, 2021. Uttarakhand’s Chamoli District suffered flash flood yet again. [Ref.1] The previous one was on February 7, 2021. Both took sudden and huge toll of human and animal life and economic loss, including destroying infrastructure of dams and roads. Both occurred because of avalanches possibly triggered by glacier-dam burst. This writer argues that the avalanches were both[Read More…]

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China’s Xi Jinping to attend Joe Biden’s climate summit

China’s Xi Jinping to attend Joe Biden’s climate summit

File Photo: China and the US have rediscovered a common interest in battling climate change. Photograph: Paul J Richards/AFP/Getty Images China’s Xi Jinping to attend Joe Biden’s climate summit is a major, welcome news that comes amid continued anti- China stance of the Biden administration. Virtual summit on April 22 Thursday will be the first meeting between the two leaders[Read More…]

How children are taking European states to court over the climate crisis – and changing the law

How children are taking European states to court over the climate crisis – and changing the law

 Written by Aoife Daly, Pernilla Leviner and Rebecca Thorburn Stern Even before Greta Thunberg launched her school strike for climate when she was 15-year-old, youth activists have been key players in public action on the climate crisis. Now they are breaking new ground in court. On November 30, 2020, six Portuguese children and young people brought a historic court case[Read More…]

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Climate crisis: Time is fast running out, and World Bank changes tone

Climate crisis: Time is fast running out, and World Bank changes tone

A climate summit is going to begin. Ahead of the summit, the World Meteorological Organization released a report on April 19, 2021, which has warned: Time is fast running out. The report – State of the Global Climate 2020 – finds that concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHG) continued to climb in 2020, despite lockdowns imposed to slow the present pandemic.[Read More…]

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SAPACC Request PMs of India, Bangladesh And Bhutan To Declare A Planetary Climate Crisis

SAPACC Request PMs of India, Bangladesh And Bhutan To Declare A Planetary Climate Crisis

Honourable Prime Minister of Bangladesh Madam Shaikh Hasina, Honourable Prime Minister of Bhutan Dr Lotay Tshering, Honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi,   We, the South Asian People’s Action on Climate Crisis (SAPACC), a rainbow coalition of climate, ecology and rights groups from across South Asia, welcome the fact that you will be participating in the “Virtual Summit[Read More…]

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The Doomsday Glacier Lives up to its Billing

The Doomsday Glacier Lives up to its Billing

The 21st century serves as an inflection point of acceleration of climate instability caused by human-generated greenhouse gases, as CO2 emissions increase well beyond the rate of the prior century. It’s also a defining timeline of an astonishing ice mass loss rate of 500% more than the last decade of the previous century. Throughout human history, this has never happened[Read More…]

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Hyderabad, October 2020

Indian monsoons becoming more chaotic

Study warns of grave consequences for agriculture and economy, affecting over one billion people. If global warming continues unchecked, summer monsoon rainfall in India will become stronger and more erratic. This is the central finding of an analysis by a team of German researchers that compared more than 30 state-of-the-art climate models from all around the world. The study predicts[Read More…]

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Narrow Response to Crisis Situations Which Ignores Basic Causes Will Not Resolve The Crisis

Narrow Response to Crisis Situations Which Ignores Basic Causes Will Not Resolve The Crisis

At a time when the world is already in the middle of a serious survival crisis, it is a matter of deep concern that most responses to crisis situations are narrow responses which cannot go very far as, while trying to respond to a part of the crisis, they fail to look at the whole and at best  can make[Read More…]

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Worst drought in modern history may hit Western U.S.

Worst drought in modern history may hit Western U.S.

Extreme drought may be going to hit across the Western U.S. Some scientists saying the region is on the precipice of permanent drought. In 2000, the Western U.S. entered the beginning of what scientists call a megadrought — the second worst in 1,200 years — triggered by a combination of a natural dry cycle and human-caused climate change. The U.S.[Read More…]

How Rich Countries Are Cheating In Climate Change Negotiations

How Rich Countries Are Cheating In Climate Change Negotiations

This is an important year for climate change negotiations and climate change diplomacy is picking up fast, with an important virtual meeting called by US President of several world leaders scheduled for April 22. What is absolutely clear is that  climate change mitigation and adaptation are among the most important challenges before humanity, and all countries, all people should try[Read More…]

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Cooling the Planet?

Cooling the Planet?

Grandiose plans to cool Earth, saving the planet from overheating by utilizing low-tech balloon flights sprinkling particles into the atmosphere to reflect solar radiation back into outer space have been delayed, nobody knows for sure when, or if, it’ll proceed. The planet-cooling scheme referred to as Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment aka: SCoPEx headed by Harvard professor Fran Keutsch hopes to[Read More…]

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Deadly heat waves will be common in South Asia, even at 1.5 degrees of warming

Deadly heat waves will be common in South Asia, even at 1.5 degrees of warming

A new study projecting the amount of heat stress residents of the South Asia region will experience in the future finds with 2 degrees Celsius of warming, the population’s exposure to heat stress will nearly triple. Limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will likely reduce that impact by half, but deadly heat stress will become commonplace across South Asia, according[Read More…]

by 26/03/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
The Greatest Of All Pandemic Is Already Upon Us

The Greatest Of All Pandemic Is Already Upon Us

Here’s one of the things I now do every morning. I go to the online Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center and check out the figures there — global coronavirus cases and deaths, U.S. coronavirus cases and deaths. And I do so the way that, not so long ago, I would have opened the sports pages and checked out the latest scores of[Read More…]

by 19/03/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Agenda of An Important Year of Climate Change Negotiations Should Include Tackling Difficult Questions

Agenda of An Important Year of Climate Change Negotiations Should Include Tackling Difficult Questions

This year 2021 is widely regarded as an important year for climate change negotiations. The more obvious reason for this is of course that the 26th Conference of Parties (COP) to  the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change could not be held as per schedule last year  due to  Covid related factors and is now scheduled to be convened in[Read More…]

by 17/03/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Bill Gates’ Climate Plan: leadership and continuing denial

Bill Gates’ Climate Plan: leadership and continuing denial

“(T)he most obvious, ubiquitous, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about.”   David Foster Wallace Bill Gates has both a new book and education campaign on mitigating climate change. Mr. Gates personifies successful, transforming innovation. His book is just coming out now but he has been following the evolution of our climate problem[Read More…]

by 13/03/2021 1 comment Climate Change
Direct Air Capture and Big Oil

Direct Air Capture and Big Oil

CNBC recently produced a 17-min video about direct air capture (DAC) and corporations, specifically big oil, funding R&D operations. The video discusses the basic technology, as well as some pitfalls. Direct air capture is in early stages of developing technology to remove atmospheric CO2. (Source: Money is Pouring Into Carbon Capture Tec, But Challenges Remain, CNBC, March 3, 2021) By[Read More…]

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Approaching a Risky 1.5°C Global Overshoot 

Approaching a Risky 1.5°C Global Overshoot 

A recent UN Assessment, as of February 26th 2021, regarding progress or lack thereof by the 195 nations to the Paris 2015 climate agreement is starting to look like a big bust. As described in the report, nations are not meeting their voluntary commitments to decrease carbon emissions, especially based upon the Paris ‘15 goals to decelerate CO2 emissions of[Read More…]

by 06/03/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
The Origin of the Northern Freeze 

The Origin of the Northern Freeze 

Warnings by leading climate scientists regarding the high sensitivity of the atmosphere in response to abrupt compositional changes, such as near-doubling of greenhouse gas concentrations, are now manifest: According to Wallace Broecker, (the “father” of climate science) “The paleoclimate record shouts out to us that, far from being self-stabilizing, the Earth’s climate system is an ornery beast which overreacts to even small[Read More…]

by 04/03/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Big companies find profit in carbon offsets market

Big companies find profit in carbon offsets market

Big companies are finding profit in carbon offsets market. “The value of the global market for carbon emissions offsets,” writes  Frank Watson (Global carbon offsets market could be worth $200 billion by 2050: Berenberg, 13 May 2020 https://www.spglobal.com/platts/en/market-insights/latest-news/natural-gas/051320-global-carbon-offsets-market-could-be-worth-200-bil-by-2050-berenberg) “could increase to $200 billion by 2050, German bank Berenberg said in a note”. Frank Watson writes: “Although now relatively small, the[Read More…]

by 02/03/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Why Repression of Climate Activists is Bad News for the  Endangered Planet of Earth

Why Repression of Climate Activists is Bad News for the  Endangered Planet of Earth

It is very sad that many reports of repression of climate activists are being received from several parts of world at such an early stage of climate activism. Even a very quick net search would reveal several recent instances from Brazil, Chile, Kenya, India , Russia and other countries. These are reports where climate activism is directly mentioned. But if[Read More…]

by 27/02/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Four Intersecting Pandemics Threaten Continuation of Life

Four Intersecting Pandemics Threaten Continuation of Life

AN OVER-HEATED PLANET, UNCONTROLLED HUMAN POPULATION & COVID-19 A triad of intersecting world-wide pandemics simultaneously threatening humanity today are the end results of its own insatiable greedy human desire for endless, unchecked growth. Ugly, profit-based, commercial development, unimaginative high-rise towers or mega-social housing projects continue to destroy everything in their wake in an impossible attempt to try to accommodate the[Read More…]

by 26/02/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Heating the Planet Through a New Cold War

Heating the Planet Through a New Cold War

Slowing the pace of climate change and getting “tough” on China, especially over its human-rights abuses and unfair trade practices, are among the top priorities President Biden has announced for his new administration. Evidently, he believes that he can tame a rising China with harsh pressure tactics, while still gaining its cooperation in areas of concern to Washington. As he wrote in Foreign Affairs during the[Read More…]

by 25/02/2021 3 comments Climate Change
Devastated by ice storm, Texans are now hunting food and safe water

Devastated by ice storm, Texans are now hunting food and safe water

Media reports from U.S. said: The slow-moving winter disaster pummeling Texas that began with snow, ice and widespread blackouts is now moving into a new phase: A dire lack of food and fresh water. Millions do not have safe water at home, and residents looking for groceries or bottled water said they arrived to stores with bare shelves and long[Read More…]

by 20/02/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
‘A humanitarian crisis’: Cold and snow put millions in danger in Texas: 38 dead

‘A humanitarian crisis’: Cold and snow put millions in danger in Texas: 38 dead

Texas’s freeze entered a sixth day on Thursday. At least 31 people have died as of Wednesday afternoon as a result of the severe weather in Texas. But some media reports said, days of glacial weather have left at least 38 people dead in the U.S. The snow made many roads impassable, disrupted coronavirus vaccine distribution and blanketed nearly three-quarters[Read More…]

Climate Catastrophe In Texas And The Texans Are Freezing To Death

Climate Catastrophe In Texas And The Texans Are Freezing To Death

Texans are freezing to death because of Republican greed. Decades ago, corporations paid off politicians to support the deregulation of the Texas energy market and limit federal oversight of the state’s energy grid. As a result of the latest climate catastrophe, so many Texans lost sewer and water service for days. Their water pipes burst. Many apartment complexes have become[Read More…]

by 19/02/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Disha Ravi, Sophie Scholl And The Unravelling Of Indian Fascism

Disha Ravi, Sophie Scholl And The Unravelling Of Indian Fascism

When I founded Countercurrents.org  in 2002, Disha Ravi who was arrested for sedition yesterday was a two-year-old toddler. In 2002, the CO2 level in the atmosphere was 370 ppm. Now it is 415 ppm. In just 19 years CO2 levels increased by just over 2ppm/year. The level of cumulative greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, including Methane, Nitrous Oxide etc is[Read More…]

The extreme rate of global warming: IPCC Oversights of future climate trends

The extreme rate of global warming: IPCC Oversights of future climate trends

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports and comprehensive summaries of the peer-reviewed literature raise questions regarding the assumptions inherent in computer modelling of future climate changes, including the supposed linearity of future global temperature trends (Figure 1). Computer modelling does not necessarily capture the sensitivity, complexity and feedbacks of the atmosphere-ocean-land system as observed from paleoclimate studies. Underlying published[Read More…]

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Why 2021 is humanity’s make-or-break moment on climate breakdown

Why 2021 is humanity’s make-or-break moment on climate breakdown

Last year will be remembered for many things, and let’s be honest: most of them will be bad. But amidst the hardship and suffering, there is a positive story to be told. 2020 was perhaps the first time in living memory when governments around the world took radical action to put the interests of public health and wellbeing above that[Read More…]

by 12/02/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Did Climate Change Cause The Uttarakhand Tragedy?

Did Climate Change Cause The Uttarakhand Tragedy?

The rescue operations for the tragic glacier burst which killed 11 and triggered massive flooding in Dhauliganga and Alaknanda Rivers in Uttarakhand causing grave damage to houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project is still underway. Reportedly, over 203 people went missing after the tragedy. As per the latest reports, the rescue teams have been conducting non-stop operations and have[Read More…]

Earth’s ice melting at record rate, finds study

Earth’s ice melting at record rate, finds study

The world’s ice is melting so fast that sea level rise predictions cannot keep up. The ice melting is faster today than in the mid-1990s, new research suggests, as climate crisis nudges global temperatures ever higher. In the 1990s, the Earth’s ice was melting at a rate of about 760 billion tons per year. That has surged 60 percent to[Read More…]

by 26/01/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Complex Life Threatened

Complex Life Threatened

Throughout the world, scientists are speaking out like never before. They’re talking about an emergency situation of the health of the planet threatening “complex life,” including, by default, human life. It’s scary stuff. On this subject, America’s green NGOs prefer to address the danger by sticking to a middle ground, don’t scare people, too much doom and gloom backfires, turns[Read More…]

by 22/01/2021 2 comments Climate Change
The fatal consequences of high atmospheric methane levels

The fatal consequences of high atmospheric methane levels

It is hard to think of a more Orwellian expression than that describing the increase in toxic atmospheric methane gas as “gas-led recovery.” Several of the large mass extinctions of species in the geological past are attributed to an increase in atmospheric methane (CH₄), raising the temperature of the atmosphere and depriving the oceans from oxygen. Nowadays a serious danger to the[Read More…]

by 22/01/2021 1 comment Climate Change
An Exhausted Planet Limps Into 2021

An Exhausted Planet Limps Into 2021

Early this new year, the Alliance of World Scientists (13,700 strong) delivered a biting report, not mincing words: “Scientists now find that catastrophic climate change could render a significant portion of the Earth uninhabitable consequent to continued high emissions, self-reinforcing climate feedback loops and looming tipping points.” (Source: William J. Ripple, et al, The Climate Emergency: 2020 in Review, Scientific[Read More…]

by 13/01/2021 1 comment Climate Change
Our Suicidal War Against Nature

Our Suicidal War Against Nature

Ceasefire in our suicidal war against nature Here are some quotations from a December 2, 2020 article by Justin Rowlatt entitled “Humans waging suicidal war on nature – UN chief Antonio Guterres”: “Humanity is waging what he describes as a suicidal war on the natural world. “Nature always strikes back, and is doing so with gathering force and fury, he[Read More…]

by 06/01/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
How to Face Climate Change Challenge While Enhancing Welfare of Farmers At The Same Time

How to Face Climate Change Challenge While Enhancing Welfare of Farmers At The Same Time

Climate change has emerged as one of the most critical problems of our times. Its disrupting impacts on farming and related activities is already being felt by farmers, pastorals and others in the form of highly erratic weather, extremes of weather and rise in the intensity and frequency of various disasters. Hence two big questions arise—How can farmers make an[Read More…]

by 02/01/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
‘In South Asia, marginal farmers are disproportionately affected by climate change’

‘In South Asia, marginal farmers are disproportionately affected by climate change’

Climate change is a global issue but we should not forget that the impacts of climate change are highly localized. Most policies around water and irrigation issues are poorly informed by science and evidence, often leading to implementation failure. More importantly, these programs focus on getting things out, but the real challenge is in getting things to the right people[Read More…]

by 30/12/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Religion Meets Climate Change

Religion Meets Climate Change

Global warming is the biggest challenge of all time. It impacts every living species. However, the inherent dangers are very difficult to comprehend, as such, people brush it off as one more issue in life that will somehow be handled, fixed, no worries, human ingenuity will prevail. But, what if it’s not that simple? Stuart Scott, executive producer of Facing[Read More…]

by 29/12/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
 How long for civilization?

 How long for civilization?

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. – Albert Einstein. As the world is trying to hopefully recover from the tragic effects of COVID-19, it is reminded there is no vaccine for the existential threat for its life support systems posed by global warming, nor for the looming threats of future wars and[Read More…]

by 26/12/2020 3 comments Climate Change
Climate crisis: Lakes to shrink

Climate crisis: Lakes to shrink

Although sea levels are rising due to the climate crisis and threatening near-coastal infrastructures, higher temperatures in other areas are having exactly the opposite effect. The water levels are falling and causing massive problems. The consequences are equally serious. But the declining water levels are receiving less attention according to Matthias Prange, Thomas Wilke of the Justus Liebig University in[Read More…]

by 25/12/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Coral bleaching: after (left) and before (right). The Ocean Agency/WL Catlin Seaview

World could lose coral reefs by end of century, warns UN environment report

Every one of the world’s coral reefs could bleach by the end of the century, unless there are drastic reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has warned. Coral reefs are incredibly important and sustain a wide variety of marine life. They also protect coastlines from erosions from waves and storms, sink carbon and nitrogen and help[Read More…]

by 24/12/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
How consumption is the core of the climate change problem, and the decline in climate activism

How consumption is the core of the climate change problem, and the decline in climate activism

Looking back at the climate change movements for the past couple of decades, it is easier to notice the role of governments and corporations of the Industrial era, in triggering the massive climate change effect. When it comes to main causes of climate change and global warming, more than often, fossil fuels, chemical affluent and pollutants are the usual suspects.[Read More…]

by 24/12/2020 1 comment Climate Change
Before it is too late

Before it is too late

“Climate change is posing one of the greatest threats to our existence on the planet Earth. It is real, and we need to panic.” It has already been five years since 196 countries signed Paris Agreement, but we are still miles away from the target of limiting global warming to well below 2 (preferably 1.5) degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial[Read More…]

by 23/12/2020 1 comment Climate Change
Oceans without oxygen

Oceans without oxygen

With no dissolved oxygen to sustain animals or plants, ocean anoxic zones are areas where only microbes suited to the environment can live. These strange ecosystems are expanding, thanks to climate change – a development that is of concern for fisheries and anyone who relies on oxygen-rich oceans. Escaping predators, digestion and other animal activities — including those of humans[Read More…]

by 18/12/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Menacing Methane – An Analysis

Menacing Methane – An Analysis

“The story of methane really is a story of a very serious definitive threat to our future existence on this planet.” (Peter Wadhams) Legendary Arctic explorers Sir James Clark Ross, who located the northern magnetic pole in 1831 and Sir William Edward Parry, who set a record in 1827 for the Farthest North exploration serve as footnotes in the context[Read More…]

by 16/12/2020 1 comment Climate Change
 The world is trapped in a spiral to climate catastrophe

 The world is trapped in a spiral to climate catastrophe

Ed Yong is a very insightful science journalist. In an article published in The Atlantic in September Yong lists what he calls nine errors of intuition, conceptual errors that still hamstring the US pandemic response. Remarkably many of Yong’s errors of intuition offer valuable insight into the global failure to enact effective climate mitigation. The successful and not very successful[Read More…]

by 15/12/2020 1 comment Climate Change
Climate Change and Inequality

Climate Change and Inequality

Climate change truly is a global phenomenon whose ripple effects remain invisible to even the most well-read and educated. Part of the challenge is in understanding how an activity as simple as burning coal to generate electricity in India can have ramifications for the icecaps and glaciers in the Arctic. The human mind simply cannot fathom these far-reaching implications. We[Read More…]

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The world is heading for 3 degrees of warming this century, warns UN report

The world is heading for 3 degrees of warming this century, warns UN report

The United Nations Environment Program’s (UNEP) emissions gap report – Emissions Gap Report 2020 – released on December 9 warns: Despite a brief dip in carbon dioxide emissions caused by the pandemic, the world is still heading for a temperature rise of 3.2°C this century. The report published at the end of every year measures national commitments to reduce emissions[Read More…]

by 11/12/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse — Death, Famine, War, and Conquest — result from our everyday choices and are not preordained

The End of Being

“I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round…” John Lennon “Regain a sense of wonderous awe at the miracle of creation and work tirelessly to protect and restore nature’s splendor.” Dr. Glen Barry Look out the window, any window, and behold portends of the end of being. The very ecological fabric of being is unraveling. Disease, famine,[Read More…]

by 08/12/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Climate Change in India: On-ground reality and Solutions

Climate Change in India: On-ground reality and Solutions

Climate Change: National Geographic defines climate change as “the long-term alteration of temperature and typical weather patterns”. The major cause of climate change is accumulation of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in Earth’s atmosphere. Human activity like burning of fossil fuels can be attributed to the recent increase in GHG emissions. There have been many international efforts for a coordinated response to[Read More…]

by 03/12/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out

Expert IPCC Reviewer Speaks Out

Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion/XR recently interviewed Peter Carter, M.D., who has the distinguished title – Expert IPCC Reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The interview was conducted to get to the bottom of what science says about the state of affairs, specifically the health of the planet. The following is a video link to that brilliant[Read More…]

by 21/11/2020 1 comment Climate Change
Caribou graze on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. (Photo: USFWS/Flickr cc)

Trump Administration Rushes to Auction Off Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Drilling Rights Before Biden Inauguration

In what critics are calling a parting gift to the fossil fuel industry, the Trump administration on Tuesday will ask oil and gas companies to choose which areas of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska—which is the sacred homeland of the Gwich’in Indigenous people—they would like to drill. The Washington Post reports the administration’s call for nominations is a key part of a rush[Read More…]

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 A Convergence of Calamities

 A Convergence of Calamities

Record Numbers of War-Displaced to Be Dwarfed by Those Driven From Their Homes by Climate Change I saw them for only a few seconds. One glimpse and they were gone. The young woman wore a brown headwrap, a yellow short-sleeved shirt, and a long pink, red, and blue floral-patterned skirt. She held the reins of the donkey pulling her rust-pink[Read More…]

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 Science Says Stop Gas Exploitation But Climate Criminal US, Australia & Canada Back Increasing Gas Use

 Science Says Stop Gas Exploitation But Climate Criminal US, Australia & Canada Back Increasing Gas Use

Scientists and science-informed activists say  that to save the Planet there must be rapid cessation of fossil fuel exploitation, but oil, coal and gas use continue to rise. America and its lackeys  Australia and Canada are variously committed to gas and a disastrous coal to gas transition (gas can be dirtier than coal greenhouse gas-wise). Pro-fossil fuels Trump has been[Read More…]

by 10/11/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Climate change and food demand could shrink species’ habitats by almost a quarter by 2100

Climate change and food demand could shrink species’ habitats by almost a quarter by 2100

Mammals, birds and amphibians worldwide have lost on average 18% of their natural habitat range as a result of changes in land use and climate change, finds a new study. The scientists estimate that species have lost an average of 18% of their natural habitat range sizes thus far, and may lose up to 23% by 2100. The study (Robert[Read More…]

by 09/11/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Aerial view over two walruses on an ice floe in front of Kvitøya (White Island) in the Svalbard Archipelago.

A Troubling Discovery in the Arctic

A notable satellite-telephonic call to colleagues in late October from Swedish scientist Örjan Gustafsson of Stockholm University briefly described a haunting discovery. On board the research ship R/V Akademik Keldysh, a 6,240-ton Russian scientific research vessel equipped with 17 on-board laboratories and a library, far off the coast of Russia, Dr. Gustafsson reported: “This East Siberian slope methane hydrate system[Read More…]

by 07/11/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
U.S. Now Officially Out of the Paris Climate Agreement

U.S. Now Officially Out of the Paris Climate Agreement

The U.S. has officially left the Paris climate agreement. However, the permanence of its departure hangs on the still-uncertain outcome of Tuesday’s U.S. presidential election. While President Donald Trump made the decision to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement, his rival former Vice President Joe Biden has promised to rejoin “on day one,” as NPR pointed out. Either way, the U.S. withdrawal has hurt trust in[Read More…]

by 05/11/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
More mega-droughts are coming

More mega-droughts are coming

Mega-droughts, droughts that last two decades or longer, are tipped to increase, finds a new research. The finding came after an analysis of geological records from the Eemian Period – 129,000 to 116,000 years ago – which offered a proxy of what we could expect in a hotter, drier world. The research (Hamish McGowan, Micheline Campbell, John Nikolaus Callow, Andrew[Read More…]

by 02/11/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Soil and carbon sequestration

Soil and carbon sequestration

Soil has the capacity to bind large quantities of carbon in the long term. An international team of researchers, including from the University of Bonn, is now advocating effective use of this potential. Experts estimate that this could reduce the increase of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide in the atmosphere by a third. At the same time, agricultural yields in[Read More…]

by 30/10/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
La Niña weather system is back, serious problems ahead

La Niña weather system is back, serious problems ahead

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), La Niña, linked to cooler sea temperatures, is back in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean, after nearly a decade’s absence. This is expected to result in sea surface temperatures between two and three degrees Celsius cooler than average, said Dr. Maxx Dilley, Deputy Director in charge of Climate Services Department at[Read More…]

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World on fire 2020: Experts explain the global wildfire crisis

World on fire 2020: Experts explain the global wildfire crisis

This has been the year of fire. Across continents and climates, uncontrollable and destructive wildfires are becoming an expected part of annual calendars. This year has been a case in point. From the 45 million acres scorched during Australia’s 2019-2020 fire season to the record amount of carbon dioxide released from wildfires in Siberia (half of which burned on carbon-rich peatland), wildfires have gone[Read More…]

by 28/10/2020 Comments are Disabled 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 20/10/2020 Comments are Disabled 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 16/10/2020 Comments are Disabled 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 14/10/2020 Comments are Disabled 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 12/10/2020 Comments are Disabled 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 05/10/2020 Comments are Disabled 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…]

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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 30/09/2020 Comments are Disabled 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 28/09/2020 Comments are Disabled 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 26/09/2020 1 comment 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 24/09/2020 Comments are Disabled 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 23/09/2020 1 comment 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…]

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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…]

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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 21/09/2020 Comments are Disabled 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 17/09/2020 1 comment 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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 11/11/2019 1 comment 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…]

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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 09/11/2019 2 comments 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 08/11/2019 Comments are Disabled 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…]

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…]

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…]

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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…]

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…]

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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 22/10/2019 2 comments 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…]

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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…]

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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 16/10/2019 1 comment 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…]

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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 14/10/2019 2 comments 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 11/10/2019 3 comments 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…]

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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 08/10/2019 1 comment 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 07/10/2019 1 comment 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…]

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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…]

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 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…]

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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 01/10/2019 Comments are Disabled 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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 30/09/2019 1 comment 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 30/09/2019 2 comments 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…]

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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…]

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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 29/09/2019 2 comments 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…]

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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 28/09/2019 1 comment 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 27/09/2019 Comments are Disabled 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 26/09/2019 2 comments 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…]

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 24/09/2019 1 comment 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 24/09/2019 1 comment 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…]

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…]

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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 22/09/2019 Comments are Disabled 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 21/09/2019 Comments are Disabled 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 21/09/2019 2 comments 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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 19/09/2019 6 comments 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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 15/09/2019 3 comments 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…]

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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…]

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…]

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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 08/09/2019 5 comments 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…]

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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 04/09/2019 1 comment 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…]

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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 03/09/2019 3 comments 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 03/09/2019 1 comment 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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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"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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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“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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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