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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…]

by 27/10/2021 0 comments Climate Change
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…]

by 27/10/2021 0 comments Climate Change
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…]

by 25/10/2021 1 comment Climate Change
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…]

by 24/10/2021 0 comments Climate Change
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…]

by 23/10/2021 0 comments Climate Change
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…]

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…]

by 19/10/2021 0 comments Climate Change
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…]

by 16/10/2021 0 comments Climate Change
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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We Need Immediate And Drastic Climate Action

We Need Immediate And Drastic Climate Action

A new freely downloadable book I would like to announce the publication of a book which presents the reasons why we urgently need immediate and drastic climate action The book may be freely downloaded and circulated from the following link: http://www.fredsakademiet.dk/library/action.pdf Use of fossil fuels must stop! The IPCC Report The 4,000-page report by the International Panel on Climate Change[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…]

by 14/10/2021 1 comment Climate Change
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…]

by 14/10/2021 0 comments Climate Change
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…]

by 14/10/2021 0 comments Climate Change
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…]

by 12/10/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 11/10/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 08/10/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 07/10/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 06/10/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 05/10/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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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The Project of Capital and the Project of the Proletariat in a time of World Crisis

The Project of Capital and the Project of the Proletariat in a time of World Crisis

ABSTRACT This is a response to the two sets of articles written by Sajai Jose on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and on the world’s and India’s hunger crisis. It is in two parts. In the first part it lays the historical background of the response of capital in the face of periodic crises it faces and people’s response to it.[Read More…]

by 03/10/2021 Comments are Disabled Resource Crisis
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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…]

by 30/09/2021 1 comment Climate Change
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…]

by 23/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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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…]

by 22/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 22/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 22/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 21/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 21/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
The Fate of Cassandra:  Dire Predictions Go Unheeded

The Fate of Cassandra:  Dire Predictions Go Unheeded

In ancient Greek mythology, Cassandra was a priestess who was able to predict the future but unable to convince others to act upon her prophecies. The fate of Cassandra seems particularly relevant today, for there has been ample warning about three developments that threaten continued human existence—preparations for nuclear war, climate change, and disease pandemics—without, however, adequate measures being taken[Read More…]

by 20/09/2021 Comments are Disabled World
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…]

by 19/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 18/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
What’s Up With COP26?

What’s Up With COP26?

The UK (in partnership with Italy) will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, COP26 in Glasgow on October 31- November 12, 2021. COP26 will be one of the most significant meetings in modern human history, comparable to the meeting of the Big Three at the Tehran Conference November 28, 1943 when the Normandy invasion was agreed,[Read More…]

by 17/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Uncategorized
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…]

by 16/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 16/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Arts/Literature, Climate Change
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…]

by 15/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
The Only Long-Range Solution to Climate Change

The Only Long-Range Solution to Climate Change

This article is adapted from POWER: Limits and Prospects for Human Survival (New Society Publishers, September 2021) by Richard Heinberg Climate change is often incorrectly described as an isolated pollution issue. In this flawed framing, humanity has simply made a mistake in its choice of energy sources; the solution entails switching sources and building enough carbon-sucking machines to clear the atmosphere of[Read More…]

by 15/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Counter Solutions
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…]

by 15/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
“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…]

by 15/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 14/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 14/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
We need government, we need democracy back

We need government, we need democracy back

  In a very insightful essay published a couple of weeks before Canada’s election call, Senator Rosa Galvez called for a seachange from neoliberal government to building government back better to handle the recovery from Covid and to mitigate climate change: “We need democracy back—stronger, wiser, and more open to new ideas—with all its checks and balances restored. Governments must[Read More…]

by 11/09/2021 Comments are Disabled World
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…]

by 09/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 09/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 06/09/2021 1 comment Climate Change
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…]

by 05/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 03/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 03/09/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 31/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 30/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 29/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 27/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 26/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 24/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 23/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
"We want to save the planet for our children, and our children’s children, and all future generations," the author writes. "But here’s the thing: The children might just end up saving us all." (Photo: Lorie Shaull/flickr/cc)

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…]

by 23/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 19/08/2021 2 comments Climate Change
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…]

by 18/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 14/08/2021 1 comment Climate Change
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…]

by 11/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 10/08/2021 1 comment Climate Change
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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Drought Flood Fire

Drought Flood Fire

The world is on fire like never before: “Wildfires Have Erupted Across the Globe Scorching Places That Rarely Burned Before” (CNN headlines July 22, 2021) but not only is fire raging, Biblical floods are destroying entire communities, e.g. 9,000 homes swept away in central China (BBC News) as towns were nearly decimated in Germany, “Europe’s Deadly Floods Leave Scientists Stunned”[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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Author filing an appeal to his criminal conviction at the court in Cochem, Germany. Photo by Christiane Danowski

Resisting Nuclear Weapons in a Climate Crisis

On July 21, I was walking in the forests surrounding the German Air Force Base at Büchel in the Eifel Mountains with three Catholic Worker friends, Susan van der Hijden of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Susan Crane of Redwood City, California, and Christiane Danowski of Dortmund, Germany. We were there at the end of an “International Week” of protests against the approximately[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…]

by 29/07/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 23/07/2021 1 comment Climate Change
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…]

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

Flooding in Germany and Belgium leaves over 100 dead

Severe thunderstorms and heavy rainfall have led to severe devastation and at least 93 fatalities so far in the German regions of Rhineland-Palatinate (50) and North Rhine-Westphalia (43). At least nine people have also been killed in Belgium. The actual death toll could be much higher. According to reports, 1,300 people are currently missing. On Friday morning, the Interior Minister[Read More…]

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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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A Journey into the Unfamiliar Future

A Journey into the Unfamiliar Future

‘Runaway climate change (1) is not just a technical term in climatology, but a profound reflection of the catastrophic crisis we have reached. In recent years, India is experiencing a series of extreme weather events and finally the Ministry of Earth Sciences has released its first Climate Assessment report. Although hundreds of books and scientific articles published daily on the[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…]

by 05/07/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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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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…]

by 03/07/2021 1 comment Climate Change
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…]

by 02/07/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Living on a Sci-Fi Planet

Living on a Sci-Fi Planet

Yes, once upon a time I regularly absorbed science fiction and imagined futures of wonder, but mainly of horror.  What else could you think, if you read H.G. Wells’s War of the Worlds under the covers by flashlight while your parents thought you were asleep?  Of course, that novel was a futuristic fantasy, involving as it did Martians arriving in London to[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…]

by 30/06/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 29/06/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 29/06/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 26/06/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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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(Photo: FridaysForFuture/Flickr/cc)

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…]

by 24/06/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 07/06/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 04/06/2021 4 comments Climate Change
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…]

by 28/05/2021 1 comment Climate Change
Cyclone Threat Is Increasing, and We Must Be Better Prepared

Cyclone Threat Is Increasing, and We Must Be Better Prepared

We are still in the middle of recovering from Cyclone Tauktae on the western side of our long coast, even the rescue effort is still continuing at the time of writing, and now we have to also prepare for meeting the challenge of Cyclone Yaas on the eastern side. This is just one reflection, a dramatic one, of the wider[Read More…]

by 24/05/2021 Comments are Disabled India
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…]

by 07/05/2021 1 comment Climate Change
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…]

by 05/05/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 05/05/2021 1 comment Climate Change
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…]

by 26/04/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 21/04/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 21/04/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 20/04/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 16/04/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 14/04/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 10/04/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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…]

by 08/04/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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
One-in-100-year flood in Australia while drought threatens Texas cattle ranches

One-in-100-year flood in Australia while drought threatens Texas cattle ranches

Australia’s east coast is being hit by record rainfall, with flood warnings issued and a natural disaster declared for parts of New South Wales (NSW), Australia’s most populous state with 8 million people. The flooding comes in stark contrast with the devastating bushfires that struck Australia in late 2019 and early 2020, when nearly 7% of NSW land was scorched.[Read More…]

by 23/03/2021 Comments are Disabled World
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…]

by 13/03/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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
Young Climate Activists Must Be Rewarded and Encouraged, Not Victimized and Imprisoned

Young Climate Activists Must Be Rewarded and Encouraged, Not Victimized and Imprisoned

It is very, very sad that young climate  activists are being victimized at an incipient stage of the movement in India. This is one of the relatively new movements and there are understandably some uncertainties regarding the exact course of action and the stand to be taken on certain issues, but one thing which is absolutely certain is that this[Read More…]

by 21/02/2021 Comments are Disabled India
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
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…]

by 13/02/2021 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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
THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK  (Courtesy of The Globe and Mail)

100 Seconds to Midnight?

If you live in California, you’re likely to be consumed on occasion by thoughts of fire. That’s not surprising, given that, in last year alone, actual fires consumed over four and a quarter million acres of the state, taking with them 10,488 structures, 33 human lives, and who knows how many animals. By the end of this January, a month never before[Read More…]

by 09/02/2021 Comments are Disabled World
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
Contribution of Farming to Checking Climate Change Can be Immense, and Traditional Wisdom Can Contribute Much

Contribution of Farming to Checking Climate Change Can be Immense, and Traditional Wisdom Can Contribute Much

Keeping in view the importance of checking climate change , all sectors must contribute to he reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In this context the extremely important contribution which the food and agriculture  sector can make was underestimated initially but more and more research is now indicating that the contribution of this sector can extremely important. In fact if all[Read More…]

by 02/01/2021 1 comment Counter Solutions
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
Environmental Protection – Who needs to take responsibility?

Environmental Protection – Who needs to take responsibility?

Am I doing my part in protecting the environment? Am I entirely aware of how to do the required? Are the government’s policies in favour of the protection of the environment or corporate-driven? Is media bringing the relevant environmental issues in front of me? These are just a few questions, and there are many more which come in our mind[Read More…]

by 23/12/2020 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
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…]

by 15/12/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
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
I Am Greta isn’t about climate change. It’s about the elusiveness of sanity in an insane world

I Am Greta isn’t about climate change. It’s about the elusiveness of sanity in an insane world

Erich Fromm, the renowned German-Jewish social psychologist who was forced to flee his homeland in the early 1930s as the Nazis came to power, offered a disturbing insight later in life on the relationship between society and the individual. In the mid-1950s, his book The Sane Society suggested that insanity referred not simply to the failure by specific individuals to[Read More…]

by 19/11/2020 3 comments Arts/Literature
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…]

by 17/11/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
 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…]

by 13/11/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
 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
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
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…]

by 03/10/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Boundless Dying Trees

Boundless Dying Trees

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

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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…]

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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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Changing Our Species Name

Changing Our Species Name

Swedish scientist Carl Linnaeus [1707 – 1778], known as the “father of modern taxonomy,” is the individual who can be credited with giving our species the name Homo sapiens.  The “sapiens” in that species name indicates that we: are highly intelligent primates that have become the dominant species on Earth. Actually, however, “sapiens” is “a Latin word meaning wise;” and[Read More…]

by 22/09/2020 1 comment Life/Philosophy
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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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…]

by 07/09/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Purple Derechos

Purple Derechos

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

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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…]

by 22/08/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Why the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill could lead to a revolution of the imagination

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

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

by 21/08/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Greenland Succumbs

Greenland Succumbs

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

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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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Death Valley hits 130°F, possibly the highest heat on Earth in over a century

Death Valley hits 130°F, possibly the highest heat on Earth in over a century

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park. Temperatures in Death Valley in the U.S. skyrocketed to a blistering 130°F (54.4-degree Celsius) on Sunday. Possibly, it is the highest mercury reading on Earth since 1913. If the National Weather Service’s recording is correct, it would also be among the top-three highest temperatures to have ever been measured in Death[Read More…]

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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(Photo: FridaysForFuture/Flickr/cc)

Small Steps and Future Course: Answering the ‘How’

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

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Covid-19 Pandemic, Climate & Australia: Risky Ignoring Of Science-based Advice

Covid-19 Pandemic, Climate & Australia: Risky Ignoring Of Science-based Advice

Australia has done vastly better than other rich European countries in the Covid-19 pandemic because (a) it is a  large island that accordingly could readily minimize Covid-19 importation, and (b) while notoriously  anti-science over climate change, Australia’s  neoliberal government chose in this instance to listen to the health experts. However an Australian Senate Covid-19 Inquiry noted but declined to publish[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…]

by 24/07/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Climate Change Litigation: The Australian Government Gets Sued

Climate Change Litigation: The Australian Government Gets Sued

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

by 24/07/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
NOAA revealed Thursday that July 2019 was the hottest month on record since the U.S. government began recording temperature date in the lat 19th century. (Photo: Lukas Schulze/Getty Images)

Scientists finally see Earth’s climate destiny more clearly

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

by 23/07/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
The Inertia Bugaboo

The Inertia Bugaboo

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

by 16/07/2020 1 comment Climate Change
Fetishising ‘The Number’: How Not To Govern Pandemics, Climate and Biodiversity

Fetishising ‘The Number’: How Not To Govern Pandemics, Climate and Biodiversity

As the pandemic continues to dominate public politics around the world, a single number – the reproduction rate (R) – has become the focus of policy-making and public communication.  Keeping R below 1.0 appears to be the primary objective of public health policy.  In the case of climate change the number 2°C (or 1.5°C) operates in a similar way.  And[Read More…]

by 10/07/2020 Comments are Disabled World
People’s Manifesto For India – Science-based Indian Blueprint For Developing Countries In A Worsening Climate Crisis

People’s Manifesto For India – Science-based Indian Blueprint For Developing Countries In A Worsening Climate Crisis

Indians are about 1 in 6 of the world’s people and  how the World faces the existential threats of nuclear weapons and climate change,  in addition to over-population, biodiversity loss and resource depletion,  will impact India and vice versa.  India needs to urgently stop population growth,  biodiversity loss and loss of arable land. While the Developed World must embark on[Read More…]

by 18/06/2020 1 comment India
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…]

by 28/05/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
10C Above Baseline !

10C Above Baseline !

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

by 22/05/2020 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
#ClimateStrike kicks off in Australia and Pacific, millions across the globe join

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

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

by 20/09/2019 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Did ‘UN scientists’ suggest transcending capitalism to tackle Climate Change?

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

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

by 15/12/2018 1 comment Climate Change
Can A Profit Driven Economy Provide Solution To Climate Change

Can A Profit Driven Economy Provide Solution To Climate Change

The science of Climate Change has come to be well established. Predictive models indicate its dangers to the existence and survival of the future generations. While future technologies can arrest the dangers and reduce the pace of increase of atmospheric CO2, it has already crossed the alarm level of 408 PPM much above the acceptable limit of 350 PPM. Yet[Read More…]

by 12/08/2017 3 comments Climate Change
Where ARE We Heading?

Where ARE We Heading?

My friend, Ashok A. in India, wrote me: “Clearly the main wealth of America lies in the vast territories it has usurped [from Native Americans – S. D.] and holds.  I agree, much of the world’s population will perish in this century.  We’ll be long gone.  Our children – those who survive – will find it in them to sustain[Read More…]

by 09/08/2017 1 comment Climate Change
Trump’s Fossil-Fueled Foreign Policy 

Trump’s Fossil-Fueled Foreign Policy 

Who says President Trump doesn’t have a coherent foreign policy?  Pundits and critics across the political spectrum have chided him for failing to articulate and implement a clear international agenda. Look closely at his overseas endeavors, though, and one all-too-consistent pattern emerges: Donald Trump will do whatever it takes to prolong the reign of fossil fuels by sabotaging efforts to curb carbon[Read More…]

by 31/07/2017 3 comments Climate Change
The Planet Is Warming. And It’s Okay to Be Afraid

The Planet Is Warming. And It’s Okay to Be Afraid

Last Week, David Wallace-Wells wrote a cover story for of New York Magazine, “The Uninhabitable Earth,” on some of the worst-case scenarios that the climate crisis could cause by the end of this century. It describes killer heat waves, crippling agricultural failures, devastated economies, plagues, resource wars, and more. It has been read more than two million times. The article has[Read More…]

Donald Trump And The Climate Change Reality

Donald Trump And The Climate Change Reality

  Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement was by no means a surprise. For, the US has always been seeking to subvert the multilateral, global initiatives to address the vexing global problems. Those who express surprise at the US withdrawal seem to be unaware that the US was not a Party to the Kyoto Protocol, the global accord under[Read More…]

by 01/07/2017 1 comment Climate Change
Australia’s Finkel Review Ignores 25 Key Climate Emergency Realities & Advocates Long Term Gas & Coal Use

Australia’s Finkel Review Ignores 25 Key Climate Emergency Realities & Advocates Long Term Gas & Coal Use

  Climate criminal Australia is among world leaders in per capita greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate change inaction, and in exports of coal, gas, iron ore and methanogenically-derived meat. However the Finkel Review chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel advocates continued gas and coal use for over 50 years, and utterly ignores the worsening climate emergency, the worsening[Read More…]

by 17/06/2017 1 comment Climate Change
Global Ecological Crises: Sustainability And Equity Issues

Global Ecological Crises: Sustainability And Equity Issues

[Paper presented for a day long discussion in the Central Party School of the CPI(ML) Red Stat held at Kolkata in June, 2016] Human beings, or rather, their dominant economic-industrial systems, have started to change the earth in major ways, leading many observers and thinkers to accept that we are into the new age of “Anthropocene” – a new chapter[Read More…]

by 16/06/2017 1 comment Climate Change
Fighting For Alternate Development Paradigm While Condemning US Withdrawal From Paris Accord.

Fighting For Alternate Development Paradigm While Condemning US Withdrawal From Paris Accord.

Trump’s action withdrawing US from the Paris accord on climate change calls for outright condemnation. It should be opposed without letup. This US action is not new. His predecessors had taken almost the same attitude towards Kyoto Protocol like earlier agreements also. Imperialism means plunder and wars for plunder. No doubt, world public opinion should be created and intensified uninterruptedly[Read More…]

by 06/06/2017 1 comment Climate Change
Our Responsibility After Trump’s Climate Withdrawal

Our Responsibility After Trump’s Climate Withdrawal

President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement follows the path of previous presidents who have undermined international climate agreements. We disagree with Trump but it is important to understand his actions in the context of the history of the United States regarding previous climate agreements. Once again, the political problems in the US are bigger than Trump. His action brings greater clarity to the inability of the US government to confront the climate crisis and clarifies the tasks of people seeking smart climate policy.

by 05/06/2017 1 comment Climate Change
The confirmation comes soon after a report from the U.K. Met Office in June warned that the planet was well on its way toward that grim milestone. (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc)

The Death of Gaia

It is known scientifically that the Earth System, or Gaia if you will, is organized and functions similarly to other scales of biology, including organisms and old-growth forests. Gaia is a self-regulating, reproducing life-form, and as such is alive. As industrial human growth destroys Gaia’s naturally evolved ecosystem organs, the human family is failing to embrace a rich and truthful[Read More…]

by 22/05/2017 1 comment Climate Change
Climate Change Proof To Convince Even The Most Irrational

Climate Change Proof To Convince Even The Most Irrational

  The People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29, 2017, flooded Washington, DC, with over 100,000 protesters. Organizers claimed 150,000, with marches in 330 other cities across the country and in three dozen solidarity events abroad. Coinciding with President Trump’s 100th day in office, the marchers also protested his anti-environmental actions. The previous Saturday (April 22, 2017), thousands of scientists[Read More…]

by 06/05/2017 1 comment Climate Change
Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Advocate for Climate Stability?

Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Advocate for Climate Stability?

  Maybe not now. But that’s what he could well become. Pope Francis’ Encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” recognizes the incredible damage being done to climate change and biodiversity. Few realize how strong his beliefs are and the unused power of persuasion he has. Here’s 10 ways that power could be used. 1. Francis could call for a[Read More…]

Climate Change As Genocide

Climate Change As Genocide

 Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under secretary-general of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs, informed the Security Council that 20 million people in three African countries—Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan—as well as in Yemen were likely to die if not provided[Read More…]

by 22/04/2017 1 comment Climate Change
Ambedkar, Nationalism And The Emerging Crises In India

Ambedkar, Nationalism And The Emerging Crises In India

Today is Ambedkar Jayanti. It would be appropriate to take a re-look at Ambedkar’s idea of nationalism in the face of virulent Hindutva nationalism in India and also on the global context

A Bold, ‘Outside The Box’ Suggestion For Addressing Climate Change

A Bold, ‘Outside The Box’ Suggestion For Addressing Climate Change

Are you confused about climate change/global warming: is it real, or is it fake news? And if it is real, what can be done about it? I have just published (April 2017) a peer-reviewed article on this subject and what we can do about it in the (relatively new) journal “Class, Race and Corporate Power” on this very subject, and[Read More…]

by 03/04/2017 3 comments Climate Change, Video
The Methane Hydrate Feedback Loop Threat

The Methane Hydrate Feedback Loop Threat

Will we experience a Methane (CH4) Hydrate Feedback Loop that will place us on a repeat path like that of the Permian Triassic mass extinction? Or, to our horror, will there be some other self-induced something even more horrific and impossible to reverse?   “Biosphere” is a term used to define the relatively thin layer of the earth’s surface that[Read More…]

by 20/03/2017 1 comment Climate Change
There Is Really Only One Way To Come To Grips With The Climate Crisis

There Is Really Only One Way To Come To Grips With The Climate Crisis

The situation we face First, let’s please just acknowledge there is a crisis. I’m afraid any reasonably educated, rational, and unbiased adult (or younger) can understand what the climate science has been telling us now for two decades:  the Earth is warming (so far by about 1 degree Celsius since 1800), slowly but surely, due to humans’ putting carbon dioxide[Read More…]

by 01/03/2017 3 comments Climate Change
Scenario Homo sapiens

Scenario Homo sapiens

A metamorphosis of the human mind far surpassing others seen throughout history will be occurring. Humans finally will have come to an understanding of a harsh reality; by their own actions and inactions they have brought on the beginning of their end. A painful lesson will have been learned, one forcing them to accept the fact that their continued existence[Read More…]

by 11/02/2017 2 comments Life/Philosophy
To My Fellow Climate Scientists: Be Human, Be Brave, Speak Truth

To My Fellow Climate Scientists: Be Human, Be Brave, Speak Truth

With climate deniers sweeping into the White House, it’s time for scientists on the front lines of climate change to speak from the heart. I’m afraid to publish this article. Why? Because I’m a climate scientist who speaks out about climate change, and in speaking out I may be risking my career. But I do so anyway, out of love—love[Read More…]

by 10/02/2017 2 comments Climate Change
Fake News, Hacked Mail, Alternative Facts – That’s Old Hat For Climate Scientists

Fake News, Hacked Mail, Alternative Facts – That’s Old Hat For Climate Scientists

Distortion? False information? Conspiracy theories? Hacked email? Climate scientists have known all this for decades. What can be learned from their rich experience with climate propaganda. The world is slowly waking up. “Post-truth” was declared the word of the year 2016 by the Oxford Dictionaries. Finally, people start to widely appreciate how dangerous the epidemic of fake news is for[Read More…]

by 09/02/2017 1 comment Climate Change
Trudeau:  Climate Leadership Failure

Trudeau:  Climate Leadership Failure

Human caused global warming increasingly threatens all we love and care about.  Climate change from this warming caused (mostly) by greenhouse gases (GHGs) from our use of fossil fuels is a potent growing risk to our families, our kids and their kids, our communities and country. This radical change threatens most of the species and ecosystems with which we share[Read More…]

by 05/02/2017 3 comments Climate Change
Global Warming: We Are Living In Dangerous Times

Global Warming: We Are Living In Dangerous Times

When Countercurrents.org started 15 years ago CO2 level in the atmosphere was 372 ppm. In the last 15 years it increased only at the rate of less than 2 ppm/year. This year we are seeing a jump of 3.5 ppm over the past year. United Nations climate change secretariat tweeted “January Mauna Loa record shows atmospheric CO2 concentration accelerating, now at[Read More…]

by 28/01/2017 6 comments Climate Change
Antarctic Tipping Points For A Multi-Metre Sea Level Rise

Antarctic Tipping Points For A Multi-Metre Sea Level Rise

OVERVIEW The Amundsen Sea sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has most likely been destabilized and ice retreat is unstoppable for the current conditions. No further acceleration in climate change is necessary to trigger the collapse of the rest of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet on decadal time scales. Antarctica has the potential to contribute more than a metre[Read More…]

by 27/01/2017 1 comment Climate Change
Trump: The Defeat Of Science

Trump: The Defeat Of Science

Defeats are supposed to teach people how to do better; in theory. In practice, it often happens that defeats teach people how to become masters in blame-shifting. With some exceptions, this seems to have been the main result of the recent defeat of the Democrats in the 2016 presidential election, where we saw a truly spasmodic search for culprits: Putin,[Read More…]

by 24/01/2017 2 comments Uncategorized
2014 Was Hottest Year Ever Recorded. Then It Was 2015. Now It’s 2016.

2014 Was Hottest Year Ever Recorded. Then It Was 2015. Now It’s 2016.

For the third year in a row, the world experienced its warmest year on the books, global scientists have determined. The new assessments come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the UK’s Met Office, as well as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which relies in part on data from those[Read More…]

by 19/01/2017 1 comment Climate Change
Global Sea Ice Hits Lowest Levels ‘Probably In Millenia’

Global Sea Ice Hits Lowest Levels ‘Probably In Millenia’

Global sea ice levels are at their lowest in recorded history, according to new statistics from the U.S. National Snow & Ice Data Center. In the Arctic, the loss is due to climate change and extreme weather events that are likely influenced by global warming, while the changes in the Antarctic may be attributed to natural variability, the center said.[Read More…]

by 17/01/2017 1 comment Climate Change
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‘The Power To Create A New World’: Trump And The Environmental Challenge Ahead

  The catastrophic climate change is no longer a subject for argument, at least on a mainstream level within the science community. Yet, as temperatures continue to rise, American efforts to combat global warming, sadly seem to decline. President Elect, Donald Trump is more concerned by the economic cost of combating global warming, and has repeatedly rejected United States’ role[Read More…]

by 17/01/2017 1 comment Climate Change
Ticking Carbon Clock Warns We Have One Year To Avert Climate Catastrophe

Ticking Carbon Clock Warns We Have One Year To Avert Climate Catastrophe

Our window of time to act on climate may be shrinking even faster than previously thought. We may only have one year remaining before we lock in 1.5ºC of warming—the ideal goal outlined in the Paris climate agreement—after which we’ll see catastrophic and irreversible climate shifts, many experts have warned. That’s according to the ticking carbon budget clock created by[Read More…]

by 11/01/2017 1 comment Climate Change
Arctic Tundra. (Photo: USFWS)

New Study ‘Sounds Alarm’ On Another Climate Feedback Loop

The loss of Arctic sea ice has already been shown to be part of a positive feedback loopdriving climate change, and a recent study published in the journal Nature puts the spotlight on what appears to be another of these feedback loops. It has to do with soil, currently one of Earth’s carbon sinks. But warming may lead to soils[Read More…]

by 27/12/2016 1 comment Climate Change
Trudeau Sleeping While The Arctic Melts In Winter

Trudeau Sleeping While The Arctic Melts In Winter

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should resign. That’s laughable presently. The Trudeau government is still enjoying an extra long honeymoon; Canadians are still as happy about the change to ‘sunny ways’ as Americans are distraught with the specter of at least four years of slime, sleeze and shame. But our PM is a dead man walking. Trudeau and his government[Read More…]

by 23/12/2016 1 comment Climate Change
Humanity Must Pledge Inescapable Dispossession And Custodial Retribution For Climate Criminals

Humanity Must Pledge Inescapable Dispossession And Custodial Retribution For Climate Criminals

  Global domination by  neoliberal One Percenter climate criminals has meant that a catastrophic plus 2C temperature rise is now unavoidable  and that the Paris ideal of no more than plus 1.5C will be exceeded in 4-10 years. The most effective collective action now for decent Humanity to mitigate inescapable climate catastrophe is to promise that all climate criminals will[Read More…]

by 20/12/2016 1 comment Climate Change
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The Ascendance of Trump Makes Broad-Based Climate Action Essential And Achievable

  On December5, former vice president Al Gore met with Donald and Ivanka Trump in an effort to convince the president-elect that he should not gut federal policies and agreements dealing with climate change. Three days later, actor Leonardo Di Caprio also paid the Trump duo a visit, urging them to help build a green, climate-friendly economy with lots of[Read More…]

by 14/12/2016 1 comment Climate Change
“The Platform”, How To Adjust To Climate Change

“The Platform”, How To Adjust To Climate Change

  It appears that over the past 18 months or so we have pushed the earth into an irrevocable spiral. The accumulating feedback loops cannot now be contained, though with concerted effort we may be able to diminish them. Dr Thomas Crowther wrote “It’s fair to say we have passed the point of no return on global warming and we[Read More…]

by 14/12/2016 1 comment Climate Change
The Trump Effect: Is Climate Change Denialism On The Rise?

The Trump Effect: Is Climate Change Denialism On The Rise?

  The results of a search for “climate hoax” on Google Trends  Google Trends shows a remarkable spike in the interest for the coupled terms “climate” and “hoax”. Does that mean that people are becoming more skeptical about climate science? Or simply more interested in the subject? On this point, Google Trends tells us that there has been no special[Read More…]

by 12/12/2016 2 comments Climate Change
The researchers say 82 percent of "core ecological processes" on land and sea have been affected by climate change in a way that has not been expected "for decades." (Photo: Lwp Kommunikáció/flickr/cc)

Defending Climate Science: 10 Things That Every Scientist Should Consider

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) was founded in September 2011 to defend climate scientists from harassing and invasive attacks via the legal system. Five years in, we’re expanding our efforts to reflect the new challenges scientists face, including increasing education and outreach work. Now more than ever, it’s important that scientists prepare themselves for how best to deal[Read More…]

by 11/12/2016 2 comments Climate Change
An important message for President-elect Donald Trump. (Photo: Speak Your Mind/Julian Koschorke/cc/flickr)

Internal Memo Sparks Fears Of Climate ‘Witch Hunt’ Under President Trump

President-elect Donald Trump’s Energy Department transition team has reportedly been asking for the names of civil servants that have worked on environmental policies under President Barack Obama, sparking fears of a coming “climate purge” by the incoming Trump administration. A “document circulated by the Energy Department,” first reported by Bloomberg Thursday and later by Politico, lists 65 questions posed by[Read More…]

by 11/12/2016 1 comment Climate Change
Home Truths About The Climate Emergency

Home Truths About The Climate Emergency

As 2016 draws to a close, we appear to be living in a world that is increasingly defined by its illusions, where the truth is a matter of subjective interpretation or argumentative debate. Indeed, following the United States election and Brexit referendum there is much talk of a new era of post-truth politics, in which appeals to emotion count more[Read More…]

Global greenhouse gas emissions are not likely to slow down quickly enough to avoid passing the 1.5°C target, scientists said. (Photo: Jamie McCaffrey/flickr/cc)

Life On Earth Is Dying

On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever. The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in Earth’s history. Planet Earth is now experiencing its sixth mass extinction event and Homo sapiens sapiens is[Read More…]

Climate Science Communication: Trust Begets Trust

Climate Science Communication: Trust Begets Trust

Why are we failing at communicating the danger of climate change? Maybe people don’t have enough information? (This is the “information deficit” model). Or maybe they have too much information? (This is called the “cultural cognition” model). Or maybe they are not getting the right information? Or there is something else that’s wrong? Without going into the details of the[Read More…]

by 06/12/2016 1 comment Climate Change
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Five Ways The Paris Agreement Can Address Oversupply Of Fossil Fuels

Co-Written by Michael Lazarus & Harro van Asselt The World Energy Outlook 2016, released last week, is just one among an increasing line of studies showing how nations need to slow and, ultimately, phase out investment in new fossil fuel supply infrastructure – from oil fields and pipelines to coal mines – if they are serious about keeping warming to[Read More…]

by 02/12/2016 1 comment Climate Change
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The Centre-Left’s Narrative On Climate Change Has Convinced No One

The election of Donald Trump reflects the unraveling of the centre-left across the West, and with it a fragile consensus on climate change. For two decades parties of the centre-left have created narratives about climate change that they do not really believe. They have done this to try and convince their fragile coalition of supporters and to try to bring[Read More…]

by 01/12/2016 1 comment Climate Change
The village of Kulusuk in Greenland. (Photo: Ville Miettinen/flickr/cc)

Warning Of Global Havoc As Possible Arctic ‘Tipping Points’ Pile Up

What is happening in the Arctic will not stay in the Arctic. In an ominous (though not hopeless) report published Friday, researchers warn that as many as 19 various ‘tipping points’ could be triggered by the increasingly warm temperatures in the world’s northern polar region. The Arctic Resilience Report, produced under the auspices of the Arctic Council by an international[Read More…]

by 29/11/2016 1 comment Climate Change
Dead table corals killed by bleaching on Zenith Reef, on the Northern Great Barrier Reef, November 2016. (Photo: Greg Torda/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)

‘The Coral Was Cooked’: 2016 Deadliest Year On Record For Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef suffered through the worst coral die-off in recorded history this year, scientists found, with unusually warm ocean water and record-setting bleaching eventskilling a stunning 90 percent of all coral in the worst-hit area. Those were the conclusions of a study published Monday by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. “One of the worst-hit areas[Read More…]

by 29/11/2016 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Mainstreaming The Gender Dimension In India’s Climate Change Discourse

Mainstreaming The Gender Dimension In India’s Climate Change Discourse

The 4th Assessment Report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change released in 2007, unambiguously states that climate change is not gender-neutral and women experience it differently than men.News reportsabound of exacerbated effects of climate change on women in the poorer and vulnerable parts of the world. It is a well-documented fact that globally women constitute the majority of the[Read More…]

by 24/11/2016 1 comment Climate Change
Movement At Marrakech: Climate Change In The Shadow Of Denial

Movement At Marrakech: Climate Change In The Shadow Of Denial

While it was all but obscured in the course of the US presidential excitement, negotiators at the climate change conference in Marrakech were busy attempting to hammer out the means to implement the Paris Climate Agreement. The long and confusing shadow cast over the negotiations was considerable.  Donald Trump has made no bones about climate change as a plot conjured[Read More…]

by 23/11/2016 1 comment Climate Change
COP 22: “One Step Closer Towards A Climate That Is Incompatible With Dignified Life”

COP 22: “One Step Closer Towards A Climate That Is Incompatible With Dignified Life”

Another UN climate summit is over and despite the prevalent rhetoric of hope, the gap between the 1,5 or 2 degree target agreed in Paris last year and the real commitments to achieve this target is nowhere near to closing. Worse, this gap hasn’t even been a focus of this year’s UN climate talks in Marrakesh although time is running:[Read More…]

by 23/11/2016 1 comment Climate Change
What A Trump Win Means  For The Global Climate Fight

What A Trump Win Means For The Global Climate Fight

With the unexpected triumph of Donald Trump, what’s in store for U.S. climate and energy policies? Answering that question is hard since Trump has never run a public institution and thus has no track record. His most cited comment about global warming — that it was a Chinese hoax invented to destroy American jobs — came in November 2012 from[Read More…]

by 23/11/2016 1 comment Climate Change
The Nordic Orion cargo ship carries a shipment of coal through the Arctic.

Full Speed Ahead: Shipping Plans Grow As Arctic Ice Fades

A year ago, it appeared that the once-promising and environmentally risky prospects for exploitation of new shipping routes through the Arctic Ocean were waning because of low oil prices, high insurance costs, and dangerous ice conditions that persist even though climate change is rapidly melting away sea ice. Only 17 vessels sailed through Canada’s Northwest Passage in 2014, due in[Read More…]

by 23/11/2016 1 comment Climate Change
The Yale Program On Climate Change Communication And My Survey On Our Nuclear Dynamic: Instructive Results for Activists

The Yale Program On Climate Change Communication And My Survey On Our Nuclear Dynamic: Instructive Results for Activists

The degree of resignation spotlighted below is something that activists must pay attention to; there’s a clear need to change gears in reaching out to citizens. The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (2015) demonstrated that a mere 52 percent of registered U.S. voters felt that alterations in the earth’s climate were mainly a function of human activity. That should[Read More…]

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Non And Sub-State Actors In The International Climate Change Regime

Non And Sub-State Actors In The International Climate Change Regime

Climate change is viewed by many as a classic case of ‘tragedy of the commons’ i.e. anything used commonly and freely by people is not cared for by anyone. ‘Commons’ are usually natural resources such as air, land, water, forests, and fish. Thus, they are not anybody’s private property. The most cited example of this ‘tragedy’ is that of overgrazing[Read More…]

by 18/11/2016 2 comments Climate Change
Trump: America’s Pilot-In-Chief In The Post-Ecological Age

Trump: America’s Pilot-In-Chief In The Post-Ecological Age

Many Americans are frightened by the idea of Donald Trump as the country’s new pilot-in-chief, fearing he’ll crash the airliner of state (including climate and environmental policies) into a mountain or the ground. Clinton, they argued, for all her flaws, knows how to fly this thing called a country using the federal government and at least won’t end up crashing[Read More…]

by 15/11/2016 1 comment Environmental Protection
Record Heat Despite A Cold Sun

Record Heat Despite A Cold Sun

Global temperature goes from heat record to heat record, yet the sun is at its dimmest for half a century. For a while, 2010 was the hottest year on record globally. But then it got overtopped by 2014. And 2014 was beaten again by 2015. And now 2016 is so warm that it is certain to be once again a[Read More…]

by 15/11/2016 1 comment Climate Change
The researchers say 82 percent of "core ecological processes" on land and sea have been affected by climate change in a way that has not been expected "for decades." (Photo: Lwp Kommunikáció/flickr/cc)

Climate Change Has Already Altered Nearly Every Ecosystem on Earth

Climate change is already affecting life on Earth, despite a global temperature increase of just 1°C, according to a new study published in the journal Science on Friday. Nearly every ecosystem on the planet is being altered, and plants and animals are being so affected that scientists may soon be forced to intervene to create “human-assisted evolution,” the study, titled[Read More…]

by 15/11/2016 2 comments Climate Change
A Dangerous Zero Sum Game—Donald Trump vs The Planet

A Dangerous Zero Sum Game—Donald Trump vs The Planet

Arctic News June 10, 2014 “There are such massive methane reserves below the Arctic Ocean floor, that they represent around 100 times the amount that is required to cause a Permian style major extinction event, should the subsea Arctic methane be released in a short period of time into the atmosphere….The energy necessary to produce these Arctic methane release rates[Read More…]

by 14/11/2016 2 comments Climate Change
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Carbon Storage In Forests Is Too Small And Too Risky To Play A Serious Role As A Climate Change Mitigation Tool

In order for carbon storage even in tropical forests to be beneficial, it must remain stored essentially permanently (for many hundreds to thousands of years). No one can guarantee that future climate change, disease, and/or land use change won’t cause release of this forest carbon back into the atmosphere, which would bring us back to the starting point, before any forest carbon storage efforts were even attempted.

by 05/11/2016 1 comment Climate Change
Despite Paris Climate Pledge, Planet On Track To Surpass 3°C Temperature Rise

Despite Paris Climate Pledge, Planet On Track To Surpass 3°C Temperature Rise

Global warming is on track to top 3° Celsius, the United Nations warned this week, because today’s climate pledges are “not nearly enough” to prevent dangerous levels of warming. That’s according the latest annual “Emissions GapReport” (pdf) from the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), which concluded that pledges to cut emissions will result in a global temperature rise of 3.4ºC[Read More…]

by 04/11/2016 3 comments Climate Change
Climate (In)justice: Significance of COP 22

Climate (In)justice: Significance of COP 22

The Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is one of the first international instruments to include the term ‘climate justice’. While the notion of justice has been explored in several contexts – purely legal, economic, and social –, the visible effects of climate change, most notably in the form of extreme weather events, have[Read More…]

by 31/10/2016 1 comment Climate Change
Global Biosphere Collapse, The End Of Being, Upon Us

Global Biosphere Collapse, The End Of Being, Upon Us

Miraculous nature is being murdered. Everywhere we look inequitable over-consumption is devastating the natural ecosystems that sustain a living Earth. Together we yield to ecological truth – personally embracing a global ecology ethic, and demanding others do so as well – or we all needlessly die at each others’ throats as the global ecological system collapses and being ends. The[Read More…]

by 24/10/2016 2 comments Counter Solutions
Despite the fact that the world has endured 16 consecutive months of record-breaking heat, not one of the debate moderators saw fit to ask about it in any of 2016’s general election debates. (Image: Fair.org)

The Debates Are Over, And No One Asked About Climate Change

From campaign finance reform to gun violence to poverty to education to LGBTQ rights,lots of important subjects were ignored by corporate media debate moderators in the presidential (and vice-presidential) debates. All of these topics are urgent and deserve a spotlight on the national stage. But one topic stands out as a non-factor: climate change. Climate change—or, more accurately, climate disruption—is[Read More…]

by 21/10/2016 1 comment Climate Change
Hottest September On Record Basically “Locks In” 2016 As Hottest Year: NASA

Hottest September On Record Basically “Locks In” 2016 As Hottest Year: NASA

Last month was the hottest September on record, which means 2016 is all but locked into being the hottest year on record, according to new NASA statistics released Tuesday. “With data now available through September, 2016 annual record (~1.25ºC above late 19th [century]) seems locked in,” tweeted Dr. Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. With data[Read More…]

by 19/10/2016 2 comments Climate Change
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Your Hard-Earned Money Is Going Towards Subsidies For The Biggest Pollutors- Big Oil companies

Even today, the fossil fuel industry remains one of the biggest contributors to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, raising the temperature of the earth by 1.5 degrees which is lethal for life to survive. For these ‘Big Oil’ companies are bringing about an economic cost for the world in terms of impact of climate change. But these companies are[Read More…]

by 18/10/2016 2 comments Climate Change
400 ppm CO2: The Case For Renewable Energy

400 ppm CO2: The Case For Renewable Energy

Scientists have reached a near unanimous agreement that the earth has entered a new geological era – anthropocene – characterised by human induced climate change. The resulting super floods, typhoons, and heat waves have caused several thousands of deaths in the past ten to fifteen years. However, climate change not only claims its victims through the occurrence of these mega[Read More…]

by 15/10/2016 2 comments Alternative Energy
A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe

A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe

As the evidence mounts that we are fast approaching the final point-of-no-return beyond which it will be impossible to take sufficient effective action to prevent climate catastrophe – see ‘The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently’ http://www.climatecentral.org/news/world-passes-400-ppm-threshold-permanently-20738 – the evidence of ineffective official responses climbs too. See, for example, ‘Climate Con: why a new global deal on aviation emissions is[Read More…]

by 13/10/2016 1 comment Climate Change
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Echoes From The Past Expressing Hope For Humanity

A 2012 World Bank report stated that without quick action to curb CO2 emissions, global warming is likely to add 4 degrees Centigrade (39.2 degrees Fahrenheit) during the 21st century which is dangerously close to the temperature that initiated the Permian-Triassic extinction event 252 million years ago when 96% of all marine species and 70% of all terrestrial vertebrates were[Read More…]

by 13/10/2016 1 comment Life/Philosophy
Saving The Planet, American Style — A Critical Review, And Some Thoughts And Ideas

Saving The Planet, American Style — A Critical Review, And Some Thoughts And Ideas

Planet Earth, our habitat, is in dire straits And our world is suffering from various crises, conflicts and problems. There is hardly any sign that something is seriously being done to solve these problems. Some Americans – not government officials, not corporate big-wigs, but civil society activists – have now come forward to save the earth and, along with it,[Read More…]

by 08/10/2016 1 comment Counter Solutions
The confirmation comes soon after a report from the U.K. Met Office in June warned that the planet was well on its way toward that grim milestone. (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc)

Point Of No Return: Earth Reaches 400ppm Threshold Permanently

September’s carbon dioxide output failed to drop below 400 parts per million (ppm) despite historically being the year’s low point for CO2 emissions, which means the Earth has very likely passed that symbolic climate threshold forever. The Earth has hit 400ppm before, but seasonal cycles have always reduced carbon dioxide output back below that level. Now, climate scientists say it[Read More…]

by 05/10/2016 2 comments Climate Change
Is There A Future For Our Species ?

Is There A Future For Our Species ?

Only with honesty, truth and justice can there be a future for our species, and I don’t see any of it-anywhere

by 03/10/2016 1 comment Life/Philosophy
Indeed, "There is No Planet B." (Photo: theverb.org/cc/flickr)

Forget Paris, Scientists Say ‘Radical Change’ Only Way To Stay Below 2 Degrees

To much fanfare, global leaders have agreed to tackle the climate crisis by ratifying theParis climate agreement, but a group of esteemed scientists is warning that current pledges to reduce emissions are far from sufficient and, in fact, put the world on track to reaching the dangerous 2°C climate threshold by 2050. “The pledges are not going to get even[Read More…]

by 01/10/2016 2 comments Climate Change
As Nations Embrace Paris Agreement, World’s Existing Fossil Fuels Set To Exceed Its Goals

As Nations Embrace Paris Agreement, World’s Existing Fossil Fuels Set To Exceed Its Goals

On September 21, 31 countries, including Brazil and Mexico, ratified the Paris climate agreement at a United Nations event in New York City. They joined the U.S., China, and 27 other nations which had previously committed to the agreement,bringing the total to 60 and surpassing the first of two thresholds, requiring 55 nations to ratify it. In addition, their combined[Read More…]

by 29/09/2016 1 comment Climate Change
Dear Humans, How Long Will You Live?

Dear Humans, How Long Will You Live?

The truth is we don’t know. We pretend that we can continue to dodge the mass terrors like the one a generation ago, where we eluded a nuclear annihilation. It is now more often that we find asking ourselves, that for how long the Earth will last, when we have poisoned the water and soils and trampled thousands of creatures[Read More…]

by 27/09/2016 1 comment Counter Solutions
The Next US President Can Save The Earth From Catastrophic Global Warming, But May Have Only 2017 To Do It

The Next US President Can Save The Earth From Catastrophic Global Warming, But May Have Only 2017 To Do It

Time is about to run out on holding global warming to two degrees. The next President needs to be prepared to act promptly and decisively to assure that the world changes direction.  The world’s seeming inability to make progress on climate change appears to be more a refusal to jeopardize growth of the GDP, even though economic growth (a) has arguably[Read More…]

Paris Goals Likely To Fail If Fossil Fuel Production Is Not Controlled

Paris Goals Likely To Fail If Fossil Fuel Production Is Not Controlled

Washington based think tank and advocacy group Oil Change International in association with 14 other climate change groups have come out with a very relevant report which assesses the fossil fuel production and its likely impact on the climate change which has received global attention in the recent time in Paris climate meet where new goals for global warming were[Read More…]

Global greenhouse gas emissions are not likely to slow down quickly enough to avoid passing the 1.5°C target, scientists said. (Photo: Jamie McCaffrey/flickr/cc)

Earth Could Reach Critical Climate Threshold In Decade, Scientists Warn

The planet could pass the critical 1.5°C global temperature threshold in a decade—and is already two-thirds of the way to hit that warming limit, climate scientists warned on Thursday. Speaking at a University of Oxford conference this week, led by leading U.K. climate researcher Richard Betts, scientists said global greenhouse gas emissions are not likely to slow down quickly enough[Read More…]

by 24/09/2016 1 comment Climate Change
Corporate Takeover Of Climate Change Negotiations: Drawing Inspiration From The Tobacco Industry Precedent

Corporate Takeover Of Climate Change Negotiations: Drawing Inspiration From The Tobacco Industry Precedent

One of the major treaties to combat climate change is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is a binding multilateral agreement that entered into force in 1994 with the objective of “. . . stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” Its[Read More…]

by 23/09/2016 1 comment Climate Change
Creative Collapsing: A Way To Avoid The Climate Disaster

Creative Collapsing: A Way To Avoid The Climate Disaster

Illustration from the paper “The Sower’s Way.” by Sgouridis, Csala and Bardi  recently published in the IOP Environmental Research Letters journal. The main points of the paper are summarized in a previous post. Note how fast the production of energy must fall in order to prevent temperatures from rising above the 2°C limit. It is a true “Seneca collapse“, necessary[Read More…]

by 21/09/2016 2 comments Climate Change
Can A Blanket Violate The Second Law Of Thermodynamics?

Can A Blanket Violate The Second Law Of Thermodynamics?

One of the silliest arguments of climate deniers goes like this: the atmosphere with its greenhouse gases cannot warm the Earth’s surface, because it is colder than the surface. But heat always flows from warm to cold and never vice versa, as stated in the second law of thermodynamics. The freshly baked Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts has recently phrased it[Read More…]

by 21/09/2016 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
The Rise Of The Right And Climate Catastrophe

The Rise Of The Right And Climate Catastrophe

In a year of record-setting heat on a blistered globe, with fast-warmingoceans, fast-melting ice caps, and fast-rising sea levels, ratification of the December 2015 Paris climate summit agreement — already endorsed by most nations — should be a complete no-brainer.  That it isn’t tells you a great deal about our world.  Global geopolitics and the possible rightward lurch of many countries (including a potential deal-breaking election in[Read More…]

by 16/09/2016 2 comments Climate Change
"While there may be a tendency to be complacent about the recurring record temperatures, with each month come more climate-related consequences that cannot be ignored, and they make for big news stories," writes Astrid Caldas of the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Photo: Francesco Bonito Oliva/flickr/cc)

August Was Another Hottest Month For The Record Books

Another month, another temperature record shattered. NASA data released Monday shows not only that last month was the hottest August since record-keeping started in 1880, but that it tied with July for the warmest month in the last 136 years. According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, August 2016’s temperature was 0.16 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous warmest August[Read More…]

by 13/09/2016 1 comment Climate Change
 Ending Ecocide And Genocide

 Ending Ecocide And Genocide

Humanity has waged war against the natural world for millennia, intensifying with the industrial revolution, culminating with 9/11 terror and resulting perma-war, and threatening now to collapse the biosphere. Centuries ago an epic wave of ecological terror swept from Northern Europe as the industrial revolution and colonialism put a price on everything, liquidating natural ecosystems for illusory consumption by some,[Read More…]

by 12/09/2016 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Work, Energy, Money And Climate Change

Work, Energy, Money And Climate Change

  I was travelling in Europe last month, and was very disappointed by what I saw and heard. There is a lack of unity between Western workers and the workers of the world. The gap between the prosperity of a few highly professionalised workers in the West who are more and more aligned with the capitalists and managers, and the[Read More…]

by 08/09/2016 3 comments Climate Change
Mount Everest -- also called Sagarmāthā in Nepali; Chomolungma in Tibetan -- the Earth's highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level.  Also visible in this airliner view from about 30,000 feet are other 8000 meter peaks such as Makalu,  Cho Oyu and  Lohtse.  Note the large number of glaciers with clear signs of melting, such as debris covered and fractured ablation zones and newly revealed bare rock below the ends of the glaciers.

The Himalayan Victims Of Climate Change

On the second anniversary of the 2014 Kashmir flood – dubbed by some as the worst in a century – I write this short piece as a victim of climate change. I was in New Delhi when the flooding began. Having spoken to my parents on the very morning of the flood, I was told that the muddied Jhelum waters[Read More…]

by 07/09/2016 1 comment Climate Change
(Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc)

The Anthropocene Is Here: Humanity Has Pushed Earth Into A New Epoch

The Anthropocene Epoch has begun, according to a group of experts assembled at the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa this week. After seven years of deliberation, members of an international working group votedunanimously on Monday to acknowledge that the Anthropocene—a geologic time interval so-dubbed by chemists Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer in 2000—is real. The epoch is[Read More…]

by 30/08/2016 2 comments Climate Change
Critique Of CEDA’s  “Economics Of Climate Change” – Neoliberalism Dooms Planet

Critique Of CEDA’s  “Economics Of Climate Change” – Neoliberalism Dooms Planet

The highly influential but neoliberal Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has published a detailed analysis entitled The Economics of Climate Change. However this report ignores a veritable Herd of Elephants in the Room apparent to science-informed climate change analysts, ignores the acute, existential  seriousness of the worsening climate emergency, and absurdly argues for effective Business As Usual (BAU)[Read More…]

by 26/08/2016 1 comment Climate Change
IPCC Special Report To Scrutinise ‘Feasibility’ Of 1.5C Climate Goal

IPCC Special Report To Scrutinise ‘Feasibility’ Of 1.5C Climate Goal

The head of the United Nation’s climate body has called for a thorough assessment of the feasibility of the international goal to limit warming to 1.5C. Dr Hoesung Lee, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told delegates at a meeting in Geneva, which is designed to flesh out the contents of a special report on 1.5C, that[Read More…]

by 24/08/2016 1 comment Climate Change
July 2016 was "the warmest month of any in a data record that can be extended back to the nineteenth century," according to the U.K.-based Copernicus Climate Change Service (CCCS). Hot enough to fry an egg, they say. (Photo: Jen/cc/flickr)

The Earth Just Experienced The Hottest Month On The Books

On Monday it was confirmed that the Earth has broken an ominous climate milestone amid a wave of troubling records: July 2016 was the hottest recorded month—ever. According to new NASA data, the global mean surface temperatures last month were 0.84° Celsius (1.51° Fahrenheit) above average and was the warmest July in their data set, which dates back to 1880.[Read More…]

by 16/08/2016 1 comment Climate Change
Humans Are Poisoning The Ocean—And It’s Poisoning Us Back

Humans Are Poisoning The Ocean—And It’s Poisoning Us Back

It’s no secret that we have trashed, poisoned, and warmed oceans at an unprecedented ratevia human-caused climate change and pollution. It seems that oceans may be paying us back in kind, according to a new study that found levels of bacteria responsible for life-threatening illnesses spiking in the North Atlantic region. The study published Monday in the Proceedings of the[Read More…]

by 10/08/2016 Comments are Disabled Environmental Protection
Existential Threats And Our Belief Systems

Existential Threats And Our Belief Systems

This new Homo sapiens contradictory planetary reality leaves not just the western world, but the whole world in search for answers. We need to find the reason we are heading so rapidly toward dangerous shoals. How could we, the most clever and brilliant primate ever, be bringing on our own demise? Where did we all go so wrong? Could it[Read More…]

by 10/08/2016 1 comment Life/Philosophy
 The Climate Activist Mistake And What Is Needed Now

 The Climate Activist Mistake And What Is Needed Now

John Michael Greer has written a provocative essay: Climate Change Activism: a Postmortem. His list of activist mistakes should be interesting to many of you but Greer makes the same tactical error as the activists he derides in his ‘postmortem’. Greer is still concerned about winning political and economic battles instead of getting to necessary emergency government as quickly as[Read More…]

by 04/08/2016 7 comments Climate Change
Climate Change Is Here And Now, Dire NOAA Report Warns

Climate Change Is Here And Now, Dire NOAA Report Warns

Environmental records of all kinds are being shattered as climate change takes effect in real time, scientists warned on Tuesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) released its annual State of the Climate report with the dire warning that 2015 was the hottest year on record since at least the mid-to-late 19th century, confirming the “toppling of several symbolic[Read More…]

by 03/08/2016 1 comment Climate Change
What If Jasmine Loses Its Fragrance? Could Poetry, Nay Life Itself, Ever Be The Same?

What If Jasmine Loses Its Fragrance? Could Poetry, Nay Life Itself, Ever Be The Same?

“Flowers may be losing their diverse and delicious fragrances, thanks to increasing temperatures associated with global climate change, scientists say.”The research was published in the journal Plant, Cell and Environment. The ideal temperature required for cultivation of flowers – 28 degrees and 18 degrees respectively for day and night – is not available anymore, not even during winter.Due to climate change[Read More…]

by 29/07/2016 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Scorching Global Temps Astound Climate Scientists

Scorching Global Temps Astound Climate Scientists

Record global heat in the first half of 2016 has caught climate scientists off-guard, reportsThompson Reuters Foundation. “What concerns me most is that we didn’t anticipate these temperature jumps,” David Carlson, director of the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) climate research program, told Thompson Reuters Foundation late Monday. “We predicted moderate warmth for 2016, but nothing like the temperature rises we’ve[Read More…]

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Kuwait Experiences The Highest Temperature With World Under Heat Waves

Kuwait Experiences The Highest Temperature With World Under Heat Waves

The World Meteorological  Organization(WMO), a specialized UN agency  has decided to constitute a committee to know whether  Kuwait’s Mitrabah had experienced the hottest day with the temperature 54.0°C; the temperature is the highest for the eastern hemisphere. The WMD is itself worried and to know whether the data was accurate, a high level scientific committee with Kuwait and  WMO official[Read More…]

Saving Coral Reefs Means Slashing Emissions

Saving Coral Reefs Means Slashing Emissions

An example of coral bleaching. (Photo: SarahDepper/flickr/cc) Climate change is the primary cause of coral reef degradation around the world, according to a groundbreaking new study that casts doubt on the previous scientific understanding of reef erosion. The research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, finds that even isolated coral reefs, far away from localized human degradation like[Read More…]

by 21/07/2016 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Hot Hot Heat: New Data Shows World Is Baking In 2016

Hot Hot Heat: New Data Shows World Is Baking In 2016

As the party of climate science denial convenes in Cleveland this week—minus the few Republicans who care about global warming—new data further confirms that the world is on fire. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) announced Tuesday that June 2016 was 1.62° F above the 20th century average, breaking last year’s record for the warmest June on record by[Read More…]

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New UK PM Theresa May Shuts Climate Change Office

New UK PM Theresa May Shuts Climate Change Office

Less than a day after becoming the U.K.’s unelected leader, Prime Minister Theresa May closed the government’s climate change office, a move instantly condemned as “shocking” and “plain stupid.” May shuttered the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on Thursday and moved responsibility for the environment to a new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The decision comes[Read More…]

by 16/07/2016 4 comments Climate Change
What We As A People Can Do

What We As A People Can Do

  Co-Written by Richard Heinberg, David Fridley Ed. note: This is Chapter 10 of Richard Heinberg’s and David Fridley’s new book, Our Renewable Future, now available from Island Press. Post Carbon Institute’s companion website,ourrenewablefuture.org has also just been launched and contains additional content not in the book. Sound national and international climate policies are crucial: without them, it will be impossible to[Read More…]

by 15/07/2016 1 comment Counter Solutions
What We Need To Do To Survive And Have A Good Life

What We Need To Do To Survive And Have A Good Life

We must assess the consequences of our lifestyle on the planet’s declining liveability, as we already have a rising chemical imbalance in the biosphere which impairs life’s ability to control its climate. Furthermore, we’re expecting  9 billion people within thirty odd years; this, in a world of depleting organic and inorganic resources, rising sea levels, and increasing temperatures, that will[Read More…]

by 13/07/2016 Comments are Disabled Climate Change, Resource Crisis
June Was Warmest On Record For U.S

June Was Warmest On Record For U.S

The June temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 71.8°F, or 3.3°F above the 20th century average, surpassing the previous record of 71.6°F set in 1933. The year-to-date (January-June) temperaturewas 50.8°F, 3.2°F above the 20th century average, making it the third warmest on record. The June precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 2.46 inches, 0.47 inch below the 20th century[Read More…]

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low For June Amid Escalating Warnings

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low For June Amid Escalating Warnings

Shrinking sea cover means the Earth’s surface darkens, increasing absorption of the sun’s energy. (Photo: Christopher Mikel/flickr/cc) Arctic sea ice plummeted to a record low in June, shrinking 56,900 square kilometers (22,000 square miles) per day last month, according to new figures from the National Snow & Ice Data Center. June’s “sea ice extent” was 260,000 square kilometers (100,000 square[Read More…]

by 08/07/2016 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
What Would A Global Warming  Increase Of 1.5 Degrees Be Like?

What Would A Global Warming Increase Of 1.5 Degrees Be Like?

The Paris climate conference set the ambitious goal of finding ways to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, rather than the previous threshold of 2 degrees. But what would be the difference between a 1.5 and 2 degree world? And how realistic is such a target?

by 04/07/2016 2 comments Climate Change
The climate Titanic And The Melting Icebergs

The climate Titanic And The Melting Icebergs

“In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act” –George Orwell March 2016 set a new record temperature for that time of year, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The global temperature was 2.30 °F (1.28 °C) warmer than the average for March from 1951 to 1980, which is used as a baseline. http://climate.nasa.gov/news/2432/[Read More…]

by 30/06/2016 4 comments Climate Change
Atmospheric CO2 Level May Not Drop Below 400 ppm “Within Our Lifetimes”

Atmospheric CO2 Level May Not Drop Below 400 ppm “Within Our Lifetimes”

Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will stay permanently above 400 parts per million (ppm) this year due to El Nino—and will likely not drop below that number again “within our lifetimes,” according to a study published this week in the journal Nature. The milestone represents a symbolic threshold that scientists and environmentalists had long sought to avoid. Greenhouse gases have jumped 48[Read More…]

by 28/06/2016 1 comment Climate Change
The Dithering Age: Holocene, Anthropocene, And Chthlucene

The Dithering Age: Holocene, Anthropocene, And Chthlucene

A sword age, axe age, shields are cloven, a wind age, wolf age, ere the world sinks — Volupsa There is no question that anthropogenic activity has profoundly damaged the vast interrelated web of ecological systems that maintain the conditions for life on this planet. Similarly there is an increasingly agreement among climate scientists that we are currently in the[Read More…]

by 24/06/2016 2 comments Climate Change
The Case For A Child-Centered Energy And Climate Policy

The Case For A Child-Centered Energy And Climate Policy

Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning. Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) is the root cause of much of children’s ill health children today as well as their uncertain future. There are strong scientific arguments, as well persuasive economic ones, for reducing the world’s dependence on energy generated by the burning of fossil[Read More…]

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Worsening Climate Emergency And Record CO2 Emissions Demand Vegetarian Diet For All To Help Save Planet

Worsening Climate Emergency And Record CO2 Emissions Demand Vegetarian Diet For All To Help Save Planet

  Annual global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions presently  total  64 billion tonnes CO2-equivalent with methanogenic livestock production contributing over 50%. With annual emissions of CO2 per se from industry at a record high,  and with Humanity and  the Biosphere existentially threatened by the Methane Bomb of the warming Arctic in coming decades, we must all urgently adopt a vegetarian or[Read More…]

by 20/06/2016 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Set To Pass 400ppm—Permanently

Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Set To Pass 400ppm—Permanently

Record carbon dioxide levels are set to surpass the symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million (PPM) this year and will likely never fall below that line again in our lifetimes, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. Scientists at the UK Met Office used emissions data, sea surface temperature figures, and a climate[Read More…]

by 18/06/2016 Comments are Disabled Climate Change
The Doomsday Clock: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, And The Prospects For Survival

The Doomsday Clock: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, And The Prospects For Survival

[This essay is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books).] In January 2015, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced its famous Doomsday Clock to three minutes before midnight, a threat level that had not been reached for 30 years. The Bulletin’s statement explaining this advance toward catastrophe invoked the two major threats to survival:[Read More…]

by 18/06/2016 Comments are Disabled Climate Change, Imperialism
Oceans Are Dying

Oceans Are Dying

Threatened by climate change, pollution, overfishing, and oil spills, the world’s oceans are suffering, scientists warned on Wednesday—the day designated by the United Nations as one to honor the deep blue sea. From widespread coral bleaching to floundering fish species to garbage stretching across the water’s surface and hundreds of feet down, it’s clear that human activity is taking its[Read More…]

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Climate Change Censorship: Australia And UNESCO

Climate Change Censorship: Australia And UNESCO

Censoring climate change and its reporting is a big business, notably among fossil fuel obsessives and those in denial. It continues to fulfil a role in the policies of Australia’s Turnbull government. Even after the demise of Tony Abbott last year, his successor continues to scrub his own environmental credentials from his profile. As he does so, an assortment of[Read More…]

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The Boiling Pot

The Boiling Pot

On the surface, things appear normal. The status quo of life in America circa 2016 isn’t to everyone’s liking, but at least the system is still working after a fashion. The price of oil is going up a bit: that means the cost of driving is also creeping higher, but steeper prices provide a little welcome relief for an oil[Read More…]

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Climate Criminal Coalition Government Lying Endangers Australia & Planet – Australians Must Vote 1 Green And Put The Coalition Last

Climate Criminal Coalition Government Lying Endangers Australia & Planet – Australians Must Vote 1 Green And Put The Coalition Last

  Rational risk management is crucial for societal safety and  successively  involves  (a) accurate information, (b) scientific analysis,  and (c) informed  systemic change to minimize risk. However the anti-science, anti-environment,  pro-fossil fuels  Australian Coalition Government has utterly perverted this process in relation to the worsening climate emergency through  spin, lying by commission,  lying by omission and censorship. Critically, Coalition Government[Read More…]

by 17/06/2016 Comments are Disabled Climate Change, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, World