Month: June 2014

Giving up fossil fuels to save the planet from climate change. $28 Trillion

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The Five Lies Used By Abbot And The Coalition To Axe Carbon Pricing

We need a global price n carbon polution.

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The government has submitted the bills to parliament that will see the abolition of the carbon price scheme as well as the abolition of various organisation to protect the environment.
The bill submitted to parliament is based on ten lies that Abbott and the coalition have been telling people.

Lie No. 1:“the jury is still out on the science of climate change”—It is simply misleading to say that the science on this question is not settled. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its latest report—its fifth report—in September last year, and in that the 209 lead authors, supported by more than 600 contributing authors, lifted their level of certainty about the existence of climate change and its cause by human activity to 95 per cent.

Lie No. 2:”if there was any global warming over the course of the 20th century, it has stopped“—The World Meteorological…

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2 Degrees

We need a global price on carbon pollution.

RachelSquirrel

There’s a new climate movie out called 2 Degrees which follows the failure of the UN climate negotiations while finding hope in the communities at the bottom (h/t HotTopic). You can watch the film online. Here’s an excerpt from their About page:

The war on climate change has two major fronts: the fight against global deforestation and the battle to stop the burning of fossil fuels. Lose either of these battles and we lose the war. 2 Degrees weaves together stories of a top-down and bottom-up approach to climate change and the charismatic people driving them forward.

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Journalism Is Not A Crime – A Journalist Is Not A Criminal #FREEAJSTAF

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Real News One strongly condemns the imprisonment of Al-Jazeera journalist in Egypt and his colleagues.  A journalist has the job to bring to the people the story of the day and why it is important.

Being a journalist is not a crime and doesn’t make a person a criminal. What is a crime is a government interfering and dictating news reporting or a corporation controlling the media and deliberately skewing the facts ,and dictating, in an endeavour to support their own business goals to the detriment of a democracy and the citizens of the democracy.

Real News One stands with and supports Australian journalist Peter Greste, Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed and Canadian-Egyptian national Mohamed Fahmy. — Real News One Editor

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Ecopragmatism and the ‘Good Anthropocene’

Climate, People & Organizations

I stumbled on this debate on Twitter yesterday in a response by Clive Hamilton to a TED talk by Andy Revkin on ‘Charting Paths to a “Good” Anthropocene’. Andy’s talk stresses the potential for a more optimistic future by pointing to a number of cognitive and emotional strategies with which we can better adapt to the worsening climate crisis. Clive’s critique argues that this type of thinking is part of a emerging form of ‘ecopragmatism’ which promotes a hopelessly unrealistic vision of human capacity to adapt to the climate change pathways we will experience this century. Andy has responded, arguing that he doesn’t believe he and Clive are so far apart in terms of recognizing the very real dangers of the climate crisis and that he hopes those who have ‘bridled’ at his vision for a ‘good Anthropocene aren’t hoping for a bad one’!

Responses on Twitter vary from…

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2012 Record Challenged as 40% of Greenland Ice Sheet Surface Melts on June 17th

Future generations are going to wonder why we ignored the science.

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Yesterday, 40% of the surface of Greenland melted.

It was still mid-June, yet a month before melt values typically peak. But a persistent high pressure system over Greenland, a rapidly melting Baffin Bay and warm winds riding up the west coast were enough to spur a surface melting event that shoved melt coverage firmly above the two standard deviation threshold and into record range.

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(Greenland Melt Extent as of June 17, 2014. Image source: NSIDC.)

Temperatures along the west coast of Greenland and on through the southern ice-covered tip ranged between 30 and 55 degrees Fahrenheit, while 30-43 degree readings surrounded much of the periphery. Warm winds and rain to mixed precipitation accompanied a moisture-laden storm emerging from Baffin Bay and passing over the western ice sheet to add further and extreme early season melt pressure.

The warm storm and rains compounded already rapid melt pond formation along Greenland’s…

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NASA Shows May Global High Temperature Record Shattered as Climate Policy Staggers Forward

Keeps getting hotter time to act.

robertscribbler

Global climate policy.

It’s a simple truth that comprehensive national and international action on climate change, which appears to be just now groggily lurching forward, should have begun at least 20-30 years ago. Since that time, humans have dumped about 250 billion tons of carbon into the atmosphere. And through the end of 2013, a staggering pace of emission in excess of 10 billion tons each year continued to grow (36 billion tons of CO2 and nearly 50 billion tons of CO2e with other greenhouse gasses added in).

It is a pace of initial greenhouse gas forcing that is without precedent in even the most violent times of Earth’s deep past. A pace of release of the heat-trapping demons at least 6 times more rapid than at any time in Earth’s more than 4.5 billion year span. Over that broad period, life on Earth has suffered numerous devastating extinction events…

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