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Dozens arrested after climate protest blocks five London bridges #ExtinctionRebellion Day one #auspol #qldpol #nswpol #springst #wapol #sapol #ClimateCrisis #Insiders #TheDrum #StopAdani

Thousands of protesters occupied bridges across the Thames over extinction crisis in huge act of peaceful civil disobedience

Protesters, including families and pensioners, began massing on five of London’s main bridges from 10am on Saturday. An hour later, all the crossings had been blocked in one of the biggest acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades.

Some people locked themselves together, while others linked arms and sang songs.

By 2pm the blockade of Southwark Bridge had been abandoned and protesters moved from there to Blackfriars Bridge, where organisers said they were soon to move west towards Westminster Bridge.

Demonstrators occupied Southwark, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Westminster and Lambeth bridges.

The Metropolitan police said all the bridges had since reopened and that most of the arrests had been for obstruction under the Highways Act.

Afterwards, demonstrators gathered in Parliament Square to hear speeches. Roger Hallam, one of the strategists behind the actions, told the Guardian he felt the protest had been fantastic.

“This is total prediction stuff, mass participation civil disobedience,” he said. “They can’t do anything about it unless they start shooting people, and presumably they won’t do that.” 

The day was due to end with an interfaith ceremony outside Westminster Abbey.

The move is part of a campaign of mass civil disobedience organised by a new group, Extinction Rebellion, which wants to force governments to treat the threats of climate breakdown and extinction as a crisis.

“The ‘social contract’ has been broken … [and] it is therefore not only our right but our moral duty to bypass the government’s inaction and flagrant dereliction of duty and to rebel to defend life itself,” said Gail Bradbrook, one of the organisers.

Alice, 19, from Bristol was one of those blocking Westminster Bridge.

“I took the coach at 3am to make sure I didn’t miss it,” she said, “and I’m so glad that I did. It’s a tiny personal inconvenience and, having made it, I get to be part of a rebellion.

“This moment will be remembered in the history books, when we finally stopped allowing our leaders to take us over the cliff.”

Jenny Jones, the Green party peer, joined the protest on Westminster Bridge. She backed the nonviolent direct action taken by demonstrators.

“We are at the point where if we don’t start acting and acting fast we are just going to wipe out our life support system,” she said.

“It’s fine to think we are a rich country, the sixth biggest economy in the world, but actually we won’t do any better than anywhere else because climate change will massively affect us too. 

“Basically, conventional politics has failed us – it’s even failed me and I’m part of the system – so people have no other choice.”

Father Martin Newell said on Blackfriars Bridge: “What brought me here is the climate emergency, the extinction emergency and my faith in God who created all this and whose creation we’re destroying and crucifying … I’m called as a Christian to protect our neighbour who’s being abused.”

In the past two weeks more than 60 people have been arrested for taking part in acts of civil disobedience organised by Extinction Rebellion ranging from gluing themselves to government buildings to blocking major roads in the capital.

However, those disruptions were eclipsed on Saturday, when organisers say 6,000 people took part in protests.

“It is not a step we take lightly,” said Tiana Jacout, one of those involved. “If things continue as is, we face an extinction greater than the one that killed the dinosaurs. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be a worthy ancestor.”

Extinction Rebellion, which cites the civil rights movement, suffragettes and Mahatma Gandhi as inspirations, said smaller events took place in other UK cities as well as overseas on Saturday.

Organisers say they are planning to escalate the campaigns from Wednesday, when small teams of activists will “swarm” around central London blocking roads and bridges, bringing widespread disruption to the capital.

“Given the scale of the ecological crisis we are facing this is the appropriate scale of expansion,” said Bradbrook. “Occupying the streets to bring about change as our ancestors have done before us. Only this kind of large-scale economic disruption can rapidly bring the government to the table to discuss our demands. We are prepared to risk it all for our futures.”

Extinction Rebellion demonstrators on Westminster Bridge in London. Photograph: John Stillwell/PA

The group is calling on the government to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2025 and establish a “citizens assembly” to devise an emergency plan of action similar to that seen during the second world war.

On top of the specific demands, organisers say they hope the campaign of “respectful disruption” will change the debate around climate breakdown and signal to those in power that the present course of action will lead to disaster.

The group, which was established only a couple of months ago, has raised around £50k in small-scale donations in the past weeks.

It now has offices in central London and over the past few months has been holding meetings across the country, outlining the scale of the climate crisis and urging people to get involved in direct action this weekend.

“Local groups are setting up across the country and even new groups are seeing around 100 people come to meetings, and we have coaches coming, from Newcastle to Plymouth,” said Rupert Read, a philosophy academic at the University of East Anglia.

The campaign hit the headlines a couple of weeks ago when the former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams was one of almost 100 academics to come out in favour of it.

In a letter published in the Guardian they said: “While our academic perspectives and expertise may differ, we are united on this one point: we will not tolerate the failure of this or any other government to take robust and emergency action in respect of the worsening ecological crisis. The science is clear, the facts are incontrovertible, and it is unconscionable to us that our children and grandchildren should have to bear the terrifying brunt of an unprecedented disaster of our own making.”

The civil disobedience comes amid growing evidence of looming climate breakdown and follows warnings from the UN that there are only 12 years left to prevent global ecological disaster.

The group is also making international contacts, with 11 events planned in seven countries so far, including the US, Canada, Germany, Australia and France.

“To properly challenge the system that is sending us to an early grave we have to be bold and ambitious,” said Read. “Forging new connections across the world and learning from each other.”

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#ExtinctionRebellion: Academic embracing direct action to stop #climatechange #auspol #qldpol #nswpol #springst #ClimateStrike #StopAdani #TheDrum #QandA Demand #ClimateAction

By Rupert Read

Rupert Read

Read studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Balliol College, Oxford,[2]before undertaking postgraduate studies in the United States at Princeton University and Rutgers University (where he gained his doctorate).

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Not heard of the “Extinction Rebellion” before?

Then you heard it here first.

Because soon, everyone is going to have heard of it. The Extinction Rebellion is a non-violent direct action movement challenging inaction over dangerous climate change and the mass extinction of species which, ultimately, threatens our own species.

Saturday November 17 2018 is “Rebellion Day” – when people opposed to what they see as a government of “climate criminals” aim to gather together enough protesters to close down parts of the capital – by shutting down fossil-powered road traffic at key pinch-points in London.

I’m a Reader in Philosophy at the University of East Anglia and I have thrown myself headfirst into this movement. Our long-term aim is to create a situation where the government can no longer ignore the determination of an increasingly large number of people to shift the world from what appears to be a direct course towards climate calamity. Who knows, the government could even end up having to negotiate with the rebels.

As someone who is both a veteran of non-violent direct actions over the years and an academic seeking to make sense of these campaigns, I’ve been thinking quite a lot about what’s old and what’s new about the Extinction Rebellion. Here are my conclusions so far.

From world peace to climate justice

The Extinction Rebellion is rooted in longstanding traditions exemplified by the radical nuclear disarmament movement. The founders of the Extinction Rebellion have thought carefully about past precedents, and about what works and what doesn’t.

They’ve noted for instance that you don’t necessarily need active involvement from more than a tiny percentage of the population to win radical change, provided that you have a righteous cause that can elicit tacit backing from a much larger percentage.

The Extinction Rebellion is also quite different from its predecessors. True, the disarmament movement was about our very existence, but nuclear devastation was – and still is – only a risk. Extinction Rebellion’s aim is to prevent a devastation of our world that will come  and quite soon, unless we manage to do something unprecedented that will radically change our direction.

Climate activists often compare their struggle to victories from the past. But in my view comparisons which are often made – to Indian independence, the civil rights movement or the campaign for universal suffrage, for example – are over-optimistic, even fatuous. These historical movements were most often about oppressed classes of people rising up and empowering themselves, gaining access to what the privileged already had. 

The Extinction Rebellion challenges oligarchy and neoliberal capitalism for their rank excess and the political class for its deep lack of seriousness. But the changes that will be needed to arrest the collapse of our climate and biodiversity are now so huge that this movement is concerned with changing our whole way of life. Changing our diet significantly. Changing our transport systems drastically. Changing the way our economies work to radically relocalise them. The list goes on.

This runs up against powerful vested interests – but also places considerable demands upon ordinary citizens, especially in “developed” countries such as the UK. It is therefore a much harder ask. This means that the chances of the Extinction Rebellion succeeding are relatively slim. But this doesn’t prove it’s a mistaken enterprise – on the contrary, it looks like our last chance.

Risking arrest is a small sacrifice when life itself is on the line. Andy Rain/EPA

From the lecture hall to the streets

This all leads into why I sat in the road blocking the entrance to Parliament Square on October 31, when the Extinction Rebellion was launched – and why I will be “manning the barricades” again on November 17. As a Quaker, I cherish the opening words of the famous Shaker hymn: Tis the gift to be simple. What does it mean to live simply at this moment in history? It means to do everything necessary so that others – most importantly our children (and their children) – can simply live. It isn’t enough to live a life of voluntary simplicity.

One needs also to take peaceful direct action to seek to stop the mega-machine of growth-obsessed corporate capitalism that is destroying our common future. That’s why it seems plain to me that we need peaceful rebellion now, so that we and countless other species don’t face devastation or indeed extinction. 

The next line of that Shaker hymn goes: “Tis the gift to be free.” In our times, to be free means to not be bound by laws that are consigning our children to purgatory or worse. If one cares properly for one’s children, that must entail caring for their children, too. You don’t really care for your children if you damn their children. And that logic multiplies into the future indefinitely – we aren’t caring adequately for any generation if the generation to follow it is doomed.

As mammals whose primary calling is to care for our kids, it is therefore logical that an outright existential threat to their future, and to that of their children, must be resisted and rebelled against, no matter what the pitifully inadequate laws of our land say.

I’ve felt called upon to engage in conscientious civil disobedience before, at Faslane and Aldermaston against nuclear weapons and with EarthFirst in defence of the redwood forests threatened with destruction in the Pacific Northwest of the USA. 

But the Extinction Rebellion seems to me the most compelling cause of them all. Unless we manage to do the near impossible, then after a period of a few decades at most there won’t be any other causes to engage with. It really now is as stark and as dark as that.

If you too feel the call, then I think you now know what to do.

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CLIMATE SCIENTISTS: #EXTINCTIONREBELLION NEEDS YOU! #ClimateChange #auspol #StopAdani #ClimateStrikep

By Bill McGuire

OK. Let’s not beat about the bush. While our world has been going to hell in a handcart, many of you studying and recording its demise have had nothing to say on the subject and have remained deep in the shadows, when what has been needed is for you to hog the limelight.

The cod justification you have used is always the same; muttered excuses about the need for objectivity; about how you shouldn’t become involved in politics; about how you are merely faithful recorders of facts; a silo mentality that shields you from having to make difficult decisions or engage with others outside your comfort zones.

You know who you are.

In truth, the reason you have never liked to stick your head above the parapet is for fear of being shot at by your peers. As a fellow scientist I understand that – I really do. There is nothing worse than being ridiculed within your own community. It can, I know, mean loss of prestige, a squeeze on funding, and a closing down of opportunities for advancement. I understand, therefore, why you continue to play down anything that might draw attention; why you lie low; tow the party line. I know, too, what you really think and feel about climate change, because I have talked to many of you in private, and the response – without exception – has been that the true situation is far worse than you are prepared to admit in public. So, behind the facade, I know that you are torn between speaking out and holding back;  that you are as desperate as anyone for the measures to be taken that the science demands; most of all, that you fear for your children’s future in the world of climate chaos they will be forced to inhabit.

So, what to do.

Maybe the just-published IEA (International Energy Agency) World Energy Review 2018 will help to crystallise your thoughts and feelings and help convince you of the path you need to choose now. The report paints a picture of the future energy landscape that will send shivers of horror down the spines of all who give a damn about our world and all life upon it. The forecasts are – without exception – dire. By 2040, an extra 1.7 billion people are predicted to drive up energy demand by a quarter, most of it met from high carbon sources. The proportion of renewables in the energy mix is expected to have crept up to 40 percent, but coal is still forecast to be king of power generation, followed by gas. Instead of heading down fast, emissions in 2040 will be even higher than they are now, says the review, at a staggering 36 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide. To put this in perspective, just last month the IPCC, hardly celebrated – as you well know (you might even have been an author or contributor) – for its doom-mongering, warned that in order to avoid catastrophic, all-pervasive, climate breakdown, emissions need to be slashed by 45 percent within just 12 years, and reach net zero by mid-century. But even this will not be enough.

I don’t need to tell you that the chasm between what’s needed, and what the IEA forecasts will happen, flags the extraordinary scale of the uphill battle we face. If we are not to bequeath to our descendants a desiccated, lifeless hothouse, then we need your help and your support.

Now.

Today.

The time to worry about what your colleagues think of you is long gone.

Prestige will mean nothing in the world to come; academic advancement won’t alter the fate of your children and grandchildren one iota.

So, speak out, tell it like it is. Force those who need to know to listen.

Welcome any flack and hurl it back ten-fold. Come down off the fence and choose the path to rebellion.

Bill McGuire is Professor Emeritus of Geophysical & Climate Hazards at UCL and author of Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanic Eruptions. He was a contributor to the IPCC 2012 report on Climate Change & Extreme Events and Disasters.

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Fifty arrests as #climatechange activists descend on London again #ExtinctionRebellion #ClimateStrike #StopAdani #auspol #qldpol #nswpol #TheDrum #QandA

Almost 50 climate change activists have now been arrested in London this week after tags were spray painted on the government’s environment headquarters and a huge banner was unfurled on Westminster Bridge.

Extinction Rebellion campaigners descended on the capital again today following a blockade at the Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy department in Victoria Street.

The group displayed a huge banner on Westminster Bridge, reading “Climate Change… We’re F***ed”, while others staged a sit-in at the entrances to Defraand Downing Street.

The campaigners turned their attention to the threat of an “imminent” global food crisis.

Climate change activists staged a second day of civil disobedience today, as they call on the government to take Britain’s commitments to greenhouse gas emissions seriously. (Extinction Rebellion)

The Met Police said 27 people were arrested on suspicion of various offences, including obstruction of a public highway and criminal damage.

At least seven of those were from Downing Street, the group said, and another seven at the Department for Food and Rural Affairs.

We await confirmation of any charges.

Extinction Rebellion activists hit Westminster with civil disobedience

The action follows Monday’s blockade at the BEIS headquarters which saw people glue themselves to the doors to prevent staff gaining access – 22 people were arrested in total.

George Barda of the group told the Standard that while fracking may be the most visible ecological issue in Britain, we face a must more sinister threat from the neglect of farm lands and countryside, as billions of hectares of farming land is lost every year.

He said: “Fracking is just the most overt manifestation of the government’s failure to protect the environment. The focus today is on land use.

A protester glues he hand to a fence outside Downing Street as part of a civil disobedience by Extinction Rebellion. Activists are calling on the government to act to turnaround environmental policy as part of a week of coordinated actions. (Extinction Rebellion)

Michael Gove has been spouting nice words about how we should take our soil seriously, but the reality is that large areas of the country have seen decline in soil fertility. and we are facing a major food shortage.”

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has reported that humanity has roughly 50-60 harvests left, at the current rate of rising infertility and loss of land.

“Without a functioning planet, all our other problems become minor in comparison,” said Mr Barda, on the eve of a major announcement on the state of Britain’s exit from the European Union.

The need for action must transcend politics, he added, while the Conservative government makes only “rhetorical” commitments on environmental matters.

“When the Tories shook off the Lib Dems they stripped the renewable energy industry of all support overnight and killed 30,000 jobs,” the activist said. “We’ve got to dissuade people form the idea that a nice environment is some kind of luxury. It’s the air we breath and the food we eat.

The FAO said: “The main problem humanity is currently facing is not global warming, extinction of species or any other environmental crisis – the main problem we will have to face is the degradation of our soils.

“The world population continues to increase while we destroy more and more topsoil. If this is allowed to continue there won’t be enough fertile soil left to feed a growing world population.”

Christian Climate Action campaigners who joined them said at least five of their members were arrested, with some bundled to the ground, handcuffed and carried to police vans during the non-violent protest.

Holly-Anna Petersen of the group said police were forcefully pushing down members as they made arrests.

“There are photos on our twitter of them pushing some of our members to the ground with incredible force – I think that they were on high alert today due to everything that was happening with Brexit,” she said. “I was really scared for one of our members who is 82 years old, but he is very brave and determined.

“People around our world are already suffering the effects of climate change and scientists have said that if we carry on our current trajectory that we will have climate breakdown by 2030.

“We need the political will to unlock this. In the last few years the government has virtually banned onshore wind, slashed subsidies for electric vehicles, promoted fracking, cancelled the zero carbon homes initiative and scrapped solar subsidies.

“We have tried all other mechanisms to bring about change and they have failed. Non-violent direct action is the only means that we have left to wake up our politicians.”

A government spokesperson said in an earlier comment: “The UK is a world leader in the fight against climate change. Natural gas can continue to play a role as we deliver our emissions reduction targets, so it is only right that we utilise our domestic gas resources as we transition to a low-carbon economy.

“Shale gas has the potential to be a new domestic energy source, enhancing our energy security and delivering economic benefits, including the creation of well paid, quality jobs.”

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The forsaken children strike back: 21 young people sue to save planet #ExtinctionRebellion #StopAdani #ClimateStrike #auspol #qldpol #TheDrum #QandA The world is demanding #ClimateAction

We face an unprecedented challenge an existential threat.

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Our children face a very uncertain future!

By Joseph Stiglitz

Joseph Stiglitz speaking at the Australian National Press Club Yesterday.

A remarkable trial is set to begin in Eugene, Oregon, on November 19. The Trump administration is being sued by 21 children on behalf of themselves and future generations. The claim is that the administration, through its climate change policies, is violating the children’s basic rights.

It should be obvious that the threat of climate change is putting at risk their future—it has been obvious for a long time.

It’s not just the increase in temperature and the rising sea level, it’s the accompanying increase in extreme weather events, such as floods, hurricanes and droughts that can also devastate harvests and cause forest fires.

The acidification of the ocean will destroy coral reefs, including Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

As habitats get destroyed, so will species. Those in more temperate zones are already facing new diseases.

Approaches to climate change are being scrutinised.

Photo: Jonathan Carroll

The judge in the case has already ruled that the “right to a climate system capable of sustaining human life is fundamental to a free and ordered society”. As The New York Times put it: “The young plaintiffs have demanded, among other things, that the courts force the government to implement an enforceable national remedial plan to phase out fossil fuel emissions” in an effort to “stabilise the climate system”. The courts could then supervise the government’s efforts.

Each of these 21 children will be affected not just by the economic burdens their generation will have to bear as cities relocate.

One, Levi, lives on an island off the coast of Florida, and his island will be submerged. He will join millions of others around the world who will lose their homes—South Pacific islanders whose countries will disappear and Bangladeshis whose only asset, the land and house they own, will disappear.

Levi will be relatively lucky: he will be able to move elsewhere in the US. But where will the millions of Bangladeshis go?

Or the millions in sub-Saharan Africa who face the opposite threat, desertification of their lands?

These are not just ordinary “economic migrants”.

Their right to a livelihood has been taken away by those elsewhere — in the US, Europe and China — whose greenhouse gas emissions, the result of unbridled consumption, is the prime cause of this climate change.

Their “right to consume” is depriving others of the right to live.

Another plaintiff in the case, Alex, is a student at my university, Columbia. He lives on a farm in southern Oregon whose viability is undermined by climate change and is now threatened by forest fires.

So often when we see injustices like this, we say: “There ought to be a law.” The US Declaration of Independence spoke of the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These children’s rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are being taken away because of greenhouse gas emissions. Their future is in jeopardy so Americans today can drive gas-guzzling cars. It seems unfair, and it is. It is a matter of social justice — this time between different generations.

The Western Arctic is one of the fastest-warming regions in the world and is seen as an early indicator of global climate change. 

Photo: AP

In this case, there is a law and a longstanding legal doctrine.

The law is America’s Constitution, which promises fair treatment and due process to all individuals. In the case of these children, this is especially important because they don’t even have the right to vote. They can’t express their concerns through the electoral process. And that is why the doctrine of public interest declares that the state (the sovereign) holds natural resources in trust for future generations. (It’s a doctrine that, not surprisingly, goes back centuries, included in the Justinian law and formally incorporated into American civil law in the 19th century.)

I’m an expert witness in this case. I chaired an international commission that concluded that limiting temperature increases to 1.5C to 2CX, which the international community agreed to in Paris and Copenhagen, is achievable at a low cost, with a carbon price eventually rising to perhaps $US100 ($138) a ton of carbon, which translates into about 88 cents per gallon (3.78 litres) of gasoline, accompanied by some other regulatory measures.

Others have estimated that the increased energy costs would likely be no higher than 2 to 3 per cent of GDP, and eliminating the hundreds of billions of dollars in fossil fuel subsidies would actually save money.

These costs pale in comparison to the multiple episodes when energy costs have increased far more, and in each of these instances our economy managed these increases.

These numbers also pale in comparison to the likely costs of not taking action.

Government procedures for discounting future events mean that the wellbeing of future generations is systematically being downplayed. The Trump administration has been using a 7 per cent discount rate. That means that a dollar today is viewed as 32 times as valuable as a dollar spent 50 years from now. In essence, the Trump administration is saying, as are governments in some other countries, “Our children count for very little, and our children’s children count for essentially nothing.”

Climate change’s effects are long-lasting. Today’s pollution will affect our children’s children. No just society can simply ignore this. Conservative governments often make a big fuss over an increase in the fiscal deficit, saying it would impose a burden on our children. They’re wrong, at least if the money is well spent on investments in infrastructure, technology or education. But they’re hypocrites if they make such claims and do nothing about climate change.

It would be one thing if there were some other planet we could migrate to if, as the scientific evidence shows overwhelmingly, we ruin this planet with our continuing carbon emissions.

But Earth is our only home.

We need to cherish it, not destroy it.

Professor Joseph Stiglitz is a Nobel Prize winner in Economics and the winner of the 2018 Sydney Peace Prize. He will deliver the Sydney Peace Prize address at Sydney Town Hall on Thursday night.

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3 reports sound alarm on warming oceans #auspol #qldpol #nswpol #springst #Insiders #ClimateChange #ClimateStrike #ExtinctionRebellion #TheDrum #StopAdani

By Jeff Berardelli / CBS News

The climate science printing press has been working overtime the past two weeks spitting out study after study.

Even for a discipline used to eye-opening research, the recent revelations have been particularly alarming, and for scientists like myself, they deserve a big neon sign on Broadway. 

In climate circles, what really sounded the sirens recently were three separate reports that show the oceans are warming at a staggering rate.

One study published in the scientific journal Nature concludes that the oceans are absorbing 60 percent more heat than previous estimates from the U.N.’s International Panel on Climate Change.
The study calculates that over the past 25 years, the oceans gained energy equivalent to more than 5 billion Hiroshima-sized atomic bombs.

“What makes the result robust is that it actually agrees with the top of the range estimates based on temperature, which is indeed 60 percent higher than what IPCC published,” said the lead author of the study, Laure Resplandy of Princeton University.

It should be noted that the methods used in the study are novel, prompting some caution from the scientific community.

Experts at Climate Feedback, a global network of scientists, reviewed an article written on the paper. They said the “the study’s conclusions (and implications) require additional investigation.”

Dr. Kevin Trenberth of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, has researched extensively on ocean heat.

He was not involved in the study and has questions about some of its assertions, but said “the results are quite compatible with our estimates for the most part. They have implications because the planet is clearly warming at faster rates than previously appreciated.”

Any previously unaccounted for heat in the oceans is significant.

One unit of water holds four times the amount of heat that one unit of air holds.

You can think of the oceans as our climate control, sucking up heat and keeping our daily air temperatures moderated.

In fact, more than 90 percent of heat trapped by greenhouse gases is eventually stored in our oceans, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

That stored ocean heat is called ocean heat content (OHC).

That leads us to a lesser-circulated report from Zeke Hausfather of Carbon Brief, a U.K.-based website covering issues related to climate. In his report on the website, Hausfather said ocean heat content just set a new record in 2018, and the year is not yet over.
This is not surprising. New OHC records are set every year because the heat keeps accumulating.

That makes the ocean a better gauge in measuring global warming trends than the atmosphere, which warms and cools more erratically.

There is a very stable overall trend in the oceans.

But where does all the heat go?

Some of it stays in the upper layer of the oceans, making it the heat that comes back to haunt us. Trenberth said we experience the extra ocean heat when it powers stronger hurricanes, melts ice shelves, raises sea levels and helps fuel El Nino.

The rest of the heat is dispersed throughout the ocean depths, some sinking to the bottom.

And that leads us to the final report.
For three decades, researchers have been sailing around the world on repeated cruises looking for this stored heat. New research published by NOAA shows that a portion of the heat is being stored in the oceans deepest layers, 6,000 to 20,000 feet down.

The agency concludes, “human-caused climate change has reached one of the most remote corners of the oceans circulatory system.”

It’s now clear that the influence of man pervades every nook and cranny of this planet, even the most isolated.

And while it’s not clear how drastically Earth’s system will react, tracking ocean heat is scientists’ best tool to measure human fingerprints on the climate system. 

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Many of us have been involved with various direct action campaigns run by eco-anarchist groups in Britain and we frequently participate in the Earth First! gatherings.

However, we are trying to work beyond some of the limitations we have come across in that community.

We are taking burn-out very seriously and actively try to build a regenerative culture within our network and emphasise the importance of looking after ourselves and doing inner work as well as campaigning.

We are also embracing more spiritual approaches to social change, incorporating ceremony to our gatherings and we have many participants with a spiritual background.

Overall, we believe that climate change is not a political issue, it is a moral one.

We are facing the mass deaths of people all across the world and it is on us in the industrialised world to take a strong moral stance on the crisis before it becomes too late.

We think it is important to talk about the possibility of human extinction in order to expand the window of acceptable discourse on climate change and ecological collapse but we also acknowledge that this is not only about our species and that the web of life is intricately interconnected. 

In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), scientists mention that there already exists a 1 in 20 chance that the 2.2 trillion tons of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere could cause an existential warming threat.

This “fat tail” scenario would mean the world experiences “existential/unknown” warming by 2100 — defined in the report as more than 5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels.

We cannot afford to run that risk.

As one of the scientists who wrote the paper comments, “How many of us would choose to buckle our grandchildren to an airplane seat if we knew there was as much as a 1 in 20 chance of the plane crashing?

With climate change that can pose existential threats, we have already put them in that plane.”

  1.     So, what is Extinction Rebellion?

The Extinction Rebellion is a necessity. Our political establishment has failed to protect its people from pollution,  prevent further mass extinction of species on earth and prevent the possibility of human extinction in the near future. Therefore we must rebel to protect the livelihood of citizens and our natural world or risk losing everything we cherish.

2. How did the project start?

It began with a gathering of the Rising Up! network who have been experimenting with civil disobedience campaigns for about two years now. They decided that our time to act is now and that the appropriate response to the humanitarian crisis of climate change is no longer mass marches and petitions. It is time to make a sacrifice and build a new vision for our society before it collapses in on itself. It is time to rebel.  

3. What are the projects immediate goals?

There are several goals of the rebellion, the most immediate one is to spark a national conversation about climate breakdown and the ecological crisis. We then aim to create a WW2-style mass mobilisation of the public to address the crisis through heavy investment in renewables, city-wide planning and full employment in developing a more sustainable society.   

4. Do you believe the government will respond to your demands?

The first on our list of demands is that the government publicly acknowledges that climate change presents an urgent, clear and present existential threat and that, so far, it has failed to address the situation responsibly.

We are basing this rebellion on what we believe is necessary to avoid a major apocalyptic catastrophe and deep down this is not all about winning, but also about what it means to be human at a time when humans are on course to destroy the majority of life on earth, including ourselves. 

5. What links does your organisation have to the eco-anarchist community in Britain?

Many of us have been involved with various direct action campaigns run by eco-anarchist groups in Britain and we frequently participate in the Earth First! gatherings. However, we are trying to work beyond some of the limitations we have come across in that community. We are taking burn-out very seriously and actively try to build a regenerative culture within our network and emphasise the importance of looking after ourselves and doing inner work as well as campaigning. We are also embracing more spiritual approaches to social change, incorporating ceremony to our gatherings and we have many participants with a spiritual background. Overall, we believe that climate change is not a political issue, it is a moral one. We are facing the mass deaths of people all across the world and it is on us in the industrialised world to take a strong moral stance on the crisis before it becomes too late.

6. Do you have a projected destination mapped out for after the rebellion, should your demands not be met?

We see our plans for October-November this year as the beginning of a nationwide struggle to restore peace and stability to the land. The actions in the Autumn will be  one of several iterations that will continue to create mass disruption until our demands are met. We do not expect all our demands to be met straight away and in December we will debrief and reflect upon our experiences and then build towards next iteration, possibly in early spring 2019.

7. Is your organisation primarily focused on means of human survival of ecological collapse?

We think it is important to talk about the possibility of human extinction in order to expand the window of acceptable discourse on climate change and ecological collapse but we also acknowledge that this is not only about our species and that the web of life is intricately interconnected. In a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences(PNAS), scientists mention that there already exists a 1 in 20 chance that the 2.2 trillion tons of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere could cause an existential warming threat. This “fat tail” scenario would mean the world experiences “existential/unknown” warming by 2100 — defined in the report as more than 5 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. We cannot afford to run that risk. As one of the scientists who wrote the paper comments, “How many of us would choose to buckle our grandchildren to an airplane seat if we knew there was as much as a 1 in 20 chance of the plane crashing? With climate change that can pose existential threats, we have already put them in that plane.”

8. Does Extinction Rebellion see itself as potentially the next platform for radical environmentalist campaigning in Britain?

We want to break new ground within campaigning and show to radical people internationally that it is possible to have an ‘impossible’ plan and carry out a rebellion, however small or large. We want to contribute to prototypes which have been tested and share our experiences of running them. Western ‘democracies’ are in a state of degradation and with fascism on the rise we need to find tools to create a truly democratic system.

9. How can people find out more information, get in contact and/or involved?

The most frequently updated source on the Extinction Rebellion is currently our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ExtinctionRebellion/ or you can email us at extinctionrebellion@gmail.com Rising Up! also has a website: https://risingup.org.uk/

10. If you were to sum up the ethic/message of Extinction Rebellion, what would it be?

It is about asking ourselves what we do with our lives as human beings at a time when we are destroying the web of life, to be telling the truth and acting accordingly and following our moral duty to rebel against this destructive system even though all hope might be lost.

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UK scientists risk prison to urge action. #ClimateStrike #ExtinctionRebellion #auspol #qldpol #nswpol Demand #ClimateAction #ClimateChange is now a #ClimateEmergency #Insiders #QandA

A group of British scientists and their supporters is willing to risk a prison term to press governments to tackle climate change and environmental crisis.

By Alex Kirby

Alex Kirby is a former BBC journalist and environment correspondent.

He now works with universities, charities and international agencies to improve their media skills, and with journalists in the developing world keen to specialise in environmental reporting.

LONDON, 31 October, 2018 − A growing number of British academics, writers and activists say they are ready to go to prison in support of their demands for action on the environment.

Scientists are not normally renowned for their political activism, and the UK is hardly a hotbed of determined and risky protest against its rulers. But, if this group of nearly 100 British scientists and their backers is right, all that may be on the brink of changing.

Today sees the launch of ExtinctionRebellion, which describes itself as an international movement using mass civil disobedience to force governments to enter World War Two-level mobilisation mode, in response to climate breakdown and ecological crisis.

The group is launching a Declaration of Rebellion against the UK government “for criminal inaction in the face of climate change catastrophe and ecological collapse” at the Houses of Parliament in central London.

“We need ExtinctionRebellion as part of the mosaic of responses to the extremely precarious situation we now find ourselves in”

From today it promises “repeated acts of disruptive, non-violent civil disobedience” if the government does not respond seriously to its demands, and says “there will be mass arrests.”

“Now is the time because we are out of time.

There is nothing left to lose.”

Children all over the planet are organising a walk out to Demand Climate Action

The group’s demands include the declaration by the UK government of a state of emergency, action to create a zero carbon economy by 2025, and the establishment of a national assembly of “ordinary people” to decide what the zero carbon future will look like.

Based on the science, it says, humans have ten years at the most to reduce carbon dioxide emissions to zero, or the human race and most other species will be at high risk of extinction within decades.

“Children alive today in the UK will face unimaginable horrors as a result of floods, wildfires, extreme weather, crop failures and the inevitable breakdown of society when the pressures are so great. We are unprepared for the danger our future holds.”

Ecological crisis

On 30 October the Worldwide Fund for Nature reported that humanity has wiped out 60% of animal populations since 1970, something it says threatens the survival of civilisation. ExtinctionRebellion says the loss of species shows that “the planet is in ecological crisis, and we are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced.”

Its members say they are willing to make personal sacrifices, to be arrested and to go to prison. They hope to inspire similar actions around the world and believe this global effort must begin in the UK, today, where the industrial revolution began.

Many of the Declaration’s signatories are well-known in the academic world. They include Danny Dorling, professor of geography at the University of Oxford, and Dr Ian Gibson, who formerly chaired the Parliamentary science and technology select committee. Serving Members of Parliament who support ExtinctionRebellion include the Green Party’s Caroline Lucas.

Other backers are probably better-known for their achievements beyond science, including the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, now the Master of Magdalene College at the University of Cambridge, and the journalist George Monbiot.

Cry of desperation

Another supporter is Andrew Simms of the New Weather Institute. He told the Climate News Network: “This is almost a cry of desperation. People are bewildered. But almost every profound change in British society, from the abolition of slavery to the improvement of shipping safety, has involved people risking arrest.

“The signs I am getting from the UK government now are that it is a reckless administration putting its own people and others at risk by putting climate change virtually nowhere.

“The Declaration alone won’t bring about change: we’ll need people working practically to make change happen on the ground. But we need ExtinctionRebellion as part of the mosaic of responses to the extremely precarious situation we now find ourselves in.”

Simms, convinced that an entirely new potential for rapid societal change now exists, says: “We know what’s needed, and the resources to do it are there. ExtinctionRebellion is one example of how new ideas can spread quickly and rapid shift − and radical action − can come closer.” − Climate News Network

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Climate should be an election issue! #auspol #qldpol #nswpol #SpringSt #WApol #ClimateChange #ClimateStrike #StopAdani #EndCoal #TheDrum #QandA

The need of the hour is to make climate and the environment an election issue; and only vote to power those who grasp the gravity of the situation, and the need for urgency in climate adaptation policies

New scientific evidence suggests that the carbon dioxide levels on earth right now are the highest they have been in 15 million years.

Scientists also believe that the last time levels were this high, the sea level was about 75 to 120 feet higher than now, there were no permanent ice caps in the Arctic, there was very little ice in Antarctica and Greenland, global temperatures were 5-10 degrees Fahrenheit higher than today, and no humans were in sight.

In April, the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii found that the levels of CO2 in the atmosphere stayed at 410 parts per million (ppm) across an entire month for the first time since measurements began to be taken.

In case there was any doubt about it, this is all very bad news.

It is only a people’s revolution that can save what little of the earth there is left to preserve and protect.

Increasing levels of greenhouse gases — of which carbon dioxide is one of the most important ones — can lead to drastic changes on earth and to our life as we have known it thus far.

It is important to also keep in mind that climate crises will not occur in linear, cause-and-effect ways.

The earth’s biosphere is a complex system in which events and crises reinforce and transform one another, causing non-linear, unpredictable changes.

This means that the ecological volatility of the earth in its current state is unpredictable and doomsday could be around the corner.

The only thing we know for sure is that increasing CO2 levels will definitely lead to melting polar ice caps and an increase in sea levels.

Several island nations, such as the Maldives, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Tuvalu, are implementing adaptation strategies such as building walls around major cities and negotiating resettlement plans for entire populations with other nations.

Not only does this mean that life in its present form will be disrupted, it also means that for a large section of people from island, coastal and low-lying areas, their histories, traditions, and cultures will be lost forever. 

There is no longer any doubt that this extreme situation will almost certainly occur. But governments, corporations, and international agencies have thus far not done enough to mitigate the problem, and appear increasingly incapable of implementing effective adaptation strategies either.

Perhaps it is time for a people’s revolution to jolt the powerful out of their lethargy.

The need of the hour is to make climate and the environment an election issue; and only vote to power those who grasp the gravity of the situation, and the need for urgency in climate adaptation policies.

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School Strike For Climate November 30th #Auspol #Qldpol #NSWpol #SpringSt #ClimateChange #SchoolStrike4Climate #StopAdani #EndCoal Demand #ClimateAction for our children’s future.

We are striking from school to tell our politicians to take our futures

seriously and treat climate change for what it is – a crisis.

They can show us that they care by taking urgent action to move Australia

beyond fossil fuel projects (e.g. #StopAdani’s mega coal mine)

and get the job done of moving us to 100% renewable energy for all.

Climate change is one of the biggest problems facing the world

and it isn’t being addressed quickly enough.

In Australia, education is viewed as immensely

important, and a key way to make a difference in the world.

But simply going to school isn’t doing anything about climate change.

And it doesn’t seem that our politicians are doing anything,

or at least not enough, about climate change either.

So, as our contribution to the changes we want to see,

we are striking from school. We are temporarily sacrificing our

education in order to save our futures from climate wrecking

projects like the Adani coal mine.

Action not words!

Our planet earth is precious and can’t be replaced.

Our politicians can show that they care about our futures by treating climate change for what it is – a crisis – and taking urgent action to move Australia beyond fossil fuel projects (e.g. #StopAdani!!) to 100% renewable energy for all.

We want a safe future!

Powered by the wind and the sun, not dirty and dangerous coal and gas.

Free from extreme weather, drought, pollution and sickness.

Where everyone can enjoy our beautiful environment, clean air, clean water & a healthy Reef

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