Climate Breakdown

 

Further Info and Links


350.org


350.org: Climate Science Basics - 1. It’s warmer; 2. It’s us; 3. We’re sure; 4. It’s bad; 5. We can fix it. The last cooler-than-average month was October, 1965.


Sunrise Movement


Climate Justice Alliance


IMF: Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies - As of 5/2/19: nearly $5 Trillion.


Winning the Green New Deal - Bill McKibben calls this group of essays “the playbook for what needs to happen post-election should Biden win.”


Extinction Rebellion


Youth Climate Strike


Climate Action Tracker


House Resolution 109: Green New Deal Legislation - a non-binding resolution


Green Party Green New Deal


Green Party Platform on Energy


Climate Central: Land Projected to be Underwater by 2050


Time: Climate Change Solutions


Truthout: Climate Disruption Dispatches


Skeptical Science: How Do We Know More CO2 Is Causing Warming? - A complete, basic through advanced review of the scientific data which supports the case for Global Warming caused by man, and debunks the most often used climate myths. Here is their home page.


A Superfund for Workers - The Green New Deal will provide a ‘just transition’ for workers who lose their fossil fuel jobs so that they can retrain for new jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Renewable energy and energy efficiency industries always create more jobs than are lost when fossil fuel industries are replaced. Also see Here


Merchants of Doubt


Intercept: Oil and Water - Timeline of events surrounding Dakota Access pipeline protests, and industry/government’s increasingly violent attempts to repress them.


Scientists’ March on Washington


NASA: Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet


Ocean Scientists: Ocean Warming


ExxonKnew


Everything You Need to Know About the Paris Climate Summit and UN Talks


Frontline: Climate of Doubt - Inside the campaign to create doubt about global warming. Donors Trust, Energy & Policy Institute Report


Solar Power Rocks


"Nature cares nothing for logic, our human logic: she has her own, which we do not recognize and do not acknowledge until we are crushed under its wheels."

  1. -Ivan Turgenev


11/13/20


Weather.com: Iota Becomes Record Breaking 30th Named Atlantic Storm in One Year


11/2/20


Weather.com: Strongest Typhoon Landfall in History - T. Goni, Philippines


10/28/20


New Yorker: Bill McKibben: On Climate Change We’re Entirely Out of Margin


Ecologist: Bankrolling Extinction


10/27/20


Guardian: ‘Sleeping Giant’ Arctic Methane Deposits Starting to Release, Scientists Find


10/26/20


SFChronicle: 70,000 In Southern California to Evacuate After Blaze Grows


10/25/20


Rolling Stone: More Than 70 Science and Climate Journalists Challenge Supreme Court Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett


10/22/20


Weather.com: Colorado Wildfire Explodes in Size, Drives Hundreds From Homes


10/21/20


New Yorker: Bill McKibben: There’s Nothing Sacred About Nine Justices; A Livable Planet On the Other Hand... - McKibben demonstrates his insightfulness in the first 4 paragraphs.


10/20/20


CBS News: Colorado’s Record-Breaking Wildfires Show “Climate Change is Here Now” - The Cameron Peak fire has burned over 200,000 acres. It’s the second fire this year to be designated as Colorado’s largest ever. The first was only 7 weeks ago. Six of the seven largest fires in California have occurred this year. The August Complex fire was the first California fire to burn over 1 million acres - larger than the size of Rhode Island. Check this article for other interesting links.


10/18/20


Weather.com: Colorado’s Largest Wildfire Ever Continues to Grow


10/15/20


Reuters: Largest Wildfire in Colorado History


10/13/20


Guardian: The Great Thaw: Global Heating Upends Life on Arctic Permafrost - Photo Essay


10/11/20


NYTimes: Three Rockefellers Say Banks Must Stop Financing Fossil Fuels


10/9/20


Guardian: ‘Total Destruction’: Why Fires Are Tearing Across S. America


10/7/20


Guardian: September Breaks Global Record for Hottest Ever


Global News: How Fertilizer in Farming is Pushing Climate Change Past ‘Worse Case Scenarios’


10/6/20


CNN: The Amazon’s Frontline Defenders Are Under Siege. Where Are Their Reinforcements?


WSJ: JPMorgan Pledges to Push Clients to Align With Parent Climate Agreement


CNN: All 30 Million British Homes Could Be Powered by Offshore Winds in 2030


10/4/20


CBS News 60 Minutes: The Climate Science Behind This Year’s Wildfires and Powerful Storms - Great segment. Michael Mann: “There’s about as much scientific consensus about human-caused climate change as there is about gravity.”


10/2/20


Politico: Oil Scions Rally Wealthy Peers to Press Banks On Climate Change


9/29/20


Weather.com: Oil Covers Perdido Key, Florida In Wake of Hurricane Sally - More than likely from the Deepwater Horizon spill. Samples have been taken to determine the source, but I doubt there will be any follow up. BP got off the hook with a fine equal to 6 months of operating cash flow and 15 years to pay it.


9/28/20


New Yorker: Biden Can Rise to the Challenge of Our Climate Emergency - I doubt it, but here’s hoping. On the one hand there is his $2 trillion climate plan, but on the other, the party refused to include a plank in the platform that would have even slightly reduced subsidies to fossil fuel companies, now at $5 trillion per year globally. But that’s just Democrats for you. They are the lesser of two evils so they can get away with a lot.


Sacramento Bee: ‘Is This Ever Going to End?’ New Round of Blazes Rattles Wildfire-Weary Californians


9/16/20


New Yorker: Bill McKibben: In a Historic Wildfire Season, It’s Time to Follow the Lead Young Campaigners


9/15/20


Guardian: Firefighters Pushed to the Limits as Unprecedented Infernos Rage Across US West Coast


9/14/20


Reuters: Burned Jaguars, Fire Tornadoes: Blazes in Brazil Wetland Deliver Climate Warning


9/12/20


Guardian: As Fires Burn The West, Top Democrats Stay Quiet on Climate Breakdown - Pelosi, Feinstein both mumble when asked about the Green New Deal. Despite Biden’s $2 Trillion climate plan, he refuses to ban fracking. The DNC dropped the demand to end fossil fuel subsidies from its platform, and refused to stage a climate change debate during the nominating process. Only watch what they do.


9/11/20


Nature: The Arctic is Burning Like Never Before - And That’s Bad News for Climate Change


Weather.com: 500,000 Oregonians Forced to Flee Their Homes


9/10/20


Guardian: US Wildfires Could Spark Financial Crisis, Advisory Panel Finds - Declining home values, rising insurance premiums, or loss of coverage entirely causing a wave of defaults. That coupled with decreasing tourist revenue could reduce local and state government revenues and hurt municipal finances, in turn causing bond defaults. This could damage banks, mortgage holders and markets where they are traded. Loss of insurance coverage and lowering real estate values in coastal areas could exacerbate this housing crisis.


Climate catastrophes can make investors aware of risks not priced into markets, the report said, and this can “trigger a disorderly repricing of assets, which could have cascading effects on portfolios and balance sheets and, therefore, systemic implications for financial stability”. “...a systemic crisis in slow motion.”


Guardian: Western Wildfires in Pictures


9/9/20


NOAA: Summer 2020 Ranked As One of the Hottest on Record for the US


CBS News: CA Wildfires Have Already Burned 2.2M Acres - This is a record, fueled by record breaking heat, and wildfire season is far from over. 2000% increase in acres burned over 2019 on this date. 121 degrees on 9/6 in Woodland Hills, a record for the town and for any suburb of LA. CA governor reiterates the need to tackle climate breakdown.


NYTimes: Federal Reserve Warns of Financial Havoc From Climate Change - CFTC: “A world wracked by frequent and devastating shocks from climate change cannot sustain the fundamental conditions supporting our financial systems.”


Risks:

Insurance companies will withdraw from markets on all properties subject to fire, drought, flooding, hurricanes - essentially the entire USA.

Property values will drop quickly and substantially. Then municipal property tax revenues will drop and they will be unable to service their debt obligations (bonds). This will throw the financial and commodities markets into turmoil. Pension and retirement funds will dry up and be unable to pay benefits.


Concrete solutions:

Put a price on carbon emissions. Reverse the Labor Department rule that forbids retirement fund managers from considering environmental consequences of their recommendations. The Financial Stability and Oversight Council should incorporate climate risks in its annual report and communications to Congress. The Federal Reserve and other major financial regulators should join international coalitions that focus on climate threats. Financial regulators should roll out a climate risk stress testing program such as the ones under development in Britain and elsewhere in Europe. The SEC should strengthen its existing requirements that publicly traded companies should disclose risks to their bottom lines associated with climate change.


9/6/20


Reuters: CA Governor Declares State of Fire Emergency in 5 Counties


9/2/20


Guardian: California Braces For Record Heat Even As Wildfire Smoke Keeps Windows Closed


Democracy-NOW: Pandemic Adds to Fossil Fuel Glut, COVID Relief Money Flows to Big Oil - This interview is a summary of the numbers presented in Juhasz’s article in Sierra Bailout which outlines how the Rethugs used PPP (part of the CARES Act) as a trojan horse to funnel up to $7 Billion to the fossil fuel companies - and did not use it to save jobs. The CARES Act also contained $3 Billion in tax loopholes for giant oil companies (and industry which already is getting $5 Trillion annually in tax subsidies world wide).


Also worth pointing out that BlackRock is the main broker/conduit of this money. But back in January BlackRock held a major press conference announcing that they were divesting from all fossil fuels.


9/1/20


Taylor & Frances Online: The Appallingly Bad Neoclassical Economics of Climate Change


8/26/20


New Yorker: Bill McKibben: On Climate Change, We’ve Run Out of Presidential Terms to Waste


Guardian: ‘Wake-up Call’: Wildfires Tear Through Drought Plagued Four Corners


8/25/20


Senate Democrats’ Special Committee on the Climate Crisis - The last chapter, “Dark Money”, is a collation of all known data about political-influence-buying of the fossil-fuel industry.


8/24/20


Sierra: The End of Oil is Near


8/23/20


Guardian: California Wildfires: Trump Declares Major Disaster As State Braces for Worsening Conditions


8/22/20


Inside Climate News: California and Colorado May be Part of a Climate-Driven Transformation of Wildfires Around the Globe - As temperatures climb, evaporation causes extreme aridity. That combined with lack of rainfall and early disappearance of snow pack has caused a year-round wildfire season in major portions of the West.


8/21/20


Reuters: Firestorms Displace Tens of Thousands in California


8/20/20


Guardian: Revealed: How the Gas Industry is Waging War Against Climate Action


8/19/20


NYTimes: Fires, Blackouts, a Heat Wave and a Pandemic: California’s ‘Horrible’ Month


8/18/20


Guardian: Plastic Pollution in Atlantic At Least 10 Times Worse Than Previous Estimates


HuffPost: Democrats Drop Demand to End Fossil Fuel Subsidies From Party Platform - This is Tom Perez, Neera Tanden, Nancy Pelosi, etc., the same group that gave us Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden instead of Bernie Sanders and AOC. Back stabbin’ sons a bitches!!! But that’s just what Democraps do. Never listen to what they say and Never Forget!


MSN: Record-Crushing Heat, Fire Tornadoes and Freak Thunderstorms in the West


8/17/20


ABC News: Record Breaking Heat and Fire Danger in the West, Mid-Atlantic Flood Risk in the East


8/7/20


Intercept: Biden’s Climate Advisers Reveal More Than His Proposals Do - His $2T climate plan will become a repeat of Obama’s neo-liberal promises in 2008 which eventually morphed into ‘All of The Above’. But it sounded better than McCain/Palin’s ‘Drill Baby Drill’.


Weather.com: Town in Kent, England Falling Into the Sea


7/27/20


Public Accountability Initiative: Fossil Fuel Industry Pollutes Black and Brown Communities While Propping up Racist Policing


Guardian: How the Global Climate Fight Could be Lost If Trump is Re-elected


7/22/20


Reuters: Green Energy Ratchets Up Power During Coronavirus Pandemic


7/15/20


Weather Channel: Great Lakes Are At Record Warm. Here’s Why That Matters


7/14/20


NYTimes: Biden Announces $2 Trillion Climate Plan - More bait and switch by the Democraps.


Guardian: Methane Rises to Highest Level on Record


7/13/20


NOAA: June 2020 Tied as Earth’s 3rd Hottest on Record


7/12/20


Guardian: Officials Warn of Health Risks as Heatwave May Break Records in the Southern US


7/10/20


Democracy-NOW: Supreme Court Upholds Tribal Sovereignty in Oklahoma - Another huge blow to oil/gas pipelines who want to build in Native American land. Keep it in the ground.


7/9/20


CarbonBrief: Global Warming Edges Closer to Paris Agrement 1.5C Limit


7/8/20


Reuters: End of an Era? Series of US Setbacks Bodes Ill for Big Oil, Gas Pipeline Projects - Atlantic Coast Pipeline abandoned. Dakota Access shut down. KXL halted. 3 major victories for the planet in the space of 2 days. Pretty cool.


6/15/20


Reuters: Democratic Party ‘Irked’ By Council’s Insurgent Climate Plan


Clean Technica: Defending 100% Clean Power: An Energy Efficiency Approach - From the article:

Our energy and ecological crises are as much problems of waste and overconsumption. The US is the most wasteful society on the planet. We produce 3 times as much CO2 per capita as the French.

Since 1990, Germany’s population has grown by about 5%, or 4 million people. Germany’s real incomes have also increased, and Germans have access to free education, universal and very good healthcare, a flexible transport system, luxurious vacation time, and a strong labor market. Germans work almost 25% less than Americans and less than almost anyone else in the developed world (Germany’s best-kept secret). While maintaining this extraordinary quality of life and extending it to more people, Germans have cut carbon emissions by 1/3. Only to a modest degree was this through renewable energy.

...this cut came from improvements in all sectors of the economy as government policies imposed high costs on waste and as people became more responsible and thought about their actions in ethical terms. This is what success looks like, and as more countries take this path, it becomes easier for everyone as market forces, technological development, and innovation spread across borders.”


6/10/20


Inside Climate News: Q&A: A Human Rights Expert Hopes Covid-19, Climate Change and Racial Injustice Are a Wake-Up Call


6/1/20


CBS: With More Species At Risk of Extinction, Scientists Warn of “Biological Annihilation” - A 6th mass extinction event? The Anthropocene?


5/28/20


Weather.com: Zombie Fires Reignite in Artic


5/24/20


EuroNews: Why Destroying the Planet Is Bad For Our Health And What We Can Do About It


5/22/20


Inside Climate News: New York’s Use of Landmark Climate Law Could Resound in Other States


5/21/20


NYTimes: The End of Meat is Here - From the article: “If for a single year the government removed its $38-billion-plus in props and bailouts, and required meat and dairy corporations to play by normal capitalist rules, it would destroy them forever. The industry could not survive in the free market.”


Weather.com: Michigan Dam Break Victims Told It Could Be Days Before They’re Allowed to Return Home


5/20/20


Weather.com: Hurricanes Getting Stronger Due to Climate Change


Wunderground: Aging Dams, Changing Climate: A Dangerous Mix - From the article: The Tittabawassee River crested at about 1 foot higher than the previous all-time record. The dams meant to contain this flood were built 95 years ago. Only about 5% of US flood policies are from the private sector and the vast majority of US homes are not covered by any form of flood policy.


It appears that 500-year floods are now occurring several times per year. Donald Trump says it’s all just a hoax.


5/19/20


Visual Capitalist: How Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Can Help Transition to Clean Energy


5/11/20


ESG: JP Morgan Chase Removes Former Oil Boss From Lead Director Roll


5/6/20


Weather.com: 3 Major Fires Burning in Florida Panhandle - drought-stricken area...Interstate 10 closed...1,100 homes threatened,...at least 18 structures destroyed or damaged


5/1/20


Weather.Com: Heat Wave Shifts to Southern Plains After Smashing Records in the Desert Soutwest


4/25/20


WUnderground: Earliest Tropical Depression On Record in E. Pacific


4/22/20


Guardian: This Earth Day We Must Stop the Fossil Fuel Money Pipeline


Democracy-NOW: Bill McKibben On Earth Day


Guardian: Climate Strikes Continue Online


4/20/20


Rolling Stone: Big Insurance is Climate’s Quiet Killer


4/19/20


Intercept: Africa’s Exploding Plastic Nightmare


4/16/20


WUnderground: Longterm Mega-Drought in Western US


4/15/20


Guardian: Major Blow ti Keystone XL Pipeline as Judge Revokes Key Permit


4/14/20


WUnderground: Earth’s Second Warmest March, and Second Warmest Year To Date


4/10/20


WUnderground: Major Severe Outbreak is Looming


4/9/20


Yes Magazine: How the Climate Change Generation Is Redefining Community


4/5/20


WUnderground: Tropical Cyclone Harold Barrels Into Vanuatu With Winds of 145mph


4/1/20


WUnderground: Gulf Coast and Mexico Hottest March On Record


3/30/20


Guardian: Czechs Get to Work Making Masks After Government Decree - This is how to ‘flatten the curve.’


3/27/20


Guardian: Trump Administration Allows Companies to Break Pollution Laws During Coronavirus Pandemic


Guardian: Scientists Find Bug That Feasts on Toxic Plastic


3/23/20


CleanTechnica: The Largest Ecosystems On The Planet Could Collapse in a Single Lifetime, Study Finds - The study.


3/22/20


Inside Climate News: Locust Swarms, Some 3 Times the Size of New York City, Are Eating Their Way Across 2 Continents


3/20/20


W Underground: Another Spring of Heightened Flood Risk


3/16/20


W Underground: US Precipitation 1901 - 2019: A Decade-By-Decade Look - Region by region look shows all regions - except the SW - are getting more precipitation, with the latest decades getting progressively more.


3/11/20


Guardian: Polar Ice Caps Melting Six Times Faster Than in 1990’s


3/9/20


Intercept: The Climate Movement Doesn’t Know How to Talk With Union Members About Green Jobs - The message they should hear: “...guarantee that every worker in the fossil fuel economy holds onto the standard they have, as we raise millions more into standards like that, by putting a front-line priority on unionizing the jobs in the clean economy... in the United States the same corporations that have been destroying the planet have collaborated to make it so that most American workers no longer have good, unionized jobs...In New York, the unions won a far-reaching climate agreement to shift half of New York State’s total energy needs to wind power by 2035. They did it by moving billions of subsidies away from fossil fuels and into a union jobs guarantee known as a project labor agreement.


Guardian: If Jeff Bezos Really Wants to Fight the Climate Crisis, He Should Just Pay His Taxes


3/5/20


Guardian: This Winter in Europe Was Hottest On Record By Far, Say Scientists


Guardian: ‘Individual Actions Do Add Up’: Architect of Paris Climate Accords on the Climate Crisis - “She lists the possible benefits: stronger economies, energy independence, a livable environment, breathable air, less time wasted commuting, improved health, an increased connection to nature. #StubbornOptimisim


3/4/20


W Underground: Deadly TN Tornado Confirmed as a Rare EF4


W Underground: Tennessee Tornado Death Toll Rises - 25 dead, at least 20 missing, severe storms and flooding continue throughout the South.


2/29/20


Guardian: Where Do the 2020 Democratic Candidates Stand on the Climate Crisis?


2/19/20


MSN: Jackson Homes Flooded as Pearl River Goes Higher


Guardian: Storm Dennis: Flood-Hit Communities Brace for More Rain - Rivers Wye and Severn have already broken all-time records.


2/18/20


Guardian: Survey: America’s ‘Recycled’ Plastic Waste Is Clogging Landfills


2/17/20


Weather Underground: Flooding at Record Levels in Iceland and British Isles - Lowest surface pressures ever recorded for this part of the world.


2/16/20


Reuters: Mississippi Braces for Floods As Pearl River Hits 37-Year High Water Mark


2/13/20


Weather Underground: Last Month Was Warmest January Ever - July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded on earth. June 2019 was the hottest June ever. 2019 was the second wettest year in US history. The past 5 years have been the hottest 5 ever. 9 of the hottest 10 years have occurred in the last 10. 20 out of the last 22 years have been the hottest on record.


2/7/20


Guardian: Antarctica Logs Hottest Temperature Ever: 65 F


2/6/20


Common Dreams: NYC Announces Bans New Fossil Fuel Projects


Guardian: 10 US Oil Refineries Exceeding Limits For Cancer-Causing Benzene - “Studies have shown that populations living around refineries, often people of color and low-income, have worse asthma”


2/1/20


Guardian: “These Fires Have Changed Us”


1/27/20


Inside Climate News: Caught Off Guard: The Southeast Struggles With Climate Change


1/20/20


Charleston Post and Courier: Facing Dire Climate Threats, Charleston Has Done Little to Reduce Its Carbon Footprint


1/15/20


Guardian: Climate Emergency: 2019 Was Second Hottest Year on Record and Here - Also the second wettest year on record. June 2019 was the hottest June ever.


The past 5 years have been the hottest 5 years ever.


9 of the hottest 10 years have occurred in the last 10.


20 out of the last 22 years have been the hottest years on record.


At 410 ppm, CO2 in the atmosphere is at its highest level in 3 million years, since the Pliocene epoch when seas were 60 ft. higher than today.


The Arctic is nearly ice free. The last time that happened was at least 125,000 years ago.


Because of climate change, wildfires are becoming more frequent, more deadly and they are burning larger areas.


The latest 9/19 IPCC report concludes that 100 year floods will soon occur every year.


The US Defense Dept. has started planning to deal with civil unrest caused by increasing numbers of climate refugees. See DOD 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap.


Since 2004, hurricanes have become more lethal in terms of fatalities and devastating in terms of cost of damages, and Here.


The last cooler-than-average month was October, 1964.


I think I see a trend.


Guardian: BlackRock Divests From Fossil Fuel Investments - Bill McKibben: “This is the biggest pot of money in the world and until today, its leaders have refused to acknowledge the biggest thing happening on the planet – the accelerating rise in temperature. So it indicates that the facts on the ground of the climate crisis are so grave that no one can turn away, and that activist pressure has reached a point that even the richest companies are not immune.”


1/14/20


NBC News: Scientist Warning: After Australia the Erratic Weather Phenomenon Could Become the New Reality


1/12/20


Weather Underground: Sprawling Storm Turns Deadly With Tornadoes, Flooding and Downbursts - From Texas to the Carolinas.


1/8/20


WUnderground: Year of the Flood: 2019 Was the Second Wettest Year on Record


Guardian: Louisiana Greenlights Huge Pollution-Causing Facility in ‘Cancer Alley’ - Another example of making minorities and the poor breath and drink poison so corporate execs can become even more filthy rich.


Inside Climate News: In Australia’s Burning Forests, Signs We’ve Passed a Global Warming Tipping Point


1/7/20


Guardian: Louisiana Greenlights Huge Pollution-Causing Plastics Factory in ‘Cancer Alley’


Guardian: Bots and Trolls Spread False Arson Claims in Australian Fires ‘Disinformation Campaign’ and Police Contradict Claims Spread Online Exaggerating Arson’s Role in Australian Bushfires and NYTimes: How Rupert Murdoch is Influencing Australia’s Bushfire Debate and FactCheck: Setting the Record Straight on Climate Change and Arson in Australia’s Bushfires


1/2/20


NYTimes: ‘It’s Going to Be a Blast Furnace’: Australia Fires Intensify


NBC News: Another State in Australia Declares Emergency - “Forecasts indicate that the situation will only get worse.”


Climate Change 2019