Climate Breakdown

 

Further Info and Links


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.


Merchants of Doubt


Green Party Platform on Energy


Scientists’ March on Washington


NASA: Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet


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


"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 Turgev


10/18/17


In These Times: Who Owns Puerto Rico’s Debt? We’ve Tracked Down 10 of the Biggest Vulture Firms - A pantheon of individuals, all associated with already US-taxpayer-bailed-out Wall St. banks, are ready to impose sadistic ‘austerity’ measures on Puerto Rico’s 3.4 million souls. These measures were devised by Rethugs and Democraps in Congress, and the PR “Control Board” was appointed by Obama. Banks like Goldman Sachs and Citibank received $1.6 Billion in fees when Puerto Rico’s debt was restructured last May. $33.5 Billion of the $74.8 Billion owed by PR is interest. And this was all BEFORE Hurricane Maria and Irma.


Democracy-NOW: As Puerto Rico Faces $95 Billion Cleanup, Expose Reveals Vulture Firms That Own Its $74 Billion Debt - Also see entry of 9/26/17 under Climate Breakdown.


Refund America Project - complete details on the Wall St. induced ‘debt crisis’ in Puerto Rico


10/16/17


Democracy-NOW: Climate Scientist on “Unprecedented Climate Conditions” Contributing to Deadly CA Wildfires - The numbers keep rising: 200,000+ acres burned, 40+ people killed, 100,000+ forced to evacuate, 11,000 firefighters, “dozens missing.” And not a word in the MSM about Climate Breakdown/Global Warming. Long, hot summers and Diablo winds cause extremely dry brush and grass which only needs a small spark to become an inferno.


10/11/17


PBS: War on the EPA - Viewers in red states were not allowed to watch this last night.


Democracy-NOW: As Deadly Wildfires Rage in California, A Look At How Global Warming Fuels Decades of Forest Fires - Now 17 deaths and 120,000 acres burned, the two largest fires are zero percent contained. Heat causes drought causes fires. The expert interviewee calculates that about half the area burned in forest fires in CA this year are due to global warming. Here is the study that shows this causal relationship.


10/10/17


Common Dreams: Deadly Wildfires Ravage California - 18 separate fires, tens of thousands forced to evacuate, 15 deaths, 100,000 acres destroyed.


10/9/17


NYTimes: California Fires Kill 10, Destroy 1,500 Buildings - 20,000 forced to evacuate their homes.


10/5/17


Credo: Sen. Merkley Destroys Trump’s Clueless EPA Nominee on Climate Science


10/3/17


NYTimes: EPA Chief’s Calendar: Fine Dining With Industries He ‘Regulates,’ But No Meetings With Public Health Advocates or Environmentalists


NYTimes: Trump, in Puerto Rico, Says Residents Should Be Proud That Only 16 Were Killed by Irma, and that It Wasn’t a ‘Real Disaster’ Like Katrina - Is this guy for real?


9/26/17


Democracy-NOW: Puerto Ricans Call for Aid Amidst Catastrophe: “We’re American Citizens. We Can’t Be Left to Die.” - During the Obama Administration, Puerto Rico was forced to sign a series of “Capital Appreciation Bonds,” which work exactly the same as payday loans. Control of the country was taken over by a ‘control board’ appointed by Obama to inflict austerity measures on the country. These loans were negotiated by the big Wall St. banks, primarily Goldman Sachs - the same exact people (Gary Cohn, Steve Mnuchin, Jay Clayton) who now serve on Trump’s cabinet. The vast majority of the money that Puerto Rico now owes is interest, not principle. They are being forced to pay an effective interest rate of 785%. Puerto Ricans are now literally starving while Wall St. “investors” make $Billions. Both Retugs and Democraps had a big hand in this and now look the other way.


9/19/17


DeSmogBlog: Here Are The Energy Companies Represented By Trump’s Nominee to Head FERC - This is just one of many Trump nominees who have clear conflicts of interest. He said he was going to “drain the swamp” of lobbyists. Instead he has placed the industry lobbyists in charge of the Federal programs they were previously lobbying.


9/18/17


Democracy-NOW: The Shock Doctrine in Effect After Hurricanes Harvey & Irma - The former head of Shell Oil is put in charge of recovery efforts in Houston. Donald Trump is using the hurricanes as an excuse to ‘ask for a speed up in tax cuts’ for the rich...but of course no carbon cuts. The corporations who caused the exponentially higher intensity of these storms should be footing the bill for restoration, but instead they will be handed $Billions more in profits. Trump is advocating for essentially bankrupting the government in order to cut corporate taxes to a nominal 15%.


So, the reason why people like Trump deny climate change is not because they have found flaws in the science. It’s because if the science is true—and it is true—then their entire (neoliberal) ideological project, which is an extremely profitable project, as we know, for the wealthy, falls to pieces, because we need to regulate. We need to tax the rich. You know, we need to build the public sphere. More importantly, we need to transform it to change where we get our energy, how we move ourselves around. We need to reinvent our cities. And there is no way that that political-economic project survives real climate action. That’s why they deny climate change. Let’s not worry about what they actually think about the science. It’s not about the science. It’s about the consequences, the political and economic consequences, of the science.”


Boing Boing: Florida Power and Light Lobbyists Made It Illegal to Use Solar Power During Outages


9/14/17


CNN: Trump Dismisses Climate Change Questions By Contradicting Himself on Hurricanes


9/12/17


Democracy-NOW: Special Report: How Decentralized Mutual Aid Networks Are Helping Houston Recover From Harvey - FEMA and the Red Cross, as usual, aren’t getting the job done, and Here. Besides the groups listed in this article, here are some others that are.


9/11/17


UK Guardian: Bill McKibben: Stop Talking Right Now About the Threat of Climate Change. It’s Here and Happening.


NYTimes: Pope Criticizes Climate Change Deniers - ...with Bible quote regarding stupid, boorish people.


9/9/17


Denver Post: Florida Governor Has Ignored Climate Change Risks, Critics Say


9/8/17


Public Citizen: A Storm of Silence - A report by this watchdog group that looks at the media’s failure to discuss climate breakdown.


NYTimes: Apocalyptic Thoughts Amid Nature’s Chaos - Right after Harvey 3 hurricanes in Atlantic basin, wildfires raging across the West, earthquakes in Mexico. You gotta wonder.


9/7/17


Democracy-NOW: Bill McKibben: “We’ve Never Had Anything Like Them” - Hurricanes, floods, drought, winds, fires...Hurricane Harvey was the worst rain event in US history, Hurricane Irma was the biggest storm ever in the Atlantic. A flash drought in the high plains has destroyed almost all crops in N. Dakota and Montana, and then the fires started across the entire region. Why not do what Denmark just did: sell its oil companies and use the money to go completely renewable by 2050.


9/6/17


IBT: Oil Companies Leaking Benzene Lobbied Against Pollution Rules - Yeah, that was just too much unnecessary government regulation.


9/5/17


CBS News: Irma Becomes Most Powerful Hurricane Ever Recorded in Atlantic Ocean


Democracy-NOW: Petro Metro: A Toxic Tour of Houston From Refineries to Superfund Sites in Wake of Harvey - Industrial sites use flooding as an excuse to get rid of toxic wastes so they don’t have to pay for removal. The corporations refuse to reveal what chemicals they are dumping. This is standard procedure for them. When the people of low-income communities who live near the plants complain of the toxins in the air and water, the MSM ignores it all. The EPA gives blanket waivers to the large corporations. That’s not really what you would call ‘regulation.’


9/1/17


Center for Biological Diversity: Nearly 1 Million Pounds of Seven Deadly Air Pollutants Released By Texas Refineries During Harvey Flooding


Houston Chronicle: Arkema Backtracks, Refuses to Provide Chemical Inventory to the Public - This is a typical procedure for companies with large amounts of poison chemicals and no way to dispose of them. Just wait for a big storm, dump everything and blame it on the weather. In today’s (lack of) regulatory environment nobody’s going to say a thing.


AJC: ‘Go’ Recommendation for Plant Vogtle Nuke Plant Heats Up Debate - When this little game is over, the 5 members of the Public Service Commission who vote to continue this boondoggle will very soon all be working for Southern Co in phone-it-in jobs for the remainder of their ‘working’ careers.


The renewables industry is about to drive the large energy suppliers out of business. Solar/wind are now cheaper per kwatt/hour to install and the intermittency problem has been solved. The potential growth in renewables jobs is multiple times greater that the puny number of new jobs cited in this article. We can and should switch over to renewables now. The technical issues have all been solved. The only thing stopping us is the bribery system we use to ‘elect’ politicians.


What this is really about is a few, already very rich corporate executives keeping their lavish salaries until they retire to their mansions in gated communities on the lake all paid for by Southern Co rate payers. And when Vogtle becomes the next Fukushima/Chernobyl the poor folks downstream and downwind will be left to shift for themselves.


This is always what capitalism does.


8/31/17


IBT: Texas Republicans Helped Chemical Plant That Exploded Lobby Against Safety Rules


Democracy-NOW: We Can’t Be Silent on Climate Change or the Unsustainability of the Capitalist System - It shouldn’t be called “climate change.” It should be called “climate breakdown.” It’s root cause is capitalism.


Capitalism “is destined to push us towards catastrophe, and unless we replace that system with a better one, with something really quite different, then it will destroy us. Instead of making us more prosperous, more comfortable, it will rip apart everything that makes our lives worth living, and result in the deaths of very large numbers of people.”


For people in the press, or people who run large corporations to open up the question of climate breakdown: “You open Pandora’s box, and you open up a discussion of whether capitalism is working. You open up a discussion of whether the political system is working. You open up a discussion of what the world’s most powerful actors, including the fossil fuel companies, are doing to the rest of the world’s people. And to go there, you put everything at risk. You put your career at risk. You put your piece of mind at risk. You put the good opinion of your colleagues at risk. To challenge everything is to become an outcast.”


“The system we have at the moment, which is about accumulation, the accumulation of capital, the continuation of growth, in a planet which does not itself grow, that system is destined to push us over the cliff.”


Common Dreams: Hell Hath No Fury Like Mother Earth Scorned - “Climate denial in the face of Harvey’s devastation is incomprehensible, ignorant and immoral.


You can’t attribute any given weather event to climate change, but human-induced climate change is making extreme weather events stronger and more frequent, more costly, more deadly. While the people in Texas and Louisiana suffer the final days of rain and begin recovery, over 1,200 people have been killed by massive floods in Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The planet is drowning in denial. Climate change is real, and needs to be addressed.”


8/30/17


Democracy-NOW: Ex-NASA Scientist James Hansen: There Is A Clear Link Between Climate Change & Stronger Hurricanes


EcoWatch: A Horrible Reminder of the Cost We Pay For Climate Denial


UK Daily Mail: Jaw-Dropping Photos of 2 Ft Waves With Whitecaps Where I-10 Used To Be


8/29/17


Yahoo/Fortune: Why Harvey Is The Worst Rainstorm in US History


DeSmogBlog: How Exxon Used the NYTimes to Make You Question Climate Science - The NYTimes has been taking money from Exxon and Mobile Oil ever since 1974 to publish ‘advertorials’ designed to look like legitimate editorials, but which are actually advertisements designed to throw doubt on climate breakdown.


8/28/17


Democracy-NOW: “The New Normal”: How Climate Change is Fueling Massive Storms Like Harvey - We are leaving a vastly degraded planet to our children and grandchildren.


Intercept: Harvey Didn’t Come Out of the Blue. Now Is The Time To Talk About Climate Change - All of the politicians that wanted to withhold government assistance after Sandy now have their hands out for Harvey relief. Prepare yourself for the ‘shock politics’ soon to come - just as we had after Katrina: “privatizing public schools and other services, weakening labor and tax laws, increasing oil and gas drilling and refining, and and flinging the door open to mercenary companies like Blackwater. Mike Pence and Here was a key architect of that highly cynical project — and we should expect nothing less in Harvey’s wake, now that he and Trump are at the wheel.


...there is a moral imperative for informed, caring people to name the real root causes behind this crisis — connecting the dots between climate pollution, systemic racism, underfunding of social services, and overfunding of police. We also need to seize the moment to lay out intersectional solutions, ones that dramatically lower emissions while battling all forms of inequality and injustice (something we have tried to lay out at The Leap and which groups like the Climate Justice Alliance have been advancing for a long time.)


It’s also a hard truth that the window for having these debates is vanishingly small. We won’t be having any kind of public policy debate after this emergency subsides; the media will be back to obsessively covering Trump’s tweets and other palace intrigues. So while it may feel unseemly to be talking about root causes while people are still trapped in their homes, this is realistically the only time there is any sustained media interest whatsoever in talking about climate change. It’s worth recalling that Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord — an event that will reverberate globally for decades to come — received roughly two days of decent coverage. Then it was back to Russia round-the-clock.”


A great 15 minute read, especially the video at the end.


8/30/17


Truthdig: The Criminals Who Amplified Hurricane Harvey Must Resign


8/26/17


Al Jazeera: Floods Kill Over 1,200 in India, Nepal and Bangladesh - 40 square miles of farmland washed away...over 2,300 square miles damaged. Jobs are dwindling and food is becoming scarce. This is monsoon season, but the intensity of these storms is unprecedented, and has been going on since April. The Indian PM rightly blames climate change. We know that global warming makes storms like this more frequent and more intense, and Here and Here. But just like with Hurricanes Matthew and Sandy, they get wall to wall cable coverage for a few days, but not one word about climate change, and then we’re back to Trump’s tweets, Russiagate and White House palace intrigue.


8/22/17


In These Times: Bill McKibben: The Unimaginable Is Now Possible: 100% Renewable Energy. We Can’t Settle For Less - The price of renewables has now dropped - and continues to drop - so low that a 100% switchover makes economic sense. The intermittency problem has been solved. There’s nothing stopping us but politicians. Germany, China, the UK, Scandinavian countries, Chile, Holland, etc. are far ahead of the US in the transition to 100% renewables. Currently more workers are employed in the US solar industry than the coal industry. The Labor Network for Sustainability is proposing a law similar to the 1944 GI bill to help displaced coal workers get re-educated and job placement. The transition will turn us all from energy consumers to energy owners.


8/13/17


Intercept: Exxon Mobile Still Pumping Toxins Into Black Community 17 Years After Civil Rights Complaint


8/11/17


Bloomberg: US Nuclear Energy’s Last Hope Seeks Help From Trump and Sierra Club - Boondoggle. This is another welfare entitlement program for execs and board members of Southern Co. and its sub-contractors, nothing more. Ratepayers are paying for all of their lavish lifestyles. Nuclear is not the answer.


8/8/17


Democracy-NOW: Meet the Senior Federal Official Blowing the Whistle on Trump’s Suppression of Climate Science


Vanity Fair: Damning Federal Climate Report Leaked Before Trump Can Suppress It


DeSmogBlog: Fraud Allegations Emerge at Troubled ‘Clean-Coal’ Plant - There is no such thing as ‘clean-coal’ and there never will be. Take that money and put it into renewables. The technology is ready to switch us over completely anytime the politicians get out of the way.


8/7/17


NYTimes: Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report - The most comprehensive climate science report to date, it includes data from thousands of studies conducted by tens of thousands of scientists. The planet is hotter than it’s been in 1,500 years, and the warming is caused by humans burning fossil fuels. Extreme weather events, floods, droughts which lead to forest fires, heat waves are all partially attributable to climate change. Of course the Trump administration is doing everything in its power to suppress the report.


UK Guardian: US Federal Department Is Censoring Use of Term ‘Climate Change’


UK Guardian: Global Fossil Fuel Subsidies Are $5 Trillion per Year - That is 6.5% of global GDP. Here’s the study. These subsidies are going to the most profitable enterprises the world has ever known, and Here, Here, Here.


8/5/17


CNN: Climate Change Induced Weather Disasters to Impact 2 Out of 3 Europeans by 2100


CBS News: Flash Floods Tear Across Arizona


8/2/17


Gulf Restoration Network: Gulf Dead Zone The Size of New Jersey - 8,776 sq. miles, the largest ever and it continues to grow.


7/31/17


CNN: Earth to Warm 2 Degrees Celsius By 2100 - ...if we do nothing.


7/28/17


UK Independent: Science Journalist Retires At 98, Warns of a Generation of Americans Who Suffer From ‘Thinking Disability’


Democracy-NOW: Meet The Two Catholic Workers Who Sabotaged the Dakota Access Pipeline - “We are speaking publicly to empower others to act boldly, with purity of heart, to dismantle the infrastructures which deny us our rights to water, land and liberty.”


7/23/17


Real News: First Six Months of 2017 Marked By Wildfires and Extreme Heat - Michael Mann draws a direct link from current models of global warming to the wildfires and heat. But he emphasizes how possible it would be for humans to change direction.


7/20/17


DeSmogBlog: Emails Show Iraq War PR Alums Led Attempt to Discredit Dakota Access Protestors - A really incredible and probably un-Constitutional coalition of government/corporate/military factions all in the service of the real god of America - Mammon and pure greed.


7/19/17


WashPo: I’m A Scientist. I’m Blowing the Whistle on the Trump Administration


7/18/17


Reuters: Windy, Dry Weather Forces 800,000 In US West To Prepare For Evacuation From Spreading Wildfires


7/16/17


Reuters: Central California Wildfire Nearly 50% Contained As Hot, Dry Conditions Persist


Reuters: Nine Killed By Flash Flooding In Arizona After Prolonged Heat and Drought


7/15/17


UK Independent: Fukushima Radioactive Waste Will Be Dumped At Sea - Nuclear power is not clean or renewable, and it’s too expensive. It’s not a solution to climate change.


7/12/17


CNN: Higher Seas to Flood Dozens of US Cities


CNN: Massive Iceberg Breaks Away From Antarctica


7/10/17


UK Guardian: Conservatives Are Again Denying the Existence of Global Warming


Popular Science: As The Arctic Gets Warmer, Our Winters Get Colder


7/8/17


CBS News: Wildfires Blaze Through the West As Record High Temperatures Peak - “Phoenix hit a high of 118 degrees Friday, breaking a 112-year record. Palm Springs, California, reached 122 degrees, one of its hottest days ever. And in Death Valley, the mercury soared to 127.”... too hot for humans, and most other species, to survive.


7/7/17


Business Insider: G20 To Press Trump to Rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement


7/5/17


Extreme Tech: Volvo: All Our New Car Models Will Have Electric Motors in 2019


6/29/17


Friends of the Earth: Sen. Cantwell Resuscitates Dirty Energy Bill - This bill would promote domestic fracking,  and the research and development of methane hydrates. While the Trump/Russia circus keeps us all occupied, this is what the fossil fuel lobbyists are pushing for.


6/26/17


Rolling Stone: Bill McKibben: How to Tell If Your Reps Are Serious About Climate Change  - “...just as physics is unlikely to be intimidated by Trump's bluster, it won't pay any heed to meaningless pledges by politicians. Physics cares about how much carbon is in the atmosphere. The time for encouraging messages of support for the climate is over – we need action. This has been a problem for years; Democrats in particular have been able to slip by with simple declarations that they "believe" in climate science. But at this point, who cares? Certainly not the swift heating planet. We need serious and immediate commitment to action.


From Abu Dhabi to Chile to Mexico to India, solar power costs less to produce than any other form of energy; across much of America, wind costs the same as or less than coal-fired power.


At the end of May, Patrick Lee, a vice president at Sempra Energy, one of the country's biggest utilities, addressed an industry gathering: "I am speaking with confidence. . . . We have a solution now to adjust the intermittency of solar and wind energy that is no longer a technology challenge. The technology has been resolved. How fast do you want to get to 100 percent? That can be done today."


6/25/17


Salon: Meet the Horsemen of Our Environmental Apocalypse - Hint: They’re all Koch Bros. toadies.


6/23/17


WashPo: Why Is China Suddenly Leading the Climate Change Effort? - The answer is: to support national economic development, gain control of their own energy infrastructure and to exploit the burgeoning industry in worldwide renewable energy technologies and become the most globally competitive country in the world based on these new markets which have just begun to open up. By the time Trump’s America catches on to the trend, we’ll all be left in the dust and probably begging the Chinese for a little more air conditioning.


6/19/17


UK Guardian: A Third Of The World Now Faces Deadly Heatwaves As A Result of Climate Change - 115 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of 2-3 hours can be fatal. Phoenix is looking at several days of 119, Palm Springs - 116, Sacramento - 107. In 2003, somewhere between 20,000 and 70,000 people died from heat waves.


6/18/17


Mashable: Record Smashing Heat Wave to Scorch the SW - These are the same temperatures that experts last year claimed would make large parts of the Persian Gulf uninhabitable.


Futurism: As Costs Plunges, Solar Power is Ready to Surpass Coal


6/17/17


National Geographic: The Melting of Antarctica - Larsen C ice shelf collapse is a harbinger of much more to come, possibly flooding coastal cities much earlier than previously anticipated.


6/16/17


Common Dreams: Newly Released Documents Show EPA Admin Pruitt Is A Fossil Fuels Puppet


Democracy-NOW: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Wins Major Legal Victory Over $3.8 Billion Dakota Access Pipeline - Chair of the Tribe comments on militarized repression and the fact that Trump owns shares in the pipeline company.


6/5/17


Vox: Experts to Trump: Climate Change Threatens US Military


New Yorker: In The Withdrawal From Paris Climate Change Agreement, Koch Bros. Come Out In The Open


6/4/17


Skeptical Science: Paris Agreement: Trump’s Climate Exit Risks US Economy, World’s Welfare


6/3/17


Futurism: An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore’s Sequel - Fight like your world depends on it.


6/2/17


USA Today: Paris Climate Agreement: Fact Checking Trump’s Speech - Renewable energy jobs far outpace carbon jobs, and the lead increases daily.


Public Citizen: Gap, Disney, Pepsi: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is - Stop Funding US Chamber and Its Bogus Climate Studies


6/1/17


UK Guardian: The Republicans Who Urged Trump to Pull Out of the Paris Deal Are All Big Oil Darlings


Vox: Trump: I Was Elected to Represent Pittsburg, Not Paris. Pittsburgh: Uh, We’re With Paris


5/31/17


ABC News: Exxon Investors Approve Climate Resolution and Inside Climate News


5/30/17


CBS News: Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant Will Close Within 2 Years


5/26/17


Reuters: Storage of Nuclear Waste Poses Threat to US


5/23/17


NYTimes: Fighting Trump on Climate, California Becomes A Global Force


5/19/17


AJC: Plant Vogtle: Georgia’s Nuclear ‘Renaissance’ Now A Financial Quagmire - The project is $3.6 Billion over-budget and behind schedule. C-level employees and members of the board, make tens of $$$millions. Consumers will bear the costs. Corporate Welfare. Capitalism sucks.


UK Guardian: Arctic Stronghold of World’s Seeds Flooded After Permafrost Melts


5/18/17


NYTimes: Antarctic Dispatches: Miles of Ice Collapsing Into the Sea - “A rapid disintegration of Antarctica might, in the worst case, cause the sea to rise so fast that tens of millions of coastal refugees would have to flee inland, potentially straining societies to the breaking point. Climate scientists used to regard that scenario as fit only for Hollywood disaster scripts. But these days, they cannot rule it out with any great confidence.”


5/17/17


Democracy-NOW: Activists Sue to Block Plans to Bury 3.6 Million Pounds of Nuclear Waste Near California Beach


International Business Times: Is There A Gas Line Near You? How Anadarko Petroleum Killed A Bill Forcing Fossil Fuel Companies To Tell You


5/16/17


Bloomberg: How A Melting Arctic Changes Everything


5/13/17


Environmental Justice TV: Trailer: Raise A Paddle - #RaiseAPaddle


5/12/17


Popular Science: Historic Floods Ravage Canada


5/11/17


UK Independent: Barack Obama Warns Climate Change Could Create Refugee Crisis “Unprecedented in Human History”


5/10/17


UK Guardian: Dakota Access Pipeline Has First Leak Before It’s Fully Operational


Good: Tool: See How Much Seas Will Rise in Your Area


4/29/17


350.org: 200,000 Demonstrate In DC For Climate, Jobs, and Justice In Sweltering Heat


350.org: People’s Climate March


Democracy-NOW: “Weekends Are For Fighting Tyranny”: 350.org’s President On People’s Climate March


UK Guardian: The American People - not Big Oil - Must Decide Our Climate Future - From the most popular politician in the USA, and the one who should have been president but was totally demolished by the Democratic Campaign Committee. Thanks Democraps!


4/28/17


Scientific American: Major Report Prompts Warning: The Arctic is Unraveling - The Arctic is warming more than twice as fast as the rest of the planet. The minimum estimates for the rate of sea level rise is now more than twice as fast as that issued by the IPCC in 2013.


4/24/17


Democracy-NOW: Hundreds of Thousands Take to the Streets Worldwide for the Global March for Science


Quartz: Four Main Reasons Deniers Change Their Minds


4/23/17


New Yorker: The Usefulness of a March For Science


4/22/17


Intercept: Why They March: “Science and Scientists Are Now Under Attack”


4/18/17


DeSmogBlog: Destroying EPA Protections Will Disproportionately Hurt Children and CNN - Yet we can spend $850 Billion per year and climbing on war corporations.


Daily Beast: Bill Nye Wants to Save the World-And Actually Thinks He Can


4/17/17


Sierra: Frontline Communities Will Be Front and Center At People’s Climate March (4/29)


Mashable: Sea Level Rise Could Send US ‘Climate Migrants’ Fleeing to Austin, Atlanta - We all like to think we will leave this world a better place than we found it. But instead, by the choices we have made, we have condemned future generations to lives as refugees from repeating, climate-induced disasters, and nobody much cares. We won’t be well regarded by them.


NYTimes: Climate Change Reroutes A Yukon River


4/14/17


DeSmogBlog: Pipeline Builders Oppose Trump’s Plan to Use American Produced Steel - Another Trump lie.


4/12/17


Mashable: We Became Scientists To Help The World. Now We Need to Take to the Streets.


4/11/17


DeSmogBlog: How a Magistrate Judge Scrapped a Pennsylvania Families’ $4.2M Unanimous Jury Judgement In A Gas Drilling Suit


4/8/17


DeSmogBlog: How the Koch Machine Pushed for the Dakota Access Pipeline and Stands to Profit


4/7/17


NYTimes: Rising Waters Threaten China’s Rising Cities - A study of the city and area of 42 million people that has more to lose from climate change than any other place in the world. China is now the world leader in the effort to slow global warming. So when Trump’s cabinet members state that the US should not have to be the world’s leader in this effort because no other countries are taking it seriously, they are lying.


4/6/17


NYTimes: Mud Erased a Village in Peru, A Sign of Larger Perils in South America - “The calamities have drawn jitters among some of the region’s leaders who believe that the rains are linked to climate change. Rising temperatures have already led to the retreat of glaciers in the Andes and large shifts in crop cycles in Peru. On Saturday, Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos, said during a visit to Mocoa that the mudslide was the latest consequence.

“We are confronting a natural disaster caused by climate change,” he said. “We need to prepare because the rains that are coming will be more intense.”

4/5/17


UK Guardian: Coalition of 17 States Challenges Trump Over Climate Change Policy


4/4/17


UK Guardian: The Latest ‘Theatrical’ House Science Committee Meeting - Sad, but some good links within the article.


4/1/17


Science Alert: Greenland’s Coastal Ice Cap Passes a Tipping Point


3/31/17


NYTimes: A Message From The End of The World - A short, and very well written message. Trump, and by extension America, is seen by other nations as suicidally stupid, blindly greedy, scientifically ignorant and monumentally arrogant.


3/28/17


Intercept: Trump Rewards Fossil Fuel Industry - He kills Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Obama’s Climate Action Plan, opens federal lands to new coal mine leasing, removes rule limiting emissions from fracking wells (methane traps 25 X more heat than CO2 and causes longer term effects). EPA Director Scott Pruitt has already removed the requirement for fossil fuel corporations to report these emissions, so how we have no idea even how much it is contributing to climate change.


3/26/17


UK Guardian: Shrinking Arctic Sea Ice Threatens Majestic Beluga Whales


3/22/17


Climate Central: Arctic Sea Ice Sets Record Low For 3rd Year and UK Guardian


3/18/17


EcoWatch: 3 Cities Prove Climate Action Works


3/13/17


Fast Company: The 100 Things We Need to Do to Reverse Global Warming - Drawdown explains.


Bloomberg: Tillerson Used ‘Alias’ Email For Climate Messages, Says AG Schneiderman


3/9/17


NYTimes: Next Threat to Fukushima: Wild Boars - ...and wolves, foxes, lynx, wild dogs, brown bears, moose, deer, rats. The boars are aggressive, not shy of humans, and have taken up residence in many homes. 13,000 boar killed last year in hunts, but it’s not even making a dent in the population. Surrounding towns fear they will soon be over-run. This is where nuclear power will take us.


3/2/17


Business Insider: EPA Stops Requiring Oil and Gas Companies to Report Methane Emissions


2/28/17


LA Times: Trump Directs EPA to Begin Dismantling Clean Water Rule


UK Guardian: Shell’s 1991 Warning: Climate Changing “At A Faster Rate Than At Any Time Since the End of the Ice Age”


WXIA: Pipeline Company Uses Eminent Domain To Plow Through Family’s Front Yard - An example of how private fossil fuel companies can use a measure that used to be reserved only for government.


2/27/17


UK Guardian: Just Who Are Those 300 ‘Scientists’ Telling Trump to Burn Up the Planet?


2/25/17


AJC: Local Green: Sabal Trail Will Only Line Corporate Pockets


2/23/17


Democracy-NOW: Days After Pruitt Becomes EPA Chief, Newly Released Emails Show His Ties to Koch Bros., Energy Firms


2/22/17


Techspot: After a Year of Use, Tesla Powerwall Systems Save 90% on Utility Bills - They pay for themselves in 8-10 years.


2/21/17


EcoWatch: Duke Study: Fracking Caused 6,648 Spills in 4 States Alone - EPA data is now totally unreliable.


CBS News: Dramatic Rescues in San Jose Floods - Don’t worry, this is just a hoax created by the Chinese.


2/20/17


UK Guardian: Expect to See More Emergencies Like Oroville Dam in a Hotter World


2/18/17


Climate Central: Wind Power Sets Record


2/17/17


Truthdig: Santa Monica Dumps Wells Fargo Over DAPL - Joining Seattle and a host of other cities that are resisting corporate domination and the Trump Administration.


2/16/17


Climate Central: This January Was the Third Warmest on Record Globally - We can’t blame it on El Nino because that has faded. Large areas of the Arctic were 9 degrees above normal for this time of year, and another wave of air 50 degrees above normal hit the Arctic this past week. 16 of the 17 warmest years have occurred since 2000. The 10 warmest years in order are: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2010, 2013, 2005, 2009, 1998 (an El Nino year), 2012, - 2003, 2006, 2007 - all tied for 10th.


2/15/17


CBS News: Antarctica Penguin Population Declining As Glacier Recedes and Ice Disappears


2/10/17


GMO Gotta Go: Texas Pipeline Spills 600,000 Gallons of Oil One Week Before DAPL Is Approved


2/9/17


Science Alert: No, NOAA Didn’t Fake Climate Change Data; The Real Story


Real News: Miami May Not Survive Climate-Driven Sea Level Rise - “May Not”??


ABC News: Cleaner Robot Pulled From Fukushima Reactor Due to Radiation - 650 Sieverts per hour. Anything over 5 Sieverts is fatal to humans.


2/8/17


Democracy-NOW: Water Protectors Call for Global Mass Mobilizations As Army Plans to Approve DXL


Intercept: Activists Plan Emergency Actions Across the Country to Protest Approval of DXL


Real News: EPA Employees Speak Out Against Pruitt and Trump’s Anti-Science Agenda


2/4/17


LA Daily News: Nuclear Officials Killed Study On Whether Reactors Pose Cancer Risk to Nearby Residents


Mashable: Trump Administration Begins Altering EPA Climate Change Websites


2/3/17


UK Guardian: Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Radiation At Highest Level Since 2011 Meltdown - Around 100 times the level required to be fatal in humans.


2/2/17


Reuters: In Peru, Droughts Give Way to Floods As Climate Change Looms


2/1/17


Seattle City Government: Wells Fargo Divestment Moves Forward - The city is divesting at the expiration of the current contract because WF is a funder of the Dakota Access Pipeline. This is a $3.5Billion hit for Wells Fargo. Republicans don’t do this. Democrats don’t do this. Well, actually one did...and the next morning, he was frog-marched off to jail.


CNN: Earth Day Picked As Date For Science March on Washington


1/31/17


Fast-Coexist: Climate Change Denying New Yorkers Will Be the Hardest Hit by Rising Sea Levels - And that irony holds true for the effects of climate change throughout the USA.


Quartz: The Future of NOAA, The World’s Largest Repository of Climate Data, Is Now in the Hands of a Climate Denier


1/30/17


UK Guardian: Here’s How We Know Trump’s Cabinet Picks Are Wrong On Human Caused Global Warming


1/26/17


Des Moines Register: Pipeline Rupture Leaks 138,600 Gallons of Diesel Fuel


1/25/17


Democracy-NOW: Trump’s Push to Build Dakota Access and Keystone XL Pipelines A Declaration of War


Reuters: Trump Tells EPA to Remove Climate Change Webpages From Website


1/24/17


Democracy-NOW: Trump Signs Executive Orders Reviving Dakota Access and KXL Pipelines


1/20/17


Popular Resistence: Public is Barred From FERC Public Meeting


1/18/17


CNN: 2016 Hottest Year on Record - Even hotter than 2015, which was the previous hottest, and 2014 which was the hottest before that. 16 of the hottest 17 years on record have occurred since 2000.


1/17/17


Reuters: Unlike Trump, Americans Want Strong Environmental Regulator


Vox: China’s War on Coal Continues - It Just Canceled 104 New Coal Plants - In answer to those who say that the US should not lead the way on climate change if other countries are not willing to go along.


CNN: Trump’s EPA Pick Took Hands-Off Approach to Environmental Crisis That Shook Oklahoma


1/13/17


USA Today: What May Be the ‘Worst Ice Storm in 10 Years’ Begins in Central US


Real News: Tillerson Refuses to Acknowledge ExxonMobil’s Efforts to Deceive the Public on Climate Change - See entry of 12/11/16.


1/12/17


VOX: How Sen. Jeff Merkley Patiently Exposed Rex Tillerson On Climate Change - “Tillerson is a “lukewarmist” on climate change. He acknowledges that carbon emissions are having a warming effect, but says we can’t predict what will happen, we can’t live without fossil fuels, and we can adapt to whatever climate change does occur.” Lukewarmists also like to say that the US should not lead the way on climate change if other countries are not willing to go along, but in fact the US has become the laggard on climate change. Even China leads the US in efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions.


1/9/16


Washington Post: Methane May Not Last Long in the Atmosphere - But it Drives Sea Level Rise For Centuries


1/5/17


Boston Business Journal: Mass. Officials Worried About Safety at ‘Overwhelmed’ Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant


1/4/17


Science Alert: An Indian Chemical Plant Has Figured Out How to Turn Its Carbon Emissions Into Baking Soda


1/2/17


Democracy-NOW: Noam Chomsky: With Trump Election We Face Human Extinction


1/1/17


Tri-City Herald: Radioactive Contamination Spreading Within Hanford Plant - Just a small portion of the overall problem with this plant, and Here, and is consistent with the life cycle of most aging nuclear plants. This is the reason that nuclear energy is a false hope.


Climate Change 2016