Climate Breakdown 2018



MoJo: We Need to Talk About Palm Oil - 300 football fields per hour of tropical rainforest is cleared for palm oil cultivation. Tropical rainforests are the most effective carbon sinks that we have right now. Sodium lauryl sulphate, stearic acid, palmitate produced by companies that had previously made the ‘no deforestation’ pledge (Nestle, General Mills, Kellogg, Colgate-Palmolive, PepsiCo) are the primary culprits still driving the deforestation. Palm Oil is not going away. The trick will be to patronize companies that not only pledge to, but are in fact using only sustainable palm oil (CSPO). Here’s a handy scorecard.


MoJo: Dealing With Climate Skeptics Like Your Uncle Pete - “For many skeptics or contrarians like Uncle Pete, the climate change issue is not a science topic at all. For Pete, it is simply an opportunity for the government, and liberals and environmentalists, to make rules and regulations, to interfere with markets, and to diminish the personal freedom of individuals. For Pete, it is just one more way for the authority of the state to control the lives of citizens. This view has nothing to do with science, and no argument based only on science can change it.”

But if we do nothing, as per the Department of Defense (see entry 0f 10/13/14): “Vast numbers of people will become environmental refugees, and we will see the destabilization of governments, especially in failed and failing states. In wealthy and powerful countries, like the United States, governments coping with severe climate change will surely have to act forcefully, including using emergency powers, as in wartime, to preserve order and to minimize chaos and damage. Ironically, in my view, doing nothing about climate change, Uncle Pete’s preference, is thus likely to force governments to do exactly what Uncle Pete fears most: seize power and limit freedoms. Doing nothing is a disastrous policy option.”


The Hill: Poll: 80% of Registered Voters of Both Parties Support Green New Deal


WSJ/NBC Poll: 2/3 of Americans Believe Action Is Needed on Climate Change

NBC News: Storms Shatter Records in the East, Create Massive Waves in the West


Truthdig: A Radical Plan to Fund the ‘Green New Deal’ - For the record, Here’s where the term and the concept originated.


Democracy-NOW: Ex-Maldives President: “We Are Not Prepared to Die”


Reuters: Reuters/Ipsos Poll: More Americans View Climate Change as ‘Imminent Threat’


Democracy-NOW: Trump Energy Adviser Runs Away When Questioned at UN Climate Summit


UK Guardian: World’s Largest Investors: Tackle Climate Change or Face Financial Crash


NYTimes: The Planet Has Seen Sudden Warming Before. It Wiped Out Almost Everything. - We are on the verge of a mass extinction event.


Frontline: Camp Fire Children Face Trauma of Climate Change at Home, School - The latest wave of climate refugees. From Hurricane Katrina, to H. Harvey, Maria, Sandy, Matthew, Typhoon Haiyan, and the California wildfires, the count of these refugees to continues to mount.


UK Guardian: Trump On His Own Administration’s Climate Report: ‘I Don’t Believe It’


World Resources Institute: National Climate Assessment: US Climate Action Can Avoid Tens of Thousands of Deaths, Hundreds of Billions in Damages Annually


UK Guardian: Climate Change ‘Will Inflict Substantial Damage on US Lives’ - Volume II of the Fourth National Climate Assessment

Reuters: US Report to Detail Costs of Climate Change as Trump Plays Downplays Threat

UK Guardian: Brazil Records Worst Annual Deforestation In a Decade


UK Guardian: Indonesia: Dead Whale Had 1,000 Pieces of Plastic in Its Stomach


Truthout: Climate Change is the Product of How Capitalism “Values” Nature -


Democracy-NOW: Climate Scientist Who Fled CA Wildfire: We’re Going to Keep Paying This Price If We Ignore Climate Change - As the death toll continues to rise, calls for transition to 100% renewable. And it’s possible right now. There are no excuses.


UK Guardian: ‘Only Bones and Fragments’: California Wildfire Toll Reaches 25


Market Watch: Federal Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline


UK Guardian: California: Tens of Thousands Evacuated as Wildfire Explodes in Size - Hell in Paradise.


Science Alert: Scientists Develop Liquid Fuel That Can Store the Sun’s Energy for Up to 18 Years - Another giant step forward in weaning us off of fossil fuels. This technology probably won’t be commercially available for about 10 years, but remember we have already solved the storage problem, so don’t let anybody tell you that 100% renewables are not a stable and dependable source of energy right now. With enough political will, we could be entirely fossil fuel free very quickly.


NYTimes: Venice Flooding Is Worst In a Decade, At Least 11 Dead


Reuters: Ocean Shock: The Planet’s Hidden Climate Change - Animals are the new climate refugees. Humans are soon to follow. Interesting stats and videos.


Reuters: Children, Activists Rally in Support of Climate Change Lawsuit - The Justice Dept. argues that there is no right to “a climate system capable of sustaining human life.”


Democracy-NOW: Trump Admin Opens Up Alaska for Drilling


UK Guardian: As the Fracking Protesters Show, A People’s Rebellion is the Only Way to Fight Climate Breakdown


Gizmodo: Here’s Where Future Water-Wars Will Be Fought

The Hill: Dems Damp Down Hopes for Climate Change Agenda - Dems are never going to do this, just like they will never be a part of Single Payer. These are just slogans that they forget as soon as the campaigns are over and they start taking oil industry money again.


UK Telegraph: Japan Plans to Flush Fukushima Water ‘Containing Radioactive Material Above Permitted Levels’ Into the Ocean


CBS News: Hurricane Michael Makes Landfall As a Cat 4, Worst Storm to Hit FLA Panhandle in Recorded History

UK Guardian: Hellfire: This is What Our Future Looks Like - This past July 26, a firenado, and Here, spun out of the Carr Fire and destroyed an entire subdivision. This is the story.


NBC News: “Extremely Dangerous” Hurricane Michael Strengthens to Cat 4 - ...could be the strongest storm ever to hit Florida panhandle.


UK Guardian: IPCC: We Have 12 Years to Limit Climate Change Catastrophe - The 1.5 degree C target is affordable and feasible, but 12 years from now it won’t be. Pathways to a achieve the 1.5 goal: reforestation, shifts to electric transportation, carbon capture, cut carbon pollution by 45% by 2030 and 100% by 2050,  increase in carbon costs, with the proceeds going back to the people instead of the fossil fuel companies (essentially the same as that proposed by James Hansen). The only question is political will.

The IPCC report is Here and Here.

Yes: How to Get Carbon Free in 10 Years

Sydney AU Morning Herald: Radical Action Needed to Save Great Barrier Reef


Socialist Alternative: Hurricane Florence - Global Warming Fuels Destruction - Second 500-year storm in 2 years.


Halifax Chronicle Herald: Storm Warnings: Thanks to Slowing Gulf Stream, Weather is Getting Rougher - Warmer ocean water = more intense hurricanes as more water and heat evaporate into warmer air, and more floods, heatwaves and droughts inland. And yet the people remain quiet while fossil fuel companies make more $Billions and politicians line their pockets.


Mother Jones: Rising Seas Could Cause a Mass Migration of Americans Seeking Higher Ground


Reuters: Scientists Voice Opposition to Weakening of US Endangered Species Act


UK Guardian: NASA Launches Satellite to Precisely Track How Earth’s Ice is Melting

UK Guardian: Millions of Dead Chickens and Pigs Found in Hurricane Floods


Reuters: A Year After Deadly Maria, Puerto Rico Still Struggles With Aftermath - ...mostly due to the dishonesty of Goldman Sachs in 2007 and Here. Trump is still disputing the death toll which the New England Journal of Medicine (table S4), has estimated the number at 4,645.

Reuters: Hurricane Raises Questions About Rebuilding Along North Carolina’s Coast - Rebuilding on the Atlantic Coast, after repeated hurricane destruction is denying reality. A 2010 study prepared by NC Coastal Resources Commission indicates that sea levels could rise over 3 feet by 2100. But coastal residents say that’s too ‘theoretical.’ Who pays the cost of keeping these people in their sea side homes?

Reuters: A Year After Deadly Maria, US Housing Funds on Way to Puerto Rico - A year. People in E. NC already have FEMA, AmeriCorps, US Defense Dept., Red Cross working on the rebuilding.


Intercept: Hurricane Colonialism: The Economic, Political and Environmental War on Puerto Rico

UK Guardian: A Year After Hurricane Harvey, Cleanup Workers Still Unpaid

Democracy-NOW: Rev. William Barber on Brett Kavanaugh


Reuters: Hog Deaths, Manure Flooding From Florence Seen Surpassing Matthew


Reuters: Worse Flooding Yet to Come in NC


UK Guardian: ‘Wiped Out’: Philippine Region in Direct Path of Typhoon Mangkhut Counts Costs - winds at 165 mph, at least 40 killed. Do we need a Cat 6? Anybody remember Typhoon Tip or Hurricane Patricia?


CNN: Hurricane Florence: Mapping Thousands of Animal Waste Lagoons in NC

NYTimes: Hurricane Florence Live Updates - Real time updates. Track the hurricane Here. The Times has opened the paywall for coverage of Florence.


Democracy-NOW: NC Lagoons Hold Billions of Gallons of Hog Feces. Hurricane Florence May Blast That Waste Into Waterways.


Pacific Standard: Death on the Dakota Access - Two of the most deadly jobs in America: oil and gas extraction, and oil and gas pipeline builders. Here’s an in-depth examination of examples of worker deaths, and who profits. Trump, Rethug and Dem cronies are all cashing in on worker deaths.


Reuters: More than 1.5 Million People Ordered to Evacuate and Time

Democracy-NOW: Climate Change Supercharges Hurricane Florence

UK Guardian: Trump Says Hurricane Florence Will Be “Tremendously Wet” - Thank you Mr. President, or should we say Mr. Bigly Stupid.


Yes Magazine: Small Works Have Huge Power


NOAA: Summer 2018 4th Hottest On Record For US


Reuters: Storm Warning for US Gulf Coast as Potential Cyclone Nears

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NPR: Tons of Dead Fish Washing Ashore On Florida Beaches - Just to clarify this issue: The toxic algae bloom (red tide) on the west coast of Florids is ‘naturally occurring’, though with more intensity than normal. The 3 key factors that contribute to red tide are salinity, temperature and wind. Current FL conditions can be monitored here.

Blue-green algae flowing from Lake Okeechobee is affecting both coasts and inland waterways. It’s cause is nutrient pollution. The main affected areas are around the St. Lucie River/Stuart, FL to the east and the Caloosahatchee River/Ft. Myers/Cape Coral, FL to the west.


Yes Magazine: First Nations Celebrate Win Against Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion - per the Wall Street Journal: “The court’s decision “is a material negative, if not a death blow” for the pipeline project’s success, GMP FirstEnergy analyst Ian Gillies said. The (Canadian) federal government will have a harder time selling the project as a result of the court’s ruling, he said, and any timeline for construction that was previously established is now obsolete.”

Keep It In The Ground.


Reuters: Puerto Rico Death Toll Official Estimate From Hurricane Maria Rises to 2,975 - What’s sad is that this estimate comes from the same Puerto Rican Rossello administration that negotiated the massive debt load back in 2008. A much more reliable source, the New England Journal of Medicine (table S4), has estimated the number at 4,645, on top of $90 Billion in damages to infrastructure. See entry of 5/30 and 6/6. Wonder why the corporate media never cites the more accurate study.

LATimes: CA Assembly Advances 100% Clean Energy Bill


Reuters: Rising Carbon Levels Threaten Diets of Hundreds of Millions - And not only food shortages, but a planet where so many millions are climate refugees that it becomes ungovernable.


Socialist Alternative: Burning Down the State: Record Breaking CA Fires


NYTimes: Hurricane Lane, a Category 5 Storm, Closes in on Hawaii - Only the 2nd Cat 5 storm ever to come within 350 mi. of Hawaii.


NYTimes: Cost of Trump’s New Coal Rules: 1,400 Lives Per Year - per a Trump Administration study.


Intercept: Ryan Zinke Uses Climate-Fueled Wildfires to Boost the Timber Industry - And It’s Not the First Time


UK Guardian: Humans Are Pushing the Earth Closer to a Climate Cliff

Reuters: Lightning Storms Mass Over California, Oregon As Wildfires Blaze - “Initial attack resources could be overwhelmed.”

Reuters: Judge Orders Keystone XL Pipeline Review in Setback for Trump


Reuters: Evacuations, Rescues As ‘Historic’ Floods Hit Northeastern US

Reuters: Another Firefighter Killed Battling the Largest Blaze in CA History


Democracy-NOW: Meet the Two Protesters Who Confronted Interior Sec. Zinke Over Corruption and Climate Change - Zinke has faced 14 federal misconduct investigations since becoming Secretary. The most egregious are cooperating on a real estate deal with Halliburton and also the establishment of Zinke’s microbrewery, again with help from Halliburton. Zinke could make $millions on these two deals, and Halliburton stands to benefit from any federal lands that Zinke decides to open up for oil exploration. This is text-book conflict of interest, and therefore corruption.


Democracy-NOW: Experts: If We Don’t Stop Climate Change, CA Fires “Will Seem Mild In Comparison to What’s Coming” - “If Donald Trump could take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere as efficiently as he sucks oxygen out of the news cycle, the climate crisis would be solved faster than you can say 'Mexico will pay for that wall.'” “Unfortunately, even as we deal with the Trump administration’s daily cascade of corruption, crudeness, and cruelty, the clock keeps ticking and climate pollution keeps rising. But the math is merciless: If we don’t accelerate a phaseout of fossil fuels today, then the wildfires, droughts, and extreme weather events currently plaguing the planet will seem mild compared with what’s coming.”


NYTimes: Bill McKibben: Free California of Fossil Fuels - “Meteorologists are scrambling to make sense of a so-called fire tornado that lifted 39,000 feet from the fire that burned near the edges of the city of Redding, twirling for more than an hour and stripping the bark from trees.”


UK Guardian: Mendocino Complex Fire Becomes California’s Biggest Ever - Temps around 110 expected...very low humidity...gusting winds...443.4 square miles and growing


ABC News: Additional Heat Waves Head for Both Coasts - addition to the 68 large uncontained wildfires...and more severe weather headed for the Mid-West...

Reuters: Heat, Wind Pose Enduring Menace to Burning Northern California - 115 degrees and gusting winds predicted


NBC News: Record Temps in Portugal Mean Even the Beaches Are Empty


The Intercept: Capitalism Killed Our Climate Momentum, Not ‘Human Nature’ - Leave it to the NYTimes to completely absolve Big Oil and Neo-Liberalism from any blame for climate breakdown and instead blame the victims.

CNN: Animation Shows How Fast the Carr Fire is Spreading


Democracy-NOW: Climate Scientist: California Wildfires Are Faster, Stronger, Deadlier & Will Continue to Intensify


Medium: Justin Trudeau to Become World’s Newest Fossil Fuel CEO, But Not Without a Fight

Plos One: U of Hawaii Study Shows Methane Gas is Produced in Breakdown of Plastic


ABC News: Deadly Northern California Wildfire ‘Taking Down Everything in Its Path,’ Spawning Firenadoes


CBS News: Carr Fire: Raging Wildfire Northern California Turns Deadly, Forces Mass Evacuations


BBC: Japan Heatwave Declared Natural Disaster as Death Toll Mounts


Reuters: Trump Proposes Weakening of the Endangered Species Act

NBC News: Tornados Rip Through Iowa

NBC News: State of Emergency in Oregon As Wildfires Rage Across the West


ABC News: Fires and Heat in the West, Flooding and Severe Weather in the Northeast, Severe Storms in the Great Plains in Midwest - And not a single mention of climate change.

UK Guardian: Wildfires Rage in Arctic Circle


Clean Technica: Ireland Moves to Divest From Fossil Fuels


New York Magazine: ‘The Planet Could Become Ungovernable’: Climate Scientist James Hansen - Dr. Hansen: “...a carbon price going up ten dollars a ton each year reduces emissions 30 percent in ten years.

If you made the price of fossil fuels honest by including a gradually rising carbon fee, then it actually spurs the economy and increases the GNP as you shift toward clean energies and energy efficiency. It creates potentially millions of jobs...”

The Carbon Fee Study , and Here, shows that this plan would lead to a 50% reduction in carbon emissions below 1990 levels, the addition of 2.8 million jobs, the avoidance of 230,000 premature deaths due to reduction in air pollutants. These results are consistent with studies done by the Congressional Budget Office.

Dr. Hansen: “The way to spur the economy — to modernize the economy and modernize the energy infrastructure — would be to give the money back to the public. Because a carbon fee is a progressive tax, in the sense that rich people have bigger carbon footprints. So if you do give 100 percent of the money to the public, 70 percent of the public comes out ahead.”

“If you made the price of fossil fuels honest by including a gradually rising carbon fee, then it actually spurs the economy and increases the GNP as you shift toward clean energies and energy efficiency. It creates potentially millions of jobs. But you can’t get either political party to propose that.

Now there’s this group of conservative elders — James Baker III, George P. Schultz, and some economists, Ted Halstead is the one who’s trying to organize them — trying to draw attention to the fact that it actually makes sense from a conservative perspective to make the price of fossil fuels honest, gradually.”

Reuters: Drought Creates a Perfect Storm for Wildfires in US West - Some really amazing stats in this article. “We’re not calling it a fire season anymore, we’re referring to a fire year,” NIFC spokeswoman Jennifer Jones said.

Bloomberg: Exxon Quits Koch-Backed Business Group After Climate Change Row - ALEC, the shadowy lobbying group, is financed mostly with Koch money. It finally became too extreme even for Exxon. That’s pretty extreme. But apparently not too extreme for UPS.


New York Magazine: The Uninhabitable Earth - Sooner Than You Think - Highlights: “Even when we train our eyes on climate change, we are unable to comprehend its scope. This past winter, a string of days 60 and 70 degrees warmer than normal baked the North Pole, melting the permafrost that encased Norway’s Svalbard seed vault...

Arctic permafrost contains 1.8 trillion tons of carbon, more than twice as much as is currently suspended in the Earth’s atmosphere. When it thaws and is released, that carbon may evaporate as methane, which is 34 times as powerful a greenhouse-gas warming blanket as carbon dioxide when judged on the timescale of a century; when judged on the timescale of two decades, it is 86 times as powerful. In other words, we have, trapped in Arctic permafrost, twice as much carbon as is currently wrecking the atmosphere of the planet, all of it scheduled to be released at a date that keeps getting moved up, partially in the form of a gas that multiplies its warming power 86 times over.”

90% of the excess heat trapped by greenhouse gases is stored in the ocean.

“Most people talk as if Miami and Bangladesh still have a chance of surviving; most of the scientists I spoke with assume we’ll lose them within the century, even if we stop burning fossil fuel in the next decade.

Two degrees of warming used to be considered the threshold of catastrophe: tens of millions of climate refugees unleashed upon an unprepared world. Now two degrees is our goal, per the Paris climate accords, and experts give us only slim odds of hitting it. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issues serial reports, often called the “gold standard” of climate research; the most recent one projects us to hit four degrees of warming by the beginning of the next century, should we stay the present course. But that’s just a median projection. The upper end of the probability curve runs as high as eight degrees — and the authors still haven’t figured out how to deal with that permafrost melt. The IPCC reports also don’t fully account for the albedo effect (less ice means less reflected and more absorbed sunlight, hence more warming); more cloud cover (which traps heat); or the dieback of forests and other flora (which extract carbon from the atmosphere).

The Earth has experienced five mass extinctions before the one we are living through now...The most notorious was 252 million years ago; it began when carbon warmed the planet by five degrees, accelerated when that warming triggered the release of methane in the Arctic, and ended with 97 percent of all life on Earth dead. We are currently adding carbon to the atmosphere at a considerably faster rate; by most estimates, at least ten times faster. The rate is accelerating.”

7/6/18 Pope Francis Calls For People Power Ahead of Climate Summit


Inverse: Heat Maps Reveal Record-Breaking Temperatures Around the Globe - Summer just 2 weeks old, and already fires are spreading across the west at record levels, and numerous locations in the northern  hemisphere.


UK Guardian: Rising Seas: ‘Florida is About to be Wiped Off the Map


Natl. Parks Conservation Assoc.: The Gateway to Yellowstone is No Place to Mine

NYTimes: Koch Bros. Are Waging A War Against Mass Transit, And They Are Winning


Omaha World Herald: In Possible Road Block for Keystone XL, Pipeline Opponents Give Land to Ponca Tribe


Weather Channel: El Nino Watch Issued: Chance of El Nino Conditions Developing Increases During Upcoming Fall and Winter

NYTimes: Antarctica is Melting 2 X Faster Now Than It Was in 2012 - Folks who think they don’t have to worry about the effects of global warming because they’ll be dead and gone long before anything serious happens, probably need to think again.

Reuters: US Disaster-Response Force Stretched Thin As Hurricane Season Starts


Reuters: More Evacuations Ordered As Colorado Wildfire Spreads


Democracy-NOW: Naomi Klein: Deaths From Hurricane Maria Were State Sponsored Mass Killing - More than 2.5 times the number of deaths as Hurricane Katrina, and still rising. New England Journal of Medicine estimates the death toll at 4,645 (table S4). Trump told everybody how lucky they were that only 17 people died, then tossed out some paper towels and left. The average Puerto Rican was exposed to 80 days without electricity and 40 days without water. The cable news networks covered Roseanne for over 10 hours on the first day, the Hurricane Maria death toll for 30 minutes, and Fox spent a total of 48 seconds on Maria.

Puerto Rico already had a crumbling infrastructure (electricity, roads, water treatment facilities, etc.) before Hurricane Maria hit. This lack of infrastructure was caused by a deal worked out between Goldman Sachs, the politicians of Puerto Rico, Wall St. and politicians in Washington, DC. PR’s actual debt load was moderate until the crash of 2008, when already taxpayer-bailed-out Wall St. banks forced it to refinance that debt at an effective rate of 785%, and Here, and Here. Then Congress passed the PROMESA act which essentially replaced the PR government with a Washington picked Financial Control Board, the purpose of which was to force draconian austerity onto the people of PR in order to make sure that Wall St. firms reap a financial windfall. Since then, thousands of have died from the lack of access to health care, and the lack of clean drinking water. The entire population of 3.4 million suffers from lack of adequate roads and lack of communication due to cell phone outages.


Ars Technica: Judge Orders EPA to Disclose Any Science Backing Up Pruitt’s Climate Claims


Democracy-NOW: Deadlier Than Katrina & 9/11: Hurricane Maria Killed 4,645 in Puerto Rico, 70 Times Official Toll - see entry of 6/6 and

Credo: Victory: New Jersey Passes Renewable Energy Legislation

UK Guardian: Bill McKibben: Say Hello to Justin Trudeau, the World’s Newest Oil Executive - Trudeau, in his campaign for PM, “promised in his election platform to achieve an “ambitious North American clean energy and environment agreement” that would make the continent the “world’s most efficient and responsible energy producer.” Just another lying politician. He’s doing things for the oil industry that his much more conservative predecessor was afraid to attempt. Forces in Canada, including Coast Salish and other native activists,  are coalescing to resist the Kindle Morgan pipeline just as KXL protestors did in N. Dakota.


USA Today: Ellicott City: No Words to Describe the Devastation - It only took two years to exceed the devastation of the area’s previous ‘2,000 year flood.’ Meanwhile, the first named tropical storm of the year took place 5 days before the official start of Hurricane Season. And multiple tornadoes rip through the Mid-West.

NYTimes: Think the Big Banks Have Abandoned Coal? Think Again.


Truthdig: China’s Green Shift is Positioning It to Overtake US in Energy Technology and Security


AP News: Emails Show EPA Working Closely With Climate-Change Deniers


UK Guardian: Bank Faces Lawsuit Over Honduran Dam Project As Spirit of Berta Caceres Lives On


NYTimes: In Rebuke of Trump, Tillerson Says Lies Are A Threat to Democracy - Republicans are about to off-load Trump. Remember where you heard it first. ;-)

But really the hypocrisy here is mind-boggling. Tillerson worked practically his whole life for Exxon and headed it for 11 years. Exxon’s own scientists were well aware of the problems that burning hydrocarbons would cause for humans ever since at least 1968, and Here, Here, Here, when it would have been relatively easy to stem those effects. Instead, the leaders of the company chose to hide that information and even fund junk science, and Here, to make the public feel there was some sort of scientific doubt about it, and planted disinformation in the press. In terms of harmful results to the human race probably the worst lie that any corporation has ever perpetrated, and Here. Now Tillerson is talking about a “crisis of ethics and integrity,” public officials pushing ‘alternative realities,’ and ‘going wobbly on the truth.’ Amazing.

Reuters: Hundreds of Thousands Remain Without Power After Deadly Storm Pounds NE - “...ferocious storms packing fierce winds and hail battered the region, killing three people.” Storms like this will continue to get more fierce and will occur more often until we take climate breakdown more seriously.


NYTimes: CDC: Tick and Mosquito Born Illnesses Spreading Rapidly - Warmer weather (the CDC can no longer say “climate change”) has caused Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and several others to triple in recent years.


Inertia: Here’s How the Evidence Changed a Climate Change Skeptic’s Mind 


Clean Technica: China Installs Nearly 10 Gigawatts of Solar in First Qtr., Up 22% - This is the equivalent of 10 large nuclear plants in 3 months.


UK Guardian: Goldman Environmental Prize: Top Awards Dominated by Women for the First Time


Reuters: America’s Nuclear Headache: Old Plutonium With Nowhere to Go - Nuclear is not the way to go.

Democracy-NOW: Earth Day 2018: Ending Plastic Pollution in the Oceans, Land & Our Bodies

Reuters: HSBC to Stop Financing Most New Coal Plants, Oil Sands Arctic Drilling


USA Today: A Major Climate Boundary In the Central US Has Shifted 140 Miles Due to Global Warming


UK Guardian: Climate Scientists Debate a Flaw in the Paris Climate Agreement - But there is no disagreement that we need to cut carbon pollution as much as possible, as soon as possible.


CityLab: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is Big, Getting Bigger - What’s 1.6 million square kilometers, weighs 80,000 metric tons, and is three times the size of continental France? The Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP). The gyres are increasing by 8 million metric tons per year. Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour. See entry of 11/16/17.


EnviroLink: US Judge to Question Big Oil on Climate Change and Reuters - The oil companies have changed tactics. Now they are admitting that climate change is, after all, due to humans burning internal combustion engines. But how were they to know? The real question is what did they know, and when did they know it? The answer is: They knew everything by at least 1968, and Here, and Here. They’ve been lying ever since, and Here, Here, Here, and Here. We could have easily begun to change to switch to renewables back then. They are guilty of mass deception and mass murder, and Here, and Here, which is going on now and will continue for centuries to come.

Democracy-NOW: 6 Months After Hurricane Maria: Disaster Capitalism & the Fight for Puerto Rico - Another example of how the 1% love Climate Breakdown because it just creates more opportunities for profit. #GoodOldCapitalism


NBC News: Fourth Nor’Easter in Less Than 3 Weeks Could Bring 12 Inches of Snow


Halifax Herald: Offshore Drilling Too Risky for US Eastern Seaboard, But Not For Canada? - BP prepares to drill off the coast of Nova Scotia. They will drill at twice the depth of the Macondo, Deepwater Horizon well that caused the greatest man-made environmental disaster of all time in 2010.


Rolling Stone: ‘The Harms of Fracking’: New Report Details Increased Risks of Asthma, Birth Defects and Cancer - “Our examination...uncovered no evidence that fracking can be practiced in a manner that does not threaten human health.”

Reuters: 3rd Winter Storm in 2 Weeks Bears Down on New England, Snarling Travel, Interrupting Power, Closing Schools


Des Moines Register: Climate Alert: Half of Bering Sea Ice Vanishes in 2 Weeks - Temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal.


Reuters: Flood Barriers and Canceled Flights as Storm Pounds US Northeast


On Being: We Need Courage, Not Hope, to Face Climate Change

Democracy-NOW: “Freakishly Warm” Arctic Weather Has Scientists Reconsidering Worst-Case Scenarios on Climate Change


BBC: Storm Emma: UK Snow Could Reach 50cm As Conditions Worsen and ABC News: Freak Winter Storm in Europe Kills At Least 24


Reuters: US Energy Drilling Boom Could Mean $6 Billion in Federal Well Cleanups - Privatizing the profits. Socializing the costs. More #CorporateWelfare.


NYTimes: Left to Louisiana’s Tides, A Village Fights for Time - The little village of Lafitte fights for it’s life, in a state that loses about 1 football field every 48 minutes.


Mashable: It Will Be Warmer at the North Pole Next Week Than in Much of Europe


Inside Climate News: East Coast Shatters Temperature Records, Offering Preview to a Warming World

Chronicle Live: What is a Polar Vortex? The North Pole Phenomenon Set to Cause Temperatures to Plummet - The polar areas are warming about twice as fast as the mid-latitudes. This causes the temperature differences between those two areas to decrease. As the temperature difference decreases, the counter-clockwise flow of air at the N. Pole (the Polar Vortex) slows down and begins to break up, which allows the very cold polar air to escape towards the mid-latitudes causing much lower-than-normal frigid air to flow south.


Weather Underground: Retreat From a Rising Sea - “...about 79% of NFIP [National Flood Insurance Program] subsidized policies are in counties that rank in the top 30% of home values, while less than 1% of the policies are in counties that rank in the bottom 30%. Many of the subsidies are for second homes of wealthy home owners. “We subsidize their flood insurance, and when their houses are destroyed, we provide emergency relief funding to rebuild their homes. This welfare for the rich must stop...We must recognize that we do not owe anything to anyone foolish enough to build in such obviously dangerous places. Rather, we should penalize such behavior.”


Inverse: 25 Years of Satellite Data Uncover Alarming Truth About Sea Level Rise - Oooops! Better sell that beachfront cottage sooner, rather than later.


Quartz: Here’s What Happened The Last Time Living Things In Our Lakes and Oceans Died


Socialist Alternative: Blue Planet Shows Impact of Capitalist Pollution


Outside Magazine: Lisa Murkowski: Enemy #1 of America’s Public Lands


Inside Climate Change: Oil Investors Call for Human Rights Risk Report After Standing Rock


Vanadium Corp: Satellite Data Confirm Annual Carbon Dioxide Minimum Above 400 PPM


Intercept: Robert De Niro, Disaster Capitalist, Exploits Native Barbudans Over the Ruins of Hurricane Irma - He gave a great speech at the UN about standing with the “most vulnerable.” Then in private, he cooked up a deal with corrupt Antiquan politicians to steal their land from them.


Intercept: Justice Department Helped Washington State Prosecutor Target Facebook Records of Anti-Pipeline Activists


AP: Most of Mudslide-Stricken California Town Told to Empty Out - This is probably how we will end up and certainly our children and grandchildren...climate refugees or protecting our homes from other refugees, and Here, and Here.


Intercept: As New York City Declares War on the Oil Industry, The Politically Impossible Suddenly Seems Possible - NY City will divest itself of $5 Billion from fossil fuel companies and also file suit against 5 of the major oil companies for climate change damages. A good day for the planet.


CNN: Why California’s Mudslides Are So Devastating - 15 dead so far in the same area as the Thomas Fire, now California’s largest.


Intercept: Five Spills, Six Months in Operation: Dakota Access Track Record Highlights Unavoidable Reality: Pipelines Leak - Most leaks are never even reported.


Reuters: Weather Disasters Cost US Record $306 Billion in 2017 - Interesting that the MSM finally seems to have lost its reluctance to link weather disasters and their costs to global warming.


NYTimes: Trump Opens All Offshore Waters to Drilling - Ironic in the face of the current fossil fuel induced ‘Bomb Cyclone’ hitting the NE.


Science Alert: ‘Bomb Cyclone’ to Blast US Before Polar Vortex Releases Wild Cold Weather This Week - The Polar Vortex, which normally stays confined to the Arctic, becomes more volatile as the Arctic gets warmer compared to the mid-latitudes. Global warming has changed all that, contrary to Trump’s idiotic tweets.

Climate Change 2017