Alaska Governor Demolishes Climate Research by Robert Hunziker

30 July 2019 — Counter Currents

“The University of Alaska Fairbanks (“UAF”) is a hub for Arctic climate research, and a magnet for top scientists and international collaborations— and it’s in trouble.” (Source: Sabrina Shankman, A Death Spiral for Research: Arctic Scientists Worried as Alaska Universities Face 40% Funding Cut, Inside Climate News, July 19, 2019)

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Extinction Rebellion protests block London bridges

17 November 2018 — BBC

[This from the BBC. It takes acts of ‘civil disobedience’ for the BBC to report such events, when it’s about climate change. Extinction Rebellion]

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Image copyright AFP Westminster Bridge is one of the five bridges that has been blocked by protesters

Protesters have blocked off five major bridges in central London as part of a so-called “rebellion day”.

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Fossil fuel production and use exploded in the 20th century. Can we stop the flow in the 21st?

7 November 2018 — Climate & Capitalism

Book review

Of all the fossil fuels ever consumed, more than half were burned in the last 50 years

In ‘Burning Up’ Simon Pirani shows why fossil fuel consumption has grown so fast, and argues that only radical social change can prevent climate disaster now

Luke Neal is an activist who lives in Berlin.


Simon Pirani
BURNING UP
A Global History of Fossil Fuel Consumption

Pluto Press, 2018

reviewed by Luke Neal

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Greenhouse gases and mass extinctions: Speed kills

23 October 2018 — Climate & Capitalism
In past warming events, atmospheric CO2 rose too fast for many species to adapt. Today it is rising 10 times faster than at any time in 66 million years.

Katrin Meissner is an Associate Professor and Kaitlin Alexander is a PhD Candidate at the Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales. 

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A world on borrowed time Dr Andrew Glikson

24 September 2018 — CounterCurrents
Current temperature trajectories are on par with or exceed the IPCC’s dangerous projections (Figure 1). Acting as the lungs of the biosphere, over tens of millions of years the atmosphere developed an oxygen-rich carbon-low composition, allowing the flourishing of mammals. The anthropogenic release to the atmosphere to date of more than 600 Gigaton of carbon (GtC) is reversing this trend, threatening to return the Earth to conditions which preceded the emergence of modern life forms, including humans. Climate projections for the mid to late 21st century by the IPCC (models A1B and A2)  indicate mean global temperatures rising to near 3 to 4 degrees Celsius above mean 1880-1920 temperatures. Concomitantly a transient cooling occurs in high latitude oceans due to flow of cold water from melting Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. These developments would lead to un-inhabitability of large parts of the Earth and to a further rise in extreme weather events, not least from hurricanes around the Pacific Rim and Caribbean island chains.

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Climate Change — Too important to ignore!

7 August 2018 — Countercurrents

Hothouse Earth – Evidence for a demise of the planetary life support system

by

In a key paper titled “Trajectories of the Earth System in the Anthropocene“,published in the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Science (6.8.2018),a group of 17 climate and environment scientists (Will Steffen, Johan Rockström, Katherine Richardson, Timothy M. Lenton, Carl Folke, Diana Liverman, Colin P. Summerhayes, Anthony D. Barnosky, Sarah E. Cornell, Michel Crucifix, Jonathan F. Donges, Ingo Fetzer, Steven J. Lade, Marten Scheffer, Ricarda Winkelmann, and Hans Joachim Schellnhuber) have issued a stern warning to humanity  with regard to the future of advanced life on Earth (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/07/31/1810141115)

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Global Species Extinction: Humans Are Now the Asteroid Hitting the Earth By Shane Quinn

1 August 2018 — Global Research

Indigenous populations are taking the lead in protecting the environment.

The rate of global species extinction is today roughly what it was 66 million years ago, after an asteroid six to nine miles across careered into south-eastern Mexico, quickly wiping out the dinosaurs and much else. The force of the asteroid, which struck the planet at the end of the Cretaceous period, was over a billion times stronger than the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

Now, the human species is approaching the destructive equivalent of this asteroid. Due to expanding human activity, scientists estimate that each day extinction is being inflicted upon 150 to 200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal.

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Media Lens: ‘World On Fire’: Climate Breakdown

1 August 2018 — Media Lens

What will it take for society to make the deep-rooted changes required to prevent the terrifying and awesome threat of climate breakdown? This summer’s extreme weather events are simply a prelude to a rising tide of chaos that will be punctuated by cataclysmic individual events – floods, heatwaves, superstorms – of increasing severity and frequency. How long before people demand radical action from governments? Or, and this is what is really needed, how long until citizens remove corporate-captured governments from power and introduce genuine democracy?

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Mainstream Media Obscure Most Important Issues From Public Eyes By Shane Quinn

24 July 2018 — Global Research

Rather than serving public interests, the business press have sought to divert attention from the critical subjects.

As the summer moves on, the world is literally burning under intense heat due to ever worsening climate change, mainly as a result of government impotence under corporate sway. Areas near Tokyo have just experienced a record temperature of 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41.1 Celsius), with beleaguered residents fleeing to avoid the sun. Across Japan, this unprecedented heat wave has already killed dozens of people.

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China’s Determined March Towards An Ecological Civilization By Andre Vltchek

8 May 2018 — NEO

Andre Vltchek & John Cobb Jr

There is no time for long introductions. The world is, possibly heading for yet another catastrophe. This one, if we, human beings will not manage to prevent it, could become our final.

The West is flexing its muscle, antagonizing every single country that stands on its way to total domination of the Planet. Some countries, including Syria, are attacked directly and mercilessly. As a result, hundreds of thousands of people are dying.

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Over 15,000 Scientists Just Issued a ‘Second Notice’ To Humanity. Can We Listen Now? By Andrea Germanos

15 November 2017 — Common Dreams

Yikes.

Over 15,000 scientists hailing from more than 180 countries just issued a dire warning to humanity:

“Time is running out” to stop business as usual, as threats from rising greenhouse gases to biodiversity loss are pushing the biosphere to the brink.

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