Events that mark Arctic warming

The Guardian, Jeremy Plester, October 26

The Arctic is warming at an alarming rate – and if anyone was in any doubt, there was a milestone event last month that attracted surprisingly little attention.

For the first time, a cargo ship sailed without an icecutter escort through the treacherous waters of the Northwest Passage, from [...]

‘Bomb trains': A crude awakening for Richmond, Calif.

Local activists try to halt the shipment of explosive Bakken crude oil through their neighborhoods.

Al Jazeera, By Audrea Lim, October 24

Richmond, CA — The streets are quiet in Lipo Chanthanasak’s neighborhood on the outer edge of this city’s downtown core. Each of the small houses is painted a variation of beige and separated [...]

EU reaches deal on CO2 emissions cut

European Union leaders agree to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030, and set renewable energy targets.

Al Jazeera, October 24

European Union leaders have reached what they described as the world’s most ambitious climate change targets for 2030, paving the way for a new UN-backed global treaty next year.

The 28 leaders [...]

Water crisis worsens as Sao Paulo nears ‘collapse’

Bloomberg News, By Vanessa Dezem, October 22

Sao Paulo, Brazil — Sao Paulo residents, half of whom are already complaining of hours-long water shortages, were warned by a top water regulator Tuesday to brace for more severe cutoffs.

“If the drought continues, residents will face more dramatic water shortages in the short term,” Vicente Andreu, [...]

Oceans Getting Hotter Than Anybody Realized

Climate Central, By John Upton, October 5

The RV Kaharoa motored out of Wellington, New Zealand on Saturday, loaded with more than 100 scientific instruments, each eventually destined for a watery grave. Crewmembers will spend the next two months dropping the 50-pound devices, called Argo floats, into the seas between New Zealand and Mauritius, off [...]

Walrus mass in vast numbers on Alaska beach as sea ice retreats

Concern that warming climate is responsible for gathering of about 35,000 walrus in north-west Alaska.

AP, September 30

Pacific walrus that can’t find sea ice for resting in Arctic waters are coming ashore in record numbers on a beach in north-west Alaska.

An estimated 35,000 walrus were photographed on Saturday about five miles north of [...]

The Wages of Capitalism

Winston Churchill once famously said of Democracy, “Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” Oddly, he also said, “The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.”

I say “oddly,” because of Naomi Klein and [...]

People’s Climate March 2014: Massive Global Rally to Be Held Sept. 21

NYT

Latin Post, By Rebecca S. Myles, September 3 ( Agonist thread originally posted Sep.9)

The People’s Climate March, a massive global rally on Sept. 21 in New York City, will lead up to a specially called-for United Nations summit on the climate crisis.

To date, 950 supporting organizations are supporting the mass rally, [...]

How Hillary Clinton’s State Department Sold Fracking to the World

A trove of secret documents details the US government’s global push for shale gas.

Mother Jones, By Mariah Blake, September/October ’14

One icy morning in February 2012, Hillary Clinton’s plane touched down in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, which was just digging out from a fierce blizzard. Wrapped in a thick coat, the secretary of state [...]

CO2 levels in atmosphere rising at dramatically faster rate, U.N. report warns

Washington Post, By Joby Warrick, September 9

Levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose at a record-shattering pace last year, a new report shows, a surge that surprised scientists and spurred fears of an accelerated warming of the planet in decades to come.

Concentrations of nearly all the major greenhouse gases reached historic [...]

Lake Michigan (Huron) Returns to Average

Two and a half years ago I reported here that Lake Michigan (and Huron as they are hydrologically one body of water) was at a record low water level. It was basically just a fun fact but it had the appearance of apocalypse. One key reason for not getting too excited was that none of [...]

Global warming slowdown ‘could last another decade’

BBC, By Matt McGrath, August 21

The hiatus in the rise in global temperatures could last for another 10 years, according to new research.

Scientists have struggled to explain the so-called pause that began in 1999, despite ever increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.

The latest theory says that a naturally occurring 30-year cycle [...]

Deep emissions cuts needed by 2050 to limit warming-UN draft

Reuters, By Alister Doyle, August 7

Oslo – Deep cuts in greenhouse gas emissions of 40 to 70 percent by mid-century will be needed to avert the worst of global warming that is already harming all continents, a draft U.N. report showed.

The 26-page draft, obtained by Reuters on Thursday, sums up three U.N. scientific [...]

UK slashes climate change diplomacy budget

Foreign office cut climate diplomacy budget by 39%, ahead of crucial summit for climate deal in Paris, RTCC reports

The Guardian, By Megan Darby, August 1

The UK is slashing its climate change diplomacy budget even as global efforts intensify to reach a deal.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) cut spending on its core [...]

BP’s Latest Estimate Says World’s Oil Will Last 53.3 Years

OilPrice.com, By Andy Tully, July 13

According to BP, drivers whose vehicles rely on burning oil have a little more than a half-century to find alternate sources of energy. Or walk.

BP’s annual report on proved global oil reserves says that as of the end of 2013, Earth has nearly 1.688 trillion barrels of crude, [...]

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