Get Used to Heat Waves: Extreme El Nino Events to Double

Jan 19, 2014 – Science Daily: Extreme weather events fueled by unusually strong El Ninos, such as the 1983 heatwave that led to the Ash Wednesday bushfires in Australia, are likely to double in number as our planet warms.

Let’s support the Philippine climate change delegate on hunger strike – until the conference does the right thing

Mark Karlin is right on target with this piece on the extreme rationality (which counts as heroics in this world) of the hunger strike by the Philippine representative for climate change. He’ll eat when the international body does the right thing — addresses climate change.

Dismayed by 10000 Dead, Philippine Negotiator at UN […]

Axe comes down on climate body

The Age (AU), By Tom Arup and Peter Hannam, September 20

The Abbott government has swiftly set about abolishing Labor-era climate institutions, shutting the door at the Climate Commission and beginning the process to axe other bodies.

A day after being sworn in, Environment Minister Greg Hunt on Thursday called chief climate commissioner Professor Tim […]

Allow me to introduce myself.

I’m a second generation Chicagoan. Live on the north side and work on the west side. I was around in the 70’s as a hippy. What little of Marx I understood then I liked. So when governments are democratic l tend to prefer them especially, of course, over corporations. My standards for democracy […]

Fueling Climate Change Deniers

If Hitler had never been born, or if he’d been killed in World War I or in an accident in 1925, would the Holocaust never have happened? Or would someone else have taken the lead in history’s inevitable direction? Do important events in history depend on the life of one person, or do they become […]

A Fix for China’s Air Pollution Crisis – Damned if they do and damned if they don’t

If China fails to take short term corrective action to address toxic levels of air pollution in its major cities, millions of Chinese people will die over the coming years. If China takes effective short term corrective action to address airborne toxins, global warming will accelerate causing threats to the lives and livelihoods of hundreds […]

Doubling Down on Our Faustian Bargain – James Hansen

Doubling Down on Our Faustian Bargain

James Hansen, Pushker Kharecha, Makiko Sato 29 March 2013

Summary: Humanity is doubling down on its Faustian climate bargain by pumping up fossil fuel particulate and nitrogen pollution. The more the Faustian debt grows, the more unmanageable the eventual consequences will be. Yet there are plans to build […]

Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change Perceptions in the U.S. (VIDEO)

Via New Security Beat:

Did Hurricane Sandy change the discussion about climate change in the United States? In this latest episode of the Wilson Center’s Dialogue program, Senior Wilson Center Advisor and Ohio University Professor Geoff Dabelko joins host John Milewski to discuss the potential impact of Sandy on climate policy and dialogue in the […]

100 mln will die by 2030 if world fails to act on climate – report

Reuters, By Nina Chestney, September 26

London – More than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday.

As global average temperatures rise […]