“President Barack Obama is making Alaska the last leg of a 14,000-mile trip focusing on climate change in advance of a critical international meeting. Scientists say this year the average glacier will lose 30 inches of thickness.” NBC.
What more proof we need?
A great reminder of global warming.
I scooped this from someone’s Tumblr post, and lost the link. Credit is due. But anyway, I thought that that remarkable downturn in civilian and military deaths was interesting. Technology and medical advances are responsible. More and more victims survive and survive with wounds, damage and handicaps where previously they would have died. No doubt surgical precision in strikes prevent less collateral damage. I don’t deny that mistakes are made.
Advances in information, science, technology mechanics and medicine bring that about.
And though the graph doesn’t cover it, even as populations grow larger, deaths from wars seem to (Read more…)
Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau attacked NDP candidate Linda McQuaig for repeating the wildly-published scientific fact that some of Alberta’s tar sands must “remain in the ground” to limit global warming.
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About to grasp the McQuaig nettle?
One of the NDP’s prize candidates has opened a can of worms that Mulcair wishes was not opened.
Here’s one report on what Mulcair said, trying to douse the flames (note the part I have bolded and reddened):
He pledged that an NDP government would bring in sustainable development legislation, including a polluter pay system where companies that damage the environment are responsible for cleanup costs. Environmental assessments would also include an analysis of whether or not the project allows Canada to meet internationally agreed upon targets for greenhouse gas reductions, he added. (Read more…) . . . → Read More: CuriosityCat: Linda McQuaig’s nettle gift to Tom Mulcair
Arctic expert, professor Peter Wadhams, doesn’t think much of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. In fact, the Cambridge professor of ocean physics and head of the university’s Polar Oceans Physics Group, denounces the IPCC as a dangerous sellout.
He highlighted that the IPCC has failed to quantify and properly assess the risk of a methane outbreak from melting permafrost and undersea methane hydrates.“Because that is scarcely mentioned by the IPCC in it’s assessment because I think it is being criminally complacent in not wanting to stress or talk about the possibility of some major catastrophes.
“They were (Read more…)
Last week the NDP candidate for Toronto Centre, Linda McQuaig, stirred the tar sands pot, telling a CBC panel discussion that for Canada to meet its climate change targets, “a lot of the oil sands oil may have to stay in the ground.” As an Albertan, I suppose I am supposed to be offended at this slighting of our precious sands. Or perhaps as a Dipper I should be concerned that she has undermined
Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki urges us to resist the “fossil fuel industry’s massive PR machine”, enlighten climate deniers, and continue to defend the climate.
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Sure, half of Western Canada was on fire, polar bears were evolving into full amphibians, and the bee population was fucked, but there were some side benefits to global warming. As the earth heated, cloud watchers were in for some exciting times. Generally speaking, there were fewer clouds to watch, but when there were clouds, boy-howdy were […]
Fortunately, while our federal government remains a persistent laggard on global warming, the provinces and cities are stepping up. Calgary is no exception. In 2012, the city committed to meeting all its electrical needs from renewable sources. One result was the construction of two wind farms totaling 144 megawatts.
The city relies on a variety of sources—wind, hydro, biomass and solar—but
Canadian environmentalist David Suzuki explains why extreme weather is being experienced more frequently around the world now than in the past.
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There’s a powerful yet weird mix of angst and optimism building in advance of the December climate change summit in Paris.
Government types from the US to China to the EU express confidence that this year will succeed and do what every other summit has failed to do – reach an effective agreement to cut global greenhouse gas emissions to stay below the 2 degree Celsius target for man made global warming.
Non-government types mostly don’t share that optimism. Their skepticism, bordering on outright pessimism, is captured by this op-ed from Le Monde:…Since the 1992 Earth Summit in (Read more…)
Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change contains a “scientifically and morally valid call for radical change”, says environmentalist David Suzuki.
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Weather around the world and U.S. is a clear indication of climate change that we humans need to pay attention to before it is too late.
To watch a video on weather in U.S. please click Tornadoes in U.S. .
It’s no surprise that Pope Francis only gave PM Stephen Harper 10 minutes for his interview earlier this month. And no surprise he looked constipated in his photo op with the Prime Minister. Ten minutes with Harper would freeze the bowels of anyone concerned about global warming, and, unlike the recalcitrant Harper, the Pope is very concerned indeed.
In his encyclical released today, he called
He extended a hand of friendship towards all religions including Islam. He urged Israel to live in peace with Palestinians and accept two-state solution.
Now he is speaking up on Global Warming.
There have been too many storms last few years in U.S. In Maritimes we got storm Arthur last year. It was quite furious. I lost one big tree in my backyard. Luckily it fell on an angle and spared my house. These are all the indications of global warming. People in their 80′s and 90′s said that they have never seen and experienced anything like this before. We better start paying attention to this erratic and severe weather.
Watch the video here
I watched a documentary on CBC which indicated that global warming is impacting oceans and life in (Read more…)
A just-published report (enhanced pdf) containing new measurements of global sea-level rise has some troubling news – the rate of sea level increase has accelerated over the past twenty years. What I would argue is the most troubling is the increased precision with which these measurements are made owing to new satellite techniques. It’s like knowing to […]
One of the American institutions most alert to the threat of global warming is the military. The Pentagon has issued several reports stating that the greatest threat to U.S. national security is climate change. Ironically, the military itself is the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter.
The Department of Defense devours about 330,000 barrels of oil a day, more than the great majority of the
One of the biggest failures in climate change reporting is the tendency to focus on particular aspects without considering the bigger picture. What does sea level rise have to do with droughts or floods? What is the role of changing ocean circulation patterns? How do these impacts all factor into our rapidly changing jet stream patterns?
When we look at individual aspects we usually wind up with charts that reveal a linear pattern. Sure, there may be dramatic increases on the curve, but nothing that appears wild or unpredictable.
Yet we’re nearing the point where climate change impacts will be (Read more…)
Climate Change concerns have been swept under the rug as much as possible by those despoiling our planet for profit.
Resistance has been widespread and gathering credible currency as the drought in California, water shortages
It has been years since I blogged, I have been generally been using FaceBook and the twitters, but I have been finding that these are limited and I need a more organized approached to keep things,… well organized. So I talked to Scott at the Progressive Bloggers about rejoining again and he was “Hey no problem”. I was hoping that I would have a WordPress blog set up, but money is
Word from Australia that this year and next will probably see record-breaking temperatures.
Sea temperatures around Australia are posting “amazing” records that climate specialists say signal global records set in 2014 may be broken this year and next.
March sea-surface temperatures in the Coral Sea region off Queensland broke the previous high by 0.12 degrees – a big jump for oceans that are typically more thermally stable than land. Temperatures for the entire Australian ocean region also set new highs for the month, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
The unusual warmth off Australia comes as the Pacific Ocean remains (Read more…)
Citing media “intolerance and bigotry”, anti-science Canadian MP James Lunney has quit the government caucus to sit as an independent. Among Lunney’s claim to the crown as Canada’s least scientifically literate MP are:
He doesn’t believe in evolution He’s a chiropractor He’s claimed there’s a link between vaccines and autism He doesn’t believe the climate is changing
In his surreal press release (dated March 31, not April 1), he states that he will address his religious beliefs in Parliament at his next opportunity, which sounds like it will be a hoot. Lunney claims that Christians are being persecuted in Canada, (Read more…)