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26 December, 2008

Climate Code Red - Telling The Truth To Power
By Bill Henderson

Climate Code Red was the most important single document published on climate change in 2008. Because climate change is now understood to be of humanity threatening seriousness and a crisis that needs emergency action immediately. Climate Code Red has to be considered as the most important document on any subject published this year

18 December, 2008

Has The Arctic Melt Passed
The Point Of No Return?

By Steve Connor

Scientists have found the first unequivocal evidence that the Arctic region is warming at a faster rate than the rest of the world at least a decade before it was predicted to happen

20 Ways To Save Mother Earth And
Prevent Environmental Disaster

By Evo Morales

Humankind is capable of saving the Earth if we recover the principles of solidarity, complementarity and harmony with nature in contraposition to the reign of competition, profits and rampant consumption of natural resources

Four Truths About Climate Change We Can't Igonore
By Gwynn Dyer

About 70 interviews, a dozen countries and 18 months later, I have reached four conclusions that I didn't even suspect when I began the process. The first is simply this: The scientists are really scared. Their observations over the past two or three years suggest that everything is happening a lot faster than their climate models predicted

The Most Important Number On Earth
By Bill McKibben

We have a number-350. The most important number on earth. If the Internet has a cosmic purpose, this could be it-to take that number and spread it everywhere on the planet, so that everyone, even if they knew little else about climate change, understood that it represented a kind of safety, a bulwark against the monsoon turning erratic, the sea rising over their fields, the mosquito spreading up their mountain

03 November, 2008

The Psychology Of Denial
In The Age Of Consumerism

By John James

A four-year analysis of the world's ecosystems sponsored by the Worldwatch Institute found that over-consumption has pushed 15 out of 24 ecosystems essential to human life "beyond their sustainable limits". Our insatiable desire for more is moving the planet toward a state of collapse that may be "abrupt and potentially irreversible". Since we all know that, can we not go beyond the fear to follow David Attenborough, who said in a recent interview, "How could I look my grandchildren in the eye and say I knew and did nothing?"

31 October, 2008

The Truth About Rising Seas
By John James

We know that were all the ice on Greenland to melt, sea levels would rise over 7 meters. The question is how long may this take? The IPCC estimate of hundreds of years is being contradicted by studies of past glaciations. Andrew Glickson and Bradley Opdyke showed that at the end of earlier ice ages the glaciers collapsed suddenly. Suddenly does not mean over a century or two, but within a decade. We all saw the speed at which this can happen in 2002 when 2,600 square kilometres on the Larsen B ice shelf in the Antarctic disintegrated and disappeared in less than five weeks

20 October, 2008

Planet Eaters: Chain Reaction,Black Holes,
Climate Change And Existentialist Philosophy

By Andrew Glikson & Emily Spence

The Sixth mass extinction is a novelty: For the first time in its history, the biosphere is in crisis through biological forcing by an advanced form of life, namely the activity of a technological carbon-emitting species

10 October, 2008

The Methane Time Bomb
And The Triple Meltdown

By Andrew Glikson

Recent reports of enhanced methane (CH4) leaks off the eastern Siberian coast (about 100 times the background level of about 1780 parts per billion CH4) and off Svalbard (Norway) have been overshadowed in the media by the collapse of the global credit bubble. At the root of both is a common thread, deregulation, including open-ended permits to pollute the atmosphere and the oceans, little-regulated financial systems and economic globalization, representing failure by governments to protect the life and welfare of their hapless populations

29 September, 2008

Tom Friedman: Climate Change,
BAU, And Toxic Securities

By Bill Henderson

Thomas Friedman is a powerful voice pushing previously mis-educated publics past the 'new denial', but unfortunately Friedman remains part of the problem because his hot, flat and crowded view of our world remains profoundly American-centric and the leadership change he advocates remains deck chair shuffling instead of a much needed renunciation of the Church of Business ever increasing control of all of our lives and the Church of Business dominance of government especially which is killing us

24 September, 2008

The Methane Time Bomb
By Steve Connor

The first evidence that millions of tons of a greenhouse gas 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide is being released into the atmosphere from beneath the Arctic seabed has been discovered by scientists

18 September, 2008

Civilisation And The Carbon Credit Card
By John James

Our major hope in salvaging our civilisation from the otherwise inevitable is something like Plan B, and this includes a Carbon Tax on all polluters. Contact the senator, email her office, write her letters. Do what you can to sustain her struggle to tax all carbon polluters equally!

05 September, 2008

Warming Oceans 'Are The Engine
Driving Stronger Hurricanes'

By Steve Connor

The destructive intensity of the winds caused by tropical storms and hurricanes has increased significantly in the past 30 years, in line with the theory that cyclones are becoming stronger because of global warming

04 September, 2008

Is History So Boring We Keep On
Repeating The Same Mistakes?

By John James

I will tell you the story of Easter Island. It is a woeful tale, caused by human actions, and a possible scenario for us. The island is now a wind-swept barren wasteland capable of supporting only a couple of thousand people. Yet only a few centuries ago it had ten or twelve times that number. Ninety percent died. Now, why was that?

03 September, 2008

Major Ice-Shelf Loss In Artic

The ice shelves in Canada's High Arctic have lost a colossal area this year, scientists report. The floating tongues of ice attached to Ellesmere Island, which have lasted for thousands of years, have seen almost a quarter of their cover break away. One of them, the 50 sq km (20 sq miles) Markham shelf, has completely broken off to become floating sea-ice

20 August, 2008

The Delusion Revolution: We're on The Road
To Extinction And In Denial

By Robert Jensen

Our current way of life is unsustainable. We are the first species that will have to self-consciously impose limits on ourselves if we are to survive

08 August, 2008

Doom Or Disaster?
By John James

Nearly every projection for the future of civilisation made in the IPCC reports has been exceeded. Events that were projected to emerge by the end of the century have been moved back to 2070, then to 2040, and even now to ‘within the next few years’. The goal posts are moving towards us at a terrible pace

04 August, 2008

A Voyage Into The Great Arctic Meltdown
By Marian Wilkinson

The vast Arctic sea ice which spreads across the North Pole could disappear during the summer within a decade or two - or even by 2013 - leading scientists are warning

30 July, 2008

Humanity At crossroads:
Attitudes And Climate Change

By Abdul Basit

Despite these thought-provoking discussions about the influence of climate change on human existence and the solutions to tackle it, we are nearing, as time passes, the verge of a major disaster and the options for solutions are declining. The increasing natural calamities, the concern about the tipping points due to further carbon emissions and its effects on the habitability on earth have created great concerns

13 July, 2008

Antarctic Ice Shelf Collapse 'Imminent'
By Geoffrey Lean

Scientists are warning that an Antarctic ice shelf the size of Northern Ireland is on the verge of disintegration, even though it is now the middle of the southern hemisphere's winter.The European Space Agency says new satellite pictures show that the Wilkins shelf – the largest to be threatened so far – is "hanging by its last thread". Extending for approximately 5,600 square miles, it has been held in place by a thin ice bridge connecting it to an island, but this is now fracturing

Russian Ice Camp In Rapid Shrink
By David Shukman

The Russians had set up research station "North Pole 35" on the floe last September when it measured a safe five kilometres long and three kilometres wide, and their original plan was to stay on it until this September. But after enduring the permanent night of the Arctic winter and surviving the threat of polar bears, the scientists now find that their temporary home has shrunk to just 600m by 300m and faces complete break-up as it drifts towards a current known to contain relatively warm waters

11 July, 2008

Questioning EU Policies On
Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By Dr.Peter Custers

Debate and public opinion building on climate change should, amongst others, seriously question the existing policies of the European Union. Forceful demands need to be formulated and canvassed for internationally, stating that the EU move beyond the limited targets which its institutions and most Europe-based environmental organisations have so far set

01 July, 2008

The World’s Will To Tackle Climate Change
Is Irresistible

By Rajendra Pachauri

Far from stymying the environmental cause, the downturn in the world’s economies highlights just how pressing it is

27 June, 2008

No Ice At The North Pole
By Steve Connor

It seems unthinkable, but for the first time in human history, ice is on course to disappear entirely from the North Pole this year. The disappearance of the Arctic sea ice, making it possible to reach the Pole sailing in a boat through open water, would be one of the most dramatic – and worrying – examples of the impact of global warming on the planet. Scientists say the ice at 90 degrees north may well have melted away by the summer

26 June, 2008

Humanity's Melt Down
By Mike Davis

Our world, our old world that we have inhabited for the last 12,000 years, has ended, even if no newspaper in North America or Europe has yet printed its scientific obituary

25 June, 2008

Twenty Years Later: Tipping Points
Near On Global Warming

By James Hansen

Democracy works, but sometimes churns slowly. Time is short. The 2008 election is critical for the planet. If Americans turn out to pasture the most brontosaurian congressmen, if Washington adapts to address climate change, our children and grandchildren can still hold great expectations

24 June, 2008

Climate Chaos Is Inevitable.
We Can Only Avert Oblivion

By Mark Lynas

At best we will limit the extent of global warming, but Kyoto barely helps. Does humanity have the foresight to save itself?

11 June, 2008

Permafrost Threatened By Rapid Retreat Of
Arctic Sea Ice, NCAR Study Finds


The rate of climate warming over northern Alaska, Canada, and Russia could more than triple during periods of rapid sea ice loss, according to a new study led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The findings raise concerns about the thawing of permafrost, or permanently frozen soil, and the potential consequences for sensitive ecosystems, human infrastructure, and the release of additional greenhouse gases

29 May, 2008

Case Against Climate Change
Discredited By Study

By Steve Connor

A difference in the way British and American ships measured the temperature of the ocean during the 1940s may explain why the world appeared to undergo a period of sudden cooling immediately after the Second World War

15 May, 2008

A Last Chance For Civilization
By Bill McKibben

All of a sudden it isn't morning in America, it's dusk on planet Earth. There's a number -- a new number -- that makes this point most powerfully. It may now be the most important number on Earth: 350. As in parts per million (ppm) of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

30 April, 2008

Another American War–Look Out Earth
By Jim Miles

Without a greater awareness of all the relationships between global warming as a symptom, and environmental over-consumption and over population as the underlying cause, an American “war on global warming” is sure to be another fiasco

29 April, 2008

Climate Change Could Force One Billion
From Their Homes By 2050

By Nigel Morris

As many as one billion people could lose their homes by 2050 because of the devastating impact of global warming, scientists and political leaders will be warned today. They will hear that the steady rise in temperatures across the planet could trigger mass migration on unprecedented levels

18 April, 2008

Hansen's Climate Change And
The Mobilization Solution

By Bill Henderson

Mobilization nationally and globally. And practically such mobilization governance innovation must begin and be led by the US, the world's foremost economic and political power. This essay will explore this possible solution: this radical but compelling vision of all of our futures, our immediate futures. Mobilization first and foremost to get us below 350 ppm before the polar ice melts completely

15 April, 2008

Jim Hansen, The Big Ice Melt
And The Mainstream Media

By Bill Henderson

Thousands of mainstream media articles and commentaries on TV, in newspapers and magazines, inform about climate change Scenario A, but there has been minimal, almost nonexistent mainstream coverage of Scenario B even though its main proponents - James Hansen and his NASA climate science team - have released several papers explaining this nonlinear vision of climate change focusing upon the unpredicted rapid melting of the polar ice caps

04 April, 2008

Wanted - Homes For Small Island People
By Marwaan Macan-Markar

A rapidly warming planet may soon create a new class of refugees -- those fleeing climate change in their homelands

28 March, 2008

Lights Out, Action! It’s Earth Hour
By Stephen de Tarczynski

Organisers of Earth Hour 2008 estimate that in excess of 30 million people worldwide will take action on Saturday to raise awareness of how small changes can make big differences when it comes to climate change

26 March, 2008

Antarctic Shelf 'Hangs By Thread'
By Helen Briggs

A chunk of ice the size of the Isle of Man has started to break away from Antarctica in what scientists say is further evidence of a warming climate. Satellite images suggest that part of the ice shelf is disintegrating, and will soon crumble away

21 March, 2008

Climate Change Deepening World Water Crisis
By Thalif Deen

When U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last January, his primary focus was not on the impending global economic recession but on the world’s growing water crisis

Climate Change Requires Herculean Effort
By Karen Mccall

Having just returned from an alternative energy/climate change symposium presented by the Wallace Stegner Center for Land Resources and the Environment at the University of Utah, I find myself reeling with the most current information concerning the precipitous decline of climate stability and the magnitude of effort required to prevent the planet from being knocked any further off kilter by human perturbation of the Earth's climate

19 March, 2008

Arctic Losing Long-Term Ice Cover
By Richard Black

The Arctic is losing its old, thick ice faster than in previous years, according to satellite data. The loss has continued since the end of the Arctic summer, despite cold weather across the northern hemisphere. The warm 2007 summer saw the smallest area of ice ever recorded in the region, and scientists say 2008 could follow a similar pattern

18 March, 2008

A Glacial Vanishing Act
By Stephen Leahy

Glaciers, the world's freshwater towers, continue their record-breaking meltdown, a new U.N. report shows. The average rate of thinning and melting more than doubled between 2004 and 2006, reports the World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS), a centre based at the University of Zurich in Switzerland

28 February, 2008

The Global Water Crisis And The Coming
Battle For The Right To Water

By Maude Barlow

The three water crises – dwindling freshwater supplies, inequitable access to water and the corporate control of water – pose the greatest threat of our time to the planet and to our survival. Together with impending climate change from fossil fuel emissions, the water crises impose some life-or-death decisions on us all. Unless we collectively change our behavior, we are heading toward a world of deepening conflict and potential wars over the dwindling supplies of freshwater

21 February, 2008

The Recession's Human And Environmental Impacts
By Emily Spence

The coalescence of a recession, mounting population, peak oil, mass extinction, urgent water shortages, climate change and other disastrous environmental impacts challenge us to take immediate action. Our doing so need not be disastrous if we collectively begin to make the essential changes on the scale needed. If we do not, the results could likely be catastrophic on a scope barely imagined by any of us. With firm resolve, let us all begin to undertake the critical modifications at once

Climate Code Red - The New Denial
And The Failure Of Democracy

By Bill Henderson

A new report based upon state of the art science argues convincingly that climate change is a much more serious and immediate problem than previously perceived by even informed publics - climate change is an emergency that requires urgent mitigation measures not presently possible in our political and economic systems. No major media outlet acknowledges let alone critiques or comments upon or otherwise covers the report

12 February, 2008

Global Warming Contrarians Exposed -
Must See Free Video

By Denny Burbeck

An extremely informative, in-depth account of four of the major global warming "confusionists" is available free-online

11 February, 2008

Huge Polar Ice Loss Demands Global
Declaration Of Climate Emergency

By Dr Gideon Polya

The World urgently needs a Declaration of Climate Emergency to meet the huge threat from accelerating and catastrophic polar ice melting. Climate scientists have recently discovered that the rate of polar ice loss is accelerating unexpectedly and that the current atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) has reached a tipping point for complete loss of Arctic sea ice in as little as 5 years

Climate Code Red And The Crucial 08 Election
By Bill Henderson

Climate Code Red is a pdf that takes about an hour to read. More important than Stern, more up to date than last years IPCC reports, it should be front page news globally, but of course it isn't because, heretically, it is brutally honest about the scale of mitigation necessary and the need to escape BAU. What can we do? This is an emergenc

08 February, 2008

Biofuels Make Climate Change Worse
By Steve Connor

Scientists have produced damning evidence to suggest that biofuels could be one of the biggest environmental con-tricks because they actually make global warming worse by adding to the man-made emissions of carbon dioxide that they are supposed to curb. Two separate studies published in the journal Science show that a range of biofuel crops now being grown to produce "green" alternatives to oil-based fossil fuels release far more carbon dioxide into the air than can be absorbed by the growing plants

21 January, 2008

Global Warming - Stop Arguing - Take Action Now
By Ron Campbell

As mankind faces the most dramatic natural disaster in history we are squabbling instead of taking action. We need to stop arguing, come up with a plan and take action NOW

18 January, 2008

Tourism At The End Of The World
By Stephen Leahy

Hurry! Hurry! See the polar bears, penguins, Arctic glaciers, small pacific islands before they disappear forever due to global warming.Tourism companies are now using climate change as a marketing tool

14 January, 2008

Economic Collapse And Global Ecology
By Dr. Glen Barry

Given widespread failure to pursue policies sufficient to reverse deterioration of the biosphere and avoid ecological collapse, the best we can hope for may be that the growth-based economic system crashes sooner rather than later

Loss Of Antarctic Ice Has Soared
By 75 Per Cent In Just 10 Years

By Steve Connor

Parts of the ice sheets covering Antarctica are melting faster than predicted, with the net loss of ice probably accelerating in recent years because of global warming, a study has found

Enemies From Within: Big Enviro Groups
Holding Back Anti-Warming Movement

By Megan Tady

The heat is on environmental groups and politicians to churn out proposals for stabilizing the planet’s rising temperatures, but some environmentalists say existing plans to cool climate change are timid. Their criticism reveals a rift between two approaches: preserving the American way of life at the expense of quicker solutions, or changing the structure of U.S. society to counter an unprecedented threat

10 January, 2008

The Antarctic Ice Sheet Is Growing?
By Denny Burbeck

The Antarctic ice sheet is growing in height in the central region, but making just that one point is very misleading and quite dishonest

07 January, 2008

Disappearing World: The Village Falling Into The Sea
By Mark Hughes

Skipsea is disappearing fast. It sits on the fastest-eroding coastline in Europe and every year the sea swallows another chunk of land. Mark Hughes visits the people living on the edge

05 January, 2008

Time To Stop The Greenwashing
By Glen Barry

Global ecological sustainability depends upon identifying and acting upon ambitious, sufficient eco-policies now; and rejecting misleading, exploitative and inadequate reformist pandering

02 January, 2008

The 08 Challenge
By Bill Henderson

If you understand that climate change is an emergency then the challenge in 08 becomes winning a mandate for almost impossible systemic change in a United States still in ideological thrall to failing markets


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