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The confirmation comes soon after a report from the U.K. Met Office in June warned that the planet was well on its way toward that grim milestone. (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc)

The Death of Gaia

It is known scientifically that the Earth System, or Gaia if you will, is organized and functions similarly to other scales of biology, including organisms and old-growth forests. Gaia is a self-regulating, reproducing life-form, and as such is alive. As industrial human growth destroys Gaia’s naturally evolved ecosystem organs, the human family is failing to embrace a rich and truthful[Read More…]

Climate Change Proof To Convince Even The Most Irrational

Climate Change Proof To Convince Even The Most Irrational

  The People’s Climate March on Saturday, April 29, 2017, flooded Washington, DC, with over 100,000 protesters. Organizers claimed 150,000, with marches in 330 other cities across the country and in three dozen solidarity events abroad. Coinciding with President Trump’s 100th day in office, the marchers also protested his anti-environmental actions. The previous Saturday (April 22, 2017), thousands of scientists[Read More…]

Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Advocate for Climate Stability?

Is Pope Francis the World’s Most Powerful Advocate for Climate Stability?

  Maybe not now. But that’s what he could well become. Pope Francis’ Encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” recognizes the incredible damage being done to climate change and biodiversity. Few realize how strong his beliefs are and the unused power of persuasion he has. Here’s 10 ways that power could be used. 1. Francis could call for a[Read More…]

Climate Change As Genocide

Climate Change As Genocide

 Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under secretary-general of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs, informed the Security Council that 20 million people in three African countries—Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan—as well as in Yemen were likely to die if not provided[Read More…]

Ambedkar, Nationalism And The Emerging Crises In India

Ambedkar, Nationalism And The Emerging Crises In India

Today is Ambedkar Jayanti. It would be appropriate to take a re-look at Ambedkar’s idea of nationalism in the face of virulent Hindutva nationalism in India and also on the global context

A Bold, ‘Outside The Box’ Suggestion For Addressing Climate Change

A Bold, ‘Outside The Box’ Suggestion For Addressing Climate Change

Are you confused about climate change/global warming: is it real, or is it fake news? And if it is real, what can be done about it? I have just published (April 2017) a peer-reviewed article on this subject and what we can do about it in the (relatively new) journal “Class, Race and Corporate Power” on this very subject, and[Read More…]

The Methane Hydrate Feedback Loop Threat

The Methane Hydrate Feedback Loop Threat

Will we experience a Methane (CH4) Hydrate Feedback Loop that will place us on a repeat path like that of the Permian Triassic mass extinction? Or, to our horror, will there be some other self-induced something even more horrific and impossible to reverse?   “Biosphere” is a term used to define the relatively thin layer of the earth’s surface that[Read More…]

There Is Really Only One Way To Come To Grips With The Climate Crisis

There Is Really Only One Way To Come To Grips With The Climate Crisis

The situation we face First, let’s please just acknowledge there is a crisis. I’m afraid any reasonably educated, rational, and unbiased adult (or younger) can understand what the climate science has been telling us now for two decades:  the Earth is warming (so far by about 1 degree Celsius since 1800), slowly but surely, due to humans’ putting carbon dioxide[Read More…]

Scenario Homo sapiens

Scenario Homo sapiens

A metamorphosis of the human mind far surpassing others seen throughout history will be occurring. Humans finally will have come to an understanding of a harsh reality; by their own actions and inactions they have brought on the beginning of their end. A painful lesson will have been learned, one forcing them to accept the fact that their continued existence[Read More…]

To My Fellow Climate Scientists: Be Human, Be Brave, Speak Truth

To My Fellow Climate Scientists: Be Human, Be Brave, Speak Truth

With climate deniers sweeping into the White House, it’s time for scientists on the front lines of climate change to speak from the heart. I’m afraid to publish this article. Why? Because I’m a climate scientist who speaks out about climate change, and in speaking out I may be risking my career. But I do so anyway, out of love—love[Read More…]

Fake News, Hacked Mail, Alternative Facts – That’s Old Hat For Climate Scientists

Fake News, Hacked Mail, Alternative Facts – That’s Old Hat For Climate Scientists

Distortion? False information? Conspiracy theories? Hacked email? Climate scientists have known all this for decades. What can be learned from their rich experience with climate propaganda. The world is slowly waking up. “Post-truth” was declared the word of the year 2016 by the Oxford Dictionaries. Finally, people start to widely appreciate how dangerous the epidemic of fake news is for[Read More…]

Trudeau:  Climate Leadership Failure

Trudeau:  Climate Leadership Failure

Human caused global warming increasingly threatens all we love and care about.  Climate change from this warming caused (mostly) by greenhouse gases (GHGs) from our use of fossil fuels is a potent growing risk to our families, our kids and their kids, our communities and country. This radical change threatens most of the species and ecosystems with which we share[Read More…]

Global Warming: We Are Living In Dangerous Times

Global Warming: We Are Living In Dangerous Times

When Countercurrents.org started 15 years ago CO2 level in the atmosphere was 372 ppm. In the last 15 years it increased only at the rate of less than 2 ppm/year. This year we are seeing a jump of 3.5 ppm over the past year. United Nations climate change secretariat tweeted “January Mauna Loa record shows atmospheric CO2 concentration accelerating, now at[Read More…]

Antarctic Tipping Points For A Multi-Metre Sea Level Rise

Antarctic Tipping Points For A Multi-Metre Sea Level Rise

OVERVIEW The Amundsen Sea sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet has most likely been destabilized and ice retreat is unstoppable for the current conditions. No further acceleration in climate change is necessary to trigger the collapse of the rest of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet on decadal time scales. Antarctica has the potential to contribute more than a metre[Read More…]

Trump: The Defeat Of Science

Trump: The Defeat Of Science

Defeats are supposed to teach people how to do better; in theory. In practice, it often happens that defeats teach people how to become masters in blame-shifting. With some exceptions, this seems to have been the main result of the recent defeat of the Democrats in the 2016 presidential election, where we saw a truly spasmodic search for culprits: Putin,[Read More…]

2014 Was Hottest Year Ever Recorded. Then It Was 2015. Now It’s 2016.

2014 Was Hottest Year Ever Recorded. Then It Was 2015. Now It’s 2016.

For the third year in a row, the world experienced its warmest year on the books, global scientists have determined. The new assessments come from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the UK’s Met Office, as well as the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which relies in part on data from those[Read More…]

Global Sea Ice Hits Lowest Levels ‘Probably In Millenia’

Global Sea Ice Hits Lowest Levels ‘Probably In Millenia’

Global sea ice levels are at their lowest in recorded history, according to new statistics from the U.S. National Snow & Ice Data Center. In the Arctic, the loss is due to climate change and extreme weather events that are likely influenced by global warming, while the changes in the Antarctic may be attributed to natural variability, the center said.[Read More…]

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‘The Power To Create A New World’: Trump And The Environmental Challenge Ahead

  The catastrophic climate change is no longer a subject for argument, at least on a mainstream level within the science community. Yet, as temperatures continue to rise, American efforts to combat global warming, sadly seem to decline. President Elect, Donald Trump is more concerned by the economic cost of combating global warming, and has repeatedly rejected United States’ role[Read More…]

Ticking Carbon Clock Warns We Have One Year To Avert Climate Catastrophe

Ticking Carbon Clock Warns We Have One Year To Avert Climate Catastrophe

Our window of time to act on climate may be shrinking even faster than previously thought. We may only have one year remaining before we lock in 1.5ºC of warming—the ideal goal outlined in the Paris climate agreement—after which we’ll see catastrophic and irreversible climate shifts, many experts have warned. That’s according to the ticking carbon budget clock created by[Read More…]

Arctic Tundra. (Photo: USFWS)

New Study ‘Sounds Alarm’ On Another Climate Feedback Loop

The loss of Arctic sea ice has already been shown to be part of a positive feedback loopdriving climate change, and a recent study published in the journal Nature puts the spotlight on what appears to be another of these feedback loops. It has to do with soil, currently one of Earth’s carbon sinks. But warming may lead to soils[Read More…]

Trudeau Sleeping While The Arctic Melts In Winter

Trudeau Sleeping While The Arctic Melts In Winter

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should resign. That’s laughable presently. The Trudeau government is still enjoying an extra long honeymoon; Canadians are still as happy about the change to ‘sunny ways’ as Americans are distraught with the specter of at least four years of slime, sleeze and shame. But our PM is a dead man walking. Trudeau and his government[Read More…]

Humanity Must Pledge Inescapable Dispossession And Custodial Retribution For Climate Criminals

Humanity Must Pledge Inescapable Dispossession And Custodial Retribution For Climate Criminals

  Global domination by  neoliberal One Percenter climate criminals has meant that a catastrophic plus 2C temperature rise is now unavoidable  and that the Paris ideal of no more than plus 1.5C will be exceeded in 4-10 years. The most effective collective action now for decent Humanity to mitigate inescapable climate catastrophe is to promise that all climate criminals will[Read More…]

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The Ascendance of Trump Makes Broad-Based Climate Action Essential And Achievable

  On December5, former vice president Al Gore met with Donald and Ivanka Trump in an effort to convince the president-elect that he should not gut federal policies and agreements dealing with climate change. Three days later, actor Leonardo Di Caprio also paid the Trump duo a visit, urging them to help build a green, climate-friendly economy with lots of[Read More…]

“The Platform”, How To Adjust To Climate Change

“The Platform”, How To Adjust To Climate Change

  It appears that over the past 18 months or so we have pushed the earth into an irrevocable spiral. The accumulating feedback loops cannot now be contained, though with concerted effort we may be able to diminish them. Dr Thomas Crowther wrote “It’s fair to say we have passed the point of no return on global warming and we[Read More…]

The Trump Effect: Is Climate Change Denialism On The Rise?

The Trump Effect: Is Climate Change Denialism On The Rise?

  The results of a search for “climate hoax” on Google Trends  Google Trends shows a remarkable spike in the interest for the coupled terms “climate” and “hoax”. Does that mean that people are becoming more skeptical about climate science? Or simply more interested in the subject? On this point, Google Trends tells us that there has been no special[Read More…]

The researchers say 82 percent of "core ecological processes" on land and sea have been affected by climate change in a way that has not been expected "for decades." (Photo: Lwp Kommunikáció/flickr/cc)

Defending Climate Science: 10 Things That Every Scientist Should Consider

The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) was founded in September 2011 to defend climate scientists from harassing and invasive attacks via the legal system. Five years in, we’re expanding our efforts to reflect the new challenges scientists face, including increasing education and outreach work. Now more than ever, it’s important that scientists prepare themselves for how best to deal[Read More…]

An important message for President-elect Donald Trump. (Photo: Speak Your Mind/Julian Koschorke/cc/flickr)

Internal Memo Sparks Fears Of Climate ‘Witch Hunt’ Under President Trump

President-elect Donald Trump’s Energy Department transition team has reportedly been asking for the names of civil servants that have worked on environmental policies under President Barack Obama, sparking fears of a coming “climate purge” by the incoming Trump administration. A “document circulated by the Energy Department,” first reported by Bloomberg Thursday and later by Politico, lists 65 questions posed by[Read More…]

Home Truths About The Climate Emergency

Home Truths About The Climate Emergency

As 2016 draws to a close, we appear to be living in a world that is increasingly defined by its illusions, where the truth is a matter of subjective interpretation or argumentative debate. Indeed, following the United States election and Brexit referendum there is much talk of a new era of post-truth politics, in which appeals to emotion count more[Read More…]

Global greenhouse gas emissions are not likely to slow down quickly enough to avoid passing the 1.5°C target, scientists said. (Photo: Jamie McCaffrey/flickr/cc)

Life On Earth Is Dying

On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will cease to exist. Tomorrow, another 200 species will vanish forever. The human onslaught to destroy life on Earth is unprecedented in Earth’s history. Planet Earth is now experiencing its sixth mass extinction event and Homo sapiens sapiens is[Read More…]

Climate Science Communication: Trust Begets Trust

Climate Science Communication: Trust Begets Trust

Why are we failing at communicating the danger of climate change? Maybe people don’t have enough information? (This is the “information deficit” model). Or maybe they have too much information? (This is called the “cultural cognition” model). Or maybe they are not getting the right information? Or there is something else that’s wrong? Without going into the details of the[Read More…]

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Five Ways The Paris Agreement Can Address Oversupply Of Fossil Fuels

Co-Written by Michael Lazarus & Harro van Asselt The World Energy Outlook 2016, released last week, is just one among an increasing line of studies showing how nations need to slow and, ultimately, phase out investment in new fossil fuel supply infrastructure – from oil fields and pipelines to coal mines – if they are serious about keeping warming to[Read More…]

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The Centre-Left’s Narrative On Climate Change Has Convinced No One

The election of Donald Trump reflects the unraveling of the centre-left across the West, and with it a fragile consensus on climate change. For two decades parties of the centre-left have created narratives about climate change that they do not really believe. They have done this to try and convince their fragile coalition of supporters and to try to bring[Read More…]

The village of Kulusuk in Greenland. (Photo: Ville Miettinen/flickr/cc)

Warning Of Global Havoc As Possible Arctic ‘Tipping Points’ Pile Up

What is happening in the Arctic will not stay in the Arctic. In an ominous (though not hopeless) report published Friday, researchers warn that as many as 19 various ‘tipping points’ could be triggered by the increasingly warm temperatures in the world’s northern polar region. The Arctic Resilience Report, produced under the auspices of the Arctic Council by an international[Read More…]

Dead table corals killed by bleaching on Zenith Reef, on the Northern Great Barrier Reef, November 2016. (Photo: Greg Torda/ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)

‘The Coral Was Cooked’: 2016 Deadliest Year On Record For Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef suffered through the worst coral die-off in recorded history this year, scientists found, with unusually warm ocean water and record-setting bleaching eventskilling a stunning 90 percent of all coral in the worst-hit area. Those were the conclusions of a study published Monday by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies. “One of the worst-hit areas[Read More…]

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Mainstreaming The Gender Dimension In India’s Climate Change Discourse

Mainstreaming The Gender Dimension In India’s Climate Change Discourse

The 4th Assessment Report of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change released in 2007, unambiguously states that climate change is not gender-neutral and women experience it differently than men.News reportsabound of exacerbated effects of climate change on women in the poorer and vulnerable parts of the world. It is a well-documented fact that globally women constitute the majority of the[Read More…]

Movement At Marrakech: Climate Change In The Shadow Of Denial

Movement At Marrakech: Climate Change In The Shadow Of Denial

While it was all but obscured in the course of the US presidential excitement, negotiators at the climate change conference in Marrakech were busy attempting to hammer out the means to implement the Paris Climate Agreement. The long and confusing shadow cast over the negotiations was considerable.  Donald Trump has made no bones about climate change as a plot conjured[Read More…]

COP 22: “One Step Closer Towards A Climate That Is Incompatible With Dignified Life”

COP 22: “One Step Closer Towards A Climate That Is Incompatible With Dignified Life”

Another UN climate summit is over and despite the prevalent rhetoric of hope, the gap between the 1,5 or 2 degree target agreed in Paris last year and the real commitments to achieve this target is nowhere near to closing. Worse, this gap hasn’t even been a focus of this year’s UN climate talks in Marrakesh although time is running:[Read More…]

What A Trump Win Means  For The Global Climate Fight

What A Trump Win Means For The Global Climate Fight

With the unexpected triumph of Donald Trump, what’s in store for U.S. climate and energy policies? Answering that question is hard since Trump has never run a public institution and thus has no track record. His most cited comment about global warming — that it was a Chinese hoax invented to destroy American jobs — came in November 2012 from[Read More…]

The Nordic Orion cargo ship carries a shipment of coal through the Arctic.

Full Speed Ahead: Shipping Plans Grow As Arctic Ice Fades

A year ago, it appeared that the once-promising and environmentally risky prospects for exploitation of new shipping routes through the Arctic Ocean were waning because of low oil prices, high insurance costs, and dangerous ice conditions that persist even though climate change is rapidly melting away sea ice. Only 17 vessels sailed through Canada’s Northwest Passage in 2014, due in[Read More…]

The Yale Program On Climate Change Communication And My Survey On Our Nuclear Dynamic: Instructive Results for Activists

The Yale Program On Climate Change Communication And My Survey On Our Nuclear Dynamic: Instructive Results for Activists

The degree of resignation spotlighted below is something that activists must pay attention to; there’s a clear need to change gears in reaching out to citizens. The Yale Program on Climate Change Communication (2015) demonstrated that a mere 52 percent of registered U.S. voters felt that alterations in the earth’s climate were mainly a function of human activity. That should[Read More…]

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Non And Sub-State Actors In The International Climate Change Regime

Non And Sub-State Actors In The International Climate Change Regime

Climate change is viewed by many as a classic case of ‘tragedy of the commons’ i.e. anything used commonly and freely by people is not cared for by anyone. ‘Commons’ are usually natural resources such as air, land, water, forests, and fish. Thus, they are not anybody’s private property. The most cited example of this ‘tragedy’ is that of overgrazing[Read More…]

Trump: America’s Pilot-In-Chief In The Post-Ecological Age

Trump: America’s Pilot-In-Chief In The Post-Ecological Age

Many Americans are frightened by the idea of Donald Trump as the country’s new pilot-in-chief, fearing he’ll crash the airliner of state (including climate and environmental policies) into a mountain or the ground. Clinton, they argued, for all her flaws, knows how to fly this thing called a country using the federal government and at least won’t end up crashing[Read More…]

Record Heat Despite A Cold Sun

Record Heat Despite A Cold Sun

Global temperature goes from heat record to heat record, yet the sun is at its dimmest for half a century. For a while, 2010 was the hottest year on record globally. But then it got overtopped by 2014. And 2014 was beaten again by 2015. And now 2016 is so warm that it is certain to be once again a[Read More…]

The researchers say 82 percent of "core ecological processes" on land and sea have been affected by climate change in a way that has not been expected "for decades." (Photo: Lwp Kommunikáció/flickr/cc)

Climate Change Has Already Altered Nearly Every Ecosystem on Earth

Climate change is already affecting life on Earth, despite a global temperature increase of just 1°C, according to a new study published in the journal Science on Friday. Nearly every ecosystem on the planet is being altered, and plants and animals are being so affected that scientists may soon be forced to intervene to create “human-assisted evolution,” the study, titled[Read More…]

A Dangerous Zero Sum Game—Donald Trump vs The Planet

A Dangerous Zero Sum Game—Donald Trump vs The Planet

Arctic News June 10, 2014 “There are such massive methane reserves below the Arctic Ocean floor, that they represent around 100 times the amount that is required to cause a Permian style major extinction event, should the subsea Arctic methane be released in a short period of time into the atmosphere….The energy necessary to produce these Arctic methane release rates[Read More…]

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Carbon Storage In Forests Is Too Small And Too Risky To Play A Serious Role As A Climate Change Mitigation Tool

In order for carbon storage even in tropical forests to be beneficial, it must remain stored essentially permanently (for many hundreds to thousands of years). No one can guarantee that future climate change, disease, and/or land use change won’t cause release of this forest carbon back into the atmosphere, which would bring us back to the starting point, before any forest carbon storage efforts were even attempted.

Last year's record heat was fueled by a combination of the effects of global warming and one of the strongest El Niño events on record since at least 1950. (Photo: Project LM/flickr/cc)

Despite Paris Climate Pledge, Planet On Track To Surpass 3°C Temperature Rise

Global warming is on track to top 3° Celsius, the United Nations warned this week, because today’s climate pledges are “not nearly enough” to prevent dangerous levels of warming. That’s according the latest annual “Emissions GapReport” (pdf) from the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), which concluded that pledges to cut emissions will result in a global temperature rise of 3.4ºC[Read More…]

Climate (In)justice: Significance of COP 22

Climate (In)justice: Significance of COP 22

The Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is one of the first international instruments to include the term ‘climate justice’. While the notion of justice has been explored in several contexts – purely legal, economic, and social –, the visible effects of climate change, most notably in the form of extreme weather events, have[Read More…]

Global Biosphere Collapse, The End Of Being, Upon Us

Global Biosphere Collapse, The End Of Being, Upon Us

Miraculous nature is being murdered. Everywhere we look inequitable over-consumption is devastating the natural ecosystems that sustain a living Earth. Together we yield to ecological truth – personally embracing a global ecology ethic, and demanding others do so as well – or we all needlessly die at each others’ throats as the global ecological system collapses and being ends. The[Read More…]

Despite the fact that the world has endured 16 consecutive months of record-breaking heat, not one of the debate moderators saw fit to ask about it in any of 2016’s general election debates. (Image: Fair.org)

The Debates Are Over, And No One Asked About Climate Change

From campaign finance reform to gun violence to poverty to education to LGBTQ rights,lots of important subjects were ignored by corporate media debate moderators in the presidential (and vice-presidential) debates. All of these topics are urgent and deserve a spotlight on the national stage. But one topic stands out as a non-factor: climate change. Climate change—or, more accurately, climate disruption—is[Read More…]

Hottest September On Record Basically “Locks In” 2016 As Hottest Year: NASA

Hottest September On Record Basically “Locks In” 2016 As Hottest Year: NASA

Last month was the hottest September on record, which means 2016 is all but locked into being the hottest year on record, according to new NASA statistics released Tuesday. “With data now available through September, 2016 annual record (~1.25ºC above late 19th [century]) seems locked in,” tweeted Dr. Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. With data[Read More…]

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Your Hard-Earned Money Is Going Towards Subsidies For The Biggest Pollutors- Big Oil companies

Even today, the fossil fuel industry remains one of the biggest contributors to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, raising the temperature of the earth by 1.5 degrees which is lethal for life to survive. For these ‘Big Oil’ companies are bringing about an economic cost for the world in terms of impact of climate change. But these companies are[Read More…]

400 ppm CO2: The Case For Renewable Energy

400 ppm CO2: The Case For Renewable Energy

Scientists have reached a near unanimous agreement that the earth has entered a new geological era – anthropocene – characterised by human induced climate change. The resulting super floods, typhoons, and heat waves have caused several thousands of deaths in the past ten to fifteen years. However, climate change not only claims its victims through the occurrence of these mega[Read More…]

A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe

A Nonviolent Strategy to End the Climate Catastrophe

As the evidence mounts that we are fast approaching the final point-of-no-return beyond which it will be impossible to take sufficient effective action to prevent climate catastrophe – see ‘The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently’ http://www.climatecentral.org/news/world-passes-400-ppm-threshold-permanently-20738 – the evidence of ineffective official responses climbs too. See, for example, ‘Climate Con: why a new global deal on aviation emissions is[Read More…]

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Echoes From The Past Expressing Hope For Humanity

A 2012 World Bank report stated that without quick action to curb CO2 emissions, global warming is likely to add 4 degrees Centigrade (39.2 degrees Fahrenheit) during the 21st century which is dangerously close to the temperature that initiated the Permian-Triassic extinction event 252 million years ago when 96% of all marine species and 70% of all terrestrial vertebrates were[Read More…]

Saving The Planet, American Style — A Critical Review, And Some Thoughts And Ideas

Saving The Planet, American Style — A Critical Review, And Some Thoughts And Ideas

Planet Earth, our habitat, is in dire straits And our world is suffering from various crises, conflicts and problems. There is hardly any sign that something is seriously being done to solve these problems. Some Americans – not government officials, not corporate big-wigs, but civil society activists – have now come forward to save the earth and, along with it,[Read More…]

The confirmation comes soon after a report from the U.K. Met Office in June warned that the planet was well on its way toward that grim milestone. (Photo: Kevin Gill/flickr/cc)

Point Of No Return: Earth Reaches 400ppm Threshold Permanently

September’s carbon dioxide output failed to drop below 400 parts per million (ppm) despite historically being the year’s low point for CO2 emissions, which means the Earth has very likely passed that symbolic climate threshold forever. The Earth has hit 400ppm before, but seasonal cycles have always reduced carbon dioxide output back below that level. Now, climate scientists say it[Read More…]

Is There A Future For Our Species ?

Is There A Future For Our Species ?

Only with honesty, truth and justice can there be a future for our species, and I don’t see any of it-anywhere

Indeed, "There is No Planet B." (Photo: theverb.org/cc/flickr)

Forget Paris, Scientists Say ‘Radical Change’ Only Way To Stay Below 2 Degrees

To much fanfare, global leaders have agreed to tackle the climate crisis by ratifying theParis climate agreement, but a group of esteemed scientists is warning that current pledges to reduce emissions are far from sufficient and, in fact, put the world on track to reaching the dangerous 2°C climate threshold by 2050. “The pledges are not going to get even[Read More…]

As Nations Embrace Paris Agreement, World’s Existing Fossil Fuels Set To Exceed Its Goals

As Nations Embrace Paris Agreement, World’s Existing Fossil Fuels Set To Exceed Its Goals

On September 21, 31 countries, including Brazil and Mexico, ratified the Paris climate agreement at a United Nations event in New York City. They joined the U.S., China, and 27 other nations which had previously committed to the agreement,bringing the total to 60 and surpassing the first of two thresholds, requiring 55 nations to ratify it. In addition, their combined[Read More…]

Dear Humans, How Long Will You Live?

Dear Humans, How Long Will You Live?

The truth is we don’t know. We pretend that we can continue to dodge the mass terrors like the one a generation ago, where we eluded a nuclear annihilation. It is now more often that we find asking ourselves, that for how long the Earth will last, when we have poisoned the water and soils and trampled thousands of creatures[Read More…]

The Next US President Can Save The Earth From Catastrophic Global Warming, But May Have Only 2017 To Do It

The Next US President Can Save The Earth From Catastrophic Global Warming, But May Have Only 2017 To Do It

Time is about to run out on holding global warming to two degrees. The next President needs to be prepared to act promptly and decisively to assure that the world changes direction.  The world’s seeming inability to make progress on climate change appears to be more a refusal to jeopardize growth of the GDP, even though economic growth (a) has arguably[Read More…]

Paris Goals Likely To Fail If Fossil Fuel Production Is Not Controlled

Paris Goals Likely To Fail If Fossil Fuel Production Is Not Controlled

Washington based think tank and advocacy group Oil Change International in association with 14 other climate change groups have come out with a very relevant report which assesses the fossil fuel production and its likely impact on the climate change which has received global attention in the recent time in Paris climate meet where new goals for global warming were[Read More…]

Global greenhouse gas emissions are not likely to slow down quickly enough to avoid passing the 1.5°C target, scientists said. (Photo: Jamie McCaffrey/flickr/cc)

Earth Could Reach Critical Climate Threshold In Decade, Scientists Warn

The planet could pass the critical 1.5°C global temperature threshold in a decade—and is already two-thirds of the way to hit that warming limit, climate scientists warned on Thursday. Speaking at a University of Oxford conference this week, led by leading U.K. climate researcher Richard Betts, scientists said global greenhouse gas emissions are not likely to slow down quickly enough[Read More…]

Corporate Takeover Of Climate Change Negotiations: Drawing Inspiration From The Tobacco Industry Precedent

Corporate Takeover Of Climate Change Negotiations: Drawing Inspiration From The Tobacco Industry Precedent

One of the major treaties to combat climate change is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It is a binding multilateral agreement that entered into force in 1994 with the objective of “. . . stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.” Its[Read More…]

Creative Collapsing: A Way To Avoid The Climate Disaster

Creative Collapsing: A Way To Avoid The Climate Disaster

Illustration from the paper “The Sower’s Way.” by Sgouridis, Csala and Bardi  recently published in the IOP Environmental Research Letters journal. The main points of the paper are summarized in a previous post. Note how fast the production of energy must fall in order to prevent temperatures from rising above the 2°C limit. It is a true “Seneca collapse“, necessary[Read More…]

Can A Blanket Violate The Second Law Of Thermodynamics?

Can A Blanket Violate The Second Law Of Thermodynamics?

One of the silliest arguments of climate deniers goes like this: the atmosphere with its greenhouse gases cannot warm the Earth’s surface, because it is colder than the surface. But heat always flows from warm to cold and never vice versa, as stated in the second law of thermodynamics. The freshly baked Australian Senator Malcolm Roberts has recently phrased it[Read More…]

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The Rise Of The Right And Climate Catastrophe

The Rise Of The Right And Climate Catastrophe

In a year of record-setting heat on a blistered globe, with fast-warmingoceans, fast-melting ice caps, and fast-rising sea levels, ratification of the December 2015 Paris climate summit agreement — already endorsed by most nations — should be a complete no-brainer.  That it isn’t tells you a great deal about our world.  Global geopolitics and the possible rightward lurch of many countries (including a potential deal-breaking election in[Read More…]

"While there may be a tendency to be complacent about the recurring record temperatures, with each month come more climate-related consequences that cannot be ignored, and they make for big news stories," writes Astrid Caldas of the Union of Concerned Scientists. (Photo: Francesco Bonito Oliva/flickr/cc)

August Was Another Hottest Month For The Record Books

Another month, another temperature record shattered. NASA data released Monday shows not only that last month was the hottest August since record-keeping started in 1880, but that it tied with July for the warmest month in the last 136 years. According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, August 2016’s temperature was 0.16 degrees Celsius warmer than the previous warmest August[Read More…]

 Ending Ecocide And Genocide

 Ending Ecocide And Genocide

Humanity has waged war against the natural world for millennia, intensifying with the industrial revolution, culminating with 9/11 terror and resulting perma-war, and threatening now to collapse the biosphere. Centuries ago an epic wave of ecological terror swept from Northern Europe as the industrial revolution and colonialism put a price on everything, liquidating natural ecosystems for illusory consumption by some,[Read More…]

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Work, Energy, Money And Climate Change

Work, Energy, Money And Climate Change

  I was travelling in Europe last month, and was very disappointed by what I saw and heard. There is a lack of unity between Western workers and the workers of the world. The gap between the prosperity of a few highly professionalised workers in the West who are more and more aligned with the capitalists and managers, and the[Read More…]

Mount Everest -- also called Sagarmāthā in Nepali; Chomolungma in Tibetan -- the Earth's highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level.  Also visible in this airliner view from about 30,000 feet are other 8000 meter peaks such as Makalu,  Cho Oyu and  Lohtse.  Note the large number of glaciers with clear signs of melting, such as debris covered and fractured ablation zones and newly revealed bare rock below the ends of the glaciers.

The Himalayan Victims Of Climate Change

On the second anniversary of the 2014 Kashmir flood – dubbed by some as the worst in a century – I write this short piece as a victim of climate change. I was in New Delhi when the flooding began. Having spoken to my parents on the very morning of the flood, I was told that the muddied Jhelum waters[Read More…]

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The Anthropocene Is Here: Humanity Has Pushed Earth Into A New Epoch

The Anthropocene Epoch has begun, according to a group of experts assembled at the International Geological Congress in Cape Town, South Africa this week. After seven years of deliberation, members of an international working group votedunanimously on Monday to acknowledge that the Anthropocene—a geologic time interval so-dubbed by chemists Paul Crutzen and Eugene Stoermer in 2000—is real. The epoch is[Read More…]

Critique Of CEDA’s  “Economics Of Climate Change” – Neoliberalism Dooms Planet

Critique Of CEDA’s  “Economics Of Climate Change” – Neoliberalism Dooms Planet

The highly influential but neoliberal Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) has published a detailed analysis entitled The Economics of Climate Change. However this report ignores a veritable Herd of Elephants in the Room apparent to science-informed climate change analysts, ignores the acute, existential  seriousness of the worsening climate emergency, and absurdly argues for effective Business As Usual (BAU)[Read More…]

IPCC Special Report To Scrutinise ‘Feasibility’ Of 1.5C Climate Goal

IPCC Special Report To Scrutinise ‘Feasibility’ Of 1.5C Climate Goal

The head of the United Nation’s climate body has called for a thorough assessment of the feasibility of the international goal to limit warming to 1.5C. Dr Hoesung Lee, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), told delegates at a meeting in Geneva, which is designed to flesh out the contents of a special report on 1.5C, that[Read More…]

July 2016 was "the warmest month of any in a data record that can be extended back to the nineteenth century," according to the U.K.-based Copernicus Climate Change Service (CCCS). Hot enough to fry an egg, they say. (Photo: Jen/cc/flickr)

The Earth Just Experienced The Hottest Month On The Books

On Monday it was confirmed that the Earth has broken an ominous climate milestone amid a wave of troubling records: July 2016 was the hottest recorded month—ever. According to new NASA data, the global mean surface temperatures last month were 0.84° Celsius (1.51° Fahrenheit) above average and was the warmest July in their data set, which dates back to 1880.[Read More…]

Humans Are Poisoning The Ocean—And It’s Poisoning Us Back

Humans Are Poisoning The Ocean—And It’s Poisoning Us Back

It’s no secret that we have trashed, poisoned, and warmed oceans at an unprecedented ratevia human-caused climate change and pollution. It seems that oceans may be paying us back in kind, according to a new study that found levels of bacteria responsible for life-threatening illnesses spiking in the North Atlantic region. The study published Monday in the Proceedings of the[Read More…]

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Existential Threats And Our Belief Systems

Existential Threats And Our Belief Systems

This new Homo sapiens contradictory planetary reality leaves not just the western world, but the whole world in search for answers. We need to find the reason we are heading so rapidly toward dangerous shoals. How could we, the most clever and brilliant primate ever, be bringing on our own demise? Where did we all go so wrong? Could it[Read More…]

 The Climate Activist Mistake And What Is Needed Now

 The Climate Activist Mistake And What Is Needed Now

John Michael Greer has written a provocative essay: Climate Change Activism: a Postmortem. His list of activist mistakes should be interesting to many of you but Greer makes the same tactical error as the activists he derides in his ‘postmortem’. Greer is still concerned about winning political and economic battles instead of getting to necessary emergency government as quickly as[Read More…]

Last year's record heat was fueled by a combination of the effects of global warming and one of the strongest El Niño events on record since at least 1950. (Photo: Project LM/flickr/cc)

Climate Change Is Here And Now, Dire NOAA Report Warns

Environmental records of all kinds are being shattered as climate change takes effect in real time, scientists warned on Tuesday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) released its annual State of the Climate report with the dire warning that 2015 was the hottest year on record since at least the mid-to-late 19th century, confirming the “toppling of several symbolic[Read More…]

What If Jasmine Loses Its Fragrance? Could Poetry, Nay Life Itself, Ever Be The Same?

What If Jasmine Loses Its Fragrance? Could Poetry, Nay Life Itself, Ever Be The Same?

“Flowers may be losing their diverse and delicious fragrances, thanks to increasing temperatures associated with global climate change, scientists say.”The research was published in the journal Plant, Cell and Environment. The ideal temperature required for cultivation of flowers – 28 degrees and 18 degrees respectively for day and night – is not available anymore, not even during winter.Due to climate change[Read More…]

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Scorching Global Temps Astound Climate Scientists

Scorching Global Temps Astound Climate Scientists

Record global heat in the first half of 2016 has caught climate scientists off-guard, reportsThompson Reuters Foundation. “What concerns me most is that we didn’t anticipate these temperature jumps,” David Carlson, director of the World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) climate research program, told Thompson Reuters Foundation late Monday. “We predicted moderate warmth for 2016, but nothing like the temperature rises we’ve[Read More…]

Kuwait Experiences The Highest Temperature With World Under Heat Waves

Kuwait Experiences The Highest Temperature With World Under Heat Waves

The World Meteorological  Organization(WMO), a specialized UN agency  has decided to constitute a committee to know whether  Kuwait’s Mitrabah had experienced the hottest day with the temperature 54.0°C; the temperature is the highest for the eastern hemisphere. The WMD is itself worried and to know whether the data was accurate, a high level scientific committee with Kuwait and  WMO official[Read More…]

Saving Coral Reefs Means Slashing Emissions

Saving Coral Reefs Means Slashing Emissions

An example of coral bleaching. (Photo: SarahDepper/flickr/cc) Climate change is the primary cause of coral reef degradation around the world, according to a groundbreaking new study that casts doubt on the previous scientific understanding of reef erosion. The research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, finds that even isolated coral reefs, far away from localized human degradation like[Read More…]

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Hot Hot Heat: New Data Shows World Is Baking In 2016

Hot Hot Heat: New Data Shows World Is Baking In 2016

As the party of climate science denial convenes in Cleveland this week—minus the few Republicans who care about global warming—new data further confirms that the world is on fire. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) announced Tuesday that June 2016 was 1.62° F above the 20th century average, breaking last year’s record for the warmest June on record by[Read More…]

New UK PM Theresa May Shuts Climate Change Office

New UK PM Theresa May Shuts Climate Change Office

Less than a day after becoming the U.K.’s unelected leader, Prime Minister Theresa May closed the government’s climate change office, a move instantly condemned as “shocking” and “plain stupid.” May shuttered the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on Thursday and moved responsibility for the environment to a new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy. The decision comes[Read More…]

What We As A People Can Do

What We As A People Can Do

  Co-Written by Richard Heinberg, David Fridley Ed. note: This is Chapter 10 of Richard Heinberg’s and David Fridley’s new book, Our Renewable Future, now available from Island Press. Post Carbon Institute’s companion website,ourrenewablefuture.org has also just been launched and contains additional content not in the book. Sound national and international climate policies are crucial: without them, it will be impossible to[Read More…]

What We Need To Do To Survive And Have A Good Life

What We Need To Do To Survive And Have A Good Life

We must assess the consequences of our lifestyle on the planet’s declining liveability, as we already have a rising chemical imbalance in the biosphere which impairs life’s ability to control its climate. Furthermore, we’re expecting  9 billion people within thirty odd years; this, in a world of depleting organic and inorganic resources, rising sea levels, and increasing temperatures, that will[Read More…]

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June Was Warmest On Record For U.S

June Was Warmest On Record For U.S

The June temperature for the contiguous U.S. was 71.8°F, or 3.3°F above the 20th century average, surpassing the previous record of 71.6°F set in 1933. The year-to-date (January-June) temperaturewas 50.8°F, 3.2°F above the 20th century average, making it the third warmest on record. The June precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was 2.46 inches, 0.47 inch below the 20th century[Read More…]

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low For June Amid Escalating Warnings

Arctic Sea Ice Hits Record Low For June Amid Escalating Warnings

Shrinking sea cover means the Earth’s surface darkens, increasing absorption of the sun’s energy. (Photo: Christopher Mikel/flickr/cc) Arctic sea ice plummeted to a record low in June, shrinking 56,900 square kilometers (22,000 square miles) per day last month, according to new figures from the National Snow & Ice Data Center. June’s “sea ice extent” was 260,000 square kilometers (100,000 square[Read More…]

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What Would A Global Warming  Increase Of 1.5 Degrees Be Like?

What Would A Global Warming Increase Of 1.5 Degrees Be Like?

The Paris climate conference set the ambitious goal of finding ways to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, rather than the previous threshold of 2 degrees. But what would be the difference between a 1.5 and 2 degree world? And how realistic is such a target?

The climate Titanic And The Melting Icebergs

The climate Titanic And The Melting Icebergs

“In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act” –George Orwell March 2016 set a new record temperature for that time of year, according to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. The global temperature was 2.30 °F (1.28 °C) warmer than the average for March from 1951 to 1980, which is used as a baseline. http://climate.nasa.gov/news/2432/[Read More…]

Atmospheric CO2 Level May Not Drop Below 400 ppm “Within Our Lifetimes”

Atmospheric CO2 Level May Not Drop Below 400 ppm “Within Our Lifetimes”

Atmospheric concentrations of CO2 will stay permanently above 400 parts per million (ppm) this year due to El Nino—and will likely not drop below that number again “within our lifetimes,” according to a study published this week in the journal Nature. The milestone represents a symbolic threshold that scientists and environmentalists had long sought to avoid. Greenhouse gases have jumped 48[Read More…]

The Dithering Age: Holocene, Anthropocene, And Chthlucene

The Dithering Age: Holocene, Anthropocene, And Chthlucene

A sword age, axe age, shields are cloven, a wind age, wolf age, ere the world sinks — Volupsa There is no question that anthropogenic activity has profoundly damaged the vast interrelated web of ecological systems that maintain the conditions for life on this planet. Similarly there is an increasingly agreement among climate scientists that we are currently in the[Read More…]

The Case For A Child-Centered Energy And Climate Policy

The Case For A Child-Centered Energy And Climate Policy

Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning. Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) is the root cause of much of children’s ill health children today as well as their uncertain future. There are strong scientific arguments, as well persuasive economic ones, for reducing the world’s dependence on energy generated by the burning of fossil[Read More…]

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Worsening Climate Emergency And Record CO2 Emissions Demand Vegetarian Diet For All To Help Save Planet

Worsening Climate Emergency And Record CO2 Emissions Demand Vegetarian Diet For All To Help Save Planet

  Annual global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions presently  total  64 billion tonnes CO2-equivalent with methanogenic livestock production contributing over 50%. With annual emissions of CO2 per se from industry at a record high,  and with Humanity and  the Biosphere existentially threatened by the Methane Bomb of the warming Arctic in coming decades, we must all urgently adopt a vegetarian or[Read More…]

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Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Set To Pass 400ppm—Permanently

Carbon Dioxide Levels Are Set To Pass 400ppm—Permanently

Record carbon dioxide levels are set to surpass the symbolic threshold of 400 parts per million (PPM) this year and will likely never fall below that line again in our lifetimes, according to a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. Scientists at the UK Met Office used emissions data, sea surface temperature figures, and a climate[Read More…]

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The Doomsday Clock: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, And The Prospects For Survival

The Doomsday Clock: Nuclear Weapons, Climate Change, And The Prospects For Survival

[This essay is excerpted from Noam Chomsky’s new book, Who Rules the World? (Metropolitan Books).] In January 2015, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists advanced its famous Doomsday Clock to three minutes before midnight, a threat level that had not been reached for 30 years. The Bulletin’s statement explaining this advance toward catastrophe invoked the two major threats to survival:[Read More…]

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Oceans Are Dying

Oceans Are Dying

Threatened by climate change, pollution, overfishing, and oil spills, the world’s oceans are suffering, scientists warned on Wednesday—the day designated by the United Nations as one to honor the deep blue sea. From widespread coral bleaching to floundering fish species to garbage stretching across the water’s surface and hundreds of feet down, it’s clear that human activity is taking its[Read More…]

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Climate Change Censorship: Australia And UNESCO

Climate Change Censorship: Australia And UNESCO

Censoring climate change and its reporting is a big business, notably among fossil fuel obsessives and those in denial. It continues to fulfil a role in the policies of Australia’s Turnbull government. Even after the demise of Tony Abbott last year, his successor continues to scrub his own environmental credentials from his profile. As he does so, an assortment of[Read More…]

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The Boiling Pot

The Boiling Pot

On the surface, things appear normal. The status quo of life in America circa 2016 isn’t to everyone’s liking, but at least the system is still working after a fashion. The price of oil is going up a bit: that means the cost of driving is also creeping higher, but steeper prices provide a little welcome relief for an oil[Read More…]

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Climate Criminal Coalition Government Lying Endangers Australia & Planet – Australians Must Vote 1 Green And Put The Coalition Last

Climate Criminal Coalition Government Lying Endangers Australia & Planet – Australians Must Vote 1 Green And Put The Coalition Last

  Rational risk management is crucial for societal safety and  successively  involves  (a) accurate information, (b) scientific analysis,  and (c) informed  systemic change to minimize risk. However the anti-science, anti-environment,  pro-fossil fuels  Australian Coalition Government has utterly perverted this process in relation to the worsening climate emergency through  spin, lying by commission,  lying by omission and censorship. Critically, Coalition Government[Read More…]