Climate Change

Climate change: money today vs survival tomorrow

With this Tweet, an anonymous fossil fuel booster with ten followers established his concern for BC’s marine environment:

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He has similar regard for people who want money spent on renewable energy instead of tens of billions in tax dollars paid to subsidize fossil fuels, particularly tar sands output.

One callous bleat referenced protesters at the Kinder Morgan site in Burnaby.

Even if evidence of global warming was not overwhelming, the precautionary principle dictates a radical change in the way we conduct ourselves. Yet, our governments, major banks that fear stranded assets, the fossil fuel industry and its many agents, deny the science. Cash in pockets today ranks above survival of humans tomorrow.

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From EOS, a weekly publication of the American Geophysical Union:

Earth’s average surface temperature in 2017 placed as the second or third highest on record, according to new analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NASA’s analysis, released yesterday during a press conference, showed that 2017 is the second-hottest year on record and that the average global temperature rose 0.9°C (1.6°F) above the 1951–1980 average. The size of the temperature increase was calculated from thousands of measurements from more than 6,000 weather stations, ship- and buoy-based observations of sea surface temperatures, and measurements across Antarctic research stations.

“Despite colder than average temperatures in any one part of the world, temperatures over the planet as a whole continue the rapid warming trend we’ve seen over the last 40 years.”An analysis from NOAA, released during the same press conference, produced similar results: According to NOAA’s models, 2017 ranked as the thi­rd-warmest year on record. Specifically, NOAA scientists found that temperatures rose 0.84°C (1.5°F) above the 20th century average (1901–2000).
“Despite colder than average temperatures in any one part of the world, temperatures over the planet as a whole continue the rapid warming trend we’ve seen over the last 40 years,” said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City, at the press conference.

Denialism: what drives people to reject the truth, The Guardian Long Read:

We are all in denial, some of the time at least. Part of being human, and living in a society with other humans, is finding clever ways to express – and conceal – our feelings…

[People] argue that the Holocaust (and other genocides) never happened, that anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change is a myth…

In some ways, denialism is a terrible term. No one calls themselves a “denialist”, and no one signs up to all forms of denialism…

Climate change denialists have not managed to overturn the general scientific consensus that it is occurring and caused by human activity. What they have managed to do is provide subtle and not-so-subtle support for those opposed to taking radical action to address this urgent problem. Achieving a global agreement that could underpin a transition to a post-carbon economy, and that would be capable of slowing the temperature increase, was always going to be an enormous challenge. Climate change denialism has helped to make the challenge even harder.

Denialism can also create an environment of hate and suspicion…

Denialism has moved from the fringes to the centre of public discourse, helped in part by new technology. As information becomes freer to access online, as “research” has been opened to anyone with a web browser, as previously marginal voices climb on to the online soapbox, so the opportunities for countering accepted truths multiply. No one can be entirely ostracised, marginalised and dismissed as a crank anymore.

The sheer profusion of voices, the plurality of opinions, the cacophony of the controversy, are enough to make anyone doubt what they should believe…

Scorching Summer in Europe Signals Long-Term Climate Changes, New York Times, August 4, 2018:

…Not only is much of northern and western Europe hotter than normal, but the weather is also more erratic. Torrential rains and violent thunderstorms have alternated with droughts in parts of France. In the Netherlands, a drought — rather than the rising seas — is hurting its system of dikes because there is not enough fresh water countering the seawater.

The preliminary results of the Oxford study found that, in some places, climate change more than doubled the likelihood of this summer’s European heat wave.

“In the past, we had this kind of heat wave once every 10 years, and now we have them every two years or something like that,” said François-Marie Bréon, a climatologist and deputy director of the Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Science, a research institute affiliated with France’s National Center for Scientific Research.

“That’s really the sign of climate change: We have heat waves that aren’t necessarily more intense but that are more and more frequent.”

Domino-effect of climate events could move Earth into a ‘hothouse’ state, The Guardian, August 7, 2018

A domino-like cascade of melting ice, warming seas, shifting currents and dying forests could tilt the Earth into a “hothouse” state beyond which human efforts to reduce emissions will be increasingly futile, a group of leading climate scientists has warned.

This grim prospect is sketched out in a journal paper that considers the combined consequences of 10 climate change processes, including the release of methane trapped in Siberian permafrost and the impact of melting ice in Greenland on the Antarctic…

4 replies »

  1. Look around the world and see the direction everyone else is going. The days of buffalo hunting, beaver trapping, dragging for offshore cod in Newfoundland, all have had their day. The optimum word is HAD. It is time to hang up the fossil fuel tools and find a new vocation to support your family. That way you might leave something for them to actually exist at a level you have the privilege of enjoying.

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  2. A friend just brought to my attention how atmospheric violence has been destroying huge numbers of wind turbines in Japan. Even feathering the blades has not saved the machines from destruction.
    Violence by natural forces seems to becoming the norm . There is a reason and so far the only culprit identified is the burning of hydro carbons.


  3. Hello Norm: The BC Government will find a new way to blame the cost overruns of the BC Hydro Site C Dam.. wildfires caused by the changing climate … and a new way to charge the consumer. As the hydro lines crash to the ground they will start new fires. If you want to be reconnected … the rate payer will pay. The Hydro executives will once again get bonuses for a scheme that includes higher fire insurance rates, financing of such a huge project, underfunded liability and a drop in the BC Credit rating.
    The San Francisco Chronicle explains the plan August 26, edition.

    “Consider PG&E, the state’s largest utility, whose wires have been blamed for starting 16 of the fires that ravaged Northern California last fall. The San Francisco company reports that its cost for obtaining liability insurance has jumped 140 percent since the October fires.

    PG&E faces the added problem of paying more for financing, after credit agencies downgraded its rating as a result of the fires. The company estimates that its rising premiums, along with higher costs of borrowing and raising capital, could add as much as $150 per year to a typical PG&E customer’s bills.

    More than 200 lawsuits have been filed against the San Francisco company blaming it for the Wine Country fires, and estimates of PG&E’s potential liability reach $17 billion. The company had about $840 million in liability insurance when the flames broke out. It is now finalizing $1 billion to $1.5 billion of coverage, at a cost of about $350 million.”


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