With this Tweet, an anonymous fossil fuel booster with ten followers established his concern for BC’s marine environment:
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.
Right. Who would want to arrest arsonists to keep them from lighting fires that might burn down neighbourhoods. Arrests would keep the arsonists from providing for their families. #cdnpoli #abpoli #bcpolihttps://t.co/8HZtpkS5vF
— Norm Farrell – In-Sights.ca (@Norm_Farrell) August 5, 2018
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.
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…