'Severe... Pervasive... Irreversible": IPCC's Devastating Climate Change Conclusions
A draft of the UN panel's synthesis report on the global scientific community's assessment of human-caused global warming offers the starkest and most strongly-worded warning yet of the dangers ahead
JOHN QUEALLY| COMMONDREAMS.COM | 08/27/14 | TS
According to the Associated Press, which reviewed the 127-page document, the IPCC draft paints a harsh warning of what’s causing global warming and what it will do to humans and the environment. It also describes what can be done about it. “Continued emission of greenhouse gases will cause further warming and long-lasting changes in all components of the climate system, increasing the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems,” the report says.
MVC Maps Chart Projected Sea Level Rise on Island
OLIVIA HULL | MVGAZETTE.COM | 08/27/14 | OOI
While sea level rise worldwide has averaged two millimeters per year between 1971 and 2010, according to the International Panel on Climate Change, sea level rise at Nantucket averaged 3.94 millimeters per year in a similar period of time, according to a study performed by NOAA … The Martha’s Vineyard Commission combined local subsidence levels with some of the most conservative estimates for sea level rise to present a likely scenario useful to planners.
Sydney University creates waves with investment ban on coal
PETER HANNAM | SMH.COM.AU | 08/27/14 | ID
"Universities have a special role in thought leadership and should be participating in Australia's transition from a disproportionately resource-based economy to a knowledge, information and service-based future," Senator Milne said. "Fossil fuel divestment needs to be part of that."
Midwestern Wheat Left Rotting as Oil Trains Roll By
Oil boom in North Dakota is delaying massive grain shipments, farmers say
DEIRDRE FULTON | COMMONDREAMS.COM | 08/27/14 | E
"Unfortunately, agriculture does not seem to be a priority for [Canadian Pacific Railroad] and [Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway]," Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, told the Surface Transportation Board on April 10. "It seems that oil, coal and container shipments are ahead of grain in the list of shipping priorities."
This Year's 'Ecological Debt' Has Begun
We've hit this year's Earth Overshooot Day; humanity has used up nature's resources for the year
ANDREA GERMANOS | COMMONDREAMS.COM | 08/20/14 | ENV
It's time for humanity to get out a pen to make out its annual IOU to the Earth. That's because Tuesday marks Earth Overshoot Day, the day humanity has used up the carbon storing abilities and all the planet's natural resources that Earth can provide in the year. This "ecologicial debt" marker is a date the world has been reaching sooner each year for more than a decade ...
Towards a New Co-Existence: On Reframing Our Ecological Crises
ELIZABETH ORIEL | COMMONDREAMS.COM | 08/20/14 | BC
Both climate change and rapid species extinction are usually framed as problems arising from human overpopulation, resource depletion, industrial, technological, and economic development … Prescriptions for these crises are centered on outer solutions, outer issues, but there are inner and outer realms and both must be addressed ...
Climate Change – Point of No Return
MARGARET KIMBERLEY | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 10/08/14 | A
Time’s up, or so planet earth seems to be telling humanity … The processes are clear to anyone who pays attention … Money is the elephant in the climate change room. Corporations are beholden to no one but themselves … “Corporate personhood” is a one way street and everything from income inequality to planetary destruction is the proof.
Rules prevent solar panels in many states with abundant sunlight
EVAN HALPER | LATIMES.COM | 10/08/14 | PP
Few places in the country are so warm and bright as … St. Petersburg, Fla. once noted in the Guinness Book of World Records for a 768-day stretch of sunny days. But while Florida advertises itself as the Sunshine State, power company executives and regulators have worked successfully to keep most Floridians from using that sunshine to generate their own power.
Take It from the Pacific: To Win on Climate, You've Got to Fight
FENTON LUTUNATABUA | HUFFINGTONPOST.COM | 10/08/14 | A
“… we're on the frontlines of the climate crisis. Many of our islands are just a couple of feet above sea level … "We are planning extreme measures because we are in extreme times … "We've learned that we cannot solve the climate crisis by staying at home -- we've got to get out, stand up and …”
Rising Tide North America Statement of Solidarity with Palestine
RISING TIDE NA | RISINGTIDENORTHAMERICA.ORG | 10/08/14 | A
Rising Tide North America is part of the global movement against climate chaos and for social and environmental justice. We believe climate change can only be addressed by exposing the intersections between the oppressions of humans and the earth. No effort to create a livable future will succeed without the empowerment of marginalized communities and the dismantling of the systems of oppression that keep us divided.
Coastal Restoration Projects Lag Due to FEMA Funding Delays
OLIVIA HULL | MVGAZETTE.COM | 07/08/14|OOI
The town of Oak Bluffs is continuing to press for federal disaster aid to dredge the channel and for four other projects, more than 21 months after Hurricane Sandy damaged parts of town exposed to the sea. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is studying the five projects, but their review process has taken longer than expected ...
This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate - Book Trailer
NAOMI KLEIN | THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING | 07/08/14 | E
The really inconvenient truth is that it’s not about carbon—it’s about capitalism. In her most provocative book yet, Naomi Klein, author of the global bestsellers The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, tackles the most profound threat humanity has ever faced: the war our economic model is waging against life on earth …
Study: Big Oil pays 11.7 percent tax rate
TIM DEVANEY | THEHILL.COM | 07/08/14 | PP
"Many of the companies deferred more of their federal income taxes than they actually paid during the last five years,"... these oil companies made $133 billion in profits between 2009 and 2013, but paid just $15.6 billion in federal taxes … pay(ing) more than 46% in income taxes to foreign governments where they operated during this time period.
Climate Change and Waiting for Bruce Willis - Christopher Williams on Reality Asserts Itself (1/5)
PAUL JAY | THEREALNEWS.COM | 08/06/14 | PP
Mr. Williams says capitalism is not capable of facing up to the climate change crisis - and because there won't be a hero that appears to save the day, it's up to us to make the change
At Five Year Mark, Vineyard Power Gains Foothold in Race to Develop Alternative Energy
ALEX ELVIN | MVGAZETTE.COM | 08/03/14 | OOI
Vineyard Power, the Island-owned energy cooperative, is entering the next phase of its plan to build a 40-kilowatt wind farm south of the Vineyard … president Richard Andre said the cooperative will bid on a portion of the federally-owned Massachusetts wind area … That represents a major turning point, Mr. Andre said ...
Not in my backyard: US sending dirty coal abroad
DINA CAPPIELLO | BIGSTORY.AP.ORG | 08/03/14 | PP
In Oregon and Washington state, where three proposed terminals would double U.S. coal exports, the Democratic governors are pressing the administration to assess the global-warming impact of that coal when it is burned abroad. The administration has refused to do so … Last year, the U.S. exported coal worth $11 billion.
DAVID GOLDSTEIN | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 08/03/14 |BC
The United States prides itself on being "the home of the brave."... To cause destruction and death in the name of activities that are, in themselves, clearly destructive, is very far from brave. Let's at least have the courage to do this: Let's tell it like it is.
The Original Geo-Engineers: How Beavers Can Help Save the Humans
CHIP WARD | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 08/03/14 | ENV
It’s no exaggeration to credit them for their major role in building the North American landscape ... spreading water to a Noah’s Ark-worth of creatures that thrive in the wet habitats they create … they are key to the restoration of damaged watersheds … for millions of humans whose drinking water originates in heat-stressed watersheds that could be restored by the beaver’s hydrological habits.
'David vs. Goliath Victory': (Maine) Port Town Votes to Block Tar Sands Export
LAUREN McCAULEY| COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 08/03/14 | A
“The oil industry is not invincible, and the exploitation of tar sands is not inevitable."
"Tonight citizens working to protect their community prevailed over Big Oil" … "Tar sands is the dirtiest form of oil now threatening us," ... "Some communities face threats from pipeline spills, others from extraction and mining, and others from loading and refining. All of us face the threat of climate change worsened by tar sands."
Hard Facts About Fracking
SCOTT DODD | ONEARTH.ORG | 07/30/14 |ENV
A new book evaluates whether natural gas is a 'transitional fuel' to a low-carbon future—or perhaps, more like a methadone addiction that's tearing apart rural communities.
Climate scientists have a beef with beef
GEOFFREY MOHAN | LATIMES.COM | 07/22/14 | ENV
Raising cattle in the U.S. requires 28 times as much land and 11 times as much irrigation water, and pumps at least five times as much planet-warming gases into Earth's atmosphere than producing the equivalent calories of dairy products, poultry, pork or eggs.
The Turning Point: New Hope for the Climate
AL GORE | ROLLINGSTONE.COM | 06/22/14 | ENV
In the struggle to solve the climate crisis, a powerful, largely unnoticed shift is taking place. The forward journey for human civilization will be difficult and dangerous, but it is now clear that we will ultimately prevail. The only question is how quickly we can accelerate and complete the transition to a low-carbon civilization.
NRC kicks evacuation plans back to the state
CHRISTINE LEGERE | CAPECODONLINE | 06/21/14 | CP
"The commonwealth of Massachusetts has the overall authority for making protective action decisions (e.g., sheltering and evacuation) to ensure the safety of Massachusetts residents during a radiological event," Macfarlane said. Plant critics say that authority would allow the governor to demand Pilgrim be closed because it's impossible to come up with a viable evacuation plan should the plant have an accident.
Green Means Go
Professional race-car driver Leilani Munter refuses to slow down until she’s taken fans across the finish line—to a sustainable future.
TOMMY TOMLINSON | ONEARTH.ORG | 06/05/14 | MP
Let’s ... end any silly debates about whether you can be green and be a badass right here and now. Leilani Munter happens to be an electric-car-owning, rainwater-collecting, backyard-composting vegan who also used to be a stunt double for Catherine Zeta-Jones and who currently makes her living as a professional race-car driver.
A Cautionary Tale: Tar Sands Oil And Health. Part 2
SHARON GUYNUP | WHOWHATWHY.COM | 06/05/14 | KXL
Questions have been raised in Congress about the possible health effects that may result from pumping 35 million gallons a day ... from Alberta, Canada, through the heart of America to refineries on the Gulf Coast. And there are questions that are barely being asked or answered. Here, we take a look at some of them.
Fuel for Discussion
OPINION | CAPE COD TIMES | 06/03/14 | CP
Nuclear power, used responsibly, is an important part of the country's drive toward energy independence. However, without a concerted effort to deal with this hazardous waste that this process creates, we could potentially face horrors that would outstrip anything we, or even Edgar Allen Poe, could imagine.
Climate engineering can't erase climate change
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY | PAYS.ORG | 06/03/14 | TS
Tinkering with climate change through climate engineering isn't going to help us get around what we have to do says a new report authored by researchers at six universities, including Simon Fraser University ... We have to reduce the amount of carbon being released into the atmosphere.