'It Is Not Hopeless,' says World's Chief Climate Scientist
As Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change opens meeting to finalize latest report to the world, head of agency says meeting challenge of global warming will not be easy, but that it can be done
JOHN QUEALLY | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 10/28/14 | PP
"A great deal of work and tall hurdles lie ahead. But it can be done. We still have time to build a better, more sustainable world. We still have time to avoid the most serious impacts of climate change," he said. "But we have precious little of that time."
Nurses Emerge as Front Line 'Climate Workers'
TAMANNA RAHMAN, BRENDAN SMITH | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 10/28/14 | ENV
The climate crisis is morphing into a public health crisis, forcing nurses to join the ranks of other workers on the front lines of climate change: firefighters battling ever more destructive fires, farmers struggling to coax crops from drought-ravaged fields, fishermen hauling empty nets from warming waters ...
Climate activist argues resistance is necessary to protect the public trust
JEREMY BRECHER | WAGINGNONVIOLENCE.ORG | 10/28/14 | PP
Alec Johnson, a.k.a. “Climate Hawk,”… will be the first defendant anywhere to make a necessity defense based on the duty of government to protect the climate under the public trust doctrine. “When it comes to our commons, to our public property, we the people have rights in a public trust.”
What Would Bernie Do?
WILLIAM GREIDER | THENATION.COM | 10/28/14 | PP
… we can count on him to serve as creative provocateur … “I intend to caucus with that party that will most likely support a major federal jobs program … supports overturning the disastrous Citizens United decision … and is prepared to aggressively address the international crisis of global warming.”
Solar cheaper in India than imported Australian coal
SOPHIE VORRATH | RENEWECONOMY.COM.AU | 10/28/14 | E
The results of India’s latest solar auction are in, and it is bad news for developers of Australian coal projects – solar PV is cheaper for Indian users than the electricity price needed to pay for imports of coal from Australia.
There’s a surprisingly strong link between climate change and violence
CHRIS MOONEY | WASHINGTONPOST.COM | 10/28/14/ | WCC
Earlier this year, when a study came out suggesting global warming will increase the rates of violent crimes in the United States … it drew widespread criticism. "This ... is what people who are losing the argument look like," noted the conservative publication National Review. One study may seem easy to dismiss. But the combined results of 56 of them? Not so much.
Climate Change Is Sum of Many Parts
ELIZABETH DURKEE | VINEYARDGAZETTE.COM | 10/24/14 | OOI
I completely agree with the Gazette’s 10/09 editorial (The Commission in Transition). Now is a perfect time for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission to “articulate its mission and reconsider its priorities.” To take it a step further, it is time for the commission to prioritize its planning under the umbrella of climate change.
2014 Set to be Hottest Year in Recorded Human History: NOAA
SARAH LAZARE | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 10/23/14 | TS
2014 is set to be the warmest calendar year in recorded human history, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center revealed … The NOAA's findings echo those of NASA, which earlier this month that the last six months were the warmest such period of time ever recorded.
The Wisdom of the Crowd
HENDRIK HERTZBERG | NEWYORKER.COM | 10/23/14 | BC
"… half into the march, the throng fell silent, suddenly and completely. Then came the wave … then, like thunder after distant lightning, a wall of sound, a deafening, exuberant roar of human voices all around.
No speakers? Not quite. More like hundreds of thousands."
South Florida City Votes To Secede In Last-Ditch Effort To Avoid Being Swallowed By The Sea
KATIE VALENTINE | CLIMATEPROGRESS.ORG | 10/23/14 | A
“South Florida’s situation is very precarious and in need of immediate attention,” the resolution states. “Many of the issues facing South Florida are not political, but are now significant safety issues.”
Climate records are breaking so often now, we’ve stopped paying attention
CHRIS MOONEY | WASHINGTONPOST.COM | 10/22//14 | TS
"On Monday, we learned from the NOAA that last September was the hottest of them all, out of 135 Septembers going back to 1880. The same was true for August 2014 … Global warming has often been likened to the situation of a frog in slowly boiling water. We’ve been the frog for almost 30 years.
One Month After Historic People’s Climate March, 'Climate Action' from Global Leaders Still Disappointing
SHA GROGAN-BROWN l COMMONDREAMS.ORG l 10/21/14 l PP
"… But what happens next matters even more. Frontline communities in the U.S. and around the world are struggling every day to survive this climate crisis, and are organizing around community solutions to climate change. They are and local infrastructure …"
Community Rating System doesn’t rate on Martha’s Vineyard
BARRY STRINGFELLOW | MVTIMES.COM | 10/19/14 | OOI
As sea levels and flood insurance premiums continue their inevitable rise, the Community Rating System (CRS) can help mitigate the costs of both. However, none of the six towns on Martha’s Vineyard is enlisted in the Community Rating System.
New Evidence Links Global Heat Waves to Climate Change
JESSICA DESVARIEUX | REALNEWS.COM | 10/08/14 | TS
Meteorologist Jeff Masters explains the latest evidence linking man-made climate change to record heat waves and extreme weather across the world
Filled with Hope After People's Climate March
ZELDA GAMSON | MVGAZETTE.COM | 10/06/14 | OOI
"I couldn’t resist. When I heard about the People’s Climate March in New York city, I just had to go ... I needed to do this for my five grandkids. They will be inheriting the earth, including our little piece of it in Chilmark ... At that moment, though, I was filled with joy and shimmering hope."
Long-standing economic resistance went mainstream at People’s Climate March
KATE ARONOFF | WAGINGNONVIOLENCE.ORG | 09/28/14 | E
Late as it may be, this week’s very public shift towards a more thorough economic analysis of the climate crisis is a positive and, yes, historic turning point for a movement that for too long has been mired in top-down strategies and market-based reforms. This shift has come from below: from community-based organizations ...
US Strikes ISIL Oil Fields in Quest to Defund it: But Will it Replace Oil With Fracking?
JUAN COLE | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 09/28/14 | PP
"… Saudi, UAE and American fighter jets struck 12 refineries that ISIL had been in control of … US officials said that increases in US production could offset the loss to the world market of ISIL petroleum. Unfortunately US increases would be through fracking, which would be very bad for the environment …"
Why the People’s Climate March Actually Was Awesome
JOSEPH BOUTILIER | COMMONDREAMS.ORG | 09/28/14 | A
" … The phrase ‘climate justice,’ at least, is growing rapidly in use, and hopefully understanding. The ties between globalization, capitalism and climate change will be further explored and discussed as Flood Wall Street continues. The People’s Climate March was another catalyst for these issues to percolate throughout the country …"
Dear Matafele Peinem
KATHY JETNIL-KIJNER | 09/27/14 | BC
On 23 September 2014, 26 year old poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner, from the Marshall Islands, addressed the Opening Ceremony of the UN Secretary-General's Climate Summit ... Kathy performed a new poem entitled "Dear Matafele Peinem", written to her daughter. The poem received a standing ovation. Kathy is also a teacher, journalist and founder of the environmental NGO, Jo-jikum.
"Welcome to New York City – thanks for coming!" ...
NICOLA BLAKE | 350MVI.ORG | 09/24/14
... were the first words I heard as I climbed out of the bus, already weary from sleeping on the floor in Woods Hole along with more than a dozen bubbly Vineyard teens (all members of the Sustainability Club at the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School).
Students From Martha's Vineyard: from left - Lucy Thompson (barely pictured), Jonah Maidoff (Social Studies teacher), Jed Katch, Hannah Gonsalves, Jane Paquet (barely visible Science teacher), Isabella Morais, Dylan Cole, Lilly Tilton, Louis Hall (Environmental Science teacher), Astrid Tilton, Aidan Donovan, Skyler Cole, Franklin Pilcher, Bella Maidoff, Colin Cameron, Zale Narkiewicz, Cyrus Kennedy, Ryan Scherer, Cassius Paquet
Climate Change March!
BRUCE NEVIN | 350MVI.ORG | 09/24/14
We three gathered with the 350 MA group on the steps of the Museum of Natural History at 76th St ... we were behind an amazing Jamaican band blowing homemade horns... We danced along with them for maybe 60 of the 80 blocks!
'We Need Hope and Fear in Equal Measure': An Interview With Naomi Klein
Author of 'This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate' on the epic battle for the planet's future
NAOMI KLEIN | ROLLINGSTONE.COM | 09/24/14 | BC
Is hyper-competition going to rule our world, or is cooperation going to rule our world? ... if hyper-competition is going to rule our world, we have no hope. None. This, I think, is one of the reasons that climate change is particularly challenging to Americans.