Bill Shorten has signalled Labor is highly unlikely to use carryover credits from the Kyoto protocol as part of its climate change policy, which will be unveiled over the coming weeks. In his strongest comments to date, the Labor leader said over the weekend he recognised that other countries had resolved not to use the accounting system that allows countries to count credits from exceeding their targets under the soon-to-be-obsolete Kyoto protocol periods against their Paris emissions reduction commitments for 2030. “One thing I do recognise about the Kyoto credits point is that some other countries have moved away from using that, as a form of our calculation, the United Kingdom, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, Denmark,” Shorten told reporters. Shorten's signal follows a similar hint a week ago from the climate change spokesman, Mark Butler, at a candidates' forum in a key Victorian marginal seat.
Well, at least they're now being honest about it. A headline this week in The Guardian reads: “Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism. Have we got the stomach for it?” The article, by Phil McDuff, goes on the discuss the “Green New Deal” currently being peddled in the US Congress, and declares a radical turn toward socialism is really at the heart of saving the planet from climate change: The radical economics isn't a hidden clause, but a headline feature. Climate change is the result of our current economic and industrial system. GND-style proposals marry sweeping environmental policy changes with broader socialist reforms because the level of disruption required to keep us at
Glaciers that drain ice sheets such as Antarctica or Greenland often flow into the ocean, ending in near-vertical cliffs. As the glacier flows into the sea, chunks of the ice break off in calving events. Although much calving occurs when the ocean melts the front of the ice, and ice cliff above falls down, a new study presents another method of calving: slumping. And this process could break off much larger chunks of ice at a quicker rate. The ice-cliff research was spurred by a helicopter ride over Jakobshavn and Helheim glaciers on Greenland's eastern coast. Helheim ends abruptly in the ocean, in near-vertical ice-cliffs reaching 30-stories high (100 meters). On the flight, scientists viewed
As noted in “Ditching Nature in Favor of Fake Food Is Not the Solution to Destructive Factory Farming” by Dr. Joseph Mercola: “Industrial agriculture is one of the most unsustainable practices of modern civilization. The 'bigger is better' food system has reached a point where its real costs have become readily apparent. Like water running down an open drain, the Earth's natural resources are disappearing quickly, as industrialized farming drives air pollution, water pollution, deforestation, rising carbon emissions and the depletion, erosion and poisoning of soils. The long-term answer, however, lies in the transition to sustainable, regenerative, chemical-free farming practices, not in the
When a federal judge dismissed lawsuits by San Francisco and Oakland seeking to hold major oil companies responsible for harm caused by climate change, he said the issue was one for the political branches of government, not the courts. The problem with that reasoning, according to a half-dozen Democratic senators — including California's Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris — is that the oil giants have used their financial might to make a political solution impossible. “The fossil fuel industry, led by (the five major oil companies), has weaponized the power of unlimited political spending granted to it by Citizens United (the 2010 Supreme Court ruling) to prevent the debate, consideration, and passage of legislation to limit carbon emissions,” the senators told a federal appeals court in a filing last week.
I was dismayed by the title of a piece in “Voice of the People” in February: “Climate tax measure a scam.” The dictionary meaning of “scam” is “a dishonest scheme; a fraud” and “swindle” — as in “scam the elderly out of their savings.” U.S. House bills are not “scams,” and headlines should reflect that. The writer refers to two letter writers who “believe that climate change is really happening” as if that would be foolish or naive. We all know that many climate scientists are alarmed by the rate at which Earth's climate is warming due to accumulating “greenhouse gases” from fossil fuels (oil and gas). They are working to alert policy makers to the grave danger this represents for all life on
SALT LAKE CITY — Let's get this out of the way right off the bat: This column is neither Trump-supporting nor Trump-bashing, nor is it seeking to promote a liberal agenda or a conservative point of view. This column is about climate change. I'm not casting about for political consideration from one side or the other, nor attempting to persuade you, dear reader, toward any opinion other than an acceptance of the following: You have the greatest impact on the life you're living and therefore a vested interest — the greatest interest — in the conditions present for you to live a happy life together with your family. Inside the newsroom this week we hosted Brenda Ekwurzel from the Union of Concerned
Washington – To Democratic supporters, the Green New Deal is a touchstone, a call to arms to combat climate change with the full measure of the nation's resources and technological might. “A mission to save all of creation,” in the words of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey, one the plan's lead authors. To Republican opponents, the much-hyped plan is a dystopian nightmare, a roadmap to national bankruptcy in pursuit of zealous environmentalism. “A big green bomb” for the economy, says Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming. Lost in the clamor is the reality that, if passed, the Green New Deal would require the government to do absolutely nothing. It exists only as a nonbinding resolution because Democrats
Pioneering research using underwater robots suggests that remote Scottish waters could hold the key to forecasting global warming. Unique data recorded by remotely programmable “seagliders” hundreds of miles off the west of Scotland has identified two ocean currents around the tiny, jagged outpost of Rockall that scientists think play a significant role in driving climate change. The currents, which researchers have named the Rockall Bank Jet and Hatton Bank Jet, are thought to act like an engine, powering a complex process that has been dubbed a global conveyor belt. It carries the sun's heat between the equator and the frozen poles in a continuous cycle, influencing weather and climate. Water
Friends of the Earth have called for the “polluter pays” principle to be applied, with a new carbon tax levied on companies so they can contribute to a green transition. For decades the oil, coal and gas industry has extracted, processed, sold and profited from fossil fuels,” said Mike Childs, head of policy for Friends of the Earth.
Yesterday, March 15, students from all over the world demonstrated in more than one hundred countries, including my home, Spain, to protest against our politicians' inability/refusal to address a problem many young people perceive as their own and about which they feel they have to do something because it affects to their future: climate change. Following the example of Greta Thunberg, the sixteen-year old Swedish girl who in August 2018 began to demonstrate alone before the parliament of her country to demand measures against climate change, thousands of young people took to the streets as part of the Climate Strike movement, a peaceful call to action to end fossil fuel use and the switch to 100% clean energies, as well as helping the countries most affected by climate change. Young people have grown tired of denial and inaction. The scientific community overwhelmingly agrees — regardless of what some denialists say: climate change is happening right now and is demonstrably due to human activity.
A not-for-profit, non-governmental organisation, Plant for the Planet Foundation Nigeria, has identified the use of renewable energy and proper management of waste as some of the ways to mitigate the threats of climate change. The Coordinator, Prince Seyi Olawuyi, made the submission during the organisation's Youths Conference on Environment held at Ilaji Hotel and Sports Resorts. The NGO, which describes raising a set of youths christened Climate Justice Ambassadors Club who are conscious of the impact of climate change in Nigeria as one of its core responsibilities, is affiliated with Planet Foundation, Germany. The conference, an annual exercise held under the theme “Climate Change: The Challenges
Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) should get out of the climate research and forecasting business entirely. Instead, it should be relegated to merely collecting data to be used by more effective and less partisan entities. Climate research is far too political for ECCC to be involved in and recent developments shows that they are absolutely hopeless at forecasting. Consider the following: There is currently 500,000 square kilometres more Arctic sea ice this year than at the same time last year. Lakes Superior, Huron, and Erie are 95% ice covered. Record cold temperatures were set across the country and more severe snowstorms occurred from coast to coast this winter. Yet, as recently
Asked to state what on earth could best epitomise nature's wonders, I would choose the peaks of Mt Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro. But nowadays, there is relatively little snow left up there. And the evidence is science-based. This is one of the most dramatic proofs that climate change is real. Is there any hope of preserving this beautiful scenery for the generations to come? Yes, and Nairobi set the beat of climate action two weeks ago. President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Emmanuel Macron of France inaugurated the first edition of the One Planet Summit held on African soil just before opening the United Nations 2019 Environmental Assembly. These twin events have showcased the latest transformational
Blythe Pepino grew up walking with her parents on blustery, cold English beaches and in the Welsh mountains. She remembers fondly sitting in the freezing cold with hot chocolate, aware of her environment and its fragility. As she grew older, the singer-songwriter watched a lot of news, and read books like Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate," with growing dismay. While she wanted to hold politicians and governments accountable for their inaction on climate change, she found herself "anxious to the point where I had to switch off," she told Business Insider. Then she went to an Extinction Rebellion lecture last year — which was "very blunt about how nightmarish this