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World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Warning

I missed this warning when published late last year.  They do not use the word “ecocide”.  I wish they did.

“To prevent widespread misery and catastrophic biodiversity loss, humanity must practice a more environmentally sustainable alternative to business as usual. This prescription was well articulated by the world’s leading scientists 25 years ago, but in most respects, we have not heeded their warning. Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out. We must recognize, in our dayto-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.”

 

A satirical comment and serious reply.

Hurricane Florence

There are seven tropical storms or hurricanes active right now in the Pacific and the Atlantic.  It is likely that Florence will be a Cat  4 when it makes landfall on the east coast of the US in a couple of days.  Buckle Up. Florence in Graphs is illustrative of a potential nightmare.

I noticed on the weather channel yesterday one commentary on the possibility of a blocking High sitting northeast of the landfall.  This storm might well sit around for a while.  I’ll be following post mortem to see whether unusal jetstream activity contributed to this event.

Overland and watershed flooding from Florence is  a serious worry, perhaps more so than coastal flooding from the storm surge.  Ugly indeed.

Isaac, the next in line in the Atlantic is tracking further south and may well deliver another severe blow to Puerto Rico.

 

Progress…..Judge Orders More Exxon Disclosures in New York Climate Probe — Climate Liability News

By Karen Savage A New York Supreme Court judge said Exxon must hand over financial spreadsheets and answer questions from New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood, who is investigating whether the oil giant deceived its shareholders about the risks of climate change. The ruling was handed down by Judge Barry Ostrager in New York Supreme…

via Judge Orders More Exxon Disclosures in New York Climate Probe — Climate Liability News

Big win for Environmental Defence Canada – CEC Council votes for the development of a factual record concerning the Alberta Tailing Ponds II submission

For those of you following this matter here are links to some of the key documents.  FYI, the CEC mainains a website devoted to this matter and all submissions are retriveable there.

  1. The Applicants’ submission
  2. Canada’s response
  3. The CEC Secretariat’s recommendation
  4. The CEC’s resolution
  5. CEC press release