Climate Change

Mitigation, Adaptation and Litigation

Alberta’s climate policy means that other Canadians will shoulder the burden of allowing the tarsands emissions to grow.

I do not think there has been an open airing of the consequences of Alberta’s climate policy on the rest of Canada.  AB and the federal government are quick to point out the economic benefit of growing prodcution in the tarsands for the rest of Canada but not the environmental burden.  Now that both MB and Ontario have stepped back from their provincial plans, the need for that conversation to occur is greater than ever.  Canada must participate in the crafting of a global carbon budget that includes our domestic emissions and the emissions associated with the fossil fuels that we export.  A good place to start is to better understand the elephant in the room – the oil and gas economy in Alberta – and a good place to begin is with this contribution from Barry Saxifrage. https://www.nationalobserver.com/2015/12/08/news/albertas-new-climate-policies-explained-missing-infographic

“And it will change back again….” No disrespect Mr. President, but you really have to get a briefing or at least speak to someone who isn’t a local weather man, because it ain’t going to change back! Even the fossil fuel industry understands that much.

“We’re not Idiots.” Flat-Earthers Sound as Defensive as Climate Deniers

What’s Not in the Latest Terrifying IPCC Report? The “Much, Much, Much More Terrifying” New Research on Climate Tipping Points

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2018/10/09/whats-not-latest-terrifying-ipcc-report-much-much-much-more-terrifying-new-research?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork

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.