The Point of No Return: Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here
The worst predicted impacts of climate change are starting to happen — and much faster than climate scientists expected, Rolling Stone, By Eric Holthaus August 5, 2015 Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. In Washington state’s Olympic National Park, the rainforest caught fire for the first time in living memory. London reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest July day ever recorded in the U.K.; The Guardian briefly had to pause its live blog of the heat wave because its computer servers overheated. In California, suffering from its worst drought in a millennium, a 50-acre brush fire swelled seventyfold in a matter of hours, jumping across the I-15 freeway during rush-hour traffic. Then, a few days later, the region was pounded by intense, virtually unheard-of summer rains. Puerto Rico is under its strictest water rationing in history as a monster El Niño forms in the tropical Pacific Ocean, shifting weather patterns worldwide.
On July 20th, James Hansen, the former NASA climatologist who brought climate change to the public’s attention in the summer of 1988, issued a bombshell: He and a team of climate scientists had identified a newly important feedback mechanism off the coast of Antarctica that suggests mean sea levels could rise 10 times faster than previously predicted: 10 feet by 2065. The authors included this chilling warning: If emissions aren’t cut, “We conclude that multi-meter sea-level rise would become practically unavoidable. Social disruption and economic consequences of such large sea-level rise could be devastating. It is not difficult to imagine that conflicts arising from forced migrations and economic collapse might make the planet ungovernable, threatening the fabric of civilization.”
Eric Rignot, a climate scientist at NASA and the University of California-Irvine and a co-author on Hansen’s study, said their new research doesn’t necessarily change the worst-case scenario on sea-level rise, it just makes it much more pressing to think about and discuss, especially among world leaders. In particular, says Rignot, the new research shows a two-degree Celsius rise in global temperature — the previously agreed upon “safe” level of climate change — “would be a catastrophe for sea-level rise.”
Hansen’s new study also shows how complicated and unpredictable climate change can be. Even as global ocean temperatures rise to their highest levels in recorded history, some parts of the ocean, near where ice is melting exceptionally fast, are actually cooling, slowing ocean circulation currents and sending weather patterns into a frenzy. Sure enough, a persistently cold patch of ocean is starting to show up just south of Greenland, exactly where previous experimental predictions of a sudden surge of freshwater from melting ice expected it to be. Michael Mann, another prominent climate scientist, recently said of the unexpectedly sudden Atlantic slowdown, “This is yet another example of where observations suggest that climate model predictions may be too conservative when it comes to the pace at which certain aspects of climate change are proceeding.”
Since storm systems and jet streams in the United States and Europe partially draw their energy from the difference in ocean temperatures, the implication of one patch of ocean cooling while the rest of the ocean warms is profound. Storms will get stronger, and sea-level rise will accelerate. Scientists like Hansen only expect extreme weather to get worse in the years to come, though Mann said it was still “unclear” whether recent severe winters on the East Coast are connected to the phenomenon.
For that, you have to look not at the rising sea levels but to what is actually happening within the oceans themselves.
Water temperatures this year in the North Pacific have never been this high for this long over such a large area — and it is already having a profound effect on marine life………http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-point-of-no-return-climate-change-nightmares-are-already-here-20150805?page=7
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China secures the lead in renewable energy – UPI.com, BEIJING, Dec. 1 (UPI) –– China is now the leader in the global renewable energy market, a report by Ernst & Young says. Continue reading
...As the world discusses mitigating climate change at the UN climate conference in Cancun, starting today, what is really needed is for the world to face the truth, which may then foster our capacity to act……
Do we have the mindset to save the planet?UN Climate Change Conference In Cancun, The Age Lyn BenderNovember 29, 2010 Where were you when you first realised that climate change was happening? Were you caught up in the horror of the worst bushfires in Victoria’s (Australia) history on Black Saturday 2009? Or moved by images of distraught parents in the aftermath of record monsoons that had flooded Pakistan? Or did you know sooner when Hurricane Katrina submerged 80 per cent of New Orleans? Continue reading
The web site is the latest in a series of measures from the government designed to facilitate the rollout of community-scale renewable energy projects, which critics have long claimed have been neglected in favour of onsite and larger-scale projects.
Coalition calls on ‘big society’ to embrace small energy New Community Energy Online web site to provide guidance on how to deliver local renewables projects, BusinessGreen, By James Murray25 Nov Continue reading
(Canada) B.C. renewable-energy news items add up – City of Industry, Vancouver Sun, By Derrick Penner Biz 23 Nov 2010 They aren’t making big news, but the companies working on renewable energy projects continue to rack up small news items in the continuing development of the sector. Continue reading
According to 1Block Off The Grid, U.S. taxpayers have contributed over $500 each towards fossil fuel subsidies in the past 5 years, compared to just over $7 for solar power. Subsidies do not come out of thin air; they are the result of indirect taxation or tax breaks that see less revenue coming into government coffers. Ultimately, the cost is borne by the taxpayer and the consumer.
1Block Off The Grid states that if solar power received the same financial support as fossil fuel in the U.S., solar energy would be cheaper than fossil fuel generated electricity across the nation.
The Cheap Energy Era That Wasn’t, Renewable Energy news, 25 Nov 10, Fossil fuels – not so cheap As the era of “cheap” energy courtesy of fossil fuels draws to a close; it’s becoming increasingly apparent it never really existed. Our addiction to fossil fuels appears to have been a case of “easy credit” – where you get the goods immediately, but the paying is always hard and long and the full costs not always apparent at the point of sale. Continue reading
Approval by the Massachusetts DPU comes on the heels of news that Cape Wind project construction will soon bring over 1,000 new manufacturing, staging, assembly, construction, and operations jobs to Massachusetts.
Massachusetts OKs Cape Wind Deal with National Grid Reuters Ecopolitology Nov 23, 2010 by Timothy B. Hurst Cape Wind, the first offshore wind farm ever approved in the U.S., today passed another major milestone with the approval by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities of a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement with the utility, National Grid, to buy Cape Wind’s energy, capacity and renewable energy credits. Continue reading
the Harper government has favoured solutions that benefit established industries in the Conservatives’ Western Canada power base. In its last budget, the government created a “clean-energy fund” of nearly $800 million, but most of the money is being invested in carbon capture and storage, which oilsands developers plan to use to store carbon emissions underground.
Tories quietly reviewing support for renewable energy technologies Companies say Canada needs to urgently develop a national strategy for clean energy By Andrew Mayeda, Vancouver Sun, s November 22, 2010 Continue reading
U.S. must switch to renewable energy faster, expert says at WestConn, NewsTimes, Vinti Singh, November 19, 2010 DANBURY — The United States will run out of all its domestic oil reserves in three years if oil use continues at current rates, while the world has about 40 years left until all of the oil is gone, environment expert Drury Bacon said Thursday. It’s time to seriously begin looking at alternate energy sources, Bacon said. Continue reading
Britain today pledged to spend several hundred million pounds to finance a series of private sector green energy initiatives intended to bring electricity to some of the poorest African and Asian households….In Asia the project could generate 5GW of new renewable energy and create 60,000 jobs,”
Government to fund private sector renewable energy schemes for Africa Global development | guardian.co.uk, 18 Nov 10, The international development secretary, Andrew Mitchell, pledges to finance green energy projects proposed by industry that could raise £9 for every £1 of government money guardian.co.uk, 18 November 2010 Continue reading
Nationwide, ground has been broken for just four reactors, two twin-unit nuclear plants since the 1970s……both are in locations that are insulated from the market, in Georgia and South Carolina. In both locations, the business risk rests with the ratepayers, not with the shareholders…….
G.O.P. Gains on Capitol Hill May Not Advance Nuclear Power, NYTimes.com, By MATTHEW L. WALD, November 16, 2010 WASHINGTON THE outspoken supporters of nuclear power are mostly Republicans, and the Republicans are about to take control of the House of Representatives and gain six seats in the Senate. Is this good news for nuclear power? Continue reading
- enhancing energy security
- reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change
- alleviating energy poverty
- supporting sustainable development, and
- boosting economic growth.
IRENA – Building a New Energy Agency RenewablesNovember 15, 2010 by Anja Atkinson On the 24th and 25th October, the International Renewable Energy Agency held it’s fourth session of the Preparatory Commission in Abu Dhabi. All together 300 delegates attended from more than 100 countries. Continue reading
Green power rallies Toronto Sun, 15 Nov 10, VANCOUVER – Backing Canada’s leading renewable energy companies wasn’t just a feel-good venture this past year. It made investors rich as shares of big producers enjoyed market-beating returns. Continue reading
VIDEO Sky News: Completely green city being built in UAE Completely green city being built in UAE, Sky News, 15 Nov 10, The United Arab Emirates is on track to produce a completely new – and rather unexpected source of future revenue – in the oil-rich country.Masdar City is being built 17 kilometers from Abu Dhabi, and is the world’s first completely green city.As Abu Dhabi’s government-backed renewable energy company established in 2006, Masdar is also known as the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company.It aims to advance the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable energy solutions and clean technologies.Masdar City is powered by renewable energy and its buildings are covered in solar panels.It aims to have a zero carbon and zero waste environment.The project will be completed between 2020 and 2025.Sky News: Completely green city being built in UAE
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