Anything Wrong With Eco-Socialism?

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MR Online | May 18, 2017

Climate Change

This month’s Monthly Review features an article by Paul Burkett entitled: “Global Warming: An Eco-Revolutionary Tipping Point?” While discussing three books: Ian Angus’s Facing the Anthropocene, Andreas Malm’s Fossil Capital and Naomi Klein’s This Changes Everything, he succinctly summarizes a key Eco-Socialist position.

“To deny that the climate crisis is hardwired into capitalism, and that we need a new system to deal with it, is just as misleading and dangerous as to deny the existence of human-induced global warming.” In other words, green capitalism is not a solution. Human-induced global warming is a scientifically demonstrable, existential threat that can’t be successfully addressed within any capitalist framework.Read More »

Thirty Countries Push for Implementation of Paris Agreement

by Han Chen and Jake Schmidt

Natural Resources Defence Council | May 16, 2017

Countries at the Belt and Road Summit that Reaffirmed Commitment to Fully Implement the Paris Agreement

At the recent Belt and Road Summit hosted by China, thirty countries reaffirmed their support for the Paris Agreement and called on all countries to implement their commitments under the Agreement. At a time when the White House is attempting to backslide from the global effort to combat climate change, this statement demonstrates once again that a Trump effort to evade climate action would make the United States a global outcast.Read More »

Road to Trump’s Climate Change Hell Paved by Obama and Clinton

Gerald Horne, Robert Pollin and Paul Jay discuss the debate within the Trump White House on whether to leave the Paris climate accords or just undermine them; and how this relates to the fight within the Democratic Party

The Real News Network | May 08, 2017

Road to Trump's Climate Change Hell Paved by Obama and Clinton

PAUL JAY: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Paul Jay in Baltimore.

According to the New York Times, there’s a big debate going on within the Trump White House. A debate is on one side, led by Steve Bannon and his allies, pull out of the Paris Climate Accords altogether. And on the other side of this debate is, “Let’s not pull out, but let’s make sure we actually don’t do very much.” In other words, “Can we stay within the Paris Accords?” this side argues, and that includes Secretary of State Tillerson, we are told.

This side says, “Well, we can stay in it, but we actually don’t have to do very much. In fact we can lower our pledge, and we will still be within the legality of the agreement.” Which is all kind of odd anyway, because the agreement’s non-binding. But one side argues, let’s keep the positioning looking not as bad, and the other side says let’s be honest and just get the heck out of it.Read More »

Climate crisis: Paris target may be smashed by 2026

A Journal of People report

Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) is likely to accelerate global warming, which may smash the agreed Paris target of 1.5°C by as early as 2026, finds a new research. And, the amount of dissolved oxygen contained in the water has been declining for more than 20 years, reveals another new research.

A research report from the University of New South Wales says:

Global temperatures could break through the 1.5°C barrier negotiated at the Paris conference as early as 2026 if a slow-moving, natural climate driver known as the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO) has, as suspected, moved into a positive phase. (University of New South Wales. “Paris 1.5°C target may be smashed by 2026: A change to a positive phase of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation could see global warming accelerate rapidly.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 May 2017. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170508184929.htm>.)Read More »

Swath of States Experiencing Hottest Year to Date

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Climate Central | May 8th, 2017

For a swath of states from New Mexico over to Florida and up to Ohio, 2017 has been the hottest year on record through April. For the Lower 48 as a whole, the year is the second warmest in records going back to 1895.

State temperature ranks for January through April 2017. Red states were record warm for the year to date.  Credit: NOAA

Several states in the mid-Atlantic had their hottest April on record and a few Southeastern states were near-record warm, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data released Monday.Read More »

Can humanity survive Trump’s scorched-earth climate policies?

by JUAN LOPEZ

People’s World | April 28, 2017

Can humanity survive Trump’s scorched-earth climate policies?People’s Climate March. | AP

Oakland, Calif. – Election night November 6 at approximately three hours past midnight the unexpected news that Donald Trump had secured the presidency left me dumb struck. Numb from head to toe.

Humanity and the planet had just crossed the point of no return. The death knell had just struck…or so it felt. Come to find out I was not alone in feeling that sense of gloom and doom.Read More »

Drylands will suffer if world reaches 2°C

By the end of the century, changes in evaporation rainfall patterns will extend drylands to 56% of the Earth’s surface

by Santosh Koirala

Climate News Network | April 25, 2017

Drylands Burkina Faso woman cart delivering firewood
The extension of subtropical drylands has implications for humans, plants and animals.
Image: Ollivier Girard for Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)

In what may be good news only for cactus, termites and drought-resistant grasses, subtropical dry areas are going to expand over large parts of the Earth as the climate warms.

This will seriously reduce the amount of land that can be used to grow crops for human consumption and prevent many deeper-rooted shrubs and trees from growing at all.

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Pollution from Canada’s oil sands may be underreported

Volatile organic compounds emission rates from oil sands production were between 2 and 4.5 times the levels companies reported

by Bobby Magill

Climate Central |  April 24, 2017

A Suncor Energy oil sands plant near Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. Credit: Suncor/flickr

Canadian scientists have found that the standard way of tallying air and climate pollution from Alberta’s oil sands vastly understates pollution levels there — by as much as 4.5 times, according to a Canadian government study published Monday.

The study shows that air samples collected using aircraft may be a more accurate way to tally air and climate pollution from oil and gas production than using industry estimates.Read More »

 On April 29, We March for the Future

We’ll either save or doom the planet during the Trump administration. Don’t sit the Peoples Climate Mobilization out.

by Bill McKibben

 

It is hard to avoid hyperbole when you talk about global warming. It is, after all, the biggest thing humans have ever done, and by a very large margin. In the past year, we’ve decimated the Great Barrier Reef, which is the largest living structure on Earth. In the drought-stricken territories around the Sahara, we’ve helped kick off what The New York Times called “one of the biggest humanitarian disasters since World War II.” We’ve melted ice at the poles at a record pace, because our emissions trap extra heat from the sun that’s equivalent to 400,000 Hiroshima-size explosions a day. Which is why, just maybe, you should come to Washington, DC, on April 29 for a series of big climate protests that will mark the 100th day of Trumptime. Maybe the biggest thing ever is worth a day.Read More »

Climate Change Refugees

How a tiny Alaska town is leading the way on climate change

by Joe McCarthy

Global Citizen | 18 April, 2017

KIVALINA, Alaska — Dolly’s home is warm and spacious. Snow gear sits by the door. Illustrated Christianity posters are on the walls. A Mario game is being played on the TV. It could be any house in the throes of a Midwestern winter. Until, that is, Dolly serves maktaaq — small strips of frozen bowhead whale skin and blubber. Despite it being late at night, sunlight bounces off the walls. That’s because this is Kivalina, Alaska, some 70 miles above the Arctic Circle and 1,000 miles from Anchorage.Read More »