‘Heat island’ effect could double climate crisis costs

A Journal of People report

Overheated cities face climate crisis costs at least twice as big as the rest of the world because of the ‘urban heat island’ effect, finds a new research.

The study (Journal Reference: Francisco Estrada, W. J. Wouter Botzen, Richard S. J. Tol. A global economic assessment of city policies to reduce climate change impacts. Nature Climate Change, 2017; DOI: 10.1038/NCLIMATE3301, University of Sussex. “‘Heat island’ effect could double climate change costs for world’s cities.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 29 May 2017. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170529133714.htm). by an international team of economists of all the world’s major cities is the first to quantify the potentially devastating combined impact of global and local climate crisis on urban economies.

The urban heat island occurs when natural surfaces, such as vegetation and water, are replaced by heat-trapping concrete and asphalt, and is exacerbated by heat from cars, air conditioners and so on. This effect is expected to add a further two degrees to global warming estimates for the most populated cities by 2050.Read More »

John Oliver: Trump Climate Decision Is Behavior of Destructive ‘Egomaniac’

by Common Dreams staff

Common Dreams | June 05, 2017

Comedian John Oliver offered a crushing takedown of Trump’s decision to ditch the Paris climate agreement. (Screenshot: HBO/Youtube)

It took comedian John Oliver just over twenty minutes on Sunday night to destroy nearly everything said during President Donald Trump’s announcement last Thursday to withdraw the United States from the international Paris agreement on climate change.

Calling Trump “a fucking egomaniac” with a “ludicrous misunderstanding” of the Paris deal and human-caused global warming, Oliver could hardly contain his exasperation as he performed a running fact-check of the president’s remarks.

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350.org on New Revelations in #ExxonKnew Case

350.ORG | June 02, 2017

NEW YORK – New documents from the New York State Attorney General show that while now Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was CEO of ExxonMobil, the company actively misled shareholders about climate risk and deleted “untold numbers” of documents related to climate change, including many of Tillerson’s own personal emails he sent under his “Wayne Tracker” alias.

350.org Strategic Communications Director Jamie Henn said that the new revelations were a “bombshell” and highlighted the need for more Attorneys General to get involved in the case, especially California AG Xavier Becerra, whose office could bring serious resources to the effort.Read More »

With Trump Out of Paris, the Road Ahead is Up to Us

350.ORG | June 01, 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump announced from the White House Rose Garden that the U.S would exit the Paris Climate Agreement for the alleged “well being of the United States and its people.”

In response, 350.org Executive Director May Boeve issued the following statement:

“Trump has made his decision and we’re making ours – the rest of the world and the majority of Americans who support the Paris Climate Agreement will stand by it. We won’t be dragged back by a shortsighted and destructive fossil fuel puppet in the White House. While the Trump Administration has spent its first months rolling back hard-won protections for our communities and climate, we have spent it developing a shared vision of the transition away from fossil fuels towards a 100% clean energy economy that works for all.Read More »

Trump abandons science with climate walk-out

by Alex Kirby

Climate News Network | June 02, 2017

Rejecting science seems a strange way of hoping to make America great again.Image: Mark Nozell via Wikimedia Commons

LONDON, 2 June, 2017 – President Donald Trump abandons science with his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change, saying: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris” – a wonderfully clear statement of his inability to recognise that the Earth shares one atmosphere.Read More »

We won’t always have Paris


TigerBytes | June 01, 2017

Trump pulling out of the Paris climate accords

Donald Trump today sentenced Planet Earth to death.  Whether he has the power actually to have that sentence carried out is open to serious question.  Mass movements around the world and dozens of political leaders will seek to stay and even reverse the sentence.  If the sentence is carried out, Planet Earth will suffer a long and painful death.Read More »

Anything Wrong With Eco-Socialism?


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

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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 »