The Wife of Wrath
bostonreview:

Here’s one reason, perhaps, why mainstream journalism doesn’t cover climate change as it should.

Fuck Shell.

bostonreview:

Here’s one reason, perhaps, why mainstream journalism doesn’t cover climate change as it should.

Fuck Shell.

"We Were Once Three Miles From the Sea"Photography by Nyani Quarmyne

37thstate:

Images depicting the impacts of climate change on people living near Ada on the Ghana coast.

(Source: 37thstate, via dynamicafrica)

» Exxon CEO: Fossil fuels will warm planet, but humans can adapt

ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson says fears about climate change, drilling, and energy dependence are overblown.

In a speech Wednesday, Tillerson acknowledged that burning of fossil fuels is warming the planet, but said society will be able to adapt.

The risks of oil and gas drilling are well understood and can be mitigated, he said. And dependence on other nations for oil is not a concern as long as access to supply is certain, he said.

Tillerson blamed a public that is “illiterate” in science and math, a “lazy” press, and advocacy groups that “manufacture fear” for energy misconceptions in a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations.

I know, I want to laugh too - but he’s serious, like, actually serious.
(Or at least he’s being paid a lot to pretend he is.)

humanformat:

mohandasgandhi:

STUDY: Kardashians Get 40 Times More News Coverage Than Ocean Acidification
Ocean acidification, which is currently at levels of 30% acidity and rising, has been called “global warming’s evil twin” and may be even more deadly and destructive than global warming itself, yet it receives very little media coverage. This is a huge media fail.

….

Who needs the Oceans when we have Kardashians? Amirite?

humanformat:

mohandasgandhi:

STUDY: Kardashians Get 40 Times More News Coverage Than Ocean Acidification

Ocean acidification, which is currently at levels of 30% acidity and rising, has been called global warming’s evil twin and may be even more deadly and destructive than global warming itself, yet it receives very little media coverage. This is a huge media fail.

….

Who needs the Oceans when we have Kardashians? Amirite?

(via findinghomeagainn-deactivated20)

The great thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, in reference to global warming. (via under-the-kamanitree)

(Source: rodeoclownkamanitree, via climate-changing)

Canada: the New Global Villain

Game Over for the Climate

I was just over on NY Times website when I saw this super-uplifting and optimistic op-ed as the second most shared new story. It opens:

GLOBAL warming isn’t a prediction. It is happening. That is why I was so troubled to read a recent interview with President Obama in Rolling Stone in which he said that Canada would exploit the oil in its vast tar sands reserves “regardless of what we do.”

If Canada proceeds, and we do nothing, it will be game over for the climate.”

James Hansen, who directs the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, so he’s probably legit - goes on to explain how we (Canada) will help alter the global climate in catastrophic and irreversible ways (Yay!). You might want to read it, if you can stand the shame. I was embarrassed at the opening, ashamed two-thirds of the way through, and now that I’ve finished I just feel incredibly nauseous.
Hansen concludes:

"Every major national science academy in the world has reported that global warming is real, caused mostly by humans, and requires urgent action. The cost of acting goes far higher the longer we wait — we can’t wait any longer to avoid the worst and be judged immoral by coming generations."

Tar sands money has blinded people in this country for too long, it’s got to stop. And I swear to god If I hear the word “economy” or the phrase “ethical oil” in reference to this national fucking travesty one more time I will go rage blackout. Some might say Hansen’s being overly dramatic - probably not, but even if he is then what about the fact the tar sands use three barrels of water to make one barrel of oil, are destroying the boreal forest (which also helps with climate control), and devastating native communities. It doesn’t help that our jack-ass PM lives in an ideological dreamland, but hey I guess when you’re an evangelical you don’t have to worry about destroying the planet because everything will get reset when Christ returns. It also doesn’t help that he doesn’t give much of a shit about democracy or 60% of the population he governs.

The rest of us though, we should probably start worrying, and maybe doing something about it. Now. As for me, I’m going to go vomit/exercise any dreams I had of having children/grandchildren.

(The times was also nice enough to include this great illustration with our beloved and much-commercialized maple leaf national symbol! )

» Ex-Bloc MP takes Tories to court for ditching Kyoto climate deal

youth-in-politics:

A group led by a former Bloc Québécois MP is taking the Canadian government to court in the hope of overturning Ottawa’s decision to withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol.

[…]

The professor of international law argues Canada signed the protocol as a country and that it cannot back out based on just a simple decision by Stephen Harper’s Conservative government.

Your opinion: Should the Canadian government be taken to court because of dropping out of Kyoto?

plantedcity:

Infographic: ‘Human Fingerprints on Climate Change’
(Source: Skeptical Science via PlanetSave) 

plantedcity:

Infographic: ‘Human Fingerprints on Climate Change’

(Source: Skeptical Science via PlanetSave

(via turnoneatindialout)

» Canada Embarrasses itself on an International Level by Not Renewing the Kyoto Protocol
ecologyglobal:

Antarctica’s glaciers are melting more rapidly than previously  thought because of climate change, according to new information from US Geological Survey (USGS) through collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
One ice shelf, the Wordie Ice Shelf along the western coast of the  Antarctic Peninsula, has completely disappeared.  Another, the Larsen  Ice Shelf extending along the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, has  lost a chunk three times the size of Rhode Island.

ecologyglobal:

Antarctica’s glaciers are melting more rapidly than previously thought because of climate change, according to new information from US Geological Survey (USGS) through collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

One ice shelf, the Wordie Ice Shelf along the western coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, has completely disappeared.  Another, the Larsen Ice Shelf extending along the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, has lost a chunk three times the size of Rhode Island.

Microwave Planet

Heat. According to NASA, 2010 was tied with 2005 as the hottest year measured since instruments were first used systematically in the 1880s. Nineteen countries set all-time high temperature records. One city in Pakistan, Mohenjo-Daro, reached 128.3 degrees Fahrenheit, the hottest temperature ever measured in an Asian city. Nine of the 10 hottest years in history have occurred in the last 13 years. The past decade was the hottest ever measured, even though half of that decade represented a “solar minimum” — the low ebb in the natural cycle of solar energy emanating from the sun.

Floods. Megafloods displaced 20 million people in Pakistan, further destabilizing a nuclear-armed country; inundated an area of Australia larger than Germany and France combined; flooded 28 of the 32 districts that make up Colombia, where it has rained almost continuously for the past year; caused a “thousand-year” flood in my home city of Nashville; and led to all-time record flood levels in the Mississippi River Valley. Many places around the world are now experiencing larger and more frequent extreme downpours and snowstorms; last year’s “Snowmaggedon” in the northeastern United States is part of the same pattern, notwithstanding the guffaws of deniers.

Drought. Historic drought and fires in Russia killed an estimated 56,000 people and caused wheat and other food crops in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan to be removed from the global market, contributing to a record spike in food prices. “Practically everything is burning,” Russian president Dmitry Medvedev declared. “What’s happening with the planet’s climate right now needs to be a wake-up call to all of us.” The drought level in much of Texas has been raised from “extreme” to “exceptional,” the highest category. This spring the majority of the counties in Texas were on fire, and Gov. Rick Perry requested a major disaster declaration for all but two of the state’s 254 counties. Arizona is now fighting the largest fire in its history. Since 1970, the fire season throughout the American West has increased by 78 days. Extreme droughts in central China and northern France are currently drying up reservoirs and killing crops.

Melting Ice. An enormous mass of ice, four times larger than the island of Manhattan, broke off from northern Greenland last year and slipped into the sea. The acceleration of ice loss in both Greenland and Antarctica has caused another upward revision of global sea-level rise and the numbers of refugees expected from low-lying coastal areas. The Arctic ice cap, which reached a record low volume last year, has lost as much as 40 percent of its area during summer in just 30 years.

- Al Gore: Climate of Denial

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/climate-of-denial-20110622?link=mostpopular2&page=1

» Ocean Decline is Much Worse than Previously Thought

Way to go mankind! Causing mass extinctions like a boss.