Dear Jake

If your MP is a conservative send him her this letter or something like it with suitable adjustments.  Jake's reply needless to say was entirely bland and complacent. Dear Jake, As you will know, the IPCC has recently issued an utterly terrifying document telling us that we only have twelve years to halt the rise in the carbon emissions that will trigger runaway unstoppable and escalating climate change, inevitably resulting in an increasingly uninhabitable world. Fortunately, the coalition Government that was elected in 2010 and then the Conservative Government elected in 2015 and 2017 have already taken decisive measures to deal with...

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Catastrophe in the oceans

from The Guardian 16 i 19 Consensus - the 97% Climate change Our oceans broke heat records in 2018 and the consequences are catastrophic Rising temperatures can be charted back to the late 1950s, and the last five years were the five hottest on record John Abraham Wed 16 Jan 2019 11.00 GMTLast modified on Wed 16 Jan 2019 11.02 GMT Shares 173 Bleached coral in Guam. The heating of oceans is causing tremendous problems for sea life. Photograph: David Burdick/AP Last year was the hottest ever measured, continuing an upward trend that is a direct result of manmade greenhouse gas emissions. The key to the measurements is the oceans. Oceans absorb...

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Brexit the political oxygen sucker

The extraordinary muddle over Brexit only underlines what a tragedy Brexit is.  Not necessarily because a no deal may be an economic disaster, that would remain to be seen, but because it is sucking all the political oxygen away from the far greater  issue which is climate change.  Even after March 29th the fixation and the settling down will go on for years.  Many Brexiteers are also climate sceptics. They would say the scientists have been predicting an environmental apocalypse for fifty years and it hasn't happened yet.  It is a totally facile argument.  They do not understand the science...

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Pooh experts!

Pretty much every competent economic authority in the world is telling us that a hard Brexit would be a disaster for Britain. "Pooh experts! what do they know about it? These are the people who told us that not joining the Euro would be disastrous". Actually they didn't. If you remember Gordon Brown asked the economists in the treasury if the euro would pass five tests and on their advice we didn't join. Pretty much every climate scientist is telling us we are preparing a hell on earth for our children if we don't do more about climate. "Pooh...

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A Catastrophe So Vast It Will Engulf Every Person in the World

The scientists are now solemnly warning us that we have only a few years to avoid an environmental catastrophe so vast it will engulf every person in the world. But people don't believe them. It is as if every vulcanologist in the world were warning the people of Pompeii that Vesuvius was going to explode but they partied on, for, after all, the dailies Sop, Pap, Quibble and Rubbish were all assuring them it was just scaremongering. Horrors so great that before they happen you cannot even imagine them nevertheless do happen. How many people in 1939 could even...

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electric food

from George Monbiot writing in The Guardian 3/x/18 It’s not about “them”, it’s about us. The horrific rate of biological annihilation reported this week – 60% of the Earth’s vertebrate wildlife gone since 1970 – is driven primarily by the food industry. Farming and fishing are the major causes of the collapse of both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Meat – consumed in greater quantities by the rich than by the poor – is the strongest cause of all. We may shake our heads in horror at the clearance of forests, the drainage of wetlands, the slaughter of predators and the...

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The hell on earth we are preparing for our children

Dear Reverend  Every Vicar,   Perhaps you have remarked the striking parallels between the dire warnings that the climate scientists are giving us and the descriptions of the last times that we read in the synoptic gospels.  I am writing to you in near despair with regard to the future of our children and to express my dismay that the clergy – and forgive me if you are one of the exceptions - have failed so abysmally to give a moral lead on the greatest moral issue of our time, and indeed any time.  The evidence that climate change is man-made...

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Could we ever see Category 6?

Climatologists use five types to categorize hurricanes running from 1 to 5, 5 being the most severe. A 5 is defined as a hurricane that is anything above 157 mph.  Last year Hurricane Patricia reached 215 mph which is a record for the Western Hemisphere.  Could we ever see even more severe storm events that might be categorized as an as yet unknown Category 6? Computer models are the best, indeed only way we have to picture future events and are notoriously less than perfect, as nobody knows precisely what the speculative future information fed into them will precisely be.  Nevertheless,...

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