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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As for that idiot Noah…

What would you do if all the prophets were telling you there is a great flood coming but then in the last ten years more oil has been discovered in the Permian basin in Texas than there is in Saudi Arabia and astronomical amounts of fractable gas not to mention quite a bit in Lancashire?  Would you say those prophets are ignorant scare mongers my grandma says there were floods when she was a girl and anyway I read an article saying it was all nonsense in The Daily Mail and as for that idiot Noah trying to build...

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Vegan or Not?

There is no question that we should all be eating less meat.  Or is it better to eat no meat? The greatest  advantage of being a vegan is that it takes much less land to feed a vegan than a meat eater.  If everyone were a vegan the world could easily feed itself and there would be plenty of room for wild life.  You might well think too that despite the sticker humane, taking animals out of their fields and carting them off to death camps is extremely inhumane.  Added to which the health benefits are considerable and (unexpectedly...

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Dear Mr Hitler, Just in case…

Many Brexit supporters are suffering from the delusion that after Brexit we will all pull together just as we did in the Second World War.  They have forgotten the baleful legacy of Mrs Thatcher.  We are so much less moral a nation now than we were then - MPs fiddling expenses, not dig for victory but large-scale farm thefts, knife crime at an all-time high, no old maids biking through the mist to church but a third of adolescent girls psychologically ill - there is little hope of that.  Rees-Mogg's investment firm moving to Ireland is like Churchill writing...

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The Path not taken

from The Guardian 31/07/18 We know now that the fossil fuel extraction industry has known about climate change since at least 1977, when James L Black, a scientist at Exxon, gave a presentation to the company’s board detailing his research into global warming. A year later, in 1978, Black would write a memo saying: “Present thinking holds that man has a time window of five to 10 years before the need for hard decisions regarding changes in energy strategies might become critical.” But by the time this 10-year window closed in 1988, the energy companies had been pouring money not into...

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Read Lynas

The government has recently given permission for fracking to go ahead in Lancashire. You do wonder if the minister has read the academic papers on fracking - Cornell 2009, Harvard 2012 and Tyndall - all of which agree that fracking is far worse for the environment than conventional drilling because of the increased methane emissions. Methane is 72 times worse a greenhouse gas over twenty years than CO2. Not only is the Government leading us into the disaster of Brexit but the immense, unimagineably terrible climate catastrophe. If you want an insight into the horror that's coming read Mark...

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Earth’s resources drying up

Earth's resources consumed in ever greater destructive volumes Study says the date by which we consume a year’s worth of resources is arriving faster Jonathan Watts Mon 23 Jul 2018 00.01 BST Shares 2541 Drought at Rawal Lake in Pakistan during June 2018. On current trends, next year could mark the first time, the planet’s budget is busted in July Photograph: Anadolu Agency/Getty Humanity is devouring our planet’s resources in increasingly destructive volumes, according to a new study that reveals we have consumed a year’s worth of carbon, food, water, fibre, land and timber in a record 212 days. As a result, the Earth Overshoot Day – which...

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