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100 months to catastrophe. extract from the Guardian

So, how exactly do we arrive at the ticking clock of 100 months? It's possible to estimate the length of time it will take to reach a tipping point. To do so you combine current greenhouse gas concentrations with the best estimates for the rates at which emissions are growing, the maximum concentration of greenhouse gases allowable to forestall potentially irreversible changes to the climate system, and the effect of those environmental feedbacks. We followed the latest data and trends for carbon dioxide, then made allowances for all human interferences that influence temperatures, both those with warming and cooling...

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Our childrens’ fate in the hands of these people

Dear Jake thank you for your reply to my letter which has left me feeling desperate, gibbering alternately between rage and grief.  Yes, the list of actions that the government is taking on climate, pathetic as they are, is doubtless true.  But as you know, politicians are masters of the evasive half-truth.  You were not telling me that permissions are still being given for fracking which is even worse than coal because of the methane emissions. Methane is 72 times worse than CO2 over a twenty year period.  Nor that permission has been given for millions of barrels of oil...

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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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