Category — Life on this Planet
“Adapting to an evolving climate is going to be required
in every sector of society, in every region of the globe.
We need to get going, to provide integrated science if we are going to meet the challenge.”
Richard Moss, senior scientist, Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
In the journal Science, an international group of researchers urge the development of science needed to manage climate risks and capitalize on unexpected opportunities. Climate preparedness research needs to integrate social and climate science, engineering, and other disciplines. The need to adapt and adjust is going to be global.
For the article Hell and High Water: Practice-Relevant Adaptation Science –http://www.sciencemag.org/content/342/6159/696.summary?sid=f9097460-2c0d-4d2d-a856-0f2aac9893bc
December 6, 2013 Comments Off
- It’s tempting to hope that nuclear power will save the day. The latest information on Fukushima is profoundly disturbing. If there is any problem moving the highly radioactive rods, far more radiation will escape, causing massive irreparable damage. The problem has not even begun to be solved. - Editor
“There are things that are important enough that you don’t tolerate any risk.
Risk estimates don’t work for rare but catastrophic events.”
Dr. David Schindler, University of Alberta’s highly acclaimed scientist
“Fukushima is the most terrifying situation I can imagine.”
Dr. David Suzuki, renowned scientist and host of The Nature of Things
Do watch the short 4 minute video-
David Suzuki has issued an ominous warning about the state of Fukushima’s nuclear power plant.
“Three out of the four plants were destroyed in the earthquake and in the tsunami. The fourth one has been so badly damaged that the fear is, if there’s another earthquake of a seven or above that, that building will go and then all hell breaks loose. And the probability of a seven or above earthquake in the next three years is over 95 per cent,” Suzuki said.
He added that a recent study found another earthquake could require evacuation of the entire North American coast — and as for Japan — “bye bye,” Suzuki said.
For video on Youtube- http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iTqzqoKMLEg
Also- Radiation from Japan nuclear plant arrives on Alaska coast
Is the food supply safe? I don’t think anyone can really answer that definitively.
November 13, 2013 Comments Off
“We found caesium-137 at almost every place we carried out tests,
and there was no caesium here before the accident at Fukushima.”
Mitsuo Tanaka, activist with
Citizens’ Group for Measuring Radioactive Environment at Facilities for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
- Were the lies about how safe the Fukushima situation is believed when Tokyo was selected to host the 2020 Summer Olympics? Wishful thinking doesn’t keep people healthy. My Japanese friend with family in Tokyo has seen their health weakening since Fukushima blew, deeply worrying her. - Editor
A citizens’ group in Tokyo has found elevated levels of radioactivity at sporting facilities that will be used in the 2020 Olympic Games and is warning that competitors and the hundreds of thousands of people expected to flock to the city for the event will be putting themselves in danger.
“We believe the money spent on having the Games in Tokyo should have been spent on helping the 80,000 people who have had to leave their homes close to the Fukushima plant.”
For the citizens group- http://olympicsokuteikai.web.fc2.com/encontents.html
Radiation fears spread to Tokyo drinking water
Japan readies additional $30 billion for Fukushima cleanup
“No one knows where to put radioactive waste, and we never will.”
Dr. Helen Caldicott
November 13, 2013 Comments Off
“I have long been leery of politicians. But now local politicians are coming to us.
They know change needs to happen- really big change- but to do it, they need constituents
to ask for it and to give it rational, calculated, steady support.”
Joanne Poyourow, TransitionUS in Los Angeles
- In preparation for the United Nation’s climate meeting in Warsaw next week, four very, very dire reports have been prepared. Political commitment to radically cut emissions is desperately needed, yet we are disappointed over and over again by wishy-washy words, with no real action. Emissions are actually rising, not falling!
Many are now advocating street action, which provides pieces of the puzzle. But here is another point, not in contradiction but in addition. Where are the models to point to as solutions? Will politicians commit to plans to redesign society if there are no living models of what that looks like? We need every action, but personal and community examples are the light that other actions can point to. - Editor
So once the protestors have stopped the drilling and the pipelines, who’s going to teach citizens the ways of an oil-free lifestyle? Right now we don’t have powerdown infrastructure in place. Once the protesters have slowed the conventional economic machine, what will we have left? We need to have a new economy in place. And somebody’s got to build it.
Joanna Macy sagely reminds us that there are three paths of action to help further The Great Turning. Macy’s first is Stopping Action, stopping further destruction.
Macy’s second type of action is Creating New Structures, creating that which will be in place to replace the old.
Macy’s third type of action to help further The Great Turning: Change in Consciousness. Joanna Macy describes this as changing the stories we tell each other, our cultural stories, our inner stories. Redefining who we are, and how humanity fits into the cycles of this small planet.
For TransitionUS- http://transitionus.org/our-story
November 8, 2013 Comments Off
“It is not tomorrow. It is not the day after tomorrow.
Now is the time, and
Warsaw needs to show that we have understood that now is the time.”
Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN convention
As delegates from around the world descend on Warsaw for talks toward a new climate treaty, scientists are issuing more and more dire warnings that time is running out to avoid dangerous global warming.
In the past week, several new reports echoed the common theme that urgent action is required to reverse emission trends. Otherwise, greenhouse gas accumulations will surely break through the threshold that scientists say will lock in unacceptable warming—with the attendant droughts, floods, storms, sea rise and damage to ecosystems.
The negotiations, under the auspices of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, seek to achieve a binding treaty in Paris in 2015 that will put the world on course to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century. Decisions in Warsaw and actions in 2014 are considered crucial to achieving any such treaty. But few would contend that the world’s emissions trend can be readily reversed.
For information on the conference- http://unfccc.int/meetings/warsaw_nov_2013/meeting/7649.php
November 8, 2013 Comments Off
“We need to act now, otherwise we will jeopardize the future of
our children, grandchildren and many future generations.
Time is not on our side.”
“This year is worse than last year, 2011. 2011 was worse than 2010.
Every passing year makes the situation somewhat more difficult to handle,
it makes it more challenging to stay under this symbolic 2 degree global average.
If the world pursues its “business as usual” trajectory,
it will probably hit the 2 degree mark in the middle of the century.”
Michel Jarraud, WMO Secretary-General
- Two of the new U.N. reports have come out- one giving us how much greenhouse gases are in our atmosphere, reported by the World Meteorological Organization. The other is by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) documenting how much of a gap there is in controlling world GHG emissions. - Editor
The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2012, continuing an upward trend which is driving climate change and which will shape the future of the planet for hundreds and thousands of years, according to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
The agency’s annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin shows that between 1990 and 2012, there was a 32 per cent increase in radiative forcing – the warming effect on the climate – because of carbon dioxide (CO2) and other heat-trapping long-lived gases such as methane and nitrous oxide. The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin reports on atmospheric concentrations – and not emissions – of greenhouse gases. Emissions represent what goes into the atmosphere, the agency pointed out. Concentrations represent what remains in the atmosphere after the complex system of interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere and the oceans.
At the same time, the Emissions Gap Report 2013, involving 44 scientific groups coordinated by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), urges wide-ranging global action to close the emissions gap. If the international community fails to take action, the report warned, the chances of remaining on the least-cost path to keeping global temperature rise below 2 degrees Celsius this century will quickly diminish and open the door to a range of challenges.
The Emissions Gap Report 2013
The Copenhagen Accord called on parties to the UNFCCC to submit voluntary emission reduction pledges for the year 2020. But are the pledges for 2020 enough to keep the world on track to meet the 2°C target? Or will there be a gap between ambition and reality? This report highlights that there is a gap and suggests options for bridging it.
The atmospheric increase of CO2 from 2011 to 2012 is higher than the average growth rate over the past 10 years. As it becomes less and less likely that the emissions gap will be closed by 2020, the world will have to rely on more difficult, costlier and riskier means after 2020 of keeping the global average temperature increase below 2° C.
November 8, 2013 Comments Off
U.N. climate talks, with senior officials and environment ministers from almost 200 nations in Warsaw on November 11- 22, will be the first meeting since the U.N.’s panel of climate scientists, the main guide for government action, in September raised the probability that climate change is mainly man-made to 95 percent from 90 and said that “substantial and sustained” cuts in emissions were needed.
A leaked draft of a second report by the panel, due in March 2014, suggests climate change will cause heat waves, droughts, disrupt crop growth, aggravate poverty and expose hundreds of millions of people to coastal floods as seas rise.
For a list of Twitters covering the talks in Warsaw- http://www.rtcc.org/2013/11/04/twitter-watch-who-to-follow-at-un-climate-talks-in-warsaw/
For the IPCC report that was approved in September, and will not be totally official until January, 2014- Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis- Summary for Policymakers
AND this important report was leaked, and will be covered later in Climate Today.
Global food supply at severe risk from climate change, warns leaked study by UN-created panel
For the draft of the leaked report Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability- Summary for Policy Makers- http://nofrakkingconsensus.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/wgiiar5-spm_fgdall.pdf
November 8, 2013 Comments Off
“Civilized people in all parts of the world act wisely
by looking to the effects of current activities for seven generations.
Uncivilized people rape the earth for today.”
Dr. Vandana Shiva, world hero
“(Corporations) used to be contained by the rules of democracy, and
they have knocked off those rules—bit by bit.”
Dr. Jane Goodall, world hero
The International Women’s Earth and Climate Summit took place in Suffern, New York, with 100 women delegates, top-level policymakers, grassroots organizers and indigenous chiefs from around the world. The conference was yet another reminder that the U.S. is inextricably bound by multinational corporations. Many corporations appropriate the Earth’s limited resources without real accountability to any nation, people or law.
To sign the Declaration- we have- http://www.iweci.org/declaration#.Um0nv5RgaQQ
November 1, 2013 Comments Off
Food Safety Modernization Act- ACTION: Make Your Comments Today- IMPORTANT- Must be in by November 15th!
- Parallel to the imperative of energy sources being transformed is the major transformation of our food systems. Again, we see government policies reinforcing what amounts to corporate monopolies. I could talk for days on WHY natural systems are the foundation of future food production. We stand at the historic food crossroads which will determine how we adapt to climate change. Dominant corporation near-monopolies are as bad for food as they are for energy. The latest attack is the Food Safety Modernization Act. - Editor
It’s better to write letters- http://salsa.wiredforchange.com/o/5735/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=9861
For an easier petition to sign- http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50865/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12303
In the name of food safety, proposals to subvert sustainable farming are now on the table, and we need to fight back. Tell the FDA that food safety regulations shouldn’t severely limit the use of manure and compost as fertilizers, and shouldn’t encourage habitat destruction!! Organic and small farms could be pushed out of business! - Editor
The FDA is seeking public comments on these proposed food safety rules by November 15th. Tell them to: Allow farmers to use sustainable farming practices, including those already allowed and encouraged by existing federal organic standards and conservation programs.
Ensure that diversified and innovative farms, particularly those pioneering models for increased access to healthy, local foods, continue to grow and thrive without being stifled.
Provide options that treat family farms fairly, with due process and without excessive costs.
Also rules must: state that habitat should not be destroyed, define the term “co-management,” require farm personnel to be trained about “co-management,” correlate the rules with National Organic Program requirements.
Cultivating healthy, living soil is the foundation of organic and sustainable agriculture. Organic and soil-savvy farmers rely on biological soil amendments, such as manure, compost and cover crops, to help build healthy soil, which in turn supports the growth of their crops. Studies have found that soils under organic management have improved soil quality, are more resilient to drought conditions and help reduce soil erosion. Organic soil management practices also help promote belowground biodiversity. As currently written, the rules:
severely limit the use of manure and compost as fertilizer on produce farms, conflict with organic farming practices, and are not based on science.
I have donated to this amazing small organization- the David fighting Goliath- for over 10 years- do consider donations- http://www.wildfarmalliance.org/
For the new A Farmer’s Guide to Food Safety and Conservation- http://www.wildfarmalliance.org/resources/FS_FactsTipsFAQ_web.pdf
For Saturday morning Food Chain Radio including archives- http://metrofarm.com/food-chain-radio/
November 1, 2013 Comments Off
“I’m committed to climate change because of future generations;
it is not about us, right? We’re out of here.
I just feel that it is so completely unfair and immoral what we are doing to future generations,
we are condemning them before they are even born.”
The head of the UN body tasked with delivering a global climate treaty broke down in tears at a meeting in London as she spoke about the impact of global warming on coming generations.
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
October 25, 2013 Comments Off