How vested interests tried to turn the world against climate science

For decades fossil fuel majors tried to fight the consensus just as big tobacco once disputed that smoking kills In 1998 a public relations consultant called Joe Walker wrote to the American Petroleum Institute (API), a trade association representing major fossil fuel companies, with a proposed solution to a big problem. In December the previous year, the UN had adopted the Kyoto protocol, an international treaty that committed signatory countries to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions in order to avert catastrophic climate breakdown. Reducing emissions represented a direct threat to the profits of fossil fuel companies and the API was working on an industry response. As promised, attached is the Global Climate Science Communications Plan that we developed during our …

Revealed: top UK thinktank spent decades undermining climate science

UKs Institute of Economic Affairs has links to 14 members of Boris Johnsons cabinet The UKs most influential conservative thinktank has published at least four books, as well as multiple articles and papers, over two decades suggesting manmade climate change may be uncertain or exaggerated. The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has issued publications arguing climate change is either not significantly driven by human activity or will be positive. The group is one of the most politically influential thinktanks in the UK, and boasts that 14 members of Boris Johnsons cabinet, including the home secretary, foreign secretary and chancellor, have been associated with the groups past and current initiatives. Despite a Climate Accountability Institute,calculates how much carbon is emitted throughout …

Chemtrail Truthers Are Coming After Greta Thunberg

They believe human actions are changing the environment. They believe we need to take urgent action to save the planet for future generations. So why do so many chemtrail conspiracy theorists think climate change is a big hoax? For weeks, attacks on teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg have been the most popular posts on the most popular Facebook page for the chemtrail conspiracy theory. At nearly 183,000 members, the page is a stronghold for people who believe the government or other agencies are spraying chemicals out of planes for nefarious purposes (perhaps mind control, perhaps weather control, depending on which believer you ask). And as Thunberg and President Donald Trump and an Infowars-on-ketamine conspiracy site over the past decade. Despite …

Trump administration’s war on science has hit ‘crisis point’, experts warn

Nonpartisan taskforce of ex-government officials reports almost weekly violations of norms meant to safeguard objective research The treatment of science by the Trump administration has hit a crisis point where research findings are manipulated for political gain, special interests are given improper influence and scientists are targeted for ideological reasons, a nonpartisan taskforce of former government officials has warned. Safeguards meant to ensure that government research is objective and fully available to the public have been steadily weakening under recent administrations and are now at a nadir under Trump, recent sharpiegate scandal, in which Trump erroneously claimed a hurricane would hit Alabama, subsequently holding up a doctored map. Officials at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were reportedly pressured to …

Bad ancestors: does the climate crisis violate the rights of those yet to be born?

The long read: Our environmental vandalism has made urgent the question of ethical responsibilities across decades and centuries What if climate breakdown is a violation of the rights of those yet to be born? Finally, this urgent question seems to be getting the attention it deserves. Last month an astonishing 7 million people from nearly 200 countries took to the streets as part of the youth-led global climate strike. Young people around the world recognise that the disastrous repercussions of the already present ecological crisis will fall disproportionately on their shoulders, and the shoulders of generations to come in particular on those whose communities have emitted the smallest proportion of greenhouse gasses. Greta Thunberg, whose school strike for the climate …

Could Climate Change Fuel the Rise of Right-Wing Nationalism?

By Joshua Conrad Jackson, Doctoral Student, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Michele Gelfand, Distinguished University Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland Two trends have defined the past decade and both have been on display at this years session of the United Nations General Assembly. One has been the escalating effects of climate change, which were the focus of the United NationsForest fires,hurricanesare all rising in their frequency and severity. Eight of the last 10 years have been the warmest on record. Marine biologists warned thatsurge of right-wing nationalist politics across Western nations, which includes Donald Trumps election in the U.S., and the rise of nationalist political parties around the world. Indeed, …

Top Climate Scientist to Bernie: Youre Killing People in India

On Thursday and Friday nights, MSNBC is co-hosting a climate forum at Georgetown University that some of the Democratic candidates will attend (though not Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren). Theyll be tripping over one another to prove theyre the greenest of the green. Meanwhile, climate experts will be waiting to hear what they say about the most obvious source of clean energy, which is nuclear power. Most Democratic candidates recognize that the planet cannot be saved from catastrophic climate change without nuclear energy as part of the mix.But there are three holdouts: Marianne Williamson, who will attend the summit; Tulsi Gabbard, who will not be there; and most prominently, Bernie Sanders. Sanders says as president he would impose a moratorium …

Greta Thunberg is right. Congress is ignoring science and that includes Democrats | Kate Aronoff

Many Democrats arent taking climate scientists more seriously than their climate-denying Republican counterparts. And corporate money is to blame On Wednesday in a committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Greta Thunberg delivered some very brief remarks. Presenting the Congress members gathered with a special report from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released nearly a year ago, the Swedish climate activist said succinctly: I dont want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists. I want you to unite behind science. And then I want you to take real action. Republicans who have accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from fossil fuel companies and electric utilities spouted their usual talking points (Were already doing enough!; What …

Marianne Williamson Defends Power of the Mind Tweet at Climate Forum

During MSNBCs Climate Forum 2020 on Thursday, moderator Ali Velshi pressed Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson to explain why she tweetedwriting, ridiculous. two minutes of prayer, visualization, meditation is not enough if you are hoping to move just a fork across a table by the power of your mind. And its so stupid to delete a tweet when youre in the public eye, Williamson added. Because all that means is its going to get more attention. As soon as I deleted it, I went, Oh no! Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Adaptation isnt enough. Weve got to throw everything at the climate crisis | Fiona Harvey

Jonathan Franzen preaches the gospel of adaptation. But without cutting emissions, it wont work, says Guardian environment journalist Fiona Harvey When were faced with threats of inundation, our reaction has traditionally been to build walls. Sea-level rises, storms and floods have been held back with solid barriers, seawalls and dykes. We have used walls to keep out people, too: the fact that this has failed throughout the ages has not stopped its recent According to the UN, climate-related disasters are already taking place at the rate of one a week, though only a few of them such as number of people facing water shortages set to leap from 3.6 billion today to 5 billion by 2050. At least $1tn a …

The world has a third pole and it’s melting quickly

An IPCC report says two-thirds of glaciers on the largest ice sheet after the Arctic and Antarctic are set to disappear in 80 years Many moons ago in Tibet, the Second Buddha transformed a fierce nyen (a malevolent mountain demon) into a neri (the holiest protective warrior god) called Khawa Karpo, who took up residence in the sacred mountain bearing his name. Khawa Karpo is the tallest of the Meili mountain range, piercing the sky at 6,740 metres (22,112ft) above sea level. Local Tibetan communities believe that conquering Khawa Karpo is an act of sacrilege and would cause the deity to abandon his mountain home. Nevertheless, there have been several failed attempts by outsiders the best known by an international …

Europes Ridiculous Aid Package Is the Latest in a Long Series of Lies About the Brazilian Fires

The G7carbon offsets you bought after your summer vacation. Which is to say: not effective at all. De minimis. Nada. But in the cataclysm that is the Amazon fires of 2020, it seems like symbolism is everythingunless, of course, youre an indigenous person whose very real home has been destroyed by very real fires set by greedy, racist ranchers. Its really a stunning juxtaposition: on the one hand, a massive crisis that threatens the stability of the Earths atmosphere, and the other hand, a whole lot of BS from all sides. Admittedly, most of the BS is coming from the side of Brazils Trumpist demagogue, Jair Bolsonaro. To take but three examples: First, Bolsonaros American Embassy 40,341 fires recorded this …

People Make Fools Of Themselves For Bullying A 16-Year-Old Activist Who Chose To Travel For 13 Days Instead Of Flying 10 Hours

The reason the 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl is traveling by sea is that she loves the environment so much, she refuses to fly on airplanes. This is just plain awesome. Unfortunately, some people don’t think so and lambasted her because they don’t agree with the message she’s sending. Some made fun of her because they think she just wants attention, while others think there’s nothing wrong with flying and rubbed their opinions in her face. Be sure to scroll down to the very end of this post to read Bored Panda’s interview with Marc Moran, who defended Thunberg on Twitter. Facebook | Instagram Teenage climate change activist Greta Thunberg is ‘making a splash’ by sailing to New York from Plymouth, England …

‘Ecological grief’: Greenland residents traumatised by climate emergency

Islanders are struggling to reconcile impact of global heating with traditional way of life, survey finds The climate crisis is causing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety to people in Greenland who are struggling to reconcile the traumatic impact of heating with their traditional way of life. The first ever national survey examining the human impact of the climate emergency, revealed in the Guardian on Monday, shows that more than 90% of islanders interviewed fully accept that crisis is happening, with a further 76% claiming to have personally experienced global heating in their daily lives, from coping with dangerous sea ice journeys to having sled dogs euthanised for economic reasons tied to shorter winters. Original Article : HERE ; The …

Americans Trust Scientists, Until Politics Gets in the Way

Nothing’s more American than a science-hero—an indomitable, big-brained hasher-out of ideas that change the world, that make the impossible possible. At least since Ben Franklin sat with the founders, and certainly since Vannevar Bush explicitly connected the US’ future to federal funding of science after World War II, the idea of sciencing the shit out of everything has been core to the American character. Like many surveys and studies before it, a new report from the Pew Research Center confirms this truth: Americans love and trust scientists. In 2019, 86 percent of Americans said they had a great deal or a fair amount of confidence in them—up 3 percent from the year before. That’s higher than confidence in the military …

War on science: Trump administration muzzles climate experts, critics say

Whistleblowers and groups tracking agency decisions say administration is ignoring science and censoring expertise The Trump administration is disregarding science and expertise across a wide range of government work, as documented by whistleblowers and groups tracking agency decisions. Trump officials are censoring warnings about the climate crisis, moving critical agencies out of Washington and enacting far-reaching changes in what facts regulators can consider when they choose between industry and the public good. The White House and its agencies have kept their own experts from explaining how pollution from power plants and cars is increasing global temperatures, threatening both lives and economies. One former climate scientist for the National Park Service, Maria Caffrey, filed a whistleblower complaint this week and testified …