Saturday, 30 July 2016

Five Things to Consider After 14 Months in a Row of Record Heat

EcoWatch

There is just so much to digest in the latest release of monthly global temperature data by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), I thought I needed to say something. I just don't know where to start, so bear with me, please, as this news of temperature records being broken (yet again) is profoundly sobering and worth understanding in detail. It is all hard to grasp and chew on, so I will try to go bit by bit here …Story here.

Friday, 29 July 2016

First Nations in Manitoba Keep Wary Eye on Saskatchewan Oil Spill

CBCnews

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs calls for boycott of Husky Energy. Story here.

Is the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on the Wrong Side of History, Yet Again? (Opinion)

by Larry Powell

Has that old siren-song of industry hit a sour note? You know the one. If we spend too much money trying to reign in climate change, it will only damage jobs and the economy. In fact, here is a direct quote from the website of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce earlier this year.

"Aggressively cutting Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions would significantly harm its economic competitiveness."

But Canada's latest economic report obviously pours cold water onto that well-worn  message. 

It's not even in dispute that wildfires in Alberta played a role in shrinking our economy by over half-a-percent in May. The Fort McMurray fires are blamed for a 22 percent decline in non-conventional oil and gas extraction that month. (It was the worst monthly GDP figure in seven years.) 

The role that manmade climate change plays in the intensity, frequency and duration of wildfires is (at least among credible experts and reasonable people), no longer in dispute.

So, are wildfires on the decline? Hardly. One threatened a First Nation in Manitoba just this summer, forcing 2,500 residents to flee. Another massive "monster" nipped at the edges of Los Angeles just last week. (In California these days, there's no longer a "wildfire season." As that State's severe drought drags on into its 5th, dreary year, wildfires can now happen pretty much year-round.)

So, was Canada's dismal economic performance in May a "one-off" (unlikely to happen again)? 

You be the judge.

I believe it is now time for the Chamber and other voices of business and industry to join the 21st century and update their songbook. This is, as they say, is "The new normal!"




Thursday, 28 July 2016

With Planting Season Weeks Away, Millions in Drought-Hit Southern Africa Need Support – UN

UN News Centre

Some 23 million people in southern Africa are in need of urgent support to be able to produce enough food to feed themselves…Story here.

Landmark Human Rights Complaint Lodged Against World's Worst Polluters

COMMONDREAMS
In unprecedented case, Filipino governmental body accuses carbon-polluting corporations of violating people's rights to "life, food, water, sanitation, adequate housing, and to self determination.” Story here.

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Scorching Global Temps Astound Climate Scientists

CommonDreams
As wildfire rages in California, flooding affects millions in India and China, and eggs are fried on sidewalks in Iraq, scientists say global climate catastrophe is surpassing predictions. Story here.