Heightening the fear of rapid and severe climate change, continuous, powerful and impressive methane plumes, more than 1,000 metres in diameter, have been found beneath the Arctic seabed off the East Siberian Arctic Shelf of northern Russia.
Note from Dorothy: To my great disappointment, I’ll no longer be able to continue as chief administrator for our website. Last Spring I suffered a bit of spinal damage, and this has prevented me from spending the computer time required to service our blog as I would like and as our readers surely deserve. However, the [...]
It is clear that our collective survival depends on the most radical mitigation effort we can imagine. Climate change is already dangerous, it is no longer a future-tense proposition. The hour is late. James Hansen, in a new paper, says that “…goals of limiting human-made warming to 2C and CO2 to 450 ppm are prescriptions for disaster.” At just 0.8C warming so far, he says we have little or no “cushion” left to avoid dangerous climate change.
Thawing permafrost that took tens of thousands of years to form will melt in less than 200, with feedback that will turn the Arctic from carbon sink to source in the 2020s, and release 100 billion tons of carbon by 2100
Statement by Salt Spring Island Trustee Torgrimson on urgent need for climate action with reference to Climate Code Report 4 Degrees Hotter: an Adaptation Trap
James Hansen writes that media and governments allowed science and pseudo-science to have equal weight, “fair and balanced”. Relentless repetition of minor flaws in telephone-bookthick IPCC reports created the public impression that the science may be flawed, even while observations of climate change strengthened and the urgency of action increased. He says the essence of the potential climate tragedy is its intergenerational injustice.
Note from Dorothy: My grandchildren grew up listening to Raffi’s wonderful and unique songs – Baby Beluga, This Little Light of Mine, Morningtown Ride and my personal favourite, Douglas Mountain. Never could I have imagined then that this great Canadian musician would come to live on the same island in British Columbia as I do [...]
Note from Dorothy, with update: There is no longer any question as to whether “the end is nigh.” It remains to be seen if we humans have the courage to face the reality of our potential extinction, and then, if we care enough about our survival, the energy to work to prevent this. I remain [...]
James Hansen tells Bill McKibben “science demands actual reductions in fossil fuel emissions, not phony offsets.” He may bring suit against the US government on behalf of his grandchildren.
What happened when a climate activist wrote to Canadian senators about the killing of Climate Change Bill C-311; a “black day” for Canadian democracy