On How The Planet's Going To Shit: The Undeniability Of Climate Change

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You confuse me a little bit. Sometimes with the French overseas territories references and sometimes with Americanism like pay check instead of paycheque.
I can't be too definitive with my identity, what with all these cops and hoodlums closing in. I don't want to draw too much heat and attention to what I am upto out here in the sticks. I mean that money is only resting in my account and all gun running in the South China Seas was Errol Flynn and not me. The resemblance is purely coincidental.
 

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Lake Oroville beyond capacity, breached, and another week of rain coming. Mandatory evacs ongoing.
 

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As Trump reverses Obama’s climate plans, China’s leadership moment arrives


By Steven Mufson and Chris Mooney March 29 at 9:08 AM
Trump slashes federal climate protections
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President Trump signed an executive order on March 28, to obliterate former president Barack Obama's environmental record. The order will instruct federal regulators to rewrite Clean Power Plan rules that curb U.S. carbon emissions, as well as halt other environmental regulations. (Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)
For years, U.S. opponents of climate action used China as an excuse. Why, they asked, should the United States adopt measures to slow climate change that would be overwhelmed by a rapidly growing Chinese economy, fueled by coal plants spewing greenhouse gases?

How things have changed. This year, it is the Chinese government that has continued to embrace bold climate action, while President Trump on Tuesday moved to roll back a signature U.S. climate program aimed at capping emissions from coal plants and other sources — even as his administration is also seeking to slash government funding for research into better renewable technologies.

“We should develop new growth models and seize opportunities presented by the new round of industrial revolution and digital economy,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a Jan. 17 speech in Davos, sounding a lot like earlier U.S. presidents. “We should meet the challenges of climate change and aging population.”


Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson before a meeting in Beijing on March 19. (Pool photo by Lintao Zhang via AFP/Getty Images)
China is pressing ahead with a goal of boosting non-fossil fuels to 20 percent of the country’s total energy consumption by 2030, in part by reaching 200 gigawatts of installed wind capacity and 100 gigawatts of solar. That would be nearly two-and-a-half times the amount currently installed in the United States.

“Just when solar is becoming economic, we’re seeing countries like China and India embrace the technology, whereas clearly, moving to repeal the Clean Power Plan is movement in the other direction,” said Tom Werner, the president and chief executive of SunPower, a major U.S. solar company that has four joint ventures in China. One such venture, with Apple, has installed solar plants in Sichuan province and Tibetan and Qiang regions of China — moves that have helped the tech company green its business in the country.

President Obama for eight years pressed his fellow Americans to support climate action, not only to fulfill America’s international obligations but also to appeal to their competitive spirit. In June 2013, he vowed that “we will continue to drive American leadership in clean energy technologies, such as efficient natural gas, nuclear, renewables, and clean coal technology.”

In 2014, Obama forged an agreement with China’s leader to cut both nations’ emissions. The pact between the two biggest polluters set in motion the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Obama pledges U.S. action on climate change
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Addressing a climate change summit in Paris on Nov. 30, President Obama said the U.S. accepted its responsibility to help fix climate change, adding that global action need not damage economic growth. (Reuters)
Trump’s policies undermine that effort at a time when U.S. renewable energy companies are already fighting for market share and technological leadership against foreign competitors, most notably China’s solar and wind companies.

“The Chinese are stepping up, taking a greater leadership role. They get to forge closer ties with lesser developed countries to whom they very happily are going to export lots of their equipment,” said Ethan Zindler, head of Americas research for Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

“Chinese companies are extremely aggressive about getting opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere. They’re aggressive in bringing along the money to build the projects,” Zindler added.

There is expected to be a vast market in coming years for renewable energy installations in emerging economies such as India, as well as numerous countries in Africa, South America and southeast Asia. One leader in reaching these new markets is China’s Xinjiang Goldwind Science and Technology, or Goldwind, the country’s largest manufacturer of wind turbines. In addition to pursuing recent projects in Chile, Pakistan and South Africa, it recently moved to acquire a wind farm in Texas.

“If you look at the data in terms of clean energy investment trends around the world, China has been in the leadership role for several years and continues to be,” added Joanna Lewis, an expert on the country’s clean energy industry at Georgetown University.

In 2016, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, China saw $87.8 billion in clean energy investments, compared to $58.6 billion from the U.S.

“China is stepping into not only an international climate leadership role but also an international clean energy innovation and deployment leadership role,” Lewis said. She noted the symbolism that this year, China will host both the international Clean Energy Ministerial, in Beijing in June, and the second Mission Innovation ministerial, a gathering of countries pledged to supercharge investments in new energy technologies.

That’s not to say everything works perfectly in the burgeoning Chinese clean energy economy. There are grid problems that curtail potential clean electricity output, underusing wind turbines so as not to feed too much electricity to a swamped grid, Lewis said. But these appear to be growing pains. The overall direction remains clear — and so does the lead in comparison with the United States.

Views within China this week on the meaning of Trump’s move weren’t unanimous, but there was one common theme — the country is surging forward in renewable energy regardless.

Jiang Kejun, a researcher at the Chinese government think tank Energy Research Institute, suggested Trump’s executive order would benefit China. “Because the U.S. has slowed down its steps, others feel more push to cooperate,” he said. “We were expecting the U.S. to take the lead before, now we realize we have to rely on ourselves.”

But Lin Boqiang, an energy expert at Xiamen University, said Trump’s decision to scrap the Clean Power Plan would not have too much impact on Chinese wind and solar industries. “Chinese companies do not have a big share of the U.S. market, and hence it won’t be affected too much. Chinese companies’ chief market is our own domestic market and China’s commitment has not changed.”

However, Lin expected some negative impact on the global clean energy market. “Under the Paris agreement, the U.S. would help provide financing for many other countries to switch to renewable energy. Now that the U.S. is exiting from its promise, many countries might not have enough funding to pursue renewable energy. Therefore the global market demand might decline.”
 

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We All Live On Trash Island

You might think you were born in Duluth, or Detroit, or some sleepy suburb on Long Island—but let me tell you, friend, you’re wrong. In a sense, we were all spawned on a tiny island full of trash, floating miserably far, far out there. Only now are we beginning to understand the horrifying gravity of what our garbage species hath wrought.



The rubbish landmass of which I speak isn’t just a metaphor—it’s also a real place, called Henderson Island. Henderson Island is tucked away so deep in the South Pacific, it takes 13 days to get there from New Zealand by boat, according to Popular Science. Although it is very small and very hidden, a new paper, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, suggests it has the highest density of garbage anywhere on Earth. Researchers estimate that it has about 37,661,395 pieces of manmade trash on it.

“The density of debris was the highest recorded anywhere in the world, suggesting that remote islands close to oceanic plastic accumulation zones act as important sinks for some of the waste accumulated in these areas,” the research team behind the unsettling discovery wrote. “As global plastic production continues to increase exponentially, it will further impact the exceptional natural beauty and biodiversity for which remote islands have been recognized.”



In their four-month sojourn on Henderson Island, the researchers had almost no interaction with people—after all, there are only about 58 of them on the island. That said, the team became very well acquainted with outsiders’ trash.


“Based on our sampling at five sites we estimated that more than 17 tonnes of plastic debris has been deposited on the island, with more than 3570 new pieces of litter washing up each day on one beach alone,” Jennifer Lavers, the paper’s lead author, said in a statement. Lavers and her team think much of the trash comes from fishing activities in the region.

What’s sad is that the animals on Henderson Island—who produce no trash—are paying the ultimate price for humanity’s tomfoolery, as usual. Across the world, humans are dumping roughly 8 million tons of plastic into the ocean annually, according to a World Economic Forum report published last year.

“Research has shown that more than 200 species are known to be at risk from eating plastic, and 55 per cent of the world’s seabirds, including two species found on Henderson Island, are at risk from marine debris,” Lavers said.



While each one of us isn’t physically on trash island right now, we are all residents of this garbage-filled planet hurdling through space. It was a nice one until we came along and made it all shit-like.
 

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http://time.com/4931586/irma-hurricane-season-climate-change/

The One Number That Shows Why Climate Change Is Making Hurricane Season Worse
Justin Worland
Sep 07, 2017
Irma and Harvey have reignited discussions about the link between global warming and extreme weather, with climate scientists now saying they can show the connections between the two phenomena better than ever before.

Scientists' explanation of how they do that involves a complex discussion of climate models, historical temperature data and probability. But understanding the link really comes down to one figure: the air can hold 7% more water with every degree Celsius that the temperature rises. That figure comes from the Clausius–Clapeyron equation, a widely accepted physical law established centuries ago long before any politicized debate on climate change.


“A warmer ocean makes a warmer atmosphere, a warmer atmosphere can hold more moisture,” says Gabriel Vecchi, a professor of geosciences at Princeton University who studies extreme weather events. “So, all other things equal, the same storm in a warmer planet would give you more rainfall.”

This summer's hurricane season has been a particularly warm one in the region of the Atlantic where hurricanes form, with sea surface temperatures between 0.5°C (0.9°F) and 1°C (1.8°F) above average, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Those high temperatures mean hurricanes will store more water, which they can eventually dump when they make landfall. Climate scientists blame high temperatures during Hurricane Harvey's formation and along its path for the more than 50 inches of rain dropped on Houston.

"You fit all the data together and ask what is the likelihood for 100 millimeters, 200 millimeters of precipitation," said study co-author Sarah Kapnick, a researcher at the NOAA, before the Harvey hit Texas. "As you get to higher and higher values of precipitation it becomes less and less likely without climate change."

Now, scientists just need to convince the policymakers charged with helping prepare communities for hurricanes that the dangers are only increasing.
 

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U.S. report says human activity to blame for climate change

"The rapid pace of global climate change is almost certainly driven by human activity, like burning fossil fuels, according to a U.S. government report that contradicts assertions by President Donald Trump and members of his administration."

It wasn't evident all this time? We blamed it on solar flares and cattle? I feel sorry for the carbon spent to produce this report because the President, Rick Perry and the EPA chief won't heed it anyway.
 

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The television in the lift at work said the Indian government was spraying water to try to remove the smog in Delhi. Breathing in the air there is equivalent to smoking 45 cigarettes. India - home to 1.3 billion two pack a day men.
 

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Been checking this website that gives the National Grid status of all energy types in the UK, updates regularly:

http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/

Wind power fluctuates widely from <10% up to nearly 30%, but I've not seen it go over as yet. I've a sneaky feeling when they say wind provides on average 30% of the UK's electrical grid energy, they really mean it can provide up to 30% dependent on favourable conditions.
 

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Wind power fluctuates widely from <10% up to nearly 30%, but I've not seen it go over as yet. I've a sneaky feeling when they say wind provides on average 30% of the UK's electrical grid energy, they really mean it can provide up to 30% dependent on favourable conditions.
Won't it be all torn down after King Charles assumes the throne? After all, he has made public comments that wind turbines are visual abominations polluting the English countryside.
 

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New South Wales drought now affects entire state

"Southern Australia has just experienced its second-driest autumn on record, according to the Bureau of Meteorology, with rainfall 57mm (2.24in) below average.

Less than 10mm of rain was then recorded in parts of NSW in July, and drier than normal conditions are forecast in coming months."
 

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One of my wife's friends husband is something to do with the trading of these ''Green'' energy certificates, I didn 't quite understand what he was saying, but now I know he was telling me it was a big scam and get it now whilst you still can i.e. 15% of energy production in the Netherlands is from ''green'' renewable sources, whilst on paper it's 45% as the energy companies trade in green certificates guaranteeing that the energy is from renewable sources when it clearly isn't.

https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2018/08/green-energy-costs-in-nl-among-highest-in-europe/
 

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This bloke gives a unique perspective on denying man made climate change. He says that if ocean levels were rising due to climate change then the banks and investors wouldn't be putting so much money into ocean front property. He says NONE of the investors are avoiding building and funding developments by the ocean because of climate change. Good point!!!

 

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This bloke gives a unique perspective on denying man made climate change. He says that if ocean levels were rising due to climate change then the banks and investors wouldn't be putting so much money into ocean front property. He says NONE of the investors are avoiding building and funding developments by the ocean because of climate change. Good point!!!

There's a lot of bad science and out right falsehoods when it comes to climate change and also renewable energies. In places like here in The Netherlands the Green Party has its' origins in some really nasty Communist groups and the radical agenda appears more to be a handy vehicle to radically transform and bring down the capitalist patriarchy by the back door.
 

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There's a lot of bad science and out right falsehoods when it comes to climate change and also renewable energies. In places like here in The Netherlands the Green Party has its' origins in some really nasty Communist groups and the radical agenda appears more to be a handy vehicle to radically transform and bring down the capitalist patriarchy by the back door.

Yep, heaps of questionable climate change science and modeling is now said apparently exposed, and yes, the effects of climate change policy's effects on wealth transfer and on capitalism is especially dubious. Even the "consensus" of scientists agreeing with man caused climate change is said to be fraudulent and cherry picked, and it seems like most of the scientists disagree with the man caused global warming theory.


Al Gore can't be too worried about rising sea levels. He bought a mansion next to the ocean. :problemo:
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Uhh developers are working off zero interest rates, free money, on these waterfront projects. Even if they never make money they don't lose any money. Taxpayers bail out the banks. Socialized risks, privatized profits, or in more honest terms LEGAL THEFT AND FRAUD.
 
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