5 Jun 2016

(1) Solving Climate Change Requires Defiance
Conflict and war have become obsolete ... we must become reliable stewards of natural systems ... Climate disruption creates conditions where harm is more likely ... This exacerbates the risk of conflict, migration and failed states. Such conditions attract criminal networks who prey on people pushed into extreme vulnerability. We are now beginning to understand the many connections that bind human experience across the world, through Earth's life-support systems. We must dare to embrace the complexity of this emerging fabric of knowledge ... We must dare to use our intelligence ethically ... to serve the health and well-being of natural systems and of generations yet to come.
(2) Fossil Fuel Groups Warned Not to Ignore Paris Accord
Lord Stern says businesses should consider both the physical threat of a changing climate as well as the financial risks posed by tougher government rules to stem emissions or climate-linked lawsuits against fossil fuel companies. Even without such action, the pace of technological change could spur so much growth of low-carbon products, such as electric cars, that demand for fossil fuels falls faster than expected.
(3) Deadly European Floods In Line with Climate Change Predictions
“It is probably a good idea to invest in infrastructure that helps in dealing with heavier precipitation, in particular if you are not yet used to those events.” Warm air holds more moisture, and global warming is already increasing the odds of extreme rainfall.
(4) Don’t Count on an Orderly Transition to Clean Energy
Gradualists tend to believe that the embedded investment in the existing capital stock will be a sufficient drag to slow down the process of change. I don’t agree. If the new products are cheaper and more convenient they will dominate the market very quickly. ... a dozen countries that are currently overwhelmingly dependent on oil and gas revenue and very ill prepared for this transition – Russia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Algeria, Libya, Venezuela, Angola, Iran, Iraq, Azerbaijan Kazakhstan and Mexico. ... The citizens of producing countries that have come to depend on oil and gas revenue start to lose immediately. Those in importing countries gain slowly over a much longer period. ... the risk of potentially disruptive responses such as a new wave of mass migration – this time away from the oil-producing countries. ... For the moment, oil demand continues to rise – although the rate of this is dangerously dependent on what happens in a single country: China. But energy supply is increasing by more than demand – particularly in natural gas. The result is weak prices, low revenue and widespread political instability. Just wait until demand starts to fall year by year. The transition cannot be resisted and it could be very rapid. It should be recognised as a likely source of some of the greatest political instability of the coming half century. ... The notion of a smooth transition is wishful thinking ...
(5) 'Free Trade' Will Kill Climate Movement
"...the Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) provisions, which allow multinational corporations sue nations in private, clandestine tribunals for passing laws they don't like ... "The TPP would let foreign oil and gas companies undermine the will of hundreds of communities that have worked tirelessly to protect themselves from the environmental and public health hazards associated with fracking, ... "This is an area where there is bipartisan agreement... that these deals harm workers, communities, and our environment."
(6) Climate Change Insurgency
Fossil fuel companies, and the governments that authorize their activities, are destroying the land, water, and atmosphere that sustain us. ... we are being sacrificed for the profit of fossil fuel companies. But these companies have a problem. – all of us – have rights to that land, water, and atmosphere. We have rights under a legal principle called the public trust. ... the government has a duty to protect shared natural resources, and to hold them in trust for the public and for future generations. But our governments are violating this obligation by failing to regulate fossil fuel emissions. They violate this right by subsidizing fossil fuels, by approving new dirty energy projects, and by locking us into further, deadly emissions.
(7) Climate Change Education in Canada
Climate change is included in public education in Canada.
(8) Oregon Oil Derailment
The June 3, 2016 Union Pacific train derailment spilled 42,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil. "Mosier still does not have potable water, still doesn't have a sewage system, and Union Pacific is moving trains again. It's clear that profit for the fossil fuel industry is trumping the health and safety of people that live along these corridors."
(9) Book on Fracking
The new book "Frackopoly" ... is a road map for the changes we need to make to create a sustainable energy future. The market alone is not going to get us where we need to go. We are going to have to keep increasing the size and political power of the incredible grassroots movement that has risen up from communities all across the country to demand that we ban fracking and keep fossil fuels in the ground.
(10) Make Cities Energy Efficient
Cities produce 70% of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions ... Put up solar, Use heat pumps, Use wind turbines, Encourage urban farming, Bring back solar water heaters, Make cities more energy efficient ...
(11) Plant Corn, Not Pipelines
“These are seeds of resistance, Resistance to corporate greed and the destruction of Mother Earth. We want to save our land for our children and grandchildren. Also, for the animals that walk through here. When you stand up for the land, for the water, you stand up for all living things.”
(12) Green PR Firm Secretly Working for Oil and Petrochemical Industry
EnviroIssues’ green reputation is undeserved. The firm in fact works for several controversial oil and petrochemical companies, shepherding them through the environmental reviews that communities and decision makers depend on to assess projects’ local impacts. These include the highly controversial Tacoma methanol proposal and major oil-by-rail projects at Vancouver and Grays Harbor, Washington.
(13) Phase Out Rail Shipments of Crude Oil
Jim Hall, former NTSB chairman, says "It is time for all citizens in the Northwest, not just environmentalists, not just Native Americans, not just recreation enthusiasts, to say enough is enough. We need to phase out rail shipments of crude oil, and we need to begin in our nation's most sensitive regions, like the Columbia River Gorge, before the next accident devastates this American treasure."