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Ecocide: “unlawful or wanton acts committed with knowledge that there is a substantial likelihood of severe and either widespread or long-term damage to the environment being caused by those acts.”


9/23/22


MoJo: How Joe Biden Made the War in Ukraine a Gift to the Gas Industry


9/22/22


Guardian: Schumer and Manchin's Dirty Side Deal to Fast Track Pipelines Faces Backlash - Never listen to what they say...


9/14/22


Yale Climate Connections: Hottest Summer on Record for Europe and China During Northern Hemisphere's 2nd Hottest Summer


9/8/22


Guardian: World on Brink of Five 'Disastrous' Tipping Points  


Evergreen Action: Four Reasons We Must Stop the Mountain Valley Pipeline     


9/7/22


CNN: Western US Heat Wave Shatters All-Time Records, 1/4 of CA Homes Have No AC and it Could Stay That Way - Next: Hurricane Kay, not to mention the ongoing drought


9/6/22


Guardian: California Heat Wave Enters Intense Phase Bringing Blackouts and Wildfires


Weather.com: California Heat Wave Could Push Highest Power Demand Ever


9/4/22


CNN: Extended Record-Setting Heat Wave is Scorching the West


Guardian: FEMA Director: US Flood Maps are Out of Date Thanks to Climate Change


9/1/22


NYTimes: A Solar Firm Plans to Build Off-Grid Neighborhoods in California


Time: Pakistan Flooding's Financial Costs Raises Tough Questions


8/29/22


Guardian: Major Sea-Level Rise Caused by Melting of Greenland Ice Cap Now Inevitable


NYTimes: Deadly Floods Devastate An Already Fragile Pakistan - This is a very small country with a population of almost one quarter of a billion people. People are starving while food prices are skyrocketing and the internal political system is extremely unstable.


8/28/22


Guardian: Pakistan Declares Floods a Climate Catastrophe as Death Toll Tops 1,000


8/25/22


Time: Colorado River Drought is a Cautionary Climate Tale - Lake Mead which supplies water to all of the SW states is at its lowest level ever.


8/23/22


Guardian: Epaulette Sharks Able to Walk on Land Evolving to Better Survive Climate Change


8/22/22


NPR: Record Flooding in Texas - "The risk is highest in places where the water is rising and the land is also falling. That's happening very quickly in Louisiana and Texas, as humans pump out oil, gas and drinking water, and the land collapses because of that extraction."


8/15/22


Guardian: Weeks of Heat Above 100F Will Be the Norm by 2053, Study Shows


8/11/22


NYTimes: Arctic Warming is Happening 4 X Faster Than the Rest of the Planet  


Guardian: America's Summer of Floods


8/9/22


Guardian: Landmark US Climate Bill Will Do More Harm Than Good, Frontline Community Groups Say  


Guardian: Congress is About to Pass a Historic Climate Bill. So Why Are Oil Companies So Pleased?


8/3/22


NPR: Floods Are Getting More Common. Do You Know Your Risks?


7/30/22


Guardian: 'Soon It Will Be Unrecognisable': Expert: Climate Meltdown Cannot Be Stopped


7/29/22


Louisville Courier-Journal: 'Warmer and Wetter': US' Changing Climate Helps Fuel Record Kentucky Flooding, Experts Say


7/28/22


NYTimes: Seven Key Provisions in the Democrats' Climate Deal - "a far cry from the ambitious multi-trillion-dollar domestic policy and tax proposal that President Biden" campaigned on in 2020.


7/26/22


ABC Chicago: Record Rain Causes Heavy Flooding in St. Louis Area - 12" of rain in St. Charles County; previous record: 6.85" on 8/20/1915.


USA Today: Oak Fire Threatening Yosemite is California's Largest Fire of the Year


7/25/22


New Yorker: Living Through India's Next-Level Heat Wave - "One day in May, the temperature hit 121, and over-heated birds fell from the sky."


7/22/22


BBC: The Audacious PR Plot That Seeded Doubt About Climate Change


European Geosciences Union: Relationship Between Extinction Magnitude and Climate Change During Major Marine and Terrestrial Animal Crises


7/20/22


Guardian: Alarm as Fastest Growing US Cities Risk Becoming Unlivable From Climate Crisis


7/19/22


NYTimes: UK Heat Wave: Britain Records Highest Temperature Ever


NYTimes: Scenes of Devastation Emerge From Fire-Ravaged SW France


7/18/22


NYTimes: Why Europe is Becoming a Heat Wave Hot Spot


7/17/22


BBC: Heatwave: More Evacuations as Mediterranean Wildfires Spread


7/16/22


New Yorker: For the Third Time in Three Decades, Congress Punts on Serious Climate Legislation - Manchin made complete suckers out of Biden and the Democrats. Never forget.


7/15/22


CNN: European Cities Set All-Time Temperature Records Amid Unrelenting Heat Wave


7/14/22


New Yorker: Bill McKibben: If Egypt Won't Free Alaa Abd El-Fattah It Had Better Brace for an Angry Climate Conference


7/13/22


Time: How Heat Waves Could Have Long Term Impacts on Your Health - "Hotter days bring an elevated risk of dehydration, says Johnson, which in turn can cause cognitive dysfunction, high blood pressure, and acute kidney injuries. Over time, the chronically dehydrated are less able to excrete toxins, leaving a higher concentration of salts and glucose in the kidneys and blood serum. Those substances are linked with an increased risk for diabetes and metabolic syndrome, a medical term that describes some combination of high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and abdominal obesity that is estimated to afflict nearly a quarter of U.S. adults. As temperatures rise, he says, it is likely that incidences of metabolic disease will too, along with the concurrent risk of heart attack and stroke."


7/12/22


Guardian: Nearly $2Tn of Damage Inflicted on Other Countries by US Emissions  


7/7/22


The Limited News: June 2022, the 3rd Hottest on Record - After June 2019, and June 2021


and on the same day...


Common Dreams: Biden Lights the Fuse of the Biggest Carbon Bomb Ever - Unita Basin railway...These numbers are truly mind boggling. Biden and the democrats have nailed the coffin shut for life on earth. Republicans are the obvious evil, but Democrats are the more efficient evil.


7/6/22


Intercept: Biden Administration Pushes More Ocean Drilling Amid Record Oil and Gas Profits  


7/2/22


NPR: Biden Offshore Drilling Proposal Would Allow 11 Oil and Gas Leases


7/1/22


Common Dreams: Biden's Five-Year Drilling Plan Will Exacerbate Climate Disaster


6/30/22


New Yorker: Bill McKibben: Whore Court Tries to Overrule the Climate - McKibben: "The decision in Citizens United v. F.E.C., in 2010, empowered corporations to game our political system at will."


USA Today: Pimp Court Rules Against EPA Effort to Regulate Power Plant Emissions in Major Climate Suit  


6/23/22


Pew Research: Two-Thirds of Americans Think Government Should Do More on Climate  


6/18/22


Guardian: Burning Planet: Why Are the World's Heatwaves Getting More Intense?  


6/17/22


Guardian: Fossil Fuel Firms 'Have Humanity by the Throat', Says UN Head in Blistering Attack - That's the best summarization that I have heard of where we are right now. Just as Biden prepares to leave for Saudi Arabia, breaking 2 major campaign promises in one trip.


6/15/22


Time: To Survive Severe Drought This Summer, CA Should Learn From Capetown's Water Crisis - Americans use about 82 gallons of water per day. In 2017, Capetown residents were limited to 13.


UN: Around the Globe, As the Climate Crisis Worsens, Drought Set In - "Drought is a part of a much broader challenge of land degradation. Up to 40 per cent of the planet’s land is currently degraded. Forests have been cleared, wetlands and peatlands drained, mountains eroded, and farmlands and grasslands over-exploited. Land degradation directly affects half of humanity, with the potential to threaten half of the global gross domestic product (US$44 trillion)."


6/13/22


NYTimes: California Wildfire Scorches Nearly 1,000 Acres and Prompts Evacuations - 'One of more than 30 fires that have burned nearly one million acres across 5 states.'


6/9/22


NYTimes: As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces An 'Environmental Nuclear Bomb'  


6/1/22


NYTimes: 'A Perfect Recipe for Extreme Wildfire': New Mexico's Record Breaking, Early Fire Season    


Guardian: We Cannot Adapt Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis, Warns Leading Scientist  


5/22/22


Accuweather: Intense Heat Scorches Much of the East Coast, With More Still to Come  


5/21/22


Guardian: Dozens Dead, Millions Stranded as Floods Ravage Bangladesh and India  


5/20/22


New Yorker: Bill McKibben: Could Google's Carbon Emissions Have Effectively Doubled Overnight?


5/17/22


Guardian: Cumbria Coalmine Redundant Before It Even Opens  


5/11/22


Guardian: US Fracking Boom Could Tip the World to Edge of Climate Disaster  


5/9/22


NYTimes: Strong Winds Fuel Wildfires in New Mexico and ABC News: Crews in New Mexico, Arizona Scramble to Corral Wildfires and Guardian: Strong Winds Fuel More Than 21,000 Acre Arizona Wildfire


5/2/22


Guardian: 'We Are Living in Hell': Pakistan and India Suffer Extreme Heat Waves - At close to 130F, some of the highest April temperatures ever recorded on earth.


NYTimes: Biden Admin. Begins $3B Plan For Electric Car Batteries - "...currently, lithium, cobalt and other minerals needed for electric car batteries and energy storage are processed primarily in Asia. China alone controls nearly 80 percent of the world’s processing and refining of those critical minerals."


4/25/22


Guardian: US Gas Prices Are Over $4/Gallon. These Oil CEO's Took Home Over $20 Million  


4/22/22


New Yorker: McKibben: This Earth Day We Could Be Helping the Environment - And Ukraine


4/15/22


Common Dreams: Activists Decry Biden's 'Reckless' Resumption of Fossil Fuel Leases on Public Land  - The Democrats have completely betrayed the climate movement. The 'lesser of two evils' argument is a fraud.


"Randi Spivak, public lands director at the Center for Biological Diversity, argued that "the Biden administration's claim that it must hold these lease sales is pure fiction and a reckless failure of climate leadership."


Biden has killed any hope of Democratic gains this fall and has probably turned the White House over to Trump in '24.


"The decision to go ahead with the sale has damaged Biden’s climate credentials right after the Cop26 talks in Glasgow where he said the US would “lead by example” in slashing greenhouse gas emissions. The president, who has called the climate crisis an “existential threat” to the US, said in a Democratic primary debate last year that under his administration there would be “no more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period, ends, number one.”


See entry below of 1/28 & 12/13.


4/14/22


Guardian: Our Food System Isn't Ready for the Climate Crisis  


4/8/22


NOAA: Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters - Ignoring climate change is starting to get really expensive.


4/6/22


Guardian: Microplastics Found in Human Lungs For the First Time - They were found in 10 of the 12 subjects tested. They have also been found in blood samples. We are all eating them and breathing them all the time.


4/4/22


NYTimes: IPCC: Stopping Climate Change is Possible, But Time is Short  


4/3/22


Guardian: Scientists Urge End to Fossil Fuel Use as Landmark IPCC Report Readied


3/18/22


New Yorker: Bill McKibben: In a World on Fire, Stop Burning Things - "...we have the technnology necessary to rapidly ditch fossil fuels. Renewable energy is now cheaper than fossil fuel, and becoming more so...it could cost less to replace every coal plant in the country with renewables than to simply maintain the existing coal plants. You could call it a “green discount.”"


3/16/22


Time: Heat Pumps Are a Weapon in the EU's Energy Faceoff Against Russia


3/11/22


Guardian: 'Defining Moment': How Can the US End Its Dependency on Fossil Fuels? - Here's how: : New Yorker: Renewable Energy is Suddenly Startlingly Cheap and Carbon Tracker: The Sky's the Limit: Solar and wind energy potential is 100 times as much as global energy demand.


3/8/22


NYTimes: Suddenly Oil Companies Are Upbeat Again


3/3/22


NYTimes: Where Biodiversity is Most At Risk in America


3/1/22


NYTimes: Time is Running Out to Avert a Harrowing Future IPCC Warns and BBC: IPCC Report Warns of 'Irreversable' Impacts of Global Warming


2/27/22


Bill McKibben: Heat Pumps for Peace and Freedom - "Joe Biden could damage Putin badly - and he doesn't have to ask Joe Manchin." Also see: New Yorker: Renewable Energy is Suddenly Startlingly Cheap and Carbon Tracker: The Sky's the Limit: Solar and wind energy potential is 100 times as much as global energy demand.


These three articles together show the path to a relatively quick elimination of the use of fossil fuels on this planet. The only thing stopping it is the money going into politicians' pockets from the industries that needlessly prolong its use.


2/15/22


Guardian: US West Megadrought is Worst in 1,200 Years  


NYTimes: Coastal Sea Levels in US to Rise a Foot by 2020


2/14/22


AP: Megadrought in US West Hits Worst-Case Scenario


Nature Climate Change: Rapid Intensification of the Emerging Southwestern North American Mega-Drought in 2020-2021 - "Here, we show that after exceptional drought severity in 2021, ~19% of which is attributable to anthropogenic climate trends, 2000–2021 was the driest 22-yr period since at least 800."


2/11/22


Guardian: "More Cash Than We Know What to Do With"


2/9/22


BBC: Major Breakthrough on Nuclear Fusion Energy - Making fossil fuels completely unnecessary.


New Yorker: Why Texas's Power Grid Still Hasn't Been Fixed - Winter storm Uri February 2021, overwhelmed the TX power grid and left 5 million Texans without power for days. 248 died. Many natural gas facilities, the main source of power for most Texans, failed. In the immediate aftermath, Gov. Abbott blamed renewable energy, but the problem was with the natural gas facilities which seized up in the cold. In the attempt to avoid regulation, the TX system elected to fend for itself and remove itself from the multi-state grid. That plan failed. Subsequently the TX legislature has focused on tightening the state's voting laws, allowing unregistered handgun carry in public, and banning abortion to the exclusion of natural gas regulation. State rules regarding natural gas facility ownership by regulators is non-existant. There are no weatherization requirements, much less enforcement. Meanwhile TX has encouraged crypto-currency mining which drains electricity from the TX infrastructure.


2/1/22


NYTimes: How American Agriculture is Killing Our Planet - During the last 20 years, Big Ag spent $2.5 Billion on lobbying. As a percentage of expenditures Tyson foods spends more on political lobbying than Exxon/Mobile does.


Guardian: North Sea Abigail Oil Field Plan Approved Despite Climate Goals


1/28/22


NYTimes: Court Revokes Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Leases Citing Climate Change - Finally some good news.


Biden stated during a Democratic primary debate in 2020 that under his administration there would be “no more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period, ends, number one.” One of the first actions that Biden took immediately upon returning from COP26 was to authorize the auction of 308 tracts, 3.7 million acres of new drilling  permits in the Gulf of Mexico.


This court action reverses the permits that were auctioned off at that time plus more.


See entry of 12/13/21.


1/27/22


UK Independent: 'Whackadoo' and 'Deadly' Joe Rogan and Jordan Peterson Interview on Climate Crisis Eviscerated by Experts


1/18/22


Guardian: Exxon Uses Unusual Law to Intimidate Critics


1/11/22


Guardian: Hottest Ocean Temperatures In History Recorded in 2021


1/10/22


CBS News: The Past 7 Years Have Been the Hottest on Record "by a Clear Margin" Scientists Say