From Huffington Post:
Pope Francis On Climate Change Denial: ‘Man Is Stupid’
By Chris D’Angelo
WASHINGTON — Climate change denials amid catastrophic hurricanes are a reminder that humans are not a particularly smart species, Pope Francis said Sunday while flying over areas in the Caribbean decimated by Hurricane Irma.
From the Washington Post:
U.S. scientists officially declare 2016 the hottest year on record. That makes three in a row.
~By Chris Mooney
In a powerful testament to the warming of the planet, two leading U.S. science agencies Wednesday jointly declared 2016 the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set just last year — which, itself, had topped a record set in 2014.
The evidence has been clear for a long time. We must rapidly and drastically reduce the burning of fossil fuels. Coal, Oil and Gas must be left in the ground - unburnt. Any politician who "denies" or "doubts" human caused global warming is either ignorant or corrupt or both. We have both a collective and individual moral responsibility for ensuring the health of our planet.
Please vote for politicians who recognize the urgent need for action to mitigate the consequences of human caused global warming. We must drastically reduce our use of oil, coal and gas. No other issue is more important.
On September 20, 2016, 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel laureates, published an open letter to draw attention to the serious risks human caused global warming. The letter warns that the consequences of opting out of the Paris agreement would be severe and long-lasting for our planet’s climate and for the international credibility of the United States.
A full list of signers follows the text of the letter.
Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. Fossil fuels powered the Industrial Revolution. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. This increase in greenhouse gases is changing Earth’s climate.
We must get our response to global warming right. The consequences if we don’t are enormous…
We know, however, that rapid warming of the planet increases the risk of crossing climatic points of no return, possibly setting in motion large-scale ocean circulation changes, the loss of major ice sheets, and species extinctions. The climatic consequences of exceeding such thresholds are not confined to the next one or two electoral cycles. They have lifetimes of many thousands of years.
Please read the full text of the letter.
From the NYT - The Id That Ate the Planet by Paul Krugman
On Tuesday the political arm of the Natural Resources Defense Council, one of America’s most influential environmentalist groups, made its first presidential endorsement ever, giving the nod to Hillary Clinton. This meant jumping the gun by a week on her inevitable designation as the presumptive Democratic nominee, but the NRDC Action Fund is obviously eager to get on with the general election.
For half a century, climate scientists have seen the West Antarctic ice sheet, a remnant of the last ice age, as a sword of Damocles hanging over human civilization.
Human caused global warming is the single most critical issue facing all of humanity. Nothing else comes close. We must demand that our politicians move forward rapidly to eliminate the use of all fossil fuels in the production of energy.
Leonardo DiCaprio wins the "Best Actor" Oscar for his performance in The Revenant at the 88th Academy Awards. In his acceptance speech he addresses the threat of climate change:
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Paul Krugman writing in the New York Times - Planet on the Ballot:
NYT - We now have a pretty good idea who will be on the ballot in November: Hillary Clinton, almost surely (after the South Carolina blowout, prediction markets give her a 96 percent probability of securing her party’s nomination), and Donald Trump, with high likelihood (currently 80 percent probability on the markets). But even if there’s a stunning upset in what’s left of the primaries, we already know very well what will be at stake — namely, the fate of the planet.
Human caused global warming is the single most urgent issue facing all of humanity on a global level. We urge our readers to vote accordingly in the November elections. No other issue is more important.
From NYT - 2015 Was Hottest Year in Recorded History, NASA and NOAA Say By JUSTIN GILLIS
Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in recorded history by far, breaking a record set only the year before — a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world.
From the New York Times - In Climate Move, Obama Halts New Coal Mining Leases on Public Lands By CORAL DAVENPORT
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced on Friday a halt to new coal mining leases on public lands as it considers an overhaul of the program that could lead to increased costs for energy companies and a slowdown in extraction.
We hope so!
We applaud the Obama administration and encourage them to take the most immediate and forceful actions possible to reduce and quickly eliminate all use of fossil fuels in the production of energy.
What the republican party loves to call the “war on coal” is actually the war to save the planet as a habitable home for our children and grandchildren. Future generations will not forgive us if we don’t solve this problem NOW.
We're the first generation to feel the impact of climate change and the last generation that can do something about it. ~President Barack Obama
From The New Yorker December 21, 2015 - The Siege of Miami: As temperatures climb, so, too, will sea levels BY ELIZABETH KOLBERT discusses the effect Global Warming, and the resulting rise in sea levels, will have on millions of people currently living in South Florida.
Philip Stoddard, the mayor of South Miami is correct when he says:
There’s no keeping the water out.So ultimately this area has to depopulate. What I want to work toward is a slow and graceful depopulation, rather than a sudden and catastrophic one.
No one, let’s repeat that for emphasis NO ONE has any clue how to keep South Florida from being irreversibly flooded with Ocean Water rendering the entire region permanently unsuitable as a place for millions of people to live. Systems that work elsewhere (think Netherlands) will not work in South Florida.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott both deny the fact that human caused global warming even exists! They are each profoundly ignorant. They represent a clear and present danger to the public they are elected to serve.
Read the full New Yorker essay. Also, visit Florida soon if you wish to see it. I you are wise, don’t buy property there.
NO OTHER ISSUE IS MORE IMPORTANT. Every politician running for office next November must spell out their plans to mitigate the damage from human caused global warming. Any politician who denies the existence - or "doubts" the existence - of human caused global warming is either too ignorant or too corrupt to be entrusted with public office.
From the NYT - What You Can Do About Climate Change
By JOSH KATZ and JENNIFER DANIEL DEC. 2, 2015
Seven Simple Guidelines for Thinking About Carbon Emissions
Global climate: it’s complicated. Any long-term solution will require profound changes in how we generate energy. At the same time, there are everyday things that you can do to reduce your personal contribution to a warming planet. Here are seven simple guidelines on how your choices today affect the climate tomorrow. continue reading
From NCR - Francis: World close to suicide over climate change
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE FROM BANGUI While Pope Francis has expressed hope that world leaders meeting in Paris for discussions on confronting climate change will find solutions to the problem, he has also said the inaction on the issue up to now is approaching global suicide.
Francis on global warming “We are confronted with a choice that cannot be ignored: either to improve or to destroy the environment."
From NCR - Pope calls for eliminating carbon use, says failure in Paris would be 'catastrophic' by Joshua J. McElwee
NAIROBI, UNITED NATIONS Pope Francis has said that failure of the international community to reach agreement on measures to fight climate change at next week's U.N. Climate Conference in Paris would be "catastrophic," and has called for a new global energy system that relies on "little or no" use of carbon... read full article
We must leave coal, oil and gas IN THE GROUND - Unburnt. It is imperative that we get to that point ASAP. Good to see Francis on the right side of this critical issue.
From the NYT: Obama to Unveil Tougher Climate Plan By Coral Davenport and Gardiner Harris
WASHINGTON — In the strongest action ever taken in the United States to combat climate change, President Obama will unveil on Monday a set of environmental regulations devised to sharply cut planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s power plants and ultimately transform America’s electricity industry. continue reading
We applaud this initiative and urge its rapid implementation.
From Slate - Earth’s Most Famous Climate Scientist Issues Bombshell Sea Level Warning By Eric Holthaus
In what may prove to be a turning point for political action on climate change, a breathtaking new study casts extreme doubt about the near-term stability of global sea levels.
Agreed. Global warming is a moral issue of the highest possible order. We, individually and collectively, must take immediate action to mitigate the damage that is being caused. In the 2016 elections - any politician who "doubts" or "denies" global warming is either Profoundly Ignorant or Profoundly Corrupt - or both. In either case they are unqualified for public office. We must leave coal, oil and gas in the ground - unburnt.
A prayer for our earth
All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
That we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
'Laudato Si' Encyclical Page 70
From Huffington Post: Pope Francis Releases 'Laudato Si' Encyclical And Lays Out Moral Case For Addressing Climate Change by Jaweed Kaleem
In a highly anticipated papal letter released Thursday, Pope Francis called on Catholics worldwide to make safeguarding the environment and battling climate change an urgent and top priority of the 21st century.
Full text of the 'Laudato Si' Encyclical
The Community of St. Bridget applauds the Pope for taking a strong position on the issue of Human Caused Global Warming. Francis has made the moral case for immediate and effective change. We, all of humanity, must drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels starting immediately.
From NCR: Five things to look for in the encyclical on environment by Thomas Reese |
Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment is being translated into multiple languages and will be published probably in June. Here are five things to look for in the new encyclical. continue reading
Is Jeb Bush ignorant or corrupt? You decide.
From Talking Point Memo: Jeb Bush: It's 'Arrogant' To Say Science Is Decided On Climate Change by Catherine Thompson
For the people to say the science is decided on this is really arrogant, to be honest with you. It's this intellectual arrogance that now you can't have a conversation about it, even. ~Jeb Bush sspeaking about Global Warming. read more from Talking Points Memo or from CNN
Sorry to say it. There is no other choice. Anybody who "denies" or "doubts" the facts about Global Warming is either ignorant or corrupt - or both. In any case, no such person is qualified to hold national office. This includes Jeb, Rubio and - well - honestly - every other republican candidate for the presidency. We don't like being forced into being so partisan. However, the well-being of your children and grandchildren is critically dependent on our collective world-wide response to global warming over the next 10 years. We don't have time to waste. The damage we are currently doing to our planet is, for all practical purposes, permanent and irreversible.
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