Scientific Justification of Global Climate Emergency

Facts speak for Climate Emergency

By Paul Beckwith - 05. December 2019

The World Meteorological Organization-WMO reported global average temperatures 1.1C higher than 19th century levels.

Paris 1.5C and 2C targets are relative to a pre-industrial baseline (1750).

Thus, add 0.3C to the WMO number so warming is already 1.4C.

How can this not be a climate emergency?

Making the case for scientific justification of a global climate emergency Paul Beckwith, Dr Peter Carter from the Climate Emergency Institute, and Regina Valdez present the facts.

Part 1 of 2

 

Part 2 of 2

 

Climate Restoration to Ensure Life’s Long-Term Survival on our Planet

When people talk about what society needs to do about climate change you often hear talk of Mitigation (reducing emissions to zero by 2050) and Adaptation (dealing with the changes that are already occurring). We must add CLIMATE RESTORATION to this lexicon.

Climate restoration is all about ensuring that the climate for our children and grandchildren is returned to the healthy climate enjoyed by our parents and grandparents when they were young children.

Among many ideas, to be useful methods must be scalable to remove large amounts of CO2, be finance-able, and store CO2 long term separate from atmosphere and water reservoirs. Promising ideas turn CO2 into rock, or into marine life via plankton capture. We must also cool the Arctic.

Climate Restoration Ideas: Turning CO2 into Rock and Marine Life; Cooling the Arctic

 

Understanding the significance of COP25 in Madrid

Dec 5, 2019

Representatives from nearly 200 countries are attending the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, also known as COP 25, in Madrid. This year’s meeting faces rising global temperatures, to as much as 3.9 degrees Celsius, according to the UN. With the US officially withdrawing from the Paris accord, climate action is politically charged. Can world leaders band together without the US on board?

 

COLLAPSE | Angaangaq Angakkorsuaq

The causes of climate change can be found especially in our ruthless exploitation of resources. The evolution of the human brain doesn’t seem to have given us the ability to think ahead.

You connect the idea of collapse with some sort of general crash – of a person, a company or a system. Usually, however, collapse is no surprise: there are signs in advance.

Mankind has increased dramatically in the last 2,000 years. We already exceeded the one billion mark in 1800: today there are well over 7 billion of us. And all of us consume resources – raw materials, land, and water. Accordingly, the state of the planet has deteriorated dramatically – dwindling rainforests, overfished oceans polluted by plastic, and rising levels of carbon dioxide in the air.

The dogma of growth

It’s quite apparent that this cannot go on like for long.

And yet politicians and business leaders use a supposed lack of alternatives and alleged constraints to justify their adherence to the dogma of high growth. But that is based on ignorance - or are they lies to protect their own interests? Our children will grow up to live in a world dramatically different from that of today.

The consequences of the thoughtless greed for things, boundless mobility and the growing disparities between rich and poor have long been visible. And they are complex. The melting of the poles or glaciers as a result of global warming is still relatively easy to understand – but it does happen a long way away...

But in many parts of the world, living conditions are dramatically deteriorating due to climate change: soil loss, catastrophic droughts, floods, conflicts over resources. And so ultimately, migration, war and terrorism can be interpreted as signs of a collapsing system. But what’s typical of any collapse is this: once it’s there, it’s already too late.

Fleeing climate change - the real environmental disaster 

May 1, 2019

How many millions of people will be forced to leave their homes by 2050?

This documentary looks at the so-called hotspots of climate change in the Sahel zone, Indonesia and the Russian Tundra. Lake Chad in the Sahel zone has already shrunk by 90 percent since the 1960s due to the increasing heat. About 40 million people will be forced to migrate to places where there is enough rainfall.

Migration has always existed as a strategy to adapt to a changing environment. But the number of those forced to migrate solely because of climate change has increased dramatically since the 1990s.

It is a double injustice: after becoming rich at the expense of the rest of the world, the industrialized countries are now polluting the atmosphere with their emissions and bringing a second misfortune to the inhabitants of the poorer regions.

One of them is Mohammed Ibrahim: as Lake Chad got hotter and drier, he decided to go where the temperatures were less extreme and there was still a little water, trekking with his wife, children and 70 camels from Niger to Chad and then further south. The journey lasted several years and many members of his herd died of thirst.

Now he and his family are living in a refugee camp: they only have seven camels left. Mohammed is one of many who have left their homelands in the Sahel - not because of conflict and crises, but because of the high temperatures.

He's a real climate refugee.

 

Let us NOT FORGET:

For Donald Trump the climate debate is a gloves-off fight, while the withdrawal of the USA from the Paris Accord is running and  outright denial of the interface between global climate change (for Trump: "weather") and human health is manifested by him in the removal of scientists:

11.20 Whistleblower Dr Luber worked CDC for 17 yrs, heading its climate & health program til last year then reassigned.

His badge~phone~credentials~revoked, escorted off property-told work at home.@realDonaldTrump health & climate program dismantled.https://t.co/OoIC3Mvmj4 pic.twitter.com/QjTcVjLgRT

— Stuart Scott (@StuartGaia) November 25, 2019

 

CDC whistleblower says he was told not to use phrase "climate change" after Trump elected

There's a new government whistleblower targeting the Trump administration, this time at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A top scientist there, who was its public face of climate science and its effects on diseases, tells CBS News the agency backed away from its fight against climate change, including even using the phrase "climate change," over fears of antagonizing the administration.

The whistleblower is Dr. George Luber, who worked at the CDC for 17 years, and was the head of its climate and health program until last year, when he was reassigned.

Luber was such a celebrated scientist, he hung out with stars like Matt Damon, and was featured in a Showtime special talking about rising temperatures, called "Years of Living Dangerously."  "It's a small field but I am one of the world's experts," Dr. Luber said.

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Dr. George Luber, who was head of the CDC's climate and health program. CBS News

In late 2016 Luber was organizing a climate change conference. Al Gore was to be the keynote speaker.  But right after Donald Trump was elected president, Luber's boss called him in. 

Luber recalled, "I was told the optics are not good and that I needed to cancel it."

Correspondent Mark Strassmann asked, "Did he explain what the optics issue was?"

"That the meeting was happening three weeks after the inauguration."

"And that the White House would be unhappy?"

"Yeah," Dr. Luber said.

America's new president had a dim view of Luber's science, referring to climate change as a hoax, "created by and for the Chinese."

Dr. Luber said his boss wanted something else: "Just don't say 'climate change.' Can you call it 'extreme weather?' Can you call it something else?"

Strassmann said, "You're saying that the Centers for Disease Control was suddenly afraid to use the term 'climate change'?"

"Yeah. Absolutely. I was told to use a different term," he said.

In March 2018 the CDC revoked Dr. Luber's badge, phone and credentials. He was escorted off the property. The CDC moved to fire him. He faced more than 30 "troubling allegations," from falsifying timecards to seeming hung over. Dr. Luber refuted all but one charge, and was allowed to stay. 

But, he says, the CDC dismantled his climate and health program, which the agency denies.

"The program has not changed, the program is the same. It was just placed in a different administrative unit," said Dr. Patrick Breysse, Dr. Luber's boss at the CDC. He's the senior manager who Dr. Luber said ordered him to scuttle the science conference.

"It wasn't cancelled; we postponed it," Dr. Breysse said.

"You didn't feel any pressure at all?" Strassmann asked.

"No."

"Politically?"

"No."

That conference happened, but without CDC sponsorship

Strassmann asked, "Were any CDC employees ever told, 'Stop using the phrase "climate change"'?"

"Not to my knowledge," Dr. Breysse replied, "but we did discuss it."

"That you change from 'climate change' to 'extreme weather,' because 'climate change' was more radioactive?"

"We talked about making the change, but we never made the change."

What's unchanged, Dr. Breysse insists, is the CDC's commitment to studying climate science, but without its star, George Luber. Strassmann asked Dr. Breysse why.

"I can't talk about personnel matters, I'm sorry, Mark," he responded.

"Has he been banned from the campus?"

"So, that's a personnel matter that I can't discuss."

"Is the CDC retaliating against him?"

"I'm just not going to comment on that," he said.

Dr. Luber still works at the CDC, but potentially faces up to a four-month suspension. He has to work from home, where he reviews scientific papers unrelated to climate change. 

He told Strassmann, "I do not want media attention, I never did with this. Let me do my work."

Dr. Luber's whistleblower complaint is still under review. It also alleges Congress allocated $10 million for climate change research and the CDC illegally spent it elsewhere.

The CDC denies that.