Climate Change

17/05/20
Author: 
Tamara Lorincz
fighter jet

May 12, 2020

Instead of buying a new weapons system, the federal government should disarm and invest in a Green New Deal

Last July, the federal government launched a $19-billion competition for 88 new fighter jets — the second-most expensive government procurement program in Canadian history.

In the running are Boeing’s Super Hornet, SAAB’s Gripen and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fifth-generation stealth fighter. Bids are due in July, the winner will be selected in 2022 and the first combat aircraft will be delivered by 2025.

14/05/20
Author: 
Frédéric Simon
Accelerating renewable energy investment in the recovery phase of the pandemic would deliver global GDP gains of $98 trillion above a business-as-usual scenario by 2050, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). [EPA-EFE/KHALED ELFIQI]
May 5, 2020 (updated:  May 6, 2020)
 
A coalition of 40 global businesses – including energy majors such as BP, Iberdrola, Orsted, and Shell – have called on governments to support “a massive wave of investments in renewable electricity” and other low-carbon energy solutions when devising recovery plans from the COVID-19 pandemic.
14/05/20
Author: 
Nick Lavars

May 13, 2020 - The wheels we humans have set in motion concerning carbon dioxide emissions and climate change are going to take some stopping, and the latest data from Hawaii's Mauna Loa Observatory are another clear indicator of this. Scientists there have logged record concentrations of CO2 in the atmosphere, in line with a steady trend that defies even the widespread and stringent slowdown in global activity as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

11/05/20
Author: 
Yves Engler
Planet of the Humans
[Editor: If not the last words on the film certainly worth reading.]
 
May 10, 2020

The backlash may be more revealing than the film itself, but both inform us where we are at in the fight against climate change and ecological collapse. The environmental establishment’s frenzied attacks against Planet of the Humans says a lot about their commitment to big-money and technological solutions.

08/05/20
Author: 
Jessica Corbett
Firefighters sprays water on a back fire while battling the spread of the Maria Fire as it moves quickly towards Santa Paula, California, on Nov. 1, 2019. (Photo: Marcus Yam/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
May 05, 2020

"Where we are is bad enough. We can't let these levels grow. We need #ClimateAction!"

[Editor: See graphs and tweets with the original at link.]

08/05/20
Author: 
Alex Ballingall
Na’Moks

May 4, 2020

OTTAWA—The federal government’s export credit agency will lend up to $500 million to build the Coastal GasLink, a natural gas pipeline that sparked a national protest movement and reckoning over the Liberal administration’s commitment to Indigenous reconciliation.

08/05/20
Author: 
George Monbiot
Heliostats at the Ivanpah solar thermal power plant in California’s Mojave Desert. ‘The film’s attacks on solar and wind power rely on a series of blatant falsehoods.’ Photograph: Alamy

May 7, 2020

The filmmaker’s latest venture is an excruciating mishmash of environment falsehoods and plays into the hands of those he once opposed

Denial never dies; it just goes quiet and waits. Today, after years of irrelevance, the climate science deniers are triumphant. Long after their last, desperate claims had collapsed, when they had traction only on “alt-right” conspiracy sites, a hero of the left turns up and gives them more than they could have dreamed of.

03/05/20
Author: 
Scientific American
Credit: Taylor Callery

SARS, Ebola and now SARS-CoV-2: all three of these highly infectious viruses have caused global panic since 2002—and all three of them jumped to humans from wild animals that live in dense tropical forests.

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