Big Oil Helped Draft Paris Climate Accord

The Intercept is reporting that Shell Oil Chief Climate Change Adviser David Hone boasted about his company’s involvement in drafting the Paris agreement.

Hone apparently made the comments during the ongoing international climate change conference, COP 24, on Friday.

It appears that Shell Oil was able to influence the agreement via their relationship with the International Emissions Trading Association.

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We Want to Live: An Open Letter to Climate Change Obstructionists

Scientists have just announced that humanity has just about a decade to get itself figured out before we have to face destruction.

My partner of six years and I got married at the beginning of September, and now, about a month later, we’re discovering that we probably only have the better part of a decade to look forward to together.

The state of the world and our environment has always been one of our top concerns, and it was something we discussed at length before getting married. Now it’s something we have to discuss even more seriously, especially considering that we had hoped to have a family.

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12 Years to Avert Catastrophe

The United Nations climate panel released a new report that warns that humanity only has 12 years to drastically reduce carbon emissions or risk devastation.

The report was issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and warns that if humans do not take drastic action to avoid a global 1.5 degree Celsius increase, we will begin to experience severe droughts, floods, sea level rise, extreme heat, and of course, ensuing famine, poverty, and disease.

After a summer of intense wildfires, hurricanes, tropical storms, and flooding, the report hopefully carries a little extra weight for those who still deny the effects of climate change.

 

 

EPA Rollbacks Endanger Millions

As climate studies reveal that the melting rate of Antarctica’s ice sheet has tripled over the last decade, Harvard scientists predict that the EPA’s rollbacks on environmental regulations will prove to be deadly for tens of thousands of Americans.

The continent of Antarctica has officially surpassed Greenland as the single largest contributor to sea level rise, adding roughly 200 billion tons of water to the Earth’s oceans each year, threatening coastal communities across the world.

Scientists from Harvard wrote in The Journal of the American Medical Association that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent rollbacks on a variety of environmental regulations will result in the deaths of at least 80,000 people per decade.

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What Goes Around, Comes Around

As two of his top aides resign, EPA head Scott Pruitt has been ordered by a judge to provide evidence backing his claims that humans do not contribute to climate change.

Pruitt has seen better days.

Namely the days when he was recklessly spending taxpayer dollars on first-class airfare and soundproof phone booths without any push-back.

Thankfully, those days seem to be coming to a close as Pruitt faces ever more pressure from both the senate, the public, and now the courts.

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NOAA: “Unequivocally, appreciably, and consequentially warmer”

The last time the Earth experienced a cooler-than-average month was back in 1984.

April 2018 marked the planet’s 400th consecutive month with above-average temperatures according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“We live in and share a world that is unequivocally, appreciably and consequentially warmer than just a few decades ago, and our world continues to warm. Speeding by a ‘400’ sign only underscores that, but it does not prove anything new.” – NOAA climate scientist Deke Arndt

Last April was apparently the third-warmest April on record, and was felt most by those living in Europe and Australia, which each experienced their warmest and second-warmest April’s, respectively.

The warmest temperature of all, however, may have been recorded in Nawabshah, Pakistan, which reached 122.4 degrees on April 30.

All in all, this is the fifth-warmest start to the calendar year so far.

The Earth also surpassed another alarming milestone in April when the atmosphere reached its highest level of CO2 contamination at 410 parts per million — the highest level in at least 800,000 years.

 

Earth Day 2018

As atmospheric carbon dioxide levels continue to rise, governments across the world engage in a performative display of concern for the environment which they will promptly abandon at 12:00 am April 23.

The annual celebration of Earth Day, though well-intended in its creation, has resulted in little action on the part of international governments and continues to be a day on which climate activists scream into the wind for a chance at survival.

While it’s clear that I have a healthy dose of cynicism when it comes to the possibility of any government willingly abandoning its big oil profits for the sake of humanity, I don’t want to be all doom and gloom because I truly believe that the solutions we so desperately need are out there.

The only real obstacles we face to accessing and implementing those solutions are the people and the systems currently in place that are actively preventing us from doing so.

You know, just the federal governments of the world — no big deal.

Here’s a look at where good old Planet Earth stands as we celebrate Earth Day in 2018.

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