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Re: IT IS 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:28 am

Click the link to see the graphic illustration of by how much last Winter was the outlier for hottest ever
recorded:
Streak of Record-Hot Temps Adds Another Month

The unprecedented streak of record-hot months that the world has experienced over more than a year just tacked on one more month: Data released Tuesday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration showed last month was easily the hottest August on record.

That makes 16 straight record-hot months, unparalleled in NOAA’s 137 years of record-keeping. The previous record streak was only 10 months, set in 1944. NASA’s data, released earlier, also said August was record hot, not to mention tying for the hottest month the planet has ever recorded...

Though there are still several months left in the year, it is a virtual certainty that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, and by a significant margin...

http://www.climatecentral.org/news/reco ... onth-20715
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Re: IT IS 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

Thu Jan 26, 2017 11:17 am


The Doomsday Clock just advanced, ‘thanks to Trump’: It’s now just 2 ½ half minutes to ‘midnight.’


It's now 2 ½ minutes to “midnight,” according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which warned Thursday that the end of humanity may be near.

The group behind the famed Doomsday Clock announced at a news conference that it was adjusting the countdown to the End of it All by moving the hands 30 seconds closer to midnight — the closest the clock has been to Doomsday since 1953, after the United States tested its first thermonuclear device, followed months later by the Soviet Union's hydrogen bomb test.

In announcing that the Doomsday Clock was moving 30 seconds closer to the end of humanity, the group noted that in 2016, “the global security landscape darkened as the international community failed to come effectively to grips with humanity’s most pressing existential threats, nuclear weapons and climate change.”

But the organization also cited the election of President Trump in changing the symbolic clock...

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/spe ... r-1&wpmm=1

http://thebulletin.org/doomsday-dashboard
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Re: IT IS 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:16 pm

Sadly they blame Trump more than Un
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Re: IT IS 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

Thu Jun 01, 2017 1:29 pm

Time to rest the clock, closer to midnight...?

Donald Trump confirms US will quit Paris climate agreement

Donald Trump has confirmed that he will withdraw the US from the Paris climate agreement, in effect ensuring the world’s second largest emitter of greenhouse gases will quit the international effort to address dangerous global warming.

The US will remove itself from the deal, joining Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not party to the Paris agreement...

Trump’s decision risks destabilizing the Paris deal, with remaining participants faced with the choice of trying to make up the shortfall in emissions cuts or following the US’s lead and abandoning the agreement.

The US emissions reduction pledge accounts for a fifth of the global emissions to be avoided by 2030, with an analysis by not-for-profit group Climate Interactive showing that a regression to “business as usual” emissions by the US could warm the world by an additional 0.3C by 2100. This would help push the global temperature rise well beyond 2C, causing punishing heatwaves, sea level rise, displacement of millions of people and the loss of ecosystems such as coral reefs...

https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... imate-deal

You know you're getting old if you can remember a time when all republicans were not sociopaths:

GOP congressman on climate change: Don’t worry, God’s got it all under control

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/gop-co ... 2017-06-01
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Re: IT IS 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

Thu Jun 01, 2017 3:29 pm

"Trump’s decision risks destabilizing the Paris deal, with remaining participants faced with the choice of trying to make up the shortfall in emissions cuts or following the US’s lead and abandoning the agreement.

The US emissions reduction pledge accounts for a fifth of the global emissions to be avoided by 2030"

If other countries leave the agreement blaming US then they were just looking for an excuse to do it. Instead they should do their part and work with US as much as they can.

Truth is that US is not anymore a leader in many international aspects of human life. Why follow us?
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Re: IT IS 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

Fri Jun 02, 2017 4:32 pm

Meanwhile, via GCC:
EU greenhouse gas emissions from transport increased for the second year in a row in 2015; on-road up 1.6%
http://www.greencarcongress.com/2017/06 ... 2-eea.html

Total European Union greenhouse gas emissions increased by 0.5% in 2015—the first annual increase since 2010—according to new European Environment Agency (EEA) data. Transport was a key reason for that increase: better fuel efficiency in that sector was not enough to counter the effects of an increasing demand for transport.

Higher emissions were caused mainly by increasing road transport, both passenger and freight, and slightly colder winter conditions in Europe, compared to 2014, leading to higher demand for heating. Gains in the fuel efficiency of new vehicles and aircrafts were not enough to offset the additional emissions caused by a higher demand in both passenger and goods transport. Road transport emissions—about 20% of total EU greenhouse gas emissions—increased for the second year in a row in 2015, by 1.6%. Emissions from aviation, representing about 4% of the EU total emissions, increased by 3.3% in 2015. . . .

Neither road transportation nor the residential sectors are covered by the EU emissions trading system (ETS), which explains why overall net emissions increased in spite of the reduction in EU ETS emissions the same year. In fact, ETS emissions for stationary installations decreased by 0.7%, whereas emissions from the non-trading sectors increased by 1.4% in 2015.

In 2015, the EU greenhouse gas emissions increased only slightly, despite the strongest annual economic growth (+ 2.2%) in the EU since 2007 and following a 4% decrease in emissions in 2014. From 1990 to 2015, the EU reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 22.1%, already surpassing its 2020 target of reducing emissions by 20%. During the same period, the EU economy grew about 50%.

The main reasons behind the emission reductions since 1990 include the effects of EU and national policies (leading to the growing use of renewable energy, use of less carbon intensive fuels and improvements in energy efficiency), structural change towards a more service-oriented economy, the effects of economic recession, and milder winters, leading to reduced energy demand for heating, EEA said. . . .
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Re: IT IS 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

Sat Jun 03, 2017 3:08 pm

On a more positive note, via the NYT:
China and India Make Big Strides on Climate Change
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/22/opinion/paris-agreement-climate-china-india.html?_r=0

. . . According to research released last week at a United Nations climate meeting in Germany, China and India should easily exceed the targets they set for themselves in the 2015 Paris Agreement signed by more than 190 countries. China’s emissions of carbon dioxide appear to have peaked more than 10 years sooner than its government had said they would. And India is now expected to obtain 40 percent of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2022, eight years ahead of schedule.

Every one of the Paris signatories will have to reduce emissions to ward off the worst consequences of global warming — devastating droughts, melting glaciers and unstoppable sea level rise. But the tangible progress by the world’s number one producer of greenhouse gases (China) and its number three (India) are astonishing nonetheless, and worth celebrating. . . .

In a recent auction in India, developers of solar farms offered to sell electricity to the grid for 2.44 rupees per kilowatt-hour (or 3.79 cents). That is about 50 percent less than what solar farms bid a year earlier and about 24 percent less than the average price for energy generated by coal-fired power plants.

The shift from fossil fuels has thus been much faster and more pronounced than most experts expected. China has reduced coal use for three years in a row and recently scrapped plans to build more than 100 coal power plants. Indian officials have estimated that country might no longer need to build new coal plants beyond those that are already under construction. . . .

Also see http://climateactiontracker.org/countries/china.html, http://climateactiontracker.org/countries/india.html and http://climateactiontracker.org/countries/usa.html
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Re: IT IS 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:39 am

It's 12:01.
I noticed you're still working with polymers.

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Re: IT IS 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:48 am

GRA wrote:On a more positive note, via the NYT:
There is NOTHING positive about the world's two largest populations and polluters rapidly increasing their pollution. By quoting fake news and praising China and India's practices, you are showing your extreme hypocrisy. Let's look at the actual facts:

- India's "pledge" to the Paris Agreement was to triple their emissions by 2030 and get paid $166B EACH YEAR by foolish nations to do that.
- India's goal is to double emissions by 2020:
India Times wrote:The country is the world's third-largest coal producer and the third-biggest greenhouse gas emitter. It depends on coal for about three-fifths of its energy needs and aims to double its output to 1.5 billion tonnes by 2020.
- Promising to reduce "emissions intensity" is simply a con. It is nothing like *actually* reducing emissions.
- At the end of 2016, China was building 205 new coal-fired electricity plants while India was building 65. Both countries are planning to build HUNDREDS MORE on top of those.
- India and China together hold OVER 60% of the world's coal reserves. Paying for them to build coal-fired plants would ensure that coal gets burned quickly.
- Last winter, some cities in Europe reached pllution levels equivalent to seven cigarettes per day while some cities in China and India reached the equivalent of a pack a day.
- The US is building ZERO coal-fired power plants and currently has no plans to build any. The air quality in the U.S. is not nearly as bad as that in some cities in Europe and China.

I'm sorry, GRA, but it is extremely unwise for the U.S. to tax our citizens to PAY India and China to build coal-fired power plants as quickly as they can. If you think that is a good idea, then shame on you. That's the asinine agreement for which Obama signed up and from which President Trump just extricated us.
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Re: IT IS 3 MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

Tue Jun 06, 2017 11:51 am

Nubo wrote:It's 12:01.
Really?

In reality, you cannot name a single global, climate-related effect which is moving in a negative direction.

No one is interested in listening to this Chicken Little nonsense any longer.
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